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This study was designed to test the performance and related factors of a self-administered instrument in assessing behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) by family caregivers. We recruited 173 patients with dementia and major caregivers from two neurological clinics. Information about clinical diagnosis, the Mini Mental State Examination(More)
We developed a Spirituality Transcendence Measure (STM) and studied whether awareness of terminal illness affects spiritual well-being in terminal cancer patients. Three sources of spiritual transcendence--the situational, the moral and biographical, and the religious aspect--were assessed in the STM. Cronbach's alpha of the STM was 0.95, and the principle(More)
OBJECTIVE To develop and validate a self-rating instrument to assess teaching styles among tutors in problem-based learning (PBL). METHODS The development of the teaching style inventory (TSI) was based theoretically on four types of teaching behaviours: the assertive, suggestive, collaborative and facilitative styles, as proposed by Bibace et al. A(More)
The relationship between self-rated health (SRH) and subsequent mortality was examined in a cohort of 411 Chinese elderly individuals living in institutions. SRH was assessed by a global health rating, by comparing health with others of the same age, and by perception of recent physical condition. Covariates including age, sex, daily activity function,(More)
In Taiwan, to measure the quality of life (QOL) of elderly Chinese, one must rely on instruments developed in other Chinese or Western populations and not specifically for the elderly. The purpose of this study is to understand the components of QOL for elderly Chinese from Taiwan living in residential homes or in their communities. Forty-four elderly men(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with chronic medical diseases may have depression that is not recognized by their primary care physicians. OBJECTIVES We aimed to examine the application of Zung's Self-Rating Depression Scale (SDS) in the screening of depression in primary care patients with chronic medical diseases in a Chinese population. METHODS We studied 268(More)
This study evaluates the construct validity and internal consistency of a Chronic Illness-Related Stress Inventory (CRSI) for primary care Chinese patients and studies the relationship between chronic illness-related stress and sociodemographic characteristics and indices of disease severity. A total of 301 patients were interviewed using a structured(More)
The purpose of this study was to extend our knowledge about how social support and family functioning affect mental health, and to examine the buffering effects of support in the presence of health stressors. A random cluster sample of 507 elderly community people were surveyed with a structured questionnaire, which included the depression and anxiety(More)
The accuracy and consuming-time of screening methods are important factors in the early diagnosis of dementia. In this study, we aimed to know whether the eight-item test (including three-item recall, attention and calculation, subtracted from the mini-mental state examination (MMSE), clock drawing test (CDT), and instrumental activities of daily living(More)
Anatomy curriculum has changed dramatically around the world since the 1960s. These changes include the reduction of course hours, the abandonment of cadaver dissection, the use of problem-based learning, application of other teaching modalities such as prosected specimens, models, radiographic images, computer simulations, and the introduction of humanity(More)