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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447018/predictors-of-over-the-counter-medication-a-cross-sectional-indian-study
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Abinash Panda, Supriya Pradhan, Gurukrushna Mohapatro, Jaya Singh Kshatri
CONTEXT: The determinants of over-the-counter (OTC) medication need to be understood to design adequate drug information policies. AIM: To determine the prevalence and predictors of OTC medication among the adult population of Berhampur town in Odisha, India. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: It was a prospective, cross-sectional, observational study carried out in the private retail pharmacy on a convenience sample of 880 adults over a period of 6 months at Berhampur, Odisha, India...
April 2017: Perspectives in Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446384/the-directorate-general-for-health-and-consumers-1999-2014-an-assessment-of-its-functional-capacities
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Timo Clemens, Kristine Sørensen, Nicole Rosenkötter, Kai Michelsen, Helmut Brand
Capacity assessment has become a popular measure in the health sector to assess the ability of various stakeholders to pursue agreed activities. The European Commission (EC) is increasingly dealing with a variety of health issues to coordinate and complement national health policies. This study analyses the functional capacity of the Directorate-General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO) between 1999 and 2004. It applies the UNDP Capacity Assessment Framework and uses a literature review, a document review of EU policy documents and expert interviews to assess the capacity of DG SANCO to fulfill its mandate for public health and health systems...
April 6, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442155/a-rapid-review-of-consumer-health-information-needs-and-preferences
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REVIEW
Imogen Ramsey, Nadia Corsini, Micah D J Peters, Marion Eckert
OBJECTIVE: This rapid review summarizes best available evidence on consumers' needs and preferences for information about healthcare, with a focus on the Australian context. Three questions are addressed: 1) Where do consumers find and what platform do they use to access information about healthcare? 2) How do consumers use the healthcare information that they find? 3) About which topics or subjects do consumers need healthcare information? METHODS: A hierarchical approach was adopted with evidence first sought from reviews then high quality studies using Medline (via PubMed), CINAHL, Embase, the JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, the Campbell Collaboration Library of Systematic Reviews, EPPI-Centre, and Epistemonikos...
April 10, 2017: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441097/antismoking-ads-at-the-point-of-sale-the-influence-of-ad-type-and-context-on-ad-reactions
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Annice Kim, James Nonnemaker, Jamie Guillory, Paul Shafer, Sarah Parvanta, John Holloway, Matthew Farrelly
Efforts are underway to educate consumers about the dangers of smoking at the point of sale (POS). Research is limited about the efficacy of POS antismoking ads to guide campaign development. This study experimentally tests whether the type of antismoking ad and the context in which ads are viewed influence people's reactions to the ads. A national convenience sample of 7,812 adult current smokers and recent quitters was randomized to 1 of 39 conditions. Participants viewed one of the four types of antismoking ads (negative health consequences-graphic, negative social consequences-intended emotive, benefits of quitting-informational, benefits of quitting-graphic) in one of the three contexts (alone, next to a cigarette ad, POS tobacco display)...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Health Communication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440578/developing-social-marketed-individual-preconception-care-consultations-which-consumer-preferences-should-it-meet
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Sabine F van Voorst, Chantal A Ten Kate, Lieke C de Jong-Potjer, Eric A P Steegers, Semiha Denktaş
AIMS: Preconception care (PCC) is care that aims to improve the health of offspring by addressing risk factors in the pre-pregnancy period. Consultations are recognized as a method to promote perinatal health. However, prospective parents underutilize PCC services. Uptake can improve if delivery approaches satisfy consumer preferences. Aim of this study was to identify preferences of women (consumers) as a first step to social marketed individual PCC consultations. METHODS: In depth, semi-structured interviews were performed to identify women's views regarding the four components of the social marketing model: product (individual PCC consultation), place (setting), promotion (how women are made aware of the product) and price (costs)...
April 25, 2017: Health Expectations: An International Journal of Public Participation in Health Care and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439922/illicit-drug-use-among-new-zealand-gay-and-bisexual-men-prevalence-and-association-with-sexual-health-behaviours
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Peter Saxton, David Newcombe, Arslan Ahmed, Nigel Dickson, Anthony Hughes
INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: Data are lacking on drug use among gay and bisexual men (GBM) in New Zealand. We establish a baseline estimate of drug use and investigate associations with sexual health and HIV risk. DESIGN AND METHODS: A cross-sectional survey of GBM was conducted in gay community settings and online. Participants were asked their frequency of using nine drugs (poppers, cannabis, ecstasy, methamphetamine, amphetamine, cocaine, LSD, gamma hydroxybutyrate and ketamine) in the previous 6 months...
April 25, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438155/the-malaria-testing-and-treatment-landscape-in-the-southern-lao-people-s-democratic-republic-pdr
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Saysana Phanalasy
BACKGROUND: In the context of national and regional goals to eliminate malaria by 2030, the Center for Malaria Parasitology and Entomology in the Lao PDR is implementing strategies to ensure all malaria cases are detected and appropriately treated with first-line artemisinin combination therapy, artemether-lumefantrine (AL). Timely and relevant evidence to inform policies and strategies is needed to ensure the most effective and efficient use of resources, and to accelerate progress towards elimination goals...
April 25, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435820/costs-of-hospital-admission-on-primary-immunodeficiency-diseases
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Kheirollah Gholami, Elaheh Laali, Hassan Abolhassani, Alireza Ahmadvand, Niayesh Mohebbi, Mohammad Reza Javadi, Asghar Aghamohammadi, Nima Rezaei
BACKGROUND: Primary immunodeficiency diseases (PID) are heterogeneous group of inherited disorders mainly characterized by recurrent infections leading to several times hospital admissions. The economic impact of PID is a challenging issue; therefore, this study was designed to determine the medical costs of hospitalizations in this group of patients as an indicator of the direct cost of these diseases. METHODS: One hundred and ten children with PID hospitalized in the Children's Medical Center Hospital, Tehran, Iran were included in this study during Jan 2011 and Jan 2012...
March 2017: Iranian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434919/a-review-of-dtca-techniques-appraising-their-success-and-potential-impact-on-medication-users
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REVIEW
Zaheer-Ud-Din Babar, Ashna Medina Siraj, Louise Curley
BACKGROUND: Direct-to-consumer advertising (DTCA) has been present in some countries for nearly two decades. Its success and ramifications have been examined but not yet cataloged recently in a comprehensive manner. OBJECTIVE: To review existing literature studies on the topic of DTCA techniques to provide an analysis of the current methods considered by drug marketers to enhance the effect of pharmaceutical product promotion and its success, as well as examine ramifications on the drug use process...
April 12, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434611/alcohol-intake-and-risk-of-rosacea-in-us-women
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Suyun Li, Eunyoung Cho, Aaron M Drucker, Abrar A Qureshi, Wen-Qing Li
BACKGROUND: The epidemiologic association between alcohol and rosacea is unclear and inconsistent based on the previous cross-sectional or case-control studies. OBJECTIVE: We conducted a cohort study to determine the association between alcohol intake and the risk of rosacea in women. METHODS: A total of 82,737 women were included from the Nurses' Health Study II (1991-2005). Information on alcohol intake was collected every 4 years during follow-up...
April 1, 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434469/the-north-american-yoga-therapy-workforce-survey
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Marlysa Sullivan, Matthew Leach, James Snow, Steffany Moonaz
OBJECTIVE: To describe the personal, professional, practice, service and consumer characteristics of the North American yoga therapy workforce. DESIGN: Cross-sectional, descriptive survey developed and informed by the contemporary workforce literature. A link to the e-survey was distributed to members of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. RESULTS: 367 members responded (∼20% of eligible participants). Most were aged 40-69 years (88%) and female (91%)...
April 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434278/electronic-health-record-use-among-cancer-patients-insights-from-the-health-information-national-trends-survey
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Yulia A Strekalova
Over 90% of US hospitals provide patients with access to e-copy of their health records, but the utilization of electronic health records by the US consumers remains low. Guided by the comprehensive information-seeking model, this study used data from the National Cancer Institute's Health Information National Trends Survey 4 (Cycle 4) and examined the factors that explain the level of electronic health record use by cancer patients. Consistent with the model, individual information-seeking factors and perceptions of security and utility were associated with the frequency of electronic health record access...
April 1, 2017: Health Informatics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433825/a-distributed-framework-for-health-information-exchange-using-smartphone-technologies
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Mohamed Abdulnabi, Ahmed Al-Haiqi, Mlm Kiah, A A Zaidan, B B Zaidan, Muzammil Hussein
Nationwide health information exchange (NHIE) continues to be a persistent concern for government agencies, despite the many efforts and the conceived benefits of sharing patient data among healthcare providers. Difficulties in ensuring global connectivity, interoperability, and concerns on security have always hampered the government from successfully deploying NHIE. By looking at NHIE from a fresh perspective and bearing in mind the pervasiveness and power of modern mobile platforms, this paper proposes a new approach to NHIE that builds on the notion of consumer-mediated HIE, albeit without the focus on central health record banks...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432639/measuring-patient-experience-in-dialysis-a-new-paradigm-of-quality-assessment
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REVIEW
Connie M Rhee, Steven M Brunelli, Lalita Subramanian, Francesca Tentori
Patients' experience of care (PEC) is as an important dimension in quality of care. As a distinct entity from patient satisfaction and patient health-related quality of life, PEC is defined as patients' perceptions of the range of interactions they have with the health care system, including care from providers, facilities, and health plans. While traditionally PEC may be ascertained via informal assessments, in recent years, especially in the United States, there has been a shift towards standardized surveillance of PEC amongst dialysis patients in order to: (1) set a normative expectation regarding the importance of PEC; (2) standardize the components of patients' experience that are assessed to minimize potential "blind spots"; (3) provide a direct "voice" to the patient in communicating perceptions of their care; (4) facilitate comparisons of quality across facilities; and (5) broaden accountability for PEC to the entire multidisciplinary dialysis care team...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432577/implicit-reasons-for-disclosure-of-the-use-of-complementary-health-approaches-cha-a-consumer-commitment-perspective
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Fuschia M Sirois, Helene Riess, Dawn M Upchurch
BACKGROUND: Disclosure of the use of complementary health approaches (CHA) is an important yet understudied health behavior with important implications for patient care. Yet research into disclosure of CHA has been atheoretical and neglected the role of health beliefs. PURPOSE: Using a consumer commitment model of CHA use as a guiding conceptual framework, the current study tests the hypotheses that perceived positive CHA outcomes (utilitarian values) and positive CHA beliefs (symbolic values) are associated with disclosure of CHA to conventional care providers in a nationally representative US sample...
April 21, 2017: Annals of Behavioral Medicine: a Publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431783/supplementary-health-insurance-from-the-consumer-point-of-view-are-israelis-consumers-doing-an-informed-rational-choice-when-purchasing-supplementary-health-insurance
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Giora Kaplan, Yael Shahar, Orna Tal
BACKGROUND: The National Health Insurance Law in Israel ensures basic health basket eligibility for all its citizens. A supplemental health insurance plan (SHIP) is offered for an additional fee. Over the years, the percentage of supplemental insurance's holders has risen considerably, ranking among the highest in OECD countries. The assumption that consumers implement an informed rational choice based on relevant information is doubtful. Are consumers sufficiently well informed to make market processes work well? OBJECTIVES: To examine perspectives, preferences and knowledge of Israelis in relation to SHIP...
April 8, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429924/dietary-choice-and-health-behaviors-in-eastern-chinese-women-a-descriptive-population-based-survey-and-review-of-public-health-data
#17
Feng Wang, Fei Wang, Lixiang Yu, Zhigang Yu
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Urbanization in China has increased the prevalence of high-fat and low-fiber diets, and of adverse health behaviors associated with an increased risk of diet-related, non-communicable diseases (DR-NCDs) in eastern Chinese women. This study aimed to characterize the dietary intake and health behaviors in eastern Chinese women. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective data of 122,058 women aged 25 to 70 who completed a multi-staged, stratified, cluster sampling epidemiological survey in eastern China in 2008, including self-report of diet and lifestyle information (sleep, physical activity, work, etc...
May 2017: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427038/urinary-triclosan-concentrations-during-pregnancy-and-birth-outcomes
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Taylor M Etzel, Antonia M Calafat, Xiaoyun Ye, Aimin Chen, Bruce P Lanphear, David A Savitz, Kimberly Yolton, Joseph M Braun
BACKGROUND: Triclosan is an antimicrobial chemical used in consumer products, and exposure is ubiquitous among pregnant women in the United States. Triclosan may reduce the levels of thyroid hormones that are important for fetal growth and development. OBJECTIVE: We investigated the relationship of prenatal triclosan exposure with birth anthropometry and gestational duration. METHODS: We used data from 378 mother-child pairs participating in the Health Outcomes and Measures of the Environment (HOME) Study, a prospective pregnancy and birth cohort from Cincinnati, OH...
April 17, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426322/formative-research-to-design-a-promotional-campaign-to-increase-drinking-water-among-central-american-latino-youth-in-an-urban-area
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Nicole Barrett, Uriyoán Colón-Ramos, Allison Elkins, Ivonne Rivera, W Douglas Evans, Mark Edberg
Latinos consume more sugary drinks and less water than other demographic groups. Our objective was to understand beverage choice motivations and test promotional concepts that can encourage Central American Latino urban youth to drink more water. Two rounds of focus group discussions were conducted (n = 10 focus groups, 61 participants, 6-18 years old). Data were transcribed verbatim and analyzed using inductive and deductive coding approaches. Youth motivations for drinking water were shaped by level of thirst, weather, energy, and perceptions of health benefits...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Health Communication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425904/-testing-is-healthy-timeplay-campaign-evaluation-of-sexual-health-promotion-gamification-intervention-targeting-young-adults
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Qinya Zhang, Kim J Huhn, Andy Tan, Rachel E Douglas, Helen Guiyun Li, Michelle Murti, Victoria Lee
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of the study were to 1) describe the implementation of the "Testing is Healthy" campaign in four locations in British Columbia (BC) and 2) report process evaluation indicators for the campaign. PARTICIPANTS: Young adults ages 20-29 years, the age group with the highest reported rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea in BC. SETTINGS: Movie theatres located in Langley, Burnaby, Coquitlam and Surrey, which are communities served by the Fraser Health Authority (FHA) in BC...
April 20, 2017: Canadian Journal of Public Health. Revue Canadienne de Santé Publique
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