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BACKGROUND Population-based data on gastro-oesophageal reflux disease in Chinese are lacking. The prevalence, clinical spectrum and health care-seeking behaviour of subjects with gastro-oesophageal reflux disease were studied. METHODS Ethnic Chinese (3605) were invited to participate in a telephone survey using a validated gastro-oesophageal reflux(More)
OBJECTIVES To find out whether the SF-36 physical and mental health summary (PCS and MCS) scales are valid and equivalent in the Chinese population in Hong Kong (HK). STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING The SF-36 data of a cross-sectional study on 2,410 Chinese adults randomly selected from the general population in HK were analyzed. RESULTS The hypothesized(More)
The ever-increasing demand on health care services results in a growing demand for appropriate methods of measuring and valuing the benefits of health care interventions (cost-effectiveness) in order to formulate policies. In Hong Kong, there is little explicit information to guide policymaking on which treatments to offer and what priority to allocate to(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS To develop a validated gastro-oesophageal disease (GERD) symptom questionnaire for the Chinese population. METHODS One hundred Chinese patients with GERD and 101 healthy Chinese controls were presented with a 20-item GERD questionnaire in the Chinese language (Chinese GERDQ). Quality of life in GERD patients was assessed by SF-36. A(More)
BACKGROUND Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease and irritable bowel syndrome are common diseases which may be related. AIM To examine the association between gastro-oesophageal reflux disease and irritable bowel syndrome in Chinese population in Hong Kong. METHODS Randomly selected ethnic Chinese were invited to participate in a telephone survey in 1996.(More)
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES The scoring algorithm of the 12-item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-12) was revised in the second version (SF-12v2), but information on its psychometric properties is lacking. This study determined whether the SF-12v2 was a valid and equivalent substitute for the SF-36v2 Health Survey (version 2) for the Chinese. METHODS A total of(More)
This study was designed to find out whether health-related quality of life (HRQOL) was an independent determinant of health service utilisation of a Chinese population and to determine whether the addition of HRQOL data to sociodemographic and morbidity factors could significantly increase the explanatory power of risk-adjustment models. A cross-sectional(More)
AIM To determine the efficacy of delivering short-message service (SMS) to provide diabetes-related information in reducing the risk of developing diabetes in Chinese professional drivers with pre-diabetes. METHODS A pilot single-blinded randomized controlled trial was conducted in Hong Kong between 05/2009 and 04/2012. Professional drivers with impaired(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the construct validity of the standard Chinese Short Form (SF)-12v2 in adolescents. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING Data collected from the Hong Kong Student Obesity Surveillance project conducted in 2006-2007 were used. The standard Chinese SF-12v2 was first evaluated against clinical criteria previously used for the evaluation of SF-12 or(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the responsiveness of generic and condition-specific instruments based on the anchor of self-reported level of global change in patients with colorectal cancer (CRC). STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING Three hundred thirty-three patients with CRC were surveyed at two assessments at baseline and follow-up at 6 months from September 2009 to July(More)