Kurtis S. Elward

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CONTEXT Determining variations in quality of care among hospitals can help direct attention to poorly performing institutions. PRACTICE PATTERN EXAMINED The proportion of patients with congestive heart failure meeting various quality criteria in 69 hospitals. HOSPITAL SELECTION: The hospitals were voluntary participants in a quality improvement program in(More)
Proper care of patients with asthma involves the triad of systematic chronic care plans, self-management support, and appropriate medical therapy. Controller medications (inhaled corticosteroids, long-acting beta2 agonists, and leukotriene receptor antagonists) are the foundation of care for persistent asthma and should be taken daily on a long-term basis(More)
Asthma exacerbations can be classified as mild, moderate, severe, or life threatening. Criteria for exacerbation severity are based on symptoms and physical examination parameters, as well as lung function and oxygen saturation. In patients with a peak expiratory flow of 50 to 79 percent of their personal best, up to two treatments of two to six inhalations(More)
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