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Zaid Al-Qurayshi, Adam Hauch, Sudesh Srivastav, Emad Kandil
BACKGROUND: Successful parathyroidectomy requires advanced surgeon experience. We aim to examine population characteristics at risk of being managed by low-volume surgeons. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was performed utilizing the Nationwide Inpatient Sample database, 2004 to 2009. The study population included adult inpatients who underwent parathyroidectomy for primary hyperparathyroidism. RESULTS: A total of 3,503 discharge records were included...
August 4, 2016: American Journal of Surgery
Anthony C Waddimba, Melissa Scribani, Nicole Krupa, John J May, Paul Jenkins
BACKGROUND: Widespread dissatisfaction among United States (U.S.) clinicians could endanger ongoing reforms. Practitioners in rural/underserved areas withstand stressors that are unique to or accentuated in those settings. Medical professionals employed by integrating delivery systems are often distressed by the cacophony of organizational change(s) that such consolidation portends. We investigated the factors associated with dis/satisfaction with rural practice among doctors/non-physician practitioners employed by an integrated healthcare delivery network serving 9 counties of upstate New York, during a time of organizational transition...
October 22, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
Erin Traister, Kim L Larson, Dell Hagwood
PURPOSE: We sought to understand decision making, family involvement, and cultural factors that influence palliative care for Guatemalans. DESIGN: A qualitative descriptive study was conducted in Guatemala to explore palliative care experiences among seven participants. FINDINGS: The overarching theme was Relief from Suffering, reinforced by three support systems: the family, community rezadora, and priest. The family made decisions and provided physical care...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Transcultural Nursing: Official Journal of the Transcultural Nursing Society
Michelle M Van Handel, Charles E Rose, Elaine J Hallisey, Jessica L Kolling, Jon E Zibbell, Brian Lewis, Michele K Bohm, Christopher M Jones, Barry E Flanagan, Azfar-E-Alam Siddiqi, Kashif Iqbal, Andrew L Dent, Jonathan H Mermin, Eugene McCray, John W Ward, John T Brooks
OBJECTIVE: A recent HIV outbreak in a rural network of persons who inject drugs (PWID) underscored the intersection of the expanding epidemics of opioid abuse, unsterile injection drug use (IDU), and associated increases in hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections. We sought to identify US communities potentially vulnerable to rapid spread of HIV, if introduced, and new or continuing high rates of HCV infections among PWID. DESIGN: We conducted a multistep analysis to identify indicator variables highly associated with IDU...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
Elizabeth Marino, Christopher Wolsko, Susan G Keys, Laura Pennavaria
Suicide is a critical public health problem worldwide. In the United States (US), firearm ownership is common, and firearms account for the majority of deaths by suicide. While suicide prevention strategies may include limiting access to firearms, the contentious nature of gun regulations in the US, particularly among members of rural communities, often gives rise to constitutional concerns and political polarization that could inhibit suicidal persons from seeking the help they need. We examine potential outcomes of public health strategies in the US that encourage limiting access to firearms for populations who both value firearm ownership and are vulnerable to suicide...
September 2016: Journal of Public Health Policy
Grant J Aaron, Prahlad R Sodani, Rajan Sankar, John Fairhurst, Katja Siling, Ernest Guevarra, Alison Norris, Mark Myatt
A spatially representative statewide survey was conducted in Rajasthan, India to assess household coverage of atta wheat flour, edible oil, and salt. An even distribution of primary sampling units were selected based on their proximity to centroids on a hexagonal grid laid over the survey area. A sample of n = 18 households from each of m = 252 primary sampling units PSUs was taken. Demographic data on all members of these households were collected, and a broader dataset was collected about a single caregiver and a child in the first 2 years of life...
2016: PloS One
Candace I J Nykiforuk, Jennifer Ann McGetrick, Katelynn Crick, Jeffrey A Johnson
Walk Score® is a proprietary walkability metric that ranks locations by proximity to destinations, with emerging health promotion applications for increasing walking as physical activity. Currently, field validations of Walk Score® have only occurred in metropolitan regions of the United States; moreover, many studies employ an earlier Walk Score® version utilizing straight line distance. To address this gap, we conducted a field validation of the newest, network-based metric for three municipal types along a rural-urban continuum in Alberta, Canada...
December 2016: Preventive Medicine Reports
Thomas S Valley, Allan J Walkey, Peter K Lindenauer, Renda Soylemez Wiener, Colin R Cooke
OBJECTIVE: Despite increasing use, evidence is mixed as to the appropriate use of noninvasive ventilation in patients with pneumonia. We aimed to determine the relationship between receipt of noninvasive ventilation and outcomes for patients with pneumonia in a real-world setting. DESIGN, SETTING, PATIENTS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of Medicare beneficiaries (aged > 64 yr) admitted to 2,757 acute-care hospitals in the United States with pneumonia, who received mechanical ventilation from 2010 to 2011...
October 5, 2016: Critical Care Medicine
Erika L Janik, Matthew B Jensen
We review the promotion of electrical treatments by laypeople for neurological and other conditions in a largely rural period of United States history.
2016: J Neurol Res Ther
Sarah E Velasquez, Enrique Chaves-Carballo, Eve-Lynn Nelson
BACKGROUND: Approximately 2.7 million individuals in the United States are affected by epilepsy. It is the fourth most common neurological disorder and affects people of all ages, races, and economic backgrounds. In many rural states, the few pediatric neurologists commonly practice in the metropolitan areas. The inadequate resources present challenges for families residing in rural areas or with limited transportation resources. One remedy for this situation is to deliver pediatric neurology services to rural areas through videoconferencing...
August 10, 2016: Pediatric Neurology
Mohamed Yakub, Peter Tiffin
Urban environments are warmer, have higher levels of atmospheric CO2 , and altered patterns of disturbance and precipitation than nearby rural areas. These differences can be important for plant growth and are likely to create distinct selective environments. We planted a common garden experiment with seeds collected from natural populations of the native annual plant Lepidium virginicum, growing in five urban and nearby rural areas in the northern United States to determine whether and how urban populations differ from those from surrounding rural areas...
October 8, 2016: Global Change Biology
Yi-Chun Lin, Alyce D Fly
BACKGROUND: We attempted to determine effects of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) on variety and frequency of fruit and vegetable intake by students in schools from different locales. METHODS: Data were derived from the 2011-2012 Indiana FFVP Student Survey completed by 4229 fourth-sixth graders. Effects were studied within 2 groups, 39 city and suburb schools, and 12 town and rural schools. Differences in students' responses over time to 2 items measuring variety and 10 items measuring fruit and vegetable intake frequency were determined with multilevel regression models...
November 2016: Journal of School Health
Clemens Scott Kruse, Caitlin Kristof, Beau Jones, Erica Mitchell, Angelica Martinez
Federal efforts and local initiatives to increase adoption and use of electronic health records (EHRs) continue, particularly since the enactment of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. Roughly one in four hospitals not adopted even a basic EHR system. A review of the barriers may help in understanding the factors deterring certain healthcare organizations from implementation. We wanted to assemble an updated and comprehensive list of adoption barriers of EHR systems in the United States...
December 2016: Journal of Medical Systems
Holly A Hill, Laurie D Elam-Evans, David Yankey, James A Singleton, Vance Dietz
Sustained high coverage with recommended vaccinations among children has kept many vaccine-preventable diseases at low levels in the United States (1). To assess coverage with vaccinations recommended for children by age 2 years in the United States (2), CDC analyzed data collected by the 2015 National Immunization Survey (NIS) for children aged 19-35 months (born January 2012-May 2014). Overall, coverage did not change during 2014-2015. Coverage in 2015 was highest for ≥3 doses of poliovirus vaccine (93...
October 7, 2016: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Mamta Rajbhar, Sanjay K Mohanty
This study examined the effect of reproductive and child health (RCH) services on fertility and child mortality in the districts of Uttar Pradesh. It specifically measured the effect of antenatal care, medical assistance at birth, child immunization and use of modern methods of contraception on Total Fertility Rate (TFR), Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) and Under-five Morality Rate (U5MR) before and after the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) period. Data from the 2002-04 District Level Household Survey (DLHS-2), 2012-13 Annual Health Survey (AHS) and the 2001 and 2011 Censuses of India were used...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Biosocial Science
Kristine Zimmermann, Leslie R Carnahan, Nadine R Peacock
INTRODUCTION: Women living in rural areas in the United States experience disproportionately high rates of diseases such as obesity and heart disease and are less likely than women living in urban areas to meet daily physical activity (PA) recommendations. The purpose of our research was to understand age-specific perceptions of barriers and facilitators to rural women engaging in PA and to identify strategies to promote PA among these women. METHODS: As part of a community health assessment to learn about women's health issues, 110 adult women participated in 14 focus groups...
September 29, 2016: Preventing Chronic Disease
Janice C Probst, Judith C Barker, Alexandra Enders, Paula Gardiner
PURPOSE: Children's health is influenced by the context in which they live. We provide a descriptive essay on the status of children in rural America to highlight features of the rural environment that may affect health. DESCRIPTION: We compiled information concerning components of the rural environment that may contribute to health outcomes. Areas addressed include the economic characteristics, provider availability, uniquely rural health risks, health services use, and health outcomes among rural children...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Rural Health
Lenora Smith, Elaine J Amella, Lynne Nemeth
The purpose of this study was to explore perceptions of home healthcare nurses related to suffering, artificial nutrition and hydration in people with late-stage dementia, and if these perceptions influence care to people with dementia and their families. Part of a mixed-methods study, the qualitative portion examined perceptions of home healthcare nurses in a rural area in the southern United States. Seventeen home healthcare nurses participated in this study. Semistructured focus group interview questions were used...
October 2016: Home Healthcare Now
Kelly E Dunn, Frederick S Barrett, Claudia Yepez-Laubach, Andrew C Meyer, Bryce J Hruska, Kathy Petrush, Suzan Berman, Stacey C Sigmon, Michael Fingerhood, George E Bigelow
BACKGROUND: Opioid use is highly prevalent in the United States and there has been an increased incidence in the rate of opioid-related overdose. While evidence suggests there are substantial differences in opioid use among rural versus urban settings, the rate of overdose and corresponding frequency of opioid overdose risk behaviors and overdose knowledge between rural and urban settings have not been examined. METHODS: Individuals with opioid use disorder from rural (N=98) and urban (N=247) settings completed a self-report survey regarding their lifetime history of overdose and overdose risk behaviors...
December 2016: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
John D Omura, Susan A Carlson, Prabasaj Paul, Sarah Sliwa, Stephen J Onufrak, Janet E Fulton
Shared use agreements allow public use of school facilities during non-school hours. Such agreements can cover outdoor facilities alone or may be more comprehensive by also including indoor facilities. Our aim was to: 1) estimate the prevalence of shared use agreements and facility types covered among U.S. municipalities and 2) identify differences in prevalence by municipality characteristics. The 2014 National Survey of Community-based Policy and Environmental Supports for Healthy Eating and Active Living is a representative survey of US municipalities (n=2029)...
September 20, 2016: Preventive Medicine
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