Deborah T. Gold

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Fourteen reports utilizing data from de-identified administrative databases were reviewed. Studies contained at least one measure of patient persistence or compliance with bisphosphonates or bisphosphonates and other anti-osteoporosis medications. These studies confirm that women with osteoporosis have suboptimal persistence and compliance rates with(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess whether group exercise and coping classes reduce physical and psychological impairments and functional disability in older women with prevalent vertebral fractures (VFs). DESIGN Randomized, controlled trial (modified cross-over) with site as unit of assignment; testing at baseline and 3, 6, 9, and 12 months. SETTING Nine North(More)
PURPOSE To determine if vertebral compression fractures in elderly women were associated with impairments in physical, functional, and psychosocial performance. SUBJECTS AND METHODS Ten white women with confirmed vertebral compression fractures were age- and race-matched with 10 control subjects without fractures in a case-control design. All subjects(More)
Osteoporosis has obvious physical and functional consequences such as kyphosis, restricted range of motion, and pain. What are not so obvious are the psychosocial sequelae that result from this metabolic bone disease. Many patients in the initial phases of the disease express substantial anxiety, especially about the possibility of future fractures and(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine how patients' preferences for weekly versus monthly bisphosphonate therapy is influenced by their knowledge of the medication's proven fracture efficacy. An additional objective is to determine whether patient adherence to therapy with weekly risedronate versus monthly ibandronate is related to patient preferences Methods: Preference(More)
OBJECTIVES We examined the association of structural and functional aspects of social relationships with change in disability, and the degree to which race modifies these associations. METHODS Data are from a population-based sample of 4,136 African Americans and Whites aged > or = 65 living in North CAROLINA: Disability data were collected during seven(More)
OBJECTIVE To review the evidence on adherence with bisphosphonates and evolving dosing strategies for osteoporosis treatment. DATA SOURCES Articles were identified by searching MEDLINE (1975-December 2005) using the following terms: osteoporosis, postmenopausal, fracture, adherence, compliance, persistence, drug therapy, bisphosphonates, alendronate,(More)
OBJECTIVES Existing questionnaires that assess preference and/or satisfaction with postmenopausal bone loss treatments were reviewed and determined to be inadequate for the assessment of an oral pill versus a subcutaneous injection. The Preference and Satisfaction Questionnaire (PSQ) was developed to assess preference, satisfaction, and bother with a weekly(More)
PURPOSE This study examined the effects of brief written educational materials on osteoporosis-related knowledge, beliefs, and behaviors. The study also examined whether observed effects varied as a function of one's stage in the precaution adoption process. DESIGN The study used an experimental research design. SETTING Participants were identified from(More)
The prevalence of osteoporosis is rising as the population of the United States and other developed countries ages. These increasing numbers of people have motivated pharmaceutical companies to develop and market several antiresorptive medications that can slow down the bone loss associated with osteoporosis. Although these are not cures for this disease,(More)