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Canadians provide significant amounts of unpaid care to elderly family members and friends with long-term health problems. While some information is available on the nature of the tasks unpaid caregivers perform, and the amounts of time they spend on these tasks, the contribution of unpaid caregivers is often hidden. (It is recognized that some caregiving(More)
This paper examines the effects of childlessness on the well-being of persons aged 65 and above in China. It is based on an application of ordered-logit regression in the analysis of the data from the 2002 wave of the Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity Survey (CLHLS) conducted in 22 provinces of China (N = 13,447). It compares parents with the childless(More)
To help address wait times for elective surgery, British Columbia has implemented a triaging system that assigns priority levels to patients based on their diagnoses. The extent to which these priority levels concords with patients’ assessment of their health status is not known. The purpose of this study was to measure the association between the priority(More)
By using a Swedish register data set and applying hazard models with unobserved heterogeneity, this study demonstrates that the partners’ childbearing history plays an important role in predicting the divorce risks of families with various combination of premarital children. Families with premarital children definitely have a higher risk of divorce than do(More)
BACKGROUND The 22-item Sino-Nasal Outcome Test (SNOT-22) is a widely applied patient-reported outcome instrument used to assess the severity of symptoms associated with chronic rhinosinusitis. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the measurement performance of the SNOT-22 instrument on an item-level basis, in a sample of patients awaiting elective(More)
INTRODUCTION A number of countries have healthcare systems where access to elective surgery is constrained. The inevitable outcome is wait lists for surgery. The objective of this study is to report cross-sectional health data collected from a broad sample of patients awaiting elective surgery and shed light on potential non-surgical treatments to improve(More)
BACKGROUND In many developed countries, wait times for elective surgery are increasing. Among these elective surgeries is endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) performed for treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS). Little is known about the impact of wait times on patients' surgical outcomes. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the association between(More)
INTRODUCTION For decades, Canadian hospitals have been funded using global budgets, a lump sum for providing care irrespective of the volume or mix of patients. In 2010, British Columbia (BC) introduced a controversial, but limited, form of activity-based funding (ABF) for hospitals. This study uses a quasi-experimental design to evaluate the impact of the(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) is a common condition for which there are numerous medical and surgical treatments. The 22-item Sino-Nasal Outcome Test (SNOT-22) is a patient-reported outcome measure often used with patients diagnosed with CRS. However, there are no utility values associated with the SNOT-22, limiting its use in comparative(More)
Accurately and effectively measuring the similarity between terms is one way to enhance the performance of information retrieval systems. At present, the extended data source which is used for Mongolian semantic query expansion is still not perfect. A new query expansion method based on Mongolian semantics is proposed for expressing the user's intention(More)