Deborah H Ward

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CONTEXT Induced abortion is one of the most common procedures performed among women in the United States. However, 87% of all counties had no abortion provider in 2000, and little is known about the attitudes and intentions of future health care providers, including advanced clinical practitioners, regarding abortion provision. METHODS During March 2002,(More)
Few studies have examined health care access for the growing population of pregnant women who cycle in and out of urban jails. The present study compared use of Medicaid-funded perinatal services for births to women who were in jail during pregnancy and births to women who had been in jail, but not while pregnant. Jail contact during pregnancy increased the(More)
Measuring health risk assessment and counseling recommendations can be challenging. In this study, unannounced standardized patients (lay individuals trained to replicate a clinical encounter consistently) were used to evaluate HIV preventive performance of 22 family nurse practitioners (NPs) and family physicians. Standardized patients were trained to(More)
Long-term care in the unique US welfare state is largely a private responsibility, and current long-term care policy rests on the assumption that care--of the elderly, in our example--will be provided by women. Because alternatives to personal care of dependent kin are available based on ability to pay, lower-income women bear a disproportionate burden. A(More)
BACKGROUND Despite increasing emergency department (ED) use for psychiatric emergencies, limited evidence exists to clearly identify the competencies necessary of emergency nurses to care for this population. PURPOSES 1. To define the specialized skill and knowledge of emergency nurses by examining the frequency with which recommended psychiatric nursing(More)
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