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Quality assurance on medical education

R Soumya, Vijayalakshmi Devarashetty, C R Jayanthi, M Sushma
OBJECTIVES: Pharmacists are one of the crucial focal points for health care in the community. They have tremendous outreach to the public as pharmacies are often the first-port-of-call. With the increase of ready-to-use drugs, the main health-related activity of a pharmacist today is to assure the quality of dispensing, a key element to promote rational medicine use. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional study of 200 pharmacies, 100 each in various residential (R) and commercial (C) areas of Bengaluru, was conducted using a prevalidated questionnaire administered to the chief pharmacist or the person-in-charge by the investigators...
July 2016: Indian Journal of Pharmacology
Cathy L Wogamon
The certified nursing assistant (CNA) is the caregiver who frequently identifies the first signs and symptoms of pressure ulcers (PUs) in the long-term care setting. A quality improvement effort was implemented to explore the effect of a 1-hour CNA education program about early identification, treatment, and prevention of PUs on PU knowledge, PU incidence, and PU prevention interventions, including skin checks. All 33 CNAs employed in a care facility for residents 55+ years old were invited to participate. CNA demographic and PU education variables were obtained...
September 2016: Ostomy/wound Management
Fugen Cullu, Mehmet Vural
The general health status of the Turkish people has improved significantly in recent years. Improvements in the health status of the child population followed the introduction of health reforms, such as the Health Transformation Program. Presently, Turkey is undergoing further important changes concerning its medical system. The changes introduced during 2005-2015 have provided almost complete health insurance coverage and increased accessibility to primary health care givers. However, health providers realize that there are ongoing inefficiencies and deficiencies in both the health care system and health education...
October 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
Joon-Il Choi, Seung Eun Jung, Woo Kyoung Jeong, Hyun Cheol Kim, Chandana Lall, Yeol Kim, Kui Son Choi, Mina Suh, Boyoung Park
AIM: To evaluate the usefulness of on-site education for clinical imaging evaluation using quality assurance (QA) testing of surveillance ultrasonography (US) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Thirty-eight medical institutes underwent on-site education in 2012 for QA testing of clinical imaging evaluation of surveillance US for HCC. Failure rates and mean scores of clinical imaging evaluation for surveillance US of the 2011 survey, the 2012 survey after on-site education and the 2013 survey were compared...
September 2016: Medical Ultrasonography
Phurpa Wangchuk, ᅟ Tashi
BACKGROUND: The Bhutanese So-wa-rig-pa medicine (BSM) was integrated with the allopathic (modern) health care system in 1967. Ever since the health care integration policy was implemented, the BSM has gone through many phases of quality improvement and changes including the establishment of one university-based institute, 58 hospitals and Basic Health Units (BHU)-based health care services, and one traditional medicine factory. The BSM provides primary health care services to more than 20-30 % of patients who visit hospitals and BHU on a daily basis...
2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Kathleen A Packard, Daniel E Hilleman
Suboptimal adherence to medications taken chronically for secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD, e.g., aspirin) continues to burden the healthcare system despite the well-established benefits of prevention. We conducted a literature search to examine patient adherence to medications for secondary prevention of CVD-as evaluated by prescription refill data, electronic medication monitors, pill counts, and physiologic markers-to better identify an unmet need for measures to improve patient adherence to these therapies METHODS: English-language articles were obtained from the PubMed database using the following key words or combinations thereof: "adherence," "compliance," "secondary prevention," and "cardiovascular disease...
July 30, 2016: Cardiovascular Therapeutics
Jessica E van der Aa, Angelique J Goverde, Pim W Teunissen, Fedde Scheele
The 'Project for Achieving Consensus in Training' has been initiated by the European Board & College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology to harmonise training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology throughout Europe. In this project called the EBCOG-PACT, a state of the art pan-European training curriculum will be developed. Implementation of a pan-European curriculum will enhance harmonisation of both quality standards of women's healthcare practice and standards of postgraduate training. Secondly, it will assure equal quality of training of gynaecologists, promoting mobility throughout Europe...
August 2016: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Sally E Bliss, Jane Oppenlander, Jacob M Dahlke, Gordon J Meyer, Eva M Williford, Robert C Macauley
For all of the emphasis on quality improvement-as well as the acknowledged overlap between assessment of the quality of healthcare services and clinical ethics-the quality of clinical ethics consultation has received scant attention, especially in terms of empirical measurement. Recognizing this need, the second edition of Core Competencies for Health Care Ethics Consultation1 identified four domains of ethics quality: (1) ethicality, (2) stakeholders' satisfaction, (3) resolution of the presenting conflict/dilemma, and (4) education that translates into knowledge...
2016: Journal of Clinical Ethics
Maud Partecke, Claudius Balzer, Ingmar Finkenzeller, Christiane Reppenhagen, Ulrike Hess, Klaus Hahnenkamp, Konrad Meissner
INTRODUCTION: Interprofessional collaboration is of great importance in clinical practice, particularly in the field of emergency medicine. The professions involved in providing emergency care must work hand in hand, and tasks and routines must be coordinated effectively. However, medical and nursing students have only few opportunities to experience interprofessional cooperation during their formal training. Addressing this situation, the Department of Anesthesiology and the Vocational School of Greifswald University Medical School initiated a project to increase patient safety by integrating interprofessional human factor training into the curriculum of both health professions...
2016: GMS Journal for Medical Education
Sarah Berger, Cornelia Mahler, Katja Krug, Joachim Szecsenyi, Jobst-Hendrik Schultz
INTRODUCTION: This project report describes the development, "piloting" and evaluation of an interprofessional seminar on team communication bringing together medical students and Interprofessional Health Care B.Sc. students at the Medical Faculty of Heidelberg University, Germany. PROJECT DESCRIPTION: A five-member interprofessional team collaborated together on this project. Kolb's experiential learning concept formed the theoretical foundation for the seminar, which explored three interprofessional competency areas: team work, communication and values/ethics...
2016: GMS Journal for Medical Education
Graham R Lee, Maria C Fitzgibbon, Paula O'Shea
Purpose - Internal quality control (IQC) represents an essential risk management tool within the total testing pathway (TTP) that contributes to the overall objective of assuring the quality of results produced in medical laboratories. Controlling analytical phase quality alone requires significant expertise and input by scientifically trained staff. This effort has escalated exponentially following the publication of the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO)15189:2012 requirements for quality and competence in medical laboratories...
June 13, 2016: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
Nathan J Pauly, Jeffery C Talbert, Joshua Brown
BACKGROUND: Administrative claims data are used for a wide variety of research and quality assurance purposes; however, they are prone to medication exposure misclassification if medications are purchased without using an insurance benefit. Low-cost generic drug programs (LCGPs) offered at major chain pharmacies are a relatively new and sparsely investigated source of exposure misclassification. LCGP medications are often purchased out of pocket; thus, a pharmacy claim may never be submitted, and the exposure may go unobserved in claims data...
June 2016: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Sachin M Apte, Kavita Patel
With the signing of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act in April 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is now positioned to drive the development and implementation of sweeping changes to how physicians and hospitals are paid for the provision of oncology-related services. These changes will have a long-lasting impact on the sub-specialty of gynecologic oncology, regardless of practice structure, physician employment and compensation model, or local insurance market. Recently, commercial payers have piloted various models of payment reform via oncology-specific clinical pathways, oncology medical homes, episode payment arrangements, and accountable care organizations...
2016: Frontiers in Oncology
Satar Rezaei, Behzad Karami Matin, Khalil Moradi, Behroz Bijan, Masoud Fallahi, Behnam Shokati, Hamid Saeidi
INTRODUCTION: The main mission of hospitals in any health system is to deliver high quality healthcare for patients and meet their needs and expectations. The aim of the current study was to assess the quality of the service of educational hospitals affiliated with Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences in 2015, from the perspective of patients. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, the perspectives of 400 patients were assessed about the quality of the services provided by educational hospitals in Kermanshah (western Iran) in 2015...
March 2016: Electronic Physician
L E Fernández-Isla, S Conde-Valvis-Fraga, J S Fernández-Ruíz
OBJECTIVE: To determine the satisfaction of main caregivers of deceased patients followed-up by palliative care teams. METHOD: Web research on electronic data bases: PubMed and MEDES, using "Palliative Care" and "Patient Satisfaction" as main descriptors, and "Family", "Professional-Family Relations", "Quality of Health Care" and "Quality Assurance, Health Care" as secondary descriptors. Studies written in Spanish and English were included. RESULTS: Profile of principal caregiver: a woman between her mid-forties and her mid-fifties, usually related with the patient as a daughter, and of primary educational level...
April 22, 2016: Semergen
D Pham, N Hardcastle, F Foroudi, T Kron, M Bressel, B Hilder, B Chesson, R Oates, R Montgomery, D Ball, S Siva
AIMS: In technically advanced multicentre clinical trials, participating centres can benefit from a credentialing programme before participating in the trial. Education of staff in participating centres is an important aspect of a successful clinical trial. In the multicentre study of fractionated versus single fraction stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy in lung oligometastases (TROG 13.01), knowledge transfer of stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy techniques to the local multidisciplinary team is intended as part of the credentialing process...
September 2016: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
Donald M Marcus
The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), which arbitrarily classified herbals and other medicinal products as dietary supplements, obscured fundamental differences between two classes of products. Authentic supplements to the diet, such as multivitamins or calcium, have nutritional value and are safe. Herbals are used worldwide as medicines, they do not supplement the diet, they may cause severe adverse events, and they should be regulated as medicines. DSHEA also prevented the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from effectively regulating herbal supplements as medicines...
March 2016: Drug Testing and Analysis
Tiffany Chenneville, Lynette Menezes, Jayendrakumar Kosambiya, Rajendra Baxi
Assessing the resources and functioning of research ethics committees (RECs) in low-resource settings poses many challenges. We conducted a case study of two medical college RECs (A and B) in Western India utilizing the Research Ethics Committee Quality Assurance Self-Assessment Tool (RECQASAT) as well as in-depth interviews with representative members to evaluate REC effectiveness. REC A and B obtained 62% and 67% of allowable points on the RECQASAT. These scores together with findings from the in-depth interviews suggest the need for significant improvement in REC effectiveness particularly in the areas of membership and educational training, organizational aspects, recording minutes, communicating decisions, and REC resources...
March 19, 2016: Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics: JERHRE
Agapi Ploussi, Efstathios P Efstathopoulos
The increased use of ionization radiation for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes, the rapid advances in computed tomography as well as the high radiation doses delivered by interventional procedures have raised serious safety and health concerns for both patients and medical staff and have necessitated the establishment of a radiation protection culture (RPC) in every Radiology Department. RPC is a newly introduced concept. The term culture describes the combination of attitudes, beliefs, practices and rules among the professionals, staff and patients regarding to radiation protection...
February 28, 2016: World Journal of Radiology
Rainer Moog
BACKGROUND: In times of patient blood management, studies focus on appropriate transfusion strategies to improve patient's outcome. Little is known about the quality assurance in preparation of blood transfusion and thereafter. In the present study, the indication, informed consent, mandatory immunohematology tests and documentation of blood transfusions were evaluated using assessed self-inspection forms approved by the hospital transfusion committee. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 47 medical records of transfused patients were retrospectively reviewed by a clinical transfusion audit team in six hospital facilities from 2012 to 2015...
June 2016: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
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