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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350901/gram-negative-bacterial-infections-research-priorities-accomplishments-and-future-directions-of-the-antibacterial-resistance-leadership-group
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Yohei Doi, Robert A Bonomo, David C Hooper, Keith S Kaye, James R Johnson, Cornelius J Clancy, Joshua T Thaden, Martin E Stryjewski, David van Duin
Antimicrobial resistance in pathogenic gram-negative bacteria is one of the most pressing challenges in the field of infectious diseases and is one of 4 key areas of unmet medical need identified by the Antibacterial Resistance Leadership Group (ARLG). The mission of the Gram-Negative Committee is to advance our knowledge of these challenging infections and implement studies to improve patient outcomes. Studies have fallen primarily into 2 broad categories: prospective cohort studies and interventional trials...
March 15, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350757/acupuncture-for-menopausal-hot-flashes-clinical-evidence-update-and-its-relevance-to-decision-making
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Carolyn Ee, Simon D French, Charlie C Xue, Marie Pirotta, Helena Teede
OBJECTIVE: There is conflicting evidence on the efficacy and effectiveness of acupuncture for menopausal hot flashes. This article synthesizes the best available evidence for when women are considering whether acupuncture might be useful for menopausal hot flashes. METHODS: We searched electronic databases to identify randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews of acupuncture for menopausal hot flushes. RESULTS: The overall evidence demonstrates that acupuncture is effective when compared with no treatment, but not efficacious compared with sham...
March 27, 2017: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350492/addressing-stillbirth-in-india-must-include-men
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Lisa Roberts, Susanne Montgomery, Gayatri Ganesh, Harinder Pal Kaur, Ratan Singh
BACKGROUND: Millennium Development Goal 4, to reduce child mortality, can only be achieved by reducing stillbirths globally. A confluence of medical and sociocultural factors contribute to the high stillbirth rates in India. The psychosocial aftermath of stillbirth is a well-documented public health problem, though less is known of the experience for men, particularly outside of the Western context. Therefore, men's perceptions and knowledge regarding reproductive health, as well as maternal-child health are important...
March 28, 2017: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344721/examining-the-impact-of-early-longitudinal-patient-exposure-on-medical-students-career-choices
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Jason Kwok, Vincent Wu, Anthony Sanfilippo, Kathryn Bowes, Sheila Pinchin
BACKGROUND: Medical schools include career direction experiences to help students make informed career decisions. Most experiences are short, precluding students from attaining adequate exposure to long-term encounters within medicine. We investigated the impact of the First Patient Program (FPP), which fosters longitudinal patient exposure by pairing junior medical students with chronically ill patients through their healthcare journey, in instilling career direction. METHODS: Medical students who completed at least 6-months in the FPP participated in a cross-sectional survey...
February 2017: Canadian Medical Education Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344712/canadian-medical-education-journal-survey-evaluations-of-university-of-british-columbia-residents-education-and-attitudes-regarding-palliative-care-and-physician-assisted-death
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David Spicer, Sonia Paul, Tom Tang, Charlie Chen, Jocelyn Chase
BACKGROUND: Little prior research has been conducted regarding resident physicians' opinions on the subject of Physician Assisted Death (PAD), despite past surveys ascertaining the attitudes of practicing physicians towards PAD in Canada. We solicited British Columbia residents' opinions on the amount of education they receive about palliative care and physician assisted death, and their attitudes towards the implementation of PAD. METHODS: We conducted a cross sectional, anonymous online survey with the resident physicians of British Columbia, Canada...
February 2017: Canadian Medical Education Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344697/learning-by-concordance-lbc-introducing-undergraduate-students-to-the-complexity-and-uncertainty-of-clinical-practice
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Nicolas Fernandez, Amélie Foucault, Serge Dubé, Diane Robert, Chantal Lafond, Anne-Marie Vincent, Jeannine Kassis, Driss Kazitani, Bernard Charlin
BACKGROUND: A current challenge in medical education is the steep exposure to the complexity and uncertainty of clinical practice in early clerkship. The gap between pre-clinical courses and the reality of clinical decision-making can be overwhelming for undergraduate students. The Learning-by-Concordance (LbC) approach aims to bridge this gap by embedding complexity and uncertainty by relying on real-life situations and exposure to expert reasoning processes to support learning. LbC provides three forms of support: 1) expert responses that students compare with their own, 2) expert explanations and 3) recognized scholars' key-messages...
October 2016: Canadian Medical Education Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344696/systems-1-and-2-thinking-processes-and-cognitive-reflection-testing-in-medical-students
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Shu Wen Tay, Paul Ryan, C Anthony Ryan
BACKGROUND: Diagnostic decision-making is made through a combination of Systems 1 (intuition or pattern-recognition) and Systems 2 (analytic) thinking. The purpose of this study was to use the Cognitive Reflection Test (CRT) to evaluate and compare the level of Systems 1 and 2 thinking among medical students in pre-clinical and clinical programs. METHODS: The CRT is a three-question test designed to measure the ability of respondents to activate metacognitive processes and switch to System 2 (analytic) thinking where System 1 (intuitive) thinking would lead them astray...
October 2016: Canadian Medical Education Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344689/exploring-social-media-and-admissions-decision-making-friends-or-foes
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Marcus Law, Maria Mylopoulos, Paula Veinot, Daniel Miller, Mark D Hanson
BACKGROUND: Despite the ever-increasing use of social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter) little is known about its use in medical school admissions. This qualitative study explores whether and how social media (SM) is used in undergraduate admissions in Canada, and the attitudes of admissions personnel towards such use. METHODS: Phone interviews were conducted with admissions deans and nominated admissions personnel. A qualitative descriptive analysis was performed using iterative coding and comparing, and grouping data into themes...
October 2016: Canadian Medical Education Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343424/biosimilar-biologic-drugs-a-new-frontier-in-medical-care
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Daniel M Geynisman, Guillermo de Velasco, K Lea Sewell, Ira Jacobs
Physicians in training are expected to be aware of the newest developments in patient care. Biologic therapies have changed treatment of many diseases by specifically targeting key disease mediators, but patient access to these therapies can be limited. As patents for the first biologic therapies are expiring, the development and approval of products known as biosimilars is rapidly gaining momentum. A biosimilar is a biologic product that is highly similar to a reference product (a licensed biologic product), notwithstanding minor differences in clinically inactive components...
March 27, 2017: Postgraduate Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342989/patient-engagement-and-study-design-of-prop-up-a-multi-site-patient-centered-prospective-observational-study-of-patients-undergoing-hepatitis-c-treatment
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Donna M Evon, Carol E Golin, Paul Stewart, Michael W Fried, Shani Alston, Bryce Reeve, Anna S Lok, Richard K Sterling, Joseph K Lim, Nancy Reau, Souvik Sarkar, David R Nelson, K Rajender Reddy, Adrian M Di Bisceglie
BACKGROUND: New highly efficacious direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapies are available to treat chronic hepatitis C viral (HCV) infection. Real-world, patient-centered data on harms and benefits associated with these therapies are needed. METHODS: PROP UP is a multi-center prospective observational study that plans to enroll 1600 patients starting treatment with recently-approved DAA regimens. Informed by extensive input from a HCV patient engagement group who prioritized outcomes most important to them, patient-reported outcomes will be characterized using surveys at five time points: Baseline (T1), treatment week 4 (T2), end of treatment (T3), 12weeks post-treatment (T4), 12months post-treatment (T5)...
March 22, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342767/developing-cognitive-task-analysis-based-educational-videos-for-basic-surgical-skills-in-plastic-surgery
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Celine Yeung, Catherine McMillan, Tomas J Saun, Kimberly Sun, Veerle D'hondt, Herbert P von Schroeder, Glykeria Martou, Matthew Lee, Elizabeth Liao, Paul Binhammer
OBJECTIVE: To describe the development of cognitive task analysis (CTA)-based multimedia educational videos for surgical trainees in plastic surgery. DESIGN: A needs assessment survey was used to identify 5 plastic surgery skills on which to focus the educational videos. Three plastic surgeons were video-recorded performing each skill while describing the procedure, and were interviewed with probing questions. Three medical student reviewers coded transcripts and categorized each step into "action," "decision," or "assessment," and created a cognitive demands table (CDT) for each skill...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341493/procalcitonin-as-a-biomarker-for-predicting-amputation-level-in-lower-extremity-infections
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Matthew M Reiner, Wissam E Khoury, Michael B Canales, Richard A Chmielewski, Kartick Patel, Mark C Razzante, Coleman O Cloughtery, Douglas Y Rowland
Inflammatory markers are essential tools in the decision-making process for lower extremity infections. When coupled with objective findings, clinicians can more accurately diagnose and treat these entities. Typically, markers such as the white blood cell count, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, and C-reactive protein are used to initially assess these patients or monitor the progression of medical or surgical therapy. Procalcitonin is a newer inflammatory marker that is specific for an infectious process. Originally, procalcitonin was used to monitor antibiotic therapy and sepsis for patients in the intensive care setting, but it has now been expanded to other facets of medicine...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery: Official Publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341492/understanding-antibiotic-decision-making-in-surgery-a-qualitative-analysis
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E Charani, C Tarrant, K Moorthy, N Sevdalis, L Brennan, A H Holmes
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the characteristics and culture of antibiotic decision making in the surgical specialty. METHODS: A qualitative study including ethnographic observation and face to face interviews with participants from six surgical teams at a teaching hospital in London was conducted. Over a three month period: 1) thirty ward rounds (WRs) (100 hours) were observed, 2) face-to-face follow up interviews took place with thirteen key informants, 3) multidisciplinary meetings on the management of surgical patients and daily practice on wards were observed...
March 21, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341325/relevance-of-grasp-types-to-assess-functionality-for-personal-autonomy
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Verónica Gracia-Ibáñez, Joaquin L Sancho-Bru, Margarita Vergara
STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional research design. INTRODUCTION: Current assessment of hand function is not focused on evaluating the real abilities required for autonomy. PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: To quantify the relevance of grasp types for autonomy to guide hand recovery and its assessment. METHODS: Representative tasks of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health activities in which the hands are directly involved were recorded...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Hand Therapy: Official Journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341106/the-apple-trial-feasibility-and-activity-of-azd9291-osimertinib-treatment-on-positive-plasma-t790m-in-egfr-mutant-nsclc-patients-eortc-1613
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Jordi Remon, Jessica Menis, Baktiar Hasan, Aleksandra Peric, Eleonora De Maio, Silvia Novello, Martin Reck, Thierry Berghmans, Bartosz Wasag, Benjamin Besse, Rafal Dziadziuszko
The AZD9291 (Osimertinib) Treatment on Positive PLasma T790M in EGFR-mutant NSCLC Patients (APPLE) trial is a randomized, open-label, multicenter, 3-arm, phase II study in advanced, epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-mutant and EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI)-naive non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients, to evaluate the best strategy for sequencing gefitinib and osimertinib treatment. Advanced EGFR-mutant NSCLC patients, with World Health Organization performance status 0-2 who are EGFR TKI treatment-naive and eligible to receive first-line treatment with EGFR TKI will be randomized to: In all arms, a plasmatic ctDNA T790M test will be performed by a central laboratory at the Medical University of Gdansk (Poland) but will be applied as a predictive marker for making treatment decisions only in arm B...
March 1, 2017: Clinical Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340626/decision-making-for-breast-cancer-prevention-among-women-at-elevated-risk
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Tasleem J Padamsee, Celia E Wills, Lisa D Yee, Electra D Paskett
Several medical management approaches have been shown to be effective in preventing breast cancer and detecting it early among women at elevated risk: 1) prophylactic mastectomy; 2) prophylactic oophorectomy; 3) chemoprevention; and 4) enhanced screening routines. To varying extents, however, these approaches are substantially underused relative to clinical practice recommendations. This article reviews the existing research on the uptake of these prevention approaches, the characteristics of women who are likely to use various methods, and the decision-making processes that underlie the differing choices of women...
March 24, 2017: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340589/critical-race-theory-as-a-tool-for-understanding-poor-engagement-along-the-hiv-care-continuum-among-african-american-black-and-hispanic-persons-living-with-hiv-in-the-united-states-a-qualitative-exploration
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Robert Freeman, Marya Viorst Gwadz, Elizabeth Silverman, Alexandra Kutnick, Noelle R Leonard, Amanda S Ritchie, Jennifer Reed, Belkis Y Martinez
BACKGROUND: African American/Black and Hispanic persons living with HIV (AABH-PLWH) in the U.S. evidence insufficient engagement in HIV care and low uptake of HIV antiretroviral therapy, leading to suboptimal clinical outcomes. The present qualitative study used critical race theory, and incorporated intersectionality theory, to understand AABH-PLWH's perspectives on the mechanisms by which structural racism; that is, the macro-level systems that reinforce inequities among racial/ethnic groups, influence health decisions and behaviors...
March 24, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340046/validation-of-a-screening-risk-index-for-serious-prescription-opioid-induced-respiratory-depression-or-overdose-in-a-us-commercial-health-plan-claims-database
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Barbara K Zedler, William B Saunders, Andrew R Joyce, Catherine C Vick, E Lenn Murrelle
Objective.:  To validate a risk index that estimates the likelihood of overdose or serious opioid-induced respiratory depression (OIRD) among medical users of prescription opioids. Subjects and Methods.:  A case-control analysis of 18,365,497 patients with an opioid prescription from 2009 to 2013 in the IMS PharMetrics Plus commercially insured health plan claims database (CIP). An OIRD event occurred in 7,234 cases. Four controls were selected per case. Validity of the Risk Index for Overdose or Serious Opioid-induced Respiratory Depression (RIOSORD), developed previously using Veterans Health Administration (VHA) patient data, was assessed...
March 6, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339313/palliative-care-in-surgery-defining-the-research-priorities
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Elizabeth J Lilley, Zara Cooper, Margaret L Schwarze, Anne C Mosenthal
Given the acute and often life-limiting nature of surgical illness, as well as the potential for treatment to induce further suffering, surgical patients have considerable palliative care needs. Yet, these patients are less likely to receive palliative care than their medical counterparts and palliative care consultations often occur when death is imminent, reflecting poor quality end-of-life care. Surgical patients would likely benefit from early palliative care delivered alongside surgical treatment to promote goal-concordant decision making and to improve patients' physical, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being and quality of life...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338492/the-evolution-of-current-research-impact-metrics-from-bibliometrics-to-altmetrics
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Joseph S Butler, I David Kaye, Arjun S Sebastian, Scott C Wagner, Patrick B Morrissey, Gregory D Schroeder, Christopher K Kepler, Alexander R Vaccaro
The prestige of publication has been based on traditional citation metrics, most commonly journal impact factor. However, the Internet has radically changed the speed, flow, and sharing of medical information. Furthermore, the explosion of social media, along with development of popular professional and scientific websites and blogs, has led to the need for alternative metrics, known as altmetrics, to quantify the wider impact of research. We explore the evolution of current research impact metrics and examine the evolving role of altmetrics in measuring the wider impact of research...
March 23, 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
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