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  • The rationale for patient-reported outcomes surveillance in cancer and a reproducible method for achieving it.

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    The rationale for patient-reported outcomes surveillance in cancer and a reproducible method for achieving it.

    Cancer. 2015 Nov 30;

    Authors: Smith TG, Castro KM, Troeschel AN, Arora NK, Lipscomb J, Jones SM, Treiman KA, Hobbs C, McCabe RM, Clauser SB

    Abstract
    Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) measure quality of life, symptoms, patient functioning, and patient perceptions of care; they are essential for gaining a full understanding of cancer care and the impact of cancer on people's lives. Repeatedly captured facility-level and/or population-level PROs (PRO surveillance) could play an important role in quality monitoring and improvement, benchmarking, advocacy, policy making, and research. This article describes the rationale for PRO surveillance and the methods of the Patient Reported Outcomes Symptoms and Side Effects Study (PROSSES), which is the first PRO study to use the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer's Rapid Quality Reporting System to identify patients and manage study data flow. The American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, the Commission on Cancer, and RTI International collaborated on PROSSES. PROSSES was conducted at 17 cancer programs that participated in the National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Centers Program among patients diagnosed with locoregional breast or colon cancer. The methods piloted in PROSSES were successful as demonstrated by high eligibility (93%) and response (61%) rates. Differences in clinical and demographic characteristics between respondents and nonrespondents were mostly negligible, with the exception that non-white individuals were somewhat less likely to respond. These methods were consistent across cancer centers and reproducible over time. If repeated and expanded, they could provide PRO surveillance data from patients with cancer on a national scale. Cancer 2015. © 2015 American Cancer Society.

    PMID: 26619031 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]


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  • Is migraine and stroke connected? Is migraine and stroke connected?

    Is migraine and stroke connected? Don’t know for sure? Try out this exercise- list down the symptoms of a migraine on sheet of the paper and list down the symptoms of a stroke on the other sheet of paper. What do you see? Right, the symptoms

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    As compared to men, women have got increased frequency of acquiring Alzheimer’s disease above age of 65 and the researchers have further claimed that 17% women are facing memory loss and dementia problems in America in contrast of 9% men

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Diabetes

  • Treatments & causes of diabetes Treatments & causes of diabetes

    In case of women, diabetes can be very hard and may affect both the pregnant ladies and children and thus it becomes very important to know the causes of diabetes, right from the beginning. Diabetes is supposed to have some sort of difficulties

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