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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430833/on-the-need-for-quantitative-bias-analysis-in-the-peer-review-process
#1
Matthew P Fox, Timothy L Lash
Peer review is central to the process through which epidemiologists generate evidence to inform public health and medical interventions. Reviewers thereby act as critical gatekeepers to high-quality research. They are asked to carefully consider the validity of the proposed work or research findings by paying careful attention to the methodology and critiquing the importance of the insight gained. However, although many have noted problems with the peer-review system for both manuscripts and grant submissions, few solutions have been proposed to improve the process...
April 18, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430396/patient-and-caregiver-perspectives-on-decision-support-for-symptom-and-quality-of-life-management-during-cancer-treatment-implications-for-ehealth
#2
Mary E Cooley, Manan M Nayak, Janet L Abrahm, Ilana M Braun, Michael S Rabin, Jane Brzozowski, Christopher Lathan, Donna L Berry
OBJECTIVES: Adequate symptom and quality-of-life (SQL) management is a priority during cancer treatment. eHealth is a timely way to enhance patient-engagement, facilitate communication and improve health outcomes. The objectives of this study were to describe patient and caregivers' perspectives for providing, processing and managing SQL data to enhance communication and identify desired components for decision support. METHODS: Data were collected from 64 participants through questionnaires and focus groups...
April 21, 2017: Psycho-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430007/the-feasibility-and-impact-of-prospective-medication-review-in-the-emergency-department
#3
Billy Sin, Kwong Lau, Richard Tong, Josel Ruiz, Kimberly Sarosky, Robert DiGregorio, Shalom Butel, Sylvie de Souza
OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the feasibility and impact of prospective medication review (PMR) in the emergency department (ED). METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of all nonadmitted ED patients who were prescribed medication orders by ED clinicians from September 2014 to September 2015 to determine the time intervals utilized during each step of the medication use process and quantify the number of interventions conducted by the pharmacist and cost avoidance accrued from the interventions...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429969/advances-in-pharmacotherapeutic-management-of-common-skin-diseases-in-neonates-and-infants
#4
Annalisa Patrizi, Iria Neri, Giampaolo Ricci, Francesca Cipriani, Giulia Maria Ravaioli
neonatal and infantile skin diseases are frequently encountered in the clinical practice and represent worldwide a socioeconomic issue. They encompass a wide range of acquired or congenital conditions, including infections, vascular lesions and inflammatory diseases and can present with different degrees of severity, leading in some cases to dramatic complications. Areas covered: In this paper we report the most recent evidences on the management of some common skin diseases in neonates and infants. Hemangiomas, viral, fungal and bacterial infections, omphalitis, atopic and seborrhoeic dermatitis, napkin disease will be treated and discussed...
April 21, 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426127/postpartum-hypertension-etiology-diagnosis-and-management
#5
Kathryn J Sharma, Sarah J Kilpatrick
Importance: Postpartum hypertension complicates approximately 2% of pregnancies and, similar to antepartum severe hypertension, can have devastating consequences including maternal death. Objective: This review aims to increase the knowledge and skills of women's health care providers in understanding, diagnosing, and managing hypertension in the postpartum period. Results: Hypertension complicating pregnancy, including postpartum, is defined as systolic blood pressure 140 mm Hg or greater and/or diastolic blood pressure 90 mm Hg or greater on 2 or more occasions at least 4 hours apart...
April 2017: Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422376/spontaneous-remission-of-hepatitis-b-virus-reactivation-during-direct-acting-antiviral-agent-based-therapy-for-chronic-hepatitis-c
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Ken Sato, Takeshi Kobayashi, Yuichi Yamazaki, Satoshi Takakusagi, Norio Horiguchi, Satoru Kakizaki, Motoyasu Kusano, Masanobu Yamada
The administration of direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs) to treat hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection has been reported to cause hepatitis B virus (HBV) reactivation. However, the actual conditions of HBV reactivation and the ideal timing of medical intervention have not been fully evaluated. We reported the cases of two female patients dually infected with HBV and HCV. Both patients were inactive HBV carriers. Although the serum HCV RNA levels promptly decreased after the initiation of DAA-based therapy, the serum HBV DNA levels gradually increased during DAA-based therapy, with the peak serum HBV DNA levels observed at 16 weeks after the initiation of DAA-based therapy in both cases...
April 19, 2017: Hepatology Research: the Official Journal of the Japan Society of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420592/association-between-perceived-discrimination-and-healthcare-seeking-behavior-in-people-with-a-disability
#7
Miguel G Moscoso-Porras, German F Alvarado
BACKGROUND: Experiences of discrimination lead people from vulnerable groups to avoid medical healthcare. It is yet to be known if such experiences affect people with disabilities (PWD) in the same manner. OBJECTIVES: To determine the association between perceived discrimination and healthcare-seeking behavior in people with disabilities and to explore differences of this association across disability types. METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional study with data from a national survey of people with disabilities...
April 12, 2017: Disability and Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420358/healthcare-utilization-in-older-patients-using-personal-emergency-response-systems-an-analysis-of-electronic-health-records-and-medical-alert-data-brief-description-a-longitudinal-retrospective-analyses-of-healthcare-utilization-rates-in-older-patients-using
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Stephen Agboola, Sara Golas, Nils Fischer, Mariana Nikolova-Simons, Jorn Op den Buijs, Linda Schertzer, Joseph Kvedar, Kamal Jethwani
BACKGROUND: Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) are traditionally used as fall alert systems for older adults, a population that contributes an overwhelming proportion of healthcare costs in the United States. Previous studies focused mainly on qualitative evaluations of PERS without a longitudinal quantitative evaluation of healthcare utilization in users. To address this gap and better understand the needs of older patients on PERS, we analyzed longitudinal healthcare utilization trends in patients using PERS through the home care management service of a large healthcare organization...
April 18, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419731/a-qualitative-study-of-doctors-and-nurses-barriers-to-communicating-with-seriously-ill-patients-about-their-dependent-children
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Annemarie Dencker, Bo Andreassen Rix, Per Bøge, Tine Tjørnhøj-Thomsen
OBJECTIVE: Research indicates that health personnel (HP) caring for seriously ill patients with dependent children aged 0-18 often avoid discussing with them the challenges of being a family with a parent in treatment. Children of seriously ill patients (CSIP) risk serious trauma and emotional difficulty later in life and depend on adult support to minimize these consequences. Patients suffer anxiety about supporting their children during their illness. Due to their potentially pivotal role in supporting patients in enabling parent-child communication, we examined HP's structural and emotional barriers to communicating with patients about their children...
April 18, 2017: Psycho-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419149/mobile-health-treatment-support-intervention-for-hiv-and-tuberculosis-in-mozambique-perspectives-of-patients-and-healthcare-workers
#10
José António Nhavoto, Åke Grönlund, Gunnar O Klein
BACKGROUND: Studies have been conducted in developing countries using SMS to communicate with patients to reduce the number of missed appointments and improve retention in treatment, however; very few have been scaled up. One possible reason for this could be that patients or staff are dissatisfied with the method in some way. This paper reports a study of patients' and healthcare workers' (HCW) views on an mHealth intervention aiming to support retention in antiretroviral therapy (ART) and tuberculosis (TB) treatment in Mozambique...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419019/complexities-of-consent-ethics-in-the-pediatric-emergency-department
#11
Naomi Dreisinger, Nathan Zapolsky
Informed consent is a communicative process of sharing information with patients, which helps assure their understanding of the information provided and asks for their permission to proceed. Informed consent allows a patient or a patient's family to use his or her own value system to determine the need for a particular procedure or test. Asking a patient for permission to treat requires the provider to respect the patient's autonomy through allowing him or her to be an active part of the decision-making process...
April 18, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416652/simplification-of-the-hospital-score-for-predicting-30-day-readmissions
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Carole E Aubert, Jeffrey L Schnipper, Mark V Williams, Edmondo J Robinson, Eyal Zimlichman, Eduard E Vasilevskis, Sunil Kripalani, Joshua P Metlay, Tamara Wallington, Grant S Fletcher, Andrew D Auerbach, Drahomir Aujesky, Jacques D Donzé
OBJECTIVE: The HOSPITAL score has been widely validated and accurately identifies high-risk patients who may mostly benefit from transition care interventions. Although this score is easy to use, it has the potential to be simplified without impacting its performance. We aimed to validate a simplified version of the HOSPITAL score for predicting patients likely to be readmitted. DESIGN AND SETTING: Retrospective study in 9 large hospitals across 4 countries, from January through December 2011...
April 17, 2017: BMJ Quality & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416429/-life-threatening-sleepwalking-elpenor-s-syndrome-in-a-10-year-old-child
#13
M-A Madigand-Tordjman, P-J Egler, F Bertran, M Jokic, F Guénolé
Though benign in the majority of cases, sleepwalking sometimes causes injuries due, among other causes, to falls. Such accidents can be life-threatening - a situation that has been termed Elpenor syndrome (in reference to an accident experienced by a character in Homer's epic The Odyssey) - in particular when entailing defenestration. This syndrome has been described in adults and adolescents; we report here a case in a child. OBSERVATION: This 10-year-old girl was admitted at night to our hospital after a 3-m fall at home...
April 14, 2017: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413365/integrating-the-principles-of-evidence-based-medicine-and-evidence-based-public-health-impact-on-the-quality-of-patient-care-and-hospital-readmission-rates-in-jordan
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Mohammad S Alyahya, Heba H Hijazi, Hussam A Alshraideh, Mohammad Aser Alsharman, Rabah Al Abdi, Heather Lea Harvey
INTRODUCTION: Hospital readmissions impose not only an extra burden on health care systems but impact patient health outcomes. Identifying modifiable behavioural risk factors that are possible causes of potentially avoidable readmissions can lower readmission rates and healthcare costs. METHODS: Using the core principles of evidence based medicine and public health, the purpose of this study was to develop a heuristic guide that could identify what behavioural risk factors influence hospital readmissions through adopting various methods of analysis including regression models, t-tests, data mining, and logistic regression...
August 31, 2016: International Journal of Integrated Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411937/preparing-for-international-travel-and-global-medical-care
#15
REVIEW
Swaminatha V Mahadevan, Matthew C Strehlow
Thorough pretravel preparation and medical consultation can mitigate avoidable health and safety risks. A comprehensive pretravel medical consultation should include an individualized risk assessment, immunization review, and discussion of arthropod protective measures, malaria prophylaxis, traveler's diarrhea, and injury prevention. Travel with children and jet lag reduction require additional planning and prevention strategies; travel and evacuation insurance may prove essential when traveling to less resourced countries...
May 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411354/preventing-the-complications-associated-with-the-use-of-dermal-fillers-in-facial-aesthetic-procedures-an-expert-group-consensus-report
#16
REVIEW
Fernando Urdiales-Gálvez, Nuria Escoda Delgado, Vitor Figueiredo, José V Lajo-Plaza, Mar Mira, Francisco Ortíz-Martí, Rosa Del Rio-Reyes, Nazaret Romero-Álvarez, Sofía Ruiz Del Cueto, María A Segurado, Cristina Villanueva Rebenaque
BACKGROUND: The use of dermal fillers in minimally invasive facial aesthetic procedures has become increasingly popular of late, yet as the indications and the number of procedures performed increase, the number of complications is also likely to increase. Paying special attention to specific patient characteristics and to the technique used can do much to avoid these complications. Indeed, a well-trained physician can also minimize the impact of such problems when they do occur. METHODS: A multidisciplinary group of experts in aesthetic treatments reviewed the main factors associated with the complications that arise when using dermal fillers...
April 14, 2017: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409064/value-based-health-care-delivery-preventive-medicine-and-the-medicalization-of-public-health
#17
REVIEW
Andreas Vilhelmsson
The real paradigm shift for healthcare is often stated to include a transition from accentuating health care production and instead emphasize patient value by moving to a 'value-based health care delivery'. In this transition, personalized medicine is sometimes referred to as almost a panacea in solving the current and future health challenges. In theory, the progress of precision medicine sounds uncontroversial and most welcomed with its promise of a better healthcare for all, with real benefits for the individual patient provided a tailored and optimized treatment plan suitable for his or her genetic makeup...
March 1, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408466/-best-interests-in-paediatric-intensive-care-an-empirical-ethics-study
#18
Giles Birchley, Rachael Gooberman-Hill, Zuzana Deans, James Fraser, Richard Huxtable
OBJECTIVE: In English paediatric practice, English law requires that parents and clinicians agree the 'best interests' of children and, if this is not possible, that the courts decide. Court intervention is rare and the concept of best interests is ambiguous. We report qualitative research exploring how the best interests standard operates in practice, particularly with decisions related to planned non-treatment. We discuss results in the light of accounts of best interests in the medical ethics literature...
April 13, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404600/qualitative-interviews-exploring-palliative-care-perspectives-of-latinos-on-dialysis
#19
Lilia Cervantes, Jacqueline Jones, Stuart Linas, Stacy Fischer
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Compared with non-Latino whites with advanced illness, Latinos are less likely to have an advance directive or to die with hospice services. To improve palliative care disparities, international ESRD guidelines call for increased research on culturally responsive communication of advance care planning (ACP). The objective of our study was to explore the preferences of Latino patients receiving dialysis regarding symptom management and ACP. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: Qualitative study design using semistructured face-to-face interviews of 20 Latinos on hemodialysis between February and July of 2015...
April 12, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402986/no-small-matter-pediatric-resuscitation
#20
Taylor McCormick, Kevin McVaney, Paul E Pepe
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To present advancements in pediatric cardiac arrest research, highlighting articles most relevant to clinical practice published since the latest international guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). RECENT FINDINGS: Clinical trials examining targeted temperature management in children support avoidance of hyperthermia for both pediatric in-hospital cardiac arrest (PIHCA) and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (POHCA), but no statistically significant outcome differences were confirmed comparing 33 and 36 °C in the limited populations studied...
April 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Critical Care
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