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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441636/psychological-features-and-quality-of-life-in-50-adult-patients-with-epilepsy-and-their-caregivers-from-the-lecco-epilepsy-center-italy
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Alessandra Petruzzi, Andrea Rigamonti, Claudia Yvonne Finocchiaro, Paolo Borelli, Elena Lamperti, Antonio Silvani, Rossana Regazzoni, Lorenzo Stanzani, Andrea Salmaggi
Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders. To the best of our knowledge, in Italy, the relationship between patients' and caregivers' psychological state has rarely been analyzed. Thus, we sought to evaluate both the psychological state of patients with epilepsy and that of their caregivers and the interrelationship between them. We also assessed the existing relation between psychological features and some clinical and demographic information, such as number of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), epilepsy duration and education level of patients and their caregivers...
April 22, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441373/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-interventions-to-reduce-risk-of-aspiration-in-elderly-cancer-survivors-residing-in-skilled-nursing-facilities
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S Mantravadi
BACKGROUND: Aspiration can occur in patients of any age group, but it can be prevented. The primary population at risk is made up of survivors of cancer because of their increased risk of mucositis, mucosal atrophy, and dysphagia associated with chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and the disease process itself. The rate of incidence of aspiration cannot be quantified, because minor cases of aspiration often go unreported. Sequelae ensuing from aspirations can include pneumonia, end-stage kidney disease, dialysis, and death...
April 2017: Cancer Control: Journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440861/findings-from-the-families-on-track-intervention-pilot-trial-for-children-with-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorders-and-their-families
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Christie L M Petrenko, Mary E Pandolfino, Luther K Robinson
BACKGROUND: Individuals with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are at high risk for costly, debilitating mental health problems and secondary conditions, such as school disruption, trouble with the law, and substance use. The study objective was to pilot a multi-component intervention designed to prevent secondary conditions in children with FASD and improve family adaptation. METHODS: Thirty children with FASD or prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) (ages 4 to 8) and their primary caregivers were enrolled...
April 25, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440560/parental-perception-of-child-s-body-mass-index-and-health-within-primary-care
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Imelda Reyes, Melinda Higgins
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Overweight and obesity are sensitive issues to address with pediatric patients during any visit. Patients and families may not recognize that their child is overweight or obese and may not be ready to make change. The goals for this study were to collect overall statistics on the clinic in regards to weight status of children presenting for well child visits and to capture parental perception of the child's weight status in relation to child's age. METHODS: A consecutive sample of parents and caregivers with a child aged 2-18 completed the survey and consented for the study on the day of the survey during a well child visit...
April 25, 2017: Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439150/effect-of-pet-dogs-on-children-s-perceived-stress-and-cortisol-stress-response
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Darlene A Kertes, Jingwen Liu, Nathan J Hall, Natalie A Hadad, Clive D L Wynne, Samarth S Bhatt
The present study tested whether pet dogs have stress-buffering effects for children during a validated laboratory-based protocol, the Trier Social Stress Test for Children (TSST-C). Participants were 101 children aged 7-12 years with their primary caregivers and pet dogs. Children were randomly assigned in the TSST-C to a pet present condition or one of two comparison conditions: parent present or no support figure present. Baseline, response, and recovery indices of perceived stress and cortisol levels were computed based on children's self-reported feelings of stress and salivary cortisol...
May 2017: Social Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438877/it-based-psychosocial-distress-screening-in-patients-with-sarcoma-and-parental-caregivers-via-disease-specific-online-social-media-communities
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Florian Pohlig, Ulrich Lenze, Heinrich M L Muhlhofer, Florian W Lenze, Johannes Schauwecker, Carolin Knebel, Tanja Zimmermann, Peter Herschbach
BACKGROUND: Psychosocial distress can be frequently observed in patients with sarcoma, depicting a relevant clinical problem. However, prospective data collection on psychosocial distress in patients with rare tumors is often time-consuming. In this context, social media such as Facebook can serve as a potential platform to expand research. The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility of psychosocial distress screening in patients with osteosarcoma and Ewing's sarcoma via social media...
May 2017: In Vivo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438476/fulfilling-the-psychological-and-information-need-of-the-family-members-of-critically-ill-patients-using-interactive-mobile-technology-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Vico Chung Lim Chiang, Rainbow Lai Ping Lee, Fung Mei Ho, Chi Kwong Leung, Yi Pui Tang, Wing Sze Wong, Yee Sin Ho, Yan Wai Tung, Hang Louie Lai
BACKGROUND: Intensive care nurses may have an important role in empowering families by providing psychological support and fulfilling the family's pivotal need for information. AIM: To determine whether 'education of families by tab' about the patient's condition was more associated with improved anxiety, stress, and depression levels than the 'education of families by routine'. RESEARCH DESIGN: A randomized control trial of 74 main family caregivers (intervention: 39; control: 35)...
April 21, 2017: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing: the Official Journal of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438107/accessing-care-summaries-at-point-of-care-implementation-of-mobile-devices-for-personal-carers-in-aged-care
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Rachel E Brimelow, Annie Gibney, Suzanne Meakin, Judy A Wollin
Continued development of mobile technology now allows access to information at the point-of-care. This study was conducted to evaluate the use of one such tool on a mobile device, from the carer perspective. Caregivers across 12 aged-care facilities were supplied mobile devices to access a Picture Care Plan (PCP), a specific tool designed around the role of the personal carer. An anonymous questionnaire was subsequently completed by 85 carers with questions relating to participants' experience. Perceived helpfulness of the PCP at the point-of-care was high (87%)...
April 1, 2017: Health Informatics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438074/the-value-of-metaphorical-reasoning-in-bioethics-an-empirical-ethical-study
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Erik Olsman, Bert Veneberg, Claudia van Alfen, Dorothea Touwen
BACKGROUND: Metaphors are often used within the context of ethics and healthcare but have hardly been explored in relation to moral reasoning. OBJECTIVE: To describe a central set of metaphors in one case and to explore their contribution to moral reasoning. METHOD: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 16 parents of a child suffering from the neurodegenerative disease CLN3. The interviews were recorded, transcribed, and metaphors were analyzed...
January 1, 2017: Nursing Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438063/measuring-the-needs-of-family-caregivers-of-people-with-dementia-an-assessment-of-current-methodological-strategies-and-key-recommendations
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Lauren R Bangerter, Joan M Griffin, Steven H Zarit, Rachel Havyer
While dementia caregivers are regarded as a population with high unmet needs, there is little consensus as to how caregivers' needs should be conceptualized and measured. This article describes how dementia caregivers' needs are currently assessed in the scientific literature with the goal of suggesting guidelines for the enhancement of future measurement of caregiver needs. A review of 26 articles identified overarching themes within measurement approaches including variation in methodological rigor, proxy indicators of need, dual needs assessment of caregiver and person with dementia (PWD), and third-party needs assessment...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Applied Gerontology: the Official Journal of the Southern Gerontological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438035/dual-burden-of-malnutrition-among-adolescents-of-smallholder-coffee-farming-households-of-jimma-zone-southwest-ethiopia
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Kalkidan Hassen, Getu Gizaw, Tefera Belachew
BACKGROUND: Substantial evidence is emerging on the coexistence of double burden of malnutrition on adolescents of low-income countries, shaping the health challenges of upcoming adult generation for the worst. Whether nutritional status markers of adolescents in the cash crop setting are at par with economic gains remain uncertain so far. Thus, we investigated the nutritional outcomes of adolescents and its determinants in coffee farming households. METHODS: The survey was carried out in 3 top coffee-producing districts of Jimma Zone, Ethiopia...
January 1, 2017: Food and Nutrition Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437205/-she-would-be-flailing-around-distressed-the-critical-role-of-home-based-palliative-care-for-patients-with-advanced-cancer
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Brook A Calton, Nicole Thompson, Nancy Shepard, Redwing Keyssar, Kanan Patel, Virginia Dzul-Church, Helen Kao, Christine Ritchie, Michael W Rabow
BACKGROUND: Patients with advanced cancer experience significant symptoms, ineffective treatments, and hospice underutilization. Home-based palliative care (HBPC) may fill a service gap for patients who require intensive home management, but are not enrolled in hospice. Even as data emerge on the utilization impacts of HBPC, other impacts are not as well known. METHODS: We describe findings of a pilot project in HBPC, Community Bridges (CB), for patients with advanced cancer...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436932/complexities-in-caregiving-comforts-cultures-countries-conversations-and-contracts
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Shenbagam Dewar, Rajan Dewar
As depicted in the case of Mrs. Indira, decision making by patients and surrogates may be complicated by multiple factors, including care, comfort, country, and culture.
2017: Journal of Clinical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436694/acculturation-level-and-caregiver-outcomes-from-a-randomized-intervention-trial-to-enhance-caregivers-health-evidence-from-reach-ii
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Oanh L Meyer, Xiaoyan Lucia Liu, Daniel Tancredi, A Susana Ramirez, Richard Schulz, Ladson Hinton
OBJECTIVE: Latinos comprise a growing segment of the caregiver population and vary widely in acculturation, yet little is known regarding how acculturation might affect caregiver stress or intervention outcomes. This study examined the relationship between acculturation and burden, bother, and depression in Latino dementia caregivers at baseline and following an intervention. METHODS: This was a secondary data analysis of 211 Latino caregivers of older adults with dementia from Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health (REACH) II, a multisite randomized trial of caregiver interventions...
April 24, 2017: Aging & Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436467/prediction-of-intraventricular-haemorrhage-in-preterm-infants-using-time-series-analysis-of-blood-pressure-and-respiratory-signals
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Jacqueline Huvanandana, Chinh Nguyen, Cindy Thamrin, Mark Tracy, Murray Hinder, Alistair L McEwan
Despite the decline in mortality rates of extremely preterm infants, intraventricular haemorrhage (IVH) remains common in survivors. The need for resuscitation and cardiorespiratory management, particularly within the first 24 hours of life, are important factors in the incidence and timing of IVH. Variability analyses of heart rate and blood pressure data has demonstrated potential approaches to predictive monitoring. In this study, we investigated the early identification of infants at a high risk of developing IVH, using time series analysis of blood pressure and respiratory data...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436264/interventions-to-improve-grandparent-caregivers-mental-and-physical-health-an-integrative-review
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Jen'nea Sumo, JoEllen Wilbur, Wrenetha Julion, Susan Buchholz, Michael Schoeny
The aim of this integrative review is to appraise grandparent caregiver interventions that are designed to improve their physical and mental health. A database search was performed to identify relevant studies published between January 1, 1980, and December 31, 2014. Thirteen publications, including 11 studies, met all inclusion and exclusion criteria. All studies included grandparent mental health outcomes with fewer focusing on physical health and social relations. Improvements were found in all three areas with fewer improvements seen in physical health...
April 1, 2017: Western Journal of Nursing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436192/predictors-of-non-pharmacological-intervention-effect-on-cognitive-function-and-behavioral-and-psychological-symptoms-of-older-people-with-dementia
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Ting-Jung Hsu, Hui-Te Tsai, An-Chun Hwang, Liang-Yu Chen, Liang-Kung Chen
AIM: Our previous work showed that non-pharmacological interventions could effectively reduce the severity of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD), while the factors influencing the effect of intervention were less explored. Therefore, the main purpose of the present study was to investigate the predictors of the non-pharmacological intervention effect for old veterans with dementia and BPSD. METHODS: A total of 141 old veterans with dementia living in two veterans' homes in northern Taiwan were recruited...
April 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435680/adiposity-cvd-risk-factors-and-testosterone-variation-by-partnering-status-and-residence-with-children-in-us-men
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Lee T Gettler, Mallika S Sarma, Rieti G Gengo, Rahul C Oka, James J McKenna
Background and objectives: In many settings, partnered, invested fathers have lower testosterone than single men or fathers who are not involved in caregiving. Reduced testosterone has been identified as a risk factor for multiple chronic diseases, and men's health also commonly varies by life history status. There have been few tests of whether variation in testosterone based on partnering and parenting has implications for men's health. Methodology: We analysed data from a US population-representative sample (NHANES) of young-to-middle aged US men (n = 875; mean age: 29...
2017: Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435234/strengthening-care-teams-to-improve-adherence-in-cystic-fibrosis-a-qualitative-practice-assessment-and-quality-improvement-initiative
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Allison J Gardner, Alice L Gray, Staci Self, Jeffrey S Wagener
BACKGROUND: Treatment regimens for patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) are complex, time consuming, and burdensome, and adherence to CF treatment is suboptimal. CF care teams play a critical role in supporting patients' chronic self-management skills, but there is no uniform method for assessing patients' adherence to treatment or standard interventions to help patients improve when necessary. METHODS: Between May 2015 and March 2016, care team members from 10 CF centers in the USA participated in a practice assessment and quality improvement (QI) initiative...
2017: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434402/implementing-the-communication-for-development-strategy-to-improve-knowledge-and-coverage-of-measles-vaccination-in-western-chinese-immunization-programs-a-before-and-after-evaluation
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Ming Lu, Yao-Zhu Chu, Wen-Zhou Yu, Robert Scherpbier, Yu-Qing Zhou, Xu Zhu, Qi-Ru Su, Meng-Juan Duan, Xuan Zhang, Fu-Qiang Cui, Hua-Qing Wang, Yi-Biao Zhou, Qing-Wu Jiang
BACKGROUND: Communication for Development (C4D) is a strategy promoted by the United Nations Children's Fund to foster positive and measurable changes at the individual, family, community, social, and policy levels of society. In western China, C4D activities have previously been conducted as part of province-level immunization programs. In this study, we evaluated the association of C4D with changes in parental knowledge of immunization services, measles disease, and measles vaccine, and changes in their children's measles vaccine coverage...
April 24, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
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