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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448236/development-of-a-french-version-of-the-edmonton-symptom-assessment-system-revised-a-pilot-study-of-palliative-care-patients-perspectives
#1
Cheryl Nekolaichuk, Ann Huot, Valérie Gratton, Shirley H Bush, Yoko Tarumi, Sharon M Watanabe
BACKGROUND: The Edmonton Symptom Assessment System-revised (ESAS-r) is a nine-item self-report symptom intensity tool developed for palliative care patients, with the option of adding a 10th patient-specific symptom. Due to growing international uptake, the ESAS-r has been translated into different languages. There has not been agreement, however, regarding a standard process for translation into multiple languages, which also includes patients' perspectives. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to develop a French version of the ESAS-r, using a standardized translation protocol, and to obtain palliative care patients' perspectives regarding this translated tool...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434758/mallards-anas-platyrhynchos-and-wastewater-ponds-part-ii-developmental-physiological-morphological-and-behavioural-effects-of-ingestion-of-secondary-clarified-effluent-water
#2
K B Tierney, P O Welsh, M Mills, S Nason, D R Barreda, C A Paszkowski
Rather than migrating, mallard ducks may choose to overwinter in northern cities on open-water thermal refuges, such as municipal wastewater treatment ponds, which in Edmonton, Canada, stay ≥10°C during frigid winter months. Refuging mallards spend appreciable time daily on these ponds and hydrate using secondary clarified municipal wastewater (SCEW). We aimed to determine if SCEW ingestion affected mallard health. To this end, we gavaged newly hatched mallards (domesticated Pekin strain) over their first month with SCEW, as well as water representing negative and positive controls (municipal tap water, and the primary active ingredient from birth control pills, 17α-ethinyl estradiol (EE2), respectively)...
April 20, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434270/what-is-stable-pain-control-a-prospective-longitudinal-study-to-assess-the-clinical-value-of-a-personalized-pain-goal
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Robin Fainsinger, Cheryl Nekolaichuk, Lara Fainsinger, Viki Muller, Lisa Fainsinger, Pablo Amigo, Amanda Brisebois, Sarah Burton-Macleod, Sunita Ghosh, Rebekah Gilbert, Yoko Tarumi, Vincent Thai, Gary Wolch
BACKGROUND: A universal consensus regarding standardized pain outcomes does not exist. The personalized pain goal has been suggested as a clinically relevant outcome measure. AIM: To assess the feasibility of obtaining a personalized pain goal and to compare a clinically based personalized pain goal definition versus a research-based study definition for stable pain. DESIGN: Prospective longitudinal descriptive study. MEASURES: The attending physician completed routine assessments, including a personalized pain goal and the Edmonton Classification System for Cancer Pain, and followed patients daily until stable pain control, death, or discharge...
April 1, 2017: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429617/esas-and-fact-b-in-eribulin-treated-metastatic-breast-cancer-patients-a-multicenter-prospective-and-observational-study
#4
Luca Moscetti, Lucia Mentuccia, Patrizia Vici, Silvia Quadrini, Isabella Sperduti, Laura Pizzuti, Maria Agnese Fabbri, Angela Vaccaro, Marcello Maugeri Saccà, Maddalena Barba, Domenico Sergi, Germano Zampa, Teresa Gamucci
AIM: Quality of life (QoL) is a critical issue for women with metastatic breast cancer (MBC). Eribulin mesylate represents a novel and active drug for pretreated MBC. Regretfully, few data exploring health-related (HR) QoL are available in unselected populations. PATIENTS & METHODS: A multicenter prospective observational study was conducted in 50 MBC patients treated with eribulin mesylate, in order to evaluate HRQoL and patients' well-being by using the Edmonton symptoms assessment scale (ESAS) and Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Breast questionnaires...
April 21, 2017: Future Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426597/accommodating-immigrant-women-s-preferences-for-female-health-care-providers
#5
Christa Aubrey, Zubia Mumtaz, Patrick B Patterson, Radha Chari, B F Peter Mitchell
OBJECTIVE: To investigate obstetricians' perspectives of the importance, effect, and challenges of providing intrapartum care to immigrant women who request a female obstetrician. METHODS: A focused ethnography was conducted at a large teaching hospital, which serves a high proportion of immigrant clientele (predominantly North or East African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian) in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Data collection comprised single, semistructured interviews with a purposive sample of 20 obstetric health care providers (10 resident and 10 staff obstetricians)...
May 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405880/steap4-expression-in-human-islets-is-associated-with-differences-in-body-mass-index-sex-hba1c-and-inflammation
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Hannah M Gordon, Neil Majithia, Patrick E MacDonald, Jocelyn E Manning Fox, Poonam R Sharma, Frances L Byrne, Kyle L Hoehn, Carmella Evans-Molina, Linda Langman, Kenneth L Brayman, Craig S Nunemaker
OBJECTIVE: STEAP4 (six-transmembrane epithelial antigen of the prostate 4) is a metalloreductase that has been shown previously to protect cells from inflammatory damage. Genetic variants in STEAP4 have been associated with numerous metabolic disorders related to obesity, including putative defects in the acute insulin response to glucose in type 2 diabetes. PURPOSE: We examined whether obesity and/or type 2 diabetes altered STEAP4 expression in human pancreatic islets...
April 12, 2017: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404475/exploring-the-short-term-impact-of-community-water-fluoridation-cessation-on-children-s-dental-caries-a-natural-experiment-in-alberta-canada
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L McLaren, S Patterson, S Thawer, P Faris, D McNeil, M L Potestio, L Shwart
OBJECTIVES: Dental caries (tooth decay) is common and can be serious. Dental caries is preventable, and community water fluoridation is one means of prevention. There is limited current research on the implications of fluoridation cessation for children's dental caries. Our objective was to explore the short-term impact of community water fluoridation cessation on children's dental caries, by examining change in caries experience in population-based samples of schoolchildren in two Canadian cities, one that discontinued community water fluoridation and one that retained it...
February 7, 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401120/estimating-patient-borne-water-and-electricity-costs-in-home-hemodialysis-a-simulation
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Matthew Nickel, Wes Rideout, Nikhil Shah, Frances Reintjes, Justin Z Chen, Robert Burrell, Robert P Pauly
BACKGROUND: Home hemodialysis is associated with lower costs to the health care system compared with conventional facility-based hemodialysis because of lower staffing and overhead costs, and by transferring the treatment cost of utilities (water and power) to the patient. The purpose of this study was to determine the utility costs of home hemodialysis and create a formula such that patients and renal programs can estimate the annual patient-borne costs involved with this type of treatment...
January 2017: CMAJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395931/impact-of-abiraterone-acetate-and-enzalutamide-on-symptom-burden-of-patients-with-chemotherapy-naive-metastatic-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer
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S Salem, M Komisarenko, N Timilshina, L Martin, R Grewal, S Alibhai, A Finelli
AIMS: Treatments and disease burden of metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) considerably affect a patient's quality of life. However, patient-reported symptom burden data are still largely insufficient. This study sought to compare the self-reported symptom burden of men with chemotherapy-naive (CN) mCRPC treated with abiraterone acetate (AA) or enzalutamide (EZ) in routine clinical practice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between 2011 and 2015, 189 CN-mCRPC patients who had received AA (n = 76) or EZ (n = 113) at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre were included...
April 8, 2017: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386785/assessing-the-prognostic-features-of-a-pain-classification-system-in-advanced-cancer-patients
#10
Joseph Arthur, Kimberson Tanco, Ali Haider, Courtney Maligi, Minjeong Park, Diane Liu, Eduardo Bruera
PURPOSE: The Edmonton Classification System for Cancer Pain (ECS-CP) has been shown to predict pain management complexity based on five features: pain mechanism, incident pain, psychological distress, addictive behavior, and cognitive function. The main objective of our study was to explore the association between ECS-CP features and pain treatment outcomes among outpatients managed by a palliative care specialist-led interdisciplinary team. METHODS: Initial and follow-up clinical information of 386 eligible supportive care outpatients were retrospectively reviewed and analyzed...
April 6, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383381/accommodating-immigrant-women-s-preferences-for-female-health-care-providers
#11
Christa Aubrey, Zubia Mumtaz, Patrick B Patterson, Radha Chari, B F Peter Mitchell
OBJECTIVE: To investigate obstetricians' perspectives of the importance, effect, and challenges of providing intrapartum care to immigrant women who request a female obstetrician. METHODS: A focused ethnography was conducted at a large teaching hospital, which serves a high proportion of immigrant clientele (predominantly North or East African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian) in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Data collection comprised single, semistructured interviews with a purposive sample of 20 obstetric health care providers (10 resident and 10 staff obstetricians)...
April 4, 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375046/delirium-assessed-by-memorial-delirium-assessment-scale-in-advanced-cancer-patients-admitted-to-an-acute-palliative-supportive-care-unit
#12
Sebastiano Mercadante, Claudio Adile, Patrizia Ferrera, Andrea Cortegiani, Alessandra Casuccio
BACKGROUND: Delirium is often unrecognized in cancer patients. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of delirium assessed by Memorial Delirium Assessment Scale (MDAS), and possible associated factors associated on admission to an acute palliative/supportive care unit (ASPCU). The secondary outcome was to assess changes in MDAS and symptom burden at time of discharge. METHODS: A consecutive sample of advanced cancer patients who were admitted to an ASPCU was prospectively assessed for a period of 10 months...
April 4, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367285/are-frailty-scales-better-than-anesthesia-or-surgical-scales-to-determine-risk-in-cardiac-surgery
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Judit Kovacs, Liviu Moraru, Krisztina Antal, Adrian Cioc, Septimiu Voidazan, Attila Szabo
BACKGROUND: In the last year there has been an increasing interest for using frailty scales for risk stratification of elderly patients undergoing major surgery. We planned to compare two frailty scales with risk scales already used in cardiac surgery, to study which of these scores have better prognostic value predicting postoperative outcome in open heart surgery. METHODS: We conducted a prospective clinical trial, including 57 patients over 65 years. We calculated Cardiac Anesthesia Risk Evaluation score, EuroScore II, Clinical Frailty Scale, Edmonton Frail Scale for each patient and followed the postoperative complications, length of mechanical ventilation, length of stay in the intensive care unit and hospital, and in-hospital death related to these risk and frailty scores...
April 2017: Korean Journal of Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341970/impact-of-dyspnea-on-advanced-cancer-patients-referred-to-a-palliative-radiotherapy-clinic
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Leigha Rowbottom, Stephanie Chan, Liying Zhang, Rachel McDonald, Elizabeth Barnes, May Tsao, Pearl Zaki, Edward Chow
PURPOSE: Dyspnea is a debilitating symptom commonly experienced by advanced cancer patients that can lead to negative effects on function and quality of life (QOL). The present study aims to determine the relationship between dyspnea and other Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS) symptoms in palliative cancer patients referred to a radiotherapy clinic. METHODS: The presence and severity of dyspnea was measured using the ESAS. All patients that visited a palliative radiotherapy clinic between 1999 to 2002 and 2006 to 2009 and completed the ESAS were included...
March 24, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301279/integrating-palliative-care-services-in-ambulatory-oncology-an-application-of-the-edmonton-symptom-assessment-system
#15
Sherri L Rauenzahn, Susanne Schmidt, Ifeoma O Aduba, Jessica T Jones, Nazneen Ali, Laura L Tenner
PURPOSE: Research in palliative care demonstrates improvements in overall survival, quality of life, symptom management, and reductions in the cost of care. Despite the American Society of Clinical Oncology recommendation for early concurrent palliative care in patients with advanced cancer and high symptom burden, integrating palliative services is challenging. Our aims were to quantitatively describe the palliative referral rates and symptom burden in a South Texas cancer center and establish a palliative referral system by implementing the Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale (ESAS)...
April 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300452/sun-smart-practices-amongst-school-students-grades-5-7-and-9-in-alberta-canada
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Divya Jha, Shankar Jha, Sunita Ghosh, Michael Smylie, Muba Taher
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess the current knowledge children possess on melanoma and sun-protective behaviour. METHODS: A one-page survey was administered to students in grades 5, 7, and 9. RESULTS: Three hundred ninety-two students from 11 schools in Edmonton were surveyed. Seventy-one percent of students knew that sun exposure can cause skin cancers. Sixty-nine percent were taught by their parents about sun protection, but only 44% of students received similar instructions from teachers...
March 2017: Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299946/single-institute-experience-with-methylphenidate-and-american-ginseng-in-cancer-related-fatigue
#17
Young D Chang, Joshua Smith, Diane Portman, Richard Kim, Ritika Oberoi-Jassal, Sahana Rajasekhara, Mellar Davis
BACKGROUND: Single therapy with methylphenidate or American ginseng contributes to the reduction in cancer-related fatigue (CRF) with different pharmacologic mechanisms and is relatively safe. However, the safety and efficacy of treating CRF with methylphenidate and AG combination therapy is unknown. AIM: The primary objective was to assess the clinical safety and the change in fatigue with numerical rating scale (NRS) on the Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale (ESAS) after intervention with methylphenidate and AG combination therapy...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292814/critical-international-normalized-ratio-results-after-hours-to-call-or-not-to-call
#18
Darlene Korn, M Sean McMurtry, Kirsten George-Phillips, Tammy J Bungard
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether the timing of notification of critical international normalized ratio (INR) results (during or after clinic hours) altered the clinician's ability to affect same-day patient care. DESIGN: Retrospective chart review. SETTING: The Anticoagulation Management Service at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 276 patients with critical INR results (> 5.0) separated by at least 30 days were identified to have 200 critical INR results reported during clinic hours and 200 reported after hours...
March 2017: Canadian Family Physician Médecin de Famille Canadien
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292477/limited-effectiveness-of-diabetes-risk-assessment-tools-in-seniors-facility-residents
#19
Travis Featherstone, Dean T Eurich, Scot H Simpson
BACKGROUND: Undiagnosed diabetes can create significant management issues for seniors. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effectiveness of two diabetes risk surveys-the Canadian Diabetes Risk Assessment Questionnaire (CANRISK) and the Finnish Diabetes Risk Score (FINDRISC)-to identify elevated blood glucose levels in seniors. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted in senior living facilities in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Those with known diabetes, without capacity, considered frail, or unable to communicate in English were excluded...
March 2017: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280606/utility-of-the-edmonton-frail-scale-in-identifying-frail-elderly-patients-during-treatment-of-colorectal-cancer
#20
Brandon M Meyers, Humaid O Al-Shamsi, Sara Rask, Radhika Yelamanchili, Callista M Phillips, Alexandra Papaioannou, Gregory R Pond, Neera Jeyabalan, Kevin M Zbuk, Sukhbinder Kaur Dhesy-Thind
BACKGROUND: Frailty has been proposed by geriatricians as an indicator of functional age. The Edmonton Frail Scale (EFS) is a 15-point incremental scale; it is quick (<5 min), and simple to administer. We conducted an exploratory study to establish if the EFS add utility to clinician's expertise by determining if there was an association between EFS and receipt of chemotherapy in colorectal cancer (CRC) patients. METHODS: The EFS was administered to stage II-IV CRC patients ≥70 years...
February 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
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