Nancy Adair Birk

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OBJECTIVE To identify physician communication behaviors associated with perceptions of quality of care and predictive of positive patient outcomes. PATIENTS AND METHODS A total of 452 families seeing 48 pediatricians for a child's asthma participated. Perceptions and health care use were assessed at baseline and after 12 months through interviews and(More)
The use of quality of life (QOL) outcomes in clinical trials is increasing as a number of practical, ethical, methodological, and regulatory reasons for their use have become apparent. It is important, then, that QOL measurements and differences between QOL scores be readily interpretable. We study interpretation in two contexts: when determining QOL and(More)
In light of concerns about adherence to the 1997 National Heart Lung and Blood Institute guidelines as well as the 2002 update regarding treatment of asthma, the authors evaluate educational interventions designed to have a positive impact on pediatric patient outcomes. Social cognitive theory can provide the foundation of interventions for physicians that(More)
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