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Algorithms to Predict Breast Cancer Stage

Cost effectiveness and quality analysis of the treatment of cancer has long been a goal of health services researchers.  In particular, researchers aim to determine whether various treatments provide cost-effective methods to improve longevity and quality.  Physicians, however, use different treatments depending on the patient’s cancer stage.  Although most cost-effectiveness researchers want to take into […]

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Front-Line Staff Perspectives

As an economist, I conduct most of my analysis based on the quantitative data.  However, qualitative data should not be overlooked.  A paper by Tucker et al. (2008) looks at how the front-line hospital staff evaluates quality issues.  Some examples of their findings are: The largest number of operational failures occurred in the equipment/supply category. […]

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