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January 6, 2006


This weekly compilation of articles appearing in recently released journals and newsletters includes: articles funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) or authored by AHRQ researchers; articles mentioning or discussing AHRQ staff, activities, and publications/products; articles related to AHRQ-funded Evidence-based Practice Centers; articles related to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force or Put Prevention into Practice program; articles mentioning the National Healthcare Disparities Report and National Healthcare Quality Report and other research using AHRQ data or products.


AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles

American Journal of Nursing
Farquhar M. Morbidity and mortality online forum: the AHRQ examines, updates cases involving error. Am J Nurs 2006 Jan; 106(1):81-2. [Author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Lipner RS, Bylsma WH, Arnold GK, et al. Who is maintaining certification in internal medicine—and why? A national survey 10 years after initial certification. Ann Intern Med 2006 Jan 3; 144(1):29-36. [Published in AHRQ-supported Improving Patient Care section of journal.]

Ergonomics
Karsh B, Booske BC, Sainfort F. Job and organizational determinants of nursing home employee commitment, job satisfaction and intent to turnover. Ergonomics 2005 Aug 15; 48(10):1260-81. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS09746-010.]

Health Care Management Review
Scott-Cawiezell J, Main DS, Vojir CP, et al. Linking nursing home working conditions to organizational performance. Health Care Manage Rev 2005 Oct-Dec; 30(4):372-80. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R01 HS12028-01.]

Inquiry
Buchmueller T, Cooper P, Simon K, Vistnes J. The effect of SCHIP expansions on health insurance decisions by employers. Inquiry 2005 Fall; 42(3):218-31. [Second and fourth authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends.]

Sing M, Stevens B. The value of experience: differences in knowledge among Medicare beneficiaries. Inquiry 2005 Fall; 42(3):266-80. [First author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends.]

Journal of Allied Health
Patterson PD, Probst JC, Leith KH, et al. Recruitment and retention of emergency medical technicians: a qualitative study. J Allied Health 2005 Fall; 34(3):153-62. [Supported by Grant No. T32 HS000032.]

Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Spertus J, Safley D, Garg M, et al. The influence of race on health status outcomes after an acute coronary syndrome. J Am Coll Cardiol 2005 Nov 15; 46(10):1838-44. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS11282-01.]

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Shah NR, Seger AC, Seger DL, et al. Improving acceptance of computerized prescribing alerts in ambulatory care. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2006 Jan-Feb; 13(1):5-11. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS1169 and 2 T32 HS000020-18.]

Linder JA, Bates DW, Williams DH, et al. Acute infections in primary care: accuracy of electronic diagnoses and electronic antibiotic prescribing. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2006 Jan-Feb; 13(1):61-6. [Supported by Grant No. R03 HS014420.]

Managed Care Interface
Chang RK, Chen AY, Rodriguez S, et al. Changes in the newborn delivery practice and neonatal outcomes as financing changed in Los Angeles County and Orange County, California. Manag Care Interface 2005 Oct; 18(10):53-62. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R03 HS13217-01.]

Medical Care
Zheng H, Yucel R, Ayanian JZ, et al. Profiling providers on use of adjuvant chemotherapy by combining cancer registry and medical record data. Med Care 2006 Jan; 44(1):1-7. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS09869.]

Minerva Medica
Col NF, Howlby LA, McGarry K. The role of menopausal hormone therapy in preventing osteoporotic fractures: a critical review of the clinical evidence. Minerva Med 2005 Oct; 96(5):331-42. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS013329-01.]

Nursing Outlook
Clancy C, Sharp BA, Hubbard HB. Guest editorial: Intersections for mutual success in nursing and health services research. Nurs Outlook 2005 Nov-Dec; 53(6):263-5. [First author is AHRQ Director; second and third authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence (at time of publication).]

Obesity Research
Bertakis KD, Azari R. The impact of obesity on primary care visits. Obes Res 2005 Sep; 13(9):1615-23. [Supported by Grant No. R18 HS06167.]

Pediatrics
Guise JM, Austin D, Morris CD. Review of case-control studies related to breastfeeding and reduced risk of childhood leukemia. Pediatrics 2005 Oct; 116(4):e724-31. [Supported by Grant No. 1 K08 HS11338-01.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

AcademyHealth Partners
New Resources: New grants process at AHRQ. AcademyHealth Partners 2005 Dec. [Describes AHRQ's planned transition to electronic submission of grants.]

American Journal of Managed Care
Dombkowski KJ, Cabana MD, Cohn LM, et al. Geographic variation of asthma quality measures within and between health plans. Am J Manag Car 2005 Dec; 11(12):765-72. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Fuhlbrigge, et al. (Med Care, 2004), Finkelstein, et al. (Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med, 2004), and Lozano, et al. (Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med, 2003).]

Solberg LI, Scholle SH, Asche SE, et al. Practice systems for chronic care: frequency and dependence on an electronic medical record. Am J Manag Care 2005 Dec; 11(12):789-96. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Asch, et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2004) and Tierney, et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2003).]

Pogach L, Xie M, Shentue Y, et al. Diabetes healthcare quality report cards: how accurate are the grades? Am J Manag Care 2005 Dec; 11(12):797-804. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Hofer, et al. (JAMA, 1999).]

American Journal of Nursing
Todd B. Preventing bloodstream infection: septicemia is life threatening, expensive to treat, and on the rise. Am J Nurs 2006 Jan; 106(1):29-30. [Cites data from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP).]

American Medical News
OReilly KB. States target serious medical errors that never should happen. Am Med News 2006 Jan 2-9; 49(1):1-4. [Quotes AHRQ Web M&M editor Robert Wachter.]

BNAs Health Care Policy Report
FDA, AHRQ teaming up to study safety, effectiveness of Rx drugs. BNA Health Care Policy Rep 2006 Jan 2; 14(1):16. [Notes planned launch of partnership in mid-January, transfer of FDA drug safety office deputy director to AHRQ, and release of AHRQ's first report under its new Effective Health Care Program.]

New York leads among 10 largest states in Medicaid spending, AHRQ report shows. BNA Health Care Policy Rep 2006 Jan 2; 14(1):32-3. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ Medical Expenditure Panel Survey reports.]

Inquiry
Atherly A, Florence C, Thorpe KE. Health plan switching among members of the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program. Inquiry 2005 Fall; 42(3):255-65. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Vistnes, Cooper (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends), and Vistnes (Int J Health Care Finance Econ, 2001).]

Journal of the American Board of Family Practice
Green LA, Siefert CM. Translation of research into practice: why we can't just do it. J Am Board Fam Pract 2005 Nov-Dec; 18(6):541-5. [Cites Eisenberg (former AHRQ director), Doctors' Decisions and the Cost of Medical Care: the Reasons for Doctors Practice Patterns and the Ways to Change Them, 1986.]

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Maviglia SM, Yoon CS, Bates DW, et al. KnowledgeLink: impact of context-sensitive information retrieval on clinicians' information needs. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2006 Jan-Feb; 13(1):67-73. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Leape, et al. (JAMA, 1995).]

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Vastag B. Consumer groups look to improve adverse event reporting systems. J Natl Cancer Inst, 2005 Dec 21; 97(24):1804-5. [Mentions former AHRQ researcher Alex Ommaya and transferring FDA drug safety office deputy director Anne Trontell.]

Research Policy Alert
Haley S. AHRQ announces research emphasis on treating people with multiple illnesses. Res Policy Alert 2006 Jan 3:5-6. [Summarizes AHRQ Special Emphasis Notice published in NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts on December 30, 2005, and notes AHRQ funding of $318.7 million for FY 2006 as approved under HHS funding bill.]

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles

Journal of the American Board of Family Practice
Solbert LI, Trangle MA, Wineman AP. Follow-up and follow-through of depressed patients in primary care: the critical missing components of quality care. J Am Board Fam Pract 2005 Nov-Dec; 18(6):520-27. [Summarizes and discusses USPSTF recommendations for screening primary care patients for depression (Ann Intern Med 2002).]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Shea S, Weinstock RS, Starren J, et al. A randomized trial comparing telemedicine case management with usual care in older, ethnically diverse, medically underserved patients with diabetes mellitus. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2006 Jan-Feb; 13(1):40-51. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Telemedicine for the Medicare Population, 2001.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Cardiology
Saleh SS, Hannan EL, Ting L. A multistate comparison of patient characteristics, outcomes, and treatment practices in acute myocardial infarction. Am J Cardiol 2005 Nov 1; 96(9):1190-6. [Uses data from AHRQ's HCUP State Inpatient Database (SID).]

American Journal of Surgery
Livingston EH. Hospital costs associated with bariatric procedures in the United States. Am J Surg 2005 Nov; 190(5):816-20. [Uses 2001 and 2002 data from AHRQ's HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Survey (NIS).]

Arthritis and Rheumatism
Dominick KL, Dudley TK, Coffman CJ, et al. Comparison of three comorbidity measures for predicting health service use in patients with osteoarthritis. Arthritis Rheum 2005 Oct 15; 53(5):666-72. [Uses and validates Elixhauser comorbidity assessment methodology (Med Care, 2004) in comparison with similar methodologies.]

Jain NB, HIggins LD, Ozumba D, et al. Trends in epidemiology of knee arthroplasty in the United States, 1990-2000. Arthritis Rheum 2005 Oct 15; 53(5):3928-33. [Uses 1990-2000 data from AHRQ's HCUP NIS.]

BMC Neurology
Nguyen-Huynh MN, Johnston SC. Regional variation in hospitalization for stroke among Asians/Pacific Islanders in the United States: a nationwide retrospective cohort study. BMC Neurol 2005 Nov 10; 5:e21. [Uses 1997 data from AHRQ's HCUP NIS.]

Clinical Infectious Diseases
Zaoutis TE, Argon J, Chu J, et al. The epidemiology and attributable outcomes of candidemia in adults and children hospitalized in the United States: a propensity analysis. Clin Infect Dis 2005 Nov 1; 41(9):1232-9. [Uses 2002 data from AHRQ's HCUP NIS and Kids' Inpatient Database (KID).]

Injury Prevention
Pressley JC, Barlow B. Child and adolescent injury as a result of falls from buildings and structures. Inj Prev 2005 Oct; 11(5):267-73. [Uses data from AHRQ's HCUP KID.]

JAMA
Bowman SM, Zimmerman FJ, Christakis DA, et al. Hospital characteristics associated with the management of pediatric splenic injuries. JAMA Nov 23-30; 294(20):2611-7. [Uses 2000 data from AHRQ's HCUP KID.]

Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
Slover J, Gibson J, Tosteson T, et al. Racial and economic disparity and the treatment of pediatric fractures. J Pediatr Orthop 2005 Nov-Dec; 25(6):717-21. [Uses 2000 data from AHRQ's HCUP KID.]

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