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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442382/relationship-between-sensorimotor-peripheral-nerve-function-and-indicators-of-cardiovascular-autonomic-function-in-older-adults-from-the-health-aging-and-body-composition-study
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Brittney S Lange-Maia, Anne B Newman, John M Jakicic, Jane A Cauley, Robert M Boudreau, Ann V Schwartz, Eleanor M Simonsick, Suzanne Satterfield, Aaron I Vinik, Sasa Zivkovic, Tamara B Harris, Elsa S Strotmeyer
BACKGROUND: Age-related peripheral nervous system (PNS) impairments are highly prevalent in older adults. Although sensorimotor and cardiovascular autonomic function have been shown to be related in persons with diabetes, the nature of the relationship in general community-dwelling older adult populations is unknown. METHODS: Health, Aging and Body Composition participants (n=2399, age=76.5±2.9years, 52% women, 38% black) underwent peripheral nerve testing at the 2000/01 clinic visit...
April 22, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439751/development-of-a-streamlined-work-flow-for-handling-patients-genetic-testing-insurance-authorizations
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Wendy R Uhlmann, Katie Schwalm, Victoria M Raymond
Obtaining genetic testing insurance authorizations for patients is a complex, time-involved process often requiring genetic counselor (GC) and physician involvement. In an effort to mitigate this complexity and meet the increasing number of genetic testing insurance authorization requests, GCs formed a novel partnership with an industrial engineer (IE) and a patient services associate (PSA) to develop a streamlined work flow. Eight genetics clinics and five specialty clinics at the University of Michigan were surveyed to obtain benchmarking data...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435280/high-adherence-to-therapy-and-low-cardiac-mortality-and-morbidity-in-patients-after-acute-coronary-syndrome-systematically-managed-by-office-based-cardiologists-in-germany-1-year-outcomes-of-the-proacor-study
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Franz Goss, Johannes Brachmann, Christian W Hamm, Winfried Haerer, Nicolaus Reifart, Benny Levenson
We aimed to assess patient acceptance and effectiveness of a 12-month structured management program in patients after an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) event who were treated in a special setting of office-based cardiologists. The program comprised patient documentation with a specific tool (Bundesverband Niedergelassener Kardiologen [German Federation of Office-Based Cardiologists] cardiac pass with visit scheduling) shared by the hospital physician and the office-based cardiologist, the definition of individual treatment targets, and the systematic information of patients in order to optimize adherence to therapy...
2017: Vascular Health and Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428160/simulated-conversations-with-virtual-humans-to-improve-patient-provider-communication-and-reduce-unnecessary-prescriptions-for-antibiotics-a-repeated-measure-pilot-study
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Antoinette Schoenthaler, Glenn Albright, Judith Hibbard, Ron Goldman
BACKGROUND: Despite clear evidence that antibiotics do not cure viral infections, the problem of unnecessary prescribing of antibiotics in ambulatory care persists, and in some cases, prescribing patterns have increased. The overuse of antibiotics for treating viral infections has created numerous economic and clinical consequences including increased medical costs due to unnecessary hospitalizations, antibiotic resistance, disruption of gut bacteria, and obesity. Recent research has underscored the importance of collaborative patient-provider communication as a means to reduce the high rates of unnecessary prescriptions for antibiotics...
April 19, 2017: JMIR Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421425/the-role-of-alaska-s-tribal-health-workers-in-supporting-families
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Miriam Chernoff, Katie Cueva
Alaska's Community Health Aides/Practitioners (CHA/Ps) are often the sole medical workers in their communities in rural Alaska, and are instrumental in providing healthcare services and education to otherwise underserved individuals. This qualitative study explored how CHA/Ps support healthy families. Six CHA/Ps from two rural communities in western Alaska were interviewed about their scope of practice, interactions with mothers, infants, families, and teens, relationship to other medical providers, and perceptions of their work...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407083/distrusting-community-health-workers-with-confidential-health-information-a-convergent-mixed-methods-study-in-swaziland
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Pascal Geldsetzer, Maria Vaikath, Jan-Walter De Neve, Thomas J Bossert, Sibusiso Sibandze, Mandla Mkhwanazi, Till Bärnighausen
Background: Patients are unlikely to share the personal information that is critical for effective healthcare, if they do not trust that this information will remain confidential. Trust in confidentiality may be particularly low in interactions with community health workers (CHW) because CHW deliver healthcare outside the clinic setting. This study aims to determine the proportion of Swaziland's population that does not trust the national CHW cadre with confidential medical information, and to identify reasons for distrust...
April 12, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391441/self-medication-with-antibiotics-in-serbian-households-a-case-for-action
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Ana Tomas, Milica Paut Kusturica, Zdenko Tomić, Olga Horvat, Daniela Djurović Koprivica, Dragica Bukumirić, Ana Sabo
Background Irregular antibiotic use, including self-medication contributes to the development of antibiotic resistance. One method of accessing antibiotic use in the community is through obtaining an in house inventory of drugs. Objective The aim of this study was to investigate the extent of storage and self-medication with antibiotics agents in households in Novi Sad, Serbia. Setting Households in Novi Sad. Method The study was performed during a 4-month period (October 2015-January 2016) using a sample of 112 households in Novi Sad, Serbia...
April 8, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386758/exploring-patients-reasons-for-participation-in-a%C3%A2-medical-education-home-visit-program-a%C3%A2-qualitative-study-in-malaysia
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Chai-Eng Tan, Aida Jaffar, Noorlaili Tohit, Zuhra Hamzah, Syahnaz Mohd Hashim
INTRODUCTION: Direct contact with patients for medical education is essential in healthcare professional training. Patients who were recruited for a medical education home visit program in Malaysia did so on a voluntary basis without remuneration. This paper aims to explore their reasons for participation in this program. METHODS: An exploratory qualitative study was conducted on patients who had been visited during the 2012/2013 academic session. Purposive sampling was done to select adult participants from varying ethnicities and ages from the list of patients...
April 6, 2017: Perspectives on Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385173/novel-augmentation-strategies-in-major-depression
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Klaus Martiny
Hypothesis The hypotheses of all the four included studies share the common idea that it is possible to augment the effect of antidepressant drug treatment by applying different interventions and with each intervention attain a clinically meaningful better effect compared to a control condition, and with minor side effects, thus improving the short- and medium-term outcome in major depression. Procedures Study design The basic study design has been the double blind randomised controlled trial (RCT). In the light therapy study, all patients were treated with sertraline for the whole of the study duration...
April 2017: Danish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382783/risk-of-allergic-conditions-in-children-born-to-women-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Julie Couture, Moshe Ben-Shoshan, Christian A Pineau, Susan Scott, Ann E Clarke, Sasha Bernatsky, Evelyne Vinet
OBJECTIVE: Limited evidence suggests a potentially increased risk of allergic conditions in offspring born to women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). In a large population-based study, we aimed to determine if children born to SLE mothers have an increased risk of allergic conditions compared to children born to mothers without SLE. METHODS: Using the "Offspring of SLE mothers Registry (OSLER)", we identified children born live to SLE mothers and their matched controls, and ascertained allergic conditions (including asthma, allergic rhinitis, eczema, urticaria, angioedema, and anaphylaxis) based on ≥1 hospitalization or ≥1 or 2 physician(s) visit(s) with a relevant diagnostic code...
April 6, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373108/development-and-implementation-of-the-family-experiences-with-coordination-of-care-survey-quality-measures
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Courtney Gidengil, Layla Parast, Q Burkhart, Julie Brown, Marc N Elliott, K Casey Lion, Elizabeth A McGlynn, Eric C Schneider, Rita Mangione-Smith
OBJECTIVE: Ensuring high quality care coordination for children with medical complexity (CMC) could yield significant health and economic benefits given that they account for one-third of pediatric healthcare expenditures. The objective of this study was to develop and field test the Family Experiences with Coordination of Care (FECC) survey which facilitates assessment of 20 new caregiver-reported quality measures for CMC. METHODS: We identified caregivers of Medicaid-insured CMC 0-17 years old in Minnesota and Washington State, categorized by the Pediatric Medical Complexity Algorithm as having complex chronic disease...
March 31, 2017: Academic Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370318/the-impact-of-change-from-copayment-to-coinsurance-on-medical-care-usage-and-expenditure-in-outpatient-setting-in-older-koreans
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Byoungjun Bae, Bo Ram Choi, Inmyung Song
Patient cost-sharing change was implemented on August 1, 2007, for outpatient care in the clinic setting in Korea from copayment to coinsurance. This study aims to estimate the effect of the policy change on medical care usage and expenditure in older Koreans. By using national health insurance claims data from the Health Insurance Reimbursement Assessment Service, this study analyzed the entire 137 million claims for a total of approximately 4.1 million patients aged 60 to 69 years who had been diagnosed and/or treated for outpatient care in clinics from January 1, 2007, to December 31, 2008...
April 3, 2017: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323747/supporting-a-youth-with-cerebellar-ataxia-into-adolescence
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Veronica Meneses, Zurisadai Gonzalez-Castillo, Veronica B Edgar, Marilyn Augustyn
Zoe, a 13-year-old white girl, presents as a new patient to your pediatric clinic with complaints of frequent emesis, anxiety, and learning problems, and previous diagnosis of cerebellar ataxia. Parents accompany Zoe and state, "it is really hard for her to go out, she gets sick and falls easily." She was born full term by vaginal delivery without complications. Given globally delayed milestones, she received early intervention services. Feeding problems began at infancy, including gastroesophageal reflux and aspiration pneumonia...
April 2017: Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics: JDBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321962/psychosocial-care-for-children-with-haemophilia-and-their-parents-in-the-netherlands
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P F Limperg, L Haverman, M Beijlevelt, M van der Pot, G Zaal, W A de Boer, K Fijnvandraat, M Peters, M A Grootenhuis
INTRODUCTION: Children growing up with haemophilia are at greater risk for psychosocial problems than their healthy peers. Providing psychosocial care to children with haemophilia and their families is indispensable, since psychosocial factors can have a significant impact on health and health-related quality of life (HRQOL). AIMS: Our aim was to give a description of psychosocial care provided by the multidisciplinary team of the Hemophilia Comprehensive Care Centre (HCCC) at the Emma Children's Hospital in Amsterdam, the Netherlands...
March 21, 2017: Haemophilia: the Official Journal of the World Federation of Hemophilia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296573/the-adverse-effects-and-treatment-results-of-smoking-cessation-pharmacotherapy-during-fasting-non-fasting-state
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Sinem Iliaz, Seda Tural Onur, Mehmet Atilla Uysal, Efsun Gonca Uğur Chousein, Elif Tanriverdi, Belma Akbaba Bagci, Ayse Bahadir, Didem Gorgun Hattatoglu, Mediha Gonenc Ortakoylu, Sibel Yurt
BACKGROUND: Cigarette smoking is one of the most common addictions worldwide. Muslim smokers reduce the number of cigarettes they smoke during Ramadan due to the long fasting hours. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to share our experience in a smoking cessation clinic during Ramadan by analyzing the efficacy and adverse effects of once-daily dosing of bupropion or varenicline in a fasting group compared with conventional dosing in a non-fasting group. METHODS: We analyzed 57 patients who attended our smoking cessation clinic during Ramadan of 2014 and 2015, and at least one follow-up visit...
March 15, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291050/medication-sharing-is-rare-among-african-hiv-1-serodiscordant-couples-enrolled-in-an-efficacy-trial-of-oral-pre-exposure-prophylaxis-prep-for-hiv-1-prevention
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Kerry A Thomson, Jessica E Haberer, Mark Marzinke, Andrew Mujugira, Craig Hendrix, Connie Celum, Patrick Ndase, Alan Ronald, David R Bangsberg, Jared M Baeten
Sharing of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medications is a concern for PrEP implementation. For HIV-1 serodiscordant couples, sharing may undermine HIV-1 prevention benefits and also cause antiretroviral resistance if taken by HIV-1 infected partners. Within a PrEP efficacy trial among HIV-1 serodiscordant couples, we assessed the occurrence of PrEP sharing by self-report and plasma tenofovir concentrations in HIV-1 infected partners. PrEP sharing was self-reported at <0.01% of visits and 0-1.6% of randomly selected and 0% of purposively selected specimens from HIV-1 infected participants had detectable tenofovir concentrations (median: 66...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271121/medication-use-among-veterans-across-health-care-systems
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Khoa A Nguyen, David A Haggstrom, Susan Ofner, Susan M Perkins, Dustin D French, Laura J Myers, Marc Rosenman, Michael Weiner, Brian E Dixon, Alan J Zillich
INTRODUCTION: Dual healthcare system use can create gaps and fragments of information for patient care. The Department of Veteran Affairs is implementing a health information exchange (HIE) program called the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER), which allows providers to access and share information across healthcare systems. HIE has the potential to improve the safety of medication use. However, data regarding the pattern of outpatient medication use across systems of care is largely unknown...
March 8, 2017: Applied Clinical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252522/homecare-and-healthcare-utilization-errors-post-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-discharge
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Rupalee Patel, Matthew Nudelman, Adebola Olarewaju, Sunshine Weiss Pooley, Priya Jegatheesan, Dongli Song, Balaji Govindaswami
BACKGROUND: High-risk infants transitioning from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to home represent a vulnerable population, given their complex care requirements. Little is known about errors during this period. PURPOSE: Identify and describe homecare and healthcare utilization errors in high-risk infants following NICU discharge. METHODS: This was a prospective observational cohort study of homecare (feeding, medication, and equipment) and healthcare utilization (appointment) errors in infants discharged from a regional NICU between 2011 and 2015...
March 1, 2017: Advances in Neonatal Care: Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248609/clinical-practice-guideline-benign-paroxysmal-positional-vertigo-update
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Neil Bhattacharyya, Samuel P Gubbels, Seth R Schwartz, Jonathan A Edlow, Hussam El-Kashlan, Terry Fife, Janene M Holmberg, Kathryn Mahoney, Deena B Hollingsworth, Richard Roberts, Michael D Seidman, Robert W Prasaad Steiner, Betty Tsai Do, Courtney C J Voelker, Richard W Waguespack, Maureen D Corrigan
Objective This update of a 2008 guideline from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation provides evidence-based recommendations to benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), defined as a disorder of the inner ear characterized by repeated episodes of positional vertigo. Changes from the prior guideline include a consumer advocate added to the update group; new evidence from 2 clinical practice guidelines, 20 systematic reviews, and 27 randomized controlled trials; enhanced emphasis on patient education and shared decision making; a new algorithm to clarify action statement relationships; and new and expanded recommendations for the diagnosis and management of BPPV...
March 2017: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240649/can-we-identify-parents-who-do-not-verbally-share-concerns-for-their-children-s-development
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Matthew Eremita, Eileen Semancik, Trudy Lerer, Paul H Dworkin
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to identify characteristics of parents who do not voice developmental concerns when prompted by their children's nurse and/or primary care provider (PCP), despite reporting concerns on parent-completed questionnaires. METHODS: We reviewed 376 medical records of children seen for a 9-month well-child visit in an urban pediatric clinic between September 2011 and December 2012 for sociodemographic variables hypothesized to affect parents' sharing of developmental concerns: the child's birth order and gender; parents' education level, employment, relationship status, and primary language; and family size and racial/ethnic background...
April 2017: Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics: JDBP
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