Michael T. Weaver

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CONTEXT Performance feedback and benchmarking, common tools for health care improvement, are rarely studied in randomized trials. Achievable Benchmarks of Care (ABCs) are standards of excellence attained by top performers in a peer group and are easily and reproducibly calculated from existing performance data. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effectiveness of(More)
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the preliminary efficacy and satisfaction/acceptability of training in memory or speed of processing versus wait-list control for improving cognitive function in breast cancer survivors. 82 breast cancer survivors completed a three-group randomized, controlled trial. Primary outcomes were objective(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Social problem-solving therapy shows promise as an intervention to improve the well-being of family caregivers. There is some evidence that training in problem solving may be effectively delivered by telephone. The purpose of this study was to quantify the impact of social problem-solving telephone partnerships on primary family(More)
AIM This paper presents a study to ascertain the relationship between exercise participation and selected personal factors, perceived benefits of and barriers to exercise, perceived self-efficacy, perceived social support, job demands and motivation. Factors that were the best predictors of exercise participation among Thai female hospital nurses were(More)
PURPOSE This study examined polymorphisms at the loci HLA-DQB1, HLA-DRB1, TNFa microsatellite, and D6S89, all which lie within or telomeric to the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) and the apolipoprotein E (APOE) and THO-1 loci in premenopausal African-American women (AAW) for their association with known coronary heart disease (CHD) risk factors. The(More)
The purpose of this study was to identify the major problems and associated feelings experienced by family caregivers of stroke survivors during the first month after returning home. Safety, difficulty in managing activities of daily living, and cognitive, behavioral and emotional changes of stroke survivors (for example, mood swings, lack of motivation,(More)
The goals of this study were to determine the rate of adherence to exercise treatment of hypercholesterolemia and to identify personality and demographic factors associated with adherence. Of the 31 subjects entering the 26-week program, 12 attended 80% or more of the scheduled sessions. Adherence was positively associated with the perceived seriousness of(More)
OBJECTIVE The principal objective was to examine pain disability (the degree to which chronic pain interferes with daily activities) among older adults with arthritis. Specifically, answers to two research questions were sought: (a) Does psychological distress reliably predict pain disability; and (b) do certain theoretically important host,(More)
Although stress is known to exacerbate asthma, the underlying mechanisms are unclear. Using a murine model of allergic asthma, Th1 (interleukin [IL]-2 and gamma-interferon [IFN-γ]) and Th2 (IL-4 and IL-5) airway cytokine responses and Th1:Th2 cytokine ratios to acute and repeated stress were examined in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF). Asthmatic mice(More)
Treatment of pain is common to all nurse practitioners' practices. One treatment method appropriate for use by the nurse practitioner is acupressure. Upon reviewing the professional literature, a paucity of information on acupressure was discovered. This article uses acupuncture theory and research to provide a theoretical basis for the use and study of(More)