Comparative Effectiveness Research / PCORI

The analysis of the relative effectiveness of different medical treatments. The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is a government-sponsored organization set up to fund this analysis.  

Comparison of Pediatric and Adult Hospice Patients Using Electronic Medical Record Data from Nine Hospices in the United States, 2008–2012

Nov. 4, 2014

Laura Dingfield, Laura Bender, Pamela Harris, Kristina Newport, Margo Hoover-Regan, Chris Feudtner, Sheila Clifford, and David Casarett

In the Journal of Palliative Medicine, David Casarett and colleagues from Penn Medicine look at pediatric and adult hospice patients and analyze differences in their characteristics and outcomes. In the study of over 126,000 hospice patients, children (18 years of age or younger) make up less than one percent of the hospice population. The authors posit that characteristics and needs of children in hospice are very different to that of adults. Despite this, pediatric patients are in general receiving services designed for adults, with only one third of hospice agencies running...

Hip Fracture Outcomes: Two New Studies

Jun. 25, 2014

Newly-published studies by Senior Fellows Mark Neuman, Jeffrey Silber, Rachel Werner, and colleagues have direct implications for the management of hip fractures, which afflict more than 300,000 older adults each year.