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August 1, 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

Administration and Policy in Mental Health
Hoover DR, Akincigil A, Prince JD, et al. Medicare inpatient treatment for elderly non-dementia psychiatric illnesses 1992-2002; length of stay and expenditures by facility type. Adm Policy Ment Health 2008 Jul; 35(4):452-6. [Supported by grant U18 HS16097.] Select to access the abstract.

Ambulatory Pediatrics
Owens PL, Zodet MW, Berdahl T, Dougherty D, McCormick MC, Simpson LA. Annual report on health care for children and youth in the United States: focus on injury-related emergency department utilization and expenditures. Ambul Pediatr 2008 Jul-Aug; 8(4):219-40. [First four authors are AHRQ researchers, and last author is former AHRQ deputy administrator; uses 2003 data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Full Year Consolidated File (HC-079) and Emergency Room Visits File (HC-077E), and 2003 data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) State Emergency Department Databases (SEDD) and State Inpatient Databases (SID).] Select to access the abstract.

Cox ED, Saluja S. Criteria-based diagnosis and antibiotic overuse for upper respiratory infections. Ambul Pediatr 2008 Jul-Aug; 8(4):250-4. [Supported by grant K08-HS13183.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
The Clinical Practice Guideline Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence 2008 Update Panel, Liaisons, and Staff. A clinical practice guideline for treating tobacco use and dependence: 2008 update: a U.S. Public Health Service report. Am J Prev Med 2008 Aug; 35(2):158-76. [Supported by contract 06-0005; staff authors include AHRQ Center for Outcomes and Evidence researcher Ernestine Murray and AHRQ Office of the Director advisor Christine Williams; acknowledges support from AHRQ Center for Outcomes and Evidence director Jean Slutsky and AHRQ Office of Communications and Knowledge Transfer staff members Sandra Cummings, Harriett Bennett, and Julius Patterson.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Expectations
Davies E, Shaller D, Edgman-Levitan S, et al. Evaluating the use of a modified CAHPS survey to support improvements in patient-centred care: lessons from a quality improvement collaborative. Health Expect 2008 Jun; 11(2):160-76. [Supported by grant 5 U18 HS00924; uses AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Encinosa WE, Hellinger FJ. The impact of medical errors on ninety-day costs and outcomes: an examination of surgical patients. Health Serv Res 2008 Jul 25 (online "early view"). [AHRQ-authored; uses AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators (PSI); cites NHQR, 2006, as published on AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ-funded article by Pronovost et al. (JAMA, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Sampson M, Shojania KG, McGowan J, et al. Surveillance search techniques identified the need to update systematic reviews. J Clin Epidemiol 2008 Aug; 61(8):755-62. [Supported by contract 290-02-0021.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
Mojtabai R, Olfson M. National patterns in antidepressant treatment by psychiatrists and general medical providers: results from the National Comorbidity Survey replication. J Clin Psychiatry 2008 Jul; 69(7):1064-74. [Supported by grant U18 HS16097.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Goitein LG, Shanafelt TD, Nathens AB, et al. Effects of resident work hour limitations on faculty professional lives. J Gen Intern Med 2008 Jul; 23(7):1077-83. [Supported by National Research Service Award training grant awarded to Dr. Goitein; no grant number available.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Ellenbecker CH, Porell FW, Samia L, et al. Predictors of home healthcare nurse retention. J Nurs Scholarsh 2008; 40(2):151-60. [Supported by grant R01 HS13477-03.] Select to access the abstract.

Managed Healthcare Executive
Clancy C. H-CAHPS survey reflects patient experiences: survey results broaden industrywide perspective on quality and patient satisfaction. Manag Healthc Exec 2008 Jul; 18(7):34. [Author is AHRQ director.]

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Bell JF, Zimmerman FJ, Diehr PK. Maternal work and birth outcome disparities. Matern Child Health J 2008 Jul; 12(4):415-26. [Supported by grant T32 HS13853-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Quality of Life Research
Castel LD, Williams KA, Bosworth HB, et al. Content validity in the PROMIS social-health domain: a qualitative analysis of focus-group data. Qual Life Res 2008 Jun; 17(5):737-49. [Supported by grant T32 HS000032-17.] Select to access the abstract.

Spine
Mielenz TJ, Garrett JM, Carey TS. Association of psychosocial work characteristics with low back pain outcomes. Spine 2008 May 15; 33(11):1270-5. [Supported by grant T32 HS000032.] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Public Health
Maty SC, Lynch JW, Raghunathan TE, et al. Childhood socioeconomic position, gender, adult body mass index, and incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus over 34 years in the Alameda County Study. Am J Public Health 2008 Aug; 98(8):1486-94. . [Cites article by Marmot et al. (J Epidemiol Community Health, 2001) using study cohort data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Rheumatology
Garcia-Gonzalez A, Richardson M, Garcia Popa-Lisseanu M, et al. Treatment adherence in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. Clin Rheumatol 2008 Jul; 27(7):883-9. [Acknowledges that last author, Suarez-Almazor is director of the AHRQ-funded Houston Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Rius C, Pérez G, Rodríguez-Sanz M, et al. Comorbidity index was successfully validated among men but not in women. J Clin Epidemiol 2008 Aug; 61(8):796-802. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Elixhauser et al. (Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Lindquist LA, Gleason KM, McDaniel MR, et al. Teaching medication reconciliation through simulation: a patient safety initiative for second year medical students. J Gen Intern Med 2008 Jul; 23(7):998-1001. . [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bates et al. (JAMA, 1995) and Garbutt et al. (Acad Med, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of School Health
Mandell DS, Eleey CC, Cederbaum JA, et al. Sexually transmitted infection among adolescents receiving special education services. J Sch Health 2008 Jul; 78(7):382-8. [Cites article using AHRQ's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) by Guevara et al. (Health Ser Res, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Managed Healthcare Executive
Miller J. Delivering information: AHRQ drives quality in context. Manag Healthc Exec 2008 Aug; 18(8): 5 pages. [Describes mission and activities of AHRQ, and quotes AHRQ director Carolyn Clancy.]

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Dunlop AL, Dubin C, Raynor BD, et al. Interpregnancy primary care and social support for African-American women at risk for recurrent very-low-birthweight delivery: a pilot evaluation. Matern Child Health J 2008 Jul; 12(4):461-8. [Cites AHRQ publication, Findings from the 1992-1998 Patient Outcomes Research Team on Low Birth Weight, 2000.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care Research and Review
Probst JC, Wang JY, Moore CG, et al. Continuity of health insurance coverage and perceived health at age 40. Med Care Res Rev 2008 Aug; 65(4):450-77. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Baker et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2006, Med Care, 2002, and N Engl J Med, 2001), Baker and Sudano (Arch Intern Med, 2005), and Dor, Sudano, and Baker (Health Serv Res, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Kazley AS, Ozcan YA. Do hospitals With Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) provide higher quality care? An examination of three clinical conditions. Med Care Res Rev 2008 Aug; 65(4):496-513. [Cites definition of quality health care from AHRQ publication Introduction to Health Care Quality, 2004.] Select to access the abstract.

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

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Driscoll DL, Rupert DJ, Golin CE, et al. Promoting prostate-specific antigen informed decision-making evaluating two community-level interventions. Am J Prev Med 2008 Aug; 35(2):87-94. [Cites USPSTF recommendations for prostate cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Mitchell RS, Padwal RS, Chuck AW, et al. Cancer screening among the overweight and obese in Canada. Am J Prev Med 2008 Aug; 35(2):127-32. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for cervical cancer, 2003, as published on AHRQ Web site; cites USPSTF recommendations on breast cancer screening as published by Woolf et al. (Cancer, 1992).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Jay M, Gillespie C, Ark T, et al. Do internists, pediatricians, and psychiatrists feel competent in obesity care? Using a needs assessment to drive curriculum design. J Gen Intern Med 2008 Jul; 23(7):1066-70. . [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for obesity in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2003); cites PHS-sponsored guideline Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, as published in article by Fiore et al. (JAMA, 2000).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the Medical Library Association
Cahall M, Jerome RN, Powers J. The impact of a literature consult service on geriatric clinical care and training in falls prevention. J Med Libr Assoc 2008 Apr; 96(2):88-100. [Notes that the "National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC) periodically withdraws guidelines that have not been developed, reviewed, or revised in the last five years and places them in an electronic archive of citations only that must be searched separately," and describes a sample search for guidelines on accidental falls using the NGC; presents a sample PubMed search strategy based on terms from search methodologies published by the USPSTF and other groups; cites a retrieved guideline statement "from Canada that uses a template from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to develop guidance on risk factors that contribute to falls (Moreland et al., Gerontology, 2003).]

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

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Vela MB, Kim KE, Tang H, et al. Innovative health care disparities curriculum for incoming medical students. J Gen Intern Med 2008 Jul; 23(7):1028-32. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2006.] Select to access the abstract.

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Paul IM, Lehman EB, Suliman AK, et al. Perinatal disparities for black mothers and their newborns. Matern Child Health J 2008 Jul; 12(4):452-60. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Decision Making
Pakhomov S, Bjornsen S, Hanson P, et al. Quality performance measurement using the text of electronic medical records. Med Decis Making 2008 Jul-Aug; 28(4):462-70. [Cites the foot examination process measure from AHRQ's NHQR, 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Villers MS, Jamison MG, De Castro LM, et al. Morbidity associated with sickle cell disease in pregnancy. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2008 Aug; 199(2):125.e1-e5. [Uses 2000-2003 HCUP NIS data to query all pregnancy-related discharges with a diagnosis of sickle cell disease (SCD); cites AHRQ publications Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) 2000, 2002 and Introduction to the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) 2002, 2004.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Li Y, Glance LG, Cai X, et al. Adverse hospital events for mentally ill patients undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery. Health Serv Res 2008 Jul 28. [Epub ahead of print. Uses AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators to define complications analyzed in study.] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Navarro Puerto MA, Ibarluzea IG, Ruiz OG, et al. Analysis of the quality of clinical practice guidelines on established ischemic stroke. Int J Technol Assess Health Care 2008 Summer 24(3):333-41. [Uses AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ to identify clinical practice guidelines addressing the management of ischemic stroke; cites AHRQ-funded Institute of Medicine report, Guidelines for Clinical Practice: From Development to Use, 1992.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Urology
Dahm P, Yeung LL, Chang SS, et al. A critical review of clinical practice guidelines for the management of clinically localized prostate cancer. J Urol 2008 Aug; 180(2):451-9; discussion 460. [Uses AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ to identify clinical practice guidelines addressing the management of localized prostate cancer; notes the use of AHRQ evidence grading criteria for guidelines produced by the British Association of Urological Surgeons, European Association of Urology, Singapore Ministry of Health, and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland; discusses AHRQ's participation in the GRADE guideline development process; cites AHRQ-authored article by Atkins (former AHRQ researcher) et al. (BMJ, 2004); cites USPSTF publication Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1989.] Select to access the abstract.

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Kuklina EV, Whiteman MK, Hillis SD, et al. An enhanced method for identifying obstetric deliveries; implications for estimating maternal morbidity. Matern Child Health J 2008 Jul; 12(4):469-77. [Uses 1998-2004 HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Decision Making
Jia H, Lubetkin EI. Estimating EuroQol EQ-5D scores from Population Healthy Days data. Med Decis Making 2008 Jul-Aug; 28(4):491-9. [Uses 2000-2002 MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

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