This Issue Brief summarizes research that describes home-based patterns of medication use in elderly patients, and for one high-risk medication, analyzes the relationship between recall of instructions and subsequent drug-related hospitalizations. These findings may help clinicians better predict and monitor their patients’ adherence to prescription drug regimens.
A year after the Avandia story broke, this Clinical Brief revisits the controversy, summarizes a new study of the cardiovascular safety of diabetes drugs, and analyzes the policy implications for the drug approval process.
This Issue Brief summarizes studies that analyze health outcomes, costs, and quality of life for patients-at-risk who receive ICDs in real-life settings.
This Issue Brief summarizes studies that examine and quantify the relationship between frequently used measures of hospital performance and hospital mortality.
About 4.5 million Americans currently live with dementia. Whether these citizens should vote raises a host of ethical, legal, and practical issues. At what point does someone lose the capacity to vote, and who decides? What kinds of assistance should these voters get, and who should provide it? And how can the voting rights of residents in long-term care facilities be protected?
This Issue Brief summarizes two studies that examine the prevalence of obesity over time in the elderly and disabled, and the changing relationship of obesity and disability.
Ideally, clinicians caring for HIV-infected patients would have some way of predicting which patients are most likely to need help in adhering to a prescribed regimen and an early warning system alerting them to their patients’ non-adherence. This Issue Brief summarizes recent studies whose findings may help clinicians predict and monitor their patients’ adherence before treatment failure occurs.
This Issue Brief summarizes several studies that offer evidence about the impact of these regulations on patient mortality, as well as on residents’ perceptions of the effects on quality of care, medical education, and residents’ quality of life.
This Issue Brief analyzes recent gun legislation and other violence reduction policies in Brazil and their effects on firearm violence.
In this Issue Brief, we asked five LDI Senior Fellows to comment on some of the issues raised by “Sicko,” and to offer their thoughts on the prospects for health system reform.
This Issue Brief analyzes trends in medical migration, and explores its shortand long-term effects on the health care workforce in the U.S. and in developing countries.
This Issue Brief summarizes a three-year study that tracks small businesses in Durban, South Africa, and investigates the connection between the owner’s health and business growth, survival, or closure. The results bolster the economic case for investing resources in the prevention and treatment of disease in developing countries.
This Issue Brief summarizes new work that validates the use of Medicare billing data as a proxy for anesthesia times, and illustrates how these data can shed light on hospital and patient characteristics that affect procedure duration and surgical quality.
This Issue Brief summarizes clinical outcomes and costs from the largest study to date of children hospitalized with the flu. These findings should help inform clinicians and policymakers in prioritizing their efforts to implement the new recommendations.
This Issue Brief summarizes studies that investigate  how this product is used and  the messages smokers take away from product marketing. These complementary studies send a cautionary signal about the ability of these new cigarettes to reduce the harmful effects of smoking.