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CONTEXT Tumor recurrence is a major issue for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) following curative liver resection. OBJECTIVE To investigate the association between nucleoside analogue use and risk of tumor recurrence in patients with hepatitis B virus (HBV)--related HCC after curative surgery. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS A nationwide(More)
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has been characterized by prevalence, cost, and patterns of use. Factors determining its utilization have also been analyzed, either generally or for specific diseases, but few studies have considered the determinants of its frequency of use. Taiwan's pluralistic health care system and comprehensive insurance(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Concern has been expressed over the cardiovascular risks associated with rosiglitazone and pioglitazone. This study investigates the association between oral antihyperglycaemics (rosiglitazone, pioglitazone, sulfonylureas and metformin) with myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, angina pectoris, stroke and transient(More)
BACKGROUND Gender-sensitive tobacco control policies are being challenged, and new directions are being sought because public health efforts have reduced cigarette consumption more substantially among men than among women. To better target women, it would help to identify the protective cultural factors that promote resiliency in women and discourage them(More)
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the long-term results of rectus femoris transfer in cerebral palsy children with stiff-knee gait. Thirty-eight affected limbs in 24 children were evaluated preoperatively and 1 year postoperatively by gait analysis, with 26 limbs in 18 patients having final study, averaging 4.6 years postoperatively. Functional(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS The incidence of peptic ulcer diseases has decreased significantly during past decades. Despite several significant population-based studies in Western countries, studies of Asian populations are lacking. We therefore investigated the incidence of hospital admissions for peptic ulcer disease in Taiwan during a 10-year period. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Currently, Taiwanese Chinese version of a disease-specific health-related quality of life questionnaire for osteoporosis is not available. The purpose of this study was to translate and test the reliability and validity of the Taiwanese Chinese version of the Quality of Life Questionnaire of the European Foundation for Osteoporosis(More)
BACKGROUND Low health literacy is considered a worldwide health threat. The purpose of this study is to assess the prevalence and socio-demographic covariates of low health literacy in Taiwanese adults and to investigate the relationships between health literacy and health status and health care utilization. METHODS A national survey of 1493 adults was(More)
BACKGROUND Implementation of evidence-based practice (EBP) is regarded as core competence to improve healthcare quality. In the current study, we investigated the EBP of six groups of professionals: physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, technicians, and other allied healthcare personnel. METHODS A structured questionnaire survey of(More)
Extant health literacy research is unclear about the contribution of health literacy to health behaviors and is limited regarding women's health issues. The primary purpose of this study is to investigate the association between health literacy and five health behaviors (Pap smear screening, annual physical checkup, smoking, checking food expiration dates,(More)