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OBJECTIVES To evaluate the effectiveness of a psychoeducation program for Chinese clients with schizophrenia and their family caregivers. METHODS A randomized controlled trial was conducted. Seventy-three clients with a diagnosis of schizophrenia and their caregivers (n=73) were recruited and randomized into a study (n=36) and control group (n=37). Ten(More)
AIM In an effort to promote Hong Kong as a global wine hub, the government eliminated duties on wine and beer in 2008. The changes in alcohol consumption patterns are examined. METHODS Anonymous, cross-sectional telephone surveys on a random sample of Chinese male and female residents aged 18-70 were carried out in 2011 (n = 4800) and 2012 (n = 1001).(More)
BACKGROUND Randomized trials have shown that optimal adherence to antihypertensive agents could protect against cardiovascular diseases, but whether adherence reduces cardiovascular deaths in community settings has not been explored so fully. This study evaluates the association between antihypertensive adherence and cardiovascular (coronary heart disease(More)
BACKGROUND International guidelines recommending antihypertensive prescriptions for the management of hypertension have been published in the past decade. Beta-blocker use was discouraged by a significant body of evidence and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) were found more effective among younger(More)
BACKGROUND Hypertension is the most important risk factor for cardiovascular diseases. Little information exists on the status of hypertension among southern Chinese. We therefore investigated the hypertension prevalence, awareness, treatment, control, and associated factors in a southern Chinese population with 85 million residents. METHODS Stratified(More)
PURPOSE Adverse effects of antihypertensive therapy incur substantial cost. We evaluated whether any major classes of antihypertensive drugs were significantly associated with switching as a proxy measure of medication side effects in a large Chinese population in Hong Kong. METHODS From a clinical database, all adult patients newly prescribed an(More)
CONTEXT Medical schools are known to be stressful environments for students and hence medical students have been believed to experience greater incidences of depression than others. We evaluated the global prevalence of depression amongst medical students, as well as epidemiological, psychological, educational and social factors in order to identify(More)
PURPOSE The benefits of utilizing computerized assessment in clinical settings have been reported in studies over the last three decades and more recently in the oncology settings. This study aimed to assess the feasibility and acceptability of using an electronic self report symptom assessment tool among Chinese oncology patients. METHODS AND SAMPLE The(More)
Lowering the perplexity of a language model does not always translate into higher speech recognition accuracy. Our goal is to improve language models by learning from speech recognition errors. In this paper we present an algorithm that first learns to predict which n–grams are likely to increase recognition errors, and then uses that prediction to improve(More)
Information on respiratory viruses in subtropical region is limited.Incidence, mortality, and seasonality of influenza (Flu) A/B, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), adenovirus (ADV), and parainfluenza viruses (PIV) 1/2/3 in hospitalized patients were assessed over a 15-year period (1998-2012) in Hong Kong.Male predominance and laterally transversed J-shaped(More)