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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340502/trends-in-alcohol-consumption-among-older-americans-national-health-interview-surveys-1997-to-2014
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Rosalind A Breslow, I-Jen P Castle, Chiung M Chen, Barry I Graubard
BACKGROUND: The majority of U.S. older adults consume alcoholic beverages. The older population is projected to almost double by 2050. Substantially more drinkers are likely. PURPOSE: To describe gender-specific trends (1997 to 2014) in prevalence of drinking status (lifetime abstention, former drinking, current drinking [including average volume], and binge drinking) among U.S. adults ages 60+ by age group and birth cohort. METHODS: In the 1997 to 2014 National Health Interview Surveys, 65,303 respondents ages 60+ (31,803 men, 33,500 women) were current drinkers; 6,570 men and 1,737 women were binge drinkers...
March 24, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340230/determinants-of-opioid-prescribing-for-nonmalignant-chronic-pain-in-us-outpatient-settings
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Rafia S Rasu, Maureen E Knell
Study Objectives.:  Identify prescribing trends for opioid use in non-malignant chronic pain (NMCP) from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS). Determine predictors of opioid use based on patient-specific factors. Design.:  This cross-sectional study analyzed NAMCS data from 2000 to 2007. Pain medications prescribed were retrieved using NAMCS drug codes. Multivariate logistic models examined determinants of opioid prescribing among NMCP patients...
March 14, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340053/does-the-regulatory-environment-for-e-cigarettes-influence-the-effectiveness-of-e-cigarettes-for-smoking-cessation-longitudinal-findings-from-the-itc-four-country-survey
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Hua-Hie Yong, Sara C Hitchman, K Michael Cummings, Ron Borland, Shannon M L Gravely, Ann McNeill, Geoffrey T Fong
Introduction: To date, no studies have explored how different regulatory environments may influence the effectiveness of ECs as a smoking cessation aid. Objective: This study compares the real-world effectiveness of adult smokers using ECs for quitting compared with quitting unassisted or quitting with NRT and/or prescription medications in two countries with restrictive policies towards ECs (i.e., Canada and Australia) versus two countries with less restrictive policies (i...
March 4, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339735/triage-quality-control-is-missing-tools-a-new-observation-technique-for-ed-quality-improvement
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Tomi Malmström, Veli-Pekka Harjola, Paulus Torkki, Salla Kumpulainen, Raija Malmström
Objective: Correct assessment of patient urgency is critical to ensuring patient safety in emergency departments (EDs). Although significant time and effort have been devoted to developing triage systems, less attention has been paid to the development of quality control. The aim of this study is to introduce and test observation technique, which enables identifying of patient groups at risk of erroneous assessment in triage. The introduced technique is aimed to be less laborious to use than existing triage quality control methods...
February 23, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339494/facility-type-and-primary-care-performance-in-sub-district-health-promotion-hospitals-in-northern-thailand
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Nithra Kitreerawutiwong, Sue Jordan, David Hughes
BACKGROUND: Poor and middle-income Thai people rely heavily on primary care health services. These are staffed by a range of professionals. However, it is unknown whether the performance of primary care varies according to the staffing and organization of local service delivery units. Tambon (sub-district) health promotion hospitals (THPHs) were introduced in 2009 to upgrade the services offered by the previous health centres, but were faced with continuing shortages of doctors and nurses...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339418/survey-of-kinesiologists-functional-capacity-evaluation-practice-in-canada
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Kathryn E Sinden, Taya L McGillivary, Elizabeth Chapman, Steven L Fischer
BACKGROUND: In Canada, functional capacity evaluations (FCEs) are commonly administered by several health care professions including kinesiologists. Kinesiologists have been recently regulated as health care professionals in Ontario and we know little about their demographics, the frequency of FCE administration, or the types of FCEs used by this group. OBJECTIVE: The purposes of this study were to identify: 1) the demographic characteristics and FCE education of kinesiology FCE practitioners; 2) the FCE systems most used by these practitioners and 3) the constructs from assessments used to determine functional capacity...
March 23, 2017: Work: a Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338914/impact-of-decentralisation-of-antiretroviral-therapy-services-on-hiv-testing-and-care-at-a-population-level-in-agago-district-in-rural-northern-uganda-results-from-the-lablite-population-surveys
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George Abongomera, Sylvia Kiwuwa-Muyingo, Paul Revill, Levison Chiwaula, Travor Mabugu, Andrew N Phillips, Elly Katabira, Adrienne K Chan, Charles Gilks, Victor Musiime, James Hakim, Cissy Kityo, Robert Colebunders, Diana M Gibb, Janet Seeley, Deborah Ford
Background: We conducted unlinked cross-sectional population-based surveys in Northern Uganda before and after antiretroviral therapy (ART) provision (including Option B+ [lifelong ART for pregnant/breast-feeding women]) at a local primary care facility (Lira Kato Health Centre [HC]). Prior to decentralisation, people travelled 56-76 km round-trip for ART; we aimed to evaluate changes in uptake of HIV-testing, ART coverage and access to ART following decentralisation. Methods: A total of 2124 adults in 1351 households in two parishes closest to Lira Kato HC were interviewed using questionnaires between March and April 2013 and 2123 adults in 1229 households between January and March 2015...
March 10, 2017: International Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337350/seat-belt-compression-appendicitis-following-motor-vehicle-collision
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Muhammad Faisal Khilji, Qazi Zia Ullah
Appendicitis and trauma both present in emergency department commonly but their presentation together in the same patient is unusual. We present a case of a middle-aged man brought by emergency medical services (EMS) to the emergency department with complaints of abdominal pain after he was involved in motor vehicle collision. He was perfectly fine before the accident. His primary survey was normal. Secondary survey revealed tenderness in right iliac fossa with seat belt mark overlying it. Computerized tomography (CT) of the abdomen and pelvis was performed which showed 8 mm thickening of appendix with minimal adjacent fat stranding...
2017: Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337081/a-comprehensive-list-of-items-to-be-included-on-a-pediatric-drug-monograph
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Lauren E Kelly, Shinya Ito, David Woods, Anthony J Nunn, Carol Taketomo, Matthijs de Hoog, Martin Offringa
OBJECTIVES: Children require special considerations for drug prescribing. Drug information summarized in a formulary containing drug monographs is essential for safe and effective prescribing. Currently, little is known about the information needs of those who prescribe and administer medicines to children. Our primary objective was to identify a list of important and relevant items to be included in a pediatric drug monograph. METHODS: Following the establishment of an expert steering committee and an environmental scan of adult and pediatric formulary monograph items, 46 participants from 25 countries were invited to complete a 2-round Delphi survey...
January 2017: Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics: JPPT: the Official Journal of PPAG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337038/pilot-study-of-methods-for-assessing-unmet-secondary-health-care-need-in-new-zealand
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Philip Bagshaw, Susan Bagshaw, Christopher Frampton, Robin Gauld, Terri Green, Charlotte Harris, Andrew Hornblow, Ben Hudson, Antony Raymont, Ann Richardson, Carl Shaw, Les Toop
AIMS: In this pilot study, the primary aim was to compare four potential methods for undertaking a national survey of unmet secondary healthcare need in New Zealand (one collecting data from GPs, and three from community surveys). The secondary aim was to obtain an estimate of the prevalence of unmet secondary healthcare need, to inform sample size calculations for a national survey. METHODS: An electronic system was set up for GPs in Christchurch (Pegasus PHO) and Auckland (Auckland PHO) to record cases of unmet need as encountered in clinics...
March 24, 2017: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336742/current-and-potential-providers-of-blood-pressure-self-screening-a-mixed-methods-study-in-oxfordshire
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A C Tompson, S G Fleming, C J Heneghan, R J McManus, S M Greenfield, F D R Hobbs, A M Ward
OBJECTIVES: To (1) establish the extent of opportunities for members of the public to check their own blood pressure (BP) outside of healthcare consultations (BP self-screening), (2) investigate the reasons for and against hosting such a service and (3) ascertain how BP self-screening data are used in primary care. DESIGN: A mixed methods, cross-sectional study. SETTING: Primary care and community locations in Oxfordshire, UK. PARTICIPANTS: 325 sites were surveyed to identify where and in what form BP self-screening services were available...
March 22, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336353/effectiveness-of-switching-smoking-cessation-medications-following-relapse
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Bryan W Heckman, K Michael Cummings, Karin A Kasza, Ron Borland, Jessica L Burris, Geoffrey T Fong, Ann McNeill, Matthew J Carpenter
INTRODUCTION: Nicotine dependence is a chronic disorder often characterized by multiple failed quit attempts (QAs). Yet, little is known about the sequence of methods used across multiple QAs or how this may impact future ability to abstain from smoking. This prospective cohort study examines the effectiveness of switching smoking-cessation medications (SCMs) across multiple QAs. METHODS: Adult smokers (aged ≥18 years) participating in International Tobacco Control surveys in the United Kingdom, U...
March 20, 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336244/-commitment-in-plasmapheresis-donation-a-study-of-determinants-among-regular-donors-in-plasmapheresis
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S Delépine-Farvacques, Florence Terrade, B Danic, J-P Lebaudy
The purpose of this study, based on the Theory of planned behavior, is to identify and ultimately better understand what determines the fidelity and the regularity of donors committed in plasmapheresis donation. This qualitative study is a primary stage to establish a classification of donors in a French socio-cultural context. For this reason, we have carried out a survey among 16 regular plasmapheresis donors, by way of semi-structured individual interviews at the Établissement français du sang - Brittany...
March 20, 2017: Transfusion Clinique et Biologique: Journal de la Société Française de Transfusion Sanguine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336199/primary-care-physician-decision-making-regarding-referral-for-bariatric-surgery-a-national-survey
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Charlotte Røn Stolberg, Nicola Hepp, Anna Julie Aavild Juhl, Deepti B C, Claus B Juhl
BACKGROUND: Bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment for severe obesity. It results in significant and sustained weight loss and reduces obesity-related co-morbidities. Despite an increasing prevalence of severe obesity, the number of bariatric operations performed in Denmark has decreased during the past years. This is only partly explained by changes in the national guidelines for bariatric surgery. The purpose of the cross-sectional study is to investigate referral patterns and possible reservations regarding bariatric surgery among Danish primary care physicians (PCPs)...
February 4, 2017: Surgery for Obesity and related Diseases: Official Journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335011/understanding-public-perception-of-the-need-for-major-change-in-latin-american-healthcare-systems
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Ricardo Pérez-Cuevas, Frederico C Guanais, Svetlana V Doubova, Leonardo Pinzón, Luis Tejerina, Diana Pinto Masis, Marcia Rocha, Donna O Harris, James Macinko
The opinions and experiences of the public regarding health services are valuable insights into identifying opportunities to improve healthcare systems. We analyzed the 2012-2013 Public Opinion Health Policy Survey carried out in Brazil (n = 1486), Colombia (n = 1485), El Salvador (n = 1460), Jamaica (n = 1480), México (n = 1492) and Panama (n = 1475). In these countries between 82 and 96% of participants perceived that their health systems needed fundamental changes. The most frequent barrier to access to healthcare was lack of the primary medical home, difficulties in obtaining medical care during the weekends and financial barriers...
March 17, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334647/arsenic-load-in-rice-ecosystem-and-its-mitigation-through-deficit-irrigation
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Arkabanee Mukherjee, M Kundu, B Basu, B Sinha, M Chatterjee, M Das Bairagya, U K Singh, S Sarkar
Rice the staple food is a notable intake source of arsenic to the rural population of eastern India through food-chain. A field survey was carried out to study the variation of arsenic load in different parts of rice genotype Shatabdi (most popular genotype of the region) exposed to varying level of arsenic present in the irrigation water and soil. As irrigation is the primary source of arsenic contamination, a study was conducted to assess arsenic load in rice ecosystem under deficit irrigation practices like intermittent ponding (IP), saturation (SAT) and aerobic (AER) imposed during stress allowable stage (16-40 days after transplanting) of the crop (genotype Shatabdi)...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334561/determining-current-insulin-pen-use-practices-and-errors-in-the-inpatient-setting
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Katelyn E Brown, John B Hertig
BACKGROUND: The use of insulin pens in the inpatient setting has continued to be a controversial decision. Insulin pens provide several advantages, but given significant reports of medication errors, several organizations have issued alerts to caution users about safety concerns. A survey was conducted to assess the prevalence of insulin pen use and current utilization trends in the inpatient setting. METHODS: The 31-question guided-logic survey was developed based on review of primary literature regarding insulin pen utilization and evaluated by a panel of medication safety experts from a variety of health care settings...
December 2016: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334228/a-survey-of-the-approaches-for-identifying-differential-methylation-using-bisulfite-sequencing-data
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Adib Shafi, Cristina Mitrea, Tin Nguyen, Sorin Draghici
DNA methylation is an important epigenetic mechanism that plays a crucial role in cellular regulatory systems. Recent advancements in sequencing technologies now enable us to generate high-throughput methylation data and to measure methylation up to single-base resolution. This wealth of data does not come without challenges, and one of the key challenges in DNA methylation studies is to identify the significant differences in the methylation levels of the base pairs across distinct biological conditions. Several computational methods have been developed to identify differential methylation using bisulfite sequencing data; however, there is no clear consensus among existing approaches...
March 8, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333847/management-of-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-in-the-anesthesia-and-radiographic-context
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Ingalill G Berglund, Berit Björkman, Karing Enskär, Maria Faresjö, Karina Huus
OBJECTIVE: As a primary objective, this study purports to develop guidelines to better care for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), particularly regarding these children's preparation for anesthesia and radiologic procedures. METHODS: Using a Delphi method with an online distribution of questionnaire, guidelines for caring for children with ASD were created. Twenty-one participants were included in the expert panel. These participants were working with children with ASD in several anesthesia and radiology departments in Sweden...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics: JDBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333698/misuse-of-pediatric-medications-and-parent-physician-communication-an-interactive-voice-response-intervention
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Kathleen E Walsh, Janine Bacic, Barrett D Phillips, William G Adams
BACKGROUND: Children take 1 medication each week on average at home. Better communication between parents and providers could support safer home medication use and prevent misuse of pediatric medications, such as intentional underdosing or overdosing. Our primary objective was to assess the impact of an interactive voice response system on parent-provider communication about medications. METHODS: Parents of children 4 months to 11 years of age with upcoming well child visits were invited to call our interactive voice response system, called Personal Health Partner (PHP), which asked questions about the child's health and medication use...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
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