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Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that can cause mild to severe illness. Viruses, bacteria, and fungi can all cause pneumonia. Some types of pneumonia can be treated with antibiotics, and other types can be prevented with a vaccine. Within VA, research on pneumonia focuses on improving Veterans’ access to treatment and vaccination, preventing the spread of infection within healthcare settings, and improving health outcomes for Veterans with underlying respiratory illness.

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(5 of more than 350 PNEUMONIA focused publications)

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(5 of more than 21 PNEUMONIA focused publication briefs)

  • Inpatient Mortality Underestimates the Health Burden of COVID-19 Hospitalizations in Veterans
    This study sought to measure the rate of readmission, reasons for readmission, and rate of death after hospital discharge among Veterans with COVID-19 who used VA healthcare. Findings showed that 27% of Veterans who survived COVID-19 hospitalization were readmitted or died by 60 days post-discharge, and this rate was lower than matched survivors of pneumonia (26% vs. 32%) or heart failure (27% vs....
    Date: December 14, 2020
  • VA Patients Have Fewer Potentially Avoidable Hospitalizations Post-Chemotherapy than Medicare Patients
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new quality measure to reduce potentially avoidable hospital admissions among patients receiving outpatient chemotherapy. In this study, investigators used this CMS measure to compare the quality of care received by chemotherapy patients treated through traditional Fee-for-Service Medicare versus VA, using a cohort of dually-enrolled ...
    Date: July 15, 2020
  • Anti-MRSA Therapy Associated with Greater 30-day Mortality Compared with Standard Therapy for Veterans with Pneumonia
    This study sought to determine the association of empirical anti-MRSA therapy with 30-day mortality for Veterans hospitalized with pneumonia. Findings showed that empirical anti-MRSA therapy was significantly associated with greater 30-day mortality compared with standard therapy alone. There was a significant increase in 30-day mortality associated with empirical anti-MRSA therapy plus standard t...
    Date: February 17, 2020
  • Lack of Awareness among VA Providers about Risk Associated with Prescribing Inhaled Corticosteroids to Veterans with COPD
    More than 50% of patients with mild-to-moderate COPD in the U.S. are prescribed inhaled corticosteroids despite recommendations to restrict use to patients with frequent breathing exacerbations. This study explored VA primary care providers’ experiences prescribing inhaled corticosteroids among Veterans with mild-to-moderate COPD. Of the Veterans with COPD in this study cohort, 15% were prescribed...
    Date: August 8, 2019
  • Using Yelp, VA Hospitals Rated Higher than Affiliated Non-VA Hospitals
    Online patient ratings of hospitals (e.g., Yelp) have been shown to correlate strongly with more conventional measures of patient satisfaction, as well as patient outcomes. Therefore, this study compared online hospital ratings from Yelp between VA hospitals and their local affiliated hospitals. Findings showed that VA hospitals had significantly higher Yelp ratings than non-VA-affiliated hospital...
    Date: June 28, 2017

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( 5 of more than 12 PNEUMONIA focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
CDA 15-061 Understanding and Improving Decision-making in Pneumonia with Informatics Jones, Barbara 2017-04-01
PPO 09-288 Reducing Length of Stay for Veterans Hospitalized with Pneumonia Mortensen, Eric 2010-04-01
RRP 06-177 Implementation of Practices to Improve Efficiency of Care for Pneumonia Aspinall, Sherrie 2006-10-01
MRC 05-319 Quality Improvement Technical Assistance Project - Community Acquired Pneumonia Fine, Michael 2005-06-01
IIR 03-123 Improving Care for Nursing Home Pneumonia in NHCUs and Veterans' Homes Hutt, Evelyn 2004-07-01

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12/7/2017 De-implementing inhaled corticosteroids to improve quality and safety for patients with mild-to-moderate COPD: Mixed-methods findings of primary-care providers’ perspectives Helfrich, Christian  
Stryczek, Krysttel  
2/19/2014 Hospital Profiling with Enhanced Risk Adjustment Based on Laboratory Tests and Vital Signs Data Hanchate, Amresh  
Borzecki, Ann  

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