Severe Loss of Appetite in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Patients: Online Self-Assessment Study
by Teresa Holm, André Maier, Paul Wicks, Dirk Lang, Peter Linke, Christoph Münch, Laura Steinfurth, Robert Meyer, Thomas Meyer
(Published on 17 Apr 2013)
Background: Undesirable loss of weight is a major challenge in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). However, little is known about loss of appetite in ALS patients. Objective: We investigated loss of appetite in ALS patients by means of an online self-assessment and whether ALS-related symptoms were associated with it. Methods: Loss of appetite in 51 ALS patients was assessed using the Council on Nutrition Appetite Questionnaire (CNAQ). Loss of appetite is defined as a CNAQ-score of 28 or less with a predicted weight loss of at least 5% within 6 months. We developed an Internet portal to facilitate self-assessment. Results: Approximately half of the ALS patients (47%, 24/51) suffered from severe loss of appetite; after 6 months this increased to nearly two-thirds (65%, 22/34). An...
Health Care Provider Adoption of eHealth: Systematic Literature Review
by Junhua Li, Amir Talaei-Khoei, Holly Seale, Pradeep Ray, C.Raina MacIntyre
(Published on 16 Apr 2013)
Background: eHealth is an application of information and communication technologies across the whole range of functions that affect health. The benefits of eHealth (eg, improvement of health care operational efficiency and quality of patient care) have previously been documented in the literature. Health care providers (eg, medical doctors) are the key driving force in pushing eHealth initiatives. Without their acceptance and actual use, those eHealth benefits would be unlikely to be reaped. Objective: To identify and synthesize influential factors to health care providers’ acceptance of various eHealth systems. Methods: This systematic literature review was conducted in four steps. The first two steps facilitated the location and identification of relevant articles. The third...
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