Shirley Fitzgerald

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OBJECTIVE To determine the prevalence of carotid atherosclerosis and associated risk factors in women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS Carotid plaque and intima-media wall thickness (IMT) were measured by B-mode ultrasound in women with SLE. Risk factors associated with carotid plaque and IMT were determined at the time of the ultrasound(More)
OBJECTIVES To classify stroke patterns of manual wheelchair users and to determine if different patterns of propulsion lead to different biomechanics. DESIGN Case series. SETTING Biomechanics laboratory. PARTICIPANTS Thirty-eight individuals with paraplegia who use manual wheelchairs for mobility. INTERVENTION Subjects propelled their own wheelchair(More)
UNLABELLED Large-vessel manifestations of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), a multisystem disease characterized by disturbances in the immune system, include higher than expected rates of hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Reductions in the elasticity of central arteries may act as a marker of early changes that predispose to the development of(More)
OBJECTIVES Considerable morbidity persists among survivors of breast cancer (BC) including high levels of psychological stress, anxiety, depression, fear of recurrence, and physical symptoms including pain, fatigue, and sleep disturbances, and impaired quality of life. Effective interventions are needed during this difficult transitional period. METHODS(More)
Although engaging in an active lifestyle is beneficial for maintaining quality of life, a majority of wheelchair users are inactive. This study investigated the mobility characteristics and activity levels of manual wheelchair users in the residential setting and at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games (NVWG). Demographic factors that may have influenced(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine and compare risk factors for various stages of subclinical vascular disease in different vascular beds (carotid and aorta) in women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) who have not yet developed clinical cardiovascular disease. METHODS This cross-sectional study was conducted in 214 women without clinical cardiovascular disease(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of the study is to develop an outcome measurement tool to investigate functional performance of consumers using seating and wheelchair systems as their primary seating and mobility device. The instrument is undergoing systematic development in three phases. The results of Phase 1 will be reported. METHOD Manual and power wheelchair(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the frequency of self-reported fractures in a large population-based cohort of women with lupus, to compare the frequency of self-reported fractures between lupus patients and women of similar age in the general population by use of data from the 1994 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), and to describe the associated risk factors(More)
OBJECTIVE Women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) are at high risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The goals of this study were to determine the extent of atherosclerotic progression among women with SLE compared with a group of healthy controls and to determine whether factors attributed to SLE or its treatment were associated with atherosclerotic(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate a novel pushrim-activated, power-assisted wheelchair (PAPAW) for compliance with wheelchair standards, metabolic energy cost during propulsion, and ergonomics during selected activities of daily living (ADLs). DESIGN A 3-phase study, the second and third of which were repeated-measures designs. SETTING A rehabilitation engineering(More)