Living in a lower socioeconomic neighborhood is associated with greater biological wear and tear
Findings demonstrate that where one lives is independently associated with biological wear and tear, suggesting that policies that improve neighborhood socioeconomic status may also yield health returns.
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Improving laboratories in resource-limited settings
Review of published reports, interviews with major donor organizations, and case studies of laboratory systems in 3 countries shed light on how countries and donors have worked together to improve laboratory services in resource-limited settings.
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Information from surveys can improve risk-adjustment models for children
National health surveys can provide information, including measures of special health care needs, that can improve risk-adjustment models and help provide appropriate payments to managed-care plans serving vulnerable children.
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Groups newly targeted for annual flu vaccination may need persuasion to get the vaccine
Starting in 2010, healthy adults age 19-49 will be recommended for annual influenza vaccination. Boosting rates of vaccination in this population will require new and untraditional strategies aimed at encouraging first-time vaccination.
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Home may be the best place for elderly patients leaving the hospital after a stroke or hip fracture
Inpatient rehabilitation facilities improve health outcomes for hip fracture patients but are far more expensive than discharging patients to their homes.
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The Quality of Care for Patients Dying in the Hospital: Areas for Improvement Suggest Fundamental Problem in U.S. Health Care
In this September 2010 Congressional Briefing, Neil Wenger describes a yearlong study on improving end-of-life care that can help policymakers address payment systems and other issues pertaining to quality of care for critically ill patients.
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