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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454133/prevalence-and-risk-factors-for-neural-axis-anomalies-in-idiopathic-scoliosis-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Johan L Heemskerk, Moyo C Kruyt, Dino Colo, René M Castelein, Diederik H R Kempen
BACKGROUND: There is ongoing controversy about the routine use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) preoperatively in patients with presumed idiopathic scoliosis (IS). Routine MRI can help identify possible causes for the deformity and detect anomalies which could complicate deformity surgery. However, routine MRI increases health care costs significantly and may reveal mild variations from normal without clinical relevance, that can still lead to anxiety and influence decision making...
February 14, 2018: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452576/assessing-retention-in-care-after-12-months-of-the-pediatric-development-clinic-implementation-in-rural-rwanda-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Scheilla Bayitondere, Francois Biziyaremye, Catherine M Kirk, Hema Magge, Katrina Hann, Kim Wilson, Christine Mutaganzwa, Eric Ngabireyimana, Fulgence Nkikabahizi, Evelyne Shema, David B Tugizimana, Ann C Miller
BACKGROUND: In Africa, a high proportion of children are at risk for developmental delay. Early interventions are known to improve outcomes, but they are not routinely available. The Rwandan Ministry of Health with Partners In Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima created the Pediatric Development Clinic (PDC) model for providing interdisciplinary developmental care for high-risk infants in rural settings. As retention for chronic care has proven challenging in many settings, this study assesses factors related to retention to care after 12 months of clinic enrollment...
February 16, 2018: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451835/characteristics-and-outcomes-of-advanced-cancer-patients-who-received-palliative-care-at-a-public-hospital-compared-with-those-at-a-comprehensive-cancer-center
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Marvin Omar Delgado-Guay, Jeannette Ferrer, Jewel Ochoa, Hilda Cantu, Janet L Williams, Minjeong Park, Eduardo Bruera
BACKGROUND: Patients with advanced cancer experience severe physical, psychosocial, and spiritual distress requiring palliative care (PC). There are limited literature regarding characteristics and outcomes of patients evaluated by PC services at public hospitals (PHs). Objective, Design, Setting/Subjects, and Measurements: To compare the outcomes of advanced cancer patients undergoing PC at a PH and those at a comprehensive cancer center (CCC). We reviewed 359 consecutive advanced cancer patients (PH, 180; CCC, 179) undergoing PC...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451088/a-marginalized-two-part-model-with-heterogeneous-variance-for-semicontinuous-data
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Valerie A Smith, John S Preisser
Semicontinuous data, characterized by a point mass at zero followed by a positive, continuous distribution, arise frequently in medical research. These data are typically analyzed using two-part mixtures that separately model the probability of incurring a positive outcome and the distribution of positive values among those who incur them. In such a conditional specification, however, standard two-part models do not provide a marginal interpretation of covariate effects on the overall population. We have previously proposed a marginalized two-part model that yields more interpretable effect estimates by parameterizing the model in terms of the marginal mean...
January 1, 2018: Statistical Methods in Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450599/a-typology-of-satisfaction-with-mental-health-services-based-on-andersen-s-behavioral-model
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Marilyn Fortin, Zhirong Cao, Marie-Josée Fleury
OBJECTIVE: Patients with mental disorders (MDs) form a highly heterogeneous group, whose satisfaction with mental health services (MHS) may vary according to different variables. Identifying patient subgroups with similar levels of satisfaction may help identify variables that contribute to satisfaction or dissatisfaction with services. This study established a typology of patient satisfaction with MHS that revealed variables specific to each group. METHODS: The study included 325 patients with MDs across four health service networks offering integrated and diversified services...
February 15, 2018: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447612/urban-college-student-self-report-of-hookah-use-with-health-care-providers
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Samir Ranjit Jani, Darryl Brown, Zekarias Berhane, Nadja Peter, Renee Turchi, Susan Solecki
OBJECTIVE: This study's purpose was to describe urban college students' communication about hookah with health care providers. PARTICIPANTS: Participants included a random sample of undergraduate urban college students and health care providers. METHODS: Students surveyed determined the epidemiology of hookah use in this population, how many health care providers asked about hookah, and how many students admitted hookah use to a physician...
February 15, 2018: Journal of American College Health: J of ACH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445863/use-of-biological-disease-modifying-antirheumatic-drugs-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-in-austria-from-2008-to-2011-a-retrospective-analysis-of-72-of-the-population
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Tanja A Stamm, Berthold Reichardt, Jochen Zwerina, Valentin Ritschl, Valerie Nell-Duxneuner
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most prevalent chronic inflammatory joint disease. On a national level in Austria, there are currently no data available on how often and which biological disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (bDMARDs) are prescribed in patients with RA. The aim of the present study was to explore prescription patterns of bDMARDs in RA in Austria with a focus on drug survival. METHODS: A retrospective data analysis of bDMARD courses of individual patients with RA that were extracted from the databases of nine Austrian health insurance funds covering 6...
February 14, 2018: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444179/capability-beliefs-on-and-use-of-evidence-based-practice-among-four-health-professional-and-student-groups-in-geriatric-care-a-cross-sectional-study
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Anne-Marie Boström, Disa K Sommerfeld, Annika W Stenhols, Anna Kiessling
Implementation of evidence-based practice (EBP) is a complex task. This study, conducted in an acute geriatric setting, aims to compare self-reported capability beliefs on EBP between health professionals and students, and to compare the use of EBP between health professional groups. Occupational therapists, physicians, physiotherapists and registered nurses with three or more months' employment, and all students from the occupational therapy, medical, physiotherapy and nursing programs, who had conducted workplace learning at the department, were invited...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440941/sleep-disturbances-in-women-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-prevalence-pathophysiology-impact-and-management-strategies
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REVIEW
Renae C Fernandez, Vivienne M Moore, Emer M Van Ryswyk, Tamara J Varcoe, Raymond J Rodgers, Wendy A March, Lisa J Moran, Jodie C Avery, R Doug McEvoy, Michael J Davies
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a complex endocrine disorder affecting the reproductive, metabolic and psychological health of women. Clinic-based studies indicate that sleep disturbances and disorders including obstructive sleep apnea and excessive daytime sleepiness occur more frequently among women with PCOS compared to comparison groups without the syndrome. Evidence from the few available population-based studies is supportive. Women with PCOS tend to be overweight/obese, but this only partly accounts for their sleep problems as associations are generally upheld after adjustment for body mass index; sleep problems also occur in women with PCOS of normal weight...
2018: Nature and Science of Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29439585/psychometric-properties-of-questionnaires-and-diagnostic-measures-for-autism-spectrum-disorders-in-adults-a-systematic-review
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Sarah Wigham, Jacqui Rodgers, Tom Berney, Ann Le Couteur, Barry Ingham, Jeremy R Parr
Accurately diagnosing autism spectrum disorders in adulthood can be challenging. Structured questionnaires and diagnostic measures are frequently used to assist case recognition and diagnosis. This study reviewed research evidence on structured questionnaires and diagnostic measures published since the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence evidence update. The Cochrane library, Medline, Embase and PsycINFO were searched. In all, 20 studies met inclusion criteria. Sensitivity and specificity of structured questionnaires were best for individuals with previously confirmed autism spectrum disorder diagnoses and reduced in participants referred for diagnostic assessments, with discrimination of autism spectrum disorder from mental health conditions especially limited...
February 1, 2018: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29439374/important-exposure-controls-for-protection-against-antineoplastic-agents-highlights-for-oncology-health-care-workers
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Maryam Alehashem, Shadi Baniasadi
BACKGROUND: A great number of antineoplastic drugs (ANPDs) are used globally in cancer treatment. Due to their adverse health effects, occupational exposure to ANPDs is considered a potential health risk to health care workers. OBJECTIVE: The current study aimed to evaluate safe-handling practices of ANPDs, exposure controls, and adverse health implications for health care providers exposed to ANDPs. METHODS: Prevention measures, including engineering, administrative, and work practice controls, as well as personal protective equipment (PPE), were recorded daily through a questionnaire for six weeks...
2018: Work: a Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29434387/antimicrobial-utilization-pattern-in-pediatric-patients-in-tertiary-care-hospital-eastern-ethiopia-the-need-for-antimicrobial-stewardship
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Samuel Girma, Mekonnen Sisay, Getnet Mengistu, Firehiwot Amare, Dumessa Edessa
Background: Antimicrobials are among the most frequently prescribed medications for pediatric patients. However, inappropriate use of them can increase morbidity, mortality, healthcare costs, and largely antimicrobial resistance. This study aims to assess the antimicrobial utilization pattern in the pediatric ward of Hiwot Fana Specialized University Hospital. Methods: Retrospective cross-sectional study was conducted to assess the antimicrobial utilization. In this study, 403 pediatric medical records selected by systematic random sampling were reviewed...
February 2018: Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29434015/trust-in-health-information-sources-survey-analysis-of-variation-by-sociodemographic-and-tobacco-use-status-in-oklahoma
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Cati G Brown-Johnson, Lindsay M Boeckman, Ashley H White, Andrea D Burbank, Sjonna Paulson, Laura A Beebe
BACKGROUND: Modern technology (ie, websites and social media) has significantly changed social mores in health information access and delivery. Although mass media campaigns for health intervention have proven effective and cost-effective in changing health behavior at a population scale, this is best studied in traditional media sources (ie, radio and television). Digital health interventions are options that use short message service/text messaging, social media, and internet technology...
February 12, 2018: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29433515/control-of-glycemia-and-blood-pressure-in-british-adults-with-diabetes-mellitus-and-subsequent-therapy-choices-a-comparison-across-health-states
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Finlay A McAlister, Brendan Cord Lethebe, Caitlin Lambe, Tyler Williamson, Mark Lowerison
BACKGROUND: To examine the intensity of glycemic and blood pressure control in British adults with diabetes mellitus and whether control levels or treatment deintensification rates differ across health states. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study using primary care electronic medical records (the United Kingdom Health Improvement Network Database) for adults with diabetes diagnosed at least 6 months before the index HbA1C and systolic blood pressure (SBP) measurements (to give their primary care physicians time to achieve treatment goals)...
February 12, 2018: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29432396/gathering-tips-from-carers-to-support-people-with-dementia-an-adaptation-of-the-top-5-program-for-community-use
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Kerrie Westaway, Oliver Frank, Russell Shute, Anna Moffat, Vanessa LeBlanc, Debra Rowett, Natalie Blacker, Elizabeth Roughead
AIM: Behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia are often managed inappropriately with antipsychotic medicines. The TOP 5 program, which involves recording up to five relevant and meaningful tips that assist in personalizing care for the person with dementia, has been tested in the hospital setting and transitions of care in Australia, and has been found to be useful. Our study aimed to adapt the TOP 5 program as a strategy to support people with dementia in a primary care setting and to test the acceptability of our adapted TOP 5 program materials...
February 9, 2018: International Journal of Evidence-based Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29432230/youth-friendly-services-and-differentiated-models-of-care-are-needed-to-improve-outcomes-for-young-people-living-with-hiv
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Lindsey K Reif, Margaret L McNairy, Matthew R Lamb, Ruby Fayorsey, Batya Elul
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Outcomes among young people living with HIV (YPLWH) remain disturbingly poor. We summarize recent research on youth-friendly services (YFS) and adolescent-specific differentiated care models, which may improve outcomes across the HIV care continuum for this vulnerable population. We further emphasize unique complexities that characterize the transition from childhood through adolescence to adulthood which must be considered when caring for YPLWH. RECENT FINDINGS: Studies suggest that YFS may improve outcomes in some but not all steps of the HIV care continuum...
February 9, 2018: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29427893/ghana-s-community-based-primary-health-care-why-women-and-children-are-disadvantaged-by-its-implementation
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Roger A Atinga, Irene Akua Agyepong, Reuben K Esena
Policy analysis on why women and children in low- and middle-income settings are still disadvantaged by access to appropriate care despite Primary Health Care (PHC) programmes implementation is limited. Drawing on the street-level bureaucracy theory, we explored how and why frontline providers (FLP) actions on their own and in interaction with health system factors shape Ghana's community-based PHC implementation to the disadvantage of women and children accessing and using health services. This was a qualitative study conducted in 4 communities drawn from rural and urban districts of the Upper West region...
February 5, 2018: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29426688/variation-in-adolescent-idiopathic-scoliosis-surgery-implications-for-improving-healthcare-value
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Jennifer K Workman, Jacob Wilkes, Angela P Presson, Yizhe Xu, John A Heflin, John T Smith
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the variation in care and cost of spinal fusion for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS), and to identify opportunities for improving healthcare value. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study from the Pediatric Health Information Systems database, including children 11-18 years of age with AIS who underwent spinal fusion surgery between 2004 and 2015. Multivariable regression was used to evaluate the relationships between hospital cost, patient outcomes, and resource use...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29426310/barriers-to-voluntary-participation-in-sport-for-children-a-systematic-review
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Sarah Somerset, Derek J Hoare
BACKGROUND: Numerous studies have detailed the physical health benefits of children's participation in sport and a growing body of research also highlights the benefits for mental health. Children who participate in sport have also been shown to be advantaged academically. However, despite the benefits there is evidence that children are leading increasingly sedentary lifestyles and are at greater risk of chronic disease than those with active lifestyles. Sport provides an important means for children to achieve their recommended amount of daily physical activity...
February 9, 2018: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29426267/biomechanical-evaluations-of-bed-to-wheelchair-transfer-gait-belt-versus-walking-belt
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Ruoliang Tang, Margaret Holland, Michelle Milbauer, Elise Olson, Janelle Skora, Jay M Kapellusch, Arun Garg
Nursing personnel, particularly caregivers who frequently perform manual patient transfer tasks, are at risk for work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs). The purpose of this study was to perform biomechanical evaluations of bed-to-wheelchair transfer using two low-cost assistive devices: walking belt and gait belt. Twenty-eight college students, serving as caregivers, transferred 14 students, serving as patients. "Caregiver" spinal loading and strength requirements at major joints were measured using a 3D Static Strength Prediction Model...
February 1, 2018: Workplace Health & Safety
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