Source:http://news.ntu.edu.sg/pages/newsdetail.aspx?URL=http://news.ntu.edu.sg/news/Pages/NR2018_Nov21.aspx&Guid=af569264-037b-4792-a22c-6ca2fa43e059&Category=News+Releases Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 21 2018Analysis of doctor-patient conversations to help shape design of future specialists’ communication trainingA joint study by researchers from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and clinicians at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) has yielded insights into how doctors can better communicate the value of clinical investigations to patients.The research team is one of the first groups in Singapore to use Conversation Analysis, a method for studying social interaction, in a hospital setting.In Conversation Analysis, video recordings of interactions in an authentic setting are transcribed verbatim. Researchers analyse the verbal and non-verbal aspects during each person’s turn to talk, paying attention to context and identifying recurring patterns of interaction.This micro-analysis is richer in insights compared to retrospective interviews and surveys commonly used in health communication studies. Researchers can subsequently give clinicians specific recommendations in terms of what to say, and how to say it at a specific point, in order to enhance the communication process.For example, when addressing a patient’s concern about pain during a procedure, just explaining the use of anaesthetics may not be enough to reduce the fear. Instead, the doctor can share what his past patients said about their experience.The research outcomes are expected to shape the design of medical communication modules for training of future urologists in TTSH.The study which involved an analysis of 150 doctor-patient conversations at TTSH’s Urology clinics was led by Professor Luke Kang Kwong Kapathy and Assistant Professor Lim Ni Eng, both from NTU School of Humanities, in collaboration with Adjunct Assistant Professor Png Keng Siang, Senior Consultant, Department of Urology, TTSH.”Conversation Analysis is a fresh look into communication in healthcare which doctors were not previously exposed to. We are excited that our day-to-day doctor-patient interactions can shed so much insight through the use of this novel approach,” said Adjunct Asst Prof Png Keng Siang.”Current medical education already includes communication training, but we want to go a step further in looking at the actual interactions in the clinics. Studying the languages, responses and social psychology in the clinical setting gives us insights on what makes patients more receptive to doctors’ recommendations, which may lead to patients being more willing to go through necessary tests and increased patient satisfaction,” said Prof Luke, who is the Chair, School of Humanities, and Associate Dean (Research), College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences at NTU.Related StoriesAre physical examinations by family doctors still needed?How to get a cheaper prescription before leaving the doctor’s officeNew app created to help people reduce exposure to anticholinergic medicationsRicher insightsThe study involved filming 150 first-visit consultations at TTSH urology clinics. A preliminary study involving 50 patients and three urology consultants started in July 2016.From the initial findings, a larger study involving 100 patients and clinicians from the urology department was conducted from mid-2017 to mid-2018. Patients had given their written consent to participate in this research project, which was approved by National Healthcare Group’s ethics review board.A common reason for patients to be referred to Urology clinics is the presence of blood in urine. As this can be caused by various reasons, a first-visit consultation often involves the recommendation of various diagnostic procedures, in order to pinpoint the exact cause behind the symptom. These tests may consist of a urine test, renal ultrasound, as well as cystoscopy which involves running a thin tube with lens to the bladder through the urethra.Recurring scenarios include patients’ expression of fear towards cystoscopy, and apprehension towards going through multiple tests. To enhance the communication process, doctors can be more aware of patients’ subconscious signs of fear. To patients who may view the tests as being optional, they can also explain upfront that all the tests are needed to pinpoint the exact cause behind the symptoms, before going into test details.NTU’s Asst Prof Lim said, “Our study also brings up the question of how much patients know or do not know about the various medical procedures when they enter the clinic. How this knowledge affects patients’ interaction with doctors and their decision-making process can be further studied.”Throughout 2018, the research team had presented their findings at several international conferences such as the Singapore Public Health & Occupational Medicine Conference, the International Symposium on Healthcare Communication, and the Global Health Histories Seminar jointly organised by the World Health Organisation and Sri Lanka’s government.NTU and Tan Tock Seng Hospital have been collaborating in advancing patient care through their engagement in the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine and Health City Novena.The NTU team is part of a medical humanities research cluster at the university, which looks at the linguistic, social and cultural aspects of medical practice.Other ongoing projects by the same team include enhancing communication in TTSH’s Ophthalmology clinics and in the training of medical students. The researchers also aim to apply Conversation Analysis in palliative care in future.
Explore further “Huawei’s exclusion from the US has forced it to work harder in Asia and Europe to achieve its goals.”Based in the southern China tech hub of Shenzhen, Huawei had already been pushing into developing markets even before political pressure—peaking this year with President Donald Trump’s China trade war—effectively slammed the US door shut.Huawei’s exclusion stems in part from US distrust over Ren’s earlier career as a Chinese military technologist and fears that Beijing could strong-arm its tech champions into aiding with espionage abroad. Huawei denies any government links. Analysts warn that while Huawei is enjoying a lead over Apple, some studies forecast the US giant will reclaim the number two spot when new iPhone models are released later this year Founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei has likened Huawei to a ruthless ‘wolf’ tirelessly running down its prey Huawei overtook Apple to become the world’s number two smartphone maker in April-June, despite being denied access the key US market The 5G challengeThe penalties, since lifted, would have deprived ZTE of US electronics components it desperately needs. Huawei, however, produces its own key components, giving the US less leverage.But an industry sales slowdown and market saturation could limit its growth.IDC said 342 million smartphones were shipped worldwide in the second quarter, down 1.8 percent year-on-year and the third consecutive quarterly decline.In the long term, the lack of a US foothold will be an Achilles heel for Huawei, analysts said, and some market studies project Apple reclaiming the number two spot when new iPhone models are released later this year.And as Huawei customers graduate to higher end gadgets above $600, the Chinese company will have to compete head-to-head with Apple on quality and features.”As you move upward, there are fewer competitors but the features, the challenges, the innovation, and the expectations grow,” said Counterpoint’s Pathak.”That is something that Huawei, Apple and Samsung all need to capitalise on.”A critical test looms in the next two years, when 5G systems are expected to roll out and manufacturers will be judged on how their smartphones handle the enhanced capabilities.Huawei is already gearing up for the challenge. Its R&D spending grew 17 percent last year to $13.8 billion, putting the company in the same league as Samsung, Amazon and Google’s parent Alphabet, while recent product launches in Europe have been increasingly glitzy.”Things like camera capabilities and how Huawei rises overall to that (5G) challenge will decide if it is among the Apples and Samsungs, but I think they belong,” Pathak said. In the meantime, Huawei has built up its business in more price-conscious markets, from Indonesia to Saudi Arabia, South Africa and even Europe.Analysts note that as those markets mature and customers graduate to higher end phones, they will already be in Huawei’s ecosystem.”If Apple and Samsung want to maintain their market position, they must make their portfolios more competitive,” said Canalys’s Stanton.Samsung shipped 71.5 million handsets for a 20.9 percent global market share in the second quarter, compared with Huawei’s 54.2 million phones and 15.8 percent share. Apple sold 41.3 million iPhones for a 12.1 percent slice.Huawei shipped 95 million units in the first half and is targeting 2018 sales of 200 million, a threshold crossed previously only by Samsung and Apple.Further growth will keep Huawei firmly on the US security radar.The Trump administration nearly killed Huawei’s Chinese rival ZTE this year, imposing tough penalties for violating US sanctions by selling goods to Iran and North Korea. China’s Huawei eyes smartphone summit after passing Apple Citation: Chinese tech ‘wolf’ Huawei stalks Apple and Samsung (2018, August 7) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-chinese-tech-wolf-huawei-stalks.html Despite being essentially barred from the critical US market, Huawei surpassed Apple to become the world’s number two smartphone maker in the second quarter of this year and has market leader Samsung in its sights.Huawei has achieved this in part by refocusing away from the futile fight for US access and toward gobbling up market share in developing nations with its moderately priced but increasingly sophisticated phones, analysts say.”Huawei’s image and brand recognition across markets and regions is getting better and better,” said Tarun Pathak of global market analysis firm Counterpoint.”They’ve differentiated and positioned their products across price segments, which makes an interesting conversation in terms of competing with Apple and Samsung.”Founded by Ren, now 73, with a few thousand dollars in 1987, Huawei focused initially on the backbone hardware for telecommunications networks, growing to become the world leader.Fifteen years after introducing its first phone, Huawei surpassed Apple in the April-June quarter to take second place globally, International Data Corporation (IDC) said last week, the first time since 2010 that Apple was not in the top two.Raising the anteHuawei’s consumer products chief Richard Yu raised the ante Friday, saying the company could overtake South Korean giant Samsung by late 2019.”The importance of Huawei overtaking Apple this quarter cannot be overstated,” senior analyst Ben Stanton of Canalys wrote in a report on the latest sales data. © 2018 AFP This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Ren Zhengfei, the founder of Chinese telecoms behemoth Huawei, likens the company to a ruthless “wolf” tirelessly running down its prey, an ethos that could soon make it the apex predator of the smartphone world. read more
A day after the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and the BJP inked their seat-sharing formula, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and the Congress on Wednesday announced their pre-poll pact to fight the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.Under the agreement, the Congress party has been given nine seats in Tamil Nadu and one in Puducherry.Deciding constituenciesThe two parties finalised only the number of seats under the alliance; the constituencies will be decided after completing the seat-sharing deals with other alliance partners, said DMK President MK Stalin here.He said the DMK would begin its seat-sharing discussion in the coming days with other parties which supported it in taking up various issues in the past two years.Referring to the plans for by-poll for 21 Assembly constituencies, Stalin said the decision would be taken once the Election Commission notifies it.Answering a question on whether there would be a possibility for film actor Vijayakanth-led Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) to join the DMK-Congress alliance, Stalin indicated there were no talks with the DMDK.It is learnt that the BJP and the DMDK were continuing their discussion for seat-sharing under the AIADMK-BJP alliance, in which the Pattali Makkal Katchi has already sealed a deal.‘Other parties may join’Parties such as the CPI, the CPI(M), the Indian Union Muslim League and the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi are expected to be part of the DMK-Congress alliance.In 2014, both the DMK and the Congress failed to win any Lok Sabha seat in the State. Tamil Nadu national elections COMMENT Cong gets 9 seats in Tamil Nadu, 1 in Puducherry SHARE Published on February 20, 2019 SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS read more
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