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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161720/development-of-ostqol-a-measure-of-quality-of-life-for-patients-in-opioid-substitution-treatment
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Lisa Strada, Gabriele Helga Franke, Bernd Schulte, Jens Reimer, Uwe Verthein
BACKGROUND: Quality of life (QOL) of patients in opioid substitution treatment (OST) is increasingly being addressed in research. However, no disease- or treatment-specific instrument is available to assess the QOL of this target population. The purpose of this project was to develop the first QOL instrument for OST patients. METHODS: Focus groups with 60 OST patients were analyzed using thematic analysis to elicit key QOL themes as perceived by patients. Identified themes were developed into items and refined through pilot testing and cognitive debriefing...
November 21, 2017: European Addiction Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161631/perceived-epilepsy-stigma-mediates-relationships-between-personality-and-social-well-being-in-a-diverse-epilepsy-population
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Seth A Margolis, Luba Nakhutina, Sarah G Schaffer, Arthur C Grant, Jeffrey S Gonzalez
INTRODUCTION: Perceived epilepsy stigma and reduced social well-being are prevalent sources of distress in people with epilepsy (PWE). Yet, research on patient-level correlates of these difficulties is lacking, especially among underserved groups. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Racially/ethnically diverse adults with intractable seizures (N=60, 62% female; 79% Black, 20% Hispanic/Latino, 8% White) completed validated measures of personality (NEO Five Factor Inventory, NEO-FFI-3), perceived epilepsy stigma (Epilepsy Stigma Scale, ESS), and quality of life (Quality of Life Inventory in Epilepsy, QOLIE-89)...
November 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161471/peer-to-peer-mentoring-for-african-american-women-with-lupus-a-feasibility-pilot
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Edith M Williams, J Madison Hyer, Ramakrishnan Viswanathan, Trevor D Faith, Delia Voronca, Mulugeta Gebregzaibher, Jim C Oates, Leonard Egede
OBJECTIVE: To examine the feasibility and potential benefits of peer mentoring to improve the disease self-management and quality of life of individuals with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS: Peer mentors were trained and paired with up to three mentees to receive self-management education and support by telephone over 12 weeks. This study took place at an academic teaching hospital in Charleston, South Carolina. Seven quads consisting of one peer mentor and three mentees were matched based on factors such as age, area of residence, marital and work status...
November 21, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161295/cardiac-and-renal-dysfunction-is-associated-with-progressive-hearing-loss-in-patients-with-fabry-disease
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Maria Köping, Wafaa Shehata-Dieler, Mario Cebulla, Kristen Rak, Daniel Oder, Jonas Müntze, Peter Nordbeck, Christoph Wanner, Rudolf Hagen, Sebastian Schraven
BACKGROUND: Fabry disease (FD) is an X-linked recessive hereditary lysosomal storage disorder which results in the accumulation of globotriaosylceramid (Gb3) in tissues of kidney and heart as well as central and peripheral nervous system. Besides prominent renal and cardiac organ involvement, cochlear symptoms like high-frequency hearing loss and tinnitus are frequently found with yet no comprehensive data available in the literature. OBJECTIVE: To examine hearing loss in patients with FD depending on cardiac and renal function...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161204/effect-of-neoadjuvant-chemoradiotherapy-on-health-related-quality-of-life-in-esophageal-or-junctional-cancer-results-from-the-randomized-cross-trial
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Bo Jan Noordman, Mathilde G E Verdam, Sjoerd M Lagarde, Maarten C C M Hulshof, Pieter van Hagen, Mark I van Berge Henegouwen, Bas P L Wijnhoven, Hanneke W M van Laarhoven, Grard A P Nieuwenhuijzen, Geke A P Hospers, Johannes J Bonenkamp, Miguel A Cuesta, Reinoud J B Blaisse, Olivier R Busch, Fiebo J W Ten Kate, Geert-Jan M Creemers, Cornelis J A Punt, John Th M Plukker, Henk M W Verheul, Ernst J Spillenaar Bilgen, Herman van Dekken, Maurice J C van der Sangen, Tom Rozema, Katharina Biermann, Jannet C Beukema, Anna H M Piet, Caroline M van Rij, Janny G Reinders, Hugo W Tilanus, Ewout W Steyerberg, Ate van der Gaast, Mirjam A G Sprangers, J Jan B van Lanschot
Purpose To compare pre-agreed health-related quality of life (HRQOL) domains in patients with esophageal or junctional cancer who received neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (nCRT) followed by surgery or surgery alone. Secondary aims were to examine the effect of nCRT on HRQOL before surgery and the effect of surgery on HRQOL. Patients and Methods Patients were randomly assigned to nCRT (carboplatin plus paclitaxel with concurrent 41.4-Gy radiotherapy) followed by surgery or surgery alone. HRQOL was measured using the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire-Core 30 (QLQ-C30) and -Oesophageal Cancer Module (QLQ-OES24) questionnaires pretreatment and at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months postoperatively...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161199/intranasal-budesonide-and-quality-of-life-in-pediatric-sleep-disordered-breathing-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Gunnhildur Gudnadottir, Eva Ellegård, Johan Hellgren
Objective To study the efficacy of budesonide nasal spray on the health-related quality of life and symptoms among children with sleep-disordered breathing. Study Design Randomized, parallel, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Setting Tertiary referral center. Subjects and Methods Sixty children (ages, 4-10 years) who were referred because of snoring and/or apneas for >3 months were included between January 2015 and June 2016 and randomized in a double-blind design to treatment with 64 μg/mL of budesonide nasal spray (n = 30) or placebo nasal spray (n = 30) twice daily for 6 weeks...
November 1, 2017: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161073/evaluating-public-health-interventions-7-let-the-subject-matter-choose-the-effect-measure-ratio-difference-or-something-else-entirely
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Donna Spiegelman, Polyna Khudyakov, Molin Wang, Tyler J Vanderweele
We define measures of effect used in public health evaluations, which include the risk difference and the risk ratio, the population-attributable risk, years of life lost or gained, disability-adjusted life years, quality-adjusted life years, and the incremental cost-effectiveness ratio. Except for the risk ratio, all of these are absolute effect measures. For constructing externally generalizable absolute measures of effect when there is superior fit of the multiplicative model, we suggest using the multiplicative model to estimate relative risks, which will often be obtained in simple linear form with no interactions, and then converting these to the desired absolute measure...
November 21, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160968/fatigue-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-evidence-and-measures
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Bincy Joshwa, Margaret L Campbell
As many as 70% to 97% of individuals with chronic kidney disease (CKD) report fatigue. Fatigue is one of the common, troubling symptoms that affects one's quality of life. This narrative review summarizes the evidence and gaps about the epidemiology, causative factors, and assessment of fatigue in individuals with CKD. Most studies are focused on the hemodialysis population, with very few focused on the peritoneal dialysis and transplant populations in which fatigue is also prevalent. Understanding fatigue and its correlates can help in assessing fatigue and in implementing interventions to alleviate fatigue...
July 2017: Nephrology Nursing Journal: Journal of the American Nephrology Nurses' Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160964/examining-depression-in-patients-on-dialysis
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Allison A Treadwell
This study measured the prevalence of depression in 39 patients on hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis in two urban outpatient facilities in the southeastern United States. Additionally, it evaluated the number of patients who sought and scheduled a mental health evaluation after screening and education. The prevalence of mild to severely depressed individuals among participants in this study was 36%, affirming previous findings of depressive symptoms in the ESRD population. Results suggest that patients with ESRD are at a higher risk for depression than the general population...
July 2017: Nephrology Nursing Journal: Journal of the American Nephrology Nurses' Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160918/impact-of-weight-loss-and-eating-difficulties-on-health-related-quality-of-life-up-to-10%C3%A2-years-after-oesophagectomy-for-cancer
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P Anandavadivelan, A Wikman, A Johar, P Lagergren
BACKGROUND: Severe weight loss is experienced by patients with eating difficulties after surgery for oesophageal cancer. The aim of this prospective cohort study was to asssess the influence of eating difficulties and severe weight loss on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) up to 10 years after oesophagectomy. METHODS: Data on bodyweight and HRQoL were collected at 6 months, 3, 5 and 10 years in patients who underwent surgery for oesophageal cancer in Sweden between 2001 and 2005...
November 21, 2017: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160551/effects-of-pilates-and-yoga-in-patients-with-chronic-neck-pain-a-sonographic-study
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Naime Uluğ, Öznur Tunca Yılmaz, Murat Kara, Levent Özçakar
BACKGROUND: Various studies have shown the efficacy of conventional isometric, Pilates and yoga exercises. However, data on the effects and comparison of these specific exercises on the cervical muscle morphology are insufficient or lacking. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of different exercise treatments on neck muscles in patients with chronic neck pain. DESIGN: A randomized study. METHODS: Fifty-six patients with chronic neck pain were randomized into 3 groups as follows: Pilates group (n = 20), yoga group (n = 18) and isometric group (n = 18)...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160489/cross-cultural-adaptation-of-the-filial-responsibility-protocol-for-use-in-brazil
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Marines Aires, Fernanda Laís Fengler Dal Pizzol, Duane Mocellin, Idiane Rosset, Eliane Pinheiro de Morais, Lisiane Manganelli Girardi Paskulin
OBJECTIVE: To carry out a cross-cultural adaptation of the Filial Responsibility protocol for use in Brazil with adult child caregivers for elderly parents. METHOD: A methodological study that included the steps of initial translation, synthesis of translations, back-translation, committee of experts, pre-test, evaluation of psychometric measures and submission to authors. The protocol comprises a qualitative step, closed questions and seven scales: Filial Expectation, Subsidiary Compassion, Caregiver burden, Life Satisfaction, Personal Well-being and Quality of Relationships...
November 2017: Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159972/vitamin-b12-deficiency-and-impaired-expression-of-amnionless-during-aging
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Alice Pannérec, Eugenia Migliavacca, Antonio De Castro, Joris Michaud, Sonia Karaz, Laurence Goulet, Serge Rezzi, Tze Pin Ng, Nabil Bosco, Anis Larbi, Jerome N Feige
BACKGROUND: Physical frailty and loss of mobility in elderly individuals lead to reduced independence, quality of life, and increased mortality. Vitamin B12 deficiency has been linked to several age-related chronic diseases, including in the musculo-skeletal system, where vitamin B12 deficiency is generally believed to be linked to poor nutritional intake. In the present study, we asked whether aging and frailty associate with altered vitamin B12 homeostasis in humans and investigated the underlying molecular mechanisms using preclinical models...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159857/methylphenidate-for-children-and-adolescents-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Nancy Sturman, Laura Deckx, Mieke L van Driel
BACKGROUND: Children with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) frequently present with inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity, which are the cardinal symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The effectiveness of methylphenidate, a commonly used ADHD treatment, is therefore of interest in these children. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of methylphenidate for symptoms of ADHD (inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity) and ASD (impairments in social interaction and communication, and repetitive, restricted or stereotypical behaviours) in children and adolescents aged 6 to 18 years with ASD...
November 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159795/impact-of-chemotherapy-induced-neurotoxicities-on-adult-cancer-survivors-symptom-burden-and-quality-of-life
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Christine Miaskowski, Judy Mastick, Steven M Paul, Gary Abrams, Steven Cheung, Jennifer Henderson Sabes, Kord M Kober, Mark Schumacher, Yvette P Conley, Kimberly Topp, Betty Smoot, Grace Mausisa, Melissa Mazor, Margaret Wallhagen, Jon D Levine
PURPOSE: Limited information is available on the impact of chemotherapy (CTX)-induced neurotoxicity on adult survivors' symptom experience and quality of life (QOL). Purposes were to describe occurrence of hearing loss and tinnitus and evaluate for differences in phenotypic characteristics and measures of sensation, balance, perceived stress, symptom burden, and QOL between survivors who received neurotoxic CTX and did (i.e., neurotoxicity group) and did not (i.e., no neurotoxicity group) develop neurotoxicity...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159750/general-health-related-quality-of-life-scores-from-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma-patients-obtained-throughout-the-first-year-following-diagnosis-predicted-up-to-10-year-overall-survival
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Hans Jørgen Aarstad, Arild Andrè Østhus, Helene Hersvik Aarstad, Stein Lybak, Anne Kari Hersvik Aarstad
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the 5- and 10-year survival prediction of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) scores obtained at diagnosis and at 6, 9 and 12 months after diagnosis in a cohort of curable head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: HNSCC patients (n = 109) reported their HRQoL measured by the EORTC Quality of Life Questionnaire (QLQ) general (C30) questionnaire. At diagnosis, the included patients were below 78 years of age and at diagnosis planned treated with curative intent...
November 20, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159738/prospective-assessment-of-first-year-quality-of-life-after-pelvic-exenteration-for-gynecologic-malignancy-a-french-multicentric-study
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A Martinez, T Filleron, P Rouanet, P Méeus, E Lambaudie, J M Classe, F Foucher, F Narducci, S Gouy, F Guyon, F Marchal, E Jouve, P E Colombo, A Mourregot, M Rivoire, N Chopin, G Houvenaeghel, I Jaffre, J Leveque, V Lavoue, E Leblanc, P Morice, E Stoeckle, J L Verheaghe, D Querleu, G Ferron
BACKGROUND: Pelvic exenteration remains one of the most mutilating procedures, with important postoperative morbidity, an altered body image, and long-term physical and psychosocial concerns. This study aimed to assess quality of life (QOL) during the first year after pelvic exenteration for gynecologic malignancy performed with curative intent. METHODS: A French multicentric prospective study was performed by including patients who underwent pelvic exenteration...
November 20, 2017: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158912/a-phase-2-quasi-experimental-trial-evaluating-the-feasibility-acceptability-and-potential-effectiveness-of-complex-nursing-intervention-focused-on-qol-assessment-on-advanced-cancer-patients-with-palliative-care-needs-study-protocol
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Gianluca Catania, Annamaria Bagnasco, Alessio Signori, Paola Pilastri, Marta Bottino, Claudia Cervetti, Milko Zanini, Giuseppe Aleo, Loredana Sasso
Background: Palliative care (PC) is an approach that improves the quality of life (QoL) of patients and their families facing the problem associated with incurable terminal disease. A number of QoL assessment tools have been validated in PC and their use described for research purposes, to support clinical practice, and as part of the quality improvement programs. There is a paucity of evidence on the implementation of a nursing intervention focused on QoL assessment in PC practice.The aim of this study is to model and determine the feasibility of a nursing complex intervention focused on QoL assessment in PC practice...
2017: Pilot and Feasibility Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158206/pulmonary-rehabilitation-with-balance-training-for-fall-reduction-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Marla K Beauchamp, Dina Brooks, Cindy Ellerton, Annemarie Lee, Jennifer Alison, Pat G Camp, Gail Dechman, Kimberley Haines, Samantha L Harrison, Anne E Holland, Alda Marques, Rahim Moineddin, Elizabeth H Skinner, Lissa Spencer, Michael K Stickland, Feng Xie, Roger S Goldstein
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. A growing body of evidence shows that individuals with COPD have important deficits in balance control that may be associated with an increased risk of falls. Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) is a key therapeutic intervention for individuals with COPD; however, current international guidelines do not include balance training and fall prevention strategies. OBJECTIVE: The primary aim of this trial is to determine the effects of PR with balance training compared to PR with no balance training on the 12-month rate of falls in individuals with COPD...
November 20, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158118/measuring-physiological-responses-to-the-arts-in-people-with-a-dementia
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REVIEW
George E C Thomas, Sebastian Crutch, Paul M Camic
The dementias are a group of progressive symptoms that have multiple causes, usually caused by disease or injury of the brain, affecting higher brain functions such as language, perception, memory, reasoning and mood; they can also be associated with changes in personality. Arts interventions and interaction with the arts can create meaningful, positive experiences for people with a dementia, as well as improve quality of life. Qualitative research in particular, has been able to describe the emotional responses the arts can produce, but quantifiable changes have not been well documented...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Psychophysiology
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