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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149439/trends-in-utilization-of-outpatient-respiratory-syncytial-virus-prophylaxis-with-palivizumab-among-medicaid-and-commercially-insured-infants
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Melissa Pavilack, Robert A Clifford, Tara Gonzales, Amanda M Kong, Sally Wade, Kimmie K McLaurin
INTRODUCTION: Palivizumab is indicated for the prevention of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection in high-risk children. Previous palivizumab utilization studies examined prior authorization claims but did not examine utilization within insured populations as a whole. This study describes outpatient palivizumab utilization trends and characterizes high-risk infants receiving palivizumab within Medicaid- and commercially insured populations. METHODS: Infants born July 1, 2003 through June 30, 2013 were identified in the MarketScan(®) Multistate Medicaid and Commercial claims databases...
November 17, 2017: Infectious Diseases and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146489/exploring-the-barriers-to-and-facilitators-of-using-evidence-based-drugs-in-the-secondary-prevention-of-cardiovascular-diseases-findings-from-a-multistakeholder-qualitative-analysis
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Victoria Miller, Lavanya Nambiar, Malvika Saxena, Darryl Leong, Amitava Banerjee, José Pablo Werba, Jose Rocha Faria Neto, Katherine Curi Quinto, Mohammed Moniruzzaman, Shweta Khandelwal
BACKGROUND: Health-system barriers and facilitators associated with cardiovascular medication adherence have seldom been studied, particularly in low- and middle-income countries where uptake rates are poorest. OBJECTIVES: This study sought to explore the major obstacles and facilitators to the use of evidence-supported medications for secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease using qualitative analysis in 2 diverse countries across multiple levels of their health care systems...
November 13, 2017: Global Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145930/assessment-of-predicted-rate-and-associated-factors-of-dabigatran-induced-bleeding-events-in-malaysian-patients-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation
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Semira Abdi Beshir, Lok Bin Yap, Szyuin Sim, Kok Han Chee, Yoke Lin Lo
PURPOSE: To assess the predicted rate and the factors associated with bleeding events among patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) receiving dabigatran therapy. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study includes adult patients of two tertiary hospitals in Malaysia. Potential study subjects were identified using pharmacy supply database or novel oral anticoagulant (NOAC) registry. Demographics, clinical data and laboratory test results were extracted from the medical records of the patients or electronic databases...
2017: Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences: a Publication of the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144719/real-world-health-plan-claims-analysis-of-differences-in-healthcare-utilization-and-total-cost-in-patients-suffering-from-cluster-headaches-and-those-without-headache-related-conditions
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Michael Polson, Todd C Lord, Themmi M Evangelatos, Maria Lopes, Briana L Santaniello
BACKGROUND: According to the World Health Organization, headache disorders are underappreciated by many health systems. These disorders have a substantial impact on quality of life, yet the true correlation between headache conditions and increased total healthcare utilization is not well understood. This study further explores the impact of headache conditions on healthcare utilization. OBJECTIVES: To assess differences in healthcare utilization and total cost in patients suffering from cluster headaches (CH) compared with patients without headache-related conditions...
November 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143916/a-real-world-comparison-of-folfirinox-gemcitabine-plus-nab-paclitaxel-and-gemcitabine-in-advanced-pancreatic-cancers
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Ying Wang, Pierre Camateros, Winson Y Cheung
PURPOSE: FOLFIRINOX (FFN), nab-paclitaxel plus gemcitabine (GN), and gemcitabine are three systemic therapies that provide clinically meaningful benefit to patients with unresectable pancreatic cancer (UPC). There are no clinical trials that directly compare the efficacy of all three regimens. In this study, we aim to examine and compare the real-world effectiveness of these treatments. METHODS: Patients diagnosed with UPC who initiated palliative chemotherapy from August 2014 to January 2016 at any one of six cancer centers in British Columbia were identified from the provincial pharmacy...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143401/assessment-of-risk-behaviors-in-patients-with-opioid-prescriptions-a-study-of-indiana-s-inspect-data
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Marion S Greene, Robert Andrew Chambers, Constantin T Yiannoutsos, Eric R Wright, Gregory K Steele, Terrell W Zollinger
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) can serve as screening tools and support the clinical decision-making process in patients receiving opioids. The objective of the study was to utilize 2014 INSPECT (Indiana's PDMP) data to identify factors that increase patients' likelihood to engage in opioid-related risk behaviors. METHODS: Based on a literature review, four risk behaviors were identified: Receiving >90 morphine milligram equivalents (MME), having >4 opioid prescribers, obtaining opioids from >4 pharmacies, and concurrent use of opioids and benzodiazepines...
November 16, 2017: American Journal on Addictions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143347/validation-of-a-tool-for-reporting-pharmacists-interventions-in-everyday-community-pharmacy
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T H Vo, J-D Bardet, B Charpiat, C Leyrissoux, J Gravoulet, B Allenet, O Conort, P Bedouch
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: The French Society of Clinical Pharmacy (SFPC) asked a group of experts to adapt the SFPC hospital pharmacists' interventions reporting tool for use in community pharmacy practice. This study aimed to develop and validate a tool for the routine reporting of pharmacists' interventions in French community settings. METHODS: Two groups of community pharmacists coded reports of 60 typical pharmacists' interventions. One group was "experts" (n = 4) who had participated in the development of the tool (internal validation) and the other were "external" community pharmacists (n = 6), naïve to the tool (external validation)...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138551/copd-depicted-patients-drawing-their-lungs
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Ad A Kaptein, Jitske Tiemensma, Elizabeth Broadbent, Guus M Asijee, Maarten Voorhaar
Background: Given the increasing importance of patient-reported outcomes (PRO) in quality medical care, we examined the value and feasibility of an innovative method for assessing patients' illness perceptions, represented in drawings made by patients with COPD of their lungs. Aim: The aim of our study was: to study patients' representation of COPD as reflected in their drawings of their lungs; and to examine scores on a validated measure that assesses illness perceptions (ie, Brief Illness Perception Questionnaire [B-IPQ])...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137958/knowledge-and-information-sources-on-standard-precautions-and-infection-control-of-health-sciences-students-at-king-saud-bin-abdulaziz-university-for-health-sciences-saudi-arabia-riyadh
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Abdullah Khubrani, Meshal Albesher, Abdulah Alkahtani, Faisal Alamri, Majid Alshamrani, Emad Masuadi
BACKGROUND: Only one study has been conducted in Saudi Arabia to assess medical students' knowledge of standard precautions (SPs) and infection control (IC). In this study, we examined knowledge of SPs and IC among clinical students attending the King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, we targeted clinical students from the following five colleges: Medicine (fifth and sixth years); Dentistry (second semester of the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth years); Applied Medical Sciences (third and fourth years); Nursing (third and fourth years); and Pharmacy (third, fourth, and fifth years)...
November 11, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135752/experiences-and-shared-meaning-of-teamwork-and-interprofessional-collaboration-among-health-care-professionals-in-primary-health-care-settings-a-systematic-review
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Carine Sangaleti, Mariana Cabral Schveitzer, Marina Peduzzi, Elma Lourdes Campos Pavone Zoboli, Cassia Baldini Soares
BACKGROUND: During the last decade, teamwork has been addressed under the rationale of interprofessional practice or collaboration, highlighted by the attributes of this practice such as: interdependence of professional actions, focus on user needs, negotiation between professionals, shared decision making, mutual respect and trust among professionals, and acknowledgment of the role and work of the different professional groups. Teamwork and interprofessional collaboration have been pointed out as astrategy for effective organization of health care services as the complexity of healthcare requires integration of knowledge and practices from differente professional groups...
November 2017: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132370/expanding-malaria-diagnosis-and-treatment-in-lao-pdr-lessons-learned-from-a-public-private-mix-initiative
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Nouannipha Simmalavong, Sengkham Phommixay, Phoudaliphone Kongmanivong, Odai Sichanthongthip, Bouasy Hongvangthong, Deyer Gopinath, David M Sintasath
BACKGROUND: As in other countries of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), the private health sector constitutes a significant avenue where malaria services are provided and presents a unique opportunity for public-private collaboration. In September 2008, a public-private mix (PPM) strategy was launched initially in four northern and southern provinces in Lao PDR to increase access to rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) and artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT), improve quality of care, and collect routine malaria data from the private sector...
November 13, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129669/effect-of-application-score-strategy-on-interviews-offered-to-postgraduate-year-1-pharmacy-residency-applicants
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Milena M McLaughlin, Jill S Borchert, Corey Wilson, Ashley O Jensen, Jacob P Gettig
OBJECTIVES: Residency programs may need to spend a large amount of time on the application review process in order to invite the best candidates for interviews. By using a different scoring strategy, this process could be made more efficient while still resulting in selection of the most appropriate candidates to interview. The objective of this study was to explore hypothetical scoring strategies for past residency applicants and to determine the percentage of these applicants that would have received an interview offer compared with the program's standard scoring strategy...
November 9, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121665/self-reported-adherence-and-pharmacy-refill-adherence-are-both-predictive-for-an-undetectable-viral-load-among-hiv-infected-migrants-receiving-cart
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Sabrina K Been, Elif Yildiz, Pythia T Nieuwkerk, Katalin Pogány, David A M C van de Vijver, Annelies Verbon
HIV-infected migrants were shown to have poorer treatment outcomes than Dutch HIV-infected patients, often due to worse treatment adherence. Self-reported adherence would be an easy way to monitor adherence, but its validity relative to pharmacy refill adherence has not been extensively evaluated in migrants. All HIV-infected migrants older than 18 years and in care at the two Rotterdam HIV-treatment centers were eligible. Refill data with leftover medication (PRL) (residual pill count) were obtained from their pharmacies up to 15 months prior to inclusion...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119468/clinical-decision-support-and-optional-point-of-care-testing-of-renal-function-for-safe-use-of-antibiotics-in-elderly-patients-a-retrospective-study-in-community-pharmacy-practice
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Mette Heringa, Annemieke Floor-Schreudering, Peter A G M De Smet, Marcel L Bouvy
OBJECTIVE: The aim was to investigate the management of drug therapy alerts on safe use of antibiotics in elderly patients with (potential) renal impairment and the contribution of optional creatinine point of care testing (PoCT) in community pharmacy practice. METHODS: Community pharmacists used a clinical decision support system (CDSS) for seven antibiotics. Alerts were generated during prescription processing in the case of previously registered renal impairment and when no information on renal function was available for patients aged 70 and over...
November 8, 2017: Drugs & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118291/-outcomes-of-pharmaceutical-faculty-focused-introduction-to-nursing-education-for-pharmacy-students-a-questionnaire-survey
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Takashi Majima, Hiroshi Ohara
  The scope of pharmaceutical education in Japan has been expanding, and with it an awareness of the importance of team medical care. However, pharmaceutical education still gives little attention to the psychosocial aspects of care, instead focusing on the structures and functions of drugs. In contrast, nursing education emphasizes the fact that medical care involves patients' family and significant others as much as the patients themselves, and thus nursing students are taught the basic needs and developmental stages of those people requiring care alongside their practical nursing skills...
November 9, 2017: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117750/comparison-of-faculty-assessment-and-students-self-assessment-of-performance-during-clinical-case-discussions-in-a-pharmacotherapy-capstone-course
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Sara A Wettergreen, Jason Brunner, Sunny A Linnebur, Laura M Borgelt, Joseph J Saseen
OBJECTIVES: The primary objective of this study was to compare faculty assessment and third year students' self-assessment of performance in clinical case discussions. The secondary objective was to evaluate if student characteristics influence self-assessments. METHODS: This retrospective analysis compared faculty and student self-assessment scores for two clinical case discussions using Spearman's correlation and Wilcoxon's signed ranks test. Chi-squared test was used to compare frequency of faculty and student self-assessments indicating the highest possible rating for the pooled score and for each individual component...
November 9, 2017: Medical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114971/patient-and-public-perspectives-of-community-pharmacies-in-the-united-kingdom-a-systematic-review
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Ali M K Hindi, Ellen I Schafheutle, Sally Jacobs
BACKGROUND: The United Kingdom has been at the forefront of enhancing pharmacist roles and community pharmacy services, particularly over the past decade. However, patient and public awareness of community pharmacy services has been limited. OBJECTIVE: To identify and synthesize the research literature pertaining to patient and public perspectives on: existing community pharmacy services, extended pharmacist roles and strategies to raise awareness of community pharmacy services...
November 8, 2017: Health Expectations: An International Journal of Public Participation in Health Care and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114694/the-impact-of-clinical-pharmacists-in-improving-jordanian-patients-health-outcomes
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Eman A Hammad, Rajaa A Qudah, Amal A Akour
To assess the impacts of clinical pharmacists on Jordanian patients' health outcomes. Methods: A systematic review was conducted until July 2016 within EBSCO, Pubmed, Cochrane database, and ISI Web of Knowledge. Published studies evaluating the benefit of clinical pharmacy services on therapeutic, safety, humanistic, and economic outcomes in hospital or community settings in Jordan were targeted. Two reviewers independently extracted and assessed risk of bias using a pre-published validated tool. The literature search identified 130 publications of which 21 full texts met predetermined inclusion criteria...
November 2017: Saudi Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113728/expanding-the-clinical-role-of-community-pharmacy-a-qualitative-ethnographic-study-of-medication-reviews-in-ontario-canada
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Sarah J Patton, Fiona A Miller, Lusine Abrahamyan, Valeria E Rac
Medication reviews by community pharmacists are an increasingly common strategy to improve medication management for chronic conditions, and are part of wider efforts to make more effective use of community-based health professionals. To identify opportunities to optimize the medication review program in Ontario, Canada, we explored how providers and clients interpret and operationalize medication reviews within everyday community pharmacy practice. We conducted a qualitative ethnographic study at four pharmacies in Ontario, Canada, including non-participant observation of provider and client activities and interactions with specific attention to medication reviews, as well as brief ethnographic interviews with providers and clients, and in-depth, semi-structured interviews with providers...
November 4, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113636/evaluation-of-interventions-in-clinical-pharmacist-led-annual-medicare-wellness-visits-compared-with-usual-care
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Regine C Beliard, Jessica W Merrey
OBJECTIVE: Evaluate and compare the number and types of medication and non-medication-related interventions by clinical pharmacists and nonpharmacists conducting an Annual Medicare Wellness Visit (MWV). DESIGN: Multi-center, retrospective case-control study. SETTING: Two community primary care internal medicine clinics in urban Maryland. PARTICIPANTS: Patients who had a MWV performed January 2014 through October 2015...
November 1, 2017: Consultant Pharmacist: the Journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
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