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Secondary outcomes l Attendances at the ED were higher in the intervention phase than in the control phase; GP event-days were slightly lower; there were no clear effects on outpatient visits; bed-days overall were higher; mental health quality-of-life scores were similar between phases, but physical health scores were higher in the intervention phase; satisfaction scores were slightly lower in the intervention phase. Evidence of underprediction of risk was apparent at higher-risk levels, balanced by overprediction of risk at the lowest risk level. Costs l The implementation cost of PRISM in the first year was estimated to be £822 per practice, £0. Processes of change associated with the Predictive RIsk Stratification Model Usage of PRISM appeared to be low and declined over time. Usage was strongly driven by the QOF requirements in the GP contract, focusing on a small proportion (0. GPs were generally open to trying PRISM, but extreme pressures on their role limited their time and capacity for using it to its full potential. All stakeholders were aware of the limited potential of PRISM to support improvements to patient care without additional resources being put into community-based care services. GPs reported that PRISM changed their awareness of patients and focused them on targeting the highest-risk patients, though these may have been least suitable for proactive management. They agreed that PRISM was potentially very useful to manage patients from lower-risk tiers. This issue may be freely reproduced for the purposes of private research and study and extracts (or indeed, the full report) may be included in professional journals 107 provided that suitable acknowledgement is made and the reproduction is not associated with any form of advertising. Applications for commercial reproduction should be addressed to: NIHR Journals Library, National Institute for Health Research, Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre, Alpha House, University of Southampton Science Park, Southampton SO16 7NS, UK. DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONS Strengths and limitations of study Our stepped-wedge study design, with randomised allocation of clusters of GP practices to receive the PRISM tool over a 1-year period and using linked data follow-up, allowed us to carry out a rigorous evaluation of this population-level intervention that included primary outcomes for > 250,000 people. We were able to anonymously link self-reported questionnaires for a sample of patients to our routine data outcomes, giving us a picture of effects on health service use as well as quality of life and satisfaction. Using linked data allowed us to include almost the whole population for those general practices that participated in the study. Inclusion of outcomes for such a high number of participants means that even small differences are detected and are statistically significant. In this case, effects were small but consistent, and across such high numbers of participants, resulted in large cost differences between phases. Our mixed-methods approach allowed us to explore implementation and reported usage as well as perceived challenges and benefits. The incorporation of qualitative methods, health economic analyses, as well as the investigation of technical performance, has ensured that a comprehensive evaluation has been undertaken to inform health-care decision-making of the value (from clinical, service, patient and economic outcomes) of PRISM. This is the first evaluation of the effects of the introduction of a PRISM in a real-life setting, although the tools have now been widely introduced across the UK as part of a comprehensive policy for the care of people with chronic conditions, with higher rates of management of patients outside hospital, through primary- or community-based services or self-care. However, within the constraints of a funded evaluation, we were only able to include outcomes up to 18 months from implementation of PRISM at the first practices. We do not know what the longer-term effects would be. Self-reported health-related quality-of-life and satisfaction findings are based on a sample which was weighted to favour patients at higher levels of risk. These scores therefore need further analysis to account for non-responders and for this weighting, so that findings are representative of the whole population. There were a number of practical and analytical challenges associated with using anonymised linked routine data for the assessment of cost-effectiveness. With respect to the cost-effectiveness analyses, there is little literature available on the conduct of health economic analyses alongside trial designs of this nature. We demonstrated that appropriate methods can be applied; a particular strength of our analyses is that we undertook cost, cost-effectiveness, cost–consequences and cost–utility analyses, and trial-based budget impact to provide as full a picture as possible of the economic impact of PRISM. The economic analysis (other than the implementation costs associated with PRISM) could not be done until the SAIL data were made available for final analysis; and logistical aspects such as accessing the data proved problematic throughout the analysis period. Another essential lesson learnt was the need to work closely with the statistical analysis (e. Further limitations relate to the dynamic context, with changing policy and practice environment before, during and after recruitment. We believe our study design is well suited to this context, frequently encountered by evaluative studies in health care. Against this background, beyond the PRISM tool it was challenging to define the wider intervention that was designed to reduce emergency admissions, and we were unable to disentangle effects of PRISM from the introduction of QOF targets for the care of those at the highest level of risk of emergency admissions to hospital. The use of EARP tools is widely advocated in academic, policy and clinical literature and is, for example, a core component of 5 14, both the English and Welsh chronic/long-term conditions models. Provisional indications from a UK-wide survey led by one of the co-applicants are that > 70% of UK practices now have access to an EARP tool. The development and validity of the tools has been widely 26 15 26, researched, but little research has been undertaken into their effectiveness. Lewis,15 for instance, suggests that at this level there is little scope for improvement, whereas Wallace et al. GP contracts have incentivised EARP use for case management of patients at high risk of hospitalisation, with over £480M allocated for the Avoiding Unplanned Admissions Enhanced Service in England between 2014 and 2017. Their responsibilities are to use a risk prediction model or alternative to identify vulnerable older people, high-risk patients and patients needing end-of-life care who are at risk of unplanned admission, and create a register of at least 2% of patients aged > 18 years. The ES is aligned with NHS policy guidance for patient-centred care and supporting self-management, with GPs encouraged 18 89, to involve patients in their care planning through shared decision-making. This issue may be freely reproduced for the purposes of private research and study and extracts (or indeed, the full report) may be included in professional journals 109 provided that suitable acknowledgement is made and the reproduction is not associated with any form of advertising. Applications for commercial reproduction should be addressed to: NIHR Journals Library, National Institute for Health Research, Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre, Alpha House, University of Southampton Science Park, Southampton SO16 7NS, UK. DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONS Incentivisation of the targeting of those at the very highest levels of risk has become routine practice in Wales through QOF measures and in England through the funding of an enhanced service, although originally predictive risk stratification tools were seen as a way of managing care across the spectrum of risk. In 2013, Geraint Lewis, Chief Data Officer, NHS England, drew attention to this: It is important to remember that patients at very high-predicted risk of hospitalisation only account for a modest proportion of all unplanned admissions. Therefore, to have a meaningful impact on admission rates at the population level, it will be important to consider less-intensive, lower-cost interventions for patients at moderately high-predicted risk. Indeed, there is a danger that by focusing exclusively on the integration of care for very high-risk patients, virtual wards may be diverting attention away from the integration of care for lower risk patients. However, this is based on assumptions – with little empirical evidence to date – about how risk prediction tools and incentivisation of care work in practice.

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In obtained using isotopic methods and by inhibiting the de- the future orlistat 120 mg on line, with the higher sensitivity available using inverse gradative enzyme GABA transaminase (24) generic 60 mg orlistat otc. It should be MRS methods in combination with the development of noted that determination of the rate of GABA synthesis ultrahigh field magnets for human studies cheap orlistat 60mg line, measurements from isotopic methods depends on the assumption that the of the rate of glucose oxidation in GABAergic neurons glutamate precursor pool for GABA is severalfold lower in should be possible in humans. A long-term controversy in brain metabolism studies has been the rate of glucose oxidation in glial cells. Early esti- IN VIVO MRS MEASUREMENTS OF THE mates range from 10% to over 50% of glucose oxidation RATE OF THE GLUTAMATE/GLUTAMINE (49). MRS may be used to measure the rate of glial glucose CYCLE: FINDINGS AND VALIDATION oxidation based on the localization of the enzyme glutamine synthetase in the glia (50). This localization allows the rate The function of the glutamate/glutamine cycle is to prevent of the glial TCA cycle to be calculated from the labeling of depletion of the nerve terminal glutamate pool by synaptic glutamine from glial glutamate. Glial cells have a high capacity for transporting glu- findings were by Van den Berg and co-workers (40), who, tamate from the synaptic cleft in order to maintain a low using 14C isotopic labeling strategies, assigned a rate to glial ECF (extracellular fluid) concentration of glutamate (50, pyruvate dehydrogenase, which they referred to as the small 51). In vivo and in vitro studies indicate that glutamate glutamate pool, of 15% to 25% of total pyruvate dehydro- released by the neuron is taken up by the glia and converted genase (neuronal glial) activity. The pyruvate dehydro- to glutamine by glutamine synthetase (53,54), an enzyme genase rate is equal to the rate of complete glucose oxidation found exclusively in glia (52). Glutamine is transported by the TCA cycle plus the rate of net glial anaplerosis. These from the glia into the ECF where it is taken up by neurons measurements were performed using extract analysis of and converted back to glutamate through the action of whole brains. Two recent 13C MRS measurements of hu- phosphate-activated glutaminase (PAG) (55). Based on ex- mans have measured glial pyruvate dehydrogenase as ac- tensive data from isotopic labeling studies, immunohisto- counting for between 8% (29) and 15% (35) of total pyru- chemical staining of cortical cells for specific enzymes, iso- vate dehydrogenase activity in the occipital parietal lobe. A lated cell, and tissue fractionation studies, it has been limitation of these studies is that they did not measure the proposed that glutamate (as well as GABA) taken up by the rate of the glial TCA cycle, only the pyruvate dehydrogenase glia from the synaptic cleft may be returned to the neuron in step, and therefore the total oxidative energy produced in the form of glutamine (40,56–58). The generally accepted model of the glutamate/glutamine neurotransmitter cycle is the glia was not calculated. Supporting the concept that of glucose oxidation is associated with the large glutamate glutamate neurotransmitter flux is a small fraction of total pool, reflecting primarily glutamatergic neurons. The re- glucose metabolism are findings in isolated cells and nonac- mainder is primarily distributed between GABAergic neu- tivated brain slices of a low rate of label incorporation from rons and glia. The development of new labeling strategies [1-13C] glucose (61). The concept of a metabolically inac- such as [2-13C] acetate and higher sensitivity MRS measure- tive neurotransmitter pool was brought into question in ments should allow the contributions of these cell types to 1995, when, using 13C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), be more accurately determined. Within the error of the we measured a high rate of glutamine labeling from [1-13C] MRS measurements, and the contribution of glutamate glucose in the occipital/parietal lobe of human subjects (12). At the time of the initial 13C NMRstudy, the available for other cell types such as dopaminergic and sero- rate of the glutamate/glutamine cycle could not be calcu- toninergic nerve terminals. An objection that has been raised lated due to the lack of a model for distinguishing isotopic to these findings is the possibility that small highly metaboli- labeling from this cycle from other sources of glutamine cally active pools may be missed by the MRS method. Net ammonia removal requires the de novo glutamine ments of total glucose consumption indicate that the contri- synthesis via the anaplerotic pathway in the glia. In addition, bution of these small pools is not large. MRS measurements several other pathways, including the glial TCA cycle, have of glucose metabolism during cortical activation will be re- been proposed as providing significant precursors for gluta- 25: Glutamate and GABA Neurotransmitter Cycles 321 mine synthesis (61,62). To calculate the rate of the gluta- constant, loss of glutamine by efflux (Vefflux) must be com- mate/glutamine cycle, Sibson et al. The important and surprising the TCA cycle oxaloacetate is converted to -ketoglutarate, result of these studies is that the glutamate/glutamine cycle which may be converted to glutamate either by ammonia is a major metabolic flux, far exceeding de novo glutamine fixation via glia glutamate dehydrogenase or alternatively synthesis. The rate of the glutamate/glutamine cycle in the through transamination with other amino acids (37). Glial awake resting human cerebral cortex is between 60% and glutamate is then converted to glutamine by glutamine syn- 80% of total glucose oxidation. One or two ammonia molecules are fixed per gluta- mine molecule synthesized through anaplerosis, depending on the relative fluxes of NH fixation versus transamina- 4 Development of a Two-Compartment tion. Applying nitrogen mass balance constraints leads to Metabolic Model of Glutamine the relationship VNH4 (1 to 2)Vefflux at steady state. The Metabolism to Separately Determine the additional requirement of carbon mass balance leads to the Rate of the Glutamate/Glutamine Cycle following relationship: and Anaplerotic Glutamine Synthesis 1 Vana Vefflux VCO2 ( ⁄2 to 1)VNH4 The rate of the glutamate/glutamine cycle is calculated from 13 Total glutamine synthesis is then related to synthesis for the time course C labeling of glutamine relative to the ammonia detoxification (Vana) and the glutamate/glutamine labeling of its precursor neuronal glutamate. If neuronal cycle (Vcycle) by the following expression: glutamate were the only precursor of glutamine, the calcula- tion would be straightforward. Unfortunately, the calcula- Vgln Vcycle Vana tion is complicated by label from [1-13C] glucose entering Note that V may be higher than V if anaplerosis is CO2 ana both the neuronal and glial TCA cycles via pyruvate dehy- needed to replace TCA cycle intermediates lost by oxidative drogenase. Glutamate in both cell types will be labeled in processes or pyruvate recycling (63,64). The flow of label from C4-glutamate gln into C4-glutamine is proportional to the total rate of gluta- in combination with a measurement of any of the rates mine synthesis. However, unless the relative flow of 13C linked by mass balance considerations to anaplerotic gluta- label into the glial glutamate pool from the glial pyruvate mine synthesis. A limitation of isotopic measurements of dehydrogenase and neuronal glutamate are distinguished, flux is that isotopic exchange cannot be distinguished from the fraction of glutamine synthesis due to the glutamate/ net flux. The linkage between the labeling of glutamine glutamine cycle cannot be calculated. To determine the rate through glial pyruvate dehydrogenase and the brain an- of the glutamate/glutamine cycle from a [1-13C] glucose aplerosis flux allows the validation of isotopic measurements of glutamine 13C and 15N labeling against traditional AV precursor, we developed a metabolic model to constrain the rate of glutamine labeling from glial pyruvate dehydro- difference measurements. The glutamate/glutamine cycle measurement using a [1-13C] glucose precursor also includes contributions from Glutamine production via glutamine synthetase requires two substrates, glutamate and ammonia. As shown in the the GABA/glutamine cycle (34,57,65). A mathemati- and the Effects of Disease and Pharmacologic Treatment cal model was developed to interpret isotopic data in order on Human GABA Metabolism, below). The glutamate/glu- to separate these pathways (25,27,29,36). The model ex- tamine and GABA/glutamine pathway may be distin- tends previous formulations by imposing mass balance con- 13 13 guished using [2- C] glucose and [2- C] acetate as precur- straints on the brain glutamate and glutamine pools that sors as described below and in the section In Vivo MRS relate the rate of de novo glutamine synthesis to the net Studies of GABA Metabolism. Glutamine efflux is the primary source of nitrogen removal from the 13 C NMR Studiesof the Glutamate/ brain (49,62). Nitrogen must be removed from the brain Glutamine Cycle in Rat Cerebral Cortex in order to maintain low concentrations of ammonia, which when elevated will interfere with brain function (62). Be- To determine the rate of glutamine synthesis, rats were stud- cause at steady state the concentration of glutamine remains ied under -chloralose anesthesia in a 7-T modified Bruker 322 Neuropsychopharmacology: The Fifth Generation of Progress Biospec spectrometer. A small 13C surface coil was used for tamine under hyperammonemic conditions are also consis- transmission and reception. The spectroscopic volume was tent with the predictions of the model. The agreement be- localized primarily to the motor and somatosensory cortices. The time courses were 2 provides strong experimental support for the ability to fitted using differential equations describing the proposed determine Vcycle under normal physiologic conditions.

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This is enshrined in many clinical practice guidelines including those for type 1 and 2 diabetes produced by NICE order orlistat 120 mg otc. There is also evidence that urine albumin is a more sensitive test to enable detection of glomerular disease associated with some other systemic diseases (e order 120 mg orlistat mastercard. The diabetic nephropathy literature and the classification of diabetic nephropathy is based upon urine albumin excretion (commonly expressed as an ACR measurement) and the 41 Chronic kidney disease recent Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) classification of CKD is clear in that it requires urine albumin measurement to facilitate diagnosis of stage 1 and 2 CKD discount orlistat 60 mg without prescription. There is strong evidence from epidemiological studies linking urinary albumin excretion to cardiovascular mortality and kidney disease progression in people with diabetes and to cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular mortality in those without diabetes. The NKF-KDOQI guidelines therefore recommend urinary albumin measurement in preference to total protein when detecting and monitoring proteinuria. Conversely, the UK CKD guidelines and CARI guidelines have recommended urine PCR for non-diabetic kidney disease, with ACR being reserved for patients with diabetes. Increasingly the management of CKD is being undertaken by general practitioners and other non-nephrologists. Also, where the National Vascular Screening Programme identifies people with conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and impaired GFR an ACR will be recommended. Furthermore, the Quality and Outcomes framework now includes proteinuria in the CKD indicators. There is a need for consistency between detection of proteinuria in diabetes and detection of proteinuria in CKD. The current dual system of proteinuria/albuminuria reporting is at the least confusing and to patients probably unfathomable. Problems remain in defining conversion factors that would enable the proteinuria evidence base to be interpreted on the basis of urine albumin results. This is particularly true at lower levels of protein excretion, where the contribution of albumin to total protein is more variable. To attempt to address this, a call for evidence1 was circulated to registered stakeholder organisations specifically seeking evidence relating to the equivalence of ACR to PCR and to 24-hour urinary protein excretion. Instead, studies were selected that compared ACR or PCR to the reference standard test, timed overnight 42 4 Investigation of CKD or 24-hour urinary albumin (or protein) excretion. Studies were excluded if the sample size was small (lower than 100) or if the sulfosalicylic acid test, protein heat coagulation test, or urine electrophoresis were used as the reference test. Two studies compared PCR in a spot urine sample to timed urinary 24-hour protein excretion in diabetic adults98 or in non-diabetic adults with proteinuria and CKD. Six studies compared the ACR in a spot urine sample to timed overnight or 24-hour urinary albumin excretion in diabetic adults,100–103 in a Dutch general population,104 and in a South Asian general population in Pakistan. Four of these studies were relevant and admissible under the NICE Guidelines Manual. In a cross-sectional study of people aged 25 years and older in Australia (AusDiab, N=10596), both urine albumin (rate nephrelometry) and urine protein (pyrogallol red molybdate) were measured in random urine samples and the correlation between ACR and PCR was determined. The sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values of an ACR ≥30 mg/g to detect a PCR ≥0. All analyses in this paper were weighted to represent the non-institutionalised Australian population. Specifically, the correlation between urinary albumin concentration (mg/l, immuno- turbidometric assay) and urinary total protein concentration (mg/l, Ponceau S assay) was assessed in 235 timed 24-hour urine samples. Given that this manuscript was shared with the GDG as unpublished work in progress, there are some methodological limitations. The correlation between ACR (immuno- turbidometric assay) and PCR (pyrogallol red or subsequently a benzethonium turbidometric assay) was assessed. The relationships between 24-h protein excretion and ACR or PCR were also analysed in a non-randomised subgroup for whom 24-hour protein had been collected (N=1739). Areas under the receiver-operator curves were determined, along with the thresholds of both ACR and PCR to detect a 24-hour protein excretion rate >1 g/day or >450 mg/day with sensitivity of 0. This correlation significantly decreased in adults with normal ACR (<30 µg/mg) (r=0. In the figures given below, sensitivity is the proportion of people with an albumin excretion rate >30 µg/min correctly identified by the ACR test. Specificity is the proportion of people with an albumin excretion rate <30 µg/min correctly excluded by the ACR test. The specificity was high (97% in men and 95% in women). The NPV for albuminuria in those with high ACR (≥30 mg/g) was 95%. There was poor correlation between ACR and PCR in the range of 10–100 mg/mmol, and this remained the case when the analysis was restricted to subgroups (by gender, primary glomerular disease, diabetic nephropathy, and various bands of eGFR). The ratio of urine albumin to total protein significantly increased with increasing degrees of proteinuria from 0. However, there was increased scatter of ACR (below the line of unity) at lower levels of PCR. However, among people with known renal disease, total protein measures may provide better diagnostic/prognostic information (as among people with proteinuria, 9% tested negative for albuminuria). ACR had considerable scatter around a urinary protein of 300–1000 mg/day. Similarly, to predict a 24-hour urine protein >450 mg/day, a PCR threshold of 45 mg/mmol had the desired sensitivity of 0. Confidence intervals are not given for these estimates, and it is not possible to construct them from the details available. Albumin concentration was <100 mg/l and in most cases it was <20 mg/l in samples that tested negative for protein by salicylsulphonic acid precipitation. For samples with total protein in the range 0–3000 mg/l (N=116), the correlation between AER and TPER (r=0. Further, the objective of these tests in clinical practice is to detect people with CKD at increased risk of progression, and it is not yet established whether either one of proteinuria or albuminuria is superior to the other in this regard. The evidence reviewed for the measurement of protein, albumin, PCR and ACR came from different disease groups, and in some cases different ethnic groups. The GDG noted that the influence of either disease or ethnicity on actual measurement was questionable. ACR and PCR overcome inaccuracies related to timing of collection and incomplete urine collection but measure different proteins. For the identification of proteinuria in routine clinical practise a single test has been recommended. The amount of albuminuria was considered the most relevant measurement and has the advantage that the amount of albumin can be accurately measured if an immunologic assay is used. The cost-effectiveness analysis (Appendix C) showed that ACR (performed in a hospital laboratory) was more cost-effective than the use of protein or albumin reagent strips. In a sensitivity analysis, we found that ACR has to be only very slightly more accurate than PCR for ACR to be cost-effective across a range of plausible cost differentials.