Susan L Harms

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Although 1 of 10 nursing home residents is taking an antiepileptic drug (AED), no study to our knowledge has determined whether most residents are already receiving AED treatment when they are admitted or are given these drugs afterward. That differentiation was the focus of this study. The study group consisted of 10,318 residents, 65 years and older,(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the prevalence of mono- and poly-antiepileptic drug (AED) therapy in a cohort of nursing home (NH) residents and to describe specific AED combinations used, as well as demographic, clinical, and functional factors associated with poly-AED therapy and the most common AED combination. DESIGN Retrospective, point prevalence study. (More)
The University of Minnesota Epilepsy Research and Education Program published two studies evaluating the use of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) among nursing home (NH) elderly. The studies used a large, nongovernmental data set for studying this population. This chapter is a summary of those two studies. In the first study, a 1-day point prevalence study, 10.5%(More)
BACKGROUND Patients who report use of herbs to their physicians may not be able to accurately describe the ingredients or recommended dosage because the products for the same herb may differ. The purpose of this study was to describe variations in label information of products for each of the 10 most commonly purchased herbs. METHODS Products for each of(More)
BACKGROUND Perineal dermatitis is an adverse outcome of incontinence, which is common in older nursing home residents; yet knowledge about perineal dermatitis in this population is sorely lacking. OBJECTIVES To determine the prevalence and significant correlates of perineal dermatitis in older nursing home residents. METHODS Assessment data from 59,558(More)
OBJECTIVE While admissions of minorities to nursing homes (NHs) are increasing and prevalence of incontinence in NHs remains high, little is known about incontinence among racial-ethnic groups of NH admissions other than blacks. The purpose of this study was to describe the prevalence of incontinence among older adults admitted to NHs by race/ethnicity at(More)
Little is known about the prevalence of pressure ulcers (PUs) among racial and ethnic groups of older individuals admitted to nursing homes (NHs). NHs admitting higher percentages of minority individuals may face resource challenges for groups with more PUs or ones of greater severity. This study examined the prevalence of PUs (Stages 2 to 4) among older(More)
PURPOSE Ginkgo biloba, among the most widely used herbs, possesses the capacity both to induce and to inhibit seizures. The purpose of this study was to describe the prevalence of ginkgo and other common herb prescribing in a sample of nursing home (NH) elderly diagnosed with epilepsy/seizure (Epi/Sz) disorder and to determine demographic, clinical, and(More)
AIM The aim of this paper is to present a practical example of preparing a large set of Minimum Data Set records for analysis, operationalizing Minimum Data Set items that defined risk factors for perineal dermatitis, our outcome variable. BACKGROUND Research with nursing home elders remains a vital need as 'baby boomers' age. Conducting research in(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to assess whether there are racial and ethnic disparities in the time to development of a pressure ulcer and number of pressure ulcer treatments in individuals aged 65 and older after nursing home admission. METHOD Multi-level predictors of time to a pressure ulcer from three national surveys were analyzed using(More)