Rachel Haigh

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The management of patients with a painful total knee replacement requires careful assessment and a stepwise approach in order to diagnose the underlying pathology accurately. The management should include a multidisciplinary approach to the patient's pain as well as addressing the underlying aetiology. Pain should be treated with appropriate analgesia,(More)
The high activity Val158 (H) allele of the dopamine-metabolizing enzyme catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) was associated with anorexia nervosa (AN) in a recent family trio-based study of patients from Israel. In an attempt to replicate this finding, we performed a combined family trio and case-control study in an European population from seven centers in(More)
PURPOSE Survival from rectal cancer has improved substantially. Understanding the consequences of treatment is important to optimise patient support and minimise impact on daily life. We aimed to define the long-term prevalence of pelvic dysfunction following curative rectal cancer surgery (+/- radiotherapy) within the context of overall quality of life. (More)
OBJECTIVES Carers of people with eating disorders (ED) have high levels of distress, but little is known about the contributing factors. The aim of this study was to examine predictors of carers' distress and caregiving appraisals using a model of caregiving adapted from the previous literature. DESIGN A cross-sectional design was used. METHODS A sample(More)
1. The effects of acute and chronic caffeine ingestion on supine- and tilt- (60 min at 70 degrees) induced changes in middle cerebral artery velocity (Vmca), heart rate, blood pressure and counter-regulatory hormone levels (catecholamines, growth hormone and cortisol) were studied in nine healthy volunteers. A double-blind, placebo-controlled design was(More)
The carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) blood test is included in most colorectal cancer follow up protocols, despite little clear evidence for its cost-effectiveness and survival benefit. In this study, patients' views were sought on the use of the CEA blood test in their follow up. Strong associations were found between the age of a patient's children and(More)
A data base of 1,511 patients admitted to a single Coronary Care Unit was analysed to examine the potential impact of thrombolytic therapy in elderly patients with myocardial infarction. Age was confirmed as a highly significant prognostic factor, and cost utility analysis showed that the cost of thrombolytic therapy with streptokinase in the elderly was(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to evaluate the late effects and quality of life of patients following chemo-radiation treatment for anal cancer. METHODS All surviving anal cancer patients treated within NHS Lothian between 1990 and 2007 were invited to participate. Data were collected using the EORTC QLQ-C30, the EORTC QLQ-CR38 and the Memorial(More)
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