David Schleifer

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Previous research has found that American patients strongly believe that more testing and more treatment lead to better outcomes and, to a lesser extent, that newer treatments are more effective. We conducted five focus groups with privately insured, healthy, middle-aged Americans (n = 43) to explore these apparent preferences. Contrary to previous(More)
This is a report about 1465 cases of swallowed foreign bodies. Surgery is not necessarily indicated when foreign bodies are swallowed, because 90% of the objects are discharged spontaneously. Complications (perforation, ileus) occur only in 0.5% of the cases. Endoscopic extraction should be attempted; surgical removal is indicated only in cases of acute(More)
Many organizations are developing health care price information tools for consumers. However, consumers may avoid low-price care if they perceive price to be associated with quality. We conducted a nationally representative survey to examine whether consumers perceive that price and quality are associated and whether the way in which questions are framed(More)