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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214280/current-guidelines-do-not-sufficiently-discriminate-venous-thromboembolism-risk-in-urology
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Kristen McAlpine, Rodney H Breau, Ranjeeta Mallick, Sonya Cnossen, Ilias Cagiannos, Christopher Morash, Marc Carrier, Luke T Lavallée
PURPOSE: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is the leading cause of noncancer death following major cancer surgery. Current thromboprophylaxis guidelines do not address procedure-specific risk of venous thromboembolism for urological patients. This project was created to determine the risk and timing of VTE after major urological surgery and to evaluate if surgical procedure was an independent risk factor for VTE after adjusting for previously established risk factors. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The American College of Surgeons׳ National Surgical Quality Improvement Program was used to create a cohort of patients who received major abdominal or pelvic urologic surgery between 2006 and 2014...
February 14, 2017: Urologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214167/psychometric-evaluation-and-design-of-patient-centered-communication-measures-for-cancer-care-settings
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Bryce B Reeve, David M Thissen, Carla M Bann, Nicole Mack, Katherine Treiman, Hanna K Sanoff, Nancy Roach, Brooke E Magnus, Jason He, Laura K Wagner, Rebecca Moultrie, Kathryn D Jackson, Courtney Mann, Lauren A McCormack
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the psychometric properties of questions that assess patient perceptions of patient-provider communication and design measures of patient-centered communication (PCC). METHODS: Participants (adults with colon or rectal cancer living in North Carolina) completed a survey at 2 to 3 months post-diagnosis. The survey included 87 questions in six PCC Functions: Exchanging Information, Fostering Health Relationships, Making Decisions, Responding to Emotions, Enabling Patient Self-Management, and Managing Uncertainty...
February 10, 2017: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213721/effect-of-chemical-amendments-on-remediation-of-potentially-toxic-trace-elements-ptes-and-soil-quality-improvement-in-paddy-fields
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Sung Chul Kim, Young Kyu Hong, Se Jin Oh, Seung Min Oh, Sang Phil Lee, Do Hyung Kim, Jae E Yang
Remediation of potentially toxic trace elements (PTEs) in paddy fields is fundamental for crop safety. In situ application of chemical amendments has been widely adapted because of its cost-effectiveness and environmental safety. The main purpose of this research was to (1) evaluate the reduction in dissolved concentrations of cadmium (Cd) and arsenic (As) with the application of chemical amendments and (2) monitor microbial activity in the soil to determine the remediation efficiency. Three different chemical amendments, lime stone, steel slag, and acid mine drainage sludge, were applied to paddy fields, and rice (Oryza sativa L...
February 17, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213305/risk-of-suicide-according-to-the-level-of-psychiatric-contact-in-the-older-people-analysis-of-national-health-insurance-databases-in-taiwan
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Shin-Ting Yeh, Yee-Yung Ng, Shiao-Chi Wu
PURPOSE: Suicide in the older people is a serious problem worldwide; however the effect of psychiatric contact on the risk of suicide has not been fully explored. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between psychiatric contact and suicide in the older people in Taiwan. METHODS: A population-based database was used in this national case-control study. Propensity score matching was used to match older people who did and did not commit suicide from 2010 to 2012 by calendar year, gender, age, and area of residence...
February 1, 2017: Comprehensive Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213077/-towards-the-active-participation-of-users-in-quality-approaches
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Dominique Pougheon-Bertrand, Sophie Coutant
Since the 1990s, the quality approach has been developing in hospitals in accordance with an assessment strategy, based on reference guidelines, or with a continuous quality improvement strategy, more favourable to the participation of players. The increase in chronic diseases encourages the participation of patients, with their own particular expertise on the disease and the associated care. Patients can also be involved in a collective mission, favourable to the improvement of the care provision.
January 2017: Soins; la Revue de Référence Infirmière
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212164/effectiveness-of-a-nurse-led-initiative-peer-to-peer-teaching-on-organizational-cauti-rates-and-related-costs
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Barbara Pashnik, Angela Creta, Lynette Alberti
A nurse-led initiative of peer-to-peer teaching positively impacted organizational incidence of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs). The initiative included validating the competency of the nursing staff, highlighting the importance of CAUTI prevention, identifying CAUTI costs, quantifying the value of nursing care, and supporting nurses as teachers. The project demonstrated that peer-to-peer teaching and competency validation can be effective methods to engage nurses in quality improvement...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Nursing Care Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212059/pediatric-chest-ct-diagnostic-reference-ranges-development-and-application
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Keith J Strauss, Marilyn J Goske, Alexander J Towbin, Debapriya Sengupta, Michael J Callahan, Kassa Darge, Daniel J Podberesky, Donald P Frush, Charles Maxfield, Sjirk J Westra, Jeffrey S Prince, Huimin Wu, Mythreyi Bhargavan-Chatfield
Purpose To determine diagnostic reference ranges on the basis of the size of a pediatric patient's chest and to develop a method to estimate computed tomographic (CT) scanner-specific mean size-specific dose estimates (SSDEs) as a function of patient size and the radiation output of each CT scanner at a site. Materials and Methods The institutional review boards of each center approved this retrospective, HIPAA-compliant, multicenter study; informed consent was waived. CT dose indexes (SSDE, volume CT dose index, and dose length product) of 518 pediatric patients (mean age, 9...
February 17, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211074/when-i-say%C3%A2-quality-improvement
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Nick Cork, Kevin D Rooney, Andrew Carson-Stevens
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 17, 2017: Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210548/does-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy-affect-morbidity-mortality-reoperations-or-readmissions-in-patients-undergoing-lumpectomy-or-mastectomy-for-breast-cancer
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Jeffrey Landercasper, Barbara Bennie, Mallory S Bray, Choua A Vang, Jared H Linebarger
BACKGROUND: The influence of neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) prior to breast cancer surgery on postoperative complications is unclear. Our objective was to determine whether NAC was associated with postoperative outcomes in patients undergoing lumpectomy or mastectomy without reconstruction. METHODS: Patients meeting inclusion criteria were identified from the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) database participant user files from 2005 through 2012, after which NSQIP discontinued the NAC variable...
February 2017: Gland Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210351/cross-continuum-tool-is-associated-with-reduced-utilization-and-cost-for-frequent-high-need-users
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Lauran Hardin, Adam Kilian, Leslie Muller, Kevin Callison, Michael Olgren
INTRODUCTION: High-need, high-cost (HNHC) patients can over-use acute care services, a pattern of behavior associated with many poor outcomes that disproportionately contributes to increased U.S. healthcare cost. Our objective was to reduce healthcare cost and improve outcomes by optimizing the system of care. We targeted HNHC patients and identified root causes of frequent healthcare utilization. We developed a cross-continuum intervention process and a succinct tool called a Complex Care Map (CCM)© that addresses fragmentation in the system and links providers to a comprehensive individualized analysis of the patient story and causes for frequent access to health services...
February 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209701/patient-and-citizen-innovation-council-in-family-practice
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Ron T Garnett, Jane Bowman, Joanne Ganton
PROBLEM ADDRESSED: Patient engagement is integral to the Patient's Medical Home model. Patient-centred care is more than what happens in the examination room. Decisions around clinic processes, work flow, and initiative prioritization also warrant a patient perspective. OBJECTIVE OF PROGRAM: The Academic Family Medicine Clinic at the South Health Campus in Calgary, Alta, identified a need for patient and community advisory expertise regarding clinic initiatives and quality improvement...
February 2017: Canadian Family Physician Médecin de Famille Canadien
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209568/experience-based-design-co-design-and-experience-based-co-design-in-palliative-and-end-of-life-care
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Erica Borgstrom, Stephen Barclay
Experience-based design, co-design, and experience-based co-design can be used within healthcare to design services that improve the patient, carer and staff experience of the services. As palliative and end-of-life care centrally value person-centred care, we believe that service designers, commissioners and those tasked with making quality improvements will be interested in this growing field. This paper outlines these approaches-with a particular emphasis on experience-based co-design-and describes how they are and can be used within palliative and end-of-life care...
February 16, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209197/accuracy-and-generalizability-of-using-automated-methods-for-identifying-adverse-events-from-electronic-health-record-data-a-validation-study-protocol
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Christian M Rochefort, David L Buckeridge, Andréanne Tanguay, Alain Biron, Frédérick D'Aragon, Shengrui Wang, Benoit Gallix, Louis Valiquette, Li-Anne Audet, Todd C Lee, Dev Jayaraman, Bruno Petrucci, Patricia Lefebvre
BACKGROUND: Adverse events (AEs) in acute care hospitals are frequent and associated with significant morbidity, mortality, and costs. Measuring AEs is necessary for quality improvement and benchmarking purposes, but current detection methods lack in accuracy, efficiency, and generalizability. The growing availability of electronic health records (EHR) and the development of natural language processing techniques for encoding narrative data offer an opportunity to develop potentially better methods...
February 16, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209192/learning-from-2523-trauma-deaths-in-india-opportunities-to-prevent-in-hospital-deaths
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Nobhojit Roy, Deepa Kizhakke Veetil, Monty Uttam Khajanchi, Vineet Kumar, Harris Solomon, Jyoti Kamble, Debojit Basak, Göran Tomson, Johan von Schreeb
BACKGROUND: A systematic analysis of trauma deaths is a step towards trauma quality improvement in Indian hospitals. This study estimates the magnitude of preventable trauma deaths in five Indian hospitals, and uses a peer-review process to identify opportunities for improvement (OFI) in trauma care delivery. METHODS: All trauma deaths that occurred within 30 days of hospitalization in five urban university hospitals in India were retrospectively abstracted for demography, mechanism of injury, transfer status, injury description by clinical, investigation and operative findings...
February 16, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207909/the-psychometric-properties-of-the-safety-attitudes-questionnaire-in-out-of-hours-primary-care-services-in-the-netherlands
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Marleen Smits, Ellen Keizer, Paul Giesen, Ellen Catharina Tveter Deilkås, Dag Hofoss, Gunnar Tschudi Bondevik
BACKGROUND: The Safety Attitudes Questionnaire (SAQ) is one of the most widely used instruments to assess safety culture among healthcare providers. The ambulatory version of the SAQ (SAQ-AV) can be used in the primary care setting. Our study objective was to examine the underlying factors and psychometric properties of the Dutch translation of the SAQ-AV in out-of-hours primary care services. DESIGN: Cross-sectional observational study using a web-survey. SETTING: Sixteen out-of-hours general practitioner cooperatives and two call centers in the Netherlands...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207668/impact-of-obesity-on-outcomes-in-adults-undergoing-elective-posterior-cervical-fusion
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Kevin Phan, Parth Kothari, Nathan J Lee, Sohaib Virk, Jun S Kim, Samuel K Cho
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective study of prospectively collected data. OBJECTIVE: To determine the effect of obesity (body mass Index > 30) on postoperative morbidity and mortality after elective posterior cervical fusion in adults. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: In those with spine disease, obesity has been shown to portend poorer general and disease-specific functional health status. The effect of obesity on outcomes after spine surgery, especially posterior cervical fusion, however, remains unclear...
February 15, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207667/differences-in-short-term-outcomes-between-primary-and-revision-anterior-cervical-discectomy-and-fusion
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Bryce A Basques, Nathaniel T Ondeck, Erik J Geiger, Andre M Samuel, Adam M Lukasiewicz, Matthew L Webb, Daniel D Bohl, Dustin H Massel, Benjamin C Mayo, Kern Singh, Jonathan N Grauer
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. OBJECTIVE: To compare short-term morbidity for primary and revision anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Revision ACDF procedures are relatively common, yet their risks are poorly characterized in the literature. There is a need to assess the relative risk of revision ACDF procedures compared with primary surgery. METHODS: The prospectively collected American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS-NSQIP) database was used to identify patients who underwent primary and revision ACDF from 2005 to 2014...
February 15, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207587/is-it-quality-improvement-or-is-it-research-ethical-and-regulatory-considerations
#18
Marjorie Podraza Stiegler, Avery Tung
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 15, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206996/the-quest-for-sustained-multiple-morbidity-reduction-in-very-low-birth-weight-infants-the-antifragility-project
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J W Kaempf, N M Schmidt, S Rogers, C Novack, M Friant, L Wang, N Tipping
OBJECTIVE: Can a comprehensive, explicitly directive evidence-based guideline for all therapies that might affect the major morbidities of very low-birth-weight (VLBW) infants help a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) further improve generally favorable morbidity rates? Can Antifragility principles of provider adaptive growth from stressors, enhanced infant risk assessment and adherence to effective therapies minimize unproven treatments and reduce all morbidities? STUDY DESIGN: Prospectively planned observational trial in VLBW infants: control group born October 2011 to September 2013 and study group October 2013 to September 2015...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206874/a-quality-improvement-initiative-on-the-use-of-psychotropic-drugs-in-nursing-homes-in-flanders
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Majda Azermai, Maarten Wauters, Dirk De Meester, Lisa Renson, Danny Pauwels, Laurine Peeters, Hans Warie, Mirko Petrovic
INTRODUCTION: Government-funded quality improvement projects aimed to reduce the high psychotropic medication use in Belgian long-term care settings. DESIGN: A pilot project (2013-2014) with a pre-post and follow-up intervention design. METHODS: Two nursing homes received three educational courses. In the intervention nursing home (INH) additionally, a transition towards person-centred care through professional support was applied. Drug use was recorded at baseline, after 10 months (post) and after 22 months (follow-up), and coded into the Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical classification...
February 16, 2017: Acta Clinica Belgica
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