Arnold L. Potosky

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Important comorbidities recorded on outpatient claims in administrative datasets may be missed in analyses when only inpatient care is considered. Using the comorbid conditions identified by Charlson and colleagues, we developed a comorbidity index that incorporates the diagnostic and procedure data contained in Medicare physician (Part B) claims. In the(More)
BACKGROUND Men treated for clinically localized prostate cancer with either radical prostatectomy or external beam radiotherapy usually survive many years with the side effects of these treatments. We present treatment-specific quality-of-life outcomes for prostate cancer patients 5 years after initial diagnosis. METHODS The cohort consisted of men aged(More)
OBJECTIVES This study develops estimates of long-term, cancer-related treatment cost using a modeling approach and data from the SEER-Medicare linked database. The method is demonstrated for colorectal cancer. METHODS Data on Medicare payments were obtained for colorectal cancer patients for the years 1990 to 1994 from the SEER-Medicare linked database.(More)
CONTEXT Patients with prostate cancer and their physicians need knowledge of treatment options and their potential complications, but limited data on complications are available in unselected population-based cohorts of patients. OBJECTIVE To measure changes in urinary and sexual function in men who have undergone radical prostatectomy for clinically(More)
BACKGROUND Radical prostatectomy and external beam radiotherapy are the two major therapeutic options for treating clinically localized prostate cancer. Because survival is often favorable regardless of therapy, treatment decisions may depend on other therapy-specific health outcomes. In this study, we compared the effects of two treatments on urinary,(More)
The National Institute on Aging and the Office of Medical Applications of Research of the National Institutes of Health convened a State-of-the-Science Conference on 26-28 April 2010 to assess the available scientific evidence on prevention of cognitive decline and Alzheimer disease. This article provides the panel's assessment of the available evidence.
The validity of a self-administered diet history questionnaire has been estimated using as the reference data the mean of three 4-day diet records collected over the year prior to the administration of the questionnaire, in 1985-1986. Subjects were women ages 45-70 years, participants in the Women's Health Trial Feasibility Study, a multi-center clinical(More)
BACKGROUND In addition to demographic and health care-related characteristics, the age and physiologic status of women at the time of breast cancer diagnosis have been reported to influence receipt of standard treatments. Previous studies of the influence of age and comorbidity have not examined whether other patient-, region-, or health care-related(More)
PURPOSE Prior studies of postoperative outcomes following radical prostatectomy have been limited by selection bias and short-term followup. In this study we assessed temporal changes in urinary and sexual function up to 5 years following radical prostatectomy in a population based cohort. MATERIALS AND METHODS A sample of 1,288 men with localized(More)
The growing number of cancer survivors combined with a looming shortage of oncology specialists will require greater coordination of post-treatment care responsibilities between oncologists and primary care physicians (PCPs). However, data are limited regarding these physicians’ views of cancer survivors’ care. To compare PCPs and oncologists with regard to(More)