Katherine R. Jones

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BACKGROUND We conducted a prospective cohort study to determine whether there are differences in functional health status between patients with low (< 10.9 mg/dL) and high (> or = 10.9 mg/dL) serum calcium levels before surgical correction of primary hyperparathyroidism (HPT) and to compare changes in health status after correction of primary HPT. METHODS(More)
Older adults in nursing homes experience pain that is often underassessed and undertreated. Visual analog pain-intensity scales, recommended for widespread use in adults, do not work well in the older adult population. A variety of other tools are in use, including the Verbal Descriptor Scale, the Faces Pain Scale (FPS), and the Numeric Rating Scale. These(More)
Seventeen counties in northern California experienced epizootics of high mortality in the mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) population during the latter half of 1993. Thirteen deer submitted to the California Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory System as part of this natural die-off had systemic adenovirus infection. Pulmonary edema was present in all 13 deer.(More)
The effect of a proton pump inhibitor on gastrointestinal (GI) microbiota was evaluated. Eight healthy 9-month-old dogs (four males and four females) received omeprazole (1.1 mg kg(-1) ) orally twice a day for 15 days. Fecal samples and endoscopic biopsies from the stomach and duodenum were obtained on days 30 and 15 before omeprazole administration, on day(More)
PURPOSE Effective pain management remains a serious problem in the nursing home setting. Barriers to achieving optimal pain practices include staff knowledge deficits, biases, and attitudes that influence assessment and management of the residents' pain. DESIGN AND METHODS Twelve nursing homes participated in this intervention study: six treatment homes(More)
BACKGROUND Pain prevalence in nursing homes remains high, with multiple resident, staff, and physician barriers presenting serious challenges to its improvement. AIMS The study aims were to (1) develop and test a multifaceted, culturally competent intervention to improve nursing home pain practices; (2) improve staff, resident, and physician knowledge and(More)
OBJECTIVES To test a tool for screening the quality of nursing home (NH) pain medication prescribing. DESIGN Validity and reliability of measurement tool developed for a pre/postintervention with untreated comparison group. SETTING Six treatment NHs and six comparison NHs in rural and urban Colorado. PARTICIPANTS NH staff, physicians, and repeated 20%(More)
Migrant populations may be particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases and often need special considerations in terms of health care. In particular, migrant populations can be at high risk for HIV infection, in part due to lack of education about disease acquisition. This study evaluated knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about HIV/AIDS as well as risk(More)
In order to determine the importance of wild felids in the epidemiology of Bartonella spp. infection, 136 Nobuto strips or serum samples from free-ranging mountain lions (Felis concolor) and bobcats (Felis rufus) captured in California (USA) between 1985 and 1996 were tested for B. henselae antibodies (titer > or = 1:64) using an immunofluorescence test.(More)