Moshe Fridman

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This article examines the impact of mandated nursing ratios in California on key measures of nursing quality among adults in acute care hospitals. This study is a follow-up and extension of our first analysis exploring nurse staffing and nursing-sensitive outcomes comparing 2002 pre-ratios regulation data to 2004 postratios regulation data. For the current(More)
BACKGROUND AND METHODS We administered the Kidney Disease Quality of Life (KDQOL) short form and a three-item depression screening measure derived from the Diagnostic Interview Schedule to 422 new patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD; incident cohort) who began maintenance hemodialysis (HD) therapy at 151 outpatient dialysis facilities across the(More)
PURPOSE If patients could be ranked according to their projected need for supportive care therapy, then more efficient and less costly treatment algorithms might be developed. This work reports on the construction of a model of neutropenia, dose reduction, or delay that rank-orders patients according to their need for costly supportive care such as(More)
Hidden Markov Model Regression (HMMR) is an extension of the Hidden Markov Model (HMM) to regression analysis. We assume that the parameters of the regression model are determined by the outcome of a nite-state Markov chain and that the error terms are conditionally independent normally distributed with mean zero and state dependent variance. The theory of(More)
PURPOSE Decline in intelligence can occur after whole-brain cranial irradiation for childhood malignancy. The purpose of this analysis was to estimate better the impact of dose and age at time of irradiation on IQ decline. PATIENTS AND METHODS A total of 48 children were studied. We combined two previously reported studies that included 15 patients with(More)
We sought to identify risk factors associated with the time to febrile neutropenia in patients with intermediate-grade, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) who were receiving treatment with CHOP chemotherapy. Data were collected from 12 community and academic oncology practices participating in the Oncology Practice Pattern Study between 1991 and 1999. We reviewed(More)
Records from 653 patients treated between 1991 and 1998 in the Oncology Practice Patterns Study (OPPS) were analyzed to determine contemporary chemotherapy delivery patterns in patients with intermediate-grade non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). Of the 653 patient records reviewed, 90 (14%) omitted an anthracycline or mitoxantrone (Novantrone) from primary(More)
A review of the literature and analysis of the National Inpatient Sample Database was performed to describe the trends in vaginal birth after cesarean availability in the United States and the factors associated with changing use. Vaginal birth after cesarean increased after the first National Institutes of Health Consensus Conference on Cesarean Childbirth(More)
BACKGROUND With preliminary data suggesting an increasing trend in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) prevalence in Europe, the use of psychotropic medications in this population needs to be better understood, particularly among patients with ADHD and no co-morbid psychiatric disorder. METHODS Medical charts of patients aged 6-17 years with(More)
We reviewed the risks and benefits of vaginal and cesarean delivery to help frame the inherent trade-offs that should be considered as part of the informed consent discussion between patients and providers. We performed a targeted literature review for common complications of childbirth. Approximately 30% of women will experience a maternal or neonatal(More)