Virginia Chih-Yi Sun

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BACKGROUND Many persons and their families are burdened by serious chronic illness in late life. How to best support quality of life is an important consideration for care. PURPOSE To assess evidence about interventions to improve palliative and end-of-life care. DATA SOURCES English-language citations (January 1990 to November 2005) from MEDLINE, the(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify psychometrically sound measures of outcomes in end-of-life care and to characterize their use in intervention studies. DATA SOURCES English language articles from 1990 to November 2005 describing measures with published psychometric data and intervention studies of end-of-life care. STUDY DESIGN Systematic review of end-of-life(More)
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES To describe the symptom concerns of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and pancreatic cancer and explore the effect of symptoms on patients' quality of life (QOL). DESIGN Descriptive, longitudinal study. SETTING Ambulatory clinics of a comprehensive cancer center. SAMPLE 45 patients actively receiving treatment for either(More)
BACKGROUND Pain and fatigue are recognized as critical symptoms that impact quality of life (QOL) in cancer, particularly in palliative care settings. Barriers to pain and fatigue relief have been classified into three categories: patient, professional, and system barriers. The overall objective of this study was to test the effects of a clinical(More)
CONTEXT Palliative care, including symptom management and attention to quality of life (QOL) concerns, should be addressed throughout the trajectory of a serious illness such as lung cancer. OBJECTIVES This study tested the effectiveness of an interdisciplinary palliative care intervention for patients with Stage I-IV non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this article was to describe persistent ostomy-specific concerns and adaptations in long-term (>5 years) colorectal cancer survivors with ostomies. SUBJECTS AND SETTINGS Thirty-three colorectal cancer survivors who participated in 8 gender- and health-related quality of life stratified focus groups and 130 colorectal cancer(More)
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES To describe common barriers, identify challenges for researchers, and provide strategies for recruitment and retention of ethnic minority groups for cancer nursing research. DATA SOURCES Computerized search of databases, published articles, abstracts, master's theses, and doctoral dissertations. DATA SYNTHESIS Social, economic, and(More)
BACKGROUND Family caregivers (FCGs) experience significant deteriorations in quality of life while caring for patients with lung cancer. In this study, the authors tested the effectiveness of an interdisciplinary palliative care intervention for FCGs of patients diagnosed with stage I through IV nonsmall cell lung cancer. METHODS FCGs who were identified(More)
The purpose of this study was to describe patients' perceptions of the causes, relief, related symptoms, meaning, and suffering secondary to cancer-related fatigue (CRF). In total, 252 patients with breast, lung, colon, and prostate cancers were enrolled in a quasiexperimental study to test the effects of a clinical intervention on reducing barriers to(More)