MARCH 2020
As COVID-19 changes our world, LDI Fellows are on the front lines, providing care under difficult circumstances, and serving as policy advisors in the face of an unprecedented public health crisis. In this edition of LDI Insight, we take a break from our usual programming to highlight our Fellows' important work in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have also set up a dedicated webpage tracking our Fellows' media appearances, and we share frequent updates on Twitter. In the coming weeks, LDI will also host a series of virtual seminars. Please see further details below.
Wuhan Lockdown Halted Virus Spread in China

In a new working paper, Hanming Fang and colleagues estimate that, without a lockdown of Wuhan between January 23 and February 29, 2020, COVID-19 cases would have been 53% higher in 16 non-Wuhan cities in Hubei province, and 65% higher in 347 cities in other Chinese provinces.
In The Atlantic, Carolyn Cannuscio weighs in on how Americans should change their usual routines in order to limit contact with others during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Connie Ulrich draws upon lessons from the Ebola crisis in a Boston Globe op-ed, arguing that health care organizations have a responsibility to provide transparent communication and appropriate training on COVID-19 to clinicians.
In The New York Times, Ezekiel Emanuel says to expect "rounds" of social distancing during the pandemic, with the virus resurging each time policies are relaxed.

Latest Update on COVID-19: What Physicians and Patients Need to Know

George Anesi offers insights on the specific concerns of patients with asthma, allergies, and immune deficiency on a podcast from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.

Coronavirus Conversations

On the debut episode of a special Tradeoffs series, Alison Buttenheim discusses the difficult choices involved in practicing social distancing during a pandemic.

Congress Responds to COVID-19

In an interview with Penn Law, Allison Hoffman explains that the recently enacted Families First Coronavirus Act funds food security programs and ensures free COVID-19 testing, but does not address costs of treatment.
In Other News
Screening for Intimate Partner Violence in a Pediatric ED: A Quality Improvement Initiative, Pediatric Emergency Care, March 2020, Christina Mancheno, Brenna Aumaier, Ashlee Murray

Applying Behavioral Economics to Enhance Safe Firearm Storage, Pediatrics, March 2020, Katelin Hoskins, Unmesha Roy Paladhi, Caitlin McDonald, Alison Buttenheim

System-Level Improvements in Work Environments Lead to Lower Nurse Burnout and Higher Patient Satisfaction, Journal of Nursing Care Quality, February 2020, Margo Brooks Carthon, Linda Hatfield, Heather Brom, Mary Houton, Erin Kelly-Hellyer, Amelia Schlak, Linda Aiken

Risk Factors for Long-term Mortality and Patterns of End-of-Life Care Among Medicare Sepsis Survivors Discharged to Home Health Care, JAMA Network Open, February 2020, Katherine R. Courtright, Lizeyka Jordan, Christopher M. Murtaugh, Yolanda BarrĂ³n, Partha Deb, Stanley Moore, Kathryn H. Bowles, Mark E. Mikkelsen

Impact of a Multidisciplinary, Endocrinologist-Led Shared Medical Appointment Model on Diabetes-Related Outcomes in an Underserved Population, Diabetes Spectrum, February 2020, Valerie Ganetsky, Judith Long, Nandita Mitra, Krisda Chaiyachati, Steven Kaufman

Quantifying Gender Disparity in Physician Authorship Among Commentary Articles in Three High-Impact Medical Journals: An Observational Study, BMJ Open, February 2020, Mira Mamtani, Frances Shofer, Anita Mudan, Utsha Khatri, Rachael Walker, Jeanmarie Perrone, Jaya Aysola

Drug Enforcement Agency 2014 Hydrocodone Rescheduling Rule and Opioid Dispensing After Surgery, Anesthesiology, February 2020, Mark Neuman, Sean Hennessy, Dylan Small, Craig Newcomb, Lakisha Gaskins, Colleen Brensinger, Duminda Wijeysundera, Brian Bateman, Hannah Wunsch

A Quasi-Experiment Assessing the Six-Months Effects of a Nurse Care Coordination Program on Patient Care Experiences and Clinician Teamwork in Community Health Centers, BMC Health Services Research, February 2020, Ingrid Nembhard, Eugenia Buta, Yuna Lee, Daren Anderson, Ianita Zlateva, Paul Cleary

LDI Virtual Seminars
Friday, March 27 | 12:00-1:00pm
Virtual Seminar: So You've Socially Distanced, Now What?
A Conversation with Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, Susan Ellenberg, PhD, Michael Levy, PhD, and Richard Prisinzano, PhD
Moderated by Dan Gorenstein

Friday, April 17 | 12:00-1:00pm
Virtual Seminar: Recessions and Health in the Time of COVID-19

A Conversation with Atheen Venkataramani, MD, PhD
Moderated by Rachel Werner, MD, PhD

Key Themes
- Aging

- Vulnerable Populations
- Access and Coverage
- Opioid Epidemic


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