Marsha L. Cirgin Ellett

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BACKGROUND A systematic literature review was conducted to (a) identify the most frequently used health-related quality of life (HRQOL) models and (b) critique those models. METHODS Online search engines were queried using pre-determined inclusion and exclusion criteria. We reviewed titles, abstracts, and then full-text articles for their relevance to(More)
The purpose of this study was to compare the prevalence of Helicobacter pylori (HP) seropositivity among gastroenterology nurses and technicians with that of the general population. Nurses attending the 1996 Indiana Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates Spring and Fall Education Courses were asked to complete a checklist regarding employment,(More)
The purpose of this article is to introduce practicing nurses to qualitative research. Qualitative research terms are defined, philosophy of science is briefly discussed, and several types of qualitative research studies are described. A hermeneutic phenomenological study of infant colic is described as an example of qualitative research useful in(More)
An abdominal radiograph is considered the "gold standard" for determining the position of flexible small-bore nasogastric/orogastric tubes. However, placement must be checked frequently while a tube is in place, and the summative radiation risk of multiple radiographs, as well as their expense, make the development of adequate bedside placement-locating(More)
PURPOSE To elucidate the experience of fathers living with a colicky infant. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS Interpretive phenomenology using in-depth interviews with 10 fathers of colicky infants. Reiterative interview reading, repeated meaning unit sorting, going back to the literature, and discussions gave way to emerging themes. FINDINGS The overall(More)
Evidence-based practice (EBP) incorporates use of the best scientific knowledge, expert opinion, clinician experience, and patient preferences to facilitate the best patient outcomes in healthcare. Recent studies have suggested that nurses lack the skills and expertise to facilitate EBP in a meaningful way. This replication study (n = 225) investigated the(More)
Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting is a major debilitating side effect of oncology treatment despite recent advances in pharmaceutical management. Nurses who provide care to patients experiencing nausea and vomiting are often only marginally aware of the pathophysiological processes involved in the treatment. A better understanding of the science(More)
Several instruments have been developed over the years to assess nausea and vomiting in adults, yet their validity and reliability with children are unknown. It would be useful to have an instrument simple enough for use with the vast majority of children (regardless of age and developmental level) to provide a consistent way to measure nausea and vomiting(More)
Nurses use several external measures referenced to the head and chest to gauge the insertion distance for orogastric and nasogastric (NG) tubes. Few of the measures have been tested. However, in previous studies height was the external measure most correlated with esophageal length both in children and adults. In this study, the ability of previously(More)
Enteral nutrition, given through feeding tubes to patients with intact gastrointestinal tracts who are unable to eat enough orally to sustain themselves, remains an important component of supportive care. Feeding by a soft, small-bore tube passed through the nose or mouth is a more cost-effective means of providing enteral nutrition than either(More)