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Limited information is available on personal digital assistant (PDA) use patterns in medical settings. Recognizing that use patterns may be important considerations for development of handheld-based information systems, the authors characterized PDA use at their institution. A survey was mailed to all internal medicine physicians at the Mayo Clinic,(More)
A study involving three experiments was done to ascertain whether the beneficial effect of nickel on hematopoiesis in moderately iron-deficient rats was due to physiologic and/or pharmacologic mechanisms. Female Sprague-Dawley rats were fed nickel supplements ranging from 0 to 100 micrograms/g in iron-low (15 micrograms Fe3+/g), iron-adequate (65 micrograms(More)
BACKGROUND Smoking is common among medically underserved populations. Accessible resources to encourage and support smoking cessation among these patients are limited. Volunteer medical student-run free smoking cessation clinics may provide an effective option to help these individuals achieve smoking abstinence. In order to demonstrate the feasibility and(More)
PURPOSE Patient satisfaction surveys are increasingly used to assess the quality of health care delivery. Unfortunately, survey non-response may compromise generalizability (and inferential value). Although prior studies demonstrate an association between patient socio-demographic variables and response rate, relatively little information is available(More)
BACKGROUND Although personal digital assistant use among residents is common, few outcomes-based studies have examined the impact of this technology on medical education. AIMS We evaluated the educational effectiveness of a personal digital assistant-based geriatric assessment tool. METHODS Internal medicine residents were enrolled as subjects. Personal(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this research is to determine whether a pessimistic or hostile personality style adversely affects satisfaction with out-patient medical visits. Many patient and health care provider demographic characteristics have been related to patient satisfaction with a health care encounter, but little has been written about the association(More)
OBJECTIVE Left atrial blood stasis is associated with increased risk for left atrial appendage thrombus (LAAT) and stroke in atrial fibrillation (AF). Von Willebrand factor (VWF) is associated with thromboembolism in AF. VWF thrombogenic activity is proportional to multimer size, which is regulated by VWF-cleaving protease (ADAMTS13). METHODS AND RESULTS(More)
Nearly 15% of patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) have left atrial appendage thrombus (LAAT) by transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and yet the annual stroke rate averages 5%. The aim of this study was to identify variables influencing embolic propensity of LAAT. Platelet RNA was extracted from platelet-rich regions within(More)
A Web-based system for management of patients with symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection (URI) or sinusitis was developed and implemented for a primary care practice. Researchers conducted a retrospective analysis of the clinical records of 241 patients who accessed the Web-based protocol for these symptoms. A total of 137 patients (57%) fulfilled(More)
Two hundred and twelve patients with upper-respiratory-tract infection (URI) or sinusitis were treated using a nurse-based telephone protocol. This study evaluated the clinical outcomes and satisfaction of the patients compared with patients receiving usual care. For patients with URI, the rate of antibiotic administration was lower in the nurse-based(More)