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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807433/influences-on-decision-making-regarding-antipsychotic-prescribing-in-nursing-home-residents-with-dementia-a-systematic-review-and-synthesis-of-qualitative-evidence
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Kieran A Walsh, Rebecca Dennehy, Carol Sinnott, John Browne, Stephen Byrne, Jennifer McSharry, Eoin Coughlan, Suzanne Timmons
BACKGROUND: Antipsychotic prescribing is prevalent in nursing homes for the management of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD), despite the known risks and limited effectiveness. Many studies have attempted to understand this continuing phenomenon, using qualitative research methods, and have generated varied and sometimes conflicting findings. To date, the totality of this qualitative evidence has not been systematically collated and synthesized. AIMS: To synthesize the findings from individual qualitative studies on decision-making and prescribing behaviors for antipsychotics in nursing home residents with dementia, with a view to informing intervention development and quality improvement in this field...
August 11, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807047/adverse-outcomes-associated-with-opioid-prescription-for-acute-low-back-pain-a-systematic-review-protocol
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Natalia Mouravska, Laura Zielinski, Meha Bhatt, Nitika Sanger, Monica Bawor, Brittany Dennis, Laura Banfield, James MacKillop, James Paul, Andrew Worster, Philip Laplante, Lehana Thabane, Zainab Samaan
BACKGROUND: Acute low back pain (ALBP) is the top cause of global disability, demonstrating a significant impact on individuals and society and demanding the need for appropriate management. There is a trend towards an increasing number of opioid prescriptions for ALBP despite the lack of investigation for its various short- and long-term outcomes. The objective of this review is to examine adverse outcomes associated with opioid use for ALBP. METHODS/DESIGN: Using a search strategy, the search will be conducted using the following electronic databases: PubMed/MEDLINE, EMBASE, PsycINFO, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), Web of Science, Cochrane Library, the National Institutes for Health Clinical Trials Registry and the World Health Organization International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (WHO ICTRP)...
August 14, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803076/palliative-care-in-vietnam-long-term-partnerships-yield-increasing-access
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Eric L Krakauer, Dang Huy Quoc Thinh, Quach Thanh Khanh, Hoang Thi Mong Huyen, Tran Diep Tuan, Than Ha Ngoc The, Do Duy Cuong, Tran Van Thuan, Nguyen Phi Yen, Pham Van Anh, Nguyen Thi Phuong Cham, Kathleen P Doyle, Nguyen Thi Hai Yen, Luong Ngoc Khue
Palliative care began in Vietnam in 2001, but steady growth in palliative care services and education commenced several years later when partnerships for ongoing training and technical assistance by committed experts were created with the Ministry of Health (MoH), major public hospitals, and medical universities. An empirical analysis of palliative care need by the MoH in 2006 was followed by national palliative care clinical guidelines, initiation of clinical training for physicians and nurses, and revision of opioid prescribing regulations...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803074/hospice-palliative-care-development-in-hungary
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Agnes Csikos, Csilla Busa, Katalin Muszbek
During the past 25 years many developmental steps have occurred in Hungary in palliative care. Further education and service development is needed to provide a quality palliative care for all the Hungarian people. Hungary has a universal health care system with a developed infrastructure. The first Hungarian hospice team started in 1991. At that time the concept of hospice care was unknown. Symptom control and psychosocial support for the dying patient was inadequate. The regulatory framework was based on the 1997 Health Care Act which was followed by significant palliative care legislation including documents on the legal requirements for palliative care (2004)...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802979/navigating-professional-and-prescribing-boundaries-implementing-nurse-prescribing-in-new-zealand
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Anecita Gigi Lim, Nicola North, John Shaw
Non-medical prescribing is now well established in a number of countries. Because prescribing has traditionally been viewed as a medical role, there are inevitable interprofessional boundary tensions when non-medical prescribing is introduced. In New Zealand, enabling legislation has allowed nurse practitioners to apply for prescriptive authority after undertaking appropriate educational preparation. This study explored the experiences and perspectives of one of the first cohorts of nurse prescribers and their strategies in establishing the role and negotiating the associated professional boundaries...
August 8, 2017: Nurse Education in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801438/associations-between-polypharmacy-and-treatment-intensity-for-hypertension-and-diabetes-a-cross-sectional-study-of-nursing-home-patients-in-british-columbia-canada
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Rita McCracken, James McCormack, Margaret J McGregor, Sabrina T Wong, Scott Garrison
OBJECTIVES: Describe nursing home polypharmacy prevalence in the context of prescribing for diabetes and hypertension and determine possible associations between lower surrogate markers for treated hypertension and diabetes (overtreatment) and polypharmacy. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING: 6 nursing homes in British Columbia, Canada. PARTICIPANTS: 214 patients residing in one of the selected facilities during data collection period...
August 11, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801402/reasons-for-non-adherence-to-cardiometabolic-medications-and-acceptability-of-an-interactive-voice-response-intervention-in-patients-with-hypertension-and-type-2-diabetes-in-primary-care-a-qualitative-study
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Aikaterini Kassavou, Stephen Sutton
OBJECTIVES: This study explored the reasons for patients' non-adherence to cardiometabolic medications, and tested the acceptability of the interactive voice response (IVR) as a way to address these reasons, and support patients, between primary care consultations. DESIGN, METHOD, PARTICIPANTS AND SETTING: The study included face-to-face interviews with 19 patients with hypertension and/or type 2 diabetes mellitus, selected from primary care databases, and presumed to be non-adherent...
August 11, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797851/palliative-care-development-in-georgia
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Nina Kiknadze, Pati Dzotsenidze
Georgia has established the foundational measures for a national palliative care program-policy, education, drug availability, and implementation. Amendments to legislation needed to develop palliative care have been approved. Palliative care has been recognized as a subspecialty in oncology, critical care, internal medicine and surgery. The National Plan for Palliative Care for 2011-2016 was approved. Opioids, especially oral morphine, are available on a limited basis for patients at home but oral morphine is not available for patients in the hospital...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797590/antibiotic-stewardship-programs-in-nursing-homes-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Diana Feldstein, Philip D Sloane, Cynthia Feltner
INTRODUCTION: Antibiotic stewardship programs (ASPs) are coordinated interventions promoting the appropriate use of antibiotics to improve patient outcomes and reduce microbial resistance. These programs are now mandated in nursing homes (NHs) but it is unclear if these programs improve resident outcomes. This systematic review evaluated the current evidence regarding outcomes of ASPs in the NH. METHODS: PubMed, CINAHL, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Library were systematically searched for intervention trials of ASPs performed in NHs that evaluated final health outcomes (mortality and Clostridium difficile infections), healthcare utilization outcomes (emergency department visits and hospital admissions) and intermediate health outcomes (number of antibiotics prescribed, adherence to recommended guidelines)...
August 7, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793906/the-impact-of-a-hospital-electronic-prescribing-and-medication-administration-system-on-medication-administration-safety-an-observational-study
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Seetal Jheeta, Bryony Dean Franklin
BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to explore the impact of the implementation of an electronic prescribing and medication administration system (ePA) on the safety of medication administration in an inpatient hospital setting. Objectives were to compare the prevalence and types of: 1) medication administration errors, and 2) documentation discrepancies, between a paper and an ePA system. Additionally, we wanted to describe any observed changes to medication administration practices...
August 9, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791683/the-variation-of-statin-use-among-nursing-home-residents-and-physicians-a-cross-sectional-analysis
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Michael A Campitelli, Colleen J Maxwell, Vasily Giannakeas, Chaim M Bell, Nick Daneman, Lianne Jeffs, Andrew M Morris, Peter C Austin, David B Hogan, Dennis T Ko, Kate L Lapane, Laura C Maclagan, Dallas P Seitz, Susan E Bronskill
OBJECTIVES: To examine the variability of statin use among nursing home residents and prescribing physicians, and to assess statin use by resident frailty. DESIGN: Population-based, cross-sectional analysis. SETTING: All nursing home facilities (N = 631) in Ontario, Canada between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014. PARTICIPANTS: All adults aged 66 years and older who received a full clinical assessment while residing in a nursing home facility and their assigned, most responsible, physician...
August 9, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28779826/polypharmacy-and-medication-management-in-older-adults
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REVIEW
Jennifer Kim, Abby Luck Parish
Polypharmacy in older adults is a global problem that has recently worsened. Approximately 30% of adults aged 65 years and older in developed countries take 5 or more medications. Although prescribed and over-the-counter medications may improve a wide range of health problems, they also may cause or contribute to harm, especially in older adults. Polypharmacy in older adults is associated with worsening of geriatric syndromes and adverse drug events. Given the risks and burdens of polypharmacy and potentially inappropriate medications, nurses must use patient-centered approaches and nonpharmacologic strategies to treat common symptoms and to optimize patient function and quality of life...
September 2017: Nursing Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776871/practice-activities-of-privately-practicing-nurse-practitioners-results-from-an-australian-survey
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Jane Currie, Mary Chiarella, Thomas Buckley
To facilitate expansion of privately-practicing nurse practitioners in community and primary care settings, a legislative amendment in 2010 made privately-practicing nurse practitioners eligible to provide services subsidised through the Medicare Benefits Schedule and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. To evaluate their practice activities, a national survey of privately-practicing nurse practitioners in Australia was conducted, and data analysed using descriptive statistics and thematic analysis (n = 73)...
August 4, 2017: Nursing & Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776179/frequency-and-nature-of-medication-errors-and-adverse-drug-events-in-mental-health-hospitals-a-systematic-review
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Ghadah H Alshehri, Richard N Keers, Darren M Ashcroft
INTRODUCTION: Little is known about the frequency and nature of medication errors (MEs) and adverse drug events (ADEs) that occur in mental health hospitals. OBJECTIVES: This systematic review aims to provide an up-to-date and critical appraisal of the epidemiology and nature of MEs and ADEs in this setting. METHOD: Ten electronic databases were searched, including MEDLINE, Embase, CINAHL, International Pharmaceutical Abstracts, PsycINFO, Scopus, British Nursing Index, ASSIA, Web of Science, and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (1999 to October 2016)...
August 3, 2017: Drug Safety: An International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Drug Experience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771962/prescribing-by-nurse-practitioners-insights-from-a-new-zealand-study
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Betty Poot, Rebecca Zonneveld, Katherine Nelson, Mark Weatherall
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Nurse practitioners (NPs) in New Zealand have been able to prescribe medicines since 2001; however, little is known about their prescribing practice. This study describes the NPs who prescribe community-dispensed medicines, the patients, and identifies the most frequently prescribed medications. METHODS: A retrospective search of the Ministry of Health pharmaceutical collection was completed from 2013 to 2015. NP registration number, patient age, gender, deprivation index, and the name and date of dispensed medication, including the New Zealand pharmaceutical schedule therapeutic group, were identified...
August 3, 2017: Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771922/mental-health-nurse-prescribing-a-qualitative-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Michelle Cleary, Rachel Kornhaber, Jan Sayers, Richard Gray
The aim of the present qualitative, systematic review was to identify and summarize qualitative research that focussed on mental health nurse prescribing, synthesize findings, and outline key themes discerned. In November 2016, a systematic search was conducted for primary studies of the electronic databases PubMed, Excerpta Medica, (Embase), Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, Scopus, and PsycINFO. Of the 101 papers identified through the search strategy, 12 qualitative studies met the review inclusion criteria...
August 2, 2017: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771283/medication-assisted-weight-loss-in-the-age-of-obesity
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Laura G Leahy
Obesity is a complex and potentially deadly health concern; yet, there are few medications available to treat this chronic, recurrent disease. Patients are frequently told to "lose weight" and change their diet and exercise habits. For many, making behavioral lifestyle changes is not enough to enhance weight loss efforts and improve overall health and quality of life. Medication-assisted weight loss must be considered as an adjunct treatment to lifestyle changes, as neither alone may provide the sustainable reduction in weight necessary to decrease the medical and psychiatric comorbidities associated with obesity...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760798/protocol-for-a-randomised-crossover-trial-to-evaluate-patient-and-nurse-satisfaction-with-electronic-and-elastomeric-portable-infusion-pumps-for-the-continuous-administration-of-antibiotic-therapy-in-the-home-the-comparing-home-infusion-devices-chid-study
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Jodie G Hobbs, Melissa K Ryan, Brett Ritchie, Janet K Sluggett, Andrew J Sluggett, Lucy Ralton, Karen J Reynolds
INTRODUCTION: Previous studies comparing satisfaction with electronic and elastomeric infusion pumps are limited, and improvements in size and usability of electronic pumps have since occurred. The Comparing Home Infusion Devices (CHID) study plans to assess patient and nurse satisfaction with an elastomeric and electronic pump for delivering intravenous antibiotic treatment in the home. Secondary objectives are to determine pump-related complications and actual antibiotic dose administered, evaluate temperature variation and compare pump operating costs...
July 31, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759701/pharmacological-interventions-for-preventing-dry-mouth-and-salivary-gland-dysfunction-following-radiotherapy
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REVIEW
Philip Riley, Anne-Marie Glenny, Fang Hua, Helen V Worthington
BACKGROUND: Salivary gland dysfunction is an 'umbrella' term for the presence of either xerostomia (subjective sensation of dryness), or salivary gland hypofunction (reduction in saliva production). It is a predictable side effect of radiotherapy to the head and neck region, and is associated with a significant impairment of quality of life. A wide range of pharmacological interventions, with varying mechanisms of action, have been used for the prevention of radiation-induced salivary gland dysfunction...
July 31, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755062/how-low-can-you-go-reducing-rates-of-hypoglycemia-in-the-non-critical-care-hospital-setting
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REVIEW
Kristen Kulasa, Patricia Juang
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to discuss strategies to reduce rates of hypoglycemia in the non-critical care setting. RECENT FINDINGS: Strategies to reduce hypoglycemia rates should focus on the most common causes of iatrogenic hypoglycemia. Creating a standardized insulin order set with built-in clinical decision support can help reduce rates of hypoglycemia. Coordination of blood glucose monitoring, meal tray delivery, and insulin administration is an important and challenging task...
September 2017: Current Diabetes Reports
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