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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089522/the-impact-of-medication-synchronization-on-quality-care-criteria-in-an-independent-community-pharmacy
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Jessica L Hinson, Gretchen K Garofoli, Betsy M Elswick
OBJECTIVES: To determine the impact of a comprehensive medication synchronization program in an independent community pharmacy by (1) evaluating changes in Electronic Quality Improvement Platform for Plans and Pharmacies (EQuIPP) scores and (2) examining the change in monthly prescription volume. SETTING: Independent community pharmacy in Morgantown, WV. PRACTICE DESCRIPTION: Waterfront Family Pharmacy is a single-location independent community pharmacy located in Morgantown, WV...
January 11, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079746/sentinel-surveillance-for-expedited-partner-therapy-prescriptions-using-pharmacy-data-in-2-new-york-city-neighborhoods-2015
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Ebiere Okah, Vibhuti Arya, Meighan Rogers, Michelle Kim, Julia Ann Schillinger
BACKGROUND: Expedited partner therapy (EPT) for Chlamydia trachomatis (Ct) is the practice of providing Ct-infected patients with medication, or prescription (prescription-EPT) to deliver to their sex partners without first examining those partners. New York City (NYC) providers commonly use prescription-EPT, yet NYC pharmacists report only occasional receipt of EPT prescriptions. This project assessed the frequency of EPT prescriptions filled in 2 NYC neighborhoods. METHODS: The 2 NYC facilities reporting the most frequent use of prescription-EPT were identified from Ct provider case reports and contacted to ascertain their EPT practices...
February 2017: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078665/computerized-pharmacy-surveillance-and-alert-system-for-drug-related-problems
#3
O Ferrández, O Urbina, S Grau, J Mateu-de-Antonio, M Marin-Casino, J Portabella, S Mojal, M Riu, E Salas
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Because of the impact of drug-related problems (DRPs) on morbidity and mortality, there is a need for computerized strategies to increase drug safety. The detection and identification of the causes of potential DRPs can be facilitated by the incorporation of a pharmacy warning system (PWS) in the computerized prescriber order entry (CPOE) and its application in the routine validation of inpatient drug therapy. A limited number of studies have evaluated a clinical decision support system to monitor drug treatment...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077751/performance-of-health-workers-using-an-electronic-algorithm-for-the-management-of-childhood-illness-in-tanzania-a-pilot-implementation-study
#4
Clotilde Rambaud-Althaus, Amani Shao, Josephine Samaka, Ndeniria Swai, Seneca Perri, Judith Kahama-Maro, Marc Mitchell, Valérie D'Acremont, Blaise Genton
In low-resource settings, where qualified health workers (HWs) are scarce and childhood mortality high, rational antimicrobial prescription for childhood illnesses is a challenge. To assess whether smartphones running guidelines, as compared with paper support, improve consultation process and rational use of medicines for children, a pilot cluster-randomized controlled study was conducted in Tanzania. Nine primary health-care facilities (HFs) were randomized into three arms: 1) paper algorithm, 2) electronic algorithm on a smartphone, and 3) control...
January 11, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067675/it-s-time-to-adopt-electronic-prescriptions-for-opioids
#5
Atul A Gawande
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 6, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067568/improving-community-prescribing-of-post-fracture-denosumab-after-discharge
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Helen Wood, Harriet Lewis, Rachael Ward, Tarun Solanki, Prabhath Fernando
BACKGROUND: In the UK, denosumab is usually started by hospital clinicians and continued by primary care physicians in the community, but in the authors' region denosumab is a 'green light' drug, only prescribed by the primary care team. The authors suspected that a proportion of patients who were recommended to start the drug after a neck of femur fracture were not receiving this on discharge. They aimed to improve the prescribing of denosumab by implementing a quality improvement project...
January 2, 2017: British Journal of Hospital Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063606/-assessment-of-antibiotic-use-and-impact-of-an-intervention-intended-to-modify-the-prescribing-behavior-in-surgical-prophylaxis-in-6hospitals-in-the-metropolitan-area-of-monterrey-mexico
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Gerardo Del Carmen Palacios-Saucedo, Mauricio de la Garza-Camargo, Evangelina Briones-Lara, Sandra Carmona-González, Ricardo García-Cabello, Luis Arturo Islas-Esparza, Gustavo Saldaña-Flores, Juan Roberto González-Cano, Román González-Ruvalcaba, Francisco Javier Valadez-Botello, Gerardo Enrique Muñoz-Maldonado, Carlos Alberto Montero-Cantú, Rita Delia Díaz-Ramos, Fortino Solórzano-Santos
BACKGROUND: Improper use of antibiotics increases antimicrobial resistance. OBJECTIVE: Evaluate the use of antibiotics and the impact of an intervention designed to improve antibiotic prescription for surgical prophylaxis in 6 hospitals of Monterrey, Mexico. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Design: A prospective multicenter survey and a pretest-postest experimental study. Phase 1: Survey to evaluate the use of antibiotics through an especially designed guide...
January 4, 2017: Cirugia y Cirujanos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060051/e-prescribing-and-adverse-drug-events-an-observational-study-of-the-medicare-part-d-population-with-diabetes
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Meghan Hufstader Gabriel, Christopher Powers, William Encinosa, Julie P W Bynum
BACKGROUND: Although the adoption of e-prescriptions among physicians has increased substantially under the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act and Meaningful Use programs, little is known of its impact on patient outcomes. OBJECTIVE: To examine the impact of e-prescribing on emergency visits or hospitalizations for diabetes-related adverse drug events (ADEs) including hypoglycemia. DESIGN: This is a prospective, observational cohort study with patient fixed effects...
January 3, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059431/evaluation-of-treatment-changes-following-electronic-consultation-to-a-pharmacist-run-urine-drug-testing-service-in-a-veterans-healthcare-system
#9
Michelle M Stammet, Shelley S Spradley
In 2013, the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System established a pharmacist-run urine drug testing (UDT) electronic consultation (e-consult) service to assist providers with interpretation of this useful yet complex clinical tool. This pilot study aimed to classify clinical treatment changes implemented following e-consult to a pharmacist-run UDT service and analyze factors limiting pharmacist intervention postconsultation. One hundred forty-three e-consults were completed in the 2-year study period including interpretation of 190 UDT results classified as expected, unexpected, or not necessarily inappropriate based on prescription profile at time of urine immunoassay test...
November 2016: Journal of Opioid Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057027/clinical-practice-guidelines-for-the-management-of-chronic-musculoskeletal-pain-in-primary-healthcare-a-systematic-review
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Dawn V Ernstzen, Quinette A Louw, Susan L Hillier
BACKGROUND: Up-to-date, high quality, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) that are applicable for primary healthcare are vital to optimize services for the population with chronic musculoskeletal pain (CMSP). The study aimed to systematically identify and appraise the available evidence-based CPGs for the management of CMSP in adults presenting in primary healthcare settings. METHODS: A systematic review was conducted. Twelve guideline clearinghouses and six electronic databases were searched for eligible CPGs published between the years 2000 and May 2015...
January 5, 2017: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056955/development-of-an-algorithm-for-determining-smoking-status-and-behaviour-over-the-life-course-from-uk-electronic-primary-care-records
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Mark D Atkinson, Jonathan I Kennedy, Ann John, Keir E Lewis, Ronan A Lyons, Sinead T Brophy
BACKGROUND: Patients' smoking status is routinely collected by General Practitioners (GP) in UK primary health care. There is an abundance of Read codes pertaining to smoking, including those relating to smoking cessation therapy, prescription, and administration codes, in addition to the more regularly employed smoking status codes. Large databases of primary care data are increasingly used for epidemiological analysis; smoking status is an important covariate in many such analyses. However, the variable definition is rarely documented in the literature...
January 5, 2017: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048779/su-f-t-28-evaluation-of-bebig-hdr-co-60-after-loading-system-for-skin-cancer-treatment-using-conical-surface-applicator
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H Safigholi, A S Meigooni, D Han, A Soliman, W Y Song
PURPOSE: To evaluate the possibility of utilizing the BEBIG HDR 60Co remote after-loading system for malignant skin surface treatment using Monte Carlo (MC) simulation technique. METHODS: First TG-43 parameters of BEBIG-Co-60 and Nucletron Ir-192-mHDR-V2 brachytherapy sources were simulated using MCNP6 code to benchmark the sources against the literature. Second a conical tungsten-alloy with 3-cm diameter of Planning-Target-Volume (PTV) at surface for use with a single stepping HDR source is designed...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048738/su-f-t-79-monte-carlo-investigation-of-optimizing-parameters-for-modulated-electron-arc-therapy
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E Al Ashkar, A Eldib, K Eraba, M Imam, C Ma
PURPOSE: Electron arc therapy provides excellent dose distributions for treating superficial tumors along curved surfaces. However this modality has not received widespread application due to the lack of needed advancement in electron beam delivery, accurate electron dose calculation and treatment plan optimization. The aim of the current work is to investigate possible parameters that can be optimized for electron arc (eARC) therapy. METHODS: The MCBEAM code was used to generate phase space files for 6 and 12MeV electron beam energies from a Varian trilogy machine...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048563/we-ab-207b-05-correlation-of-normal-lung-density-changes-with-dose-after-stereotactic-body-radiotherapy-sbrt-for-early-stage-lung-cancer
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Q Wu, S Devpura, K Feghali, C Liu, M Ajlouni, B Movsas, I Chetty
PURPOSE: To investigate correlation of normal lung CT density changes with dose accuracy and outcome after SBRT for patients with early stage lung cancer. METHODS: Dose distributions for patients originally planned and treated using a 1-D pencil beam-based (PB-1D) dose algorithm were retrospectively recomputed using algorithms: 3-D pencil beam (PB-3D), and model-based METHODS: AAA, Acuros XB (AXB), and Monte Carlo (MC). Prescription dose was 12 Gy × 4 fractions...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048510/su-f-t-499-anatomic-features-for-selection-of-electronic-tissue-compensation-radiotherapy-in-early-stage-breast-cancer-patients-after-breast-conserving-surgery
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Y Song, M Zhang, N Yue, L Gan, X Chen, T Zhang, G Ren
PURPOSE: To explore the correlations between anatomic features and dose-volumetric parameters in 3DCRT and eComp whole breast irradiation and identify the feasibility of anatomic parameters to predict the planning method selection. METHODS: We compared the effectiveness between conventional three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3DCRT) and electronic tissue compensation (eComp) for whole breast irradiation. 3DCRT and eComp planning techniques were used to generate treatment plans for 60 whole breast patients, respectively...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048080/su-f-t-80-a-mobile-application-for-intra-operative-electron-radiotherapy-treatment-planning
#16
C Williams, E Crowley, J Wolfgang
PURPOSE: Intraoperative electron radiotherapy (IORT) poses a unique set of challenges for treatment planning. Planning must be performed in a busy operating room environment over a short timeframe often with little advance knowledge of the treatment depth or applicator size. Furthermore, IORT accelerators can have a large number of possible applicators, requiring extensive databooks that must be searched for the appropriate dosimetric parameters. The goal of this work is to develop a software tool to assist in the planning process that is suited to the challenges faced in the IORT environment...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047581/su-g-jep2-01-a-new-approach-for-mr-only-treatment-planning-tissue-segmentation-based-pseudo-ct-generation-using-t1-weighted-mri
#17
H Yu, Y Lee, B Chugh, C Tseng, M Campbell, K Leszczynski, A Sahgal
PURPOSE: To evaluate MR-only treatment planning for brain Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy (SABR) based on pseudo-CT (pCT) generation using one set of T1-weighted MRI. METHODS: T1-weighted MR and CT images from 12 patients who were eligible for brain SABR were retrospectively acquired for this study. MR-based pCT was generated by using a newly in-house developed algorithm based on MR tissue segmentation and voxel-based electron density (ED) assignment (pCTv). pCTs using bulk density assignment (pCTb where bone and soft tissue were assigned 800HU and 0HU,respectively), and water density assignment (pCTw where all tissues were assigned 0HU) were generated for comparison of ED assignment techniques...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047477/su-g-tep4-06-an-integrated-application-for-radiation-therapy-treatment-plan-directives-management-and-reporting
#18
M Matuszak, C Anderson, C Lee, K Vineberg, M Green, K Younge, J Moran, C Mayo
PURPOSE: With electronic medical records, patient information for the treatment planning process has become disseminated across multiple applications with limited quality control and many associated failure modes. We present the development of a single application with a centralized database to manage the planning process. METHODS: The system was designed to replace current functionalities of (i) static directives representing the physician intent for the prescription and planning goals, localization information for delivery, and other information, (ii) planning objective reports, (iii) localization and image guidance documents and (iv) the official radiation therapy prescription in the medical record...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047281/su-f-t-204-a-preliminary-approach-of-reducing-contralateral-breast-and-heart-dose-in-left-sided-whole-breast-cancer-patients-utilizing-proton-beams
#19
M Islam, O Algan, H Jin, S Ahmad, S Hossain
PURPOSE: To investigate the plan quality and feasibility of a hybrid plan utilizing proton and photon fields for superior coverage in the internal mammary (IM) and supraclavicular (S/C) regions while minimizing heart and contralateral breast dose for the left-sided whole breast cancer patient treatment. METHODS: This preliminary study carried out on single left-sided intact breast patient involved IM and S/C nodes. The IM and S/C node fields of the 5-Field 3DCRT photon-electron base plan were replaced by two proton fields...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046762/su-f-j-162-is-bulky-electron-density-assignment-appropriatefor-mri-only-based-treatment-planning-for-lung-cancer
#20
P Prior, X Chen, C Johnstone, E Gore, X Li
PURPOSE: To assess the appropriateness of bulky electron density assisment for MRI-only treatment planning for lung cancer via comparing dosimetric difference between MRI- and CT-based plans. METHODS: Planning 4DCTs acquired for six representative lung cancer patients were used to generate CT-based IMRT plans. To avoid the effect of anatomic difference between CT and MRI, MRI-based plans were generated using CTs by forcing the relative electron density (rED) of organ specific values from ICRU report 46 and using the mean rED value of the internal target volume (ITV) of the patient for the ITV...
June 2016: Medical Physics
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