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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078920/do-predictors-of-return-to-work-and-recurrence-of-work-disability-due-to-mental-disorders-vary-by-age-a-cohort-study
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Pauliina Mattila-Holappa, Jenni Ervasti, Matti Joensuu, Kirsi Ahola, Jaana Pentti, Tuula Oksanen, Jussi Vahtera, Mika KivimÄki, Marianna Virtanen
BACKGROUND: The extent to which predictors of return to work (RTW) and recurrence of work disability episodes vary by age group is not well understood. METHODS: We examined the associations of sociodemographic and clinical factors with RTW and recurrence after mental-disorder-related work disability episodes in a cohort of 10,496 Finnish public sector employees. Disability records were derived from national disability registers between 2005 and 2011. Effect modification by age was examined in age groups of 21-34, 35-50 and >50 years...
January 1, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076582/interventions-that-facilitate-sustainable-jobs-and-have-a-positive-impact-on-workers-health-an-overview-of-systematic-reviews
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Michelle M Haby, Evelina Chapman, Rachel Clark, Luiz A C Galvão
Objective: To identify interventions that facilitate sustainable jobs and have a positive impact on the health of workers in health sector workplaces. Methods: This overview utilized systematic review methods to synthesize evidence from multiple systematic reviews and economic evaluations. A comprehensive search was conducted based on a predefined protocol, including specific inclusion criteria. To be classified as "sustainable," interventions needed to aim (explicitly or implicitly) to 1) have a positive impact on at least two key dimensions of the integrated framework for sustainable development and 2) include measures of health impact...
November 2016: Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, Pan American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074580/employer-wellness-programs-challenged-in-court
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Mark A Rothstein
Many employers faced with rising health care costs have adopted "voluntary" wellness programs that urge employees to engage in various health-promotion activities, such as smoking cessation and weight reduction. In the proper setting, measures to promote a more healthful lifestyle are difficult to question, but there is little compelling evidence that workplace wellness programs have significant, sustained health benefits or substantially reduce health care costs other than through cost-shifting to unhealthy employees...
January 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061740/prevalence-and-determinants-of-bullying-among-health-care-workers-in-portugal
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Pedro Norton, Viviana Costa, Joel Teixeira, Ana Azevedo, António Roma-Torres, Joana Amaro, Liliana Cunha
Bullying is defined as systematic exposure to humiliation as well as hostile and violent behaviors against one or more individuals. These behaviors are a serious, growing problem, which affects a significant proportion of health care professionals. To support the hospital's risk management policy, a cross-sectional study was undertaken to determine the prevalence of bullying in this institution and identify the determinants of bullying. Bullying was measured using the Negative Acts Questionnaire-Revised, Portuguese version (NAQ-R), a self-administered tool...
January 1, 2017: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056910/collaboration-between-employers-and-occupational-health-service-providers-a-systematic-review-of-key-characteristics
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Jaana I Halonen, Salla Atkins, Hanna Hakulinen, Sanna Pesonen, Jukka Uitti
BACKGROUND: Employees are major contributors to economic development, and occupational health services (OHS) can have an important role in supporting their health. Key to this is collaboration between employers and OHS. We reviewed the evidence regarding the characteristics of good collaboration between employers and OHS providers that is essential to construct more effective collaboration and services. METHODS: A systematic review of the factors of good collaboration between employers and OHS providers was conducted...
January 5, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049523/safety-of-a-fixed-dose-combination-of-artesunate-and-amodiaquine-for-the-treatment-of-uncomplicated-plasmodium-falciparum-malaria-in-real-life-conditions-of-use-in-c%C3%A3-te-d-ivoire
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Serge-Brice Assi, Yapo Thomas Aba, Jean Claude Yavo, Abouo Franklin Nguessan, N'cho Bertin Tchiekoi, Koffi Moïse San, Emmanuel Bissagnéné, Stephan Duparc, Valérie Lameyre, Mea Antoine Tanoh
BACKGROUND: In many malaria-endemic, sub-Saharan African countries, existing pharmacovigilance systems are not sufficiently operational to document reliably the safety profile of anti-malarial drugs. This study describes the implantation of a community-based pharmacovigilance system in Côte d'Ivoire and its use to document the safety of ASAQ Winthrop(®) (artesunate-amodiaquine). METHODS: This prospective, longitudinal, descriptive, non-comparative, non-interventional study on the use of artesunate-amodiaquine in real-life conditions of use was conducted in seven Community Health Centres of the Agboville district in Côte d'Ivoire...
January 3, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049047/does-work-to-family-conflict-really-matter-for-health-cross-sectional-prospective-cohort-and-fixed-effects-analyses
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Takashi Oshio, Akiomi Inoue, Akizumi Tsutsumi
It is well known that work-to-family conflict (WFC) is negatively associated with employees' health outcomes, including mental health and health behavior. However, the associations may be overstated because of insufficient control for unobserved individual attributes. To address this possibility, we compared the associations between WFC and health observed from a cross-sectional, prospective cohort and from fixed-effects regression models. We analyzed data from a Japanese occupational cohort survey of 15,102 observations from 7551 individuals (5947 men and 1604 women), which were collected in two waves with a one-year interval...
December 28, 2016: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048845/mo-d-pins-room-hall-e-01-integrating-mr-into-radiation-therapy
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D Savitskij
MRI, with its excellent soft tissue contrast and its ability to provide physiological as well as anatomical information, is becoming increasingly used in radiation therapy for treatment planning, image-guided radiation therapy, and treatment evaluation. This session will explore solutions to integrating MRI into the simulation process. Obstacles for using MRI for simulation include distortions and artifacts, image acquisition speed, complexity of imaging techniques, and lack of electron density information...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048829/th-d-204-01-the-pursuit-of-radiation-oncology-performance-excellence
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E Sternick
: The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Improvement Act was signed into law in 1987 to advance U.S. business competitiveness and economic growth. Administered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology NIST, the Act created the Baldrige National Quality Program, now renamed the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. The comprehensive analytical approaches referred to as the Baldrige Healthcare Criteria, are very well suited for the evaluation and sustainable improvement of radiation oncology management and operations...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048193/mo-d-pins-room-hall-e-02-multiparametric-fuctional-imaging-in-radiation-therapy
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Y Cao
MRI, with its excellent soft tissue contrast and its ability to provide physiological as well as anatomical information, is becoming increasingly used in radiation therapy for treatment planning, image-guided radiation therapy, and treatment evaluation. This session will explore solutions to integrating MRI into the simulation process. Obstacles for using MRI for simulation include distortions and artifacts, image acquisition speed, complexity of imaging techniques, and lack of electron density information...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048050/mo-fg-campus-tep3-03-calculation-of-proton-pencil-beam-properties-with-full-beamline-model-in-topas
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J Wulff, E Abel
PURPOSE: Introducing Monte Carlo based dose calculation algorithms into proton therapy planning systems (TPS) leads to improved accuracy. However accurate modelling of the proton pencil beam impinging the patient is necessary. Current approaches rely on measurement-driven reconstruction of phase-space and spectrum properties, typically constrained to analytical model functions. In this study a detailed Monte Carlo model of the complete cyclotron-based delivery system was created with the aim of providing more representative beam properties at treatment position...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047727/th-d-204-00-the-pursuit-of-radiation-oncology-performance-excellence
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Edward Sternick
: The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Improvement Act was signed into law in 1987 to advance U.S. business competitiveness and economic growth. Administered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology NIST, the Act created the Baldrige National Quality Program, now renamed the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. The comprehensive analytical approaches referred to as the Baldrige Healthcare Criteria, are very well suited for the evaluation and sustainable improvement of radiation oncology management and operations...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047681/su-f-e-07-web-based-training-for-radiosurgery-methods-and-metrics-for-global-reach
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R Schulz, E Thomas, R Popple, J Fiveash, E Jacobsen
PURPOSE: Webinars have become an evolving tool with greater or lesser success in reaching health care providers (HCPs). This study seeks to assess best practices and metrics for success in webinar deployment for optimal global reach. METHODS: Webinars have been developed and launched to reach practicing health care providers in the field of radiation oncology and radiosurgery. One such webinar was launched in early February 2016. "Multiple Brain Metastases & Volumetric Modulated Arc Radiosurgery: Refining the Single-Isocenter Technique to Benefit Surgeons and Patients" presented by Drs...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047540/mo-d-pins-room-hall-e-03-ingenia-mr-rt-with-mrcat-for-mr-based-radiotherapy-simulation
#14
L Warner
MRI, with its excellent soft tissue contrast and its ability to provide physiological as well as anatomical information, is becoming increasingly used in radiation therapy for treatment planning, image-guided radiation therapy, and treatment evaluation. This session will explore solutions to integrating MRI into the simulation process. Obstacles for using MRI for simulation include distortions and artifacts, image acquisition speed, complexity of imaging techniques, and lack of electron density information...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047162/tu-h-bra-08-the-design-and-characteristics-of-a-novel-compact-linac-based-mri-guided-radiation-therapy-mr-igrt-system
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S Mutic, D Low, T Chmielewski, G Fought, M Hernandez, I Kawrakow, A Sharma, S Shvartsman, J Dempsey
PURPOSE: To describe the design and characteristics of a novel linac-based MRI guided radiation therapy system that addresses RF and magnetic field interference and that can be housed in conventional radiotherapy vaults. METHODS: The MR-IGRT system will provide simultaneous MR imaging combined with both simple (3D) and complex (IMRT, SBRT, SRS) techniques. The system is a combination of a) double-donut split solenoidal superconducting 0.345T MRI; and b) a 90 cm isocenter ring-gantry mounted 6MV, flattening filter-free linac coupled with a stacked doubly-focused multileaf collimator with 4 mm resolution...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046780/mo-d-pins-room-hall-e-00-mr-simulation
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Robin Stern
MRI, with its excellent soft tissue contrast and its ability to provide physiological as well as anatomical information, is becoming increasingly used in radiation therapy for treatment planning, image-guided radiation therapy, and treatment evaluation. This session will explore solutions to integrating MRI into the simulation process. Obstacles for using MRI for simulation include distortions and artifacts, image acquisition speed, complexity of imaging techniques, and lack of electron density information...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045935/the-contribution-of-individual-social-and-work-characteristics-to-employee-mental-health-in-a-coal-mining-industry-population
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Robyn Considine, Ross Tynan, Carole James, John Wiggers, Terry Lewin, Kerry Inder, David Perkins, Tonelle Handley, Brian Kelly
BACKGROUND: Evidence regarding the extent of mental health problems and the associated characteristics within an employee population is necessary to inform appropriate and tailored workplace mental health programs. Mental health within male dominated industries (such as mining) has received recent public attention, chiefly through observations regarding suicide in such populations in Australia and internationally. Currently there is limited empirical evidence regarding the mental health needs in the mining industry as an exemplar of a male dominated workforce, and the relative contribution to such problems of individual, socio-economic and workplace factors...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045803/the-employer-perspective-on-sustainable-employability-in-the-construction-industry
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Susanne C Tonnon, Rozan van der Veen, Marjan J Westerman, Suzan J W Robroek, Hidde P van der Ploeg, Allard J van der Beek, Karin I Proper
OBJECTIVE: To determine the measures employers in the construction industry take to promote sustainable employability, the barriers and facilitators that influence implementation and employer needs. METHODS: Questionnaire among 499 employers and interviews with 17 employers. RESULTS: Employers expressed a need for alternative jobs for workers who can no longer perform physically demanding tasks, as well as means to stimulate proactive employee behavior...
January 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045796/physiological-load-and-psychological-stress-during-a-24-hour-work-shift-among-finnish-firefighters
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Piia Kaikkonen, Harri Lindholm, Sirpa Lusa
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe physiological load and psychological stress of Finnish firefighters during a 24-hour work shift. METHODS: R-R intervals were recorded during 24-hour work shifts. Short-time Fourier transform was used to analyze heart rate variability during shifts. RESULTS: HRmean, HRpeak, and square root of the mean of the sum of the squares of the differences between adjacent R-to-R peak intervals of the 24-hour shift was 73 ± 7 bpm (38 ± 4% of HRmax), 156 ± 16 bpm (82 ± 8% of HRmax), and 42 ± 14 ms...
January 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035605/the-level-of-toxic-and-essential-trace-elements-in-hair-of-petrochemical-workers-involved-in-different-technological-processes
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Anatoly V Skalny, Galina A Kaminskaya, Tatyana I Krekesheva, Sholpan K Abikenova, Margarita G Skalnaya, Elena S Berezkina, Andrei R Grabeklis, Alexey A Tinkov
The objective of the investigation is comparative analysis of hair trace element content in workers of different departments of petrochemical plant. A total of 75 men working in office (engineers), and departments 1 (D1), 3 (D3), and 4 (D4) of the petrochemical plant, as well as occupationally non-exposed persons, were examined. Hair trace element levels were analyzed using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. The office workers were characterized by the highest hair As, Hg, Sn, I, and Si content as compared to the workers of other departments, whereas the level of those elements did not differ significantly from the control values...
December 29, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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