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The authors identified correlates of active suicidal ideation and passive death ideation in older primary care patients with depression, anxiety, and at-risk alcohol use. Participants included 2,240 older primary care patients (age 65+), who were identified in three mutually exclusive groups on the basis of responses to the Paykel suicide questions: No(More)
BACKGROUND Alcohol misuse is a growing public health concern for older adults, particularly among primary care patients. OBJECTIVES To determine alcohol consumption patterns and the characteristics associated with at-risk drinking in a large sample of elderly primary care patients. DESIGN Cross-sectional analysis of multisite screening data from 6 VA(More)
BACKGROUND Oral anticoagulation therapy is the primary tool in reducing stroke risk in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation but is underused. Patients nonpersistent with therapy contribute to this underuse. The objective of this study was to compare persistence rates in newly diagnosed nonvalvular atrial fibrillation patients treated with warfarin(More)
PURPOSE This article presents a summary of an earlier monograph on the recruitment and retention of older ethnic minority individuals. DESIGN AND METHODS The authors provide an overview of recruitment and retention efforts made by six National Institutes of Health Office of Minority Research/National Institute on Aging-funded Centers on Minority Aging and(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies have shown that integrated behavioral health services for older adults in primary care improves health outcomes. No study, however, has asked the opinions of clinicians whose patients actually experienced integrated rather than enhanced referral care for depression and other conditions. METHOD The Primary Care Research in(More)
The aim of this study was to assess peripheral muscle strength in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) using a simple test and to look for correlation with function variables, physiological strength variables and quality of life parameters. Twenty-three COPD patients with moderate to severe air-flow limitation (FEV1 = 39 +/- 12%) in(More)
PURPOSE Real-world healthcare resource utilization and costs were compared among patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) receiving either dabigatran or warfarin. METHODS A retrospective cohort study was conducted using administrative claims data from the United States Department of Defense (DOD) Military Health System. Patients with newly(More)
Our aim was to assess the efficacy after 6 months of combined smoking cessation therapy using nicotine substitution with both chewing gum and patches. Sixty-six (25 women, 41 men) heavy smokers (38.04 packs/year and 8.42 mean score on Fagerström test) were followed between September 1995 and March 1997. Most patients were referred by respiratory, cardiology(More)
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