Andrea Gurmankin Levy

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BACKGROUND Time preference, or the extent to which people discount future benefits in favor of immediate benefits, might represent an important determinant of preventive health behavior, but the little research thus far on this association has yielded mixed results. This study examined the association between future time preference and use of genetic(More)
OBJECTIVE It is unclear why nonmental healthcare utilization is greater among those with psychological problems. The authors examined healthcare utilization in HMO patients to determine whether greater utilization in anxiety disorder (AD) patients was explained by anxiety symptoms (increasing sensitivity to physical symptoms) or comorbid illness (causing(More)
BACKGROUND Although 435,000 Americans die each year of tobacco-related illness, only approximately 3% of smokers quit each year. Financial incentives have been shown to be effective in modifying behavior within highly structured settings, such as drug treatment programs, but this has not been shown in treating chronic disease in less structured settings.(More)
BACKGROUND Accurate measurement of people's risk perceptions is important for numerous bodies of research and in clinical practice, but there is no consensus about the best measure. OBJECTIVE This study evaluated three measures of women's breast cancer risk perception by assessing their psychometric and test characteristics. DESIGN A cross-sectional(More)
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