Author Archives: Health Services Research

Understanding the New Current Population Survey Health Insurance Questions

Objective To compare estimates of health coverage from the pre- and post- redesign of the Current Population Survey (CPS) Annual Social and Economic Supplement.

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The Role of Outcome Forecasts in Patients’ Treatment Decisions—Evidence from a Survey…

Objective To analyze the effect of personalized outcome probabilities on treatment decisions.

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Observing versus Predicting: Initial Patterns of Filling Predict Long-Term Adherence More…

Objective Despite the proliferation of databases with increasingly rich patient data, prediction of medication adherence remains poor.

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Transformative Use of an Improved All-Payer Hospital Discharge Data Infrastructure for…

Objective To describe the use of a clinically enhanced maternal and child health (MCH) database to strengthen community-engaged research activities, and to support the sustainability of data infrastructure initiatives.

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Measurement Error in Public Health Insurance Reporting in the American Community Survey:…

Objective Examine measurement error to public health insurance in the American Community Survey (ACS).

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What Influences Patients’ Decisions When Choosing a Health Care Provider? Measuring Preferences…

Objective To investigate what influences patients’ health care decisions and what the implications are for the provision of information on the quality of health care providers to patients.

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Accelerating Improvement and Narrowing Gaps: Trends in Patients’ Experiences with Hospital Care…

Objective Measure HCAHPS improvement in hospitals participating in the second and fifth years of HCAHPS public reporting; determine whether change is greater for some hospital types.

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Health Information Technology Adoption in the Emergency Department

Objective To describe the trend in health information technology (IT) systems adoption in hospital emergency departments (EDs) and its effect on ED efficiency and resource use.

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Dual-System Use and Intermediate Health Outcomes among Veterans Enrolled in Medicare Advantage…

Objective The concurrent use of multiple health care systems may duplicate or fragment care.

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Sustained Reduction in Health Disparities Achieved through Targeted Quality Improvement:…

Objective To assess a quality improvement disparity reduction intervention and its sustainability.

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On the Hospital Volume and Outcome Relationship: Does Specialization Matter More Than Volume?

Objective To evaluate the relationship between hospital volume and outcome by focusing on alternative measures of volume that capture specialization and overall throughput of hospitals.

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Measuring Prices in Health Care Markets Using Commercial Claims Data

Objective To compare methods of price measurement in health care markets.

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Physical Therapy or Advanced Imaging as First Management Strategy Following a New Consultation…

Objective Compare health care utilization and charges for low-back-pain (LBP) patients receiving advanced imaging or physical therapy as a first management strategy following a new primary care consultation.

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The Relationship between Local Economic Conditions and Acute Myocardial Infarction Hospital…

Objective To assess the association between aggregate unemployment and hospital discharges for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) among adults and seniors, 1995–2011.

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