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May 14, 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

American Journal of Infection Control
Hu KK, Lipsky BA, Veenstra DL, et al. Using maximal sterile barriers to prevent central venous catheter-related infection: a systematic evidence-based review. Am J Infect Control 2004 May; 32(3):142-46. [Supported by Grant No. P20 HS11540.]

American Journal of Kidney Diseases
Unruh ML, Levey AS, D'Ambrosio C, et al. Restless legs symptoms among incident dialysis patients: association with lower quality of life and shorter survival. Am J Kidney Dis 2004 May; 43(5):900-9. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS08365.]

American Journal of Medicine
Auerbach AD, Pantilat SZ. End-of-life care in a voluntary hospitalist model: effects on communication, processes of care, and patient symptoms. Am J Med 2004 May 15; 116(10):669-75. [Supported by Grant No. HS11416.]

Anesthesia and Analgesia
Weinger MB, Reddy SB, Slagle JM. Multiple measures of anesthesia workload during teaching and nonteaching cases. Anesth Analg 2004 May; 98(5):1419-25. [Supported by Grant Nos. P20 HS11521 and R01 HS11375.]

Annals of Epidemiology
Wang PS, Schneeweiss S, Glynn RJ, et al. Use of the case-crossover design to study prolonged drug exposures and insidious outcomes. Ann Epidemiol 2004 Apr; 14(4):296-303.[Supported by R01 HS10881.]

General Hospital Psychiatry
Simon GE, Cherkin DC, Sherman KJ, et al. Mental health visits to complementary and alternative medicine providers. Gen Hosp Psychiatry 2004 May-Jun; 26(3):171-7. [Supported by Grant Nos. HS09565 and HS08194.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Safety
Feifer C, Fifield J, Ornstein S, et al. From research to daily clinical practice: what are the challenges in "translation"? Jt Comm J Qual Saf Qty 2004 May; 30(5):235-45. [Supported by AHRQ grant, no number given.]

Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Epstein AJ, Rathore SS, Volpp KG, et al. Hospital percutaneous coronary intervention volume and patient mortality, 1998 to 2000: does the evidence support current procedure volume minimums? J Am Coll Cardiol 2004 May 19; 43(10):1755-62. [Supported by Grant No. T32 HS00009.]

Journal of Public Health Dentistry
Lee JY, Rozier RG, Norton EC, et al. The effects of the Women, Infants, and Children's supplemental food program on dentally related Medicaid expenditures. J Public Health Dent 2004 Spring; 64(2):76-81. [Supported by Grant Nos. T32 HS00032 and R03 HS11607-01.]

Journal of Trauma Injury: Infection, and Critical Care
Glance LG, Osler TM, Dick AD, et al. The relation between trauma center outcome and volume in the National Trauma Databank. J Trauma 2004 Mar; 56(3):682-90. [Supported by Grant No. K08 HS11295.]

Managed Care Interface
Shen JJ, Washington EL, Aponte-Soto L. Racial disparities in the pathogenesis and outcomes for patients with ischemic stroke. Manag Care Interface 2004 Mar; 17(3):28-34. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R03 HS13056.]

Medical Care
Marquis MS, Rogowski JA, Escarce JJ. Recent trends and geographic variation in the safety net. Med Care 2004 May; 42(5):408-15. [Supported by Grant No. P01 HS10770.]

Hessol NA, Vittinghoff E, Fuentes-Afflick E. Reduced risk of inadequate prenatal care in the era after Medicaid expansions in California. Med Care 2004 May; 42(5):416-22. [Supported by Grant No. P01 HS10856.]

Bryce CL, Loewenstein G, Arnold RM, et al. Quality of death: assessing the importance placed on end-of-life treatment in the intensive-care unit. Med Care 2004 May; 42(5):423-31. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS/HL11620-01.]

Curtis LH, Law AW, Anstrom KJ, et al. The insurance effect on prescription drug expenditures among the elderly: findings from the 1997 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. Med Care 2004 May; 42(5):439-46. [Supported by Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) Cooperative Agreement U18 HS10385; uses Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data.]

Fuhlbrigge A, Carey VJ, Adams RJ, et al. Evaluation of asthma prescription measures and health system performance based on emergency department utilization. Med Care 2004 May; 42(5):465-71. [Supported by Pediatric Asthma Patient Outcome Research Team (PORT) II Grant No. HS08368-01.]

Szilagyi PG, Dick AW, Klein JD, et al. Improved access and quality of care after enrollment in the New York State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Pediatrics 2004 May; 113(5):e395-e404. [Supported by Grant No. HS10450.]

Preventive Medicine
Cohen D, DiCicco-Bloom B, Strickland PO, et al. Opportunistic approaches for delivering preventive care in illness visits. Prev Med 2004 May; 38(5):565-73. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R01 HS08776.]

Psychological Reports
Wolinsky FD, Wyrwich KW, Metz SM, et al. Test-retest reliability of the Mirowsky-Ross 2 x 2 Index of the Sense of Control. Psychol Rep 2004 Apr; 94(2):725-32. [Supported by Grant Nos. R01 HS10234 and K02 HS11635.]

Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Ness RB, Brunham RC, Shen C, et al. Associations among human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class II DQ variants, bacterial sexually transmitted diseases, and fertility among women with clinical pelvic inflammatory disease. Sex Transm Dis 2004 May; 31(5):301-4. [Supported by Grant No. HS08358-05. Also see article by Walsh and Pignone, JAMA, 2004, cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles below.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Epidemiology
Eaker ED, Sullivan LM, Kelly-Hayes M, et al. Does job strain increase the risk for coronary heart disease or death in men and women? Am J Epidemiol 2004 May 15; 159(10):950-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Marmot et al., Lancet, 1997, Kuper et al., J Epidemiol Community Health, 2003, and Basma et al., BMJ, 1997.]

Health News Daily
Kelley J. Device off-label use may be subject to CMS scrutiny—McClellan. Health News Daily 2004 May 13; 16(93):2-3. [Mentions CMS plans to work closely with AHRQ and NCI to "generate evidence in an expedient manner, as well as leverage electronic medical records, e-labeling and prescribing to collect real-world data to inform coverage decisions."]

Palmisano DJ, Emmons DW, Wozniak GD. Expanding insurance coverage through tax credits, consumer choice, and market enhancements: the American Medical Association proposal for health insurance reform. JAMA 2004 May 12; 291(18):2237-42. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Schone and Cooper (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends), Health Aff, 2001.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Safety
Stevenson JG, Pearlman M, Green CR, et al. Altering meperidine prescribing patterns in a university teaching hospital. Jt Comm J Qual Saf 2004 May; 30(5):277-81. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Acute Pain Management: Operative or Medical Procedures and Trauma, 1992.]

Modern Healthcare
Becker C. Deep trouble. A few preventive steps can head off deadly complications of deep vein thrombosis. But many hospitals fail to address the risk. Mod Healthc 2004 May 10; 34(19):28-9. [Cites AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP); cites AHRQ-authored article by Zhan and Miller, JAMA, 2003, cites comments by Roxanne Andrews, researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets.]

NIH Record
NLM exhibit honors Eisenberg. NIH Record 2004 May 11; 56(10):1. [Describes NLM exhibit, "John Eisenberg: A Life in Service (1946-2002)" and gives brief biographical sketch of former AHRQ director John Eisenberg.]

Jaimovich DG, American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Hospital Care and Section on Critical Care. Admission and discharge guidelines for the pediatric patient requiring intermediate care. Pediatrics 2004 May; 113(5):1430-3. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Zimmerman et al., Chest, 1995.]

Miller C, American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Fetus and Newborn. Hospital stay for healthy term newborns. Pediatrics 2004 May; 113(5):1434-6. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Malkin et al, Obstet Gynecol, 2000.]

Bronzetti G, Canzi A, Boriani G, et al. Solution to a crushing dosage problem? Pediatrics 2004 May; 113(5):1468. [Letter to the Editor cites AHRQ-funded article by Kaushal et al., JAMA, 2001.]

Starfield B, Shi L. The medical home, access to care, and insurance: a review of evidence. Pediatrics 2004 May; 113(5 Suppl):1493-8. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Bartman et al. (third author is Ernest Moy, researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety), J Health Care Poor Underserved, 1997, and Basu and Clancy (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships and AHRQ director, respectively), Health Serv Res, 2001; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Macinko et al., Health Serv Res, 2003, and Braveman et al., Obstet Gynecol, 2000.]

Palfrey JS, Sofis LA, Davidson EJ, et al. The Pediatric Alliance for Coordinated Care: evaluation of a medical home model. Pediatrics 2004 May; 113(5 Suppl):1507-16. [Cites AHRQ's Child Health Toolbox: Measuring Performance in Child Health Programs, Measuring Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs, 2002.]

Report on Medical Guidelines and Outcomes Research
New AHRQ tool for PDAs helps select preventive services. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2004 May 14; 15(10):4. [Describes AHRQ's Preventive Services Selector.]

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

American Family Physician
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for thyroid disease: recommendation statement. Am Fam Physician 2004 May 15; 69(10):2415-18. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations on screening for thyroid disease.]

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Bader JD, Rozier RG, Lohr KN, et al. Physicians' roles in preventing dental caries in preschool children. A summary of the evidence for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Am J Prev Med 2004 May; 26(4):315-25. [Summarizes evidence for USPSTF recommendations as published in the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, Third Edition: Periodic Updates, and posted on the AHRQ Web site.]

USPSTF releases alcohol misuse guidelines. Geriatrics 2004 May; 59(5):17. [Summarizes and reviews USPSTF recommendations on behavioral counseling to reduce risky/harmful alcohol use as published in Ann Intern Med, 2004.]

Journal of Family Practice
Routine heart disease screening not recommended. J Fam Pract 2004 May; 53(5):356. [Summarizes and reviews USPSTF recommendations on heart disease screening as published in Ann Intern Med, 2004.]

Routine thyroid disease screening not recommended. J Fam Pract 2004 May; 53(5):357. [Summarizes and reviews USPSTF recommendations on thyroid disease screening as published in Ann Intern Med, 2004.]

Ullom-Minnich P. Strategies to reduce complications of type 2 diabetes. J Fam Pract 2004 May; 53(5):366-74. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for type 2 diabetes mellitus in adults as published in Ann Intern Med, 2003.]

Nordone DS, Westerberg D, Wolf D, et al. Does screening for diabetes in at-risk patients improve long-term outcomes? J Fam Pract 2004 May; 53(5):401-3. [Summarizes and reviews USPSTF recommendations on screening for type 2 diabetes mellitus in adults as published in Ann Intern Med, 2003; includes commentary by fourth author.]

Taveras EM, Li R, Grummer-Strawn L, et al. Mothers' and clinicians' perspectives on breastfeeding counseling during routine prevention visits. Pediatrics 2004 May; 113(5):e405-11. [Cites USPSTF, Behavioral Interventions to Promote Breastfeeding: Recommendations and Rationale, 2003.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Vastag B. Low health literacy called a major problem. JAMA 2004 May 12; 291(18):2181-2. [Reviews AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Literacy and Health Outcomes, 2004, and quotes remarks by AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy.]

Walsh JM, Pignone M. Drug treatment of hyperlipidemia in women. JAMA 2004 May 12; 291(18):2243-52. [Supported by Contract No. 290-97-0013 to University of California San Francisco-Stanford University Evidence-based Practice Center.]

American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, American Academy of Pediatrics Subcommittee on Otitis Media With Effusion. Otitis media with effusion. Pediatrics 2004 May; 113(5):1412-29. [Reviews and updates cited literature list used in developing AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Diagnosis, Natural History, and Late Effects of Otitis Media With Effusion, 2003; cites AHRQ guideline, Otitis Media With Effusion in Young Children, 1994, and USPSTF Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

American Academy of Pediatrics and American Academy of Family Physicians Subcommittee on Management of Acute Otitis Media. Diagnosis and management of acute otitis media. Pediatrics 2004 May; 113(5):1451-65. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Management of Acute Otitis Media, 2001.]

SEA Currents
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Institute of Medicine release health literacy reports. SEA Currents 2004 May-Jun; 22(3):1-2. [Describes and lists citations and Web site locations for AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Literacy and Health Outcomes, 2004.]

President's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry/Quality Inter-agency Coordination (QuIC) Task Force-Related Articles

Strickland B, McPherson M, Weissman G, et al. Access to the medical home: results of the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs. Pediatrics 2004 May; 113(5 Suppl):1485-92. [Cites Commission's final report, Quality First: Better Health Care for All Americans, 1998.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Caviness AC, Cantor SB, Allen Ch, et al. A cost-effectiveness analysis of bacterial endocarditis prophylaxis for febrile children who have cardiac lesions and undergo urinary catheterization in the emergency department. Pediatrics 2004 May; 113(5):1291-6. [Uses HCUP data to derive hospital costs for endocarditis, mitral valve replacement, and CHF.]

Howard DH, McGowan JE, Jr. Initial and follow-up costs by treatment outcome for children with respiratory infections. Pediatrics 2004 May; 113(5):1352-6. [Uses MEPS data for 1996 to 1999; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Cohen et al., Inquiry, 1996, Selden et al., Health Care Financ Rev, 2001; cites AHRQ publication, Classifications for Health Policy Research: Hospital Inpatient Statistics, 1995, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, 1999.]

Bethell CD, Read D, Brockwood K. Using existing population-based sets to measure the American Academy of Pediatrics definition of medical home for all children and children with special health care needs. Pediatrics 2004 May; 113(5 Suppl):1529-37. [Uses AHRQ's MEPS and Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Study (CAHPS®) to assess the presence and treatment of study concepts. Also see article by Curtis et al., Med Care, 2004, cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

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