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Yuan Ma, Xiangxian Feng, Jing Zhang, Haijun Wang, Jianhui Yuan, Zhifang Li, Yanbo Han, Jianbin Zhang, Feng J He, Graham MacGregor, Yangfeng Wu
OBJECTIVE: To identify the social determinants shaping children's behaviour on salt reduction from a network perspective. DESIGN AND METHOD: School-EduSalt is a cluster-randomized controlled trial carried out in 28 primary schools in northern China involving 279 families (279 children aged 10.1 ± 0.5yrs and 553 adults). A 3.5-month education on salt reduction was delivered to the 14 schools (classes) in the intervention group, of which children and their families achieved a significant reduction in salt intake as measured by 24-hour urine sodium...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Haeok Lee, Minjin Kim, Peter Kiang, Ling Shi, Kevin Tan, Phala Chea, Sonith Peou, Dorcas C Grigg-Saito
OBJECTIVES: Parents have general influence over their children's health and health behavior. However, given the dearth of specific literature regarding knowledge level and social and cultural factors influencing HPV vaccination behaviors among Cambodian American (CA) parent, it is difficult to develop an effective, evidence-based public health HPV vaccination program. Therefore, the objectives of this study were to determine the HPV vaccine uptakes among CA teenagers and to examine factors influencing HPV vaccine uptakes...
October 10, 2016: Public Health Nursing
Janet Klara Djomba, Lijana Zaletel-Kragelj
INTRODUCTION: Research on social networks in public health focuses on how social structures and relationships influence health and health-related behaviour. While the sociocentric approach is used to study complete social networks, the egocentric approach is gaining popularity because of its focus on individuals, groups and communities. METHODS: One of the participants of the healthy lifestyle health education workshop 'I'm moving', included in the study of social support for exercise was randomly selected...
December 1, 2016: Zdravstveno Varstvo
Theresa Aves, Tamara Kredo, Vivian Welch, Sara Mursleen, Stephanie Ross, Babalwa Zani, Nkengafac Villyen Motaze, Leah Quinlan, Lawrence Mbuagbaw
OBJECTIVE: To describe and summarize equity reporting in HIV systematic reviews and explore the extent to which equity issues are addressed and reported in HIV reviews using the PROGRESS Plus framework. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: Application of the PROGRESS Plus framework to a bibliometric analysis of HIV reviews in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. RESULTS: The analysis included 103 reviews published as of March 2014, with a median of 5 studies per review (first quartile; Q1 = 2; third quartile; Q3 = 11)...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Kathleen S J Preston, Allen W Gottfried, Pamella H Oliver, Adele Eskeles Gottfried, Danielle E Delany, Sirena M Ibrahim
The construct of positive family relationships (PFR), defined as family members getting along well and supporting each other, was investigated in a long-term prospective study. A newly constructed scale of positive family relationships developed using the nominal response model of item-response theory, was subject to a longitudinal network of relations analysis. The conceptualization for this research was founded on a positive psychology framework. Data derived from the Fullerton Longitudinal Study and spanned 20 years from middle childhood (age 9 years) to early adulthood (age 29 years)...
October 2016: Journal of Family Psychology: JFP
Christopher J Burke, Michelle Baddeley, Philippe N Tobler, Wolfram Schultz
UNLABELLED: Given that the range of rewarding and punishing outcomes of actions is large but neural coding capacity is limited, efficient processing of outcomes by the brain is necessary. One mechanism to increase efficiency is to rescale neural output to the range of outcomes expected in the current context, and process only experienced deviations from this expectation. However, this mechanism comes at the cost of not being able to discriminate between unexpectedly low losses when times are bad versus unexpectedly high gains when times are good...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Hun-Sung Kim, Yoo Jin Jeong, Sun Jung Baik, So Jung Yang, Tong Min Kim, Hyunah Kim, Hyunyong Lee, Seung-Hwan Lee, Jae Hyoung Cho, In-Young Choi, Kun-Ho Yoon
OBJECTIVES: Social networking services (SNS)-based online communities are good examples of improving quality of care by incorporating information technology into medicine. Therefore, we created an SNS-based community care webpage for communication among patients with diabetes mellitus (DM). We aimed to identify what diabetic patients wanted to know and were interested in by analyzing their posts and classified content in which users were interested. METHODS: As opposed to the existing physician-focused health information websites, we built a patient-focused experience exchange website, "I love insulin (http://www...
September 28, 2016: Applied Clinical Informatics
Joreintje D Mackenbach, Jeroen Lakerveld, Yavanna van Oostveen, Sofie Compernolle, Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij, Helga Bárdos, Harry Rutter, Ketevan Glonti, Jean-Michel Oppert, Helene Charreire, Johannes Brug, Giel Nijpels
BACKGROUND: Neighbourhood income inequality may contribute to differences in body weight. We explored whether neighbourhood social capital mediated the association of neighbourhood income inequality with individual body mass index (BMI). METHODS: A total of 4126 adult participants from 48 neighbourhoods in France, Hungary, the Netherlands and the UK provided information on their levels of income, perceptions of neighbourhood social capital and BMI. Factor analysis of the 13-item social capital scale revealed two social capital constructs: social networks and social cohesion...
September 27, 2016: European Journal of Public Health
Richard M Tolman, Erin A Casey, Christopher T Allen, Juliana Carlson, Cliff Leek, Heather L Storer
Organizations addressing gender-based violence (GBV) increasingly include men as partners in prevention efforts. However, little is known about men who get involved in those efforts and what specific actions they take. We present analyses of data from an international sample of men involved in gender-based prevention work that aimed to describe (a) the nature of participants' involvement in prevention efforts, in both formal programming and in their daily lives; (b) characteristics of engaged men, including gender and bystander-related attitudes and beliefs, and social networks; and (c) factors that sustain men's involvement in GBV movements over time...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Interpersonal Violence
Hanna M van Dijk, Jane M Cramm, Erwin Birnie, Anna P Nieboer
BACKGROUND: Integrated neighborhood approaches (INAs) are increasingly advocated to reinforce formal and informal community networks and support community-dwelling older people. They aim to augment older people's self-management abilities and engage informal networks before seeking professional support. INAs' effectiveness however remains unknown. We evaluated an INA's effects on older people's (health-related) quality of life (HRQoL) and well-being in Rotterdam. METHODS: We used a matched quasi-experimental design comparing INA with "usual" care and support...
2016: BMC Research Notes
Yuan Ma, Xiangxian Feng, Jing Zhang, Haijun Wang, Jianhui Yuan, Zhifang Li, Yanbo Han, Jianbin Zhang, Feng J He, Graham MacGregor, Yangfeng Wu
OBJECTIVE: To identify the social determinants shaping children's behaviour on salt reduction from a network perspective. DESIGN AND METHOD: School-EduSalt is a cluster-randomized controlled trial carried out in 28 primary schools in northern China involving 279 families (279 children aged 10.1 ± 0.5yrs and 553 adults). A 3.5-month education on salt reduction was delivered to the 14 schools (classes) in the intervention group, of which children and their families achieved a significant reduction in salt intake as measured by 24-hour urine sodium...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Sarah Kooienga, Reshmi L Singh
BACKGROUND: Electronic prescribing (ERx) is the ability for prescriber to send a digital prescription directly to a pharmacist through a dedicated secure network. A number of federally funded incentives such as the health information technology for economic and clinical health (HITECH) and Meaningful Use standards have led to ERx implementation. ERx is an integral part of primary care practice and today most community pharmacies are enabled to accept e-prescriptions. Little is known about the experience of rural pharmacists, primary care providers and patients regarding e-prescribing...
August 25, 2016: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
Carlene J Wilson, Kayla de la Haye, John Coveney, Donna L Hughes, Amanda Hutchinson, Caroline Miller, Ivanka Prichard, Paul Ward, Laura M Koehly
BACKGROUND: Common disease risk clusters in families due to shared genetics, exposure to environmental risk factors, and because many health behaviours are established and maintained in family environments. This randomised controlled trial will test whether the provision of a family health history (FHH) risk assessment tool increases intentions and engagement in health behaviors. Message distribution and collective behavior change within family networks will be mapped using social network analysis...
2016: BMC Public Health
Michael P Hengartner, Silvia Passalacqua, Gisela Heim, Andreas Andreae, Wulf Rössler, Agnes von Wyl
PURPOSE: The aim of this post hoc analysis was to examine self-reported recovery following a post-discharge intervention and to focus on the moderators of this intervention programme. METHODS: RCT using parallel group block randomisation, including 151 patients with ≤3 hospitalisations within the last 3 years, a GAF score ≤60, and aged 18-64 years, assessed at two psychiatric hospitals from Zurich, Switzerland, between September 2011 and February 2014. In the present study, the main outcome was the OQ-45 as assessed prior to discharge from the index hospitalisation and at 12-month follow-up...
September 6, 2016: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
Salman Y Guraya
BACKGROUND: Online social networking sites (SNSs) (e.g., Facebook, MySpace, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube) have emerged as rapidly growing mechanisms to exchange personal and professional information among university students. This research aims to determine the medical students' extent of usage of SNSs for educational purposes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Educational Resources Information Centre (ERIC), Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), the Cochrane library, and Excerpta Medica Data Base (EMBASE) were searched to retrieve articles from 2004 to 2014, applying predefined search terms and inclusion criteria...
July 2016: North American Journal of Medical Sciences
Sonja Marjanovic, Catherine A Lichten, Enora Robin, Sarah Parks, Emma Harte, Calum MacLure, Clare Walton, James Pickett
OBJECTIVES: To identify research support strategies likely to be effective for strengthening the UK's dementia research landscape and ensuring a sustainable and competitive workforce. DESIGN: Interviews and qualitative analysis; systematic internet search to track the careers of 1500 holders of UK doctoral degrees in dementia, awarded during 1970-2013, to examine retention in this research field and provide a proxy profile of the research workforce. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: 40 interviewees based in the UK, whose primary role is or has been in dementia research (34 individuals), health or social care (3) or research funding (3)...
2016: BMJ Open
Annie Banbury, Daniel Chamberlain, Susan Nancarrow, Jared Dart, Len Gray, Lynne Parkinson
Social support is a key component in managing long-term conditions. As people age in their homes, there is a greater risk of social isolation, which can be ameliorated by informal support networks. This study examined the relationship between changes in social support networks for older people living in a regional area following weekly videoconference groups delivered to the home. Between February and June 2014, we delivered 44 weekly group meetings via videoconference to participants in a regional town in Australia...
August 29, 2016: Health & Social Care in the Community
Antonio Castillo-Esparcia, Paloma López-Villafranca
The current study focuses on communication strategies employed by rare disease patient organizations. The aims of these organizations are: educate and inform the public about rare diseases, raise awareness of the problems related to rare diseases, and achieve social legitimacy in order give visibility to their demands. We analyzed the portrayal of rare disease and patient organizations by Spain's major media organizations in terms of circulation and viewership - the press (El País, El Mundo, La Vanguardia,ABC and El Periódico), radio (CadenaSer, Onda Cero, Cope and RNE), and television (Telecinco, Antena 3, La 1, La Sexta, Cuatro) -between 2012 and 2014...
August 2016: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
E Jennifer Edelman, Christopher A Cole, Wanda Richardson, Nicholas Boshnack, Heidi Jenkins, Marjorie S Rosenthal
BACKGROUND: Public health HIV-service providers, including Medical Case Managers (case managers) and Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS) have a key role to play in identifying and addressing clients' complex mental health needs and substance use which contribute to sexual risk behaviors, yet their understanding and its consensus with HIV-infected men who have sex with men (MSM) have not been well characterized. METHODS: Together with an AIDS Service Organization and the Connecticut State Department of Public Health in 2011-2012, we conducted a focus group of case managers (n = 14) and interviewed DIS (n = 7) and HIV-infected MSM (n = 17) in Connecticut...
June 2016: Preventive Medicine Reports
Rochelle F Hanson, Sonja Schoenwald, Benjamin E Saunders, Jason Chapman, Lawrence A Palinkas, Angela D Moreland, Alex Dopp
BACKGROUND: High rates of youth exposure to violence, either through direct victimization or witnessing, result in significant health/mental health consequences and high associated lifetime costs. Evidence-based treatments (EBTs), such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), can prevent and/or reduce these negative effects, yet these treatments are not standard practice for therapists working with children identified by child welfare or mental health systems as needing services...
2016: International Journal of Mental Health Systems
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