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Sacha Klein, Brittany Mihalec-Adkins, Stephanie Benson, Sei-Young Lee
Increasing access to early care and education (ECE) for children in the child welfare system (CWS) remains a critical issue in the United States, as the numbers of young children entering this system steadily increases. Mounting evidence suggests that participation in at least some types of ECE can mitigate the need for child welfare supervision. Moreover, ECE participation has been linked to positive developmental and school readiness outcomes, lower rates of foster placement, and greater placement stability for children in the CWS...
March 13, 2018: Child Abuse & Neglect
Bridget M Smith, Rachael N Martinez, Charlesnika T Evans, Karen L Saban, Salva Balbale, Eric J Proescher, Kevin Stroupe, Timothy P Hogan
BACKGROUND: Veterans who experience traumatic brain injury (TBI) may have long-term needs placing a premium on well-coordinated care. This study aimed to (1) identify barriers to care coordination for Veterans with TBI; and (2) describe strategies used by VA polytrauma care team members to coordinate care for Veterans with TBI. METHODS: We utilised a mixed method design, including an online survey of VA polytrauma care team members (N = 236) and subsequent semi-structured interviews (N = 25)...
March 14, 2018: Brain Injury: [BI]
Marta O Soares, Simon Walker, Stephen J Palmer, Mark J Sculpher
In recent years, Health Technology Assessment (HTA) processes specific to diagnostics and prognostic tests have been created in response to the increased pressure on health systems to decide not only which tests should be used in practice but also the best way to proceed, clinically, from the information they provide. These technologies differ in the way value is accrued to the population of users, depending critically on the value of downstream health care choices. This paper defines an analytical framework for establishing the value of diagnostic and prognostic tests for HTA in a way that is consistent with methods used for the evaluation of other health care technologies...
March 1, 2018: Medical Decision Making: An International Journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making
Jenna Dran
In 2015, Zika virus rapidly emerged as a concern for obstetric patients and health care providers as the disease spread geographically and it was discovered that Zika virus infection had the potential to cause devastating birth defects. Essentially overnight, obstetric care providers were faced with an influx of rapidly evolving information and an increased workload. New systems, workflows, and personnel were needed to effectively address the new patient care needs fueled by the burgeoning Zika virus epidemic...
March 8, 2018: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Douglas A Conrad, Peter Milgrom, R Mike Shirtcliff, Howard L Bailit, Sharity Ludwig, Jeanne Dysert, Gary Allen, Joana Cunha-Cruz
BACKGROUND: Dentists increasingly are employed in large group practices that use financial incentive systems to influence provider performance. The authors describe the design and initial implementation of a pay-for-performance (P4P) incentive program for a large capitated Oregon group dental practice that cares primarily for patients receiving Medicaid. The authors do not assess the effectiveness of the incentive system on provider and staff member performance. METHODS: The data come from use of care files and integrated electronic health records, provider and staff member surveys, and interviews and community surveys from 6 counties...
March 8, 2018: Journal of the American Dental Association
Hyung Nam Kim
PURPOSE: Today's social support systems for parents of preterm infants tend to pay more attention to mothers than fathers. As a father also plays a critical role in caring for a preterm infant, there is a need to advance understanding of paternal concerns and needs about social supports that should better support fathers. DESIGN AND METHODS: Interviews were conducted with 18 parents of preterm infants (i.e., 10 mothers and 8 fathers) who have been discharged from the NICU to home...
March 2018: Journal of Pediatric Nursing
Julia E Napier, Michael S Lund, Douglas L Armstrong, Denise McAloose
The Amur leopard ( Panthera pardus orientalis) is one of the most critically endangered leopards on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature red list. The primary objective of this retrospective study was to identify common and significant causes of morbidity and mortality in the North American Amur leopard zoo population. This information provides insights that contribute to their improved care, health, and medical management and, ultimately, affects the sustainability of this leopard subspecies in the wild...
March 2018: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Allan Best, Alex Berland, Trisha Greenhalgh, Ivy L Bourgeault, Jessie E Saul, Brittany Barker
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to present a case study of the World Health Organization's Global Healthcare Workforce Alliance (GHWA). Based on a commissioned evaluation of GHWA, it applies network theory and key concepts from systems thinking to explore network emergence, effectiveness, and evolution to over a ten-year period. The research was designed to provide high-level strategic guidance for further evolution of global governance in human resources for health (HRH). Design/methodology/approach Methods included a review of published literature on HRH governance and current practice in the field and an in-depth case study whose main data sources were relevant GHWA background documents and key informant interviews with GHWA leaders, staff, and stakeholders...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Health Organization and Management
Jason M Kane, Jeffrey D Colvin, Allison H Bartlett, Matt Hall
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: There has been a rapid increase in the rate of pediatric opioid-related hospitalizations. It is unknown how this increase has impacted the use of pediatric critical care. Our objective in this study was to assess the trends in pediatric hospitalization for opioid ingestions in a cohort of US children's hospitals and, specifically, to evaluate the impact on pediatric critical care resource use. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of the Pediatric Health Information System was performed to identify hospitalizations for opioid ingestions from 2004 to 2015...
March 5, 2018: Pediatrics
David Morton, Thoko Mayekiso, Peter Cunningham
Community home-based care (CHBC) is a critical component of non-formal care in communities in Africa that have a high prevalence of HIV and tuberculosis (TB). Community carers consisting primarily of volunteers are critical role players in African healthcare systems and particularly in South Africa's strategy to fight HIV and AIDS. This paper explores the structural barriers volunteer caregivers need to overcome to provide quality CHBC. The researchers used two focus group discussions with key informants (each with four participants), and semi-structured interviews with six key informants to collect data relating to the meaning of quality CHBC...
March 2018: African Journal of AIDS Research: AJAR
Jennifer Jewer
BACKGROUND: As health care becomes more reliant on technology, a better understanding of the factors that contribute to acceptance and use of technology is now critical. The Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) has been applied to study a variety of technologies in different settings, and it is one of the most cited theories in Information Systems (IS) research. However, there has been limited application of UTAUT to health IT and, in particular, to patients' IT use...
April 2018: International Journal of Medical Informatics
Darren Hudson, Andre Kushniruk, Elizabeth Borycki, Danny J Zuege
INTRODUCTION: Physician satisfaction with electronic medical records has often been poor. Usability has frequently been identified as a source for decreased satisfaction. While surveys can identify many issues, and are logistically easier to administer, they may miss issues identified using other methods This study sought to understand the level of physician satisfaction and usability issues associated with a critical care clinical information system (eCritical Alberta) implemented throughout the province of Alberta, Canada...
April 2018: International Journal of Medical Informatics
Hannah Chimowitz, Macda Gerard, Alan Fossa, Fabienne Bourgeois, Sigall K Bell
BACKGROUND: Enabling family/friend caregivers with access to visit notes may help avoid errors, delayed diagnoses, or other ambulatory safety risks. Patient, parent, and caregiver perceptions of how shared notes affect safety behaviors and attitudes were studied in an exploratory study. METHODS: To assess the impact of OpenNotes on safety, 24,722 patients with active portal accounts and ≥ 1 available visit notes during the prior year at an urban hospital were surveyed between June and September 2016...
March 2018: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Timothy Peters-Strickland, Ainslie Hatch, Anke Adenwala, Katie Atkinson, Benjamin Bartfeld
Background: The digital medicine system (DMS), a drug-device combination developed for patients with serious mental illness, integrates adherence measurement with pharmacologic treatment by embedding an ingestible sensor in a pill, allowing for information sharing among patients, health care providers (HCPs), and caregivers via a mobile interface. Studies conducted during the DMS development process aimed to minimize cognitive burden and use-related risks and demonstrated effective use of the technology...
2018: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
Rolf Apweiler, Tim Beissbarth, Michael R Berthold, Nils Blüthgen, Yvonne Burmeister, Olaf Dammann, Andreas Deutsch, Friedrich Feuerhake, Andre Franke, Jan Hasenauer, Steve Hoffmann, Thomas Höfer, Peter Lm Jansen, Lars Kaderali, Ursula Klingmüller, Ina Koch, Oliver Kohlbacher, Lars Kuepfer, Frank Lammert, Dieter Maier, Nico Pfeifer, Nicole Radde, Markus Rehm, Ingo Roeder, Julio Saez-Rodriguez, Ulrich Sax, Bernd Schmeck, Andreas Schuppert, Bernd Seilheimer, Fabian J Theis, Julio Vera, Olaf Wolkenhauer
New technologies to generate, store and retrieve medical and research data are inducing a rapid change in clinical and translational research and health care. Systems medicine is the interdisciplinary approach wherein physicians and clinical investigators team up with experts from biology, biostatistics, informatics, mathematics and computational modeling to develop methods to use new and stored data to the benefit of the patient. We here provide a critical assessment of the opportunities and challenges arising out of systems approaches in medicine and from this provide a definition of what systems medicine entails...
March 2, 2018: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
Carolyn Allshouse, Meg Comeau, Rylin Rodgers, Nora Wells
This article, written by a group of experienced parents of children with medical complexity (CMC), provides an overview of the demands of managing care from their unique perspective. The article articulates why attention to understanding the challenges that families of CMC face with a fragmented health care system, inadequate health insurance coverage, deficits in the delivery of medical care, and problems accessing other critical services (as well as lack of support for children and adolescents in developing and exercising self-management skills) are vital to efforts to improve the current system and positively impact the life course of vulnerable populations...
March 2018: Pediatrics
Mike English, Paul Mwaniki, Thomas Julius, Mercy Chepkirui, David Gathara, Paul O Ouma, Peter Cherutich, Emelda A Okiro, Robert W Snow
BACKGROUND: There is increasing focus on the strength of primary health care systems in low and middle-income countries (LMIC). There are important roles for higher quality district hospital care within these systems. These hospitals are also sources of information of considerable importance to health systems, but this role, as with the wider roles of district hospitals, has been neglected. KEY MESSAGES: As we make efforts to develop higher quality health systems in LMIC we highlight the critical importance of district hospitals focusing here on how data on hospital mortality offers value: i) in understanding disease burden; ii) as part of surveillance and impact monitoring; iii) as an entry point to exploring system failures; and iv) as a lens to examine variability in health system performance and possibly as a measure of health system quality in its own right...
March 1, 2018: BMC Medicine
Mary E Northridge, Sara S Metcalf, Stella Yi, Qiuyi Zhang, Xiaoxi Gu, Chau Trinh-Shevrin
Introduction: While the US health care system has the capability to provide amazing treatment of a wide array of conditions, this care is not uniformly available to all population groups. Oral health care is one of the dimensions of the US health care delivery system in which striking disparities exist. More than half of the population does not visit a dentist each year. Improving access to oral health care is a critical and necessary first step to improving oral health outcomes and reducing disparities...
2018: Frontiers in Public Health
Kiran Tawana, Michael W Drazer, Jane E Churpek
Comprehensive genomic profiling of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cases have enabled the detection and differentiation of driver and subclonal mutations, informed risk prognostication, and defined targeted therapies. These insights into disease biology, and management have made multigene-acquired mutation testing a critical part of the diagnostic assessment of patients with sporadic MDS and AML. More recently, our understanding of the role of an increasing number of inherited genetic factors on MDS/AML risk and management has rapidly progressed...
February 27, 2018: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Paulino Jimenez, Anita Bregenzer
BACKGROUND: Electronic health (eHealth) and mobile health (mHealth) tools can support and improve the whole process of workplace health promotion (WHP) projects. However, several challenges and opportunities have to be considered while integrating these tools in WHP projects. Currently, a large number of eHealth tools are developed for changing health behavior, but these tools can support the whole WHP process, including group administration, information flow, assessment, intervention development process, or evaluation...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Medical Internet Research
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