Yuh-Kae Shyu

Taipei Medical University, T’ai-pei, Taipei, Taiwan

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Publications (5)11.27 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: This meta-analysis aims to evaluate the effects of acupuncture on hot flash frequency and severity, menopause-related symptoms, and quality of life in women in natural menopause.
    Menopause (New York, N.Y.) 07/2014; · 3.08 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Menopausal experience differs among women with different cultural and ethnic backgrounds and may impact quality of life. Some women with severe menopausal symptoms seek medical help to alleviate menopause-related symptoms. This study examined the demographic characteristics and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of Taiwanese women experiencing menopausal symptoms and examined associations between menopausal symptoms and, respectively, poor HRQOL and healthcare resource utilization. This cross-sectional study used data from the 2005 National Health Interview Survey in Taiwan, which used a multistaged stratified systematic sampling scheme. A total of 4,437 women aged 35-64 years were analyzed. We used multivariable logistic regression models to identify variables significantly and independently associated with the presence of menopausal symptoms. We also used the model to assess the odds of poor HRQOL and healthcare resource utilization in women with menopausal symptoms compared with those without. Eight hundred and forty-six women (19.1%) reported experiencing menopausal symptoms. Age, religion, smoking, exercise, and comorbidity were independently associated with the presence of such symptoms. The propensity score-adjusted odds ratio of poor physical HRQOL, poor mental HRQOL, use of outpatient, traditional Chinese medicine and emergency room services, and hospitalization for women with menopausal symptoms were 1.85 (95% CI [1.54, 2.21]), 1.66 (95% CI [1.40, 1.97]), 1.39 (95% CI [1.18, 1.63]), 1.73 (95% CI [1.37, 2.18]), 1.44 (95% CI [1.15, 1.81]), and 1.36 (95% CI [1.02, 1.81]), respectively, compared with those without symptoms. Nearly one fifth of women aged 35-64 years in Taiwan experience menopausal symptoms. The presence of menopausal symptoms increases the likelihood of poor HRQOL and healthcare resource utilization even after controlling for possible confounders.
    The journal of nursing research: JNR 09/2012; 20(3):208-18. · 0.58 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Although it is well established that symptom burden in heart failure (HF) often leads to poor health-related quality of life (QOL), the contributions of quality of sleep and daytime sleepiness to the overall perception and satisfaction with life in the HF population have yet to be determined. We thus tested the hypothesis that quality of sleep and daytime sleepiness are significant predictors of QOL as measured by the World Health Organization Quality of Life-BREF (WHOQOL-BREF) in patients with HF. Included were 88 medically stable patients with echocardiographically documented HF. This cross-sectional study used a correlational design, and data were collected using self-report questionnaires including the Chinese version of the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (CPSQI), Epworth Sleepiness Scale, and WHOQOL-BREF Taiwan version. Multiple linear regression analyses were used to address the study hypotheses. With the exception of the environmental domain (P = .078), poor sleepers had significantly lower scores in physical (P < .001), psychological (P = .001), and social (P = .040) domains of the WHOQOL-BREF. Multivariate regression analysis revealed that age, CPSQI, perceived health status, and comorbidities significantly predicted the physical QOL (adjusted R2 = 0.59, P < .001). For the psychological QOL, only perceived health status and CPSQI score remained in the regression model (adjusted R2 = 0.28, P = .016). For the environmental QOL, perceived health status and Epworth Sleepiness Scale were the only predictors remaining in the model (adjusted R2 = 0.17, P < .001). The findings from this study add support to the evidence that in medically stable persons with HF, poor sleep independently predicts the overall perception and satisfaction with life, in particular, in the physical and psychological domains of QOL, whereas daytime sleepiness independently predicts the environmental QOL.
    The Journal of cardiovascular nursing 11/2010; 26(2):99-105. · 1.47 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The primary aim of this study was to examine the effect of a home-based deep-breathing training programme on depressive symptoms as compared with a control condition (i.e., weekly telephone support) in patients with coronary heart disease (CHD). This efficacy trial used a randomised controlled, parallel group design. A total of 62 CHD patients with a Beck Depression Inventory-II (BDI-II) >10 were randomised to receive either home-based deep-breathing training (experimental group, n=28) or weekly telephone support (control group, n=34). Both participants and data assessors were blinded to the study hypothesis. The primary outcome measure was the change in the self-reported depressive symptom severity, measured by the BDI-II. The secondary outcome was the change in the Patient Health Questionnaure-9 (PHQ-9)-assessed depressive symptom severity. Depressive symptoms were assessed at baseline and post-test in both groups. For the experimental group, depressive symptoms were also assessed at the end of the first 2 weeks of training. The post-test BDI-II and PHQ-9 were significantly lower in the experimental group than in the control group (p<0.001 and p<0.001, respectively). The decreases in BDI-II, from baseline, at post-test were significantly greater in the experimental group as compared with the control group (95% confidence interval (CI): -12.554 to -5.408, p<0.001). Similarly, the pre-test-to-post-test change in PHQ-9 scores was significantly greater in the experimental group as compared with the control group (95% CI: -5.59 to -0.092, p=0.007). Examining the changes in BDI-II and PHQ-9 within the experimental group by the repeated-measures analysis of variance (ANOVA) revealed that both measures of depressive symptoms decreased significantly over time (both p<0.001). The percentage of participants with a BDI-II >or=17 decreased over time from 28.6% at baseline, and 17.9% during treatment, to 10.7% post-test. Home-based deep-breathing training is effective in reducing depressive symptoms as compared with telephone support in patients with CHD.
    International journal of nursing studies 05/2010; 47(11):1346-53. · 1.91 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence rate of prehypertension and to compare the differences in demographic factors, anthropometric measurements, lifestyles and metabolic profiles between normotensive and prehypertensive individuals. Data were based on the Nutrition and Health Survey in Taiwan (NAHSIT), a cross-sectional survey that adopted a multi-stage, stratified clustering sampling scheme. The data collection period was from 1 January 1993 to 31 December 1996. This study was a secondary analysis of data previously collected. Data from 1039 men and 1186 women, aged 18-96 years, were analyzed. Approximately 34% of Taiwanese adults had prehypertension. The prevalence rate of prehypertension was higher among men (36%) than women (32%). In univariable logistic analysis, sex, age group, age, waist-hip ratio (WHR) group, body mass index (BMI) group, waist circumference, blood sugar, triglyceride, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL), cholesterol/HDL and smoking status were significantly associated with prehypertension status. Multivariable logistic regression revealed that age [odds ratio (OR) = 1.014, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.004-1.0249] and BMI (OR = 1.106, 95% CI = 1.051-1.165) were the determinants of prehypertension status in men. For women, age (OR = 1.033, 95% CI = 1.022-1.044), waist circumference (OR = 1.031, 95% CI = 1.012-1.051) and triglyceride (OR = 1.003, 95% CI = 1.000-1.005) were the determinants of prehypertension. This study underscores the importance of general obesity and central obesity as risk factors for prehypertension in the Taiwanese adult population. These two indices of obesity have different impacts on men and women.
    Journal of Hypertension 08/2005; 23(7):1355-60. · 4.22 Impact Factor