Jennifer L Myers

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BACKGROUND Reporting of quality indicators (QIs) in Veterans Health Administration Medical Centers is complicated by estimation error caused by small numbers of eligible patients per facility. We applied multilevel modeling and empirical Bayes (EB) estimation in addressing this issue in performance reporting of stroke care quality in the Medical Centers. (More)
Hyperoxia is cytotoxic and depresses many cellular metabolic functions including protein synthesis. Translational control is exerted primarily during initiation by two mechanisms: 1) through inhibition of translation initiation complex formation via sequestration of the cap-binding protein, eukaryotic initiation factor (eIF) 4E, with inhibitory 4E-binding(More)
BACKGROUND Within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), approximately 6000 veterans are hospitalized with acute ischemic stroke annually. We examined the use and misuse of thrombolytic therapy with tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) in a national sample of veterans who were admitted to a VHA Medical Center (VAMC) with acute ischemic stroke. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND Quality indicator collection and feedback improves stroke care. We sought to determine whether quality improvement training plus indicator feedback was more effective than indicator feedback alone in improving inpatient stroke indicators. METHODS We conducted a cluster-randomised quality improvement trial, randomising hospitals to quality(More)
BACKGROUND The "Diagnosis and Treatment of Sleep Apnea in Cerebrovascular Disease" (GoToSleep) study is evaluating a strategy to improve the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea among veterans with stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) who also have hypertension. Specifically, the GoToSleep study was designed to overcome some of the barriers that(More)
PURPOSE Differences in stroke care quality for patients in rural and urban locations have been suggested, but whether differences exist across Veteran Administration Medical Centers (VAMCs) is unknown. This study examines whether rural-urban disparities exist in inpatient quality among veterans with acute ischemic stroke. METHODS In this retrospective(More)
BACKGROUND Some studies have found that older individuals are not as likely as their younger counterparts to be treated with some guideline-based stroke therapies. We examined whether age-related differences in inpatient quality of care exist among US veterans with ischemic stroke. METHODS This was a retrospective study of a national sample of veterans(More)
BACKGROUND Stroke mortality has been found to be much higher among residents in the stroke belt region than in the rest of United States, but it is not known whether differences exist in the quality of stroke care provided in Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers in states inside and outside this region. OBJECTIVE We compared mortality and(More)
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