Nicole M Benson

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CONTEXT Long-term acute care hospitals have emerged as a novel approach for the care of patients recovering from severe acute illness, but the extent and increases in their activity at the national level are unknown. OBJECTIVE To examine temporal trends in long-term acute care hospital utilization after an episode of critical illness among fee-for-service(More)
RATIONALE Lack of health insurance maybe an independent risk factor for mortality and differential treatment in critical illness. OBJECTIVES To determine whether uninsured critically ill patients had differences in 30-day mortality and critical care service use compared with those with private insurance and to determine if outcome variability could be(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine whether insurance coverage and race are associated with long-term acute care hospital utilization in critically ill patients requiring mechanical ventilation. DESIGN Retrospective cohort study. SETTING Nonfederal Pennsylvania hospital discharges from 2004 to 2006. PATIENTS Eligible patients were aged 18 yrs or older, of white(More)
BACKGROUND For patients recovering from severe acute illness, admission to a long-term acute care hospital (LTAC) is an increasingly common alternative to continued management in an intensive care unit (ICU). OBJECTIVE To examine the effectiveness of LTAC transfer in patients with chronic critical illness. RESEARCH DESIGN Retrospective cohort study in(More)
PURPOSE To learn what graduating medical students considered the primary purposes of the fourth year of medical school, their approach to residency selection, and the challenges they faced in meeting their fourth-year goals. METHOD A 52-question Web-based survey was administered to fourth-year students from 20 U.S. MD-granting medical schools in spring(More)
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