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Anxiety and attitudes have been examined in a series of women conceiving through in vitro fertilization (IVF) and gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT). Women were assessed before and after their first ultrasound examination conducted between 6 and 8 weeks' gestation. A comparison group of women attending for genetic counseling for advanced maternal age(More)
The relationship between labor pain and concomitant psychological state, in terms of prenatal anxiety levels and post-partum mood, has been studied. A consecutive series of primiparae (n = 129) was assessed at intervals over the course of their pregnancy and after delivery. State anxiety was measured at recruitment (10-14 weeks of pregnancy), 10 weeks, 32(More)
The McGill Pain Questionnaire is in widespread use as a means of understanding the pain patient and monitoring treatment response. The current study consists of a replication of the construction of the questionnaire through the use of maximally dissimilar methodology and statistical techniques. The study comprised two stages: (a) an attempt to replicate the(More)
The practice and theoretical basis of pain measurement is reviewed and critically examined in the areas of animal research, human subjects laboratory investigation and clinical study. The advantages and limitations of both physiological and behavioral methods are discussed in each area, and subjective report procedures are evaluated in human laboratory and(More)
In a large randomized trial involving over 2,000 women with abnormal cervical cytology (pap smear), three clinic-based interventions were tested as strategies to increase return rates for screening follow-up: 1) a personalized follow-up letter and pamphlet; 2) a slide-tape program on pap smears; and 3) transportation incentives (bus passes/parking permits).(More)
We evaluated the impact of fetal testing on maternal anxiety. A consecutive series of high-risk women attending during the third trimester for fetal assessment were each randomly assigned to one of four conditions: (1) high-feedback ultrasonography (n = 11), in which the monitor screen was visible; (2) low-feedback ultrasonography (n = 8), in which specific(More)
Whole-blood serotonin levels in 14 subjects with well documented premenstrual syndrome and 13 age-matched controls were compared. Serotonin levels of premenstrual syndrome subjects were significantly lower during the last ten days of the menstrual cycle. No significant differences were noted in levels of serum estradiol and progesterone. Decreased serotonin(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate cognitive functioning in women with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and controls during the follicular and luteal phases of the menstrual cycle. METHODS Thirty women with PMS and 31 controls were selected on the basis of psychiatric interview and prospective daily diary recordings. Subjects were tested on two occasions, follicular (days(More)