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Carrie D Patnode, Michelle L Henninger, Caitlyn A Senger, Leslie A Perdue, Evelyn P Whitlock
Importance: Although 80% of infants in the United States start breastfeeding, only 22% are exclusively breastfed up to around 6 months as recommended by a number of professional organizations. Objective: To systematically review the evidence on the benefits and harms of breastfeeding interventions to support the US Preventive Services Task Force in updating its 2008 recommendation. Data Sources: MEDLINE, PubMed, Cumulative Index for Nursing and Allied Health Literature, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and PsycINFO for studies published in the English language between January 1, 2008, and September 25, 2015...
October 25, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
Carmen Rosa Noroña, Michelle L Acker
Recent implementation science in mental health has focused on identifying the most effective strategies to disseminate and implement evidence-based treatments (EBTs) into real-world practice settings. The learning collaborative training methodology and its use of expert trainers/consultants have become increasingly popular as one of these approaches. Moreover, there is preliminary evidence that ongoing expert consultation may increase the adoption, learning, and sustainability of EBTs by an already practicing workforce and, consequently, help trainers, practitioners, and organizations address implementation barriers...
October 26, 2016: Infant Mental Health Journal
Charles Dalcanale Tesser, Armando Henrique Norman
This article contends that the distinction between clinical care (illness) and prevention of future disease is essential to the practice of quaternary prevention. The authors argue that the ongoing entanglement of clinical care and prevention transforms healthy into "sick" people through changes in disease classification criteria and/or cut-off points for defining high-risk states. This diverts health care resources away from those in need of care and increases the risk of iatrogenic harm in healthy people...
October 20, 2016: Cadernos de Saúde Pública
Gabriella da Silva Rangel Ribeiro, Rafael Celestino da Silva, Márcia de Assunção Ferreira
Objective: to identify the causes of adverse events affecting clients resulting from the use of equipment in intensive care services; to point out the main recommendations for clinical practice to minimize these events and, then, discuss the implications to nursing care. Method: integrative and descriptive review on the SciELO, Medline, LILACS, and PubMed databases. Articles were selected based on the inclusion criteria and the structured instrument was applied...
September 2016: Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem
David E Friesem, Noa Lavi, Marco Madella, P Ajithprasad, Charles French
Hunter-gatherer societies have distinct social perceptions and practices which are expressed in unique use of space and material deposition patterns. However, the identification of archaeological evidence associated with hunter-gatherer activity is often challenging, especially in tropical environments such as rainforests. We present an integrated study combining ethnoarchaeology and geoarchaeology in order to study archaeological site formation processes related to hunter-gatherers' ways of living in tropical forests...
2016: PloS One
A Arias, O A Peters, I L Broyles
AIM: To develop, implement and evaluate an innovative curriculum in biostatistics in response to the needs of fostering critical thinking in graduate health care education for evidence-based practice and life-long learning education. METHODOLOGY: The curriculum was designed for first-year residents in a postgraduate endodontic program using a six-step approach to curriculum development to provide sufficient understanding to critically evaluate biomedical publications, to design the best research strategy to address a specific problem and to analyse data by appropriate statistical test selection...
October 26, 2016: International Endodontic Journal
Jing Luo, An-Lu Wang, Hao Xu, Da-Zhuo Shi, Ke-Ji Chen
Stenosis of the coronary artery has been considered as an essential component of ischemic heart disease (IHD). Consequently, revascularization [e.g., percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and coronary artery bypass] has been the primary therapeutic approach to IHD. Such strategy has indeed revolutionized the management of IHD patients. However, not all patients with myocardial ischemia have visible coronary stenosis. Moreover, cardiovascular events occur in nearly 20% patients with stable coronary artery disease who have undergone PCI...
November 2016: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
Lauren A Maggio
INTRODUCTION: Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is an expectation of professional healthcare and a requisite component of medical school curricula. However, upon graduation medical students' EBM skills have been found lacking suggesting a need to examine EBM training. METHODS: This PhD report presents two studies on EBM education. The first study is a literature review that describes and attempts to assess educational interventions for teaching medical students EBM...
October 25, 2016: Perspectives on Medical Education
Nadia Rahman, Latha Vinayakarao, Sangeeta Pathak, Dawn Minden, Louise Melson, Ella Vitue, A Pradhan
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: The objective was to assess the feedback from a quality improvement training programme to reduce obstetric anal sphincter injuries (OASIS). METHODS: Training sessions were organised that included evidence-based information on OASIS risk factors and training on models to measure perineal body length (PBL), perform episiotomies with standard and 60° fixed angle scissors (EPISCISSORS-60®), and measure post-delivery episiotomy suture angles with protractor transparencies...
October 25, 2016: International Urogynecology Journal
Jamie Ross, Fiona Stevenson, Rosa Lau, Elizabeth Murray
BACKGROUND: There is a significant potential for e-health to deliver cost-effective, quality health care, and spending on e-health systems by governments and healthcare systems is increasing worldwide. However, there remains a tension between the use of e-health in this way and implementation. Furthermore, the large body of reviews in the e-health implementation field, often based on one particular technology, setting or health condition make it difficult to access a comprehensive and comprehensible summary of available evidence to help plan and undertake implementation...
October 26, 2016: Implementation Science: IS
Teresa Iacono, Cheryl Dissanayake, David Trembath, Kristelle Hudry, Shane Erickson, Jo Spong
Telehealth offers the potential to address inequalities in autism service access for young children living in regional and rural areas with limited access to autism specialists. Our aim was to explore parent and practitioner uses of technology, and views about telehealth, including perceived barriers, for autism early intervention service delivery in a regional town in Australia. Fifteen mothers and 19 front-line autism practitioners completed surveys distributed by local autism service and support providers in the regional town; eight front-line practitioners from one service participated in interviews...
2016: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Leonardo L Portes, Luis A Aguirre
Multivariate singular spectrum analysis (M-SSA) was recently adapted to study systems of coupled oscillators. It does not require an a priori definition for phase nor detailed knowledge of the individual oscillators, but it uses all the variables of each system. This aspect could be restrictive for practical applications, since usually just a few (sometimes only one) variables are measured. Based on dynamical systems and observability theories, we first show how to apply the M-SSA with only one variable and show the conditions to achieve good performance...
September 2016: Chaos
Karen Wells, Marie McCaig
BACKGROUND: This paper uses a case study to describe the implementation of the Magic Wand Question (MWQ), also known as the miracle question, in a child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) in Scotland. The MWQ, a common intervention, is based on a Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) approach. This intervention was undertaken by a third year student nurse with the intention of demonstrating how practice can be more closely aligned to a recovery-focused, strengths-based approach, which is in line with national policy...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing
Staci Sue Reynolds, Laura L Murray, Susan M McLennon, Patricia R Ebright, Tamilyn Bakas
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate a bundle of implementation strategies (local opinion leaders, printed educational materials, and educational outreach) to increase neurocritical care nurses' knowledge of and adherence to spinal cord injury guidelines. DESIGN: A preprogram, postprogram, and follow-up design was used to evaluate outcomes. METHODS: Adherence was measured via self-reported anticipatory adherence; knowledge was measured by an author-developed assessment...
October 26, 2016: Rehabilitation Nursing: the Official Journal of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Cheng Shuqun, Chen Minshan, Cai Jianqiang, The National Research Cooperative Group For Diagnosis And Treatment Of Hepatocellular Carcinoma With Tumor Thrombus
Hepatocellular carcinoma is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related morbidity and mortality in China. Portal vein tumor thrombus (PVTT) is common and it worsens prognosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). There is no internationally accepted consensus or guideline for diagnosis and treatment of HCC with PVTT. Based on existing evidences and common current practices, Chinese Experts on Multidisciplinary Diagnosis and Treatment of HCC with portal vein tumor thrombus met to develop a national consensus on diagnosis and treatment of HCC with PVTT...
October 21, 2016: Oncotarget
Jeffrey C Valentine, Sandra Jo Wilson, David Rindskopf, Timothy S Lau, Emily E Tanner-Smith, Martha Yeide, Robin LaSota, Lisa Foster
For a variety of reasons, researchers and evidence-based clearinghouses synthesizing the results of multiple studies often have very few studies that are eligible for any given research question. This situation is less than optimal for meta-analysis as it is usually practiced, that is, by employing inverse variance weights, which allows more informative studies to contribute relatively more to the analysis. This article outlines the choices available for synthesis when there are few studies to synthesize. As background, we review the synthesis practices used in several projects done at the behest of governmental agencies and private foundations...
October 25, 2016: Evaluation Review
Suhny Abbara, Philipp Blanke, Christopher D Maroules, Michael Cheezum, Andrew D Choi, B Kelly Han, Mohamed Marwan, Chris Naoum, Bjarne L Norgaard, Ronen Rubinshtein, Paul Schoenhagen, Todd Villines, Jonathon Leipsic
In response to recent technological advancements in acquisition techniques as well as a growing body of evidence regarding the optimal performance of coronary computed tomography angiography (coronary CTA), the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography Guidelines Committee has produced this update to its previously established 2009 "Guidelines for the Performance of Coronary CTA" (1). The purpose of this document is to provide standards meant to ensure reliable practice methods and quality outcomes based on the best available data in order to improve the diagnostic care of patients...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
Faina Linkov, Benita Valappil, Jacob McAfee, Sharon L Goughnour, Douglas M Hildrew, Andrew A McCall, Igor Linkov, Barry Hirsch, Carl Snyderman
OBJECTIVE: To integrate multiple sources of clinical information with patient feedback to build evidence-based decision support model to facilitate treatment selection for patients suffering from vestibular schwannomas (VS). METHODS: This was a mixed methods study utilizing focus group and survey methodology to solicit feedback on factors important for making treatment decisions among patients. Two 90-minute focus groups were conducted by an experienced facilitator...
September 30, 2016: American Journal of Otolaryngology
Yuna Rapoport, Peter Veldman
INTRODUCTION: As Descemet's Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK) continues to gain in popularity, the postoperative management of DMEK surgery is becoming increasingly important, as these management strategies may affect postoperative success rates. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This article reviews the current evidence for postoperative management in DMEK. RESULTS: There are variable strategies in the postoperative management of DMEK as it relates to postoperative positioning, need for and timing of rebubble, tamponade agent utilized (both primarily and at rebubble), steroid agent and tapering schedule, timing of secondary regraft when required, and postoperative monitoring...
October 26, 2016: Seminars in Ophthalmology
Savannah R Hall, Kristen A Crifasi, Christina M Marinelli, Hon K Yuen
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to compare and contrast the contents of each state's occupational therapy (OT) regulatory board requirements regarding licensees' acquisition of continuing education units in the United States of America. Methods: Data related to continuing education requirements from each OT regulatory board of all 50 states and the District of Columbia in the United States were reviewed and categorized by two reviewers. Analysis was conducted based on the categorization of the continuing education requirements and activities required, allowed, and not allowed/not mentioned for continuing education units...
October 27, 2016: Journal of Educational Evaluation for Health Professions
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