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July 20, 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 Emergency Medicine
Nolt BR, Gonzales R, Maselli J. Vital-sign abnormalities as predictors of pneumonia in adults with acute cough illness. Am J Emerg Med 2007 Jul; 25(6):631-6. [Supported by grant R01 HS013915.]

American Journal of Managed Care
Colmenero F, Sullivan SD, Palmer JA, et al. Quality of clinical and economic evidence in dossier formulary submissions. Am J Manag Care 2007 Jul; 13(7):401-7. [Supported by grant HHSP23200400483A (as designated in article).]

American Journal of Medicine
Mugavero MJ, Castellano C, Edelman D, et al. Late diagnosis of HIV infection: the role of age and sex. Am J Med 2007 Apr; 120(4):370-3. [Supported by grant T32 HS000079.]

Ethnicity and Health
Taira DA, Gelber RP, Davis J, et al. Antihypertensive adherence and drug class among Asian Pacific Americans. Ethn Health 2007 Jun; 12(3):265-81. [Supported by grant R24 HS11627.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Lafata JE, Simpkins J, Kaatz S, et al. What do medical records tell us about potentially harmful co-prescribing? Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2007 Jul; 33(7):395-400. [Supported by grant 018 HS11843-01.]

Journal of the American College of Surgeons
Johnson RG, Wittgen CM, Hutter MM, et al. Comparison of risk-adjusted 30-day postoperative mortality and morbidity in Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals and selected university medical centers: vascular surgical operations in women. J Am Coll Surg 2007Jun; 204(6):1137-46. [Supported by grant 5 U18 HS011913.]

Main DS, Henderson WG, Pratte K, et al. Relationship of processes and structure of care in general surgery to postoperative outcomes: a descriptive analysis. J Am Coll Surg 2007 Jun; 204(6):1157-65. [Supported by grant 5U18 HS011913.]

Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
Allareddy V, Ward M, Ely J, et al. Impact of complications on outcomes following aortic and mitral valve replacements in the United States. J Cardiovasc Surg 2007 Jun; 48(3):349-57. [Supported by grant HS015009.]

Journal of Clinical Hypertension
Lakshminarayan K, Anderson DC, Borbos C, et al. Blood pressure management in acute ischemic stroke. J Clin Hypertens 2007 Jun; 9(6):444-53. [Supported by grant U18 HS11073-01.]

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Wilkinson GS, Kuo YF, Freeman JL, et al. Intravenous bisphosphonate therapy and inflammatory conditions or surgery of the jaw: a population-based analysis. J Natl Cancer Inst 2007 Jul 4; 99(13):1016-24. [Supported by grant R24 HS011618.]

Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
Wren TA, Sheng M, Hara R, Otsuka NY, et al. Agreement among three instruments for measuring functional health status and quality of life in pediatric orthopaedics. J Pediatr Orthop 2007 Mar; 27(2):233-40. [Supported by grant 5 R01 HS014169.]

Journal of Public Health Dentistry
Cohen LA, Harris SL, Bonito AJ, Manski RJ, et al. Coping with toothache pain: a qualitative study of low-income persons and minorities. J Public Health Dent 2007 Winter; 67(1):28-35. [Fourth author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends.]

Neurology
Katzan IL, Dawson NV, Thomas CL, et al. The cost of pneumonia after acute stroke. Neurology 2007 May 29; 68(22):1938-43. [Supported by grant R01 HS09969.]

Pediatrics
Carroll KN, Gebretsadik T, Griffin MR, et al. Maternal asthma and maternal smoking are associated with increased risk of bronchiolitis during infancy. Pediatrics 2007 Jun; 119(6):1104-12. [Supported by grant U18 HS10384.]

Brousseau DC, Hoffman RG, Nattinger AB, et al. Quality of primary care and subsequent pediatric emergency department utilization. Pediatrics 2007 Jun; 119(6):1131-8. [Supported by grant K08 HS015482-01A1.]

Chamberlain JM, Joseph JG, Patel KM, et al. Differences in severity-adjusted pediatric hospitalization rates are associated with race/ethnicity. Pediatrics 2007 Jun; 119(6):e1319-24. [Supported by grant R01 HS10238-02.]

Fleegler EW, Lieu TA, Wise PH, et al. Families' health-related social problems and missed referral opportunities. Pediatrics 2007 Jun; 119(6):e1332-41. [Supported by grant T32 HS000063.]

Russell RB, Green NS, Steiner CA, Meikle S, et al. Cost of hospitalization for preterm and low birth weight infants in the United States. Pediatrics 2007 Jul; 120(1):e1-9. [Third and fourth authors are current and former AHRQ researchers, respectively; uses 2001 data from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS). See also articles by Balk, et al. (Am J Clin Nutr, 2007) and Bolen, et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2007) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Health Line
Diabetes: old drugs as safe, effective as new ones, study says. Am Health Line 2007 Jul 17. [Reports findings of AHRQ comparative effectiveness review of oral diabetes medications (Ann Intern Med, 2007).]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Shetty KD, Bhattacharya J. Changes in hospital mortality associated with residency work-hour regulations. Ann Intern Med 2007 Jul 17; 147(2):73-80. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Landrigan, et al. (JAMA, 2006 and N Engl J Med, 2004), Fletcher, et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2004), and Poulose, et al. (Ann Surg, 2005).]

Goldman L, Fiebach NH. Hippocrates affirmed? Limiting residents work hours does no harm to patients. Ann Intern Med 2007 Jul 17; 147(2):143-4. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Landrigan, et al. (N Engl J Med, 2004), Fletcher, et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2004 and JAMA, 2005), and Poulose, et al. (Ann Surg, 2005).]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Furman C, Caplan R. Applying the Toyota Production System: using a patient safety alert system to reduce error. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2007 Jul; 33(7):376-86. [Cites AHRQ Web site publication patient, Safety Culture Surveys.]

Brownson CA, Miller D, Crespo R, et al. A quality improvement tool to assess self-management support in primary care. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2007 Jul; 33(7):408-16. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Glasgow (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2003 and Diabetes Care, 2003.]

Special feature: WHO Collaborating Center for Patient Safety s nine life-saving Patient Safety Solutions. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2007 Jul; 33(7):408-16. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Poon, et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006); cites AHRQ publication, Quick Tips—When Talking With Your Doctor, 2002.]

Pediatrics
Chien AT, Dudley RA. Pay-for-performance in pediatrics: proceed with caution. Pediatrics 2007 Jul; 120(1):186-8. [Cites AHRQ publication, Pay for Performance: A Decision Guide for Purchasers, 2006.]

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

American Family Physician
Harris R. Screening for breast cancer: what to do with the evidence. Am Fam Physician 2007 Jun 1; 75(11):1623-4. [Author is member of the USPSTF; summarizes findings from USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002) and genetic risk assessment and BRCA mutation testing (Ann Intern Med, 2005).]

Walker CW. Fecal occult blood tests reduce colorectal cancer mortality. Am Fam Physician 2007 Jun 1; 75(11):1652-3. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for hemochromatosis: recommendation statement. Am Fam Physician 2007 Jun 1; 75(11):1696-8. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations on screening for hemochromatosis as published on AHRQ Web site.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Guirguis-Blake J, Calonge N, Miller T et al. Current processes of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: refining evidence-based recommendation development. Ann Intern Med 2007 Jul 17; 147(2):117-22. [First author is former AHRQ researcher and third author is current researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships, representing the USPSTF under AHRQ support agreements.]

Barton MB, Miller T, Wolff T, et al. How to read the new recommendation statement: methods update from the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force. Ann Intern Med 2007 Jul 17; 147(2):123-7. [First three authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships, representing the USPSTF under AHRQ support agreements.]

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for chlamydial infection: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. Ann Intern Med 2007 Jul 17; 147(2):128-33. [Presents total text of USPSTF recommendation statement on screening for chlamydial infection.]

Myers DS, Halverson H, Luckhaupt S. Screening for chlamydial infection: an evidence update for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med 2007 Jul 17; 147(2):136-41. [Summarizes systematic review commissioned by the USPSTF in preparation for an update of its 2001 recommendation on chlamydial infection; authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships, representing the USPSTF under AHRQ support agreements.]

Screening for chlamydial infection: recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med 2007 Jul 17; 147(2):1-44. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendation statement on screening for chlamydial infection for patient use.]

Paltiel AD, Walensky RP. Impact of expanded HIV screening. Ann Intern Med 2007 Jul 17; 147(2):145-7. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer (on AHRQ Web site) in response to letter.]

Journal of Ambulatory Care Management
Seligman HK, Chattopadhyay, Vittinghoff E, et al. Racial and ethnic differences in receipt of primary care services between Medicaid fee-for-service and managed care plans. J Ambul Care Manag 2007 Jul-Sep; 30(3):264-73. [Cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2005.]

Journal of Family Practice
Hahn DL. Should I have a mammogram? Handout helps women decide. J Fam Pract 2007 Jul; 56(7):518-21. [Uses USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer to develop patient handout.]

Journal on Women s Health
Bolen J, Adams M, Shenson D. Routine preventive services for older women: a composite measure highlights gaps in delivery. J Womens Health 2007 Jun; 16(5):583-93. [Notes that the USPSTF regularly reviews evidence for interventions to prevent illness and develops evidence-based guidelines for the delivery of these measures; cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2004; cites AHRQ Web site publication, Put Prevention Into Practice, 2004; cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002); and cites AHRQ-authored articles by Kosiak, Sangl, and Correa-de-Araujo (Womens Health Issues, 2006) and Taylor, Larson, and Correa-de-Araujo (Womens Health Issues, 2006).]

Pediatrics
Flaherman VJ, Porco TC, Marseille E, et al. Cost-effectiveness of alternative strategies for tuberculosis screening before kindergarten entry. Pediatrics 2007 Jul; 120(1):90-9. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for tuberculosis infection (on AHRQ Web site).]

US Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for lipid disorders in children: US Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. Pediatrics 2007 Jul; 120(1):e215-9. [Presents complete USPSTF recommendations on screening for lipid disorders in children.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Balk EM, Horsley TA, Newberry SJ, et al. A collaborative effort to apply the evidence-based review process to the field of nutrition; challenges, benefits, and lessons learned. Am J Clin Nutr 2007 Jun; 85(6):1448-56. [Supported by contracts 290-02-003, 290-02-0021, and 290-02-0023 to Tufts-New England Evidence-based Practice Center; reviews findings from and processes used in previous AHRQ-sponsored EPC reviews of omega-3 fatty acid consumption.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Shojania KG, Sampson M, Ansari MT, et al. How quickly do systematic reviews go out of date? A survival analysis. Ann Intern Med 2007 Aug 21; 147(4):224-33. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by contract 290-02-0021.]

Bolen S, Feldman L, Vassy J, et al. Systematic review: comparative effectiveness and safety of oral medications for type 2 diabetes mellitus. Ann Intern Med 2007 Sep 18; 147(6). [Epub ahead of print. Based on research conducted by Johns Hopkins Evidence-based Practice Center with the support of contract 290-02-0018.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Annals of Internal Medicine
Horwitz LI, Kosiborod M, Lin M, et al. Changes in outcomes for internal medicine inpatients after work-hour regulations. Ann Intern Med 2007 Jul 17; 147(2):97-103. [Uses AHRQ's HCUP Clinical Classifications Software (CCS) categorization and the Elixhauser method of comorbidity adjustment (Elixhauser, et al., Med Care, 1998; cites article published in AHRQ's Web M&M, 2006, and cites AHRQ-funded article by Landrigan, et al. (N Engl J Med, 2004).])

Annals of Surgery
Allareddy V, Allareddy V, Konety BR. Specificity of procedure volume and in-hospital mortality association. Ann Surg 2007 Jul; 246(1):135-9. [Uses 2002-2003 data from AHRQ's HCUP NIS.]

Gender Medicine
Beran MS, Cunningham W, Landon BE, et al. Clinician gender is more important than gender concordance in quality of HIV care. Gend Med 2007 Mar; 4(1):72-84. [Uses patient data from AHRQ's HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS).]

Journal of the Medical Library Association
Fenton SH, Radgett RG. A comparison of primary care information content in UpToDate and the National Guideline Clearinghouse™. J Med Libr Assoc 2007 Jul; 95(3):255-9. [Uses AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC) as a source database in evaluating the primary information content of guidelines databases.]

Journal of Women s Health
Massad LS, Evans CT, Wilson TE, et al. Contraceptive use among U.S. women with HIV. J Womens Health 2007 Jun; 16(5):657-66. [uses data from the AHRQ-funded Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS).]

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