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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933181/what-are-the-pros-and-cons-of-electronically-monitoring-inhaler-use-in-asthma-a-multistakeholder-perspective
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Sam Howard, Alexandra Lang, Sarah Sharples, Dominick Shaw
INTRODUCTION: Electronic monitoring devices (EMDs) are the optimal method for collecting objective data on inhaler use in asthma. Recent research has investigated the attitudes of patients with asthma towards these devices. However, no research to date has formally considered the opinions of stakeholders and decision-makers in asthma care. These individuals have important clinical requirements that need to be taken into account if EMDs are to be successfully provisioned, making collecting their opinions on the key barriers facing these devices a valuable process...
2016: BMJ Open Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932337/development-of-a-critical-appraisal-tool-to-assess-the-quality-of-cross-sectional-studies-axis
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Martin J Downes, Marnie L Brennan, Hywel C Williams, Rachel S Dean
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to develop a critical appraisal (CA) tool that addressed study design and reporting quality as well as the risk of bias in cross-sectional studies (CSSs). In addition, the aim was to produce a help document to guide the non-expert user through the tool. DESIGN: An initial scoping review of the published literature and key epidemiological texts was undertaken prior to the formation of a Delphi panel to establish key components for a CA tool for CSSs...
December 8, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930662/methods-for-developing-evidence-reviews-in-short-periods-of-time-a-scoping-review
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Ahmed M Abou-Setta, Maya Jeyaraman, Abdelhamid Attia, Hesham G Al-Inany, Mauricio Ferri, Mohammed T Ansari, Chantelle M Garritty, Kenneth Bond, Susan L Norris
INTRODUCTION: Rapid reviews (RR), using abbreviated systematic review (SR) methods, are becoming more popular among decision-makers. This World Health Organization commissioned study sought to summarize RR methods, identify differences, and highlight potential biases between RR and SR. METHODS: Review of RR methods (Key Question 1 [KQ1]), meta-epidemiologic studies comparing reliability/ validity of RR and SR methods (KQ2), and their potential associated biases (KQ3)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928439/coping-behavior-and-risk-and-resilience-stress-factors-in-french-regional-emergency-medicine-unit-workers-a-cross-sectional-survey
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Lala Ai, Sturzu Lm, Picard Jp, Druot F, Grama F, Bobirnac G
The Emergency Department (ED) has the highest workload in a hospital, offering care to patients in their most acute state of illness, as well as comforting their families and tending to stressful situations of the physical and psychological areal. Method. A cross-sectional survey of 366 Emergency Unit staff members including medical doctors, medical residents, medical nurses and ward aids, was undergone. Study participants came from four periphery hospitals in the Moselle Department of Eastern France with similar workforce and daily patient loads statistics...
October 2016: Journal of Medicine and Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928069/validity-of-the-italian-code-of-ethics-for-everyday-nursing-practice
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Paola Gobbi, Maria Grazia Castoldi, Rosa Anna Alagna, Anna Brunoldi, Chiara Pari, Annamaria Gallo, Miriam Magri, Lorena Marioni, Giovanni Muttillo, Claudia Passoni, Anna La Torre, Debora Rosa, Franco A Carnevale
BACKGROUND: The research question for this study was as follows: Is the Code of Ethics for Nurses in Italy (Code) a valid or useful decision-making instrument for nurses faced with ethical problems in their daily clinical practice? METHOD: Focus groups were conducted to analyze specific ethical problems through 11 case studies. The analysis was conducted using sections of the Code as well as other relevant documents. Each focus group had a specific theme and nurses participated freely in the discussions according to their respective clinical competencies...
December 7, 2016: Nursing Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927491/age-at-initiation-and-deformity-magnitude-influence-complication-rates-of-surgical-treatment-with-traditional-growing-rods-in-early-onset-scoliosis
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Vidyadhar V Upasani, Kevin C Parvaresh, Jeff B Pawelek, Patricia E Miller, George H Thompson, David L Skaggs, John B Emans, Michael P Glotzbecker
STUDY DESIGN: Multi-center retrospective review. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to identify preoperative variables associated with postoperative complications in early-onset scoliosis (EOS) patients treated with traditional growing rods (TGR); and to develop a model to predict the incidence of postoperative complications based on preoperative variables. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: TGRs are commonly used to treat progressive EOS. Prior research has demonstrated a high rate of postoperative complications using this technique; however, few studies have identified preoperative factors that contribute to such complications...
September 2016: Spine Deformity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927162/use-of-low-density-lipoprotein-particle-number-levels-as-an-aid-in-statin-treatment-decisions-for-intermediate-risk-patients-a-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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Dov Shiffman, Andre R Arellano, Michael P Caulfield, Judy Z Louie, Lance A Bare, James J Devlin, Olle Melander
BACKGROUND: The 2013 ACC/AHA guideline recommended either no statin therapy or moderate-intensity statin therapy (MST) for intermediate risk patients-those with 5-7.5% 10-year risk and without cardiovascular disease (CVD), hypercholesterolemia or diabetes. The guideline further suggested that the therapy choice be based on patient-clinician discussions of risks and benefits. Since low-density lipoprotein particle (LDL-P) levels were reported to be associated with CVD independently of traditional risk factors in intermediate and low risk patients, we investigated the cost-effectiveness of using LDL-P levels to identify intermediate risk patients likely to benefit from initiating or intensifying statin therapy...
December 7, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926541/major-unanswered-questions-in-the-clinical-gout-field
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Lisa K Stamp
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Although gout is one of the most common forms of inflammatory arthritis, it has been relatively neglected until recently. Despite progress in many areas of pathophysiology and genetics of gout and the development of new urate lowering therapies, there remain a number of unanswered clinical questions. With the resurgence of interest in gout it is important to recognize key aspects of gout management that remain challenging and require further research. RECENT FINDINGS: The unanswered clinical issues outlined in this review are basic aspects of gout management that clinicians treating people with gout face on a daily basis and include when urate lowering therapy should be commenced, the most appropriate target serum urate, use of prophylaxis when starting urate lowering therapy and the most appropriate urate lowering therapy, particularly for those with chronic kidney disease...
December 6, 2016: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925602/bayesian-intent-prediction-in-object-tracking-using-bridging-distributions
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Bashar I Ahmad, James K Murphy, Patrick M Langdon, Simon J Godsill
In several application areas, such as human computer interaction, surveillance and defence, determining the intent of a tracked object enables systems to aid the user/operator and facilitate effective, possibly automated, decision making. In this paper, we propose a probabilistic inference approach that permits the prediction, well in advance, of the intended destination of a tracked object and its future trajectory. Within the framework introduced here, the observed partial track of the object is modeled as being part of a Markov bridge terminating at its destination, since the target path, albeit random, must end at the intended endpoint...
December 2, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925491/building-capacity-for-data-driven-decision-making-in-african-hiv-testing-programs-field-perspectives-on-data-use-workshops
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Cari Courtenay-Quirk, Hilary Spindler, Aimee Leidich, Pam Bachanas
Strategic, high quality HIV testing services (HTS) delivery is an essential step towards reaching the end of AIDS by 2030. We conducted HTS Data Use workshops in five African countries to increase data use for strategic program decision-making. Feedback was collected on the extent to which workshop skills and tools were applied in practice and to identify future capacity-building needs. We later conducted six semistructured phone interviews with workshop planning teams and sent a web-based survey to 92 past participants...
December 2016: AIDS Education and Prevention: Official Publication of the International Society for AIDS Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923674/impact-of-a-decision-aid-on-newly-diagnosed-prostate-cancer-patients-understanding-of-the-rationale-for-active-surveillance
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Margaret K Formica, Shaun Wason, John D Seigne, Telisa M Stewart
OBJECTIVE: To compare newly diagnosed localized prostate cancer patients who did and did not view a decision aid (DA) on their knowledge of the rationale for active surveillance (AS). METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 452 newly diagnosed low-risk localized prostate cancer patients. Patients were mailed the video/DVD DA and completed a web-based questionnaire that contained two multiple choice questions assessing knowledge of the rationale for AS...
November 22, 2016: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923340/-decision-support-for-the-therapy-planning-for-young-refugees-and-asylum-seekers-with-posttraumatic-disorders
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Cornelia Reher, Franka Metzner
Decision Support for the Therapy Planning for Young Refugees and Asylum-Seekers with Posttraumatic Disorders Due to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and § 6 of the Asylum Seekers' Benefit Act, there are legal and ethical obligations for the care of minor refugees suffering from trauma-related disorders. In Germany, psychotherapeutic care of adolescent refugees is provided by specialized treatment centers and Child and Adolescent psychiatries with specialized consultation-hours for refugees. Treatment of minor refugees is impeded by various legal and organizational barriers...
December 2016: Praxis der Kinderpsychologie und Kinderpsychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922845/continued-under-recognition-of-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-after-the-berlin-definition-what-is-the-solution
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John G Laffey, Tài Pham, Giacomo Bellani
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Timely recognition of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) may allow for more prompt management and less exacerbation of lung injury. However, the absence of a diagnostic test for ARDS means that the diagnosis of ARDS requires clinician recognition in what is usually a complicated and evolving illness. We review data concerning the extent of recognition of ARDS in the era of the Berlin definition of ARDS. RECENT FINDINGS: ARDS continues to be under-recognized - even in the era of the more recent 'Berlin' definition, and significant delay in its recognition is common...
December 5, 2016: Current Opinion in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921161/an-international-urogynecological-association-iuga-international-continence-society-ics-joint-report-on-the-terminology-for-the-conservative-and-nonpharmacological-management-of-female-pelvic-floor-dysfunction
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Kari Bo, Helena C Frawley, Bernard T Haylen, Yoram Abramov, Fernando G Almeida, Bary Berghmans, Maria Bortolini, Chantale Dumoulin, Mario Gomes, Doreen McClurg, Jane Meijlink, Elizabeth Shelly, Emanuel Trabuco, Carolina Walker, Amanda Wells
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: There has been an increasing need for the terminology on the conservative management of female pelvic floor dysfunction to be collated in a clinically based consensus report. METHODS: This Report combines the input of members and elected nominees of the Standardization and Terminology Committees of two International Organizations, the International Urogynecological Association (IUGA) and the International Continence Society (ICS), assisted at intervals by many external referees...
December 5, 2016: International Urogynecology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919865/shared-decision-making-in-patients-with-low-risk-chest-pain-prospective-randomized-pragmatic-trial
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Erik P Hess, Judd E Hollander, Jason T Schaffer, Jeffrey A Kline, Carlos A Torres, Deborah B Diercks, Russell Jones, Kelly P Owen, Zachary F Meisel, Michel Demers, Annie Leblanc, Nilay D Shah, Jonathan Inselman, Jeph Herrin, Ana Castaneda-Guarderas, Victor M Montori
OBJECTIVE:  To compare the effectiveness of shared decision making with usual care in choice of admission for observation and further cardiac testing or for referral for outpatient evaluation in patients with possible acute coronary syndrome. DESIGN:  Multicenter pragmatic parallel randomized controlled trial. SETTING:  Six emergency departments in the United States. PARTICIPANTS:  898 adults (aged >17 years) with a primary complaint of chest pain who were being considered for admission to an observation unit for cardiac testing (451 were allocated to the decision aid and 447 to usual care), and 361 emergency clinicians (emergency physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants) caring for patients with chest pain...
December 5, 2016: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919375/software-intelligent-system-for-effective-solutions-for-hearing-impaired-subjects
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Rajkumar S, Muttan S, Sapthagirivasan V, Jaya V, Vignesh S S
PURPOSE: The anatomy and physiology of the ear is complex in nature, which makes it a challenge for audiologists to prescribe solutions for varied hearing-impaired subjects. There is a need to increase the satisfaction level of hearing-aid users by adopting better strategies that involve modern technological advancements. AIM: To design and develop a decision support Software Intelligent System (SIS) that performs audiological investigations to assess the degree of hearing loss and to suggest appropriate hearing-aid gain values...
January 2017: International Journal of Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918253/placental-growth-factor-alone-or-in-combination-with-soluble-fms-like-tyrosine-kinase-1-as-an-aid-to-the-assessment-of-women-with-suspected-pre-eclampsia-systematic-review-and-economic-analysis
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Geoff K Frampton, Jeremy Jones, Micah Rose, Liz Payne
BACKGROUND: Pre-eclampsia (PE) prediction based on blood pressure, presence of protein in the urine, symptoms and laboratory test abnormalities can result in false-positive diagnoses. This may lead to unnecessary antenatal admissions and preterm delivery. Blood tests that measure placental growth factor (PlGF) or the ratio of soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 (sFlt-1) to PlGF could aid prediction of PE if either were added to routine clinical assessment or used as a replacement for proteinuria testing...
November 2016: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918122/an-international-urogynecological-association-iuga-international-continence-society-ics-joint-report-on-the-terminology-for-the-conservative-and-nonpharmacological-management-of-female-pelvic-floor-dysfunction
#18
Kari Bo, Helena C Frawley, Bernard T Haylen, Yoram Abramov, Fernando G Almeida, Bary Berghmans, Maria Bortolini, Chantale Dumoulin, Mario Gomes, Doreen McClurg, Jane Meijlink, Elizabeth Shelly, Emanuel Trabuco, Carolina Walker, Amanda Wells
Introduction and hypothesis There has been an increasing need for the terminology on the conservative management of female pelvic floor dysfunction to be collated in a clinically based consensus report. Methods This Report combines the input of members and elected nominees of the Standardization and Terminology Committees of two International Organizations, the International Urogynecological Association (IUGA) and the International Continence Society (ICS), assisted at intervals by many external referees. An extensive process of nine rounds of internal and external review was developed to exhaustively examine each definition, with decision-making by collective opinion (consensus)...
December 5, 2016: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918098/functional-outcomes-after-transurethral-resection-of-the-prostate-in-nursing-home-residents
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Anne M Suskind, Louise C Walter, Shoujun Zhao, Emily Finlayson
OBJECTIVES: To understand outcomes of transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) or transurethral laser incision of the prostate (TULIP) for the treatment of bladder outlet obstruction in men with high levels of functional dependence, which are poorly understood. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: U.S. nursing homes (NHs). PARTICIPANTS: Male NH residents aged 65 and older who underwent TURP or TULIP in the United States between 2005 and 2008 (N = 2,869)...
December 5, 2016: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916948/a-robust-and-device-free-system-for-the-recognition-and-classification-of-elderly-activities
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Fangmin Li, Mohammed Abdulaziz Aide Al-Qaness, Yong Zhang, Bihai Zhao, Xidao Luan
Human activity recognition, tracking and classification is an essential trend in assisted living systems that can help support elderly people with their daily activities. Traditional activity recognition approaches depend on vision-based or sensor-based techniques. Nowadays, a novel promising technique has obtained more attention, namely device-free human activity recognition that neither requires the target object to wear or carry a device nor install cameras in a perceived area. The device-free technique for activity recognition uses only the signals of common wireless local area network (WLAN) devices available everywhere...
December 1, 2016: Sensors
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