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Analysis of support group availability for adult-onset neurological disorders in central Appalachian region of the United States

Ashraf, Alexandria (2015) Analysis of support group availability for adult-onset neurological disorders in central Appalachian region of the United States. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Abstract

Huntington disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Parkinson disease, and Alzheimer disease are four multifactorial, neurodegenerative, inheritable disorders affecting thousands of people collectively in the United States. The importance of public health measures such as support groups for both patients with one of these diseases, as well as caregivers, is high. Support groups are beneficial for the patients and caregivers, and are also vital to the well being of the patient. Support groups also serve to address important public health services in the United States. I examined the number of counties with at least one support group available for each of these four diseases throughout the central Appalachian region of the United States. First, the total number of counties with at least one support group throughout each state in this region was assessed and subsequently compared to the number of counties with at least one support group within the Appalachian region of each state. The number of counties with at least one support group available to individuals living within the Appalachian region of these states was significantly lower than the rest of the state (34 vs 61%, respectively, P-value


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Ashraf, Alexandriaaja52@pitt.eduAJA52
Contributors:
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairDurst, Andreaadurst@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberKammerer, Candace M.cmk3@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberBjerke, Elizabethschmidte@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 2 May 2015
Date Type: Publication
Submission Date: 31 March 2016
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Human Genetics
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: No
Uncontrolled Keywords: genetics, neurological, disorders, support, groups, Appalachia, Huntingtons, Parkinsons, Alzheimers, ALS
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2016 17:21
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2017 06:55
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/27548

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