Norman W. Weissman

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CONTEXT Performance feedback and benchmarking, common tools for health care improvement, are rarely studied in randomized trials. Achievable Benchmarks of Care (ABCs) are standards of excellence attained by top performers in a peer group and are easily and reproducibly calculated from existing performance data. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effectiveness of(More)
CONTEXT Recent hospital reductions in registered nurses (RNs) for hospital care raise concerns about patient outcomes. OBJECTIVE Assess the association of nurse staffing with in-hospital mortality for patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). DESIGN, SETTING, AND PATIENTS Medical record review data from the 1994-1995 Cooperative Cardiovascular(More)
BACKGROUND The World Wide Web has led to the rapid growth of medical information and continuing medical educational offerings. Ease of access and availability at any time are advantages of the World Wide Web. Existing physician-education sites have often been designed and developed without systematic application of evidence and cognitive-educational(More)
BACKGROUND Engaging practicing physicians in educational strategies that reinforce guideline adoption and improve the quality of healthcare may be difficult. Push technologies such as email offer new opportunities to engage physicians in online educational reinforcing strategies. The objectives are to investigate 1) the effectiveness of email announcements(More)
BACKGROUND The availability of Internet-based continuing medical education is rapidly increasing, but little is known about recruitment of physicians to these interventions. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to examine predictors of physician participation in an Internet intervention designed to increase screening of young women at risk for(More)
BACKGROUND Many patients suffering acute myocardial infarction (AMI) are transferred from one hospital to another during their hospitalization. There is little information about the outcomes related to interhospital transfer. The purpose of this study was to compare processes and outcomes of AMI care among patients undergoing interhospital transfer with(More)
An emergency department screen-saver linked to web-based reference materials was developed for healthcare providers to raise their index of suspicion of bioterrorist agents in patients presenting with flu-like symptoms. Web-based materials were released for general use in October, 2001, with high traffic volume on the site as health care professionals(More)
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