Mary Lynn Brecht

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PURPOSE To describe the quality of life (QOL) among survivors of non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). PATIENTS AND METHODS One hundred forty-two 5-year minimum self-reported disease-free survivors of NSCLC completed QOL instruments (QOL-Survivor and Medical Outcomes Study 36-Item Short Form [SF-36]) and assessments of emotional distress (Center for(More)
BACKGROUND Adolescent pregnancy and parenting remain a major public concern because of their impact on maternal-child health and on the social and economic well-being of the nation. Federal welfare reform legislation has created an urgent need for community-based nursing intervention programs to improve health and social outcomes for disadvantaged(More)
PURPOSE To describe respiratory symptoms and pulmonary function among long-term survivors of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), and their relationship to quality of life (QOL). METHODS Cross-sectional survey of disease-free, 5-year minimum survivors of NSCLC (n = 142; 54% women; average age, 71 years); the majority (74%) had received a lobectomy.(More)
The efficacy of developmental intervention in the neonatal intensive care unit for mothers of preterm infants with low socioeconomic status was evaluated. Mothers were assigned to an experimental group in which they met at least weekly with an infant-development specialist or to a control group in which they did not. During the sessions, they participated(More)
PURPOSE To compare effects of an early intervention program (EIP) of intense home visitation by public health nurses (PHNs) with effects of traditional public health nursing care (TPHN) on infant health and selected maternal outcomes of adolescent mothers. METHODS EIP adolescents (N = 102) received preparation-for-motherhood classes and individual home(More)
OBJECTIVE Theory and some preliminary evidence suggest that contingency management may be an effective treatment strategy or adjunct to psychosocial treatment for methamphetamine use disorders. An experimentally rigorous investigation on the topic was provided by a large multisite trial conducted under the auspices of the Clinical Trials Network of the(More)
BACKGROUND Lung cancer survivors are at an increased risk for recurrence and the development of secondary tumors and other comorbid conditions. However, little is known about lung cancer survivors' risk behaviors and the effect of these behaviors on overall health perceptions. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to describe the prevalence of health(More)
This study compared similarities and differences in social support among black, Hispanic, and white pregnant adolescents and determined if support related to prenatal attachment. Participants (n = 161) completed Norbeck's Social Support Questionnaire (NSSQ), the Maternal Fetal-Attachment Scale and a background questionnaire. Black pregnant adolescents were(More)
AIMS This study examined drug use patterns and severity among native-Israeli and former Soviet Union (FSU) immigrants in Israel who reported heroin use. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS a total of 272 native Israelis and 300 FSU heroin users were interviewed from 2002 to 2006 as part of a large drug use surveillance study in Israel. Individuals were(More)