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April 12, 2002


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

Ambulatory Pediatrics
Glade GB, Forrest CB, Starfield B, et al. Specialty referrals made during telephone conversations with parents: A study from the Pediatric Research in Office Settings Network. Ambul Pediatr 2002 Mar-Apr; 2(2):93-98. [Grant No. R03 HS0840-01.]

Shatin D, Drinkard CR. Ambulatory use of psychotropics by employer-insured children and adolescents in a national managed care organization. Ambul Pediatr 2002 Mar-Apr; 2(2):111-19. [CERT Grant No. U18 HS10397.]

Flaherty EG, Sege R, Mattson CL, et al. Assessment of suspicion of abuse in the primary care setting. Ambul Pediatr 2002 Mar-Apr; 2(2):120-26. [Grant No. R03 HS009811.]

American Journal of Public Health
Waitzkin H, Williams RL, Bock JA, et al. Safety-net institutions buffer the impact of Medicaid managed care: A multi-method assessment in a rural state. Am J Public Health 2002 Apr; 92(4):598-610. [1R01 HS09703.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Canto JG, Rogers WJ, Chandra NC, et al. The association of sex and payer status on management and subsequent survival in acute myocardial infarction. Arch Intern Med 2002 Mar 11; 162(5):587-93. [Grant No. HS08843.]

Safran DG, Wilson IB, Rogers WH, et al. Primary care quality in the Medicare program. Comparing the performance of Medicare health maintenance organizations and traditional fee-for-service Medicare. Arch Intern Med 2002 Mar 11; 162(5):757-65. [Grant No. R01 HS09622.]

Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine
Finkelstein JA, Fuhlbrigge A, Lozano P, et al. Parent-reported environmental exposures and environmental control measures for children with asthma. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2002 Mar; 1563):258-64. [PAC PORT II Grant No. HS08368.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement
Wu A. Reporting outcomes and other issues in patient safety: An interview with Albert Wu. Jt Comm J Qual Improv 2002 Apr; 28(4):197-204. [Grant No. U18 HS11902.]

Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Sherman KJ, Hogeboom CJ, Cherkin DC, et al. Description and validation of a noninvasive placebo acupuncture procedure. J Altern Complement Med 2002 Feb; 8(1):11-19. [Grant No. HS09989.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Layde PM, Maas LA, Teret SP, et al. Patient safety efforts should focus on medical injuries. JAMA 2002 Apr 17; 287(15):1993-97. [Grant No. U18 HS11893.]

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Teich JM, Wagner MM, Mackenzie CF, et al. The informatics response in disaster, terrorism, and war. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2002 Mar-Apr; 9(2):97-104. [Contract No. 290-00-0009.]

Lober WB, Karras BT, Wagner MM, et al. Roundtable on bioterrorism detection: Information system-based surveillance. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2002 Mar-Apr; 9(2):105-15. [Contract No. 290-00-0009 and 290-00-0020.]

Kohane IS. The contributions of biomedical informatics to the fight against bioterrorism. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2002 Mar-Apr; 9(2):116-19. [Contract No. 290-00-0020.]

Shortliffe EH, Garber AM. Training synergies between medical informatics and health services research: Successes and challenges. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2002 Mar-Apr; 9(2):1233-39. [Grant No. HS00028.]

Corn M, Rudzinski KA, Cahn MA. Bridging the gap in medical informatics and health services research: Workshop results and next steps. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2002 Mar-Apr; 9(2):140-43. [Second author is AHRQ staff member.]

Fitzmaurice MJ, Adams K, Eisenberg JM. Three decades of research on computer applications in health care: Medical informatics support at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2002 Mar-Apr; 9(2):144-60. [Authors are AHRQ staff members and former AHRQ director.]

Journal of Clinical Oncology
Liang W,. Burnett CB, Rowland JH, et al. Communication between physicians and older women with localized breast cancer: Implications for treatment and patient satisfaction. J Clin Oncol 2002 Feb 15; 20(4):1008-16. [Grant No. HS08395.]

Journal of Women's Health & Gender-based Medicine
Kritz-Silverstein D, Wingard DL, Barrett-Connor E. Hysterectomy status and life satisfaction in older women. J Womens Health Gend Based Med 2002 Mar-Apr; 11(2):181-90. [Grant No. HS06726.]

Kidney International
Astor BC, Eustace JA, Klag MJ, et al. Race-specific association of lipoprotein(a) with vascular access interventions in hemodialysis patients: The CHOICE Study. Kidney Int 2002 Mar: 61(3):1115-23. [Grant No. R01 HS08365.]

Medical Care
Short PF, McCormack L, Hibbard J, et al. Similarities and differences in choosing health plans. Med Care 2002 Apr; 40(4):289-302. [Supported by Consumer Assessment of Health Plans (CAHPS®) cooperative agreement, no number given.]

Beaulieu ND, Epstein AM. National Committee on Quality Assurance health-plan accreditation. Predictors, correlates of performance, and market impact. Med Care 2002 Apr; 40(4):325-37. [First author supported by AHRQ post-doctoral fellowship.]

Meredith LS, Humphrey N, Orlando M, et al. Knowledge of health care benefits among patients with depression. Med Care 2002 Apr; 40(4):338-46. [Grant No. R01 HS08349.]

Medical Decision Making
Dolan JG, Frisina S. Randomized controlled trial of a patient decision aid for colorectal cancer screening. Med Decis Making 2002 Mar-Apr; 22(2):125-39. [Grant No. R03 HS10728.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Birkmeyer JD, Siewers AE, Finlayson EV, et al. Hospital volume and surgical mortality in the United States. N Engl J Med 2002 Apr 11; 346(15):1128-37. [Grant No. R01 HS10141-01.]

Pediatric Dentistry
Edelstein BL, Manski RJ, Moeller JF. Child dental expenditures: 1996. Pediatr Dent 2002 Jan-Feb; 24(1):11-17. [Supported by AHRQ, no grant number given; second and third authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Cost and Financing Studies.]

Social Science & Medicine
Griffin JM, Fuhrer R, Stansfeld SA, et al. The importance of low control at work and home on depression and anxiety: Do these effects vary by gender and social class? Soc Sci Med 2002 Mar; 54(5):783-98. [Grant No. R01 HS06516.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Ambulatory Pediatrics
Minkovitz CS, O'Campo PJ, Chen Y, et al. Associations between maternal and child health status and patterns of medical care use. Ambul Pediatr 2002 Mar-Apr; 2(2):85-92. [Cites Weinick et al., Health Aff, 1998.]

Mouradian WE. Ethical principles and the delivery of children's oral health care. Ambul Pediatr 2002 Mar-Apr; 2(2):162-68. [Cites Manski et al., Gen Dent, 1998.]

American Health Line
'John Q.': 'Newshour' profiles debate over underinsured. Am Health Line 2002 Apr 2; #21. [Includes excerpts of interview with Jessica Banthin, AHRQ researcher from the Center for Cost and Financing Studies.]

AHRQ: High-volume surgery hospitals have fewer complications. Am Health Line 2002 Apr 11; #10. [Reviews AHRQ-funded study in the April 11 issue of N Engl J Med.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Fine JM, Fine MJ, Galusha D, et al. Patient and hospital characteristics associated with recommended processes of care for elderly patients hospitalized with pneumonia. Arch Intern Med 2002 Apr 8; 162(7):827-33. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Fine et al., N Engl J Med, 1997.]

Blue Sheet
AHRQ needs $60 million above FY 2003 Bush request to sustain commitments. Blue Sheet 2002 Apr 3; 45(14):4-5. [Reviews AHRQ budget proposal and anticipated impacts on proposed cuts, includes remarks by AHRQ Acting Director Carolyn Clancy.]

BNA's Health Care Policy Report
Carolyn Clancy named to top AHRQ post; was director of outcomes, research center. BNA's Health Care Policy Rep 2002 Apr 1; 10(13):476. [Excerpts from press release.]

BNA's Health Plan & Provider Report
Seniors fare better in high-volume hospitals for certain high-risk surgeries, study finds. BNA's Health Plan Provider Rep 2002 Apr 10; 8(15):430. [Reviews findings of study by Birkmeyer cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

AHRQ seeks applicants to study financial, nonfinancial incentives. BNA's Health Plan Provider Rep 2002 Apr 10; 8(15):430. [Summarizes AHRQ request for applications announced April 4.]

Geriatrics
Prevention for the older woman. A practical guide to prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. Geriatrics 2002 Apr; 57(4):16-27. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Osteoporosis in Postmenopausal Women: Diagnosis and Monitoring, 2001.]

Health News Daily
Medicare patients' out-of-pocket Rx costs impact on filling prescriptions to be studied by AHRQ. Health News Daily 2002 Apr 4; 14(65):1-2. [Summarizes April 3 Federal Register notice.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement
Goldberg HI, Neighbor WE, Hirsch IB, et al. Evidence-based management: Using serial firm trials to improve diabetes care quality. Jt Comm J Qual Improv 2002 Apr; 28(4):155-66. [Cites AHRQ funding of three primary care continuous quality improvement teams.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Frist WH. Federal funding for biomedical research [editorial]. JAMA 2002 Apr 3; 287(13):1722-24. [Cites the need to enhance the role of government agencies such as AHRQ "to translate research results into practice."]

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Humphreys BL, Mandi KD, Cahn MA. Bridging the gap in medical informatics and health services research: An introduction. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2002 Mar-Apr; 9(2):125-32. [Cites AHRQ cosponsorship of January 2000 training workshop on which this journal issue is based.]

Mandl KD, Lee TH. Integrating medical informatics and health services research: The need for dual training at the clinical health systems and policy levels. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2002 Mar-Apr; 9(2):127-132. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Corn et al. cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles; cites AHRQ-funded articles by McDonald, J Am Med Inform Assoc, 1997, and Dexter et al., N Engl J Med, 2001.]

Medical Care
Nelson K, Garcia RE, Brown J, et al. Do patient consent procedures affect participation rates in health services research? Med Care 2002 Apr; 40(4):283-288. [Cites abstract of paper presented June 1998 by Berry et al. on implementation of AHRQ's HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study.]

Shields AE, Finkelstein JA, Comstock C, et al. Process of care for Medicaid-enrolled children with asthma served by community health centers and other providers. Med Care 2002 Apr; 40(4):303-14. [Cites Gergen and Weiss, JAMA, 1990.]

Backus L, Moron M, Bacchetti P, et al. Effect of managed care on preventable hospitalization rates in California. Med Care 2002 Apr; 40(4):315-24. [Cites Friedman and Basu, Am J Manag Care, 2001, and Hellinger, Health Care Financ Rev, 1987.]

Goldberg HI, Rund DA, Hopkins JR. The Midpeninsula Health Service. Action research using small primary care groups to provide evidence-based medicine that empowers patients while continuously improving quality and lowering costs. Med Care 2002 Apr; 40(4):II-32-39. [Cites the founding of the Agency for Health Care Research and Policy (AHRQ's predecessor) in 1989 as representing the arrival of health care "'cost-effectiveness' as a national concern;" compares the agency's mission statement as excerpted from its enabling legislation to recommendations from a 1974 report by the Joint Planning Committee of Stanford University School of Medicine.]

Milbank Quarterly
Lavis JN, Ross SE, Hurley JE, et al. Examining the role of health services research in public policymaking. Milbank Q 2002; 80(1):125-54. [Cites Eisenberg, Health Aff, 1998.]

New Yorker
Groopman J. A knife in the back. Is surgery the best approach to chronic back pain? New Yorker 2002 Apr 8; 78(7):66-74. [Discusses the controversy in 1993 over AHRQ guidelines on low back pain and resultant efforts to defund the agency.]

Obstetrics & Gynecology
Persson J, Iosif C, Wolner-Hanssen P. Risk factors for rejection of synthetic suburethral slings for stress urinary incontinence: A case-control study. Obstet Gynecol 2002 Apr; 99(4):629-34. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Classen et al., N Engl J Med, 1992.]

Pink Sheet
Rx cost impact on Medicare patient drug use to be studied by AHRQ. Pink Sheet 2002 Apr 8; 64(14):19. [Summarizes Federal Register notice released April 3.]

Women & Health
Fitzgerald ST, Palmer MH, Kirkland VL, et al. The impact of urinary incontinence in working women: A study in a production facility. Women Health 2002; 35(1):1-16. [Cites AHRQ's urinary incontinence guidelines.]

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

ACOG Today
The mammography debate: Screening still recommended. ACOG Today 2002 Apr; 46(4):1. [Cites recent Task Force review of data on mammograms.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Vastag B. Hormone replacement therapy falls out of favor with expert committee. JAMA 2002 Apr 17; 287(15):1923-24. [Cites Task Force endorsement in 1992 of guidelines recommending hormone replacement therapy for women with or at risk for heart disease and osteoporosis.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Cunningham G. The science and politics of screening newborns. N Engl J Med 2002 Apr 4; 346(14):1084-85. [Cites Task Force ranking of newborn metabolic screening as eighth priority of 50 prevention programs.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Nair B, Wilt T, Macdonald R, et al. Early versus deferred androgen suppression in the treatment of advanced prostatic cancer (Cochrane Review). Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2002; (1):CD003506. [Sources included the bibliography of Evidence Report No. 4 of the AHRQ-funded Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Technology Evaluation Center/Evidence-based Practice Center.]

Journal of Women's Health & Gender-based Medicine
Saraiya M, Lee NC, Blackman D, et al. An assessment of Pap smears and hysterectomies among women in the United States. J Womens Health Gend Based Med 2002 Mar-Apr; 11(2):103-9. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report No. 5, Evaluation of Cervical Cytology, 1999; article by Steiner (third author) et al., Int J Gynecol Obstet, 1998; and Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data

Ambulatory Pediatrics
Edelstein BL. Disparities in oral health and access to care: Findings of national surveys. Ambul Pediatr 2002 Mar-Apr; 2(2):141-47. [Uses Medical Expenditure Panel Survey data.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Begg CB, Riedel ER, Bach PB, et al. Variations in morbidity after radical prostatectomy States. N Engl J Med 2002 Apr 11;346(15):1138-44. [Acknowledges support of AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project for creation of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample used as a data source for the study.]

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