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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624261/dutch-health-websites-and-their-ability-to-inform-people-with-low-health-literacy
#1
Corine S Meppelink, Julia C M van Weert, Anna Brosius, Edith G Smit
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether Dutch online health information (OHI) generally reflects message elements that support information processing and understanding among people with low health literacy. METHODS: We content-analyzed one hundred Dutch webpages about Ebola, fibromyalgia, ALS, losing weight, borderline personality disorder, hemorrhoids, ADD, bladder infection, shingles, and chicken pox. The codebook covered the following domains: images and videos, readability level, Suitability Assessment of Materials (SAM), advertising, interactive features, and reliability cues...
June 10, 2017: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616756/editor-s-spotlight-take-5-readability-of-orthopaedic-patient-reported-outcome-measures-is-there-a-fundamental-failure-to-communicate
#2
EDITORIAL
M Daniel Wongworawat
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 14, 2017: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605449/fqc-dashboard-integrates-fastqc-results-into-a-web-based-interactive-and-extensible-fastq-quality-control-tool
#3
Joseph Brown, Meg Pirrung, Lee Ann McCue
Summary: FQC is software that facilitates quality control of FASTQ files by carrying out a QC protocol using FastQC, parsing results, and aggregating quality metrics into an interactive dashboard designed to richly summarize individual sequencing runs. The dashboard groups samples in dropdowns for navigation among the data sets, utilizes human-readable configuration files to manipulate the pages and tabs, and is extensible with CSV data. Availability and Implementation: FQC is implemented in Python 3 and Javascript, and is maintained under an MIT license...
June 9, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601323/readability-complexity-and-suitability-analysis-of-online-lymphedema-resources
#4
Bao Ngoc N Tran, Mansher Singh, Bernard T Lee, Rima Rudd, Dhruv Singhal
BACKGROUND: Over 72% of Americans use online health information to assist in health care decision-making. Previous studies of lymphedema literature have focused only on reading level of patient-oriented materials online. Findings indicate they are too advanced for most patients to comprehend. This, more comprehensive study, expands the previous analysis to include critical elements of health materials beyond readability using assessment tools to report on the complexity and density of data as well as text design, vocabulary, and organization...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595604/functionality-and-acceptability-of-a-wireless-fetal-heart-rate-monitoring-device-in-term-pregnant-women-in-rural-southwestern-uganda
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Godfrey R Mugyenyi, Esther C Atukunda, Joseph Ngonzi, Adeline Boatin, Blair J Wylie, Jessica E Haberer
BACKGROUND: Over 3 million stillbirths occur annually in sub Saharan Africa; most occur intrapartum and are largely preventable. The standard of care for fetal heart rate (FHR) assessment in most sub-Saharan African settings is a Pinard Stethoscope, limiting observation to one person, at one point in time. We aimed to test the functionality and acceptability of a wireless FHR monitor that could allow for expanded monitoring capacity in rural Southwestern Uganda. METHODS: In a mixed method prospective study, we enrolled 1) non-laboring healthy term pregnant women to wear the device for 30 min and 2) non-study clinicians to observe its use...
June 8, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595599/designing-persuasive-health-materials-using-processing-fluency-a-literature-review
#6
Tsuyoshi Okuhara, Hirono Ishikawa, Masahumi Okada, Mio Kato, Takahiro Kiuchi
BACKGROUND: Health materials to promote health behaviors should be readable and generate favorable evaluations of the message. Processing fluency (the subjective experience of ease with which people process information) has been increasingly studied over the past decade. In this review, we explore effects and instantiations of processing fluency and discuss the implications for designing effective health materials. We searched seven online databases using "processing fluency" as the key word...
June 8, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589741/a-content-analysis-of-the-consumer-facing-online-information-about-my-health-record-implications-for-increasing-knowledge-and-awareness-to-facilitate-uptake-and-use
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Louisa Walsh, Sophie Hill, Meredith Allan, Susan Balandin, Andrew Georgiou, Isabel Higgins, Ben Kraal, Shaun McCarthy, Bronwyn Hemsley
BACKGROUND: Low health literacy, low levels of positive belief and privacy and security concerns have been identified as a significant barrier to personal electronic health record uptake and use. An important tool for overcoming these barriers is the consumer-facing information which accompanies the system. My Health Record (MyHR) is the Australian national e-health record system, for which a large suite of online resources exists to facilitate consumer registration and use. This study uses a number of different measures of health resource quality to assess the MyHR online consumer-facing information and identify any gaps or areas for improvement...
January 1, 2017: HIM Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587891/the-accessibility-readability-and-quality-of-online-resources-for-gender-affirming-surgery
#8
Christina R Vargas, Joseph A Ricci, Michelle Lee, Adam M Tobias, Daniel A Medalie, Bernard T Lee
BACKGROUND: The transgender population is disproportionally affected by health disparities related to access to care. In many communities, transgender specialists are geographically distant and locally available medical professionals may be unfamiliar with unique needs of transgender patients. As a result, use of Internet resources for information about gender affirming surgery is particularly important. This study simulates a patient search for online educational material about gender affirming surgery and evaluates the accessibility, readability, and quality of the information...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583484/quality-and-readability-of-websites-for-patient-information-on-tonsillectomy-and-sleep-apnea
#9
Ethan Chi, Noel Jabbour, Nicole Leigh Aaronson
OBJECTIVES: Tonsillectomy is a common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The Internet allows patients direct access to medical information. Since information on the Internet is largely unregulated, quality and readability are variable. This study evaluates the quality and readability of the most likely visited websites presenting information on sleep apnea and tonsillectomy. METHODS: The three most popular search engines (Google, Bing, Yahoo) were queried with the phrase "sleep apnea AND tonsillectomy...
July 2017: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579027/molecular-detection-of-toxoplasma-gondii-in-the-slaughter-sheep-and-goats-from-north-india
#10
Deepali Kalambhe, J P S Gill, Balbir Bagicha Singh
Toxoplasma gondii is an obligate intracellular parasite that infects almost all the warm blooded animals, including human beings. The disease usually remains asymptomatic but is a serious concern for pregnant women, developing foetus and immuno-compromised individuals. We collected 400 cardiac/skeletal muscle tissue samples from slaughter sheep (177) and goat (223) intended for human consumption from Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Chandigarh states/union territory in North India. The samples were pepsin-HCl digested and DNA was extracted from all the digested samples...
July 15, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573472/new-nucleic-acid-testing-devices-to-diagnose-infectious-diseases-in-resource-limited-settings
#11
REVIEW
P Maffert, S Reverchon, W Nasser, C Rozand, H Abaibou
Point-of-care diagnosis based on nucleic acid testing aims to incorporate all the analytical steps, from sample preparation to nucleic acid amplification and detection, in a single device. This device needs to provide a low-cost, robust, sensitive, specific, and easily readable analysis. Microfluidics has great potential for handling small volumes of fluids on a single platform. Microfluidic technology has recently been applied to paper, which is already used in low-cost lateral flow tests. Nucleic acid extraction from a biological specimen usually requires cell filtration and lysis on specific membranes, while affinity matrices, such as chitosan or polydiacetylene, are well suited to concentrating nucleic acids for subsequent amplification...
June 1, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571004/health-literacy-readability-of-acc-aha-online-patient-education-material
#12
Karan Kapoor, Praveen George, Matthew C Evans, Weldon J Miller, Stanley S Liu
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether the online patient education material offered by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) is written at a higher level than the 6th-7th grade level recommended by the National Institute of Health (NIH). METHODS: Online patient education material from each website was subjected to reading grade level (RGL) analysis using the Readability Studio Professional Edition. One-sample t testing was used to compare the mean RGLs obtained from 8 formulas to the NIH-recommended 6...
June 2, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550909/readability-complexity-and-suitability-of-online-resources-for-mastectomy-and-lumpectomy
#13
Bao Ngoc N Tran, Mansher Singh, Dhruv Singhal, Rima Rudd, Bernard T Lee
BACKGROUND: Nearly half of American adults have low or marginal health literacy. This negatively affects patients' participation, decision-making, satisfaction, and overall outcomes especially when there is a mismatch between information provided and the skills of the intended audience. Recommendations that patient information be written below the sixth grade level have been made for over three decades. This study compares online resources for mastectomy versus lumpectomy using expanded metrics including readability level, complexity, and density of data and overall suitability for public consumption...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550586/stress-echocardiography-with-smartphone-real-time-remote-reading-for-regional-wall-motion
#14
Maria Chiara Scali, Clarissa Carmona de Azevedo Bellagamba, Quirino Ciampi, Iana Simova, José Luis de Castro E Silva Pretto, Ana Djordjevic-Dikic, Claudio Dodi, Lauro Cortigiani, Angela Zagatina, Paolo Trambaiolo, Marco R Torres, Rodolfo Citro, Paolo Colonna, Marco Paterni, Eugenio Picano
The diffusion of smart-phones offers access to the best remote expertise in stress echo (SE). To evaluate the reliability of SE based on smart-phone filming and reading. A set of 20 SE video-clips were read in random sequence with a multiple choice six-answer test by ten readers from five different countries (Italy, Brazil, Serbia, Bulgaria, Russia) of the "SE2020" study network. The gold standard to assess accuracy was a core-lab expert reader in agreement with angiographic verification (0 = wrong, 1 = right)...
May 26, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550117/comparative-exploration-of-multidimensional-flow-cytometry-software-a-model-approach-evaluating-t-cell-polyfunctional-behavior
#15
Timothy T Spear, Michael I Nishimura, Patricia E Simms
Advancement in flow cytometry reagents and instrumentation has allowed for simultaneous analysis of large numbers of lineage/functional immune cell markers. Highly complex datasets generated by polychromatic flow cytometry require proper analytical software to answer investigators' questions. A problem among many investigators and flow cytometry Shared Resource Laboratories (SRLs), including our own, is a lack of access to a flow cytometry-knowledgeable bioinformatics team, making it difficult to learn and choose appropriate analysis tool(s)...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540678/semantic-technologies-and-bio-ontologies
#16
Fernando Gutierrez
As information available through data repositories constantly grows, the need for automated mechanisms for linking, querying, and sharing data has become a relevant factor both in research and industry. This situation is more evident in research fields such as the life sciences, where new experiments by different research groups are constantly generating new information regarding a wide variety of related study objects. However, current methods for representing information and knowledge are not suited for machine processing...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535918/polymer-gel-dosimeters-for-pretreatment-radiotherapy-verification-using-the-three-dimensional-gamma-evaluation-and-pass-rate-maps
#17
Ling-Ling Hsieh, Jiunn-I Shieh, Li-Ju Wei, Yi-Chun Wang, Kai-Yuan Cheng, Cheng-Ting Shih
Polymer gel dosimeters (PGDs) have been widely studied for use in the pretreatment verification of clinical radiation therapy. However, the readability of PGDs in three-dimensional (3D) dosimetry remain unclear. In this study, the pretreatment verifications of clinical radiation therapy were performed using an N-isopropyl-acrylamide (NIPAM) PGD, and the results were used to evaluate the performance of the NIPAM PGD on 3D dose measurement. A gel phantom was used to measure the dose distribution of a clinical case of intensity-modulated radiation therapy...
May 2017: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532860/readability-comparison-of-pro-and-anti-hpv-vaccination-online-messages-in-japan
#18
Tsuyoshi Okuhara, Hirono Ishikawa, Masahumi Okada, Mio Kato, Takahiro Kiuchi
OBJECTIVE: In Japan, the HPV vaccination rate has sharply fallen to nearly 0% due to a series of sensational media reports of adverse events. Online anti-HPV-vaccination activists often warn readers of the vaccine's dangers. We aimed to examine distribution and readability of pro-and anti-vaccination online messages with relation to these authors' professional expertise. METHODS: We conducted online searches via two major search engines. Identified sites were classified as "anti," "pro," or "neutral" depending on their claims, and "health professional" or "non-health professional" depending on their authors' expertise...
May 13, 2017: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508778/supporting-molecular-tumor-boards-in-molecular-guided-decision-making-the-current-status-of-five-german-university-hospitals
#19
Marc Hinderer, Melanie Boerries, Florian Haller, Sebastian Wagner, Stefanie Sollfrank, Till Acker, Hans-Ulrich Prokosch, Jan Christoph
BACKGROUND: German university hospitals have started to establish molecular tumor boards in order to enable physicians to make molecular-guided decisions. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to describe the organizational structure and procedures which are currently supporting the molecular tumor boards of five German university hospitals. METHODS: We conducted semi-structured interviews with experts of five university hospitals between December 2016 and February 2017...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507866/establishing-content-validity-of-the-cleft-q-a-new-patient-reported-outcome-instrument-for-cleft-lip-palate
#20
Elena Tsangaris, Karen W Y Wong Riff, Tim Goodacre, Christopher R Forrest, Marieke Dreise, Jonathan Sykes, Tristan de Chalain, Karen Harman, Aisling O'Mahony, Andrea L Pusic, Lehana Thabane, Achilleas Thoma, Anne F Klassen
BACKGROUND: The CLEFT-Q is a new patient-reported outcome instrument designed to measure outcomes that matter to patients. The aim of this qualitative study was to establish content validity of the CLEFT-Q in patients who differ by age and culture. METHODS: Patients aged between 6 and 29 years were recruited from plastic surgery clinics in Canada, India, Ireland, the Philippines, the Netherlands and the United States. Healthcare providers and other experts participated in a focus group or provided individual feedback...
April 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
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