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.
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.
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.
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.
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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