This four-year project, funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, is focused on a neglected area within children’s health services research, the relationship between provider-child-caregiver communication during pediatric asthma visits and treatment adherence.
Provider-patient communication about glaucoma and its treatment can be a critical factor that has an impact on initial treatment adherence and persistence.
In the current phase of the project, the Sheps center, in cooperation with the Coordinating Centers (Vanderbilt University) and Policy Research Associates, Inc), has begun to implement and evaluate the effectiveness of these services for homeless women and their children.
This five year project, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, is focuses on a neglected area within mental health research– how patient gender, ethnicity, and age influence the discussion and treatment of mental health problems during primary care medical visits.
In this pilot study funded by The University of North Carolina Research Council, Dr. Sleath is working with the Wake County Continuum-of-Care Collaborative (CCC) to learn more about the problems that homeless women encounter when trying to follow medications prescribed for themselves and their children.
The project focuses on elderly patients with rheumatoid arthritis who may have difficulty communicating their wants and opinions to their doctor.
The project will involve recruiting a sample of 75 women at the Alamance county health department (25 Hispanic, 25 African American, and 25 white) at their second trimester visits (preferably the fifth month) and using the interviewer-administered version of the Beck Depression Inventory, the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, self esteem, hopefulness, positive well-being, and social support instruments.