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Sonja U Kubik, Paul R Martin
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the psychometric properties of the newly developed Headache Triggers Sensitivity and Avoidance Questionnaire (HTSAQ) designed to measure variables relating to the Trigger Avoidance Model of Headaches. BACKGROUND: The Trigger Avoidance Model of Headaches proposes that one pathway to developing a primary headache disorder is through the avoidance of headache triggers, resulting in an increase in trigger potency through sensitization...
October 18, 2016: Headache
Jie Dong, Hongbo Dong, Peiyu Ye, Yinkun Yan, Bo Xi, Jie Mi
OBJECTIVE: To validate the accuracy of Raycome RBP-1200 used for blood pressure (BP) measurements in Chinese children aged 3-12 years according to the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI)/International Organization for Standardization 81060-2:2013(E) protocol. METHODS: A prospective observational study was carried out using 'the same arm sequential method' as described in the AAMI protocol. Eighty-seven children participated in this examination and 255 paired-determinations were analyzed...
October 4, 2016: Blood Pressure Monitoring
Caroline Kingori, Camila LeMaster Esquivel, Qorsho Hassan, Abdul Elmi, Bakali Mukasa, Michael Reece
African-born immigrants and refugees have HIV infection rates six times higher than any other minority groups in the United States. Despite the increase in the population size and diversity of Somali immigrants and refugees in the United States, Somalis are one of the medically underserved population subgroups in this region. The lack of aggregate HIV infection rates among African-born immigrants, for example, Somali refugees, is a cause for alarm and calls for more research to be conducted in this subgroup...
October 2016: AIDS Patient Care and STDs
Sajan Agarwal, Bikrant Bihari Lal, Dinesh Rawat, Archana Rastogi, Kishore G S Bharathy, Seema Alam
OBJECTIVE: To study the clinical and laboratory profile of children with progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis (PFIC) and evaluate their outcome. METHODS: The study is a retrospective review of all cases diagnosed with PFIC between January 2011 and July 2015. All children underwent histopathological examination and immunostaining. Management was done as per institute's protocol. RESULTS: There were a total of 24 PFIC cases (PFIC 1-2, PFIC 2-19, PFIC 3-3)...
September 2016: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hepatology
Lauren J Ralph, Diana Greene Foster, Katrina Kimport, David Turok, Sarah C M Roberts
OBJECTIVE: Evaluating decisional certainty is an important component of medical care, including preabortion care. However, minimal research has examined how to measure certainty with reliability and validity among women seeking abortion. We examine whether the Decisional Conflict Scale (DCS), a measure widely used in other health specialties and considered the gold standard for measuring this construct, and the Taft-Baker Scale (TBS), a measure developed by abortion counselors, are valid and reliable for use with women seeking abortion and predict the decision to continue the pregnancy...
October 10, 2016: Contraception
S Fischer, A Weber, A Carolus, F Drescher, F Götz, W Weber
BACKGROUND: Endovascular treatment of wide-necked aneurysms remains challenging without the use of adjunctive devices to preserve the parent artery. OBJECTIVE: To present our initial experience with a temporary bridging device, the Comaneci (Rapid Medical, Israel). The compliant remodeling mesh protects the parent artery during coil occlusion without flow arrest in the distal vasculature. Permanent dual antiplatelet therapy is not required since the device is fully removed at the end of the procedure...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
Robert W Aldridge, Dominik Zenner, Peter J White, Elizabeth J Williamson, Morris C Muzyamba, Poonam Dhavan, Davide Mosca, H Lucy Thomas, Maeve K Lalor, Ibrahim Abubakar, Andrew C Hayward
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis elimination in countries with a low incidence of the disease necessitates multiple interventions, including innovations in migrant screening. We examined a cohort of migrants screened for tuberculosis before entry to England, Wales, and Northern Ireland and tracked the development of disease in this group after arrival. METHODS: As part of a pilot pre-entry screening programme for tuberculosis in 15 countries with a high incidence of the disease, the International Organization for Migration screened all applicants for UK visas aged 11 years or older who intended to stay for more than 6 months...
October 10, 2016: Lancet
Katherine C Leonard, Michael P Kowaleski, William B Saunders, Robert J McCarthy, Randy J Boudrieau
OBJECTIVES: To describe the surgical technique and report short-term outcome for combined tibial plateau levelling osteotomy and tibial tuberosity transposition (TPLO-TTT) as an option in the treatment of cranial cruciate ligament insufficiency with concomitant medial patellar luxation. METHODS: Medical records were reviewed (2011-2013) of dogs that underwent a standard tibial plateau levelling osteotomy followed by a tibial tuberosity transposition in the frontal plane and stabilized with pin and tension-band wire fixation as a component of surgical treatment for combined cranial cruciate ligament insufficiency and medial patellar luxation...
October 14, 2016: Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology: V.C.O.T
Heng-Hui Lien, Sang-Feng Hsu, Shu-Chen Chen, Jiann-Horng Yeh
BACKGROUND: We report on interns' clinical competence and experiences of an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) training program over 3 years. We aimed to determine whether repeated formative OSCEs allow teaching hospitals to improve the effectiveness of clinical training and help interns to achieve high scores in the national summative OSCE. METHODS: This study included 207 participants, among whom 82 were interns who had completed four mock OSCEs and a national OSCE at the clinical center of Cathay General Hospital (CGH)...
October 14, 2016: BMC Research Notes
Jessica Robinson-Papp, Sandeep K Sharma, Mary Catherine George, David M Simpson
PURPOSE: Urban, minority communities are disproportionately affected by the chronic diseases associated with autonomic neuropathy; however validated measures of autonomic symptoms have not been studied in these complex populations. We sought to validate the Autonomic Symptom Profile (ASP) in a low income, medically complex, urban patient population. METHODS: Ninety-seven adults were recruited from the outpatient neurology clinic of an academic medical center serving the East Harlem neighborhood of New York City...
October 12, 2016: Clinical Autonomic Research: Official Journal of the Clinical Autonomic Research Society
Kateřina Vymazalová, Lenka Vargová, Tomáš Zikmund, Jozef Kaiser
The purpose of the study was to discover a way to study the internal structure and evolution of human embryos noninvasively. The human embryo was stained with phosphotungstic acid solution (PTA) in ethanol (EPTA) and scanned using a micro computed tomography (micro-CT) scanner. Using appropriate software, a three-dimensional image of the embryo was created, which could be further exploited. The methodology described could be used for the non-destructive examination of the internal structure of the human embryo, and the resulting data can be used as a resource for medical students, gynaecologists, and paediatricians...
October 11, 2016: Anatomical Science International
Susan Bradley, Christine McCourt, Juliet Rayment, Divya Parmar
The psycho-social elements of labour and delivery are central to any woman's birth experience, but international efforts to reduce maternal mortality in low-income contexts have neglected these aspects and focused on technological birth. In many contexts, maternity care is seen as dehumanised and disrespectful, which can have a negative impact on utilisation of services. We undertook a systematic review and meta-synthesis of the growing literature on women's experiences of facility-based delivery in sub-Saharan Africa to examine the drivers of disrespectful intrapartum care...
September 28, 2016: Social Science & Medicine
Seza Ozen, Jasmin B Kuemmerle-Deschner, Rolando Cimaz, Avi Livneh, Pierre Quartier, Isabelle Kone-Paut, Andrew Zeft, Steve Spalding, Ahmet Gul, Veronique Hentgen, Sinisa Savic, Ivan Foeldvari, Joost Frenkel, Luca Cantarini, Dony Patel, Jeffrey Weiss, Nina Marinsek, Ravi Degun, Kathleen G Lomax, Helen J Lachmann
OBJECTIVES: Periodic fever syndromes (PFS) are characterised by recurrent attacks of fever and localised inflammation. This study examined the diagnostic pathway and treatments at tertiary centres for FMF, TRAPS and MKD/HIDS. METHODS: PFS specialists at medical centres in the USA, European Union and Eastern Mediterranean participated in a retrospective chart review, providing de-identified data in an electronic case report form. Patients were treated between 2008-2012 with at least 1 year of follow-up, all had clinical and/or genetically proven disease, and were on/eligible for biologic treatment...
October 9, 2016: Arthritis Care & Research
Noura Khamis Al-Khamis
In Saudi Arabia, breast cancer is diagnosed at advanced stage compared to Western countries. Nevertheless, the perceived barriers to delayed presentation have been poorly examined. Additionally, available breast cancer awareness data are lacking validated measurement tool. The aim of this study is to evaluate the level of breast cancer awareness and perceived barriers to seeking medical care among Saudi women, using internationally validated tool. A cross-sectional study was conducted among adult Saudi women attending a primary care center in Riyadh during February 2014...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Cancer Education: the Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Education
Elina Tor, Carole Steketee, Donna Mak
Objectives: To evaluate the merit of the Clinical Audit Project (CAP) in an assessment program for undergraduate medical education using a systematic assessment validation framework. Methods: A cross-sectional assessment validation study at one medical school in Western Australia, with retrospective qualitative analysis of the design, development, implementation and outcomes of the CAP, and quantitative analysis of assessment data from four cohorts of medical students (2011- 2014)...
September 24, 2016: International Journal of Medical Education
Kamila Rasova, Jenny Freeman, Patricia Martinkova, Marketa Pavlikova, Davide Cattaneo, Johanna Jonsdottir, Thomas Henze, Ilse Baert, Paul Van Asch, Carme Santoyo, Tori Smedal, Antonie Giæver Beiske, Małgorzata Stachowiak, Mariusz Kovalewski, Una Nedeljkovic, Daphne Bakalidou, José Manuel Alves Guerreiro, Ylva Nilsagård, Erieta Nikolikj Dimitrova, Mario Habek, Kadriye Armutlu, Cécile Donzé, Elaine Ross, Ana Maria Ilie, Andrej Martić, Anders Romberg, Peter Feys
BACKGROUND: Understanding the organisational set-up of physiotherapy services across different countries is increasingly important as clinicians around the world use evidence to improve their practice. This also has to be taken into consideration when multi-centre international clinical trials are conducted. This survey aimed to systematically describe organisational aspects of physiotherapy services for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) across Europe. METHODS: Representatives from 72 rehabilitation facilities within 23 European countries completed an online web-based questionnaire survey between 2013 and 2014...
October 6, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
Piotr Brzyski, Maria Kózka, Allison Squires, Tomasz Brzostek
PURPOSE: To present how factor analysis results of a Practice Environment Scale of the Nursing Work Index (PES-NWI) translation changed due to country context. DESIGN: Validity and reliability analysis of a cross-culturally adapted, Polish translation of the PES-NWI came from a cross-sectional, national survey that included 2,605 registered nurses working in surgical (50.4%) and medical (49.6%) units of 30 Polish hospitals. METHODS: Exploratory factor analysis (EFA) using the principal component analysis (PCA) method with varimax rotation and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) was used to examine factor structure of the instrument in the Polish context...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Annika G Havnaer, Paul B Greenberg
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to characterize the current state of student research opportunities in a sample of US medical schools ranked in three different tiers. METHODS: The authors examined the websites for five US medical schools in each of the first, second, and third tiers per National Institutes of Health funding and U.S. News & World Report rankings. Available research opportunities were identified and categorized. RESULTS: There were 26 schools in the first (n=6), second (n=10), and third (n=10) tiers...
October 4, 2016: Rhode Island Medical Journal
Ji Sung Shim, Jae Heon Kim, Hoon Choi, Jae Young Park, Jae Hyun Bae
PURPOSE: The goal of this study was to compare the International Prostate Symptom Storage Subscore (IPSS-s) and the overactive bladder symptom score (OABSS) as tools for assessing the symptoms of overactive bladder (OAB). METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted of a sample of 1,341 patients aged 50 years and older with lower urinary tract complaints who had undergone a medical examination at one of several centers. For each patient, we reviewed the International Prostate Symptom Score and the OABSS...
September 2016: International Neurourology Journal
Atsumi Minamisawa, Jin Narumoto, Isao Yokota, Kenji Fukui
BACKGROUND: Patient dropout from treatment can lead to a deterioration in clinical condition, thereby increasing the need for more intensive therapy that incurs substantial social and economic losses. The aim of this study was to identify factors related to psychiatric patient dropout at a university outpatient clinic in Japan. METHODS: We retrospectively examined the medical charts of new psychiatric patients who were diagnosed with either a mood disorder (International Classification of Diseases, 10th revision, code: F3) or an anxiety disorder (F4) in the outpatient clinic at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine Hospital in Kyoto, Japan, between April 2010 and March 2013...
2016: Patient Preference and Adherence
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