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Spring 2023 Publications

Tolúwaní E. Adékunlé, MPH, MBA, MA, doctoral candidate in the Dept. of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, contributed to an article published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology titled, “Racial/ethnic and socioeconomic differences in breast cancer surgery performed and delayed treatment: mediating impact on mortality.” The study examined the racial/ethnic and socioeconomic status differences in surgical treatment types and delays and quantified the extent to which these differences explained the racial/ethnic disparities in breast cancer mortality. Findings showed that racial and ethnic minorities, the majority of whom have a lower socioeconomic position, are significantly disadvantaged regarding the evaluation, quality, cost, and duration of medical care. Co-authors from the Palisades Medical Center, UTHealth School of Public Health, and Hackensack Meridian Health included Ayrton Bangolo, Pierre Fwelo, Kenechukwu O.S. Nwosu, Oladipo Afolayan, Onyekachi Ahaiwe, Akpevwe A. Ojaruega, Vignesh Nagesh, Amer Jarri, Shraboni Dey, Angel Ann Chacko, Bhavna Gupta, and Adam Atoot.

Ryan Combs, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences (HPBS), and Hallie Decker, MSSW, HPBS doctoral student, were authors on, “The Early Effects of the Coronavirus Disease-19 Pandemic on Pediatric Resident Education: A National Assessment,” published in Academic Pediatrics. Researchers conducted a mixed methods national survey of pediatric residency program directors and examined the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic impact on pediatric resident education. They concluded the pandemic negatively impacted inpatient and outpatient education. Their findings highlighted the importance of competency based medical education tailoring experiences so each resident is prepared for independent practice. Co-authors were Monique Naifeh and Christopher Aston, Dept. of Pediatrics, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center; Michelle Stevenson, Dept. of Pediatrics, Norton Children’s Hospital and University of Louisville; Erika Abramson, Department of Pediatrics and Department of Population Health Sciences, Weill Cornell Medicine; and Su-Ting T Li, Department of Pediatrics, University of California Davis.

Melissa Eggen, MPH, doctoral student in the Dept. of Health Management and Systems Sciences (HMSS) was lead author on the article, “An exploration of barriers to access to trial of labor and vaginal birth after cesarean in the United States: a scoping review,” published in the Journal of Perinatal Medicine. Despite evidence of its safety, access to trial of labor after cesarean (TOLAC) and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) are limited by many clinical and non-clinical factors. Using a scoping review of methodology, they found barriers to TOLAC and VBAC varied across levels of influence related to restrictive clinical guidelines, provider reluctance, geographic disparities, and midwifery scopes of practice. The majority of barriers were related to systemic and interpersonal factors. Article co-authors included Jessica Petrey, Associate Professor, Kornhauser Library, Paige Roberson, SPHIS undergraduate student, Mary Curnette, MS, RD, LD, HMSS doctoral student and research assistant, and J’Aime Jennings, PhD, Associate Professor, HMSS.

Maryam Jazayeri, MSHA student, was a lead author on the recently published paper, "Clinical Laboratory Approaches for Diagnoses of Sleep-Disordered Breathing and ADHD-Like Behavior in Children," published in the Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine. The team reviewed the status of potential laboratory tests for diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea in children with an emphasis on markers linked to intermittent hypoxia and cardiovascular responses. They found laboratory tests that correlate with both obstructive sleep apnea and ADHD-like syndromes would be useful to diagnose root causes of behaviors and identify a subset of children who may not need psychotropic medications. Co-authors from the UofL School of Medicine include Tiffany K Bratton, Egambaram Senthilvel, Maria Romelinda Mendoza, and Roland Valdes.

David Johnson, PhD, MPH, CPH, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Health Management and Systems Sciences, will present a poster, “An Applied Framework to Foster Critical Thinking and Intellectual Trait Development” at the Association of Universities and Programs of Health Administration (AUPHA) 2023 annual meeting in National Harbor, MD. Robin Zahrndt, Program Manager, Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning, is a co-author.


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