Hodges' Model: Welcome to the QUAD: May 2020

- learn about the conceptual framework Hodges' model. A tool that can help integrate HEALTH and SOCIAL CARE, INFORMATICS and EDUCATION. The model is situated, facilitates person-centredness, integrated - holistic care and reflective practice. A new site using Drupal is an ongoing aim - the creation of a reflective workbench. Email: h2cmng @ yahoo.co.uk Welcome

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Book Review: ii Mathematics and Art: A Cultural History

Last time I suggested that philosophy is missing from the title. Architecture is another very welcome theme in the book, the significance of perspective to art being obvious, but not the only focus. As mentioned the preface is an invitation to dive in. The oldest star atlas (xi), Chinese, sets the scientific and global tone to follow. My interest in diagrams, was quickly awoken as there are many in this book. I recalled the lunar cycle depicted on cave walls and bone. The first diagrams from prehistory. The preface works brilliantly as an introduction, such that I couldn't wait for chapter 7: "Scientists describe such symmetries using the mathematics of group theory" (xv).

Mathematics + Art
Mathematics + Art
For young scholars the book plays the role of sign-posting schools and history of thoughts and ideas. [Paraphrasing..] Adorno and Horkheimer ... wrote the first in-depth analysis of the loss of confidence in enlightenment ideals, a condition that came to be called postmodernism (xviii). There's an observation of artists being inspired by mathematics, but not mathematicians drawing upon art - with some rare exceptions. When possible, Gamwell's approach to the personality and intellectual environment of mathematicians and artists is psychological (noting key traumas), at others the author adopts a more sociological and cultural stance. The prose throughout is clear and flows very well, even with some inevitable and necessary cross-referencing.

Chapter 1 Arithmetic and Geometry brings home the relationships and dependencies between maths, arts, belief and changes in our understanding of the Universe. When I learned in my teens of the destruction of the Library of Alexandria, which Ptolemy would have visited, (p.30) I was shocked and still am at this loss. Sadly a loss that is not just an ancient phenomenon.* Interested in astronomy, the loss of Hipparchus's globes and co-ordinate system is a further blow. A cross-cultural perspective is maintained throughout the book, with Islamic mathematics, South America and Asia. Do you know the difference between philosophy and mathematics? There is an opinion here. From the Greeks - Neoplatonism, early Christian and medieval thought and the 'liberal arts', I knew the modern book version of the 'Quad-rivium' on my shelf was of significance:
"In the late Roman and early Christian era, scholars continued to study the ancient texts based on a curriculum - arithmetic geometry, music, and astronomy (the quadrivium, Latin combination of quadri and via meaning "the place where four roads meet") - first described by the Pythagoreans and adopted by Plato for his Academy." (p.37)
An original purpose for Hodges' model, remains curriculum planning and development, the definition of the core disciplines of learning has always been a roll call of sorts. The book can serve all, but younger scholars especially, as it sets out the formulation of scholastic traditions which have a chapter each:
  1. logicism (chapter 5): Realism - St Augustine - Platonic realm
  2. intuitionism (chapter 6) - Conceptualism - Peter Abel - distinct objects only in the mind
  3. formalism - (chapter 4) Nominalism - William of Okham - mere signs or names (p.37)
Even today we must ponder on the status of the seven liberal arts, the quadrivium plus the trivium of grammar, rhetoric and logic. To classics scholars this will be introductory, but invaluable grounding for many learners - young and more senior.

There is an account of eastern and western cultures and the relative development of mathematics. The sciences and theology feature markedly as human reason made progress - increasing certainty only to suffer from doubt with new discoveries. The 'via negativa' (Latin for "negative way", p.47) reminded me of two books on ignorance I purchased in London. I arrived there March 12th and soon thought; "What on Earth (as a nurse too) am I doing here?" Especially, being in the basement for Jazz Live at Pizza Express, Soho. These are indeed uncertain and challenging times.

You may have noticed I have not mentioned the art thus far. Well there is plenty. By page 47 we are up to plate 1.52 'The Cloud of Unknowing' 1998 by Roman Verostko.

Post iii soon.

*In lockdown I followed a conversation on the destruction of libraries from the digital Hay Festival:

(This does require a subscription to Hay Player.)

Saturday, May 30, 2020

'Space' - 'travel' and aftercare

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group - population
'Of Course I Still Love You'


5 4 3 2 1 0
2nd STAGE 
Governments must know
there are many spaces to understand and assure
 that human rights are upheld for all.

Congratulations USA!

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Journal of Community Informatics - new submissions:

Dear CI colleagues,

After a brief pause and transition in editorial leadership, the Journal of Community Informatics is once again accepting new submissions here:

It is my honor to lead the Journal as the third Editior-In-Chief since the journal was launched by Michael Gurstein with its first issue published in 2004. I want to thank Eduardo Villanueva-Mansilla for his leadership over these past years. I also want to thank Tom Denison who has joined Eduardo as the Journal’s Associate Editors.

I am also excited to announce our esteemed Editorial Board with both new and returning members: http://ci-journal.net/index.php/ciej/editorialBoard

We are preparing our next issue to be published in Sept/Oct. 2020.  We look forward to receiving your submissions in the months and years ahead.

Warm regards,

Colin Rhinesmith (pronouns: he/him)
Associate Professor and Director
Community Informatics Lab
School of Library and Information Science
Simmons University
web: http://crhinesmith.com

Journal of Community Informatics

Sunday, May 24, 2020

COVID-19: Is there a need to separate Science and Politics?

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group - population
Individual accountability
"I’ve great respect for scientists who appear at the daily UK briefings but it’s unfair to ask them to appear with ministers."

The public understanding of science.
"After today’s charade we must separate science from politics & have scientists engage with science journalists."
Martin McKee

The (re-)integration of truth?

My source:

Saturday, May 23, 2020

People Fixing the World: c/o BBC World Service

The breath of life

"A clever invention is saving the lives of hundreds of children.

Pneumonia kills about 1.4 million children under five every year. Treatment with concentrated oxygen could save many of them, but the machines that make it need a reliable source of electricity. Some hospitals have frequent power cuts, though, which can be fatal.

So scientists in Australia and Uganda came up with an innovative way to produce oxygen by separating it from the rest of the air, using a vacuum created by running water.

Then they designed special bags that can store and deliver oxygen – even when the electricity cuts out. Their systems have provided oxygen for hundreds of sick children in Uganda.

People Fixing the World hears the story of these remarkable inventions."

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group - population
Problem solving
Concentrated Oxygen
Devices - Maintenance
Life cycle management
Repair in the field 

iFixit Medical Device Repair Database

Please forward this to anyone you think might be interested.

The iFixit Medical Device database, a new resource for Biomedical Technicians and Equipment Maintenance workers to access user manuals and repair documentation for the medical equipment in hospital and healthcare facilities has just been released.


Please help distribute this announcement to Biomedical Technicians, Equipment Maintenance workers or anyone you think would be interested.

More information can be found at https://www.ifixit.com/News/41440/introducing-the-worlds-largest-medical-repair-database-free-for-everyone

HIFA profile: Arlene G Cohen is a retired Associate Professor of Library Science, based in the USA, having worked at the University of Guam Library for 18 years. She has a particular interest in the information needs of medical and allied health professionals in the Pacific region. She runs the "Pacific Islands Regional Medical Distribution List," a current awareness service open to anyone in the world. arlenegcohen AT gmail.com

My source:

HIFA: Healthcare Information For All: www.hifa.org

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group - population

Repairs Database
Devices - Maintenance

clinical equipment 
medical support
medical furniture ...

Friday, May 22, 2020

Book Review: Mathematics and Art: A Cultural History

Spotting this book really hurt my face. The resulting contortion: the half-smile - half-grimace was painful, but I had to approach the publisher for a review copy.

In the email I was honest. I fessed-up to being a mathematical hopeless lover of the discipline. So many maths teachers, so many broken pieces of chalk, so much pain and anxiety. In the early 1970s my late uncle Doug (Engineering, Liverpool University) provided some tuition at weekends. This did not translate into exam success, but he did not diminish my wonder and awe of this subject.

I mention this to set some personal background and give you a sense of my gratitude to Princeton University Press for the privilege of this tome with its 576 pages and 9.5 x 12 in. The email included my work in mental health nursing and having this blog with a small readership and twitter. I've already posted highlighting this book, but thanks to PUP and your faith.

In Waterstones, Gower St, London in February I saw a copy downstairs, so although published in 2016 this book still has currency. The hardback, sat on your knee, you know it's there. That isn't a problem, but sometimes the clearly high production standards and quality literally 'shone' in certain lighting. The quality, high legibility and art reproductions are not to be missed: 444 color + 102 b/w illustrations.

Maybe there are a few math (maths?) teachers who will pass this way and think about their teaching methods, a child's ability, aptitude and sense of wonder. Even if the mind before them doesn't 'get it', please leave that sense of wonder intact. Nurture it, nudge it as best you can to inform the other literacies and provide the momentum for lifelong learning.

There's a word missing from the title, philosophy, which Gamwell combines in a balanced, almost formulaic manner, that had me captured - enraptured from chapter 1. No! Wrong again. Even the preface works indicating the global scope to follow soon. ...

Mathematics and Art: A Cultural History

Lynn Gamwell (2016) Mathematics and Art: A Cultural History. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. ISBN: 9780691165288. p.283.

(Thank you to PUP for the review copy - more to follow.)

Thursday, May 21, 2020

REPORT: Creative methods to envision nursing practices addressing AMR - c/o RIPEN


Between the summer of 2018 and October 2019 a group of nurses from various disciplines and roles took part in a series of research workshops in Glasgow and London, culminating in a policy workshop event at the RCN in London. It was a pleasure and a challenge to be able to contribute and learn about this very urgent and global issue.

Here from the RIPEN website is a description and link to the report:

March 2020: New report:  Creative methods to envision nursing practices addressing AMR

A report on the use of arts and humanities approaches to co-design healthcare service innovation
The RIPEN project has asked: “How can relevant arts and humanities approaches help nurses to re-envisage their infection control practice ecologies in response to antimicrobial resistance?”. Our new report shows how we addressed this question, focusing on the creative methods used and lessons learned. We hope this will be useful for nurses and other healthcare professionals, designers and artists, educators, researchers, policy activists, and anyone else with an interest in the arts and health.

Please feel free to download, share and feedback any comments.

A video is also available on the website.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Call - Covid-19 Special Issue: Int. J. of Practice-based Learning in Health and Social Care

Covid-19 Special Issue - Call for Editor/s

We are keen to invite expressions of interest from our readers, authors and reviewers in guest editing a Special COVID-19 issue of the International Journal of Practice-based Learning in Health and Social Care to be published in 2021. Please distribute this call to your colleagues.

The guest editor may be an individual or group of 2 or 3 co-editors. We anticipate that the issue will contain articles on how practice-based learning has adapted to meet the challenges of COVID-19 as well as reflective submissions, or interesting stories, about the changes experienced.

You can contact Helen Buchanan helen.buchanan AT uct.ac.za Lindy McAllister lindy.mcallister AT sydney.edu.au or Lynn Clouder l.clouder AT coventry.ac.uk to share ideas informally.

Expressions of interest must be received by 10th July 2020.

Monday, May 18, 2020

"Care Package" 4 the C.21st ?

"The CARE Package was the original unit
of aid distributed by the humanitarian organization
CARE (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere)."
humanistic ----------------------------------------------- mechanistic
group - population

Disaster Conflict Refugee context?
Individual choices - 
facilitating autonomy 
whenever possible - Sign Language?
Mental health Care Plan
includes relapse prevention /
 Staying well / Self care
Mental capacity / Decision making
Physical health check
Patient Reported Outcomes*
Specific management of medication - lithium, psychotropics and safety completed and health literacy demonstrated with support if needed.
Making Every Contact Count -
in every care context
Psychological therapies 
One narrative: told recorded once
Cognitive access:
Health Information
Access to my health record
My Care - Why?
Understanding, Awareness
C[P]-Suite "I Consent" - My data,
Genetic Profile, Reimbursement?

Disaster Conflict Refugee context?
Avoid admission, over-treatment
Quaternary Prevention
Preparation for Admission?
Physical Care Plan
includes relapse prevention /
 Staying well / Self care
If in-patient THEN is medication ordered and ready for discharge? e-Prescription?
Electronic Health Record
Mobility - aids, Transport
Advice / instructions
Wound / 
Dressing management
Making Every Contact Count -
in every care context
Clinic location: urban / rural
Virtual - Telemedicine, e-Health
Patient Reported Outcome Measures
Patient involvement in Research
Physical therapies - access
Physical access services/devices?

- CARE ?
Care IN the Community?
Housing :: Homeless?
Pre-discharge home visit -
e.g. Occupational Therapy?
Living alone?
Carers involved with due 
consent in care planning. 
Engaged in recognition and role of warning signs and actions to follow.
Recovery, Rehabilitation, Reablement
Awareness and shared competency in medication, in event of physical illness.
Patient/Family audit of clinical record: accuracy if/when appropriate BUT check completed.
Plan of care - activities, groups, information, arts, studies, 
Carers assessment
Social care.
Advance (anticipatory) care planning
Progress (this time) PRO*
Introduce respite care, day care, volunteering
Avoidance of admission:
this time :: next time?
[Finance of Health Service Delivery]
Care Package for specific groups / populations / circumstances: 
Forensic, Prison, Homeless, 
Substance Misuse, Veterans
Need for interpreter, advocacy?
Feedback on care experience:
patient and carer(s)
Management of Belongings, Cash
Community care - follow up instigated - introductions made with continuity of care (personnel) were possible.
Communication with (family) GP/Doctor
Out-of-hours services 
and contact details.
Patient & Carer invited to phone
purely as a trial-run.
Law - Policy? 72 hour, 7 Day -
follow-up at home.
Incidents - Complaints? Apologies?
Organisational Learning 
Welfare - Employment
Data capture and reporting of care spell/episode.
Reports submitted stats.
Reporting plans to Public re. Health Services
Public involvement in Services

The above is not comprehensive and in itself begs questions of scope and what is a 'comprehensive' care package?

The mapping above to Hodges' model includes many assumptions - existing health service provision, governance, finance, housing, social infrastructure - social determinants of health and how these are mitigated (if at all).

Monday, May 11, 2020

Immersed in the Politics of Health: Nursing #IYNM2020

We tend to treat virtual reality as a creation of the late 20th century, one that is still waiting to find commercial maturity in the 21st. A dictionary, text book and most definitely a web-search will confirm the same.

Perhaps though every age has its VR? The horse, steam, telegraph, electricity have all challenged beliefs, convention, language, society and institutions. The vision of individuals demonstrating courage, invention, creativity and innovation to instill change, has and will always be 'political'.

The celebration of Florence Nightingale's life and achievements also invites acknowledgement of the many pioneers who founded and established nursing across the globe.

In this 21st Century there can be no doubt that Nursing is political. Florence Nightingale immersed herself in the political virtual reality of her day. Nightingale used data, statistics and visualisation to challenge and change health-related political reality. How ironic that so many cities and towns presently breathe the benefit of fresher air today.

Ready or not, we continue to witness the power of language, as nurses and carers who have lost their lives are described as 'heroes'.

Discussion, debate and argument will follow and resonate for months, if not years.

Nursing should and must continue to define, refine and press with all the professional force it can muster; to further the values and delivery of universal access to health information, health care and  improved health literacy and the welfare this can bring for all.

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group - population

Saturday, May 09, 2020

The meaning of "Care Package"

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group - population

"I return to my hotel room in central Wuhan to find a package from the local government waiting for me. They have sent foreign journalists two large bottles of hand sanitiser, 20 masks and a 55-page comic book dedicated to sanitation. In one cartoon, a grinning bottle of ethyl alcohol reminds readers to wipe down their phones up to four times a day.

But the main item in the care package is a hastily bound white booklet with a cover that reads simply: The Chinese Way. ...

But the omissions in the document are often more telling than the official timeline itself. The Chinese Way makes no mention of Dr Li Wenliang, the national hero of the epidemic. On December 30, Li raised an early alarm when his hospital in Wuhan began seeing patients with a Sars-like strain of pneumonia."

Art in Wuhan depicting Dr Li Wenliang, who raised an early alarm about the coronavirus outbreak and later died of the disease © Don Weinland


Image source: ft.com

Thursday, May 07, 2020

Antimicrobial Resistance - an AMR TOOLBOX

Dear All,

AMR (antimicrobial resistance) is an increasing threat to global public health worldwide that requires cross-sectional and cross-disciplinary action. It is present in every country and is spurred by several human made factors including over- and/or inadequate use of antibiotics, poor hygiene and infection prevention control, excessive usage of antibiotics outside the health care sector e.g. in life stock production. And there are reasonable assumptions that the current COVID-19 pandemic might fuel AMR in the hospital.

The AMR TOOLBOX (www.amrbox.org) is a comprehensive knowledge repository designed to provide its users with practical, up-to-date information on antimicrobial resistance. It collates documents, guidelines, posters, training tools as well as information sources for various disciplines and backgrounds including among others health care sector, veterinary and agriculture sector, but also the general public. Thereby, it contributes to the fight against AMR by providing high quality information for all stakeholders involved.

The AMR TOOLBOX is part of MEDBOX http://www.medbox.org and was jointly created by Apotheker Helfen e.V. and the MEDBOX team.

We hope you find this new toolbox useful! If you have any feedback regarding the content, please feel free to contact us under info AT medbox.org.

Best regards,

the MEDBOX team & Andreas Wiegand Apotheker helfen e.V.

Sieglinde Mauder
Project Manager MEDBOX
Karin Geffert
Project Assistant MEDBOX

HIFA profile: Sieglinde Mauder is Librarian at the Medical Mission Institute, Würzburg, Germany. She collects and distributes resources on HIV/AIDS, tropical diseases, humanitarian aid, health service management, e-learning for partners in developing countries.

sieglinde.mauder AT medmissio.de

My source: HIFA

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Call for Book Reviewers: LGBTQ Titles c/o [spiritof1848]

Would you please share this information with your networks? Thanks! We have some new LGBTQ books. Reviewers get to keep the free copy of the book they review! We welcome reviews of books not listed. We support student reviewers through the publication process.

Call for Book Reviewers: World Medical & Health Policy.

World Medical & Health Policy is dedicated to the intersection of policy, politics, medicine, and public health. The Journal's objective is to help improve global health by broadly considering policy context, processes, outcomes, and influences.

World Medical & Health Policy is seeking book reviewers.

If you are interested in reviewing a book, please send me an email at the address below. This call for book reviewers is open to graduate students, health professionals, professional academics of all levels, and independent scholars. We welcome your ideas for books to review and we will gladly also help you find a book that matches your area of expertise. We are especially interested in book reviews associated with health equity and open to a wide range of topics.

Thank you for your time and consideration,

Cynthia Golembeski, MPH
World Medical & Health Policy Book Review Editor
cag348 AT rutgers.edu

LGBTQ Titles. Complete list of other books at bottom.

Broqua, Christophe. Action = Vie: A History of AIDS Activism and Gay Politics in France. Temple University Press, 2020.

Cheng, Jih-Fei et al. AIDS and the Distribution of Crises. Duke University Press, 2020.

Guadalupe-Diaz, Xavier. Transgressed: Intimate Partner Violence in Transgender Lives. NYU Press, 2019.

Haldeman, Douglas. Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Change Efforts: Evidence, Effects, and Ethics. Columbia University Press, 2020.

Lakkimsetti, Chaitanya. Legalizing Sex: Sexual Minorities, AIDS, and Citizenship in India. NYU Press, 2020.

Liu, Hui et al. Marriage and Health: The Well-Being of Same-Sex Couples. Rutgers University Press, 2020. https://www.rutgersuniversitypress.org/marriage-and-health/9781978803480

Shanker, Adrian. Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health. PM Press, 2020.

Stall, Ron et al. LGBT Health Research: Theory, Methods, Practice. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020.

Varghese, Ricky. Raw: PrEP, Pedagogy, and the Politics of Barebacking. NYU Press, 2019.

Additional books for review:

Thank you!

New article: COVID-19 Amidst Carceral Contexts: The Overton Window of Political Possibility and Policy Change

Cynthia A Golembeski
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar
NJ Scholarship & Transformative Education in Prisons Faculty
JD/PhD Student | Rutgers University School of Public Affairs
cag348 AT rutgers.edu

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New online study by UCL and CRUK on vaping, smoking and other health behaviours during the COVID-19 pandemic

Good afternoon,

Our team, the UCL Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group at the Department of Behavioural Science and Health in collaboration with the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change and Cancer Research UK has just launched a new survey about health behaviours during the Covid-19 pandemic. We hope this study will aid us in developing support that may help people make health-protective changes to their behaviours at the time of this and future pandemics. We are looking to recruit UK adults to answer an online 20-minute survey now, and then a shorter 10-minute survey after 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and 12 months. The focus of this survey is on physical activity, tobacco use, nicotine use (vaping), alcohol consumption and diet.

Further information on this study can be found here: https://www.ucl-covid19research.co.uk/.

The study was approved by UCL Ethics (CEHP/2020/579).

Link to survey: https://redcap.idhs.ucl.ac.uk/surveys/index.php?s=RCN9EAFW4W

We would be very grateful if you could help in disseminating this research project across your networks. We would be very happy to answer any questions (please contact study leads: Dr Lion Shahab lion.shahab AT ucl.ac.uk or myself a.herbec AT ucl.ac.uk).

We hope to complete recruitment into the baseline survey by 19th May, and this coming week is especially important.

Further material for dissemination is below (we can prepare different materials):

Click here to automatically generate a tweet about this study (it will include an image):

Composing tweets - some suggested texts (add this link to your tweet to generate a clickable image to the survey: http://redcap.socialshare.top/VOZvhDt)

Interested in #smoking #vaping #alcohol #exercise #diet and #COVID19? Take this new survey from UCL and CRUK. More info about study here: https://www.ucl-covid19research.co.uk/ http://redcap.socialshare.top/VOZvhDt Please RT!

Are you 18+? Join and RT about research by UCL and CRUK on #vaping, #smoking, #alcohol and other health behaviours during #COVID-19. More info about the study here: https://www.ucl-covid19research.co.uk/ http://redcap.socialshare.top/VOZvhDt


New study by UCL in partnership with CRUK - share your experiences and views on health behaviours to help create support for the current COVID-19 and future pandemics.

Survey link: http://redcap.socialshare.top/VOZvhDt. More study information here: https://www.ucl-covid19research.co.uk/

Join UCL and CRUK’s major new study about health behaviours during the Covid-19 pandemic https://www.ucl-covid19research.co.uk/. The results are being used to understand the effects of the virus and social distancing measures on vaping, smoking, exercise, diet and alcohol use. The study will also help to identity ways of supporting positive lifestyle changes during the pandemics. Fill in a 20-minute online survey now and then a shorter 10-minute online survey after 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and 12 months. To start the survey, please click here. http://redcap.socialshare.top/VOZvhDt

Thank you in advance for your help.

Kind regards,


Dimitra Kale
Research Coordinator
UCL Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group
Department of Behavioural Science and Health
University College London
1-19 Torrington Place, London, WC1E 7HB
Email: dimitra.kale.09 AT ucl.ac.uk