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Translating Evidence Into Practice via Social Media: A Mixed-Methods Study

Translating Evidence Into Practice via Social Media: A Mixed-Methods Study | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Background: Approximately 80% of research evidence relevant to clinical practice never reaches the clinicians delivering patient care. There are a number of reasons as to why this is the case.

 

However it may be possible to improve on this statistic via leveraging social media. This particular mixed methods study involved participants in a number of countries around the world  and adds to the current knowledge on the effective use of social media for educational purposes. The research study involved the streaming of curated information to a group of healthcare professionals over a period of time with both pre-test and post-test surveys being undertaken. 

 

For more information on this research as well as what the results were click on the banner headline.

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This article will be of interest to healthcare professionals who have roles in knowledge management and knowledge sharing.

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Older donors could help reduce organ transplant gap: Canadian Report

Older donors could help reduce organ transplant gap: Canadian Report | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Canada could reduce its persistent shortage of organs for transplant by retrieving more organs from older donors, says a study released Thursday by the Canadian Institute for Health Information. 

 

The variability seen in the rates of organ donation as well as the variation in the demographics of organ donors across the country has led to a closer examination of where the potential exists to increase the rates of organ donation.

 

The report highlights what can be viewed as the current missed opportunities to increase the rates of organ donation across Canada.

 

The link to the full report -

 

http://www.cihi.ca/cihi-ext-portal/internet/en/document/types+of+care/specialized+services/organ+replacements/release_18dec14

 

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Variation between the provinces in Canada has led to this closer examination of data pertaining to organ donation. The recommendations are sound and the whole report is worth reading. This will be of interest to professionals who hold the responsibility and/or interest in the performance of health care systems pertaining to organ donation.

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Some hospitals in Bulgaria now have reasonable rates of organ donation

Some hospitals in Bulgaria now have reasonable rates of organ donation | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Dr Mariyana Simeonova, head of the Executive Agency for Transplantation in Bulgaria, recently held in an interview with the FOCUS News Agency.

 

Dr Simeonova outlined some of the current statistics for organ transplantation  in Bulgaria as well as the challenges with respect to increasing the rates of organ donation. In addition the top three hospitals for organ transplantation were also named.

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Some interesting information from one of the Eastern European countries.

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Bedfordshire professor authors new organ donation strategy in the United Kingdom

Bedfordshire professor authors new organ donation strategy in the United Kingdom | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Bedfordshire University's Professor of Diversity in Public Health, Gurch Randhawa, has authored a new action plan aimed at boosting organ donation rates among different religious communities in the United Kingdom.

 

For more on the story along with a downloadable summary of the strategy along with the response from NHSBT click on the banner headline.

 

For a story of how similar challenges in different ethnic communities are also being addressed and met in Australia click on the following link

 

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2013/12/13/overcoming-cultural-qualms-over-organ-donation

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Delivering accurate information about organ donation to community members of differing religious affiliations and/or ethnic backgrounds is a challenge in many countries across the world. The challenge is being addressed by both professional organizations and healthcare professionals by establishing collaborative partnerships with both religious and community leaders.

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Why content curation is a new form of communication

While the history of communication until the end of the previous century has only been focusing on enlarging the distribution to a few published or broadcasted content creators, we now live in information overload where content curators can be the new super heroes.


Via Guillaume Decugis
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Both the rationale for content curation as well as some interesting statistics are outlined in this well put together slideshow

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Why content curation is a new form of communication

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Curaduría de contenidos.

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Slideshare: Personal Knowledge Management

What is "Personal Knowledge Management" and what skills, tools and literacies do you need to ensure you remain relevant in today's fast-moving and sometimes chaotic environment.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, David Hain, Dianne Hope
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Leonie Mateer's comment, August 30, 2013 6:00 PM
Love the quote "Getting information off the internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant!!" Oh how true..
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#inf530 #inf532

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Case Reports in Anesthesia: Organ Procurement in the Brain dead ...

Case Reports in Anesthesia: Organ Procurement in the Brain dead ... | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

The information contained in this blog is intended for anaesthetists who may work at smaller hospitals or who on occasion manage organ donors during the surgical retrieval process performed in the operating room.

 

However this information may also be of interest to anyone who is involved in the management of organ donors post declaration of brain death.....

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The Irrationality of Irrationality: The Paradox of Popular Psychology | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

The Irrationality of Irrationality: The Paradox of Popular Psychology | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

In a modern world can we be overwhelmed with both the quantity and quality of information that we are increasingly being bombarded with? Do the terms satisficing or boundary setting resonate? Click on the banner headline to read on....

 

An additional interesting post written by a medical student is titled "Drinking from a firehose" can research into the human mind help with medical school memorization? This outlines the challenges with inorporating the ever changing ever increasing anounts of information into ones own knowledge armamentorium and can be accessed via .... http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/unofficial-prognosis/2012/07/26/drinking-from-a-firehose-can-research-into-the-human-mind-help-with-medial-school-memorization/

 

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CasesBlog - Medical and Health Blog: Top articles in medicine in ...

CasesBlog - Medical and Health Blog: Top articles in medicine in ... | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Another trend. Informative blogs via which information related to healthcare is summarised. Some blogs provide general information such as in this case. Other blogs focus on specific areas within healthcare and or medicine.

 

CasesBlog - Medical and Health Blog ... "Google ranks the top 100 journals and NEJM is no more the "top dog" http://j.mp/HBGYKB according to G Scholar Metrics for Publications. The most cited NEJM article is "Vitamin D ..."

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The BiVACOR artificial heart: developed in Queensland Australia

The BiVACOR artificial heart: developed in Queensland Australia | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This story is about a new type of artificial heart which has been developed in Australia and is now being trialed in a large animal model. This type of heart is unusual in that the flow of blood is not intermittent, hence there is no pulse which can be detected in the recipient.

 

The full article contains information about the developers, the collaborative partnerships that have been required to ensure the research could get to this stage as well as more information about the device itself. This can be accessed by clicking on the banner headline.

 

The hope is that this type of device will ultimately be trialed in humans. If it is successful then it could be an alternative to conventional heart transplantation in selected cases.

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Well put together article, containing fine graphics. A must read for anyone interested in medical technology

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Family remains traumatized after organ donor ID mix-up

Family remains traumatized after organ donor ID mix-up | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Mike Hernandez, a husband and father of three, died suddenly last spring. He was just 48 years old. What happened around the time of his death when his wife was approached about whether he wished to be an organ donor is the subject of this article.

 

There seems to be a problem with the initial identification of whether Mike Hernandez recorded a yes or a no to organ donation via the motor vehicle drivers license registry. What then transpired according to his wife is outlined in more detail in the article which can be accessed via clicking on the banner headline.  

Deborah Verran's insight:

Any 'mix up' over the correct identification of the prior wishes on organ donation can lead to anguish and concern amongst family members. This case highlights the importance of cross checking information.

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Big Data's Effect on Organ Transplant Wait Lists in the United States

Big Data's Effect on Organ Transplant Wait Lists in the United States | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This report is about the challenges that have been faced in recent years in the United States with increasing numbers of people on transplant waiting lists and how the concept of paired kidney exchange arose. Hint it involved a Professor of Economics (Dr Alvin Roth) who was ultimately awarded the Nobel prize.

 

However there are still challenges with finding matches with paired kidney exchange schemes and the reasons are also outlined in this report.

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Interesting report containing both statistics and background information

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Proud to support my wife, @LaureenHarper & @MinRonaAmbrose as they raise awareness for organ donation #giftoflife

Proud to support my wife, @LaureenHarper & @MinRonaAmbrose as they raise awareness for organ donation #giftoflife | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This following tweet and accompanying photo from the current Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper is in support of the current social media initiative for organ donation awareness in Canada.

 

"J'appuie fièrement mon épouse @LaureenHarper & @MinRonaAmbrose qui font mieux connaître le don d'organes #donnezlavie (Proud to support my wife, @LaureenHarper & @MinRonaAmbrose as they raise awareness for organ donation"

 

For more information click on the following link- http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/health-sante/donation-contribution/index-eng.php

 

 

 

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IRODaT - International Registry on Organ Donation and Transplantation

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IRODaT is The International Registry on Organ Donation and Transplantation.
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Useful web site for information and data on organ donation and transplantation around the world

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Best Care at Lower Cost: The Path to Continuously Learning Health Care in America - Institute of Medicine

Best Care at Lower Cost: The Path to Continuously Learning Health Care in America - Institute of Medicine | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

How can the burgeoning flow of information be managed in a healthcare system? Can innovation help deal with increasing costs? Answers to these questions and more can be obtained by reading the recently released report from the Institute of Medicine in the United States titled- 'Best Care at Lower Cost: The Path to Continuously Learning Health Care in America'. The issues are generic to all health care systems.

 

America's health care system has become far too complex and costly to continue business as usual.......via the banner headline link access can be obtained to a summary of the report, two infographics plus the full report.

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Bridging the Digital Divide: It's more than teaching computer skills...

What are the skills that are going to be required of a 'digital native' in the next 5-10 years? This presentation brought via slideshare provides some answers.....


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WHO/Europe | Hepatitis: it's closer than you think

WHO/Europe | Hepatitis: it's closer than you think | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

As part of World Hepatitis Day 28th July 2012 comes this media release via WHO/Europe. 9 million people in the WHO European Region are infected with hepatitis C and around 86 000 die annually. Most infected people show no symptoms, so the virus remains neglected until the disease becomes chronic.

 

Hepatitis C leading to chronic liver disease is also the most common indication for liver transplantation in many countries around the world. Click on the banner headline for more information and an interesting video.

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