Patrick G. Arbogast

2Carlos G Grijalva
1Stephan Russ
1Jeff Feix
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OBJECTIVE Biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) are efficacious for treating rheumatoid arthritis (RA). However, measurements of relative effectiveness, including treatment adherence and persistence, are lacking. We evaluated adherence and persistence during new episodes of use of traditional and biologic DMARDs. METHODS Using Tennessee(More)
BACKGROUND Extrapulmonary tuberculosis is likely a marker of underlying immune compromise. Our objective was to determine race and sex differences in extrapulmonary tuberculosis risk in order to identify the optimal population in which to assess for host factors associated with extrapulmonary tuberculosis. METHODS We performed an observational study of(More)
OBJECTIVES Blood culture contamination is a common problem in the emergency department (ED) that leads to unnecessary patient morbidity and health care costs. The study objective was to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of a quality improvement (QI) intervention for reducing blood culture contamination in an ED. METHODS The authors developed a QI(More)
A retrospective, propensity-matched cohort study was conducted to determine the mortality rate in patients with healthcare-associated infection (HAI) due to multidrug-resistant (MDR) Acinetobacter baumannii. The 28-day mortality rate for patients with MDR A. baumannii HAI was not significantly different than that for patients with non-MDR A. baumannii HAI.(More)
OBJECTIVE Gait dysfunction is common in advancing Parkinson's disease and has a disappointing response to dopamine replacement and subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation programming parameters. Low-frequency stimulation, less than 130 Hz in combination with increased voltage, has been shown to decrease freezing episodes and number of steps with little(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of the current study was to evaluate the impact of a July 2008 Tennessee Court of Appeals opinion that shifted financial responsibility for juvenile court ordered psychiatric evaluations from the State to the County. METHODS We used de-identified administrative data from the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and mid-year(More)
Hyperventilation (HV) is most effective in activation of generalized absence seizures during routine EEG studies. It is also used as an activation technique in the epilepsy monitoring unit, with limited data on its utility. This prospective study was undertaken to determine the effectiveness of daily hyperventilation sessions in precipitating events in the(More)
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