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Marti J.V.,Generalitat of Catalonia | Calabuig R.C.,Generalitat of Catalonia | Palacin A.F.,GSMA
Proceedings of 2015 International Conference on Interactive Mobile Communication Technologies and Learning, IMCL 2015 | Year: 2015

MSchools programme is a multi-faceted mEducation initiative of the Mobile World Capital Barcelona in collaboration with the Generalitat of Catalonia, Barcelona City Hall and GSMA. Launched in 2012, mSchools support students and teachers effectively integrating mobile technologies into the classroom. Mobile enables access to up-to-date materials, improves collaboration and strengthens learner engagement, opening up new ways of teaching and learning that improve achievement and employability. The mSchools programme brings together private and public institutions to help students build important new skills and prepare them for today's digital world. The programme is focused in three main areas: 1. Improve learning with Mobile Technologies. 2. Promote Digital Competences and Entrepreneurship. 3. Build an open environment for mEducation. In 2013-2014, were over 6500 students participating in mSchools. In 2014-2015 there has been a huge increase to over 20000. Schools involved correspond to all levels of education from primary to high school and VET. The programme includes five different initiatives to motivate students to learn using mobile technologies and helping teachers to take advantage of the possibilities in using mobile devices at schools. © 2015 IEEE.


Godoy P.,Generalitat of Catalonia | Godoy P.,CIBER ISCIII | Castilla J.,CIBER ISCIII | Castilla J.,Institute Salud Publica Of Navarra | And 127 more authors.
Preventive Medicine | Year: 2012

Background: The objective of the study was to investigate the effectiveness of non-pharmacological interventions in preventing cases of influenza requiring hospitalization. Methods: We performed a multicenter case-control study in 36 hospitals, in 2010 in Spain. Hospitalized influenza cases confirmed by reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction and three matched controls (two hospital and one community control) per case were selected. The use of non-pharmacological measures seven days before the onset of symptoms (frequency of hand washing, use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers and handwashing after touching contaminated surfaces) was collected. Results: We studied 813 cases hospitalized for influenza and 2274 controls. The frequency of hand washing 5-10 times (adjusted odds ratio [aOR] = 0.65) and > 10 times (aOR = 0.59) and handwashing after contact with contaminated surfaces (aOR = 0.65) were protective factors and were dose-responsive (p < 0.001). Alcohol-based hand sanitizers were associated with marginal benefits (aOR = 0.82). Conclusions: Frequent handwashing should be recommended to prevent influenza cases requiring hospitalization. © 2012 Elsevier Inc.


Capelastegui A.,Hospital Galdakao | Capelastegui A.,Hospital Of Galdakao Usansolo | Quintana J.M.,Hospital Galdakao | Quintana J.M.,CIBER ISCIII | And 30 more authors.
European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases | Year: 2012

The objective of this paper was to develop a prognostic index for severe complications among hospitalized patients with influenza A (H1N1) 2009 virus infection. We conducted a prospective observational cohort study of 618 inpatients with 2009 H1N1 virus infection admitted to 36 Spanish hospitals between July 2009 and February 2010. Risk factors evaluated included host-related factors and clinical data at admission. We developed a composite index of severe in-hospital complications (SIHC), which included: mortality, mechanical ventilation, septic shock, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and requirement for resuscitation maneuvers. Six factors were independently associated with SIHC: age >45 years, male sex, number of comorbidities, pneumonia, dyspnea, and confusion. From the β parameter obtained in the multivariate model, a weight was assigned to each factor to compute the individual influenza risk score. The score shows an area under the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve of 0.77. The SIHC rate was 1.9 % in the low-risk group, 10.3 % in the intermediate-risk group, and 29.6 % in the high-risk group. The odds ratio for complications was 21.8 for the high-risk group compared with the low-risk group. This easy-to-score influenza A (H1N1) 2009 virus infection risk index accurately stratifies patients hospitalized for H1N1 virus infection into low-, intermediate-, and high-risk groups for SIHC. © Springer-Verlag 2012.

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