July 2012, Volume 105 - Issue 7

Poor Health, but Not Fracture and Fall Risk, Is Associated with Nonattendance at Bone Mineral Density Screening

Kathryn M. Ryder, MD, MS, Andrew Bush, PhD, Catherine Womack, MD, Wayne Pitts, PhD

Abstract: Background: Bone mineral density screening identifies women at risk for fracture. Nonattendance at screening is associated with subsequent hip fracture. Determining reasons for nonattendance may help in the designing of methods to improve screening. Methods: We hypothesize...

(pp 325-328)

Overtreatment and Undertreatment of Hyperlipidemia in the Outpatient Setting

Ashish Verma, MD, Paul Visintainer, PhD, Mohamed Elarabi, MD, Siddharth Wartak, MD, Michael B. Rothberg, MD, MPH

Abstract: Background: National guidelines recommend lipid-lowering therapy for patients with coronary heart disease (CHD), its equivalent (eg, diabetes mellitus, peripheral arterial disease, cerebrovascular disease), and those at high risk of CHD. Quality-of-care studies demonstrate...

(pp 329-333)

Evaluation of Health Literacy among Spanish-Speaking Primary Care Patients Along the US–Mexico Border

Eribeth Penaranda, MD, Marco Diaz, MD, Oscar Noriega, MD, Navkiran Shokar, MD, MPH

Abstract: Objectives: Health literacy (HL) is a measure of the communication skills that are needed by an individual to effectively navigate the healthcare system. Hispanic adults have lower average levels of HL than any other racial/ethnic group; however, the prevalence of adequate...

(pp 334-338)