Stephanie E Otter

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We compared the diagnostic and therapeutic management of pneumonia during 1970 and 1971 with that during 1979 and 1980 in clinically similar populations at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore. More patients received aminoglycoside and cephalosporin therapy during 1979 and 1980. Guidelines for the use of chest roentgenograms and cultures were exceeded in(More)
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the influence of the number of proximal contacts and fiber-reinforced composite (FRC) post insertion on the fracture behavior of endodontically treated premolars with class II (MOD) cavities and direct composite restorations. Forty-eight single-rooted human premolars were endodontically treated and prepared with(More)
Increasing reports of management problems involving intravenous drug abuse patients prompted our study. From 1983 to 1988, the recorded inpatient prevalence of diagnoses consistent with drug abuse/dependence, other than alcohol or nicotine, rose hospitalwide from 0.6% to 3.5%. Disruptive behavior was documented in the records of 38 of 71 active cocaine or(More)
Only 3 of 2536 cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) VDRL tests ordered at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1980 were positive. Of patients on whom the test was ordered, 226 had a positive or borderline serum fluorescent treponemal antibody absorption test. Records from 156 (69%) of these patients, including all 3 with positive CSF-VDRL tests, were reviewed and showed(More)
The Health Care Financing Administration has contracted with 54 peer review organizations (PROs) to monitor hospital use and quality of care for Medicare patients. PROs promised reductions in readmissions, in "unnecessary" admissions or invasive procedures, and in "avoidable" mortality and morbidity. A review of contract summaries for 49 PROs revealed wide(More)
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