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BACKGROUND A number of publications focusing on health care workers (HCWs) during a severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak have suggested that HCWs experienced psychological distress, particularly increased levels of posttraumatic stress symptomatology (PTSS). Factors contributing to increased distress in HCWs working in high-risk areas treating(More)
As a transmissible infectious disease, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) was successfully contained globally by instituting widespread quarantine measures. Although these measures were successful in terminating the outbreak in all areas of the world, the adverse effects of quarantine have not previously been determined in a systematic manner. In this(More)
BACKGROUND Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) became a global epidemic in 2003. Comprehensive information on 1-year outcomes and health care utilization is lacking. Research conducted during the SARS outbreak may help inform research planning for future public health emergencies. The objective of this study was to evaluate the 1-year outcomes in(More)
One hundred patients referred to a teaching hospital breast clinic for as yet undiagnosed breast masses were interviewed during their first visits and prior to assessment by a surgeon. Baseline measures of mental state and coping style were obtained. Despite the purpose of their visits, 74 of the patients were "nonidentifiers" of the breast lump as a(More)
Delirium affects approximately 20% to 25% of patients undergoing cardiac surgery and is particularly common in older adults. This article reviews the etiology and risk factors for delirium associated with cardiac surgery in older adults. Delirium screening, prevention, and treatment strategies, including both pharmacological and nonpharmacological(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to determine the relationship between the time to referral (TTR) to psychiatric consultation and the length of stay (LOS) after adjusting for medical comorbity. METHODS Using a naturalistic study design, we collected and analyzed inpatient consultation-liaison psychiatry service data over a 12-month period from 2(More)
PURPOSE Administrative electronic databases are highly specific for postoperative complications, but they lack sensitivity. The objective of this study was to determine the incidence of delirium after cardiac surgery using a targeted prospectively collected dataset and to compare the findings with the incidence of delirium in the same cohort of patients(More)
Heritable cancer risk assessment is an increasingly common method of deriving valuable information relevant to deciding on appropriate screening regimens and preventive treatments. Assessments of heritable risk typically include familial-genetic evaluation, where analyses relate family pedigree to cancer risk, and DNA testing, where analyses indicate(More)
BACKGROUND Postoperative delirium (POD) is a serious complication after cardiac surgery. Use of dexmedetomidine to prevent delirium is controversial. The authors hypothesized that dexmedetomidine sedation after cardiac surgery would reduce the incidence of POD. METHODS After institutional ethics review board approval, and informed consent, a(More)