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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647928/pre-procedural-ultrasonography-for-tracheostomy-in-critically-ill-patients-a-prospective-study
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Ella Even-Tov, Itzhak Koifman, Vladimir Rozentsvaig, Leonid Livshits, Peter Gilbey
BACKGROUND: Percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy (PDT) has become a standard technique for critically ill patients who require long-term ventilation. The most common early post-operative complication is bleeding related to anatomical variation in vasculature. The procedure is performed at the patient's bedside unless this is deemed unsafe and then the accepted alternative is open tracheostomy in the operating room. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the use of pre-procedural ultrasound to aid in the decision of whether PDT in critical care patients should be performed at the patient's bedside or by open surgical tracheostomy...
June 2017: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643531/difficult-conversations-talking-about-cost-in-audiology-consultations-with-older-adults
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Katie Ekberg, Caitlin Barr, Louise Hickson
OBJECTIVE: Financial cost is a barrier for many older adults in their decision to obtain hearing aids (HAs). This study aimed to examine conversations about the cost of HAs in detail within initial audiology appointments. DESIGN: Sixty-two initial audiology appointments were video-recorded. The data were analysed using conversation analysis. STUDY SAMPLE: Participants included 26 audiologists, 62 older adults and 17 companions. RESULTS: Audiologists and clients displayed interactional difficulty during conversations about cost...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643034/assessing-internet-based-information-used-to-aid-patient-decision-making-about-surgery-for-perianal-crohn-s-fistula
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J H Marshall, D M Baker, M J Lee, G L Jones, A J Lobo, S R Brown
BACKGROUND: Decision-making in perianal Crohn's fistula (pCD) is preference sensitive. Patients use the internet to access healthcare information. The aim of this study was to assess the online information and patient decision aids relating to surgery for pCD. METHODS: A search of Google™ and the Decision Aids Library Inventory (DALI) was performed using a predefined search strategy. Patient-focussed sources providing information about pCD surgery were included in the analysis...
June 22, 2017: Techniques in Coloproctology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641244/computerized-lung-sound-screening-for-pediatric-auscultation-in-noisy-field-environments
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Dimitra Emmanouilidou, Eric D McCollum, Daniel E Park, Mounya Elhilali
GOAL: Chest auscultations offer a non-invasive and low-cost tool for monitoring lung disease. However, they present many shortcomings including inter-listener variability, subjectivity, and vulnerability to noise and distortions. The current work proposes a computer-aided approach to process lung signals acquired in the field under adverse noisy conditions, by improving the signal quality and offering automated iden- tification of abnormal auscultations indicative of respiratory pathologies...
June 19, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640564/-design-and-user-testing-of-a-decision-aid-comparing-medications-for-smoking-cessation
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Julian Jakob, Jacques Cornuz, Reto Auer, Isabelle Jacot Sadowski, Regula Cardinaux, Kevin Selby
Medications for smoking cessation, such as nicotine replacement, bupropion and varenicline have comparable efficacy, but present different advantages and drawbacks, making patient-specific preferences important when choosing a medication for smoking cessation. Through 3 PDCA cycles (Plan-Do-Check-Act), we developed and user-tested a decision aid for use during consultations. It contains the most relevant information for choosing a smoking cessation medication and is freely available online. The methodology used for its development could be employed for other decision aids for preference-sensitive decisions...
June 7, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640142/the-derivation-and-validation-of-a-simple-model-for-predicting-in-hospital-mortality-of-acutely-admitted-patients-to-internal-medicine-wards
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Ali Sakhnini, Walid Saliba, Naama Schwartz, Naiel Bisharat
Limited information is available about clinical predictors of in-hospital mortality in acute unselected medical admissions. Such information could assist medical decision-making.To develop a clinical model for predicting in-hospital mortality in unselected acute medical admissions and to test the impact of secondary conditions on hospital mortality.This is an analysis of the medical records of patients admitted to internal medicine wards at one university-affiliated hospital. Data obtained from the years 2013 to 2014 were used as a derivation dataset for creating a prediction model, while data from 2015 was used as a validation dataset to test the performance of the model...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638405/a-combined-one-class-svm-and-template-matching-approach-for-user-aided-human-fall-detection-by-means-of-floor-acoustic-features
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Diego Droghini, Daniele Ferretti, Emanuele Principi, Stefano Squartini, Francesco Piazza
The primary cause of injury-related death for the elders is represented by falls. The scientific community devoted them particular attention, since injuries can be limited by an early detection of the event. The solution proposed in this paper is based on a combined One-Class SVM (OCSVM) and template-matching classifier that discriminate human falls from nonfalls in a semisupervised framework. Acoustic signals are captured by means of a Floor Acoustic Sensor; then Mel-Frequency Cepstral Coefficients and Gaussian Mean Supervectors (GMSs) are extracted for the fall/nonfall discrimination...
2017: Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637739/intrathecal-baclofen-therapy-in-paediatrics-a-study-protocol-for-an-australian-multicentre-10-year-prospective-audit
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Kirsty Stewart, Gavin Hutana, Megan Kentish
INTRODUCTION: Increasing clinical use of Intrathecal baclofen (ITB) in Australian tertiary paediatric hospitals, along with the need for standardised assessment and reporting of adverse events, saw the formation of the Australian Paediatric ITB Research Group (APIRG). APIRG developed a National ITB Audit tool designed to capture clinical outcomes and adverse events data for all Australian children and adolescents receiving ITB therapy. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: The Australian ITB Audit is a 10 year, longitudinal, prospective, clinical audit collecting all adverse events and assessment data across body functions and structure, participation and activity level domains of the ICF...
June 21, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636186/views-of-general-practice-staff-about-the-use-of-a-patient-oriented-treatment-decision-aid-in-shared-decision-making-for-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-a-mixed-methods-study
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Anita Wildeboer, Esther du Pon, Jan Schuling, Flora M Haaijer-Ruskamp, Petra Denig
BACKGROUND: Decision aids can be used to support shared decision making (SDM). A patient-oriented treatment decision aid (DA) was developed for type 2 diabetes but its use by general practice staff appeared to be limited. OBJECTIVES: To explore views of practice staff towards SDM and the DA. DESIGN: A mixed-methods study within the Dutch PORTDA-diab trial. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Included were 17 practices with staff members who were responsible for routine diabetes care and had worked with the DA, and 209 of their patients...
June 21, 2017: Health Expectations: An International Journal of Public Participation in Health Care and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633634/the-development-and-appraisal-of-a-tool-designed-to-find-patients-harmed-by-falsely-labelled-falsified-counterfeit-medicines
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Marija Anđelković, Einar Björnsson, Virgilio De Bono, Nenad Dikić, Katleen Devue, Daniel Ferlin, Miroslav Hanževački, Freyja Jónsdóttir, Mkrtich Shakaryan, Sabine Walser
BACKGROUND: Falsely labelled, falsified (counterfeit) medicines (FFCm's) are produced or distributed illegally and can harm patients. Although the occurrence of FFCm's is increasing in Europe, harm is rarely reported. The European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & Health-Care (EDQM) has therefore coordinated the development and validation of a screening tool. METHODS: The tool consists of a questionnaire referring to a watch-list of FFCm's identified in Europe, including symptoms of their use and individual risk factors, and a scoring form...
June 20, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632796/handheld-reflectance-confocal-microscopy-to-aid-in-the-management-of-complex-facial-lentigo-maligna
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Brian P Hibler, Oriol Yélamos, Miguel Cordova, Heidy Sierra, Milind Rajadhyaksha, Kishwer S Nehal, Anthony M Rossi
Diagnosis and management of lentigo maligna (LM) and LM melanoma (LMM) is challenging. Novel noninvasive imaging technologies such as reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) have advanced the ability to better diagnose and monitor challenging lesions. In addition, the new handheld RCM (HRCM) together with the use of videomosaics has allowed an accurate evaluation of large lesions in concave/convex areas of the body (eg, the face). Herein, we review the impact of HRCM in the detection, treatment decision-making, and monitoring of 5 cases of complex facial LM/LMM...
May 2017: Cutis; Cutaneous Medicine for the Practitioner
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631959/advance-care-planning-for-patients-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Benjamin H Levi, Zachary Simmons, Courtney Hanna, Allyson Brothers, Erik Lehman, Elana Farace, Megan Bain, Renee Stewart, Michael J Green
PURPOSE: To determine whether an advance care planning (ACP) decision-aid could improve communication about end-of-life treatment wishes between patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and their clinicians. METHODS: Forty-four patients with ALS (>21, English-speaking, without dementia) engaged in ACP using an interactive computer based decision-aid. Before participants completed the intervention, and again three months later, their clinicians reviewed three clinical vignettes, and made treatment decisions (n = 18) for patients...
March 5, 2017: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630818/ethical-considerations-for-interdisciplinary-collaboration-with-prescribing-professionals
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Mindy K Newhouse-Oisten, Kimberly M Peck, Alissa A Conway, Jessica E Frieder
Behavior analysts often work as part of an interdisciplinary team, and different team members may prescribe different interventions for a single client. One such intervention that is commonly encountered is a change in medication. Changes in medication regimens have the potential to alter behavior in a number of ways. As such, it is important for all team members to be aware of every intervention and to consider how different interventions may interact with each other. These facts make regular and clear communication among team members vital for treatment success...
June 2017: Behavior Analysis in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629552/comparative-analysis-of-four-scores-to-stratify-patients-with-heart-failure-and-reduced-ejection-fraction
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Pedro Freitas, Carlos Aguiar, António Ferreira, António Tralhão, António Ventosa, Miguel Mendes
There are several prognostic risk scores available for patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) that can aid in the decision of listing candidates for heart transplant (HTx). A direct comparison between these scores has not been performed. Therefore, our objective was to evaluate the calibration and discriminative power of 4 contemporary HF scores. A retrospective analysis of 259 patients with HFrEF who underwent cardiopulmonary exercise test was conducted. The Heart Failure Survival Score (HFSS), Seattle Heart Failure Model (SHFM), Meta-analysis Global Group in Chronic Heart Failure (MAGGIC), and Metabolic Exercise Cardiac Kidney Index (MECKI) were compared...
May 11, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629329/personalised-informed-choice-on-evidence-and-controversy-on-mammography-screening-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Anna Roberto, Cinzia Colombo, Giulia Candiani, Livia Giordano, Paola Mantellini, Eugenio Paci, Roberto Satolli, Mario Valenza, Paola Mosconi
BACKGROUND: In Italy women aged 50-69 are invited for a population-based breast cancer (BC) screening. Physicians, policy makers and patients associations agree on the need to inform women about the benefits and harms in order to permit an informed decision. Decision aids (DA) are an effective way to support people in their decisions about health. This trial aims to assess women's informed choices, according to their health literacy and values, on participating or not in BC screening for the first time...
June 19, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628515/effectiveness-of-self-administered-decision-aids-for-people-invited-to-participate-in-colorectal-cancer-screening-a-systematic-review-protocol
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Mette Bach Larsen, Pernille Gabel, Berit Andersen
The objective is to assess the effectiveness of self-administered decision aids for people invited to participate in colorectal cancer screening. We will evaluate effects on informed choice, decisional conflict, knowledge, and participation in colorectal cancer screening.
June 2017: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625620/prognostic-impact-of-uncertain-parietal-pleural-invasion-at-adhesion-sites-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-patients
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Masashi Mikubo, Hiroyasu Nakashima, Masahito Naito, Yoshio Matsui, Kazu Shiomi, Shi-Xu Jiang, Yukitoshi Satoh
OBJECTIVES: Pleural invasion has been recognized as an important negative prognostic factor in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), and therefore, accurate evaluation is required. However, when the visceral pleura adheres to the parietal pleura around a tumor and parietal pleural structures are destroyed and unrecognizable as a result of inflammation, it is often difficult to accurately evaluate pleural invasion, and classification of the T stage is unclear. To aid in categorization, we defined this status as pl1-3 and investigated the prognostic impact of the pl1-3 status on NSCLC...
June 2017: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624294/patient-decision-aids-for-patients-considering-total-joint-replacement-a-cost-effectiveness-analysis-alongside-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Logan Trenaman, Dawn Stacey, Stirling Bryan, Monica Taljaard, Gillian Hawker, Geoff Dervin, Peter Tugwell, Nick Bansback
BACKGROUND: Shared decision-making (SDM) is a key priority to improve patient-centred care, and can play an important role in helping patients decide whether to undergo total joint arthroplasty (TJA). Patient decision aids can support SDM; however, they may incur an upfront cost. We aimed to estimate the health and economic effects of patient decision aids for TJA. METHODS: A cost-effectiveness analysis of a randomised controlled trial with 2-year follow-up. 343 patients were recruited from two orthopedic screening clinics in Ottawa, Canada...
June 14, 2017: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623628/does-patient-preference-measurement-in-decision-aids-improve-decisional-conflict-a-randomized-trial-in-men-with-prostate-cancer
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Joseph D Shirk, Catherine M Crespi, Josemanuel D Saucedo, Sylvia Lambrechts, Ely Dahan, Robert Kaplan, Christopher Saigal
BACKGROUND: Shared decision making (SDM) has been advocated as an approach to medical decision making that can improve decisional quality. Decision aids are tools that facilitate SDM in the context of limited physician time; however, many decision aids do not incorporate preference measurement. OBJECTIVES: We aim to understand whether adding preference measurement to a standard patient educational intervention improves decisional quality and is feasible in a busy clinical setting...
June 16, 2017: Patient
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622841/do-online-prognostication-tools-represent-a-valid-alternative-to-genomic-profiling-in-the-context-of-adjuvant-treatment-of-early-breast-cancer-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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Hiba El Hage Chehade, Umar Wazir, Kinan Mokbel, Abdul Kasem, Kefah Mokbel
INTRODUCTION: Decision-making regarding adjuvant chemotherapy has been based on clinical and pathological features. However, such decisions are seldom consistent. Web-based predictive models have been developed using data from cancer registries to help determine the need for adjuvant therapy. More recently, with the recognition of the heterogenous nature of breast cancer, genomic assays have been developed to aid in the therapeutic decision-making. METHODS: We have carried out a comprehensive literature review regarding online prognostication tools and genomic assays to assess whether online tools could be used as valid alternatives to genomic profiling in decision-making regarding adjuvant therapy in early breast cancer...
June 3, 2017: American Journal of Surgery
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