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June 25, 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

Academic Medicine
Hripcsak G, Stetson PD, Gordon PG. Using the Federated Council for Internal Medicine curricular guide and administrative codes to assess IM residents' breadth of experience. Acad Med 2004 Jun; 79(6):557-63. [Supported by Grant No. R18 HS11806.]

American Heart Journal
O'Shea JC, Kramer JM, Califf RM, et al. Part I: Identifying holes in the safety net. Am Heart J 2004 Jun; 147(6):977-84. [Supported by Grant No. U18 HS10548.]

Peterson ED, Hirshfeld JW Jr, Ferguson TB, et al. Part II: Sealing holes in the safety net. Am Heart J 2004 Jun; 147(6):985-90. [Supported by Grant No. U18 HS10548.]

American Journal of Infection Control
Bent S, Shojania KG, Saint S. The use of systematic reviews and meta-analyses in infection control and hospital epidemiology. Am J Infect Control 2004 Jun; 32(4):246-54. [Supported by Grant No. P20 HS11540.]

American Journal of Managed Care
Sakowski JA, Phillips KA, Liang SY, et al. Willingness to recommend a health plan: who is dissatisfied and what don't they like? Am J Manag Care 2004 Jun;10(6):393-400. [Supported by Grant Nos. P01 HS10771 and P01 HS10856; uses MEPS data.]

American Journal of Medicine
Auerbach AD, Sanders GD, Hambleton J. Cost-effectiveness of testing for hypercoagulability and effects on treatment strategies in patients with deep vein thrombosis. Am J Med 2004 Jun 15; 116(12):816-28. [Supported by Grant No. HS11416.]

American Journal of Nursing
Cook AF, Haas H, Guttmannova K, et al. An error by any other name. Am J Nurs 2004 Jun; 104(6):32-43. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS11930.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Pronovost PJ, Wu AW, Sexton B. Acute decompensation after removing a central line: practical approaches to increasing safety in the intensive care unit. Ann Intern Med 2004 Jun 15; 140(12):1025-33. [Article published under AHRQ-supported Improving Patient Care section of journal.]

Arthritis and Rheumatism
Saag KG, Olivieri JJ, Patino F, et al. Measuring quality in arthritis care: the Arthritis Foundation's quality indicator set for analgesics. Arthritis Rheum 2004 Jun 15; 51(3):337-49. [Supported by Grant No. U18 HS10389.]

Inquiry
Hellinger FJ. HIV patients in the HCUP database: a study of hospital utilization and costs. Inquiry 2004 Spring; 41(1):95-105. [Author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets; uses AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), State Inpatient Database (SID).]

Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics
Schoenbaum M, Miranda J, Sherbourne C, et al. Cost-effectiveness of interventions for depressed Latinos. J Ment Health Policy Econ 2004 Jun; 7(2):69-76. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS08349.]

Journal of Pediatrics
Smith VC, Zupancic JA, McCormick MC, et al. Rehospitalization in the first year of life among infants with bronchopulmonary dysplasia. J Pediatr 2004 Jun; 144(6):799-803. [Supported by Grant No. T32 HS000063.]

Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Griffin MR, Stein CM, Graham DJ, et al. High frequency of use of rofecoxib at greater than recommended doses: cause for concern. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2004 Jun; 13(6):339-43. [Supported by Grant No. U18 HS10384.]

Spine
Bernstein E, Carey TS, Garrett JM. The use of muscle relaxant medications in acute low back pain. Spine 2004 Jun 15; 29(12):1346-51. [Supported by Grant No. HS06664.]

Dionne CE, Chenard M. Back-related functional limitations among full-time homemakers: a comparison with women employed full-time outside the home. Spine 2004 Jun 15; 29(12):1375-82; discussion 1383 [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS06168.]

[See also article by Buntin et al., Inquiry, 2004, cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles below.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Managed Care
Weilburg JB, Stafford RS, O'Leary KM, et al. Costs of antidepressant medications associated with inadequate treatment. Am J Manag Care 2004 Jun; 10(6):357-65. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Depression in Primary Care, Vol. 2: Treatment of Major Depression, 1993, and update by Schulberg et al, Arch Gen Psychiatry, 1998.]

Maue SK, Segal R, Kimberlin CL, et al. Predicting physician guideline compliance: an assessment of motivators and perceived barriers. Am J Manag Care 2004 Jun; 10(6):383-91. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Greco and Eisenberg (second author is former AHRQ director), N Engl J Med, 1993, and Eisenberg et al., J Health Soc Behav, 1983; AHRQ-funded articles by Overhage et al., Arch Intern Med, 1996, and Leape et al., Am Heart J, 2003.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Meyerhardt JA, Fuchs CS. Hospital procedure volume and outcomes. In response. Ann Intern Med 2004 Jun 15; 140(12):1061-2. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Birkmeyer et al, N Engl J Med, 2003.]

Evidence-based Healthcare
Trujillo AJ. Do for-profit health plans restrict access to high-cost procedures? Evid-based Healthc 2004; 8(3):116-8. [Comments on/reviews AHRQ-funded article by Schneider et al., N Engl J Med, 2004.]

Inquiry
Davidson PL, Andersen RM, Wyn R, et al. A framework for evaluating safety-net and other community-level factors on access for low-income populations. Inquiry 2004 Spring; 41(1):21-38. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Bierman (former AHRQ researcher) et al., Abst Book Assoc Health Serv Res, 1999, Cohen (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends), Inquiry, 1993, and Friedman (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) et al., Med Care Res Rev, 1999; cites AHRQ-funded article by Bindman et al., JAMA, 1995.]

Warner KE, Mendez D, Smith DG. The financial implications of coverage of smoking cessation treatment by managed care organizations. Inquiry 2004 Spring; 41(1):57-69. [Cites PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

JAMA
Sankar P, Cho MK, Condit CM, et al. Genetic research and health disparities. JAMA 2004 Jun23-30; 291(24):2985-9. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Andrews and Elixhauser (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets), Ethn Dis, 2000; cites AHRQ's National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2003.]

Journal of Policy Analysis and Management
Stuber J, Kronebusch K. Stigma and other determinants of participation in TANF and Medicaid. J Policy Anal Manage 2004 Summer; 23(3):509-30. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Cohen et al., Health Aff, 1995.]

Milbank Quarterly
Mor V, Zinn J, Angelelli J, et al. Driven to tiers: socioeconomic and racial disparities in the quality of nursing home care. Milbank Q 2004; 82(2):227-56. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Mukamel and Spector (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets), Gerontologist, 2003, Spector et al., Milbank Q, 1996 and J Aging Health, 1991, and Weinick et al., Med Care Res Rev, 2000.]

Pink Sheet
Pfizer, Novartis learning the VALUE of comparative research. Pink Sheet 2004 Jun 21; 66(25):21. [Mentions AHRQ efforts to set agenda for comparative drug research under Medicare Rx program.]

Report on Medical Guidelines and Outcomes Research
Levenson D. Safety lapses in kids' hospital care cost $1 billion, according to estimate. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2004 Jun 25; 15(12):1-2, 5. [Reviews AHRQ-authored article by Miller and Zhan, Pediatrics, 2004.]

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

American Family Physician
Lesnewski R. Preventing unintended pregnancy: implications for physicians. Am Fam Physician 2004 Jun 15; 69(12):2779-82. [Cites USPSTF 1996 recommendations on counseling for unintended pregnancy.]

Neff NJ. AAP, AAFP, AAO-HNS release guideline on diagnosis and management of otitis media with effusion. Am Fam Physician 2004 Jun 15; 69(12):2929-31. [Notes that current guideline updates AHRQ 1994 clinical practice guideline on otitis media with effusion.]

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for coronary heart disease: recommendation statement. Am Fam Physician 2004 Jun 15; 69(12):2891-5. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations on screening for coronary heart disease as posted on AHRQ Web site and published in Ann Intern Med, 2004.]

Continue breast cancer screening after 65? Am Fam Physician 2004 Jun 15; 69(12):2913. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening mammography published in Ann Intern Med, 2003.]

American Journal of Managed Care
Porter JA, Raebel MA, Conner DA, et al. The Long-term Outcomes of Sibutramine Effectiveness on Weight (LOSE Weight) study: evaluating the role of drug therapy within a weight management program in a group-model health maintenance organization. Am J Manag Care 2004 Jun; 10(6):369-76. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on obesity screening in adults as published in Ann Intern Med, 2003.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Williams JW Jr, Katon W, Lin EH, et al. The effectiveness of depression care management on diabetes-related outcomes in older patients. Ann Intern Med 2004; Jun 15; 140(12):1015-24. [Article published under AHRQ-supported Improving Patient Care section of journal; cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for depression in adults as published in Ann Intern Med, 2002.]

Evidence-based Healthcare
Slevin E. HIgh intensity counseling or behavioural interventions can result in moderate weight loss. Evid-based Healthc 2004; 8(3):136-8. [Comments on/reviews USPSTF recommendations on screening for obesity in adults published in Ann Intern Med, 2003.]

Carney PA. Biennial screening mammography is cost effective in healthy women aged over 65 years. Evid-based Healthc 2004; 8(3):142-4. [Comments on/reviews USPSTF recommendations on screening mammography published in Ann Intern Med, 2003.]

Journal of Medical Screening
Sankaranarayanan R, Thara S, Sharma A, et al. Accuracy of conventional cytology: results from a multicentre screening study in India. J Med Screening 2004; 11(2):77-84. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for cervical cancer published in Am Fam Physician, 1990.]

Report on Medical Guidelines and Outcomes Research
Government group recommends vision screening for young children. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2004 Jun 25; 15(12):3. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations on vision screening for young children published in Ann Fam Med,2004.]

Government task force passes on suicide risk screening recommendation. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2004 Jun 25; 15(12):4. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations on suicide risk screening as posted on AHRQ Web site.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

American Family Physician
Rosenfeld RM, Culpepper L, Yawn B, et al. Otitis media with effusion clinical practice guideline. Am Fam Physician 2004 Jun 15; 69(12):2776-9. [Cites and comments on AHRQ guideline, Otitis Media with Effusion in Young Children, 1994, and AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Diagnosis, Natural History, and Late Effects of Otitits Media with Effusion, 2003.]

Inquiry
Buntin MJ, Escarce JJ, Goldman D, et al. Increased Medicare expenditures for physicians' services: what are the causes? Inquiry 2004 Spring; 41(1):83-94. [Supported by Contract No. 290-97-0001, Task Order No. 8, to Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center and Grant No. T32 HS00046.]

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

Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics
Clark PA. Medication errors in family practice, in hospitals and after discharge from the hospital: an ethical analysis. J Law Med Ethics 2004 Summer; 32(2):349-57. [Cites AHRQ publication, Medical Errors: The Scope of the Problem: Fact Sheet, 2000; cites QuIC report, Doing What Counts for Patient Safety: Federal Actions to Reduce Medical Errors and Their Impact, 2000, and IoM recommendations to establish a patient safety center within AHRQ.]

Quality and Safety in Health Care
Arah OA, Klazinga NS. How safe is the safety paradigm? Qual Saf Health Care 2004 Jun; 13(3):226-232. [Cites QuIC report, Doing What Counts for Patient Safety: Federal Actions to Reduce Medical Errors and Their Impact, 2000, AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001, and AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators, Version 2.1, 2003.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

JAMA
Sirovich BE, Welch HG. Cervical cancer screening among women without a cervix. JAMA 2004 Jun23-30; 291(24):2990-3. [Uses data from AHRQ's HCUP, National Inpatient Sample (NIS) and HCUPnet; cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for cervical cancer in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1989, 1996, and 2003 (updates).]

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