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As new health care strategies compete with existing ones for limited resources, the health care system and its providers are beginning to turn to health economic analyses to help inform choices in the delivery of care. This 2-part review examines the current health economic literature for asthma and rhinitis. This first installment of the review focuses on(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a growing cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, and accurate estimates of the prevalence of this disease are needed to anticipate the future burden of COPD, target key risk factors, and plan for providing COPD-related health services. We aimed to measure the prevalence of COPD and its risk(More)
Asthma is a serious health problem throughout the world. During the past two decades, many scientific advances have improved our understanding of asthma and ability to manage and control it effectively. However, recommendations for asthma care need to be adapted to local conditions, resources and services. Since it was formed in 1993, the Global Initiative(More)
BACKGROUND Using survey instruments to assess physicians' attitudes toward electronic health record (EHR) adoption has been an ongoing area of research. No instrument has emerged for widespread use. OBJECTIVE We used a theoretically-based, 37-question survey instrument to assess attitudes toward electronic (e-) prescribing adoption in the context of an(More)
Treatment strategies for colorectal cancer (CRC) are highly variable. The aim of this study is to examine the patterns of chemotherapy and biologic therapy use for CRC patients in a national medical claims database. A retrospective and observational analysis was performed using the i3 Innovus claims database to identify healthcare services consumed by(More)
OBJECTIVES There is growing recognition that a comprehensive economic assessment of a new health-care intervention at the time of launch requires both a cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) and a budget impact analysis (BIA). National regulatory agencies such as the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in England and Wales and the(More)
Switching between bioequivalent antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) in patients with epilepsy remains a concern because of possible untoward effects owing to a narrow therapeutic range. We investigated the association between switching A-rated AEDs and epilepsy-related events. We conducted a case-control study using claims from the MarketScan database. Cases were(More)
OBJECTIVE Computerized provider order entry (CPOE) has been shown to improve patient safety by reducing medication errors and subsequent adverse drug events (ADEs). Studies demonstrating these benefits have been conducted primarily in the inpatient setting, with fewer in the ambulatory setting. The objective was to evaluate the effect of a basic, ambulatory(More)
Electronic prescribing has improved the quality and safety of care. One barrier preventing widespread adoption is the potential detrimental impact on workflow. We used time-motion techniques to compare prescribing times at three ambulatory care sites that used paper-based prescribing, desktop, or laptop e-prescribing. An observer timed all prescriber (n =(More)
BACKGROUND Treatment options for overactive bladder (OAB) with urinary urge incontinence (UUI) refractory to oral antimuscarinics include: botulinum toxin type A (BoNTA), sacral neuromodulation (SNM), and augmentation cystoplasty (AC). A standard treatment success metric that can be used in both clinical and economic evaluations of the above interventions(More)