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June 14, 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
Bost JE, Thompson JW, Shih S, et al. Differences in health care quality for children and adults under managed care: justification for separate quality assessments? Amb Pediatr 2002 May-Jun; 2(3):224-29. [Supported by AHRQ through CAHPS® Harvard Consortium.]

The American Journal of Cardiology
LaPointe NA, Kramer JM, DeLong ER, et al. Patient-reported frequency of taking aspirin in a population with coronary artery disease. Am J Cardiol 2002 May 1; 89(6):1042-46. [Grant No. U18 HS10548.]

American Journal of Hypertension
Egan BM, Lackland DT, Basile JN. American Society of Hypertension regional chapters: leveraging the impact of the Clinical Hypertension Specialist I the local community. Am J Hypertens 2002 Apr; 15(4 Pt 1):372-79. [Grant No. P01 HS1087.]

Anesthesiology
Silver JH, Kennedy SK, Even-Shoshan O, et al. Anesthesiologist board certification and patient outcomes. Anesthesiology 2002 May; 96(5):1044-52. [Grant No. HS6560 and HS9460.]

Annals of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology
Glauber JH, Fuhlbrigge AL. Stratifying asthma populations by medication use: how you count counts. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 2002 May; 88(5):451-56. [Grant No. T32 HS00063.]

Annals of Emergency Medicine
Newgard CD, Lewis RJ, Jolly BT. Use of out-of-hospital variables to predict severity of injury in pediatric patients involved in motor vehicle crashes. Ann Emerg Med 2002 May; 39(5):481-91. [Grant No. F32 HS00148.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Owens P, Bradley EH, Horwitz SM, et al. Clinical assessment of function among women with a recent cerebrovascular event: a self-reported versus performance-based measure. Ann Intern Med 2002 Jun 4; 136(11):802-11. [First author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Organization and Delivery Studies.]

Chest
Smith WR, Poses RM, McClish DK, et al. Prognostic judgments and triage decisions for patients with acute congestive heart failure. Chest 2002 May; 121(5):1610-17. [Grant No. HS06274.]

Critical Care Medicine
Hallstrom AP. Should time from cardiac arrest until call to emergency medical services (EMS) be collected in EMS research? Crit Care Med 2002 Apr; 30(4 Suppl):S127-30. [Grant No. 5 R01 HS08197-04.]

Epidemiology
Putman KG, Buist DS, Fishman P, et al. Chronic disease score as a predictor of hospitalization. Epidemiology 2002 May; 13(3):340-46. [Grant No. HS10391.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Balk EM, Bonis PA, Moskowitz H, et al. Correlation of quality measures with estimates of treatment effect in meta-analyses of randomized controlled trials. JAMA 2002 Jun 12; 287(22):2973-82. [Contract No. 290-97-0019.]

Journal of Gerontological Nursing
Barry CR, Brown K, Esker D, et al. Nursing assessment of ill nursing home residents. J Gerontol Nurs 2002 May; 28(5):4-7. [Grant No. 1R01 HS08551.]

Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Dawson R, Spross JA, Jablonski ES, et al. Probing the paradox of patients' satisfaction with inadequate pain management. J Pain Symptom Manage 2002 Mar; 23(3):211-20. [Grant No. R01 HS08691.

Journal of Urology
Kjerulff KH, Langenberg PW, Greenaway L, et al. Urinary incontinence and hysterectomy in a large prospective cohort study in American women. J Urology 2002 May; 167(5):2088-92. [Grant No. HS06885.]

Fink KS, Carson CC, DeVellis RF. Adult circumcision outcomes study: effect on erectile function, penile sensitivity, sexual activity and satisfaction. J Urology 2002 May; 167(5):2113-16. [First author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research.]

Medical Care
Escalante A, Barrett J, del Rincon I, et al. Disparity in total hip replacement affecting Hispanic Medicare beneficiaries. Med Care 2002 Jun; 40(6):451-60. [Grant No. 1R01 HS09775-01.] .

Holtzman J, Saleh K, Kane R. Gender differences in functional status and pain in a Medicare population undergoing elective total hip arthroplasty. Med Care 2002 Jun; 40(6):461-70. [Grant No. R01 HS09735-02.]

Restuccia JD, Shwartz M, Kreger RE, et al. Does more "appropriateness" explain higher rates of cardiac procedures among patients hospitalized with coronary heart disease? Med Care 2002 Jun; 40(6):500-9. [Grant No. R01 HS06048.]

Lim YW, Andersen R, Leake B, et al. How accessible is medical care for homeless women? Med Care 2002 Jun; 40(6):510-20. [Grant No. R01 HS08323.]

Wolf LE, Croughan M, Lo B. The challenges of IRB review and human subjects protections in practice-based research. Med Care 2002 Jun; 40(6):521-29. [Partially supported by AHRQ, no grant number given; cites presentation of related manuscript at AHRQ-sponsored conference in 2001.]

Clancy CM, Lawrence W. Is outcomes research on cancer ready for prime time? Med Care 2002 Jun; 40(6 Suppl):III-92-100. [First author is acting director of AHRQ; second author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research.]

Medical Care Research and Review
Kirby JB, Kaneda T. Health insurance and family structure: the case of adolescents in skipped-generation families. Med Care Res Rev 2002 Jun; 59(2):146-65. [First author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Cost and Financing Studies.]

Unruh L. Nursing staff reductions in Pennsylvania hospitals: exploring the discrepancy between perceptions and data. Med Care Res Rev 2002 Jun; 59(2):197-14. [Supported by grant from AHRQ; no grant number given.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Needleman J, Buerhaus P, Mattke S, et al. Nurse-staffing levels and the quality of care in hospitals. N Engl J Med 2002 May 30; 346(22):1715-22. [Grant No. R01 HS09958.]

Gaspoz JM, Coxson PG, Goldman PA, et al. Cost effectiveness of aspirin, clopidogrel, or both for secondary prevention of coronary heart disease. N Engl J Med 2002 Jun 6; 346(23):1800-6. [Grant No. R01 HS06258.]

Patient Education and Counseling
Cegala DJ, McClure L, Marinelli TM, et al. The effects of communication skills training on patients' participation during medical interviews. Patient Educ Couns 2002 Sep; 41(2):209-22. [Grant No. R03 HS90110-01T.]

Pediatrics
Feudtner C, Christakis DA, Zimmerman FJ, et al. Characteristics of deaths occurring in children's hospitals: implications for supportive care services. Pediatrics 2002 May; 109(5):887-93. [Grant No. K08 HS00002.]

Lara M, Rosenbaum S, Rachelefsky G, et al. Improving childhood asthma outcomes in the United States: a blueprint for policy action. Pediatrics 2002 May; 109(5):919-30. [Grant No. K08 HS00008.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Health Line
Nurse staffing: low levels up patient complications, death. Am Health Line 2002 May 30; #2. [Summarizes AHRQ-funded study by Needleman et al. cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

American Journal of Public Health
Albert D, Ward A, Ahluwalia K, et al. Addressing tobacco in managed care: a survey of dentists' knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. Am J Public Health 2002 Jun; 92(6):997-1001. [Cites AHRQ's smoking cessation guidelines.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Thomas EJ, Studdert DM, Brennan TA. The reliability of medical record review for estimating adverse event rates. Ann Intern Med 2002 Jun 4; 136(11):812-16. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Localio et al., Ann Intern Med, 1996, and article by Helen Burstin (director of AHRQ's Center for Primary Care Research) et al., Med Care, 2000.]

BNA's Health Care Policy Report
Study links nurse staffing levels to hospital patient complications, deaths. BNA Health Care Policy Rep 2002 Jun 3; 10(22):781. [Summarizes findings in AHRQ-funded study by Needleman et al. cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

BNA's Health Plan & Provider Report
Huge potential savings in health cost seen from use of outcomes management. BNA Health Plan Provider Rep 2002 May 29; 8(22):635-36. [Cites White Paper's quotation of "1999 figures" on health care spending from AHRQ.]

Study links nurse staffing levels to hospital patient complications, deaths. BNA Health Plan Provider Rep 2002 Jun 5; 8(23):659. [Summarizes findings in AHRQ-funded study by Needleman et al. cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Canadian Medical Association Journal
Borrie MJ, Bawden M, Speechley M, et al. Interventions led by nurse continence advisers in the management of urinary incontinence: a randomized controlled trial. CMAJ 2002 May 14; 166(10):1267-73. [Cites AHRQ's urinary incontinence guidelines.]

Health News Daily
Young J. RN staffing levels tied to adverse outcomes by Harvard-Vanderbilt study. Health News Daily 2002 May 30; 14(104):6-7. [Summarizes findings in AHRQ-funded study by Needleman et al. cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

International Journal of Health Services
Harrington C, Woolhandler S, Mullan J, et al. Does investor-ownership of nursing homes compromise the quality of care? Int J Health Serv 2002; 32(2):315-25. [Cites article by Kovner and Gergen (former and present AHRQ researchers), Image J Nurs Schol, 1998; article by Cohen and Spector (AHRQ researchers), J Health Econ, 1996; and article by Spector et al., Health Econ, 1998.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Jefferson T, Demicheli V, Vale L. Quality of systematic reviews of economic evaluations in health care. JAMA 2002 Jun 5; 287(21):2809-12. [Cites articles by Elixhauser (AHRQ researcher), Med Care, 1993 and 1998.]

Ask your patient two questions: Do you smoke? Do you want to quit? JAMA 2002 Jun 5; 287(21):2873. [Gives ordering information for AHRQ-sponsored smoking cessation guidelines, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence.]

Medical Care
Ang DC, Ibrahim SA, Burant CJ, et al. Ethnic differences in the perception of prayer and consideration of joint arthroplasty. Med Care 2002 Jun; 40(6):471-76. [Cites Trends in Hospital Procedures Performed on Black Patients and White Patients, Provider Studies Note 20, 1994.]

Maciejewski ML, Diehr P, Smith MA, et al. Common methodological terms in health services research and their symptoms Med Care 2002 Jun; 40(6):477-84. [Cites AHRQ's National Medical Care Expenditures Survey (NMCES) and Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) as "well known health services surveys that employ a cross-sectional time-series study design".]

Zaslavsky AM, Zaborski LB, Cleary PD. Factors affecting response rates to the Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Study survey. Med Care 2002 Jun; 40(6):485-99. [Cites Consumer Assessment of Health Plans (CAHPS®) surveys and studies.]

Ganz PA. What outcomes matter to patients. A physician-researcher point of view. Med Care 2002 Jun; 40(6 Suppl):III-11-19. [Cites Mandelblatt and Eisenberg, Oncology, 1995, and AHRQ-funded article by Mandelblatt et al., Cancer, 2000.]

Kahn KL, Malin JL, Adams J, et al. Developing a reliable, valid, and feasible plan for quality-of-care measurement for cancer. How should we measure? Med Care 2002 Jun; 40(6 Suppl):III-73-85. [Cites Mandelblatt and Eisenberg, Oncology, 1995.]

Teutsch SM. A framework for outcomes research in cancer. Response to Carolyn Clancy. Med Care 2002 Jun; 40(6 Suppl):III-101-7. [Comments on article by Clancy and Lawrence cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Medical Care Research and Review
Stuart B, Briesacher B. Medication decisions-right and wrong. Med Care Res Rev 2002 Jun; 59(2):123-45. [Cites MEPS as source of national data on drug use.]

Aiken LH. Commentary. Med Care Res Rev 2002 Jun; 59(2):215-22. [Comments on article by Unruh cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles; cites recent funding by AHRQ and the National Institute for Nursing Research (under Grant No. R01 NR04513) to investigate how nursing affects the volumes-outcomes relationship.]

Medicine and Health
NIH-supported disparity centers will see smaller cuts. Med Health 2002 Jun 10; 56(21):5. [Summarizes impact of proposed budget cuts on AHRQ research on racial disparities and quotes remarks by AHRQ acting director Carolyn Clancy.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Steinbrook R. Nursing in the crossfire. N Engl J Med 2002 May 30; 346(22):1757-66. [Comments on AHRQ-funded study by Needleman et al. cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Wood AJ. When increased therapeutic benefit comes at increased cost. N Engl J Med 2002 May 30; 346(22):1819-21. [Comments on AHRQ-funded study by Gaspoz et al. cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Pink Sheet
HHS reg reform committee to discuss adverse event reporting June 10. Pink Sheet 2002 Jun 10; 64(23):13. [Cites possible discussion at meeting of a proposal for a central repository of adverse event reports developed by the Centers for Evaluation & Research in Therapeutics (CERTS) and funded by AHRQ.]

SEA Currents
Wescott BM. Big D: Diversity resources in nursing. SEA Currents 2002 May-Jun; 20(3):3-5. [Includes citations for four AHRQ-related items: an article by Brach and Fraser (researcher in and director of AHRQ's Center for Organization and Delivery Studies, respectively) on cultural competency in Med Care Res Rev, 2000; an AHRQ-funded dissertation grant on cultural competency in hospitals; a Research Activities summary of AHRQ research on cultural competency and racial disparities; and a workshop on cultural competency given by AHRQ's User Liaison Program in 1999.]

Wescott BM. Cyberspace: URLs useful resources for Libraries. SEA Currents 2002 May-Jun; 20(3):15-16. [Includes citations for an AHRQ press release for AHRQ Focus on Research: Disparities in Health Care and AHRQ's Talking Quality Web site.]

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

Ambulatory Pediatrics
Kahn JA, Colditz G, Aweh GN, et al. Prevalence and correlates of pelvic examinations in sexually active female adolescents. Amb Pediatr 2002 May-Jun; 2(3):212-17. [Cites Task Force recommendations for screening for sexually transmitted infections in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

American Family Physician
Miser WF. An aspirin a day keeps the MI away (for some) [editorial]. Am Fam Physician 2002 May 15; 65(10):2000-3. [Comments on Task Force recommendations on use of aspirin for prevention of cardiovascular events cited below.

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Aspirin for the primary prevention of cardiovascular events: recommendations and rationale. Am Fam Physician 2002 May 15; 65(10):2107-10. [Summarizes Task Force recommendations on use of aspirin for prevention of cardiovascular events.]

Clinical Journal of Womens' Health
Smith KS, O'Connor EA, Valanis BG, et al. Intermittent and nonusers of mammography. Comparison of demographics, health beliefs, and health care use. Clin J Women Health 2002 Mar; 2(1):19-28. [Cites Task Force recommendations for mammography screening in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Nelson De, Bland S, Powell-Griner, et al. State trends in health risk factors and receipt of clinical preventive services among U.S. adults during the 1990s. JAMA 2002 May 22/29; 287(20):2659-67. [Cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Medical Care
Doebbeling BN, Vaughn TE, Woolson RF, et al. Benchmarking Veterans Affairs Medical Centers in the delivery of preventive health services. Comparison of methods. Med Care 2002 May; 40(6):540-54. [Cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996; cites article by Burstin et al., Am J Med, 1999; and cites article by Greco and Eisenberg, N Engl J Med, 1993.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement
Cox JL, Diamond LH, Hatlie MJ. Overview of the Partnership Symposium 2001: patient safety-stories of success. Jt Comm J Qual Improv 2002 Jun; 28(6):283-86. [Cites AHRQ's financial and programming support for the symposium and lauds the contributions of former AHRQ director John Eisenberg towards increased patient safety awareness; cites presentation by former AHRQ researcher Nancy Foster on AHRQ's evidence-based report Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety, 2001.]

Quality Commission/QuIC Task Force-Related Articles

Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement
Greengold NL. A Web-based program for implementing evidence-based patient safety recommendations. Jt Comm J Qual Improv 2002 Jun; 28(6):340-48. [Cites inclusion of hyperlinks to patient safety resources at the AHRQ and Quality Interagency Coordination (QuIC) Task Force Web sites in one of three Safety Optimizer modules; cites AHRQ-funded studies on adverse drug events.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data

Medical Care
Lipscomb J, Snyder CF. The outcomes of cancer outcomes research. Focusing on the National Cancer Institute's quality-of-care initiative. Med Care 2002 May; 40(6 Suppl):III-3-10. [Uses AHRQ's framework for assessing the impact of outcomes and effectiveness research to evaluate specific projects under NCI's Quality of Cancer Care initiative.]

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