Tara Sampalli

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Multimorbidity is defined as the coexistence of multiple chronic conditions. Individuals with multimorbidity typically present with complex needs and show significant changes in their functional health and quality of life. Multimorbidity in the aging population is well recognized, but there has been limited research on ways to manage the problem(More)
BACKGROUND Research has shown that accurate and timely communication between multidisciplinary clinicians involved in the care of complex and chronic health conditions is often challenging. The domain knowledge for these conditions is heterogeneous, with poorly categorized, unstructured, and inconsistent clinical vocabulary. The potential of boundary object(More)
BACKGROUND The objective of this study was to examine the effect of a mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program on women diagnosed with conditions such as multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), and fibromyalgia (FM). METHODS The intervention group underwent a 10-week MBSR program. Symptoms Checklist Inventory(More)
Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) is a chronic condition prevalent in women; the symptoms are reproducible with repeated low-level chemical exposure. Evidence gathered through clinical observations suggests that women with MCS may be at risk for autonomic nervous system dysfunction as evidenced by abnormal heart rate and pulse pressure responses to(More)
There is growing interest in recent years in applying ontologies to represent disease concepts because they have the ability to depict the domain knowledge with a superior level of expressiveness and precision. Ontologies have been predominantly used to represent well-categorized disease concepts. However, there are challenges in representing the domain(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to look at the impact of a multidisciplinary approach to treatment of individuals with multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) and to present preliminary results which compare health care utilization pre- and postmanagement of individuals with MCS. STUDY DESIGN The design for this study was that for a cohort study. (More)
The Nova Scotia Environmental Health Centre is a treatment facility for individuals with chronic environmental conditions such as multiple chemical sensitivity, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic respiratory conditions and in some cases chronic pain. The premise of care is to provide a patient-centred multidisciplinary care approach leading to(More)
We conducted a pilot study using a randomized, single-blind, placebo-controlled exposure among 10 individuals with and 7 without reported chemical sensitivities in a dedicated testing chamber. Objectives of the study were to explore the length of the adaptation period to obtain stable readings, evaluate responses to different substances, and measure the(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the content coverage in SNOMED CT to represent the multidisciplinary terms and concepts in the domain for complex chronic conditions. METHODS An evaluation of the coverage of multidisciplinary health factors in SNOMED CT for the complex and chronic condition, multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) is conducted in the study. The(More)
Chronic conditions such as Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) are a significant challenge to the health care system as they are poorly understood, poorly documented and lack accepted or standardized treatment strategies. Research has shown that the successful management of patients with such conditions requires a multidisciplinary team of clinicians and(More)