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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324149/-outpatient-care-and-disease-burden-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-results-of-a%C3%A2-linkage-of-claims-data-and-a%C3%A2-survey-of-insured-persons
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K Albrecht, A Luque Ramos, J Callhoff, F Hoffmann, K Minden, A Zink
BACKGROUND: Healthcare of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in Germany has mainly been evaluated in the past in RA cohorts from specialized arthritis centers. This study investigated rheumatological care on a population basis, using claims data from a nationwide statutory health insurance fund (BARMER GEK) in combination with patient-reported outcomes from a questionnaire survey of insured persons with RA. METHODS: Data from insurants aged 18-79 years with M05 (seropositive RA) or M06 (other RA, ICD-10) diagnoses were analyzed concerning diagnostics, medication and prescribing physician...
March 21, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323465/costs-and-financial-burden-of-initial-hospitalizations-for-firearm-injuries-in-the-united-states-2006-2014
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Sarabeth A Spitzer, Kristan L Staudenmayer, Lakshika Tennakoon, David A Spain, Thomas G Weiser
OBJECTIVES: To quantify the inflation-adjusted costs associated with initial hospitalizations for firearm-related injuries in the United States. METHODS: We used the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Nationwide Inpatient Sample to identify patients admitted for firearm-related injuries from 2006 to 2014. We converted charges from hospitalization to costs, which we inflation-adjusted to 2014 dollars. We used survey weights to create national estimates. RESULTS: Costs for the initial inpatient hospitalization totaled $6...
March 21, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320158/addressing-post-stroke-care-in-rural-areas-with-peru-as-a-case-study-placing-emphasis-on-evidence-based-pragmatism
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REVIEW
J Jaime Miranda, Miguel G Moscoso, Lijing L Yan, Francisco Diez-Canseco, Germán Málaga, Hector H Garcia, Bruce Ovbiagele
Stroke is a major cause of death and disability, with most of its burden now affecting low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). People in rural areas of LMIC who have a stroke receive very little acute stroke care and local healthcare workers and family caregivers in these regions lack the necessary knowledge to assist them. Intriguingly, a recent rapid growth in cell-phone use and digital technology in rural areas has not yet been appropriately exploited for health care training and delivery purposes. What should be done in rural areas, at the community setting-level, where access to healthcare is limited remains a challenge...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320075/a-cost-utility-analysis-of-high-molecular-weight-hyaluronic-acid-for-knee-osteoarthritis-in-everyday-clinical-care-in-patients-in-the-working-age-an-economic-evaluation-of-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Job Hermans, Max Reijman, Lucas Ma Goossens, Hennie Verburg, Sita Ma Bierma-Zeinstra, Marc A Koopmanschap
Objectives Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is associated with high medical costs and especially with high productivity costs, in particular in patients in their working years. High molecular weight (HMW) hyaluronic acid (HA) is an alternative treatment for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which are known for their serious side-effects. The cost-utility of intra-articular HMW-HA treatment in these patients is unknown though and was assessed in this study. Methods Secondary care patients between 18 and 65 with knee OA were randomized to usual care (UC) + HMW-HA (intervention group) or UC only (control group)...
March 20, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319907/the-impact-of-welfare-reform-on-the-health-insurance-coverage-utilization-and-health-of-low-education-single-mothers
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Kimberly Narain, Marianne Bitler, Ninez Ponce, Gerald Kominski, Susan Ettner
The Personal Responsibility Work Opportunity and Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996 imposed time limits on the receipt of welfare cash benefits and mandated cash benefit sanctions for failure to meet work requirements. Many studies examining the health implications of PRWORA have found associated declines in health insurance coverage and healthcare utilization among single mothers but no impact of PRWORA on health outcomes. A limitation of this literature is that most studies cover a time period before time limits were implemented in all states and also before individuals began actually timing out...
March 11, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319803/social-economic-costs-of-type-1-diabetes-mellitus-in-pediatric-patients-in-spain-chrystal-observational-study
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Julio López-Bastida, Juan Pedro López-Siguero, Juan Oliva-Moreno, Magaly Perez-Nieves, Renata Villoro, Tatiana Dilla, María Merino, Dingfeng Jiang, Isaac Aranda-Reneo, Jesús Reviriego, Luis Alberto Vázquez
AIMS: To estimate the social-economic costs of Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM) in patients aged 0-17years in Spain from a social perspective. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional observational study in 2014 of 275 T1DM pediatric outpatients distributed across 12 public health centers in Spain. Data on demographic and clinical characteristics, healthcare utilization and informal care were collected from medical records and questionnaires completed by clinicians and patients' caregivers...
March 7, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318846/effectiveness-of-disease-specific-self-management-education-on-health-outcomes-in-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-an-updated-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Tao Wang, Jing-Yu Tan, Lily Dongxia Xiao, Renli Deng
OBJECTIVES: To update a previously published systematic review on the effectiveness of self-management education (SME) for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). METHODS: Electronic databases were accessed (from inception to July 2016) to find relevant randomized controlled trials. Studies that compared SME with routine methods of care in COPD patients were retrieved. Both data synthesis and descriptive analysis were used for outcome assessment (e...
March 1, 2017: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315573/mortality-length-of-stay-and-cost-implications-of-procedural-bleeding-after-percutaneous-interventions-using-large-bore-catheters
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Björn Redfors, Brendan M Watson, Thomas McAndrew, Emilie Palisaitis, Dominic P Francese, Mehdi Razavi, Jordan Safirstein, Roxana Mehran, Ajay J Kirtane, Philippe Généreux
Importance: Bleeding complications after percutaneous transcatheter interventions that used large-bore catheters are frequent and associated with high mortality and morbidity. Objective: To describe the incidence of bleeding complications among patients undergoing contemporary endovascular interventions involving large-bore catheters and its association with in-hospital mortality, length of stay, and health care cost. Design, Setting, and Participants: This retrospective cohort study analyzed all 17 672 patients from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project's National Inpatient Sample database who were recorded as having undergone a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (n = 3223), an endovascular aneurysm repair (n = 12 633), or a percutaneous left ventricular assist device implant (n = 1816) between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2013...
March 18, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315130/relationships-between-quality-of-life-in-the-psychological-domain-acceptance-of-illness-and-healthcare-services-in-patients-with-asthma
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Bożena Mroczek, Katarzyna Parzuchowska, Maria Jasińska-Starczewska, Tomasz Grodzki, Donata Kurpas
Asthma patients should be considered not only in terms of the medical aspects, but also the nonmedical issues associated with the psychological domain, since these are factors that can significantly improve patients' health state, quality of life, and illness acceptance, and can contribute to the reduction of healthcare utilization. The purpose of this study was to assess the acceptance of illness among asthma patients and their quality of life in the psychological domain, as well as to identify factors that influence illness acceptance and quality of life in the psychological domain...
March 18, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314552/effects-of-mindfulness-meditation-on-occupational-functioning-and-health-care-utilization-in-individuals-with-anxiety
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Elizabeth A Hoge, Brittany M Guidos, Mihriye Mete, Eric Bui, Mark H Pollack, Naomi M Simon, Mary Ann Dutton
OBJECTIVES: To examine the effect of mindfulness meditation on occupational functioning in individuals with Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). METHODS: Fifty-seven individuals with GAD (mean (SD) age=39 (13); 56% women) participated in an 8-week clinical trial in which they were randomized to mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) or an attention control class. In this secondary analysis, absenteeism, entire workdays missed, partial workdays missed, and healthcare utilization patterns were assessed before and after treatment...
April 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314467/association-between-copayment-medication-adherence-and-outcomes-in-the-management-of-patients-with-diabetes-and-heart-failure
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REVIEW
George Gourzoulidis, Georgia Kourlaba, Panagiotis Stafylas, Gregory Giamouzis, John Parissis, Nikolaos Maniadakis
OBJECTIVE: To determine the association between copayment, medication adherence and outcomes in patients with Heart failure (HF) and Diabetes Mellitus (DM). METHODS: PubMed, Scopus and Cochrane databases were searched using combinations of four sets of key words for: drug cost sharing; resource use, health and economic outcomes; medication adherence; and chronic disease. RESULTS: Thirty eight studies were included in the review. Concerning the direct effect of copayment changes on outcomes, the scarcity and diversity of data, does not allow us to reach a clear conclusion, although there is some evidence indicating that higher copayments may result in poorer health and economic outcomes...
February 28, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306523/evaluation-of-thyroid-test-utilization-through-analysis-of-population-level-data
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Jasmine Gill, Vilte E Barakauskas, Dylan Thomas, Karina Rodriguez-Capote, Trefor Higgins, Don Zhang, Amanda VanSpronsen, Oksana Babenko, Roberta Martindale, Mathew P Estey
BACKGROUND: Inappropriate laboratory test utilization can result in unnecessary patient testing and increased healthcare costs. While several thyroid function tests are available, thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) is recommended as the first-line test for investigating and monitoring thyroid dysfunction. We evaluate thyroid test utilization in Northern Alberta in terms of testing patterns, frequencies, and reflex cutpoints. METHODS: This retrospective study analyzed thyroid test requests from January to December 2014...
March 15, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304303/trends-predictors-and-outcomes-of%C3%A2-healthcare-resources-used-in-patients-hospitalized-with-alzheimer-s-disease-with%C3%A2-at-least-one-procedure-the%C3%A2-nationwide-inpatient-sample
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May A Beydoun, Alyssa A Gamaldo, Hind A Beydoun, Danielle Shaked, Alan B Zonderman, Shaker M Eid
We assessed trends, predictors and outcomes of resource utilization in hospital inpatient discharges with a principal diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) with at least one procedure. Using Nationwide Inpatient Sample data (NIS, 2002-2012), discharges primarily diagnosed with AD, aged ≥60 y and with ≥1 procedure, were selected (Weighted N = 92,300). Hospital resource utilization were assessed using ICD-9-CM codes, while hospitalization outcomes included total charges (TC, 2012$), length of stay (LOS, days), and mortality risk (MR, %)...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304182/insurance-reimbursement-for-complementary-healthcare-services
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James Whedon, Tor D Tosteson, Anupama Kizhakkeveettil, Melissa Nagare Kimura
INTRODUCTION: Insurance reimbursement for clinical services provided by complementary healthcare professionals in the United States likely differs by provider specialty. It is hypothesized that a lower likelihood of insurance reimbursement demonstrates that complementary healthcare services are not utilized to an optimal level and are not financially accessible to all who may need or want these services. The purpose of this project was to evaluate the likelihood of insurance reimbursement for complementary healthcare services compared with other complementary services and with conventional primary care medical services in New Hampshire...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301451/traumatic-brain-injury-related-emergency-department-visits-hospitalizations-and-deaths-united-states-2007-and-2013
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Christopher A Taylor, Jeneita M Bell, Matthew J Breiding, Likang Xu
PROBLEM/CONDITION: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has short- and long-term adverse clinical outcomes, including death and disability. TBI can be caused by a number of principal mechanisms, including motor-vehicle crashes, falls, and assaults. This report describes the estimated incidence of TBI-related emergency department (ED) visits, hospitalizations, and deaths during 2013 and makes comparisons to similar estimates from 2007. REPORTING PERIOD: 2007 and 2013. DESCRIPTION OF SYSTEM: State-based administrative health care data were used to calculate estimates of TBI-related ED visits and hospitalizations by principal mechanism of injury, age group, sex, and injury intent...
March 17, 2017: MMWR. Surveillance Summaries: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Surveillance Summaries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299322/semantic-health-knowledge-graph-semantic-integration-of-heterogeneous-medical-knowledge-and-services
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Longxiang Shi, Shijian Li, Xiaoran Yang, Jiaheng Qi, Gang Pan, Binbin Zhou
With the explosion of healthcare information, there has been a tremendous amount of heterogeneous textual medical knowledge (TMK), which plays an essential role in healthcare information systems. Existing works for integrating and utilizing the TMK mainly focus on straightforward connections establishment and pay less attention to make computers interpret and retrieve knowledge correctly and quickly. In this paper, we explore a novel model to organize and integrate the TMK into conceptual graphs. We then employ a framework to automatically retrieve knowledge in knowledge graphs with a high precision...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299246/healthcare-and-the-roles-of-the-medical-profession-in-the-big-data-era
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Yuji Yamamoto
The accumulation of large amounts of healthcare information is in progress, and society is about to enter the Health Big Data era by linking such data. Medical professionals' daily tasks in clinical practice have become more complicated due to information overload, accelerated technological development, and the expansion of conceptual frameworks for medical care. Further, their responsibilities are more challenging and their workload is consistently increasing. As medical professionals enter the Health Big Data era, we need to reevaluate the fundamental significance and role of medicine and investigate ways to utilize this available information and technology...
September 2016: Japan Medical Association Journal: JMAJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298455/evaluation-of-quantiferon%C3%A2-tb-gold-plus-in-healthcare-workers-in-a-low-incidence-setting
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Hee-Won Moon, Rajiv L Gaur, Sara Shu-Hwa Tien, Mary Spangler, Madhukar Pai, Niaz Banaei
Background: Although launched in 2015, little is known about the accuracy of QuantiFERON-TB Gold-Plus (QFT-Plus) for diagnosis of latent M. tuberculosis infection (LTBI). Unlike its predecessor, QFT-Plus utilizes two antigen tubes to elicit an immune response from CD4+ and CD8+ T lymphocytes. We conducted a cross-sectional study in low-risk healthcare workers (HCWs) at a single U.S. center to compare QFT-Plus to QuantiFERON-TB Gold in-tube (QFT).Method: 989 HCWs were tested with both QFT and QFT-Plus. Risk factors for LTBI were obtained from a questionnaire...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298160/new-perspectives-on-health-professions-students-e-learning-looking-through-the-lens-of-the-visitor-and-resident-model
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Maralyn Druce, Stella Howden
BACKGROUND: The growth of e-learning in health professional education reflects expansion of personal use of online resources. Understanding the user perspective in a fast-changing digital world is essential to maintain the currency of our approach. METHODS: Mixed methods were used to investigate a cohort of postgraduate, e-learning healthcare students' perspectives on their use of online resources for personal and/or professional roles, via questionnaire and student-constructed diagrams, capturing use of online resources (underpinned by White's model of "resident" and "visitor" online engagement)...
March 15, 2017: Medical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298129/a-rural-shelter-in-ontario-adapting-to-address-the-changing-needs-of-women-who-have-experienced-intimate-partner-violence-a-qualitative-case-study
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Tara Mantler, Barat Wolfe
INTRODUCTION: Intimate partner violence is a significant public health problem, with shelters offering the predominant community-based solution. Shelters in Canada are mandated to provide a safe place, protection planning, advocacy and counseling among other services. Recently it has been noted the role of the shelter was shifting from an inpatient to outpatient model with a focus on increased integration of health and social services. This changing role of the shelter is amplified within the rural context where resources and cultural norms may be limited or incompatible with help-seeking behaviors...
January 2017: Rural and Remote Health
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