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Dotson J.L.,Hepatology and Nutrition | Falaiye T.,Penn State Hershey | Strople J.,Hepatology and Nutrition | Rosh J.,Goryeb Childrens Hospital
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases | Year: 2016

Background: Pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) care is complex and rapidly evolving. The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America and North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition cosponsored a needs assessment survey of pediatric gastroenterology trainees and program directors (PDs) to inform on educational programming. Methods: A Web-based, self-completed survey was provided to North American trainees and PDs during the 2013-2014 academic year. Standard descriptive statistics summarized demographics and responses. Results: One hundred sixty-six of 326 (51%) trainees (62% female) and 37 of 74 (50%) PDs responded. Median trainees per program 5 and median total faculty 10 (3 IBD experts); 15% of programs did not have a self-identified "IBD expert" faculty member. Sixty-nine percent of trainees were confident/somewhat confident in their IBD inpatient training, whereas 54% were confident/somewhat confident in their outpatient training. Trainees identified activities that would most improve their education, including didactics (55%), interaction with national experts (50%), trainee-centered IBD Web resources (42%), and increased patient exposure (42%). Trainees were most confident in managing inpatient active Crohn's disease/ulcerative colitis, phenotype classification, managing biological therapies, and using clinical disease activity indices. They were least confident in managing J-pouch complications, performing pouchoscopy, managing extraintestinal manifestations, and ostomy-related complications. Eighty-five percent would like an IBD-focused training elective. Most directors (86%) would allow trainees to do electives at other institutions. Conclusions: This IBD needs assessment survey of pediatric gastroenterology trainees and PDs demonstrated a strong resource commitment to IBD training and clinical care. Areas for educational enrichment emerged, including pouch and ostomy complications. © Copyright 2016 Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, Inc.

Walbert T.,Ford Motor Company | Glantz M.,Penn State Hershey | Schultz L.,Ford Motor Company | Puduvalli V.K.,Ohio State University
Journal of Neuro-Oncology | Year: 2015

Specialized palliative care (PC) services have emerged to address symptoms and provide end-of-life management for patients with brain tumors. The utilization patterns of PC in neuro-oncology are unknown. A 22-question survey was distributed to participants of the society for neuro-oncology annual meeting 2012 (n = 4487). Nonparametric methods including Wilcoxon two-sample and Kruskal–Wallis tests were used to assess differences in responses. 239 (5.3 %) evaluable responses were received; 79 % of respondents were physicians, and 17 % were nurses or midlevel providers. Forty-seven percent were medical or neuro-oncologists, 31 % neurosurgeons and 11 % radiation oncologists. Forty percent had no formal training in PC, 57 % had some formal training and 3 % completed a PC fellowship. Seventy-nine percent practiced in an academic setting. Of the respondents, 57 % referred patients to PC when symptoms required treatment and 18 % at end of life. Only 51 % of all providers felt comfortable dealing with end-of-life issues and symptoms, while 33 % did not. Fifty-one percent preferred a service named “Supportive Care” rather than “Palliative Care” (MDs > midlevel providers, p < 0.001), and 32 % felt that patient expectations for ongoing therapy hindered their ability to make PC referrals. Female gender, formal training in neuro-oncology and PC, and medical versus surgical neuro-oncology training were significantly associated with hospice referral, comfort in dealing with end-of-life issues, and ease of access to PC services. Provider level, specialty, gender, training in PC and neuro-oncology have significant impact on the utilization of PC and hospice in neuro-oncology. © 2015 Springer Science+Business Media New York

Kirby J.S.,Pennsylvania State University | Miller J.J.,Pennsylvania State University | Adams D.R.,Pennsylvania State University | Leslie D.,Penn State Hershey
JAMA Dermatology | Year: 2014

IMPORTANCE Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic cutaneous disease with acutely painful flares that require appropriate and timely treatment. Copyright 2014 American Medical Association. All rights reserved.OBJECTIVE To assess how individuals with HS utilize medical care, especially emergency department (ED) care, a high-cost setting, and to describe the health care costs for this group.DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS Cohort cost-identification study of 150 493 individuals with claims from the MarketScan medical claims database. Patients with claims for HS and psoriasis (16 736 and 110 266, respectively) and a control group with neither condition (23 491) during the study period, January 2008 to December 2010, were included.EXPOSURES An HS cohort was formed from all the patients who had 2 or more claims for HS (International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision [ICD-9] code 705.83) during the 3-year period. A psoriasis cohort was used as a comparison group, since it is another chronic inflammatory condition with prominent skin findings. This group included randomly selected patients who had 2 or more claims for psoriasis (ICD-9 code 696.1) during the 3-year period. A second control group included randomly selected patients who had no claims for either condition during the 3-year period. From these cohorts only patients that were continuously enrolled for the 3-year period were included.MAIN OUTCOMES AND MEASURES Health care utilization measures including inpatient length of stay, emergency department and outpatient visits, and number of days supplied of prescription medication were investigated. Cost variables were also investigated and included inpatient, outpatient, emergency department, prescription drug, and total all-cause health care expenditures, which were adjusted for inflation and reported in 2010 US dollars.RESULTS The largest component of the total 3-year cost for the HS group was inpatient cost (37.4%). In contrast, for the psoriasis group this was drug costs (46.5%) and for the control group, inpatient costs (40.9%). The proportion of people who were hospitalized in the HS cohort (15.8%) was higher than the psoriasis (10.8%) or control (8.6%) groups (P< .001). The proportion of patients who used the ED over the 3-year period was higher in the HS cohort (27.1%) than the psoriasis (17.4%) or control groups (17.2%) (P < .001). Similarly, the mean (SD) 3-year ED cost for the HS group was $2002 ($6632) and was higher than both comparison groups (P< .001). After adjustment for age, sex, and comorbidities, ED utilization remained higher in the HS group compared with the control (P<.001) and psoriasis (P=.02) cohorts.CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE Hidradenitis suppurativa affects a younger, predominantly female population of patients. High-cost settings, such as ED and inpatient care, are used more frequently for patients with HS. Both patients and clinicians should be aware of this finding, and further research is needed to investigate the impact of health care utilization on patient outcomes.

Ford D.W.,Pennsylvania State University | Hartman T.J.,Emory University | Still C.,Geisinger Obesity Institute | Wood C.,Geisinger Obesity Institute | And 6 more authors.
Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics | Year: 2014

In an aging population, potentially modifiable factors impacting mortality such as diet quality, body mass index (BMI), and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) are of interest. Surviving members of the Geisinger Rural Aging Study (GRAS) (n = 5,993; aged?74 years) were contacted in the fall of 2009. Participants in the present study were the 2,995 (1,267 male, 1,728 female; mean age 81.4 ± 4.4 years) who completed dietary and demographic questionnaires and were enrolled in the Geisinger Health Plan over follow-up (mean = 3.1 years). Cox proportional hazards multivariate regression models were used to examine the associations between all-cause mortality and BMI, diet quality, and HRQOL. Compared to GRAS participants with BMIs in the normal range, a BMI < 18.5 was associated with increased mortality (HR 1.85 95%CI 1.09, 3.14, P = 0.02), while a BMI of 25-29.9 was associated with decreased risk of mortality (HR 0.71 95%CI 0.55, 0.91, P =0.007). Poor diet quality increased risk for mortality (HR 1.53 95%CI 1.06, 2.22, P = 0.02). Finally, favorable health-related quality of life was inversely associated with mortality (HR 0.09 95%CI 0.06, 0.13, P < 0.0001). Higher diet quality and HALex scores, and overweight status, were associated with reduced all-cause mortality in a cohort of advanced age. While underweight (BMI < 18.5) increased risk of all-cause mortality, no association was found between obesity and all-cause mortality in this aged cohort. © 2014 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Smink D.S.,Brigham and Womens Hospital | Smink D.S.,Medical Simulation | Peyre S.E.,University of Rochester | Soybel D.I.,Penn State Hershey | And 3 more authors.
American Journal of Surgery | Year: 2012

Background: Experts become automated when performing surgery, making it difficult to teach complex procedures to trainees. Cognitive task analysis (CTA) enables experts to articulate operative steps and cognitive decisions in complex procedures such as laparoscopic appendectomy, which can then be used to identify central teaching points. Methods: Three local surgeon experts in laparoscopic appendectomy were interviewed using critical decision method-based CTA methodology. Interview transcripts were analyzed, and a cognitive demands table (CDT) was created for each expert. The individual CDTs were reviewed by each expert for completeness and then combined into a master CDT. Percentage agreement on operative steps and decision points was calculated for each expert. The experts then participated in a consensus meeting to review the master CDT. Each surgeon expert was asked to identify in the master CDT the most important teaching objectives for junior-level and senior-level residents. The experts' responses for junior-level and senior-level residents were compared using a χ 2 test. Results: The surgeon experts identified 24 operative steps and 27 decision points. Eighteen of the 24 operative steps (75%) were identified by all 3 surgeon experts. The percentage of operative steps identified was high for each surgeon expert (96% for surgeon 1, 79% for surgeon 2, and 83% for surgeon 3). Of the 27 decision points, only 5 (19%) were identified by all 3 surgeon experts. The percentage of decision points identified varied by surgeon expert (78% for surgeon 1, 59% for surgeon 2, and 48% for surgeon 3). When asked to identify key teaching points, the surgeon experts were more likely to identify operative steps for junior residents (9 operative steps and 6 decision points) and decision points for senior residents (4 operative steps and 13 decision points) (P <.01). Conclusions: CTA can deconstruct the essential operative steps and decision points associated with performing a laparoscopic appendectomy. These results provide a framework to identify key teaching principles to guide intraoperative instruction. These learning objectives could be used to guide resident levelappropriate teaching of an essential general surgery procedure. © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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