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Hsu H.-C.,China Medical University at Taichung | Chang W.-C.,Surveillance and Research Division | Chang W.-C.,National Health Research Institute | Luh D.-L.,Chung Shan Medical University | Pan L.-Y.,Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research
Australasian journal on ageing | Year: 2016

AIM: This aim of this study was to examine the relationship between the utilisation of general health examinations and health and a healthy lifestyle.METHODS: The data were from a 5-wave panel of older Taiwanese people. Health was defined as the absence of chronic diseases and physical function difficulties. A healthy lifestyle included no smoking, no alcohol consumption and engaging in regular exercise. Generalised linear modelling was applied.RESULTS: The individuals with more chronic diseases were more likely to undergo health examinations, but the rate of change declined over time. Having more physical function disabilities may reduce the likelihood of undergoing health examinations. Individuals who engaged in regular exercise were more likely to undergo health examinations.CONCLUSION: Health examination utilisation is related to health and healthy lifestyle among older people. © 2016 AJA Inc.


Thapa S.,Public Health Institute | Thapa S.,Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research | Thapa S.,Patan Academy of Health science | Sharma S.K.,Ipas Nepal
Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health | Year: 2015

In Nepal, following the liberalization of the abortion law, expansion and scaling up of services proceeded in parallel with efforts to create awareness of the legalization status of abortion and provide women with information about where services are available. This article assesses the effectiveness of these programmatic interventions in the early years of the country's abortion program. Data from a 2006 national survey are analyzed with 2 outcome measures - awareness of the legal status of abortion and knowledge of places to obtain abortion services among women ages 15 to 44 years. The variations in the outcomes are analyzed by ecological-development subregion, residence, education, household wealth quintile, age, and number of living children. Bivariate and multivariate logistic regression techniques are used. Overall 32.3% (95% confidence interval = 31.4% to 33.2%) of the respondents were aware of the legal status of abortion and 56.5% (95% confidence interval = 55.5% to 57.4%) knew of a place where they could obtain an abortion. Both outcome measures showed considerable variations by the covariates. Women with secondary or higher level of education had the highest odds ratio of being aware of the law and having knowledge of a source for abortion services. Ecological-development subregions showed the second highest levels of odds ratios. Significant disparities among the population subgroups existed in the diffusion of awareness of the legal status of abortion and having knowledge of a place for abortion services in Nepal. The results point to which population subgroups to focus on and also serve as a baseline for assessing future progress in the diffusion process. © 2012 APJPH.


Thapa S.,Public Health Institute | Thapa S.,Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research | Thapa S.,Patan Academy of Health science | Neupane S.,Valley Research Group
International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics | Year: 2013

Objective: To examine the incidence of and risk factors for repeat abortion in Nepal. Methods: Data were analyzed from a survey of 1172 women who had surgical abortions between December 2009 and March 2010 in 2 clinics in Kathmandu, Nepal. Bivariate and multivariate logistic regressions were performed to estimate odds ratios for the risk factors. Results: Among the respondents, 32.3% (95% confidence interval, 29.6-34.9) had repeat abortions. This incidence rose sharply with age and parity, and was higher among those with no intention of having a future child, those attaining primary or secondary level education, and those attending the non-governmental sector clinic. Women with repeat abortion were similar to those with 1 abortion in terms of contraceptive practice. Among women not using contraceptives at the time of the unintended pregnancy, the 3 most commonly cited reasons were ill health, non-compliance with the method intended for use, and dislike of the method. Women with repeat abortion showed a pattern of contraceptive acceptance immediately after the procedure similar to that of women who had 1 abortion. Conclusion: Repeat abortion is emerging as a major public health issue in Nepal, with implications for counseling and provision of abortion, and for family planning services. © 2012 International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.


Eperon I.,University of Geneva | Vassilakos P.,Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research | Navarria I.,University of Geneva | Menoud P.-A.,Unilabs SA | And 5 more authors.
BMC Cancer | Year: 2013

Background: To evaluate if human papillomavirus (HPV) self-sampling (Self-HPV) using a dry vaginal swab is a valid alternative for HPV testing.Methods: Women attending colposcopy clinic were recruited to collect two consecutive Self-HPV samples: a Self-HPV using a dry swab (S-DRY) and a Self-HPV using a standard wet transport medium (S-WET). These samples were analyzed for HPV using real time PCR (Roche Cobas). Participants were randomized to determine the order of the tests. Questionnaires assessing preferences and acceptability for both tests were conducted. Subsequently, women were invited for colposcopic examination; a physician collected a cervical sample (physician-sampling) with a broom-type device and placed it into a liquid-based cytology medium. Specimens were then processed for the production of cytology slides and a Hybrid Capture HPV DNA test (Qiagen) was performed from the residual liquid. Biopsies were performed if indicated. Unweighted kappa statistics (k{cyrillic}) and McNemar tests were used to measure the agreement among the sampling methods.Results: A total of 120 women were randomized. Overall HPV prevalence was 68.7% (95% Confidence Interval (CI) 59.3-77.2) by S-WET, 54.4% (95% CI 44.8-63.9) by S-DRY and 53.8% (95% CI 43.8-63.7) by HC. Among paired samples (S-WET and S-DRY), the overall agreement was good (85.7%; 95% CI 77.8-91.6) and the κ was substantial (0.70; 95% CI 0.57-0.70). The proportion of positive type-specific HPV agreement was also good (77.3%; 95% CI 68.2-84.9). No differences in sensitivity for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade one (CIN1) or worse between the two Self-HPV tests were observed. Women reported the two Self-HPV tests as highly acceptable.Conclusion: Self-HPV using dry swab transfer does not appear to compromise specimen integrity. Further study in a large screening population is needed. © 2013 Eperon et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.


Pirek D.,University of Geneva | Petignat P.,University of Geneva | Vassilakos P.,Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research | Gourmaud J.,University of Geneva | And 5 more authors.
Sexually Transmitted Infections | Year: 2015

Objectives: We determined the human papillomavirus (HPV) types present in invasive cervical cancer (ICC) of women in Cameroon in order to estimate the potential efficacies of HPV prophylactic vaccines. Methods: This is a retrospective study using 181 formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded cervical tissue samples of ICC collected from the Institute of Pathology, Gyneco-Obstetric and Pediatric Hospital, Yaoundé, Cameroon. HPV was detected by PCR using modified GP5+/GP6+ (MGP) primers. Genotyping was performed by reverse-blot hybridisation, which allowed the detection of 9 of the 14 high-risk HPV types. Results: Of the 181 samples, 91.7% were squamous cell carcinomas and 6.6% were adenocarcinomas. Counting all the single and multiple infections, the three most common high-risk types in descending order were HPV16 (88%), HPV45 (32%) and HPV18 (14.8%). 54.9% of cases were infected with a single HPV type and 45.1% had two or more HPV infections. Conclusions: The frequencies of HPV16, HPV45 and multiple infections are all higher than previously reported. These observations have significant implications on the consideration of vaccination strategies because each vaccine has different duration and efficacies in cross-protection of different HPV types. The method used proved to be sensitive and cost-efficient for retrospective studies where fresh materials are not available.


PubMed | University of Dschang, University Center Hospital, University of Geneva and Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research
Type: Journal Article | Journal: BMC women's health | Year: 2017

The use of thermocoagulation for the treatment of cervical precancerous lesions has recently generated a great deal of interest. Our aim was to determine the feasibility of this outpatient procedure in the context of a cervical cancer (CC) screen-and-treat campaign in sub-Saharan Africa.Between July and December 2015, women living in the area of Dschang (Cameroon) aged between 30 and 49years, were enrolled in a CC screening study. HPV self-sampling was performed as a primary screening test and women who were either HPV 16/18/45-positive or positive to other HPV types and to VIA were considered screen-positive, thus requiring further management. The primary outcome was the percentage of screen-positive patients who met the criteria to undergo thermocoagulation. The secondary outcome was the assessment of the procedures side effects immediately after treatment and at the 1-month follow-up visit.A total of 1012 women were recruited in the study period. Among 121 screen-positive women, 110 of them (90.9%) were eligible to be treated with thermocoagulation. No patients discontinued treatment because of pain or other side effects. The meanSD (Standard Deviation) score measured on the 10-point Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) was 3.01.6. Women having less than 2 children were more likely to report a higher pain score than those with more than two (4.22.0 versus 2.91.5, respectively; p value=0.016). A total of 109/110 (99.1%) patients came to the 1-month follow-up visit. Vaginal discharge was reported in 108/109 (99.1%) patients throughout the month following treatment. Three patients (2.8%) developed vaginal infection requiring local antibiotics. No hospitalizations were required.The majority of screen-positive women met the criteria and could be treated by thermocoagulation. The procedure was associated to minor side effects and is overall feasible in the context of a CC screen-and-treat campaign in sub-Saharan Africa.The trial was retrospectively registered on November 11, 2015 with the identifier: ISRCTN99459678 .


Catarino R.,University of Geneva | Vassilakos P.,Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research | Stadali-Ullrich H.,University of Geneva | Royannez-Drevard I.,University of Geneva | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease | Year: 2015

OBJECTIVE: Nonattendees to cervical cancer screening are at a higher risk of developing cervical cancer. This study assessed women's willingness to perform a home-based self-sampling for human papillomavirus testing (Self-HPV) and explored the feasibility of establishing a home-based Self-HPV screening strategy in Switzerland.MATERIALS AND METHODS: Underscreened women (n = 158) who had not underwent a Pap test in the preceding 3 years were recruited between September 2011 and September 2013. Participants completed 2 questionnaires evaluating reasons for non-attendance at a screening program, sociodemographic issues, and satisfaction with and acceptability of the Self-HPV. Descriptive data and multivariate logistic regression were used to identify variables associated with women's willingness to perform at-home self-sampling for HPV testing.RESULTS: Lack of time because of work or childcare was the most common reason for nonattendance at a screening program. One hundred six women (82%) preferred the Self-HPV because it is easy to perform, convenient, comfortable, and private. Women were more likely to accept the Self-HPV as a future screening strategy if they had missed cervical cancer screening in the past because of lack of time (odds ratio [OR] = 6.2, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.6-23.6; p < .01). Twenty-six women felt pain during self-sampling. Previous negative experiences with screening and stress during sampling were associated with higher risk for pain (OR = 7.14, 95% CI = 2.0-25.3, p < .01 and OR = 4.73, 95% CI = 1.5-14.5, p < .01, respectively).CONCLUSIONS: The Self-HPV was accepted by nonattendees of cervical cancer screening programs. Self-sampling may promote screening among the unscreened and underscreened population of women in Switzerland while overcoming some practical barriers. © 2014, American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology.


Canny G.O.,Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research | Lessey B.A.,University of South Carolina
Mucosal Immunology | Year: 2013

Lipoxin A4 (LXA4), an endogenous anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory mediator studied in many disease states, is recently appreciated as a potentially significant player in the endometrium. This eicosanoid, synthesized from arachidonic acid via the action of lipoxygenase enzymes, is likely regulated in endometrial tissue during the menstrual cycle. Recent studies revealed that LXA4 acts as an estrogen receptor agonist in endometrial epithelial cells, antagonizing some estrogen-mediated activities in a manner similar to the weak estrogen estriol, with which it shares structural similarity. LXA4 may also be an anti-inflammatory molecule in the endometrium, though its precise function in various physiological and pathological scenarios remains to be determined. The expression patterns for LXA4 and its receptor in the female reproductive tract suggest a role in pregnancy. The present review provides an oversight of its known and putative roles in the context of immuno-endocrine crosstalk. Endometriosis, a common inflammatory condition and a major cause of infertility and pain, is currently treated by surgery or anti-hormone therapies that are contraceptive and associated with undesirable side effects. LXA 4 may represent a potential therapeutic and further research to elucidate its function in endometrial tissue and the peritoneal cavity will undoubtedly provide valuable insights.


Kulier R.,Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research | Kapp N.,World Health Organization
Contraception | Year: 2011

Background: The use of ultrasound (US) is common in some settings before an abortion procedure. However, its positive effect on the safety or efficacy (ability to complete abortion) of the procedure has not been established. Our aim was to determine whether the use of pre-procedure US improves safety and/or efficacy of the abortion procedure. Methods: We searched the following databases: Pubmed, Embase, Lilacs and Popline; reference lists of retrieved papers; and Google. We considered any controlled trial comparing women seeking abortion who received pre-procedure US to those who did not. Our outcome measures were efficacy of the abortion, complication rates and side effects. Results: We did not identify any controlled trials or systematic reviews comparing the use of pre-procedure US to no US prior to abortion. Conclusions: Ultrasound is widely used in pregnancy to estimate gestational age and to detect any abnormalities of the pregnancy or uterus. The effect of its use among women undergoing abortion is unclear, and only indirect evidence is available. © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Schoonheim M.,Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research | Heyden R.,Heyden Ty | Wiecha J.M.,Boston University
BMC Medical Education | Year: 2014

Virtual worlds (VWs), in which participants navigate as avatars through three-dimensional, computer-generated, realistic-looking environments, are emerging as important new technologies for distance health education. However, there is relatively little documented experience using VWs for international healthcare training. The Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research (GFMER) conducted a VW training for healthcare professionals enrolled in a GFMER training course. This paper describes the development, delivery, and results of a pilot project undertaken to explore the potential of VWs as an environment for distance healthcare education for an international audience that has generally limited access to conventionally delivered education. © 2014 Schoonheim et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

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