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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427389/defining-micro-epidemiology-for-malaria-elimination-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Melanie Bannister-Tyrrell, Kristien Verdonck, Susanna Hausmann-Muela, Charlotte Gryseels, Joan Muela Ribera, Koen Peeters Grietens
BACKGROUND: Malaria risk can vary markedly between households in the same village, or between villages, but the determinants of this "micro-epidemiological" variation in malaria risk remain poorly understood. This study aimed to identify factors that explain fine-scale variation in malaria risk across settings and improve definitions and methods for malaria micro-epidemiology. METHODS: A systematic review of studies that examined risk factors for variation in malaria infection between individuals, households, clusters, hotspots, or villages in any malaria-endemic setting was conducted...
April 20, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427337/treatment-seeking-behaviour-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-estimated-using-a-bayesian-model
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Victor A Alegana, Jim Wright, Carla Pezzulo, Andrew J Tatem, Peter M Atkinson
BACKGROUND: Seeking treatment in formal healthcare for uncomplicated infections is vital to combating disease in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Healthcare treatment-seeking behaviour varies within and between communities and is modified by socio-economic, demographic, and physical factors. As a result, it remains a challenge to quantify healthcare treatment-seeking behaviour using a metric that is comparable across communities. Here, we present an application for transforming individual categorical responses (actions related to fever) to a continuous probabilistic estimate of fever treatment for one country in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)...
April 20, 2017: BMC Medical Research Methodology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420270/stages-of-change-in-audiology-comparison-of-three-self-assessment-measures
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Elisabeth Ingo, K Jonas Brännström, Gerhard Andersson, Thomas Lunner, Ariane Laplante-Lévesque
OBJECTIVE: In a clinical setting, theories of health behaviour change could help audiologists and other hearing health care professionals understand the barriers that prevent people with hearing problems to seek audiological help. The transtheoretical (stages of change) model of health behaviour change is one of these theories. It describes a person's journey towards health behaviour change (e.g. seeking help or taking up rehabilitation) in separate stages: precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, and, finally, maintenance...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417032/vision-screening-of-ophthalmic-nursing-staff-in-a-tertiary-eye-care-hospital-outcomes-and-ocular-healthcare-seeking-behaviours
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Ruhi A Khan, Ches Souru, Sejo Vaghese, Ziaul Yasir, Rajiv Khandekar
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to evaluate ocular healthcare-seeking behaviours and vision screening outcomes of nursing staff at a tertiary eye care hospital. METHODS: This study was conducted between April and September 2016 among all 500 nurses employed at the King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Data were collected on age, gender, use of visual aids, the presence of diabetes, a history of refractive surgery and date of last ocular health check-up...
February 2017: Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399512/protocol-for-a-scoping-review-of-existing-policies-on-the-prevention-and-control-of-obesity-across-countries-in-africa
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Theodosia Adom, Thandi Puoane, Anniza De Villiers, André Pascal Kengne
INTRODUCTION: The obesity epidemic is a public health challenge for all, including low-income countries. The behavioural patterns known to contribute to the rise in obesity prevalence occur in an environmental context which is not conducive for healthy choices. A policy approach to obesity prevention constitutes a form of public intervention in that it extends beyond individuals to influence entire populations and is a mechanism for creating healthier environments. Little is known about obesity prevention policies in Africa...
February 22, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397521/improving-access-to-health-care-in-a-rural-regional-hospital-in-south-africa-why-do-patients-miss-their-appointments
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Lucy Frost, Louis S Jenkins, Benjamin Emmink
BACKGROUND: Access to health services is one of the Batho Pele ('people first') values and principles of the South African government since 1997. This necessitated some changes around public service systems, procedures, attitudes and behaviour. The challenges of providing health care to rural geographically spread populations include variations in socio-economic status, transport opportunities, access to appointment information and patient perceptions of costs and benefits of seeking health care...
March 30, 2017: African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396473/the-impact-of-control-strategies-and-behavioural-changes-on-the-elimination-of-ebola-from-lofa-county-liberia
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Sebastian Funk, Iza Ciglenecki, Amanda Tiffany, Etienne Gignoux, Anton Camacho, Rosalind M Eggo, Adam J Kucharski, W John Edmunds, Josephus Bolongei, Phillip Azuma, Peter Clement, Tamba S Alpha, Esther Sterk, Barbara Telfer, Gregory Engel, Lucy Anne Parker, Motoi Suzuki, Nico Heijenberg, Bruce Reeder
The Ebola epidemic in West Africa was stopped by an enormous concerted effort of local communities and national and international organizations. It is not clear, however, how much the public health response and behavioural changes in affected communities, respectively, contributed to ending the outbreak. Here, we analyse the epidemic in Lofa County, Liberia, lasting from March to November 2014, by reporting a comprehensive time line of events and estimating the time-varying transmission intensity using a mathematical model of Ebola transmission...
May 26, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390423/caregivers-perception-of-malaria-and-treatment-seeking-behaviour-for-under-five-children-in-mandura-district-west-ethiopia-a-cross-sectional-study
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Israel Mitiku, Adane Assefa
BACKGROUND: Early diagnosis and prompt malaria treatment is essential to reduce progression of the illness to severe disease and, therefore, decrease mortality particularly among children under 5 years of age. This study assessed perception of malaria and treatment-seeking behaviour for children under five with fever in the last 2 weeks in Mandura District, West Ethiopia. METHODS: A community based cross-sectional study was conducted among 491 caregivers of children under five in Mandura District, West Ethiopia in December 2014...
April 8, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381118/the-factor-structure-of-the-hopkins-symptoms-checklist-hscl-25-in-a-student-population-a-cautionary-tale
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Jens C Skogen, Simon Øverland, Otto R F Smith, Leif E Aarø
AIMS: The Hopkins Symptoms Checklist (HSCL-25) is a widely used self-report measurement for mental health problems, but its factor structure is still uncertain, with divergent results in different social or cultural settings. We aimed to investigate the previously suggested factor structures of the HSCL-25, as well as a model including an explicit somatic factor among students in Norway. METHODS: The study population is based on data from the Norwegian study of students' health and wellbeing, SHoT ('Studentenes Helse- og Trivselsundersøkelse'), and the present study comprises N = 13,525 participants...
April 1, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379496/codeine-use-dependence-and-help-seeking-behaviour-in-the-uk-and-ireland-an-online-cross-sectional-survey
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Andreas Kimergård, Michelle Foley, Zoe Davey, Jacklyn Dunne, Colin Drummond, Paolo Deluca
Background: Codeine misuse and dependence poses a clinical and public health challenge. However, little is known about dependence and treatment needs in the UK and Ireland. Aim: To characterise codeine use, dependence, and help-seeking behaviour. Design: An online cross-sectional survey advertised on Facebook, Twitter, health and drug websites and e-mail circulars. Methods: The survey collected data on demographics and codeine use amongst adults from the UK and Ireland...
April 3, 2017: QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377393/does-a-brief-behavioural-intervention-delivered-by-paediatricians-or-psychologists-improve-sleep-problems-for-children-with-adhd-protocol-for-a-cluster-randomised-translational-trial
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E Sciberras, M Mulraney, H Heussler, N Rinehart, T Schuster, L Gold, N Hayes, H Hiscock
INTRODUCTION: Up to 70% of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) experience sleep problems. We have demonstrated the efficacy of a brief behavioural intervention for children with ADHD in a large randomised controlled trial (RCT) and now aim to examine whether this intervention is effective in real-life clinical settings when delivered by paediatricians or psychologists. We will also assess the cost-effectiveness of the intervention. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: Children aged 5-12 years with ADHD (n=320) are being recruited for this translational cluster RCT through paediatrician practices in Victoria and Queensland, Australia...
April 4, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376911/culture-clash-investigating-constructions-of-sexual-and-reproductive-health-from-the-perspective-of-1-5-generation-migrants-in-australia-using-q-methodology
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T Dune, J Perz, Z Mengesha, D Ayika
BACKGROUND: In Australia, those who migrate as children or adolescents (1.5 generation migrants) may have entered a new cultural environment at a crucial time in their psychosexual development. These migrants may have to contend with constructions of sexual and reproductive health from at least two cultures which may be at conflict on the matter. This study was designed to investigate the role of culture in constructions of sexual and reproductive health and health care seeking behaviour from the perspective of 1...
April 4, 2017: Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376910/the-preschool-activity-technology-health-adiposity-behaviour-and-cognition-path-abc-cohort-study-rationale-and-design
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Dylan P Cliff, Jade McNeill, Stewart Vella, Steven J Howard, Megan A Kelly, Douglas J Angus, Ian M Wright, Rute Santos, Marijka Batterham, Edward Melhuish, Anthony D Okely, Marc de Rosnay
BACKGROUND: Prevalence estimates internationally suggest that many preschool-aged children (3-5 years) are insufficiently physically active and engage in high levels of screen-based entertainment. Early childhood is the developmental period for which we know the least about the effects of physical activity on development and health. Likewise, rapid technological advancements in mobile electronic media have made screen-based forms of entertainment for young children ubiquitous, and research demonstrating the impacts on cognition, psychosocial well-being, and health has lagged behind the rate of adoption of these technologies...
April 4, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367724/sexual-hiv-risk-among-gay-bisexual-and-queer-transgender-men-findings-from-interviews-in-vancouver-canada
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Ashleigh Rich, Kai Scott, Caitlin Johnston, Everett Blackwell, Nathan Lachowsky, Zishan Cui, Paul Sereda, David Moore, Robert Hogg, Eric Roth
Gay, bisexual, queer and other men who have sex with men are disproportionately affected by HIV in Canada. While up to 63% of transgender men identify as gay, bisexual or queer and report a variety of HIV sexual risk behaviours, transgender men are often overlooked within epidemiological HIV surveillance and research. While a growing body of research has begun to examine sexual risk for transgender gay, bisexual and queer men, most studies have been conducted in the USA. This study explored sexual HIV risk for this population in the Canadian context, specifically in British Columbia, in an environment of publically funded universal access to healthcare, including HIV testing and treatment...
April 3, 2017: Culture, Health & Sexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362880/exploring-drivers-for-safe-male-circumcision-experiences-with-health-education-and-understanding-of-partial-hiv-protection-among-newly-circumcised-men-in-wakiso-uganda
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Simon P S Kibira, Marguerite Daniel, Lynn Muhimbuura Atuyambe, Fredrick Edward Makumbi, Ingvild Fossgard Sandøy
INTRODUCTION: About 2.5 million men have voluntarily been circumcised since Uganda started implementing the WHO recommendation to scale up safe male circumcision to reduce HIV transmission. This study sought to understand what influences men's circumcision decisions, their experiences with health education at health facilities and their knowledge of partial HIV risk reduction in Wakiso district. METHODS: Data were collected in May and June 2015 at five public health facilities in Wakiso District...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361498/disclosure-of-sexual-orientation-to-health-professionals-in-china-results-from-an-online-cross-sectional-study
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Weiming Tang, Jessica Mao, Songyuan Tang, Chuncheng Liu, Katie Mollan, Bolin Cao, Terrence Wong, Ye Zhang, Michael Hudgens, Yilu Qin, Larry Han, Baoli Ma, Bin Yang, Wei Ma, Chongyi Wei, Joseph D Tucker
BACKGROUND: Many men who have sex with men (MSM) in China are "in the closet." The low rate of disclosure may impact sexual behaviours, testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and diseases transmission. This study examines factors associated with overall sexual orientation disclosure and disclosure to healthcare professionals. METHODS: A nationwide cross-sectional online survey was conducted from September 2014 to October 2014 in China...
February 6, 2017: Journal of the International AIDS Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359335/disease-severity-determines-health-seeking-behaviour-amongst-individuals-with-influenza-like-illness-in-an-internet-based-cohort
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Maria Peppa, W John Edmunds, Sebastian Funk
BACKGROUND: Seasonal influenza epidemics place considerable strain on health services. Robust systems of surveillance are therefore required to ensure preparedness. Sentinel surveillance does not accurately capture the community burden of epidemics as it misses cases that do not present to health services. In this study, Flusurvey (an internet-based community surveillance tool) was used to examine how severity of disease influences health-seeking behaviour in the UK. METHODS: Logistic regression with random effects was used to investigate the association between health-seeking and symptom severity, duration of illness and reduction in self-reported health-score over four flu seasons between 2011 and 2015...
March 31, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352463/pervasive-antibiotic-misuse-in-the-cambodian-community-antibiotic-seeking-behaviour-with-unrestricted-access
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Chhorvoin Om, Frances Daily, Erika Vlieghe, James C McLaughlin, Mary-Louise McLaws
BACKGROUND: Antibiotic misuse is widespread in resource-limited countries such as Cambodia where the burden of infectious diseases is high and access to antibiotics is unrestricted. We explored healthcare seeking behaviour related to obtaining antibiotics and drivers of antibiotic misuse in the Cambodian community. METHODS: In-depth interviews were held with family members of patients being admitted in hospitals and private pharmacies termed pharmacy attendants in the catchment areas of the hospitals...
2017: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342143/-one-big-family-pastoral-care-and-treatment-seeking-in-an-egyptian-coptic-church-in-england
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John E A Shenouda, Maxwell J F Cooper
Little is known about Coptic migrants' chronic disease health beliefs and treatment-seeking behaviours. Interviews to explore these issues and their relationship with church membership were conducted with 15 Coptic migrants in Southern England. Obesity and cardiovascular disease (CVD) were most frequently identified as health risks for Coptic migrants. CVD was ascribed to stress and considered amenable to spiritual healing. Lay referral to medical practitioners who were church members was common but may devalue perceptions of family medicine...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335816/diagnostic-delay-and-associated-factors-among-patients-with-pulmonary-tuberculosis-in-dar-es-salaam-tanzania
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Khadija Said, Jerry Hella, Grace Mhalu, Mary Chiryankubi, Edward Masika, Thomas Maroa, Francis Mhimbira, Neema Kapalata, Lukas Fenner
BACKGROUND: Tanzania is among the 30 countries with the highest tuberculosis (TB) burdens. Because TB has a long infectious period, early diagnosis is not only important for reducing transmission, but also for improving treatment outcomes. We assessed diagnostic delay and associated factors among infectious TB patients. METHODS: We interviewed new smear-positive adult pulmonary TB patients enrolled in an ongoing TB cohort study in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, between November 2013 and June 2015...
March 24, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
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