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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223966/advancing-point-of-care-diagnostics-for-the-control-and-prevention-of-stis-the-way-forward
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Igor Toskin, Karel Blondeel, Rosanna W Peeling, Carolyn Deal, James Kiarie
WHO recognises the global impact of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) on global public health and individual sexual and reproductive health and well-being. As a component of the WHO Global Health Sector Strategy for the control and prevention of STIs, there has been a growing recognition of the importance of integrating point-of-care tests (POCTs) into overall strategic planning. The process of integrating STI POCTs, in addition to providing a definitive diagnosis and appropriate treatment in a single visit, also includes innovative delivery options, such as on-site delivery, community-based testing (including screening), as well as self-testing at home after purchase of a test online or over-the-counter...
December 2017: Sexually Transmitted Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223433/contemporary-rates-and-correlates-of-statin-use-and-adherence-in-nondiabetic-adults-with-cardiovascular-risk-factors-the-kp-champ-study
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Alan S Go, Dongjie Fan, Sue Hee Sung, Alda I Inveiss, Victoria Romo-LeTourneau, Usha G Mallya, Susan Boklage, Joan C Lo
BACKGROUND: Statin therapy is highly efficacious in the prevention of fatal and nonfatal atherosclerotic events in persons at increased cardiovascular risk. However, its long-term effectiveness in practice depends on a high level of medication adherence by patients. METHODS: We identified nondiabetic adults with cardiovascular risk factors between 2008 and 2010 within a large integrated health care delivery system in Northern California. Through 2013, we examined the use and adherence of newly initiated statin therapy based on data from dispensed prescriptions from outpatient pharmacy databases...
December 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223212/how-to-engage-your-team-to-implement-delayed-cord-clamping
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Rebecca L Gams, Kimberly K Popp, Julianne Cramer, Thomas N George, Phillip N Rauk, Samantha A Sommerness, Jane A Sublette
This article describes how a health care team changed practice by implementing delayed cord clamping as standard practice. After administration of a survey to assess clinicians' knowledge and to discover barriers to this proposed practice change, members of a multidisciplinary committee used the results to create a guideline for delayed cord clamping and a plan for successful implementation. Integral to embedding and sustaining changes in practice was development of the Delivery Room Brief and Debrief Tool and inclusion of the process into nursing guidelines and the electronic health record...
December 2017: Nursing for Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222075/examining-tensions-that-affect-the-evaluation-of-technology-in-health-care-considerations-for-system-decision-makers-from-the-perspective-of-industry-and-evaluators
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Laura Desveaux, James Shaw, Ross Wallace, Onil Bhattacharyya, R Sacha Bhatia, Trevor Jamieson
Virtual technologies have the potential to mitigate a range of challenges for health care systems. Despite the widespread use of mobile devices in everyday life, they currently have a limited role in health service delivery and clinical care. Efforts to integrate the fast-paced consumer technology market with health care delivery exposes tensions among patients, providers, vendors, evaluators, and system decision makers. This paper explores the key tensions between the high bar for evidence prior to market approval that guides health care regulatory decisions and the "fail fast" reality of the technology industry...
December 8, 2017: JMIR Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221765/advances-in-fetal-echocardiography
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Helena M Gardiner
The development of fetal echocardiography and success in prenatal cardiac screening programs over the past 30 years has been driven by technical innovation and influenced by the different approaches of the various specialties practicing it. Screening for congenital heart defects no longer focuses on examining a limited number of pregnant women thought to be at increased risk, but instead forms an integrated part of a high-quality anatomical ultrasound performed in the second trimester using the 'five-transverse view' protocol...
December 5, 2017: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219085/perceptions-about-data-informed-decisions-an-assessment-of-information-use-in-high-hiv-prevalence-settings-in-south-africa
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Edward Nicol, Debbie Bradshaw, Jeannine Uwimana-Nicol, Lilian Dudley
BACKGROUND: Information-use is an integral component of a routine health information system and essential to influence policy-making, program actions and research. Despite an increased amount of routine data collected, planning and resource-allocation decisions made by health managers for managing HIV programs are often not based on data. This study investigated the use of information, and barriers to using routine data for monitoring the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) programs in two high HIV-prevalence districts in South Africa...
December 4, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218966/building-compassion-literacy-enabling-care-in-primary-health-care-nursing
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Letitia Helen Burridge, Sarah Winch, Margaret Kay, Amanda Henderson
This paper introduces the concept of compassion literacy and discusses its place in nursing within the general practice setting. Compassion literacy is a valuable competency for sustaining the delivery of high quality care. Being compassion literate enables practice nurses to provide compassionate care to their patients and to recognise factors that may constrain this. A compassion literate practice nurse may be more protected from compassion fatigue and its negative consequences. Understanding how to enable self-compassion and how to support the delivery of compassionate care within the primary care team can enhance the care experienced by the patient while improving the positive engagement and satisfaction of the health professionals...
2017: Collegian: Journal of the Royal College of Nursing, Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218803/community-pharmacist-led-clinical-services-physician-s-understanding-perceptions-and-readiness-to-collaborate-in-a-midwestern-state-in-the-united-states
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Cameron Gordon, Elizabeth Unni, Jaime Montuoro, Diane B Ogborn
OBJECTIVES: Many pharmacists are actively enhancing their role in the delivery of health care by offering a variety of pharmacist-led clinical services. The delivery of these services within community pharmacies can contribute to overcoming the cost and accessibility challenges currently facing U.S. health care, especially when pharmacist-physician collaborative efforts are utilized. The study purpose was to identify general and family practice physicians' awareness of pharmacists' delivery of clinical services, uncover their perceived barriers to collaboration with community pharmacists, and collect their input on how to overcome such barriers in order to better understand how pharmacist-led clinical services can be integrated, improved and more widely utilized as a healthcare delivery mechanism...
December 7, 2017: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217939/client-centeredness-of-family-planning-services-in-a-resource-limited-setting
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Ayinengida Walle, Mirkuzie Woldie
Background: Clients' needs and their satisfaction are priority issues in studying quality in reproductive health services. However, only 24-37% of Ethiopian women were informed about the available family planning methods and their utilization. High national total fertility rate (4.8) and low contraceptive prevalence rate (29%) might be attributed to these and other reasons. This study assessed the level of client-centeredness of family planning services and their determinants in public health facilities of Bahir Dar Town, Northwest Ethiopia...
July 2017: Ethiopian Journal of Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217389/competencies-for-engaging-high-needs-patients-in-primary-care
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Michael J Yedidia
BACKGROUND: Patients who heavily utilize hospitals and emergency departments frequently have complex needs requiring services spanning medical, behavioral, and social service sectors. This study identifies essential competencies for caring for high-needs patients and highlights their importance to primary care delivery. METHODS: Transcripts of in-depth interviews with 30 clinical and administrative staff at 23 complex care programs across the United States were analyzed using standard qualitative techniques...
December 4, 2017: Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216440/an-interdisciplinary-approach-to-implementing-a-best-practice-guideline-in-public-health
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Lisa Prowd, Denna Leach, Hazel Lynn, May Tao
This article describes how one Ontario Public Health Unit implemented a best practice guideline throughout the organization and across disciplines to achieve best practice outcomes in the delivery of client-centered care. Integration of evidence-informed practice presents challenges for both implementation and sustainability. Applying a best practice guideline in the public health setting can add to the challenge. To address this, a variety of interventions were applied: building an interdisciplinary team, adapting a Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario Best Practice Guideline to reflect public health practice for nursing and other disciplines, developing a working definition of "client," engaging staff in knowledge translation, developing policy to support practice change, and incorporating client-centered care principles into daily practice...
December 1, 2017: Health Promotion Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212532/delivery-of-screening-and-brief-intervention-for-unhealthy-alcohol-use-in-an-urban-academic-federally-qualified-health-center
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Marcus A Bachhuber, Megan A O'Grady, Henry Chung, Charles J Neighbors, Joseph DeLuca, Elenita M D'Aloia, Arelis Diaz, Chinazo O Cunningham
BACKGROUND: Screening and brief intervention (SBI) for unhealthy drinking has not been widely implemented in primary care partly due to reliance on physicians to perform it. METHODS: We implemented a model of nursing staff-delivered SBI for unhealthy drinking for adult patients receiving primary care at an academically-affiliated Federally Qualified Health Center in the Bronx, NY. Our model consisted of nursing staff screening all patients with the alcohol use disorders identification test consumption questions (AUDIT-C) and, if screening positive, providing BI or referral to specialty services...
December 7, 2017: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211623/quality-of-care-improves-for-patients-with-diabetes-in-medicare-shared-savings-accountable-care-organizations-organizational-characteristics-associated-with-performance
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Taressa K Fraze, Valerie A Lewis, Emily Tierney, Carrie H Colla
Accountable care organizations (ACOs), a primary care-centric delivery and payment model, aim to promote integrated population health, which may improve care for those with chronic conditions such as diabetes. Research has shown that, overall, the ACO model is effective at reducing costs, but there is substantial variation in how effective different types of ACOs are at impacting costs and improving care delivery. This study examines how ACO organizational characteristics - such as composition, staffing, care management, and experiences with health reform - were associated with quality of care delivered to patients with diabetes...
December 6, 2017: Population Health Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29207973/identifying-models-of-hiv-care-and-treatment-service-delivery-in-tanzania-uganda-and-zambia-using-cluster-analysis-and-delphi-survey
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Sharon Tsui, Julie A Denison, Caitlin E Kennedy, Larry W Chang, Olivier Koole, Kwasi Torpey, Eric Van Praag, Jason Farley, Nathan Ford, Leine Stuart, Fred Wabwire-Mangen
BACKGROUND: Organization of HIV care and treatment services, including clinic staffing and services, may shape clinical and financial outcomes, yet there has been little attempt to describe different models of HIV care in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Information about the relative benefits and drawbacks of different models could inform the scale-up of antiretroviral therapy (ART) and associated services in resource-limited settings (RLS), especially in light of expanded client populations with country adoption of WHO's test and treat recommendation...
December 6, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29204811/impact-of-a-patient-facing-enhanced-genomic-results-report-to-improve-understanding-engagement-and-communication
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Janet L Williams, Alanna Kulchak Rahm, Doris T Zallen, Heather Stuckey, Kara Fultz, Audrey L Fan, Michele Bonhag, Lynn Feldman, Michael M Segal, Marc S Williams
"The objective of this study was to" test the effectiveness of an enhanced genomic report on patient-centered outcome domains including communication, engagement and satisfaction. "Study design utilized" a prospective, randomized, mixed-methods desctiptive study of a whole genome sequencing results report, GenomeCOMPASS™, that was accessed by providers through the electronic health record and by patients through the associated patient portal. "The study was set in" an integrated healthcare delivery system in central Pennsylvania...
December 4, 2017: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29204014/mental-healthcare-delivery-in-rural-greece-a-10-year-account-of-a-mobile-mental-health-unit
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Vaios Peritogiannis, Thiresia Manthopoulou, Afroditi Gogou, Venetsanos Mavreas
Introduction: Patients living in rural and remote areas may have limited access to mental healthcare due to lack of facilities and socioeconomic reasons, and this is the case of rural areas in Eastern Europe countries. In Greece, community mental health service delivery in rural areas has been implemented through the development of the Mobile Mental Health Units (MMHUs). Methods: We present a 10-year account of the operation of the MMHU of the prefectures of Ioannina and Thesprotia (MMHU I-T) and report on the impact of the service on mental health delivery in the catchment area...
October 2017: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202786/perfected-enhanced-recovery-perfect-er-care-versus-standard-acute-care-for-patients-admitted-to-acute-settings-with-hip-fracture-identified-as-experiencing-confusion-study-protocol-for-a-feasibility-cluster-randomized-controlled-trial
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Simon P Hammond, Jane L Cross, Lee Shepstone, Tamara Backhouse, Catherine Henderson, Fiona Poland, Erika Sims, Alasdair MacLullich, Bridget Penhale, Robert Howard, Nigel Lambert, Anna Varley, Toby O Smith, Opinder Sahota, Simon Donell, Martyn Patel, Clive Ballard, John Young, Martin Knapp, Stephen Jackson, Justin Waring, Nick Leavey, Gregory Howard, Chris Fox
BACKGROUND: Health and social care provision for an ageing population is a global priority. Provision for those with dementia and hip fracture has specific and growing importance. Older people who break their hip are recognised as exceptionally vulnerable to experiencing confusion (including but not exclusively, dementia and/or delirium and/or cognitive impairment(s)) before, during or after acute admissions. Older people experiencing hip fracture and confusion risk serious complications, linked to delayed recovery and higher mortality post-operatively...
December 4, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29200059/a-perioperative-medicine-model-for-population-health-an-integrated-approach-for-an-evolving-clinical-science
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Solomon Aronson, Julie Westover, Nicole Guinn, Tracy Setji, Paul Wischmeyer, Padma Gulur, Thomas Hopkins, Thorsten M Seyler, Sandhya Lagoo-Deendayalan, Mitchell T Heflin, Annemarie Thompson, Madhav Swaminathan, Ellen Flanagan
Health care delivery in the United States continues to balance on the tight rope that connects its transition from volume to value. Value in economic terms can be defined as the amount something exceeds its commodity price and is determined by extraordinary reputation, quality, and/or service, whereas its destruction can be a consequence of poor management, unfavorable policy, decreased demand, and/or increased competition. Going forward, payment for health care delivery will increasingly be based on services that contribute to improvements in individual and/or population health value, and funds to pay for health care delivery will become increasingly vulnerable to competitive market forces...
November 30, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29197305/internal-medicine-hospitalists-perceived-barriers-and-recommendations-for-optimizing-secondary-prevention-of-osteoporotic-hip-fractures
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Eng Keong Tan, Kah Poh Loh, Sarah L Goff
OBJECTIVES: Osteoporosis is a major public health concern affecting an estimated 10 million people in the United States. To the best of our knowledge, no qualitative study has explored barriers perceived by medicine hospitalists to secondary prevention of osteoporotic hip fractures. We aimed to describe these perceived barriers and recommendations regarding how to optimize secondary prevention of osteoporotic hip fracture. METHODS: In-depth, semistructured interviews were performed with 15 internal medicine hospitalists in a tertiary-care referral medical center...
December 2017: Southern Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29194544/numbers-systems-people-how-interactions-influence-integration-insights-from-case-studies-of-hiv-and-reproductive-health-services-delivery-in-kenya
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Susannah H Mayhew, Sedona Sweeney, Charlotte E Warren, Martine Collumbien, Charity Ndwiga, Richard Mutemwa, Irina Lut, Manuela Colombini, Anna Vassall
Drawing on rich data from the Integra evaluation of integrated HIV and reproductive-health services, we explored the interaction of systems hardware and software factors to explain why some facilities were able to implement and sustain integrated service delivery while others were not. This article draws on detailed mixed-methods data for four case-study facilities offering reproductive-health and HIV services between 2009 and 2013 in Kenya: (i) time-series client flow, tracking service uptake for 8841 clients; (ii) structured questionnaires with 24 providers; (iii) in-depth interviews with 17 providers; (iv) workload and facility data using a periodic activity review and cost-instruments; and (v) contextual data on external activities related to integration in study sites...
November 1, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
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