Washington

Publication Title: 
Complementary Therapies in Medicine

OBJECTIVES: This survey was undertaken to learn how Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncturists' diagnose and treat patients with chronic low back pain in order to develop a standardized treatment for a clinical trial of that condition. DESIGN: We surveyed a randomly selected group of 56 acupuncturists in Washington State, USA about styles of acupuncture they used for treating chronic low back pain, diagnoses made, and key features of treatment for this condition.

Author(s): 
Sherman, K. J.
Hogeboom, C. J.
Cherkin, D. C.
Publication Title: 
Western Journal of Nursing Research

Naturalistic inquiry was used to compare the characteristics of families of origin of homeless women with never-homeless women. The women's experiences in their families of origin were explored during in-depth interviews using Lofland and Lofland's conceptions of meanings, practices, episodes, roles, and relationships to guide the analysis. The two groups were similar with respect to family abuse history, transience, and loss.

Author(s): 
Anderson, D. G.
Imle, M. A.
Publication Title: 
Administration and Policy in Mental Health

Administrative data were used to examine early dropout among 16,451 health plan members calling to request psychotherapy for depression. Compared to members referred to group-model therapists, those referred to network-model therapists were more likely to drop out before the initial visit (OR 2.33, 95% CI 2.17-2.50) but less likely to drop out after the first visit (OR 0.45, 95% CI 0.43-0.48). These differences were unaffected by adjustment for neighborhood income and educational attainment, antidepressant use, or generosity of insurance coverage.

Author(s): 
Simon, Gregory E.
Ding, Victoria
Hubbard, Rebecca
Fishman, Paul
Ludman, Evette
Morales, Leo
Operskalski, Belinda
Savarino, James
Publication Title: 
Image--the Journal of Nursing Scholarship

PURPOSE: To examine the health-promoting functions of storytelling in a group of women. DESIGN: Secondary analysis, descriptive. A convenience sample of 28 women of African descent living in the Seattle-Tacoma region of the United States was used. METHODS: Narrative analysis of 115 stories. Data were audio-taped in four focus groups convened during a 6-week period in 1992.

Author(s): 
Banks-Wallace, J.
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care

PURPOSE: To assess the use of complementary and alternative medicine in hospice care in the state of Washington. METHODS: Hospices offering inpatient and outpatient care in Washington State were surveyed by phone interview. RESULTS: Response rate was 100%.

Author(s): 
Kozak, Leila E.
Kayes, Lucy
McCarty, Rachelle
Walkinshaw, Catharine
Congdon, Sean
Kleinberger, Janis
Hartman, Valerie
Standish, Leanna J.
Publication Title: 
MMWR. Morbidity and mortality weekly report

Recent immigrants and refugees constitute a substantial proportion of malaria cases in the United States, accounting for nearly one in 10 imported malaria cases involving persons with known resident status in 2006. This report describes three cases of Plasmodium falciparum malaria and two cases of Plasmodium ovale malaria that occurred during June 27-October 15, 2007 in King County, Washington. The infections were diagnosed in Burundian refugees who had recently arrived in the United States from two refugee camps in Tanzania.

Author(s): 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Publication Title: 
MMWR. Morbidity and mortality weekly report

Artemisinins are a class of compounds that include artesunate, artemether, and artemisinin and have potent antimalarial activity. In combination with other drugs (artemisinin combination therapy), these compounds are the first-line treatment recommended by the World Health Organization for Plasmodium falciparum infections. Artemisinins have been available in the United States without a prescription as herbal supplements for at least 10 years; these supplements are marketed for general health maintenance and for treatment of parasitic infections and cancers.

Author(s): 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care

PURPOSE: To assess the use of complementary and alternative medicine in hospice care in the state of Washington. METHODS: Hospices offering inpatient and outpatient care in Washington State were surveyed by phone interview. RESULTS: Response rate was 100%.

Author(s): 
Kozak, Leila E.
Kayes, Lucy
McCarty, Rachelle
Walkinshaw, Catharine
Congdon, Sean
Kleinberger, Janis
Hartman, Valerie
Standish, Leanna J.
Publication Title: 
Research and Theory for Nursing Practice

In this ethnographic study, a womanist framework was used to investigate the process of recovery from domestic violence. A purposive sample of African American women (N = 21) was interviewed to gain understanding of their recovery process. Survivorship-thriving was the overarching process.

Author(s): 
Taylor, Janette Y.
Publication Title: 
Substance Use & Misuse

This study examined how Washington State's (WA) mental health treatment system provided services to patients with substance use disorders or dual diagnoses at several stages of care: crisis commitment, hospitalization, and outpatient treatment. A total of 30 key informants from urban and rural areas were surveyed between February and July 2004 using semi-structured interviews. Key informants represented direct service providers to chief operating officers. Themes, consensus, and disagreements were summarized.

Author(s): 
Ouimette, Paige
Jemelka, Ron
Hall, Judy
Brimner, Karl
Krupski, Antoinette
Stark, Kenneth

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