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CONTEXT There is a growing recognition of the need to measure and report hospital financial performance. However, there exists little comparative financial indicator data specifically for critical access hospitals (CAHs). CAHs differ from other hospitals on a number of dimensions that might affect appropriate indicators of performance, including differences(More)
BACKGROUND We sought to examine the relationship between literacy and heart failure-related quality of life (HFQOL), and to explore whether literacy-related differences in knowledge, self-efficacy and/or self-care behavior explained the relationship. METHODS We recruited patients with symptomatic heart failure (HF) from four academic medical centers.(More)
Objective—To use population-based, hospital discharge data to determine the extent to which demographic and geographic disparities exist in the use of PARC following stroke. Design—Cross-sectional analysis of two years (2005-2006) of population-based, hospital discharge data. Setting—All short-term acute care hospitals in four demographically and(More)
BACKGROUND Self-care training can reduce hospitalization for heart failure (HF), and more intensive intervention may benefit more vulnerable patients, including those with low literacy. METHODS AND RESULTS A 1-year, multisite, randomized, controlled comparative effectiveness trial with 605 patients with HF was conducted. Those randomized to a single(More)
This research focuses on how susceptible the aviation system is to a disruption of service. While previous studies of airline service quality have examined °ight delays and cancellations under normal operating conditions, this work is the ¯rst to examine service quality during irregular operations. Since the September 11th terrorist attacks, repeated(More)
BACKGROUND Weight monitoring is an important element of HF self-care, yet the most clinically meaningful way to evaluate weight monitoring adherence is uncertain. We conducted this study to evaluate the association of (1) self-reported recall and (2) daily diary-recorded weight monitoring adherence with heart failure-related (HF-related) hospitalization. (More)
We thank Brian Meehan and several anonymous airline employees for clarifying various issues regarding airline and airport operations, Gary Fournier for detailed suggestions on an initial draft, and participants in a session at the 2002 Southern Economic Association meetings and a seminar at East Carolina University for helpful comments. Joe Bunting and(More)
anonymous referees, and participants in the Empirical Airlines Studies sessions at the 2003 Southern Economic Association meetings and a seminar at East Carolina University for helpful comments. Joe Bunting and Michael Hopkins provided valuable research assistance. Abstract Since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, repeated airport closures due to(More)