P M Balson

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A retrospective attitude questionnaire was administered to 70 of 157 graduating seniors at the end of the medical school year. Students perceived that they became more cynical during medical education. In addition, they perceived that they were more concerned with making money, more concerned for patients, and more helpful. These findings relate to the(More)
The authors describe the relationship of three coping styles to affective state (mood) and perceived social support in 29 human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected homosexual/bisexual men between the ages of 18 and 45 years. Active-behavioral coping was significantly related to enhanced mood and greater perceived social support. Avoidance coping was(More)
PURPOSE To educate health care practitioners about medication compliance by having them play the role of patients who have been placed on a medication regimen. METHODS In 1988, ten physicians and ten nurses working in the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Clinical Trials Unit of Tulane University and Louisiana State University participated in a(More)
Information about male customers of male prostitutes, including sociodemographic and life-style characteristics, sexual and drug use behaviors, and knowledge about HIV infection were collected from a convenience sample of 211 male street prostitutes and a convenience sample of 15 male customers as part of a feasibility study. Data from these two groups(More)
This study evaluated twenty-nine symptomatic and asymptomatic HIV-infected homosexual/bisexual men between eighteen and forty-five in the areas of psychiatric/psychosocial, neuropsychological, family, and immunological functioning. The subjects were referred by physicians, nurses, and mental health professionals from the Tulane/Louisiana State University(More)
Two hundred and eleven New Orleans male street prostitutes were interviewed and tested for antibodies to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The subjects' lifestyle characteristics and their sex and drug use practices were evaluated to determine the prostitutes' potential to function as a vector for transmission of HIV into populations with currently(More)
A study of subject compliance within an experimental anti-HIV drug protocol was conducted with 40 asymptomatic HIV seropositive persons participating in a double-blind, placebo controlled trial of the effectiveness of ZDV. Subject compliance was assessed through the use of study nurse independent ratings. The 20 most compliant and 20 least compliant(More)
Two hundred and eleven male street prostitutes were interviewed and administered the SCL 90-R psychological symptom checklist. When compared to nonpatient normals, male prostitutes exhibited significantly higher levels of psychopathology. However, when compared to adult psychiatric outpatients, male prostitutes exhibited significantly less psychopathology(More)
A survey of 189 Louisiana teenagers and 80 Louisiana family physicians revealed that the teenagers overwhelmingly preferred to learn about acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) from a physician. This result stimulated an interest in learning whether family physicians shared adolescents' opinions that they are the best teachers for AIDS education and(More)