Healthcare Triage: Planning for the End. Advance Directives or Death Panels?

from The Incidental Economist at on August 31, 2015 at 08:27PM Death Panels! Got your attention, right? Well, although we’re going to discuss death panels a little, they’re not real. What are real are advance directives, and those are the topic of this week’s Healthcare Triage. For those of you who want to read […]

Kids are terrible at understanding their own weight

from The Incidental Economist at on August 31, 2015 at 04:23PM From last month’s Academic Pediatrics, “Accuracy of Weight Perceptions in a Nationally Representative Cohort of US 8th Grade Adolescents“: Objective: To describe the accuracy of weight perceptions in a nationally representative sample of US 8th graders, its relationship with weight control intentions (WCI), and […]

Healthcare Triage News: Exercise and Supplements Can’t Stop Cognitive Decline, Sadly

from The Incidental Economist at on August 29, 2015 at 01:10PM Will exercise or nutritional supplements improve cognitive decline? Prepare to be disappointed. This is Healthcare Triage News. For those of you who want to read more, here you go: Effect of a 24-Month Physical Activity Intervention vs Health Education on Cognitive Outcomes in Sedentary […]

Vaccine Injury Payouts

from Business and policy through an Economist’s Lens at on August 28, 2015 at 05:41PM A very interesting article in the Wall Street Journal today discussed the increase in payouts for vaccine related injuries.  This is interesting for a number of reasons: (1) The claims are paid from a no fault system(2) The system […]

Establishing and implementing best practice to reduce unplanned admissions in those aged 85 years and over through system change [Establishing System Change for Admissions of People 85+ (ESCAPE 85+)]: a mixed-methods case study approach, Health Services and Delivery Research, Vol:3, Iss:37

from NIHR Journals Library – Last Published at on August 28, 2015 at 01:01AM Authors: Wilson A, Baker R, Bankart J, Banerjee J, Bhamra R, Conroy S, Kurtev S, Phelps K, Regen E, Rodgers S, Waring J.

The Debrisoft ® Monofilament Debridement Pad for Use in Acute or Chronic Wounds: A NICE Medical Technology Guidance

from Latest Results for Applied Health Economics and Health Policy at on August 28, 2015 at 01:00AM Abstract As part of its Medical Technology Evaluation Programme, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) invited a manufacturer to provide clinical and economic evidence for the evaluation of the Debrisoft® monofilament debridement pad for […]

Free: Boxed Set!

from at on August 28, 2015 at 02:17PM Back in June, I published a series of essays about efforts to fly people around the country to give them better access to life-saving organ transplants. For your convenience, I have pulled the three essays together into one PDF. As … Continue reading → The […]

Who are the uninsured?

from AcademyHealth Blog at on August 28, 2015 at 02:00PM Austin recently talked about how universal coverage, although a stated goal of many health care systems, is rarely fully achieved. This coincided nicely with recent news that the ACA has significantly reduced the number of uninsured in the United States. However, many people still […]