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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730508/quality-improvement-initiatives-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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Sameer K Berry, Corey A Siegel, Gil Y Melmed
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article serves as an overview of several quality improvement initiatives in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). RECENT FINDINGS: IBD is associated with significant variation in care, suggesting poor quality of care. There have been several efforts to improve the quality of care for patients with IBD. Quality improvement (QI) initiatives in IBD are intended to be patient-centric, improve outcomes for individuals and populations, and reduce costs-all consistent with "the triple aim" put forth by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)...
August 2017: Current Gastroenterology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727801/proponent-or-collaborative-physician-perspectives-and-approaches-to-disease-modifying-therapies-in-sickle-cell-disease
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Nitya Bakshi, Cynthia B Sinha, Diana Ross, Kirshma Khemani, George Loewenstein, Lakshmanan Krishnamurti
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an inherited blood disorder that primarily affects African-American and other ethnic minority populations. There are three available disease-modifying therapies for sickle cell disease: hydroxyurea (HU), bone marrow transplantation (BMT), and chronic blood transfusion (CBT). Since these treatments vary in their therapeutic intent, efficacy in preventing progression of the disease, short and long-term adverse effects, costs and patient burden, the decision-making process regarding these therapies is complicated for both the patient and healthcare provider...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705157/ward-social-workers-views-of-what-facilitates-or-hinders-collaboration-with-specialist-palliative-care-team-social-workers-a-grounded-theory
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Janice Firn, Nancy Preston, Catherine Walshe
BACKGROUND: Inpatient, generalist social workers in discharge planning roles work alongside specialist palliative care social workers to care for patients, often resulting in two social workers being concurrently involved in the same patient's care. Previous studies identifying components of effective collaboration, which impacts patient outcomes, care efficiency, professional job satisfaction, and healthcare costs, were conducted with nurses and physicians but not social workers. This study explores ward social workers' perceptions of what facilitates or hinders collaboration with palliative care social workers...
July 14, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701193/do-elections-matter-for-private-sector-healthcare-management-in-brazil-an-analysis-of-municipal-health-policy
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Alecia J McGregor, Carlos Eduardo Siqueira, Alan M Zaslavsky, Robert J Blendon
BACKGROUND: This study analyzed several political determinants of increased private-sector management in Brazilian health care. In Brazil, the poor depend almost exclusively on the public Unified Health System (the SUS), which remains severely underfunded. Given the overhead costs associated with privately contracted health services, increased private management is one driver of higher expenditures in the system. Although left parties campaign most vocally in support of greater public control of the SUS, the extent to which their stated positions translate into health care policy remains untested...
July 12, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696797/cancer-costs-and-outcomes-in-the-finnish-population-2004-2014
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Paulus Torkki, Riikka-Leena Leskelä, Miika Linna, Suvi Mäklin, Jukka-Pekka Mecklin, Petri Bono, Vesa Kataja, Sakari Karjalainen
INTRODUCTION: The cost of cancer and outcomes of cancer care has been much debated, since cancer represents 3-6% of total healthcare costs. The objective of this study was to analyse the development of the costs and outcomes in Finland between 2004 and 2014. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The national cost, episodes and outcomes data were obtained from the national register databases. Two hospitals were used to validate the costs of care. The outcome measures included relative survival rate, mortality, sick leave days per patient and number of new disability pensions...
July 11, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692016/time-well-spent-patient-industry-and-occupation-data-collection-in-emergency-departments
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Jennifer A Taylor, Shannon A Widman, Samantha J James, Judith Green-McKenzie, Cydney McGuire, Erica J Harris
OBJECTIVE: No comprehensive national system tracking work-related diseases and injuries exists in the United States. Industry and occupation (I/O) are the missing data elements that would make existing healthcare data useful for occupational health. The authors previously petitioned the National Uniform Billing Committee (NUBC) to adopt I/O standards for states to consider during their healthcare data rulemaking processes. METHODS: The NUBC asked for a pilot study to ascertain the potential burden...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681277/availability-and-pricing-new-medicines-in-ireland-reflections-and-reform
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Paul K Gorecki
This paper argues that the current method of determining the availability and pricing of new medicines for public reimbursement in Ireland likely results in too large a share of public healthcare expenditure allocated to medicines. Resources are misallocated. Welfare is lowered. In contrast to some other areas of public healthcare, patients exercise 'voice' rather than 'exit' concerning the public provision of high-cost new medicines. Setting publicly agreed cost-effectiveness thresholds, with clear predictable criteria for when the cost-effectiveness thresholds can be exceeded, would contribute to the creation of a more appropriate new medicine decision-making framework...
July 5, 2017: PharmacoEconomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655683/integration-of-prevention-of-mother-to-child-hiv-transmission-into-maternal-health-services-in-senegal
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C Cisse
The objective of this study was to assess the level of integration of prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT) in facilities providing services for maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) and reproductive health (RH) in Senegal. The survey, conducted from August through November, 2014, comprised five parts : a literature review to assess the place of this integration in the health policies, standards, and protocols in effect in Senegal; an analysis by direct observation of attitudes and practices of 25 healthcare providers at 5 randomly-selected obstetrics and gynecology departments representative of different levels of the health pyramid; a questionnaire evaluating knowledge and attitudes of 10 providers about the integration of PMTCT services into MNCH/RH facilities; interviews to collect the opinions of 70 clients, including 16 HIV-positive, about the quality of PMTCT services they received; and a questionnaire evaluating knowledge and opinions of 14 policy-makers/managers of health programs focusing on mothers and children about this integration...
June 1, 2017: Médecine et Santé Tropicales
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636444/a-highly-infectious-disease-care-network-in-the-us-healthcare-system
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Aurora B Le, Paul D Biddinger, Philip W Smith, Jocelyn J Herstein, Deborah A Levy, Shawn G Gibbs, John J Lowe
During the 2014-15 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the United States responded by stratifying hospitals into 1 of 3 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-designated categories-based on the hospital's ability to identify, isolate, assess, and provide care to patients with suspected or confirmed Ebola virus disease (EVD)-in an attempt to position the US healthcare system to safely isolate and care for potential patients. Now, with the Ebola epidemic quelled, it is crucial that we act on the lessons learned from the EVD response to broaden our national perspective on infectious disease mitigation and management, build on our newly enhanced healthcare capabilities to respond to infectious disease threats, develop a more cost-effective and sustainable model of infectious disease prevention, and continue to foster training so that the nation is not in a vulnerable position once more...
May 2017: Health Security
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620302/adoption-of-biosimilar-infliximab-for-rheumatoid-arthritis-ankylosing-spondylitis-and-inflammatory-bowel-diseases-in-the-eu5-a-budget-impact-analysis-using-a-delphi-panel
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Tim A Kanters, Jelena Stevanovic, Isabelle Huys, Arnold G Vulto, Steven Simoens
Introduction: Introducing biosimilar infliximab for the treatment in rheumatology (rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis) and inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis) may reduce treatment costs associated with biologics. This study aimed to investigate the budget impact of adopting biosimilar infliximab in five European countries, considering that the budget impact includes the adoption of biosimilar infliximab and the availability of biologic alternatives such as vedolizumab, biosimilar etanercept, biosimilar rituximab, and other relevant factors...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619038/the-experiences-of-women-with-maternal-near-miss-and-their-perception-of-quality-of-care-in-kelantan-malaysia-a-qualitative-study
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Mohd Noor Norhayati, Nik Hussain Nik Hazlina, Ab Razak Asrenee, Zaharah Sulaiman
BACKGROUND: Maternal mortality has been the main way of ascertaining the outcome of maternal and obstetric care. However, maternal morbidities occur more frequently than maternal deaths; therefore, maternal near miss was suggested as a more useful indicator for the evaluation and improvement of maternal health services. Our study aimed to explore the experiences of women with maternal near miss and their perception of the quality of care in Kelantan, Malaysia. METHODS: A qualitative phenomenological approach with in-depth interview method was conducted in two tertiary hospitals in Kelantan, Malaysia...
June 15, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616208/patient-survey-of-current-water-intake-practices-in-autosomal-dominant-polycystic-kidney-disease-the-sips-survey
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Ragada El-Damanawi, Tess Harris, Richard N Sandford, Fiona E Karet Frankl, Thomas F Hiemstra
Background: Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) affects 12.5 million worldwide. Vasopressin drives cysts growth and in animal models can be suppressed through high water intake. A randomized controlled trial of 'high' versus 'standard' water intake in ADPKD is essential to determine if this intervention is beneficial. We conducted an ADPKD patient survey to gain an understanding of current fluid intake practices and the design challenges of a randomized water intake trial. Methods: In collaboration with the PKD Charity, we developed and distributed an online survey to ADPKD patients over age 16 years and not on renal replacement therapy...
June 2017: Clinical Kidney Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604507/visits-to-registered-nurses-an-opportunity-to-increase-contraceptive-access-in-california
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Emese C Parker, Kevin Kong, Leslie A Watts, Eleanor B Schwarz, Philip D Darney, Heike Thiel de Bocanegra
BACKGROUND: In 2013, California passed Assembly Bill (A.B.) 2348, approving registered nurses (RNs) to dispense patient self-administered hormonal contraceptives and administer injections of hormonal contraceptives. The Family Planning, Access, Care and Treatment (Family PACT) program, which came into effect in 1997 to expand low-income, uninsured California resident access to contraceptives at no cost, is one program in which qualified RNs can dispense and administer contraceptives. AIMS: The aims of this study were to (a) describe utilization of RN visits within California's Family PACT program and (b) evaluate the impact of RN visits on client birth control acquisition during the first 18 months after implementation of A...
July 2017: Nursing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594536/surgeon-patient-communication-the-key-to-patient-satisfaction-patient-centered-care-and-shared-decision-making
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Dwight W Burney Iii
The surgeon-patient relationship is rapidly evolving from surgeon-centric to patient-centric. External forces, such as the Affordable Care Act and the unsustainable growth of healthcare costs in the United States, have disrupted the old model of medical care. Effective communication between surgeons and patients as well as patient satisfaction, treatment adherence, and shared decision making are essential components of the patient-centered care paradigm. Effective communication carries high stakes for surgeons, including increased surgeon satisfaction and a reduced risk of surgeon burnout and malpractice litigation...
February 15, 2017: Instructional Course Lectures
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574928/clinical-and-economic-burden-of-peristomal-skin-complications-in-patients-with-recent-ostomies
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Charu Taneja, Debra Netsch, Bonnie Sue Rolstad, Gary Inglese, Lois Lamerato, Gerry Oster
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to estimate the risk and economic burden of peristomal skin complications (PSCs) in a large integrated healthcare system in the Midwestern United States. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SUBJECTS AND SETTING: The sample comprised 128 patients; 40% (n = 51) underwent colostomy, 50% (n = 64) underwent ileostomy, and 10% (n = 13) underwent urostomy. Their average age was 60.6 ± 15.6 years at the time of ostomy surgery...
July 2017: Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571519/using-lean-manufacturing-principles-to-evaluate-wait-times-for-hiv-positive-patients-in-an-urban-clinic-in-kenya
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Aliza Monroe-Wise, Elizabeth Reisner, Kenneth Sherr, David Ojakaa, Lilian Mbau, Paul Kisia, Samuel Muhula, Carey Farquhar
As human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) treatment programs expand in Africa, delivery systems must be strengthened to support patient retention. Clinic characteristics may affect retention, but a relationship between clinic flow and attrition is not established. This project characterized HIV patient experience and flow in an urban Kenyan clinic to understand how these may affect retention. We used Toyota's lean manufacturing principles to guide data collection and analysis. Clinic flow was evaluated using value stream mapping and time and motion techniques...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of STD & AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555750/research-priorities-to-advance-the-health-and-health-care-of-older-adults-with-multiple-chronic-conditions
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Mayra Tisminetzky, Elizabeth A Bayliss, Jay S Magaziner, Heather G Allore, Kathryn Anzuoni, Cynthia M Boyd, Thomas M Gill, Alan S Go, Susan L Greenspan, Leah R Hanson, Mark C Hornbrook, Dalane W Kitzman, Eric B Larson, Mary D Naylor, Benjamin E Shirley, Ming Tai-Seale, Linda Teri, Mary E Tinetti, Heather E Whitson, Jerry H Gurwitz
OBJECTIVES: To prioritize research topics relevant to the care of the growing population of older adults with multiple chronic conditions (MCCs). DESIGN: Survey of experts in MCC practice, research, and policy. Topics were derived from white papers, funding announcements, or funded research projects relating to older adults with MCCs. SETTING: Survey conducted through the Health Care Systems Research Network (HCSRN) and Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (OAICs) Advancing Geriatrics Infrastructure and Network Growth Initiative, a joint endeavor of the HCSRN and OAICs...
July 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545430/sustainability-in-health-care-by-allocating-resources-effectively-share-6-investigating-methods-to-identify-prioritise-implement-and-evaluate-disinvestment-projects-in-a-local-healthcare-setting
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Claire Harris, Kelly Allen, Vanessa Brooke, Tim Dyer, Cara Waller, Richard King, Wayne Ramsey, Duncan Mortimer
BACKGROUND: This is the sixth in a series of papers reporting Sustainability in Health care by Allocating Resources Effectively (SHARE) in a local healthcare setting. The SHARE program was established to investigate a systematic, integrated, evidence-based approach to disinvestment within a large Australian health service. This paper describes the methods employed in undertaking pilot disinvestment projects. It draws a number of lessons regarding the strengths and weaknesses of these methods; particularly regarding the crucial first step of identifying targets for disinvestment...
May 25, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523128/comparison-of-medicines-management-strategies-in-insurance-schemes-in-middle-income-countries-four-case-studies
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Warren A Kaplan, Paul G Ashigbie, Mohamad I Brooks, Veronika J Wirtz
BACKGROUND: Many middle-income countries are scaling up health insurance schemes to provide financial protection and access to affordable medicines to poor and uninsured populations. Although there is a wealth of evidence on how high income countries with mature insurance schemes manage cost-effective use of medicines, there is limited evidence on the strategies used in middle-income countries. This paper compares the medicines management strategies that four insurance schemes in middle-income countries use to improve access and cost-effective use of medicines among beneficiaries...
2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495342/a-method-for-cohort-selection-of-cardiovascular-disease-records-from-an-electronic-health-record-system
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Maria Tereza Fernandes Abrahão, Moacyr Roberto Cuce Nobre, Marco Antonio Gutierrez
INTRODUCTION: An electronic healthcare record (EHR) system, when used by healthcare providers, improves the quality of care for patients and helps to lower costs. Information collected from manual or electronic health records can also be used for purposes not directly related to patient care delivery, in which case it is termed secondary use. EHR systems facilitate the collection of this secondary use data, which can be used for research purposes like observational studies, taking advantage of improvement in the structuring and retrieval of patient information...
June 2017: International Journal of Medical Informatics
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