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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28944730/optimization-of-medication-use-at-accountable-care-organizations
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Chrisanne Wilks, Erik Krisle, Kimberly Westrich, Kristina Lunner, David Muhlestein, Robert Dubois
BACKGROUND: Optimized medication use involves the effective use of medications for better outcomes, improved patient experience, and lower costs. Few studies systematically gather data on the actions accountable care organizations (ACOs) have taken to optimize medication use. OBJECTIVES: To (a) assess how ACOs optimize medication use; (b) establish an association between efforts to optimize medication use and achievement on financial and quality metrics; (c) identify organizational factors that correlate with optimized medication use; and (d) identify barriers to optimized medication use...
October 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28944609/hypertension-management-research-priorities-from-patients-caregivers-and-healthcare-providers-a-report-from-the-hypertension-canada-priority-setting-partnership-group
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Nadia Khan, Simon L Bacon, Samia Khan, Sara Perlmutter, Carline Gerlinsky, Mark Dermer, Lonni Johnson, Finderson Alves, Donna McLean, Andreas Laupacis, Mandy Pui, Angelique Berg, Felicia Flowitt
Patient- and stakeholder-oriented research is vital to improving the relevance of research. The authors aimed to identify the 10 most important research priorities of patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers (family physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and dietitians) for hypertension management. Using the James Lind Alliance approach, a national web-based survey asked patients, caregivers, and care providers to submit their unanswered questions on hypertension management. Questions already answered from randomized controlled trial evidence were removed...
September 25, 2017: Journal of Clinical Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28944601/an-advanced-multifunctional-hydrogel-based-dressing-for-wound-monitoring-and-drug-delivery
#3
Bahram Mirani, Erik Pagan, Barbara Currie, Mohammad Ali Siddiqui, Reihaneh Hosseinzadeh, Pooria Mostafalu, Yu Shrike Zhang, Aziz Ghahary, Mohsen Akbari
Wound management is a major global challenge and poses a significant financial burden to the healthcare system due to the rapid growth of chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and aging population. The ability to detect pathogenic infections and release drug at the wound site is of the utmost importance to expedient patient care. Herein, this study presents an advanced multifunctional dressing (GelDerm) capable of colorimetric measurement of pH, an indicator of bacterial infection, and release of antibiotic agents at the wound site...
September 25, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28944053/implementation-of-who-multimodal-strategy-for-improvement-of-hand-hygiene-a-quasi-experimental-study-in-a-traditional-chinese-medicine-hospital-in-xi-an-china
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Li Shen, Xiaoqing Wang, Junming An, Jialu An, Ning Zhou, Lu Sun, Hong Chen, Lin Feng, Jing Han, Xiaorong Liu
BACKGROUND: Hand hygiene (HH) is an essential component for preventing and controlling of healthcare-associated infection (HAI), whereas compliance with HH among health care workers (HCWs) is frequently poor. This study aimed to assess compliance and correctness with HH before and after the implementation of a multimodal HH improvement strategy launched by the World Health Organization (WHO). METHODS: A quasi-experimental study design including questionnaire survey generalizing possible factors affecting HH behaviors of HCWs and direct observation method was used to evaluate the effectiveness of WHO multimodal HH strategy in a hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine...
2017: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28943979/a-qualitative-study-on-pharmacists-perception-on-integrating-pharmacists-into-private-general-practitioner-s-clinics-in-malaysia
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Pui S Saw, Lisa Nissen, Christopher Freeman, Pei S Wong, Vivienne Mak
BACKGROUND: Private general practitioners in Malaysia largely operates as solo practices - prescribing and supplying medications to patients directly from their clinics, thus posing risk of medication-related problems to consumers. A pharmacy practice reform that integrates pharmacists into primary healthcare clinics can be a potential initiative to promote quality use of medication. This model of care is a novel approach in Malaysia and research in the local context is required, especially from the perspectives of pharmacists...
July 2017: Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28942550/esc-position-paper-on-cardiovascular-toxicity-of-cancer-treatments-challenges-and-expectations
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Emanuel Raschi, Igor Diemberger, Benilde Cosmi, Fabrizio De Ponti
The recent position paper of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) on cardiovascular toxicity of cancer treatments has attracted considerable interest by healthcare professionals, since it is the first concrete help in the difficult task of monitoring and approaching cardiovascular side effects of anticancer treatments. The ESC expert opinion was not intended as a clinical practice guideline; however, it reports major cardiovascular complications grouped into nine categories, addressing current clinical strategies for prevention and mitigation...
September 23, 2017: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28942400/extreme-bony-pelvic-deformity-in-a-renal-transplant-patient
#7
Alexander Henry Moffat, Priyesh Chauhan, Surabhi Choudhary, Tarekegn Geberhiwot
A 35-year-old female renal transplant recipient was referred to the metabolic bone clinic because of a 15 cm loss of height. She was noted to have thoracic kyphosis and vertebral X-ray confirmed a wedge fracture of the eighth thoracic vertebra. She was managed accordingly but on subsequent follow-up mentioned in passing that her gynaecologist had been unable to obtain a cervical smear for routine screening. This led to further questioning, and the patient reported intermittent urinary stress incontinence, feelings of vaginal fullness and severe dyspareunia...
September 23, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941915/natural-history-of-complex-renal-cysts-clinical-evidence-supporting-active-surveillance
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Thenappan Chandrasekar, Ardalan E Ahmad, Kamel Fadaak, Kartik Jhaveri, Jaimin R Bhatt, Michael A S Jewett, Antonio Finelli
PURPOSE: To evaluate intervention rates, progression and cancer-specific survival outcomes of patients with complex renal cysts in a single center experience. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A radiology data-mining system (Montage; Montage Healthcare Systems, Philadelphia, PA, USA) was used to retrospectively identify all reported cases of "complex renal cyst" in our institution (2001-2013). Primary end points were overall (OS) and cancer specific survival (CSS). Secondary endpoints included radiographic progression and upgrading, clinical progression, and final histology on surgical pathology...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28940834/patient-participation-as-discursive-practice-a-critical-discourse-analysis-of-danish-mental-healthcare
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Kim Joergensen, Jeanette Praestegaard
Patient participation is one of the most prevalent focus areas in the Danish healthcare debate. Patient participation is generally presented as a fundamental democratic right, and is stated in an objective language with legal requirements for healthcare professionals to ensure that patients systematically participate in their own courses of care and treatment. In the research literature, it is not clear what is meant by 'patient participation', and several discourses on patient participation exist side by side...
September 21, 2017: Nursing Inquiry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28940702/developing-a-positive-patient-experience-with-nurses-in-general-practice-an-integrated-model-of-patient-satisfaction-and-enablement
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Jane Desborough, Christine Phillips, Jane Mills, Rosemary Korda, Nasser Bagheri, Michelle Banfield
AIM: To develop a conceptual model that provides a comprehensive understanding of the structures and processes underpinning patient enablement and satisfaction in general practice nurse consultations. BACKGROUND: Current evidence regarding patient satisfaction and enablement arising from general practice nursing care is either quantitative or qualitative. To date, no studies have integrated the results of mixed methods research to provide a deeper understanding of processes that facilitate their achievement...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28940575/urban-and-rural-differences-in-outcomes-of-head-and-neck-cancer
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Jason D Kim, Aryan Firouzbakht, Jenny Y Ruan, Emily Kornelsen, Ali Moghaddamjou, Khodadad R Javaheri, Robert A Olson, Winson Y Cheung
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: To assess for potential urban and rural disparities in head and neck cancer (HNC) outcomes within a single-payer healthcare system. STUDY DESIGN: A large retrospective population-based cohort analysis of consecutive HNC patients treated in British Columbia, Canada between 2001 and 2010 was conducted. METHODS: All patients diagnosed with HNC from 2001 to 2010 and referred to any one of five British Columbia Cancer Agency centers for management were reviewed...
September 20, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28940050/can-models-of-self-management-support-be-adapted-across-cancer-types-a-comparison-of-unmet-self-management-needs-for-patients-with-breast-or-colorectal-cancer
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Elise Mansfield, Lisa Mackenzie, Mariko Carey, Kerry Peek, Jan Shepherd, Tiffany-Jane Evans
PURPOSE: There is an increased focus on supporting patients with cancer to actively participate in their healthcare, an approach commonly termed 'self-management'. Comparing unmet self-management needs across cancer types may reveal opportunities to adapt effective self-management support strategies from one cancer type to another. Given that breast and colorectal cancers are prevalent, and have high survival rates, we compared these patients' recent need for help with self-management...
September 22, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28939728/ethics-dilemmas-in-managing-hunger-strikes
#13
Stephen N Xenakis
There is no agreement on how to manage hunger strikers. The health professionals called to intervene in a hunger strike are faced with a dilemma: commit themselves to good order and discipline or comply with best practices for providing healthcare. Handling cases of hunger strikers confronts practitioners with the ethics dilemma of managing apparent intentional behavior that carries serious morbidity or mortality, but recognizing that hunger striking is a military and political tactic, and not a medical condition...
September 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938880/-keeping-family-matters-behind-closed-doors-healthcare-providers-perceptions-and-experiences-of-identifying-and-managing-domestic-violence-during-and-after-pregnancy
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Mary McCauley, Jennifer Head, Jaki Lambert, Shamsa Zafar, Nynke van den Broek
BACKGROUND: Violence against women is an international public health concern and a violation of women's rights. Domestic violence can first occur, and increase in frequency and severity, during and after pregnancy. Healthcare providers have the potential to identify and support women who experience domestic violence. We sought to investigate the knowledge and perceptions of domestic violence among doctors who provide routine antenatal and postnatal care at healthcare facilities in Pakistan...
September 22, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938795/lipid-lowering-nutraceuticals-in-clinical-practice-position-paper-from-an-international-lipid-expert-panel
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Arrigo F G Cicero, Alessandro Colletti, Gani Bajraktari, Olivier Descamps, Dragan M Djuric, Marat Ezhov, Zlatko Fras, Niki Katsiki, Michel Langlois, Gustavs Latkovskis, Demosthenes B Panagiotakos, Gyorgy Paragh, Dimitri P Mikhailidis, Olena Mitchenko, Bernhard Paulweber, Daniel Pella, Christos Pitsavos, Željko Reiner, Kausik K Ray, Manfredi Rizzo, Amirhossein Sahebkar, Maria-Corina Serban, Laurence S Sperling, Peter P Toth, Dragos Vinereanu, Michal Vrablík, Nathan D Wong, Maciej Banach
In recent years, there has been growing interest in the possible use of nutraceuticals to improve and optimize dyslipidemia control and therapy. Based on the data from available studies, nutraceuticals might help patients obtain theraputic lipid goals and reduce cardiovascular residual risk. Some nutraceuticals have essential lipid-lowering properties confirmed in studies; some might also have possible positive effects on nonlipid cardiovascular risk factors and have been shown to improve early markers of vascular health such as endothelial function and pulse wave velocity...
September 1, 2017: Nutrition Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938329/mandibular-osteomyelitis-and-cervical-lymphadenitis-due-to-mycobacterium-abscessus-surgical-management-of-a-pediatric-cohort-with-a-shared-epidemiologic-exposure
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Peter W Thompson, Joseph K Williams
BACKGROUND: Mycobacterium abscessus has been implicated as the cause of various infections in the setting of healthcare-related "outbreaks." Mandibular osteomyelitis caused by M abscessus is exceedingly rare, with only 1 patient reported in the literature. The authors describe the surgical management of 12 pediatric patients with M abscessus-related mandibular osteomyelitis and cervical lymphadenitis caused by exposure to contaminated water at a regional dental clinic. METHODS: Following institutional review board approval, new suspected patients were reviewed and followed prospectively...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938102/self-management-support-at-the-end-of-life-patients-carers-and-professionals-perspectives-on-managing-medicines
#17
N Campling, A Richardson, M Mulvey, M Bennett, B Johnston, S Latter
BACKGROUND: Pain is a frequently reported symptom by patients approaching the end of life and well-established that patients and carers hold fears relating to opioids, and experience side effects related to their use. The management of medicines is intrinsic to achieving effective pain relief. The concept of self-management support whilst well characterised in the context of chronic illness has not been elaborated with respect to end of life care. AIM: To identify patient, carer and professional views on the concept of self-management support at end of life, specifically in relation to analgesia and related medicines (for side-effect management) in order to describe, characterise and explain self-management support in this context...
September 6, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937973/oral-and-dental-health-issues-in-people-with-mental-disorders
#18
Julio Torales, Iván Barrios, Israel González
Patients with mental disorders are subject to a greater number of risk factors for oral and dental disease than the general population. This is mostly caused by the side effects of the medications that they receive, lack of self-care, difficulty to access health services, a negative attitude towards healthcare providers, and patients’ lack of cooperation in dental treatments. The most common psychiatric disorders in our population are depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and dementia...
September 21, 2017: Medwave
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937800/when-is-neuropsychological-testing-medically-necessary-for-children-on-medicaid-in-new-mexico
#19
Noah K Kaufman, Carola Mullins, Andrew S Davis, Silvina Tonarelli, Hugo Sandoval, Luis Ramos-Duran
Healthcare for poor children, also known as Medicaid, is disproportionately relied upon by citizens of poor states such as New Mexico, where (a) there are more unintended pregnancies, (b) domestic violence during and after pregnancies occurs with regularity, (c) youth substance use is much more common, (d) crime rates are some of the worst in the country, (e) many never graduate from high school, and (f) incarceration is often inevitable. Yet, there is a dearth of research into the neuropsychological health of these children...
September 22, 2017: Applied Neuropsychology. Child
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936897/uk-guidance-on-the-management-of-personal-dosimetry-systems-for-healthcare-staff-working-at-multiple-organisations
#20
Andy Rogers, Claire-Louise Chapple, Maria Murray, David Platton, John Saunderson
There has been concern expressed by the UK regulator, the Health & Safety Executive, regarding the management of occupation dose for healthcare radiation workers who work across multiple organisations. In response to this concern the British Institute of Radiology led a working group of relevant professional bodies to develop guidance in this area. The guidance addresses issues of general system management that would apply to all personal dosimetry systems, regardless of whether or not the workers within that system work across organisational boundaries, along with exploring efficient strategies to comply with legislation where those workers do indeed work across organisational boundaries...
September 12, 2017: British Journal of Radiology
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