Journal of General Internal Medicine

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List of Papers (Total 1,886)

Effect of Reminding Patients to Complete Fecal Immunochemical Testing: A Comparative Effectiveness Study of Automated and Live Approaches

Background The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends multi-component interventions, including patient reminders, to improve uptake of colorectal cancer screening. Objective We sought to compare the effectiveness of different forms of reminders for a direct-mail fecal immunochemical test (FIT) program. Design Patient-randomized controlled trial. Participants 2772...

Defining and Measuring Diagnostic Uncertainty in Medicine: A Systematic Review

Background Physicians routinely encounter diagnostic uncertainty in practice. Despite its impact on health care utilization, costs and error, measurement of diagnostic uncertainty is poorly understood. We conducted a systematic review to describe how diagnostic uncertainty is defined and measured in medical practice. Methods We searched OVID Medline and PsycINFO databases from...

An Evidence Map of the Women Veterans’ Health Research Literature (2008–2015)

Background Women comprise a growing proportion of Veterans seeking care at Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare facilities. VA initiatives have accelerated changes in services for female Veterans, yet the corresponding literature has not been systematically reviewed since 2008. In 2015, VA Women’s Health Services and the VA Women’s Health Research Network requested an updated...

Overtreatment and Deintensification of Diabetic Therapy among Medicare Beneficiaries

Background Deintensification of diabetic therapy is often clinically appropriate for older adults, because the benefit of aggressive diabetes treatment declines with age, while the risks increase. Objective We examined rates of overtreatment and deintensification of therapy for older adults with diabetes, and whether these rates differed by medical, demographic, and socioeconomic...

Empirical Consequences of Current Recommendations for the Design and Interpretation of Noninferiority Trials

BackgroundNoninferiority trials are increasingly common, though they have less standardized designs and their interpretation is less familiar to clinicians than superiority trials.ObjectiveTo empirically evaluate a cohort of noninferiority trials to determine 1) their interpretation as recommended by CONSORT, 2) choice of alpha threshold and its sidedness, and 3) differences...