eLetters

9 e-Letters

published between 2015 and 2018

  • Abdominal massage and gastric residual volume on development of ventilator-associated pneumonia

    Dear Editor,

    We read with interest Malissa Warren's comment entitled, “Abdominal massage may decrease gastric residual volumes and abdominal circumference in critically ill patients” for our study, “The impact of abdominal massage administered to intubated and enterally fed patients on the development of ventilator-associated pneumonia: a randomized controlled study,” which was online published in the Evidence-Based Nursing Journal in April.
    It is possible to criticize the fact that we did not include the protocol that we applied for enteral feeding and GRV measurement in the study methodology in detail. However, we want to say that there was no difference between the experimental and control groups in terms of both feeding rate and amount and GRV measurement. Both groups were homogeneous in these respects because this is a randomized controlled study. In the same article, there is evidence that there was no difference between the groups, for which GRV measurement is not suggested in terms of VAP development.1 However, this evidence is still disputed, and the necessity of GRV measurement is supported by some researchers.2 The writer also indicated that abdominal circumference measurement is not reliable in the case of oedema, acid, anasarca and obesity. We want to respecify that both groups body weights are similar (experimental group=69.9 16.7 and control group=69.7 16.3) and no patients with oedema, acid, anasarca were included in this study....

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  • Link to blinding Research Made Simple from July 2013
    Alison Twycross

    If you enjoyed this EBN Notebook you may also like to read the EBN Research Made Simple paper looking at Qualitative data analysis: a practical example. This is available at: Click here

    Conflict of Interest:

    None declared

  • Link to What is qualitative synthesis?
    Alison Twycross

    Readers of this EBN Notebook might like the EBN Research Made Simple paper looking at What is qualitative synthesis? This is available at: Click here

    Conflict of Interest:

    None declared

  • Link to Research Made Simple
    Alison Twycross

    Readers of this EBN Notebook might like the EBN Research Made Simple paper entitled: Selecting the sample. This is available at: Click here

    Conflict of Interest:

    None declared

  • To learn more about "hypothesis testing and p values: how to interpret results and reach the right conclusion"
    Alison Twycross

    For more information about Hypothesis testing and p values: how to interpret results and reach the right conclusion see the EBN Research Made Simple paper published in April 2013.

    If you want to learn more about p values see EBN Research Made Simple paper "What is a p value and what does it mean?" from April 2012.

    These are both available at:

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  • Link to Research Made Simple
    Alison Twycross

    If you enjoyed this EBN Notebook you may also like to read the EBN Research Made Simple paper looking at Qualitative data analysis: a practical example. This is available at: Click here

    Conflict of Interest:

    None declared

  • Link to Research Made Simple, on what is a systematic review?
    Alison Twycross

    If you would like to know more about systematic reviews why not read the EBN Research Made Simple paper What is a systematic review? Available from: Click here

    Conflict of Interest:

    None declared

  • Link to blinding Research Made Simple from July 2013
    Alison Twycross

    If you enjoyed this paper and want to know more about blinding read the EBN Research Made Simple paper Blinding: an essential component in decreasing risk of bias in experimental designs available from: Click here

    Conflict of Interest:

    None declared

  • Letter of response to the commentary by Trussardi and Gott on the common aspects of dignity in end-of-life care
    Qiaohong Guo

    Dear Editor,

    Trussardi and Gott[1] provide an insightful commentary on our integrative review paper on dignity in end-of-life care.[2] They raise some interesting points about the definition of dying with dignity in end- of-life care, some with which we concur and others would view differently.

    People in different cultural, social and historical contexts may understand the concept of dignity differently. H...

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