Native Americans

Comorbidity among older American Indians: the native elder care study

Goins RT, Pilkerton CS.  Department of Community Medicine, Center on Aging, Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, West Virginia University, P.O. Box 9127, Morgantown, WV 26506, USA. rgoins@hsc.wvu.edu.  J Cross Cult Gerontol. 2010 Dec;25(4):343-54. doi: 10.1007/s10823-010-9119-5. Comorbidity is a growing challenge and the older adult population is most at risk of developing comorbid conditions. Comorbidity […]

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Assistive technology use of older American Indians in a southeastern tribe: the native elder care study

Goins RT, Spencer SM, Goli S, Rogers JC.  Department of Community Medicine, Center on Aging, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia 26506, USA. rgoins@hsc.wvu.edu.  J Am Geriatr Soc. 2010 Nov;58(11):2185-90. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2010.03140.x. The objectives of this study were to examine the prevalence of assistive technology (AT) use, type of assistance used for each activity of […]

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Lifetime physical and sexual abuse, substance abuse, depression, and suicide attempts among Native American women.

Although there is preliminary evidence that violence against women and children may be particularly prevalent in some Native American communities, associations between abuse and substance abuse, mental health problems, and suicide attempts have rarely been studied in this population. This study examined lifetime and current physical and sexual abuse among 30 Native American women. Nearly […]

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Childhood physical and sexual abuse and subsequent depressive and anxiety disorders for two American Indian tribes.

BACKGROUND: This study examined the relationship of childhood abuse, both physical and sexual, with subsequent lifetime depressive and anxiety disorders–depression or dysthymia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and panic or generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)–among American Indians (AIs). METHOD: Three thousand and eighty-four AIs from two tribes–Southwest and Northern Plains–participated in a large-scale, community-based study. Participants were […]

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Trends in diabetes prevalence among American Indian and Alaska native children, adolescents, and young adults.

OBJECTIVES: This study determined trends in diabetes prevalence among young American Indians and Alaska Natives. METHODS: American Indian and Alaska Native children (< 15 years), adolescents (15-19 years), and young adults (20-34 years) with diabetes were identified from the Indian Health Service (IHS) outpatient database. The population living within IHS contract health service delivery areas […]

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Rheumatoid arthritis in American Indians and Alaska Natives: a review of the literature.

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: An increased prevalence of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has been reported in several American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations. This article reviews the prevalence of RA in these populations, including clinical and serologic features. METHODS: References were taken from Medline through November 2003, in addition to the Arctic Health Literature Database and […]

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Cultural diversity: caring for minority children with mental retardation and other disabilities.

Providing services for minority group children with mental retardation and other disabilities can challenge the abilities of any dental practitioner. The added challenge, however, is for the practitioner to recognize and understand the different cultures which can and do affect the relationships between the practitioner, the patient, the family, and the care that is provided. […]

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Functional disability and associated factors among older Zuni Indians.

Few studies have focused on American Indian elderly and functional disability, and none have explored potential moderating or mediating factors that may lend themselves to subsequent intervention. The purpose of this study was to describe the extent of functional disability in elders and to determine which factors were associated with a higher number of Activities […]

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Diabetes care among older urban American Indians and Alaska Natives.

OBJECTIVE: To assess the prevalence of, and quality of care for, diabetes mellitus among the understudied, yet growing, population of older, urban American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs). DESIGN: Medical record review. SETTING: Urban Indian primary care clinic in Seattle, Washington. PATIENTS: All (N = 550) AI/AN patients > or = 50 years of age. […]

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Using GIS in a first national mapping of functional disability among older American Indians and Alaska Natives from the 2000 census.

BACKGROUND: Geographical information systems (GIS) have been used mainly in understanding infectious diseases and environmental threats in health research. Here, GIS was used to examine patterns of functional disability as one impact of chronic disease in American Indians and Alaska Natives. The study purpose was to create the first national mapping of functional disability for […]

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