Richard W. Besdine

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The elderly population is particularly vulnerable to Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), but the epidemiology of CDI in long-term care facilities (LTCFs) is unknown.We performed a retrospective cohort study and used US 2011 LTCF resident data from the Minimum Data Set 3.0 linked to Medicare claims. We extracted CDI cases based on International(More)
Observations are drawn from field experience to explicate the role of the medical sociologist within geriatric clinical practice—a case presentation of a sociology "with" medicine. A sociology "with" medicine is presented as promoting the institutionalization of medical sociology as a special field within, yet independent of, medicine. The aim is to promote(More)
EDITORIAL Scientific and clinical progress related to human health and healthcare in the last century have catalyzed the parsing of medicine into many disciplines. Until recently, this dividing has increased sub-specialization on individual organs, organ systems , or diseases. Two recent exceptions, geriatrics and pal-liative medicine, run counter to this "(More)
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