Joseph Woelfel

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Spoken user interfaces are conventionally either dialogue based or menu-based. In this paper we propose a third approach, in which the task of invoking responses from the system is treated as one of retrieval from the set of all possible responses. Unlike conventional spoken user interfaces that return a unique response to the user, the proposed interface(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this paper is to explore better use of pharmacists in rural communities as a partial solution to scarcity of physicians and other health care providers. It discusses expected reduction in public subsidies for rural health care and the changing market for pharmacists. The paper emphasizes the use of pharmacists as a backdrop for(More)
A majority of spoken user interfaces deal with the task of retrieving an element from a list. Conventionally, spoken UIs deal with such tasks through hierarchies of menus or dialogs, that navigate users through a series of steps, each of which present them with a limited set of choices. In a recent paper [2] we presented an alternative approach to such UIs,(More)
BACKGROUND Medication adherence is crucial for positive outcomes in the management of chronic conditions. Comprehensive medication consultation can improve medication adherence by addressing intentional and unintentional nonadherence. The Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit has eliminated some cost barriers. We sought to examine variables that impact(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess Medicare beneficiaries' willingness-to-pay (WTP) for medication therapy management (MTM) services and determine sociodemographic and clinical characteristics influencing this payment amount. DESIGN A cross-sectional, descriptive study design was adopted to elicit Medicare beneficiaries' WTP for MTM. SETTING Nine outreach events in(More)
Previous research identified three important issues of relevance to forest peopleÕs roles in sustainable forest management which we address here: the presence of a Òconservation ethicÓ, a feeling of closeness to the forest, and a significant forest-culture link. In this paper we examine a method (the Galileo), recently pre-tested for this purpose in West(More)
OBJECTIVE Medicare beneficiaries have unique health-related challenges causing significant impact on quality of life. This study examined the overall health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and differences in HRQOL between subgroups of an ambulatory Medicare beneficiary population. METHODS Nine outreach events were held during the 2011 Medicare Part D(More)
BACKGROUND The substitution of generic treatment alternatives for brand-name drugs is a strategy that can help lower Medicare beneficiary out-of-pocket costs. Beginning in 2011, Medicare beneficiaries reaching the coverage gap received a 50% discount on the full drug cost of brand-name medications and a 7% discount on generic medications filled during the(More)