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American indian older adult

Craig N Sawchuk, Emily Van Dyke, Adam Omidpanah, Joan E Russo, Ursula Tsosie, Jack Goldberg, Dedra Buchwald
INTRODUCTION: Cancer is among the leading causes of death in American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs), with rates increasing over the last two decades. Barriers in accessing cancer screening and treatment likely contribute to this situation. METHODS: We administered structured clinical interviews and conducted descriptive and multiple linear regression analyses of demographic, health, spiritual, and treatment factors associated with self-reported barriers to cancer care among 143 adult AI/AN oncology patients...
2016: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Ranjita Misra, Haslyn Hunte
BACKGROUND: Perceived interpersonal discrimination while seeking healthcare services is associated with poor physical and mental health. Yet, there is a paucity of research among Asian Americans or its subgroups. This study examined the correlates of reported interpersonal discrimination when seeking health care among a large sample of Asian Indians, the 3rd largest Asian American subgroup in the US, and identify predictors of adverse self-rated physical health, a well-accepted measure of overall health status...
October 12, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
Alan Cook, Kristina Chapple, Neil Motzkin, Jeanette Ward, Forrest Moore
BACKGROUND: Racial/ethnic disparities in trauma care have been reported. The American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) population faces a twofold to fourfold increase of risk for traumatic injury. We hypothesized that surgical intervention and time to surgery were associated with race/ethnicity, specifically AI/AN compared to other race/ethnicity groups with open pelvic and lower extremity fractures (OPLEFx). METHODS: Non-AI/AN racial/ethnic groups were compared to AI/ANs among adults aged 15 years and older using the National Trauma Data Bank for 2008-2012...
August 23, 2016: Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
Jamie Jensen, Den Yelle Baete Kenyon, Jessica D Hanson
Research has determined that the prevention of alcohol-exposed pregnancies (AEP) must occur pre-conceptually with women, either by reducing alcohol intake in women planning pregnancy or at-risk for becoming pregnant, or by preventing pregnancy in women drinking at risky levels. One such AEP prevention programme with non-pregnant American Indian women is the Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST) CHOICES (Changing High-risk alcohOl use and Increasing Contraception Effectiveness Study) Programme, which shows promise in reducing AEP risk in American Indian women aged 18 or older...
2016: Sex Education
Wendy E Barrington, Emily White
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate associations of fast-food items (FFI) and sugar-sweetened drinks (SSD) with mortality outcomes including deaths due to any cause, CVD and total cancers among a large sample of adults. DESIGN: Using a prospective design, risk of death was compared across baseline dietary exposures. Intakes of FFI and SSD were quantified using a semi-quantitative FFQ (baseline data collected 2000-2002). Deaths (n 4187) were obtained via the Washington State death file through 2008, excluding deaths in the first year of follow-up...
June 24, 2016: Public Health Nutrition
Lori Garman, Kenneth Smith, Emily E Muns, Cathy A Velte, Christina E Spooner, Melissa E Munroe, A Darise Farris, Michael R Nelson, Renata J M Engler, Judith A James
Although the U.S. National Academy of Sciences concluded that anthrax vaccine adsorbed (AVA) has an adverse event (AE) profile similar to those of other adult vaccines, 30 to 70% of queried AVA vaccinees report AEs. AEs appear to be correlated with certain demographic factors, but the underlying immunologic pathways are poorly understood. We evaluated a cohort of 2,421 AVA vaccinees and found 153 (6.3%) reported an AE. Females were more likely to experience AEs (odds ratio [OR] = 6.0 [95% confidence interval {CI} = 4...
August 2016: Clinical and Vaccine Immunology: CVI
Heehyul Moon, Soonhee Roh, Yeon-Shim Lee, R Turner Goins
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study is to investigate the factors associated with depressive symptoms and chronic illnesses in American Indians compared with White adults born in the post-World War II period, 1946 to 1964, and living in South Dakota. DESIGN: A cross-sectional design of American Indian and White adults aged 50 and older in South Dakota (Brookings, Vermillion, Sioux Falls, and all others areas of South Dakota) between January 2013 and May 2013 was used...
June 2016: Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
Mary Hrywna, M Jane Lewis, Arnab Mukherjea, Smita C Banerjee, Michael B Steinberg, Cristine D Delnevo
South Asians are the third largest Asian group in the US and among the fastest growing racial groups in New Jersey. Tobacco consumption among South Asians is characterized by several smoked and smokeless tobacco products indigenous to the Indian subcontinent. However, there is a paucity of research on tobacco use behaviors among South Asians in the US. The goal of this study was to examine the awareness and use of South Asian tobacco products such as bidis, gutkha, paan, paan masala, and zarda as well as other potentially carcinogenic products such as supari, their context of use, and their cultural significance among South Asians living in the US...
June 2, 2016: Journal of Community Health
Linda A Alexander, Dennis R Trinidad, Kari-Lyn K Sakuma, Pallav Pokhrel, Thaddeus A Herzog, Mark S Clanton, Eric T Moolchan, Pebbles Fagan
BACKGROUND: The disproportionate burden of tobacco use among African Americans is largely unexplained. The unexplained disparities, referred to as the African American smoking paradox, includes several phenomena. Despite their social disadvantage, African American youth have lower smoking prevalence rates, initiate smoking at older ages, and during adulthood, smoking rates are comparable to whites. Smoking frequency and intensity among African American youth and adults are lower compared to whites and American Indian and Alaska Natives, but tobacco-caused morbidity and mortality rates are disproportionately higher...
April 2016: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
Susan E Puumala, Katherine M Burgess, Anupam B Kharbanda, Heather G Zook, Dorothy M Castille, Wyatt J Pickner, Nathaniel R Payne
BACKGROUND: American Indian children have high rates of emergency department (ED) use and face potential discrimination in health care settings. OBJECTIVE: Our goal was to assess both implicit and explicit racial bias and examine their relationship with clinical care. RESEARCH DESIGN: We performed a cross-sectional survey of care providers at 5 hospitals in the Upper Midwest. Questions included American Indian stereotypes (explicit attitudes), clinical vignettes, and the Implicit Association Test...
June 2016: Medical Care
Regina A Shih, Joan S Tucker, Jeremy N V Miles, Brett A Ewing, Eric R Pedersen, Elizabeth J D'Amico
The present study examined differences in lifetime use and initiation of substance use and associated risk factors for alcohol, cigarettes, and marijuana among seven subgroups of Asian American (AA) adolescents: Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Mixed heritage Asian. Sixth and 7th grade AA adolescents in Southern California were surveyed five times over three academic years. We examined subgroup differences in (1) lifetime alcohol, cigarette, and marijuana use assessed at baseline, (2) initiation of each substance over three years, and (3) baseline individual (positive and negative expectancies about substances, resistance self-efficacy, and intentions to use), family (closest adult and older sibling substance use), and school factors (perceived peer use)...
March 2015: Asian American Journal of Psychology
Donna Z Bliss, Olga V Gurvich, Kay Savik, Lynn E Eberly, Susan Harms, Jean F Wyman, Christine Mueller, Judith Garrard, Beth Virnig
Incontinence is a common health problem among nursing home (NH) residents. Differences between black and white NH residents in incontinence prevalence have been reported. Although reducing health disparities is a principal objective of the national health care agenda, little is known about disparities in incidence of new incontinence in NHs. The purpose of this study was to assess whether there were racial/ethnic disparities in the time to development of incontinence in adults over age 65 who had been continent on NH admission...
December 2015: Research in Nursing & Health
Vanessa Y Hiratsuka, Astrid M Suchy-Dicey, Eva M Garroutte, Cathryn Booth-LaForce
INTRODUCTION: Tobacco use is the leading behavioral cause of death among adults 25 years or older. American Indian (AI) and Alaska Native (AN) communities confront some of the highest rates of tobacco use and of its sequelae. Primary care-based screening of adolescents is an integral step in the reduction of tobacco use, yet remains virtually unstudied. We examined whether delivery of tobacco screening in primary care visits is associated with patient and provider characteristics among AI/AN adolescents...
January 2016: Journal of Primary Care & Community Health
Ndidi Nwangwu-Ike, Angela L Hernandez, Qian An, Taoying Huang, H Irene Hall
OBJECTIVE: We sought to determine epidemiological patterns in diagnoses of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and prevalence among females by age, race/ethnicity and transmission category, and essential steps in the continuum of HIV care. METHODS: Using data from the National HIV Surveillance System, we estimated the number of females aged 13 years or older diagnosed with HIV infection in 2008 through 2012 and living with HIV at the end of 2011 in the United States...
November 2015: Women's Health Issues: Official Publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health
Chandra L Ford, Dionne C Godette, Mesfin S Mulatu, Tommi L Gaines
BACKGROUND: Although routine human immune deficiency virus (HIV) testing during health care visits is recommended for most adults, many older adults (i.e., ages 50-64 years) do not receive it. This study identified factors associated with HIV testing in the past 12 months (i.e., recent HIV testing) among US adults in the 3 categories of older adulthood (50-54, 55-59, and 60-64 years) for which routine HIV testing is recommended. METHOD: This was a cross-sectional analysis of data from US older adult respondents to the 2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System...
August 2015: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Soonhee Roh, Kathleen Brown-Rice, Natalie D Pope, Kyoung Hag Lee, Yeon-Shim Lee, Lisa A Newland
Older American Indians experience high rates of depression and other psychological disorders, yet little research exist on the depression literacy of this group. Depression literacy is fundamental for individuals seeking help for depression in a timely and appropriate manner. In the present study the authors examine levels and predictors of knowledge of depression symptoms in a sample of rural older American Indians (N = 227) living in the Midwestern United States. Data from self-administered questionnaires indicate limited knowledge of depression and negative attitudes toward seeking help for mental health problems...
2015: Journal of Evidence-informed Social Work
Soonhee Roh, Kathleen A Brown-Rice, Kyoung Hag Lee, Yeon-Shim Lee, Darlene Yee-Melichar, Elizabeth P Talbot
This study examined determinants of attitudes toward mental health services with a sample of American Indian younger-old-adults (aged 50-64, n = 158) and American Indian older-old adults (aged 65 and older, n = 69). Adapting Andersen's behavioral model of healthcare utilization, predisposing factors, mental health needs, and enabling factors were considered as potential predictors. Female and those with higher levels of social support tend to report more positive attitudes toward mental health services. Culture-influenced personal belief was associated with negative attitudes toward mental health services among American Indian younger-old -adults...
November 2015: Community Mental Health Journal
Betty Jo Josea Kramer, Beth Creekmur, Sarah Cote, Debra Saliba
Home-based primary care (HBPC) is an effective model of noninstitutional long-term care developed in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide ongoing care to homebound persons. Significant rural populations of American Indians have limited access to services designed for frail older adults. Fourteen Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VAMCs) initiated efforts to expand access to HBPC in concert with local tribes and Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities. This study characterizes the resulting emerging models of HBPC and co-management...
April 2015: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Soonhee Roh, Kathleen A Brown-Rice, Kyoung Hag Lee, Yeon-Shim Lee, Michael J Lawler, James I Martin
The purpose of this study was to examine the associations of physical health stressors and coping resources with depressive symptoms among American Indian older adults age 50 years or older. The study used a convenience sample of 227 rural American Indian older adults. A hierarchical multiple regression tested three sets of predictors on depressive symptoms: (a) sociodemographics, (b) physical health stressors (functional disability and chronic medical conditions), and (c) coping resources (social support and spirituality)...
2015: Social Work in Public Health
Bernhard Haring, Wenyu Wang, Elisa T Lee, Sunny Jhamnani, Barbara V Howard, Richard B Devereux
The aim of this study was to investigate whether intake of dietary sodium or potassium is related to changes in left ventricular (LV) diastolic functioning and LV mass index in young subjects with normal or elevated blood pressure. We prospectively analyzed echocardiographic data in 1,065 young adults (18 to 39 years) enrolled in the Strong Heart Family Study who were free from cardiovascular disease at baseline: 501 (47%) participants were normotensive and 564 (53%) were prehypertensive or hypertensive. Dietary sodium and potassium intakes were ascertained using a block food frequency questionnaire at baseline...
May 1, 2015: American Journal of Cardiology
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