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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 0 PNEUMONIA focused publications)

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  • 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
  • ICU Treatment for Medicare Patients with Pneumonia Associated with Better Outcomes without Increased Costs
    This study sought to determine the association between ICU admission and outcomes, 30-day mortality, and costs among Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized for pneumonia. To account for unmeasured confounding between groups (ICU vs. general ward admission), an instrumental variable (IV) was used – the differential distance to a high-ICU use hospital. Findings showed that ICU admission of those patien...
    Date: September 22, 2015

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( 5 of more than 0 PNEUMONIA focused projects )

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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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