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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816466/a-comparison-of-psychopathology-and-reoffending-in-female-and-male-convicted-firesetters
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Lauren Ducat, Troy McEwan, James R P Ogloff
Little is known about the psychopathological or criminal history characteristics of female firesetters, or how often women reoffend by firesetting. The current study is one of the few large-scale longitudinal investigations to compare key psychiatric and offending variables in female and male firesetters who are not incarcerated or known to be mentally disordered. In addition, the study aimed to identify the base rate of recidivism for female firesetters compared with males. The study compared all 143 female and 909 male firesetters convicted of arson and fire-related offenses between 2000 and 2009 in Victoria, Australia...
August 17, 2017: Law and Human Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796512/dimensionality-dependent-electrochemical-kinetics-at-the-single-layer-graphene-electrolyte-interface
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R Narayanan, H Yamada, B C Marin, A Zaretski, P R Bandaru
The theories to describe the rate at which electrochemical reactions proceed, to date, do not consider explicitly the dimensionality or the discreteness and occupancy of the energy levels of the electrodes. We show experimentally that such quantum mechanical aspects are important for dimensionally confined nanostructured materials and yield unusual variation of the kinetic rate constants with applied voltage in single-layer graphene. The observed divergence from conventional electrokinetics was ascribed to the linear energy dispersion as well as a nonzero density of states at the Dirac point in the graphene...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782977/using-the-comparison-curve-fix-index-ccfi-in-taxometric-analyses-averaging-curves-standard-errors-and-ccfi-profiles
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John Ruscio, Lauren M Carney, Lindsay Dever, Melissa Pliskin, Shirley B Wang
Determining whether a construct is more appropriately conceptualized and assessed in a categorical or a dimensional manner has received considerable research attention in recent years. There are a variety of statistical techniques to address this empirically, and Meehl's (1995) taxometric method has been among the most widely used methods applied to constructs in the areas of personality and psychopathology. In taxometric analysis, the comparison curve fit index (CCFI; Ruscio, Ruscio, & Meron, 2007) is an objective measure of whether parallel analysis of categorical or dimensional comparison data better reproduce empirical data results...
August 7, 2017: Psychological Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765084/surveillance-of-high-grade-cervical-cancer-precursors-cin-iii-ais-in-four-population-based-cancer-registries-united-states-2009-2012
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Meg Watson, Ashwini Soman, Elaine W Flagg, Elizabeth Unger, Dennis Deapen, Vivien W Chen, Lauren C Peres, Glenn Copeland, Thomas C Tucker, Erin Garnett, Mona Saraiya
Surveillance of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade III (CIN III) and adenocarcinoma in situ (AIS) is important for determining the burden of a preventable disease, identifying effects of vaccination on future diagnoses, and developing targeted programs. We analyzed population-based rates of high-grade cervical cancer precursor lesions using data from four central cancer registries (diagnosis years 2009-2012 from Louisiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and diagnosis years 2011-2012 from Los Angeles) by age, race, and histology...
July 29, 2017: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747292/do-physicians-respond-to-web-based-patient-ratings-an-analysis-of-physicians-responses-to-more-than-one-million-web-based-ratings-over-a-six-year-period
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Martin Emmert, Lisa Sauter, Lisa Jablonski, Uwe Sander, Fatemeh Taheri-Zadeh
BACKGROUND: Physician-rating websites (PRWs) may lead to quality improvements in case they enable and establish a peer-to-peer communication between patients and physicians. Yet, we know little about whether and how physicians respond on the Web to patient ratings. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to describe trends in physicians' Web-based responses to patient ratings over time, to identify what physician characteristics influence Web-based responses, and to examine the topics physicians are likely to respond to...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746950/-bayes-theorem-and-base-rate-error-on-the-predictive-value-of-risk-factors-and-screening-tests
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Markus Antonius Wirtz
Regularly, risk assessments or decisions are based on dichotomous characteristics or measures. For instance, critical high values in screening tests may indicate an enhanced risk of having a disease. The prevalence of a risk factor (e. g. high blood pressure, depression) may indicate the need of a medical treatment or the occurrence of a negative consequence (e. g. early retirement). In such situations risk assessments are typically based on conditional event rates or conditional event probabilities: What is the risk of having a disease under the condition of having a symptom, risk factor or a critical screening indication? The valid interpretation of conditional event rates poses a considerable challenge for practitioners as well as for rehabilitation patients...
July 26, 2017: Die Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706499/valence-dependent-belief-updating-computational-validation
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Bojana Kuzmanovic, Lionel Rigoux
People tend to update beliefs about their future outcomes in a valence-dependent way: they are likely to incorporate good news and to neglect bad news. However, belief formation is a complex process which depends not only on motivational factors such as the desire for favorable conclusions, but also on multiple cognitive variables such as prior beliefs, knowledge about personal vulnerabilities and resources, and the size of the probabilities and estimation errors. Thus, we applied computational modeling in order to test for valence-induced biases in updating while formally controlling for relevant cognitive factors...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688968/are-surgical-milestone-assessments-predictive-of-in-training-examination-scores
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Mary K Kimbrough, Carol R Thrush, Emily Barrett, Frederick R Bentley, Kevin W Sexton
OBJECTIVES: With the recent utilization of Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education developmental milestones as part of resident evaluation, we sought to explore whether milestone-based ratings were associated with American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination (ABSITE) scores. METHODS: Mid-year milestone ratings were obtained from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Accreditation Database System for years 2014, 2015, and 2016 for all postgraduate years 1-5 general surgery residents in our program and paired with ABSITE scores (n = 69) from January of the following year...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679302/an-evidence-based-approach-to-the-creation-of-normative-data-base-rates-of-impaired-scores-within-a-brief-neuropsychological-battery-argue-for-age-corrections-but-against-corrections-for-medical-conditions
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Megan E O'Connell, Holly Tuokko, Stacey Voll, Martine Simard, Lauren E Griffith, Vanessa Taler, Christina Wolfson, Susan Kirkland, Parminder Raina
OBJECTIVE: We detail a new approach to the creation of normative data for neuropsychological tests. The traditional approach to normative data creation is to make demographic adjustments based on observations of correlations between single neuropsychological tests and selected demographic variables. We argue, however, that this does not describe the implications for clinical practice, such as increased likelihood of misclassification of cognitive impairment, nor does it elucidate the impact on decision-making with a neuropsychological battery...
July 5, 2017: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673660/the-rapid-ii-neuropsychological-test-battery-for-subjects-aged-20-to-49-years-norms-and-cognitive-profile
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M Binetruy, F Mauny, M Lavaux, A Meyer, G Sylvestre, M Puyraveau, E Berger, E Magnin, P Vandel, J Galmiche, G Chopard
INTRODUCTION: Cognitive evaluation of young subjects is now widely carried out for non-traumatic diseases such as multiple sclerosis, HIV, or sleep disorders. This evaluation requires normative data based on healthy adult samples. However, most clinicians use a set of tests that were normed in an isolated manner from different samples using different cutoff criteria. Thus, the score of an individual may be considered either normal or impaired according to the norms used. It is well established that healthy adults obtained low-test scores when a battery of tests is administered...
June 30, 2017: Revue Neurologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669246/calculating-theoretical-base-rates-of-score-differences
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Tianshu Pan, Jianjun Zhu, Troy Courville
OBJECTIVE: In this study, we developed new methods to calculate theoretical base rates of score differences when more than two test scores are involved in score comparisons. The study compares the results of theoretical and observed base rates, and then explores whether these methods can be used in practice. METHODS: We proposed the formulas and the Monte Carlo methods calculating theoretical base rates of score differences between a single test score and a mean of several test scores by overall sample and subsamples...
July 3, 2017: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660117/comparing-geographic-area-based-and-classical-population-based-incidence-and-prevalence-rates-and-their-confidence-intervals
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Ding-Geng Chen
To quantify the HIV epidemic, the classical population-based prevalence and incidence rates (P rates) are the two most commonly used measures used for policy interventions. However, these P rates ignore the heterogeneity of the size of geographic region where the population resides. It is intuitive that with the same P rates, the likelihood for HIV can be much greater to spread in a population residing in a crowed small urban area than the same number of population residing in a large rural area. With this limitation, Chen and Wang (2017) proposed the geographic area-based rates (G rates) to complement the classical P rates...
September 2017: Preventive Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649904/debiasing-health-related-judgments-and-decision-making-a-systematic-review
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Ramona Ludolph, Peter J Schulz
BACKGROUND: Being confronted with uncertainty in the context of health-related judgments and decision making can give rise to the occurrence of systematic biases. These biases may detrimentally affect lay persons and health experts alike. Debiasing aims at mitigating these negative effects by eliminating or reducing the biases. However, little is known about its effectiveness. This study seeks to systematically review the research on health-related debiasing to identify new opportunities and challenges for successful debiasing strategies...
June 1, 2017: Medical Decision Making: An International Journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636704/trends-in-nationwide-herpes-zoster-emergency-department-utilization-from-2006-to-2013
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Erica D Dommasch, Cara J Joyce, Arash Mostaghimi
Importance: The effect of vaccination on emergency department (ED) utilization for herpes zoster (HZ) has not been examined to date. Objective: To determine trends in US ED utilization and costs associated with HZ. Design, Setting, and Participants: The Nationwide Emergency Department Sample data set was examined for temporal trends in the number of visits and costs for treatment of HZ in EDs in the United States from January 1, 2006, through December 31, 2013...
June 21, 2017: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632779/base-rate-sensitivity-through-implicit-learning
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Andrew J Wismer, Corey J Bohil
Two experiments assessed the contributions of implicit and explicit learning to base-rate sensitivity. Using a factorial design that included both implicit and explicit learning disruptions, we tested the hypothesis that implicit learning underlies base-rate sensitivity from experience (and that explicit learning contributes comparatively little). Participants learned to classify two categories of simple stimuli (bar graph heights) presented in a 3:1 base-rate ratio. Participants learned either from "observational" training to disrupt implicit learning or "response" training which supports implicit learning...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631987/development-of-a-scale-of-executive-functioning-for-the-rbans
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Robert J Spencer, Katherine A Kitchen Andren, Kathryn A Tolle
The Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status (RBANS) is a cognitive battery that contains scales of several cognitive abilities, but no scale in the instrument is exclusively dedicated to executive functioning. Although the subtests allow for observation of executive-type errors, each error is of fairly low base rate, and healthy and clinical normative data are lacking on the frequency of these types of errors, making their significance difficult to interpret in isolation. The aim of this project was to create an RBANS executive errors scale (RBANS EE) with items comprised of qualitatively dysexecutive errors committed throughout the test...
February 22, 2017: Applied Neuropsychology. Adult
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631986/accuracy-statistics-in-predicting-independent-activities-of-daily-living-iadl-capacity-with-comprehensive-and-brief-neuropsychological-test-batteries
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Peter Karzmark, Gayle K Deutsch
This investigation was designed to determine the predictive accuracy of a comprehensive neuropsychological and brief neuropsychological test battery with regard to the capacity to perform instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs). Accuracy statistics that included measures of sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predicted power and positive likelihood ratio were calculated for both types of batteries. The sample was drawn from a general neurological group of adults (n = 117) that included a number of older participants (age >55; n = 38)...
February 22, 2017: Applied Neuropsychology. Adult
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594222/can-credibility-criteria-be-assessed-reliably-a-meta-analysis-of-criteria-based-content-analysis
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Valerie Hauch, Siegfried Ludwig Sporer, Jaume Masip, Iris Blandón-Gitlin
This meta-analysis synthesizes research on interrater reliability of Criteria-Based Content Analysis (CBCA). CBCA is an important component of Statement Validity Assessment (SVA), a forensic procedure used in many countries to evaluate whether statements (e.g., of sexual abuse) are based on experienced or fabricated events. CBCA contains 19 verbal content criteria, which are frequently adapted for research on detecting deception. A total of k = 82 hypothesis tests revealed acceptable interrater reliabilities for most CBCA criteria, as measured with various indices (except Cohen's kappa)...
June 2017: Psychological Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594212/diagnostic-field-reliability-in-forensic-mental-health-evaluations
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W Neil Gowensmith, Stephanie N Sessarego, Meghan K McKee, Samantha Horkott, Nina MacLean, Katherine E McCallum
How likely are multiple forensic evaluators to agree on defendants' diagnoses in routine forensic mental health evaluations? A total of 720 evaluation reports were examined from 240 cases in which 3 evaluators, working independently, provided diagnoses for the same defendant. Results revealed perfect agreement across 6 independent diagnostic categories in 18.3% of cases. Agreement for individual diagnostic categories was higher, with all 3 evaluators agreeing on the separate presence of psychotic, mood, or substance disorders in more than 64...
June 2017: Psychological Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584072/impact-of-the-publication-of-appropriate-use-criteria-on-utilization-rates-of-myocardial-perfusion-imaging-studies-in-ontario-canada-a-population-based-study
#20
Idan Roifman, Peter C Austin, Feng Qiu, Harindra C Wijeysundera
BACKGROUND: Concern regarding overutilization of cardiac imaging has led to the development of appropriate use criteria (AUC). Myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) is one of the most commonly used cardiac imaging modalities worldwide. Despite multiple iterations of AUC, there is currently no evidence regarding their real-world impact on population-based utilization rates of MPI. Our goal was to assess the impact of the AUC on rates of MPI in Ontario, Canada. We hypothesized that publication of the AUC would be associated with a significant reduction in MPI rates...
June 5, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
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