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1.  Neonatal Mortality Levels for 193 Countries in 2009 with Trends since 1990: A Systematic Analysis of Progress, Projections, and Priorities 
PLoS Medicine  2011;8(8):e1001080.
Mikkel Oestergaard and colleagues develop annual estimates for neonatal mortality rates and neonatal deaths for 193 countries for 1990 to 2009, and forecasts into the future.
Historically, the main focus of studies of childhood mortality has been the infant and under-five mortality rates. Neonatal mortality (deaths <28 days of age) has received limited attention, although such deaths account for about 41% of all child deaths. To better assess progress, we developed annual estimates for neonatal mortality rates (NMRs) and neonatal deaths for 193 countries for the period 1990–2009 with forecasts into the future.
Methods and Findings
We compiled a database of mortality in neonates and children (<5 years) comprising 3,551 country-years of information. Reliable civil registration data from 1990 to 2009 were available for 38 countries. A statistical model was developed to estimate NMRs for the remaining 155 countries, 17 of which had no national data. Country consultation was undertaken to identify data inputs and review estimates. In 2009, an estimated 3.3 million babies died in the first month of life—compared with 4.6 million neonatal deaths in 1990—and more than half of all neonatal deaths occurred in five countries of the world (44% of global livebirths): India 27.8% (19.6% of global livebirths), Nigeria 7.2% (4.5%), Pakistan 6.9% (4.0%), China 6.4% (13.4%), and Democratic Republic of the Congo 4.6% (2.1%). Between 1990 and 2009, the global NMR declined by 28% from 33.2 deaths per 1,000 livebirths to 23.9. The proportion of child deaths that are in the neonatal period increased in all regions of the world, and globally is now 41%. While NMRs were halved in some regions of the world, Africa's NMR only dropped 17.6% (43.6 to 35.9).
Neonatal mortality has declined in all world regions. Progress has been slowest in the regions with high NMRs. Global health programs need to address neonatal deaths more effectively if Millennium Development Goal 4 (two-thirds reduction in child mortality) is to be achieved.
Please see later in the article for the Editors' Summary
Editors' Summary
Every year, more than 8 million children die before their fifth birthday. Most of these deaths occur in developing countries and most are caused by preventable or treatable diseases. In 2000, world leaders set a target of reducing child mortality to one-third of its 1990 level by 2015 as Millennium Development Goal 4 (MDG4). This goal, together with seven others, is designed to help improve the social, economic, and health conditions in the world's poorest countries. In recent years, progress towards reducing child mortality has accelerated but remains insufficient to achieve MDG4. In particular, progress towards reducing neonatal deaths—deaths during the first 28 days of life—has been slow and neonatal deaths now account for a greater proportion of global child deaths than in 1990. Currently, nearly 41% of all deaths among children under the age of 5 years occur during the neonatal period. The major causes of neonatal deaths are complications of preterm delivery, breathing problems during or after delivery (birth asphyxia), and infections of the blood (sepsis) and lungs (pneumonia). Simple interventions such as improved hygiene at birth and advice on breastfeeding can substantially reduce neonatal deaths.
Why Was This Study Done?
If MDG4 is to be met, more must be done to prevent deaths among newborn babies. To improve survival rates and to monitor the effects of public-health interventions in this vulnerable group, accurate, up-to-date estimates of national neonatal mortality rates (NMRs, the number of neonatal deaths per 1,000 live births) are essential. Although infant (under-one) and under-five mortality rates are estimated annually for individual countries by the United Nations Interagency Group for Child Mortality Estimation, annual NMR trend estimates have not been produced before. In many developed countries, child mortality rates can be calculated directly from vital civil registration data—records of all births and deaths. But many developing countries lack vital registration systems and child mortality has to be estimated using data collected in household surveys such as the Demographic and Health Surveys (a project that helps developing countries collect data on health and population trends). In this study, the researchers estimate annual national NMRs and numbers of neonatal deaths for the past 20 years using the available data.
What Did the Researchers Do and Find?
The researchers used civil registration systems, household surveys, and other sources to compile a database of deaths among neonates and children under 5 years old for 193 countries between 1990 and 2009. They estimated NMRs for 38 countries from reliable vital registration data and developed a statistical model to estimate NMRs for the remaining 155 countries (in which 92% of global live births occurred). In 2009, 3.3 million babies died during their first month of life compared to 4.6 million in 1990. More than half the neonatal deaths in 2009 occurred in five countries—India, Nigeria, Pakistan, China, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. India had the largest number of neonatal deaths throughout the study. Between 1990 and 2009, although the global NMR decreased from 33.2 to 23.9 deaths per 1,000 live births (a decrease of 28%), NMRs increased in eight countries, five of which were in Africa. Moreover, in Africa as a whole, the NMR only decreased by 17.6%, from 43.6 per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 35.9 per 1,000 live births in 2009.
What Do These Findings Mean?
These and other findings suggest that neonatal mortality has declined in all world regions since 1990 but that progress has been slowest in the regions with high NMRs such as Africa. Although there is considerable uncertainty around the estimates calculated by the researchers, these findings nevertheless highlight the slow progress in reducing the neonatal mortality risk over the past 20 years and suggest that the relative contribution of neonatal deaths to child deaths will increase into the future. Thus, if MDG4 is to be achieved, it is essential that national governments and international health bodies invest in improved methods for the measurement of neonatal deaths and stillbirths and increase their investment in the provision of care at birth and during the first few weeks of life.
Additional Information
Please access these Web sites via the online version of this summary at
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) works for children's rights, survival, development, and protection around the world; it provides information on Millennium Development Goal 4, and its Childinfo Web site provides detailed statistics about child survival and health, including a description of the United Nations Interagency Group for Child Mortality Estimation and a link to its database, and information on newborn care (some information in several languages)
The World Health Organization also has information about the Millennium Development Goal 4, provides information on newborn mortality, and provides the latest estimates of child mortality
Further information about the Millennium Development Goals is available
Information is also available about the Demographic and Health Surveys
PMCID: PMC3168874  PMID: 21918640
2.  Proceedings of the 3rd IPLeiria’s International Health Congress 
Tomás, Catarina Cardoso | Oliveira, Emanuel | Sousa, D. | Uba-Chupel, M. | Furtado, G. | Rocha, C. | Teixeira, A. | Ferreira, P. | Alves, Celeste | Gisin, Stefan | Catarino, Elisabete | Carvalho, Nelma | Coucelo, Tiago | Bonfim, Luís | Silva, Carina | Franco, Débora | González, Jesús Alcoba | Jardim, Helena G. | Silva, Rita | Baixinho, Cristina L. | Presado, Mª Helena | Marques, Mª Fátima | Cardoso, Mário E. | Cunha, Marina | Mendes, Joana | Xavier, Ana | Galhardo, Ana | Couto, Margarida | Frade, João G. | Nunes, Carla | Mesquita, João R. | Nascimento, Maria S. | Gonçalves, Guilherme | Castro, Conceição | Mártires, Alice | Monteiro, Mª João | Rainho, Conceição | Caballero, Francisco P. | Monago, Fatima M. | Guerrero, Jose T. | Monago, Rocio M. | Trigo, Africa P. | Gutierrez, Milagros L. | Milanés, Gemma M. | Reina, Mercedes G. | Villanueva, Ana G. | Piñero, Ana S. | Aliseda, Isabel R. | Ramirez, Francisco B. | Ribeiro, Andrea | Quelhas, Ana | Manso, Conceição | Caballero, Francisco P. | Guerrero, Jose T. | Monago, Fatima M. | Santos, Rafael B. | Jimenez, Nuria R. | Nuñez, Cristina G. | Gomez, Inmaculada R. | Fernandez, Mª Jose L. | Marquez, Laura A. | Moreno, Ana L. | Huertas, Mª Jesus Tena | Ramirez, Francisco B. | Seabra, Daniel | Salvador, Mª Céu | Braga, Luciene | Parreira, Pedro | Salgueiro-Oliveira, Anabela | Arreguy-Sena, Cristina | Oliveira, Bibiana F. | Henriques, Mª Adriana | Santos, Joana | Lebre, Sara | Marques, Alda | Festas, Clarinda | Rodrigues, Sandra | Ribeiro, Andrea | Lumini, José | Figueiredo, Ana G. | Hernandez-Martinez, Francisco J. | Campi, Liliana | Quintana-Montesdeoca, Mª Pino | Jimenez-Diaz, Juan F. | Rodriguez-De-Vera, Bienvenida C. | Parente, Alexandra | Mata, Mª Augusta | Pereira, Ana Mª | Fernandes, Adília | Brás, Manuel | Pinto, Mª Rosário | Parreira, Pedro | Basto, Marta L. | Rei, Ana C. | Mónico, Lisete M. | Sousa, Gilberta | Morna, Clementina | Freitas, Otília | Freitas, Gregório | Jardim, Ana | Vasconcelos, Rita | Horta, Lina G. | Rosa, Roger S. | Kranz, Luís F. | Nugem, Rita C. | Siqueira, Mariana S. | Bordin, Ronaldo | Kniess, Rosiane | Lacerda, Josimari T. | Guedes, Joana | Machado, Idalina | Almeida, Sidalina | Zilhão, Adriano | Alves, Helder | Ribeiro, Óscar | Amaral, Ana P. | Santos, Ana | Monteiro, Joana | Rocha, Mª Clara | Cruz, Rui | Amaral, Ana P. | Lourenço, Marina | Rocha, Mª Clara | Cruz, Rui | Antunes, Sandra | Mendonça, Verónica | Andrade, Isabel | Osório, Nádia | Valado, Ana | Caseiro, Armando | Gabriel, António | Martins, Anabela C. | Mendes, Fernando | Cabral, Lídia | Ferreira, Manuela | Gonçalves, Amadeu | Luz, Tatiana D. | Luz, Leonardo | Martins, Raul | Morgado, Alice | Vale-Dias, Maria L. | Porta-Nova, Rui | Fleig, Tânia C. | Reuter, Éboni M. | Froemming, Miriam B. | Guerreiro, Sabrina L. | Carvalho, Lisiane L. | Guedelha, Daniel | Coelho, P. | Pereira, A. | Calha, António | Cordeiro, Raul | Gonçalves, Ana | Certo, Ana | Galvão, Ana | Mata, Mª Augusta | Welter, Aline | Pereira, Elayne | Ribeiro, Sandra | Kretzer, Marcia | Jiménez-Díaz, Juan-Fernando | Jiménez-Rodríguez, Carla | Hernández-Martínez, Francisco-José | Rodríguez-De-Vera, Bienvenida-Del-Carmen | Marques-Rodrigues, Alexandre | Coelho, Patrícia | Bernardes, Tiago | Pereira, Alexandre | Sousa, Patrícia | Filho, João G. | Nazario, Nazare | Kretzer, Marcia | Amaral, Odete | Garrido, António | Veiga, Nélio | Nunes, Carla | Pedro, Ana R. | Pereira, Carlos | Almeia, António | Fernandes, Helder M. | Vasconcelos, Carlos | Sousa, Nelson | Reis, Victor M. | Monteiro, M. João | Mendes, Romeu | Pinto, Isabel C. | Pires, Tânia | Gama, João | Preto, Vera | Silva, Norberto | Magalhães, Carlos | Martins, Matilde | Duarte, Mafalda | Paúl, Constança | Martín, Ignácio | Pinheiro, Arminda A. | Xavier, Sandra | Azevedo, Julieta | Bento, Elisabete | Marques, Cristiana | Marques, Mariana | Macedo, António | Pereira, Ana T. | Almeida, José P. | Almeida, António | Alves, Josiane | Sousa, Nelson | Saavedra, Francisco | Mendes, Romeu | Maia, Ana S. | Oliveira, Michelle T. | Sousa, Anderson R. | Ferreira, Paulo P. | Lopes, Luci S. | Santiago, Eujcely C. | Monteiro, Sílvia | Jesus, Ângelo | Colaço, Armanda | Carvalho, António | Silva, Rita P. | Cruz, Agostinho | Ferreira, Ana | Marques, Catarina | Figueiredo, João P. | Paixão, Susana | Ferreira, Ana | Lopes, Carla | Moreira, Fernando | Figueiredo, João P. | Ferreira, Ana | Ribeiro, Diana | Moreira, Fernando | Figueiredo, João P. | Paixão, Susana | Fernandes, Telma | Amado, Diogo | Leal, Jéssica | Azevedo, Marcelo | Ramalho, Sónia | Mangas, Catarina | Ribeiro, Jaime | Gonçalves, Rita | Nunes, Amélia F | Tuna, Ana R. | Martins, Carlos R. | Forte, Henriqueta D. | Costa, Cláudia | Tenedório, José A. | Santana, Paula | Andrade, J. A. | Pinto, J. 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A. | Domingues, J. N. | Paixão, S. | Figueiredo, J. | Nascimento, V. B. | Jesus, C. | Mendes, F | Gehrke, F. | Alves, B. | Azzalis, L. | Fonseca, F. | Martins, Ana R. | Nunes, Amélia | Jorge, Arminda | Veiga, Nélio | Amorim, Ana | Silva, André | Martinho, Liliana | Monteiro, Luís | Silva, Rafael | Coelho, Carina | Amaral, Odete | Coelho, Inês | Pereira, Carlos | Correia, André | Rodrigues, Diana | Marante, Nídia | Silva, Pedro | Carvalho, Sara | Araujo, André Rts | Ribeiro, Maximiano | Coutinho, Paula | Ventura, Sandra | Roque, Fátima | Calvo, Cristina | Reses, Manoela | Conde, Jorge | Ferreira, Ana | Figueiredo, João | Silva, David | Seiça, Luís | Soares, Raquel | Mourão, Ricardo | Kraus, Teresa | Abreu, Ana C. | Padilha, José M. | Alves, Júlia M. | Sousa, Paulino | Oliveira, Manuel | Sousa, Joana | Novais, Sónia | Mendes, Felismina | Pinto, Joana | Cruz, Joana | Marques, Alda | Duarte, Hugo | Dixe, Maria Dos Anjos | Sousa, Pedro | Cruz, Inês | Bastos, Fernanda | Pereira, Filipe | Carvalho, Francisco L. | Oliveira, Teresa T. | Raposo, Vítor R. | Rainho, Conceição | Ribeiro, José C. | Barroso, Isabel | Rodrigues, Vítor | Neves, Carmo | Oliveira, Teresa C. | Oliveira, Bárbara | Morais, Mª Carminda | Baylina, Pilar | Rodrigues, Rogério | Azeredo, Zaida | Vicente, Corália | Dias, Hélia | Sim-Sim, Margarida | Parreira, Pedro | Salgueiro-Oliveira, Anabela | Castilho, Amélia | Melo, Rosa | Graveto, João | Gomes, José | Vaquinhas, Marina | Carvalho, Carla | Mónico, Lisete | Brito, Nuno | Sarroeira, Cassilda | Amendoeira, José | Cunha, Fátima | Cândido, Anabela | Fernandes, Patrícia | Silva, Helena R. | Silva, Elsa | Barroso, Isabel | Lapa, Leila | Antunes, Cristina | Gonçalves, Ana | Galvão, Ana | Gomes, Mª José | Escanciano, Susana R. | Freitas, Maria | Parreira, Pedro | Marôco, João | Fernandes, Ana R. | Cabral, Cremilde | Alves, Samuel | Sousa, Pedro | Ferreira, António | Príncipe, Fernanda | Seppänen, Ulla-Maija | Ferreira, Margarida | Carvalhais, Maribel | Silva, Marilene | Ferreira, Manuela | Silva, Joana | Neves, Jéssica | Costa, Diana | Santos, Bruno | Duarte, Soraia | Marques, Sílvia | Ramalho, Sónia | Mendes, Isabel | Louro, Clarisse | Menino, Eva | Dixe, Maria | Dias, Sara S. | Cordeiro, Marina | Tomás, Catarina | Querido, Ana | Carvalho, Daniel | Gomes, João | Valim, Frederico C. | Costa, Joyce O. | Bernardes, Lúcia G. | Prebianchi, Helena | Rosa, Marlene Cristina | Gonçalves, Narcisa | Martins, Maria M. | Kurcgant, Paulina | Vieira, André | Bento, Sandrina | Deodato, Sérgio | Rabiais, Isabel | Reis, Laura | Torres, Ana | Soares, Sérgio | Ferreira, Margarida | Graça, Pedro | Leitão, Céu | Abreu, Renato | Bellém, Fernando | Almeida, Ana | Ribeiro-Varandas, Edna | Tavares, Ana | Frade, João G. | Henriques, Carolina | Menino, Eva | Louro, Clarisse | Jordão, Célia | Neco, Sofia | Morais, Carminda | Ferreira, Pedro | Silva, Carla R. | Brito, Alice | Silva, Antónia | Duarte, Hugo | Dixe, Maria Dos Anjos | Sousa, Pedro | Postolache, Gabriela | Oliveira, Raul | Moreira, Isabel | Pedro, Luísa | Vicente, Sónia | Domingos, Samuel | Postolache, Octavian | Silva, Darlen | Filho, João G. | Nazario, Nazare | Kretzer, Marcia | Schneider, Dulcineia | Marques, Fátima M. | Parreira, Pedro | Carvalho, Carla | Mónico, Lisete M. | Pinto, Carlos | Vicente, Sara | Breda, São João | Gomes, José H. | Melo, Rosa | Parreira, Pedro | Salgueiro, Anabela | Graveto, João | Vaquinhas, Marina | Castilho, Amélia | Jesus, Ângelo | Duarte, Nuno | Lopes, José C. | Nunes, Hélder | Cruz, Agostinho | Salgueiro-Oliveira, Anabela | Parreira, Pedro | Basto, Marta L. | Braga, Luciene M. | Ferreira, António | Araújo, Beatriz | Alves, José M. | Ferreira, Margarida | Carvalhais, Maribel | Silva, Marilene | Novais, Sónia | Sousa, Ana S. | Ferrito, Cândida | Ferreira, Pedro L. | Rodrigues, Alexandre | Ferreira, Margarida | Oliveira, Isabel | Ferreira, Manuela | Neves, Jéssica | Costa, Diana | Duarte, Soraia | Silva, Joana | Santos, Bruno | Martins, Cristina | Macedo, Ana P. | Araújo, Odete | Augusto, Cláudia | Braga, Fátima | Gomes, Lisa | Silva, Maria A. | Rosário, Rafaela | Pimenta, Luís | Carreira, Diana | Teles, Patrícia | Barros, Teresa | Tomás, Catarina | Querido, Ana | Carvalho, Daniel | Gomes, João | Cordeiro, Marina | Carvalho, Daniel | Querido, Ana | Tomás, Catarina | Gomes, João | Cordeiro, Marina | Jácome, Cristina | Marques, Alda | Capelas, Sylvie | Hall, Andreia | Alves, Dina | Lousada, Marisa | Loureiro, Mª Helena | Camarneiro, Ana | Silva, Margarida | Mendes, Aida | Pedreiro, Ana | G.Silva, Anne | Coelho, Elza S. | Melo, Flávio | Ribeiro, Fernando | Torres, Rui | Costa, Rui | Pinho, Tânia | Jácome, Cristina | Marques, Alda | Cruz, Bárbara | Seabra, Daniel | Carreiras, Diogo | Ventura, Maria | Cruz, x | Brooks, Dina | Marques, Alda | Pinto, M Rosário | Parreira, Pedro | Lima-Basto, Marta | Neves, Miguel | Mónico, Lisete M. | Bizarro, Carla | Cunha, Marina | Galhardo, Ana | Margarida, Couto | Amorim, Ana P. | Silva, Eduardo | Cruz, Susana | Padilha, José M. | Valente, Jorge | Guerrero, José T. | Caballero, Francisco P. | Santos, Rafael B. | Gonzalez, Estefania P. | Monago, Fátima M. | Ugalde, Lierni U. | Vélez, Marta M. | Tena, Maria J. | Guerrero, José T. | Bravo, Rafael | Pérez-Caballero, Francisco L. | Becerra, Isabel A. | Agudelo, Mª Elizabeth | Acedo, Guadalupe | Bajo, Roberto | Malheiro, Isabel | Gaspar, Filomena | Barros, Luísa | Furtado, Guilherme | Uba-Chupel, Mateus | Marques, Mariana | Rama, Luís | Braga, Margarida | Ferreira, José P. | Teixeira, Ana Mª | Cruz, João | Barbosa, Tiago | Simões, Ângela | Coelho, Luís | Rodrigues, Alexandre | Jiménez-Díaz, Juan-Fernando | Martinez-Hernandez, Francisco | Rodriguez-De-Vera, Bienvenida | Ferreira, Pedro | Rodrigues, Alexandrina | Ramalho, André | Petrica, João | Mendes, Pedro | Serrano, João | Santo, Inês | Rosado, António | Mendonça, Paula | Freitas, Kátia | Ferreira, Dora | Brito, António | Fernandes, Renato | Gomes, Sofia | Moreira, Fernando | Pinho, Cláudia | Oliveira, Rita | Oliveira, Ana I. | Mendonça, Paula | Casimiro, Ana P. | Martins, Patrícia | Silva, Iryna | Evangelista, Diana | Leitão, Catarina | Velosa, Fábia | Carecho, Nélio | Coelho, Luís | Menino, Eva | Dixe, Anjos | Catarino, Helena | Soares, Fátima | Gama, Ester | Gordo, Clementina | Moreira, Eliana | Midões, Cristiana | Santos, Marlene | Machado, Sara | Oliveira, Vânia P. | Santos, Marlene | Querido, Ana | Dixe, Anjos | Marques, Rita | Charepe, Zaida | Antunes, Ana | Santos, Sofia | Rosa, Marlene C. | Rosa, Marlene C. | Marques, Silvana F. | Minghelli, Beatriz | CaroMinghelli, Eulália | Luís, Mª José | Brandão, Teresa | Mendes, Pedro | Marinho, Daniel | Petrica, João | Monteiro, Diogo | Paulo, Rui | Serrano, João | Santo, Inês | Monteiro, Lina | Ramalho, Fátima | Santos-Rocha, Rita | Morgado, Sónia | Bento, Teresa | Sousa, Gilberta | Freitas, Otília | Silva, Isabel | Freitas, Gregório | Morna, Clementina | Vasconcelos, Rita | Azevedo, Tatiana | Soares, Salete | Pisco, Jacinta | Ferreira, Paulo P. | Olszewer, Efrain O. | Oliveira, Michelle T. | Sousa, Anderson R. | Maia, Ana S. | Oliveira, Sebastião T. | Santos, Erica | Oliveira, Ana I. | Maia, Carla | Moreira, Fernando | Santos, Joana | Mendes, Maria F. | Oliveira, Rita F. | Pinho, Cláudia | Barreira, Eduarda | Pereira, Ana | Vaz, Josiana A. | Novo, André | Silva, Luís D. | Maia, Bruno | Ferreira, Eduardo | Pires, Filipa | Andrade, Renato | Camarinha, Luís | Silva, Luís D. | Maia, Bruno | Ferreira, Eduardo | Pires, Filipa | Andrade, Renato | Camarinha, Luís | César, Ana F. | Poço, Mariana | Ventura, David | Loura, Raquel | Gomes, Pedro | Gomes, Catarina | Silva, Cláudia | Melo, Elsa | Lindo, João | Domingos, Joana | Mendes, Zaida | Poeta, Susana | Carvalho, Tiago | Tomás, Catarina | Catarino, Helena | Dixe, Mª Anjos | Ramalho, André | Rosado, António | Mendes, Pedro | Paulo, Rui | Garcia, Inês | Petrica, João | Rodrigues, Sandra | Meneses, Rui | Afonso, Carlos | Faria, Luís | Seixas, Adérito | Cordeiro, Marina | Granjo, Paulo | Gomes, José C. | Souza, Nelba R. | Furtado, Guilherme E. | Rocha, Saulo V. | Silva, Paula | Carvalho, Joana | Morais, Marina Ana | Santos, Sofia | Lebre, Paula | Antunes, Ana | Calha, António | Xavier, Ana | Cunha, Marina | Pinto-Gouveia, José | Alencar, Liana | Cunha, Madalena | Madureira, António | Cardoso, Ilda | Galhardo, Ana | Daniel, Fernanda | Rodrigues, Vítor | Luz, Leonardo | Luz, Tatiana | Ramos, Maurício R. | Medeiros, Dayse C. | Carmo, Bruno M. | Seabra, André | Padez, Cristina | Silva, Manuel C. | Rodrigues, António | Coelho, Patrícia | Coelho, Alexandre | Caminha, Madson | Matheus, Filipe | Mendes, Elenice | Correia, Jony | Kretzer, Marcia | Hernandez-Martinez, Francisco J. | Jimenez-Diaz, Juan F. | Rodriguez-De-Vera, Bienvendida C. | Jimenez-Rodriguez, Carla | Armas-Gonzalez, Yadira | Rodrigues, Cátia | Pedroso, Rosa | Apolinário-Hagen, Jennifer | Vehreschild, Viktor | Veloso, Milene | Magalhães, Celina | Cabral, Isabel | Ferraz, Maira | Nave, Filipe | Costa, Emília | Matos, Filomena | Pacheco, José | Dias, António | Pereira, Carlos | Duarte, João | Cunha, Madalena | Silva, Daniel | Mónico, Lisete M. | Alferes, Valentim R. | Brêda, Mª São João | Carvalho, Carla | Parreira, Pedro M. | Morais, Mª Carminda | Ferreira, Pedro | Pimenta, Rui | Boavida, José | Pinto, Isabel C. | Pires, Tânia | Silva, Catarina | Ribeiro, Maria | Viega-Branco, Maria | Pereira, Filomena | Pereira, Ana Mª | Almeida, Fabrícia M. | Estevez, Gustavo L. | Ribeiro, Sandra | Kretzer, Marcia R. | João, Paulo V. | Nogueira, Paulo | Novais, Sandra | Pereira, Ana | Carneiro, Lara | Mota, Maria | Cruz, Rui | Santiago, Luiz | Fontes-Ribeiro, Carlos | Furtado, Guilherme | Rocha, Saulo V. | Coutinho, André P. | Neto, João S. | Vasconcelos, Lélia R. | Souza, Nelba R. | Dantas, Estélio | Dinis, Alexandra | Carvalho, Sérgio | Castilho, Paula | Pinto-Gouveia, José | Sarreira-Santos, Alexandra | Figueiredo, Amélia | Medeiros-Garcia, Lurdes | Seabra, Paulo | Rodrigues, Rosa | Morais, Mª Carminda | Fernandes, Paula O. | Santiago, Conceição | Figueiredo, Mª Henriqueta | Basto, Marta L. | Guimarães, Teresa | Coelho, André | Graça, Anabela | Silva, Ana M. | Fonseca, Ana R. | Vale-Dias, Luz | Minas, Bárbara | Franco-Borges, Graciete | Simões, Cristina | Santos, Sofia | Serra, Ana | Matos, Maria | Jesus, Luís | Tavares, Ana S. | Almeida, Ana | Leitão, Céu | Varandas, Edna | Abreu, Renato | Bellém, Fernando | Trindade, Inês A. | Ferreira, Cláudia | Pinto-Gouveia, José | Marta-Simões, Joana | Amaral, Odete | Miranda, Cristiana | Guimarães, Pedro | Gonçalves, Rodrigo | Veiga, Nélio | Pereira, Carlos | Fleig, Tânia C. | San-Martin, Elisabete A. | Goulart, Cássia L. | Schneiders, Paloma B. | Miranda, Natacha F. | Carvalho, Lisiane L. | Silva, Andrea G. | Topa, Joana | Nogueira, Conceição | Neves, Sofia | Ventura, Rita | Nazaré, Cristina | Brandão, Daniela | Freitas, Alberto | Ribeiro, Óscar | Paúl, Constança | Mercê, Cristiana | Branco, Marco | Almeida, Pedro | Nascimento, Daniela | Pereira, Juliana | Catela, David | Rafael, Helga | Reis, Alcinda C. | Mendes, Ana | Valente, Ana R. | Lousada, Marisa | Sousa, Diana | Baltazar, Ana L. | Loureiro, Mª Helena | Oliveira, Ana | Aparício, José | Marques, Alda | Marques, Alda | Oliveira, Ana | Neves, Joana | Ayoub, Rodrigo | Sousa, Luís | Marques-Vieira, Cristina | Severino, Sandy | José, Helena | Cadorio, Inês | Lousada, Marisa | Cunha, Marina | Andrade, Diogo | Galhardo, Ana | Couto, Margarida | Mendes, Fernando | Domingues, Cátia | Schukg, Susann | Abrantes, Ana M. | Gonçalves, Ana C. | Sales, Tiago | Teixo, Ricardo | Silva, Rita | Estrela, Jéssica | Laranjo, Mafalda | Casalta-Lopes, João | Rocha, Clara | Simões, Paulo C. | Sarmento-Ribeiro, Ana B. | Botelho, Mª Filomena | Rosa, Manuel S. | Fonseca, Virgínia | Colaço, Diogo | Neves, Vanessa | Jesus, Carlos | Hesse, Camilla | Rocha, Clara | Osório, Nádia | Valado, Ana | Caseiro, Armando | Gabriel, António | Svensson, Lola | Mendes, Fernando | Siba, Wafa A. | Pereira, Cristina | Tomaz, Jorge | Carvalho, Teresa | Pinto-Gouveia, José | Cunha, Marina | Duarte, Diana | Lopes, Nuno V. | Fonseca-Pinto, Rui | Duarte, Diana | Lopes, Nuno V. | Fonseca-Pinto, Rui | Martins, Anabela C. | Brandão, Piedade | Martins, Laura | Cardoso, Margarida | Morais, Nuno | Cruz, Joana | Alves, Nuno | Faria, Paula | Mateus, Artur | Morouço, Pedro | Alves, Nuno | Ferreira, Nelson | Mateus, Artur | Faria, Paula | Morouço, Pedro | Malheiro, Isabel | Gaspar, Filomena | Barros, Luísa | Parreira, Pedro | Cardoso, Andreia | Mónico, Lisete | Carvalho, Carla | Lopes, Albino | Salgueiro-Oliveira, Anabela | Seixas, Adérito | Soares, Valter | Dias, Tiago | Vardasca, Ricardo | Gabriel, Joaquim | Rodrigues, Sandra | Paredes, Hugo | Reis, Arsénio | Marinho, Sara | Filipe, Vítor | Lains, Jorge | Barroso, João | Da Motta, Carolina | Carvalho, Célia B. | Pinto-Gouveia, José | Peixoto, Ermelindo | Gomes, Ana A. | Costa, Vanessa | Couto, Diana | Marques, Daniel R. | Leitão, José A. | Tavares, José | Azevedo, Maria H. | Silva, Carlos F. | Freitas, João | Parreira, Pedro | Marôco, João | Garcia-Gordillo, Miguel A. | Collado-Mateo, Daniel | Chen, Gang | Iezzi, Angelo | Sala, José A. | Parraça, José A. | Gusi, Narcis | Sousa, Jani | Marques, Mariana | Jardim, Jacinto | Pereira, Anabela | Simões, Sónia | Cunha, Marina | Sardo, Pedro | Guedes, Jenifer | Lindo, João | Machado, Paulo | Melo, Elsa | Carvalho, Célia B. | Benevides, Joana | Sousa, Marina | Cabral, Joana | Da Motta, Carolina | Pereira, Ana T. | Xavier, Sandra | Azevedo, Julieta | Bento, Elisabete | Marques, Cristiana | Carvalho, Rosa | Marques, Mariana | Macedo, António | Silva, Ana M. | Alves, Juliana | Gomes, Ana A. | Marques, Daniel R. | Azevedo, Mª Helena | Silva, Carlos | Mendes, Ana | Lee, Huei D. | Spolaôr, Newton | Oliva, Jefferson T. | Chung, Wu F. | Fonseca-Pinto, Rui | Bairros, Keila | Silva, Cláudia D. | Souza, Clóvis A. | Schroeder, Silvana S. | Araújo, Elsa | Monteiro, Helena | Costa, Ricardo | Dias, Sara S. | Torgal, Jorge | Henriques, Carolina G. | Santos, Luísa | Caceiro, Elisa F. | Ramalho, Sónia A. | Oliveira, Rita | Afreixo, Vera | Santos, João | Mota, Priscilla | Cruz, Agostinho | Pimentel, Francisco | Marques, Rita | Dixe, Mª Anjos | Querido, Ana | Sousa, Patrícia | Benevides, Joana | Da Motta, Carolina | Sousa, Marina | Caldeira, Suzana N. | Carvalho, Célia B. | Querido, Ana | Tomás, Catarina | Carvalho, Daniel | Gomes, João | Cordeiro, Marina | Costa, Joyce O. | Valim, Frederico C. | Ribeiro, Lígia C. | Charepe, Zaida | Querido, Ana | Figueiredo, Mª Henriqueta | Aquino, Priscila S. | Ribeiro, Samila G. | Pinheiro, Ana B. | Lessa, Paula A. | Oliveira, Mirna F. | Brito, Luísa S. | Pinto, Ítalo N. | Furtado, Alessandra S. | Castro, Régia B. | Aquino, Caroline Q. | Martins, Eveliny S. | Pinheiro, Ana B | Aquino, Priscila S. | Oliveira, Lara L. | Pinheiro, Patrícia C. | Sousa, Caroline R. | Freitas, Vívien A. | Silva, Tatiane M. | Lima, Adman S. | Aquino, Caroline Q. | Andrade, Karizia V. | Oliveira, Camila A. | Vidal, Eglidia F. | Ganho-Ávila, Ana | Moura-Ramos, Mariana | Gonçalves, Óscar | Almeida, Jorge | Silva, Armando | Brito, Irma | Amado, João | Rodrigo, António | Santos, Sofia | Gomes, Fernando | Rosa, Marlene C. | Marques, Silvana F. | Luís, Sara | Cavalheiro, Luís | Ferreira, Pedro | Gonçalves, Rui | Lopes, Rui S. | Cavalheiro, Luís | Ferreira, Pedro | Gonçalves, Rui | Fiorin, Bruno H. | Santos, Marina S. | Oliveira, Edmar S. | Moreira, Rita L. | Oliveira, Elizabete A. | Filho, Braulio L. | Palmeira, Lara | Garcia, Teresa | Pinto-Gouveia, José | Cunha, Marina | Cardoso, Sara | Palmeira, Lara | Cunha, Marina | Pinto-Gouveia, José | Marta-Simões, Joana | Mendes, Ana L. | Trindade, Inês A. | Oliveira, Sara | Ferreira, Cláudia | Mendes, Ana L. | Marta-Simões, Joana | Trindade, Inês A. | Ferreira, Cláudia | Nave, Filipe | Campos, Mariana | Gaudêncio, Iris | Martins, Fernando | Ferreira, Lino | Lopes, Nuno | Fonseca-Pinto, Rui | Rodrigues, Rogério | Azeredo, Zaida | Vicente, Corália | Silva, Joana | Sousa, Patrícia | Marques, Rita | Mendes, Isabel | Rodrigues, Rogério | Azeredo, Zaida | Vicente, Corália | Vardasca, Ricardo | Marques, Ana R. | Seixas, Adérito | Carvalho, Rui | Gabriel, Joaquim | Ferreira, Paulo P. | Oliveira, Michelle T. | Sousa, Anderson R. | Maia, Ana S. | Oliveira, Sebastião T. | Costa, Pablo O. | Silva, Maiza M. | Arreguy-Sena, Cristina | Alvarenga-Martins, Nathália | Pinto, Paulo F. | Oliveira, Denize C. | Parreira, Pedro D. | Gomes, Antônio T. | Braga, Luciene M. | Araújo, Odete | Lage, Isabel | Cabrita, José | Teixeira, Laetitia | Marques, Rita | Dixe, Mª Anjos | Querido, Ana | Sousa, Patrícia | Silva, Sara | Cordeiro, Eugénio | Pimentel, João | Ferro-Lebres, Vera | Souza, Juliana A. | Tavares, Mariline | Dixe, Mª Anjos | Sousa, Pedro | Passadouro, Rui | Peralta, Teresa | Ferreira, Carlos | Lourenço, Georgina | Serrano, João | Petrica, João | Paulo, Rui | Honório, Samuel | Mendes, Pedro | Simões, Alexandra | Carvalho, Lucinda | Pereira, Alexandre | Silva, Sara | Sousa, Paulino | Padilha, José M. | Figueiredo, Daniela | Valente, Carolina | Marques, Alda | Ribas, Patrícia | Sousa, Joana | Brandão, Frederico | Sousa, Cesar | Martins, Matilde | Sousa, Patrícia | Marques, Rita | Mendes, Francisco | Fernandes, Rosina | Martins, Emília | Magalhães, Cátia | Araújo, Patrícia | Grande, Carla | Mata, Mª Augusta | Vieitez, Juan G. | Bianchini, Bruna | Nazario, Nazare | Filho, João G. | Kretzer, Marcia | Costa, Tânia | Almeida, Armando | Baffour, Gabriel | Almeida, Armando | Costa, Tânia | Baffour, Gabriel | Azeredo, Zaida | Laranjeira, Carlos | Guerra, Magda | Barbeiro, Ana P. | Ferreira, Regina | Lopes, Sara | Nunes, Liliana | Mendes, Ana | Martins, Julian | Schneider, Dulcineia | Kretzer, Marcia | Magajewski, Flávio | Soares, Célia | Marques, António | Batista, Marco | Castuera, Ruth J. | Mesquita, Helena | Faustino, António | Santos, Jorge | Honório, Samuel | Vizzotto, Betina P. | Frigo, Leticia | Pivetta, Hedioneia F. | Sardo, Dolores | Martins, Cristina | Abreu, Wilson | Figueiredo, Mª Céu | Batista, Marco | Jimenez-Castuera, Ruth | Petrica, João | Serrano, João | Honório, Samuel | Paulo, Rui | Mendes, Pedro | Sousa, Patrícia | Marques, Rita | Faustino, António | Silveira, Paulo | Serrano, João | Paulo, Rui | Mendes, Pedro | Honório, Samuel | Oliveira, Catarina | Bastos, Fernanda | Cruz, Inês | Rodriguez, Cláudia K. | Kretzer, Márcia R. | Nazário, Nazaré O. | Cruz, Pedro | Vaz, Daniela C. | Ruben, Rui B. | Avelelas, Francisco | Silva, Susana | Campos, Mª Jorge | Almeida, Maria | Gonçalves, Liliana | Antunes, Lígia | Sardo, Pedro | Guedes, Jenifer | Simões, João | Machado, Paulo | Melo, Elsa | Cardoso, Susana | Santos, Osvaldo | Nunes, Carla | Loureiro, Isabel | Santos, Flávia | Alves, Gilberto | Soar, Cláudia | Marsi, Teresa O. | Silva, Ernestina | Pedrosa, Dora | Leça, Andrea | Silva, Daniel | Galvão, Ana | Gomes, Maria | Fernandes, Paula | Noné, Ana | Combadão, Jaime | Ramalhete, Cátia | Figueiredo, Paulo | Caeiro, Patrícia | Fontana, Karine C. | Lacerda, Josimari T. | Machado, Patrícia O. | Borges, Raphaelle | Barbosa, Flávio | Sá, Dayse | Brunhoso, Germana | Aparício, Graça | Carvalho, Amâncio | Garcia, Ana P. | Fernandes, Paula O. | Santos, Adriana | Veiga, Nélio | Brás, Carina | Carvalho, Inês | Batalha, Joana | Glória, Margarida | Bexiga, Filipa | Coelho, Inês | Amaral, Odete | Pereira, Carlos | Pinho, Cláudia | Paraíso, Nilson | Oliveira, Ana I. | Lima, Cristóvão F. | Dias, Alberto P. | Silva, Pedro | Espada, Mário | Marques, Mário | Pereira, Ana | Pereira, Ana Mª | Veiga-Branco, Mª | Pereira, Filomena | Ribeiro, Maria | Lima, Vera | Oliveira, Ana I. | Pinho, Cláudia | Cruz, Graça | Oliveira, Rita F. | Barreiros, Luísa | Moreira, Fernando | Camarneiro, Ana | Loureiro, Mª Helena | Silva, Margarida | Duarte, Catarina | Jesus, Ângelo | Cruz, Agostinho | Mota, Maria | Novais, Sandra | Nogueira, Paulo | Pereira, Ana | Carneiro, Lara | João, Paulo V. | Lima, Teresa Maneca | Salgueiro-Oliveira, Anabela | Vaquinhas, Marina | Parreira, Pedro | Melo, Rosa | Graveto, João | Castilho, Amélia | Gomes, José H. | Medina, María S. | Blanco, Valeriana G. | Santos, Osvaldo | Lopes, Elisa | Virgolino, Ana | Dinis, Alexandra | Ambrósio, Sara | Almeida, Inês | Marques, Tatiana | Heitor, Mª João | Garcia-Gordillo, Miguel A. | Collado-Mateo, Daniel | Olivares, Pedro R. | Parraça, José A. | Sala, José A. | Castilho, Amélia | Graveto, João | Parreira, Pedro | Oliveira, Anabela | Gomes, José H. | Melo, Rosa | Vaquinhas, Marina | Cheio, Mónica | Cruz, Agostinho | Pereira, Olívia R. | Pinto, Sara | Oliveira, Adriana | Manso, M. Conceição | Sousa, Carla | Vinha, Ana F. | Machado, Mª Manuela | Vieira, Margarida | Fernandes, Beatriz | Tomás, Teresa | Quirino, Diogo | Desouzart, Gustavo | Matos, Rui | Bordini, Magali | Mouroço, Pedro | Matos, Ana R. | Serapioni, Mauro | Guimarães, Teresa | Fonseca, Virgínia | Costa, André | Ribeiro, João | Lobato, João | Martin, Inmaculada Z. | Björklund, Anita | Tavares, Aida I. | Ferreira, Pedro | Passadouro, Rui | Morgado, Sónia | Tavares, Nuno | Valente, João | Martins, Anabela C. | Araújo, Patrícia | Fernandes, Rosina | Mendes, Francisco | Magalhães, Cátia | Martins, Emília | Mendes, Pedro | Paulo, Rui | Faustino, António | Mesquita, Helena | Honório, Samuel | Batista, Marco | Lacerda, Josimari T. | Ortiga, Angela B. | Calvo, Mª Cristina | Natal, Sônia | Pereira, Marta | Ferreira, Manuela | Prata, Ana R. | Nelas, Paula | Duarte, João | Carneiro, Juliana | Oliveira, Ana I. | Pinho, Cláudia | Couto, Cristina | Oliveira, Rita F. | Moreira, Fernando | Maia, Ana S. | Oliveira, Michelle T. | Sousa, Anderson R. | Ferreira, Paulo P. | Souza, Géssica M. | Almada, Lívia F. | Conceição, Milena A. | Santiago, Eujcely C. | Rodrigues, Sandra | Domingues, Gabriela | Ferreira, Irina | Faria, Luís | Seixas, Adérito | Costa, Ana R. | Jesus, Ângelo | Cardoso, Américo | Meireles, Alexandra | Colaço, Armanda | Cruz, Agostinho | Vieira, Viviane L. | Vincha, Kellem R. | Cervato-Mancuso, Ana Mª | Faria, Melissa | Reis, Cláudia | Cova, Marco P. | Ascenso, Rita T. | Almeida, Henrique A. | Oliveira, Eunice G. | Santana, Miguel | Pereira, Rafael | Oliveira, Eunice G. | Almeida, Henrique A. | Ascenso, Rita T. | Jesus, Rita | Tapadas, Rodrigo | Tim-Tim, Carolina | Cezanne, Catarina | Lagoa, Matilde | Dias, Sara S. | Torgal, Jorge | Lopes, João | Almeida, Henrique | Amado, Sandra | Carrão, Luís | Cunha, Madalena | Saboga-Nunes, Luís | Albuquerque, Carlos | Ribeiro, Olivério | Oliveira, Suzete | Morais, Mª Carminda | Martins, Emília | Mendes, Francisco | Fernandes, Rosina | Magalhães, Cátia | Araújo, Patrícia | Pedro, Ana R. | Amaral, Odete | Escoval, Ana | Assunção, Victor | Luís, Henrique | Luís, Luís | Apolinário-Hagen, Jennifer | Vehreschild, Viktor | Fotschl, Ulrike | Lirk, Gerald | Martins, Anabela C. | Andrade, Isabel | Mendes, Fernando | Mendonça, Verónica | Antunes, Sandra | Andrade, Isabel | Osório, Nádia | Valado, Ana | Caseiro, Armando | Gabriel, António | Martins, Anabela C. | Mendes, Fernando | Silva, Paula A. | Mónico, Lisete M. | Parreira, Pedro M. | Carvalho, Carla | Carvalho, Carla | Parreira, Pedro M. | Mónico, Lisete M. | Ruivo, Joana | Silva, Vânia | Sousa, Paulino | Padilha, José M. | Ferraz, Vera | Aparício, Graça | Duarte, João | Vasconcelos, Carlos | Almeida, António | Neves, Joel | Correia, Telma | Amorim, Helena | Mendes, Romeu | Saboga-Nunes, Luís | Cunha, Madalena | Albuquerque, Carlos | Pereira, Elsa S. | Santos, Leonino S. | Reis, Ana S. | Silva, Helena R. | Rombo, João | Fernandes, Jorge C. | Fernandes, Patrícia | Ribeiro, Jaime | Mangas, Catarina | Freire, Ana | Silva, Sara | Francisco, Irene | Oliveira, Ana | Catarino, Helena | Dixe, Mª Anjos | Louro, Mª Clarisse | Lopes, Saudade | Dixe, Anjos | Dixe, Mª Anjos | Menino, Eva | Catarino, Helena | Soares, Fátima | Oliveira, Ana P. | Gordo, Sara | Kraus, Teresa | Tomás, Catarina | Queirós, Paulo | Rodrigues, Teresa | Sousa, Pedro | Frade, João G. | Lobão, Catarina | Moura, Cynthia B. | Dreyer, Laysa C. | Meneghetti, Vanize | Cabral, Priscila P. | Pinto, Francisca | Sousa, Paulino | Esteves, Mª Raquel | Galvão, Sofia | Tytgat, Ite | Andrade, Isabel | Osório, Nádia | Valado, Ana | Caseiro, Armando | Gabriel, António | Martins, Anabela C. | Mendes, Fernando | Casas-Novas, Mónica | Bernardo, Helena | Andrade, Isabel | Sousa, Gracinda | Sousa, Ana P. | Rocha, Clara | Belo, Pedro | Osório, Nádia | Valado, Ana | Caseiro, Armando | Gabriel, António | Martins, Anabela C. | Mendes, Fernando | Martins, Fátima | Pulido-Fuentes, Montserrat | Barroso, Isabel | Cabral, Gil | Monteiro, M. 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Table of contents
S1 Health literacy and health education in adolescence
Catarina Cardoso Tomás
S2 The effect of a walking program on the quality of life and well-being of people with schizophrenia
Emanuel Oliveira, D. Sousa, M. Uba-Chupel, G. Furtado, C. Rocha, A. Teixeira, P. Ferreira
S3 Diagnosis and innovative treatments - the way to a better medical practice
Celeste Alves
S4 Simulation-based learning and how it is a high contribution
Stefan Gisin
S5 Formative research about acceptability, utilization and promotion of a home fortification programme with micronutrient powders (MNP) in the Autonomous Region of Príncipe, São Tomé and Príncipe
Elisabete Catarino, Nelma Carvalho, Tiago Coucelo, Luís Bonfim, Carina Silva
S6 Safety culture of the patient: a reflexion about the therapeutic approach on the patient with vocal pathology
Débora Franco
S7 About wine, fortune cookies and patient experience
Jesús Alcoba González
O1 The psychological impact on the emergency crews after the disaster event on February 20, 2010
Helena G. Jardim, Rita Silva
O2 Musculoskeletal disorders in midwives
Cristina L. Baixinho, Mª Helena Presado, Mª Fátima Marques, Mário E. Cardoso
O3 Negative childhood experiences and fears of compassion: Implications for psychological difficulties in adolescence
Marina Cunha, Joana Mendes, Ana Xavier, Ana Galhardo, Margarida Couto
O4 Optimal age to give the first dose of measles vaccine in Portugal
João G. Frade, Carla Nunes, João R. Mesquita, Maria S. Nascimento, Guilherme Gonçalves
O5 Functional assessment of elderly in primary care
Conceição Castro, Alice Mártires, Mª João Monteiro, Conceição Rainho
O6 Smoking and coronary events in a population of Spanish health-care centre: An observational study
Francisco P. Caballero, Fatima M. Monago, Jose T. Guerrero, Rocio M. Monago, Africa P. Trigo, Milagros L. Gutierrez, Gemma M. Milanés, Mercedes G. Reina, Ana G. Villanueva, Ana S. Piñero, Isabel R. Aliseda, Francisco B. Ramirez
O7 Prevalence of musculoskeletal injuries in Portuguese musicians
Andrea Ribeiro, Ana Quelhas, Conceição Manso
O8 Hip fractures, psychotropic drug consumption and comorbidity in patients of a primary care practice in Spain
Francisco P. Caballero, Jose T. Guerrero, Fatima M. Monago, Rafael B. Santos, Nuria R. Jimenez, Cristina G. Nuñez, Inmaculada R. Gomez, Mª Jose L. Fernandez, Laura A. Marquez, Ana L. Moreno, Mª Jesus Tena Huertas, Francisco B. Ramirez
O9 The role of self-criticism and shame in social anxiety in a clinical SAD sample
Daniel Seabra, Mª Céu Salvador
O10 Obstruction and infiltration: a proposal of a quality indicator
Luciene Braga, Pedro Parreira, Anabela Salgueiro-Oliveira, Cristina Arreguy-Sena, Bibiana F. Oliveira, Mª Adriana Henriques
O11 Balance and anxiety and depression symptoms in old age people
Joana Santos, Sara Lebre, Alda Marques
O12 Prevalence of postural changes and risk factors in school children and adolescents in a northern region (Porto)
Clarinda Festas, Sandra Rodrigues, Andrea Ribeiro, José Lumini
O13 Ischemic stroke vs. haemorrhagic stroke survival rate
Ana G. Figueiredo
O14 Chronobiological factors as responsible for the appearance of locomotor pathology in adolescents
Francisco J. Hernandez-Martinez, Liliana Campi, Mª Pino Quintana-Montesdeoca, Juan F. Jimenez-Diaz, Bienvenida C. Rodriguez-De-Vera
O15 Risk of malnutrition in the elderly of Bragança
Alexandra Parente, Mª Augusta Mata, Ana Mª Pereira, Adília Fernandes, Manuel Brás
O16 A Lifestyle Educational Programme for primary care diabetic patients: the design of a complex nursing intervention
Mª Rosário Pinto, Pedro Parreira, Marta L. Basto, Ana C. Rei, Lisete M. Mónico
O17 Medication adherence in elderly people
Gilberta Sousa, Clementina Morna, Otília Freitas, Gregório Freitas, Ana Jardim, Rita Vasconcelos
O18 Hospitalization for cervical cancer of residents in the metropolitan region of Porto Alegre, Southern Brazil, 2012 to 2014
Lina G. Horta, Roger S. Rosa, Luís F. Kranz, Rita C. Nugem, Mariana S. Siqueira, Ronaldo Bordin
O19 Oncologic assistance of high complexity: evaluation of regulating accesses
Rosiane Kniess, Josimari T. Lacerda
O20 Perceived barriers for using health care services by the older population as seen by the social sector: findings from the Vila Nova de Gaia Gerontological Plan
Joana Guedes, Idalina Machado, Sidalina Almeida, Adriano Zilhão, Helder Alves, Óscar Ribeiro
O21 Sleep difficulties and depressive symptoms in college students
Ana P. Amaral, Ana Santos, Joana Monteiro, Mª Clara Rocha, Rui Cruz
O22 Psychopathological symptoms and medication use in higher education
Ana P. Amaral, Marina Lourenço, Mª Clara Rocha, Rui Cruz
O23 Sexually transmitted diseases in higher education institutions
Sandra Antunes, Verónica Mendonça, Isabel Andrade, Nádia Osório, Ana Valado, Armando Caseiro, António Gabriel, Anabela C. Martins, Fernando Mendes
O24 Alcohol consumption and suicide ideation in higher education students
Lídia Cabral, Manuela Ferreira, Amadeu Gonçalves
O25 Quality of life in university students
Tatiana D. Luz, Leonardo Luz, Raul Martins
O26 Male and female adolescent antisocial behaviour: characterizing vulnerabilities in a Portuguese sample
Alice Morgado, Maria L. Vale-Dias
O27 Risk factors for mental health in higher education students of health sciences
Rui Porta-Nova
O28 International classification of functioning disability and health as reflexive reasoning in primary attention in health
Tânia C. Fleig, Éboni M. Reuter, Miriam B. Froemming, Sabrina L. Guerreiro, Lisiane L. Carvalho
O29 Risk factors and cardiovascular disease in Portalegre
Daniel Guedelha, P. Coelho, A. Pereira
O30 Health status of the elderly population living in Portalegre historic city centre: A longitudinal study
António Calha, Raul Cordeiro
O31 Student’s sleep in higher education: sleep quality among students of the IPB
Ana Gonçalves, Ana Certo, Ana Galvão, Mª Augusta Mata
O32 Trend in mortality from cervical cancer in the metropolitan area of Florianópolis, state of Santa Catarina, Brazil, 2000 to 2013
Aline Welter, Elayne Pereira, Sandra Ribeiro, Marcia Kretzer
O33 Adherence to treatment in the elderly in an urban environment in Spain
Juan-Fernando Jiménez-Díaz, Carla Jiménez-Rodríguez, Francisco-José Hernández-Martínez, Bienvenida-Del-Carmen Rodríguez-De-Vera, Alexandre Marques-Rodrigues
O34 Beira Baixa Blood Pressure Study (Study PABB)
Patrícia Coelho, Tiago Bernardes, Alexandre Pereira
O35 Trends in cervical cancer mortality statistics in Santa Catarina State, Brazil, by age group and macro-region, from 2000 to 2013
Patrícia Sousa, João G. Filho, Nazare Nazario, Marcia Kretzer
O36 Sleep problems among Portuguese adolescents: a public health issue
Odete Amaral, António Garrido, Nélio Veiga, Carla Nunes, Ana R. Pedro, Carlos Pereira
O37 Association between body fat and health-related quality of life in patients with type 2 diabetes
António Almeia, Helder M. Fernandes, Carlos Vasconcelos, Nelson Sousa, Victor M. Reis, M. João Monteiro, Romeu Mendes
O38 Therapy adherence and polypharmacy in non-institutionalized elderly from Amares county, Portugal
Isabel C. Pinto, Tânia Pires, João Gama
O39 Prevalence of surgical site infection in adults at a hospital unit in the North of Portugal
Vera Preto, Norberto Silva, Carlos Magalhães, Matilde Martins
O40 Frailty phenotype in old age: implications to intervention
Mafalda Duarte, Constança Paúl, Ignácio Martín
O41 Portuguese women: sexual symptoms in perimenopause
Arminda A. Pinheiro
O42 Predictive ability of the Perinatal Depression Screening and Prevention Tool – preliminary results of the categorical approach
Sandra Xavier, Julieta Azevedo, Elisabete Bento, Cristiana Marques, Mariana Marques, António Macedo, Ana T. Pereira
O43 Aging and muscle strength in patients with type 2 diabetes: cross sectional analysis
José P. Almeida, António Almeida, Josiane Alves, Nelson Sousa, Francisco Saavedra, Romeu Mendes
O44 Accessibility of the elderly in the prevention of hypertension in a family health unit
Ana S. Maia, Michelle T. Oliveira, Anderson R. Sousa, Paulo P. Ferreira, Luci S. Lopes, Eujcely C. Santiago
O45 Community Health screenings and self-reported chronic diseases
Sílvia Monteiro, Ângelo Jesus, Armanda Colaço, António Carvalho, Rita P. Silva, Agostinho Cruz
O46 Evaluation of indoor air quality in Kindergartens
Ana Ferreira, Catarina Marques, João P. Figueiredo, Susana Paixão
O47 Atmospheric exposure to chemical agents under the occupational activity of pathology technicians
Ana Ferreira, Carla Lopes, Fernando Moreira, João P. Figueiredo
O48 Occupational exposure to air pollutants in night entertainment venues workers
Ana Ferreira, Diana Ribeiro, Fernando Moreira, João P. Figueiredo, Susana Paixão
O49 Beliefs and attitudes of young people towards breastfeeding
Telma Fernandes, Diogo Amado, Jéssica Leal, Marcelo Azevedo, Sónia Ramalho
O50 Profiling informal caregivers: surveying needs in the care of the elderly
Catarina Mangas, Jaime Ribeiro, Rita Gonçalves
O51 Visual health in teenagers
Amélia F Nunes, Ana R. Tuna, Carlos R. Martins, Henriqueta D. Forte
O52 Amenable mortality and the geographic accessibility to healthcare in Portugal
Cláudia Costa, José A. Tenedório, Paula Santana
O53 Bacterial contamination of door handles in a São Paulo See Metropolitan Cathedral public restrooms in Brazil
J. A. Andrade, J. L. Pinto, C. Campofiorito, S. Nunes, A. Carmo, A. Kaliniczenco, B. Alves, F. Mendes, C. Jesus, F. Fonseca, F. Gehrke
O54 Adherence of patients to rehabilitation programmes
Carlos Albuquerque, Rita Batista, Madalena Cunha, António Madureira, Olivério Ribeiro, Rosa Martins
O55 Prevalence of malnutrition among Portuguese elderly living in nursing homes: preliminary results of the PEN-3S project
Teresa Madeira, Catarina Peixoto-Plácido, Nuno Santos, Osvaldo Santos, Astrid Bergland, Asta Bye, Carla Lopes, Violeta Alarcão, Beatriz Goulão, Nuno Mendonça, Paulo Nicola, João G. Clara
O56 Relation between emotional intelligence and mental illness in health students
João Gomes, Ana Querido, Catarina Tomás, Daniel Carvalho, Marina Cordeiro
P1 Fall risk factors in people older than 50 years old – a pilot report
Marlene C. Rosa, Alda Marques
P2 What about the Portuguese oldest old? A global overview using census data
Daniela Brandão, Óscar Ribeiro, Lia Araújo, Constança Paúl
P3 Prevalence of injuries in senior amateur volleyball athletes in Alentejo and Algarve clubs, Portugal: factors associated
Beatriz Minghelli, Sylvina Richaud
P4 Shame feelings and quality of life: the role of acceptance and decentring
Ana L. Mendes, Joana Marta-Simões, Inês A. Trindade, Cláudia Ferreira
P5 Assessment of social support during deployment in portuguese colonial war veterans
Teresa Carvalho, Marina Cunha, José Pinto-Gouveia
P6 Hospitalization for acute viral bronchiolitis of residents in the metropolitan region of Porto Alegre, Southern Brazil, 2012 to 2014
Morgana C. Fernandes, Roger S. Rosa, Rita C. Nugem, Luís F. Kranz, Mariana S. Siqueira, Ronaldo Bordin
P7 Falls-risk screening – an opportunity for preventing falls in the elderly from Nordeste
Anabela C. Martins, Anabela Medeiros, Rafaela Pimentel, Andreia Fernandes, Carlos Mendonça, Isabel Andrade, Susana Andrade, Ruth L. Menezes
P8 Aging provokes chronodisruption in mature people in temperature circadian rhythm
Rafael Bravo, Marta Miranda, Lierni Ugartemendia, José Mª Tena, Francisco L. Pérez-Caballero, Lorena Fuentes-Broto, Ana B. Rodríguez, Barriga Carmen
P9 The influence of climate and pollution factors in dengue cases of great ABC region, São Paulo
M. A. Carneiro, J. N. Domingues, S. Paixão, J. Figueiredo, V. B. Nascimento, C. Jesus, F Mendes, F. Gehrke, B. Alves, L. Azzalis, F. Fonseca
P10 Visual function and impact of visual therapy in children with learning disabilities: a pilot study
Ana R. Martins, Amélia Nunes, Arminda Jorge
P11 Edentulism and the need of oral rehabilitation among institutionalized elderly
Nélio Veiga, Ana Amorim, André Silva, Liliana Martinho, Luís Monteiro, Rafael Silva, Carina Coelho, Odete Amaral, Inês Coelho, Carlos Pereira, André Correia
P12 Therapy adherence of outpatients in the pharmacy services of a hospital unit
Diana Rodrigues, Nídia Marante, Pedro Silva, Sara Carvalho, André Rts Araujo, Maximiano Ribeiro, Paula Coutinho, Sandra Ventura, Fátima Roque
P13 Universal access and comprehensive care of oral health: an availability study
Cristina Calvo, Manoela Reses
P14 Is the respiratory function of children a predictor of air quality? Coimbra as a case study
Jorge Conde, Ana Ferreira, João Figueiredo
P15 Meaning-in-life of college students
David Silva, Luís Seiça, Raquel Soares, Ricardo Mourão, Teresa Kraus
O57 Training needs for nurses in palliative care
Ana C. Abreu, José M. Padilha, Júlia M. Alves
O58 Impact of computerized information systems in the global nurses’ workload: nurses’ perceptions and real-time
Paulino Sousa, Manuel Oliveira, Joana Sousa
O59 The perspective of health care professionals on self-care in hereditary neurodegenerative disease: a qualitative study
Sónia Novais, Felismina Mendes
O60 Contribution for health-related physical fitness reference values in healthy adolescents
Joana Pinto, Joana Cruz, Alda Marques
School of Health Sciences, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
O61 Perception of learning, satisfaction and self-efficacy of nursing students about High-Fidelity Simulation
Hugo Duarte, Maria Dos Anjos Dixe, Pedro Sousa
O62 Analysis of statements of diagnosis about health deviation in self-care requisites customized in a Nursing Practice Support System (SAPE®): Management of therapeutic regimen
Inês Cruz, Fernanda Bastos, Filipe Pereira
O63 Hybrid management and hospital governance: doctors and nurses as managers
Francisco L. Carvalho, Teresa T. Oliveira, Vítor R. Raposo
O64 Time management in health professionals
Conceição Rainho, José C. Ribeiro, Isabel Barroso, Vítor Rodrigues
O65 Financial rewards and wellbeing in primary health care
Carmo Neves, Teresa C. Oliveira
O66 Patient safety promotion in the operating room
Bárbara Oliveira, Mª Carminda Morais, Pilar Baylina
O67 Difficulties and needs of pre-graduate nursing students in the area of Geriatrics/Gerontology
Rogério Rodrigues, Zaida Azeredo, Corália Vicente
O68 Teaching and learning sexuality in nursing education
Hélia Dias, Margarida Sim-Sim
O69 Entrepreneurial Motivations Questionnaire: AFC and CFA in academy
Pedro Parreira, Anabela Salgueiro-Oliveira, Amélia Castilho, Rosa Melo, João Graveto, José Gomes, Marina Vaquinhas, Carla Carvalho, Lisete Mónico, Nuno Brito
O70 Nursing intervention to patient with Permanent Pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators: a qualitative analysis
Cassilda Sarroeira, José Amendoeira, Fátima Cunha, Anabela Cândido, Patrícia Fernandes, Helena R. Silva, Elsa Silva
O71 Alcohol consumption among nursing students: where does education fail?
Isabel Barroso, Leila Lapa, Cristina Antunes
O72 Labour stress in nursing
Ana Gonçalves, Ana Galvão, Mª José Gomes, Susana R. Escanciano
O73 The influence of safe staff nursing in patient satisfaction with nursing care
Maria Freitas, Pedro Parreira, João Marôco
O74 Intention to use eHealth strategies with nursing students
Ana R. Fernandes, Cremilde Cabral, Samuel Alves, Pedro Sousa
O75 Community Based Mental Health: contributions of an interdisciplinary international program for students in higher health education
António Ferreira, Fernanda Príncipe, Ulla-Maija Seppänen, Margarida Ferreira, Maribel Carvalhais, Marilene Silva
O76 Study of satisfaction at work of graduates in nursing: 2002-2014
Manuela Ferreira, Joana Silva, Jéssica Neves, Diana Costa, Bruno Santos, Soraia Duarte
O77 Health professionals’ attitudes towards breastfeeding
Sílvia Marques, Sónia Ramalho, Isabel Mendes
O78 Continuity of nursing care to person with type 2 diabetes
Clarisse Louro, Eva Menino, Maria Dixe, Sara S. Dias
O79 Stigma toward mental illness among future health professionals
Marina Cordeiro, Catarina Tomás, Ana Querido, Daniel Carvalho, João Gomes
O80 Working with fears and anxieties of medical students in search of a humanized care
Frederico C. Valim, Joyce O. Costa, Lúcia G. Bernardes
P16 Surgical paediatrics patients’ psycho prophylaxis at a teaching hospital
Helena Prebianchi
P17 Patient-perceived outcomes in physiotherapy – a pilot study
Marlene Cristina Rosa
P18 Building competencies for managers in nursing
Narcisa Gonçalves, Maria M. Martins, Paulina Kurcgant
P19 Theoretical basis underlying physiotherapy practice in stroke rehabilitation
André Vieira
P20 When the life-cycle ends: the nurse’s confrontation with death
Sandrina Bento, Sérgio Deodato, Isabel Rabiais
P21 Nursing students’ opinion about the supervision relationship during their first clinical experience
Laura Reis
P22 Nursing Relational Laboratory: Pedagogical, dialogic and critical project
Ana Torres, Sérgio Soares, Margarida Ferreira, Pedro Graça
P23 Job satisfaction of bioscientists at a Lisbon hospital
Céu Leitão, Renato Abreu, Fernando Bellém, Ana Almeida, Edna Ribeiro-Varandas, Ana Tavares
P24 Sociodemographic and professional profile of nurses and its relation with the importance of family in nursing practices
João G. Frade, Carolina Henriques, Eva Menino, Clarisse Louro, Célia Jordão
P25 Professional satisfaction of rehabilitation nurses
Sofia Neco, Carminda Morais, Pedro Ferreira
P26 The person living with a stoma: the formalization of knowledge in nursing
Carla R. Silva, Alice Brito, Antónia Silva
P27 Validation of the Portuguese versions of the nursing students’ perceptions of learning and learner satisfaction with simulation tool
Hugo Duarte, Maria Dos Anjos Dixe, Pedro Sousa
P28 Physiotherapists’ perceived knowledge on technologies for electronic health records for physiotherapy
Gabriela Postolache, Raul Oliveira, Isabel Moreira, Luísa Pedro, Sónia Vicente, Samuel Domingos, Octavian Postolache
P29 Quality of life and physical activity of medicine undergraduate students in the University of Southern Santa Catarina, Brazil
Darlen Silva, João G. Filho, Nazare Nazario, Marcia Kretzer, Dulcineia Schneider
P30 The curricular skills for decision making education in a Nursing Degree
Fátima M. Marques
P31 Effect of nurses’ mobilization in satisfaction at work and turnover: An empirical study in the hospital setting
Pedro Parreira, Carla Carvalho, Lisete M. Mónico, Carlos Pinto, Sara Vicente, São João Breda
P32 Entrepreneurial skills of students of polytechnic higher education in Portugal: Business influences
José H. Gomes, Rosa Melo, Pedro Parreira, Anabela Salgueiro, João Graveto, Marina Vaquinhas, Amélia Castilho
P33 Design and assessment of e-learning modules for Pharmacology
Ângelo Jesus, Nuno Duarte, José C. Lopes, Hélder Nunes, Agostinho Cruz
P34 Perspective of nurses involved in an action-research study on the changes observed in care provision: results from a focus group
Anabela Salgueiro-Oliveira, Pedro Parreira, Marta L. Basto, Luciene M. Braga
P35 Use of peer feedback by nursing students during clinical training: teacher’s perception
António Ferreira, Beatriz Araújo, José M. Alves, Margarida Ferreira, Maribel Carvalhais, Marilene Silva, Sónia Novais
P36 What’s new on endotracheal suctioning recommendations
Ana S. Sousa, Cândida Ferrito
P37 Assessment of the nurses satisfaction on the Central Region of Portugal
Pedro L. Ferreira, Alexandre Rodrigues, Margarida Ferreira, Isabel Oliveira
P38 Study of graduate’s satisfaction with the school of nursing
Manuela Ferreira, Jéssica Neves, Diana Costa, Soraia Duarte, Joana Silva, Bruno Santos
P39 Partnership between the school of nursing and the hospital: Supervisors´ perspectives
Cristina Martins, Ana P. Macedo, Odete Araújo, Cláudia Augusto, Fátima Braga, Lisa Gomes, Maria A. Silva, Rafaela Rosário
P40 Coping strategies of college students
Luís Pimenta, Diana Carreira, Patrícia Teles, Teresa Barros
P41 Emotional intelligence and mental health stigma in health students
Catarina Tomás, Ana Querido, Daniel Carvalho, João Gomes, Marina Cordeiro
P42 Stigma of mental health assessment: Comparison between health courses
Daniel Carvalho, Ana Querido, Catarina Tomás, João Gomes, Marina Cordeiro
O81 Short- and long-term effects of pulmonary rehabilitation in mild COPD
Cristina Jácome, Alda Marques
O82 Phonological awareness programme for preschool children
Sylvie Capelas, Andreia Hall, Dina Alves, Marisa Lousada
O83 REforma ATIVA: An efficient health promotion program to be implemented during retirement
Mª Helena Loureiro, Ana Camarneiro, Margarida Silva, Aida Mendes, Ana Pedreiro
O84 Intervention for men who batter women, a case report
Anne G.Silva, Elza S. Coelho
O85 Immediate effects of Bowen Therapy on muscle tone and flexibility
Flávio Melo, Fernando Ribeiro, Rui Torres, Rui Costa
O86 Predictive equation for incremental shuttle walk test in adolescents
Tânia Pinho, Cristina Jácome, Alda Marques
O87 Life satisfaction and psychopathology in institutionalized elderly people: The results of an adapted Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program
Bárbara Cruz, Daniel Seabra, Diogo Carreira, Maria Ventura
O88 Outcome changes in COPD rehabilitation: exploring the relationship between physical activity and health-related outcomes
Joana Cruz, Dina Brooks, Alda Marques
O89 Assessing the effectiveness of a Complex Nursing Intervention
M Rosário Pinto, Pedro Parreira, Marta Lima-Basto, Miguel Neves, Lisete M. Mónico
O90 Psychotherapeutic intervention in addiction disorders: Change in psychopathological symptoms and emotional states
Carla Bizarro, Marina Cunha, Ana Galhardo, Couto Margarida, Ana P. Amorim, Eduardo Silva
O91 Economic impact of a nursing intervention program to promote self-management in COPD
Susana Cruz, José M. Padilha, Jorge Valente
O92 Multimodal acute pain management during uterine artery embolization in treatment of uterine myomas
José T. Guerrero, Francisco P. Caballero, Rafael B. Santos, Estefania P. Gonzalez, Fátima M. Monago, Lierni U. Ugalde, Marta M. Vélez, Maria J. Tena
O93 Fluid administration strategies in major surgery: Goal-directed therapy
José T. Guerrero, Rafael Bravo, Francisco L. Pérez-Caballero, Isabel A. Becerra, Mª Elizabeth Agudelo, Guadalupe Acedo, Roberto Bajo
O94 Development and implementation of a self-management educational programme using lay-led’s in adolescents Spina Bifida: A pilot study
Isabel Malheiro, Filomena Gaspar, Luísa Barros
O95 Influence of chair-based yoga exercises on salivary anti-microbial proteins in institutionalized frail-elderly women: a preliminary study
Guilherme Furtado, Mateus Uba-Chupel, Mariana Marques, Luís Rama, Margarida Braga, José P. Ferreira, Ana Mª Teixeira
O96 High intensity interval training vs moderate intensity continuous training impact on diabetes 2
João Cruz, Tiago Barbosa, Ângela Simões, Luís Coelho
O97 Family caregiver of people with pressure ulcer: Nursing intervention plan
Alexandre Rodrigues, Juan-Fernando Jiménez-Díaz, Francisco Martinez-Hernández, Bienvenida Rodriguez-De-Vera, Pedro Ferreira, Alexandrina Rodrigues
O98 Chronic effects of exercise on motor memory consolidation in elderly people
André Ramalho, João Petrica, Pedro Mendes, João Serrano, Inês Santo, António Rosado
O99 Impression cytology of the ocular surface: Collection technique and sample processing
Paula Mendonça, Kátia Freitas
O100 Does sport practice affect the reaction time in neuromuscular activity?
Dora Ferreira, António Brito, Renato Fernandes
O101 Efficiency of the enteral administration of fibbers in the treatment of chronic obstipation
Sofia Gomes, Fernando Moreira, Cláudia Pinho, Rita Oliveira, Ana I. Oliveira
O102 Fast decalcifier in compact bone and spongy bone
Paula Mendonça, Ana P. Casimiro, Patrícia Martins, Iryna Silva
O103 Health promotion in the elderly – Intervention project in dementia
Diana Evangelista
O104 Prevention of musculoskeletal disorders through an exercise protocol held in labour context
Catarina Leitão, Fábia Velosa, Nélio Carecho, Luís Coelho
O105 Knowledge of teachers and other education agents on diabetes type 1: Effectiveness of an intervention program
Eva Menino, Anjos Dixe, Helena Catarino, Fátima Soares, Ester Gama, Clementina Gordo
O106 Treatment of diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain: a systematic review of clinical trials of phase II and III
Eliana Moreira, Cristiana Midões, Marlene Santos
O107 New drugs for osteoporosis treatment: Systematic review of clinical trials of phase II and III
Sara Machado, Vânia P. Oliveira, Marlene Santos
O108 Promoting hope at the end of life: Effectiveness of an Intervention Programme
Ana Querido, Anjos Dixe, Rita Marques, Zaida Charepe
P43 Psychomotor therapy effects on adaptive behaviour and motor proficiency of adults with intellectual disability
Ana Antunes, Sofia Santos
P44 The effect of exercise therapy in multiple sclerosis – a single study case
Marlene C. Rosa
P45 Physical condition and self-efficacy in people with fall risk – a preliminary study
Marlene C. Rosa, Silvana F. Marques
P46 Shock waves: their effectiveness in improving the symptoms of calcifying tendinitis of the shoulder
Beatriz Minghelli, Eulália Caro
P47 Pacifier – construction and pilot application of a parenting intervention for parents of babies until six months in primary health care
Mª José Luís, Teresa Brandão
P48 The influence of Motor Imagery in fine motor skills of individuals with disabilities
Pedro Mendes, Daniel Marinho, João Petrica, Diogo Monteiro, Rui Paulo, João Serrano, Inês Santo
P49 Evaluation of the effects of a walking programme on the fall risk factors in older people – a longitudinal pilot study
Lina Monteiro, Fátima Ramalho, Rita Santos-Rocha, Sónia Morgado, Teresa Bento
P50 Nursing intervention programme in lifestyles of adolescents
Gilberta Sousa, Otília Freitas, Isabel Silva, Gregório Freitas, Clementina Morna, Rita Vasconcelos
P51 The person submitted to hip replacement rehabilitation, at home
Tatiana Azevedo, Salete Soares, Jacinta Pisco
P52 Effects of Melatonin use in the treatment of neurovegetative diseases
Paulo P. Ferreira, Efrain O. Olszewer, Michelle T. Oliveira, Anderson R. Sousa, Ana S. Maia, Sebastião T. Oliveira
P53 Review of Phytotherapy and other natural substances in alcohol abuse and alcoholism
Erica Santos, Ana I. Oliveira, Carla Maia, Fernando Moreira, Joana Santos, Maria F. Mendes, Rita F. Oliveira, Cláudia Pinho
P54 Dietary programme impact on biochemical markers in diabetics: systematic review
Eduarda Barreira, Ana Pereira, Josiana A. Vaz, André Novo
P55 Biological approaches to knee osteoarthritis: platelet-rich plasma and hyaluronic acid
Luís D. Silva, Bruno Maia, Eduardo Ferreira, Filipa Pires, Renato Andrade, Luís Camarinha
P56 Platelet-rich plasma and hyaluronic acid intra-articular injections for the treatment of ankle osteoarthritis
Luís D. Silva, Bruno Maia, Eduardo Ferreira, Filipa Pires, Renato Andrade, Luís Camarinha
P57 The impact of preventive measures in the incidence of diabetic foot ulcers: a systematic review
Ana F. César, Mariana Poço, David Ventura, Raquel Loura, Pedro Gomes, Catarina Gomes, Cláudia Silva, Elsa Melo, João Lindo
P58 Dating violence among young adolescents
Joana Domingos, Zaida Mendes, Susana Poeta, Tiago Carvalho, Catarina Tomás, Helena Catarino, Mª Anjos Dixe
P59 Physical activity and motor memory in pedal dexterity
André Ramalho, António Rosado, Pedro Mendes, Rui Paulo, Inês Garcia, João Petrica
P60 The effects of whole body vibration on the electromyographic activity of thigh muscles
Sandra Rodrigues, Rui Meneses, Carlos Afonso, Luís Faria, Adérito Seixas
P61 Mental health promotion in the workplace
Marina Cordeiro, Paulo Granjo, José C. Gomes
P62 Influence of physical exercise on the self-perception of body image in elderly women: A systematic review of qualitative studies
Nelba R. Souza, Guilherme E. Furtado, Saulo V. Rocha, Paula Silva, Joana Carvalho
O109 Psychometric properties of the Portuguese version of the Éxamen Geronto-Psychomoteur (P-EGP)
Marina Ana Morais, Sofia Santos, Paula Lebre, Ana Antunes
O110 Symptoms of depression in the elderly population of Portugal, Spain and Italy
António Calha
O111 Emotion regulation strategies and psychopathology symptoms: A comparison between adolescents with and without deliberate self-harm
Ana Xavier, Marina Cunha, José Pinto-Gouveia
O112 Prevalence of physical disability in people with leprosy
Liana Alencar, Madalena Cunha, António Madureira
O113 Quality of life and self-esteem in type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus patients
Ilda Cardoso, Ana Galhardo, Fernanda Daniel, Vítor Rodrigues
O114 Cross-cultural comparison of gross motor coordination in children from Brazil and Portugal
Leonardo Luz, Tatiana Luz, Maurício R. Ramos, Dayse C. Medeiros, Bruno M. Carmo, André Seabra, Cristina Padez, Manuel C. Silva
O115 Electrocardiographic differences between African and Caucasian people
António Rodrigues, Patrícia Coelho, Alexandre Coelho
O116 Factors associated with domestic, sexual and other types of violence in the city of Palhoça - Brazil
Madson Caminha, Filipe Matheus, Elenice Mendes, Jony Correia, Marcia Kretzer
O117 Tinnitus prevalence study of users of a hospital of public management - Spain
Francisco J. Hernandez-Martinez, Juan F. Jimenez-Diaz, Bienvendida C. Rodriguez-De-Vera, Carla Jimenez-Rodriguez, Yadira Armas-Gonzalez
O118 Difficulties experienced by parents of children with diabetes mellitus of preschool age in therapeutic and nutritional management
Cátia Rodrigues, Rosa Pedroso
O119 E-mental health - “nice to have” or “must have”? Exploring the attitudes towards e-mental health in the general population
Jennifer Apolinário-Hagen, Viktor Vehreschild
O120 Violence against children and adolescents and the role of health professionals: Knowing how to identify and care
Milene Veloso, Celina Magalhães, Isabel Cabral, Maira Ferraz
O121 Marital violence. A study in the Algarve population
Filipe Nave, Emília Costa, Filomena Matos, José Pacheco
O122 Clinical factors and adherence to treatment in ischemic heart disease
António Dias, Carlos Pereira, João Duarte, Madalena Cunha, Daniel Silva
O123 Can religiosity improve optimism in participants in states of illness, when controlling for life satisfaction?
Lisete M. Mónico, Valentim R. Alferes, Mª São João Brêda, Carla Carvalho, Pedro M. Parreira
O124 Empowerment, knowledge and quality of life of people with diabetes type 2 in the Alto Minho Health Local Unit
Mª Carminda Morais, Pedro Ferreira, Rui Pimenta, José Boavida
O125 Antihypertensive therapy adherence among hypertensive patients from Bragança county, Portugal
Isabel C. Pinto, Tânia Pires, Catarina Silva
O126 Subjective perception of sexual achievement - An exploratory study on people with overweight
Maria Ribeiro, Maria Viega-Branco, Filomena Pereira, Ana Mª Pereira
O127 Physical activity level and associated factors in hypertensive individuals registered in the family health strategy of a basic health unit from the city of Palhoça, Santa Catarina, Brazil
Fabrícia M. Almeida, Gustavo L. Estevez, Sandra Ribeiro, Marcia R. Kretzer
O128 Perception of functional fitness and health in non-institutionalised elderly from rural areas
Paulo V. João, Paulo Nogueira, Sandra Novais, Ana Pereira, Lara Carneiro, Maria Mota
O129 Medication adherence in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus treated at primary health care in Coimbra
Rui Cruz, Luiz Santiago, Carlos Fontes-Ribeiro
O130 Multivariate association between body mass index and multi-comorbidities in elderly people living in low socio-economic status context
Guilherme Furtado, Saulo V. Rocha, André P. Coutinho, João S. Neto, Lélia R. Vasconcelos, Nelba R. Souza, Estélio Dantas
O131 Metacognition, rumination and experiential avoidance in Borderline Personality Disorder
Alexandra Dinis, Sérgio Carvalho, Paula Castilho, José Pinto-Gouveia
O132 Health issues in a vulnerable population: nursing consultation in a public bathhouse in Lisbon
Alexandra Sarreira-Santos, Amélia Figueiredo, Lurdes Medeiros-Garcia, Paulo Seabra
O133 The perception of quality of life in people with multiple sclerosis accompanied in External Consultation of the Local Health Unit of Alto Minho
Rosa Rodrigues, Mª Carminda Morais, Paula O. Fernandes
O134 Representation of interaction established between immigrant women and nurse during pregnancy to postpartum, from the perspective of immigrant women
Conceição Santiago, Mª Henriqueta Figueiredo, Marta L. Basto
O135 Illness perceptions and medication adherence in hypertension
Teresa Guimarães, André Coelho, Anabela Graça, Ana M. Silva, Ana R. Fonseca
O136 A Portuguese study on adults’ intimate partner violence, interpersonal trust and hope
Luz Vale-Dias, Bárbara Minas, Graciete Franco-Borges
P63 QOL’ predictors of people with intellectual disability and general population
Cristina Simões, Sofia Santos
P64 Content validation of the Communication Disability Profile (CDP) - Portuguese Version
Ana Serra, Maria Matos, Luís Jesus
P65 Study of biochemical and haematological changes in football players
Ana S. Tavares, Ana Almeida, Céu Leitão, Edna Varandas, Renato Abreu, Fernando Bellém
P66 Body image dissatisfaction in inflammatory bowel disease: exploring the role of chronic illness-related shame
Inês A. Trindade, Cláudia Ferreira, José Pinto-Gouveia, Joana Marta-Simões
P67 Obesity and sleep in the adult population - a systematic review
Odete Amaral, Cristiana Miranda, Pedro Guimarães, Rodrigo Gonçalves, Nélio Veiga, Carlos Pereira
P68 Frequency of daytime sleepiness and obstructive sleep apnea risk in COPD patients
Tânia C. Fleig, Elisabete A. San-Martin, Cássia L. Goulart, Paloma B. Schneiders, Natacha F. Miranda, Lisiane L. Carvalho, Andrea G. Silva
P69 Working with immigrant-origin clients: discourses and practices of health professionals
Joana Topa, Conceição Nogueira, Sofia Neves
P70 Systemic Lupus Erythematosus – what are audiovestibular changes?
Rita Ventura, Cristina Nazaré
P71 Mental disorders in the oldest old: findings from the Portuguese national hospitalization database
Daniela Brandão, Alberto Freitas, Óscar Ribeiro, Constança Paúl
P72 Recurrence analysis in postural control in children with cerebral palsy
Cristiana Mercê, Marco Branco, Pedro Almeida, Daniela Nascimento, Juliana Pereira, David Catela
P73 The experience of self-care in the elderly with COPD: contributions to reflect proximity care
Helga Rafael
P74 Culturally competent nurses: managing unpredictability in clinical practice with immigrants
Alcinda C. Reis
O137 Paediatric speech and language screening: An instrument for health professionals
Ana Mendes, Ana R. Valente, Marisa Lousada
O138 Anthropometric and nutritional assessment in bodybuilders
Diana Sousa, Ana L. Baltazar, Mª Helena Loureiro
O139 Computerized adventitious respiratory sounds in children with lower respiratory tract infections
Ana Oliveira, José Aparício, Alda Marques
O140 Role of computerized respiratory sounds as a marker in LRTI
Alda Marques, Ana Oliveira, Joana Neves, Rodrigo Ayoub
O141 Confirmatory factor analysis of the Personal Wellbeing Index in people with chronic kidney disease
Luís Sousa, Cristina Marques-Vieira, Sandy Severino, Helena José
O142 Phonological awareness skills in school aged children
Inês Cadorio, Marisa Lousada
O143 Assessment of early memories of warmth and safeness in interaction with peers: its relationship with psychopathology in adolescence
Marina Cunha, Diogo Andrade, Ana Galhardo, Margarida Couto
O144 The molecular effects induced by single shot irradiation on a diffuse large B cell lymphoma cell line
Fernando Mendes, Cátia Domingues, Susann Schukg, Ana M. Abrantes, Ana C. Gonçalves, Tiago Sales, Ricardo Teixo, Rita Silva, Jéssica Estrela, Mafalda Laranjo, João Casalta-Lopes, Clara Rocha, Paulo C. Simões, Ana B. Sarmento-Ribeiro, Mª Filomena Botelho, Manuel S. Rosa
O145 Morpho-functional characterization of cardiac chambers by Transthoracic Echocardiography, in young athletes of gymnastics competition
Virgínia Fonseca, Diogo Colaço, Vanessa Neves
O146 Prevalence of the antibodies of the new histo-blood system – FORS system
Carlos Jesus, Camilla Hesse, Clara Rocha, Nádia Osório, Ana Valado, Armando Caseiro, António Gabriel, Lola Svensson, Fernando Mendes, Wafa A. Siba, Cristina Pereira, Jorge Tomaz
O147 Assessment of the war-related perceived threat in Portuguese Colonial War Veterans
Teresa Carvalho, José Pinto-Gouveia, Marina Cunha
O148 Pulse transit time estimation for continuous blood pressure measurement: A comparative study
Diana Duarte, Nuno V. Lopes, Rui Fonseca-Pinto
O149 Blood pressure assessment during standard clinical manoeuvres: A non-invasive PPT based approach
Diana Duarte, Nuno V. Lopes, Rui Fonseca-Pinto
O150 Development and initial validation of the Activities and Participation Profile related to Mobility (APPM)
Anabela C. Martins
O151 MEASYCare-2010 Standard–A geriatric evaluation system in primary health care: Reliability and validity of the latest version in Portugal
Piedade Brandão, Laura Martins, Margarida Cardoso
O152 Interrater and intrarater reliability and agreement of the range of shoulder flexion in the standing upright position through photographic assessment
Nuno Morais, Joana Cruz
O153 Three-dimensional biofabrication techniques for tissue regeneration
Nuno Alves, Paula Faria, Artur Mateus, Pedro Morouço
O154 A new computer tool for biofabrication applied to tissue engineering
Nuno Alves, Nelson Ferreira, Artur Mateus, Paula Faria, Pedro Morouço
O155 Development and psychometric qualities of a scale to measure the functional independence of adolescents with motor impairment
Isabel Malheiro, Filomena Gaspar, Luísa Barros
O156 Organizational Trust in Health services: Exploratory and Confirmatory factor analysis of the Organizational Trust Inventory- Short Form (OTI-SF)
Pedro Parreira, Andreia Cardoso, Lisete Mónico, Carla Carvalho, Albino Lopes, Anabela Salgueiro-Oliveira
O157 Thermal symmetry: An indicator of occupational task asymmetries in physiotherapy
Adérito Seixas, Valter Soares, Tiago Dias, Ricardo Vardasca, Joaquim Gabriel, Sandra Rodrigues
O158 A study of ICT active monitoring adoption in stroke rehabilitation
Hugo Paredes, Arsénio Reis, Sara Marinho, Vítor Filipe, João Barroso
O159 Paranoia Checklist (Portuguese Version): Preliminary studies in a mixed sample of patients and healthy controls
Carolina Da Motta, Célia B. Carvalho, José Pinto-Gouveia, Ermelindo Peixoto
O160 Reliability and validity of the Composite Scale on Morningness: European Portuguese version, in adolescents and young adults
Ana A. Gomes, Vanessa Costa, Diana Couto, Daniel R. Marques, José A. Leitão, José Tavares, Maria H. Azevedo, Carlos F. Silva
O161 Evaluation scale of patient satisfaction with nursing care: Psychometric properties evaluation
João Freitas, Pedro Parreira, João Marôco
O162 Impact of fibromyalgia on quality of life: Comparing results from generic instruments and FIQR
Miguel A. Garcia-Gordillo, Daniel Collado-Mateo, Gang Chen, Angelo Iezzi, José A. Sala, José A. Parraça, Narcis Gusi
O163 Preliminary study of the adaptation and validation of the Rating Scale of Resilient Self: Resilience, self-harm and suicidal ideation in adolescents
Jani Sousa, Mariana Marques, Jacinto Jardim, Anabela Pereira, Sónia Simões, Marina Cunha
O164 Development of the first pressure ulcer in inpatient setting: Focus on length of stay
Pedro Sardo, Jenifer Guedes, João Lindo, Paulo Machado, Elsa Melo
O165 Forms of Self-Criticizing and Self-Reassuring Scale: Adaptation and early findings in a sample of Portuguese children
Célia B. Carvalho, Joana Benevides, Marina Sousa, Joana Cabral, Carolina Da Motta
O166 Predictive ability of the Perinatal Depression Screening and Prevention Tool – Preliminary results of the dimensional approach
Ana T. Pereira, Sandra Xavier, Julieta Azevedo, Elisabete Bento, Cristiana Marques, Rosa Carvalho, Mariana Marques, António Macedo
O167 Psychometric properties of the BaSIQS-Basic Scale on insomnia symptoms and quality of sleep, in adults and in the elderly
Ana M. Silva, Juliana Alves, Ana A. Gomes, Daniel R. Marques, Mª Helena Azevedo, Carlos Silva
O168 Enlightening the human decision in health: The skin melanocytic classification challenge
Ana Mendes, Huei D. Lee, Newton Spolaôr, Jefferson T. Oliva, Wu F. Chung, Rui Fonseca-Pinto
O169 Test-retest reliability household life study and health questionnaire Pomerode (SHIP-BRAZIL)
Keila Bairros, Cláudia D. Silva, Clóvis A. Souza, Silvana S. Schroeder
O170 Characterization of sun exposure behaviours among medical students from Nova Medical School
Elsa Araújo, Helena Monteiro, Ricardo Costa, Sara S. Dias, Jorge Torgal
O171 Spirituality in pregnant women
Carolina G. Henriques, Luísa Santos, Elisa F. Caceiro, Sónia A. Ramalho
O172 Polypharmacy in older patients with cancer
Rita Oliveira, Vera Afreixo, João Santos, Priscilla Mota, Agostinho Cruz, Francisco Pimentel
O173 Quality of life of caregivers of people with advanced chronic disease: Translation and validation of the quality of life in life threatening illness - family carer version (QOLLTI-C-PT)
Rita Marques, Mª Anjos Dixe, Ana Querido, Patrícia Sousa
O174 The psychometric properties of the brief Other as Shamer Scale for Children (OAS-C): preliminary validation studies in a sample of Portuguese children
Joana Benevides, Carolina Da Motta, Marina Sousa, Suzana N. Caldeira, Célia B. Carvalho
O175 Measuring emotional intelligence in health care students – Revalidation of WLEIS-P
Ana Querido, Catarina Tomás, Daniel Carvalho, João Gomes, Marina Cordeiro
O176 Health indicators in prenatal assistance: The impact of computerization and of under-production in basic health centres
Joyce O. Costa, Frederico C. Valim, Lígia C. Ribeiro
O177 Hope genogram: Assessment of resources and interaction patterns in the family of the child with cerebral palsy
Zaida Charepe, Ana Querido, Mª Henriqueta Figueiredo
O178 The influence of childbirth type in postpartum quality of life
Priscila S. Aquino, Samila G. Ribeiro, Ana B. Pinheiro, Paula A. Lessa, Mirna F. Oliveira, Luísa S. Brito, Ítalo N. Pinto, Alessandra S. Furtado, Régia B. Castro, Caroline Q. Aquino, Eveliny S. Martins
O179 Women’s beliefs about pap smear test and cervical cancer: influence of social determinants
Ana B Pinheiro, Priscila S. Aquino, Lara L. Oliveira, Patrícia C. Pinheiro, Caroline R. Sousa, Vívien A. Freitas, Tatiane M. Silva, Adman S. Lima, Caroline Q. Aquino, Karizia V. Andrade, Camila A. Oliveira, Eglidia F. Vidal
O180 Validity of the Portuguese version of the ASI-3: Is anxiety sensitivity a unidimensional or multidimensional construct?
Ana Ganho-Ávila, Mariana Moura-Ramos, Óscar Gonçalves, Jorge Almeida
O181 Lifestyles of higher education students: the influence of self-esteem and psychological well-being
Armando Silva, Irma Brito, João Amado
P75 Assessing the quality of life of persons with significant intellectual disability: Portuguese version of Escala de San Martín
António Rodrigo, Sofia Santos, Fernando Gomes
P76 Childhood obesity and breastfeeding - A systematic review
Marlene C. Rosa, Silvana F. Marques
P77 Cross-cultural adaptation of the Foot and Ankle Ability Measure (FAAM) for the Portuguese population
Sara Luís, Luís Cavalheiro, Pedro Ferreira, Rui Gonçalves
P78 Cross-cultural adaptation of the Patient-Rated Wrist Evaluation score (PRWE) for the Portuguese population
Rui S. Lopes, Luís Cavalheiro, Pedro Ferreira, Rui Gonçalves
P79 Cross-cultural adaptation of the Myocardial Infraction Dimensional Assessment Scale (MIDAS) for Brazilian Portuguese language
Bruno H. Fiorin, Marina S. Santos, Edmar S. Oliveira, Rita L. Moreira, Elizabete A. Oliveira, Braulio L. Filho
P80 The revised Portuguese version of the Three-Factor Eating Questionnaire: A confirmatory factor analysis
Lara Palmeira, Teresa Garcia, José Pinto-Gouveia, Marina Cunha
P81 Assessing weight-related psychological inflexibility: An exploratory factor analysis of the AAQW’s Portuguese version
Sara Cardoso, Lara Palmeira, Marina Cunha; José Pinto-Gouveia
P82 Validation of the Body Appreciation Scale-2 for Portuguese women
Joana Marta-Simões, Ana L. Mendes, Inês A. Trindade, Sara Oliveira, Cláudia Ferreira
P83 The Portuguese validation of the Dietary Intent Scale
Ana L. Mendes, Joana Marta-Simões, Inês A. Trindade, Cláudia Ferreira
P84 Construction and validation of the Inventory of Marital Violence (IVC)
Filipe Nave
P85 Portable continuous blood pressure monitor system
Mariana Campos, Iris Gaudêncio, Fernando Martins, Lino Ferreira, Nuno Lopes, Rui Fonseca-Pinto
P86 Construction and validation of the Scale of Perception of the Difficulties in Caring for the Elderly (SPDCE)
Rogério Rodrigues, Zaida Azeredo, Corália Vicente
P87 Development and validation of a comfort rating scale for the elderly hospitalized with chronic illness
Joana Silva, Patrícia Sousa, Rita Marques
P88 Construction and validation of the Postpartum Paternal Quality of Life Questionnaire (PP-QOL)
Isabel Mendes, Rogério Rodrigues, Zaida Azeredo, Corália Vicente
P89 Infrared thermal imaging: A tool for assessing diabetic foot ulcers
Ricardo Vardasca, Ana R. Marques, Adérito Seixas, Rui Carvalho, Joaquim Gabriel
P90 Pressure ulcers in an intensive care unit: An experience report
Paulo P. Ferreira, Michelle T. Oliveira, Anderson R. Sousa, Ana S. Maia, Sebastião T. Oliveira, Pablo O. Costa, Maiza M. Silva
P91 Validation of figures used in evocations: instrument to capture representations
Cristina Arreguy-Sena, Nathália Alvarenga-Martins, Paulo F. Pinto, Denize C. Oliveira, Pedro D. Parreira, Antônio T. Gomes, Luciene M. Braga
P92 Telephone assistance to decrease burden in informal caregivers of stroke older people: Monitoring and diagnostic evaluation
Odete Araújo, Isabel Lage, José Cabrita, Laetitia Teixeira
P93 Hope of informal caregivers of people with chronic and advanced disease
Rita Marques, Mª Anjos Dixe, Ana Querido, Patrícia Sousa
P94 Functionality and quality information from the Portuguese National Epidemiological Surveillance System
Sara Silva, Eugénio Cordeiro, João Pimentel
P95 Resting metabolic rate objectively measured vs. Harris and Benedict formula
Vera Ferro-Lebres, Juliana A. Souza, Mariline Tavares
O182 Characteristics of non-urgent patients: Cross-sectional study of an emergency department
Mª Anjos Dixe, Pedro Sousa, Rui Passadouro, Teresa Peralta, Carlos Ferreira, Georgina Lourenço
O183 Physical fitness and health in children of the 1st Cycle of Education
João Serrano, João Petrica, Rui Paulo, Samuel Honório, Pedro Mendes
O184 The impact of physical activity on sleep quality, in children
Alexandra Simões, Lucinda Carvalho, Alexandre Pereira
O185 What is the potential for using Information and Communication Technologies in Arterial Hypertension self-management?
Sara Silva, Paulino Sousa, José M. Padilha
O186 Exploring psychosocial factors associated with risk of falling in older patients undergoing haemodialysis
Daniela Figueiredo, Carolina Valente, Alda Marques
O187 Development of pressure ulcers on the face in patients undergoing non-invasive ventilation
Patrícia Ribas, Joana Sousa, Frederico Brandão, Cesar Sousa, Matilde Martins
O188 The elder hospitalized: Limiting factors of comfort
Patrícia Sousa, Rita Marques
O189 Physical activity and health state self-perception by Portuguese adults
Francisco Mendes, Rosina Fernandes, Emília Martins, Cátia Magalhães, Patrícia Araújo
O190 Satisfaction with social support in the elderly of the district of Bragança
Carla Grande, Mª Augusta Mata, Juan G. Vieitez
O191 Prevalence of death by traumatic brain injury and associated factors in intensive care unit of a general hospital, Brazil
Bruna Bianchini, Nazare Nazario, João G. Filho, Marcia Kretzer
O192 Relation between family caregivers burden and health status of elderly dependents
Tânia Costa, Armando Almeida, Gabriel Baffour
O193 Phenomena sensitive to nursing care in day centre
Armando Almeida, Tânia Costa, Gabriel Baffour
O194 Frailty: what do the elderly think?
Zaida Azeredo, Carlos Laranjeira, Magda Guerra, Ana P. Barbeiro
O195 The therapeutic self-care as a nursing-sensitive outcome: A correlational study
Regina Ferreira
O196 Phonetic-phonological acquisition for the European Portuguese from 18 months to 6 years and 12 months
Sara Lopes, Liliana Nunes, Ana Mendes
O197 Quality of life of patients undergoing liver transplant surgery
Julian Martins, Dulcineia Schneider, Marcia Kretzer, Flávio Magajewski
O198 Professional competences in health: views of older people from different European Countries
Célia Soares, António Marques
O199 Life satisfaction of working adults due to the number of hours of weekly exercise
Marco Batista, Ruth J. Castuera, Helena Mesquita, António Faustino, Jorge Santos, Samuel Honório
O200 Therapeutic itinerary of women with breast cancer in Santa Maria City/RS
Betina P. Vizzotto, Leticia Frigo, Hedioneia F. Pivetta
O201 The breastfeeding prevalence at 4 months: Maternal experience as a determining factor
Dolores Sardo
O202 The impact of the transition to parenthood in health and well-being
Cristina Martins, Wilson Abreu, Mª Céu Figueiredo
P96 Self-determined motivation and well-being in Portuguese active adults of both genders
Marco Batista, Ruth Jimenez-Castuera, João Petrica, João Serrano, Samuel Honório, Rui Paulo, Pedro Mendes
P97 The geriatric care: ways and means of comforting
Patrícia Sousa, Rita Marques
P98 The influence of relative age, subcutaneous adiposity and physical growth on Castelo Branco under-15 soccer players 2015
António Faustino, Paulo Silveira, João Serrano, Rui Paulo, Pedro Mendes, Samuel Honório
P99 Data for the diagnostic process focused on self-care – managing medication regime: An integrative literature review
Catarina Oliveira, Fernanda Bastos, Inês Cruz
P100 Art therapy as mental health promotion for children
Cláudia K. Rodriguez, Márcia R. Kretzer, Nazaré O. Nazário
P101 Chemical characterization of fungal chitosan for industrial applications
Pedro Cruz, Daniela C. Vaz, Rui B. Ruben, Francisco Avelelas, Susana Silva, Mª Jorge Campos
P102 The impact of caring older people at home
Maria Almeida, Liliana Gonçalves, Lígia Antunes
P103 Development of the first pressure ulcer in an inpatient setting: Focus on patients’ characteristics
Pedro Sardo, Jenifer Guedes, João Simões, Paulo Machado, Elsa Melo
P104 Association between General Self-efficacy and Physical Activity among Adolescents
Susana Cardoso, Osvaldo Santos, Carla Nunes, Isabel Loureiro
O203 Characterization of the habits of online acquisition of medicinal products in Portugal
Flávia Santos, Gilberto Alves
O204 Waiting room – A space for health education
Cláudia Soar, Teresa O. Marsi
O205 Safey culture evaluation in hospitalized children
Ernestina Silva, Dora Pedrosa, Andrea Leça, Daniel Silva
O206 Sexual Self-awareness and Body Image
Ana Galvão, Maria Gomes, Paula Fernandes, Ana Noné
O207 Perception of a Portuguese population regarding the acquisition and consumption of functional foods
Jaime Combadão, Cátia Ramalhete, Paulo Figueiredo, Patrícia Caeiro
O208 The work process in primary health care: evaluation in municipalities of southern Brazil
Karine C. Fontana, Josimari T. Lacerda, Patrícia O. Machado
O209 Exploration and evaluation of potential probiotic lactic acid bacteria isolated from Amazon buffalo milk
Raphaelle Borges, Flávio Barbosa, Dayse Sá
O210 Road safety for children: Using children’s observation, as a passenger
Germana Brunhoso, Graça Aparício, Amâncio Carvalho
O211 Perception and application of quality-by-design by the Pharmaceutical industry in Portugal
Ana P. Garcia, Paula O. Fernandes, Adriana Santos
O212 Oral health among Portuguese children and adolescents: a public health issue
Nélio Veiga, Carina Brás, Inês Carvalho, Joana Batalha, Margarida Glória, Filipa Bexiga, Inês Coelho, Odete Amaral, Carlos Pereira
O213 Plant species as a medicinal resource in Igatu-Chapada Diamantina (Bahia, Brazil)
Cláudia Pinho, Nilson Paraíso, Ana I. Oliveira, Cristóvão F. Lima, Alberto P. Dias
O214 Characterization of cognitive and functional performance in everyday tasks: Implications for health in institutionalised older adults
Pedro Silva, Mário Espada, Mário Marques, Ana Pereira
O215 BMI and the perception of the importance given to sexuality in obese and overweight people
Ana Mª Pereira, Mª Veiga-Branco, Filomena Pereira, Maria Ribeiro
O216 Analysis and comparison of microbiological contaminations of two different composition pacifiers
Vera Lima, Ana I. Oliveira, Cláudia Pinho, Graça Cruz, Rita F. Oliveira, Luísa Barreiros, Fernando Moreira
O217 Experiences of couple relationships in the transition to retirement
Ana Camarneiro, Mª Helena Loureiro, Margarida Silva
O218 Preventive and corrective treatment of drug-induced calcium deficiency: an analysis in a community pharmacy setting
Catarina Duarte, Ângelo Jesus, Agostinho Cruz
O219 Profile of mood states in physically active elderly subjects: Is there a relation with health perception?
Maria Mota, Sandra Novais, Paulo Nogueira, Ana Pereira, Lara Carneiro, Paulo V. João
O220 (Un)Safety behaviour at work: the role of education towards a health and safety culture
Teresa Maneca Lima
O221 Analysis of the entrepreneurial profile of students attending higher education in Portugal: the Carland Entrepreneurship Index application
Anabela Salgueiro-Oliveira, Marina Vaquinhas, Pedro Parreira, Rosa Melo, João Graveto, Amélia Castilho, José H. Gomes
O222 Evaluation of welfare and quality of life of pregnant working women regarding the age of the pregnant
María S. Medina, Valeriana G. Blanco
O223 Psychological wellbeing protection among unemployed and temporary workers: Uncovering effective community-based interventions with a Delphi panel
Osvaldo Santos, Elisa Lopes, Ana Virgolino, Alexandra Dinis, Sara Ambrósio, Inês Almeida, Tatiana Marques, Mª João Heitor
O224 Chilean population norms derived from the Health-related quality of life SF-6D
Miguel A. Garcia-Gordillo, Daniel Collado-Mateo, Pedro R. Olivares, José A. Parraça, José A. Sala
O225 Motivation of college students toward Entrepreneurship: The influence of social and economic instability
Amélia Castilho, João Graveto, Pedro Parreira, Anabela Oliveira, José H. Gomes, Rosa Melo, Marina Vaquinhas
O226 Use of aromatic and medicinal plants, drugs and herbal products in Bragança city
Mónia Cheio, Agostinho Cruz, Olívia R. Pereira
O227 Edible flowers as new novel foods concept for health promotion
Sara Pinto, Adriana Oliveira, M. Conceição Manso, Carla Sousa, Ana F. Vinha
O228 The influence of leisure activities on the health and welfare of older people living in nursing homes
Mª Manuela Machado, Margarida Vieira
O229 Risk of falling, fear of falling and functionality in community-dwelling older adults
Beatriz Fernandes, Teresa Tomás, Diogo Quirino
O230 Musculoskeletal pain and postural habits in children and teenage students
Gustavo Desouzart, Rui Matos, Magali Bordini, Pedro Mouroço
O231 What's different in Southern Europe? The question of citizens’ participation in health systems
Ana R. Matos, Mauro Serapioni
O232 Occupational stress in Portuguese police officers
Teresa Guimarães, Virgínia Fonseca, André Costa, João Ribeiro, João Lobato
O233 Is occupational therapy culturally relevant to promote mental health in Burkina Faso?
Inmaculada Z. Martin, Anita Björklund
P105 Pay-for-performance satisfaction and quality in primary care
Aida I. Tavares, Pedro Ferreira, Rui Passadouro
P106 Economic development through life expectancy lenses
Sónia Morgado
P107 What is the effectiveness of exercise on smoking cessation to prevent clinical complications of smoking?
Nuno Tavares, João Valente, Anabela C. Martins
P108 A systematic review of the effects of yoga on mental health
Patrícia Araújo, Rosina Fernandes, Francisco Mendes, Cátia Magalhães, Emília Martins
P109 Healthy lifestyle: comparison between higher education students that lived until adult age in rural and urban environment
Pedro Mendes, Rui Paulo, António Faustino, Helena Mesquita, Samuel Honório, Marco Batista
P110 Evaluation of the Mobile Emergency Care Service (SAMU) in Brazil
Josimari T. Lacerda, Angela B. Ortiga, Mª Cristina Calvo, Sônia Natal
P111 Bioactive compounds - antioxidant activity of tropical fruits
Marta Pereira
P112 Use of non-pharmacological methods to relieve pain in labour
Manuela Ferreira, Ana R. Prata, Paula Nelas, João Duarte
P113 Mechanical safety of pacifiers sold in Portuguese pharmacies and childcare stores
Juliana Carneiro, Ana I. Oliveira, Cláudia Pinho, Cristina Couto, Rita F. Oliveira, Fernando Moreira
P114 The importance of prenatal consultation: Information to pregnant women given on a unit of primary care
Ana S. Maia, Michelle T. Oliveira, Anderson R. Sousa, Paulo P. Ferreira, Géssica M. Souza, Lívia F. Almada, Milena A. Conceição, Eujcely C. Santiago
P115 Influence of different backpack loading conditions on neck and lumbar muscles activity of elementary school children
Sandra Rodrigues, Gabriela Domingues, Irina Ferreira, Luís Faria, Adérito Seixas
P116 Efficacy and safety of dry extract Hedera helix in the treatment of productive cough
Ana R. Costa, Ângelo Jesus, Américo Cardoso, Alexandra Meireles, Armanda Colaço, Agostinho Cruz
P117 A portrait of the evaluation processes of education groups in primary health care
Viviane L. Vieira, Kellem R. Vincha, Ana Mª Cervato-Mancuso
P118 Benefits of vitamins C and E in sensorineural hearing loss: a review
Melissa Faria, Cláudia Reis
P119 BODY SNAPSHOT – a web-integrated anthropometric evaluation system
Marco P. Cova, Rita T. Ascenso, Henrique A. Almeida, Eunice G. Oliveira
P120 Anthropometric evaluation and variation during pregnancy
Miguel Santana, Rafael Pereira, Eunice G. Oliveira, Henrique A. Almeida, Rita T. Ascenso
P121 Knowledge of college students on the amendments of their eating habits and physical activity index in the transition to higher education
Rita Jesus, Rodrigo Tapadas, Carolina Tim-Tim, Catarina Cezanne, Matilde Lagoa, Sara S. Dias, Jorge Torgal
P122 Muscular activity of a rally race car driver
João Lopes, Henrique Almeida, Sandra Amado, Luís Carrão
O234 Literacy and results in health
Madalena Cunha, Luís Saboga-Nunes, Carlos Albuquerque, Olivério Ribeiro
O235 Literacy promotion and empowerment of type 2 diabetics elderly in four family health units of the group of health centers of Dão Lafões
Suzete Oliveira, Mª Carminda Morais
O236 Mediterranean diet, health and life quality among Portuguese children
Emília Martins, Francisco Mendes, Rosina Fernandes, Cátia Magalhães, Patrícia Araújo
O237 Health literacy, from data to action - translation, validation and application of the European Health Literacy Survey in Portugal (HLS-EU-PT)
Ana R. Pedro, Odete Amaral, Ana Escoval
O238 Oral health literacy evaluation in a Portuguese military population
Victor Assunção, Henrique Luís, Luís Luís
O239 Preferences to Internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy – do attachment orientations matter?
Jennifer Apolinário-Hagen, Viktor Vehreschild
O240 A comparative transnational study in health literacy between Austria and Portugal
Ulrike Fotschl, Gerald Lirk, Anabela C. Martins, Isabel Andrade, Fernando Mendes
O241 Health literacy and social behaviours: relationship with sexually transmitted diseases?
Verónica Mendonça, Sandra Antunes, Isabel Andrade, Nádia Osório, Ana Valado, Armando Caseiro, António Gabriel, Anabela C. Martins, Fernando Mendes
O242 Parenting styles and attachment to parents: what relationships?
Paula A. Silva, Lisete M. Mónico, Pedro M. Parreira, Carla Carvalho
O243 Work-life balance in health professionals and professors: comparative study of workers with shift work and fixed schedule
Carla Carvalho, Pedro M. Parreira, Lisete M. Mónico, Joana Ruivo
O244 Technology literacy in self-management of diabetes
Vânia Silva, Paulino Sousa, José M. Padilha
O245 Satisfaction with therapeutic education and its relationship with clinical variables in children with type 1 diabetes
Vera Ferraz, Graça Aparício, João Duarte
O246 Nutrition-related knowledge in middle-age and older patients with type 2 diabetes
Carlos Vasconcelos, António Almeida, Joel Neves, Telma Correia, Helena Amorim, Romeu Mendes
O247 Validating the HLS-EU-(PT) questionnaire to measure health literacy in adolescents (CrAdLiSa project: HLS-EU-PT)
Luís Saboga-Nunes, Madalena Cunha, Carlos Albuquerque
O248 Health education in people with coronary heart disease: Experience of the cardiology department of a hospital on the outskirts of Lisbon
Elsa S. Pereira, Leonino S. Santos, Ana S. Reis, Helena R. Silva, João Rombo, Jorge C. Fernandes, Patrícia Fernandes
O249 Information and training needs of informal caregivers of individuals with stroke sequelae: a qualitative survey
Jaime Ribeiro, Catarina Mangas, Ana Freire
O250 Prevention of psychoactive substances consumption in students from 6th grade of Albergaria-a-Velha´s School Group
Sara Silva, Irene Francisco, Ana Oliveira
O251 Promoting healthy sexuality: shared responsibility for family, youth and educators
Helena Catarino, Mª Anjos Dixe, Mª Clarisse Louro
O252 Sexual risk behaviour in adolescents and young people
Saudade Lopes, Anjos Dixe
O253 Knowledge of school staff on type 1 diabetes
Mª Anjos Dixe, Eva Menino, Helena Catarino, Fátima Soares, Ana P. Oliveira, Sara Gordo, Teresa Kraus
O254 Sexual health in adolescents: the impact of information search in literacy
Catarina Tomás, Paulo Queirós, Teresa Rodrigues
P123 Improving basic life support skills in adolescents through a training programme
Pedro Sousa, João G. Frade, Catarina Lobão
P124 Difficulties in sexual education reported by basic education teachers in the city of Foz do Iguaçu - Brazil
Cynthia B. Moura, Laysa C. Dreyer, Vanize Meneghetti, Priscila P. Cabral
P125 Breast cancer survivors: subjects and resources for information. A qualitative systematic review
Francisca Pinto, Paulino Sousa, Mª Raquel Esteves
P126 Relationship between health literacy and prevalence of STI in Biomedical Laboratory Science students
Sofia Galvão, Ite Tytgat, Isabel Andrade, Nádia Osório, Ana Valado, Armando Caseiro, António Gabriel, Anabela C. Martins, Fernando Mendes
P127 Health literacy, risk behaviours and sexually transmitted diseases among blood donors
Mónica Casas-Novas, Helena Bernardo, Isabel Andrade, Gracinda Sousa, Ana P. Sousa, Clara Rocha, Pedro Belo, Nádia Osório, Ana Valado, Armando Caseiro, António Gabriel, Anabela C. Martins, Fernando Mendes
P128 Promoting literacy in pregnancy health-care
Fátima Martins, Montserrat Pulido-Fuentes
P129 The lifestyles of the operating assistants of education
Isabel Barroso, Gil Cabral, M. João Monteiro, Conceição Rainho
P130 Experiences of service-learning health and the literary art: reflections about the health education
Alessandro Prado, Yara M. Carvalho
P131 Life long swimming – a European Erasmus + project
Maria Campos, Liliana Moreira, José Ferreira, Ana Teixeira, Luís Rama
PMCID: PMC4943498  PMID: 27409075
3.  Integrated management of childhood illness (IMCI) strategy for children under five 
More than 7.5 million children younger than age five living in low- and middle-income countries die every year. The World Health Organization (WHO) developed the integrated management of childhood illness (IMCI) strategy to reduce mortality and morbidity and to improve quality of care by improving the delivery of a variety of curative and preventive medical and behavioral interventions at health facilities, at home, and in the community.
To evaluate the effects of programs that implement the IMCI strategy in terms of death, nutritional status, quality of care, coverage with IMCI deliverables, and satisfaction of beneficiaries.
Search methods
We searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL; 2015, Issue 3), including the Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care (EPOC) Group Specialised Register; MEDLINE; EMBASE, Ovid; the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), EbscoHost; the Latin American Caribbean Health Sciences Literature (LILACS), Virtual Health Library (VHL); the WHO Library & Information Networks for Knowledge Database (WHOLIS); the Science Citation Index and Social Sciences Citation Index, Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) Web of Science; Population Information Online (POPLINE); the WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (WHO ICTRP); and the Global Health, Ovid and Health Management, ProQuest database. We performed searches until 30 June 2015 and supplemented these by searching revised bibliographies and by contacting experts to identify ongoing and unpublished studies.
Selection criteria
We sought to include randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and controlled before-after (CBA) studies with at least two intervention and two control sites evaluating the generic IMCI strategy or its adaptation in children younger than age five, and including at minimum efforts to improve health care worker skills for case management. We excluded studies in which IMCI was accompanied by other interventions including conditional cash transfers, food supplementation, and employment. The comparison group received usual health services without provision of IMCI.
Data collection and analysis
Two review authors independently screened searches, selected trials, and extracted, analysed and tabulated data. We used inverse variance for cluster trials and an intracluster co-efficient of 0.01 when adjustment had not been made in the primary study. We used the GRADE (Grades of Recommendation, Assessment, Development and Evaluation Working Group) approach to assess the certainty of evidence.
Main results
Two cluster-randomised trials (India and Bangladesh) and two controlled before-after studies (Tanzania and India) met our inclusion criteria. Strategies included training of health care staff, management strengthening of health care systems (all four studies), and home visiting (two studies). The two studies from India included care packages targeting the neonatal period.
One trial in Bangladesh estimated that child mortality may be 13% lower with IMCI, but the confidence interval (CI) included no effect (risk ratio (RR) 0.87, 95% CI 0.68 to 1.10; 5090 participants; low-certainty evidence). One CBA study in Tanzania gave almost identical estimates (RR 0.87, 95% CI 0.72 to 1.05; 1932 participants).
One trial in India examined infant and neonatal mortality by implementing the integrated management of neonatal and childhood illness (IMNCI) strategy including post-natal home visits. Neonatal and infant mortality may be lower in the IMNCI group compared with the control group (infant mortality hazard ratio (HR) 0.85, 95% CI 0.77 to 0.94; neonatal mortality HR 0.91, 95% CI 0.80 to 1.03; one trial, 60,480 participants; low-certainty evidence).
We estimated the effect of IMCI on any mortality measured by combining infant and child mortality in the one IMCI and the one IMNCI trial. Mortality may be reduced by IMCI (RR 0.85, 95% CI 0.78 to 0.93; two trials, 65,570 participants; low-certainty evidence).
Two trials (India, Bangladesh) evaluated nutritional status and noted that there may be little or no effect on stunting (RR 0.94, 95% CI 0.84 to 1.06; 5242 participants, two trials; low-certainty evidence) and there is probably little or no effect on wasting (RR 1.04, 95% CI 0.87 to 1.25; two trials, 4288 participants; moderate-certainty evidence).The Tanzania CBA study showed similar results.
Investigators measured quality of care by observing prescribing for common illnesses at health facilities (727 observations, two studies; very low-certainty evidence) and by observing prescribing by lay health care workers (1051 observations, three studies; very low-certainty evidence). We could not confirm a consistent effect on prescribing at health facilities or by lay health care workers, as certainty of the evidence was very low.
For coverage of IMCI deliverables, we examined vaccine and vitamin A coverage, appropriate care seeking, and exclusive breast feeding. Two trials (India, Bangladesh) estimated vaccine coverage for measles and reported that there is probably little or no effect on measles vaccine coverage (RR 0.92, 95% CI 0.80 to 1.05; two trials, 4895 participants; moderate-certainty evidence), with similar effects seen in the Tanzania CBA study. Two studies measured the third dose of diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus vaccine; and two measured vitamin A coverage, all providing little or no evidence of increased coverage with IMCI.
Four studies (2 from India, and 1 each from Tanzania and Bangladesh) reported appropriate care seeking and derived information from careful questioning of mothers about recent illness. Some studies on effects of IMCI may report better care seeking behavior, but others do not report this.
All four studies recorded maternal responses on exclusive breast feeding. They provided mixed results and very low-certainty evidence. Therefore, we do not know whether IMCI impacts exclusive breast feeding.
No studies reported on the satisfaction of mothers and service users.
Authors' conclusions
The mix of interventions examined in research studies evaluating the IMCI strategy varies, and some studies include specific inputs to improve neonatal health. Most studies were conducted in South Asia. Implementing the integrated management of childhood illness strategy may reduce child mortality, and packages that include interventions for the neonatal period may reduce infant mortality. IMCI may have little or no effect on nutritional status and probably has little or no effect on vaccine coverage. Maternal care seeking behavior may be more appropriate with IMCI, but study results have been mixed, providing evidence of very low certainty about whether IMCI has effects on adherence to exclusive breast feeding.
Integrated management of childhood illness (IMCI) strategy for children younger than five years of age
What is the aim of this review?
The aim of this Cochrane review is to assess the effects of programs that use the World Health Organization integrated management of childhood illness (IMCI) strategy. Cochrane researchers searched for all potentially relevant studies and found four studies that met review criteria.
Key messages
This review shows that use of the World Health Organization IMCI strategy may led to fewer deaths among children from birth to five years of age. Effects of IMCI on other issues, such as illness or quality of care, were mixed, and some evidence of this was of very low certainty. In the future, researchers should explore how the IMCI strategy can best be delivered.
What was studied in the review?
More than 7.5 million children globally die each year before reaching the age of five. Most are from poor communities and live in the poorest countries. These children are more likely than others to suffer from malnutrition and from infections such as neonatal sepsis, measles, diarrhoea, malaria, and pneumonia.
Effective strategies to prevent and treat sick children are available but do not reach them. One reason for this is that health care services are often too far away or too expensive. Health facilities in these settings often lack supplies and well-trained health care workers. In addition, ill children may have several health problems at the same time, and this can make diagnosis and treatment difficult for health care workers.
In the 1990s, the World Health Organization (WHO) developed a strategy called integrated management of childhood illness (IMCI) to address these problems. This strategy aims to prevent death and disease while improving the quality of care for ill children up to the age of five. It consists of three parts.
• Improving the skills of health care workers by providing training and guidelines.
• Improving how health care systems are organized and managed, including access to supplies.
• Visiting homes and communities to promote good child rearing practices and good nutrition, while encouraging parents to bring their children to a clinic when the children are ill.
The WHO encourages countries to adapt the IMCI strategy to their own national settings. Types of childhood illnesses prioritised and ways in which services are delivered may vary from country to country.
What are the main results of the review?
This Cochrane review included four studies assessing the effectiveness of the IMCI strategy. These studies were conducted in Tanzania, Bangladesh, and India. The IMCI strategy was used very differently across studies. For instance, the study from Tanzania implemented health care worker training and improved drug supply but did not include home visits or community activities; the study from Bangladesh added new health care workers while training existing health care workers; and the two Indian studies specifically targeted newborns as well as older children.
This review showed that use of IMCI:
• may lead to fewer deaths among children from birth to five years of age (low-certainty evidence);
• may have little or no effect on the number of children suffering from stunting (low-certainty evidence);
• probably has little or no effect on the number of children suffering from wasting (moderate-certainty evidence);
• probably has little or no effect on the number of children who receive measles vaccines; and
• may lead to mixed results on the number of parents seeking care for their child when he or she is ill.
We do not know whether IMCI has any effect on the way health care workers treat common illnesses because certainty of the evidence was assessed as very low.
We do not know whether IMCI has any effect on the number of mothers who exclusively breast feed their child, because certainty of the evidence was assessed as very low.
None of the included studies assessed the satisfaction of mothers and service users by using an IMCI strategy.
How up-to-date is this review?
Review authors searched for studies that had been published up to 30 June 2015.
PMCID: PMC4943011  PMID: 27378094
4.  Hand Sanitiser Provision for Reducing Illness Absences in Primary School Children: A Cluster Randomised Trial 
PLoS Medicine  2014;11(8):e1001700.
In a cluster randomized trial, Patricia Priest and colleagues find that providing hand sanitizer along with hand hygiene education in primary school classrooms, compared with hand hygiene alone, does not reduce school absences.
Please see later in the article for the Editors' Summary
The potential for transmission of infectious diseases offered by the school environment are likely to be an important contributor to the rates of infectious disease experienced by children. This study aimed to test whether the addition of hand sanitiser in primary school classrooms compared with usual hand hygiene would reduce illness absences in primary school children in New Zealand.
Methods and Findings
This parallel-group cluster randomised trial took place in 68 primary schools, where schools were allocated using restricted randomisation (1∶1 ratio) to the intervention or control group. All children (aged 5 to 11 y) in attendance at participating schools received an in-class hand hygiene education session. Schools in the intervention group were provided with alcohol-based hand sanitiser dispensers in classrooms for the winter school terms (27 April to 25 September 2009). Control schools received only the hand hygiene education session. The primary outcome was the number of absence episodes due to any illness among 2,443 follow-up children whose caregivers were telephoned after each absence from school. Secondary outcomes measured among follow-up children were the number of absence episodes due to specific illness (respiratory or gastrointestinal), length of illness and illness absence episodes, and number of episodes where at least one other member of the household became ill subsequently (child or adult). We also examined whether provision of sanitiser was associated with experience of a skin reaction. The number of absences for any reason and the length of the absence episode were measured in all primary school children enrolled at the schools. Children, school administrative staff, and the school liaison research assistants were not blind to group allocation. Outcome assessors of follow-up children were blind to group allocation. Of the 1,301 and 1,142 follow-up children in the hand sanitiser and control groups, respectively, the rate of absence episodes due to illness per 100 child-days was similar (1.21 and 1.16, respectively, incidence rate ratio 1.06, 95% CI 0.94 to 1.18). The provision of an alcohol-based hand sanitiser dispenser in classrooms was not effective in reducing rates of absence episodes due to respiratory or gastrointestinal illness, the length of illness or illness absence episodes, or the rate of subsequent infection for other members of the household in these children. The percentage of children experiencing a skin reaction was similar (10.4% hand sanitiser versus 10.3% control, risk ratio 1.01, 95% CI 0.78 to 1.30). The rate or length of absence episodes for any reason measured for all children also did not differ between groups. Limitations of the study include that the study was conducted during an influenza pandemic, with associated public health messaging about hand hygiene, which may have increased hand hygiene among all children and thereby reduced any additional effectiveness of sanitiser provision. We did not quite achieve the planned sample size of 1,350 follow-up children per group, although we still obtained precise estimates of the intervention effects. Also, it is possible that follow-up children were healthier than non-participating eligible children, with therefore less to gain from improved hand hygiene. However, lack of effectiveness of hand sanitiser provision on the rate of absences among all children suggests that this may not be the explanation.
The provision of hand sanitiser in addition to usual hand hygiene in primary schools in New Zealand did not prevent disease of severity sufficient to cause school absence.
Trial registration
Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry ACTRN12609000478213
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Editors' Summary
Throughout human history, infectious diseases have been major killers. In the 1300 s, for example, the black death killed a third of the European population. Other diseases such as smallpox and cholera have also devastated human populations. Now, though, a better understanding of the bacteria, viruses, and other microbes that cause infectious diseases and the availability of effective vaccines and antibiotics mean that, for the first time in human history, non-communicable (chronic) diseases such as heart attacks and strokes are killing and disabling more people around the world than infectious diseases. But this does not mean that we can be complacent about infectious diseases. The control of infectious diseases remains important, even in high-income countries, because of the contribution of infectious diseases to ill-health and because we need to manage the risk of epidemics and pandemics (disease outbreaks that affect a large proportion of the population of a country or the world, respectively) of influenza and other diseases.
Why Was This Study Done?
The control of infectious disease transmission in children is a particularly important component of disease control because children tend to have high rates of infectious disease and to have more physical contact with peers and with adults than other age groups, particularly in the school environment. It might be possible, therefore, to reduce the occurrence of many infectious respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases in communities by interrupting the transmission of infectious diseases between children at school, but how can this be achieved? In health care settings, good hand hygiene is a key component of infectious disease control, so, here, the researchers undertake a cluster randomized trial among primary school children in New Zealand to investigate whether the promotion of extra hand cleaning through the provision of alcohol-based hand sanitizer in classrooms can reduce illness absences among school children compared with normal hand hygiene (washing with soap and water, mainly in school bathrooms). A cluster randomized trial compares the outcomes of groups of participants (in this case, schools) chosen randomly to receive different interventions.
What Did the Researchers Do and Find?
The researchers randomly assigned 68 city primary schools to the intervention or control group. All the children (aged 5–11 years) attending the participating schools received a thirty-minute in-class hand hygiene education session. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer dispensers were installed in the classrooms of the intervention schools during the winter term, and the children were asked to use the dispensers after coughing or sneezing and on the way out of the classroom for morning break and lunch. The researchers report that the trial's primary outcome—the rate of absence episodes per 100 child-days due to any illness among “follow-up” children, individuals whose caregivers agreed to be asked about the reason for any absence—was similar in the intervention and control groups. Moreover, among the follow-up children, the provision of hand sanitizer did not reduce the number of absences due to a specific illness (respiratory or gastrointestinal), the length of illness and length of absence from school, or the number of episodes in which at least one other family member became ill. Finally, the number of absences for any reason, and length of absence episodes, in all the children enrolled at the participating schools did not differ between the intervention and control groups.
What Do These Findings Mean?
These findings suggest that the provision of hand sanitizer in addition to usual hand hygiene in primary schools in New Zealand did not prevent any infectious diseases severe enough to warrant school absence. Because the trial was undertaken during an influenza epidemic, influenza-related public health messages about good hand hygiene may have increased hand hygiene among all the children in the study and lessened the intervention's effectiveness. Other study limitations—including that only a third of caregivers agreed to be contacted about their child's absences, and these may have been caregivers who had already taught their children good hand hygiene—may also affect the accuracy of these findings and their generalizability to other high-income countries. However, these findings suggest that, in high-income countries where clean water for hand washing is readily available, putting resources into extra hand hygiene by providing hand sanitizer in classrooms may not be an effective way to break the child-to-child transmission of infectious diseases.
Additional Information
Please access these websites via the online version of this summary at
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has information about hand-washing, when and how to wash your hands and use sanitizer, and hand-washing as a family activity; it also provides information about the importance of hand hygiene in health care settings
Public Health England provides information about hand-washing; its webpage about hand-washing in primary schools contains links to lesson plans about hand-washing for children aged 5–7 years and to e-Bug, a web-based student resource about infectious diseases and their prevention for children aged 7–14 years
Kidshealth, a US-based not-for-profit organization, also provides information about the importance of hand-washing for parents, kids, and teens (in English and Spanish)
PMCID: PMC4130492  PMID: 25117155
5.  A Multifaceted Intervention to Implement Guidelines and Improve Admission Paediatric Care in Kenyan District Hospitals: A Cluster Randomised Trial 
PLoS Medicine  2011;8(4):e1001018.
Philip Ayieko and colleagues report the outcomes of a cluster-randomized trial carried out in eight Kenyan district hospitals evaluating the effects of a complex intervention involving improved training and supervision for clinicians. They found a higher performance of hospitals assigned to the complex intervention on a variety of process of care measures, as compared to those receiving the control intervention.
In developing countries referral of severely ill children from primary care to district hospitals is common, but hospital care is often of poor quality. However, strategies to change multiple paediatric care practices in rural hospitals have rarely been evaluated.
Methods and Findings
This cluster randomized trial was conducted in eight rural Kenyan district hospitals, four of which were randomly assigned to a full intervention aimed at improving quality of clinical care (evidence-based guidelines, training, job aides, local facilitation, supervision, and face-to-face feedback; n = 4) and the remaining four to control intervention (guidelines, didactic training, job aides, and written feedback; n = 4). Prespecified structure, process, and outcome indicators were measured at baseline and during three and five 6-monthly surveys in control and intervention hospitals, respectively. Primary outcomes were process of care measures, assessed at 18 months postbaseline.
In both groups performance improved from baseline. Completion of admission assessment tasks was higher in intervention sites at 18 months (mean = 0.94 versus 0.65, adjusted difference 0.54 [95% confidence interval 0.05–0.29]). Uptake of guideline recommended therapeutic practices was also higher within intervention hospitals: adoption of once daily gentamicin (89.2% versus 74.4%; 17.1% [8.04%–26.1%]); loading dose quinine (91.9% versus 66.7%, 26.3% [−3.66% to 56.3%]); and adequate prescriptions of intravenous fluids for severe dehydration (67.2% versus 40.6%; 29.9% [10.9%–48.9%]). The proportion of children receiving inappropriate doses of drugs in intervention hospitals was lower (quinine dose >40 mg/kg/day; 1.0% versus 7.5%; −6.5% [−12.9% to 0.20%]), and inadequate gentamicin dose (2.2% versus 9.0%; −6.8% [−11.9% to −1.6%]).
Specific efforts are needed to improve hospital care in developing countries. A full, multifaceted intervention was associated with greater changes in practice spanning multiple, high mortality conditions in rural Kenyan hospitals than a partial intervention, providing one model for bridging the evidence to practice gap and improving admission care in similar settings.
Trial registration
Current Controlled Trials ISRCTN42996612
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Editors' Summary
In 2008, nearly 10 million children died in early childhood. Nearly all these deaths were in low- and middle-income countries—half were in Africa. In Kenya, for example, 74 out every 1,000 children born died before they reached their fifth birthday. About half of all childhood (pediatric) deaths in developing countries are caused by pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria. Deaths from these common diseases could be prevented if all sick children had access to quality health care in the community (“primary” health care provided by health centers, pharmacists, family doctors, and traditional healers) and in district hospitals (“secondary” health care). Unfortunately, primary health care facilities in developing countries often lack essential diagnostic capabilities and drugs, and pediatric hospital care is frequently inadequate with many deaths occurring soon after admission. Consequently, in 1996, as part of global efforts to reduce childhood illnesses and deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) introduced the Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI) strategy. This approach to child health focuses on the well-being of the whole child and aims to improve the case management skills of health care staff at all levels, health systems, and family and community health practices.
Why Was This Study Done?
The implementation of IMCI has been evaluated at the primary health care level, but its implementation in district hospitals has not been evaluated. So, for example, interventions designed to encourage the routine use of WHO disease-specific guidelines in rural pediatric hospitals have not been tested. In this cluster randomized trial, the researchers develop and test a multifaceted intervention designed to improve the implementation of treatment guidelines and admission pediatric care in district hospitals in Kenya. In a cluster randomized trial, groups of patients rather than individual patients are randomly assigned to receive alternative interventions and the outcomes in different “clusters” of patients are compared. In this trial, each cluster is a district hospital.
What Did the Researchers Do and Find?
The researchers randomly assigned eight Kenyan district hospitals to the “full” or “control” intervention, interventions that differed in intensity but that both included more strategies to promote implementation of best practice than are usually applied in Kenyan rural hospitals. The full intervention included provision of clinical practice guidelines and training in their use, six-monthly survey-based hospital assessments followed by face-to-face feedback of survey findings, 5.5 days training for health care workers, provision of job aids such as structured pediatric admission records, external supervision, and the identification of a local facilitator to promote guideline use and to provide on-site problem solving. The control intervention included the provision of clinical practice guidelines (without training in their use) and job aids, six-monthly surveys with written feedback, and a 1.5-day lecture-based seminar to explain the guidelines. The researchers compared the implementation of various processes of care (activities of patients and doctors undertaken to ensure delivery of care) in the intervention and control hospitals at baseline and 18 months later. The performance of both groups of hospitals improved during the trial but more markedly in the intervention hospitals than in the control hospitals. At 18 months, the completion of admission assessment tasks and the uptake of guideline-recommended clinical practices were both higher in the intervention hospitals than in the control hospitals. Moreover, a lower proportion of children received inappropriate doses of drugs such as quinine for malaria in the intervention hospitals than in the control hospitals.
What Do These Findings Mean?
These findings show that specific efforts are needed to improve pediatric care in rural Kenya and suggest that interventions that include more approaches to changing clinical practice may be more effective than interventions that include fewer approaches. These findings are limited by certain aspects of the trial design, such as the small number of participating hospitals, and may not be generalizable to other hospitals in Kenya or to hospitals in other developing countries. Thus, although these findings seem to suggest that efforts to implement and scale up improved secondary pediatric health care will need to include more than the production and dissemination of printed materials, further research including trials or evaluation of test programs are necessary before widespread adoption of any multifaceted approach (which will need to be tailored to local conditions and available resources) can be contemplated.
Additional Information
Please access these Web sites via the online version of this summary at
WHO provides information on efforts to reduce global child mortality and on Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI); the WHO pocket book “Hospital care for children contains guidelines for the management of common illnesses with limited resources (available in several languages)
UNICEF also provides information on efforts to reduce child mortality and detailed statistics on child mortality
The iDOC Africa Web site, which is dedicated to improving the delivery of hospital care for children and newborns in Africa, provides links to the clinical guidelines and other resources used in this study
PMCID: PMC3071366  PMID: 21483712
6.  Effectiveness of a Pre-treatment Snack on the Uptake of Mass Treatment for Schistosomiasis in Uganda: A Cluster Randomized Trial 
PLoS Medicine  2014;11(5):e1001640.
In a cluster randomized trial, Simon Muhumuza and colleagues examine the effectiveness of a pre-treament snack given to school-aged children on the uptake of mass treatment for schistosomiasis in Uganda.
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School-based mass treatment with praziquantel is the cornerstone for schistosomiasis control in school-aged children. However, uptake of treatment among school-age children in Uganda is low in some areas. The objective of the study was to examine the effectiveness of a pre-treatment snack on uptake of mass treatment.
Methods and Findings
In a cluster randomized trial carried out in Jinja district, Uganda, 12 primary schools were randomized into two groups; one received education messages for schistosomiasis prevention for two months prior to mass treatment, while the other, in addition to the education messages, received a pre-treatment snack shortly before mass treatment. Four weeks after mass treatment, uptake of praziquantel was assessed among a random sample of 595 children in the snack schools and 689 children in the non-snack schools as the primary outcome. The occurrence of side effects and the prevalence and mean intensity of Schistosoma mansoni infection were determined as the secondary outcomes. Uptake of praziquantel was higher in the snack schools, 93.9% (95% CI 91.7%–95.7%), compared to that in the non-snack schools, 78.7% (95% CI 75.4%–81.7%) (p = 0.002). The occurrence of side effects was lower in the snack schools, 34.4% (95% CI 31.5%–39.8%), compared to that in the non-snack schools, 46.9% (95% CI 42.2%–50.7%) (p = 0.041). Prevalence and mean intensity of S. mansoni infection was lower in the snack schools, 1.3% (95% CI 0.6%–2.6%) and 38.3 eggs per gram of stool (epg) (95% CI 21.8–67.2), compared to that in the non-snack schools, 14.1% (95% CI 11.6%–16.9%) (p = 0.001) and 78.4 epg (95% CI 60.6–101.5) (p = 0.001), respectively.
Our results suggest that provision of a pre-treatment snack combined with education messages achieves a higher uptake compared to the education messages alone. The use a pre-treatment snack was associated with reduced side effects as well as decreased prevalence and intensity of S. mansoni infection.
Trial registration NCT01869465
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Editors' Summary
Globally, more than 240 million people are infected with schistosomes, a parasitic worm found in tropical and sub-tropical fresh water. Schistosomes reproduce in snails, which release free-swimming infectious parasites that burrow into the skin of people when they wash or swim in contaminated water. Once inside a person, the parasites turn into larvae and migrate to the liver, where they become juvenile worms. These mature into 10–20 mm long adult worms and take up residence in the veins draining the gut or bladder where they mate and release eggs, some of which pass into the feces and go back into water where they hatch and infect fresh snails. Most people have no symptoms when they are first infected with schistosomes but some develop a rash or itchy skin. Later symptoms include fever, chills, cough, and muscle aches. Without treatment, schistosomiasis can persist for years, eventually causing liver, gut, bladder, and spleen damage. In Africa alone, schistosomiasis kills about 280,000 people annually.
Why Was This Study Done?
Strategies for the control of schistosomiasis include the provision of clean water and adequate sanitation, and education. However, the cornerstone of control is the reduction of disease through periodic, targeted treatment with the anti-schistosomal drug praziquantel. One group that is targeted for treatment in countries affected by schistosomiasis is school-aged children. For this approach to be successful, experts recommend regular treatment of at least 75% of school-age children at risk of infection. Unfortunately, the uptake of the intervention is often low, partly because children fear praziquantel's side effects, which include diarrhea, and vomiting. The risk of developing side effects can be reduced by eating food just before taking the drug. In this cluster randomized trial (a study that compares outcomes in groups of people randomly assigned to receive different treatments), the researchers investigate whether the provision of a pre-treatment snack improves the uptake of praziquantel among school children in Jinja district of Uganda, a country that has adopted school-based mass drug administration as part of its national schistosomiasis control program. The researchers also investigated whether this intervention reduces the occurrence of side effects attributable to praziquantel, the prevalence of schistosomiasis (the proportion of the population that is infected), and the infection intensity (indicated by the density of eggs in stool).
What Did the Researchers Do and Find?
The researchers randomly assigned 12 primary schools to receive education messages for 2 months before mass treatment with praziquantel or the same education messages plus a mango juice and donut snack just before treatment. The education messages included information about the dangers of schistosome infection, the importance of preventative treatment with praziquantel, and information about taking the drug with food to avoid side effects. Four weeks after mass treatment, praziquantel uptake was assessed by self report in 595 children chosen randomly from the snack schools and 689 children from the no-snack schools. Uptake of praziquantel in the snack and no-snack schools was 93.9% and 78.7%, respectively, a significant difference in outcomes that is unlikely to be a chance event. The occurrence of self-reported side effects, the prevalence of schistosome infection, and the average intensity of infection were all significantly lower in the snack schools than in the no-snack schools.
What Do These Findings Mean?
These findings suggest that the provision of a pre-treatment snack combined with education messages improved uptake of mass treatment for schistosomiasis among school children in Uganda compared to education messages alone. The intervention also reduced the occurrence of side effects, the prevalence of infection, and the infection intensity. Because uptake and the occurrence of side effects were determined by self-report, some children may have provided socially desirable answers. That is, they may have said they took the drug when they didn't because they knew that is what the researchers wanted to hear. However, the infection prevalence and intensity findings validate the self-reported uptake. The researchers conclude that the provision of a snack to mitigate the side effects of praziquantel could have motivated the children to take the treatment. If future trials show that the intervention is cost-effective, the researchers suggest that the provision of pre-treatment food should be integrated into school-based mass treatment programs for schistosomiasis control at the national level in Uganda and in similar settings elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa.
Additional Information
Please access these websites via the online version of this summary at
The World Health Organization provides detailed information about schistosomiasis (in several languages)
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides information for the public and for health professionals about all aspects of schistosomiasis (in English and Spanish)
The UK National Health Service Choices website also provides information about schistosomiasis
More information about the Evaluation of Strategies for Improved Uptake of Preventive Treatment for Intestinal Schistosomiasis trial is available
The End Fund, a US not-for-profit organization that aims to tackle schistosomiasis and other neglected tropical diseases, has a personal story about dealing with schistosomiasis
PMCID: PMC4019501  PMID: 24824051
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Implementation Science : IS  2016;11(Suppl 1):85.
Table of contents
Introduction to the 3rd Biennial Conference of the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration: advancing efficient methodologies through team science and community partnerships
Cara Lewis, Doyanne Darnell, Suzanne Kerns, Maria Monroe-DeVita, Sara J. Landes, Aaron R. Lyon, Cameo Stanick, Shannon Dorsey, Jill Locke, Brigid Marriott, Ajeng Puspitasari, Caitlin Dorsey, Karin Hendricks, Andria Pierson, Phil Fizur, Katherine A. Comtois
A1: A behavioral economic perspective on adoption, implementation, and sustainment of evidence-based interventions
Lawrence A. Palinkas
A2: Towards making scale up of evidence-based practices in child welfare systems more efficient and affordable
Patricia Chamberlain
A3: Mixed method examination of strategic leadership for evidence-based practice implementation
Gregory A. Aarons, Amy E. Green, Mark. G. Ehrhart, Elise M. Trott, Cathleen E. Willging
A4: Implementing practice change in Federally Qualified Health Centers: Learning from leaders’ experiences
Maria E. Fernandez, Nicholas H. Woolf, Shuting (Lily) Liang, Natalia I. Heredia, Michelle Kegler, Betsy Risendal, Andrea Dwyer, Vicki Young, Dayna Campbell, Michelle Carvalho, Yvonne Kellar-Guenther
A3: Mixed method examination of strategic leadership for evidence-based practice implementation
Gregory A. Aarons, Amy E. Green, Mark. G. Ehrhart, Elise M. Trott, Cathleen E. Willging
A4: Implementing practice change in Federally Qualified Health Centers: Learning from leaders’ experiences
Maria E. Fernandez, Nicholas H. Woolf, Shuting (Lily) Liang, Natalia I. Heredia, Michelle Kegler, Betsy Risendal, Andrea Dwyer, Vicki Young, Dayna Campbell, Michelle Carvalho, Yvonne Kellar-Guenther
A5: Efficient synthesis: Using qualitative comparative analysis and the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research across diverse studies
Laura J. Damschroder, Julie C. Lowery
A6: Establishing a veterans engagement group to empower patients and inform Veterans Affairs (VA) health services research
Sarah S. Ono, Kathleen F. Carlson, Erika K. Cottrell, Maya E. O’Neil, Travis L. Lovejoy
A7: Building patient-practitioner partnerships in community oncology settings to implement behavioral interventions for anxious and depressed cancer survivors
Joanna J. Arch, Jill L. Mitchell
A8: Tailoring a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy implementation protocol using mixed methods, conjoint analysis, and implementation teams
Cara C. Lewis, Brigid R. Marriott, Kelli Scott
A9: Wraparound Structured Assessment and Review (WrapSTAR): An efficient, yet comprehensive approach to Wraparound implementation evaluation
Jennifer Schurer Coldiron, Eric J. Bruns, Alyssa N. Hook
A10: Improving the efficiency of standardized patient assessment of clinician fidelity: A comparison of automated actor-based and manual clinician-based ratings
Benjamin C. Graham, Katelin Jordan
A11: Measuring fidelity on the cheap
Rochelle F. Hanson, Angela Moreland, Benjamin E. Saunders, Heidi S. Resnick
A12: Leveraging routine clinical materials to assess fidelity to an evidence-based psychotherapy
Shannon Wiltsey Stirman, Cassidy A. Gutner, Jennifer Gamarra, Dawne Vogt, Michael Suvak, Jennifer Schuster Wachen, Katherine Dondanville, Jeffrey S. Yarvis, Jim Mintz, Alan L. Peterson, Elisa V. Borah, Brett T. Litz, Alma Molino, Stacey Young McCaughanPatricia A. Resick
A13: The video vignette survey: An efficient process for gathering diverse community opinions to inform an intervention
Nancy Pandhi, Nora Jacobson, Neftali Serrano, Armando Hernandez, Elizabeth Zeidler- Schreiter, Natalie Wietfeldt, Zaher Karp
A14: Using integrated administrative data to evaluate implementation of a behavioral health and trauma screening for children and youth in foster care
Michael D. Pullmann, Barbara Lucenko, Bridget Pavelle, Jacqueline A. Uomoto, Andrea Negrete, Molly Cevasco, Suzanne E. U. Kerns
A15: Intermediary organizations as a vehicle to promote efficiency and speed of implementation
Robert P. Franks, Christopher Bory
A16: Applying the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research constructs directly to qualitative data: The power of implementation science in action
Edward J. Miech, Teresa M. Damush
A17: Efficient and effective scaling-up, screening, brief interventions, and referrals to treatment (SBIRT) training: a snowball implementation model
Jason Satterfield, Derek Satre, Maria Wamsley, Patrick Yuan, Patricia O’Sullivan
A18: Matching models of implementation to system needs and capacities: addressing the human factor
Helen Best, Susan Velasquez
A19: Agency characteristics that facilitate efficient and successful implementation efforts
Miya Barnett, Lauren Brookman-Frazee, Jennifer Regan, Nicole Stadnick, Alison Hamilton, Anna Lau
A20: Rapid assessment process: Application to the Prevention and Early Intervention transformation in Los Angeles County
Jennifer Regan, Alison Hamilton, Nicole Stadnick, Miya Barnett, Anna Lau, Lauren Brookman-Frazee
A21: The development of the Evidence-Based Practice-Concordant Care Assessment: An assessment tool to examine treatment strategies across practices
Nicole Stadnick, Anna Lau, Miya Barnett, Jennifer Regan, Scott Roesch, Lauren Brookman-Frazee
A22: Refining a compilation of discrete implementation strategies and determining their importance and feasibility
Byron J. Powell, Thomas J. Waltz, Matthew J. Chinman, Laura Damschroder, Jeffrey L. Smith, Monica M. Matthieu, Enola K. Proctor, JoAnn E. Kirchner
A23: Structuring complex recommendations: Methods and general findings
Thomas J. Waltz, Byron J. Powell, Matthew J. Chinman, Laura J. Damschroder, Jeffrey L. Smith, Monica J. Matthieu, Enola K. Proctor, JoAnn E. Kirchner
A24: Implementing prolonged exposure for post-traumatic stress disorder in the Department of Veterans Affairs: Expert recommendations from the Expert Recommendations for Implementing Change (ERIC) project
Monica M. Matthieu, Craig S. Rosen, Thomas J. Waltz, Byron J. Powell, Matthew J. Chinman, Laura J. Damschroder, Jeffrey L. Smith, Enola K. Proctor, JoAnn E. Kirchner
A25: When readiness is a luxury: Co-designing a risk assessment and quality assurance process with violence prevention frontline workers in Seattle, WA
Sarah C. Walker, Asia S. Bishop, Mariko Lockhart
A26: Implementation potential of structured recidivism risk assessments with justice- involved veterans: Qualitative perspectives from providers
Allison L. Rodriguez, Luisa Manfredi, Andrea Nevedal, Joel Rosenthal, Daniel M. Blonigen
A27: Developing empirically informed readiness measures for providers and agencies for the Family Check-Up using a mixed methods approach
Anne M. Mauricio, Thomas D. Dishion, Jenna Rudo-Stern, Justin D. Smith
A28: Pebbles, rocks, and boulders: The implementation of a school-based social engagement intervention for children with autism
Jill Locke, Courtney Benjamin Wolk, Colleen Harker, Anne Olsen, Travis Shingledecker, Frances Barg, David Mandell, Rinad S. Beidas
A29: Problem Solving Teletherapy (PST.Net): A stakeholder analysis examining the feasibility and acceptability of teletherapy in community based aging services
Marissa C. Hansen, Maria P. Aranda, Isabel Torres-Vigil
A30: A case of collaborative intervention design eventuating in behavior therapy sustainment and diffusion
Bryan Hartzler
A31: Implementation of suicide risk prevention in an integrated delivery system: Mental health specialty services
Bradley Steinfeld, Tory Gildred, Zandrea Harlin, Fredric Shephard
A32: Implementation team, checklist, evaluation, and feedback (ICED): A step-by-step approach to Dialectical Behavior Therapy program implementation
Matthew S. Ditty, Andrea Doyle, John A. Bickel III, Katharine Cristaudo
A33: The challenges in implementing muliple evidence-based practices in a community mental health setting
Dan Fox, Sonia Combs
A34: Using electronic health record technology to promote and support evidence-based practice assessment and treatment intervention
David H. Lischner
A35: Are existing frameworks adequate for measuring implementation outcomes? Results from a new simulation methodology
Richard A. Van Dorn, Stephen J. Tueller, Jesse M. Hinde, Georgia T. Karuntzos
A36: Taking global local: Evaluating training of Washington State clinicians in a modularized cogntive behavioral therapy approach designed for low-resource settings
Maria Monroe-DeVita, Roselyn Peterson, Doyanne Darnell, Lucy Berliner, Shannon Dorsey, Laura K. Murray
A37: Attitudes toward evidence-based practices across therapeutic orientations
Yevgeny Botanov, Beverly Kikuta, Tianying Chen, Marivi Navarro-Haro, Anthony DuBose, Kathryn E. Korslund, Marsha M. Linehan
A38: Predicting the use of an evidence-based intervention for autism in birth-to-three programs
Colleen M. Harker, Elizabeth A. Karp, Sarah R. Edmunds, Lisa V. Ibañez, Wendy L. Stone
A39: Supervision practices and improved fidelity across evidence-based practices: A literature review
Mimi Choy-Brown
A40: Beyond symptom tracking: clinician perceptions of a hybrid measurement feedback system for monitoring treatment fidelity and client progress
Jack H. Andrews, Benjamin D. Johnides, Estee M. Hausman, Kristin M. Hawley
A41: A guideline decision support tool: From creation to implementation
Beth Prusaczyk, Alex Ramsey, Ana Baumann, Graham Colditz, Enola K. Proctor
A42: Dabblers, bedazzlers, or total makeovers: Clinician modification of a common elements cognitive behavioral therapy approach
Rosemary D. Meza, Shannon Dorsey, Shannon Wiltsey-Stirman, Georganna Sedlar, Leah Lucid
A43: Characterization of context and its role in implementation: The impact of structure, infrastructure, and metastructure
Caitlin Dorsey, Brigid Marriott, Nelson Zounlome, Cara Lewis
A44: Effects of consultation method on implementation of cognitive processing therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder
Cassidy A. Gutner, Candice M. Monson, Norman Shields, Marta Mastlej, Meredith SH Landy, Jeanine Lane, Shannon Wiltsey Stirman
A45: Cross-validation of the Implementation Leadership Scale factor structure in child welfare service organizations
Natalie K. Finn, Elisa M. Torres, Mark. G. Ehrhart, Gregory A. Aarons
A46: Sustainability of integrated smoking cessation care in Veterans Affairs posttraumatic stress disorder clinics: A qualitative analysis of focus group data from learning collaborative participants
Carol A. Malte, Aline Lott, Andrew J. Saxon
A47: Key characteristics of effective mental health trainers: The creation of the Measure of Effective Attributes of Trainers (MEAT)
Meredith Boyd, Kelli Scott, Cara C. Lewis
A48: Coaching to improve teacher implementation of evidence-based practices (EBPs)
Jennifer D. Pierce
A49: Factors influencing the implementation of peer-led health promotion programs targeting seniors: A literature review
Agathe Lorthios-Guilledroit, Lucie Richard, Johanne Filiatrault
A50: Developing treatment fidelity rating systems for psychotherapy research: Recommendations and lessons learned
Kevin Hallgren, Shirley Crotwell, Rosa Muñoz, Becky Gius, Benjamin Ladd, Barbara McCrady, Elizabeth Epstein
A51: Rapid translation of alcohol prevention science
John D. Clapp, Danielle E. Ruderman
A52: Factors implicated in successful implementation: evidence to inform improved implementation from high and low-income countries
Melanie Barwick, Raluca Barac, Stanley Zlotkin, Laila Salim, Marnie
A53: Tracking implementation strategies prospectively: A practical approach
Alicia C. Bunger, Byron J. Powell, Hillary A. Robertson
A54: Trained but not implementing: the need for effective implementation planning tools
Christopher Botsko
A55: Evidence, context, and facilitation variables related to implementation of Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Qualitative results from a mixed methods inquiry in the Department of Veterans Affairs
Sara J. Landes, Brandy N. Smith, Allison L. Rodriguez, Lindsay R. Trent, Monica M. Matthieu
A56: Learning from implementation as usual in children’s mental health
Byron J. Powell, Enola K. Proctor
A57: Rates and predictors of implementation after Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Training
Melanie S. Harned, Marivi Navarro-Haro, Kathryn E. Korslund, Tianying Chen, Anthony DuBose, André Ivanoff, Marsha M. Linehan
A58: Socio-contextual determinants of research evidence use in public-youth systems of care
Antonio R. Garcia, Minseop Kim, Lawrence A. Palinkas, Lonnie Snowden, John Landsverk
A59: Community resource mapping to integrate evidence-based depression treatment in primary care in Brazil: A pilot project
Annika C. Sweetland, Maria Jose Fernandes, Edilson Santos, Cristiane Duarte, Afrânio Kritski, Noa Krawczyk, Caitlin Nelligan, Milton L. Wainberg
A60: The use of concept mapping to efficiently identify determinants of implementation in the National Institute of Health--President’s Emergent Plan for AIDS Relief Prevention of Mother to Child HIV Transmission Implementation Science Alliance
Gregory A. Aarons, David H. Sommerfeld, Benjamin Chi, Echezona Ezeanolue, Rachel Sturke, Lydia Kline, Laura Guay, George Siberry
A61: Longitudinal remote consultation for implementing collaborative care for depression
Ian M. Bennett, Rinad Beidas, Rachel Gold, Johnny Mao, Diane Powers, Mindy Vredevoogd, Jurgen Unutzer
A62: Integrating a peer coach model to support program implementation and ensure long- term sustainability of the Incredible Years in community-based settings
Jennifer Schroeder, Lane Volpe, Julie Steffen
A63: Efficient sustainability: Existing community based supervisors as evidence-based treatment supports
Shannon Dorsey, Michael D Pullmann, Suzanne E. U. Kerns, Nathaniel Jungbluth, Lucy Berliner, Kelly Thompson, Eliza Segell
A64: Establishment of a national practice-based implementation network to accelerate adoption of evidence-based and best practices
Pearl McGee-Vincent, Nancy Liu, Robyn Walser, Jennifer Runnals, R. Keith Shaw, Sara J. Landes, Craig Rosen, Janet Schmidt, Patrick Calhoun
A65: Facilitation as a mechanism of implementation in a practice-based implementation network: Improving care in a Department of Veterans Affairs post-traumatic stress disorder outpatient clinic
Ruth L. Varkovitzky, Sara J. Landes
A66: The ACT SMART Toolkit: An implementation strategy for community-based organizations providing services to children with autism spectrum disorder
Amy Drahota, Jonathan I. Martinez, Brigitte Brikho, Rosemary Meza, Aubyn C. Stahmer, Gregory A. Aarons
A67: Supporting Policy In Health with Research: An intervention trial (SPIRIT) - protocol and early findings
Anna Williamson
A68: From evidence based practice initiatives to infrastructure: Lessons learned from a public behavioral health system’s efforts to promote evidence based practices
Ronnie M. Rubin, Byron J. Powell, Matthew O. Hurford, Shawna L. Weaver, Rinad S. Beidas, David S. Mandell, Arthur C. Evans
A69: Applying the policy ecology model to Philadelphia’s behavioral health transformation efforts
Byron J. Powell, Rinad S. Beidas, Ronnie M. Rubin, Rebecca E. Stewart, Courtney Benjamin Wolk, Samantha L. Matlin, Shawna Weaver, Matthew O. Hurford, Arthur C. Evans, Trevor R. Hadley, David S. Mandell
A70: A model for providing methodological expertise to advance dissemination and implementation of health discoveries in Clinical and Translational Science Award institutions
Donald R. Gerke, Beth Prusaczyk, Ana Baumann, Ericka M. Lewis, Enola K. Proctor
A71: Establishing a research agenda for the Triple P Implementation Framework
Jenna McWilliam, Jacquie Brown, Michelle Tucker
A72: Cheap and fast, but what is “best?”: Examining implementation outcomes across sites in a state-wide scaled-up evidence-based walking program, Walk With Ease
Kathleen P Conte
A73: Measurement feedback systems in mental health: Initial review of capabilities and characteristics
Aaron R. Lyon, Meredith Boyd, Abigail Melvin, Cara C. Lewis, Freda Liu, Nathaniel Jungbluth
A74: A qualitative investigation of case managers’ attitudes toward implementation of a measurement feedback system in a public mental health system for youth
Amelia Kotte, Kaitlin A. Hill, Albert C. Mah, Priya A. Korathu-Larson, Janelle R. Au, Sonia Izmirian, Scott Keir, Brad J. Nakamura, Charmaine K. Higa-McMillan
A75: Multiple pathways to sustainability: Using Qualitative Comparative Analysis to uncover the necessary and sufficient conditions for successful community-based implementation
Brittany Rhoades Cooper, Angie Funaiole, Eleanor Dizon
A76: Prescribers’ perspectives on opioids and benzodiazepines and medication alerts to reduce co-prescribing of these medications
Eric J. Hawkins, Carol A. Malte, Hildi J. Hagedorn, Douglas Berger, Anissa Frank, Aline Lott, Carol E. Achtmeyer, Anthony J. Mariano, Andrew J. Saxon
A77: Adaptation of Coordinated Anxiety Learning and Management for comorbid anxiety and substance use disorders: Delivery of evidence-based treatment for anxiety in addictions treatment centers
Kate Wolitzky-Taylor, Richard Rawson, Richard Ries, Peter Roy-Byrne, Michelle Craske
A78: Opportunities and challenges of measuring program implementation with online surveys
Dena Simmons, Catalina Torrente, Lori Nathanson, Grace Carroll
A79: Observational assessment of fidelity to a family-centered prevention program: Effectiveness and efficiency
Justin D. Smith, Kimbree Brown, Karina Ramos, Nicole Thornton, Thomas J. Dishion, Elizabeth A. Stormshak, Daniel S. Shaw, Melvin N. Wilson
A80: Strategies and challenges in housing first fidelity: A multistate qualitative analysis
Mimi Choy-Brown, Emmy Tiderington, Bikki Tran Smith, Deborah K. Padgett
A81: Procurement and contracting as an implementation strategy: Getting To Outcomes® contracting
Ronnie M. Rubin, Marilyn L. Ray, Abraham Wandersman, Andrea Lamont, Gordon Hannah, Kassandra A. Alia, Matthew O. Hurford, Arthur C. Evans
A82: Web-based feedback to aid successful implementation: The interactive Stages of Implementation Completion (SIC)TM tool
Lisa Saldana, Holle Schaper, Mark Campbell, Patricia Chamberlain
A83: Efficient methodologies for monitoring fidelity in routine implementation: Lessons from the Allentown Social Emotional Learning Initiative
Valerie B. Shapiro, B.K. Elizabeth Kim, Jennifer L. Fleming, Paul A. LeBuffe
A84: The Society for Implementation Research Collaboration (SIRC) implementation development workshop: Results from a new methodology for enhancing implementation science proposals
Sara J. Landes, Cara C. Lewis, Allison L. Rodriguez, Brigid R. Marriott, Katherine Anne Comtois
A85: An update on the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration (SIRC) Instrument Review Project
PMCID: PMC4928139  PMID: 27357964
8.  Implementing the 2009 Institute of Medicine recommendations on resident physician work hours, supervision, and safety 
Long working hours and sleep deprivation have been a facet of physician training in the US since the advent of the modern residency system. However, the scientific evidence linking fatigue with deficits in human performance, accidents and errors in industries from aeronautics to medicine, nuclear power, and transportation has mounted over the last 40 years. This evidence has also spawned regulations to help ensure public safety across safety-sensitive industries, with the notable exception of medicine.
In late 2007, at the behest of the US Congress, the Institute of Medicine embarked on a year-long examination of the scientific evidence linking resident physician sleep deprivation with clinical performance deficits and medical errors. The Institute of Medicine’s report, entitled “Resident duty hours: Enhancing sleep, supervision and safety”, published in January 2009, recommended new limits on resident physician work hours and workload, increased supervision, a heightened focus on resident physician safety, training in structured handovers and quality improvement, more rigorous external oversight of work hours and other aspects of residency training, and the identification of expanded funding sources necessary to implement the recommended reforms successfully and protect the public and resident physicians themselves from preventable harm.
Given that resident physicians comprise almost a quarter of all physicians who work in hospitals, and that taxpayers, through Medicare and Medicaid, fund graduate medical education, the public has a deep investment in physician training. Patients expect to receive safe, high-quality care in the nation’s teaching hospitals. Because it is their safety that is at issue, their voices should be central in policy decisions affecting patient safety. It is likewise important to integrate the perspectives of resident physicians, policy makers, and other constituencies in designing new policies. However, since its release, discussion of the Institute of Medicine report has been largely confined to the medical education community, led by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
To begin gathering these perspectives and developing a plan to implement safer work hours for resident physicians, a conference entitled “Enhancing sleep, supervision and safety: What will it take to implement the Institute of Medicine recommendations?” was held at Harvard Medical School on June 17–18, 2010. This White Paper is a product of a diverse group of 26 representative stakeholders bringing relevant new information and innovative practices to bear on a critical patient safety problem. Given that our conference included experts from across disciplines with diverse perspectives and interests, not every recommendation was endorsed by each invited conference participant. However, every recommendation made here was endorsed by the majority of the group, and many were endorsed unanimously. Conference members participated in the process, reviewed the final product, and provided input before publication. Participants provided their individual perspectives, which do not necessarily represent the formal views of any organization.
In September 2010 the ACGME issued new rules to go into effect on July 1, 2011. Unfortunately, they stop considerably short of the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations and those endorsed by this conference. In particular, the ACGME only applied the limitation of 16 hours to first-year resident physicans. Thus, it is clear that policymakers, hospital administrators, and residency program directors who wish to implement safer health care systems must go far beyond what the ACGME will require. We hope this White Paper will serve as a guide and provide encouragement for that effort.
Resident physician workload and supervision
By the end of training, a resident physician should be able to practice independently. Yet much of resident physicians’ time is dominated by tasks with little educational value. The caseload can be so great that inadequate reflective time is left for learning based on clinical experiences. In addition, supervision is often vaguely defined and discontinuous. Medical malpractice data indicate that resident physicians are frequently named in lawsuits, most often for lack of supervision. The recommendations are: The ACGME should adjust resident physicians workload requirements to optimize educational value. Resident physicians as well as faculty should be involved in work redesign that eliminates nonessential and noneducational activity from resident physician dutiesMechanisms should be developed for identifying in real time when a resident physician’s workload is excessive, and processes developed to activate additional providersTeamwork should be actively encouraged in delivery of patient care. Historically, much of medical training has focused on individual knowledge, skills, and responsibility. As health care delivery has become more complex, it will be essential to train resident and attending physicians in effective teamwork that emphasizes collective responsibility for patient care and recognizes the signs, both individual and systemic, of a schedule and working conditions that are too demanding to be safeHospitals should embrace the opportunities that resident physician training redesign offers. Hospitals should recognize and act on the potential benefits of work redesign, eg, increased efficiency, reduced costs, improved quality of care, and resident physician and attending job satisfactionAttending physicians should supervise all hospital admissions. Resident physicians should directly discuss all admissions with attending physicians. Attending physicians should be both cognizant of and have input into the care patients are to receive upon admission to the hospitalInhouse supervision should be required for all critical care services, including emergency rooms, intensive care units, and trauma services. Resident physicians should not be left unsupervised to care for critically ill patients. In settings in which the acuity is high, physicians who have completed residency should provide direct supervision for resident physicians. Supervising physicians should always be physically in the hospital for supervision of resident physicians who care for critically ill patientsThe ACGME should explicitly define “good” supervision by specialty and by year of training. Explicit requirements for intensity and level of training for supervision of specific clinical scenarios should be providedCenters for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) should use graduate medical education funding to provide incentives to programs with proven, effective levels of supervision. Although this action would require federal legislation, reimbursement rules would help to ensure that hospitals pay attention to the importance of good supervision and require it from their training programs
Resident physician work hours
Although the IOM “Sleep, supervision and safety” report provides a comprehensive review and discussion of all aspects of graduate medical education training, the report’s focal point is its recommendations regarding the hours that resident physicians are currently required to work. A considerable body of scientific evidence, much of it cited by the Institute of Medicine report, describes deteriorating performance in fatigued humans, as well as specific studies on resident physician fatigue and preventable medical errors.
The question before this conference was what work redesign and cultural changes are needed to reform work hours as recommended by the Institute of Medicine’s evidence-based report? Extensive scientific data demonstrate that shifts exceeding 12–16 hours without sleep are unsafe. Several principles should be followed in efforts to reduce consecutive hours below this level and achieve safer work schedules. The recommendations are: Limit resident physician work hours to 12–16 hour maximum shiftsA minimum of 10 hours off duty should be scheduled between shiftsResident physician input into work redesign should be actively solicitedSchedules should be designed that adhere to principles of sleep and circadian science; this includes careful consideration of the effects of multiple consecutive night shifts, and provision of adequate time off after night work, as specified in the IOM reportResident physicians should not be scheduled up to the maximum permissible limits; emergencies frequently occur that require resident physicians to stay longer than their scheduled shifts, and this should be anticipated in scheduling resident physicians’ work shiftsHospitals should anticipate the need for iterative improvement as new schedules are initiated; be prepared to learn from the initial phase-in, and change the plan as neededAs resident physician work hours are redesigned, attending physicians should also be considered; a potential consequence of resident physician work hour reduction and increased supervisory requirements may be an increase in work for attending physicians; this should be carefully monitored, and adjustments to attending physician work schedules made as needed to prevent unsafe work hours or working conditions for this group“Home call” should be brought under the overall limits of working hours; work load and hours should be monitored in each residency program to ensure that resident physicians and fellows on home call are getting sufficient sleepMedicare funding for graduate medical education in each hospital should be linked with adherence to the Institute of Medicine limits on resident physician work hours
Moonlighting by resident physicians
The Institute of Medicine report recommended including external as well as internal moonlighting in working hour limits. The recommendation is: All moonlighting work hours should be included in the ACGME working hour limits and actively monitored. Hospitals should formalize a moonlighting policy and establish systems for actively monitoring resident physician moonlighting
Safety of resident physicians
The “Sleep, supervision and safety” report also addresses fatigue-related harm done to resident physicians themselves. The report focuses on two main sources of physical injury to resident physicians impaired by fatigue, ie, needle-stick exposure to blood-borne pathogens and motor vehicle crashes. Providing safe transportation home for resident physicians is a logistical and financial challenge for hospitals. Educating physicians at all levels on the dangers of fatigue is clearly required to change driving behavior so that safe hospital-funded transport home is used effectively. Fatigue-related injury prevention (including not driving while drowsy) should be taught in medical school and during residency, and reinforced with attending physicians; hospitals and residency programs must be informed that resident physicians’ ability to judge their own level of impairment is impaired when they are sleep deprived; hence, leaving decisions about the capacity to drive to impaired resident physicians is not recommendedHospitals should provide transportation to all resident physicians who report feeling too tired to drive safely; in addition, although consecutive work should not exceed 16 hours, hospitals should provide transportation for all resident physicians who, because of unforeseen reasons or emergencies, work for longer than consecutive 24 hours; transportation under these circumstances should be automatically provided to house staff, and should not rely on self-identification or request
Training in effective handovers and quality improvement
Handover practice for resident physicians, attendings, and other health care providers has long been identified as a weak link in patient safety throughout health care settings. Policies to improve handovers of care must be tailored to fit the appropriate clinical scenario, recognizing that information overload can also be a problem. At the heart of improving handovers is the organizational effort to improve quality, an effort in which resident physicians have typically been insufficiently engaged. The recommendations are: Hospitals should train attending and resident physicians in effective handovers of careHospitals should create uniform processes for handovers that are tailored to meet each clinical setting; all handovers should be done verbally and face-to-face, but should also utilize written toolsWhen possible, hospitals should integrate hand-over tools into their electronic medical records (EMR) systems; these systems should be standardized to the extent possible across residency programs in a hospital, but may be tailored to the needs of specific programs and services; federal government should help subsidize adoption of electronic medical records by hospitals to improve signoutWhen feasible, handovers should be a team effort including nurses, patients, and familiesHospitals should include residents in their quality improvement and patient safety efforts; the ACGME should specify in their core competency requirements that resident physicians work on quality improvement projects; likewise, the Joint Commission should require that resident physicians be included in quality improvement and patient safety programs at teaching hospitals; hospital administrators and residency program directors should create opportunities for resident physicians to become involved in ongoing quality improvement projects and root cause analysis teams; feedback on successful quality improvement interventions should be shared with resident physicians and broadly disseminatedQuality improvement/patient safety concepts should be integral to the medical school curriculum; medical school deans should elevate the topics of patient safety, quality improvement, and teamwork; these concepts should be integrated throughout the medical school curriculum and reinforced throughout residency; mastery of these concepts by medical students should be tested on the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) stepsFederal government should support involvement of resident physicians in quality improvement efforts; initiatives to improve quality by including resident physicians in quality improvement projects should be financially supported by the Department of Health and Human Services
Monitoring and oversight of the ACGME
While the ACGME is a key stakeholder in residency training, external voices are essential to ensure that public interests are heard in the development and monitoring of standards. Consequently, the Institute of Medicine report recommended external oversight and monitoring through the Joint Commission and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The recommendations are: Make comprehensive fatigue management a Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goal; fatigue is a safety concern not only for resident physicians, but also for nurses, attending physicians, and other health care workers; the Joint Commission should seek to ensure that all health care workers, not just resident physicians, are working as safely as possibleFederal government, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, should encourage development of comprehensive fatigue management programs which all health systems would eventually be required to implementMake ACGME compliance with working hours a “ condition of participation” for reimbursement of direct and indirect graduate medical education costs; financial incentives will greatly increase the adoption of and compliance with ACGME standards
Future financial support for implementation
The Institute of Medicine’s report estimates that $1.7 billion (in 2008 dollars) would be needed to implement its recommendations. Twenty-five percent of that amount ($376 million) will be required just to bring hospitals into compliance with the existing 2003 ACGME rules. Downstream savings to the health care system could potentially result from safer care, but these benefits typically do not accrue to hospitals and residency programs, who have been asked historically to bear the burden of residency reform costs. The recommendations are: The Institute of Medicine should convene a panel of stakeholders, including private and public funders of health care and graduate medical education, to lay down the concrete steps necessary to identify and allocate the resources needed to implement the recommendations contained in the IOM “Resident duty hours: Enhancing sleep, supervision and safety” report. Conference participants suggested several approaches to engage public and private support for this initiativeEfforts to find additional funding to implement the Institute of Medicine recommendations should focus more broadly on patient safety and health care delivery reform; policy efforts focused narrowly upon resident physician work hours are less likely to succeed than broad patient safety initiatives that include residency redesign as a key componentHospitals should view the Institute of Medicine recommendations as an opportunity to begin resident physician work redesign projects as the core of a business model that embraces safety and ultimately saves resourcesBoth the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services should take the Institute of Medicine recommendations into consideration when promulgating rules for innovation grantsThe National Health Care Workforce Commission should consider the Institute of Medicine recommendations when analyzing the nation’s physician workforce needs
Recommendations for future research
Conference participants concurred that convening the stakeholders and agreeing on a research agenda was key. Some observed that some sectors within the medical education community have been reluctant to act on the data. Several logical funders for future research were identified. But above all agencies, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is the only stakeholder that funds graduate medical education upstream and will reap savings downstream if preventable medical errors are reduced as a result of reform of resident physician work hours.
PMCID: PMC3630963  PMID: 23616719
resident; hospital; working hours; safety
9.  Effect of Short-Term Supplementation with Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food or Micronutrients for Children after Illness for Prevention of Malnutrition: A Randomised Controlled Trial in Nigeria 
PLoS Medicine  2016;13(2):e1001952.
Globally, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) treats more than 300,000 severely malnourished children annually. Malnutrition is not only caused by lack of food and poor infant and child feeding practices but also by illnesses. Breaking the vicious cycle of illness and malnutrition by providing ill children with nutritional supplementation is a potentially powerful strategy for preventing malnutrition that has not been adequately investigated. Therefore, MSF investigated whether incidence of malnutrition among ill children <5 y old could be reduced by providing a fortified food product or micronutrients during their 2-wk convalescence period. Two trials, one in Nigeria and one in Uganda, were conducted; here we report on the trial that took place in Goronyo, a rural region of northwest Nigeria with high morbidity and malnutrition rates.
Methods and Findings
We investigated the effect of supplementation with ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) and a micronutrient powder (MNP) on the incidence of malnutrition in ill children presenting at an outpatient clinic in Goronyo during February to September 2012. A three-armed, partially-blinded, randomised controlled trial was conducted in children diagnosed as having malaria, diarrhoea, or lower respiratory tract infection. Children aged 6 to 59 mo were randomised to one of three arms: one sachet/d of RUTF; two sachets/d of micronutrients or no supplement (control) for 14 d for each illness over 6 mo. The primary outcome was the incidence of first negative nutritional outcome (NNO) during the 6 mo follow-up. NNO was a study-specific measure used to indicate occurrence of malnutrition; it was defined as low weight-for-height z-score (<−2 for non-malnourished and <−3 for moderately malnourished children), mid-upper arm circumference <115 mm, or oedema, whichever came first.
Of the 2,213 randomised participants, 50.0% were female and the mean age was 20.2 (standard deviation 11.2) months; 160 (7.2%) were lost to follow-up, 54 (2.4%) were admitted to hospital, and 29 (1.3%) died. The incidence rates of NNO for the RUTF, MNP, and control groups were 0.522 (95% confidence interval (95% CI), 0.442–0.617), 0.495 (0.415–0.589), and 0.566 (0.479–0.668) first events/y, respectively. The incidence rate ratio was 0.92 (95% CI, 0.74–1.15; p = 0.471) for RUTF versus control; 0.87 (0.70–1.10; p = 0.242) for MNP versus control and 1.06 (0.84–1.33, p = 0.642) for RUTF versus MNP. A subgroup analysis showed no interaction nor confounding, nor a different effectiveness of supplementation, among children who were moderately malnourished compared with non-malnourished at enrollment. The average number of study illnesses for the RUTF, MNP, and control groups were 4.2 (95% CI, 4.0–4.3), 3.4 (3.2–3.6), and 3.6 (3.4–3.7). The proportion of children who died in the RUTF, MNP, and control groups were 0.8% (95% CI, 0.3–1.8), 1.8% (1.0–3.3), and 1.4% (0.7–2.8).
A 2-wk supplementation with RUTF or MNP to ill children as part of routine primary medical care did not reduce the incidence of malnutrition. The lack of effect in Goronyo may be due to a high frequency of morbidity, which probably further affects a child’s nutritional status and children’s ability to escape from the illness–malnutrition cycle. The duration of the supplementation may have been too short or the doses of the supplements may have been too low to mitigate the effects of high morbidity and pre-existing malnutrition. An integrated approach combining prevention and treatment of diseases and treatment of moderate malnutrition, rather than prevention of malnutrition by nutritional supplementation alone, might be more effective in reducing the incidence of acute malnutrition in ill children.
Trial Registration NCT01154803
A trial in Nigeria reveals no reduction of malnutrition in children who are treated with ready-to-use food following a bout of acute illness. Compared to reductions seen in a similar trial in Uganda, the children in this setting were more malnourished initially.
Editors' Summary
Malnutrition among children is a global public health problem. Malnourished children have about a 10-fold greater risk of death than well-nourished children and, worldwide, more than 70 million children have moderate or severe acute malnutrition. Acute malnutrition causes wasting—a wasted child has a low weight for his or her height compared to the World Health Organization Child Growth Standards, which chart the growth of a reference population. Multiple factors can cause malnutrition among children, including not having enough to eat and being given the wrong types of food. In addition, recurrent infections are a major cause of malnutrition among children in many tropical countries. Common infections such as malaria, diarrhea, and lower respiratory tract infections all negatively affect the growth of children. Moreover, inadequate nutrition limits recovery from infection and the ability of the immune system to fight off infection, thereby setting up a vicious cycle of malnutrition and illness.
Why Was This Study Done?
One way to interrupt this cycle and reduce the global burden of malnutrition among children might be to ensure that ill children receive a nutritional supplement such as a ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) or a micronutrient powder (MNP) at the same time as their prescribed medical treatment. RUTF, which is based on peanut butter, contains dried skim milk, vitamins, and micronutrients and is supplied as a paste that is eaten directly. Micronutrients are vitamins and minerals that are needed in small quantities for immune system function and for good health. MNP is consumed by mixing it with porridge or other meals. In this randomized controlled trial undertaken by Médicins San Frontières (MSF, a not-for-profit organization that delivers emergency medical aid worldwide), the researchers investigate whether short-term provision of RUTF or MNP prevents the development of malnutrition among ill children under 5 y old living in Goronyo, a rural region of northwest Nigeria where up to 15% of children are acutely malnourished and where levels of illness among children are high.
What Did the Researchers Do and Find?
The researchers randomly assigned 2,213 non-malnourished and moderately malnourished children who visited outpatient clinics in Goronyo with malaria, diarrhea or lower respiratory tract infection to be given RUTF or MNP by their caregivers for 14 d following each illness over a 6-mo period or to receive no supplement. The primary trial outcome was the incidence of the first negative nutritional outcome (NNO) during follow-up (the proportion of the population experiencing NNO during follow-up). NNO was defined as a weight-for-height z-score below −2 or −3 for non-malnourished and moderately malnourished children, respectively (this score compares a child’s weight-for-height with that of a reference population; a z-score of −2 or less indicates acute malnutrition), a mid-upper arm circumference of less than 115 mm, or nutritional oedema (swelling caused by malnutrition). The incidence rates of NNO were 0.522, 0.495, and 0.566 first events/y in the RUTF, MNP, and control groups, respectively. The incidence rate ratio for RUTF versus control was 0.92, a nonsignificant reduction in the incidence of malnutrition (a nonsignificant change in an outcome could have occurred by chance). Provision of MNP also did not significantly reduce the incidence of malnutrition.
What Do These Findings Mean?
These findings show that, among non-malnourished and moderately malnourished children living in Goronyo, Nigeria, provision of RUTF or MNP as part of routine primary medical care during convalescence following malaria, diarrhea, or a lower respiratory tract infection did not reduce the incidence of malnutrition. Because RUTF is popular with caregivers and children, the lack of blinding in this trial (participants knew whether they were being given RUTF, MNP or no supplement) may limit the accuracy of these findings. Moreover, these findings only apply to ill children and cannot be extrapolated to healthy children. Notably, a companion trial undertaken by MSF in Kaabong, Uganda found that short-term supplementation with RUTF reduced the incidence of malnutrition following illness. The researchers suggest that the lack of effect of nutritional supplementation in Goronyo may be because the duration and/or dose of supplementation was insufficient to mitigate the effects of high levels of illness and pre-existing malnutrition present in this setting. Thus, they suggest, an integrated approach that combines the prevention and treatment of diseases with the treatment of moderate malnutrition might be necessary to break the illness–malnutrition cycle among children living in Goronyo and similar settings.
Additional Information
This list of resources contains links that can be accessed when viewing the PDF on a device or via the online version of the article at
A PLOS Medicine Research Article by van der Kam et al. describes the companion trial investigating the effect of short-term food supplementation for children in Uganda after illness on the incidence of malnutrition
More information about this trial is available
The MSF website contains information about malnutrition around the world; "Starved for Attention" is an international multimedia campaign launched in 2010 by MSF and the VII Photo agency to rewrite the story of childhood malnutrition
The not-for-profit organization UNICEF, which protects the rights of children and young people around the world, provides detailed information on nutrition among children and statistics on malnutrition among children; a short 2013 article describes UNICEF efforts to reduce malnutrition in Nigeria
The WHO Child Growth Standards are available (in several languages)
The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide
The Emergency Nutrition Network (ENN) is an interactive website for knowledge sharing and peer support to strengthen the evidence and know-how for effective nutrition interventions in countries prone to crisis and high levels of malnutrition
The International Lipid-based Nutrient Supplements (iLiNS) project aims to help prevent malnutrition by developing Lipid-based Nutrient Supplements and test their efficiency and by collecting and sharing publications on LNS.
PMCID: PMC4747530  PMID: 26859559
10.  Barriers to Provider-Initiated Testing and Counselling for Children in a High HIV Prevalence Setting: A Mixed Methods Study 
PLoS Medicine  2014;11(5):e1001649.
Rashida Ferrand and colleagues combine quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate HIV prevalence among older children receiving primary care in Harare, Zimbabwe, and reasons why providers did not pursue testing.
Please see later in the article for the Editors' Summary
There is a substantial burden of HIV infection among older children in sub-Saharan Africa, the majority of whom are diagnosed after presentation with advanced disease. We investigated the provision and uptake of provider-initiated HIV testing and counselling (PITC) among children in primary health care facilities, and explored health care worker (HCW) perspectives on providing HIV testing to children.
Methods and Findings
Children aged 6 to 15 y attending six primary care clinics in Harare, Zimbabwe, were offered PITC, with guardian consent and child assent. The reasons why testing did not occur in eligible children were recorded, and factors associated with HCWs offering and children/guardians refusing HIV testing were investigated using multivariable logistic regression. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with clinic nurses and counsellors to explore these factors. Among 2,831 eligible children, 2,151 (76%) were offered PITC, of whom 1,534 (54.2%) consented to HIV testing. The main reasons HCWs gave for not offering PITC were the perceived unsuitability of the accompanying guardian to provide consent for HIV testing on behalf of the child and lack of availability of staff or HIV testing kits. Children who were asymptomatic, older, or attending with a male or a younger guardian had significantly lower odds of being offered HIV testing. Male guardians were less likely to consent to their child being tested. 82 (5.3%) children tested HIV-positive, with 95% linking to care. Of the 940 guardians who tested with the child, 186 (19.8%) were HIV-positive.
The HIV prevalence among children tested was high, highlighting the need for PITC. For PITC to be successfully implemented, clear legislation about consent and guardianship needs to be developed, and structural issues addressed. HCWs require training on counselling children and guardians, particularly male guardians, who are less likely to engage with health care services. Increased awareness of the risk of HIV infection in asymptomatic older children is needed.
Please see later in the article for the Editors' Summary
Editors' Summary
Over 3 million children globally are estimated to be living with HIV (the virus that causes AIDS). While HIV infection is most commonly spread through unprotected sex with an infected person, most HIV infections among children are the result of mother-to-child HIV transmission during pregnancy, delivery, or breastfeeding. Mother-to-child transmission can be prevented by administering antiretroviral therapy to mothers with HIV during pregnancy, delivery, and breast feeding, and to their newborn babies. According to a report by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS published in 2012, 92% of pregnant women with HIV were living in sub-Saharan Africa and just under 60% were receiving antiretroviral therapy. Consequently, sub-Saharan Africa is the region where most children infected with HIV live.
Why Was This Study Done?
If an opportunity to prevent mother-to-child transmission around the time of birth is missed, diagnosis of HIV infection in a child or adolescent is likely to depend on HIV testing in health care facilities. Health care provider–initiated HIV testing and counselling (PITC) for children is important in areas where HIV infection is common because earlier diagnosis allows children to benefit from care that can prevent the development of advanced HIV disease. Even if a child or adolescent appears to be in good health, access to care and antiretroviral therapy provides a health benefit to the individual over the long term. The administration of HIV testing (and counselling) to children relies not only on health care workers (HCWs) offering HIV testing but also on parents or guardians consenting for a child to be tested. However, more than 30% of children in countries with severe HIV epidemics are AIDS orphans, and economic conditions in these countries cause many adults to migrate for work, leaving children under the care of extended families. This study aimed to investigate the reasons for acceptance and rejection of PITC in primary health care settings in Harare, Zimbabwe. By exploring HCW perspectives on providing HIV testing to children and adolescents, the study also sought to gain insight into factors that could be hindering implementation of testing procedures.
What Did the Researchers Do and Find?
The researchers identified all children aged 6 to 15 years old at six primary care clinics in Harare, who were offered HIV testing as part of routine care between 22 January and 31 May 2013. Study fieldworkers collected data on numbers of child attendances, numbers offered testing, numbers who underwent HIV testing, and reasons why HIV testing did not occur. During the study 2,831 children attending the health clinics were eligible for PITC, and just over half (1,534, 54.2%) underwent HIV testing. Eighty-two children tested HIV-positive, and nearly all of them received counselling, medication, and follow-up care. HCWs offered the test to around 75% of those eligible. The most frequent explanation given by HCWs for a diagnostic test not being offered was that the child was accompanied by a guardian not appropriate for providing consent (401 occasions, 59%); Other reasons given were a lack of available counsellors or test kits and counsellors refusing to conduct the test. The likelihood of being offered the test was lower for children not exhibiting symptoms (such as persistent skin problems), older children, or those attending with a male or a younger guardian. In addition, over 100 guardians or parents provided consent but left before the child could be tested.
The researchers also conducted semi-structured interviews with 12 clinic nurses and counsellors (two from each clinic) to explore challenges to implementation of PITC. The researchers recorded the factors associated with testing not taking place, either when offered to eligible children or when HCWs declined to offer the test. The interviewees identified the frequent absence or unavailability of parents or legal guardians as an obstacle, and showed uncertainty or misconceptions around whether testing of the guardian was mandatory (versus recommended) and whether specifically a parent (if one was living) must provide consent. The interviews also revealed HCW concerns about the availability of adequate counselling and child services, and fears that a child might experience maltreatment if he or she tested positive. HCWs also noted long waiting times and test kits being out of stock as practical hindrances to testing.
What Do These Findings Mean?
Prevalence of HIV was high among the children tested, validating the need for PITC in sub-Saharan health care settings. Although 76% of eligible attendees were offered testing, the authors note that this is likely higher than in routine settings because the researchers were actively recording reasons for not offering testing and counselling, which may have encouraged heath care staff to offer PITC more often than usual. The researchers outline strategies that may improve PITC rates and testing acceptance for Zimbabwe and other sub-Saharan settings. These strategies include developing clear laws and guidance concerning guardianship and proxy consent when testing older children for HIV, training HCWs around these policies, strengthening legislation to address discrimination, and increasing public awareness about HIV infection in older children.
Additional Information
Please access these websites via the online version of this summary at
This study is further discussed in a PLOS Medicine Perspective by Davies and Kalk
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS publishes an annual report on the global AIDS epidemic, which provides information on progress towards eliminating new HIV infections
The World Health Organization has more information on mother-to-child transmission of HIV
The World Health Organization's website also has information about treatment for children living with HIV
Personal stories about living with HIV/AIDS, including stories from young people infected with HIV, are available through Avert, through NAM/aidsmap, and through the charity website Healthtalkonline
PMCID: PMC4035250  PMID: 24866209
11.  Effect of Removing Direct Payment for Health Care on Utilisation and Health Outcomes in Ghanaian Children: A Randomised Controlled Trial 
PLoS Medicine  2009;6(1):e1000007.
Delays in accessing care for malaria and other diseases can lead to disease progression, and user fees are a known barrier to accessing health care. Governments are introducing free health care to improve health outcomes. Free health care affects treatment seeking, and it is therefore assumed to lead to improved health outcomes, but there is no direct trial evidence of the impact of removing out-of-pocket payments on health outcomes in developing countries. This trial was designed to test the impact of free health care on health outcomes directly.
Methods and Findings
2,194 households containing 2,592 Ghanaian children under 5 y old were randomised into a prepayment scheme allowing free primary care including drugs, or to a control group whose families paid user fees for health care (normal practice); 165 children whose families had previously paid to enrol in the prepayment scheme formed an observational arm. The primary outcome was moderate anaemia (haemoglobin [Hb] < 8 g/dl); major secondary outcomes were health care utilisation, severe anaemia, and mortality. At baseline the randomised groups were similar. Introducing free primary health care altered the health care seeking behaviour of households; those randomised to the intervention arm used formal health care more and nonformal care less than the control group. Introducing free primary health care did not lead to any measurable difference in any health outcome. The primary outcome of moderate anaemia was detected in 37 (3.1%) children in the control and 36 children (3.2%) in the intervention arm (adjusted odds ratio 1.05, 95% confidence interval 0.66–1.67). There were four deaths in the control and five in the intervention group. Mean Hb concentration, severe anaemia, parasite prevalence, and anthropometric measurements were similar in each group. Families who previously self-enrolled in the prepayment scheme were significantly less poor, had better health measures, and used services more frequently than those in the randomised group.
In the study setting, removing out-of-pocket payments for health care had an impact on health care-seeking behaviour but not on the health outcomes measured.
Trial registration: (#NCT00146692).
Evelyn Ansah and colleagues report on whether removing user fees has an impact on health care-seeking behavior and health outcomes in households with children in Ghana.
Editors' Summary
Every year, about 10 million children worldwide die before their fifth birthday. About half these deaths occur in developing countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Here, 166 children out of every 1,000 die before they are five. A handful of preventable diseases—acute respiratory infections, diarrhea, malaria, measles, and HIV/AIDS—are responsible for most of these deaths. For all these diseases, delays in accessing medical care contribute to the high death rate. In the case of malaria, for example, children are rarely taken to a clinic or hospital (formal health care) when they first develop symptoms, which include fever, chills, and anemia (lack of red blood cells). Instead, they are taken to traditional healers or given home remedies (informal health care). When they are finally taken to a clinic, it is often too late to save their lives. Many factors contribute to this delay in seeking formal health care. Sometimes, health care simply isn't available. In other instances, parents may worry about the quality of the service provided or may not seek formal health care because of their sociocultural beliefs. Finally, many parents cannot afford the travel costs and loss of earnings involved in taking their child to a clinic or the cost of the treatment itself.
Why Was This Study Done?
The financial cost of seeking formal health care is often the major barrier to accessing health care in poor countries. Consequently, the governments of several developing countries have introduced free health care in an effort to improve their nation's health. Such initiatives have increased the use of formal health care in several African countries; the introduction of user fees in Ghana in the early 1980s had the opposite effect. It is generally assumed that an increase in formal health care utilization improves health—but is this true? In this study, the researchers investigate the effect of removing direct payment for health care on health service utilization and health outcomes in Ghanaian children in a randomized controlled trial (a trial in which participants are randomly assigned to an “intervention” group or “control” group and various predefined outcomes are measured).
What Did the Researchers Do and Find?
The researchers enrolled nearly 2,600 children under the age of 5 y living in a poor region of Ghana. Half were assigned to the group in which a prepayment scheme (paid for by the trial) provided free primary and basic secondary health care—this was the intervention arm. The rest were assigned to the control group in which families paid for health care. The trial's main outcome was the percentage of children with moderate anemia at the end of the malaria transmission season, an indicator of the effect of the intervention on malaria-related illness. Other outcomes included health care utilization (calculated from household diaries), severe anemia, and death. The researchers report that the children in the intervention arm attended formal health care facilities slightly more often and informal health care providers slightly less often than those in the control arm. About 3% of the children in both groups had moderate anemia at the end of the malaria transmission season. In addition, similar numbers of deaths, cases of severe anemia, fever episodes, and known infections with the malaria parasite were recorded in both groups of children.
What Do These Findings Mean?
These findings show that, in this setting, the removal of out-of-pocket payments for health care changed health care-seeking behavior but not health outcomes in children. This lack of a measured effect does not necessarily mean that the provision of free health care has no effect on children's health—it could be that the increase in health care utilization in the intervention arm compared to the control arm was too modest to produce a clear effect on health. Alternatively, in Ghana, the indirect costs of seeking health care may be more important than the direct cost of paying for treatment. Although the findings of this trial may not be generalizable to other countries, they nevertheless raise the possibility that providing free health care might not be the most cost-effective way of improving health in all developing countries. Importantly, they also suggest that changes in health care utilization should not be used in future trials as a proxy measure of improvements in health.
Additional Information.
Please access these Web sites via the online version of this summary at
This research article is further discussed in a PLoS Medicine Perspective by Valéry Ridde and Slim Haddad
The World Health Organization provides information on child health and on global efforts to reduce child mortality, Millennium Development Goal 4; it also provides information about health in Ghana
The United Nations Web site provides further information on all the Millennium Development Goals, which were agreed to by the nations of the world in 2000 with the aim of ending extreme poverty by 2015 (in several languages)
The UK Department for International Development also provides information on the progress that is being made toward reducing child mortality
PMCID: PMC2613422  PMID: 19127975
12.  Caregiver- and Patient-Directed Interventions for Dementia 
Executive Summary
In early August 2007, the Medical Advisory Secretariat began work on the Aging in the Community project, an evidence-based review of the literature surrounding healthy aging in the community. The Health System Strategy Division at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care subsequently asked the secretariat to provide an evidentiary platform for the ministry’s newly released Aging at Home Strategy.
After a broad literature review and consultation with experts, the secretariat identified 4 key areas that strongly predict an elderly person’s transition from independent community living to a long-term care home. Evidence-based analyses have been prepared for each of these 4 areas: falls and fall-related injuries, urinary incontinence, dementia, and social isolation. For the first area, falls and fall-related injuries, an economic model is described in a separate report.
Please visit the Medical Advisory Secretariat Web site,, to review these titles within the Aging in the Community series.
Aging in the Community: Summary of Evidence-Based Analyses
Prevention of Falls and Fall-Related Injuries in Community-Dwelling Seniors: An Evidence-Based Analysis
Behavioural Interventions for Urinary Incontinence in Community-Dwelling Seniors: An Evidence-Based Analysis
Caregiver- and Patient-Directed Interventions for Dementia: An Evidence-Based Analysis
Social Isolation in Community-Dwelling Seniors: An Evidence-Based Analysis
The Falls/Fractures Economic Model in Ontario Residents Aged 65 Years and Over (FEMOR)
This report features the evidence-based analysis on caregiver- and patient-directed interventions for dementia and is broken down into 4 sections:
Caregiver-Directed Interventions for Dementia
Patient-Directed Interventions for Dementia
Economic Analysis of Caregiver- and Patient-Directed Interventions for Dementia
Caregiver-Directed Interventions for Dementia
To identify interventions that may be effective in supporting the well-being of unpaid caregivers of seniors with dementia living in the community.
Clinical Need: Target Population and Condition
Dementia is a progressive and largely irreversible syndrome that is characterized by a loss of cognitive function severe enough to impact social or occupational functioning. The components of cognitive function affected include memory and learning, attention, concentration and orientation, problem-solving, calculation, language, and geographic orientation. Dementia was identified as one of the key predictors in a senior’s transition from independent community living to admission to a long-term care (LTC) home, in that approximately 90% of individuals diagnosed with dementia will be institutionalized before death. In addition, cognitive decline linked to dementia is one of the most commonly cited reasons for institutionalization.
Prevalence estimates of dementia in the Ontario population have largely been extrapolated from the Canadian Study of Health and Aging conducted in 1991. Based on these estimates, it is projected that there will be approximately 165,000 dementia cases in Ontario in the year 2008, and by 2010 the number of cases will increase by nearly 17% over 2005 levels. By 2020 the number of cases is expected to increase by nearly 55%, due to a rise in the number of people in the age categories with the highest prevalence (85+). With the increase in the aging population, dementia will continue to have a significant economic impact on the Canadian health care system. In 1991, the total costs associated with dementia in Canada were $3.9 billion (Cdn) with $2.18 billion coming from LTC.
Caregivers play a crucial role in the management of individuals with dementia because of the high level of dependency and morbidity associated with the condition. It has been documented that a greater demand is faced by dementia caregivers compared with caregivers of persons with other chronic diseases. The increased burden of caregiving contributes to a host of chronic health problems seen among many informal caregivers of persons with dementia. Much of this burden results from managing the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD), which have been established as a predictor of institutionalization for elderly patients with dementia.
It is recognized that for some patients with dementia, an LTC facility can provide the most appropriate care; however, many patients move into LTC unnecessarily. For individuals with dementia to remain in the community longer, caregivers require many types of formal and informal support services to alleviate the stress of caregiving. These include both respite care and psychosocial interventions. Psychosocial interventions encompass a broad range of interventions such as psychoeducational interventions, counseling, supportive therapy, and behavioural interventions.
Assuming that 50% of persons with dementia live in the community, a conservative estimate of the number of informal caregivers in Ontario is 82,500. Accounting for the fact that 29% of people with dementia live alone, this leaves a remaining estimate of 58,575 Ontarians providing care for a person with dementia with whom they reside.
Description of Interventions
The 2 main categories of caregiver-directed interventions examined in this review are respite care and psychosocial interventions. Respite care is defined as a break or relief for the caregiver. In most cases, respite is provided in the home, through day programs, or at institutions (usually 30 days or less). Depending on a caregiver’s needs, respite services will vary in delivery and duration. Respite care is carried out by a variety of individuals, including paid staff, volunteers, family, or friends.
Psychosocial interventions encompass a broad range of interventions and have been classified in various ways in the literature. This review will examine educational, behavioural, dementia-specific, supportive, and coping interventions. The analysis focuses on behavioural interventions, that is, those designed to help the caregiver manage BPSD. As described earlier, BPSD are one of the most challenging aspects of caring for a senior with dementia, causing an increase in caregiver burden. The analysis also examines multicomponent interventions, which include at least 2 of the above-mentioned interventions.
Methods of Evidence-Based Analysis
A comprehensive search strategy was used to identify systematic reviews and randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that examined the effectiveness of interventions for caregivers of dementia patients.
Section 2.1
Are respite care services effective in supporting the well-being of unpaid caregivers of seniors with dementia in the community?
Do respite care services impact on rates of institutionalization of these seniors?
Section 2.2
Which psychosocial interventions are effective in supporting the well-being of unpaid caregivers of seniors with dementia in the community?
Which interventions reduce the risk for institutionalization of seniors with dementia?
Outcomes of Interest
any quantitative measure of caregiver psychological health, including caregiver burden, depression, quality of life, well-being, strain, mastery (taking control of one’s situation), reactivity to behaviour problems, etc.;
rate of institutionalization; and
Assessment of Quality of Evidence
The quality of the evidence was assessed as High, Moderate, Low, or Very low according to the GRADE methodology and GRADE Working Group. As per GRADE the following definitions apply:
Summary of Findings
Conclusions in Table 1 are drawn from Sections 2.1 and 2.2 of the report.
Summary of Conclusions on Caregiver-Directed Interventions
There is limited evidence from RCTs that respite care is effective in improving outcomes for those caring for seniors with dementia.
There is considerable qualitative evidence of the perceived benefits of respite care.
Respite care is known as one of the key formal support services for alleviating caregiver burden in those caring for dementia patients.
Respite care services need to be tailored to individual caregiver needs as there are vast differences among caregivers and patients with dementia (severity, type of dementia, amount of informal/formal support available, housing situation, etc.)
There is moderate- to high-quality evidence that individual behavioural interventions (≥ 6 sessions), directed towards the caregiver (or combined with the patient) are effective in improving psychological health in dementia caregivers.
There is moderate- to high-quality evidence that multicomponent interventions improve caregiver psychosocial health and may affect rates of institutionalization of dementia patients.
RCT indicates randomized controlled trial.
Patient-Directed Interventions for Dementia
The section on patient-directed interventions for dementia is broken down into 4 subsections with the following questions:
3.1 Physical Exercise for Seniors with Dementia – Secondary Prevention
What is the effectiveness of physical exercise for the improvement or maintenance of basic activities of daily living (ADLs), such as eating, bathing, toileting, and functional ability, in seniors with mild to moderate dementia?
3.2 Nonpharmacologic and Nonexercise Interventions to Improve Cognitive Functioning in Seniors With Dementia – Secondary Prevention
What is the effectiveness of nonpharmacologic interventions to improve cognitive functioning in seniors with mild to moderate dementia?
3.3 Physical Exercise for Delaying the Onset of Dementia – Primary Prevention
Can exercise decrease the risk of subsequent cognitive decline/dementia?
3.4 Cognitive Interventions for Delaying the Onset of Dementia – Primary Prevention
Does cognitive training decrease the risk of cognitive impairment, deterioration in the performance of basic ADLs or instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs),1 or incidence of dementia in seniors with good cognitive and physical functioning?
Clinical Need: Target Population and Condition
Secondary Prevention2
Physical deterioration is linked to dementia. This is thought to be due to reduced muscle mass leading to decreased activity levels and muscle atrophy, increasing the potential for unsafe mobility while performing basic ADLs such as eating, bathing, toileting, and functional ability.
Improved physical conditioning for seniors with dementia may extend their independent mobility and maintain performance of ADL.
Nonpharmacologic and Nonexercise Interventions
Cognitive impairments, including memory problems, are a defining feature of dementia. These impairments can lead to anxiety, depression, and withdrawal from activities. The impact of these cognitive problems on daily activities increases pressure on caregivers.
Cognitive interventions aim to improve these impairments in people with mild to moderate dementia.
Primary Prevention3
Various vascular risk factors have been found to contribute to the development of dementia (e.g., hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes, overweight).
Physical exercise is important in promoting overall and vascular health. However, it is unclear whether physical exercise can decrease the risk of cognitive decline/dementia.
Nonpharmacologic and Nonexercise Interventions
Having more years of education (i.e., a higher cognitive reserve) is associated with a lower prevalence of dementia in crossectional population-based studies and a lower incidence of dementia in cohorts followed longitudinally. However, it is unclear whether cognitive training can increase cognitive reserve or decrease the risk of cognitive impairment, prevent or delay deterioration in the performance of ADLs or IADLs or reduce the incidence of dementia.
Description of Interventions
Physical exercise and nonpharmacologic/nonexercise interventions (e.g., cognitive training) for the primary and secondary prevention of dementia are assessed in this review.
Evidence-Based Analysis Methods
A comprehensive search strategy was used to identify systematic reviews and RCTs that examined the effectiveness, safety and cost effectiveness of exercise and cognitive interventions for the primary and secondary prevention of dementia.
Section 3.1: What is the effectiveness of physical exercise for the improvement or maintenance of ADLs in seniors with mild to moderate dementia?
Section 3.2: What is the effectiveness of nonpharmacologic/nonexercise interventions to improve cognitive functioning in seniors with mild to moderate dementia?
Section 3.3: Can exercise decrease the risk of subsequent cognitive decline/dementia?
Section 3.4: Does cognitive training decrease the risk of cognitive impairment, prevent or delay deterioration in the performance of ADLs or IADLs, or reduce the incidence of dementia in seniors with good cognitive and physical functioning?
Assessment of Quality of Evidence
The quality of the evidence was assessed as High, Moderate, Low, or Very low according to the GRADE methodology. As per GRADE the following definitions apply:
Summary of Findings
Table 2 summarizes the conclusions from Sections 3.1 through 3.4.
Summary of Conclusions on Patient-Directed Interventions*
Previous systematic review indicated that “cognitive training” is not effective in patients with dementia.
A recent RCT suggests that CST (up to 7 weeks) is effective for improving cognitive function and quality of life in patients with dementia.
Regular leisure time physical activity in midlife is associated with a reduced risk of dementia in later life (mean follow-up 21 years).
Regular physical activity in seniors is associated with a reduced risk of cognitive decline (mean follow-up 2 years).
Regular physical activity in seniors is associated with a reduced risk of dementia (mean follow-up 6–7 years).
Evidence that cognitive training for specific functions (memory, reasoning, and speed of processing) produces improvements in these specific domains.
Limited inconclusive evidence that cognitive training can offset deterioration in the performance of self-reported IADL scores and performance assessments.
1° indicates primary; 2°, secondary; CST, cognitive stimulation therapy; IADL, instrumental activities of daily living; RCT, randomized controlled trial.
Benefit/Risk Analysis
As per the GRADE Working Group, the overall recommendations consider 4 main factors:
the trade-offs, taking into account the estimated size of the effect for the main outcome, the confidence limits around those estimates, and the relative value placed on the outcome;
the quality of the evidence;
translation of the evidence into practice in a specific setting, taking into consideration important factors that could be expected to modify the size of the expected effects such as proximity to a hospital or availability of necessary expertise; and
uncertainty about the baseline risk for the population of interest.
The GRADE Working Group also recommends that incremental costs of health care alternatives should be considered explicitly alongside the expected health benefits and harms. Recommendations rely on judgments about the value of the incremental health benefits in relation to the incremental costs. The last column in Table 3 reflects the overall trade-off between benefits and harms (adverse events) and incorporates any risk/uncertainty (cost-effectiveness).
Overall Summary Statement of the Benefit and Risk for Patient-Directed Interventions*
Economic Analysis
Budget Impact Analysis of Effective Interventions for Dementia
Caregiver-directed behavioural techniques and patient-directed exercise programs were found to be effective when assessing mild to moderate dementia outcomes in seniors living in the community. Therefore, an annual budget impact was calculated based on eligible seniors in the community with mild and moderate dementia and their respective caregivers who were willing to participate in interventional home sessions. Table 4 describes the annual budget impact for these interventions.
Annual Budget Impact (2008 Canadian Dollars)
Assumed 7% prevalence of dementia aged 65+ in Ontario.
Assumed 8 weekly sessions plus 4 monthly phone calls.
Assumed 12 weekly sessions plus biweekly sessions thereafter (total of 20).
Assumed 2 sessions per week for first 5 weeks. Assumed 90% of seniors in the community with dementia have mild to moderate disease. Assumed 4.5% of seniors 65+ are in long-term care, and the remainder are in the community. Assumed a rate of participation of 60% for both patients and caregivers and of 41% for patient-directed exercise. Assumed 100% compliance since intervention administered at the home. Cost for trained staff from Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care data source. Assumed cost of personal support worker to be equivalent to in-home support. Cost for recreation therapist from Alberta government Website.
Note: This budget impact analysis was calculated for the first year after introducing the interventions from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care perspective using prevalence data only. Prevalence estimates are for seniors in the community with mild to moderate dementia and their respective caregivers who are willing to participate in an interventional session administered at the home setting. Incidence and mortality rates were not factored in. Current expenditures in the province are unknown and therefore were not included in the analysis. Numbers may change based on population trends, rate of intervention uptake, trends in current programs in place in the province, and assumptions on costs. The number of patients was based on patients likely to access these interventions in Ontario based on assumptions stated below from the literature. An expert panel confirmed resource consumption.
PMCID: PMC3377513  PMID: 23074509
13.  Hand washing promotion for preventing diarrhoea 
Diarrhoea accounts for 1.8 million deaths in children in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). One of the identified strategies to prevent diarrhoea is hand washing.
To assess the effects of hand washing promotion interventions on diarrhoeal episodes in children and adults.
Search methods
We searched the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group Specialized Register (27 May 2015); CENTRAL (published in the Cochrane Library 2015, Issue 5); MEDLINE (1966 to 27 May 2015); EMBASE (1974 to 27 May 2015); LILACS (1982 to 27 May 2015); PsycINFO (1967 to 27 May 2015); Science Citation Index and Social Science Citation Index (1981 to 27 May 2015); ERIC (1966 to 27 May 2015); SPECTR (2000 to 27 May 2015); Bibliomap (1990 to 27 May 2015); RoRe, The Grey Literature (2002 to 27 May 2015); World Health Organization (WHO) International Clinical Trial Registry Platform (ICTRP), metaRegister of Controlled Trials (mRCT), and reference lists of articles up to 27 May 2015. We also contacted researchers and organizations in the field.
Selection criteria
Individually randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and cluster-RCTs that compared the effects of hand washing interventions on diarrhoea episodes in children and adults with no intervention.
Data collection and analysis
Three review authors independently assessed trial eligibility, extracted data, and assessed risk of bias. We stratified the analyses for child day-care centres or schools, community, and hospital-based settings. Where appropriate, incidence rate ratios (IRR) were pooled using the generic inverse variance method and random-effects model with 95% confidence intervals (CIs). We used the GRADE approach to assess the quality of evidence.
Main results
We included 22 RCTs: 12 trials from child day-care centres or schools in mainly high-income countries (54,006 participants), nine community-based trials in LMICs (15,303 participants), and one hospital-based trial among people with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) (148 participants).
Hand washing promotion (education activities, sometimes with provision of soap) at child day-care facilities or schools prevents around one-third of diarrhoea episodes in high income countries (rate ratio 0.70; 95% CI 0.58 to 0.85; nine trials, 4664 participants, high quality evidence), and may prevent a similar proportion in LMICs but only two trials from urban Egypt and Kenya have evaluated this (rate ratio 0.66, 95% CI 0.43 to 0.99; two trials, 45,380 participants, low quality evidence). Only three trials reported measures of behaviour change and the methods of data collection were susceptible to bias. In one trial from the USA hand washing behaviour was reported to improve; and in the trial from Kenya that provided free soap, hand washing did not increase, but soap use did (data not pooled; three trials, 1845 participants, low quality evidence).
Hand washing promotion among communities in LMICs probably prevents around one-quarter of diarrhoea episodes (rate ratio 0.72, 95% CI 0.62 to 0.83; eight trials, 14,726 participants, moderate quality evidence). However, six of these eight trials were from Asian settings, with only single trials from South America and sub-Saharan Africa. In six trials, soap was provided free alongside hand washing education, and the overall average effect size was larger than in the two trials which did not provide soap (soap provided: rate ratio 0.66, 95% CI 0.56 to 0.78; six trials, 11,422 participants; education only: rate ratio: 0.84, 95% CI 0.67 to 1.05; two trials, 3304 participants). There was increased hand washing at major prompts (before eating/cooking, after visiting the toilet or cleaning the baby's bottom), and increased compliance to hand hygiene procedure (behavioural outcome) in the intervention groups than the control in community trials (data not pooled: three trials, 3490 participants, high quality evidence).
Hand washing promotion for the one trial conducted in a hospital among high-risk population showed significant reduction in mean episodes of diarrhoea (1.68 fewer) in the intervention group (Mean difference 1.68, 95% CI 1.93 to 1.43; one trial, 148 participants, moderate quality evidence). There was increase in hand washing frequency, seven times per day in the intervention group versus three times in the control in this hospital trial (one trial, 148 participants, moderate quality evidence).
We found no trials evaluating or reporting the effects of hand washing promotions on diarrhoea-related deaths, all-cause-under five mortality, or costs.
Authors' conclusions
Hand washing promotion probably reduces diarrhoea episodes in both child day-care centres in high-income countries and among communities living in LMICs by about 30%. However, less is known about how to help people maintain hand washing habits in the longer term.
Hand washing promotion for preventing diarrhoea
Review question
This Cochrane Review summarises trials evaluating the effects of promoting hand washing on the incidence of diarrhoea among children and adults in day-care centres, schools, communities, or hospitals. After searching for relevant trials up to 27 May 2015, we included 22 randomized controlled trials conducted in both high-income countries (HICs) and low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). These trials enrolled 69,309 children and 148 adults.
How does hand washing prevent diarrhoea and how might hand washing be promoted
Diarrhoea causes many deaths in children below five years of age, mostly in LMICs. The organisms causing diarrhoea are transmitted from person to person through food and water contaminated with faeces, or through person-to-person contact. Hand washing after defecation, or after cleaning a baby's bottom, and before preparing and eating food, can therefore reduce the risk of diarrhoea. Hand washing can be promoted through group or individual training on hygiene education, germ-health awareness, use of posters, leaflets, comic books, songs, and drama.
What this review says
Hand washing promotion at child day-care facilities or schools in HICs probably prevents around 30% of diarrhoea episodes (high quality evidence), and may prevent a similar proportion in schools in LMICs (low quality evidence). Among communities in LMICs hand washing promotion prevents around 28% of diarrhoea episodes (moderate quality evidence). In the only hospital-based trial included in this review, hand washing promotion also had important reduction in the mean episodes of diarrhoea (moderate quality evidence). This is based on only a single trial with few participants and thus there is need for more trials to confirm this. Effects of hand washing promotion on related hand hygiene behaviour changes improved more in the intervention groups than in the control in all the settings (low to high quality evidence). None of the included trials assessed the effect of handwashing promotion on diarrhoeal-related deaths, all-cause under-five mortality, or the cost-effectiveness of hand washing promotions.
Hand washing promotion in HICs and LMICs settings may reduce incidence of diarrhoea by about 30%. However, less is known about how to help people maintain hand washing habits in the longer term.
PMCID: PMC4563982  PMID: 26346329
14.  The Effect of Changing Patterns of Obstetric Care in Scotland (1980–2004) on Rates of Preterm Birth and Its Neonatal Consequences: Perinatal Database Study 
PLoS Medicine  2009;6(9):e1000153.
Jane Norman and colleagues analyzed linked perinatal surveillance data in Scotland and find that between 1980 and 2004 increases in spontaneous and medically induced preterm births contributed equally to the rising rate of preterm births.
Rates of preterm birth are rising worldwide. Studies from the United States and Latin America suggest that much of this rise relates to increased rates of medically indicated preterm birth. In contrast, European and Australian data suggest that increases in spontaneous preterm labour also play a role. We aimed, in a population-based database of 5 million people, to determine the temporal trends and obstetric antecedents of singleton preterm birth and its associated neonatal mortality and morbidity for the period 1980–2004.
Methods and Findings
There were 1.49 million births in Scotland over the study period, of which 5.8% were preterm. We found a percentage increase in crude rates of both spontaneous preterm birth per 1,000 singleton births (10.7%, p<0.01) and medically indicated preterm births (41.2%, p<0.01), which persisted when adjusted for maternal age at delivery. The greater proportion of spontaneous preterm births meant that the absolute increase in rates of preterm birth in each category were similar. Of specific maternal complications, essential and pregnancy-induced hypertension, pre-eclampsia, and placenta praevia played a decreasing role in preterm birth over the study period, with gestational and pre-existing diabetes playing an increasing role. There was a decline in stillbirth, neonatal, and extended perinatal mortality associated with preterm birth at all gestation over the study period but an increase in the rate of prolonged hospital stay for the neonate. Neonatal mortality improved in all subgroups, regardless of obstetric antecedent of preterm birth or gestational age. In the 28 wk and greater gestational groups we found a reduction in stillbirths and extended perinatal mortality for medically induced but not spontaneous preterm births (in the absence of maternal complications) although at the expense of a longer stay in neonatal intensive care. This improvement in stillbirth and neonatal mortality supports the decision making behind the 34% increase in elective/induced preterm birth in these women. Although improvements in neonatal outcomes overall are welcome, preterm birth still accounts for over 66% of singleton stillbirths, 65% of singleton neonatal deaths, and 67% of infants whose stay in the neonatal unit is “prolonged,” suggesting this condition remains a significant contributor to perinatal mortality and morbidity.
In our population, increases in spontaneous and medically induced preterm births have made equal contributions to the rising rate of preterm birth. Despite improvements in related perinatal mortality, preterm birth remains a major obstetric and neonatal problem, and its frequency is increasing.
Please see later in the article for the Editors' Summary
Editors' Summary
Most pregnancies last about 40 weeks but increasing numbers of babies are being born preterm, before they reach 37 weeks of gestation (gestation is the period during which a baby develops in its mother). Nowadays in the US, for example, more than half a million babies arrive earlier than expected every year (1 in 8 babies). Although improvements in the care of newborn babies (neonatal care) mean that preterm babies are more likely to survive than in the past, preterm birth remains the single biggest cause of infant death in many developed countries, and many preterm babies who survive have long-term health problems and disabilities, particularly those born before 32 weeks of gestation. Preterm births can be spontaneous or medically induced. At present, it impossible to predict which mothers will spontaneously deliver early and there is no effective way to prevent these preterm births; medically induced early labor is undertaken when either the unborn baby or mother would be at risk if the pregnancy continued to full term.
Why Was This Study Done?
Preterm birth rates need to be reduced, but before this can be done it is important to know how the causes of preterm birth, the numbers of preterm stillbirths, and the numbers of preterm babies who die at birth (neonatal deaths) or soon after (perinatal deaths) are changing with time. If, for example, the rise in preterm births is mainly due to an increase in medically induced labor and if this change in practice has reduced neonatal deaths, it would be unwise to try to reduce the preterm birth rate by discouraging medically induced preterm births. So far, data from the US and Latin America suggest that the increase in preterm births in these countries is solely due to increased rates of medically induced preterm births. However, in Europe and Australia, the rate of spontaneous preterm births also seems to be increasing. In this study, the researchers examine the trends over time and causes of preterm birth and of neonatal death and illness in Scotland over a 25-year period.
What Did the Researchers Do and Find?
By searching a Scottish database of linked maternity records and infant health and death records, the researchers identified 1.49 million singleton births that occurred between 1980 and 2004 of which nearly 90,000 were preterm births. Over the study period, the rates of spontaneous and of medically induced preterm births per 1,000 births increased by 10.7% and 41.2%, respectively, but because there were more spontaneous preterm births than medically induced preterm births, the absolute increase in the rates of each type of birth was similar. Several maternal complications including preeclampsia (a condition that causes high blood pressure) and placenta previa (covering of the opening of the cervix by the placenta) played a decreasing role in preterm births over the study period, whereas gestational and preexisting diabetes played an increasing role. Finally, there was a decline in stillbirths and in neonatal and perinatal deaths among preterm babies, although more babies remained in the hospital longer than 7 days after birth. More specifically, after 28 weeks of gestation, stillbirths and perinatal deaths decreased among medically induced preterm births but not among spontaneous preterm births.
What Do These Findings Mean?
These findings indicate that in Scotland between 1980 and 2004, increases in spontaneous and medically induced preterm births contributed equally to the rising rate of preterm births. Importantly, they also show that the increase in induced preterm births helped to reduce stillbirths and neonatal and perinatal deaths, a finding that supports the criteria that clinicians currently use to decide whether to induce an early birth. Nevertheless, preterm births still account for two-thirds of all stillbirths, neonatal deaths, and extended neonatal stays in hospital and thus cause considerable suffering and greatly increase the workload in neonatal units. The rates of such births consequently need to be reduced and, for Scotland at least, ways will have to be found to reduce the rates of both spontaneous and induced preterm births to achieve this goal while continuing to identify those sick babies who need to be delivered early to give them the best chance of survival.
Additional Information
Please access these Web sites via the online version of this summary at
Tommys is a nonprofit organization that funds research and provides information on the causes and prevention of miscarriage, premature birth, and stillbirth
The March of Dimes, a nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health, provides information on preterm birth (in English and Spanish)
The Nemours Foundation, another nonprofit organization for child health, also provides information on premature babies (in English and Spanish)
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides information on maternal and infant health (in English and Spanish)
The US National Women's Health Information Center has detailed information about pregnancy, including a section on pregnancy complications
MedlinePlus provides links to other information on premature babies and to information on pregnancy (in English and Spanish)
PMCID: PMC2740823  PMID: 19771156
15.  Trends in the coverage of ‘universal’ child health reviews: observational study using routinely available data 
BMJ Open  2012;2(2):e000759.
Universally offered child health reviews form the backbone of the UK child health programme. The reviews assess children's health, development and well-being and facilitate access to additional support as required. The number of reviews offered per child has been reduced over recent years to allow more flexible provision of support to families in need: equitable coverage of the remaining reviews is therefore particularly important. This study assessed the coverage of universal child health reviews, with an emphasis on trends over time and inequalities in coverage by deprivation.
Assessment of the coverage of child health reviews by area-based deprivation using routinely available data. Supplementary audit of the quality of the routine data source used.
Two cohorts of around 40 000 children each. The cohorts were born in 1998/1999 and 2007/2008 and eligible for the previous programme of five and the current programme of two preschool reviews, respectively.
Outcome measures
Coverage of the specified child health reviews for the whole cohorts and by deprivation.
Coverage of the 10 day review is high (99%), but it progressively declines for reviews at older ages (86% for the 39–42 month review). Coverage is lower in children living in the most deprived areas for all reviews, and the discrepancy progressively increases for reviews at older ages (78% and 92% coverage for the 39–42 month review in most and least deprived groups). Coverage has been stable over time: it has not increased for the remaining reviews after reduction in the number of reviews provided.
The inverse care law continues to operate in relation to ‘universal’ child health reviews. Equitable uptake of reviews is important to ensure maximum likely impact on inequalities in children's outcomes.
Article summary
Article focus
A series of universally offered child health reviews providing assessment of children's health, development and well-being forms the backbone of the UK child health programme.
The number of reviews offered per child has been reduced over recent years to increase capacity to provide effective individualised support to families in need: equitable coverage of the remaining reviews is therefore particularly important.
We used routinely available data to assess the coverage of the various child health reviews (overall and by deprivation) before and after the change in the number of reviews offered.
Key messages
Coverage of reviews offered in early infancy is high, but it progressively declines for reviews at older ages (around 99% coverage for the 10 day review and 86% for the 39–42 month review).
Coverage is lower in the most deprived groups for all reviews, and the discrepancy progressively increases for reviews at older ages (78% and 92% coverage for the 39–42 month review in most and least deprived groups).
Coverage has not changed for the remaining reviews after reduction in the number of reviews offered: the inverse care law continues to operate in relation to provision of ‘universal’ child health reviews.
Strengths and limitations of this study
To our knowledge, no quantitative assessment of the coverage of child health reviews offered in the UK has previously been published.
This analysis involved large numbers of children: over 80 000 children eligible to receive their child health reviews in Scotland were included.
Careful consideration must be given to data quality when analysing routinely available data: we conducted an audit of data quality to allow the uncertainty in the results to be quantified.
PMCID: PMC3317139  PMID: 22457481
16.  Home Telehealth for Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) 
Executive Summary
In July 2010, the Medical Advisory Secretariat (MAS) began work on a Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) evidentiary framework, an evidence-based review of the literature surrounding treatment strategies for patients with COPD. This project emerged from a request by the Health System Strategy Division of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care that MAS provide them with an evidentiary platform on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of COPD interventions.
After an initial review of health technology assessments and systematic reviews of COPD literature, and consultation with experts, MAS identified the following topics for analysis: vaccinations (influenza and pneumococcal), smoking cessation, multidisciplinary care, pulmonary rehabilitation, long-term oxygen therapy, noninvasive positive pressure ventilation for acute and chronic respiratory failure, hospital-at-home for acute exacerbations of COPD, and telehealth (including telemonitoring and telephone support). Evidence-based analyses were prepared for each of these topics. For each technology, an economic analysis was also completed where appropriate. In addition, a review of the qualitative literature on patient, caregiver, and provider perspectives on living and dying with COPD was conducted, as were reviews of the qualitative literature on each of the technologies included in these analyses.
The Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Mega-Analysis series is made up of the following reports, which can be publicly accessed at the MAS website at:
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Evidentiary Framework
Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccinations for Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): An Evidence-Based Analysis
Smoking Cessation for Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): An Evidence-Based Analysis
Community-Based Multidisciplinary Care for Patients With Stable Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): An Evidence-Based Analysis
Pulmonary Rehabilitation for Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): An Evidence-Based Analysis
Long-term Oxygen Therapy for Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): An Evidence-Based Analysis
Noninvasive Positive Pressure Ventilation for Acute Respiratory Failure Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): An Evidence-Based Analysis
Noninvasive Positive Pressure Ventilation for Chronic Respiratory Failure Patients With Stable Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): An Evidence-Based Analysis
Hospital-at-Home Programs for Patients With Acute Exacerbations of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): An Evidence-Based Analysis
Home Telehealth for Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): An Evidence-Based Analysis
Cost-Effectiveness of Interventions for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Using an Ontario Policy Model
Experiences of Living and Dying With COPD: A Systematic Review and Synthesis of the Qualitative Empirical Literature
For more information on the qualitative review, please contact Mita Giacomini at:
For more information on the economic analysis, please visit the PATH website:
The Toronto Health Economics and Technology Assessment (THETA) collaborative has produced an associated report on patient preference for mechanical ventilation. For more information, please visit the THETA website:
The objective of this analysis was to conduct an evidence-based assessment of home telehealth technologies for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in order to inform recommendations regarding the access and provision of these services in Ontario. This analysis was one of several analyses undertaken to evaluate interventions for COPD. The perspective of this assessment was that of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, a provincial payer of medically necessary health care services.
Clinical Need: Condition and Target Population
Canada is facing an increase in chronic respiratory diseases due in part to its aging demographic. The projected increase in COPD will put a strain on health care payers and providers. There is therefore an increasing demand for telehealth services that improve access to health care services while maintaining or improving quality and equality of care. Many telehealth technologies however are in the early stages of development or diffusion and thus require study to define their application and potential harms or benefits. The Medical Advisory Secretariat (MAS) therefore sought to evaluate telehealth technologies for COPD.
Telemedicine (or telehealth) refers to using advanced information and communication technologies and electronic medical devices to support the delivery of clinical care, professional education, and health-related administrative services.
Generally there are 4 broad functions of home telehealth interventions for COPD:
to monitor vital signs or biological health data (e.g., oxygen saturation),
to monitor symptoms, medication, or other non-biologic endpoints (e.g., exercise adherence),
to provide information (education) and/or other support services (such as reminders to exercise or positive reinforcement), and
to establish a communication link between patient and provider.
These functions often require distinct technologies, although some devices can perform a number of these diverse functions. For the purposes of this review, MAS focused on home telemonitoring and telephone only support technologies.
Telemonitoring (or remote monitoring) refers to the use of medical devices to remotely collect a patient’s vital signs and/or other biologic health data and the transmission of those data to a monitoring station for interpretation by a health care provider.
Telephone only support refers to disease/disorder management support provided by a health care provider to a patient who is at home via telephone or videoconferencing technology in the absence of transmission of patient biologic data.
Research Questions
What is the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and safety of home telemonitoring compared with usual care for patients with COPD?
What is the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and safety of telephone only support programs compared with usual care for patients with COPD?
Research Methods
Literature Search
Search Strategy
A literature search was performed on November 3, 2010 using OVID MEDLINE, MEDLINE In-Process and Other Non-Indexed Citations, EMBASE, the Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), the Cochrane Library, and the International Agency for Health Technology Assessment (INAHTA) for studies published from January 1, 2000 until November 3, 2010. Abstracts were reviewed by a single reviewer and, for those studies meeting the eligibility criteria, full-text articles were obtained. Reference lists were also examined for any additional relevant studies not identified through the search. Articles with unknown eligibility were reviewed with a second clinical epidemiologist, and then a group of epidemiologists until consensus was established. The quality of evidence was assessed as high, moderate, low, or very low according to GRADE methodology.
Inclusion Criteria – Question #1
frequent transmission of a patient’s physiological data collected at home and without a health care professional physically present to health care professionals for routine monitoring through the use of a communication technology;
monitoring combined with a coordinated management and feedback system based on transmitted data;
telemonitoring as a key component of the intervention (subjective determination);
usual care as provided by the usual care provider for the control group;
randomized controlled trials (RCTs), controlled clinical trials (CCTs), systematic reviews, and/or meta-analyses;
published between January 1, 2000 and November 3, 2010.
Inclusion Criteria – Question #2
scheduled or frequent contact between patient and a health care professional via telephone or videoconferencing technology in the absence of transmission of patient physiological data;
monitoring combined with a coordinated management and feedback system based on transmitted data;
telephone support as a key component of the intervention (subjective determination);
usual care as provided by the usual care provider for the control group;
RCTs, CCTs, systematic reviews, and/or meta-analyses;
published between January 1, 2000 and November 3, 2010.
Exclusion Criteria
published in a language other than English;
intervention group (and not control) receiving some form of home visits by a medical professional, typically a nurse (i.e., telenursing) beyond initial technology set-up and education, to collect physiological data, or to somehow manage or treat the patient;
not recording patient or health system outcomes (e.g., technical reports testing accuracy, reliability or other development-related outcomes of a device, acceptability/feasibility studies, etc.);
not using an independent control group that received usual care (e.g., studies employing historical or periodic controls).
Outcomes of Interest
hospitalizations (primary outcome)
emergency department visits
length of stay
quality of life
other […]
Subgroup Analyses (a priori)
length of intervention (primary)
severity of COPD (primary)
Quality of Evidence
The quality of evidence assigned to individual studies was determined using a modified CONSORT Statement Checklist for Randomized Controlled Trials. (1) The CONSORT Statement was adapted to include 3 additional quality measures: the adequacy of control group description, significant differential loss to follow-up between groups, and greater than or equal to 30% study attrition. Individual study quality was defined based on total scores according to the CONSORT Statement checklist: very low (0 to < 40%), low (≥ 40 to < 60%), moderate (≥ 60 to < 80%), and high (≥ 80 to 100%).
The quality of the body of evidence was assessed as high, moderate, low, or very low according to the GRADE Working Group criteria. The following definitions of quality were used in grading the quality of the evidence:
Summary of Findings
Six publications, representing 5 independent trials, met the eligibility criteria for Research Question #1. Three trials were RCTs reported across 4 publications, whereby patients were randomized to home telemonitoring or usual care, and 2 trials were CCTs, whereby patients or health care centers were nonrandomly assigned to intervention or usual care.
A total of 310 participants were studied across the 5 included trials. The mean age of study participants in the included trials ranged from 61.2 to 74.5 years for the intervention group and 61.1 to 74.5 years for the usual care group. The percentage of men ranged from 40% to 64% in the intervention group and 46% to 72% in the control group.
All 5 trials were performed in a moderate to severe COPD patient population. Three trials initiated the intervention following discharge from hospital. One trial initiated the intervention following a pulmonary rehabilitation program. The final trial initiated the intervention during management of patients at an outpatient clinic.
Four of the 5 trials included oxygen saturation (i.e., pulse oximetry) as one of the biological patient parameters being monitored. Additional parameters monitored included forced expiratory volume in one second, peak expiratory flow, and temperature.
There was considerable clinical heterogeneity between trials in study design, methods, and intervention/control. In relation to the telemonitoring intervention, 3 of the 5 included studies used an electronic health hub that performed multiple functions beyond the monitoring of biological parameters. One study used only a pulse oximeter device alone with modem capabilities. Finally, in 1 study, patients measured and then forwarded biological data to a nurse during a televideo consultation. Usual care varied considerably between studies.
Only one trial met the eligibility criteria for Research Question #2. The included trial was an RCT that randomized 60 patients to nurse telephone follow-up or usual care (no telephone follow-up). Participants were recruited from the medical department of an acute-care hospital in Hong Kong and began receiving follow-up after discharge from the hospital with a diagnosis of COPD (no severity restriction). The intervention itself consisted of only two 10-to 20-minute telephone calls, once between days 3 to 7 and once between days 14 to 20, involving a structured, individualized educational and supportive programme led by a nurse that focused on 3 components: assessment, management options, and evaluation.
Regarding Research Question #1:
Low to very low quality evidence (according to GRADE) finds non-significant effects or conflicting effects (of significant or non-significant benefit) for all outcomes examined when comparing home telemonitoring to usual care.
There is a trend towards significant increase in time free of hospitalization and use of other health care services with home telemonitoring, but these findings need to be confirmed further in randomized trials of high quality.
There is severe clinical heterogeneity between studies that limits summary conclusions.
The economic impact of home telemonitoring is uncertain and requires further study.
Home telemonitoring is largely dependent on local information technologies, infrastructure, and personnel, and thus the generalizability of external findings may be low. Jurisdictions wishing to replicate home telemonitoring interventions should likely test those interventions within their jurisdictional framework before adoption, or should focus on home-grown interventions that are subjected to appropriate evaluation and proven effective.
Regarding Research Question #2:
Low quality evidence finds significant benefit in favour of telephone-only support for self-efficacy and emergency department visits when compared to usual care, but non-significant results for hospitalizations and hospital length of stay.
There are very serious issues with the generalizability of the evidence and thus additional research is required.
PMCID: PMC3384362  PMID: 23074421
17.  Treatment of Infections in Young Infants in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Frontline Health Worker Diagnosis and Antibiotic Access 
PLoS Medicine  2014;11(10):e1001741.
Anne C. C. Lee and colleagues assess the factors affecting access to treatment for neonatal and infant infections in low- and middle-income countries by conducting a systematic review and meta-analysis of frontline health worker diagnosis and access to antibiotics.
Please see later in the article for the Editors' Summary
Inadequate illness recognition and access to antibiotics contribute to high case fatality from infections in young infants (<2 months) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). We aimed to address three questions regarding access to treatment for young infant infections in LMICs: (1) Can frontline health workers accurately diagnose possible bacterial infection (pBI)?; (2) How available and affordable are antibiotics?; (3) How often are antibiotics procured without a prescription?
Methods and Findings
We searched PubMed, Embase, WHO/Health Action International (HAI), databases, service provision assessments (SPAs), Demographic and Health Surveys, Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys, and grey literature with no date restriction until May 2014. Data were identified from 37 published studies, 46 HAI national surveys, and eight SPAs. For study question 1, meta-analysis showed that clinical sign-based algorithms predicted bacterial infection in young infants with high sensitivity (87%, 95% CI 82%–91%) and lower specificity (62%, 95% CI 48%–75%) (six studies, n = 14,254). Frontline health workers diagnosed pBI in young infants with an average sensitivity of 82% (95% CI 76%–88%) and specificity of 69% (95% CI 54%–83%) (eight studies, n = 11,857) compared to physicians. For question 2, first-line injectable agents (ampicillin, gentamicin, and penicillin) had low variable availability in first-level health facilities in Africa and South Asia. Oral amoxicillin and cotrimoxazole were widely available at low cost in most regions. For question 3, no studies on young infants were identified, however 25% of pediatric antibiotic purchases in LMICs were obtained without a prescription (11 studies, 95% CI 18%–34%), with lower rates among infants <1 year. Study limitations included potential selection bias and lack of neonatal-specific data.
Trained frontline health workers may screen for pBI in young infants with relatively high sensitivity and lower specificity. Availability of first-line injectable antibiotics appears low in many health facilities in Africa and Asia. Improved data and advocacy are needed to increase the availability and appropriate utilization of antibiotics for young infant infections in LMICs.
Review Registration
PROSPERO International prospective register of systematic reviews (CRD42013004586).
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Editors' Summary
Neonatal mortality—death that occurs during the first 28 days of life—accounts for nearly half of all the deaths that occur in children before they reach their fifth birthday. Worldwide, nearly 3 million neonatal deaths occur every year. Three bacterial infections—sepsis (infection of the bloodstream), pneumonia (infection of the lungs), and meningitis (infection of the brain's protective covering)—are responsible for nearly a quarter of all neonatal deaths. Babies born in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are at particularly high risk of developing neonatal bacterial infections because the risk factors for these infections, which include maternal infections and unhygienic delivery care, are more common in LMICs than in high-income countries. Babies born in LMICs are also at a high risk of dying from bacterial infections because access to appropriate medical care and antibiotics is often poor.
Why Was This Study Done?
To reduce neonatal deaths from bacterial infections in LMICs, health care experts need to identify the factors that limit access to medical care and antibiotics in these countries. Are babies dying because health care providers fail to diagnose neonatal bacterial infections, because antibiotics are not available in first-line health facilities, or for some other reason? In this systematic review and meta-analysis, the researchers investigate access to treatment for neonatal bacterial infections in LMICs by first asking whether frontline health workers in LMICs can accurately diagnose bacterial infections in neonates and young infants (babies less than 2 months old). Next, they ask whether antibiotics for treating neonatal infections are available and affordable in LMICs. Finally, they ask how often antibiotics are procured for young children (children up to the age of 5 years) without a prescription. A systematic review uses pre-defined criteria to identify all the research on a given topic; meta-analysis uses statistical methods to combine the results of several studies.
What Did the Researchers Do and Find?
The researchers identified 37 published studies, 46 surveys of drug availability and affordability in LMICs (Health Access International databases), and eight surveys of the capacity of health facilities in LMICs to provide quality health care services (service provision assessments) that met their inclusion criteria. Meta-analysis of six studies indicated that a combination of simple clinical signs for the diagnosis of bacterial infection in children predicted very severe disease in young infants with a sensitivity of 87% and a specificity of 62% (“sensitivity” indicates the percentage of true positives detected by a test; “specificity” indicates the percentage of healthy people that a test correctly identifies as healthy) compared to a physician's diagnosis with laboratory testing. Meta-analysis of eight studies indicated that frontline health workers (for example, community health workers) diagnosed very severe disease (including possible bacterial infection) in young infants with a sensitivity of 82% and a specificity of 69% compared to trained physicians. The national surveys analyzed indicated that first-level (primary) health facilities in Africa and South Asia had low, variable stocks of recommended first-line injectable antibiotics and that the cost of these drugs was high. By contrast, some oral antibiotics were widely available at low cost in most regions. Finally, meta-analysis of 11 studies indicated that, in LMICs, 25% of antibiotic purchases for the treatment of young children were obtained without a prescription.
What Do These Findings Mean?
These findings suggest that trained frontline health workers should be able to identify most young infants who have possible bacterial infections in LMICs but may also diagnose bacterial infections in many young infants who are not infected. This may lead to the inappropriate use of antibiotics and facilitate the emergence of antibiotic resistance. These findings also show that the availability and affordability of first-line injectable antibiotics is low in many health facilities in Africa and Asia. The lack of neonatal-specific data on illness recognition, antibiotic formulations and availability, and other aspects of this systematic review and meta-analysis are likely to limit the accuracy of these findings. Nevertheless, the researchers suggest that, to decrease the neonatal death toll in LMICs, governments, policymakers, and the pharmaceutical industry need to work together to improve the diagnosis of neonatal bacterial infections and to increase the availability, affordability, and appropriate use of antibiotics for the treatment of these infections.
Additional Information
Please access these websites via the online version of this summary at
WHO provides information on global efforts to reduce global child mortality and on ending preventable neonatal deaths (available in several languages)
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) works for children's rights, survival, development, and protection around the world; it provides information on global efforts to reduce child mortality , and its Childinfo website provides detailed statistics about neonatal survival and health; its “Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed” webpage includes links to its 2013 progress report and to videos about ending preventable child deaths
The WHO has published a report entitled UN Commission on Life Saving Commodities for Women and Children
The Healthy Newborn Network (NHH) is an online community of more than 80 partner organizations that addresses critical knowledge gaps in newborn health; its website includes information on neonatal infections in LMICs
Kidshealth, a resource provided by the not-for-profit Nemours Foundation, has information for parents on neonatal infections (in English and Spanish)
The MedlinePlus Encyclopedia has a page on neonatal sepsis (in English and Spanish)
A personal story about fatal neonatal bacterial meningitis is available on the website of Meningitis UK, a not-for-profit organization; the site also includes a survivor story
PMCID: PMC4196753  PMID: 25314011
18.  Task Shifting for Scale-up of HIV Care: Evaluation of Nurse-Centered Antiretroviral Treatment at Rural Health Centers in Rwanda 
PLoS Medicine  2009;6(10):e1000163.
Fabienne Shumbusho and colleagues evaluate a task-shifting model of nurse-centered antiretroviral treatment prescribing in rural primary health centers in Rwanda and find that nurses can effectively and safely prescribe ART when given adequate training, mentoring, and support.
The shortage of human resources for health, and in particular physicians, is one of the major barriers to achieve universal access to HIV care and treatment. In September 2005, a pilot program of nurse-centered antiretroviral treatment (ART) prescription was launched in three rural primary health centers in Rwanda. We retrospectively evaluated the feasibility and effectiveness of this task-shifting model using descriptive data.
Methods and Findings
Medical records of 1,076 patients enrolled in HIV care and treatment services from September 2005 to March 2008 were reviewed to assess: (i) compliance with national guidelines for ART eligibility and prescription, and patient monitoring and (ii) key outcomes, such as retention, body weight, and CD4 cell count change at 6, 12, 18, and 24 mo after ART initiation. Of these, no ineligible patients were started on ART and only one patient received an inappropriate ART prescription. Of the 435 patients who initiated ART, the vast majority had adherence and side effects assessed at each clinic visit (89% and 84%, respectively). By March 2008, 390 (90%) patients were alive on ART, 29 (7%) had died, one (<1%) was lost to follow-up, and none had stopped treatment. Patient retention was about 92% by 12 mo and 91% by 24 mo. Depending on initial stage of disease, mean CD4 cell count increased between 97 and 128 cells/µl in the first 6 mo after treatment initiation and between 79 and 129 cells/µl from 6 to 24 mo of treatment. Mean weight increased significantly in the first 6 mo, between 1.8 and 4.3 kg, with no significant increases from 6 to 24 mo.
Patient outcomes in our pilot program compared favorably with other ART cohorts in sub-Saharan Africa and with those from a recent evaluation of the national ART program in Rwanda. These findings suggest that nurses can effectively and safely prescribe ART when given adequate training, mentoring, and support.
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Editors' Summary
Infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a serious health problem in sub-Saharan Africa. The virus attacks white blood cells that protect against infection, most commonly a type of white blood cell called CD4. When a person has been infected with HIV for a long time, the number of CD4 cells they have goes down, resulting in acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), in which the person's immune system no longer functions effectively.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has divided the disease into four stages as it progresses, according to symptoms including weight loss and so-called opportunistic infections. These are known as clinical stage I, II, III, or IV but were revised and renamed 1, 2, 3, and 4 in September 2005. HIV infection and AIDS cannot be cured but they can be managed with antiretroviral treatment (ART). The WHO currently recommends that ART is begun when the CD4 count falls below 350.
Rwanda is a country situated in the central Africa with a population of around 9 million inhabitants; over 3% of the rural population and 7% of the urban population are infected with HIV. In 2007, the WHO estimated that 220,000 Rwandan children had lost one or both parents to AIDS.
Why Was This Study Done?
The WHO estimates that 9.7 million people with HIV in low- to middle-income countries need ART but at the end of 2007, only 30% of these, including in Rwanda, had access to treatment. In many low-income countries a major factor in this is a lack of doctors. Rwanda, for example, has one doctor per 50,000 inhabitants and one nurse per 3,900 inhabitants.
This situation has led the WHO to recommend “task shifting,” i.e., that the task of prescribing ART should be shifted from doctors to nurses so that more patients can be treated. This type of reorganization is well studied in high-income countries, but the researchers wanted to help develop a system for treating AIDS that would be effective and timely in a predominantly rural, low-income setting such as Rwanda.
What Did the Researchers Do and Find?
In conjunction with the Rwandan Ministry of Health, the researchers developed and piloted a task-shifting program, in which one nurse in each of three rural Rwandan primary health centers (PHCs) was trained to examine HIV patients and prescribe ART in simple cases. Nurses had to complete more than 50 consultations observed by the doctor before being permitted to consult patients independently. More complex cases were referred to a doctor. The authors developed standard checklists, instructions, and evaluation forms to guide nurses and the doctors who supervised them once a week.
The authors evaluated the pilot program by reviewing the records of 1,076 patients who enrolled on it between September 2005 and March 2008. They looked to see whether the nurses had followed guidelines and monitored the patients correctly. They also considered health outcomes for the patients, such as their death rate, their body weight, their CD4 cell count, and whether they maintained contact with caregivers.
They found that by March 2008, 451 patients had been eligible for ART. 435 received treatment and none of the patients were prescribed ART when they should not have been. Only one prescription did not follow national guidelines.
At every visit, nurses were supposed to assess whether patients were taking their drugs and to monitor side effects. They did this and maintained records correctly for the vast majority of the 435 patients who were prescribed ART. 390 patients (over 90%) of the 435 prescribed receiving ART continued to take it and maintain contact with the pilot PHC's program. 29 patients died. Only one was lost to follow up and the others transferred to another ART site. The majority gained weight in the first six months and their CD4 cell counts rose. Outcomes, including death rate, were similar to those treated on the (doctor-led) Rwandan national ART program and other sub-Saharan African national (doctor-led) programs.
What Do These Findings Mean?
The study suggests that nurses are able to prescribe ART safely and effectively in a rural sub-Saharan setting, given sufficient training, mentoring, and support. Nurse-led prescribing of ART could mean that timely, appropriate treatment reaches many more HIV patients. It would reduce the burden of HIV care for doctors, freeing their time for other duties, and the study is already being used by the Rwandan Ministry of Health as a basis for plans to adopt a task-shifting strategy for the national ART program.
The study does have some limitations. The pilot program was funded and designed as a health project to deliver ART in rural areas, rather than a research project to compare nurse-led and doctor-led ART programs. There was no group of equivalent patients treated by doctors rather than nurses for direct comparison, although the authors did compare outcomes with those achieved nationally for doctor-led ART. The most promising sites, nurses, and patients were selected for the pilot and careful monitoring may have been an additional motivation for the nurses and doctors taking part. Health professionals in a scaled-up program may not be as committed as those in the pilot, who were carefully monitored. In addition, the nature of the pilot, which lasted for under three years and recruited new patients throughout, meant that patients were followed up for relatively short periods.
The authors also warn that they did not consider in this study the changes task shifting will make to doctors' roles and the skills required of both doctors and nurses. They recommend that task shifting should be implemented as part of a wider investment in health systems, human resources, training, adapted medical records, tools, and protocols.
Additional Information
Please access these Web sites via the online version of this summary at
PLoS Medicine includes a page collecting together its recent articles on HIV infection and AIDS that includes research articles, perspectives, editorials, and policy forums provides news, views, and information about science, technology, and the developing world, including a section specific to HIV/AIDs
The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a downloadable booklet Task Shifting to Tackle Health Worker Shortages
The WHO offers information on HIV and AIDS (in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish) as well as health information and fact sheets on individual countries, including on Rwanda
The UNAIDS/WHO working group on HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Surveillance gathers and publishes data on the prevalence of HIV and AIDS in individual countries, including on Rwanda
AIDS.ORG provides information to help prevent HIV infections and to improve the lives of those affected by HIV and AIDS. Factsheets on many aspects of HIV and AIDS are available. It is the official online publisher of AIDS Treatment News
PMCID: PMC2752160  PMID: 19823569
19.  A Multifaceted Intervention to Improve the Quality of Care of Children in District Hospitals in Kenya: A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis 
PLoS Medicine  2012;9(6):e1001238.
A cost-effective analysis conducted by Edwine Barasa and colleagues estimates that a complex intervention aimed at improving quality of pediatric care would be affordable and cost-effective in Kenya.
To improve care for children in district hospitals in Kenya, a multifaceted approach employing guidelines, training, supervision, feedback, and facilitation was developed, for brevity called the Emergency Triage and Treatment Plus (ETAT+) strategy. We assessed the cost effectiveness of the ETAT+ strategy, in Kenyan hospitals. Further, we estimate the costs of scaling up the intervention to Kenya nationally and potential cost effectiveness at scale.
Methods and Findings
Our cost-effectiveness analysis from the provider's perspective used data from a previously reported cluster randomized trial comparing the full ETAT+ strategy (n = 4 hospitals) with a partial intervention (n = 4 hospitals). Effectiveness was measured using 14 process measures that capture improvements in quality of care; their average was used as a summary measure of quality. Economic costs of the development and implementation of the intervention were determined (2009 US$). Incremental cost-effectiveness ratios were defined as the incremental cost per percentage improvement in (average) quality of care. Probabilistic sensitivity analysis was used to assess uncertainty. The cost per child admission was US$50.74 (95% CI 49.26–67.06) in intervention hospitals compared to US$31.1 (95% CI 30.67–47.18) in control hospitals. Each percentage improvement in average quality of care cost an additional US$0.79 (95% CI 0.19–2.31) per admitted child. The estimated annual cost of nationally scaling up the full intervention was US$3.6 million, approximately 0.6% of the annual child health budget in Kenya. A “what-if” analysis assuming conservative reductions in mortality suggests the incremental cost per disability adjusted life year (DALY) averted by scaling up would vary between US$39.8 and US$398.3.
Improving quality of care at scale nationally with the full ETAT+ strategy may be affordable for low income countries such as Kenya. Resultant plausible reductions in hospital mortality suggest the intervention could be cost-effective when compared to incremental cost-effectiveness ratios of other priority child health interventions.
Please see later in the article for the Editors' Summary
Editors' Summary
According to latest global estimates from UNICEF, 7.6 million children currently die every year before they reach five years of age. Half of these deaths occur in children in sub-Saharan Africa and tragically, most of these deaths are due to a few treatable and preventable diseases, such as pneumonia, malaria, and diarrhea, for which effective interventions are already available. In order to meet the target of the 4th Millennium Development Goal—which aims to reduce the under-five child mortality rate by two-thirds from 1990 levels by 2015—delivering these interventions is essential.
In Kenya, the under-five child mortality rate must be reduced by half from its 2008 level in order to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target and so improving the management of serious child illness might help achieve this goal. A study published last year in PLoS Medicine described such an approach and included the development and implementation of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines linked to health worker training, follow-up supervision, performance feedback, and facilitation in eight district hospitals in Kenya.
Why Was This Study Done?
In the study mentioned above, the researchers compared the implementation of various processes of care in intervention and control hospitals at baseline and 18 months later and found that performance improved more in the intervention hospitals than in the control hospitals. However, while this strategy was effective at improving the quality of health care, it is unclear whether scaling up the approach would be a good use of limited resources. So in this study, the same researchers performed a cost-effectiveness analysis (which they conducted alongside the original trial) of their quality improvement intervention and estimated the costs and effects of scaling up this approach to cover the entire population of Kenya.
What Did the Researchers Do and Find?
In order to perform the cost part of the analysis, the researchers collected the relevant information on costs by using clinical and accounting record reviews and interviews with those involved in developing and implementing the intervention. The researchers evaluated the effectiveness part of the analysis by comparing the implementation of their improved quality of care strategy as delivered in the intervention hospitals with the partial intervention as delivered in the control hospitals by calculating the mean percentage improvement in the 14 process of care indicators at 18 months. Finally, the researchers calculated the costs of scaling up the intervention by applying their results to the whole of Kenya—121 hospital facilities with an estimated annual child admission rate of 2,000 per facility.
The researchers found that the quality of care (as measured by the process of care indicators) was 25% higher in intervention hospitals than in control hospitals, while the cost per child admission was US$50.74 in intervention hospitals compared to US$31.1 in control hospitals. The researchers calculated that each percentage improvement in the average quality of care was achieved at an additional cost of US$0.79 per admitted child. Extrapolating these results to all of Kenya, the estimated annual cost of scaling up the intervention nationally was US$3.6 million, about 0.6% of the annual child health budget in Kenya.
What Do These Findings Mean?
The findings of this cost-effectiveness analysis suggests that a comprehensive quality improvement intervention is effective at improving standards of care but at an additional cost, which may be relatively cost effective compared with basic care if the improvements observed are associated with decreases in child inpatient mortality. The absolute costs for scaling up are comparable to, or even lower than, costs of other, major child health interventions. As the international community is giving an increasing focus to strengthening health systems, these findings provide a strong case for scaling up this intervention, which improves quality of care and service provision for the major causes of child mortality, in rural hospitals throughout Kenya and other district hospitals in sub-Saharan Africa.
Additional Information
Please access these Web sites via the online version of this summary at
The researchers' original article appeared in PLoS Medicine in 2011: Ayieko P, Ntoburi S, Wagai J, Opondo C, Opiyo N, et al. (2011) A Multifaceted Intervention to Implement Guidelines and Improve Admission Paediatric Care in Kenyan District Hospitals: A Cluster Randomised Trial. PLoS Med 8(4): e1001018. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001018
The IDOC Africa provides further information on the ETAT+ strategy
The World Health Organization (WHO) provides information on MDG 4, including strategies to reduce global child mortality) and the WHO pocket-book “Hospital care for children” includes guidelines for the management of common but serious childhood illnesses in resource-limited settings
UNICEF also publishes information on global child mortality rates and the Countdown to 2015 website tracks coverage levels for health interventions proven to reduce child mortality
PMCID: PMC3373608  PMID: 22719233
20.  Internet-Based Device-Assisted Remote Monitoring of Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Devices 
Executive Summary
The objective of this Medical Advisory Secretariat (MAS) report was to conduct a systematic review of the available published evidence on the safety, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness of Internet-based device-assisted remote monitoring systems (RMSs) for therapeutic cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) such as pacemakers (PMs), implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs), and cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices. The MAS evidence-based review was performed to support public financing decisions.
Clinical Need: Condition and Target Population
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is a major cause of fatalities in developed countries. In the United States almost half a million people die of SCD annually, resulting in more deaths than stroke, lung cancer, breast cancer, and AIDS combined. In Canada each year more than 40,000 people die from a cardiovascular related cause; approximately half of these deaths are attributable to SCD.
Most cases of SCD occur in the general population typically in those without a known history of heart disease. Most SCDs are caused by cardiac arrhythmia, an abnormal heart rhythm caused by malfunctions of the heart’s electrical system. Up to half of patients with significant heart failure (HF) also have advanced conduction abnormalities.
Cardiac arrhythmias are managed by a variety of drugs, ablative procedures, and therapeutic CIEDs. The range of CIEDs includes pacemakers (PMs), implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs), and cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices. Bradycardia is the main indication for PMs and individuals at high risk for SCD are often treated by ICDs.
Heart failure (HF) is also a significant health problem and is the most frequent cause of hospitalization in those over 65 years of age. Patients with moderate to severe HF may also have cardiac arrhythmias, although the cause may be related more to heart pump or haemodynamic failure. The presence of HF, however, increases the risk of SCD five-fold, regardless of aetiology. Patients with HF who remain highly symptomatic despite optimal drug therapy are sometimes also treated with CRT devices.
With an increasing prevalence of age-related conditions such as chronic HF and the expanding indications for ICD therapy, the rate of ICD placement has been dramatically increasing. The appropriate indications for ICD placement, as well as the rate of ICD placement, are increasingly an issue. In the United States, after the introduction of expanded coverage of ICDs, a national ICD registry was created in 2005 to track these devices. A recent survey based on this national ICD registry reported that 22.5% (25,145) of patients had received a non-evidence based ICD and that these patients experienced significantly higher in-hospital mortality and post-procedural complications.
In addition to the increased ICD device placement and the upfront device costs, there is the need for lifelong follow-up or surveillance, placing a significant burden on patients and device clinics. In 2007, over 1.6 million CIEDs were implanted in Europe and the United States, which translates to over 5.5 million patient encounters per year if the recommended follow-up practices are considered. A safe and effective RMS could potentially improve the efficiency of long-term follow-up of patients and their CIEDs.
In addition to being therapeutic devices, CIEDs have extensive diagnostic abilities. All CIEDs can be interrogated and reprogrammed during an in-clinic visit using an inductive programming wand. Remote monitoring would allow patients to transmit information recorded in their devices from the comfort of their own homes. Currently most ICD devices also have the potential to be remotely monitored. Remote monitoring (RM) can be used to check system integrity, to alert on arrhythmic episodes, and to potentially replace in-clinic follow-ups and manage disease remotely. They do not currently have the capability of being reprogrammed remotely, although this feature is being tested in pilot settings.
Every RMS is specifically designed by a manufacturer for their cardiac implant devices. For Internet-based device-assisted RMSs, this customization includes details such as web application, multiplatform sensors, custom algorithms, programming information, and types and methods of alerting patients and/or physicians. The addition of peripherals for monitoring weight and pressure or communicating with patients through the onsite communicators also varies by manufacturer. Internet-based device-assisted RMSs for CIEDs are intended to function as a surveillance system rather than an emergency system.
Health care providers therefore need to learn each application, and as more than one application may be used at one site, multiple applications may need to be reviewed for alarms. All RMSs deliver system integrity alerting; however, some systems seem to be better geared to fast arrhythmic alerting, whereas other systems appear to be more intended for remote follow-up or supplemental remote disease management. The different RMSs may therefore have different impacts on workflow organization because of their varying frequency of interrogation and methods of alerts. The integration of these proprietary RM web-based registry systems with hospital-based electronic health record systems has so far not been commonly implemented.
Currently there are 2 general types of RMSs: those that transmit device diagnostic information automatically and without patient assistance to secure Internet-based registry systems, and those that require patient assistance to transmit information. Both systems employ the use of preprogrammed alerts that are either transmitted automatically or at regular scheduled intervals to patients and/or physicians.
The current web applications, programming, and registry systems differ greatly between the manufacturers of transmitting cardiac devices. In Canada there are currently 4 manufacturers—Medtronic Inc., Biotronik, Boston Scientific Corp., and St Jude Medical Inc.—which have regulatory approval for remote transmitting CIEDs. Remote monitoring systems are proprietary to the manufacturer of the implant device. An RMS for one device will not work with another device, and the RMS may not work with all versions of the manufacturer’s devices.
All Internet-based device-assisted RMSs have common components. The implanted device is equipped with a micro-antenna that communicates with a small external device (at bedside or wearable) commonly known as the transmitter. Transmitters are able to interrogate programmed parameters and diagnostic data stored in the patients’ implant device. The information transfer to the communicator can occur at preset time intervals with the participation of the patient (waving a wand over the device) or it can be sent automatically (wirelessly) without their participation. The encrypted data are then uploaded to an Internet-based database on a secure central server. The data processing facilities at the central database, depending on the clinical urgency, can trigger an alert for the physician(s) that can be sent via email, fax, text message, or phone. The details are also posted on the secure website for viewing by the physician (or their delegate) at their convenience.
Research Questions
The research directions and specific research questions for this evidence review were as follows:
To identify the Internet-based device-assisted RMSs available for follow-up of patients with therapeutic CIEDs such as PMs, ICDs, and CRT devices.
To identify the potential risks, operational issues, or organizational issues related to Internet-based device-assisted RM for CIEDs.
To evaluate the safety, acceptability, and effectiveness of Internet-based device-assisted RMSs for CIEDs such as PMs, ICDs, and CRT devices.
To evaluate the safety, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness of Internet-based device-assisted RMSs for CIEDs compared to usual outpatient in-office monitoring strategies.
To evaluate the resource implications or budget impact of RMSs for CIEDs in Ontario, Canada.
Research Methods
Literature Search
The review included a systematic review of published scientific literature and consultations with experts and manufacturers of all 4 approved RMSs for CIEDs in Canada. Information on CIED cardiac implant clinics was also obtained from Provincial Programs, a division within the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care with a mandate for cardiac implant specialty care. Various administrative databases and registries were used to outline the current clinical follow-up burden of CIEDs in Ontario. The provincial population-based ICD database developed and maintained by the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) was used to review the current follow-up practices with Ontario patients implanted with ICD devices.
Search Strategy
A literature search was performed on September 21, 2010 using OVID MEDLINE, MEDLINE In-Process and Other Non-Indexed Citations, EMBASE, the Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), the Cochrane Library, and the International Agency for Health Technology Assessment (INAHTA) for studies published from 1950 to September 2010. Search alerts were generated and reviewed for additional relevant literature until December 31, 2010. Abstracts were reviewed by a single reviewer and, for those studies meeting the eligibility criteria full-text articles were obtained. Reference lists were also examined for any additional relevant studies not identified through the search.
Inclusion Criteria
published between 1950 and September 2010;
English language full-reports and human studies;
original reports including clinical evaluations of Internet-based device-assisted RMSs for CIEDs in clinical settings;
reports including standardized measurements on outcome events such as technical success, safety, effectiveness, cost, measures of health care utilization, morbidity, mortality, quality of life or patient satisfaction;
randomized controlled trials (RCTs), systematic reviews and meta-analyses, cohort and controlled clinical studies.
Exclusion Criteria
non-systematic reviews, letters, comments and editorials;
reports not involving standardized outcome events;
clinical reports not involving Internet-based device assisted RM systems for CIEDs in clinical settings;
reports involving studies testing or validating algorithms without RM;
studies with small samples (<10 subjects).
Outcomes of Interest
The outcomes of interest included: technical outcomes, emergency department visits, complications, major adverse events, symptoms, hospital admissions, clinic visits (scheduled and/or unscheduled), survival, morbidity (disease progression, stroke, etc.), patient satisfaction, and quality of life.
Summary of Findings
The MAS evidence review was performed to review available evidence on Internet-based device-assisted RMSs for CIEDs published until September 2010. The search identified 6 systematic reviews, 7 randomized controlled trials, and 19 reports for 16 cohort studies—3 of these being registry-based and 4 being multi-centered. The evidence is summarized in the 3 sections that follow.
1. Effectiveness of Remote Monitoring Systems of CIEDs for Cardiac Arrhythmia and Device Functioning
In total, 15 reports on 13 cohort studies involving investigations with 4 different RMSs for CIEDs in cardiology implant clinic groups were identified in the review. The 4 RMSs were: Care Link Network® (Medtronic Inc,, Minneapolis, MN, USA); Home Monitoring® (Biotronic, Berlin, Germany); House Call 11® (St Jude Medical Inc., St Pauls, MN, USA); and a manufacturer-independent RMS. Eight of these reports were with the Home Monitoring® RMS (12,949 patients), 3 were with the Care Link® RMS (167 patients), 1 was with the House Call 11® RMS (124 patients), and 1 was with a manufacturer-independent RMS (44 patients). All of the studies, except for 2 in the United States, (1 with Home Monitoring® and 1 with House Call 11®), were performed in European countries.
The RMSs in the studies were evaluated with different cardiac implant device populations: ICDs only (6 studies), ICD and CRT devices (3 studies), PM and ICD and CRT devices (4 studies), and PMs only (2 studies). The patient populations were predominately male (range, 52%–87%) in all studies, with mean ages ranging from 58 to 76 years. One study population was unique in that RMSs were evaluated for ICDs implanted solely for primary prevention in young patients (mean age, 44 years) with Brugada syndrome, which carries an inherited increased genetic risk for sudden heart attack in young adults.
Most of the cohort studies reported on the feasibility of RMSs in clinical settings with limited follow-up. In the short follow-up periods of the studies, the majority of the events were related to detection of medical events rather than system configuration or device abnormalities. The results of the studies are summarized below:
The interrogation of devices on the web platform, both for continuous and scheduled transmissions, was significantly quicker with remote follow-up, both for nurses and physicians.
In a case-control study focusing on a Brugada population–based registry with patients followed-up remotely, there were significantly fewer outpatient visits and greater detection of inappropriate shocks. One death occurred in the control group not followed remotely and post-mortem analysis indicated early signs of lead failure prior to the event.
Two studies examined the role of RMSs in following ICD leads under regulatory advisory in a European clinical setting and noted:
– Fewer inappropriate shocks were administered in the RM group.
– Urgent in-office interrogations and surgical revisions were performed within 12 days of remote alerts.
– No signs of lead fracture were detected at in-office follow-up; all were detected at remote follow-up.
Only 1 study reported evaluating quality of life in patients followed up remotely at 3 and 6 months; no values were reported.
Patient satisfaction was evaluated in 5 cohort studies, all in short term follow-up: 1 for the Home Monitoring® RMS, 3 for the Care Link® RMS, and 1 for the House Call 11® RMS.
– Patients reported receiving a sense of security from the transmitter, a good relationship with nurses and physicians, positive implications for their health, and satisfaction with RM and organization of services.
– Although patients reported that the system was easy to implement and required less than 10 minutes to transmit information, a variable proportion of patients (range, 9% 39%) reported that they needed the assistance of a caregiver for their transmission.
– The majority of patients would recommend RM to other ICD patients.
– Patients with hearing or other physical or mental conditions hindering the use of the system were excluded from studies, but the frequency of this was not reported.
Physician satisfaction was evaluated in 3 studies, all with the Care Link® RMS:
– Physicians reported an ease of use and high satisfaction with a generally short-term use of the RMS.
– Physicians reported being able to address the problems in unscheduled patient transmissions or physician initiated transmissions remotely, and were able to handle the majority of the troubleshooting calls remotely.
– Both nurses and physicians reported a high level of satisfaction with the web registry system.
2. Effectiveness of Remote Monitoring Systems in Heart Failure Patients for Cardiac Arrhythmia and Heart Failure Episodes
Remote follow-up of HF patients implanted with ICD or CRT devices, generally managed in specialized HF clinics, was evaluated in 3 cohort studies: 1 involved the Home Monitoring® RMS and 2 involved the Care Link® RMS. In these RMSs, in addition to the standard diagnostic features, the cardiac devices continuously assess other variables such as patient activity, mean heart rate, and heart rate variability. Intra-thoracic impedance, a proxy measure for lung fluid overload, was also measured in the Care Link® studies. The overall diagnostic performance of these measures cannot be evaluated, as the information was not reported for patients who did not experience intra-thoracic impedance threshold crossings or did not undergo interventions. The trial results involved descriptive information on transmissions and alerts in patients experiencing high morbidity and hospitalization in the short study periods.
3. Comparative Effectiveness of Remote Monitoring Systems for CIEDs
Seven RCTs were identified evaluating RMSs for CIEDs: 2 were for PMs (1276 patients) and 5 were for ICD/CRT devices (3733 patients). Studies performed in the clinical setting in the United States involved both the Care Link® RMS and the Home Monitoring® RMS, whereas all studies performed in European countries involved only the Home Monitoring® RMS.
3A. Randomized Controlled Trials of Remote Monitoring Systems for Pacemakers
Two trials, both multicenter RCTs, were conducted in different countries with different RMSs and study objectives. The PREFER trial was a large trial (897 patients) performed in the United States examining the ability of Care Link®, an Internet-based remote PM interrogation system, to detect clinically actionable events (CAEs) sooner than the current in-office follow-up supplemented with transtelephonic monitoring transmissions, a limited form of remote device interrogation. The trial results are summarized below:
In the 375-day mean follow-up, 382 patients were identified with at least 1 CAE—111 patients in the control arm and 271 in the remote arm.
The event rate detected per patient for every type of CAE, except for loss of atrial capture, was higher in the remote arm than the control arm.
The median time to first detection of CAEs (4.9 vs. 6.3 months) was significantly shorter in the RMS group compared to the control group (P < 0.0001).
Additionally, only 2% (3/190) of the CAEs in the control arm were detected during a transtelephonic monitoring transmission (the rest were detected at in-office follow-ups), whereas 66% (446/676) of the CAEs were detected during remote interrogation.
The second study, the OEDIPE trial, was a smaller trial (379 patients) performed in France evaluating the ability of the Home Monitoring® RMS to shorten PM post-operative hospitalization while preserving the safety of conventional management of longer hospital stays.
Implementation and operationalization of the RMS was reported to be successful in 91% (346/379) of the patients and represented 8144 transmissions.
In the RM group 6.5% of patients failed to send messages (10 due to improper use of the transmitter, 2 with unmanageable stress). Of the 172 patients transmitting, 108 patients sent a total of 167 warnings during the trial, with a greater proportion of warnings being attributed to medical rather than technical causes.
Forty percent had no warning message transmission and among these, 6 patients experienced a major adverse event and 1 patient experienced a non-major adverse event. Of the 6 patients having a major adverse event, 5 contacted their physician.
The mean medical reaction time was faster in the RM group (6.5 ± 7.6 days vs. 11.4 ± 11.6 days).
The mean duration of hospitalization was significantly shorter (P < 0.001) for the RM group than the control group (3.2 ± 3.2 days vs. 4.8 ± 3.7 days).
Quality of life estimates by the SF-36 questionnaire were similar for the 2 groups at 1-month follow-up.
3B. Randomized Controlled Trials Evaluating Remote Monitoring Systems for ICD or CRT Devices
The 5 studies evaluating the impact of RMSs with ICD/CRT devices were conducted in the United States and in European countries and involved 2 RMSs—Care Link® and Home Monitoring ®. The objectives of the trials varied and 3 of the trials were smaller pilot investigations.
The first of the smaller studies (151 patients) evaluated patient satisfaction, achievement of patient outcomes, and the cost-effectiveness of the Care Link® RMS compared to quarterly in-office device interrogations with 1-year follow-up.
Individual outcomes such as hospitalizations, emergency department visits, and unscheduled clinic visits were not significantly different between the study groups.
Except for a significantly higher detection of atrial fibrillation in the RM group, data on ICD detection and therapy were similar in the study groups.
Health-related quality of life evaluated by the EuroQoL at 6-month or 12-month follow-up was not different between study groups.
Patients were more satisfied with their ICD care in the clinic follow-up group than in the remote follow-up group at 6-month follow-up, but were equally satisfied at 12- month follow-up.
The second small pilot trial (20 patients) examined the impact of RM follow-up with the House Call 11® system on work schedules and cost savings in patients randomized to 2 study arms varying in the degree of remote follow-up.
The total time including device interrogation, transmission time, data analysis, and physician time required was significantly shorter for the RM follow-up group.
The in-clinic waiting time was eliminated for patients in the RM follow-up group.
The physician talk time was significantly reduced in the RM follow-up group (P < 0.05).
The time for the actual device interrogation did not differ in the study groups.
The third small trial (115 patients) examined the impact of RM with the Home Monitoring® system compared to scheduled trimonthly in-clinic visits on the number of unplanned visits, total costs, health-related quality of life (SF-36), and overall mortality.
There was a 63.2% reduction in in-office visits in the RM group.
Hospitalizations or overall mortality (values not stated) were not significantly different between the study groups.
Patient-induced visits were higher in the RM group than the in-clinic follow-up group.
The TRUST Trial
The TRUST trial was a large multicenter RCT conducted at 102 centers in the United States involving the Home Monitoring® RMS for ICD devices for 1450 patients. The primary objectives of the trial were to determine if remote follow-up could be safely substituted for in-office clinic follow-up (3 in-office visits replaced) and still enable earlier physician detection of clinically actionable events.
Adherence to the protocol follow-up schedule was significantly higher in the RM group than the in-office follow-up group (93.5% vs. 88.7%, P < 0.001).
Actionability of trimonthly scheduled checks was low (6.6%) in both study groups. Overall, actionable causes were reprogramming (76.2%), medication changes (24.8%), and lead/system revisions (4%), and these were not different between the 2 study groups.
The overall mean number of in-clinic and hospital visits was significantly lower in the RM group than the in-office follow-up group (2.1 per patient-year vs. 3.8 per patient-year, P < 0.001), representing a 45% visit reduction at 12 months.
The median time from onset of first arrhythmia to physician evaluation was significantly shorter (P < 0.001) in the RM group than in the in-office follow-up group for all arrhythmias (1 day vs. 35.5 days).
The median time to detect clinically asymptomatic arrhythmia events—atrial fibrillation (AF), ventricular fibrillation (VF), ventricular tachycardia (VT), and supra-ventricular tachycardia (SVT)—was also significantly shorter (P < 0.001) in the RM group compared to the in-office follow-up group (1 day vs. 41.5 days) and was significantly quicker for each of the clinical arrhythmia events—AF (5.5 days vs. 40 days), VT (1 day vs. 28 days), VF (1 day vs. 36 days), and SVT (2 days vs. 39 days).
System-related problems occurred infrequently in both groups—in 1.5% of patients (14/908) in the RM group and in 0.7% of patients (3/432) in the in-office follow-up group.
The overall adverse event rate over 12 months was not significantly different between the 2 groups and individual adverse events were also not significantly different between the RM group and the in-office follow-up group: death (3.4% vs. 4.9%), stroke (0.3% vs. 1.2%), and surgical intervention (6.6% vs. 4.9%), respectively.
The 12-month cumulative survival was 96.4% (95% confidence interval [CI], 95.5%–97.6%) in the RM group and 94.2% (95% confidence interval [CI], 91.8%–96.6%) in the in-office follow-up group, and was not significantly different between the 2 groups (P = 0.174).
The CONNECT trial, another major multicenter RCT, involved the Care Link® RMS for ICD/CRT devices in a15-month follow-up study of 1,997 patients at 133 sites in the United States. The primary objective of the trial was to determine whether automatically transmitted physician alerts decreased the time from the occurrence of clinically relevant events to medical decisions. The trial results are summarized below:
Of the 575 clinical alerts sent in the study, 246 did not trigger an automatic physician alert. Transmission failures were related to technical issues such as the alert not being programmed or not being reset, and/or a variety of patient factors such as not being at home and the monitor not being plugged in or set up.
The overall mean time from the clinically relevant event to the clinical decision was significantly shorter (P < 0.001) by 17.4 days in the remote follow-up group (4.6 days for 172 patients) than the in-office follow-up group (22 days for 145 patients).
– The median time to a clinical decision was shorter in the remote follow-up group than in the in-office follow-up group for an AT/AF burden greater than or equal to 12 hours (3 days vs. 24 days) and a fast VF rate greater than or equal to 120 beats per minute (4 days vs. 23 days).
Although infrequent, similar low numbers of events involving low battery and VF detection/therapy turned off were noted in both groups. More alerts, however, were noted for out-of-range lead impedance in the RM group (18 vs. 6 patients), and the time to detect these critical events was significantly shorter in the RM group (same day vs. 17 days).
Total in-office clinic visits were reduced by 38% from 6.27 visits per patient-year in the in-office follow-up group to 3.29 visits per patient-year in the remote follow-up group.
Health care utilization visits (N = 6,227) that included cardiovascular-related hospitalization, emergency department visits, and unscheduled clinic visits were not significantly higher in the remote follow-up group.
The overall mean length of hospitalization was significantly shorter (P = 0.002) for those in the remote follow-up group (3.3 days vs. 4.0 days) and was shorter both for patients with ICD (3.0 days vs. 3.6 days) and CRT (3.8 days vs. 4.7 days) implants.
The mortality rate between the study arms was not significantly different between the follow-up groups for the ICDs (P = 0.31) or the CRT devices with defribillator (P = 0.46).
There is limited clinical trial information on the effectiveness of RMSs for PMs. However, for RMSs for ICD devices, multiple cohort studies and 2 large multicenter RCTs demonstrated feasibility and significant reductions in in-office clinic follow-ups with RMSs in the first year post implantation. The detection rates of clinically significant events (and asymptomatic events) were higher, and the time to a clinical decision for these events was significantly shorter, in the remote follow-up groups than in the in-office follow-up groups. The earlier detection of clinical events in the remote follow-up groups, however, was not associated with lower morbidity or mortality rates in the 1-year follow-up. The substitution of almost all the first year in-office clinic follow-ups with RM was also not associated with an increased health care utilization such as emergency department visits or hospitalizations.
The follow-up in the trials was generally short-term, up to 1 year, and was a more limited assessment of potential longer term device/lead integrity complications or issues. None of the studies compared the different RMSs, particularly the different RMSs involving patient-scheduled transmissions or automatic transmissions. Patients’ acceptance of and satisfaction with RM were reported to be high, but the impact of RM on patients’ health-related quality of life, particularly the psychological aspects, was not evaluated thoroughly. Patients who are not technologically competent, having hearing or other physical/mental impairments, were identified as potentially disadvantaged with remote surveillance. Cohort studies consistently identified subgroups of patients who preferred in-office follow-up. The evaluation of costs and workflow impact to the health care system were evaluated in European or American clinical settings, and only in a limited way.
Internet-based device-assisted RMSs involve a new approach to monitoring patients, their disease progression, and their CIEDs. Remote monitoring also has the potential to improve the current postmarket surveillance systems of evolving CIEDs and their ongoing hardware and software modifications. At this point, however, there is insufficient information to evaluate the overall impact to the health care system, although the time saving and convenience to patients and physicians associated with a substitution of in-office follow-up by RM is more certain. The broader issues surrounding infrastructure, impacts on existing clinical care systems, and regulatory concerns need to be considered for the implementation of Internet-based RMSs in jurisdictions involving different clinical practices.
PMCID: PMC3377571  PMID: 23074419
21.  Effect of Short-Term Supplementation with Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food or Micronutrients for Children after Illness for Prevention of Malnutrition: A Randomised Controlled Trial in Uganda 
PLoS Medicine  2016;13(2):e1001951.
Globally, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) treats more than 300,000 severely malnourished children annually. Malnutrition is not only caused by lack of food but also by illnesses and by poor infant and child feeding practices. Breaking the vicious cycle of illness and malnutrition by providing ill children with nutritional supplementation is a potentially powerful strategy for preventing malnutrition that has not been adequately investigated. Therefore, MSF investigated whether incidence of malnutrition among ill children <5 y old could be reduced by providing a fortified food product or micronutrients during their 2-wk convalescence period. Two trials, one in Nigeria and one in Uganda, were conducted; here, we report on the trial that took place in Kaabong, a poor agropastoral region of Karamoja, in east Uganda. While the region of Karamoja shows an acute malnutrition rate between 8.4% and 11.5% of which 2% to 3% severe malnutrition, more than half (58%) of the population in the district of Kaabong is considered food insecure.
Methods and Findings
We investigated the effect of two types of nutritional supplementation on the incidence of malnutrition in ill children presenting at outpatient clinics during March 2011 to April 2012 in Kaabong, Karamoja region, Uganda, a resource-poor region where malnutrition is a chronic problem for its seminomadic population. A three-armed, partially-blinded, randomised controlled trial was conducted in children diagnosed with malaria, diarrhoea, or lower respiratory tract infection. Non-malnourished children aged 6 to 59 mo were randomised to one of three arms: one sachet/d of ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF), two sachets/d of micronutrient powder (MNP), or no supplement (control) for 14 d for each illness over 6 mo. The primary outcome was the incidence of first negative nutritional outcome (NNO) during the 6 mo follow-up. NNO was a study-specific measure used to indicate progression to moderate or severe acute malnutrition; it was defined as weight-for-height z-score <−2, mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) <115 mm, or oedema, whichever came first.
Of the 2,202 randomised participants, 51.2% were girls, and the mean age was 25.2 (±13.8) mo; 148 (6.7%) participants were lost to follow-up, 9 (0.4%) died, and 14 (0.6%) were admitted to hospital. The incidence rates of NNO (first event/year) for the RUTF, MNP, and control groups were 0.143 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.107–0.191), 0.185 (0.141–0.239), and 0.213 (0.167–0.272), respectively. The incidence rate ratio was 0.67 (95% CI, 0.46–0.98; p = 0.037) for RUTF versus control; a reduction of 33.3%. The incidence rate ratio was 0.86 (0.61–1.23; p = 0.413) for MNP versus control and 0.77 for RUTF versus MNP (95% CI 0.52–1.15; p = 0.200). The average numbers of study illnesses for the RUTF, MNP, and control groups were 2.3 (95% CI, 2.2–2.4), 2.1 (2.0–2.3), and 2.3 (2.2–2.5). The proportions of children who died in the RUTF, MNP, and control groups were 0%, 0.8%, and 0.4%.
The findings apply to ill but not malnourished children and cannot be generalised to a general population including children who are not necessarily ill or who are already malnourished.
A 2-wk nutrition supplementation programme with RUTF as part of routine primary medical care to non-malnourished children with malaria, LRTI, or diarrhoea proved effective in preventing malnutrition in eastern Uganda. The low incidence of malnutrition in this population may warrant a more targeted intervention to improve cost effectiveness.
Trial Registration NCT01497236
A clinical trial set in Uganda shows that short-term supplementation with ready-to-use food in children following a bout of acute illness can prevent malnutrition. This short term measure has longer term effects in reducing morbidity in a vulnerable population.
Editors' Summary
Globally, malnutrition—poor nutrition—is thought to contribute to nearly half of all child deaths. Malnutrition can be chronic or acute. Chronic (long-term) malnutrition causes stunting. A child who is stunted has a low height for his or her age when compared to WHO Child Growth Standards, which chart the growth of a reference population. By contrast, acute malnutrition causes wasting. A wasted child has a low weight for his or her height. Malnutrition can be caused by not having enough to eat, by not eating enough of the right foods, or being unable to use the food that one does eat. In many tropical countries, recurrent infections are also an important cause of malnutrition among children. Diarrhea, lower respiratory tract infections, and malaria all have a negative effect on the growth of children. Importantly, inadequate nutrition limits recovery from infection, thereby setting up a vicious cycle of illness and malnutrition.
Why Was This Study Done?
It might be possible to reduce the global burden of malnutrition among children by breaking this vicious cycle. One way to do this might be to provide ill children with a nutritional supplement such as RUTF or a MNP. RUTF—a nutrient supplement based on peanut butter mixed with dried skim milk, vitamins, and minerals—is a paste that can be eaten directly. Micronutrients are vitamins and minerals that everyone needs in small quantities for good health; MNP is added to porridge or other meals. In this randomized controlled trial undertaken by MSF, a not-for-profit organization that delivers emergency medical aid worldwide, the researchers investigate whether short-term provision of RUTF or MNP prevents the development of malnutrition among ill children under 5 y old living in Kaabong, a poor agropastoral region in eastern Uganda, where about 10% of children are acutely malnourished.
What Did the Researchers Do and Find?
The researchers randomly assigned 2,202 non-malnourished children who visited outpatient clinics in Kaabong with malaria, diarrhea or lower respiratory tract infection to one of three trial arms. Children assigned to the two intervention arms were given RUTF or MNP by their caregivers for 14 d following each illness over a 6-mo period. Children assigned to the control arm received no supplement. The primary outcome of the trial was the incidence of the first NNO—a weight-for-height z-score below −2 (a score that compares a child’s weight-for-height with that of a reference population; a z-score of −2 or less indicates acute malnutrition), a MUAC of less than 115 mm, or nutritional edema (swelling caused by malnutrition)—during follow-up (the incidence of a condition is the proportion of a population affected by that condition during a specified time period). The incidence rates of NNO were 0.143, 0.185, and 0.213 first events/year observation in the RUTF, MNP, and control groups, respectively. Notably, the IRR of NNO for RUTF versus control was 0.67, a significant reduction in the incidence of malnutrition in the RUTF group of 33% compared with the control group (a significant reduction is unlikely to have occurred by chance). By contrast, supplementation with NMP did not significantly reduce the incidence of malnutrition.
What Do These Findings Mean?
These findings show that, among non-malnourished children with malaria, lower respiratory tract infection, or diarrhea living in Kaabong, Uganda, provision of an RUTF-based nutritional supplement for 14 d following an illness as part of routine primary medical care prevented malnutrition. Because this trial only enrolled children who were non-malnourished, these findings cannot be generalized to all ill children with an infectious illness in Kaabong or similar settings—many ill children presenting at outpatient clinics are acutely malnourished. Interestingly, a companion trial undertaken by MSF in Goronyo, Nigeria found no reduction in the incidence of malnutrition among non-malnourished and moderately acutely malnourished children following short-term supplementation with either RUTF or MNP. The researchers suggest that the different results in the two trials may reflect the higher incidence of malnutrition and illness in Goronyo compared to Kaabong. Indeed, given the low incidence of malnutrition in Kaabong, the researchers suggest that a more targeted intervention such as only providing RUTF to ill children younger than 3 y old might be more cost-effective than providing nutritional supplementation to all ill children in Kaabong and similar settings.
Additional Information
This list of resources contains links that can be accessed when viewing the PDF on a device or via the online version of the article at
A PLOS Medicine Research Article by van der Kam et al. describing the companion trial investigating the effect of short-term food supplementation for children in Nigeria after illness on the incidence of malnutrition is available
More information about this trial is available
The MSF website contains information about malnutrition around the world; "Starved for Attention" is an international multimedia campaign launched in 2010 by MSF and the VII Photo agency to rewrite the story of childhood malnutrition
The not-for-profit organization UNICEF, which protects the rights of children and young people around the world, provides detailed information on nutrition among children and statistics on malnutrition among children; a short 2013 article describes UNICEF efforts to reduce malnutrition in Uganda
The WHO Child Growth Standards are available (in several languages)
The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide; its website provides information about hunger and malnutrition in Uganda
The Emergency Nutrition Network (ENN) is an interactive website for knowledge sharing and peer support to strengthen the evidence and know-how for effective nutrition interventions in countries prone to crisis and high levels of malnutrition
The International Lipid-based Nutrient Supplements (iLiNS) project aims to help prevent malnutrition by developing Lipid-based Nutrient Supplements and test their efficiency and by collecting and sharing publications on LNS.
PMCID: PMC4747529  PMID: 26859481
22.  Community Mobilization in Mumbai Slums to Improve Perinatal Care and Outcomes: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial 
PLoS Medicine  2012;9(7):e1001257.
David Osrin and colleagues report findings from a cluster-randomized trial conducted in Mumbai slums; the trial aimed to evaluate whether facilitator-supported women's groups could improve perinatal outcomes.
Improving maternal and newborn health in low-income settings requires both health service and community action. Previous community initiatives have been predominantly rural, but India is urbanizing. While working to improve health service quality, we tested an intervention in which urban slum-dweller women's groups worked to improve local perinatal health.
Methods and Findings
A cluster randomized controlled trial in 24 intervention and 24 control settlements covered a population of 283,000. In each intervention cluster, a facilitator supported women's groups through an action learning cycle in which they discussed perinatal experiences, improved their knowledge, and took local action. We monitored births, stillbirths, and neonatal deaths, and interviewed mothers at 6 weeks postpartum. The primary outcomes described perinatal care, maternal morbidity, and extended perinatal mortality. The analysis included 18,197 births over 3 years from 2006 to 2009. We found no differences between trial arms in uptake of antenatal care, reported work, rest, and diet in later pregnancy, institutional delivery, early and exclusive breastfeeding, or care-seeking. The stillbirth rate was non-significantly lower in the intervention arm (odds ratio 0.86, 95% CI 0.60–1.22), and the neonatal mortality rate higher (1.48, 1.06–2.08). The extended perinatal mortality rate did not differ between arms (1.19, 0.90–1.57). We have no evidence that these differences could be explained by the intervention.
Facilitating urban community groups was feasible, and there was evidence of behaviour change, but we did not see population-level effects on health care or mortality. In cities with multiple sources of health care, but inequitable access to services, community mobilization should be integrated with attempts to deliver services for the poorest and most vulnerable, and with initiatives to improve quality of care in both public and private sectors.
Trial registration
Current Controlled Trials ISRCTN96256793
Please see later in the article for the Editors' Summary
Editors' Summary
Substantial progress is being made to reduce global child mortality (deaths of children before the age of 5 years) and maternal mortality (deaths among women because of complications of pregnancy and childbirth)—two of the Millennium Development Goals agreed by world leaders in 2000 to end extreme poverty. Even so, worldwide, in 2010, 7.6 million children died before their fifth birthday and there were nearly 360,000 maternal deaths. Almost all child and maternal deaths occur in developing countries—a fifth of under-five deaths and more than a quarter of neonatal deaths (deaths during the first month of life, which account for two-fifths of all child deaths) occur in India alone. Moreover, most child and maternal deaths are caused by avoidable conditions. Specifically, the major causes of neonatal death—complications of preterm delivery, breathing problems during or after delivery, and infections of the blood (sepsis) and lungs (pneumonia)—and of maternal deaths—hemorrhage (abnormal bleeding), sepsis, unsafe abortion, obstructed labor, and hypertensive diseases of pregnancy—could all be largely prevented by improved access to reproductive health services and skilled health care workers.
Why Was This Study Done?
Experts believe that improvements to maternal and newborn health in low-income settings require both health service strengthening and community action. That is, the demand for better services, driven by improved knowledge about maternal and newborn health (perinatal issues), has to be increased in parallel with the supply of those services. To date, community mobilization around perinatal issues has largely been undertaken in rural settings but populations in developing countries are becoming increasingly urban. In India, for example, 30% of the population now lives in cities. In this cluster randomized controlled trial (a study in which groups of people are randomly assigned to receive alternative interventions and the outcomes in the differently treated “clusters” are compared), City Initiative for Newborn Health (CINH) researchers investigate the effect of an intervention designed to help women's groups in the slums of Mumbai work towards improving local perinatal health. The CINH aims to improve maternal and newborn health in slum communities by improving public health care provision and by working with community members to improve maternal and newborn care practices and care-seeking behaviors.
What Did the Researchers Do and Find?
The researchers enrolled 48 Mumbai slum communities of at least 1,000 households into their trial. In each of the 24 intervention clusters, a facilitator supported local women's groups through a 36-meeting learning cycle during which group members discussed their perinatal experiences, improved their knowledge, and took action. To measure the effect of the intervention, the researchers monitored births, stillbirths, and neonatal deaths in all the clusters and interviewed mothers 6 weeks after delivery. During the 3-year trial, there were 18,197 births in the participating settlements. The women in the intervention clusters were enthusiastic about acquiring new knowledge and made substantial efforts to reach out to other women but were less successful in undertaking collective action such as negotiations with civic authorities for more amenities. There were no differences between the intervention and control communities in the uptake of antenatal care, reported work, rest, and diet in late pregnancy, institutional delivery, or in breast feeding and care-seeking behavior. Finally, the combined rate of stillbirths and neonatal deaths (the extended perinatal mortality rate) was the same in both arms of the trial, as was maternal mortality.
What Do These Findings Mean?
These findings indicate that it is possible to facilitate the discussion of perinatal health care by urban women's groups in the challenging conditions that exist in the slums of Mumbai. However, they fail to show any measureable effect of community mobilization through the facilitation of women's groups on perinatal health at the population level. The researchers acknowledge that more intensive community activities that target the poorest, most vulnerable slum dwellers might produce measurable effects on perinatal mortality, and they conclude that, in cities with multiple sources of health care and inequitable access to services, it remains important to integrate community mobilization with attempts to deliver services to the poorest and most vulnerable, and with initiatives to improve the quality of health care in both the public and private sector.
Additional Information
Please access these Web sites via the online version of this summary at
The United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) works for children's rights, survival, development, and protection around the world; it provides information on the reduction of child mortality (Millennium Development Goal 4); its Childinfo website provides information about all the Millennium Development Goals and detailed statistics about on child survival and health, newborn care, and maternal health (some information in several languages)
The World Health Organization also has information about Millennium Development Goal 4 and Millennium Development Goal 5, the reduction of maternal mortality, provides information on newborn infants, and provides estimates of child mortality rates (some information in several languages)
Further information about the Millennium Development Goals is available
Information on the City Initiative for Newborn Health and its partners and a detailed description of its trial of community mobilization in Mumbai slums to improve care during pregnancy, delivery, postnatally and for the newborn are available
Further information about the Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action (SNEHA) is available
PMCID: PMC3389036  PMID: 22802737
23.  Care Seeking for Neonatal Illness in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review 
PLoS Medicine  2012;9(3):e1001183.
Hadley Herbert and colleagues systematically review newborn care-seeking behaviors by caregivers in low- and middle-income countries.
Despite recent achievements to reduce child mortality, neonatal deaths continue to remain high, accounting for 41% of all deaths in children under five years of age worldwide, of which over 90% occur in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Infections are a leading cause of death and limitations in care seeking for ill neonates contribute to high mortality rates. As estimates for care-seeking behaviors in LMICs have not been studied, this review describes care seeking for neonatal illnesses in LMICs, with particular attention to type of care sought.
Methods and Findings
We conducted a systematic literature review of studies that reported the proportion of caregivers that sought care for ill or suspected ill neonates in LMICs. The initial search yielded 784 studies, of which 22 studies described relevant data from community household surveys, facility-based surveys, and intervention trials. The majority of studies were from South Asia (n = 17/22), set in rural areas (n = 17/22), and published within the last 4 years (n = 18/22). Of the 9,098 neonates who were ill or suspected to be ill, 4,320 caregivers sought some type of care, including care from a health facility (n = 370) or provider (n = 1,813). Care seeking ranged between 10% and 100% among caregivers with a median of 59%. Care seeking from a health care provider yielded a similar range and median, while care seeking at a health care facility ranged between 1% and 100%, with a median of 20%. Care-seeking estimates were limited by the few studies conducted in urban settings and regions other than South Asia. There was a lack of consistency regarding illness, care-seeking, and care provider definitions.
There is a paucity of data regarding newborn care-seeking behaviors; in South Asia, care seeking is low for newborn illness, especially in terms of care sought from health care facilities and medically trained providers. There is a need for representative data to describe care-seeking patterns in different geographic regions and better understand mechanisms to enhance care seeking during this vulnerable time period.
Please see later in the article for the Editors' Summary
Editors' Summary
Worldwide around 3.3 million babies die within their first month of life every year. While the global neonatal mortality rate has declined by 28% between 1990 and 2009 (from 33.2 deaths per 1,000 livebirths to 23.9), the proportion of under-five child deaths that are now in the neonatal period has increased in all regions of the world and currently stands at 41%. Of these deaths, over 90% occur in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), making the risk of death in the neonatal period in LMICs more than six times higher than in high-income countries. In LMIC settings most babies are born at home so inappropriate and delayed care seeking can contribute substantially to neonatal mortality. Infection causes over a quarter of all deaths in neonates, but in LMICs diagnosis is often based on nonspecific clinical signs, which may delay the provision of care.
Why Was This Study Done?
In order to improve neonatal survival in LMICs, health care facilities and providers must not only be available and accessible but a baby's caregiver, often a parent or other family member, must also recognize that the baby is ill and seek help. To address this problem with effective strategies, an understanding is needed of the patterns of care-seeking behavior by babies' caregivers in seeking help from health-care facilities or providers. In this study, the researchers explored the extent and nature of care-seeking behaviors by the caregivers of ill babies in LMIC settings.
What Did the Researchers Do and Find?
Using multiple databases, the researchers conducted a comprehensive review up until October 2011 of all relevant studies including those that had not been formally published. Using specific criteria, the researchers then identified 22 appropriate studies (out of a possible 784) and recorded the same information from each study, including the number of neonates with illness or suspected illness, the number of care providers who sought care, and where care was sought. They also assessed the quality of each included study (the majority of which were from rural areas in South Asia) on the basis of a validated method for reviewing intervention effectiveness. The researchers found that the definitions of neonatal illness and care-seeking behavior varied considerably between studies or were not defined at all. Because of these inherent study differences it was not possible to statistically combine the results from the identified studies using a technique called meta-analysis, instead the researchers reported literature estimates and described their findings narratively.
The researchers' analysis included 9,098 neonates who were identified in community-based studies as being ill or suspected of being ill and a total of 4,320 related care-seeking events: care seeking ranged between 10% and 100% among caregivers including seeking care from a health facility (370) or from a health provider (1,813). Furthermore, between 4% to 100% of caregivers sought care from a trained medical provider and 4% to 48% specified receiving care at a health care facility: caregivers typically sought help from primary health care, secondary health care, and pharmacies and some from an unqualified health provider. The researchers also identified seven community-based intervention studies that included interventions such as essential newborn care, birth preparedness, and illness recognition, where all showed an increase in care seeking following the intervention.
What Do These Findings Mean?
These findings highlight the lack of a standardized and consistent approach to neonate care-seeking behaviors described in the literature. However, despite the large variations of results, care seeking for newborn illnesses in LMICs appears to be low in general and remains a key challenge to improving neonatal mortality. Global research efforts to define, understand, and address care seeking, may help to reduce the global burden of neonatal mortality. However, to achieve sustainable improvements in neonatal survival, changes are needed to both increase the demand for newborn care and strengthen health care systems to improve access to, and quality of, care. This review also shows that there is a role for interventions within the community to encourage appropriate and timely care seeking. Finally, by addressing the inconsistencies and establishing standardized terms to identify barriers to care, future studies may be able to better generalize the factors and delays that influence neonatal care seeking.
Additional Information
Please access these Web sites via the online version of this summary at
A recent PLoS Medicine study has the latest figures on neonatal mortality worldwide
UNICEF provides information about progress toward United Nations Millennium Development Goal 4
UNICEF also has information about neonatal mortality
The United Nations Population Fund has information on home births
PMCID: PMC3295826  PMID: 22412355
24.  Behavioural Interventions for Type 2 Diabetes 
Executive Summary
In June 2008, the Medical Advisory Secretariat began work on the Diabetes Strategy Evidence Project, an evidence-based review of the literature surrounding strategies for successful management and treatment of diabetes. This project came about when the Health System Strategy Division at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care subsequently asked the secretariat to provide an evidentiary platform for the Ministry’s newly released Diabetes Strategy.
After an initial review of the strategy and consultation with experts, the secretariat identified five key areas in which evidence was needed. Evidence-based analyses have been prepared for each of these five areas: insulin pumps, behavioural interventions, bariatric surgery, home telemonitoring, and community based care. For each area, an economic analysis was completed where appropriate and is described in a separate report.
To review these titles within the Diabetes Strategy Evidence series, please visit the Medical Advisory Secretariat Web site,,
Diabetes Strategy Evidence Platform: Summary of Evidence-Based Analyses
Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion Pumps for Type 1 and Type 2 Adult Diabetics: An Evidence-Based Analysis
Behavioural Interventions for Type 2 Diabetes: An Evidence-Based Analysis
Bariatric Surgery for People with Diabetes and Morbid Obesity: An Evidence-Based Summary
Community-Based Care for the Management of Type 2 Diabetes: An Evidence-Based Analysis
Home Telemonitoring for Type 2 Diabetes: An Evidence-Based Analysis
Application of the Ontario Diabetes Economic Model (ODEM) to Determine the Cost-effectiveness and Budget Impact of Selected Type 2 Diabetes Interventions in Ontario
The objective of this report is to determine whether behavioural interventions1 are effective in improving glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes is a serious chronic condition affecting millions of people worldwide and is the sixth leading cause of death in Canada. In 2005, an estimated 8.8% of Ontario’s population had diabetes, representing more than 816,000 Ontarians. The direct health care cost of diabetes was $1.76 billion in the year 2000 and is projected to rise to a total cost of $3.14 billion by 2016. Much of this cost arises from the serious long-term complications associated with the disease including: coronary heart disease, stroke, adult blindness, limb amputations and kidney disease.
Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90–95% of diabetes and while type 2 diabetes is more prevalent in people aged 40 years and older, prevalence in younger populations is increasing due to a rise in obesity and physical inactivity in children.
Data from the United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study (UKPDS) has shown that tight glycemic control can significantly reduce the risk of developing serious complications in type 2 diabetics. Despite physicians’ and patients’ knowledge of the importance of glycemic control, Canadian data has shown that only 38% of patients with diabetes have HbA1C levels in the optimal range of 7% or less. This statistic highlights the complexities involved in the management of diabetes, which is characterized by extensive patient involvement in addition to the support provided by physicians. An enormous demand is, therefore, placed on patients to self-manage the physical, emotional and psychological aspects of living with a chronic illness.
Despite differences in individual needs to cope with diabetes, there is general agreement for the necessity of supportive programs for patient self-management. While traditional programs were didactic models with the goal of improving patients’ knowledge of their disease, current models focus on behavioural approaches aimed at providing patients with the skills and strategies required to promote and change their behaviour.
Several meta-analyses and systematic reviews have demonstrated improved health outcomes with self-management support programs in type 2 diabetics. They have all, however, either looked at a specific component of self-management support programs (i.e. self-management education) or have been conducted in specific populations. Most reviews are also qualitative and do not clearly define the interventions of interest, making findings difficult to interpret. Moreover, heterogeneity in the interventions has led to conflicting evidence on the components of effective programs. There is thus much uncertainty regarding the optimal design and delivery of these programs by policymakers.
Evidence-Based Analysis of Effectiveness
Research Questions
Are behavioural interventions effective in improving glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes?
Is the effectiveness of the intervention impacted by intervention characteristics (e.g. delivery of intervention, length of intervention, mode of instruction, interventionist etc.)?
Inclusion Criteria
English Language
Published between January 1996 to August 2008
Type 2 diabetic adult population (>18 years)
Randomized controlled trials (RCTs)
Systematic reviews, or meta-analyses
Describing a multi-faceted self-management support intervention as defined by the 2007 Self-Management Mapping Guide (1)
Reporting outcomes of glycemic control (HbA1c) with extractable data
Studies with a minimum of 6-month follow up
Exclusion Criteria
Studies with a control group other than usual care
Studies with a sample size <30
Studies without a clearly defined intervention
Outcomes of Interest
Primary outcome: glycemic control (HbA1c)
Secondary outcomes: systolic blood pressure (SBP) control, lipid control, change in smoking status, weight change, quality of life, knowledge, self-efficacy, managing psychosocial aspects of diabetes, assessing dissatisfaction and readiness to change, and setting and achieving diabetes goals.
Search Strategy
A search was performed in OVID MEDLINE, MEDLINE In-Process and Other Non-Indexed Citations, EMBASE, the Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), The Cochrane Library, and the International Agency for Health Technology Assessment (INAHTA) for studies published between January 1996 and August 2008. Abstracts were reviewed by a single author and studies meeting the inclusion criteria outlined above were obtained. Data on population characteristics, glycemic control outcomes, and study design were extracted. Reference lists were also checked for relevant studies. The quality of the evidence was assessed as being either high, moderate, low, or very low according to the GRADE methodology.
Summary of Findings
The search identified 638 citations published between 1996 and August 2008, of which 12 met the inclusion criteria and one was a meta-analysis (Gary et al. 2003). The remaining 11 studies were RCTs (9 were used in the meta-analysis) and only one was defined as small (total sample size N=47).
Summary of Participant Demographics across studies
A total of 2,549 participants were included in the 11 identified studies. The mean age of participants reported was approximately 58 years and the mean duration of diabetes was approximately 6 years. Most studies reported gender with a mean percentage of females of approximately 67%. Of the eleven studies, two focused only on women and four included only Hispanic individuals. All studies evaluated type 2 diabetes patients exclusively.
Study Characteristics
The studies were conducted between 2002 and 2008. Approximately six of 11 studies were carried out within the USA, with the remaining studies conducted in the UK, Sweden, and Israel (sample size ranged from 47 to 824 participants). The quality of the studies ranged from moderate to low with four of the studies being of moderate quality and the remaining seven of low quality (based on the Consort Checklist). Differences in quality were mainly due to methodological issues such as inadequate description of randomization, sample size calculation allocation concealment, blinding and uncertainty of the use of intention-to-treat (ITT) analysis. Patients were recruited from several settings: six studies from primary or general medical practices, three studies from the community (e.g. via advertisements), and two from outpatient diabetes clinics. A usual care control group was reported in nine of 11 of the studies and two studies reported some type of minimal diabetes care in addition to usual care for the control group.
Intervention Characteristics
All of the interventions examined in the studies were mapped to the 2007 Self-management Mapping Guide. The interventions most often focused on problem solving, goal setting and encouraging participants to engage in activities that protect and promote health (e.g. modifying behaviour, change in diet, and increase physical activity). All of the studies examined comprehensive interventions targeted at least two self-care topics (e.g. diet, physical activity, blood glucose monitoring, foot care, etc.). Despite the homogeneity in the aims of the interventions, there was substantial clinical heterogeneity in other intervention characteristics such as duration, intensity, setting, mode of delivery (group vs. individual), interventionist, and outcomes of interest (discussed below).
Duration, Intensity and Mode of Delivery
Intervention durations ranged from 2 days to 1 year, with many falling into the range of 6 to 10 weeks. The rest of the interventions fell into categories of ≤ 2 weeks (2 studies), 6 months (2 studies), or 1 year (3 studies). Intensity of the interventions varied widely from 6 hours over 2 days, to 52 hours over 1 year; however, the majority consisted of interventions of 6 to 15 hours. Both individual and group sessions were used to deliver interventions. Group counselling was used in five studies as a mode of instruction, three studies used both individual and group sessions, and one study used individual sessions as its sole mode of instruction. Three studies also incorporated the use of telephone support as part of the intervention.
Interventionists and Setting
The following interventionists were reported (highest to lowest percentage, categories not mutually exclusive): nurse (36%), dietician (18%), physician (9%), pharmacist (9%), peer leader/community worker (18%), and other (36%). The ‘other’ category included interventionists such as consultants and facilitators with unspecified professional backgrounds. The setting of most interventions was community-based (seven studies), followed by primary care practices (three studies). One study described an intervention conducted in a pharmacy setting.
Duration of follow up of the studies ranged from 6 months to 8 years with a median follow-up duration of 12 months. Nine studies followed up patients at a minimum of two time points. Despite clear reporting of outcomes at follow up time points, there was poor reporting on whether the follow up was measured from participant entry into study or from end of intervention. All studies reported measures of glycemic control, specifically HbA1c levels. BMI was measured in five studies, while body weight was reported in two studies. Cholesterol was examined in three studies and blood pressure reduction in two. Smoking status was only examined in one of the studies. Additional outcomes examined in the trials included patient satisfaction, quality of life, diabetes knowledge, diabetes medication reduction, and behaviour modification (i.e. daily consumption of fruits/vegetables, exercise etc). Meta-analysis of the studies identified a moderate but significant reduction in HbA1c levels -0.44% 95%CI: -0.60, -0.29) for behavioural interventions in comparison to usual care for adults with type 2 diabetes. Subgroup analyses suggested the largest effects in interventions which were of at least duration and interventions in diabetics with higher baseline HbA1c (≥9.0). The quality of the evidence according to GRADE for the overall estimate was moderate and the quality of evidence for the subgroup analyses was identified as low.
Summary of Meta-Analysis of Studies Investigating the Effectiveness of Behavioural Interventions on HbA1c in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes.
Based on one study
Based on moderate quality evidence, behavioural interventions as defined by the 2007 Self-management mapping guide (Government of Victoria, Australia) produce a moderate reduction in HbA1c levels in patients with type 2 diabetes compared with usual care.
Based on low quality evidence, the interventions with the largest effects are those:
- in diabetics with higher baseline HbA1c (≥9.0)
- in which the interventions were of at least 1 year in duration
PMCID: PMC3377516  PMID: 23074526
25.  The Long-Term Effects of a Peer-Led Sex Education Programme (RIPPLE): A Cluster Randomised Trial in Schools in England 
PLoS Medicine  2008;5(11):e224.
Peer-led sex education is widely believed to be an effective approach to reducing unsafe sex among young people, but reliable evidence from long-term studies is lacking. To assess the effectiveness of one form of school-based peer-led sex education in reducing unintended teenage pregnancy, we did a cluster (school) randomised trial with 7 y of follow-up.
Methods and Findings
Twenty-seven representative schools in England, with over 9,000 pupils aged 13–14 y at baseline, took part in the trial. Schools were randomised to either peer-led sex education (intervention) or to continue their usual teacher-led sex education (control). Peer educators, aged 16–17 y, were trained to deliver three 1-h classroom sessions of sex education to 13- to 14-y-old pupils from the same schools. The sessions used participatory learning methods designed to improve the younger pupils' skills in sexual communication and condom use and their knowledge about pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), contraception, and local sexual health services. Main outcome measures were abortion and live births by age 20 y, determined by anonymised linkage of girls to routine (statutory) data. Assessment of these outcomes was blind to sex education allocation. The proportion of girls who had one or more abortions before age 20 y was the same in each arm (intervention, 5.0% [95% confidence interval (CI) 4.0%–6.3%]; control, 5.0% [95% CI 4.0%–6.4%]). The odds ratio (OR) adjusted for randomisation strata was 1.07 (95% CI 0.80–1.42, p = 0.64, intervention versus control). The proportion of girls with one or more live births by 20.5 y was 7.5% (95% CI 5.9%–9.6%) in the intervention arm and 10.6% (95% CI 6.8%–16.1%) in the control arm, adjusted OR 0.77 (0.51–1.15). Fewer girls in the peer-led arm self-reported a pregnancy by age 18 y (7.2% intervention versus 11.2% control, adjusted OR 0.62 [95% CI 0.42–0.91], weighted for non-response; response rate 61% intervention, 45% control). There were no significant differences for girls or boys in self-reported unprotected first sex, regretted or pressured sex, quality of current sexual relationship, diagnosed sexually transmitted diseases, or ability to identify local sexual health services.
Compared with conventional school sex education at age 13–14 y, this form of peer-led sex education was not associated with change in teenage abortions, but may have led to fewer teenage births and was popular with pupils. It merits consideration within broader teenage pregnancy prevention strategies.
Trial registration:
ISRCTN (ISRCTN94255362).
Judith Stephenson and colleagues report on a cluster randomized trial in London of school-based peer-led sex education and whether it reduced unintended teenage pregnancy.
Editors' Summary
Teenage pregnancies are fraught with problems. Children born to teenage mothers are often underweight, which can affect their long-term health; young mothers have a high risk of poor mental health after the birth; and teenage parents and their children are at increased risk of living in poverty. Little wonder, then, that faced with one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in Western Europe, the Department of Health in England launched a national Teenage Pregnancy Strategy in 2000 to reduce teenage pregnancies. The main goal of the strategy is to halve the 1998 under-18 pregnancy rate—there were 46.6 pregnancies for every 1,000 young women in this age group in that year—by 2010. Approaches recommended in the strategy to achieve this goal include the provision of effective sexual health advice services for young people, active engagement of health, social, youth support, and other services in the reduction of teenage pregnancies, and the improvement of sex and relationships education (SRE).
Why Was This Study Done?
Although the annual under-18 pregnancy rate in England is falling, it is still very high, and it is extremely unlikely that the main goal of the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy will be achieved. Experts are, therefore, looking for better ways to reduce both teenage pregnancy rates and the high rates of sexual transmitted diseases among teenagers. Many believe that peer-led SRE—the teaching (sharing) of sexual health information, values, and behaviours by people of a similar age or status group—might be a good approach to try. Peers, they suggest, might convey information about sexual health and relationships better than teachers. However, little is known about the long-term effectiveness of peer-led SRE. In this randomized cluster trial, the researchers compare the effects of a peer-led SRE program and teacher-led sex education given to13- to 14-y-old pupils on abortion and live birth numbers among young women up to age 20 y. In a cluster randomized trial, participants are randomly assigned to the interventions being compared in “clusters”; in this trial, each “cluster” is a school.
What Did the Researchers Do and Find?
Twenty-seven schools in England (about 9,000 13- to 14-y-old pupils) participated in the RIPPLE (Randomized Intervention of PuPil-Led sex Education) trial. Each school was randomly assigned to peer-led SRE (the intervention arm) or to existing teacher-led SRE (the control arm). For peer-led SRE, trained 16- to 17-y-old peer educators gave three 1-h SRE sessions to the younger pupils in their schools. These sessions included practice with condoms, role play to improve sexual negotiating skills, and exercises to improve knowledge about sexual health. The researchers then used routine data on abortions and live births to find out how many female study participants had had an unintended pregnancy before the age of 20 y. One in 20 girls in both study arms had had one or more abortions. Slightly more girls in the control arm than in the intervention arm had had live births, but the difference was small and might have occurred by chance. However, significantly more girls in the intervention arm (11.2%) self-reported a pregnancy by age 18 than in the intervention arm (7.2%). There were no differences between the two arms for girls or boys in any other aspect of sexual health, including sexually transmitted diseases.
What Do These Findings Mean?
These findings indicate that the peer-led SRE program used in this trial had no effect on the number of teenage abortions but may have led to slightly fewer live births among the young women in the study. This particular peer-led SRE program was very short so a more extended program might have had a more marked effect on teenage pregnancy rates; this possibility needs to be tested, particularly since the pupils preferred peer-led SRE to teacher-led SRE. Even though peer-led SRE requires more resources than teacher-led SRE, this form of SRE should probably still be considered as part of a broad teenage prevention strategy, suggest the researchers. But, they warn, their findings should also “temper high expectations about the long-term impact of peer-led approaches” on young people's sexual health.
Additional Information.
Please access these Web sites via the online version of this summary at
This study is further discussed in a PLoS Medicine Perspective by David Ross
Every Child Matters, a Web site produced by the UK government, includes information on teenage pregnancy, the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy, and teenage pregnancy statistics in England
Directgov, an official government Web site for UK citizens, provides advice for parents on talking to children about sex and teenage pregnancyand advice for young people on sexual health and preventing pregnancy
Teachernet, a UK source of online publications for schools, also provides information for parents about sex and relationships education and the UK government's current guidance on SRE in schools
Avert, an international AIDS charity, also provides a fact sheet on sex education
The Sex Education Forum in the UK is the national authority on Sex and Relationships Education
PMCID: PMC2586352  PMID: 19067478

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