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Exposure assessment in investigations of waterborne illness: a quantitative estimate of measurement error
Jones Andria Q,Dewey Catherine E,Doré Kathryn,Majowicz Shannon E
Epidemiologic Perspectives and Innovations , 2006, DOI: 10.1186/1742-5573-3-6
Abstract: Background Exposure assessment is typically the greatest weakness of epidemiologic studies of disinfection by-products (DBPs) in drinking water, which largely stems from the difficulty in obtaining accurate data on individual-level water consumption patterns and activity. Thus, surrogate measures for such waterborne exposures are commonly used. Little attention however, has been directed towards formal validation of these measures. Methods We conducted a study in the City of Hamilton, Ontario (Canada) in 2001–2002, to assess the accuracy of two surrogate measures of home water source: (a) urban/rural status as assigned using residential postal codes, and (b) mapping of residential postal codes to municipal water systems within a Geographic Information System (GIS). We then assessed the accuracy of a commonly-used surrogate measure of an individual's actual drinking water source, namely, their home water source. Results The surrogates for home water source provided good classification of residents served by municipal water systems (approximately 98% predictive value), but did not perform well in classifying those served by private water systems (average: 63.5% predictive value). More importantly, we found that home water source was a poor surrogate measure of the individuals' actual drinking water source(s), being associated with high misclassification errors. Conclusion This study demonstrated substantial misclassification errors associated with a surrogate measure commonly used in studies of drinking water disinfection byproducts. Further, the limited accuracy of two surrogate measures of an individual's home water source heeds caution in their use in exposure classification methodology. While these surrogates are inexpensive and convenient, they should not be substituted for direct collection of accurate data pertaining to the subjects' waterborne disease exposure. In instances where such surrogates must be used, estimation of the misclassification and its subsequent effects are recommended for the interpretation and communication of results. Our results also lend support for further investigation into the quantification of the exposure misclassification associated with these surrogate measures, which would provide useful estimates for consideration in interpretation of waterborne disease studies.
Loving her into well-being one day at a time: Narratives of caring for daughters with eating disorders  [PDF]
Kathryn Weaver
Open Journal of Nursing (OJN) , 2012, DOI: 10.4236/ojn.2012.24059
Abstract: When a child is diagnosed with an eating disorder, parents are expected to help the child recover. Yet, parents often feel under-prepared and alone, their experiences inadequately known to healthcare professionals. The research aim was to examine the meaning to parents of caring for a child with an eating disorder. Qualitative interviews with 29 parents were analyzed and the parents’ experiences were represented by a collective story of loving her into well-being one day at a time which consisted of two themes: Running on nerves and caring through transformational activism. Running on nerves included threads of feeling lost, traumatized, scarred, and disengaged that mitigated as parents engaged in transformational activism processes directed toward helping themselves, their child, and other parents and children. The findings illustrate the importance of hearing parents’ stories in order to create supportive healing environments and to build capacity within families and health care systems.
Integrated Enterprise Risk Management: From Process to Best Practice  [PDF]
Kathryn Cormican
Modern Economy (ME) , 2014, DOI: 10.4236/me.2014.54039

There are strong motivating factors for increased awareness and action with regard to Enterprise Risk Management (ERM). Effective ERM policies and practices are lauded to increase stakeholder confidence, competitive advantage and ultimately an organization’s long-term viability. However previous studies suggest that the concept is poorly understood in practice and organizations are failing to implement the intended benefits. Furthermore, insufficient research has been conducted in this area and there are few comprehensive or practical guides available to managers in his domain. This paper attempts to address this deficit and expand the discussion on integrated enterprise risk management practices. The study presents findings from a qualitative study where critical success factors for effective enterprise risk management are identified and categorized. From this analysis an audit tool to assess ERM best practices is presented. The tool acts as an independent validation resource to ensure that an organization’s efforts are proactive and effective against current and emerging threats. The contributions of this research are many. First it enhances knowledge and skills in a neglected but essential multi-disciplinary area. Second the research is grounded in best practice and so adds to academic debate by validating and contradicting previous studies. Third the development of new and innovative tools in enterprise risk management adds bridges the gap from theory to practice.

Public perceptions of drinking water: a postal survey of residents with private water supplies
Andria Q Jones, Catherine E Dewey, Kathryn Doré, Shannon E Majowicz, Scott A McEwen, Waltner-Toews David, Mathews Eric, Deborah J Carr, Spencer J Henson
BMC Public Health , 2006, DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-6-94
Abstract: A cross-sectional postal survey of 246 residences with private water supplies was conducted in May 2004. Questions pertained to the perceptions of water quality and alternative water sources, water testing behaviours and the self-identified need for further information.Private wells, cisterns or both, were the source of household water for 71%, 16% and 13% of respondents, respectively. Although respondents rated their water quality highly, 80% also had concerns with its safety. The most common concerns pertained to bacterial and chemical contamination of their water supply and its potential negative effect on health. Approximately 56% and 61% of respondents used in-home treatment devices and bottled water within their homes, respectively, mainly due to perceived improvements in the safety and aesthetic qualities compared to regular tap water. Testing of private water supplies was performed infrequently: 8% of respondents tested at a frequency that meets current provincial guidelines. Two-thirds of respondents wanted more information on various topics related to private water supplies. Flyers and newspapers were the two media reported most likely to be used.Although respondents rated their water quality highly, the majority had concerns regarding the water from their private supply, and the use of bottled water and water treatment devices was extensive. The results of this study suggest important lines of inquiry and provide support and input for public education programs, particularly those related to private water testing, in this population.Over four million Canadians receive their drinking water from private water supplies, predominantly from groundwater wells [1]. In Canada, the legal responsibility for the condition of private water supplies, such as private wells and cisterns, lies with their owners [2]. There are reports, however, that Canadians with private water supplies test their water intermittently, if at all [1,3], and that water treatment within their
Public perception of drinking water from private water supplies: focus group analyses
Andria Q Jones, Catherine E Dewey, Kathryn Doré, Shannon E Majowicz, Scott A McEwen, David Waltner-Toews, Spencer J Henson, Eric Mathews
BMC Public Health , 2005, DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-5-129
Abstract: In September 2003, three focus group discussions were conducted; two with men and women aged 36–65 years, and one with men and women 20–35 years of age.Overall, participants had positive perceptions of their private water supplies, particularly in the older age group. Concerns included bacterial and chemical contamination from agricultural sources. Testing of water from private supplies was minimal and was done less frequently than recommended by the provincial government. Barriers to water testing included the inconvenience of the testing process, acceptable test results in the past, resident complacency and lack of knowledge. The younger participants greatly emphasized their need for more information on private water supplies. Participants from all groups wanted more information on water testing, and various media for information dissemination were discussed.While most participants were confident in the safety of their private water supply, the factual basis for these opinions is uncertain. Improved dissemination of information pertaining to private water supplies in this population is needed. Observed differences in the concerns expressed by users of different water systems and age groups may suggest the need for targeted public education strategies. These focus groups provided significant insight into the public perception of private water supplies and the need for public health outreach activities; however, to obtain a more representative understanding of the perceptions in this population, it is important that a larger scale investigation be performed.Over four million Canadians receive their drinking water from private water supplies, predominantly from groundwater wells [1]. Numerous studies report that Canadian private water supplies often exceed the minimal acceptable standards for microbial and chemical contamination [1-5], and it is estimated that 45 percent of all waterborne disease outbreaks in Canada involve non-municipal systems, largely in rural or
Rela es de sucessos como elementos da cultura da vitória na Restaura o Portuguesa
Doré, Andrea
Talia Dixit : Revista Interdisciplinar de Retórica e Historiografía , 2011,
Abstract: This article analyses some elements contained in military reports about the war between Portugal and Spain during the Portuguese Restoration (1640-1668). These texts are considered as part of a set of manifestations understood as practices of victory, which include literary works, paintings of battles and the use of prisoners and objects of worship. The reports of events or relations of victory point to a connection with the conception of history as the guardian of memory, ensuring the preservation of worthy deeds, and the status of truth provided by the testimony of view. These reports intended to build and disseminate an image of the Portuguese people, preserving the nation's reputation in front of their allies and opponents within and outside Europe.
Coproduction et partage de documentation francophone de qualité sur le prototypage rapide : une activité d’inspiration socioconstructiviste soutenue par les TIC
Sylvie Doré
Revue Internationale des Technologies en Pédagogie Universitaire , 2004,
Abstract: [Fran ais] Le cours MEC626 - Prototypage rapide est centré sur une activité d’apprentissage nommée séminaire grace à laquelle des étudiants coproduisent de la documentation francophone de qualité formant une partie importante des notes de cours. D’inspiration socioconstructiviste, cette activité apprend aux étudiants à utiliser des outils et à développer des savoir-faire qui leur seront utiles lors de l’exercice de leur profession. Au total, sept technologies sont mises en uvre pour soutenir l’activité. Parmi celles-ci, mentionnons une variété de moteurs de recherche utilisés pour trouver l’information pertinente, un logiciel de gestion de notices bibliographiques servant à classifier l’information et à produire une base de données collective et le transfert FTP permettant l’échange de documents et agissant comme vitrine de travaux. Le séminaire permet non seulement aux étudiants de se familiariser avec le contenu du domaine, mais il leur offre également l’occasion de ma triser un ensemble d’outils et de méthodes exploitant les TIC, et de vivre une expérience à la fois significative et pertinente. [English] The course MEC626 Prototypage rapide is centred around a learning activity called the Seminar, in which students coproduce high-quality French-language documentation that makes up a large part of the course notes. Social-constructivist in inspiration, this activity mobilizes the students to use tools and develop knowhow that will be useful to them in the practice of their profession. In all, seven technologies support the activity. Most noteworthy among them are : a variety of search engines that are used to find relevant information ; a bibliographical management software that is useful for categorizing information and producing a collective database ; and FTP transfer which allows the exchange of documents and serves as a showcase for student assignments. Not only does the Seminar enable students to familiarize themselves with the subject matter, it also offers them the opportunity to master a set of ICT based tools and methods, while providing them with an experience that is both significant and relevant.
Don’t Stay Out Late! Mom, I’m Twenty-eight: Emerging Adults and Their Parents under One Roof
Asnat Dor
International Journal of Social Science Studies , 2013, DOI: 10.11114/ijsss.v1i1.35
Abstract: This qualitative study focuses on Israeli parents of emerging adults who still live at home, and explores their feelings and thoughts of the benefits and difficulties of the situation. Semi-structured open interviews were conducted with 27 Jewish non-religious parents who have one child aged 21-30 living with them, who was the youngest in the family, and the last to leave home. Most participants expressed comfortable feelings toward their young adult child living at home, and also mentioned some difficulties and conflicts. The findings reveal that alongside the good feelings, parents face substantial challenges in living with their emerging adult offspring who are on an extended journey toward adulthood.
Changes in Mean Global Physical Parameters of Blazhko RR Lyrae stars -- Derived from Multicolor Photometry
á. Sódor
Physics , 2010, DOI: 10.1063/1.3246496
Abstract: We developed an Inverse Photometric method (IPM) to determine global physical parameters of RR Lyrae stars exclusively from multicolor light curves (S\'odor, Jurcsik & Szeidl, 2009, MNRAS, 394, 261). We showed that for good quality photometric observations of unmodulated RRab stars, the IPM gives similarly good results as direct Baade-Wesselink analyses do, but without the need for spectroscopic measurements. In the course of the development, we payed special attention to the applicability of the IPM for modulated RR Lyrae stars. Since there is no simultaneous spectroscopic radial velocity and photometric observations of any Blazhko star with good phase coverage both in pulsation and modulation, which would allow spectroscopic Baade-Wesselink analysis, the IPM is the only possibility today to study changes in the global physical parameters of Blazhko RR Lyrae stars during the modulation cycle. With the IPM, we have studied the extensive multicolor light curves of 4 Blazhko RRab stars we observed with the 24-inch telescope of the Konkoly Observatory during the past 5 years in the frame of the Konkoly Blazhko Survey. Small but unambiguous changes in the pulsation-averaged mean temperature, mean radius and mean luminosity have been detected in each star. Results on these Blazhko stars (SS Cnc, DM Cyg, RR Gem, and MW Lyr) are shown in this paper.
LCfit, a harmonic-function fitting program
á. Sódor
Physics , 2012,
Abstract: In this note I announce and introduce the program LCfit developed for fitting harmonic functions to a data set, particularly to time-series data. LCfit stands for Linear Combination fitting.
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