As Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief, I have the pleasure of reading hundreds of articles — more, I’m sure, than most of our readers have time to read. I have selected my own “top ten” for 2015. The papers I chose go beyond our “most-read” articles, which tend to be on topics tied to the highest profile policy issues of the day.
My list of articles covers a broad range of topics. I like some of these articles because they take a unique approach to analyzing an issue. Others have important findings that might not have gotten the attention I wished they had. They are my favorites for the year — whether they are yours or not, I hope you find them interesting, enjoy reading them, and learn something from them.
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1. English National Health Service’s Savings Plan May Have Helped Reduce The Use Of Three ‘Low-Value’ Procedures, by Sophie Coronini-Cronberg and coauthors, March 2015
2. Early Diffusion Of Gene Expression Profiling In Breast Cancer Patients Associated With Areas Of High Income Inequality, by Ninez A. Ponce and coauthors, April 2015
3. Geographic Variation In Potentially Avoidable Hospitalizations In France, by Gregoire Mercier and coauthors, May 2015
4. PEPFAR Funding Associated With An Increase In Employment Among Males in Ten Sub-Saharan African Countries, by Zachary Wagner and coauthors, June 2015
5. Teen Crashes Declined After Massachusetts Raised Penalties For Graduated Licensing Law Restricting Night Driving, by Shantha M. W. Rajaratnam and coauthors, June 2015
6. Ambulance Diversion Associated With Reduced Access To Cardiac Technology And Increased One-Year Mortality, by Yu-Chu Shen and Renee Y. Hsia, August 2015
7. Increasing Prescription Length Could Cut Cardiovascular Disease Burden And Produce Savings In South Africa, by Thomas Gaziano and coauthors, September 2015
8. The Disproportionate Impact Of Dementia On Family And Unpaid Caregiving To Older Adults, by Judith D. Kasper and coauthors, October 2015
9. High-Cost Patients Had Substantial Rates Of Leaving Medicare Advantage And Joining Traditional Medicare, by Momotazur Rahman and coauthors, October 2015
10. Transitions Into Food Insecurity Associated With Behavioral Problems And Worse Overall Health Among Children, by Rachel Tolbert Kimbro and Justin T. Denney, November 2015