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BACKGROUND People who have come close to death may report an unusual experience known as a near-death experience (NDE). This study aims to investigate NDEs and their aftereffects in dialysis patients. STUDY DESIGN Cross-sectional study. SETTING & PARTICIPANTS 710 dialysis patients at 7 centers in Taipei, Taiwan. PREDICTOR Demographic characteristics,(More)
PURPOSE The maintenance of good health-related quality of life (HRQoL) is an important goal for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients. Whether hemodialysis (HD) and peritoneal dialysis (PD) have different impacts on HRQoL is a concern shared by both physicians and patients. A comparison study of HRQoL between Taiwanese HD and PD patients was conducted. (More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Sexual dysfunction in patients undergoing peritoneal dialysis (PD) is highly prevalent, but studies addressing this issue are scarce. This cross-sectional study aims to evaluate sexual dysfunction and the determinants among PD patients. METHODS All chronic PD patients in 8 PD centers were asked to complete a self-reported questionnaire -(More)
This study investigated the relationship between hyperuricemia (HUC) and the components of the metabolic syndrome (MS) among elderly institutionalized men. In addition, this study explored the relationship between HUC and serum inflammatory markers. A total of 333 participants from Chang-Hua Veterans Care Home were enrolled. The MS was defined using a(More)
BACKGROUND Studies focusing on maximal cardiovascular fitness in ambulatory hemodialysis patients are lacking. The main purpose of this study is to look at maximal cardiovascular fitness in ambulatory hemodialysis patients, and the secondary purpose is to look at correlates with such fitness. METHODS We studied maximal cardiovascular fitness in ambulatory(More)
BACKGROUND Autogenous arteriovenous fistula (AVF) has proven to be the optimal vascular access for the majority of hemodialysis patients due to its durability and low complication rates. The purpose of this study is to determine the value of intraoperative blood flow measurement with respect to AVF short-term outcome. METHODS A prospective cohort study(More)
BACKGROUND Psychological depression and physical disability are closely correlated in hemodialysis patients. A retrospective cohort study was conducted to examine the independent association of physical and psychological functioning with mortality in a hemodialysis cohort in Taiwan. METHODS A total of 888 stable hemodialysis patients were included.(More)
AIM To investigate the relationship between selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) use and the subsequent development of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). METHODS This retrospective, observational, population-based cohort study collected data from Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database. A total of 19653 patients newly using SSRIs and(More)
PURPOSE To study the long-term changes in physical functional performance and quality of life in hemodialysis patients living in the community in Taiwan. METHODS This prospective study monitored 27 ambulatory hemodialysis patients for 16 months living in the community in Taiwan. Physical capacity (6-minute walk test, grip strength, pinch strength and(More)
OBJECTIVES Complete patient problem lists may improve the quality of care. To improve the completeness of the lists at our institution, we implemented the coded problem list entry subsystem (CPLES) in our electronic medical record system. Subsequently, physicians used the CPLES instead of handwritten notes to document coded problem lists and progress notes.(More)