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September 1997, No. 208


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Feature Story

State regulatory policies appear to constrain growth in nursing home beds


Elderly/Long-term Care
   Treating pneumonia in the nursing home rather than the hospital may be a better choice for some residents
   Researchers examine factors influencing choices for end-of-life care

Research on Heart Disease
   Echocardiography rarely changes diagnosis or management of patients with suspected mitral valve prolapse
   Early exercise ECG to evaluate chest pain in ER patients improves heart attack diagnosis over standard evaluation
   Abnormal blood TnT levels indicate patients at risk for heart complications following major noncardiac surgery

Clinical Decisionmaking
   Erythromycin compares favorably with other, more costly antibiotics for outpatient treatment of pneumonia

Health Care Delivery
   Less than one-fifth of patients with diabetes receive certain recommended lab tests to monitor diabetes care
   Researchers examine variation in stroke rehabilitation practices and impact of patient knowledge on stroke prevention

HIV/AIDS Research
   Use of formal home care is concentrated at later stages of HIV infection

Quality of Care
   More research is needed to monitor the impact of health system changes on children's health and health care

AHCPR News and Notes
   AHCPR's CAHPS® initiative focuses on what consumers want to know about health plans

   Register now for outcomes research conference
   Proceedings from Kaiser/AHCPR quality conference now available
   AHCPR funds new grants
   Final reports now available from NTIS

Research Briefs
   Clinical practice guidelines in practice and education
   Perioperative low molecular weight heparin for infrageniculate bypass
   Statistical methods for profiling providers of medical care: Issues and applications
   The Boston AIDS survival score (BASS): A multidimensional severity instrument
   Measuring casemix, severity, and complexity in geriatric patients undergoing rehabilitation

Current as of September 1997

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