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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634259/effectiveness-of-an-online-support-programme-supr-for-older-hearing-aid-users-study-protocol-for-a-cluster-randomised-controlled-trial
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Janine Fj Meijerink, Marieke Pronk, Bernadette Paulissen, Birgit I Witte, Bregje van der Wouden, Vera Jansen, Sophia E Kramer
BACKGROUND: An educational SUpport PRogramme called SUPR has been developed for hearing aid users (HAUs) and their communication partners (CPs) offering care beyond hearing aid fitting. SUPR teaches its users communication strategies, hearing aid handling skills and personal adjustment to hearing impairment. METHODS/DESIGN: Using a cluster randomised controlled trial design, 70 Dutch hearing aid dispenser practices were randomised into hearing aid fitting (care as usual, 34 practices) and hearing aid fitting including SUPR (36 practices)...
June 20, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633634/the-development-and-appraisal-of-a-tool-designed-to-find-patients-harmed-by-falsely-labelled-falsified-counterfeit-medicines
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Marija Anđelković, Einar Björnsson, Virgilio De Bono, Nenad Dikić, Katleen Devue, Daniel Ferlin, Miroslav Hanževački, Freyja Jónsdóttir, Mkrtich Shakaryan, Sabine Walser
BACKGROUND: Falsely labelled, falsified (counterfeit) medicines (FFCm's) are produced or distributed illegally and can harm patients. Although the occurrence of FFCm's is increasing in Europe, harm is rarely reported. The European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & Health-Care (EDQM) has therefore coordinated the development and validation of a screening tool. METHODS: The tool consists of a questionnaire referring to a watch-list of FFCm's identified in Europe, including symptoms of their use and individual risk factors, and a scoring form...
June 20, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632768/the-cost-of-demand-creation-activities-and-voluntary-medical-male-circumcision-targeting-school-going-adolescents-in-kwazulu-natal-south-africa
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Gavin George, Michael Strauss, Elias Asfaw
BACKGROUND: Voluntary medical male circumcision is an integral part of the South African government's response to the HIV and AIDS epidemic. However, there remains a limited body of economic analysis on the cost of VMMC programming, and the demand creation activities used to mobilize males, especially among adolescent boys in school. This study addresses this gap by presenting the costs of a VMMC program which adopted two demand creation strategies targeting school-going males in South Africa...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632014/coaching-the-coach-a-program-for-development-of-faculty-portfolio-coaches
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Jack Kopechek, Cheryl Bardales, A Todd Lash, Curtis Walker, Sheryl Pfeil, Cynthia H Ledford
PROBLEM: Faculty coaching is recognized as an essential element for effective use of portfolios in undergraduate medical education, yet best practices for training these coaches are uncertain. INTERVENTION: New portfolio coaches participated in a multifaceted training program that included orienting modules, a 7.5-hr training workshop featuring analysis of reflective writing, an Observed Structured Teaching Exercise (OSTE), and subsequent longitudinal coaches' meetings for timely task training...
March 2, 2017: Teaching and Learning in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631959/advance-care-planning-for-patients-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Benjamin H Levi, Zachary Simmons, Courtney Hanna, Allyson Brothers, Erik Lehman, Elana Farace, Megan Bain, Renee Stewart, Michael J Green
PURPOSE: To determine whether an advance care planning (ACP) decision-aid could improve communication about end-of-life treatment wishes between patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and their clinicians. METHODS: Forty-four patients with ALS (>21, English-speaking, without dementia) engaged in ACP using an interactive computer based decision-aid. Before participants completed the intervention, and again three months later, their clinicians reviewed three clinical vignettes, and made treatment decisions (n = 18) for patients...
March 5, 2017: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631805/drug-therapy-for-chronic-idiopathic-axonal-polyneuropathy
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Janna Warendorf, Alexander Fje Vrancken, Ivo N van Schaik, Richard Ac Hughes, Nicolette C Notermans
BACKGROUND: Chronic idiopathic axonal polyneuropathy (CIAP) is an insidiously progressive sensory or sensorimotor polyneuropathy that affects elderly people. Although severe disability or handicap does not occur, CIAP reduces quality of life. CIAP is diagnosed in 10% to 25% of people referred for evaluation of polyneuropathy. There is a need to gather and review emerging evidence on treatments, as the number of people affected is likely to increase in ageing populations. This is an update of a review first published in 2004 and previously updated in 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2013...
June 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630818/ethical-considerations-for-interdisciplinary-collaboration-with-prescribing-professionals
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Mindy K Newhouse-Oisten, Kimberly M Peck, Alissa A Conway, Jessica E Frieder
Behavior analysts often work as part of an interdisciplinary team, and different team members may prescribe different interventions for a single client. One such intervention that is commonly encountered is a change in medication. Changes in medication regimens have the potential to alter behavior in a number of ways. As such, it is important for all team members to be aware of every intervention and to consider how different interventions may interact with each other. These facts make regular and clear communication among team members vital for treatment success...
June 2017: Behavior Analysis in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630374/classifying-the-body-in-marlene-dumas-the-image-as-burden
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Anthea Gordon
Medical photography, and in particular dermatological imagery, is often assumed to provide an objective, and functional, representation of disease and that it can act as a diagnostic aid. By contrast, artistic conceptions of the images of the body tend to focus on interpretative heterogeneity and ambiguity, aiming to create or explore meaning rather than enact a particular function. In her 2015 retrospective exhibition at the Tate Modern, South African artist Marlene Dumas questions these disciplinary divides by using medical imagery (among other photographic sources) as the basis for her portraits...
June 19, 2017: Medical Humanities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625101/a-versatile-method-for-bladder-segmentation-in-computed-tomography-two-dimensional-images-under-adverse-conditions
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João Ribeiro Pinto, João Manuel Rs Tavares
This article presents the design and evaluation of an algorithm for urinary bladder segmentation in medical images, from contrastless computed tomography studies of patients suffering from bladder wall tumours. These situations require versatile methods of segmentation, able to adapt to the structural changes the tumours provoke in the bladder wall, reflected as irregularities on the images obtained, creating adversities to the segmentation process. This semi-automatic method uses fuzzy c-means clustering, a Gaussian-curve-based intensity transformation, and active contour models, requiring only the physician's input of a single seed point for each anatomical view, in order to segment the bladder volume in all frames that include it...
June 1, 2017: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624976/are-concerns-about-irremediableness-vulnerability-or-competence-sufficient-to-justify-excluding-all-psychiatric-patients-from-medical-aid-in-dying
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William Rooney, Udo Schuklenk, Suzanne van de Vathorst
Some jurisdictions that have decriminalized assisted dying (like Canada) exclude psychiatric patients on the grounds that their condition cannot be determined to be irremediable, that they are vulnerable and in need of protection, or that they cannot be determined to be competent. We review each of these claims and find that none have been sufficiently well-supported to justify the differential treatment psychiatric patients experience with respect to assisted dying. We find bans on psychiatric patients' access to this service amount to arbitrary discrimination...
June 17, 2017: Health Care Analysis: HCA: Journal of Health Philosophy and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624168/antibiotic-prescription-fills-for-acute-conjunctivitis-among-enrollees-in-a-large-united-states-managed-care-network
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Nakul S Shekhawat, Roni M Shtein, Taylor S Blachley, Joshua D Stein
PURPOSE: Antibiotics are seldom necessary to treat acute conjunctivitis. We assessed how frequently patients with newly diagnosed acute conjunctivitis fill prescriptions for topical antibiotics and factors associated with antibiotic prescription fills. DESIGN: Retrospective, observational cohort study. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 340 372 enrollees in a large nationwide United States managed care network with newly diagnosed acute conjunctivitis, from 2001 through 2014...
June 14, 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623805/heroin-and-pharmaceutical-opioid-overdose-events-emergency-medical-response-characteristics
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Caleb J Banta-Green, Phillip O Coffin, Jennie A Schoeppe, Joseph O Merrill, Lauren K Whiteside, Abigail K Ebersol
BACKGROUND: Emergency Medical Services (EMS) data may provide insight into opioid overdose incidence, clinical characteristics, and medical response. This analysis describes patient characteristics, clinical features, and EMS response to opioid overdoses, comparing heroin and pharmaceutical opioid (PO) overdoses, using a structured opioid overdose case criteria definition. METHODS: A case series study was conducted. EMS medical staff screened cases for possible overdoses and study staff categorized the likelihood of opioid overdose...
June 10, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623681/soft-tissue-changes-measured-with-three-dimensional-software-provides-new-insights-for-surgical-predictions
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Yu-Jen Chang, Antônio C O Ruellas, Marilia S Yatabe, Philip M Westgate, Lucia H S Cevidanes, Sarandeep S Huja
PURPOSE: Although computer-aided craniofacial reconstructions allows for simulation of hard tissue changes, the prediction of the final soft tissue facial changes remains a challenge. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the 3-dimensional (3D) soft tissue changes in patients undergoing 2-jaw orthognathic surgery. PATIENTS AND METHODS: For the present retrospective cohort study, 40 consecutive patients (11 men and 29 women; mean age 23.5 ± 4.9 years) who had undergone 2-jaw orthognathic surgery were selected...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623628/does-patient-preference-measurement-in-decision-aids-improve-decisional-conflict-a-randomized-trial-in-men-with-prostate-cancer
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Joseph D Shirk, Catherine M Crespi, Josemanuel D Saucedo, Sylvia Lambrechts, Ely Dahan, Robert Kaplan, Christopher Saigal
BACKGROUND: Shared decision making (SDM) has been advocated as an approach to medical decision making that can improve decisional quality. Decision aids are tools that facilitate SDM in the context of limited physician time; however, many decision aids do not incorporate preference measurement. OBJECTIVES: We aim to understand whether adding preference measurement to a standard patient educational intervention improves decisional quality and is feasible in a busy clinical setting...
June 16, 2017: Patient
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623361/burden-of-sleep-disturbances-and-associated-risk-factors-a-cross-sectional-survey-among-hiv-infected-persons-on-antiretroviral-therapy-across-china
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Xiaojie Huang, Huiqin Li, Kathrine Meyers, Wei Xia, Zhihao Meng, Chongxi Li, Jinsong Bai, Shenghua He, Weiping Cai, Chengyu Huang, Shuiqing Liu, Hui Wang, Xuemei Ling, Ping Ma, Daling Tan, Fuxiang Wang, Lianguo Ruan, Hongxin Zhao, Hongxia Wei, Yanfen Liu, Jianhua Yu, Hongzhou Lu, Min Wang, Tong Zhang, Hui Chen, Hao Wu
This study evaluated the prevalence and factors associated with sleep disturbance in a large cohort of HIV-infected patients across China. A cross-sectional study was conducted among HIV-infected patients on antiretroviral therapy at 20 AIDS clinics. The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index was self-administered by subjects. Socio-demographic characteristics, medical history and HIV-related clinical data were collected. 4103 patients had complete data for analysis. Sleep disturbances were observed in 43.1% of patients...
June 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623040/-neuro-ophthalmological-conditions-study-of-the-clinical-care-pathway
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I Layat, G Challe, P LeHoang, B Bodaghi, V Touitou
INTRODUCTION: Neuro-ophthalmologic conditions require specialized multidisciplinary management, both medical and surgical, for patients affected by visual loss due to nervous system disease. The primary goal of this study is to define the specificity of neuro-ophthalmology within the realm of visual health. The secondary goal is to review clinical care pathways by studying the organization of management, in terms of accessibility to care and personalization of the care pathway. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A field study was carried out from February to June 2015, within the ophthalmology service of the Pitié-Salpêtrière University Medical Center in Paris...
June 13, 2017: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622974/survey-of-the-adherence-to-the-consensus-of%C3%A2-gastroesophageal-reflux-disease-before-and-after-the-implementation-course
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Jyh-Ming Liou, Bor-Shyang Sheu, Yi-Chia Lee, Hsiu-Chi Cheng, Wei-Lun Chang, Deng-Chyang Wu, Ping-I Hsu, Chun-Ying Wu, Ming-Shiang Wu, Cheng-Tang Chiu, Jaw-Town Lin
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: The prevalence of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is increasing worldwide, including Asia. Although several consensus reports have been published, little is known regarding the adherence of the physicians on the consensus of GERD. We aimed to survey the agreements and adherence of physicians to the Taiwan GERD consensus before and after the continual medical education (CME) courses. METHODS: Two-hundred and twenty-seven physicians, including 81 fellows of gastroenterology, 135 qualified gastroenterologists, and 11 non-gastroenterologist attending physicians were invited to the CME course...
June 13, 2017: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622155/triad-ix-can-a-patient-testimonial-safely-help-ensure-prehospital-appropriate-critical-versus-end-of-life-care
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Ferdinando Mirarchi, Christopher Cammarata, Timothy E Cooney, Kristin Juhasz, Stanley A Terman
OBJECTIVE: The present study sought to assess the clarity of Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) or Living Will (LW) documents alone or in combination with a video message/testimonial (VM). METHODS: Emergency medical services (EMS) personnel responded to survey questions about the meaning of stand-alone POLST and LW documents and those used in conjunction with emergent care scenarios. Personnel were randomized to receive documents only or documents with VM...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621562/association-between-alcohol-consumption-trajectories-and-clinical-profiles-among-women-and-men-living-with-hiv
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Natalie E Kelso-Chichetto, Michael Plankey, Alison G Abraham, Nicole Ennis, Xinguang Chen, Robert Bolan, Robert L Cook
BACKGROUND: Alcohol use is common among persons living with HIV (PLWH). It is unclear how alcohol consumption changes over time and if these changes are associated with clinical profiles. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to describe the association between longitudinal patterns of alcohol consumption and the clinical profiles of PLWH. METHODS: Data from the Women's Interagency HIV Study (n = 1123 women) and Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (n = 597 men) from 2004 to 2013 were utilized...
June 16, 2017: American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621282/radiographic-screening-of-patients-in-a-dental-school-using-the-prosthodontic-diagnostic-index
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Sharaz Shaik, Eman Alamodi, Ghaliah Alshahrani, Khalid H Alfaifi
INTRODUCTION: Organization of the findings associated with various diagnostic aids plays a key role in formulating the treatment plan of the patients undergoing dental and medical treatment. Enhanced consistency in diagnosing and classifying prosthodontic patients is the basic purpose of various classification systems. Hence, we planned this study to classify partially edentulous patients and completely dentate patients at the undergraduate clinics using the prosthodontic diagnostic index (PDI)...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice
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