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January 28, 2005


These articles appeared in recently released journals and newsletters. They include articles funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) or authored by AHRQ researchers; articles mentioning or discussing AHRQ; articles related to AHRQ-funded Evidence-based Practice Centers; articles mentioning the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force/Put Prevention into Practice; articles mentioning the President's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry and Agency-supported activities relating to the Quality Interagency Task Force; and other research using AHRQ data.


AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles

AIDS and Behavior
Galvan FH, Collins R, Kanouse DE, et al. Abuse in the close relationships of people with HIV. AIDS Behav 2004 Dec; 8(4):441-51. [Supported by Grant No. U01 HS08578.]

Ambulatory Pediatrics
Simpson L, Owens PL, Zodet MW, et al. Health care for children and youth in the United States: annual report on patterns of coverage, utilization, quality, and expenditures by income. Ambul Pediatr 2005 Jan-Feb; 5(1):6-44. [Second and sixth authors (Owens and Elixhauser respectively) are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets; third and fourth authors (Zodet and Chevarley respectively) are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends; fifth author (Dougherty) is a researcher in AHRQ's Office of Extramural Research, Education and Priority Populations; first author (Lisa Simpson) is a former AHRQ Deputy Director.]

American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy
Hoffman JM, Shah ND, Vermeulen LC, et al. Projecting future drug expenditures—2005. Am J Health Syst Pharm 2005 Jan 15; 62(2):149-67. [Supported by Grant No. T32 HS00083.]

American Journal of Managed Care
Mazor KM, Simon SR, Yood RA, et al. Health plan members views on forgiving medical errors. Am J Manag Care 2005 Jan; 11(1):49-52. [Supported by Grant Nos. U18 HS10391-01 and U18 HS11943-01.]

American Journal of Medicine
Dezfulian C, Shojania K, Collard HR, et al. Subglottic secretion drainage for preventing ventilator-associated pneumonia: a meta-analysis. Am J Med 2005 Jan; 118(1):11-8. [Supported by Grant No. P20 HS111540.]

Annals of Emergency Medicine
Newgard CD, Lewis RJ, Kraus JF. Steering wheel deformity and serious thoracic or abdominal injury among drivers and passengers involved in motor vehicle crashes. Ann Emerg Med 2005 Jan; 45(1):43-50. [Supported by Grant No. F32 HS00148.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Redelmeier DA. The cognitive psychology of missed diagnoses. Ann Intern Med 2005 Jan 18; 142(2):115-20. [Published in AHRQ-funded Improving Patient Care section of journal.]

Berwick DM. My right knee. Ann Intern Med 2005 Jan 18; 142(2):121-5. [Published in AHRQ-funded Improving Patient Care section of journal.]

Annals of Surgery
Goodney P, Lucas F, Stukel T, et al. Surgeon specialty and operative mortality with lung resection. Ann Surg 2005 Jan; 241(1):179-184. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10141-01.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Lau DT, Kasper JD, Potter DE, et al. Hospitalization and death associated with potentially inappropriate medication prescriptions among elderly nursing home residents. Arch Intern Med 2005 Jan 10; 165(1):68-74. [Third author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends.]

Dai C, Stafford RS, Alexander C. National trends in cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor use since market release: nonselective diffusion of a selectively cost-effective innovation. Arch Intern Med 2005 Jan 24; 165(2):171-7. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS11313.]

Weingart SN, Gandhi TK, Seger AC, et al. Patient-reported medication symptoms in primary care. Arch Intern Med 2005 Jan 24; 165(2):234-40. [Supported by Grant No. 1 K08 HS11644.]

Biostatistics
Carter RE, Lipsitz SR, Tilley BC. Quasi-likelihood estimation for relative risk regression models. Biostatistics 2005 Jan; 6(1):39-44. [Supported by Grant No. HS 10871.]

BMC Health Services Research
Dalby DM, Hirdes JP, Fries BE. Risk adjustment methods for Home Care Quality Indicators (HCQIs) based on the minimum data set for home care. BMC Health Serv Res 2005 Jan 18; 5(1):7. [Supported by Grant No. 5 U18 HS09455.]

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Norris SL, Zhang X, Avenell A, et al. Pharmacotherapy for weight loss in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Cochrane database Syst Rev 2005 Jan 25; (1):CD004096. [First author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence.]

Norris SL, Saadine J, Chowdhury FM, et al. Interventions to promote screening for diabetic retinopathy (protocol). Cochrane database Syst Rev 2005 Jan 25; (1):CD005104. [First author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence.]

Disease Management
Twiggs J, Fifield J, Jackson E, et al. Treating asthma by the guidelines: developing a medication management information system for use in primary care. Dis Manag 2004 Fall; 7(3):244-60. [Supported by Grant No. HS11642.]

Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Strate LL, Syngal S. Predictors of utilization of early colonoscopy vs. radiography for severe lower intestinal bleeding. Gastrointest Endosc 2005 Jan; 61(1):46-52. [Supported by Grant No. HS00020.]

Health Affairs
Hlatky MA, Sanders GD, Owens DK. Evidence-based medicine and policy: the case of the implantable cardioverter defibrillator. Health Aff 2005 Jan-Feb; 24(1):42-51. [Supported by Grant No. HS08362.]

Atkins D, Siegel J, Slutsky J. Making policy when the evidence is in dispute. Health Aff 2005 Jan-Feb; 24(1):102-13. [First two authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence; third author is director of AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence.]

Clancy CM, Cronin K. Evidence-based decision making: global evidence, local decisions. Health Aff 2005 Jan-Feb 2005; 24(1):151-62. [First author is AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy.]

Zuvekas SH. Prescription drugs and the changing patterns of treatment for mental disorders, 1996-2001. Health Aff 2005 Jan-Feb; 24(1):195-205. [Author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends.]

JAMA
Asarnow JR, Jaycox LH, Duan N, et al. Effectiveness of a quality improvement intervention for adolescent depression in primary care clinics: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA 2005 Jan 19; 293(3):311-9. [Supported by Grant No. HS09908.]

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Schneeweiss S, Glynn RJ, Avorn J, et al. A Medicare database review found that physician preferences increasingly outweighed patient characteristics as determinants of first-time prescriptions for COX-2 inhibitors. J Clin Epidemiol 2005 Jan; 58(1):98-102. [Supported by Grant No. R01-HS10881.]

Baine WB, Kazakova SV. An analysis of administrative data found that proximate clinical event ratios provided a systematic approach to identifying possible iatrogenic risk factors or complications. J Clin Epidemiol 2005 Feb; 58(2):162-70. [First author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence; second author is former AHRQ researcher.]

Minerva Pediatrica
Tanski SE, Prokhorov AV, Klein JD. Youth and tobacco. Minerva Pediatr 2004 Dec; 56(6):553-65. [Supported by Grant No. R03 HS14418.]

Oncology Nursing Forum
Radwin LE, Washko M, Suchy KA, et al. Development and pilot testing of four desired health outcomes scales. Oncol Nurs Forum 2005 Jan 19; 32(1):92-6. [Supported by Grant No. K08 HS11625.]

Pediatrics
Srivastava R, Norlin C, James BC, et al. Community and hospital-based physicians attitudes regarding pediatric hospitalist systems. Pediatrics 2005 Jan 1; 115(1):34-8. [Supported by Grant No. P20 HS11826.]

Sedman A, Harris JM, Schulz K, et al. Relevance of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Patient Safety Indicators for childrens hospitals. Pediatrics 2005 Jan 1; 115(1):135-45. [Fifth author was researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at time of publication; uses AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators.]

Woods D, Thomas E, Holl J, et al. Adverse events and preventable adverse events in children. Pediatrics 2005 Jan 1; 115(1):155-60. [Supported by Grant No. T32 HS000078.]

Hessol NA, Fuentes-Afflick E. Ethnic differences in neonatal and postneonatal mortality. Pediatrics 2005 Jan 1; 115(1):e44-e51. [Supported by Grant No. HS07373.]

Physical Therapy
Freburger JK, Holmes GM. Physical therapy use by community-based older people. Phys Ther 2005 Jan; 85(1):19-23. [Supported by Grant No. T32-HS00032.]

Preventive Medicine
Corbett KK, Gonzales R, Leeman-Castillo BA, et al. Appropriate antibiotic use: variation in knowledge and awareness by Hispanic ethnicity and language. Prev Med 2005 Feb; 40(2):162-9. [Supported by Grant No. 1R01 HS13001-01.]

Psychiatric Services
Jaffee KD, Liu GC, Canty-Mitchell J, et al. Race, urban community stressors, and behavioral and emotional problems of children with special health care needs. Psychiatr Serv 2005 Jan; 56(1):63-9. [Supported by Grant No. U01-HS10453-S.]

Telemedicine Journal and e-Health
Frueh BC, Monnier J, Elhai JD, et al. Telepsychiatry treatment outcome research methodology: efficacy versus effectiveness. Telemed J E Health 2004 Winter; 10(4):455-8. [Supported by Grant No. HS11642.]

Women Health
Gelberg L, Browner CH, Lejano E, et al. Access to women's health care: a qualitative study of barriers perceived by homeless women. Womens Health 2004; 40(2):87-100. [Supported by Grant No. HS08323.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Health Line
Best-practice guidelines: WSJ examines concerns about evidence. Am Health Line 2005 Jan 27; 7. [Mentions AHRQ's plans to develop state-of-the-art information on the top 10 conditions that affect Medicare beneficiaries; includes comments by AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy.]

American Medical News
In brief: Study shows AHRQ safety indicators could work for childrens hospitals. Am Med News 2005 Jan 17; 48(2):24. [Reports on AHRQ-authored study using AHRQ Patient Safety indicators by Sedman, et al., in Pediatrics, cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Croasdale M. Its not enough just to reduce residents hours. Am Med News 2005 Jan 17; 48(2):16. [Discusses AHRQ-funded studies by Fletcher, et al., (Ann Intern Med 2004 Dec 7; 141(11):851-57) and Lockley, et al. (New Eng J Med 2004 Oct 28; 351(18):1829-37).]

Circulation
Roden DM. An underrecognized challenge in evaluating postmarketing drug safety. Circulation 2005 Jan 25; 111(3):246-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Ray, et al. (Lancet 2002 Oct 5; 360(9339):1071-3).]

Mallik S, Krumholz HM, Lin QZ, et al. Patients with depressive symptoms have lower health status benefits after coronary artery bypass surgery. Circulation 2005 Jan 25; 111(3):271-7. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Guadagnoli and Cleary (Med Care 1995 Jan; 33(1):106-12).]

Drug Topics
Inappropriate meds linked to death in seniors. Drug Topics 2005 Jan 24; 149(2):4. [Comments on AHRQ-authored article by Lau, Kasper, and Potter (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends), et al. (Arch Intern Med 2005 Jan 10; 165(1):68-74).]

Health Affairs
Iglehart JK. The new imperative: producing better evidence. Health Aff 2005 Jan-Feb; 24(1):7. [Cites AHRQ-funding of issue.]

Timmermans S, Mauck A. The promises and pitfalls of evidence-based medicine. Health Aff 2005 Jan-Feb; 24(1):18-28. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Burstin (director of AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships) et al. (Am J Med 1999 Nov; 107(5):437-49).]

Gelijns AC, Brown LD, Magnell C, et al. Evidence, politics, and technological change. Health Aff 2005 Jan-Feb; 24(1):29-40. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Tunis, Stryer (director of AHRQ's Center for Quality, Improvement and Patient Safety), and Clancy (AHRQ director)(JAMA, 2003 Sep 24; 290(12):1624-32).]

Ramsey SD, Sullivan SD. Evidence, economics, and emphysema: Medicare's long journey with lung volume reduction surgery.Health Aff 2005 Jan-Feb; 24(1):55-66. [Cites AHRQ National Emphysema Treatment Trial (NETT) collaboration with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).]

Tanenbaum SJ. Evidence-based practice as mental health policy: three controversies and a caveat. Health Aff 2005 Jan-Feb; 24(1):163-73. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Tunis, Stryer (director of AHRQ's Center for Quality, Improvement and Patient Safety), and Clancy (AHRQ director)(JAMA, 2003 Sep 24; 290(12):1624-32).]

Tunis SR. A clinical research strategy to support shared decision making. Health Aff 2005 Jan-Feb; 24(1):180-184. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Tunis, Stryer (director of AHRQ's Center for Quality, Improvement and Patient Safety), and Clancy (AHRQ director)(JAMA, 2003 Sep 24; 290(12):1624-1632); [Cites AHRQ NETT collaboration with CMS and NHLBI.]

Medical Economics
How patients view medical errors. How patients view medical errors. Med Econ 2005 Jan 21; 82(2):17. [Comments on the AHRQ, Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Harvard School of Public Health National Survey on Consumers Experiences with Patient Safety and Quality Information, 2004.]

A unique collaboration to improve quality. Med Econ 2005 Jan 21; 82(2):17. [Comments on AHRQ-funded project to improve the quality of life of New Mexicos chronically ill residents.]

Modern Healthcare
Evans M, Galloro V. One step ahead. States restructure Medicaid to keep costs in check. Mod Healthc 2005 Jan 17; 35(3):8. [Cites AHRQ and Urban Institute research that found care for Medicaid enrollees cost less than those in private insurance.]

Morrissey J. Apples and oranges: some standard safety measures unfit for kids. Mod Healthc 2005 Jan 21; 35(4):10. [Reports on AHRQ-authored study using AHRQ Patient Safety indicators by Sedman et al. in Pediatrics, cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles above.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Frist WH. Shattuck lecture: health care in the 21st century. N Engl J Med 2005 Jan 20; 352(3):267-272. [Cites AHRQ Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Statistical Brief 21: Trends in Outpatient Prescription Drug Utilization and Expenditures: 1997-2000, 2004.]

Wall Street Journal
Landro L. The informed patient. Are treatment guidelines reliable? Wall St J 2005 Jan 26; D4. [Mentions AHRQ's plan to develop state-of-art information about the effectiveness of treatments, including prescription drugs, for 10 top conditions affecting Medicare beneficiaries; includes comments by AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy.]

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

Annals of Internal Medicine
Collins JF, Lieberman DA, Durbin TE, et al. Accuracy of screening for fecal occult blood on a single stool sample obtained by digital rectal examination: a comparison with recommended sampling practice. Ann Intern Med 2005 Jan 18; 142(2):81-85. [Cites Screening for Colorectal Cancer in Adults at Average Risk: a Summary of the Evidence for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, by Pignone et al. (Ann Intern Med 2002 Jul 16; 137(2):132-141).]

Nadel MR, Shapiro JA, Klabunde CN, et al. A national survey of primary care physicians methods for screening for fecal occult blood. Ann Intern Med 2005 Jan 18; 142(2):86-94. [Cites USPSTF recommendations from Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996 and Screening for Colorectal Cancer, 2002.]

Sox HC. Office-based testing for fecal occult blood: do only in case of emergency. Ann Intern Med 2005 Jan 18: 142(2):146-148; erratum Ann Intern Med 2005 Mar 15; 142(6):479. [Cites USPSTF recommendations Screening for Colorectal Cancer as published in Ann Intern Med 2002 Jul 16; 137(2):129-31.]

Health Affairs
Eddy DM. Evidence-based medicine: a unified approach. Health Aff 2005 Jan-Feb; 24(1):9-17. [Gives background information for AHRQ USPSTF, National Guideline Clearinghouse, and AHRQ's evidence-based practice centers.]

Teutsch SM, Berger ML, and Weinstein MC. Health Aff 2005 Jan-Feb; 24(1):128-32. [Cites USPSTF methods, reviews, recommendations, and reports as published on Web Site.]

Mendelson D, Carino TV. Evidence-based medicine in the United States de rigueur or dream deferred? Health Aff 2005 Jan-Feb; 24(1):133-6. [Mentions USPSTF as example of an organization which develops recommendations through a process of reviewing clinical evidence and assessing experts recommendations; cites National Guideline Clearinghouse™; cites analysis by Katz (Health Serv Res 1999 Apr; 34(1 Pt 2):377-89) of AHRQ clinical practice guideline, Unstable Angina: Diagnosis and Management.]

Garber AM. Evidence-based guidelines as a foundation for performance incentives. Health Aff 2005 Jan-Feb; 24(1):174-9. [Mentions that the best USPSTF guidelines a re clear and detailed, lending themselves to adaptation as criteria for the quality of care; cites technical review Strategies to Support Quality-based Purchasing: A Review of the Evidence, 2004 and National Guidelines Clearinghouse™.]

Neumann PJ, Divi N, Beinfeld MT, et al. Medicares national coverage decisions, 1999-2003: quality of evidence and review times. Health Aff 2005 Jan-Feb; 24(1):243-54. [Cites Task Force ratings as published on Web site and review by Harris, et al. (Am J Prev Med 2001 Apr; 20(3 Suppl):21-35) of the USPSTF process of developing clinical practice guidelines.]

Medical Clinics of North America
Cappell MS. The pathophysiology, clinical presentation, and diagnosis of colon cancer and adenomatous polyps. Med Clin North Am 2005 Jan; 89(1):1-42. [Cites Screening for Colorectal Cancer in Adults at Average Risk: a Summary of the Evidence for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, by Pignone, et al. (Ann Intern Med 2002 Jul 16; 137(2):132-41).]

Mandel JS. Screening for patients at average risk for colon cancer. Med Clin North Am 2005 Jan; 89(1):43-59. [Cites USPSTF recommendations from Guide to Clinical Preventive Services and Cost-effectiveness analyses of colorectal cancer screening: a systematic review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force by Pignone, et al. (Ann Intern Med. 2002 Jul 16; 137(2):96-104).]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Health Affairs
Steinberg EP, Luce BR. Evidence based? Caveat emptor! Health Aff 2005 Jan-Feb; 24(1):80-92. [Cites Research Triangle Institute, University of North Carolina evidence-base practice center reviews of grades of evidence by Lohr, et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Improv 1999 Sep; 25(9):470-9) and by Lohr (Int J Qual Health Care 2004 Feb;16(1):9-18); cites AHRQ-authored article by Tunis, Stryer (director of AHRQ's Center for Quality, Improvement and Patient Safety), and Clancy (AHRQ director) (JAMA, 2003 Sep 24; 290(12):1624-32).]

Claxton K, Cohen JT, Neumann PJ. When is evidence sufficient? Health Aff 2005 Jan-Feb; 24(1):93-101. [Cites review by Harris, et al. (Am J Prev Med 2001 Apr; 20(3 Suppl):21-35) of the USPSTF process of developing clinical practice guidelines; cites AHRQ-authored article by Tunis, Stryer (director of AHRQ's Center for Quality, Improvement and Patient Safety), and Clancy (AHRQ director) (JAMA 2003 Sep 24; 290(12):1624-32); cites AHRQ's Evidence-based Practice Centers.]

Fox DM. Evidence of evidence-based health policy: the politics of systematic reviews in coverage decisions. Health Aff 2005 Jan-Feb; 24(1):114-22. [Discusses AHRQ's evidence-based practice centers.]

Helfand M. Using evidence reports: progress and challenges in evidence-based decision making. Health Aff 2005 Jan-Feb; 24(1):123-7. [Cites review by Harris, et al. (Am J Prev Med 2001 Apr; 20(3 Suppl):21-35) of the USPSTF process of developing clinical practice guidelines; cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Systems to Rate the Strength of Scientific Evidence, 2002.]

Shojania KG, Grimshaw JM. Evidence-based quality improvement: the state of the science. Health Aff 2005 Jan-Feb; 24(1):138-50. [Cites AHRQ-funding of evidence-based practice center reviews.]

Obesity. Pharmacological and surgical treatment of obesity. Health Aff 2005 Jan-Feb; 24(1):285. [Reviews AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Pharmacological and Surgical Treatment of Obesity, 2004.]

Journal of Family Practice
Koval PG, Easterling L, Pettus D, et al. Clinical inquiries. How should a DEXA scan be used to evaluate bisphosphonate therapy for osteoporosis? J Fam Pract 2005 Jan; 54(1):65, 69-71. [Lists recommendations from AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Osteoporosis in Postmenopausal Women, 2001.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Health Affairs
Cuellar AE, Gertler PJ. How the expansion of hospital systems has affected consumers. Health Aff 2005 Jan-Feb; 24(1):213-9. [Uses AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) quality indicators.]

Pediatric Blood Cancer
Panepinto JA, Brousseau DC, Hillery CA, et al. Pediatr Blood Cancer 2005 Feb; 44(2):182-6. [Uses 1997 data from the HCUP Kids Inpatient Database (KID).]

Preventive Medicine
Johnston JM, Chan SS, Chan SK, et al. Prev Med 2005 Apr; 40(4):389-406. [Uses survey questions based on PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence as published in JAMA 2000 (JAMA 2000 Jun 28; 283(24):3244-54.]

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