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OBJECTIVE To determine the relationships between BMI and workforce participation and the presence of work limitations in a U.S. working-age population. RESEARCH METHODS AND PROCEDURES We used data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, a nationwide prospective cohort, to estimate the effect of obesity in 1986 on employment and work limitations in 1999.(More)
BACKGROUND Adherence to inhaled corticosteroids (ICSs) is known to be poor among patients with asthma; however, little is known about patients who do not fill their ICS prescriptions (ie, primary nonadherence). OBJECTIVE To estimate rates of primary nonadherence and to explore associated factors. METHODS The study population was members of a large(More)
AIMS The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between a specific glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) measurement and a pharmaceutical dispensings-based measure of adherence calculated over the 90 days before each HbA1c measure among patients who have newly initiated metformin therapy. METHODS We identified 3109 people with type 2 diabetes who(More)
AIM To estimate the rate of adherence to oral antihyperglycemic monotherapy for patients with type 2 diabetes in the US and describe factors associated with adherence in these patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS In this retrospective cohort analysis, patients aged 18 years or older with a type 2 diabetes diagnosis received between 1 January 2007 and 31 March(More)
This study examined the effect of job-related health insurance on employment transitions (labor force exits, reductions in hours, and job changes) of older working cancer survivors. Using multivariate models, we compared longitudinal data for the period 1997-2002 from the Penn State Cancer Survivor Study to similar data for workers with no cancer history in(More)
BACKGROUND Statin combination therapy and statin uptitration have been shown to be efficacious in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) lowering and are recommended for patients with high-risk coronary heart disease (CHD) who do not reach guideline-endorsed LDL-C goals on statin monotherapy. OBJECTIVE This analysis evaluated treatment practice(More)
BACKGROUND Employment and work-related disability were investigated in a cohort of adult cancer survivors who were working when they were diagnosed from 1997 to 1999 with a variety of cancers. Employment from the time of diagnosis through the early years of survivorship was studied, self-reported effects of cancer survival on disability and employment were(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies have shown differences in adherence to inhaled corticosteroids (ICSs) by race-ethnicity, yet little is known about factors that contribute to adherence within these groups. Environmental stressors, such as crime exposure, which has been associated with asthma morbidity, might also predict ICS adherence. OBJECTIVE We sought to(More)
BACKGROUND Primary nonadherence to a medication occurs when a drug is prescribed but the patient fails to pick the prescription up from the pharmacy. Managed care organizations that provide integrated care using electronic medical records (EMR) are an ideal setting to study primary nonadherence.  OBJECTIVE To identify patient and provider characteristics(More)
OBJECTIVES To identify self-reported reasons for not filling a new prescription for statin therapy. STUDY DESIGN A cross-sectional telephone survey. METHODS Potential participants were identified from a randomized, controlled trial among Kaiser Permanente Southern California (KPSC) members aged >24 years with no record of redeeming a new statin(More)