Gordon Bowen

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CONTEXT Families' refusal to consent to solid organ donation is a major contributor to the organ deficit in the United States. Previous research has identified organ procurement coordinators as best able to obtain consent from families; however, few studies have examined the effects of coordinator training programs on consent rates. OBJECTIVE To test the(More)
BACKGROUND The diversity of the nation is one of society's greatest assets, but this feature is overshadowed by the disproportionate burden of disease that exists among America's minorities. Evidence of the disparate health status has been documented in low life expectancy, cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular, and kidney disease as well as a plethora of(More)
This study builds on previous research that identified fears and concerns heard by procurement coordinators during the donation discussion and that classified those concerns according to the ease with which they can be addressed. In this study, 53 coordinators working for 4 procurement agencies provided data on 323 donation discussions, including fears and(More)
BACKGROUND The gap between the supply of organs available for transplantation and demand is growing, especially among ethnic groups. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effect of a video designed to address concerns of ethnic groups about organ donation. DESIGN Cluster randomized, controlled trial. Randomization was performed by using a random-number table with(More)
Based on data from the OPTN Waiting List and the Scientific Registry between 1988 and 1992: 1. On October 31, 1993 the combined waiting list for a solid organ transplant contained 32,603 registrations. This represents more than a 100% increase since 1988. Specifically, registrations for a lung transplant grew by more than 1600% and registrations for a liver(More)
We describe a locally developed system for partial computer storage of medical data, called the mini-medical record system. The system produces a typed face sheet prior to each patient visit. The face sheet, which also serves as a progress note, contains patient demographic data, medical problem lists, previous vital signs, allergies, medication profile,(More)
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