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OBJECTIVE To improve evidence-based care in the management of tuberculosis, we retrospectively analyzed the bacterial types and drug sensitivity test results of mycobacteria in Guangzhou over the past twelve years (from July 1998 to March 2010). METHODS Over these twelve years, a total of 14 095 mycobacterial strains isolated from different samples were(More)
BACKGROUND Attributional retraining (AR) has been applied in various professional fields. The application of AR in nursing education is rarely seen. OBJECTIVES This study explores the effects of AR on university nursing students' writing performance, perceived competence, and the relationship between writing performance and perceived competence using a(More)
Team-based learning (TBL) has been used for many years in business and science, but little research has focused on its application in nursing education. This quasi-experimental study was to apply the TBL in four nursing courses at a university in Taiwan and to evaluate its effect on students' learning outcomes and behaviors. Adult health nursing,(More)
BACKGROUND Type 2 diabetes is a huge burden both for individuals and society as a whole. Although depression has been negatively associated with ideal glycemic control, little is known about the prevalence of depression or its associated factors among rural Taiwanese adults with Type 2 diabetes mellitus (type2 DM). PURPOSE The purposes of this study were(More)
BACKGROUND Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (PN) and peripheral vasculopathy (PV) are major causes of foot ulcers in patients with diabetes. The early detection of PN/PV with appropriate health counseling is the best strategy for preventing foot lesions. The objective of this study is to examine the prevalence and associated risk factors of PN/PV among rural(More)
BACKGROUND Learning English as foreign language and computer technology are two crucial skills for nursing students not only for the use in the medical institutions but also for the communication needs following the trend of globalization. Among language skills, writing has long been ignored in the curriculums although it is a core element of language(More)
OBJECTIVES To examine the screening methods for mycobacteria recommended by the China Anti-tuberculosis Association, in order to increase laboratory diagnostic accuracy for mycobacterial screening. METHODS Using P-nitrobenzoic acid (PNB 0.5 g/L) as the control group, and hydroxylamine hydrochloride (HA, in 125, 150 and 175 mg/L concentrations) as the(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the resistance of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) to p-nitrobenzoic acid (PNB), in order to provide the scientific basis for reliable identification of laboratory strains of mycobacterium. METHODS Strains of mycobacterium grown in PNB media were identified with additional traditional biochemical tests, according to the standard(More)
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