Nancy E. McMurray

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The experience of stress is commonly implicated in the onset and maintenance of psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. Previous studies that have addressed this relationship have had mixed results and serious methodological flaws associated with study design are common. One central limitation is the over-reliance on the experience of life events as a(More)
Caring for a family member or friend dying of cancer can be extremely stressful. Past research identified that lay caregivers frequently report unmet needs related to guidance and support to assist them to provide care. This study sought to extend prior needs-based research towards the development of a new nursing intervention focused on the guidance and(More)
A growing body of research indicates that the stress system, and its interactions with the immune system, play a pivotal role in the aetiology and progression of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The stress system has multiple levels and comprises physiological, psychological and environmental components. However, most investigations in RA that involve the stress(More)
Psychological models of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders suggest that poor coping responses to life stressors and to symptoms of illness is central to their development and maintenance and influences recovery. These models are widely accepted and inform psychological treatments for psychotic disorders. In this paper, 85 studies that explore how(More)
Schizophrenic patients with severe negative symptoms may have an impaired capacity to benefit from social skills training (SST), and their negative symptoms may show little change as a result of SST. The present study, employing a multiple-baseline design across-behaviors with three patients who had prominent negative schizophrenic symptoms, combined(More)
OBJECTIVE Several reviews of the treatment of acute low back pain have been published in the past and have formed the basis of clinical guidelines. However, these lack consistency in some areas and valid data in others. As the literature in this field has continued to expand, the present review was undertaken to establish whether the guidelines in current(More)
This article examines the predictive value of measures of health locus of control and self-efficacy as predictors of outcomes of a widely disseminated, group-facilitated smoking cessation program. Outcomes studied were cessation for at least 1 day by the end of the program, end of program smoking status (abstinence), and smoking status at 6 months(More)
Two nursing self-efficacy scales (academic and clinical) were developed and refined for use in identifying problems in progress in undergraduate nurses. Emergent factors within each scale contained items representing important aspects of nursing education. Both measures showed good internal consistency, test-retest reliability, and construct validity.(More)
Seven-hundred and sixty dentists, selected randomly from all States and Territories except Victoria, responded to a questionnaire survey on beliefs, attitudes and the techniques used in the management of children with anxiety or behaviour problems. The most common techniques used were permitting the child some degree of control over terminating treatment if(More)
Both coumarin (1,2-benzopyrone) and warfarin (4-hydroxycoumarin) have been shown to prevent the recurrence of malignant melanoma. Their action is macrophage-dependent and the dosage is critical. In 1984 a multicentre, prospective, randomised, double-blind trial of coumarin, given as a daily 50-mg dose for 2 years after surgery in patients with high-risk(More)