Asbestos exposure and associated mortality of residents of a small town

dwiebe@upenn.edu Spatial studies

hronic occupational asbestos exposure is linked to increased rates of both benign and malignant lung disease. There are also studies linking paraoccupational exposure to mesothelioma. However, few have quantified the extent of contributions from non-occupational, environmental exposure. Our study aims to comprehensively characterize asbestos exposure and its related mortality over an extended period of follow up. To do so, we … Read More

Location, location, location: geographic clustering of lower-extremity amputation among Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes

dwiebe@upenn.edu Spatial studies

ower-extremity amputation (LEA) is common among persons with diabetes. The goal of this study was to identify geographic variation and the influence of location on the incidence of LEA among U.S. Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes. We conducted a cohort study of beneficiaries of Medicare. The geographic unit of analysis was hospital referral regions (HRRs). Tests of spatial autocorrelation and geographically … Read More