Daily Archives: January 22, 2017

Developing Critical Appraisal Criteria for Mediterranean Diet Studies

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The Mediterranean Diet has been intensively researched and there are various health associations that have been identified, published and disseminated. Nevertheless both the diet itself and the measurement of adherence are complicated by many factors. After looking at a number of papers on this theme, I have collected a number of the considerations written about previously.

  1. The original Mediterranean Diet was described in publications from the Seven Countries study and epitomised by the dietary habits of a cohort from Crete. It would be useful to understand whether any subsequent studies reference these earlier habits or else variations of the original dietary habits.
  2. The Mediterranean Diet has been used outside of the research setting to describe the diet of countries bordering the Mediterranean. Individual countries feature unique foods in their variations of the Mediterranean Diet. Thus it can be argued that there is no single Mediterranean Diet. However amongst these countries, shared dietary patterns have been described.
  3. Mediterranean Diet pyramids have been published and refined. The New Italian Mediterranean Diet Pyramid is one example. Thus the practice or recommended practice of the diet may be expected to change with time. The interaction between specific research findings and changing dietary patterns or ideal dietary patterns would need clarification.
  4. The cohorts in the original seven countries study were chosen for their characteristics (e.g. rail workers or farmers). These characteristics may limit generalisations about the research findings.
  5. The Mediterranean Diet was associated with other lifestyle factors which may impact on health and these have been included in recommendations about the practice of the Diet. These lifestyle factors may be confounders for research findings.

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SNOMED CT® in Action

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I came across this useful SNOMED CT® resource which shows examples of SNOMED CT® in action across the world. The website enables the audience to zoom into the map and click on examples of use. Clicking on the examples reveals a brief summary of how SNOMED CT® is being used.

Appendix A – Other Posts in the Series on Health Information Exchanges

Arizona Statewide Health Information Exchange

A History of The Health Information Exchange in Pennsylvania

The Arkansas Health Information Exchange – SHARE

The California Health Information Exchange – Cal Index

Creating a Health Information Exchange in Arizona

Health Information Exchanges

Health Information Exchanges and Chronic Conditions

HIPPA and Health Information Exchanges

Mapping ICD 9 (or 10) to SNOMED CT®

Over 1 Million Relationships: SNOMED CT ®

Standardisation of Health Information Technology in New Zealand

Why Do We Need Electronic Record Systems to Talk to Each Other

Appendix B – Definition of Health Information Exchange

This is the definition of the Health Information Exchange that I use (Hersh et al, 2015)

Health information exchange (HIE), the electronic sharing of clinical information across the boundaries of health care organizations

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Disclaimer: The comments made here represent the opinions of the author and do not represent the profession or any body/organisation. The comments made here are not meant as a source of medical advice and those seeking medical advice are advised to consult with their own doctor. The author is not responsible for the contents of any external sites that are linked to in this blog.

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