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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484696/collaborating-with-communities-and-higher-education-to-address-the-health-care-needs-of-individuals-with-disabilities-in-ecuador
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Donna J Cech, Zully J Alvarado
Individuals with disabilities experience inequities in access to health care, education, employment, and social inclusion. Causes for Change International (CCI), a non-governmental Organization (NGO), using a community-based rehabilitation approach has worked for 20 years to build self-sufficiency, improve health-care services, and education for women, children, and persons with disabilities in Ecuador. CCI initially addressed health; advocacy for individuals with disabilities; and promoted educational opportunities for children with disabilities, starting in one rural community...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479800/factors-determining-the-clinical-spectrum-course-and-response-to-treatment-and-complications-in-seronegative-patients-with-central-nervous-system-tuberculosis
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Sadanandavalli Retnaswami Chandra, Sikandar Advani, Ravi Kumar, Chandrajith Prasad, Anupama R Pai
INTRODUCTION: Tuberculous meningitis remains a major health issue in the community affecting young adults of both genders predominantly from rural background. In India, the disease continues to kill 2 people every 3 min or nearly 1000 daily, according to the Tuberculosis Control Society India. Tuberculosis (TB) of central nervous system (CNS) is the most devastating form of TB. As this disease is associated with very high prevalence in young adults and will ultimately contribute to great workforce loss, we decided to assess the factors deciding the disease and its course in our patients...
April 2017: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475644/measuring-three-aspects-of-motivation-among-health-workers-at-primary-level-health-facilities-in-rural-tanzania
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Miho Sato, Deogratias Maufi, Upendo John Mwingira, Melkidezek T Leshabari, Mayumi Ohnishi, Sumihisa Honda
BACKGROUND: The threshold of 2.3 skilled health workers per 1,000 population, published in the World Health Report in 2006, has galvanized resources and efforts to attain high coverage of skilled birth attendance. With the inception of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a new threshold of 4.45 doctors, nurses, and midwives per 1,000 population has been identified. This SDG index threshold indicates the minimum density to respond to the needs of health workers to deliver a much broader range of health services, such as management of non-communicable diseases to meet the targets under Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all people of all ages...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474253/prevalence-and-burden-of-headache-disorders-in-lithuania-and-their-public-health-and-policy-implications-a-population-based-study-within-the-eurolight-project
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Daiva Rastenytė, Dalia Mickevičienė, Lars Jacob Stovner, Hallie Thomas, Colette Andrée, Timothy J Steiner
BACKGROUND: The Eurolight project assessed the impact of headache disorders in ten EU countries, using the same structured questionnaire but varying sampling methods. In Lithuania, sample selection employed methods in line with consensus recommendations for population-based burden-of-headache studies. METHODS: The survey was cross-sectional. We identified, from the Residents' Register Service, a sample of inhabitants of Kaunas city and surrounding Kaunas region reflecting age (in the range 18-65 years), gender and rural/urban distributions of Lithuania...
December 2017: Journal of Headache and Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464267/rural-medicine-realities-the-impact-of-immersion-on-urban-based-medical-students
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Allison M Crump, Karie Jeter, Samantha Mullins, Amber Shadoan, Craig Ziegler, William J Crump
PURPOSE: The purpose of our study was to determine what effect a rural-based 8-week surgical clerkship during the third year of medical school in a rural setting has on students' opinions about rural living and practice. METHODS: Thirty-three third-year medical students completed a rural health opinion survey at the beginning and end of their 8-week rural rotation and a survey measuring their interest in rural practice after the rotation. The setting was a rural hospital with an average acute care census of 100 that is a regional referral center for 5 rural counties...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Rural Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441127/physician-recruitment-and-retention-in-manitoba-results-from-a-survey-of-physicians-preferences-for-rural-jobs
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Julia Witt
INTRODUCTION: Rural recruitment and retention continues to present challenges to health workforce planners. This paper reports and analyzes the results of a survey sent to physicians in Manitoba, eliciting their opinions regarding rural jobs. METHODS: A survey was sent to all physicians in Manitoba. Part 1 of the survey included questions about background and demographic information; part 2 was a set of job satisfaction questions regarding respondents' current job; and part 3 included 2 sets of stated-choice questions eliciting preferences for a set of attributes relevant to rural recruitment and retention...
2017: Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434469/the-north-american-yoga-therapy-workforce-survey
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Marlysa Sullivan, Matthew Leach, James Snow, Steffany Moonaz
OBJECTIVE: To describe the personal, professional, practice, service and consumer characteristics of the North American yoga therapy workforce. DESIGN: Cross-sectional, descriptive survey developed and informed by the contemporary workforce literature. A link to the e-survey was distributed to members of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. RESULTS: 367 members responded (∼20% of eligible participants). Most were aged 40-69 years (88%) and female (91%)...
April 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420396/determinants-of-village-doctors-job-satisfaction-under-china-s-health-sector-reform-a-cross-sectional-mixed-methods-study
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Tongtong Li, Trudy Lei, Fiona Sun, Zheng Xie
BACKGROUND: To strengthen rural health workforce, the Chinese government has launched a series of policies to promote the job satisfaction of village doctors since the health sector reform. The purpose of this mixed-method study is to describe village doctors' job satisfaction under the context of health sector reform and investigate the associated factors. METHODS: Data was obtained from a survey of village doctors across three Chinese provinces in 2014. Using a multistage sampling process, quantitative data was collected from village doctors through the self-administered questionnaire and analyzed by multilevel logistic regression models...
April 18, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407813/adapting-an-adherence-support-workers-intervention-engaging-traditional-healers-as-adherence-partners-for-persons-enrolled-in-hiv-care-and-treatment-in-rural-mozambique
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Carolyn M Audet, José Salato, Sten H Vermund, K Rivet Amico
BACKGROUND: Systematic adaptation of evidence-informed interventions that increase retention in care and improve adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) are essential to ending the HIV epidemic in rural sub-Saharan Africa. We selected and adapted an adherence support worker intervention employed in Malawi for use by traditional healers in rural Mozambique. Given the levels of trust and dependence previously expressed by persons living with HIV (PLHIV) for traditional medicine, we adapted the program to engage traditional healers within the allopathic health system...
April 13, 2017: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406806/improved-hiv-and-tb-knowledge-and-competence-among-mid-level-providers-in-a-cluster-randomized-trial-of-one-on-one-mentorship-for-task-shifting
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Sarah Naikoba, Kaggwa Dan Senjovu, Pallen Mugabe, Carey McCarthy, Patricia L Riley, Damazo Trevor Kadengye, Shona Dalal
INTRODUCTION: Health worker shortages pose a challenge to the scale-up of HIV care and treatment in Uganda. Training mid-level providers (MLP) in the provision of HIV and TB treatment can expand existing health workforce capacity and access to HIV services. METHODS: We conducted a cluster-randomized trial of, on-site clinical mentorship for HIV and TB care at 10 health facilities in rural Uganda. Twenty MLP and were randomly assigned to an intervention of eight hours a week of one on one mentorship, every six weeks over a nine month period; and another twenty to the control of no clinical mentorship...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384149/the-proposal-for-a-third-medical-school-in-new-zealand-a-community-engaged-graduate-entry-medical-program
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Ross Lawrenson, G Ian Town, Roger Strasser, Sarah Strasser, Judy McKimm, Rees Tapsell, Nigel Murray
New Zealand has a maldistributed workforce that is heavily dependent on recruiting international medical graduates. Shortages are particularly apparent in high needs communities and in general scope specialties in provincial regions. The University of Waikato in partnership with the Waikato District Health Board has proposed a third medical school for New Zealand which will concentrate on addressing the workforce needs of disadvantaged rural and provincial communities. The proposed program is a community engaged, graduate entry medical course...
April 7, 2017: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382687/stakeholders-views-on-maternity-care-shortcomings-in-rural-ghana-an-ethnographic-study-among-women-providers-public-and-quasiprivate-policy-sector-actors
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Martin Amogre Ayanore, Milena Pavlova, Regien Biesma, Wim Groot
Access to skilled provider and emergency obstetric care is not universal across all districts in Ghana. The lived experiences of 3 stakeholder groups on maternity care shortcomings in 3 rural Ghanaian districts are examined in this study. We applied an ethnographic study approach where field data were collected between March to May 2015 in 3 rural districts of northern Ghana. Data were collected among women with recent births experiences (n = 90), health care providers (n = 16), and policy actors (n = 6)...
April 6, 2017: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365651/access-to-continuing-education-for-critical-care-nurses-in-rural-or-remote-settings
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Lori Hendrickx, Charlene Winters
Caring for the critically ill does not occur solely in large medical centers or urban areas. Nurses practicing in rural or remote settings practice as nurse generalists, caring for a wide range of patients, including those needing critical care. As a nurse generalist, the need for a wide variety of skill sets challenges nurses in rural areas to maintain current practice through continuing education across many content areas. They also may not come in contact with critically ill patients or emergent situations as often as their urban counterparts, which can make remaining comfortable with more advanced skills difficult...
April 2017: Critical Care Nurse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358841/is-task-shifting-a-solution-to-the-health-workers-shortage-in-northern-ghana
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Eunice Okyere, Lillian Mwanri, Paul Ward
OBJECTIVE: To explore the experiences and perceptions of health workers and implementers of task-shifting in rural health facilities in Upper East Region, Ghana. METHODS: Data was collected through field interviews. A total of sixty eight (68) in-depth interviews were conducted with health workers' in primary health care facilities (health centres); Four in-depth interviews with key persons involved in staff management was conducted to understand how task-shifting is organised including its strengths and challenges...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341117/progress-and-challenges-in-maternal-health-in-western-china-a-countdown-to-2015-national-case-study
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Yanqiu Gao, Hong Zhou, Neha S Singh, Timothy Powell-Jackson, Stephen Nash, Min Yang, Sufang Guo, Hai Fang, Melisa Martinez Alvarez, Xiaoyun Liu, Jay Pan, Yan Wang, Carine Ronsmans
BACKGROUND: China is one of the few Countdown countries to have achieved Millennium Development Goal 5 (75% reduction in maternal mortality ratio between 1990 and 2015). We aimed to examine the health systems and contextual factors that might have contributed to the substantial decline in maternal mortality between 1997 and 2014. We chose to focus on western China because poverty, ethnic diversity, and geographical access represent particular challenges to ensuring universal access to maternal care in the region...
May 2017: Lancet Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335776/challenges-and-strategies-to-improve-the-availability-and-geographic-accessibility-of-physicians-in-portugal
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Ana Paula Cavalcante de Oliveira, Gilles Dussault, Isabel Craveiro
BACKGROUND: Shortages of physicians in remote, rural and other underserved areas and lack of general practitioners limit access to health services. The aims of this article are to identify the challenges faced by policy and decision-makers in Portugal to guarantee the availability and geographic accessibility to physicians in the National Health Service and to describe and analyse their causes, the strategies to tackle them and their results. We also raise the issue of whether research evidence was used or not in the process of policy development...
March 23, 2017: Human Resources for Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325243/perspectives-on-patient-access-to-radiation-oncology-facilities-and-services-in-mainland-china
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Luhua Wang, Jiade J Lu, Weibo Yin, Jinyi Lang
The Chinese health care system and specifically, radiation oncology, has clearly improved during the past 30 years in equipment and its use, although the shortage of facilities and workforce remain to be improved. These constitute the targets for a nationwide effort to improve the access to service by patients with cancer, especially in the more remote and rural portions of the country. In this report, we would highlight the positive changes that have occurred during the time and outline what is still needed for the future of this important cancer specialty in China...
April 2017: Seminars in Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288649/medical-termination-of-pregnancy-in-general-practice-in-australia-a-descriptive-interpretive-qualitative-study
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Angela J Dawson, Rachel Nicolls, Deborah Bateson, Anna Doab, Jane Estoesta, Ann Brassil, Elizabeth A Sullivan
BACKGROUND: Australian Government approval in 2012 for the use of mifepristone and misoprostol for medical termination of pregnancy (MTOP) allows general practitioners (GPs) to provide early gestation abortion in primary care settings. However, uptake of the MTOP provision by GPs appears to be low and the reasons for this have been unclear. This study investigated the provision of and referral for MTOP by GPs. METHODS: We undertook descriptive-interpretive qualitative research and selected participants for diversity using a matrix...
March 14, 2017: Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279946/the-safety-of-women-health-workers-at-the-frontlines
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Jashodhara Dasgupta, Jayashree Velankar, Pritisha Borah, Gangotri Hazarika Nath
This article, based on the report of the fact-finding team on the gang rape and death of an accredited social health activist (ASHA) in Muzaffarnagar in January 2016, attempts to analyse the issues of the safety and mobility of front-line women health workers. It argues that although the National Health Mission is often alluded to as a flagship programme of the government, it has failed in its basic responsibility as an ethical employer, since there is no support and back-up system that can be easily accessed by ASHAs in terms of dealing with the fallout of their social role as "change agents" in rural areas, and community reactions to their mobility and public exposure...
February 21, 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274125/training-generalist-doctors-for-rural-practice-in-new-zealand
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Garry Nixon, Katharina Blattner, Martyn Williamson, Patrick McHugh, James Reid
Targeted postgraduate training increases the likelihood young doctors will take up careers in rural generalist medicine. This article describes the postgraduate pathways that have evolved for these doctors in New Zealand. The Cairns consensus statement 2014 defined rural medical generalism as a scope of practice that encompasses primary care, hospital or secondary care, emergency care, advanced skill sets and a population-based approach to the health needs of rural communities. Even as work goes on to define this role different jurisdictions have developed their own training pathways for these important members of the rural healthcare workforce...
January 2017: Rural and Remote Health
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