Outcome and Process Assessment (Health Care)

Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis
Author(s): 
Lynn, Steven Jay
Green, Joseph P.
Accardi, Michelle
Cleere, Colleen
Publication Title: 
The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

Abstract Eighty-five smokers chose either a group or individual treatment using manualized hypnosis. Abstinence rates in group treatment at follow-up are 19.6% in comparison to 13.8% in individual treatment. This difference did not reach statistical significance. It is concluded that group treatment is as effective as the better established individual treatment and therefore can be seen as an alternative approach in smoking cessation using hypnosis.

Author(s): 
Riegel, Björn
Publication Title: 
Malaria Journal

BACKGROUND: Home-based management of malaria (HMM) is promoted as a major strategy to improve prompt delivery of effective malaria treatment in Africa. HMM involves presumptively treating febrile children with pre-packaged antimalarial drugs distributed by members of the community. HMM has been implemented in several African countries, and artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) will likely be introduced into these programmes on a wide scale.

Author(s): 
Hopkins, Heidi
Talisuna, Ambrose
Whitty, Christopher Jm
Staedke, Sarah G.
Publication Title: 
Malaria Journal

BACKGROUND: Malaria remains a major public health problem especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Despite the efforts exerted to provide effective anti-malarial drugs, still some communities suffer from getting access to these services due to many barriers. This research aimed to assess the feasibility and acceptability of home-based management of malaria (HMM) strategy using artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) for treatment and rapid diagnostic test (RDT) for diagnosis. METHODS: This is a study conducted in 20 villages in Um Adara area, South Kordofan state, Sudan.

Author(s): 
Elmardi, Khalid A.
Malik, Elfatih M.
Abdelgadir, Tarig
Ali, Salah H.
Elsyed, Abdalla H.
Mudather, Mahmoud A.
Elhassan, Asma H.
Adam, Ishag
Publication Title: 
Complementary Therapies in Nursing & Midwifery
Author(s): 
Stringer, J.
Publication Title: 
Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice

Nurses are increasingly incorporating complementary therapies into their practices. Aromatherapy is one of the most popular therapies. The basis of aromatherapy is essential oils, which are chemically active substances with a long history of safe traditional use and a growing evidence base to support their use in nursing care. In Australia, essential oils are classified and regulated under the same policies as conventional medicines such as the National Medicines Policy and the Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) framework applies.

Author(s): 
Dunning, Trisha
Publication Title: 
International psychogeriatrics / IPA

OBJECTIVE: To provide a systematic review of selected experimental studies of psychosocial treatments of behavioral disturbances in dementia. Psychosocial treatments are defined here as strategies derived from one of three psychologically oriented paradigms (learning theory, unmet needs and altered stress thresholds). METHOD: English language reports published or in press by December 2006 were identified by means of database searches, checks of previous reviews and contact with recognized experts.

Author(s): 
O'Connor, Daniel W.
Ames, David
Gardner, Betina
King, Madeleine
Publication Title: 
Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Author(s): 
Johnson, N. P.
Publication Title: 
The American Journal on Addictions / American Academy of Psychiatrists in Alcoholism and Addictions

This study examined the prevalence, patient characteristics, and treatment initiation and engagement of adolescents with co-occurring substance use (SU) and serious mental health (MH) diagnoses in a private, managed care health plan. We identified 2,005 adolescents aged 12-17, who received both SU and MH diagnoses within a 1-year window between 1/1/2000 and 12/31/2002; 57% were girls. Gender variations were found in diagnoses received and point of identification.

Author(s): 
Chi, Felicia W.
Sterling, Stacy
Weisner, Constance
Publication Title: 
Journal of Addiction Medicine

OBJECTIVE: To review the evolution of the paradigm of recovery in addiction and its implications. METHOD: A systematic literature review was conducted using the MEDLINE and PsychInfo databases over the past 10 years and key references from the retrieved literature. FINDINGS: The historical evolution of the concept of recovery has been shaped by several driving forces, including consumer experience, the need to better define our treatment outcome and parallel elaboration of the concepts of health, quality of life, and chronic disorders.

Author(s): 
El-Guebaly, Nady

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