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There are effective medications available for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA); yet, medication adherence remains a problem. In this study, grounded theory methodology was used to investigate the decision-making process used by 30 women with RA when deciding to participate in an evidence-based treatment regimen for this disease. From the study(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with heart failure (HF) experience depressive symptoms that contribute to poorer outcomes. We tested the effects of a brief cognitive therapy intervention on depressive symptoms, negative thinking, health-related quality of life, and cardiac event-free survival. METHODS AND RESULTS Hospitalized patients with depressive symptoms (n =(More)
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship of parental bonding to the mental health of college women aged 18 to 24 years. A cross-sectional study of a volunteer sample of 246 college women was conducted. Data on depressive symptoms, negative thinking, self-esteem, and parental bonding were collected via self-report. Maternal care was the(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to explore factors influencing adherence to the prescribed medical regimen in patients with heart failure (HF). METHODS A convenience sample of 7 women and 9 men with HF participated in in-depth interviews. The interviews were audio-taped, transcribed, and checked for accuracy. Content analysis strategies were used(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to explore how adult women manage their diabetes. Recommendations for improving adherence and opportunities to maximize communication between the healthcare provider and individuals who have type 2 diabetes also were described. METHODS An exploratory qualitative descriptive design was used to describe the experience(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with heart failure often experience depressive symptoms that affect health-related quality of life, morbidity, and mortality. Researchers have not described the experience of patients with heart failure living with depressive symptoms. Understanding this experience will help in developing interventions to decrease depressive symptoms. (More)
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is an autosomal recessive motor neuron disease caused by the progressive degeneration of motor neurons in the spinal cord. The disorder causes weakness and wasting of voluntary muscles. The purpose of this study was to describe the experience of living with SMA. Strategies used to manage symptoms and progression were also(More)
The aim of this longitudinal exploratory study was to identify and follow persons with the first episode of major depression (MD) to determine whether sense of coherence (SOC) changes over time. An additional purpose was to assess whether SOC is associated with depressive symptoms, aggression, and functional status either immediately after diagnosis or at 4(More)
PURPOSE Although cognitive-behavioral interventions have been successful in treating depression, no studies were found that focused solely on reducing negative thinking via group intervention as a means of preventing depression in at-risk groups. The purpose of this randomized controlled trial was to test the effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioral group(More)
PURPOSE To test the effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioral group intervention in reducing depressive symptoms, negative thinking, and chronic stressors in low-income, single mothers at risk for depression. DESIGN AND METHODS A randomized, controlled prevention trial was conducted with 136 low-income, single mothers with children between the ages of 2 and(More)