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Sara L Ackerman, Gato Gourley, Gem Le, Pamela Williams, Jinoos Yazdany, Urmimala Sarkar
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to develop standards for tracking patient safety gaps in ambulatory care in safety net health systems. METHODS: Leaders from five California safety net health systems were invited to participate in a modified Delphi process sponsored by the Safety Promotion Action Research and Knowledge Network (SPARKNet) and the California Safety Net Institute in 2016. During each of the three Delphi rounds, the feasibility and validity of 13 proposed patient safety measures were discussed and prioritized...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Patient Safety
Benjamin Saul Raywood Allin, Nigel J Hall, Andrew R Ross, Sean S Marven, Jennifer J Kurinczuk, Marian Knight
OBJECTIVE: Outcome reporting heterogeneity impedes identification of gold standard treatments for children born with gastroschisis. Use of core outcome sets (COSs) in research reduces outcome reporting heterogeneity and ensures that studies are relevant to patients. The aim of this study was to develop a gastroschisis COS. DESIGN AND SETTING: Systematic reviews and stakeholder nomination were used to identify candidate outcomes that were subsequently prioritised by key stakeholders in a three-phase online Delphi process and face-to-face consensus meeting using a 9-point Likert scale...
March 14, 2018: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
Paul I Musey, John A Lee, Cassandra A Hall, Jeffrey A Kline
BACKGROUND: Approximately 80% of patients presenting to emergency departments (ED) with chest pain do not have any true cardiopulmonary emergency such as acute coronary syndrome (ACS). However, psychological contributors such as anxiety are thought to be present in up to 58%, but often remain undiagnosed leading to chronic chest pain and ED recidivism. METHODS: To evaluate ED provider beliefs and their usual practices regarding the approach and disposition of patients with low risk chest pain associated with anxiety, we constructed a 22-item survey using a modified Delphi technique...
March 14, 2018: BMC Emergency Medicine
Vanessa A Thomas, Heather L Crouse, Kristy O Murray, Deborah C Hsu, Elizabeth A Camp, Andrea T Cruz
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to perform a needs assessment of pediatric (PEM) and general emergency medicine (EM) provider knowledge, comfort, and current practice patterns in the evaluation of pediatric tropical infectious diseases. METHODS: An online survey was developed based on educational priorities identified by an expert panel via modified Delphi methodology. The survey included assessment of providers' typical evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of tropical diseases and was distributed to PEM and EM providers in 2 large professional organizations...
March 12, 2018: Pediatric Emergency Care
Amy O'Brien, Julie McCormack, Kimberley J Hoiles, Hunna J Watson, Rebecca A Anderson, Phillipa Hay, Sarah J Egan
OBJECTIVE: There are few evidence-based guidelines for inpatient pediatric eating disorders. The aim was to gain perspectives from those providing and receiving inpatient pediatric eating disorder care on the essential components treatment. METHOD: A modified Delphi technique was used to develop consensus-based opinions. Participants (N = 74) were recruited for three panels: clinicians (n = 24), carers (n = 31), and patients (n = 19), who endorsed three rounds of statements online...
March 14, 2018: International Journal of Eating Disorders
I P M Jordans, R de Leeuw, S I Stegwee, N N Amso, P N Barri-Soldevila, T van den Bosch, T Bourne, H A M Brolmann, O Donnez, M Dueholm, W J K Hehenkamp, N Jastrow, D Jurkovic, R Mashiach, O Naji, I Streuli, D Timmerman, L F Vd Voet, J A F Huirne
OBJECTIVES: To generate a uniform, internationally recognized guideline for detailed uterine niche evaluation by ultrasonography in non-pregnant women using a modified Delphi method amongst international experts. METHODS: Fifteen international gynecological experts were recruited by their membership of the European niche taskforce group. All experts were physicians with extensive experience in niche evaluation in clinical practice and/or authors of niche studies...
March 14, 2018: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Young-Duk Kim, Guk-Jin Son, Chan-Ho Song, Hee-Kang Kim
Recently, radar technology has attracted attention for the realization of an intelligent transportation system (ITS) to monitor, track, and manage vehicle traffic on the roads as well as adaptive cruise control (ACC) and automatic emergency braking (AEB) for driving assistance of vehicles. However, when radar is installed on roads or in tunnels, the detection performance is significantly dependent on the deployment conditions and environment around the radar. In particular, in the case of tunnels, the detection accuracy for a moving vehicle drops sharply owing to the diffuse reflection of radio frequency (RF) signals...
March 11, 2018: Sensors
Susan C Shelmerdine, John Ciaran Hutchinson, Safa Al-Sarraj, Nat Cary, Tim Dawson, Daniel Du Plessis, Paul G Ince, Siobhan McLaughlin, Liina Palm, Colin Smith, Neil Stoodley, Rick van Rijn, Owen J Arthurs, Thomas S Jacques
AIMS: To develop an expert consensus statement regarding appropriate clinical and forensic post-mortem neurological imaging. METHODS: An expert panel of clinicians were recruited from registered members of the British Neuropathological Society (BNS) and the International Society of Forensic Radiology and Imaging (ISFRI) with post-mortem expertise. Following a focus group meeting, 16 core statements were incorporated into an online modified Delphi survey and each panellist was asked to score their level of agreement...
March 13, 2018: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
Catherine M Kuza, Monica S Vavilala, Rebecca M Speck, Richard P Dutton, Maureen McCunn
BACKGROUND: Few trauma guidelines evaluate and recommend anesthesiology practices and there are no trauma anesthesia-specific guidelines. There is no information on how anesthesiologists perceive clinical practice patterns. Our objective was to understand the perceptions of anesthesiologists regarding trauma anesthesia practices. METHODS: A survey assessing anesthesia management of trauma patients was distributed to 21,491 anesthesiologists. A subset of 10 of these questions was subsequently reviewed by a trauma anesthesiology focus group through a 3-round web-based Delphi process...
March 12, 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Alexander Röth, Jaroslaw Maciejewski, Jun-Ichi Nishimura, Deepak Jain, Jeffrey I Weitz
OBJECTIVE: Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is a severe, life-threatening disorder for which early diagnosis is essential. However, given the rarity of the disease and non-specificity of symptoms, correct diagnosis may be delayed or missed. While various hematologic guidelines note common signs and symptoms associated with PNH, international expert consensus based on real-world clinical experience and an actionable algorithm for non-specialists to facilitate screening and diagnosis are lacking...
March 12, 2018: European Journal of Haematology
L Peuvrel, J Cassecuel, C Bernier, G Quéreux, M Saint-Jean, M Le Moigne, C Frénard, A Khammari, B Dréno
PURPOSE: The dermatological toxicity of cancer treatments is frequent and sometimes debilitating. Its reference classification, the NCI-CTCAE (National Cancer Institute-Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events), is sometimes difficult to use and does not include yet the newest toxicities. Our objective was to create a guide, TOXICAN, based on the CTCAE, which is easy to use in everyday practice and which facilitates the recognition and grading of these dermatological toxicities...
March 12, 2018: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Antonia Quinn, Teresa M Chan, Christopher Sampson, Catherine Grossman, Christine Butts, John Casey, Holly Caretta-Weyer, Michael Gottlieb
Traditionally, scholarship that was recognized for promotion and tenure consisted of clinical research, bench research, and grant funding. Recent trends have allowed for differing approaches to scholarship, including digital publication. As increasing numbers of trainees and faculty turn to online educational resources, it is imperative to critically evaluate these resources. This article summarizes five key papers that address the appraisal of digital scholarship and describes their relevance to junior clinician educators and faculty developers...
January 3, 2018: Curēus
Susan M Smith, Emma Wallace, Chris Salisbury, Maxime Sasseville, Elizabeth Bayliss, Martin Fortin
PURPOSE: We aimed to develop a consensus-based set of core outcomes specifically for studies in multimorbidity. METHODS: We undertook a consensus study following the COS-STAR (Core Outcome Set-STAndards for Reporting) guidelines for the design and reporting of core outcome sets. A Delphi panel of experts completed a web-based survey with 2 rounds. Panelists were presented with a range of outcomes that had been identified in previous workshops and a related systematic review...
March 2018: Annals of Family Medicine
Rebekah Laidsaar-Powell, Phyllis Butow, Frances Boyle, Ilona Juraskova
OBJECTIVE: Family caregivers regularly attend medical consultations and are often involved in decision-making; however, there are few practical strategies to guide effective communication for the clinician-patient-family trio. We aimed to develop and evaluate the first comprehensive guidelines for oncology physicians and nurses, on how to positively and effectively involve family caregivers of adult patients in consultations and patient care (TRIO Guidelines-1) and how to manage challenging interactions with family caregivers (TRIO Guidelines-2)...
January 31, 2018: Patient Education and Counseling
Rebekah Laidsaar-Powell, Phyllis Butow, Frances Boyle, Ilona Juraskova
OBJECTIVE: Family caregivers can, at times, add complexity to clinical encounters. Difficult family caregivers and dynamics may: derail consultation communication, reduce patient autonomy, and compromise effective clinical care. A paucity of practical strategies guiding effective clinician-family communication exists. This study aimed to develop and evaluate the first comprehensive, evidence-based guidelines (the TRIO guidelines) for oncology physicians and nurses to better manage several complex/challenging situations involving family members...
February 2, 2018: Patient Education and Counseling
Giovanni De Feo, Sabino De Gisi, Sabato De Vita, Michele Notarnicola
The main aim of this study was to define and apply a multidisciplinary and multi-criteria approach to sustainability in evaluating alternative end-uses for disused areas. Taking into account the three pillars of sustainability (social, economic and environmental dimension) as well as the need for stakeholders to have new practical instruments, the innovative approach consists of four modules stated (i) sociological, (ii) economic, (iii) environmental and (iv) multi-criteria assessment. By means of a case study on a small Municipality in Southern Italy, three end-uses alternatives, representing three essential services for citizens, were selected: Municipal gym; Market area; Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) separate collection centre...
March 7, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Christopher W Baugh, Carol L Clark, Jason W Wilson, Ian G Stiell, Abraham G Kocheril, Krista K Luck, Troy D Myers, Charles V Pollack, Steven K Roumpf, Gery F Tomassoni, James M Williams, Brian B Patel, Fred Wu, Jesse M Pines
Atrial fibrillation and flutter (AF) is a common condition among emergency department (ED) patients in the United States (US). Traditionally, ED care for primary complaints related to AF focus on rate control, and patients are often admitted to an inpatient setting for further care. Inpatient care may include further telemetry monitoring and diagnostic testing, rhythm control, a search for identification of AF etiology, and stroke prophylaxis. However, many patients are eligible for safe and effective outpatient management pathways...
March 10, 2018: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Amélie Levesque, Thibault Riant, Stéphane Ploteau, Jérôme Rigaud, Jean-Jacques Labat
Background: The evaluation of chronic pelvic and perineal pain (CPP) is often complex. The patient's description of the pain often appears to be disproportionate to the limited findings on physical examination and/or complementary investigations. The concept of central sensitization may allow better understanding and management of patients with CPP. Objective: The aim of this study was to elaborate a clinical evaluation tool designed to simply identify sensitization in pelvic pain...
March 7, 2018: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
K Van den Bussche, J Kottner, H Beele, D De Meyer, A M Dunk, S Ersse, T Lange, M Petrovic, L Schoonhoven, S Smet, N Van Damme, S Verhaeghe, A Van Hecke, D Beeckman
AIM: To report the development of a core set of outcome domains for clinical research involving adults with incontinence-associated dermatitis or at risk, independently from any geographical location or skin colour. BACKGROUND: The management of incontinence-associated dermatitis is important in caring for incontinent patients. The lack of comparability of clinical trial outcomes is a major challenge in the field of evidence-based incontinence-associated dermatitis prevention and treatment...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Advanced Nursing
Jonathan S Wald, Saira N Haque, Stephanie Rizk, Jennifer R Webb, Stephen Brown, Shellery Ebron, Christoph U Lehmann, Mark Frisse, Vanessa A Shorte, Edwin A Lomotan, Barbara A Dailey, Kevin B Johnson
Electronic health record (EHR) use throughout the United States has advanced considerably, but functionality to support the optimal care of children has been slower to develop and deploy. A previous team of experts systematically identified gaps in EHR functionality during collaborative work from 2010 to 2013 that produced the Children's EHR Format (Format), funded under the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009, Public Law 111-3. After that, a team of practitioners, software developers, health policy leaders, and other stakeholders examined the Format's exhaustive list of 547 EHR functional requirements in 26 topic areas and found them to be valuable but in need of further refinement and prioritization...
March 8, 2018: Pediatrics
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