Li-Chueh Weng

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In a medical centre in northern Taiwan, 60 patients had bloodstream infection caused by Enterobacter cloacae from 1 January 2002 to 30 April 2003. Forty (66.7%) were nosocomial and 26 were caused by multiresistant isolates. Twenty patients died due to the infection. Central venous catheterization and mechanical ventilation were relative risks for nosocomial(More)
AIM This paper is a report of a study to explore the self-management behaviours of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). BACKGROUND Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a major cause of chronic morbidity and mortality throughout the world. A patient-centred perspective calls for the investigation of self-management behaviours as(More)
AIM This paper is a report of an exploration of the effects of self-efficacy and different dimensions of self-management on quality of life among kidney transplant recipients. BACKGROUND Self-efficacy is an important factor influencing self-management. Patients with higher self-efficacy have better self-management and experience better quality of life.(More)
AIMS The aim of this study is to quantify the amount and causes of stress in renal transplant recipients. BACKGROUND After renal transplantation, patients may encounter physical and psychosocial problems. Through patient collaboration with healthcare professionals, treatment after transplantation is aimed at restoring and maintaining a 'normal' life. To(More)
AIMS To determine factors related to the discrepancy in patient- and proxy-rated quality of life for patients with dementia; whether this discrepancy is associated with characteristics of patients, caregivers or the caregiver-patient relationship; and which characteristics best predict this discrepancy. BACKGROUND To increase the reliability of quality of(More)
Palliative Performance Scale (PPS) scores have shown potential for prognosticating survival in Caucasian samples, but have not been studied for prognostic value in cancer patients from minority groups. Using data obtained from a retrospective chart audit of 492 cancer patients admitted over an 18-month period to a minority-serving home-based hospice and(More)
BACKGROUND Health related quality of life (HRQOL) is an important issue for long-term kidney transplantation (KT) patients. Nevertheless, few studies have focused on long-term HRQOL in KT recipients with a functional graft. Thus, the aim of this study is to describe the long-term (10-year) HRQOL of KT recipients. METHODS This is a cross-sectional and(More)
OBJECTIVES To explore problems and health needs of adult extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) patients during a one-year period following hospital discharge. BACKGROUND ECMO functions as life support during treatment of advanced cardiac and respiratory failure. Knowledge regarding the problems and health needs of discharged adult patients who have(More)
BACKGROUND Factors affecting quality of life (QOL) ratings for people with dementia (PWD) have been well studied, but few studies have examined the effect of residence on PWD- and caregiver-rated QOL for PWDs. We designed this study to determine the factors related to PWD- and caregiver-rated QOL in dementia as well as factors related to the discrepancy in(More)
CONTEXT Communication conflicts are inevitable in nursing homes. Understanding communication conflicts experienced by practising nurses could provide insights to guide the development of sound communication education programmes. OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of nurses in nursing homes of communication conflict in(More)