Nicole H. M. K. Uszko-Lencer

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AIM This paper reports on of the effects of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Programme on psychosocial attributes, self-care behaviour and quality of life among congestive heart failure patients who experienced slight to marked limitation of physical activity. BACKGROUND Most self-management programmes for congestive heart failure patients emphasize(More)
INTRODUCTION Despite optimal drug treatment, many patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) or COPD still experience disabling dyspnea, fatigue, and exercise intolerance. They also exhibit significant changes in body composition. Attempts to rehabilitate these patients are often futile because conventional exercise-training modalities are limited by the(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or chronic heart failure (CHF) may experience significant symptom distress. For development of palliative care programs that adequately address symptoms of patients with COPD or CHF, it is necessary to know severity of symptom distress and to gain insight in comorbidities and(More)
AIMS Fat-free mass (FFM) is increasingly recognized as a systemic marker of disease severity in chronic organ failure and is an important target for physiologic and pharmacologic interventions to improve functional status. The aim of this study was therefore to evaluate two clinical methods to assess FFM in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) using(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with COPD generally have a poor peak aerobic capacity and, therefore, may experience more inconvenience during domestic activities of daily life (ADLs). Yet, task-related oxygen uptake and symptom perception during ADLs have been studied rarely in COPD. Therefore, it remains unknown whether and to what extent differences may exist in(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Clinical outcome in cardiorenal syndrome type II and treated with peritoneal dialysis (PD). METHODS Retrospective analysis over a period of 10 years. RESULTS Twenty-four patients with mean age at start of dialysis of 67 ± 10 years had mean survival on dialysis of 1.03 ± 0.84 years (median survival 1.0 year). The number of(More)
OBJECTIVE To validate a new activity monitor (CAM) in patients with chronic organ failure during 1 hour of unconstrained activity assessment. DESIGN A validation study in which participants wore a CAM (placed on the thigh) for 1 hour while they were videotaped. Participants were instructed to continue their normal daily routine at the rehabilitation(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Clinical outcome in cardiorenal syndrome (CRS) Type 2 and treatment with dialysis. METHODS Prospective observational non-randomized study. RESULTS Twenty-three patients were included, mean age 66±21 years. Twelve (52%) patients were treated with peritoneal dialysis (PD) and 11 (48%) with intermittent haemodialysis (IHD). Median survival(More)
CONTEXT Resistance training may be beneficial for patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). OBJECTIVE To systematically review the methodological quality of, and summarise the effects of, moderate-to-high intensity resistance training in CHF. DATA SOURCES Medline/PubMed, Science Citation Index Expanded, SSCI and A&HCI. STUDY SELECTION English(More)
OBJECTIVE The Chronic Disease Self-Management Programme (CDSMP)was recently evaluated among patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) in a randomized controlled trial (n = 317) with twelve months of follow-up after the start of the programme. That trial demonstrated short-term improvements in cardiac-specific quality of life. The current study assessed(More)