Lisa C Whitehead

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Fatigue is a common symptom associated with a wide range of chronic diseases. A large number of instruments have been developed to measure fatigue. An assessment regarding the reliability, validity, and utility of fatigue measures is time-consuming for the clinician and researcher, and few reviews exist on which to draw such information. The aim of this(More)
Chronic illness is disruptive, threatening people's sense of identity and taken for granted assumptions. Transformations in values, expectations and life priorities are likely to be experienced and in order to regain a coherent sense of self, people must interpret their experiences. People with difficult to diagnose illnesses can find themselves living with(More)
BACKGROUND Worldwide, the increasing prevalence of chronic disease evokes concern on a number of levels, including quality of life, health care costs and workforce issues to meet increasing demands on services. One response has been a shift in governmental health policy to encourage greater involvement of the chronically ill individual in their health care(More)
The advantages and disadvantages of using the Internet in both qualitative and quantitative researches in the field of health are readily available in the literature, but little examination has been made of the factors to be considered in developing and running Internet-mediated research. A bibliographic search of English language publications indexed in(More)
AIMS The aim was to investigate peoples' experiences of the impact of chronic low back pain. BACKGROUND Chronic low back pain is a complex disorder with wide-ranging adverse consequences that can impact on people's lifestyles and self-image. It is also a condition that can sometimes be treated with some scepticism by health care providers and other people(More)
AIMS To systematically review the evidence for the efficacy of psychosocial interventions for bipolar disorder and examine the implications for mental health nursing practice. BACKGROUND Bipolar disorder is associated with significant psychosocial impairment and high use of mental health services. Generally medication is effective in the treatment of(More)
BACKGROUND Long-term conditions and their concomitant management place considerable pressure on patients, communities, and health care systems worldwide. International clinical guidelines on the majority of long-term conditions recommend the inclusion of self-management programs in routine management. Self-management programs have been associated with(More)
The purpose of the study was to describe the changes in employment and household income following a cancer diagnosis. Participants were 68 recent cancer survivors (6–24 months since diagnosis) aged 18 years or older who were employed full- or part-time prior to receiving a cancer diagnosis. Data were both quantitative and qualitative. Participants completed(More)
AIM To identify the diagnostic and treatment rates for familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) in New Zealand. METHODS The FH data held by Canterbury Health Laboratories and the Canterbury District Health Board lipid clinic was examined to give an indication of the level of identification and treatment of FH in both Canterbury and New Zealand. RESULTS(More)
BACKGROUND In paediatrics family centred care (FCC) is a widely used model of care that is believed to help meet the emotional, psychological and developmental needs of the hospitalized child. However, perceptions of the effectiveness of the operationalization of FCC in terms of meeting family needs are varied. OBJECTIVES The aim of this review was to(More)