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This study evaluated the effectiveness and coaching labor requirements of a web-based automated telehealth (TH) messaging program compared with standard of care (SOC) in newly diagnosed patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). In this non-blinded, multicenter, prospective study, all patients were started on continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the independent and joint effects of genetic factors and environmental variables on advanced forms of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), including geographic atrophy and choroidal neovascularization, and to develop a predictive model with genetic and environmental factors included. METHODS Demographic information, including age(More)
INTRODUCTION Neurosurgery remains among the highest malpractice risk specialties. This study aimed to identify areas in neurosurgery associated with litigation, attendant causes and costs. METHODS Retrospective analysis was conducted of 42 closed litigation cases treated by neurosurgeons at one hospital between March 2004 and March 2013. Data included(More)
Reduced activity levels are a frequently encountered problem among chronic pain patients which has been shown to be responsive to exercise quota systems. This study extends the knowledge of exercise quota systems by examining their effects on beliefs relevant to exercise avoidance. Results indicate that exercise quota systems produce systematic increases in(More)
The effects of setting exercise quotas were examined using 26 subjects with chronic pain. The subjects were participants in a residential treatment program. Each subject was assigned a group of exercises to perform twice daily. A single subject multiple baseline design across responses was used to evaluate treatment effects. The data analysis revealed that(More)
Hospital records from 40 back pain patients in private rooms and 40 back pain patients in semi-private rooms were reviewed to determine: (a) if patients in private rooms used more narcotics than patients in semi-private rooms; and (b) whether room type was a predictive variable for narcotic utilization. Patients in private rooms were found to be more likely(More)
Changes in self-reported pain ratings were assessed in 95 chronic pain patients from data collected at three times: pretreatment evaluation, initial days of treatment and final days of treatment. These data were collected separately for regular, sporadic and nonusers of narcotic medication. Each patient completed a four-week interdisciplinary behaviorally(More)
A 53-year-old woman with chronic back pain manifesting urinary frequency and incomplete voiding, presumably due to epidural scarring, was treated with standard TENS. Magnitude of residual urine and urinary frequency were decreased to acceptable limits and maintained in the absence of TENS treatment, allowing discontinuance of daily catheterization.
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