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Top 20 Health Affairs Journal Articles for 2009



January 29th, 2010

We are pleased to announce the “most-read” Health Affairs journal articles published in 2009. The number 1 article published in 2009 was on “Annual Medical Spending Attributable To Obesity” by Eric Finkelstein and colleagues.  All articles below are open to all readers for the next 2 weeks—through February 12, 2010.

Top-viewed articles published in 2009

  1. Annual Medical Spending Attributable To Obesity: Payer-And Service-Specific Estimates
    by Eric A. Finkelstein, Justin G. Trogdon, Joel W. Cohen, and William Dietz
  2. Health Spending Projections Through 2018: Recession Effects Add Uncertainty To The Outlook
    by Andrea Sisko, Christopher Truffer, Sheila Smith, Sean Keehan, Jonathan Cylus, John A. Poisal, M. Kent Clemens, and Joseph Lizonitz
  3. National Health Spending In 2007: Slower Drug Spending Contributes To Lowest Rate Of Overall Growth Since 1998
    by Micah Hartman, Anne Martin, Patricia McDonnell, Aaron Catlin, and the National Health Expenditure Accounts Team
  4. What ‘Patient-Centered’ Should Mean: Confessions Of An Extremist
    by Donald M. Berwick
  5. The Recent Surge In Nurse Employment: Causes And Implications
    by Peter I. Buerhaus, David I. Auerbach, and Douglas O. Staiger
  6. Building Organizational Capacity: A Cornerstone Of Health System Reform
    by Janet Corrigan and Dwight McNeill
  7. Take Two Aspirin And Tweet Me In The Morning: How Twitter, Facebook, And Other Social Media Are Reshaping Health Care
    by Carleen Hawn
  8. Fostering Accountable Health Care: Moving Forward In Medicare
    by Elliott S. Fisher, Mark B. McClellan, John Bertko, Steven M. Lieberman, Julie J. Lee, Julie L. Lewis, and Jonathan S. Skinner
  9. Health Reform: A Bipartisan View
    by Jim Cooper and Michael Castle
  10. Meeting Enrollees’ Needs: How Do Medicare And Employer Coverage Stack Up?
    by Karen Davis, Stuart Guterman, Michelle M. Doty, and Kristof M. Stremikis
  11. What Does It Cost Physician Practices To Interact With Health Insurance Plans?
    by Lawrence P. Casalino, Sean Nicholson, David N. Gans, Terry Hammons, Dante Morra, Theodore Karrison, and Wendy Levinson
  12. Evidence On The Chronic Care Model In The New Millennium
    by Katie Coleman, Brian T. Austin, Cindy Brach, and Edward H. Wagner
  13. Preventing Chronic Disease: An Important Investment, But Don’t Count On Cost Savings
    by Louise B. Russell
  14. Do Prevention Or Treatment Services Save Money? The Wrong Debate
    by Ron Z. Goetzel
  15. Obesity And The Workplace: Current Programs And Attitudes Among Employers And Employees
    by Jon R. Gabel, Heidi Whitmore, Jeremy Pickreign, Christine C. Ferguson, Anjali Jain, Shova KC, and Hilary Scherer
  16. The Kaiser Permanente Electronic Health Record: Transforming And Streamlining Modalities Of Care
    by Catherine Chen, Terhilda Garrido, Don Chock, Grant Okawa, and Louise Liang
  17. Hospital Quality And Intensity Of Spending: Is There An Association?
    by Laura Yasaitis, Elliott S. Fisher, Jonathan S. Skinner, and Amitabh Chandra
  18. Rising Out-Of-Pocket Spending For Chronic Conditions: A Ten-Year Trend
    by Kathryn Anne Paez, Lan Zhao, and Wenke Hwang
  19. Is Health Spending Excessive? If So, What Can We Do About It?
    by Henry J. Aaron and Paul B. Ginsburg
  20. Increased Spending On Health Care: Long-Term Implications For The Nation
    by Michael E. Chernew, Richard A. Hirth, and David M. Cutler

Most-Viewed Articles Overall in 2009

We also list here the top 10 articles from the entire Health Affairs archive that were most frequently viewed in 2009. Richard Hillestad and colleagues’ article on electronic medical records from 2005 was the most-read online of all Health Affairs articles in 2009 with over 61,000 pageviews.  If you’ve missed any of these classic articles, here’s your chance to catch up with your reading.

  1. Can Electronic Medical Record Systems Transform Health Care? Potential Health Benefits, Savings, And Costs  (September/October 2005)
    by Richard Hillestad, James Bigelow, Anthony Bower, Federico Girosi, Robin Meili, Richard Scoville, and Roger Taylor
  2. MarketWatch: Illness And Injury As Contributors To Bankruptcy  (Web Exclusive, February 2, 2005)
    by David U. Himmelstein, Elizabeth Warren, Deborah Thorne, and Steffie Woolhandler
  3. Annual Medical Spending Attributable To Obesity: Payer-And Service-Specific Estimates  (Web Exclusive, July 27, 2009)
    by Eric A. Finkelstein, Justin G. Trogdon, Joel W. Cohen, and William Dietz
  4. U.S. Health Care Spending In An International Context  (May/June 2004)
    by Uwe E. Reinhardt, Peter S. Hussey, and Gerard F. Anderson
  5. Health Spending Projections Through 2018: Recession Effects Add Uncertainty To The Outlook  (Web Exclusive, February 24, 2009)
    by Andrea Sisko, Christopher Truffer, Sheila Smith, Sean Keehan, Jonathan Cylus, John A. Poisal, M. Kent Clemens, and Joseph Lizonitz
  6. National Health Spending In 2007: Slower Drug Spending Contributes To Lowest Rate Of Overall Growth Since 1998  (January/February 2009)
    by Micah Hartman, Anne Martin, Patricia McDonnell, Aaron Catlin the National Health Expenditure Accounts Team
  7. What ‘Patient-Centered’ Should Mean: Confessions Of An Extremist (Web Exclusive, May 19, 2009)
    by Donald M. Berwick
  8. The History Of Vaccines And Immunization: Familiar Patterns, New Challenges (May/June 2005)
    by Alexandra Minna Stern and Howard Markel
  9. Measuring The Health Of Nations: Updating An Earlier Analysis (January/February 2008)
    by Ellen Nolte and C. Martin McKee
  10. The Working Hours Of Hospital Staff Nurses And Patient Safety (July/August 2004)
    by Ann E. Rogers, Wei-Ting Hwang, Linda D. Scott, Linda H. Aiken, and David F. Dinges

Rankings are based on Web traffic at www.healthaffairs.org from January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2009 and do not take into account print readership or online readership from article aggregators, such as Lexis-Nexis. Health Affairs subscribers have complete access to the online journal content, plus online research tools. All readers have free access to all Health Affairs Blog content; selected journal articles at time of posting (Web First for 2 weeks); all journal articles three years old or older; and all article abstracts. Readers may link to free access articles and abstracts, but may not repost articles on other Websites. The full 28-year article archive is online.

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