Accepted for Publication: October 13, 2012.
Published Online: February 25, 2013. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.2720
Author Contributions: Dr Singh had full access to all the data in the study and takes responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis. Study concept and design: Singh and Chang. Acquisition of data: Richards, Weiner, and Clark. Analysis and interpretation of data: Chang, Richards, Clark, and Segal. Drafting of the manuscript: Singh and Richards. Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Singh, Chang, Weiner, Clark, and Segal. Statistical analysis: Singh and Chang. Obtained funding: Clark. Administrative, technical, and material support: Singh, Chang, Richards, Weiner, and Clark. Study supervision: Singh and Segal.
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.
Funding/Support: This study was supported by the Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Scholars Program (Dr Singh); by grant 1KL2RR025006-03 from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and by the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research.
Role of the Sponsors: The NCRR, NIH, and BCBS had no role in the design and conduct of the study; in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of the data; or in the preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript.
Disclaimer: The data set used in this study was created for a research project on the patterns of obesity care within selected BCBS plans. The original development of the data set was funded by unrestricted research grants from Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Pfizer, and GlaxoSmithKline. Data and database development support were provided by BCBS (Tennessee, Hawaii, Michigan, and North Carolina), Highmark, Inc, and Independence BlueCross (Pennsylvania), and Wellmark, Inc (Iowa and South Dakota). The BCBS plans were invited to review the manuscript. Statistical protocol is available from the authors on request. The contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official view of the NCRR or the NIH.
Additional Information: Information on NCRR is available at http://www.nih.gov/about/almanac/organization/NCRR.htm.