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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550486/socioeconomic-inequality-of-diabetes-patients-health-care-utilization-in-denmark
#1
Camilla Sortsø, Jørgen Lauridsen, Martha Emneus, Anders Green, Peter Bjødstrup Jensen
Understanding socioeconomic inequalities in health care is critical for achieving health equity. The aim of this paper is threefold: 1) to quantify inequality in diabetes health care service utilization; 2) to understand determinants of these inequalities in relation to socio-demographic and clinical morbidity factors; and 3) to compare the empirical outcome of using income level and educational level as proxies for Socio Economic Status (SES).Data on the entire Danish population of diabetes patients in 2011 (N = 318,729) were applied...
December 2017: Health Economics Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550378/longitudinal-modeling-of-depressive-trajectories-among-hiv-infected-men-using-cocaine
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Shibani Mukerji, Roxanna Haghighat, Vikas Misra, David R Lorenz, Alex Holman, Anupriya Dutta, Dana Gabuzda
Cocaine use is prevalent among HIV-infected individuals. While cross-sectional studies suggest that cocaine users may be at increased risk for depression, long-term effects of cocaine on depressive symptoms remain unclear. This is a longitudinal study of 341 HIV-infected and uninfected men (135 cocaine users and 206 controls) ages 30-60 enrolled in the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study during 1996-2009. The median baseline age was 41; 73% were African-American. In mixed-effects models over a median of 4.8 years of observation, cocaine use was associated with higher depressive symptoms independent of age, education level, and smoking (n = 288; p = 0...
May 26, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550009/digital-support-interventions-for-the-self-management-of-low-back-pain-a-systematic-review
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Barbara I Nicholl, Louise F Sandal, Mette J Stochkendahl, Marianne McCallum, Nithya Suresh, Ottar Vasseljen, Jan Hartvigsen, Paul J Mork, Per Kjaer, Karen Søgaard, Frances S Mair
BACKGROUND: Low back pain (LBP) is a common cause of disability and is ranked as the most burdensome health condition globally. Self-management, including components on increased knowledge, monitoring of symptoms, and physical activity, are consistently recommended in clinical guidelines as cost-effective strategies for LBP management and there is increasing interest in the potential role of digital health. OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to synthesize and critically appraise published evidence concerning the use of interactive digital interventions to support self-management of LBP...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550005/perceptions-of-patient-engagement-applications-during-pregnancy-a-qualitative-assessment-of-the-patient-s-perspective
#4
Maren Goetz, Mitho Müller, Lina Maria Matthies, Jenny Hansen, Anne Doster, Akos Szabo, Jan Pauluschke-Fröhlich, Harald Abele, Christof Sohn, Markus Wallwiener, Stephanie Wallwiener
BACKGROUND: With growing demand for medical information and health applications in pregnancy, the potential of electronic health (eHealth) and mobile health (mHealth) solutions in clinical care is increasingly unfolding. However, we still do not know how pregnant women engage with mobile apps, how such apps impact routine medical care, and whether benefit expectations are met. Whereas recent research has raised the subject of user distribution and analyzed the content of pregnancy applications, there is still a significant knowledge gap regarding what pregnant women like and dislike about pregnancy tools, along with how such interventions could be improved...
May 26, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549984/smfm-special-report-the-development-and-implementation-of-checklists-in-obstetrics
#5
Peter S Bernstein, C Andrew Combs, Laurence E Shields, Steven L Clark, Catherine S Eppes
Checklists have been long used as a cognitive aid in various high-stakes environments to improve the reliability and performance of individuals and teams. When designed well, implemented thoughtfully, and monitored closely, they offer the opportunity to improve the performance of health care teams and advance patient safety. There are different types of checklists; examples include task lists, troubleshooting lists, coordination lists, discipline lists, and to-do lists. Each is useful in different situations and requires different implementation strategies...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549878/outbreak-of-imipenem-resistant-acinetobacter-baumannii-in-different-wards-at-a-regional-hospital-related-to-untrained-bedside-caregivers
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Ching-Hsun Wang, Jin-Feng Li, Li-Yueh Huang, Fu-Mei Lin, Ya-Sung Yang, L Kristopher Siu, Feng-Yee Chang, Jung-Chung Lin
BACKGROUND: This study describes an outbreak caused by imipenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (IRAB) involving 2 general wards at the Penghu branch of Tri-Service General Hospital. METHODS: Clinical data obtained from the patients with IRAB during an outbreak from May 2014-October 2014 were reviewed. Microbiologic sampling from the environment and the hands of health care workers (HCWs) was performed. Clinical isolates from case patients were genotyped using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE)...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549778/stepwise-introduction-of-the-best-care-always-central-line-associated-bloodstream-infection-prevention-bundle-in-a-network-of-south-african-hospitals
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Guy A Richards, Adrian J Brink, Angeliki P Messina, Charles Feldman, Karin Swart, Dena van den Bergh
BACKGROUND: Health care associated infection (HAI) remains a major international problem. AIM: The "Best Care Always!" (BCA) campaign, was launched in South Africa to reduce common preventable HAI, including catheter associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI). METHODS: The intervention occurred in 43 Netcare Private Hospitals increasing later to 49 with 958 ICU and 439 high care (HC) beds and 1207 ICU and 493 HC beds, respectively. .Phase 1: April 2010-March 2011: ICU Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) nurse driven change: Commitment from management and doctors and training of IPC nurses...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549749/shared-decision-making-in-iran-current-and-future-trends
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Samira Abbasgholizadeh Rahimi, Mahasti Alizadeh, France Légaré
This paper describes the current situation of shared decision making (SDM) in the Iranian healthcare system, discusses barriers to implementation and gives future directions. What about policy regarding SDM? Although the Ministry of Health and Medical Education has enacted some legislation on informed consent and patients' rights, there is no policy specifically regarding SDM in Iran. What about decision support tools for patients? Although some Iranian researchers and clinicians have highlighted patients' desire to be informed and involved in decisions related to their health, there is no program to develop or evaluate decision support tools such as patient decision aids in Iran...
May 23, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität Im Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549737/organizational-intellectual-capital-and-the-role-of-the-nurse-manager-a-proposed-conceptual-model
#9
Jason H Gilbert, Diane Von Ah, Marion E Broome
BACKGROUND: Nurse managers must leverage both the human capital and social capital of the teams they lead in order to produce quality outcomes. Little is known about the relationship between human capital and social capital and how these concepts may work together to produce organizational outcomes through leadership of nurses. PURPOSE: The purpose of this article was to explore the concepts of human capital and social capital as they relate to nursing leadership in health care organizations...
April 19, 2017: Nursing Outlook
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549706/long-term-effectiveness-of-a-multifactorial-fall-and-fracture-prevention-program-in-bavarian-nursing-homes-an-analysis-based-on-health-insurance-claims-data
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Claudia Schulz, Ivonne Lindlbauer, Kilian Rapp, Clemens Becker, Hans-Helmut König
OBJECTIVE: Femoral fractures are frequently consequences of falls in nursing homes and are associated with considerable costs and unfavorable outcomes such as immobility and mortality. The purpose of this study was to examine the long-term effectiveness of a multifactorial fall and fracture prevention program in nursing homes in terms of reducing femoral fractures. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Nursing homes. PARTICIPANTS: Health insurance claims data for 2005-2013 including 85,148 insurants of a sickness fund (Allgemeine Ortskrankenkasse Bayern), aged 65 years or older and living in 802 nursing homes in Bavaria, Germany...
June 1, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549513/assessment-of-the-accuracy-and-consistency-in-the-application-of-standardized-surveillance-definitions-a-summary-of-the-american-journal-of-infection-control-and-national-healthcare-safety-network-case-studies-2010-2016
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Marc-Oliver Wright, Katherine Allen-Bridson, Joan N Hebden
BACKGROUND: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) surveillance definitions are the most widely used criteria for health care-associated infection (HAI) surveillance. NHSN participants agree to conduct surveillance in accordance with the NHSN protocol and criteria. To assess the application of these standardized surveillance specifications and offer infection preventionists (IPs) opportunities for ongoing education, a series of case studies, with questions related to NHSN definitions and criteria were published...
June 1, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549512/infection-prevention-workforce-potential-benefits-to-educational-diversity
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Sara M Reese, Heather M Gilmartin
BACKGROUND: Nurses have historically occupied the infection preventionist (IP) role. As the knowledge and skills needed to advance the field expand, professionals from public health and the laboratory sciences have become IPs. Our study describes the characteristics of current IPs and assesses for relationships between background, certification, experience, and type of work performed. METHODS: The data were drawn from an existing dataset collected in the conduct of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) MegaSurvey...
June 1, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549511/infection-prevention-outside-of-the-acute-care-setting-results-from-the-megasurvey-of-infection-preventionists
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Monika Pogorzelska-Maziarz, Ericka L Kalp
BACKGROUND: In recent years, there has been a significant shift of health care delivery to nonacute care settings. However, research on staffing and resources dedicated to infection prevention and control (IPC) in these settings is lacking. METHODS: The data for this analysis come from the 2015 APIC MegaSurvey. Descriptive statistics were computed to describe infection preventionists (IPs) employed in nonacute care settings. Bivariate analyses were conducted to examine differences in facility and demographic characteristics by type of nonacute care setting...
June 1, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549510/understanding-the-current-state-of-infection-preventionists-through-competency-role-and-activity-self-assessment
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Ericka L Kalp, James F Marx, James Davis
BACKGROUND: The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) MegaSurvey, administered in 2015, was completed by approximately 4,079 APIC members. The survey sought to gain a better understanding the current state of 4 components of infection prevention practice: demographic characteristics, compensation, organizational structure, and practice and competency. METHODS: The data for this analysis come from the APIC MegaSurvey Practice and Competency domain...
June 1, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549487/changes-in-waist-circumference-and-abdominal-obesity-among-chinese-adults-over-a-ten-year-period
#15
Yi Zhai, Hong Yun Fang, Wen Tao Yu, Dong Mei Yu, Li Yun Zhao, Xiao Feng Liang, Wen Hua Zhao
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe changes in waist circumference (WC) and prevalence of abdominal obesity over a period of 10 years among Chinese adults in different socio-economic status (SES). METHODS: Data derived from the China Nutrition and Health Surveillance during 2002 and 2010-2012. We calculated the mean WC and the prevalence of abdominal obesity by gender, place of residence, SES indicators (education, income, and marital status), and body mass index (BMI) categoriesand used pooled t-tests to assess the differences between the two time periods...
May 2017: Biomedical and Environmental Sciences: BES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549476/comparing-motivational-self-regulatory-and-habitual-processes-in-a-computer-tailored-physical-activity-intervention-in-hospital-employees-protocol-for-the-paths-randomised-controlled-trial
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Dominika Kwasnicka, Corneel Vandelanotte, Amanda Rebar, Benjamin Gardner, Camille Short, Mitch Duncan, Dawn Crook, Martin S Hagger
BACKGROUND: Most people do not engage in sufficient physical activity to confer health benefits and to reduce risk of chronic disease. Healthcare professionals frequently provide guidance on physical activity, but often do not meet guideline levels of physical activity themselves. The main objective of this study is to develop and test the efficacy of a tailored intervention to increase healthcare professionals' physical activity participation and quality of life, and to reduce work-related stress and absenteeism...
May 26, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549473/attitudes-of-consumers-and-live-poultry-workers-to-central-slaughtering-in-controlling-h7n9-a-cross-sectional-study
#17
Xiao Lin, Dingmei Zhang, Xinwei Wang, Yun Huang, Zhicheng Du, Yaming Zou, Jiahai Lu, Yuantao Hao
BACKGROUND: Guangdong Province in the Pearl River Delta of Southeast China is among the areas in the country with the highest rates of avian flu cases. In order to control the outbreak of human-infected H7N9 cases, Guangdong launched a new policy on the central slaughtering of live poultry in 2015. This study aims to evaluate attitudes of consumers and live-poultry workers toward the policy. The live-poultry workers consisted of two sub-groups: live-poultry traders and poultry farm workers...
May 26, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549464/is-the-delivery-of-a-quality-improvement-education-programme-in-obstetrics-and-gynaecology-for-final-year-medical-students-feasible-and-still-effective-in-a-shortened-time-frame
#18
Bridget Kool, Michelle R Wise, Roshini Peiris-John, Lynn Sadler, Faith Mahony, Susan Wells
BACKGROUND: Teaching clinical audit skills to nascent health professionals is one strategy to improve frontline care. The undergraduate medical curriculum at the University of Auckland provides improvement science theory and skills in Year 5 teaching, and the opportunity to put this into practice during an Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O&G) clinical attachment in Year 6. In 2015, a revised medical school curriculum at the university resulted in a planned reduction of the O&G attachment from five weeks to four, necessitating revision of the Year 6 Quality Improvement (QI) project...
May 26, 2017: BMC Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549459/-a-steep-learning-curve-junior-doctor-perspectives-on-the-transition-from-medical-student-to-the-health-care-workplace
#19
Nancy Sturman, Zachary Tan, Jane Turner
BACKGROUND: The transition from medical student to hospital-based first year junior doctor (termed "intern" in Australia) is known to be challenging, and recent changes in clinical learning environments may reduce graduate preparedness for the intern workplace. Although manageable challenges and transitions are a stimulus to learning, levels of burnout in junior medical colleagues are concerning. In order to prepare and support medical graduates, educators need to understand contemporary junior doctor perspectives on this transition...
May 26, 2017: BMC Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549442/characteristics-of-hardcore-smokers-in-south-korea-from-2007-to-2013
#20
EunKyo Kang, Jung A Lee, Hong-Jun Cho
BACKGROUND: As the prevalence of smoking decreased in western countries, a significant proportion of smokers appeared to be particularly resistant to quitting- "hardcore" smokers. This study examines the characteristics of hardcore smokers in South Korea. METHODS: We used the data from 2007 to 2013 from the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Hardcore smoking was defined as (1) smoking >15 cigarettes per day, (2) having no plans of quitting, and (3) having made no attempts to quit...
May 26, 2017: BMC Public Health
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