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A qualitative inquiry of patient-reported outcomes: the case of lower urinary tract symptoms.

Welch LC, Botelho EM, Joseph JJ, Tennstedt SL Patient-reported outcomes are a valuable tool for assessing healthcare, particularly for symptom-based conditions that lack definitive physiological measures of treatment efficacy. This article explore the value of qualitative methods for understanding and developing patient-reported outcomes of medical care for symptom-based conditions by examining the case of lower urinary tract symptoms. Published in Nursing Research.


Diagnosis and Management of Depression in 3 Countries: Results From a Clinical Vignette Factorial Experiment.

Link CL, Stern TA, Piccolo RS, et al. International differences in disease prevalence rates are often reported and thought to reflect different lifestyles, genetics, or cultural differences in care-seeking behavior. However, they may also be produced by differences among health care systems. We sought to investigate variation in the diagnosis and management of a "patient" with exactly the same symptoms indicative of depression in 3 different health care systems (Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States). Published in The Primary Care Companion for CNS Disorders.


Diagnosis and therapy of depression in the elderly--influence of patient and physician characteristics.

Von dem Knesebeck O, Bonte M, Siegrist J, et al. Studies from the United States and the United Kingdom show variations in medical decision making concerning the primary care of depression. Patient and physicians attributes independently influence doctors' decisions regardless of the patients' condition. In this paper results are presented on how these factors influence primary care doctors' diagnostic and management decisions regarding a depression in Germany. Published in Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik, medizinische Psychologie. Article in German.


Differences between internists and family practitioners in the diagnosis and management of the same patient with coronary heart disease.

Shackelton-Piccolo R, McKinlay JB, Marceau LD, et al. It has been suggested that internists and family practitioners have somewhat different "disease" perspectives, which may be generated by use of different explanatory models during medical training (pathophysiological vs. biopsychosocial, respectively). This article explores differences between internists and family practitioners in their suggested diagnoses, level of diagnostic certainty, test and prescription ordering, when encountering exactly the same "patient" with coronary heart disease (CHD). Published in Medical Care Research and Review.
Heretic's Corner
10/4/2011 - Posted by NERI Upstream
For example, how useful is it to encourage households in poverty (experiencing food insecurity) to consume more costly “healthful” diets (lean meats, whole grains and fresh vegetables and fruit). The examples are endless............