Elena M. Andresen

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We derived and tested a short form of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D) for reliability and validity among a sample of well older adults in a large Health Maintenance Organization. The 10-item screening questionnaire, the CESD-10, showed good predictive accuracy when compared to the full-length 20-item version of the CES-D (kappa(More)
To recommend instrument assessment criteria, deriving from psychometric textbooks and articles and disability and research experts, for reviewing and assessing surveys and questionnaires for disability outcomes research. Traditional criteria are recommended, including psychometric properties of validity, reliability, and sensitivity to change, as are newer(More)
Measurement of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in people with disability can be problematic. Ambiguous or paradoxical findings can occur because of differences among people or changes within people regarding internal standards, values, or conceptualization of HRQOL. These "response shifts" can affect standard psychometric indices, such as reliability(More)
BACKGROUND Tourette syndrome (TS) and related tic disorders are commonly associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It has been argued, however, that any observed association between TS and these and other psychopathologies may be due to ascertainment bias in that individuals with multiple(More)
OBJECTIVE General health-related quality-of-life (HRQoL) surveys have not been well tested in populations with spinal cord injury (SCI). This study evaluated the performance of 5 such instruments. DESIGN A cross-sectional survey with instruments administered in random order during computer-assisted interviews. SETTING A midwestern US veteran SCI(More)
BACKGROUND Based on the knowledge that Tourette's syndrome (TS) is associated with several clinical features that can impair school function and growing evidence that the disorder is much more common than previously thought, the authors hypothesized that TS and related tic disorders would be associated with school problems in the childhood population at(More)
OBJECTIVES The Quality of Well-Being questionnaire is a measure of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) that has several desirable properties. Its widespread use has been hindered because it is difficult to administer. To overcome this limitation, a new self-administered form has recently been developed. This study examined the feasibility of using the(More)
A cohort of 2,657 infants in Rochester, New York, who were given x-ray treatment for a purported enlarged thymus gland, along with 4,833 siblings, have been followed by mail surveys through about 1986, which represents an average of 37 years of follow-up, to determine their incidence of thyroid cancer. Estimated thyroid doses ranged from 0.03 to > 10 Gy,(More)
OBJECTIVE to assess test characteristics of the Medical Outcomes Study SF-36 (Short-Form 36) with residents of nursing homes. RESEARCH DESIGN nursing home residents with 17 or more points on the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) and > or = 3 months residence (128 of 552 screened) were selected randomly. Interviewers administered the SF-36 (repeated(More)
Selecting an outcomes assessment instrument requires knowledge of their relative merits, especially head-to-head comparisons. The authors compare health-related quality-of-life (HRQOL) instruments among older adults for their psychometric properties and subject burden, specifically the Sickness Impact Profile (SIP) and Medical Outcomes Study Short-Form 36(More)