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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545190/radiation-exposure-in-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease-a-fourteen-year-review-at-a-tertiary-care-centre-in-malaysia
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Jeevinesh Naidu, Zhiqin Wong, Shanthi Palaniappan, Chai Soon Ngiu, Raja Affendi Raja Ali
Background and Aims: Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are subjected to a large amount of ionizing radiation during the course of their illness. This may increase their risk of malignancy to a greater level than that due to the disease itself. In Caucasian patients with Crohn’s disease, this has been well documented and recommendations are in place to avoid high radiation imaging protocols. However, there are limited data available on radiation exposure in Asian IBD patients.We therefore sought to identify total radiation exposure and any differences between ethnically diverse ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease (CD) patients at our centre along with determining factors that may contribute to any variation...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544351/the-impact-of-interruptions-on-medication-errors-in-hospitals-an-observational-study-of-nurses
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Maree Johnson, Paula Sanchez, Rachel Langdon, Elizabeth Manias, Tracy Levett-Jones, Gabrielle Weidemann, Vicki Aguilar, Bronwyn Everett
AIM: To explore interruptions during medication preparation and administration and their consequences. BACKGROUND: Although not all interruptions in nursing have a negative impact, interruptions during medication rounds have been associated with medication errors. METHOD: A non-participant observational study was undertaken of nurses conducting medication rounds. RESULTS: Fifty-six medication events (including 101 interruptions) were observed...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Nursing Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544106/inappropriate-prescribing-in-chronic-kidney-disease-a-systematic-review-of-prevalence-associated-clinical-outcomes-and-impact-of-interventions
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REVIEW
Wubshet Hailu Tesfaye, Ronald L Castelino, Barbara C Wimmer, Syed Tabish R Zaidi
INTRODUCTION: Adjusting doses of renally cleared medications and/or avoidance of nephrotoxic medications are standard clinical practices in chronic kidney disease (CKD), albeit the prevalence of inappropriate prescribing (IP) in these patients remains high. Therefore, this work sought to systematically review the prevalence of IP and compare the relative effectiveness of available interventions in reducing IP in CKD. METHODS: Studies were identified searching PubMed/Medline, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, IPA, Web of Science, Ovid/Medline, CINAHL, and PsychINFO databases...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541241/stigma-and-self-esteem-a-case-of-hiv-positive-sex-workers
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G Kalemi, S Gkioka, P Tsapatsari, G Tzeferakos, T Kandri, M L Psarra, F Konstantopoulou, A Douzenis
Stigma associated with sex work and HIV can be easily recognized in public reactions towards the members of discriminated groups. Nevertheless, there are only a few studies examining the impact of discrimination to the self-esteem of individuals who suffer the coexistence of multiple stigmatizing conditions. In our case, the unprecedented stigmatization of sex workers through the media as a menace of public health as well as criminals due to their seropositivity should be examined with respect and scientificity...
January 2017: Psychiatrikē, Psychiatriki
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538921/women-s-protection-public-policies-evaluation-of-health-care-for-victims-of-sexual-violence
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Lucielma Salmito Soares Pinto, Ingrid Mayra Pereira de Oliveira, Eduardo Salmito Soares Pinto, Camila Botelho Campelo Leite, Auricélia do Nascimento Melo, Maria Castelo Branco Rocha de Deus
Violence against women has increased over the years and is a serious violation of human rights. This study aimed to evaluate public policies, women's rights legislation and health care for victims of sexual violence. This is an exploratory and descriptive study, with interviews to professionals of the Care Center for Women Victims of Violence of Teresina-PI, and collection of medical records data of victims. We analyzed data in the light of legislation and guidelines recommended by the Ministry of Health, according to the established public policies...
May 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538499/expectations-and-experiences-of-follow-up-and-self-care-after-living-kidney-donation-a-focus-group-study
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Karine E Manera, Camilla S Hanson, Jeremy R Chapman, John Kanellis, John Gill, Jonathan C Craig, Steve J Chadban, Germaine Wong, Angelique F Ralph, Allison Tong
BACKGROUND: Ensuring donor wellbeing warrants ongoing monitoring following living kidney donation. However, there is considerable variability in donor follow up processes, including information provided to donors regarding self-care. Loss to follow up is common, suggesting that the aims and benefits of monitoring and follow up may not be apparent. We aimed to describe the experiences and expectations of living kidney donors regarding follow up and self-care after donation. METHODS: Participants from 3 transplant centers in Australia and Canada participated in 14 focus groups (n=123)...
May 24, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538236/surfactant-for-respiratory-distress-syndrome-new-ideas-on-a-familiar-drug-with-innovative-applications
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H J Niemarkt, M C Hütten, Boris W Kramer
In the last 4 decades, advances in neonatology have led to a significant increase in the survival of preterm infants. One of the biggest advances was the introduction of surfactant replacement therapy for the treatment of respiratory distress syndrome. This is the main cause of respiratory insufficiency in preterm infants and is one of the major causes of perinatal morbidity and mortality. Surfactant replacement therapy is already a well-investigated and established therapy in neonatology. However, surfactant replacement therapy has progressed and been refined over recent decades, especially with the increasing care for preterm infants born before 26 weeks' gestational age and the recent clinical focus on avoiding mechanical ventilation...
2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535101/design-challenges-of-an-episode-based-payment-model-in-oncology-the-centers-for-medicare-medicaid-services-oncology-care-model
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Ronald M Kline, L Daniel Muldoon, Heidi K Schumacher, Larisa M Strawbridge, Andrew W York, Laura K Mortimer, Alison F Falb, Katherine J Cox, Carol Bazell, Ellen W Lukens, Mary C Kapp, Rahul Rajkumar, Amy Bassano, Patrick H Conway
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services developed the Oncology Care Model as an episode-based payment model to encourage participating practitioners to provide higher-quality, better-coordinated care at a lower cost to the nearly three-quarter million fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries with cancer who receive chemotherapy each year. Episode payment models can be complex. They combine into a single benchmark price all payments for services during an episode of illness, many of which may be delivered at different times by different providers in different locations...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534558/-proposing-a-physiological-model-for-emergency-department-operating-principles-classification-of-overcrowding-and-guidelines-for-redesign
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M Herrera Carranza, F Aguado Correa, N Padilla Garrido, F López Camacho
The operation of Emergency Departments (ED) is determined by demand, their own organizational structures and the connection to other medical care levels. When these elements are not simultaneous, it hinders patient flow and decreases capacity, making it necessary to employ a systemic approach to the chain of emergency care as a single operational entity. With this theoretical orientation, we suggest a conceptual model similar to the physiological cardiac output, in which the preload is the demand, the contractile or flow pump is the organizational structure, the afterload is the hospital, the pre-ED valve is primary care and outpatient emergencies, and the post-ED valve is the diagnostic support services and the specialist consultants...
April 30, 2017: Anales del Sistema Sanitario de Navarra
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532731/evaluation-procedures-in-health-perspective-of-nursing-care-in-patient-safety
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Theo Duarte da Costa, Viviane Euzébia Pereira Santos, Marcos Antônio Ferreira Junior, Alynne Fortes Vitor, Pétala Tuani Candido de Oliveira Salvador, Kisna Yasmin Andrade Alves
OBJECTIVE: The objective research is analyzing the nursing care in intensive care units from the perspective of patient safety based on health evaluation. METHODS: This is an evaluation research, for the purpose of issuance of judgment or judgment on a given system, carried out in six intensive care units. Data collection occurred from April to July 2014, in locu, with a validated instrument containing 97 questions related to patient safety. These, 73 items targeted to analyze the element "process" in safety patient nursing care...
June 2017: Applied Nursing Research: ANR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532482/-ensure-that-you-are-well-aware-of-the-risks-you-are-taking%C3%A2-actions-and-activities-medical-tourists-informal-caregivers-can-undertake-to-protect-their-health-and-safety
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Valorie A Crooks, Rebecca Whitmore, Jeremy Snyder, Leigh Turner
BACKGROUND: When seeking care at international hospitals and clinics, medical tourists are often accompanied by family members, friends, or other caregivers. Such caregiver-companions assume a variety of roles and responsibilities and typically offer physical assistance, provide emotional support, and aid in decision-making and record keeping as medical tourists navigate unfamiliar environments. While traveling abroad, medical tourists' caregiver-companions can find themselves confronted with challenging communication barriers, financial pressures, emotional strain, and unsafe environments...
May 22, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530523/cost-effectiveness-of-peginterferon-beta-1a-and-alemtuzumab-in-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis
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Ankur A Dashputre, Khalid M Kamal, Gauri Pawar
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the central nervous system, affecting 2.5 million people globally and 400,000 people in the United States. While no cure exists for MS, the goal is to manage the disease using disease-modifying therapies (DMTs), which have been shown to slow disease progression and prevent relapses. Relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) is the most common form of MS at the time of diagnosis. Peginterferon beta-1a (PEG) and alemtuzumab (ALT) were recently approved and have demonstrated good clinical outcomes, including reduced relapse rates in clinical trials...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530519/does-a-one-size-fits-all-cost-sharing-approach-incentivize-appropriate-medication-use-a-roundtable-on-the-fairness-and-ethics-associated-with-variable-cost-sharing
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Jennifer S Graff, Chuck Shih, Thomas Barker, Gabriela Dieguez, Cheryl Larson, Helen Sherman, Robert W Dubois
BACKGROUND: Tiered formularies, in which patients pay copays or coinsurance out-of-pocket (OOP), are used to manage costs and encourage more efficient health care resource use. Formulary tiers are typically based on the cost of treatment rather than the medical appropriateness for the patient. Cost sharing may have unintended consequences on treatment adherence and health outcomes. Use of higher-cost, higher-tier medications can be due to a variety of factors, including unsuccessful treatment because of lack of efficacy or side effects, patient clinical or genetic characteristics, patient preferences to avoid potential side effects, or patient preferences based on the route of administration...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530501/palliative-care-for-advanced-heart-failure-in-a-department-of-veterans-affairs-regional-hospice-program-patient-selection-a-treatment-protocol-and-clinical-course
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George J Taylor, Dorothy M Lee, Catalin F Baicu, Michael R Zile
BACKGROUND: Palliative care for advanced heart failure (HF) is generally recommended. However, few reports have focused on the particulars of treatment, or the clinical course of HF on a specific treatment regimen. OBJECTIVE: Palliation adequate to allow patients to avoid HF admission and die at home. METHODS: Patients from a veterans administration regional practice with multiple, recent hospital admissions were enrolled in community hospice programs...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530204/in-bed-vital-signs-monitoring-system-based-on-unobtrusive-magnetic-induction-method-with-a-concentric-planar-gradiometer
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Hadiseh Mahdavi, Javier Rosell-Ferrer
SIGNIFICANCE: Unobtrusive vital signs monitoring is of major importance for various medical areas such as detection and treatment of sleep disorders, monitoring neonates and burned victims, home health care and smart home applications and wearables among others. Such applications call for monitoring methods in which the patient's natural state is less interfered with. An ideal device would be non-invasive, minimally restrictive, robust enough to compensate movements of the patients, and would operate without relying on the patient's full cooperation...
June 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530088/-common-treatment-for-acute-tonsillitis-in-the-community
#16
Oded Mazor, Martine Granek-Catarivas, Shmuel Giveon
BACKGROUND: Streptococcal tonsillitis among adults is a common diagnosis. There is wide agreement regarding the recommended treatment, which is Phenoxymethyl Penicillin (Penicillin V) 1000 mg daily (usually 500 mg BID for 10 days). OBJECTIVES: Description of the variability of routine antibiotic treatment prescribed by family physicians in the community for the treatment of acute tonsillitis (which represents a common diagnosis in primary care), and observation of the prescribed antibiotics adherence to the guidelines...
September 2016: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529138/public-preventive-awareness-and-preventive-behaviors-during-a-major-influenza-epidemic-in-fukui-japan
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Shintoku Takahashi, Kazuhiro Sato, Yukinori Kusaka, Akihito Hagihara
BACKGROUND: As an influenza epidemic poses a serious public health threat, it is important for the public to adopt behaviors that effectively prevent influenza infection. METHODS: In the winter of 2009, by using a structured questionnaire, we conducted an Internet survey with respect to residents (n=2788) in Fukui prefecture, Japan. The main aim is to obtain information about effective prevention, factors related to preventive awareness and behaviors during the influenza epidemic...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528376/isometric-handgrip-as-an-adjunct-for-blood-pressure-control-a-primer-for-clinicians
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REVIEW
Cheri L McGowan, David N Proctor, Ian Swaine, Robert D Brook, Elizabeth A Jackson, Phillip D Levy
Considered a global health crisis by the World Health Organization, hypertension (HTN) is the leading risk factor for death and disability. The majority of treated patients do not attain evidence-based clinical targets, which increases the risk of potentially fatal complications. HTN is the most common chronic condition seen in primary care; thus, implementing therapies that lower and maintain BP to within-target ranges is of tremendous public health importance. Isometric handgrip (IHG) training is a simple intervention endorsed by the American Heart Association as a potential adjuvant BP-lowering treatment...
June 2017: Current Hypertension Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526021/current-status-challenges-and-the-way-forward-for-clinical-pharmacy-service-in-ethiopian-public-hospitals
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Arebu Issa Bilal, Zelalem Tilahun, Gebremedhin Beedemariam Gebretekle, Belete Ayalneh, Bisrat Hailemeskel, Ephrem Engidawork
BACKGROUND: Clinical pharmacy service has evolved steadily over the past few decades and is now contributing to the 'patient care journey' at all stages. It is improving the safety and effectiveness of medicines and has made a significant contribution to the avoidance of medication errors. In Ethiopia, clinical pharmacy service is in its initial phase, being started in July 2013. This study therefore aimed at assessing the status, challenges and way forward of clinical pharmacy service in the country...
May 19, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523173/thrombotic-responses-to-coronary-stents-bioresorbable-scaffolds-and-the-kounis-hypersensitivity-associated-acute-thrombotic-syndrome
#20
REVIEW
Nicholas G Kounis, Ioanna Koniari, Anastasios Roumeliotis, Grigorios Tsigas, George Soufras, Nicholas Grapsas, Periklis Davlouros, George Hahalis
Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty with coronary stent implantation is a life-saving medical procedure that has become, nowadays, the most frequent performed therapeutic procedure in medicine. Plain balloon angioplasty, bare metal stents, first and second generation drug-eluting stents, bioresorbable and bioabsorbable scaffolds have offered diachronically a great advance against coronary artery disease and have enriched our medical armamentarium. Stented areas constitute vulnerable sites for endothelial damage, endothelial dysfunction, flow turbulence, hemorheologic changes, platelet dysfunction, coagulation changes and fibrinolytic disturbances...
April 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
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