Ameen Abu-Hanna

University of Adelaide, Tarndarnya, South Australia, Australia

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    ABSTRACT: A fundamental challenge in the field of clinical decision support is to determine what characteristics of systems make them effective in supporting particular types of clinical decisions. However, we lack such a theory of decision support itself and a model to describe clinical decisions and the systems to support them. This article outlines such a framework. We present a two-stream model of information flow within clinical decision-support systems (CDSSs): reasoning about the patient (the clinical stream), and reasoning about the user (the cognitive-behavioral stream). We propose that CDSS “effectiveness” be measured not only in terms of a system’s impact on clinical care, but also in terms of how (and by whom) the system is used, its effect on work processes, and whether it facilitates appropriate decisions by clinicians and patients. Future research into which factors improve the effectiveness of decision support should not regard CDSSs as a single entity, but should instead differentiate systems based on their attributes, users, and the decision being supported.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2016 · Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
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    ABSTRACT: Recent trials have shown that multifactorial fall interventions vary in effectiveness, possibly due to lack of adherence to the interventions. The aim of this study was to examine what proportion of older adults recognize their falls risk and prioritize for fall-preventive care, and which factors are associated with this prioritization. Observational study within the intervention arm of a cluster randomized controlled trial (RCT) on the effect of preventive interventions for geriatric problems in older community-dwellers at risk of functional decline. Setting: general practices in the Netherlands. Participants were community dwellers (70+) in whom falling was identified as a condition. A comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) was performed by a registered community care nurse. Participants were asked which of the identified conditions they recognized and prioritized for in a preventive care plan, and subsequent interventions were started. Multivariable logistic regression was performed to identify which factors were associated with this prioritization. Fall-incidence was measured during one-year follow-up. The RCT included 6668 participants, 3430 were in the intervention arm. Of those, 1209 were at risk of functional decline, of whom 936 underwent CGA. In 380 participants (41 %), falling was identified as a condition; 62 (16 %) recognized this and 37 (10 %) prioritized for it. Factors associated with prioritization for falls-prevention were: recurrent falls in the past year (OR 2.2 [95 % CI 1.1-4.4]), severe fear-of-falling (OR 2.7 [1.2-6.0]) and use of a walking aid (2.3 [1.1-5.0]). Sixty participants received a preventive intervention for falling; 29 had prioritized for falling. Incidence of falls was higher in the priority group than the non-priority group (67 % vs. 37 % respectively) during first six months of follow-up, but similar between groups after 12 months (40.7 % vs. 44.4 %). The proportion of community-dwellers at risk of falls that recognizes this risk and prioritizes for preventive care is small. Recurrent falls in the past year, severe fear-of-falling and use of a walking aid were associated with prioritization. Prioritization was associated with a greater fall-risk during first six months, which appeared to level out at one-year follow-up. These results could aid in the identification of community-dwellings likely to benefit from fall-preventive interventions. Trial registration NTR2653, 17 December 2010
    Full-text · Article · Dec 2015 · BMC Geriatrics
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    ABSTRACT: It is conjectured that providing feedback on physicians’ prescribing behavior improves quality of drug prescriptions. However, the effectiveness of feedback provision and mode of feedback delivery is not well understood. The objective of this study was to assess and compare the effect of traditional paper letters (TPL) and short text message (STM) feedback on general practitioners’ prescribing behavior of parenteral steroids (PSs).
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    ABSTRACT: Cesarean delivery on maternal request (CDMR) is one of the main reasons for cesarean delivery in Iran, and women often need help in making a decision about the delivery options available to them. The main objective of this study is to evaluate the effect of a computerized decision aid (CDA) system on empowering pregnant women in choosing an appropriate mode of delivery. This CDA contrasts the advantages and disadvantages of vaginal versus cesarean section delivery in terms of their value to the individual woman. The protocol concerns a randomized trial study that will be performed among Iranian women. Four hundred pregnant women will be recruited from two private and two public prenatal centers in Mashhad, Iran. They will be randomly assigned to either an intervention or a control group. The designed CDA will be provided to the intervention group, whereas the control group will only receive routine care. The CDA provides educational contents as well as some recommendations. The CDA’s knowledge base is obtained from the results of studies on predictors of cesarean delivery. The CDA’s software will be installed on women’s computers for use at home. The two primary outcomes for the study are O’Connor’s Decisional Conflict Scale and knowledge as measured by true/false questions. Actual mode of delivery (vaginal versus cesarean) will be compared in the two groups. We investigate the effect of a CDA on empowering pregnant women in terms of reducing their decisional conflict as well as on improving their clinical knowledge pertaining to mode of delivery. Trial registration This trial is registered with the Iran Trial Registrar under registration number IRCT2015093010777N4 and registration date 26 October 2015.
    Full-text · Article · Dec 2015 · Trials
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    ABSTRACT: A clinical decision support system (CDSS) is a computer program that applies a set of rules to data stored in electronic health records to offer actionable recommendations. We aimed to establish whether a CDSS that supports detection of immunological treatment failure among patients with HIV taking antiretroviral therapy (ART) would improve appropriate and timely action.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · The Lancet HIV
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    ABSTRACT: Currently, many different methods are being used for pre-processing, statistical analysis and validation of data obtained by electronic nose technology from exhaled air. These various methods, however, have never been thoroughly compared. We aimed to empirically evaluate and compare the influence of different dimension reduction, classification and validation methods found in published studies on the diagnostic performance in several datasets. Our objective was to facilitate the selection of appropriate statistical methods and to support reviewers in this research area. We reviewed the literature by searching Pubmed up to the end of 2014 for all human studies using an electronic nose and methodological quality was assessed using the QUADAS-2 tool tailored to our review. Forty-six studies were evaluated regarding the range of different approaches to dimension reduction, classification and validation. From forty-six reviewed articles only seven applied external validation in an independent dataset, mostly with a case-control design. We asked their authors to share the original datasets with us. Four of the seven datasets were available for re-analysis. Published statistical methods for eNose signal analysis found in the literature review were applied to the training set of each dataset. The performance (area under the receiver operating characteristics curve (ROC-AUC)) was calculated for the training cohort (in-set) and after internal validation (leave-one-out cross validation). The methods were also applied to the external validation set to assess the external validity of the performance. Risk of bias was high in most studies due to non-random selection of patients. Internal validation resulted in a decrease in ROC-AUCs compared to in-set performance: -0.15,-0.14,-0.1,-0.11 in dataset 1 through 4, respectively. External validation resulted in lower ROC-AUC compared to internal validation in dataset 1 (-0.23) and 3 (-0.09). ROC-AUCs did not decrease in dataset 2 (+0.07) and 4 (+0.04). No single combination of dimension reduction and classification methods gave consistent results between internal and external validation sets in this sample of four datasets. This empirical evaluation showed that it is not meaningful to estimate the diagnostic performance on a training set alone, even after internal validation. Therefore, we recommend the inclusion of an external validation set in all future eNose projects in medicine.
    Full-text · Article · Dec 2015 · Journal of Breath Research
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    ABSTRACT: Background. Publication of the Normoglycemia in Intensive Care Evaluation and Survival Using Glucose Algorithm Regulation (NICE-SUGAR) trial in 2009 and several observational studies caused a change in the recommendations for blood glucose control in intensive care patients. We evaluated local trends in blood glucose control in intensive care units in the Netherlands before and after the publication of the NICE-SUGAR trial and the revised Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) guidelines in 2012. Methods. Survey focusing on the timing of changes in thresholds in local guidelines for blood glucose control and interrupted time-series analysis of patients admitted to seven intensive care units in the Netherlands from September 2008 through July 2014. Statistical process control was used to visualise and analyse trends in metrics for blood glucose control in association with the moment changes became effective. Results. Overall, the mean blood glucose level increased and the median percentage of blood glucose levels within the normoglycaemic range and in the hypoglycaemic range decreased, while the relative proportion of hyperglycaemic measurements increased. Changes in metrics were notable after publication of the NICE-SUGAR trial and the SSC guidelines but more frequent after changes in local guidelines; some changes seemed to appear independent of changes in local guidelines. Conclusion. Local guidelines for blood glucose practice have changed in intensive care units in the Netherlands since the publication of the NICE-SUGAR trial and the revised SSC guidelines. Trends in the metrics for blood glucose control suggest new, higher target ranges for blood glucose control.
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: Conservative oxygen therapy is aimed at the prevention of harm by iatrogenic hyperoxia while preserving adequate tissue oxygenation. Our aim was to study the effectiveness and clinical outcomes of a two-step implementation of conservative oxygenation targets in the ICU. Design: This was a before and after stepwise implementation study of conservative oxygenation targets, between July 2011 and July 2014. The primary endpoint was the proportion of PaO2 values within the target range. Secondary outcomes included ventilator-free days at day 28, length of stay, and mortality. Setting: Three closed-format ICUs in the Netherlands. Patients: We analyzed data on 15,045 eligible admissions. Interventions: The first implementation phase consisted of providing training and feedback on new guidelines instructing for explicit targets for arterial oxygen tension (PaO2, 55-86 mm Hg) and oxyhemoglobin saturation (SpO2, 92-95%). In the second phase, bedside clinicians were additionally assisted in guideline adherence by a computerized decision-support system. Measurements and main results: The proportion of PaO2 in the target range increased from 47% at baseline to 63% in phase 1 and to 68% in phase 2 (p < 0.0001). Episodes of hyperoxia decreased (p < 0.0001), whereas hypoxic episodes remained unchanged (p = 0.06) during the study. Mechanical ventilation time was significantly lower (p < 0.01) during both study phases. After adjustment for potential confounders, ventilator-free days in phase 1 and phase 2 were higher than baseline: adjusted mean difference, 0.55 (95% CI, 0.25-0.84) and 0.48 (95% CI, 0.11-0.86), respectively. Adjusted ICU mortality and ICU-free days did not significantly differ between study phases. Hospital mortality decreased in reference to baseline: adjusted odds ratio, 0.84 (95% CI, 0.74-0.96) for phase 1 and 0.82 (95% CI, 0.69-0.96) for phase 2. Conclusions: Stepwise implementation of conservative oxygenation targets was feasible, effective, and seemed safe in critically ill patients. The implementation was associated with several changes in clinical outcomes, but the causal impact of conservative oxygenation is still to be determined.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2015 · Critical care medicine
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: To study the association of the intended mode of delivery and perinatal morbidity and mortality among breech fetuses who are delivered preterm. Methods: We conducted a nationwide cohort study of women with a singleton pregnancy in breech presentation who delivered preterm (26 0/7-36 6/7 weeks of gestation) in the years 2000-2011. We compared perinatal outcomes according to the intended and actual mode of delivery using multivariate logistic regression analysis. We performed subgroup analyses of gestational age and parity. Results: We studied 8,356 women with a preterm singleton breech delivery. Intended cesarean delivery (n=1,935) was not associated with a significant reduction in perinatal mortality compared with intended vaginal delivery (n=6,421) (1.3% compared with 1.5%; adjusted odds ratio [OR] 0.97, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.60-1.57). However, the composite of perinatal mortality and morbidity was significantly reduced in the intended cesarean delivery group (8.7% compared with 10.4%; adjusted OR 0.77, 95% CI 0.63-0.93). In the subgroup of women delivering at 28-32 weeks of gestation, intended cesarean delivery was associated with a 1.7% risk of perinatal mortality compared with 4.1% with intended vaginal delivery (adjusted OR 0.27, 95% CI 0.10-0.77) and significantly reduced composite mortality and severe morbidity, 5.9% compared with 10.1% (adjusted OR 0.37, 95% CI 0.20-0.68). Conclusion: In women delivering a preterm breech fetus, cesarean delivery is associated with reduced perinatal mortality and morbidity. Level of evidence: II.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2015 · Obstetrics and Gynecology
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    ABSTRACT: Background: We retrospectively studied associations between bolus infusion of hydrocortisone and variability of the blood glucose level and changes in insulin rates in intensive care unit (ICU) patients. Methods: 'Glycemic variability' and 'insulin infusion rate variability' were calculated from and expressed as the standard deviation (SD) of all blood glucose levels and insulin infusion rates during stay in the ICU, respectively. Glycemic and insulin infusion rate variability in patients who received bolus infusion of hydrocortisone were compared to those in patients who never received bolus infusion of hydrocortisone. Multivariate analysis was performed to correct for potential covariates including disease severity. Results: We included 6409 patients over 6 years; of them 962 received bolus infusion of hydrocortisone. Compared to patients who never received bolus infusion of hydrocortisone, patients who received hydrocortisone had their blood glucose level measured more frequently, had higher glycemic variability; were more frequently treated with intravenous insulin and had higher insulin infusion rate variability. The association between hydrocortisone treatment and glycemic variability was independent of disease severity, but the effect of hydrocortisone treatment on blood glucose variability was less strong in the more severely ill patients. The association between hydrocortisone and insulin infusion rate variability was also independent of disease severity, and independent of glycemic variability. Conclusions: Bolus infusion of hydrocortisone is independently associated with higher glycemic variability and higher insulin infusion rate variability in ICU patients. Studies are needed to see if continuous infusion of hydrocortisone prevents higher glycemic variability and higher insulin infusion rate variability.
    Full-text · Article · Nov 2015 · Annals of Intensive Care
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    ABSTRACT: Background: To describe the prevalence of multimorbidity and to study the association between acute and chronic diseases in acutely hospitalized older patients METHODS: Prospective cohort study conducted between 2006 and 2008 in three teaching hospitals in the Netherlands. 639 patients aged 65years and older, hospitalized for >48h were included. Two physicians scored diseases, using ICD-9 codes. Chronic multimorbidity was defined as the presence of ≥2 chronic diseases, and acute multimorbidity as ≥1 acute diseases upon pre-existent chronic diseases. Logistic regression analyses were conducted to analyse cluster associations between a chronic index disease and the concurrent chronic or acute disease, corrected for age and sex. Results: The mean age of patients was 78years, over 50% had ADL impairments. Prevalence of chronic multimorbidity was 69%, and acute multimorbidity was present in 88%. Hypertension (OR 1.16; 95% CI 1.08-1.24), diabetes (type I or type 2) (OR 1.12; 95% CI 1.04-1.21), heart failure (OR 1.25; 95% CI 1.14-1.38) and COPD (OR 1.19; 95% CI 1.05-1.34) were associated with acute renal failure. Hypertension (OR 1.10; 95% CI 1.04-1.17) and atrial fibrillation (OR 1.17; 95% CI 1.08-1.27) were associated with an adverse drug event. Gastro-intestinal bleeding was clustered with atrial fibrillation (OR 1.11; 95% CI 1.04-1.19) and gastric ulcer (OR 1.16; 95% CI 1.07-1.25). Conclusion: Both acute and chronic multimorbidity was frequently present in hospitalized older patients. We identified specific associations between acute and chronic diseases. There is a need for strategies addressing multimorbidity during the exacerbation of chronic diseases.
    Full-text · Article · Oct 2015 · European Journal of Internal Medicine
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    ABSTRACT: Arterial concentrations of carbon dioxide (PaCO 2 ) and oxygen (PaO 2 ) during admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) may substantially affect organ perfusion and outcome after cardiac arrest. Our aim was to investigate the independent and synergistic effects of both parameters on hospital mortality. This was a cohort study using data from mechanically ventilated cardiac arrest patients in the Dutch National Intensive Care Evaluation (NICE) registry between 2007 and 2012. PaCO 2 and PaO 2 levels from arterial blood gas analyses corresponding to the worst oxygenation in the first 24 h of ICU stay were retrieved for analyses. Logistic regression analyses were performed to assess the relationship between hospital mortality and both categorized groups and a spline-based transformation of the continuous values of PaCO 2 and PaO 2 . In total, 5,258 cardiac arrest patients admitted to 82 ICUs in the Netherlands were included. In the first 24 h of ICU admission, hypocapnia was encountered in 22 %, and hypercapnia in 35 % of included cases. Hypoxia and hyperoxia were observed in 8 % and 3 % of the patients, respectively. Both PaCO 2 and PaO 2 had an independent U-shaped relationship with hospital mortality and after adjustment for confounders, hypocapnia and hypoxia were significant predictors of hospital mortality: OR 1.37 (95 % CI 1.17–1.61) and OR 1.34 (95 % CI 1.08–1.66). A synergistic effect of concurrent derangements of PaCO 2 and PaO 2 was not observed (P = 0.75). The effects of aberrant arterial carbon dioxide and arterial oxygen concentrations were independently but not synergistically associated with hospital mortality after cardiac arrest.
    Full-text · Article · Sep 2015 · Critical Care

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    ABSTRACT: This narrative review evaluates translational research with respect to five important risk factors for chronic kidney disease (CKD): physical inactivity, high salt intake, smoking, diabetes and hypertension. We discuss the translational research around prevention of CKD and its complications both at the level of the general population, and at the level of those at high risk, i.e. people at increased risk for CKD or CKD complications. At the population level, all three lifestyle risk factors (physical inactivity, high salt intake and smoking) have been translated into implemented measures and clear population health improvements have been observed. At the ‘high-risk’ level, the lifestyle studies reviewed have tended to focus on the individual impact of specific interventions, and their wider implementation and impact on CKD practice are more difficult to establish. The treatment of both diabetes and hypertension appears to have improved, however the impact on CKD and CKD complications was not always clear. Future studies need to investigate the most effective translational interventions in low and middle income countries.
    Full-text · Article · Aug 2015 · CKJ: Clinical Kidney Journal
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    ABSTRACT: Background Identification of patient groups by risk of renal graft loss might be helpful for accurate patient counselling and clinical decision-making. Survival tree models are an alternative statistical approach to identify subgroups, offering cut-off points for covariates and an easy-to-interpret representation. Methods Within the European Society of Pediatric Nephrology/European Renal Association-European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ESPN/ERA-EDTA) Registry data we identified paediatric patient groups with specific profiles for 5-year renal graft survival. Two analyses were performed, including (i) parameters known at time of transplantation and (ii) additional clinical measurements obtained early after transplantation. The identified subgroups were added as covariates in two survival models. The prognostic performance of the models was tested and compared with conventional Cox regression analyses. Results The first analysis included 5275 paediatric renal transplants. The best 5-year graft survival (90.4%) was found among patients who received a renal graft as a pre-emptive transplantation or after short-term dialysis (2.2 years). The Cox model including both pre-transplant factors and tree subgroups had a significantly better predictive performance than conventional Cox regression (P < 0.001). In the analysis including clinical factors, graft survival ranged from 97.3% [younger patients with estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) >30 mL/min/1.73 m2 and dialysis
    No preview · Article · Aug 2015 · Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation
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    ABSTRACT: Patient data stored in Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are used during care provision but are also potentially usefully reused for other purposes. Data (re)use requires good data quality, which necessitates efforts by healthcare professionals for proper data registration. However, their commitment depends on their perception of the reuse benefits. We developed a questionnaire to investigate the perception and expectations of end-users on data registration and reuse in two university hospitals starting a joint EHR implementation. Especially personnel in direct patient care reports to spend much time (40%) on data registration and this group is not willing to spend more time with the new EHR. Additionally, approximately one third of the personnel did not yet have a clear view on future developments regarding data registration and reuse. We found only small differences between hospitals.
    Full-text · Article · Aug 2015 · Studies in health technology and informatics
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    ABSTRACT: We determined adherence to nine fall-related ACOVE quality indicators to investigate the quality of management of falls in the elderly population by general practitioners in the Netherlands. Our findings demonstrate overall low adherence to these indicators, possibly indicating insufficiency in the quality of fall management. Most indicators showed a positive association between increased risk for functional decline and adherence, four of which with statistical significance. This study aims to investigate the quality of detection and management of falls in the elderly population by general practitioners in the Netherlands, using the Assessing Care of Vulnerable Elders (ACOVE) quality indicators. Community-dwelling persons aged 70 years or above, registered in participating general practices, were asked to fill in a questionnaire designed to determine general practitioner (GP) adherence to fall-related indicators. We used logistic regression to estimate the association between increased risk for functional decline-quantified by the Identification of Seniors At Risk for Primary Care score-and adherence. We then cross-validated the self-reported falls with medical records. Of the 950 elders responding to our questionnaire, only 10.6 % reported that their GP proactively asked them about falls. Of the 160 patients who reported two or more falls, or one fall for which they visited the GP, only 23.1 % had fall documentation in their records. Adherence ranged between 13.6 and 48.6 %. There was a significant positive association between the ISAR-PC scores and adherence in four QIs. Documentation of falls was highest (36.7 %) in patients whom the GP had proactively asked about falls. Based on patient self-reports, adherence to the ACOVE fall-related indicators was poor, suggesting that the quality of evaluation and management of falls in community-dwelling older persons in the Netherlands is poor. The documentation of falls and fall-related risk factors was also poor. However, for most QIs, adherence to them increased with the increase in the risk of functional decline.
    Full-text · Article · Jul 2015 · Osteoporosis International
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    ABSTRACT: To assess guideline adherence of co-prescribing NSAID and gastroprotective medications for elders in general practice over time, and investigate its potential association with the electronic medical record (EMR) system brand used. We included patients 65 years and older who received NSAIDs between 2005 and 2010. Prescription data were extracted from EMR systems of GP practices participating in the Dutch NIVEL Primary Care Database. We calculated the proportion of NSAID prescriptions with co-prescription of gastroprotective medication for each GP practice at intervals of three months. Association between proportion of gastroprotection, brand of electronic medical record (EMR), and type of GP practice were explored. Temporal trends in proportion of gastroprotection between electronic medical records systems were analyzed using a random effects linear regression model. We included 91,521 patient visits with NSAID prescriptions from 77 general practices between 2005 and 2010. Overall proportion of NSAID prescriptions to the elderly with co-prescription of gastroprotective medication was 43%. Mean proportion of gastroprotection increased from 27% (CI 25-29%) in the first quarter of 2005 with a rate of 1.2% every 3 months to 55%(CI 52-58%) at the end of 2010. Brand of EMR and type of GP practice were independently associated with co-prescription of gastroprotection. Although prescription of gastroprotective medications to elderly patients who receive NSAIDs increased in The Netherlands, they are not co-prescribed in about half of the indicated cases. Brand of EMR system is associated with differences in prescription of gastroprotective medication. Optimal design and utilization of EMRs is a potential area of intervention to improve quality of prescription.
    Full-text · Article · Jun 2015 · PLoS ONE
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    ABSTRACT: To study risk of birth asphyxia and related morbidity among term singletons born after medically assisted reproduction (MAR). Population cohort study. Not applicable. A total of 1,953,932 term singleton pregnancies selected from a national registry for 1999-2011. None. Primary outcome Apgar score <4; secondary outcomes Apgar score <7, intrauterine fetal death, perinatal mortality, congenital anomalies, small for gestational age, asphyxia related morbidity, and cesarean delivery. The risks of birth asphyxia and related morbidity were calculated in women who conceived either through MAR or spontaneously (SC), with a subgroup analysis for in vitro fertilization (IVF). An additional propensity score matching analysis was performed with matching on multiple maternal baseline covariates (maternal age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, parity, year of birth, and preexistent diseases). Each MAR pregnancy was matched to three SC controls. Relative to SC, the MAR singletons had an increased risk of adverse neonatal outcomes including Apgar score <4 (adjusted odds ratio [OR] 1.29; 95% CI, 1.14-1.46) and intrauterine fetal death (adjusted OR 1.61; 95% CI, 1.35-1.91). After propensity score matching, the risk of an Apgar score <4 was comparable between MAR and SC singletons (OR 0.99; 95% CI, 0.87-1.14). Cesarean delivery for both fetal distress and nonprogressive labor occurred more among MAR pregnancies compared with SC pregnancies. Term singletons conceived after MAR have an increased risk of morbidity related to birth asphyxia. Because this is mainly due to maternal characteristics, obstetric caregivers should be aware that the increased rates of cesareans reflect the behavior of women and physicians rather than increased perinatal complications. Copyright © 2015 American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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    ABSTRACT: Implementing an Electronic Health Record (EHR) is a sociotechnical process. End-users' expectations and attitudes need to be monitored during the implementation of a new EHR. It is not clear what end-users consider the most important determinants (both barriers and enablers for a successful EHR implementation) during this process. Based on the concept mapping method and a literature search we developed a questionnaire to investigate which determinants (future) end-users of an EHR consider important. Additionally we analysed whether there are differences between a centre working with a legacy EHR and one with paper-based patient records before implementation. We identified the following determinants: usability of EHR, availability of facilities, alignment with work processes, support during implementation, training on new EHR, support after implementation, practice with new EHR, internal communication, learning from other centres, reuse of patient data, general IT skills, and patient involvement in decision making. All determinants were perceived important by end-users to successfully work with an EHR directly after its go-live. The only two significant differences between centres were knowledge about the effect of the EHR on work processes, and importance of patient involvement in decision making.
    Full-text · Article · May 2015 · Studies in health technology and informatics

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  • 2015
    • University of Adelaide
      • School of Paediatrics and Reproductive Health
      Tarndarnya, South Australia, Australia
  • 2000-2015
    • Academisch Medisch Centrum Universiteit van Amsterdam
      • • Department of Medical Informatics
      • • Academic Medical Center
      Amsterdamo, North Holland, Netherlands
  • 1991-2015
    • University of Amsterdam
      • Faculty of Medicine AMC
      Amsterdamo, North Holland, Netherlands
  • 2013
    • Tilburg University
      • "Tranzo" Scientific Center for Care and Welfare
      Tilburg, North Brabant, Netherlands