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Cardiac surgical interventions for children with trisomy 18 and trisomy 13 remain controversial, despite growing evidence that definitive cardiac repair prolongs survival. Understanding quality of life for survivors and their families therefore becomes crucial. Study objective was to generate a descriptive summary of parental perspectives on quality of life, family impact, functional status, and hopes for children with trisomy 18 and trisomy 13 who have undergone heart surgery.
A concurrent mixed method approach utilising PedsQL™ 4.0 Generic Core Parent Report for Toddlers or the PedsQL™ Infant Scale, PedsQL™ 2.0 Family Impact Module, Functional Status Scale, quality of life visual analogue scale, and narrative responses for 10 children whose families travelled out of state to access cardiac surgery denied to them in their home state due to genetic diagnoses.
Parents rated their child’s quality of life as 80/100, and their own quality of life as 78/100 using validated scales. Functional status was rated 11 by parents and 11.6 by providers (correlation 0.89). On quality of life visual analogue scale, all parents rated their child’s quality of life as “high” with mean response 92.7/100. Parental hopes were informed by realistic perspective on prognosis while striving to ensure their children had access to reaching their full potential. Qualitative analysis revealed a profound sense of the child’s relationality and valued life meaning.
Understanding parental motivations and perceptions on the child’s quality of life has potential to inform care teams in considering cardiac interventions for children with trisomy 18 and trisomy 13.
Maternal mental health during pregnancy and postpartum predicts later emotional and behavioural problems in children. Even though most perinatal mental health problems begin before pregnancy, the consequences of preconception maternal mental health for children's early emotional development have not been prospectively studied.
We used data from two prospective Australian intergenerational cohorts, with 756 women assessed repeatedly for mental health problems before pregnancy between age 13 and 29 years, and during pregnancy and at 1 year postpartum for 1231 subsequent pregnancies. Offspring infant emotional reactivity, an early indicator of differential sensitivity denoting increased risk of emotional problems under adversity, was assessed at 1 year postpartum.
Thirty-seven percent of infants born to mothers with persistent preconception mental health problems were categorised as high in emotional reactivity, compared to 23% born to mothers without preconception history (adjusted OR 2.1, 95% CI 1.4–3.1). Ante- and postnatal maternal depressive symptoms were similarly associated with infant emotional reactivity, but these perinatal associations reduced somewhat after adjustment for prior exposure. Causal mediation analysis further showed that 88% of the preconception risk was a direct effect, not mediated by perinatal exposure.
Maternal preconception mental health problems predict infant emotional reactivity, independently of maternal perinatal mental health; while associations between perinatal depressive symptoms and infant reactivity are partially explained by prior exposure. Findings suggest that processes shaping early vulnerability for later mental disorders arise well before conception. There is an emerging case for expanding developmental theories and trialling preventive interventions in the years before pregnancy.
OBJECTIVES/SPECIFIC AIMS: To describe the epidemiology of patients with carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) bacteriuria in metropolitan Atlanta, GA and to identify risk factors associated with progression to an invasive CRE infection. We hypothesize that having an indwelling urinary catheter increases the risk of progression. METHODS/STUDY POPULATION: The Georgia Emerging Infections Program (EIP) performs active population- and laboratory-based surveillance to identify CRE isolated from a sterile site (e.g. blood) or urine among patients who reside in the 8-county metropolitan Atlanta area (population ~4 million). The Georgia EIP performs a chart review of each case to extract data on demographics, culture location, resistance patterns, healthcare exposures, and other underlying risk factors. We used a retrospective cohort study design to include all Georgia EIP cases with Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Klebsiella oxytoca, Enterobacter cloacae, or Klebsiella (formerly Enterobacter) aerogenes, adapting the current EIP definition of resistance to only include isolates resistant to meropenem, imipenem or doripenem (minimum inhibitory concentration ≥ 4) first identified in a urine culture from 8/1/2011 to 7/31/2017. Patients with CRE identified in a sterile site culture prior to a urine culture will be excluded. Within this cohort, we will identify which patients had a subsequent similar CRE isolate identified from a sterile site between one day and one year after the original urine culture was identified (termed “progression”). CRE isolates will be defined as similar if they are the same species and have the same carbapenem susceptibility pattern. Univariable analyses using T-tests or other nonparametric tests for continuous variables, and Chi-square tests (or Fisher’s exact tests as appropriate) for categorical variables will compare patient demographics, comorbidities and presence of invasive devices including urinary catheters between patients who had progression to an invasive infection and those who did not have progression. Covariates with a p-value of < 0.2 will be eligible for inclusion in the multivariable logistic regression model with progression to invasive infection as the primary outcome. All statistical analyses will be done in SAS 9.4. RESULTS/ANTICIPATED RESULTS: From 8/1/2011 to 7/31/2017 we have preliminarily identified 546 patients with CRE first identified in urine, representing an annual incidence rate of 1.1 cases per 100,000 population. Most cases were K. pneumoniae (352, 64%), followed by E. coli (117, 21%), E. cloacae (48, 9%), K. aerogenes (18, 3%), and K. oxytoca (11, 2%). The mean patient age was 64 +/− 18 years and the majority (308, 56%) were female. Clinical characterization through chart review was available for 507 patients. The majority of the patients were black (301, 59%), followed by white (166, 33%), Asian (12, 2%), and other or unknown race (28, 6%). 466 (92%) patients had at least one underlying comorbid condition with a median Charlson Comorbidity Index of 3 (IQR 1-5). 460 (91%) infections were considered healthcare-associated (366 community-onset and 94 hospital-onset), while 44 (9%) were community-associated. 279 (55%) patients had a urinary catheter within the two days prior to the CRE culture. The analysis of patients who progress to an invasive CRE infection, including the results of the univariable and multivariable analyses assessing risk factors for progression is in progress and will be reported in the future. DISCUSSION/SIGNIFICANCE OF IMPACT: In metropolitan Atlanta, the annual incidence of CRE first isolated in urine was estimated to be 1.1 cases per 100,000 population between 2011 and 2017, with the majority of the cases being K. pneumoniae. Most patients had prior healthcare exposure and more than 50% of the patients had a urinary catheter. Our anticipated results will identify risk factors associated with progression from CRE bacteriuria to an invasive infection with a specific focus on having a urinary catheter, as this is a potentially modifiable characteristic that could be a target of future interventions.
Falls prevention strategies can only be effective in reducing falls amongst older people if they are adopted and enacted in their daily lives. There is limited evidence identifying what older people in residential aged care (RAC) homes understand about falls and falls prevention, or what may limit or enable their adoption of strategies. This study was conducted in two countries and explored older people's knowledge and awareness of falls and their preferences, opportunities and motivation to undertake falls prevention strategies. A cross-sectional survey was administered to participants (N = 70) aged 65 years and over, living in six RAC homes in Perth, Australia and six RAC homes in Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom. Participants had limited knowledge about intrinsic falls risk factors and strategies to address these and frequently expressed self-blame regarding falling. Almost all (N = 67, 95.7%) participants felt highly motivated to maintain their current functional mobility and independence in everyday tasks. Key preferences for receiving falls prevention messages favoured a positive approach promoting wellness and independence (N = 41, 58.6%) via pictorial posters or brochures (N = 37, 52.9%) and small group discussions preferably with demonstrations (N = 18, 25.7%). Findings from this study may assist organisations and staff to more effectively engage with older people living in RAC about falls prevention and design targeted resources to address the motivations and preferences of this population.
The application of digital monitoring biomarkers in health, wellness and disease management is reviewed. Harnessing the near limitless capacity of these approaches in the managed healthcare continuum will benefit from a systems-based architecture which presents data quality, quantity, and ease of capture within a decision-making dashboard.
A framework was developed which stratifies key components and advances the concept of contextualized biomarkers. The framework codifies how direct, indirect, composite, and contextualized composite data can drive innovation for the application of digital biomarkers in healthcare.
The de novo framework implies consideration of physiological, behavioral, and environmental factors in the context of biomarker capture and analysis. Application in disease and wellness is highlighted, and incorporation in clinical feedback loops and closed-loop systems is illustrated.
The study of contextualized biomarkers has the potential to offer rich and insightful data for clinical decision making. Moreover, advancement of the field will benefit from innovation at the intersection of medicine, engineering, and science. Technological developments in this dynamic field will thus fuel its logical evolution guided by inputs from patients, physicians, healthcare providers, end-payors, actuarists, medical device manufacturers, and drug companies.
It is unclear which of four popular contemporary diet patterns is best for weight maintenance among postmenopausal women. Four dietary patterns were characterised among postmenopausal women aged 49–81 years (mean 63·6 (sd 7·4) years) from the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study: (1) a low-fat diet; (2) a reduced-carbohydrate diet; (3) a Mediterranean-style (Med) diet; and (4) a diet consistent with the US Department of Agriculture’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). Discrete-time hazards models were used to compare the risk of weight gain (≥10 %) among high adherers of each diet pattern. In adjusted models, the reduced-carbohydrate diet was inversely related to weight gain (OR 0·71; 95 % CI 0·66, 0·76), whereas the low-fat (OR 1·43; 95 % CI 1·33, 1·54) and DGA (OR 1·24; 95 % CI 1·15, 1·33) diets were associated with increased risk of weight gain. By baseline weight status, the reduced-carbohydrate diet was inversely related to weight gain among women who were normal weight (OR 0·72; 95 % CI 0·63, 0·81), overweight (OR 0·67; 95 % CI 0·59, 0·76) or obese class I (OR 0·63; 95 % CI 0·53, 0·76) at baseline. The low-fat diet was associated with increased risk of weight gain in women who were normal weight (OR 1·28; 95 % CI 1·13, 1·46), overweight (OR 1·60; 95 % CI 1·40, 1·83), obese class I (OR 1·73; 95 % CI 1·43, 2·09) or obese class II (OR 1·44; 95 % CI 1·08, 1·92) at baseline. These findings suggest that a low-fat diet may promote weight gain, whereas a reduced-carbohydrate diet may decrease risk of postmenopausal weight gain.
Debates over redistribution, social insurance, and market regulation are central to American politics. Why do some citizens prefer a large role for government in the economic life of the nation while others wish to limit its reach? In Open versus Closed, the authors argue that these preferences are not always what they seem. They show how deep-seated personality traits underpinning the culture wars over race, immigration, law and order, sexuality, gender roles, and religion shape how citizens think about economics, binding cultural and economic inclinations together in unexpected ways. Integrating insights from both psychology and political science - and twenty years of observational and experimental data - the authors reveal the deeper motivations driving attitudes toward government. They find that for politically active citizens these attitudes are not driven by self-interest, but by a desire to express the traits and cultural commitments that define their identities.