Andrea A Wojtowicz

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BACKGROUND Abdominal pain is commonly reported by youth with IBD. In a significant subset of youth, pain severity and pain catastrophizing (i.e., unhelpful thoughts related to the pain) may contribute to more negative outcomes and greater impairment in functioning. This study aimed to examine relationships of pain severity and pain catastrophizing with(More)
BACKGROUND Mobile health medication reminder apps may be a useful supplement to traditional adherence-promotion interventions for pediatric chronic illness populations because they can give real-time reminders and provide education and promote behavior modification (components known to enhance adherence in traditional interventions) in an engaging and(More)
BACKGROUND Medication nonadherence is associated with higher disease activity, greater health care utilization, and lower health-related quality of life in pediatric inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). Problem solving skills training (PSST) is a useful tool to improve adherence in patients with chronic diseases but has not been fully investigated in IBD.(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Traditional definitions of healthcare utilization (HCU) emphasize clinical visits and procedures. Clinic calls, an understudied form of HCU, occur with high frequency. Understanding and examining predictors of HCU, such as disease activity and parent distress, may help reduce overutilization. METHODS A total of 68 adolescents with(More)
OBJECTIVE Physical activity is important for adolescents with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) given the increased risk of developing osteoporosis and the increased risk of IBD-related complications among those with IBD and obesity. Symptoms like fatigue, abdominal pain, nausea, and frequent bowel movements can interfere with physical activity. Sports(More)
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