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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906740/a-new-method-of-measuring-the-occipitocervical-angle-that-could-be-applied-as-an-intraoperative-indicator-during-occipitocervical-fusion
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Shingo Nagashima, Masateru Nagae, Yuji Arai, Hitoshi Tonomura, Ryota Takatori, Tsuyoshi Sukenari, Hiroyoshi Fujiwara, Koshiro Sawada, Yasuo Mikami, Toshikazu Kubo
STUDY DESIGN: A method for measuring occipitocervical angle. OBJECTIVE: To develop a new method of measurement for assessing the occipitocervical angle using intraoperative fluoroscopic imaging, and to examine its reliability. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: To avoid postoperative complications following occipitocervical fusion, it is vital to obtain a suitable fusion angle between the occipital bone and the upper cervical spine. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The subjects were 30 cases with occipito-atlanto-axial lesions and 30 healthy volunteers...
November 30, 2016: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890051/medication-and-treatment-adherence-following-hospital-discharge
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Claudia Greißing, Peter Buchal, Hans-Joachim Kabitz, Marcus Schuchmann, Niko Zantl, Susanne Schiek, Thilo Bertsche
BACKGROUND: Patients' drug regimens often need to be changed when they pass from one care sector to another, but these changes sometimes pose a safety risk. To avoid such risks, a new inter-sector transition concept was developed incorporating discharge medication plans and counseling modules for the patients themselves and the doctors receiving them into their care. METHODS: A prospective interventional trial was carried out in two internal medicine wards of a general hospital...
November 4, 2016: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27868451/take-home-experience-of-overseas-doctors-at-the-end-of-their-two-years-training-placements-in-the-international-doctors-training-programme-in-obstetrics-and-gynaecology-in-the-united-kingdom-a-questionnaire-based-study
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Mohamed M Hosni, Mohamed Rishard
This was a questionnaire-based study of overseas doctors, who came to the United Kingdom through the International Doctors Training Programme (IDTP) of Obstetrics and Gynaecology during the period of 2009-2012. The study was conducted at the end of their two-years training placement to find out what went well, what did not go well, where problems were encountered, and how they could have been avoided. We traced 48 overseas doctors, 35 (73%) responded to our questionnaire. Only 30% (9) felt that less than 50% of their expectations were met during their training period, 73...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866835/over-using-chemotherapy-in-the-adjuvant-setting
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Giuseppe Curigliano, Carmen Criscitiello, Angela Esposito, Giancarlo Pruneri
Avoidance of unnecessary or ineffective treatment should be one of the main goals in adjuvant breast oncology today. Unfortunately, both patients and doctors hunt for tiny statistical differences in survival curves. This search could not only lead to an oncological approach of unlimited addition that we will not be able to afford, but would also end inevitably in indeterminate overtreatment with substantial risks of unexpected toxic effects eating away whatever progress we might make. "Do not harm" remains the main principle in medicine...
November 17, 2016: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27842472/how-occupationally-high-achieving-individuals-with-a-diagnosis-of-schizophrenia-manage-their-symptoms
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Amy N Cohen, Alison B Hamilton, Elyn R Saks, Dawn L Glover, Shirley M Glynn, John S Brekke, Stephen R Marder
OBJECTIVE: The study objective was to elucidate coping strategies utilized by individuals recovered from schizophrenia. METHODS: This qualitative study enrolled individuals with schizophrenia who had reached a level of recovery defined by their occupational status. Diagnosis of schizophrenia was confirmed with the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV. Current symptoms were objectively rated by a clinician. Surveys gathered information on demographic characteristics, occupation, salary, psychiatric history, treatment, and functioning...
November 15, 2016: Psychiatric Services: a Journal of the American Psychiatric Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833455/a-decision-support-system-dss-for-municipal-nurses-encountering-health-deterioration-among-older-people
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Annica Kihlgren, Fredrik Svensson, Conny Lövbrand, Mervyn Gifford, Annsofie Adolfsson
BACKGROUND: This study is part of a larger project called ViSam and includes testing of a decision support system developed and adapted for older people on the basis of M (R) ETTS (Rapid Emergency Triage and Treatment System). The system is designed to allow municipal nurses to determine the optimal level of care for older people whose health has deteriorated. This new system will allow more structured assessment, the patient should receive optimal care and improved data transmission to the next caregiver...
2016: BMC Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833208/is-tube-feeding-futile-in-advanced-dementia
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Matthew C Lynch
It is controversial whether tube feeding in people with dementia improves nutritional status or prolongs survival. Guidelines published by several professional societies cite observational studies that have shown no benefit and conclude that tube feeding in patients with advanced dementia should be avoided. However, all studies on tube feeding in dementia have major methodological flaws that invalidate their findings. The present evidence is not sufficient to justify general guidelines. Patients with advanced dementia represent a very heterogeneous group, and evidence demonstrates that some patients with dementia benefit from tube feeding...
August 2016: Linacre Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833180/justice-and-health-care-when-ordinary-is-extraordinary
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James McTavish
In some Asian countries, the poor are often denied access to health care. In the Philippines, we have thousands of Catholic doctors, Catholic nurses, even Catholic administrators, but not a Catholic, understood as "universal," healthcare system available to all. This is a scandal and places heavy emotional and financial burdens on many families who need to pay the healthcare costs of sick loved ones. The Church teaches the principles of ordinary and extraordinary care, with only the former being morally obligatory...
February 2016: Linacre Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27793984/medical-dominance-and-resistance-in-nigeria-s-health-care-system
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Ogoh Alubo, Vitalis Hunduh
The health care system in Nigeria remains topical because of concerns over unremitting health outcomes, such as maternal and infant mortalities and frequent epidemic outbreaks, and more recently because of regular strikes by health workers. The strikes arise mostly from disputes between medical doctors and other health workers over a range of issues, including salary levels and emoluments, leadership of teaching hospitals, and appointment of the Minister of Health. Other health workers, who allege that doctors are favored in the system, have formed Joint Health Sector Unions to confront the doctors...
October 28, 2016: International Journal of Health Services: Planning, Administration, Evaluation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27785469/bracing-for-adolescent-idiopathic-scoliosis-ais-and-scheuermann-kyphosis-the-issue-of-overtreatment-in-greece
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Nikos S Karavidas
BACKGROUND: Most recent publications have provided evidence for brace treatment in spinal deformities. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the rate of overtreatment for AIS and Kyphosis in Greece, according to the Society on Scoliosis Orthopedic Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT) and the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) guidelines for brace treatment. To date, this is the first study to investigate overtreatment percentage in a group of patients with spinal deformities. METHODS: Cross-sectional study design and data analysis were performed in a group of patients that received treatment in a private clinic, in 2014...
2016: Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27782916/the-perils-and-rewards-of-critical-consciousness-raising-in-medical-education
#11
Alan Bleakley
Inequalities in society are reflected in patterns of disease and access to health care, where the disadvantaged suffer most. Traditionally, doctors have kept politics out of their work, even though politics often shape medicine. What political responsibilities, then, should doctors have as they facilitate the learning of medical students? The article in this issue by Kumagai, Jackson, and Razack goes straight to the heart of this question. These authors ask whether educators should be wary of "cutting close to the bone" in discussing issues that may restimulate trauma in some medical students...
October 25, 2016: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27780964/use-of-multimedia-technology-in-the-doctor-patient-relationship-for-obtaining-patient-informed-consent
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Andrzej Michalski, Marcin Stopa, Bogdan Miśkowiak
Patient informed consent for surgery or for high-risk methods of treatment or diagnosis means that unlawful breach of the patient's personal interests is avoided and the patient accepts the risk of surgery and takes the brunt of it. Patient awareness - their knowledge of the condition and circumstances of continued therapeutic procedure, including offered and available methods of treatment and their possible complications - constitutes a particular aspect of the informed-consent process. The rapid development of technologies and methods of treatment may cause communication problems between the doctor and the patient regarding the scope and method of patient education prior to surgery...
October 26, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27774974/-the-doctor-in-a-vise-between-health-and-the-law-what-to-do
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Murat Akbaba, Vedat Davutoğlu
The relationship between patients and physicians has maintained its importance throughout human history because of special features of the medical profession. This relationship engendered true loyalty of patients to their physicians as well as serious legal conflicts. Medical malpractice has gained importance among physicians and ignited discussion because of new articles added to the Turkish Penal Code in 2005. In a very short time, the penalties mandated had a chilling, negative effect on doctors, resulting in loss of affection for the profession, hesitation to intervene, and burnout syndrome...
October 2016: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27770375/predictors-and-barriers-to-hepatitis-b-screening-in-a-midwest-suburban-asian-population
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Shanna Cheng, Elton Li, Anna S Lok
Despite guidelines recommending hepatitis B virus (HBV) screening among the Asian population, not all Asians are screened. We assessed barriers to and factors predicting HBV screening in Michigan. Adults residing in Southeast Michigan self-identifying as Asian were surveyed at Asian grocery stores, restaurants, churches, and community events. 404 persons participated in the survey, 54 % were women, median age was 51 years, 63 % were Chinese, and 93.8 % were born outside the U.S. 181 (44.8 %) had not or could not recall having been screened for HBV...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27769767/-i-don-t-know-what-i-would-have-done-women-s-experiences-acquiring-ulipristal-acetate-emergency-contraception-online-from-2011-to-2015
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Nicole K Smith, Kelly Cleland, Brandon Wagner, James Trussell
OBJECTIVES: This study describes women's reasons for seeking ulipristal acetate (UPA) for emergency contraception (EC) through the only authorized online retailer for UPA EC in the US. STUDY DESIGN: Women aged 14 to 59 years, living in states that allow prescription medications to be shipped from out-of-state, accessed the KwikMed online pharmacy between January 2011 and December 2015. After completing a medical eligibility screener, women answered optional multiple-choice questions...
October 18, 2016: Contraception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27769258/reasons-for-transferral-to-emergency-departments-of-terminally-ill-patients-a-french-descriptive-and-retrospective-study
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Pierre Cornillon, Sébastien Loiseau, Bruno Aublet-Cuvelier, Virginie Guastella
BACKGROUND: Patients under palliative care and in hospital-at-home services are frequently transferred to emergency departments. We set out to identify the reasons for these presentations to determine the proportion that might be avoidable. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study by assessment of patient files. We studied admissions to four emergency departments in an area of France (Puy-de-Dôme) between September 2011 and August 2013. Reasons for transfer and diagnostic conclusion by emergency doctors were noted...
October 21, 2016: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27768995/non-medical-use-of-prescription-drugs-among-illicit-drug-users-a-case-study-on-an-online-drug-forum
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Sanna Rönkä, Anu Katainen
BACKGROUND: The non-medical use of prescription drugs is a growing phenomenon associated with increasing health-related harms. However, little is known about the drivers of this process among illicit drug users. Our aim is to show how the qualities of pharmaceutical drugs, pharmaceutical related knowledge, online communities sharing this knowledge and medical professionals mediate and transform the consumption behaviour related to pharmaceutical drugs. METHODS: The data consist of discussion threads from an online drug use forum...
October 18, 2016: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27756309/nutritional-management-of-a-patient-with-obesity-and-pulmonary-embolism-a-case-report
#18
Maria Luisa Fonte, Lauren Fietchner, Matteo Manuelli, Hellas Cena
BACKGROUND: The aim of this case report is to discuss the issue of nutritional therapy in patients taking warfarin. Patients are often prescribed vitamin K free diets without nutritional counseling, leading to possible health consequences. CASE PRESENTATION: A 52-year-old woman with obesity and hypertension was prescribed a low calorie diet by her family doctor in an effort to promote weight loss. After a pulmonary embolism, she was placed on anticoagulant therapy and on hospital discharge she was prescribed a vitamin K free diet to avoid interactions...
October 19, 2016: Nutrition Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27754161/pl-03-2-remote-blood-pressure-monitoring-in-hypertension-care-practice-of-hypertension-by-teletransmission-of-home-blood-pressure
#19
Yutaka Imai
It has been confirmed that clinical significance of home blood pressure measurements (HBPM) is higher than clinic BP measurements and ambulatory BP monitoring. However, several drawbacks of HBPM have also been mentioned, e.g. selection and reporting biases, difficulties of calculation of multiple measurements, difficulties of onsite judgement of numerous recordings, etc. Recent devices for HBPM incorporate memory function. This function can overcome such drawbacks of HBPM. These memorized data can transmit, storage, retrieve, be arithmetic and control, be judged based on algorithm and be got feedback...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27751560/-ability-of-french-general-practitioners-to-detect-common-mental-disorders-identified-using-the-patient-health-questionnaire-has-this-changed-with-the-introduction-of-gatekeeping-and-registration-with-a-chosen-doctor
#20
J Norton, M David, C Gandubert, C Bouvier, L-A Gutierrez, A Frangeuil, A Macgregor, A Oude Engberink, A Mann, D Capdevielle
OBJECTIVES: The general practitioner (GP) is the most frequently consulted health professional by patients with common mental disorders (CMD). Yet approximately half of cases are not detected by the GP. Many factors linked to the patient, the doctor and the health care system influence detection. For example, detection rates are higher when patients are better known to their GP. On the other hand, patients visiting a different GP for reasons of dissatisfaction with previous care are more likely to be detected on the survey-day...
October 14, 2016: L'Encéphale
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