Irena Pesis-Katz

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OBJECTIVES This study aimed to examine current level and historical trends in health resources distribution in the US; to investigate the relationships between both levels and trends of inequality with--geographic location, inequality of income and rates per capita of hospital-beds and physicians. METHODS The Gini Coefficient was used to measure(More)
The life expectancy of African Americans has been substantially lower than that of white Americans for as long as records are available. The life expectancy of all Americans has been lower than that of all Canadians since the beginning of the 20th century. Until the 1970s this disparity was the result of the low life expectancy of African Americans. Since(More)
OBJECTIVE Frequent use of health-care services associated with pediatric asthma places substantial economic burden on families and society. The purpose of this study is to examine the cost-saving effects of a peer-led program through reduction in health-care utilization in comparison to an adult-led program. METHODS Randomly assigned adolescents (13-17(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate cost-effectiveness of a tobacco dependence intervention based on self-determination theory (SDT) and consistent with the Public Health Service (PHS)-sponsored Clinical Practice Guideline for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence. STUDY DESIGN Adult smokers were recruited into a randomized cessation-induction trial of an intensive(More)
OBJECTIVES We investigated how quality of care affects choosing a nursing home. METHODS We examined nursing home choice in California, Ohio, New York, and Texas in 2001, a period before the federal Nursing Home Compare report card was published. Thus, consumers were less able to observe clinical quality or clinical quality was masked. We modeled nursing(More)
PURPOSE This article describes the pattern of change in home-care use and expenditures, the distribution of payments by source, and the mix of skilled versus nonskilled services before and after 1996. DESIGN AND METHODS The analysis is based on tabulations of the 1987 National Medical Expenditure Survey and the 1996, 1998, and 1999 Medical Expenditure(More)
The peer-led team learning (PLTL) model was introduced into a graduate-level course in health economics at our school of nursing. We believed this collaborative learning program, emphasizing peer-to-peer interaction to solve complex problems, would increase student engagement and mastery of course content. The course was redesigned to accommodate a weekly(More)
Early clues of change in heart failure (HF) status, such as weight gain or reduced exercise tolerance, may be missed by caregivers in nursing homes (NHs) since daily weight measurement and functional assessments may not be performed routinely. These factors are likely to contribute to a delay in non-emergent care for the resident. The purpose of this study(More)
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