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Effectiveness of eHealth Interventions and Information Needs in Palliative Care: A Systematic Literature Review
by Daniel Capurro, Matthias Ganzinger, Jose Perez-Lu, Petra Knaup
(Published on 07 Mar 2014)
Background: One of the key components in palliative care is communication. eHealth technologies can be an effective way to support communications among participants in the process of palliative care. However, it is unclear to what extent information technology has been established in this field. Objective: Our goal was to systematically identify studies and analyze the effectiveness of eHealth interventions in palliative care and the information needs of people involved in the palliative care process. Methods: We conducted a systematic literature search using PubMed, Embase, and LILACS according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines. We collected and analyzed quantitative and qualitative data regarding effectiveness of eHealth...
Multimodal Guided Self-Help Exercise Program to Prevent Speech, Swallowing, and Shoulder Problems Among Head and Neck Cancer Patients: A Feasibility Study
by Ingrid C Cnossen, Cornelia F van Uden-Kraan, Rico NPM Rinkel, IJke J Aalders, Cees JT de Goede, Remco de Bree, Patricia Doornaert, Derek HF Rietveld, Johannes A Langendijk, Birgit I Witte, C Rene Leemans, Irma M Verdonck-de Leeuw
(Published on 06 Mar 2014)
Background: During a 6-week course of (chemo)radiation many head and neck cancer patients have to endure radiotherapy-induced toxicity, negatively affecting patients’ quality of life. Pretreatment counseling combined with self-help exercises could be provided to inform patients and possibly prevent them from having speech, swallowing, and shoulder problems during and after treatment. Objective: Our goal was to investigate the feasibility of a multimodal guided self-help exercise program entitled Head Matters during (chemo)radiation in head and neck cancer patients. Methods: Head and neck cancer patients treated with primary (chemo)radiation or after surgery were asked to perform Head Matters at home. This prophylactic exercise program, offered in three different formats, aims to...
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