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Jonathan G Shaw, Monica Farid, Claire Noel-Miller, Neesha Joseph, Ari Houser, Steven M Asch, Jay Bhattacharya, Lynda Flowers
Objectives: Evaluate objective isolation and loneliness' impact on Medicare spending and outcomes. Methods: We linked Health and Retirement Study data to Medicare claims to analyze objective isolation (scaled composite of social contacts and network) and loneliness (positive response to 3-item loneliness scale) as predictors of subsequent Medicare spending. In multivariable regression adjusting for health and demographics, we determined marginal differences in Medicare expenditures...
October 2017: Journal of Aging and Health
Annette Haywood, Sarah Barnes, Hazel Marsh, Stuart G Parker
BACKGROUND: Older people with an acute illness, many of whom are also frail, form a significant proportion of the acute hospital inpatient population. Attention is focusing on ways of improving the physical environment to optimize health outcomes and staff efficiency. PURPOSE: This article explores the effects of the physical environment in three acute care settings: acute hospital site, in-patient rehabilitation hospital, and intermediate care provision (a nursing home with some beds dedicated to intermediate care) chosen to represent different steps on the acute care pathway for older people and gain the perspectives of patients, family carers, and staff...
January 1, 2018: HERD
Xiuyan Lan, Huimin Xiao, Ying Chen, Xiaoling Zhang
The current study aimed to examine the effects of life review intervention on life satisfaction and personal meaning among frail older adults. Seventy-four participants were randomly assigned to either the intervention or control group. The intervention group received the Haight Structured Life Review with modified guiding questions and memory prompts. The control group received usual nursing home care. The Life Satisfaction Index A and Purpose in Life Test questionnaires were administered at baseline and immediately after the intervention...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services
Gretchen Hackett, Jodi Brady, Robert P Olympia
Students presenting with syncope and/or seizure occur occasionally in the school setting. Several studies have shown that seizures as well as respiratory distress are the most common medical emergencies that prompt school nurses and staff to contact emergency medical services (EMS) to transport students to the closest emergency department (Knight 1999, Olympia 2005). It is important to develop a differential diagnosis for syncope, to initiate stabilization of the student with life-threatening symptoms, and to triage these students to an appropriate level of care (back to the classroom, home with their guardian with follow-up at their primary health care provider's office, or directly to the closest emergency department via EMS)...
March 1, 2018: NASN School Nurse
Javier de Miguel-Diez, Ana Lopez-de-Andres, Valentin Herandez-Barrera, Isabel Jimenez-Trujillo, Luis Puente-Maestu, Alicia Cerezo-Lajas, Rodrigo Jimenez-Garcia
Background: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a major cause of disability and death worldwide. Consequently, COPD patients are frequent users of health and social resources. Therefore, they are highly vulnerable to decreases in investment in healthcare services. We aimed to describe the utilization of health and home care services among Spanish COPD patients during the economic crisis to identify factors independently associated with changes in the utilization of these services and to study the time trends from 2009 to 2014...
2018: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Balagangadhar R Totapally, Ashish H Shah, Toba Niazi
OBJECTIVE: Posterior fossa tumor surgery in children poses a significant morbidity and mortality. Large multi-institutional datasets characterizing the epidemiology and morbidity of children undergoing posterior fossa tumor surgery are lacking. The objective of this study is to describe the epidemiology and short term surgical outcomes of children presenting with cerebellar tumors. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective review of the Kids Inpatient Database (KID) for all hospital discharges in 2012 with a diagnosis of cerebellar tumor (ICD-9 diagnosis code 191...
February 26, 2018: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Tinne Smets, Bregje B D Onwuteaka-Philipsen, Rose Miranda, Lara Pivodic, Marc Tanghe, Hein van Hout, Roeline H R W Pasman, Mariska Oosterveld-Vlug, Ruth Piers, Nele Van Den Noortgate, Anne B Wichmann, Yvonne Engels, Myrra Vernooij-Dassen, Jo Hockley, Katherine Froggatt, Sheila Payne, Katarzyna Szczerbińska, Marika Kylänen, Suvi Leppäaho, Ilona Barańska, Giovanni Gambassi, Sophie Pautex, Catherine Bassal, Luc Deliens, Lieve Van den Block
BACKGROUND: Several studies have highlighted the need for improvement in palliative care delivered to older people long-term care facilities. However, the available evidence on how to improve palliative care in these settings is weak, especially in Europe. We describe the protocol of the PACE trial aimed to 1) evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the 'PACE Steps to Success' palliative care intervention for older people in long-term care facilities, and 2) assess the implementation process and identify facilitators and barriers for implementation in different countries...
March 12, 2018: BMC Palliative Care
Mary M Mitchell, Eric D Hansen, Tuo-Yen Tseng, Meng Shen, Cynda Rushton, Tom Smith, Nancy Hutton, Jennifer Wolfe, Lee Bone, Jeanne Keruly, Lawrence Wissow, Amy R Knowlton
CONTEXT & OBJECTIVE: Advance care planning (ACP) rates remain low, especially among people who are HIV positive, disadvantaged, and African American. While ACP can be a sensitive topic for clinicians and patients to discuss, health values clarification can be an important initial step. METHODS: Data were from the first 325 participants in the AFFIRM Care study, which enrolled adults living with HIV/AIDS in Baltimore, MD, who had histories of illicit drug use...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Courtney A Polenick, Amanda N Leggett, Donovan T Maust, Helen C Kales
OBJECTIVE: Medical care tasks are commonly provided by spouses caring for persons living with dementia (PLWDs). These tasks reflect complex care demands that may interfere with sleep, yet their implications for caregivers' sleep outcomes are unknown. The authors evaluated the association between caregivers' medical/nursing tasks (keeping track of medications; managing tasks such as ostomy care, intravenous lines, or blood testing; giving shots/injections; and caring for skin wounds/sores) and care-related sleep disturbances...
February 1, 2018: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Magnolia Cardona, Ebony T Lewis, Robin M Turner, Hatem Alkhouri, Stephen Asha, John Mackenzie, Margaret Perkins, Sam Suri, Anna Holdgate, Luis Winoto, Chan-Wei Chang, Blanca Gallego-Luxan, Sally McCarthy, Mette R Kristensen, Michael O'Sullivan, Helene Skjøt-Arkil, Anette A Ekmann, Hanne H Nygaard, Jonas J Jensen, Rune O Jensen, Jonas L Pedersen, Dorothy Breen, John A Petersen, Birgitte N Jensen, Christian Backer Mogensen, Ken Hillman, Mikkel Brabrand
BACKGROUND: Prognostic uncertainty inhibits clinicians from initiating timely end-of-life discussions and advance care planning. This study evaluates the efficacy of the CriSTAL (Criteria for Screening and Triaging to Appropriate aLternative care) checklist in emergency departments. METHODS: Prospective cohort study of patients aged ≥65 years with any diagnosis admitted via emergency departments in ten hospitals in Australia, Denmark and Ireland. Electronic and paper clinical records will be used to extract risk factors such as nursing home residency, physiological deterioration warranting a rapid response call, personal history of active chronic disease, history of hospitalisations or intensive care unit admission in the past year, evidence of proteinuria or ECG abnormalities, and evidence of frailty to be concurrently measured with Fried Score and Clinical Frailty Scale...
March 6, 2018: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Judy C Lentz
Although the specialty of palliative nursing and palliative care continues to grow in hospital and outpatient settings, a paucity of home-based palliative services remains. This article discusses a new paradigm of faith-based palliative care ministry using faith community nurses (FCNs). Under the leadership of a palliative care doula (a nurse expert in palliative care), nurses in the faith community can offer critical support to those with serious illness. Models such as this provide stimulating content for FCN practice and opportunity to broaden health ministry within faith communities...
April 2018: Journal of Christian Nursing: a Quarterly Publication of Nurses Christian Fellowship
Dagmar Schaffler-Schaden, Stefan Pitzer, Magdalena Schreier, Johanna Dellinger, Beate Brandauer-Stickler, Miriam Lainer, Maria Flamm, Jürgen Osterbrink
Polypharmacy in elderly people is an increasing challenge for health professionals. Drug-Drug interactions, dosing or administration errors can cause preventable incidents and hospitalizations. Due to chronic illness and multi-morbidity, older people are considered as a particularly vulnerable group of patients. Furthermore, it is well known that communication between health professionals is often insufficient. The aim of this study is to improve the appropriateness of medication of nursing home residents by establishing a long-term structured medication review process and to enhance the interprofessional communication between general practitioners (GPs), nurses and pharmacists...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Interprofessional Care
Amol S Navathe, Alexander M Bain, Rachel M Werner
BACKGROUND: While early evidence suggests that Medicare accountable care organizations (ACOs) may reduce post-acute care (PAC) utilization for attributed beneficiaries, whether these effects spill over to all beneficiaries admitted to hospitals participating in ACOs stray is unknown. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate whether changes in PAC use and Medicare spending spill over to all beneficiaries admitted to hospitals participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP)...
March 8, 2018: Journal of General Internal Medicine
Mei Ling Lim, Bei Yi Paulynn Yong, Mei Qi Maggie Mar, Shin Yuh Ang, Mei Mei Chan, Madeleine Lam, Ngian Choo Janet Chong, Violeta Lopez
BACKGROUND: The number of patients on home enteral nutrition (HEN) is on the increase due to advancement in technology and shift in focus of providing care from acute to community care settings. AIM: This study aimed to explore the experiences of community nurses and home carers, in caring for patients on HEN. METHODS: A mixed-method approach was adopted. (i) A face-to-face survey design was used to elicit experience of carers of patients on HEN...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Clinical Nursing
John W Barrington, Ryan N Hansen, Belinda Lovelace, Elaine A Böing, Morad Chughtai, Jared M Newman, An T Pham, Anton Khlopas, Nipun Sodhi, Assem A Sultan, Michael A Mont
Postoperative pain remains difficult to control after total knee arthroplasty (TKA). While various modalities have been used, they have been associated with several side effects. For example, opioids have many side effects including: sedation, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, constipation, respiratory depression, and can lead to dependency. Recently, intravenous (IV) acetaminophen has been introduced as a method to manage postoperative pain. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to compare the postoperative outcomes of TKA patients who received oral acetaminophen versus IV acetaminophen...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Knee Surgery
Mona Pauline Voie, Jorunn Tunby, Nina Strømsvik
AIM: To explore the collaboration challenges faced by neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurses and public health nurses when preparing premature infants for transition home and to explore the culture of cooperation between the two professional groups. METHOD: Qualitative individual interviews were undertaken with two NICU nurses and two public health nurses. A qualitative content analysis was used to analyse the data. FINDINGS: Three main themes were identified: different expectations and lack of communication between NICU nurses and public health nurses; responsibilities and interactions between the two professional groups were not clearly defined; and the public health nurses' competence was not recognised by the NICU nurses and parents...
March 7, 2018: Nursing Children and Young People
Sara Barsanti, Manila Bonciani
Healthcare systems have followed several strategies aimed at integrating primary care services and professionals. Medical homes in the USA and Canada, and primary care centres across Europe have collocated general practitioners and other health and social professionals in the same building in order to boost coordination among services and the continuity of care for patients. However, in the literature, the impact of co-location on primary care has led to controversial results. This article analyses the possible benefits of the co-location of services in primary care focusing on the Italian model of primary care centres (Case della Salute) in terms of general practitioners' perception...
January 1, 2018: Health Services Management Research
Erica E M Maurits, Anke J E de Veer, Peter P Groenewegen, Anneke L Francke
The World Health Organization is calling for a fundamental change in healthcare services delivery, towards people-centred and integrated health services. This includes providing integrated care around people's needs that is effectively co-ordinated across providers and co-produced by professionals, the patient, the family and the community. At the same time, healthcare policies aim to scale back hospital and residential care in favour of home care. This is one reason for the home-care nursing staff shortages in Europe...
March 5, 2018: Health & Social Care in the Community
Amir Qaseem, Timothy J Wilt, Devan Kansagara, Carrie Horwitch, Michael J Barry, Mary Ann Forciea
Description: The American College of Physicians developed this guidance statement to guide clinicians in selecting targets for pharmacologic treatment of type 2 diabetes. Methods: The National Guideline Clearinghouse and the Guidelines International Network library were searched (May 2017) for national guidelines, published in English, that addressed hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) targets for treating type 2 diabetes in nonpregnant outpatient adults. The authors identified guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement...
March 6, 2018: Annals of Internal Medicine
John B Ammori, Suparna Navale, Nicholas Schiltz, Siran M Koroukian
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study is to identify risk factors associated with readmission after gastrectomy to potentially identify potential areas for targeted improvements. Hospital readmission after surgery is a topic of interest in health-care policy among hospitals, payers, and providers. Readmissions are associated with increased costs, morbidity, and mortality. Readmission rates have been proposed as a quality metric for hospitals and quality indicator of individual surgeon's performance...
April 2018: Journal of Surgical Research
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