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June 29, 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 Clinical Pathology
Raab SS, Grzybicki DM, Vrbin CM, et al. Urine cytology discrepancies: frequency, causes, and outcomes. Am J Clin Pathol 2007 Jun; 127(6):946-53. [Supported by grant R01 HS13321-01.]

American Journal of Kidney Diseases
Plantinga LC, Fink NE, Levin NW, et al. Early, intermediate, and long-term risk factors for mortality in incident dialysis patients: the Choices for Healthy Outcomes in Caring for ESRD (CHOICE) study. Am J Kidney Dis 2007 Jun; 49(6):831-40. [Supported by grant R01 HS08365.]

American Journal of Medical Sciences
Butt AA, Tsevat J, Ahmad J, et al. Biochemical and virologic parameters in patients co-infected with hepatitis C and HIV versus patients with hepatitis C mono-infection. Am J Med Sci 2007 May; 333(5):271-5. [Supported by grant 1 R03 HS13220-01.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Saag K. Mend the mind, but mind the bones! Balancing benefits and potential skeletal risks of serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Arch Intern Med 2007 Jun 25; 167(12):1231-2. [Supported by grant U18 HS10389.]

Moore C, McGinn T, Halm E. Tying up loose ends: discharging patients with unresolved medical issues. Arch Intern Med 2007 Jun 25; 167(12):1305-11. [Supported by grant K08 HS014020.]

McDaniel SH, Bechman HB, Morse DS, et al. Physician self-disclosure in primary care visits. Arch Intern Med 2007 Jun 25; 167(12):1321-6. [Supported by grant R01 HS1610-01A1.]

Feudtner C, Feinstein JA, Satchell M, et al. Shifting place of death among children with complex chronic conditions in the United States, 1989-2003. JAMA 2007 Jun 27; 297(24):2725-32. [Supported by grant K08 HS00002.]

Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing
Boyington J, Johnson A, Carter-Edwards L. Dissatisfaction with body size among low-income, postpartum black women. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs 2007 Mar-Apr; 36(2):144-51. [Supported by grant R24 HS013353.]

Journal of Patient Safety
Clancy CM. Putting the patient in patient safety. J Patient Saf 2007 Jun; 3(2):65-6. Author is AHRQ director.]

Jordan HS, Pine M, Elixhauser A, et al. Cost-effective enhancement of claims data to improve comparisons of patient safety. J Patient Saf 2007 Jun; 3(2):82-90. [Supported by contract 233-02-0088; third author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets; uses AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators.]

Greenwald JL, Denham CR, Jack BW. The hospital discharge: a review of a high risk care transition with highlights of a reengineered discharge process. J Patient Saf 2007 Jun; 3(2):97-106. [Supported by grant 1 UC1 HS014289-01.]

Journal of Rheumatology
Kroll TL, Richardson M, Sharf BF, et al. Keep on truckin or It s got you in this little vacuum: race-based perceptions in decision-making for total knee arthroplasty. J Rheumatol 2007 May; 34(5):1069-75. [Supported by grant P01 HS10876.]

Journal of Rural Health
Longo DR, Hewett JE, Ge B, et al. Rural hospital patient safety systems implementation in two states. J Rural Health 2007 Summer; 23(3):189-97. [Supported by grant 5 U18 HS011885.]

Allison RA, Manski RJ. The supply of dentists and access to care in rural Kansas. J Rural Health 2007 Summer; 23(3):198-206. [Second author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Gallagher TH, Studdert D, Levinson W. Disclosing harmful medical errors to patients. N Engl J Med 2007 Jun 28; 356(26):2713-9. [Supported by grant 1 K08 HS 01401201.]

Patient Education and Counseling
Gorawara-Bhat R, Cook MA, Sachs GA. Nonverbal communication in doctor-elderly patient transactions (NDEPT): development of a tool. Patient Educ Couns 2007 May; 66(2):223-34. [Supported by grant 1 R03 HS14088-01A1.]

Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Califf RM, CERTs Benefit Assessment Workshop Participants. Benefit assessment of therapeutic products: the Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics. Pharmacoedpidemiol Drug Saf 2007 Jan; 16(1):5-16. [Supported by grant U18 HS10548.]

Quality and Safety in Health Care
Nuckols TK, Bell DS, Liu H, et al. Rates and types of events reported to established incident reporting systems in two U.S. hospitals. Qual Saf Health Care 2007 Jun; 16(3):164-8. [Supported by grant HS11512.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Archives of Internal Medicine
Hasnain-Wynia R, Baker DW, Nerenz D, et al. Disparities in health care are driven by where minority patients seek care: examination of the Hospital Quality Alliance measures. Arch Intern Med 2007 Jun 25; 167(12):1233-9. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Elixhauser, et al. (Med Care, 1998).]

Kinosian B, Stallard E, Wieland D. Projected use of long-term care services by enrolled veterans. Geronotologist 2007 Jun; 47(3):356-64. [Cites AHRQ publication, The Characteristics of Long-term Care Users, 1999.]

Hawes C, Fries BF, James ML, et al. Prospects and pitfalls: use of the RAI-HC assessment by the Department of Veterans Affairs for home care clients. Geronotologist 2007 Jun; 47(3):378-87. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Dalby, Hirdes, and Fries (BMC Health Serv Res, 2005).]

Zylke JW, DeAngelis CD. Pediatric chronic diseases—stealing childhood. JAMA 2007 Jun 27; 297(24):2765-6. [Comments on AHRQ-funded article by Feudtner, et al., in same issue, cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Journal of Endourology
Sweet RM. Review of trainers for transurethral resection of the prostate skills. J Endourol 2007 Mar; 21(3):280-4. [Briefly describes a current AHRQ-funded multi-institutional predictive validity study of training simulator used in this study.]

Journal of Patient Safety
Liang BA. Limited English and health proficiency: a call for action to promote patient safety. J Patient Saf 2007 Jun; 3(2):57-9. [States that public and private community partnerships involving state governments, private entity programs such as pparx and its pharmaceutical company partners, and local minority community groups in collaboration with local charitable foundations should be provided with seed money by AHRQ to create programs that facilitate private and public program education and enrollment.

Pinakiewicz DC. National Patient Safety Foundation marks 10-year anniversary focus on research. J Patient Saf 2007 Jun; 3(2):60-1. [Notes that the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) has also engaged in its own research with support from AHRQ, the major contributor to health care and patient safety research funding in the field.]

McAlearney AS, Vrontos J, Schneider PJ, et al. Strategic work-arounds to accommodate new technology: the case of smart pumps in hospital care. J Patient Saf 2007 Jun; 3(2):75-81. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Kaushal, et al. (JAMA, 2001) and Bates and Gawande (N Engl J Med, 2003).]

Swiderski SM, Pedersen CA, Schneider PJ, Miller AS. A study of the frequency and rationale for overriding allergy warnings in a computerized prescriber order entry system. J Patient Saf 2007 Jun; 3(2):91-6. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Weingart, et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2003).]

Denham CR. TRUST: the 5 rights of the second victim. J Patient Saf 2007 Jun; 3(2):107-19. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Woolf, et al. (Ann Fam Med, 2004).]

Modern Healthcare
Zigmond J. Healthcare quality all over the map. Mod Healthc 2007 Jun 18; 37(25):6-7. [Notes release of AHRQ's State Snapshots report two days prior to the release of Commonwealth Fund report on State-level health system performance.]

Sloane T. A train that hasn t left the station: studies give lie to notion that healthcare is well on the way toward higher quality. Mod Healthc 2007 Jun 18; 37(25):22. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ's State Snapshots report.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Okie S. An elusive balance—residents' work hours and the continuity of care. N Engl J Med 2007 Jun 28; 356(26):2665-7. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Barger, et al. (PLoS Med, 2006).]

Quality and Safety in Health Care
Castle NG, Engberg J, Liu D. Have Nursing Home Compare quality measure scores changed over time in response to competition? Qual Saf Health Care 2007 Jun; 16(3):185-91. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Spector (J Aging Health, 1991) and Cohen and Spector (J Health Econ, 1996).]

Wasson JH, MacKenzie TA, Hall M. Patients use an Internet technology to report when things go wrong. Qual Saf Health Care 2007 Jun; 16(3):213-5. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Stryer and Clancy (BMJ, 2005) and AHRQ-funded articles by Weingart, et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2005) and Kuzel, et al. (Ann Fam Med, 2004).]

Anderson WA, Greene GW, Forse RA, et al. Weight loss and health outcomes in African Americans and whites after gastric bypass surgery. Obesity 2007 Jun; 15(6):1455-63. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Danslinger, et al. (JAMA, 2005).]

Womens Health Issues
Fremont AM, Correa-de-Araujo R, Hayes SN. Gender disparities in managed care: it's time for action. Womens Health Issues 2007 May-Jun; 17(3):116-9. [Second author is former AHRQ director of women's studies and gender-based research.]

Chou AF, Scholle SH, Weisman CS, et al. Gender disparities in the quality of cardiovascular disease care in private managed care plans. Womens Health Issues 2007 May-Jun; 17(3):120-30. [Supported by contract 290-04-0018; fifth author is former AHRQ director of women's studies and gender-based research; acknowledges project management assistance from AHRQ research intern Lok Wong.]

Chou AF, Wong L, Weisman CS, et al. Gender disparities in cardiovascular disease care among commercial and Medicare managed care plans. Womens Health Issues 2007 May-Jun; 17(3):139-49. [Supported by contract 290-04-0018; second author is current AHRQ research intern; sixth author is former AHRQ director of women's studies and gender-based research; acknowledges support from AHRQ staff members Cecilia Casale and Francis Chesley.]

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

Journal of Rural Health
Young WF, McGloin J, Zittleman L, et al. Predictors of colorectal screening in rural Colorado: testing to prevent colon cancer in the High Plains Research Network. J Rural Health 2007 Summer; 23(3):238-45. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on colorectal cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Pao M, Ballard ED, Rosenstein DL. Growing up in the hospital. JAMA 2007 Jun 27; 297(24):2752-9. [Cites AHRQ Technical Review, Diagnosis of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, 1999.]

National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR)/National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR)-Related Articles

Women's Health Issues
Chou AF, Brown AF, Jensen RE, et al Gender disparities in the management of diabetes mellitus among Medicare patients. Womens Health Issues 2007 May-Jun; 17(3):150-61. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2004.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Pines JM, Szyld D. Risk tolerance for the exclusion of potentially life-threatening diseases in the ED. Am J Emerg Med 2007 Jun; 25(5):540-44. [Uses AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ database to identify appropriate guidelines.]

Clinical Infectious Diseases
Zaoutis TE, Heydon K, Localio R, et al. Outcomes attributable to neonatal candidiasis. Clin Infect Dis 2007 May 1; 44(5):1187-93. [Uses 2003 data from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Kid s Inpatient Database (KID).]

Nguyen GC, Segev DL, Thuluvath PJ. Racial disparities in the management of hospitalized patients with cirrhosis and complications of portal hypertension: a national study. Hepatology 2007 May; 45(5):1282-9. [Uses HCUP NIS data from 1998-2003.]

International Journal of Epidemiology
Ferrie JE, Langenberg C, Shipley MJ, et al. Birth weight, components of height and coronary heart disease: evidence from the Whitehall II study. Int J Epidemiol 2006 Dec; 35(6):1532-42. [Use study population from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.]

Journal of Urology
Pohl HG, Joyce GF, Wise M, et al. Vesicoureteral reflux and ureteroceles. J Urol 2007 May; 177(5):1659-66. [Uses HCUP KID data from 1994-2000.]

Joudi FN, Allareddy V, Kane CJ, et al. Analysis of complications following partial and total nephrectomy for renal cancer in a population based sample. J Urol 2007 May; 177(5):1709-14. [Uses HCUP NIS data from 200-2003.]

Wallen EM, Pruthi RS, Joyce GF, et al. Kidney cancer. J Urol 2007 Jun; 177(6):2006-19. [Uses HCUP NIS data from 1994-2000.]

Hollenbeck BK, Daignault S, Dunn RL, et al. Getting under the hood of the volume-outcome relationship for radical cystectomy. J Urol 2007 Jun; 177(6):2095-9. [Uses HCUP NIS data for 2003.]

Hollingsworth JM, Hollenbeck BK, Englesbe MJ, et al. Operative mortality after renal transplantation—does surgeon type matter? J Urol 2007 Jun; 177(6):2255-9. [Uses HCUP NIS data from 1993-2003.]

Journal of Vascular Surgery
McPhee JT, Hill JS, Eslami MH. The impact of gender on presentation, therapy, and mortality of abdominal aortic aneurysm in the United States, 2001-2004. J Vasc Surg 2007 May; 45(5):891-9. [Uses HCUP NIS data from 2001-2004.]

Ferrie JE, Head J, Shipley MJ, et al. BMI, obesity, and sickness absence in the Whitehall II Study. Obesity 2007 Jun; 15(6):1554-64. [Uses study population from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.]

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