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Members

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Mahshid Abir, MD, MSc

University of Michigan Medical School | Emergency Medicine

RAND Corporation | Health Division

Dr. Abir is an emergency physician, health services researcher with a joint appointment at the University of Michigan and the RAND Corporation. As the director of the ACUTE Care Research Unit, Dr. Abir’s research evaluates the continuum of acute care delivery in the United States, including pre-hospital, emergency, inpatient, and ambulatory care, with a focus on addressing policy-related questions pertaining to utilization, quality, efficiency, outcomes, and costs of acute care delivery in these settings. Dr. Abir has authored multiple op-eds on various aspects of disaster preparedness and response published through national news outlets including: USA Today, CNN.com, and US News & World Report. Her portfolio of funded projects includes NIH and foundation grants, and funding from state and federal government.

Dr. William Barsan

William Barsan, MD

University of Michigan Medical School | Emergency Medicine

William Barsan is Professor and former Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School.  His academic focus is translational research in stroke and neurological emergencies. He was part of the team that designed the pivotal NINDS tPA trial as well as the NIH Stroke Scale.  Since 2006, he has been the Principal Investigator of the Clinical Coordinating Center for the Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials (NETT) network.

Dr. Benjamin Bassin

Benjamin Bassin, MD

University of Michigan Medical School | Emergency Medicine

Dr. Bassin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, Associate Medical Director for Critical Care Transport, Associate Service Chief for the Department of Emergency Medicine, and Director of Critical Care Operations for the U-M Emergency Critical Care Center; the first emergency department intensive care unit in the United States. His research interests include improving the quality, delivery and standardization of care to critically ill patients, advanced airway interventions, and the development of computerized clinical decision support tools.

Dr. Sue Anne Bell

Sue Anne Bell, PhD, FNP-BC

University of Michigan School of Nursing

Dr. Bell’s research focuses broadly on the health effects of disasters and the impact of climate change on human health, within a health equity framework. She is particularly interested in the long-term impact of disasters on health, in developing policy that addresses women’s health and health disparities throughout the disaster management cycle, and in the relationship between resilience, health disparities and disasters.

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Paul D. Biddinger, MD, FACEP

Harvard University Medical School and T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Massachusetts General Hospital Emergency Medicine

Partners Healthcare

Dr. Biddinger serves as a special advisor to the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Committee on Preparedness and serves as a medical officer for the MA-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) in the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). For nearly a decade, Dr. Biddinger served as Medical Director of the Massachusetts Department of Emergency Medicine and oversaw numerous initiatives to improve patient flow and safety in the Emergency Department, several of which have been reported in the peer-reviewed literature. He has also served as an investigator on several Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) grants addressing patient care and disaster preparedness.

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Jeffrey Brenner, MD

Urban Health Institute at the Cooper University Healthcare

Cooper Medical School at Rowan University

Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers

Jeffrey Brenner is a family physician that has provided care to patients of Camden, NJ for over fifteen years. Dr. Brenner previously owned and operated an urban family medical practice that delivered the full-spectrum of family health services to a largely Hispanic, Medicaid population including delivering babies, caring for children and adults, and home visits. Recognizing the need for a new way for hospitals, providers, and community residents to collaborate, he founded and has served as the Executive Director of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers since 2003. Through the Camden Coalition, local stakeholders are working to build an integrated, health delivery model to provide better care for Camden City residents.

Dr. Hwajung Choi

Hwajung Choi, PhD

University of Michigan Medical School | Internal Medicine

Dr. Choi’s research interests include aging, family-care resources, and informal/formal health care utilization. Her recent research focuses on socioeconomic disparity in family care resources and potential role of geographic proximity of extended-families in caring for disabled persons. Dr. Choi examined family residential changes toward closer proximity to an older adult during the onset of the older adult’s acute health event—stroke, congestive heart failure, or myocardial infarction.

Dr. Suzanne Chong

Suzanne Chong, MD, SC

University of Michigan Medical School | Emergency Radiology

Dr. Chong is an assistant professor of radiology and director of the Emergency Radiology division. Her research focuses on the comparative effectiveness and diagnostic performance of imaging tests for urgent and emergent conditions, radiation dose management, and quality initiatives aimed at improving efficiency and appropriate imaging utilization in the emergent setting.  She is a member of the Emergency Management Executive Committee and the Institute for Health Policy Innovations (IHPI) at the University at the University of Michigan. 

Dr. Jeffrey Desmond

Jeffrey S. Desmond, MD

University of Michigan Medical School | Emergency Medicine

Dr. Desmond is an Emergency Medicine physician and the Chief Medical Officer of the University of Michigan Health System. His research interests focus on the application of operations management principles to healthcare and specifically Emergency Department operations in order to improve patient care. Dr. Desmond is also developer and co-leader of the University of Michigan Health Administration Scholars Program (HASP). 

Justin B. Dimick, MD, MPH

University of Michigan Medical School | General Surgery

Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy

Dr. Dimick is Director of the Center for Healthcare Outcomes & Policy at the University of Michigan, which includes 100+ faculty and staff focused on improving quality and efficient of acute and specialty care. With R01 funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and National Institutes of Health (NIH), his won research focuses on quality measurement, policy evaluation, and large-scale, innovative quality improvement interventions. He is also PI on a NIH T32 grant focused on training the next generation of surgeon-scientists. He has more than 200 peer-reviewed publication including papers in NEJM, JAMA, Health Affairs, and leading surgical journals. Dr. Dimick has served in several national leadership positions, including President of the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS) and a Member of the Board of Directors for the Surgical Outcomes Club (SOC). He is currently Chair of the Health Services Organization and Delivery (HSOD) Study Section at the NIH, an Associate Editor at Annals of Surgery, and the Surgical Innovation Editor at JAMA Surgery.

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Ruth E. Dunkle, PhD, MSW

University of Michigan School of Social Work | Gerontology

Professor Ruth Dunkle’s research, teaching, and clinical practice focus on gerontological social work. Recent research projects include “Mothers of Adult Daughters with a Serious Mental Illness: The Experience of African Americans and Whites” and Gender Differences in Depressive Symptoms among Caregivers who have Stopped Caregiving”. Currently she is part of an M-Cubed Project with Geriatric Medicine and Public Health at the University of Michigan that focuses on reconfiguring dementia care in acute and long term care. She is also the director of a Certificate in Advanced Dementia Care for Health Care Professionals.

Jane Forman, ScD, MHS

VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System | Qualitative and Mixed Methods Core

Dr. Forman is the Director of the Qualitative and Mixed Methods Core at the VA Ann Arbor HSR&D Center for Clinical Management Research (VA-CCMR), Core Faculty in the IHPI Clinician Scholars Program at the University of Michigan Medical School. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Michigan Mixed Methods Research and Scholarship Program. Dr. Forman collaborates with and mentors investigators conducting studies that include qualitative and mixed methods. Her research interests include understanding health care delivery systems and translating health services research into practice. Recent research projects include development and implementation of novel methods to enhance cognition and communication among care providers to reduce hospital-acquired complications, and identification of factors that affect the adoption of evidence-based infection prevention practices in hospitals.

Dr. Amir Ghaferi

Amir Ghaferi, MD, MS

University of Michigan Medical School | General Surgery

Ross School of Business | Management and Organizations

Dr. Ghaferi is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the School of Medicine and an Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Dr. Ghaferi’s research focuses on understanding the relationship of organizational culture to quality and efficiency, with the ultimate goal of designing interventions to improve care locally, regionally, and nationally.

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Jason Goldstick, PhD

University of Michigan Medical School | Emergency Medicine

Dr. Goldstick is a core member and statistician of the ACUTE Care Research Unit. His past research broadly focused on social epidemiology in a variety of settings, including hospital care, infectious disease, childhood problem behaviors, substance use, and violence. Inherent to these types of problems is a necessity to devise methods for complex data structures such as longitudinal and spatially dependent data. A recurring theme in his research is the analysis of how contextual information (e.g. spatially/temporally proximate conditions) modulates individual-level outcomes; both in terms of direct effects and how they modify dependencies between variables. Dr. Goldstick is the PI of an R03 funded to study age-specific risk factors for, and comorbidities of (e.g. violence, sexual risk behaviors), substance use.

Dr. Adrianne Haggins

Adrianne Haggins, MD, MS

University of Michigan Medical School | Emergency Medicine

Dr. Haggins’ research focuses on developing an understanding of how prior and future healthcare reform affects use of ambulatory care services, primarily in the emergency department, as well as other outpatient settings. Another major area of interest is in understanding emergency department utilization trends and decision-making around seeking emergency department care.

Dr. Robert C. Hyzy

Robert C. Hyzy, MD

University of Michigan Medical School | Internal Medicine

Dr. Robert C. Hyzy is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He is Medical Director of the Critical Care Medicine Unit at the University of Michigan Hospital and Co-Chair of the University of Michigan Hospital Critical Care Committee. Dr. Hyzy’s research focuses on enhancing the quality of care in intensive care units.

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Theodore Iwashyna, PhD, MD

University of Michigan Medical School | Internal Medicine

Institute for Social Research | Survey Research Center

National Clinician Scholars Program

Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development

Theodore Iwashyna is Associate Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Michigan. He is a practicing medical intensivist at both the University of Michigan (focusing on tertiary critical care) and the VA Ann Arbor Health System (focusing on more community critical care). He is best known for his work defining the concept of “survivorship” after ICU and measuring the post-intensive care syndrome. His research skills include longitudinal surveys to assess the evolution of patients’ recovery, administrative data, and the use of advanced statistical techniques.

Peter D. Jacobson, JD, MPH

Peter D. Jacobson, JD, MPH

University of Michigan School of Public Health | Health Law and Policy

Peter D. Jacobson is Professor of Health Law and Policy, and Director, Center for Law, Ethics, and Health, at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, where he teaches courses on health law, public health law, and public health policy.  Jacobson’s recent research has examined health departments’ strategic adaptations, public health entrepreneurship, and the U.S. Surgeon General’s vital mission.  Previous studies include safety net services, tobacco control, and the role of nurse practitioners and physician assistants as primary care providers.

Dr. Eve Kerr

Eve A. Kerr, MD, MPH

University of Michigan Medical School | Internal Medicine

Dr. Kerr is the Louis Newburgh Research Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School, Director of the Ann Arbor VA Center for Clinical Management Research, a VA Health Services Research and Development Center of Innovation, and a member of the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation. Dr. Kerr studies ways to develop and implement methods to assess and improve quality, appropriateness and patient-centered care. Dr. Kerr has spoken internationally on performance measurement and has published over 100 books, book chapters, manuscripts, and editorials in high impact journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, JAMA Internal Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, BMJ, Health Affairs, and Harvard Business Review.

Dr. Keith Kocher

Keith Kocher, MD, MPH

University of Michigan Medical School | Emergency Medicine

Dr. Kocher is an emergency physician and health services and outcomes researcher who studies the delivery and performance of emergency and acute care. His research focuses on resource utilization, variation, and delivery system influences on the cost and quality of emergency care supported by external funding, including a career development award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He also serves as the Director of the Michigan Emergency Department Improvement Collaborative (MEDIC, http://www.medicqi.org), a statewide collaborative quality initiative sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan/Blue Care Network designed to advance the performance of emergency care through meaningful exchange of data and shared learning.

Paul Koegel, Ph.D.

Paul Koegel, PhD

Rand Corporation | Health Division

Paul Koegel a senior behavioral and social scientist at the RAND Corporation and the associate director of RAND Health, where he helps manage RAND’s extensive portfolio of research on health delivery systems and population health. Koegel’s 25-year research career as a medical and urban anthropologist has focused on the effect of health care systems on the adaptation of vulnerable populations to urban settings. Dr. Koegel serves as the liaison between RAND and ACRU to facilitate collaboration between RAND and University of Michigan researchers.

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Robert Lowe, MD, MPH

Oregon Health & Science University School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine | Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology

Robert A. Lowe is a Professor in the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, and the Department of Emergency Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University; he is also the founder of the OHSU Center for Policy and Research in Emergency Medicine (CPR-EM). He is residency trained and board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine. Dr. Lowe has performed extensive health services and epidemiologic research, with funding from the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, the National Institutes of Health (NINDS, NHLBI, and NIDA), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, William Penn Foundation, and other sources.

Marie Lozon, MD

University of Michigan Medical School | Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Dr. Lozon is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics.  In addition to her academic clinical practice at the University of Michigan Children’s Emergency Services, she has served as the Division Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine for 16 years, a role that has included directing the clinical service and originating a training program in Pediatric Emergency Medicine.  Her interests include disaster preparedness, especially as it relates to events involving children, educating and assisting non-children’s hospitals in providing pediatric surge capacity and the study of the operational and administrative aspects of delivering acute care to pediatric patients.

Michelle Macy

Michelle Macy, MD, MS

University of Michigan Medical School | Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Dr. Macy is a pediatric emergency physician and pediatric health services researcher in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics. She is the Director of the Program for Unscheduled Care within the Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Center. Her research interests include the interface between emergency and inpatient care for children who receive less than 2 nights of care and pediatric observation medicine. She is also involved in the development and testing of quality measures for children, specifically related to the overuse of head imaging for children with headaches and seizures.

Prashant Mahajan

Prashant Mahajan, MD, MPH, MBA

University of Michigan Medical School | Emergency Medicine

Dr. Mahajan is the Vice-Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine and Section Chief of Children’s Emergency Services. He is a Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics and in addition, he also serves as the Chair, Section of Emergency Medicine for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Dr. Mahajan is a pediatric health services and outcomes researcher. His research interests include infectious diseases (specifically the evaluation and management of febrile infants), inflammation (asthma, sepsis) as well as development of clinically meaningful decision rules in the evaluation of febrile infants. He is also evaluating how diagnosis related decisions are made under austere circumstances and its impact on patient safety and quality of care.

 

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Kusum S. Mathews, MD, MPH, MSCR

ICAHN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AT MOUNT SINAI | DEPARTMENT OF MEDICINE | DIVISON OF PULMONARY, CRITICAL CARE, & SLEEP MEDICINE | DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE

Dr. Mathews is an adult intensivist and health services researcher in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, & Sleep and Department of Emergency Medicine. The focus of her research is to improve the care of critically ill patients in the Emergency Department (ED), through understanding triage, investigating care models, and optimizing efficient care delivery for these patients. She is currently funded on an NHLBI K23 career development award, examining ICU triage decisions for critically ill ED patients in respiratory distress at the ED-ICU interface, using advanced mixed methods strategies and integrating innovative tools from business and computer science in clinical research.

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Brahmajee K. Nallamothu, MD, MPH

University of Michigan Medical School | Internal Medicine

Dr. Nallamothu is a Professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases and the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan. He received his MD from Wayne State University in 1995 and completed his residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in General and Interventional Cardiology at the University of Michigan. He also completed research training through an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) fellowship at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Dr. Nallamothu’s research interests include improving the use and performance of coronary angioplasty and stenting in acute myocardial infarction and the care of patients with cardiac arrests. His work has led to long-term collaborative efforts with investigators in various Divisions within the Department of Internal Medicine and other Departments and Schools across campus. Most recently his team has become interested in examining new analytic tools and methods for measuring quality and costs of cardiovascular services.

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Christopher Nelson, PhD

RAND Corporation

Pardee RAND Graduate School

Dr. Nelson is a senior political scientist at RAND and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He has over 20 years of experience as a policy analyst and evaluator. His work often involves leading multi-disciplinary teams in designing systems for performance measurement, system improvement, and organizational learning. Nelson has worked in a wide range of policy areas, including public health, healthcare, workplace safety, education, and others. For instance, he has helped agencies in the U.S. and European Union develop and implement new systems for measuring state/local capacity to respond to bioterrorism attacks, infectious disease outbreaks, and other health emergencies. Nelson was also founding director of the RAND Center for Health and Safety in the Workplace and, prior to coming to RAND, authored What’s Public About Charter Schools: Lessons Learned About Choice and Accountability (Corwin Press, 2002) and numerous papers and technical reports on charter school reforms in the U.S.

Dr. Timothy Peterson

Timothy Peterson, MD, MBA, FACEP

University of Michigan Medical School | Emergency Medicine

Dr. Peterson is a practicing Emergency Medicine physician at the University of Michigan and the lead executive for the Physician Organization of Michigan Accountable Care Organization (POM ACO). He has been actively working in various roles throughout his career to create systems of care to achieve the “Triple Aim” of better healthcare quality, lower cost and improved patient experience. He has led multiple projects to decrease Emergency Department Utilization and Avoidable Hospitalizations in high-cost high-risk patients. His research interests are in developing and evaluating novel care delivery models to improve patient access to healthcare and quality while reducing costs.

Dr. Caroline Richardson

Caroline R. Richardson, MD

University of Michigan Medical School | Family Medicine

Caroline Richardson is a Family Medicine physician and a health services researcher. She is currently the Associate Chair for Research in the Department of Family Medicine. She has expertise in implementation research methods and is the former director of the VA’s Diabetes Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (DM QUERI), a national center charged with coordinating implementation research related to diabetes treatment and prevention across the VA nationally. She recently stepped down from a position as medical director of the Ypsilanti Health Center, a multi-specialty outpatient primary care clinic in an low income community where she developed programs to reduce unnecessary ER visits and to improve clinic access for acute care needs.

Anne Sales, PhD, RN

University of Michigan Medical School | Department of Learning Health Sciences

Dr. Sales is a Professor and the Associate Chair for Educational Programs and Health System Innovation in the Department of Learning Health Sciences, University of Michigan Medical School. She is also a Research Scientist at the Center for Clinical Management Research at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. Her training is in sociology, health economics, econometrics, and general health services research.  Her current work involves theory-based design of implementation interventions, including understanding how feedback reports affect provider behavior and through behavior change have an impact on patient outcomes, and the role of social networks in uptake of evidence based practices and implementation interventions.

Rajiv Saran

Rajiv Saran, MBBS, DTCD, MD, MRCP, MS

University of Michigan Medical School | Internal Medicine

Dr. Rajiv Saran, MBBS, DTCD, MD, MRCP, MS, is the Florence E. Bingham Research Professor of Nephrology, and Professor of Internal Medicine and Epidemiology, in the Division of Nephrology, Department of Internal Medicine, at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His research focuses on cardio-renal issues and key topics of clinical significance in hemodialysis, especially vascular access, dialysis adequacy and the importance of treatment time for achieving safe and optimal dialysis. He is deeply involved in chronic kidney disease surveillance in the U.S., population health management, pragmatic trials, prevention of chronic diseases by lifestyle modification, eliminating health inequities and increasingly, global health issues surrounding kidney disease and non-communicable diseases (NCD). He is on the International Advisory panel for the recently formed World NCD Federation.

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David Serlin, MD

University of Michigan Medical School | Family Medicine

Dr. David Serlin is an Assistant Professor and the Associate Chair for Clinical Programs in the Department of Family Medicine. Areas of interest include evaluation and implementation of new primary care delivery models focusing on population management. These efforts aim to provide higher quality, lower cost care, while improving patient experience and physician satisfaction.

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Rekar K. Taymour, MS

University of Michigan Medical School | Emergency Medicine

Rekar Taymour is a health services research associate in the department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. As a core member of the Acute Care Research Unit, he conducts and oversees research in multiple ongoing projects related to pre-hospital and acute-care delivery. Interdisciplinary by training and perspective, he actively seeks to incorporate organizational behavior and management theory, health psychology, and medical sociology into health services research. Specifically, he is interested in organizational factors impacting performance, quality, outcomes, operations, and strategy in healthcare delivery.

Neil S. Wenger, MD, MPH

University of California Los Angeles| General Internal Medicine

University of California Los Angeles Healthcare Ethics Center

RAND Corporation

Dr. Wenger is chair of the Ethics Committee at the UCLA Medical Center. He is an active general internist and carries out research in the empirical study of clinical ethics, care of and decision making for the older patient, and quality of health care. He directs the Assessing Care of the Vulnerable Elders project, which has developed a quality of care assessment system for vulnerable older person and interventions to improve care for this group. Other areas of interest include medication adherence, teaching clinical ethics, and measuring the quality of end-of-life care.

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Dawn Wiest, PhD

Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers

Dawn Wiest, PhD serves as Director for Action Research & Evaluation at the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers. In this role she leads research initiatives and mixed-methods evaluation projects to develop and disseminate knowledge about complex care interventions and drive innovation in the field of population health. Prior to joining the Camden Coalition, Dawn served as a senior research analyst with the American College of Physicians and Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Memphis, where her research focused on globalization and social movements.

Dr. Kara Zivin

Kara Zivin, PhD

University of Michigan Medical School | Psychiatry

Dr. Kara Zivin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School and a Faculty Associate at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. She is also a Research Health Scientist at the VA Center for Clinical Management Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She has a Ph.D. in health policy from Harvard University and an MS degree in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Zivin’s research applies quantitative methods to mental health services and policy with a specific focus on predictors and consequences of depression. He work examines the impact of mood disorders on clinical and functional outcomes, including chronic disease, morbidity, and mortality.