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September 1999, No. 229


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Feature Story

HMO hospital quality may depend on where members live


Women's Health
   Breast and cervical cancer screening varies by age among black and Hispanic women
   Women's assessments of maternity care can guide other women seeking such care

Clinical Decisionmaking
   Injections of heparin seem to be safe and work as well as IV heparin for treating acute deep venous thrombosis
   Parents and health care professionals don't always agree on the desirability of a fragile newborn's future quality of life

Outcomes/Effectiveness Research
   Certain long-acting calcium channel blockers appear to improve outcomes in heart attack survivors, but more research is needed
   More appropriate use of medications could improve outcomes of heart failure patients
   Spinal surgery probability and outcomes vary depending on where the patient lives
   Amputation rates rising in elderly despite treatment advances
   AHCPR's PORT projects have made substantial contributions to research and clinical practice, but more studies are needed

Primary Care
   Internal medicine residents need training to enhance their diabetes care
   Studies examine practices of HMO primary care physicians
   Incidence of Lyme disease in Maryland is on the rise

Managed Care
   "Drive-through deliveries" were more than 18 times as likely in 1994 as in 1990, regardless of payer

Elderly/Long-term Care
   Divorce reduces informal caregiving and economic ties between elderly parents and their adult children

AHCPR News and Notes
   Donald M. Berwick, M.D., named as chair of AHCPR's National Advisory Council
   AHCPR's evidence centers will examine quality screening, cancer risk reduction, and other health care issues

   New MEPS reports are now available
   New AHCPR report provides detailed information on hospital use and costs in the United States
   AHCPR makes uniform State hospital data more accessible to researchers
   Abstracts for the 6th annual "Building Bridges" conference are due in mid-November
   Announcing an upcoming conference
   AHCPR funds new projects

Research Briefs

AHCPR Publication No. 99-0048

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