Susan D Schaffer

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PURPOSE To present the development and psychometrics of a brief asthma self-management questionnaire for adults incorporating the five content areas considered essential for asthma self-management by the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program. DATA SOURCES After development of the criterion-referenced questionnaire, determination of content(More)
Older adults are at particular risk for drug and herbal interactions because they have multiple health problems that require treatment and are generally more susceptible to adverse drug effects. This study used a database containing self-reported herbal, prescription, and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs concurrently taken by a sample of 58 women who were aged(More)
This study compared the effects of a theoretically focused audiotape and a standard educational booklet on asthma preventive medication adherence and other asthma outcomes. Forty-six adult asthmatics were randomly assigned to receive either an experimental audiotape incorporating components of protection motivation theory, a standard asthma management(More)
A strong and inverse relationship between patient satisfaction and wait times in ambulatory care settings has been demonstrated. Despite its relevance to key medical practice outcomes, timeliness of care in primary care settings has not been widely studied. The goal of the quality improvement project described here was to increase patient satisfaction by(More)
The incidence of adolescent obesity is increasing dramatically in the United States with associated risks of hypertension, adverse lipid profiles, and Type II diabetes. Unless reversed, this trend predicts an epidemic of adult cardiovascular disease. Interventions at home, at school, and in the community are required to empower teens to increase physical(More)
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES To identify prescription drugs that require dosage adjustment or monitoring in patients who quit smoking and to provide recommendations for dosage adjustment based on available evidence. BACKGROUND Health care providers are urged to facilitate smoking cessation for patients who smoke, but the effects of smoking cessation on the(More)
Sexual compulsion is now recognized as a true addictive process that may manifest itself through a wide range of behaviors. Recognition of this disorder in primary care settings may be difficult because of the ego defenses of denial and rationalization that characterize this disorder. Cues in the medical and sexual history as well as behavioral cues may(More)
Medication adherence problems prevent 50% of patients with chronic disorders from receiving the full benefit of prescribed regimens. These problems are consistent regardless of disease, symptom, regimen, or age-group. This article discusses evidence-based recommendations for assessing and improving adherence. The recommendations are categorized into(More)