Quality of Life

Screening and Counseling for Alcohol Use in Adolescents With Chronic Medical Conditions in the Ambulatory Setting

Authors: Lunstead J, Weitzman ER, Harstad E, Dedeoglu F, Gaffin JM, Garvey KC, MacGinnitie A, Rufo PA, Fishman LN, Wisk LE, Levy S

Summary: In this study, Dr. Dedeoglu and her collaborators study how youth with chronic medical conditions experience alcohol screening and counseling. The authors found that a majority of the youth studied acknowledge they are being screened, but did not get the “avoid alcohol” message.

Publication Information: Journal of adolescent health, June 2019

Adolescent and parent perspectives on medical decision-making for chronic illness

Authors: David JG, Lo MS, Langer DA

Summary: Patients with chronic rheumatic diseases and their parents were studied to determine their perceptions about medical decision making (MDM). The authors found that both adolescents and parents who valued participation in MDM were more involved in their medical care.

Publication Information: Families, systems & health: the journal of collaborative family healthcare, June 2018

Adding Patient-Reported Outcomes to a Multisite Registry to Quantify Quality of Life and Experiences of Disease and Treatment for Youth With Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Authors: Levy S, Dedeoglu F, Gaffin JM, Garvey KC, Harstad E, MacGinnitie A, Rufo PA, Huang Q, Ziemnik RE, Wisk LE, Weitzman ER

Summary: In this study, Dr. Dedeoglu and her collaborators aimed to study how patient experience in children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) contributed to health-related quality of life (HRQOL). This study showed that adverse treatment effects, in addition to active disease, play a substantial role in patients' quality of life (QOL). They recommended these metrics to be routinely assessed during clinical care.

Publication Information: Journal of patient-reported outcomes, January 2018


A Screening Tool for Assessing Alcohol Use Risk among Medically Vulnerable Youth

Authors: Levy S, Dedeoglu F, Gaffin JM, Garvey KC, Harstad E, MacGinnitie A, Rufo PA, Huang Q, Ziemnik RE, Wisk LE, Weitzman ER.

Summary: Dr. Dedeoglu and several other collaborators tested the efficacy and validity of the Youth Alcohol Screening Tool in patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis. They found that this screening tool was accurate in identifying alcohol use in adolescence with arthritis.

Publication Information: PLoS One. 2016