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Celia B Fisher, Adam L Fried, Kathryn Macapagal, Brian Mustanski
Adolescent males who have sex with males (AMSM) are at increased risk of contracting HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Healthcare providers are a critical source of HIV/STI prevention, yet little is known about AMSM patient-provider sexual health communications and services. To explore this issue, we surveyed a national sample of 198 AMSM 14-17 years. Four online psychometrically validated scales indicated over half the youth avoided communicating their sexual orientation and sexual health concerns to providers due to fear of heterosexist bias, concern their sexual health information would be disclosed to parents, and a general belief that sexual minority youth do not receive equitable treatment in health care settings...
March 15, 2018: AIDS and Behavior
Jonathan D Leipoldt, Nanna S Kayed, Annemiek T Harder, Hans Grietens, Tormod Rimehaug
Background: Previous studies have shown that social climate in therapeutic residential youth care (TRC) is important to the welfare of residents, staff, and assessing treatment outcomes. The most influential theory on social climate in residential settings is the theory of Moos. The measurement of the concepts and aspects of this theory using the Community Oriented Programs Environment Scale (COPES) has repeatedly been criticized regarding usability, validity, and reliability, especially for TRC...
2018: Child & Youth Care Forum
Ekpoanwan E Esienumoh, Janette Allotey, Heather Waterman
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To facilitate the empowerment of members of a rural community to plan to take action to prevent maternal mortality. BACKGROUND: Globally, about 300,000 maternal deaths occur yearly. Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia regions account for almost all the deaths. Within those regions, India and Nigeria account for over a third of the global maternal deaths. Problem of maternal mortality in Nigeria is multifaceted. About 80% of maternal deaths are avoidable, given strategies which include skilled attendants, emergency obstetric care and community mobilization...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Clinical Nursing
Karolina Lisy, Micah D J Peters, Penelope Schofield, Michael Jefford
OBJECTIVES: To explore the cancer care experiences and unmet needs of people who identify as a sexual or gender minority. METHODS: A qualitative systematic review and meta-synthesis was undertaken based on a registered protocol. Following literature searching and study selection, study quality was examined using the Critical Appraisal Skill Programme Checklist. Qualitative data were extracted verbatim from included studies and synthesised using thematic analysis...
February 20, 2018: Psycho-oncology
Angelo Panno, Ainize Sarrionandia, Marco Lauriola, Mauro Giacomantonio
Risk-taking is a critical health factor as it plays a key role in several diseases and is related to a number of health risk factors. The aim of the present study is to investigate the role of alexithymia in predicting risk preferences across decision domains. One hundred and thirteen participants filled out an alexithymia scale (Toronto Alexithymia Scale-TAS-20), impulsivity and venturesomeness measures (I7 scale), and-1 month later-the Cognitive Appraisal of Risky Events (CARE questionnaire). The hierarchical regression analyses showed that alexithymia positively predicted risk preferences in two domains: aggressive/illegal behaviour and irresponsible academic/work behaviour...
February 20, 2018: International Journal of Psychology: Journal International de Psychologie
Monika Rosińska, Teresa Rzepa, Beata Szramka-Pawlak, Ryszard Żaba
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of the research study was specifying the relationship between severity of psoriasis and body image and self-reported depressive symptoms, taking into account the differences between the sexes. METHODS: The research study involved 54 psoriasis patients, including 30 men and 24 women aged from 19 to 82. The level of depressive symptoms was assessed using the Beck Depression Inventory, and body image - using the Multidimensional Body-Self Relations Questionnaire...
December 30, 2017: Psychiatria Polska
Arsalan Gharaveis, Mahshad Kazem-Zadeh
The purpose of this literature review is to provide a better understanding of the impact that environmental design can have on the process of cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. Cancer is considered a chronic disease in the United States, and more than 1.6 million new cases are diagnosed annually. New strategies of cancer care propose patient-centered services to achieve the best outcome, and researchers have found that environmental design can be an important part of improving this care...
January 1, 2018: HERD
Max Rockstroh, Stefan Franke, Raluca Dees, Angela Merzweiler, Gerd Schneider, Max Dingler, Christian Dietz, Jonas Pfeifer, Franziska Kühn, Malte Schmitz, Alexander Mildner, Armin Janß, Jasmin Dell'Anna Pudlik, Marcus Köny, Björn Andersen, Björn Bergh, Thomas Neumuth
The effective development and dissemination of the open integration for the next generation of operating rooms require a comprehensive testing environment. In this paper, we present the various challenges to be addressed in demonstration applications, and we discuss the implementation approach, the foci of the demonstration sites and the evaluation efforts. Overall, the demonstrator setups have proven the feasibility of the service-oriented medical device architecture (SOMDA) and real-time approaches with a large variety of example applications...
February 3, 2018: Biomedizinische Technik. Biomedical Engineering
Jessica R Parsons, Amanda Crichlow, Srikala Ponnuru, Patricia A Shewokis, Varsha Goswami, Sharon Griswold
Introduction: In today's team-oriented healthcare environment, high-quality patient care requires physicians to possess not only medical knowledge and technical skills but also crisis resource management (CRM) skills. In emergency medicine (EM), the high acuity and dynamic environment makes CRM skills of physicians particularly critical to healthcare team success. The Accreditation Council of Graduate Medicine Education Core Competencies that guide residency program curriculums include CRM skills; however, EM residency programs are not given specific instructions as to how to teach these skills to their trainees...
January 2018: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
Peter Hallas, Johnny Lauridsen, Mikkel Brabrand
BACKGROUND: The formation of critical care teams is a complex process where team members need to get a shared understanding of a serious situation. No previous studies have focused on how this shared understanding is achieved during the formation of cardiac arrest teams. "Sensemaking" is a concept well known in organizational studies. It refers to the collaborative effort among members in a dialogue to create meaning in an ambiguous situation, often by using subtle variations in the sentences in the dialogue...
January 29, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Aurora B Le, Rene Herron, Jocelyn J Herstein, Katelyn C Jelden, Elizabeth L Beam, Shawn G Gibbs, John J Lowe, Todd D Smith
OBJECTIVE: Despite lessons learned from the recent Ebola epidemic, attempts to survey and determine non-health care worker, industry-specific needs to address highly infectious diseases have been minimal. The aircraft rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) industry is often overlooked in highly infectious disease training and education, even though it is critical to their field due to elevated occupational exposure risk during their operations. METHODS: A 44-question gap analysis survey was distributed to the ARFF Working Group to determine where highly infectious education and training can be improved...
January 21, 2018: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
Esther Bay, Andrea Sherzer, Emily Darnbrook
In response to regulators of nursing education and the Institute of Medicine, an academic-service partnership was formed between a research-intensive school of nursing and a tertiary health care facility. In that partnership, clinical experiences occurred mostly within 1 organization. This case report showcases the development, implementation, and revisions within our capstone immersion course, designed to ease the new graduates' transition into practice, including transitions to critical care nursing. Herein, we highlight our successes and challenges of implementing the clinical component within 2 critical care units focused on trauma and neurosurgical care of complex patients...
January 2018: Journal of Trauma Nursing: the Official Journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses
M Joannidis, S J Klein, P Metnitz, A Valentin
In Austria, the reimbursement of intensive care services is based on a Diagnosis-Related Groups (DRG) system which has been adapted to the Austrian framework conditions. Compared to Germany where economic considerations had led to personnel cuts, mandatory targets outlined in both the LKF ("Leistungsorientierte Krankenanstaltenfinanzierung", Performance-oriented Hospital Financing) and ÖSG ("Österreichischer Strukturplan Gesundheit", Austrian Health Care Structure Plan) plans ensure a high level of medical and intensive care...
January 9, 2018: Medizinische Klinik, Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin
Barry Hoffmaster
Bioethics became applied ethics when it was assimilated to moral philosophy. Because deduction is the rationality of moral philosophy, subsuming facts under moral principles to deduce conclusions about what ought to be done became the prescribed reasoning of bioethics, and bioethics became a theory comprised of moral principles. Bioethicists now realize that applied ethics is too abstract and spare to apprehend the specificity, particularity, complexity and contingency of real moral issues. Empirical ethics and contextual ethics are needed to incorporate these features into morality, not just bioethics...
December 27, 2017: Bioethics
Mary D Klinnert, Genery Booster, Mandy Copeland, Jennifer Moyer Darr, Lisa J Meltzer, Michael Miller, Alyssa Oland, Shauna Perry, Brian K Wise, Bruce G Bender
OBJECTIVE: To describe the behavioral components and complications in treating pediatric patients with atopic dermatitis (AD) and the critical role of behavioral health professionals in addressing disease impact and behavioral aspects of disease management for these patients and families. DATA SOURCES: Studies and review articles were selected from medical and psychology databases for relevance to pertinent topics. RESULTS: AD has significant negative effects in affected individuals and their families on quality of life, behavioral, emotional, and sleep disturbances, and family functioning...
January 2018: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Brett W Carter, John P Lichtenberger, Carol C Wu, Reginald F Munden
OBJECTIVE: The effectiveness of lung cancer screening with low-dose CT (LDCT) has been shown by multiple clinical trials, particularly the National Lung Screening Trial. Accurate communication of LDCT results to health care providers is critical to optimal patient care. CONCLUSION: The Lung CT Screening Reporting and Data System (Lung-RADS), a structured decision-oriented reporting system designed to minimize the rate of false-positive results and developed by the American College of Radiology, is recommended for use with all LDCT examinations...
December 20, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
Raquel Hertig, Rina Ackerman, Brenda Zagar, Serina Tart
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Cape Fear Valley Medical Center (CFVMC) implemented a Community Paramedic Program (CPP) to improve the transition of hospitalized patients to the home setting. In this program, paramedics conduct home visits for 30 days after qualifying patients are discharged. This article describes pharmacy services provided to CPP patients by fourth-year pharmacy students on Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) that assisted with home visits. EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY AND SETTING: Students were oriented to the CPP and patient interview technique was assessed through a role-play scenario...
September 2017: Currents in Pharmacy Teaching & Learning
Alessandro Fedele
Some recent articles suggest that increasing wage in the nursing market with the aim of reducing shortage can negatively impact on the average ability and motivation of applicants attracted and, in turn, on the average quality of care. This finding is at odds with empirical evidence and has been criticized on the grounds that nurses' motivation is modeled in an overly simplistic way. This paper provides a novel theoretical framework where the orientation of nurses' motivation-intrinsic versus extrinsic-is taken into account, and the precise distinction between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation is delineated on the basis of self-determination and person-environment fit theories...
December 6, 2017: Health Economics
Hanna Kaduszkiewicz, Ute Teichert, Hendrik van den Bussche
BACKGROUND: A shortage of medical personnel has been seen for several decades in at least two sectors of the healthcare system: primary care in remote areas as well as medical care in the state public health departments (Öffentliches Gesundheitswesen). Strategies to reduce these problems are being sought. OBJECTIVE: This review examines the proposals, practical initiatives and empirical studies in under- and postgraduate medical education in order to estimate their potential impact on the solution of these problems...
February 2018: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
Ralf Forsbach, Hans-Georg Hofer
51 years after its founding in 1882, the "Congress for Internal Medicine", 1920 renamed "German Society for Internal Medicine (DGIM)", fell into heavy water. While during the Kaiserreich and the Weimar Republic the medical care for the individual patient had never been seriously questioned, the proclaimed "Third Reich" brought fundamental changes. The 1164 male and 13 female physicians, who had been organized in the DGIM 1933, had to position themselves in the Nazi dictatorship...
December 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
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