jueves, 8 de julio de 2010

Ponencia en Conferencia internacional

Torres, Luis; Gonzalez, Hugo; Ojeda, Jordi; Monguet, Josep. “PLEs from virtual ethnography of Web 2.0″.

The PLE Conference 2010, Personal Learning Environments.
Cornellà, España.


This article presents an exploratory research based on the virtual ethnography from an environment of research and learning including new technologies. The ethnography is a method of qualitative research of social sciences that is mainly used in the socio-cultural Anthropology, where it has its theoretical basis. The target was to explore the web 2.0 and its tools. The process of participant observation is by means of a blog, other tools and virtual communities. The result is a descriptive model of the web 2.0 based on a Personal Learning Environment which developed in the ethnographic experience.

jueves, 1 de julio de 2010

Artículo en revista científica indexada

Gaspar, P., Monguet, J.M., Ojeda, J., Costa, J., Costa, R., & Fernandez, J. Quanto Custa a Não Formação em Feridas Crónicas?.



In health care provision, scientific and technological advances rapidly make specific skills acquired at school totally obsolete. Clinical errors, bad practices and inadequate performances frequently attributed to insufficient training bring a tremendous economic load to health costs.

In investing in training, rather than knowing how much will be spent, we need to know how much we can save by making healthcare providers more skilled. Our general aim was to develop a model to estimate the costs of nontraining.
We built and validated (1) virtual clinical cases of patients with chronic wounds, (2) a mathematical model to estimate Optimal Costs (based on optimal clinical decisions), and (3) a decision-making simulator to prepare Cost of Action matrices (based on the treatment decisions recorded in the simulator).

We developed a cross-sectional study, using a non-random cohort of 78 nurses with different levels of specific training and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic wounds.
The outcomes provided us with the empirical knowledge that the costs involved in the treatment are higher among healthcare providers who have not attended specific accredited training, and that the costs are likely to fall as the number of training hours increases.
Keywords: costs; non-training; chronic wounds; virtual clinical cases.