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 authors review the preclinical and clinical results of the ligand-targeted toxin conjugate Transferrin-CRM107 (Tf-CRM107), for the treatment of malignant gliomas. Tf-CRM107 is a conjugate protein of diphtheria toxin with a point mutation (CRM107) linked by a thioester bond to human transferrin (Tf). This conjugate exhibits potent cytotoxicity in vitro(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)
CONTEXT Recent hospital reductions in registered nurses (RNs) for hospital care raise concerns about patient outcomes. OBJECTIVE Assess the association of nurse staffing with in-hospital mortality for patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). DESIGN, SETTING, AND PATIENTS Medical record review data from the 1994-1995 Cooperative Cardiovascular(More)
Given that children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more impulsive than peers, this study explored whether they are correspondingly more creative, and whether creativity declines when impulsivity is decreased through methylphenidate (Ritalin) therapy. A repeated-measures quasi-experimental design was used to compare the performance(More)
OBJECTIVE To present a rare case of a radiation-induced malignancy after stereotactic radiosurgery. CLINICAL PRESENTATION A 34-year-old woman presented with headaches. Imaging studies demonstrated a 4.5-cm arteriovenous malformation located in the pineal region. She was treated with a two-isocenter plan to a total dose of 1500 cGy prescribed to the 70%(More)
Adoption of clinical decision support (CDS) systems leads to improved clinical performance through improved clinician decision making, adherence to evidence-based guidelines, medical error reduction, and more efficient information transfer and to reduction in health care disparities in under-resourced settings. However, little information on CDS use in the(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore the relationships among impulse control, diabetes-specific self-efficacy, and diabetes management behaviors among emerging adults with type 1 diabetes. METHODS A total of 204 high school seniors (M = 18.25 years, SD = .45, 55.9% females) with type 1 diabetes self-reported on impulse control, diabetes-specific self-efficacy, and(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)
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES To examine relationships among demographic variables, healthcare system distrust, lung cancer stigma, smoking status, and timing of medical help-seeking behavior in individuals with symptoms suggestive of lung cancer after controlling for ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and social desirability. DESIGN Descriptive, cross-sectional,(More)