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August 16, 2019

Changing prescribing behaviours with educational outreach: an overview of evidence and practice

By Miguel Valdez Soto miguel

Abstract General practitioners (GPs), or family practitioners, are tasked with prescribing medications that can be harmful to the community if they are inappropriately prescribed or used (e.g. opioids). Educational programs, such as educational outreach (EO), are designed to change the behaviour of health professionals. The purpose of this study was to identify the efficacy of […]

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August 9, 2019

Prescription Drug Abuse Among Patients in Rural Dental Practices Reported by Members of the National Dental PBRN

By Miguel Valdez Soto miguel

Abstract   This study compared rural to nonrural dentists with respect to opioid prescribing practices, perceptions about prescription drug abuse among patients, and training relevant to pain management and addictions. Learn more.

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July 26, 2019

Community Health Centers: a Key Partner to Achieve Medicaid Expansion

By Miguel Valdez Soto miguel

Abstract Medicaid expansion is an important feature of the “Affordable Care Act” and also is proposed as a component of some incremental plans for universal healthcare coverage. We describe (1) obstacles encountered with Medicaid coverage, (2) their potential resolution by federally qualified community health centers (CHCs), (3) the current status and limitations of CHCs, and […]

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July 19, 2019

A Community-Wide Collaboration to Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Risk: The Hearts of Sonoma County Initiative

By Miguel Valdez Soto miguel

Abstract Purpose and Objectives Collaboration across multiple sectors is needed to bring about health system transformation, but creating effective and sustainable collaboratives is challenging. We describe outcomes and lessons learned from the Hearts of Sonoma County (HSC) initiative, a successful multi-sector collaborative effort to reduce cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in Sonoma County, California. Learn more

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July 12, 2019

Community Health Workers in Hawai’i: A Scoping Review and Framework Analysis of Existing Evidence

By Miguel Valdez Soto miguel

Abstract Introduction: Community health workers (CHWs) play a vital role in health across Hawai‘i, but the scope of this work is not comprehensively collated. This scoping review describes the existing evidence of the roles and responsibilities of CHWs in Hawai‘i. Methods: Between May and October 2018, researchers gathered documents (eg, reports, journal articles) relevant to […]

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June 28, 2019

Associations with the Receipt of Colon Cancer Screening Among a Diverse Sample of Arab Americans in NYC.

By Miguel Valdez Soto miguel

Arab Americans (AA) face increased risk for colorectal cancer (CRC), the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the US, due to low utilization of preventative care and socioeconomic disparities. This study explores associations with the receipt of CRC screening among AA in New York City. A cross-sectional survey was conducted among 100 individuals attending […]

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June 14, 2019

The role of community health workers in cervical cancer screening in low-income and middle-income countries: a systematic scoping review of the literature

By Miguel Valdez Soto miguel

Abstract Introduction Community-based screening for cervical cancer and task sharing to community health workers (CHWs) have been suggested as a potential way to increase screening coverage in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The aims of the scoping review were to understand the following: (i) where and how CHWs are currently deployed in screening in LMIC […]

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May 31, 2019

Social Media Use for Professional Purposes in the Neurosurgical Community: A Multi-Institutional Study

By Miguel Valdez Soto miguel

Abstract INTRODUCTION: Since Facebook’s debut in 2004, social media (SoMe) has garnered increased popularity and usage worldwide. Given its appeal and visibility, many industries have utilized SoMe to promote products for professional purposes. Specialized sites have subsequently been created to connect users in similar disciplines. While SoMe sites have amassed over 1-billion followers, SoMe usage […]

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May 17, 2019

Social Media Engagement and the Critical Care Medicine Community

By Miguel Valdez Soto miguel

Abstract Over the last decade, social media has transformed how we communicate in the medical community. Microblogging through platforms such as Twitter has made social media a vehicle for succinct, targeted, and innovative dissemination of content in critical care medicine. Common uses of social media in medicine include dissemination of information, knowledge acquisition, professional networking, […]

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May 17, 2019

The Radiology Twitterverse: A Starter’s Guide to Utilization and Success

By Miguel Valdez Soto miguel

Abstract The rise of social media use in medicine has changed how health care organizations and providers communicate with patients and interact with other members of the medical community. Active social media engagement has been associated with improvements in patient outreach, peer-to-peer interactions, and medical education. In radiology, however, social media is predominantly used among […]

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