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March 21, 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

Annals of Internal Medicine
Hellinger FJ. Medicare's Quality Improvement Organization Program: maximizing potential [book review]. Ann Intern Med 2008 Mar 18; 148(6):488. [Reviews book from Institute of Medicine.]

AORN Journal
Clancy CM. SCIP: making complications of surgery the exception rather than the rule. AORN J 2008 Mar; 87(3):621-4. [Author is AHRQ director.]

Health For Women
Clancy CM. Should I have weight loss surgery? Health Women 2008 Mar-May; 1(1):22-24. [Author is AHRQ director.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Goff SL, Mazor KM, Meterko V, et al. Patient's beliefs and preferences regarding doctors medication recommendations. J Gen Intern Med 2008 Mar; 23(3):236-41. [ Supported by grant U18 HS010391-061.] Abstract

Bonomi AE, Anderson ML, Rivara FP, et al. Health care utilization and costs associated with childhood abuse. J Gen Intern Med 2008 Mar; 23(3):294-9. [Supported by grant R01 HS10909.]

Mechaber HF, Levine RB, Manwell LB, et al. Part-time physicians . prevalent, connected, and satisfied. J Gen Intern Med 2008 Mar; 23(3):300-3. [Supported by grant 5 R01 HS011955.]

Journal of Rural Health
McAuley WJ, Spector W, Nostrand JV. Home health care agency staffing patterns before and after the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, by rural and urban location. J Rural Health 2008 Winter; 24(1):12-23. [Second author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets.]

Journal of Women's Health
Duterte EE, Bonomi AE, Kernic MA, et al. Correlates of medical and legal help seeking among women reporting intimate partner violence. J Womens Health 2008 Jan-Feb; 17(1):85-95. [Supported by grant R01 HS1090.]

Medical Care Research and Review
Rosko MD, Mutter RL. Stochastic frontier analysis of hospital inefficiency: a review of empirical issues and an assessment of robustness. Med Care Res Rev 2008 Apr; 65(2):131-66. [Second author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; uses data from AHRQs Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP).]

Landon BE, Normand SL, Meara E. The relationship between medical practice characteristics and quality of care for cardiovascular disease. Med Care Res Rev 2008 Mar; 65(2):167-87. [Supported by grant HS011651-03.]

AHRQ related articles

Annals of Internal Medicine
Lautenbach E. Expanding the universe of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus prevention. Ann Intern Med 2008 Mar 18; 148(6):474-7. [Comments on article by Robicsek et al. cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products below.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Arora NK, Hesse BW, Rimer RK, et al. Frustrated and confused: the American public rates its cancer-related information-seeking experiences. J Gen Intern Med 2008 Mar; 23(3):223-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Levinson et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2005) and Ayanian et al. (J Clin Oncol, 2005).]

Braun UK, Beyth RJ, Ford ME, et al. Voices of African American, Caucasian, and Hispanic surrogates on the burdens of end-of-life decision making. J Gen Intern Med 2008 Mar; 23(3):267-74. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Teno et al. (J Am Geriatr Soc, 1997).]

Miller EC, Schulz MR, Bibeau DL, et al. Factors associated with misperception of weight in the stroke belt. J Gen Intern Med 2008 Mar; 23(3):323-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Muennig et al. (Am J Public Health, 2006).]

Sanders JL, Colson YL. Leveraging primary care in the fight against lung cancer. J Gen Intern Med 2008 Mar; 23(3):344-47. [Cites PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000, and article on implementing AHRQs smoking cessation clinical practice guideline (Katz DA, J Natl Cancer Inst, 2004).]

Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law
Sessions SY, Lee PR. A road map for universal coverage: finding a pass through the financial mountains. J Health Polit Policy Law 2008 Apr; 33(2):155-97. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Selden (researcher in AHRQs Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) and Gray (Health Aff, 2006).]

Medical Care Research and Review
Castle NG, Engberg J, Men A. Nurse aide agency staffing and quality of care in nursing homes. Med Care Res Rev 2008; 65(2):232-52. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Takeda and Spector (researcher in AHRQs Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (J Aging Health, 1991).]

Scanlon DP, Chrisitianson JB, Ford EW. Hospital responses to the Leapfrog Group in local markets. Med Care Res Rev 2008; 65(2):207-31. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Altman, Clancy (AHRQ director), and Blendon (N Engl J Med, 2004); cites AHRQ publication Advances in Patient Safety, Volumes 1-4, 2005.]

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

American Family Physician
Meyers D, Wolff T, Gregory K, et al. USPSTF recommendations for STI screening. Am Fam Physician 2008 Mar 15; 77(6):819-24. [First and second authors are researchers in AHRQs Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Marcella SW, Rhoads GG, Carson JL, et al. Prostate-specific antigen screening and mortality from prostate cancer. J Gen Intern Med 2008 Mar; 23(3):248-53. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for prostate cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

Journal of Womens Health
Dailey AB, Kasl SV, Jones BA. Does gender discrimination impact regular mammography screening? Findings from the Race Differences in Screening Mammography Study. J Womens Health 2008 Mar; 17(2):195-206. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Breast Cancer.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Annals of Internal Medicine
Wilt TJ, MacDonald R, Rutks I, et al. Systematic review: comparative effectiveness and harms of treatments for clinically localized prostate cancer. Ann Intern Med 2008 Mar 18; 148(6):435-97. [Supported by contract 290-02-0009.]

Landefeld CS, Bowers BJ, Feld AD, et al. National Institutes of Health state-of-the-science conference statement: prevention of fecal and urinary incontinence in adults. Ann Intern Med 2008 Mar 18;148(6):449-58. [Based on the AHRQ-funded systematic literature review by Shamliyan et al., cited below.]

Shamliyan TA, Kane RL, Wyman J, et al. Systematic review: randomized, controlled trials of nonsurgical treatments for urinary incontinence in women. Ann Intern Med 2008 Mar 18;148 (6):459-73. [Supported by 290-02-0009.]

National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR)/National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR)/Related Articles

Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law
Miller EA, Mor V. Balancing regulatory controls and incentives: towards smarter and more transparent oversight in long-term care. J Health Polit Policy Law 2008 Apr; 33 (2): 249-79. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Sangl et al. (Med Care, 2005), based on data from the first NHQR (Med Care, 2005) and Mukamel and Spector (Gerontologist, 2003).]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Annals of Internal Medicine
Robicsek A. Beaumont JL, Paule SM, et al. Universal surveillance for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in 3 affiliated hospitals. Ann Intern Med 2008 Mar 18; 148(6):409-18. [Uses AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Comorbidity Software and the Elixhauser comorbidity index (Elixhauser et al. Med Care, 1998).]

Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine
Li ST, Gates RL. Primary operative management for pediatric empyema. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2008 Jan; 162(1):44-48. [Uses AHRQs HCUP Kids Inpatient Database (KID) for 2003.]

Journal for Nurses in Staff Development
Bryant SK. Smoking cessation strategies by nurses in acute care setting. J Nurs Staff Dev 2008 Jan-Feb; 24(1):31-35. [Uses Five As recommendations from PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Kivimaki M, Ferrie JE, Shipley MJ. Low medically certified sickness absence among employees with poor health status predicts future health improvement: the Whitehall II study. Occup Environ Med 2008 Mar; 65(3): 208-10. [Uses study cohort from Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.]

Surgery of Endoscopy
Kemp JA, Finlayson SR. Nationwide trends in laparoscopic colectomy from 2000 to 2004. Surg Endosc 2008 Feb 1. [Epub ahead of print. Uses data from AHRQs HCUP NIS for 2000-2004.]

World Journal of Surgery
Miller BS, Dimick J, Wainess R. Age- and sex-related incidence of surgically treated primary hyperparathyroidism. World J Surg 2008 Jan 31. [ Epub ahead of print. Uses data from AHRQs HCUP NIS for 2000-2004.]

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