Walter M Robinson

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BACKGROUND More aggressive management of cystic fibrosis (CF), along with the use of new therapies, has led to increasing survival. Thus, the recommended daily treatment regimens for most CF adults are complex and time consuming. METHODS In the Project on Adult Care in CF (PAC-CF), an ongoing longitudinal study of CF adults, we assessed self-reported(More)
This paper studies the market price of credit risk incorporated into one of the most important credit spreads in the financial markets: interestrate swap spreads. Our approach consists of jointly modeling the swap and Treasury term structures using a four-factor affine credit framework and estimating the parameters by maximum likelihood. We solve for the(More)
Premature birth is a major public health problem in the United States and internationally. Infants born at or before 32 weeks' gestation (2% of all births in the United States in 2007) are at extremely high risk for death in the neonatal period or for pulmonary, visual, and neurodevelopmental morbidities with lifelong consequences including bronchopulmonary(More)
Symptom burden is a key component of health-related quality of life in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). To examine symptom prevalence and characteristics of adults with CF, we administered the Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale (MSAS), a previously validated measure of symptom burden, to CF patients enrolled in the Project on Adult Care in CF. The mean(More)
Advances in surgical techniques, cardiac anesthesia, and pre- and postoperative care have made the surgical treatment of complex congenital cardiac disease available to an ever-increasing number of children, including those with a wide range of extracardiac anomalies. Over the past few decades cardiac surgery in infants and children with syndrome-associated(More)
The "dead-donor rule" requires patients to be declared dead before the removal of life-sustaining organs for transplantation. The concept of brain death was developed, in part, to allow patients with devastating neurologic injury to be declared dead before the occurrence of cardiopulmonary arrest. Brain death is essential to current practices of organ(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to describe the population of children with chronic mechanical ventilation in Massachusetts and their patterns of medical care. PATIENTS AND METHODS Investigators surveyed all of the Massachusetts home ventilator clinics, pediatric pulmonary services, hospital-based pediatric services for special health care needs,(More)
BACKGROUND Children with severe neurodevelopmental disabilities and complex medical conditions are a growing and unique segment of the pediatric population. The increasing use of life sustaining technologies has provided the chance at an extended life and increasing inclusion within the broader community. Families work to overcome personal and professional(More)