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An experimental design was employed in the investigation of the impact of two status cues, language style and source expertise, on people's perceptions of online political dis-cussants and their intentions and motivations to participate in local online political discussion fora. Specifically, the colloquial form of Singapore English, known as Sing-lish, was(More)
Medical students need to be taught explicitly about decision making to be prepared for the changing health care environment. Medical decision making curricula have received favourable responses from students and have influenced some aspects of student performance. Questions remain about the impact of the teaching on students' general problem solving skills.(More)
This article presents the functional health status results of 49 nursing home residents who were involuntarily relocated from one institution to another. The purpose of the study was to determine whether there would be pre- to postmove changes in health status. Nursing personnel on both the day and evening shifts completed separate assessments of the(More)
This article provides answers to many of the questions medical students ask about the specialty of family practice. It is the fourth update of a previous article and was developed in response to feedback from medical students at the 1997 National Congress of Student Members held by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Students at the 1998 Congress(More)
It is hoped that practicing physicians no longer will give knee jerk reactions to the variety of national screening recommendations. Screening criteria that need to be fulfilled include characteristics of the disease, characteristics of the test, and characteristics of the population to be screened. In the day-to-day practice of medicine, six key questions(More)
The practice of medicine is inescapably value-laden. Principles, norms, and commitments are the goals which determine the specific decisions and actions of care-givers, patients, and families. Therefore, a disciplined understanding of human values is an essential complement to the biomedical and psychosocial components of clinical training. For medical(More)