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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036995/-association-of-alcohol-use-and-incidence-of-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-in-the-middle-aged-and-elderly-male-population-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Y Z Zhang, Y Q Yu, Y Yuan, M A He, T C Wu
Objective: To investigate the association between alcohol use and incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) in the middle-aged and elderly male population. Methods: All participants were from Dongfeng-Tongji cohort, 27 009 retired employees from Dongfeng Motor Corporation in Hubei Province were enrolled in the Dongfeng-Tongji cohort baseline survey in 2008. In baseline study, information of alcohol use and other covariates were collected by semi-structured questionnaire and all participants completed physical examination including the test of fasting glucose and blood lipid levels...
October 6, 2017: Zhonghua Yu Fang Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Preventive Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036872/factors-influencing-the-occupational-injuries-of-physical-therapists-in-taiwan-a-hierarchical-linear-model-approach
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Yu-Hui Tao, Yu-Lung Wu, Wan-Yun Huang
BACKGROUND: The evidence literature suggests that physical therapy practitioners are subjected to a high probability of acquiring work-related injuries, but only a few studies have specifically investigated Taiwanese physical therapy practitioners. OBJECTIVE: This study was conducted to determine the relationships among individual and group hospital-level factors that contribute to the medical expenses for the occupational injuries of physical therapy practitioners in Taiwan...
October 8, 2017: Work: a Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036711/impacts-of-electroconvulsive-therapy-on-1-year-outcomes-in-patients-with-schizophrenia-a-controlled-population-based-mirror-image-study
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Hai-Ti Lin, Shi-Kai Liu, Ming H Hsieh, Yi-Ling Chien, I-Ming Chen, Shih-Cheng Liao, Hui-Ju Tsai, Chi-Shin Wu
Objectives: Despite the decline in the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in patients with schizophrenia, ECT augmentation is still recommended for those with poor response to standard pharmacological intervention. However, the effectiveness of augmentation of antipsychotics with ECT on long-term clinical outcomes needs to be verified in an expanded sample. Methods: Patients who were hospitalized for schizophrenia and received ECT for the first time during that hospitalization were identified from the total population health insurance database in Taiwan between 2002 and 2011...
September 23, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036366/accounting-for-selectivity-bias-and-correlation-across-the-sequence-from-elevated-blood-pressure-to-hypertension-diagnosis-and-treatment
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Penny Gordon-Larsen, Samantha M Attard, Annie Green Howard, Barry M Popkin, Bing Zhang, Shufa Du, David K Guilkey
BACKGROUND: It is unknown whether efforts to reduce hypertension burden in countries with very high prevalence, would be more effective if directed at hypertension diagnosis vs. treatment. Most analyses do not address bias and correlation across the sequence from elevated blood pressure (BP) to hypertension diagnosis and treatment, leading to potentially misleading findings. METHODS: Using data spanning 18 years of the China Health and Nutrition Survey (n = 18,926; ages 18-75 years), we used an innovative 3-step, integrated system of equations to predict the sequence from: (i) elevated BP (systolic/diastolic BP ≥ 140/90 mm Hg) to (ii) diagnosed hypertension conditional on elevated BP, and to (iii) treatment (medication use) conditional on diagnosis, accounting for measured and unmeasured individual- and community-level confounders at each of the 3 steps...
September 26, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036295/psychotropic-medications-prescribing-trends-in-adolescents-a-nationwide-population-based-study-in-taiwan
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Chin-Yen Tsai, Hsuan-Chia Yang, Mohaimenul Islam, Wan-Shan Hsieh, Shing-Hwa Juan, Jiang-Chen Chen, Hafsah Arshed Ali Khan, Wen-Shan Jian
Objective: To describe psychotropic medications prescription patterns among adolescents in Taiwan; focusing on age, gender, duration of treatments and various classes of psychotropic medications. Design: A retrospective description analysis. Setting: Taiwan National Health Insurance Database. Participants: Twelve to seventeen years' patients treated with psychotropic medications. Intervention: None...
September 20, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035610/critical-assessment-of-health-disparities-across-subpopulation-groups-through-a-social-determinants-of-health-perspective-the-case-of-type-2-diabetes-patients
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Yong-Mi Kim, Dursun Delen
BACKGROUND: Studies on diabetes have shown that population subgroups have varying rates of medical events and related procedures; however, existing studies have investigated either medical events or procedures, and hence, it is unknown whether disparities exist between medical events and procedures. PURPOSE: The objective of this study is to investigate how diabetes-related medical events and procedures are different across population subgroups through a social determinants of health (SDH) perspective...
October 16, 2017: Informatics for Health & Social Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034146/course-of-respiratory-allergy-by-treatment-strategy-based-on-german-routine-data
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Ann-Kathrin Weschenfelder, Ludger Klimek, Norbert Mülleneisen, Harald Renz, Wolfgang Wehrmann, Thomas Werfel, Eckard Hamelmann, Jürgen Wasem, Janine Biermann
PURPOSE: Allergic respiratory diseases represent a global health problem. The two major treatment strategies are symptom treatment and specific immunotherapy (SIT). SIT is considered the only causal treatment option available with the ability to alter the course of the disease. This study aims to describe the course of disease and medication of respiratory allergy across treatment strategies and disease groups. METHODS: The analysis is based on routine data from a German statutory health insurance...
2017: Allergo Journal International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033595/drug-tendering-drug-supply-and-shortage-implications-for-the-uptake-of-biosimilars
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George Dranitsaris, Ira Jacobs, Carol Kirchhoff, Robert Popovian, Lesley G Shane
Due to the continued increase in global spending on health care, payers have introduced a number of programs, policies, and agreements on pharmaceutical pricing in order to control costs. While incentives to increase generic drug use have achieved significant savings, other cost-containment measures are required. Tendering is a formal procedure to purchase medications using competitive bidding for a particular contract. Although useful for cost containment, tendering can lead to decreased competition in a given market...
2017: ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research: CEOR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031937/payer-database-and-geospatial-analysis-to-evaluate-practice-patterns-in-treating-allergy-in-north-carolina
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Matthew G Crowson, Kristine Schulz, Alex Ulvila, David L Witsell
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to characterize the delivery of allergy care in North Carolina using a large payer charge database and visualization techniques. STUDY DESIGN: Geospatial database analysis. SETTING: North Carolina State claims database. SUBJECTS & METHODS: Medical data from the 2013 FAIR Health National Private Insurance Claims (FH NPIC) database for North Carolina was mined for CPT codes and charges for allergy testing, and for the preparation and provision of allergen immunotherapy...
October 10, 2017: American Journal of Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031281/double-disparities-in-the-health-care-for-people-with-schizophrenia-of-an-ethnic-national-minority
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Gilad Gal, Hanan Munitz, Itzhak Levav
BACKGROUND: Studies have shown health care disparities among persons of minority status, including in countries with universal health care. Yet, a dearth of studies have addressed disparities resulting from the combined effect of two minority status groups: severe mental illness and ethnic-national sector filiation. This study aimed to compare the differential health care of Jewish- and Arab-Israelis with schizophrenia in a country with a universal health insurance. METHOD: This study builds on a large case-control epidemiological sample (N = 50,499) of Jewish- (92...
October 15, 2017: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031037/-evaluation-of-anti-cancer-therapies-with-reimbursement-limited-to-comprehensive-cancer-centres-using-the-european-society-for-medical-oncology-magnitude-of-clinical-benefit-scale
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T Büchler, B Melichar, D Vrána, R Lemstrová, J Fínek, L Dušek, K Petráková, J Prausová
BACKGROUND: The costs of oncology treatments are increasing, due to the rising prevalence of malignant diseases and the introduction of expensive novel anti-cancer agents. The new European Society for Clinical Oncology (ESMO) has recently developed a new parametric system to evaluate the clinical benefit of drugs. The Magnitude of Clinical Benefit Scale (ESMO-MCBS) compares the contribution of a novel drug based on overall and progression-free survival and quality of life with those of current treatment options...
2017: Klinická Onkologie: Casopis Ceské a Slovenské Onkologické Spolecnosti
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029334/effect-of-long-term-hydroxychloroquine-on-vascular-events-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-a-database-prospective-cohort-study
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Chung-Yuan Hsu, Yu-Sheng Lin, Yu-Jih Su, Hsing-Fen Lin, Ming-Shyan Lin, Ya-Jhu Syu, Tien-Tsai Cheng, Shan-Fu Yu, Jia-Feng Chen, Tien-Hsing Chen
Objectives: The incidence of thromboembolism in patients with SLE is higher than that in the general population. HCQ, widely used to treat lupus, may have vascular protective effects. The aim of this study was to determine whether long-term HCQ exposure is associated with decreased thromboembolism risk in SLE. Methods: We designed a prospective cohort study within an SLE population based on the National Health Insurance Research Database in Taiwan. We divided participants into HCQ and control groups according to HCQ prescription during the first year...
September 27, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029157/stings-of-the-ant-wasmannia-auropunctata-hymenoptera-formicidae-as-cause-of-punctate-corneal-lesions-in-humans-and-other-animals
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Diego Rosselli, James K Wetterer
Numerous researchers have observed a form of punctate corneal lesions causing leukomas (corneal opacities) in humans, domestic animals, and wild animals in different parts of the world. This condition has been reported under different names, including West Indian (or Caribbean) punctate keratopathy, West Indian dots, tropical punctate keratopathy, Rice's keratopathy, Florida keratopathy, and Florida spots. Many of these cases, appear to have a common cause, the stings of a small red ant, Wasmannia auropunctata (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), originally from the Neotropics, but spread to other parts of the world through human commerce...
September 25, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028642/-lost-to-follow-up-among-adult-cancer-survivors
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Amitoj Gill, Rohit Gosain, Shruti Bhandari, Rahul Gosain, Gurkirat Gill, Joseph Abraham, Kenneth Miller
BACKGROUND: Follow-up cancer care is important for patients who have received IV chemotherapy but some patients discontinue their care and are lost to follow-up (LFU) at the cancer center where they were treated. The purpose of this study was to determine what proportion of cancer survivors are LFU at 5 years after treatment, the timing of LFU, and the characteristics of those who do not continue survivorship care. METHODS: Adult patients with cancer who were treated with chemotherapy at a large community teaching hospital in 2006 and 2007 were identified and linked with State tumor registry data...
October 12, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027477/a-previsit-screening-checklist-improves-teamwork-and-access-to-preventive-services-in-a-medical-home-serving-low-income-adolescent-and-young-adult-patients
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Sophie H Allende-Richter, Sydney T Johnson, Mariam Maloyan, Patricia Glidden, Kerrilynn Rice, Alexandra Epee-Bounya
Publicly insured adolescents and young adults experience significant obstacles in accessing primary care services. As a result, they often present to their medical appointments with multiple unmet needs, adding time and complexity to the visit. The goal of this project was to optimize team work and access to primary care services among publicly insured adolescents and young adults attending an urban primary care clinic, using a previsit screening checklist to identify patient needs and delegate tasks within a care team to coordinate access to health services at the time of the visit...
October 1, 2017: Clinical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026788/trends-in-antimicrobial-prescription-for-inpatients-in-changsha-china-2003-to-2014
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Yinhua Zhang, Qun Yuan, Xia Yi, Honghua Liu, Xiaoyan Pan, Jingwei Liu, Yi Xu, Yang Chen, Guoping He
BACKGROUND: China had implemented policies to limit antimicrobials prescription since 2004; we conducted this study to reflect the effect of these national policies by analyzing antimicrobial prescription trends of medical insurance in patients from 2003 to 2014 in Changsha city, China. METHODS: The participants were inpatients of the medical insurance of urban workers (UEBMI). Data were extracted from medical insurance information system of Changsha Medical Insurance Institution, which directly connects with hospitals information systems...
September 2017: Iranian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026784/effects-of-medical-insurance-on-the-health-status-and-life-satisfaction-of-the-elderly
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Liubao Gu, Huihui Feng, Jian Jin
BACKGROUND: Population aging has become increasingly serious in China. The demand for medical insurance of the elderly is increasing, and their health status and life satisfaction are becoming significant issues. This study investigates the effects of medical insurance on the health status and life satisfaction of the elderly. METHODS: The national baseline survey data of the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Survey in 2013 were adopted. The Ordered Probit Model was established...
September 2017: Iranian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026356/comparison-of-in-hospital-maternal-mortality-between-hospital-systems-in-queensland-australia-and-louisiana-united-states
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James J Morong, Jane K Martin, Robert S Ware, Paul B Colditz, Alfred G Robichaux
BACKGROUND: It is well documented that the American maternal mortality ratio has increased during the years 2000-2015. The Australian maternal mortality ratio, in contrast, has decreased during the same time period, a trend common among most Western countries. METHODS: This study was a retrospective cohort study of cases of in-hospital maternal deaths in the Ochsner Health System (Louisiana, United States) and the Queensland Health System (Australia) from 1995 to 2013...
2017: Ochsner Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026296/trends-in-health-care-resource-utilization-and-pharmacological-management-of-copd-in-taiwan-from-2004-to-2010
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Ying-Huang Tsai, Tsung-Ming Yang, Chieh-Mo Lin, Shu-Yi Huang, Yu-Wen Wen
RATIONALE: COPD has attracted widespread attention worldwide. The prevalence of COPD in Taiwan has been reported, but little is known about trends in health care resource utilization and pharmacologic management in COPD treatment. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this article was to study trends in health care resource utilization, pharmacologic management, and medical costs of COPD treatment in Taiwan. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Reimbursement claims in the Taiwan National Health Insurance System from 2004 to 2010 were collected...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025697/predicting-consumer-effort-in-finding-and-paying-for-health-care-expert-interviews-and-claims-data-analysis
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Sandra Long, Karen A Monsen, David Pieczkiewicz, Julian Wolfson, Saif Khairat
BACKGROUND: For consumers to accept and use a health care information system, it must be easy to use, and the consumer must perceive it as being free from effort. Finding health care providers and paying for care are tasks that must be done to access treatment. These tasks require effort on the part of the consumer and can be frustrating when the goal of the consumer is primarily to receive treatments for better health. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the factors that result in consumer effort when finding accessible health care...
October 12, 2017: JMIR Medical Informatics
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