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JUNE 2020

A team led by Theodore (Jack) Iwashyna, M.D., Ph.D., professor of internal medicine, wanted to look more closely at how being hospitalized for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) affected people months after they were discharged. They interviewed dozens of patients from around the nation. The team found that many respiratory failure patients experience what is known as financial toxicity.

Most people in their 50s and older were capable home cooks just before COVID-19 struck America, but only 5% had ordered groceries online, according to a new national poll.

The cooking skills that enabled half of older adults to eat dinner at home six or seven days a week may have served them well during the height of the pandemic, the poll suggests.


This IHPI brief outlines important policy considerations to help ensure optimal outcomes for patients.

A new study in JAMA Surgery led by Seth Waits, M.D., associate professor of surgery, found that bariatric surgery was associated with better long-term survival rates and health benefits for patients with end-stage kidney disease. 

COVID-19 registries, modeling, and toolkits available for wide-use
Many IHPI members have developed COVID-related registries, predictive models, and clinical resources to be used by policymakers and clinical leaders. Please visit our continuously updated webpage to learn more.

The Latest
Long term health effects when protests against violence result in more police violence


A new commentary in JAMA  Health Forum discusses established international human rights principles and the long term health effects that peaceful demonstrators can and have experienced when police use force, such as rubber bullets and tear gas, as crowd control measures, based on the experience of physicians and health researchers. 


A new JAMA Health Forum commentary by Pooja Lagisetty, M.D., M.Sc., assistant professor of internal medicine, and colleagues, explores COVID-19's aftermath and the acknowledgement that the public health field will face a new set of challenges in the opioid epidemic.


A new commentary highlights the dramatic decline in emergency department visits during the COVID-19 pandemic and what could be causing the decrease.

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