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The objective of this study was to evaluate the value of an intensive telephone follow-up as an additional component of a diabetes disease management program already shown to be effective in improving glycemic control, adherence with American Diabetes Association (ADA) standards of care, and health-related quality of life (HRQOL). The study involved a(More)
OBJECTIVE This study was conducted to determine the relative value of selected variables for predicting three acute hospital outcomes (length of stay, charges, discharge destination) after stroke. DESIGN Data were obtained prospectively from 92 patients admitted with ischemic stroke to an acute care hospital. The relationship between five independent(More)
The purpose of this study was to examine the reliability and validity of the Short Form (SF)-12 and to determine its ability to detect changes in health related quality of life (HRQOL) following stroke. The study involved a cohort of 90 patients admitted with an ischemic stroke to a hospital in the northeastern United States. The items of the SF-12 were(More)
Individuals with chronic disease are not screened routinely for depression. Availability of an abbreviated test with demonstrated reliability and validity might encourage screening so we explored the reliability and validity of a 5-item subset of the 20-item Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale among inner-city outpatients with chronic asthma(More)
Although the Short Form (SF)-12 has been used previously to characterize the health related quality of life of patients with stroke, its test-retest reliability has not been described for such patients. We, therefore, examined this reliability in 31 patients (mean age=66.5 years) who experienced an ischemic stroke 3-12 months previously. Patients were(More)
Despite the value of kidney transplantation for patients with renal failure, transplantation is sometimes accompanied by untoward consequences and considerable resource utilization. The identification of modifiable factors contributing to resource utilization is, therefore, important. This exploratory study of kidney transplant patients had two purposes:(More)
Numerous articles describe barriers to nurses conducting research and achieving evidence-based practice as well as strategies for overcoming barriers. The Research Roundtable format is one such strategy. It is an interactive means for providing novice nurse researchers and nursing students with the skill sets required to drive application of existing(More)
Little is known about the role of psychological factors in the functional recovery process of hip fracture patients. This study employed a prospective cohort design to test the hypothesis that hospitalized hip fracture patients with greater reported self-efficacy for conducting rehabilitation therapy would have a greater likelihood of recovering to a(More)
The aim of this study was to determine the impact of reminder systems on appointment nonadherence rates in an low-income inner-city clinic population. A total of 2,304 consenting patients were randomly assigned to one of three groups: (1) automated telephone reminder, (2) postcard reminder, or (3) no reminder. In contrast with research on other populations,(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Pneumonia, which is common among the elderly, is associated with untoward consequences. We sought, therefore, to describe the incidence of death and readmission, and to determine predictors of these variables during the year subsequent to index hospitalization. METHODS This study involved the follow-up of 153 patients surviving an(More)