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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934769/assessment-and-modelling-of-general-practice-and-community-setting-capacity-for-medical-trainees-in-northern-new-zealand
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Felicity Goodyear-Smith, Abbas Al-Murrani
AIMS: To estimate the capacity of general practice to accommodate undergraduate and postgraduate medical trainees, and model efficient ways to utilise identified capacity and increase capacity. METHODS: We conducted an online survey, with phone follow-up to non-responders, of all general practices in the northern half of New Zealand. The main outcome measures were current placements and future intentions for taking medical trainees; factors influencing decisions and possible incentives to take trainees...
September 22, 2017: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931456/perceptions-of-barriers-to-the-management-of-respiratory-tract-infections-in-general-practice-settings-in-australia
#2
Stephanie Fletcher-Lartey, Rabia Khan
Inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics for the management of respiratory tract infections (RTIs) has contributed to increased prevalence of antibiotic resistance, and this remains a challenge. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of general practitioners' (GPs) participation in the Antibiotics: Clinical e-Audit, a quality-improvement activity, on GP self-reported knowledge and practice change, and explored barriers encountered in the management of respiratory tract infections (RTIs). Participants completed a survey at the end of the activity to assess the usefulness of the audit, any reported changes made and barriers encountered to their clinical practice...
September 21, 2017: Australian Journal of Primary Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929101/current-trends-in-volume-replacement-therapy-and-the-use-of-synthetic-colloids-in-small-animals-an-internet-based-survey-2016
#3
Ivayla D Yozova, Judith Howard, Nadja E Sigrist, Katja-Nicole Adamik
The use of synthetic colloids (SCs), particularly hydroxyethyl starch (HES), in people has changed in recent years following new evidence raising concerns about their efficacy and safety. Although fluid therapy guidelines for small animals are often extrapolated from human medicine, little information exists on current practice in veterinary medicine. The objective of the present study was to investigate current fluid selection, use of plasma volume expanders including SCs, and recent changes in their use in small animal practice...
2017: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928190/interdisciplinary-model-of-care-radicals-for-early-detection-and-management-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-copd-in-australian-primary-care-study-protocol-for-a-cluster-randomised-controlled-trial
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Jenifer Liang, Michael J Abramson, Nicholas Zwar, Grant Russell, Anne E Holland, Billie Bonevski, Ajay Mahal, Benjamin van Hecke, Kirsten Phillips, Paula Eustace, Eldho Paul, Kate Petrie, Sally Wilson, Johnson George
INTRODUCTION: Up to half of all smokers develop clinically significant chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Gaps exist in the implementation and uptake of evidence-based guidelines for managing COPD in primary care. We describe the methodology of a cluster randomised controlled trial (cRCT) evaluating the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of an interdisciplinary model of care aimed at reducing the burden of smoking and COPD in Australian primary care settings. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: A cRCT is being undertaken to evaluate an interdisciplinary model of care (RADICALS - Review of Airway Dysfunction and Interdisciplinary Community-based care of Adult Long-term Smokers)...
September 18, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926528/the-improving-rural-cancer-outcomes-trial-a-cluster-randomised-controlled-trial-of-a-complex-intervention-to-reduce-time-to-diagnosis-in-rural-cancer-patients-in-western-australia
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Jon D Emery, Victoria Gray, Fiona M Walter, Shelley Cheetham, Emma J Croager, Terry Slevin, Christobel Saunders, Timothy Threlfall, Kirsten Auret, Anna K Nowak, Elizabeth Geelhoed, Max Bulsara, C D'Arcy J Holman
BACKGROUND: Rural Australians have poorer survival for most common cancers, due partially to later diagnosis. Internationally, several initiatives to improve cancer outcomes have focused on earlier presentation to healthcare and timely diagnosis. We aimed to measure the effect of community-based symptom awareness and general practice-based educational interventions on the time to diagnosis in rural patients presenting with breast, prostate, colorectal or lung cancer in Western Australia...
September 19, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914073/problems-managed-and-medications-prescribed-during-encounters-with-people-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-in-australian-general-practice
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Rachael C Birch, Kitty-Rose Foley, Allan Pollack, Helena Britt, Nicholas Lennox, Julian N Trollor
Autism spectrum disorder is associated with high rates of co-occurring health conditions. While elevated prescription rates of psychotropic medications have been reported in the United Kingdom and the United States, there is a paucity of research investigating clinical and prescribing practices in Australia. This study describes the problems managed and medications prescribed by general practitioners in Australia during encounters where an autism spectrum disorder was recorded. Information was collected from 2000 to 2014 as part of the Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health programme...
September 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901212/a-retrospective-clinical-audit-of-general-practices-in-australia-to-determine-the-motivation-for-switch-to-dolutegravir-abacavir-lamivudine-and-clinical-outcomes
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Pedro E Ferrer, Mark Bloch, Norman Roth, Robert Finlayson, David Baker, Ken Koh, David Orth, Rimgaile Urbaityte, Dannae Brown, Fraser Drummond
The most common reasons for switching HIV-1 therapy in patients with virologic suppression are treatment regimen simplification and resolving tolerability issues. Single-pill regimens that include an integrase inhibitor are recommended options. A retrospective clinical audit was performed to determine the motivations for switching to dolutegravir (DTG)/abacavir (ABC)/lamivudine (3TC) at high HIV-caseload general practice clinics in Australia. The most common reasons for switching from a prior suppressive therapy to DTG/ABC/3TC were simplification of regimen, resolving toxicity/intolerance and patient preference (73%, 13% and 12%, respectively)...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of STD & AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899906/does-the-doctrine-of-double-effect-apply-to-the-prescription-of-barbiturates-syme-vs-the-medical-board-of-australia
#8
Xavier Symons
The doctrine of double effect (DDE) is a principle of crucial importance in law and medicine. In medicine, the principle is generally accepted to apply in cases where the treatment necessary to relieve pain and physical suffering runs the risk of hastening the patient's death. More controversially, it has also been used as a justification for withdrawal of treatment from living individuals and physician-assisted suicide. In this paper, I will critique the findings of the controversial Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) hearing Syme vs the Medical Board of Australia In that hearing, Dr Rodney Syme, a urologist and euthanasia advocate, was defending his practice of prescribing barbiturates to terminally ill patients...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893972/cross-sectional-study-of-antimicrobials-used-for-surgical-prophylaxis-by-bovine-veterinary-practitioners-in-australia
#9
Laura Y Hardefeldt, Glen F Browning, Karin A 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 of antimicrobial classes used or the appropriateness of their use in bovine practice. This study investigated antimicrobial use for surgical prophylaxis in bovine practice in Australia. A cross-sectional study of veterinarian antimicrobial usage patterns was conducted using an online questionnaire. Information solicited included respondent's details, the frequency with which antimicrobials were used for specific surgical conditions (including the dose, timing and duration of therapy) and details of practice antimicrobial use policies and sources of information about antimicrobials...
September 11, 2017: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893225/perspectives-of-aboriginal-women-on-participation-in-mammographic-screening-a-step-towards-improving-services
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Leanne Pilkington, Margaret M Haigh, Angela Durey, Judith M Katzenellenbogen, Sandra C Thompson
BACKGROUND: Early detection of breast cancer using screening mammography provides an opportunity for treatment which can lead to significantly improved outcomes. Despite considerable efforts having been made, the rate at which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (hereafter respectfully referred to as Aboriginal) women in Western Australia participate in BreastScreen WA's screening mammogram program remains below that for the overall female population of Western Australia. This study aimed to examine perspectives on breast screening amongst Aboriginal women in Western Australia...
September 11, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893200/an-after-hours-gp-clinic-in-regional-australia-appropriateness-of-presentations-and-impact-on-local-emergency-department-presentations
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Kristy Payne, Tegan Dutton, Kate Weal, Maree Earle, Ross Wilson, Jannine Bailey
BACKGROUND: After hours general practice clinics provide medical attention for clients with non-emergency situations but are seeking immediate treatment and unable to wait for a general practitioner during routine opening hours. Evidence on the impact that after hours clinics have on emergency department presentations is equivocal. This study explored outcomes of the Bathurst After Hours General Practice Clinic (BAHGPC). Specifically it examined: clients' perceived urgency of, and satisfaction with their presentation to the BAHGPC; general practitioners' perception of the appropriateness of presentations to the BAHGPC; and whether the frequency of non-urgent and semi-urgent emergency department presentations at Bathurst Base Hospital has changed since the opening of the BAHGPC...
September 11, 2017: BMC Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892601/knowledge-and-practices-of-chronic-hepatitis-b-virus-testing-by-general-practitioners-in-victoria-australia-2014-15
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Caroline van Gemert, Jess Howell, Julie Wang, Mark Stoove, Benjamin Cowie, Nicole Allard, Chris Enright, Elisabeth Dunn, Vanessa Towell, Margaret Hellard
BACKGROUND: More than one-third of people living with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) in Australia have not been diagnosed. The aim of this study was to assess general practitioners' (GPs') knowledge and practices regarding chronic HBV diagnosis, and identify opportunities to improve testing rates. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted with GPs working in Victoria, Australia. Statistically significant adjusted odds ratios for high knowledge, and ordering two or more HBV tests per week were calculated...
September 2017: Australian Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891301/treating-body-treating-mind-the-experiences-of-people-with-psychotic-disorders-and-their-general-practitioners-findings-from-the-australian-national-survey-of-high-impact-psychosis
#13
Anna Waterreus, Vera A Morgan
OBJECTIVES: To describe from the perspective of people living with psychotic illness their use of general practitioner services over a 12-month period and the experiences, attitudes and challenges general practitioners face providing health care to this population. METHODS: A two-phase design was used. Phase 1, screening for psychosis, occurred in public specialised mental health services and non-government organisations within seven catchment sites across Australia...
September 1, 2017: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889170/embedding-volunteer-activity-into-paramedic-education
#14
Linda Ross, Sophia Kabidi
BACKGROUND: Paramedics require a wide range of skills that are beyond clinical or technical skills in order to meet the demands of the role and provide quality and compassionate care to patients. Non-technical or "soft" skills and attributes are generally challenging to teach and develop in the classroom setting. Volunteerism provides an opportunity for students to gain exposure to different communities and develop interpersonal skills. METHODS: This cross-sectional study used one-on-one interviews with 12 third-year Bachelor of Emergency Health (Paramedic) students from Monash University, Australia, who completed a community volunteering program...
2017: Journal of Allied Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886264/lack-of-asthma-and-rhinitis-control-in-general-practitioner-managed-patients-prescribed-fixed-dose-combination-therapy-in-australia
#15
Sinthia Bosnic-Anticevich, Vicky Kritikos, Victoria Carter, Kwok Yin Yan, Carol Armour, Dermot Ryan, David Price
OBJECTIVES: The first aim of the study (i) assess the current asthma status of general-practitioner-managed patients receiving regular fixed-dose combination inhaled corticosteroid and long-acting beta2 agonist (FDC ICS/LABA) therapy and (ii) explore patients' perceptions of asthma control and attitudes/behaviors regarding preventer inhaler use. METHODS: A cross-sectional observational study of Australian adults with a current physician diagnosis of asthma receiving ≥2 prescriptions of FDC ICS/LABA therapy in the previous year, who were recruited through general practice to receive a structured in-depth asthma review between May 2012 and January 2014...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877940/qualitative-meta-synthesis-of-barriers-and-facilitators-that-influence-the-implementation-of-community-pharmacy-services-perspectives-of-patients-nurses-and-general-medical-practitioners
#16
Lutfun N Hossain, Fernando Fernandez-Llimos, Tim Luckett, Joanna C Moullin, Desire Durks, Lucia Franco-Trigo, Shalom I Benrimoj, Daniel Sabater-Hernández
OBJECTIVES: The integration of community pharmacy services (CPSs) into primary care practice can be enhanced by assessing (and further addressing) the elements that enable (ie, facilitators) or hinder (ie, barriers) the implementation of such CPSs. These elements have been widely researched from the perspective of pharmacists but not from the perspectives of other stakeholders who can interact with and influence the implementation of CPSs. The aim of this study was to synthesise the literature on patients', general practitioners' (GPs) and nurses' perspectives of CPSs to identify barriers and facilitators to their implementation in Australia...
September 5, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864788/oral-health-education-for-medical-students-malaysian-and-australian-students-perceptions-of-educational-experience-and-needs
#17
Mas S Ahmad, Menaka A Abuzar, Ishak A Razak, Sabariah A Rahman, Gelsomina L Borromeo
Education in oral health is important to prepare future medical professionals for collaborative roles in maintaining patients' oral health, an important component of general health and well-being. The aims of this study were to determine the perceptions of medical students in Malaysia and Australia of the quality of their training in oral health care and their perceptions of their professional role in maintaining the oral health of their patients. A survey was administered in the classroom with final-year Malaysian (n=527; response rate=79...
September 2017: Journal of Dental Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28857404/polite-professional-practical-what-drives-caller-satisfaction-with-the-new-south-wales-quitline-australia
#18
Anne Carolyn Grunseit, Melissa Gwizd, Claudine Lyons, Caroline Anderson, Blythe Jane O'Hara
INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: Previous studies on smoking quitlines have focused on service effectiveness and usage, describing client characteristics, referral sources and service utilisation. There is a lack of qualitative research examining callers' perspectives on service quality. The analysis aimed to describe the factors which underpin quitline callers' descriptions of their satisfaction with the service. DESIGN AND METHODS: We conducted qualitative interviews with 46 callers to the NSW Quitline's English and multilingual lines...
August 31, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28842343/australian-children-s-perceptions-of-discretionary-foods
#19
Stefania Velardo, Murray Drummond
Energy-dense nutrient poor foods and drinks, often referred to as discretionary choices, can contribute a significant amount of energy, fat, sodium and sugar to the diet if consumed in large quantities. Currently many Australian children are consuming a diet that is characterised by large quantities of discretionary items. We undertook a qualitative study to gain a descriptive account of preadolescent children's attitudes and perceptions towards health and nutrition. A series of 6 focus groups and 14 individual semi-structured interviews were conducted with thirty-eight children aged 11-12 years, across three state government schools in a socially disadvantaged region of metropolitan South Australia...
August 24, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28838905/exploring-the-enablers-and-barriers-to-implementing-the-medication-appropriateness-tool-for-comorbid-health-conditions-during-dementia-match-d-criteria-in-australia-a-qualitative-study
#20
Amy Theresa Page, Rhonda Marise Clifford, Kathleen Potter, Liza Seubert, Andrew J McLachlan, Xaysja Hill, Stephanie King, Vaughan Clark, Cristin Ryan, Nikesh Parekh, Christopher D Etherton-Beer
OBJECTIVES: The Medication Appropriateness Tool for Comorbid Health conditions in Dementia (MATCH-D) criteria provide expert consensus guidance about medication use for people with dementia. This study aimed to identify enablers and barriers to implementing the criteria in practice. SETTING: Participants came from both rural and metropolitan communities in two Australian states. PARTICIPANTS: Focus groups were held with consumers, general practitioners, nurses and pharmacists...
August 23, 2017: BMJ Open
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