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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319952/regression-based-norms-for-the-symbol-digit-modalities-test-in-the-dutch-population-improving-detection-of-cognitive-impairment-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Jessica Burggraaff, Dirk L Knol, Bernard M J Uitdehaag
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Appropriate and timely screening instruments that sensitively capture the cognitive functioning of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients are the need of the hour. We evaluated newly derived regression-based norms for the Symbol Digit Modalities Test (SDMT) in a Dutch-speaking sample, as an indicator of the cognitive state of MS patients. METHODS: Regression-based norms for the SDMT were created from a healthy control sample (n = 96) and used to convert MS patients' (n = 157) raw scores to demographically adjusted Z-scores, correcting for the effects of age, age2, gender, and education...
March 21, 2017: European Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318280/adjustment-between-work-demands-and-health-needs-development-of-the-work-health-balance-questionnaire
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Andrea Gragnano, Massimo Miglioretti, Monique H W Frings-Dresen, Angela G E M de Boer
PURPOSE: This study presented the construct of Work-Health Balance (WHB) and the design and validation of the Work-Health Balance Questionnaire (WHBq). More and more workers have a long-standing health problem or disability (LSHPD). The management of health needs and work demands is crucial for the quality of working life and work retention of these workers. However, no instrument exists measuring this process. The WHBq assesses key factors in the process of adjusting between health needs and work demands...
March 20, 2017: Rehabilitation Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304285/what-drives-country-differences-in-cost-of-alzheimer-s-disease-an-explanation-from-resource-use-in-the-geras-study
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Catherine Reed, Michael Happich, Josep Maria Argimon, Josep Maria Haro, Anders Wimo, Giuseppe Bruno, Richard Dodel, Roy W Jones, Bruno Vellas, Mark Belger
BACKGROUND: Country differences in resource use and costs of Alzheimer's disease (AD) may be driven by differences in health care systems and resource availability. OBJECTIVE: To compare country resource utilization drivers of societal costs for AD dementia over 18 months. METHODS: GERAS is an observational study in France (n = 419), Germany (n = 550), and the UK (n = 526). Resource use of AD patients and caregivers contributing to >1% of total societal costs (year 2010) was assessed for country differences, adjusting for participant characteristics...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304080/maternal-age-is-a-risk-factor-for-caesarean-section-following-induction-of-labour
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Liam Dunn, Sailesh Kumar, Michael Beckmann
BACKGROUND: In Australia, more than 20% of women giving birth are 35 years or older. Advanced maternal age (AMA) is a risk factor for stillbirth, and many clinicians now recommend induction of labour (IOL) at around term gestation. The aim of this study is to determine if AMA is associated with emergency caesarean section (CS) following IOL. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was undertaken using routinely collected de-identified data. Live-born, singleton, cephalic, non-anomalous pregnancies undergoing IOL between 37 + 0 and 42 + 0 weeks were included...
March 17, 2017: Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302462/the-impact-of-mechanical-and-restricted-kinematic-alignment-on-knee-anatomy-in-total-knee-arthroplasty
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Abdulaziz M Almaawi, Jonathan R B Hutt, Vincent Masse, Martin Lavigne, Pascal-Andre Vendittoli
BACKGROUND: Total knee arthroplasty (TKA), aiming at neutral mechanical alignment (MA), inevitably modifies the patient's native knee anatomy. Another option is kinematic alignment (KA), which aims to restore the original anatomy of the knee. The aim of this study was to evaluate the variations in lower limb anatomy of a patient population scheduled for TKA, and to assess the use of a restricted KA TKA protocol and compare the resulting anatomic modifications with the standard MA technique...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302419/intravenous-15-isoflurane-lipid-nanoemulsion-for-general-anesthesia-in-dogs
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Claudio C Natalini, Carolina L Krahn, Priscila B S Serpa, Joanna E Griffith, Ricardo Miyasaka de Almeida
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the efficacy of a new intravenous (IV) nanoemulsified isoflurane formulation for maintenance of general anesthesia in dogs. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, crossover, experimental study. ANIMALS: Seven healthy, mature, mixed-breed dogs, three male and four female, weighing 11.5 ± 1.5 kg. METHODS: Anesthesia was induced with propofol for instrumentation. Measurements were obtained before administration of either inhaled isoflurane (Iso-I) or IV 15% isoflurane-loaded lipid nanoemulsion (Iso-nano)...
January 7, 2017: Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301032/cultural-adaptation-and-validation-of-an-instrument-on-barriers-for-the-use-of-research-results
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Maria Beatriz Guimarães Ferreira, Vanderlei José Haas, Rosana Aparecida Spadoti Dantas, Márcia Marques Dos Santos Felix, Cristina Maria Galvão
Objective: to culturally adapt The Barriers to Research Utilization Scale and to analyze the metric validity and reliability properties of its Brazilian Portuguese version. Method: methodological research conducted by means of the cultural adaptation process (translation and back-translation), face and content validity, construct validity (dimensionality and known groups) and reliability analysis (internal consistency and test-retest). The sample consisted of 335 nurses, of whom 43 participated in the retest phase...
March 2, 2017: Revista Latino-americana de Enfermagem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298567/omeract-quality-adjusted-life-years-qaly-working-group-do-current-qaly-measures-capture-what-matters-to-patients
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Logan Trenaman, Annelies Boonen, Francis Guillemin, Mickael Hiligsmann, Alison Hoens, Carlo Marra, Will Taylor, Jennifer Barton, Peter Tugwell, George Wells, Nick Bansback
OBJECTIVE: To understand the limitations with current patient-reported outcome measures (PROM) used to generate quality-adjusted life-years (QALY) in rheumatology, and set a research agenda. METHODS: Two activities were undertaken. The first was a scoping review of published studies that have used PROM to generate QALY in rheumatology between 2011 and 2016. The second was an interactive "eyeball test" exercise at Outcome Measures in Rheumatology 13 that compared subdomains of widely used generic PROM, as identified through the scoping review, to subdomains of the Assessment of SpondyloArthritis Health Index (ASAS-HI) condition-specific PROM for ankylosing spondylitis...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298263/a-proof-of-principle-simulation-for-closed-loop-control-based-on-preexisting-experimental-thalamic-dbs-enhanced-instrumental-learning
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Ching-Fu Wang, Shih-Hung Yang, Sheng-Huang Lin, Po-Chuan Chen, Yu-Chun Lo, Han-Chi Pan, Hsin-Yi Lai, Lun-De Liao, Hui-Ching Lin, Hsu-Yan Chen, Wei-Chen Huang, Wun-Jhu Huang, You-Yin Chen
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been applied as an effective therapy for treating Parkinson's disease or essential tremor. Several open-loop DBS control strategies have been developed for clinical experiments, but they are limited by short battery life and inefficient therapy. Therefore, many closed-loop DBS control systems have been designed to tackle these problems by automatically adjusting the stimulation parameters via feedback from neural signals, which has been reported to reduce the power consumption...
February 24, 2017: Brain Stimulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293973/exploring-the-relationship-between-demographic-and-disease-related-variables-and-perceived-effect-of-health-status-on-sexual-activity-in-patients-with-axial-spondyloarthritis-associations-found-only-with-non-disease-variables
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K H Berg, G Rohde, A Prøven, E Almås, Eep Benestad, M Østensen, G Haugeberg
OBJECTIVE: To explore the relationship between demographic and disease-related variables and the perceived effect of health status on sexual activity in patients with axial spondyloarthritis (ax-SpA). METHOD: The study assessed 379 ax-SpA patients consecutively recruited from two rheumatology outpatient clinics. Data collection included information on demographics, markers and measures of ax-SpA disease, treatment, comorbidity, and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) using the Short Form-36...
March 15, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293674/monitoring-and-analysis-of-the-change-process-in-curriculum-mapping-compared-to-the-national-competency-based-learning-objective-catalogue-for-undergraduate-medical-education-nklm-at-four-medical-faculties-part-i-conducive-resources-and-structures
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Maria Lammerding-Koeppel, Marianne Giesler, Maryna Gornostayeva, Elisabeth Narciss, Annette Wosnik, Stephan Zipfel, Jan Griewatz, Olaf Fritze
Objective: After passing of the National Competency-based Learning Objectives Catalogue in Medicine (Nationaler Kompetenzbasierter Lernzielkatalog Medizin, [NKLM, retrieved on 22.03.2016]), the German medical faculties must take inventory and develop their curricula. NKLM contents are expected to be present, but not linked well or sensibly enough in locally grown curricula. Learning and examination formats must be reviewed for appropriateness and coverage of the competences. The necessary curricular transparency is best achieved by systematic curriculum mapping, combined with effective change management...
2017: GMS Journal for Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293148/assessment-of-pre-injury-health-related-quality-of-life-a-systematic-review
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Annemieke C Scholten, Juanita A Haagsma, Ewout W Steyerberg, Ed F van Beeck, Suzanne Polinder
BACKGROUND: Insight into the change from pre- to post-injury health-related quality of life (HRQL) of trauma patients is important to derive estimates of the impact of injury on HRQL. Prospectively collected pre-injury HRQL data are, however, often not available due to the difficulty to collect these data before the injury. We performed a systematic review on the current methods used to assess pre-injury health status and to estimate the change from pre- to post-injury HRQL due to an injury...
2017: Population Health Metrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288648/assessment-of-pre-injury-health-related-quality-of-life-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Annemieke C Scholten, Juanita A Haagsma, Ewout W Steyerberg, Ed F van Beeck, Suzanne Polinder
BACKGROUND: Insight into the change from pre- to post-injury health-related quality of life (HRQL) of trauma patients is important to derive estimates of the impact of injury on HRQL. Prospectively collected pre-injury HRQL data are, however, often not available due to the difficulty to collect these data before the injury. We performed a systematic review on the current methods used to assess pre-injury health status and to estimate the change from pre- to post-injury HRQL due to an injury...
March 14, 2017: Population Health Metrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288263/neurofibrillary-tangle-stage-and-the-rate-of-progression-of-alzheimer-symptoms-modeling-using-an-autopsy-cohort-and-application-to-clinical-trial-design
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Jing Qian, Bradley T Hyman, Rebecca A Betensky
Importance: The heterogeneity of rate of clinical progression among patients with Alzheimer disease leads to difficulty in providing clinical counseling and diminishes the power of clinical trials using disease-modifying agents. Objective: To gain a better understanding of the factors that affect the natural history of progression in Alzheimer disease for the purpose of improving both clinical care and clinical trial design. Design, Setting, and Participants: A longitudinal cohort study of aging from 2005 to 2014 in the National Alzheimer Coordinating Center...
March 13, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287059/subjective-measures-of-health-and-all-cause-mortality-the-rotterdam-study
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A Sajjad, R L Freak-Poli, A Hofman, S J Roza, M A Ikram, H Tiemeier
BACKGROUND: Subjectively assessed health is related to mortality. Various subjective indicators of health have been studied, but it is unclear whether perceived physical functioning or mental health best accounts for the relation with mortality. METHOD: We studied the relation of subjective measures of health with all-cause mortality in 5538 participants of age 55 to 96 years at baseline from the Rotterdam Study. Various instruments of subjectively assessed health were used, that included basic activities of daily living (BADL), instrumental activities of daily living (IADL), quality of life (QoL), positive affect, somatic symptoms and negative affect...
March 13, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286466/comparing-two-frailty-concepts-among-older-people-with-intellectual-disabilities
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Josje D Schoufour, Michael A Echteld, Heleen M Evenhuis
In general, disabilities are considered a consequence of frailty rather than a cause of frailty, whereas in people with intellectual disabilities (ID), disabilities are often lifelong, which could have consequences for the feasibility and validity of frailty instruments. To better understand frailty in people with ID, we compared two broadly used concepts: the frailty phenotype (FP) and the frailty index (FI) taking into account their feasibility (e.g., percentage of participants able to complete the frailty assessments), agreement, validity (based on 5-year mortality risk), influence of motor disability, and the relation between single frailty variables and mortality...
2017: European Journal of Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284572/an-articulated-ankle-foot-orthosis-with-adjustable-plantarflexion-resistance-dorsiflexion-resistance-and-alignment-a-pilot-study-on-mechanical-properties-and-effects-on-stroke-hemiparetic-gait
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Toshiki Kobayashi, Michael S Orendurff, Grace Hunt, Lucas S Lincoln, Fan Gao, Nicholas LeCursi, K Bo Foreman
Mechanical properties of an articulated ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) are closely related to gait performance in individuals post-stroke. This paper presents a pilot study on the mechanical properties of a novel articulated AFO with adjustable plantarflexion resistance, dorsiflexion resistance and alignment, and its effect on ankle and knee joint kinematics and kinetics in an individual post-stroke during gait. The mechanical properties of the AFO were quantified. Gait analysis was performed using a 3D motion capture system with a split-belt instrumented treadmill under 12 different settings of the mechanical properties of the AFO [i...
March 8, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282772/does-meperidine-analgesia-affect-the-incidence-of-obstetric-lacerations-at-vaginal-delivery
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Yossi Mizrachi, Sophia Leytes, Michal Levy, Shimon Ginath, Jacob Bar, Tiberiu Ezri, Michal Kovo
PURPOSE: To study whether meperidine analgesia affects the incidence of obstetric lacerations at normal vaginal deliveries. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of all women with term vertex singleton pregnancies, who underwent normal vaginal deliveries, in a single tertiary hospital, between 2011 and 2015, was performed. The incidence of various obstetric lacerations was compared between deliveries with meperidine analgesia and deliveries with no analgesia...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282424/mental-health-and-adjustment-to-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis-level-of-agreement-between-parent-and-adolescent-reports-according-to-strengths-and-difficulties-questionnaire-and-adolescent-outcomes-questionnaire
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Ewa Misterska, Dominika Kaminiarczyk-Pyzałka, Karolina Adamczak, Katarzyna A Adamczyk, Marek Niedziela, Maciej Głowacki, Jakub Głowacki
The aims of this study were threefold. Firstly, to analyze the psychometric properties of the Polish-language Pediatric Outcomes Data Collection Instrument (PODCI) questionnaire in the self-report Adolescent Outcomes Questionnaire (adolescents, 11-18 years of age) and in the parent-report Adolescent Outcomes Questionnaire (completed by a parent or guardian of an adolescent aged 11-18 years). Secondly, to determine the level of agreement between parents and adolescents in rating dysfunction in juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and thirdly, to examine associations between psychological adjustments of patients to JIA and disease as well as their socio-demographic characteristics...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276273/comparative-analysis-of-length-of-stay-hospitalization-costs-opioid-use-and-discharge-status-among-spine-surgery-patients-with-postoperative-pain-management-including-intravenous-versus-oral-acetaminophen
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Ryan N Hansen, An T Pham, Elaine A Böing, Belinda Lovelace, George J Wan, Timothy E Miller
BACKGROUND: Recovery from spine surgery is oriented toward restoring functional health outcomes while reducing resource use. Optimal pain management is a key to reaching these objectives. We compared outcomes of spine surgery patients who received standard pain management including intravenous (IV) acetaminophen (APAP) vs. oral APAP. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of the Premier database (January 2012 to September 2015) comparing spine surgery patients who received pain management with IV APAP to those who received oral APAP, with no exclusions based on additional pain management...
March 9, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
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