Beth A. Plunkett

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OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to determine the importance of gender in the selection of an obstetrician or a gynecologist. STUDY DESIGN At a university-based hospital, 46 patients after delivery and 79 patients after gynecologic surgery who had selected their physician within the previous year were interviewed to determine the importance of(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore risk factors for postpartum weight retention at 1 year after delivery in predominantly low-income women. METHODS Data were collected from 774 women with complete height and weight information from participants in the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Community Child Health Network, a(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the strategy of traditional IVF with prenatal diagnosis versus IVF with preimplantation genetic screening (IVF/PGS) to prevent aneuploid births in women with advanced maternal age. DESIGN A decision tree analytic model was created to compare IVF alone versus IVF/PGS to evaluate which strategy is the least costly per healthy (euploid)(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the cost of selective recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) evaluation, which is defined as RPL evaluation if the second miscarriage is euploid, versus universal RPL evaluation, which is defined as RPL evaluation after the second miscarriage. Traditionally, an RPL evaluation is instituted after the third miscarriage. However, recent studies(More)
BACKGROUND Obesity, particularly visceral adiposity, confers a worse prognosis for prostate cancer (PCa) patients, and increasing periprostatic adipose (PPA) tissue thickness or density is positively associated with more aggressive disease. However, the cellular mechanism of this activity remains unclear. Therefore, in this pilot study, we assessed the(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine if health literacy is associated with patient understanding of prenatal screening tests for fetal aneuploidy and neural tube defects. METHODS We performed a prospective observational study on a cohort of English-speaking patients receiving prenatal care in two resident-staffed ambulatory clinics. Health literacy was measured using(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to determine whether routine hepatitis C virus screening in pregnancy is cost-effective. STUDY DESIGN A decision tree with Markov analysis was developed to compare 3 approaches to asymptomatic hepatitis C virus infection in low-risk pregnant women: (1) no hepatitis C virus screening, (2) hepatitis C virus screening(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to determine the cost-effectiveness of serial stenting vs ureteroscopy for treatment of urolithiasis during pregnancy as a function of gestational age (GA) at diagnosis. STUDY DESIGN We built decision analytic models for a hypothetical cohort of pregnant women who had received a diagnosis of symptomatic ureteral(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine if waiting for a strong urge to push in nulliparas with continuous low-concentration epidural analgesia shortens the pushing duration in the second stage. METHODS Nulliparas with standardized patient-controlled epidural analgesia (0.0625% bupivacaine with fentanyl 2 microg/mL) were randomly assigned to pushing immediately upon(More)
Postpartum haemorrhage is an infrequent but potentially life-threatening obstetrical emergency amenable to simulation. An educational programme consisting of a lecture and high-fidelity simulation exercise was given to incoming obstetrics and gynaecology (OB) and family medicine (FM) residents. Residents reported pre- and post-intervention confidence scores(More)