Rachel L Perlman

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BACKGROUND Health-related quality of life (QOL) is an important measure of how disease affects patients' lives. Dialysis patients have decreased QOL relative to healthy controls. Little is known about QOL in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) before renal replacement therapy. METHODS The Medical Outcomes Study Short Form-36 (SF-36), a standard QOL(More)
BACKGROUND Plasma asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA), an endogenous inhibitor of nitric oxide synthase, is significantly elevated in patients with kidney disease and is a potential risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Here, we tested whether human whole blood (WB), as in rodent blood, can accumulate free ADMA and whether this accumulation is a function(More)
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a significant public health problem: every year the number of Americans living with CKD and requiring renal replacement therapy increases. In addition, individuals with CKD have substantially increased morbidity and mortality compared to the general population. The Longitudinal Chronic Kidney Dialysis (LCKD) Study is a(More)
Several factors have been shown to influence ventricular pacing threshold in humans, including pacing lead location (endocardial vs epicardial), lead maturation, and antiarrhythmic agents. To determine whether ventricular pacing rate has a significant influence on acute and chronic pacing thresholds, we measured pacing thresholds in 16 patients receiving an(More)
Portfolios are emerging as a tool for documenting learning progression and assessing competency. ePortfolios are appealing as a portable and fluid means of documenting both learning and relevant experiences in a large number of students. Competence and learning can be especially difficult to document in important aspects of education and training, such as(More)
Kidney transplantation is currently the best treatment for end-stage renal disease, both in terms of mortality benefit and quality of life (QOL). Elderly patients are a rapidly growing subset of the kidney transplant waiting list. While it is clear that elderly individuals have a mortality benefit from kidney transplant, it is less clear how to make sure(More)
PURPOSE Physicians and their spouses experience challenges to their relationships, some of which are shared with the general population and others of which are unique to the field of medicine. Trainees and junior faculty members remain curious about how they will balance their careers alongside marriage and family obligations. This study explores the(More)
PURPOSE To use qualitative analysis of interview transcripts with clinician-educators who facilitate small-group discussions on psychosocial themes--including doctoring--to answer the question, "What impact does facilitating small-group discussions of the patient's experience with chronic illness, the doctor-patient relationship, and doctoring have on(More)