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Lege Artis Medicinae

OCTOBER 21, 2020

[Attitudes towards obesity in the health care system]


[Bias, prejudice and discrimination are part of the everyday life of people with obesity, even in the health care system. Obesity-related prejudices can lead to disrespectful, humiliating treatment of pa­tients with excess weight and impair the quality of care for patients. There is a bidirectional relationship between stigmatization of obesity and obesity: discrimination against obesity is frequent, while stigmatization experiences lead to additional weight gain and result in avoidance of health care, and health deterioration and increas­ed risk of mortality. The aim of the study is to raise awareness among professionals about obesity-related prejudices and dis­crimination, and to present strategies to reduce stigmatization of obesity in the health care system. All this will serve better care and may have public health significance in the long run.]

Hypertension and nephrology

SEPTEMBER 30, 2020

[Non-pharmacological treatment of hypertension and reducing cardiovascular risk in general practitioners’ clusters]


[Hypertension and cardiovascular diseases are major public health issues. In their treatment non-pharmacological methods have a role in every case either alone or as a complement. Patient adherence is a key factor. The role of primary care is very important in the management and with general practitioners’ cluster model and with the involvement of new primary care professionals (for example: dietetitian, physiotherapist) the opportunities are expanding. In the A GP Cluster and in the Marosmenti GP Cluster the analysis of the patients’ results who participated in an individual health status examination, in dietetic and in physiotherapy services. Assessing the professionals’ attitudes towards GP cluster model. In the A GP Cluster 2409 people, in the Marosmenti GP Cluster 1826 people participated in an individual health status examination. 14.6% and 19.9% of the participants were under the age of 18. 58.9% and 60.7% of the participants over the age of 18 were female. 1083 and 232 patients used physiotherapy services, 147 and 187 people used dietetic services. The age distribution of the individual health status examinations is correspond to the Hungarian age pyramid. In addition to the preventive approach came into view the community based local health care services. The GP cluster model was welcomed by the patients, the physiotherapy was more popular than dietetic among them. All professionals of the GP clusters had a positive opinion of the professional work done in the project. Conclusion: There is a demand both from the patients and the healthcare professionals for the GP cluster concept. The establishing of an appropriate monitoring system and creating long-term, sustainable operating conditions are essential for achieving lasting social health gains. ]

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 Oncology

DECEMBER 10, 2018

[Medical use of marihuana especially in oncology]


[The medical use of marijuana has gained a considerable attention among wide range of cancer patients lately in Hungary. Consequently, oncologist sare facing questions related to cannabinoids more and more in their clinical practice. This article aims to clarify some basic concepts and to give a brief introduction on the current international and national legislation on their accessibility. Numerous publications have dealt with the application of marijuana in various indications. Among the tumour related indications, the concerned studies mainly refer to chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting, chronic pain, sleep disorders, anorexia and cachexia. The article also to uches upon on knowledge connected to the causal treatment of malignant tumours, which are currently limited to glioblastoma. Information on the carcinogenic potential of cannabis and information on the popularity and attitudes of American oncologists can be found in this article. This paper gives a literature review in the above mentioned themes.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

DECEMBER 10, 2019

[Family medicine as a career. Medical students’ attitudes and vocational choice motivations]


[INTRODUCTION - The large number of vacant general practices is a burning issue in Hungary. The entering of new colleagues into the general practitioner speciality training does not pose a real solution to the human resources crisis in this field. Our aim is to assess medical students’ attitudes and knowledge about general practice. SAMPLE AND METHOD - Cross-sectional survey with self-completed questionnaires at the University of Szeged, with the participation of 94 fourth and fifth year medical students in 2016 and 78 first and fourth year medical students in 2017. RESULTS - In 2016 1% of students planned for sure, and 16% planned probably to work as a general practitioner in the future. In 2017 3.9% of first-year students planned definitely to be a general practitioner, and 15.4% planned that probably. Among fourth-year students 0% of students planned for sure, and 19.2% planned probably to work as a general practitioner in the future. Whatever the presence of family medicine in undergraduate training influenced the medical students’ opinion about the profession positively (0.4-1.3 on a scale based on the direction and strength of the effects of certain factors ranging from -5 to +5). Those who were interested in family medicine considered the situation of healthcare significantly worse (p=0.027), than those who were not interested. To make the profession more attractive the following factors may play the most important role: the more intense presentation (I: 37%) of general practice in undergraduate training, improving the prestige of family medicine (IV: 31%), high-quality work (IV: 39%). CONCLUSIONS - Few medical students plan to work as general practitioner in the future. The most effective way to raise interest in family medicine is to increase the students’ knowledge and awareness of this specialisation, and the more intensive presentation of family medicine in undergraduate training is a key issue.]

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

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.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

SEPTEMBER 20, 2017

[Advance directive]


[In the first step the work defines the institution of advance directive, places advance directive in the context of advance care planning, and demonstrates the advantages of advance care planning. Then the forms of the advance directive are presented and related Hungarian health care sections are interepreted in the context of these back-ground conditions. In the third step decision making capacity is defined, its standards are set out, the role of substituted decision maker is delineated. In the fourth step accumulated experience with living will is demonstrated and the possible alternatives concerning the future of living will are provided: the elimination of the living will part of the institution from health care or its continued application after substantial revision. METHODS - Analytic presentation after systematic review of the literature on the topic. RESULTS - Significant experience has been accumulated since the implementation of advance directive. In light of experience two attitudes have been chrystallized regarding the future of the institution: one takes the side of the elimination of the living will part of the institution from health care, the other recommends its revised application. CONCLUSION - The American and Hungarian experiences with advance directive recommend the review of the Hungarian institution of advance directive. ]

Clinical Neuroscience

SEPTEMBER 30, 2017

Health anxiety mediates the connection between somatosensory amplification and self-reported food sensitivity

ELIESON M. Linn, DÖMÖTÖR Zsuzsanna, KÖTELES Ferenc

Background - The frequency of self-reported food sensitivity (SFS) is increasing, and has a negative impact on the well-being and everyday functioning of the affected people. A considerable proportion of SFS cannot be medically explained. The lack of knowledge of its origin and treatment causes further stress in those affected. Purpose - This study aims to get a better understanding of the psychological background of the condition. Methods - A non-representative community sample (N=335; age: 35.1±13.18 yrs; 75.8% female) completed an English on-line questionnaire assessing somatosensory amplification, health anxiety, modern health worries (MHWs), beliefs concerning the scientific validity of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), holistic beliefs on health and illness. Results - In multiple binary logistic regression analyses, SFS were associated with CAM related beliefs, somatosensory amplification, and health anxiety after controlling for age and gender. The connection between somatosensory amplification and SFS were completely mediated by health anxiety. No differences between the two groups were found with respect to MHWs, worries about the harmful effects of various artificial components in food, and holistic health beliefs. Discussion: More positive attitudes toward CAM might be based on the lack of conventional treatment, rather than on higher levels of MHWs or a more holistic worldview. Both the existence of symptoms and the presence of health anxiety might be needed for the development and maintenance of SFS. Conclusions - The findings support the notion that somatosensory amplification and health anxiety might play a role in the development and maintenance of SFS.

Lege Artis Medicinae

MARCH 20, 2017

[Experiences of loss, grief, coping strategies in pre- and perinatal care]


[Pre- and perinatal losses tend to be­come a phenomenon of complicated grief, a burden for the parents, for their families and for the helping professionals, yet it is a little studied topic. Our aim is to systematically review the literature concerning the grief experienced by the health care staff, caused by pre- and perinatal loss to present an overall picture of the international and national attitudes and existing solutions. The importance and complexity of the problem need greater attention, the existence of active and up-to-date programmes on all professional levels. ]