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AIM To measure the frequency and content of online social networking among medical students and residents. METHODS Using the online network Facebook, we evaluated online profiles of all medical students (n = 501) and residents (n = 312) at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Objective measures included the existence of a profile, whether it was made(More)
BACKGROUND Many websites allow consumers to evaluate their healthcare experience yet scant data exist that explore the type and content of reviews. OBJECTIVE To evaluate and describe online healthcare provider reviews. METHODS We analysed 16,703 ratings on 6101 providers from four US cities. Ratings spanned five categories and an overall provider score.(More)
Infant botulism was confirmed in a 5-month-old female by both isolation of Clostridium botulinum type B and by detection of type B botulinum neurotoxin in rectal washout and faeces. DNA fingerprinting of nine isolates from faeces yielded two different amplified-fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) patterns. C. botulinum was isolated from two of 14 food and(More)
OBJECTIVE To measure and compare the frequency and content of online social networking among 2 cohorts of medical students and residents (2007 and 2009). METHODS Using the online social networking application Facebook, we evaluated social networking profiles for 2 cohorts of medical students (n  =  528) and residents (n  =  712) at the University of(More)
Student opinions of some methods of how and when to provide feedback on clinical skills in the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) were gathered. Feedback with their marked checklists plus a model videorecording was preferred to either on its own. Feedback was preferred during the examination rather than after it. No undue stress appeared to be(More)
This paper discusses two types of response-scale heterogeneity, which may impact upon the EQ-5D. Response-scale heterogeneity in reporting occurs when individuals systematically differ in their use of response scales when responding to self-assessments. This type of heterogeneity is widely observed in relation to other self-assessed measures but is often(More)
Improving the quality of health services is central to current attempts to reform the National Health Service. The main approaches to quality improvement in communicable disease control to date have been the development of practice guidelines and audit projects. Descriptions of the impact of quality initiatives in public health generally and communicable(More)