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October 1998, No. 220


About Research Activities

Feature Story

A growing number of Americans have no usual source of care, perhaps reflecting declining access to care


Managed Care
   HMO enrollment not associated with delayed ER access for patients with heart attack symptoms

Primary Care
   Many people who suffer chronic headache pain are unable to participate fully at work
   Most primary care practices will need help in using quality improvement techniques
   Conference participants examine organizational issues in delivery of primary care to the elderly

Health Care Delivery
   Treating suspected TB pending lab results often minimizes both the risk of death and health care costs
   Expert panels are being used to gauge the appropriateness of medical procedures

Outcomes/Effectiveness Research
   Researchers examine treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia
   Medical consultants play a key role in improving outcomes of hip fracture patients

Special Populations
   Blacks are more likely than others to be hospitalized for asthma
   Socioeconomic barriers limit participation in diabetes education programs
   High blood pressure is a risk factor for preterm birth among pregnant black women
   Certain factors improve satisfaction with prenatal care for low-income women
   Community violence exacts a high emotional toll on urban black children and adolescents

AHCPR News and Notes
   Researchers describe AHCPR's current and potential preventive services research agenda

   Abstracts due by December 14 for Building Bridges Research Conference
   Call for abstracts on health survey methodology

Research Briefs
   Practice-based research networks for nursing
   Cost-effectiveness of tests to assess the risk of sudden death after acute myocardial infarction
   Health care expenditures and GDP: Panel data unit root test results

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