OBJECTIVES To assess the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of breaks in care in improving the well-being of informal carers of frail and disabled older people living in the community and to identify carer needs and barriers to uptake of respite services. DATA SOURCES Major electronic databases were searched from the earliest possible date to April… (More)
OBJECTIVE Endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) is considered to be a safe and effective treatment in selected patients as an initial treatment for obstructive hydrocephalus and at the time of shunt malfunction in previously shunted patients. We compared the outcome and complications of ETV between patients with newly diagnosed hydrocephalus and those with… (More)
OBJECTIVES To obtain further information from members of the International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessment (INAHTA) on the involvement of consumers in their programs. METHODS A questionnaire for a survey was developed and sent to member agencies in November 2010. Survey responses were compared with those from an earlier survey… (More)
BACKGROUND Medical students in Canada must make career choices by their final year of medical school. Selection of students for a career in neurosurgery has traditionally been based on marks, reference letters and personal interviews. Studies have shown that marks alone are not accurate predictors of success in medical practice; personal skills and… (More)
Children with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NFI) and chiasmal gliomas are often considered unlikely to experience progressive visual loss. However, this may not be true. We report a 5-year, 6-month-old boy, with recently diagnosed NF1, who had a chiasmal glioma diagnosed after neuroimaging. He subsequently experienced rapid visual acuity loss. His vision… (More)
The diagnosis of extracranial metastases from a pituitary tumor was confirmed by the use of the immunoperoxidase technique. This is believed to be the first case of carcinoma of the pituitary gland with bony metastases where the diagnosis has been confirmed in that manner.