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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926018/assessing-the-extent-and-use-of-risk-analysis-methodologies-in-africa-using-data-derived-from-the-performance-of-veterinary-services-pvs-pathway
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P Bastiaensen, D Abernethy, E Etter
African countries that wish to export are increasingly faced with import risk assessments from importing countries concerned about the sources of their imported goods. Other risk analysis methodologies and approaches are also employed, which focus on animal and human health within countries and communities. Based on an analysis of evaluations conducted by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), using the Performance of Veterinary Services Tool, the authors attempt to define current practice in Africa and degrees of compliance with the World Trade Organization Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures ('SPS Agreement') and OIE standards...
April 2017: Revue Scientifique et Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910436/integrating-data-collection-into-office-work-flow-and-electronic-health-records-for-clinical-outcomes-research
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C Alessandra Colaianni, Patricia A Levesque, Robin W Lindsay
Meticulous collection of clinical outcomes metrics in patients undergoing elective surgery is important to ensure quality care; it is also increasing in importance as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services moves to tie reimbursement to outcomes and insurance approval. This study assesses a systematic method for gathering preoperative and postoperative data on patients with nasal obstruction who undergo functional septorhinoplasty that was developed at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts...
September 14, 2017: JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886867/experiences-of-vulnerability-and-uncertainty-during-the-iraq-and-afghanistan-wars-stories-of-wounded-service-members-and-the-nurses-who-cared-for-them
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Patricia Watts Kelley, Deborah Kenny, Rosemary Donley
BACKGROUND: The findings reported in this paper were derived from a secondary analysis of selected data from a large clinical knowledge study designed to document the experiential learning of military and federal nurses caring for critically wounded service members (WSMs) of their experience of care from point of injury in the combat zone through their rehabilitation. FINDINGS: This article describes a picture of vulnerability and uncertainty in both WSMs and their nurses throughout the health care continuum...
August 12, 2017: Nursing Outlook
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851793/advanced-chronic-liver-disease-in-the-last-year-of-life-a-mixed-methods-study-to-understand-how-care-in-a-specialist-liver-unit-could-be-improved
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Joseph Low, Sarah Davis, Victoria Vickerstaff, Lynda Greenslade, Katherine Hopkins, Andrew Langford, Aileen Marshall, Douglas Thorburn, Louise Jones
OBJECTIVE: To identify the limitations in palliative care provision in the last year of life for people with liver cirrhosis and potential barriers to and enablers of palliative care. DESIGN: Mixed methods, including a retrospective case note review, qualitative focus groups and individual interviews. SETTING: A tertiary referral liver centre in the south of England (UK). PARTICIPANTS: Purposively selected case notes of 30 people with cirrhosis who attended the tertiary referral liver centre and died during an 18-month period; a purposive sample of 22 liver health professionals who participated in either focus groups or individual interviews...
August 29, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851308/patterns-and-determinants-of-pathways-to-reach-comprehensive-emergency-obstetric-and-neonatal-care-cemonc-in-south-sudan-qualitative-diagrammatic-pathway-analysis
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Khalifa Elmusharaf, Elaine Byrne, Ayat AbuAgla, Amal AbdelRahim, Mary Manandhar, Egbert Sondorp, Diarmuid O'Donovan
BACKGROUND: Maternity referral systems have been under-documented, under-researched, and under-theorised. Responsive emergency referral systems and appropriate transportation are cornerstones in the continuum of care and central to the complex health system. The pathways that women follow to reach Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care (EmONC) once a decision has been made to seek care have received relatively little attention. The aim of this research was to identify patterns and determinants of the pathways pregnant women follow from the onset of labour or complications until they reach an appropriate health facility...
August 29, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28846023/quality-indicators-of-psychotropic-prescribing-to-people-with-dementia-in-aged-psychiatry-inpatient-units
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Daniel W O'Connor, Craig D'Cunha, Tanya Clifton, David Huppert, Helen Lowy, Stephen Macfarlane, Francine Moss, Christos Plakiotis, Dhiren Singh, Maria Tsanglis, Jodie Ten Hoeve, Erica White
OBJECTIVES: To develop indicators of safe psychotropic prescribing practices for people with dementia and to test them in a convenience sample of six aged mental health services in Victoria, Australia. METHOD: The clinical records of 115 acute inpatients were checked by four trained auditors against indicators derived from three Australian health care quality and safety standards or guidelines. Indicators addressed psychotropic medication history taking; the prescribing of regular and 'as needed' psychotropics; the documentation of psychotropic adverse reactions, and discharge medication plans...
August 28, 2017: Aging & Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28844866/intimate-partner-violence-during-pregnancy-and-use-of-antenatal-care-among-rural-women-in-southern-terai-of-nepal
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Jitendra Kumar Singh, Sara Evans-Lacko, Dilaram Acharya, Rajendra Kadel, Salila Gautam
BACKGROUND: Underutilisation of antenatal care services due to intimate partner violence during pregnancy has been well documented elsewhere, but it is understudied in Nepal. Our study aimed at exploring the impact of intimate partner violence on antenatal care service utilisation in southern Terai of Nepal. METHOD: A community-based cross-sectional study was performed in 6 village development committees in Dhanusha district, Nepal. A total of 426 pregnant women in their second trimester were selected using a multistage cluster sampling method...
August 24, 2017: Women and Birth: Journal of the Australian College of Midwives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28834961/-selected-quality-characteristics-of-out-patient-psychosocial-cancer-counseling-centers-in-germany-a-nationwide-analysis
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Jürgen M Giesler, Tanja Faust, Jochen Ernst, Susanne Kuhnt, Anja Mehnert, Joachim Weis
Objectives Quality assurance has become increasingly relevant in the field of outpatient psychosocial cancer counseling. At the same time, no studies are currently available that analyze outpatient psychosocial cancer counseling centers in Germany with respect to standards of service quality. Therefore, this study aimed to determine whether these centers meet selected quality criteria of outpatient psychosocial cancer counseling. Methods Based on quality standards of outpatient psychosocial cancer counseling previously developed by us in a Delphi study, we surveyed 106 out of 151 German psychosocial outpatient cancer counseling centers registered in a publicly accessible data base of Germany's cancer information service in Heidelberg with respect to the selected quality characteristics...
August 23, 2017: Das Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28833581/community-mental-health-teams-for-older-people-in-england-variations-in-ways-of-working
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Hilde Verbeek, Angela Worden, Mark Wilberforce, Christian Brand, Sue Tucker, Michele Abendstern, David Challis
OBJECTIVE: Integrated community mental health teams (CMHTs) are a key component of specialist old age psychiatry services internationally. However, in England, significant shifts in policy, including a focus on dementia and age inclusive services, have influenced provision. This study portrays teams in 2009 against which subsequent service provision may be compared. METHODS: A bespoke national postal survey of CMHT managers collected data on teams' structure, composition, organisation, working practices, case management, and liaison activities...
August 23, 2017: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821554/developing-standards-for-the-development-of-glaucoma-virtual-clinics-using-a-modified-delphi-approach
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Aachal Kotecha, Simon Longstaff, Augusto Azuara-Blanco, James F Kirwan, James Edwards Morgan, Anne Fiona Spencer, Paul J Foster
PURPOSE: To obtain consensus opinion for the development of a standards framework for the development and implementation of virtual clinics for glaucoma monitoring in the UK using a modified Delphi methodology. METHODS: A modified Delphi technique was used that involved sampling members of the UK Glaucoma and Eire Society (UKEGS). The first round scored the strength of agreement to a series of standards statements using a 9-point Likert scale. The revised standards were subjected to a second round of scoring and free-text comment...
August 18, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820718/water-sanitation-and-hygiene-in-rural-health-care-facilities-a-cross-sectional-study-in-ethiopia-kenya-mozambique-rwanda-uganda-and-zambia
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Amy Guo, J Michael Bowling, Jamie Bartram, Georgia Kayser
Safe and sufficient water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH) prevent the spread of disease in health-care facilities (HCFs). Little research has been conducted on WaSH in HCF in sub-Saharan Africa. We carried out a cross-sectional study of WaSH in 1,318 randomly selected rural HCF (hospitals, health centers, health posts, and clinics) in regions throughout Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia. Methods included questionnaires with head doctors and nurses to document WaSH access, continuity, quality, quantity and reliability, and analysis of drinking water samples for Escherichia coli...
July 31, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812826/a-policy-analysis-on-the-proactive-prevention-of-chronic-disease-learnings-from-the-initial-implementation-of-integrated-measurement-for-early-detection-mido
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Roberto Tapia-Conyer, Rodrigo Saucedo-Martínez, Ricardo Mújica-Rosales, Héctor Gallardo-Rincón, Evan Lee, Craig Waugh, Lucía Guajardo, Braulio Torres-Beltrán, Úrsula Quijano-González, Mauricio López-Mendez, Elena Rose Atkinson
Mexico, like many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), faces an epidemic of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs), specifically diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and lipid disorders. Many people with these NCDs may not be aware that they have a disease, pointing to the need for broader screening programs. The traditional prevention policy in Mexico was based on screening with a paper-based risk factor questionnaire. However, this was used to screen patients already seeking healthcare services at facilities, and screening goals were set as a function of the number of questionnaires applied, not number of individuals screened...
February 20, 2017: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797758/infection-control-measures-and-prevalence-of-multidrug-resistant-organisms-in-non-hospital-care-settings-in-northeastern-germany-results-from-a-one-day-point-prevalence-study
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N O Hübner, K Dittmann, R Begunk, A Kramer
BACKGROUND: Much of the existing literature on the epidemiology of multidrug-resistant bacterial organisms (MDROs) and infection control measures still concentrates on hospital care settings. AIM: To pilot a cross-sectional survey in long-term care facilities (LTCFs), rehabilitation clinics, and homecare services to assess the prevalence of MDROs, structural data on infection control, and referral links between care settings in the state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, Germany, in 2015...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751837/anmco-sic-consensus-document-cardiology-networks-for-outpatient-heart-failure-care
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Nadia Aspromonte, Michele Massimo Gulizia, Andrea Di Lenarda, Andrea Mortara, Ilaria Battistoni, Renata De Maria, Michele Gabriele, Massimo Iacoviello, Alessandro Navazio, Daniela Pini, Giuseppe Di Tano, Marco Marini, Renato Pietro Ricci, Gianfranco Alunni, Donatella Radini, Marco Metra, Francesco Romeo
Changing demographics and an increasing burden of multiple chronic comorbidities in Western countries dictate refocusing of heart failure (HF) services from acute in-hospital care to better support the long inter-critical out-of- hospital phases of HF. In Italy, as well as in other countries, needs of the HF population are not adequately addressed by current HF outpatient services, as documented by differences in age, gender, comorbidities and recommended therapies between patients discharged for acute hospitalized HF and those followed-up at HF clinics...
May 2017: European Heart Journal Supplements: Journal of the European Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750915/the-informatics-capability-maturity-of-integrated-primary-care-centres-in-australia
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Siaw-Teng Liaw, Rachael Kearns, Jane Taggart, Oliver Frank, Riki Lane, Michael Tam, Sarah Dennis, Christine Walker, Grant Russell, Mark Harris
CONTEXT: Integrated primary care requires systems and service integration along with financial incentives to promote downward substitution to a single entry point to care. Integrated Primary Care Centres (IPCCs) aim to improve integration by co-location of health services. The Informatics Capability Maturity (ICM) describes how well health organisations collect, manage and share information; manage eHealth technology, implementation, change, data quality and governance; and use "intelligence" to improve care...
September 2017: International Journal of Medical Informatics
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
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