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May 2000, No. 237


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Feature Story

Blacks hospitalized for ministrokes are less likely than whites to receive diagnostic tests, see a specialist, or have surgery

Heart Disease/Diabetes

Race, not sex, limits access to life-saving therapies for heart attack patients
CABG surgery may be the optimal therapy for heart attack patients with end-stage renal disease
Some drugs provide better control of heart rate for patients with atrial fibrillation at both rest and exercise
Researchers examine ways to improve care of patients with diabetes

Primary Care

Assessing a patient's willingness to adopt dietary and lifestyle changes is the first step toward sustained weight loss
Language difficulties are as much of a barrier to health care for some Latinos as being uninsured

Women's Health

Hysterectomy is often recommended for indications judged inappropriate by established criteria
Women use more health care services than men, and their health care costs more

Outcomes/Effectiveness Research

Studies explore appropriateness of PSA testing for prostate cancer

Health Care Quality

Hospitalization of children for asthma varies according to the child's age and sex and several other factors
Embedding clinical guidelines in a computer charting system doesn't always improve care
Consumers' assessments of Medicare managed care plans can distinguish different dimensions of quality of care

Health Care Costs and Financing

Letting employees keep their doctors and low cost drive small business' choice of health plans
Differences in hospital admission rates between managed care and other insurers leveling off
Most midcareer physicians object to cost-control arrangements that influence clinical decisionmaking
Cost and cost-effectiveness of clinical interventions are quite different
Medicare reforms that will raise out-of-pocket costs for some elderly people need careful consideration

Long-term Care

Nursing home advance directives reduce use of health care services without affecting satisfaction or mortality

Dental Research

Application of topical fluoride during children's dental checkups has no impact on restorative care

HIV/AIDS Research

Researchers examine factors affecting quality of life for people with HIV


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New report now available on self-care manuals

Research Briefs

Current as of May 2000
AHRQ Publication No. 00-0040

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