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Helen Benson, Cherie Lucas, Walter Kmet, Shalom I Benrimoj, Kylie Williams
Background Team based care has been used internationally to improve the delivery of best practice primary health care. The WentWest General Practice Pharmacist Project, involving the integration of pharmacists within general practice teams, was commissioned to improve medication management of general practice patients. A particular focus of the project was the performance of medication review to allow the detection and resolution of drug related problems (DRPs). Objective The objectives of this 6-month study (October 2016-March 2017) were to: (1) identify and classify the DRPs detected as a result of pharmacist activities within a general practice primary care setting...
March 14, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
Olivia Sonneborn, Charne Miller, Leon Head, Rachel Cross
BACKGROUND: Operating theatre services can be heavily relied upon during mass casualty disaster events, which require nurses to have adequate training and education of hospital disaster management plans to respond appropriately. The evidence-base of disaster preparedness in the acute setting is limited, particularly with regard to operating theatre nurses. OBJECTIVES: Explore operating theatre nurse's disaster knowledge of their role in a mass casualty event, and identify the preferred mode of disaster education and training to improve disaster preparedness...
February 21, 2018: Nurse Education Today
Bridget Haire, Paul Komesaroff, Rose Leontini, C Raina MacIntyre
Vaccination is a highly effective public health strategy that provides protection to both individuals and communities from a range of infectious diseases. Governments monitor vaccination rates carefully, as widespread use of a vaccine within a population is required to extend protection to the general population through "herd immunity," which is important for protecting infants who are not yet fully vaccinated and others who are unable to undergo vaccination for medical or other reasons. Australia is unique in employing financial incentives to increase vaccination uptake, mainly in the form of various childcare payments and tax benefits linked to timely, age-appropriate vaccination...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Bioethical Inquiry
Yaling Zhang, Manyun Zhang, Li Tang, Rongxiao Che, Hong Chen, Tim Blumfield, Sue Boyd, Mone Nouansyvong, Zhihong Xu
Harvest residues contain large stores of carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) in forest plantations. Decomposing residues can release labile C and N into soil and thus provide substrates for soil bacterial communities. Previous studies showed that residue retention could increase soil C and N pools and activate bacterial communities in the short term (≤ 10 years). The current study examined the effects of a long-term (19-year) harvest residue retention on soil total and water and hot water extractable C and N pools, as well as bacterial communities via Illumina MiSeq sequencing...
March 1, 2018: Microbial Ecology
Jasmin Dvorah Korbl, Benjamin Andrew Wood, Nathan Tobias Harvey
Certain diagnoses in dermatopathology have significant implications for patient management and on occasion appropriate clinical care may be facilitated by a phone call from the reporting dermatopathologist to the referring doctor. Whether this is appropriate depends on a number of factors. The concept of 'critical diagnoses' is now well established in surgical pathology, having evolved from critical value policies in clinical pathology and haematology. However, only limited attempts have been made to assess perceptions among different clinical groups...
February 26, 2018: Pathology
Julia Rudolph, Melanie J Zimmer-Gembeck, Dianne C Shanley, Kerrryann Walsh, Russell Hawkins
We investigated whether parents who reported more positive parenting practices (i.e., monitoring, involvement, and communication) reported more discussion of child sexual abuse (CSA) with their children. Parents from Australia and the UK (N = 248), with children aged 6 to 11 years, completed an online survey. About half of parents reported directly discussing CSA, whereas 35% reported telling their children that CSA perpetrators may be family members. Rates of discussion were higher for other CSA-related topics such as body integrity and abduction...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Child Sexual Abuse
Helen Hall, Caragh Brosnan, Robyn Cant, Melissa Collins, Matthew Leach
AIM: To explore registered nurses' attitudes and behaviour toward patients' use of complementary therapies. BACKGROUND: Despite high rates of use of complementary therapies by the general population, little is known of how nurses respond to patients' use of these therapies. DESIGN: A two-phase sequential exploratory mixed methods design. METHODS: Nineteen registered nurses working in Australia participated in a semi-structured interview in 2015-2016 and emerging themes informed the development of a quantitative survey instrument administered online nationwide in 2016...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Advanced Nursing
Stephen R Leeder, Tanisha Jowsey, Justin W McNab
BACKGROUND: Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are increasing in prevalence and straining health systems globally. This creates a so-called 'burden of disease', which can be traced in terms of fiscal health system matters and in terms of quality of life and lived experiences of people with NCDs. The United Nations has called for a global agenda to manage NCDs and reduce their burden. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this article is to summarise key findings from the Serious and Continuing Illness Policy and Practice Study concerning patients’ and carers’ experiences of multimorbid NCDs in Australia...
January 2018: Aust J Gen Pract
Anton R Lord, Lisa A Simms, Allison Brown, Katherine Hanigan, Krupa Krishnaprasad, Belinda Schouten, Anthony R Croft, Mark N Appleyard, Graham L Radford-Smith
BACKGROUND: Gastroenterology Departments at hospitals within Australia receive thousands of General Practitioner (GP)-referral letters for gastrointestinal investigations every month. Many of these requests are for colonoscopy. This study aims to evaluate the performance of the current symptoms-based triage system compared to a novel risk score using objective markers. METHODS: Patients with lower abdominal symptoms referred by their GPs and triaged by a Gastroenterology consultant to a colonoscopy consent clinic were recruited into the study...
February 27, 2018: BMC Cancer
Karen McLaughlin, Maralyn Foureur, Megan E Jensen, Vanessa E Murphy
BACKGROUND: Asthma affects 12.7% of pregnancies in Australia. Poorly controlled asthma is associated with increased maternal and infant morbidity and mortality. Optimal antenatal management of asthma during pregnancy has the potential to reduce complications relating to asthma. Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines help to translate health research findings into practice and when implemented can improve health outcomes. National and International guidelines currently provide recommendations for optimal asthma care in pregnancy...
February 21, 2018: Women and Birth: Journal of the Australian College of Midwives
Jane C Bell, Francisco J Schneuer, Christopher Harrison, Lyndal Trevena, Harriet Hiscock, Adam G Elshaug, Natasha Nassar
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the diagnosis and management of reflux and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) in infants aged <1 year presenting to general practitioners (GPs). DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: A nationally representative, prospective, cross-sectional survey of GP activity in Australia, 2006-2016 (Bettering the Evaluation And Care of Health Study). Annually, a random sample of around 1000 GPs recorded details for 100 consecutive visits with consenting, unidentified patients...
February 22, 2018: Archives of Disease in Childhood
Elsa Barton, Lydia Twining, Lucie Walters
BACKGROUND: The use of dose administration aids (DAAs), such as compartmentalised boxes (eg dosette) or medicine packs (eg Webster-pak), is common, particularly among patients with chronic disease. The aim of this study was to investigate factors influencing patients' decisions to commence using a DAA with a view to summarising implications for practice for general practitioners (GPs). METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with participants living in a regional town in South Australia...
December 2017: Australian Family Physician
Natasha Yates, Victor Liew, Jen-Mari Mouton, Jenne Turner, Amanda White, Jack Smith
BACKGROUND: Obesity management in general practice sometimes involves referral of patients for bariatric surgery. Integral to the success of long-term weight loss maintenance is supporting the patient's psychological, nutritional and exercise needs. OBJECTIVE: This article is written to equip general practitioners (GPs) to manage the comprehensive needs, before and after bariatric surgery, of patients who are obese. DISCUSSION: The number of patients undergoing bariatric surgery in Australia has increased significantly in the past few years...
December 2017: Australian Family Physician
B M Varghese, E Dent, M Chilver, S Cameron, N P Stocks
Acute respiratory infections cause significant morbidity and mortality accounting for 5.8 million deaths worldwide. In Australia, influenza-like illness (ILI), defined as cough, fever and fatigue is a common presentation in general practice and results in reduced productivity and lost working days. Little is known about the epidemiology of ILI in working-age adults. Using data from the ASPREN influenza surveillance network in Australia (2010-2013) we found that working-age adults made up 45.2% of all ILI notifications with 55% of samples positive for at least one respiratory virus...
February 21, 2018: Epidemiology and Infection
Tarun Sen Gupta, Peter Johnson, Roy Rasalam, Richard Hays
BACKGROUND: James Cook University (JCU) enrolled its first cohort of 64 in 2000 into a 6-year undergraduate medical program aimed at producing graduates capable of meeting the needs of North Queensland, Australia, with a focus on rural, remote, Indigenous and tropical health. The school's 1465 graduates over 13 cohorts who have a pattern of practice likely to meet the region's health needs. The JCU course was the first new Australian medical program for 25 years. The number of Australian medical schools has since doubled, while enrollments have almost tripled...
February 19, 2018: Medical Teacher
M E Mayes, C Wilkinson, S Kuah, G Matthews, D Turnbull
BACKGROUND: The present study examines the introduction of an innovation in intrapartum foetal monitoring practice in Australia. ST-Analysis (STan) is a technology that adds information to conventional fetal monitoring (cardiotocography) during labour, with the aim of reducing unnecessary obstetric intervention. Adoption of this technology has been controversial amongst obstetricians and midwives, particularly as its use necessitates a more invasive means of monitoring (a scalp clip), compared to external monitoring from cardiotocography alone...
February 17, 2018: BMC Health Services Research
Lyndal J Trevena, Christopher Harrison, Helena C Britt
OBJECTIVE: To determine the frequency of general practice administrative encounters, and to determine whether they represent low value care. DESIGN: Secondary analysis of data from the Bettering Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH) dataset. SETTING: 1 568 100 GP-patient encounters in Australia, 2000-01 to 2015-16. PARTICIPANTS: An annual nationally representative random sample of about 1000 GPs, who each recorded the details of 100 consecutive encounters with patients...
February 19, 2018: Medical Journal of Australia
Daniela Gonçalves-Bradley, Jaspreet K Khangura, Gerd Flodgren, Rafael Perera, Brian H Rowe, Sasha Shepperd
BACKGROUND: In many countries emergency departments (EDs) are facing an increase in demand for services, long waits, and severe crowding. One response to mitigate overcrowding has been to provide primary care services alongside or within hospital EDs for patients with non-urgent problems. However, it is unknown how this impacts the quality of patient care and the utilisation of hospital resources, or if it is cost-effective. This is the first update of the original Cochrane Review published in 2012...
February 13, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Khic-Houy Prang, Rachel Canaway, Marie Bismark, David Dunt, Margaret Kelaher
BACKGROUND: Public performance reporting (PPR) of hospital data aims to improve quality of care in hospitals and to inform consumer choice. In Australia, general practitioners (GPs) are gatekeepers to secondary care with patients requiring their referral for non-emergency access. Despite their intermediary role, GPs have been generally overlooked as potential users of PPR of hospital data, with the majority of the PPR research focussing on consumers, surgeons and hospitals. METHODS: We examined the use of PPR of hospital data by GPs when referring patients to hospitals...
February 12, 2018: BMC Family Practice
Kerrie Westaway, Oliver Frank, Russell Shute, Anna Moffat, Vanessa LeBlanc, Debra Rowett, Natalie Blacker, Elizabeth Roughead
AIM: Behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia are often managed inappropriately with antipsychotic medicines. The TOP 5 program, which involves recording up to five relevant and meaningful tips that assist in personalizing care for the person with dementia, has been tested in the hospital setting and transitions of care in Australia, and has been found to be useful. Our study aimed to adapt the TOP 5 program as a strategy to support people with dementia in a primary care setting and to test the acceptability of our adapted TOP 5 program materials...
February 9, 2018: International Journal of Evidence-based Healthcare
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