Monthly Archives: August 2018

Clinically relevant differences in COPD health status: systematic review and triangulation






The minimal clinically important difference (MCID) quantifies when measured differences can be considered clinically relevant. This study aims to review and triangulate MCIDs of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) health status tools.A systematic search in PubMed, EMBASE and Cochrane Library was conducted (Prospero #CRD42015023221). Study details, patient characteristics, MCID methodology and estimates were assessed and extracted by two authors. A triangulated mean was obtained for each… Continue reading

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Factors associated with symptoms of depression among informal caregivers of people with systemic sclerosis: a cross-sectional study






Purpose: Our study aimed to identify caregiver characteristics (gender, age, occupational status, educational attainment, relation to care recipient), care recipient characteristics (age, disease subtype), and caregiving factors (hours of care, perceived caregiving burden) associated with symptoms of depression among informal caregivers of persons with systemic sclerosis (also known scleroderma).as Materials and methods: A questionnaire was developed and administered online from December 2016 to… Continue reading

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Response to the letter of Liccardi et al.






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Response to the letter of Liccardi et al.

COPD. 2018 Aug 02;:1

Authors: Maters GA, Pool G, Sanderman R, Wempe JB, Fleer J

PMID: 30071174 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

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Response to the letter of Liccardi et al






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Blended Smoking Cessation Treatment: Exploring Measurement, Levels, and Predictors of Adherence






CONCLUSIONS: The current study is the first to explore adherence to a blended face-to-face and Web-based treatment (BSCT) based on a substantial group of patients. It revealed a rather low adherence rate to BSCT. The method for measuring adherence to BSCT could be considered adequate because the expected dose-response relationship between adherence and quitting could be verified. Furthermore, this study revealed that marital status and social modeling were independent predictors of adherence. Continue reading

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