Bret L. Hicken

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OBJECTIVE To determine unique demographic, medical, perceived health, and handicap predictors of life satisfaction 2 years after spinal cord injury (SCI), as well as the predictors of change in life satisfaction from year 1 to year 2. DESIGN Prospective predictive study performed by using longitudinal data from 18 Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems. (More)
Hemochromatosis is a genetic disorder of iron overload common in persons of northern European descent. We examined attitudes about testing for hemochromatosis in 118 young adults (YA) (19.7 years +/- 1.9) and 50 older adults (OA) (58.5 years +/- 13.7). Participants read about hemochromatosis and two related tests: transferrin saturation measurement (iron(More)
This study describes a three-tiered measurement model for psychosocial interventions with cancer patients and compares this model to extant measurement strategies. Progress has been made toward demonstrating that psychosocial interventions reduce depression, anxiety, functional impairment, and symptoms. However, Chambless and Hollon (1998) note that the(More)
OBJECTIVES Although enhanced colorectal surveillance is recommended for members of familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) families, little is known about individual-level adherence behavior. This study examined factors associated with recent use of colorectal cancer (CRC) surveillance among FAP patients and their at-risk relatives. METHODS This(More)
Two studies were designed to examine important predictors of pain following spinal cord injury (SCI), and the impact of pain on self-reported quality of life (QOL). Pain was defined as "interference in day-to-day activities secondary to pain". In order to determine risk factors associated with the development of pain interference, Study 1 examined the(More)
OBJECTIVE This study examines the quality of life among individuals with spinal cord injury requiring assistance for bowel and bladder management vs. those with independent control of bowel and bladder. DESIGN Two groups of 53 individuals each were matched case for case on age, education, sex, race, and lesion level. Outcome measures included the(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to evaluate patient compliance with phlebotomy therapy of hemochromatosis-associated iron overload. METHODS We reviewed medical records of white adults with hemochromatosis and iron overload diagnosed during medical care. We defined three elements of compliance: 1) achieving iron depletion (serum ferritin </= 20 ng/ml);(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the predictive utility of verbal descriptors to distinguish between pain types following spinal cord injury (SCI). DESIGN Cross-sectional. SETTING USA. METHODS Participants (n=29) completed the Short Form - McGill Pain Questionnaire (SF-MPQ) for each pain site reported. A total of 64 pain sites were reported with 80% of the(More)
The current study was designed to examine the predictive validity of several factors that are common to spinal cord injury (SCI) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) populations to overall life satisfaction. We examined several demographic and functional predictors (1) within each group separately and (2) using both groups while controlling for unique(More)
We examined attitudes regarding genetic testing and psychosocial outcomes of HFE genotyping for hemochromatosis. A total of 87 persons with hemochromatosis (patients) (39 women, 48 men), who underwent HFE genotyping, and 50 persons with hypertension (controls) (22 women, 28 men), who had not undergone HFE genotyping, completed a structured interview in(More)