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April 26, 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

Administration and Policy in Mental Health
Scheffler R, Zhang A, Snowden L. The impact of realignment on utilization and cost of community-based mental health services in California. Adm Policy Ment Health 2001 Nov; 29(2):129-43. [National Service Award T32 HS00026.]

Ambulatory Pediatrics Association Newsletter
Elixhauser A, Thompson J, Dougherty D. AHRQ creates nation's first database devoted to the hospitalization of children. Ambul Ped Assoc Newsl 2001 Fall/Winter; 39(2):18-19. [First and third authors are researchers with AHRQ's Center for Organization and Delivery Studies and Office of Priority Populations Research, respectively.]

American Journal of Nursing
Kazemekas L. A must-read article [letter]. Am J Nurs 2002 Apr; 102(4):14. [Author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care Research.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Walensky RP, Losina E, Steger-Craven KA, et al. Identifying undiagnosed human immunodeficiency virus. Arch Intern Med 2002 Apr 22; 162(8):887-92. [Grant No. 5T32 HS00020-15.]

Diabetes Care
Egede LE, Zheng D, Simpson K. Comorbid depression is associated with increased health care use and expenditures in individuals with diabetes. Diabetes Care 2002 Mar; 25(3):464-70. [Grant No. 1K08 HS11418-01 and 1P01 HS10871-01.]

Journal of Ambulatory Care Management
Luck J, Andersen R, Wenzel S, et al. Providers of primary care to homeless women in Los Angeles County. J Ambulatory Care Manage 2002 Apr; 25(2):53-67. [Grant No. R01 HS08323.]

Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Stryer DB. The development and role of predictive instruments in acute coronary events: Improving diagnosis and management. J Cardiovasc Nurs 2002 Apr; 16(3):1-8. [Author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research.]

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Feinberg E, Swartz K, Zaslavsky AM, et al. Language proficiency and the enrollment of Medicaid-eligible children in publicly funded health insurance programs. Matern Child Health J 2002 Mar; 6(1):5-18. [Grant No. R03 HS10207-01.]

Social Science & Medicine
Grembowski DE, Cook KS, Patrick DL, et al. Managed care and the US health care system: A social exchange perspective. Soc Sci Med 2002 Apr; 54(8):1167-80. [Grant No. HS06833.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Ambulatory Pediatrics Association Newsletter
Pascoe J. Special reports: Primary Care Organizations Consortium. Ambul Ped Assoc Newsl 2002 Spring 2002; 40(3)):17-18. [Summarizes update on AHRQ funding and projects presented by Helen Burstin, director of AHRQ's Center for Primary Care Research; notes that "AHRQ is now the largest funder of patient safety in the world."]

Blue Sheet
AHRQ budget boost lobbied by family physicians, but no champion seen. Blue Sheet 2002 Apr 17; 45(16):13. [Describes lobbying effort to gain commitment of $390 million for AHRQ; quotes remarks by former agency center director Douglas Kamerow.]

BNA's Health Care Policy Report
AHRQ seeks applicants to study financial, nonfinancial incentives. BNA's Health Care Policy Rep 2002 Apr 15; 10(15):533-34. [Summarizes request for applications.]

Seniors fare better in high-volume hospitals for certain high-risk surgeries, study finds. BNA's Health Care Policy Rep 2002 Apr 15; 10(15):548. [Reviews AHRQ-funded study in April 11 issue of N Engl J Med.]

Caring for the Ages
Shoffner J. CPGs: A map to better continence care in assisted living facilities? Caring Ages 2002 Jan; 3(1). [Describes incontinence care guide based on AHRQ urinary incontinence guidelines.]

Diabetes Care
Porterfield DS, Kinsinger L. Quality of care for uninsured patients with diabetes in a rural area. Diabetes Care 2002 Feb; 25(2):319-23. [Cites AHRQ-funded study by Starfield et al., JAMA, 1994.]

The TRIAD Study Group. The Translating Research into Action for Diabetes (TRIAD) Study: A multicenter study of diabetes in managed care. Diabetes Care 2002 Feb; 25(2):386-89. [Cites AHRQ-funded study by Starfield et al., JAMA, 1994.]

Formulary
Johnson N. Assessing the impact of outcomes projects: Take your lead from the AHRQ approach. Formulary 2002 Mar; 37(3):48-50. [Describes and evaluates AHRQ's project review process.]

Wechsler J. AHRQ's medication research at risk from budget ax. Formulary 2002 Mar; 37(4):212. [Cites possible adverse impacts of AHRQ's proposed FY 2003 budget on the Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs).]

Health News Daily
Family physicians lobby for $100 million AHRQ boost, lack clear champion in Congress. Health News Daily 2002 Apr 16; 14(73):1-2. [Summarizes lobbying efforts on behalf of AHRQ and quotes remarks by former agency center director Douglas Kamerow.]

Industry/CMS conference on decision-modeling recommended by MCAC. Health News Daily 2002 Apr 19; 14(76):9-11.
[Discusses CMS proposal for AHRQ to host conference exploring the use of decision modeling in Medicare coverage policy decisions.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Mitka M. Aspirin use up.... JAMA 2002 Apr 24; 287(16):2067. [Reviews findings from AHRQ-funded study by Califf et al. in Am J Cardiol (cited in Articles of Interest, March 29, 2002.]

Yaffe K, Fox P, Newcomer R, et al. Patient and caregiver characteristics and nursing home placement in patients with dementia. JAMA 2002 Apr 24; 287(16):2090-97. [Cites several articles by former AHRQ researchers.]

Journal of Ambulatory Care Management
Smith M, Greene BR, Meeker W. The CAM movement and the integration of quality health care: The case of chiropractic. J Ambul Care Manage 2002 Apr; 25(2):1-16. [Cites AHRQ's low back pain guidelines.]

Wickizer TM, Franklin G, Plaeger-Brockway R, et al. Improving the quality of occupational health care in Washington State: New approaches to designing community-based health care systems. J Ambul Care Manage 2002 Apr; 25(2):43-52. [Cites Eisenberg, Doctors' decisions and the cost of medical care, 1986.]

Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics
Ringel JS, Sturm R. Financial burden and out-of-pocket expenditures for mental health across different socioeconomic groups: Results from HealthCare for Communities. J Mental Health Policy Econ 2001; 4:141-50. [Cites Zuvekas et al., various years and journals, and Taylor et al., Health Serv Res, 2001.]

Medicine & Health
High-volume hospitals, docs better, studies find. Med Health 2002 Apr 15; 56(13):5. [Cites findings from AHRQ-funded study in April 11 issue of N Engl J Med.]

People. Carolyn Clancy, MD, is the new acting director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Med Health 2002 Apr 22; 56(14):8. [Excerpts from press release.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Tu HT, Reschovsky JD. Assessments of medical care by enrollees in for-profit and nonprofit health maintenance organizations. N Engl J Med 2002 Apr 25; 346(17):1288-93. [Author is former AHRQ researcher.]

Pink Sheet
GPhA seeks coalitions to balance PhRMA: Big business, unions, insurers. Pink Sheet 2002 Apr 15; 64(15):11-12. [Cites AHRQ request for comments on proposal to examine impacts of Rx costs on Medicare beneficiaries' prescription filling and compliance practices.]

Progress in Cardiovascular Nursing
Daly J, Sindone AP, Thompson DR, et al. Barriers to participation in and adherence to cardiac rehabilitation programs: A critical literature review. Prog Cardiovasc Nurs 2002 Jan; 17(1):8-17. [Cites AHRQ technology assessment of and guidelines on cardiac rehabilitation.]

Social Science & Medicine
Batterham R, Southern D, Appleby N, et al. Construction of a GP integration model. Soc Sci Med 2002 Apr; 54(8):1225-41. [Cites Fleishman, Educ Psychol Meas, 1987.]

Southern Medical Journal
Hood FJ. Medicare coverage of smoking cessation. Southern Med J 2002 Feb; 95(4):410-12. [Cites CMS' consultation with AHRQ to develop the demonstration project and refers practitioners to AHRQ's consumer brochure You Can Quit Smoking to answer patient-initiated questions.]

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

American Family Physician
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for skin cancer: Recommendations and rationale. Am Fam Physician 2002 Apr 15; 65(8):1623-26. [Excerpt from Recommendations and Rationale Statement recently released by the Task Force.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data

Journal of Ambulatory Care Management
Vaughn TE, Ward MM, Doebbeling BN, et al. Organizational and provider characteristics fostering smoking cessation practice guideline adherence: An empirical look. J Ambul Care Manage 2002 Apr; 25(2):17-31. [Implements as part of study AHRQ's smoking cessation guidelines.]

Damiano PC, Willard JC, Tyler MC, et al. CAHPS® in practice: The Iowa Demonstration. J Ambul Care Manage 2002 Apr; 25(2):32-41. [Describes and evaluates AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Health Plans.]

Southern Medical Journal
Merkelj I. Basic assessment of urinary incontinence. Southern Med J 2002 Feb; 95(2):178-82. [Adapts components of urinary history from AHRQ urinary incontinence guidelines.]

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