Please feel free to browse our peer-reviewed and SAS-user group publications, as well as our other scientific presentations.

Peer-reviewed Publications

Dall'era M, Stone D, Levesque V, Cisternas M, Wofsy D. Identification of biomarkers that predict response to treatment of lupus nephritis with mycophenolate mofetil or pulse cyclophosphamide. Arthritis Care Res. 2010 Nov 15. [Epub ahead of print]

Wright EA, Katz JN, Cisternas MG, Kessler CL, Wagenseller A, Losina E. Impact of knee osteoarthritis on health care resource utilization in a US population-based national sample. Med Care. 2010 Sep;48(9):785-91.

Gillen M, Cisternas MG, Yen IH, Swig L, Rugulies R, Frank J, Blanc, PD. Functional recovery following musculoskeletal injury in hospital workers. Occupational Medicine. 2010 Oct; 60(7): 532-539.

Cisternas MG, Murphy LB, Yelin EH, Foreman AJ, Pasta DJ, Helmick CG. Trends in medical care expenditures of US adults with arthritis and other rheumatic conditions 1997 to 2005. J Rheumatol. 2009 Nov;36(11):2531-8.

Cisternas MG, Yelin E, Katz JN, Solomon DH, Wright EA, Losina E. Ambulatory visit utilization in a national, population-based sample of adults with osteoarthritis. Arthritis Rheum. 2009 Nov 30;61(12):1694-1703.

Cisternas MG, Foreman AJ, Marshall TS, Runken MC, Kobashi KC, Seifeldin R. Estimating the prevalence and economic burden of overactive bladder among Medicare beneficiaries prior to Medicare Part D coverage. Curr Med Res Opin. 2009; 25(4): 911-919.

Yelin E, Murphy L, Cisternas MG, Foreman AJ, Pasta DJ, Helmick CG. Medical Care Expenditures and Earnings Losses Among Persons With Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Conditions in 2003, and Comparisons With 1997. Arthritis Rheum. 2007 May; 56(5):1397-407.

Yelin E, Cisternas M, Trupin L. The Economic Impact of Disability in the United States, 1997. Journal of Disability Policy Studies. 2006; 17(3): 137-147.

Bozic KJ, Durbhakula S, Berry DJ, Naessens JM, Rappaport K, Cisternas M, Saleh KJ, Rubash HE. Differences in patient and procedure characteristics and hospital resource use in primary and revision total joint arthroplasty: a multicenter study. J Arthroplasty. 2005 Oct; 20(7 Suppl 3):17-25.

Bozic KJ, Katz P, Cisternas M, Ono L, Ries MD, Showstack J. Hospital resource utilization for primary and revision total hip arthroplasty. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2005 Mar; 87-A(3):570-6.

Bozic KJ, Durbhakula S, Berry DJ, Naessens JM, Rappaport K, Cisternas M, Saleh KJ, Rubash HE. Hospital resource utilization for primary and revision total hip arthroplasty. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2005 Mar; 87-A(3):570-6.

Yelin E, Cisternas MG, Pasta DJ, Trupin L, Murphy L, Helmick CG. Medical care expenditures and earnings losses of persons with arthritis and other rheumatic conditions in the United States in 1997: total and incremental estimates. Arthritis Rheum. 2004 Jul; 50(7):2317-26.

Cisternas MG, Blanc PD, Yen IH, Katz, Patricia P, Earnest Gillian, Eisner M, Shiboski S, Yelin EH. A Comprehensive Study of the Direct and Indirect Costs of Adult Asthma, J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2003; 111:1212-1218.

Dudley RA, Medlin CA, Hammann LB, Cisternas MG, Brand R, Rennie DJ, Luft HS. The Best of Both Worlds? The Potential of Hybrid Prospective/Concurrent Risk Adjustment. Medical Care. 2003; 41(1):56-69.

Yelin E, Trupin L, Cisternas M, Eisner M, Katz P, Blanc P. A national study of medical care expenditures for respiratory conditions. Eur Respir J 2002; 19(3):414-21.

Mathias SD, Bates MM, Pasta DJ, Cisternas MG, Feeny D, Patrick DL. Use of the Health Utilities Index with stroke patients and their caregivers. Stroke. 1997; 28:1888-94.

Mathias SD, Williamson CL, Colwell HH, Cisternas MG, et al. Assessing health-related quality-of-life and health state preference in persons with obesity: a validation study. Qual Life Res. 1997; 6:311-22.

Hricak H, Powell CB, Yu KK, Washington E, Subak LL, Stern JL, Cisternas MG, Arenson RL. Invasive cervical carcinoma: role of MR imaging in pretreatment work-up-cost minimization and diagnostic efficacy analysis. Radiology. 1996; 198:403-9.

Blanc PD, Cisternas M, Smith S, Yelin E. Occupational asthma in a community-based survey of adult asthma. Chest. 1996; 109:56S-57S.

Blanc PD, Cisternas M, Smith S, Yelin EH. Asthma, employment status, and disability among adults treated by pulmonary and allergy specialists. Chest. 1996; 109:688-96.

Blanc PD, Faucett J, Kennedy JJ, Cisternas M, Yelin E. Self-reported carpal tunnel syndrome: predictors of work disability from the National Health Interview Survey Occupational Health Supplement. Am J Ind Med. 1996; 30:362-8.

Kunz K, Arundell E, Cisternas M, Heaton A. Economic Implications of Self-treatment of Heartburn/Nonulcer Dyspepsia with Nonprescription Famotidine in a Managed Care Setting. Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy. 1996; 2:263-271.

Newacheck PW, Hughes DC, Cisternas M. Children and health insurance: an overview of recent trends. Health Aff (Millwood). 1995; 14:244-54.

SAS User Group Papers

Cisternas M, Carpenter A. Extreme Graphics Make Over: Using SAS/GRAPH® to Get the Graphical Output You Need. Paper 133-30. SUGI 30 Proceedings. SAS: Cary, NC. 2006.

Foreman A, Cisternas M. Easy Methods to Investigate Large Datasets Using ODS Graphics and New Features in SASŪ 9. Western Users of SAS Software 2006, Irvine, CA.

Cisternas M, Cisternas R. Reading and Writing XML files from SAS®. Paper 119-29. SUGI 29 Proceedings. SAS: Cary, NC. 2004.

Pasta DJ, Cisternas MG. Estimating Standard Errors for CLASS Variables in Generalized Linear Models Using PROC IML. Paper 264-28. SUGI 28 Proceedings. SAS: Cary, NC. 2003.

Cisternas M, Cisternas R. Java Servlets and Java Server Pages for SAS® Programmers: An Introduction. Paper 65-28. SUGI 28 Proceedings. SAS: Cary, NC. 2003.

Cisternas M, Cisternas R. XML: What is it, and Why Should SAS® Users Care? Proceedings of the 10th Annual Western Users of SAS® Software Regional Users Group Conference. 2002; 321 - 327.

Cisternas M. How Using Arrays and Formats Allowed Me to Draw 16,000 Random Samples of Specific N without Sorting (and save my hard disk and sanity, too). Proceedings of the 9th Annual Western Users of SAS® Software Regional Users Group Conference. 2003; 203 - 207.

Pasta DJ, Cisternas MG, Williamson CL. Estimating Standard Errors of Treatment Effects for Probit Models and for Linear Models of Log-Transformed Variables using PROC IML. Proceedings of the 6th Annual Western Users of SAS® Software Regional Users Group Conference, 1998: 211-216.

Cisternas MG, Stoddard ML. Managing Large Health Insurance Claims-based Files: Tricks and Techniques. Proceedings of the 5th Annual Western Users of SAS® Software Regional Users Group Conference, 1997.

Cisternas MG, Stoddard ML. Designing and Implementing SAS® Programming Standards: Examples and Suggestions. Proceedings of the 4th Annual Western Users of SAS® Software Regional Users Group Conference, 1996: 348 - 352.

Cisternas MG. Managing Longitudinal Panel Surveys Using Interactive Applications Created by SAS/AF® and SAS/FSP® with SCL. Proceedings of the 3rd Annual Western Users of SAS® Software Regional Users Group Conference, 1995.

Other Scientific Meeting Presentations

Balmes J, Cisternas M, Quinlan P, Eisner M, Trupin L, Blanc P. Outdoor but not indoor particular matter is associated with asthma symptoms. Eur Respir J 2010; 36: 454s-455s.

Katz P, Julian L, Gregorich S, Omachi TA, Chen H, Cisternas M, Eisner M, Blanc P. Physical inactivity and disability progression among patients with COPD. Eur Respir J 2010; 36: 444s.

Stone D, Dall'Era M, MacDermid Levesque V, Cisternas MG, Wofsy D. Identification of Biomarkers That Predict Response to Treatment of Lupus Nephritis with Mycophenolate Mofetil (MMF) or Pulse Cyclophosphamide (IVC). Presented at the 2009 ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting, October 17 - 21, 2009, Philadephia, PA.

Cisternas MG, Murphy L, Yelin EH, Foreman AJ, Pasta DJ, and Helmick CG. Trends in Medical Care Expenditures for Persons with Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Conditions. Presented at the 2008 ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting, October 24 - 29, 2008, San Francisco, CA.

Cisternas MG, Yelin E, Katz JN, Solomon DH, Wright EA, Kessler C, Losina E. Rheumatology Utilization in a National, Population-Based Sample of Persons with Osteoarthritis. Presented at the 2008 ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting, October 24 -29, 2008, San Francisco, CA.

Cisternas MG, Foreman AJ, Miller DP. Controlling for Comorbidities Using Variations of the Charlson Comorbidity Index on Medicare Claims Data: the Case of Overactive Bladder. Presented at the ISPOR 12th Annual International Meeting, May 19 - 23, 2007, Arlington, VA.

Cisternas MG, Foreman AJ, Marshall TS, Runken MC, Kobashi KC, Seifeldin R. The Impact of Overactive Bladder in the Elderly: A Retrospective Analysis of Medicare Claims. Presented at the AUA 2007 Annual Meeting, May 19 - 24, 2007, Anaheim, CA.

Cisternas MG, Foreman AJ, Marshall TS, Runken MC, Kobashi KC, Seifeldin R. Impact of Overactive Bladder in the Elderly. Presented at American Geriatrics Annual Scientific Meeting, May 2 - 6, 2007, Seattle, WA

Bennett R, Cisternas M, Foreman A, Miller D, AL-Sabbagh A. Impact of Relapses on Total Costs of Care for Patients with Multiple Sclerosis. Presented at AMCP 19th Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA, April 11 - 14, 2006.

Patel BV, Remigio-Baker RA, Noe LL, Cisternas MG, Williamson T, Black LK. Comparing Methods for Measuring Medication Persistence and Adherence in Retrospective Claims Analyses: The Case of Treatments for Overactive Bladder (OAB). Presented at the AMCP 18th Annual Meeting, April 5 - 8, 2006, Seattle, WA.

Murphy L, Cisternas M, Yelin E, Helmick C. Validity of Self-reported Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Conditions in a US population health survey. Presented at the 2005 ACR Annual Scientific Meeting, November 14, 2005, San Diego, CA.

Cisternas MG, Mrad R, Noe LL, Miller DP, Guyan C. Application of an Algorithm for Defining Retrospective Cohorts of Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Patients Treated with Different First-Line Chemotherapy Regiments+/- Bevacizumab to Administrative Claims Data. Presented at the ISPOR 8th Annual European Congress, November 6 - 8, 2005, Florence, Italy.

Cisternas MG, Mrad R, Noe LL, Miller DP, Guyan C. Development of an Algorithm for the Identification and Classification of Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Patients According to First-Line Chemotherapy +/- Bevacizumab, and Initiation of Second-line Therapy Using Administrative Claims Records. Presented at the ISPOR 8th Annual European Congress, November 6 - 8, 2005, Florence, Italy.

Cisternas M, Noe L, Patel B, Remigio-Baker R, Williamson T, Black L. Comparison of Persistence Among Therapies for Overactive Bladder: A Retrospective Pharmacy Claims Analysis. Presented at the 35th Annual Meeting of the International Continence Society, August 28 - September 2, 2005, Montreal, Canada.

Cisternas MG, White R, Gammaitoni A, Miller DP. Management of Chronic Pain With Long-Acting Opioids May Contribute to the Stabilization of Total Healthcare Costs: Results of a Retrospective Claims Database Pharmacoeconomic Study. Presented at 39th American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibits, December 5 - 9, 2004, Orlando, FL.

White R, Gammaitoni A, Cisternas MG, Miller DP. Application of Propensity Scores to Claims Data: Correcting Biases in Drug-Prescribing Patterns of Long-Acting Opioids. Presented at 39th American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibits, December 5 - 9, 2004, Orlando, FL.

Cisternas M, Noe L, Use and Integration of Freely Available US Public Use files to Answer Pharmacoeconomic Questions: Deciphering the Alphabet Soup. Presented at the ISPOR Seventh Annual European Congress, October 24 - 26, 2004, Hamburg, Germany.