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Brian Shiner, Christine Leonard Westgate, Vanessa Simiola, Richard Thompson, Paula P Schnurr, Joan M Cook
Objective: Available studies on implementation of evidence-based psychotherapy (EBP) for patients attending Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) residential post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) programs rely on therapist self-report of EBP delivery. Patient-level data on receipt of EBP are needed both to corroborate therapist self-report and to understand patient factors that predict receipt of EBPs for PTSD. Materials and Methods: We identified 159 therapists from 38 VA residential PTSD programs who responded to a survey about EBP implementation during the 2015 fiscal year (FY15)...
March 14, 2018: Military Medicine
Carol H Wysham, Dominic Pilon, Mike Ingham, Marie-Hélène Lafeuille, Bruno Emond, Rhiannon Kamstra, Michael Pfeifer, Patrick Lefebvre
OBJECTIVE: To compare glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) control and medication costs between patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) treated with canagliflozin 300 mg (CANA) or a glucagon-like peptide 1 receptor agonist (GLP-1 RA) in a real-world setting. METHODS: Adults with T2DM newly initiated on CANA or a GLP-1 RA (index date) were identified from IQVIA™ Real-World Data Electronic Medical Records U.S. database (March 29, 2012-April 30, 2016). Inverse probability of treatment weighting accounted for differences in baseline characteristics...
March 2018: Endocrine Practice
Jorge C Kattah
Background: Previous series of bilateral vestibular loss (BVL) identified numerous etiologies, but surprisingly, a cause in a significant number of cases remains unknown. In an effort to understand possible etiology and management strategies, a global effort is currently in progress. Here, I contribute my 10-year experience with both acute and chronic BVL during the 2007-2017 decade. Methods: This is a retrospective review of the charts and EMR of patients diagnosed with BVL in the last 10 years...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Mehmet F Aydın, Emre Adıgüzel, Hakan Güzel
To determine the knowledge, attitudes, practices, and awareness for risk factors associated with cystic echinococcosis (CE) among animal breeders, nurses, nursing students, dietitians, food professionals and other public groups in Turkey. Methods: Questionnaire forms were prepared in compliance with the individuals' diversity, and a survey was created about agents, transmission modes, epidemiology, treatment, and risk factors for CE. The descriptive survey was performed between May 2015 and May 2016 by face-to-face communication...
March 2018: Saudi Medical Journal
Emre Turkoz, Antonio Perazzo, Hyoungsoo Kim, Howard A Stone, Craig B Arnold
Understanding jet formation from non-Newtonian fluids is important for improving the quality of various printing and dispensing techniques. Here, we use a laser-based nozzleless method to investigate impulsively formed jets of non-Newtonian fluids. Experiments with a time-resolved imaging setup demonstrate multiple regimes during jet formation that can result in zero, single, or multiple drops per laser pulse. These regimes depend on the ink thickness, ink rheology, and laser energy. For optimized printing, it is desirable to select parameters that result in a single-drop breakup; however, the strain-rate dependent rheology of these inks makes it challenging to determine these conditions a priori...
February 16, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Albert C Hergenroeder, Douglas S Moodie, Daniel J Penny, Constance M Wiemann, Blanca Sanchez-Fournier, Lauren K Moore, Jane Head
OBJECTIVE: To describe changes in functional status between the last pediatric and first adult congenital heart disease (CHD) clinic visits in patients with moderate to severe CHD after implementing a healthcare transition (HCT) planning program. DESIGN: Quasi-experimental design. Patients were followed prospectively following the implementation of the intervention; Control patients transitioned from the Pediatric CHD Clinic into Adult CHD Clinic before the intervention...
March 15, 2018: Congenital Heart Disease
Paul J Choi, Joe Iwanaga, R Shane Tubbs, Emre Yilmaz
Owing to its rarity, rhabdomyosarcoma of the head and neck (HNRMS) has seldom been discussed in the literature. As most of the data is based only on the retrospective experiences of tertiary healthcare centers, there are difficulties in formulating a standard treatment protocol. Moreover, the disease is poorly understood at its pathological, genetic, and molecular levels. For instance, 20% of all histological assessment is inaccurate; even an experienced pathologist can confuse rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) with neuroblastoma, Ewing's sarcoma, and lymphoma...
January 9, 2018: Curēus
Serdar Surenkok, Emre Tahberer, Ahmet Cinkaya, Hilmi Kodaz, Aysenur Deger
Metaplastic carcinomas of the breast are very rare and constitute less than 0.5% of all breast cancers. Breast metaplastic carcinomas are aggressive.They have worse prognosis compared to other breast cancers. We present a case diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer due to the rare occurrence of these tumours in treatment of which surgical chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hormonotherapy are employed together.
March 2018: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Emre Yanikkerem, Sema Üstgörül, Asli Karakus, Ozge Baydar, Nicole Esmeray, Gül Ertem
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate Turkish nursing students' attitudes towards voluntary induced abortion.. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted between January and June 2015, comprising students of Ege University Nursing Faculty and Celal Bayar University School of Health, located in two different cities of Turkey. Data was collected with a three-part questionnaire, focussing on students' characteristics, the knowledge of abortion law in Turkey and attitudes towards voluntary induced abortion...
March 2018: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Vineet M Arora
With the advent of electronic medical records (EMRs) fueling the rise of big data, the use of predictive analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence are touted as transformational tools to improve clinical care. While major investments are being made in using big data to transform health care delivery, little effort has been directed toward exploiting big data to improve graduate medical education (GME). Because our current system relies on faculty observations of competence, it is not unreasonable to ask whether big data in the form of clinical EMRs and other novel data sources can answer questions of importance in GME such as when is a resident ready for independent practice...
March 13, 2018: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
Dorothee Boehm, Konstantin Bergmeister, Emre Gazyakan, Thomas Kremer, Ulrich Kneser, Volker J Schmidt
AIMS: Reconstruction of breasts and chest wall deformities in female patients after severe burn injury is a challenge for reconstructive surgeons. In these patients, neither implant-based procedures nor standard free flaps are sometimes applicable because of limited skin quality and unavailability of donor sites at the abdomen, back, buttock, or medial thigh. METHODS: We present a case of a young female patient with a history of 80 % total body surface area burn after electric high-voltage injury...
March 13, 2018: Annals of Plastic Surgery
Ayoub Al-Jawaldeh, Azza Abul-Fadl
The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global program for promoting support and protection for breastfeeding. However, its impact on malnutrition, especially in countries of the Eastern Mediterranean region (EMR) that are facing the turmoil of conflict and emergencies, deserves further investigation. Having said that, this paper aims to discuss the status and challenges to BFHI implementation in the EMR countries. Data on BFHI implementation, breastfeeding practices, and nutritional status were collected from countries through structured questionnaires, personal interviews, and databases...
March 11, 2018: Children
Mert Ozan Bahtiyar, Emre Ekmekci, Emine Demirel, Roxanna A Irani, Joshua A Copel
Monochorionic twin pregnancies are at risk of unique complications due to placental sharing and vascular connections between placental territories assigned for each twin. Twin anemia-polycythemia sequence (TAPS) is an infrequent but potentially dangerous complication of abnormal placental vascular connections. TAPS occurs due to very-small-caliber (< 1 mm) abnormal placental vascular connections which lead to chronic anemia in the donor twin and polycythemia in the recipient twin. TAPS may occur spontaneously or following fetoscopic laser photocoagulation of communicating placental vessels for twin-twin transfusion syndrome...
March 13, 2018: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
Kristin M Sheffield, Lee Bowman, David M Smith, Li Li, Lisa M Hess, Leslie B Montejano, Tina M Willson, Amy J Davidoff
AIM: To develop a claims-based prediction model of poor performance status (PS) in commercially insured and Medicare supplemental beneficiaries with cancer. PATIENTS & METHODS: Retrospective analysis was conducted of electronic medical records (EMR) from community oncology practices linked to MarketScan claims. Multivariable logistic regression predicted PS scores from the EMR using claims-based diagnostic and procedure codes. RESULTS: The study included 8442 patients diagnosed with cancer from 2007 to 2015...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research
Malhar P Patel, Priscille Schettini, Colin P O'Leary, Hayden B Bosworth, John B Anderson, Kevin P Shah
PURPOSE: Ideally, a referral from a primary care physician (PCP) to a specialist results in a completed specialty appointment with results available to the PCP. This is defined as "closing the referral loop." As health systems grow more complex, regulatory bodies increase vigilance, and reimbursement shifts towards value, closing the referral loop becomes a patient safety, regulatory, and financial imperative. OBJECTIVE/DESIGN: To assess the ability of a large health system to close the referral loop, we used electronic medical record (EMR)-generated data to analyze referrals from a large primary care network to 20 high-volume specialties between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016...
March 12, 2018: Journal of General Internal Medicine
Arife Çimen Atalar, Yüksel Erdal, Betül Tekin, Muhammed Yıldız, Özlem Akdoğan, Ufuk Emre
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a common chronic neurological disease that causes disability. MS can have various clinical manifestations, one of which is olfactory dysfunction. In clinical practice, olfactory disturbances are usually underdiagnosed. The aim of our study is to assess olfactory function and its relationship with MS disease duration, disability and cognition. METHOD: We assessed 31 MS patients and 24 healthy controls matched in sex and age at our MS outpatient clinic of the Istanbul Education and Research Hospital Neurology Department...
March 3, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
Derek T Cawley, Daniel Larrieu, Takashi Fujishiro, David Kieser, Louis Bossiere, Emre Acaroglu, Ahmet Alanay, Frank Kleinsteück, Ferran Pellisé, Francisco Sánchez Pérez-Grueso, Jean-Marc Vital, Olivier Gille, Ibrahim Obeid
STUDY DESIGN: Multicenter, prospective study of consecutive adult spinal deformity (ASD) patients. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate back and leg pain as a combined score in ASD and compare their relative and cumulative correlations with HRQOL and sagittal parameters. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Pain and disability are commonly reported in patients with ASD. This can affect their back, their legs or both. ASD-associated pain has been correlated with numerous health-related quality of life (HRQOL) scores and radiological parameters...
March 9, 2018: Spine
Mustafa Cem Terzi, Cihan Agalar, Sari Habip, Aras Emre Canda, Naciye Cigdem Arslan, Funda Obuz
BACKGROUND: Primary closure of the fistula tract using energy emitted by a radial fiber connected to a diode laser is a novel procedure for treating perianal fistulas. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the long-term effectiveness of this new technique. DESIGN: The surgical objective was to seal the fistula tract using laser energy. SETTINGS: The study was conducted at a single day-case surgery center...
March 8, 2018: Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
Bahar Gürlek Demirci, Siren Sezer, Saliha Uyanık Yıldırım, Meltem Kaynar Erdoğan, Emre Tutal, Özlem Özdemir, Gani Orazbayev, Mehmet Haberal
OBJECTIVES: Increased circulating levels of fibroblast growth factor 23, neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin, and endostatin are independent risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Here, we evaluated correlations among these parameters and graft dysfunction and their relation with arterial stiffness. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This prospective study included 73 maintenance kidney transplant patients with stable allograft function who had received the transplant at least 36 months previously...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Bahar Gürlek Demirci, Siren Sezer, Emre Tutal, Turan Çolak, Saliha Uyanık, Mehmet Haberal
OBJECTIVES: In kidney transplant recipients, reduced muscle mass and hand-grip strength are associated with impaired nutritional status. Serum testosterone is highly associated with muscle strength in the general population. Here, we aimed to determine the associations among serum testosterone, hand-grip strength, and nutritional and inflammatory parameters, as well as graft function. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Our study included 144 stable male kidney transplant recipients from our renal transplant outpatient clinic...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
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