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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah has done the best job of improving care for the elderly, although a new study making that claim does not include data from nursing homes or long-term care centers.
The study, published Thursday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, said Utah's rate of improvement over the last three years was more than twice the national average and 29 percent greater than the second-place state, New Hampshire.
The study gauged hospitals and clinics on 24 indicators such as administration of aspirin after a heart attack, regular diabetes blood sugar testing and mammograms for breast cancer screening.
The rates of improvement were calculated by comparing 2001 national data to 1998 baseline data from the Journal that was published in November 2000.
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