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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322830/waiting-for-multidisciplinary-chronic-pain-services-a-prospective-study-over-2-5%C3%A2-years
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Anne Lj Burke, Jane L Mathias, Linley A Denson
Despite many patients waiting more than 2 years for treatment at publicly funded multidisciplinary chronic pain services, waitlist studies rarely examine beyond 6 months. We investigated psychological adjustment and health-care utilisation of individuals ( N = 339) waiting ≤30 months for appointments at an Australian tertiary pain unit. Outcomes were relatively stable during the first 6 months, but long-term deteriorations in pain-related interference, distress and pain acceptance were evident, albeit with sex differences...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Health Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322558/-the-masks-we-wear-a-qualitative-study-of-suicide-in-australian-farmers
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Lisa Kunde, Kairi Kõlves, Brian Kelly, Prasuna Reddy, Diego de Leo
PURPOSE: Farmer suicide is a major public issue in Australia. Using the psychological autopsy method, this study aimed to examine the life and death circumstances of Australian male farmers who died by suicide through verbal reports from their close significant others. METHODS: Individual semistructured interviews were conducted with 12 relatives of male farmers who had died by suicide in Queensland or New South Wales, Australia (2006-2014). This study followed the COREQ checklist criteria for the reporting of qualitative research...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Rural Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322473/pharmaceutical-care-and-health-related-quality-of-life-outcomes-over-the-past-25%C3%A2-years-have-we-measured-dimensions-that-really-matter
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Mohammed A Mohammed, Rebekah J Moles, Timothy F Chen
Background Several measures of Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) have been used to evaluate Pharmaceutical Care (PC) interventions in the past decades. However, their suitability for evaluation of PC services has not been comprehensively evaluated. Aim of the review The aim of this review was to perform content analysis of HRQoL measures used in PC studies to gain an insight into their suitability for evaluation of PC services. Method PC studies evaluating HRQoL as a primary or secondary outcomes were retrieved based on a literature search of articles published from 1990 to 2015, on Medline, Embase, International Pharmaceutical Abstracts, Global Health, PsycInfo, Web of Science, Cinahl, HealthStar, Cochrane Library, AUSThealth, Australian Medical Index, and Current content...
January 10, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316960/pregabalin-versus-gabapentin-in-the-treatment-of-sciatica-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-double-blind-cross-over-trial-pagpros
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Kelvin Robertson, Laurence A G Marshman, Maria Hennessy, Linton Harriss, David Plummer
BACKGROUND: There is currently an absence of high-grade evidence regarding the treatment of chronic sciatica (CS). Whilst gabapentin (GBP) and pregabalin (PGB) are both currently used to treat CS, equipoise exists regarding their individual use. In particular, no head-to-head study of GBP and PGB in CS exists. Despite equipoise, most countries' formulary regulatory authorities typically favour one drug for subsidy over the other. This hinders interchange wherever the favoured drug is either ineffective or not tolerated...
January 9, 2018: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313420/knowledge-of-dementia-among-the-australian-health-workforce-a-national-online-survey
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Michael J Annear
Dementia is a leading cause of death and disability in Australia. This research evaluated dementia knowledge and educational needs among the Australian health workforce. An online version of the validated Dementia Knowledge Assessment Scale (DKAS) was administered with a random sample of 234 health professionals across eight Australian states. Respondents provided additional self-report data concerning dementia experiences, educational needs, and demographic information. Dementia knowledge deficiencies were identified concerning risk factors, prevalent typologies of the condition, and cognitive symptoms...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Applied Gerontology: the Official Journal of the Southern Gerontological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299710/follow-up-recommendations-after-diagnosis-of-primary-cutaneous-melanoma-a-population-based-study-in-new-south-wales-australia
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Rebecca L Read, Christine M Madronio, Anne E Cust, Chris Goumas, Caroline G Watts, Scott Menzies, Austin M Curtin, Graham Mann, John F Thompson, Rachael L Morton
BACKGROUND: Follow-up practices after diagnosis and treatment of primary cutaneous melanoma vary considerably. We aimed to determine factors associated with recommendations for follow-up setting, frequency, skin surveillance, and concordance with clinical guidelines. METHODS: The population-based Melanoma Patterns of Care study documented clinicians' recommendations for follow-up for 2148 patients diagnosed with primary cutaneous melanoma over a 12-month period (2006/2007) in New South Wales, Australia...
January 3, 2018: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29273942/repeated-early-life-exposure-to-inter-parental-conflict-increases-risk-of-preadolescent-mental-health-problems
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Elizabeth M Westrupp, Stephanie Brown, Hannah Woolhouse, Deirdre Gartland, Jan M Nicholson
This study investigated the association between inter-parental conflict at a single occasion, or repeated over early childhood, and children's internalizing and externalizing problems at 10-11 years; and examined potential mechanisms via social risk, maternal mental health, and parenting. Data were five time points from the Baby cohort of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (N = 3696, recruited in 2004). Verbal or physical inter-parental conflict was measured at 0-1, 2-3, 4-5, and 6-7 years. Internalizing and externalizing problems (Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire) were measured via mother-, father-, teacher-, and child-report at 10-11 years...
December 22, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29273658/qualitative-investigation-of-the-perceptions-and-experiences-of-nursing-and-allied-health-professionals-involved-in-the-implementation-of-an-enriched-environment-in-an-australian-acute-stroke-unit
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Ingrid C M Rosbergen, Sandra G Brauer, Sarah Fitzhenry, Rohan S Grimley, Kathryn S Hayward
OBJECTIVE: An enriched environment embedded in an acute stroke unit can increase activity levels of patients who had stroke, with changes sustained 6 months post-implementation. The objective of this study was to understand perceptions and experiences of nursing and allied health professionals involved in implementing an enriched environment in an acute stroke unit. DESIGN: A descriptive qualitative approach. SETTING: An acute stroke unit in a regional Australian hospital...
December 21, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29273039/including-pork-in-the-mediterranean-diet-for-an-australian-population-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial-assessing-cardiovascular-risk-and-cognitive-function
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Alexandra T Wade, Courtney R Davis, Kathryn A Dyer, Jonathan M Hodgson, Richard J Woodman, Hannah A D Keage, Karen J Murphy
BACKGROUND: The Mediterranean diet is characterised by the high consumption of extra virgin olive oil, fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes and nuts; moderate consumption of fish, poultry, eggs and dairy; and low consumption of red meat and sweets. Cross sectional, longitudinal and intervention studies indicate that a Mediterranean diet may be effective for the prevention of cardiovascular disease and dementia. However, previous research suggests that an Australian population may find red meat restrictions difficult, which could affect long term sustainability of the diet...
December 22, 2017: Nutrition Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29250480/cultural-competence-in-working-with-the-arab-australian-community-a-conceptual-review-and-the-experience-of-the-arab-council-australia-aca-gambling-help-counselling-service
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Randa Mazbouh-Moussa, Keis Ohtsuka
Although Culturally And Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities participate less in gambling than the general population, those who gamble are more likely to show signs of disordered gambling (Moore and Ohtsuka International Gambling Studies, 1, 87-101, 2001; Raylu and Oei Clinical Psychology Review, 23, 1087-1114, 2004; Yamine and Thomas The impact of gaming on specific cultural groups, Victorian Casino and Gaming Authority, Melbourne, 2000). Research data on gambling problems and interventions in the Arab Australian community are extremely scarce...
2017: Asian Journal of Gambling Issues and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29248306/mental-toughness-and-behavioural-perseverance-a-conceptual-replication-and-extension
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Brandon Giles, Paul S R Goods, Dylan R Warner, Dale Quain, Peter Peeling, Kagan J Ducker, Brian Dawson, Daniel F Gucciardi
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to conduct a conceptual replication of the proposition that mental toughness is associated positively with behavioural perseverance. DESIGN: Repeated-measures design. METHODS: In total, 38 male Australian rules footballers took part in this study (age, 21±3 y; mass, 82.7±11.0kg; height, 1.84±.07m; football experience, 13±4 y). Participants self-reported mental toughness approximately one week prior to their first testing session where we assessed their aerobic capacity via the measurement of peak oxygen consumption (V˙O2peak)...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243364/perceived-needs-of-carers-of-people-with-psychosis-an-australian-longitudinal-population-based-study-of-caregivers-of-people-with-psychotic-disorders
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Abner Weng Cheong Poon, Lynette Joubert, Carol Harvey
Studies have documented the perceived needs of carers of people with psychosis but most recruitment has utilised convenience sampling resulting in limited understanding of carers' needs. This longitudinal study was conducted within the second Australian prevalence study of psychosis, aiming to obtain generalisable findings regarding perceived needs of carers of people with psychosis. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 98 carers of people with psychosis recruited in the Australian prevalence study of psychosis...
December 15, 2017: Health & Social Care in the Community
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243167/psychological-distress-among-indigenous-australian-cancer-survivors
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Gail Garvey, J Cunningham, M Janda, V Yf He, P C Valery
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to identify the level of and factors associated with distress in 155 Indigenous Australian cancer survivors approximately 6 months post-diagnosis. METHODS: The distress thermometer (DT) was used to assess clinically significant distress (defined as having a DT score ≥ 4). Logistic regression was used to identify sociodemographic and clinical factors associated with clinically significant distress. RESULTS: The mean distress score was 2...
December 14, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239805/australian-heterosexual-women-s-experiences-of-healthcare-provision-following-a-pregnancy-loss
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Clemence Due, Kate Obst, Damien W Riggs, Catherine Collins
BACKGROUND: Despite increased awareness of the psychological impact of pregnancy loss, a lack of recognition continues with regards to women's experiences. Healthcare professionals have an important role to play in supporting women following a pregnancy loss, yet to date only a relatively small body of research has examined women's experiences with healthcare providers. AIM: This paper seeks to contribute to the literature on women's engagement with healthcare professionals by exploring the experiences of an Australian sample...
November 24, 2017: Women and Birth: Journal of the Australian College of Midwives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29231249/analysis-of-the-costs-of-veterinary-education-and-factors-associated-with-financial-stress-among-veterinary-students-in-australia
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K P Gregory, S M Matthew, J A Baguley
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the course-related and other costs involved in obtaining a veterinary education in Australia and how these costs are met. The study also aimed to identify sociodemographic and course-related factors associated with increased financial stress. METHODS: Students from seven Australian veterinary schools were surveyed using an online questionnaire. A total of 443 students participated (response rate 17%). Responses to survey items relating to finances, employment and course-related costs were compared with sociodemographic factors and prior research in the area of student financial stress...
December 12, 2017: Australian Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222598/information-needs-of-adolescent-and-young-adult-cancer-patients-and-their-parent-carers
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Maria C McCarthy, Robyn McNeil, Sarah Drew, Lisa Orme, Susan M Sawyer
PURPOSE: This study aimed to explore health-related information needs of adolescent and young adults (AYAs) and their parent-carers and to examine demographic and clinical variables associated with unmet information needs, including patient activation. METHODS: In a national cross-sectional study, 196 Australian AYAs diagnosed with cancer between 15 and 25 years and within 24 months of diagnosis and 204 parent-carers reported on total and unmet needs for cancer and health-related information...
December 8, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29198287/a-cross-sectional-examination-of-the-prevalence-of-psychotropic-medications-for-people-living-with-dementia-in-australian-long-term-care-facilities-issues-of-concern
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Mitchell McMaster, Elaine Fielding, David Lim, Wendy Moyle, Elizabeth Beattie
BACKGROUND: Behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) are a common problem in long-term care facilities (LTC). Clinical guidelines dictate that first-line treatments for BPSD are psychosocial and behavioral interventions; if these are unsuccessful, psychotropic medications may be trialed at low doses and their effects can be monitored. METHODS: There have previously been no studies with nationally representative samples to investigate psychotropic administration in LTCs in Australia...
December 4, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29192508/screening-for-depression-and-psychological-distress-in-a-currently-serving-military-population-the-diagnostic-accuracy-of-the-k10-and-the-phq9
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Amelia K Searle, Miranda Van Hooff, Alexander C McFarlane, Christopher E Davies, Thao Tran, Stephanie E Hodson, Helen P Benassi, Nicole M Steele
This study is the first to examine the diagnostic accuracy of two depression screening scales-the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K10) and the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ)-in an entire regular-serving military population. Currently serving Australian Defence Force personnel ( n = 24,481) completed the K10 and PHQ9. Then a targeted subsample (i.e., the analysis sample, n = 1,730) completed a diagnostic interview to identify DSM-IV 30-day disorder. Weighted results represented the entire population ( N = 50,049)...
October 1, 2017: Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29185352/psychological-distress-and-unmet-mental-health-needs-among-urban-taxi-drivers-a-cross-sectional-survey
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Sandra Davidson, Greg Wadley, Nicola Reavley, Jane Gunn, Susan Fletcher
OBJECTIVES: The taxi industry relies on a male-dominated, predominately immigrant workforce who face multiple risk factors for poor mental health including shift work, low pay and threats of violence. Despite these risk factors, no previous study has documented the prevalence of psychological distress in the taxi industry. We investigated psychological distress among urban taxi drivers and explored the factors associated with high levels of distress. METHOD: A total of 380 taxi drivers were surveyed at the Melbourne Airport holding yard between September 2016 and March 2017...
November 1, 2017: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29172597/-a-longitudinal-person-centered-perspective-on-youth-social-support-relations-with-psychological-wellbeing-correction-to-ciarrochi-et-al-2017
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Reports an error in "A longitudinal person-centered perspective on youth social support: Relations with psychological wellbeing" by Joseph Ciarrochi, Alexandre J. S. Morin, Baljinder K. Sahdra, David Litalien and Philip D. Parker (Developmental Psychology, 2017[Jun], Vol 53[6], 1154-1169). In the article, the approach utilized (and illustrated in the authors' online supplements) for tests of distributional similarity conducted in the context of Latent Transition Analyses (LTA) is suboptimal, and has been recently optimized in a webnote prepared by Morin and Litalien (2017)...
December 2017: Developmental Psychology
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