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Dallas, TX, United States

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Dallas, TX, United States
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North C.S.,The VA North Texas Health Care System | North C.S.,University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center | Hong B.A.,University of Washington | Adewuyi S.A.,University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center | And 7 more authors.
General Hospital Psychiatry | Year: 2013

Objective: Despite the remarkable improvements in pharmacologic treatment efficacy for hepatitis C (HCV) reported in published clinical trials, published research suggests that, in "real-world" patient care, these medical outcomes may be difficult to achieve. This review was undertaken to summarize recent experience in the treatment of HCV in clinical settings, examining the course of patients through the stages of treatment and barriers to treatment encountered. Method: A comprehensive and representative review of the relevant literature was undertaken to examine HCV treatment experience outside of clinical trials in the last decade. This review found 25 unique studies with data on course of treatment and/or barriers to treatment in samples of patients with HCV not preselected for inclusion in clinical trials. Results: Results were examined separately for samples selected for HCV infection versus HCV/HIV coinfection. Only 19% of HCV-selected and 16% of HCV/HIV-coinfection selected patients were considered treatment eligible and advanced to treatment; even fewer completed treatment (13% and 11%, respectively) or achieved sustained virologic response (3% and 6%, respectively). Psychiatric and medical ineligibilities were the primary treatment barriers. Conclusion: Only by systematically observing and addressing potentially solvable medical and psychosocial barriers to treatment will more patients be enrolled in and complete HCV therapy. © 2013.


Teshome B.F.,St. Louis College of Pharmacy | Teshome B.F.,University of Texas at Austin | Teshome B.F.,University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio | Lee G.C.,University of Texas at Austin | And 12 more authors.
BMC Infectious Diseases | Year: 2015

Background: Community-onset (CO) methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) pneumonia is an evolving problem, and there is a great need for a reliable method to assess MRSA risk at hospital admission. A new MRSA prediction score classifies CO-pneumonia patients into low, medium, and high-risk groups based on objective criteria available at baseline. Our objective was to assess the effect of initial MRSA therapy on mortality in these three risk groups. Methods: We conducted a retrospective cohort study using data from the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Patients were included if they were hospitalized with pneumonia and received antibiotics within the first 48h of admission. They were stratified into MRSA therapy and no MRSA therapy treatment arms based on antibiotics received in the first 48h. Multivariable logistic regression was used to adjust for potential confounders. Results: A total of 80,330 patients met inclusion criteria, of which 36% received MRSA therapy and 64% did not receive MRSA therapy. The majority of patients were classified as either low (51%) or medium (47%) risk, with only 2% classified as high-risk. Multivariable logistic regression analysis demonstrated that initial MRSA therapy was associated with a lower 30-day mortality in the high-risk group (adjusted odds ratio 0.57; 95% confidence interval 0.42-0.77). Initial MRSA therapy was not beneficial in the low or medium-risk groups. Conclusions: This study demonstrated improved survival with initial MRSA therapy in high-risk CO-pneumonia patients. The MRSA risk score might help spare MRSA therapy for only those patients who are likely to benefit. © 2015 Teshome et al.


PubMed | University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, University of Texas at Austin, The VA North Texas Health Care System, St. Louis College of Pharmacy and University of the Incarnate Word
Type: | Journal: BMC infectious diseases | Year: 2015

Community-onset (CO) methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) pneumonia is an evolving problem, and there is a great need for a reliable method to assess MRSA risk at hospital admission. A new MRSA prediction score classifies CO-pneumonia patients into low, medium, and high-risk groups based on objective criteria available at baseline. Our objective was to assess the effect of initial MRSA therapy on mortality in these three risk groups.We conducted a retrospective cohort study using data from the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Patients were included if they were hospitalized with pneumonia and received antibiotics within the first 48 h of admission. They were stratified into MRSA therapy and no MRSA therapy treatment arms based on antibiotics received in the first 48 h. Multivariable logistic regression was used to adjust for potential confounders.A total of 80,330 patients met inclusion criteria, of which 36% received MRSA therapy and 64% did not receive MRSA therapy. The majority of patients were classified as either low (51%) or medium (47%) risk, with only 2% classified as high-risk. Multivariable logistic regression analysis demonstrated that initial MRSA therapy was associated with a lower 30-day mortality in the high-risk group (adjusted odds ratio 0.57; 95% confidence interval 0.42-0.77). Initial MRSA therapy was not beneficial in the low or medium-risk groups.This study demonstrated improved survival with initial MRSA therapy in high-risk CO-pneumonia patients. The MRSA risk score might help spare MRSA therapy for only those patients who are likely to benefit.

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