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OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to evaluate some features of article titles from open access journals and to assess the possible impact of these titles on predicting the number of article views and citations. METHODS Research articles (n = 423, published in October 2008) from all Public Library of Science (PLoS) journals and from 12 Biomed Central(More)
BACKGROUND Patient-reported outcome validation needs to achieve validity and reliability standards. Among reliability analysis parameters, test-retest reliability is an important psychometric property. Retested patients must be in a clinically stable condition. This is particularly problematic in palliative care (PC) settings because advanced cancer(More)
CONTEXT The Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS) is one of the most commonly used symptom batteries in clinical practice and research. OBJECTIVES We used the anchor-based approach to identify the minimal clinically important difference (MCID) for improvement and deterioration for ESAS physical, emotional, and total symptom distress scores. METHODS(More)
PURPOSE The European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Core Quality of Life Questionnaire (EORTC QLQ-C30) is considered a valid instrument for use in Brazil. However, the previous Brazilian validation study included only 30 lung cancer patients and only measured test-retest reliability. The aim of this study was to evaluate the psychometric(More)
The focuses of palliative care are to provide symptom relief and improve quality of life through an interdisciplinary approach. Previous studies conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of palliative care in reducing symptom distress among outpatients confirmed the importance of the palliative care approach. To our knowledge, there is no published(More)
BACKGROUND It is not well-known how women with advanced breast and gynecological cancers cope with the transition to palliative care (PC) only, but we anticipate that this is a challenging situation for them. OBJECTIVE To investigate women's understanding on the reasons of anticancer treatment withdrawal, their ideas about PC, and also perceptions of the(More)
Medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC), an uncommon tumor that occurs in *5% of thyroid cancers, responds poorly to nonsurgical therapy (1,2). Radioactive iodine does not concentrate in MTC cells and chemotherapy is often disappointing (1). Doxorubicin is frequently used, however, the response rate is around 10% to 20% of the cases (2). In metastatic MTC, the(More)
Consecutive patients (n = 221) presenting for initial consultation at a palliative care outpatient clinic were prospectively interviewed and then followed until death. Individual prayer activity (IPA) and global religion scores were associated with quality of life, symptoms, inflammatory markers, and survival. Analyses were adjusted for whether patients(More)
The morbidity associated with metabolic syndrome induced by androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) in prostate cancer (PCa) has not been widely studied. There are no studies comparing surgical and pharmacological castration with regards to their metabolic side effects. The aim of this study was to compare both modalities. A prospective observational study was(More)
BACKGROUND The Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale (ESAS) is widely used for symptom assessment in clinical and research settings. A sensitivity-specificity approach was used to identify the minimal clinically important difference (MCID) for improvement and deterioration for each of the 10 ESAS symptoms. METHODS This multicenter, prospective, longitudinal(More)