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June 1, 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 Medicine
Mehta RH, Peterson ED, Califf RM. Performance measures have a major effect on cardiovascular outcomes: a review. Am J Med 2007 May; 120(5):398-402. [Supported by grant HS010548.]

Health Services Research
Brady J, Ho K, Kelley E, Clancy CM. AHRQ's National Quality and Disparities Reports: an ever-expanding road map for improvement. Health Serv Res 2007 Jun; 42(3 Pt 1):xi-xxi. [First three authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety and fourth author is AHRQ director.]

Bao Y, Fox SA, Escarce JJ. Socioeconomic and racial/ethnic differences in the discussion of cancer screening: between—versus within—physician differences. Health Serv Res 2007 Jun; 42(3 Pt 1):950-70. [Supported by grant P01 HS10770; cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2004.]

Stone PW, Mooney-Kane C, Larson EL, et al. Nurse working conditions, organizational climate, and intent to leave in ICUs: an instrumental variable approach. Health Serv Res 2007 Jun; 42(3 Pt 1):1085-104. [Supported by grant R01 HS013114.]

Stewart AL, Napoles-Springer AM, Gregorich SE, et al. Interpersonal processes of care survey: patient-reported measures for diverse groups. Health Serv Res 2007 Jun; 42(3 Pt 1):1235-56. [Supported by grant R01 HS10599; cites AHRQ's National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR).]

Journal of Asthma
Greek AA, Kieckhefer GM, Kim H, et al. Family perceptions of the usual source of care among children with asthma by race/ethnicity, language, and family income. J Asthma 2006 Jan-Feb; 43(1):61-9. [Supported by grant R01 HS13110.]

Journal of Clinical Oncology
Mack JW, Cook EF, Wolfe J, et al. Understanding of prognosis among parents of children with cancer: parental optimism and the parent-physician interaction. J Clin Oncol 2007 Apr 10; 25(11):1357-62. [Supported by grant T32 HS00063.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Fein SP, Hilborne LH, Spiritus EM, et al. The many faces of error disclosure: a common set of elements and a definition. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Jun; 22(6):755-61. [Supported by grant HS11512-02.]

Journal of the National Medical Association
Howard DL, Edwards BG, Whitehead K, et al. Healthcare practices among blacks and whites with urinary tract symptoms. J Natl Med Assoc 2007 Apr; 99(4):404-11. [Supported by grant R24 HS013353.]

Nursing Research
Gurses AP, Carayon P. Performance obstacles of intensive care nurses. Nurs Res 2007 May-Jun; 56(3);185-94. [Supported by grant 1 R36 HS14517.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Hamilton Project: Advancing Opportunity, Prosperity and Growth (Brookings Institution) Furman J. The promise of progressive cost consciousness in health-care reform. Hamilton Project 2007 Apr; Discussion Paper 2007-05. [Cites data from AHRQ's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS).]

Health Services Research
Flood AB, Escarce JJ. From the editors: announcing a new feature in HSR and a call for papers. Health Serv Res 2007 Jun; 42(3 Pt 1):929-32. [Describes focus of first theme issue, Improving Efficiency and Value in Health Care, to be funded by AHRQ.]

Farley Ordovensky Staniec J, Webb NJ. Utilization of infertility services: how much does money matter? Health Serv Res 2007 Jun; 42(3 Pt 1):971-89. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Zuvekas and Taliaferro (Health Aff, 2003).]

Harrington C, Swan JH, Carrillo H. Nurse staffing levels and Medicaid reimbursement rates in nursing facilities. Health Serv Res 2007 Jun; 42(3 Pt 1):1105-29. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Cohen and Dubay (Inquiry, 1990) and Cohen and Spector (J Health Econ, 1996).]

Ohman-Strickland PA, Orzano AJ [in PubMed® as John Orzano A.], Nutting PA, et al. Measuring organizational attributes of primary care practices: development of a new instrument. Health Serv Res 2007 Jun; 42(3 Pt 1):1257-73. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Crabtree, et al. (J Fam Pract, 1998), Miller, et al. (J Fam Pract, 1998), and Tallia, et al. (J Healthc Manag, 2003).]

Journal of Disability Policy Studies
Person C, Fuller EJ. Disaster care for persons with psychiatric disabilities: recommendations for policy change. J Disabil Policy Stud 2007 Spring; 17(4):238-48. [Authors' Note states that the authors' dialogue on the needs of persons with psychiatric disabilities in emergency situations arose at the National Consensus Conference Emergency Preparedness Addressing the Needs of Persons with Disabilities, hosted by the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Mailman School of Public Health, funded by AHRQ.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Elliott RA, Ross-Degnan D, Adams AS, et al. Strategies for coping in a complex world: adherence behavior among older adults with chronic illness. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Jun; 22(6):805-10. [Notes that second and fifth author (Soumerai SB) are investigators in the HMO Research Network Center for Education and Research in Therapeutics, funded by AHRQ grant U18 HS1039-01.]

Briesacher BA, Gurwitz JH, Soumerai SB. Patients at-risk for cost-related medication nonadherence: a review of the literature. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Jun; 22(6):864-71. [Notes that second and fifth author (Soumerai SB) are investigators in the HMO Research Network Center for Education and Research in Therapeutics, funded by AHRQ grant U18 HS1039-01.]

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

Hamilton Project: Advancing Opportunity, Prosperity and Growth (Brookings Institution) Lambrew JM. A Wellness Trust to prioritize disease prevention. Hamilton Project 2007 Apr; Discussion Paper 2007-04. [Cites AHRQ press release, "AHRQ Launches Electronic Prevention Services Selector (ePSS) Tool for Primary Care Clinicians," October 26, 2006, and AHRQ-authored article by Woolf and Atkins on USPSTF contributions (Am J Prev Med, 2001).]

Psychiatric Services
Carey TS, Williams JW Jr, Melvin C, et al. Best practices: comparing medication treatments in mental health: drug class reviews and policy challenges. Psychiatr Serv 2007 Jun; 58(6):746-8. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for suicide risk (Ann Intern Med, 2004) and AHRQ-authored article by Shekelle, Ortiz (former AHRQ researcher), et al. (JAMA, 2001).]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

American Family Physician
Magill MK, Wilcox R. Adolescent pregnancy and associated risks: not just a result of maternal age. Am Fam Physician 2007 May 1; 75(9):1310-1. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Perinatal Depression: Prevalence, Screening Accuracy, and Screening Outcomes, 2005.]

Oh RC, Lanier JB. Management of hypertriglyceridemia. Am Fam Physician 2007 May 1; 75(9):1365-71. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acids on Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Intermediate Markers of Cardiovascular Disease, 2004.]

Evans P, Brunsell S. Uterine fibroid tumors: diagnosis and treatment. Am Fam Physician 2007 May 1; 75(9):1503-8. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Management of Uterine Fibroids, 2001.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

British Medical Journal
Chandola T, Ferrie J,Sacker A, et al. Social inequalities in self reported health in early old age: follow-up of prospective cohort study. BMJ 2007 May 12; 334(7601):e990. [Uses and analyzes data from previous phases of the Whitehall II study, supported by grant HS06516.]

Current Medical Research and Opinion
Fu AZ, Kattan MW. Racial and ethnic differences in preference-based health status measure. Curr Med Res Opin 2006 Dec; 22(12):2439-48. [Uses 2003 MEPS data.]

Aquilante CL, Zhang W, McCollum M. Race, ethnicity, and use of thiazolininediiones among US adults with diabetes. Curr Med Res Opin 2007 Mar; 23(3):489-94. [Uses 2003 MEPS data.]

Wang J. White-Means SL, Hufstader MA, et al. The economic implications of the racial and ethnic disparities in the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Curr Med Res Opin 2007 Apr; 23(4):853-63. [Uses 2003 MEPS data.]

Diabetes Care
Morrato EH, Hill JO, Wyatt HR, et al. Physical activity in U.S. adults with diabetes and at risk for developing diabetes, 2003. Diabetes Care 2007 Feb; 30(2):203-9. [Uses 2003 MEPS data.]

Health Care Management Science
Ji L, Liu F. HMO versus non-HMO private managed care plans: an investigation on pre-switch consumption. Health Care Manag Sci 2007 Feb; 10(1):67-80. [Uses 1996-2001 MEPS data.]

Alemi F, Loaiza F, Vang J. Probabilistic master lists: integration of patient records from different databases when unique patient identifier is missing. Health Care Manag Sci 2007 Feb; 10(1):95-104. [Uses MEPS 2002 Full Year Population Characteristics data.]

Health Services Research
Baker LC, Chan J. Laws requiring health plans to provide direct access to obstetricians and gynecologists, and use of cancer screening by women. Health Serv Res 2007 Jun; 42(3 Pt 1):990-1007. [Uses 1996-2000 MEPS Institutional Component (MEPS-IC) data; acknowledges research support from AHRQ and MEPS-IC data assistance from AHRQ researcher John Sommers.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Gellad WF, Huskamp HA, Phillips KA, et al. Angiotensin receptor blockers on the formularies of Medicare drug plans. J Gen Intern Med 2007 May 15. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2002-2003 MEPS data.]

Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy
Daniel GW, Malone DC. Characteristics of older adults who meet the annual prescription drug expenditure threshold for Medicare medication therapy management program. J Manag Care Pharm 2007 Mar; 13(2):142-54. [Uses 2002-2003 MEPS data.]

Journal of the National Medical Association
Penniman TV, Taylor SL, Bird CE, et al. The associations of gender, sexual identity and competing needs with healthcare utilization among people with HIV/AIDS. J Natl Med Assoc 2007 Apr; 99(4):419-27. [Uses AHRQ's HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS) population to obtain the study sample.]

Managed Care Interface
Balu S. Incremental treatment expenditure of diabetes in the United States. Manag Care Interface 2007 Apr; 20(4):20-7. [Uses 2004 MEPS data.]

Pediatrics
Bunik M, Glazner JE, Chandramouli V, et al. Pediatric telephone call centers: how do they affect health car use and costs? Pediatrics 2007 Feb; 119(2):e305-13. [Uses 2003 MEPS data.]

Value in Health
Finkelstein EA, Brown DS, Trogdon JG, et al. Age-specific impact of obesity on prevalence and costs of diabetes and dyslipidemia. Value Health 2007 Jan-Feb; 10 Suppl 1: S45-51. [Uses 2001-2003 MEPS data.]

Sullivan PW, Ghushchyan V. Cardiovascular risk factor clusters and employment in the United States. Value Health 2007 Jan-Feb; 10 Suppl 1: S52-8. [Uses 2000 and 2002 MEPS data.]

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