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Nurse Practitioner Care, Scope of Practice, and End-of-Life Outcomes for Nursing Home Residents with Dementia

Is nurse practitioner (NP) care associated with end-of-life outcomes for nursing home residents with Alzheimer disease and related dementias (ADRD), and do these associations differ between states...

Author(s): Cyrus M. Kosar, Bishnu B. Thapa, Ulrike Muench, Christopher Santostefano, Emily A. Gadbois, Hyesung Oh, Pedro L. Gozalo, Momotazur Rahman, and Elizabeth M. White  
Date: May 10, 2024

Authorization Status of Dental Therapists by State, 2024

Dental therapists (DTs) are primary dental care practitioners that have been deployed in many countries around the world. There is increasingly strong evidence supporting the safety and effectiveness...

Author(s): Elizabeth Mertz, Jean Moore, Simona Surdu, and Theekshana Fernando
Date: April 30, 2024

Systematically Assessing the Quality of Dental Electronic Health Record Data for an Investigation into Oral Health Care Disparities

Objectives: This work describes the process by which the quality of electronic health care data for a public health study was determined. The objectives were to adapt, develop, and implement data...

Author(s): Krishna Kumar Kookal, Muhammad F. Walji, Ryan Brandon, Ferit Kivanc, Elizabeth Mertz, Aubri Kottek, Joanna Mullins, Shuang Liang, Larry E. Jenson, and Joel M. White
Date: April 24, 2024

Moral Injury Awareness and Prevention in Healthcare Organizations: A Blueprint Informed by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Moral injury is lasting psychological and spiritual distress that stems from violating one’s values or feeling betrayed by a trusted institution or authority. Moral injury is associated with post-...

Author(s): Natalie Purcell, Daniel Bertenthal, Hajra Usman, Shira Maguen, Brandon Griffin, Haley Mehlman, Sarah McGrath, Joanne Spetz, Sylvia Hysong, and Karen Seal
Date: April 19, 2024

Patients’ Experiences of Dental Diagnostic Failures: A Qualitative Study Using Social Media

Objective: Despite the many advancements made in patient safety over the past decade, combating diagnostic errors (DEs) remains a crucial, yet understudied initiative toward improvement. This study...

Author(s): Enihomo Obadan-Udoh, Rachel Howard, Luke Carmichael Valmadrid, Muhammad Walji, and Elizabeth Mertz
Date: April 15, 2024

Training Home Care Workers Reduces Emergency Room Service Utilization

Newly published research by Susan A. Chapman and colleagues explored whether enhanced care training provided to trained home care workers would result in better client health outcomes. The...

Author(s): Susan A. Chapman, Melinda T. Neri, and Robert J Newcomer
Date: March 1, 2024

State Scope of Practice Restrictions and Nurse Practitioner Practice in Nursing Homes: 2012-2019

Abstract: Increased engagement of nurse practitioners (NPs) has been recommended as a way to address care delivery challenges in settings that struggle to attract physicians, such as primary care and...

Author(s): Kira L. Ryskina, Junning Liang, Ashley Z. Ritter, Joanne Spetz, and Hilary Barnes
Date: February 12, 2024

Disparities in Pre-Health Advising Across California’s Public Universities

Background: The Supreme Court’s decision in Students for Fair Admissions, Inc., v. Harvard College is likely to result in the matriculation of fewer students from historically excluded racial/ethnic...

Author(s): Francine Rios-Fetchko, Mariam Carson, Manuel Tapia, Alicia Fernandez, and Janet Coffman
Source: PLOS ONE
Date: February 9, 2024

Quality Measure Adherence and Oral Health Outcomes in Children

IMPORTANCE: Process-based quality measures are generally intended to promote evidence-based practices that have been proven to improve outcomes. However, due to lack of standardized implementation of...

Author(s): Sung Eun Choi, Ankur Pandya, Joel White, Elizabeth Mertz, and Sharon-Lise Normand
Date: January 30, 2024

Language Access Systems Improvement Initiative: Impact on Professional Interpreter Utilization, a Natural Experiment

This study aimed to evaluate the Language Access Systems Improvement (LASI) initiative’s impact on professional interpreter utilization in primary care and to explore patient and clinician...

Author(s): Leah S. Karliner, Steven E. Gregorich, Sunita Mutha, Celia Kaplan, Jennifer Livaudais-Toman, Sarita Pathak, Maria E. Garcia, and Lisa Diamond
Date: January 4, 2024