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Hannaneh Hojaiji, Haik Kalantarian, Alex A T Bui, Christine E King, Majid Sarrafzadeh
This paper introduces the design, calibration, and validation of a low-cost portable sensor for the real-time measurement of dust particles within the environment. The proposed design consists of low hardware cost and calibration based on temperature and humidity sensing to achieve accurate processing of airborne dust density. Using commercial particulate matter sensors, a highly accurate air quality monitoring sensor was designed and calibrated using real world variations in humidity and temperature for indoor and outdoor applications...
March 2017: 2017 IEEE Sens Appl Symp (SAS) (2017)
Anne Pf Wand, Swapnil Sharma, Lindsay J Carpenter, Mike Gatsi
OBJECTIVES: Consultation-liaison psychiatry (CLP) services sit between mental health and the general hospital, and risk being poorly understood by both systems. The aim of this study was to develop an operational manual for a CLP service, which defined functions and governance. METHODS: The CLP literature was reviewed with a focus on descriptions of CLP roles, organisational processes, quality measures and service development. The CLP team held service planning meetings and met with members of the mental health and hospital executives...
February 1, 2018: Australasian Psychiatry: Bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Blair G Darney, Biani Saavedra-Avendaño
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2018: Journal of Adolescent Health: Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine
Bogdan-Alexandru Manole, Daniel V Wakefield, Austin P Dove, Caleb R Dulaney, Samuel R Marcrom, David L Schwartz, Michael R Farmer
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to survey the accessibility and quality of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening information from National Cancer Institute (NCI) cancer center and public health organization Web sites. METHODS AND MATERIALS: We surveyed the December 1, 2016, version of all 63 NCI-designated cancer center public Web sites and 5 major online clearinghouses from allied public/private organizations (,,, USPSTF...
December 24, 2017: Practical Radiation Oncology
Eliza S Deutsch, Ibrahim Alameddine, Mutasem El-Fadel
The launch of the Landsat 8 in February 2013 extended the life of the Landsat program to over 40 years, increasing the value of using Landsat to monitor long-term changes in the water quality of small lakes and reservoirs, particularly in poorly monitored freshwater systems. Landsat-based water quality hindcasting often incorporate several Landsat sensors in an effort to increase the temporal range of observations; yet the transferability of water quality algorithms across sensors remains poorly examined. In this study, several empirical algorithms were developed to quantify chlorophyll-a, total suspended matter (TSM), and Secchi disk depth (SDD) from surface reflectance measured by Landsat 7 ETM+ and Landsat 8 OLI sensors...
February 15, 2018: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Mark A Schuster, Sarah E Onorato, David O Meltzer
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 13, 2018: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
Junqiao Chen, Milesh M Patel
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 13, 2018: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
David Bulbin, Alfred E Denio, Andrea Berger, Jason Brown, Carson Maynard, Tarun Sharma, H Lester Kirchner, William T Ayoub
OBJECTIVE: To pilot a primary care gout management improvement intervention. METHODS: Two large primary care sites were selected: one underwent the intervention, the other, a control, underwent no intervention. The intervention consisted of: engagement of intervention site staff, surveys of provider performance improvement preferences, and onsite live and enduring online education. Electronic Health Record reminders were constructed. Both the intervention and control sites had 3 quality measures assessed monthly: percent of gout patients treated with urate lowering therapy, percent of treated patients monitored with serum urate, and percent of treated patients at target serum urate ≤ 6...
February 13, 2018: Arthritis Care & Research
Diana E Kornbrot, Richard Wiseman, George J Georgiou
The quality of psychological studies is currently a major concern. The Many Labs Project (MLP) and the Open-Science-Collaboration (OSC) have collected key data on replicability and statistical effect sizes. We build on this work by investigating the role played by three measurement types: ratings, proportions and unbounded (measures without conceptual upper limits, e.g. time). Both replicability and effect sizes are dependent on the amount of variability due to extraneous factors. We predicted that the role of such extraneous factors might depend on measurement type, and would be greatest for ratings, intermediate for proportions and least for unbounded...
2018: PloS One
Lisa J Rogo-Gupta, Carolyn Haunschild, Jonathan Altamirano, Yvonne A Maldonado, Magali Fassiotto
BACKGROUND: Patient satisfaction is gaining increasing attention as a quality measure in health care, but the methods used to assess it may negatively impact women physicians. OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to examine the relationship between physician gender and patient satisfaction with outpatient gynecology care as measured by the Press Ganey patient satisfaction survey. STUDY DESIGN: This cross-sectional study analyzed 909 Press Ganey patient satisfaction surveys linked to outpatient gynecology visits at a single academic institution (March 2013-August 2014), including self-reported demographics and satisfaction...
February 8, 2018: Women's Health Issues: Official Publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health
Ramesh Kumar, Namrata Choudhary
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 1, 2018: American Surgeon
Sharmila Sandhu, Jeremy Furniss, Christina Metzler
As the health care system continues to evolve toward one based on quality not quantity, demonstrating the value of occupational therapy has never been more important. Providing high-quality services, achieving optimal outcomes, and identifying and promoting occupational therapy's distinct value are the responsibilities of all practitioners. In relation to the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is implementing new functional items and related outcome performance measures across postacute care (PAC) settings...
March 2018: American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
Brian E Menaker, Adam E Barry, Steven M Howell
Sporting events in the U.S., particularly college football games, provide an opportunity for high-risk alcohol consumption that can result in alcohol-related consequences and associated public safety issues. Policy implication and predicting alcohol-related misconduct at college football games has become a concern for university administrators. To address this issue, we explored the extent to which the profile of a game or opponent-whether that be operationalized by classification (e.g., in-state opponent, conference opponent) or opponent quality (e...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Primary Prevention
Kathryn A McDougall, John W Larkin, Rebecca L Wingard, Yue Jiao, Sophia Rosen, Lin Ma, Len A Usvyat, Franklin W Maddux
Background: The prevalence of depressive affect is not well defined in the incident hemodialysis (HD) population. We investigated the prevalence of and associated risk factors and hospitalization rates for depressive affect in incident HD patients. Methods: We performed a prospective investigation using the Patient Health Questionnaire 2 (PHQ2) depressive affect assessment. From January to July of 2013 at 108 in-center clinics randomly selected across tertiles of baseline quality measures, we contacted 577 and 543 patients by telephone for depressive affect screening...
February 2018: Clinical Kidney Journal
David A Wong
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 5, 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Joanne Lam, Ryan Coughlin, Luce Buhl, Meghan Herbst, Timothy Herbst, Jared Martillotti, Bret Coughlin
PURPOSE: The purpose of the study was to assess the emergency department (ED) providers' interest and satisfaction with ED CT result reporting before and after the implementation of a standardized summary code for all CT scan reporting. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A summary code was provided at the end of all CTs ordered through the ED from August to October of 2016. A retrospective review was completed on all studies performed during this period. A pre- and post-survey was given to both ED and radiology providers...
February 7, 2018: Emergency Radiology
Joseph I Sirven, Patricia O Shafer, Linda Kalilani, Imane Wild, Jesse Fishman, Steve Owens
PURPOSE: How antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) are used in the United States (US) is one proxy public health indicator for the current state of epilepsy management. The use of phenytoin, other older AEDs, and newer AEDs may act as an indicator for the quality of epilepsy practice in addition to the current American Academy of Neurology quality measures. Data on AED used by states and populations can help identify which public health interventions are necessary to improve the status of epilepsy care...
February 1, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
S Dudli, W Enns-Bray, Y Pauchard, A Römmeler, A J Fields, S J Ferguson, B Helgason
Vertebral fractures are among the most common of all osteoporosis related fracture types and its risk assessment is largely based on bone quality measures. Morphometric parameters are not yet considered, although endplate thickness and concavity shape were found to be important in fracture prediction in low-rate tests. We hypothesized that, under high-rate impact loading, the shape and size of the central endplate concavity are of key importance for fracture prediction. Therefore, we tested rabbit spinal segment explants in vitro under high-rate impact loading...
February 1, 2018: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
Vikrant Parihar, Claire O'Leary, Paud O'Reagan
BACKGROUND: A minimum recommended withdrawal time for screening colonoscopy is recommended for by both the US Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer and European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. AIM: To characterize the relationship between endoscopists withdrawal time at colonoscopy and polyp detection in a symptomatic cohort of patients as compared to previously untimed withdrawal. METHODS: Three experienced medical endoscopists prospectively performed 1079 colonoscopies during a 24-month period in an Irish hospital...
February 6, 2018: Irish Journal of Medical Science
Heidi Heitmann Viken, Ida Amalie Iversen, Asgeir Jakola, Lisa Millgård Sagberg, Ole Solheim
OBJECTIVE: To optimize follow-up and surveillance routines after intracranial surgery, knowledge about when complications occur is needed. We sought to explore when postoperative complications are detected after brain tumor surgery, and assess the severity of these. METHODS: We did a retrospective review of hospital records in 1291 adult patients undergoing elective craniotomy for intracranial tumors between 2008-2016 at our institution. Medical history, comorbidity, registered outcomes within 30 days and time of detection of complications were registered...
January 30, 2018: World Neurosurgery
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