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Lois Corcoran
Updated several times a week with posts by a wide variety of authors, AJN's blog Off the Charts allows us to provide more timely-and often more personal-perspectives on professional, policy, and clinical issues. Best of the Blog will be a regular column to draw the attention of AJN readers to posts we think deserve a wider audience. To read more, please visit: www.ajnoffthecharts.com.
May 2017: American Journal of Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448222/patient-experience-and-process-measures-of-quality-of-care-at-home-health-agencies-factors-associated-with-high-performance
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Laura M Smith, Wayne L Anderson, Lisa M Lines, Cristalle Pronier, Vanessa Thornburg, Janelle P Butler, Lori Teichman, Debra Dean-Whittaker, Elizabeth Goldstein
We examined effects of provider characteristics on home health agency performance on patient experience of care (Home Health CAHPS) and process (OASIS) measures. Descriptive, multivariate, and factor analyses were used. While agencies score high on both domains, factor analyses showed that the underlying items represent separate constructs. Freestanding and Visiting Nurse Association agencies, higher number of home health aides per 100 episodes, and urban location were statistically significant predictors of lower performance...
April 27, 2017: Home Health Care Services Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438589/specialty-palliative-care-consultations-for-nursing-home-residents-with-dementia
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Susan C Miller, Julie C Lima, Orna Intrator, Edward Martin, Janet Bull, Laura C Hanson
CONTEXT: U.S. nursing home (NH) residents with dementia have limited access to specialty palliative care beyond Medicare hospice. OBJECTIVES: To examine the value of expanded palliative care access for NH residents with moderate to very severe dementia. METHODS: We merged palliative care consultation data in 31 NHs in two states to Medicare data to identify residents with consultations, moderate to very severe dementia, and deaths in 2006-2010...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438480/educating-emergency-department-registered-nurses-edrns-in-screening-brief-intervention-and-referral-to-treatment-sbirt-changes-in-attitudes-and-knowledge-over-time
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Ann M Mitchell, Irene Kane, Dawn L Lindsay, Holly Hagle, Kathy Puskar, Jim Aiello, Lynn Boucek, Emily Knapp
Alcohol and other drug (AOD) diagnoses in the ED co-occur with injury-related presenting conditions including: falls, motor vehicle accidents, poisonings, and both intentional and unintentional injuries. Clinical attention to ED admissions resulting from hazardous AOD use can significantly improve patient care and reduce high cost utilization of ED visits and treatment. The EDRN-SBIRT project is designed to improve the knowledge and attitudes of ED nurses working in a large academic medical center to identify and address risky AOD use as it relates to an ED visit...
April 21, 2017: International Emergency Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437320/development-of-a-claims-based-frailty-indicator-anchored-to-a-well-established-frailty-phenotype
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Jodi B Segal, Hsien-Yen Chang, Yu Du, Jeremy D Walston, Michelle C Carlson, Ravi Varadhan
BACKGROUND: Fried and colleagues described a frailty phenotype measured in the Cardiovascular Health Study (CHS). This phenotype is manifest when ≥3 of the following are present: low grip strength, low energy, slowed waking speed, low physical activity, or unintentional weight loss. We sought to approximate frailty phenotype using only administrative claims data to enable frailty to be assessed without physical performance measures. STUDY DESIGN: We used the CHS cohort data linked to participants Medicare claims...
April 21, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437210/factors-associated-with-length-of-stay-at-home-in-the-final-month-of-life-among-advanced-cancer-patients-a-retrospective-chart-review
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Masatomo Otsuka
BACKGROUND: Living at home is an important factor for maintaining high quality of life among patients. Many studies have discussed parameters associated with place of death, but no studies have yet clarified which factors influence the length of stay at home during the end of life. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to identify factors influencing the amount of time spent at home during the final month of life among patients with advanced cancer. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was conducted for 415 patients with advanced cancer...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437147/comparison-of-two-types-of-meditation-on-patients-psychosocial-responses-during-radiation-therapy-for-head-and-neck-cancer
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Gisela Boxleitner, Shelley Jolie, Dana Shaffer, Nicholas Pasacreta, Mei Bai, Ruth McCorkle
OBJECTIVES: Radiation treatment for head and neck cancer introduces adaptive demands and subjects patients to significant and unique psychosocial challenges. There is growing evidence that meditation is useful in lessening anxiety and depression in cancer patients. This study compared the effects of two types of meditation training on the psychological responses of patients with head and neck cancer during radiation therapy. DESIGN: Randomized clinical trial. SETTING: Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434454/measuring-to-improve-medication-reconciliation-in-a-large-subspecialty-outpatient-practice
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Elizabeth Kern, Meg B Dingae, Esther L Langmack, Candace Juarez, Gary Cott, Sarah K Meadows
BACKGROUND: To assess performance in medication reconciliation (med rec)-the process of comparing and reconciling patients' medication lists at clinical transition points-and demonstrate improvement in an outpatient setting, sustainable and valid measures are needed. METHODS: An interdisciplinary team at National Jewish Health (Denver) attempted to improve med rec in an ambulatory practice serving patients with respiratory and related diseases. Interventions, which were aimed at physicians, nurses (RNs), and medical assistants, involved changes in practice and changes in documentation in the electronic health record (EHR)...
May 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433398/multi-state-survey-of-healthcare-associated-infections-in-acute-care-hospitals-in-brazil
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C Magno Castelo Branco Fortaleza, M C Padoveze, C R Veiga Kiffer, A L Barth, Irna C do Rosário Souza Carneiro, H I Garcia Giamberardino, J L Nobre Rodrigues, L Santos Filho, M J Gonçalves de Mello, M Severino Pereira, P Pinto Gontijo Filho, M Rocha, E A Servolo de Medeiros, A C Campos Pignatari
BACKGROUND: Healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) challenge public health in developing countries such as Brazil, which harbour social inequalities and variations in the complexity of healthcare and regional development. AIM: To describe the prevalence of HCAIs in hospitals in a sample of hospitals in Brazil. METHODS: A prevalence survey conducted in 2011-13 enrolled 152 hospitals from the five macro-regions in Brazil. Hospitals were classified as large (≥200 beds), medium (50-199 beds) or small sized (<50 beds)...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433247/outpatient-laparoscopic-appendectomy-feasible-in-a-public-county-hospital
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David R Rosen, Kenji Inaba, Paul J Oh, Adam C Gutierrez, Aaron M Strumwasser, Subarna Biswas, Melody Cala, Glenn T Ault
BACKGROUND: Outpatient laparoscopic appendectomy is being used increasingly as a treatment option for acute, uncomplicated appendicitis. This was a prospective validation study in a large, urban, public safety-net hospital. STUDY DESIGN: From 2014 to 2016, all patients undergoing laparoscopic appendectomy for acute, uncomplicated appendicitis were enrolled in a prospective observational trial. Standard baseline perioperative practice (control group) was documented for 1 year...
March 13, 2017: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431458/reclaiming-our-spirits-development-and-pilot-testing-of-a-health-promotion-intervention-for-indigenous-women-who-have-experienced-intimate-partner-violence
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Colleen Varcoe, Annette J Browne, Marilyn Ford-Gilboe, Madeleine Dion Stout, Holly McKenzie, Roberta Price, Victoria Bungay, Victoria Smye, Jane Inyallie, Linda Day, Koushambhi Khan, Angela Heino, Marilyn Merritt-Gray
Indigenous women are subjected to high rates of multiple forms of violence, including intimate partner violence (IPV), in the context of ongoing colonization and neo-colonization. Health promotion interventions for women who experience violence have not been tailored specifically for Indigenous women. Reclaiming Our Spirits (ROS) is a health promotion intervention designed for Indigenous women living in an urban context in Canada. In this paper, we describe the development of the intervention, results of a pilot study, and the revised subsequent intervention...
April 21, 2017: Research in Nursing & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427396/demdata-the-austrian-czech-institutional-long-term-care-project-design-and-protocol-of-a-two-centre-cross-sectional-study
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Stefanie Auer, Elisabeth Linsmayer, Anna Beránková, Patrick Pascher, Bernadette Firlinger, Doris Prischl, Paulina Ratajczak, Edith Span, Iva Holmerova
BACKGROUND: The organization of long-term care is one of the main challenges of public health and health policies in Europe and worldwide, especially in terms of care concepts for people with dementia. In Austria and the Czech Republic the majority of elderly institutionalized persons with dementia are cared for in nursing homes. It is however unclear, how many persons living in nursing homes in Austria and in the Czech Republic are suffering from cognitive impairment and dementia. In addition, basic information on the nutritional status, the status of mobility and the medication prescription patterns are often missing...
April 20, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422618/school-nurses-on-the-front-lines-of-medicine-connecting-the-dots-scripts-for-success-in-the-evaluation-of-pediatric-rashes
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Robert P Olympia
Although skin rashes may not necessarily prompt a visit to the school nurse's office, a rash associated with other systemic symptoms, such as fever, headache, difficulty swallowing or breathing, weakness, or abdominal pain, may cause a child to visit your office. This article describes the initial assessment and management of skin rashes in children and adolescents and delineates reasons that may prompt the school nurse to transfer a student with a rash to a local emergency department.
May 2017: NASN School Nurse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421950/hospital-visitors-experiences-at-the-nurses-station
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Janet Underwood
Aim To investigate participants' experiences of visiting hospitalised friends and family members in adult acute medical or surgical wards in NHS hospitals in England, to improve knowledge of hospital visiting practices and to inform future policy-making and professional practice. Method A review of the contextual influences and the literature identified that hospital visitors might experience many of the characteristics of liminality, which is a state of being between two social structures or ways of being...
April 19, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420191/designing-effective-interactions-for-concordance-around-end-of-life-care-decisions-lessons-from-hospice-admission-nurses
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Carey Candrian, Channing Tate, Kirsten Broadfoot, Alexandra Tsantes, Daniel Matlock, Jean Kutner
Near the end of life, hospice care reduces symptom-related distress and hospitalizations while improving caregiving outcomes. However, it takes time for a person to gain a sufficient understanding of hospice and decide to enroll. This decision is influenced by knowledge of hospice and its services, emotion and fear, cultural and religious beliefs, and an individual's acceptance of diagnosis. Hospice admission interactions, a key influence in shaping decisions regarding hospice care, happen particularly late in the illness trajectory and are often complex, unpredictable, and highly variable...
April 18, 2017: Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419769/nurse-practitioner-perceptions-of-barriers-and-facilitators-in-providing-health-care-for-deaf-american-sign-language-users-a-qualitative-socio-ecological-approach
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Kathy M Pendergrass, Lynne Nemeth, Susan D Newman, Carolyn M Jenkins, Elaine G Jones
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Nurse practitioners (NPs), as well as all healthcare clinicians, have a legal and ethical responsibility to provide health care for deaf American Sign Language (ASL) users equal to that of other patients, including effective communication, autonomy, and confidentiality. However, very little is known about the feasibility to provide equitable health care. The purpose of this study was to examine NP perceptions of barriers and facilitators in providing health care for deaf ASL users...
April 17, 2017: Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419343/utilizing-a-modified-care-coordination-measurement-tool-to-capture-value-for-a-pediatric-outpatient-parenteral-and-prolonged-oral-antibiotic-therapy-program
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Louise E Vaz, Cindi L Farnstrom, Kimberly K Felder, Judith Guzman-Cottrill, Hannah Rosenberg, Richard C Antonelli
Background.: Outpatient parenteral or prolonged oral antibiotic therapy (OPAT) programs reduce inpatient healthcare costs by shifting care to outpatient settings. Care coordination (CC) is a necessary component to successfully transition patients. Our objective was to assess outcomes of provider time spent on nonreimbursable CC activities in a pediatric OPAT program. Methods.: We used a qualitative feasibility pilot design and modified the Care Coordination Measurement Tool...
April 17, 2017: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418455/the-development-and-performance-of-after-hours-primary-care-in-the-netherlands-a-narrative-review
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Marleen Smits, Martijn Rutten, Ellen Keizer, Michel Wensing, Gert Westert, Paul Giesen
In many Western countries, hospital emergency departments are overcrowded, leading to the desire to strengthen primary care, particularly after hours. To achieve this goal, an increasing number of Western nations are reorganizing their after-hours primary care systems into large-scale primary care physician (PCP) cooperatives. This article provides an overview of the organization, performance, and development of PCP cooperatives in the Netherlands. The Dutch after-hours primary care system might offer opportunities for other countries facing problems with after-hours care and inappropriate emergency department visits...
April 18, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416966/an-overview-of-mental-health-care-system-in-kilifi-kenya-results-from-an-initial-assessment-using-the-world-health-organization-s-assessment-instrument-for-mental-health-systems
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Mary A Bitta, Symon M Kariuki, Eddie Chengo, Charles R J C Newton
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the state of mental health systems in Kenya. In 2010, Kenya promulgated a new constitution, which devolved national government and the national health system to 47 counties including Kilifi County. There is need to provide evidence from mental health systems research to identify priority areas in Kilifi's mental health system for informing county health sector decision making. We conducted an initial assessment of state of mental health systems in Kilifi County and documented resources, policy and legislation and spectrum of mental, neurological and substance use disorders...
2017: International Journal of Mental Health Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414806/cost-effectiveness-of-nurse-led-multifactorial-care-to-prevent-or-postpone-new-disabilities-in-community-living-older-people-results-of-a-cluster-randomized-trial
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Jacqueline J Suijker, Janet L MacNeil-Vroomen, Marjon van Rijn, Bianca M Buurman, Sophia E de Rooij, Eric P Moll van Charante, Judith E Bosmans
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of nurse-led multifactorial care to prevent or postpone new disabilities in community-living older people in comparison with usual care. METHODS: We conducted cost-effectiveness and cost-utility analyses alongside a cluster randomized trial with one-year follow-up. Participants were aged ≥ 70 years and at increased risk of functional decline. Participants in the intervention group (n = 1209) received a comprehensive geriatric assessment and individually tailored multifactorial interventions coordinated by a community-care registered nurse with multiple follow-up visits...
2017: PloS One
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