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Patrick G Chan, Lara W Schaheen, Ernest G Chan, Chris C Cook, James D Luketich, Jonathan D'Cunha
OBJECTIVE: Transitioning from medical school and general surgery training to cardiothoracic (CT) surgical training poses unique challenges for trainees and patient care. We hypothesized that participation in technology-enhanced simulation modules that provided early exposure to urgent/emergent CT patient problems would improve cognitive skills and readiness to manage common urgencies/emergencies. DESIGN: Traditional and integrated cardiothoracic residents at our institution participated in a technology-enhanced simulation curriculum...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Surgical Education
Martin W Seltmann, Samuli Helle, Mark J Adams, Khyne U Mar, Mirkka Lahdenperä
Data on personality for long-lived, highly social wild mammals with high cognitive abilities are rare. We investigated the personality structure of Asian elephants ( Elephas maximus ) by using a large sample of semi-captive timber elephants in Myanmar. Data were collected during 2014-2017 using questionnaires, for which elephant riders (mahouts) rated 28 behavioural adjectives of elephants. Repeated questionnaires were obtained for each elephant from several raters whenever possible, resulting in 690 ratings of 150 female and 107 male elephants...
February 2018: Royal Society Open Science
Andrew J Lautz, Kelly C Martin, Akira Nishisaki, Christopher P Bonafide, Roberta L Hales, Elizabeth A Hunt, Vinay M Nadkarni, Robert M Sutton, Donald L Boyer
OBJECTIVES: Miscommunication has been implicated as a leading cause of medical errors, and standardized handover programs have been associated with improved patient outcomes. However, the role of structured handovers in pediatric emergencies remains unclear. We sought to determine if training with an airway, breathing, circulation, situation, background, assessment, recommendation handover tool could improve the transmission of essential patient information during multidisciplinary simulations of critically ill children...
March 7, 2018: Hospital Pediatrics
Sarah Kate Cameron, Jacqui Rodgers, Dave Dagnan
Research consistently provides evidence for the relationship between the therapeutic alliance (TA) and outcome across various therapies and presenting problems. Depression is considered the leading cause of disability worldwide, and there is substantial evidence for the efficacy for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) in its treatment. At present, there is lack of clarity specifically about the relationship between the TA and outcome in CBT for depression. The present review is the first meta-analytic review to explore this relationship and also considering moderators...
February 26, 2018: Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy
Suzanne C van Bronswijk, Lotte H J M Lemmens, Marcus J H Huibers, Arnoud Arntz, Frenk P M L Peeters
BACKGROUND: Anxious depression is an important subtype of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) defined by both syndromal (anxiety disorders) and dimensional (anxiety symptoms) criteria. A debated question is how anxiety affects MDD treatment. This study examined the impact of comorbid anxiety disorders and symptoms on the effectiveness of and dropout during Cognitive Therapy (CT) and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) for MDD. METHODS: Depressed individuals were randomized to CT (n = 76) or IPT (n = 75)...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Affective Disorders
Andrea Pilotto, Enrico Premi, Silvia Paola Caminiti, Luca Presotto, Rosanna Turrone, Antonella Alberici, Barbara Paghera, Barbara Borroni, Alessandro Padovani, Daniela Perani
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the statistical parametric mapping (SPM) procedure for fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG)-PET imaging as a possible single-subject marker of progression to dementia in Parkinson disease (PD). METHODS: Fifty-four consecutive patients with PD without dementia (age at onset of 59.9 ± 10.1 years, disease duration of 5.3 ± 3.4 years) entered the study. The patients underwent an extensive motor and cognitive assessment and a single-subject FDG-PET SPM evaluation at baseline...
February 16, 2018: Neurology
Curtis S Dunkel, Michael A Woodley Of Menie
The aim of this study was to investigate the association between maternal sensitivity and offspring intelligence in late childhood and adolescence. Secondary data (N=117) from the Block and Block (2006a, b) 30-year longitudinal study of Californian children, which began in the late 1960s, was used to test the hypothesis that maternal sensitivity in childhood would be predictive of late childhood and adolescent intelligence. Correlational analyses revealed that maternal sensitivity, as judged by raters viewing mother's interactions with their children in a set of four joint structured cognitive tasks when the child was 5 years of age, was associated with verbal and performance IQ test scores when the children were ages 11 and 18...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Biosocial Science
Yuma Nagata, Hiroyuki Tanaka, Daiki Ishimaru, Masayasu Uematsu, Yasuo Naito, Takashi Nishikawa
AIM: Until now, there has been no instrument to measure the quality of life (QoL) of patients with severe dementia in Japan. The purpose of this study was to translate the Quality of Life in Late-stage Dementia Scale and to evaluate the reliability and validity of the Japanese version (QUALID-J). METHODS: We translated the Quality of Life in Late-stage Dementia into Japanese with permission from the original authors. We assessed a total of 70 dementia patients (14 men, 56 women; mean age: 87...
February 6, 2018: Psychogeriatrics: the Official Journal of the Japanese Psychogeriatric Society
Anna Ballesteros-Urpí, Héctor Pardo-Hernández, Andreu Ferrero-Gregori, Jordi Torralbas-Ortega, Joaquim Puntí-Vidal, Pere Tàpies Olivet, Jon Izaguirre Eguren, Pere Vergés Balasch, Anaís Lara Lloveras, Santiago Bertomeu, Montserrat Peramiquel, Victoria Herreros, Àngela Vidal, Elena Font, Soledad Romero, Marta Garcia, Luisa Lázaro, Àstrid Morer
Outcome measurement in outpatient and day-care mental health facilities for children and adolescents in Spain remains limited, in part due to a lack of validated scales. To address this issue, we translated HoNOSCA (glossary, score sheet, self-rated questionnaire, and parent/legal guardian questionnaire) into Spanish and Catalan using a reverse translation approach. We ascertained the validity and psychometric quality of the HoNOSCA in Spanish by assessing correlation with the Children's Global Assessment Scale (C-GAS)...
December 21, 2017: Psychiatry Research
Élisabeth Thibaudeau, Caroline Cellard, Maxime Legendre, Karèle Villeneuve, Amélie M Achim
Deficits in social cognition are common in psychiatric disorders. Validated social cognition measures with good psychometric properties are necessary to assess and target social cognitive deficits. Two recent social cognition tests, the Combined Stories Test (COST) and the Social Knowledge Test (SKT), respectively assess theory of mind and social knowledge. Previous studies have shown good psychometric properties for these tests, but the test-retest reliability has never been documented. The aim of this study was to evaluate the test-retest reliability and the inter-rater reliability of the COST and the SKT...
January 12, 2018: Psychiatry Research
David Daniel Ebert, Claudia Buntrock, Dirk Lehr, Filip Smit, Heleen Riper, Harald Baumeister, Pim Cuijpers, Matthias Berking
Evidence for the impact of psychological Interventions for subthreshold depression (sD) is conflicting. Moreover, human resources to deliver such treatments are limited. This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of a web-based intervention with adherence-focused guidance in the treatment of sD. Participants with sD (CES-D≥ 16, no Major Depressive Disorder according to DSM-IV criteria, N = 204) recruited via a large health insurance were randomly allocated to a web-based mobile-supported cognitive-behavioral intervention or to a waitlist control condition with unrestricted access to usual care...
January 2018: Behavior Therapy
Lindsay Till Hoyt, Julianna Deardorff, Kristine Marceau, Cecile A Laurent, Gayle C Windham, Louise C Greenspan, Susan M Pinney, Susan Teitelbaum, Kevin J Grimm, Melissa J Hagan, Frank M Biro, Mary S Wolff, Lawrence H Kushi, Robert A Hiatt
PURPOSE: This study aims to examine the longitudinal association between puberty and sleep in a diverse sample of girls and explore racial/ethnic differences in this association. METHODS: Using latent growth curve modeling, the present study measured pubertal development (timing and rate) and sleep (wake time and bedtime) in 1,239 socioeconomically and ethnically diverse girls starting when they were 6-8 years old and followed longitudinally for up to 8 years. Pubertal assessment was conducted annually in clinic by physical examination, classified by sexual maturation stage for breast and pubic hair development by trained raters...
January 25, 2018: Journal of Adolescent Health: Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine
Mustafa Atee, Kreshnik Hoti, Jeffery D Hughes
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Pain is common in aged care residents with dementia; yet it often goes undetected. A novel tool, the electronic Pain Assessment Tool (ePAT), was developed to address this challenging problem. We investigated the psychometric properties of the ePAT. METHODS: In a 10-week prospective observational study, the ePAT was evaluated by comparison against the Abbey Pain Scale (APS). Pain assessments were blindly co-performed by the ePAT rater against the nursing staff of two residential aged care facilities...
January 23, 2018: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
Michael L Green, Jeremy J Moeller, Judy M Spak
BACKGROUND: Cognitive psychology studies demonstrate that subjects who attempt to recall information show better learning, retention, and transfer than subjects who spend the same time studying the same material (test-enhanced learning, TEL). We systematically reviewed TEL interventions in health professions education. METHODS: We searched 13 databases, 14 medical education journals, and reference lists. Inclusion criteria included controlled studies of TEL that compared TEL to studying the same material or to a different TEL strategy...
February 1, 2018: Medical Teacher
Samantha J Mayo, John Kuruvilla, Rob C Laister, Ana Patricia Ayala, Mark Alm, Will Byker, Debra Lynch Kelly, Leorey Saligan
INTRODUCTION: Cancer-related cognitive impairment (CRCI) can have detrimental effects on quality of life, even among patients with non-central nervous system (CNS) cancers. Several studies have been conducted to explore different markers associated with CRCI to understand its pathobiology. It is proposed that the underlying mechanisms of CRCI are related to a cascade of physiological adaptive events in response to cancer and/or treatment. Hence, peripheral blood would be a logical source to observe and identify these physiological events...
January 27, 2018: BMJ Open
Abeer Selim, Nahed Kandeel, Mohamed Elokl, Mohamed Shawky Khater, Ashraf Nabil Saleh, Rami Bustami, E Wesley Ely
BACKGROUND: Accurate diagnosis for Arabic speaking critically ill patients suffering from delirium is limited by the need for a valid/reliable translation of a standardized delirium instrument such as the Confusion Assessment Method for the ICU (CAM-ICU). OBJECTIVE: To determine the validity and reliability of the Arabic version of the CAM-ICU. DESIGN: A prospective cohort study design was used to conduct the current study. SETTINGS: Data collection took place in Geriatric, Emergency and Surgical intensive care units...
December 28, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
F Andrew Kozel, Michael A Motes, Nyaz Didehbani, Bambi DeLaRosa, Christina Bass, Caitlin D Schraufnagel, Penelope Jones, Cassie Rae Morgan, Jeffrey S Spence, Michael A Kraut, John Hart
BACKGROUND: The objective was to test whether repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) just prior to Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) would significantly improve the clinical outcome compared to sham rTMS prior to CPT in veterans with PTSD. METHODS: Veterans 18-60 years of age with current combat-related PTSD symptoms were randomized, using a 1:1 ratio in a parallel design, to active (rTMS+CPT) versus sham (sham+CPT) rTMS just prior to weekly CPT for 12-15 sessions...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Affective Disorders
Ronen Hershman, Avishai Henik, Noga Cohen
Pupillometry (or the measurement of pupil size) is commonly used as an index of cognitive load and arousal. Pupil size data are recorded using eyetracking devices that provide an output containing pupil size at various points in time. During blinks the eyetracking device loses track of the pupil, resulting in missing values in the output file. The missing-sample time window is preceded and followed by a sharp change in the recorded pupil size, due to the opening and closing of the eyelids. This eyelid signal can create artificial effects if it is not removed from the data...
January 16, 2018: Behavior Research Methods
Nathaniel DeYoung, Brian V Shenal
Background Telehealth neuropsychological services can increase the availability of specialised care for individuals in rural areas where barriers to these services are faced. As this practice becomes more commonplace, the reliability and validity of neuropsychological assessment administered by telehealth continues to be established. The Montreal Cognitive Assessment, a screener for general neurocognitive dysfunction, may be particularly useful since this measure can be given by telehealth with minimal adaptation...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Signy Sheldon, Nadim El-Asmar
Constructing mental representations is critical for many cognitive tasks, yet it is unclear if forming different representations relies on distinct cognitive processes. We tested how episodic memory contributes to constructing scene and event-based mental scenarios as well as the effects of two types of imagery ability (object and spatial imagery) on this contribution. Forty participants were given a series of scenario cues that were classified as scenes (e.g., a beach) or events (e.g., a family meal) by independent raters...
December 27, 2017: Memory
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