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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775924/public-project-success-as-seen-in-a-broad-perspective-lessons-from-a-meta-evaluation-of-20-infrastructure-projects-in-norway
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Gro Holst Volden
Infrastructure projects in developed countries are rarely evaluated ex-post. Despite their number and scope, our knowledge about their various impacts is surprisingly limited. The paper argues that such projects must be assessed in a broad perspective that includes both operational, tactical and strategic aspects, and unintended as well as intended effects. A generic six-criteria evaluation framework is suggested, inspired by a framework frequently used to evaluate development assistance projects. It is tested on 20 Norwegian projects from various sectors (transport, defence, ICT, buildings)...
April 30, 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774970/priming-patient-safety-a-middle-range-theory-of-safety-goal-priming-via-safety-culture-communication
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Patricia S Groves, Jacinda L Bunch
The aim of this paper is discussion of a new middle-range theory of patient safety goal priming via safety culture communication. Bedside nurses are key to safe care, but there is little theory about how organizations can influence nursing behavior through safety culture to improve patient safety outcomes. We theorize patient safety goal priming via safety culture communication may support organizations in this endeavor. According to this theory, hospital safety culture communication activates a previously held patient safety goal and increases the perceived value of actions nurses can take to achieve that goal...
May 18, 2018: Nursing Inquiry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774903/reactivity-studies-of-an-imine-functionalised-phosphaalkene-unusual-electrostatic-and-supramolecular-stabilisation-of-a-%C3%AF-2-%C3%AE-3-phosphorus-motif-via-hydrogen-bonding
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Daniel Morales Salazar, Arvind Kumar Gupta, Andreas Orthaber
A P[double bond, length as m-dash]C heavy-alkene analogue that is unreactive towards the addition of strong acids on its double-bond is presented; instead, a strategically located imine nitrogen on the periphery forms protonated adducts displaying hydrogen bonding interactions. These materials are significantly more stable than the parent species, demonstrating an unprecedented approach towards the stabilisation of a multiple-bonded heavy main group fragment, in this case, a phosphaalkene. An HCl adduct self-assembles with H2O into a dimeric network displaying a discrete quadrilateral hydrogen-bonded arrangement...
May 18, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774895/rational-design-of-a-neutral-ph-functional-and-stable-organic-photocathode
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Laia Francàs, Eric Burns, Ludmilla Steier, Hyojung Cha, Lluís Solà-Hernández, Xiaoe Li, Pabitra Shakya Tuladhar, Roger Bofill, Jordi García-Antón, Xavier Sala, James R Durrant
In this work we lay out design guidelines for catalytically more efficient organic photocathodes achieving stable hydrogen production in neutral pH. We propose an organic photocathode architecture employing a NiO hole selective layer, a PCDTBT:PCBM bulk heterojunction, a compact TiO2 electron selective contact and a RuO2 nanoparticle catalyst. The role of each layer is discussed in terms of durability and function. With this strategically designed organic photocathode we obtain stable photocurrent densities for over 5 h and discuss routes for further performance improvement...
May 18, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774765/-staying-safe-a-narrative-review-of-falls-prevention-in-people-with-parkinson-s-pdsafe
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Sophia Hulbert, Lynn Rochester, Alice Nieuwboer, Vicki Goodwin, Carolyn Fitton, Kim Chivers-Seymour, Ann Ashburn
BACKGROUND: Parkinson's disease demonstrates a spectrum of motor and non-motor symptoms. Falling is common and disabling. Current medical management shows minimal impact to reduce falls or fall-related risk factors, such as deficits in gait, strength, and postural instability. Despite evidence supporting rehabilitation in reducing fall risk factors, the most appropriate intervention to reduce overall fall rate remains inconclusive. This article aims to 1) synthesise current evidence and conceptual models of falls rehabilitation in Parkinson's in a narrative review; and based on this evidence, 2) introduce the treatment protocol used in the falls prevention and multi-centre clinical trial "PDSAFE"...
May 18, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773767/the-role-of-brincidofovir-in-preparation-for-a-potential-smallpox-outbreak
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Scott A Foster, Scott Parker, Randall Lanier
Smallpox (variola) virus is considered a Category A bioterrorism agent due to its ability to spread rapidly and the high morbidity and mortality rates associated with infection. Current recommendations recognize the importance of oral antivirals and call for having at least two smallpox antivirals with different mechanisms of action available in the event of a smallpox outbreak. Multiple antivirals are recommended due in large part to the propensity of viruses to become resistant to antiviral therapy, especially monotherapy...
October 30, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772960/is-music-a-memory-booster-in-normal-aging-the-influence-of-emotion
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Stéphie Ratovohery, Alexia Baudouin, Aude Gachet, Juliette Palisson, Pauline Narme
Age-related differences in episodic memory have been explained by a decrement in strategic encoding implementation. It has been shown in clinical populations that music can be used during the encoding stage as a mnemonic strategy to learn verbal information. The effectiveness of this strategy remains equivocal in older adults (OA). Furthermore, the impact of the emotional valence of the music used has never been investigated in this context. Thirty OA and 24 young adults (YA) learned texts that were either set to music that was positively or negatively valenced, or spoken only...
May 17, 2018: Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772950/systems-thinking-for-assistive-technology-a-commentary-on-the-great-summit
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Malcolm MacLachlan, Marcia Scherer
The area of assistive technology has a long history of technological ingenuity and innovation. In order to ensure that the benefits of assistive technology are equitably distributed across the population and life course, it is necessary to adopt a systemic approach to the area. We describe examples of systems thinking and non-systems thinking across 10 Ps. These Ps are People (or users, as the primary beneficiaries of assistive technology), Policy, Products, Personnel, Provision (as key strategic drivers at systems level); and Procurement, Place, Pace, Promotion and Partnership (as key situational factors for systems)...
May 17, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772940/assistive-technology-and-people-a-position-paper-from-the-first-global-research-innovation-and-education-on-assistive-technology-great-summit
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Deirdre Desmond, Natasha Layton, Jacob Bentley, Fleur Heleen Boot, Johan Borg, Bishnu Maya Dhungana, Pamela Gallagher, Lynn Gitlow, Rosemary Joan Gowran, Nora Groce, Katerina Mavrou, Trish Mackeogh, Rachael McDonald, Cecilia Pettersson, Marcia Scherer
Assistive technology (AT) is a powerful enabler of participation. The World Health Organization's Global Collaboration on Assistive Technology (GATE) programme is actively working towards access to assistive technology for all. Developed through collaborative work as a part of the Global Research, Innovation and Education on Assistive Technology (GREAT) Summit, this position paper provides a "state of the science" view of AT users, conceptualized as "People" within the set of GATE strategic "P"s...
May 17, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772461/quickening-translational-design-of-resorbable-synthetic-vascular-grafts
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Chelsea E T Stowell, Yadong Wang
Traditional tissue-engineered vascular grafts have yet to gain wide clinical use. The difficulty of scaling production of these cell- or biologic-based products has hindered commercialization. In situ tissue engineering bypasses such logistical challenges by using acellular resorbable scaffolds. Upon implant, the scaffolds become remodeled by host cells. This review describes the scientific and translational advantages of acellular, synthetic vascular grafts. It surveys in vivo results obtained with acellular synthetics over their fifty years of technological development...
May 5, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771670/optimal-fault-tolerant-control-for-discrete-time-nonlinear-strict-feedback-systems-based-on-adaptive-critic-design
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Zhanshan Wang, Lei Liu, Yanming Wu, Huaguang Zhang
This paper investigates the problem of optimal fault-tolerant control (FTC) for a class of unknown nonlinear discrete-time systems with actuator fault in the framework of adaptive critic design (ACD). A pivotal highlight is the adaptive auxiliary signal of the actuator fault, which is designed to offset the effect of the fault. The considered systems are in strict-feedback forms and involve unknown nonlinear functions, which will result in the causal problem. To solve this problem, the original nonlinear systems are transformed into a novel system by employing the diffeomorphism theory...
June 2018: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770910/creation-and-implementation-of-an-environmental-scan-to-assess-cancer-genetics-services-at-three-oncology-care-settings
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Erica M Bednar, Michael T Walsh, Ellen Baker, Kimberly I Muse, Holly D Oakley, Rebekah C Krukenberg, Cara S Dresbold, Sandra B Jenkinson, Amanda L Eppolito, Kelly B Teed, Molly H Klein, Nichole A Morman, Elizabeth C Bowdish, Pauline Russ, Emaline E Wise, Julia N Cooper, Michael W Method, John W Henson, Andrew V Grainger, Banu K Arun, Karen H Lu
An environmental scan (ES) is an efficient mixed-methods approach to collect and interpret relevant data for strategic planning and project design. To date, the ES has not been used nor evaluated in the clinical cancer genetics setting. We created and implemented an ES to inform the design of a quality improvement (QI) project to increase the rates of adherence to national guidelines for cancer genetic counseling and genetic testing at three unique oncology care settings (OCS). The ES collected qualitative and quantitative data from reviews of internal processes, past QI efforts, the literature, and each OCS...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770439/increase-of-frontal-neuronal-activity-in-chronic-neglect-after-training-in-virtual-reality
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U Ekman, H Fordell, J Eriksson, N Lenfeldt, A Wåhlin, A Eklund, J Malm
OBJECTIVES: A third of patients with stroke acquire spatial neglect associated with poor rehabilitation outcome. New effective rehabilitation interventions are needed. Scanning training combined with multisensory stimulation to enhance the rehabilitation effect is suggested. In accordance, we have designed a virtual-reality based scanning training that combines visual, audio and sensori-motor stimulation called RehAtt® . Effects were shown in behavioural tests and activity of daily living...
May 16, 2018: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770183/colour-for-behavioural-success
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Birgitta Dresp-Langley, Adam Reeves
Colour information not only helps sustain the survival of animal species by guiding sexual selection and foraging behaviour but also is an important factor in the cultural and technological development of our own species. This is illustrated by examples from the visual arts and from state-of-the-art imaging technology, where the strategic use of colour has become a powerful tool for guiding the planning and execution of interventional procedures. The functional role of colour information in terms of its potential benefits to behavioural success across the species is addressed in the introduction here to clarify why colour perception may have evolved to generate behavioural success...
March 2018: I-Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770085/a-guide-to-publishing-scientific-research-in-the-health-sciences
#15
P Huston, Bck Choi
Effective communication of scientific research is critical to advancing science and optimizing the impact of one's professional work. This article provides a guide on preparing scientific manuscripts for publication in the health sciences. It is geared to health professionals who are starting to report their findings in peer-reviewed journals or who would like to refresh their knowledge in this area. It identifies five key steps. First, adopt best practices in scientific publications, including collaborative writing and ethical reporting...
September 7, 2017: Canada Communicable Disease Report, Relevé des Maladies Transmissibles Au Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770049/pan-canadian-framework-for-action-on-antimicrobial-resistance-and-antimicrobial-use
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Antimicrobial-resistant infections are becoming more frequent and increasingly difficult to treat, and this situation is exacerbated by the widespread use of antimicrobials in both human and veterinary medicine and by the agriculture industry. As part of Canada's coordinated response to addressing antimicrobial resistance (AMR), Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance and Antimicrobial Use: A Pan-Canadian Framework for Action, was released in September 2017. The Framework is a high-level policy document that outlines the strategic objectives, outcomes and opportunities to guide collaborative action on AMR and antimicrobial use (AMU)...
November 2, 2017: Canada Communicable Disease Report, Relevé des Maladies Transmissibles Au Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768930/a-strategic-planning-tool-for-increasing-african-american-blood-donation
#17
Ashley Singleton, Regena Spratling
Historically, African Americans (AAs) have been underrepresented as blood donors. Having a lack of racially diverse blood donors contributes to transfusion complications, particularly in patients with sickle cell disease, who are both disproportionately AA and the recipients of frequent transfusions. Increasing AA blood donation is a complex public health issue. This review article serves to fill a gap in translating research regarding known hindrances and facilitators of AA blood donation to improve real-world donation practice and ultimately, patient outcomes...
May 1, 2018: Health Promotion Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767835/strategic-leadership-will-be-essential-for-dietitian-ehealth-readiness-a-qualitative-study-exploring-dietitian-perspectives-of-ehealth-readiness
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Kirsty Maunder, Karen Walton, Peter Williams, Maree Ferguson, Eleanor Beck
AIM: To explore dietitians' perspectives on the eHealth readiness of Australian dietitians, and to identify strategies to improve eHealth readiness of the profession. METHODS: Dietitians who met the criteria for nutrition informatics experts participated in semi-structured interviews between June 2016 and March 2017. The interviews were recorded and transcribed verbatim. Thematic analysis using coding was undertaken until consensus was reached by the researchers regarding key themes, topics and exemplar quotes...
May 16, 2018: Nutrition & Dietetics: the Journal of the Dietitians Association of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767507/palladium-catalyzed-%C3%AE-allylation-of-secondary-nitroalkanes-with-allylic-alcohols-and-strategic-exploitation-of-seebach-s-reagent-for-the-total-synthesis-of-%C3%A2-adalinine
#19
Chieh-Yu Chang, Yen-Ku Wu
A method is reported for the catalytic direct coupling of allylic alcohols and nitroalkanes. In the allylation process, the synergistic action of palladium complexes and titanium(IV) alkoxide facilitates the formation of nitronate and π-allylpalladium intermediate. In the cases of reluctant allylations, typically with sterically demanding nitroalkanes, we found the addition of substoichiometric amount of DBU greatly facilitates the desired transformation. We also accomplished a total synthesis of (±)-adalinine through a homoallyl nitroalkane derived from Seebach's reagent...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767466/addressing-transboundary-conservation-challenges-through-marine-spatial-prioritization
#20
Elena Gissi, Jennifer McGowan, Chiara Venier, Davide Di Carlo, Francesco Musco, Stefano Menegon, Peter Mackelworth, Tundi Agardy, Hugh Possingham
The Adriatic and Ionian Region (AIR) is an important area for both strategic maritime development and biodiversity conservation in the European Union (EU). However, given that both EU and non-EU countries border the sea, multiple legal and regulatory frameworks operate at different scales which can hinder the coordinated long-term sustainable development of the region. Transboundary marine (or maritime) spatial planning can help overcome these challenges by building consensus on planning objectives and making the trade-offs between biodiversity conservation and its influence on economically important sectors more explicit...
May 16, 2018: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
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