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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222168/fewer-acute-respiratory-infection-episodes-among-patients-receiving-treatment-for-gastroesophageal-reflux-disease
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Herng-Ching Lin, Sudha Xirasagar, Shiu-Dong Chung, Chung-Chien Huang, Ming-Chieh Tsai, Chao-Hung Chen
Patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) present with comorbid complications with implications for healthcare utilization. To date, little is known about the effects of GERD treatment with a proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) on patients' subsequent healthcare utilization for acute respiratory infections (ARIs). This population-based study compared ARI episodes captured through outpatient visits, one year before and one year after GERD patients received PPI treatment. We used retrospective data from the Longitudinal Health Insurance Database 2005 in Taiwan, comparing 21,486 patients diagnosed with GERD from 2010 to 2012 with 21,486 age-sex matched comparison patients without GERD...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221273/the-association-between-immigration-status-and-office-based-medical-provider-visits-for-cancer-patients-in-the-united-states
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Yang Wang, Fernando A Wilson, Li-Wu Chen
OBJECTIVES: We examined differences in cancer-related office-based provider visits associated with immigration status in the United States. METHODS: Data from the 2007-2012 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey and National Health Interview Survey included adult patients diagnosed with cancer. Univariate analyses described distributions of cancer-related office-based provider visits received, expenditures, visit characteristics, as well as demographic, socioeconomic, and health covariates, across immigration groups...
February 17, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221241/hyperpolarized-helium-3-diffusion-weighted-magnetic-resonance-imaging-detects-abnormalities-of-lung-structure-in-children-with-bronchopulmonary-dysplasia
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Lucia Flors, John P Mugler, Alix Paget-Brown, Deborah K Froh, Eduard E de Lange, James T Patrie, Talissa A Altes
PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to determine whether hyperpolarized He diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging detects abnormalities in the lungs in children with bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) as compared with age-matched normal children. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All experiments were compliant with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and performed with Food and Drug Administration approval under an IND application. The protocol was approved by our Institutional Review Board, and written informed consent was obtained...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221176/value-based-insurance-design
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Alok D Sharan, Gregory D Schroeder, Michael E West, Alexander R Vaccaro
The increasing awareness of the scarcity of health care resources is forcing the health care industry to improve quality while lowering the cost. One method by which employers and insurance companies are attempting to do this is with value-based insurance design. In these plans, patients pay a lower amount for certain services that are considered high value and a higher amount for services that are considered low value.
February 17, 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221165/response-to-letter-comment-on-insurance-status-not-race-is-associated-with-use-of-minimally-invasive-surgical-approach-for-rectal-cancer
#5
Megan C Turner, Mohamed Abdelgadir Adam, Zhifei Sun, Jina Kim, Brian Ezekian, Babatunde A Yerokun, Christopher R Mantyh, John Migaly
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 1, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221086/cassandra-s-regret-the-psychology-of-not-wanting-to-know
#6
Gerd Gigerenzer, Rocio Garcia-Retamero
Ignorance is generally pictured as an unwanted state of mind, and the act of willful ignorance may raise eyebrows. Yet people do not always want to know, demonstrating a lack of curiosity at odds with theories postulating a general need for certainty, ambiguity aversion, or the Bayesian principle of total evidence. We propose a regret theory of deliberate ignorance that covers both negative feelings that may arise from foreknowledge of negative events, such as death and divorce, and positive feelings of surprise and suspense that may arise from foreknowledge of positive events, such as knowing the sex of an unborn child...
March 2017: Psychological Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220993/antiemetic-use-among-pregnant-women-in-the-united-states-the-escalating-use-of-ondansetron
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Lockwood G Taylor, Steven T Bird, Leyla Sahin, Melissa S Tassinari, Patty Greene, Marsha E Reichman, Susan E Andrade, Katherine Haffenreffer, Sengwee Toh
PURPOSE: To examine ondansetron use in pregnancy in the context of other antiemetic use among a large insured United States population of women delivering live births. METHODS: We assessed ondansetron and other antiemetic use among pregnant women delivering live births between 2001 and 2015 in 15 data partners contributing data to the Mini-Sentinel Distributed Database. We identified live birth pregnancies using a validated algorithm, and all forms of ondansetron and other available antiemetics were identified using National Drug Codes or procedure codes...
February 21, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220736/antibiotic-prescription-patterns-of-south-african-general-medical-practitioners-for-treatment-of-acute-bronchitis
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N B Q Ncube, G C Solanki, T Kredo, R Lalloo
BACKGROUND: Antibiotic resistance is a significant public health problem. Prudent use of antibiotics is crucial in reducing this resistance. Acute bronchitis is a common reason for consultations with general medical practitioners, and antibiotics are often prescribed even though guidelines recommend not prescribing them for uncomplicated acute bronchitis. OBJECTIVE: To analyse the antibiotic prescription patterns of South African (SA) general medical practitioners in the treatment of acute bronchitis...
January 30, 2017: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220588/dental-care-coverage-and-income-related-inequalities-in-foregone-dental-care-in-europe-during-the-great-recession
#9
Jon Ivar Elstad
OBJECTIVES: This study examines income inequalities in foregone dental care in 23 European countries during the years with global economic crisis. Associations between dental care coverage from public health budgets or social insurance, and income-related inequalities in perceived access to dental care, are analysed. METHODS: Survey data 2008-2013 from 23 countries were combined with country data on macro-economic conditions and coverage for dental care. Foregone dental care was defined as self-reported abstentions from needed dental care because of costs or other crisis-related reasons...
February 21, 2017: Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220574/selective-use-of-the-electrocardiogram-in-pediatric-preparticipation-athletic-examinations-among-pediatric-primary-care-providers
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Bradley C Clark, Joshua M Hayman, Charles I Berul, Kristin M Burns, Jonathan R Kaltman
OBJECTIVES: Recent literature examining insurance administrative data suggests that a selective approach, with concurrent history and physical exam (H&P), for obtaining an electrocardiogram (ECG) as a part of a preparticipation examination (PPE) for pediatric athletes is commonly used in the primary care setting demonstrating a high rate of disease detection. We sought to understand practice patterns of providers with regard to usage of ECG as a part of PPE. METHODS: Utilizing an online survey, we queried primary care providers regarding their practice patterns, rationale, and concerns regarding use of ECGs as a part of the PPE...
February 21, 2017: Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220219/-the-way-from-cost-approval-to-bariatric-surgery-analysis-of-resource-utilization-in-a%C3%A2-maximum-care-hospital
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F Nickel, C Tapking, U Zech, K Huennemeyer, A T Billeter, P C Müller, H G Kenngott, B P Müller-Stich, L Fischer
BACKGROUND: Morbid obesity is a medical and economic challenge. Patients who have the indications for bariatric surgery face a long way from the first visit until surgery and a high utilization of resources is required. OBJECTIVES: The present study aimed to evaluate labor costs and labor time required to supervise obese patients from their first visit until preparation of a bariatric report to ask for cost acceptance of bariatric surgery from their health insurance...
February 20, 2017: Der Chirurg; Zeitschrift Für Alle Gebiete der Operativen Medizen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220215/postpartum-depression-risk-factors-among-recent-refugee-asylum-seeking-non-refugee-immigrant-and-canadian-born-women-results-from-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Cindy-Lee Dennis, Lisa Merry, Anita J Gagnon
PURPOSE: The objective was to examine and compare risk factors for postpartum depression among: (1) recent (≤5 years) migrant and Canadian-born women, and (2) refugee, asylum-seeking, and non-refugee immigrant women. METHODS: A sample of 1536 women (1024 migrant and 512 Canadian-born) were recruited from 12 hospitals. Women completed questionnaires at 1-2 and 16 weeks postpartum including questions on socio-demographics, biomedical history, health services, and migration and resettlement factors...
February 20, 2017: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220019/population-level-differences-in-rectal-cancer-survival-in-uninsured-patients-are-partially-explained-by-differences-in-treatment
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Dianne Pulte, Lina Jansen, Hermann Brenner
BACKGROUND: Rectal cancer (RC) is a common malignancy with a substantial mortality but good survival for patients with optimally treated nonmetastatic disease. Lack of insurance may compromise access to care and therefore compromise survival. Here, we examine RC survival by insurance type. METHODS: Data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database were used to determine 1- to 3-year survival for patients with RC by insurance type (Medicaid, uninsured, other insurance)...
February 20, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219959/randomised-prospective-medico-economic-nationwide-french-study-of-islet-transplantation-in-patients-with-severely-unstable-type-1-diabetes-the-stabilot-study-protocol
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Sandrine Lablanche, Sandra David-Tchouda, Jennifer Margier, Edith Schir, Anne Wojtusciszyn, Sophie Borot, Laurence Kessler, Emmanuel Morelon, Charles Thivolet, François Pattou, Marie Christine Vantyghem, Thierry Berney, Pierre-Yves Benhamou
INTRODUCTION: Islet transplantation may be an appropriate treatment option for patients with severely unstable type 1 diabetes experiencing major glucose variability with severe hypoglycaemia despite intensive insulin therapy. Few data are available on the costs associated with islet transplantation in relation to its benefits. The STABILOT study proposes to assess the economic impact of islet transplantation in comparison with the current best medical treatment defined as sensor-augmented pump (SAP) therapy...
February 20, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219896/parallel-contagion-phenomenon-of-concordant-mental-disorders-among-married-couples-a-nationwide-cohort-study
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Jong-Yi Wang, Ming-Hong Hsieh, Pei-Ching Lin, Chiu-Shong Liu, Jen-De Chen
BACKGROUND: The aggregation of mental disorders in couples, as reported by prior research, indicates the effect of familial environments and warrants attention. However, the concordant categories of mental disorders in couples remain unclear. This study investigated spousal concordance for the category of mental disorders among couples throughout Taiwan by using factors associated with such disorders. METHODS: 5643 couples in the 2002-2013 Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database were analysed and compared with propensity-matched 5643 non-couples...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219474/correlates-of-the-positive-psychological-byproducts-of-cancer-role-of-family-caregivers-and-informational-support
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Kristin Litzelman, Danielle Blanch-Hartigan, Chun Cheih Lin, Xuesong Han
OBJECTIVE: Experiencing a life-threatening illness such as cancer can elicit both negative (e.g., distress) and positive (e.g., growth) psychological responses. The present study sought to determine the correlates of four positive psychological byproducts in cancer survivors: becoming a stronger person, coping better with life's challenges, making positive changes in life, and adopting healthier habits. METHOD: Data for this cross-sectional study were taken from the Medical Expenditures Panel Survey (MEPS) Experiences with Cancer Survivorship Supplement (Yabroff et al...
February 21, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219377/the-effect-of-increasing-the-coinsurance-rate-on-outpatient-utilization-of-healthcare-services-in-south-korea
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Hyo Jung Lee, Sung-In Jang, Eun-Cheol Park
BACKGROUND: The Korean healthcare system is composed of costly and inefficient structures that fail to adequately divide the functions and roles of medical care organizations. To resolve this matter, the government reformed the cost-sharing policy in November of 2011 for the management of outpatients visiting general or tertiary hospitals with comparatively mild diseases. The purpose of the present study was to examine the impact of increasing the coinsurance rate of prescription drug costs for 52 mild diseases at general or tertiary hospitals on outpatient healthcare service utilization...
February 20, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219357/prescription-frequency-and-patterns-of-chinese-herbal-medicine-for-liver-cancer-patients-in-taiwan-a-cross-sectional-analysis-of-the-national-health-insurance-research-database
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Chin-Tsung Ting, Chian-Jue Kuo, Hsiao-Yun Hu, Ya-Ling Lee, Tung-Hu Tsai
BACKGROUND: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) is frequently provided to HCC patients. The aim of this study was to understand the prescription frequency and patterns of CHM for HCC patients by analyzing the claims data from the National Health Insurance (NHI) in Taiwan. METHODS: We identified 73918 newly diagnosed HCC subjects from the database of Registry for Catastrophic Illness during 2002 to 2009 and to analyze the frequency and pattern of corresponding CHM prescriptions for HCC patients...
February 20, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219101/-reorientation-of-medical-procedures-covered-by-statutory-accident-insurance
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T C Auhuber, C Reimertz, W-D Müller, R Hoffmann
As of 01/01/2014, the German Statutory Accident Insurance (DGUV) has reorganized inpatient medical procedures. The central element of reorientation is the reorganization of the catalogue of types of accidents and type of medical procedures of hospitalized injured patients in 3 care stages. In addition, the reorientation also concentrates on hospitals with the highest performance and the best qualification and also focuses on severe and most severe injuries.This reorientation is also based on the White Paper of the German Society for Trauma Surgery (DGU), especially on the Trauma Network DGU...
February 2017: Die Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219098/-outcome-quality-in-medical-rehabilitation-relationship-between-patient-reported-outcomes-pros-and-social-security-contributions
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R Nübling, R Kaluscha, G Krischak, D Kriz, H Martin, G Müller, J Renzland, M Reuss-Borst, J Schmidt, U Kaiser, E Toepler
Aim of the Study The outcome quality of medical rehabilitation is evaluated often by "Patient Reported Outcomes" (PROs). It is examined to what extent these PROs are corresponding with "hard" or "objective" outcomes such as payments of contributions to social insurance. Methods The "rehabilitation QM outcome study" includes self-reports of patients as well as data from the Rehabilitation Statistics Database (RSD) of the German pension insurance Baden-Wurttemberg. The sample for the question posed includes N=2 947 insured who were treated in 2011 in 21 clinics of the "health quality network" and who were either employed or unemployed at the time of the rehabilitation application (e...
February 2017: Die Rehabilitation
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