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Research Studies is a monthly compilation of research articles funded by AHRQ or authored by AHRQ researchers and recently published in journals or newsletters.
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Melnick ER, O'Brien EG, Kovalerchik O
The association between physician empathy and variation in imaging use.
This paper's objective was to describe empathy in a cohort of emergency physicians and evaluate its association with CT utilization. The authors found that, on the four psychometric scales used, performance was not predictive of risk-adjusted CT utilization in the emergency department. They concluded that the underlying physician-based factors that mediate interphysician variation remain to be clearly identified.
Citation: Melnick ER, O'Brien EG, Kovalerchik O . The association between physician empathy and variation in imaging use. Acad Emerg Med 2016 Aug;23(8):895-904. doi: 10.1111/acem.13017.
Keywords: Decision Making, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Healthcare Utilization, Imaging, Practice Patterns
Lyu PF, Hockenberry JM, Gaydos LM
Impact of a sequential intervention on albumin utilization in critical care.
The authors evaluated the effect of a sequential multifaceted intervention on decreasing albumin use in the intensive care unit. They found that a sequential intervention achieved significant reductions in albumin use and cost savings without changes in patient outcomes, supporting the combination of financial and nonfinancial strategies to align providers with evidence-based practices.
Citation: Lyu PF, Hockenberry JM, Gaydos LM . Impact of a sequential intervention on albumin utilization in critical care. Crit Care Med 2016 Jul;44(7):1307-13. doi: 10.1097/ccm.0000000000001638.
Keywords: Critical Care, Healthcare Utilization, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Patient-Centered Outcomes Research, Practice Patterns