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Perceptions of the participants of a stretch break program about flexibility and factors related to a healthy lifestyle  [PDF]
élyda Cristina de Oliveira Brito,Caroline de Oliveira Martins
Revista Brasileira em Promo??o da Saúde , 2012,
Abstract: Objective: To verify the perception of employees about the trunk and hip flexibility, and other factors related to a physically active lifestyle and healthy after adherence to the Gymnastics Program, Federal University of Paraíba. Methods: The research was qualitative with descriptive nature. Gymnastics classes were offered for two months of 2011, with a frequency of three times a week, being emphasized stretching exercises, relaxation, recreational activities, massage and individualized care. The population included servers of some sectors of the rectory, and the sample consisted of 10 employees, with inclusion criteria as the regular participation of the subjects taught in class for two months. Data were collected in the period from 4 to 16 November 2011 through semi-structured interviews, using a previously pilot to check the clarity and understanding of the issues. The analysis of the speeches occurred through the technique of content analysis, being explored through the analysis categories. Results: Our results corroborate with the literature, as reports have suggested to have occurred benefits generated by the program, particularly in relation to pain, mood, flexibility of the trunk and hip, healthy eating and interpersonal relationships. Conclusion: The Gymnastics Program, Federal University of Paraíba positively affected the lifestyle of its participants, favoring different aspects of quality of life related to health of workers studied.
Effectiveness of a grant program's efforts to promote synergy within its funded initiatives: perceptions of participants of the Southern Rural Access Program
Donald E Pathman, Emmeline Chuang, Bryan J Weiner
BMC Health Services Research , 2008, DOI: 10.1186/1472-6963-8-263
Abstract: We interviewed 39 key participants of the SRAP, including the program director within each state and the principal subcontractors heading the program's funded initiatives that supported heath professionals' recruitment, retention and training, made loans to health care providers, and built networks among providers. Interews were recorded and transcribed. Two investigators independently coded the transcripts and a third investigator distilled the main points.Participants generally perceived that the SRAP yielded more synergies than other grant programs in which they had participated and that these synergies added to the program's impact. The synergies most often noted were achieved through relationship building among grantees and with outside agencies, sharing information and know-how, sharing resources, combining efforts to yield greater capacity, joining voices to advocate for common goals, and spotting gaps in services offered and then filling these gaps. The SRAP's strategies that participants felt fostered synergy included targeting funding to culturally and geographically similar states, supporting complementary types of initiatives, promoting opportunities to network through semi-annual meetings and regular conference calls, and the advocacy efforts of the program's leadership. Participants noted that synergies were sometimes hindered by turf issues and politics and the conflicting perspectives and cultures of participating organizations and racial groups. Inadequate funding through the SRAP, restricting program involvement to only a few needy counties, and instances of over- and under-involvement by the program's leadership were sometimes felt to inhibit synergies and/or their sustainability.Participants of the SRAP generally perceived that the SRAP's deliberate strategies yielded synergies that added to the program's impact.Foundations and public agencies often support society's health and social goals by creating grant programs that fund stand-alone "catego
The DNP: Knowledge and perceptions of students in an accelerated master’s program in nursing  [PDF]
Young-Me Lee, Karyn Holm, Elizabeth Florez, Megan Glauser, Erin Haswell
Open Journal of Nursing (OJN) , 2013, DOI: 10.4236/ojn.2013.31018
While the nursing community generally agrees that the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree will strengthen nursing as an academic discipline, there is little known about students’ perceptions of the advanced degree. Nursing students enrolled in an accelerated master’s program in nursing (N = 45) were surveyed to assess their knowledge of the DNP degree while also identifying the perceived effect a DNP might have on their careers, on nursing as a discipline, and on public perceptions of nursing practice. In this study, 51% of participants supported the transition to the DNP as the standard degree for practice nursing while 29% were opposed. The majority of participants (71%) planned to pursue an advanced practice nursing degree/certification with 81% of this group signifying that they would do so even if a DNP is required. The majority of participants agreed that the DNP will improve public perception of advanced practice nursing, but 71% thought the title of “doctor” would confuse patients. While current nursing students are generally informed of the upcoming DNP transition, there is disagreement regarding its implications for their careers and for the extent of public understanding.
Implementation of a Pharmacist-Directed Cardiovascular Risk and Medication Management Program for Participants in a Construction Trade Benefit Trust Fund  [PDF]
Yifei Liu, PhD,Randal P. McDonough, PharmD,Kara M. Carruthers, PharmD,William R. Doucette, PhD
INNOVATIONS in Pharmacy , 2010,
Abstract: Objectives: (1) To report the results of a pharmacist-directed cardiovascular risk management program; and (2) to identify obstacles faced by the pharmacists in the program implementation. Methods: The collaborators in this study included two local unions, a health benefit consulting company, and a community pharmacy. A total of 750 union workers with cardiovascular risk were informed about the cardiovascular risk management program. The program lasted six months, and the participation was voluntary. There were three group educational sessions with each session followed by a medication management service. A staff person of the health benefit consulting company and two pharmacists were interviewed via telephone. The interview questions were created according to the Gaps Model of Service Quality. The Gaps Model theorizes five gaps among consumerexpectations, consumer perceptions, management perceptions of consumer expectations, service quality, service delivery, and external communications to consumers. The following data were collected: (1) types and quantity of drug therapy problems, (2) pharmacists’ recommendations and prescribers' response, (3) patients’ quality of life, disability days, and sick days, and (4) the experience of involved parties. Descriptive statistics were calculated.Results: Fifteen union workers participated in the program. For the participants, 35 drug-related problems were identified, with “need for additional therapy” and “dose too low” being the most common problems. To address these drug-related problems, pharmacists made 33 recommendations to prescribers, and prescribers accepted 55% of the recommendations. According to the interviews, there were three barriers faced by pharmacists to implement the program: lack of consensus about the recruitment, union workers’ unawareness of the program’s benefits, and limited support from the unions and the health benefitconsulting company.Conclusions: It was difficult to recruit participants into the program. Clear agreement among collaborators on both the program’s benefits and the specific roles of each collaborator may be the key to successfully implement similar programs in the future.
Teachers’ Perceptions Related to the Evaluation Component of the Education Program of Primary School Education Mathematics Studies
Saadet ORBEY,Bülent GüVEN
Journal of Theory and Practice in Education , 2008,
Abstract: In this research, it is aimed to determine teachers’ perceptions related to the evaluation component of the education program of the primary school education mathematics lesson which was put into practice in the 2005-2006 educational year. A data collecting instrument developed by the researchers was applied to 459 participants selected randomly from among classroom teachers in anakkale, Edirne and Eskisehir. Based on the statistically tested collected data and findings, it was seen that, on the one hand, there was meaningful difference between teachers’ perceptions related to the evaluation component of the education program of primary school education mathematics lesson according to variables of the province they worked and whether they took in-service training or not; on the other hand, there was no meaningful difference according to the variables of career experience, educational background, and class level they taught.
Residency training program: Perceptions of residents  [cached]
Yusufu L. M. D,Ahmed A,Odigie V,Delia I
Annals of African Medicine , 2010,
Abstract: Background: There is a phobia among doctors for the residency training program, since the establishment of the program over 30 years ago. The reason for establishing the program was mainly to provide the much-needed specialists in medicine. Objectives: To ascertain the perception of the residency training program among residents. Materials and Methods: Structured questionnaires were administered to residents at 3 training institutions in Nigeria. Results: One hundred nineteen (85.5%) questionnaires were returned out of 140. The ages of respondents ranged from 27 to 42 years, the median age being 30 years. There were 110 males and 9 females. One hundred six (89.1%) were junior residents. Ninety (75.6%) were sponsored by the training institutions. Seventy-four (62.25%) felt their consultants were contributing just 50% or less to their training. Sixty-two (52.2%) of the respondents had attended a revision course, conference or seminar within the last 6 months. Majority of the residents would want better remuneration, up-front payment of examination and revision fees, more teaching by the consultants and less emphasis on the provision of services as ways of improving the program. Conclusion: Majority of the residents are sponsored by the training institutions.
A Predictive Determinant of Quality of Life among Homestay Program Participants in Malaysia  [cached]
Aziz Amin,Ahmad Munir Mohd Salleh,Mohd Shaladdin Muda,Yahaya Ibrahim
Asian Social Science , 2013, DOI: 10.5539/ass.v9n3p33
Abstract: Tourism industry in Malaysia had become very crucial and important in the era of globalization in the 21st century. In Malaysia, tourism is the second largest contributor to the economy after the manufacturing sector. In 2008, the numbers of tourists recorded 22.05 million and tourism had contributed RM49.6 billion (USD13.4 billion) in revenue. Apart from that the total receipts of RM6.3 million had contributed by the homestay program through 68,416 domestic visitors and 23,117 foreign visitors. Therefore the main objective of this study is to identify the predictive determinant of quality of life, government role and attitude that influenced the general well-being amongst the homestay participant. A total of 306 samples was taken from the Homestay Program participants and the data was processed and analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS). Among the analysis is a reliability test, descriptive and inferential analysis. The growth of the home stay program has provided huge opportunities for the human development. These include positive impact to the rural socioeconomic development, social capital development, as well as increase the quality of life among participants in the homestay program.
Qualitative Evaluation of the Project P.A.T.H.S. Based on the Perceptions of the Program Participants  [cached]
Daniel T.L. Shek,Tak Yan Lee,Andrew Siu,Ching Man Lam
The Scientific World Journal , 2006, DOI: 10.1100/tsw.2006.354
Perceptions of Secondary School Students towards Natural Resources Management: Case Study of Participants in FoF and Non-Participants  [PDF]
Michael G. Kanyi,Tom Vandenbosch,Fredrick U. Ngesa,Joash K. Kibett
International Journal of Agricultural Management and Development , 2011,
Abstract: Integrating natural resources management in the secondaryschool curriculum in Kenya has received a lot of talk withoutadequate practical activities. The Farmers of the Future Programme under the World Agroforestry Centre, formally the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF),initiated a practical approach to integration of natural resourcesmanagement in the secondary school curriculum in Kenya.This paper provides information on significant findings of astudy that was carried out to determine the potential of FoF inintegrating natural resources management into the secondaryschool curriculum in Kenya. A comparison between secondaryschool students who are involved in FoF programme and thosenot involved was done to determine their perceptions towardsnatural resources management. Further, comparison of perceptionsby gender among learners who are involved in the FoF initiativewas done. The study employed an ex-post-facto design in datacollection using questionnaires. Questionnaires and wereanalysed using t-test at alpha = 0.05. The findings indicatedthat the FoF programme had a significant influence on learners’perceptions towards natural resources management. It wastherefore concluded that FoF programme enhanced positiveperceptions towards natural resources management amonglearners. On the basis of the findings, it was recommended thatthe FoF programme be expanded to cover more schools.
Are Participants in a Street-Based HIV Testing Program Able to Perform Their Own Rapid Test and Interpret the Results?  [PDF]
Luis de la Fuente, María Elena Rosales-Statkus, Juan Hoyos, José Pulido, Sara Santos, María José Bravo, Gregorio Barrio, Sonia Fernández-Balbuena, María José Belza, the Madrid Rapid HIV Testing Group
PLOS ONE , 2012, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0046555
Abstract: Objective Availability of over-the-counter rapid HIV tests could improve access to testing those reluctant or unable to use current services. We aimed to evaluate the feasibility of HIV self-testing using a finger-stick whole-blood rapid test (Determine? HIV Combo) to detect both antigen and antibody. Methods Before being tested, 313 participants in a street-based testing program were given adapted instructions and a test kit, and performed the self-test without supervision. These participants, together with another 207 who performed supervised self-testing, received additional instructions on how to interpret the test results shown in six colour photos and filled out a questionnaire. Logistic regression and generalized estimating equations (GEE) were used in the statistical analysis. Results About 8.0% (95%CI:4.8%–11.2%) obtained an invalid self-test. An invalid result was inversely associated with male participants who had sex with men (OR = 0.3;95%CI:0.1–1.0). Of the 3111 photos interpreted,4.9% (95%CI:4.1–5.7) were incorrect. Only 1.1% (95%CI:0.3–1.8) of the positive results were interpreted as negative. Age 30 or older (OR = 2.1; 95%CI:1.2–3.7), having been born in Latin America (OR = 1.6; 95%CI:1.1–2.2),and not having university education (OR = 2.1;95%CI:1.2–3.7) were associated with misinterpreting test results in the GEE. Participant's perceptions of both their proficiency when conducting the test and interpretation were related with actual outcomes. Most participants (83.9%) were more motivated than before to use the self-test in the future, and 51.7% would pay >10 Euros for the test if it was sold in pharmacies. Conclusions This is the first study showing that blood-based self-testing with current technology is feasible in HIV-negative participants demanding the test and without prior training or supervision. Bearing in mind that it was conducted under difficult weather conditions and using a complex kit, over-the-counter tests could be a feasible option to complement current diagnostic strategies. More studies are needed to accommodate technology, minimise interpretation mistakes and provide on-line support.
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