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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107122/evaluating-the-impact-of-pharmacists-on-reducing-use-of-sedative-hypnotics-for-treatment-of-insomnia-in-long-term-care-facility-residents
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Maria Grazia Gemelli, Katherine Yockel, Kenneth C Hohmeier
OBJECTIVE: To determine if pharmacist intervention can decrease the use of inappropriate sedative/hypnotics in the elderly population in the long-term care facility setting. DESIGN: A multicenter, prospective chart review of sedative/hypnotic use for insomnia among long-term care facility residents. SETTING: Eleven regional long-term care facilities in Northeastern Tennessee. PARTICIPANTS: Long-term care facility residents older than 65 years of age, with confirmed insomnia diagnoses and no history of seizure or recent psychotropic gradual-dose reduction attempts...
November 1, 2016: Consultant Pharmacist: the Journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104488/satisfaction-with-communication-in-primary-care-for-spanish-speaking-and-english-speaking-parents
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Kori B Flower, Asheley C Skinner, H Shonna Yin, Russell L Rothman, Lee M Sanders, Alan Delamater, Eliana M Perrin
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Effective communication with primary care physicians is important yet incompletely understood for Spanish-speaking parents. We predicted lower satisfaction among Spanish-speaking compared with English-speaking Latino and non-Latino parents. METHODS: Cross-sectional analysis at 2-month well visits within the Greenlight study at 4 pediatric resident clinics. Parents reported satisfaction with 14 physician communication items using the validated Communication Assessment Tool (CAT)...
January 16, 2017: Academic Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100176/effect-of-training-and-structured-medication-review-on-medication-appropriateness-in-nursing-home-residents-and-on-cooperation-between-health-care-professionals-the-intherakt-study-protocol
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Angelika Mahlknecht, Nadja Nestler, Ulrike Bauer, Nadine Schüßler, Jochen Schuler, Sebastian Scharer, Ralf Becker, Isabel Waltering, Georg Hempel, Oliver Schwalbe, Maria Flamm, Jürgen Osterbrink
BACKGROUND: Pharmacotherapy in residents of nursing homes is critical due to the special vulnerability of this population. Medical care and interprofessional communication in nursing homes are often uncoordinated. As a consequence, polypharmacy and inappropriate medication use are common and may lead to hospitalizations and health hazards. The aim of this study is to optimize communication between the involved professional groups by specific training and by establishing a structured medication review process, and to improve medication appropriateness and patient-relevant health outcomes for residents of nursing homes...
January 18, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099282/risk-factors-for-acanthamoeba-keratitis-a-multistate-case-control-study-2008-2011
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Allison C Brown, Jonathan Ross, Daniel B Jones, Sarah A Collier, Tracy L Ayers, Robert M Hoekstra, Bryon Backensen, Sharon L Roy, Michael J Beach, Jonathan S Yoder
OBJECTIVE: To identify modifiable risk factors contributing to Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) infection. METHODS: A case-control investigation was conducted. Case patients were soft contact lens wearers with laboratory-confirmed AK. Control were soft contact lens wearers ≥12 years of age, with no history of AK. Case patients were recruited from 14 ophthalmology referral centers and a clinical laboratory. Control were matched on state of residence and type of primary eye care provider (ophthalmologist or optometrist)...
January 17, 2017: Eye & Contact Lens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099046/death-notification-someone-needs-to-call-the-family
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Rachel Ombres, Lauren Montemorano, Daniel Becker
BACKGROUND: The death notification process can affect family grief and bereavement. It can also affect the well-being of involved physicians. There is no standardized process for making death notification phone calls. We assumed that residents are likely to be unprepared before and troubled after. OBJECTIVE: We investigated current death notification practices to develop an evidence-based template for standardizing this process. DESIGN: We used results of a literature review and open-ended interviews with faculty, residents, and widows to develop a survey regarding resident training and experience in death notification by phone...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097296/long-term-postprocedural-outcomes-of-palliative-emergency-stenting-vs-stoma-in-malignant-large-bowel-obstruction
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Jonathan S Abelson, Heather L Yeo, Jialin Mao, Jeffrey W Milsom, Art Sedrakyan
Importance: Colonic stenting was introduced for palliation of malignant large-bowel obstruction (MLBO) more than 20 years ago but remains controversial. Objective: To compare outcomes after palliative stenting vs stoma creation in patients with MLBO requiring emergency management. Design, Setting, and Participants: This observational cohort study assessed 345 patients from New York State with an urgent or emergency admission to the hospital for obstruction secondary to colorectal cancer and who underwent stenting or stoma creation from October 1, 2009, through December 31, 2013...
January 11, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095904/evaluation-of-the-tsima-community-mobilization-intervention-to-improve-engagement-in-hiv-testing-and-care-in-south-africa-study-protocol-for-a-cluster-randomized-trial
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Sheri A Lippman, Audrey Pettifor, Dumisani Rebombo, Aimée Julien, Ryan G Wagner, Mi-Suk Kang Dufour, Chodziwadziwa Whiteson Kabudula, Torsten B Neilands, Rhian Twine, Ann Gottert, F Xavier Gómez-Olivé, Stephen M Tollman, Ian Sanne, Dean Peacock, Kathleen Kahn
BACKGROUND: HIV transmission can be decreased substantially by reducing the burden of undiagnosed HIV infection and expanding early and consistent use of antiretroviral therapy (ART). Treatment as prevention (TasP) has been proposed as key to ending the HIV epidemic. To activate TasP in high prevalence countries, like South Africa, communities must be motivated to know their status, engage in care, and remain in care. Community mobilization (CM) has the potential to significantly increase uptake testing, linkage to and retention in care by addressing the primary social barriers to engagement with HIV care-including poor understanding of HIV care; fear and stigma associated with infection, clinic attendance and disclosure; lack of social support; and gender norms that deter men from accessing care...
January 17, 2017: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095791/a-person-centred-and-thriving-promoting-intervention-in-nursing-homes-study-protocol-for-the-u-age-nursing-home-multi-centre-non-equivalent-controlled-group-before-after-trial
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David Edvardsson, Karin Sjögren, Qarin Lood, Ådel Bergland, Marit Kirkevold, Per-Olof Sandman
BACKGROUND: The literature suggests that person-centred care can contribute to quality of life and wellbeing of nursing home residents, relatives and staff. However, there is sparse research evidence on how person-centred care can be operationalised and implemented in practice, and the extent to which it may promote wellbeing and satisfaction. Therefore, the U-Age nursing home study was initiated to deepen the understanding of how to integrate person-centred care into daily practice and to explore the effects and meanings of this...
January 17, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094051/competition-policy-for-health-care-provision-in-portugal
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Pedro Pita Barros
We review the role of competition among healthcare providers in Portugal, which has a public National Health Service (NHS) at the core of the health system. There is little competition among healthcare providers within the NHS. Competition among NHS primary care providers is hindered by excess demand (many residents in Portugal do not have a designated family doctor). Competition among NHS hospitals has been traditionally limited to cases of maximum guaranteed waiting time for surgery being exceeded. The Portuguese Competition Authority enforces competition law...
December 23, 2016: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092801/the-association-between-personal-income-and-aging-a-population-based-13-year-longitudinal-study
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Tzu-Yu Lin, Chia-Yu Chen, Chueh-Yung Tsao, Kuang-Hung Hsu
INTRODUCTION: Population aging is set to increase the elder dependency ratio, causing a rapid increase in healthcare expenditures and financial burden on the government. This study aims to construct an aging score from age-related diseases and to perform longitudinal analyses to examine the association between personal income and aging. METHODS: A total of 86,838 subjects drawn from a community with 384,617 residents in northern Taiwan were examined. Personal income and aging-related diseases were measured from the National Health Insurance database during 1997-2010...
January 9, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090687/prevalence-of-psychotropic-medication-use-and-association-with-challenging-behaviour-in-adults-with-an-intellectual-disability-a-total-population-study
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D L Bowring, V Totsika, R P Hastings, S Toogood, M McMahon
BACKGROUND: There is a high prevalence of psychotropic medication use in adults with Intellectual Disabilities (ID), often in the absence of psychiatric disorder, also associated with challenging behaviour. Previous research has focused on specific sample frames or data from primary care providers. There is also a lack of consistency in the definition of challenging behaviour used. METHODS: We adopted a total population sampling method. Medication data on 265 adults with ID were classified according to the Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical classification system...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research: JIDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089522/the-impact-of-medication-synchronization-on-quality-care-criteria-in-an-independent-community-pharmacy
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Jessica L Hinson, Gretchen K Garofoli, Betsy M Elswick
OBJECTIVES: To determine the impact of a comprehensive medication synchronization program in an independent community pharmacy by (1) evaluating changes in Electronic Quality Improvement Platform for Plans and Pharmacies (EQuIPP) scores and (2) examining the change in monthly prescription volume. SETTING: Independent community pharmacy in Morgantown, WV. PRACTICE DESCRIPTION: Waterfront Family Pharmacy is a single-location independent community pharmacy located in Morgantown, WV...
January 11, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086871/the-integrated-care-pathway-for-post-stroke-patients-icapps-a-shared-care-approach-between-stakeholders-in-areas-with-limited-access-to-specialist-stroke-care-services
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Aznida Firzah Abdul Aziz, Nor Azlin Mohd Nordin, Mohd Fairuz Ali, Noor Azah Abd Aziz, Saperi Sulong, Syed Mohamed Aljunid
BACKGROUND: Lack of intersectoral collaboration within public health sectors compound efforts to promote effective multidisciplinary post stroke care after discharge following acute phase. A coordinated, primary care-led care pathway to manage post stroke patients residing at home in the community was designed by an expert panel of specialist stroke care providers to help overcome fragmented post stroke care in areas where access is limited or lacking. METHODS: Expert panel discussions comprising Family Medicine Specialists, Neurologists, Rehabilitation Physicians and Therapists, and Nurse Managers from Ministry of Health and acadaemia were conducted...
January 13, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076579/factors-that-influence-career-choice-in-primary-care-among-medical-students-starting-social-service-in-honduras
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E Benjamín Puertas, Tamara Y Rivera
Objective: To 1) describe patterns of specialty choice; 2) investigate relationships between career selection and selected demographic indicators; and 3) identify salary perception, factors that influence career choice in primary care, and factors that influence desired location of future medical practice. Methods: The study used a mixed-methods approach that included a cross-sectional questionnaire survey applied to 234 last-year medical students in Honduras (September 2014), and semi-structured interviews with eight key informants (October 2014)...
November 2016: Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, Pan American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076254/watchful-waiting-strategy-may-reduce-low-value-diagnostic-testing
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Larissa May, Peter Franks, Anthony Jerant, Joshua Fenton
BACKGROUND: PCPs need effective communication strategies to address patient requests for low-value testing while sustaining patient-provider partnerships. Watchful waiting - allowing a negotiated period of time to pass before making a firm testing decision - shows promise as a tool for addressing patient requests for low-value testing. METHODS: Observational analysis of data from a randomized controlled trial of a communication intervention designed to boost patient-centeredness and reduce low-value test ordering among 61 resident primary care physicians...
November 2016: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069045/improving-nursing-home-care-through-feedback-on-performance-data-inform-protocol-for-a-cluster-randomized-trial
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Matthias Hoben, Peter G Norton, Liane R Ginsburg, Ruth A Anderson, Greta G Cummings, Holly J Lanham, Janet E Squires, Deanne Taylor, Adrian S Wagg, Carole A Estabrooks
BACKGROUND: Audit and feedback is effective in improving the quality of care. However, methods and results of international studies are heterogeneous, and studies have been criticized for a lack of systematic use of theory. In TREC (Translating Research in Elder Care), a longitudinal health services research program, we collect comprehensive data from care providers and residents in Canadian nursing homes to improve quality of care and life of residents, and quality of worklife of caregivers...
January 10, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064171/back-complaints-in-the-elders-in-brazil-and-the-netherlands-a-cross-sectional-comparison
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Fabianna R Jesus-Moraleida, Paulo H Ferreira, Manuela L Ferreira, Juscelio P Silva, Christopher G Maher, Wendy T M Enthoven, Sita M A Bierma-Zeinstra, Bart W Koes, Pim A J Luijsterburg, Leani S M Pereira
BACKGROUND: although back pain is most prevalent in older adults, there is a paucity of studies investigating back pain in older people. Our objective was to characterize and compare Brazilian and Dutch older adults presenting to primary care with a new episode of back pain. We also aimed to investigate whether socio-demographic characteristics were associated with pain severity and disability. METHODS: we sourced data on 602 Brazilian and 675 Dutch participants aged ≥55 years with a new episode of back pain from the Back Complaints in the Elders consortium...
January 6, 2017: Age and Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062333/electronic-goals-of-care-alerts-an-innovative-strategy-to-promote-primary-palliative-care
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Erin M Haley, Deborah Meisel, Yevgeniy Gitelman, Laura Dingfield, David J Casarett, Nina R O'Connor
CONTEXT: Given the shortage of palliative care specialists, strategies are needed to promote primary palliative care by non-palliative care providers. Electronic reminders are frequently used in medicine to standardize practice, but their effectiveness in encouraging goals of care discussions is not well understood. OBJECTIVES: To determine whether brief education and electronic alerts increase the frequency of goals of care discussions. METHODS: All general medicine services at a large academic medical center were included...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061843/sun-protection-to-improve-vaccine-effectiveness-in-children-in-a-high-ambient-ultraviolet-radiation-and-rural-environment-an-intervention-study
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Caradee Y Wright, Patricia N Albers, Angela Mathee, Zamantimande Kunene, Catherine D'Este, Ashwin Swaminathan, Robyn M Lucas
BACKGROUND: Vaccination is a mainstay of preventive healthcare, reducing the incidence of serious childhood infections. Ecological studies have demonstrated an inverse association between markers of high ambient ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure (e.g., sunny season, low latitude of residence) and reduction in the vaccination-associated immune response. Higher sun exposure on the day prior to and spanning the day of vaccination has been associated with a reduced antigen-specific immune response independent of skin pigmentation...
January 6, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061835/a-comparative-assessment-of-major-international-disasters-the-need-for-exposure-assessment-systematic-emergency-preparedness-and-lifetime-health-care
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Roberto G Lucchini, Dana Hashim, Sushma Acquilla, Angela Basanets, Pier Alberto Bertazzi, Andrey Bushmanov, Michael Crane, Denise J Harrison, William Holden, Philip J Landrigan, Benjamin J Luft, Paolo Mocarelli, Nailya Mazitova, James Melius, Jacqueline M Moline, Koji Mori, David Prezant, Joan Reibman, Dori B Reissman, Alexander Stazharau, Ken Takahashi, Iris G Udasin, Andrew C Todd
BACKGROUND: The disasters at Seveso, Three Mile Island, Bhopal, Chernobyl, the World Trade Center (WTC) and Fukushima had historic health and economic sequelae for large populations of workers, responders and community members. METHODS: Comparative data from these events were collected to derive indications for future preparedness. Information from the primary sources and a literature review addressed: i) exposure assessment; ii) exposed populations; iii) health surveillance; iv) follow-up and research outputs; v) observed physical and mental health effects; vi) treatment and benefits; and vii) outreach activities...
January 7, 2017: BMC Public Health
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