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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102972/evaluating-the-clinical-copd-questionnaire-a-systematic-review
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Zijing Zhou, Aiyuan Zhou, Yiyang Zhao, Ping Chen
The Clinical COPD Questionnaire (CCQ) is recommended by the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) to evaluate health status in patients with COPD. The objective of this work was to systemically assess the reliability, validity, responsiveness and minimum clinically important difference (MCID) of the CCQ. A structured search was conducted in three databases to identify articles that evaluated the psychometric properties of the CCQ in individuals with COPD. Two investigators screened the title, abstract and full text of the articles to determine study eligibility and performed the data extraction...
February 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102953/air-kerma-strength-determination-of-an-hdr-192-ir-source-including-a-geometric-sensitivity-study-of-the-seven-distance-method
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Blake R Smith, John A Micka, Manik Aima, Larry A DeWerd, Wesley S Culberson
PURPOSE: To perform an in-air air-kerma strength (SK) calibration of the Bebig model Ir2.A85-2 192Ir high-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy source manufactured by Mallinckrodt Medical (Westerduinweg, Germany) with the NIST-traceable seven-distance technique established by the University of Wisconsin. A comparison was made between the reference air-kerma rate (RAKR) reported on a certificate from the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (Berlin, Germany) (PTB) primary laboratory and the SK determined at the University of Wisconsin Madison Radiation Research Center (UWMRRC)...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102951/direct-and-fast-measurement-of-ct-beam-filter-profiles-with-simultaneous-geometrical-calibration
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Kai Yang, Xinhua Li, X George Xu, Bob Liu
PURPOSE: To accurately measure the beam filter profiles from a variety of CT scanner models and to provide reference data for Monte Carlo simulations of CT scanners. METHODS: This study proposed a new method to measure CT beam filter profiles using a linear-array x-ray detector (X-Scan 0.8f3-512; Detection Technology Inc., Espoo, Finland) under gantry rotation mode. A robust geometrical calibration approach was developed to determine key geometrical parameters by considering the x-ray focal spot location relative to the linear-array detector and the gantry's angular increment at each acquisition point...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102939/what-is-the-relationship-between-increased-access-to-haart-relationship-status-and-fertility-decisions-amongst-hiv-positive-women-a-literature-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Abigail Burgess, Edward Purssell
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To investigate the relationship between fertility decisions, to have already had a child or to desire to have one in the future, and the prognostic factors of; access to antiretrovirals, the time since these became widely available (year of the study) and relationship status. BACKGROUND: There have been significant advances in the treatment of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) with the advent of antiretroviral therapy which has been used to successfully reduce the rate of mother to child transmission; leading researchers to hypothesise that HIV positive women may desire to have children more so now than in the past...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102924/current-practices-related-to-family-presence-during-acute-deterioration-in-adult-emergency-department-patients
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Megan J Youngson, Judy Currey, Julie Considine
AIMS: To explore the characteristics and interactions of clinicians, patients and family members during management of the deteriorating adult patient in the Emergency Department. BACKGROUND: Previous research into family presence during resuscitation has identified many positive outcomes when families are included. However, over that last three decades the epidemiology of acute clinical deterioration has changed, with a decrease in in-hospital cardiac arrests and an increase in acute clinical deterioration...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102918/medication-administration-errors-and-related-deviations-from-safe-practice-an-observational-study
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Alwiena J Blignaut, Siedine K Coetzee, Hester C Klopper, Suria M Ellis
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To determine the incidence of medication administration errors, medication administration related deviations from safe practice as well as factors associated with these errors in medical and surgical units of public hospitals in the Gauteng Province of South Africa. BACKGROUND: Several studies have been published on the incidence of medication administration errors, but only a few have studied the incidence of medication administration related deviations from safe practice...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102917/sexual-violence-in-the-college-population-a-systematic-review-of-disclosure-and-campus-resources-and-services
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REVIEW
Valerie Halstead, Jessica R Williams, Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To synthesize research examining college student sexual violence disclosure and campus sexual violence resources and services. BACKGROUND: Recently, the issue of sexual violence within the college population has garnered attention worldwide. The prevalence of sexual violence within college students is alarmingly high. Survivors often experience negative outcomes (e.g., health-related consequences, impact on education). Efforts have been made to address this significant public health concern...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102909/the-effects-of-hospital-characteristics-on-delays-in-breast-cancer-diagnosis-in-appalachian-communities-a-population-based-study
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Christopher J Louis, Jonathan R Clark, Marianne M Hillemeier, Fabian Camacho, Nengliang Yao, Roger T Anderson
PURPOSE: Despite being generally accepted that delays in diagnosing breast cancer are of prognostic and psychological concern, the influence of hospital characteristics on such delays remains poorly understood, especially in rural and underserved areas. However, hospital characteristics have been tied to greater efficiency and warrant further investigation as they may have implications for breast cancer care in these areas. METHODS: Study data were derived from the Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania state central cancer registries (2006-2008)...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Rural Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102908/addressing-critical-gaps-in-the-treatment-of-eating-disorders
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REVIEW
Alan E Kazdin, Ellen E Fitzsimmons-Craft, Denise E Wilfley
Remarkable progress has been made in developing psychosocial interventions for eating disorders and other mental disorders. Two priorities in providing treatment consist of addressing the research-practice gap and the treatment gap. The research-practice gap pertains to the dissemination of evidence-based treatments from controlled settings to routine clinical care. Closing the gap between what is known about effective treatment and what is actually provided to patients who receive care is crucial in improving mental health care, particularly for conditions such as eating disorders...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Eating Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102900/metabolic-theory-predicts-animal-self-thinning
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Tomas Jonsson
1.The Metabolic Theory of Ecology (MTE) predicts observed patterns in ecology based on metabolic rates of individuals. The theory is influential but also criticized for a lack of firm empirical evidence confirming MTE's quantitative predictions of processes, e.g. outcome of competition, at population or community level. 2.Self-thinning is a well-known population level phenomenon among plants, but a much less studied phenomenon in animal populations and no consensus exists on what a universal thinning slope for animal populations might be, or if it exists...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102896/impact-of-pre-transplant-depression-on-outcomes-of-allogeneic-and-autologous-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
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Areej El-Jawahri, Yi-Bin Chen, Ruta Brazauskas, Naya He, Stephanie J Lee, Jennifer M Knight, Navneet Majhail, David Buchbinder, Raquel M Schears, Baldeep M Wirk, William A Wood, Ibrahim Ahmed, Mahmoud Aljurf, Jeff Szer, Sara M Beattie, Minoo Battiwalla, Christopher Dandoy, Miguel-Angel Diaz, Anita D'Souza, Cesar O Freytes, James Gajewski, Usama Gergis, Shahrukh K Hashmi, Ann Jakubowski, Rammurti T Kamble, Tamila Kindwall-Keller, Hilard M Lazarus, Adriana K Malone, David I Marks, Kenneth Meehan, Bipin N Savani, Richard F Olsson, David Rizzieri, Amir Steinberg, Dawn Speckhart, David Szwajcer, Helene Schoemans, Sachiko Seo, Celalettin Ustun, Yoshiko Atsuta, Jignesh Dalal, Carmem Sales-Bonfim, Nandita Khera, Theresa Hahn, Wael Saber
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the impact of depression before autologous and allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) on clinical outcomes posttransplantation. METHODS: We analyzed data from the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research to compare outcomes after autologous (n = 3786) or allogeneic (n = 7433) HCT for adult patients with hematologic malignancies with an existing diagnosis of pre-HCT depression requiring treatment versus those without pre-HCT depression...
January 19, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102886/translational-research-in-surgical-oncology
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K Søreide, M Sund
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January 19, 2017: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102877/feasibility-acceptability-and-construct-validity-of-eq-5d-in-systemic-sclerosis
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Roberta Gualtierotti, Francesca Ingegnoli, Luciana Scalone, Paolo Cortesi, Eleonora Bruschi, Maria Gerosa, Pier Luigi Meroni
BACKGROUND: Systemic sclerosis is a chronic disabling disease that is often associated with severe physical and psychological impairment. Nonetheless, health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in patients with systemic sclerosis is often left behind in clinical practice and research. One of the reasons for this lack of evaluation is the current use of tools, such as the short form-36 (SF-36) questionnaire, that are complete but complicated to use in everyday routine. Other self-reported outcome measures such as the health assessment questionnaire (HAQ) are simple, but specifically designed for physical disability...
January 19, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102863/a-taxonomy-of-medical-uncertainties-in-clinical-genome-sequencing
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Paul K J Han, Kendall L Umstead, Barbara A Bernhardt, Robert C Green, Steven Joffe, Barbara Koenig, Ian Krantz, Leo B Waterston, Leslie G Biesecker, Barbara B Biesecker
PURPOSE: Clinical next-generation sequencing (CNGS) is introducing new opportunities and challenges into the practice of medicine. Simultaneously, these technologies are generating uncertainties of an unprecedented scale that laboratories, clinicians, and patients are required to address and manage. We describe in this report the conceptual design of a new taxonomy of uncertainties around the use of CNGS in health care. METHODS: Interviews to delineate the dimensions of uncertainty in CNGS were conducted with genomics experts and themes were extracted in order to expand on a previously published three-dimensional taxonomy of medical uncertainty...
January 19, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102860/psychological-interventions-for-irritable-bowel-syndrome-and-inflammatory-bowel-diseases
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Sarah Ballou, Laurie Keefer
Psychological interventions have been designed and implemented effectively in a wide range of medical conditions, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). The psychological treatments for IBS and IBD with the strongest evidence base include: cognitive behavioral therapy, hypnosis, and mindfulness-based therapies. The evidence for each of these therapies is reviewed here for both IBS and IBD. In general, there is a stronger and larger evidence base to support the use of psychological interventions in IBS compared with IBD...
January 19, 2017: Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102854/optimal-gestational-weight-gain-prepregnancy-bmi-specific-influences-on-adverse-pregnancy-and-infant-health-outcomes
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A Chen, C Xie, A M Vuong, T Wu, E A DeFranco
OBJECTIVE: The Institute of Medicine (IOM) 2009 gestational weight gain (GWG) guidelines are based on prepregnancy body mass index (BMI) categories. We intended to refine optimal GWG for each prepregnancy BMI unit in relation to the risk of small- and large-for-gestational-age (SGA and LGA) births, cesarean section (C-section) and infant death. STUDY DESIGN: We used data from 836,841 Ohio birth records from 2006 to 2012, and applied generalized additive models to calculate optimal GWG by prepregnancy BMI unit...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102825/versatile-modular-three-dimensional-microelectrode-arrays-for-neuronal-ensemble-recordings-from-design-to-fabrication-assembly-and-functional-validation-in-non-human-primates
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Falk Barz, Alessandro Livi, Marco Lanzilotto, Monica Maranesi, Luca Bonini, Oliver Paul, Patrick Ruther
<i>Objective. </i>Application-specific designs of electrode arrays offer an improved effectiveness for providing access to targeted brain regions in neuroscientific research and brain machine interfaces. The simultaneous and stable recording of neuronal ensembles is the main goal in the design of advanced neural interfaces. Here, we describe the development and assembly of highly customizable three-dimensional microelectrode arrays and demonstrate their recording performance in chronic applications in non-human primates...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102798/action-research-for-nurses-mcdonnell-peter-and-mcniff-jean-action-research-for-nurses-192pp-%C3%A2-24-99-sage-9781473919402-1473919401-formula-see-text
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(no author information available yet)
The authors of this long overdue book offer a cogent critique of the current body of nursing and research knowledge guided by three basic questions: » What constitutes nursing knowledge? » How is knowledge acquired? » How is nursing knowledge put to use?
January 23, 2017: Nurse Researcher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102797/why-undertake-a-pilot-in-a-qualitative-phd-study-lessons-learned-to-promote-success
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Jane Wray, Uduak Archibong, Sean Walton
Background Pilot studies can play an important role in qualitative studies. Methodological and practical issues can be shaped and refined by undertaking pilots. Personal development and researchers' competence are enhanced and lessons learned can inform the development and quality of the main study. However, pilot studies are rarely published, despite their potential to improve knowledge and understanding of the research. Aim To present the main lessons learned from undertaking a pilot in a qualitative PhD study...
January 23, 2017: Nurse Researcher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102796/-nursing-can-t-be-done-alone
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Layla Haidrani
When and why did you develop an interest in research? After completing my master's thesis at Emory University in Georgia, United States, I realised that I enjoyed the precise and methodological approach of scientists in their pursuit of answering compelling health problems. I started out interested in children's health and engagement of their families and I have maintained that initial interest in promoting health and preventing disease in children.
January 23, 2017: Nurse Researcher
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