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Carmen Schuhmann, Esther Kuis, Anne Goossensen
Research suggests that prison visitation by volunteers may significantly reduce the risk of recidivism. Community volunteers offer sustained, prosocial support to inmates which may account for these beneficial effects. However, the question of how inmates themselves evaluate volunteer visitation has hardly been studied. This study explores how inmates of Dutch prisons who receive one-on-one volunteer visits experience and value these visits. To that end, semistructured interviews were conducted with 21 inmates across six penitentiaries...
March 1, 2018: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Miao Wang, Yuxi Yang, Jian Xu, Wen Bai, Xueli Ren, Huijian Wu
BACKGROUND: The expression of circular RNA (circRNA) may affect tumor progression. However, there have been no systemic meta-analysis for cancer diagnosis by using circRNAs in clinical till now. Herein, we aimed to collect and examined all the evidence on the potential role of circRNA as novel biomarker in human cancers. METHODS: A comprehensive search strategy was used to search relevant literatures in the databases of PubMed, Embase, and the Web of Science from 2015 to August 2017...
March 20, 2018: BMC Cancer
Mohammed N Alkhatib, Tamer Abd-Alghafoor, AlaaEldeen Elmassry, Loai Albarqouni, Bettina Böttcher, Maha Alfaqawi
BACKGROUND: Stroke is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. The aim of this study was to assess the standard of care for patients with acute ischaemic stroke at the internal medicine department of Nasser Hospital, Gaza Strip. METHODS: For this retrospective clinical audit, we selected a random sample of 100 medical records for patients with stroke who were admitted to Nasser Hospital between January and August, 2016. Clinical practice was compared with the recommendations in the 2013 American Heart Association and American Stroke Association guidelines...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Xiao Chen, Chun-Jie Hu
Digital images are now widely used in modern clinic diagnosis. The diagnostic images with confidential information related to patients' privacy are stored and transmitted via public networks. Secured schemes to guarantee confidentiality of patients' privacy are becoming more and more vital. This paper proposes an adaptive medical image encryption algorithm based on improved chaotic mapping in order to overcome the defects of the existing chaotic image encryption algorithm. First, the algorithm used Logistic-sine chaos mapping to scramble the plain image...
December 2017: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
Mohammad Zahidul Hasan, Md Safiur Rahman Mahdi, Md Nazmus Sadat, Noman Mohammed
Human genomic information can yield more effective healthcare by guiding medical decisions. Therefore, genomics research is gaining popularity as it can identify potential correlations between a disease and a certain gene, which improves the safety and efficacy of drug treatment and can also develop more effective prevention strategies [1]. To reduce the sampling error and to increase the statistical accuracy of this type of research projects, data from different sources need to be brought together since a single organization does not necessarily possess required amount of data...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
Yawei Gu, Yunlang She, Chenyang Dai, Yijiu Ren, Ziwen Fan, Huiyuan Zhu, Xiwen Sun, Huikang Xie, Gening Jiang, Dong Xie, Chang Chen
BACKGROUND: Some clinical N0 lung adenocarcinoma have been pathologically diagnosed as N1 or N2. To improve the preoperative diagnostic accuracy of lymph node (LN) disease, we developed a prediction model for LN metastasis in cT1N0M0 lung adenocarcinoma based on computed tomography (CT) texture analysis and clinical characteristics to estimate the probability of LN metastasis. METHODS: The records of 501 consecutive patients with cT1N0M0 lung adenocarcinoma who underwent CT scan and pulmonary resection with systematic lymph nodes dissection or lymph nodes sampling were reviewed...
March 14, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Vishaal Bhambhwani, Rasha Al Taie, Judy Ku, Justin Mora
PURPOSE: To analyze the additive effect of supplementing verbal consent with written patient information sheets in optimizing patients' and families' understanding of strabismus surgery. METHODS: A prospective randomized study was conducted with 28 patients for strabismus surgery randomized into two groups: group 1 with standardized oral informed consent, and group 2 with standardized oral consent and a written information sheet. A confidential questionnaire with 13 questions was completed by patients and families before surgery...
March 13, 2018: Journal of AAPOS: the Official Publication of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
Waqas Hameed, Bilal Iqbal Avan
INTRODUCTION: Respectful and dignified healthcare is a fundamental right for every woman. However, many women seeking childbirth services, especially those in low-income countries such as Pakistan, are mistreated by their birth attendants. The aim of this epidemiological study was to estimate the prevalence of mistreatment and types of mistreatment among women giving birth in facility- and home-based settings in Pakistan in order to address the lack of empirical evidence on this topic...
2018: PloS One
Xin Li, Guiju Xu, Jiaxi Peng, Shengju Liu, Hongyan Zhang, Jiawei Mao, Huan Niu, Wenping Lv, Xingyun Zhao, Ren'an Wu
In this work, a highly efficient profiling of N-linked glycans was achieved by a facile and eco-friendly synthesized highly porous metal-free carbon material. The metal-free carbon was derived from a well-defined nanorod zinc metal-organic framework via the metal removal under a high-temperature carbonization, which exhibited a highly specific surface area of 1700 m2/g. After a further oxidation, the oxidized metal-free carbon was applied to the selective isolation of N-linked glycans from complex biological samples due to the strong interaction between carbon and glycan as well as the size-exclusion mechanism...
March 16, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Elan Lazuardi, Stephen Bell, Christy E Newman
Background: The Indonesian response to HIV has been informed largely by quantitative evidence. This review examines what is known about the Indonesian HIV care cascade from published qualitative research. Methods: A 'scoping review' method was used to synthesise and interpret the findings of 17 eligible peer-reviewed publications. Results: Qualitative findings are reported in relation to two themes. Factors influencing successful engagement include a lack of HIV-related knowledge among clients, fear of stigma or lack of privacy/confidentiality at services, limited accessibility and affordability, and poor linkages between services...
March 16, 2018: Sexual Health
F Mushtaq, C O'Driscoll, Fct Smith, D Wilkins, N Kapur, R Lawton
Background Confidential reporting systems play a key role in capturing information about adverse surgical events. However, the value of these systems is limited if the reports that are generated are not subjected to systematic analysis. The aim of this study was to provide the first systematic analysis of data from a novel surgical confidential reporting system to delineate contributory factors in surgical incidents and document lessons that can be learned. Methods One-hundred and forty-five patient safety incidents submitted to the UK Confidential Reporting System for Surgery over a 10-year period were analysed using an adapted version of the empirically-grounded Yorkshire Contributory Factors Framework...
March 15, 2018: Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Yoichi Takeuchi, Yoshie Ojima, Saeko Kagaya, Satoshi Aoki, Tasuku Nagasawa
BACKGROUND: Complications associated with diagnostic native percutaneous renal biopsy (PRB) must be minimized. While life threatening major complications has been extensively investigated, there is little discussion regarding minor bleeding complications, such as a transient hypotension, which directly affect patients' quality of life. There is also little evidence supporting the need for conventional manual compression following PRB. Therefore, this study evaluated the relationship between minor and major complications incidence in patients following PRB with or without compression...
March 14, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
Alexandra Wollum, Rose Gabert, Claire R McNellan, Jessica M Daly, Priscilla Reddy, Paurvi Bhatt, Miranda Bryant, Danny V Colombara, Pamela Naidoo, Belinda Ngongo, Anam Nyembezi, Zaino Petersen, Bryan Phillips, Shelley Wilson, Emmanuela Gakidou, Herbert C Duber
BACKGROUND: The HealthRise initiative seeks to implement and evaluate innovative community-based strategies for diabetes, hypertension and hypercholesterolemia along the entire continuum of care (CoC)-from awareness and diagnosis, through treatment and control. In this study, we present baseline findings from HealthRise South Africa, identifying gaps in the CoC, as well as key barriers to care for non-communicable diseases (NCDs). METHODS: This mixed-methods needs assessment utilized national household data, health facility surveys, focus group discussions, and key informant interviews in Umgungundlovu and Pixley ka Seme districts...
2018: PloS One
J Matthew Webster, Megan F Dickson, Michele Staton
OBJECTIVE: Although driving under the influence (DUI) arrests occur at higher rates in rural areas and previous studies have shown more extensive drug use histories, little is known about how this relates to the prevalence and frequency of drugged driving. The present study examined drug use and drugged driving patterns among a sample of rural DUI offenders. METHODS: Convicted, rural DUI offenders (N = 118) completed a one-time, confidential research interview focused on drug use and drugged driving...
March 14, 2018: Traffic Injury Prevention
Mohammed Firdouse, Karen Devon, Ahmed Kayssi, Jeremy Goldfarb, Peter Rossos, Tulin D Cil
BACKGROUND: Text messaging has become ubiquitous and is being increasingly used within the health care system. The purpose of this study was to understand texting practices for clinical communication among staff surgeons at a large academic institution. METHODS: Staff surgeons in 4 subspecialties (vascular, plastics, urology, and general surgery) were surveyed electronically. RESULTS: A total of 62 surgeons from general surgery (n = 33), vascular surgery (n = 6), plastic surgery (n = 13), and urology (n = 10) completed the study (response rate 30%)...
March 1, 2018: Surgical Innovation
D N Lucas, J H Bamber
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April 2018: Anaesthesia
Anne-Marie Reid, Jeremy M Brown, Julie M Smith, Alexandra C Cope, Susan Jamieson
CONTEXT: For medical education researchers, a key concern may be the practicalities of gaining ethical approval where this is a national or local requirement. However, in qualitative studies, where the dynamics of human interaction pervade, ethical considerations are an ongoing process which continues long after approval has been granted. Responding to ethical dilemmas arising 'in the moment' requires a reflexive approach whereby the researcher questions his/her own motivations, assumptions and interests...
March 13, 2018: Perspectives on Medical Education
Ann E Vandenberg, Katharina V Echt, Lawanda Kemp, Gerald McGwin, Molly M Perkins, Anna K Mirk
Suboptimal prescribing persists as a driver of poor quality care of older veterans and is associated with risk of hospitalization and emergency department visits. We adapted a successful medication management model, Integrated Management and Polypharmacy Review of Vulnerable Elders (IMPROVE), from an urban geriatric specialty clinic to rural community-based clinics that deliver primary care. The goals were to promote prescribing quality and safety for older adults, including reduced prescribing of potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs)...
March 2018: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Laurence Guillaumie, Alice Ndayizigiye, Clément Beaucage, Jocelyne Moisan, Jean-Pierre Grégoire, Denis Villeneuve, Sophie Lauzier
Objectives: Patients prescribed antidepressant drug treatment (ADT) for major depression report several needs in relation to their treatment, and a large proportion of these patients will end ADT prematurely. Community pharmacists may play an important role in monitoring ADT and supporting these patients. However, little is known about patient experiences of the services provided in community pharmacies. The objectives of this study were to 1) explore patients' experiences with the services community pharmacists provide for ADT and 2) identify potential avenues for improvement of pharmacists' services within the context of ADT...
March 2018: Canadian Pharmacists Journal: CPJ, Revue des Pharmaciens du Canada: RPC
Rodrigo Ramos-Zúñiga, Elizabeth Sevilla, Yara Ursiel-Ortega
OBJETIVE: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) associated to alcohol consumption is a global public health problem. It is important to identify and rethink the strategies to approach this challenge for health institutions from a professional perspective. METHODS: An online survey, created with google forms, was sent to professional neurosurgeons in Mexico and Latin America. Participation was voluntary, and the responses were anonymous and confidential. Data were captured after a month and subjected to descriptive statistical analysis using Fisher's method and Chi Square...
March 9, 2018: World Neurosurgery
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