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PURPOSE To assess the known-groups and construct validity of measures from the CHAMPS Physical Activity Questionnaire, Physical Activity Survey for the Elderly (PASE), and the Yale Physical Activity Survey (YPAS). METHODS The three questionnaires were administered to a convenience sample of older adults (N = 87) recruited from community centers and(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the usefulness of the 6-minute walk test as an integrated measure of mobility in older adults. DESIGN Observational study. SETTING Community centers and retirement homes in the Los Angeles area. PATIENTS Eighty-six older adults without significant disease. INTERVENTIONS None. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES Assessments included the(More)
The aim of this study was to characterize ambulatory healthcare utilization of older Korean Americans and its association with length of time since immigration. It was hypothesized that older Korean Americans who were recent immigrants would use outpatient physician visits less often than early immigrants. The data are from the 2000 Korean-American Health(More)
Efforts are currently underway to develop a prospective payment system for inpatient medical rehabilitation. In this study, a clinically based, condition-specific patient classification scheme was developed that includes 33 patient groupings, referred to as Functional Related Groups (FRGs). Each FRG is comprised of patients with similar clinical(More)
OBJECTIVE In Los Angeles County and Orange County, 98% of Asians with tuberculosis (TB) were foreign born; newly arrived Vietnamese immigrants had the highest TB risk: i.e. > 100 times higher than that of the USA. The study objective was to find ways to reduce the high incidence of tuberculosis among the Vietnamese by: (1) identifying and understanding the(More)
BACKGROUND "Veteran identity" is defined as veterans' self-concept that derives from his/her military experience within a sociohistorical context. Veteran identity may vary by race/ethnicity because the sociohistorical context of the military experience varies by race. OBJECTIVES To explore veteran identity and how it varies by race/ethnicity, and to(More)
Our objective was to describe racial/ethnic variations in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) ambulatory care use and its association with the presence of unmet health care needs. Using the 1992 National Survey of Veterans, we examined race/ethnicity and unmet health care need for ambulatory care users of VA and non-VA facilities. Black and Hispanic(More)
In nonveteran older adults, living alone influences outpatient care use, but its importance in the veteran population has not been well studied. The aims of this study are to describe the use of outpatient care by older veterans who live alone versus those who live with others and determine whether living alone influences outpatient use by older veterans.(More)
As the US population is aging, so too is the US veteran population. Chief among the challenges facing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is developing health programs and services that mesh with the needs of an aging veteran population and therefore improve the health status of elderly veterans. Meeting this challenge requires an understanding of the(More)
BACKGROUND The aims of this study are to determine (1) knowledge and use of preventive health practices, and (2) the relationship between acculturation and preventive health practices, in Korean women. METHODS The data came from the 2000 Korean American Health Survey (KAHS), which includes 656 women. The dependent variables included use of pap smears,(More)