Why skills plateau

from The Incidental Economist at http://bit.ly/1VnwDDi on December 29, 2015 at 11:00AM The conventional view is that we develop skills up to our innate limits. K. Anders Ericsson makes a strong claim that this is wrong. Instead, our skills plateau because we lose attentiveness to how we perform tasks. Initially, when beginning to learn something — chess, typing, tennis, […]

Average prevalence of “sickness”

from Healthcare Economist at http://bit.ly/1mfA17p on December 29, 2015 at 04:57AM Despite the large number of illnesses defined by the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) disease coding system, health systems need to know how many encounters they are likely to experience each month. One gauge for this is the prevalence […]

The EORTC QLQ-CR29 quality of life questionnaire for colorectal cancer: validation of the Dutch version

from Latest Results for Quality of Life Research at http://bit.ly/1NSO6yr on December 28, 2015 Abstract Purpose To validate the Dutch version of the EORTC QLQ-CR29 quality of life questionnaire for colorectal cancer. Methods We translated and pilot-tested the original questionnaire in the Netherlands, following EORTC guidelines. We assessed factor structure, reliability and construct validity in […]

Why Meaningful Use Has to Go

from THCB at http://bit.ly/1ZxllhY on December 28, 2015 at 04:04PM By MARGALIT GUR ARIE We don’t win anymore in health care. After repeatedly drilling in our heads that America’s sick care system is a disaster, that those who care for the sick are incompetent and stupid, and that the sick themselves are losers, Meaningful Use […]

The Effects of Introducing Mixed Payment Systems for Physicians: Experimental Evidence

from Health Economics at http://bit.ly/1RNuuld on December 28, 2015 at 08:29AM Mixed payment systems have become a prominent alternative to paying physicians through fee-for-service and capitation. While theory shows mixed payment systems to be superior, causal effects on physicians’ behavior when introducing mixed systems are not well understood empirically. We systematically analyze the influence of […]

Impact of Community-based Health Insurance on Access and Financial Protection: Evidence from Three Randomized Control Trials in Rural India

from Health Economics at http://bit.ly/1Ud0e14 on December 28, 2015 at 05:24AM Since the 1990s, community-based health insurance (CBHI) schemes have been proposed to reduce the financial consequences of illness and enhance access to healthcare in developing countries. Convincing evidence on the ability of such schemes to meet their objectives is scarce. This paper uses randomized […]

Trumpbots on games

from Terry Flynn PhD at http://bit.ly/1ONtpnt on December 24, 2015 at 05:34PM Oh dear. On a group devoted to an Angry Birds app on Facebook I got berated for a couple of (by British standards anyway) totally mild cuss words. On the other hand it all hit the fan when I didn’t like some support […]

Drug persistence and compliance affect patient-reported outcomes in overactive bladder syndrome

from Latest Results for Quality of Life Research at http://bit.ly/1TiXSNX on December 24, 2015 Abstract Purpose To evaluate persistence and compliance for patients receiving antimuscarinics for overactive bladder (OAB), and to assess patient-reported outcomes (PROs) according to persistence and compliance. Methods This was a 24-week, multicenter, prospective, observational study that included 952 OAB patients who […]