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Catherine Kilgour, Fiona Elizabeth Bogossian, Leonie Callaway, Cindy Gallois
PROBLEM: The reasons for low postnatal screening rates for women with gestational diabetes mellitus are not well understood. Multiple care providers, settings and changes to diagnostic criteria, may contribute to confusion over postnatal care. Quality of communication between clinicians may be an important influence for the completion of postnatal gestational diabetes mellitus follow-up. AIM: Describe and analyse communication processes between hospital clinicians (midwives, medical, allied staff) and general practitioners who provide postnatal gestational diabetes mellitus care...
May 4, 2018: Women and Birth: Journal of the Australian College of Midwives
Tony Smith, Merylin Cross, Susan Waller, Helen Chambers, Annie Farthing, Frances Barraclough, Sabrina W Pit, Keith Sutton, Kuda Muyambi, Stephanie King, Jessie Anderson
Introduction: Health workforce shortages have driven the Australian and other Western governments to invest in engaging more health professional students in rural and remote placements. The aim of this qualitative study was to provide an understanding of the lived experiences of students undertaking placements in various nonmetropolitan locations across Australia. In addition to providing their suggestions to improve rural placements, the study provides insight into factors contributing to positive and negative experiences that influence students' future rural practice intentions...
2018: Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare
Sofia Robleda, Nancy A Pachana
OBJECTIVES: This study explored unique and personal domains associated with quality of life (QOL) in 153 mid-aged and older Australian adults over age 50, using an innovative measure of individualized QOL, the Schedule for the Evaluation of Individual Quality of Life (SEIQOL-DW). METHODS: Demographic measures as well as the SEIQOL-DW were administered. The qualitative responses on this scale were analyzed by Leximancer, a text analysis program that extracts semantic meaning and relational information automatically from text...
October 27, 2017: Clinical Gerontologist
Tamara Bucher, Christina Hartmann, Megan E Rollo, Clare E Collins
The term "nutritious" is being increasingly used by product manufacturers but the term is not currently regulated as a nutrition claim. It is unclear how lay consumers and experts define and interpret the term or how they evaluate the "nutritiousness" of various foods. To address this evidence gap, a mixed methods design was applied and both nutrition experts (n = 206) and lay participants (n = 269) provided definitions of the term "nutritious" and evaluated the "nutritiousness" of 20 different snack foods in a cross-sectional survey...
August 14, 2017: Nutrients
Florin Oprescu, Bridie Scott-Parker, Jeanne Dayton
BACKGROUND: This article analyzes case descriptions of child suicides from 2004 to 2012 to inform future policy and practice. METHODS: Quantitative data and case descriptions for 159 child suicides (less than 18 years) in Queensland, Australia, were analyzed quantitatively using SPSS and qualitatively using automated content analysis (Leximancer). RESULTS: More than three quarters of child suicides involved hanging and 81% of suicides occurred in the family home...
July 2017: Journal of Injury & Violence Research
Hai Ming Wong, Susan Margaret Bridges, Colman Patrick McGrath, Cynthia Kar Yung Yiu, Olga A Zayts, Terry Kit Fong Au
Patients' perceived satisfaction is a key performance index of the quality health care service. Good communication has been found to increase patient's perceived satisfaction. The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of the prominent themes arising from clinician-patient conversations on the caregiver's perceived quality of communication during paediatric dental visits. 162 video recordings of clinical dental consultations for 62 cases attending the Paediatric Dentistry Clinic of The Prince Philip Dental Hospital in Hong Kong were captured and transcribed...
2017: PloS One
Chris Taua, Christine Neville, Theresa Scott
This paper presents findings from a study exploring the nurses' experience of caring for adults with intellectual disability and mental health issues in inpatient settings. Semi structured interviews were undertaken with 13 nurses from various regions of New Zealand. Methods suggested by an Appreciative Inquiry methodology were used to explore the nurses' positive experiences of their role. Interviews were transcribed and analysed using open coding and Leximancer (an online data mining tool) analysis to identify dominant themes in the discourse...
December 29, 2016: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
V A Eley, L K Callaway, A A J van Zundert, J Lipman, C Gallois
Caring for obese pregnant women presents challenges for all medical professionals. Despite a lack of supporting evidence, expert opinion and international guidelines suggest early labour epidural insertion for obese women. Anecdotally this is not supported by all anaesthetists. This qualitative study explored the experiences of anaesthetists regarding early epidural analgesia in obese parturients, to answer the research question: Are anaesthetists consistent in how they apply early epidural analgesia in obese parturients? Personal in-depth interviews with 42 specialist anaesthetists working in south-east Queensland, Australia, were completed between February and April, 2015...
September 2016: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
Courtney J Wright, Heidi Zeeman, Valda Biezaitis
Given that the literature suggests there are various (and often contradictory) interpretations of holistic practice in brain injury rehabilitation and multiple complexities in its implementation (including complex setting, discipline, and client-base factors), this study aimed to examine the experiences of practitioners in their conceptualization and delivery of holistic practice in their respective settings. Nineteen health practitioners purposively sampled from an extensive Brain Injury Network in Queensland, Australia participated in individual interviews...
2016: PloS One
Kitty van Vuuren, Scott O'Keeffe, Darryl N Jones
The Australian Magpie ( Cracticus tibicen ) is a common bird found in urban Australian environments where its nest defense behavior during spring brings it into conflict with humans. This article explores the role of print media in covering this conflict. Leximancer software was used to analyze newspaper reports about the Australian Magpie from a sample of 634 news stories, letters-to-the editor and opinion pieces, published in newspapers from around Australia between 1 January 2010 and 31 December 2014. The results confirm that stories about these birds are primarily published in the daily regional and weekly suburban press, and that the dominant story frame concerns the risk of "swooping" behavior to cyclists and pedestrians from birds protecting their nests during the spring breeding season...
April 26, 2016: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
Natassia Goode, Paul M Salmon, Caroline Spencer, Dudley McArdle, Frank Archer
Three years after the introduction of the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience there remains no unanimously adopted definition of disaster resilience within Australia's emergency management sector. The aim of this study is to determine what the concept means to key stakeholders in the emergency management sector in the Australian State of Victoria, and how these conceptualisations overlap and diverge. Via an online survey, 113 people were asked how they define disaster resilience in their work in the emergency management sector...
January 2017: Disasters
Pey Wen Mak, Judith Singleton
BACKGROUND: The past decade has seen a rapid change in the climate system with an increased risk of extreme weather events. On and following the 3rd of January 2013, Tasmania experienced three catastrophic bushfires, which led to the evacuation of several communities, the loss of many properties, and a financial cost of approximately AUD$80 million. OBJECTIVE: To explore the impacts of the 2012/2013 Tasmanian bushfires on community pharmacies. METHOD: Qualitative research methods were undertaken, employing semi-structured telephone interviews with a purposive sample of seven Tasmanian pharmacists...
January 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
Patricia A Logan, David Gallimore, Sue Jordan
AIM: The aim of this study was to explore and compare the experiences of nurses in Australia and the UK as they moved from clinical practice into higher education institutions. BACKGROUND: When nurse education moved from hospitals into higher education institutions, the roles and career pathways of nurse educators changed. DESIGN: The design method used in this study was qualitative interview study. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with 14 nurse educators, seven in Australia and seven in the UK, in 2011-2012...
March 2016: Journal of Advanced Nursing
Chris Taua, Christine Neville, Theresa Scott
This paper presents findings from a study exploring the mental health inpatient care of people with a dual disability of intellectual disability and mental health issues from the perspective of those people with the dual disability. A mixture of semi-structured interviews and focus group interviews were carried out with nine participants who had been admitted to an inpatient unit for mental health care exploring their experience of care. Interviews were transcribed and analyzed using open coding and Leximancer (an online data mining tool) analysis to identify dominant themes in the discourse...
December 2015: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Nicholas Carah, Carla Meurk, Daniel Angus
Hello Sunday Morning is an online health promotion organisation that began in 2009. Hello Sunday Morning asks participants to stop consuming alcohol for a period of time, set a goal and document their progress on a personal blog. Hello Sunday Morning is a unique health intervention for three interrelated reasons: (1) it was generated outside a clinical setting, (2) it uses new media technologies to create structured forms of participation in an iterative and open-ended way and (3) participants generate a written record of their progress along with demographic, behavioural and engagement data...
March 2017: Health (London)
Catherine Kilgour, Fiona Elizabeth Bogossian, Leonie Callaway, Cindy Gallois
PROBLEM: Postnatal follow-up screening is recommended for all women diagnosed with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). However follow-up rates are poor and highly variable in Australia and internationally. The reasons that mothers are not completing recommended postnatal screening after GDM diagnosis are not well understood or studied. The quality of communication may be an important influence on the completion of postnatal GDM follow-up. AIM: To explore and assess women's communication experiences of postnatal GDM follow-up...
December 2015: Women and Birth: Journal of the Australian College of Midwives
Erica Bell, Steve Campbell, Lynette R Goldberg
BACKGROUND: The most important and contested element of nursing identity may be the patient-centredness of nursing, though this concept is not well-treated in the nursing identity literature. More conceptually-based mapping of nursing identity constructs are needed to help nurses shape their identity. The field of computational text analytics offers new opportunities to scrutinise how growing disciplines such as health services research construct nursing identity. This paper maps the conceptual content of scholarly health services research in PubMed as it relates to the patient-centeredness of nursing...
2015: BMC Health Services Research
Kerry Adam, Jenny Strong, Lucy Chipchase
BACKGROUND: Early graduate occupational therapists (OTs) and physiotherapists (PTs) are routinely employed in work injury management and prevention in Australia. However, our understanding is limited about employer requirements for early graduates entering the field, and how commencing practitioners manage transition to practice. In addition, employers have expressed concerns anecdotally about the preparedness of early graduates for work injury management and prevention. However, evidence is limited about early gradutate preparedness for the field...
2014: Work: a Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation
Matylda Howard, Mary Louise Fleming, Elizabeth Parker
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to explore the actions taken by patients who had been admitted to an acute care Queensland hospital and experienced dissatisfaction with service delivery. It is proposed that before complaints can be used as part of a strategy to inform health service improvement and ultimately ensure patient safety, an understanding of the effectiveness of the complaints handling process from the patient's perspective must be gained. METHODS: In-depth qualitative interviews using a phenomenological exploration were undertaken...
December 2013: Journal of Patient Safety
Erica J Bell
INTRODUCTION: If climate change is the 21st Century's biggest public health threat, research faces the major challenge of providing adequate evidence for vulnerable communities to adapt to the health effects of climate change. Available information about best practice in climate adaptation suggests it is inclusive of socio-economic disadvantage and local community factors such as access to health services. Since 1995, at least 19 164 papers have been published on climate change in the health sciences and social sciences...
January 2013: Rural and Remote Health
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