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Evaluation of Psychometric Properties of the Persian Version of Brief Male Sexual Function Inventory: A Cross-Sectional Study.

Sex Med 2021 Jul 26;9(5):100409. Epub 2021 Jul 26.

Non-Communicable Diseases Research Center, Ilam University of Medical Sciences, Ilam, Iran.

Introduction: Male sexual dysfunction is a common problem, and there are many self-report questionnaires for measuring sexual function among men; however, the Brief Male Sexual Function Inventory (BSFI) is a tool that has 5 subscales, which is more complete than others. a validated self-report questionnaire, in the local language with modest expressions is required for men.

Aim: To determine the validity and reliability of the Persian version of the BSFI among men. Read More

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The health implications of distrust in the food system: findings from the dimensions of trust in food systems scale (DOTIFS scale).

BMC Public Health 2021 Jul 28;21(1):1468. Epub 2021 Jul 28.

College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University, Bedford Park, South Australia, 5042, Australia.

Background: Consumer trust in food systems is essential for consumers, food industry, policy makers and regulators. Yet no comprehensive tool for measuring consumer trust in food systems exists. Similarly, the impact that trust in the food system has on health-related food behaviours is yet to be empirically examined. Read More

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Creation of a Longitudinal Legal Data Set to Support Legal Epidemiology Studies of Mental Health Insurance Legislation.

Psychiatr Serv 2021 Jul 29:appips202100019. Epub 2021 Jul 29.

National Center for Primary Care (Douglas, Li, Gaglioti), Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine (Douglas), Department of Family Medicine (Gaglioti), Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta; Legal Consultant, Atlanta (Bent Weber); College of Law, Georgia State University, Atlanta (Bass); Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Allied Health Sciences (Benevides), Institute of Public and Preventive Health (Benevides), Department of Population Health Sciences, Health Economics and Modeling Division, Medical College of Georgia (Heboyan), Augusta University, Augusta, Georgia.

Objective: This article describes policy surveillance methodology used to track changes in the comprehensiveness of state mental health insurance laws over 23 years, resulting in a data set that supports legal epidemiology studies measuring effects of these laws on mental health outcomes.

Methods: Structured policy surveillance methods, including a coding protocol, blind coding of laws in 10% of states, and consensus meetings, were used to track changes in state laws from 1997 through 2019-2020. The legal database Westlaw was used to identify relevant statutes. Read More

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An umbrella systematic review of drain fluid analysis in colorectal surgery for the detection of anastomotic leak: not yet ready to translate research studies into clinical practice.

Colorectal Dis 2021 Jul 27. Epub 2021 Jul 27.

Faculty of Medicine and Health, Central Clinical School, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.

Aim: Anastomotic leak (AL) is the most important complication of intestinal surgery with an anastomosis. Whilst a number of studies have defined risk factors for AL, frustratingly, low-risk patients still develop AL. Studies have looked at drain fluid analysis for detection of AL, but these findings have failed to translate into routine clinical practice. Read More

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Validating a SMIIL:) Development and initial validation of a Scale Measuring the Impact of Interprofessional Learning (SMIIL).

J Interprof Care 2021 Jul 26:1-8. Epub 2021 Jul 26.

Faculty Development, College of Medicine and Health, University of Exeter Medical School, Exeter, UK.

Design and evaluation of interprofessional learning (IPL) in pre-qualification education lacks customization. In response to this, the Scale Measuring the Impact of Interprofessional Learning (SMIIL) was developed to facilitate the context-driven evaluation of IPL interventions in the undergraduate setting. Items of this scale reflect common IPL themes and align to levels one to three of the modified Kirkpatrick's model. Read More

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Reliability and validity of the Chinese version of the Head and Neck Information Needs Questionnaire for patients with head and neck cancer and their caregivers.

Int J Nurs Sci 2021 Jul 6;8(3):354-360. Epub 2021 Jun 6.

School of Nursing, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing, China.

Objectives: This study aimed to assess the reliability and validity of the Chinese version of the Head and Neck Information Needs Questionnaire (HaNiQ).

Methods: The HaNiQ was translated into a Chinese version using internationally recognized forward- and back-translation procedures. The reliability and validity of the HaNiQ were measured using Cronbach's α coefficient, split-half reliability, exploratory factor analysis, and Pearson correlation analysis. Read More

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Validation of the Multidimensional Inventory of Infidelity (IMIN) in Colombian Population.

Int J Psychol Res (Medellin) 2021 Jan-Jun;14(1):33-47

Grupo de investigación Procesos Biológicos y Neurociencias. Facultad de Psicología. Universidad de La Sabana, Campus del Puente del Común, Km 7 Autopista Norte de Bogotá, Chía, Cundinamarca, Colombia. Universidad de la Sabana Universidad de La Sabana BogotáCundinamarca Colombia.

Infidelity is a problem that entails psychological and physical consequences in humankind (Buss, 2016; González et al., 2009; Shackelford et al., 2003); thus, indicating the importance of measuring infidelity construct. Read More

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Measuring the Quality of Life in Forensic Psychiatric Hospitals.

Front Psychol 2021 9;12:701231. Epub 2021 Jul 9.

Department of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Ulm University, Ulm, Germany.

In Germany, a large proportion of mentally ill offenders spends many years in a forensic psychiatric hospital. To ensure that the highly restrictive living conditions in these closed institutions meet patient needs, research must assess and analyze patient quality of life. For this purpose, we adapted the Measuring the Quality of Prison Life questionnaire to measure the quality of life in forensic psychiatric hospitals from the patient perspective. Read More

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Fear of Movement/(Re)Injury: An Update to Descriptive Review of the Related Measures.

Front Psychol 2021 7;12:696762. Epub 2021 Jul 7.

College of Physical Education, Southwest University, Chongqing, China.

The prevalence of fear of movement (kinesiophobia) in persistent pain ranges from 50 to 70%, and it may hinder the subsequent rehabilitation interventions. Therefore, the evaluation of fear of movement/(re)injury plays a crucial role in making clinical treatment decisions conducive to the promotion of rehabilitation and prognosis. In the decision-making process of pain treatment, the assessment of fear of movement/(re)injury is mainly completed by scale/questionnaire. Read More

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Mistrust and Beliefs in Conspiracy Theories Differently Mediate the Effects of Psychological Factors on Propensity for COVID-19 Vaccine.

Front Psychol 2021 7;12:683684. Epub 2021 Jul 7.

Department of Humanities, University of Urbino, Urbino, Italy.

Vaccination is considered a key factor in the sanitary resolution of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, vaccine hesitancy can undermine its diffusion with severe consequences on global health. While beliefs in conspiracy theories, mistrust in science and in policymakers, and mistrust in official information channels may also increment vaccine hesitancy, understanding their psychological causes could improve our capacity to respond to the pandemic. Read More

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interRAI Subjective Quality of Life Scale for Mental Health and Addiction Settings: A Self-Reported Measure Developed From a Multi-National Study.

Front Psychiatry 2021 9;12:705415. Epub 2021 Jul 9.

School of Public Health Sciences, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada.

Measuring Quality of Life (QoL) in mental health using self-reported items is important for evaluating the quality of service and understanding the person's experience of the care received. The aim of this research was to develop and validate a self-reported QoL instrument for inpatient and community mental health settings. Data were collected from diverse research sites in Canada, Belgium, Russia, Finland, Brazil, and Hong Kong, using the 37-item interRAI Quality of Life Survey for Mental Health and Addictions. Read More

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Design and validation of a modular micro-robotic system for the mechanical characterization of soft tissues.

Acta Biomater 2021 Jul 21. Epub 2021 Jul 21.

Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University, 206 South Martin Jischke Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907; Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado - Boulder, 1111 Engineering Center, 427 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309. Electronic address:

The mechanical properties of tissues are critical design parameters for biomaterials and regenerative therapies seeking to restore functionality after disease or injury. Characterizing the mechanical properties of native tissues and extracellular matrix throughout embryonic development helps us understand the microenvironments that promote growth and remodeling, activities critical for biomaterials to support. The mechanical characterization of small, soft materials like the embryonic tissues of the mouse, an established mammalian model for development, is challenging due to difficulties in handling minute geometries and resolving forces of low magnitude. Read More

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Development and Validation of an Instrument for Measuring Parenting Stress among Clinical Nurses.

Asian Nurs Res (Korean Soc Nurs Sci) 2021 Jul 21. Epub 2021 Jul 21.

College of Nursing, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea. Electronic address:

Purpose: Clinical nurses who are mothers of preschool-aged children experience extreme parenting stress linked to their hospital work environment and shift work, differing from that generally experienced by mothers. This study aimed to develop and validate a parenting stress scale that considers the clinical nurses' form of work and its characteristics.

Methods: The scale items were initially derived from in-depth interviews and a literature review and were revised and modified based on the results of content validity testing by experts. Read More

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Investigation of the Wind-Induced Airflow Pattern Near the Thies LPM Precipitation Gauge.

Sensors (Basel) 2021 Jul 17;21(14). Epub 2021 Jul 17.

Department of Civil, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Genova, 16145 Genova, Italy.

The airflow velocity pattern generated by a widely used non-catching precipitation gauge (the Thies laser precipitation monitor or LPM) when immersed in a wind field is investigated using computational fluid dynamics (CFD). The simulation numerically solves the unsteady Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (URANS) equations and the setup is validated against dedicated wind tunnel measurements. The adopted k-ω shear stress transport (SST) turbulence model closely reproduces the flow pattern generated by the complex, non-axisymmetric outer geometry of the instrument. Read More

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A Novel Sensor Foil to Measure Ski Deflections: Development and Validation of a Curvature Model.

Sensors (Basel) 2021 Jul 16;21(14). Epub 2021 Jul 16.

Department of Sport and Exercise Science, University of Salzburg, Schlossallee 49, 5400 Hallein/Rif, Austria.

The ski deflection with the associated temporal and segmental curvature variation can be considered as a performance-relevant factor in alpine skiing. Although some work on recording ski deflection is available, the segmental curvature among the ski and temporal aspects have not yet been made an object of observation. Therefore, the goal of this study was to develop a novel ski demonstrator and to conceptualize and validate an empirical curvature model. Read More

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Cultural Adaptation and Psychometric Properties of the Spanish Version of the Occupational Balance Questionnaire: An Instrument for Occupation-Based Research.

Int J Environ Res Public Health 2021 Jul 14;18(14). Epub 2021 Jul 14.

Department of Rehabilitation, School of Health and Welfare, Jönköping University, 55111 Jönköping, Sweden.

Occupational balance (OB) may be a major determinant of health outcomes due to its role in bringing a sense of purpose in the occupations that are personally experienced as a process of getting health and wellness. The Occupational Balance Questionnaire (OBQ) is a reliable instrument for measuring OB, although it has not been adapted and validated in Spain so far; therefore, this study had a double aim: (1) to translate and cross-culturally adapt the original OBQ version into Spanish (OBQ-E); (2) to analyze the psychometric properties for its use in the Spanish population. Standard procedures were used for the cross-adaptation process and pilot testing was carried out using three different samples to extend the applicability of the OBQ-E. Read More

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Adaptation of the Teacher Efficacy Scale to Measure Effective Teachers' Educational Practices Through Students' Ratings: A Multilevel Approach.

Psicothema 2021 08;33(3):509-517

Universidad de Sevilla.

Background: There is an increasing evidence of the role that teachers' educational practices have for students' school achievement and their well-being. However, there is a lack of valid measures in Spanish to address effective educational practices based on students' perceptions. In response, this study aims to provide a valid, reliable scale for measuring educational practices in school settings: the Students' ratings of Teachers' Educational Practices Scale (STEPS). Read More

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Adjacent Cell Marker Lateral Spillover Compensation and Reinforcement for Multiplexed Images.

Front Immunol 2021 5;12:652631. Epub 2021 Jul 5.

Department of Pathology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, United States.

Multiplex imaging technologies are now routinely capable of measuring more than 40 antibody-labeled parameters in single cells. However, lateral spillage of signals in densely packed tissues presents an obstacle to the assignment of high-dimensional spatial features to individual cells for accurate cell-type annotation. We devised a method to correct for lateral spillage of cell surface markers between adjacent cells termed REinforcement Dynamic Spillover EliminAtion (REDSEA). Read More

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Application of the Chinese Version of the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index in People Living With HIV: Preliminary Reliability and Validity.

Front Psychiatry 2021 6;12:676022. Epub 2021 Jul 6.

Department of Social Medicine and Health Management, Xiangya School of Public Health, Central South University, Changsha, China.

The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) has been a widely used instrument measuring sleep quality among people living with HIV (PLWH) in China while its psychometric properties have yet to be examined in this population. We aimed to assess the reliability and validity of the Chinese version of PSQI in PLWH and identify factors associated with sleep quality. This study was based on a longitudinal study of newly diagnosed PLWH, among whom the PSQI was used to measure sleep quality 5 years after HIV diagnosis ( = 386). Read More

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Measuring Patient Quality of Life Following Treatment for Alopecia.

Patient Prefer Adherence 2021 16;15:1601-1610. Epub 2021 Jul 16.

Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand.

Alopecia is a challenging problem for both physicians and patients in terms of diagnosis and treatment. Alopecia usually has negative effects on patients' emotional and psychological well-being. Several studies have examined the effect of alopecia on patients' health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and have consistently reported poor scores. Read More

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Middle school nutrition knowledge tool development and evaluation in North Carolina.

Nutr Food Sci 2017 8;47(3):332-345. Epub 2017 May 8.

Department of Nutrition Science, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Purpose –: This study aims to develop and empirically assess an instrument for measuring nutrition knowledge aligned to the North Carolina (NC) Healthful Living Essential Standards for teaching nutrition. The instrument was critically evaluated and used to assess nutrition knowledge in Eastern NC students.

Design/methodology/approach –: Researchers evaluated 250 students in 16, eighth-grade classrooms using a 22-question researcher-developed nutrition knowledge questionnaire. Read More

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Psychometric properties of the revised Diabetes Knowledge Test using Rasch analysis.

Patient Educ Couns 2021 Jul 14. Epub 2021 Jul 14.

Graduate School of Public Health, Ajou University, Suwon, Republic of Korea. Electronic address:

Objective: The revised Diabetes Knowledge Test (DKT2) is the instrument that is the most widely used for measuring diabetes knowledge; nevertheless, its structural validity has never been evaluated. This study aimed to determine the psychometric properties of the DKT2.

Methods: This study performed a secondary data analysis of people with diabetes recruited at university hospitals. Read More

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Statistical Study of the Method of Radius-Change Sphericity Measurements.

Sensors (Basel) 2021 Jul 3;21(13). Epub 2021 Jul 3.

Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Metrology, Kielce University of Technology, Al. 1000-lecia P. P. 7, 25-314 Kielce, Poland.

At the Kielce University of Technology, a concept of the accurate measurement of sphericity deviations of machine parts has been developed. The concept is based upon the measurement of roundness profiles in many clearly defined cross-sections of the workpiece. Measurements are performed with the use of a typical radius change measuring instrument equipped with a device for accurate positioning of the ball. Read More

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Development of a health behavior scale for older adults living alone receiving public assistance.

BMC Public Health 2021 Jul 19;21(1):1428. Epub 2021 Jul 19.

Department of Community and Public Health Nursing, Graduate School of Health Sciences and Faculty of Medicine, Hokkaido University, N12-W5, Kita-ku, Sapporo, 060-0812, Japan.

Background: To reduce health disparities, prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCD) by performing desirable health behavior in older adults living alone with low socioeconomic status is an essential strategy in public health. Self-perception of personal power and practical skills for daily health are key elements of desirable health behavior. However, methods for measuring these concepts have not been established. Read More

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Measuring nurses' moral courage: an explorative study.

Nurs Ethics 2021 Jul 19:9697330211003211. Epub 2021 Jul 19.

KU Leuven, Belgium.

Background: The 21-item Nurses' Moral Courage Scale was developed and validated in 2018 in Finland with the purpose of measuring moral courage among nurses.

Objectives: The objective of this study was to make a Dutch translation of the Nurses' Moral Courage Scale to describe the level of nurses' self-assessed moral courage and associated socio-demographic factors in Flanders, Belgium.

Research Design: A forward-backward translation method was applied to translate the English Nurses' Moral Courage Scale to Dutch, and a pilot study was conducted to improve readability and understandability. Read More

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Rapidoxy® 100: A Solvent-Free Pre-treatment for Production of Canolol.

Front Nutr 2021 2;8:687851. Epub 2021 Jul 2.

Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada.

RapidOxy® 100 is an automated instrument originally designed for measuring the oxidative stability of both solid and liquid samples. The compact and portable design of RapidOxy® 100, and its built-in pressurized heating chamber, provides a suitable environment for studying processing conditions. The feasibility of using oxygen or an inert atmosphere provides the ideal environment to study the effect of dry heat pre-treatment on canola antioxidants. Read More

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Designing and Validation of the Nurses' Preparedness to Response to COVID-19 Questionnaire in Iran.

Disaster Med Public Health Prep 2021 Jul 19:1-21. Epub 2021 Jul 19.

Department of Health in Disasters and Emergencies, School of Management and Medical Informatics, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran.

Background: Nurses are considered key members to respond to incidents and disasters. As many patients are hospitalized during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and nurses are directly in contact with these patients, their preparedness enables them to respond to this situation more effectively and protects their health. Therefore, the present study aimed to design and validate a questionnaire to measure the nurses' preparedness in response to COVID-19 in Iran in 2020. Read More

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The Clinical Sustainability Assessment Tool: measuring organizational capacity to promote sustainability in healthcare.

Implement Sci Commun 2021 Jul 17;2(1):77. Epub 2021 Jul 17.

Washington University in St. Louis, Brown School, St. Louis, MO, USA.

Background: Few validated assessment tools are available to increase understanding and measure factors associated with sustainment of clinical practices, an increasingly recognized need among clinicians. We describe the development of the Clinical Sustainability Assessment Tool (CSAT), designed to assess factors that contribute to sustainable practices in clinical settings.

Methods: Sixty-four participants from clinical and research fields participated in concept mapping and were recruited to brainstorm factors that lead to sustained clinical practices. Read More

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Validity, reliability, and calibration of the physical activity unit 7 item screener (PAU-7S) at population scale.

Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act 2021 Jul 17;18(1):98. Epub 2021 Jul 17.

Gasol Foundation, 08830, Sant Boi de Llobregat, Spain.

Background: Validation of self-reported tools, such as physical activity (PA) questionnaires, is crucial. The aim of this study was to determine test-retest reliability, internal consistency, and the concurrent, construct, and predictive validity of the short semi-quantitative Physical Activity Unit 7 item Screener (PAU-7S), using accelerometry as the reference measurement. The effect of linear calibration on PAU-7S validity was tested. Read More

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Dyspnoea-12 and Multidimensional Dyspnea Profile: Systematic review of use and properties.

J Pain Symptom Manage 2021 Jul 14. Epub 2021 Jul 14.

Lund University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences Lund, Respiratory Medicine and Allergology, Lund, Sweden. Electronic address:

Context: The Dyspnoea-12 (D-12) and Multidimensional Dyspnea Profile (MDP) were specifically developed for assessment of multiple sensations of breathlessness.

Objectives: This systematic review aimed to identify the use and measurement properties of the D-12 and MDP across populations, settings and languages.

Methods: Electronic databases were searched for primary studies (2008-2020) reporting use of the D-12 or MDP in adults. Read More

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