Heather M Edin

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Maintenance of symptom control in Parkinson's disease (PD) requires continuous titration of medication and addition of multiple therapies over the course of the disease. Adherence to medication is vital to symptom control and key to maximizing the efficacy of existing therapies. However, adherence is compromised by a variety of factors, including motor(More)
PURPOSE This study assessed the extent of refill nonadherence with antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) and the potential association between AED nonadherence and health care costs in an adult-managed care population. METHODS Retrospective claims from the PharMetrics database were analyzed. Inclusion criteria were: age > or =21, epilepsy diagnosis between January(More)
We estimated the prevalence of medication nonadherence in Parkinson's disease (PD) and the association between treatment nonadherence and healthcare costs. Insurance claims from over 30 US health plans were analyzed. Inclusion criteria were as follows: PD diagnosis, >or=1 PD-related prescription between 1/1/1997 and 12/31/2004, continuous health plan(More)
Sexual dysfunction is a common but often unrecognized side effect of many antidepressants. Building upon the results of a previous investigation, this study aimed to assess the prevalence and impact of antidepressant-associated sexual dysfunction (AASD) in three European countries. A cross-sectional survey of 704 adults in Germany, Spain, and The(More)
OBJECTIVE Sexual dysfunction is a common side effect of antidepressant treatment, but recognition of the problem is variable. The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence and impact of sexual dysfunction during antidepressant treatment in 2 European countries. METHOD A cross-sectional survey of 502 adults in France and the United Kingdom. All(More)
BACKGROUND Research has shown that lack of treatment adherence is a serious problem, especially among patients with psychiatric disorders. The current study was conducted to assess adherence and patient preference among individuals taking Wellbutrin SR (bupropion) for depression, as well as their interest in a once-daily formulation of bupropion. METHODS(More)
This paper examines variations between urban and rural Medicare beneficiaries in three measures of access to care: self-reported access to care, satisfaction with care received and use of services. The assessment focuses on these measures and their relationship to adjacency to metropolitan areas. Comparisons are also provided for the relative effects of(More)
BACKGROUND Current asthma guidelines emphasize domains of impairment and risk for assessing severity and control, noting the need to consider separately the effects of asthma on asthma quality of life and functional capacity. Proper treatment to control asthma should result in improvements in patient well-being and functional status. OBJECTIVE To assess(More)
Patients with asthma experience disruptions in usual activities that can impair their quality of life, and in patients whose daily routine involves an active lifestyle, these disruptions can be severe. We assessed the patient-perceived effect of treatment with fluticasone propionate/salmeterol combination (FSC), compared with fluticasone propionate (FP) or(More)
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