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    Hypnosis in Pediatric Oncology

    L’hypnose en oncologie pédiatrique

    Jennifer Marini1,*, Audrey Vanhaudenhuyse2,3, Marie Lacasse1, Maud Jaspard1, Marie-Elisabeth Faymonville4, Hadrien Tasset3, Christophe F. Chantrain1,#, Charlotte Grégoire2,#

    Psycho-Oncologie, Vol.17, No.4, pp. 225-233, 2023, DOI:10.32604/po.2023.043341

    Abstract Hypnosis is a modified state of consciousness which showed its benefits to decrease different symptoms, mainly pain. During the last decade, this technique has also been proposed to adults with cancer to improve other symptoms, such as emotional distress, fatigue, or sleep difficulties. In pediatric oncology, hypnosis is also used to decrease disease-, treatment-, and procedure-related pain and anxiety. The learning of self-hypnosis and self-care techniques also improves the well-being of adults or children with cancer, their parents, and their siblings. Through several clinical cases, we will illustrate how hypnosis and self-care techniques have been implemented in the pediatric haemato-oncology… More >

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    A Clinical Study on the Effect of Group Nostalgia Therapy on Quality of Life and Cognitive Function in Elderly Patients with Depression

    Yan Huang1,*, Xiaoye Liao2, Fen Cai3

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.25, No.12, pp. 1313-1321, 2023, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.030558

    Abstract Background: Elderly people with depression require special care and attention. However, nostalgia is a complex emotional situation for a person who recalls the missing past. To improve mental health, quality of life, and attitudes toward aging in institutional care, group nostalgia therapy can be a nursing intermediary for the elderly. This study aimed to analyze the effect of group nostalgia therapy on quality of life cognitive function in elderly patients with depression. Methods: A total of 89 participants were enrolled in this study, which was further categorized into a control (n = 40) and a nostalgia therapy group (n =… More >

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    Exploring the Experiences of Personal Recovery among Mental Health Consumers and Their Caregivers Receiving Strength-Based Family Interventions

    Li-yu Song1,*, Su-ting Hsu2

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.25, No.8, pp. 915-925, 2023, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.019349

    Abstract Background: This study explored the personal recovery of consumers and their caregivers receiving the strength-based family intervention. Method: A three-year project was implemented with 43 dyads from 5 community psychiatric rehabilitation agencies in northern, central, and Southern Taiwan. This paper presents qualitative analysis with a focus on describing the experiences of personal recovery. To gain a deeper understanding of the participants’ personal experiences and perspectives, semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted on three occasions (six months after the inception of the experiment, 18 months after, and when the participants left the services of this study). Over the three occasions, a total… More >

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    Commitment to Preserving the Quality of Life of Cancer Patients: the Example of “les RCSF — Rencontres annuelles cancer et fertilité” (An Annual Cancer Sexuality and Fertility Meeting)

    L’engagement en matière de préservation de la qualité de vie des patients atteints de cancer : l’exemple des RCSF — Rencontres annuelles cancer sexualité et fertilité

    F. Farsi, E. Huyghe, L. Vanlemmens, S. Dolbeault, T. Almont, E. Marx, I. Flandrin, J. Véronique-Baudin, B. Panes-Ruedin, P. Bondil

    Psycho-Oncologie, Vol.17, No.2, pp. 99-104, 2023, DOI:10.3166/pson-2022-0235

    Abstract The issue of sexual health is not yet fully integrated into the consultation process by practitioners and not significantly integrated by other stakeholders in the cancer care pathway. However, it is known and increasingly documented that these are issues of concern for patients and their partners, who consider, for the vast majority, that their sexual health and/or their parental plans are important issues. For more than 10 years now, a French language group of experts (GEX– Oncosexuality/oncofertility expert group of the Association francophone pour les soins oncologiques de support), composed of professionnals involved in oncology, reproductive or sexuality medicine (e.g.,… More >

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    Spirituality in the Context of a Terminal Disease: Views of Patients

    M. Cuniah, G. Bréchon, N. Bailly

    Psycho-Oncologie, Vol.17, No.2, pp. 71-78, 2023, DOI:10.3166/pson-2022-0232

    Abstract The spiritual component characterizes one of the major foundations on which the practice of palliative care leans on. However, in the French context, this component remains little explored from the patients’ point of view. This study aims to explore the spiritual dimension and the place of spiritual accompaniment in patients with an incurable disease. To this end, semistructured interviews were conducted with 10 patients in palliative care. A thematic content analysis was carried out. Findings show that spirituality is a complex issue, generally defined as a search for meaning. Spiritual needs relate to the need for recognition, connection to others,… More >

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    Quality of Life in Congenital Heart Disease Patients According to Their Anatomical and Physiological Classification

    Efrén Martínez-Quintana1,2,*, Hiurma Estupiñán-León2, Ana Beatriz Rojas-Brito2, Liuva Déniz-Déniz2, Alejandro Barreto-Martín2, Fayna Rodríguez-González3

    Congenital Heart Disease, Vol.18, No.2, pp. 197-206, 2023, DOI:10.32604/CHD.2021.013308

    Abstract Background: Living well is as important as living longer. The objective of this study is to assess quality of life (QoL) in congenital heart disease (CHD) according to current AHA/ACC anatomical and physiological classifi- cation. Methods: Cross-sectional study examining the World Health Organization QoL Bref questionnaire (WHOQoL-Bref) in consecutive outpatient CHD patients from a single unit. Results: 191 CHD patients were studied. Median age was 28 ± 13 years and 59% were male. 44 (23%), 115 (60%) and 33 (17%) CHD patients showed mild, moderate and great anatomical defects respectively while 69 (36%) patients were in physiological Stage A, 27… More >

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    Age-trends in Cognitive Function and Quality of Life: Sex Differences in a Community Population in Taiwan

    Shu-Yu Wu1, Yu-Chi Huang1, Chi-Fa Hung1,2,3, Liang-Jen Wang4,*

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.24, No.6, pp. 989-998, 2022, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2022.022784

    Abstract Population aging has developed into a significant area of concern in developed countries, especially in relation to the preservation of functional independence and the quality of life (QoL). However, information on the contribution of sex differences in quality of life and cognitive function is scarce. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate potential differences in cognitive function and QoL between males and females. For this study, we recruited 382 healthy subjects aged 19–79 years from communities in Southern Taiwan. Cognitive function and QoL were assessed using the UCSD Performance-based Skills Assessment, Brief Version (UPSA-B) and World Health Organization Quality of Life… More >

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    An Efficient Allocation for Lung Transplantation Using Ant Colony Optimization

    Lina M. K. Al-Ebbini*

    Intelligent Automation & Soft Computing, Vol.35, No.2, pp. 1971-1985, 2023, DOI:10.32604/iasc.2023.030100

    Abstract A relationship between lung transplant success and many features of recipients’/donors has long been studied. However, modeling a robust model of a potential impact on organ transplant success has proved challenging. In this study, a hybrid feature selection model was developed based on ant colony optimization (ACO) and k-nearest neighbor (kNN) classifier to investigate the relationship between the most defining features of recipients/donors and lung transplant success using data from the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS). The proposed ACO-kNN approach explores the features space to identify the representative attributes and classify patients’ functional status (i.e., quality of life) after… More >

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    Predictors of Health-Related Quality of Life in Children with Cyanotic Heart Disease Who Underwent Palliative and Total Repair

    Jutarat Tanasansuttiporn1, Maliwan Oofuvong1,*, Wirat Wasinwong1, Voravit Chittithavorn2, Pongsanae Duangpakdee2, Jirayut Jarutach3, Qistina Yunuswangsa1

    Congenital Heart Disease, Vol.17, No.3, pp. 245-267, 2022, DOI:10.32604/chd.2022.021778

    Abstract Background: Studies on predictors of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in pediatric patients with cyanotic heart disease who are waiting for the next stage and those who have undergone total repair are scarce. Therefore, we aimed to identify such predictors in children who received the modified Blalock–Taussig shunt (MBTS) and those who underwent total repair. Methods: In this historical cohort and concurrent follow-up study, data of children who underwent MBTS at the age of 0–3 years between January 2005 and December 2016 at a super-tertiary care hospital in Southern Thailand were obtained. Children who were alive in December 2017 were… More > Graphic Abstract

    Predictors of Health-Related Quality of Life in Children with Cyanotic Heart Disease Who Underwent Palliative and Total Repair

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    Effectiveness of Half-Cut Wood Training of Close and Kinetic Chain Method on Mental Health and Physical Health of Patients with Knee Instability in China

    Jing Sun1,3,*, Youting Lin2, Yangyang Fan4, Samantha Ferguson3, Nicholas Buys3, Minyan Sun2

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.23, No.3, pp. 417-427, 2021, DOI:10.32604/IJMHP.2021.013098

    Abstract Knee instability as a symptom of ligament injury usually only receives attention when it causes pain or impacts patients’ mobility in China. In this study both the physical and psychosocial impact of an innovative approach to treatment, Half-cut Wood Training, was examined. Twenty individuals with knee instability who received Halfcut Wood Training (Intervention group) and twenty two individuals with knee instability who did not receive Half-cut Wood Training (as Control group) participated in the study. The electric WIFI based HBF-306 was used to collect the anthropometry and biomedical data. Symptom severity was assessed by a doctor and through response to… More >

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