Source: Freepik Copyright: Rawpixel.com URL: https://www.freepik.com/free-photo/covid-19-frontline-healthcare-essential-workers_13312501.htm#query=healthcare%20workers&position=15&from_view=search License: Licensed by JMIR DENVER, Colorado, May 6, 2022 — For US health systems, valuing diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the workforce is vital to serving the emerging needs of a diverse patient population. The much-aspired patient-centered care is feasible when the approach and focus are shifted to enable health systems to improve care quality and the patient experience of diverse patients. Published in the JMIR Formative Research, the study titled “Valuing Diversity and Inclusion in Health Care to Equip the Workforce: Survey Study and Pathway Analysis” [https://formative.jmir.org/2022/5/e34808] asks the following questions: Can the health care workforce leverage the educational pipeline to fulfillRead More →

Source: Freepik Copyright: diana.grytsku URL: https://www.freepik.com/free-photo/young-teen-girl-sitting-bed-room-home-working-laptop-writing-letters-browse-internet-home_10121748.htm License: Licensed by JMIR CONTACT: Emily Kumlien 608-516-9154 ekumlien@uwhealth.org Parental rules about content – not screen time – lead to greater teen well-being MADISON, Wisconsin, May 4, 2022 — Parents play a major role in determining whether teens’ use of digital technology is healthy or puts their mental and physical health at risk, according to a new study from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. The large, nationwide study was led by Dr Megan Moreno, professor of pediatrics and head of the Social Media and Adolescent Health Research Team at the School of Medicine and Public Health and adolescentRead More →

Source: Freepik Copyright: ijeab URL: https://www.freepik.com/free-photo/businessman-using-laptop-mobile-phone_1235713.htm Licensed by JMIR Researchers from Osaka University developed a comprehensive ethical framework and practical guidance for electronic communications with participants in medical research. Osaka, Japan – Since its inception, the internet has fundamentally changed all parts of human society for both good and ill, and medical research is no exception. The fast pace of change enabled by digital technologies means that ethical guidelines may not address all the issues that arise in modern research. To help solve this problem, researchers from Osaka University performed an ethical analysis based on the eight ethical principles for clinical research, and they proposedRead More →

Source: WI-HER, LLC Copyright: WI-HER, LLC URL: https://www.researchprotocols.org/2022/4/e32784/ License: Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) Vienna, VA – April 14, 2022 – Despite an immense global effort, the HIV epidemic remains a threat and a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. Strong antiretroviral therapy (ART) continuity can suppress the viral load of HIV to undetectable levels for people living with HIV, but barriers to ART treatment continue to impact HIV epidemic control. For men and children, ART continuity and thus viral load suppression (VLS) are disproportionately low, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. To address these barriers, in September 2020, WI-HER—through the USAID Social and Behavior Change Activity (SBCA)—implemented theRead More →

License: Licensed by authors Source: The authors / Shutterstock Copyright: The authors / evrymmnt URL: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/elderly-woman-holding-blank-screen-cell-1494179738 Press Contact: Caitlin Krutsick | wellinks@crosscutstrategies.com This peer-reviewed study indicates promise for widespread adoption of virtual chronic obstructive pulmonary disease management tools, with high engagement and satisfaction. NEW HAVEN, Conn., Mar. 18, 2022 – Wellinks®, a digital health care company offering the first-ever integrated, virtual Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) management solution, today announced results from a study that found that older adults with COPD were highly engaged and satisfied with Wellinks. The peer-reviewed research was published in JMIR Formative Research. These findings are significant as COPD is the third leading cause ofRead More →

Source: Pexels Copyright: Solen Feyissa URL: https://www.pexels.com/photo/internet-connection-technology-travel-5744251/ License: Licensed by JMIR     A Look at Twitter Users Hannah Stevens and Karen Nikos-Rose March 9, 2022 As COVID-19 upended societal norms when it swept through the United States in 2020, a second pandemic—or “infodemic”—was also on the rise. An analysis of Twitter users by researchers at the University of California, Davis, and University of Texas, Austin, suggests that Republican-identifying people who believe their local government has positive intentions are vulnerable to believing politically fueled COVID-19 misinformation. The study did not find the same trend among Democrat-identifying Twitter users. The article, published in JMIR Infodemiology in February 2022, aims to shed light on the cognitive processesRead More →

Source: Pexels Copyright: SHVETS production URL: https://www.pexels.com/photo/smiling-woman-sorting-waste-and-using-smartphone… License: Licensed by JMIR     Kirkland, WA (March 9, 2022) – A new study published in the open access journal JMIR Public Health and Surveillance shows that a digital cessation app to quit smoking can draw a diverse audience, including at-risk and underrepresented groups. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tobacco use continues to be the leading preventable cause of death, disease, and disability in the United States. For years, the state of Washington has been investing in helping residents quit tobacco. In 2015, the state broadened its offering to include free access toRead More →

License: Licensed by JMIR Source: iStock by Getty Images Copyright: nicomenijes URL: https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/mother-and-daughter-on-a-video-call-with-doctor-gm1302654051-394330627 March 3, 2022 By: Chris Tachibana, PhD Telemedicine surged with the COVID-19 pandemic. But does offering care by phone or video improve or worsen disparities? Should policies to facilitate telemedicine become permanent? The dramatic rise in telemedicine is documented in a study by LDI Fellows Ari Friedman, Hummy Song, Angela T Chen, Alon Bergman, and Guy David, collaborating with the data team from Independence Blue Cross based in southeast Pennsylvania. Using claims data, they found that weekly telemedicine visits among plan members increased from a mean of 773 before pandemic stay-at-home orders to more thanRead More →

License: Creative Commons Attribution + Noncommercial + NoDerivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) Source: Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Copyright: Gaylord Specialty Healthcare URL: https://rehab.jmir.org/2022/1/e31504/ License: CC-BY-NC-ND WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, March 01, 2022 — A new report from Gaylord Specialty Healthcare’s Milne Institute for Healthcare Innovation was published today in the journal JMIR Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies evaluating the effect of a new balance perturbation module on balance impairments following an acute stroke. The study, HYPERLINK A Novel Body Weight–Supported Postural Perturbation Module for Gait and Balance Rehabilitation After Stroke: Preliminary Evaluation Study, demonstrates that balance perturbations in a recently developed and not-yet-reported balance perturbation program for the Aretech LLC ZeroG body weight support system positivelyRead More →

Source: Freepik Copyright: DCStudio URL: https://www.freepik.com/free-photo/medical-staff-with-disabled-senior-woman-having-conversation-about-recovery-treatment-hospital-waiting-area-wearing-face-mask-against-coronavirus_16656401.htm Licensed by JMIR WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, February 10, 2022 — Patients with severe COVID-19 and related complications can benefit from receiving postacute care at long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs), a new report suggests. The findings of “Patient Outcomes and Lessons Learned From Treating Patients With Severe COVID-19 at a Long-Term Acute Care Hospital: Single-Center Retrospective Study,” a study conducted by medical and therapy staff at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, an LTACH in Wallingford, Connecticut, and researchers at the Milne Institute for Healthcare Innovation, were published today in the journal JMIR Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies. With an average patient length of stay of 25-28 days,Read More →