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January 25, 2008


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.
  • Other research using AHRQ data or products.

AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles

American Journal of Medicine
Fiscella K, Meldrum S, Barnett S. Hospital discharge against advice after myocardial infarction: deaths and readmissions. Am J Med 2008 Dec; 120(12):1047-53. [Supported by grant R01 HS10910-02.]

Anesthesiology
Murray DJ, Boulet Jr, Avidan M, et al. Performance of residents and anesthesiologists in a simulation-based skill assessment. Anesthesiology 2007 Nov; 107(5):705-13. [Supported by grant U18 HS016652-01.]

Annals of Emergency Medicine
Hsieh M, Auble TE, Yealy DM. Validation of the Acute Heart Failure Index. Ann Emerg Med 2008 Jan; 51(1):37-44. [Supported by grant R01 HS10888.]

Archives of General Psychiatry
Olfson M, Marcus SC, Druss BG. Effects of Food and Drug Administration warnings on antidepressant use in a national sample. Arch Gen Psychiatry 2008 Jan; 65(1):94-101. [Supported by grant HS016097.]

Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Feinstein JA, Ernst LM, Ganesh J, et al. What new information pediatric autopsies can provide: a retrospective evaluation of 100 consecutive autopsies using family-centered criteria. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2007 Dec; 161(12):1190-6. [Supported by grant K08 HS00002.]

Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy
Mann DM, Allegrante JP, Natarajan S, et al. Predictors of adherence to statins for primary prevention. Cardiovasc Drugs Ther 2007 Aug; 21(4):311-6. [Supported by grant T32 HS00066.]

Circulation
Stukenborg GJ, Wagner DP, Harrell FE Jr, et al. Which hospitals have significantly better or worse than expected mortality rates for acute myocardial infarction patients? Improved risk adjustment with present-at-admission diagnoses. Circulation 2007 Dec 18; 116(25):2960-8. [Supported by grants R01 HS10134 and K02 HS11419.]

Critical Care Clinics
Berenholtz SM, Pronovost PJ. Monitoring patient safety. Crit Care Clin 2007 Jul; 23(3):659-73. [Supported by grant 1 UC1 HS14246.]

Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Talbot TR, Tejedor SC, Greevy RA, et al. Survey of infection control programs in a large national healthcare system. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2007 Dec; 28(12):1401-3. [Supported by grant HS015934-01.]

Linkin DR, Fishman NO, Landis JR, et al. Effect of communication errors during calls to an antimicrobial stewardship program. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2007 Dec; 28(12):1374-81. [Supported by grants U18 HS10399 and F32 HS023982.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Machtinger EL, Wang F, Chen LL, et al. A visual medication schedule to improve anticoagulation control: a randomized, controlled trial. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2007 Oct; 33(10):625-35. [Supported by grant P01 HS10856.]

Journal of Addictive Diseases
Goldstein RB, Asarnow JR, Jaycox LH, et al. Correlates of non-problematic and problematic substance use among depressed adolescents in primary care. J Addict Dis 2007; 26(3):39-52. [Supported by grant HS09908.]

Journal of Clinical Rheumatology
Nguyen-Oghalai TU, Ottenbacher KJ, Caban M, et al. The impact of rheumatoid arthritis on rehabilitation outcomes after lower extremity arthroplasty. J Clin Rheumatol 2007 Oct; 13(5):247-50. [Supported by grant R24 HS011618.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Plomondon ME, Magici DJ, Masoudi FA, et al. Association between angina and treatment satisfaction after myocardial infarction. J Gen Intern Med 2008 Jan; 23(1):1-6. [Supported by grant R01 HS11282-01.]

Tice JA, Hoffman RM, Steiner C, et al. Introduction [to special supplement on evaluation of medical device technology.]. J Gen Intern Med 2008 Jan; 23 Suppl 1:1. [Third author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets.]

Zhan C, Baine WB, Sedrakyan A, Steiner C. Cardiac device implementation in the United States from 1997 through 2004: a population-based analysis. J Gen Intern Med 2008 Jan; 23 Suppl 1:13-19. [First three authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence; fourth author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets; uses AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data for 1997-2004.]

Journal of the National Medical Association
Li X, Stanton B, Yu S. Factorial structure of problem behaviors among urban and rural American adolescents. J Natl Med Assoc 2007 Nov; 99(11):1262-70. [Supported by grant U01 HS07392.]

Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
Wren TA, Do KP, Hara R, et al. Gillette Gait Index as a gait analysis summary measure: comparison with qualitative visual assessments of overall gait. J Pediatr Orthop 2007 Oct-Nov; 2797):765-8. [Supported by grant 5 R01 HS014169.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Trivedi AN, Rakowski W, Ayanian JZ. Effect of cost sharing on screening mammography in Medicare health plans. N Engl J Med 2008 Jan 24; 358(4):375-83. [Supported by grant 5 T32 HS000020-20.]

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dickersin K, Munro MG, Clark M, et al. Hysterectomy compared with endometrial ablation for dysfunctional uterine bleeding: a randomized controlled trial. Obstet Gynecol 2007 Dec; 110(6):1279-89. [Supported by grant U01 Hs09506.]

Pediatrics
Winterstein AG, Gerhard T, Shuster J, et al. Cardiac safety of central nervous system stimulants in children and adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Pediatrics 2007 Dec; 120(6):e1494-e1501. [Supported by grant U18 HS016097.]

Stroke
Kelly PJ, Morrow JD, Ning M, et al. Oxidative stress and matrix metalloproteinase-9 in acute ischemic stroke: the Biomarker Evaluation. Stroke 2008 Jan; 39(1):100-4. [Supported by grant R01 HS011392.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

AORN Journal
O'Meara E. The effects of electronic documentation in the ambulatory surgery setting. AORN J 2007 Dec; 86(6):970-9. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Fitzmaurice, Adams, and Eisenberg (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2002.]

Canadian Medical Association Journal
Aujesky D, Mor MK, Geng M, et al. Hospital volume and patient outcomes in pulmonary embolism. CMAJ 2008 Jan 1; 178(1):27-33. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Birkmeyer et al. (N Engl J Med, 2002).]

Parshuram CS, To T, Seto W, et al. Systematic evaluation of errors occurring during the preparation of intravenous medication. CMAJ 2008 Jan 1; 178(1):42-48. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Kaushal et al. (JAMA, 2001) and Landrigan et al. (N Engl J Med, 2004).]

JAMA
D Amico AV, Chen MH, Renshaw AA, et al. Androgen suppression and radiation vs radiation alone for prostate cancer. JAMA 2007 Jan 23; 299(3):289-95. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Elixhauser et al. (Med Care, 1998).]

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Revicki D, Hays RD, Cella D, et al. Recommended methods for determining responsiveness and minimally important differences for patient-reported outcomes. J Clin Epidemiol 2008 Feb; 61(2):102-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Yost et al. (Eval Health Prof, 2005) and Wyrwich et al. (Qual Life Res, 2005).]

Henschke N, Maher CG, Refshauge KM. A systematic review identifies five red flags to screen for vertebral fracture in patients with low back pain. J Clin Epidemiol 2008 Feb; 61(2):110-18. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Acute Low Back Problems in Adults, 1994, and AHRQ-funded article by Deyo et al. (JAMA, 1992).]

Tooth L, Hockey R, Byles J, et al. Weighted multimorbidity indexes predicted mortality, health service use, and health-related quality of life in older women. J Clin Epidemiol 2008 Feb; 61(2):151-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Deyo et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992) and Romano et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 1993).]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Nuckols TK, Lim YW, Wynn BO, et al. Rigorous development does not ensure that guidelines are acceptable to a panel of knowledgeable providers. J Gen Intern Med 2008 Jan; 23(1):37-44. [Notes that AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse requires basic standards for included guidelines and cites AHRQ Web site publication National Guideline Clearinghouse™ Inclusion Criteria; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Shekelle et al. (N Engl J Med, 1998 and JAMA, 2001) and Hasenfeld and Shekelle (Qual Saf Health Care , 2003).]

Schmittdiel J, Mosen DM, Glasgow RE, et al. Patient Assessment of Chronic Illness Care (PACIC) and improved patient-centered outcomes for chronic conditions. J Gen Intern Med 2008 Jan; 23(1):77-80. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Glasgow et al. (Diabetes Care, 2005).]

Agostini JV, Concato J, Inouye SK. Improving sedative-hypnotic prescribing in older hospitalized patients: provider-perceived benefits and barriers of a computer-based reminder. J Gen Intern Med 2008 Jan; 23 Suppl 1:32-36. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bates et al. (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2003) and Peterson et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2005).]

Nuckols TK, Bower AG, Paddock SM, et al. Programmable infusion pumps in ICUs: an analysis of corresponding adverse drug events. J Gen Intern Med 2008 Jan; 23 Suppl 1:41-45. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bates et al. (JAMA, 1995) and Rothschild et al. (Crit Care Med, 2005).]

Reed SD, Shea AM, Schulman KA. Economic implications of potential changes to regulatory and reimbursement policies for medical devices. J Gen Intern Med 2008 Jan; 23 Suppl 150-56. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Tunis, Stryer, and Clancy (JAMA, 2003).]

New England Journal of Medicine
Bach PB. Cost sharing for health care—whose skin? Which game? N Engl J Med 2008 Jan 24; 358(4):411-13. [Comments on AHRQ-funded article by Trivedi et al. cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

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

International Journal of Colorectal Disease
Rapuri S, Spencer J, Eckels D. Importance of postpolypectomy surveillance and postpolypectomy compliance to follow-up screening-review of literature. Int J Colorectal Dis 2008 Jan 9. [Epub ahead of print. Cites USPSTF recommendations that initial colorectal cancer screening be given for people above 50 years of age with average risk and earlier in people with a strong family history and other risk factors.]

Journal of Family Practice
Waldman MJ, Neher JO, Harper A. Does screening reduce lung cancer mortality? J Fam Pract 2008 Jan; 57(1):49-50. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement Lung Cancer Screening, on AHRQ Web site.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Nguyen GT, Barg FK, Armstrong K, et al. Cancer and communication in the health care setting: experiences of older Vietnamese immigrants, a qualitative study. J Gen Intern Med 2008 Jan; 23(1):45-50. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statements, Screening for Colorectal Cancer, Screening for Breast Cancer, and Screening for Prostate Cancer, all published 2002 on AHRQ Web site.]

Feldman MD, Petersen AJ, Karlliner LS, et al. Who is responsible for evaluating the safety and effectiveness of medical devices? The role of independent technology assessment. J Gen Intern Med 2008 Jan; 23 Suppl:57-63. [Mentions the USPSTF and AHRQ, through the Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions About Effectiveness (DeCIDE) network, Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs), and Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPCs), as Federal Government sources of technology assessment research and dissemination.]

Reviews in Gastroenterological Disorders
Deenadayalu VP, Rex DK. Colorectal cancer screening: guide to the guidelines. Rev Gastroenterol Disord 2007 Fall; 7(4):204-13. [Mentions the screening guidelines from the USPSTF as among those most widely considered by gastroenterologists in the United States; cites USPSTF colorectal screening recommendations (Ann Intern Med, 2002); evaluates guideline approaches of the USPSTF and the U.S. Multisociety Task Force on Colorectal Cancer, noted as having been organized by AHRQ.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Esteban A, Ferguson ND, Meade MO. Evolution of mechanical ventilation in response to clinical research. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2008 Jan 15; 177(2):170-77. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001.]

Canadian Medical Association Journal
Etchells E, Juurlink D, Levinson W. Medication errors: the human factor. CMAJ 2008 Jan 1; 178(1):63-64. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001, and AHRQ-funded article by Shojania et al. (JAMA, 2002).]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Paasche-Orlow MK, Wolf MS. Evidence does not support clinical screening of literacy. J Gen Intern Med 2008 Jan; 23(1):100-2. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Health Literacy: Impact on Health Outcomes, 2004; cites AHRQ-funded evidence review on literacy and health outcomes (Dewalt et al., J Gen Intern Med, 2004).]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Epidemiology
Steptoe A, O Donnell K, Badrick E, et al. Neuroendocrine and inflammatory factors associated with positive affect in healthy men and women: the Whitehall II study. Am J Epidemiol 2008 Jan 1; 96-102. [Uses study cohort from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.]

AORN Journal
Marshall DA, Manus DA. A team training program using human factors to enhance patient safety. AORN J 2007 Dec; 86(6):994-1011. [Uses AHRQ's Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, as accessed on AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001.]

International Journal of Epidemiology
Laaksonen E, Martikainen P, Lahelma E, et al. Socioeconomic circumstances and common mental disorders among Finnish and British public sector employees: evidence from the Helsinki Health Study and the Whitehall II Study. Int J Epidemiol 2007 Aug; 36(4):776-86. [Uses study cohort from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.]

Journal of Occupational Health Psychology
Griffin JM, Greiner BA, Stansfeld SA, et al. The effect of self-reported and observed job conditions on depression and anxiety symptoms: a comparison of theoretical models. J Occup Health Psychol 2007 Oct; 12(4):334-49. [Uses study cohort from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.]

Journal of Psychosomatic Research
De Vogli R, Brunner E, Marnot MG. Unfairness and the social gradient of metabolic syndrome in the Whitehall II Study. J Psychosom Res 2007 Oct; 63(4):413-9. [Uses study cohort from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.]

Head J, Kivimaki M, Siegrist J, et al. Effort-reward imbalance and relational injustice at work predict sickness absence: the Whitehall II study. J Psychosom Res 2007 Oct; 63(4):433-40. [Uses study cohort from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.]

Pain
Tsao JC, Stein JA, Dobalian A. Pain, problem drug use history, and aberrant analgesic use behaviors in persons living with HIV. Pain 2007 Dec 15; 133(1-3):128-37. [Uses study sample from the AHRQ-sponsored HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study, previously funded by grant U01 HS08578.]

Social Science and Medicine
Bartley M, Head J, Stansfeld S. Is attachment style a source of resilience against health inequalities at work? Soc Sci Med 2007 Feb; 64(4):765-75. [Uses study cohort from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.]

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