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Listing of articles in 2006 -> July/August.
Editorial: Embracing the Problem of Obesity
Elaine Tilka Miller, DNS RN CRRN FAHA FAAN Editor
 
The obesity rate in the United States has increased fourfold in the last 20 years. This has created many challenges for the healthcare system (Sturm, 2003). Overweight is defined as a body mass index (BMI) between 25 and 29.9, while a BMI of 30 or gre...

Interventions to Reduce Back Pain in Rehabilitation Hospital Nursing Staff
Nancy N. Menzel, PhD RN COHN-S • Scarlett Lilley, BSN RN CRRN • Michael E. Robinson, PhD
 
Nursing personnel (registered nurses [RNs], licensed practical nurses [LPNs], and nursing aides [NAs]) have one of the highest job-related injury rates of any occupation (Leighton & Reilly, 1995; U.S. Department of Labor, 2005). The major...

Commentary: Interventions to Reduce Back Pain in Rehabilitation Hospital Nursing Staff
Catherine Warms, PhD RN CRRN
 
Rehabilitation Nursing Editorial Board Member Nurses, particularly rehabilitation nurses, are at considerable risk for on-the-job back injuries and resulting back pain. The article by Menzel, Lilley, and Robinson presents the re...

Life Purpose: Effect on Functional Decline and Quality of Life in Polio Survivors
Tracie C. Harrison, PhD RN CS FNP • Alexa K. Stuifbergen, PhD RN FAAN
 
This article explores the protective effects that finding a purpose in life has on the level of physical and mental impairment and overall quality of life. Results were gathered from a national sample of 2,153 polio survivors. Althoug...

How Cardiac Rehabilitation Relates to Quality of Life
Jeffrey L. Alexander, PhD • Carolyn L. Wagner, BSN RN
 
The purpose of this study is to determine the relationship between adherence to cardiac rehabilitation (CR) and improvements in health-related quality of life (HRQL) with a 12-week, Phase-II CR program. Previ...

Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy: Challenges in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis
Barbara Ridley, MS RN FNP APRN-BC CRRN
 
Intrathecal baclofen (ITB) is a recognized therapy for severe spasticity of both spinal and cerebral origin, with documented positive clinical outcomes for many patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). This article...

Problems of New Caregivers of Persons with Stroke
Linda L. Pierce, PhD RN CNS CRRN FAHA • Victoria Steiner, PhD • Barbara Hicks, MSN RNC • Allison Lea Holzaepfel, MSN CNP RN
 
Nine adult caregivers new to the role of caring for persons with stroke, upon discharge from rehabilitation centers in Ohio and Michigan and living farther away from formalized support services than urban caregivers, were enrolled for...

Commentary: Problems of New Caregivers of Persons with Stroke
Patricia Clark, PhD RN FAAN
 
Rehabilitation Nursing Editorial Board Member The article by Dr. Pierce and colleagues offers initial evidence from qualitative data about the perceived problems of new caregivers of persons with stroke who live a distance from ...

The Prevention of Disablement: A Framework for the Breast Cancer Trajectory
Beverly S. Reigle, PhD RN
 
More than 2 million women in the United States are breast cancer survivors. This is largely due to advances in early detection and treatment and is underscored by a survival rate of 88% at 5 years postdiagnosis for all stages of breas...

Perspectives: Rehabilitation Nursing Reaches Across Cultural Barriers
Sophia Rivera, BSN RN
 
In the Philippines people have a rather negative view of rehabilitation hospitals. We think of admission to a rehabilitation facility as admission to a detoxification facility for substance abusers and alcoholics. I can still see the conc...