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The purpose of this study was to assess the psychometric properties of the Chinese version of the Medical Outcomes Study Social Support Survey (MOS-SSS-C) in a sample of 110 patients. Criterion-related and construct validities of the MOS-SSS-C were evaluated by correlations with the Chinese version of the Multidimensional Perceived Social Support Survey (r(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the effects of a care protocol used by community nurses to support nursing home staff in the care of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). DESIGN Matched, randomized case-control trial. SETTING Forty-five nursing homes of the New Territories South (NTS) cluster of Hong Kong. PARTICIPANTS Eighty-nine older(More)
The purpose of this article was to discuss the challenges of instrument translation, using the translation of the Medical Outcomes Study Social Support Survey into Chinese as an example. Brislin's model of translation, which highlights the need for forward and backward translation, was used. Major considerations in conducting translation, and the strategies(More)
AIM This paper is a report of a systematic review of qualitative studies of how older people live with chronic heart failure. BACKGROUND Chronic heart failure is a global epidemic mainly affecting an ageing population. Understanding how older people live with this disease is important to help promote their adjustment to the distressing illness experience.(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the effectiveness of an intensive community nurse (CN)-supported discharge program in preventing hospital readmissions of older patients with chronic lung disease (CLD). DESIGN Randomized, controlled trial. SETTING Two acute hospitals in the same health region in Hong Kong. PARTICIPANTS One hundred fifty-seven hospitalized(More)
OBJECTIVE High levels of psychological distress have been reported in patients with congestive heart failure (CHF), resulting in increased morbidity and mortality. Yet, little is known about its associated factors. The purpose of this study is to identify the significant demographic, clinical and psychosocial correlates of psychological distress in CHF(More)
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES To evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a community nurse-supported hospital discharge programme in preventing hospital re-admissions, improving functional status and handicap of older patients with chronic heart failure. DESIGN Randomized controlled trial; 105 hospitalized patients aged 60 years or over with chronic(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies demonstrated the effects of progressive muscle relaxation training (PMRT) on improvements in the health outcomes of cardiac patients. This study examined the effects of PMRT on the psychologic status and symptoms of older Chinese patients with heart failure. METHODS In a longitudinal, randomized, and controlled study, 59(More)