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How does prison time affect relationships?
A new study highlights the complicated spillover effects of incarceration on the quality of relationships. (2015-03-16)

Renowned standardization & quality expert explains essentials of these disciplines
The book 'Standards & Quality' deals with: The principles of voluntary standardization, its benefits and relation to mandatory technical regulation, national & international standards organizations, conformity to standards, certification and accreditation, role of standards in trade facilitation and the World Trade Organization, quality and quality management systems (including ISO 9000 and Six-Sigma approaches), brief description of environmental management systems and an overview of other management systems and the role of metrology and the quality infrastructure. (2015-02-02)

Research: 'Organizational forgetting' erodes quality gains in supply chains
The depreciation of organizational knowledge can mute the effects of a company's quality performance initiatives, says research co-authored by Anupam Agrawal, a professor of business administration at Illinois. (2015-01-22)

Bad marriage, broken heart?
Older couples in a bad marriage -- particularly female spouses -- have a higher risk for heart disease than those in a good marriage, finds the first nationally representative study of its kind. (2014-11-19)

A good diet before diagnosis is linked with lower mortality among OVCA survivors
Prediagnosis diet quality was associated with mortality and may have a protective effect after ovarian cancer, according to a new study published Oct. 14 in the JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute. (2014-10-16)

Do you always get what you pay for? How consumers mispredict product quality
Consumers are willing to spend thousands of dollars for luxury brand watches such as Rolex and Cartier because they are synonymous with high quality. But does this mean that inexpensive watches made by low-cost rivals must always be low quality? According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, consumers mistakenly predict product quality based on quality consistency in other price ranges. (2014-09-16)

Wiki ranking
Wikipedia, the free, online collaborative encyclopedia, is an important source of information. However, while the team of volunteer editors endeavors to maintain high standards, there are occasionally problems with the veracity of content, deliberate vandalism and incomplete entries. Writing in the International Journal of Information Quality, computer scientists in China have devised a software algorithm that can automatically check a particular entry and rank it according to quality. (2014-08-06)

Study: Targeted funding can help address inequities in early child care programs
The quality of early child care and education programs is influenced both by funding and by the characteristics of the communities in which the programs operate, new research from Oregon State University shows. (2014-05-15)

Experts discover whether it's better to be right or be happy
Doctors see many couples who lead unnecessarily stressful lives by wanting to be right rather than happy. (2013-12-17)

Better management of free time ensures happier retirement
Retirees should be masters of their own destiny, and actively manage and plan their free time to ensure a happy and fulfilling retirement. This is the advice from a study published in Springer's journal Applied Research in Quality of Life. The study found that the effective management of free time has a far greater impact on a retiree's quality of life than the amount of time the person actually has available for leisure activities. (2013-08-22)

Perception of fertility affects quality of life in young, female cancer survivors
A recently published CU Cancer Center study shows that beyond the fact of fertility, a young woman's perception of fertility based on regular menstrual cycles after cancer treatment affects her quality of life long after treatment ends. (2013-08-12)

Despite living closer to better hospitals, black patients go to lower-quality hospitals
Black patients are more likely to have surgery performed at low-quality hospitals even though they frequently live closer to better facilities than white patients. (2013-06-03)

The Liverpool Care Pathway -- improvement in quality of end-of-life care
This is a study to assess the effectiveness of the LCP on the quality of end-of-life care provided to adult cancer patients during their last week of life in hospital. The results provide the first robust data collected from family members. (2013-05-09)

NREL survey shows dramatic improvement in B100 biodiesel quality
The latest national survey of 100 percent biodiesel (2013-04-16)

Do you get what you pay for? It depends on your culture
Consumers from less individualistic cultures are more likely to judge the quality of a product by its price, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. (2013-04-09)

Quality of care measures improve performance
Public reporting of how physicians and hospitals perform in quality of care measures leads to improved care for patients. (2013-03-04)

Female money doesn't buy male happiness
Macho men whose partners earn more than they do have worse romantic relationships, in part because the difference in income is a strain for them, men who are not so traditional in their masculinity do not place as much importance on the difference in income and, as a result, appear to have better quality relationships with their female partner. The work is published online in Springer's journal Sex Roles. (2012-07-17)

Child care subsidies boost quality of care for some but not all
The federally funded child care subsidy program is a big investment in low-income children. A new study finds that children whose families use the subsidies receive higher quality care than children whose families are eligible but do not receive the subsidies. The study also finds that, among all eligible children, those who used the subsidies received lower quality care than those whose primary arrangement was instead a Head Start or a public prekindergarten program. (2012-06-14)

Loyola Cancer Center receives Outstanding Achievement Award
Loyola University Health System's Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center has received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. (2012-04-13)

High-quality child care found good for children -- and their mothers
A longitudinal study of more than 1,300 children and their families found that mothers whose children spent their early years in high-quality nonparental care, starting from birth and in either center-based or home-based settings, were more likely than other moms to be involved in their children's schools later, regardless of the moms' socioeconomic status. The study also found that the quality of children's early care was more important than the type or setting of care. (2012-02-08)

Building a better light bulb
Scientists study the movement of charge carriers to design an organic LED that is energy efficient and still casts a warm, natural glow. (2012-02-01)

Sexual healing? Not likely
A new study shows the production of sperm is more biologically taxing than previously thought, and expending energy on it has significant health implications. (2012-01-29)

Life after cigarettes
Life without cigarettes is not all doom and gloom. In fact, successful quitters are more satisfied with their lives and feel healthier, both one year and three years afterward, than those who continue to smoke. That's according to new research by Dr. Megan Piper, from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in the US, and her team. Their work is published online in Springer's journal Annals of Behavioral Medicine. (2011-12-13)

Being overweight not such a stigma for African American women
While all obese women are less satisfied with the weight-related quality of their lives than women of 'normal' weight, black women report a higher quality of life than white women of the same weight. These findings by Dr. Tiffany L. Cox and her team are published online in Springer's journal Applied Research in Quality of Life. (2011-12-07)

U of I study: Kindergarten friendships matter, especially for boys
High-quality friendships in kindergarten may mean that boys will have fewer behavior problems and better social skills in first and third grades, said Nancy McElwain, a University of Illinois associate professor of human development. (2011-11-29)

Heart health impacts wellbeing of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
A new study has found that processes that control heart rate play an important role in the quality of life experienced by patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The study, which was published in the journal Respirology, indicates that heart-related treatments may improve the wellbeing of some individuals with COPD. (2011-10-14)

Does race dictate quality of care?
Racial minorities have reduced access to high-quality joint replacement care, according to Dr. Xueya Cai and colleagues from the University of Iowa in the US. Their work, published online in Springer's journal Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, shows that African American patients are more likely than Caucasians to receive total knee arthroplasty (or replacement surgery) in low-quality hospitals. (2011-09-13)

Hospital readmission rates not accurate measure of care quality
Avoidable readmissions after discharge from hospital are fairly uncommon and are not an accurate measure of quality of care, found a study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2011-08-22)

Variation in bowel reoperation rates prompts call for better quality measures
There is a large variation in unplanned reoperation rates after colorectal surgery in English NHS hospitals, finds a study published online today. (2011-08-16)

Study raises concern over 'unintended consequences' of GP reward scheme
Improvements in quality of care associated with the GP pay for performance scheme in the UK appear to have been achieved at the expense of small detrimental effects on non-incentivised aspects of care, finds a study published on bmj.com today. (2011-06-28)

How do consumers judge quality? It depends on who's making the purchase
Someone is more likely to predict the quality of a product by its price if someone else is buying it, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. But when consumers buy products themselves, they are more likely to judge quality by a product's attributes. (2011-04-19)

Boston University School of Medicine professor receives award for quality of care research
Adam Rose, M.D, M.Sc., an assistant professor of medicine at Bo.ston University School of Medicine, has accepted the Society of General Internal Medicine's New England Region 2011 Clinician Investigator Award for his contributions to quality of care research. The award was presented to Rose at the Society's New England Regional Meeting on March 4, 2011. (2011-03-23)

Contented citizens vote against change
US citizens who have a high quality of life are more engaged in the direct democracy process, according to Ryan Yonk from Utah State University and Professor Shauna Reilly from Northern Kentucky University in the US. Their study demonstrates that quality of life is a strong predictor of voter turnout. The study is published online in Springer's journal, Applied Research in Quality of Life. (2011-03-23)

Impact of a bad job on mental health as harmful as no job at all
The impact on mental health of a badly paid, poorly supported, or short term job can be as harmful as no job at all, indicates research published online in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. (2011-03-14)

Alcohol abuse history influences quality of life following liver transplant
A history of alcohol abuse significantly impacts quality of life for patients after liver transplant, according to researchers at Henry Ford Hospital. (2011-03-09)

High-quality care associated with lower cost in trauma
High-quality hospitals deliver lower-cost care to trauma patients, according to a study published in the Annals of Surgery. The study found high-quality hospitals have death rates that are 34 percent lower, while spending nearly 22 percent less on trauma patient care than average-quality hospitals, suggesting high quality can coexist with lower cost. The reason is not clear, though. (2011-02-22)

How well is your doctor caring for people with Parkinson's disease? New AAN tool helps measure care
The American Academy of Neurology has developed a new tool to help doctors gauge how well they are caring for people with Parkinson's disease. The new quality measures are published in the Nov. 30, 2010, issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2010-11-29)

Sleep program needed for IT engineers
Insomnia is bad news for software engineers' quality of life and deserves greater recognition and attention, according to new research by Sara Sarrafi Zadeh and Khyrunnisa Begum from the University of Mysore in India. Their work shows that poor sleep has a bearing on quality of life -- affecting physical and mental health in particular. Their paper is published online in Springer's journal Applied Research in Quality of Life. (2010-11-22)

Researchers investigate differences in quality of care delivered by US resident and staff physicians
Research on the quality of US resident physician performance levels has often been limited by lack of a comparison group or strict focus on specific diseases and geographical areas. In order to gain insight on differences in quality of care provided by resident physicians versus staff physicians, Boston Medical Center and Palo Alto Medical Foundation researchers investigated performance of physicians in 33,900 hospital-based outpatient visits throughout the US. (2010-09-21)

Available physician characteristics may not help patients find high-quality care
Publicly available information about board certification, education and malpractice claims appear to provide consumers with little information about the quality of care individual physicians provide, according to a report in the Sept. 13 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2010-09-13)

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