Allen Perkins

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OBJECTIVE To evaluate the utility of offering physicians electronic options as alternatives to completing mail questionnaires. DATA SOURCE A survey of colorectal cancer screening practices of Alabama primary care physicians, conducted May-June 2010. STUDY DESIGN In the follow-up to a mail questionnaire, physicians were offered options of completing(More)
In order to inform efforts to increase screening rates for colorectal cancer (CRC), we conducted a survey of Alabama primary care physicians regarding CRC screening practices, educational preferences, and perceptions of obstacles to screening. A mail survey of 2,378 Alabama physicians in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Obstetrics & Gynecology was(More)
OBJECTIVES To ascertain barriers to colorectal cancer screening in an environment of changing recommendations, payment structures, and information access, and to develop strategies for overcoming these barriers by undertaking a population survey of colorectal cancer (CRC) screening knowledge and attitudes in Alabama. METHODS An 80-item questionnaire(More)
Primary intracranial tumors of the brain structures, including meninges, are rare with an overall five-year survival rate of 33.4%; they are collectively called primary brain tumors. Proven risk factors for these tumors include certain genetic syndromes and exposure to high-dose ionizing radiation. Primary brain tumors are classified by histopathologic(More)
Advancements in management protocols and chemotherapeutics have improved outcomes for patients diagnosed with cancer. Cancer, however, continues to claim many lives annually in the United States and around the world. There is a large body of evidence that is strong and consistent that through modification of diet and lifestyle habits, cancer can be a(More)
Polymyalgia rheumatica affects proximal muscles and joints, causing disability in older adults. Giant cell arteritis affects medium and large arteries and can result in blindness. These conditions overlap significantly, often occurring together. Despite the similarities, each has distinct symptoms, corticosteroid dosing requirements, and prognosis. The(More)
INTRODUCTION Preventive care is often not performed during the ambulatory office visit due to the acute nature of the visit. One possible strategy is the use of a lay cancer screening navigator using the lay health worker model. METHODS A training program for the lay cancer screening navigator and a patient registry for colorectal cancer screening was(More)
Atypical moles are benign pigmented lesions. Although they are benign, they exhibit some of the clinical and histologic features of malignant melanoma. They are more common in fair-skinned individuals and in those with high sun exposure. Atypical moles are characterized by size of 6 mm or more at the greatest dimension, color variegation, border(More)