Ivy M. Alexander

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Focus group methodology uses focused interviews to obtain information from individuals and interactions among individuals in a small group setting. In this article we share the insights we have gained from using focus group methodology in work with an under-served population of black menopausal women. This methodology holds promise for advancing our(More)
OBJECTIVE To review the evidence on adherence with bisphosphonates and evolving dosing strategies for osteoporosis treatment. DATA SOURCES Articles were identified by searching MEDLINE (1975-December 2005) using the following terms: osteoporosis, postmenopausal, fracture, adherence, compliance, persistence, drug therapy, bisphosphonates, alendronate,(More)
PURPOSE To reflect women's voices as they discussed characteristics of health care interactions and spontaneously identified problems in primary care interactions. DATA SOURCES Five successive meetings with an ethnically diverse group of eight women were held to discuss primary care interactions with nurse practitioners. Field notes, seating charts,(More)
PURPOSE This article reviews the pathophysiology of vasomotor symptoms (VMS) of menopause and current management options. DATA SOURCES Current scientific literature. CONCLUSIONS In most menopausal women, loss of ovarian function results in VMS, including hot flashes, night sweats, and mood and sleep disturbances. Hormone therapy (HT) has been the(More)
PURPOSE To explore the effect of music therapy on anxiety alleviation for antepartal women on bedrest in China. DESIGN AND METHODS One hundred and twenty patients recruited from one tertiary hospital in Changsha city, China were enrolled in a randomized controlled trial. Women in the experimental group received music therapy for 30 minutes on 3(More)
An anonymous questionnaire was mailed to all members of the Connecticut Nurse Practitioner Group, Inc. to identify their knowledge, and personal and professional experiences with alternative therapies. Of the 202 respondents (a 73% return), 78% described themselves as "slightly" or "quite" knowledgeable about alternative therapies in general and 63%(More)
PURPOSE Despite the recognized importance of patient involvement in primary care interactions, little information describing women's needs and expectations for these interactions is available. This participatory action study was based in Critical Action Theory and designed to describe any emancipatory interests that surfaced when eight ethnically diverse(More)
BACKGROUND Little is known about the prevalence and cumulative burden of coexisting health conditions including chronic joint and muscular pain, urinary incontinence (UI), depression, osteoporosis risk, moderate/severe vasomotor symptoms, and vulvar/vaginal atrophy (VVA). We surveyed a nationally representative U.S. sample of midlife (age 40-64 years) women(More)
PURPOSE To critically examine the current literature on nursing faculty practice, using the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Guidelines for Evaluation of Faculty Practice, and to examine faculty practice models' strengths, weaknesses, and barriers. DATA SOURCES Thirty-five articles describing models of faculty practice were(More)