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Palmen L.N.,Canisius Wilhelmina Ziekenhuis Nijmegen | Schrier J.C.M.,Medinova Clinics Breda | Scholten R.,Canisius Wilhelmina Ziekenhuis Nijmegen | Jansen J.H.W.,Canisius Wilhelmina Ziekenhuis Nijmegen | Koeter S.,Canisius Wilhelmina Ziekenhuis Nijmegen
Foot and Ankle Surgery | Year: 2016

Background: Patient reported outcome measures (PROM's) after hallux valgus surgery are used to rate the effectiveness as perceived by the patient. The interpretability of these PROM's is highly dependent on participation rate. Data capture method may be an important factor contributing to the response rate. We investigated the effect on response rate of traditional paper mail, telephone and e-mail PROM's after hallux valgus surgery. Methods: All consecutive patients operated between January and September 2013, were identified. Included patients were randomized by envelope in three groups: traditional pen and paper mail, e-mail and telephone. They were asked to fill in a FFI and EQ-5D. Two weeks later non-responders were sent a reminder. Results: Of the 73 included patients, 25 were approached by mail, 24 by e-mail and 24 patients by telephone. The response rate on traditional mail was highest (88%), while response on e-mail was lowest (33%). Response rate on telephone was also high (79%). Response rate on traditional mail and telephone was significantly higher (< 0.001) than response on e-mail. Conclusions: Though electronic data collection has enormous potential, this study shows that e-mail yields unacceptable low response rates. It is too early to replace traditional pen-and-paper PROM's by electronic questionnaires. © 2015 European Foot and Ankle Society.

Wong Chung J.E.R.E.,Canisius Wilhelmina Ziekenhuis Nijmegen | Jeuriens-Van De Ven S.A.H.,Canisius Wilhelmina Ziekenhuis Nijmegen | Van Helmond N.,Radboud University Nijmegen | Wauters C.A.P.,Canisius Wilhelmina Hospital | And 2 more authors.
Breast Journal | Year: 2016

Unilateral single-duct nipple discharge is associated with an increased risk for underlying breast malignancy. There is no consensus whether color of nipple discharge independently indicates the risk of malignancy. We sought to assess the relationship between the color of discharge and the risk of malignancy. Patients with unilateral single-duct nipple discharge without abnormalities on clinical and radiologic examination were included. Prior to diagnostic microdochectomy nipple discharge characteristics were registered. Multiple logistic regressions were performed to assess the relationship between color of nipple discharge and malignancy, corrected for age. During a mean follow-up period of 7.1 years we determined complication rate and false-negative rate of microdochectomy. A total of 184 patients were included (median age 53 years, range 19-84). Histologic examination revealed (in situ or invasive) breast carcinoma in 10.9% (20) of patients and high-risk lesions in 11.4% (21). Malignancy or high-risk lesions were found in 25% (OR: 1.37; 95% CI: 0.62-3.00) of patients with bloody discharge. Risk of underlying malignancy increased in patients >60 years (OR: 2.35; 95% CI: 1.14-4.83). Complication rate of microdochectomy was 2.7%. Single-duct, unilateral nipple discharge is a sign of underlying malignancy in a substantial proportion of cases. The majority of patients with unilateral single-duct nipple discharge, diagnosed with breast cancer, present with bloody discharge. However, the association between bloody nipple discharge and malignancy is not strong enough to distinguish high-risk patients. Therefore, invasive diagnostic procedures like microdochectomy should be offered to all patients with unilateral uniductal nipple discharge to search for underlying malignancy. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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