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BACKGROUND: Black, older, and less affluent women are less likely to receive adjuvant breast cancer therapy than their counterparts. Whereas preference contributes to disparities in other healt care scenarios, it is unclear if preference explains differential rates of breast cancer care....
Clinically, we most often associate Wernicke’s encephalopathy (WE) with an alcohol abusing population. However, it is important to consider other causes of malnutrition and vitamin deficiency as risk factors for the development of this disorder. We present a case of a 51-year-old man with...
BACKGROUND: β-Blockers reduce mortality in patients with systolic chronic heart failure (CHF), yet prescription rates have remained low among primary care providers. OBJECTIVE: To determine the β-blocker prescription rate among patients with systolic CHF at primary care Veterans Affairs (VA)...
BACKGROUND: Some institutions require patients and families to give signed consent for Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders, especially in New York State. As this may be a barrier to discussions about DNR orders, we changed a signed consent policy to a witnessed verbal consent policy, simplified and...
BACKGROUND: The gap in asthma prevalence, morbidity, and mortality is increasing in low-income racial/ethnic minority groups as compared with Caucasians. In order to address these disparities, alternative beliefs and behaviors need to be identified. OBJECTIVE: To identify causal models of asthma...
BACKGROUND: Websites offering drug information vary in coverage and quality, and most health care consumers are poorly equipped to assess the quality of internet medication information. OBJECTIVE: To establish a webliography of recommended prescription medication information websites for health...
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether training primary care clinicians in maintenance care for patients who have changed their drinking influences practice behavior. DESIGN: We randomized 15 physician and 3 mid-level clinicians in 2 primary care offices in a 2:1 design. The 12 intervention clinicians...
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