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  • Name

    Paulo Teles
  • Role

    Senior Researcher
  • Since

    01st January 2014
  • Nationality

    Portugal
  • Contacts

    +351220402963
    paulo.teles@inesctec.pt
Publications

2023

Wavelet-based fuzzy clustering of interval time series

Authors
D'Urso, P; De Giovanni, L; Maharaj, EA; Brito, P; Teles, P;

Publication
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF APPROXIMATE REASONING

Abstract
We investigate the fuzzy clustering of interval time series using wavelet variances and covariances; in particular, we use a fuzzy c-medoids clustering algorithm. Traditional hierarchical and non-hierarchical clustering methods lead to the identification of mutually exclusive clusters whereas fuzzy clustering methods enable the identification of overlapping clusters, implying that one or more series could belong to more than one cluster simultaneously. An interval time series (ITS) which arises when interval-valued observa-tions are recorded over time is able to capture the variability of values within each interval at each time point. This is in contrast to single-point information available in a classical time series. Our main contribution is that by combining wavelet analysis, interval data analysis and fuzzy clustering, we are able to capture information which would otherwise have not been contemplated by the use of traditional crisp clustering methods on classical time series for which just a single value is recorded at each time point. Through simulation studies, we show that under some circumstances fuzzy c-medoids clustering performs better when applied to ITS than when it is applied to the corresponding traditional time series. Applications to exchange rates ITS and sea-level ITS show that the fuzzy clustering method reveals different and more meaningful results than when applied to associated single-point time series.

2023

From the first to the fourth critical period of COVID-19: what has changed in nursing practice environments in hospital settings?

Authors
Ribeiro, OMPL; Cardoso, MF; Trindade, LD; da Rocha, CG; Teles, PJFC; Pereira, S; Coimbra, V; Ribeiro, MP; Reis, A; Faria, ADA; da Silva, JMAV; Leite, P; Barros, S; Sousa, C;

Publication
BMC NURSING

Abstract
BackgroundThe COVID-19 pandemic reinforced the need to invest in nursing practice environments and health institutions were led to implement several changes. In this sense, this study aimed to analyze the impact of the changes that occurred in nursing practice environments between the first and fourth critical periods of the pandemic.MethodsQuantitative, observational study, conducted in a University Hospital, with the participation of 713 registered nurses. Data were collected through a questionnaire with sociodemographic and professional characterization and the Scale for the Environments Evaluation of Professional Nursing Practice, applied at two different points in time: from 1 to 30 June 2020 and from 15 August to 15 September 2021. Data were processed using descriptive and inferential statistics.ResultsOverall, the pandemic had a positive impact on nursing practice environments. However, the Process component remained favourable to quality of care, while the Structure and Outcome components only moderately favourable. Nurses working in Medicine Department services showed lower scores in several dimensions of the Structure, Process and Outcome components. On the other hand, nurses working in areas caring for patients with COVID-19 showed higher scores in several dimensions of the Structure, Process and Outcome components.ConclusionsThe pandemic had a positive impact on various dimensions of nursing practice environments, which denotes that regardless of the adversities and moments of crisis that may arise, investment in work environments will have positive repercussions.However, more investment is needed in Medicine Department services, which have historically been characterised by high workloads and structural conditions that make it difficult to promote positive and sustainable workplaces.

2022

The COVID-19 Pandemic and Professional Nursing Practice in the Context of Hospitals

Authors
Ribeiro, OMPL; Trindade, LD; Novo, AFMP; da Rocha, CG; Sousa, CN; Teles, PJFC; Reis, ACRD; Perondi, AR; Andrigue, KCK; Pereira, SCD; Leite, PCD; Ventura-Silva, JMA;

Publication
HEALTHCARE

Abstract
The COVID-19 pandemic has imposed challenges to health systems and institutions, which had to quickly create conditions to meet the growing health needs of the population. Thus, this study aimed to assess the impact of COVID-19 on professional nursing practice environments and to identify the variables that affected their quality. Quantitative, observational study, conducted in 16 Portuguese hospitals, with 1575 nurses. Data were collected using a questionnaire and participants responded to two different moments in time: the pre-pandemic period and after the fourth critical period of COVID-19. The pandemic had a positive impact on the Structure and Outcome components, and a negative trend in the Process component. The variables associated with the qualification of the components and their dimensions were predominantly: work context, the exercise of functions in areas of assistance to COVID-19 patients, length of professional experience and length of experience in the service. The investment in professional practice environments impacted the improvement of organizational factors, supporting the development of nurses' work towards the quality of care. However, it is necessary to invest in nurses' participation, involvement and professional qualifications, which are aspects strongly dependent on the institutions' management strategies.

2022

Empirical Evidence of Associations and Similarities between the National Equity Markets Indexes and Crude Oil Prices in the International Market

Authors
Salles, AAd; Silva, ME; Teles, P;

Publication
Open Journal of Business and Management

Abstract

2022

Adaptation and Validation of the Individual Lifestyle Profile Scale of Portuguese Older Adults Living at Home

Authors
Faria, ADA; Martins, MM; Ribeiro, OMPL; Ventura-Silva, JMA; Teles, PJFC; Laredo-Aguilera, JA;

Publication
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH

Abstract
(1) Background: Unadjusted lifestyles have been the main cause of risk for the loss of years of healthy life. However, currently valid and reliable instruments to assess the lifestyles of the elderly are quite long and difficult to interpret. For this reason, the objective of this study was to adapt and validate the 'Individual Lifestyle Profile' (ILP) scale in a sample of elderly people; (2) Methods: A methodological study was carried out and a sample of 300 older adults enrolled in a Health Unit located in the North of Portugal was used, who responded to the scale. We examined internal consistency, predictive validity, and discriminative ability; (3) Results: After the Exploratory Factorial analysis, a solution was found with four factors that explain a variance of 67.8%. The designation of the factors was changed from the original scale, with the exception of one dimension, and they were called Health Self-management, Social Participation and Group Interaction, Citizenship and Physical Activity. The total internal consistency (Cronbach's alpha) was 0.858, ranging from 0.666 to 0.860 in the mentioned factors; (4) Conclusions: The ILP scale proved to be easy to apply and presented a good reliability and validity index, based on internal consistency, AFE and AFC. The scale allows evaluating the lifestyle of older adults, and its use will be aimed at modifying behaviors associated with negative lifestyles of older adults and their individual needs.

Supervised
thesis

2023

Infraestruturas Logísticas de Exportação e Desempenho de Exportação na Europa

Author
Rui António Silva Ribães

Institution
UP-FEP

2023

O impacto da digitalização na performance exportadora das empresas em Portugal

Author
Diogo da Silva Matos

Institution
UP-FEP

2022

O perfil das empresas portuguesas internacionalizadas no setor do vestuário - análise da propensão e intensidade exportadora

Author
Alexandra Sousa Pinto

Institution
UP-FEP

2022

Determinantes da performance exportadora das empresas portuguesas do setor vitivinícola

Author
Ana Luísa Barbosa Moreira Torres

Institution
UP-FEP

2022

Os determinantes da exportação das empresas do setor mobiliário em Portugal

Author
Mariana da Costa Lopes de Carvalho

Institution
UP-FEP