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F Mushtaq, C O'Driscoll, Fct Smith, D Wilkins, N Kapur, R Lawton
Background Confidential reporting systems play a key role in capturing information about adverse surgical events. However, the value of these systems is limited if the reports that are generated are not subjected to systematic analysis. The aim of this study was to provide the first systematic analysis of data from a novel surgical confidential reporting system to delineate contributory factors in surgical incidents and document lessons that can be learned. Methods One-hundred and forty-five patient safety incidents submitted to the UK Confidential Reporting System for Surgery over a 10-year period were analysed using an adapted version of the empirically-grounded Yorkshire Contributory Factors Framework...
March 15, 2018: Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Yoichi Takeuchi, Yoshie Ojima, Saeko Kagaya, Satoshi Aoki, Tasuku Nagasawa
BACKGROUND: Complications associated with diagnostic native percutaneous renal biopsy (PRB) must be minimized. While life threatening major complications has been extensively investigated, there is little discussion regarding minor bleeding complications, such as a transient hypotension, which directly affect patients' quality of life. There is also little evidence supporting the need for conventional manual compression following PRB. Therefore, this study evaluated the relationship between minor and major complications incidence in patients following PRB with or without compression...
March 14, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
Alexandra Wollum, Rose Gabert, Claire R McNellan, Jessica M Daly, Priscilla Reddy, Paurvi Bhatt, Miranda Bryant, Danny V Colombara, Pamela Naidoo, Belinda Ngongo, Anam Nyembezi, Zaino Petersen, Bryan Phillips, Shelley Wilson, Emmanuela Gakidou, Herbert C Duber
BACKGROUND: The HealthRise initiative seeks to implement and evaluate innovative community-based strategies for diabetes, hypertension and hypercholesterolemia along the entire continuum of care (CoC)-from awareness and diagnosis, through treatment and control. In this study, we present baseline findings from HealthRise South Africa, identifying gaps in the CoC, as well as key barriers to care for non-communicable diseases (NCDs). METHODS: This mixed-methods needs assessment utilized national household data, health facility surveys, focus group discussions, and key informant interviews in Umgungundlovu and Pixley ka Seme districts...
2018: PloS One
Mohammed Firdouse, Karen Devon, Ahmed Kayssi, Jeremy Goldfarb, Peter Rossos, Tulin D Cil
BACKGROUND: Text messaging has become ubiquitous and is being increasingly used within the health care system. The purpose of this study was to understand texting practices for clinical communication among staff surgeons at a large academic institution. METHODS: Staff surgeons in 4 subspecialties (vascular, plastics, urology, and general surgery) were surveyed electronically. RESULTS: A total of 62 surgeons from general surgery (n = 33), vascular surgery (n = 6), plastic surgery (n = 13), and urology (n = 10) completed the study (response rate 30%)...
March 1, 2018: Surgical Innovation
Laurence Guillaumie, Alice Ndayizigiye, Clément Beaucage, Jocelyne Moisan, Jean-Pierre Grégoire, Denis Villeneuve, Sophie Lauzier
Objectives: Patients prescribed antidepressant drug treatment (ADT) for major depression report several needs in relation to their treatment, and a large proportion of these patients will end ADT prematurely. Community pharmacists may play an important role in monitoring ADT and supporting these patients. However, little is known about patient experiences of the services provided in community pharmacies. The objectives of this study were to 1) explore patients' experiences with the services community pharmacists provide for ADT and 2) identify potential avenues for improvement of pharmacists' services within the context of ADT...
March 2018: Canadian Pharmacists Journal: CPJ, Revue des Pharmaciens du Canada: RPC
Rodrigo Ramos-Zúñiga, Elizabeth Sevilla, Yara Ursiel-Ortega
OBJETIVE: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) associated to alcohol consumption is a global public health problem. It is important to identify and rethink the strategies to approach this challenge for health institutions from a professional perspective. METHODS: An online survey, created with google forms, was sent to professional neurosurgeons in Mexico and Latin America. Participation was voluntary, and the responses were anonymous and confidential. Data were captured after a month and subjected to descriptive statistical analysis using Fisher's method and Chi Square...
March 9, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Caroline Christie, Simon Wynn-Thomas, Bianca McKinnon
INTRODUCTION In New Zealand, 41% of general practitioners (GPs) intend to retire by 2025. Increasing workforce shortages and other stressors are putting doctors at risk of burnout, which in turn can put patients at risk of harm. Offering a range of resources can signal an organisation's commitment to physician wellness while improving patient safety and organisational stability. AIM To replace the current reactive approach to impaired doctors with a proactive system of monitoring performance with the goal of identifying problems early...
September 2017: Journal of Primary Health Care
Deanne Wong, Sebastian Morgan-Lynch
Patient portals enable people to access their health information electronically, but concerns about confidentiality and privacy breaches, particularly for young people, may be impeding portal adoption in New Zealand. This paper considers the legal and ethical framework relating to health information privacy and informed consent in New Zealand, and proposes an approach to implementing patient portals for young people. Shared portal access (where both a young person and their parent or guardian have access to the young person's portal) may be appropriate for young children whose parents or guardians are responsible for their health care...
December 2017: Journal of Primary Health Care
Akshay Gopinathan Nair, Nayana A Potdar, Suchit Dadia, Simranjeet Aulakh, Mohammad Javed Ali, Chhaya A Shinde
AIM: To assess patient perceptions regarding medical photography and the use of smart devices, namely mobile phones and tablets for medical photography. METHODS: A questionnaire-based survey was conducted among 280 consecutive adult patients who presented to the oculoplastics clinic at a tertiary eye care centre. The responses were tabulated and analysed. RESULTS: Of the 280 patients surveyed, 68% felt that medical photography had a positive impact on their understanding of their illnesses and 72% felt that the use of smartphones for medical photography was acceptable...
March 6, 2018: International Ophthalmology
Elizabeth Fam, Jeanne M Ferrante
To help understand and mitigate health disparities, it is important to conduct research with underserved and underrepresented minority populations under real world settings. There is a gap in the literature detailing real-time research staff experience, particularly in their own words, while conducting in-person patient recruitment in urban community health centers. This paper describes challenges faced at the clinic, staff, and patient levels, our lessons learned, and strategies implemented by research staff while recruiting predominantly low-income African-American women for an interviewer-administered survey study in four urban Federally Qualified Health Centers in New Jersey...
February 2018: Journal of the National Medical Association
Hyun-Hee Kong, Sunju Im, Ji-Hyun Seo, Do-Kyong Kim, HyeRin Roh
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to inquire about the clinical performance and determine the performance pattern of medical students in standardized patient (SP) based examinations of domestic violence (DV). METHODS: The clinical performance sores in DV station with SP of third-year (n=111, in 2014) and 4th-year (n=143, in 2016) medical students of five universities in the Busan-Gyeongnam Clinical Skills Examination Consortium were subjected in this study. The scenarios and checklists of DV cases were developed by the case development committee of the consortium...
March 2018: Korean Journal of Medical Education
Mohamed Amine Mesrati, Nidhal Haj Salem, Marwa Boussaid, Yosra Mahjoub, Ali Chadly, Abir Aissaoui
The spread of the disease of HIV has been decreased since the promotion and protection of human rights. In Tunisian law, patient infected by HIV, as every citizen, enjoys of all his rights without any discrimination, including the right to life and dignity, the right to care access, the free choice of doctor, the right to be informed and consent before any health care and specially the right to medical confidentiality. The Code of patients rights and the law no° 2007-12 of 12 February 2007 supplementing the law no° 92-71 of 27 July 1992 related to transmitted diseases ensure the protection and the respect of these rights...
May 2017: La Tunisie Médicale
Shinichi Toyooka, Norihito Okumura, Hiroshige Nakamura, Masao Nakata, Motohiro Yamashita, Hirohito Tada, Shinsuke Kajiwara, Naoki Watanabe, Morihito Okada, Junichi Sakamoto, Motoi Aoe, Junichi Soh, Shinichiro Miyoshi, Katsuyuki Hotta, Keitaro Matsuo, Hiroshi Date
INTRODUCTION: We conducted a randomized controlled study to compare the survival benefit of paclitaxel plus carboplatin and oral uracil-tegafur (UFT) as adjuvant chemotherapy in resected NSCLC METHODS: In an open-label multicenter trial, patients with pathological stage IB-IIIA NSCLC were randomized into a group receiving paclitaxel (175 mg/m2 ) / carboplatin (AUC 5) every 3 weeks for 4 cycles (Arm A) or a group receiving oral administration of UFT (250 mg/m2 ) daily for 2 years (Arm B)...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
Leah E Masselink, Julie Lewis, Clare Coleman, Susan F Wood
CONTEXT: Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the number of patients who have health insurance among those receiving family planning and reproductive health services at Title X-funded health centers has grown. However, billing some patients' insurance for services may be difficult because of Title X's extensive confidentiality protections. Little is known about health centers' experiences in addressing these difficulties. METHODS: Eight focus group discussions were conducted with a convenience sample of 54 Title X-funded health center staff members and state program administrators in January and April 2015...
March 5, 2018: Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health
Steve Harris, Sinan Shi, David Brealey, Niall S MacCallum, Spiros Denaxas, David Perez-Suarez, Ari Ercole, Peter Watkinson, Andrew Jones, Simon Ashworth, Richard Beale, Duncan Young, Stephen Brett, Mervyn Singer
OBJECTIVE: To build and curate a linkable multi-centre database of high resolution longitudinal electronic health records (EHR) from adult Intensive Care Units (ICU). To develop a set of open-source tools to make these data 'research ready' while protecting patient's privacy with a particular focus on anonymisation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We developed a scalable EHR processing pipeline for extracting, linking, normalising and curating and anonymising EHR data. Patient and public involvement was sought from the outset, and approval to hold these data was granted by the NHS Health Research Authority's Confidentiality Advisory Group (CAG)...
April 2018: International Journal of Medical Informatics
Yasuyoshi Miyata, Tomohiro Matsuo, Yuichiro Nakamura, Takuji Yasuda, Kojiro Ohba, Kosuke Takehara, Hideki Sakai
BACKGROUND/AIM: Class III beta-tubulin (TUBB3) expression is recognized as a predictive marker for chemosensitivity to cisplatin- and taxane-based chemotherapies in various malignancies. The aim of this study was to clarify the predictive value of TUBB3 expression for the anticancer effects of first-line cisplatin-based chemotherapy and second-line paclitaxel-based chemotherapy in patients with urothelial cancer (UC). PATIENTS AND METHODS: We reviewed 116 patients with UC (90 with bladder cancer and 27 with upper urinary tract cancer) treated with first-line cisplatin-based chemotherapy...
March 2018: Anticancer Research
Rebecca Lauren Morris, Susan Jill Stocks, Rahul Alam, Sian Taylor, Carly Rolfe, Steven William Glover, Joanne Whitcombe, Stephen M Campbell
OBJECTIVES: To identify the top 10 unanswered research questions for primary care patient safety research. DESIGN: A modified nominal group technique. SETTING: UK. PARTICIPANTS: Anyone with experience of primary care including: patients, carers and healthcare professionals. 341 patients and 86 healthcare professionals submitted questions. MAIN OUTCOMES: A top 10, and top 30, future research questions for primary care patient safety...
February 28, 2018: BMJ Open
Minsuk Kim, Myung-A Kim, Hack-Lyoung Kim, Won-Jae Lee, Woo-Hyun Lim, Jae-Bin Seo, Sang-Hyun Kim, Joo-Hee Zo
The inferior border of the femoral head (IBFH) is widely used as a landmark in femoral artery puncture during invasive coronary angiography (ICA). However, application of this technique can be challenging especially in obese patients. This study was performed to investigate the association between body mass index (BMI) and the risk of low puncture in femoral artery puncture.A total of 464 patients (64.8 ± 11.1 years, 55.8% male) who underwent ICA via trans-femoral access were retrospectively reviewed. IBFH was used as a landmark for a skin nick and the femoral artery cannulation site was confirmed by femoral angiography...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Azam Sabahi, Leila Ahmadian, Moghademeh Mirzaee
BACKGROUND: Patients can access laboratory results using various technologies. The aim of this study was to integrate the laboratory results into the hospital Web site based on patients' viewpoints and priorities and to measure patients' satisfaction. METHODS: This descriptive-analytical study was conducted in 2015. First, a questionnaire was distributed among 200 patients to assess patients' priorities to receive laboratory results through the Web site. Second, those who agreed (n = 95) to receive their laboratory results through the Web site were identified...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
Zack Marshall, Fern Brunger, Vivian Welch, Shabnam Asghari, Chris Kaposy
BACKGROUND: This paper focuses on the collision of three factors: a growing emphasis on sharing research through open access publication, an increasing awareness of big data and its potential uses, and an engaged public interested in the privacy and confidentiality of their personal health information. One conceptual space where this collision is brought into sharp relief is with the open availability of patient medical photographs from peer-reviewed journal articles in the search results of online image databases such as Google Images...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Medical Internet Research
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