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This parallel-group, randomized controlled pilot study examined daily meditation in a diverse sample of older adults with postherpetic neuralgia. Block randomization was used to allocate participants to a treatment group (n = 13) or control group (n = 14). In addition to usual care, the treatment group practiced daily meditation for six weeks. All(More)
Diabetes affects 6% of the national population, yet approximately 50% of persons with diabetes remain undiagnosed and receive no treatment. In specific populations, Acanthosis Nigricans (AN) may serve as an early clinical proxy marker of increased risk of type II diabetes. The results of this pilot project to screen selected school age students in New(More)
Training professionals for real-world application of required knowledge and skills and assessing their competence are major challenges. Simulations are being used in education and training to enhance understanding, improve performance, and assess competence. Validated virtual reality (VR) simulations provide a means of making experiential learning(More)
In a time of budget constraints, health professionals are turning to minimal-contact smoking cessation programs as the most financially feasible alternative for smoking cessation. The purpose of this study was to evaluate a program by the American Lung Association using the manual Freedom From Smoking for You and Your Family (Strecher & Rimer, 1988) in a(More)
BACKGROUND Teaching research at the undergraduate level can be a challenge. This is particularly true for distance education courses, in which students often feel isolated from each other and from faculty. Faculty teaching on-campus and distance education research courses designed a student research project and a method for bringing distance and on-campus(More)
Several abstract concepts in medical education are difficult to teach and comprehend. In order to address this challenge, we have been applying the approach of reification of abstract concepts using interactive virtual environments and a knowledge-based design. Reification is the process of making abstract concepts and events, beyond the realm of direct(More)
Dissemination and implementation (D&I) research is a growing area of science focused on overcoming the science-practice gap by targeting the distribution of information and adoption of interventions to public health and clinical practice settings. This study examined D&I research projects funded under specific program announcements by the US National(More)
The recent rapid growth in the numbers of for-profit and not-for-profit agencies delivering home health care raises questions about whether these agencies are serving different patient populations. Not-for-profit agencies were found to serve more indigent and medicaid patients than for-profits. Nurses from both kinds of agencies participated in this study(More)
The purpose of this study was to describe and analyze the relationship between health and health behaviors among elderly Hispanic women who were lifetime U.S. residents. The number of elderly Hispanics is expected to grow faster than any other segment of the population within the United States. A random sample of 132 elderly Hispanic women enrolled in a(More)