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  • 1.
    Gunningberg, Lena
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences.
    Persson, Christina
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Clinical Nutrition Research.
    Åkerfeldt, Torbjörn
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Biochemical endocrinology.
    Stridsberg, Mats
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Biochemical endocrinology.
    Swenne, Christine Leo
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Thoracic Surgery.
    Pre- andpostoperative nutritional status and predictors for surgical-wound infections in elective orthopaedic and thoracic patients2008In: e-SPEN, The European E-Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, Vol. 3, no 3, p. e93-e101Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Aim

    To describe pre- and postoperative nutritional status for patients undergoing elective orthopaedic or thoracic surgery, compare different methods for screening and assessment of nutritional status and identify predictors for surgical-wound infection.

    Method

    Ninety-four patients were consecutively included and assessed preoperatively using the Patient-Generated Subjective Global Assessment (PG-SGA), nutritional screening indicators (NSI), nutrition risk index (NRI), and the biochemical indicators serum albumin (S-Albumin) and serum insulin-like growth factor 1 (S-IGF-1). Thirty days postoperatively, a structured infection surveillance questionnaire, weight and blood sampling were conducted.

    Results

    The prevalence of malnutrition preoperatively ranged from 3.2% (PG-SGA) to 17.0–17.1% (S-IGF-1 and NSI). Thirty days postoperatively, the body weight, the body mass index and S-Albumin had decreased, while the S-IGF-1 had increased significantly. The only significant correlation between different methods preoperatively was found between S-Albumin and S-IGF-1. The agreement between NRI and S-Albumin was fair. Six patients (6.4%) developed surgical-wound infections. Preoperative S-Albumin was significantly lower for patients who developed surgical-wound infection compared to those who did not.

    Conclusion

    The prevalence of malnutrition and risk for malnutrition in patients undergoing elective surgery varied depending on which evaluation method was used. Low preoperative S-Albumin was identified as the only significant predictor for surgical-wound infection.

  • 2. Persson, Christina
    et al.
    Glimelius, Bengt
    Rönnelid, Johan
    Uppsala University, Medicinska vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology. Klinisk immunologi.
    Nygren, Peter
    Impact of fish oil and melatonin on cachexia in patients with advanced gastrointestinal cancer: a randomized pilot study.2005In: Nutrition, ISSN 0899-9007, Vol. 21, no 2, p. 170-8Article in journal (Other scientific)
  • 3.
    Pettersson, Anna
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Oncology.
    Johansson, Birgitta
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Oncology.
    Persson, Christina
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Oncology.
    Berglund, Anders
    Turesson, Ingela
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Oncology.
    Effects of a dietary intervention on acute gastrointestinal side effects and other aspects of health-related quality of life: A randomized controlled trial in prostate cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy2012In: Radiotherapy and Oncology, ISSN 0167-8140, E-ISSN 1879-0887, Vol. 103, no 3, p. 333-340Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose:

    To study the effect of a dietary intervention on acute gastrointestinal side effects and other aspects of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in prostate cancer patients referred to radiotherapy.

    Materials and methods:

    A total of 130 patients were randomly assigned to one of two groups: an intervention group (IG, n = 64), instructed to reduce their intake of insoluble dietary fibres and lactose, a standard care group (SC, n = 66), instructed to continue their normal diet. Gastrointestinal side effects and other aspects of HRQOL were evaluated from baseline up to 2 months after completed radiotherapy, using the EORTC QLQ-C30 and QLQ-PR25 and the study-specific Gastrointestinal Side Effects Questionnaire (GISEQ). A scale indicating adherence to dietary instructions was developed from a Food Frequency Questionnaire (FFQ), with lower scores representing better compliance. Descriptive and inferential statistical analyses were conducted.

    Results:

    There was an interaction effect between randomization and time in the FFQ Scores (p < 0.001), indicating that both groups followed their assigned dietary instructions. The dietary intervention had no effect on gastrointestinal side effects or other aspects of HRQOL. During radiotherapy, the percentage of patients with bowel symptoms and bloated abdomen was lower in IG compared to SC, but the between-group differences were not statistically significant. During radiotherapy, the percentage of patients with bowel symptoms, urinary symptoms, pain, fatigue and diminished physical and role functioning increased in both groups.

    Conclusions:

    The dietary intervention had no effect on gastrointestinal side effects or other aspects of HRQOL. The tendency towards lower prevalence of bowel symptoms in IG may indicate some positive effect of the dietary intervention, but methodological refinements, clearer results and longer follow-up are needed before the value of diet change can be established with certainty.

  • 4.
    Pettersson, Anna
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Oncology.
    Turesson, Ingela
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Oncology.
    Persson, Christina
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Oncology.
    Johansson, Birgitta
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Oncology.
    Assessing patients’ perceived bother from the gastrointestinal side effects of radiotherapy for localized prostate cancer: initial questionnaire development and validation2014In: Acta Oncologica, ISSN 0284-186X, E-ISSN 1651-226X, Vol. 53, no 3, p. 368-377Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background

    The present study reports on the development and first steps of validation of the Gastrointestinal Side Effects Questionnaire (GISEQ), a measure of patient-reported gastrointestinal symptoms following local radiotherapy to the prostate. The questionnaire design provides a novel approach of assessment of side effects of prostate radiotherapy, by enabling measurement of patient-perceived change in symptoms.

    Material and methods

    The eight-item GISEQ was administered to 130 prostate cancer patients referred to radiotherapy. Patients completed the GISEQ at four, eight and 15 weeks after start of radiotherapy. The psychometric properties including validity, reliability, responsiveness and feasibility were evaluated. The EORTC QLQ-C30 and QLQ-PR25 were chosen as comparative measures.

    Results

    Expert opinion supported content validity. For concurrent validity, correlation between the GISEQ and matching items in the EORTC questionnaires was moderate but significant (r > 0.41, p < 0.001). The responsiveness was adequate, indicated by changes in GISEQ scores over time corresponding to the effects of radiation. Internal consistency was satisfactory (overall Cronbach's α> 0.70). Sensitivity and specificity for items diarrhea, constipation and blood in stools ranged from 50% to 100% and from 68% to 100%, respectively. All items had a floor effect above 15%. The response rates ranged from 85% to 92% and missing items was < 0.8%, indicating good feasibility.

    Conclusions

    The GISEQ showed satisfactory internal consistency and adequate content validity, concurrent validity and responsiveness. It is brief, easy to use and can be quickly evaluated, making it useful not only for research but possibly also for clinical settings. Modification of response scale and extension of items are potential improvements. Further work is needed to strengthen the psychometric qualities of the GISEQ and to evaluate its clinical use and potential effects of response shift and recall bias.

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