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Publication Title: 
Profiles in Healthcare Marketing

A 130-year-old, well-respected Albany, N.Y., hospital, St. Peter's, experienced growing pains as it became a system comprising 25 entities. We describe a branding initiative carefully designed to identify the new health care system with the "old friend."

Author(s): 
Botvin, J. D.
Publication Title: 
Health Progress (Saint Louis, Mo.)

In a time of public scrutiny, it is paramount that Catholic health care organizations examine their commitments to their communities and effectively communicate community benefit activities to stakeholders-employees, physicians, patients, and the public. CHRISTUS Academy, a leadership development program at CHRISTUS Health, Irving, TX, conducted two studies regarding community benefit.

Author(s): 
Meyer, Donna
Wei, Raymond
Publication Title: 
International Journal for Quality in Health Care: Journal of the International Society for Quality in Health Care

OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to detect whether there was any difference among the characteristics of patient satisfaction between two patient emphasis groups: patients demanding technical elements of hospital care and patients demanding interpersonal elements. DESIGN AND SETTING: The sample for this study was drawn from in-patients discharged from 77 voluntarily participating hospitals throughout Japan.

Author(s): 
Tokunaga, J.
Imanaka, Y.
Nobutomo, K.
Publication Title: 
International Journal for Quality in Health Care: Journal of the International Society for Quality in Health Care

OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to detect whether there was any difference among the characteristics of patient satisfaction between two patient emphasis groups: patients demanding technical elements of hospital care and patients demanding interpersonal elements. DESIGN AND SETTING: The sample for this study was drawn from in-patients discharged from 77 voluntarily participating hospitals throughout Japan.

Author(s): 
Tokunaga, J.
Imanaka, Y.
Nobutomo, K.
Publication Title: 
American Heart Journal

The reuse of percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) balloon catheters has recently been proposed as a way of containing costs. Our aim was to examine patient acceptability of this strategy. We asked 100 consecutive patients scheduled for potential or definite PTCA whether they would permit the use of sterilized, reused balloon catheters. We collected demographic, clinical, angiographic, and insurance-status data on all patients. Sixty-eight patients responded that they would have allowed reused equipment (group 1). Thirty-two patients would have refused (group 2).

Author(s): 
Vaitkus, P. T.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (1999)

BACKGROUND: Although African Americans are disproportionately affected by the AIDS epidemic, they are underrepresented in AIDS research, particularly in AIDS clinical trials. This study examines a multidimensional construct of distrust and other factors that may affect willingness to participate in AIDS research. METHODS: A total of 301 African Americans (aged >/=18 years) in Durham, North Carolina participated in a cross-sectional survey. In-person interviews, 20 to 25 minutes in length, were conducted with participants.

Author(s): 
Sengupta, S.
Strauss, R. P.
DeVellis, R.
Quinn, S. C.
DeVellis, B.
Ware, W. B.
Publication Title: 
The Milbank Quarterly

The political legitimacy and policymaking influence of the medical profession have greatly declined in American society over the past 30 years. Despite speculation about the causes, there has been little empirical research assessing the different explanations. To address this gap, data collected in 1995 are used to compare attitudes of the American public and policy elites toward medical authority.

Author(s): 
Schlesinger, Mark
Publication Title: 
Journal International De Bioethique = International Journal of Bioethics

Together with the completion of the Human Genome Project, biomedical research has marched into the "Post-Genomic Era." In order to take advantage of these extracted gene related information extensively and precisely so as to realize the human being's biological phenomena as well as the mechanism of pathogenesis, consequentially, large scale sample collection of different geological areas and/or ethic group becomes necessary for the future population based genetic research of a country and, in turn, the construction of population-based genetic database (Biobank).

Author(s): 
Fan, Chien Te
Wu, Chunyan
Shi, Zhiyuan
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis
Author(s): 
McConkey, Kevin M.
Publication Title: 
Hospital Progress

All persons who serve the Lord through their work in a health care facility should be considered healers and need to be made aware of the special charisms in healing. Among the means of accomplishing this are pastoral department input into new staff orientation, periodic workshops recalling the Church's commitment to healing, special days of recollection, Masses, Bible services, scriptural sharings, and prayer groups. Especially meaningful may be a ceremoney in which individuals are anointed with oil to dedicate them to the charisms of their particular tasks.

Author(s): 
Toohey, T. J.
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