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Pan Afr Med J ; 33: 213, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31692660

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Introduction: HIV self-testing could add a new approach to scaling up HIV testing with potential of being high impact, low cost, confidential, and empowering for users. Methods: Pregnant women attending antenatal clinics (ANC) and their male partners were recruited in 14 clinics in the eastern and central regions of Kenya and randomly allocated to intervention or control arms at a ratio of 1:1:1. Arm 1 received the standard of care, which involved invitation of the male partner to the clinic through word of mouth, arm 2 received an improved invitation letter, and arm 3 received the same improved letter and, two self-testing kits. Analysis was done using adjusted odds ratios (aOR) at 95% confidence intervals (CI) to calculate and determine effects of HIV self-testing in increasing uptake of male partner testing. Results: A total of 1410 women and 1033 men were recruited; 86% (1217) women and 79% (1107) couples were followed up. In arm 3, over 80% (327) of male partners took HIV test, compared to only 37% (133) in arm 2 and 28% (106) in arm one. There was a statistical significance between arm one and two (p-value=0.01) while arm three was statistically significant compared to arm two (p-value<0.001). Men in arm three were twelve times more likely to test compared to arm one (aOR 12.45 (95% CI 7.35, 21.08)). Conclusion: Giving ANC mothers test kits and improved male invitation letter increased the likelihood of male partner testing by twelve times. These results demonstrate that HIV self-test kits could complement routine HIV testing methods in the general population.


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Infecções por HIV/diagnóstico , Programas de Rastreamento/métodos , Cuidado Pré-Natal/métodos , Parceiros Sexuais , Adolescente , Adulto , Testes Diagnósticos de Rotina , Feminino , Humanos , Quênia , Masculino , Programas de Rastreamento/estatística & dados numéricos , Aceitação pelo Paciente de Cuidados de Saúde/estatística & dados numéricos , Gravidez , Adulto Jovem
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Pan Afr Med J ; 33: 159, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31565121

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Introduction: Hospital-based surveillance programs only capture people presenting to facilities and may underestimate disease burden. We conducted a healthcare utilisation survey to characterise healthcare-seeking behaviour among people with common infectious syndromes in the catchment areas of two sentinel surveillance hospitals in Johannesburg, South Africa. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted within three regions of Johannesburg from August to November 2015. Premises were randomly selected from an enumerated list with data collected on household demographics and selected syndromes using a structured questionnaire. Fisher's exact or chi-square tests were used to determine association of characteristics among different regions. Results: Of 3650 selected coordinates, 3358 were eligible dwellings and 2930 (87%) households with 9850 individuals participated. Four percent of participants (431/9850) reported influenza-like illness (ILI) in the last 30 days; equal numbers of participants (0.2%, 20/9850) reported pneumonia or tuberculosis symptoms in the last year and <1% reported diarrhoea or meningitis symptoms. Sixty eight percent (295/431) of participants who reported ILI, 75% (6/8) of children with diarrhoea and all participants who reported pneumonia (20), tuberculosis (20) or meningitis (6) sought healthcare. For all syndromes most sought care at registered healthcare providers. Of these only 10% (24/237) attended sentinel hospitals, predominantly those that lived closer to the hospitals. In contrast, of patients with meningitis, 50% (3/6) sought care at sentinel hospitals. Conclusion: Patterns of seeking healthcare differed by syndrome and distance from facilities. Surveillance programs are still relevant in collecting information on infectious syndromes and reflect a proportion of the hospital's catchment area.


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Doenças Transmissíveis/epidemiologia , Assistência à Saúde/estatística & dados numéricos , Aceitação pelo Paciente de Cuidados de Saúde/estatística & dados numéricos , Vigilância de Evento Sentinela , Adolescente , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Doenças Transmissíveis/terapia , Estudos Transversais , Feminino , Humanos , Lactente , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , África do Sul/epidemiologia , Inquéritos e Questionários , Síndrome , Adulto Jovem
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Adv Clin Exp Med ; 28(10): 1377-1383, 2019 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31638746

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BACKGROUND: Poland is considered among the European countries with an average incidence of cervical cancer (CC; about 3,000-3,500/year) and at the same time with high mortality (5-year survival rate - 55.2%). For this reason, in 2006 Poland introduced a Population-Based Cervical Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Program addressed to women aged 25-59 years, in which a cytological test is carried out every 3 years. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to assess the changes in the curability of CC patients brought by the introduction of the Screening Program in the Lower Silesian voivodeship and to identify the subpopulation of women for whom activities aimed at increasing adherence rates must be intensified. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The 5-year relative survival in 3,586 CC patients from 2000-2010 registered in the Lower Silesian Cancer Registry was analyzed. RESULTS: In the Lower Silesian voivodeship, a 55.1% 5-year survival rate was recorded in 2000-2004 and 70.5% in 2010. The highest increase in 5-year relative survival rates was found in rural communities (from 53.1% in 2000-2004 to 77.7% in 2010) and in Wroclaw (56.8% and 74.2%, respectively). In the study group, the number of patients with invasive CC (C53) detected in the local stage of the disease increased systematically from 61.5% in 2000-2004 to 74.3% in 2010. CONCLUSIONS: The introduction of the population-based screening program improved the curability rate in CC patients in the Lower Silesian voivodeship. In order to maintain the recent positive trends, further education should be continued, and activities aimed at increasing adherence to screening tests should be intensified, especially in urban-rural communities.


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Programas de Rastreamento/estatística & dados numéricos , Aceitação pelo Paciente de Cuidados de Saúde/estatística & dados numéricos , Cooperação do Paciente/estatística & dados numéricos , Neoplasias do Colo do Útero/diagnóstico , Adulto , Detecção Precoce de Câncer , Feminino , Humanos , Incidência , Masculino , Programas de Rastreamento/organização & administração , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Aceitação pelo Paciente de Cuidados de Saúde/psicologia , Cooperação do Paciente/psicologia , Polônia/epidemiologia , Vigilância da População , Avaliação de Programas e Projetos de Saúde , Taxa de Sobrevida/tendências , Neoplasias do Colo do Útero/mortalidade , Neoplasias do Colo do Útero/patologia
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Artigo em Chinês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31594123

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Objective: To understand the situation and characteristics of out-patient utilization of urban and rural pneumoconiosis patients in Jiangsu province, and to provide a reference for the formulation of relevant policies. Methods: Using a questionnaire on patients with pneumoconiosis and their influencing factors, 120 patients with pneumoconiosis were randomly selected in Nanjing, Wuxi, Suzhou, Yancheng Vocational Defense Institute or CDC. The rate of outpatients with pneumoconiosis in urban and rural areas and the choice of out-patient hospitals were analyzed. Results: Of the 75 patients with severe pneumoconi-related symptoms such as chest tightness and dyspnea in the first two weeks of the survey, 36 (48.0%) lived in cities and 39 (52.0%) lived in rural areas. Patients with pneumoconiosis who live in urban and rural areas have different aggravating conditions within two weeks. Two weeks of aggravated symptoms in outpatient consultations accounted for36 (48.0%) . Of the 36 patients who used outpatient treatment, rural residents mainly chose 8 people from a hospital and a township health hospital, accounting for 34.8%, while 10 people from urban residents chose a nursing home or nursing home, accounting for 40.0%. The main reason why urban and rural pneumoconiosis patients did not go to the doctor is "conscious symptoms are lighter" and "feel that the doctor is useless." Conclusion: The rate of outpatients with pneumoconiosis in Jiangsu province within two weeks is lower than that of ordinary elderly residents. There may be differences in treatment behavior patterns of urban and rural pneumoconiosis patients.Economic factors have a certain influence on the outpatient treatment behavior of pneumoconiosis patients. The recognition of outpatient service is the main factor affecting the outpatient treatment of pneumoconiosis patients. It is very important to popularize the knowledge of pneumoconiosis and do a good job in propaganda of occupational diseases and health education for pneumoconiosis patients. Focusing on the outpatient treatment of pneumoconiosis patients and making targeted medical policies is very important to standardize and improve the rehabilitation of pneumoconiosis patients.


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Aceitação pelo Paciente de Cuidados de Saúde/estatística & dados numéricos , Pneumoconiose , China , Cidades , Humanos , Pacientes Ambulatoriais , População Rural , População Urbana
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Artigo em Chinês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31594131

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Objective: To investigate the situation where pneumoconiosis patients who should be in hospital are not hospitalized, to analyze the main reasons and influencing factors for their restricted use of hospitalization medical services, and to provide a reference for relevant policy making. Methods: Subjects were sampled in nine provinces, including Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Shandong, and Hebei, using a method that combined stratified sampling and typical sampling, from March 2017 to January 2018. These subjects were patients occupationally diagnosed with pneumoconiosis and patients clinically diagnosed with pneumoconiosis. The questionnaire The health seeking behaviors of pneumoconiosis patients and their influencing factors was used as the survey tool to investigate their health seeking behaviors such as going to the outpatient clinic and being hospitalized. Andersen's Behavioral Model of Health Services Use was used as the analysis model; The χ2 test was used for univariate analysis, and the multivariate logistic regression model was used for multivariate analysis. Results: A total of 1 037 patients with pneumoconiosis were surveyed, with a mean age of 55.9±11.2 years and 67.5% (700/1 037) living in rural areas for a long time. Occupational injury insurance and medical insurance for urban and rural residents were the main insurances used, accounting for 40.9% (424/1 037) and 59.4% (616/1 037) of the cases, respectively. A total of 177 (17.1%) patients were once advised by the doctors to be hospitalized because of pneumoconiosis, while they did not. The proportion of patients who should be in hospital but did not do so among rural patients was significantly higher than that in urban patients (20.1% (141/700) vs 10.7% (36/337) , P<0.05) . Financial difficulties (12.0%, 124/1 037) and self-rated mild symptoms (3.2%, 33/1 037) were the main reasons for not being hospitalized. Model analysis showed that the propensity factor, ability factor, health needs, health seeking behaviors, and self-rated health factor in the Anderson model were all statistically significant (P<0.05) . The main features of high proportion of patients who should be in hospital but did not do so were as follows: personal monthly income below 1 000 RMB (odds ratio[OR]of no income=2.92, 95% confidence interval[CI]: 1.14-7.48; OR of less than 1 000 RMB=3.55, 95%CI: 1.35-9.35) , no occupational injury insurance (OR=2.05, 95%CI: 1.16-3.43) , and concurrent emphysema (OR= 1.98, 95%CI: 1.12-3.50) . Conclusion: Low income, no occupational injury insurance, and concurrent emphy-sema are the main constraining factors for hospitalization services use in pneumoconiosis patients.


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Hospitalização/estatística & dados numéricos , Aceitação pelo Paciente de Cuidados de Saúde/estatística & dados numéricos , Pneumoconiose , Adulto , Idoso , China , Enfisema/complicações , Humanos , Renda , Seguro Saúde , Modelos Logísticos , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , População Rural , Inquéritos e Questionários , População Urbana
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BMJ ; 367: l5515, 2019 Oct 02.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31578196

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CLINICAL QUESTION: Recent 15-year updates of sigmoidoscopy screening trials provide new evidence on the effectiveness of colorectal cancer screening. Prompted by the new evidence, we asked: "Does colorectal cancer screening make an important difference to health outcomes in individuals initiating screening at age 50 to 79? And which screening option is best?" CURRENT PRACTICE: Numerous guidelines recommend screening, but vary on recommended test, age and screening frequency. This guideline looks at the evidence and makes recommendations on screening for four screening options: faecal immunochemical test (FIT) every year, FIT every two years, a single sigmoidoscopy, or a single colonoscopy. RECOMMENDATIONS: These recommendations apply to adults aged 50-79 years with no prior screening, no symptoms of colorectal cancer, and a life expectancy of at least 15 years. For individuals with an estimated 15-year colorectal cancer risk below 3%, we suggest no screening (weak recommendation). For individuals with an estimated 15-year risk above 3%, we suggest screening with one of the four screening options: FIT every year, FIT every two years, a single sigmoidoscopy, or a single colonoscopy (weak recommendation). With our guidance we publish the linked research, a graphic of the absolute harms and benefits, a clear description of how we reached our value judgments, and linked decision aids. HOW THIS GUIDELINE WAS CREATED: A guideline panel including patients, clinicians, content experts and methodologists produced these recommendations using GRADE and in adherence with standards for trustworthy guidelines. A linked systematic review of colorectal cancer screening trials and microsimulation modelling were performed to inform the panel of 15-year screening benefits and harms. The panel also reviewed each screening option's practical issues and burdens. Based on their own experience, the panel estimated the magnitude of benefit typical members of the population would value to opt for screening and used the benefit thresholds to inform their recommendations. THE EVIDENCE: Overall there was substantial uncertainty (low certainty evidence) regarding the 15-year benefits, burdens and harms of screening. Best estimates suggested that all four screening options resulted in similar colorectal cancer mortality reductions. FIT every two years may have little or no effect on cancer incidence over 15 years, while FIT every year, sigmoidoscopy, and colonoscopy may reduce cancer incidence, although for FIT the incidence reduction is small compared with sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy. Screening related serious gastrointestinal and cardiovascular adverse events are rare. The magnitude of the benefits is dependent on the individual risk, while harms and burdens are less strongly associated with cancer risk. UNDERSTANDING THE RECOMMENDATION: Based on benefits, harms, and burdens of screening, the panel inferred that most informed individuals with a 15-year risk of colorectal cancer of 3% or higher are likely to choose screening, and most individuals with a risk of below 3% are likely to decline screening. Given varying values and preferences, optimal care will require shared decision making.


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Colonoscopia/estatística & dados numéricos , Neoplasias Colorretais/diagnóstico , Detecção Precoce de Câncer/normas , Programas de Rastreamento/normas , Sangue Oculto , Sigmoidoscopia/estatística & dados numéricos , Idoso , Colonoscopia/normas , Neoplasias Colorretais/epidemiologia , Detecção Precoce de Câncer/métodos , Detecção Precoce de Câncer/estatística & dados numéricos , Feminino , Humanos , Incidência , Masculino , Programas de Rastreamento/métodos , Programas de Rastreamento/estatística & dados numéricos , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Avaliação de Processos e Resultados (Cuidados de Saúde)/estatística & dados numéricos , Aceitação pelo Paciente de Cuidados de Saúde/estatística & dados numéricos , Sigmoidoscopia/normas , Fatores de Tempo
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JAMA ; 322(14): 1371-1380, 2019 10 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31593271

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Importance: Patients hospitalized for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations have high rehospitalization rates and reduced quality of life. Objective: To evaluate whether a hospital-initiated program that combined transition and long-term self-management support for patients hospitalized due to COPD and their family caregivers can improve outcomes. Design, Setting, and Participants: Single-site randomized clinical trial conducted in Baltimore, Maryland, with 240 participants. Participants were patients hospitalized due to COPD, randomized to intervention or usual care, and followed up for 6 months after hospital discharge. Enrollment occurred from March 2015 to May 2016; follow-up ended in December 2016. Interventions: The intervention (n = 120) involved a comprehensive 3-month program to help patients and their family caregivers with long-term self-management of COPD. It was delivered by nurses with special training on supporting patients with COPD using standardized tools. Usual care (n = 120) included transition support for 30 days after discharge to ensure adherence to discharge plan and connection to outpatient care. Main Outcomes and Measures: The primary outcome was number of COPD-related acute care events (hospitalizations and emergency department visits) per participant at 6 months. The co-primary outcome was change in participants' health-related quality of life measured by the St George's Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ) at 6 months after discharge (score, 0 [best] to 100 [worst]; 4-point difference is clinically meaningful). Results: Among 240 patients who were randomized (mean [SD] age, 64.9 [9.8] years; 61.7% women), 203 (85%) completed the study. The mean (SD) baseline SGRQ score was 62.3 (18.8) in the intervention group and 63.6 (17.4) in the usual care group. The mean number of COPD-related acute care events per participant at 6 months was 1.40 (95% CI, 1.01-1.79) in the intervention group vs 0.72 (95% CI, 0.45-0.97) in the usual care group (difference, 0.68 [95% CI, 0.22-1.15]; P = .004). The mean change in participants' SGRQ total score at 6 months was 2.81 in the intervention group and -2.69 in the usual care group (adjusted difference, 5.18 [95% CI, -2.15 to 12.51]; P = .11). During the study period, there were 15 deaths (intervention: 8; usual care: 7) and 339 hospitalizations (intervention: 202; usual care: 137). Conclusions and Relevance: In a single-site randomized clinical trial of patients hospitalized due to COPD, a 3-month program that combined transition and long-term self-management support resulted in significantly greater COPD-related hospitalizations and emergency department visits, without improvement in quality of life. Further research is needed to determine reasons for this unanticipated finding. Trial Registration: ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02036294.


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Hospitalização/estatística & dados numéricos , Aceitação pelo Paciente de Cuidados de Saúde/estatística & dados numéricos , Doença Pulmonar Obstrutiva Crônica/terapia , Qualidade de Vida , Autogestão , Cuidado Transicional , Idoso , Serviço Hospitalar de Emergência/estatística & dados numéricos , Feminino , Humanos , Estimativa de Kaplan-Meier , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Readmissão do Paciente/estatística & dados numéricos
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Z Gastroenterol ; 57(9): 1051-1058, 2019 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31525797

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BACKGROUND AND AIM: Colorectal cancer (CRC) screening can effectively reduce cancer-associated mortality. In Germany, individuals over the age of 50 or 55 have access to CRC screening services. However, utilization rates are persistently low, particular in the male population. This observational study investigates the effect of standard versus gender-specific invitation letters on utilization of CRC screening services. METHODS: We analyzed utilization rates of individuals who were insured by a large health insurance fund in Bavaria, Germany. Persons who became eligible for CRC screening received a standard (2013-2014) or a gender-specific invitation letter (2015-2016). We compared utilization rates within 6 months after receipt of the invitation letter using billing codes of the health insurance fund. RESULTS: Invitation letters were sent to 49 535 individuals, of which 48.8 % were gender-specific. The overall utilization rate did not differ between recipients of the standard versus gender-specific invitation letter (11.6 % vs 11.1 %; RR: 0.97 [0.92-1.02], p = 0.19). However, uptake of screening colonoscopy was significantly higher among recipients of gender-specific invitations (2.9 % vs 3.5 %; RR: 1.21 [1.04-1.39], p = 0.01), whereas utilization of fecal occult blood tests declined (10.4 % vs 9.7 %; RR: 0.93 [0.88-0.99], p = 0.016). CONCLUSIONS: Gender-specific design of invitation letters can modify the patients' preference for specific CRC screening services and increase the acceptance of screening colonoscopy.


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Neoplasias Colorretais/diagnóstico , Detecção Precoce de Câncer/métodos , Programas de Rastreamento/estatística & dados numéricos , Aceitação pelo Paciente de Cuidados de Saúde/estatística & dados numéricos , Participação do Paciente/estatística & dados numéricos , Colonoscopia , Neoplasias Colorretais/prevenção & controle , Feminino , Alemanha , Humanos , Masculino , Programas de Rastreamento/métodos , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Sangue Oculto
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Pan Afr Med J ; 33: 106, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31489084

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Introduction: Cervical cancer remains one of the leading health hazards affecting a majority women across the globe. The situation is even more, preoccupying particularly in areas where screening programmes and services are absent. The World Health Organization (WHO) says "cervical cancer is the fourth most frequent cancer in women, with an estimated 570,000 new cases diagnosed in 2018 which represents 6.6% of all female cancers. Approximately 90% of deaths from cervical cancer occurred in low- and middle-income countries". Despite the high mortality rate from cervical cancer globally, the trend could be reduced through a comprehensive approach that includes prevention, early diagnosis, effective screening and treatment programmes. In Cameroon, the prevalence of cervical cancer is 24% among women of reproductive age. An estimated 1,993 new cases are recorded annually in Cameroon with 1676 deaths. Despite this precarious situation, the uptake in cervical cancer screening service remains poor and stands at 19.6% in Cameroon. It is against this background that this paper evaluates the uptake of cervical cancer among women aged 25-65 years in the Kumbo West Health District (KWHD). Specifically, this study assesses the knowledge of women in this health district on cervical cancer and determines factors that affect the uptake of cervical cancer screening services. Methods: This study is a cross-sectional study in the KWHD involving 253 consented women between the ages 25 to 65 years. The principal research instrument was a three-part questionnaire designed to collect information on socio-demographic profile, cervical cancer knowledge and associated factors for uptake in cervical cancer screening. Data was entered in MS Excel and analysed using Excel. Results were presented in tables and figures. Results: Our study reveals that a majority of the participants (74.70%) had heard of cervical cancer and 43.48% had undergone cervical cancer screening. Again, 24.51% and 29.25% of the participants respectively could not identify any risk factor and symptom of cervical cancer. Conclusion: The study revealed that the uptake of cervical cancer screening in KWHD is higher than the national uptake. The level of awareness on the risk factors and symptoms of cervical cancer is low, posing a need to put more emphasis on educating and creating awareness of cervical cancer among communities on risk factors, prevention measures and signs and symptoms in all the health areas of the KWHD.


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Conhecimentos, Atitudes e Prática em Saúde , Programas de Rastreamento/estatística & dados numéricos , Aceitação pelo Paciente de Cuidados de Saúde/estatística & dados numéricos , Neoplasias do Colo do Útero/diagnóstico , Adulto , Idoso , Camarões , Estudos Transversais , Detecção Precoce de Câncer/estatística & dados numéricos , Feminino , Humanos , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Fatores de Risco , Inquéritos e Questionários
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BMC Public Health ; 19(1): 1185, 2019 Aug 28.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31462254

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BACKGROUND: Even though there is a growing literature on barriers to formal healthcare use among older people, little is known from the perspective of vulnerable older people in Ghana. Involving poor older people under the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme, this study explores barriers to formal healthcare use in the Atwima Nwabiagya District of Ghana. METHODS: Interviews and focus group discussions were conducted with 30 poor older people, 15 caregivers and 15 formal healthcare providers in the Atwima Nwabiagya District of Ghana. Data were analysed using the thematic analytical framework, and presented based on an a posteriori inductive reduction approach. RESULTS: Four main barriers to formal healthcare use were identified: physical accessibility barriers (poor transport system and poor architecture of facilities), economic barriers (low income coupled with high charges, and non-comprehensive nature of the National Health Insurance Scheme [NHIS]), social barriers (communication/language difficulties and poor family support) and unfriendly nature of healthcare environment barriers (poor attitude of healthcare providers). CONCLUSIONS: Considering these barriers, removing them would require concerted efforts and substantial financial investment by stakeholders. We argue that improvement in rural transport services, implementation of free healthcare for poor older people, strengthening of family support systems, recruitment of language translators at the health facilities and establishment of attitudinal change programmes would lessen barriers to formal healthcare use among poor older people. This study has implications for health equity and health policy framework in Ghana.


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Acesso aos Serviços de Saúde , Aceitação pelo Paciente de Cuidados de Saúde/estatística & dados numéricos , Pobreza/estatística & dados numéricos , Idoso , Feminino , Grupos Focais , Gana , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Avaliação de Programas e Projetos de Saúde , Pesquisa Qualitativa
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BMC Health Serv Res ; 19(1): 549, 2019 Aug 05.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31382956

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BACKGROUND: The awareness of diabetes mellitus (DM) and its complications, especially diabetic retinopathy (DR), is the key to reducing their burden. This study aimed to assess both the awareness of diabetic outpatients and their action towards periodic eye exam, and to determine the causes of non-compliance amongst patients who were aware. Because the Syrian Crisis affected all aspects of Syrians' life, the study aimed to determine the crisis' effects on patients' care-seeking behavior. Our study was the first step in paving the way of prevention strategies. METHODS: This observational cross-section study was conducted on 260 patients with DM who were visiting the four main hospitals in the Syrian capital, Damascus between August and November 2017. RESULTS: The mean (±SD) age of participants was 54.3(±12.8) years. Females were more than half (56.2%). The majority were from areas outside Damascus (72.3%). The mean (±SD) DM duration was 10.6 (±7.1) years. Almost all patients (93.8%) thought that DM could affect the eye. 67.3% believed that it could cause blindness. 86.9% of the patients conceived that DM patients should visit an ophthalmologist regularly. 37% did not visit any ophthalmologists at all, while 63% reported they had visited their ophthalmologists. Only 21.5% had a regular eye exam. Gender, educational level, economic status, province, and family history of DM had statistically an insignificant relation with an ophthalmologist visit. The preponderance of the patients who haven't visited regularly did not appreciate the necessity of regular eye exam. Diabetic neuropathy was the most common complication of DM that patients were aware of (92%) and suffered from (56.5%). Meanwhile, regarding the effects of the Syrian Crisis: 41.2% of diabetic patients had stopped their medications for at least one month, mainly because the drugs were unavailable (74.7% of them), as some drug companies had been destroyed. Half of the patients had struggled to reach a medical care center. Half of the patients had been displaced, two-third of them were from outside Damascus. CONCLUSION: A screening program for DR should be initiated. Also, awareness about DM and its complications, especially DR, should be raised through doctors and media.


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Retinopatia Diabética/prevenção & controle , Conhecimentos, Atitudes e Prática em Saúde , Adulto , Idoso , Assistência Ambulatorial , Conflitos Armados , Conscientização , Cegueira/prevenção & controle , Estudos Transversais , Neuropatias Diabéticas/diagnóstico , Neuropatias Diabéticas/epidemiologia , Neuropatias Diabéticas/psicologia , Retinopatia Diabética/diagnóstico , Retinopatia Diabética/epidemiologia , Diagnóstico Precoce , Feminino , Hospitais Públicos/estatística & dados numéricos , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Pacientes Ambulatoriais/psicologia , Aceitação pelo Paciente de Cuidados de Saúde/psicologia , Aceitação pelo Paciente de Cuidados de Saúde/estatística & dados numéricos , Cooperação do Paciente/psicologia , Cooperação do Paciente/estatística & dados numéricos , Fatores Socioeconômicos , Síria/epidemiologia
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Medicine (Baltimore) ; 98(33): e16808, 2019 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31415394

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Evidence-based studies have revealed outcomes in patients with chronic kidney disease that differed depending on the design of care delivery. This study compared the effects of 3 types of nephrology care: multidisciplinary care (MDC), nephrology care, and non-nephrology care. We studied their effects on the risks of requiring dialysis and the differences between these methods had on long-term medical resource utilization and costs.We conducted a retrospective cohort study involving patients with an estimated glomerular filtration rate of (eGFR) ≤45 mL/min/1.73 m from 2005 to 2007. Patients were divided into MDC, non-MDC, and non-nephrology referral groups. Between-group differences with regard to the risk of requiring dialysis and annual medical utilization and costs were evaluated using a 5-year follow-up period.In total, 661 patients were included. After other covariates and the competing risk of death were taken into account, we observed a significant (56%) reduction in the incidence of dialysis in both the MDC and non-MDC groups relative to the non-nephrology referral group. Costs were markedly lower in the MDC group relative to the other groups (average savings: US$ 830 per year; 95% confidence interval: 367-1295; P < .001).For patients without nephrology referrals, MDC can substantially reduce their risk of developing end-stage renal disease and lower their medical costs. We therefore strongly advocate that all patients with an eGFR of ≤45 mL/min/1.73 m should be referred to a nephrologist and receive MDC.


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Assistência à Saúde/economia , Custos de Cuidados de Saúde/estatística & dados numéricos , Nefrologia/economia , Diálise Renal/economia , Insuficiência Renal Crônica/economia , Idoso , Assistência à Saúde/métodos , Feminino , Seguimentos , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Nefrologia/métodos , Aceitação pelo Paciente de Cuidados de Saúde/estatística & dados numéricos , Equipe de Assistência ao Paciente/economia , Encaminhamento e Consulta/economia , Estudos Retrospectivos
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AIDS Behav ; 23(Suppl 3): 304-312, 2019 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31456198

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Client-level data from two Tennessee-based PrEP navigation demonstration projects reported to the Tennessee Department of Health from January to December 2017 were evaluated to determine the proportion of clients who accepted, were linked to, and were prescribed PrEP. Disparities by age, race, transmission risk, and geographic region as well as trends over time were examined via bivariate and multivariable modified Poisson regression models accounting for potential confounders. Among 1385 PrEP-eligible individuals, 50.5% accepted, 33.4% were linked, and 27.3% were prescribed PrEP. PrEP uptake varied by age, race, and HIV transmission risk, and most disparities persisted across Tennessee throughout evaluation period. Multivariable regression models revealed significant independent associations between age, race/ethnicity, transmission risk, and region and PrEP acceptance and linkage. While differences in PrEP acceptance by race narrowed over time, success among black MSM was limited, underscoring a significant need to improve upstream PrEP continuum outcomes for this important population.


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Infecções por HIV/etnologia , Infecções por HIV/prevenção & controle , Aceitação pelo Paciente de Cuidados de Saúde/psicologia , Profilaxia Pré-Exposição/estatística & dados numéricos , Adulto , Afro-Americanos/psicologia , Afro-Americanos/estatística & dados numéricos , Distribuição por Idade , Grupo com Ancestrais do Continente Europeu/psicologia , Grupo com Ancestrais do Continente Europeu/estatística & dados numéricos , Infecções por HIV/transmissão , Conhecimentos, Atitudes e Prática em Saúde , Homossexualidade Masculina/etnologia , Homossexualidade Masculina/psicologia , Homossexualidade Masculina/estatística & dados numéricos , Humanos , Masculino , Aceitação pelo Paciente de Cuidados de Saúde/estatística & dados numéricos , Profilaxia Pré-Exposição/métodos , Distribuição por Sexo , Tennessee
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AIDS Behav ; 23(10): 2654-2673, 2019 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31463711

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Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has demonstrated high efficacy to reduce HIV infections, however, racial/ethnic HIV disparities continue among black MSM. The purpose of this review was to assess available data to inform interventions to increase PrEP awareness, uptake, and adherence among black MSM. Of the 3024 studies retrieved, 36 met final inclusion criteria and were categorized into the PrEP care continuum: (1) awareness (n = 16), (2) uptake (n = 9), and (3) adherence (n = 12). Only 26 of the studies presented analytical findings by race/ethnicity. Key barrier themes included cost, HIV-related stigma, and fear of potential side effects. A key facilitator theme identified by black MSM included gaining PrEP awareness from social and sexual networks. There are significant gaps in research on black MSM and PrEP utilization, especially regarding PrEP uptake and adherence. These data are needed to inform interventions to address current inequities in PrEP services, to help improve care outcomes for black MSM.


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Afro-Americanos/psicologia , Fármacos Anti-HIV/administração & dosagem , Continuidade da Assistência ao Paciente , Infecções por HIV/prevenção & controle , Conhecimentos, Atitudes e Prática em Saúde , Aceitação pelo Paciente de Cuidados de Saúde/psicologia , Profilaxia Pré-Exposição/estatística & dados numéricos , Adolescente , Adulto , Afro-Americanos/estatística & dados numéricos , Fármacos Anti-HIV/uso terapêutico , Conscientização , Infecções por HIV/tratamento farmacológico , Homossexualidade Masculina/etnologia , Homossexualidade Masculina/psicologia , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Aceitação pelo Paciente de Cuidados de Saúde/estatística & dados numéricos , Retenção nos Cuidados , Comportamento Sexual , Estigma Social
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AIDS Behav ; 23(Suppl 3): 296-303, 2019 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31468296

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For marginalized populations, county health departments may be important PrEP access points; however, there are little data on successful PrEP programs at these venues outside of incentivized demonstration projects. Therefore, we implemented an open-access, free PrEP clinic at a county health department in Atlanta, GA to promote PrEP uptake among high-risk clients. The Fulton County Board of Health PrEP clinic launched in October 2015, and eligible clients who expressed interest initiated PrEP and attended follow-up visits per CDC guidelines. Clients engaged in quarterly follow-up and seen within the last 6 months were defined as "persistent", whereas clients with a lapse in follow-up of > 6 months were defined as "not persistent." Factors associated with PrEP persistence were assessed with unadjusted odds ratios. Between October 2015 and June 2017, 399 clients were screened for PrEP, almost all were eligible [392/399 (98%)]; however, 158/392 (40%) did not return to start PrEP after screening. Of 234 patients, 216 (92%) received a prescription for PrEP. As of June 2017, only 69/216 (32%) clients remained persistent in PrEP care, and the only evaluated factor significantly associated with PrEP persistence was age ≥ 30 years (OR 1.86, 95% CI 1.02, 3.42). Implementation of PrEP in the county health department setting is feasible; however, we have identified significant challenges with PrEP uptake and persistence in our setting. Further research is needed to fully understand mediators of PrEP persistence and inform interventions to optimize health department-based PrEP services.


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Fármacos Anti-HIV/administração & dosagem , Infecções por HIV/prevenção & controle , Aceitação pelo Paciente de Cuidados de Saúde/estatística & dados numéricos , Profilaxia Pré-Exposição/métodos , Adulto , Fármacos Anti-HIV/uso terapêutico , Feminino , Georgia , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Aceitação pelo Paciente de Cuidados de Saúde/psicologia , Prática de Saúde Pública
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BMC Public Health ; 19(1): 1136, 2019 Aug 19.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31426776

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BACKGROUND: Worldwide, HIV remains a major public health challenge, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. Literature indicates that men's involvement in HIV testing, care, and treatment services is lower compared to women, therefore novel approaches are required to engage men in the cascade of HIV care. This study aimed to explore men's perception on the provision of HIV testing services in venues where English Premier League football games are televised. METHODS: An exploratory qualitative study was conducted between February and May 2018. Six focus group discussions were conducted with 50 conveniently selected men aged 18 years and older using a pre-tested discussion guide. All focus group discussions were audio recorded, transcribed verbatim, and analyzed thematically. RESULTS: Overall, HIV testing at venues telecasting English Premier League football games was acceptable to men. There was a very strong preference for health workers providing testing and counseling services be external or unknown in the local community. Possible motivators for testing services provided in these settings include subsidizing or eliminating entrance fee to venues telecasting games, integrating testing and counseling with health promotion or screening for other diseases, use of local football games as mobilization tools and use of expert clients as role models. CONCLUSIONS: This study suggests that HIV testing services at venues where EPL football games are televised is generally acceptable to men. In implementing such services, consideration should be given to preferences for external or unknown health workers and the motivating factors contributing to the use of these services. Given that HIV testing is currently not conducted in these settings, further research should be conducted to evaluate the feasibility of this approach as a means of enhancing HIV testing among Ugandan men.


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Infecções por HIV/prevenção & controle , Promoção da Saúde/métodos , Programas de Rastreamento/psicologia , Homens/psicologia , Aceitação pelo Paciente de Cuidados de Saúde/estatística & dados numéricos , Futebol , Adulto , Idoso , Grupos Focais , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Motivação , Uganda , Adulto Jovem
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BMC Public Health ; 19(1): 1131, 2019 Aug 17.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31420028

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BACKGROUND: Intimate partner violence (IPV) has been shown to be associated with poor maternal healthcare utilisation and poor pregnancy outcomes. IPV can be seen both as the cause and result of low socioeconomic status and lack of maternal autonomy that can limit women's access to resources and motivation necessary for seeking healthcare during pregnancy. This paper aims to study the relationship between intimate partner violence (IPV) and the utilisation of facility delivery services in Nigeria. METHODS: We applied propensity score matching (PSM) approach to examine the relationship between intimate partner violence (IPV) and the utilisation of facility delivery services. PSM is a popular strategy for reducing sampling bias through balancing sample characteristics, a technique that mimics randomization on cross-sectional data. Data were collected from Nigeria DHS surveys conducted in 2008 and 2013. IPV was the main explanatory variable of interest for delivery at health facility which was defined as delivering at any health institution including health clinics. RESULTS: PSM generated 20,446 cases distributed into two equal groups i.e. those who delivered at health facility versus those who did not. The prevalence of facility delivery in 2013 was 56.8% (95%CI 55.0-58.6) indicating a moderate increase from its 2008 level of 43.2% (41.4-45.0%). Lifetime prevalence of emotional, physical and sexual abuse was respectively 21.5%(95%CI 20.6, 22.4), 14.9% (14.2, 15.7) and 5.0% (4.6-5.4). In the multivariable analysis after adjusting for potential confounders, ever experiencing emotional abuse was associated increased odds of not delivering at a health facility. (AOR = 1.228, 95%CI, 1.095-1.679). CONCLUSION: Women experiencing emotional violence are less likely to use institutional delivery services, and hence are susceptible to increased risk of reproductive complications. IPV is a complex issue that needs to be tackled by introducing evidence based strategies contextually relevant to local sociocultural environment. Further studies are required to understand the roots of IPV and the pathways through which it hindrances healthcare utilisation among women.


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Utilização de Instalações e Serviços/estatística & dados numéricos , Violência por Parceiro Íntimo/estatística & dados numéricos , Serviços de Saúde Materna/estatística & dados numéricos , Aceitação pelo Paciente de Cuidados de Saúde/estatística & dados numéricos , Adulto , Estudos Transversais , Feminino , Inquéritos Epidemiológicos , Humanos , Nigéria/epidemiologia , Gravidez , Prevalência , Pontuação de Propensão , Delitos Sexuais/estatística & dados numéricos , Adulto Jovem
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Pan Afr Med J ; 33: 52, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31448015

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Introduction: The use of mass gatherings as spaces to practice health surveillance has been growing in recent years. In Mozambique, the 9th National Festival of Culture in 2016 was selected for this practice. A specific public health surveillance system to facilitate rapid detection of outbreaks and other health-related events was implemented for this event with real time data collection and analysis. Methods: A descriptive epidemiological evaluation of all the health consultations that occurred in fixed posts prepared for the event was conducted. The data were collected through electronic mobile system (tablets) in real time, with the aid of a form designed for this purpose and sent directly to the incident command system (ICS). Results: During the event, a total of 355 patients were assisted, 52.3% were female, 87.0% were from Beira city and the artists were the group that most frequently sought health care at 59.4%. The largest number of visits took place on the third day (36.4%). People over 45 years of age were the age group that most frequently sought health care (30.8%). The main provisional diagnoses of those who were attended to during the festival was arterial hypertension (20.3%), followed by febrile syndrome (19.0%), with falls being the most frequent causes of trauma during the festival (60.0%). Conclusion: The system of monitoring in real time using mobile technologies proved to be efficient for the monitoring of the main health events during the mass gatherings. This profile of health consultations encourages the health sector to plan strategies and actions geared to the reality of care for this type of event.


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Computadores de Mão , Surtos de Doenças , Aceitação pelo Paciente de Cuidados de Saúde/estatística & dados numéricos , Vigilância em Saúde Pública/métodos , Adolescente , Adulto , Idoso , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Coleta de Dados/métodos , Feminino , Férias e Feriados , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Moçambique/epidemiologia , Adulto Jovem
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