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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326179/mixed-methods-evaluation-of-a-novel-online-sti-results-service
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Jo Gibbs, Catherine R H Aicken, Lorna J Sutcliffe, Voula Gkatzidou, Laura J Tickle, Kate Hone, S Tariq Sadiq, Pam Sonnenberg, Claudia S Estcourt
OBJECTIVES: Evidence on optimal methods for providing STI test results is lacking. We evaluated an online results service, developed as part of an eSexual Health Clinic (eSHC). METHODS: We evaluated the online results service using a mixed-methods approach within large exploratory studies of the eSHC. Participants were chlamydia- positive and negative users of online postal self-sampling services in six National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NCSP) areas and chlamydia-positive patients from two genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics between 21 July 2014 and 13 March 2015...
January 11, 2018: Sexually Transmitted Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29281628/internet-accessed-sexually-transmitted-infection-e-sti-testing-and-results-service-a-randomised-single-blind-controlled-trial
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Emma Wilson, Caroline Free, Tim P Morris, Jonathan Syred, Irrfan Ahamed, Anatole S Menon-Johansson, Melissa J Palmer, Sharmani Barnard, Emma Rezel, Paula Baraitser
BACKGROUND: Internet-accessed sexually transmitted infection testing (e-STI testing) is increasingly available as an alternative to testing in clinics. Typically this testing modality enables users to order a test kit from a virtual service (via a website or app), collect their own samples, return test samples to a laboratory, and be notified of their results by short message service (SMS) or telephone. e-STI testing is assumed to increase access to testing in comparison with face-to-face services, but the evidence is unclear...
December 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29258978/the-effectiveness-of-text-messaging-for-detection-and-management-of-hypertension-in-indigenous-people-in-canada-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Karen Yeates, Norm Campbell, Marion A Maar, Nancy Perkins, Peter Liu, Jessica Sleeth, Carter Smith, Colin McAllister, Diane Hua-Stewart, George Wells, Sheldon W Tobe
BACKGROUND: Hypertension, the leading cause of morbidity and mortality, affects more than 1 billion people and is responsible globally for 10 million deaths annually. Hypertension can be controlled on a national level; in Canada, for example, awareness, treatment, and control improved dramatically from only 16% in 1990 to 66% currently. The ongoing development, dissemination, and implementation of Hypertension Canada's clinical practice guidelines is considered to be responsible, in part, for achieving these high levels of control and the associated improvements in cardiovascular outcomes...
December 19, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29258573/age-related-differences-in-working-hours-among-male-and-female-gps-an-sms-based-time-use-study
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Daniël van Hassel, Lud van der Velden, Dinny de Bakker, Ronald Batenburg
BACKGROUND: In several countries, the number of hours worked by general practitioners (GPs) has decreased, raising concern about current and impending workforce shortages. This shorter working week has been ascribed both to the feminisation of the workforce and to a younger generation of GPs who prefer more flexible working arrangements. There is, however, limited insight into how the impact of these determinants interact. We investigated the relative importance of differences in GPs' working hours in relation to gender, age, and employment position...
December 19, 2017: Human Resources for Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29258499/sms-education-for-the-promotion-of-diabetes-self-management-in-low-middle-income-countries-a-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial-in-egypt
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Haitham Abaza, Michael Marschollek
BACKGROUND: Due to the ubiquity of mobile phones in low and middle income countries, we aimed to examine the feasibility of SMS education among diabetic patients in Egypt, and assess the impact of educational text messages, compared to traditional paper-based methods, on glycemic control and self-management behaviors. METHODS: We conducted a 12-week randomized controlled trial at Misr University for Science & Technology hospital in Cairo-Egypt. Known as MUST diabetes awareness program, patients were included if they had diabetes, owned a mobile phone, and could read SMS messages or lived with someone that could read for them...
December 19, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237584/a-mobile-text-message-intervention-to-reduce-repeat-suicidal-episodes-design-and-development-of-reconnecting-after-a-suicide-attempt-raft
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Mark Erik Larsen, Fiona Shand, Kirsten Morley, Philip J Batterham, Katherine Petrie, Bill Reda, Sofian Berrouiguet, Paul S Haber, Gregory Carter, Helen Christensen
BACKGROUND: Suicide is a leading cause of death, particularly among young people. Continuity of care following discharge from hospital is critical, yet this is a time when individuals often lose contact with health care services. Offline brief contact interventions following a suicide attempt can reduce the number of repeat attempts, and text message (short message service, SMS) interventions are currently being evaluated. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to extend postattempt caring contacts by designing a brief Web-based intervention targeting proximal risk factors and the needs of this population during the postattempt period...
December 13, 2017: JMIR Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237583/high-yield-hiv-testing-facilitated-linkage-to-care-and-prevention-for-female-youth-in-kenya-girls-study-implementation-science-protocol-for-a-priority-population
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Irene Inwani, Nok Chhun, Kawango Agot, Charles M Cleland, Jasmine Buttolph, Harsha Thirumurthy, Ann E Kurth
BACKGROUND: Sub-Saharan Africa is the region with the highest HIV burden. Adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in the age range of 15 to 24 years are twice as likely as their male peers to be infected, making females in sub-Saharan Africa the most at-risk group for HIV infection. It is therefore critical to prioritize access to HIV testing, prevention, and treatment for this vulnerable population. OBJECTIVE: Using an implementation science framework, the purpose of this research protocol was to describe the approaches we propose to optimize engagement of AGYW in both the HIV prevention and care continuum and to determine the recruitment and testing strategies that identify the highest proportion of previously undiagnosed HIV infections...
December 13, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222078/texting-condolences-adapting-mhealth-programs-after-unexpected-pregnancy-and-infant-outcomes
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Jennifer A Unger, John Kinuthia, Grace John-Stewart
Mobile health (mHealth) short message system (SMS) interventions for maternal and child health (MCH) are being implemented globally. In many low- and middle-income settings in which these mHealth interventions are being rolled out, stillbirths and neonatal and infant deaths are common. It is important that mHealth solutions do not exacerbate emotional stress and pain by continuing with routine messaging for pregnancy or infant care when someone has experienced loss. In this brief viewpoint paper, we argue that SMS programs for maternal and child health need to adapt and make available messaging for miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss...
December 8, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219875/ehealth-interventions-for-parents-in-neonatal-intensive-care-units-a-systematic-review
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Justine Dol, Alannah Delahunty-Pike, Sheren Anwar Siani, Marsha Campbell-Yeo
BACKGROUND: As technology becomes increasingly more advanced, particularly video technology and interactive learning platforms, some neonatal intensive care units are embracing electronic health (eHealth) technologies to enhance and expand their family-centered care environments. Despite the emergence of eHealth, there has been a lack of systematic evaluation of its effectiveness thus far. OBJECTIVES: To examine the effect of eHealth interventions used in neonatal intensive care units on parent-related and infant outcomes...
December 2017: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208026/operationalizing-mhealth-to-improve-patient-care-a-qualitative-implementation-science-evaluation-of-the-weltel-texting-intervention-in-canada-and-kenya
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Kevin Louis Bardosh, Melanie Murray, Antony M Khaemba, Kirsten Smillie, Richard Lester
BACKGROUND: Mobile health (mHealth) applications have proliferated across the globe with much enthusiasm, although few have reached scale and shown public health impact. In this study, we explored how different contextual factors influenced the implementation, effectiveness and potential for scale-up of WelTel, an easy-to-use and evidence-based mHealth intervention. WelTel uses two-way SMS communication to improve patient adherence to medication and engagement in care, and has been developed and tested in Canada and Kenya...
December 6, 2017: Globalization and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202768/assessing-the-precision-of-a-time-sampling-based-study-among-gps-balancing-sample-size-and-measurement-frequency
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Daniël van Hassel, Lud van der Velden, Dinny de Bakker, Lucas van der Hoek, Ronald Batenburg
BACKGROUND: Our research is based on a technique for time sampling, an innovative method for measuring the working hours of Dutch general practitioners (GPs), which was deployed in an earlier study. In this study, 1051 GPs were questioned about their activities in real time by sending them one SMS text message every 3 h during 1 week. The required sample size for this study is important for health workforce planners to know if they want to apply this method to target groups who are hard to reach or if fewer resources are available...
December 4, 2017: Human Resources for Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162148/text-messages-to-increase-attendance-to-follow-up-cervical-cancer-screening-appointments-among-hpv-positive-tanzanian-women-connected2care-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Ditte S Linde, Marianne S Andersen, Julius D Mwaiselage, Rachel Manongi, Susanne K Kjaer, Vibeke Rasch
BACKGROUND: Cervical cancer is a major health concern in Tanzania, caused by poor attendance for cervical cancer screening and follow-up of women at risk. Mobile telephone health interventions are proven effective tools to improve health behaviour in African countries. So far, no knowledge exists on how such interventions may perform in relation to cervical cancer screening in low-income settings. This study aims to assess the degree to which a Short Message Service (SMS) intervention can increase attendance at appointments among women who have tested positive for high-risk (HR) Human Papillomavirus (HPV) during cervical cancer screening...
November 21, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149194/understanding-linkage-to-care-with-hiv-self-test-approach-in-lusaka-zambia-a-mixed-method-approach
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Jenala Chipungu, Samuel Bosomprah, Arianna Zanolini, Harsha Thimurthy, Roma Chilengi, Anjali Sharma, Charles B Holmes
INTRODUCTION: HIV self-testing (HIVST) is a novel approach designed to assist in achieving the goal of at least 90% of the population that learn their HIV status. A self-test user with a positive test is required to visit a clinic to link into HIV care, yet little is known about patient preferences for linkage strategies. We examined the intention to link to care amongst potential HIVST users and the suitability of three linkage to care strategies in Lusaka Province, Zambia. METHODS: We conducted a representative cross sectional survey of 1,617 individuals aged 16-49 years old in Lusaka Province...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145854/burnout-in-medical-students-a-systematic-review-of-experiences-in-chinese-medical-schools
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Wang Michael Chunming, Reema Harrison, Raina MacIntyre, Joanna Travaglia, Chinthaka Balasooriya
BACKGROUND: To identify the: extent to which medical students in China experience burnout; factors contributing to this; potential solutions to reduce and prevent burnout in this group; and the extent to which the experiences of Chinese students reflect the international literature. METHODS: Systematic review and narrative synthesis. Key words, synonyms and subject headings were used to search five electronic databases in addition to manual searching of relevant journals...
November 16, 2017: BMC Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145544/blast-sms-text-messaging-to-facilitate-enrollment-for-cleft-lip-and-palate-surgery-in-zimbabwe
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David A Shaye, Faith C Muchemwa, Aleck Gonga, Travis T Tollefson
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November 16, 2017: JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143910/the-effect-of-sms-text-message-reminders-on-attendance-at-a-community-adult-mental-health-service-clinic-do-sms-reminders-really-increase-attendance
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Lucy Moran, Kieran O'Loughlin, Brendan D Kelly
BACKGROUND: Non-attendance at outpatient clinics is common and costly. AIMS: This study aimed to determine if sending SMS ('short message service' or text message) reminders to patients before appointments reduced non-attendance. METHODS: We collected outpatient data at Ballyfermot and Lucan Community Adult Mental Health Service, Dublin, Ireland during 6-month periods (a) immediately prior to the introduction of SMS reminders for outpatient appointments; (b) immediately following the introduction of SMS reminders; and (c) two and a half years later...
November 16, 2017: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138192/prospective-daily-diary-study-reporting-of-any-and-all-symptoms-in-healthy-adults-in-pakistan-prevalence-and-response
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Mudassir Anwar, James A Green, Pauline Norris, Nadeem Irfan Bukhari
OBJECTIVES: Prevalence of symptoms in everyday life and how people respond to these symptoms is little studied outside Western culture and developed countries. We sought to use modified diary methods to explore the prevalence of and responses to symptoms in Pakistan. DESIGN: Prospective daily survey of symptoms and response. SETTING: 8 cities across four provinces in Pakistan. PARTICIPANTS: Stratified intercept in each city to recruit 153 participants of which 151 completed...
November 14, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133488/randomized-controlled-trial-of-text-message-reminders-for-increasing-influenza-vaccination
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Annette K Regan, Lauren Bloomfield, Ian Peters, Paul V Effler
PURPOSE: Seasonal influenza vaccine is recommended and funded for groups at higher risk of serious infection, but uptake is suboptimal. We conducted a randomized controlled trial of short message service (SMS) reminders for influenza vaccination. METHODS: Six weeks after seasonal influenza vaccinations began, we identified high-risk patients who had a mobile telephone number on record at 10 practices in Western Australia. Thirty-two percent of the selected patients had already been vaccinated in the current year and were ineligible...
November 2017: Annals of Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116028/prenacel-a-mhealth-messaging-system-to-complement-antenatal-care-a-cluster-randomized-trial
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Lívia Oliveira-Ciabati, Carolina Sales Vieira, Ana Carolina Arruda Franzon, Domingos Alves, Fabiani Spessoto Zaratini, Giordana Campos Braga, Jazmin Andrea Cifuentes Sanchez, Lívia Pimenta Bonifácio, Magna Santos Andrade, Mariana Fernandes, Silvana Maria Quintana, Suzi Volpato Fabio, Vicky Nogueira Pileggi, Elisabeth Meloni Vieira, João Paulo Souza
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to determine whether PRENACEL (a bi-directional, mobile-phone based, short text message service (SMS)) increases the coverage of recommended antenatal care (ANC) practices. METHODS: A parallel, cluster-randomized trial in which 20 public primary Health Care Units (PHCUs) were randomly allocated to the intervention (10 PHCUs) or control (10 PHCUs) group. The study population included pregnant women aged 18 or above with a gestational age of 20 weeks or less...
November 7, 2017: Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115992/role-of-mhealth-applications-for-improving-antenatal-and-postnatal-care-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-a-systematic-review
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Anam Feroz, Shagufta Perveen, Wafa Aftab
BACKGROUND: From 1990 to 2015, the number of maternal deaths globally has dropped by 43%. Despite this, progress in attaining MDG 5 is not remarkable in LMICs. Only 52% of pregnant women in LMICs obtain WHO recommended minimum of four antenatal consultations and the coverage of postnatal care is relatively poor. In recent years, the increased cellphone penetration has brought the potential for mHealth to improve preventive maternal healthcare services. The objective of this review is to assess the effectiveness of mHealth solutions on a range of maternal health outcomes by categorizing the interventions according to the types of mHealth applications...
November 7, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
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