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March 25, 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 Presidents 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

Archives of Internal Medicine
Schiff GD, Kim S, Krosnjar N, et al. Missed hypothyroidism diagnosis uncovered by linking laboratory and pharmacy data. Arch Intern Med 2005 Mar 14; 165(5):574-7. [Supported by Grant No. HS11552.]

Archives of Surgery
Moore DE, Feurer ID, Speroff T, et al. Impact of donor, technical, and recipient risk factors on survival and quality of life after liver transplantation. Arch Surg 2005 Mar; 140(3):273-7. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R03 HS13036.]

BMC Health Services Research
Atkins D, Briss PA, Eccles M, et al. Systems for grading the quality of evidence and the strength of recommendations II: pilot study of a new system. BMC Health Serv Res 2005 Mar 23; 5(1):25. [First author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence.]

British Medical Journal
Stryer D, Clancy C. Patients' safety. BMJ 2005 Mar 12; 330(7491):553-4. [Authors are AHRQ Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Director and AHRQ Director, respectively.]

Circulation
Rhoades DA. Racial misclassification and disparities in cardiovascular disease among American Indians and Alaska natives. Circulation 2005 Mar 15; 111(10):1250-6. [Supported by Grant No. P01 HS10854.]

Werner RM, Asch DA, Polsky D. Racial profiling: the unintended consequences of coronary artery bypass graft report cards. Circulation 2005 Mar 15; 111(10):1257-63. [Supported by Grant No. 2 T32 HS00009; Uses AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP)-Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data.]

Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
Riddle DL, Hoppener MR, Kraaijenhagen RA, et al. Preliminary validation of clinical assessment for deep vein thrombosis in orthopaedic outpatients. Clin Orthop Relat Res 2005 Mar; (432):252-7. [Supported by R03 HS13059-01.]

Riddle DL, Hillner BE, Wells PS, et al. Improving the diagnostic process for deep vein thrombosis in orthopaedic outpatients. Clin Orthop Relat Res 2005 Mar; (432):258-66. [Supported by R03 HS13059-01.]

Critical Care Medicine
Rothschild JM, Keohane Ca, Cook EF, et al. A controlled trial of smart infusion pumps to improve medication safety in critically ill patients. Crit Care Med 2005 Mar; 33(3):533-40. [Supported by Grant No. P01 HHS11534-01 (as printed in article).]

Needham DM, Bronskill SE, Calinawan JR, et al. Projected incidence of mechanical ventilation in Ontario to 2026: preparing for the aging baby boomers. Crit Care Med 2005 Mar; 33(3):574-9. [Supported by Grant No. U18 HS11902-01.]

Health Affairs
Moy E, Dayton E, Clancy CM. Compiling the evidence: the National Healthcare Disparities Reports. Health Aff 2005 Mar-Apr; 24(2):376-87. [First author is National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR) project director with AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (CQuIPS); second author is also in CQuIPS; and third author is AHRQ's director.]

Brach C, Fraser I, Paez K. Crossing the language chasm. Health Aff 2005 Mar-Apr; 24(2):424-34. [First and second authors are researcher in and director of, respectively, AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets.]

Ku L, Flores G. Pay now or pay later: providing interpreter services in health care. Health Aff 2005 Mar-Apr; 24(2):435-44. [Second author is supported by an AHRQ Independent Scientist Award.]

Health Expectations
Napoles-Springer AM, Santoyo J, Houston K, et al. Patients' perceptions of cultural factors affecting the quality of their medical encounters. Health Expect 2005 Mar; 8(1):4-17. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10599.]

JAMA
Weissman JS, Annas CL, Epstein AM, et al. Error reporting and disclosure systems: views from hospital leaders. JAMA 2005 Mar 16; 293(11):1359-66. [Supported by Grant No. 5 U18 HS11928.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Safety
Piotrowski MM, Bessette Rl, Chensue S, et al. Learning to improve safety: false-positive pathology report results in wrongful surgery. Jt Comm J Qual Saf 2005 Mar; 31(3):123-31. [Supported by Grant No. P20 HS11540.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Doshi JA, Shaffer T, Briesacher BA. National estimates of medication use in nursing homes: findings from the 1997 Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey and the 1996 Medical Expenditure Survey. J Am Geriatr Soc 2005 Mar; 53(3):438-43. [Second author was researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets at time of publication; uses Medical Expenditure Survey Panel (MEPS) data.]

Rector TS, Spector WD, Shaffer TJ, et al. Pneumonia in nursing home residents: factors associated with in-home care of EverCare enrollees. J Am Geriatr Soc 2005 Mar; 53(3):472-7. [Second and third authors are current and former researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets; supported by Contract No. 290-00-0012, Accelerating the Cycle of Research Through a Network of Integrated Delivery Systems.]

Medical Anthropology Quarterly
Lopez L. De facto disentitlement in an information economy: enrollment issues in Medicaid managed care. Med Anthropol Q 2005 Mar; 19(1):26-46. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS9703 (from 1998 to 2001).]

Boehm DA. The safety net of the safety net: how federally qualified health centers subsidize Medicaid managed care. Med Anthropol Q 2005 Mar; 19(1):47-63. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS9703 (from 1998 to 2001).]

Wagner WG. Confronting utilization review in New Mexico's Medicaid mental health system: the critical role of medical necessity. Med Anthropol Q 2005 Mar; 19(1):64-83. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS9703 (from 1998 to 2001).]

Willging CE. Power, blame, and accountability: Medicaid managed care for mental health services in New Mexico. Med Anthropol Q 2005 Mar; 19(1):84-102. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS9703 (from 1998 to 2001).]

Nelson NL. Ideologies of aid, practices of power: lessons for Medicaid managed care for mental health services in New Mexico. Med Anthropol Q 2005 Mar; 19(1):103-22. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS9703 (from 1998 to 2001).]

Pediatric Pulmonology
Ramsey CD, Celedon JC, Sredl DL, et al. Predictors of disease severity in children with asthma in Hartford, Connecticut. Pediatr Pulmonol 2005 Mar; 39(3):268-75. [Supported by Grant No. U18 HS11147.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Health Line
Medical errors: most hospitals do not support mandated reporting. Am Health Line 2005 Mar 16; #6. [Cites AHRQ funding of survey of hospital executives published in JAMA and cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Natrecor: heart Rx could cause kidney problems, study finds. Am Health Line 2005 Mar 22; #12. [Cites data from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP).]

American Journal of Managed Care
Foote SB, Neumann PJ. The impact of Medicare modernization on coverage policy: recommendations for reform. Am J Manag Care 2005 Mar; 11(3):140-2. [Recommends that Congress provide additional resources to AHRQ for research to inform local and national coverage decisions; cites provision in the Medicare Modernization Act for funds for comparative-effectiveness research and appropriation of $15 vs. $50 million for this work and advocates increased funding for and expanded scope of this effort.]

Rask KJ, Wells KJ, Teitel GS, et al. Can an algorithm for appropriate prescribing predict adverse drug events? Am J Manag Care 2005 Mar; 11(3):145-51. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Zhan, et al., JAMA 2001 Dec 12; 286(22):2823-9, and Gandhi, Burstin, and Cook (second author is director of AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships), J Gen Intern Med 2000 Mar; 15(3):149-54; cites AHRQ-funded article by Cullen, et al., Jt Comm J Qual Improv 1995 Oct; 21(10):541-8.]

Avery GH, Wholey DR, Christianson JB. Physician evaluations of care management practices in Medicaid programs. Am J Manag Care 2005 Mar; 11(3):156-64. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Ray, et al. (third and fourth authors are Weinick and Cohen, former and current researchers in AHRQ's Center for Finance, Access, and Cost Trends), Am J Manag Care 2000 Jul; 6(7):753-60.]

American Medical News
Robeznieks A. U.S. study outlines efforts to boost equal care. Am Med News 2005 Mar 14; 48(10):14. [Reviews findings from AHRQ's National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) and National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR).]

Robeznieks A. Progress sought in managing test results. Am Med News 2005 Mar 21; 48(11):9. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Gandhi, Ann Intern Med 2005 Mar 1; 142(5):352-8, and Schiff Jt Comm J Qual Saf 2005 Feb; 31(2):63-5.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Melville JL, Katon W, Delaney K, et al. Urinary incontinence in U.S. women: a population-based study. Arch Intern Med 2005 Mar 14; 165(5):537-42. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Urinary Incontinence in Adults: Acute and Chronic Management, 1996.]

Business Week
Mullaney TJ, Weintraub A. The digital hospital. Bus Week 2005 March 28; (3926):77-9. [Reviews findings from AHRQ-funded article by Koppel, et al., JAMA 2005 Mar 9; 293(10):1197-203.]

Circulation
Lavizzo-Mourey R, Jung M. Fighting unequal treatment: the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a quality-improvement approach to disparities. Circulation 2005 Mar 15; 111(10):1208-9. [First author is former AHRQ deputy administrator; cites AHRQ-funded article by Wong, et al., N Engl J Med 2002 Nov 14; 347(20):1585-92.]

Konety SH, Vaughn Sarrazin MS, Rosenthal GE. Patient and hospital differences underlying racial variation in outcomes after coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Circulation 2005 Mar 15; 111(10):1210-6. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Elixhauser, et al. (authors are current and former researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets and its predecessors), Med Care 1998 Jan; 36(1):8-27; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Ayanian, et al., N Engl J Med 1991 Jul 25; 325(4):221-5), Hannan, et al., Health Serv Res 1997 Feb; 31(6):659-78, and Needleman, et al., Health Serv Res 2003 Dec; 381(6 Pt 1):1487-508.]

Sabatine MS, Blake GJ, Drazner MH, et al. Influence of race on death and ischemic complications in patients with non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndromes despite modern, protocol-guided treatment. Circulation 2005 Mar 15; 111(10):1217-24. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Ayanian, et al., JAMA 1993 May 26; 269(20):2642-6, Schulman, et al., N Engl J Med 1999; 340(8):618-26, and Schneider, et al., JAMA 2002 Mar 13; 287(10):1288-94.]

Sonel AF, Good CB, Mulgund J, et al. Racial variations in treatment and outcomes of black and white patients with high-risk non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndromes: insights from CRUSADE (Can Rapid Risk Stratification of Unstable Angina Patients Suppress Adverse Outcomes with Early Implementation of the ACC/AHA Guidelines?). Circulation 2005 Mar 15; 111(10):1225-32. [Cites article by former AHRQ director John Eisenberg Ann Intern Med 1979 Jun; 90(6):957-64; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Garg, et al., Med Care 2000 Jul; 40(7):614-26), Ayanian, et al., JAMA 1993 May 26; 269(20):2642-6), Pashos, et al., J Am Coll Cardiol 1994 Apr; 23(5):1023-30), Canto, et al., N Engl J Med 2000 Apr 13; 342(15):1094-100, Ayanian, et al., N Engl J Med 2002 Nov 21; 347(21):1678-86, and Schulman, et al., N Engl J Med 1999; 340(8):618-26.]

Lurie N, Fremont A, Jain AK, et al. Racial and ethnic disparities in care: the perspectives of cardiologists. Circulation 2005 Mar 15; 111(10):1264-9. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Schulman, et al., N Engl J Med 1999; 340(8):618-26, and Epstein, et al., Med Care 2003 Nov; 41(11):1240-55; cites AHRQ press release "Major health plans and organizations join AHRQ to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health care," Dec. 2004.]

Jafar TH, Islam M, Poulter N, et al. Children in South Asia have higher body mass-adjusted blood pressure levels than white children in the United States: a comparative study. Circulation 2005 Mar 15; 111(10):1291-304. [Cites PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

Mensah GA. Eliminating disparities in cardiovascular health: six strategic imperatives and a framework for action. Circulation 2005 Mar 15; 111(10):1332-6. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR; cites AHRQ-authored article by Bierman (former AHRQ researcher), et al. (last author is former AHRQ Director John Eisenberg), Health Aff 2002 May-Jun; 21(3):91-102; cites AHRQ-funded article by Wong, et al., N Engl J Med 2002 Nov 14; 347(20):1585-92.]

Health Affairs
Lavizzo-Mourey R, Richardson WC, Ross RK, et al. A tale of two cities. Health Aff 2005 Mar-Apr; 24(2):313-5. [First author is former AHRQ deputy administrator.]

Smith DB. Racial and ethnic health disparities and the unfinished civil rights agenda. Health Aff 2005 Mar-Apr; 24(2):317-24. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, July 2003.]

Williams DR, Jackson PB. Social sources of racial disparities in health. Health Aff 2005 Mar-Apr; 24(2):325-34. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Weinick, Zuvekas and Cohen, Med Care Res Rev 2000; 57 Suppl 1: 35-54.]

The public-sector response to disparities. Health Aff 2005 Mar-Apr; 24(2):353. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2003, and AHRQ-authored article by Moy, Dayton, and Clancy, cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Lurie N, Jung M, Lavizzo-Mourey R. Disparities and quality improvement: federal policy levers. Health Aff 2005 Mar-Apr; 24(2):354-64. [Third author is former AHRQ deputy administrator; cites AHRQ's work with CMS on hospital quality measures; cites AHRQ press release, "Major health plans and organizations join AHRQ to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health care," Dec. 2004.]

Eichner J, Vladeck BC. Medicare as a catalyst for reducing health disparities. Health Aff 2005 Mar-Apr; 24(2):365-75. [Cites AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Survey (CAHPS®) and AHRQ publication, Strategies for Improving Minority Health Care Quality, Jan. 2004.]

Insurers' response to health disparities. Health Aff 2005 Mar-Apr; 24(2):397. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR.]

Lillie-Blanton M, Hoffman C. The role of health insurance coverage in reducing racial/ethnic disparities in health care. Health Aff 2005 Mar-Apr; 24(2):398-408. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR; reviews and analyzes AHRQ-authored articles by Weinick, Zuvekas, and Cohen, Med Care Res Rev 2000; 57 Suppl 1: 35-54, and Zuvekas and Taliaferro, Health Aff 2003 Mar-Apr; 22(3):139-153, using Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data.]

Nerenz DR. Health care organizations' use of race/ethnicity data to address quality disparities. Health Aff 2005 Mar-Apr; 24(2):409-16. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR and CAHPS®; cites AHRQ-funded article by Szilagy, et al., Pediatrics 2002 Nov; 110(5):e58.]

Frist WH. Overcoming disparities in U.S. health care. Health Aff 2005 Mar-Apr; 24(2):445-51. [Cites AHRQ as part of the federal health apparatus through which we must address health disparities; cites AHRQ-funded article by Fiscella, et al., JAMA 2000 May 17; 283(19):2579-84.]

Internal Medicine News
Frieden J. Computerized prescribing promises a reduction in errors. Intern Med News 2005 Mar 15; 38(6):66. [Quotes remarks by AHRQ grantee David W. Bates and summarizes findings from AHRQ-funded article by Gandhi, et al., N Engl J Med 2003 Apr 17;348(16):1556-64.]

International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics
Lichtenberg FR. The impact of new drug launches on longevity: evidence from longitudinal, disease-level data from 52 countries, 1982-2001. Int J Health Care Finance Econ 2005 Winter; 5(1):47-73. [Cites MEPS data on prescription drug expenditures and AHRQ publication, MEPS H38 Codebook: 1999 Full Year Consolidated Data File Codebook, 2002.]

Draborg E, Gyrd-Hansen D, Poulsen PB, et al. International comparison of the definition and the practical application of health technology assessment. Int J Health Care Finance Econ 2005 Winter; 5(1):89-95. [Includes AHRQ in list of institutions whose health technology assessment reports were reviewed for study.]

JAMA
Stukel TA, Lucas FL, Wennberg DE. Long-term outcomes of regional variations in intensity of invasive vs medical management of Medicare patients with acute myocardial infarction. JAMA 2005 Mar 16; 293(11):1329-37. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Guadagnoli, et al., N Engl J Med 1995 Aug 31; 333(9):573-8, Med Care 2001 May; 39(5):446-58, and N Engl J Med 2000 Nov 16; 343(20):1460-6, and article by Selby, et al., N Engl J Med 1996 Dec 19; 335(25):1888-96.]

Fialova D, Topinkova E, Gambassi G, et al. Potentially inappropriate medication use among elderly home care patients in Europe. JAMA 2005 Mar 16; 293(11):1348-58. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Zhan, et al., JAMA 2001 Dec 12; 286(22):2823-9.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Callahan CM, Kroenke K, Counsell SR, et al. Treatment of depression improves physical functioning in older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc 2005 Mar; 53(3):367-73. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Sherbourne, et al, J Gen Intern Med 1999 Jun; 14(6):357-63, and Callahan, et al., Int J Psych Med 1996; 26(2):155-71, discussion 173-5.]

Dambach B, Salle A, Marteau C, et al. Energy requirements are not greater in elderly patients suffering from pressure ulcers. J Am Geriatr Soc 2005 Mar; 53(3):478-82. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Pressure Ulcers in Adults: Prediction and Prevention, 1992.]

Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Boothroyd RA, Armstrong MI. Comorbidity and unmet service needs among Medicaid-enrolled children with identified disabilities. J Emot Behav Disord 2005 Spring; 13(1):43-51. [Cites AHRQ-funded report by Brown and Nederend, Locating and Surveying Medicaid and AFDC Beneficiaries: CAHPS® Field Test Experience to Date, 1997.]

Modern Healthcare
Conn J. Defending CPOE: advocates downplay study attributing errors to IT. Mod Healthc 2005 Mar 14; 35(11):10. [Features AHRQ grantee David W. Bates' comments on AHRQ-funded article by Koppel, et al., JAMA 2005 Mar 9; 293(10):1197-203.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Weissman JS. The trouble with uncompensated hospital care. N Engl J Med 2005 Mar 24; 352(12):1171-3. [Cites Overview of Uncompensated Care: an Audio-Visual Conference Event, sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2002.]

Women and Health
Borrayo EA, Thomas JJ, Lawsin C. Cervical cancer screening among Latinas: the importance of referral and participation in parallel cancer screening behaviors. Women Health 2004; 39(2):13-29. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Mandelblatt, et al., Prev Med 1999 Apr; 28(4):418-25)

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

American Family Physician
Clinical quiz. Am Fam Physician 2005 Mar 15; 71(6):1059-61. [Includes questions based on USPSTF recommendations on lung cancer screening.]

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Lung cancer screening: recommendation statement. Am Fam Physician 2005 Mar 15; 71(6):1165-8. [Summarizes current USPSTF recommendations on screening for lung cancer and the supporting scientific evidence and updates recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Family Medicine
Shakil A, Donald S, Sinacore JM, et al. Validation of the HITS domestic violence screening tool with males. Fam Med 2005 Mar; 37(3):193-8. [Reviews USPSTF recommendations on screening for domestic violence in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996, and Ann Fam Med 2004 Mar-Apr; 2(2):156-60.]

Internal Medicine News
Wachter K. AAA screening recommended for male smokers aged 65-75. Intern Med News 2005 Mar 15; 38(6):51. [Reviews USPSTF recommendations on screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm as published in Ann Intern Med 2005 Feb 1; 142(3):198-202, and notes that AHRQ is sponsoring an evidence review comparing endovascular repair of AAA that is expected to be published next year.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

BMC Health Services Research
Franks P, Muennig P, Gold M. Is expanding Medicare coverage cost-effective? BMC Health Serv Res 2005 Mar 14; 5(1):23. [Uses data from AHRQ's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS).]

Health Promotion International
Kim JR, Lee MS, Hwang JY, et al. Efficacy of a smoking cessation intervention using the AHCPR guideline tailored for Koreans: a randomized controlled trial. Health Promot Int 2005 Mar; 20(1):51-9. [Uses AHRQ guideline, Smoking Cessation, 1996, and update in JAMA 2000 Jun; 283(24):3244-54, as study intervention.]

 

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