Publications by authors named "Yi-Hsin Lu"

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Effects of Drama Therapy on Depressive Symptoms, Attention, and Quality of Life in Patients With Dementia.

J Nurs Res 2021 Dec 27;30(1):e188. Epub 2021 Dec 27.

PhD, ANP, RN, Professor, Institute of Long-term Care, Mackay Medical College, New Taipei City, Taiwan.

Background: The prevalence of dementia in Taiwan continues to rise, and related patient care is becoming challenging for family members and caregivers. Nondrug treatments are often used as a care strategy to alleviate the behaviors associated with worsening dementia. Many international researchers have examined the effectiveness of drama therapy on dementia care. However, there is a lack of related studies in Taiwan.

Purpose: The aim of this study was to examine the effects of drama therapy in terms of improving depressive symptoms, attention, and quality of life in patients with senile dementia.

Methods: A two-group pretest-and-posttest design was employed in this randomized controlled trial. Cluster sampling was employed at four dementia daycare centers in central Taiwan. Two centers were randomly assigned to the experimental group, and the other two centers were assigned to the control group.

Results: Forty-two patients with dementia (23 in the experimental group and 19 in the control group) participated in this study. The study results showed that, after 8 weeks of drama therapy, the experimental group showed a significant improvement in depressive symptoms (β = -5.07, p < .001), attention (β = 5.86, p < .001), and quality of life (β = -6.08, p < .001). Furthermore, after 12 weeks of drama therapy, the experimental group continued to show a significant improvement in depressive symptoms (β = -4.65, p < .01), attention (β = 6.76, p < .001), and quality of life (β = -4.94, p < .01).

Conclusions: On the basis of the results of this study, patients with senile dementia who participate in 8- and 12-week drama therapy programs significantly improved in terms of depressive symptoms, attention, and quality of life. The authors hope that the findings of this study provide a reference for the intervention method, content, frequency, and timing of drama therapy in patients with dementia.
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December 2021

[Global Health Issues and Trends in Nursing Research].

Hu Li Za Zhi 2020 Apr;67(2):13-21

MA, Librarian, Medical Library, National Taiwan University, Taiwan, ROC.

Research is an indispensable element that shapes every profession and discipline. "Employ evidence-based research into practice" is one of the five core competences highlighted by the American Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 2001 that all healthcare professionals should possess. With the development of evidence-based medicine, "Nursing research competence" has gradually become a core competence that all nurses must have. In light of the major demographic changes and multicultural social revolution underway worldwide, nursing research trends must be adapted to meet new, global challenges rooted in changing environmental, populational, geographical, and ethnic conditions. This paper analyzed the Web of Science database using VOSviewer and inputting the names of schools and departments as key words in consideration of QS rankings among European, American, and Asia regions for the years 2014 - 2018. Analyses of keywords, themes, and countries of international cooperation were conducted on 6333 original nursing articles published in journals indexed on the Science Citation Index (SCI) and/or Social Science Citation Index (SSCI). The results indicate that the cooperation between scholars from Taiwan and scholars from the United States, the United Kingdom, and China is relatively common. With regard to both global and Asia-specific research study trends, the top-five key words used to describe nursing research papers were health, care, depression, prevalence, and quality of life. The differences between Europe and the United States and Taiwan were the "risk, intervention, experience, adolescent" and "risk and impact" depicted by visual analysis. In addition, this research examined the themes of academic nursing conferences announced online for 2020, and found that a majority highlighted "nursing and healthcare" as a major theme. In twenty-two Chinese nursing journals indexed on the Huayi Online Database (2017-2020), geriatric nursing, long-term care and improvement in nursing care quality were the most commonly used research topics. In general, the aims of nursing research are to enhance the professional image and status of global nurses and to achieve the goals of global health. To create a better nursing research environment in Taiwan, nurses should improve their research abilities and cultivate cultural nursing sensitivity with the goals of maximizing the quality and quantity of research and of strengthening international cooperation, with the ultimate aim of enhancing the health and well-being of all. The international visibility of nursing in Taiwan must be increased to improve our international profile.
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April 2020

Thyroid hormone receptor-mediated regulation of the methionine adenosyltransferase 1 gene is associated with cell invasion in hepatoma cell lines.

Cell Mol Life Sci 2010 Jun 10;67(11):1831-43. Epub 2010 Feb 10.

Department of Biochemistry, School of Medicine, Chang-Gung University, 259 Wen-hwa 1 Road, Taoyuan, 333, Taiwan, ROC.

The thyroid hormone T(3) regulates differentiation, growth, and development. We demonstrated that methionine adenosyltransferase 1A (MAT1A) was positively regulated by T(3) identified by cDNA microarray previously. The expression of the MAT1A was upregulated by T(3) in hepatoma cell lines overexpressing thyroid hormone receptors (TRs). Additionally, these findings indicate that MAT1A may be regulated by CCAAT/enhancer binding protein (C/EBP). The critical role of the C/EBP binding sites was confirmed by the reporter or chromatin immuno-precipitation (ChIP) assay. In addition, C/EBP was upregulated in hepatoma cells after T(3) treatment and ectopic expression of MAT1A inhibited cell migration and invasion in J7 hepatoma cells. Conversely, knockdown of MAT1A expression increased cell migration. Together, these findings suggest that the expression of the MAT1A gene is mediated by C/EBP and is indirectly upregulated by T(3). Finally, TR was downregulated in a small subset of hepatocellular carcinoma cells concomitantly reduced the expression of C/EBPalpha and MAT1A.
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June 2010
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