Accepted for Publication: May 24, 2011.
Author Contributions: The authors had full access to all the data in the study and take responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis. Study concept and design: Fihn, McDonell, Diehr, Rumsfeld, Gerrity, Lee, McBryde, and Stadius. Acquisition of data: Fihn, McDonell, Rumsfeld, Doak, Dougherty, Gerrity, Larsen, Lee, Lucas, McBryde, Nelson, Plomondon, and Bryson. Analysis and interpretation of data: Fihn, Baucher, McDonell, Diehr, Dougherty, Gerrity, Heidenreich, and Nelson. Drafting of the Manuscript: Fihn, Bucher, McDonell, Diehr, Lucas, Nelson, and Bryson. Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Fihn, McDonell, Diehr, Rumsfeld, Doak, Dougherty, Gerrity, Heidenreich, Larsen, Lee, McBryde, Nelson, Plomondon, Stadius, and Bryson. Statistical expertise: Diehr. Obtained funding: Fihn, McDonell, and Gerrity. Administrative, technical, and material support: McDonell, Plomondon, and Bryson. Study Supervision: Fihn, Rumsfeld, Gerrity, Larsen, Stadius, and Bryson.
Financial Disclosure: None reported.
Funding/Support: This work was supported by grant IHI 02-062 from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Health Services Research and Development Service (Drs Fihn, Rumsfeld, Heidenreich, and Gerrity). Dr Bryson was supported by Career Development Award RCD 03-177 from the same funding source.
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