Craig Evan Pollack

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BACKGROUND Previous studies suggest that the physical availability of alcohol may mediate the association between neighbourhood-level material deprivation and alcohol consumption. This study tests the relationships between neighbourhood-level deprivation, alcohol availability, and individual-level alcohol consumption using a multilevel analysis. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND Health researchers rarely measure accumulated wealth to reflect socioeconomic status/position (SES). In order to determine whether health research should more frequently include measures of wealth, this study assessed the relationship between wealth and health. METHODS Studies published between 1990 to 2006 were systematically reviewed.(More)
IMPORTANCE Better continuity of care is expected to improve patient outcomes and reduce health care costs, but patterns of use, costs, and clinical complications associated with the current patterns of care continuity have not been quantified. OBJECTIVE To measure the association between care continuity, costs, and rates of hospitalizations, emergency(More)
OBJECTIVES We evaluated associations between mortgage delinquency and changes in health and health-relevant resources over 2 years, with data from the Health and Retirement Study, a longitudinal survey representative of US adults older than 50 years. METHODS In 2008, participants reported whether they had fallen behind on mortgage payments since 2006 (n =(More)
BACKGROUND Retail clinics are clinics within a retail store that provide simple acute and preventive care services for a fixed price without an appointment. OBJECTIVE To describe characteristics of retail clinics, including their location, scope of practice, prices, acceptance of insurance, and ownership, and to estimate the proportion of the U.S.(More)
Through a cross-national investigation of the United States and Germany, this study examines how individual level social capital relates to the health of the elderly. Data from two national telephone surveys conducted in Germany (N=682) and the United States (N=608) with probability samples of non-institutionalized persons aged 60 and older was used.(More)
OBJECTIVES We assessed the health status of people undergoing mortgage foreclosure in the Philadelphia region to determine if there was a relationship between foreclosure and health. METHODS Participants were recruited in partnership with a mortgage counseling agency. Participants' health status and health care use were compared with a community sample(More)
IMPORTANCE Both the overuse of unnecessary medical procedures and poor continuity of care are thought to contribute to high health care spending and poor patient outcomes. OBJECTIVE To investigate the association between care continuity and use of potentially unnecessary procedures. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS Observational retrospective cohort (n(More)
In recent years, colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates have increased steadily in the USA, though racial and ethnic disparities persist. In a community-based randomized controlled trial, we investigated the effect of patient navigation on increasing CRC screening adherence among older African Americans. Participants in the Cancer Prevention and Treatment(More)
BACKGROUND Racial differences in the treatment of men with localized prostate cancer remain poorly understood. This study examines whether hospital racial composition is associated with the type of treatment black and white men receive. METHODS The authors performed a retrospective cohort study of men in Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End(More)