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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931079/an-evidence-based-evaluation-of-transferrable-skills-and-job-satisfaction-for-science-phds
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Melanie Sinche, Rebekah L Layton, Patrick D Brandt, Anna B O'Connell, Joshua D Hall, Ashalla M Freeman, Jessica R Harrell, Jeanette Gowen Cook, Patrick J Brennwald
PhD recipients acquire discipline-specific knowledge and a range of relevant skills during their training in the life sciences, physical sciences, computational sciences, social sciences, and engineering. Empirically testing the applicability of these skills to various careers held by graduates will help assess the value of current training models. This report details results of an Internet survey of science PhDs (n = 8099) who provided ratings for fifteen transferrable skills. Indeed, analyses indicated that doctoral training develops these transferrable skills, crucial to success in a wide range of careers including research-intensive (RI) and non-research-intensive (NRI) careers...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924978/using-formative-research-to-promote-antenatal-care-attendance-and-iron-folic-acid-supplementation-in-zinder-niger
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Sonja Y Hess, Césaire T Ouédraogo, Ibrahim F Bamba, K Ryan Wessells, Nancy Keith, Thierno Faye, Banda Ndiaye, Maimouna Doudou, Jennifer Nielsen
In Niger, use of antenatal care (ANC) and iron folic acid (IFA) supplements is suboptimal. The objectives of this paper are as follows: (a) to conduct formative research to understand barriers and beliefs among pregnant women related to ANC, IFA supplementation, and pregnancy outcomes; (b) assess the quality of currently provided ANC services; (c) use the findings to guide the development of programmatic interventions to improve coverage of ANC services and IFA supplementation of pregnant women. Structured in-home interviews (n = 72) and focus groups (n = 4) were conducted with pregnant women in 4 randomly selected villages in rural Zinder...
September 19, 2017: Maternal & Child Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922418/detecting-and-confirming-residual-hotspots-of-lymphatic-filariasis-transmission-in-american-samoa-8-years-after-stopping-mass-drug-administration
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Colleen L Lau, Sarah Sheridan, Stephanie Ryan, Maureen Roineau, Athena Andreosso, Saipale Fuimaono, Joseph Tufa, Patricia M Graves
The Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) aims to eliminate the disease as a public health problem by 2020 by conducting mass drug administration (MDA) and controlling morbidity. Once elimination targets have been reached, surveillance is critical for ensuring that programmatic gains are sustained, and challenges include timely identification of residual areas of transmission. WHO guidelines encourage cost-efficient surveillance, such as integration with other population-based surveys. In American Samoa, where LF is caused by Wucheraria bancrofti, and Aedes polynesiensis is the main vector, the LF elimination program has made significant progress...
September 18, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893473/data-and-product-needs-for-influenza-immunization-programs-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-rationale-and-main-conclusions-of-the-who-preferred-product-characteristics-for-next-generation-influenza-vaccines
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Kathleen M Neuzil, Joseph S Bresee, Fernando de la Hoz, Kari Johansen, Ruth A Karron, Anand Krishnan, Shabir A Madhi, Punam Mangtani, David J Spiro, Justin R Ortiz
In 2017, WHO convened a working group of global experts to develop the Preferred Product Characteristics (PPC) for Next-Generation Influenza Vaccines. PPCs are intended to encourage innovation in vaccine development. They describe WHO preferences for parameters of vaccines, in particular their indications, target groups, implementation strategies, and clinical data needed for assessment of safety and efficacy. PPCs are shaped by the global unmet public health need in a priority disease area for which WHO encourages vaccine development...
September 8, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885320/an-examination-of-the-perceived-importance-and-skills-related-to-policies-and-policy-making-among-state-public-health-injury-prevention-staff
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Karen D Liller, Theresa Chapple-McGruder, Brian Castrucci, Martha Slay Wingate, Renata Hilson, Dara Mendez, Dorothy Cilenti, Ilana Raskind
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this research is to use the Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey to assess in greater detail state injury prevention staff perceptions of policy development and related skills and their awareness and perception of "Health in All Policies" (HiAP). DESIGN: The public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey gauged public health practitioners' perspectives on workplace environment, job satisfaction, national trends, and training needs, and gathered demographics on the workforce...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: JPHMP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879151/programmatic-implications-of-implementing-the-relational-algebraic-capacitated-location-racl-algorithm-outcomes-on-the-allocation-of-laboratory-sites-test-volumes-platform-distribution-and-space-requirements
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Naseem Cassim, Honora Smith, Lindi M Coetzee, Deborah K Glencross
INTRODUCTION: CD4 testing in South Africa is based on an integrated tiered service delivery model that matches testing demand with capacity. The National Health Laboratory Service has predominantly implemented laboratory-based CD4 testing. Coverage gaps, over-/under-capacitation and optimal placement of point-of-care (POC) testing sites need investigation. OBJECTIVES: We assessed the impact of relational algebraic capacitated location (RACL) algorithm outcomes on the allocation of laboratory and POC testing sites...
2017: African Journal of Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28838154/lessons-learned-from-the-introduction-of-inactivated-poliovirus-vaccine-in-bangladesh
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Concepcion F Estivariz, Cynthia J Snider, Abhijeet Anand, Lee M Hampton, Tajul I Bari, Mallick M Billah, Shua J Chai, Steven G Wassilak, James D Heffelfinger, K Zaman
Background: We assessed programmatic adaptations and infants' uptake of inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) after its introduction into the routine immunization schedule in Bangladesh. Methods: Using convenience and probability sampling, we selected 23 health facilities, 36 vaccinators, and 336 caregivers, within 5 districts and 3 city corporations. We collected data during August-October 2015 by conducting interviews, reviewing vaccination records, and observing activities...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28832436/using-obesity-research-to-shape-obesity-policy-in-minnesota-stakeholder-insights-and-feasibility-of-recommendations
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Judy Jou, Marilyn S Nanney, Elizabeth Walker, Rachel Callanan, Susan Weisman, Sarah E Gollust
OBJECTIVE: Preventing childhood obesity requires innovative, evidence-based policy approaches. This study examines the use of research evidence by obesity policy stakeholders in Minnesota and develops pilot tools for communicating timely evidence to policymakers. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: From November 2012 to January 2013, semistructured interviews were conducted with 51 Minnesota stakeholders in childhood obesity prevention. Interviewees included 16 state legislators and staff; 16 personnel from the Minnesota Department of Education, Minnesota Department of Health, and Minnesota Department of Transportation; and 19 advocates for and against childhood obesity prevention legislation (response rate = 71%)...
August 21, 2017: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: JPHMP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28830798/implementation-of-depression-screening-and-global-health-assessment-in-pediatric-subspecialty-clinics
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Esti Iturralde, Rebecca N Adams, Regan C Barley, Rachel Bensen, Megan Christofferson, Sarah J Hanes, David M Maahs, Carlos Milla, Diana Naranjo, Avni C Shah, Molly L Tanenbaum, Sruthi Veeravalli, K T Park, Korey K Hood
PURPOSE: Adolescents with chronic illness face greater risk of psychosocial difficulties, complicating disease management. Despite increased calls to screen for patient-reported outcomes, clinical implementation has lagged. Using quality improvement methods, this study aimed to investigate the feasibility of standardized screening for depression and assessment of global health and to determine recommended behavioral health follow-up, across three pediatric subspecialty clinics. METHODS: A total of 109 patients aged 12-22 years (median = 16...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Adolescent Health: Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28829788/estimating-the-cost-per-result-of-a-national-reflexed-cryptococcal-antigenaemia-screening-program-forecasting-the-impact-of-potential-hiv-guideline-changes-and-treatment-goals
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Naseem Cassim, Lindi Marie Coetzee, Kathryn Schnippel, Deborah Kim Glencross
INTRODUCTION: During 2016, the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) introduced laboratory-based reflexed Cryptococcal antigen (CrAg) screening to detect early Cryptococcal disease in immunosuppressed HIV+ patients with a confirmed CD4 count of 100 cells/μl or less. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess cost-per-result of a national screening program across different tiers of laboratory service, with variable daily CrAg test volumes. The impact of potential ART treatment guideline and treatment target changes on CrAg volumes, platform choice and laboratory workflow are considered...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28826513/slicing-the-cortex-to-study-mental-illness-alois-alzheimer-s-pictures-of-equivalence
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Lara Keuck
Alois Alzheimer (1864-1915) was a German physician who specialized in psychiatry, and who is today known for the first description of a-in his own words-peculiar ailment (eigenartige Erkrankung), which was named after him. In his time, however, he was foremost recognized for his work in refining histopathological techniques and thereby contributing to the methodological arsenal for differential diagnosis in clinical psychiatry. In his laboratory that was based at the renowned Munich Psychiatric University Clinic led by Emil Kraepelin (1856-1926), Alzheimer, his assistants, and students conserved, prepared, and studied slices of deceased patients' brains under the microscope...
2017: Progress in Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818071/completeness-of-malaria-indicator-data-reporting-via-the-district-health-information-software-2-in-kenya-2011-2015
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Sophie Githinji, Robinson Oyando, Josephine Malinga, Waqo Ejersa, David Soti, Josea Rono, Robert W Snow, Ann M Buff, Abdisalan M Noor
BACKGROUND: Health facility-based data reported through routine health information systems form the primary data source for programmatic monitoring and evaluation in most developing countries. The adoption of District Health Information Software (DHIS2) has contributed to improved availability of routine health facility-based data in many low-income countries. An assessment of malaria indicators data reported by health facilities in Kenya during the first 5 years of implementation of DHIS2, from January 2011 to December 2015, was conducted...
August 17, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814910/a-15-year-review-of-the-stanford-internal-medicine-residency-program-predictors-of-resident-satisfaction-and-dissatisfaction
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James S Kahn, Ronald M Witteles, Kenneth W Mahaffey, Sumbul A Desai, Errol Ozdalga, Paul A Heidenreich
INTRODUCTION: Satisfaction with training and with educational experiences represents important internal medicine (IM) programmatic goals. Graduates from IM residency programs are uniquely poised to provide insights into their educational and training experiences and to assess whether these experiences were satisfactory and relevant to their current employment. METHODS: We surveyed former IM residents from the training program held during the years 2000-2015 at the Department of Medicine, Stanford University...
2017: Advances in Medical Education and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813522/surveillance-in-easy-to-access-population-subgroups-as-a-tool-for-evaluating-malaria-control-progress-a-systematic-review
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Sanie S S Sesay, Emanuele Giorgi, Peter J Diggle, David Schellenberg, David G Lalloo, Dianne J Terlouw
BACKGROUND: The need for surveillance systems generating targeted, data-driven, responsive control efforts to accelerate and sustain malaria transmission reduction has been emphasized by programme managers, policy makers and scientists. Surveillance using easy-to-access population subgroups (EAGs) may result in considerable cost saving compared to household surveys as the identification and selection of individuals to be surveyed is simplified, fewer personnel are needed, and logistics are simpler...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810670/journey-towards-universal-viral-load-monitoring-in-maputo-mozambique-many-gaps-but-encouraging-signs
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Sarah Swannet, Tom Decroo, Sheila M T L de Castro, Caroline Rose, Ruggero Giuliani, Lucas Molfino, Ana W Torrens, Walter S E D Macueia, Sharon Perry, Tony Reid
Introduction: Viral load (VL) monitoring for people on antiretroviral therapy (ART) is extremely challenging in resource-limited settings. We assessed the VL testing scale-up in six Médecins Sans Frontières supported health centres in Maputo, Mozambique, during 2014-15. Methods: In a retrospective cohort study, routine programme data were used to describe VL testing uptake and results, and multi-variate logistical regression to estimate predictors of VL testing uptake and suppression...
July 1, 2017: International Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799163/cost-analysis-and-performance-assessment-of-partner-services-for-human-immunodeficiency-virus-and-sexually-transmitted-diseases-new-york-state-2014
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Britney L Johnson, James Tesoriero, Wenhui Feng, Feng Qian, Erika G Martin
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the programmatic costs of partner services for HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydial infection. STUDY SETTING: New York State and local health departments conducting partner services activities in 2014. STUDY DESIGN: A cost analysis estimated, from the state perspective, total program costs and cost per case assignment, patient interview, partner notification, and disease-specific key performance indicator. DATA COLLECTION: Data came from contracts, a time study of staff effort, and statewide surveillance systems...
August 11, 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776435/designing-programmes-of-assessment-a-participatory-approach
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Janica Jamieson, Gemma Jenkins, Shelley Beatty, Claire Palermo
Programmatic approaches to assessment provide purposeful and meaningful assessment yet few examples of their development exist. The aim of this study was to describe the development of a programme of assessment using a participatory action research (PAR) approach. Nine work-based assessors together with three academics met on six occasions to explore the current approach to competency-based assessment in the placement component of a dietetics university course, the findings of which were used to design a programme of assessment...
August 4, 2017: Medical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770599/effect-of-frequency-of-clinic-visits-and-medication-pick-up-on-antiretroviral-treatment-outcomes-a-systematic-literature-review-and-meta-analysis
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Tsitsi Mutasa-Apollo, Nathan Ford, Matthew Wiens, Maria Eugenia Socias, Eyerusalem Negussie, Ping Wu, Evan Popoff, Jay Park, Edward J Mills, Steve Kanters
INTRODUCTION: Expanding and sustaining antiretroviral therapy (ART) coverage may require simplified HIV service delivery strategies that concomitantly reduce the burden of care on the health system and patients while ensuring optimal outcomes. We conducted a systematic review to assess the impact of reduced frequency of clinic visits and drug dispensing on patient outcomes. METHODS: As part of the development process of the World Health Organization antiretroviral (ARV) guidelines, we systematically searched medical literature databases for publications up to 30 August 2016...
July 21, 2017: Journal of the International AIDS Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763380/environmental-public-health-tracking-program-advances-and-successes-highlights-from-the-first-15-years
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Holly R Wilson, Alex E Charleston
Over the past 15 years, the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program (Tracking Program) has advanced technologically and programmatically, evolving from an abstract concept to a mature program. The Tracking Program, in collaboration with national, state, and local partners, uses data and expertise to identify and address environmental public health needs and improve public health capacity across the United States. Examples of the successful application of environmental public health tracking include informing health impact assessments and filling data gaps...
September 2017: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: JPHMP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761946/treatment-of-latent-tuberculosis-infection-an-updated-network-meta-analysis
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Dominik Zenner, Netta Beer, Ross J Harris, Marc C Lipman, Helen R Stagg, Marieke J van der Werf
Background: Treatment of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) is an important component of tuberculosis (TB) control, and this study updates a previous network meta-analysis of the best LTBI treatment options to inform public health action and programmatic management of LTBI. Purpose: To evaluate the comparative efficacy and harms of LTBI treatment regimens aimed at preventing active TB among adults and children. Data Sources: PubMed, Embase, and Web of Science from indexing to 8 May 2017; clinical trial registries; and conference abstracts...
August 15, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
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