Edward V Pecukonis

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The need to train health professionals who can work across disciplines is essential for effective, competent, and culturally sensitive health care delivery. By its very nature, the provision of health service requires communication and coordination between practitioners. However, preparation for interdisciplinary practice within the health care setting is(More)
PURPOSE One-quarter of adolescent mothers bear another child within 2 years, compounding their risk of poorer medical, educational, economic, and parenting outcomes. Most efforts to prevent rapid subsequent birth to teenagers have been unsuccessful but have seldom addressed motivational processes. METHODS We conducted a randomized trial to determine the(More)
This study investigated the effects of an affective/cognitive empathy training program on level of empathy in 24 aggressive adolescent females in a residential treatment center. In addition, the relationship between empathy and level of ego development was explored. Empathy was defined as a psychological construct regulated by both cognitive and affective(More)
The need to train health social workers to practice interprofessionally is an essential goal of social work education. Although most health social workers have exposure to multidisciplinary practice within their field work, few social work education programs incorporate interprofessional learning as an integrated component of both course work and field(More)
To improve health for our citizens our health work force must be team focused and collaboration ready. The theory of social identity is used to explain profession-centrism and ultimately inform our understanding of the challenges of developing and implementing interprofessional education curricula.
This study explores the relationship between chronic intractable back pain and physical self-efficacy and alexithymia in 112 women sampled from a large university-based health center. Fifty-nine women suffering from chronic back pain were compared with 53 control subjects. Results note that women with chronic intractable back pain had significantly higher(More)
This study explores the relationship between chronic intractable pain and histories of childhood sexual abuse in 112 women sampled from a large university campus health center. Fifty-nine (59) women with chronic back pain were sampled and compared with 53 control subjects obtained simultaneously from the same clinical population. Results noted that women(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this mixed-method study was to explore students' attitudes, knowledge, experience, and receptiveness to interprofessional education (IPE) in the health sciences. METHODS An embedded mixed-method design was used whereby 29 students from 5 health sciences schools (Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work) were administered The(More)
As part of an effort to better educate patients about using condoms, a survey was done to assess the sexual practices, attitudes toward acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and condom use by patients who visit an urban family practice center. A self-administered questionnaire was given to 126 patients of whom the majority were black and single.(More)
Despite gains in reducing teenage pregnancy during the past 20 years, disparities in teenage pregnancy rates persist: The teenage pregnancy rate in Latino communities is now nearly double the average rate of teenage pregnancy in the United States. Considering the significant risks teenage pregnancy and parenting pose to both the teenager and the child, and(More)