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OBJECTIVE To evaluate the psychometric properties of the Sinhala version of the breast cancer-specific health-related quality of life (HRQL) module of the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (QLQ-BR23). METHODS Psychometric testing assessed the hypothesized scale structure, internal consistency, construct validity and acceptability(More)
Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is a common condition among women of all ages, often with devastating consequences, such as depression, anxiety and reduced quality of life. Researchers have largely focused on its prevalence and clinical management, particularly in highly industrialized country settings. In this article, drawing on epidemiological,(More)
This study attempted to identify the determinants of acute lower respiratory-tract infections (ALRI) among children under five years of age, by comparing hundred children hospitalized with ALRI with a control group. Data on socio-demographic, biological and environmental characteristics were collected by interviewing mothers and anthropometric measurements(More)
BACKGROUND Patients' satisfaction with cancer care has not been studied in detail in the South-Asian region in spite of rising cancer incidence. OBJECTIVE To validate the 'Sinhala' translation of the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) in-patient satisfaction with care questionnaire (IN-PATSAT32) in Sri Lanka. METHOD We(More)
The objective of this study was to develop and validate a screening instrument (Abuse Assessment Questionnaire) to estimate the prevalence of physical abuse in a cohort of pregnant women in a district of Sri Lanka. The samples of 1200 pregnant women were identified by using a cluster sampling technique. Public health midwives (primary healthcare workers)(More)
OBJECTIVE The cervical cancer-specific Quality of Life module of the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer, EORTC QLQ-CX24, was recently validated in an international field study that did not include cervical cancer patients from South Asia. The aim of our study was to assess the psychometric properties of the instrument in a sample of(More)
BACKGROUND Good quality post-abortion-care (PAC) is essential to prevent death and long-term complications following unsafe abortion, especially in countries with restrictive abortion laws. We assessed the PAC given to women following an unsafe abortion, compared to the routine hospital care following spontaneous abortion or unintended pregnancy carried to(More)
OBJECTIVE To translate and validate the 'Sinhala' language version of the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer head-and-neck cancer-specific health-related quality-of-life questionnaire module, the QLQ-H&N35, for use in Sri Lanka. METHODS Psychometric testing assessed the hypothesized scale structure, scale reliability, construct(More)
BACKGROUND Following an unintended pregnancy, not every woman would invariably choose to undergo an unsafe abortion. It suggests that in the decision making process, women face both 'push' factors that favour abortion and 'pull' factors that work against it. This study assessed the circumstances that surrounded a woman's decision to undergo an unsafe(More)