Glynda F. Sharp

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Taking folic acid daily, before and during early pregnancy, has been proven to reduce neural tube birth defects (NTD). Unfortunately, many women fail to take it daily as recommended. Objectives To assess women’s self-reported awareness, knowledge and use of folic acid. Methods Data were obtained by cross-sectional, random digit-dialing, computer-assisted(More)
Although research is a critical component of academic medicine, it has not been a significant component of osteopathic medicine. For years, leaders in the osteopathic medical profession have called for increased research in osteopathic medical schools. The need for cost-effective clinical practice leading to improved clinical outcomes creates a necessity(More)
BACKGROUND This study compared research collaboration and productivity among applicants to a small educational research grants program. METHOD Brief interviews were conducted with 89% (8/9) of funded applicants and 55% (6/11) of unfunded applicants. RESULTS Funded projects had an average 6.6 scholarly products per project and 3.8 interinstitutional(More)
CONTEXT Colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) trying to stimulate research and develop research infrastructures must overcome the challenge of obtaining adequate funding to support growing research interests. The authors examine changes in research funding at COMs during the past 15 years. OBJECTIVES To track 1999-2004 data on COM research funding, COM(More)
Infant morbidity due to low birth weight and preterm births results in emotional suffering and significant direct and indirect costs. African American infants continue to have worse birth outcomes than white infants. This study examines relationships between newborn hospital costs, maternal risk factors, and prenatal care in Medicaid recipients in an(More)
The models outlined above represent alternative constructs for examining factors that may or may not influence human health in a positive manner. If the economic framework seems more theoretical than actionable, consider an alternative framework that has been advanced by the American Hospital Association and described in Table I. Regardless of the framework(More)
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