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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096482/chronic-disease-management-interventions-for-people-with-chronic-kidney-disease-in-primary-care-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#1
Lauren Galbraith, Casey Jacobs, Brenda R Hemmelgarn, Maoliosa Donald, Braden Manns, Min Jun
BACKGROUND: Primary care providers manage the majority of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), although the most effective chronic disease management (CDM) strategies for these patients are unknown. We assessed the efficacy of CDM interventions used by primary care providers managing patients with CKD. METHODS: MEDLINE, EMBASE and CENTRAL were systematically searched (inception to November 2014) for randomized controlled trials (RCTs) assessing education-based and computer-assisted CDM interventions targeting primary care providers managing patients with CKD in the community...
January 16, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048404/we-h-201-03-enthusiasm-and-generosity-of-spirit-necessitate-a-volunteering-structure-to-make-them-more-meaningful
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Y Pipman
: The desperate need for radiotherapy in low and mid-income countries (LMICs) has been well documented. Roughly 60 % of the worldwide incidence of cancer occurs in these resource-limited settings and the international community alongside governmental and non-profit agencies have begun publishing reports and seeking help from qualified volunteers. However, the focus of several reports has been on how dire the situation is and the magnitude of the problem, leaving most to feel overwhelmed and unsure as to how to help and why to get involved...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047760/we-h-201-04-models-for-developing-medical-physics-educators-and-education-programs-in-the-developing-countries-and-the-potential-role-of-us-universities-and-individual-medical-physicists
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P Sprawls
: The desperate need for radiotherapy in low and mid-income countries (LMICs) has been well documented. Roughly 60 % of the worldwide incidence of cancer occurs in these resource-limited settings and the international community alongside governmental and non-profit agencies have begun publishing reports and seeking help from qualified volunteers. However, the focus of several reports has been on how dire the situation is and the magnitude of the problem, leaving most to feel overwhelmed and unsure as to how to help and why to get involved...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047637/we-h-201-00-opportunities-for-physicists-to-support-low-and-mid-income-countries
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Julianne Pollard
: The desperate need for radiotherapy in low and mid-income countries (LMICs) has been well documented. Roughly 60 % of the worldwide incidence of cancer occurs in these resource-limited settings and the international community alongside governmental and non-profit agencies have begun publishing reports and seeking help from qualified volunteers. However, the focus of several reports has been on how dire the situation is and the magnitude of the problem, leaving most to feel overwhelmed and unsure as to how to help and why to get involved...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046986/we-h-201-01-the-opportunities-and-benefits-of-helping-lmics-how-helping-them-can-help-you
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J Pollard
: The desperate need for radiotherapy in low and mid-income countries (LMICs) has been well documented. Roughly 60 % of the worldwide incidence of cancer occurs in these resource-limited settings and the international community alongside governmental and non-profit agencies have begun publishing reports and seeking help from qualified volunteers. However, the focus of several reports has been on how dire the situation is and the magnitude of the problem, leaving most to feel overwhelmed and unsure as to how to help and why to get involved...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046328/we-h-201-02-emerging-models-and-opportunities-in-global-health-for-medical-physicists-powered-by-information-and-communication-technologies
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W Ngwa
: The desperate need for radiotherapy in low and mid-income countries (LMICs) has been well documented. Roughly 60 % of the worldwide incidence of cancer occurs in these resource-limited settings and the international community alongside governmental and non-profit agencies have begun publishing reports and seeking help from qualified volunteers. However, the focus of several reports has been on how dire the situation is and the magnitude of the problem, leaving most to feel overwhelmed and unsure as to how to help and why to get involved...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041774/the-effects-of-expanded-nurse-practitioner-and-physician-assistant-scope-of-practice-on-the-cost-of-medicaid-patient-care
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Edward Joseph Timmons
The provision of health care to low-income Americans remains an ongoing policy challenge. In this paper, I examine how important changes to occupational licensing laws for nurse practitioners and physician assistants have affected cost and intensity of health care for Medicaid patients. The results suggest that allowing physician assistants to prescribe controlled substances is associated with a substantial (more than 11%) reduction in the dollar amount of outpatient claims per Medicaid recipient. I find little evidence that expanded scope of practice has affected proxies for care intensity such as total claims and total care days...
December 23, 2016: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024923/management-and-follow-up-of-the-male-with-lower-urinary-tract-symptoms-secondary-to-benign-prostate-hyperplasia
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J Castiñeiras, J M Cózar, B Miñana, F J Brenes, F Brotons, A Fernández-Pro, J A Martín, Mª L Martínez-Berganza, J M Molero
Benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) is a high-incidence pathology. Its diagnosis and treatment is shared between urologists and Primary Care physicians. Its management consumes a huge amount of resources. The the Spanish Association of Urology [AEU], Spanish Society of Primary Care Physicians [SEMERGEN], the Spanish Society of General Practitioners and Family Doctors [SEMG] and the Spanish Society of Family and Community Medicine [semFYC] have prepared a document on management and monitoring of BPH, in which the aim is to incorporate the latest evidence to so as to update the previously published guidelines and which are presented here in condensed form...
December 23, 2016: Actas Urologicas Españolas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002309/committee-opinion-no-683-behavior-that-undermines-a-culture-of-safety
#9
(no author information available yet)
A key element of an organizational safety culture is maintaining an environment of professionalism that encourages communication and promotes high-quality care. Behavior that undermines a culture of safety, including disruptive or intimidating behavior, has a negative effect on the quality and safety of patient care. Intimidating behavior and disruptive behavior are unprofessional and should not be tolerated. Confronting disruptive individuals is difficult. Co-workers often are reluctant to report disruptive behavior because of fear of retaliation and the stigma associated with "blowing the whistle" on a colleague...
January 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002304/committee-opinion-no-683-summary-behavior-that-undermines-a-culture-of-safety
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(no author information available yet)
A key element of an organizational safety culture is maintaining an environment of professionalism that encourages communication and promotes high-quality care. Behavior that undermines a culture of safety, including disruptive or intimidating behavior, has a negative effect on the quality and safety of patient care. Intimidating behavior and disruptive behavior are unprofessional and should not be tolerated. Confronting disruptive individuals is difficult. Co-workers often are reluctant to report disruptive behavior because of fear of retaliation and the stigma associated with "blowing the whistle" on a colleague...
January 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926687/an-initiative-to-standardize-the-identification-of-and-acute-response-to-postoperative-lower-extremity-neurological-deficits-effects-on-provider-knowledge-confidence-and-communication-skills
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Peter B Derman, Sravisht Iyer, Matthew Garner, Steven Orr, Karla J Felix, Allison Goldberg, Titilayo Ologhobo, Minlun Wu, Laura Robbins, Charles Cornell
BACKGROUND: Although relatively uncommon, neurological deficits following hip and knee arthroplasty can have permanent and debilitating consequences. This study was conducted to quantify the effectiveness of an educational curriculum aimed at standardizing the identification of and acute response to postoperative neurological deficits in the inpatient setting, specifically with respect to improvements in clinician knowledge, confidence levels, and communication skills. METHODS: A multidisciplinary committee at a single, high-volume academic institution created an algorithm delineating the appropriate clinical actions and escalation procedures in the setting of a postoperative neurological deficit for each clinical practitioner involved in care for patients who undergo arthroplasty...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921257/impact-of-community-health-workers-on-use-of-healthcare-services-in-the-united-states-a-systematic-review
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Helen E Jack, Sophia D Arabadjis, Lucy Sun, Erin E Sullivan, Russell S Phillips
BACKGROUND: As the US transitions to value-based healthcare, physicians and payers are incentivized to change healthcare delivery to improve quality of care while controlling costs. By assisting with the management of common chronic conditions, community health workers (CHWs) may improve healthcare quality, but physicians and payers who are making choices about care delivery also need to understand their effects on healthcare spending. METHODS: We searched PubMed, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, PsycINFO, Embase, and Web of Science from the inception of each database to 22 June 2015...
December 5, 2016: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905305/regional-variation-in-the-practice-of-euthanasia-and-physician-assisted-suicide-in-the-netherlands
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J J E Koopman, H Putter
BACKGROUND: The practice of euthanasia and physicianassisted suicide has been compared between countries, but it has not been compared between regions within the Netherlands. This study assesses differences in the frequencies, characteristics, and trends of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide between five regions in the Netherlands and tries to explain the differences by demographic, socioeconomic, and health-related differences between these regions. METHODS: Data on the frequencies, characteristics, and trends of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide for each region and each year from 2002 through 2014 were derived from the annual reports of the Regional Review Committees...
November 2016: Netherlands Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896467/audit-of-geriatric-hip-fracture-care-a%C3%A2-slovenian-trauma-center-analysis
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Dejan Krušič, Drago Brilej, Colin Currie, Radko Komadina
BACKGROUND: The aim was to describe an audit of hip fracture patient care and outcomes in a Slovenian healthcare setting prior to the implementation of the Geriatric Fracture Center (GFC) model of care. METHODS: The Fragility Fracture Network (FFN) hip fracture audit database was used to collect data on hip fracture care in elderly patients. Epidemiological data were submitted as well as fracture type, prefracture residence and mobility prior to the fracture. The timeline of events and acute care data were also collected...
December 2016: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873322/non-medical-prescribing-versus-medical-prescribing-for-acute-and-chronic-disease-management-in-primary-and-secondary-care
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REVIEW
Greg Weeks, Johnson George, Katie Maclure, Derek Stewart
BACKGROUND: A range of health workforce strategies are needed to address health service demands in low-, middle- and high-income countries. Non-medical prescribing involves nurses, pharmacists, allied health professionals, and physician assistants substituting for doctors in a prescribing role, and this is one approach to improve access to medicines. OBJECTIVES: To assess clinical, patient-reported, and resource use outcomes of non-medical prescribing for managing acute and chronic health conditions in primary and secondary care settings compared with medical prescribing (usual care)...
22, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870547/prescribers-perceptions-of-medication-discontinuation-survey-instrument-development-and-validation
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Amy Linsky, Steven R Simon, Kelly Stolzmann, Barbara G Bokhour, Mark Meterko
OBJECTIVES: Primary care providers (PCPs) and clinical pharmacists have concerns about the adverse consequences of using medications inappropriately and generally support the notion of reducing unnecessary drugs. Despite this attitude, many factors impede clinicians' ability to discontinue medication in clinical settings. We sought to develop a survey instrument that assesses PCPs' and pharmacists' experiences, attitudes, and beliefs toward medication discontinuation. STUDY DESIGN: Survey development and psychometric assessment...
November 2016: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864915/identification-of-emergency-department-visits-in-medicare-administrative-claims-approaches-and-implications
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Arjun K Venkatesh, Hao Mei, Keith Kocher, Mike Granovsky, Ziad Obermeyer, Erica Spatz, Craig Rothenberg, Harlan Krumholz, Zhenqui Lin
OBJECTIVES: Administrative claims datasets are often used for emergency care research and policy investigations of healthcare resource utilization, acute care practices, and evaluation of quality improvement interventions. Despite the high profile of emergency department (ED) visits in analyses using administrative claims, little work has evaluated the degree to which existing definitions based on claims data accurately captures conventionally defined hospital-based ED services. We sought to construct an operational definition for ED visitation using a comprehensive Medicare dataset and to compare this definition to existing operational definitions used by researchers and policymakers...
November 19, 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855151/advances-in-the-care-of-children-with-lupus-nephritis
#18
REVIEW
Scott E Wenderfer, Natasha M Ruth, Hermine I Brunner
The care of children with lupus nephritis (LN) has changed dramatically over the past 50 y. The majority of patients with childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (cSLE) develop LN. In the 1960's, prognosis in children was worse than in adults; therapies were limited and toxic. Nearly half of cases resulted in death within 2 y. Since this time, several diagnostic recommendations and disease-specific indices have been developed to assist physicians caring for patients with LN. Pediatric researchers are validating and adapting these indices and guidelines for the treatment of LN in cSLE...
January 4, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852291/shifting-human-resources-for-health-in-the-context-of-art-provision-qualitative-and-quantitative-findings-from-the-lablite-baseline-study
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Misheck J Nkhata, Margaret Muzambi, Deborah Ford, Adrienne K Chan, George Abongomera, Harriet Namata, Ivan Mambule, Annabelle South, Paul Revill, Caroline Grundy, Travor Mabugu, Levison Chiwaula, James Hakim, Cissy Kityo, Andrew Reid, Elly Katabira, Sumeet Sodhi, Charles F Gilks, Diana M Gibb, Janet Seeley, Fabian Cataldo
BACKGROUND: Lablite is an implementation project supporting and studying decentralized antiretroviral therapy (ART) rollout to rural communities in Malawi, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Task shifting is one of the strategies to deal with shortage of health care workers (HCWs) in ART provision. Evaluating Human Resources for Health (HRH) optimization is essential for ensuring access to ART. The Lablite project started with a baseline survey whose aim was to describe and compare national and intercountry delivery of ART services including training, use of laboratories and clinical care...
November 16, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846030/efficacy-of-monitoring-devices-in-support-of-prevention-of-pressure-injuries-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Gurjot S Walia, Alison L Wong, Andrea Y Lo, Gina A Mackert, Hannah M Carl, Rachel A Pedreira, Ricardo Bello, Carla S Aquino, William V Padula, Justin M Sacks
GENERAL PURPOSE: To present a systematic review of the literature assessing the efficacy of monitoring devices for reducing the risk of developing pressure injuries. TARGET AUDIENCE: This continuing education activity is intended for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses with an interest in skin and wound care. LEARNING OBJECTIVES/OUTCOMES: After participating in this educational activity, the participant should be better able to:1...
December 2016: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
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