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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680173/venous-thromboembolism-prophylaxis-on-general-internal-medicine-units-are-patients-well-served-by-current-practice
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Allison Mejilla, Micheal Guirguis, Sheri Koshman, Tammy J Bungard
BACKGROUND: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is the most preventable hospital-associated complication, and implementation of appropriate VTE prophylaxis is a requirement for institutional accreditation. However, ambiguity and controversy exist within current recommendations, and greater clarity about and understanding of current utilization of VTE prophylaxis may be needed. OBJECTIVES: The primary objective was to assess the proportion of patients receiving appropriate VTE prophylaxis (right drug, dose, frequency, and duration) within 24 h after admission to general internal medicine units...
May 2017: Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654982/genetic-african-ancestry-is-associated-with-central-corneal-thickness-and-intraocular-pressure-in-primary-open-angle-glaucoma
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Pieter W M Bonnemaijer, Colin Cook, Abhishek Nag, Christopher J Hammond, Cornelia M van Duijn, Hans G Lemij, Caroline C W Klaver, Alberta A H J Thiadens
Purpose: To unravel the relationship between African ancestry, central corneal thickness (CCT), and intraocular pressure (IOP) by estimating the genetic African ancestry (GAA) proportion in primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) patients and controls from an admixed South African Colored (SAC) and a South African Black (SAB) population. Methods: In this case-control study, 268 POAG patients and 137 controls were recruited from a university clinic in Cape Town, South Africa...
June 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632242/exploring-gender-differences-in-self-reported-physical-activity-and-health-among-older-caregivers
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Colleen A Cuthbert, Kathryn King-Shier, Dianne Tapp, Dean Ruether, S Nicole Culos-Reed
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To document self-reported physical health and activity levels of older caregivers. Gender differences in physical health, physical activity levels, and predictors of physical activity were also examined.
. DESIGN: A cross-sectional study.
. SETTING: Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
. SAMPLE: 130 caregivers aged 60 years or older caring for individuals with breast, prostate, or colorectal cancer...
July 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596186/hepatitis-b-virus-testing-and-linkage-to-care-in-a-canadian-urban-tertiary-referral-centre-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Keith C K Lau, Abdel Aziz Shaheen, Alexander A Aspinall, Tazuko Ricento Ba, Kamran Qureshi Mba, Stephen E Congly, Meredith A Borman, Saumya Jayakumar, Bertus Eksteen, Samuel S Lee, Laura Stinton, Mark G Swain, Kelly W Burak, Carla S Coffin
BACKGROUND: Despite universal vaccination, chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection remains a public health concern in North America owing to immigration. We aimed to characterize the number of people with a positive result of testing for HBV surface antigen (HBsAg) in Calgary, a large urban Canadian health care region, and to assess whether recommended laboratory tests and specialist consultation were done for those identified as HBsAg-positive. METHODS: Based on laboratory and Alberta Health Services administrative data, we identified all adults (age > 18 yr) with a positive HBsAg test result from Jan...
June 6, 2017: CMAJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592725/useful-computed-tomography-score-for-estimation-of-early-neurologic-outcome-in-post-cardiac-arrest-patients-with-therapeutic-hypothermia
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Kyu Sun Lee, Sung Eun Lee, Jun Young Choi, Yu-Rha Gho, Minjung Kathy Chae, Eun Jung Park, Mun Hee Choi, Ji Man Hong
BACKGROUND: The Alberta Stroke Program Early CT Score (ASPECTS) is used to assess early ischemic stroke damage. This study compared bilateral ASPECTS (ASPECTS-b) with the gray:white matter ratio (GWR) and quantitative regional abnormality (QRA) to evaluate the prognostic utility of early computed tomography (CT) findings in post-cardiac arrest patients.Methods and Results:Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients with return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) who underwent brain CT (<6 h after onset) and therapeutic hypothermia were recruited from a university hospital over a 2-year period...
June 6, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580202/the-empty-chairs-approach-to-learning-simulation-based-train-the-trainer-program-in-mzuzu-malawi
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Elaine Sigalet, Ian Wishart, Norman Lufesi, Faizal Haji, Adam Dubrowski
Together, a group of Canadian colleagues from St. John's, Newfoundland, Calgary, Alberta (some via Doha) and London, Ontario introduced the first Train the Trainer in Simulation-Based Learning (TTT-SBL) program in Mzuzu Central Hospital and Mzuzu University in Malawi. The team led by Elaine Sigalet (Doha) and consisting of Ian Wishart (Calgary), Faizal Haji (London) and Adam Dubrowski (St. John's) was invited to Malawi by Norman Lufesi to conduct a two-day TTT-SBL course for facilitators who teach an Emergency Triage, Assessment and Treatment (ETAT) plus Trauma course...
May 1, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537087/a-comparison-of-characteristics-and-food-insecurity-coping-strategies-between-international-and-domestic-postsecondary-students-using-a-food-bank-located-on-a-university-campus
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Mahitab Hanbazaza, Geoff D C Ball, Anna P Farmer, Katerina Maximova, Jasmine Farahbakhsh, Noreen D Willows
PURPOSE: We compared food insecurity status, coping strategies, demographic characteristics, and self-rated health of international and domestic postsecondary students requesting emergency food hampers from a campus food bank (CFB). METHODS: We collected data from a cross-sectional convenience sample of domestic and international students who accessed the CFB at the University of Alberta. RESULTS: Food insecurity was prevalent (international students: n = 26/27 (96...
May 24, 2017: Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534712/benefit-of-adjunct-universal-rectal-screening-for-chlamydia-genital-infections-in-women-attending-canadian-sexually-transmitted-infection-clinics
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Nguyen X Thanh, Ilke Akpinar, Jennifer Gratrix, Sabrina Plitt, Petra Smyczek, Ron Read, Philip Jacobs, Tom Wong, Ameeta E Singh
Adding universal rectal screening to urogenital screening should positively impact rectal Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) incidence in affected populations. A dynamic Markov model was used to evaluate costs and outcomes of three rectal CT screening strategies among women attending sexually transmitted infection clinics in Alberta, Canada: universal urogenital-only screening (UG-only), additional selected (exposure-based) rectal screening (UG+SR), and additional universal rectal screening (UG+UR). The model included two mutually exclusive health states: infected and susceptible...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of STD & AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506972/career-and-research-outcomes-of-the-physician-scientist-training-program-at-the-university-of-calgary-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Jason T Bau, Alexandra D Frolkis, Nabeela Nathoo, Bryan G Yipp, Morley D Hollenberg, Paul L Beck
BACKGROUND: Physician-scientists are integral to medical research, with medical programs throughout Canada invested in training hybrid physician-scientists. Few data exist as to whether these programs are generating the diversity, gender equity and numbers of trainees essential for the future of medical research and teaching. We aimed to identify factors that contribute to research productivity, diversity and retention of individuals as physician-scientists. METHODS: We completed a retrospective cohort study, for the period 1973 to 2015, of the University of Calgary Leaders in Medicine Program in Calgary, Alberta...
May 15, 2017: CMAJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506815/postpartum-diabetes-testing-rates-after-gestational-diabetes-mellitus-in-canadian-women-a-population-based-study
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Sonia Butalia, Lois Donovan, Anamaria Savu, Jeffrey Johnson, Alun Edwards, Padma Kaul
OBJECTIVES: We assessed the rate and type of postpartum glycemic testing in women with impaired glucose tolerance of pregnancy (IGTp) and gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). We examined whether the likelihood of testing was modulated by patients' characteristics and pregnancy outcomes. METHODS: Our population-level cohort study included data from 132,905 pregnancies between October 1, 2008, and December 31, 2011, in Alberta, Canada. Laboratory data within 270 days before and 1 year after delivery were used to identify pregnancies involving IGTp/GDM and postpartum glycemic testing, respectively...
May 12, 2017: Canadian Journal of Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351397/correlates-of-meeting-the-combined-and-independent-aerobic-and-strength-exercise-guidelines-in-hematologic-cancer-survivors
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James R Vallerand, Ryan E Rhodes, Gordon J Walker, Kerry S Courneya
BACKGROUND: Most previous research on the correlates of physical activity has examined the aerobic or strength exercise guidelines separately. Such an approach does not allow an examination of the correlates of meeting the combined guidelines versus a single guideline, or one guideline versus the other. Here, we report the prevalence and correlates of meeting the combined and independent exercise guidelines in hematologic cancer survivors (HCS). METHODS: In a population-based, cross-sectional survey of 606 HCS from Alberta, Canada using a mailed questionnaire, we obtained separate assessments of aerobic and strength exercise behaviors, as well as separate assessments for motivations, regulations, and reflective processes using the multi-process action control framework (M-PAC)...
March 28, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344717/a-digital-peer-to-peer-learning-platform-for-clinical-skills-development
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Jesse Basnak, Jennifer Ortynski, Meghan Chow, Emeka Nzekwu
BACKGROUND: Due to constraints in time and resources, medical curricula may not provide adequate opportunities for pre-clerkship students to practice clinical skills. To address this, medical students at the University of Alberta developed a digital peer-to-peer learning initiative. The initiative assessed if students can learn clinical skills from their peers in co-curricular practice objective structured clinical exams (OSCEs). METHODS: A total of 144 first-year medical students participated...
February 2017: Canadian Medical Education Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344715/the-emotional-intelligence-of-pediatric-residents-a-descriptive-cross-sectional-study
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Scott A McLeod, Lyn K Sonnenberg
BACKGROUND: Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a type of social intelligence. Excellent scores are achieved by displaying high levels of empathy in interpersonal relationships, strong skills in managing stressful situations as well as other personal competencies. Many of the social competencies that EI describes may have a direct impact on patient care. The objective of this study was to describe EI of pediatric residents and to identify if there are EI skills that should be selected for targeted intervention...
February 2017: Canadian Medical Education Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306391/prevalence-rate-and-demographic-and-clinical-correlates-of-child-sexual-abuse-among-new-psychiatric-outpatients-in-a-city-in-northern-alberta
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Vincent I O Agyapong, Michal Juhás, Amanda Ritchie, Olurotimi Ogunsina, Lorella Ambrosano, Sandra Corbett
The prevalence rate for child sexual abuse among new psychiatric outpatients in Fort McMurray was 20.7%. With an odds ratio for sex of 3.30, female patients are about 3 times more likely to report a history of child sexual abuse compared with male patients when controlling for other factors. Similarly, patients with at most high school education and those with previous contact with psychiatric services were about 2 times more likely to report a history of child sexual abuse compared to the patients with college or university education or no previous contact with psychiatric services, respectively...
May 2017: Journal of Child Sexual Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294479/understanding-advance-care-planning-within-the-south-asian-community
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Patricia D Biondo, Rashika Kalia, Rooh-Afza Khan, Nadia Asghar, Cyrene Banerjee, Debbie Boulton, Nancy Marlett, Svetlana Shklarov, Jessica E Simon
BACKGROUND: Advance care planning (ACP) is a process of reflection on and communication of a person's future health-care preferences. Evidence suggests visible minorities engage less in ACP. The South Asian ethnic group is the largest visible minority group in Canada, and information is needed to understand how ACP is perceived and how best to approach ACP within this diverse community. OBJECTIVE: To explore perspectives of South Asian community members towards ACP...
March 10, 2017: Health Expectations: An International Journal of Public Participation in Health Care and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292814/critical-international-normalized-ratio-results-after-hours-to-call-or-not-to-call
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Darlene Korn, M Sean McMurtry, Kirsten George-Phillips, Tammy J Bungard
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether the timing of notification of critical international normalized ratio (INR) results (during or after clinic hours) altered the clinician's ability to affect same-day patient care. DESIGN: Retrospective chart review. SETTING: The Anticoagulation Management Service at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 276 patients with critical INR results (> 5.0) separated by at least 30 days were identified to have 200 critical INR results reported during clinic hours and 200 reported after hours...
March 2017: Canadian Family Physician Médecin de Famille Canadien
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286191/increased-intestinal-permeability-in-relatives-of-patients-with-crohn-s-disease-is-not-associated-with-small-bowel-ulcerations
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Christopher W Teshima, Karen J Goodman, Mohamed El-Kalla, Samina Turk, Wael El-Matary, Rosica Valcheva, Ronda Danchak, Marilyn Gordon, Peter Ho, Amanda Mullins, Daniel Wong, Dina Kao, Jonathan Meddings, Hien Huynh, Levinus A Dieleman
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Many first-degree relatives of patients with Crohn's disease (CD) have increased intestinal permeability. Video capsule endoscopy (VCE) is the most sensitive imaging test to identify small bowel mucosal lesions that could indicate subclinical CD. We aimed to estimate the association of increased intestinal permeability with small bowel ulcerations detectable by VCE in healthy first-degree relatives of patients with CD. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study of 223 healthy, asymptomatic first-degree relatives of patients with CD (parents, siblings, and children; 9-45 years old) enrolled at the University of Alberta between 2009 and 2012...
March 7, 2017: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262355/the-importance-of-a-neck-exam-in-sport-related-concussion-cervical-schwannoma-in-post-concussion-syndrome
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David M Langelier, Kathryn J Schneider, John Hurlbert, Chantel T Debert
OBJECTIVE: Few cases of cervical schwannoma have been reported following head trauma. The present case, involves a schwannoma of the C2 spinal nerve mimicking post-concussion symptoms following a sport-related concussion (SRC). DESIGN: Case study. SETTING: University of Calgary, Sport Medicine Clinic, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. RESULTS: We report a 28 year old, athlete who developed headache, dizziness, photophobia, and neck pain following a cycling accident...
May 2017: Physical Therapy in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229478/students-experiences-of-role-relationships-and-learning-in-two-clerkship-models
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D Jill Konkin, Carol Suddards
CONTEXT: An increasing number of medical schools around the world are implementing longitudinal integrated clerkships (LICs). The University of Alberta's third-year LIC admits a small group of each class. Those not in the LIC undertake a rotation-based clerkship (RBC). All students have a fourth-year RBC. Meaningful participation in patient care and guidance have been identified as affordances for work-based learning. METHODS: This qualitative study is part of an ongoing research programme conducted in a hermeneutic phenomenological frame...
February 22, 2017: Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228339/the-effect-on-reliability-and-sensitivity-to-level-of-training-of-combining-analytic-and-holistic-rating-scales-for-assessing-communication-skills-in-an-internal-medicine-resident-osce
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Vijay John Daniels, Dwight Harley
OBJECTIVE: Although previous research has compared checklists to rating scales for assessing communication, the purpose of this study was to compare the effect on reliability and sensitivity to level of training of an analytic, a holistic, and a combined analytic-holistic rating scale in assessing communication skills. METHODS: The University of Alberta Internal Medicine Residency runs OSCEs for postgraduate year (PGY) 1 and 2 residents and another for PGY-4 residents...
February 14, 2017: Patient Education and Counseling
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