Elizabeth Tong

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Advances in diagnosis, medical management and surgical intervention have improved the longevity and quality of life for children with congenital heart disease. Despite this, research studies specifically examining the psychosocial concerns of adolescents and young adults with congenital heart disease are few. To explore the subjective experiences and(More)
Craig Sable, MD, FAHA, Co-Chair; Elyse Foster, MD, FAHA, Co-Chair; Karen Uzark, PhD, PNP, FAHA, Co-Chair; Katherine Bjornsen, BSN, ARNP; Mary M. Canobbio, RN, MN, FAHA; Heidi M. Connolly, MD; Thomas P. Graham, MD, FAHA; Michelle Z. Gurvitz, MD, MS; Adrienne Kovacs, PhD, CPsych; Alison K. Meadows, MD, PhD; Graham J. Reid, PhD, CPsych; John G. Reiss, PhD;(More)
OBJECTIVES To define current frequency of prenatal detection of congenital heart disease (CHD), factors affecting prenatal detection, and its influence on postnatal course. STUDY DESIGN We prospectively identified all fetuses and infants < or =6 months of age with major CHD at 3 referral centers in Northern California over 1 year; we obtained prenatal and(More)
Mortality after surgery for congenital heart disease (CHD) has decreased. Quality of life (QOL) assessment in survivors has become increasingly important. The purpose of this project was to create the Pediatric Cardiac Quality of Life Inventory (PCQLI). Items were generated through nominal groups of patients, parents, and providers. The pilot PCQLI was(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this multicenter study was to confirm the validity and reliability of the Pediatric Cardiac Quality of Life Inventory (PCQLI). METHODS Seven centers recruited pediatric patients (8-18 years of age) with heart disease (HD) and their parents to complete the PCQLI and generic health-related quality of life (Pediatric Quality of Life(More)
Utilizing CT angiography enhances image quality in PCT, thereby permitting acquisition at ultra-low dose. Dynamic CT acquisitions were obtained at 80 kVp with decreasing tube current–time product [milliamperes × seconds (mAs)] in patients suspected of ischemic stroke, with concurrent CTA of the cervical and intracranial arteries. By utilizing fast Fourier(More)
OBJECTIVE To provide a better understanding of parents' experiences as their children with congenital heart disease mature through adolescence and young adulthood. DESIGN A qualitative pilot study. SETTING The physician practices of the pediatric cardiology service of a large university medical center. SUBJECTS Eight parents of adolescents and young(More)
INTRODUCTION Some literature shows a positive relationship between physicians' personal physical activity (PA) levels and physicians' encouraging patients' PA, though it remains unclear how this evolves during medical training. In this paper, we describe U.S. medical students' PA levels and factors predicting relevance and frequency of their PA counseling(More)
The effort and commitment dedicated to the treatment of children with congenital heart disease over the past 50 years has been astounding. Therefore, it is imperative to ensure these young patients who have survived the varying challenges of their conditions a smooth transition into a new world of adult health care. The key to the long-term management of an(More)
Many children with complex congenital heart disease are now surviving childhood with the potential to live meaningful and productive adult lives. The process of transitioning or preparing patients and families for transfer from pediatric to adult care is challenging and rarely implemented properly. An inadequate transition process results in delayed and(More)