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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339932/utilizing-patient-geographic-information-system-data-to-plan-telemedicine-service-locations
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Neelkamal Soares, Joseph Dewalle, Ben Marsh
Objective: To understand potential utilization of clinical services at a rural integrated health care system by generating optimal groups of telemedicine locations from electronic health record (EHR) data using geographic information systems (GISs). Methods: This retrospective study extracted nonidentifiable grouped data of patients over a 2-year period from the EHR, including geomasked locations. Spatially optimal groupings were created using available telemedicine sites by calculating patients' average travel distance (ATD) to the closest clinic site...
March 3, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339680/operations-management-in-distribution-networks-within-a-smart-city-framework
#2
Raffaele Cerulli, Renata Paola Dameri, Anna Sciomachen
This article studies a vehicle routing problem with environmental constraints that are motivated by the requirements for sustainable urban transport. The empirical research presents a fleet planning problem that takes into consideration both minimum cost vehicle routes and minimum pollution. The problem is formulated as a mixed integer linear programming model and experimentally validated using data collected from a real situation: a grocery company delivering goods ordered via e-channels to customers spread in the urban and metropolitan area of Genoa smart city...
February 20, 2017: Mathematical Medicine and Biology: a Journal of the IMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335486/implicit-regularization-for-reconstructing-3d-building-rooftop-models-using-airborne-lidar-data
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Jaewook Jung, Yoonseok Jwa, Gunho Sohn
With rapid urbanization, highly accurate and semantically rich virtualization of building assets in 3D become more critical for supporting various applications, including urban planning, emergency response and location-based services. Many research efforts have been conducted to automatically reconstruct building models at city-scale from remotely sensed data. However, developing a fully-automated photogrammetric computer vision system enabling the massive generation of highly accurate building models still remains a challenging task...
March 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334747/the-family-planning-conundrum-in-afghanistan
#4
Hemat Shafiqullah, Ayako Morita, Keiko Nakamura, Kaoruko Seino
In Afghanistan, despite the high awareness levels of contraceptive methods, the contraceptive prevalence is low and short birth spacing is common. The aim of this study was to understand the perception about family planning and contraceptive utilization among reproductive-aged married women, their husbands, their mothers-in-law, religious leaders and healthcare providers. Focus group discussions and semi-structured interviews were conducted among married women of reproductive age ( n =  482), their husbands ( n =  133), their mothers-in-law ( n =  194), their religious leaders ( n =  16), and healthcare providers ( n =  36) in rural and urban areas in five provinces...
October 20, 2016: Health Promotion International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334278/local-and-landscape-drivers-of-parasitoid-abundance-richness-and-composition-in-urban-gardens
#5
Julia M Burks, Stacy M Philpott
Urbanization negatively affects biodiversity, yet some urban habitat features can support diversity. Parasitoid wasps, an abundant and highly diverse group of arthropods, can inhabit urban areas and do well in areas with higher host abundance, floral resources, or local or landscape complexity. Parasitoids provide biological control services in many agricultural habitats, yet few studies have examined diversity and abundance of parasitoids in urban agroecosystems to understand how to promote conservation and function...
March 8, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333989/street-trees-reduce-the-negative-effects-of-urbanization-on-birds
#6
João Carlos de Castro Pena, Felipe Martello, Milton Cezar Ribeiro, Richard A Armitage, Robert J Young, Marcos Rodrigues
The effects of streets on biodiversity is an important aspect of urban ecology, but it has been neglected worldwide. Several vegetation attributes (e.g. street tree density and diversity) have important effects on biodiversity and ecological processes. In this study, we evaluated the influences of urban vegetation-represented by characteristics of street trees (canopy size, proportion of native tree species and tree species richness)-and characteristics of the landscape (distance to parks and vegetation quantity), and human impacts (human population size and exposure to noise) on taxonomic data and functional diversity indices of the bird community inhabiting streets...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333963/why-don-t-urban-youth-in-zambia-use-condoms-the-influence-of-gender-and-marriage-on-non-use-of-male-condoms-among-young-adults
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Jessie Pinchoff, Christopher B Boyer, Namuunda Mutombo, Rachna Nag Chowdhuri, Thoai D Ngo
BACKGROUND: Zambia experiences high unmet need for family planning and high rates of HIV, particularly among youth. While male condoms are widely available and 95% of adults have heard of them, self-reported use in the past 12 months is low among young adults (45%). This study describes factors associated with non-use of male condoms among urban young adults in Zambia. METHODS: A household cross-sectional survey in four urban districts was conducted from November 2015 to January 2016 among sexually active young adults ages 18-24 years...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332939/pediatric-asthma-hospitalizations-among-urban-minority-children-and-the-continuity-of-primary-care
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Levon H Utidjian, Alexander G Fiks, A Russell Localio, Lihai Song, Mark J Ramos, Ron Keren, Louis M Bell, Robert W Grundmeier
OBJECTIVE: To examine the effect of ambulatory health care processes on asthma hospitalizations. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study using electronic health records was completed. Patients aged 2-18 years receiving health care from 1 of 5 urban practices between Jan 1, 2004 and Dec 31, 2008 with asthma documented on their problem list were included. Independent variables were modifiable health care processes in the primary care setting: (1) use of asthma controller medications; (2) regular assessment of asthma symptoms; (3) use of spirometry; (4) provision of individualized asthma care plans; (5) timely influenza vaccination; (6) access to primary healthcare; and (7) use of pay for performance physician incentives...
February 25, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331252/quality-of-antenatal-care-provided-by-nurse-midwives-in-an-urban-health-centre-with-regard-to-low-risk-antenatal-mothers
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Ruby Angeline Pricilla, Kirubah Vasandhi David, Rajeswari Siva, T Jeni Christal Vimala, Sajitha Parveen Mf Rahman, Nancy Angeline
BACKGROUND: India contributes to 19% of the global maternal deaths. Good quality antenatal care can prevent maternal deaths by early detection of complications and maintaining maternal health. There are few studies documenting quality of antenatal care in India. This study aimed to document the antenatal services provided by nurse midwives to low-risk pregnant mothers from an urban population. AIMS: The primary objective was to describe the quality of the antenatal care provided by nurse midwives of an urban health centre with regard to low-risk mothers...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Community Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328658/a-systematic-review-on-the-epidemiology-of-pediatric-burn-in-iran
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Sayed Saeed Hashemi, Asaad Sharhani, Bahare Lotfi, Toraj Ahmadi-Juibari, Zahra Shaahmadi, Abbas Aghaei
Burn is the most common pediatric injuries all over the world. The aim of this study was to study the epidemiology of burn in under 15-year-old Iranian children by applying a systematic review. The related articles published before 2016 have been gathered from international databases by using the keywords in term of pediatric burns such as ScienceDirect, PubMed, Iranmedex, Google Scholar, Embase, Magiran, and SID. The checklists of STROBE have been applied to evaluate the quality of the reviewed data. A total of 35 relevant studies were extracted and evaluated...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325583/optimizing-endometrial-cancer-follow-up-and-survivorship-care-for-rural-and-other-underserved-women-patient-and-provider-perspectives
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Teresa L Rutledge, Miria Kano, Dolores Guest, Andrew Sussman, Anita Y Kinney
OBJECTIVES: This study describes patient and provider attitudes on transitioning cancer surveillance visits and treatment of comorbid conditions to the primary care setting in a rural patient population as a strategy for minimizing financial and travel related barriers for patients while simultaneously enhancing quality and availability of health care options. METHODS: Focus group discussions and telephone interviews were conducted with endometrial cancer (EC) survivors and primary care providers (PCPs) to provide insights into post-treatment follow-up practices and the acceptability of transitioning follow-up to primary care setting utilizing a cancer survivorship care plan model...
March 18, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325084/application-of-a-contextual-instructional-framework-in-a-continuing-professional-development-training-program-for-physiotherapists-in-rwanda
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Kim Dunleavy, Julia Chevan, Antoinette P Sander, Jean Damascene Gasherebuka, Monika Mann
BACKGROUND: Continuing professional development is an important component of capacity building in low resource countries. The purpose of this case study is to describe the use of a contextual instructional framework to guide the processes and instructional design choices for a series of continuing professional development courses for physiotherapists in Rwanda. METHODS: Four phases of the project are described: (1) program proposal, needs assessment and planning, (2) organization of the program and instructional design, (3) instructional delivery and (4) evaluation...
March 22, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322525/-la-percezione-del-rapporto-ambiente-salute-secondo-i-dati-della-sorveglianza-progressi-delle-aziende-sanitarie-per-la-salute-in-italia-passi
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Letizia Sampaolo, Giulia Tommaso, Bianca Gherardi, Giuliano Carrozzi, Anna Freni Sterrantino, Marta Ottone, Carlo Alberto Goldoni, Nicoletta Bertozzi, Meri Scaringi, Lara Bolognesi, Maria Masocco, Stefania Salmaso, Paolo Lauriola
"OBJECTIVES: to identify groups of people in relation to the perception of environmental risk and to assess the main characteristics using data collected in the environmental module of the surveillance network Italian Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (PASSI). METHODS: perceptive profiles were identified using a latent class analysis; later they were included as outcome in multinomial logistic regression models to assess the association between environmental risk perception and demographic, health, socio-economic and behavioural variables...
January 2017: Epidemiologia e Prevenzione
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321959/the-impact-of-the-eligibility-threshold-of-a-french-means-tested-health-insurance-programme-on-doctor-visits-a-regression-discontinuity-analysis
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Sophie Guthmuller, Jérôme Wittwer
This paper assesses the impact of eligibility for a free means-tested complementary health insurance plan, called Couverture Maladie Universelle Complémentaire (CMUC), on doctor visits. We use information on the selection rule to qualify for the plan to identify the effect of eligibility and adopt a regression discontinuity approach. Our sample consists of low-income individuals enrolled in the Health Insurance Fund and recipients of social benefits from the Family Allowance Fund of an urban area in Northern France...
March 20, 2017: Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321694/the-born-in-guangzhou-cohort-study-bigcs
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Xiu Qiu, Jin-Hua Lu, Jian-Rong He, Kin-Bong Hubert Lam, Song-Ying Shen, Yong Guo, Ya-Shu Kuang, Ming-Yang Yuan, Lan Qiu, Nian-Nian Chen, Min-Shan Lu, Wei-Dong Li, Yan-Fei Xing, Feng-Juan Zhou, Suzanne Bartington, Kar Keung Cheng, Hui-Min Xia
The Born in Guangzhou Cohort Study (BIGCS) is a large-scale prospective observational study investigating the role of social, biological and environmental influences on pregnancy and child health and development in an urban setting in southern China. Pregnant women who reside in Guangzhou and who attend Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center (GWCMC) for antenatal care in early pregnancy (<20 weeks' gestation) are eligible for inclusion. Study recruitment commenced in February 2012, with an overall participation rate of 76...
March 20, 2017: European Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320646/strad-wheel-web-based-library-for-visualizing-temporal-data
#16
Diana Fernondez-Prieto, Carol Naranjo-Valero, Jose Tiberio Hernandez, Hans Hagen
Recent advances in web development, including the introduction of HTML5, have opened a door for visualization researchers and developers to quickly access larger audiences worldwide. Open source libraries for the creation of interactive visualizations are becoming more specialized but also modular, which makes them easy to incorporate in domain-specific applications. In this context, the authors developed STRAD (Spatio-Temporal-Radar) Wheel, a web-based library that focuses on the visualization and interactive query of temporal data in a compact view with multiple temporal granularities...
March 2017: IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320374/using-a-multimethod-approach-to-develop-implementation-strategies-for-a-cervical-self-sampling-program-in-kenya
#17
Irene Podolak, Caroline Kisia, Gloria Omosa-Manyonyi, Jarold Cosby
BACKGROUND: Numerous health policy makers/researchers are concerned about the limitations of research being applied to support informed decision/policy making and the implementation of practical solutions. The aim of the Chaguo Letu project (which means our choice in Swahili) was to determine how local decision makers could apply a multimethod approach to make strategic decisions to effectively implement a Cervical Self-Sampling Program in Kenya. METHODS: A multimethod approach, involving participatory action research, scenario based planning, and phenomenology, was applied in conjunction with two tools to identify relevant factors (negative or positive) that could impact Cervical Self-Sampling Program implementation...
March 21, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319704/assessing-the-drivers-shaping-global-patterns-of-urban-vegetation-landscape-structure
#18
C Dobbs, C Nitschke, D Kendal
Vegetation is one of the main resources involve in ecosystem functioning and providing ecosystem services in urban areas. Little is known on the landscape structure patterns of vegetation existing in urban areas at the global scale and the drivers of these patterns. We studied the landscape structure of one hundred cities around the globe, and their relation to demography (population), socioeconomic factors (GDP, Gini Index), climate factors (temperature and rain) and topographic characteristics (altitude, variation in altitude)...
March 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319699/urdaibai-biosphere-reserve-biscay-spain-conservation-against-development
#19
Nekane Castillo-Eguskitza, Alejandro J Rescia, Miren Onaindia
The protected area approach has extended from conserving biodiversity to improving human well-being. However, the relationship between conservation and socioeconomic and cultural development continues to be controversial. This paper combines land use variables with socioeconomic and cultural variables through multivariate ordination analysis and evaluates their evolution in two areas inside and outside a Biosphere Reserve since the approval of the Governance Plan for Use and Management in the Reserve. The results indicate a similar tendency in the two areas, from the abandonment of traditional rural activities and decline in pine plantations to naturalness, urban sprawl and the growth of the tertiary economic sector, welfare indicators and sustainability index...
March 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316306/evolving-trends-and-influencing-factors-in-mastectomy-decisions
#20
Sneha Bhat, Amila Orucevic, Caroline Woody, Robert E Heidel, John L Bell
It is known that survival is unaffected by the choice of surgical management for breast cancer (BC) patients. Despite this fact, recent literature reveals that the number of bilateral mastectomies (BMs) in the United States is increasing. In an effort to elucidate potential factors influencing this trend, we investigated socioeconomic and clinicopathologic characteristics of our patient cohort that could have affected a patient's decision between unilateral mastectomy (UM) versus BM. Five-hundred-eight patients with unilateral BC who underwent mastectomy between 2000 and 2009 were analyzed: 397-UM; 111-BM...
March 1, 2017: American Surgeon
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