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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The associations of depression, chronic condition and functional disability have not been studied well in Taiwan. The present study hypothesized that strong relations between chronic medical conditions, functional status, and the manifestation of depression would be evident; the interrelationships of the interested measures would(More)
PURPOSE Comparing the responsiveness over time of the Harris Hip Score (HHS) and the SF-36 in patients who underwent total hip arthroplasty (THA) and assessing variation in the responsiveness of these measures by the number of co-morbidities. METHODS This prospective study analyzed 335 THA patients treated at two southern Taiwan hospitals from 1997 to(More)
This study employs Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) to determine technical efficiency using skilled nursing facilities in the United States, using a 10% national sample of 324 skilled nursing facilities stratified by ownership and size cluster groupings. Results show that nonprofit and for-profit firms operate using significantly different modes of(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES To determine, in a national cohort of incident hemodialysis patients, whether meeting a greater number of National Kidney Foundation Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQI) guideline goals at dialysis initiation was independently associated, in a graded manner, with lower first-year mortality rates. DESIGN, SETTING,(More)
BACKGROUND Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) and co-morbidity at dialysis initiation in relation to mortality in end-stage renal disease is still controversial. We studied factors potentially related to the mortality in incident haemodialysis (HD) patients. METHODS A national database included 23 551 incident HD patients from July 2001 to December 2004.(More)