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Engagement In Family Screening For Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Michelle G. Glowny Dec 2018

Engagement In Family Screening For Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Michelle G. Glowny

Graduate School of Nursing Dissertations

Background: Despite consensus guidelines, only about half of at-risk relatives in families with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) undergo clinical screening and even fewer undergo predictive genetic testing, leaving those unscreened at risk for sudden cardiac death. The use of qualitative inquiry to examine family communication and complex factors influencing uptake of screening may inform interventions to increase uptake and prevent sudden cardiac death.

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to describe the engagement of at-risk relatives in family screening for HCM.

Specific Aims: The specific aims were to (1) Describe the experience of communication of genetic risk of HCM in ...


Macrocognition In The Health Care Built Environment (M-Hcbe): A Focused Ethnographic Study Of 'Neighborhoods' In A Pediatric Intensive Care Unit: A Dissertation, Susan O'Hara Sullivan Dec 2016

Macrocognition In The Health Care Built Environment (M-Hcbe): A Focused Ethnographic Study Of 'Neighborhoods' In A Pediatric Intensive Care Unit: A Dissertation, Susan O'Hara Sullivan

Graduate School of Nursing Dissertations

Objectives: The objectives of this research were to describe the interactions (formal and informal) in which macrocognitive functions occur and their location on a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU); describe challenges and facilitators of macrocognition using three constructs of space syntax (openness, connectivity, and visibility); and analyze the health care built environment (HCBE) using those constructs to explicate influences on macrocognition.

Background: In high reliability, complex industries, macrocognition is an approach to develop new knowledge among interprofessional team members. Although macrocognitive functions have been analyzed in multiple health care settings, the effect of the HCBE on those functions has not ...


Electronic Bedside Documentation And Nurse-Patient Communication: A Dissertation, Cynthia Gaudet Apr 2014

Electronic Bedside Documentation And Nurse-Patient Communication: A Dissertation, Cynthia Gaudet

Graduate School of Nursing Dissertations

Nurses are often the first members of the health care team with whom patients interact. The initial impression of the nurses’ receptiveness to the patients’ needs influences the patients’ views of their overall care. Researchers have suggested that understanding communication between individuals can provide the human link, or social element, to the successful implementation and use of electronic health records, including documentation (Lanham, Leykum, & McDaniel, 2012). Zadvinskis, Chipps, and Yen (2014) identified that the helpful features of bedside documentation systems were offset by the mismatch between the system and nurse’s workflow. The purpose of this micro-ethnography study was to ...


The Role Of The Mass Media In Women’S Infant Feeding Decisions: A Dissertation, Paula Bylaska-Davies Jun 2011

The Role Of The Mass Media In Women’S Infant Feeding Decisions: A Dissertation, Paula Bylaska-Davies

Graduate School of Nursing Dissertations

Breastfeeding has been established as providing the best and most complete nutrition for newborns, as this method promotes the infant’s health and supports infant growth (American Academy of Pediatrics [AAP], 2005). Mass media have been suggested as powerful and universal means of communication with the potential to impact social norms. Thus, this qualitative descriptive study explored, within the context of the Socioecological Framework, women’s decision making on whether to breastfeed or bottle-feed their infants and the effect of mass media on their decision.

Data were collected in individual audiotaped interviews with participants recruited from the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition ...