Burn Injury-Specific Home Safety Assessment: A Cross-Sectional Study in Iran.

Burn injury-specific home safety assessment: a cross-sectional study in iran.

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PLoS One. 2012; 7(11): e49412
Arshi S, Bazargani HS, Mohammadi R

The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility of injury specific home safety investigation and to examine the home safety status focused on burn related safety in a rural population in the North-West of Iran.A cross-sectional study was conducted on 265 rural households of rural Meshkinshahr, Iran. Cluster sampling method was used in 38 clusters with 7 households in each cluster. Clusters were selected on a probability proportional to size (PPS) basis using the available health census database called D-Tarh. Data were analyzed using the statistical software package STATA 8.Possible risks were explored in fields of house structure; cooking and eating attitudes and behaviors; cooking appliances, specific appliances such as picnic gas burners, valors (traditional heaters), samovars (traditional water boilers), and air-heating appliances. Many safety concerns were explored needing to draw the attention of researchers and public health policy makers.Injury specific home safety surveys are useful and may provide useful information for safety promotion interventions.
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Recovery from eating disorders: psychometric properties of a patient-related measure.

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Patient Relat Outcome Meas. 2012; 3: 85-93
Pettersen G, Thune-Larsen KB, Rosenvinge JH

ALTHOUGH THERE ARE NUMEROUS LISTS OF ITEMS COVERING CLINICALLY VALID ASPECTS OF RECOVERY FROM EATING DISORDERS, THESE LISTS ARE ON THE NOMINAL LEVEL: the potential for multidimensional development has not been explored. Such exploration is the purpose of the present study. The subjects included in the study were 152 female clinicians, 1052 females randomly selected from the general population, and 184 eating-disorder patients. All subjects rated 17 recovery items on a 10-point scale in terms of their relevance and importance. They also completed measures of knowledge about eating disorders and their own eating problems, in addition to providing information about their age and personal acquaintance with eating disorders. Fourteen recovery-item scores were sample unspecific, and hence all samples tended to judge the majority of items in a similar manner. The 17 items successfully formed three separate factors covering specific eating-disorder symptoms, as well as social and psychological issues. The clinician and general population sample analyzed together provided a more condensed scale comprising two factors (specific eating-disorder symptoms and psychosocial factors), with each factor having three items. This factor structure was successfully replicated using the patient-validation sample. The findings indicate an empirical basis for a valid recovery measure that may be suitable in future outcome research.
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Adolescents with a diagnosis of anorexia nervosa: Parents’ experience of recognition and deciding to seek help.

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Clin Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2012 Dec 3;
Thomson S, Marriott M, Telford K, Law H, McLaughlin J, Sayal K

Background: Adolescents with anorexia nervosa rarely present themselves as having a problem and are usually reliant on parents to recognise the problem and facilitate help-seeking. This study aimed to investigate parents’ experiences of recognising that their child had an eating problem and deciding to seek help.Methods: A qualitative study with interpretative phenomenological analysis applied to semi-structured interviews with eight parents of adolescents with a diagnosis of anorexia nervosa.Results: Parents commonly attributed early signs of anorexia nervosa to normal adolescent development and they expected weight loss to be short-lived. As parents’ suspicions grew, close monitoring exposing their child’s secretive attempts to lose weight and the use of internet searches aided parental recognition of the problem. They avoided using the term anorexia as it made the problem seem ‘real’. Following serial unsuccessful attempts to effect change, parental fear for their child’s life triggered a desire for professional help.Conclusions: Parents require early advice and support to confirm their suspicions that their child might have anorexia nervosa. Since parents commonly approach the internet for guidance, improving awareness of useful and accurate websites could reduce delays in help-seeking.
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