Monday, May 02, 2005

Name That Disease

Today we had a lecture in our community health class on epidemiology: incidence (number of new cases) v. prevalence (number of existing cases, specificity (the degree to which a screening test can eliminate people who *don't* have the disease) v. sensitivity (the degree to which the screening test can pick up people who *do* have the disease) etc. Phew.

We also examined trends of infectious and chronic disease over time and played an informal, pick-up game of "Name That Disease." This consisted of our instructor putting up a line graph showing the dips and spikes of a mystery disease. For example, disease X spiked in the late '40s, mid to late 50s then went way down until the late 60s and early 70s when it came back with a vengeance.

Any guesses?

The disease was Malaria that was brought back by soldiers in the Pacific theater during WWII, Korea and then Vietnam. We also played this with Polio, measles, TB and HIV (easy one).

I'm up to my neck in group projects and one of these groups presented our project to our class today. The project was on researching methods to reduce pain for children receiving an IV or undergoing venipuncture i.e. how to make a big scary needle slightly less so. One of our group members has an 8-year-old daughter and she was the showpiece of our presentation, answering questions about how much needles hurt and so on. She was coy and adorable; every endearing word that came out of her mouth was followed by over 100 young men and women (mostly women) positively gushing. We joked that we were saving the puppies and kittens for next time.

4 Comments:

Blogger Jodie said...

I do "magic spot" hypnosis with children who hate needle sticks. Works even better than Emla cream.

10:49 AM  
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4:33 PM  
Blogger jerry said...

love to see this discussion! It’s great to see you all working through the issues and also, it’s great to see recommendations for testing. In the end, it’s what your actual users do and prefer that should be your biggest driver in making these decisions.

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1:10 AM  
Blogger jerry said...

love to see this discussion! It’s great to see you all working through the issues and also, it’s great to see recommendations for testing. In the end, it’s what your actual users do and prefer that should be your biggest driver in making these decisions.

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1:10 AM  

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