Message from the Editor
Health–related Quality of life (QOL) is a major concern in both clinical work and research. Two studies in this issue relate to QOL, with one by Chang et al. addressing mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in Taiwanese elderly and one by Dai et al. assessing non-small-cell lung cancer from prechemotherapy through Cycle 4 of chemotherapy in Taiwanese cancer patients. In Chang’s study, the prevalence of MCI in older people living in publicly managed congregate housing was 16.1% and the study confirmed that QOL and activities of daily living were significant factors for predicting MCI in older people. Several important determinants of better QOL for lung cancer patients are reported in Dai’s study based on the longitudinal study design. Karatas, Ozturk, & Bektas studied bullying against nursing students at a university in southeastern Turkey, finding that 78.1% of the participants reported experiencing at least one bullying incident during the preceding 6-month period. Various forms of bullying are also elicited in this study.
This issue’s qualitative study, conducted by Rabiei, examined the help-seeking behaviors of Iranian multiple sclerosis patients and elicited four main themes. Finally, the one systematic review article in this issue identified 10 psychometric properties of the instruments that are used to evaluate the cultural competence of healthcare providers and found that no single tool is sufficiently comprehensive to evaluate cultural competence in all contexts.
This issue offers new information from disparate cultural perspectives. We hope you enjoy the readings and that they benefit your clinical care and research.