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March 23, 2007

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 Epidemiology
Dailey AM, Kasl SV, Holford TR, et al. Perceived racial discrimination and nonadherence to screening mammography guidelines: results from the Race Differences in the Screening Mammography Process study. Am J Epidemiol 2007 Mar 10; [Epub ahead of print. Supported by grant R36 HS015686-01.]

American Journal of Managed Care
Diggs JC, Xu F, Diaz M, et al. Failure to screen: predictors and burden of emergency colorectal cancer resection. Am J Manag Care 2007 Mar; 13(3):157-64. [Supported by grant T32 HS00059.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Curtis JR, Westfall AO, Allison J, et al. Challenges in improving the quality of osteoporosis care for long-term glucocorticoid users. Arch Intern Med 2007 Mar 26; 167(6):591-96. [Supported by grant HS10389.]

Bonomi AE, Anderson ML, Reid RJ, et al. Intimate partner violence in older women. Gerontologist 2007 Feb; 47(1):34-41. [Supported by grant R01 HS10909.]

Journal of Ambulatory Care Management
Keating NL, Landrum MB, Landon BE, et al. The influence of cost containment strategies and physicians financial arrangements on patients trust and satisfaction. J Ambul Care Manage 2007 Apr-Jun; 30(2):92-104. [Supported by grant U01 HS09936.]

Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine
Rust G, Cooper LA. How can practice-based research contribute to the elimination of health disparities? J Am Bd Fam Med 2007 Mar-Apr; 20(2):105-14. [Supported by grant R01 HS13645.]

Elder NC, Graham D, Brandt E, et al. Barriers and motivators for making error reports from family medicine offices: a report from the American Academy of Family Physicians National Research Network (AAFP NRN). J Am Bd Fam Med 2007 Mar-Apr; 20(2):115-23. [Supported by grant R21 HS135654-01.]

Gaskins ND, Sloane PD, Mitchell CM, et al. Poor nutritional habits: a modifiable predecessor of chronic illness? A North Carolina Family Medicine Research Network (NC-FM-RN) study. J Am Bd Fam Med 2007 Mar-Apr; 20(2):124-34. [Supported by grant R21 HS13521.]

Van Vorst RF, Arraya-Guerra R, Felzien M, et al. Rural community members perceptions of harm from medical mistakes: a High Plains Research Network (HPRN) study. J Am Bd Fam Med 2007 Mar-Apr; 20(2):135-43. [Supported by grant U18 HS11878.]

Kuo GM, Mullen PD, McQueen A, et al. Cross-sectional comparison of electronic and paper medical records on medication counseling in primary care clinics: a Southern Primary-care Urban Research Network (SPUR-Net) study. J Am Bd Fam Med 2007 Mar-Apr; 20(2):164-73. [Supported by grants R03 HS014406 and K08 HS014552.]

Ralston S, Kellett N, Williams Rl, et al. Practice-based assessment of tobacco usage in southwestern primary care patients: a Research Involving Outpatient Settings Network (RIOS Net) study. J Am Bd Fam Med 2007 Mar-Apr; 20(2):174-80. [Supported by grant R21 HS013496-02.]

Nagykaldi Z, Mold JW. The role of health information technology in the translation of research into practice: an Oklahoma Physicians Resource/Research Network (OKPRN) study. J Am Bd Fam Med 2007 Mar-Apr; 20(2):188-95. [Supported by grants R21 HS013557 and R21 HS014850.]

Kho A, Zafar A, Tierney W. Information technology in PBRNs: the Indiana University Medical Group Research Network (IUMG ResNet) experience. J Am Bd Fam Med 2007 Mar-Apr; 20(2):196-203. [Supported by contract 230-02-0008.]

Medical Care
Rodriguez HP, Wilson IB, Landon BE, et al. Voluntary physician switching by human immunodeficiency virus-infected individuals: a national study of patient, physician, and organizational factors. Med Care 2007 Mar; 45(3):189-98. [Supported by grants HS10227 and 5 T32 HS000055; uses and analyzes data obtained from the AHRQ-funded HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS).]

Plantinga LC, Fink NE, Bass EB, et al. Preferences for current health and their association with outcomes in patients with kidney disease. Med Care 2007 Mar; 45(3):230-7. [Supported by grant R01 HS08365.]

Nursing Research
Boyington JE, Howard DL, Carter-Edwards L, et al. Differences in resident characteristics and prevalence of urinary incontinence in nursing homes in the southeastern United States. Nurs Res 2007 Mar-Apr; 56(2):97-107. [Supported by grant R24 HS013353.]

Statistics in Medicine
Wun LM, Essati-Rice TM, Diaz-Tena N, Greenblatt J. On modelling response propensity for dwelling unit (DU) level non-response adjustment in the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS). Stat Med 2007 Apr 15; 26(8):1875-84. [First, second, and fourth authors are researchers with AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Annals of Family Medicine
Westfall J. A guided tour of community-based participatory research: an annotated bibliography. Ann Fam Med 2007 Mar-Apr; 5(2):185-6. [Notes that AHRQ has provided a comprehensive literature review on community-based participatory research (CBPR).]

International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
McIsaac ML, Goeree R, Brophy JM. Primary data collection in health technology assessment. Int J Technol Assess Health Care 2007 23(1):24-9. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Eisenberg (former AHRQ director) (JAMA, 1999).]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Murray MF. Improving access to specialty care. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2007 Mar; 33(3):125-35. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Asplin, et al. (Ann Emerg Med 2003).]

Yu F, Houston TK. Do "most wired" hospitals deliver better care? Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2007 Mar; 33(3):136-44. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Kaushal, et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2003), Bates and Gawande (N Engl J Med, 2003), and Birkmeyer, et al. (N Engl J Med, 2002).]

Tolchin S, Brush R, Lange P. Eliminating preventable death at Ascension Health. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2007 Mar; 33(3):145-53. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Pronovost, et al. (J Crit Care, 2003).]

Rule AM, Drncic A, Galt KA. New technology, new errors: now to prime an upgrade of an insulin infusion pump. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2007 Mar; 33(3):155-62. [Cites AHRQ publication Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation, Vol.1, 2004, and Vol. 2, 2005.]

Journal of Ambulatory Care Management
Shostek K. Developing a culture of safety in ambulatory care settings. J Ambul Care Manage 2007 Apr-Jun; 30(2):105-13. [Notes AHRQ's release of and describes the 38-question Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture (2004) and describes the series of audio conferences held by AHRQ to assist in survey implementation; mentions the finding that "80% of respondents to a January 2005 ECRI online poll said that they intended to use the AHRQ hospital survey on patient culture that year; summarizes recommendations on facilitating a leadership commitment to patient safety made by AHRQ grantee Peter Pronovost as part of an interview published in AHRQ's Web M&M online patient safety journal" (2005).]

Goldfield N, Lamb V, Manton K. Standardize concepts, not tools for quality improvement. J Ambul Care Manage 2007 Apr-Jun; 30(2):116-19. [Notes that the AHRQ should be empowered to perform the critical task of evaluating currently existing tools for concepts that all healthcare consumers—payers, individual consumers, providers—desire and should fund the development of banks of instruments that are open, valid, and calibrated, thereby providing conversion tables for transforming raw scores for all instruments included in the data bank into the common metric.]

Shi L, Stevens GD. The role of community health centers in delivering primary care to the underserved:experiences of the uninsured. J Ambul Care Manage 2007 Apr-Jun; 30(2):159-70, [Cites article using AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®, under previous name) in article by Fowler, et al. (Med Care, 1999) and AHRQ-authored article by Hellinger (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organizations, and Markets) (Med Care Res Rev, 1996).]

Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine
Wilkins T, Gillies RA, Thomas AM, et al. The prevalence of dysphagia in primary care patients: a HamesNet Research Network study. J Am Bd Fam Med 2007 Mar-Apr; 20(2):144-50. [Presented at Primary Care Practice-based Research Networks (PBRN): Putting Research into Practice and Practice into Research: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality s 2005 PBRN Research Conference (referred to as AHRQ 2005 PBRN Research Conference in next citation).]

Vernacchio L, Vexina RM, Ozonoff A, et al. Validity of parental reporting of recent episodes of acute otitis media: a Slone Center Office-based Research Network study. J Am Bd Fam Med 2007 Mar-Apr; 20(2):160-63. [Presented at AHRQ 2005 PBRN Research Conference.]

Fagnan LJ, Morris C, Shipman SA, et al. Characterizing a practice-based research network: Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (ORPRN) survey tools. J Am Bd Fam Med 2007 Mar-Apr; 20(2):204-19. [Based on presentation made at the 2006 AHRQ National Practice-based Research Network Conference.]

Journal of Health Services Research and Policy
Buetow S, Elwyn G. Patient performance standards: the next bold policy initiative in health care. J Health Serv Res Policy 2007 Jan; 12(1):48-53. [Cites AHRQ publication, Using Clinical Practice Guidelines to Evaluate Quality of Care, 1995.]

Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Conley YP, Tinkle MB. The future of genomic nursing research. J Nurs Scholarsh 2007; 39(1):17-24. [Lists AHRQ as one of several national and international organizations that are "participating in shaping the international research agenda for nurses in genomics."]

Medical Care
Shapiro MF. Opting for quality. Med Care 2007 Mar; 45(3):187-8. [Summarizes and comments on AHRQ-funded article by Rodriguez, et al., cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Nieuwkerk PT, Tollenaar MS, ort FJ, et al. Are retrospective measures of change in quality of life more valid than prospective measures? Med Care 2007 Mar; 45(3):199-205. [Cites use of cognitive testing to evaluate AHRQ's CAHPS® in article by Harris-Kojetin, et al. (Med Care, 1999).]

Shi L, Stevens GD, Politzer RM. Access to care for U.S. health center patients and patients nationally; how to the most vulnerable populations fare? Med Care 2007 Mar; 45(3):206-13. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Bindman, et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 1996).]

Medical Decision Making
Arkes HR, Shaffer VA, Medow MA. Patients derogate physicians who use a computer-assisted diagnostic aid. Med Decis Making 2007 Mar-Apr; 27(2):189-202. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Overhage, et al. (Arch Intern Med, 1996).]

Modern Healthcare
Robeznieks A. A boost for transparency. Mod Healthc 2007 Mar 26; 37(13):12-3. [Quotes remarks from AHRQ director Carolyn Clancy while serving on a panel at a recent news conference.]

Research Practitioner
Hanna KE. The Privacy Rule and research: protecting privacy at what cost? Res Practitioner 2007 Jan; 8(1):4-11. [Notes that an AHRQ-funded survey "found that more than half of respondents believe problems in implementing the Privacy Rule are a result of the way it is written, which in turn leads to misinterpretation and overly conservative interpretations of the rule"; discusses statements by Carol Stocks (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) regarding the impact of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) on the conduct of large population surveys.]

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

Archives of Internal Medicine
Fenton JJ, Cai Y, Weiss NS, et al. Delivery of cancer screening; how important is the preventive health examination? Arch Intern Med 2007 Mar 26; 167(6):580-5. [Cites USPSTF recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 3rd ed., 2005, on AHRQ Web site.]

Chaudhry R, Scheitel SM, McMurtry EK, et al. Web-based proactive system to improve breast cancer screening: a randomized controlled trial. Arch Intern Med 2007 Mar 26; 167(6):606-11. [States in lead paragraph the USPSTF recommendation on mammography screening for women 40 years and older, citing Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996; notes finding from study (Yarnall, et al., Am J Public Health, 2003) on amount of time required to provide all preventive services recommended by the USPSTF.]

BMC Family Practice
Miller DP Jr, Brownlee CD, McCoy TP, et al. The effect of health literacy on knowledge and receipt of colorectal cancer screening: a survey study. BMC Fam Pract 2007 Mar 30; 8(1):16. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

Journal of Health Services Research and Policy
Campbell H, Briggs A, Buxton M, et al. The credibility of health economic models for health policy decision-making: the case of population screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm. J Health Serv Res Policy 2007 Jan; 12(1):11-7. [Cites USPSTF recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 3rd ed., 2005.]

MedSurg Nursing
Bazensky I, Shoobridge-Moran C, Yoder LH. MedSurg Nurs 2007 Feb; 16(1):46-52. [Summarizes USPSTF findings and recommendations regarding colorectal cancer screening and compares to those issued by other organizations; cites USPSTF recommendation Screening for Colorectal Cancer, 2002, as published on AHRQ Web site.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

AORN Journal
Beyea SC. Update on correct site surgery. AORN J 2007 Feb; 85(2):415-17. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Healthcare Safer; A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001.]

Medical Decision Making
Meenan RT, Saha S, Chou R, et al. Cost-effectiveness of echocardiography to identify intracardiac thrombus among patients with first stroke or transient ischemic attack. Med Decis Making 2007 Mar-Apr; 27(2):161-77. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Effectiveness and Cost-effectiveness of Echocardiography and Carotid Imaging in the Management of Stroke, 2002, and AHRQ publication, Secondary and Tertiary Prevention of Stroke: Patient Outcomes Research Team (PORT) Final Report—Phase I, 2000.]

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

Journal of Ambulatory Care Management
Larson CO, Schlundt D, Patel K, et al. Disparities in perceptions of healthcare access in a community sample. J Ambul Care Manage 2007 Apr-Jun; 30(2):142-9. [Cites AHRQ's National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2003, AHRQ publication, Disparities and Gender Gaps in Women's Health, 1996 (2001), AHRQ-authored articles by Weinick, Byron, and Bierman (former AHRQ researchers) (J Gen Intern Med, 2005) and Zuvekas and Taliaferro (Health Aff, 2003).]

Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
Van Dyke EM, Gerbert DA, Herman LM, et al. Paradigm shifts in the approach to women's health care. JAAPA 2006 Oct; 19(10):50-5. [Describes in first-page inset the quality measures and focus areas related to women s health that are covered in the NHDR; cites AHRQ fact sheet, Women's Health Care in the United States: Selected Findings from the 2004 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports, 2005, and AHRQ-authored articles by Correa-de-Araujo (former AHRQ women's health advisor) and Clancy (AHRQ director) (Womens Health Issues, 2006 and J Women Health, 2005).]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Kuo C, Jamieson DJ, McPheeters ML, et al. Injury hospitalizations of pregnant women in the United States, 2002. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2007 Feb; 196(2):161:e1-6. [Uses data from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) for 2002.]

Anesthesia and Analgesia
O Neill L, Dexter F. Tactical increases in operating room block time based on financial data and market growth estimates from data environment analysis. Anesth Analg 2007; 104;355-68. [Uses data obtained from AHRQ's HCUPnet databases.]

Konety BR, Allareddy V, Carroll PR. Factors affecting outcomes after radical cystectomy in African Americans. Cancer 2007 Feb 1; 109(3):542-48. [Uses HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data for 1998-2002.]

Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
Reist C, Mintz J, Albers LJ, et al. Second-generation antipsychotic exposure and metabolic disorders in patients with schizophrenia: an observational pharmacoepidemiology study from 1988 to 2002. J Clin Psychopharmacol 2007 Feb; 27(1):46-51. [Uses HCUP NIS data for 1988-2002.]

Journal of Perinatology
Ford AA, Bateman BT, Simpson LL, et al. Nationwide data confirms absence of July phenomenon in obstetrics: it s safe to deliver in July. J Perinatol 2007 Feb; 27(2):73-6. [Uses HCUP NIS data for 1998-2002; third author is former AHRQ deputy director.]

Journal of Urology
Konety BR, Allareddy V. Influence of post-cystectomy complications on cost and subsequent outcome. J Urology 2007 Jan; 177(1):280-7. [Uses HCUP NIS data form 1998-2002.]

Journal of Vascular Surgery
Eslami MH, Zayaruzny M, Fitzgerald GA. The adverse effects of race, insurance status, and low income on the rate of amputation in patients presenting with lower extremity ischemia. J Vasc Surg 2007 Jan; 45(1):55-9. [Uses HCUP NIS data for 1998-2002.]

Wang MC, Chan L, Maiman DJ, et al. Complications and mortality associated with cervical spine surgery for degenerative disease in the United States. Spine 2007 Feb 1; 32(3):342-7. [Uses HCUP NIS data for 1992-2001.]

Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases
Livingston EH. Development of bariatric surgery-specific risk assessment tool. Surg Obes Relat Dis 2007 Jan-Feb; 3(1):14-20. [Uses AHRQ-developed Elixhauser co-morbidity variables and associated software.]

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