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Many diagnostic tests are not based on good evidence
Many diagnostic tests and tests used to monitor disease are not supported by high quality evidence, finds a study in this week's BMJ. (2003-11-13)

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

Quality of health information on the internet has improved
The quality of health information on the internet has improved over the past few years despite concerns over poor quality and its possible consequences, concludes a study in this week's BMJ. (2002-03-07)

Use of quality improvement strategies among US primary care practices
Small- to medium-sized practices with quality improvement systems (e.g., registries) are most likely to use quality improvement strategies. Practices with fewer major disruptions are more likely to use quality improvement strategies to improve cardiovascular preventive services. (2018-04-09)

Predicting the quality of life for older adults
As a growing number of baby boomers retire, our society will have more older adults than ever before, so it is crucial to determine what predicts quality of life in older age. A joint study from the University of Alberta and University of Victoria, recently published in Research in Nursing & Health, has uncovered that there are predictors of quality of life for older adults. (2007-05-28)

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)

Diet quality may affect risk of frailty in older adults
Poorer overall diet quality was linked with an increased risk of becoming frail in a study of US community-dwelling older adults, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. (2019-07-03)

Quality in e-learning is bound up to our value
Since higher education is booming in developing countries, so is e-learning. A new doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, shows how culture can shape quality in higher education in general and in e-learning in particular. (2010-06-21)

Most popular websites not necessarily of highest quality
The more popular websites providing information about breast cancer are not necessarily of higher quality, concludes a study in this week's BMJ. (2002-03-07)

Practice leaders' and facilitators' perspectives on quality improvement may differ
Practice facilitators and practice leaders agreed on the value of a facilitated quality improvement program, but reached different judgments on practices' intensity and pace of change. (2018-04-09)

Substituting nurse practitioners, physician assistants & nurses for physicians older care
Substituting nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurses for physicians in healthcare for the aging population may achieve healthcare quality at least as good as care provided by physicians, according to a review of published studies. (2017-04-03)

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)

Study finds no link between sleep apnea and joint pain
Consistent with previous reports, poor sleep quality was linked with joint pain in a recent Arthritis Care & Research study of the general population, but the study found no association between obstructive sleep apnea and pain or daytime sleepiness. This lack of association between pain and sleep apnea is surprising given the established link between pain and poor sleep quality. (2016-08-01)

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)

Portland State study links outdoor recreation with water quality concerns
People who camp, hike, fish or participate in other forms of outdoor recreation generally have a higher level of concern about water quality than those who don't, according to a recent study co-authored by Portland State University professor Melissa Haeffner. (2018-04-03)

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)

Sick bees eat healthier
James Cook University scientists in Queensland, Australia have shown that sick bees try to look after themselves by eating healthy food. (2018-02-06)

Loyola cancer program receives national Outstanding Achievement Award
Loyola University Medical Center has received the 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. Loyola is one of only five healthcare facilities in Illinois and 75 in the US to receive the national honor for surveys performed last year. (2015-04-01)

Meditation benefits patients with ALS
An eight-week mindfulness-based meditation program led to improved quality of life and psychological well-being in clinical trial of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). (2017-02-23)

First-borns get more quality time with parents, study shows
Joseph Price, a graduate student in economics at Cornell, has found that a first-born child receives 20-30 more minutes of quality time each day with a parent than a second-born child of the same age from a similar family. (2006-12-22)

Do financial incentives for physicians improve quality of care for patients?
Dr. Christopher Millett and colleagues investigated whether the introduction of a pay-for-performance incentive would improve the quality of care received by people with diabetes who smoke. (2007-06-04)

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)

Elderly care is inadequate, especially in nursing homes
The quality of medical care that elderly patients receive, particularly those in nursing homes, is inadequate, concludes researchers in this week's BMJ. (2003-03-13)

Measures of healthcare quality are of little use to patients
Californian patients deciding where to have surgery cannot rely on published data for information about quality, research in the BMJ has shown. (2004-01-15)

Boston University medical student receives the Permanente Journal's Service Quality Award
Justin Slade, a fourth-year medical student at Boston University School of Medicine, recently was awarded the 'Permanente Journal Service Quality Award' at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement National Forum. The award is to acknowledge excellence in quality improvement projects. (2016-02-23)

Study examines aspects of family relationships that may affect children's disruptive behavior
A new study has examined the interaction between coparenting and coercive parenting in predicting children's disruptive behavior. (2016-12-05)

Dermatology scale validates quality of life
Can having a skin condition impact the quality of your life? Absolutely, claim Boston University School of Medicine researchers who have set out to find the best tool to measure the impact on patients. (2018-03-20)

Medicare's investment in quality improvement may not be paying off
Medicare's quality improvement organizations are charged with improving the medical care of Medicare beneficiaries. A new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health reports that hospitals that actively participate with these quality improvement organizations do not consistently show any greater improvement than hospitals that do not. The findings are published in the June 15, 2005, edition of the JAMA. (2005-06-14)

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)

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)

Beijing game for clean air challenge
With the Olympic Games in sight, the Chinese Government is committed to improving the air quality in Beijing, and has had measures in place since 1998 which have already made a difference. However, there is still some way to go to meet national air quality standards in the Chinese capital, according to Professor Wang Wen-Xing and his team from the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences in Beijing, in the People's Republic of China. (2008-05-13)

Yoga helps patients with ulcerative colitis
Patients with ulcerative colitis, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease, often relapse at times of stress. In a clinical trial of 77 ulcerative colitis patients who were in clinical remission but were experiencing reduced quality of life, those assigned to 12 supervised 90-minute weekly sessions of yoga had a greater increase in quality of life and reduced activity of their colitis compared with those who were given written self-care advice. (2017-04-05)

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)

Quality of life: most important predictor of survival for advanced NSCLC patients
Healthcare providers have observed it for years -- patients who appear to have a better quality of life while battling their cancer live longer. Now, a prospective, multi-institutional study examining the quality of life of patients with locally advanced non-small cell lung backs that observation. In fact, quality of life is so important, it outweighs other classic predictors of survival. (2007-10-30)

Learning from our mistakes: Consumers won't be deceived twice
Sometimes a high price tag, a label, or an ingredient can lead us to believe that we're purchasing a high-quality item. But what happens if the attribute that attracted us to the product is false or meaningless? A new study in the Journal of Consumer Research examines consumer responses to (2009-02-23)

Improvement in the quality of VMMC made possible through the continuous quality improvement approach
The continuous quality improvement (CQI) approach was introduced on a pilot basis to 30 sites across Uganda. This approach identified barriers in achieving national standards for voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC), identified possible solutions to overcome these barriers, and carried out improvement plans to test these changes while collecting performance data to objectively measure whether they had bridged gaps. (2015-07-28)

New sperm shaker to improve IVF success
Scientists have developed a ground-breaking method for testing the quality of a sperm before it is used in IVF and increase the chances of conception. (2009-01-19)

23 years of water quality data from crop-livestock systems
Researchers summarize runoff water quantity and quality data from native tallgrass prairie and crop-livestock systems in Oklahoma between 1977 and 1999. (2020-06-09)

Fuzzy logic water quality
A fuzzy logic approach to analyzing water quality could help reduce the number of people in the developing world forced to drink polluted and diseased water for survival, according to a report in a forthcoming issue of the International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management from Inderscience publishers. (2008-04-17)

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)

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