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September 09, 2011
Medical comanagement of patients who had perioperative complications was associated with lower mortality, suggesting that comanagement may facilitate effective rescue.
Patient characteristics such as psychiatric diagnosis were associated with variations in adherence, although physician characteristics were not.
Predictive models for hospital admissions and readmissions in persons aged >65 years have been developed through a combination of comorbidity and previous healthcare use.
Different patient characteristics predict adequate antidepressant treatment after hospitalization, received by 58.7% of patients, versus adequate psychotherapy, received by 12.9% of patients.
September 08, 2011
Treatment of glaucoma with bimatoprost is associated with cost savings compared with treatment with latanoprost or travoprost because of greater intraocular pressure reduction.
September 07, 2011
Shifting from claims to integrated electronic health records to calculate quality metrics will improve reported quality attributable to data capture changes, not true quality improvements.
Physician use of EHRs with CDS is associated with increased blood pressure control and lower mean systolic blood pressure across US primary care visits.
September 06, 2011
This drug-utilization study in a prescription database of more than 50,000 patients analyzed compliance, persistence, and switching behavior for ACE inhibitors and ARBs.
Atrial fibrillation patients with mental illness are less likely to receive warfarin anticoagulation; those who do receive warfarin have excess risk of over-anticoagulation.
Retrospective analysis of the US Impact National Benchmark Database indicated that 80% of antibiotics prescribed in subjects with influenza were inappropriate.