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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742763/implementation-of-a-national-workplace-wellness-program-for-health-workers-in-botswana
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Jenny H Ledikwe, Bazghina-Werq Semo, Miram Sebego, Maureen Mpho, Heather Mothibedi, Shreshth Mawandia, Gabrielle O'Malley
: The Botswana workplace wellness program (WWP) for health care workers (HCWs) was initiated in 2007. WWP implementation was assessed using a sequential, explanatory, mixed methods design including a national implementation assessment (27 health districts) and in-depth interviews (n = 38). Level of implementation varied across districts with health screening, therapeutic recreation, and health promotion implemented more frequently than occupational health activities and psychosocial services. Facilitators to WWP implementation included establishment of a dedicated, diverse WWP committee; provision of administrative support, and integration of activities into organizational culture...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740375/clinical-and-economic-burden-of-dyspnea-and-other-copd-symptoms-in-a-managed-care-setting
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Judith J Stephenson, Debra Wertz, Tao Gu, Jeetvan Patel, Anand A Dalal
PURPOSE: The degree to which symptoms such as dyspnea affect patients with COPD is individualized. To address the gap between clinical symptom measures and self-perceived disease burden, we investigated the symptom status of adult patients with COPD and followed with an administrative claims analysis of health care resource utilization and costs. METHODS: This was a hybrid US observational study consisting of a cross-sectional patient survey followed by a retrospective analysis of administrative claims data...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738685/assessing-the-effect-of-the-vha-pcmh-model-on-utilization-patterns-among-veterans-with-ptsd
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Ian Randall, Charles Maynard, Gary Chan, Beth Devine, Chris Johnson
OBJECTIVES: The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) implemented a patient-centered medical home (PCMH)-based Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT) model in 2010. We examined its effects on the utilization of health services among US veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). STUDY DESIGN: We analyzed VHA clinical and administrative data to conduct an interrupted time series study. Encounter-level data were obtained for the period of April 1, 2005, through March 31, 2014...
May 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737994/impact-of-a-patient-support-program-on-patient-adherence-to-adalimumab-and-direct-medical-costs-in-crohn-s-disease-ulcerative-colitis-rheumatoid-arthritis-psoriasis-psoriatic-arthritis-and-ankylosing-spondylitis
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David T Rubin, Manish Mittal, Matthew Davis, Scott Johnson, Jingdong Chao, Martha Skup
BACKGROUND: AbbVie provides a free-to-patient patient support program (PSP) to assist adalimumab-treated patients with medication costs, nurse support, injection training, pen disposal, and medication reminders. The impact of these services on patient adherence to adalimumab and direct medical costs associated with autoimmune disease has not been assessed. OBJECTIVE: To quantify the relationship between participation in a PSP and outcomes (adalimumab adherence, persistence, and direct medical costs) in patients initiating adalimumab treatment...
August 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736876/geriatric-cooperatives-in-southwestern-ontario-a-novel-way-of-increasing-inter-sectoral-partnerships-in-the-care-of-older-adults-with-responsive-behaviours
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Iris Gutmanis, Loretta M Hillier
Established in 2010, Geriatric Cooperatives support the evolving Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) programme in the South West Local Health Integration Network. Geriatric Cooperatives bring together members representing relevant cross-sectoral services and are tasked with identifying system gaps associated with the BSO target population as well as developing work plans specific to their local area, leveraging local capacity, and co-ordinating and improving linkages between sectors and services. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the partnerships formed over time within these Cooperatives in order to inform their ongoing development and sustainability...
July 24, 2017: Health & Social Care in the Community
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735567/policy-research-challenges-in-comparing-care-models-for-dual-eligible-beneficiaries
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Janet H Van Cleave, Brian L Egleston, Sarah Brosch, Elizabeth Wirth, Molly Lawson, Eileen M Sullivan-Marx, Mary D Naylor
Providing affordable, high-quality care for the 10 million persons who are dual-eligible beneficiaries of Medicare and Medicaid is an ongoing health-care policy challenge in the United States. However, the workforce and the care provided to dual-eligible beneficiaries are understudied. The purpose of this article is to provide a narrative of the challenges and lessons learned from an exploratory study in the use of clinical and administrative data to compare the workforce of two care models that deliver home- and community-based services to dual-eligible beneficiaries...
January 1, 2017: Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728807/the-impact-of-team-based-primary-care-on-health-care-services-utilization-and-costs-quebec-s-family-medicine-groups
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Erin Strumpf, Mehdi Ammi, Mamadou Diop, Julie Fiset-Laniel, Pierre Tousignant
We investigate the effects on health care costs and utilization of team-based primary care delivery: Quebec's Family Medicine Groups (FMGs). FMGs include extended hours, patient enrolment and multidisciplinary teams, but they maintain the same remuneration scheme (fee-for-service) as outside FMGs. In contrast to previous studies, we examine the impacts of organizational changes in primary care settings in the absence of changes to provider payment and outside integrated care systems. We built a panel of administrative data of the population of elderly and chronically ill patients, characterizing all individuals as FMG enrollees or not...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728641/association-between-process-based-quality-indicators-and-mortality-for-patients-with-substance-use-disorders
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Susan M Paddock, Kimberly A Hepner, Teresa Hudson, Songthip Ounpraseuth, Amy M Schrader, Greer Sullivan, Katherine E Watkins
OBJECTIVE: Substance use disorders (SUDs) are associated with elevated rates of mortality. Little is known about whether receiving appropriate care is associated with lower mortality for patients with SUDs. This study examined the association between the receipt of care for SUDs and subsequent 12- and 24-month mortality. METHOD: This was a retrospective cohort study of veterans who received care for SUDs paid for by the Veterans Health Administration during October 2006- September 2007 (n = 339,966)...
May 2017: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727948/a-collaborative-network-based-approach-to-advance-women-s-depression-research-in-the-united-states-preliminary-findings
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Heather A Flynn, Catherine Spino, Constance Guille, Kristina M Deligiannidis, Pauline Maki, Jordan Jahnke, Katherine L Rosenblum, C Neill Epperson, Sandra J Weiss
OBJECTIVE: Translation of women's mental health research has yet to impact overall prevalence and burden of Mood Disorders in the United States. The lack of standard measures and methodological coordination across studies has contributed to the slow impact of research on outcomes. The primary aims of this project were to demonstrate the process by which multiple investigators, sites, and settings administered a standard women's mental health questionnaire within a new Women's Depression Network...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725785/pathology-course-director-perspectives-of-a-recent-lcme-experience-preparation-in-an-integrated-curriculum-with-the-revised-standards
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Barbara E C Knollmann-Ritschel, Eric Suarez, William Gilliland, Richard Conran, Arnyce Pock
Preparation for a Liaison Committee of Medical Education (LCME) accreditation site visit is a daunting task for any medical school, particularly for medical schools that have adopted integrated curricula. The LCME accreditation is the standard that all US and Canadian allopathic medical schools must meet in order for the school to award the degree of medical doctor. The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) recently underwent a full-scale LCME accreditation visit that was conducted under the newly revised LCME standards and elements...
January 2017: Acad Pathol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724399/health-needs-access-to-healthcare-and-perceptions-of-ageing-in-an-urbanizing-community-in-india-a-qualitative-study
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Nandita Bhan, Pavitra Madhira, Arundati Muralidharan, Bharati Kulkarni, Gvs Murthy, Sanjay Basu, Sanjay Kinra
BACKGROUND: India's elderly population is rising at an unprecedented rate, with a majority living in rural areas. Health challenges associated with ageing, changing social networks and limited public health infrastructure are issues faced by the elderly and caregivers. We examined perceptions of health needs of the elderly across local stakeholders in an urbanizing rural area. METHODS: The qualitative study was conducted among participants in the Andhra Pradesh Children and Parents Study (APCAPS) site in Rangareddy district, Telangana...
July 19, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724152/cost-of-incremental-expansion-of-an-existing-family-medicine-residency-program
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Evan A Ashkin, Warren P Newton, Brian Toomey, Ronald Lingley, Cristen P Page
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Expanding residency training programs to address shortages in the primary care workforce is challenged by the present graduate medical education (GME) environment. The Medicare funding cap on new GME positions and reductions in the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Teaching Health Center (THC) GME program require innovative solutions to support primary care residency expansion. Sparse literature exists to assist in predicting the actual cost of incremental expansion of a family medicine residency program without federal or state GME support...
July 2017: Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724014/prescription-medication-by-physiotherapists-a-brazilian-view-of-the-united-kingdom-canada-australia-and-new-zealand
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Valton da Silva Costa
Many health systems (HS) have adopted novel models of care which have included non-medical prescription (NMP) by physiotherapists. The aim of this study was to verify in the literature the existence of this practice and its possible benefits. A literature review was carried out through search on Science Direct, PubMed, SciELO, Lilacs and Google Scholar, and in the World Confederation for Physical Therapy and Chartered Society of Physiotherapy websites. In recent decades the United Kingdom adopted the NMP for health professionals, followed by Canada...
July 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723244/evaluation-of-the-national-health-service-nhs-direct-pilot-telehealth-program-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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Malcolm Clarke, Joanna Fursse, Nancy Connolly, Urvashi Sharma, Russell Jones
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of a pilot telehealth program applied to a wide population of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). DESIGN: Vital signs data were transmitted from the home of the patient on a daily basis using a patient monitoring system for review by community nurse to assist decisions on management. SETTING: Community services for patients diagnosed with COPD. PARTICIPANTS: Two Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) enrolled 321 patients diagnosed with COPD into the telehealth program...
July 18, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722562/centers-of-excellence-in-healthcare-institutions-what-they-are-and-how-to-assemble-them
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James K Elrod, John L Fortenberry
BACKGROUND: Centers of excellence-specialized programs within healthcare institutions which supply exceptionally high concentrations of expertise and related resources centered on particular medical areas and delivered in a comprehensive, interdisciplinary fashion-afford many advantages for healthcare providers and the populations they serve. To achieve full value from centers of excellence, proper assembly is an absolute necessity, but guidance is somewhat limited. This effectively forces healthcare providers to pursue establishment largely via trial-and-error, diminishing opportunities for success...
July 11, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722549/adaptive-reuse-in-the-healthcare-industry-repurposing-abandoned-buildings-to-serve-medical-missions
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James K Elrod, John L Fortenberry
BACKGROUND: Adaptive reuse-the practice of identifying, acquiring, renovating, and placing back into service a building or similar structure for a purpose different than that for which it was originally designed-offers great potential for addressing the spatial expansion needs of healthcare establishments in a unique and mutually beneficial manner. This repurposing approach, however, has received very little attention in the health sciences literature, diminishing the opportunities of those serving in hospitals, medical clinics, and related care providing institutions to acquire an understanding of the practice...
July 11, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720751/exploring-the-perspectives-of-clinical-professionals-and-support-staff-on-implementing-supported-self-management-for-asthma-in-uk-general-practice-an-imp-2-art-qualitative-study
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Susan Morrow, Luke Daines, Sharon Wiener-Ogilvie, Liz Steed, Lorna McKee, Ann-Louise Caress, Stephanie J C Taylor, Hilary Pinnock
Despite an overwhelming evidence base, supported self-management of asthma is poorly implemented into routine practice. Strategies for implementation must address organisational routines, as well as provide resources for patients and training to improve professionals' skills. We aimed to explore the priority that primary care practices attach to asthma self-management, to describe their existing asthma management routines, and to generate innovative implementation strategies. We recruited 33 participants (23 general practitioners; seven nurses; three administrative staff) from 14 general practices...
July 18, 2017: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720630/primary-care-physician-roles-in-health-centers-with-oral-health-care-units
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Hannah L Maxey, Connor W Norwood, Donald L Weaver
INTRODUCTION: Integrating oral health care and primary care is a priority for improving population health. Primary care physicians (PCP) are filling expanded roles within oral health care to secure strong overall health for their patients. METHODS: This comparative case study examines the roles of PCPs at 5 federally qualified health centers that have integrated oral health care and primary care. Administrative data were obtained directly from the Health Resources and Services Administration...
July 2017: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720114/effects-of-the-equip-quasi-experimental-study-testing-a-collaborative-quality-improvement-approach-for-maternal-and-newborn-health-care-in-tanzania-and-uganda
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P Waiswa, F Manzi, G Mbaruku, A K Rowe, M Marx, G Tomson, T Marchant, B A Willey, J Schellenberg, S Peterson, C Hanson
BACKGROUND: Quality improvement is a recommended strategy to improve implementation levels for evidence-based essential interventions, but experience of and evidence for its effects in low-resource settings are limited. We hypothesised that a systemic and collaborative quality improvement approach covering district, facility and community levels, supported by report cards generated through continuous household and health facility surveys, could improve the implementation levels and have a measurable population-level impact on coverage and quality of essential services...
July 18, 2017: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720090/-we-and-the-nurses-are-now-working-with-one-voice-how-community-leaders-and-health-committee-members-describe-their-role-in-sierra-leone-s-ebola-response
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Shannon A McMahon, Lara S Ho, Kerry Scott, Hannah Brown, Laura Miller, Ruwan Ratnayake, Rashid Ansumana
BACKGROUND: Across low-income settings, community volunteers and health committee members support the formal health system - both routinely and amid emergencies - by engaging in health services such as referrals and health education. During the 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic, emerging reports suggest that community engagement was instrumental in interrupting transmission. Nevertheless, literature regarding community volunteers' roles during emergencies generally, and Ebola specifically, is scarce...
July 18, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
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