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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340044/oral-ghrelin-receptor-agonist-mk-0677-increases-serum-insulin-like-growth-factor-1-in-hemodialysis-patients-a-randomized-blinded-study
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Garland A Campbell, James T Patrie, Bruce D Gaylinn, Michael O Thorner, Warren K Bolton
Background: . Protein-energy wasting (PEW) in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients is associated with increased morbidity and mortality, but options for treatment are limited. Growth hormone (GH) increases insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), with improved nutritional parameters, but must be given subcutaneously and does not provide normal GH secretion patterns. MK-0677, an oral ghrelin receptor agonist (GRA), maintains normal GH secretion and increases lean body mass in normal subjects; it has not been studied in dialysis patients, an essential step in assessing efficacy and safety prior to clinical trials...
March 3, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336392/diagnostic-laboratories-in-asia-pacific-region-investigation-on-quality-characteristics-and-time-of-reporting
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Tony C Badrick, Anton Gutscher, Nakako Sakamoto, Daniel Chin
This is the result of a Survey of various aspects of quality, cost and speed in a large sample of diagnostic laboratories in the Asia Pacific region. It is the first of its type to be published and represents a snapshot of the current performance in a large number of diagnostic laboratories in a broad range of countries in the Asia Pacific region. This demonstrates that there are common issues facing all the laboratories surveyed but also common solutions using a Quality Systems approach which involves Accreditation, Customer responsiveness, greater use of IT, automation and Lean principles...
March 20, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334566/improving-communication-with-primary-care-physicians-at-the-time-of-hospital-discharge
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Lauren A Destino, Amy Dixit, Julie L Pantaleoni, Matthew S Wood, Natalie M Pageler, Joe Kim, Terry S Platchek
BACKGROUND: Communication with primary care physicians (PCPs) at the time of a patient's hospital discharge is important to safely transition care to home. The goal of this quality improvement initiative was to increase discharge communication to PCPs at an academic children's hospital. METHODS: A multidisciplinary team at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford used Lean A3 problem solving methodology to address the problem of inadequate discharge communication with PCPs...
February 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303397/association-of-the-baltic-sea-and-mediterranean-diets-with-indices-of-sarcopenia-in-elderly-women-osptre-fps-study
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Masoud Isanejad, Joonas Sirola, Jaakko Mursu, Toni Rikkonen, Heikki Kröger, Marjo Tuppurainen, Arja T Erkkilä
PURPOSE: To examine whether higher adherence to Baltic Sea diet (BSD) and Mediterranean diet (MED) have beneficial association with sarcopenia indices in elderly women. METHODS: In total 554 women, aged 65-72 years belonging to OSTPRE-FPS study answered a questionnaire on lifestyle factors and 3-day food record at baseline in 2002. Food consumptions and nutrient intakes were calculated. Nine components were selected to calculate BSD score. MED score was calculated using eight components...
March 16, 2017: European Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298663/lean-flow-optimizing-cardiopulmonary-bypass-equipment-and-flow-for-obese-patients-a-technique-article
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Joshua M Blessing, Jeffrey B Riley
The goal of this chart review was to investigate the use of down-sized cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) circuits for obese patients. The effects of transitioning from larger to smaller oxygenators, reservoirs, and arteriovenous tubing loops were evaluated through a retrospective review of 2,816 adult non-congenital procedure perfusion records. This technique report and case series is a continuation of our original prescriptive CPB circuit quality improvement project. An algorithm was derived to adjust body surface area (BSA) to lower body mass index (BMI) to provide down-sized extracorporeal circuit components capable of meeting the metabolic needs of the patient...
March 2017: Journal of Extra-corporeal Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277381/working-toward-quality-in-obstetric-anesthesia-a-business-approach
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Grant C Lynde
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Physicians are increasingly required to demonstrate that they provide quality care. How does one define quality? A significant body of literature in industries outside of health care provides guidance on how to define appropriate metrics, create teams to troubleshoot problem areas, and sustain those improvements. RECENT FINDINGS: The modern quality movement in the United States began in response to revolutionary gains in both quality and productivity in Japanese manufacturing in the 1980's...
March 8, 2017: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276901/regular-consumption-of-holisfiit-a-polyphenol-rich-extract-based-food-supplement-improves-mind-and-body-well-being-of-overweight-and-slightly-obese-volunteers-a-randomized-double-blind-parallel-trial
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Cindy Romain, Pedro Emilio Alcaraz, Linda Haiwon Chung, Julien Cases
Modern lifestyles face growing demands for natural solutions to help improve general well-being. Accordingly, mind-body activities such as yoga have considerably grown. However, beneficial effects require regular workout. Besides, literature suggests that polyphenols may demonstrate positive effects on both mental and physical health. Overweight and obese volunteers, for which well-being might be perceived degraded, were included in a 16-week double-blind, randomized and parallel trial with a daily supplementation of HolisFiit(®), a polyphenol-rich food supplement...
February 23, 2017: International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274988/incorporation-of-lean-methodology-into-pharmacy-residency-programs
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Natalie John, Holly Snider, Lisa Edgerton, Laurie Whalin
PURPOSE: The implementation of lean methodology into pharmacy residency programs at a community teaching hospital is described. SUMMARY: New Hanover Regional Medical Center, a community teaching hospital in southeastern North Carolina, fully adopted a lean culture in 2010. Given the success of lean strategies organizationally, this methodology was used to assist with the evaluation and development of its pharmacy residency programs in 2014. Lean tools and activities have also been incorporated into residency requirements and rotation learning activities...
March 15, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256930/the-effects-of-a-lean-transition-on-process-times-patients-and-employees
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Pascale Simons, Huub Backes, Jochen Bergs, Davy Emans, Madelon Johannesma, Maria Jacobs, Wim Marneffe, Dominique Vandijck
Purpose Treatment delays must be avoided, especially in oncology, to assure sustainable high-quality health care and increase the odds of survival. The purpose of this paper is to hypothesize that waiting times would decrease and patients and employees would benefit, when specific lean interventions are incorporated in an organizational improvement approach. Design/methodology/approach In 2013, 15 lean interventions were initiated to improve flow in a single radiotherapy institute. Process/waiting times, patient satisfaction, safety, employee satisfaction, and absenteeism were evaluated using a mixed methods methodology (2010-2014)...
March 13, 2017: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241734/tetragonia-tetragonioides-pall-kuntze-protects-estrogen-deficient-rats-against-disturbances-of-energy-and-glucose-metabolism-and-decreases-proinflammatory-cytokines
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Jin Ah Ryuk, Byoung-Seob Ko, Hye Won Lee, Da Sol Kim, Suna Kang, Yong Hyen Lee, Sunmin Park
Tetragonia tetragonioides (Pall.) Kuntze (TTK) and JakYakGamCho-Tang (JGT) have been used for improving women's health and treating inflammatory diseases. We determined that the long-term consumption of these herbal extracts alleviates the progression of postmenopausal symptoms in high-fat-diet fed ovariectomized (OVX) rats, and further explored the mechanisms involved. Five groups of OVX rats were fed high fat diets that were supplemented with either 2% dextrin (control), 2% TTK (70% ethanol extract), 2% JGT (water extract), 1% JGT + 1% TTK (JGTT), or 30 µg/kg body weight/day of 17β-estradiol (positive control)...
March 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205271/lean-six-sigma-methodologies-improve-clinical-laboratory-efficiency-and-reduce-turnaround-times
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Tamer C Inal, Ozlem Goruroglu Ozturk, Filiz Kibar, Salih Cetiner, Selcuk Matyar, Gulcin Daglioglu, Akgun Yaman
BACKGROUND: Organizing work flow is a major task of laboratory management. Recently, clinical laboratories have started to adopt methodologies such as Lean Six Sigma and some successful implementations have been reported. This study used Lean Six Sigma to simplify the laboratory work process and decrease the turnaround time by eliminating non-value-adding steps. METHODS: The five-stage Six Sigma system known as define, measure, analyze, improve, and control (DMAIC) is used to identify and solve problems...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198113/early-body-composition-but-not-body-mass-is-associated-with-future-accelerated-decline-in-muscle-quality
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Elisa Fabbri, Nancy Chiles Shaffer, Marta Gonzalez-Freire, Michelle D Shardell, Marco Zoli, Stephanie A Studenski, Luigi Ferrucci
BACKGROUND: Muscle quality (MQ) or strength-to-mass ratio declines with aging, but the rate of MQ change with aging is highly heterogeneous across individuals. The identification of risk factors for accelerated MQ decline may offer clues to identity the underpinning physiological mechanisms and indicate targets for prevention and treatment. Using data from the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, we tested whether measures of body mass and body composition are associated with differential rates of changes in MQ with aging...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183346/study-protocol-improving-the-transition-of-care-from-a-non-network-hospital-back-to-the-patient-s-medical-home
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Roman A Ayele, Emily Lawrence, Marina McCreight, Kelty Fehling, Jamie Peterson, Russell E Glasgow, Borsika A Rabin, Robert Burke, Catherine Battaglia
BACKGROUND: The process of transitioning Veterans to primary care following a non-Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitalization can be challenging. Poor transitions result in medical complications and increased hospital readmissions. The goal of this transition of care quality improvement (QI) project is to identify gaps in the current transition process and implement an intervention that bridges the gap and improves the current transition of care process within the Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS)...
February 10, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160254/association-between-low-lean-mass-and-low-bone-mineral-density-in-653-women-with-hip-fracture-does-the-definition-of-low-lean-mass-matter
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Marco Di Monaco, Carlotta Castiglioni, Roberto Di Monaco, Rosa Tappero
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Loss of both muscle and bone mass results in fragility fractures with increased risk of disability, poor quality of life, and death. Our aim was to assess the association between low appendicular lean mass (aLM) defined according to different criteria and low bone mineral density (BMD) in hip-fracture women. METHODS: Six hundred fifty-three women admitted to our rehabilitation hospital underwent dual energy X-ray absorptiometry 19.1 ± 4...
February 3, 2017: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158304/validation-of-two-portable-bioelectrical-impedance-analyses-for-the-assessment-of-body-composition-in-school-age-children
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Li-Wen Lee, Yu-San Liao, Hsueh-Kuan Lu, Pei-Lin Hsiao, Yu-Yawn Chen, Ching-Chi Chi, Kuen-Chang Hsieh
BACKGROUND: Bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) is a convenient and child-friendly method for longitudinal analysis of changes in body composition. However, most validation studies of BIA have been performed on adult Caucasians. The present cross-sectional study investigated the validity of two portable BIA devices, the Inbody 230 (BIA8MF) and the Tanita BC-418 (BIA8SF), in healthy Taiwanese children. METHODS: Children aged 7-12 years (72 boys and 78 girls) were recruited...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156604/efficacy-of-anamorelin-in-cachectic-patients-with-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-nsclc-and-low-bmi-20-kg-m-2-post-hoc-analysis-of-two-phase-iii-studies
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Jennifer S Temel, Amy Pickar Abernethy, Ruben Giorgino, John Friend, Kenneth Fearon
203 Background: Patients with advanced cancer frequently experience anorexia/cachexia, which can be characterized by weight loss or low BMI, and is associated with reduced function and quality of life. The randomized, phase III, double-blind ROMANA 1 [NCT01387269; N = 484] and ROMANA 2 [NCT01387282; N = 495]) trials in cachectic NSCLC patients demonstrated that the ghrelin receptor agonist anamorelin improved LBM, body weight, fat mass (FM), and symptom burden compared with placebo, and was well tolerated. The aim of this analysis was to assess the response to anamorelin specifically in patients with BMI below 20 kg/m(2)...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156586/the-effectiveness-of-nutritional-sensitive-approach-to-restore-physical-activity-in-cachexic-female-palliative-patients-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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258 Background: Loss of lean body mass, body fat along with inflammation characterizes cachexia in patients with cancer. Nutrition intervention with counseling may ameliorate undernutrition and metabolic alterations. The aim of this study was to improve nutritional status and quality of life by providing nutrients dense natural food (IAtta) along with counseling. METHODS: Female patients with cancerwith symptoms of cachexia were randomly distributed into placebo (n = 75) and intervention group (n = 75)...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152972/using-a-collaborative-approach-for-rapid-deployment-of-advance-care-planning-in-the-outpatient-oncology-setting
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Jeffrey B Smerage, Jamie Lindsay, Laura Petersen, Keith Mark Swetz, Arif Kamal
255 Background: The Michigan Oncology Quality Consortium (MOQC) is a quality collaborative supported by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan with the goal of improving cancer care in Michigan by using data gathered as part of the national Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) program. In spring 2014, MOQC launched a statewide collaborative focused on advance care planning (ACP) with the following aim: to provide training and resources on how to engage patients in a discussion of goals, preferences, and priorities for care...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152815/development-of-an-integrated-practice-unit-utilizing-a-lean-approach-to-impact-value-of-care-for-brain-tumor-patients
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Christine Ahn, Preston White, Linda M Liau, Timothy Francis Cloughesy, Phioanh Leia Nghiemphu
99 Background: Lack of care coordination across subspecialty departments involved in the treatment of brain tumor patients at our institution has negatively impacted patient outcomes, patient experience, and costs. Meanwhile, value-based health care has become increasingly relevant as a means to respond to changing payment structures and improve quality. With the aim to increase value, we restructured medical practice across the continuum of care for brain tumor patients by developing a virtual (non co-located) Integrated Practice Unit (IPU)...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152741/quality-improvement-strategies-in-medical-oncology-a-qualitative-analysis-from-a-scoping-review
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Laavanya Dharmakulaseelan, Simron Singh, Adam E Haynes, Brian M Wong, Matthew C Cheung
203 Background: In 2001, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) outlined imperatives to improve quality of care. Quality improvement (QI) has since become essential to cancer care but barriers still exist to the publication of and participation in QI initiatives, including limited recognition for QI and uncertainty with methodologies. We sought to identify strategies used in QI in scholarly medical oncology literature to provide practical guidance for QI. METHODS: We conducted a scoping review using Arksey and O'Malley's framework...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
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