Mei-Ling Lin

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PURPOSE This study investigated patients' perceptions and expectations of their families' participation in the informed consent process of elective surgery. METHODS This is a survey study. Anonymous questionnaires that were mailed to potential participants included a demographic data sheet and a scale, measuring patients' perceptions of themselves and(More)
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES This study aimed to explore the menarche and menstruation experiences of young females aged 10-12 years in elementary education in Taiwan. BACKGROUND Menarche is a significant milestone in a woman's life and for female adolescents it is a sharply defined biological event that can be a traumatic and uncomfortable time. If used, school(More)
The practice of respecting patients' autonomy is rooted in the healthcare professionals' empathy for patients' situations, without which appropriate supports to the patients during the informed consent process may be remarkably moderated. The purpose of this study was to explore elective surgery patients' experiences during their decision-making process.(More)
Sexual harassment is a significant issue in the lives of students. Understanding how young adolescents feel about sexual harassment and their coping strategies is a central element to guide school nursing interventions promoting sexual health. This study explored the sexual harassment experiences of young adolescents in Taiwan. A qualitative research design(More)
The purpose of gaining the patient's informed consent is ethical, lying in respect for his or her autonomy, and such consent forms the foundation for the performance of clinical medical treatment. In order to respect the patient's autonomy, for example, during decisions about operations, doctors have the obligation to clearly explain that patient's medical(More)
"Respect for autonomy", the primary principle of bioethics, is the basis of the process of informed consent. It is the responsibility of medical professionals to provide information when patients are involved in medical situations and decision making. However, many factors can potentially interfere with patient willingness to participate in decision making(More)
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES This study aimed to explore patient perception of the meaning of family involvement in elective surgery decision making in Taiwan. BACKGROUND Informed consent is based on respecting patient autonomy. However in cultures where family plays a key role in medical decision making, a patient's perspective of family involvement has not been(More)
Machado-Joseph disease (MJD)/Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 3 (SCA3) is a rare autosomal dominative disorder in which one of the neurodegenerative disorders is caused by a translated CAG repeat expansion. Here, we present the first prenatal diagnosis of MJD in Taiwan in a woman whose husband was known to carry an unstable CAG repeat expansion in the MJD gene.(More)
Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry coupled with ultrasonic slurry sampling electrothermal vaporisation (USS-ETV-ICP-MS) has been applied to determine As, Cd, Hg and Pb in 0.5% m/v slurries of several herb samples. 1% m/v 8-Hydroxyquinoline was used as the modifier to enhance the ion signals. The influences of instrument operating conditions,(More)