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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.

Reveiz L.,Colombian Cochrane Branch | Cortes-Jofre M.,Catholic University of Colombia | Asenjo Lobos C.,University of Concepcion | Nicita G.,University of Carabobo | And 5 more authors.
Journal of Clinical Epidemiology | Year: 2010

Objective: To evaluate the reporting quality of key methodological items of randomized control trials (RCTs) in 55 of the highest ranked journals. Study Design and Setting: A list of the highest top ranked journals was identified, and a search for detecting RCTs in those journals was made. Two hundred sixty four journals were screened and 55 of them were identified having at least one RCT. Three RCTs were randomly selected a priori from each journal; 148 RCTs were finally included. RCTs were assessed by two reviewers using the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) statement. Results: Only 11 (8%) RCTs had all items adequately reported. In addition, 36% of RCTs reported that the study was registered in any trial registry. We found a significant difference in the quality of reporting for baseline characteristics, recruitment, participant's flow, and randomization implementation between those studies having reported the registration of their RCT in a trial registry and those that have not. Adherence to key methodological items of the CONSORT statement was as follows: sample size determination (60%), sequence generation (49%), allocation concealment (40%), and blinding (25%). Conclusions: Reporting of varied CONSORT items remains suboptimal. Registration in a trial registry was associated with improved reporting. Further efforts to enhance RCT registration could contribute to this improvement. © 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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