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Update from Dr Foster Unit

The Dr Foster Unit welcomes Dr Alice King, who joined in August as a Research Associate. Her background is in clinical neuroscience and her area of interest is improving risk benefit ratios in healthcare. Within the Unit she will start by analysing and investigating Medicare data to assist in exploring variations in service quality and to summarise variations in US hospital care.

In September, Dr Alex Bottle attended the IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics in Philadelphia, PA where he presented at the International Workshop on Hospital Readmissions

The Dr Foster Unit made a strong showing at ISQua’s 30th International Conference which took place in Edinburgh from 13-16 October. Dr Milagros Ruiz presented a poster on her work on the impact of the 2012 doctors’ strike, Dr Alex Bottle presented a poster and a talk on patient and hospital predictors of readmission in heart failure and Dr Paul Aylin presented posters on adverse events recorded in English Primary Care, and an analysis of the London stroke services reorganisation. He also gave an oral presentation on his work on mortality by day of the week entitled ‘Day of Week of Procedure and 30 Day Mortality for Elective Surgery: National Retrospective Study.’


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