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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340482/the-effect-of-interprofessional-team-based-learning-among-nursing-students-a-quasi-experimental-study
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Arkers Kwan Ching Wong, Frances Kam Yuet Wong, Lap Ki Chan, Namkiu Chan, Fraide A Ganotice, Jacqueline Ho
BACKGROUND: Although interprofessional education has received attention in recent years as a means of providing opportunities for health-care professionals to learn with, from and about other disciplines and enhance the quality of patient care, evidence of its effectiveness is limited. Interprofessional team-based learning was introduced to make it possible for students in different healthcare disciplines to interact with each other, and to prepare them to function effectively within a team in their future career...
March 9, 2017: Nurse Education Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339923/measuring-patient-experience-a-systematic-review-to-evaluate-psychometric-properties-of-patient-reported-experience-measures-prems-for-emergency-care-service-provision
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Leanne Male, Adam Noble, Jessica Atkinson, Tony Marson
Purpose: Knowledge about patient experience within emergency departments (EDs) allows services to develop and improve in line with patient needs. There is no standardized instrument to measure patient experience. The aim of this study is to identify patient reported experience measures (PREMs) for EDs, examine the rigour by which they were developed and their psychometric properties when judged against standard criteria. Data sources: Medline, Scopus, CINAHL, PsycINFO, PubMed and Web of Science were searched from inception to May 2015...
March 2, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339444/a-review-of-long-term-pain-relief-after-genicular-nerve-radiofrequency-ablation-in-chronic-knee-osteoarthritis
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Ferdinand Iannaccone, Samuel Dixon, Andrew Kaufman
BACKGROUND: Studies of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of genicular nerves have reportedly significantly decreased pain up to 3 months post ablation, but no longer term effects have been reported. We performed an analysis of long-term pain relief of 31 RFA procedures of the genicular nerves to analyze the degree of pain relief past 3 months, culminating at 6 months. STUDY DESIGN: Chart review and study design was approved by Newark Health Sciences Institutional Review Board (IRB)...
March 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339313/palliative-care-in-surgery-defining-the-research-priorities
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Elizabeth J Lilley, Zara Cooper, Margaret L Schwarze, Anne C Mosenthal
Given the acute and often life-limiting nature of surgical illness, as well as the potential for treatment to induce further suffering, surgical patients have considerable palliative care needs. Yet, these patients are less likely to receive palliative care than their medical counterparts and palliative care consultations often occur when death is imminent, reflecting poor quality end-of-life care. Surgical patients would likely benefit from early palliative care delivered alongside surgical treatment to promote goal-concordant decision making and to improve patients' physical, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being and quality of life...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338214/light-therapies-for-acne-abridged-cochrane-systematic-review-including-grade-assessments
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J Barbaric, R Abbott, P Posadzki, M Car, L H Gunn, A M Layton, A Majeed, J Car
We undertook a Cochrane review of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) evaluating the effects of light-based interventions for acne vulgaris. We searched the Cochrane Skin Specialised Register, CENTRAL, MEDLINE, Embase, LILACS, ISI Web of Science, and grey literature sources (September 2015). We used the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation Working Group approach to assess the quality of evidence (QE). We included 71 RCTs (4211 participants, median sample size 31). Results from a single study (n = 266, low QE) showed little or no difference in effectiveness on participants' assessment of improvement between 20% aminolevulinic acid (ALA) photodynamic therapy (PDT), activated by blue light, versus vehicle plus blue light, whereas another study (n = 180) of a comparison of ALA-PDT (red light) concentrations showed 20% ALA-PDT was no more effective than 15%, but better than 10% and 5% ALA-PDT...
March 24, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337491/meeting-report-unesco-merck-africa-research-summit-2015-accelerating-access-and-sustaining-innovation-from-africa-for-africa
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R W Omange, A O Ocholla, A O Kwallah, S N Kageha, J Mwangi, R K Cherutich, Odeny T A, T Nzomo, S Angwenyi, P Yonga, F Kariuki, M Kyalo, P C Mutai, F Nindo, E M Songok
BACKGROUND: The Ebola virus disease outbreak of 2014 was the largest, longest and most devastating in the history of the disease. It demonstrated the social and economic impact an emerging infectious disease can have in a globalized world. Health systems in affected countries were stretched to the point of near collapse, while social relations and traditional practices were negatively impacted. Heads of African research institutions, African government representatives, leaders of global pharmaceutical companies, global infectious disease experts and close to 100 young African researchers from 25 countries; Assembled in Geneva on 19 and 20th October 2015, for the inaugural UNESCO-Merck Africa Summit sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Science and Culture Organization and Merck KGA...
2017: African Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336799/locating-ethics-in-data-science-responsibility-and-accountability-in-global-and-distributed-knowledge-production-systems
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Sabina Leonelli
The distributed and global nature of data science creates challenges for evaluating the quality, import and potential impact of the data and knowledge claims being produced. This has significant consequences for the management and oversight of responsibilities and accountabilities in data science. In particular, it makes it difficult to determine who is responsible for what output, and how such responsibilities relate to each other; what 'participation' means and which accountabilities it involves, with regard to data ownership, donation and sharing as well as data analysis, re-use and authorship; and whether the trust placed on automated tools for data mining and interpretation is warranted (especially as data processing strategies and tools are often developed separately from the situations of data use where ethical concerns typically emerge)...
December 28, 2016: Philosophical Transactions. Series A, Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336795/the-opportunities-and-ethics-of-big-data-practical-priorities-for-a-national-council-of-data-ethics
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Olivia Varley-Winter, Hetan Shah
In order to generate the gains that can come from analysing and linking big datasets, data holders need to consider the ethical frameworks, principles and applications that help to maintain public trust. In the USA, the National Science Foundation helped to set up a Council for Big Data, Ethics and Society, of which there is no equivalent in the UK. In November 2015, the Royal Statistical Society convened a workshop of 28 participants from government, academia and the private sector, and discussed the practical priorities that might be assisted by a new Council of Data Ethics in the UK...
December 28, 2016: Philosophical Transactions. Series A, Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335758/what-s-wrong-with-john-a-randomised-controlled-trial-of-mental-health-first-aid-mhfa-training-with-nursing-students
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Sharyn Burns, Gemma Crawford, Jonathan Hallett, Kristen Hunt, Hui Jun Chih, P J Matt Tilley
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of mental health problems have been found to be higher among university students compared to their non-student peers. Nursing students in particular face a range of additional stressors which may impact their undergraduate performance and their careers. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) aims to increase mental health literacy and to reduce stigma and may positively impact on the student population. This paper describes a MHFA randomised controlled trial targeting nursing students at a large Australian university...
March 23, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335574/proof-of-concept-development-of-snow-liquid-water-content-profiler-using-cs650-reflectometers-at-caribou-me-usa
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Carlos L Pérez Díaz, Jonathan Muñoz, Tarendra Lakhankar, Reza Khanbilvardi, Peter Romanov
The quantity of liquid water in the snowpack defines its wetness. The temporal evolution of snow wetness's plays a significant role in wet-snow avalanche prediction, meltwater release, and water availability estimations and assessments within a river basin. However, it remains a difficult task and a demanding issue to measure the snowpack's liquid water content (LWC) and its temporal evolution with conventional in situ techniques. We propose an approach based on the use of time-domain reflectometry (TDR) and CS650 soil water content reflectometers to measure the snowpack's LWC and temperature profiles...
March 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335519/translating-developmental-origins-improving-the-health-of-women-and-their-children-using-a-sustainable-approach-to-behaviour-change
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Mary Barker, Janis Baird, Tannaze Tinati, Christina Vogel, Sofia Strömmer, Taylor Rose, Rufia Begum, Megan Jarman, Jenny Davies, Sue Thompson, Liz Taylor, Hazel Inskip, Cyrus Cooper, Don Nutbeam, Wendy Lawrence
Theories of the developmental origins of health and disease imply that optimising the growth and development of babies is an essential route to improving the health of populations. A key factor in the growth of babies is the nutritional status of their mothers. Since women from more disadvantaged backgrounds have poorer quality diets and the worst pregnancy outcomes, they need to be a particular focus. The behavioural sciences have made a substantial contribution to the development of interventions to support dietary changes in disadvantaged women...
March 20, 2017: Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334783/amitriptyline-for-musculoskeletal-complaints-a-systematic-review
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Jacoline J van den Driest, Sita M A Bierma-Zeinstra, Patrick J E Bindels, Dieuwke Schiphof
Background.: The role of amitriptyline in musculoskeletal pain is not as clearly defined as in classical neuropathic pain conditions. Objective.: To assess the efficacy and effectiveness of amitriptyline in the treatment of pain in musculoskeletal complaints. Methods.: An extensive search (including Medline, Embase and Web of Science) was made up to April 2016 for randomised controlled trials on amitriptyline in musculoskeletal complaints compared to placebo, usual care, or other analgesic use...
January 30, 2017: Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334681/fluorescent-proteins-such-as-egfp-lead-to-catalytic-oxidative-stress-in-cells
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Douglas Ganini, Fabian Leinisch, Ashutosh Kumar, JinJie Jiang, Erik J Tokar, Christine C Malone, Robert M Petrovich, Ronald P Mason
Fluorescent proteins are an important tool that has become omnipresent in life sciences research. They are frequently used for localization of proteins and monitoring of cells [1,2]. Green fluorescent protein (GFP) was the first and has been the most used fluorescent protein. Enhanced GFP (eGFP) was optimized from wild-type GFP for increased fluorescence yield and improved expression in mammalian systems [3]. Many GFP-like fluorescent proteins have been discovered, optimized or created, such as the red fluorescent protein TagRFP [4]...
March 10, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334588/applying-the-chronic-care-model-to-improve-care-and-outcomes-at-a-pediatric-medical-center
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Jennifer Lail, Pamela J Schoettker, Denise L White, Bhavna Mehta, Uma R Kotagal
BACKGROUND: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center launched the Condition Outcomes Improvement Initiative in 2012 to help disease-based teams use the principles of improvement science to implement components of the Chronic Care Model and improve outpatient care delivery for populations of children with chronic and complex conditions. The goal was to improve outcomes by 20% from baseline. METHODS: Initiative activities included review of the evidence to choose and measure outcomes, development of condition-specific patient registries and tools for data collection, patient stratification, planning and coordinating care before and after visits, and self-management support...
March 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334393/adjuvant-human-papillomavirus-vaccination-for-secondary-prevention-a-systematic-review
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Gregory R Dion, Stephanie Teng, Leslie R Boyd, Antonia Northam, Charlotte Mason-Apps, Dorice Vieira, Milan R Amin, Ryan C Branski
Importance: Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination is recommended for children and younger adults but not older adults or those with prior HPV exposure, leaving a large portion of the population at risk for HPV-mediated disease. Emerging data suggest a possible role for vaccination as an adjuvant treatment for individuals with HPV-related clinical disease. Objective: To systematically review the literature regarding HPV vaccination for secondary disease prevention after treatment of active clinical disease across disease sites to serve as a platform for the management of HPV-related disease of the head and neck...
March 23, 2017: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334372/simulations-imaging-and-modeling-a-unique-theme-for-an-undergraduate-research-program-in-biomechanics
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Stephanie M George, Zachary J Domire
As the reliance on computational models to inform experiments and evaluate medical devices grows, the demand for students with modeling experience will grow. In this paper, we report on the three year experience of a National Science Foundation funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) based on the theme simulations, imaging, and modeling in biomechanics. While directly applicable to REU sites, our findings also apply to those creating other types of summer undergraduate research programs. The objective of the paper is to examine if a theme of simulations, imaging, and modeling will improve students' understanding of the important topic of modeling, provide an overall positive research experience, and provide an interdisciplinary experience...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334196/the-effectiveness-of-prolotherapy-in-treating-knee-osteoarthritis-in-adults-a-systematic-review
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Fadi Hassan, Suad Trebinjac, William D Murrell, Nicola Maffulli
Introduction: Osteoarthritis (OA) often leads to symptoms such as pain, stiffness and decreased function. OA is treated with a wide range of modalities, both conservatively and surgically. Prolotherapy has been used to treat various musculoskeletal problems and has shown some promise. Sources of data: Searches of the electronic databases, PubMed, ISI web of science, PEDro and SPORTDiscus, were conducted for all Level 1-4 studies published from inception through to December 2016...
March 4, 2017: British Medical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333936/adenosine-for-postoperative-analgesia-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Xin Jin, Weidong Mi
PURPOSE: Perioperative infusion of adenosine has been suggested to reduce the requirement for inhalation anesthetics, without causing serious adverse effects in humans. We conducted a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials evaluating the effect of adenosine on postoperative analgesia. METHODS: We retrieved articles in computerized searches of Scopus, Web of Science, PubMed, EMBASE, and Cochrane Library databases, up to July 2016. We used adenosine, postoperative analgesia, and postoperative pain(s) as key words, with humans, RCT, and CCT as filters...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333835/zero-preventable-deaths-after-traumatic-injury-an-achievable-goal
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Philip C Spinella
Preventable deaths after injury must be reduced to improve outcomes for trauma patients. The elimination of preventable deaths after injury has been documented by the 75th US Army Ranger Regiment. Therefore, zero preventable deaths after injury is an achievable goal. Trauma is the most common cause of death between the ages of 1-46 and is the most common cause of life-years lost, before 75 years of age, compared to all other etiologies. Traumatic Hemorrhagic Shock (THS) is the leading cause of death that is preventable after injury, accounting for potentially 17,000 preventable deaths per year in the US...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333632/enhanced-just-noticeable-difference-model-for-images-with-pattern-complexity
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Jinjian Wu, Leida Li, Weisheng Dong, Guangming Shi, Weisi Lin, C-C Jay Kuo
The just noticeable difference (JND) in an image, which reveals the visibility limitation of the human visual system (HVS), is widely used for visual redundancy estimation in signal processing. To determine the JND threshold with the current schemes, the spatial masking effect is estimated as the contrast masking, and this cannot accurately account for the complicated interaction among visual contents. Research on cognitive science indicates that the HVS is highly adapted to extract the repeated patterns for visual content representation...
March 22, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
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