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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634003/spasticity-video-challenge-a-look-at-methods-for-addressing-difficult-cases
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Katharine E Alter, Mark Gormley, Atul T Patel
As seen in this CME online activity (available at http://courses.elseviercme.com/spasticity/662e), treatment of patients with spasticity due to upper motor neuron syndromes, including traumatic brain injury, stroke, and cerebral palsy, is multifaceted, involving chemodenervation, systemic medications, surgical therapy, rehabilitation efforts, and home care. Optimal care begins with the recognition that each patient's impairments are unique and must be assessed carefully to determine the impact of muscle overactivity, loss of dexterity, and weakness on passive and active function in the context of the patients' goals...
June 19, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614954/using-visual-aids-to-enhance-physician-patient-discussions-and-increase-health-literacy
#2
Michelle Pratt, Gordon E Searles
Health literacy refers to the comprehension required to make well-informed decisions regarding one's health. It is a critical component in helping patients to understand how to take their medications appropriately. However, many patients do not possess the comprehension necessary for medication adherence. The result of poor literacy is a higher incidence of misunderstanding medication instructions. Visual aids have the ability to transcend language and numeracy barriers and can therefore improve the effectiveness of communication and broaden target audiences...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595577/complementary-and-conventional-providers-in-cancer-care-experience-of-communication-with-patients-and-steps-to-improve-communication-with-other-providers
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Trine Stub, Sara A Quandt, Thomas A Arcury, Joanne C Sandberg, Agnete E Kristoffersen
BACKGROUND: Effective interdisciplinary communication is important to achieve better quality in health care. The aims of this study were to compare conventional and complementary providers' experience of communication about complementary therapies and conventional medicine with their cancer patients, and to investigate how they experience interdisciplinary communication and cooperation. METHOD: This study analyzed data from a self-administrated questionnaire. A total of 606 different health care providers, from four counties in Norway, completed the questionnaire...
June 8, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570382/critical-care-nurses-suggestions-to-improve-end-of-life-care-obstacles-minimal-change-over-17-years
#4
Renea L Beckstrand, Kacie Hart Hadley, Karlen E Luthy, Janelle L B Macintosh
BACKGROUND: Critical-care nurses (CCNs) provide end-of-life (EOL) care on a daily basis as 1 in 5 patients dies while in intensive care units. Critical-care nurses overcome many obstacles to perform quality EOL care for dying patients. OBJECTIVES: The purposes of this study were to collect CCNs' current suggestions for improving EOL care and determine if EOL care obstacles have changed by comparing results to data gathered in 1998. METHODS: A 72-item questionnaire regarding EOL care perceptions was mailed to a national, geographically dispersed, random sample of 2000 members of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses...
July 2017: Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: DCCN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560945/detecting-delirium-superimposed-on-dementia-diagnostic-accuracy-of-a-simple-combined-arousal-and-attention-testing-procedure
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Sarah J Richardson, Daniel H J Davis, Giuseppe Bellelli, Wolfgang Hasemann, David Meagher, Stefan H Kreisel, Alasdair M J MacLullich, Joaquim Cerejeira, Alessandro Morandi
BACKGROUND: Detecting delirium superimposed on dementia (DSD) can be challenging because assessment partly relies on cognitive tests that may be abnormal in both conditions. We hypothesized that a combined arousal and attention testing procedure would accurately detect DSD. METHODS: Patients aged ≥70 years were recruited from five hospitals across Europe. Delirium was diagnosed by physicians using DSM-5 criteria using information from nurses, carers, and medical records...
May 31, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558663/reasons-for-never-and-intermittent-completion-of-colorectal-cancer-screening-after-receiving-multiple-rounds-of-mailed-fecal-tests
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Beverly B Green, June BlueSpruce, Leah Tuzzio, Sally W Vernon, L Aubree Shay, Sheryl L Catz
BACKGROUND: Long-term adherence to colorectal cancer (CRC) screening is particularly important for fecal testing. Some U.S. studies report that only 25% of individuals repeat fecal testing annually. The purpose of this qualitative study was to identify barriers and facilitators reported by patients with suboptimal screening adherence to refine interventions for starting ongoing adherence to CRC screening. We also explored whether participants, particularly never screeners, would be willing to do a CRC screening blood test...
May 30, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547655/sexual-health-needs-and-educational-intervention-preferences-for-women-with-cancer
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Cara Stabile, Shari Goldfarb, Raymond E Baser, Deborah J Goldfrank, Nadeem R Abu-Rustum, Richard R Barakat, Maura N Dickler, Jeanne Carter
PURPOSE: To assess sexual/vaginal health issues and educational intervention preferences in women with a history of breast or gynecologic cancer. METHODS: Patients/survivors completed a cross-sectional survey at their outpatient visits. Main outcome measures were sexual dysfunction prevalence, type of sexual/vaginal issues, awareness of treatments, and preferred intervention modalities. Descriptive frequencies were performed, and results were dichotomized by age, treatment status, and disease site...
May 25, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545615/measuring-attributes-of-health-literate-health-care-organizations-from-the-patients-perspective-development-and-validation-of-a-questionnaire-to-assess-health-literacy-sensitive-communication-hl-com
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Nicole Ernstmann, Sarah Halbach, Christoph Kowalski, Holger Pfaff, Lena Ansmann
BACKGROUND: Studies addressing the organizational contexts of care that may help increase the patients' ability to cope with a disease and to navigate through the health care system are still rare. Especially instruments allowing the assessment of such organizational efforts from the patients' perspective are missing. The aim of our study was to develop a survey instrument assessing organizational health literacy (HL) from the patients' perspective, i. e., health care organizations' responsiveness to patients' individual needs...
April 2017: Zeitschrift Für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität Im Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544094/development-and-validation-of-the-patient-physician-relationship-scale-among-patients-with-irritable-bowel-syndrome
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J E Kurlander, W D Chey, C B Morris, Y J B Hu, R K Padival, S I Bangdiwala, N J Norton, W F Norton, D A Drossman
BACKGROUND: An effective patient-physician relationship (PPR) is essential to the care of patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). We sought to develop and validate an IBS-specific instrument to measure expectations of the PPR. METHODS: We conducted structured focus groups about PPRs with 12 patients with IBS. Qualitative analysis was used to generate a questionnaire (the Patient-Physician Relationship Scale [PPRS]), which was modified with input from content experts and usability testing...
May 22, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530252/new-trends-in-rehabilitation-of-children-with-ent-disorders
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R Bovo, P Trevisi, E Zanoletti, D Cazzador, T Volo, E Emanuelli, A Martini
In the last 20 years, neonatal survival has progressively increased due to the constant amelioration of neonatal medical treatment and surgical techniques. Thus, the number of children with congenital malformations and severe chronic pathologies who need rehabilitative care has progressively increased. Rehabilitation programs for paediatric patients with disorders of voice, speech and language, communication and hearing, deglutition and breathing are not widely available in hospital settings or in long-term care facilities...
May 22, 2017: Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527508/social-media-and-web-presence-for-patients-and-professionals-evolving-trends-and-implications-for-practice
#11
REVIEW
Jose E Barreto, Curtis L Whitehair
The use of social media has become very instinctive to many. It has become part of a daily routine. Enhanced communication, liberated expressions of self, becoming updated with all the trends and news, and marketing promotion are only some of the reasons why most people use social media. Health care providers including physicians should take advantage of these platforms for professional purposes. Social media extends far beyond the famous platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram, used mostly for social connections...
May 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527499/it-is-from-mars-and-physicians-from-venus-bridging-the-gap
#12
REVIEW
Mark E Huang
With increasing adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) and legislative mandates for its use within the United States, collaboration between physicians and information technology (IT) staff is essential. Current challenges that physicians face include addressing EHR usability, system performance, adequate training, issue resolution, regulatory compliance, and lack of awareness of IT roles. These challenges lead to gaps in communication between clinicians and IT staff. Strategies to improve collaboration between physicians and IT staff include increasing physician involvement with health information technology software development, involvement with legislative regulations and standards, IT project implementation, as well as system stabilization and optimization...
May 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526079/patient-needs-and-preferences-for-herb-drug-disease-interaction-alerts-a-structured-interview-study
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Carrie M Christensen, Rebecca S Morris, Seraphine Chepkemoi Kapsandoy, Melissa Archer, Jinqiu Kuang, Laura Shane-McWhorter, Bruce E Bray, Qing Zeng-Treitler
BACKGROUND: While complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is commonly used in the United States and elsewhere, and hazardous interactions with prescription drugs can occur, patients do not regularly communicate with physicians about their CAM use. The objective of this study was to discover patient information needs and preferences for herb-drug-disease interaction alerts. METHODS: We recruited 50 people from several locations within the University of Utah Hospital to participate in this structured interview study...
May 19, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523477/the-impact-of-e-visits-on-patient-access-to-primary-care
#14
Xiang Zhong, Peter Hoonakker, Philip A Bain, Albert J Musa, Jingshan Li
To improve patient access to primary care, many healthcare organizations have introduced electronic visits (e-visits) to provide patient-physician communication through secure messages. However, it remains unclear how e-visit affects physicians' operations on a daily basis and whether it would increase physicians' panel size. In this study, we consider a primary care physician who has a steady patient panel and manages patients' office and e-visits, as well as other indirect care tasks. We use queueing-based performance outcomes to evaluate the performance of care delivery...
May 18, 2017: Health Care Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515816/impact-of-smartphone-digital-photography-email-and-media-communication-on-emergency-room-visits-post-hypospadias-repair
#15
Michael E Chua, Megan A Saunders, Paul R Bowlin, Jessica M Ming, Roberto Iglesias Lopes, Walid A Farhat, Joana Dos Santos
INTRODUCTION: Advances in communication technology are shaping our medical practice. To date, there is no clear evidence that this mode of communication will have any effect on unnecessary postoperative emergency room (ER) visits. We aim to evaluate the effect of email and media communication with application of smartphone digital photography on post-hypospadias repair ER visit rates. METHODS: This prospective cohort study included all patients who underwent hypospadias repair performed by a single surgeon from October 2014 to November 2015...
March 2017: Canadian Urological Association Journal, Journal de L'Association des Urologues du Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506380/use-of-communication-tool-within-electronic-medical-record-to-improve-primary-nonadherence
#16
Daniel E Kerner, Emily L Knezevich
OBJECTIVES: The primary objective of this study was to determine if an online reminder decreased the rate of primary nonadherence for antihypertensive medications in patients seen in 2 primary care clinics in Omaha, NE. The secondary objectives were to determine if patients receiving the intervention achieved lower blood pressure values at follow-up visits and to determine if the intervention decreased the number of days between prescribing and prescription pick-up. METHODS: A report was generated in an electronic health record to identify patients prescribed a new antihypertensive medication from a physician at one of the primary care clinics...
May 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505180/empathic-nonverbal-behavior-increases-ratings-of-both-warmth-and-competence-in-a-medical-context
#17
Gordon T Kraft-Todd, Diego A Reinero, John M Kelley, Andrea S Heberlein, Lee Baer, Helen Riess
In medicine, it is critical that clinicians demonstrate both empathy (perceived as warmth) and competence. Perceptions of these qualities are often intuitive and are based on nonverbal behavior. Emphasizing both warmth and competence may prove problematic, however, because there is evidence that they are inversely related in other settings. We hypothesize that perceptions of physician competence will instead be positively correlated with perceptions of physician warmth and empathy, potentially due to changing conceptions of the physician's role...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499764/-personal-health-records-on-the-internet-a-narrative-review-of-attitudes-expectations-utilization-and-effects-on-health-outcomes
#18
REVIEW
Dominik Ose, Ines Baudendistel, Sabrina Pohlmann, Eva C Winkler, Aline Kunz, Joachim Szecsenyi
BACKGROUND: The integration of information and communication technologies (ICT) is increasingly considered in the development of healthcare structures. This fact is also recognised in the e-Health Act. In this context, personal health records (PHR) have a specific meaning. The aim of this paper is to provide an overview on utilization, barriers and possible effects on the implementation of PHR. METHODS: This analysis is based on a literature search in Web of Science (Core Collection) (01/2000 to 12/2014) using the following terms: "personal health record", "personal medical record", "personal electronic health record", "interpersonal health record", "personally controlled health record"...
May 9, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität Im Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494193/long-term-trends-in-invasive-pneumococcal-disease-in-manitoba-canada
#19
Salaheddin M Mahmud, Hasantha Sinnock, Luiz C Mostaço-Guidolin, Gurpreet Pabla, Aleksandra K Wierzbowski, Songul Bozat-Emre
Invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) remains a significant public health problem in Manitoba, Canada although publically-funded pneumococcal conjugate (PCV7 and PCV13) and polysaccharide (PPV23) vaccination programs exist. We analyzed routine surveillance and administrative health data to examine trends in IPD rates as these vaccines were introduced. Data on all individuals with a laboratory-confirmed diagnosis of IPD between 2001 and 2014 were obtained from the provincial Communicable Diseases Surveillance database and linked with Manitoba's provincial immunization registry and physician and hospital databases...
May 11, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491308/novel-combined-patient-instruction-and-discharge-summary-tool-improves-timeliness-of-documentation-and-outpatient-provider-satisfaction
#20
Meredith Gilliam, Sarah L Krein, Karen Belanger, Karen E Fowler, Derek E Dimcheff, Gabriel Solomon
BACKGROUND: Incomplete or delayed access to discharge information by outpatient providers and patients contributes to discontinuity of care and poor outcomes. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of a new electronic discharge summary tool on the timeliness of documentation and communication with outpatient providers. METHODS: In June 2012, we implemented an electronic discharge summary tool at our 145-bed university-affiliated Veterans Affairs hospital...
2017: SAGE Open Medicine
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