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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525473/is-total-disk-replacement-a-cost-effective-treatment-for-cervical-degenerative-disk-disease
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Bernd Wiedenhöfer, Joachim Nacke, Mike Stephan, Wiltrud Richter, Claus Carstens, Markus Eichler
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective study. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to assess the cost-effectiveness and clinical outcome of motion-preserving versus fusion procedures in cervical spine surgery. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: During the last decade there has been a huge growth in spine surgery with a concurrent increase in the economic burden. Currently, there appear to be no differences in clinical outcome between cervical total disk replacement (TDR) and spinal fusion (SF)...
June 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523852/preparing-adolescents-with-heart-problems-for-transition-to-adult-care-2009-2010-national-survey-of-children-with-special-health-care-needs
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Karrie F Downing, Matthew E Oster, Sherry L Farr
OBJECTIVE: A substantial percentage of children with congenital heart disease (CHD) fail to transfer to adult care, resulting in increased risk of morbidity and mortality. Transition planning discussions with a provider may increase rates of transfer, yet little is known about frequency and content of these discussions. We assessed prevalence and predictors of transition-related discussions between providers and parents of children with special healthcare needs (CSHCN) and heart problems, including CHD...
May 19, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523719/cardiovascular-events-associated-with-second-line-anti-diabetes-treatments-analysis-of-real-world-korean-data
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K H Ha, B Kim, H Choi, D J Kim, H C Kim
AIM: To compare the risks of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and all-cause mortality associated with sulfonylurea (SU), dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor (DPP4i) and thiazolidinedione (TZD) as add-on medications to metformin (MET) therapy in people with Type 2 diabetes. METHODS: We identified 40 263 individuals who used SU (n = 11 582), DPP4i (n = 26 623) or TZD (n = 2058) in addition to MET between January 2013 and June 2015 from the database of the Korean National Health Insurance, the single-payer healthcare system in South Korea...
May 19, 2017: Diabetic Medicine: a Journal of the British Diabetic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523128/comparison-of-medicines-management-strategies-in-insurance-schemes-in-middle-income-countries-four-case-studies
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Warren A Kaplan, Paul G Ashigbie, Mohamad I Brooks, Veronika J Wirtz
BACKGROUND: Many middle-income countries are scaling up health insurance schemes to provide financial protection and access to affordable medicines to poor and uninsured populations. Although there is a wealth of evidence on how high income countries with mature insurance schemes manage cost-effective use of medicines, there is limited evidence on the strategies used in middle-income countries. This paper compares the medicines management strategies that four insurance schemes in middle-income countries use to improve access and cost-effective use of medicines among beneficiaries...
2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521814/access-to-healthcare-insurance-and-healthcare-services-among-syringe-exchange-program-clients-in-massachusetts-qualitative-findings-from-health-navigators-with-the-idu-i-do-care-collaborative
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Thomas J Stopka, Marguerite Hutcheson, Ashley Donahue
BACKGROUND: Little is known about access to health insurance among people who inject drugs (PWID) who attend syringe exchange programs (SEPs). The goal of the current study was to assess perceptions of SEP staff, including health navigators and program managers, on access to health insurance and healthcare access among SEP clients following implementation of state and federal policies to enhance universal healthcare access in Massachusetts. METHODS: Between December 2014 and January 2015, we conducted in-depth interviews (n = 14) with SEP staff, including both program managers and health navigators, to assess knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs related to health insurance enrollment and access to enhanced referrals among SEP clients...
May 18, 2017: Harm Reduction Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520844/fracture-risk-assessment-with-frax-using-real-world-data-a-population-based-cohort-from-israel
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Inbal Goldshtein, Yariv Gerber, Sophia Ish-Shalom, Moshe Leshno
The predictive value of the WHO fracture risk assessment tool was evaluated using real-world community data. A population-based cohort of 141,320 women aged 50-90 years old (median age 58, inter quartile range (IQR): 54-67) at the year 2004 was extracted from the central database of a large Israeli healthcare services provider and insurer. Retrospective FRAX scores were calculated using computerized health records and compared to actual incident major osteoporotic fractures (MOF) during the following 10 years...
May 18, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511946/national-incidence-of-patient-safety-indicators-in-the-total-hip-arthroplasty-population
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Joseph E Tanenbaum, Derrick M Knapik, Glenn D Wera, Steven J Fitzgerald
BACKGROUND: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services use the incidence of patient safety indicators (PSIs) to determine health care value and hospital reimbursement. The national incidence of PSI has not been quantified in the total hip arthroplasty (THA) population, and it is unknown if patient insurance status is associated with PSI incidence after THA. METHODS: All patients in the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) who underwent THA in 2013 were identified using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification codes...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511684/access-to-pediatric-rheumatology-care-for-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis-in-the-united-arab-emirates
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Khulood Khawaja, Mustafa Al-Maini
BACKGROUND: This study looks at access to care for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis through pediatric rheumatology in the UAE, as an example of multi-ethnic society. METHODS: Patients with a diagnosis of Juvenile idiopathic arthritis were identified through the hospital electronic medical records system from January 1st 2011 to December 31st 2014. All residents of the United Arab Emirates hold an Emirates identity card. We divided our patients into two groups: Emirati-Emirates, who are native Emirati children and hold the Emirati nationality, as stated on their Emirates identity card, and who therefore have full, comprehensive access to free medical care; and non-Emirati-Emirates, who represent other nationalities, as stated on their Emirates identity card...
May 16, 2017: Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511409/knowledge-attitude-and-practice-of-healthcare-managers-to-medical-waste-management-and-occupational-safety-practices-findings-from-southeast-nigeria
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Okechukwu Bonaventure Anozie, Lucky Osaheni Lawani, Justus Ndulue Eze, Emmanuel Johnbosco Mamah, Robinson Chukwudi Onoh, Emeka Onwe Ogah, Daniel Akuma Umezurike, Rita Onyinyechi Anozie
INTRODUCTION: Awareness of appropriate waste management procedures and occupational safety measures is fundamental to achieving a safe work environment, and ensuring patient and staff safety. AIM: This study was conducted to assess the attitude of healthcare managers to medical waste management and occupational safety practices. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study conducted among 54 hospital administrators in Ebonyi state...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509578/the-burden-of-hepatorenal-syndrome-among-commercially-insured-and-medicare-patients-in-the-united-states
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J Bradford Rice, Alan G White, Philip Galebach, Kevin M Korenblat, Aneesha Wagh, Belinda Lovelace, George J Wan, Khurram Jamil
BACKGROUND: This study evaluated the characteristics healthcare resource utilization (HCRU), and costs, from the payer perspective, of hepatorenal syndrome (HRS) patients covered by commercial and Medicare insurance. Mortality was assessed as a secondary outcome. METHODS: Patients were identified from claims databases of commercially-insured (OptumHealth Care Solutions, Inc.) in 1998-2014 and Medicare beneficiaries in 2009-2013 (5% Standard Analytic Files). At the time of their first inpatient admission ("index date") with an HRS diagnosis (ICD-9 code 572...
May 16, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508556/impact-of-co-morbidities-on-resource-use-and-adherence-to-guidelines-among-commercially-insured-adults-with-new-visits-for-back-pain
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Sean D Rundell, Laura S Gold, Ryan N Hansen, Brian W Bresnahan
RATIONALE, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To assess if co-morbidity is associated with higher use of back-related care and adherence to back pain guidelines. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study using administrative claims data from 2007-2011. We included individuals ≥18 years with an index visit for back pain. Co-morbidities were measured 12 months prior to index. Co-morbidity burden was measured using Quan's Co-morbidity Index. Co-morbidities categories were measured using chronic condition indicators from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506855/rates-and-risk-factors-for-opioid-dependence-and-overdose-after-urologic-surgery
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Arpeet S Shah, Robert H Blackwell, Paul C Kuo, Gopal N Gupta
INTRODUCTION: Effective pain management is a critical component of the perioperative process, with opioids representing a mainstay of therapy. The opioid epidemic is a growing concern in the United States. The goal of this study was to quantify the risk of opioid dependence or overdose (ODO) among patients undergoing urologic surgery and to identify risk factors of ODO. METHODS: A retrospective review of urologic surgery from 2007-2011. Data sources included the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Inpatient, Ambulatory Surgery, and Emergency Department datasets...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505161/effect-on-healthcare-utilization-and-costs-of-spinal-manual-therapy-for-acute-low-back-pain-in-routine-care-a-propensity-score-matched-cohort-study
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Jochen Walker, Ulf Kai Mertens, Carsten Oliver Schmidt, Jean-François Chenot
Spinal manual therapy (SMT) is a popular treatment option for low back pain (LBP). The aim of our analysis was to evaluate the effects of manual therapy delivered by general practitioners and ambulatory orthopedic surgeons in routine care on follow up consultations, sick leave, health service utilization and costs for acute LBP compared to matched patients not receiving manual therapy. This is a propensity score matched cohort study based on health claims data. We identified a total of 113.652 adult patients with acute LBP and no coded red flags of whom 21...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502575/national-assessment-of-hpv-and-pap-tests-changes-in-cervical-cancer-screening-national-health-interview-survey
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Meg Watson, Vicki Benard, Jessica King, Anatasha Crawford, Mona Saraiya
BACKGROUND: Major organizations recommend cytology screening (Pap test) every 3years for women aged 21-65; women aged 30 to 65 have the option of adding the HPV test (co-test) every 5years. We examined national percentages of cervical cancer screening, and we examined use of co-testing as an option for screening. METHODS: We used 2015 U.S. National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data to examine recent cervical cancer screening (Pap test within 3years among women aged 21-65 without a hysterectomy; N=10,596) and co-testing (N=9,125)...
May 11, 2017: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502371/decreased-clinic-visits-for-acute-respiratory-infections-following-an-adult-tonsillectomy-a-population-based-study
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Shiu-Dong Chung, Shih-Han Hung, Herng-Ching Lin, Kuan-Chen Chen
PURPOSE: This study attempted to investigate the effects of a tonsillectomy on utilization of medical resources for acute respiratory infections by comparing numbers and costs of clinic visits within 1year before and after a tonsillectomy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data for this study were retrieved from the Taiwan Longitudinal Health Insurance Database 2005. The study includes 481 patients aged 18-80years who underwent a tonsillectomy and 481 comparison patients. A multivariate regression model employing difference-in-difference was carried out to assess the independent association between a tonsillectomy and the number and costs of clinic visits...
May 5, 2017: American Journal of Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498929/multi-stakeholder-perspectives-in-defining-health-services-quality-in-cataract-care
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Aline C Stolk-Vos, Joris J van de Klundert, Niels Maijers, Bart L M Zijlmans, Jan J V Busschbach
Objective: To develop a method to define a multi-stakeholder perspective on health-service quality that enables the expression of differences in systematically identified stakeholders' perspectives, and to pilot the approach for cataract care. Design: Mixed-method study between 2014 and 2015. Setting: Cataract care in the Netherlands. Participants: Stakeholder representatives. Intervention(s): We first identified and classified stakeholders using stakeholder theory...
May 11, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495231/descriptive-study-of-the-parkinsonian-population-in-the-north-of-france-epidemiological-analysis-and-healthcare-consumption
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N Carriere, D Verloop, C Dupont, V Fontaine, M Tir, P Krystkowiak, A Blanchard, L Defebvre, M-M Defebvre
BACKGROUND: The "neurodegenerative diseases plan" under elaboration for the Hauts-de-France region requires better knowledge of the patient population and care pathways. In France, the prevalence of Parkinson's disease (PD) has been estimated from cohorts to be about 1-3 per 1000 inhabitants, but exhaustive data are scarce for the general population. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of PD in the Hauts-de-France region and to assess PD-related healthcare consumption...
May 8, 2017: Revue Neurologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494390/bipolar-patients-treated-with-long-acting-injectable-risperidone-in-taiwan-a-1-year-mirror-image-study-using-a-national-claims-database
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Ming H Hsieh, Po-Ya Chuang, Chi-Shin Wu, Ching-Jui Chang, Pei-Fang Chung, Chao-Hsiun Tang
OBJECTIVE: Bipolar disorder (BD) is burdensome for patients and healthcare systems. This study evaluated changes in concomitant medication patterns, healthcare utilization, and costs after the initiation of risperidone long-acting injection (RLAI) treatment among BD patients. METHOD: 287 BD patients receiving regular RLAI treatment for 1 year were identified from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research database during 2007-2012. The bootstrapping procedure was performed to create 1000 samples to generate normally distributed data...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493065/healthcare-utilization-by-older-age-groups-in-northern-states-of-peninsular-malaysia-the-role-of-predisposing-enabling-and-need-factors
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Shamzaeffa Samsudin, Norehan Abdullah
Determining factors that affect healthcare utilization by the elderly is vital for the health system to be more responsive in providing care to this vulnerable group. The main objective of this paper is to identify the effect of the predisposing, enabling, and need factors on doctor visits and in-patient care for the elderly residing in the northern region of Malaysia. A multistage cluster sampling was used in selecting the sample for the study. A total of 1414 respondents aged 60 and over were interviewed face-to-face using a structured questionnaire...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Cross-cultural Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492786/the-brazilian-registry-of-adult-patient-undergoing-cardiovascular-surgery-the-bypass-project-results-of-the-first-1-722-patients
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Walter J Gomes, Rita Simone Moreira, Alexandre Cabral Zilli, Luiz Carlos Bettiati, Fernando Augusto Marinho Dos Santos Figueira, Stephanie Steremberg Pires D' Azevedo, Marcelo José Ferreira Soares, Marcio Pimentel Fernandes, Roberto Vito Ardito, Renata Andrea Barberio Bogdan, Valquíria Pelisser Campagnucci, Diana Nakasako, Renato Abdala Karam Kalil, Clarissa Garcia Rodrigues, Anilton Bezerra Rodrigues, Marcelo Matos Cascudo, Fernando Antibas Atik, Elson Borges Lima, Vinicius José da Silva Nina, Renato Albuquerque Heluy, Lisandro Gonçalves Azeredo, Odilon Silva Henrique, José Teles de Mendonça, Katharina Kelly de Oliveira Gama Silva, Marcelo Pandolfo, José Dantas de Lima, Renato Max Faria, Jonas Pereira Dos Santos, Rodrigo Pereira Paez, Guilherme Henrique Biachi Coelho, Sergio Nunes Pereira, Roberta Senger, Enio Buffolo, Guido Marco Caputi, José Amalth do Espírito Santo, Juliana Aparecida Borges de Oliveira, Otavio Berwanger, Alexandre Biasi Cavalcanti, Fabio B Jatene
Objective: To report the early results of the BYPASS project - the Brazilian registrY of adult Patient undergoing cArdiovaScular Surgery - a national, observational, prospective, and longitudinal follow-up registry, aiming to chart a profile of patients undergoing cardiovascular surgery in Brazil, assessing the data harvested from the initial 1,722 patients. Methods: Data collection involved institutions throughout the whole country, comprising 17 centers in 4 regions: Southeast (8), Northeast (5), South (3), and Center-West (1)...
March 2017: Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
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