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BACKGROUND The MacDQoL is an individualised measure of the impact of macular degeneration (MD) on quality of life (QoL). There is preliminary evidence of its psychometric properties and sensitivity to severity of MD. The aim of this study was to carry out further psychometric evaluation with a larger sample and investigate the measure's sensitivity to MD(More)
BACKGROUND The Age-related Macular Degeneration Alliance International commissioned a review of the literature on quality of life (QoL) in macular degeneration (MD) with a view to increasing awareness of MD, reducing its impact and improving services for people with MD worldwide. METHOD A systematic review was conducted using electronic databases,(More)
BACKGROUND Contrast-associated nephropathy (CAN) is associated with increased morbidity and mortality following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). N-acetylcysteine (NAC) has been shown to reduce the risk of nephropathy; however, the impact of NAC on long-term clinical outcomes has not been assessed. METHODS This randomized, double-blind,(More)
The aim of this study was to design an individualised questionnaire to measure the impact of macular disease (MD) on quality of life (QoL). Principles underlying the Schedule for the Evaluation of Individual Quality of Life (SEIQoL) interview method and the Audit of Diabetes-Dependent Quality of Life (ADDQoL) diabetes-specific questionnaire influenced the(More)
This paper reports the evaluation of a generic measure of psychological well-being, the 12-item Well-being Questionnaire (W-BQ12), for use with people who have the chronic eye condition, macular disease (MD). The W-BQ12 was incorporated in a self-administered questionnaire which was completed by 1421 members of the Macular Disease Society (MD Society).(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the MacDQoL test-retest reliability and sensitivity to change in vision over a period of one year in a sample of patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). DESIGN A prospective, observational study. METHOD Patients with AMD from an ophthalmologist's list (n = 135) completed the MacDQoL questionnaire by telephone(More)
This study examined pain and distress from needles in children undergoing blood sampling as a function of adult-child interaction and type of venous access (i.e., central external venous lines, internalized ports, or peripheral access via venipuncture). Participants were 55 pediatric oncology patients, aged 3-18 years, who were undergoing routine blood(More)
Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays were developed to detect Francisella tularensis (Ft), the causative agent of tularaemia in humans. Two real-time PCRs (FTT0376 and FTT0523) were designed in genetic sequences identified by the Insignia genome comparison tool (http://insignia.cbcb.umd.edu/) as being unique to pathogenic subspecies of F.(More)
In this article, we review measures of patient-reported outcomes that can show whether a treatment for age-related macular degeneration also provides patient-perceived benefits. In addition, we look at health economic measurements currently being used to develop cost-effectiveness models for age-related macular degeneration.
Violence by patients against staff has been a growing concern in hospitals not only in the U.S., but in Canada and the U.K. as well. Such violence is not limited to hospitals, but is on the increase in long term care facilities, thanks, in part, to a growing population of patients with dementia. Very little information about programs that deal with patient(More)