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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The rating scale (RS), standard gamble (SG), and time trade-off (TTO) for people with traumatic spinal cord injuries (SCIs) have not been reported. This study compared psychometric performances of these preference-based measures among people with SCIs in Taiwan. SUBJECTS AND METHODS In total, 187 subjects from a nationwide registry(More)
PURPOSE This retrospective study tested the hypothesis that postmenopausal women have lower rates of osseointegration of endosseous implants than premenopausal women and male controls. The role of estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) was also evaluated. PATIENTS AND METHODS Review of medical records allowed identification of patients who had received(More)
The American Society of Peritoneal Surface Malignancies (ASPSM) is a consortium of cancer centers performing cytoreductive surgery with hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC). This is a position paper from the ASPSM on the standardization of the delivery of HIPEC. A survey was conducted of all cancer centers performing HIPEC in the United States.(More)
Compared to transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), stage B in the Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer (BCLC) classification, the role of hepatic resection remains unclear. The present study compared the long-term outcome of hepatic resection with TACE in the treatment of BCLC stage B HCC. A total of 171 patients(More)
Lymph node ratio (LNR) is a powerful prognostic factor for breast cancer. We conducted a recursive partitioning analysis (RPA) of the LNR to identify the prognostic risk groups in breast cancer patients. Records of newly diagnosed breast cancer patients between 2002 and 2006 were searched in the Taiwan Cancer Database. The end of follow-up was December 31,(More)
BACKGROUND There is much research using statistical process control (SPC) to monitor surgical performance, including comparisons among groups to detect small process shifts, but few of these studies have included a stabilization process. This study aimed to analyse the performance of surgeons in operating room (OR) and set a benchmark by SPC after(More)
BACKGROUND Maintenance of the blood supply to the lymph nodes is necessary for survival and function. We report the outcome of vascularized lymph node transfer with hilar perforators compared with the conventional technique. PATIENTS A total of 21 patients affected by early stage II upper limb lymphedema were included in this study. Of them, 11 patients(More)
The purpose of this report is to describe the use of telecommunication to improve the quality of postoperative care following microsurgery, especially following microvascular transfer of intestinal transfer for which shortening of ischemia time is of utmost importance to achieve high success rate. From 2003 to 2009 microvascular transfer of intestinal flaps(More)
Psychological processes consisting of body image and self-esteem are considered key to the motivation for cosmetic surgery (CS). The current study aimed to investigate such processes as well as social support, perception of other people’s opinion, and sex life satisfaction of Taiwanese female CS candidates. Further analyses were conducted to identify which(More)
BACKGROUND Although performance measurement for assessing care quality is an emerging area, a system for measuring the quality of cancer care at the hospital level has not been well developed. The purpose of this study was to develop organization-based core measures for colorectal cancer patient care and apply these measures to compare hospital performance.(More)