Servicio Canario de la Salud

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain

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  • Medicina Clínica. 06/2013; 140(12):544–545.
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    ABSTRACT: We describe the case of a 41 year-old female patient with acute thoracic and epigastric pain associated with dysphagia. Due to the acute onset and the intensity of symptoms an urgent gastroscopy was requested. This was delayed and only performed when further serious complications appeared. This showed an oesophageal perforation due to ingestion of a fish bone, and an aortic pseudoaneurysm. Early determination of the cause and the extraction of fish bone would have avoided the subsequent worsening and long term stay in the hospital. Special tests limitations often delay diagnosis with severe consequences for the patients.
    SEMERGEN - Medicina de Familia 03/2013; 39(2):104–106.
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    ABSTRACT: Background: The patient autonomy and the greater role for women with breast cancer in the decisions about their health are recent issues in healthcare. The objective of this work is to identify and characterize the elements that influence them in treatment decisions. Methods: A phenomenological type qualitative study. Theoretical Sampling included 70 women diagnosed with breast cancer. 45 semi structured interviews and 3 focus groups were performed between October 2009 and July 2010 in 15 regions of Spain. The analysis was based on the principles of grounded theory with the support of Atlas.ti v6.1. Results: Patients are likely to take an active or passive role regarding decision-making depending on different variables such as their age, the information available, their self-assessment as capable agents to make decisions and the relative importance given to physical appearance. As the disease progresses, it can cause a change in women attitude, from an initially passive attitude to a more active role. The attitude of health professionals concerning shared decision-making and the information they offer determines patient participation while the family plays an essential role as a support or reinforcement of decisions made by patients. Conclusions: The patients' attitude regarding the decision-making of patients is very variable, becoming increasingly important the emotional status, the level of information available and the influence of the context.
    Revista Española de Salud Pública 02/2013; 87(1):59-72.


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