Tony L. Farrow

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This paper investigates the performance of artificial neural networks for analysing and classifying EMG signals from healthy subjects and patients with myopathic and neuropathic disorders. EMG interference patterns (IP) were recorded under maximum voluntary contraction from the right biceps of a total of 50 subjects. Parameters were obtained from the(More)
'No suicide contracts' (NSCs) are a tool commonly used by nurses in community crisis situations. At times this tool is utilized because the clinician believes that it is beneficial. However, there are other occasions when NSCs are introduced in a manner that runs counter to the clinical judgement of the crisis nurse. This paper discusses the results of a(More)
OBJECTIVES The relation between complicated early childhood convulsion (ECC) and adult epilepsy is unclear, although a history of complicated ECC is obtainable in half of adults with epilepsy associated with hippocampal sclerosis. It is not known if the ECC is a marker of pre-existing brain damage or is itself harmful to the developing brain. The objective(More)
The 'no-suicide contract' is a frequently utilized tool in both the assessment and dispersal of suicidal patients. However, little attention has been given to questioning whether suicidal persons are able to give informed consent to enter such a contract. This article utilizes both the existing literature on no-suicide contracts and the results of recent(More)
AIMS To explore veterinary perceptions of inherited disorders in pedigree dogs within New Zealand and how these affect animal health and welfare. METHODS An online questionnaire was distributed to the 647 members of the Companion Animal Society of the New Zealand Veterinary Association using an online survey system. The questionnaire collected details of(More)
'No suicide contracts' are commonly used in community crisis situations with suicidal people in New Zealand. These take the form of a 'guarantee of safety', along with a 'promise' to call specified persons if the suicidal ideation becomes unmanageable. This article describes the use of 'no suicide contracts' in community crisis situations, analyses the use(More)
This paper presents the findings from a study undertaken to describe nursing practice in one dual diagnosis (DD; coexisting mental illness and intellectual disability) inpatient unit in New Zealand. A focused ethnographic approach (using fieldwork observations, a review of documents, and five semistructured interviews) was used to gather data. A model of(More)
Undergraduate nursing students are confronted with a multitude of challenges during their mental health clinical placements. Many of the required skills are dissimilar to other areas of nursing and students must also develop the cognitive skills that influence the behavioural ones. However, mental health and mental health nursing are influenced and(More)
In late 2001 Canterbury, New Zealand mental health nurses undertook a variety of strike actions after stalled industrial negotiations with the local district health board. One response to these actions was the temporary reduction of many of the regions metal health services. Unsurprisingly, the print media responded by publicizing the crisis in mental(More)