Deborah T. Gold

Deborah T. Gold
Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Campus mail: 1507 Busse Bldg, Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 660-7530

My research has centered on the psychosocial consequences of chronic illness for older adults. Although I have studied breast cancer, syncope, head and neck cancer, Parkinson's disease and Paget's disease of bone, my primary interest and focus has been on osteoporosis and its psychological and social impact on those who suffer from it.

In particular, my current research focuses on compliance and persistence with osteoporosis medications. One current study focuses on the impact of race/ethnicity on medication decision making. We are trying to determine the relative weight of cost, convenience, dosing interval, efficacy, and safety in making medication decisions and taking medication on a regular basis as prescribed by a health care provider. I am also on the Steering Committees of two major observational studies with different osteoporosis medications.

Finally, I have worked with voluntary health organizations to translate our research findings into positive real-world outcomes for people with chronic illness. I serve on the Board of Trustees of the National Osteoporosis Foundation and am Chair of its Education Committee. I have also chaired the International Symposium on Osteoporosis (ISO) for the last 8 years.

Education and Training

  • Northwestern University, Ph.D. 1986

Publications

Paget's disease of bone and quality of life.

Little is known about how Paget's disease of bone affects quality of life. To better understand the relative impact of factors on quality of life, we mailed a brief survey to 2000 people randomly selected from the Paget's Foundation mailing list.

Paget's disease of bone and quality of life.

Little is known about how Paget's disease of bone affects quality of life. To better understand the relative impact of factors on quality of life, we mailed a brief survey to 2000 people randomly selected from the Paget's Foundation mailing list.

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