Thomas Hugh Feeley

Thomas Hugh Feeley
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York | SUNY Buffalo · Department of Communication

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Introduction This qualitative study sought to identify potential design and delivery alterations to inform cultural adaptation of educational animations about living donor kidney transplantation (LDKT)–previously developed for a diverse population–to better fit Black Americans’ needs. Methods We conducted a secondary analysis of 88 transcripts der...
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This article meta-analyzed 21 studies that tested the effectiveness of animated videos in improving learning in clinical and nonclinical settings compared with standard education. Animation was defined as the use of moving objects that are typically drawn or simulated. Videos ranged from just over 2 min in duration to 16 min in duration in articles...
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Introduction This qualitative study sought to identify potential design and delivery alterations to inform cultural adaptation of educational animations about living donor kidney transplantation (LDKT) – previously developed for a diverse population – to better fit Black Americans’ needs. Methods We conducted a secondary analysis of 88 transcripts...
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Introduction Kidney transplant education in dialysis facilities could be optimized with internet resources, like videos, but most qualitative research predates widespread availability of online video education about kidney transplantation. To improve understanding of dialysis staff transplant education practices, as well as the potential value of v...
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Background Web-based education may be a powerful tool to support transplant candidates’ learning and communication about live donor kidney transplantation. Few educational interventions are web-based and have education sharing for living donor transplant as a primary goal. Methods Through user-centered design and iterative usability testing, we de...
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The Matilda Effect (ME) predicts women scholars are less likely to be rewarded than men scholars with comparable accomplishments. One manifestation of the ME is bias in relation to citations to an author’s work as a function of gender. ME was tested in eight communication journals for 10 publishing years (2002–2006, 2012–2016). Mixed results were f...
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Background: Increasing living-donor kidney transplantation (LDKT) requires education of transplant candidates and their social network. This pre-post study tested the feasibility and acceptability of KidneyTIME, an intervention which leverages LDKT video-based educational content designed for sharing. Methods. Adult kidney candidates undergoing tra...
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Background: Living kidney donation (LKD) improves transplant access; however, its use is compromised, in part, by individuals' unaddressed concerns about perioperative complications. Methods: We developed an animated, patient-centered educational video about LKD surgical complications, with input from experts in transplantation, communication, a...
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Objectives: Animated video has the potential to both educate and persuade patient audiences. This scoping review considers use of animated educational video’s effect on individual-level knowledge in order to inform its application to kidney transplant education and interest among patients and their social network. Methods: A scoping review of stand...
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This review investigated whether ceiling effects on client-reported working alliance measures represent measurement artifacts or valid information related to the formation of the working alliance. Using data from two previously published meta-analyses, a total of 92 estimates of ceiling effects were calculated based on 37 studies with 6,439 partici...
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Abstract of a Review Article Examining Ceiling Effects on Working Alliance Measures.
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Background This review used the Information-Motivation-Behavioral Skills (IMB) model of health behavior change to conceptualize the determinants of kidney transplant access behavior for adult patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Methods A narrative review of qualitative studies of patient access to kidney transplantation was undertaken. O...
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What is the structure of the faculty hiring network in the communication discipline? Using the Doctoral Program Guide of the National Communication Association, we compiled a list of 87 communication doctoral programs from 77 institutions, and obtained information on 1323 faculty members, including current university employment and where they earne...
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BACKGROUND Patient knowledge gaps about the evaluation and waitlisting process for kidney transplantation lead to delayed and incomplete testing, which compromise transplant access. We aimed to develop and evaluate a novel video education approach to empower patients to proceed with the transplant evaluation and listing process and to increase thei...
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Narrative appeals are an effective way of shaping attitudes toward health-related topics. However, questions persist regarding the contexts in which narratives hold an advantage over other commonly used message formats. The current article compares narrative appeals to statistical appeals, one commonly used message format, in the context of HIV tes...
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Apolipoprotein L1 (ApoL1) predictive genetic testing for kidney disease, and its emerging role in transplantation, remains controversial as it may exacerbate underlying disparities among African Americans (AAs) at increased risk. We conducted an online simulation among AAs (N=585) about interest in ApoL1 testing and its cofactors, under two scenari...
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Background. Transplant candidates struggle making decisions about accepting kidneys with variable kidney donor profile index (KDPI) and increased risk donor (IRD) status. Methods. This single site, pilot randomized controlled trial evaluated the efficacy of 2 animations to improve KDPI/IRD knowledge, decisional self-efficacy, and willingness. Kidne...
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Context In an effort to increase donation rates, interventions seek to increase the number of residents who are enrolled in the electronic organ and tissue registry. New York State includes an organ and tissue registration field on voter registration forms. Objective Report the results from voter enrollment drives in New York State seeking to incr...
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An assumption of meta-analyses is made with regard to the quality of the primary studies included for analysis. Specifically, the process assumes each study is a valid estimation of a hypothesized relationship of interest. In instances when a primary study's quality is below an acceptable standard, one option is for the study be excluded from furth...
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Background: Current web-based educational approaches about living kidney donation (LKD) are complex, lengthy, and/or text-laden, which may impair accurate interpretation of information, thereby limiting kidney transplant access. Purpose: This paper describes the process of developing animation-based LKD education designed to be suitable for and...
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Background: Transplant candidates are reluctant to accept kidneys from high Kidney Donor Profile Index (KDPI) donors. Incomplete understanding can lead to transplant delays for older transplant candidates. Patients need access to understandable information to make more informed decisions about KDPI. Methods: We developed a KDPI-specific animatio...
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The that’s-not-all (TNA) compliance-gaining technique offers a product at an initial price and then improves the deal by either lowering the price or adding an extra product before the target responds to the final and adjusted offer. A meta-analysis with 18 comparisons examining the effectiveness of the TNA strategy found that the technique is a re...
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Background: We aimed to develop and feasibility test an educational video culturally targeted to African American (AA) patients regarding kidney allocation. Methods: We iteratively refined an animated video for AAs with multiple stakeholder input and conducted a one-group, prepost study with 50 kidney transplant candidates to assess video feasib...
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Background: Current educational interventions about increased risk donors (IRDs) are less effective in improving knowledge among African American (AA) kidney transplant candidates compared to other races. We aimed to develop an IRD educational animated video culturally responsive to AAs and conduct feasibility testing. Methods: Between 5/1/18-6/...
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Background Completing pre-transplant evaluation is often a barrier to kidney waiting list placement among African American (AA) patients. Interventions are needed to provide AAs with culturally sensitive, understandable information that increases their capacity to achieve placement on the kidney transplant waiting list. Research about enabling and...
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The current study evaluates the Positive Deviance Donation Collaborative, a communication training program designed to identify and disseminate behaviors of requesters with above‐average rates of familial authorization to organ donation. The program initiated with a cohort of 99 requesters from 11 OPOs. Requesters’ quarterly authorization rates wer...
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Background Racial disparities in access to kidney transplantation (KTX) among African Americans (AAs) have been attributed in part to insufficient patient education. Interventions are needed to provide AAs with culturally sensitive, understandable information that increases their capacity to pursue KTX. Research about the factors that activated pat...
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The identifiable victim effect (IVE) refers to individuals’ tendency to offer greater aid to identifiable victims than to statistical victims. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether emotional reactions work to mediate IVE. In two experiments based on the experimental-causal-chain design proposed by Spencer et al. (Journal of Personali...
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Outcomes for adult‐to‐adult living liver donors are largely based on short‐term data drawn from single center studies. The aim of this study was to determine how living liver donation impacts self‐reported Quality‐of‐Life up to 6 years post‐donation in a sample of NYS residents. NYS transplant programs are state‐mandated to track living liver donor...
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We proposed a conceptual model hypothesizing that, among U.S. adolescents, risk perception and social support are negatively associated with alcohol consumption, and that risk perception mediates the effects on alcohol use of conversation with parents and drug/alcohol education. We tested the model using a national sample of adolescents (N = 19,264...
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Context: Citations to articles published in academic journals represent a proxy for influence in bibliometrics. Objective: To measure the journal impact factor for Progress in Transplantation over time and to also identify related journals indexed in transplantation and surgery. Design: Data from Journal Citation Reports (ISI web of science) w...
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Context: Examination of efficacy of motor vehicle representative educational training and dissemination of promotional materials as a means to promote organ donation enrollments in New York State. Objective: To increase the number of New York State residents who consent to donation through the department of motor vehicle transactions during proj...
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The patient–provider relationship in the context of veterinary medicine represents a unique opportunity for studying how bad news is communicated to pet owners by conducting structured interviews with veterinarians. A sample of 44 veterinarians’ responses was recorded and content-analyzed in an effort to identify themes among providers in their cli...
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A random-effects meta-analysis was undertaken to examine the effectiveness of the pique technique of compliance-gaining. Results indicated an overall significant effect of the pique technique on increased compliance rate across 17 comparisons (r = .27). Moderator analyses showed the technique worked significantly better than controls in gaining com...
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Bystander behavior in bullying has received increasing attention in the literature, but it is seldom grounded in a strong theoretical context and rarely draws from multiple disciplines. The current article proposes how theory in mass communication can aid research efforts seeking to better understand and prevent bullying through bystander intervent...
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Background: Two direct mail campaigns were undertaken in Rochester and Buffalo, New York with the goal of enrolling adults' ages 50-64 years into the state organ and tissue donation electronic registry. Meta-analytic methods were used to summarize the body of research on the effects of direct mail marketing to promote organ donation registration....
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Attitudes are defined as individuals' predisposition to respond to attitude objects in a preferential manner. Attitudes are a fundamental element in the study of human communication processes. To properly assess the strength and valence of attitudes in a target audience, it is important to consider the formation of attitudes and essential attitudin...
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Behavior is a broad concept that is rarely defined. It is studied across disciplines including but not limited to communication, psychology, sociology, biology, computer science, anthropology, and philosophy. While scholars of communication are primarily interested in the use of messages to generate meaning, behavior is inextricably linked to the p...
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Context: Mature adults represent an important audience segment for organ donation practitioners. Despite their potential impact as organ donors, compared to other age demographics, their registration rates are much lower. Objective: The objective of the current campaign was to determine the most effective source and message strategy to promote o...
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The identifiable victim effect (IVE) refers to individuals’ tendency to offer greater help to specific, identifiable victims than to anonymous, statistical victims. A random-effects meta-analysis was conducted to determine the overall weighted effect of IVE. Overall, 41 studies were included. Results indicated an overall significant yet modest IVE...
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Background: Mature adults (age 50-64) make up a large proportion of organ transplant recipients and waiting list candidates yet are underrepresented in terms of actual donors. Understanding the reasons why mature adults fail to register as deceased organ donors is critical in achieving the goal of increasing the actionable supply of organs availab...
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The Door-in-the-Face (DITF) sequential message strategy was investigated in a three-study analysis of existing experimental findings. The current study predicted there would be a positive relationship between concession size and compliance rates in DITF studies. Study 1 included 25 comparisons where size of concession was quantifiable as measured b...
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The legitimization of paltry favors compliance-gaining technique involves a phrase that validates a very small amount of requested aid. A random-effects meta-analysis was conducted to examine the effectiveness of the legitimization of paltry favors technique on the compliance rate, mean contribution amount per contributor, and total contribution am...
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A meta-analytic review was undertaken to examine the effects of mass communication campaigns on changes in behavior, knowledge, and self-efficacy in the general public. A review of the academic literature was undertaken and identified 1,638 articles from 1966 through 2012. Using strict inclusion criteria, we included 63 studies for coding and analy...
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We proposed a conceptual model to predict binge-drinking behavior among college students, based on the theory of planned behavior and the stress-coping hypothesis. A two-wave online survey was conducted with predictors and drinking behavior measured separately over 2 weeks' time. In the Wave 1 survey, 279 students at a public university in the Unit...
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The current study applied a theory of newsworthiness to the topic of organ donation. Specifically, content analysis of newspaper stories published in the United States (N = 1,988) was performed to identify whether deviance and significance of a story predicted story prominence, measured as story length and placement in the newspaper. Results indica...
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An inconsistency in the research indicates positive attitudes toward organ donation do not map reliably onto organ donor registrations. Various models have sought to explain this inconsistency and the current analysis formally compared three models: the Bystander Intervention Model (BIM), the Organ Donor Model (ODM), and Vested Interest Theory (VIT...
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Context— Four challenge campaigns in 2012 and 2013 were undertaken to promote organ donor registrations in New York State. Challenge campaigns relied on community advocates statewide to initiate month-long outreach efforts with top teams earning monetary rewards and public recognition. Objective— To significantly increase the number and proportion...
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This study examined the unique effects of numeracy on self-efficacy in managing health and on information-seeking experience, and explored the mediating role of information-seeking experience. The proposed model was tested using a national random-digit-dial sample (n = 4,092) of adults participating in the 2007 Health Information National Trends Su...
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This study proposed that, among older adults, higher support and lower strain received from each of the four relational sources (spouse/partner, children, family, and friends) were associated with reduced loneliness and improved well-being and that loneliness might mediate the relationship between support/strain and well-being. Structural equation...
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Although peer bystanders can exacerbate or prevent bullying and sexual harassment, research has been hindered by the absence of a validated assessment tool to measure the process and sequential steps of the bystander intervention model. A measure was developed based on the five steps of Latané and Darley’s (1970) bystander intervention model applie...
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Context: Prior research examining rationales for enrolling as an organ donor is biased because of its reliance on college student samples and retrospective recall. Objective: To characterize New York state residents' registry enrollment decisions in close proximity to a registration opportunity. Design: -Surveys were conducted with customers e...
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This study relies on state‐of‐the‐art meta‐analytical techniques to assess overall effects of the Risk Information Seeking and Processing (RISP) model. The results support the utility of the RISP model in predicting risk information seeking and systematic processing. However, the model demonstrated limited explanatory power for heuristic processing...
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The current study examines the persuasive effects of message framing on reactions to norms-based campaign messages designed to reduce the prevalence of illegal music downloading behaviors. Two hundred thirty-seven participants (N = 237) were randomly exposed to one of four written messages on illegal music downloading. Results indicate that positiv...
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Eighty-five organ procurement coordinators (OPCs) completed face-to-face interviews designed to elicit the emotional and instrumental social support strategies communicated to potential donor families throughout the request for deceased organ donation. OPCs identified six forms of emotional support and eight forms of instrumental support, with grea...
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The current paper provides readers some clarifications on the nature and goals of mass media campaigns designed to promote organ donation. These clarifications were necessitated by an earlier essay by Rady et al. (Med Health Care Philos 15:229-241, 2012) who present erroneous claims that media promotion campaigns in this health context represent pr...
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This study examined the unique effects of three forms of enacted (i.e., received) support (emotional, unpaid assistance, financial) on well-being and tested the potential mediating role of perceived control. The analysis was based on a national sample collected through the second wave of the Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) survey conducted in...
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Despite the fact that college students support social causes, this age group has underparticipated in organ donor registration. Little research attention has been given to understanding deeper, higher-order relationships between the antecedent attitudes toward and perceptions of organ donation and registration behavior. To test a process model usef...
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A random-effects meta-analysis was undertaken to examine the effectiveness of the Door-in-the-Face (DITF) persuasive message strategy on compliance. Results indicate an overall significant effect of the DITF strategy on verbal compliance (k=78, r=.126), but an insignificant effect for behavioral compliance (k=39, r=.052). In terms of verbal complia...
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Efforts to promote organ donation have traditionally relied on mass-mediated or interpersonal communication to promote donor registration. Despite its popularity, the use of online media has yet to be carefully evaluated as a platform to promote organ donation. To describe results of an intervention to promote donor registration that relies solely...
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A meta-analysis of odds ratios comparing the risks of participating in transplant tourism by acquiring a kidney abroad to the risks associated with domestic kidney transplant was undertaken. Comparison across 12 medical outcomes indicates transplant tourists are significantly more likely to contract cytomegalovirus, hepatitis B, HIV, post-transplan...
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This study uses an article-level analysis to measure the relationship between the Journal Impact Factor (JIF) of the journal where an article is published and the number of citations to the same article, as indexed in Google Scholar (scholar.google.com). JIF is a metric that measures the average number of citations to a given journal article publis...
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The two-step flow model of communication (Katz, 1957) suggests opinion leaders obtain critical information from the mass media and, in turn, communicate this information to interpersonal contacts such as friends, family and co-workers. It is suggested that religious leaders (RLs) may serve as opinion leaders on the topic of organ donation by debunk...
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The current analysis examines the relationship between measures (R-scores, S-scores, faculty productivity) utilized in the recently published National Research Council NRC report and communication doctoral programs’ centrality in the faculty-hiring network. Correlations among the network indicators and the NRC ratings were generally moderate and ne...
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Data from 1,581 faculty members affiliated with 98 doctoral-granting Communication programs in the United States were analyzed to determine normative publication rates and predictors of position centrality in the faculty hiring network. The Communication Institute for Online Scholarship (CIOS) database was used to measure publication frequency in r...
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Organ procurement coordinators (OPCs) face a formidable communication task when making familial requests for consent to organ donation, because they must provide social support for grieving family members while seeking compliance to the donation request. Structured interviews were conducted with 102 OPCs, representing 16 organ procurement organizat...
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The present study provides an in-depth examination of the messages used by organ procurement coordinators (OPCs) in shaping familial requests for organ donation. OPCs (N = 102), recruited from a national sample of 16 organ procurement organizations, participated in a structured interview designed to uncover the communication strategies used in obta...
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Latané and Darley's (1970) bystander intervention theory was used to model individuals' participation in two prosocial behaviors (organ donation, green living). It is argued that nonparticipants in prosocial helping are innocent bystanders who likely fail to notice the need, do not interpret the cause as an emergency, do not accept responsibility f...
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Bibliometric data indexed through the Institute for Scientific Information were analyzed for 45 communication journals. Several measures were included to identify the most widely cited journals in the field, including (a) journal impact factor, (b) five-year journal impact, (c) article influence, and (d) journal relatedness. Results serve to expand...
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Context Current knowledge regarding the barriers to organ donation relies on 3 data sources: potential donor families, hospital staff, and members of the general public. The current study complements these findings by interviewing organ procurement coordinators about their experiences during the familial consent process. Objective To characterize...