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  • March 27, 2017
  • 12:05 PM
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Being multilingual in clinic

by Madalena Cruz-Ferreira in Being Multilingual

When we feel that we’re not feeling quite like ourselves, we may choose to consult a specialist in (un)well-being to find out what might be going on. Our decision will draw on what feeling well has felt like to us, which is our baseline for comparison. In order to decide that we’re unwell, in other words, we compare ourselves to ourselves.Children can’t make decisions of this kind on their own, so we adults will have to step in on their behalf. But who are ‘we’? We parents may resort t........ Read more »

Cruz-Ferreira, M. (2012) Sociolinguistic and cultural considerations when working with multilingual children. In S. McLeod . info:/

  • January 18, 2017
  • 11:30 AM
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Finding Out if Dogs Like Cats - Or Not

by CAPB in Companion Animal Psychology Blog

A new study investigates the best way to find out if a dog will get on with cats.When dogs are waiting for adoption at a shelter, a common question is “what is the dog like with cats?” But at the moment there’s no validated way to test dogs to see if they will be friendly to cats.Some dogs become good friends with cats, but other dogs want to chase and kill them, so it would really help if shelters knew if a dog is cat-friendly.Sometimes the person who surrenders a dog will provide informa........ Read more »

  • January 27, 2016
  • 09:30 AM
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Shelter Dogs Live Up To Expectations (Mostly)

by CAPB in Companion Animal Psychology Blog

Testing behaviour in the shelter is tricky, but most people who adopt a dog would do so again. Animal shelters often assess the behaviour of dogs before rehoming them, but because the tests are not always scientifically validated, Mornement et al (2014) developed the B.A.R.K. protocol. Results of the B.A.R.K. on 74 shelter dogs successfully predicted in-home ratings for fear and friendliness after the dogs had been adopted, but not anxiety, activity level or compliance. A follow-up paper by........ Read more »

  • January 20, 2016
  • 09:30 AM
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Finding out if shelter dogs are friendly: testing the B.A.R.K. protocol

by CAPB in Companion Animal Psychology Blog

Research shows the challenges of assessing behaviour in shelter dogs.We know our pets well. My dog Bodger is bouncy and friendly; he sits to be patted, then jumps up with a surreptitious kiss; he likes zucchini and hates thunder. We form these observations through time spent with our dogs. But at animal shelters it’s not so easy. How do you assess the temperament of a dog you’ve only just met?Research by Kate Mornement(Monash University; Pets Behaving Badly) et al investigates this problem. ........ Read more »

  • June 25, 2013
  • 01:05 PM
  • 1,089 views

Pain is Underassessed According to Four Out of Five Physicians

by Kim Kristiansen in Picture of Pain

Ranging between 26% in UK and 65% in Poland an average of ONLY 48% of Primary Care physicians are using pain assessment tools. At the same time 81% of the same physicians believe that chronic pain and its impact on quality of life is underassessed in primary care.... Read more »

Kim Kristiansen, M.D. (2013) Pain is Underassessed According to Four Out of Five Physicians. Picture of Pain Blog. info:/

  • December 30, 2011
  • 05:29 AM
  • 1,188 views

Publishers, psychological tests and greed

by Dorothy Bishop in bishopblog

Commentary on a recent article in New England Journal of Medicine about authors copyrighting simple psychological assessment... Read more »

Newman, J., & Feldman, R. (2011) Copyright and Open Access at the Bedside. New England Journal of Medicine, 365(26), 2447-2449. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1110652  

  • November 17, 2011
  • 01:01 AM
  • 1,004 views

Reliability of the Online Version of ImPACT in High School Athletes

by Jane McDevitt in Sports Medicine Research (SMR): In the Lab & In the Field

Computer neurocognitive assessment tools are being utilized more and more in athletic training rooms and physician offices. ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is one of those computer programs, which has been evaluated and supported by many medical personnel. An online version has just been released and though it is similar to the older desktop version they are not identical. The purpose of this study was to determine a 1-year test-retest reliability of the ImPAC........ Read more »

  • November 10, 2011
  • 03:36 PM
  • 1,305 views

Let’s Learn From Ourselves How We Can Improve Pain Management

by Kim Kristiansen in Picture of Pain

Chronic pain is more frequent than diabetes, cancer and coronary heart disease combined [1]. American Pain Foundation has calculated this, I have calculated same proportion for Denmark, and I am sure similar proportions can be found for every country in the western world. It is of cause an eye opener for how we use our resources, priority, awareness and educational activities in health care, but it can actually also be used for something else and indeed important.... Read more »

Kim Kristiansen, M.D. (2011) Let’s Learn From Ourselves How We Can Improve Pain Management . Picture of Pain Blog. info:/http://blog.dolotest.com/2011/11/10/let’s-learn-from-ourselves-how-we-can-improve-pain-management/

  • October 18, 2011
  • 03:35 PM
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Pain is not being adequately assessed, our new study shows

by Kim Kristiansen in Picture of Pain

Last week was European Week Against Pain, and to mark this information from a new study was released. It is a study from a group of primary care physicians across Europe with special interest in pain and pain management called OPENMinds Primary Care – and I am part of that group. What our study has shown is, that more than half (52%) of European primary care physicians use no form of assessment tool to measure peoples’ levels of pain... Read more »

Kim Kristiansen, M.D. (2011) Pain is not being adequately assessed, our new study shows. Picture of Pain Blog. info:/http://blog.dolotest.com/2011/10/18/pain-is-not-being-adequately-assessed-our-new-study-shows/

  • April 19, 2011
  • 04:23 PM
  • 1,999 views

Establishing routines and baselines: Recording daily schedules

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living

I don’t know about you, but I’m not the world’s best at noting down every activity I do during a day.  I get engrossed in the thing I’m doing and I often get interrupted, so it’s not very easy to record my activity moment-by-moment.  Yet, for many of us, this is something we ask for … Read more... Read more »

  • February 7, 2011
  • 01:53 AM
  • 1,707 views

Choosing chronic pain questionnaires

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living

Choosing a set of questionnaires for an assessment battery can be a task fraught with all kinds of traps, because if there is one thing bound to get clinical tongues flapping, it’s the idea that their favourite questionnaire will be left out of the mix! And to complicate matters for us Southern Hemispherians, most of … Read more... Read more »

DWORKIN, R., TURK, D., WYRWICH, K., BEATON, D., CLEELAND, C., FARRAR, J., HAYTHORNTHWAITE, J., JENSEN, M., KERNS, R., & ADER, D. (2008) Interpreting the Clinical Importance of Treatment Outcomes in Chronic Pain Clinical Trials: IMMPACT Recommendations. The Journal of Pain, 9(2), 105-121. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpain.2007.09.005  

  • August 31, 2010
  • 04:35 PM
  • 1,333 views

Measuring changes during graded exposure & acceptance treatment

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living

I have been pondering about the best way to monitor ‘Matt’s progress during graded exposure therapy for his avoidance of activities involving back movement. I introduced you to Matt yesterday. He’s a ‘man’s man’, a real bloke who, for the past four years since he had surgery for a prolapsed disc, has avoided things like … Read more... Read more »

  • July 26, 2010
  • 04:44 PM
  • 745 views

Assessment as intervention

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living

When you start to put together all the elements that people want from a health interaction, it’s not surprising that simply having an assessment can be an incredibly powerful experience. So much so that an assessment can be counted as an intervention in its own right. Does that make you think about the investment you … Read more... Read more »

  • June 28, 2010
  • 07:00 AM
  • 2,182 views

Article Review: Evaluating students using RIME method

by Michelle Lin in Academic Life In Emergency Medicine

How do evaluate medical students and residents, who are rotating through your Emergency Department? Do you have a structured framework for assessing their competencies?Have you heard of the RIME method of evaluating learners on their clinical rotation? Dr. Lou Pangaro (Vice Chair for Educational Programs in the Dept of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University) published a landmark article in 1999 on his simple yet effective approach in evaluating medical students and residents. I had the pl........ Read more »

  • June 22, 2010
  • 05:05 PM
  • 2,216 views

Inevitability and Oil, Pt. 1: the inherent risk for accidents in complex technology

by Hannah Waters in Culturing Science – biology as relevant to us earthly beings

When I read updates on blogs or the news about the BP oil spill, my expression is generally very serious: furrowed brow, pursed lips which I’m probably chewing in alternation with gnawing a nail.  But last week I laughed out loud, a true LOL, a brash guffaw.  (“What?!” my labmates inquired.) I had read this [...]... Read more »

  • January 10, 2010
  • 06:41 PM
  • 1,689 views

People with pain are not all alike: MPI classifications & outcome

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living


As an individual with chronic pain, I know that each person with chronic pain is different from the next, and as a clinician I know that there are few ways to predict who will benefit from what treatment – but it’s like a Holy Grail to find a way to group together people who will [...]... Read more »

Martin L Verra, Felix Angst, Roberto Brioschi, Susanne Lehmann, Francis J Keefe, J Bart Staal, Rob A de Bie, André Aeschlimann. (2009) Does classification of persons with fibromyalgia into Multidimensional Pain Inventory subgroups detect differences in outcome after a standard chronic pain management program?. Pain Research , 14(6), 445. info:/1929024711

  • December 1, 2009
  • 02:25 PM
  • 1,756 views

A very thorough explanation of psychosocial assessment for pain

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living


I happened upon the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists website recently, and amongst some of the many resources found there, I located a very thorough description of psychosocial assessment for chronic pain. It’s a synthesis of many authors and resources and despite the orientation to medical assessment, and some of the discussion [...]... Read more »

Gask L, & Usherwood T. (2002) ABC of psychological medicine. The consultation. BMJ (Clinical research ed.), 324(7353), 1567-9. PMID: 12089097  

  • January 22, 2009
  • 01:07 AM
  • 2,037 views

‘So how do you feel?’ - when should you ask about pain?

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living

If you have ever had to fill out a client charge-out sheet you will know just what a pain it can be to have to record what you’re doing every 10 minutes or so…and if you’ve EVER tried to get a patient to fill out a daily activity diary, daily pain diary - or any [...]... Read more »

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