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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719707/community-triage-of-otology-patients-using-a-store-and-forward-telemedicine-device-a-feasibility-study
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Nishi Gupta, Neeraj Chawla, Digant Gupta, Nidhi Dhawan, Vidya R Janaki
Chronic otitis media is a major contributor to acquired hearing loss in developing countries. Developing countries such as India, with huge populations and poor health infrastructures, have always felt the shortage of trained specialists who can provide quality care to meet the enormous demand for treatment of this disease. This pilot study assessed the feasibility of empowering trained health workers equipped with ENTraview, a store-and-forward telemedicine device that integrates a camera- enabled smart phone with an otoscope...
July 2017: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719659/dengue-prediction-by-the-web-tweets-are-a-useful-tool-for-estimating-and-forecasting-dengue-at-country-and-city-level
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Cecilia de Almeida Marques-Toledo, Carolin Marlen Degener, Livia Vinhal, Giovanini Coelho, Wagner Meira, Claudia Torres Codeço, Mauro Martins Teixeira
BACKGROUND: Infectious diseases are a leading threat to public health. Accurate and timely monitoring of disease risk and progress can reduce their impact. Mentioning a disease in social networks is correlated with physician visits by patients, and can be used to estimate disease activity. Dengue is the fastest growing mosquito-borne viral disease, with an estimated annual incidence of 390 million infections, of which 96 million manifest clinically. Dengue burden is likely to increase in the future owing to trends toward increased urbanization, scarce water supplies and, possibly, environmental change...
July 18, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719499/a-retrospective-cohort-study-of-the-incidence-healthcare-resource-utilization-and-costs-of-icd-9-diagnosed-influenza-and-related-complications-in-us-children
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Philip O Buck, David M Smith, Rahul Shenolikar, Debra E Irwin
BACKGROUND: There is a paucity of data on the clinical and economic impact of seasonal influenza in children. This study estimated the incidence of diagnosed influenza and related complications, and associated healthcare resource utilization (HRU) and costs in US children. METHODS: Children ≥6 months and <18 years old diagnosed with influenza using ICD-9 codes and enrolled in a health plan during at least one influenza season between 2010-2014 were matched to similar patients without diagnosed influenza (GSK study identifier: HO-15-15728)...
July 14, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719399/impact-of-rotavirus-vaccines-in-low-and-middle-income-countries
#4
Kulandaipalayam Natarajan Chella Sindhu, Sudhir Babji, Santhosh Kumar Ganesan
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Rotavirus vaccines are playing a pivotal role in improving lives of infants and young children in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). Many of these countries have adopted the vaccine into their routine immunization, whereas others are considering introduction. This article provides an update on the impact of rotavirus vaccines in LMICs on morbidity and mortality in children aged less than 5 years, and their cost-effectiveness. RECENT FINDINGS: The WHO, in 2013, updated its recommendation to prioritize introduction of rotavirus vaccines in the routine immunization schedule, without age restrictions...
July 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719305/optimizing-household-chlorination-marketing-strategies-a-randomized-controlled-trial-on-the-effect-of-price-and-promotion-on-adoption-in-haiti
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Michael Ritter, Eveline Camille, Christophe Velcine, Rose-Kerline Guillaume, Daniele Lantagne
Household water treatment can reduce diarrheal morbidity and mortality in developing countries, but adoption remains low and supply is often unreliable. To test effects of marketing strategies on consumers and suppliers, we randomized 1,798 households in rural Haiti and collected data on purchases of a household chlorination product for 4 months. Households received randomly selected prices ($0.11-$0.56 per chlorine bottle), and half received monthly visits from sales agents. Each $0.22 drop in price increased purchases by 0...
July 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719230/help-seeking-for-mental-health-problems-in-an-adolescent-population-the-effect-of-gender
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L Haavik, I Joa, K Hatloy, H J Stain, J Langeveld
BACKGROUND: While the onset of many mental health problems occurs in adolescence, these problems are severely undertreated in this age group. To inform early intervention for adolescents, we investigated the effect of gender and education type on perception of barriers to help seeking, mental health literacy, and the awareness and use of mental health services. METHOD: A web-based survey using vignettes, open-ended and multiple choice items was administered to upper secondary school students in two counties in Norway...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719222/how-drug-life-cycle-management-patent-strategies-may-impact-formulary-management
#7
Jan Berger, Jeffrey D Dunn, Margaret M Johnson, Kurt R Karst, W Chad Shear
Drug manufacturers may employ various life-cycle management patent strategies, which may impact managed care decision making regarding formulary planning and management strategies when single-source, branded oral pharmaceutical products move to generic status. Passage of the Hatch-Waxman Act enabled more rapid access to generic medications through the abbreviated new drug application process. Patent expirations of small-molecule medications and approvals of generic versions have led to substantial cost savings for health plans, government programs, insurers, pharmacy benefits managers, and their customers...
October 2016: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719013/in-an-era-of-highly-effective-treatment-hepatitis-c-screening-of-the-general-population-of-the-united-states-for-hepatitis-c-should-be-considered
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Zobair Younossi, Deidre Blissett, Rob Blissett, Linda Henry, Youssef Younossi, Rachel Beckerman, Sharon Hunt
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment with all oral direct acting antiviral agents (DAA's) achieve sustained virologic response (SVR) rates of 98%. Re-assessment of general US population screening for HCV is imperative. This study compared the cost-effectiveness (CE) of three HCV screening strategies: screen all (SA), screen Birth Cohort (BCS), and screen high risks (HRS). METHODS: Using a previous designed decision-analytic Markov model, estimations of the natural history of HCV and CE evaluation of the three HCV screening strategies over a lifetime horizon in the US population was undertaken...
July 18, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718981/health-economic-analysis-of-allergen-immunotherapy-ait-for-the-management-of-allergic-rhinitis-asthma-food-allergy-and-venom-allergy-a-systematic-overview
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REVIEW
Miqdad Asaria, Sangeeta Dhami, Ronald van Ree, Roy Gerth van Wijk, Antonella Muraro, Graham Roberts, Aziz Sheikh
BACKGROUND: The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) is developing guidelines for allergen immunotherapy (AIT) for the management of allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma, IgE-mediated food allergy and venom allergy. To inform the development of clinical recommendations, we undertook systematic reviews to critically assess evidence on the effectiveness, safety and cost-effectiveness of AIT for these conditions. This paper focusses on synthesizing data and gaps in the evidence on the cost-effectiveness of AIT for these conditions...
July 18, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718723/core-addiction-medicine-competencies-for-doctors-an-international-consultation-on-training
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Astri Parawita Ayu, Nady El-Guebaly, Arnt Schellekens, Cor De Jong, Gabrielle Welle-Strand, William Small, Evan Wood, Walter Cullen, Jan Klimas
BACKGROUND: Despite the high prevalence of substance use disorders, associated comorbidities and the evidence-base upon which to base clinical practice, most health systems have not invested in standardised training of healthcare providers in addiction medicine. As a result, people with substance use disorders often receive inadequate care, at the cost of quality of life and enormous direct health care costs and indirect societal costs. Therefore, we undertook this study to assess the views of international scholars, representing different countries, on the core set of addiction medicine competencies that need to be covered in medical education...
July 18, 2017: Substance Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718325/collaborative-care-for-psychiatric-disorders-in-older-adults-a-systematic-review
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Pallavi Dham, Sarah Colman, Karen Saperson, Carrie McAiney, Lillian Lourenco, Nick Kates, Tarek K Rajji
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the mode of implementation, clinical outcomes, cost-effectiveness, and the factors influencing uptake and sustainability of collaborative care for psychiatric disorders in older adults. DESIGN: Systematic review. SETTING: Primary care, home health care, seniors' residence, medical inpatient and outpatient. PARTICIPANTS: Studies with a mean sample age of 60 years and older. INTERVENTION: Collaborative care for psychiatric disorders...
January 1, 2017: Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. Revue Canadienne de Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717900/elements-of-program-design-in-medicare-s-value-based-and-alternative-payment-models-a-narrative-review
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Karen E Joynt Maddox, Aditi P Sen, Lok Wong Samson, Rachael B Zuckerman, Nancy DeLew, Arnold M Epstein
Increasing emphasis on value in health care has spurred the development of value-based and alternative payment models. Inherent in these models are choices around program scope (broad vs. narrow); selecting absolute or relative performance targets; rewarding improvement, achievement, or both; and offering penalties, rewards, or both. We examined and classified current Medicare payment models-the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program (HVBP), Hospital-Acquired Conditions Reduction Program (HACRP), Medicare Advantage Quality Star Rating program, Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier (VM) and its successor, the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), and the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) on these elements of program design and reviewed the literature to place findings in context...
July 17, 2017: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717859/estimated-costs-of-clinical-and-surgical-treatment-of-severe-obesity-in-the-brazilian-public-health-system
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Paula Rosales Zubiaurre, Luciana Ribeiro Bahia, Michelle Quarti Machado da Rosa, Roberto Pereira Assumpção, Alexandre Vontobel Padoin, Samanta Pereira Sussembach, Everton Nunes da Silva, Claudio Corá Mottin
BACKGROUND: Obesity is a major global epidemic and a burden to society and health systems. This study aimed to estimate and compare the anual costs of clinical and surgical treatment of severe obesity from the perspective of the Brazilian Public Health System. METHODS: An observational and cross-sectional study was performed in three reference centers. Data collection on health resources utilization and productivity loss was carried out through an online questionnaire...
July 17, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717814/malnutrition-in-hospitalised-older-adults-a-multicentre-observational-study-of-prevalence-associations-and-outcomes
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E O'Shea, S Trawley, E Manning, A Barrett, V Browne, S Timmons
BACKGROUND: Malnutrition is common in older adults and is associated with high costs and adverse outcomes. The prevalence, predictors and outcomes of malnutrition on admission to hospital are not clear for this population. DESIGN: Prospective Cohort Study. SETTING: Six hospital sites (five public, one private). PARTICIPANTS: In total, 606 older adults aged 70+ were included. All elective and acute admissions to any speciality were eligible...
2017: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717753/surgery-for-cns-tumors-in-the-brazilian-national-health-care-system
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Luciola Pontes, Maryam Nemati Shafaee, Benjamin Haaland, Gilberto Lopes
PURPOSE: Resource limitations in low- and middle-income countries make the management of CNS tumors challenging, particularly in Brazil, a country with major disparities in socioeconomic status and access to health care. We aimed to evaluate cancer-related neurosurgical procedures in the public health care system. METHODS: On the basis of Brazil's public health system database, we collected data for neurosurgical procedures related to CNS tumors performed between January 2008 and November 2013...
April 2017: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717721/evaluation-of-a-smartphone-based-training-strategy-among-health-care-workers-screening-for-cervical-cancer-in-northern-tanzania-the-kilimanjaro-method
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Karen E Yeates, Jessica Sleeth, Wilma Hopman, Ophira Ginsburg, Katharine Heus, Linda Andrews, Mary Rose Giattas, Safina Yuma, Godwin Macheku, Aziz Msuya, Olola Oneko
PURPOSE: Almost nine of 10 deaths resulting from cervical cancer occur in low-income countries. Visual inspection under acetic acid (VIA) is an evidence-based, cost-effective approach to cervical cancer screening (CCS), but challenges to effective implementation include health provider training costs, provider turnover, and skills retention. We hypothesized that a smartphone camera and use of cervical image transfer for real-time mentorship by experts located distantly across a closed user group through a commercially available smartphone application would be both feasible and effective in enhancing VIA skills among CCS providers in Tanzania...
December 2016: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717717/management-and-care-of-women-with-invasive-cervical-cancer-american-society-of-clinical-oncology-resource-stratified-clinical-practice-guideline
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Linus T Chuang, Sarah Temin, Rolando Camacho, Alfonso Dueñas-Gonzalez, Sarah Feldman, Murat Gultekin, Vandana Gupta, Susan Horton, Graciela Jacob, Elizabeth A Kidd, Kennedy Lishimpi, Carolyn Nakisige, Joo-Hyun Nam, Hextan Yuen Sheung Ngan, William Small, Gillian Thomas, Jonathan S Berek
PURPOSE: To provide evidence-based, resource-stratified global recommendations to clinicians and policymakers on the management and palliative care of women diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer. METHODS: ASCO convened a multidisciplinary, multinational panel of cancer control, medical and radiation oncology, health economic, obstetric and gynecologic, and palliative care experts to produce recommendations reflecting resource-tiered settings. A systematic review of literature from 1966 to 2015 failed to yield sufficiently strong quality evidence to support basic- and limited-resource setting recommendations; a formal consensus-based process was used to develop recommendations...
October 2016: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717705/adoption-of-information-and-communication-technologies-for-early-detection-of-breast-and-cervical-cancers-in-low-and-middle-income-countries
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REVIEW
Jessica M DiCarlo, Sricharan Gopakumar, Preet K Dhillon, Suneeta Krishnan
PURPOSE: In response to the growing burden of breast and cervical cancers, low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are beginning to implement national cancer prevention programs. We reviewed the literature on information and communication technology (ICT) applications in the prevention of breast and cervical cancers in LMICs to examine their potential to enhance cancer prevention efforts. METHODS: Ten databases of peer-reviewed and gray literature were searched using an automated strategy for English-language articles on the use of mobile health (mHealth) and telemedicine in breast and cervical cancer prevention (screening and early detection) published between 2005 and 2015...
August 2016: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717699/opportunistic-breast-cancer-education-and-screening-in-rural-honduras
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Linda S Kennedy, Suyapa A Bejarano, Tracy L Onega, Derek S Stenquist, Mary D Chamberlin
PURPOSE: In Honduras, the breast cancer burden is high, and access to women's health services is low. This project tested the connection of community-based breast cancer detection with clinical diagnosis and treatment in a tightly linked and quickly facilitated format. METHODS: The Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth College partnered with the Honduran cancer hospital La Liga Contra el Cancer to expand a cervical cancer screening program, which included self-breast exam (SBE) education and clinical breast exams (CBEs), to assess patient attitudes about and uptake of breast cancer education and screening services...
August 2016: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717311/using-real-time-polymerase-chain-reaction-as-an-alternative-rapid-method-for-enumeration-of-colony-count-in-live-brucella-vaccines
#20
Waleed S Shell, Mahmoud L Sayed, A A Samy, Ghada Mohamed Al-Sadek, Gina Mohamed Mohamed Abd El-Hamid, Abdel Hakam M Ali
AIM: Brucellosis is a major bacterial zoonosis of global importance affecting a range of animal species and man worldwide. It has economic, public health, and bio-risk importance. Control and prevention of animal brucellosis mainly depend on accurate diagnostic tools and implementation of effective and safe animal vaccination program. There are three types of animal Brucella live vaccines - Brucella melitensis Rev-1 vaccine, Brucella abortus S19, and B. abortus RB51. Evaluation of these vaccines depends mainly on enumeration of Brucella viable count...
June 2017: Veterinary World
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