Allison J. Ottenbacher

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PURPOSE To describe social support for weight loss shared by members of a large Internet weight loss community. METHODS We conducted a mixed-methods study with surveys (n=193) and interviews (n=13) of community members along with a content analysis of discussion forum messages (n=1924 messages). Qualitative data were analyzed for social support themes. (More)
INTRODUCTION Despite proven benefits of regular physical activity, estimates indicate that few cancer survivors meet physical activity guidelines. The purpose of this paper is to identify and compare exercise barriers among cancer survivors, both cross-sectionally and longitudinally as they undergo home-based behavioral interventions. METHODS Data on a(More)
Although overweight and obese individuals are turning to Internet communities for social support for weight loss, there is no validated online instrument for measuring the subjective social support experiences of participants in these communities. The authors' objective was to determine whether an online version of a validated paper questionnaire, the(More)
OBJECTIVES To review published, randomized trials examining the effect of androgen treatment on muscle strength in older men. DESIGN Systematic review using meta-analysis procedures. SETTING Computerized and manual searches. PARTICIPANTS MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, and the Cochrane Register were searched for trials. Key words included testosterone,(More)
BACKGROUND Readmission is an important quality indicator following acute care hospitalization. We examined factors associated with hospital readmission in persons with stroke following postacute inpatient rehabilitation. METHODS Prospective cohort study including 674 persons with stroke who received rehabilitation at 11 facilities located in eight states(More)
Although the availability of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing has increased in recent years, the general public’s awareness of this testing is not well understood. This study examined levels of public awareness of DTC genetic testing, sources of information about testing, and psychosocial factors associated with awareness of testing in the USA. Data(More)
Few studies have investigated long-term effects of physical activity (PA) interventions. The goal of this study was to evaluate whether or not increased levels of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) were maintained by cancer survivors 1 year after receipt of two home-based interventions. The FRESH START trial randomized 543 breast and prostate(More)
OBJECTIVES To examine the association between routine physical activity and risk of 3-year mortality in Mexican Americans aged 75 and older. DESIGN Longitudinal study involving a population-based survey. SETTING Hispanic Established Population for the Epidemiologic Study of the Elderly (H-EPESE) survey conducted in the southwestern United States (TX,(More)
BACKGROUND Nearly 80 million people in the U.S. are currently infected with at least one of two strains of human papillomavirus (HPV), which is associated with 70% of cervical cancers. Greater cervical cancer mortality has been observed among women of lower SES and those living in rural, versus urban, areas. African American and Hispanic women are(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether fruit and vegetable (FV) commercials have an impact on preschool children's preferences for specific FV. DESIGN A year of extensive formative assessment was conducted to develop 2 30-second commercials: "Judy Fruity" promoted apples and bananas and "Reggie Veggie" promoted broccoli and carrots. The commercials were embedded(More)