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Amy L Donaldson, Mariella Nolfo, Marissa Montejano
Children with autism may perceive friendship in a qualitatively different manner than their neurotypical peers. Yet, these friendships have been reported as satisfying to the child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Although many studies have identified lower quality of friendship in ASD, reduced reciprocity, and increased loneliness and depression, perhaps it is time to take a closer look at the perspective of autistic individuals and to identify how the broader community influences development of relationships and friendship...
April 2018: Seminars in Speech and Language
Allan McGroarty, Rebecca McCartan
PURPOSE: Although considerable efforts have been made to investigate the effectiveness of pharmacological treatments for stuttering, little is known about how the stuttering community perceives these treatments. This study aimed to assess and quantify beliefs regarding pharmacotherapy for adults who stutter and to establish whether behavioural intentions to undertake treatment were related to these beliefs. METHOD: An adapted version of the Beliefs about Medicine Questionnaire was completed by adults who stutter...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Communication Disorders
Sabato Santaniello, John T Gale, Sridevi V Sarma
Over the last 30 years, deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been used to treat chronic neurological diseases like dystonia, obsessive-compulsive disorders, essential tremor, Parkinson's disease, and more recently, dementias, depression, cognitive disorders, and epilepsy. Despite its wide use, DBS presents numerous challenges for both clinicians and engineers. One challenge is the design of novel, more efficient DBS therapies, which are hampered by the lack of complete understanding about the cellular mechanisms of therapeutic DBS...
March 20, 2018: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Systems Biology and Medicine
David C Grossman, Susan J Curry, Douglas K Owens, Michael J Barry, Aaron B Caughey, Karina W Davidson, Chyke A Doubeni, John W Epling, Alex R Kemper, Alex H Krist, Martha Kubik, Seth Landefeld, Carol M Mangione, Michael Silverstein, Melissa A Simon, Chien-Wen Tseng
Importance: Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Although invasive melanoma accounts for only 2% of all skin cancer cases, it is responsible for 80% of skin cancer deaths. Basal and squamous cell carcinoma, the 2 predominant types of nonmelanoma skin cancer, represent the vast majority of skin cancer cases. Objective: To update the 2012 US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation on behavioral counseling for the primary prevention of skin cancer and the 2009 recommendation on screening for skin cancer with skin self-examination...
March 20, 2018: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
Kevin J Mahoney, Ellen K Mahoney, Carmen Morano, Andrew DeVellis
Unmet need for long-term services and supports has been linked to a variety of harmful health outcomes. One suggested strategy for ameliorating unmet need is to give participants control of a budget and let them construct individualized plans. The evaluation of the Cash and Counseling controlled experiment (CCDE) documented a marked reduction in unmet need when compared to traditional agency-based solutions, but it also showed significant unmet needs remained. This paper reanalyzes 76 case studies from the CCDE to, for the first time gain an understanding of what those unmet needs are, who sees them, and what participants, caregivers and support brokers think might reduce this problem...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Cláudia Melo, Ana Fonseca, Mariana Moura-Ramos, Teresa Almeida-Santos, Maria Cristina Canavarro
PURPOSE: To assess female cancer patients' perceptions of the fertility preservation decision-making process and to examine the effect of clinicians' support on the decision quality. METHODS: A total of 71 patients participated in this longitudinal study with two assessment time points (before cancer therapy, after cancer therapy). Self-report measures assessed the decision-making process, the decision quality and the clinicians' support. RESULTS: A less positive experience in the decision-making process was associated with higher decisional regret and lower decisional satisfaction...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
Sara Schapiro-Halberstam, Lawrence Josephs
Narcissistic men that engage in out-of-control extra-marital sex can be challenging to treat when their cultural background reinforces their misogyny and sense of entitlement, as it does among ultra-orthodox Jewish men. A case study illustrates the challenges for a female clinician helping an unfaithful, married, narcissistic male from an ultra-orthodox Jewish background refrain from seeing prostitutes when he devalued the approach of his female therapist. The patient had to learn that he was not entitled to women's love and respect, but that he needed to earn it by transcending his egocentrism and demonstrating empathy rather than contempt for women...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Tanya Eadie, Lauren Faust, Susan Bolt, Mara Kapsner-Smith, Rebecca Hunting Pompon, Carolyn Baylor, Neal Futran, Eduardo Méndez
Objective The purpose of this study was to examine the unique contribution of psychosocial factors, including perceived social support, depression, and resilience to communicative participation, among adult survivors of head and neck cancer (HNC). Study Design Cross-sectional. Setting University-based laboratory and speech clinic. Subjects and Methods Adult survivors of HNC who were at least 2 years posttreatment for HNC completed patient-reported outcome measures, including those related to communicative participation and psychosocial function...
March 1, 2018: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Marit Sørvoll, Aud Obstfelder, Britt Normann, Gunn Kristin Øberg
BACKGROUND: Physiotherapy from an early age is considered important for children with cerebral palsy (CP). In preschool, dedicated aides are responsible for the daily follow-up and training under the supervision of a physiotherapist (PT). Knowledge is sparse regarding what is created and achieved in clinical practice involving triads (i.e. the PT, aide, and child) with respect to the enhancement of practical skills in dedicated aides. The study purpose was to explore form and content in supervision...
March 20, 2018: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
Stephen Ashford, Heather Williams, Ajoy Nair, Samantha Orridge, Lynne Turner-Stokes
BACKGROUND: Goal-classification of person-centred goals, using Goal Attainment Scaling for leg spasticity treatment. METHODS: The study was conducted in two phases: phase I, a retrospective review to evaluate categories of goal set in routine clinical practice. Findings were used to design a goal classification system. Phase II, a multi-centre study to confirm the goal categories. Goals set (n = 270) were analysed from data collected at three centres in the UK (one centre for phase I)...
March 20, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation
Sally Lindsay, Elaine Cagliostro, Joanne Leck, Winny Shen, Jennifer Stinson
PURPOSE: Many youths with disabilities find it challenging to disclose their medical condition and request workplace accommodations. Our objective was to explore when and how young people with disabilities disclose their condition and request workplace accommodations. METHODS: We conducted 17 in-depth interviews (11 females, six males) with youth with disabilities aged 15-34 (mean age 26). We analyzed our data using an interpretive, qualitative, and thematic approach...
March 20, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation
Danielle Richardson, Valerie J Poirier, Arata Matsuyama, Jerome Calvalido
Thirty-seven dogs with histologically or cytologically confirmed malignant tumors treated with single-agent mitoxantrone at 5 mg/m2 were evaluated in a retrospective study assessing the correlation between body weight and neutropenia associated with a single dose of mitoxantrone in dogs. Overall, eight dogs (21%) experienced grade 3 neutropenia and five dogs (14%) experienced grade 4 neutropenia on day 7 following mitoxantrone chemotherapy. Dogs ≤10 kg body weight were significantly more likely to develop grade 3 or 4 neutropenia (5...
March 20, 2018: Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association
Jose Luis Lopez-Campos, Stefano Centanni
The study of airway diseases continues to present several challenges for modern medicine. The different disease presentations with variables and overlapping features may result in a real challenge for the clinician. In this context, the concept of precision medicine has started to emerge in order to give answers to some of these challenges from a diagnostic and therapeutic point of view. The main reasons to target for precision medicine in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) include that there is variability in the clinical presentation, there is no correlation between the different clinical variables at the patient level, there are a number of relevant clinical variables associated with outcomes, we do have specific therapies for specific patient types, and that there is variability in the clinical response to different therapies...
March 20, 2018: COPD
Pablo Santos-Iglesias, Bijan Mohamed, Angela Danko, Lauren M Walker
This manuscript is the first to examine the psychometric properties of the Female Sexual Distress Scale in samples of sexually functional and dysfunctional men, herein called the Sexual Distress Scale (SDS). A sample of 127 sexually dysfunctional men and 267 sexually functional men completed an online survey that included a sociodemographic questionnaire, a health questionnaire, the SDS, as well as measures of sexual bother and concerns, sexual function, sexual attitudes, and mood states. We also used a sample of 188 sexually dysfunctional and 155 sexually functional women from previous studies...
March 20, 2018: Archives of Sexual Behavior
Bobbi Jo H Yarborough, Felicia W Chi, Carla A Green, Agatha Hinman, Jennifer Mertens, Arne Beck, Michael Horberg, Constance Weisner, Cynthia I Campbell
OBJECTIVES: Understand patient and system characteristics associated with performance on the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Initiation and Engagement of Treatment (IET) measures. METHODS: This mixed-methods study linked patient and health system data from four Kaiser Permanente regions to HEDIS performance measure data for 44,320 commercially or Medicare-insured adults with HEDIS-eligible AOD diagnoses in 2012...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Addiction Medicine
Andrea Acevedo
: Initiation and engagement (IET), a process quality indicator for the treatment for substance use disorders (SUDs), has been associated with better treatment outcomes and has been part of the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set for over a decade. However, nationally, IET rates tend to be low and not improving. Integration may be a promising way to improve IET and quality of care, as suggested by the findings. To guarantee that integration is a truly effective mechanism for improving patient engagement and quality would likely require providing clinicians and other primary care providers with additional support and training on SUDs and treatment, and ensure that everyone, regardless of demographic characteristics, can equally benefit from these system level changes...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Addiction Medicine
Toshihiro Okamoto, Keika Hoshi, Kenji Fukada, Toshiyuki Kataoka, Akira Kumasaka, Nobuyuki Kaibuchi, Satoshi Fukuzawa, Tomohiro Ando
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the background factors related to the occurrence of complications in the early stages after dental implant placement. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 289 outpatients who received dental implants were retrospectively evaluated for the presence or absence of complications. Background factors, including age, sex, implant width, implant length, implant site, number of implants placed, Periotest values at the time of implant placement, presence/absence of systemic disease (particularly diabetes), and the use of anticoagulation therapy, were compared between patients with and without complications...
March 19, 2018: Implant Dentistry
Marco Baldrighi, Pier Paolo Sainaghi, Mattia Bellan, Ettore Bartoli, Luigi Mario Castello
INTRODUCTION: Although hypovolemia remains the most relevant problem during acute decompensated diabetes in its clinical manifestations (diabetic ketoacidosis, DKA, and hyperglycemic hyperosmolar state, HHS), the electrolyte derangements caused by the global hydroelectrolytic imbalance usually complicate the clinical picture at presentation and may be worsened by treatment itself. AIM: This review article is focused on the management of dysnatremias during hyperglycemic hyperosmolar state with the aim of providing clinicians a useful tool to early indentify the sodium derangement in order to address properly its treatment...
March 19, 2018: Current Diabetes Reviews
Anne Marie Coleman, Zoë Chouliara, Kay Currie
The aim of this article is to explore the positive and negative impacts of working therapeutically in complex psychological trauma (CPT), particularly the field of gender-based violence (GBV) and childhood sexual abuse (CSA), from the clinicians' perspective. The focus was on the prospect of positive gains and growth for therapists. Twenty-one clinicians ( n = 21; counselors/psychotherapists and psychologists) from National Health Service (NHS) specialist trauma services, a community mental health team, and specialist sexual assault counseling organization participated...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Interpersonal Violence
Le H Hua, Tracey H Fan, Devon Conway, Nicolas Thompson, Tyler G Kinzy
BACKGROUND: The risk-benefit ratio of continuing immunomodulating disease-modifying therapy (DMT) in older multiple sclerosis (MS) patients is unknown. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate clinical and patient-reported outcomes after stopping DMT in older MS patients. METHODS: Retrospective, observational study identifying patients from our MS clinics who were aged over 60 and on DMT > 2 years. Cause-specific Cox proportional hazards regression modeled time to discontinuation and time to reinitiation of therapy...
March 1, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
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