Laura Shane-McWhorter

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A random sample of 176 patients seen at least once during 1997 in a University hospital outpatient clinic serving rheumatology and geriatric patients were surveyed in a telephone interview to determine the prevalence of, and reasons for taking, alternative medications. Interviews were conducted from November 1997-March 1998. The survey elicited information(More)
With the increase in cases of diabetes, many patients are using dietary supplements in an attempt to improve diabetes control. It is estimated that one third of patients with diabetes use some type of dietary supplement or complementary and alternative medicine treatment. Dietary supplements have active pharmacologic ingredients that are not only(More)
BACKGROUND The expanding role of technology to augment diabetes care and management highlights the need for clinicians to learn about these new tools. As these tools continue to evolve and enhance improved outcomes, it is imperative that clinicians consider the role of telemonitoring, or remote monitoring, in patient care. This article describes a(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective was 2-fold: (1) to evaluate the feasibility and value of developing a Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) subcommittee aimed at scientifically evaluating complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) products for an integrated managed care organization (IMCO) and (2) to assess provider acceptance and usefulness of a CAM guide. METHODS(More)
A wide range of products claiming to lower blood glucose levels or prevent and treat diabetes complications and comorbidities are marketed to the public. Yet many individuals with diabetes are reluctant to inform their health care providers of complementary therapy use. As the nutrition experts on diabetes care teams, registered dietitians, in conjunction(More)
BACKGROUND The goal of this review was to assess the state of the published literature on health economics and compliance of vials/syringes versus pen devices. METHODS A literature search was performed using the Embase search engine for publications that linked drug terms (insulin and insulin lispro) to disease terms (insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus,(More)
Levonorgestrel implants (Norplant) are an alternative to oral contraceptives and medroxyprogesterone acetate intramuscular injections. An interaction may exist between levonorgestrel and agents that induce the hepatic microsomal enzyme system. A 21-year-old woman with a history of a seizure disorder, treated with phenobarbital, who received levonorgestrel(More)
OBJECTIVE To quantify adverse events (AEs) associated with the use of metformin (MET), sulphonylureas (SUs) and thiazolidinediones (TZDs) in a usual care setting, and to assess the relationship of AEs to treatment patterns and glycaemic response in patients with type 2 diabetes. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS An electronic medical record database was used to(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess clinical outcomes (glycosylated hemoglobin [A1C], blood pressure, and lipids) and other measurements (disease state knowledge, adherence, and self-efficacy) associated with the use of approved telemonitoring devices to expand and improve chronic disease management of patients with diabetes, with or without hypertension. SETTING Four(More)