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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346948/putting-patients-first-by-reducing-administrative-tasks-in-health-care-a-position-paper-of-the-american-college-of-physicians
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Shari M Erickson, Brooke Rockwern, Michelle Koltov, Robert McLean
This American College of Physicians (ACP) position paper, initiated and written by ACP's Medical Practice and Quality Committee and approved by the Board of Regents on 21 January 2017, reports policy recommendations to address the issue of administrative tasks to mitigate or eliminate their adverse effects on physicians, their patients, and the health care system as a whole. The paper outlines a cohesive framework for analyzing administrative tasks through several lenses to better understand any given task that a clinician and his or her staff may be required to perform...
March 28, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346922/epigenetics-in-gastrointestinal-health-and-disease-spotlight-on-dna-methylation-in-the-intestinal-epithelium
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Matthias Zilbauer, Judith Kraiczy
Epigenetics can be defined as stable, potentially heritable changes in cellular phenotype caused by mechanisms other than alterations in the underlying DNA sequence. DNA methylation is amongst the most intensely studied epigenetic mechanisms and has been shown to play a major role in regulating fundamental aspects of cell biology including cellular differentiation, organ development, and cell type-specific gene expression. Importantly, it is becoming increasingly clear that epigenetic mechanisms operate at the interface between the genetic code and our environment and are able to mediate environmental changes into stable phenotypic alterations...
2017: Nestlé Nutrition Institute Workshop Series
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346878/how-appropriate-are-the-english-language-test-requirements-for-non-uk-trained-nurses-a-qualitative-study-of-spoken-communication-in-uk-hospitals
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Carole Sedgwick, Mark Garner
BACKGROUND: Non-native speakers of English who hold nursing qualifications from outside the UK are required to provide evidence of English language competence by achieving a minimum overall score of Band 7 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic test. OBJECTIVES: To describe the English language required to deal with the daily demands of nursing in the UK. To compare these abilities with the stipulated levels on the language test. DESIGN: A tracking study was conducted with 4 nurses, and focus groups with 11 further nurses...
March 6, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346857/the-influence-of-epicardial-fat-and-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-on-heart-rate-recovery-in-metabolic-syndrome
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Kyoung Im Cho, Eun Ah Jo, Sang Hoon Cho, Bo Hyun Kim
BACKGROUND: Epicardial adipose tissues reflecting visceral fat accumulations of the heart are associated with metabolic syndrome (MetS) and can be a predictor of other cardiometabolic diseases. It can adversely influence autonomic nervous system (ANS) of heart. Heart rate recovery (HRR) is an easy method for measuring ANS dysfunction. The purpose of this study was to determine whether epicardial fat thickness (EFT) and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) are related to HRR in patients with MetS...
March 27, 2017: Metabolic Syndrome and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346664/a-cross-sectional-comparison-of-three-guidelines-for-intrapartum-cardiotocography
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Meena Bhatia, Kamal R Mahtani, David Nunan, Aparna Reddy
OBJECTIVE: To compare the cardiotocography classification systems outlined by the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) in 2015 and the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in 2007 and 2014. METHODS: A cross-sectional observational study of cardiotocography practices at a UK hospital was conducted among labor ward staff (n=21) from November 1 to November 31, 2015. All observers classified ten cardiotocography traces according to the three guidelines using a bespoke form...
March 27, 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346653/how-successful-is-the-fitting-of-digital-hearing-aids-implications-for-the-allocation-of-resources-within-national-health-systems
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Petros V Vlastarakos, Alastair I Cameron, Thomas P Nikolopoulos
We conducted a retrospective study to determine the success rate of initial fittings in digital hearing aid (DHA) users. We also addressed the implications of national health systems' continuing to provide access to these devices. We identified 1,597 consecutively presenting adults who had undergone a first fitting or a new fitting (i.e., an upgrade from an analogue hearing aid in the first or second ear) of a behind-the-ear DHA during the previous year. We further sought to identify all nominal reprogram appointments that had taken place within 6 months after the first or new fitting; we found 460 such appointments (28...
March 2017: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346622/future-of-family-medicine-faculty-development-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Paul R Larson, Patrick Chege, Bruce Dahlman, Christine Gibson, Ann Evensen, Maria C Colon-Gonzalez, Stephanie Onguka, Roberta Lamptey, William E Cayley, Bich-May Nguyen, Brian Johnson, Sawra Getnet, Memoona Hasnain
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: High-quality family medicine education is needed in sub-Saharan Africa to facilitate the future growth of primary care health systems. Current faculty educators recognize the value of dedicated teacher training and ongoing faculty development. However, they are constrained by inadequate faculty development program availability and institutional support. METHODS: A cross-sectional study design was used to conduct a qualitative needs assessment comprised of 37 in-depth, semi-structured interviews of individual faculty trainers from postgraduate family medicine training programs in eight sub-Saharan African countries...
March 2017: Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346590/implementation-and-evaluation-of-a-large-scale-teleretinal-diabetic-retinopathy-screening-program-in-the-los-angeles-county-department-of-health-services
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Lauren P Daskivich, Carolina Vasquez, Carlos Martinez, Chi-Hong Tseng, Carol M Mangione
Importance: Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is the leading cause of blindness in adults of working age in the United States. In the Los Angeles County safety net, a nonvertically integrated system serving underinsured and uninsured patients, the prevalence of DR is approximately 50%, and owing to limited specialty care resources, the average wait times for screening for DR have been 8 months or more. Objective: To determine whether a primary care-based teleretinal DR screening (TDRS) program reduces wait times for screening and improves timeliness of needed care in the Los Angeles County safety net...
March 27, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346561/reduced-intestinal-motility-mucosal-barrier-function-and-inflammation-in-aged-monkeys
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E L Mitchell, A T Davis, K Brass, M Dendinger, R Barner, R Gharaibeh, A A Fodor, K Kavanagh
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to examine the general health and intestinal physiology of young and old non-human primates with comparable life histories and dietary environments. DESIGN: Vervet monkeys (Chlorcebus aethiops sabaeus) in stable and comparable social and nutritional environments were selected for evaluation. Health phenotype, circulating cytokines and biomarkers of microbial translocation (MT) were measured (n=26-44). Subsets of monkeys additionally had their intestinal motility, intestinal permeability, and fecal microbiomes characterized...
2017: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346519/views-of-senior-health-personnel-about-quality-of-emergency-obstetric-care-a-qualitative-study-in-nigeria
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Friday Okonofua, Abdullahi Randawa, Rosemary Ogu, Kingsley Agholor, Ola Okike, Rukayat Adeola Abdus-Salam, Mohammed Gana, Eghe Abe, Adetoye Durodola, Hadiza Galadanci
BACKGROUND: Late arrival in hospital by women experiencing pregnancy complications is an important background factor leading to maternal mortality in Nigeria. The use of effective and timely emergency obstetric care determines whether women survive or die, or become near-miss cases. Healthcare managers have the responsibility to deploy resources for implementing emergency obstetric care. OBJECTIVES: To determine the nature of institutional policies and frameworks for managing obstetric complications and reducing maternal deaths in Nigeria...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346419/evolving-concepts-in-prognostic-scoring-of-chronic-gvhd
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A Lazaryan, M Arora
Chronic GvHD (cGvHD) remains one of the most complex and challenging complications after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation. Emerging knowledge about the clinical manifestations and associated organ involvement of cGvHD has led to the establishment of prognostic parameters for post-transplant survival among affected allograft recipients. Studies employing the pre-National Institutes of Health (NIH) consensus data on cGvHD incidence and its risks have led to development of the CIBMTR's cGvHD risk stratification, which serves as the most refined and validated prognostic tool for estimating survival of patients with cGvHD...
March 27, 2017: Bone Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346358/genomic-evidence-for-bacterial-determinants-influencing-obesity-development
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Raphael D Isokpehi, Shaneka S Simmons, Matilda O Johnson, Marinelle Payton
Obesity is a major global public health problem requiring multifaceted interventional approaches including dietary interventions with probiotic bacteria. High-throughput genome sequencing of microbial communities in the mammalian gastrointestinal system continues to present diverse protein function information to understand the bacterial determinants that influence obesity development. The goal of the research reported in this article was to identify biological processes in probiotic bacteria that could influence the mechanisms for the extraction of energy from diet in the human gastrointestinal system...
March 26, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346243/modeling-flowsheet-data-to-support-secondary-use
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Bonnie L Westra, Beverly Christie, Steven G Johnson, Lisiane Pruinelli, Anne LaFlamme, Suzan G Sherman, Jung In Park, Connie W Delaney, Grace Gao, Stuart Speedie
The purpose of this study was to create information models from flowsheet data using a data-driven consensus-based method. Electronic health records contain a large volume of data about patient assessments and interventions captured in flowsheets that measure the same "thing," but the names of these observations often differ, according to who performs documentation or the location of the service (eg, pulse rate in an intensive care, the emergency department, or a surgical unit documented by a nurse or therapist or captured by automated monitoring)...
March 24, 2017: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: CIN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346131/lack-of-diversity-in-personal-health-record-evaluations-with-older-adult-participants-a-systematic-review-of-literature
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Laura Kneale, George Demiris
BACKGROUND: Older adults are not adopting personal health records (PHRs) at the same rates as other adult populations. Disparities in adoption rates are also reported in older adult subgroups. The variability in adoption may be because PHRs are not designed to meet older adult users. OBJECTIVE: We analyzed PHR evaluation studies to examine the characteristics and perspectives of older adult study participants to identify their self-reported needs. METHOD: We searched Medline, CINAHL, PsycINFO, and Embase for PHR evaluation studies that involved older adult participants...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Innovation in Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346129/health-information-exchange-as-a-complex-and-adaptive-construct-scoping-review
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Ather Akhlaq, Aziz Sheikh, Claudia Pagliari
OBJECTIVE: To understand how the concept of Health Information Exchange (HIE) has evolved over time. METHODS:  Supplementary analysis of data from a systematic scoping review of definitions of HIE from 1900 to 2014, involving temporal analysis of underpinning themes. RESULTS: The search identified 268 unique definitions of HIE dating from 1957 onwards; 103 in scientific databases and 165 in Google. These contained consistent themes, representing the core concept of exchanging health information electronically, as well as fluid themes, reflecting the evolving policy, business, organisational and technological context of HIE (including the emergence of HIE as an organisational 'entity')...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Innovation in Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346122/non-targeted-metabolomics-in-sport-and-exercise-science
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Liam M Heaney, Kevin Deighton, Toru Suzuki
Metabolomics incorporates the study of metabolites that are produced and released through physiological processes at both the systemic and cellular levels. Biological compounds at the metabolite level are of paramount interest in the sport and exercise sciences, although research in this field has rarely been referred to with the global 'omics terminology. Commonly studied metabolites in exercise science are notably within cellular pathways for adenosine triphosphate production such as glycolysis (e.g., pyruvate and lactate), β-oxidation of free fatty acids (e...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346056/alcohol-and-drug-use-and-aberrant-drug-related-behavior-among-patients-on-chronic-opioid-therapy
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Cynthia I Campbell, Andrea H Kline-Simon, Michael Von Korff, Kathleen W Saunders, Constance Weisner
OBJECTIVE: To better identify individuals on chronic opioid therapy (COT) at high risk for aberrant-drug related behavior (ADRB). We examine whether patients with low level alcohol and drug use have similar characteristics to those with alcohol and drug disorders. We then examined the relationship of alcohol and drug use to ADRBs among COT patients. METHODS: The sample was 972 randomly selected COT patients (age 21-80 years old) from a large health system in Northern California, USA, and interviewed in 2009...
March 27, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346049/adverse-childhood-experiences-among-veterinary-medical-students-a-multi-site-study
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Elizabeth B Strand, Jennifer Brandt, Kenita Rogers, Laurie Fonken, Ruthanne Chun, Peter Conlon, Linda Lord
This research explores Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) among veterinary medical students across six academic institutions of veterinary medicine, and their relationship with depression, stress, and desire to become a veterinarian. Between April 1, 2016 and May 23, 2016, 1,118 veterinary medical students in all 4 years of the curriculum (39% response rate) completed an anonymous web-based questionnaire about ACEs, depression using the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression scale (CESD), stress using the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS), and the age at which they wanted to become a veterinarian...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345684/-analysis-of-changes-in-radiographic-lung-image-and-lung-ventilation-disorders-in-workers-occupationally-exposed-to-chrysotile-in-the-past
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Elżbieta Cwynar, Beata Świątkowska, Jarosław Tomczyk
BACKGROUND: The adverse health effects of occupational exposure to asbestos dust may occur several years after first exposure. The objective of the study was to assess the relationship between lesions in the respiratory system and the factors contributing to occupational exposure to asbestos described in the first medical examination as well as to analyze the factors responsible for the progression of these changes in further medical tests. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study group comprised 591 former workers of asbestos processing plant "Gambit" in Lubawka...
March 24, 2017: Medycyna Pracy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345683/-workplace-health-promotion-in-poland-in-2015-diagnosis-based-on-a-representative-survey-of-companies-employing-more-than-50-employees
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Krzysztof Puchalski, Elżbieta Korzeniowska
BACKGROUND: The workplace health promotion (WHP) activity of enterprises in Poland was examined. The findings referred to how many companies implemented non-obligatory actions for health and what actions were taken, what were the reasons and obstacles in the implementation, whether companies evaluated their activity, how they motivated staff to WHP, and whether the size and economic standing differentiated their activity. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Representative survey, consisted of computer assisted telephone interviews with delegates of the boards of 1000 companies employing > 50 employees, held in November-December 2015...
March 24, 2017: Medycyna Pracy
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