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Severe geographic disparities exist in liver transplantation; for patients with comparable disease severity, 90-day transplant rates range from 18% to 86% and death rates range from 14% to 82% across donation service areas (DSAs). Broader sharing has been proposed to resolve geographic inequity; however, we hypothesized that the efficacy of broader sharing(More)
BACKGROUND Practice guidelines recommend palliative care for patients with advanced cancer, but gaps in access and quality of care persist. OBJECTIVE To increase goals-of-care (GOC) communication for hospitalized patients with Stage IV cancer. METHODS An interdisciplinary team designed a quality improvement intervention to enhance oncology palliative(More)
When the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) was passed in 1967, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) became interested in evaluating screening performance in cytodiagnosis. Finding no validated performance measurement methods that could be used on a national scale, the CDC initiated a program of sequential investigations to develop information that(More)
Occupational exposure to chemotherapy is a significant and ubiquitous danger to oncology nurses. The Oncology Clinical Nurse III/IV leadership group at the University of North Carolina Hospitals embarked on the challenge of a comprehensive standards review regarding personal protective equipment necessary when handling waste after hazardous drug(More)
The establishment of the Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (CCDPHP) at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) following the Conferences on the State of the Art in Quality Control Measures for Diagnostic Cytology Laboratories is briefly discussed. The CCDPHP is expected to play a major role in the CDC's cancer control program,(More)
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