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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058863/what-should-clinicians-know-about-the-use-of-glucocorticoids-in-systemic-sclerosis
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Michele Iudici
Glucocorticoids (GC) are drugs largely used by rheumatologists, but their utilization in systemic sclerosis (SSc) is still controversial for both the lack of evidence of their usefulness and the physicians and patients' concern about their related adverse events. Due to the rarity and the complexity of the disease, few studies investigating the role of GC in SSc have been performed. Thus, a huge variability in corticosteroid prescriptive practice among physicians involved in the care of SSc patients still exists worldwide...
January 6, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025038/incidence-and-risk-of-cardiac-events-in-patients-with-previously-treated-multiple-myeloma-versus-matched-patients-without-multiple-myeloma-an-observational-retrospective-cohort-study
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Kristin D Kistler, Jill Kalman, Gagan Sahni, Brian Murphy, Winifred Werther, Kanya Rajangam, Ajai Chari
BACKGROUND: Multiple myeloma (MM) patients have age-, disease-, and treatment-related risk factors for cardiac events. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We analyzed the 2006 to 2011 MarketScan database to determine whether the risk of cardiac events is greater in MM patients than in non-MM patients. Included were 1723 MM patients treated with corticosteroids and ≥ 3 drugs (bortezomib, immunomodulatory derivatives, and alkylating agents or anthracyclines). The index date (ID) was the date on which the 3-drug exposure criterion was met...
November 22, 2016: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010903/disease-and-pharmacologic-risk-factors-for-first-and-subsequent-episodes-of-equine-laminitis-a-cohort-study-of-free-text-electronic-medical-records
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Claire E Welsh, Marco Duz, Timothy D H Parkin, John F Marshall
Electronic medical records from first opinion equine veterinary practice may represent a unique resource for epidemiologic research. The appropriateness of this resource for risk factor analyses was explored as part of an investigation into clinical and pharmacologic risk factors for laminitis. Amalgamated medical records from seven UK practices were subjected to text mining to identify laminitis episodes, systemic or intra-synovial corticosteroid prescription, diseases known to affect laminitis risk and clinical signs or syndromes likely to lead to corticosteroid use...
January 1, 2017: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995426/who-gets-testosterone-patient-characteristics-associated-with-testosterone-prescribing-in-the-veteran-affairs-system-a-cross-sectional-study
#4
Guneet K Jasuja, Shalender Bhasin, Joel I Reisman, Joseph T Hanlon, Donald R Miller, Anthony P Morreale, Leonard M Pogach, Francesca E Cunningham, Angela Park, Dan R Berlowitz, Adam J Rose
BACKGROUND: There has been concern about the growing off-label use of testosterone. Understanding the context within which testosterone is prescribed may contribute to interventions to improve prescribing. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate patient characteristics associated with receipt of testosterone. DESIGN: Cross-sectional. SETTING: A national cohort of male patients, who had received at least one outpatient prescription within the Veterans Affairs (VA) system during Fiscal Year 2008- Fiscal Year 2012...
December 19, 2016: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994450/how-do-general-practitioners-implement-decision-making-regarding-copd-patients-with-exacerbations-an-international-focus-group-study
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Johanna Laue, Hasse Melbye, Peder A Halvorsen, Elena A Andreeva, Maciek Godycki-Cwirko, Anja Wollny, Nick A Francis, Mark Spigt, Kenny Kung, Mette Bech Risør
PURPOSE: To explore the decision-making of general practitioners (GPs) concerning treatment with antibiotics and/or oral corticosteroids and hospitalization for COPD patients with exacerbations. METHODS: Thematic analysis of seven focus groups with 53 GPs from urban and rural areas in Norway, Germany, Wales, Poland, Russia, the Netherlands, and Hong Kong. RESULTS: Four main themes were identified. 1) Dealing with medical uncertainty: the GPs aimed to make clear medical decisions and avoid unnecessary prescriptions and hospitalizations, yet this was challenged by uncertainty regarding the severity of the exacerbations and concerns about overlooking comorbidities...
2016: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27992140/impact-on-quality-of-life-of-alitretinoin-in-severe-chronic-hand-eczema-fugetta-real-world-study
#6
Matthias Augustin, Diamant Thaçi, Anja Kamps
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Alitretinoin is the only approved treatment for severe chronic hand eczema (CHE) refractory to potent topical corticosteroids. This study (FUGETTA) evaluated the effectiveness and impact on quality of life (QoL) of oral alitretinoin in patients with severe refractory CHE in accordance with prescription guidelines. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Open-label, multicenter, noninterventional, observational study conducted in Germany. Patients were treated at their physician's discretion with once-daily alitretinoin 10 mg or 30 mg for a maximum of 24 weeks...
December 2016: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft, Journal of the German Society of Dermatology: JDDG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986199/direct-medical-costs-of-chronic-urticaria-in-a-private-health-organization-of-buenos-aires-argentina
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Claudio Alberto Salvador Parisi, Carla Ritchie, Natalia Petriz, Christian Morelo Torres
BACKGROUND: Scarce studies address the issue of resource consumption and direct health care costs of patients diagnosed with adult-onset chronic urticaria (CU). OBJECTIVES: To estimate medical resource consumption and direct health care costs of affected patients in a private health maintenance organization in Buenos Aires, Argentina. METHODS: Patients diagnosed with adult-onset CU (International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification code 708...
December 2016: Value in Health Regional Issues
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27968757/a-pilot-study-exploring-the-plasma-potassium-variation-in-dogs-undergoing-steroid-therapy-and-its-clinical-importance
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Marina Baltar, Alexandra Costa, L Miguel Carreira
In most situations in veterinary medicine, glucocorticoids are the drugs of choice used, that is, to reduce the inflammatory response or limit an inappropriate immune response. Their use in long-term therapy may cause side effects that may weaken the patient. The aim of the study was to evaluate possible variations in the plasma potassium concentrations and their clinical relevance in dogs undergoing steroid therapy with methylprednisolone in anti-inflammatory doses. The study used a sample of 21 dogs (n = 21) presented for consultation, with a clinical condition requiring a corticosteroid therapeutic protocol with an anti-inflammatory dose of methylprednisolone...
June 2016: Topics in Companion Animal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920512/the-burden-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-associated-with-maintenance-monotherapy-in-the-uk
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Susan C Edwards, Sian E Fairbrother, Anna Scowcroft, Gavin Chiu, Andrew Ternouth, Brian J Lipworth
BACKGROUND: This study characterized a cohort of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients on maintenance bronchodilator monotherapy for ≥6 months to establish their disease burden, measured by health care utilization. METHODS: Data were extracted from the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink and linked to Hospital Episode Statistics. The monotherapy period spanned the first prescription of a long-acting β2-adrenergic agonist or a long-acting muscarinic antagonist until the end of the study (December 31, 2013) or until step up to dual/triple therapy, for example, addition of another long-acting bronchodilator, an inhaled corticosteroid, or both...
2016: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903084/assessment-of-corticosteroid-related-quality-of-care-measures-for-uc-and-cd-in-the-united-states-a-claims-data-analysis
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David T Rubin, Haridarshan Patel, Sherry Shi, Reema Mody
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate corticosteroid (CS)-related quality of care indicators in patients with ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn's disease (CD) in the US. METHODS: Adults diagnosed with UC or CD and prescription fills for an oral CS were identified from a large commercial US claims database (2005- 2013). Quality indicators included prolonged CS use (≥60 days), use of CS-sparing therapy, and bone loss assessment. State-level variations in quality of care indicators were estimated using logistic regression models adjusting for age, gender, insurance plan type, and CD severity...
December 1, 2016: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853362/comparative-analysis-of-budesonide-formoterol-and-fluticasone-salmeterol-combinations-in-copd-patients-findings-from-a-real-world-analysis-in-an-italian-setting
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Valentina Perrone, Diego Sangiorgi, Stefano Buda, Luca Degli Esposti
AIM: The objective of this study was to evaluate the different outcomes associated with the use of budesonide/formoterol compared to fluticasone/salmeterol in fixed combinations in patients with COPD in a "real-world" setting. The outcomes included exacerbation rates and health care costs. PATIENTS AND METHODS: An observational retrospective cohort analysis, based on administrative databases of three local health units, was conducted. Patients with at least one prescription of fixed-dose combination of inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting β2-agonists (budesonide/formoterol or fluticasone/salmeterol), at dosages and formulations approved for COPD in Italy, between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2011 (inclusion period), were included...
2016: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843303/communication-during-counseling-sessions-about-inhaled-corticosteroids-at-the-community-pharmacy
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Jeanine A Driesenaar, Peter Agm De Smet, Rolf van Hulten, Litje Hu, Sandra van Dulmen
BACKGROUND: Pharmaceutical care is one of the major tasks of pharmacists, which aims to improve patient outcomes. Counseling patients with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease about their use of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) might enhance medication adherence and symptom control. Therefore, effective pharmacist-patient communication is very important. In this regard, both affective communication, for handling emotions, and instrumental communication, for exchanging biomedical and lifestyle information, are relevant...
2016: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826962/asthma-severity-and-the-controller-prescription-in-children-at-12-tertiary-hospitals
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Dong In Suh, Hyeon Jong Yang, Bong Seong Kim, Youn Ho Shin, So Yeon Lee, Geunhwa Park, Woo Kyung Kim, Hyo Bin Kim, Heysung Baek, Ja Kyoung Kim, Jin Tack Kim, Dae Hyun Lim
PURPOSE: Guidelines need to be tailored to where they are applied. We aimed to describe the distinctive asthma severity profile and the pattern of controller prescription in Korean children. METHODS: Twelve pediatric allergists from tertiary medical centers reviewed medical records of all asthmatic children who visited their clinics between September 1 and November 30 of 2013. Controller prescriptions were re-classified into 4 categories, then the prevalence of each asthma severity category and the controller prescription patterns according to asthma severity assessed by a Western (Global Initiative for Asthma, GINA) and an Asia-Pacific (Japanese Pediatric GuideLine, JPGL) guideline were evaluated...
January 2017: Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822702/effects-of-mobile-phone-wechat-services-improve-adherence-to-corticosteroid-nasal-spray-treatment-for-chronic-rhinosinusitis-after-functional-endoscopic-sinus-surgery-a-3-month-follow-up-study
#14
Shaoyan Feng, Zibin Liang, Rongkai Zhang, Wei Liao, Yuan Chen, Yunping Fan, Huabin Li
The objective of the study is to investigate the impact of receiving daily WeChat services on one's cell phone on adherence to corticosteroid nasal spray treatment in chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) patients after functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS). This study was a two-arm, randomized, follow-up investigation. Patients with chronic rhinosinusitis with/without nasal polyps following bilateral FESS were randomised to receive, or to not receive, daily WeChat service on their cell phone to take corticosteroid nasal spray treatment...
November 7, 2016: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815064/inhaled-corticosteroid-adherence-patterns-in-a-longitudinal-asthma-cohort
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Patrick C Souverein, Ellen S Koster, Gene Colice, Eric van Ganse, Alison Chisholm, David Price, Alexandra L Dima
BACKGROUND: Electronic prescribing records can enable exploration of medication adherence, but analysis decisions may influence estimates and require alignment to new consensus-based definitions. OBJECTIVE: To compare different computations of inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) implementation in a primary care asthma population initiating ICS therapy when assessed within episodes of persistent use, and examine longitudinal variation in implementation. METHODS: A historical cohort study was conducted on UK's Optimum Patient Care Research Database...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812429/risk-and-clinical-predictors-of-osteoporotic-fracture-in-east-asian-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Ping-Hsueh Lee, Victor C Kok, Po-Liang Chou, Ming-Chang Ku, Yu-Ching Chen, Jorng-Tzong Horng
INTRODUCTION: Osteoporosis is becoming an impending epidemic in the Asia-Pacific region. The association between risk of osteoporotic fracture (OTPF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in East Asian patients is yet to be fully examined. We conducted a nationwide population-based retrospective cohort study of 98,700 patients aged ≥50 years with or without COPD using a national administrative claims dataset. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The patients were divided into COPD and comparison groups comprising 19,740 and 78,960 patients, respectively...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27808096/first-maintenance-therapy-for-copd-in-the-uk-between-2009-and-2012-a-retrospective-database-analysis
#17
David Price, Marc Miravitlles, Ian Pavord, Mike Thomas, Jadwiga Wedzicha, John Haughney, Katsiaryna Bichel, Daniel West
Clinical guidelines recommend long-acting bronchodilators as first maintenance therapy for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), with inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) reserved for patients with more severe disease and exacerbations. The aim of this analysis was to examine real-life prescribing of first maintenance therapy for COPD in the UK. Data were extracted from the UK Optimum Patient Care Research Database for patients with a first prescription for COPD maintenance therapy between 2009 and 2012 and a diagnosis of COPD at or before the date of the first prescription for COPD maintenance therapy...
November 3, 2016: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27769549/association-between-postdischarge-oral-corticosteroid-prescription-fills-and-readmission-in-children-with-asthma
#18
Mark Brittan, Troy Richardson, Chén Kenyon, Marion R Sills, Evan Fieldston, Matt Hall, David Fox, Samir Shah, Jay Berry
OBJECTIVES: To assess the relationships between postdischarge emergency department visits, oral corticosteroid (OCS) use, and 15- to 90-day asthma readmission in children. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective study of 9288 children from 12 states in the Truven MarketScan Database, ages 2-18 years, hospitalized between January 1, 2009, and June 30, 2011, with asthma, and continuously enrolled in Medicaid for 6 months prior and 3 months after hospitalization. The primary outcome was 15- to 90-day readmission for asthma...
January 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27757775/health-related-quality-of-life-associated-with-systemic-corticosteroids
#19
Patrick W Sullivan, Vahram H Ghushchyan, Gary Globe, Brandon Sucher
BACKGROUND: Systemic corticosteroids (SCS) are commonly used but are associated with adverse effects. Given their prevalent use, the potential impact of SCS use on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) is important to characterize. OBJECTIVE: To assess the HRQoL of patients taking SCS. METHODS: The 2000-2003 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey was used to examine EQ-5D and SF-6D scores associated with SCS use in adults. The study sample was restricted to those with a condition for which SCS are prescribed...
October 18, 2016: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27757229/risk-of-cardiovascular-events-after-initiation-of-long-acting-bronchodilators-in-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-lung-disease-a-population-based-study
#20
Almotasembellah Aljaafareh, Jose Ruben Valle, Yu-Li Lin, Yong-Fang Kuo, Gulshan Sharma
OBJECTIVES: Long-acting bronchodilators are mainstay treatment for moderate to severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A growing body of evidence indicates an increased risk of cardiovascular events upon initiation of these medications. We hypothesize that this risk is higher in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease who had a preexisting cardiovascular disease regardless of receipt of any cardiovascular medication. METHODS: A retrospective cohort of patients with a diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease based on two outpatient visits or one inpatient visit for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (International Classification of Diseases, 9th Edition, Clinical Modification codes 491...
2016: SAGE Open Medicine
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