Research Studies Could Be More Pragmatic, and More Useful

From Healthcare Triage. Subscribe to Healthcare Triage! https://bit.ly/2GlEYWG Promising health studies often don’t pan out in reality. The reasons are many. Research participants are usually different from general patients; their treatment doesn’t match real-world practice; researchers can devote resources not available in most physician offices. Moreover, most studies, even the gold standard of randomized controlled…

Black Maternal Mortality

From Healthcare Triage. In the US, too many moms are dying around the time of childbirth. Every year, more than 700 mothers die from complications related to pregnancy and delivery, leaving behind grieving families as well as urgent policy questions about how we – as a country – can do better. Between the 1980s and…

How Administrative Costs Drive Healthcare Costs

From Healthcare Triage. Administration of medical care is a huge driver of costs in the United States’ healthcare system. Running hospitals, generating bills, and collecting payment are just a few of the activities that take up health providers’ time, and run up the costs of care. *** Aaron has a book out now! It’s called…

What Should Future Childhood Programs Look Like?

From Healthcare Triage. In 2005, when the RAND Corporation wrote about early childhood interventions, they argued that the evidence to date showed those interventions improved outcomes and generated benefits that outweighed the costs. More than ten years later, the number of programs and studies has increased by a factor of five. There are more than…

Do Early Childhood Programs Pay Off?

From Healthcare Triage. Are early childhood programs a good use of resources? In this series so far, we’ve talked about what childhood programs are, and whether they work. Now, we get to the question of whether or not they pay off. In the next year and a half, we here at Healthcare triage are going…

Do Early Childhood Interventions Work?

From Healthcare Triage. Last week we started our deep dive into the RAND Corporation’s comprehensive report on early childhood programs. We talked about how they’re defined, and how they’re targeted. Great. But do they work? What are the outcomes they improve? In the next year and a half, we here at Healthcare triage are going…

Early Childhood Interventions. What Are They?

From Healthcare Triage. In the next year and a half, we here at Healthcare triage are going to take some deep dives into issues of health policy, especially those that touch on social determinants of health and health equity. The episodes that do so will be a bit longer than usual. They’ll look a little…