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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339797/the-american-society-for-clinical-pathology-s-2015-wage-survey-of-medical-laboratories-in-the-united-states
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Edna Garcia, Patrick B Fisher
Objectives: To inform the pathology and laboratory field of the most recent national wage data from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Historically, the results of this biennial survey have served as a basis for additional research on laboratory recruitment, retention, education, marketing, certification, and advocacy. Methods: The 2015 wage survey was conducted through collaboration between the ASCP's Institute of Science, Technology, & Policy in Washington, DC, and the ASCP Board of Certification in Chicago, Illinois...
February 26, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339324/mobile-but-connected-harnessing-the-power-of-self-efficacy-and-group-support-for-weight-loss-success-through-mhealth-intervention
#2
Heewon Kim, Meara Faw, Andreas Michaelides
Despite the growing popularity of mHealth applications, their usage outcomes have received limited empirical attention. Drawing on server-level user activity data and an online survey (N = 384), this study examines the use of an mHealth application for weight loss to elucidate the ways in which it can help individuals harness the power of self-efficacy and group support to enact behavior change and accomplish their health goals. The results of structural equation modeling based on 6-month user activity data demonstrated that (a) self-efficacy had a positive impact on persistent food logging in an mHealth application; (b) social support received from a mobile group was positively associated with food logging and group participation; and (c) both food logging and group participation predicted weight loss success...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Health Communication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339302/driver-trust-in-five-driver-assistance-technologies-following-real-world-use-in-four-production-vehicles
#3
David G Kidd, Jessica B Cicchino, Ian J Reagan, Laura B Kerfoot
OBJECTIVES: Information about drivers' experiences with driver assistance technologies in real driving conditions is sparse. This study characterized driver interactions with forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, active lane keeping, side-view assist, and lane departure warning systems following real-world use. METHODS: Fifty-four Insurance Institute for Highway Safety employees participated and drove a 2016 Toyota Prius, 2016 Honda Civic, 2017 Audi Q7, or 2016 Infiniti QX60 for up to several weeks...
March 1, 2017: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334453/not-in-my-backyard-ccs-sites-and-public-perception-of-ccs
#4
Carola Braun
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a technology that counteracts climate change by capturing atmospheric emissions of CO2 from human activities, storing them in geological formations underground. However, CCS also involves major risks and side effects, and faces strong public opposition. The whereabouts of 408 potential CCS sites in Germany were released in 2011. Using detailed survey data on the public perception of CCS, this study quantifies how living close to a potential storage site affects the acceptance of CCS...
March 23, 2017: Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334228/a-survey-of-the-approaches-for-identifying-differential-methylation-using-bisulfite-sequencing-data
#5
Adib Shafi, Cristina Mitrea, Tin Nguyen, Sorin Draghici
DNA methylation is an important epigenetic mechanism that plays a crucial role in cellular regulatory systems. Recent advancements in sequencing technologies now enable us to generate high-throughput methylation data and to measure methylation up to single-base resolution. This wealth of data does not come without challenges, and one of the key challenges in DNA methylation studies is to identify the significant differences in the methylation levels of the base pairs across distinct biological conditions. Several computational methods have been developed to identify differential methylation using bisulfite sequencing data; however, there is no clear consensus among existing approaches...
March 8, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333789/nursing-informatics-competency-assessment-for-the-nurse-leader-the-delphi-study
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Sarah Collins, Po-Yin Yen, Andrew Phillips, Mary K Kennedy
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to identify nursing informatics competencies perceived as relevant and required by nurse leaders. BACKGROUND: To participate as a full partner in healthcare leadership among rapidly advancing health information technologies (HITs), nurse leaders must attain knowledge of informatics competencies related to their clinical leadership roles and responsibilities. Despite this increased need to engage in HIT-related decision making, a gap remains in validated informatics competencies specific to the needs of nurse leaders...
April 2017: Journal of Nursing Administration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333605/can-all-doctors-be-like-this-seven-stories-of-communication-transformation-told-by-physicians-rated-highest-by-patients
#7
Tom Janisse, Karen Tallman
INTRODUCTION: The top predictors of patient satisfaction with clinical visits are the quality of the physician-patient relationship and the communications contributing to their relationship. How do physicians improve their communication, and what effect does it have on them? This article presents the verbatim stories of seven high-performing physicians describing their transformative change in the areas of communication, connection, and well-being. METHODS: Data for this study are based on interviews from a previous study in which a 6-question set was posed, in semistructured 60-minute interviews, to 77 of the highest-performing Permanente Medical Group physicians in 4 Regions on the "Art of Medicine" patient survey...
2017: Permanente Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333272/family-building-using-embryo-adoption-relationships-and-contact-arrangements-between-provider-and-recipient-families-a-mixed-methods-study
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Lucy Frith, Eric Blyth, Steve Lui
STUDY QUESTION: What contact arrangements are established between providers and recipients of embryos using Snowflakes® Embryo Adoption Program? SUMMARY ANSWER: Contact arrangements varied considerably and were generally positively described, although some challenges were acknowledged. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Reproductive technologies create new and diverse family forms, and the ways in which families created by embryo adoption are negotiated in practice have not been extensively investigated...
March 8, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332313/-with-a-touch-of-a-button-staff-perceptions-on-integrating-technology-in-an-irish-service-provider-for-people-with-intellectual-disabilities
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Stacy Clifford Simplican, Carolyn Shivers, June Chen, Geraldine Leader
BACKGROUND: People with intellectual disabilities continue to underutilize technology, in part due to insufficient training. Because support staff professionals provide instructional support, how they perceive integrating new technologies is important for people with intellectual disabilities. METHOD: The authors conducted a sequential mixed-methods exploratory study (quan→QUAL) including quantitative data from online surveys completed by 46 staff members and qualitative data from five focus groups attended by 39 staff members...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities: JARID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332254/information-needs-and-decision-making-preferences-of-older-women-offered-a-choice-between-surgery-and-primary-endocrine-therapy-for-early-breast-cancer
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Maria Burton, Karen Kilner, Lynda Wyld, Kate Joanna Lifford, Frances Gordon, Annabel Allison, Malcolm Reed, Karen Anna Collins
OBJECTIVES: To establish older women's (≥75 years) information preferences regarding two breast cancer treatment options: surgery plus adjuvant endocrine therapy versus primary endocrine therapy (PET). To quantify women's preferences for the mode of information presentation and decision making (DM) style. METHODS: This was a UK multi-centre survey of women, ≥75 years, who had been offered a choice between PET and surgery at diagnosis of breast cancer. A questionnaire was developed including two validated scales of decision regret and DM preferences...
March 23, 2017: Psycho-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331503/integrating-smartphone-technology-at-the-time-of-discharge-from-a-child-and-adolescent-inpatient-psychiatry-unit
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Jonathan M Gregory, Javeed Sukhera, Melissa Taylor-Gates
OBJECTIVE: As smartphone technology becomes an increasingly important part of youth mental health, there has been little to no examination of how to effectively integrate smartphone-based safety planning with inpatient care. Our study sought to examine whether or not we could effectively integrate smartphone-based safety planning into the discharge process on a child and adolescent inpatient psychiatry unit. METHOD: Staff members completed a survey to determine the extent of smartphone ownership in a population of admitted child and adolescent inpatients...
2017: Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330832/virtual-versus-in-person-focus-groups-comparison-of-costs-recruitment-and-participant-logistics
#12
Douglas J Rupert, Jon A Poehlman, Jennifer J Hayes, Sarah E Ray, Rebecca R Moultrie
BACKGROUND: Virtual focus groups-such as online chat and video groups-are increasingly promoted as qualitative research tools. Theoretically, virtual groups offer several advantages, including lower cost, faster recruitment, greater geographic diversity, enrollment of hard-to-reach populations, and reduced participant burden. However, no study has compared virtual and in-person focus groups on these metrics. OBJECTIVE: To rigorously compare virtual and in-person focus groups on cost, recruitment, and participant logistics...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328391/inpatient-experiences-with-mychart-bedside
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Erin L Winstanley, Michelle Burtchin, Yifan Zhang, Paula Campbell, Jodi Pahl, Stephen Beck, Wayne Bohenek
BACKGROUND: As technology is increasingly being integrated into hospital-based care, it is important to assess patient experiences. The purpose of this project was to conduct an evaluation of inpatient experiences with MyChart(®) Bedside. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A convenience sample of patients (n = 88) were included in this study, who responded to a Web-based self-reported survey that was embedded within the MyChart Bedside application. RESULTS: The majority of respondents (78%) reported that MyChart Bedside was easy to use...
February 22, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328231/use-of-cell-phones-and-computers-for-health-promotion-and-tobacco-cessation-by-american-indian-college-students-in-montana
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Jo Ann W Dotson, Lonnie A Nelson, Sara L Young, Dedra Buchwald, John Roll
INTRODUCTION: Cell phones and personal computers have become popular mechanisms for delivering and monitoring health information and education, including the delivery of tobacco cessation education and support. Tobacco smoking is prevalent among American Indians (AIs) and Alaska Natives (ANs), with 26% AI/AN adult men smoking compared to 19% of Caucasian adult males and 22% of African American adult males. Smoking is even more prevalent in Northern Plains AI populations, with 42% of men <i>and</i> women reporting current smoking...
January 2017: Rural and Remote Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326980/gene-sequence-analyses-of-the-healthy-oral-microbiome-in-humans-and-companion-animals
#15
Eric M Davis
It has long been accepted that certain oral bacterial species are responsible for the development of periodontal disease. However, the focus of microbial and immunological research is shifting from studying the organisms associated with disease to examining the indigenous microbial inhabitants that are present in health. Microbiome refers to the aggregate genetic material of all microorganisms living in, or on, a defined habitat. Recent developments in gene sequence analysis have enabled detection and identification of bacteria from polymicrobial samples, including subgingival plaque...
June 2016: Journal of Veterinary Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326308/infection-sources-of-a-common-non-tuberculous-mycobacterial-pathogen-mycobacterium-avium-complex
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Yukiko Nishiuchi, Tomotada Iwamoto, Fumito Maruyama
Numerous studies have revealed a continuous increase in the worldwide incidence and prevalence of non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) diseases, especially pulmonary Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) diseases. Although it is not clear why NTM diseases have been increasing, one possibility is an increase of mycobacterial infection sources in the environment. Thus, in this review, we focused on the infection sources of pathogenic NTM, especially MAC. The environmental niches for MAC include water, soil, and dust...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325786/impact-on-hospital-resources-of-systematic-evaluation-and-management-of-suspected-nonaccidental-trauma-in-patients-less-than-4-years-of-age
#17
Bethann M Pflugeisen, Mauricio A Escobar, Dustin Haferbecker, Yolanda Duralde, Elizabeth Pohlson
OBJECTIVE: There has been an increasing movement worldwide to create systematic screening and management procedures for atypical injury patterns in children with the hope of better detecting and evaluating nonaccidental trauma (NAT). A legitimate concern for any hospital considering implementation of a systematic evaluation process is the impact on already burdened hospital resources. We hypothesized that implementation of a guideline that uses red flags related to history, physical, or radiologic findings to trigger a standardized NAT evaluation of patients <4 years would not negatively affect resource utilization at our level II pediatric trauma center...
March 21, 2017: Hospital Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324809/the-internet-as-a-source-of-information-used-by-women-after-childbirth-to-meet-their-need-for-information-a-web-based-survey
#18
J Slomian, O Bruyère, J Y Reginster, P Emonts
OBJECTIVE: the aims of this survey were: (a) to evaluate the need of information after childbirth and what questions do 'new' mothers ask themselves; (b) to assess why and how women use the Internet to meet their need of information; (c) to describe how the respondents evaluate the reliability of the information found; (d) to understand how the information found on the Internet affects women's decision-making; and (e) to appreciate how health professionals react to the information found by the women...
March 14, 2017: Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324326/the-impact-of-fabry-disease-on-reproductive-fitness
#19
Dawn A Laney, Virginia Clarke, Allison Foley, Eric W Hall, Scott E Gillespie, Myrl Holida, Morgan Simmons, Alexandrea Wadley
Fabry disease (FD) is a pan-ethnic, X-linked, progressive lysosomal storage disorder caused by pathogenic mutations in the GLA gene. Published case reports and abstracts suggest that decreased reproductive fitness may occur in males with FD. In order to understand the impact of FD on reproductive fitness and increase the accuracy of reproductive genetic counseling, this study examines a large, multi-centered population of individuals with FD to determine if males have reduced reproductive fitness. Study data were collected on 376 patients through two, gender-specific surveys distributed across the United States and Canada...
March 22, 2017: JIMD Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321583/microfluidic-encapsulation-of-ovarian-follicles-for-3d-culture
#20
Xiaoming He
The ovarian follicle that contains one single oocyte is the fundamental functional tissue unit of mammalian ovary. Therefore, isolation and in vitro culture of ovarian follicles to obtain fertilizable oocytes are regarded as a promising strategy for women to combat infertility. In this communication, we performed a brief survey of studies on microfluidic encapsulation of ovarian follicles in core-shell hydrogel microcapsules for biomimetic 3D culture. These studies highlighted that recapitulation of the mechanical heterogeneity of the extracellular matrix in ovary is crucial for in vitro culture to develop early pre-antral follicles to the antral stage, and for the release of cumulus-oocyte complex (COC) from antral follicles in vitro...
March 20, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
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