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Emma Gliddon, Victoria Cosgrove, Lesley Berk, Sue Lauder, Mohammadreza Mohebbi, David Grimm, Seetal Dodd, Carolyn Coulson, Karishma Raju, Trisha Suppes, Michael Berk
OBJECTIVES: MoodSwings 2.0 is an online self-guided intervention for bipolar disorder that includes educational modules, interactive tools, and discussion forums. The primary aim of the study was to determine if participation in MoodSwings 2.0 would result in decreased symptoms of depression and mania compared to the control condition. Secondary aims were to identify improvements in core depression symptoms, quality of life, medication adherence, functioning, and time to relapse. METHODS: This was a three-arm randomized controlled trial that compared two intervention arms against a peer support control group (forum)...
June 21, 2018: Bipolar Disorders
Alvin Asan, Shane Gill
OBJECTIVES: Facilitated Learning Groups (FLGs) were introduced by the South Australian Psychiatry Branch Training Committee in 2016 to provide support for trainees. These incorporated Balint group principles but also had roles that extended beyond a traditional Balint group. This paper reports an evaluation of these groups after their first 12 months. METHODS: An evaluation form was sent to all trainee participants, seeking quantitative and qualitative feedback about their experience...
June 1, 2018: Australasian Psychiatry: Bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
David Chu, Jane Xiao, Payal Shah, Brett Todd
BACKGROUND: Cognitive errors are a major contributor to medical error. Traditionally, medical errors at teaching hospitals are analyzed in morbidity and mortality (M&M) conferences. We aimed to describe the frequency of cognitive errors in relation to the occurrence of diagnostic and other error types, in cases presented at an emergency medicine (EM) resident M&M conference. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study of all cases presented at a suburban US EM residency monthly M&M conference from September 2011 to August 2016...
June 20, 2018: Diagnosis
Mary Kensington, Jean Rankin, Andrea Gilkison, Rea Daellenbach, Susan Crowther, Ruth Deery, Lorna Davies
Rural practice presents unique challenges and skill requirements for midwives. New Zealand and Scotland face similar challenges in sustaining a rural midwifery workforce. This paper draws from an international multi-centre study exploring rural midwifery to focus on the education needs of student midwives within pre-registration midwifery programmes in order to determine appropriate preparation for rural practice. The mixed-methods study was conducted with 222 midwives working in rural areas in New Zealand (n = 145) and Scotland (n = 77)...
June 5, 2018: Nurse Education in Practice
Rachel Kornfield, Prathusha K Sarma, Dhavan V Shah, Fiona McTavish, Gina Landucci, Klaren Pe-Romashko, David H Gustafson
BACKGROUND: Online discussion forums allow those in addiction recovery to seek help through text-based messages, including when facing triggers to drink or use drugs. Trained staff (or "moderators") may participate within these forums to offer guidance and support when participants are struggling but must expend considerable effort to continually review new content. Demands on moderators limit the scalability of evidence-based digital health interventions. OBJECTIVE: Automated identification of recovery problems could allow moderators to engage in more timely and efficient ways with participants who are struggling...
June 12, 2018: Journal of Medical Internet Research
Jacqueline K Olive, Peter J Hotez, Ashish Damania, Melissa S Nolan
In a Policy Forum, Peter Hotez and colleagues discuss vaccination exemptions in US states and possible consequences for infectious disease outbreaks.
June 2018: PLoS Medicine
Andres Pichon-Riviere, Natalie Soto, Federico Augustovski, Laura Sampietro-Colom
OBJECTIVES: Latin American countries are taking important steps to expand and strengthen universal health coverage, and health technology assessment (HTA) has an increasingly prominent role in this process. Participation of all relevant stakeholders has become a priority in this effort. Key issues in this area were discussed during the 2017 Latin American Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi) Policy Forum. METHODS: The Forum included forty-one participants from Latin American HTA agencies; public, social security, and private insurance sectors; and the pharmaceutical and medical device industry...
June 11, 2018: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Wija Oortwijn, Laura Sampietro-Colom, Fay Habens, Rebecca Trowman
OBJECTIVES: For many years, several health technology assessment (HTA) agencies scanned the horizon to identify health technologies that were safe, effective and offer value for money. However, there is limited evidence regarding its impact. The role of horizon scanning in preparing health systems for the uptake of new and emerging health technologies was discussed during the 2018 HTA International (HTAi) Global Policy Forum Meeting. METHODS: Reflection of the discussion between seventy-two senior representatives from for-profit, not-for-profit organizations, and HTAi leadership...
June 11, 2018: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Michael Stellefson, Samantha R Paige, Julia M Alber, Margaret Stewart
People living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) commonly report feelings of loneliness and social isolation due to lack of support from family, friends, and health care providers. COPD360social is an interactive and disease-specific online community and social network dedicated to connecting people living with COPD to evidence-based resources. Through free access to collaborative forums, members can explore, engage, and discuss an array of disease-related topics, such as symptom management. This social media review provides an overview of COPD360social, specifically its features that practitioners can leverage to facilitate patient-provider communication, knowledge translation, and community building...
June 1, 2018: Health Promotion Practice
Meredith C Meacham, Michael J Paul, Danielle E Ramo
BACKGROUND: Legalization of medical and recreational cannabis has coincided with an increase in novel forms of cannabis use and a burgeoning cannabis product industry. This research seeks to understand the occurrence of discussions about these emerging and traditional forms of use in an online social media discussion forum. METHODS: We analyzed posts to a cannabis-specific forum on the Reddit social media platform posted from January 2010-December 2016. For each of various keywords describing smoking, vaping, edibles, dabbing, and butane hash oil (BHO) concentrate use, we analyzed (1) relative prevalence of posts mentioning these cannabis forms of use; (2) user-reported subjective ratings of "highness" on a scale of 1-10; (3) the ten most common words mentioned in posts; and (4) the frequency of adverse health effect terms...
July 1, 2018: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
Sue Wonnacott, Isabel Bermudez, Neil S Millar, Socrates J Tzartos
This themed section of the British Journal of Pharmacology is the product of a conference that focussed on nicotinic ACh receptors (nAChRs) that was held on the Greek island of Crete from 7 to 11 May 2017. 'Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors 2017' was the fourth in a series of triennial international meetings that have provided a regular forum for scientists working on all aspects of nAChRs to meet and to discuss new developments. In addition to many of the regular participants, each meeting has also attracted a new group of scientists working in a fast-moving area of research...
June 2018: British Journal of Pharmacology
Haruka Sakamoto, Satoshi Ezoe, Kotono Hara, Eiji Hinoshita, Yui Sekitani, Keishi Abe, Haruhiko Inada, Takuma Kato, Kenichi Komada, Masami Miyakawa, Hiroyuki Yamaya, Naoko Yamamoto, Sarah Krull Abe, Kenji Shibuya
Problem: If universal health coverage (UHC) is to be achieved globally, it needs sustained promotion and political awareness and support. Approach: During its presidency of the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations in 2016, Japan aimed to raise the issue of UHC to the top of the global health agenda. Local setting: Japan has promoted a health agenda at all of the G7 summits since 2000 that it has hosted. Human security has been the core foundation of Japan's foreign diplomacy for several decades and, consequently, there was no apparent opposition within Japan to the inclusion of UHC on the agenda of the summit in 2016...
May 1, 2018: Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Denise May Goodwin, James Brock, Sarah Dunlop, Louise Goodes, James Middleton, Andrew Nunn A, Breanna Wright, Peter Bragge
We examined SCI catheterisation practices in Australia to understand practice patterns and consistency with research evidence. A national, facilitated discussion forum was held during the annual Australian and New Zealand Spinal Cord Society (ANZSCoS) conference attended by 66 conference delegates. Initially, presentations were given on latest laboratory research examining bladder changes following SCI; an overview of evidence-based recommendations indicating that intermittent catheterisation is best practice; and results of a single-centre practice audit demonstrated substantial delay in transition between acute SCI and intermittent catheterisation...
May 30, 2018: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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The Animal Welfare Foundation Discussion Forum is now in its 12th year and is bigger and better than ever. AWF Manager Erika Singh explains why everyone should get involved.
June 2, 2018: Veterinary Record
Dale C Alverson, Elizabeth A Krupinski, Kristine A Erps, Nancy S Rowe, Ronald S Weinstein
INTRODUCTION: As telemedicine and telehealth services are experiencing increasing rates of adoption, industry leaders and healthcare service providers are becoming increasingly focused on human resource issues encountered in the delivery of a broad range of telehealth services. To create a forum for the discussion of many interrelated elements of telehealth service industry, a national conference entitled "Telemedicine & Telehealth Service Provider Showcase" (SPS) Conference was established in 2014, and repeated in 2016 and 2017, in Arizona...
May 31, 2018: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
Jing Wen, Jiangyi Xiao, Aijun Wang
Medical Device Single Audit Program is one of the key projects in International Medical Device Regulators Forum, which has much experience to be used for reference. This paper briefly describes the procedures and contents of the Witnessed Audit in Medical Device Single Audit Program. Some revelations about the work of Witnessed Audit have been discussed, for reference by the Regulatory Authorities and the Auditing Organizations.
February 8, 2018: Zhongguo Yi Liao Qi Xie za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Medical Instrumentation
Samantha Calder-Sprackman, Thara Kumar, Caroline Gerin-Lajoie, Megan Kilvert, Kari Sampsel
Introduction/Innovation ConceptEmergency medicine (EM) requires physicians to deal with acutely ill patients in a fast-paced and dynamic environment, which creates a barrier to debriefing after critical events. These unique challenges can negatively impact wellness. We sought to adapt and implement a peer-support wellness program called 'Ice Cream Rounds' in an EM residency setting. METHODS: A needs assessment survey was conducted among EM residents at The University of Ottawa to gauge interest and obtain resident input regarding program design...
May 30, 2018: CJEM
R A Baker
In this Opinion article I will discuss the relationship between the BDA and the GDC, the nature of the BDA's and dentists' language when communicating with the GDC and when discussing the GDC in public forums, such as this journal. I also suggest ways this relationship can be improved for the benefit of dentists and the GDC.
May 25, 2018: British Dental Journal
Ramiro E Gilardino, Eduardo González-Pier, Claudia Brabata
End-stage renal disease, the last and most severe stage of chronic kidney disease, represents a major and rising concern for countries in Latin America, driven in large part by aging populations and the near-epidemic rises in diabetes, obesity, and hypertension. This places a great clinical, economic, and social burden on the region's health systems. During the ISPOR 6th Latin America Conference held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in September 2017, an educational forum debated on value-based decision making in the treatment of end-stage renal disease in Latin America...
May 21, 2018: Value in Health Regional Issues
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Precision medicine, the customization of health care to an individual's genetic profile while accounting for biomarkers and lifestyle, has increasingly been adopted by health care stakeholders to guide the development of treatment options, improve treatment decision making, provide more patient-centered care, and better inform coverage and reimbursement decisions. Despite these benefits, key challenges prevent its broader use and adoption. On December 7-8, 2017, the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy convened a group of stakeholders to discuss these challenges and provide recommendations to facilitate broader adoption and use of precision medicine across health care settings...
May 23, 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
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