Appointments and Schedules

Publication Title: 
Anesthesia and Analgesia

BACKGROUND: Reducing waiting anxiety is an important objective of patient-centered care. Anxiety is linked to negative health outcomes, including longer recovery periods, lowered pain thresholds, and for children in particular, resistance to treatment, nightmares, and separation anxiety. The goals of this study were (1) to systematically review published research aimed at reducing preprocedural waiting anxiety, and (2) to provide directions for future research and development of strategies to manage preprocedural waiting anxiety in health care environments.

Author(s): 
Biddiss, Elaine
Knibbe, Tara Joy
McPherson, Amy
Publication Title: 
Anesthesia and Analgesia

BACKGROUND: Reducing waiting anxiety is an important objective of patient-centered care. Anxiety is linked to negative health outcomes, including longer recovery periods, lowered pain thresholds, and for children in particular, resistance to treatment, nightmares, and separation anxiety. The goals of this study were (1) to systematically review published research aimed at reducing preprocedural waiting anxiety, and (2) to provide directions for future research and development of strategies to manage preprocedural waiting anxiety in health care environments.

Author(s): 
Biddiss, Elaine
Knibbe, Tara Joy
McPherson, Amy
Publication Title: 
West of England Medical Journal

Family doctors vary in the range of services they provide for their patients. Of 267 practices in Devon and Cornwall, 245 responded to a questionnaire sent in September 1989 asking for information about services to patients. Most doctors consulted at six to eight patients per hour, whether or not an appointment system operated. About two-thirds of patients had access to a female GP. Nine out of ten practices employed a practice nurse. Almost all offered a surgery on Saturday mornings. Most surgeries took the phone over at 8.30 a.m. in the week and started consulting at 9 a.m.

Author(s): 
Bradley, N.
Gude, R.
Publication Title: 
Anesthesia and Analgesia

BACKGROUND: Reducing waiting anxiety is an important objective of patient-centered care. Anxiety is linked to negative health outcomes, including longer recovery periods, lowered pain thresholds, and for children in particular, resistance to treatment, nightmares, and separation anxiety. The goals of this study were (1) to systematically review published research aimed at reducing preprocedural waiting anxiety, and (2) to provide directions for future research and development of strategies to manage preprocedural waiting anxiety in health care environments.

Author(s): 
Biddiss, Elaine
Knibbe, Tara Joy
McPherson, Amy
Publication Title: 
Anesthesia and Analgesia

BACKGROUND: Reducing waiting anxiety is an important objective of patient-centered care. Anxiety is linked to negative health outcomes, including longer recovery periods, lowered pain thresholds, and for children in particular, resistance to treatment, nightmares, and separation anxiety. The goals of this study were (1) to systematically review published research aimed at reducing preprocedural waiting anxiety, and (2) to provide directions for future research and development of strategies to manage preprocedural waiting anxiety in health care environments.

Author(s): 
Biddiss, Elaine
Knibbe, Tara Joy
McPherson, Amy
Publication Title: 
Drug and Alcohol Review

INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: This study was designed to examine the relationship between alcohol dependence and general practitioner (GP) service attendance in Australia. DESIGN AND METHODS: Data were analysed from the 1997 Australian National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing. In this survey, a representative sample of the Australian population was interviewed to ascertain past 12 month psychiatric diagnoses for all major mental disorders as well as the use of primary and other health services (n = 10 641, 79% response rate).

Author(s): 
Proudfoot, Heather
Teesson, Maree
Publication Title: 
Journal of Aging and Health

OBJECTIVE: Guided by Leventhal's self-regulatory model and Cockerham's theory of health lifestyles, we explore two questions regarding physician consultation among elderly rural adults: What symptom characteristics prompt patient-initiated physician consultation? Do participants' accounts of responses to symptoms, including the decision to consult a physician, incorporate descriptions of change over time? METHOD: We analyze data from semistructured in-depth interviews with 62 older rural adults.

Author(s): 
Stoller, Eleanor Palo
Grzywacz, Joseph G.
Quandt, Sara A.
Bell, Ronny A.
Chapman, Christine
Altizer, Kathryn P.
Arcury, Thomas A.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to quantify lumbar zygapophyseal (Z) joint space separation (gapping) in low back pain (LBP) subjects after spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) or side-posture positioning (SPP). METHODS: This was a controlled mechanisms trial with randomization and blinding. Acute LBP subjects (N = 112; four n = 28 magnetic resonance imaging [MRI] protocol groups) had 2 MRI appointments (initial enrollment and after 2 weeks of chiropractic treatment, receiving 2 MRI scans of the L4/L5 and L5/S1 Z joints at each MRI appointment.

Author(s): 
Cramer, Gregory D.
Cambron, Jerrilyn
Cantu, Joe A.
Dexheimer, Jennifer M.
Pocius, Judith D.
Gregerson, Douglas
Fergus, Michael
McKinnis, Ray
Grieve, Thomas J.
Publication Title: 
Complementary Therapies in Medicine

OBJECTIVE: To explore opinions of why clients use, value and continue to seek massage therapy as a healthcare option. DESIGN: Telephone focus group methodology was used. Current and repeat users (n = 19) of either relaxation, remedial or sports massage therapy services participated in three telephone focus groups. Audiotaped semi-structured interviews were conducted. SETTING: Telephone focus group with massage clients from provincial and urban localities in New Zealand.

Author(s): 
Smith, Joanna M.
Sullivan, S. John
Baxter, G. David
Publication Title: 
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

To test Becker's revision of the Health Belief Model in predicting adherence to a chiropractic regimen, 50 patients diagnosed with recurrent acute lumbago were interviewed regarding health beliefs. All subjects had initiated treatment 12 months before the onset of research. This enabled the calculation of a compliance score for each patient, expressed as the percentage of appointments kept to appointments recommended over a 1-yr period. Posttreatment health beliefs were correlated with the compliance measure.

Author(s): 
Beazley, D. L.
Paris, D. R.
Partington, J. T.

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