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OBJECTIVE To determine the point prevalence of agitated behaviors in a representative sample of Alzheimer's disease Special Care Units, and to determine the extent to which agitation is associated with aspects of the treatment environment. DESIGN A cross-sectional study in which nonparticipant observers recorded 3723 observations of resident behaviors in(More)
The present longitudinal study was designed to determine the prevalence of depression in male and female patients undergoing cardiac surgery, and to examine what factors are associated with depression before and after surgery. One day prior to surgery (T1), and one day prior to discharge from the hospital (T2), 141 patients completed a psychometric test(More)
Now that more individuals with cystic fibrosis (CF) are living into adulthood, vocational attainment is an increasingly important consideration. Work is a key factor in quality of life. The purpose of the present paper was to evaluate the factors that are associated with work status in 183 adults with CF. Approximately half of the participants were working(More)
This study assessed physiologic, psychological, and cognitive functioning in outpatients with COPD. Sixty-four subjects, 53 to 82 years of age, participated in the 30-day exercise rehabilitation program. The program consisted of exercise, education and psychosocial counselling. Participants were assessed prior to beginning the program and at the end of 30(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to describe the coping strategies used by cardiac patients who are pursuing heart transplant and to determine which coping strategies are related to depression and self-reported disability. METHOD This is a cross-sectional design with 50 cardiac patients (74% male) who were inpatients being evaluated for heart(More)
CONTEXT The number of patients currently awaiting lung transplantation far exceeds the supply of available organs. Adherence to postoperative treatment regimens is essential for optimal posttransplant success. OBJECTIVE The present study was designed to examine the demographic and psychological factors associated with compliance in patients who have had(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether demographic factors and coping strategies are related to quality of life in heart transplant candidates. METHOD Participants were 50 inpatients being evaluated for heart transplant. Coping was measured using the COPE Inventory (1) (J Pers Soc Psychol, 56, 1989, 267). Quality of life was assessed using the SF-36 (2) (Health(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the coping strategies used by the spouses of cardiac patients who are pursuing heart transplant and to determine whether coping strategies predict depression in these spouses. METHOD This is a cross-sectional design with 28 spouses (86% female) of cardiac patients who were being evaluated for heart transplant at a large medical(More)
CONTEXT Survival rates for heart transplantation are encouraging, but the pretransplant period can be extremely stressful for patients and their spouses. Although a relationship between patients' depression levels and the coping strategies employed by their spouses has been demonstrated, this association has not been examined in heart transplant candidates(More)
The relation between cancer self-efficacy and patient cancer adjustment, depression, psychological distress, and behavioral dysfunction in 42 cancer patients was studied in a preliminary investigation. Participants were male cancer outpatients recruited from a Veterans Administration Medical Center who completed a Cancer Self-Efficacy Scale, the Center for(More)