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Carine Smith
The modern lifestyle is characterised by various factors that cause accelerating ageing by the upregulation of oxidative stress and inflammation-two processes that are inextricably linked in an endless circle of self-propagation. Inflammation in particular is commonly accepted as aetiological factor in many chronic disease states, such as obesity, diabetes and depression. In terms of disease prevention or treatment, interventions aimed at changing dietary and/or exercise habits have had limited success in practise, mostly due to poor long-term compliance...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
Chloë Campbell, Rhiannon Braund, Caroline Morris
INTRODUCTION Recognition of the need to reduce harm and optimise patient outcomes from the use of medicines is contributing to an evolution of pharmacy practice in primary health care internationally. This evolution is changing community pharmacy and leading to new models of care that enable pharmacist contribution beyond traditional realms. There is little information about the extent of these changes in New Zealand. AIM The aim of this study was to investigate emerging roles of pharmacists in primary health care...
December 2017: Journal of Primary Health Care
Désirée van der Heijde, David I Daikh, Neil Betteridge, Gerd R Burmester, Afton L Hassett, Eric L Matteson, Ronald van Vollenhoven, Sharad Lakhanpal
A European League Against Rheumatism-American College of Rheumatology working group consisting of practising and academic rheumatologists, a rheumatology researcher and a patient representative created a succinct general statement describing rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) in adults and children in language that can be used in conversations with the lay public, media, healthcare providers and other stakeholders. Based on the literature review, several elements were deemed important for inclusion in the description of RMDs...
March 10, 2018: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Sahanika Ratnayake, David Merry
Mindfulness exercises are presented as being compatible with almost any spiritual, religious or philosophical beliefs. In this paper, we argue that they in fact involve imagining and conceptualising rather striking and controversial claims about the self, and the self's relationship to thoughts and feelings. For this reason, practising mindfulness exercises is likely to be in tension with many people's core beliefs and values, a tension that should be treated as a downside of therapeutic interventions involving mindfulness exercises, not unlike a side effect...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Medical Ethics
Jan Hundertmark, Sandra Karina Apondo, Jobst-Hendrik Schultz
Background: Direct patient contact is crucial in learning important interactional and examination skills. However, medical students have limited opportunity to self-responsibly practise these skills in authentic clinical settings and typically receive insufficient feedback on their performance. We developed a novel single-session ambulatory teaching concept (Heidelberg Student Ambulatory training, "HeiSA") to prepare students more adequately for clinical-practical responsibilities. Methods: To identify challenges and target group needs, we reviewed current literature and consulted an expert group of faculty lecturers and training researchers...
2018: GMS Journal for Medical Education
Jutta Huvila, Teemu D Laajala, Per-Henrik Edqvist, Adil Mardinoglu, Lauri Talve, Fredrik Pontén, Seija Grénman, Olli Carpén, Tero Aittokallio, Annika Auranen
OBJECTIVE: In clinical practise, prognostication of endometrial cancer is based on clinicopathological risk factors. The use of immunohistochemistry-based markers as prognostic tools is generally not recommended and a systematic analysis of their utility as a panel is lacking. We evaluated whether an immunohistochemical marker panel could reliably assess endometrioid endometrial cancer (EEC) outcome independent of clinicopathological information. METHODS: A cohort of 306 EEC specimens was profiled using tissue microarray (TMA)...
February 24, 2018: Gynecologic Oncology
Bruno Corrado, Nadia Sommella, Gianluca Ciardi, Enza Raiano, Iris Scala, Pietro Strisciuglio, Clemente Servodio Iammarrone
BACKGROUND: The development of both gross and fine motor skills in a child with Down syndrome is generally delayed. The most seriously affected stage is the achievement of independent walking ability, which influences the onset of all following motor and cognityive skills. The study objectives were (a) to assess the time taken to achieve independent walking ability in a cohort of children with Down syndrome, (b) to examine differences in walking onset by patient characteristics, (c) to verify the effect of early physical therapy (Neurodevelopmental Treatment on the basis of Bobath Concept practised within the first months of life) in the achievement of that skill...
February 19, 2018: Minerva Pediatrica
Natalia D'Souza, Darryl Forsyth, David Tappin, Bevan Catley
AIMS: To explore nurses' understandings and perceptions of workplace cyberbullying, in order to develop a relevant and meaningful definition of the phenomenon for future research and practice. BACKGROUND: Although previous research places nurses at an elevated risk of exposure to traditional workplace bullying, there is a notable absence of research investigating workplace cyberbullying within this profession. Considering the detrimental outcomes experienced by the targets of workplace cyberbullying, this is an issue that warrants focus...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Nursing Management
Lan Zhu, Lei Li, Jinghe Lang
OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to determine prevalence, patterns and risk factors of defensive medicine by obstetricians and gynaecologists across China. DESIGN: This is a questionnaire survey by written and on-line interview for participants. PARTICIPANTS: Among 1804 registered physicians participating at the 2017 Congress of Chinese Obstetricians and Gynecologists Association in Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, China, from 17 to 20 August 2017, 1486 participants (82...
February 3, 2018: BMJ Open
Cynthia Aristei, Orit Kaidar-Person, Luca Tagliaferri, Meritxell Arenas, Charlotte E Coles, Birgitte V Offersen, Giovanni Frezza, Maria Cristina Leonardi, Vincenzo Valentini, Céline Bourgier, Philip M P Poortmans
PURPOSE: To describe the current European practise on post-mastectomy radiation therapy (PMRT) in relation to breast reconstruction. METHODS: A 21-item questionnaire was distributed online via Survey Monkey. Items referred to 1. general topics (country, centre, years of experience in breast cancer); 2. clinical decision making; 3. RT techniques and dosimetry; 4. dose fractionation. RESULTS: 283 responses were received from 19 countries. Most responders worked in public health services and in academic institutions and had 5-20 years experience...
January 12, 2018: European Journal of Surgical Oncology
F Daley, D Bister, S Markless, P Set
OBJECTIVE: To drive quality and safe clinical practice, professional values and non-technical skills need to be explicit in all postgraduate medical curricula and appropriate assessment tools should be available for teachers to apply. We interrogate a national Radiology curriculum for content on professionalism and assessment tools, comparing it with the Royal College of Physicians' 2005 document. RESULTS: We found that whilst the knowledge for practising with professional values is embedded in the curriculum, the skills that have to be acquired have not been comprehensively developed...
February 5, 2018: BMC Research Notes
Jinhong Miao, Rui Liang, Ximei Tian, Xiaoyin Sun, Zhengyan Li, Jing Luo, Lan Ming, Juanjuan Shi
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: To investigate the nutritional status of patients undergoing continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) and the factors involved. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: We used the Subjective Global Assessment (SGA) of nutritional status, a general questionnaire, dietary records, and laboratory parameters from 3 consecutive days to develop a NS assessment with it, we assessed 240 patients undergoing CAPD at a dialysis center in Henan Province...
2018: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Na Yeoun Kim, Sami Stagnell
BACKGROUND: The qualified dentists in the United Kingdom (UK) are not expected to be competent in practising implant dentistry without further training in the subject and there is now greater emphasis on postgraduate training in Dental Implantology. There are three main education pathways at present, yet their training standards vary significantly. This study aims to identify UK postgraduate academic qualifications and continuing professional development (CPD) courses available in the field of Dental Implantology and evaluates the current standard of the postgraduate training programmes against the Training Standards in Implant Dentistry (TSID) guidelines from Faculty of General Dental Practice (FGDP (UK))...
January 29, 2018: International Journal of Implant Dentistry
Kathleen McLoughlin, Lindsey Pope, Elaine Walsh, Aisling Jennings, Tony Foley
Background Successful completion of all three components of the Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners UK (MRCGP) is required for a doctor to practise independently as a general practitioner (GP). One component, the Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA), is a high fidelity, high stakes examination designed to provide an objective external assessment of clinical skills. Aim The aim of this integrative review was to identify, critically appraise and synthesise published empirical evidence on the CSA to identify areas for further inquiry or future collaboration...
January 25, 2018: Education for Primary Care
Marie Barais, Catherine Laporte, Matthieu Schuers, Olivier Saint-Lary, Paul Frappé, Clarisse Dibao-Dina, David Darmon, Tiphanie Bouchez, Julien Gelly
BACKGROUND: General practice became an academic discipline quite recently in many western countries. In France, junior lecturer work is specified in a three-part mandate: medical work in general practice, teaching in the university, and research. Since 2007, 130 junior lecturers have been appointed in general practice. The aim of the creation of junior lecturer status was to align general practice with other specialties and to develop research and education in primary care. OBJECTIVES: To describe the healthcare, teaching and research undertaken by junior lecturers in general practice, practising in October 2014...
December 2018: European Journal of General Practice
José Ruiz Rodríguez, Arturo Bados López, Adela Fusté Escolano, Eugeni García-Grau, Carmina Saldaña García, Gemma Balaguer Fort, Teresa Lluch, Mar Arcos Pros
BACKGROUND: Training programmes for clinical psychologists should include evidence-based teaching methods that enable trainees to learn therapeutic skills. Here we compared the perceived utility of role-playing vs. peer counselling. In peer counselling, one student recounts a personal experience to the other, who thus has the opportunity to act as the therapist in relation to a real situation. Given that sharing such personal experiences may provoke discomfort in students, we also examined this aspect...
February 2018: Psicothema
Rakesh Kumar Shah, Nayan Kamal Sainju, Sunil Kumar Joshi
BACKGROUND: Kangaroo mother care is an effective and low cost technique which prevents neonate from hypothermia, a leading cause of preventable neonatal mortality. Knowledge and practice of Kangaroo mother care is of utmost importance in developing countries such as Nepal. Purpose of this study was to find out knowledge, attitude and practice of kangaroo mother care among health workers in tertiary health centres in Nepal. METHODS: This cross sectional study was carried out in three teaching hospitals in Nepal during the period from January 2016 to April 2016...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Nepal Health Research Council
Joanne Barnes, Rachael Butler
OBJECTIVES: To examine community pharmacists' perspectives on CMs regulation in New Zealand, where proposals for CMs regulations had recently been suspended and where, currently, CMs are only weakly regulated. METHODS: Qualitative, in-depth, semi-structured interviews with New Zealand practising community pharmacists are identified through purposive and convenience sampling. Data were analysed using a general inductive approach. KEY FINDINGS: Participants held mixed views regarding harmonisation of CMs regulations across Australia and NZ; some supported an NZ national regulatory framework for CMs, based on the Australian system...
January 19, 2018: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Isaac Mensah Boafo
BACKGROUND: Studies have established the negative effects of workplace disrespect and violence on the personal and professional well-being of nurses. In spite of this, only a few have directly investigated the effects of these issues on nurses' job satisfaction. In Africa, research on nurses' job satisfaction continues to focus largely on economic factors. The aim of this paper was, therefore, to investigate the impact of the non-economic factors of workplace violence and respect on the job satisfaction levels of nurses in Ghana...
January 15, 2018: Human Resources for Health
Sueziani B Zainudin, Aslena B Hussain
AIMS: Obligatory Ramadan fasting is challenging in the management of Muslims with diabetes due to increased risk of complications from altered meals and activities. This study aimed to evaluate the knowledge, perception and practice of healthcare professionals in diabetes management during fasting and the outcome of education on management. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We surveyed healthcare professionals enrolled in pre-Ramadan education involving an endocrinologist, diabetes specialized nurse and dietician...
December 28, 2017: Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome
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