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PRIMARY OBJECTIVE To explore the transition experiences from hospital to home of a purposive sample of individuals with acquired brain injury (ABI). RESEARCH DESIGN Phenomenological, qualitative design. METHODS AND PROCEDURES Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 13 individuals with ABI (mean time since discharge = 15.2 months) and 11 family(More)
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE To profile early outcomes during the transition from hospital to home for individuals with acquired brain injury (ABI) and their family caregivers. RESEARCH DESIGN Prospective longitudinal study with data collected at three time points: pre-discharge and 1- and 3-months post-discharge. METHODS AND PROCEDURES Participants included 26(More)
To investigate the risks of exposure to ethylene oxide (EO) at current permissible levels and at past higher levels, an inception cohort of sterilizer operators and supervisors from the Central Processing Department (CPD), respiratory therapists, and engineers exposed to EO were identified at the McMaster University Medical Centre. A comparison group from(More)
INTRODUCTION Fall risk screening tools are frequently used as a part of falls prevention programs in hospitals. Design-related bias in evaluations of tool predictive accuracy could lead to overoptimistic results, which would then contribute to program failure in practice. METHODS A systematic review was undertaken. Two blind reviewers assessed the(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the effectiveness of a targeted, multiple intervention falls prevention programme in reducing falls and injuries related to falls in a subacute hospital. DESIGN Randomised controlled trial of a targeted multiple intervention programme implemented in addition to usual care compared with usual care alone. SETTING Three subacute wards(More)
Additional material is published online only. To view please visit the journal online The stepped wedge cluster randomised controlled trial is a relatively new study design that is increasing in popularity. It is an alternative to parallel cluster trial designs, which are commonly used for the evaluation of service delivery or policy interventions delivered(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the development of the Sentinel Events Questionnaire (SEQ) for recording key events occurring during the transition from hospital to home following acquired brain injury (ABI) and to examine its participant-proxy agreement. DESIGN Prospective longitudinal design, with the SEQ administered by interview prior to discharge and at 1, 3(More)
The early onset of depression following traumatic brain injury (TBI) is associated with poorer psychosocial outcomes; however, the direction of this relationship is unclear. This study investigated the relationship between progress in resuming preinjury lifestyle (transition events), change in perceived functioning and level of depressive symptoms at(More)
BACKGROUND Older adults may find it problematic to attend hospital appointments due to the difficulty associated with travelling to, within and from a hospital facility for the purpose of a face-to-face assessment. This study aims to investigate equivalence between telephone and face-to-face administration for the Frenchay Activities Index (FAI) and the(More)
BACKGROUND Body Image is a major factor affecting health in a range of age groups, but has particular significance for adolescents. The aim of this research is to evaluate the efficacy of the "Girls on the Go!" program delivered outside of the school environment by health professionals to girls at risk of developing poor self-esteem on the outcomes of(More)