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More than 200 million major surgical operations are undertaken worldwide every year.1 Surgery is particularly prevalent in the developed world, with an astounding 21 397 operations per 100 000 persons performed in the United States in 2004.1 Surgery also carries significant risks. A recent...
The recent analysis by Helfand and Mukamal1 of the preventive and health promotion activities of health care workers (HCWs) brings important attention to this topic, but their interpretation of the data seems predetermined and inconsistent with previous findings. As noted, the Behavioral Risk...
In 2011, an Institute of Medicine report, Relieving Pain in America, called for a cultural transformation of pain care.1 The report concluded that “healthcare providers should increasingly aim at tailoring pain care to each person's experience, and self-management of pain should be...
Abstract Importance The benefits of fluid and sodium restriction in patients hospitalized with acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF) are unclear. Objective To compare the effects of a fluid-restricted (maximum fluid intake, 800 mL/d) and sodium-restricted (maximum dietary intake, 800 mg/d)...
In reply We thank Drs Jolicœur and Tuinman et al for their interest in our article and thoughtful comments. Indeed, reporting of both adjusted and unadjusted analyses have been recommended in prior publications,1 and we have adhered to the same practice. The meta-analysis on mortality using...
Point-of-Care Prognosis for Common Musculoskeletal Pain in Older Adults Mallen et al investigated the use of a core set of generic prognostic indicators, administered at the point of care, to determine the outcome for common musculoskeletal conditions. They found that easy-to-obtain pieces of...
The Medicare outpatient prescription drug benefit (Part D), established as a voluntary program by the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 with coverage starting in 2006, filled an important gap in the affordability of medical care for older Americans. All 49 million elderly and disabled Medicare...
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