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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103288/child-staff-ratios-in-early-childhood-education-and-care-settings-and-child-outcomes-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Michal Perlman, Brooke Fletcher, Olesya Falenchuk, Ashley Brunsek, Evelyn McMullen, Prakesh S Shah
Child-staff ratios are a key quality indicator in early childhood education and care (ECEC) programs. Better ratios are believed to improve child outcomes by increasing opportunities for individual interactions and educational instruction from staff. The purpose of this systematic review, and where possible, meta-analysis, was to evaluate the association between child-staff ratios in preschool ECEC programs and children's outcomes. Searches of Medline, PsycINFO, ERIC, websites of large datasets and reference sections of all retrieved articles were conducted up to July 3, 2015...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102797/why-undertake-a-pilot-in-a-qualitative-phd-study-lessons-learned-to-promote-success
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Jane Wray, Uduak Archibong, Sean Walton
Background Pilot studies can play an important role in qualitative studies. Methodological and practical issues can be shaped and refined by undertaking pilots. Personal development and researchers' competence are enhanced and lessons learned can inform the development and quality of the main study. However, pilot studies are rarely published, despite their potential to improve knowledge and understanding of the research. Aim To present the main lessons learned from undertaking a pilot in a qualitative PhD study...
January 23, 2017: Nurse Researcher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102792/a-study-exploring-the-protean-responses-of-nurses-transitioning-to-primary-healthcare
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Christine Ashley, Elizabeth Halcomb, Angela Brown
Background Healthcare systems are faced with changing community health profiles and ageing populations. Together with economic considerations, these factors have influenced the increase in provision of care in primary rather than other healthcare settings. Many nurses are electing to move from acute care to meet demands for a skilled primary healthcare workforce. However, little is reported about these nurses' experiences of transition. Aim To describe how role theory provides a theoretical framework to inform the design of a mixed-methods study exploring the transition of acute care nurses to roles in primary health care...
January 23, 2017: Nurse Researcher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102791/an-exemplar-of-naturalistic-inquiry-in-general-practice-research
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Susan McInnes, Kath Peters, Andrew Bonney, Elizabeth Halcomb
Background Before beginning any research project, novice researchers must consider which methodological approach will best address their research questions. The paucity of literature describing a practical application of naturalistic inquiry adds to the difficulty they may experience. Aim To provide a practical example of how naturalistic inquiry was applied to a qualitative study exploring collaboration between registered nurses and general practitioners working in Australian general practice. Discussion Naturalistic inquiry is not without its critics and limitations...
January 23, 2017: Nurse Researcher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102788/applying-heuristic-inquiry-to-nurse-migration-from-the-uk-to-australia
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Caroline Vafeas, Joyce Hendricks
Background Heuristic inquiry is a research approach that improves understanding of the essence of an experience. This qualitative method relies on researchers' ability to discover and interpret their own experience while exploring those of others. Aim To present a discussion of heuristic inquiry's methodology and its application to the experience of nurse migration. Discussion The researcher's commitment to the research is central to heuristic inquiry. It is immersive, reflective, reiterative and a personally-affecting method of gathering knowledge...
January 23, 2017: Nurse Researcher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102768/an-experimental-strategy-validated-to-design-cost-effective-culture-media-based-on-response-surface-methodology
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J L Navarrete-Bolaños, G P Téllez-Martínez, R Miranda-López, H Jiménez-Islas
For any fermentation process, the production cost depends on several factors, such as the genetics of the microorganism, the process condition and the culture medium composition. In this work, a guideline for the design of cost-efficient culture media using a sequential approach based on response surface methodology is described. The procedure was applied to analyze and optimize a culture medium of registered trademark and a base culture medium obtained as a results of the screening analysis from different culture media used to grow the same strain according to the literature...
January 19, 2017: Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099171/an-approach-to-estimate-spatial-distribution-of-analyte-within-cells-using-spectrally-resolved-fluorescence-microscopy
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Dharmendar Kumar Sharma, Mir Irfanullah, Santanu Kumar Basu, Sheri Madhu, Suman De, Sameer Jadhav, Mangalampalli Ravikanth, Arindam Chowdhury
While fluorescence microscopy has become an essential tool amongst chemists and biologists for the detection of various analyte within cellular environments, non-uniform spatial distribution of sensors within cells often restricts extraction of reliable information on relative abundance of analytes in different subcellular regions. As an alternative to existing sensing methodologies such as ratiometric or FRET imaging, where relative proportion of analyte with respect to the sensor can be obtained within cells, we propose a methodology using spectrally-resolved fluorescence microscopy, via which both the relative abundance of sensor as well as their relative proportion with respect to the analyte can be simultaneously extracted for local subcellular regions...
January 18, 2017: Methods and Applications in Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098513/attrition-and-retention-in-upper-limb-prosthetics-research-experience-of-the-va-home-study-of-the-deka-arm
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Linda Resnik, Shana Klinger
PURPOSE: (1) Describe study attrition; (2) identify reasons for attrition, and (3) discuss implications for prosthetic prescription and design of future device studies. Design and methodological procedures used: Completion phase (during in-laboratory training, after training, or home use) was identified for 42 participants. Qualitative data were analyzed to identify attrition reasons. Reasons were classified as related to the DEKA arm, or not. RESULTS: Study attrition was 57%, with 43% completing the full study...
January 18, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097433/early-integration-of-palliative-supportive-cancer-care-healthcare-professionals-perspectives-on-the-support-needs-of-cancer-patients-and-their-caregivers-across-the-cancer-treatment-trajectory
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Amy Rohrmoser, Martina Preisler, Konrad Bär, Anne Letsch, Ute Goerling
PURPOSE: Delivering palliative/supportive cancer care (PSCC) early in the course of cancer care can enhance patients' and caregivers' quality of life, reduce anxiety and depression, and prolong patients' lives. However, their support needs are analyzed insufficiently from viewpoints other than their own. The goal of this study was to explore the perspectives of healthcare professionals on desirable standards of support for tumor patients and caregivers across the cancer treatment trajectory...
January 17, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097174/uncertainty-the-overbearing-lived-experience-of-the-elderly-people-undergoing-hemodialysis-a-qualitative-study
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Robab Sahaf, Ehteram Sadat Ilali, Hamid Peyrovi, Ahmad Ali Akbari Kamrani, Fatemeh Spahbodi
BACKGROUND: The chronic kidney disease is a major health concern. The number of the elderly people with chronic renal failure has increased across the world. Dialysis is an appropriate therapy for the elderly, but it involves certain challenges. The present paper reports uncertainty as part of the elderly experiences of living with hemodialysis. METHODS: This qualitative study applied Max van Manen interpretative phenomenological analysis to explain and explore experiences of the elderly with hemodialysis...
January 2017: International Journal of Community Based Nursing and Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096749/evidence-based-information-needs-of-public-health-workers-a-systematized-review
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REVIEW
Jill Barr-Walker
OBJECTIVE: This study assessed public health workers' evidence-based information needs, based on a review of the literature using a systematic search strategy. This study is based on a thesis project conducted as part of the author's master's in public health coursework and is considered a systematized review. METHODS: Four databases were searched for English-language articles published between 2005 and 2015: PubMed, Web of Science, Library Literature & Information Science Index, and Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA)...
January 2017: Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096737/implementation-of-evidence-on-the-nurse-patient-relationship-in-psychiatric-wards-through-a-mixed-method-design-study-protocol
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Antonio R Moreno-Poyato, Pilar Delgado-Hito, Raquel Suárez-Pérez, Juan M Leyva-Moral, Rosa Aceña-Domínguez, Regina Carreras-Salvador, Juan F Roldán-Merino, Teresa Lluch-Canut, Pilar Montesó-Curto
BACKGROUND: Psychiatric nurses are aware of the importance of the therapeutic relationship in psychiatric units. Nevertheless, a review of the scientific evidence indicates that theoretical knowledge alone is insufficient to establish an adequate therapeutic alliance. Therefore, strategies are required to promote changes to enhance the establishment of the working relationship. The aims of the study are to generate changes in how nurses establish the therapeutic relationship in acute psychiatric units, based on participative action research and to evaluate the effectiveness of the implementation of evidence through this method...
2017: BMC Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096279/a-framework-of-comfort-for-practice-an-integrative-review-identifying-the-multiple-influences-on-patients-experience-of-comfort-in-healthcare-settings
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REVIEW
Cynthia Wensley, Mari Botti, Ann McKillop, Alan F Merry
PURPOSE: Comfort is central to patient experience but the concept of comfort is poorly defined. This review aims to develop a framework representing patients' complex perspective of comfort to inform practice and guide initiatives to improve the quality of healthcare. DATA SOURCES: CINAHL, MEDLINE Complete, PsycINFO and Google Scholar (November 2016); reference lists of included publications. STUDY SELECTION: Qualitative and theoretical studies advancing knowledge about the concept of comfort in healthcare settings...
January 16, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096209/use-of-mixed-methods-research-in-research-on-coronary-artery-disease-diabetes-mellitus-and-hypertension-a-scoping-review
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David J T Campbell, Helen Tam-Tham, Kirnvir K Dhaliwal, Braden J Manns, Brenda R Hemmelgarn, Claudia Sanmartin, Kathryn King-Shier
BACKGROUND: Mixed methods research, the use of both qualitative and quantitative methods within 1 program of study, is becoming increasingly popular to allow investigators to explore patient experiences (qualitative) and also measure outcomes (quantitative). Coronary artery disease and its risk factors are some of the most studied conditions; however, the extent to which mixed methods studies are being conducted in these content areas is unknown. We sought to comprehensively describe the characteristics of published mixed methods studies on coronary artery disease and major risk factors (diabetes mellitus and hypertension)...
January 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095834/barriers-to-venipuncture-induced-pain-prevention-in-cancer-patients-a-qualitative-study
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Marilène Filbet, Philip Larkin, Claire Chabloz, Anne Chirac, Léa Monsarrat, Murielle Ruer, Wadih Rhondali, Cyrille Collin
BACKGROUND: Procedural pain reduces the quality of life of cancer patients. Although there are recommendations for its prevention, there are some obstacles for its management. The purpose of this study was to analyze the barriers to procedural pain prophylaxis in cancer patients reflecting the views of the nurses. METHODS: We used qualitative methodology based on semi-structured interviews conducted with nurses, focusing on practices of venipuncture-induced and needle change for implantable central venous access port (ICVAP) pain management in cancer patients...
January 17, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095545/real-time-high-resolution-in-vivo-characterization-of-superficial-skin-with-microscopy-using-ultraviolet-surface-excitation-muse
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Derek Ho, Farzad Fereidouni, Richard M Levenson, Jared Jagdeo
BACKGROUND: Skin care products make up the largest part (36%) of the cosmetic market globally, of which the United States plays the largest role. In 2015, approximately 115 billion USD was spent globally on skin care products. Skin care products, in contradistinction to pharmaceuticals, are not strictly regulated by the FDA. A key factor for evaluation of a skin care product or topical drug is skin barrier function and effect on super cial skin. Thus, it is critical to have quantitative and qualitative methods to study the effects of skin care products on skin barrier and the super cial skin...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094909/integrated-working-for-enhanced-health-care-in-english-nursing-homes
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Glenda Cook, Anne McNall, Juliana Thompson, Philip Hodgson, Lynne Shaw, Daniel Cowie
BACKGROUND: The increasingly complex nature of care home residents' health status means that this population requires significant multidisciplinary team input from health services. To address this, a multisector and multiprofessional enhanced healthcare programme was implemented in nursing homes across Gateshead Council in Northern England. STUDY AIMS: To explore the views and experiences of practitioners, social care officers, and carers involved in the enhanced health care in care home programme, in order to develop understanding of the service delivery model and associated workforce needs for the provision of health care to older residents...
January 2017: Journal of Nursing Scholarship
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093039/clarifying-the-construct-of-occupational-engagement-for-occupational-therapy-practice
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Jennifer Kennedy, Jane A Davis
Occupational engagement (OE) has been presented as a core construct in occupational therapy; however, its broad conceptualization and confounding definitions are problematic. Clarifying the construct of OE would help occupational therapists to explicate the nature of their practice. The purpose of this study was to explore occupational therapists' perspectives of the construct of OE. Qualitative descriptive methodology was used to collect data using semistructured interviews with nine practicing occupational therapists in the Greater Toronto Area...
January 1, 2017: OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092210/the-insights-of-health-and-welfare-professionals-on-hurdles-that-impede-economic-evaluations-of-welfare-interventions
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J Schepers, J Plaete, I De Bourdeaudhuij, L Annemans, S Simoens
OBJECTIVES: Four hurdles associated with economic evaluations in welfare interventions were identified and discussed in a previous published literature review. These hurdles include (i) 'Ignoring the impact of condition-specific outcomes', (ii) 'Ignoring the impact of QoL externalities', (iii) 'Calculation of costs from a too narrow perspective' and (iv) 'The lack of well-described & standardized interventions'. This study aims to determine how healthcare providers and social workers experience and deal with these hurdles in practice and what solutions or new insights they would suggest...
January 16, 2017: Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090223/to-resect-or-not-to-resect-extrahepatic-bile-duct-in-gallbladder-cancer
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REVIEW
Paschalis Gavriilidis, Alan Askari, Daniel Azoulay
The indications for and limitations of extrahepatic bile duct resection (EHBDR) in the context of gallbladder (GB) cancer are unclear. The purpose of this review was to examine the current literature to determine the impact of EHBDR on loco-regional recurrence and survival in GB cancer. The EMBASE and Medline databases were searched up to February 2016 using the terms: extrahepatic bile duct resection and gallbladder cancer. Studies published in the last 20 years were eligible for inclusion. Given the heterogeneity of the population and the study methodologies employed, qualitative data synthesis in the form of meta-analysis was deemed implausible...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
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