Summer 2021 Research, Creative Work, and Publications

August 23, 2021

StatsRRTC New Report Examines Differences in Prescription Opioid Use Behaviors

With associates from Brandeis University, Eric Lauer and Debra Brucker (Stats RRTC) analyzed data from the 2015-2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (128,740 individuals; weighted N of 244,831,740) to examine disability-based differences in (1) reasons and sources of last prescription opioid misuse and, in multivariate models overall and stratified by disability, the likelihood of (2) prescription opioid use, and if used, (3) misuse and prescription opioid use disorder (OUD), overall and stratified by disability. Citation: Reif, S., Lauer, E. A., Sayko Adams, R., Brucker, D. L., Ritter, G. A., & Mitra, M. (2021, June 30). Examining differences in prescription opioid use behaviors among U.S. adults with and without disabilities. Preventive Medicine.

Food Sufficiency and Barriers to Free Food Access during COVID-19 pandemic

Using newly available survey data, this article examines levels of food sufficiency for working-age persons with and without disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Citation: Brucker, D., Stott, G., & Phillips, K. (2021). Food sufficiency and barriers to free food access for working-age Americans with disabilities before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Disability and Health Journal.

NH Disability & Public Health Project Study

The NH Disability & Public Health Project study demonstrates that the Responsive Practice health care provider training positively affects providers' knowledge, outlook, and approach to caring for people with disabilities. Citation: Phillips, K., England, E. & Wishengrad, J. (2021). Disability-competence training influences health care providers' conceptualizations of disability: An evaluation study [in press]. Disability and Health Journal.

Disability in Focus: June 2021

The June report reveals that better preventive health care is needed for NH adults with mobility disabilities. Currently, 6 in 10 NH adults with mobility disabilities report their health as fair or poor. However, with better access to health promotion programs and preventive health care, their health can improve. Citation: NH Disability & Public Health Project. (2021, June). Disability in Focus: June 2021 [Data Brief]. UNH Institute on Disability.

The Association of Disability Status with Job Tenure for U.S. Workers

Using newly available survey data the team found that job tenure was shorter for people with disabilities than for people without, and the article in which this is detailed was recently accepted for publication. Citation: Brucker, D., Henly, M., & Rafal, M. (2021). The Association of Disability Status with Job Tenure for U.S. Workers. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation.

Psychiatric presentations and medication use in older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are living longer, yet research about the medical and psychiatric needs of older adults still lags behind that of younger individuals with IDD. The aim of this study was to assess age-related differences in the mental health presentations of adults with IDD.

Citation: Wise, E., Holingue, C., Klein, A., Caoili, A., Charlot, L., Barnhill, J., & Beasley, J. (Accepted). Psychiatric presentations and medication use in older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

2021 New Hampshire Disability & Public Health Report

DPH's May report reveals the need for better preventive health for Adults with IDD. Compared to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) nationally, adults with IDD in NH are more likely to live in a rural area. They are more likely to live in their own home, with family, or in a foster home. Other adults with IDD live in urban areas and in institutions or group homes. Citation: DPH. (2021, May). 2021 New Hampshire Disability & Public Health Report [Series Report]. Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire.

Introduction to a Special Series on PROMISE.

The issue intends to make accessible new knowledge on the practices and policies that contribute to the post-school success of low-income youth with disabilities. The articles share insights gained from the PROMISE experience and justify the need for a continued emphasis on examining education and employment practices that lead to post-secondary education, long-term employment, and financial independence. The full special issue on PROMISE is open source and available to all. Citation: Crane, K., Hartman, E. & Nye-Lengerman, K. (2021). Improving the Adult Outcomes for SSI Youth Recipients: Introduction to a Special Series on PROMISE. Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, 44(2), 67–68. doi: 10.1177/2165143420980726