1. Trajectories of quality of life in patients with traumatic limb injury: a 2-year follow-up study.

    Quality of Life Research 25(9):2283 (2016) PMID 27016944

    Traumatic limb injury (TLI) can have a negative impact on a patient's quality of life (QOL), and the patient's QOL may fluctuate over time. However, the longitudinal change patterns of QOL in patients with TLI are largely unknown. The aim of this study was to investigate the QOL trajectories in ...
  2. Rasch Analysis of the General Self-Efficacy Scale in Workers with Traumatic Limb Injuries.

    Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation 26(3):332 (2016) PMID 26614307

    Purpose The purpose of this study was to apply Rasch analysis to examine the unidimensionality and reliability of the General Self-Efficacy Scale (GSE) in workers with traumatic limb injuries. Furthermore, if the items of the GSE fitted the Rasch model's assumptions, we transformed the raw sum o...
  3. Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor use is not associated with elevated risk of severe joint pain in patients with type 2 diabetes: a population-based cohort study.

    PAIN® 157(9):1954 (2016) PMID 27127847

    This is the first large longitudinal cohort study to investigate the putative association of severe joint pain (SJP) with dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor (DPP4i) use in patients with type 2 diabetes. The propensity score-matched population-based cohort study was performed between 2009 and 2013 ...
  4. The effects of add-on non-invasive brain stimulation in fibromyalgia: a meta-analysis and meta-regression of randomized controlled trials.

    Rheumatology 55(8):1507 (2016) PMID 27150193

    The effects of non-invasive brain stimulation (NBS), including repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) and transcranial direct current stimulation (TDCS), in treating FM remain inconclusive. The aim of this study was to investigate present evidence of using NBS as an add-on treatment...
  5. Intranasal corticosteroid therapy in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.

    American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy 30(3):215 (2016) PMID 27216353

    To assess the efficacy of intranasal corticosteroid therapy in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) based on current evidence. A number of medical literature data bases: PubMed, Cochrane Library, Scopus, and CINAHL, were searched comprehensively to identify randomized controlled trials...
  6. A threshold regression model to predict return to work after traumatic limb injury.

    Injury 47(2):483 (2016) PMID 26746983

    The study aims to examine the severity of initial impairment and recovery rate of return-to-work (RTW) predictors among workers with traumatic limb injury. This 2-year prospective cohort study recruited 1124 workers with traumatic limb injury during the first 2 weeks of hospital admission. Basel...
  7. Methylphenidate on Cognitive Improvement in Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury: A Meta-Analysis.

    Current Neuropharmacology 14(3):272 (2016) PMID 26951094 PMCID PMC4857625

    Although methylphenidate has been used as a neurostimulant to treat patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, its therapeutic role in the psychomotor or cognitive recovery of patients with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in both intensive care and rehabilitation settings has not be...
  8. Cardiac Rehabilitation Prevents Recurrent Revascularization in Patients With Coronary Heart Disease: A POPULATION-BASED COHORT STUDY IN TAIWAN.

    Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and ... 36(4):250 (2016) PMID 26959494

    To evaluate the effects of cardiac rehabilitation (CR) provided within the first 3 months of revascularization on reducing recurrent revascularization in patients with coronary heart disease in Taiwan. In this population-based cohort study, we used the claims data of 1 million beneficiaries who ...
  9. Risk of Hand Syndromes in Patients With Diabetes Mellitus: A Population-Based Cohort Study in Taiwan.

    Medicine (Baltimore) 94(41):e1575 (2015) PMID 26469895 PMCID PMC4616773

    The aim of this study was to assess the overall and cause-specific incidences of diabetic hand syndromes (DHS) in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) by using age and sex stratifications.The DM and control cohorts comprised 606,152 patients with DM and 609,970 age- and sex-matched subjects, res...
  10. Levels of Urbanization and Parental Education in Relation to the Mortality Risk of Young Children.

    International Journal of Environmental Research... 12(7):7682 (2015) PMID 26184248 PMCID PMC4515684

    The establishment of the National Health Insurance program in Taiwan in 1995 effectively removed the financial barrier to access health care services of Taiwanese people. This population-based cohort study aimed to determine the independent and joint effects of parental education and area urbani...
  11. Stroke rehabilitation and risk of mortality: a population-based cohort study stratified by age and gender.

    Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases 24(6):1414 (2015) PMID 25836631

    To determine the survival of patients with stroke for up to 10 years after a first-time stroke and to investigate whether stroke rehabilitation within the first 3 months reduced long-term mortality in these patients. We used the medical claims data for a random sample of 1 million insured Taiwan...
  12. Validation of the EQ-5D in Patients with Traumatic Limb Injury.

    Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation 25(2):387 (2015) PMID 25261389

    The measurement properties of the EQ-5D have not been explored for patients with traumatic limb injuries. The purpose of this study was to examine the construct validity, predictive validity, and responsiveness of the EQ-5D in patients with traumatic limb injuries. A consecutive cohort of 1,167 ...
  13. Validation of the short-form Health Literacy Scale in patients with stroke.

    Patient Education and Counseling 98(6):762 (2015) PMID 25817425

    We aimed to validate a Mandarin version of the short-form Health Literacy Scale (SHEAL) in patients with stroke. Each patient with stroke was interviewed with the SHEAL. The Public Stroke Knowledge Quiz (PSKQ) was administered as a criterion for examining the convergent validity of the SHEAL. Th...
  14. Walking improves sleep in individuals with cancer: a meta-analysis of randomized, controlled trials.

    Oncology Nursing Forum 42(2):E54 (2015) PMID 25806892

    To evaluate the effectiveness of walking exercise on sleep in people with cancer.
 Databases searched included China Knowledge Resource Integrated Database, CINAHL®, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, EMBASE, PsycINFO®, PubMed, Wanfang Data, and Web of Science. 
 Nine randomized, co...
  15. Risk of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in Patients With Diabetes: A Nationwide Population-Based Cohort Study.

    Journal of Epidemiology 25(6):445 (2015) PMID 25947580 PMCID PMC4444499

    Glucose intolerance in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) has been inconsistently reported. Evidence for the association of ALS and diabetes mellitus is limited. We aimed to assess the overall and age- and sex-specific risks of ALS among patients with diabetes in Taiwan. The study...
  16. Responsiveness of SF-36 and Lower Extremity Functional Scale for assessing outcomes in traumatic injuries of lower extremities.

    Injury 45(11):1759 (2014) PMID 24938677

    To assess the responsiveness of one generic questionnaire, Medical Outcomes Study Short Form-36 (SF-36), and one region-specific outcome measure, Lower Extremity Functional Scale (LEFS), in patients with traumatic injuries of lower extremities. A prospective and observational study of patients a...
  17. A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials comparing interventions for peristomal skin care.

    Ostomy/wound management 60(10):26 (2014) PMID 25299815

    Standard skin care procedures for percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tubes and peristomal skin care for colostomy and ileostomy patients are not always sufficient to prevent peristomal skin problems. A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) was conducte...
  18. Validation of a Chinese version of the Frenchay Activities Index in patients with traumatic limb injury.

    Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation 24(3):439 (2014) PMID 24077894

    The Frenchay Activities Index (FAI) is a frequently used measure that assesses instrumental activities of daily living (IADL). However, the measurement properties of the FAI are largely unknown for patients with traumatic limb injuries. The purpose of this study was to examine the measurement pr...
  19. Reliability and validity of the Taiwan Chinese version of the Lower Extremity Functional Scale.

    Journal of the Formosan Medical Association 113(5):313 (2014) PMID 24746117

    The Lower Extremity Functional Scale (LEFS) is a region-specific functional outcome measure designed for patients with lower extremity musculoskeletal dysfunction. In this study, a Taiwan Chinese version was adapted and its validity and reliability were tested. The LEFS questionnaire was adapted...
  20. Phototherapy for treating pressure ulcers.

    Cochrane database of systematic reviews 7(7):CD009224 (2014) PMID 25019295

    A pressure ulcer is defined as "an area of localized injury to the skin and/or underlying tissue, usually over a bony prominence, as a result of pressure, or pressure in combination with shear". The use of phototherapy - that is, light (or laser) used as an adjuvant, non-surgical intervention, w...