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BACKGROUND Enhanced recovery pathways (ERPs) aim to improve patient recovery. However, validated outcome measures to evaluate this complex process are lacking. The objective of this review was to identify how recovery is measured in ERP studies and to provide recommendations for the design of future studies. METHODS A systematic search of MEDLINE, Embase(More)
We measured the distance 112 patients walked in 6 min, as well as their peak oxygen consumption pedalling a bicycle, week before scheduled resection of benign or malignant colorectal disease. The distance walked correlated with peak oxygen consumption, the former 'accounting' for about half the variation in the latter, r² 0.52 (95% CI 0.38-0.64), p <(More)
BACKGROUND Data are lacking to support the cost-effectiveness of enhanced recovery pathways (ERP) for oesophagectomy. The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of an ERP on medical costs for oesophagectomy. METHODS This study investigated all patients undergoing elective oesophagectomy between June 2009 and December 2011 at a single high-volume(More)
BACKGROUND the hypothesis that disability and death will eventually be compressed to a period late in life needs empirical confirmation. OBJECTIVES we have examined the secular trends of life expectancy and common causes of death in the aged population of Taiwan. METHOD we compared the life expectancy, causes of death and probability of death for people(More)
BACKGROUND Unintentional weight loss is a diagnostic dilemma with diverse diagnostic possibilities for physicians. OBJECTIVES Our study focused on the evaluation of differences in diagnostic approach between family physicians and physicians in other specialties. METHODS Outpatients who visited National Taiwan University Hospital from January 1996 to(More)
Scapulothoracic dissociation is an uncommon and devastating traumatic injury. A review of 72 cases in the English literature shows that a broad range of musculoskeletal and neurovascular injuries resulting from blunt trauma have been classified as scapulothoracic dissociation since the term was first used in 1984. A review of the current clinical signs and(More)
A significant fraction of orally consumed ethanol is metabolized by the alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) enzyme present in the gastric mucosa. Human studies have shown that this "first pass metabolism" of ethanol correlates quite closely with gastric ADH activity which has been demonstrated to be greater in men than women. The present study was undertaken to(More)