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June 28, 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

Clinical Nephrology
Jaber BL, Lau J, Schmid CH, et al. Effect of biocompatibility of hemodialysis membranes on mortality in acute renal failure: a meta-analysis. Clin Nephrol 2002 Apr; 57(4):274-82. [Grant No. R25 HS09796 and R01 HS10064.]

Digestive Diseases and Sciences
Kurata JH, Nogawa AN, Everhart JE. A prospective study of dyspepsia in primary care. Dig Dis Sci 2002 Apr; 47(4):797-803. [Grant No. R03 HS07257.]

Effective Clinical Practice
Wasson JH, Bubolz TA, Lu Yao G, et al. Prostate biopsies in men with limited life expectancy. Eff Clin Pract 2002 May-Jun; 5(2):137-42. [PORT-II Grant No. HS08397.]

Steiner C, Elixhauser A, Schnaier J. The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project: an overview. Eff Clin Pract 2002 May-Jun; 5(2):143-51. [Authors are researchers with AHRQ's Center for Organization and Delivery Studies.]

Cohen SB. The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey: an overview. Eff Clin Pract 2002 May-Jun; 5(2):152. [Author is director of AHRQ's Center for Cost and Financing Studies.]

Family Practice Management
Gotler RS, Barzilai DA, Kikano GE, et al. Does health habit advice affect patient satisfaction? Fam Pract Manag 2002 May; 9(5):65. [Second author supported by Grant No. 5T32 HS00059-09.]

Health Expectations
Cantor SB, Volk RJ, Cass AR, et al. Psychological benefits of prostate cancer screening: the role of reassurance. Health Expectations 2002 Jun; 5(2):104-13. [Grant No. R01 HS08992.]

Inquiry
Zuvekas SH, Cohen JW. A guide to comparing health care expenditures in the 1996 MEPS to the 1987 NMES. Inquiry 2002 Spring; 39:76-86 [Authors are researchers with AHRQ's Center for Cost and Financing Studies.]

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Farquhar CM, Stryer D, Slutsky J. Translating research into practice: the future ahead. Int J Qual Health Care 2002 Jun; 14(3):233-49. [First author is former researcher with AHRQ's Center for Practice and Technology Assessment; second author is researcher with AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research; third author is researcher with AHRQ's Center for Practice and Technology Assessment.]

Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
HIV Research Network. Hospital and outpatient health services utilization among HIV-infected patients in care in 1999. J Acquir Immun Defic Syndr 2002 May 1; 30(1):21-26. [Contract No. 290-01-0012.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Flores G, Fuentes-Affick E, Barbot O, et al. The health of Latino children: urgent priorities, unanswered questions, and a research agenda. JAMA 2002 Jul 3; 288(12):82-90. [First author is supported by AHRQ Independent Scientist (K02) Award.]

Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions
Casebeer L, Bennett N, Kristofco R, et al. Physician Internet medical information seeking and on-line continuing education use patterns. J Contin Educ Health Prof 2002 Winter; 22(1):33-42. [Grant No. U18 HS10389.]

Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law
Davies HTO, Washington AE, Bindman AB. Health care report cards: implications for vulnerable patient groups and the organizations providing them care. J Health Politics Policy Law 2002 Jun; 27(3):379-99. [Grant No. HS07373.]

Friedman B, Devers KJ, Steiner CA, et al. The use of expensive health technologies in the era of managed care: the remarkable case of neonatal intensive care. J Health Politics Policy Law 2002 Jun; 27(3):441-64. [First three authors are present and former researchers in AHRQ's Center for Organization and Delivery Studies; fourth author is researcher with AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research.]

Journal of Public Health Dentistry
Mofidi M, Konrad TR, Porterfield DS, et al. Provision of care to the underserved populations by National Health Service Corps alumni dentists. J Public Health Dent 2002 Spring; 62(2):102-8. [Grant No. T32 HS00032.]

Journal of Rheumatology
Ausiello JS, Stafford RS. Trends in medication use for osteoarthritis treatment. J Rheumatology 2002 May; 29(5):999-1005. [Grant No. HS07892.]

Journal of Studies on Alcohol
Galvan FH, Bing EG, Fleishman JA, et al. The prevalence of alcohol consumption and heavy drinking among people with HIV in the United States: results from the HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study. J Stud Alcohol 2002 Mar; 63(2):179-86. [Third author is researcher with AHRQ's Center for Cost and Financing Studies; supported by Cooperative Agreement No. U01 HS08578.]

Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Ferguson TB, Coombs LP, Peterson ED. Internal thoracic artery grafting in the elderly patient undergoing coronary bypass grafting: room for process improvement? J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2002 May; 123(5):869-80. [Grant No. R01 HS10403.]

Journal of Traumatic Stress
Calhoun PS, Beckham JC, Feldman ME, et al. Partner's ratings of combat veterans' anger. J Trauma Stress 2002 Apr; 15(2):133-36. [National Research Service Award Grant No. T32 HS00079-01.]

Milbank Quarterly
Clancy CM, Andresen EM. Meeting the health care needs of persons with disabilities [commentary]. Milbank Q 2002; 80(2):381-91. [First author is AHRQ acting director.]

Prehospital Emergency Care
Newgard CD, Lewis RJ. Statistical methods for prehospital care research. Prehosp Emerg Care 2002 Apr-Jun; 6(2 Suppl):S9-17. [Grant No. F32 HS00148.]

Preventive Medicine in Managed Care
Husten CG, Hopkins DP, Williams CG. Making the most of evidence-based research: translating research into practice. Prev Med Manag Care 2002 Jun 25; 3(3):73-83. [Third author is director of AHRQ's Office of Health Care Information.]

Quality of Life Research
Wyrwich KW, Tierney WM, Wolinsky FD. Using the standard error of measurement to identify important changes on the Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire. Qual Life Res 2002 Feb; 11(1):1-7. [Grant No. R01 HS10234 and R01 HS07763.]

Schizophrenia Bulletin
Hermann RC, Finnerty M, Provost S, et al. Process measures for the assessment and improvement of quality of care for schizophrenia. Schizophr Bull 2002; 28(1):95-104. [Grant No. R01 HS10303.]

Violence and Victims
Scherzer T, Pinderhughes HL. Violence and gender: reports from an urban high school. Violence Vict 2002 Feb; 17(1):57-72. [Grant No. HS00086.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Family Physician
Susman J. The care of low back problems: less is more [editorial]. Am Fam Physician 2002 Jun 1; 65(11):2217-18. [Cites consistency of reviewed study's recommendations with AHRQ low back pain guidelines.]

Humphreys SC, Eck JC, Hodges SD. Neuroimaging in low back pain. Am Fam Physician 2002 Jun 1; 65(11):2299-306. [Cites AHRQ low back pain guidelines.]

American Health Line
CHIP: two recent studies assess states' programs. Am Health Line 2002 Jun 20; #9. [Summarizes AHRQ-funded study in Health Care Financ Rev, Spring 2002.]

American Journal of Managed Care
Braun BL, Kind EA, Fowles JB, et al. Consumer response to a report card comparing healthcare systems. Am J Manag Care 2002 Jun; 8(6):522-28. [Cites article in AHRQ report, Consumer Survey Information in a Reforming Health Care System, 1994.]

McPherson CP, Swenson KK, Pine DA, et al. A nurse-based pilot program to reduce cardiovascular risk factors in a primary care setting. Am J Manag Care 2002 Jun; 8(6):543-55. [Cites summary of AHRQ smoking cessation guidelines as published in JAMA, 2000.]

Sidorov J, Shull R. "My patients are sicker": using the Pra risk survey for case finding and examining primary care site utilization patterns in a Medicare-risk MCO. Am J Manag Care 2002 Jun; 8(6):569-75. [Cites article by Bierman (AHRQ researcher) et al., Eff Clin Pract, 1999.]

American Medical News
Addressing concerns about medical studies, privacy. Am Med News 2002 Jun 3; 45(21). [Includes response by AHRQ acting director Carolyn Clancy to question, "What should you tell patients about conflicting research?".]

Blue Sheet
AHRQ full funding, independence defended before IoM's CRR. Blue Sheet 2002 Jun 19; 45(25):3-4. [Summarizes comments by attendees at Institute of Medicine's Clinical Research Roundtable regarding proposed AHRQ budget cuts.]

Eisenberg awarded Baxter Prize posthumously. Blue Sheet 2002 Jun 26; 45(26):24. [Announces award of 2002 Baxter International Foundation Health Services Research Prize to former AHRQ director John Eisenberg.]

Health News Daily
Bristol N. Health care delivery five-year Medicare demonstration outlined in Frist legislation. Health News Daily 2002 Jun 26; 14(123):4-5. [Describes provision for AHRQ representation on national steering committee to oversee demonstrations.]

Inquiry
Schwartz K. Health is a budget priority—its funding needs to be restored [editorial]. Inquiry 2002 Spring; 39(1):3-4. [Discusses proposed budget cuts for AHRQ and impacts on health research.]

Zwanziger J, Mukamel DB, Indridason I. Use of resident-origin data to define nursing home market boundaries. Inquiry 2002 Spring; 39(1):56-66. [Cites Mukamel and Spector (AHRQ researcher), App Econ, 2002.]

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Ballard DJ. In memoriam: John M. Eisenberg, MD, MBA. Quality improvement loses a visionary leader. Int J Qual Health Care 2002 Jun; 14(3):169-72. [Includes tribute to former AHRQ director John Eisenberg by former AHRQ researcher Nancy Foster.]

Owen RR, Thrush CR, Hudson TJ, et al. Using an explicit guideline-based criterion and implicit review to assess antipsychotic dosing performance for schizophrenia. Int J Qual Health Care 2002 Jun; 14(3):199-206. [Cites AHRQ report, Using Clinical Practice Guidelines to Evaluate Quality of Care, 1995, and cites AHRQ's Schizophrenia Patient Outcomes Research Team (PORT) studies.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
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.]

Journal of Family Practice
Callahan EJ, Erttakis KD, Azari R, et al. Association of higher costs with symptoms and diagnosis of depression. J Fam Pract 2002 Jun; 51(6):540-44. [Cites article by Nutting, Franks and Clancy (AHRQ acting director), J Fam Pract, 1992, and AHRQ's depression guidelines.]

Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law
Miller RH, Bovbjerg RR. Efforts to improve patient safety in large, capitated medical groups: description and conceptual model. J Health Politics Policy Law 2002 Jun; 27(3):403-40. [Cites AHRQ-funded study by Evans et al., Arch Intern Med, 1994.]

Medicine and Health
Antibiotic resistance has little role in outpatient prescribing. Med Health 2002 Jun 17; 56(22):4. [Summarizes AHRQ-funded study by University of Pennsylvania's Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTS).]

Milbank Quarterly
Gray BH. In this issue. Milbank Q 2002; 80(2):181-84. [Overviews four articles prepared for AHRQ-sponsored conference in 2001.]

Schlesinger M. A loss of faith: the sources of reduced political legitimacy for the American medical profession. Milbank Q 2002; 80(2):185-235. [Cites article by Hellinger (AHRQ researcher), Am J Manag Care, 1998.]

Perrin JM. Health services research for children with disabilities. Milbank Q 2002; 80(2):303-24. [Cites article by Forrest, Simpson and Clancy (second two authors are AHRQ directors), JAMA, 1997.]

Jette AM, Keysor JJ. Uses of evidence in disability outcomes and effectiveness research. Milbank Q 2002; 80(2):325-45. [Discusses taskings under AHRQ's reauthorization legislation; cites AHRQ-authored study on outcomes research and AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Health Plans study.]

Iezzoni LI. Using administrative data to study persons with disabilities. Milbank Q 2002; 80(2):347-379. [Cites AHCPR (predecessor to AHRQ) authorizing legislation and describes AHRQ's PORT studies.]

Preventive Medicine in Managed Care
McPhillips-Tangum C, Cahill A, Bocchino C, et al. Addressing tobacco in managed care: results of the 2000 survey. Prev Med Manag Care 2002 Jun 25; 3(3):85-94. [Cites AHRQ partnership with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and other organizations and cites AHRQ's smoking cessation guidelines, 2000.]

Bentz CJ, McAfee TA, Lewis T. Convincing leadership to invest in smoking cessation: practical approaches. Prev Med Manag Care 2002 Jun 25; 3(3):103-111. [Cites article in Am J Manag Care, 1996, based on interview with AHRQ smoking cessation guideline principal investigator, Michael Fiore.]

Report on Medical Guidelines & Outcomes Research
Survey reveals health quality disparities for children. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2002 Jun 14; 13(11):4. [Summarizes findings from Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data analyses.]

Levenson D. Outpatient pelvic inflammatory disease treatment as effective as inpatient care, study finds. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2002 Jun 14; 13(11):9-10, 12. [Summarizes AHRQ-funded study published in Am J Obstet Gynecol, 2002 May.]

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

American Family Physician
Wright J. Inside AFP. And the evidence is? Am Fam Physician 2002 Jun 1; 65(11):2193. [Includes questions about issues on "Putting Prevention into Practice," and "U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: Recommendations and Rationale" in survey on journal format changes.]

American Journal of Managed Care
Fletcher RH, Colditz GA, Pawlson G, et al. Screening for colorectal cancer: the business case. Am J Manag Care 2002 Jun; 8(6):531-38. [Cites colorectal cancer screening guidelines from Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

British Journal of Clinical Governance
Johanson RB, Rigby C. The "ASQUAM" programme: improving the standards of maternity care, using democratic prioritization, guidelines and audit. Br J Clin Governance 2002; 7(2):112-21. [Cites electronic fetal monitoring guidelines from Guide to Clinical Preventive Services: an Assessment of the Effectiveness of 169 Interventions, 1989.]

Effective Clinical Practice
Farrell MH, Murphy MA, Schneider CE. How underlying patient beliefs can affect physician-patient communication about prostate-specific antigen testing. Eff Clin Pract 2002 May-Jun; 5(3):120-29. [Cites prostate cancer screening guidelines from Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Schwartz LM, Woloshin S. News media coverage of screening mammography for women in their 40s and tamoxifen for primary prevention of breast cancer. JAMA 2002 Jun 19; 287(23):3136-42. [Cites Task Force guidelines as "quoted once" in comparison to 19 quotes for the American Cancer Society.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Report on Medical Guidelines & Outcomes Research
Evidence quality ratings examined. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2002 Jun 14; 13(11):4. [Summarizes AHRQ evidence-based report on Systems to Rate the Strength of Scientific Evidence.]

Quality Commission/QuIC Task Force-Related Articles

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Morris CJ, Cantrill JA, Hepler CD, et al. Preventing drug-related morbidity-determining valid indicators. Int J Qual Health Care 2002 Jun; 14(3):183-98. [Cites Commission's final report, Quality First: Better Health Care for all Americans, 1998.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

British Journal of Clinical Governance
Jeacocke D, Sprogis A, Lowe J, et al. Adopting guideline review criteria as part of a regional project to improve heart failure management in general practice. Br J Clin Governance 2002; 7(2):104-11. [Uses review criteria from AHRQ heart failure guidelines and includes criteria as appendix.]

Effective Clinical Practice
Rigotti NA, Quinn VP, Stevens VJ, et al. Tobacco-control policies in 11 leading managed care organizations: progress and challenges. Eff Clin Pract 2002 May-Jun; 5(3):130-36. [Uses AHRQ's smoking cessation guidelines, 1996 and 2000, as basis of comparison for policies and practices of managed care organizations in discouraging tobacco use.]

Milbank Quarterly
Dejong G, Palsbo SE, Beatty PW, et al. The organization and financing of health services for persons with disabilities. Milbank Q 2002; 80(2):261-301. [Revision of paper previously prepared for AHRQ; uses MEPS data and variables.]

Preventive Medicine in Managed Care
Andrews AM, Radosevich TR, Salber PR, et al. Building connectivity among health plans, purchasers, patients, and providers: winning partnerships. Prev Med Manag Care 2002 Jun 25; 3(3):95-101. [Uses AHRQ smoking cessation guidelines as the basis for core recommendations for physicians.]

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