Susan D. Mathias

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OBJECTIVE To determine the prevalence of chronic pelvic pain in U.S. women aged 18-50 years, and to examine its association with health-related quality of life, work productivity, and health care utilization. METHODS In April and May 1994, the Gallup Organization telephoned 17,927 U.S. households to identify women aged 18-50 years who experienced chronic(More)
The "get-up and go test" requires patients to stand up from a chair, walk a short distance, turn around, return, and sit down again. This test was conducted in 40 elderly patients with a range of balance function. Tests were recorded on video tapes, which were viewed by groups of observers from different medical backgrounds. Balance function was scored on a(More)
BACKGROUND We conducted a prospective trial randomizing 75 physicians to either a control or intervention arm to evaluate the impact of providing patient-reported information on anxiety and other mental health symptoms and disorders to primary care physicians. METHODS Five hundred seventy-three patients of the study physicians who met entry criteria were(More)
The objective of this study was to assess the reliability, validity and responsiveness of a new health-related quality-of-life (HRQOL) measure containing global and obesity-specific domains and an obesity-specific health state preference (HSP) assessment. A total of 417 obese and ‘normal’ weight individuals completed these assessments. Internal consistency(More)
Targeted monoclonal antibodies (MoAbs) have become a promising treatment option for patients with cancer. However, there is a risk of developing infusion reactions (IRs) with MoAbs. This study was conducted to evaluate the impact of IRs on staff time and costs among patients receiving an initial infusion of cetuximab (Erbitux®) and rituximab (Rituxan®). A(More)
PURPOSE To compare pain-related treatment satisfaction, patient-perceived side effects, functioning, and well-being in patients with advanced cancer who were receiving either transdermal fentanyl (Duragesic, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Titusville, NJ) or sustained-release oral forms of morphine (MS Contin, Perdue Frederick Co, Norwalk, CT, or Oramorph SR,(More)
PURPOSE Treatment designed to eliminate thrombus in patients with iliofemoral deep venous thrombosis (DVT) is theoretically attractive; however, its benefits, compared with those of anticoagulation, have not been definitively demonstrated. Although not previously analyzed, an effective measure of treatment success is likely to be the assessment of(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to develop a valid and reliable health-related quality of life (HRQOL) questionnaire for use in multinational clinical trials of patients with type I and type II diabetes. METHODS Through patient focus groups and expert clinician panels in the United States (US) and France, relevant HRQOL domains for patients with(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Few studies currently assess the health-related quality of life of individuals following a stroke. One of the major challenges of assessing quality of life is the high likelihood that after a stroke a patient will not be able to complete such an assessment. One practical solution is to have a family caregiver complete the assessment(More)
OBJECTIVES Sleep disorders remain largely undiagnosed in the general population. The current study assessed whether the Global Sleep Assessment Questionnaire (GSAQ) could: (1), distinguish between sleep disorders (including no sleep disorder); (2), be a reliable and valid sleep disorder screener; and (3), serve as a practical, user-friendly screening tool(More)