Sara Fernandes-Taylor

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OBJECTIVE Physician use of clinical information technology (CIT) is important for the management of chronic illness, but has lagged behind expectations. We studied the role of health insurers' financial incentives (including pay-for-performance) and quality improvement initiatives in accelerating adoption of CIT in large physician practices. METHODS(More)
To assist educators and researchers in improving the quality of medical research, we surveyed the editors and statistical reviewers of high-impact medical journals to ascertain the most frequent and critical statistical errors in submitted manuscripts. The Editors-in-Chief and statistical reviewers of the 38 medical journals with the highest impact factor(More)
OBJECTIVE Surgical site infection (SSI) is one of the most common postoperative complications after vascular reconstruction, producing significant morbidity and hospital readmission. In contrast to SSI that develops while patients are still hospitalized, little is known about the cohort of patients who develop SSI after discharge. In this study, we explore(More)
INTRODUCTION Early graft failure (EGF), defined as failure within 30 days of an index procedure, is a serious complication after infrainguinal arterial bypass. EGF has not been examined by the use of national data since the widespread adoption of percutaneous treatments for arterial occlusive disease. METHODS We used data from the American College of(More)
OBJECTIVE Reducing readmissions represents a unique opportunity to improve care and reduce health care costs and is the focus of major payers. A large number of surgical patients are readmitted to hospitals other than where the primary surgery was performed, resulting in clinical decisions that do not incorporate the primary surgeon and potentially alter(More)
BACKGROUND The association between early outpatient follow-up and 30-day readmission has not been evaluated in any surgical population. Our study characterizes the relationship between outpatient follow-up and early readmissions among surgical patients. METHODS We queried the medical record at a large, tertiary care institution (July 2008-December 2012)(More)
OBJECTIVE The study addresses: (1) what women regret about their breast cancer treatment 5 years later, and (2) what characteristics of disease and treatment predict post-treatment regret. METHOD Interviews were conducted with breast cancer survivors in the San Francisco Bay Area. Participants were interviewed following diagnosis. Five years later, women(More)
s, or otherwise presenting non-original data; 6 articles were not related to surgery; 8 used or referred to telemedicine outside of direct patient care; 148 articles presented studies performed outside the US; 80 articles described the use of telemedicine in phases of surgical care other than postoperative (eg preoperative, intraoperative, etc). This left(More)
OBJECTIVE Existing literature on readmission after vascular surgery is limited. The upcoming reduction in Medicare reimbursement for institutions with high readmission rates mandates an accurate understanding of this issue. In this study, we characterize the frequency and causes of 30-day unplanned readmissions after elective vascular surgery. METHODS(More)