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The aim of the study was to evaluate the effects of the use of progressive muscle relaxation training (PMRT) on anxiety and quality of life in colorectal cancer patients after stoma surgery. A randomised controlled trial was used with repeated measures assessment over 10 weeks post-stoma surgery. Fifty-nine patients participated in the study and were(More)
We developed a questionnaire for the evaluation of patient satisfaction with telemedicine. Items related to patient satisfaction with telemedicine were identified through a review of the literature. The internal consistency and the intraclass correlation coefficient were used to evaluate the reliability of the proposed instrument. Content validity was(More)
Family caregivers share the strain of cancer and are at risk of physical and psychological symptoms in relation to caregiver stress. This study investigated the relationships between perceived difficulty in managing caregiver tasks and the experience of stress symptoms among 26 family caregivers of terminally ill patients with cancer in Hong Kong. The(More)
BACKGROUND In previous studies comparing patient-controlled-analgesia and intramuscular pain management have been unable to provide conclusive evidence of the benefits of either method of postoperative pain control. AIM The purpose of the study was to compare the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of intravenous patient-controlled-analgesia with intermittent(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the effect of an exercise-based model of hospital and in-home follow-up care for older people at risk of hospital readmission on emergency health service utilization and quality of life. DESIGN Randomized controlled trial. SETTING Tertiary metropolitan hospital in Australia. PARTICIPANTS One hundred twenty-eight patients (64(More)
Oral mucositis is the most frequent and severe complication of chemotherapy in children with cancer that can aggravate the child's clinical condition and increase the risk of infection. This prospective comparative study was designed to determine the effectiveness of a preventive oral care protocol in reducing chemotherapy-induced oral mucositis in children(More)
PURPOSE To determine the factors predicting quality of life during the course of rehabilitation following stroke. METHOD Two hundred and fifteen stroke patients aged 41 93 were studied over a period of three months. Measurement of quality of life, functional ability, social support. demographic and treatment data were taken on admission to the(More)
We carried out a critical appraisal and synthesis of the systematic reviews and meta-analyses of remote monitoring for heart failure. A comprehensive literature search identified 65 relevant publications from 3333 citations. Seventeen studies fulfilled the inclusion and exclusion criteria. Seven (41%) systematic reviews pooled results for meta-analysis.(More)
OBJECTIVE During hospitalization older people often experience functional decline which impacts on their future independence. The objective of this study was to evaluate a multifaceted transitional care intervention including home-based exercise strategies for at-risk older people on functional status, independence in activities of daily living (ADLs) and(More)