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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633696/cross-border-collaboration-for-improved-tuberculosis-prevention-and-care-policies-tools-and-experiences
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M Dara, G Sulis, R Centis, L D'Ambrosio, G de Vries, P Douglas, D Garcia, N Jansen, E Zuroweste, G B Migliori
As tuberculosis (TB) spreads beyond borders with people movements, several interventions ensuring the continuity of care are essential, although difficult to put in place in the absence of well-defined agreements allowing data sharing and easy referral of patients to appropriate health facilities. This article first sets out general principles for cross-border collaboration and continuity of care. It then presents a series of case studies. Policies and practices on cross-border collaboration in selected low-incidence countries (Australia, Italy, Norway, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States) are described and critically appraised...
July 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631512/african-male-attitudes-on-female-genital-mutilation-an-australian-survey
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Usama Shahid, Ajay Rane
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a traditional practice where female genital organs are altered for non-medical reasons. The custom is outlawed in Australia and associated with an array of medical consequences. Due to the recent influx of migrants from regions endemic to FGM, the practice is becoming a growing concern locally. This federal government funded study aimed to elicit the poorly understood perceptions that young, Sub-Saharan African, migrant males residing in Townsville, Australia have on FGM. Through piloted questionnaires we found that amongst the 67 participants, 23...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629382/community-first-responders-and-responder-schemes-in-the-united-kingdom-systematic-scoping-review
#3
Viet-Hai Phung, Ian Trueman, Fiona Togher, Roderick Orner, A Niroshan Siriwardena
BACKGROUND: Community First Responder (CFR) schemes support lay people to respond to medical emergencies, working closely with ambulance services. They operate widely in the UK. There has been no previous review of UK literature on these schemes. This is the first systematic scoping review of UK literature on CFR schemes, which identifies the reasons for becoming a CFR, requirements for training and feedback and confusion between the CFR role and that of ambulance service staff. This study also reveals gaps in the evidence base for CFR schemes...
June 19, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625902/obesity-in-neurosurgery
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Mendel D Castle-Kirszbaum, Jin W Tee, Patrick Chan, Martin K Hunn
Obesity is an important consideration in neurosurgical practice. 28.3% of Australian adults are obese and it is estimated that over two-thirds of Australia's population will be overweight or obese by 2025. This review of the effects of obesity on neurosurgical procedures demonstrated that, in patients undergoing spinal surgery, an increased BMI is a significant risk factor for surgical site infection, venous thromboembolism, major medical complications, prolonged length of surgery and increased financial cost...
June 15, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619161/antimicrobials-used-for-surgical-prophylaxis-by-companion-animal-veterinarians-in-australia
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Laura Y Hardefeldt, Glenn F Browning, Karin Thursky, James R Gilkerson, Helen Billman-Jacobe, Mark A Stevenson, Kirsten E Bailey
Antimicrobials are widely used in veterinary practices, but there has been no investigation into the classes of antimicrobials used or the appropriateness of their use in surgical prophylaxis. Antimicrobial usage guidelines were published by the Australian Infectious Disease Advisory Panel (AIDAP) in 2013, but there has been no investigation of compliance with them. This study aimed to investigate antimicrobial use for surgical prophylaxis in companion animal practice and assess compliance with AIDAP guidelines for selected conditions by conducting a cross-sectional study of antimicrobial usage patterns of Australian veterinarians using an online questionnaire...
May 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619025/evaluating-the-effectiveness-of-a-healthy-lifestyle-clinician-in-addressing-the-chronic-disease-risk-behaviours-of-community-mental-health-clients-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Caitlin Fehily, Kate Bartlem, John Wiggers, Paula Wye, Richard Clancy, David Castle, Sonia Wutzke, Chris Rissel, Andrew Wilson, Paul McCombie, Fionna Murphy, Jenny Bowman
BACKGROUND: People with a mental illness experience a greater morbidity and mortality from chronic diseases relative to the general population. A higher prevalence of modifiable health risk behaviours such as smoking, poor nutrition, physical inactivity and harmful alcohol consumption contribute substantially to this disparity. Despite clinical practice guidelines recommending that mental health services routinely provide care to address these risk behaviours, the provision of such care is consistently reported to be low internationally and in Australia...
June 15, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608525/antimicrobials-used-for-surgical-prophylaxis-by-equine-veterinary-practitioners-in-australia
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L Y Hardefeldt, G F Browning, K Thursky, J R Gilkerson, H Billman-Jacobe, M A Stevenson, K E Bailey
BACKGROUND: Antimicrobials are widely used in Australian veterinary practices, but no investigation into the classes of antimicrobials used or the appropriateness of use in horses has been conducted. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to describe antimicrobial use for surgical prophylaxis in equine practice in Australia. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional questionnaire survey. METHODS: An online questionnaire was used to document antimicrobial usage patterns...
June 13, 2017: Equine Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587610/trends-in-gp-prescribing-of-psychotropic-medications-among-young-patients-aged-16-24%C3%A2-years-a-case-study-analysis
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Bianca Brijnath, Ting Xia, Lyle Turner, Danielle Mazza
BACKGROUND: Current clinical guidelines recommend non-pharmacological interventions as first-line treatments for young patients aged 16-24 years with a mental health condition (MHC). However, several studies have noted increasing trends in psychotropic prescribing for this age group, especially in antidepressant prescribing. In Australia, the vast majority of psychotropic medications prescribed to young people come from the general practice setting. To assess whether Australian General Practitioners (GPs) are prescribing in accordance with clinical guideline recommendations, this study examined trends in GP prescribing of psychotropic medications to young patients aged 16-24 years...
June 6, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583251/are-changes-in-australian-national-primary-healthcare-policy-likely-to-promote-or-impede-equity-of-access-a-narrative-review
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Matthew Fisher, Fran Baum, Adrian Kay, Sharon Friel
Significant changes have occurred in Australia's national primary healthcare (PHC) policy over the last decade, but little assessment has been made of implications for equity. This research aimed to identify key recent changes in national PHC policy and assess implications for equity of access to PHC. Academic literature was reviewed to identify issues affecting equity of access in national PHC policy, and grey literature was also reviewed to identify significant policy changes during 2005-16 with implications for equitable access...
June 6, 2017: Australian Journal of Primary Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569399/school-absence-and-its-effect-on-school-performance-for-children-born-with-orofacial-clefts
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Jane Bell, Camille Raynes-Greenow, Robin Turner, Carol Bower, Alan Dodson, Kirsten Hancock, Natasha Nassar
BACKGROUND: School absence is associated with lower performance on standardized tests. Children born with orofacial clefts (OFC) are likely to have more absence than children without OFC; however, school absence for children with OFC has not been quantified. We aimed to describe school absence and its relationship with school performance for children with and without OFC. METHODS: Population-based record-linked cohort study of children (402 with OFC, 1789 without OFC) enrolled in schools in Western Australia, 2008 to 2012...
June 1, 2017: Birth defects research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555704/transdisciplinary-research-in-frailty-knowledge-translation-to-inform-new-models-of-care
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M Archibald, A Kitson, D Frewin, R Visvanathan
Transforming care for frail older adults requires more than rigorous research. While preventing, identifying and managing frailty are critical to reducing the personal and health systems impact of frailty worldwide, collaborative approaches to research and research application that reflect stakeholder perspectives and priorities are necessary to create meaningful solutions to frailty-related challenges. In South Australia, a new Centre for Research Excellence in Frailty was recently launched with funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia...
2017: Journal of Frailty & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543227/implant-dentistry-in-australia-the-present-and-future-a-survey-of-australian-dentists-and-specialists
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Y N Guo, J E Dudley, R M Logan, L C Richards
BACKGROUND: In recent years, implant dentistry has become a routine part of many general dental practices in Australia. However, there has been little information regarding its extent and scope. This investigation aimed to address this issue by surveying Australian general dental practitioners (GDPs) and relevant specialists regarding their practice of implant dentistry. METHODS: Anonymous electronic surveys were designed online using SurveyMonkey(™) and delivered to the following professional bodies: all seven State/Territory branches of the Australian Dental Association, the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Periodontists, the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and prosthodontist members of the Australian Prosthodontic Society...
May 25, 2017: Australian Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542602/antimicrobial-resistance-status-of-enterococcus-from-australian-cattle-populations-at-slaughter
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Robert S Barlow, Kate E McMillan, Lesley L Duffy, Narelle Fegan, David Jordan, Glen E Mellor
Antimicrobial agents are used in cattle production systems for the prevention and control of bacterial associated diseases. A consequence of their use is the potential development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Enterococcus faecium and Enterococcus faecalis that are resistant to antimicrobials are of increased concern to public health officials throughout the world as they may compromise the ability of various treatment regimens to control disease and infection in human medicine. Australia is a major exporter of beef; however it does not have an ongoing surveillance system for AMR in cattle or foods derived from these animals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542225/the-impact-of-health-promotion-on-trachoma-knowledge-attitudes-and-practice-kap-of-staff-in-three-work-settings-in-remote-indigenous-communities-in-the-northern-territory
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Fiona D Lange, Kelly Jones, Rebecca Ritte, Haley E Brown, Hugh R Taylor
BACKGROUND: Globally, trachoma is the leading cause of infectious blindness and Australia is the only developed country with endemic trachoma. It is found in remote Indigenous communities burdened with poverty, overcrowding and poor hygiene. Lack of culturally appropriate health promotion, a small trachoma workforce and lack of awareness and support for trachoma elimination in general, were early barriers. METHODS: A cross-sectional pre-post study using a convenience sample, was conducted in clinics, schools and community work-settings from 63 of the 82 remote Aboriginal communities identified as being at risk of trachoma in the Northern Territory (NT)...
May 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527638/shared-decision-making-in-australia-in-2017
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Lyndal Trevena, Heather L Shepherd, Carissa Bonner, Jesse Jansen, Anne E Cust, Julie Leask, Narelle Shadbolt, Chris Del Mar, Kirsten McCaffery, Tammy Hoffmann
Shared Decision Making (SDM) is now firmly established within national clinical standards for accrediting hospitals, day procedure services, public dental services and medical education in Australia, with plans to align general practice, aged care and disability service. Implementation of these standards and training of health professionals is a key challenge for the Australian health sector at this time. Consumer involvement in health research, policy and clinical service governance has also increased, with a major focus on encouraging patients to ask questions during their clinical care...
May 17, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität Im Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527411/trends-in-reports-of-driving-following-illicit-drug-consumption-among-regular-drug-users-in-australia-2007-2013-has-random-roadside-drug-testing-had-a-deterrent-effect
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Danielle Horyniak, Paul Dietze, Simon Lenton, Rosa Alati, Raimondo Bruno, Allison Matthews, Courtney Breen, Lucy Burns
INTRODUCTION: Driving following illicit drug consumption ('drug-driving') is a potential road safety risk. Roadside drug testing (RDT) is conducted across Australia with the dual aims of prosecuting drivers with drugs in their system and deterring drug-driving. We examined trends over time in self-reported past six-month drug-driving among sentinel samples of regular drug users and assessed the impact of experiences of RDT on drug-driving among these participants. METHODS: Data from 1913 people who inject drugs (PWID) and 3140 regular psychostimulant users (RPU) who were first-time participants in a series of repeat cross-sectional sentinel studies conducted in Australian capital cities from 2007 to 2013 and reported driving in the past six months were analysed...
July 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511581/the-ranzcp-guidelines-for-schizophrenia-why-is-our-practice-so-far-short-of-our-recommendations-and-what-can-we-do-about-it
#17
Olav Nielssen, Patrick McGorry, David Castle, Cherrie Galletly
The new RANZCP guidelines for the treatment of schizophrenia and related disorders highlights what we know works. In this paper, we examine why patients so often fail to benefit from this knowledge and why clinical practice falls so far short of the recommended standard. Instead of the continuous improvement that we expect of health care in general, in psychiatry we face an accelerating decline in systems of care. There has been a sustained underinvestment in public mental health care and a shared failure by State and Federal governments to construct and commit to a governance and funding model that can deliver the standard of care that is available in other major non-communicable diseases, and which we know is equally possible for severe mental illness...
July 2017: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509435/inpatient-iron-deficiency-detection-and-management-how-do-general-physicians-and-gastroenterologists-perform-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital
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Muhammad Waqas Fazal, Jane Andrews, Josephine Thomas, Eliana Saffouri
BACKGROUND: Iron deficiency (ID) is often an indicator of underlying pathology. Early detection and treatment avoids long term morbidity, and allows for prompt iron repletion avoiding ID anaemia (IDA) and need for blood transfusion. AIM: We aimed to evaluate the management of ID in two internal medicine units [General Medical (GM) & Gastroenterology (GE)] in a large metropolitan hospital and compare it to international guidelines.(3,4) METHOD: All consecutive inpatient admissions under GM & GE units were retrospectively reviewed until 40 patients in each service were identified with anaemia and/or microcytic hypochromic blood counts...
May 16, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501022/sociodemographic-profile-of-an-olympic-team
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D W Lawrence
OBJECTIVES: To document the distribution of sociodemographic markers (race and relative access to wealth) in athletes participating at the summer and Winter Olympic Games (OGs). STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional descriptive epidemiological study. METHODS: Sociodemographic data were collected from publically available resources for all athletes representing four countries (Canada, United States of America, Great Britain and Australia) at the 2014 Sochi Winter OGs and 2016 Rio Summer OGs...
July 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490411/is-the-counterweight-program-a-feasible-and-acceptable-option-for-structured-weight-management-delivered-by-practice-nurses-in-australia-a-mixed-methods-study
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Jodi Gray, Elizabeth A Hoon, Hossein Haji Ali Afzali, Catherine Spooner, Mark F Harris, Jonathan Karnon
Nurse-led weight management programs, like the Counterweight Program in the United Kingdom, may offer a way for Australian general practices to provide weight management support to adults who are overweight or obese. During Counterweight, nurses provide patients with six fortnightly education sessions and three follow-up sessions to support weight maintenance. This study examined the feasibility, acceptability and perceived value of the Counterweight Program in the Australian primary care setting using a mixed-methods approach...
May 11, 2017: Australian Journal of Primary Health
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