Steven M Asch

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Country: USA

Publications

  1. ncbi request reprint Comparison of quality of care for patients in the Veterans Health Administration and patients in a national sample
    Steven M Asch
    Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, USA
    Ann Intern Med 141:938-45. 2004
  2. pmc Does screening for pain correspond to high quality care for veterans?
    Lisa Zubkoff
    Department of Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Los Angeles, CA, USA
    J Gen Intern Med 25:900-5. 2010
  3. doi request reprint Impact of consideration of transplantation on end-of-life care for patients during a terminal hospitalization
    Anne M Walling
    Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
    Transplantation 95:641-6. 2013
  4. doi request reprint A provider participatory implementation model for HIV testing in an ED
    Jennifer C Chen
    Department of Medicine, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Los Angeles, CA 90073, USA
    Am J Emerg Med 29:418-26. 2011
  5. pmc Patterns and predictors of short-term death after emergency department discharge
    Gelareh Z Gabayan
    Department of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles, USA
    Ann Emerg Med 58:551-558.e2. 2011
  6. ncbi request reprint Evaluation of human immunodeficiency virus and hepatitis C telemedicine clinics
    Hemen N Saifu
    Department of Medicine, VA Greater Los Angeles Health, Los Angeles, CA 90073, USA
    Am J Manag Care 18:207-12. 2012
  7. doi request reprint Exploring alternative approaches to routine outpatient pain screening
    Karl A Lorenz
    Veterans Administration Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Division of General Internal Medicine, Los Angeles, CA 90073, USA
    Pain Med 10:1291-9. 2009
  8. pmc Evaluation of the sustainability of an intervention to increase HIV testing
    Matthew Bidwell Goetz
    Infectious Diseases Section 111 F, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, 11301 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90073, USA
    J Gen Intern Med 24:1275-80. 2009
  9. pmc An evaluation of the Veterans Health Administration's clinical reminders system: a national survey of generalists
    Constance H Fung
    VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Los Angeles, USA
    J Gen Intern Med 23:392-8. 2008
  10. pmc A system-wide intervention to improve HIV testing in the Veterans Health Administration
    Matthew Bidwell Goetz
    Infectious Diseases Section 111 F, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Los Angeles, CA 90073, USA
    J Gen Intern Med 23:1200-7. 2008

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Publications104 found, 100 shown here

  1. ncbi request reprint Comparison of quality of care for patients in the Veterans Health Administration and patients in a national sample
    Steven M Asch
    Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, USA
    Ann Intern Med 141:938-45. 2004
    ..Recent comparisons with other delivery systems have been limited to a small set of indicators...
  2. pmc Does screening for pain correspond to high quality care for veterans?
    Lisa Zubkoff
    Department of Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Los Angeles, CA, USA
    J Gen Intern Med 25:900-5. 2010
    ..Routine numeric screening for pain is widely recommended, but its association with overall quality of pain care is unclear...
  3. doi request reprint Impact of consideration of transplantation on end-of-life care for patients during a terminal hospitalization
    Anne M Walling
    Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
    Transplantation 95:641-6. 2013
    ..Many patients considered for transplantation die before receiving the organ, underlining the importance of providing high-quality symptomatic relief and communication for all transplant patients...
  4. doi request reprint A provider participatory implementation model for HIV testing in an ED
    Jennifer C Chen
    Department of Medicine, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Los Angeles, CA 90073, USA
    Am J Emerg Med 29:418-26. 2011
    ..The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends routine HIV screening for adults...
  5. pmc Patterns and predictors of short-term death after emergency department discharge
    Gelareh Z Gabayan
    Department of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles, USA
    Ann Emerg Med 58:551-558.e2. 2011
    ..Using administrative data from an integrated health system, we describe characteristics and predictors of patients who experienced 7-day death after ED discharge...
  6. ncbi request reprint Evaluation of human immunodeficiency virus and hepatitis C telemedicine clinics
    Hemen N Saifu
    Department of Medicine, VA Greater Los Angeles Health, Los Angeles, CA 90073, USA
    Am J Manag Care 18:207-12. 2012
    ..We assess the impact of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C telemedicine consultation on patient-oriented outcomes in a rural Veterans Affairs population...
  7. doi request reprint Exploring alternative approaches to routine outpatient pain screening
    Karl A Lorenz
    Veterans Administration Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Division of General Internal Medicine, Los Angeles, CA 90073, USA
    Pain Med 10:1291-9. 2009
    ..To evaluate potential alternatives to the numeric rating scale (NRS) for routine pain screening...
  8. pmc Evaluation of the sustainability of an intervention to increase HIV testing
    Matthew Bidwell Goetz
    Infectious Diseases Section 111 F, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, 11301 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90073, USA
    J Gen Intern Med 24:1275-80. 2009
    ..Sustainability-the routinization and institutionalization of processes that improve the quality of healthcare-is difficult to achieve and not often studied...
  9. pmc An evaluation of the Veterans Health Administration's clinical reminders system: a national survey of generalists
    Constance H Fung
    VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Los Angeles, USA
    J Gen Intern Med 23:392-8. 2008
    ..The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is a leader in developing computerized clinical reminders (CCRs). Primary care physicians' (PCPs) evaluation of VHA CCRs could influence their future development and use within and outside the VHA...
  10. pmc A system-wide intervention to improve HIV testing in the Veterans Health Administration
    Matthew Bidwell Goetz
    Infectious Diseases Section 111 F, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Los Angeles, CA 90073, USA
    J Gen Intern Med 23:1200-7. 2008
    ..Although the benefits of identifying and treating asymptomatic HIV-infected individuals are firmly established, health care providers often miss opportunities to offer HIV-testing...
  11. doi request reprint The quality of supportive care among inpatients dying with advanced cancer
    Anne M Walling
    Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90024, USA
    Support Care Cancer 20:2189-94. 2012
    ..The purpose of this study is to apply novel quality indicators to measure the quality of supportive care provided to patients with advanced cancer who died in a large university medical center...
  12. pmc The quality of care provided to hospitalized patients at the end of life
    Anne M Walling
    Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90024, USA
    Arch Intern Med 170:1057-63. 2010
    ..However, when lifesaving treatments are unsuccessful, patients often die in the hospital with distressing symptoms while receiving burdensome care. Systematic measurement of the quality of care planning and symptom palliation is needed...
  13. doi request reprint Evidence-based recommendations for cancer nausea and vomiting
    Arash Naeim
    David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
    J Clin Oncol 26:3903-10. 2008
    ..The standards presented here for preventing and managing nausea and vomiting in cancer care should be incorporated into care pathways and should become the expectation rather than the exception...
  14. doi request reprint Feasibility of discussing end-of-life care goals with inpatients using a structured, conversational approach: the go wish card game
    Azadeh Lankarani-Fard
    VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Los Angeles, California 90403, USA
    J Pain Symptom Manage 39:637-43. 2010
    ..Our results suggest that it is feasible to use the Go Wish card game even in the chaotic inpatient setting to obtain an accurate portrayal of the patient's goals of care in a time-efficient manner...
  15. pmc The relationship between multimorbidity and patients' ratings of communication
    Constance H Fung
    Zynx Health, Incorporated, Los Angeles, CA, USA
    J Gen Intern Med 23:788-93. 2008
    ..Few data are available on how multimorbidity affects common performance metrics...
  16. doi request reprint Quality measures for supportive cancer care: the Cancer Quality-ASSIST Project
    Karl A Lorenz
    VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, 11301, Wilshire Boulevard, Code 111 G, Los Angeles, CA 90073, USA
    J Pain Symptom Manage 37:943-64. 2009
    ..Research is needed to characterize adherence to recommended practices and to evaluate the use of these measures in quality improvement efforts...
  17. ncbi request reprint Adoption and use of stand-alone electronic prescribing in a health plan-sponsored initiative
    Joshua M Pevnick
    Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA 90048, USA
    Am J Manag Care 16:182-9. 2010
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  18. doi request reprint Potential impact of a verbal prehospital DNR policy
    Corita R Grudzen
    Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, University of California, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Prehosp Emerg Care 13:169-72. 2009
    ..The impact of a verbal DNR policy is unclear, given the absence of information about how often cardiac arrest occurs at home, or in the presence of a family member...
  19. doi request reprint Quality of supportive care for patients with advanced cancer in a VA medical center
    Jennifer L Malin
    VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, RAND Health, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
    J Palliat Med 14:573-7. 2011
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  20. doi request reprint A low-literacy medication education tool for safety-net hospital patients
    Kristina M Cordasco
    VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, 11301 Wilshire Boulevard 111G, Los Angeles, CA 90073, USA
    Am J Prev Med 37:S209-16. 2009
    ..To improve medication adherence in cardiac patients, in partnership with a safety-net provider, this research team developed and evaluated a low-literacy medication education tool...
  21. doi request reprint Evidence-based recommendations for information and care planning in cancer care
    Anne Walling
    David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
    J Clin Oncol 26:3896-902. 2008
    ..The standards presented here for information and care planning in cancer care should be incorporated into care pathways and should become the expectation rather than the exception...
  22. ncbi request reprint Exportability of an intervention to increase HIV testing in the Veterans Health Administration
    Matthew Bidwell Goetz
    VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Los Angeles, USA
    Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 37:553-9. 2011
    ..Exportability, or the dissemination of successful health services interventions from one site to another, must be demonstrated before systemwide implementation...
  23. pmc Quality of care for hypertension in the United States
    Steven M Asch
    West LA VA, Mail Code 111G, 11301 Wilshire Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90073, USA
    BMC Cardiovasc Disord 5:1. 2005
    ..While access and adherence to therapy certainly play a role, another potential explanation is poor quality of essential care processes (QC). Yet little is known about the relationship between QC and BP control...
  24. doi request reprint The effect of automated telephone appointment reminders on HIV primary care no-shows by veterans
    Stephen Randal Henry
    Quality Enhancement Research Initiative for HIV AIDS Hepatitis C, VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System, Los Angeles, California, USA
    J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care 23:409-18. 2012
    ..The intervention was not effective in reducing no-shows among homeless patients, racial/ethnic minorities, and patients with mental health disorders...
  25. pmc Improving HIV screening and receipt of results by nurse-initiated streamlined counseling and rapid testing
    Henry D Anaya
    Center for the Study of Healthcare Provider Behavior, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Los Angeles, CA 90073, USA
    J Gen Intern Med 23:800-7. 2008
    ..HIV rapid testing is effective in many healthcare settings, but scant research has been done within primary care settings or within the US Department of Veteran's Affairs Healthcare System...
  26. doi request reprint How reliable is pain as the fifth vital sign?
    Karl A Lorenz
    Veterans Administration Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, 11301 Wilshire Blvd, Code 111 G, Los Angeles, CA 90064, USA
    J Am Board Fam Med 22:291-8. 2009
    ....
  27. ncbi request reprint Quality measures for symptoms and advance care planning in cancer: a systematic review
    Karl A Lorenz
    Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Division of General Internal Medicine, Los Angeles, CA 90073, USA
    J Clin Oncol 24:4933-8. 2006
    ..This study was designed to identify systematically the quality measures and the evidence to support their use in pain, dyspnea, depression, and advance care planning (ACP), and to identify research gaps...
  28. ncbi request reprint Human immunodeficiency virus and hepatitis C virus testing services at syringe exchange programs: availability and outcomes
    Keith G Heinzerling
    Department of Family Medicine and Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095 7087, USA
    J Subst Abuse Treat 32:423-9. 2007
    ..Efforts to increase both the availability of HIV and HCV testing services at syringe exchange programs and the use of existing testing services are needed...
  29. ncbi request reprint Predictors of treatment in patients with chronic hepatitis C infection - role of patient versus nonpatient factors
    Fasiha Kanwal
    John Cochran VA Medical Center, St Louis, MO, USA
    Hepatology 46:1741-9. 2007
    ..These potentially modifiable provider-level factors may serve as high-yield targets for future quality improvement initiatives in HCV...
  30. ncbi request reprint Charity for the dying: who receives unreimbursed hospice care?
    Karl A Lorenz
    VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Veterans Integrated Palliative Program, Division of General Internal Medicine, 11301 Wilshire Boulevard, Code 111 G, Los Angeles, CA 90073, USA
    J Palliat Med 6:585-91. 2003
    ..Many deaths occur among persons without insurance coverage for hospice care. We examined the patient and agency characteristics associated with receiving unreimbursed hospice care in a national survey...
  31. pmc Barriers and facilitators to routine HIV testing in VA primary care
    Barbara G Bokhour
    Center for Health Quality, Outcomes and Economic Research, Edith Nourse Rogers Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 200 Springs Road, Bedford, MA 01730, USA
    J Gen Intern Med 24:1109-14. 2009
    ..The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend routine opt-out HIV testing for all patients aged 13-64. Yet little is known about patient and provider perspectives on routine HIV testing...
  32. doi request reprint Program characteristics associated with testing for HIV and hepatitis C in veterans substance use disorder clinics
    D Keith McInnes
    Center for Health Quality Outcomes and Economic Research CHQOER, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Bedford, MA 01730, USA
    Psychiatr Serv 61:90-4. 2010
    ..This study examined whether organizational characteristics and quality improvement initiatives were related to HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) testing rates in veterans' substance use disorders programs...
  33. pmc Measuring pain as the 5th vital sign does not improve quality of pain management
    Richard A Mularski
    Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, USA
    J Gen Intern Med 21:607-12. 2006
    ..To improve pain management, the Veterans Health Administration launched the "Pain as the 5th Vital Sign" initiative in 1999, requiring a pain intensity rating (0 to 10) at all clinical encounters...
  34. pmc Quality of care for gout in the US needs improvement
    Jasvinder A Singh
    Minneapolis VA Medical Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis 55417, USA
    Arthritis Rheum 57:822-9. 2007
    ....
  35. pmc Body mass index, neighborhood fast food and restaurant concentration, and car ownership
    Sanae Inagami
    General Internal Medicine, Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
    J Urban Health 86:683-95. 2009
    ..5 in. Higher restaurant density is associated with higher BMI among local residents. The local fast food environment has a stronger association with BMI for local residents who do not have access to cars...
  36. ncbi request reprint Hospice admission practices: where does hospice fit in the continuum of care?
    Karl A Lorenz
    Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Los Angeles, California, USA
    J Am Geriatr Soc 52:725-30. 2004
    ..To evaluate selected hospice admission practices that could represent barriers to hospice use and the association between these admission practices and organizational characteristics...
  37. doi request reprint Quality of care in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus infection: a cohort study
    Fasiha Kanwal
    John Cochran Veterans Affairs Medical Center, St Louis, Missouri 63106, USA
    Ann Intern Med 153:231-9. 2010
    ..Medicare has proposed quality-of-care indicators for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. The extent to which these standards are met in practice is largely unknown...
  38. ncbi request reprint Accommodating ethnic diversity: a study of California hospice programs
    Karl A Lorenz
    VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Los Angeles, California 90073, USA
    Med Care 42:871-4. 2004
    ..Studies have confirmed ethnic disparities in the use of hospice services and identified barriers that minorities face in accessing care...
  39. ncbi request reprint Early adoption of human immunodeficiency virus quality improvement in Veterans Affairs medical centers: use of organizational surveys to measure readiness to change and adapt interventions to local priorities
    Henry D Anaya
    VA Greater Los Angeles HSR and D Center of Excellence for the Study of Healthcare Provider Behavior, USA
    Am J Med Qual 19:137-44. 2004
    ..The persistence of regional variation should be further explored. Organizational surveys of attitudes toward potential QI interventions can assist in choosing interventions and targeting specific facilities...
  40. ncbi request reprint A bitter pill: formulary variability and the challenge to prescribing physicians
    William H Shrank
    Division of General Internal Medicine, VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System, Los Angeles, CA 90073, USA
    J Am Board Fam Pract 17:401-7. 2004
    ..However, the degree of formulary variability among and within health plans over time is unclear...
  41. pmc Exploring barriers and facilitators to the use of computerized clinical reminders
    Jason J Saleem
    VA GAPS Center, Cincinnati VAMC, 3200 Vine Street, MDP 111, Cincinnati, OH 45220, USA
    J Am Med Inform Assoc 12:438-47. 2005
    ..However, since clinician adherence to CR recommendations is quite variable and declines over time, we conducted observations to determine barriers and facilitators to the effective use of CRs...
  42. pmc The impact of integrated HIV care on patient health outcomes
    Tuyen Hoang
    Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence, Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Sepulveda, CA, USA
    Med Care 47:560-7. 2009
    ..Yet many HIV-infected patients have comorbidities that pose social and clinical barriers to achieving viral suppression. Integration of subspecialty services into HIV primary care may overcome such barriers...
  43. pmc Factors associated with short-term bounce-back admissions after emergency department discharge
    Gelareh Z Gabayan
    Department of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA
    Ann Emerg Med 62:136-144.e1. 2013
    ..There currently is limited, population-level information about such events. We identify hospital- and visit-level predictors of bounce-back admissions, defined as 7-day unscheduled hospital admissions after ED discharge...
  44. doi request reprint Selection of workers' compensation treatment guidelines: California experience
    Philip Harber
    Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, Calif, USA
    J Occup Environ Med 50:1282-92. 2008
    ..Workers' compensation systems increasingly use mandatory treatment guidelines to guide clinicians and for utilization management. This article describes the steps for selecting such guidelines...
  45. ncbi request reprint Variation in implementation and use of computerized clinical reminders in an integrated healthcare system
    Constance H Fung
    Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Los Angeles, CA, USA
    Am J Manag Care 10:878-85. 2004
    ..To identify patterns of use of computerized clinical reminders (CCRs) across an integrated healthcare system and describe institutional factors associated with their implementation...
  46. ncbi request reprint You are where you shop: grocery store locations, weight, and neighborhoods
    Sanae Inagami
    Veterans Affairs Health Services and Research Development, VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System, Division of General Internal Medicine, Los Angeles, California 90073, USA
    Am J Prev Med 31:10-7. 2006
    ..One possible reason might be the quality of available foods in their area. Location of grocery stores where individuals shop and its association with BMI were examined...
  47. ncbi request reprint Symptom-based framework for assessing quality of HIV care
    Steven M Asch
    Department of General Internal Medicine, VA Greater Los Angeles Health System, 11301 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90073, USA
    Int J Qual Health Care 16:41-50. 2004
    ..To evaluate HIV quality of care using a symptom-based, patient-centered framework...
  48. pmc Underdiagnosis of depression in HIV: who are we missing?
    Steven M Asch
    VA Los Angeles Healthcare System and UCLA Department of Medicine, Los Angeles, California 90073, USA
    J Gen Intern Med 18:450-60. 2003
    ..To determine the sociodemographic and service delivery correlates of depression underdiagnosis in HIV...
  49. pmc Qualitative factors in patients who die shortly after emergency department discharge
    Gelareh Z Gabayan
    Department of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA Department of Medicine, Greater Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, Los Angeles, CA Emergency Medicine Center, Ronald Reagan UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
    Acad Emerg Med 20:778-85. 2013
    ..The goal in this hypothesis-generating study was to identify patient and process of care themes that may provide possible explanations for early postdischarge mortality...
  50. doi request reprint Perioperative processes and outcomes after implementation of a hospitalist-run preoperative clinic
    Sondra Vazirani
    Department of Medicine, Hospitalist Division, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90073, USA
    J Hosp Med 7:697-701. 2012
    ..Hospitalists are in a unique position to assist in preoperative evaluations, given their expertise with inpatient medicine and postoperative surgical consultation...
  51. doi request reprint The effects of quality of care on costs: a conceptual framework
    Teryl K Nuckols
    David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90024, USA
    Milbank Q 91:316-53. 2013
    ..The quality of health care and the financial costs affected by receiving care represent two fundamental dimensions for judging health care performance. No existing conceptual framework appears to have described how quality influences costs...
  52. pmc Provider stakeholders' perceived benefit from a nascent health information exchange: a qualitative analysis
    Joshua M Pevnick
    Department of Medicine, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA 90048, USA
    J Med Syst 36:601-13. 2012
    ..Early HIE development and promotional efforts should not only focus on potential benefits, but should also address organizational concerns...
  53. doi request reprint Indications for performing carpal tunnel surgery: clinical quality measures
    Melinda A Maggard
    Department of Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, Calif 90095, USA
    Plast Reconstr Surg 126:169-79. 2010
    ..Rates of carpal tunnel surgery vary for unclear reasons. In this study, the authors developed measures determining when surgery is necessary (benefits exceed risks), inappropriate (risks outweigh benefits), or optional...
  54. ncbi request reprint Developing quality indicators for the appropriateness of resuscitation in prehospital atraumatic cardiac arrest
    Corita R Grudzen
    Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90024, USA
    Prehosp Emerg Care 11:434-42. 2007
    ..We sought to develop a set of straightforward clinical indicators that paramedics could use to better match resuscitation attempts to those most likely to benefit...
  55. ncbi request reprint Measuring the quality of colorectal cancer screening: the importance of follow-up
    David A Etzioni
    Department of General Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, Los Angeles, California 90403, USA
    Dis Colon Rectum 49:1002-10. 2006
    ..This study examines patterns of colorectal cancer screening and follow-up within the nation's largest integrated health care system: the Veterans Health Administration...
  56. pmc Usage patterns of over-the-counter phenazopyridine (pyridium)
    Chih Wen Shi
    University of California Los Angeles, Departments of Family Medicine, Los Angeles, Calif 90095, USA
    J Gen Intern Med 18:281-7. 2003
    ..This study examines whether consumers inappropriately use and substitute a recently widely distributed OTC urinary analgesic, phenazopyridine, for provider care...
  57. ncbi request reprint Waiting times in California's emergency departments
    Susan Lambe
    Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 94143, USA
    Ann Emerg Med 41:35-44. 2003
    ..Yet few data are available on ED waiting times among a heterogeneous group of hospitals serving a distinct geographic region...
  58. ncbi request reprint Health literacy and English language comprehension among elderly inpatients at an urban safety-net hospital
    Kristina M Cordasco
    VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
    J Health Hum Serv Adm 32:30-50. 2009
    ..To evaluate the relationship between health literacy and age in chronically-ill inpatients at a safety-net hospital...
  59. ncbi request reprint Does the collaborative model improve care for chronic heart failure?
    Steven M Asch
    VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Med Care 43:667-75. 2005
    ..We evaluated the effects of the Institute of Healthcare Improvement's Breakthrough Series (IHI BTS) on quality of care for chronic heart failure (CHF)...
  60. ncbi request reprint Negotiating end-of-life decision making: a comparison of Japanese and U.S. residents' approaches
    Baback B Gabbay
    Veteran s Integrated Palliative Program, 11301 Wilshire Boulevard, Mail Code 111G, Los Angeles, CA 90073, USA
    Acad Med 80:617-21. 2005
    ..To compare Japanese and U.S. resident physicians' attitudes, clinical experiences, and emotional responses regarding making disclosures to patients facing incurable illnesses...
  61. pmc Predictors of short-term (seven-day) cardiac outcomes after emergency department visit for syncope
    Gelareh Z Gabayan
    Department of Medicine, Greater Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, Los Angeles, CA, USA
    Am J Cardiol 105:82-6. 2010
    ..In conclusion, ED decision-making should focus on risk of cardiac event in the first 7 days after syncope and special attention should be given to younger patients with cardiac co-morbidities...
  62. pmc Hospital utilization for injection drug use-related soft tissue infections in urban versus rural counties in California
    Keith G Heinzerling
    UCLA Department of Family Medicine, 11075 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA, 90025, USA
    J Urban Health 83:176-81. 2006
    ..Increased access to harm reduction services and drug treatment may reduce government health care expenditures by preventing unnecessary hospital utilization for DR-STIs...
  63. doi request reprint Improving Latino disaster preparedness using social networks
    David P Eisenman
    Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research, Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles UCLA, Los Angeles, California 90095 1736, USA
    Am J Prev Med 37:512-7. 2009
    ..Culturally targeted, informal social networking approaches to improving disaster preparedness have not been empirically tested...
  64. ncbi request reprint Do the incentives in 3-tier pharmaceutical benefit plans operate as intended? Results from a physician leadership survey
    William H Shrank
    Division of General Internal Medicine, VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System, Los Angeles, Calif 90073, USA
    Am J Manag Care 11:16-22. 2005
    ..Three-tier pharmaceutical benefit systems use graded co-payments to steer patients toward "preferred" formulary medications...
  65. pmc Residential segregation and Latino, black and white mortality in New York City
    Sanae Inagami
    Veterans Affairs, VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System, Division of General Internal Medicine 111G, 11301 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90073, USA
    J Urban Health 83:406-20. 2006
    ....
  66. ncbi request reprint Racial and ethnic differences in patients' preferences for initial care by specialists
    Mitchell D Wong
    Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research, School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
    Am J Med 116:613-20. 2004
    ..To examine racial and ethnic differences in patients' preferences for initial care by specialists, and to determine whether trust in the physician and health beliefs account for these differences...
  67. ncbi request reprint Controversies and legal issues of prescribing and dispensing medications using the Internet
    Constance H Fung
    Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Los Angeles, Calif, USA
    Mayo Clin Proc 79:188-94. 2004
    ..We review the regulatory framework governing online pharmacies and the potential risks and benefits of using online pharmacies...
  68. ncbi request reprint Surgery for hepatocellular carcinoma: does it improve survival?
    Jerome H Liu
    Department of Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Ann Surg Oncol 11:298-303. 2004
    ..To address this question, we used a population-based cancer registry to compare survival outcomes between patients receiving and not receiving surgery with similar tumor sizes and health status...
  69. pmc Scope of rapid HIV testing in urban U.S. hospitals
    Laura M Bogart
    RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA 90407 2138, USA
    Public Health Rep 123:494-503. 2008
    ..The present study examined the scope of rapid human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing in urban U.S. hospitals...
  70. ncbi request reprint The quality of health care delivered to adults in the United States
    Elizabeth A McGlynn
    RAND, Santa Monica, Calif 90407, USA
    N Engl J Med 348:2635-45. 2003
    ..We have little systematic information about the extent to which standard processes involved in health care--a key element of quality--are delivered in the United States...
  71. doi request reprint Evidence-based recommendations for cancer fatigue, anorexia, depression, and dyspnea
    Sydney M Dy
    Health Policy and Management, Oncology, and Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA
    J Clin Oncol 26:3886-95. 2008
    ..CONCLUSION These standards provide a framework for evidence-based screening, assessment, treatment, and follow-up for cancer-associated symptoms...
  72. ncbi request reprint Differences in education, knowledge, self-management activities, and health outcomes for patients with heart failure cared for under the chronic disease model: the improving chronic illness care evaluation
    David W Baker
    Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
    J Card Fail 11:405-13. 2005
    ..The objective of this study was to determine whether participation in a quality improvement (QI) collaborative for heart failure (HF) was associated with better interpersonal aspects of care and health outcomes...
  73. pmc Sins of omission: getting too little medical care may be the greatest threat to patient safety
    Rodney A Hayward
    Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
    J Gen Intern Med 20:686-91. 2005
    ..Little is known about the relative incidence of serious errors of omission versus errors of commission...
  74. ncbi request reprint Identifying barriers to the effective use of clinical reminders: bootstrapping multiple methods
    Emily S Patterson
    VA Getting at Patient Safety Center, VAMC Cincinnati, University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, USA
    J Biomed Inform 38:189-99. 2005
    ..We discuss potential implications regarding the similarities and differences in study findings for factors to consider in planning interventions to improve clinical reminder use...
  75. ncbi request reprint Physician-related barriers to the effective management of uncontrolled hypertension
    Susan A Oliveria
    Department of Public Health, Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Ave, Box 99, New York, NY 10021, USA
    Arch Intern Med 162:413-20. 2002
    ..The purpose of this study was to identify barriers to primary care physicians' willingness to increase the intensity of treatment among patients with uncontrolled hypertension...
  76. pmc Profiling quality of care: Is there a role for peer review?
    Timothy P Hofer
    Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence, Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Michigan, USA
    BMC Health Serv Res 4:9. 2004
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  77. ncbi request reprint Lipid screening in HIV-infected veterans
    P Todd Korthuis
    Oregon Health and Sciences University, Portland 97239 3098, USA
    J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 35:253-60. 2004
    ..Lipid screening is recommended for patients taking protease inhibitors (PIs)...
  78. pmc Human factors barriers to the effective use of ten HIV clinical reminders
    Emily S Patterson
    VA Getting at Patient Safety Center, Cincinatti VAMC, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA
    J Am Med Inform Assoc 11:50-9. 2004
    ..The aim of this study was to identify human factors barriers to the use of these CRs...
  79. pmc Prevalence and predictors of HIV testing among a probability sample of homeless women in Los Angeles County
    Brooke Herndon
    General Internal Medicine, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH 03756, USA
    Public Health Rep 118:261-9. 2003
    ..To describe the prevalence and predictors of HIV testing in a probability cluster sample of urban homeless women...
  80. ncbi request reprint Quality of health care for women: a demonstration of the quality assessment tools system
    Elizabeth A McGlynn
    RAND, Santa Monica, California 90401, USA
    Med Care 41:616-25. 2003
    ..Consumers, purchasers, and regulators are seeking information on quality for a variety of purposes. To address these demands, methods are required that are flexible in meeting the information needs of different audiences...
  81. pmc Comparing quality of care for sexually transmitted diseases in specialized and general clinics
    Steven M Asch
    Veterans Administration Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, CA 90073, USA
    Public Health Rep 117:157-63. 2002
    ..The objective of this study was to compare quality of care for patients with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in specialized vs. general clinics...
  82. ncbi request reprint Cash and compassion: profit status and the delivery of hospice services
    Karl A Lorenz
    VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, University of California, Los Angeles
    J Palliat Med 5:507-14. 2002
    ..To evaluate the relationship of hospice profit status to patient selection and service delivery...
  83. pmc The association of access to medical care with regular source of care and sociodemographic characteristics in patients with HIV and tuberculosis
    M Rosa Solorio
    UCLA Department of Family Medicine, West Los Angeles Veteran s Affairs Medical Center, USA
    J Natl Med Assoc 94:581-9. 2002
    ..To examine satisfaction with access to health care in two populations, one with HIV and one with TB, and examine the effect of having a regular doctor and sociodemographic characteristics...
  84. ncbi request reprint Trends in the use and capacity of California's emergency departments, 1990-1999
    Susan Lambe
    Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program
    Ann Emerg Med 39:389-96. 2002
    ..Data supporting perceptions of inadequate capacity are sparse and conflicting. We describe changes in the use and capacity of California's EDs between 1990 and 1999, as well as trends in severity of patient illness or injury...
  85. ncbi request reprint Organization and management of care for military veterans with human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome in Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers
    Elizabeth M Yano
    Center for the Study of Healthcare Provider Behavior, Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence, Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Sepulveda, CA 91343, USA
    Mil Med 170:952-9. 2005
    ..As a first step, an assessment of how care for veterans with HIV/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome was organized was conducted...
  86. ncbi request reprint The implications of choice: prescribing generic or preferred pharmaceuticals improves medication adherence for chronic conditions
    William H Shrank
    Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics, Brigham and Women s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass, USA
    Arch Intern Med 166:332-7. 2006
    ..We studied whether patients enrolled in such plans who receive generic or preferred brand-name agents when initiating chronic therapy were more adherent to treatment than those who received nonpreferred brand-name medications...
  87. doi request reprint Evidence-based standards for cancer pain management
    Sydney M Dy
    Health Policy and Management, Oncology, and Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA
    J Clin Oncol 26:3879-85. 2008
    ..These standards provide an initial framework for high-quality evidence-based management of general cancer pain and pain syndromes...
  88. pmc A longitudinal evaluation of persons with disabilities: does a longitudinal definition help define who receives necessary care?
    Leighton Chan
    Rehabilitation Medicine Department, Clinical Research Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892 1604, USA
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 89:1023-30. 2008
    ..To assess, using a longitudinal definition, the impact of disability on a broad range of objective health care quality indicators...
  89. pmc Quality by any other name?: a comparison of three profiling systems for assessing health care quality
    Eve A Kerr
    Center for Practice Management and Outcomes Research, Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
    Health Serv Res 42:2070-87. 2007
    ..To examine this question, we used three different measurement approaches to assess quality of care delivered in veteran affairs (VA) facilities...
  90. pmc Impact of clinical reminder redesign on learnability, efficiency, usability, and workload for ambulatory clinic nurses
    Jason J Saleem
    Veterans Association Getting at Patient Safety GAPS Center, VAMC, Cincinnati, OH, USA
    J Am Med Inform Assoc 14:632-40. 2007
    ..These modifications were included in a redesign primarily to address barriers to effective CR use identified during a previous field study...
  91. ncbi request reprint Relationship between number of medical conditions and quality of care
    Takahiro Higashi
    Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
    N Engl J Med 356:2496-504. 2007
    ..We therefore sought to study the relationship between the quality of care and the number of medical conditions a patient has...
  92. ncbi request reprint The quality of obstructive lung disease care for adults in the United States as measured by adherence to recommended processes
    Richard A Mularski
    Center for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, 3800 N Interstate, WIN 1060, Portland, OR 97227, USA
    Chest 130:1844-50. 2006
    ..The extent to which patients with obstructive lung disease receive recommended processes of care is largely unknown. We assessed the quality of care delivered to a national sample of the US population...
  93. ncbi request reprint Physicians' perceptions of relevant prescription drug costs: do costs to the individual patient or to the population matter most?
    William H Shrank
    Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics, Brigham and Women s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, 1620 Tremont Street, Ste 3030, Boston, MA 02120, USA
    Am J Manag Care 12:545-51. 2006
    ..We evaluated physicians' perceptions about relevant costs for prescription drugs and the importance of communication about these costs...
  94. ncbi request reprint Physicians' perceived knowledge of and responsibility for managing patients' out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs
    William H Shrank
    Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics, Brigham and Women s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02120 1613, USA
    Ann Pharmacother 40:1534-40. 2006
    ..Most insurers in the US have implemented incentive-based formularies that rely on out-of-pocket costs to influence prescription drug utilization. Medicare Part D plans have broadly adopted such benefit designs...
  95. ncbi request reprint Who is at greatest risk for receiving poor-quality health care?
    Steven M Asch
    RAND Health, Santa Monica, Calif, USA
    N Engl J Med 354:1147-56. 2006
    ..American adults frequently do not receive recommended health care. The extent to which the quality of health care varies among sociodemographic groups is unknown...
  96. ncbi request reprint Compliance among pharmacies in California with a prescription-drug discount program for Medicare beneficiaries
    Joy H Lewis
    RAND Health, Santa Monica, Calif 90407 2138, USA
    N Engl J Med 346:830-5. 2002
    ..Because Medicare beneficiaries may not be accustomed to presenting their Medicare cards at pharmacies, we assessed the compliance of pharmacies with Senate Bill 393...
  97. ncbi request reprint Predictors of on-call specialist response times in California emergency departments
    Sarita A Mohanty
    Department of Medicine and Emergency Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California 90033, USA
    Acad Emerg Med 13:505-12. 2006
    ..Limited availability of on-call specialists is thought to contribute to ED overcrowding...
  98. pmc The effect of pharmacy benefit design on patient-physician communication about costs
    William H Shrank
    Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women s Hospital, Boston, MA 02120, USA
    J Gen Intern Med 21:334-9. 2006
    ..The impact of financial incentives on patient awareness of and communication about those costs is unknown...
  99. ncbi request reprint An HIV collaborative in the VHA: do advanced HIT and one-day sessions change the collaborative experience?
    Allen M Fremont
    Department of Veterans Affairs, Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, CA, USA
    Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 32:324-36. 2006
    ..Many organizations participate in quality collaboratives, yet the return on investment of the associated time and costs is unclear...
  100. pmc Consumer knowledge of over-the-counter phenazopyridine
    Chih Wen Shi
    Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Dr, Mailcode 0807, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA
    Ann Fam Med 2:240-4. 2004
    ..This study examines consumer knowledge regarding the urinary tract analgesic phenazopyridine, which recently became available without prescription...
  101. ncbi request reprint Developing indicators of nursing quality to evaluate nurse staffing ratios
    Margaret Blakeman Hodge
    University of California Davis Medical Center, Center for Nursing Research, Sacramento, Calif 95817, USA
    J Nurs Adm 32:338-45. 2002
    ..The results of this project demonstrate that this is a useful method for identifying indicators appropriate for use in outcomes research with a focus on structural predictors of quality in healthcare...