Beverly A. Weidmer

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Provision of “culturally competent” medical care is one of the strategies advocated for reducing or eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities. This report identifies five domains of culturally competent care that can best be assessed through patients’ perspectives: 1) patient–provider communication; 2) respect for patient preferences and shared(More)
OBJECTIVES Collecting accurate health data on the growing number of ethnic minorities in the United States has increased in policy relevance in recent years. Today, most general population sample surveys conducted in the United States, including the CAHPS 1.0 Surveys, require translation into Spanish and often other languages as well. This article discusses(More)
Antiretroviral medications for HIV infection can be combined into dozens of recommended regimens. However, little is known about patient preferences regarding antiretroviral therapy. We assessed the impact of clinician-mutable adherence barriers by conducting four patient focus groups (two English and two Spanish) consisting of 30 patients that focused(More)
BACKGROUND The complexity of health information often exceeds patients' skills to understand and use it. OBJECTIVE To develop survey items assessing how well healthcare providers communicate health information. METHODS Domains and items for the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Item Set for Addressing Health Literacy were(More)
BACKGROUND: Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disease that significantly affects patients' quality of life. The myriad complexities of the disease, including its nonmotor manifestations, are beginning to be more fully appreciated, particularly in regard to the emotional and social effects of PD. Considering that both motor and nonmotor(More)
PURPOSE To examine the perspectives of publicly insured adolescents and their parents on ways to encourage adolescent utilization of preventive health services. METHODS We conducted eight focus groups with 77 adolescents enrolled in a large Medicaid managed care plan in Los Angeles County, California, and two focus groups with 21 of their parents.(More)
BACKGROUND There is a need for reliable and valid measures of cultural competence (CC) from the patient's perspective. OBJECTIVE This paper evaluates the reliability and validity of the Consumer Assessments of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) CC item set. RESEARCH DESIGN Using 2008 survey data, we assessed the internal consistency of the CAHPS(More)
BACKGROUND The US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services assess patient experiences of care as part of the end-stage renal disease prospective payment system and Quality Incentive Program. This article describes the development and evaluation of the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) In-Center Hemodialysis Survey. STUDY(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess test-retest reliability of the service utilization screening section of the Services Assessment for Children and Adolescents (SACA) interview among Spanish-speaking parents and adolescents, correspondence between parent and adolescent reports, and the correlation between reliability and participants' demographic and service use(More)