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Updated Training Resources
We've updated some of the tutorials and guides available on the HNEH Libraries’ website.
Training and Liaison Librarian, Carolyn Van Leeuwarden, has recorded two new presentations.

 


LOCAL RESEARCH
HUNTER GENETICS UNIT
CHROMOSOME MICROARRAY ANALYSIS: A SOOTHING GUIDE
Few cytogenetics laboratories in Australia routinely provide an old-fashioned chromosomal ‘karyotype’ analysis. Automated DNA-based microarray analysis is the standard first-line investigation of genetic material in humans, allowing rapid, precise quantification of chromosomes. This short discussion not only provides some guidelines for paediatricians to use in their interpretation of the smaller microarray abnormalities they come across, but also indicates some pitfalls to avoid
Source: Anne Ronan (2018) Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, vol 54, pages 599-601


HNE IMAGING, JHH
MEDICAL IMAGING OUTPATIENTS’ EXPERIENCES WITH RECEIVING INFORMATION REQUIRED FOR INFORMED CONSENT & PREPARATION
Medical imaging outpatients often experience inadequate information provision and report high levels of anxiety. However, no studies have assessed patients’ receipt of preparatory information in this setting. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging outpatients at John Hunter Hospital (n=280) self-completed a touchscreen computer survey assessing their perceived receipt of 33 guideline-recommended preparatory information items. Eight percent of participants reported receiving all information items. Items most frequently endorsed as “not received” were: how to manage anxiety after (74%) and during the scan (69%). Items most commonly endorsed as “received” were: reason for referral (85%) and how to find the imaging department (74%)
Source: Lisa Hyde, Lisa Mackenzie, Allison Boyes, Michael Symonds, Sandy Brown & Rob Sanson-Fisher (2018) Journal of Patient Experience published online April 18 pages 1-7                       


GUIDED BY THE RESEARCH DESIGN
Choosing the right statistical test or model can be baffling for researchers, and if it is not conducted correctly, the results from statistical analyses can be misleading. This article covers some common medical research designs, ranging from simple to more complicated, and provides an outline of which statistical test to apply in each instance.
Source: Beath, A. & Jones, M. et al. (2018) Guided by the research design: choosing the right statistical test. MJA, 208(4), 163-165 Available via CIAP

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