Thursday, February 7, 2013

Cultural Competence in Behavioral Health Care

Cultural Competence in Behavioral Health Care

.....As cultural diversity increases within the United States, those involved in the delivery of behavioral health care must be ready to address the cultural factors and health perceptions that can affect care. Knowing the benefits of addressing potential cultural gaps as true barriers to health care increases the quality of care throughout the continuum. Recent accreditation requirements have formalized the need to document staff competence in the delivery of care to those of different cultures and influences. The need to provide cultural diversity training and orientation to new staff combined with ongoing assessments of current staff results in a positive implication for future safe and effective medication use across the entire patient population.....

Comments: Although written for the pharmacist, this is also an important read for the optometrist. DM

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Effect of airline travel on performance: a review of the literature

Effect of airline travel on performance: a review of the literature

.... Rapid eastward or westward travel may negatively affect the body in many ways; therefore, strategies should be employed to minimise these effects which may hamper ...performance. In this review, the fundamentals of circadian rhythm disruption are examined along with additional effects of airline travel including jet lag, sleep deprivation, travel at altitude and nutritional considerations that negatively affect performance. Evidence-based recommendations are provided at the end of the manuscript to minimise the effects of airline travel on performance.....

Comments: I travel a fair amount to lecture all over the USA and beyond. I think I might get this complete article so I can better adapt to my travelin' ways! DM

Monday, February 4, 2013

How a movie changed one man’s vision forever

Bruce Bridgeman lived with a flat view of the world, until a trip to the cinema unexpectedly rewired his brain to see the world in 3D. The question is how it happened.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Strawberries, Blueberries May Cut Heart Attack Risk in Women

Strawberries, Blueberries May Cut Heart Attack Risk in Women

....Women who ate at least three servings of blueberries and strawberries per week had fewer heart attacks. Blueberries and strawberries contain high levels of compounds that have cardiovascular benefits.....

Optometry & Visual Performance Debuts!

The new journal, Optometry &Visual Performance is now available for your reading pleasure.

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