Aldridge et al examined the association between hospice ownership and (1) the provision of community benefits, (2) the setting and timing of the hospice population served, and (3) community outreach, using data from the National Hospice Survey, which is a survey of a random sample of hospices across the country.
Schuur et al create a top-five list of tests, treatments, and disposition decisions that are of little value, are amenable to standardization, and are actionable by emergency medicine clinicians.
Yang et al examine time trends of added sugar consumption as percentage of daily calories in the United States and investigate the association of this consumption with cardiovascular disease mortality. See the Invited Commentary by [IIC130095].
West et al test the hypothesis that an intervention involving a facilitated physician small-group curriculum would result in improvement in well-being. See also the invited commentary by Goitein.
Kangovi et al evaluate whether a trained community health worker intervention would improve posthospital outcomes among patients of low socioeconomic status. See the Invited Commentary by Alter.
Safavi et al characterize hospital variation in use of noninvasive cardiac imaging and the association of imaging use with downstream testing, interventions, and outcomes. Amsterdam and Aman provide an Invited Commentary, and Redberg provides an Editor’s Note.
Hendriks et al report the effect of a community-based health insurance program on blood pressure in adults with hypertension in rural Nigeria.
MacLaren et al evaluate the occurrence and risk factors for gastrointestinal hemorrhage, pneumonia, and CDI in critically ill patients. Gross provides an Invited Commentary.
Yokoyama et al conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis of controlled clinical trials and observational studies that have examined the association between vegetarian diets and blood pressure.
Tinetti et al determine whether antihypertensive medication use was associated with experiencing a serious fall injury in a nationally representative sample of older adults. See also the invited commentary by Berry and Kiel.
Carey et al compare the rate of cardiovascular events between older individuals whose partner dies with those of a matched control group of individuals whose partner was still alive on the same day.
Moehring and authors investigate an outbreak related to contamination of compounded sterile preparations and determine processes to prevent future outbreaks.
Woloshin and Schwartz highlight the possible adverse effects of lorcaserin and phentermine-topiramate.
Billings and Bernacki highlight prognostication tools and studies that may point us toward high-value advance directive interventions.