Impact of a high-deductible health plan on outpatient visits and associated diagnostic tests

Med Care 52:86-92. Harvard University; Harvard Medical School; Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA BACKGROUND: By shifting a greater share of […]

Vitamin D, asthma prevalence and asthma exacerbations: a large adult population-based study

Allergy. Allergy and Clinical Immunology Unit, Meir Medical Center, Kfar Saba, Israel; Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel. BACKGROUND: The impact of low […]

Assessing Markers From Ambulatory Laboratory Tests for Predicting High-Risk Patients

ABSTRACT Objectives: This exploratory study used outpatient laboratory test results from electronic health records (EHRs) for patient risk assessment and evaluated whether risk markers based on […]

Relation between surgeon volume and risk of complications after total hip arthroplasty: propensity score matched cohort study

BMJ 348:g3284. University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada; Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Toronto, ON, Canada OBJECTIVES: To identify a cut point in annual surgeon […]

Mothers of children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: health conditions and medical care utilization in periods before and after birth of the child

Med Care 47:105-114. Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, Northern California Region, Oakland, CA, USA BACKGROUND: Analyzing health conditions and medical utilization of […]

Elective, major noncardiac surgery on the weekend: a population-based cohort study of 30-day mortality

Med Care 52:557-564. University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada; Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, ON, Canada IMPORTANCE: Previous research has demonstrated that patients undergoing elective […]

Multimorbidity in people with type 2 diabetes in the Basque Country (Spain): Prevalence, comorbidity clusters and comparison with other chronic patients

Eur J Intern Med 26:197-202. Basque Institute for Healthcare Innovation, Barakaldo, Spain; Osakidetza (Basque Health Service), Erandio, Spain; Department of Health, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain; World Health […]

Predictors of hospital stay and home care services use: A population-based, retrospective cohort study in stage IV gastric cancer

Palliat Med 29:147-156. Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada; University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada; Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Toronto, ON, Canada; Queen’s University, Kingston, […]

How profitable is risk selection? A comparison of four risk adjustment models

Health Econ 11:165-174. Department of Health Services, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA To mitigate selection triggered by capitation payments, risk-adjustment models […]

Macrolide antibiotics and the risk of ventricular arrhythmia in older adults

CMAJ Western University, London, ON, Canada; London Health Sciences Centre, London, ON, Canada; Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) Western, London, ON, Canada BACKGROUND: Many […]

A cross-sectional, population-based study of HIV physicians and outpatient health care use by people with HIV in Ontario

BMC Health Serv Res 15:63. Bruyère Research Institute, Ottawa, ON, Canada; University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada; McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada; Ottawa Hospital Research […]

Improved Survival in Patients with Viral Hepatitis-Induced Hepatocellular Carcinoma Undergoing Recommended Abdominal Ultrasound Surveillance in Ontario: A Population-Based Retrospective Cohort Study

PLoS One 10:e0138907. University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada; Ontario Institute for Cancer Research/Cancer Care Ontario, Toronto, ON, Canada; Institute for Clinical Evaluative  Sciences, Toronto, ON, […]

What, if anything, does amenable mortality tell us about regional health system performance?

Healthc Policy 8:79-90. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada OBJECTIVES: Amenable mortality is proposed as a health system performance measure, and has been used […]

A chronic disease score with empirically derived weights

Med Care 33:783-795. Indiana University Department of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, USA. Different types of medication prescribed during a 6-month period for the treatment and management […]

Assessing socioeconomic health care utilization inequity in Israel: impact of alternative approaches to morbidity adjustment

BMC Public Health 11:609. Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences, University of Haifa, Mount Carmel, Israel BACKGROUND: The ability to accurately detect differential resource […]

Capitation and enhanced fee-for-service models for primary care reform: a population-based evaluation

CMAJ 180:E72-E81. Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Toronto, ON, Canada BACKGROUND: Primary care reform in Ontario, Canada, included the initiation of a blended capitation model […]

Variability in prescription drug expenditures explained by Adjusted Clinical Groups (ACG) case-mix: a cross-sectional study of patient electronic records in primary care

BMC Health Serv Res 8:53. Catalan Institute of Oncology, IDIBELL, L’Hospitalet, Barcelona, Spain BACKGROUND: In view of rapidly increasing prescription costs, case-mix adjustment should be […]

The importance of comorbidity in analysing patient costs in Swedish primary care

BMC Public Health 6:36. Ryd Primary Health Care Centre, Linköping, Sweden BACKGROUND: The objective was to explore the usefulness of the morbidity risk adjustment system […]

Designing and using measures of quality based on physician office records.

J Ambul Care Manage 18:56-72. Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA This article presents our principles for developing performance measures to […]

Impact of managed care on prescription drug use

Health Aff 10:140-154. Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA Differences between the health services utilization patterns of persons enrolled […]

Socioeconomic status and the utilization of diagnostic imaging in an urban setting

CMAJ 173:1173-1177. Radiology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: An inverse relationship exists between socio-economic status (SES) and osteoporotic fractures. In publicly […]

Rural American Indian Medicaid health care services use and health care costs in California

Am J Public Health 96:363-370. Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California San Francisco, USA OBJECTIVES: We determined differences in Medicaid service use and […]

Evaluating diagnosis-based risk-adjustment methods in a population with spinal cord dysfunction

Arch Phys Med Rehabil 85:218-226. OBJECTIVE: To examine performance of models in predicting health care utilization for individuals with spinal cord dysfunction.DESIGN: Regression models compared […]

Oil and water? Lessons from Maryland’s effort to protect safety net providers in moving to Medicaid managed care

J Urban Health 77:645-662. Mathematica Policy Research in Washington, DC, USA Studies have highlighted the tensions that can arise between Medicaid managed care organizations and […]

Does community-governed nonprofit primary care improve access to services? Cross-sectional survey of practice characteristics

Int J Health Serv 35:465-478. Department of Public Health, Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, New Zealand This study compared community-governed nonprofit and for-profit […]

Predictors of 1-year change in patient activation in older adults with diabetes mellitus and heart disease

J Am Geriatr Soc 60:1316-1321. Group Health Research Institute, Seattle, Washington, USA OBJECTIVES: To identify patterns and predictors of 1-year change in patient activation in […]

Risk-adjusted resource allocation: using Taiwan’s National Health Insurance as an example

Asia Pac J Public Health 27:NP958-971. Department of Health Policy & Management, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA. OBJECTIVES: To […]

Distance to hospital and socioeconomic status influence secondary health care use

Scand J Prim Health Care 31:83-88. Blekinge Centre of Competence, Karlskrona, Sweden Objective. The aim of this study was to investigate how distance to hospital […]

The effect of the doctor-patient relationship on emergency department use among the elderly

Am JPublic Health 90:97-102. Department of Family Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA, USA OBJECTIVES: This study sought to determine the rate […]

Measurement of relative cost weights as an effect of the retrospective application of Adjusted Clinical Groups in primary care

Gac Sanit 20:132-141. Published in Spanish. Badalona Serveis Assistencials, S.A., Badalona, Barcelona, España OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study is to obtain the cost’s relative […]

Income-related inequities: Cross-sectional analyses of the use of medicare services in British Columbia in 1992 and 2002

Open Med 2:e91. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada BACKGROUND: The primary demonstration of the principle of income-related equity in Canada is the provision […]

Disaster-related injuries in the period of recovery: the effect of prolonged displacement on risk of injury in older adults

JTrauma 67:834-840. Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA BACKGROUND: Hurricane Katrina, which struck the Gulf Coast […]

Setting health care capitations through diagnosis-based risk adjustment: a suitable model for the English NHS?

Health Policy 101:133-139. Faculty of Health, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK The English system of health resource allocation has been described as the apotheosis of […]

Insurance coverage and subsequent utilization of complementary and alternative medicine providers

Am J Manag Care 12:397-404. Department of Health Services, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA BACKGROUND: Since 1996, […]

Multimorbidity, polypharmacy, referrals, and adverse drug events: are we doing things well?

Br J Gen Pract 62:e821. Aragón Health Sciences Institute (IACS), Miguel Servet University Hospital, University of Zaragoza, Spain BACKGROUND: The consequences of multimorbidity include polypharmacy […]

Costs and associated factors with optimal and suboptimal responses to the treatment of major depressive disorder

Aten Primaria 44:667-675. Published in Spanish. Dirección de Planificación, Badalona Serveis Assistencials, Barcelona, Spain OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the compliance, persistence and costs of the treatment […]

Factors associated with hospitalisations for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions among persons with an intellectual disability: a publicly insured population perspective

J Intellect Disabil Res 57:226-239. Dual Diagnosis Program, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, ON, Canada BACKGROUND: Hospitalisations for ambulatory care-sensitive (ACS) conditions are […]

Cardiovascular safety of inhaled long-acting bronchodilators in individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

JAMA Intern Med 173:1175-1185. Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Toronto, ON, Canada; Department of Medicine, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada; Child Health Evaluative […]

The disconnect between better quality of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis preventive care and better outcomes: a population-based cohort study

J Rheumatol 40:1736-1741. University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada; University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB; McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada OBJECTIVE: The quality of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis […]

Glucagonlike peptide 1-based therapies and risk of hospitalization for acute pancreatitis in type 2 diabetes mellitus: a population-based matched case-control study

JAMA Intern Med 173:534-539. Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine and Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA IMPORTANCE: Acute pancreatitis has significant morbidity […]

The association between obesity and outpatient visits for acute respiratory infections in Ontario, Canada

Int J Obes 38:113-119. Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Toronto, ON, Canada; Public Health Ontario, Toronto, ON, Canada; University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada OBJECTIVE: […]

Effects of impairment in activities of daily living on predicting mortality following hip fracture surgery in studies using administrative healthcare databases

BMC Geriatr 14:9. Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada BACKGROUND: Impairment in activities of daily living (ADL) is an important predictor of outcomes although many administrative […]

Variation in inpatient hospital prices and outpatient service quantities drive geographic differences in private spending in Texas

Health Serv Res. University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, TX, USA OBJECTIVE: To measure the contribution of market-level prices, utilization, and health risk […]

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