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October 22, 2012, Vol 172, No. 19, Pages 1436-1526

Perspectives

An Unmeasured Harm of Screening

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Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1442-1443. doi:10.1001/2013.jamainternmed.682
Original Investigation

Impact of the Screening Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms Very Efficiently (SAAAVE) Act on Abdominal Ultrasonography Use Among Medicare Beneficiaries

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Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1456-1462. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.4268

Shreibati and colleagues measure the impact of ultrasonography screening after the SAAAVE Act. In an invited commentary, Sheridan and colleagues further elucidate the topic.

Geographic Variation in Outpatient Antibiotic Prescribing Among Older Adults

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Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1465-1471. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.3717

To elucidate patterns of antibiotic prescribing, Zhang and colleagues used Medicare Part D data to examine geographic variation in antibiotic use among older adults in 306 Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care hospital referral regions, 50 states and the District of Columbia, and 4 national regions (South, West, Midwest, and Northeast). See invited commentary by Gonzales et al and letter by Fairlie et al.

Preoperative Hyponatremia and Perioperative Complications

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Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1474-1481. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.3992

Leung and coauthors conducted a cohort study using the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database to determine whether preoperative hyponatremia is a predictor of 30-day perioperative morbidity and mortality. See invited commentary by Vassalotti and DuPreee.

Risk of Thromboembolism, Recurrent Hemorrhage, and Death After Warfarin Therapy Interruption for Gastrointestinal Tract Bleeding

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Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1484-1491. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.4261

Witt et al determine the incidence of subsequent thrombosis, recurrent gastrointestinal tract bleeding, and death, as well as the time to resumption of warfarin therapy, during 90 days of follow-up. Brotman and Jaffer provide a commentary.

Invited Commentary

Needling the Status QuoComment on “Acupuncture for Chronic Pain”

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Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1454-1455. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.4198

Time to Rethink Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?Comment on “Impact of the Screening Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms Very Efficiently (SAAAVE) Act on Abdominal Ultrasonography Use Among Medicare Beneficiaries”

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Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1462-1463. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.4280

Can Implementation Science Help to Overcome Challenges in Translating Judicious Antibiotic Use Into Practice?Comment on “National Trends in Visit Rates and Antibiotic Prescribing for Adults With Acute Sinusitis” and “Geographic Variation in Outpatient Antibiotic Prescribing Among Older Adults”

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Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1471-1473. doi:10.1001/2013.jamainternmed.532

Preoperative HyponatremiaComment on “Preoperative Hyponatremia and Perioperative Complications”

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Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1482-1483. doi:10.1001/2013.jamainternmed.2

Resuming Anticoagulation in the First Week Following Gastrointestinal Tract HemorrhageComment on “Risk of Thromboembolism, Recurrent Hemorrhage, and Death After Warfarin Therapy Interruption for Gastrointestinal Tract Bleeding”

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Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1492-1493. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.4309

Drug Shortages and CliniciansComment on “Coping With Critical Drug Shortages”

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Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1499-1500. doi:10.1001/2013.jamainternmed.332
Editor's Note

The Flip Side of Performance MeasuresComment on “The Other Side of Quality Improvement in Diabetes for Seniors”

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Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1512. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.4560

Increase Screening for Hepatitis B Among AsiansComment on “Hepatitis B Screening in a US Academic Primary Care Practice”

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Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1519. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.4000

Laboratory Variability and Precise Clinical Decision MakingComment on “Within-Person Variability in High-Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein”

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Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1521. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.4202
Review Article

Acupuncture for Chronic PainIndividual Patient Data Meta-analysis

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Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1444-1453. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.3654

Vickers and coauthors conducted a systematic review to identify RCTs of acupuncture for chronic pain in which allocation concealment was determined unambiguously to be adequate. Individual patient data meta-analyses were conducted using data from 29 of 31 eligible RCTs, with a total of 17 922 patients evaluated. Please also see the Invited Commentary.

Challenges in Clinical Electrocardiography

ST-Segment ElevationAlert the Catheterization Laboratory?

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Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1439. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.3624

ST-Segment Elevation—Discussion

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Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1440-1441. doi:10.1001/archinte.172.19.1440
Images From Our Readers

Suprisingly close

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Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1509. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.4296

Shoreline of Cadaqués, Costa Brava of the Mediterranean, Catalonia, Spain

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Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1526. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.4290
In This Issue of Archives of Internal Medicine

In This Issue of Archives of Internal Medicine

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Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1437. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.992
Special Article

Health Care Reform

Coping With Critical Drug ShortagesAn Ethical Approach for Allocating Scarce Resources in Hospitals

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Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1494-1499. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.4367

Drug shortages present a practical and ethical dilemma to health care providers. Rosoff et al describe a comprehensive and ethically defensible policy to oversee allocation of scarce drugs.

The Relief of Existential Suffering

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Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1501-1505. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.3633

The prolonged process of dying brings special challenges to the physicians who care for these patients. Kissane proposes a typology for the existential challenges of death and dying in modern medicine.

Chest Pain in the Emergency DepartmentThe Case Against Our Current Practice of Routine Noninvasive Testing

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Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1506-1509. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.4037

Prasad and colleagues review outcomes effects of current noninvasive testing practices for patients admitted with chest pains to the emergency department.

Commentary

Less Is More

The Other Side of Quality Improvement in Diabetes for SeniorsA Proposal for an Overtreatment Glycemic Measure

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Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1510-1512. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.4392
Research Letters

National Trends in Visit Rates and Antibiotic Prescribing for Adults With Acute Sinusitis

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Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1513-1514. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.4089

Periprocedural Management of the Patient With Diabetes Mellitus Undergoing Coronary Angiography: Current Practice

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Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1514-1516. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.3630

Caregivers' Perceptions of Patients as Reminders to Improve Hand Hygiene

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Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1516-1517. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.3641

Hepatitis B Screening in a US Academic Primary Care Practice

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Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1517-1519. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.3647

Within-Person Variability in High-Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein

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Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1519-1521. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.3712
Editor's Correspondence

What Is More Valuable: Fenofibrate Patents or Fenofibrate Clinical Outcomes?

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Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1521-1522. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.4386

Generic Competition in a Flawed System: Pill Them, Bill Them—Reply

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Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1522-1523. doi:10.1001/2013.jamainternmed.806

Generic Competition in a Flawed System: Pill Them, Bill Them

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Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1522-1523. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.4389

Subclinical Hypothyroidism and Cardiovascular Disease—Reply

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Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1523-1524. doi:10.1001/2013.jamainternmed.597

Subclinical Hypothyroidism and Cardiovascular Disease

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Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1523-1524. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.4409

Charge Variability for Acute Appendicitis: Is the Problem Overstated?

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Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1524. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.4406

Of Appendectomies, Markets, and Fictional Charges

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Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1524-1525. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.4412

Appendicitis: The Great Masquerader

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Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1525. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.4424

Basic Health Care Is Not a “Market Good”

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Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1525-1526. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.4436
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