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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455228/numeracy-health-literacy-cognition-and-30-day-readmissions-among-patients-with-heart-failure
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Madeline R Sterling, Monika M Safford, Kathryn Goggins, Sam K Nwosu, Jonathan S Schildcrout, Kenneth A Wallston, Amanda S Mixon, Russell L Rothman, Sunil Kripalani
BACKGROUND: Numeracy, health literacy, and cognition are important for chronic disease management. Prior studies have found them to be associated with poorer selfcare and worse clinical outcomes, but limited data exists in the context of heart failure (HF), a condition that requires patients to monitor their weight, fluid intake, and dietary salt, especially in the posthospitalization period. OBJECTIVE: To examine the relationship between numeracy, health literacy, and cognition with 30-day readmissions among patients hospitalized for acute decompensated HF (ADHF)...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29436309/are-perceived-prevalences-of-infection-also-biased-and-how-lessons-from-large-epidemics-of-mosquito-borne-diseases-in-tropical-regions
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Jocelyn Raude, Patrick Peretti-Watel, Jeremy Ward, Claude Flamand, Pierre Verger
BACKGROUND: Although people are likely to underestimate the frequencies of risks to health from common diseases and overestimate those from rare diseases, we still do not know much about reasons for this systematic bias, which is also referred to as "primary bias" in the literature. In this study, we take advantage of a series of large epidemics of mosquito-borne diseases to examine the accuracy of judgments of risk frequencies. In this aim, we assessed the perceived v. observed prevalence of infection by Zika, chikungunya or dengue fever during these outbreaks, as well as their variations among different subpopulations and epidemiological settings...
February 1, 2018: Medical Decision Making: An International Journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29397470/numbers-in-action-individual-differences-and-interactivity-in-mental-arithmetic
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Lisa G Guthrie, Frédéric Vallée-Tourangeau
Previous research indicates that interactive arithmetic tasks may alleviate the deleterious impact of maths anxiety on arithmetic performance. Our aim here was to further test the impact of interactivity on maths-anxious individuals and those with poorer numeracy skills. In the experiment reported here participants completed sums in two interactivity contexts. In a low-interactivity condition, sums were completed with hands down. In a second, high-interactivity condition, participants used moveable number tokens...
February 3, 2018: Cognitive Processing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29393593/don-t-know-responses-to-cognitive-and-affective-risk-perception-measures-exploring-prevalence-and-socio-demographic-moderators
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Eva Janssen, Philippe Verduyn, Erika A Waters
OBJECTIVES: Many people report uncertainty when appraising their risk of cancer and other diseases, but prior research about the topic has focused solely on cognitive risk perceptions. We investigated uncertainty related to cognitive and affective risk questions. We also explored whether any differences in uncertainty between cognitive and affective questions varied in magnitude by item-specific or socio-demographic characteristics. DESIGN: Secondary analysis of data collected for a 2 × 2 × 3 full-factorial risk communication experiment (N = 835) that was embedded within an online survey...
February 2, 2018: British Journal of Health Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29393519/investigating-the-relationship-between-two-home-numeracy-measures-a-questionnaire-and-observations-during-lego-building-and-book-reading
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Belde Mutaf Yildiz, Delphine Sasanguie, Bert De Smedt, Bert Reynvoet
Home numeracy has been defined as the parent-child interactions that include experiences with numerical content in daily-life settings. Previous studies have commonly operationalized home numeracy either via questionnaires or via observational methods. These studies have shown that both types of measures are positively related to variability in children's mathematical skills. This study investigated whether these distinctive data collection methods index the same aspect of home numeracy. The frequencies of home numeracy activities and parents' opinions about their children's mathematics education were assessed via a questionnaire...
February 2, 2018: British Journal of Developmental Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29392084/cardiovascular-risk-factors-are-correlated-with-low-cognitive-function-among-older-adults-across-europe-based-on-the-share-database
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Joana Lourenco, Antonio Serrano, Alice Santos-Silva, Marcos Gomes, Claudia Afonso, Paula Freitas, Constanca Paul, Elisio Costa
Increased life expectancy is associated with a high prevalence of chronic, non-communicable diseases including cognitive decline and dementia. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of cognitive impairment using three cognitive abilities (verbal fluency, numeracy and perceived memory) and their association with cardiovascular risk factors in seniors across Europe. Data from participants in wave 4 of the SHARE (Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe) database was used. Cognitive performance in perceived memory, verbal fluency and numeracy was evaluated using simple tests and a memory complaints questionnaire...
February 2018: Aging and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29357112/icon-arrays-help-younger-children-s-proportional-reasoning
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Azzurra Ruggeri, Laurianne Vagharchakian, Fei Xu
We investigated the effects of two context variables, presentation format (icon arrays or numerical frequencies) and time limitation (limited or unlimited time), on the proportional reasoning abilities of children aged 7 and 10 years, as well as adults. Participants had to select, between two sets of tokens, the one that offered the highest likelihood of drawing a gold token, that is, the set of elements with the greater proportion of gold tokens. Results show that participants performed better in the unlimited time condition...
January 22, 2018: British Journal of Developmental Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353530/understanding-how-afghan-women-utilise-a-gender-transformative-and-economic-empowerment-intervention-a-qualitative-study
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Andrew Gibbs, Rachel Jewkes, Fazal Karim, Frozan Marofi, Julienne Corboz
The processes through which women's economic empowerment interventions are envisaged to improve women's health are strongly embedded in notions of building women's agency and autonomy. Yet despite the ubiquity of such interventions, there remains incredibly little qualitative work exploring how women actually utilise interventions to reshape their lives and wellbeing. Drawing on 9 focus groups discussions among 52 women who participated in the Women for Women International intervention in Afghanistan, an economic strengthening and social empowerment intervention, we explore processes of change...
January 22, 2018: Global Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345488/risky-business-correlation-and-causation-in-longitudinal-studies-of-skill-development
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Drew H Bailey, Greg J Duncan, Tyler Watts, Doug H Clements, Julie Sarama
Developmental theories often posit that changes in children's early psychological characteristics will affect much later psychological, social, and economic outcomes. However, tests of these theories frequently yield results that are consistent with plausible alternative theories that posit a much smaller causal role for earlier levels of these psychological characteristics. Our article explores this issue with empirical tests of skill-building theories, which predict that early boosts to simpler skills (e...
January 2018: American Psychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342509/the-influence-of-explanatory-images-on-risk-perceptions-and-treatment-preference
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Raluca Cozmuta, Evan Wilhelms, Diana Cornell, Julia Nolte, Valerie Reyna, Liana Fraenkel
OBJECTIVE: To examine whether providing patients a series of balance scales (BS) depicting a reciprocal relationship between achieving disease control and increasing the risk of infection influences treatment preference. METHODS: Participants were randomized to receive a description of a medication in which risk of infection was described using one of four formats: numbers only, numbers + icon array (IA), numbers + BS, or numbers + IA + BS (i.e. combination). We compared the likelihood of starting the medication across the four formats, and whether the influence of risk formats varied by numeracy and gist risk appraisals...
January 17, 2018: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320340/lung-cancer-screening-uncertainty-among-patients-undergoing-ldct
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Daniel L Hall, Inga T Lennes, Alaina Carr, Justin R Eusebio, Gloria Y Yeh, Elyse R Park
OBJECTIVES: Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death, yet lung screening remains underutilized. Lung cancer screening uncertainty (LCSU), including referral clarity and the perceived accuracy of screening, may hinder utilization and represent an unmet psychosocial need. This study sought to identify correlates of LCSU among lung screening patients. METHODS: Current and former smokers (N = 169) completed questionnaires assessing LCSU, sociodemographic variables, objective and subjective numeracy, stress, and anxiety, as part of a cross-sectional study of lung screening patients at an academic hospital...
January 1, 2018: American Journal of Health Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318611/the-influence-of-number-line-estimation-precision-and-numeracy-on-risky-financial-decision-making
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Inkyung Park, Soohyun Cho
This study examined whether different aspects of mathematical proficiency influence one's ability to make adaptive financial decisions. "Numeracy" refers to the ability to process numerical and probabilistic information and is commonly reported as an important factor which contributes to financial decision-making ability. The precision of mental number representation (MNR), measured with the number line estimation (NLE) task has been reported to be another critical factor. This study aimed to examine the contribution of these mathematical proficiencies while controlling for the influence of fluid intelligence, math anxiety and personality factors...
January 10, 2018: International Journal of Psychology: Journal International de Psychologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317189/the-association-of-health-literacy-with-illness-perceptions-medication-beliefs-and-medication-adherence-among-individuals-with-type-2-diabetes
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Olayinka O Shiyanbola, Elizabeth Unni, Yen-Ming Huang, Cameron Lanier
BACKGROUND: Beliefs in medications and illness perceptions is associated with medication adherence among individuals with diabetes and several adherence interventions focus on patients' beliefs in medicines and illnesses. Though health literacy is important in medication adherence, the relationship between health literacy and medication adherence remains inconclusive; thus raising the question as to whether health literacy has an amplifying or reducing effect on the relationship between beliefs and adherence...
December 13, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29301911/neonatal-morbidity-at-term-early-child-development-and-school-performance-a-population-study
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Jason P Bentley, Francisco J Schneuer, Samantha J Lain, Andrew J Martin, Adrienne Gordon, Natasha Nassar
OBJECTIVES: Investigate the association between severe neonatal morbidity (SNM) and child development and school performance among term infants. METHODS: The study population included term infants without major congenital conditions born between 2000 and 2007 in New South Wales, Australia, with a linked record of developmental assessment at ages 4 to 6 years in 2009 or 2012 (n = 144 535) or school performance at ages 7 to 9 years from 2009 to 2014 (n = 253 447)...
January 4, 2018: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29284055/impact-of-numeracy-on-understanding-of-prostate-cancer-risk-reduction-in-psa-screening
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Kevin Koo, Charles D Brackett, Ellen H Eisenberg, Kelly A Kieffer, Elias S Hyams
Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening for prostate cancer in men of average risk remains controversial. Patients' ability to incorporate risk reduction data into their decision-making may depend on their numeracy. We assessed the impact of patients' numeracy on their understanding of the risk reduction benefits of PSA screening. Men attending a general internal medicine clinic were invited to complete a survey. Four versions of the survey each included a three-item numeracy test and PSA risk reduction data, framed one of four ways: absolute (ARR) versus relative risk reduction (RRR), with or without baseline risk (BR)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29259564/the-impact-of-school-climate-and-school-identification-on-academic-achievement-multilevel-modeling-with-student-and-teacher-data
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Sophie Maxwell, Katherine J Reynolds, Eunro Lee, Emina Subasic, David Bromhead
School climate is a leading factor in explaining student learning and achievement. Less work has explored the impact of both staff and student perceptions of school climate raising interesting questions about whether staff school climate experiences can add "value" to students' achievement. In the current research, multiple sources were integrated into a multilevel model, including staff self-reports, student self-reports, objective school records of academic achievement, and socio-economic demographics. Achievement was assessed using a national literacy and numeracy tests (N = 760 staff and 2,257 students from 17 secondary schools)...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29246567/the-nutrition-literacy-assessment-instrument-is-a-valid-and-reliable-measure-of-nutrition-literacy-in-adults-with-chronic-disease
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Heather D Gibbs, Edward F Ellerbeck, Byron Gajewski, Chuanwu Zhang, Debra K Sullivan
OBJECTIVE: To test the reliability and validity of the Nutrition Literacy Assessment Instrument (NLit) in adult primary care and identify the relationship between nutrition literacy and diet quality. DESIGN: This instrument validation study included a cross-sectional sample participating in up to 2 visits 1 month apart. SETTING/PARTICIPANTS: A total of 429 adults with nutrition-related chronic disease were recruited from clinics and a patient registry affiliated with a Midwestern university medical center...
December 12, 2017: Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237744/change-in-cognitive-function-in-the-month-after-hospitalization-for-acute-coronary-syndromes-findings-from-trace-core-transition-risks-and-actions-in-coronary-events-center-for-outcomes-research-and-education
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Jane S Saczynski, David D McManus, Molly E Waring, Darleen Lessard, Milena D Anatchkova, Jerry H Gurwitz, Jeroan Allison, Arlene S Ash, Richard H McManus, David C Parish, Robert J Goldberg, Catarina I Kiefe
BACKGROUND: Cognitive function is often impaired during hospitalization, but whether this impairment resolves or persists after discharge is unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS: We enrolled (April 2011-May 2013) and interviewed during hospitalization and 1-month post-discharge 1521 nondemented acute coronary syndrome survivors enrolled in TRACE (Transitions, Risks and Actions in Coronary Events). Cognitive function was assessed using the Telephone Interview of Cognitive Status (range: 0-41) at both time points...
December 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236073/reduced-educational-outcomes-persist-into-adolescence-following-mild-iodine-deficiency-in-utero-despite-adequacy-in-childhood-15-year-follow-up-of-the-gestational-iodine-cohort-investigating-auditory-processing-speed-and-working-memory
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Kristen L Hynes, Petr Otahal, John R Burgess, Wendy H Oddy, Ian Hay
There is increasing evidence that even mild gestational iodine deficiency (GID) results in adverse neurocognitive impacts on offspring. It's unclear, however, if these persist long-term and whether they can be ameliorated by iodine sufficiency in childhood. We followed a unique cohort (Gestational Iodine Cohort, n = 266) where gestation occurred during a period of mild population iodine deficiency, with children subsequently growing-up in an iodine replete environment. We investigated whether associations between mild GID and reductions in literacy outcomes, observed at age 9-years, persisted into adolescence...
December 13, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29235506/differential-contributions-of-the-middle-frontal-gyrus-functional-connectivity-to-literacy-and-numeracy
#20
Maki S Koyama, David O'Connor, Zarrar Shehzad, Michael P Milham
Literacy and numeracy equally affect an individual's success in and beyond schools, but these two competencies tend to be separately examined, particularly in neuroimaging studies. The current resting-state fMRI study examined the neural correlates of literacy and numeracy in the same sample of healthy adults. We first used an exploratory "Multivariate Distance Matrix Regression" (MDMR) approach to examine intrinsic functional connectivity (iFC), highlighting the middle frontal gyrus (MFG) for both competencies...
December 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
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