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Assumptions that psychological attributes are specific to particular diagnoses characterize many investigations of chronically ill patients. We studied 758 patients, each of whom had one of six different chronic illnesses, to determine and compare their scores on the Mental Health Index. Five groups of physically ill patients (with arthritis, diabetes,(More)
Public education, legislative action, and medical advances have failed to deter patients from seeking unorthodox treatments for cancer and other diseases. To study this phenomenon, we interviewed 304 cancer center inpatients and 356 patients under the care of unorthodox practitioners. A concomitant survey of unorthodox practitioners documented their(More)
Neuropsychiatric problems are common among liver transplant recipients, and immunosuppressant neurotoxicity is an important etiologic factor in the posttransplant period. Four typical cases of immunosuppressant neurotoxicity are presented from the clinical experience of the University of California, Los Angeles-Dumont Liver Transplant program. All patients(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this project was to correlate neuropsychological test results with in vivo measures of regional cerebral biochemistry determined by 1H MRS in patients with subclinical and mild hepatic encephalopathy. METHODS Baseline 1H MRS scans and neuropsychological testing of patients occurred at entry into the study. The primary localized(More)
Patients with behavioral health disorders often have worse health outcomes and have higher health care utilization than patients with medical diseases alone. As such, people with behavioral health conditions are important populations for accountable care organizations (ACOs) seeking to improve the efficiency of their delivery systems. However, ACOs have(More)
A supportive family environment is thought to enhance the capacity of cancer patients to adapt to their illness and treatment. But families, like patients, vary in their ability to cope with the impact of a cancer diagnosis in a family member and in their ability to fulfill the patient's needs. Increased understanding of the interrelationships between the(More)
Cytokines are small protein molecules secreted in response to immune stimuli. Recent research has outlined important roles for proinflammatory cytokines in the cascade of normal physiologic responses to environmental stresses, encompassing so-called sickness behavior that is thought to be an adaptive response to infection and other illnesses. Cytokines are(More)