Wendy Anderson

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Cancer communication near the end of life has a growing evidence base, and requires clinicians to draw on a distinct set of communication skills. Patients with advanced and incurable cancers are dealing with the emotional impact of a life-limiting illness, treatment decisions that are complex and frequently involve consideration of clinical trials, and the(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the relationship between exposure to death and attitudes and knowledge about end-of-life care in graduating medical students. PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS Survey of students graduating from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine between 2001 and 2006. Students reported their personal experience with death and their exposure to(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe hospital-based physicians' responses to patients' verbal expressions of negative emotion and identify patterns of further communication associated with different responses. METHODS Qualitative analysis of physician-patient admission encounters audio-recorded between August 2008 and March 2009 at two hospitals within a university(More)
ii This work is dedicated to my husband Leandro whose strength, support, and love I will always cherish. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT Completing a Ph.D. is truly a marathon event, and I would not have been able to conclude this endeavor without the aid and encouragement of countless people over the past few years. I must first express my gratitude towards my advisor,(More)
develops web-based decision support for radiology test ordering. He serves on the board for SEAMedical Systems, whichmakes intravenous pump technology. He serves as an advisor to Calgary Scientific, whichmakes technologies that enable mobility within EHRs. He is on the clinical advisory board for Zynx Inc, which develops evidence-based algorithms, and(More)
BACKGROUND Integrating palliative care into intensive care requires active involvement of bedside nurses in discussions of patients' prognosis and goals of care. OBJECTIVE To improve critical care nurses' skills and confidence to engage in discussions with patients' families and physicians about prognosis and goals of care by using a focused educational(More)
PURPOSE The objectives were to describe the decision-making preferences of relatives (family members) of patients in intensive care units (ICUs), to determine whether the relatives had symptoms of anxiety and depression while the patients were in the ICU, and to determine whether there was a relationship between the relatives' preferences and symptoms. (More)
Body condition scoring (BCS) systems primarily assess body fat. Both overweight and underweight animals may have loss of lean tissue that may not be noted using standard BCS systems. Catabolism of lean tissue can occur rapidly, may account for a disproportionate amount of body mass loss in sick cats and can have deleterious consequences for outcome.(More)
Malaria and filariasis surveys were carried out as part of a broader general health survey between December, 1982 and May, 1983 in the Ok Tedi region of the Star Mountains, Western Province. Malaria, tropical splenomegaly syndrome (TSS) and anaemia were identified as significant health problems. Malaria slide positivity rates of 64.9% in children 2 to 9(More)
Sociolinguistics has always relied on authentic data, and is increasingly finding value in the methods and textual resources developed by corpus linguists. This article begins by surveying current activity in corpus linguistics in the UK in terms of publications, conferences and networks, and then outlines the range of research currently ongoing, with a(More)