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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551861/determinants-of-clinic-absenteeism-a-novel-method-of-examining-distance-from-clinic-and-transportation
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Ryan W Dobbs, Neha R Malhotra, Brandon M Caldwell, Raymond Rojas, Daniel M Moreira, Michael R Abern
Delayed treatment and non-adherence are associated with inferior prostate cancer (CaP) outcomes. Missed clinic appointments (MA) are one form of non-adherence that may be preventable. We conducted a retrospective cohort study of 1341 scheduled clinic encounters for men referred to an academic urology clinic for evaluation of known or suspected CaP. Driving distance and public transit times were calculated using a Google Distance Matrix API algorithm. Zip code level data regarding socioeconomic status was obtained from the 2013 American Community Survey...
May 27, 2017: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551306/metformin-prescribing-in-low-income-and-insured-patients-with-prediabetes
#2
Jun Wu, Eileen Ward, Tiffaney Threatt, Zhiqiang K Lu
OBJECTIVES: To describe prescribing patterns of metformin in low-income and Medicaid-insured patients with prediabetes and to identify common demographic characteristics and comorbid conditions of low-income and Medicaid-insured patients receiving metformin for treatment of prediabetes. DESIGN: Retrospective observational study. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Patients (18-60 years old) who were enrolled in South Carolina Medicaid and diagnosed with prediabetes between January 2009 and December 2013...
May 24, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551053/socio-environmental-risk-factors-for-medically-attended-agricultural-injuries-in-wisconsin-dairy-farmers
#3
Jeffrey J VanWormer, Kathrine L Barnes, Stephen C Waring, Matthew C Keifer
BACKGROUND: Accidents are common in the agricultural industry, particularly among dairy farmers. How said farmers get hurt is well established, but far less is known about how distal, socio-environmental factors influence injuries. This study examined associations between medically-attended agricultural injuries and: (1) personal sociodemographic characteristics, and (2) farm environment features and general safety practices. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was implemented with linked data from electronic health records on prior agricultural injuries that occurred between 01/01/2002-12/31/2015...
May 21, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550993/barriers-to-pcsk9-inhibitor-prescriptions-for-patients-with-high-cardiovascular-risk-results-of-a-healthcare-provider-survey-conducted-by-the-national-lipid-association
#4
Jerome D Cohen, Mark J Cziraky, Terry A Jacobson, Kevin C Maki, Dean G Karalis
BACKGROUND: Statin therapy is recommended for reducing atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) risk. Significant risk can remain because of insufficient clinical response or statin intolerance. Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type-9 (PCSK9) therapy lowers low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and has recently been shown to lower ASCVD events. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to assess the barriers and challenges experienced with the access and approval reimbursement process for PCSK9 inhibitor prescriptions...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550954/first-trimester-influenza-vaccination-and-risks-for-major-structural-birth-defects-in-offspring
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Elyse Olshen Kharbanda, Gabriela Vazquez-Benitez, Paul A Romitti, Allison L Naleway, T Craig Cheetham, Heather S Lipkind, Nicola P Klein, Grace Lee, Michael L Jackson, Simon J Hambidge, Natalie McCarthy, Frank DeStefano, James D Nordin
OBJECTIVE: To examine risks for major structural birth defects in infants after first trimester inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) exposures. STUDY DESIGN: In this observational study, we used electronic health data from 7 Vaccine Safety Datalink sites to examine risks for selected major structural defects in infants after maternal IIV exposure. Vaccine exposures for women with continuous insurance enrollment through pregnancy who delivered singleton live births between 2004 and 2013 were identified from standardized files...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550936/the-bare-necessities-a-realist-review-of-necessity-argumentations-used-in-health-care-coverage-decisions
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REVIEW
Tineke Kleinhout-Vliek, Antoinette de Bont, Bert Boer
CONTEXT: Policy makers and insurance companies decide on coverage of care by both calculating (cost-) effectiveness and assessing the necessity of coverage. AIM: To investigate argumentations pertaining to necessity used in coverage decisions made by policy makers and insurance companies, as well as those argumentations used by patients, authors, the public and the media. METHODS: This study is designed as a realist review, adhering to the RAMESES quality standards...
May 5, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550917/emergency-department-utilization-and-predictors-of-mortality-for-inpatient-inguinal-hernia-repairs
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Ambar Mehta, Susan Hutfless, Alex B Blair, Anirudh Dwarakanath, Chet I Wyman, Gina Adrales, Hien Tan Nguyen
BACKGROUND: Although inguinal hernias are common surgical diagnoses, minimally symptomatic patients are often not scheduled for repairs and are asked to seek medical attention if they develop symptoms. We investigated factors associated with emergency department (ED) utilization for inguinal hernia repairs and determined whether ED utilization affected mortality for this otherwise electively treated condition. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of the 2009-2013 Nationwide Inpatient Sample to identify patients who presented through the ED and were then admitted for unilateral inguinal hernia repairs...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550905/socioeconomic-factors-and-mortality-in-emergency-general-surgery-trends-over-a-20-year-period
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Sarah J Armenia, Sri Ram Pentakota, Aziz M Merchant
BACKGROUND: Socioeconomic factors such as race, insurance, and income quartiles have been identified as independent risk factors in emergency general surgery (EGS), but this impact has not been studied over time. We sought to identify trends in disparities in EGS-related operative mortality over a 20-y period. METHODS: The National Inpatient Sample was used to identify patient encounters coded for EGS in 1993, 2003, and 2013. Logistic regression models were used to examine the adjusted relationship between race, primary payer status, and median income quartiles and in-hospital mortality after adjusting for patients' age, gender, Elixhauser comorbidity score, and hospital region, size, and location-cum-teaching status...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550380/barriers-motivators-and-facilitators-to-engagement-in-hiv-care-among-hiv-infected-ghanaian-men-who-have-sex-with-men-msm
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Adedotun Ogunbajo, Trace Kershaw, Sameer Kushwaha, Francis Boakye, Nii-Dromo Wallace-Atiapah, LaRon E Nelson
In Ghana, men who have sex with men (MSM) bear a high burden of HIV. Identifying factors that influence engagement in HIV care among HIV-infected Ghanaian MSM is critical to devising novel interventions and strengthening existing programs aimed at improving outcomes across the HIV care continuum. Consequently, we conducted an exploratory qualitative research study with 30 HIV-infected Ghanaian MSM between May 2015 and July 2015. Common barriers were fear of being seen in HIV-related health facility, financial difficulties, and health system challenges...
May 26, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550210/pet-insurance-costs-rising-rapidly
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May 27, 2017: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549980/trends-in-malpractice-claims-for-obstetric-and-gynecologic-procedures-2005-2014
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Laura M Glaser, Farah A Alvi, Magdy P Milad
BACKGROUND: Interest in medical malpractice and areas of medico-legal vulnerability for practicing obstetricians and gynecologists has grown substantially, and many providers report changing surgical practice out of fear of litigation. Furthermore, education on medical malpractice and risk management is lacking for obstetrics and gynecology trainees. Recent obstetric and gynecologic malpractice claims data is lacking. We report on recent trends in malpractice claims for obstetrics and gynecology procedures, and compare these trends to those of other medical specialties...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549788/implementation-of-a-multicenter-shoulder-dystocia-injury-prevention-program
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Linda Szymanski, Christine Arnold, Arthur J Vaught, Susan LaMantia, Theresa Harris, Andrew J Satin
Although the evidence for supporting the effectiveness of many patient safety practices has increased in recent years, the ability to implement programs to positively impact clinical outcomes across multiple institutions is lagging. Shoulder dystocia simulation has been shown to reduce avoidable patient harm. Neonatal injury from shoulder dystocia contributes to a significant percentage of liability claims. We describe the development and the process of implementation of a shoulder dystocia simulation program across five academic medical centers and their affiliated hospitals united by a common insurance carrier...
May 23, 2017: Seminars in Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549706/long-term-effectiveness-of-a-multifactorial-fall-and-fracture-prevention-program-in-bavarian-nursing-homes-an-analysis-based-on-health-insurance-claims-data
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Claudia Schulz, Ivonne Lindlbauer, Kilian Rapp, Clemens Becker, Hans-Helmut König
OBJECTIVE: Femoral fractures are frequently consequences of falls in nursing homes and are associated with considerable costs and unfavorable outcomes such as immobility and mortality. The purpose of this study was to examine the long-term effectiveness of a multifactorial fall and fracture prevention program in nursing homes in terms of reducing femoral fractures. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Nursing homes. PARTICIPANTS: Health insurance claims data for 2005-2013 including 85,148 insurants of a sickness fund (Allgemeine Ortskrankenkasse Bayern), aged 65 years or older and living in 802 nursing homes in Bavaria, Germany...
June 1, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549174/phosphorylated-sirt1-associates-with-replication-origins-to-prevent-excess-replication-initiation-and-preserve-genomic-stability
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Koichi Utani, Haiqing Fu, Sang-Min Jang, Anna B Marks, Owen K Smith, Ya Zhang, Christophe E Redon, Noriaki Shimizu, Mirit I Aladjem
Chromatin structure affects DNA replication patterns, but the role of specific chromatin modifiers in regulating the replication process is yet unclear. We report that phosphorylation of the human SIRT1 deacetylase on Threonine 530 (T530-pSIRT1) modulates DNA synthesis. T530-pSIRT1 associates with replication origins and inhibits replication from a group of 'dormant' potential replication origins, which initiate replication only when cells are subject to replication stress. Although both active and dormant origins bind T530-pSIRT1, active origins are distinguished from dormant origins by their unique association with an open chromatin mark, histone H3 methylated on lysine 4...
May 26, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549071/the-association-between-cholecystectomy-and-colorectal-neoplasm-in-inflammatory-bowel-diseases-a-population-based-cohort-study
#15
Yen-Chun Peng, Cheng-Li Lin, Fung-Chang Sung
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) and cholecystectomy are associated with the risk of colorectal cancer (CRC). Our aim was to determine the association between cholecystectomy and the CRC risk in IBD. METHODS: We first obtained the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database (NHRID), which contains information on approximately 24.7 million insured individuals. A cohort study was conducted using the data from the NHIRD, and included cohort patients with IBD who had experienced a cholecystectomy between the years 1998 and 2010...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548927/the-impact-of-delayed-commencement-of-adjuvant-chemotherapy-eight-or-more-weeks-on-survival-in-stage-ii-and-iii-colon-cancer-a-national-population-based-cohort-study
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Young Wan Kim, Eun Hee Choi, Bo Ra Kim, Woo-Ah Ko, Yeong-Mee Do, Ik Yong Kim
BACKGROUND: To examine the impact of chemotherapy delay on survival in patients with stage II or III colon cancer and the factors associated with the delay (≥8 weeks) of adjuvant chemotherapy. METHODS: Patients undergoing curative resection and adjuvant chemotherapy in a national population-based cohort were included. RESULTS: Among 5355 patients, 154 (2.9%) received chemotherapy more than 8 weeks after surgery. Based on a multivariate analysis, the risk factors associated with chemotherapy delay ≥8 weeks were older age [65 to 74 years (hazard ratio [HR]=1...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548546/the-risk-of-herpes-zoster-in-patients-with-ankylosing-spondylitis-analysis-of-the-korean-national-health-insurance-service-sample-cohort-database
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Doo-Ho Lim, Ye-Jee Kim, Seon Ok Kim, Seokchan Hong, Chang-Keun Lee, Bin Yoo, Yong-Gil Kim
OBJECTIVES: The aims of our study were to determine whether the use of conventional disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (cDMARDs) or tumor necrosis factor α (TNFα) inhibitors increase the risk of herpes zoster (HZ) in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). METHODS: We searched the South Korean National Health Insurance Service - National Sample Cohort Database for relevant patient records between 2002 and 2013. We evaluated the incidence of HZ by categorizing patients into in three treatment groups: disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) nonusers, cDMARD users and TNFα inhibitor users...
May 26, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548467/outcomes-of-trastuzumab-therapy-for-6-and-12-months-in-indonesian-national-health-insurance-system-clients-with-operable-her2-positive-breast-cancer
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Wirsma Arif Harahap, Ramadhan, Daan Khambri, Samuel Haryono, Ricvan Dana Nindrea
Objective: The aim of this study is to determine the outcome of trastuzumab therapy for 6 or 12 months in patients with HER2 positive operable breast cancer who followed the national health insurance system in Indonesia. Methods: Data were extracted from medical records of Dr. M Djamil General Hospital Padang and Dharmais Cancer Hospital/ National Cancer Center Jakarta for post-operative breast HER-2 positive cancer patients treated with trastuzumab for 6 or 12 months who had been followed up for at least 5 years (January 1st in 2010 until December 31st in 2015)...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548005/geographic-variation-in-diagnostic-ability-and-quality-of-care-metrics-a-case-study-of-ankylosing-spondylitis-and-low-back-pain
#19
Jason Shafrin, Jenny Griffith, Jin Joo Shim, Caroline Huber, Arijit Ganguli, Wade Aubry
Studies examining geographic variation in care for low back pain often focus on process and outcome measures conditional on patient diagnosis but generally do not take into account a physician's ability to diagnose the root cause of low back pain. In our case study, we used increased detection of ankylosing spondylitis-a relatively rare inflammatory back disease-as a proxy for diagnostic ability and measured the relationship between ankylosing spondylitis detection, potentially inappropriate low back pain care, and cost...
January 1, 2017: Inquiry: a Journal of Medical Care Organization, Provision and Financing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547934/endo-laparoscopic-inguinal-hernia-repair-what-is-its-role
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REVIEW
Anil Sharma, Priyank Chelawat
Hernia repair techniques vary greatly depending upon the setting, surgeons, insurance reimbursement systems, resources, and logistical capabilities. Open mesh repair is the most frequently used technique. Choosing the best technique for inguinal hernia repair is a challenge. There is no single technique to manage every type of hernia. Today, laparoscopy and robotics are at the forefront of advanced surgical tools and offer a range of options for general surgeons who are critically evaluating new procedures...
May 2017: Asian Journal of Endoscopic Surgery
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