Marianne Jensen Hjermstad

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The SF-36 was translated into Norwegian following the procedures developed by the International Quality of Life Assessment (IQOLA) Project. To test for the appropriateness of the Norwegian Version 1.1 of the SF-36 in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), 1552 RA patients were mailed the form. Psychometric methods used in previous U.S. and Swedish studies(More)
CONTEXT The use of unidimensional pain scales such as the Numerical Rating Scale (NRS), Verbal Rating Scale (VRS), or Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) is recommended for assessment of pain intensity (PI). A literature review of studies specifically comparing the NRS, VRS, and/or VAS for unidimensional self-report of PI was performed as part of the work of the(More)
Prospective longitudinal health-related quality of life (QOL) data from 161 women newly diagnosed with breast cancer were compared to age-adjusted mean QOL scores from a general female population (n=949). In addition, multiple factors (demographic, personality trait, participation in treatment decision-making, information satisfaction, and medical data),(More)
Interpretation of health related quality of life (HRQOL) results in cancer patients is facilitated by knowledge of the levels of HRQOL in the general population. However, direct comparisons can be misleading unless age and gender are considered. We demonstrate the derivation of age- and gender-specific 'expected' values from population reference values by(More)
PURPOSE To obtain reference data on health-related quality of life (HRQOL) for the functional and symptom scales and single items of the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Core Quality-of-Life Questionnaire (EORTC QLQ-C30 [+ 3]) in a representative sample of the Norwegian general population. PATIENTS AND METHODS A randomly selected(More)
PURPOSE To describe total fatigue (TF) and chronic fatigue (CF) in 476 long-term Hodgkin's disease survivors (HDSs). The development in CF over time was explored in 280 of the patients who had also been assessed 8 years earlier. PATIENTS AND METHODS In 2003, the Fatigue Questionnaire was mailed to 610 successfully treated HDSs at the Norwegian Radium(More)
Physical exercise as an intervention in cancer patients has attracted increasing interest. This review examines the published randomised controlled trials on physical exercise, during and after cancer treatment, focusing primarily on recruitment of patients, patient compliance, content of the intervention programmes and outcome measures. We performed(More)
BACKGROUND Physical exercise can improve cancer patients' functioning and reduce their symptom levels. A randomized, controlled trial was launched to test the hypothesis that physical exercise reduces fatigue and improves physical performance in cancer patients with advanced and incurable disease. METHODS Cancer patients (n = 231) with a life expectancy(More)
PURPOSE The European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Core Quality of Life Questionnaire (EORTC QLQ-C30) is a well-validated instrument that assesses health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in cancer patients. It is used in cancer clinical trials in Europe, Canada, and the United States, and has demonstrated high reliability and validity in(More)
OBJECTIVES Without clear guidelines, clinicians and health care providers are often uncertain how to interpret (quality of life) QOL scores. To facilitate the interpretation, QOL scores of multiple myeloma patients at diagnosis were compared with the scores of a reference population, and the clinical significance of QOL score differences and of changes in(More)