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CONTEXT Elderly patients may have limited ability to read and comprehend medical information pertinent to their health. OBJECTIVE To determine the prevalence of low functional health literacy among community-dwelling Medicare enrollees in a national managed care organization. DESIGN Cross-sectional survey. SETTING Four Prudential HealthCare plans(More)
Although the medical expenditures for the treatment of acute glycemic and chronic complications of diabetes are well documented, little is known about the costs of treating general medical conditions among persons with diabetes. Accordingly, data from the 1991 National Hospital Discharge Survey and the 1987 National Medical Expenditure Survey were used to(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the association between physician characteristics and the use of beta-adrenergic blocking agents after acute myocardial infarction in a national managed care organization. STUDY DESIGN Retrospective administrative data analysis. PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS The study cohort consisted of 473 physicians who prescribed the medications(More)
During the final phases of chronic renal disease, inpatient care comprises an enormous share of morbidity and direct medical costs. Using an attributable risk methodology, this study calculated inpatient resource utilization and associated costs for chronic renal failure (CRF) and ESRD. A national hospital survey was used to identify the 348,962(More)
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