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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708567/%C3%AE-defensin-point-of-care-test-for-diagnosis-of-prosthetic-joint-infections-neglected-role-of-laboratory-and-clinical-pathologists
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REVIEW
Lorenzo Drago, Marco Toscano, Lorenza Tacchini, Giuseppe Banfi
Periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) is a serious complication that may occur after native joint replacement leading to a severe health and economic burden. Currently, due to several confounding factors, PJI is difficult to diagnose. Today, a multidisciplinary approach is indispensable to correctly define a periprosthetic joint infection; indeed, tissue histology, microbiology cultures and clinical findings are used together to achieve this goal. Analysis of α-defensin is commonly used for PJI diagnosis, as it allows the rapid detection of α-defensin present in the synovial fluid following a microbial infection...
July 14, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698799/adults-with-repaired-tetralogy-low-mortality-but-high-morbidity-up-to-middle-age
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Mark Dennis, Ben Moore, Irina Kotchetkova, Lynne Pressley, Rachael Cordina, David S Celermajer
OBJECTIVE: Survival of patients with repaired tetralogy of Fallot (rToF) into young adulthood is very good. Concerns exist, however, over long-term morbidity and mortality as these subjects reach middle age. We aimed to assess survival and the prevalence of complications in patients with rToF seen in our Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) service. METHODS: One hundred and sixty-eight consecutive patients with 'simple rToF', aged over 16 years, followed up at our tertiary-level ACHD service in Sydney, Australia since 2000, were included...
2017: Open Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689518/colon-cancer-screening-is-it-time-yet
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EDITORIAL
Hadi Bhurgri, Sami Samiullah
The month of March is dedicated to Colon Cancer Awareness. Worldwide, colorectal cancer (CRC) incidence has been on the rise. It is currently the third most common cancer in men (746,000 cases, 10.0% of the total) and the second in women (614,000 cases, 9.2% of the total).1 Arecent meta-analysis reported a 61% risk reduction in CRC incidence with colonoscopy.2 Unlike screening programs for breast and prostate cancers, not only has CRC screening reduced mortality from colon cancer and detected early CRC, it has also decreased the incidence of CRC through detection and removal of pre-cancerous lesions...
June 2017: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685304/perioperative-and-icu-healthcare-analytics-within-a-veterans-integrated-system-network-a-qualitative-gap-analysis
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Seshadri Mudumbai, Ferenc Ayer, Jerry Stefanko
Health care facilities are implementing analytics platforms as a way to document quality of care. However, few gap analyses exist on platforms specifically designed for patients treated in the Operating Room, Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, and Intensive Care Unit (ICU). As part of a quality improvement effort, we undertook a gap analysis of an existing analytics platform within the Veterans Healthcare Administration. The objectives were to identify themes associated with 1) current clinical use cases and stakeholder needs; 2) information flow and pain points; and 3) recommendations for future analytics development...
August 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670213/our-journey-to-digital-curation-of-the-jeghers-medical-index
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Lori Gawdyda, Kimbroe Carter, Mark Willson, Denise Bedford
BACKGROUND: Harold Jeghers, a well-known medical educator of the twentieth century, maintained a print collection of about one million medical articles from the late 1800s to the 1990s. This case study discusses how a print collection of these articles was transformed to a digital database. CASE PRESENTATION: Staff in the Jeghers Medical Index, St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, converted paper articles to Adobe portable document format (PDF)/A-1a files. Optical character recognition was used to obtain searchable text...
July 2017: Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654814/an-overview-of-the-outcomes-and-impact-of-specialist-and-advanced-nursing-and-midwifery-practice-on-quality-of-care-cost-and-access-to-services-a-narrative-review
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REVIEW
Mary Casey, Laserina O'Connor, Andrew Cashin, Rita Smith, Denise O'Brien, Emma Nicholson, Denise O'Leary, Gerard Fealy, Martin McNamara, Mary Ellen Glasgow, Diarmuid Stokes, Claire Egan
OBJECTIVES: This paper presents the results of a systematic rapid review and narrative synthesis of the literature of the outcomes and impact of specialist and advanced nursing and midwifery practice regarding quality of care, cost and access to services. DESIGN: A rapid review was undertaken of the relevant national and international literature, regulatory and policy documents relating to the establishment and definition of nurses' and midwives' specialist and advanced practice roles...
June 17, 2017: Nurse Education Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593037/targeted-approaches-to-improve-outcomes-for-highest-cost-patients
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EDITORIAL
Adam J Rose
Bash and colleagues, using data from Maccabi Healthcare Services, have documented increased cost and utilization attributable to patients with congestive heart failure (CHF). The CHF patients were older than the general population and had high rates of important comorbid conditions. While it is somewhat predictable that such a population would have higher healthcare utilization and costs, the extent of the difference was still surprising. Most CHF patients (78%) were hospitalized at least once, compared to only 21% of patients without CHF...
2017: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586259/implementation-of-advance-care-planning-in-oncology-a-review-of-the-literature
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Christine M Bestvina, Blase N Polite
Advance care planning (ACP) should be initiated early and be readdressed often for patients with cancer. This directive is expressed in the Institute of Medicine's report, "Dying in America," and is a component of several quality metrics, including ASCO's Quality Oncology Practice Initiative and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Oncology Care Model. Although simple in concept, implementation in practice is challenging. A variety of patient education tools exist in several different forms, including pamphlets, guidebooks, and question prompt lists, with the strongest data supporting the use of video decision aids that depict cardiopulmonary resuscitation...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578754/internet-images-of-the-speech-pathology-profession
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Nicole Byrne
Objective The Internet provides the general public with information about speech pathology services, including client groups and service delivery models, as well as the professionals providing the services. Although this information assists the general public and other professionals to both access and understand speech pathology services, it also potentially provides information about speech pathology as a prospective career, including the types of people who are speech pathologists (i.e. demographics). The aim of the present study was to collect baseline data on how the speech pathology profession was presented via images on the Internet...
June 5, 2017: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577424/specific-needs-of-families-of-young-adults-with-profound-intellectual-disability-during-and-after-transition-to-adulthood-what-are-we-missing
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Camille Gauthier-Boudreault, Frances Gallagher, Mélanie Couture
INTRODUCTION: At the age of 21, the trajectory of services offered to youth with profound intellectual disability (ID) change significantly since access to specialised services is more limited. Despite the desire of parents to avoid any impact on their child, several factors can influence the course of this transition. However, there is little research on facilitators and obstacles to the transition to adulthood, and impacts on people with a profound ID. It is therefore difficult to provide solutions that meet their specific needs...
May 31, 2017: Research in Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558812/introducing-onsite-antenatal-syphilis-screening-in-burkina-faso-implementation-and-evaluation-of-a-feasibility-intervention-tailored-to-a-local-context
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Fadima Yaya Bocoum, Grissoum Tarnagda, Fabrice Bationo, Justin R Savadogo, Sarata Nacro, Séni Kouanda, Christina Zarowsky
BACKGROUND: Although the advantages of introducing point of care testing for syphilis in antenatal care (ANC) are well documented, there is little evidence on how to address structural issues within health systems. A better understanding of how these interventions work in a range of settings and contexts is needed in order to overcome bottlenecks at health system level. To better understand the relationships between implementation and context we developed and implemented an intervention focused on integrating a rapid screening test for syphilis in ANC services in rural primary health care facilities in Burkina Faso...
May 30, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551064/stability-of-oxytocin-along-the-supply-chain-a-who-observational-study
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Umit Kartoglu, Mariana Widmer, Metin Gulmezoglu
Postpartum haemorrhage is the leading cause of maternal mortality in low-income countries and oxytocin is the drug recommended by WHO for preventing and treating it. There are concerns about the quality of oxytocin available at the service level provider. The study aimed to document how temperature variations along the supply chain affect quality of oxytocin. The study was run from March to June 2015 in four regions of Ghana. 130 ampoules of oxytocin were shipped from the manufacturer to service level following Ghanaian public sector supply chain...
May 25, 2017: Biologicals: Journal of the International Association of Biological Standardization
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549120/dementia-capable-care-coordination-in-duals-demonstration-programs-workforce-needs-promising-practices-and-policy
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Brooke Hollister, Jason D Flatt, Susan A Chapman
Background and Objectives: This study describes the program requirements, workforce competencies, and barriers for dementia capable care coordination within health plans from seven states participating in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services demonstration programs for dually-eligible Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. Research Design and Methods: Data came from contracts, policy documents, and 24 semistructured key informant interviews with national experts and leaders from community-based organizations, advocacy organizations, researchers, federal and state government, and health plans in the seven states...
May 25, 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521379/-compatibility-of-work-and-family-life-of-employees-in-the-healthcare-sector-an-issue-in-health-services-research
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Matthias Lukasczik, Jutta Ahnert, Veronika Ströbl, Heiner Vogel, Carolin Donath, Ilka Enger, Elmar Gräßel, Lena Heyelmann, Heidemarie Lux, Jochen Maurer, Dominik Özbe, Stefanie Spieckenbaum, Elzbieta Voigtländer, Manfred Wildner, Andreas Zapf, Angela Zellner, Alfons Hollederer
Background Healthcare professionals are confronted with specific work-related demands that influence work-family relations and might indirectly affect the quality of healthcare. This paper seeks to provide an overview of the current state of research on this topic of relevance to health services research. The overview may serve as a starting point for modifying structures in the healthcare system (especially in rural regions) with the aim of improving work-family compatibility. Methods A systematic national and international literature search was conducted in terms of a scoping review...
May 18, 2017: Das Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511984/comparison-of-three-cognitive-exams-in-cardiac-arrest-survivors
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Allison C Koller, Jon C Rittenberger, Melissa J Repine, Patrick W Morgan, Jeffrey Kristan, Clifton W Callaway
BACKGROUND: Cognitive deficits may detract from quality of life after cardiac arrest. Their pattern and prevalence are not well documented. We used the Computer Assessment of Mild Cognitive Impairment (CAMCI), the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MOCA) and the 41 Cent Test (41CT) to assess cognitive impairment in cardiac arrest survivors and examine the exams' diagnostic accuracy. We hypothesized that the scores of these exams would indicate the presence of cognitive impairment in arrest survivors, that the overall scores on the three study assessments would correlate with one another, and that the 41CT, MOCA, and executive function element of the CAMCI would vary independently from other non-executive CAMCI components, reflecting executive function impairment after cardiac arrest...
July 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503506/applicability-evaluation-of-job-standards-for-diabetes-nutritional-management-by-clinical-dietitian
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Young Jin Baek, Na Gyeong Oh, Cheong-Min Sohn, Mi-Hye Woo, Seung Min Lee, Dal Lae Ju, Jung-Sook Seo
This study was conducted to evaluate applicability of job standards for diabetes nutrition management by hospital clinical dietitians. In order to promote the clinical nutrition services, it is necessary to present job standards of clinical dietitian and to actively apply these standardized tasks to the medical institution sites. The job standard of clinical dietitians for diabetic nutrition management was distributed to hospitals over 300 beds. Questionnaire was collected from 96 clinical dietitians of 40 tertiary hospitals, 47 general hospitals, and 9 hospitals...
April 2017: Clinical Nutrition Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497983/promoting-responsible-electronic-documentation-validity-evidence-for-a-checklist-to-assess-progress-notes-in-the-electronic-health-record
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Jennifer A Bierman, Kathryn Kinner Hufmeyer, David T Liss, A Charlotta Weaver, Heather L Heiman
Construct: We aimed to develop an instrument to measure the quality of inpatient electronic health record- (EHR-) generated progress notes without requiring raters to review the detailed chart or know the patient. BACKGROUND: Notes written in EHRs have generated criticism for being unnecessarily long and redundant, perpetuating inaccuracy and obscuring providers' clinical reasoning. Available assessment tools either focus on outpatient progress notes or require chart review by raters to develop familiarity with the patient...
May 12, 2017: Teaching and Learning in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491208/joint-pain-epidemiology-and-analgesic-usage-in-madagascar
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MULTICENTER STUDY
Luc Hervé Samison, Fidiniaina Mamy Randriatsarafara, Stéphane Ralandison
INTRODUCTION: To describe the epidemiology of joint pains and document analgesics usage in an African context. METHODS: Patients suffering from joint pain were recruited from nine sites located in Antananarivo, Madagascar, including 6 hospital services and 3 clinics. Doctors collected information on the etiology and characteristics of the patients' pain. Analgesics prescribed by these doctors were also documented. RESULTS: In total, 400 patients were enrolled in the study (52...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489134/dialectics-of-a-medical-provision-policy-in-priority-areas-in-brazil
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César Augusto Trinta Weber
Introduction: The people living in vulnerable areas that are difficult to access in Brazil represent a portion of the population that has proven very sensitive to lack of medical and health services. The government, seeking to solve the situation urgently, implemented the More Doctors Program [Programa Mais Médicos, in the Portuguese original] in 2013. Objective: To discuss the More Doctors Program, with the purpose of contributing to the debate on the provision of medical policies in Brazil...
March 2017: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470549/epidemic-use-of-benzodiazepines-among-older-adults-in-israel-epidemiology-and-leverage-points-for-improvement
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Michael A Steinman, Marcelo Low, Ran D Balicer, Efrat Shadmi
BACKGROUND: Benzodiazepines and benzodiazepine-receptor agonists (BDZRAs, often known as "Z-drugs") are commonly used in older adults despite well-documented harms. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate patterns of benzodiazepine and BDZRA use in Israel, focusing on potential leverage points where quality improvement initiatives might effectively curtail new use or the transition from intermittent to chronic use. DESIGN AND PARTICIPANTS: We used national electronic medical data to assess a 10% random sample of adults receiving care in Clalit Health Services, which serves half of Israel's population...
May 3, 2017: Journal of General Internal Medicine
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