Malaika Edwards

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Staff who have negative attitudes about behavioral treatments are less likely to implement them. Previous research suggests that negative attitudes are associated with staff burnout and perceived collegial support. A path analysis is conducted in this study to determine the direction of these effects. Ninety staff members who work in treatment programs for(More)
Staff who provide services for persons with severe mental illness often have pessimistic attitudes about adopting behavioral innovations for their programs. Thirty-five staff members in psychiatric residential programs participated in eight months of interactive staff training, an organizational development strategy that helps the rehabilitation team(More)
This study examined the outcomes associated with shortening hospital stays for geriatric inpatients with dementia at a Veterans Administration medical center. Thirty-three patients who were admitted after January 1997, when the hospital decided to reduce patients' lengths of stay, were matched with 33 patients who were admitted before January 1997. Despite(More)
The prevalence of depression is 20%-30% for people living with HIV, and while it is associated with poorer adherence to antiretrovirals, it is often unrecognized by medical providers. Although it has been challenging for some health care settings to develop consistent depression screening mechanisms, it is feasible to create screening protocols using the(More)
OBJECTIVE To report on the prevalence of psychiatric comorbidity and its association with illness severity in depressed HIV patients. METHODS As part of a multi-site randomized controlled trial of depression treatment for HIV patients, 304 participants meeting criteria for current Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) were assessed for other mood, anxiety and(More)
PHQ-9 data from persons living with HIV (PLWH, n = 4099) being screened for depression in three clinics in the southeastern USA were used to determine the prevalence of suicidal ideation (SI). SI was reported by 352 (8.6 %); associated with <3 years since HIV diagnosis (1.69; 95 %CI 1.35, 2.13), and HIV RNA >50 copies/ml (1.70, 95 %CI 1.35, 2.14). Data from(More)
OBJECTIVE Depression is common among patients in HIV care and is associated with worse HIV-related health behaviors and outcomes. Effective depression treatment is available, yet depression remains widely underdiagnosed and undertreated in HIV care. METHODS As part of a multisite, randomized trial of depression treatment in HIV clinical care, the(More)
Previous investigations have identified staff beliefs about barriers to implementing behavioral interventions in programs for persons with severe mental illness. One of these barriers, institutional constraints, was found to be associated with collegial support; i.e., staff who report more collegial support were less likely to endorse institutional(More)
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