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PURPOSE To compare the obliquity of the palpebral fissures of three different racial populations. METHODS Prospective observational study. Frontal views of the palpebral fissures of three different groups of subjects (Brazilian whites, Brazilian Japanese, and Brazilian Indians from the Upper Rio Negro Basin of the Amazonas State) were acquired with a(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate nursing professionals' theoretical knowledge of cardiopulmonary arrest (CPA) treatment before specific training, immediately after, and six months later. METHODS Cohort study, performed in a cardiology hospital in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul (November/2005 to May/2006), Brazil. Nurses, nursing technicians and assistants were(More)
OBJECTIVE To verify the effect of an educative nursing intervention composed of home visits and phone calls on patients' knowledge about the disease, self-care and adhesion to the treatment. METHODS Randomized clinical trial with patients with recent hospitalization caused by decompensated heart failure. There were two groups: the intervention group,(More)
OBJECTIVE To adapt and validate a Brazilian Portuguese version of the European Heart Failure Self-Care Behavior Scale. METHODS The cross-cultural adaptation (translation, synthesis, back-translation, expert committee review, and pretesting) and validation (assessment of face validity, content validity, and internal consistency reliability) were carried(More)
Adherence to chronic Oral Anticoagulant Therapy (OAT) is directly related to patients' understanding of the therapy. This study verified the knowledge of patients with mechanical valve prostheses concerning OAT. This is a contemporary cross-sectional study, the sample is composed of patients with mechanical valve prostheses (MVP) in outpatient follow-up. A(More)
This study was carried out to assess patients' knowledge on anticoagulant therapy in an outpatient clinic. A questionnaire with ten questions with closed answers was applied. Correct answers to about 80% of the questions were considered satisfactory. Out of the 120 evaluated patients, 77 (64.1%) showed satisfactory knowledge, with an average of 7.8 +/- 1.7(More)
The study aims to verify quality of life of elderly patients submitted to cardiac surgery, and correlating surgical risk to health-related quality of life instrument domains. Prospective cohort study, performed at a cardiology hospital. It included elderly patients who had undergone elective cardiac surgery. Pre- and postoperative quality of life was(More)
AIMS Home-based interventions for heart failure (HF) patients might be particularly effective in middle-income countries, where social, cultural, and economic constraints limit the effectiveness of HF treatment outside the hospital environment. METHODS AND RESULTS HELEN-II was a randomized clinical trial conducted in Brazil designed to evaluate the(More)
This cross-sectional study aimed at evaluating the knowledge of nurses on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as a function of the time elapsed since training was concluded. The study was performed in a general hospital in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, during July and August, 2005. Nurses were assigned to groups 1 (33 nurses, in units equipped with a(More)
The aim of this study is to show what nurses from hospitalization units know about Alzheimer's disease (AD) and the demands of care for patients and their families. This is a descriptive and exploratory study with a qualitative approach. The data were collected through semistructured interviews. Data saturation occurred after interviewing eleven nurses in(More)