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H H G Handoll, S D Brealey, L Jefferson, A Keding, A J Brooksbank, A J Johnstone, J J Candal-Couto, A Rangan
OBJECTIVES: Accurate characterisation of fractures is essential in fracture management trials. However, this is often hampered by poor inter-observer agreement. This article describes the practicalities of defining the fracture population, based on the Neer classification, within a pragmatic multicentre randomised controlled trial in which surgical treatment was compared with non-surgical treatment in adults with displaced fractures of the proximal humerus involving the surgical neck...
October 2016: Bone & Joint Research
Peter Szasz, Esther M Bonrath, Marisa Louridas, Andras B Fecso, Brett Howe, Adam Fehr, Michael Ott, Lloyd A Mack, Kenneth A Harris, Teodor P Grantcharov
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to (1) create a technical and nontechnical performance standard for the laparoscopic cholecystectomy, (2) assess the classification accuracy and (3) credibility of these standards, (4) determine a trainees' ability to meet both standards concurrently, and (5) delineate factors that predict standard acquisition. BACKGROUND: Scores on performance assessments are difficult to interpret in the absence of established standards...
July 28, 2016: Annals of Surgery
Katelyn A Grayson-Sneed, Sandi W Smith, Robert C Smith
OBJECTIVE: To develop a more reliable coding method of medical interviewing focused on data-gathering and emotion-handling. METHODS: Two trained (30h) undergraduates rated videotaped interviews from 127 resident-simulated patient (SP) interactions. Trained on 45 videotapes, raters coded 25 of 127 study set tapes for patient-centeredness. Guetzkow's U, Cohen's Kappa, and percent of agreement were used to measure raters' reliability in unitizing and coding residents' skills for eliciting: agenda (3 yes/no items), physical story (2), personal story (6), emotional story (15), using indirect skills (4), and general patient-centeredness (3)...
October 11, 2016: Patient Education and Counseling
Debasish Basu, Abhishek Ghosh, Nandita Hazari, Preeti Parakh
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: CAGE-AID questionnaire is a short, useful screening tool for substance dependence. Assessment of one family member for the screening of substance dependence in the family could be useful in clinical practice and research. In this study, we aimed to assess the validity of the Family CAGE-AID questionnaire for the diagnosis of substance dependence. METHODS: Cross-sectional assessments using CAGE-AID and Family CAGE-AID questionnaires were conducted both for the study participants (n = 210) and their family members...
June 2016: Indian Journal of Medical Research
Darryn Marks, Tracy Comans, Michael Thomas, Shu Kay Ng, Shaun O'Leary, Philip G Conaghan, Paul A Scuffham, Leanne Bisset
BACKGROUND: Physiotherapists increasingly manage shoulder referrals in place of orthopaedic doctors. Better understanding the agreement between these professionals will help inform the safety, quality and potential costs of these care models. OBJECTIVE: To establish the level of agreement between a physiotherapist and an orthopaedic surgeon regarding diagnosis, management and corticosteroid injection, in a representative sample of orthopaedic shoulder referrals...
October 5, 2016: Manual Therapy
R Brent Stansfield, Lisa Diponio, Cliff Craig, John Zeller, Edmund Chadd, Joshua Miller, Seetha Monrad
BACKGROUND: Medical students have difficulty performing and interpreting musculoskeletal physical examinations and interpreting the findings. Research has focused on students' knowledge deficits, but there are few direct assessments of students' ability to perform a hypothesis-driven physical examination (HDPE). We developed a novel musculoskeletal Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) focusing on HDPE skills for disorders of the shoulder, back and knee, and used it to explore medical student diagnostic reasoning...
October 14, 2016: BMC Medical Education
Marita Campos-Melady, Jane Ellen Smith, Robert J Meyers, Susan H Godley, Mark D Godley
Central to the debate over the implementation of empirically supported treatments is whether therapist skill has a measurable, positive relationship with client outcome. The fidelity and skill with which therapists deliver treatments have been studied under the constructs of adherence and competence. Evidence for a relationship between adherence and competence and client outcomes has been mixed, possibly due to small sample sizes, potentially inadequate measures for rating therapists' skill, and limited statistical methods...
October 13, 2016: Psychology of Addictive Behaviors: Journal of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors
Neil M Goldenberg, Benjamin E Steinberg, James T Rutka, Robert Chen, Val Cabral, Norman D Rosenblum, Andras Kapus, Warren L Lee
BACKGROUND: Physicians have traditionally been at the forefront of medical research, bringing clinical questions to the laboratory and returning with ideas for treatment. However, we have anecdotally observed a decline in the popularity of basic science research among trainees. We hypothesized that fewer resident physicians have been pursuing basic science research training over time. METHODS: We examined records from residents in the Surgeon-Scientist and Clinician-Investigator programs at the University of Toronto (1987-2016)...
July 2016: CMAJ Open
Antoine Tanet, Annik Hubert-Barthelemy, Graciela C Crespin, Nicolas Bodeau, David Cohen, Catherine Saint-Georges
INTRODUCTION: Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who also exhibit severe-to-moderate ranges of intellectual disability (ID) still face many challenges (i.e., less evidence-based trials, less inclusion in school with peers). METHODS: We implemented a novel model called the "Developmental and Sequenced One-to-One Educational Intervention" (DS1-EI) in 5- to 9-year-old children with co-occurring ASD and ID. The treatment protocol was adapted for school implementation by designing it using an educational agenda...
2016: Frontiers in Pediatrics
Gordon Parker, Stacey McCraw
BACKGROUND: The CORE measure was designed to assess a central feature of melancholia - signs of psychomotor disturbance (PMD) - and so provide an alternate non-symptom based measure of melancholia or of its probability. This review evaluates development and application studies undertaken over the last 25 years to consider how well it has met its original objectives. METHODS: All studies published using the CORE measure as either the only or an adjunctive measure of melancholia were obtained and are considered in this review...
September 25, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
Stefanie Beck, Bjarne Ruhnke, Malte Issleib, Anne Daubmann, Sigrid Harendza, Christian Zöllner
BACKGROUND: Training of lay-rescuers is essential to improve survival-rates after cardiac arrest. Multiple campaigns emphasise the importance of basic life support (BLS) training for school children. Trainings require a valid assessment to give feedback to school children and to compare the outcomes of different training formats. Considering these requirements, we developed an assessment of BLS skills using MiniAnne and tested the inter-rater reliability between professionals, medical students and trained school children as assessors...
October 7, 2016: BMC Medical Education
David N Naumann, Clare Mellis, Shamus L G Husheer, Philip Hopkins, Jon Bishop, Mark J Midwinter, Sam D Hutchings
BACKGROUND: Despite over a decade of research and technological advances, sublingual microcirculatory monitoring has not yet reached clinical utility. Offline analysis is time consuming and occurs away from the patient. A system to assess the microcirculation at the point of care is desirable. We present a novel 5-point grading system (the point of care microcirculation (POEM) scoring system) that can be used at the point of care during non-invasive sublingual microcirculatory monitoring...
September 30, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Kim J Curyto, Sue M McCurry, Katherine Luci, Bradley E Karlin, Linda Teri, Michele J Karel
HOW TO OBTAIN CONTACT HOURS BY READING THIS ARTICLE INSTRUCTIONS XX contact hours will be awarded by Villanova University College of Nursing upon successful completion of this activity. A contact hour is a unit of measurement that denotes 60 minutes of an organized learning activity. This is a learner-based activity. Villanova University College of Nursing does not require submission of your answers to the quiz. A contact hour certificate will be awarded once you register, pay the registration fee, and complete the evaluation form online at http://goo...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Gerontological Nursing
Alan Boyd, Rachael Addicott, Ruth Robertson, Shilpa Ross, Kieran Walshe
: The credibility of a regulator could be threatened if stakeholders perceive that assessments of performance made by its inspectors are unreliable. Yet there is little published research on the reliability of inspectors' assessments of health care organizations' services. OBJECTIVES: We investigated the inter-rater reliability of assessments made by inspectors inspecting acute hospitals in England during the piloting of a new regulatory model implemented by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) during 2013 and 2014...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Health Services Research & Policy
Daperno Marco, Comberlato Michele, Bossa Fabrizio, Alessandro Armuzzi, Biancone Livia, Bonanomi G Andrea, Cosintino Rocco, Lombardi Giovanni, Mangiarotti Roberto, Papa Alfredo, Pica Roberta, Luca Grassano, Pagana Guido, D'Incà Renata, Orlando Ambrogio, Rizzello Fernando
BACKGROUNDS AND AIMS: Endoscopic outcomes are increasingly used in clinical trials and in routine practice for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), in order to reach more objective patient evaluations than using only clinical features. However reproducibility of endoscopic scoring systems used to categorize endoscopic activity was reported to be suboptimal.Aim of this study was to analyse the inter-rated agreement of non-dedicated Gastroenterologists on IBD endoscopic scoring systems, and to explore the effects of a dedicated training programme on agreement...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Crohn's & Colitis
Aimee Alphonso, Marc Auerbach, Kirsten Bechtel, Kyle Bilodeau, Marcie Gawel, Jeannette Koziel, Travis Whitfill, Gunjan Kamdar Tiyyagura
OBJECTIVES: To develop and provide validity evidence for a performance checklist to evaluate the child abuse screening behaviors of prehospital providers. METHODS: Checklist Development: We developed the first iteration of the checklist after review of the relevant literature and on the basis of the authors' clinical experience. Next, a panel of six content experts participated in three rounds of Delphi review to reach consensus on the final checklist items. Checklist Validation: Twenty-eight emergency medical services (EMS) providers (16 EMT-Basics, 12 EMT-Paramedics) participated in a standardized simulated case of physical child abuse to an infant followed by one-on-one semi-structured qualitative interviews...
October 4, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
Jenni Burt, Gary Abel, Natasha Elmore, Jenny Newbould, Antoinette Davey, Nadia Llanwarne, Inocencio Maramba, Charlotte Paddison, John Benson, Jonathan Silverman, Marc N Elliott, John Campbell, Martin Roland
Patient evaluations of physician communication are widely used, but we know little about how these relate to professionally agreed norms of communication quality. We report an investigation into the association between patient assessments of communication quality and an observer-rated measure of communication competence. Consent was obtained to video record consultations with Family Practitioners in England, following which patients rated the physician's communication skills. A sample of consultation videos was subsequently evaluated by trained clinical raters using an instrument derived from the Calgary-Cambridge guide to the medical interview...
October 3, 2016: Medical Care Research and Review: MCRR
Christine M Mitchell, Zachary D Epstein-Peterson, Julia Bandini, Ada Amobi, Jonathan Cahill, Andrea Enzinger, Sarah Noveroske, John Peteet, Tracy Balboni, Michael Balboni
CONTEXT: While many studies have addressed the integration of a religion/spirituality curriculum into medical school training, few describe the process of curriculum development based on qualitative data from students and faculty. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to explore the perspectives of medical students and chaplaincy trainees regarding the development of a curriculum to facilitate reflection on moral and spiritual dimensions of caring for the critically-ill, and to train students in self-care practices that promote professionalism...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
M Magill, Timothy R Apodaca, Justin Walthers, Jacques Gaume, Ayla Durst, Richard Longabaugh, Robert L Stout, Kathleen M Carroll
The present work provides an overview, and pilot reliability and validity for the Alcohol Intervention Mechanisms Scale (AIMS). The AIMS measures therapist interventions that occur broadly across modalities of behavioral treatment for alcohol use disorder. It was developed based on identified commonalities in the function rather than content of therapist interventions in observed therapy sessions, as well as from existing observer rating systems. In the AIMS, the primary function areas are: explore (four behavior count codes), teach (five behavior count codes), and connect (three behavior count codes)...
November 2016: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Geoffrey M Bove, Susan L Chapelle, Eleanor Boyle, David J Mokler, Jan Hartvigsen
: Purpose/Aim: Postoperative adhesions remain an undesirable and commonly symptomatic side effect of abdominopelvic surgeries. Animal models of postoperative adhesions typically yield heterogeneous adhesions throughout the abdominal cavity and are not easily quantified. Here we present a novel method of postoperative adhesion assessment and report its reliability and measurement error. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A model of cecal abrasion with partial sidewall attachment was performed on female rats...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
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