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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089979/quality-of-care-for-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-mind-the-knowledge-gap
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Vera Golder, Eric F Morand, Alberta Y Hoi
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a prototypical chronic multiorgan autoimmune disorder that can lead to significant burden of disease and loss of life expectancy. The disease burden is the result of a complex interplay between genetic, biologic, socioeconomic, and health system variables affecting the individual. Recent advances in biological understanding of SLE are yet to translate to transformative therapies, and genetic and socioeconomic variables are not readily amenable to intervention. In contrast, healthcare quality, a variable readily amenable to change, has been inadequately addressed in SLE, despite evidence in other chronic diseases that quality of care is strongly associated with patient outcomes...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087329/influence-of-health-and-functional-status-and-co-occurring-chronic-conditions-on-healthcare-expenditures-among-community-dwelling-adults-with-kidney-cancer-in-the-united-states-a-propensity-score-matched-analysis
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Sandipan Bhattacharjee, Mahdi Gharaibeh, Muhammad Umar Kamal, Irbaz Bin Riaz
BACKGROUND: Health and functional status, as well as co-occurring chronic conditions, have a profound influence on healthcare expenditures. However, no study to date has assessed their influence among community-dwelling adults with kidney cancer (KC) in the United States (US). This study assessed the impact of health and functional status, along with co-occurring chronic conditions, on KC healthcare expenditures. METHODS: This study used a retrospective, cross-sectional, propensity-score-matched, case-control study design using 2002 to 2011 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey data...
December 29, 2016: Clinical Genitourinary Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079592/implementation-science-the-laboratory-as-a-command-centre
#3
Debrah I Boeras, John N Nkengasong, Rosanna W Peeling
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Recent advances in point-of-care technologies to ensure universal access to affordable quality-assured diagnostics have the potential to transform patient management, surveillance programmes, and control of infectious diseases. Decentralization of testing can put tremendous stresses on fragile health systems if the laboratory is not involved in the planning, introduction, and scale-up strategies. RECENT FINDINGS: The impact of investments in novel technologies can only be realized if these tests are evaluated, adopted, and scaled up within the healthcare system with appropriate planning and understanding of the local contexts in which these technologies will be used...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078766/lost-in-transformation-reviving-ethics-of-care-in-hospital-cultures-of-evidence-based-healthcare
#4
Annelise Norlyk, Anita Haahr, Pia Dreyer, Bente Martinsen
Drawing on previous empirical research, we provide an exemplary narrative to illustrate how patients have experienced hospital care organized according to evidence-based fast-track programmes. The aim of this paper was to analyse and discuss if and how it is possible to include patients' individual perspectives in an evidence-based practice as seen from the point of view of nursing theory. The paper highlights two conflicting courses of development. One is a course of standardization founded on evidence-based recommendations, which specify a set of rules that the patient must follow rigorously...
January 12, 2017: Nursing Inquiry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063462/going-digital-a-narrative-overview-of-the-clinical-and-organisational-impacts-of-ehealth-technologies-in-hospital-practice
#5
Justin Keasberry, Ian A Scott, Clair Sullivan, Andrew Staib, Richard Ashby
Objective The aim of the present study was to determine the effects of hospital-based eHealth technologies on quality, safety and efficiency of care and clinical outcomes.Methods Systematic reviews and reviews of systematic reviews of eHealth technologies published in PubMed/Medline/Cochrane Library between January 2010 and October 2015 were evaluated. Reviews of implementation issues, non-hospital settings or remote care or patient-focused technologies were excluded from analysis. Methodological quality was assessed using a validated appraisal tool...
January 9, 2017: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059691/establishing-data-intensive-healthcare-the-case-of-hospital-electronic-prescribing-and-medicines-administration-systems-in-scotland
#6
Kathrin Cresswell, Pam Smith, Charles Swainson, Angela Timoney, Aziz Sheikh
BACKGROUND: Creating learning health systems, characterised by the use and repeated reuse of demographic, process and clinical data to improve the safety, quality and efficiency of care, is a key aim in realising the potential benefits and efficiency savings associated with the implementation of health information technology. OBJECTIVES: We sought to investigate stakeholder perspectives on and experiences of the implementation of hospital electronic prescribing and medicines administration (HEPMA) systems in Scotland and use these to inform political decisions on approaches to promoting the use and reuse of digitised prescribing and medication administration data in order to improve care processes and outcomes...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Innovation in Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057183/immunoth%C3%A3-rapie-une-innovation-de-rupture-non-soutenable-%C3%A3-conomiquement
#7
Jean-Pierre Thierry
A NON-SUSTAINABLE BREAKTHROUGH?: The arrival of new immunotherapy anticancer drugs on the market marks a turning point. Their reference prices are fixed in the US and are positioned at the same level that the anticancer targeted therapies. They benefit from an accelerated approval process and often obtain the status of orphan drugs. The extensions of indications to many cancers and the likely combinations could significantly increase healthcare spending at a level that recently unveiled their non-sustainability, due to unrealistic prices approved by regulators...
November 2016: Bulletin du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056746/innovative-approaches-for-controlling-clinically-relevant-biofilms-current-trends-and-future-prospects
#8
Kristina Ivanova, Eva Ramon, Javier Hoyo, Tzanko Tzanov
Bacteria that colonize and form biofilms on living tissues and medical devices are a global healthcare concern. They cause life threatening infections and are associated with increased mortality and morbidity in the hospitals. Although antibiotics have been successfully applied for treatment of bacterial diseases, the adaptive and genetic changes of the microorganisms within the biofilms make them inherently resistant to all known antibacterial agents. Therefore, novel antimicrobial strategies that do not exert selective pressure on bacterial population and minimize the risk of resistance occurrence have been sought to prevent and treat biofilm related infections...
January 5, 2017: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049072/educating-the-nurses-of-2025-technology-trends-of-the-next-decade
#9
Tracie Risling
The pace of technological evolution in healthcare is advancing. In this article key technology trends are identified that are likely to influence nursing practice and education over the next decade. The complexity of curricular revision can create challenges in the face of rapid practice change. Nurse educators are encouraged to consider the role of electronic health records (EHRs), wearable technologies, big data and data analytics, and increased patient engagement as key areas for curriculum development. Student nurses, and those already in practice, should be offered ongoing educational opportunities to enhance a wide spectrum of professional informatics skills...
December 21, 2016: Nurse Education in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048834/th-ef-bra-03-assessment-of-data-driven-respiratory-motion-compensation-methods-for-4d-cbct-image-registration-and-reconstruction-using-clinical-datasets
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M J Riblett, E Weiss, G E Christensen, G D Hugo
PURPOSE: To evaluate the performance of a 4D-CBCT registration and reconstruction method that corrects for respiratory motion and enhances image quality under clinically relevant conditions. METHODS: Building on previous work, which tested feasibility of a motion-compensation workflow using image datasets superior to clinical acquisitions, this study assesses workflow performance under clinical conditions in terms of image quality improvement. Evaluated workflows utilized a combination of groupwise deformable image registration (DIR) and image reconstruction...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048404/we-h-201-03-enthusiasm-and-generosity-of-spirit-necessitate-a-volunteering-structure-to-make-them-more-meaningful
#11
Y Pipman
: The desperate need for radiotherapy in low and mid-income countries (LMICs) has been well documented. Roughly 60 % of the worldwide incidence of cancer occurs in these resource-limited settings and the international community alongside governmental and non-profit agencies have begun publishing reports and seeking help from qualified volunteers. However, the focus of several reports has been on how dire the situation is and the magnitude of the problem, leaving most to feel overwhelmed and unsure as to how to help and why to get involved...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047760/we-h-201-04-models-for-developing-medical-physics-educators-and-education-programs-in-the-developing-countries-and-the-potential-role-of-us-universities-and-individual-medical-physicists
#12
P Sprawls
: The desperate need for radiotherapy in low and mid-income countries (LMICs) has been well documented. Roughly 60 % of the worldwide incidence of cancer occurs in these resource-limited settings and the international community alongside governmental and non-profit agencies have begun publishing reports and seeking help from qualified volunteers. However, the focus of several reports has been on how dire the situation is and the magnitude of the problem, leaving most to feel overwhelmed and unsure as to how to help and why to get involved...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047637/we-h-201-00-opportunities-for-physicists-to-support-low-and-mid-income-countries
#13
Julianne Pollard
: The desperate need for radiotherapy in low and mid-income countries (LMICs) has been well documented. Roughly 60 % of the worldwide incidence of cancer occurs in these resource-limited settings and the international community alongside governmental and non-profit agencies have begun publishing reports and seeking help from qualified volunteers. However, the focus of several reports has been on how dire the situation is and the magnitude of the problem, leaving most to feel overwhelmed and unsure as to how to help and why to get involved...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047262/tu-h-campus-iep3-03-validation-of-image-registration-methods-for-brain-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#14
J Lin, D Fuentes, A Chandler, J Hazle, D Schellingerhout, C MacLellan
PURPOSE: To assess the performance of both commercial and open-source co-registration solutions as applied to intra-subject, multi-sequence, magnetic resonance (MR) images of the brain. METHODS: Twenty (20) patients were imaged on clinical 3.0T MR scanners to obtain T2-weighted (T2W), fluid attenuation inversion recovery (FLAIR), susceptibility weighted angiography (SWAN), and T1 post-contrast (T1C) image sequences. Fiducial landmark sites (n=15 per sequence, 4 sequences per patient, 1200 total planned for 4 sequences and 20 patients, 1175 total realized) were specified throughout these image volumes to define identical locations across sequences...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047217/we-ab-bra-08-correction-of-patient-motion-in-c-arm-cone-beam-ct-using-3d-2d-registration
#15
S Ouadah, M Jacobson, J W Stayman, T Ehtiati, J H Siewerdsen
PURPOSE: Intraoperative C-arm cone-beam CT (CBCT) is subject to artifacts arising from patient motion during the fairly long (∼5-20 s) scan times. We present a fiducial free method to mitigate motion artifacts using 3D-2D image registration that simultaneously corrects residual errors in geometric calibration. METHODS: A 3D-2D registration process was used to register each projection to DRRs computed from the 3D image by maximizing gradient orientation (GO) using the CMA-ES optimizer...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046986/we-h-201-01-the-opportunities-and-benefits-of-helping-lmics-how-helping-them-can-help-you
#16
J Pollard
: The desperate need for radiotherapy in low and mid-income countries (LMICs) has been well documented. Roughly 60 % of the worldwide incidence of cancer occurs in these resource-limited settings and the international community alongside governmental and non-profit agencies have begun publishing reports and seeking help from qualified volunteers. However, the focus of several reports has been on how dire the situation is and the magnitude of the problem, leaving most to feel overwhelmed and unsure as to how to help and why to get involved...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046328/we-h-201-02-emerging-models-and-opportunities-in-global-health-for-medical-physicists-powered-by-information-and-communication-technologies
#17
W Ngwa
: The desperate need for radiotherapy in low and mid-income countries (LMICs) has been well documented. Roughly 60 % of the worldwide incidence of cancer occurs in these resource-limited settings and the international community alongside governmental and non-profit agencies have begun publishing reports and seeking help from qualified volunteers. However, the focus of several reports has been on how dire the situation is and the magnitude of the problem, leaving most to feel overwhelmed and unsure as to how to help and why to get involved...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046287/su-f-j-120-evaluation-of-the-combined-effect-of-body-orientation-and-breathing-on-organ-movement-in-thorax-using-multi-step-deformable-image-registration
#18
C Guy, E Weiss, S Che, W Sleeman, N Mukhopadhyay, M Rosu
PURPOSE: Use deformable registration to map more complex anatomies that include changes associated with both different body positions and breathing, and evaluate the resultant respiratory excursions for tumors and relevant organs at risk. METHODS: Same-day exhale and inhale datasets from prone and supine 4D CT scans of lung cancer patients have been registered using the Elastix software package through a 3 step process: (1) rigid registration for bony alignment (2) deformable multiresolution B-Spline registration of entire anatomy (3) deformable multiresolution B-Spline registration of lung parenchyma (to improve lung vasculature alignment)...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042065/civil-society-driven-drug-policy-reform-for-health-and-human-welfare-india
#19
Nandini Vallath, Tripti Tandon, Tania Pastrana, Diederik Lohman, S Asra Husain, James Cleary, Ganpati Ramanath, M R Rajagopal
The lack of adequate access to opioids in India as analgesics and for agonist therapies, forces millions to live with severe unalleviated pain, or languish with suffering associated with drug dependence. Although India is a major opium exporter, the excessively prohibitive 1985 narcotics law formulated to control harmful use of drugs, impeded the availability and access to opioids for medical and scientific purposes. Amendment of this law in 2014 established a new national regulatory framework for improved access to essential opioid analgesics...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029399/global-burden-of-urologic-cancers-1990-2013
#20
REVIEW
Geolani W Dy, John L Gore, Mohammad H Forouzanfar, Mohsen Naghavi, Christina Fitzmaurice
CONTEXT: Kidney, prostate, and bladder cancers increase with age and are influenced partly by modifiable risk factors. Urological cancer rates may increase substantially amid a growing, aging population. OBJECTIVE: To describe kidney, bladder, and prostate cancer incidence, mortality, and risk factor-attributable bladder and kidney cancer deaths between 1990 and 2013, by age, sex, and development status. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: Cancer mortality data were derived from global vital registries...
October 28, 2016: European Urology
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