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Amir Abukaresh, Rami Al-Abadlah, Bettina Böttcher, Khamis El-Essi
BACKGROUND: In the 2014 Palestinian annual health report, cerebrovascular accident was ranked as the third leading cause of death in the occupied Palestinian territory. Cerebrovascular accident is also one the most common causes of disability worldwide. Good management decreases mortality and morbidity. The aim of this study was to assess the current management of patients with ischaemic stroke at the Al-Shifa Hospital and to compare this with international guidelines. METHODS: For this clinical audit, we used simple random sampling to select files of patients admitted with the diagnosis of ischaemic stroke to the Al-Shifa Hospital...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Maha Al-Faqawi, Yousef Abuowda, Alaa Eldeen Elmassry, Bettina Böttcher
BACKGROUND: The frequency and severity of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations are the most important determinants of prognosis in COPD. The aim of this study was to assess the management of patients presenting with COPD exacerbations at the Nasser Medical Complex in the Gaza Strip and to compare the management with the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease guidelines (GOLD 2015). METHODS: We reviewed the medical records of all patients admitted to Nasser Medical Complex and diagnosed with COPD exacerbation between Jan 1, 2014, and Dec 31, 2016...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Said Alyacoubi, Yousef Abuowda, Loai Albarqouni, Bettina Böttcher, Khamis Elessi
BACKGROUND: Disease severity scores such as CURB-65 are often used to guide the management of patients with community-acquired pneumonia. Early and adequate empirical antibiotic treatment reduces mortality. The aim of this study was to examine the severity assessment and management of patients presenting with community-acquired pneumonia at the European Gaza Hospital in the Gaza Strip and to compare this to the best available evidence. METHODS: Medical records of all patients admitted to the European Gaza Hospital with a diagnosis of community-acquired pneumonia between Dec 1, 2015, and March 31, 2016, were reviewed retrospectively...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Rami Musallam, Nabeel Salem, Ramez Al Halol, Hammam Al Deeb, Bettina Bottcher, Hanaa AlHamaida
BACKGROUND: Early pregnancy loss occurs in 10% of all clinically recognised pregnancies. 80% of pregnancy losses occur in the first trimester. Offering choice and participation in the management decisions is essential to patient-centred care. The aim of this study was to assess the management of first trimester pregnancy loss at the Emirati Hospital in Rafah, Gaza Strip. METHODS: In this retrospective audit, we compared the management of first trimester pregnancy loss at Emirati Hospital using the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists guidelines (ACOG, No...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Musallam Abukhalil, Osama Mehjez, Mohammed Aladdam, Bettina Bottcher, Sobhi Skaik, Mohammed Matter
BACKGROUND: In 2013, al-Shifa Hospital, the largest hospital in the Gaza Strip, introduced an assessment programme for potential kidney donors on the basis of medical and radiological evaluation. The aims of this study and an associated clinical audit were to examine the final outcome of the potential live kidney donors assessment programme, to review the findings and determine the level of accuracy of the radiological evaluations, to assess the completeness and standard of radiological record keeping, and to evaluate adherence to guidelines...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Mohammed N Alkhatib, Tamer Abd-Alghafoor, AlaaEldeen Elmassry, Loai Albarqouni, Bettina Böttcher, Maha Alfaqawi
BACKGROUND: Stroke is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. The aim of this study was to assess the standard of care for patients with acute ischaemic stroke at the internal medicine department of Nasser Hospital, Gaza Strip. METHODS: For this retrospective clinical audit, we selected a random sample of 100 medical records for patients with stroke who were admitted to Nasser Hospital between January and August, 2016. Clinical practice was compared with the recommendations in the 2013 American Heart Association and American Stroke Association guidelines...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Leticia L Lauricella, Priscila B Costa, Michele Salati, Paulo M Pego-Fernandes, Ricardo M Terra
INTRODUCTION: Database quality measurement should be considered a mandatory step to ensure an adequate level of confidence in data used for research and quality improvement. Several metrics have been described in the literature, but no standardized approach has been established. We aimed to describe a methodological approach applied to measure the quality and inter-rater reliability of a regional multicentric thoracic surgical database (Paulista Lung Cancer Registry, PLCR). METHODS: Data from the first 3 years of the PLCR underwent an audit process with 3 metrics: completeness, consistency, and inter-rater reliability (IRR)...
March 15, 2018: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
Olivia Farrer, Alison Yaxley, Karen Walton, Michelle Miller
AIM: The prevalence of diabetes in older adults in residential aged care (RAC) is twice that of community dwelling older adults. Older adults with diabetes have been highlighted as being at high risk of frailty and malnutrition, particularly when managed on a therapeutic diet. However, assumptions may be based on clinical presentation of our oldest old which may be at conflict with the clinical presentation of younger older adults. The aim of this retrospective audit was to identify the characteristics of aged care residents with diabetes, their comorbidities and malnutrition risk...
March 15, 2018: Nutrition & Dietetics: the Journal of the Dietitians Association of Australia
Valerio Pace, Omar Farooqi, James Kennedy, Chang Park, Joseph Cowan
As a tertiary referral centre of spinal surgery, the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) handles hundreds of spinal cases a year, often with complex pathology and complex care needs. Despite this, issues were raised at the RNOH following lack of sufficient documentation of preoperative and postoperative clinical findings in spinal patients undergoing major surgery. This is not in keeping with guidelines provided by the Royal College of Surgeons. The authors believe that a standardised clerking pro forma for surgical spinal patients admitted to RNOH would improve the quality of care provided...
March 14, 2018: Postgraduate Medical Journal
Clodoaldo Tentes Côrtes, Sonia Maria Junqueira Vasconcellos de Oliveira, Rafael Cleison Silva Dos Santos, Adriana Amorim Francisco, Maria Luiza Gonzalez Riesco, Gilceria Tochika Shimoda
OBJECTIVE: to evaluate the impact of the implementation of evidence-based practices on normal delivery care. METHOD: quasi-experimental, before-and-after intervention study conducted in a public maternity hospital, Amapá. Forty-two professionals and 280 puerperal women were interviewed and data from 555 medical records were analyzed. The study was developed in three phases: baseline audit (phase 1), educational intervention (phase 2) and post-intervention audit (phase 3)...
March 8, 2018: Revista Latino-americana de Enfermagem
Adrian H Heald, Mark Livingston, Zuzanna Bien, Gabriela Y C Moreno, Ian Laing, Mike Stedman
BACKGROUND: In the financial year 2016/17 there were 52.0 million items prescribed for diabetes at a total net ingredient cost of £983.7 million - up from 28.9 million prescription items and £572.4 million in 2006/07. Anti-diabetes drugs (British National Formulary section 6.1.2) make up 45.1 per cent of the total £983.7 million net ingredient cost of drugs used in diabetes and account for 72.0 per cent of prescription items for all diabetes prescribing. METHODS: We examined the way that agents licensed to treat type 2 diabetes were used across GP practices in England in the year 2016/2017...
March 14, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Practice
Z Meidani, G A Mousavi, D Kheirkhah, N Benar, M R Maleki, M Sharifi, A Farrokhian
Studies indicate there are a variety of contributing factors affecting physician test ordering behaviour. Identifying these behaviours allows development of behaviour-based interventions. Methods Through a pilot study, the list of contributing factors in laboratory tests ordering, and the most ordered tests, were identified, and given to 50 medical students, interns, residents and paediatricians in questionnaire form. The results showed routine tests and peer or supervisor pressure as the most influential factors affecting physician ordering behaviour...
December 2017: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Ann E Vandenberg, Katharina V Echt, Lawanda Kemp, Gerald McGwin, Molly M Perkins, Anna K Mirk
Suboptimal prescribing persists as a driver of poor quality care of older veterans and is associated with risk of hospitalization and emergency department visits. We adapted a successful medication management model, Integrated Management and Polypharmacy Review of Vulnerable Elders (IMPROVE), from an urban geriatric specialty clinic to rural community-based clinics that deliver primary care. The goals were to promote prescribing quality and safety for older adults, including reduced prescribing of potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs)...
March 2018: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Rebekah E McWhirter, Lisa Eckstein
Allowing persons to make an informed choice about their participation in research is a pre-eminent ethical and legal requirement. Almost universally, this requirement has been addressed through the provision of written patient information sheets and consent forms. Researchers and others have raised concerns about the extent to which such forms-particularly given their frequent lengthiness and complexity-provide participants with the tools and knowledge necessary for autonomous decision-making. Concerns are especially pronounced for certain participant groups, such as persons with low literacy and Indigenous persons...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Bioethical Inquiry
Heather C Kaplan, Eileen King, Beth E White, Susan E Ford, Sandra Fuller, Michael A Krew, Michael P Marcotte, Jay D Iams, Jennifer L Bailit, Jo M Bouchard, Kelly Friar, Carole M Lannon
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the success of a quality improvement initiative to reduce early elective deliveries at less than 39 weeks of gestation and improve birth registry data accuracy rapidly and at scale in Ohio. METHODS: Between February 2013 and March 2014, participating hospitals were involved in a quality improvement initiative to reduce early elective deliveries at less than 39 weeks of gestation and improve birth registry data. This initiative was designed as a learning collaborative model (group webinars and a single face-to-face meeting) and included individual quality improvement coaching...
March 8, 2018: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Liz Floyd, Fiona Bryce, Rohit Ramaswamy, Adeyemi Olufolabi, Emmanuel Srofenyoh, David Goodman, Nancy Pearson, Kerry Morgan, Cecilia Tetteh, Victoria Ahwireng, Medge Owen
OBJECTIVE: to introduce and embed a midwife-led obstetric triage system in a busy labour ward in Accra, Ghana to improve the quality of care and to reduce delay. DESIGN: the study utilized a participatory action research design. Local staff participated in baseline data collection, the triage training course design and delivery, and post-training monitoring and evaluation. SETTING: a regional referral hospital in Accra, Ghana undertaking 11,032 deliveries in 2012...
February 12, 2018: Midwifery
Marin Strijker, Arja Gerritsen, Jony van Hilst, Maarten F Bijlsma, Bert A Bonsing, Lodewijk A Brosens, Marco J Bruno, Ronald M van Dam, Frederike Dijk, Casper H van Eijck, Arantza Farina Sarasqueta, Paul Fockens, Michael F Gerhards, Bas Groot Koerkamp, Erwin van der Harst, Ignace H de Hingh, Jeanin E van Hooft, Clément J Huysentruyt, Geert Kazemier, Joost M Klaase, Cornelis J van Laarhoven, Hanneke W van Laarhoven, Mike S Liem, Vincent E de Meijer, L Bengt van Rijssen, Hjalmar C van Santvoort, Mustafa Suker, Judith H Verhagen, Joanne Verheij, Hein W Verspaget, Roos A Wennink, Johanna W Wilmink, I Quintus Molenaar, Marja A Boermeester, Olivier R Busch, Marc G Besselink
OBJECTIVES: Large biobanks with uniform collection of biomaterials and associated clinical data are essential for translational research. The Netherlands has traditionally been well organized in multicenter clinical research on pancreatic diseases, including the nationwide multidisciplinary Dutch Pancreatic Cancer Group and Dutch Pancreatitis Study Group. To enable high-quality translational research on pancreatic and periampullary diseases, these groups established the Dutch Pancreas Biobank...
April 2018: Pancreas
Francisco Jesús Represas Carrera, Álvaro Carrera García, Ana Clavería Fontán
OBJECTIVE: Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus is a chronic disease that represent an important problem of public health. The objective of this study was to describe the sociodemographic, anthropometric, metabolic control, comorbidity and cardiovascular risk characteristics of patients diagnosed with Diabetes Mellitus type 2 in the health area of Vigo. METHODS: Retrospective observational descriptive study. Between March and September 2016, it did telephone interview and an audit of electronic medical records to 195 patients ≥ 18 years old from the health area of Vigo diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes Mellitus...
March 9, 2018: Revista Española de Salud Pública
Derek J Chan, Virginia Furner, Don E Smith, Mithilesh Dronavalli, Rohan I Bopage, Jeffrey J Post, Anjali K Bhardwaj
OBJECTIVE: To assess the prevalence of non-AIDS co-morbidities (NACs) and predictors of adverse health outcomes amongst people living with HIV in order to identify health needs and potential gaps in patient management. DESIGN: Retrospective, non-consecutive medical record audit of patients attending a publicly funded HIV clinic in metropolitan Sydney analysed for predictors of adverse health outcomes. We developed a scoring system based on the validated Charlson score method for NACs, mental health and social issues and confounders were selected using directed acyclic graph theory under the principles of causal inference...
March 8, 2018: AIDS Research and Therapy
Amy J Spooner, Leanne M Aitken, Wendy Chaboyer
BACKGROUND: Miscommunication during handover has been linked to adverse patient events and is an international patient safety priority. Despite the development of handover resources, standardized handover tools for nursing team leaders (TLs) in intensive care are limited. AIMS: The study aim was to implement and evaluate an evidence-based electronic minimum data set for nursing TL shift-to-shift handover in the intensive care unit using the knowledge-to-action (KTA) framework...
March 8, 2018: Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing
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