Naomi D Nelson

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OBJECTIVE To identify and compare the primary existential, physical, and psychosocial stressors affecting patients with ALS and their caregivers. Health care providers, together with patients and their caregivers, are challenged to identify both physical and psychosocial concerns that have the greatest impact on quality of life over the course of a serious(More)
We evaluated patient-proxy agreement in a population of veterans with Parkinson's disease and compared levels of agreement by patient subgroups. Patient and caregiver pairs completed questionnaires composed of standard measures and additional demographic and activity questions. Participants completed the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients and their caregivers on measures of quality of life (QOL), depression, and their attitudes toward treatment options. METHODS Over a 14-month period, we analyzed responses from 27 ALS patients and 19 ALS caregivers as they arrived at the Department of Neurology, Baylor College of Medicine,(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess and compare quality of life (QOL) for two groups of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS): (1) those reporting a more positive quality of life and (2) those reporting a more negative quality of life. METHODS One hundred patients with ALS participated in this cross-sectional, descriptive study conducted in an ALS clinic.(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine wheelchair types and features that are most beneficial to patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), to ascertain at what stage of disease and disability patients benefit from wheelchair use, and to pinpoint the differences in patient characteristics between the users of manual and motorized wheelchairs. DESIGN Internally(More)
Movement disorder specialists have limited information on the specifics of how patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) spend their time. We deemed it important to examine the relationships among activity and daily energy expenditure (DEE), non-motor symptoms, and body mass index in veterans with PD who were outpatients at a Veterans Affairs medical center.(More)
BACKGROUND For Parkinson's disease (PD) patients, adherence to a regular PD medication schedule is important in achieving optimal symptom control. There are few published studies quantifying PD medication administrations in hospitalized PD patients. METHODS Hospitalization records for 100 veterans with idiopathic PD and admitted to our center were(More)
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