Po-Sheng Fan

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BACKGROUND This study investigated prognosis among patients under prolonged mechanical ventilation (PMV) through exploring the following issues: (1) post-PMV survival rates, (2) factors associated with survival after PMV, and (3) the number of days alive free of hospital stays requiring mechanical ventilation (MV) care after PMV. METHODS This is a(More)
This study reports how QOL (quality of life) assessments differ between patients on prolonged mechanical ventilation (PMV) and their proxies (family caregivers and nurses). We enrolled consecutive subjects on PMV for more than 21 days from five institutions. We conducted QOL assessments using the Taiwanese version of the EQ-5D in face-to-face interviews.(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Severe community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is associated with high hospital mortality, and accurate assessment of patients is important for supporting clinical decision making. The Pneumonia Severity Index (PSI) is a good tool for predicting disease severity, especially in the low-risk group of patients with CAP. We investigated whether(More)
INTRODUCTION The present study examined the median survival, life expectancies, and cumulative incidence rate (CIR) of patients undergoing prolonged mechanical ventilation (PMV) stratified by different underlying diseases. METHODS According to the National Health Insurance Research Database of Taiwan, there were 8,906,406 individuals who obtained(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to estimate the quality-adjusted life expectancy (QALE) and the expected lifetime utility loss of patients with prolonged mechanical ventilation (PMV). METHODS PMV was defined as more than 21 days of mechanical ventilation. A total of 633 patients fulfilled this definition and were followed for 9 years (1998-2007)(More)
BACKGROUND The introduction of reduced respiratory care may lead to worse long-term outcomes for patients undergoing prolonged mechanical ventilation (PMV) for more than 21 days. The objective of this study was to determine the survival for an integrated system of reduced intensive respiratory care (ISRIRC) by the Taiwan Bureau of National Health Insurance,(More)
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