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April 2010

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Recent Research

Identifying mental health problems after facial surgery

This article reviews some common short screeners for PTSD and major depression.

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Better disease control, but not necessarily lower costs

Increased use of leukotriene inhibitors reduces ED visits for asthma but not enough to offset the drug costs, except for high-risk patients.

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The most effective treatment for bladder cancer

Radical cystectomy is the best treatment for patients with invasive bladder cancer.

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Collaborative care for patients after facial trauma surgery

Collaborative care could integrate the physical and mental health needs of patients after facial surgery, but both patients and physicians report barriers to such care.

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Do safer hospitals lead to fewer malpractice claims?

Policy options that improve patient safety may offer a new avenue for reducing malpractice pressure on physicians while also improving clinical outcomes.

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Helping urban congregations fight HIV/AIDS

A community based participatory approach is helping to define a role for urban congregations in preventing HIV/AIDS.

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Individuals recovering from serious mental illness can help others with mental health problems

Peer support technicians—individuals recovering from mental health problems—and clinicians at the VA have developed consensus about key elements of the peer support technician role.

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More people ages 50-64 need help with personal care

The proportion of people ages 50-64 who need help with the activities of daily living increased significantly from 1997-2007 while disabilities for individuals 65 and older declined.

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Housing is a great unmet need for individuals living with HIV/AIDS

Project New Hope in Los Angeles, CA, may be the nation's first housing program exclusively designed for people with HIV/AIDS.

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Taking care of children's mental health after a disaster

New Orleans schoolchildren who received either group or individual mental health treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 15 months after Hurricane Katrina experienced a significant reduction in PTSD symptoms.

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Does pay for performance clash with medical professionalism?

This analysis examines concerns about potential conflicts between pay for performance and medical professionalism and concludes that properly designed pay-for-performance models can support professional objectives.

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News Releases

Middle-Aged Americans Reporting More Mobility-Related Disabilities

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Small Taxes on Soft Drinks Insufficient to Substantially Curb Soda Consumption Among Children

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Commentary

The Primary Care Physician and Health Care Reform

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Research Highlights &
Fact Sheets

The Effects of Multiple Anxiety Disorders on Patient Functioning and Well-Being

Research Brief Research Brief 9525


Congressional Newsletter

The April Health Congressional newsletter reviews research on sales taxes of soda and a fact sheet on the impact of multiple anxiety disorders on mental and physical functioning. Cathy Donald Sherbourne is this month's featured researcher.

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Recent Documents

Bridging the Gap: Developing a Tool to Support Local Civilian and Military Disaster Preparedness

Research Brief Full document

An Assessment of the Scientific Support Underlying the FY2011 Budget Priorities of the Office of National Drug Control Policy

Research Brief Full document

Is Better Patient Safety Associated with Less Malpractice Activity? Evidence from California

Research Brief Full document

In Search of the Holy Grail: Understanding Research Success

Research Brief Full document


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