Singh and coauthors describe the types and origins of diagnostic errors in primary care. See invited commentary by Newman-Toker and Markary.
Rosenthal et al examine whether it was possible to obtain pricing data for a common elective surgical procedure, total hip arthroplasty, from a sample of US hospitals. In an Invited Commentary, Steinmetz and Emanuel discuss a health care transparency imperative. Redberg provides an Editor’s Note.
Inacio and coauthors evaluate the association of sex with short-term risk of total hip arthroplasty revision. See the invited comment by Zuckerman.
Sadr-Azodi et al conduct a nationwide population-based case-control study to investigate the potential association between oral glucocorticoid use and acute pancreatitis.
Barclay et al examined the database of a hospice care provider to determine the association between income level and transfer from home before death and the relationship between income and level of hospice care as a predictor of transfer. An invited commentary by Abarshi follows.
Vidrine et al evaluate a new approach—Ask-Advise-Connect—designed to address barriers to linking smokers with treatment. They compare the impact of the intervention with that of the conventional Ask. Advise. Refer. program. See also the Editor’s Note by Katz.
Rolfe and Burton perform a systematic review to measure the effect of diagnostic tests on anxiety levels and reassurance in patients with a low probability of serious disease. Invited commentaries by Katz and Kroenke follow.