Gerd Inger Ringdal

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This study measures quality of palliative care in 181 family members (i.e. spouse, child) to cancer victims with terminal disease 1 month after the time of death. The specific aim was to explore the underlying factor structure and dimensionality of the 20 items of the FAMCARE Scale, measuring family satisfaction with health care given to the patient and to(More)
This study aimed to contribute to the validation of the 30-item Quality of Life Questionnaire developed by the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Study Group (EORTC QLQ-C30). The sample consisted of 177 cancer patients with heterogeneous diagnoses. A series of scales representing various dimensions of quality of life were tested,(More)
This study examines differences and similarities in the quality of life of 253 cancer patients with good, medium and poor prognoses. Our main hypothesis was that patients with a good prognosis will experience a higher quality of life than patients with a medium or poor prognosis. A multivariate analysis of covariance of eight quality of life scales was(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the relationship between social support and emotional functioning and stress reactions. Our hypothesis is that patients who reported a high degree of social support will experience better emotional functioning and less serious stress reactions than patients with a low degree of social support. METHOD The sample was comprised of 434(More)
Symptom assessment is an important issue in palliative care. Computer technology is now available for use in such assessments. The aims of the present study were to investigate the factors that can promote implementation of computer technology in a palliative care unit. Symptom assessment by use of handheld computers combined with a database for storing the(More)
Using a systematic and standardized method this longitudinal study examines changes in grief reactions in a sample of close family members (n = 183) to individuals who had died of cancer. The respondents were followed for 1 year after the loss. The study sample originated from a cluster randomized trial evaluating comprehensive palliative care(More)
This study examines the prognostic value of clinical assessments, including a 3-fold classification of cancer patients by treatment intention. It is based upon a sample of 253 patients with different cancer diagnoses who filled out a 108-item questionnaire. Cox regression analysis (the proportional hazards model) was used to analyse the relationship of the(More)
BACKGROUND The main aim of this paper was to examine the usefulness of the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) for screening delirium in elderly patients with hip fracture. METHODS The sample included 364 elderly patients with hip fracture admitted to two hospitals in Oslo. Delirium was assessed by the Confusion Assessment Method (CAM) as an(More)
OBJECTIVE To provide a quantitative summary of effects of psychosocial interventions on cancer survival, and to present an overview of methodological and reporting aspects of the studies. METHOD Electronic searches and manual searches of reference lists from review articles and retrieved papers. Two coders independently coded study, participant,(More)