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The Catholic University of Colombia is a private institution of higher education. It was founded in Bogotá, Colombia in 1970, notable in its early loyalty to Catholic church doctrine. The institution now has 10,300 undergraduates. The university has three campuses in the city of Bogota, a school, a language school, and a university campus in addition to being an office setting for students in Bogotá. It gives technical and technological careers . The three most important sites are in Bogota, Chapinero, and Teusaquillo — characterized by their historical and cultural value. Its entire campus distributed in such sites totals about 77.000m2 with 44.000 m2 of buildings and 33,000 m2 for building.After 40 years, the Catholic University of Colombia is one of the most representative universities in the country and is known for its Catholic doctrine in much of Latin America. Wikipedia.


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Quiceno J.M.,University of San Buenaventura | Vinaccia S.,Catholic University of Colombia | Remor E.,Autonomous University of Madrid
Revista de Psicopatologia y Psicologia Clinica | Year: 2011

The aim of the present study was to develop and validate an intervention program to the empowerment of resilience for patients with rheumatoid arthritis. We used a quasi-experimental non-randomized pre-post two-group design; the experimental group was also assessed at follow-up. The total sample consisted of 76 patients (93% women). The results of both Study 1 (n = 26; pilot study) and Study 2 (n = 50) showed a positive effect of treatment on some of the outcome variables, including resilience, self-transcendence, mood states, quality of life, illness perception, and social support. Thus, the intervention program can enhance resilience and significantly improve psychosocial variables associated with rheumatoid arthritis. © Asociación Española de Psicología Clínica y Psicopatología.


Londono Perez C.,Catholic University of Colombia | Gonzalez Rodriguez M.,University of La Laguna
Acta Colombiana de Psicologia | Year: 2016

This epidemiologic study aimed to evaluate the prevalence of depression,the suicide risk and the demographic and personal factors associated with depression severity in men. The non-randomized sample of participants was formed by 1525 Colombian men aged 18 to 83 years old,from 22 departments and different educational levels. The instruments used to evaluate the above factors were the Men’s Depression Questionnaire (Alvarez and Londoño,2012),the Anxiety Scale HADS (Zigmond y Snaith,1983) and the IMAFE (Lara 1991),and in order to collect data about personal and socio-demographic factors,a registration card was used. Data were analyzed to calculate the prevalence,suicide risk and comorbidity with anxiety through the use of SPSS. It was concluded that the prevalence of depression and suicide risk in the population object of study is higher than the one identified in previous studies when a non- gender sensitive questionnaire was used. © 2016,Universidad Catolica de Colombia. All rights reserved.


The purpose of this research was to evaluate the relationship of the resilience, illness perception, beliefs and spiritual-religious coping on health-related quality of life in 40 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease diagnosis from the city of Medellín, Colombia. Instruments: resilience scale RS, the connor-davidson resilience Scale CD-RISC2, the brief illness perception questionnaire IPQ-B, systems of beliefs inventory SBI-15R, spiritual coping scale SCS, medical outcomes study short form 36 ítems MOS SF-36. To level results there were positive correlations between resilience and mental health and multiple linear regression analysis personal control and consequences of illness perception had significant weight on the summary mental index of the quality of life. In conclusion, the mental health in sharp crises meets altered by the worry in the physical, social, economic and emotional consequences that it brings the disease and personal control and resilience are variables that promote the emotional regulation in patients with COPD. © 2011 Sociedad Chilena de Psicología Clínica.


Vinaccia S.,Catholic University of Colombia | Quiceno J.M.,University of San Buenaventura
Revista Argentina de Clinica Psicologica | Year: 2011

The purpose of this research was to evaluate the relationship of the resilience, illness perception, beliefs and spiritual-religious coping on health-related quality of life in 40 patients with chronic kidney disease diagnosis from the city of Medellín, Colombia. Instruments: resilience scale RS, the Connor-Davidson resilience Scale CD-RISC2, the brief illness perception questionnaire IPQ-B, systems of beliefs inventory SBI-15R, spiritual coping scale SCS, medical outcomes study short form 36 ítems MOS SF-36. Multiple linear regression analysis showed significant weight of the personal competence (RS) on mental index of the quality of life and of the consequences of illness perception (IPQ-B) on physical index of the quality of life. In conclusion, quality of life to level the physical health is altered by the physical, social, economic and emotional consequences generated by the disease, while resilience plays an important role as protective variable in the mental health of patients with chronic kidney disease. © 2011 Fundación AIGLÉ.


Gomez-Acosta C.A.,Catholic University of Colombia | Perez C.L.,Catholic University of Colombia
Health and Addictions / Salud y Drogas | Year: 2013

Is presented a structural equation model which predicted with an effectiveness 66% the typically not violent behavior through the interaction of the factors responsible drinking, problem-focused coping, seeking social support, self-blame, fantasy, subjective wellbeing, perceived social support, and pessimism; likewise, the model can predict with a likelihood of 43% the responsible alcohol consumption through the interaction between age, perceptions of stressful events, subjective wellbeing, typically not violent behavior, unrealistic optimism bias, avoidant coping and pessimism, with a sample of 431 adolescent students (X = 15.45 years, SD = 1.39). Although the study is not intended to be conclusive, makes visible the importance of recognize the protective psychosocial factors in the design and implementation of health promotion and prevention programs related to responsible drinking and non-violent behavior with adolescents within a salutogenic perspective. The findings and new approaches are discussed. © Health and Addictions 2013.


The aim of this instrumental study was to establish the psychometric properties of the screening test for dementia Pesotest in clinical and non-clinical samples of elderly people. The participants of this study were 213 elderly people over 65 years old. The instruments used were the Pesotest,the Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE),the Sociodemographic Survey and the Geriatric Depression Scale Yesavage (GDS). A Cronbach’s alpha of 0.86 for internal consistency of the Pesotest was found. The MMSE was used to establish convergent validity,finding a significant correlation of 0.596. Statistically significant differences were also found between the clinical and nonclinical samples. The factor analysis yielded four factors and using the ROC curve it was found that the sensitivity,or the proportion of people diagnosed with dementia,was 0.83; and the specificity,or the proportion of healthy people that were diagnosed with dementia by the test,was 0.78,with a cut-off point of 18. The analysis with the Rasch Model showed that only one item was not fit and that the most difficult item was the one which assessed calculation and memory,whose alteration indicates an evolution towards dementia. Based on the favorable results of the psychometric analysis,suitable internal consistency,convergent and construct validity and reliability,the use of the Pesotest in primary care services is recommended. © 2016,Universidad Catolica de Colombia. All rights reserved.


Hoyos G.P.,Catholic University of Colombia
Proceedings of the 2013 Joint IFSA World Congress and NAFIPS Annual Meeting, IFSA/NAFIPS 2013 | Year: 2013

The Pipeline Risk Assessment using a Fuzzy Systems Network (PRAFSYN) presented in this paper was built using a set of Fuzzy Logic Systems (FLS) arranged in a network to behave as a Virtual Filter and to produce final risk evaluations. The FLS network arrangement contains seventeen FLSs that produce all the risk components detected through the knowledge engineering process, namely: Corrosion, Third Party, Construction, Design, Operation, Sabotage Hazard and Environmental Hazards. The Rule Base of each FLS contains the component of that knowledge describing the cause-effect relationships between the inputs and the corresponding risk contribution or risk factor. This knowledge is stored inside the FLS's Rule Base by means of a linguistic model describing the expert's approximate reasoning strategy to estimate the risks involved. The inputs to every one of the components are the expert identified variables affecting the corresponding risk factor. The risk contributions produced are finally combined within a last FLS containing al linguistic model describing the qualitative relationships between the contributing risk factors and the total risk estimation. All the knowledge was gathered from Houston pipeline experts and every FLS was designed and tested using the UNFUZZY [3] development tool, which allows proper adjustment of design parameters to obtain desired system behavior. C++ source code generated by UNFUZZY was finally assembled to produce PRAFSYN. © 2013 IEEE.


Becerra J.,Catholic University of Colombia
Acta Astronautica | Year: 2014

This paper analyzes Colombias space policy: its successes, its failures and what it still needs to achieve. The paper examines the interaction among the different players, and how this policy contributes to economic and social development of the country. And postulates that, unless a real national plan of action, with specific milestones and budget as well as a managing agency are developed, this policy may be in danger of disappearing. The Colombian Space Commission (Comisión Colombiana del Espacio, or CCE) was created by Presidential Decree 2442 in 2006. It is a multi-sectorial entity, in charge of coordinating, planning, and leading in the implementation of national policies for the development and application of space technologies. The CCE was also charged with the drafting of plans and programs in this field. The CCE began with only a few members (15) and today is comprised of 47 members: 13 ministries, 4 administrative departments, another 21 governmental entities and 9 universities, the latter acting as consultants. The Vice-President of the Republic is the President of the CCE. These different actors gave great importance to the development of Colombias space sector, and 6 years later, they are continuing support and development the countrys space policy. This analysis takes into account three aspects: first, achieving the objectives of the CCE: the creation and development of a national space policy for Colombia; secondly, focussing on "target groups" and "end users"; and thirdly, the "outcomes" or achievements to date. Some conclusions are worth highlighting: first, the warm reception and support of the CCE by both the public and private sectors on high levels, but the poor knowledge of the national space policy by the Colombian people and the small and medium companies. Secondly, in the context of public policy [9], the strategic plan called "National Policy in regard to Space Activities", is caught between two phases: the formulation and decision-making regarding the program, and its implementation. And finally, the members of the CCE do not necessarily act in accordance with a national strategy, but follow their own interests, resulting in undue influence (and perhaps interference) in the development of a coherent national space policy. In brief, the author hopes that this first analysis of Colombias experience with its Space Commission will serve as an example to other developing countries that also are seeking to develop their space sector, and implement a national space policy. Further, the author hopes that this analysis will allow the various politico-administrative actors "policy makers" in Colombia, as well as the general public, to realize that, while much has been accomplished, much still remains to be done. It is essential to keep alive the interest shown in space activities; otherwise, Colombias space policy may become an "endangered species", in danger of failing and disappearing. © 2014 IAA.


Alzate E.B.,Catholic University of Colombia
2010 IEEE ANDESCON Conference Proceedings, ANDESCON 2010 | Year: 2010

In this paper, a development of ECG monitoring system for clinical and non-clinical environments is proposed. The prototype performs the tasks of general ECG monitoring, like detection and alarm generation for Tachycardia, bradycardia, acute myocardial infarction and ventricular fibrillation. It exposes features like real-time processing, long term data storage, data compression and Bluetooth communications with a mobile phone, resulting in an interesting and useful Home Care and Telemedicine application over GSM Network. ©2010 IEEE.


Botero Soto P.A.,Corporacion Eccos Contacto Colombia | Londono Perez C.,Catholic University of Colombia
Acta Colombiana de Psicologia | Year: 2013

This descriptive correlational study aimed to assess the factors that determine the quality of life related to health in 78 people with physical disabilities who lived in Bogotá and were part of a labor inclusion project run by a NGO. Quality of life related to health was assessed with the SF36 Health Questionnaire and a home visit, as well as the conditions associated with disability and some psychological factors which were measured with the Generalized Self-Efficacy Scale, Body Image Test, Coping Styles Inventory, Dispositional Optimism Test, Beck Depression Inventory and Zung Anxiety Scale. A structural equation model was used in order to determine the predictive power of the quality of life variables. The obtained model predicted 39% of the variance, including the variables' relative weight order, and provided variables as disease condition, depression, coping style focused on fantasy, transcendence, pessimism, anxiety and self-efficacy. Findings and limitations of the study are discussed.

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