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Comparing the responsiveness over time of the Harris Hip Score (HHS) and the SF-36 in patients who underwent total hip arthroplasty (THA) and assessing variation in the responsiveness of these measures by the number of co-morbidities. This prospective study analyzed 335 THA patients treated at two southern Taiwan hospitals from 1997 to 2000. Magnitude of(More)
BACKGROUND The health-related quality of life (HRQoL) is currently weighted more heavily when evaluating health status, particularly regarding medical treatments and interventions. However, it is rarely used by physicians to compare responsiveness. Additionally, responsiveness estimates derived by the Harris Hip Score (HHS) and the Short Form 36 (SF-36)(More)
BACKGROUND Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most malignant cancers in the world. The effect of preoperative transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) for resectable HCC is still controversial and cost-associated treatments are unknown. METHODS We retrospectively compared clinical outcomes and resource utilization after liver resection between(More)
The purpose of this study was to explore the increasing prevalence of factors affecting hospital charges for primary total hip replacement/total knee replacement (THR/TKR). This study analysed 37,918 THR and 76,727 TKR procedures performed in Taiwan from 1996 to 2004. Odds ratio (OR) and effect size (ES) were calculated to assess the relative change rate.(More)
This study analyzed meteorological, clinical and economic factors in terms of their effects on monthly ED revenue and visitor volume. Monthly data from January 1, 2005 to September 30, 2009 were analyzed. Spearman correlation and cross-correlation analyses were performed to identify the correlation between each independent variable, ED revenue, and visitor(More)
The aim was to comprehensively examine school-based tobacco policy status, implementation and students' perceived smoking at school in regard to gender-specific differences in smoking behavior. We conducted a multilevel-based study to assess two-level effects for smoking among 2350 grades three to six students in 26 randomly selected elementary schools in(More)
OBJECT Most reports compare artificial neural network (ANN) models and logistic regression models in only a single data set, and the essential issue of internal validity (reproducibility) of the models has not been adequately addressed. This study proposes to validate the use of the ANN model for predicting in-hospital mortality after traumatic brain injury(More)
The objective of this study was to examine and predict the time trend of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) after total hip replacement (THR). A total of 383 patients receiving primary THR at two medical centers in Taiwan during 1997 to 2000 were enrolled for the study. Face-to-face interviews were conducted by using physician-rated Harris hip score and(More)
The objectives of this study were to examine longitudinal time trends, to predict thresholds of improvement in each dimension of health-related quality of life (HRQoL), and to identify long-term predictors of HRQoL. This study analyzed 353 laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) patients. Disease-specific Gastrointestinal Quality-of-Life Index (GIQLI) and generic(More)
To compare responsiveness and minimal clinically important differences (MCID) between the Gastrointestinal Quality of Life (GIQLI) and the Short Form 36 (SF-36), we prospectively analyze 159 patients undergoing cholecystectomy at two tertiary academic hospitals. All patients completed the disease-specific GIQLI and the generic SF-36 before and 3 months(More)