Laura Robbins

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BACKGROUND Patients' expectations of medical care are linked to their requests for treatment and to their assessments of outcome and satisfaction. Our goals were to measure patients" preoperative expectations of knee surgery and to develop and test patient-derived knee expectations surveys. METHODS An initial sample of 377 patients (mean age, 54.6 18.2(More)
OBJECTIVE To document values, attitudes, and beliefs that influence behavior change among a diverse group of patients post-angioplasty. METHODS Purposive and maximum-variation sampling were used to assemble a demographically diverse patient cohort (N=61) who had been successful or unsuccessful at post-angioplasty multibehavior change. Semistructured(More)
OBJECTIVE This study explored the perspectives of hypertensive African-American patients, in 2 primary care practices, regarding the factors they perceived as barriers or facilitators of adherence to prescribed antihypertensive medications. DESIGN This qualitative study used a grounded theory methodology with data collection occurring through in-depth(More)
Patients' preoperative expectations of shoulder surgery affect both the decision to proceed with surgery and how patients assess outcomes of surgery. Our goals were to identify patients' expectations of shoulder surgery, to develop and test a patient-derived shoulder surgery expectations survey, and to determine the prevalence of major expectations by(More)
Preliminary evidence indicates that asthma patients limit exercise and healthy lifestyle activities to avoid respiratory symptoms. This self-imposed decrease in activity, even among those with mild disease, may predispose to long-term general health risks. The objectives of this qualitative study were to determine patients' views about exercise and(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether social network experience and perceptions of benefit of arthritis treatments influence the decision to seek diagnosis and treatment. METHODS A population-based telephone survey of 515 black and 455 white Medicare beneficiaries was conducted. Validated questionnaires adapted for use in a telephone interview were used to(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective was to elicit patients' perceptions regarding the meaning of hypertension and to identify the personal, social, and environmental factors that might influence their perceptions. DESIGN Qualitative study. SETTING Adult ambulatory care practice PARTICIPANTS African American patients with uncontrolled hypertension. (More)
Aggressive treatment protocols in pediatric oncology have major effects on the lives of children with cancer. The effects of lifestyle changes such as hospitalization and home schooling on quality of life have not been investigated. This study explores lifestyle effects of cancer therapy on the quality of life of children with cancer. The goals of this(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine religious and nonreligious coping methods among persons with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). To identify positive and negative religious coping methods and personal characteristics associated with them. METHODS Persons with RA (n = 181) completed a religious coping questionnaire, 6 subscales from a nonreligious coping inventory, and a(More)