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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636076/prevalence-and-impact-of-obesity-in-people-with-haemophilia-review-of-literature-and-expert-discussion-around-implementing-weight-management-guidelines
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S Kahan, A Cuker, R F Kushner, J Maahs, M Recht, T Wadden, T Willis, S Majumdar, D Ungar, D Cooper
Obesity affects more than 35% of Americans, increasing the risk of more than 200 comorbid conditions, impaired quality of life and premature mortality. This review aimed to summarize literature published over the past 15 years regarding the prevalence and impact of obesity in people with haemophilia (PWH) and to discuss implementing general guidelines for weight management in the context of the haemophilia comprehensive care team. Although few studies have assessed the effects of obesity on haemophilia-specific outcomes, existing evidence indicates an important impact of weight status on lower extremity joint range of motion and functional disability, with potentially important effects on overall quality of life...
June 21, 2017: Haemophilia: the Official Journal of the World Federation of Hemophilia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635539/an-old-challenge-with-new-promises-a-systematic-review-on-comprehensive-geriatric-assessment-in-long-term-care-facilities
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Francesco Panza, Vincenzo Solfrizzi, Madia Lozupone, Maria Rosaria Barulli, Francesca D'Urso, Roberta Stallone, Vittorio Dibello, Alessia Noia, Cristina Di Dio, Antonio Daniele, Antonello Bellomo, Davide Seripa, Antonio Greco, Giancarlo Logroscino
Comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) is a multidimensional and multidisciplinary diagnostic process focused on determining the clinical profile, pathological risk, residual skills, short- and long-term prognosis, and the personalized therapeutic and care plan of the functionally compromised and frail older subjects. Previous evidence suggested that the effectiveness of CGA programs may be influenced by the settings where the CGA is performed [i.e., hospital, post-hospital discharge/ long-term care facilities (LTCF), or community/home] as well as the specific clinical conditions of older frail individuals...
June 21, 2017: Rejuvenation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635437/assessment-of-diagnostic-information-and-quality-of-working-alliance-with-clients-diagnosed-with-personality-disorders-during-the-mental-health-intake
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Ora Nakash, Maayan Nagar
BACKGROUND: A primary purpose of diagnostic systems is to improve care, yet, little is known about how providers use it routine clinical care. AIMS: We investigated specific DSM-IV personality disorders (PDs) diagnostic information therapists collected during intake visits and the association between a therapist PD diagnosis and clients' and therapists' reports of the quality of working alliance during the intake. METHOD: A total of 122 intakes (n = 34, 27...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634768/futile-treatment-a-review
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Lenko Šarić, Ivana Prkić, Marko Jukić
The main goal of intensive care medicine is helping patients survive acute threats to their lives, while preserving and restoring life quality. Because of medical advancements, it is now possible to sustain life to an extent that would previously have been difficult to imagine. However, the goals of medicine are not to preserve organ function or physiological activity but to treat and improve the health of a person as a whole. When dealing with medical futilities, physicians and other members of the care team should be aware of some ethical principles...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Bioethical Inquiry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634586/the-referral-system-between-primary-and-secondary-health-care-in-saudi-arabia-for-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-a-systematic-review
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Mohammed Senitan, Ali Hassan Alhaiti, James Gillespie, Badar Faiz Alotaibi, George Binh Lenon
BACKGROUND: In Saudi Arabia, the mortality of diabetes is currently reported at 6%. A well-administered referral system is crucial in aiding the management of this disease. METHOD: A single reviewer employed a systematic approach to searching the literature databases with regard to the question: what are the attributes of referral systems in Saudi Arabia for patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D)? The results were analysed in order to provide recommendations to improve the Saudi health system...
2017: Journal of Diabetes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634517/introduction-of-a-quality-improvement-curriculum-in-the-department-of-internal-medicine-lincoln-medical-center
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Usha Venugopal, Moiz Kasubhai, Vikram Paruchuri
Community hospitals with limited resources struggle to engage physicians in Quality improvement initiatives. We introduced Quality Improvement (QI) curriculum for residents in response to ACGME requirements and surveyed the residents understanding of QI and their involvement in QI projects before and after the introduction of the curriculum. The current article describes our experiences with the process, the challenges and possible solutions to have a successful resident led QI initiative in a community hospital...
January 2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633636/typology-of-birth-centres-in-the-netherlands-using-the-rainbow-model-of-integrated-care-results-of-the-dutch-birth-centre-study
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Inge C Boesveld, Marc A Bruijnzeels, Marit Hitzert, Marieke A A Hermus, Karin M van der Pal-de Bruin, M Elske van den Akker-van Marle, Eric A P Steegers, Arie Franx, Raymond G de Vries, Therese A Wiegers
BACKGROUND: The goal of integrated care is to offer a continuum of care that crosses the boundaries of public health, primary, secondary, and tertiary care. Integrated care is increasingly promoted for people with complex needs and has also recently been promoted in maternity care systems to improve the quality of care. Especially when located near an obstetric unit, birth centres are considered to be ideal settings for the realization of integrated care. At present, however, we know very little about the degree of integration in these centres and we do not know if increased levels of integration improve the quality of the care delivered...
June 21, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632945/developing-multidisciplinary-clinics-for-neuromuscular-care-and-research
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Sabrina Paganoni, Katie Nicholson, Fawn Leigh, Kathryn Swoboda, David Chad, Kristin Drake, Kellen Haley, Merit Cudkowicz, James D Berry
Multidisciplinary care is considered the standard-of-care for both adult and pediatric neuromuscular disorders and has been associated with improved quality of life, resource utilization, and health outcomes. Multidisciplinary care is delivered in multidisciplinary clinics that coordinate care across multiple specialties reducing travel burden and streamlining care. In addition, multidisciplinary care setting facilitates the integration of clinical research, patient advocacy, and care innovation (e.g., TeleHealth)...
June 20, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632873/screening-for-obesity-and-intervention-for-weight-management-in-children-and-adolescents-evidence-report-and-systematic-review-for-the-us-preventive-services-task-force
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Elizabeth A O'Connor, Corinne V Evans, Brittany U Burda, Emily S Walsh, Michelle Eder, Paula Lozano
Importance: Obesity is common in children and adolescents in the United States, is associated with negative health effects, and increases the likelihood of obesity in adulthood. Objective: To systematically review the benefits and harms of screening and treatment for obesity and overweight in children and adolescents to inform the US Preventive Services Task Force. Data Sources: MEDLINE, PubMed, PsycINFO, Cochrane Collaboration Registry of Controlled Trials, and the Education Resources Information Center through January 22, 2016; references of relevant publications; government websites...
June 20, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632589/emergency-department-visits-following-elective-total-hip-and-knee-replacement-surgery-identifying-gaps-in-continuity-of-care
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Micaela A Finnegan, Robyn Shaffer, Austin Remington, Jereen Kwong, Catherine Curtin, Tina Hernandez-Boussard
BACKGROUND: Major joint replacement surgical procedures are common, elective procedures with a care episode that includes both inpatient readmissions and postoperative emergency department (ED) visits. Inpatient readmissions are well studied; however, to our knowledge, little is known about ED visits following these procedures. We sought to characterize 30-day ED visits following a major joint replacement surgical procedure. METHODS: We used administrative records from California, Florida, and New York, from 2010 through 2012, to identify adults undergoing total knee and hip arthroplasty...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632251/effects-of-nurse-led-telephone-based-supportive-interventions-for-patients-with-cancer-a-meta-analysis
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Soon-Rim Suh, Myung Kyung Lee
PROBLEM IDENTIFICATION: To evaluate the effects of nurse-led telephone-based supportive interventions (NTSIs) for patients with cancer.
. LITERATURE SEARCH: Electronic databases, including EMBASE®, MEDLINE, Google Scholar, 
Cochrane Library CENTRAL, ProQuest Medical Library, and CINAHL®, were searched through February 2016.
. DATA EVALUATION: 239 studies were identified; 16 were suitable for meta-analysis. Cochrane's risk of bias tool and the Comprehensive Meta-Analysis software were used...
July 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632194/a-mind-body-approach-to-pediatric-pain-management
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REVIEW
Melanie L Brown, Enrique Rojas, Suzanne Gouda
Pain is a significant public health problem that affects all populations and has significant financial, physical and psychological impact. Opioid medications, once the mainstay of pain therapy across the spectrum, can be associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) guidelines recommend that non-opioid pain medications are preferred for chronic pain outside of certain indications (cancer, palliative and end of life care). Mindfulness, hypnosis, acupuncture and yoga are four examples of mind-body techniques that are often used in the adult population for pain and symptom management...
June 20, 2017: Children
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631809/anabolic-steroids-for-treating-pressure-ulcers
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Cho Naing, Maxine A Whittaker
BACKGROUND: Pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, pressure sores or decubitus ulcers develop as a result of a localised injury to the skin or underlying tissue, or both. The ulcers usually arise over a bony prominence, and are recognised as a common medical problem affecting people confined to a bed or wheelchair for long periods of time. Anabolic steroids are used as off-label drugs (drugs which are used without regulatory approval) and have been used as adjuvants to usual treatment with dressings, debridement, nutritional supplements, systemic antibiotics and antiseptics, which are considered to be supportive in healing of pressure ulcers...
June 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631777/-continuity-of-care-in-oncology-quantitative-analysis-of-data-from-patients-treated-in-two-different-settings-in-emilia-romagna
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Tiziano Carradori, Francesca Bravi, Daniela Sara Butera, Erica Iannazzo, Giorgia Valpiani, Ulrich Wienand
INTRODUCTION: In order to ensure high-quality treatment for patients with cancer it is vital to implement organisational models (pathways and networks) and that guarantee continuity of care. Appropriate assessment tools that promote the evaluation and analysis of care pathways from the patients' perspective are available. Hence the aim of this study was to verify whether or not the coordination between the various stages and care providers in a cancer treatment pathway is perceived by our patients...
June 2017: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631510/characteristics-of-the-spouse-caregiving-experience-comparison-between-early-and-late-onset-dementia
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Emilie Wawrziczny, Guillaume Berna, Francine Ducharme, Marie-Jeanne Kergoat, Florence Pasquier, Pascal Antoine
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the characteristics of the caregiving experience according to age at onset of dementia to adapt support programs. METHOD: Fifty-seven spouse caregivers of persons with early-onset dementia (PEOD) and 93 spouse caregivers of persons with late-onset dementia (PLOD) participated. The characteristics of the caregiving experience were assessed using questionnaires. We compared the two groups according to age at onset of the disease using a multivariate test, Pillai's Trace test...
June 20, 2017: Aging & Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631491/a-longitudinal-examination-of-factors-associated-with-social-support-satisfaction-among-hiv-positive-young-black-men-who-have-sex-with-men
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Charlotte McCullagh, Katherine Quinn, Dexter R Voisin, John Schneider
This study examined the long-term predictors of social support satisfaction among HIV-positive young Black men who have sex with men (YBMSM). Data were collected across three waves between October 2012 and November 2014 as part of the baseline assessment from Project nGage, a preliminary efficacy randomized control study examining the role of social support in improving HIV care among YBMSM. The sample included 92 YBMSM aged 18-29. Major results controlling for age, education and intervention effects indicated that psychological health, social network size, and education at baseline predicted differences in social support satisfaction at Wave 3, with no significant effects based on length of HIV diagnosis...
June 20, 2017: AIDS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631275/a-typology-of-interprofessional-teamwork-in-acute-geriatric-care-a-study-in-55-units-in-belgium
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Ruth D Piers, Karen J J Versluys, Johan Devoghel, Sophie Lambrecht, André Vyt, Nele J Van Den Noortgate
OBJECTIVES: To explore the quality of interprofessional teamwork in acute geriatric care and to build a model of team types. DESIGN: Cross-sectional multicenter study. SETTING: Acute geriatric units in Belgium. PARTICIPANTS: Team members of different professional backgrounds. MEASUREMENTS: Perceptions of interprofessional teamwork among team members of 55 acute geriatric units in Belgium were measured using a survey covering collaborative practice and experience, managerial coaching and open team culture, shared reflection and decision-making, patient files facilitating teamwork, members' belief in the power of teamwork, and members' comfort in reporting incidents...
June 20, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631228/the-socio-ecological-model-approach-to-understanding-barriers-and-facilitators-to-the-accessing-of-health-services-by-sex-workers-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Polly H X Ma, Zenobia C Y Chan, Alice Yuen Loke
Inequities in accessing health care persist among sex workers. The purpose of the review is to understand the health-seeking behaviours of sex workers and their access to health care services with socio-ecological model. Of 3852 citations screened, 30 met the inclusion criteria for this review. The access that sex workers have to health services is a complex issue. A wide range of barriers and facilitators at multiple levels could influence sex workers' utilization of health care services, such as health or service information, stigma, social support, quality of health care, available, accessible and affordable services, healthcare policy...
June 19, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630748/treatment-of-chronic-orthopaedic-infection
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Heinz Winkler
Chronic infections are one of the major challenges in orthopaedic surgery, both for surgeons and patients. They are characterised by obstinate persistency of the causing microorganisms and resulting long-term disablement of the patients, associated with remarkable costs for the health care system.Difficulties derive from the biofilm-mode of living of pathogens with resistances against immunological defence and antimicrobial substances, and osseous defects resulting from the disease itself and surgical interventions...
May 2017: EFORT open reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629486/the-collaboration-of-general-practitioners-and-nurses-in-primary-care-a-comparative-analysis-of-concepts-and-practices-in-slovenia-and-spain
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Kerstin Hämel, Carina Vössing
Aim A comparative analysis of concepts and practices of GP-nurse collaborations in primary health centres in Slovenia and Spain. BACKGROUND: Cross-professional collaboration is considered a key element for providing high-quality comprehensive care by combining the expertise of various professions. In many countries, nurses are also being given new and more extensive responsibilities. Implemented concepts of collaborative care need to be analysed within the context of care concepts, organisational structures, and effective collaboration...
June 20, 2017: Primary Health Care Research & Development
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