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To achieve sustainable change, quality improvement initiatives must become the new way of working rather than something added on to routine clinical care. However, most organizational change is not maintained. In this next article in this Moving Points in Nephrology feature on quality improvement, we provide health care professionals with strategies to(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify factors influencing patient involvement in decision-making in the context of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and effective interventions to support their decision-making needs. METHODS A systematic review included studies and decision support tools that involved: (1) adults with CKD, (2) studies published from 1998-2008; and (3) a focus(More)
The ultrasound attenuation coefficient and dispersion from 0-70 MHz in whole human blood and its components (red blood cells and plasma) at 37°C is reported. The measurements are made using a fixed path substitution technique that exploits optical mechanisms for the generation and detection of ultrasound. This allows the measurements to cover a broad(More)
Gaucher disease (GD) is an autosomal recessive lysosomal storage disease, caused by deficiency of the enzyme glucocerebrosidase, required for the degradation of glycosphingolipids. Clinical manifestations include hepatosplenomegaly, thrombocytopenia, bone disease and a bleeding diathesis, frequently resulting in presentation to haematologists. Historically(More)
Thrombus-related catheter malfunction is a significant problem for catheter-dependent dialysis patients. The primary medical intervention is the local luminal installation of thrombolytic agents (TLAs). There are three major TLA installation methodologies: locking, push, and infusion protocols. A systematic literature review of existing TLA protocols for(More)
SUMMARY The purpose of this study was to evaluate and report our anatomic results and complications associated with stent-assisted coil embolization of intracranial aneurysms using the Neuroform stent. From September 2003 to August 2007, 127 consecutive patients (ruptured 50, 39.4%; unruptured 77, 60.6%) underwent 129 stent-assisted coil embolization(More)
Competition for food, space, or other depletable resources has strong impacts on the fitness of organisms and can lead to a pattern known as negative density dependence, where fitness decreases as population density increases. Yet, many resources that have strong impacts on fitness are nondepletable (e.g., moisture or temperature). How do these(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Some patients are not optimally treated by conventional in-center hemodialysis (HD) and are unable to perform home HD. We examined the effect of in-center thrice-weekly nocturnal HD (INHD) on patient outcomes. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS Patients who were not optimally treated on conventional HD were offered(More)
under USEPA contract 68-W6-0014. Mention of trade names or specific applications does not imply endorsement or acceptance by USEPA. While the authors have made their best to provide accurate summaries, limited material was available for some of the projects. The summaries were edited and prepared for publication by Mike Smith and Table 1 is provided as a(More)