On September 8th, the American Journal of Emergency Medicine accepted and release online two articles authored by Dr. Pourmand.
Drs. Shokoohi, Boniface, Almehlisi, and Aalam's presentation of a "Young Man with Dyspnea" is published in the September issue of Annals of Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Pines and addtional GW researchers publish study in Health Affairs. The study finds Medicaid expansion in 2014 did not increase emergency department use, but did change the insurance payer mix.
The GW Center for Healthcare Innovation and Policy Research (GW-CHIPR) formerly known as Office for Clinical Practice Innovation (OCPI) is dedicated to promoting new health-related research initiatives, dissemination, and implementation of novel methods to organize and deliver medical care. These include research initiatives (i.e. testing and evaluating clinical delivery strategies to improve the quality and value of medical care), clinical practice innovation (i.e. facilitating the development of new innovative practice models and products to improve care delivery), and other initiatives that leverage GW’s research and clinical infrastructure (i.e. international research, partnerships, or contracting with private or public entities).
Elderly patients have the highest rate of ED usage amongst all adult populations as well as the highest return rate. Despite this increased burden on the healthcare system, it is difficult to predict poor outcomes after discharge. We all want to treat each patient “as if they were my grandfather/grandmother” yet we still cannot prevent many catastrophic outcomes. Of course we know that many chronic diseases increase the risk of readmission, and the 1-year mortality of many injuries are very well studied—but translating these risks into improvement of patient care is difficult, and many patients don’t fall so neatly into these boxes. There is still a need to identify risk factors to help providers identify patients at high risk of poor or catastrophic outcomes.
The model, published in Annals of Emergency Medicine, will help researchers, policymakers, payers, patients, and providers identify and prioritize ways to improve acute care delivery. It was funded through a contract from the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Pines disccuss in an article on the main School of Medicine and Health Sciences site.
The articles examine resource utilization for poisoning-related visists and Google Flu trends spatial variability validity.
The article in discusses a study published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine on Muscular fitness as a mediator of quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Dr. Shesser was not involved with the study.