Original Papers

Exercise Rehabilitation Services Provided by Physiotherapy Departments in Cancer Care in Ireland

S. Mulcahy, J Prendergast, G. Foley, A O Hare, E. Murphy, E.M. Guinan, J. Hussey

Mulcahy et al examined the issue of exercise rehabilitation services for cancer patients.  24 managers reported on 26 services.  5 services offered exercise services for cancer patients.  Ten hospitals provide oncology post-operative exercise rehabilitation.


Coming of Age in Ireland: the Twilight Zone!

B.D Power, P. Stewart, G. Stone, P. O’Reilly, C. Costigan, C. O’Gorman, A.M. Murphy

Power et al studied the hospital admissions and OPD attendances of children aged 14-16 years.  There were 10,992 admissions and 41,456 OPD visits.  17% were admitted to an age appropriate ward, and only 11.3% were under the care of a paediatrician.


Ankylosing Spondylitis Response to TNF Inhibition Is Gender Specific: A 6-Year Cohort Study

C. Murray, C. Fearon, M. Dockery, D. Moran, E. Heffernan, O. Fitzgerald, D.J. Veale, L. Harty

Murray et al report on 147 AS patients who received TNFi therapy.  Post-TNFi women had higher disease activity.


Prevalence of Smoking and Provision of Smoking Cessation Advice during Hospitalization

N. Najeeb, M. Halawani, N.G. McElvaney, F. Doyle

Najeeb et al report on a hospital smoking cessation programme.  Among 203 patients, 30 (14.8%) were current smokers.  In previous studies at the hospital the smoking prevalence was 17% in 2013 and 21% in 2011. There were socio-economic differences in the prevalence rates.