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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29474282/online-physician-reviews-in-female-pelvic-medicine-and-reconstructive-surgery-what-do-patients-really-want
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Kian Asanad, Pooja S Parameshwar, Justin Houman, Brennan M Spiegel, Timothy J Daskivich, Jennifer T Anger
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to qualitatively analyze online reviews of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) specialists to better understand patients' experiences and improve patient satisfaction. METHODS: Fifty urologists and urogynecologists were randomly sampled from the Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine, and Urogenital Reconstruction membership website. We evaluated patient ratings and reviews of physicians from 4 websites: Yelp, Healthgrades, Vitals, and UCompareHealthCare...
March 2018: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29467199/living-with-breathlessness-a-systematic-literature-review-and-qualitative-synthesis
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REVIEW
Ann Hutchinson, Natalie Barclay-Klingle, Kathleen Galvin, Miriam J Johnson
What is the experience of people living with breathlessness due to medical conditions, those caring for them and those treating them, with regard to quality of life and the nature of clinical interactions?Electronic databases (Ovid MEDLINE, Embase, CINAHL Plus and PsycINFO) were searched (January 1987 to October 2017; English language), for qualitative studies exploring the experience of chronic breathlessness (patients, carers and clinicians). Two independent reviewers screened titles, abstracts and papers retrieved against inclusion criteria...
February 2018: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458376/high-experienced-continuity-in-breast-cancer-care-is-associated-with-high-health-related-quality-of-life
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Susann Plate, Louise Emilsson, Martin Söderberg, Yvonne Brandberg, Fredrik Wärnberg
BACKGROUND: High experienced continuity is known to be associated with lower needs for supportive care and most likely higher quality of life. On this background, the aim of this study was to investigate if patient-experienced continuity of care was associated with health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in breast cancer patients treated at two different-sized breast cancer units. METHODS: In 2016, two questionnaires, "Statements on experienced continuity of care" and "The European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire Core 30 (EORTC QLQ-C30)", were sent out to patients diagnosed between 2011 and 2014 at two different-sized breast cancer units in Sweden...
February 20, 2018: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452560/health-care-efficiencies-consolidation-and-alternative-models-vs-health-care-and-antitrust-regulation-irreconcilable-differences
#4
Michael W King
Despite the U.S. substantially outspending peer high income nations with almost 18% of GDP dedicated to health care, on any number of statistical measurements from life expectancy to birth rates to chronic disease, 1 the U.S. achieves inferior health outcomes. In short, Americans receive a very disappointing return on investment on their health care dollars, causing economic and social strain. 2 Accordingly, the debates rage on: what is the top driver of health care spending? Among the culprits: poor communication and coordination among disparate providers, paperwork required by payors and regulations, well-intentioned physicians overprescribing treatments, drugs and devices, outright fraud and abuse, and medical malpractice litigation...
November 2017: American Journal of Law & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451694/children-with-facial-morphea-managing-everyday-life-a-qualitative-study
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E Stasiulis, B Gladstone, K Boydell, C O'Brien, E Pope, R Laxer
BACKGROUND: This study explores the everyday experiences of children with facial morphea by examining the psychosocial impact of living with facial morphea and how children and their families manage its impact. METHODS: We used a qualitative, social constructionist approach involving focus groups, in-depth interviews and drawing activities with 10 children with facial morphea 8-17 years of age and 13 parents. Interpretive thematic analysis was utilized to examine the data...
February 16, 2018: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29427179/evaluating-the-quality-of-patient-decision-making-regarding-post-acute-care
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Robert E Burke, Jacqueline Jones, Emily Lawrence, Amy Ladebue, Roman Ayele, Chelsea Leonard, Brandi Lippmann, Daniel D Matlock, Rebecca Allyn, Ethan Cumbler
BACKGROUND: Despite a national focus on post-acute care brought about by recent payment reforms, relatively little is known about how hospitalized older adults and their caregivers decide whether to go to a skilled nursing facility (SNF) after hospitalization. OBJECTIVE: We sought to understand to what extent hospitalized older adults and their caregivers are empowered to make a high-quality decision about utilizing an SNF for post-acute care and what contextual or process elements led to satisfaction with the outcome of their decision once in SNF...
February 9, 2018: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29416859/applying-realistic-medicine-to-intrathecal-opioid-utilisation-in-scotland-do-we-have-a-standardised-approach
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Robert Hart, Gordon Burns, Susan Smith
Intrathecal opioids (ITOs) are commonly administered as part of a multimodal anaesthetic strategy for a variety of surgical procedures. The evolution of laparoscopic surgical techniques has seen the popularity of ITOs increase as they are effective, well tolerated and lack the cardiovascular side effects associated with epidural infusions. The risk of delayed respiratory depression remains a concern; therefore, high-quality post-operative monitoring is vital. The evidence regarding the practicalities of ITO administration such as opioid dose, type, side effect prevalence and ideal post-operative care arrangements are sparse...
February 2018: British Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29394480/interprofessional-huddle-one-children%C3%A2-s-hospital%C3%A2-s-approach-to-improving-patient-flow
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Cheryl L McBeth, Blythe Durbin-Johnson, Elena O Siegel
Admitting pediatric patients promptly to the appropriate unit where they can receive specialty care is of critical importance to safe, quality care. A daily morning huddle was implemented at one children’s hospital as a quality improvement project. The aim of this project was to improve patient flow throughout the children’s hospital by improving interprofessional and interdepartmental communication and collaboration. This article reports on changes in patient flow before and after implementation of the daily huddle, as measured by pediatric emergency department (ED) boarding times...
March 2017: Pediatric Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29392649/investigating-the-cost-implications-of-including-all-respiratory-medicines-in-pcrs-schemes
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Jackie O'Dwyer, Aileen Murphy
AIM: This study estimates the additional cost to the State to pay for all respiratory medicines through the Primary Care Reimbursement Service (PCRS) schemes, reducing cost barriers to medication as a complement to existing chronic disease management programmes. Previous literature found higher medication adherence rates amongst medical card patients than those that had to pay or co-pay themselves. METHOD: A review of medication expenditure on the PCRS schemes from 2005 to 2015...
February 1, 2018: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29390870/medical-decision-making-for-adults-who-lack-decision-making-capacity-and-a-surrogate-state-of-the-science
#10
Hyejin Kim, Mi-Kyung Song
BACKGROUND: Adults who lack decision-making capacity and a surrogate ("unbefriended" adults) are a vulnerable, voiceless population in health care. But little is known about this population, including how medical decisions are made for these individuals. OBJECTIVE: This integrative review was to examine what is known about unbefriended adults and identify gaps in the literature. METHODS: Six electronic databases were searched using 4 keywords: "unbefriended," "unrepresented patients," "adult orphans," and "incapacitated patients without surrogates...
January 1, 2018: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29373966/microeconomic-institutions-and-personnel-economics-for-health-care-delivery-a-formal-exploration-of-what-matters-to-health-workers-in-rwanda
#11
Pieter Serneels, Tomas Lievens
BACKGROUND: Most developing countries face important challenges regarding the quality of health care, and there is a growing consensus that health workers play a key role in this process. Our understanding as to what are the key institutional challenges in human resources, and their underlying driving forces, is more limited. A conceptual framework that structures existing insights and provides concrete directions for policymaking is also missing. METHODS: To gain a bottom-up perspective, we gather qualitative data through semi-structured interviews with different levels of health workers and users of health services in rural and urban Rwanda...
January 26, 2018: Human Resources for Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29372263/-e-health-and-reality-what-are-we-facing-in-patient-care
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H Gehring, K Rackebrandt, M Imhoff
The terms e‑Health and digitization are core elements of a change in our time. The main drivers of this change - in addition to a dynamic market - are the serious advantages for the healthcare sector in the processing of tasks and requirements. The large amounts of data, the intensively growing medical knowledge, the rapidly advancing technological developments and the goal of a personalized, customized therapy for the patient, make the application absolutely necessary. While e‑Health describes the use of information and communication technologies in healthcare, the concept of digitization is associated with the underlying processes of change and innovation...
January 25, 2018: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29370767/medical-and-moral-considerations-regarding-complex-medical-decisions-in-older-patients-with-multimorbidity-a-compact-deliberation-framework
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Jeroen F A M Janssens, Susanne J de Kort, Wilco P Achterberg, Susan Kurrle, Ngaire Kerse, Ian D Cameron, Dorothea P Touwen
In health care for older adults, patients with multimorbidity usually receive the same interventions as those patients without multimorbidity. However, standard curative or life-sustaining treatment options have to be considered carefully in view of the maximally attainable result in older and frail patients. To guide such complex medical decisions, we present a compact deliberation framework that could assist physician(s) in charge of the medical treatment of a specific elderly patient to systematize his own thinking about treatment and decisional responsibilities, in case of an intercurrent disease...
January 25, 2018: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341191/working-and-caring-for-a-child-with-chronic-illness-a-review-of-current-literature
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A M Kish, P A Newcombe, D M Haslam
BACKGROUND: Advances in medical knowledge have contributed to the increase in the number of children living with some form of long-term chronic illness or condition. As a consequence of these advancements, treatments that are more accessible and easier to administer, usually within a child's home, have been developed. However, this may mean that parents take on greater treatment responsibility and require extra time and energy to meet these tasks, additional to other responsibilities...
January 16, 2018: Child: Care, Health and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340756/differential-effect-of-a-patient-education-transition-intervention-in-adolescents-with-ibd-vs-diabetes
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Silke Schmidt, Henriette Markwart, Franziska Bomba, Holger Muehlan, Annette Findeisen, Martina Kohl, Ingo Menrath, Ute Thyen
Patient education programs (PEPs) to improve disease management are part of standard and regular treatment in adolescents with diabetes. In Germany, youth with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) receive individual counseling but not PEPs in group settings. Generic PEPs have been developed in order to improve transition from child-centered to adolescent health services. The aim of the study was to investigate the effects of a transition-oriented PEP on quality of life (QoL) and self-management in young patients with IBD (PEP naive), compared to patients with diabetes (familiar with PEPs)...
January 16, 2018: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336905/getting-a-good-night-sleep-the-importance-of-recognizing-and-treating-nocturnal-hypokinesia-in-parkinson-s-disease
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REVIEW
Roongroj Bhidayasiri, Claudia Trenkwalder
When Parkinson's disease (PD) patients are asked about the quality of their sleep, their answers are dominated by difficulties associated with impaired mobility in bed, medically referred to as nocturnal hypokinesia. Nocturnal hypokinesia is symptomatic from the mid-stage of the disease, affecting up to 70% of PD patients, and contributes to poor sleep quality, and increased carer burden. Here we explore four areas of nocturnal hypokinesia that are relevant to clinical practice, namely: manifestations and definition; clinical assessment and objective monitoring; etiologies and contributing factors; and evidence-based therapeutic approaches...
January 5, 2018: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320901/if-we-keep-doing-what-we-re-doing-we-ll-keep-getting-what-we-re-getting-a-need-to-rethink-academic-medicine
#17
Michael Wilkes, Christine Cassel, Marc Klau
PURPOSE: For generations there have been warnings of the need to reform medical education at all levels. Today the voices pushing reform are louder, the need is greater, and there is an urgency not seen before. Approaches that have worked in the past to train physicians are no longer as relevant today as demographics, disease patterns, human resources, practice behaviors, technology, and attention to costs demand new collaborative approaches to clinical practice. To prepare for this practice tomorrow's doctors will need a different type of educational model, a different type of learning, in different environments, often taught by different faculty...
January 10, 2018: Medical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304798/-we-were-being-treated-like-the-queen-understanding-trial-factors-influencing-high-paediatric-malaria-treatment-adherence-in-western-kenya
#18
Caroline Jones, Ambrose O Talisuna, Robert W Snow, Dejan Zurovac
BACKGROUND: Adherence to anti-malarial medication is highly variable but frequently suboptimal. Numerous interventions with a variety of methodological approaches have been implemented to address the problem. A recently conducted, randomized, controlled trial in western Kenya evaluated the effects of short message service (SMS) reminders on paediatric adherence to artemether-lumefantrine (AL) and found over 97% adherence rates in both intervention and control arms. The current study was undertaken to explore participants' experiences in the trial and identify the factors contributing to the high adherence rates...
January 5, 2018: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304742/key-attributes-of-patient-centered-medical-homes-associated-with-patient-activation-of-diabetes-patients
#19
Lori A Bilello, Allyson Hall, Jeffrey Harman, Christopher Scuderi, Nipa Shah, Jon C Mills, Shenae Samuels
BACKGROUND: Approximately 24 million Americans are living with diabetes. Patient activation among individuals with diabetes is critical to successful diabetes management. The Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model holds promise for increasing patient activation in managing their health. However, what is not well understood is the extent to which individual components of the PCMH model, such as the quality of physician-patient interactions and organizational features of care, contribute to patient activation...
January 5, 2018: BMC Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29301783/2017-eular-recommendations-for-a-core-data-set-to-support-observational-research-and-clinical-care-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Helga Radner, Katerina Chatzidionysiou, Elena Nikiphorou, Laure Gossec, Kimme L Hyrich, Condruta Zabalan, Yvonne van Eijk-Hustings, Paula R Williamson, Andra Balanescu, Gerd R Burmester, Loreto Carmona, Maxime Dougados, Axel Finckh, Glenn Haugeberg, Merete Lund Hetland, Susan Oliver, Duncan Porter, Karim Raza, Patrick Ryan, Maria Jose Santos, Annette van der Helm-van Mil, Piet van Riel, Gabrielle von Krause, Jakub Zavada, William G Dixon, Johan Askling
Personalised medicine, new discoveries and studies on rare exposures or outcomes require large samples that are increasingly difficult for any single investigator to obtain. Collaborative work is limited by heterogeneities, both what is being collected and how it is defined. To develop a core set for data collection in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) research which (1) allows harmonisation of data collection in future observational studies, (2) acts as a common data model against which existing databases can be mapped and (3) serves as a template for standardised data collection in routine clinical practice to support generation of research-quality data...
January 4, 2018: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
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