Is the Care Transitions Measure Associated with Readmission Risk? Analysis from a Single Academic Center

Goldstein JN, Hicks LS, Kolm P, Weintraub WS, Elliott DJ J Gen Intern Med 2016 07;31(7):732-8 PMID: 26868279 Abstract BACKGROUND: It is widely hypothesized that improvement in transitions of care will reduce unplanned hospital readmissions. However, the association between the Care Transitions Measure, the national quality metric for transitions of care and readmission risk, has

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Race, Pain, and Beliefs Associated with Interest in Complementary and Alternative Medicine among Inner City Veterans

Goldstein JN, Ibrahim SA, Frankel ES, Mao JJ Pain Med 2015 Aug;16(8):1467-74 PMID: 26287564 Abstract OBJECTIVE: To investigate the prevalence and determinants of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) interest level among a racially diverse cohort of inner city veterans who receive primary care at the VA Medical Center. DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey study SETTING: Philadelphia VA

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Carrots and Sticks: Achieving High Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Rates without a Mandate

Drees M, Wroten K, Smedley M, Mase T, Schwartz JS Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2015 Jun;36(6):717-24 PMID: 25721404 Abstract OBJECTIVE Achieving high healthcare personnel (HCP) influenza vaccination rates has typically required mandating vaccination, which is often challenging to implement. Our objective was to achieve >90% employee influenza vaccination without a mandate. DESIGN Prospective quality improvement

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Christiana Care presenters at Society of General Internal Medicine regional, national meetings

Christiana Care experts presented at the Society of General Internal Medicine regional meeting, New York, N.Y., in March and the national meeting in San Diego, Calif., in April: Edward Ewen, M.D., Sara Schenk, M.D., John Donnelly, M.D., presented “Embracing the Huddle in a Resident Teaching Clinic.” Vishal Patel, M.D., William Weintraub, M.D., Edmondo Robinson, M.D.,

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Variation in definitions and isolation procedures for multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria: a survey of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Research Network

Drees M, Pineles L, Harris AD, Morgan DJ Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2014 Apr;35(4):362-6 PMID: 24602940 Abstract OBJECTIVE: To assess definitions, experience, and infection control practices for multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria (MDR-GNB), including Enterobacteriaceae, Acinetobacter, and Pseudomonas species, in acute care hospitals. DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey. PARTICIPANTS: US and international members of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology

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Cost-effectiveness of a standard intervention versus a navigated intervention on colorectal cancer screening use in primary care

Lairson DR, Dicarlo M, Deshmuk AA, Fagan HB, Sifri R, Katurakes N, Cocroft J, Sendecki J, Swan H, Vernon SW, Myers RE Cancer 2014 Apr;120(7):1042-9 PMID: 24435411 Abstract BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer (CRC) screening is cost-effective but underused. The objective of this study was to determine the cost-effectiveness of a mailed standard intervention (SI) and tailored

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