Jennifer R Boyd

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Although psychological distress and cognitive dysfunction are well documented in adults with multiple sclerosis (MS), they are poorly understood in children with the disease. Psychosocial difficulty experienced by children and adolescents with MS involves factors common to all chronic illnesses in children, as well as MS-specific factors. The psychosocial(More)
About 5% of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) are diagnosed before age 18. Because pediatric MS is uncommon, little is known about the experiences of children and adolescents living with MS. The purpose of this qualitative study was to learn from these youth what it is like to live with the diagnosis of MS. Twelve patients with clinically definite MS(More)
Between 1949 and 1961, 200,509 women were examined by routine cervical cytology in the Province of British Columbia. Cone biopsy is done when cytology is suspicious or positive, because the authors believe that proper management can be planned only after step serial sections of an adequate biopsy specimen. If the cone biopsy shows in situ carcinoma or(More)
A process for delivering bad news to families of children with a neurodegenerative disorder was developed to enhance the families' coping abilities and to lessen the impact of the devastating news. Its creation was guided by a review of the literature on parental satisfaction with and preferences for diagnosis delivery, published guidelines for breaking bad(More)
A child with severe intractable epilepsy, profound neurological impairment, and frequent and lengthy admissions to the hospital for repeated and prolonged status epilepticus has an uncertain quality of life. The benefit and ethics of repetitive, aggressive seizure treatment are in question. This case study describes a healthcare team's experience when it(More)