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Publications (2)3.7 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: To identify the prevalence of influenza vaccination and factors associated with vaccination among students at Brigham Young University. A Cross-sectional survey of seven general education classes, size 30 to 200 students each, was conducted the week of November 25, 2007. A 34 item paper-pencil questionnaire was administered, taking 5-10 minutes to complete. The response rate was 90%, with 421 completed surveys. Prevalence of influenza vaccination was 12% in the current influenza season. Influenza vaccination was significantly influenced by place of work, frequency of being around children, place of residence, and selected area of academic study. Students that received the influenza vaccination were more motivated by perceived severity of influenza than by perceived risk of contracting the illness. Physicians or nurses were the most influential at encouraging influenza vaccination, followed by parents, then the university or student health center, and then the media. The percentage of students that received influenza vaccination information from physicians or nurses was 14%, from parents was 15%, from the student health center was 25%, and from the general media was 45%. Influenza vaccination is low among college students, but impacted by perceived severity of the illness, place of employment or residence, and who encourages influenza vaccination.
    Medical science monitor: international medical journal of experimental and clinical research 02/2010; 16(2):PH29-34. · 1.22 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This study presents corrected rates and probability (risk) estimates of experiencing a hysterectomy and of selected conditions commonly treated with hysterectomy. Analyses are based on hysterectomy prevalence data from the Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (calendar years 2000-2006), hysterectomy incidence data from the National Hospital Discharge Survey (2001-2005), and population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau (2001-2005). The correction involved removing those women without a uterus from the denominator in the rate calculation. Corrected hysterectomy incidence rates per 1000 women were greater than the uncorrected rates for women ages 18-44 years (6.0 vs. 5.0), 45-64 years (10.4 vs. 7.1), and 65 years and older (4.9 vs. 2.6). Correcting the rates had a comparatively larger impact in the South. Incidence rates of selected conditions associated with the female reproductive system were greater after correction for hysterectomy prevalence. For example, corrected compared with uncorrected rates of uterine fibroids per 1000 women were 2.9 vs. 2.7 for ages 18-44 and 5.0 vs. 3.4 for ages 45-64. The uncorrected and corrected 10-year risk of being diagnosed with uterine fibroids among women aged 50 who have not previously had fibroids is 3.87 (1 in 26) and 4.54 (1 in 22), respectively. The correction method employed produces greater incidence and age-conditional-risk estimates of hysterectomy and of conditions commonly treated with hysterectomy. Corrected rates and age-conditional risk estimates may allow women with intact uteri to better assess their probability of undergoing a hysterectomy and certain other conditions of the reproductive system.
    Annals of Epidemiology 04/2008; 18(3):253-60. · 2.48 Impact Factor