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May 28, 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
Bundy DG, Feudtner C. Preparticipation physical evaluations for high school athletes: time for a new game plan. Ambul Pediatr 2004 May-Jun; 4(3):260-3. [Supported by Grant No. K08 HS00002.]

American Journal of Managed Care
Neumann PJ. Why don't Americans use cost-effectiveness analysis? Am J Manag Care 2004 May; 10(5):308-12. [Author is supported by Grant No. R01 HS10919.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Nebeker JR, Barach P, Samore MH. Clarifying adverse drug events: a clinician's guide to terminology, documentation, and reporting. Ann Intern Med 2004 May 18; 140(10):795-801. [Article published under AHRQ-supported Improving Patient Care section of journal.]

Archives of General Psychiatry
Zatzick D, Roy-Byrne P, Russo J, et al. A randomized effectiveness trial of stepped collaborative care for acutely injured trauma survivors. Arch Gen Psychiatry 2003 May; 61(5):498-506. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R03 HS1372.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Elmore JG, Carney PA, Abraham LA, et al. The association between obesity and screening mammography accuracy. Arch Intern Med 2004 May 14; 164(10):1140-48. [Supported by Grant No. HS10591.]

Clinical Nephrology
Fox CS, Longenecker JC, Power NR, et al. Undertreatment of hyperlipidemia in a cohort of United States kidney dialysis patients. Clin Nephrol 2004 May; 61(5):299-307. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS08365.]

JAMA
Goldman DP, Joyce GF, Escarce JJ, et al. Pharmacy benefits and the use of drugs by the chronically ill. JAMA 2004 May 19; 291(19):2344-50. [First two authors are supported by AHRQ.]

Walter LC, Davidowitz NP, Heineken PA, et al. Pitfalls of converting practice guidelines into quality measures: lessons learned from a VA performance measure. JAMA 2004 May 26; 291(20):2466-70. [Supported by Grant No. K02 HS00006-01; cites USPSTF colorectal cancer recommendations.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Parekh V, Saint S, Furney S, et al. What effect does inpatient physician specialty and experience have on clinical outcomes and resource utilization on a general medical service? J Gen Intern Med 2004 May; 19(5):395-401. [Supported by Grant No. P20 HS11540.]

Keating NL, Landon BE, Ayanian JZ, et al. Practice, clinical management, and financial arrangements of practicing generalists. J Gen Intern Med 2004 May; 19(5):410-8. [Supported by Grant No. HS09936.]

Schneeweiss S, Wang PS, Avorn J, et al. Consistency of performance ranking of comorbidity adjustment scores in Canadian and U.S. utilization data. J Gen Intern Med 2004 May; 19(5):444-9. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10881.]

Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
Wolff JL, Agree EM. Depression among recipients of informal care: the effects of reciprocity, respect, and adequacy of support. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 2004 May; 59(3):S173-80. [Supported by Grant No. T32 HS00029.]

Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
Kass-Bartelmes BL, Hughes R. Advance care planning: preferences for care at the end of life. J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother 2004; 18(1):87-109. [Authors are researchers in AHRQ's Office of Communications and Knowledge Transfer and Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships, respectively.]

Journal of Pediatrics
Guthery SL, Hutchings C, Dean JM, et al. National estimates of hospital utilization by children with gastrointestinal disorders: analysis of the 1997 Kids' Inpatient Database. J Pediatr 2004 May; 144(5):589-94. [Supported by Grant No. P20 HS011826-01; uses Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) subset from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP).]

Medical Decision Making
Franks P, Lubetkin EI, Gold MR, et al. Mapping the SF-12 to the EuroQol EQ-5D Index in a national US sample. Med Decis Making 2004 May-Jun; 24(3):247-54. [Supported by Grant No. R03 HS013770.]

Carney PA, Elmore JG, Abraham LA, et al. Radiologist uncertainty and the interpretation of screening. Med Decis Making 2004 May-Jun; 24(3):255-64. [Supported by Grant No. HS10591.]

Psychiatric Services
Halpern J, Johnson MD, Miranda J, et al. The Partners in Care approach to ethics outcomes in quality improvement programs for depression. Psychiatr Serv 2004 May; 55(5):532-9. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS08349. See also article by Gaynes et al., Ann Intern Med, 2004, cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles and article by Ross et al., Arch Intern Med, 2004, cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles below.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Health Line
Electronic medical records: new HHS official discusses issue. Am Health Line 2004 May; #4. [Mentions coverage of information from AHRQ and other agencies on public HHS channel launched on WebMED Web site.]

American Journal of Managed Care
Tunis SR. Economic analysis in healthcare decisions. Am J Manag Care 2004 May; 10(5):301-4. [Comments on article by Neumann cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles above and article by Bloom cited below.]

Bloom BS. Use of formal benefit/cost evaluations in health system decision making. Am J Manag Care 2004 May; 10(5):329-35. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Elixhauser (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) et al., Med Care, 1998.]

Canadian Medical Association Journal
Baker GR, Norton PG, Flintoft V, et al. The Canadian Adverse Events Study: the incidence of adverse events among hospital patients in Canada. CMAJ 2004 May 25; 170(11):1678-86. [Cites article by Thomas et al. (AHRQ Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships Director Helen Burstin is third author), Med Care, 2000, and AHRQ-funded article by Localio et al., Ann Intern Med, 1996.]

Davis P. Health care as a risk factor. CMAJ 2004 May 25; 170(11):11688-9. [Cites article by Thomas et al. (AHRQ Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships Director Helen Burstin is third author), Med Care, 2000.]

Commonwealth Fund Quarterly
Shortcomings in quality of pediatric care, report finds. Commonwealth Fund Q 2004 Winter-Spring; 9(4):6-7. [Summarizes findings from the Commonwealth Fund report, Quality of Health Care for Children and Adolescents: A Chartbook, for which AHRQ Senior Advisor for Child Health Denise Dougherty was consultant/advisory board member and policy briefing presenter, along with former AHRQ Deputy Director Lisa Simpson.]

Recent and forthcoming Commonwealth Fund publications. Commonwealth Fund Q 2004 Winter-Spring; 9(4):18-19. [List includes background paper, Advancing the Patient Safety Agenda in the United States, 2004, prepared by AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy for the Commonwealth Fund/Nuffield Trust conference, "Improving Quality of Health Care in the United States and United Kingdom: Strategies for Change and Action," and AHRQ-funded/authored article by Beal et al. (third author is Denise Dougherty), Pediatrics, 2004.]

Health Affairs
Hussey PS, Anderson GF, Osborn R, et al. How does the quality of care compare in five countries? Health Aff 2004 May-Jun; 23(3):89-99. [Mentions AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy and former center director Gregg Meyer as members of the Commonwealth Fund's International Working Group on Quality Indicators; cites AHRQ's National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2003.]

McGlynn EA. There is no perfect health system. Health Aff 2004 May-Jun; 23(3):100-2. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Soumerai et al., N Engl J Med, 1987 and JAMA, 1990.]

Kerr EA, McGlynn EA, Adams J, et al. Profiling the quality of care in twelve communities: results from the CQI study. Health Aff 2004 May-Jun; 23(3):247-56. [Cites AHRQ report, Clinical Practice Guideline Development: Methodology Perspectives, 1994; cites Improving Health Care Quality: A Guide for Patients and Families, 2003.]

Health News Daily
Iyengar S. Carotid artery disease screening, female heart treatment barriers urged as Medicare research priorities. Health News Daily 2004 May 18; 16(96):6-7. [Discusses request that AHRQ assign the study of cardiovascular care quality for women to a list of research priorities to be generated under the Medicare Modernization Act.]

Healthcare Benchmarks and Quality Improvement
Benchmarking and safety: natural fit if you know what to do with data. Healthcare Benchmarks Qual Improv 2004 May; 11(5):49-52. [Cites AHRQ quality indicators.]

AHRQ tool designed to improve CAP clinical care. Healthcare Benchmarks Qual Improv 2004 May; 11(5):57-8. [Describes AHRQ's Pneumonia Severity Index Calculator and quotes remarks by Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Director Daniel Stryer.]

International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Savoie I, Morettin D, Green CJ, et al. Systematic review of the role of gender as a health determinant of hospitalization for depression. Int J Technol Assess Health Care 2004 Spring; 20(2):115-27. [Cites AHRQ's Hospital Inpatient Statistics, 1996.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Meltzer D. Hospital care of general medicine patients: the importance of evidence. J Gen Intern Med 2004 May; 19(5):479-80. [Comments on article by Parekh et al., cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Pink Sheet
AHRQ outcomes research should focus on diseases, not drugs—PhRMA. Pink Sheet 2004 May 24; 66(21):25. [Discusses comments submitted ahead of an AHRQ outcomes research "town hall" meeting May 21 focusing on discussion of comparative effectiveness research priorities with stakeholders preparatory to implementing Medicare prescription drug law provision directing the agency to set up a comparative research agenda.]

Quality Letter for Healthcare Leaders
Studies compilation shows lower nurse staffing levels lead to poorer outcomes. Qual Lett Healthc Lead 2004 May; 16(5):16. [Summarizes AHRQ report, Research in Action: Hospital Nurse Staffing and Quality of Care, 2004.]

Women and Health
Borrayo EA, Thomas JJ, Lawsin C. Cervical cancer screening among Latinas: the importance of referral and participation in parallel cancer screening behaviors. Women Health 2004; 39(2):13-29. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Mandelblatt et al., Prev Med, 1999, and article by Zambrana (former AHRQ deputy administrator), et al., Prev Med, 1999.]

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

American Journal of Nursing
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for obesity in adults: recommendations and rationale. Am J Nurs 2004 May; 104(5):94-100. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations on screening for obesity in adults.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for suicide risk: recommendation and rationale. Ann Intern Med 2004 May 18; 140(10):820-1. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations on screening for suicide.]

Gaynes BN, West SL, Ford CA, et al. Screening for suicide risk in adults: a summary of the evidence for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med 2004 May 18; 140(10):822-35. [Supported by Contract No. 290-97-0011, Task Order 3 to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill/Research Triangle Institute Evidence-based Practice Center.]

Finucane TE. Cost-effectiveness of mammography for older women. Ann Intern Med 2004 May 18; 140(10):844; author reply, 844. [Comments on AHRQ-funded article by Mandelblatt et al., Ann Intern Med, 2003; author response cites USPSTF recommendations on breast cancer screening as published on AHRQ Web site.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Mazanec D. Osteoporosis Screening: time to take responsibility. Arch Intern Med 2004 May 24; 164(10):1047-8. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for osteoporosis in postmenopausal women as published in Ann Intern Med, 2002.]

Canadian Medical Association Journal
Cheung AM, Feig DS, Kapral M, et al. Prevention of osteoporosis and osteoporotic fractures in postmenopausal women: recommendation statement from the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care. CMAJ 2004 May 25; 170(11):1665-7. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for osteoporosis in postmenopausal women as published in Ann Intern Med, 2002.] Astract

Quality Letter for Healthcare Leaders
Task Force says primary care providers should screen, counsel for alcohol misuse. Qual Lett Healthc Lead 2004 May; 16(5):15. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations on screening for alcohol misuse as published in Ann Intern Med, 2004.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Archives of Internal Medicine
Ross SD, Estok RP, Frame D, et al. Disability and chronic fatigue syndrome. Arch Intern Med 2004 May 24; 164(10):1098-107. [Supported by Contract No. 290-97-0016 to MetaWorks Evidence-based Practice Center.]

Quality Letter for Healthcare Leaders
AHRQ, IOM weigh in on developing a health-literate America. Qual Lett Healthc Lead 2004 May; 16(5):6-7. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Literacy and Health Outcomes, 2004, and quotes remarks by AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy. See also article by Gaynes et al., Ann Intern Med, 2004, cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

General Hospital Psychiatry
Adler DA, Bungay KM, Wilson IB, et al. The impact of a pharmacist intervention on 6-month outcomes in depressed primary care patients. Gen Hosp Psychiatry 2004 May-Jun; 26(3):199-209. [Uses AHRQ guideline, Depression in Primary Care, Volume I: Detection and Diagnosis, and Volume 2: Treatment of Major Depression, 1993, as part of study intervention. See also article by Guthery et al., J Pediatr, cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

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