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February 11, 2013, Vol 173, No. 3, Pages 175-250

In This Issue of JAMA Internal Medicine

In This Issue of JAMA Internal Medicine

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JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(3):176-176. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.2692
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Weapons of Mass Destruction

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JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(3):182-183. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.4026

The Colchicine Debacle

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JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(3):184-185. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.1405

Snapshots of Low-Value Medical Care

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JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(3):186-187. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.1532
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An Eyedrop by Any Other Name

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JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(3):179-179. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.3378

Faint Hope

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JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(3):180-180. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.1536
Editorial

Opioid Prescriptions for Chronic Nonmalignant PainDriving on a Dangerous Road

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JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(3):178-178. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.1838
Original Investigation

Mortality Among Homeless Adults in BostonShifts in Causes of Death Over a 15-Year Period

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JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(3):189-195. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.1604

Baggett and coauthors assessed all-cause and cause-specific mortality rates in a cohort of 28 033 adults 18 years or older seen at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program from 2003 through 2008. They compared mortality rates in this cohort with rates in the 2003-2008 Massachusetts population and a 1988-1993 cohort of homeless adults in Boston. See the Editorial by Katz.

Opioid Dose and Risk of Road Trauma in CanadaA Population-Based Study

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JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(3):196-201. doi:10.1001/2013.jamainternmed.733

Gomes et al studied adults with at least 1 prescription for opioids in a populationbased nested case-control analysis to determine whether increasing doses of prescription opioids increase the odds for road trauma. See also the editorial by Katz.

Variations in Pill Appearance of Antiepileptic Drugs and the Risk of Nonadherence

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JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(3):202-208. doi:10.1001/2013.jamainternmed.997

Kesselheim et al determined whether switching among different-appearing antiepileptic drugs is associated with increased rates of medication nonpersistence. See Invited Commentary by Yu and Geba and Editor’s Note by Covinsky.

Communication and Medication Refill AdherenceThe Diabetes Study of Northern California

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JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(3):210-218. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.1216

Ratanawongsa et al investigate whether patient assessments of provider communication were associated with measures of poor refill adherence for cardiometabolic medications using pharmacy utilization data among a diverse sample of fully insured persons with diabetes. Naik provides a commentary.

The Cost of Breast Cancer Screening in the Medicare Population

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JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(3):220-226. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.1397

Using the SEER-Medicare database, Gross and coauthors identified 137 274 women ages 66 to 100 years who had not had breast cancer, assessed cost to feefor- service Medicare of breast cancer screening and workup in 2006 to 2007, and evaluated association between regional expenditures and workup test utilization, cancer incidence, and treatment costs. Also see the Invited Commentary by Mandelblatt and coauthors.

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Generic Pills From the Patient PerspectiveComment on “Variations in Pill Appearance of Antiepileptic Drugs and the Risk of Nonadherence”

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JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(3):208-209. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.2283

On the Road to Patient CenterednessComment on: “Communication and Medication Refill Adherence”

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JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(3):218-219. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.1229

Costs, Evidence, and Value in the Medicare ProgramComment on “The Cost of Breast Cancer Screening in the Medicare Population”

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JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(3):227-228. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.2127

Bending the Curve Toward Increased Use of Generic DrugsComment on “When Choosing Statin Therapy”

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JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(3):233-234. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.1777
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ColchicineComment on “The Colchicine Debacle”

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JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(3):185-185. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.3093

Learning to Say NoComment on “Snapshots of Low-Value Medical Care”

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JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(3):188-188. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.3381

Debating Effect SizesComment on “Variations in Pill Appearance of Antiepileptic Drugs and the Risk of Nonadherence”

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JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(3):209-209. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.1545

Systems-Level Interventions to Improve Value in Prescription Medication UseComment on “Physician Acquiescence to Patient Demands for Brand-Name Drugs”

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JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(3):239-239. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.3583
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When Choosing Statin TherapyThe Case for Generics

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JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(3):229-232. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.1529
Research Letters

Opioid Analgesic Misuse in a Community-Based Cohort of HIV-Infected Indigent Adults

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JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(3):235-237. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.1576

Physician Acquiescence to Patient Demands for Brand-Name Drugs: Results of a National Survey of Physicians

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JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(3):237-239. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.1539

Patient Knowledge and Understanding of Radiation From Diagnostic Imaging

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JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(3):239-241. doi:10.1001/2013.jamainternmed.1013

Optimal Interval for Routine Cytologic Screening in the United States

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JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(3):241-242. doi:10.1001/2013.jamainternmed.1034

Healthcare and Lifestyle Practices of Healthcare Workers: Do Healthcare Workers Practice What They Preach?

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JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(3):242-244. doi:10.1001/2013.jamainternmed.1039

Effect of Patient Navigation on Enrollment in Cardiac Rehabilitation

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JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(3):244-246. doi:10.1001/2013.jamainternmed.1042
Editor's Correspondence

Medication Reconciliation Practices and Potential Clinical Impact of Unintentional Discrepancies

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JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(3):246-247. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.1235

New Statins Also Produce Fatigue: Spontaneous Reporting as a Complementary System to Increase Safety Knowledge

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JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(3):247-248. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.1614

New Statins Also Produce Fatigue: Spontaneous Reporting as a Complementary System to Increase Safety Knowledge—Reply

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JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(3):247-248. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.2113

Jehovah's Witnesses May Not Have Identical Outcomes With Nontransfused Non-Witnesses After Cardiac Surgery

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JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(3):248-249. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.1626

Jehovah's Witnesses May Not Have Identical Outcomes With Nontransfused Non-Witnesses After Cardiac Surgery—Reply

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JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(3):248-249. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.2139

How to Use Electronic Health Records to Achieve the Quadruple Aim

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JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(3):250-250. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.1620
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