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BACKGROUND Current healthcare policy advocates patient participation in treatment decision making. However, in asthma there is little evidence regarding patients' views on such involvement. This study explored the preferred and perceived level of involvement in treatment decisions, rationales for role preference, perceived facilitators of/barriers to(More)
AIM To explore the subjective meaning of illness in a sample of renal patients. BACKGROUND Patients' illness representations, such as the meaning they attach to illness, may affect their coping and adaptation. Improved understanding in this area may therefore benefit patient care. Meaning of illness has not previously been explored in renal disease. (More)
Policies state that access to palliative care should be provided according to principles of equity. Such principles would include the absence of disparities in access to health care that are systematically associated with social advantage. A review of the literature a decade ago identified that patients with different characteristics used community(More)
PURPOSE To compare the effects of reflexology and progressive muscle relaxation training for people with multiple sclerosis, provided by nurse therapists, on psychological and physical outcomes. METHODS A crossover design was chosen with a 4-week break between treatment phases. The Short Form 36 and General Health Questionnaire 28 were completed by(More)
PURPOSE To explore professional experience and training of complementary therapists working within cancer care. METHOD A Questionnaire survey of complementary therapists practising in three cancer care settings in North West England. RESULTS Respondents (n=51; n=47 female; mean age 50 years, range 23-78 years) had varied career backgrounds; 24 were(More)
CONTEXT Few studies consider patient's and caregiver's preferences when developing nonpharmacological interventions. This is important to develop acceptable and accessible nonpharmacological interventions for patients with cancer. OBJECTIVES The objective of this study was to identify the views of patients with lung cancer and their informal caregivers on(More)
This review discusses the current policies, perceptions and expectations around the use of complementary therapies (CTs) in cancer care. Whilst the last two decades have seen a marked increase in the demand for and provision of CTs amongst cancer patients, this has not been matched with an increase in the understanding of their effectiveness or their(More)
Selecting an appropriate research strategy is key to ensuring that research questions are addressed in a way which has value and is congruent with the overall topic, questions and purpose of the research. This paper will argue that there are situations when a case study strategy is appropriate to use in palliative care research. These include: when complex(More)
AIMS To assess the transferability of the Control Preferences Scale to dental settings and to explore patients' preferred and perceived roles in dental treatment decision-making. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS A convenience sample of 40 patients, 20 recruited from the University Dental Hospital of Manchester and 20 from a general dental practice in Cheshire. (More)
BACKGROUND Information needs and preferences in treatment decision-making of parents caring for infants with atopic dermatitis (AD) are unknown, despite emphasis on quality information-giving and involvement of health-care users in treatment decisions. OBJECTIVE To explore information needs and decisional role-preferences of parents caring for infants(More)