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Alexandra M. Easson

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The measurement of change in symptoms after paracentesis for symptomatic malignant ascites.

Published 2006 .
Written in English.

About the Book

Background. Symptomatic ascites, a significant problem in palliative cancer patients, is managed by paracentesis but it is unknown how to measure the resulting change in symptoms and quality of life (QOL). The aim of this thesis was to examine how selected existing, validated questionnaires performed in terms of their measurement properties when used as an outcomes measure for symptom relief after paracentesis for symptomatic ascites.Results. Forty-four patients completed the study; 78 % improved. All questionnaires showed strong sensitivity, validity and reliability. Subscales that included the most distressing symptoms were most responsive.Conclusions. All questionnaires performed well and were responsive for symptom relief. Selection of the best questionnaire depends on the inclusion of items most appropriate to answer the specific research question asked.Methods. Patients with symptomatic ascites completed 4 questionnaires before and 24 hours after paracentesis (ESAS, MSAS-SF, EORTC QLQ-C30, EORTC QLQ-PAN26). The measurement properties of the questionnaires were evaluated.

Edition Notes

Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 44-06, page: 2753.

Thesis (M.Sc.)--University of Toronto, 2006.

Electronic version licensed for access by U. of T. users.

ROBARTS MICROTEXT copy on microfiche.

The Physical Object

Pagination
109 leaves.
Number of pages
109

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL19215740M
ISBN 13
9780494163559

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