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Clinical Neuroscience

SEPTEMBER 30, 2020

[The public’s attitudes towards electroconvulsive therapy in Hungary ]


[This research focused on the knowledge and attitude toward to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in the general population of Hungary. There are only a few studies in the international literature focusing on the public’s attitude towards ECT, and no such study has been published from Hungary. Participants were reached through social media and asked to fill out a semi-structured questionnaire on internet that comprised seventeen questions. Participation in the survey was entirely voluntary and anonymous. Participants of the survey were not working in health care; their answers to the questionnaire were compared to those of health-care workers. The result showed a significant difference between healthcare workers’ and lay people’s knowledge and attitude towards ECT. Two third of lay participants have never heard about ECT. Those familiar with ECT were relatively well-informed about its certain aspects yet rejection of ECT was significantly higher in the group of lay participants than in health-care workers. Lay people’s incomplete knowledge and negative attitude towards ECT was confirmed by this survey. The dissemination of reliable information – which should be the shared responsibility of mental health professionals and the media – would be vitally important to disperse the prejudices and doubts about ECT.]

Clinical Neuroscience

JULY 30, 2020

[Decisional collisions between evidence and experience based medicine in care of people with epilepsy]


[Background – Based on the literature and his long-term clinical practice the author stresses the main collisions of evidence and experience based medicine in the care of people with epilepsy. Purpose – To see, what are the professional decisions of high responsibility in the epilepsy-care, in whose the relevant clinical research is still lacking or does not give a satisfactory basis. Methods – Following the structure of the Hungarian Guideline the author points the critical situations and decisions. He explains also the causes of the dilemmas: the lack or uncertainty of evidences or the difficulty of scientific investigation of the situation. Results – There are some priorities of experience based medicine in the following areas: definition of epilepsy, classification of seizures, etiology – including genetic background –, role of precipitating and provoking factors. These are able to influence the complex diagnosis. In the pharmacotherapy the choice of the first drug and the optimal algorithm as well as the tasks during the care are also depends on personal experiences sometimes contradictory to the official recommendations. Same can occur in the choice of the non-pharmacological treatments and rehabilitation. Discussion and conclusion – Personal professional experiences (and interests of patients) must be obligatory accessories of evidence based attitude, but for achieving the optimal results, in some situations they replace the official recommendations. Therefore it is very important that the problematic patients do meet experts having necessary experiences and also professional responsibility to help in these decisions. ]

Lege Artis Medicinae

NOVEMBER 15, 2019

[Specialists’ opinions about the introduction of colorectal cancer screening ]


[ INTRODUCTION - The number of new cases of colorectal cancer is over 10 000 and there are around 5000 deaths per year in Hungary. A nationwide colon cancer screening program was launched in 2018. AIMS - Concerning the upcoming national screening, our aim was to explore attitudes, preferences and knowledge of specialists (family medicine, gastroenterology, surgery, oncology, pathology) who will be engaged in screening, diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer. METHOD - Before the start of the program we conducted semi-structured interviews with 20 representatives of specialties mentioned above. Interview-questions focused on knowledge (epidemiology, screening methods, program-related), preferences (screening method, protocol) and impact of the program on medical practice. Quan­ti­ta­tive and qualitative methods were used for analysis. RESULTS - Incidence of colon cancer was well known but its mortality in Hungary was underestimated. The public health significance of colorectal cancer scored 7 on a 10-point Likert scale and all participants agreed with introduction of the program. 12 people knew the chosen protocol (two-stage), only a single person mentioned one-stage (colonoscopy), and 7 had no information. 16 people prefer colonoscopy as the best screening method. 11 support two-stage protocol, 5 do not support but accept it, 4 would only accept the one-stage approach. 13 people think their duties will increase considerably. CONCLUSIONS - Our review partners consider colorectal screening in Hungary as an initiative to be supported. They expect increase of workload in their everyday medical practice and assume that the current endoscopic capacity will be overburdened. The majority prefers two-stage protocol because of cost-effectiveness while arguing that the colonoscopy has a bad reputation among the general population, nevertheless they consider colonoscopy as the best method of screening. ]

Lege Artis Medicinae

OCTOBER 20, 2019

[Experiences with the Hungarian version of the Sexual Risk Behavior Beliefs and Self-efficacy Scales ]


[INTRODUCTION - One of the most em­phasized areas of school health education is sexual safety. For risk reduction, adolescent’s beliefs and self-efficacy about sexual safety are decisive; however, no Hungarian measurement tool for this construction was available before. The aims of the present study were to adapt the Sexual Risk Behavior Beliefs and Self-efficacy Scales (SRBBS) to Hungarian, to explore the gender differences, and to assess predictors of condom use among high school students. METHOD - 9th and 10th class high school students in a north-Hungarian city were involved in our cross-sectional study (N = 649; 52.5% boys; mean age: 16.7 years; SD = 1.01 years). Measures: SRBBS questionnaire, sexual behavior issues. RESULTS - The psychometric analysis of SRBBS has yielded encouraging results. The theoretical factor structure is largely supported, the internal consistency of the scales is adequate and its test-retest reliability is mostly acceptable. 35.5% of the participants had sexual intercourse during their lifetime and 65.8% had used condoms at the last occasion. The boys (OR = 2.17, p = 0.021) and those who had more positive attitude towards condom use (OR = 1.24, p = 0.002) were significantly more likely to use a condom during the last act than girls, and subjects with less favorable attitude towards condom use. CONCLUSIONS - SRBBS questionnaire should be introduced into domestic research to measure the effectiveness of health check-ups and school health education programs. ]

Lege Artis Medicinae

JULY 20, 2019

[How many cardiovascular events can be avoided by a lipid lowering therapy based on preventive guidelines?]

MÁRK László

[The lipid lowering therapy became one of the most important elements in the cardiovascular prevention, yet it is not appropriately evaluated neither by the doctors, nor by the patients. The lipid goal attainment should to be improved according to Hungarian and international data. Using a recommendation guided lipid lowering therapy the most benefit can be expected in the patients at very high risk who alrea­dy had a cardiovascular event, where the LDL-cholesterol goal is 1.8 mmol/L. Calculating upon the data of 170000 patients of Cholesterol Treatment Trialists’ Collaboration a decrease of LDL-cholesterol level from 2.5 mmol/L to 1.8 in 100 patients in 10 years would avoid 3 myocardial infarctions, strokes or death, lowering that from 3.5 mmol/L to the goal would prevent these 3 events within 5 years. Using the traditional LDL-cholesterol lowering medication, high dose statin and ezetimibe, if the attitude of doctors and the compliance of patients would be ideal, the 1.8 mmol/L goal attainment rate would be over 80%. Unfortunately, up to now the reimbursed administration of ezetimibe in Hungary is still bound to a specialist’s recommendation, adding it to any dose of any statin an additional 20% LDL-cholesterol can be expected. The reimbursed administration of PCSK9-inhibitors is possible only based on a special request to National Health Insurance Fund. To achieve a better national cardiovascular morbidity and mortality the attitude of the doctors and the adherence of the patients to the lipid lowering therapy should be improved (it’s the goal of the present paper as well).]

Clinical Neuroscience

JULY 30, 2019

Attitude of spine surgeons towards the application of 3D technologies - a survey of AOSpine members

ÉLTES Endre Péter, KISS László, BARTOS Márton, EÖSZE Zsolt, SZÖVÉRFI Zsolt, VARGA Pál Péter, LAZÁRI Áron

Background - 3D technologies (3D virtual and physical model, 3D printing, computer aided engineering, finite element analysis based simulations) play an important role in personalized spine surgery. Objective - In collaboration with AOSpine a global, online survey-based study was performed in order to determine the acceptance rate and the factors which stand against the wider spread of 3D technologies. Methods - A survey containing 21 questions was developed and divided into five pages, every page corresponding to one chapter. Our analysis is based on the responses of 282 spine surgeons from 57 countries. To interpret our results in a global context, we used the Human Development Index of the respondent's countries in comparisons. Results - Significant difference between the AOSpine regions (p ≤ 0.05) was found, with the highest acceptance in Asia-Pacific region. There was no significant difference in acceptance score according to the field of spine surgery, or the surgical experience in years (p=0.77, and p=0.19). In the case of public practice, we found significantly higher acceptance compared to private and mixed (public and private) surgical practice (p ≤ 0.05). The acceptance of the technology varied based on the respondent’s resident country’s Human Development Index and was significantly different between „Medium” vs “Very high” (p = 0.0005) and „High” vs „Very high” (p=0.019) category. Significant positive correlation was found between the acceptance score and the HDI score (Spearman test, ρ = 0.37, p = 0.007). The main limitation factor was identified as the lack of information. Conclusion - There is high interest among spine surgeons towards the incorporation of 3D technologies into the clinical practice. Education, the healthcare system, and the economic environment plays a major role in acceptance. Our results provide the basis of a strategy to promote the application of 3D technologies.

Clinical Oncology

FEBRUARY 10, 2018

[New results from San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, 2017]

KAHÁN Zsuzsanna

[SABCS 2017 has been a 40-year jubilee conference with festive appearance and content. The anniversary provides possibility to look back: today we fi nd the knowledge and practice as of twenty years ago schematic and rough while the changes are overwhelming. Therapy became colorful and personally. There is need for precisious care which means consideration all patient and tumor features when surgical or medical therapy, radiotherapy or even diagnostic issues are decided - this has been the most important message of the conference this year. The Symposium always provides the most modern and breakthrough approaches and attitude that support advancement in patient care.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

DECEMBER 15, 2017

[What turns labour pain into suffering? The individual ways of coping]


[INTRODUCTION - Pain is not only a sensory experience, but includes emotional, motivational and cognitive dimensions, thus women’s perceptions of labour pain are largely influenced by individual attitudes. The distinction between pain and suffering sheds light on valuable information. Our aim was to study the relationship between women’s labour pain and their sense of suffering, and the effects of epidural analgesia on their judgements of pain, stress and satisfaction. SAMPLE AND METHOD - 342 women participated in our study. Their pain was assessed with the Numerical Rating Scale, sense of suffering with the shortened Perceived Stress Scale, which were followed by questions of epidural analgesia administration, its perceived effects and satisfaction. RESULTS - Women’s feelings of pain and sense of suffering show a strong positive correlation (R=0,283, p<0,001); but with the increase of these dimensions their satisfaction decreased (R=-0,162 and R= -0,444 respectively, p<0,001). The administration of epidural analgesia did not have a significant effect on their judgements of pain, stress and satisfaction. Perceived stress had the strongest determining influence on satisfaction (b=-0,534, p<0,001). CONCLUSIONS - According to our results on pain relief, we suggest the wider use of various non-pharmacological methods. Alleviation of maternal fear and suffering through non-judgemental, patient and supportive attitude of caregivers is of paramount importance.]

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

AUGUST 30, 2017

[How to break medical bad news? The importance of the course for breaking medical bad news and an evaluation of his curriculum]


[Breaking bad news to patients is a difficult task for health care professionals and there are many unsolved issues in this area. There are several ways of delivering bad news and the quality of the communication could affect the whole life of the patient. However the wrongly delivered bit of bad news could not only cause a crisis for the recipient but will create a stressful situation for the communicator. The course created at the University of Pécs, Faculty of Health Sciences is specified to the delivery of bad news with modern communication methods, which uses video feedback method to analyse and develop the participants’ communicational attitude, thus providing potent aid for the acquisition of the proper communicational techniques, from which both the patient and the care giver can profit.]

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

OCTOBER 30, 2016

[Prenatal care and the role of midwifery in Europe and in Hungary]

SZÖLLŐSI Katalin, KÖVI Rita, SZABÓ László

[Aim of the study: To provide a picture about the prenatal care practice and assess the attitude of obstetrics and midwives about the new prenatal care system in Hungary. To compare the Hungarian prenatal care system with that of other countries in the European Union (Finland, England). Procedure and Sample: We used self-developed questionarre with 50 midwives, 40 pregnants and interview with 5 midwives and 5 obstetricians. To compare the prenatal care systems in the EU we used the experienses of a study trip in Finland and informations from international databases. Results: 8% of the midwives work in prenatal care, 32% of participants are not interested in this field. In their view the new system is not elaborated yet, they need more professional survellance. Obstetricians acknowledge the competence of midwifery, however they suggest to gain more practical knowledge on the field. 75% of participating pregnant women would have chosen the prenatal care of obstetricians. The role of midwives in prenatal care is significant in Europe. The Hungarian system is unique, which is approached to the european practice by introduce the new prenatal care system. Discussion: The new Hungarian prenatal care system has several loops in its structure and effectiveness from the view of midwives and obstetricians.]