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Journal of Women's Health

Saba W Masho, Susan Cha, Nicole Karjane, Elizabeth McGee, Rashel Charles, Linda Hines, Susan G Kornstein
BACKGROUND: The postpartum care visit (PPCV) plays an important role in ensuring the well-being of mother and infant. This study sought to assess correlates of PPCV attendance among women who are at high risk of nonattendance. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study used deidentified medical claims data from Virginia Premier-a nonprofit Managed Care Organization that provides health insurance for Medicaid beneficiaries. The association between various correlates and PPCV attendance was examined using multiple logistic regression analyses...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Women's Health
Stephanie Lee-Felker
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 13, 2018: Journal of Women's Health
Fang Zhou, Diane K Newman, Mary H Palmer
BACKGROUND: Urinary urgency is the primary symptom of overactive bladder (OAB). This study aimed to identify targets for effective intervention to delay progression of urinary urgency. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Secondary analyses of data from a study conducted with female employees of a large academic medical center were conducted. Women were ≥18 years and nonpregnant at the time of the survey. An online questionnaire obtained demographic information, presence of lower urinary tract symptoms, and toileting behaviors...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Women's Health
Zsakeba T Henderson, Kelly Ernst, Kathleen Rice Simpson, Scott D Berns, Danielle B Suchdev, Elliott Main, Martin McCaffrey, Karyn Lee, Tara Bristol Rouse, Christine K Olson
State Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (PQCs) are networks of multidisciplinary teams working to improve maternal and infant health outcomes. To address the shared needs across state PQCs and enable collaboration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in partnership with March of Dimes and perinatal quality improvement experts from across the country, supported the development and launch of the National Network of PQCs National Network of Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (NNPQC). This process included assessing the status of PQCs in this country and identifying the needs and resources that would be most useful to support PQC development...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Women's Health
Lucy A Peipins, Juan L Rodriguez, Nikki A Hawkins, Ashwini Soman, Mary C White, M Elizabeth Hodgson, Lisa A DeRoo, Dale P Sandler
INTRODUCTION: Women facing complex and uncertain situations such as cancer in their families may seek information from a variety of sources to gain knowledge about cancer risk and reduce uncertainty. We describe and assess the relative importance of information sources about familial breast cancer at the individual, family, and healthcare provider levels influencing women's reporting they had enough information to speak with daughters about breast cancer. This outcome we refer to as being informed about breast cancer...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Women's Health
Lauren A Hunter, Lauren Nelson, Joan M Chow, Bethany Young Holt, Heidi M Bauer
BACKGROUND: Adolescent girls and young women experience high rates of sexually transmitted infection (STI) with currently available contraceptive methods, yet few studies examine the burden of chlamydial infection by contraceptive method used. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this cross-sectional analysis, we linked July 2012-June 2013 claims from a publicly-funded family planning program in California to chlamydia laboratory test results. Female clients were classified by the most effective contraceptive method reported by providers during the year: tier 1 (high-efficacy permanent or long-acting reversible methods), tier 2 (shorter-acting hormonal methods), or tier 3 (barrier methods, emergency contraception, or natural family planning)...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Women's Health
Marion W Carter, Cheryl L Robbins, Loretta Gavin, Susan Moskosky
BACKGROUND: Referrals to other medical services are central to healthcare, including family planning service providers; however, little information exists on the nature of referral practices among health centers that offer family planning. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We used a nationally representative survey of administrators from 1,615 publicly funded health centers that offered family planning in 2013-14 to describe the use of six referral practices. We focused on associations between various health center characteristics and frequent use of three active referral practices...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Women's Health
Simrit K Nijjar
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 29, 2018: Journal of Women's Health
Vojko Kanic, Gregor Kompara, Maja Vollrath, David Suran, Zlatka Kanic
BACKGROUND: Younger women with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) have a worse outcome than their age-matched male peers. Our aim was to assess whether there are sex-based differences in anemia on admission, and if they are associated with the outcome of patients with STEMI younger than 60 years undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data of 2095 STEMI patients, 804 of whom were younger than 60 years, were analyzed...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Women's Health
Lena Mathews, Oluseye Ogunmoroti, Khurram Nasir, Roger S Blumenthal, Ovie A Utuama, Maribeth Rouseff, Sankalp Das, Emir Veledar, Theodore Feldman, Arthur Agatston, Di Zhao, Erin D Michos
BACKGROUND: The cardiovascular effects of stress and other psychological factors may be different between women and men. We assessed whether self-perceived adverse psychological factors were associated with achievement of ideal cardiovascular health (CVH) as measured by the American Heart Association's Life's Simple Seven (LS7) and whether this differed by sex. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study of employees from a large healthcare organization. The LS7 metrics (smoking, physical activity, diet, body mass index, blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose) were each scored as ideal (2), intermediate (1), or poor (0)...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Women's Health
Annie Dude, Melissa Matulich, Samantha Estevez, Lilly Y Liu, Lynn M Yee
OBJECTIVE: Use of effective contraception could be one method to decrease recurrent preterm birth by increasing intervals between pregnancies. We assessed correlates of contraceptive counseling and uptake among women who delivered preterm. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study of women who delivered live-born singletons or twins before 32 weeks' gestation. We assessed documented contraceptive counseling and method uptake by postpartum discharge, using inpatient medical records, and correlates of highly effective contraception uptake by the postpartum visit using outpatient records...
January 23, 2018: Journal of Women's Health
Kashif Shaikh, Matthew J Budoff
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 22, 2018: Journal of Women's Health
Michael Auer, Birgit Frauscher, Margarethe Hochleitner, Birgit Högl
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have shown that women have less access or longer waiting times to high-tech medicine compared with men. This study aimed to detect possible gender differences in access to the diagnostic high-tech method of polysomnography (PSG). Furthermore, the study explored gender differences in prevalence of specific sleep diseases. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Source data of n = 1000 patients, who underwent PSG at the Medical University of Innsbruck, were reviewed...
January 22, 2018: Journal of Women's Health
Tracy Flanagan, Amy Alabaster, Brigid McCaw, Nicole Stoller, Carey Watson, Kelly C Young-Wolff
INTRODUCTION: Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are common among pregnant women and contribute to increased risk for negative perinatal outcomes, yet few clinicians screen prenatal patients for ACEs. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of screening for ACEs in standard prenatal care. METHODS: We evaluated a 4-month pilot (March 2016-June 2016) to screen pregnant women (at ∼14-23 weeks of gestation) for ACEs and resiliency in two Kaiser Permanente Northern California medical centers (N = 480)...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Women's Health
Randy Miles, Fei Wan, Tracy L Onega, Amanda Lenderink-Carpenter, Ellen S O'Meara, Weiwei Zhu, Louise M Henderson, Jennifer S Haas, Deirdre A Hill, Anna N A Tosteson, Karen J Wernli, Jennifer Alford-Teaster, Janie M Lee, Constance D Lehman, Christoph I Lee
BACKGROUND: Women at high lifetime breast cancer risk may benefit from supplemental breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) screening, in addition to routine mammography screening for earlier cancer detection. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional study of 422,406 women undergoing routine mammography screening across 86 Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium (BCSC) facilities during calendar year 2012. We determined availability and use of on-site screening breast MRI services based on woman-level characteristics, including >20% lifetime absolute risk using the National Cancer Institute risk assessment tool...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Women's Health
Eve M Valera
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 17, 2018: Journal of Women's Health
Christine M Gunn, Nancy R Kressin, Kristina Cooper, Cinthya Marturano, Karen M Freund, Tracy A Battaglia
BACKGROUND: Dense breasts on mammography independently increases breast cancer risk and decreases mammography sensitivity. Thirty-two states have adopted notification laws to raise awareness among women with dense breasts about supplemental screening. Little is known about these policies' impact on clinical practice among primary care providers (PCPs). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study explores PCP attitudes, knowledge, and the impact of the Massachusetts dense breast notification legislation on clinical practice after its enactment in 2015...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Women's Health
Louise M Henderson, Rebecca A Hubbard, Weiwei Zhu, Julie Weiss, Karen J Wernli, Martha E Goodrich, Karla Kerlikowske, Wendy DeMartini, Elissa M Ozanne, Tracy Onega
BACKGROUND: Use of preoperative breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) among women with a new breast cancer has increased over the past decade. MRI use is more frequent in younger women and those with lobular carcinoma, but associations with breast density and family history of breast cancer are unknown. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data for 3075 women ages >65 years with stage 0-III breast cancer who underwent breast conserving surgery or mastectomy from 2005 to 2010 in the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium were linked to administrative claims data to assess associations of preoperative MRI use with mammographic breast density and first-degree family history of breast cancer...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Women's Health
Steven E Chavoustie, Janet K Gersten, Milroy J Samuel, Jane R Schwebke
BACKGROUND: A novel formulation of secnidazole is under development in the United States for the treatment of bacterial vaginosis (BV). Efficacy and safety of other formulations of secnidazole have been reported. The objective of this study is to evaluate the safety of a single-dose oral granule formulation of secnidazole in a U.S. population of women with BV. METHODS: In this open-label study, patients were enrolled based on the following criteria: off-white, thin, homogeneous vaginal discharge; vaginal pH ≥4...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Women's Health
Hayan Kwon, Joonho Lee, Byung-Wan Lee, Ja-Young Kwon, Young-Han Kim
BACKGROUND: The implications of low values on the 50 g glucose challenge test (GCT) in pregnancy are not clearly defined. Few studies have evaluated the influence of maternal low GCT values on obstetrical outcomes. This study aimed to compare pregnancy outcomes between women with low 50 g GCT values and those with normal values. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Women undergoing gestational diabetes mellitus screening at 24-28 weeks of gestational age between January 2010 and December 2016 were retrospectively evaluated...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Women's Health
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