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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232325/utility-of-electronic-medical-records-in-community-rheumatology-practice-for-assessing-quality-of-care-indicators-for-gout-a-feasibility-study
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Augusto Estrada, Nicole W Tsao, Alyssa Howren, John M Esdaile, Kamran Shojania, Mary A De Vera
OBJECTIVES: With comprehensive capture of information on patient encounters, electronic medical records (EMRs) may have utility for assessing adherence to quality indicators (QIs) in gout. Our objectives were to translate 10 previously established gout QIs into relevant EMR data and evaluate and describe the feasibility of using EMRs to assess gout QIs. METHODS: Using EMRs from 3 community rheumatology practices in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, we identified gout patients seen between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2013...
December 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232257/economics-of-gynecologic-morcellation
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Pietro Bortoletto, Jaclyn Friedman, Magdy P Milad
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: As the Food and Drug Administration raised concern over the power morcellator in 2014, the field has seen significant change, with patients and physicians questioning which procedure is safest and most cost-effective. The economic impact of these decisions is poorly understood. RECENT FINDINGS: Multiple new technologies have been developed to allow surgeons to continue to afford patients the many benefits of minimally invasive surgery while minimizing the risks of power morcellation...
December 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29231878/greek-medicine-practice-at-ancient-rome-the-physician-molecularist-asclepiades
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Luigi Santacroce, Lucrezia Bottalico, Ioannis Alexandros Charitos
Background: In the pre-Hellenistic period, the concept of medicine was not well-defined. Usually, a disease was considered as a divine punishment and its treatment was devolved to the priests who asked for healing from the divinities. The only job that could be compared to medical practice was a kind of itinerant medicine, derived from the Egyptian therapeutic tradition based only on practical experience and performed by people that knew a number of remedies, mostly vegetable, but without any theoretical bases about the possible mechanisms of action...
December 12, 2017: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29231695/medicare-program-revisions-to-payment-policies-under-the-physician-fee-schedule-and-other-revisions-to-part-b-for-cy-2018-medicare-shared-savings-program-requirements-and-medicare-diabetes-prevention-program-final-rule
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This major final rule addresses changes to the Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS) and other Medicare Part B payment policies such as changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program, to ensure that our payment systems are updated to reflect changes in medical practice and the relative value of services, as well as changes in the statute. In addition, this final rule includes policies necessary to begin offering the expanded Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program model.
November 15, 2017: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230515/-competence-based-assessment-in-the-national-licensing-examination-in-germany
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REVIEW
Jana Jünger
In Germany, future physicians have to pass a national licensing examination at the end of their medical studies. Passing this examination is the requirement for the license to practice medicine. The Masterplan Medizinstudium 2020 with its 41 measures aims to shift the paradigm in medical education and medical licensing examinations.The main goals of the Masterplan include the development towards competency-based and practical medical education and examination as well as the strengthening of general medicine...
December 11, 2017: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229713/patterns-of-physician-retirement-and-pre-retirement-activity-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Lindsay Hedden, M Ruth Lavergne, Kimberlyn M McGrail, Michael R Law, Lucy Cheng, Megan A Ahuja, Morris L Barer
BACKGROUND: Knowing when physicians retire and how they practise in the pre-retirement years is important information for health human resource planning. We identified patterns of retirement for physicians in British Columbia and the determinants of when and how physicians retire. METHODS: For this population-based retrospective cohort study, we used administrative data to examine activity levels and to identify retirements among BC's practising physicians. We included all physicians who were at least 50 years of age as of March 2006 and who had received payments for clinical services in at least 1 year between 2005/06 and 2011/12...
December 11, 2017: CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal de L'Association Medicale Canadienne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229691/opinion-and-special-articles-neurology-education-at-us-osteopathic-medical-schools
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Daniel A Freedman, Dara V F Albert
Osteopathic medical schools have a longstanding tradition of training primary care physicians (PCP). Neurologic symptoms are common in the PCP's office and there is an undersupply of neurologists in the United States. It is therefore crucial for osteopathic medical students to have a strong foundation in clinical neurology. Despite the importance, a mere 6% of osteopathic medical schools have required neurology clerkships. Furthermore, exposure to neurology in medical school through required clerkships has been correlated with matching into neurology residency...
December 12, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229657/adapting-the-emergency-first-aid-responder-course-for-zambia-through-curriculum-mapping-and-blueprinting
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Jennifer L Pigoga, Charmaine Cunningham, Muhumpu Kafwamfwa, Lee A Wallis
OBJECTIVES: Community members are often the first to witness and respond to medical and traumatic emergencies, making them an essential first link to emergency care systems. The Emergency First Aid Responder (EFAR) programme is short course originally developed to help South Africans manage emergencies at the community level, pending arrival of formal care providers. EFAR was implemented in two rural regions of Zambia in 2015, but no changes were originally made to tailor the course to the new setting...
December 10, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229238/effectiveness-of-an-automated-digital-remote-guidance-and-telemonitoring-platform-on-costs-readmissions-and-complications-after-hip-and-knee-arthroplasties
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Benjamin I Rosner, Marc Gottlieb, William N Anderson
BACKGROUND: The impact of a new class of automated digital patient engagement (DPE) platforms on potentially avoidable costs, hospital admissions, and complications after discharge following hip and knee arthroplasties has not been established. METHODS: We conducted a multicenter observational cohort study comparing claims data for potentially avoidable costs, hospital admissions, and complications for 90 days after discharge following hip and knee arthroplasties at 10 practice sites in CA and NV...
December 2, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228987/patients-attitudes-regarding-characteristics-of-physicians-in-ophthalmology
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Lauren Mason, John Mason
OBJECTIVE: This retrospective cross-sectional study was performed to assess patient perceptions and attitudes towards physicians' physical appearance and education in the Vitreoretinal Specialist clinic setting. 295 consecutive patients from Retina Consultants of Alabama, a Vitreoretinal Specialty practice at UAB Hospital, completed a questionnaire assessing preferences regarding physicians' appearance and education. The main outcome measure was to determine if physical attributes and education are factors in patient preference for their Vitreoretinal Specialist...
December 11, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228837/feeling-inadequate-residents-stress-and-learning-at-primary-care-clinics-in-the-united-states
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Joanna Veazey Brooks, Sara J Singer, Meredith Rosenthal, Alyna T Chien, Antoinette S Peters
BACKGROUND: Educators hope that residents' experiences in primary care continuity clinics will influence more trainees to enter primary care careers. Unfortunately, evidence shows that outpatient primary care training in the United States is stressful and fails to promote primary care careers. We conducted qualitative interviews with residents to understand the source of stress and to explain this failure. METHODS: In-person individual interviews were conducted with 37 primary care residents training at outpatient clinics in the US...
December 11, 2017: Medical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228411/management-of-breast-cancer-in-adjuvant-chemotherapy-settings-in-the-kanagawa-breast-oncology-group
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Mayako Terao, Naoki Niikura, Yasuhiro Suzuki, Norihiko Sengoku, Hitoshi Arioka, Takashi Ishikawa, Koichiro Tsugawa, Yutaka Tokuda
OBJECTIVE: Many different options for adjuvant chemotherapy are recommended in guidelines for the treatment of breast cancer. Therapeutic strategies vary among physicians. The major goals for this project were to gain a better understanding of how biomarkers are integrated into practice and how physicians select adjuvant chemotherapy. METHODS: We assembled a questionnaire with 23 example scenarios of breast cancer cases, including 6 items relevant to postoperative adjuvant therapy...
December 20, 2017: Tokai Journal of Experimental and Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227505/neurobiology-of-sexual-assault-and-osteopathic-considerations-for-trauma-informed-care-and-practice
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Kristen M Cuevas, Jane Balbo, Krista Duval, Elizabeth A Beverly
Sexual assault is a traumatic event with potentially devastating lifelong effects on physical and emotional health. Sexual assault is associated with gastrointestinal, neurologic, and reproductive symptoms, as well as obesity, diabetes, and chronic pain. With 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men experiencing some form of unwanted sexual violence in their lifetime, sexual assault is a significant public health problem that necessitates attention in the medical community. This review discusses relevant literature on the neurobiologic changes that occur as a consequence of sexual assault, such as how the brain responds during a traumatic experience and the impact of trauma on memory...
December 11, 2017: Journal of the American Osteopathic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227366/trends-in-physician-reimbursement-for-spinal-procedures-since-2010
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Joshua E Meyers, Jiefei Wang, Asham Khan, Jason M Davies, John Pollina
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. OBJECTIVE: To identify trends in spinal procedure reimbursement in our practice since 2010. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: In an uncertain healthcare climate with continuous reform, trends in physician reimbursement are unclear. Market forces of supply and demand, legislation imposing penalties for quality measures, local competition, and geographic location have the potential to affect reimbursement...
December 8, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227277/use-of-complementary-and-alternative-medicine-in-georgia
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I Nadareishvili, K Lunze, N Tabagari, A Beraia, G Pkhakadze
In Georgia, like in most countries globally, people commonly resort to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). However, not much is known about CAM practices there. The aim of the study was to document common practices of CAM in Georgia and related patient attitudes. We collected data from peoples who commonly use CAM at 20 service provision centers in Georgia using cluster sampling from 300 patients. We admininstered a cross-sectional survey and conducted descriptive statistical analyses. People in Georgia use CAM either for prevention to improve general health (33%) or to treat chronic conditions (36%), spending about 25 Euros per month out of pocket...
November 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227257/world-and-national-experience-in-organization-of-prevention-of-cardiovascular-diseases
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А Biduchak, Zh Chornenka
The aim of the study was to examine the global, European and national experience in the implementation of preventive programs and to reveal their value in health, economy and social health development. The conducted research has found that the implementation of the national program, the correct methodological approach of the physician to evaluate risk factors, and implementing preventive measures of diseases of the circulatory system bring positive results (reduction of prevalence and incidence of cerebral stroke by 13,7% and 1,4%, respectively)...
November 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227206/attitudes-toward-e-health-the-otolaryngologists-point-of-view
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Martin Holderried, Ansgar Hoeper, Friederike Holderried, Gunnar Blumenstock, Christian Ernst, Anke Tropitzsch
INTRODUCTION: Online communication and the number of e-health applications have noticeably increased. However, little is known about the otolaryngologists' use behavior and their attitudes toward the potential of e-health. The aims of the study were to evaluate the documentation, information, and communication technologies used by otolaryngologists and to get a better understanding of their attitudes toward the potential of e-health for cross-sectoral patient care. METHODS: A survey was developed and tested by otolaryngologists, healthcare-information technology experts, and health services researchers...
December 11, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226236/self-assessment-of-competence-during-post-graduate-training-in-general-medicine-a-preliminary-study-to-develop-a-portfolio-for-further-education
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Bert Huenges, Barbara Woestmann, Susanne Ruff-Dietrich, Herbert Rusche
Awareness of one's own strengths and weaknesses is a key qualification for the specialist physician. We examined how physicians undergoing specialist training in general medicine rate themselves in different areas. For this purpose, 139 participants receiving post-graduate training in general practice offered by the Medical Association of Westfalen-Lippe assessed themselves regarding their subjective confidence in 20 core competencies and 47 situations involving patient counseling in general practice. Their self-assessments were recorded on a five-point Likert scale...
2017: GMS Journal for Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226235/entrustable-professional-activities-in-post-licensure-training-in-primary-care-pediatrics-necessity-development-and-implementation-of-a-competency-based-post-graduate-curriculum
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Folkert Fehr, Christoph Weiß-Becker, Hera Becker, Thomas Opladen
There is an absence of broad-based and binding curricular requirements for structured competency-based post-graduate medical training in Germany, and thus no basis for comparing the competencies of physicians undergoing training in a medical specialty (Ärzte im Weiterbildung). In response, the German Society of Primary Care Pediatrics' working group on post-graduate education (DGAAP) has identified realistic entrustable professional activities (EPAs) in primary care, defined their number, scope and content, selected competency domains, specified required knowledge and skills, and described appropriate assessment methods...
2017: GMS Journal for Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226230/new-paths-in-post-graduate-medical-training-in-general-practice-8-years-of-experience-with-the-pilot-project-verbundweiterbildungplus-baden-w%C3%A3-rttemberg
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Simon Schwill, Julia Magez, Stefanie Joos, Jost Steinhäuser, Thomas Ledig, Aline Rubik, Wilhelm Niebling, Joachim Szecsenyi, Elisabeth Flum
Background: In face of the looming shortage of general practitioners, primary healthcare providers and post-graduate training in general practice are increasingly becoming part of the political agenda in Germany. In 2009 the program "Verbundweiterbildung plus Baden-Württemberg" (VWB plus BW) was developed by the Competence Center for General Practice in Baden-Wuerttemberg to ensure primary healthcare in the future by enhancing the attractiveness of general medicine. This paper describes the experiences that have been gathered in developing a post-graduate training-program for physicians undergoing specialist training in general practice...
2017: GMS Journal for Medical Education
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