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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155832/implementing-universal-hiv-treatment-in-a-high-hiv-prevalence-and-rural-south-african-setting-field-experiences-and-recommendations-of-health-care-providers
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Melanie Plazy, Delphine Perriat, Dumile Gumede, Sylvie Boyer, Deenan Pillay, François Dabis, Janet Seeley, Joanna Orne-Gliemann
BACKGROUND: We aimed to describe the field experiences and recommendations of clinic-based health care providers (HCP) regarding the implementation of universal antiretroviral therapy (ART) in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. METHODS: In Hlabisa sub-district, the local HIV programme of the Department of Health (DoH) is decentralized in 18 clinics, where ART was offered at a CD4 count ≤500 cells/μL from January 2015 to September 2016. Within the ANRS 12249 TasP trial, implemented in part of the sub-district, universal ART (no eligibility criteria) was offered in 11 mobile clinics between March 2012 and June 2016...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132373/understanding-malaria-treatment-seeking-preferences-within-the-public-sector-amongst-mobile-migrant-workers-in-a-malaria-elimination-scenario-a-mixed-methods-study
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Aung Ye Naung Win, Thae Maung Maung, Khin Thet Wai, Tin Oo, Aung Thi, Rungrawee Tipmontree, Ngamphol Soonthornworasiri, Mondha Kengganpanich, Jaranit Kaewkungwal
BACKGROUND: Migration flows and the emerging resistance to artemisinin-based combination therapy in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) create programmatic challenges to meeting the AD 2030 malaria elimination target in Myanmar. The National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) targeted migrant workers based mainly on the stability of their worksites (categories 1: permanent work-setting; categories 2 and 3: less stable work-settings). This study aims to assess the migration patterns, malaria treatment-seeking preferences, and challenges encountered by mobile/migrant workers at remote sites in a malaria-elimination setting...
November 13, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131732/yoga-and-healthcare-in-the-united-kingdom
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Heather Mason, Nicole Schnackenberg, Robin Monro
The emergence of yoga therapy in the United Kingdom began about 45 years ago with the emergence of yoga therapy organizations that offered both treatment and training. The integration of yoga into the National Health Service (NHS) is gradually happening Because: (a) yoga research supports its efficacy as a cost-effective, preventive and complementary treatment for a host of non-communicable diseases; and (b) the escalating economic burden of long-term conditions is overwhelming the NHS. The NHS is actively developing 'sustainability and transformation plans' that include yoga...
November 2017: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130601/scaling-up-hiv-viral-load-lessons-from-the-large-scale-implementation-of-hiv-early-infant-diagnosis-and-cd4-testing
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Trevor Peter, Clement Zeh, Zachary Katz, Ali Elbireer, Bereket Alemayehu, Lara Vojnov, Alex Costa, Naoko Doi, Ilesh Jani
INTRODUCTION: The scale-up of effective HIV viral load (VL) testing is an urgent public health priority. Implementation of testing is supported by the availability of accurate, nucleic acid based laboratory and point-of-care (POC) VL technologies and strong WHO guidance recommending routine testing to identify treatment failure. However, test implementation faces challenges related to the developing health systems in many low-resource countries. The purpose of this commentary is to review the challenges and solutions from the large-scale implementation of other diagnostic tests, namely nucleic-acid based early infant HIV diagnosis (EID) and CD4 testing, and identify key lessons to inform the scale-up of VL...
November 2017: Journal of the International AIDS Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130265/the-economics-of-public-health-missing-pieces-to-the-puzzle-of-health-system-reform
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Glen P Mays, Adam J Atherly, Alan M Zaslavsky
The United States continues to experiment with health care delivery and financing innovations, but relatively little attention is given to the public health system and its capacity for improving health status in the U.S. population at large. The public health system operates as a multisector enterprise in which government agencies work in conjunction with private and voluntary organizations to identify health risks in the population and to mobilize community-wide actions that prevent and contain these risks...
December 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127077/is-connected-health-contributing-to-a-healthier-population
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Carmen G Loiselle, Saima Ahmed
Connected health tools, including mobile phones, incorporate various functions that capture events, direct actions, and make informed decisions based on complex sources of data. Connected health, a term recently proposed by some academics and industry, refers to the development, testing, and integration of smart technology tools into health care. Through these means, connected health creates interconnectivity across various environments, profoundly changing the way we learn, self-regulate, and communicate with one another...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126059/enhancing-early-psychosis-treatment-using-smartphone-technology-a-longitudinal-feasibility-and-validity-study
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Tara A Niendam, Laura M Tully, Ana-Maria Iosif, Divya Kumar, Kathleen E Nye, Jennifer C Denton, Lauren N Zakskorn, Taylor L Fedechko, Katherine M Pierce
Smartphone applications that promote symptom tracking and self-management may improve treatment of serious mental illness (SMI). Although feasibility has been established in chronic adult outpatient or inpatient SMI samples, no data exist regarding implementation of smartphone technology in adolescent and young adult populations as part of early psychosis (EP) outpatient care. We implemented a smartphone "app" plus clinician Dashboard as an add-on treatment tool in the University of California, Davis Early Psychosis Program...
October 21, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121480/palliative-care-planner-pcplanner-a-pilot-study-to-evaluate-acceptability-and-usability-of-an-electronic-health-records-system-integrated-needs-targeted-app-platform
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Christopher E Cox, Derek M Jones, Wen Reagan, Mary D Key, Vinca Chow, Jessica McFarlin, David Casarett, Claire J Creutzfeldt, Sharron L Docherty
RATIONALE: The quality and patient-centeredness of intensive care unit (ICU)-based palliative care delivery is highly variable. OBJECTIVE: To develop and pilot an app platform for clinicians, ICU patients, and their family members that enhances the delivery of needs-targeted palliative care. METHODS: In the Development Phase of the study, we developed an electronic health record (EHR) system-integrated mobile web app system prototype, PCplanner (Palliative Care Planner)...
November 9, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114348/enriching-health-professional-programs-in-global-health-development-and-implementation-of-an-interdisciplinary-and-integrated-approach
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Carol Valois, Véronique Foley, Paul Grand'Maison, Johanne Dumont
Background: Globalization results in a rapidly diversifying population, increased inequities, and more complex health problems affecting populations. This forces medical schools to integrate global health (GH) into the training of health-care professionals from curriculum development to practical learning activities, here and abroad. Approach: The approach aims at enriching existing programs in GH competencies in an interdisciplinary context. The goal is to ensure that all health-science students develop a certain level of GH competency...
April 2017: Canadian Medical Education Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103400/improving-maternal-infant-and-young-child-nutrition-in-nepal-via-peer-mobilization
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Akriti Singh, Rolf Dw Klemm, Gary Mundy, Pooja Pandey Rana, Bhim Pun, Kenda Cunningham
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of a peer facilitator (PF) approach for improving mothers' knowledge and practices relating to maternal and child nutrition. DESIGN: A quasi-experimental design nested within a large-scale integrated nutrition programme, Suaahara, in Nepal. Suaahara interventions were implemented in all study sites, but peer facilitators were used in only half of the study sites. SETTING: Rural, disadvantaged villages in three districts of Nepal: Bhojpur, Bajhang and Rupandehi...
November 6, 2017: Public Health Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101138/do-digital-innovations-for-hiv-and-sexually-transmitted-infections-work-results-from-a-systematic-review-1996-2017
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Jana Daher, Rohit Vijh, Blake Linthwaite, Sailly Dave, John Kim, Keertan Dheda, Trevor Peter, Nitika Pant Pai
OBJECTIVE: Digital innovations with internet/mobile phones offer a potential cost-saving solution for overburdened health systems with high service delivery costs to improve efficiency of HIV/STI (sexually transmitted infections) control initiatives. However, their overall evidence has not yet been appraised. We evaluated the feasibility and impact of all digital innovations for all HIV/STIs. DESIGN: Systematic review. SETTING/PARTICIPANTS: All settings/all participants...
November 3, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097056/a-community-based-bionic-leg-rehabilitation-program-for-patients-with-chronic-stroke-clinical-trial-protocol
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Amy Wright, Keeron Stone, Danielle Lambrick, Simon Fryer, Lee Stoner, Edward Tasker, Simon Jobson, Grace Smith, John Batten, Jo Batey, Vicky Hudson, Helen Hobbs, James Faulkner
Stroke is a major global health problem whereby many survivors have unmet needs concerning mobility during recovery. As such, the use of robotic-assisted devices (i.e., a bionic leg) within a community setting may be an important adjunct to normal physiotherapy in chronic stroke survivors. This study will be a dual-center, randomized, parallel group clinical trial to investigate the impact of a community-based training program using a bionic leg on biomechanical, cardiovascular, and functional outcomes in stroke survivors...
October 30, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29091114/primary-health-care-assessment-by-users-with-and-without-disabilities
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Maria Helena Morgani de Almeida, Samanta Pacheco, Stephanie Krebs, Amanda Manso Oliveira, Alessandra Samelli, Daniela Regina Molini-Avejonas, Rosé Colom Toldrá, Fátima Corrêa Oliver
PURPOSE: To evaluate the core (First Contact, Longitudinality, Comprehensiveness, and Coordination of Services) and derivative (Family Orientation, Community Orientation) attributes of primary health care (PHC) from the perspective of users with and without disabilities. METHODS: Observational, cross-sectional study using the Primary Care Assessment Tool (PCAT) with users with and without disabilities of five basic health units (BHU) in a municipality where 55% of the population depends on the Brazilian Unified Health System (SUS)...
October 26, 2017: CoDAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29078987/collaborative-care-and-related-interventions-in-patients-with-heart-disease-an-update-and-new-directions
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Jeff C Huffman, Caitlin N Adams, Christopher M Celano
BACKGROUND: Psychiatric disorders, such as depression, are very common in cardiac patients and are independently linked to adverse cardiac outcomes, including mortality. Collaborative care and other integrated care models have been used successfully to manage psychiatric conditions in patients with heart disease, with beneficial effects on function and other outcomes. Novel programs using remote delivery of mental health interventions and promotion of psychological well-being may play an increasingly large role in supporting cardiovascular health...
September 18, 2017: Psychosomatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29076447/aging-in-place-our-house-is-a-very-very-very-fine-house
#15
Jeannette Y Wick
As 10,000 American baby boomers turn 65 years of age every day between 2017 and 2030, society needs to help our aging population find ways to handle the restrictions and limitations that come with increasing age: visual impairment, hearing loss, osteoarthritis, dementia, and other conditions common in older adults. Institutional or long-term care for elderly individuals costs an average of $82,000 to $92,000 per person per year and varies by location. Care in an assisted living facility costs $43,500 per person annually...
October 1, 2017: Consultant Pharmacist: the Journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29075683/lessons-from-the-deployment-of-the-spirit-app-to-support-collaborative-care-for-rural-patients-with-complex-psychiatric-conditions
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Amy M Bauer, Sarah Hodsdon, Suzanne Hunter, Youlim Choi, Jared Bechtel, John C Fortney
We report the design and deployment of a mobile health system for patients receiving primary care-based mental health services (Collaborative Care) for post-traumatic stress disorder and/or bipolar disorder in rural health centers. Here we describe the clinical model, our participatory approach to designing and deploying the mobile system, and describe the final system. We focus on the integration of the system into providers' clinical workflow and patient registry system. We present lessons learned about the technical and training requirements for integration into practice that can inform future efforts to incorporate health technologies to improve care for patients with psychiatric conditions...
September 2017: Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29068768/exploring-the-factors-that-influence-physician-technostress-from-using-mobile-electronic-medical-records
#17
Chung-Feng Liu, Tain-Junn Cheng, Chin-Tung Chen
This paper proposes an integrated model for investigating how physicians' perceived individual and technology characteristics affect their technological stress (technostress) that is derived from using mobile electronic medical records (MEMRs). Individual characteristics comprise constructs of mobile self-efficacy and technology dependence, whereas perceived technology characteristics comprise constructs of perceived usefulness, complexity, and reliability. We employed the survey method to collect 158 valid questionnaires from physicians working at three branch hospitals to determine perceptions regarding MEMRs, yielding a response rate of 33...
October 25, 2017: Informatics for Health & Social Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29061553/veterans-preferences-for-exchanging-information-using-veterans-affairs-health-information-technologies-focus-group-results-and-modeling-simulations
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Jolie N Haun, Margeaux Chavez, Kim Nazi, Nicole Antinori, Christine Melillo, Bridget A Cotner, Wendy Hathaway, Ashley Cook, Nancy Wilck, Abigail Noonan
BACKGROUND: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has multiple health information technology (HIT) resources for veterans to support their health care management. These include a patient portal, VetLink Kiosks, mobile apps, and telehealth services. The veteran patient population has a variety of needs and preferences that can inform current VA HIT redesign efforts to meet consumer needs. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to describe veterans' experiences using the current VA HIT and identify their vision for the future of an integrated VA HIT system...
October 23, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29060439/design-of-an-mhealth-system-for-maternal-and-children-hiv-care
#19
Allya P Koesoema, Arni Ariani, Yoke S Irawan, Soegijardjo Soegijoko
While progress has been made to slow down its spread and increase uptake of treatment, human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) is still a highly significant health problem for many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Specifically, almost half of new HIV patients in Asia Pacific were children. The prevention of mother-to-child transmission faces complex socioeconomic and other problems. With the increasing growth of mobile technologies in LMICs, especially in Asia Pacific, mHealth, the application of mobile technology for health applications, has a significant potential to help alleviate these problems...
July 2017: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046271/client-focused-security-assessment-of-mhealth-apps-and-recommended-practices-to-prevent-or-mitigate-transport-security-issues
#20
Jannis Müthing, Thomas Jäschke, Christoph M Friedrich
BACKGROUND: Mobile health (mHealth) apps show a growing importance for patients and health care professionals. Apps in this category are diverse. Some display important information (ie, drug interactions), whereas others help patients to keep track of their health. However, insufficient transport security can lead to confidentiality issues for patients and medical professionals, as well as safety issues regarding data integrity. mHealth apps should therefore deploy intensified vigilance to protect their data and integrity...
October 18, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
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