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OBJECTIVE To characterize the ED utilization patterns of the elderly population using nationally representative data. METHODS A secondary analysis was performed using the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS), a nationwide, stratified probability sample of ED encounters. Using these physician-reported data, the demographics, patient… (More)
Community-based multi-disciplinary care of chronically ill individuals frequently requires the efforts of several agencies and organizations. The Community Care Coordination Network (CCCN) is an effort to establish a community-based clinical database and electronic communication system to facilitate the exchange of pertinent patient data among primary care,… (More)
Primary care physicians provide longitudinal care for chronically ill individuals in concert with many other community-based disciplines. The care management of these individuals requires data not traditionally collected during the care of well, or acutely ill individuals. These data not only concern the patient, in the form of patient functional status,… (More)
Introduction. Chronically ill individuals with functional impairments require intensive ongoing primary care and community-based social services to continue to reside in the community. These individuals also frequently have exacerbations of illness requiring hospitalization, and coordination ofthese services over time across multiple agencies is a… (More)
The heart of the Card Response Project, a six-step data collection strategy, is the clinician, armed with a pocket-sized card for rapid completion during clinic visits.