HEALTH SURVEYS

Health Pulse of America Survey Series


 

Cardiac Patient Navigators to Improve Care Transitions

In 2009, CSR started a two year project following patients enrolled in a cardiac care pilot intervention research study. This research was conducted by faculty in the Stony Brook University School of Health Technology and Management. The project examined two patient groups who have had heart surgery, one group received the help of a volunteer to coordinate aftercare from an inpatient to a community setting and the other group did not. The researchers are interested in improving post-treatment health outcomes and ensuring that patients follow their prescribed medical regimen as they move from an inpatient to an outpatient setting. CSR contacted study participants by telephone for in-depth interviews roughly 2 and 12 weeks after discharge. Surveys collected self-reported information about physician referral to Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation (OCR), relevant post-discharge care experiences, barriers and facilitators of positive outcomes, and OCR enrollment.


 

Public Ranks Cardiovascular Disease Treatment Outcomes [view publication]

A group of researchers, headed by a Stony Brook University Cardiologist, examined how people rated a number of negative outcomes that could follow from treatment for Cardiovascular Disease. The CSR contacted Long Island residents by telephone to rate 15 different potentially adverse consequences from treatment. The results were published in Medical Decision Making in February 2013.


 

Survey of Gambling and Other Addictive Behaviors of New York State Residents [view report]

The New York State Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services commissioned CSR to conduct a large study of gambling and drug addiction among New York State residents in 2005-2006. We interviewed over 5,000 New York State residents for this project which was designed to gather information to inform state-wide policy on gambling and addiction.


 

New York State Cardiologists’ Opinions on Publically Reported Mortality Rates

2011 marked the 20 year anniversary of public reporting of risk-adjusted mortality rates of individual cardiac surgeons in New York State. Approximately 370 New York State cardiologists were interviewed by mail, web and phone regarding the public reports.


 

Pregnancy-Related Correlates of Autism [view publication]

The Center for Survey Research conducted a telephone survey between November 2009 and January 2010 on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The CSR located parents of autistic children through specialized lists. Interviews were conducted with 86 biological mothers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The women came from across the U.S. In addition, the CSR compiled a carefully matched sample of women similar in age, geographic region, and income levels, and with a child of a similar age. This process resulted in interviews with a matched sample of 88 biological mothers of children who did not have ASD. The questionnaire included a large number of questions about the woman’s pregnancy including stress, nature of the birth, pharmaceutical products taken during pregnancy, and so on. This project was funded by the Vice President for Research at Stony Brook University through the Seed Grants for Survey Research Program.


 

Health Outcomes among African-Americans in Wyandanch, NY

CSR interviewed 317 African-Americans living in Wyandanch, Suffolk County NY, on the social and behavioral risk factors that contribute to poor health outcomes in this community.  The survey was conducted for the Stony Brook University Graduate Program in Public Health and funded by the Vice President for Research at Stony Brook University through the Seed Grants for Survey Research Program.


 

Decision-Making and Colorectal Cancer Screening Attitudes of Community Adults Age 50 and Older

Long Island residents between the ages of 50 and 75 were interviewed in the Spring of 2002, and re-interviewed in the Spring of 2004 regarding their health care decisions in screening for colon and other cancers. The study was conducted for the Department of Preventive Medicine, Stony Brook University Medical School, and funded by the National Cancer Institute.


 

Tobacco-Related Behavior and Attitudes in Suffolk County, New York

The CSR conducted a survey of tobacco-related behavior and attitudes among 1,985 Suffolk County residents for the Suffolk County Department of Health Services in 2001. The survey (sample and study procedures) followed the guidelines for the BRFSS in which both the questionnaire and sample design were developed in consultation with CDC personnel. Disproportionate stratification was used to obtain an oversample of smokers. The survey dealt with behavior and opinions on a range of issues related to tobacco, including consumption, advertising, and health concerns. 


 

Health and Health Literacy

352 interviews were conducted in a national survey inquiring about health care knowledge, disease prevention and methods of obtaining health information. The survey was conducted for the Stony Brook University Economics Department and funded by the Vice President for Research at Stony Brook University through the Seed Grants for Survey Research Program.


 

Informal, Unpaid Care Giving in New York State and Suffolk County

Households in New York State and in Suffolk County (in a second study) were screened for the presence of someone who cared for an elderly relative. Caregivers were asked a series of questions about the benefits, time, cost, social support, and stress associated with care giving. These studies were conducted for the Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare and funded by the New York State Department of Health and the Suffolk County Office of the Aging.


 

Childhood Nutrition Survey

Parents of children attending the Bay Shore, Long Island public schools were surveyed regarding attitudes surrounding childhood nutrition, and the responsibilities of parents and schools to provide healthy eating choices and habits for their children. The study was conducted in the Spring of 2003 for the Department of Family Medicine, Stony Brook University Medical Center, and funded by the New York State Department of Health.


 

Public Awareness and Knowledge of H1N1 “Swine Flu” Symptoms and Prevention

New York State residents were asked questions about their awareness and knowledge of symptoms of and prevention of the H1N1 virus. This study was conducted for the University at Buffalo, School of Public Health and Health Professions.


 

Breast Cancer Screening in Women 40 and Older

In 2010 CSR interviewed 496 woman 40 years of age and older about their perceptions of breast cancer screening and how they make decisions to have mammograms. This study was conducted for the University at Buffalo, School of Public Health and Health Professions.


 

Health Benefits of Helping Ingroup and Outgroup Members 

Respondents 60 years of age and older were interviewed from a national sample to ask about their helping behavior with the people around them, and their current physical and mental health. The survey was conducted for faculty from Stony Brook University Department of Preventive Medicine and Department of Psychology with funding by the Vice President for Research at Stony Brook University through the Seed Grants for Survey Research Program.


 

New York State Workers Compensation Physicians Survey

CSR, in concert with Long Island Occupational and Environmental Health Center (LIOEHC) and New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), conducted a survey with New York State Workers Compensation physicians to assess their beliefs and practices regarding the NYS Workers Compensation program and patient care delivery. 


 

Health Insurance and Prescription Drug Coverage of Long Islanders

The AARP included questions on the Long Island Poll concerning health insurance and prescription drug coverage. The AARP questions received press coverage in a Newsday article published in March 2008 entitled, “Poll: Some Skip Food, Heat to Pay for Prescriptions”. In addition, the article was picked up by a number of internet websites including Reuters, Yahoo!News.com, StreetInsider.com, SmartBrief.com, and MedicalNewsToday.com.


 

Center for Survey Research • Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-4392 • Phone: 631.632.4377 • Fax: 631.632.1538
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