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July 18, 2008


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

Alzheimer's & Dementia
Dilworth-Anderson P, Hendrie HC, Manly JJ, et al. Diagnosis and assessment of Alzheimer's disease in diverse populations. Alzheimers Dement 2008 Jul; 4(4):305-9. [Supported by grant R01 HS10884.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Medical Quality
Clancy CM. New patient safety organizations lower roadblocks to medical error reporting. Am J Med Qual 2008 Jul-Aug; 23(4):318-21. [Author is AHRQ director.]

American Surgeon
Zaydfudim V, Stover DG, Caro SW, et al. Presentation of a medullary endocrine neoplasia 2A kindred with Cushing's syndrome. Am Surg 2008 Jul; 74(7):659-61. [Supported by grant T32 HS013833.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Internal Medicine
Weissman JS, Schneider EC, Weingart SN, et al. Comparing patient-reported hospital adverse events with medical record review: do patients know something that hospitals do not? Ann Intern Med 2008 Jul 15; 149(2):100-8. [Supported by grant U18 HS11928.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Surgical Oncology
Neuman HB, Patel A, Ishill N, et al. A single-institution validation of the AJCC staging system for stage IV melanoma. Ann Surg Oncol 2008 Jul; 15(7):2034-41. [Supported by grant 5 T32 HS000066.] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Internal Medicine
Mauksch LB, Dugdale DC, Dodson S, et al. Relationship, communication, and efficiency in the medical encounter: creating a clinical model from a literature review. Arch Intern Med 2008 Jul 14; 168(13):1387-95. [Supported by grant R01 HS13172-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Arthritis & Rheumatism
Nguyen-Oghalai TU, Wu H, McNearney TA, et al. Functional outcome after stroke in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. Arthritis Rheum 2008 Jul 15; 59(7):59(7):984-8. [Supported by grant R24 HS011618.] Select to access the abstract.

BMC Medical Genetics
Morgan TM, Xiao L, Lyons P, et al. Investigation of 89 candidate gene variants for effects on all-cause mortality following acute coronary syndrome. BMC Med Genet 2008 Jul 12; 9:66. [Supported by grant R01 HS11282-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Expert Review of Vaccines
Gidengil CA, Sandora TJ, Lee GM. Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis vaccination of adults in the USA. Expert Rev Vaccines 2008 Jul; 7(5):621-34. [Supported by grants T32 HS00063 (to first author) and K08 HS013908-01A1 (to third author).] Select to access the abstract.

Health Care Management Review
Orzano AJ, Ohman-Strickland PA, Patel M. What can family medicine practices do to facilitate knowledge management? Health Care Manage Rev 2008 Jul-Sep; 33(3):216-24. [Supported by grant K08 HS14018.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Ambulatory Care Management
Cheung K, Moiduddin A, Chin MH, et al. The perceived financial impact of quality improvement efforts in community health centers. J Ambul Care Manage 2008 Jul; 31(2):111-19. [Supported by grant U01 HS013635.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine
Pearce KA, Love MM, Shelton BJ, et al. Cardiovascular risk education and social support (CaRESS): report of a randomized controlled trial from the Kentucky Ambulatory Network (KAN). J Am Board Fam Med 2008 Jul-Aug; 21(4):269-81. [Supported by grant 5 R18 HS010887-03.] Select to access the abstract.

Sussman AL, Williams RL, Leverence R, et al. Self determination theory and preventive care delivery: a Research Involving Outpatient Settings Network (RIOS Net) study. J Am Board Fam Med 2008 Jul-Aug; 21(4):282-92. [Supported by grant 5 R21 HS013496.] Select to access the abstract.

Mold JW, Aspy CA, Nagykaldi Z. Implementation of evidence-based preventive services delivery processes in primary care: an Oklahoma Physicians Resource/Research Network (OKPRN) study. J Am Board Fam Med 2008 Jul-Aug; 21(4):334-44. [Supported by grant 5 R21 HS041850-02.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Reynolds KS, Hanson LC, DeVellis RF, et al. Disparities in pain management between cognitively intact and cognitively impaired nursing home residents. J Pain Symptom Manage 2008 Apr; 35(4):388-96. [Supported by AHRQ/NRSA predoctoral fellowship to first author; grant number not available.] Select to access the abstract.

Palliative and Supportive Care
Reynolds KS, Hanson LC, Henderson M, et al. End-of-life care in nursing home settings: do race or age matter? Palliat Supp Care 2008 Mar; 6(1):21-7. [Supported by AHRQ/NRSA predoctoral fellowship to first author; grant number not available.] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Medical Quality
Haydar Z, Gunderson J, Ballard DJ, et al. Accelerating best care in Pennsylvania: adapting a large academic system's quality improvement process to rural community hospitals. Am J Med Qual 2008 Jul-Aug; 23(4):252-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Filardo et al. (Am J Med Qual, 2007 and in press).] Select to access the abstract.

Thompson DA, Cowan J, Holzmueller C, et al. Planning and implementing a systems-based patient safety curriculum in medical education. Am J Med Qual 2008 Jul-Aug; 23(4):271-8. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Clancy (Am J Med Qual, 2005); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006, Ann Intern Med, 2004, J Crit Care, 2003, and Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Hollenbeak CS, Gorton CP, Tabak YP, et al. Reductions in mortality associated with intensive public reporting of hospital outcomes. Am J Med Qual 2008 Jul-Aug; 23(4):279-86. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Romano et al. (Med Care, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Fong J, Marsh GM, Stokan LA, et al. Hospital quality performance report: an application of composite scoring. Am J Med Qual 2008 Jul-Aug; 23(4):287-95. [Uses measures selected from AHRQ's Quality Indicators and notes similarities between the Hospital Quality Performance Report developed for this study and the Hospital Care Quality Information from AHRQ's Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (HCAHPS); cites AHRQ publication Mode Adjustment of the CAHPS Hospital Survey published on the HCAPHS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Clarke JL. AJMQ annual meeting: summary report and key messages. Am J Med Qual 2008 Jul-Aug; 23(4):311-17. [Mentions AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy's acceptance of the 2008 ACMQ Founders Award on behalf of AHRQ.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Wolff JL, Roter DL. Hidden in plain sight: medical visit companions as a resource for vulnerable older adults. Arch Intern Med 2008 Jul 14; 168(13):1409-15. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Iezzoni (Arch Intern Med, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Canadian Medical Association Journal
Ebbert JO, Hays JT. The missing link in tobacco control. CMAJ 2008 Jul 15; 179(2):123-4. [Cites and discusses PHS-sponsored guideline Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2008 Update.]

Circulation
Krumholz HM. Outcomes research: generating evidence for best practice and policies. Circulation 2008 Jul 15; 118(3):309-18. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Clancy and Eisenberg (Science, 1998).]

Evidence-Based Nursing
Boersma RR. Review: behavioural interventions promote tobacco cessation in users of smokeless tobacco. EBN 2008 Jul; 11(3):77. [Cites PHS-sponsored guideline Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

Journal of Ambulatory Care Management
Lukas CV, Meterko MM, Mohr D, et al. Implementation of a clinical innovation: the case of advanced clinic access in the Department of Veterans Affairs. J Ambul Care Manage 2008 Apr-Jun; 31(2):94-108. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Bradley et al. (Qual Saf Health Care, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Miller DR, Rogers WH, Kazis LE, et al. Patients' self-report of diseases in the Medicare Health Outcomes Survey based on comparisons with linked survey and medical data from the Veterans Health Administration. J Ambul Care Manage 2008 Apr-Jun; 31(2):154-77. [Cites AHRQ publication Report to Congress: The Feasibility of Linking Research-related Databases to Federal and Non-federal Medical Administrative Databases, 1991; uses lists of diagnostic codes derived from AHRQ-sponsored comorbidity indexes (Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol, J Clin Epidemiol, 1992, and Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

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

American Family Physician
Spalding MC, Sebesta SC. Geriatric screening and preventive care. Am Fam Physician 2008 Jul 15; 78(2):206-16. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on counseling to prevent tobacco use and tobacco-caused disease (as published on AHRQ Web site), behavioral counseling in primary care to promote physical activity (Ann Intern Med, 2002), behavioral counseling in primary care to promote a healthy diet (Ann Intern Med, 2003), screening for skin cancer (Am J Prev Med, 2001), screening for cervical cancer (as published on AHRQ Web site), and screening for osteoporosis in postmenopausal women (Ann Intern Med, 2002); cites USPSTF recommendation statement on screening and behavioral counseling interventions in primary care to reduce alcohol misuse (Ann Intern Med, 2004), screening for bladder cancer in adults (as published on AHRQ Web site), and screening for carotid artery stenosis (Ann Intern Med, 2007); cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, as published on AHRQ Web site; cites PHS-sponsored guideline Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Health Promotion
Benedict MA, Arterburn D. Worksite-based weight loss programs: a systematic review of recent literature. Am J Health Promot 2008 Jul-Aug; 22(6):408-16. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review by McTigue et al. on screening and interventions for obesity in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

The Journal of Family Practice
Davidson JH, Chutka DS. Benign prostatic hyperplasia: treat or wait? J Fam Pract 2008 Jul; 57(7):454-63. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence update by Harris et al. on screening for prostate cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Campos-Outcalt D. Should you screen—or not? The latest recommendations. J Fam Pract 2008 Jul; 57(7):469-72. [Reviews various screening recommendations issued by the USPSTF in 2007-2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Shah ZH, Rao S, Mayo HG, et al. Clinical inquiries. What are the most effective ways you can help patients stop smoking? J Fam Pract 2008 Jul; 57(7):478-9. [Cites PHS-sponsored guideline Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000).]

Medical Economics
Raj YP. How primary care doctors can screen for depression. Med Econ 2008 Jul 18; 85(14):28-33. [Mentions USPSTF recommendation for formal and routine screening on depression ("While many doctors outside of the mental health arena are hesitant to adopt routine screening, the Task Force's Category B recommendation indicates some evidence that this simple intervention improves key outcomes") and quotes the USPSTF as reporting "that up to 30 percent of primary care patients treated for depression and/or anxiety actually have an underlying bipolar disorder, which is one of the most important psychiatric disorders to consider when you evaluate a depressed patient".]

New England Journal of Medicine

Tinetti ME, Baker DI, King M, et al. Effect of dissemination of evidence in reducing injuries from falls. N Engl J Med 2008 Jul 17; 359(3):252-61. [Cites AHRQ publication Put Prevention Into Practice: A Step-by-Step Guide to Delivering Clinical Preventive Services, 2002, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

American Family Physician
Keister D, Roberts KT, Werner SL. Strategies for breastfeeding success. Am Fam Physician 2008 Jul 15; 78(2): 225-34. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Breastfeeding and Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes in Developed Countries, 2007,as published on AHRQ Web site; cites USPSTF-sponsored systematic evidence review and meta-analysis on the effectiveness of primary care-based interventions to promote breastfeeding (Ann Fam Med, 2003) and USPSTF recommendation statement Behavioral Interventions to Promote Breastfeeding, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Sinusas K. Why can't I get my patients to exclusively breastfeed their babies? Am Fam Physician 2008 Jul 15; 78(2): 265-8. [Cites AHRQ publication Breastfeeding and Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes in Developed Countries, 2007, as published on AHRQ website.]

Lancet
Damoiseaux RA. Antibiotics for acute rhinosinusitis. Lancet 2008 Jul 12-18; 372(9633): 115-16. [Author's reply cites AHRQ-Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment of Acute Bacterial Rhinosinusitis, 1999, as published on AHRQ Web site.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Rohl J, Kjerulff K, Langenberg P, et al. Bilateral oophorectomy and depressive symptoms 12 months later after hysterectomy. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2008 Jul; 199(1):22.e1-e5. [Analyzes data previously collected for the AHRQ-funded Maryland Women's Health Study.] Select to access the abstract.

Abenhaim HA, Azoulay L, Kramer MS, et al. Incidence and risk factors of amniotic fluid embolisms: a population-based study on 3 million births in the United States. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2008 Jul; 199(1):49.e1-e8. [Uses 1999-2003 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data to estimate the incidence and case fatality of AFEs.] Select to access the abstract.

Cancer
Kwon JS, Sun CC, Peterson SK, et al. Cost-effectiveness analysis of prevention strategies for gynecologic cancers in Lynch syndrome. Cancer 2008 Jul 15; 113(2):326-35. [Uses AHRQ publications Hospital and Ambulatory Surgery Care for Women's Cancers, HCUP Highlights Issue 2, 2006, and Statistics on Stays in U.S. Hospitals, Principal Diagnosis, on HCUP Web site, as sources for direct costs of endometrial cancer surgery.] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Myers RP, Papay KD, Shaheen AA, et al. Relationship between hospital volume and outcomes of esophageal variceal bleeding in the United States. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol 2008 Jul;6(7):789-98. [Uses and cites 1998-2005 HCUP NIS data to identify patients hospitalized for esophageal variceal bleeding.] Select to access the abstract.

Obstetrics & Gynecology
Kwon JS, Lu KH. Cost-effectiveness analysis of endometrial cancer prevention strategies for obese women. Obstet Gynecol 2008 Jul; 112(1):56-63. [Uses AHRQ publications Hospital and Ambulatory Surgery Care for Women's Cancers, HCUP Highlights Issue 2, 2006, and Hospitalization in the United States, 2002, published 2005, as sources for direct costs of endometrial or ovarian cancer surgery.] Select to access the abstract.

Stroke
Tang J, Wan JY, Bailey JE. Performance of comorbidity measures to predict stroke and death in a community-dwelling, hypertensive Medicaid population. Stroke 2008 Jul;39(7):1938-44. [Uses Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Med Care, 1998) for use with administrative data.] Select to access the abstract.

Value Health
Xiao H, Barber JP. The effect of perceived health status on patient satisfaction. Value Health 2007 Dec 17. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 1999 data from AHRQ's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Household Component for people 35-64 to examine the effect of perceived health status on patient satisfaction.] Select to access the abstract.

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