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Lege Artis Medicinae

JULY 20, 2014

[News in the therapy of age-related macular degeneration]

RÉCSÁN Zsuzsa

[Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of serious visual deterioration in elderly people. The progressive, degenerative maculopathy involves both eyes. The serious visual impairment is caused by geographic atrophy and subretinal neovascularization. Interaction between environmental and genetic factors is fundamental in the development of this multifactorial disease. Significant risk factors are the age, positive familiy history and smoking. In early stages, prevention and vitamin supplementation play important role. Modern therapy of subretinal neovascularization is the inhibition of VEGF. No known treatment has been yet available for geographic atrophy.]

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

DECEMBER 31, 2013

[The health care changes affected the everyday lives of nurses ]

NÉMETH Anikó, BETLEHEM József, LAMPEK Kinga

[Aims of the study: To examine the changes inpatient care nurses had to undergo following the reorganization of health care system during the last few years. Sample and methods: This was a cross-sectional study conducted in six teaching hospitals of Hungary involving nurses who worked full-time in inpatient care applying self-developed questionnaires between October and December 2010. Results: Nurses had to face many negative events and the feeling of uncertainty during the reorganization, which also affected the self evaluation of their health status. The fear of relocation, reduced salary or losing the job and the worsened psychic status and bad workplace communication are significant. The six-question uncertainty scale can be divided into a promotional and an environmental subscale. Responders expect significant support from their employers, mainly financially. Conclusions: The reorganization of the health care system caused uncertainty by the nurses. ]

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

OCTOBER 30, 2013

[The state of health of Roma in Nagykálló ]

ARATÓ Miklósné

[Aim of the study: To assess the unique lifestyle characteristics and state of health of the Roma minority living in a closed community. The author assumed that the Roma have a different attitude towards their own health and to the healthcare supply system. Sample and method: At the Sántha Kálmán Mental Health Centre and Specialist Hospital, in May 2012 a unique blood donation day was organised for the Roma population. As a part of the program, besides the medical tests, a questionnaire-based survey was conducted. (N=100) The author processed the data using Microsoft Excel, and presented the results with descriptive statistical methods. Results: Of the more than 100 who volunteered, 38 were able to give blood. Among the respondents the majority of women were aged 41-50 years (39%), and most of the men were in the 31-40 age bracket. More than half of the respondents (57%) consume alcohol regularly or occasionally, while 47% of them smoke. Some 39% of those surveyed consider their own state of health to be bad. Some 56% of the respondents are satisfied with the provision of healthcare, despite the fact that almost half of them have experienced some kind of discrimination during their care. Conclusions: The bad state of health of the Roma is related to the lower quality of life, the low level of education, alcohol consumption and smoking. The Roma are aware of the screening tests and consider them important; indeed, some of them also regularly give blood, but the communication targeting them is not effective. The Roma population experience discrimination more frequently then the other members of society. It is imperative that training in tolerance towards the Roma be incorporated into healthcare education. It is also necessary to improve the supportive relationship with healthcare. One means of achieving this could be the inclusion of Roma in healthcare efforts.]

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

AUGUST 30, 2013

[Factors influencing job satisfaction by health care workers]

NÉMETH Anikó

[The healthcare workers spend most of their lifetime at the workplace. Job satisfaction is influenced by many factors some of which are connected to the working environment, physical safety at workplace, salary, social relations at workplace and the position in the workplace hierarchy. The diversity of the job, the level of control at workplace, the amount of skills required for the position, the quantity and quality of social relations all contribute to the level of job satisfaction. When the job does not satisfy the most important needs of the workers, job dissatisfaction develops. Dissatisfaction may have many different consequences. It impacts the work performance, extends the length of sick leaves and increases the intent to leave the career. When the health care worker experiences general bad mood, spleen and low self esteem at the workplace, it has a negative influence not only on job satisfaction, but even emotional exhaustion, prolonged anxiety and depression might develop in consequence.]

Clinical Neuroscience

JANUARY 30, 2014

[Diagnosis of primary insomnia by actigraphy - Improved results by data selection]

RAJNA Péter, TAKÁCS Johanna

[Study objectives - In spite of the useful information provided by actigraphy in sleep medicine it is still not an independent tool either in the clinical diagnosis or in the follow-up. In the frame of a retrospective study, a simple new method of data reduction was applied with the aim of improving the clinical impact of actigraphy for the diagnosis of primary insomnia. Methods - Actigraphic records with a duration of 1 week produced on 47 subjects who met the inclusion-exclusion criteria. The daily activities during the investigational period were registered by means a self-completed questionnaire. Three parameters (sleep latency, sleep fragmentation and sleep efficiency) and only their three ’worse - as regards insomnia’ daily values were analyzed statistically. The study participants comprised 13 healthy controls, 17 healthy ‘bad sleepers’ and 17 subjects with primary insomnia. Results - The post-hoc tests did not reveal statistically significant difference in the three parameters between the healthy and ‘bad sleeper’ groups, but these two groups differed statistically from the primary insomnia group. Conclusion - The actigraphic analysis of sleep latency, sleep fragmentation and sleep efficacy allows a significant differentiation between subjects with primary insomnia and healthy controls, but not between healthy controls and healthy ‘bad sleepers’. Statistical algorithms indicated ‘models’ for clinically good and bad sleepers. Further studies on large populations are necessary before this method can be introduced in the routine medical care of individuals with primary insomnia.]

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

JULY 30, 2012

[Intention to leave the profession among health care workers in Csongrád County]

NÉMETH Anikó, IRINYI Tamás

[Aims of the study: The study assessed the intent to leave the profession among health care providers in Csongrád County and investigated on which fi eld and country they intend to work; its connection with burn-out and psychosomatic symptoms has also been analyzed. Methodology and sample: This is a cross-sectional study carried out through a self-designed self-report questionnaire sent to registered members of MESZK living in Csongrád County. Results: Bad psychosomatic status correlates with the intent to leave the health care system (p<0.000) and the fear of losing the job (p<0.003). Those who are not afraid of losing their jobs are not to leave the health care system (p<0.000). Workers with severe psychic condition are planning most likely planning to leave their profession. Conclusions: The fear of losing employment and the thought of leaving the profession is an everyday phenomenon among health care workers. This shows strong connection with bad psychosomatic status and burn out.]