27 Jan 2011
It’s common for investigators to use administrative data to measure and track rates of MRSA infection, but is an administrative database an accurate source for
this kind of information? A new paper co-authored by several CDDEP
researchers says no—instead, administrative data may be misleading when
it comes to infection surveillance.
26 Jan 2011
Recently, the Lancet
published a special
issue on India’s progress toward universal health coverage.
21 Jan 2011
In 2002, France launched a program to educate physicians and
consumers about the dangers of antibiotic overuse--namely, the speedy
development of antibiotic resistance. Les antibiotiques, c’est pas automatiques
(“antibiotics are not automatic”) aimed to reduce antibiotic
prescriptions in France by 25% over a five-year period, and it is
largely touted as a success—in fact, a PLoS One study recently reported that the program exceeded expectations, reducing prescriptions by 26.5% in the first five years.
14 Jan 2011
Discussion of the relationship between income and subjective well-being has long taken as its basis a notion first developed
by Richard Easterlin in the 1970s: that wealthier people within a country
or region are generally happier than poorer people within the same country or
region, but that people in poorer countries are not, on the whole,
substantially unhappier than those in richer countries. The “Easterlin paradox” is typically
explained in terms of the difference between absolute and rel
12 Jan 2011
The Lancet has just released India: Towards Universal Coverage, a valuable series of papers which "reveal the full extent of opportunities and difficulties in Indian
healthcare, by examining infectious and chronic diseases, availability
of treatments and doctors, and the infrastructure to bring about
universal health care by 2020."