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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921633/healthcare-resources-are-inadequate-to-address-the-burden-of-illness-among-hiv-infected-male-prisoners-in-malaysia
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Joseph Bick, Gabriel Culbert, Haider A Al-Darraji, Clayton Koh, Veena Pillai, Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Frederick Altice
Purpose Criminalization of drug use in Malaysia has concentrated people who inject drugs (PWID) and people living with HIV into prisons where health services are minimal and HIV-related mortality is high. Few studies have comprehensively assessed the complex health needs of this population. The paper aims to discuss these issues. Design/methodology/approach From October 2012 through March 2013, 221 sequentially selected HIV-infected male prisoners underwent a comprehensive health assessment that included a structured history, physical examination, and clinically indicated diagnostic studies...
December 19, 2016: International Journal of Prisoner Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921257/impact-of-community-health-workers-on-use-of-healthcare-services-in-the-united-states-a-systematic-review
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Helen E Jack, Sophia D Arabadjis, Lucy Sun, Erin E Sullivan, Russell S Phillips
BACKGROUND: As the US transitions to value-based healthcare, physicians and payers are incentivized to change healthcare delivery to improve quality of care while controlling costs. By assisting with the management of common chronic conditions, community health workers (CHWs) may improve healthcare quality, but physicians and payers who are making choices about care delivery also need to understand their effects on healthcare spending. METHODS: We searched PubMed, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, PsycINFO, Embase, and Web of Science from the inception of each database to 22 June 2015...
December 5, 2016: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917735/top-1-of-inpatients-administered-antimicrobial-agents-comprising-50-of-expenditures-a-descriptive-study-and-opportunities-for-stewardship-intervention
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Jennifer Dela-Pena, Luiza Kerstenetzky, Lucas Schulz, Ron Kendall, Alexander Lepak, Barry Fox
OBJECTIVE To characterize the top 1% of inpatients who contributed to the 6-month antimicrobial budget in a tertiary, academic medical center and identify cost-effective intervention opportunities targeting high-cost antimicrobial utilization. DESIGN Retrospective cohort study. PATIENTS Top 1% of the antimicrobial budget from July 1 through December 31, 2014. METHODS Patients were identified through a pharmacy billing database. Baseline characteristics were collected through a retrospective medical chart review...
December 5, 2016: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907271/adult-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-diagnosis-management-and-treatment-in-the-dsm-5-era
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Joel L Young, David W Goodman
Objective: To increase awareness of adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the primary care community and to provide guidance for the management of this condition. Despite its increasing prevalence, adult ADHD largely remains underdiagnosed and inappropriately treated in the United States. The publication of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), has provided more clear diagnostic criteria for adult ADHD, but a solid framework supporting the transition of ADHD management from pediatric to adult primary care is lacking...
November 17, 2016: Primary Care Companion to CNS Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906029/trends-in-clinical-characteristics-and-outcomes-of-pre-art-care-at-a-large-hiv-clinic-in-nairobi-kenya-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Jared O Mecha, Elizabeth N Kubo, Lucy W Nganga, Peter N Muiruri, Lilian N Njagi, Immaculate N Mutisya, Justine J Odionyi, Syokau C Ilovi, Mary Wambui, Christopher Githu, Richard Ngethe, Elizabeth M Obimbo, Zipporah W Ngumi
BACKGROUND: The success of antiretroviral therapy in resource-scarce settings is an illustration that complex healthcare interventions can be successfully delivered even in fragile health systems. Documenting the success factors in the scale-up of HIV care and treatment in resource constrained settings will enable health systems to prepare for changing population health needs. This study describes changing demographic and clinical characteristics of adult pre-ART cohorts, and identifies predictors of pre-ART attrition at a large urban HIV clinic in Nairobi, Kenya...
November 14, 2016: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906026/plasma-hiv-1-rna-viral-load-rebound-among-people-who-inject-drugs-receiving-antiretroviral-therapy-art-in-a-canadian-setting-an-ethno-epidemiological-study
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Will Small, M J Milloy, Ryan McNeil, Lisa Maher, Thomas Kerr
BACKGROUND: People who inject drugs (PWID) living with HIV often experience sub-optimal antiretroviral therapy (ART) treatment outcomes, including HIV plasma viral load (PVL) rebound. While previous studies have identified risk factors for PVL rebound among PWID, no study has examined the perspectives of PWID who have experienced PVL rebound episodes. We conducted an ethno-epidemiological study to investigate the circumstances surrounding the emergence of rebound episodes among PWID in Vancouver, BC, Canada...
July 25, 2016: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903011/transition-risk-assessment-score-to-stratify-health-care-needs-and-interventions-in-adolescents-with-anorectal-malformations-a-pilot-study
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Martin J Connor, Laurie Rigueros Springford, Stefano Giuliani
Introduction Anorectal malformations (ARMs) are a complex collection of congenital disorders of the anus, rectum, and genitourinary system with possible active morbidities beyond adolescence. Aims To create the first evidence-based inclusive transition risk assessment score (TRAS) to stratify health care needs and interventions in teenagers with ARM transitioning to adult health care. Method MEDLINE, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Library were searched electronically for original articles containing published scoring systems evaluating children with ARM from January 1, 1990 to December 31, 2013...
November 30, 2016: European Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902504/a-password-protected-web-site-for-mothers-expressing-milk-for-their-preterm-infants
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MaryAnn Blatz, Donna Dowling, Patricia W Underwood, Amy Bieda, Gregory Graham
BACKGROUND: Research has demonstrated that breast milk significantly decreases morbidities that impact length of stay for preterm infants, but there is a need to test interventions to improve breastfeeding outcomes. Since many Americans are using technologies such as the Intranet and smartphones to find health information and manage health, a Web site was developed for mothers who provide breast milk for their preterm hospitalized infants. PURPOSE: This study examined the efficacy of a Web site for mothers to educate them about breast milk expression and assist them in monitoring their breast milk supply...
November 29, 2016: Advances in Neonatal Care: Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899338/high-touch-and-high-tech-ht2-proposal-transforming-patient-engagement-throughout-the-continuum-of-care-by-engaging-patients-with-portal-technology-at-the-bedside
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Ann Scheck McAlearney, Cynthia J Sieck, Jennifer L Hefner, Alison M Aldrich, Daniel M Walker, Milisa K Rizer, Susan D Moffatt-Bruce, Timothy R Huerta
BACKGROUND: For patients with complex care needs, engagement in disease management activities is critical. Chronic illnesses touch almost every person in the United States. The costs are real, personal, and pervasive. In response, patients often seek tools to help them manage their health. Patient portals, personal health records tethered to an electronic health record, show promise as tools that patients value and that can improve health. Although patient portals currently focus on the outpatient experience, the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) has deployed a portal designed specifically for the inpatient experience that is connected to the ambulatory patient portal available after discharge...
November 29, 2016: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895697/trends-in-clinical-characteristics-and-outcomes-of-pre-art-care-at-a-large-hiv-clinic-in-nairobi-kenya-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Jared O Mecha, Elizabeth N Kubo, Lucy W Nganga, Peter N Muiruri, Lilian N Njagi, Immaculate N Mutisya, Justine J Odionyi, Syokau C Ilovi, Mary Wambui, Christopher Githu, Richard Ngethe, Elizabeth M Obimbo, Zipporah W Ngumi
BACKGROUND: The success of antiretroviral therapy in resource-scarce settings is an illustration that complex healthcare interventions can be successfully delivered even in fragile health systems. Documenting the success factors in the scale-up of HIV care and treatment in resource constrained settings will enable health systems to prepare for changing population health needs. This study describes changing demographic and clinical characteristics of adult pre-ART cohorts, and identifies predictors of pre-ART attrition at a large urban HIV clinic in Nairobi, Kenya...
2016: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893951/events-leading-to-hospital-related-disenrollment-of-home-hospice-patients-a-study-of-primary-caregivers-perspectives
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Veerawat Phongtankuel, Shawn Paustian, Manney Carrington Reid, Amanda Finley, Angela Martin, John Delfs, Rosemary Baughn, Ronald D Adelman
BACKGROUND: Approximately 25% of hospice disenrollments in the United States occur as the result of hospitalization, which can lead to burdensome transitions and undesired care. Informal caregivers (e.g., spouses, children) play a critical role in caring for patients on home hospice. Research examining hospital-related disenrollment among these patients is limited. OBJECTIVE: To understand the events surrounding the hospitalization of patients discharged from home hospice through the perspective of their informal caregivers...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893506/the-hospital-course-of-a-successfully-treated-patient-with-respiratory-failure-beginning-to-end
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T Brian Callister
The successful treatment of a patient with acute respiratory failure is a complex undertaking that requires clinical competence, evidence-based interventions, seamless coordination of care transitions, and transparent open communication among all members of the health care team. Many of the processes of care in these critically ill patients are reassuringly consistent across services, across hospitals, across health systems, and even across the country. Although the clinical course of such complicated patients can be extremely unpredictable, we are fortunate that the professional, technical, and psychosocial aspects of care for these patients can be relatively orderly, evidence-based, and transparent...
January 2017: Critical Care Nursing Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890453/transition-of-care-a-set-of-pharmaceutical-interventions-improves-hospital-discharge-prescriptions-from-an-internal-medicine-ward
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Marine Neeman, Maria Dobrinas, Sophie Maurer, Damien Tagan, Annelore Sautebin, Anne-Laure Blanc, Nicolas Widmer
BACKGROUND: Continuity of care between hospitals and community pharmacies needs to be improved to ensure medication safety. This study aimed to evaluate whether a set of pharmaceutical interventions to prepare hospital discharge facilitates the transition of care. METHODS: This study took place in the internal medicine ward and in surrounding community pharmacies. The intervention group's patients underwent a set of pharmaceutical interventions during their hospital stay: medication reconciliation at admission, medication review, and discharge planning...
November 24, 2016: European Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890051/medication-and-treatment-adherence-following-hospital-discharge
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Claudia Greißing, Peter Buchal, Hans-Joachim Kabitz, Marcus Schuchmann, Niko Zantl, Susanne Schiek, Thilo Bertsche
BACKGROUND: Patients' drug regimens often need to be changed when they pass from one care sector to another, but these changes sometimes pose a safety risk. To avoid such risks, a new inter-sector transition concept was developed incorporating discharge medication plans and counseling modules for the patients themselves and the doctors receiving them into their care. METHODS: A prospective interventional trial was carried out in two internal medicine wards of a general hospital...
November 4, 2016: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887667/from-instinct-to-evidence-the-role-of-data-in-country-decision-making-in-chile
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Ximena Paz Aguilera, Consuelo Espinosa-Marty, Carla Castillo-Laborde, Claudia Gonzalez
BACKGROUND: The Chilean health system has undergone profound reforms since 1990, while going through many political upheavals, and faced demographic, health, and economic transformations. The full information requirements to develop an evidence-informed process implied the best possible use of available data, as well as efforts for improving the information systems. OBJECTIVE: To examine, from a historical perspective, the use of data during the health reforms undertaken in Chile since 1990, and to identify the factors that have determined its utilization and improvement...
2016: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884844/medication-reconciliation-as-a-medication-safety-initiative-in-ethiopia-a-study-protocol
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Alemayehu B Mekonnen, Andrew J McLachlan, Jo-Anne E Brien, Desalew Mekonnen, Zenahebezu Abay
INTRODUCTION: Medication related adverse events are common, particularly during transitions of care, and have a significant impact on patient outcomes and healthcare costs. Medication reconciliation (MedRec) is an important initiative to achieve the Quality Use of Medicines, and has been adopted as a standard practice in many developed countries. However, the impact of this strategy is rarely described in Ethiopia. The aims of this study are to explore patient safety culture, and to develop, implement and evaluate a theory informed MedRec intervention, with the aim of minimising the incidence of medication errors during hospital admission...
November 24, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872409/complexity-analysis-of-decision-making-in-the-critically-ill
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Barbara J Daly, Sara L Douglas, Elizabeth O'Toole, James Rowbottom, Alan Hoffer, Amy R Lipson, Christopher Burant
RATIONALE: Despite multiple trials of interventions to improve end-of-life care of the critically ill, there is a persistent lack of understanding of factors associated with barriers to decision-making at the end of life. OBJECTIVE: To apply the principles of complexity science in examining the extent to which transitions to end-of-life care can be predicted by physician, family, or patient characteristics; outcome expectations; and the evaluation of treatment effectiveness...
November 20, 2016: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864202/implementation-of-inpatient-models-of-pharmacogenetics-programs
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Larisa H Cavallari, Craig R Lee, Julio D Duarte, Edith A Nutescu, Kristin W Weitzel, George A Stouffer, Julie A Johnson
PURPOSE: The operational elements essential for establishing an inpatient pharmacogenetic service are reviewed, and the role of the pharmacist in the provision of genotype-guided drug therapy in pharmacogenetics programs at three institutions is highlighted. SUMMARY: Pharmacists are well positioned to assume important roles in facilitating the clinical use of genetic information to optimize drug therapy given their expertise in clinical pharmacology and therapeutics...
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863320/the-effect-of-childhood-adversity-on-4-year-outcome-in-individuals-at-ultra-high-risk-for-psychosis-in-the-dutch-early-detection-intervention-evaluation-edie-nl-trial
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Tamar C Kraan, Helga K Ising, Marjolein Fokkema, Eva Velthorst, David P G van den Berg, Margot Kerkhoven, Wim Veling, Filip Smit, Don H Linszen, Dorien H Nieman, Lex Wunderink, Nynke Boonstra, Rianne M C Klaassen, Sara Dragt, Judith Rietdijk, Lieuwe de Haan, Mark van der Gaag
Childhood adversity is associated with a range of mental disorders, functional impairment and higher health care costs in adulthood. In this study we evaluated if childhood adversity was predictive of adverse clinical and functional outcomes and health care costs in a sample of patients at ultra-high risk (UHR) for developing a psychosis. Structural Equation Modeling was used to examine the effect of childhood adversity on depression, anxiety, transition to psychosis and overall functioning at 4-year follow-up...
November 11, 2016: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863046/early-psychosis-intervention-outpatient-service-of-the-1st-psychiatric-university-clinic-in-athens-3-years-of-experience
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Constantinos Kollias, Lida-Alkisti Xenaki, Stefanos Dimitrakopoulos, Ioannis Kosteletos, Vassilis Kontaxakis, Nikos Stefanis, Charalampos Papageorgiou
To present the 3-year experience of the early intervention in psychosis (EIP) service implementation of the 1st Psychiatric University Clinic in Athens. An overview of: (1) the purpose of our service, (2) the referral network, (3) the selection criteria, (4) the diagnostic procedures, (5) the therapeutic interventions and (6) the research activities. The service was established in 2012 and developed gradually aiming to provide information, early detection, treatment and support to people aged 15 to 40 years with psychotic manifestations, who are either at increased risk of developing psychosis (at-risk mental state [ARMS]) or with first episode psychosis (FEP)...
November 9, 2016: Early Intervention in Psychiatry
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