Shawn C. West

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The contact hypothesis predicts that cooperative interaction with members of a disliked group results in increased liking for those members and generalizes to more positive attitudes toward the group. The authors sought to provide evidence consistent with the hypothesis that contact affects attitude in part by eliciting a more positive portrait of the(More)
The possibility that alexithymia respresents a symptom of subtle brain dysfunction is discussed. Several lines of research have shown that emotional thought, behavior and, in particular, the use of affect-laden speech are influenced by impaired function of the right hemisphere or a disconnection between the two hemispheres. A patient with agenesis of the(More)
Unilateral pulmonary vein atresia is a very rare congenital anomaly associated with high morbidity and mortality. Most cases present in infancy or childhood with recurrent respiratory infections or hemoptysis. Further, the diagnosis can often be difficult to make. We present an infant who died due to unilateral right-sided pulmonary vein atresia in(More)
BACKGROUND Pulmonary blood flow during Stage 1 (Norwood) palliation for hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) is achieved via modified Blalock-Taussig shunt (MBT) or right ventricle to pulmonary artery conduit (RVPA). Controversy exists regarding the differential impact of shunt type on outcome among those who require transplantation early in life. In this(More)
This paper explores the design of the daily progress note, a medical document written daily to record a patient's current status and clinical changes. The progress note is traditionally composed of four sections: subjective, objective, assessment and plan. At the start of this study, the original structure of the progress note did not mirror the verbal(More)
The objective of this study was to describe a contemporary cohort of pediatric patients hospitalized for clinically suspected myocarditis. A retrospective chart review was performed at seven tertiary pediatric hospitals. Electronic medical records were searched between 2008 and 2012 for patients ≤18 years admitted with an ICD-9 code consistent with(More)
As indications for heart-lung transplant (HLT) have changed to some degree in the past 30 years, this treatment is being used less frequently in children due to more advanced care of severe heart and lung disease. This is fortunate as the outcomes for HLT are poor compared to other solid organ transplants and this is mainly due to the poorer outcome of the(More)
Allosensitized children listed with a requirement for a negative prospective crossmatch have high mortality. Previously, we found that listing with the intent to accept the first suitable organ offer, regardless of the possibility of a positive crossmatch (TAKE strategy), results in a survival advantage from the time of listing compared to awaiting(More)
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