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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818966/meta-analysis-using-individual-participant-data-from-randomised-trials-opportunities-and-limitations-created-by-access-to-raw-data
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Ewelina RogoziƄska, Nadine Marlin, Shakila Thangaratinam, Khalid S Khan, Javier Zamora
Meta-analysis based on individual participant data (IPD), often described as the 'gold standard' for effectiveness evidence synthesis, is increasingly being deployed despite being more resource intensive than collating study-level results. Its professed virtues include the ability to incorporate unreported data and to standardise variables and their definitions across trials. In reality, the unreported data, although present in shared datasets, might still not be usable in the analysis. The characteristics of trial participants and their outcomes may be too diversely captured for harmonisation and too time and resource consuming to standardise...
August 17, 2017: Evidence-based Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818817/insights-from-flutracking-thirteen-tips-to-growing-a-web-based-participatory-surveillance-system
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Craig Dalton, Sandra Carlson, Michelle Butler, Daniel Cassano, Stephen Clarke, John Fejsa, David Durrheim
Flutracking is a weekly Web-based survey of influenza-like illness (ILI) in Australia that has grown from 400 participants in 2006 to over 26,000 participants every week in 2016. Flutracking monitors both the transmission and severity of ILI across Australia by documenting symptoms (cough, fever, and sore throat), time off work or normal duties, influenza vaccination status, laboratory testing for influenza, and health seeking behavior. Recruitment of Flutrackers commenced via health department and other organizational email systems, and then gradually incorporated social media promotion and invitations from existing Flutrackers to friends to enhance participation...
August 17, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818350/candidate-quality-measures-for-hand-surgery
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PURPOSE: Quality measures are tools used by physicians, health care systems, and payers to evaluate performance, monitor the outcomes of interventions, and inform quality improvement efforts. A paucity of quality measures exist that address hand surgery care. We completed a RAND/UCLA (University of California Los Angeles) Delphi Appropriateness process with the goal of developing and evaluating candidate hand surgery quality measures to be used for national quality measure development efforts...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817940/-confirming-the-utility-of-raisus-antifungal-susceptibility-testing-by-new-software
#4
Tomoko Ono, Hiroyuki Suematsu, Haruki Sawamura, Yuka Yamagishi, Hiroshige Mikamo
Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) methods for susceptibility tests of yeast are used in Japan. On the other hand, the methods have some disadvantage; 1) reading at 24 and 48 h, 2) using unclear scale, approximately 50% inhibition, to determine MICs, 3) calculating trailing growth and paradoxical effects. These makes it difficult to test the susuceptibility for yeasts. Old software of RAISUS, Ver. 6.0 series, resolved problem 1) and 2) but did not resolve problem 3). Recently, new software of RAISUS, Ver...
August 15, 2017: JARMAM: Journal of the Association for Rapid Method and Automation in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816805/development-of-a-mobile-app-for-family-planning-providers
#5
Viannella Halsall, Jennifer Rogers, Jacki Witt, Sejun Song, Hoang Duc Huy Nguyen, Patricia Kelly
PURPOSE: To provide an overview of lessons learned during the development process of an app for iOS and Android based on national recommendations for providing quality family planning services. STUDY AND DESIGN: After a review of existing apps was conducted to determine whether an app of clinical recommendations for family planning existed, a team of clinicians, training specialists, and app developers created a resource app by first drafting a comprehensive content map...
September 2017: MCN. the American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816091/mobile-three-dimensional-visualisation-technologies-for-clinician-led-fall-prevention-assessments
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Julian Hamm, Arthur G Money, Anita Atwal, Gheorghita Ghinea
The assistive equipment provision process is routinely carried out with patients to mitigate fall risk factors via the fitment of assistive equipment within the home. However, currently, over 50% of assistive equipment is abandoned by the patients due to poor fit between the patient and the assistive equipment. This paper explores clinician perceptions of an early stage three-dimensional measurement aid prototype, which provides enhanced assistive equipment provision process guidance to clinicians. Ten occupational therapists trialled the three-dimensional measurement aid prototype application; think-aloud and semi-structured interview data was collected...
August 1, 2017: Health Informatics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815147/triangulating-methodologies-from-software-medicine-and-human-factors-industries-to-measure-usability-and-clinical-efficacy-of-medication-data-visualization-in-an-electronic-health-record-system
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Bora Chang, Manoj Kanagaraj, Ben Neely, Noa Segall, Erich Huang
Within the last decade, use of Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems has become intimately integrated into healthcare practice in the United States. However, large gaps remain in the study of clinical usability and require rigorous and innovative approaches for testing usability principles. In this study, validated tools from the core functions that EHRs serve-software, medicine and human factors-were combined to holistically understand and objectively measure usability of medication data displays. The first phase of this study included 132 medical trainee participants who were randomized to one of two simulated EHR environments with either a medication list or a medication timeline visualization...
2017: AMIA Summits on Translational Science Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815142/a-data-capture-framework-for-large-scale-interventional-studies-with-survey-workflow-management
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Shiqiang Tao, Ningzhou Zeng, Xi Wu, Xiaojin Li, Wei Zhu, Licong Cui, G Q Zhang
Capturing high-quality survey data is an arduous process for large-scale and extensive interventional studies. This paper presents the architecture, interface design, and an innovative form generation engine of a system called RE- Form: Refactorized Electronic Web Forms. REForm provides researchers the capability to design and manage surveys and the flexibility to organize them in a customizable workflow. REForm has been designed, implemented, pilot-tested and deployed for an NCI-funded interventional study IMPACT...
2017: AMIA Summits on Translational Science Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815107/introducing-a-comprehensive-informatics-framework-to-promote-breast-cancer-risk-assessment-and-chemoprevention-in-the-primary-care-setting
#9
Joseph Finkelstein, Jeffrey Wood, Katherine D Crew, Rita Kukafka
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in the United States, and current routine screening prevention methods are costly and expose patients to unnecessary risks of overtreatment. The utilization of a risk-based stratification model, genetic testing, and chemoprevention could decrease the incidence of invasive breast cancer but uptake has been low among high-risk women. The goal of this project was to implement a comprehensive informatics framework to promote breast cancer risk assessment and chemoprevention in the primary care setting that was informed by potential user feedback...
2017: AMIA Summits on Translational Science Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814991/feasibility-of-using-telehealth-to-deliver-the-powerful-tools-for-caregivers-program
#10
Katrina M Serwe, Gayle I Hersch, Karen Pancheri
Caregivers report poorer health and wellness than the general population and identify numerous barriers to their attending programs to improve health and wellness. The purpose of this study was to explore the feasibility of employing a telehealth delivery method to enhance access to caregiver wellness programs. This article presents the quantitative results of a mixed methods feasibility study of translating the Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC) program to a telehealth delivery format. Four unpaid family caregivers of older adults participated in a telehealth delivered PTC program, a wellness program with established outcomes in the in-person environment...
2017: International Journal of Telerehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814839/acceptance-and-usability-of-a-home-based-monitoring-tool-of-health-indicators-in-children-of-people-with-dementia-a-proof-of-principle-pop-study
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April Bcg Boessen, Joan Vermeulen, Luc P de Witte
BACKGROUND: Large-scale cohort studies are needed to confirm the relation between dementia and its possible risk factors. The inclusion of people with dementia in research is a challenge, however, children of people with dementia are at risk and are highly motivated to participate in dementia research. For technologies to support home-based data collection during large-scale studies, participants should be able and willing to use technology for a longer period of time. OBJECTIVE: This study investigated acceptance and usability of iVitality, a research platform for home-based monitoring of dementia health indicators, in 151 children of people with dementia and investigated which frequency of measurements is acceptable for them...
2017: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814053/mobio-a-5-dof-trans-humeral-robotic-prosthesis
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R Achintha M Abayasiri, D G Kanishka Madusanka, N M P Arachchige, A T S Silva, R A R C Gopura
In this paper, a 5 DOF trans-humeral robotic prosthesis: MoBio is proposed. MoBio includes 2 DOF at wrist which is rare in other trans-humeral prostheses. Through anthropometric features MoBio prosthetic arm can achieve elbow flexion/extension, forearm supination/pronation, wrist radial/ulnar deviation, wrist flexion/extension and compound motion of thumb and index finger. An EMG based control method which uses EMG signals of the biceps brachii and triceps brachii, is used with a motion switching mechanism to control the prosthesis...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813952/comparative-performance-analysis-of-m-imu-emg-and-voice-user-interfaces-for-assistive-robots
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Clemente Laureiti, Francesca Cordella, Francesco Scotto di Luzio, Stefano Saccucci, Angelo Davalli, Rinaldo Sacchetti, Loredana Zollo
People with a high level of disability experience great difficulties to perform activities of daily living and resort to their residual motor functions in order to operate assistive devices. The commercially available interfaces used to control assistive manipulators are typically based on joysticks and can be used only by subjects with upper-limb residual mobilities. Many other solutions can be found in the literature, based on the use of multiple sensory systems for detecting the human motion intention and state...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813950/feasibility-of-using-sphero-in-rehabilitation-of-children-with-autism-in-social-and-communication-skills
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Shadan Golestan, Pegah Soleiman, Hadi Moradi
The majority of children with autism face difficulties in social interaction and communication skills. Consequently, in this paper we present a pilot study in which we explored the usability of Sphero(TM) as a rehabilitation tool for developing social and communication skills. We designed an interactive scenario where children with autism should verbally control the robot and utter voice commands. Our observations show that the children were very interested to interact with the robot in the given framework...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813934/a-hybrid-brain-machine-interface-based-on-eeg-and-emg-activity-for-the-motor-rehabilitation-of-stroke-patients
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Andrea Sarasola-Sanz, Nerea Irastorza-Landa, Eduardo Lopez-Larraz, Carlos Bibian, Florian Helmhold, Doris Broetz, Niels Birbaumer, Ander Ramos-Murguialday
Including supplementary information from the brain or other body parts in the control of brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) has been recently proposed and investigated. Such enriched interfaces are referred to as hybrid BMIs (hBMIs) and have been proven to be more robust and accurate than regular BMIs for assistive and rehabilitative applications. Electromyographic (EMG) activity is one of the most widely utilized biosignals in hBMIs, as it provides a quite direct measurement of the motion intention of the user...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813930/bemobil-developing-a-user-friendly-and-motivating-telerehabilitation-system-for-motor-relearning-after-stroke
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Michael Minge, Ekaterina Ivanova, Katharina Lorenz, Gesche Joost, Manfred Thuring, Jorg Kruger
Motor relearning after stroke is a lengthy process which should be continued after patients get discharged from the clinic. This project aims at developing a system for telerehabilitation which enables stroke patients to exercise at home autonomously or under supervision of a therapist. The system includes haptic therapy devices which are more promising and beneficial for stroke rehabilitation than non-haptic approaches. In this paper, we present the results of two initial studies investigating specific design solutions for the patient's user interface...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813889/design-of-a-clinically-relevant-upper-limb-exoskeleton-robot-for-stroke-patients-with-spasticity
#17
Dong Jin Lee, Sung Jin Bae, Sung Ho Jang, Pyung Hun Chang
The purpose of this research is to propose a design of a clinically relevant upper-limb (hand, wrist, and elbow) exoskeleton that meets the clinical requirements. At first, the proposed robot was designed to have sufficient torque for passive exercise therapy and spasticity measurement of post-stroke patients with spasticity (grade 3 or lower in Modified Ashworth Scale). Because the therapy of patients with high level spasticity could be laborious for therapists by increased muscle tone, and the patients tend not to get enough rehabilitation treatment...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813802/movement-therapy-without-moving-first-results-on-isometric-movement-training-for-post-stroke-rehabilitation-of-arm-function
#18
A Melendez-Calderon, E Rodrigues, K Thielbar, J L Patton
This study explores the use of isometric movement training for arm rehabilitation after stroke. The aim of this approach is to enhance movement skill even when the person training is not moving. This is accomplished by deceptively displaying virtual motions, exploiting known cross-modal sensory interactions between vision and proprioception. This approach can be advantageous in situations where actual movement is prohibitive due to weakness, spasticity, instability, or unsafe conditions. We present early insights on usability of and tolerance to this training approach and quantitative results that can power future clinical trials...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813793/the-combined-action-of-a-passive-exoskeleton-and-an-emg-controlled-neuroprosthesis-for-upper-limb-stroke-rehabilitation-first-results-of-the-retrainer-project
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E Ambrosini, S Ferrante, J Zajc, M Bulgheroni, W Baccinelli, E d'Amico, T Schauer, C Wiesener, M Russold, M Gfoehler, M Puchinger, M Weber, S Becker, K Krakow, M Rossini, D Proserpio, G Gasperini, F Molteni, G Ferrigno, A Pedrocchi
The combined use of Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) and robotic technologies is advocated to improve rehabilitation outcomes after stroke. This work describes an arm rehabilitation system developed within the European project RETRAINER. The system consists of a passive 4-degrees-of-freedom exoskeleton equipped with springs to provide gravity compensation and electromagnetic brakes to hold target positions. FES is integrated in the system to provide additional support to the most impaired muscles. FES is triggered based on the volitional EMG signal of the same stimulated muscle; in order to encourage the active involvement of the patient the volitional EMG is also monitored throughout the task execution and based on it a happy or sad emoji is visualized at the end of each task...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813621/improvement-of-an-in-vitro-model-to-assess-delivered-dose-and-particle-size-for-a-vibrating-mesh-nebulizer-during-mechanical-ventilation
#20
Nani Kadrichu, Derek Daniher
BACKGROUND: In an in vitro model of mechanical ventilation with gravity-dependent filter position we observed artificially high delivered doses resulting from liquid droplet collection and precipitation of aerosolized drug. We sequentially modified the model to obtain accurate reproducible measurements of delivered dose and particle size at endotracheal tube exit. METHODS: Stepwise changes in the model included (1) altering the endotracheal tube position to a gravity-independent position, (2) adding fluid traps, (3) humidifying air near the test lung, and (4) simplifying test lung and filters...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery
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