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In the absence of a quality of life instrument which is applicable to the caregivers of elderly relatives and amenable to a cost-utility analyses, the Caregiver Quality of Life Instrument (CQLI) was developed using Torrance's time trade-off technique. The CQLI was administered to 30 family caregivers and 10 relatives of well elderly. Utility scores were(More)
PURPOSE To develop a conceptual tool for the systematic development of cancer treatment practice guidelines. MATERIALS AND METHODS The guidelines development tool, the Practice Guidelines Development Cycle, was derived from observing an evidence-based practice guidelines initiative at a comprehensive cancer center in Ontario, Canada, and from a literature(More)
PURPOSE To present an update on the development of oncology practice guidelines (PGs) using the Practice Guidelines Development Cycle (Cycle), and to present the results of surveys of oncologists on the first 10 guidelines from the Cancer Care Ontario Practice Guidelines Initiative. METHODS Practitioners' opinions about guidelines in development were(More)
BACKGROUND The objective of this study was to examine the physical and emotional health status, self-perceived problems, and needs of newly diagnosed cancer patients to determine and plan supportive care strategies. METHODS A cross-sectional survey of newly diagnosed cancer patients attending a regional cancer center during a 6-month period was performed.(More)
BACKGROUND The study objective was to confirm a previous finding that patients with stage III/IV squamous head and neck cancer (SHNC) who smoke during radiotherapy (RT) experience reduced survival. METHODS An observational cohort study. Patients' smoking status was assessed weekly by questionnaire plus blood cotinine. Patients were assessed every 3 to 4(More)
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the extent to which a new patient information package (NPIP) or a mini version of the same package (mini-NPIP) reduces emotional distress and meets the informational needs of patients arriving at a tertiary cancer centre for the first time. A comprehensive package, NPIP, consisting of procedural information(More)
This survey assessed the extent of and satisfaction with collaboration between physicians and nurse practitioners (NPs) working in Ontario long-term care homes. Questionnaires, which included the Measure of Current Collaboration and Provider Satisfaction with Current Collaboration instruments, were mailed to NPs and physicians with whom the NP most(More)
We conducted a 1-day survey to determine the prevalence of urinary incontinence among patients in four home care programs in southern Ontario and the characteristics of incontinent patients. Of the 2801 patients for whom the continence status was known, 22% were assessed as incontinent. The mean age of the incontinent patients was 74 (extremes 18 and 101)(More)
We compared the quality-of-life (QOL) dimensions after laryngectomy in patients with advanced larynx or pharynx cancer that were elicited from 20 consecutive laryngectomy patients and 20 health care professionals working in the Regional Head and Neck Oncology Service. Subjects in both groups were asked to identify important QOL items after recovery from(More)
A randomized trial of family caregiver support for the home management of older people suffering from moderate to severe progressive irreversible dementia was conducted in an urban center in southern Ontario. Thirty caregivers were allocated to receive the experimental intervention consisting of: caregiver-focused health care, education about dementia and(More)