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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100561/investigation-of-the-degree-of-organisational-influence-on-patient-experience-scores-in-acute-medical-admission-units-in-all-acute-hospitals-in-england-using-multilevel-hierarchical-regression-modelling
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Paul Sullivan, Derek Bell
OBJECTIVES: Previous studies found that hospital and specialty have limited influence on patient experience scores, and patient level factors are more important. This could be due to heterogeneity of experience delivery across subunits within organisations. We aimed to determine whether organisation level factors have greater impact if scores for the same subspecialty microsystem are analysed in each hospital. SETTING: Acute medical admission units in all NHS Acute Trusts in England...
January 18, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096253/generic-prognostic-factors-for-musculoskeletal-pain-in-primary-care-a-systematic-review
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Majid Artus, Paul Campbell, Christian D Mallen, Kate M Dunn, Danielle A W van der Windt
OBJECTIVES: To summarise the evidence for generic prognostic factors across a range of musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions. SETTING: primary care. METHODS AND OUTCOMES: Comprehensive systematic literature review. MEDLINE, CINAHL, PsychINFO and EMBASE were searched for prospective cohort studies, based in primary care (search period-inception to December 2015). Studies were included if they reported on adults consulting with MSK conditions and provided data on associations between baseline characteristics (prognostic factors) and outcome...
January 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086866/perceptions-and-utilization-of-generic-medicines-in-guatemala-a-mixed-methods-study-with-physicians-and-pharmacy-staff
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David Flood, Irène Mathieu, Anita Chary, Pablo García, Peter Rohloff
BACKGROUND: Access to low-cost essential generic medicines is a critical health policy goal in low-and-middle income countries (LMICs). Guatemala is an LMIC where there is both limited availability and affordability of these medications. However, attitudes of physicians and pharmacy staff regarding low-cost generics, especially generics for non-communicable diseases (NCDs), have not been fully explored in Guatemala. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews with 30 pharmacy staff and 12 physicians in several highland towns in Guatemala were conducted...
January 13, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081041/a-systematic-literature-review-approach-to-estimate-the-therapeutic-index-of-selected-immunosuppressant-drugs-after-renal-transplantation
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Jessica E Ericson, Kanecia O Zimmerman, Daniel Gonzalez, Chiara Melloni, Jeffrey T Guptill, Kevin D Hill, Huali Wu, Michael Cohen-Wolkowiez
BACKGROUND: Drugs that exhibit close margins between therapeutic and toxic blood concentrations are considered to have a narrow therapeutic index (NTI). The Food and Drug Administration has proposed that NTI drugs should have more stringent bioequivalence standards for approval of generic formulations. However, many immunosuppressant drugs do not have a well-defined therapeutic index (TI). METHODS: We sought to determine whether safety, efficacy, and pharmacokinetic data obtained from the medical literature through a comprehensive literature search could be used to estimate the TI of cyclosporine, tacrolimus, and sirolimus...
February 2017: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065958/role-of-clinical-skill-centre-in-undergraduate-medical-education-initial-experience-at-rehman-medical-college-peshawar
#5
Zainab Shafiq, Tariq Saeed Mufti, Iftikhar Qayum
OBJECTIVE: To assess the performance of students on clinical skill factors and to measure the satisfaction level of students related to the training. METHODS: The descriptive study was conducted at Rehman Medical College, Peshawar, Pakistan, from August 1 to September 15, 2013, and comprised all third-year medical students who had undergone clinical skill training. Their performance was evaluated through end-of-module objective structured clinical examination. Students' feedback measuring satisfaction on a five-point Likert scale was obtained on a designed validated tool...
January 2017: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062560/the-amyloid-phenomenon-and-its-links-with-human-disease
#6
Christopher M Dobson
The ability of normally soluble proteins to convert into amyloid fibrils is now recognized to be a generic phenomenon. The overall cross-β architecture of the core elements of such structures is closely similar for different amino acid sequences, as this architecture is dominated by interactions associated with the common polypeptide main chain. In contrast, the multiplicity of complex and intricate structures of the functional states of proteins is dictated by specific interactions involving the variable side chains, the sequence of which is unique to a given protein...
January 6, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059691/establishing-data-intensive-healthcare-the-case-of-hospital-electronic-prescribing-and-medicines-administration-systems-in-scotland
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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/28050392/paediatric-prescription-analysis-in-a-primary-health-care-institution
#8
Jinish Jose, Denny Devassykutty
INTRODUCTION: Paediatric prescription analysis was done by vari-ous studies in tertiary care centers but not much published data, at primary care level. The Medical Council of India introduced new prescription format and also antibiotic stewardship program was launched by Government of Kerala in the year 2015. So in these contexts this study was conducted. AIM: To analyse the patterns of prescriptions and drug dis-pensing in pediatric patients using WHO core drug use indicators and parameters in the prescription format prescribed by Medical Council of India...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045649/cost-effectiveness-of-pemetrexed-in-combination-with-cisplatin-as-first-line-treatment-for-patients-with-advanced-non-squamous-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-in-spain
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Jonathan González García, Fernando Gutiérrez Nicolás, Gloria Julia Nazco Casariego, Cristina Valcárcel Nazco, Jose Norberto Batista López, Juana Oramas Rodríguez
INTRODUCTION: Lung cancer is the third most frequent neoplastic tumour in Spain, with around 27 000 new cases diagnosed per year; 80-95% of these are non-small-cell cancer (NSCLC), and the majority of cases are diagnosed in advanced stages of the disease, and for this reason it is one of the oncologic conditions with higher mortality rates (21.4% mean survival at 5 years). The main treatment regimens used for first-line treatment of NSCLC are: cisplatin/pemetrexed (cis/pem), cisplatin/gemcitabine/ bevacizumab (cis/gem/bev), and carboplatin/paclitaxel/ bevacizumab (carb/pac/bev)...
January 1, 2017: Farmacia Hospitalaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042067/a-cross-sectional-study-on-the-symptom-burden-of-patients-with-spinal-tumor-validation-of-the-chinese-version-of-the-md-anderson-symptom-inventory-spine-tumor-module-mdasi-sp
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Nanfang Xu, Zhehuang Li, Xiaoguang Liu, Liang Jiang, Na Meng, Ping Jiang, Miao Yu, Fengliang Wu, Lei Dang, Hua Zhou, Yan Li, Feng Wei, Zhongjun Liu
CONTEXT: Tumors involving the spine are associated with unique symptoms affecting both patient survival and health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Currently, there is no disease-specific instrument in Chinese to assess the symptom burden of these patients. OBJECTIVES: To translate and validate a Chinese version of the MD Anderson Symptom Inventory - Spine Tumor Module (MDASI-SP-C) in order to assess the symptom burden of Chinese-speaking patients with spinal tumors...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041770/individualised-expert-feedback-is-not-essential-for-improving-basic-clinical-skills-performance-in-novice-learners-a-randomized-trial
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Alexander W Phillips, Joanna Matthan, Lucy R Bookless, Ian J Whitehead, Anantha Madhavan, Paul Rodham, Anna L R Porter, Craig I Nesbitt, Gerard Stansby
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether unsupervised video feedback (UVF) is as effective as direct expert feedback (DEF) in improving clinical skills performance for medical students learning basic surgical skills-intravenous cannulation, catheterization, and suturing. BACKGROUND: Feedback is a vital component of the learning process, yet great variation persists in its quality, quantity, and methods of delivery. The use of video technology to assist in the provision of feedback has been adopted increasingly...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035437/does-substitution-of-brand-name-medications-by-generics-differ-between-pharmacotherapeutic-classes-a-population-based-cohort-study-in-france
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Alicia Molinier, Aurore Palmaro, Vanessa Rousseau, Agnès Sommet, Robert Bourrel, Jean-Louis Montastruc, Haleh Bagheri
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to measure the rate of substitution failure to generic antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) compared to two other pharmacotherapeutic classes (neuroleptics, beta-blockers). METHODS: We conducted a cohort study involving beneficiaries of the French health insurance system from January 2009 to November 2012. Substitution failure to generic drugs was estimated by the rate of switchback (i.e. from generic drug back to its branded drug). We selected the patients who had a dispensation of a branded AED for 60 days or more during the 90 days preceding the generic substitution...
December 29, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035215/the-role-and-choice-criteria-of-antihistamines-in-allergy-management-expert-opinion
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Piotr Kuna, Dariusz Jurkiewicz, Magdalena M Czarnecka-Operacz, Rafał Pawliczak, Jarosław Woroń, Marcin Moniuszko, Andrzej Emeryk
Allergic diseases are the most common chronic conditions lasting throughout the patient's life. They not only cause significant deterioration in the quality of life of patients but also lead to significant absenteeism and reduced productivity, resulting in very high costs for society. Effective and safe treatment of allergic diseases is therefore one of the main challenges for public health and should be carried out by all the specialists in family medicine, internists and paediatricians in collaboration with allergists, otorhinolaryngologists and dermatologists...
December 2016: Postȩpy Dermatologii i Alergologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035201/the-role-of-biosimilars-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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Sudarshan Paramsothy, Noa Krugliak Cleveland, Nada Zmeter, David T Rubin
Monoclonal antibody biologic therapies, introduced nearly 20 years ago, revolutionized the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and are now well established as the most effective agents available. As the first of these biologic agents starts to come off patent, biosimilar agents have emerged as alternatives to originator drugs. The unique drug development and manufacturing processes involved in the creation of biologic agents pose distinct regulatory challenges compared to generic formulations of conventional medications...
December 2016: Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034518/sex-effect-on-average-bioequivalence
#15
Manuel Ibarra, Marta Vázquez, Pietro Fagiolino
PURPOSE: Generic formulations are by far the most prescribed drugs. This scenario is highly beneficial for society because medication expenses are significantly reduced after expiration of the exclusivity period conceded to the branded name drug. Correspondingly, these formulations must be adequately evaluated to avoid drug inefficacy and toxicity in the overall patient population. Bioequivalence studies are the only in vivo evaluation that a generic drug must overcome to reach the market...
December 26, 2016: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033198/assessment-of-biopsychosocial-complexity-and-health-care-needs-measurement-properties-of-the-intermed-self-assessment-version-imsa
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Arianne K B van Reedt Dortland, Lilian L Peters, Annette D Boenink, Jan H Smit, Joris P J Slaets, Adriaan W Hoogendoorn, Andreas Joos, Corine H M Latour, Friedrich Stiefel, Cyrille Burrus, Marie Guitteny-Collas, Silvia Ferrari
OBJECTIVES: The INTERMED Self-Assessment questionnaire (IMSA) was developed as an alternative to the observer-rated INTERMED (IM) to assess biopsychosocial complexity and health care needs. We studied feasibility, reliability and validity of the IMSA within a large and heterogeneous international sample of adult hospital in- and outpatients, and its predictive value for health care utilization (HCU) and quality of life (QoL). METHODS: 850 participants aged 17 to 90 from 5 countries completed the IMSA and were evaluated with the IM...
December 28, 2016: Psychosomatic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032340/the-burden-of-common-skin-diseases-assessed-with-the-eq5d-a-european-multi-centre-study-in-13-countries
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F Balieva, J Kupfer, L Lien, U Gieler, A Y Finlay, L Tomas-Aragonés, F Poot, L Misery, F Sampogna, H van Middendorp, J A Halvorsen, J C Szepietowski, A Lvov, S E Marrón, M S Salek, F J Dalgard
BACKGROUND: Generic instruments measuring health related quality of life (HRQoL), like EQ5D, enable comparison of skin diseases with healthy populations and non-dermatological medical conditions, as well as calculation of utility data. OBJECTIVES: The aims were to measure HRQoL in patients with common skin diseases and healthy controls across Europe using the EQ5D. METHODS: This multi-center observational cross-sectional study was conducted in 13 European countries...
December 29, 2016: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031604/assessment-of-knowledge-and-perceptions-toward-generic-medicines-among-basic-science-undergraduate-medical-students-at-aruba
#18
P Ravi Shankar, Burton L Herz, Arun K Dubey, Mohamed A Hassali
OBJECTIVE: Use of generic medicines is important to reduce rising health-care costs. Proper knowledge and perception of medical students and doctors toward generic medicines are important. Xavier University School of Medicine in Aruba admits students from the United States, Canada, and other countries to the undergraduate medical (MD) program. The present study was conducted to study the knowledge and perception about generic medicines among basic science MD students. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The cross-sectional study was conducted among first to fifth semester students during February 2015...
October 2016: Indian Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026752/directional-enlacement-histograms-for-the-description-of-complex-spatial-configurations-between-objects
#19
Michael Clement, Adrien Poulenard, Camille Kurtz, Laurent Wendling
The analysis of spatial relations between objects in digital images plays a crucial role in various application domains related to pattern recognition and computer vision. Classical models for the evaluation of such relations are usually sufficient for the handling of simple objects, but can lead to ambiguous results in more complex situations. In this article, we investigate the modeling of spatial configurations where the objects can be imbricated in each other. We formalize this notion with the term enlacement, from which we also derive the term interlacement, denoting a mutual enlacement of two objects...
December 26, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025920/impact-of-overactive-bladder-step-therapy-policies-on-medication-utilization-and-expenditures-among-treated-medicare-members
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Ibrahim M Abbass, Eleanor O Caplan, Daniel B Ng, Rita Kristy, Carol R Schermer, Pamela Bradt, Jenna M Collins, Wai Man Maria Chan, Brandon T Suehs
BACKGROUND: The impact of formulary management strategies on utilization and expenditures in overactive bladder (OAB) treatment has not been extensively investigated. In 2013, step therapy (ST) policies for 2 branded OAB treatments, mirabegron and fesoterodine, were removed from Humana Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MAPD) plans and Medicare prescription drug plans (PDP), allowing for an examination of the effect of ST policies on OAB medication use patterns and costs. OBJECTIVE: To assess the impact of removal of formulary restriction policies for mirabegron and fesoterodine on medication utilization patterns and costs associated with OAB treatment in Medicare patients...
January 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
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