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March 26, 2004


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

Ambulatory Pediatrics
Simpson L, Zodet MW, Chevarley FM, et al. Health care for children and youth in the United States: 2002 report on trends in access, utilization, quality, and expenditures. Ambul Pediatr 2004 Mar-Apr; 4(2):131-53. [Authors are former AHRQ deputy director and researchers in AHRQ's Center for Finance, Access, and Cost Trends (Zodet), Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets (Owens), and Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (fourth author, Dougherty); uses National Medical Expenditure Survey (NMES) and Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data.]

Annals of Family Medicine
Volk RJ, Spann SJ, Cass AR, et al. Patient education for informed decision making about prostrate cancer screening: a randomized controlled trial with 1-year follow-up. Ann Fam Med 2003 May-Jun; 1(1):22-8. [Supported by Grant No. K02 HS00007-02.]

Franks P, Cameron C, Bertakis KD. On being new to an insurance plan: health care use associated with the first years in a health insurance plan. Ann Fam Med 2003 Sep-Oct; 1(3):156-61. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS09963-01A1.]

Gill JM, Mainous AG 3rd, Diamond JJ, et al. Impact of provider continuity on quality of care for persons with diabetes mellitus. Ann Fam Med 2003 Sep-Oct; 1(3):162-70. [Supported by Grant No. R03 HS10069.]

Yawn BP, Ammar KA, Thomas R, et al. Test-retest reproducibility of heart rate recovery after treadmill exercise. Ann Fam Med 2003 Nov-Dec; 1(4):236-41. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10239.]

Schillaci MA, Waitzkin H, Carson EA, et al. Immunization coverage and Medicaid managed care in New Mexico: a multimethod assessment. Ann Fam Med 2004 Jan-Feb; 2(1):13-21. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS09703.]

Santibanez TA, Zimmerman RK, Nowalk MP, et al. Physician attitudes and beliefs associated with patient pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccination status. Ann Fam Med 2004 Jan-Feb; 2(1):41-8. [Supported by Grant No. HS09874-01A1.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Mazor KM, Simon SR, Yood RA, et al. Health plan members' views about disclosure of medical errors. Ann Intern Med 2004 Mar 16; 140(6):409-18. [Supported by CERTs Grant No. U18 HS10391-01 and U18 HS11843-01.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Soumerai SB, Mah C, Zhang F, et al. Effects of health maintenance organization coverage of self-monitoring devices on diabetes self-care and glycemic control. Arch Intern Med 2004 Mar 22; 164(6):645-52. [Supported by Grant No. HS10063.]

Arthritis and Rheumatism
Mikuls TR, MacLean CH, Olivieri J, et al. Quality of care indicators for gout management. Arthritis Rheum 2004 Mar; 50(3):937-43. [Supported by Grant No. U18 HS10389.]

Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science M'Ikanatha NM, Lautenbach E, Kunselman AR, et al. Sources of bioterrorism information among emergency physicians during the 2001 anthrax outbreak. Biosecur Bioterror 2003; 1(4):259-65. [Supported by Grant No. U18 HS10399.]

Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Kennedy MJ, Scripture CD, Kashuba AD, et al. Activities of cytochrome P450 1A2, N-acetyltransferase 2, xanthine oxidase, and cytochrome P450 2D6 are unaltered in children with cystic fibrosis. Clin Pharmacol Ther 2004 Mar; 75(3):163-71. [Supported by Grant No. U18 HS10397.]

Ray WA, Meredith S, Thapa PB, et al. Cyclic antidepressants and the risk of sudden cardiac death. Clin Pharmacol Ther 2004 Mar; 75(3):234-41. [Supported by Grant No. HS10384.]

Inquiry
Hirth RA, Banaszak-Holl JC, Fries BE, et al. Does quality influence consumer choice of nursing homes? Evidence from nursing home to nursing home transfers. Inquiry 2003-2004 Winter; 40(4):343-61. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10118-01.]

JAMA
Kuppermann M, Varner RE, Summitt RL Jr, et al. Effect of hysterectomy vs medical treatment on health-related quality of life and sexual functioning: the Medicine or Surgery (Ms) randomized trial. JAMA 2004 Mar 24-31; 291(12):1447-55. [Supported by Grant No. U01 HS09478.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Safety
Weingart SN, Farbstein K, Davis RB, et al. Using a multihospital survey to examine the safety culture. Jt Comm J Qual Saf 2004 Mar; 30(3):125-32. [Supported by Grant No. K08 HS11644.]

O'Malley AS, Clancy C, Thompson J, et al. Clinical practice guidelines and performance indicators as related—but often misunderstood—tools. y Jt Comm J Qual Saf 2004 Mar; 30(3):163-71. [Second author is AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy; fifth author is former AHRQ center director Gregg Meyer.]

Journal of Adolescent Health
Tebb KP, Shafer MA, Wibbelsman CJ, et al. To screen or not to screen: prevalence of C. trachomatis among sexually active asymptomatic male adolescents attending health maintenance pediatric visits. J Adoles Health 2004 Mar; 34(3):166-8. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10537-01.]

Journal of the American College of Surgeons
Guller U, DeLong ER. Interpreting statistics in medical literature: a vade mecum for surgeons. J Am Coll Surg 2004 Mar; 198(3):441-58. [Supported by Grant No. HS09940.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Walter LC, Lui LY, Eng C, et al. Risk of hip fracture in disabled community-living older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc 2003 Jan; 51(1):50-55. [Supported by Grant No. K02 HS500006-01.]

Intrator O, Mor V. Effect of state Medicaid reimbursement rates on hospitalizations from nursing homes. J Am Geriatr Soc 2004 Mar; 52(3):393-398. [Supported by Grant No. HS09723-01.]

Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
Longo DR, Young J, Mehr D, et al. Barriers to timely care of acute infections in nursing homes: a preliminary qualitative study. J Am Med Dir Assoc 2004 Mar-Apr; 5(2 Suppl):S5-S10. [Supported by Grant No. HS08551.]

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
McDonald CJ, Overhage JM, Mamlin BW, et al. Physicians, information technology, and health care systems: a journey, not a destination. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2004 Mar-Apr; 11(2):121-4. [Supported by Grant No. U18 HS11889.]

Journal of the American Medical Women's Association
Phillips KA, Stotland NE, Liang SY, et al. Out-of-pocket expenditures for oral contraceptives and number of packs per purchase. J Am Med Womens Assoc 2004 Winter; 59(1):36-42. [Supported by Grant Nos. P01 HS10771 and P01 HS10856.]

Journal of the American Society of Nephrology
Wu AW, Fink NE, Marsh-Manzi JV, et al. Changes in quality of life during hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis treatment: generic and disease specific measures. J Am Soc Nephrol 2004 Mar; 15(3):743-53. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS08365.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Tierney WM, Roesner JF, Seshadri R, et al. Assessing symptoms and peak expiratory flow rate as predictors of asthma exacerbations. J Gen Intern Med 2004 Mar; 19(3):237-42. [Supported by Grant No. HS09083.]

Journal of Women's Health
Massad LS, Schneider MF, Watts DH, et al. HPV testing for triage of HIV-infected women with Papanicolaou smears read as atypical squamous cells of uncertain significance. J Women Health 2004 Mar; 13(2):147-53. [Supported by AHRQ grant, no number given.]

Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Head J, Stansfeld SA, Siegrist J. The psychosocial work environment and alcohol dependence: a prospective study. Occup Environ Med 2004 Mar; 61(3):219-24. [Supported by Grant No. HS06516.]

Preventive Medicine
Milch CE, Edmunson JM, Beshansky JR, et al. Smoking cessation in primary care: a clinical effectiveness trial of two simple interventions. Prev Med 2004 Mar; 38(3):284-94. [Supported by Grant No. T32 HS00060.]

Quality of Life Research
Kritz-Silverstein D, Von Muhlen DG, Ganiats TG, et al. Hysterectomy status, estrogen use and quality of life in older women: the Rancho Bernardo study. Qual Life Res 2004 Feb; 13(1):55-62. [Supported by Grant No. HS06726.]

U.S. Medicine
Clancy CM. Evidence-based research ensures quality. US Med 2004 Jan; 40(1). [Author is AHRQ director.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Ambulatory Pediatrics
Kempe A, Beaty BL, Crane LA, et al. Disenrollment from a State Child Health Insurance Plan: are families jumping S(c)HIP? Ambul Pediatr 2004 Mar-Apr; 4(2):154-61. [Cites AHRQ publication, SCHIP Disenrollment and State Policies: CHIRI™ Issue Brief, 2002.]

Yu SM, Nyman RM, Kogan MD, et al. Parent's language of interview and access to care for children with special health care needs. Ambul Pediatr 2004 Mar-Apr; 4(2):181-7. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Flores et al., Pediatr Emerg Care, 2002 and AHRQ-authored article by Weinick and Kraus, Am J Public Health, 2000.]

American Journal of Managed Care
Foldes SS, Manley MW. Leading the way against the leading preventable cause of death. Am J Manag Care 2004 Mar; 10(3):187-90. [Cites PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

Solberg LI, Quinn VP, Stevens VJ, et al. Tobacco control efforts in managed care: what do the doctors think? Am J Manag Care 2004 Mar; 10(3):193-8. [Cites PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, as published in JAMA, 2000.]

Javitz HS, Swan GE, Zbikowski SM, et al. Cost-effectiveness of different combinations of bupropion SR dose and behavioral treatment for smoking cessation: a societal perspective. Am J Manag Care 2004 Mar; 10(3):217-26. [Cites article by Cromwell et al., Cost-effectiveness of clinical practice recommendations in the AHCPR guideline for smoking cessation, JAMA, 1997.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Lerman C, Kaufmann V, Rukstalis M, et al. Individualizing nicotine replacement t herapy for the treatment of tobacco dependence. Ann Intern Med 2004 Mar 16; 140(6):426-33. [Cites PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

Inquiry
Morrisey MA, Ohsfeldt RL. Do "any willing provider" and "freedom of choice" laws affect HMO market share? Inquiry 2003-2004 Winter; 40(4):362-74. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Hellinger (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets), Health Aff, 1995.]

International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Bensing JM, Caris-Verhallen WM, Dekker J, et al. Doing the right thing and doing it right: toward a framework for assessing the policy relevance of health service research. Int J Technol Assess Health Care 2004 Fall; 19(4):604-12. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Eisenberg (former AHRQ director), Health Serv Res, 2001.]

Villeneuve PJ, Coombs A. Screening for colorectal cancer using the fecal occult blood test: an actuarial assessment of the impact of a population-based screening program in Canada. Int J Technol Assess Health Care 2004 Fall; 19(4):715-23. [Cites AHRQ technical review, Colorectal Cancer Screening, 1998.]

JAMA
Pitkin RM, Scott JR. Evaluating gynecological surgical procedures: trials and tribulations. JAMA 2004 Mar 24-31; 291(12): 1503-4. [Comments on article by Kuppermann et al., cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Saliba D, Rubenstein LV, Simon B, et al. Adherence to pressure ulcer prevention guidelines: implications for nursing home quality. J Am Geriatr Soc 2003 Jan; 51(1):56-62. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Pressure Ulcers in Adults: Prediction and Prevention, 1992; cites AHRQ-authored article by Shekelle et al. (second author is former AHRQ researcher Eduardo Ortiz), JAMA, 2000; cites RAND report, Developing Quality and Utilization Review Criteria for Pressure Ulcers in Adults, Phase II Final Report, 1995.]

Horn SD, Bender SA, Ferguson ML, et al. The National Pressure Ulcer Long-term Care Study: pressure ulcer development in long-term care residents. J Am Geriatr Soc 2003 Jan; 2004 Mar 52(3):359-67. [Cites AHRQ report, Final Report to the Pediatric Comprehensive Severity Index Development (contract 190-95-0042), 1999.]

Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics
Dickey B, Normand ST. Toward a model for testing the relationship between quality of care and costs. J Ment Health Policy Econ 2004 Mar; 7(1):15-21. [Quality of care measure was based on recommendations from AHRQ's Schizophrenia Patient Outcomes Research Team as published in articles by Lehman and Steinwachs, Schizophr Bull, 1998.]

Medical Clinics of North America
Hernandez J, Thompson IM. Diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer. Med Clin North Am 2004 Mar; 88(2):267-79. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on prostate cancer screening as published in articles by Woolf, N Engl J Med, 1995, and Harris and Lohr, Ann Intern Med, 2002.]

Lam JS, Cooper KL, Kaplan SA. Changing aspects in the evaluation and treatment of patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia. Med Clin North Am 2004 Mar; 88(2):281-308. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: Diagnosis and Treatment, 1994.]

Medicine and Health
New controversy fits patterns that have plagued administration. Med Health 2004 Mar 22; 58(12):2-3. [Cites controversies over various versions of AHRQ's National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR).]

Report on Medical Guidelines and Outcomes Research
New AHRQ tool for PDAs helps clinicians treat community-acquired pneumonia. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2004 Mar 19; 15(6):4. [Describes AHRQ's Pneumonia Severity Index Calculator.]

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

American Medical News
Landers SJ. Depression link to chronic disease goes both ways. Am Med News 2004 Mar 15; 47(11):24. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for depression.]

American Famlly Physician
Banks, JB; Family Practice Inquiries Network. Clinical quiz. Am Fam Physician 2004 Mar 15; 69(6):1351-2. [Includes questions pertaining to USPSTF recommendations on dementia screening.]

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for dementia: recommendation and rationale. Am Fam Physician 2004 Mar 15; 69(6):1473-5. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations on dementia screening.]

Does screening for tuberculosis in children decrease morbidity or mortality? Am Fam Physician 2004 Mar 15; 69(6):1479-80. [Cites USPSTF recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Annals of Family Medicine
Guise JM, Palda V, Westhoff C, et al. The effectiveness of primary care-based interventions to promote breastfeeding: systematic evidence review and meta-analysis for the US Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Fam Med 2003 Jul-Aug; 1(2):70-80. [Supported by Contract No. 290-97-0018, Task Order No. 2, to Oregon Health Science University Evidence-based Practice Center and Grant No. 1 K08 HS11338-01.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for hepatitis C virus infection in adults: recommendation statement. Ann Intern Med 2004 Mar 16; 140(6):462-4. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations on screening for hepatitis C virus infection.]

Chou R, Clark EC, Helfand M. Screening for hepatitis C virus infection: a review of the evidence for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med 2004 Mar 16; 140(6):465-79. [Supported by Contract No. 290-97-0018, Task Order No. 2, to Oregon Health and Science University Evidence-based Practice Center.]

Summaries for patients. Screening for hepatitis C virus infection: recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med 2004 Mar 16; 140(6):I62. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations on screening for hepatitis C virus infection.]

Canadian Medical Association Journal
Palda VA, Guise JM, Wathen CN, et al. Interventions to promote breast-feeding: applying the evidence in clinical practice. CMAJ 2004 Mar 16; 170(6):976-8. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on promotion of breastfeeding as published in article by Guise et al., in Ann Fam Med cited above.]

Geriatrics
USPSTF recommends obesity screening for all patients. Geriatrics 2004 Mar; 59(3):16. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations on obesity screening as published in Ann Intern Med, 2003.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Raik BL, Miller FG, Fins JJ. Screening and cognitive impairment: ethics of forgoing mammography in older women. J Am Geriatr Soc 2004 Mar 52(3):440-4. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on breast cancer screening as posted on AHRQ Web site, 2002.]

Journal of Family Practice
Ohl M, Kane KY. 3-year interval between Pap smears adequate for women with prior negative results. J Fam Pract 2004 Mar; 53(3):172-80. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on cervical cancer screening.]

Henley E, Peters K. 10 steps for avoiding health disparities in your practice. J Fam Pract 2004 Mar; 53(3):193-6. [Recommends use of guidelines published by USPSTF and available through the National Guideline Clearinghouse™; cites AHRQ-authored article by Fiscella et al. (AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy is fourth author), JAMA, 2000.]

Huntington J, Oliver LM, St. Anna L. What is the best approach for patients with ASCUS detected on Pap smears? J Fam Pract 2004 Mar; 53(3):240-1. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on cervical cancer screening as published on AHRQ Web site, 2003.]

Report on Medical Guidelines and Outcomes Research
Government group passes on family violence screening recommendation, but urges vigilance. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2004 Mar 19; 15(6):3. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations on family violence screening as published in Ann Intern Med, 2004.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Birth
Eden KB, Hashima JN, Osterwell P, et al. Childbirth preferences after cesarean birth: a review of the evidence. Birth 2004 Mar; 31(1):49-60. [Supported by Contract No. 290-97-0018 to Oregon Health and Science University Evidence-based Practice Center and Grant No. 1 K08 HS11338-01.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Inquiry
Hadley J, Holahan J. Is health care spending higher under Medicaid or private insurance? Inquiry 2003-2004 Winter; 40(4):323-42. [Uses MEPS data.]

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