Hodges' Model: Welcome to the QUAD

- provides a space devoted to the conceptual framework known as Hodges' model. Read about this tool that can help integrate HEALTH, SOCIAL CARE, INFORMATICS and EDUCATION. The model can facilitate PERSON-CENTREDNESS, CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT, HOLISTIC CARE and REFLECTION. Follow the development of a new website using Drupal (it might happen one day!!). See our bibliography, posts since 2006 and if interested please get in touch [@h2cm OR h2cmng AT yahoo.co.uk]. Welcome.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Call for Evidence: Outdoor Recreation, Families and Wellbeing

Dear all,

Please find below the call for evidence for the Culture and Sport evidence programme's review on outdoor recreation, families and wellbeing. Please do share with your networks - either by forwarding this email or sending people this link <https://www.whatworkswellbeing.org/blog/call-for-evidence-outdoor-recreation-families-and-wellbeing/>.

The deadline for submissions is 13 Dec 2017.

The What Works Centre for Wellbeing is reviewing the evidence on how participating in outdoor recreation can affect the wellbeing of families.


There is evidence being outdoors in the natural environment- whether ‘green’ (land-based) or ‘blue’ (water-based)- benefits our physical and mental health, and wellbeing. It has been shown to improve mood and self-esteem, reduce anxiety and depression, and impact positively on social relations.

Evidence also suggests that an adult or child’s physical activity and engagement in outdoor environments is impacted by whether their family encourages or resists these pursuits.

The aim of this systematic review is to assess the self-reported wellbeing outcomes of outdoor recreation in family contexts and examine the processes by which these wellbeing outcomes are achieved.

  • What? We will look at participation in recreational outdoor activities (in which family members are watching or taking part) and where the intervention is designed to enhance wellbeing.
  • Who? Families – whether they live in the same household or not. This will include any group of 2 or more people who are in a relationship or related to each other – whether they are siblings, parents/children, or other members of family networks.
  • How? The review will also look at examples of the process by which wellbeing outcomes are achieved.
  • Types of activities may include: games, exercise, outdoor adventure and recreation, walking & hiking, cycling, riding, skating, picnics, surfing, swimming, bird watching, camping, angling, sailing, geocaching, etc.
  • Outdoor spaces may include: streets, parks, mountains, beaches, allotments, rivers & canals, and other ‘green’ or ‘blue’ spaces, etc.

We are looking for good quality evidence that can help us answer these questions, in particular ‘grey literature’.

By grey literature we mean “literature that is not formally published in sources such as books or journal articles.” This may be produced by charities, governments, businesses, community groups and others; and may include reports, theses or dissertations, trials, and more.

In this instance we are looking for evaluation reports.

We are looking for evidence that meets the following criteria:
  • submissions must be evaluation reports only
  • reports submitted must be completed in the past 10 years (2007-2017) and include author details (individuals, groups or organisations). We can only accept evidence which can be made publicly available.
  • evaluation methods may be qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods
  • the central report objective must be the measurement of wellbeing outcomes and/or evaluation of the processes by which wellbeing outcomes are achieved

Please send your submissions electronically to the What Works Centre for Wellbeing
evidence AT whatworkswellbeing.org
- with the subject line Call for evidence: families and outdoor recreation.

All submissions should be received by 13 December 2017.

Please note that evidence can only be reviewed for inclusion in the work of the Culture and Sport programme if submitted through this call. Evidence submitted to individual researchers in the programme cannot be considered. If you have previously sent documents to the culture and sport team please re-submit through this call.


You can find the full research protocol for this review on PROSPERO<https://www.crd.york.ac.uk/PROSPERO/display_record.php?RecordID=80429>, at this link: https://tinyurl.com/y8xcqewb

Read our latest report on Gender, unemployment and wellbeing https://www.whatworkswellbeing.org/blog/gender-unemployment-complex/

Ingrid Abreu Scherer
Programme Manager
What Works Centre for Wellbeing
Edward Rudolf House - Margery Street
London - WC1X 0JL

My source: Pennington, Andy
c/o Politics of Health Group Mail List
Visit the PoHG website for lots of interesting links and publications: http://www.pohg.org.uk/
PoHG on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/282761111845400
Follow us on Twitter: @pohguk

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Monday, November 13, 2017

... graph portability ...

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care graph portability

care graph portability

social graph portability

& care graph portability

care graph portability

Of course, social graph portability and care graph portability do not bear comparison. Social graph portability is still contested as the media reveals. But 'care graph portability' is stretching it...

In this post I wish to point out the internal transactions (conceptual portability - facets - patterns) that are needed to achieve person centred and holistic care at the individual level. This can then be integrated. Throughout an individual episode of care, to recovery and staying well this 'care graph portability' can be said to be achieved through reflective practice that also engages the patient and carer(s) to facilitate self-care and health literacy. This is true portability in the care context.

See also:
Is social graph portability workable?

My source: Harford, T. (2017) How to poke Facebook off its perch, FT Weekend, 4-5 November, p.12.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Happiness! Happiness! ...

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(One of the 4P's in Hodges' model)

The Blue Zone

Quality of Life -
4 All?

World Happiness Report 2017

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Thursday, November 09, 2017

Due South - 360 degree perspectives

Andy Goldsworthy "Touching North" (1989)

Being a cultural theorist the concept of ‘the south’ is particularly interesting to me (as are the other points of the compass, since they are often set in binaries and have values attached to them when set in opposition – for example the North/South divide in Britain). Coverley begins the introduction by showing us a 17th century map of the south pole and then describes the work by the artist Andy Goldsworthy entitled Touching North (1989) (see below). Touching North was situated at the North Pole, with the four individual parts of the sculpture facing each other and also outwards, with holes in the centre providing them with an opening which enabled them a space accessible from anywhere and everywhere. Coverley says that the sculpture “demonstrates how the directions of the compass may effectively be rendered meaningless: emerge through any of the four arches and one finds oneself heading south” (page 9). From:

interpersonal : science
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sociology : political





Photo: "Touching North" from:

Additional link:

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

New technologies have tremendous potential for improving healthcare in the Global South c/o Fondation Pierre Fabre

Dear all,

The Fondation Pierre Fabre announces a call for project proposals to identify and support health initiatives using information and communication technologies (ICT) with high potential for application in the Global South.

The call for project proposals, accepting submissions through 30 January 2018, is open to pilot or operational projects using ICT to improve access to quality healthcare and medicines in the Global South.

Project sponsors may submit their initiatives by completing the online form [http://www.odess.io/suggest-an-initiative.html]. The projects selected will be listed in the Global South eHealth Observatory.

Then a second form has to be filled up to apply for the awards. An expert panel will study the submitted projects and the winners of one year support from Fondation Pierre Fabre will be invited to the Annual Conference on 2 July 2018, at the Foundation’s headquarters (Lavaur, France), to accept their prizes.

More information here: http://bit.ly/2lIwtPD

Version française:

La Fondation Pierre Fabre lance un appel à candidatures pour repérer et soutenir les initiatives e-santé à fort potentiel dans les pays du Sud.

Ouvert jusqu’au 30 janvier 2018, l’appel à candidature est ouvert aux projets pilotes ou en exploitation utilisant les technologies de l’information et de la communication pour améliorer l’accès aux soins et aux médicaments de qualité dans les pays du Sud. Les porteurs de projets sont invités à soumettre leur initiative en remplissant le formulaire en ligne. Les projets retenus seront référencés dans l’Observatoire de la E-Santé dans les pays du Sud.

Une fois le formulaire de référencement envoyé, les porteurs de projet pourront postuler pour concourir aux prix de l’Observatoire. Un Jury examinera les projets soumis et les lauréats ayant remporté un accompagnement d’un an par la Fondation Pierre Fabre seront invités à recevoir leur prix lors de la conférence du 2 juillet 2018, au siège de la Fondation (Lavaur, France).

Plus d’informations ici http://bit.ly/2lIwtPD


Best Regards,

Domaine d’En Doyse
Route de Saint Sulpice
81500 LAVAUR

HIFA profile: Lea Matel is a project manager at the Pierre Fabre Foundation in France. Professional interests: e-Health, Public health programs/ initiatives. lea.matel AT fondationpierrefabre.org

My source:
HIFA: Healthcare Information For All: www.hifa.org
HIFA Voices database: www.hifavoices.org

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Tuesday, November 07, 2017

UK: The assessment of risk and safety in mental health services


Managing the safety of patients in mental health services is a core function. A variety of tools or scales are being used in mental health services, some of which are locally developed and typically not validated. In 36% of suicides the quality of risk assessment was considered unsatisfactory (NCISH). We are conducting a nationwide evaluation of safety management in the UK.

Aims of the study

  • What are the views of mental health professionals, service users and carers on the safety planning process in mental health services and how this could be improved? 
  • Which risk assessment tools are currently being used in mental health services in the UK? 
  • How are these tools being used prior to suicide? 

The study will use both quantitative and qualitative methods to examine which assessment tools for safety are currently used in mental health services in the UK, and how staff, patients and carers view them. There are three data collection sources for the study:
  1. Web-based survey
  2. Targeted survey of mental health services
  3. Interviews with clinicians
For more information and to participate in the survey please see the NCISH website and follow the link -


My source:
Jane Graney 
jane.graney AT manchester.ac.uk

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Monday, November 06, 2017

CfP: special edition, J Enabling Tech - Design, Technology & Engineering for Long Term Care

The Journal of Enabling Technologies is seeking contributions for a special edition - Design, technology & Engineering for long term care.

Paper themes but not limited to:

  • Enabling technology and architectural theory and construction 
  • Home modifications and technology
  • Smart home technologies
  • Sensor based networks
  • e-health interventions for long term care
  • Rehabilitation technologies and orthotics
  • Assistive and telecare devices
  • Serious games and leisure in aged care
Submission date for all contributions is 31st December 2017.

All submissions should be via ScholarOne system

Further information can be found via the Journal website:


We hope that you will take this opportunity to submit a paper to this special edition.

Best wishes,


Dr Hannah R. Marston
Research Fellow
Health & Wellbeing Priority Research Area
Ground Floor, Stuart Hall Building
School of Health, Wellbeing & Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
The Open University
Walton Drive
Milton Keynes

Alternative Email: marstonhannah AT hotmail.com

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Saturday, November 04, 2017

Book: (more than) Skin Deep ...?

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"For decades now tattoos have been potent symbols of the Los Angeles gang-life scene. The black and white tattoos with recognizable gang symbols appear on members’ faces, necks and all over their bodies, making their gang affiliation immediately clear to whomever crosses their path. This can mean the difference between life and death on he streets, and just as often, in prison. ..." 

My source: Sandhu, S. Crime ink: lifting the layers of prejudice, 20 October, i news, pp.30-31.

Photos: http://www.powerhousebooks.com/books/skin-deep-looking-beyond-the-tattoos/

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Friday, November 03, 2017

Seeking a sense of Direction: Holistic Compass

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a sense
of direction

a sense of 
and care for all?

a sense of direction 
and find yourself here?
Is this really All you can see?
You may be lost?

BBC Radio 4: Living With The Gods

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Thursday, November 02, 2017

Humanistic + Mechanistic = Organicistic? c/o Vernon

"Holistic Biology ... 

Philosophy Now #122
In recent years biology has been moving beyond a biochemically reductive view of life. The days when we could regard ourselves as lumbering robots for our genes, to recall Richard Dawkins’ resonate phrase, are numbered, if not already over. Life for the biologist has become a lot more complex, and arguably, in its intricacy, more beautiful. ... 
I recently attended a conference on what is sometimes called ‘holistic biology’ or the ‘extended evolutionary synthesis’. ... 
These developments have led the philosopher Michael Ruse to pose a fundamental question. In biology, there has long been two ways of looking at life: as a mechanism, which can be broken down into parts; and as an organism, which can be explained only by considering the way the whole system works. Organicism is the more ancient approach, while the machine metaphor has come to dominate in modern times. Ruse suggests that perhaps it’s time for organicism to make a comeback. 
Its origins reach all the way back to Plato." p.7.
The links here provide access to one of four complimentary articles for non-subscribers.

Vernon, M. Rediscovering Plato's VisionPhilosophy Now. Issue 122. Oct/Nov 2017. pp.6-8.

Mark Vernon is the author of The Idler Guide to Ancient Philosophy (Idler Books, 2015).
For more, see www.markvernon.com.

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Wednesday, November 01, 2017

7th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference

Conference Theme: Thorny Thresholds: Identity, Transfer, Research, Assessment

Date: June 13-16, 2018

Location: Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA
The Howe Center for Writing Excellence at Miami University invites you to join us in beautiful Oxford, Ohio—named by Forbes as the “Best College Town in the United States”—for lively discussions, transformative workshops, and engaging keynote presentations.

This year’s theme, Thorny Thresholds: Identity, Transfer, and Assessment, invites us to dig into some of the more challenging aspects of working with threshold concepts.
  • How are students transformed by threshold concepts—and how do we know?
  • How do new understandings facilitated by threshold concepts transfer across contexts?
  • What are differences between threshold concepts (and a threshold concepts framework) and “student learning outcomes”/”standards”/”qualifications” and other forms of institutional assessment of curricula, programs, and learning—and what are the implications of those differences for work with students, faculty, administrators, and publics?
  • How do expectations about "assessment" and "evaluation" of learning differ across countries, and what can we learn from one another in relation to these differences?
Read the full Call for Proposals»

Questions? Please contact Cynthia Johnson (johns690 AT MiamiOH.edu) or Elizabeth Wardle (wardleea AT MiamiOH.edu).

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

HIT: Health Information Technology? Wanna bet...?

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HIT on Vulnerable individuals

What do these words mean to you -
'Terminals' ?

'Cognitive access'
Gambling advertising in football


Stakes £50 or £30 or £20 or £2

£300 per minute

Physical access

HIT - the button yet again...

"... not a single fixed odds betting terminal
among the 35,000 or so in Britain which
has ever had a losing week" Guardian
HIT on Relationships and Families


Loss of Social Capital:



'Civil Society'

"A Government gets the 
citizenry it legislates for"?

12-Week Public consultation

HIT to the gambling industry
60,000 jobs

Staff training & awareness

£1.8 billion market

HIT on Tax £700 million

Tracey Crouch MP Gambling Minister 

Source: Various

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Monday, October 30, 2017

5th Health Literacy UK Conference

Health Literacy: making life better

Friday 16th February 2018

Riddel Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland

We are delighted to announce that Dr Michael McBride, the Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland, and Professor Don Nutbeam, Professor of Public Health, Sydney are confirmed speakers at our 5th conference.

Proposals are invited for oral presentations or posters on innovative health literacy research and practice. Abstract submission opens on 10th August 2017 and we have EXTENDED the deadline to 12pm, Wednesday 8th November.

Delegate rate for full day, including tea, coffee and lunch is £100. Click here to reserve your place, or for further enquiries please contact Sue Weir at primarycare.events AT keele.ac.uk

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Drawing a Care Map

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I contacted the Atlas of Caregiving and Rajiv Mehta replied:
We have found that the value to individuals has come not only from the final artifact (the diagram), but even more from the thinking that goes into its creation (if the person draws his own), and the conversations and reflections sparked by discussing the CareMap with others. This recent news article gives some insight into this: Caregivers Draw Support By Mapping Their Relationships
Of course, the point I’m making is true for any graph, diagram, etc.!
Also, your readers would likely appreciate a link to this page, which has more information on drawing a CareMap: 
Rajiv Mehta
CEO, Atlas of Caregiving (www.atlasofcaregiving.com)
Board member, Family Caregiver Alliance (www.caregiver.org)
Co-organizer, Quantified Self (www.quantifiedself.com)

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

WHO - Who

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The Farthest - run

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In 1976 a lower sixth student new to the grammar school competes in the annual cross country. The previous victor had won every year. Listening to his friends, another win was a given. Not in 1976.
The new student never won at Secondary School, but he was on the team. Out most dinner times, training from Ashton around Garswood. The day after, the  form teacher said something in the vein of  -"Oh there'll be  presentations!" The student listened and still listens. There never was a presentation, not a whisper; but the journey, the run - continues... and the student is grateful for that ...

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Friday, October 20, 2017

JoCI's special issue: Michael Gurstein: a tribute

Dear CI-ers,

It's been truly inspiring to read all of your comments on the other threads on this listserv. Michael has left an amazing legacy, and in order to keep spreading his knowledge and memory, the Journal of Community Informatics (JoCI) is preparing a special issue in his honor: "Michael Gurstein: a tribute." We will be accepting a variety of different submissions. Please help us spread the CFP (attached and in the following) and please don't hesitate to ask us any questions.

Eduardo Villanueva-Mansilla, Editor-in-Chief. 
Susan O’Donnell, Brian Beaton, Shaun Pather, David Nemer, Associate Editors.

Michael Gurstein: a tribute
Open call for an extraordinary issue honoring our friend, colleague, and founding editor
The global network of Community Informatics scholars and practitioners would like to celebrate the life and contributions of the founding Editor of this journal, Michael Gurstein, who left us on October 8, 2017. Michael led the Journal for almost 12 years, from idea to inception. As a consequence of his effort, the Journal has become a respected forum for exchanging ideas, experiences and knowledge around the theory and practice of Community Informatics globally.
When he left the Journal’s regular editorial management, Michael became Editor Emeritus and continued to take a strong interest in the sustainability of the Journal. The current editorial team strives to continue the work that Michael defined so eloquently in the past decade. JoCI remains committed to these defining principles, as a Journal that serves to advance both scholarship and practice for all those involved in the many aspects of Community Informatics. This includes, inter-alia, academics, practitioners, decision-makers, activists, at all levels of involvement, and from all over the world. The legacy of JoCI is also Michael’s legacy, and we are proud to be following in his steps.

To express our gratitude for this legacy and as a tribute to his work, the Journal is inviting three types of contributions for this special non-sequential issue:
  • Short contributions: These should be approximately 300 words, of a personal nature, remembering Michael, sharing aspects of his life and / or the experience of working with him;
  • Longer contributions: These should be approximately 1000 words, and comprise comments on his work. This may include any aspect of his writing on Community Informatics, communities, the Internet and social justice.
  • Photographic contributions: These should be accompanied by a short text (max 200 words) and comprise of an album of selected photos featuring Michael and his life and work.

The extraordinary issue is primarily an opportunity to share and reflect on our friend, mentor and colleague. As such the editorial team will review the contributions with minimal assessment and no requirements of specific standards. If you wish to contribute a full-length article, which may also be construed as a tribute to Michael, please submit it to a regular issue to guarantee the normal academic or professional recognition deserved.

Submission process

Please submit your contribution to the Journal following the regular process but selecting “POV-Gurstein issue” as “section” of the Journal (POV = point of view). You must follow the regular submission process of the Journal to facilitate indexing and referencing. The submission may be in a simple format, with just title and author(s), an email address if so willing; and in doc, docx or odt format for text or jpg for photos or mp4 for video. The Journal will convert the written contributions into a PDF file and will publish as the submissions arrive and are approved by the editorial team.

We are planning for the initial publication to be available at the end of October 2017, and will continue accepting contributions at least till March 2018.

If you have any questions or comments, please write to evillan AT gmail.com.
Thanks for your interest in this publication, please share this call widely so that it will reach all Michael’s extensive network of colleagues. 
The Editorial Team, The Journal of Community Informatics
Eduardo Villanueva-Mansilla, Editor-in-Chief.
Susan O’Donnell, Brian Beaton, Shaun Pather, David Nemer, Associate Editors. 

David Nemer, PhD
Assistant Professor
School of Information Science
University of Kentucky

Check out "Favela Digital: The other side of technology" - http://favela-digital.com

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Paper: Wang and Nickerson (2017). A literature review on individual creativity support systems

Hodges' model can lay claim to being a creativity support system [CSS]. While I do not have evidence, the model presents a diversity of stimuli in its structure and the care - knowledge - domains. It follows then that from the outset it is a motivational primer on both affective and achievement counts. Immediately, there is the motivation provided by the blank space, viewed as one or four conceptual spaces to find an initial starting concept. Affective as users gravitate towards their chosen reflective and creative journey, and achievement priming as having a goal that is prompted by professional, interpersonal and educational goals. If there is a case of 'creativity block' then perhaps a group approach can be adopted? Hodges' model then becomes a collaborative creativity support system. With Hodges' model and no doubt the proposed CSSs the collaborative agents add their own affective and achievement priming, whether student-student; patient-student (supervised); or mentor-student.

With the important caveat that the studies identified do not include healthcare but many papers are general. The authors provoke many questions: "Creativity support systems, like other information systems, are most effective when they instantiate underlying theories..." (p.140). I have already posed this question - which is (as ever) compound. As per the review's general domain papers, is there an underlying theory for all of Hodges' model; or is there a need for a theory per care domain?

"The literature on individual creativity support systems has drawn from theories about design, human computer interaction, information systems, and creativity.. " (p.140). 
If 'design' can be complex, what of 'care design'? That is what we are about. This in turn impacts upon the other sources of theory above.

There is much to draw upon in Wang and Nickerson (2017) but finally on page 145:
"the authors did a survey to verify the notion that creative self-efficacy, individual knowledge and IT support affect individual creativity through mediating variables: individual absorptive capacity, exploration and exploitation." 
Creativity must contribute to literacy, Wang and Nickerson allude to a relationship, referring to self-efficacy above. This is what we are seeking in health literacy and self-care. An ability to explore and exploit available resources being a sign of autonomy and efficacy.

Table 3
A framework for designing individual creativity support systems.

Aspects Components Features to Support the Component
Affective priming
Achievement priming
Creative Process
Process control 
Modules to support each step in a complete
creative process
Allowing iteration and selection of steps

Long term


Providing different levels of stimuli,
Providing stimuli dynamically
External long term memory, such as knowledge
base and case library;
Facilitating search
Supporting association,
Random combination
Facilitating the use of creativity techniques;
Computational creativity techniques
 Labeling, classification, simulation
Criteria based comparison, Decision support

Table 4
The steps in a complete creative process.

Process Stage The Divergent Step The Convergent Step
Problem finding
Formulating problem presentations in various ways
Selecting the best ways to present the problem
Information finding
Collecting potentially relevant information
Selecting the most relevant information
Idea finding
Generating many ideas
Selecting the best ideas
Solution finding
Improving the selected ideas
Selecting the improved ideas and integrating them into a solution

Wang, K., & Nickerson, J. (2017). A literature review on individual creativity support systems. Computers In Human Behavior, 74, 139-151. (tables p.145).

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Monday, October 16, 2017

'Virtuous Practice in Nursing' Research Report c/o The Jubilee Centre


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individual character                virtues and values
philosophy         ethics        courage           
commitment             [moral
selection / recruitment criteria
     caring         attitudes       compassion
reflective practice-think, think, think?
knowledge and skills
subjective - 'soft'?
time, pressures, tasks, robotic
theory -(ethical)- practice
evidence-based care 
objective - 'hard science'?
e-learning platforms-things to read, read, read?
(professional) socialisation
role modelling
mentoring         practice
patient's experience    communication
public perception, media
public involvement

Professional bodies

autonomy     whistleblowing      advocacy   
 career pathway, education and training, organisational culture, appraisal and development of staff
management, business, finance*

See also 'Virtuous Medical Practice' plus others*

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Why Music? The Key to Memory

Wellcome Collection hosts a weekend of fascinating programmes
on music and the mind via BBC Radio 3.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Join HIFA for a global discussion on Evidence-Informed Humanitarian Action! Starts 16 October 2017

Join HIFA for a global discussion on Evidence-Informed Humanitarian Action! HIFA is collaborating with Evidence Aid to promote evidence-informed humanitarian action in the run-up to Humanitarian Evidence Week. The discussion is planned and implemented by the HIFA Project on Library and Information Services (with special focus on Population Health, Disasters, and Disease Outbreaks) with support from Public Health England (an executive agency of the Department of Health in the United Kingdom).
The HIFA discussion will run from 16 October to 12 November. We aim to bring humanitarians together with library and information professionals to explore ways to improve the quality, usefulness, availability and use of healthcare information for humanitarian action. The discussion will explore the diverse information needs in different geographical areas and humanitarian contexts (eg earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, drought, disease outbreaks, conflict). We shall look at the role of systematic reviews, international and national guidelines, policy briefs, manuals (such as the Sphere Handbook) among others. 
Here are some of the themes/questions we shall explore:
  1. What do we mean by evidence-informed humanitarian action (preparedness and response)?
  2. What kind of evidence do humanitarians need, and why?
  3. Call for examples and case studies: Where has evidence been lacking and what has been the result?
  4. Call for examples and case studies: Where has evidence made a difference?
  5. How can humanitarians access and use evidence more effectively?
  6. How can humanitarians and information professionals work together more effectively?

What is Humanitarian Evidence Week?

Humanitarian Evidence Week (6-12 November 2017) is an initiative led by Evidence Aid to promote projects, initiatives, research, products and views related to the generation, use or dissemination of evidence in support of humanitarian action. More than 30 organisations are involved this year, including the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicines, Oxfam, and Save the Children. Read more here 

Also... Webinar: HIFA and National Library of Medicine, 9th November 2017

HIFA is also presenting a webinar in collaboration with the US National Library of Medicine. Details will be available here shortly.

Help to promote Humanitarian Evidence Week - send a tweet!

Hashtags: #HEW2017 / #HumanitarianEvidence
Join the #HEW2017 to explore the world of #HumanitarianEvidence - 6 to 12 Nov - visit https://goo.gl/CVDQPS - #humanitarian
#HEW2017 - Over 20 organisations showcasing their commitment to #HumanitarianEvidence - 6 to 12 Nov - Visit https://goo.gl/CVDQPS - #humanitarian
Interested in #HumanitarianEvidence - join the #HEW2017 from 6 to 12 Nov - Visit https://goo.gl/CVDQPS - #humanitarian
Knowing what works and what doesn't is crucial - Learn more about #HumanitarianEvidence during the #HEW2017 https://goo.gl/CVDQPS  

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

I-dentity: How the Individual-Group runs...

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questions of identity

← politics of identity

My source:
Grayling, A.C. (2009) Liberty In The Age Of Terror - A Defense Of Civil Liberties And Enlightenment Values. London: Bloomsbury. p.35.
"As a contribution to understanding why liberty matters, one has to understand why questions of identity, and the politics of identity, constitute a threat to liberty."

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

World Mental Health Day: Using Hodges' model to anticipate...

.... a Person's reaction to Respite Care

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cognitive problems - usual routine
prior visits - positive experience
personal space
person-centred approach - listened to, acknowledged, afforded dignity and respect
able to 'exercise' choice even if a struggle
non-verbal communication
mood, withdrawal, behaviour change
facial appearance, voices (unconscious?) reminder of friend or foe from distant past?
staff knowledge of person - likes / dislikes - favoured activities, distractions
personal care preferences
recognising distress, anxiety
sleep pattern disturbance
ambiance - atmosphere
noise, smell
sense of constructive activities
impact of visual cues, case, travel bag, coat..
impact of infections
ventilation, draughts
variety of spaces, large, small, able to gravitate towards preferred places
places to wander
access to garden
territory "That's my chair!"
comfort, chair, bed, pillows...
belongings, valuables (avoid)
assessment at client's own home
personal-social history
degree of dependency
negotiating goodbyes, hellos
personalities of care staff, other residents
clash of personalities
or developing attachments, other resident mistaken for spouse?
life experience, forces,
disinhibition at various levels, invading someone's personal space, taking their things, touching them, 'surprising' them
to visit or not - friends other family?
cost of care - time away from home?
contingency plans (contacts) if agitated,
acutely distressed, aggression
diversity - residents and staff
mental capacity
deprivation of liberty
locked doors
observation 24 hour checks -
(expect the unexpected)
staff uniform or non-uniform
the political ambiance - homely, cold - impersonal, formal
community nurse follow-up -
alt assessment environment
authoritarian - fixed routine
'house rules'
cost of care - funding?

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