Fredrick J. Kviz

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The validity of the Index of Medical Underservice (IMU) was evaluated by examining the ability of the IMU to discriminate among levels of need for health services reported by rural consumers in response to a mail survey questionnaire. It was hypothesized that if the IMU is a valid indicator of medical underservice, then where the IMU value for an area was(More)
In a large-scale survey of rural consumers (n=3,056), respondents were asked whether they would allow a nurse practitioner to perform each of 12 functions. The results indicate general acceptance of a broadly defined role for the nurse practitioner. Only two functions were not acceptable to a majority of the respondents. A factor analysis revealed two(More)
Two major obstacles encountered when surveying nursing practice in institutional settings are obtaining a representative sample and collecting an adequate number of observations at a reasonable cost. Past efforts to deal with these problems are reviewed briefly, and results are reported from a two-stage mail survey of a national sample of critical-care(More)
Women's roles have undergone rapid transformation in recent decades and appear to affect the decision to breast-feed. Research in this area has been hampered by the lack of valid instruments to measure the relevant domains of gender-role related considerations. This study developed a scale to measure gender-role attitudes toward breast-feeding in(More)
The stigma associated with mental illness is purported to be a major factor in the resistance of rural residents to mental health services. Through mail questionnaires and personal interviews, the authors gathered data from 3,057 rural residents in six Midwestern states on their attitudes toward and knowledge of mental illness and mental health services.(More)
The relationship between mothers' health beliefs and use of well-baby services among a poor, minority, high-risk population is reported. Data were collected from 61 black mothers attending a maternal-child clinic by interviews at the first and sixth months after the birth of their infants. The analysis focused on four health beliefs (susceptibility,(More)
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