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Topics addressed by our survey: Quality, including patient safety

Selected recent publications using data from the National Health Care Surveys to characterize healthcare quality including patient safety:


Burt CW, McCaig LF, Simon AE. Emergency department visits by persons recently discharged from U.S. hospitals. National Health Statistics Reports 2008(6):1-16 pp


Decker FH. The relationship of nursing staff to the hospitalization of nursing home residents. Res Nurs Health. 2008 Jun;31(3):238-51


Budnitz DS, Shehab N, Kegler SR, Richards CL. Medication use leading to emergency department visits for adverse drug events in older adults. Ann Intern Med. 2007 Dec 4;147(11):755-65.


Fischer T, Singer AJ, Lee C, Thode HC Jr. National trends in emergency department antibiotic prescribing for children with acute otitis media, 1996-2005. Acad Emerg Med. 2007 Dec;14(12):1172-5.


Aparasu R, Baer R, Aparasu A. Clinically important potential drug-drug interactions in outpatient settings. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2007 Dec;3(4):426-37.


Sclar DA, Robison LM, Skaer TL. Concomitant triptan and SSRI or SNRI Use: a risk for serotonin syndrome. Headache. 2007 Nov 13; [Epub ahead of print]


Pham JC, Kelen GD, Pronovost PJ. National study on the quality of emergency department care in the treatment of acute myocardial infarction and pneumonia.  Acad Emerg Med. 2007 Oct;14(10):856-63.


McCaig LF, McDonald LC, Cohen AL, Kuehnert MJ. Increasing blood culture use at US hospital emergency department visits, 2001 to 2004. Ann Emerg Med. 2007 Jul;50(1):42-8, 48.e1-2. Epub 2007 Mar 26.


Linder JA, Ma J, Bates DW, Middleton B, Stafford RS. Electronic health record use and the quality of ambulatory care in the United States. Arch Intern Med. 2007 Jul 9;167(13):1400-5.


Vanderweil SG, Pelletier AJ, Hamedani AG, Gonzales R, Metlay JP, Camargo CA Jr. Declining antibiotic prescriptions for upper respiratory infections, 1993-2004.Acad Emerg Med. 2007 Apr;14(4):366-9. Epub 2007 Feb 12.


Ritsema TS, Kelen GD, Pronovost PJ, Pham JC. The national trend in quality of emergency department pain management for long bone fractures. Acad Emerg Med. 2007 Feb;14(2):163-9. Epub 2006 Dec 27.


Decker FH. Nursing staff and the outcomes of nursing home stays. Med Care. 2006 Sep;44(9):812-21.


McDonald LC, Owings M, Jernigan DB. Clostridium difficile infection in patients discharged from US short-stay hospitals, 1996-2003. Emerg Infect Dis. 2006 Mar;12(3):409-15.


Merenstein D, Daumit GL, Powe NR. Use and costs of non recommended tests during routine preventive health exams. Am J Prev Med. 2006 Jun;30(6):521-7.


Ma J, Stafford RS. Quality of US outpatient care: temporal changes and racial/ethnic disparities. Arch Intern Med. 2005 Jun 27;165(12):1354-61.


Zhan C, Correa-de-Araujo R, Bierman AS, Sangl J, Miller MR, Wickizer SW, Stryer D. Suboptimal prescribing in elderly outpatients: potentially harmful drug-drug and drug-disease combinations. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2005 Feb;53(2):262-7.

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