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CONTEXT The abuse of stimulant drugs is increasing in the western United States. Although numerous case reports and animal studies suggest a link with stroke, epidemiologic studies have yielded conflicting results. OBJECTIVE To test the hypothesis that young adults who abuse amphetamines or cocaine are at a higher risk of stroke. DESIGN, SETTING, AND(More)
Twenty-five nurse leaders met at an invitational conference in Texas to discuss professional nurse competency evaluation. Conference attendees who were statewide nursing leaders in practice, education, and administration identified ways to evaluate competency. Responses were recorded and clustered into the following patterns: (1) components of competency(More)
Rapid development of doctor of nursing practice (DNP) programs requires that nursing faculty and students become competent and proficient in the discipline of informatics. The authors describe the steps used to develop an applied informatics course in a post-master's DNP program using content organizing and pedagogical frameworks and its positive learning(More)
Rural and small community hospitals typically have few resources and little experience with quality improvement (QI) and, on average, demonstrate poorer quality of care than larger facilities. Formalized QI education shows promise in improving quality, but little is known about its effect in rural and small community hospitals. The authors describe a(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the effectiveness of a quality improvement educational program in rural hospitals. DESIGN Hospital-randomized controlled trial. SETTING PARTICIPANTS A total of 47 rural and small community hospitals in Texas that had previously received a web-based benchmarking and case-review tool. INTERVENTION The 47 hospitals were(More)
The increasing openness and heterogeneity of distributed computing systems requires the representation of meta-information in distributed environments. Most type management systems can only define types within particular type systems. In contrast, the DSTC's Meta-Object Facility (MOF) first defines a type system as a set of meta-meta-objects, and then(More)
The study design for this hospital-randomized controlled trial of an educational quality improvement intervention in rural and small community hospitals, following the implementation of a Web-based quality benchmarking and case review tool, specified a control group and a rapid-cycle quality improvement education group of >or= 30 hospitals each. Of the 64(More)
OBJECTIVE ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Emergency medical services (EMS) agencies play a critical role in its initial identification and treatment. We conducted this study to assess EMS management of STEMI care in the United States. METHODS A structured questionnaire(More)
EXTENDED ABSTRACT Data Visualisation is a powerful tool in modern computing. It allows ease of navigation of large information spaces and it is invaluable in communicating complex ideas. As the volume of data stored by organisations continues to increase, Data Visualisation can reduce mountains of data to visually insightful representations, which can aid(More)
  • Susan McBride
  • 2004
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