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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435753/does-hawai-i-have-enough-psychiatrists-assessing-mental-health-workforce-versus-demand-in-the-aloha-state
#1
Alexandra Aaronson, Kelley Withy
National data reports the number of adults with any diagnosable mental disorder within a given year is nearly 1 in 5. Hawai'i, along with the rest of the nation, faces a serious shortage of mental health providers. This article describes the research undertaken to create a more accurate assessment of the current mental health provider workforce in Hawai'i through developing an estimation strategy to appraise local mental health workforce needs. The results indicate the supply of psychiatrists for Hawai'i's 2010 census population was found to be 161...
March 2017: Hawai'i Journal of Medicine & Public Health: a Journal of Asia Pacific Medicine & Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435751/hawai-i-physician-workforce-assessment-2016-improvement-in-physician-numbers-but-physician-suicides-of-concern
#2
Kelley Withy, Priscilla Mapelli, John Perez, Ariel Finberg, Josh Green
Hawai'i's Physician Workforce Assessment project was launched in 2010. Over the past 5 years the State has experienced decreases and increases in physician workforce. This current article describes the status of the physician workforce, past trends and anticipated projections as well as recent insights into why people leave Hawai'i. Survey data, internet searches and direct dialing methodologies were utilized to clarify and elucidate practice location, full time equivalency of time providing patient care and specialty of non-military physicians caring for Hawai'i's population...
March 2017: Hawai'i Journal of Medicine & Public Health: a Journal of Asia Pacific Medicine & Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422085/resonant-rectifier-ics-for-piezoelectric-energy-harvesting-using-low-voltage-drop-diode-equivalents
#3
Amad Ud Din, Seneke Chamith Chandrathna, Jong-Wook Lee
Herein, we present the design technique of a resonant rectifier for piezoelectric (PE) energy harvesting. We propose two diode equivalents to reduce the voltage drop in the rectifier operation, a minuscule-drop-diode equivalent (MDDE) and a low-drop-diode equivalent (LDDE). The diode equivalents are embedded in resonant rectifier integrated circuits (ICs), which use symmetric bias-flip to reduce the power used for charging and discharging the internal capacitance of a PE transducer. The self-startup function is supported by synchronously generating control pulses for the bias-flip from the PE transducer...
April 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421820/characteristics-associated-with-physical-activity-capacity-and-performance-in-children-and-adolescents-with-an-acquired-brain-injury
#4
Emmah Baque, Lee Barber, Leanne Sakzewski, Robert Ware, Roslyn N Boyd
AIM: To examine characteristics associated with physical activity capacity and performance in children with acquired brain injury (ABI). METHODS: 58 children (32 men; age 11 years 11 months ± 2 years 6 months; Gross motor function classification system [GMFCS] equivalent I = 29, II = 29) >12 months post ABI were recruited. Physical activity capacity measures included: (i) combined score of three 30-second repetition maximum functional strength exercises; (ii) timed up and go; (iii) 6-minute walk test and (iv) high-level mobility assessment tool (HiMAT)...
April 19, 2017: Brain Injury: [BI]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411738/implementing-powered-stretcher-and-load-systems-was-a-cost-effective-intervention-to-reduce-the-incidence-rates-of-stretcher-related-injuries-in-a-paramedic-service
#5
Daniel P Armstrong, Richard Ferron, Cindi Taylor, Brent McLeod, Steve Fletcher, Renée S MacPhee, Steven L Fischer
Paramedic services are considering moving towards the use of powered stretcher and load systems to reduce stretcher related injuries, but cost is perceived as a barrier. This study compared injury incidence rates, days lost, and compensation costs between Niagara Emergency Medical Service (NEMS) and Hamilton Paramedic Service (HPS) pre- (four years) and post- (one year) implementation of powered stretcher and load systems in NEMS. Prior to the intervention stretcher related musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) incidence rates averaged 20...
July 2017: Applied Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409557/randomised-controlled-trial-of-silk-therapeutic-garments-for-the-management-of-atopic-eczema-in-children-the-clothes-trial
#6
Kim S Thomas, Lucy E Bradshaw, Tracey H Sach, Fiona Cowdell, Jonathan M Batchelor, Sandra Lawton, Eleanor F Harrison, Rachel H Haines, Amina Ahmed, Taraneh Dean, Nigel P Burrows, Ian Pollock, Hannah K Buckley, Hywel C Williams, Joanne Llewellyn, Clare Crang, Jane D Grundy, Juliet Guiness, Andrew Gribbin, Eileen V Wake, Eleanor J Mitchell, Sara J Brown, Alan A Montgomery
BACKGROUND: Atopic eczema (AE) is a chronic, itchy, inflammatory skin condition that affects the quality of life of children and their families. The role of specialist clothing in the management of AE is poorly understood. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of silk garments for the management of AE in children with moderate to severe disease. DESIGN: Parallel-group, observer-blind, randomised controlled trial of 6 months' duration, followed by a 2-month observational period...
April 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406369/comparing-some-production-functions-for-inpatient-health-services-in-selected-public-hospitals-in-spain
#7
Manel Antelo, Francisco Reyes-Santiás, Carmen Cadarso-Suárez, María Xosé Rodríguez-Álvarez
To investigate the adequacy of the widely used Cobb-Douglas and transcendental logarithmic (translog) models of the production functions of hospital inpatient services, the authors fitted these and additive models to data for the four most productive health services of 10 public hospitals in Galicia, Spain (the same four in each). Production, measured as admissions weighted in accordance with their diagnosis-related groups (DRGs), was treated as a function of physician full-time equivalents as surrogate labor factor and number of beds as surrogate capital factor...
April 13, 2017: Hospital Topics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388717/key-parameters-for-the-use-of-abobotulinumtoxina-in-aesthetics-onset-and-duration
#8
Mark Nestor, Glynis Ablon, Andy Pickett
Time to onset of response and duration of response are key measures of botulinum toxin efficacy that have a considerable influence on patient satisfaction with aesthetic treatment. However, there is no overall accepted definition of efficacy for aesthetic uses of botulinumtoxinA (BoNT-A). Mechanical methods of assessment do not lend themselves to clinical practice and clinicians rely instead on assessment scales such as the Frontalis Activity Measurement Standard, Frontalis Rating Scale, Wrinkle Severity Scale, and Subject Global Assessment Scale, but not all of these have been fully validated...
May 1, 2017: Aesthetic Surgery Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382638/intra-hospital-transfers-and-the-impact-on-nursing-workload
#9
Nicole Blay, Michael Roche, Christine Duffield, Robyn Gallagher
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To determine the rate of patient moves and the impact on nurses' time. BACKGROUND: Bed shortages and strategies designed to increase patient flow have led to a global increase in patient transfers between wards. The impact of transferring patients between wards and between beds within a ward on nurses' workload has not previously been measured. DESIGN: A two-stage sequential study. Retrospective analysis of hospital data and a prospective observational-timing study...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379408/sharing-antimicrobial-reports-for-pediatric-stewardship-sharps-a-quality-improvement-collaborative
#10
Jason G Newland, Jeffrey S Gerber, Matthew P Kronman, Georgann Meredith, Brian R Lee, Cary Thurm, Adam L Hersh
Background.: Although many children's hospitals have established antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs), data-driven benchmarks for optimizing antimicrobial use across centers are lacking. We developed a multicenter quality improvement collaborative focused on sharing data reports and benchmarking antimicrobial use to improve antimicrobial prescribing among hospitalized children. Methods.: A national antimicrobial stewardship collaborative among children's hospitals, Sharing Antimicrobial Reports for Pediatric Stewardship (SHARPS), was established in 2013...
April 4, 2017: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375393/can-scribes-boost-fps-efficiency-and-job-satisfaction
#11
Stephen T Earls, Judith A Savageau, Susan Begley, Barry G Saver, Kate Sullivan, Alan Chuman
Purpose: Research in other medical specialties has shown that the addition of medical scribes to the clinical team enhances physicians' practice experience and increases productivity. To date, literature on the implementation of scribes in primary care is limited. To determine the feasibility and benefits of implementing scribes in family medicine, we undertook a pilot mixed- method quality improvement (QI) study. Methods: In 2014, we incorporated 4 parttime scribes into an academic family medicine practice consisting of 7 physicians...
April 2017: Journal of Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371541/an-engineered-cell-instructive-stroma-for-the-fabrication-of-a-novel-full-thickness-human-cervix-equivalent-in-vitro
#12
Vincenza De Gregorio, Giorgia Imparato, Francesco Urciuolo, Maria L Tornesello, Clorinda Annunziata, Franco M Buonaguro, Paolo A Netti
There is a growing interest for developing organotypic cervical models by using primary cervical cells that are able to reproduce the physiological relevant stromal microenvironment and the distinctive histology of the native cervical epithelium. Here for the first time it is reported the production of an organotypic cervical model featured by a scaffold-free stromal tissue resembling the extracellular matrix (ECM) composition and organization of the native counterpart as well as a completely well-differentiated epithelium...
March 29, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364218/-memorandum-of-the-german-society-for-rheumatology-on-the-quality-of-treatment-in-rheumatology-update-2016
#13
A Zink, J Braun, E Gromnica-Ihle, D Krause, H J Lakomek, W Mau, U Müller-Ladner, J Rautenstrauch, C Specker, M Schneider
On behalf of the Steering Committee of the German Society for Rheumatology, in 2016 the Interdisciplinary Commission on Healthcare Quality updated the 2008 memorandum on rheumatological healthcare in Germany. The update considers changes in therapeutic strategies, treatment targets as well as current structures in healthcare and the political framework. It concentrates on examination of the need for rheumatologists with a background in internal medicine and determines the gap between needs and supply. The internist rheumatologist is responsible for the care of patients with inflammatory rheumatic diseases and contributes to the care of patients with severe forms of other musculoskeletal diseases...
April 2017: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361565/education-training-and-practice-among-nordic-neuropsychologists-results-from-a-professional-practices-survey
#14
A Norup, J Egeland, M Løvstad, T Nybo, B A Persson, D Rivera, A-K Schanke, S Sigurdardottir, J C Arango-Lasprilla
OBJECTIVE: To investigate sociodemographic characteristics, clinical and academic training, work setting and salary, clinical activities, and salary and job satisfaction among practicing neuropsychologists in four Nordic countries. METHODS: 890 neuropsychologists from Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden participated in an internet-based survey between December 2013 and June 2015. RESULTS: Three-fourths (76%) of the participants were women, with a mean age of 47 years (range 24-79)...
March 31, 2017: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361327/how-much-rugby-is-too-much-a-seven-season-prospective-cohort-study-of-match-exposure-and-injury-risk-in-professional-rugby-union-players
#15
Sean Williams, Grant Trewartha, Simon P T Kemp, John H M Brooks, Colin W Fuller, Aileen E Taylor, Matthew J Cross, Gavin Shaddick, Keith A Stokes
INTRODUCTION: Numerous studies have documented the incidence and nature of injuries in professional rugby union, but few have identified specific risk factors for injury in this population using appropriate statistical methods. In particular, little is known about the role of previous short-term or longer-term match exposures in current injury risk in this setting. OBJECTIVES: Our objective was to investigate the influence that match exposure has upon injury risk in rugby union...
March 30, 2017: Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361126/pressure-sensitivity-and-phenotypic-changes-in-patients-with-suspected-opioid-induced-hyperalgesia-being-withdrawn-from-full-mu-agonists
#16
Ronald A Wasserman, Afton L Hassett, Steven E Harte, Jenna Goesling, Herbert L Malinoff, Daniel W Berland, Jennifer Zollars, Stephanie E Moser, Chad M Brummett
OBJECTIVES: To assess changes in phenotype and pressure sensitivity in patients with suspected opioid-induced-hyperalgesia (OIH) after transitioning to buprenorphine. METHODS: Twenty patients with suspected OIH were enrolled to transition to buprenorphine therapy. Patients completed validated self-report measures at baseline and at 1, 4, 8 weeks, and 6 months after initiation of buprenorphine along with quantitative sensory testing including measures of pressure pain threshold, pain tolerance and Pain 50 (a pain intensity rating)...
February 2017: Journal of Nature and Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359551/physician-payment-schemes-and-physician-productivity-analysis-of-turkish-healthcare-reforms
#17
Burcay Erus, Ozan Hatipoglu
Following healthcare reforms in Turkey, inpatient and outpatient care provided in public hospitals more than doubled from 2003 to 2006. An important component of the reforms has been a shift from a salary based physician compensation scheme to one where fee-for-service component is dominant. The change did not only incentivize physicians to provide a higher volume of services but also encouraged them to practice full-time, rather than dual-time, in public hospitals. Lacking figures on full-time equivalent figures at hospital level, earlier research used head-counts for physician workforce and found technological change and scale economies to be important determinants...
March 8, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357834/analysis-of-occupational-injuries-in-the-sea-fishing-industry-according-to-the-type-of-fishery-and-the-fishing-activity
#18
Christine Chauvin, Gilbert Le Bouar, Salim Lardjane
BACKGROUND: Sea fishing is one of the most dangerous occupations. Numerous studies have already sought to evaluate the risk level of this occupation through the analysis of the frequency and seriousness of occupational injuries. The purpose of the present study is to analyse these accidents in terms of two main characteristics of the vessels involved: the fishery type (high seas, offshore, coastal, or inshore fishery) and the fishing activity (use of passive or active gears). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Injury rates were calculated for the Brittany region and for the year 2012...
2017: International Maritime Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334026/exploring-the-link-between-multiscale-entropy-and-fractal-scaling-behavior-in-near-surface-wind
#19
Miguel Nogueira
The equivalency between the power law behavior of Multiscale Entropy (MSE) and of power spectra opens a promising path for interpretation of complex time-series, which is explored here for the first time for atmospheric fields. Additionally, the present manuscript represents a new independent empirical validation of such relationship, the first one for the atmosphere. The MSE-fractal relationship is verified for synthetic fractal time-series covering the full range of exponents typically observed in the atmosphere...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297309/production-review-and-impact-of-technical-quality-control-guidelines-in-a-national-context
#20
Michelle K Nielsen, Kyle E Malkoske, Erika Brown, Kevin Diamond, Normand Frenière, John Grant, Natalie Pomerleau-Dalcourt, Jason Schella, L John Schreiner, Laurent Tantôt, J Eduardo Villarreal-Barajas, Jean-Pierre Bissonnette
A close partnership between the Canadian Partnership for Quality Radiotherapy (CPQR) and the Canadian Organization of Medical Physicist's (COMP) Quality Assurance and Radiation Safety Advisory Committee (QARSAC) has resulted in the development of a suite of Technical Quality Control (TQC) guidelines for radiation treatment equipment; they outline specific performance objectives and criteria that equipment should meet in order to assure an acceptable level of radiation treatment quality. The adopted framework for the development and maintenance of the TQCs ensures the guidelines incorporate input from the medical physics community during development, measures the workload required to perform the QC tests outlined in each TQC, and remain relevant (i...
November 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
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