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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29284672/hospice-admission-and-survival-following-18f-fluoride-pet-performed-for-evaluation-of-osseous-metastatic-disease-in-the-national-oncologic-pet-registry
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Ilana F Gareen, Bruce E Hillner, Lucy Hanna, Rajesh Makineni, Fenghai Duan, Anthony F Shields, Rathan M Subramaniam, Barry Siegel
We have previously reported that positron emission tomography using 18F-fluoride (NaF-PET) for assessment of osseous metastatic disease was associated with substantial changes in intended management in Medicare beneficiaries participating in the National Oncologic PET Registry (NOPR). Here, we use Medicare administrative data to examine the association between NaF-PET results and hospice claims within 180 days and 1-year survival. Methods: We classified NOPR NaF-PET results linked to Medicare claims by imaging indication [initial staging (IS); detection of suspected first osseous metastasis (FOM); suspected progression of osseous metastasis (POM); or treatment monitoring (TM)] and type of cancer (prostate, lung, breast or other)...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29247082/healthcare-resource-availability-and-cardiovascular-health-in-the-usa
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Courtney S Pilkerton, Sarah S Singh, Thomas K Bias, Stephanie J Frisbee
OBJECTIVES: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the leading cause of death in the USA. Reducing the population-level burden of CVD disease will require a better understanding and support of cardiovascular health (CVH) in individuals and entire communities. The objectives for this study were to examine associations between community-level healthcare resources (HCrRes) and CVH in individuals and entire communities. SETTING: This study consisted of a retrospective, cross-sectional study design, using multivariable epidemiological analyses...
December 14, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240045/pier-diego-siccardi-1880-1917-and-the-clinica-del-lavoro-in-the-trench-warfare
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Michele Augusto Riva, Michela Caramella, Massimo Turato, Giancarlo Cesana
BACKGROUND: The year 2017 marks the centenary of the death of the Italian scientist Pier Diego Siccardi (1880-1917), one of Luigi Devoto's assistants at the "Clinica del Lavoro" in Milan. OBJECTIVES: To commemorate Siccardi and to describe the activities of the physicians of the "Clinica del Lavoro" during World War I. METHODS: A comprehensive analysis was conducted on scientific papers written by Pier Diego Siccardi and by other physicians belonging to the Clinica del Lavoro, in the period 1915-1918...
December 14, 2017: La Medicina del Lavoro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236658/how-using-generative-learning-strategies-improved-medical-student-self-competency-in-end-of-life-care
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Sandra Marquez Hall, Janet Lieto, Roy Martin
During a mandatory fourth-year core geriatric medicine rotation at our medical school, we discovered that our medical students were struggling with end-of-life (EOL) issues both personally and professionally. We implemented curriculum changes to assist them in developing emotional awareness about death and dying, and to help develop their ability to respond personally and professionally to patients and their families during EOL experiences.In our new curriculum, a seasoned ethicist at our university conducts 2 educational sessions addressing EOL issues...
2017: Permanente Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232275/complex-decision-making-in-heart-failure-a-systematic-review-and-thematic-analysis
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Aimee V Hamel, Joseph E Gaugler, Carolyn M Porta, Niloufar Niakosari Hadidi
BACKGROUND: Heart failure follows a highly variable and difficult course. Patients face complex decisions, including treatment with implantable cardiac defibrillators, mechanical circulatory support, and heart transplantation. The course of decision-making across multiple treatments is unclear yet integral to providing informed and shared decision-making. Recognizing commonalities across treatment decisions could help nurses and physicians to identify opportunities to introduce discussions and support shared decision-making...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214967/fear-of-life-fear-of-death-and-fear-of-causing-death-how-legislative-changes-on-assisted-dying-are-doomed-to-fail
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Matti Häyry
Fear of life, fear of death, and fear of causing death form a combination that prevents reasoned changes in laws concerning end-of-life situations. This is shown systematically in this article using the methods of conceptual analysis. Prevalent fears are explicated and interpreted to see how their meanings differ depending on the chosen normative stance. When the meanings have been clarified, the impact of the fears on the motivations and justifications of potential legislative reforms are assessed. Two main normative stances are evoked...
January 2018: Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics: CQ: the International Journal of Healthcare Ethics Committees
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209424/severe-copd-and-the-transition-to-a-palliative-approach
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Amanda Landers, Rachel Wiseman, Suzanne Pitama, Lutz Beckert
Patients with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have a chaotic trajectory towards death. Research has focused on identifying a "transition point" that would allow identification of those patients who may benefit from a palliative approach to their care, or referral to a specialist palliative care service. This article aims to outline difficulties in identifying this transition point, summarise current literature on this topic and suggests a model based on clinical milestones. Educational aims: To outline the difficulties associated with identifying patients with severe COPD who are at risk of dying...
December 2017: Breathe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29206080/understanding-forensic-psychiatry-in-healthcare-practices-and-collaboration-between-legal-nurse-consultants-and-physicians
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Daphne K Sharpe, Jasmine K Hall, Sochima Ochije, Rahn K Bailey
In 2000, the Institute of Medicine stunned many professionals with their published report that noted the vast number of deaths that occur each year in hospitals across the United States which reach as many as 98,000. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the healthcare arena faces litigious issues regularly, with some specialties budgets being significantly impacted by the cost of maintaining liability insurance. Legal Nurse Consultants and forensic physicians working in tandem but who work independently from treating clinicians can carry out forensic independent medical examinations (IME)...
January 1, 2017: Medico-legal Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29175877/the-feasibility-of-an-interactive-voice-response-system-ivrs-for-monitoring-patient-safety-after-discharge-from-the-ed
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Lisa A Calder, A Adam Cwinn, Mathieu Gatien, Andrew Gee, Natasha Larocque, Samantha Calder-Sprackman, Ria De Gorter, Jennifer Zlepnig, Ian G Stiell, Alan J Forster
BACKGROUND: Return ED visits are frequent and may be due to adverse events: adverse outcomes related to healthcare received. An interactive voice response system (IVRS) is a technology that translates human telephone input into digital data. Use of IVRS has been explored in many healthcare settings but to a limited extent in the ED. We determined the feasibility of using an IVRS to assess for adverse events after ED discharge. METHODS: This before and after study assessed detection of adverse events among consecutive high-acuity patients discharged from a tertiary care ED pre-IVRS and post-IVRS over two 2-week periods...
November 24, 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165788/factors-affecting-compliance-with-confirmatory-colonoscopy-after-a-positive-fecal-immunochemical-test-in-a-national-colorectal-screening-program
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Shao-Yi Cheng, Ming-Chieh Li, Shu-Li Chia, Kuo-Chin Huang, Tai-Yuan Chiu, Ding-Cheng Chan, Han-Mo Chiu
BACKGROUND: Screening with the fecal immunochemical test (FIT) is effective in reducing deaths from colorectal cancer (CRC). Since 2004, biennial FIT screening has been available to a target population in Taiwan as a national screening program. The objective of the current study was to identify the factors that influence willingness to undergo a confirmatory colonoscopy after a positive FIT, because related references in the published literature were scarce. METHODS: A semistructured questionnaire was based on the Health Belief Model (HBM) and a literature review...
November 22, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155988/opioid-prescribing-patterns-and-patient-outcomes-by-prescriber-type-in-the-oregon-prescription-drug-monitoring-program
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Patrick B Fink, Richard A Deyo, Sara E Hallvik, Christi Hildebran
Objective: Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) were created to facilitate responsible use of controlled substances. In Oregon, physicians, physician's assistants (MDs/DOs/PAs), dentists, nurse practitioners (NPs), and naturopathic physicians (NDs) may prescribe opioids, but differences in prescribing practices, patient mix, and patient outcomes among prescriber types have not been characterized. Methods: De-identified Oregon PDMP data from October 2011 through October 2014 were linked with vital records and a statewide hospital discharge registry...
November 16, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141653/test-of-a-workforce-development-intervention-to-expand-opioid-use-disorder-treatment-pharmacotherapy-prescribers-protocol-for-a-cluster-randomized-trial
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Todd Molfenter, Hannah K Knudsen, Randy Brown, Nora Jacobson, Julie Horst, Mark Van Etten, Jee-Seon Kim, Eric Haram, Elizabeth Collier, Sanford Starr, Alexander Toy, Lynn Madden
BACKGROUND: Overdoses due to non-medical use of prescription opioids and other opiates have become the leading cause of accidental deaths in the USA. Buprenorphine and extended-release naltrexone are key evidence-based pharmacotherapies available to addiction treatment providers to address opioid use disorder (OUD) and prevent overdose deaths. Treatment organizations' efforts to provide these pharmacotherapies have, however, been stymied by limited success in recruiting providers (physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants) to prescribe these medications...
November 15, 2017: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133281/should-medical-assistance-in-dying-be-extended-to-incompetent-patients-with-dementia-research-protocol-of-a-survey-among-four-groups-of-stakeholders-from-quebec-canada
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Gina Bravo, Claudie Rodrigue, Vincent Thériault, Marcel Arcand, Jocelyn Downie, Marie-France Dubois, Sharon Kaasalainen, Cees M Hertogh, Sophie Pautex, Lieve Van den Block
BACKGROUND: Alzheimer's disease and related disorders affect a growing number of people worldwide. Quality of life is generally good in the early stages of these diseases. However, many individuals fear living through the advanced stages. Such fears are triggering requests for medical assistance in dying (MAiD) by patients with dementia. Legislation was recently passed in Canada and the province of Quebec allowing MAiD at the explicit request of a patient who meets a set of eligibility criteria, including competence...
November 13, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114745/voluntarily-stopping-eating-and-drinking-among-patients-with-serious-advanced-illness-clinical-ethical-and-legal-aspects
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Timothy E Quill, Linda Ganzini, Robert D Truog, Thaddeus Mason Pope
Patients with advanced illnesses sometimes request that physicians help hasten their death. Increasingly in North America and Europe, legal options allow physicians to perform this role. Among death-hastening options, the spotlight has been on physician-assisted death. However, voluntarily stopping eating and drinking (VSED) is also a course that patients may choose. Although VSED theoretically does not require physician involvement, clinician participation is critical in terms of initial assessment and ongoing management...
November 6, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102043/long-term-consequences-of-landmine-injury-a-survey-of-civilian-survivors-in-bosnia-herzegovina-20-years-after-the-war
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Katherine O Ryken, Matthew Hogue, J Lawrence Marsh, Marin Schweizer
INTRODUCTION: Bosnia-Herzegovina is one of the most landmine-contaminated countries in Europe. Since the beginning of the war in 1992, there have been 7968 recorded landmine victims, with 1665 victims since the end of the war in 1995. While many of these explosions result in death, a high proportion of these injuries result in amputation, leading to a large number of disabled individuals. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to conduct a survey of civilian landmine victims in Bosnia-Herzegovina in order to assess the effect of landmine injuries on physical, mental, and social well-being...
August 25, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29068170/antidote-availability-in-saudi-arabia-hospitals-in-the-riyadh-province
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Abdullah AlTamimi, Nidal K Malhis, Najla M Khojah, Saleh A Manea, Abdulrahman AlTamimi, Sami Ayed AlShammary
Inadequate antidote stocking is a global problem in hospitals. Insufficient supplies and delays in the administration of antidotes could lead to death and additional potentially negative clinical consequences. Our objective was to determine the availability of antidotes in hospitals listed on the Saudi Ministry of Health website in the Riyadh Province and to evaluate the leading poison in Saudi Arabia. A cross-sectional study was conducted using questionnaires. The questionnaires were distributed to pharmacist directors and emergency room-treating physicians in 17 public hospitals throughout the Riyadh Province...
October 25, 2017: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049005/beliefs-attitudes-and-activities-of-healthcare-personnel-about-influenza-and-pneumococcal-vaccines
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Fatma Çiftci, Elif Şen, Nalan Demir, Orçun Çiftci, Serhat Erol, Oya Kayacan
OBJECTIVES: Vaccination of healthcare personnel (HCP) is an effective measure for preventing the spread of influenza among at-risk patients. This study was conducted to determine influenza vaccination rates and activities among HCP working at a tertiary healthcare setting. METHODS: This study included 470 HCP (85 physicians, 134 nurses, 53 healthcare assistants, 44 paramedics, 47 medical secretaries, and 107 auxillary staff members) working at the emergency, cardiology, chest diseases, and internal medicine departments with the largest volume of patients with vaccination indication of two large university hospitals with similar medical practices and work environment...
October 19, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28987715/mitigating-fall-risk-a-community-fall-reduction-program
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Humberto Reinoso, Ruth G McCaffrey, David W M Taylor
One fourth of all American's over 65 years of age fall each year. Falls are a common and often devastating event that can pose a serious health risk for older adults. Healthcare providers are often unable to spend the time required to assist older adults with fall risk issues. Without a team approach to fall prevention the system remains focused on fragmented levels of health promotion and risk prevention. The specific aim of this project was to engage older adults from the community in a fall risk assessment program, using the Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries (STEADI) program, and provide feedback on individual participants' risks that participants could share with their primary care physician...
October 5, 2017: Geriatric Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28983787/morally-relevant-similarities-and-differences-between-assisted-dying-practices-in-paradigm-and-non-paradigm-circumstances-could-they-inform-regulatory-decisions
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Jeffrey Kirby
There has been contentious debate over the years about whether there are morally relevant similarities and differences between the three practices of continuous deep sedation until death, physician-assisted suicide, and voluntary euthanasia. Surprisingly little academic attention has been paid to a comparison of the uses of these practices in the two types of circumstances in which they are typically performed. A comparative domains of ethics analysis methodological approach is used in the paper to compare 1) the use of the three practices in paradigm circumstances, and 2) the use of the practices in paradigm circumstances to their use in non-paradigm circumstances...
October 5, 2017: Journal of Bioethical Inquiry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28958073/five-year-results-of-patients-supported-by-heartmate-ii-outcomes-and-adverse-events
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Jasmin S Hanke, Sebastian V Rojas, Claudius Mahr, Anja-Franziska Schmidt, Amelie Zoch, Günes Dogan, Christina Feldmann, Ezin Deniz, Ullrich Molitoris, Christoph Bara, Martin Strüber, Axel Haverich, Jan D Schmitto
OBJECTIVES: Improved outcomes over the past decade have increased confidence of physicians and patients in extended duration of left ventricular assist device (LVAD) support. This single-centre cohort study reports 5-year outcomes with the HeartMate II (HMII) LVAD. METHODS: We describe a cohort of 89 patients who received a HMII LVAD between February 2004 and December 2010. The causes of death and adverse events were assessed by examination of medical records. A total of 202...
September 2, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
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