Joanne Sulman

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BACKGROUND To develop and validate a quality of life subscale for patients with esophageal cancer to be used with the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-General (FACT-G). METHODS Prospective cohort study of patients with esophageal cancer treated with surgery alone or neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy and surgery evaluating the validity, internal(More)
Most studies of depression and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have been drawn from clinical populations or from samples selected from the membership of Crohn's and ulcerative colitis community organizations. This study determined the prevalence and correlates of depression in people with IBD or a similar bowel disorder from 2 nationally representative(More)
OBJECTIVE We sought to determine the effect of neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy followed by surgical intervention on health-related quality of life in patients with esophageal cancer. METHODS Health-related quality of life was evaluated in a prospective phase II study of neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy followed by esophagectomy in 52 patients with carcinoma of(More)
PURPOSE (1) To explore the experience of non-English-speaking mothers with preterm, very low birth weight (VLBW) infants (,1,500 g); and (2) to examine mothers' assessment of a peer support program matching them with linguistically and culturally similar parent-buddies. DESIGN An exploratory, qualitative analysis based on grounded theory. SAMPLE A(More)
Deconstruction of traditional social work departments can isolate social workers from their primary source of professional affiliation, leaving them without the support to take stands on controversial patient care issues. This paper describes an alternative: the building of a powerful social work collective based on social group work theory that potentiates(More)
BACKGROUND Although the link between inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) and depression is well accepted, less is known about the relationship between IBD and anxiety disorders and factors associated with anxiety among those with IBD. METHODS Data were derived from the nationally representative 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey-Mental Health. The survey(More)
Objective. The association between long-term parental unemployment in childhood and chronic fatigue syndrome was examined in a population-based sample of women. Methods. A secondary analysis of data from a regionally representative sample of women (n = 7, 288) from the Canadian Community Health Survey (2005) was conducted using logistic regression. Age and(More)
The re-engineered acute care environment that emphasizes managed care, reduced costs per case and shorter lengths of stay also demands innovative approaches to the delivery of social work service. As departments disappear and other professions compete for roles in counselling, discharge planning and community liaison, there is a real threat to the viability(More)
Hospitals in large cities provide services to an increasingly diverse linguistic and cultural clientele. Some strategies adopted to improve services to non-English speaking populations include the use of bilingual social workers, interpreters and printed translation tools. In order to identify gaps in culturally sensitive care in a Canadian teaching(More)
BACKGROUND Previous research suggests a link between childhood adversities and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD); however, study limitations prevent generalization of findings. To address this, the current study uses a Canadian population-based sample to investigate the relationship between 3 childhood adversities and 2 types of IBD while controlling for a(More)