Patrick R. McManus

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BACKGROUND Empathy is the backbone of a positive physician-patient relationship. Physician empathy and the patient's awareness of the physician's empathic concern can lead to a more positive clinical outcome. MATERIAL/METHODS The Jefferson Scale of Physician Empathy (JSPE) was completed by 36 physicians in the Family Medicine residency program at Thomas(More)
EEG activity at the midfrontal (Fz) region was recorded during pre- and postbaselines, live hypnotic induction, arm levitation and progressive relaxation (PNR) deepening, and therapeutic ego-enhancing suggestions among 60 college student volunteers, previously screened with the Stanford Hypnotic Susceptibility Scale, Form C. Comparisons across conditions(More)
Objective: To compare the overall utilisation patterns of lipid-lowering drugs between 1990 and 1994 in Australia, Finland, Italy, Norway and Sweden as well as the pattern of use with respect to age and gender in Italy and Sweden. Methods: Data were retrieved from regulatory authorities in each country for the 5-year period and analysed according to the(More)
This article summarizes and analyzes possible explanations for the near doubling, since 1960, of the proportion of children with limitations of activity due to chronic illness as reported in the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). We examine several possible explanations for the upward trend in prevalence including: changes in survey design and(More)
This work presents the results of an experiment using a heuristic algorithm that is utilized by clients to select the closest available web server from a group of mirrors. The heuristic is based on BGP AS path lengths and can be determined without the introduction of any additional measurement traffic into the network. The results indicate this is a(More)
The present study offered a constructive replication of an earlier study which demonstrated significant increases in theta EEG activity following theta binaural beat (BB) entrainment training and significant increases in hypnotic susceptibility. This study improved upon the earlier small-sample, multiple-baseline investigation by employing a larger sample,(More)
The specialties of family practice and pediatrics, as well as the numbers of nonphysician child health practitioners, are growing much faster than is the population of children. Current figures suggest that the aggregate supply of practitioners is already adequate and will be in excess by 1990. These overall statements, however, mask the fact that(More)
The "Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981" included a number of provisions designed to reduce federal spending for health care and to increase state authority over health programs. Evidence concerning the financial condition and health care needs of children served by federally-financed health programs, and recent trends in coverage and eligibility,(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Fewer medical students are choosing to work in primary care, and it is difficult to recruit and retain physicians to work in underserved communities. Positive exposures with underserved communities are known to increase a physician's likelihood of practicing in an underserved area. While a number of medical school programs are(More)