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August 26, 2005


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 Presidents 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

American Journal of Cardiology
Vaglio J, Safley DM, Rahman M, et al. Relation of anemia at discharge to survival after acute coronary syndromes. Am J Cardiol Aug 15; 33(8):1718-21. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS11282-01.]

American Journal of Managed Care
Tsai AC, Morton SC, Mangione CM, et al. A meta-analysis of interventions to improve care for chronic illnesses. Am J Manag Care 2005 Aug; 11(8):478-88. [Supported by Grant No. T32 HS00059-06.]

Sperl-Hillen JM, O'Connor PJ. Factors driving diabetes care improvement in a large medical group: ten years of progress. Am J Manag Care 2005 Aug; 11(5 Suppl):S177-85. [Supported by Grant No. HS09946.]

Arthritis and Rheumatism
Curtis JR, Westfall AO, Allison JJ, et al. Longitudinal patterns in the prevention of osteoporosis in glucocorticoid-treated patients. Arthritis Rheum 2005 Aug; 52(8):2485-94. [Supported by Grant No. HS10389.]

British Journal of Psychiatry
Park S, Ross-Degnan D, Adams AS, et al. Effect of switching antipsychotics on antiparkinsonian medication use in schizophrenia. Br J Psychiatry 2005 Aug; 187:137-42. [Supported by Grant No. U18 HS1039-01]

Chest
Glance LG, Dick AW, Osler TM, et al. The relation between surgeon volume and outcome following off-pump vs on-pump coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Chest 2005 Aug; 128(2):829-37. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS13617.]

Critical Care Medicine
Rothschild JM, Landrigan CP, Cronin JW, et al. The Critical Care Safety Study: the incidence and nature of adverse events and serious medical errors in intensive care. Crit Care Med 2005 Aug; 33(8):1694-700. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS12032.]

Diabetes Care
Rhodes ET, Wolfsdorf JI, Cuthbertson DD, et al. Effect of low-dose insulin treatment on body weight and physical development in children and adolescents at risk for type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Care 2005 Aug; 28(8):1948-53. [Supported by Grant No. T32 HS000063.]

Diabetes Educator
Ziemer DC, Miller CD, Rhee MK, et al. Clinical inertia contributes to poor diabetes control in a primary care setting. Diabetes Educ 2005 Jul-Aug; 31(4):564-71. [Supported by Grant No. HS07922.]

Ethnicity and Disease
Shen JJ, Tymkow C, MacMullen N. Disparities in maternal outcomes among four ethnic populations. Ethn Dis 2005 Summer; 15(3):492-7. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R03 HS13056.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Stroebel CK, McDaniel RR Jr, Crabtree BF, et al. How complexity science can inform a reflective process for improvement in primary care practices. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2005 Aug; 31(8):438-46. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS08776.]

Saint S, Kaufman SR, Thompson M, et al. A reminder reduces urinary catheterization in hospitalized patients. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2005 Aug; 31(8):455-62. [Supported by Grant No. P20 HS11540.]

Thompson D, Holzmueller C, Hunt D, et al. A morning briefing: setting stage for a clinically and operationally good day. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2005 Aug; 31 (8):476-9. [Supported by Grant Nos. 1 U18HS119 and 5 UC1 HS14246.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Tabbarah M, Zimmerman RK, Nowalk MP, et al. What predicts influenza vaccination status in older Americans over several years? J Am Geriatr Soc 2005 Aug; 53(8):1354-9. [Supported by Grant No. 5 P01 HS10864.]

Journal of Marketing Research
Wosinska M. Direct-to-consumer advertising and drug therapy compliance. J Mark Res 2005 Aug; 42(5):323. [Supported by Grant No. R03 HS11600.]

Journal of Patient Safety
Clancy CM. An ongoing discussion with the readers of the Journal of Patient Safety. J Patient Saf 2005 Jun; 1(2):76-7. [Author is AHRQ Director.]

Flanders SA, Kaufman SR, Saint S. Hospitalists as emerging leaders in patient safety: targeting a few to affect many. J Patient Saf 2005 Jun; 1(2):78-82. [Supported by Grant No. P20 HS11540.]

Liang BA, Weinger MB, Suydam S. Learning from others: legal aspects of sharing patient safety data using provider consortia. J Patient Saf 2005 Jun; 1(2):83-9. [Supported by Grant Nos. U18 HS11905-01 and P20 HS11521-03.]

Hogden LA, Low JK, Knoerlein KD, et al. Preprinted prescription forms decrease incomplete handwritten medication prescriptions in a neonatal intensive care unit. J Patient Saf 2005 Jun; 1(2):100-4. [Supported by Grant No. P20 HS11583.]

Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Zaoutis TE, Coffin SE, Chu JH, et al. Risk factors for mortality in children with candidemia. Pediatr Infect Dis J 2005 Aug; 24(8):736-9. [Supported by Grant No. U18 HS10399.]

Psycho-Oncology
Sharf BF, Stelljes LA, Gordon HS. 'A little bitty spot and I'm a big man': patients' perspectives on refusing diagnosis or treatment for lung cancer. Psychooncology 2005 Aug; 14(8):636-46. [Supported by Grant No. 5 P01 HS10876.]

Psychosomatic Medicine
Nicholson A, Fuhrer R, Marmot M. Psychological distress as a predictor of CHD events in men: the effect of persistence and components of risk. Psychosom Med 2005 Jul-Aug; 67(4):522-30. [Supported by Grant No. HS06516.]

Social Science and Medicine
Wisdom JP, Berllin M, Lapidus JA. Relating health policy to women's health outcomes. Soc Sci Med 2005 Oct; 61(8):1776-84. [Supported by AHRQ National Research Service Award to first author.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Health Line
Health insurance: cost of employer-sponsored coverage increased. Am Health Line 2005 Aug 25; #10. [Cited findings from AHRQ report using Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data.]

American Journal of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy
Malone DC, Abarca J, Hansten PD, et al. Identification of serious drug-drug interactions. Results of the partnership to prevent drug-drug interactions. Am J Geriatr Pharmacother 2005 Jun; 3(2):65-76. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Soumerai, et al. (N Engl J Med, 1995.]

American Journal of Managed Care
Stone RA, Mor MK, Lave JR, et al. Implementation of an inpatient management and discharge strategy for patients with community-acquired pneumonia. Am J Manag Care 2005 Aug; 11(8):491-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Fine, et al. (Am J Med 2003, 2000, and 1993; Arch Intern Med, 1999, 1997; N Engl J Med, 1997), McCormick, et al. (Am J Med, 1999), Halm, et al. (N Engl J Med, 1998),and Lave, et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 1996).]

BNA's Health Plan and Provider Report
HHS survey finds 48 million Americans lacked health coverage in first half of 2004. BNA Health Plan Provider Rep 2005 Aug 17; 13(33):869. [Reviews findings from AHRQ statistical brief analyzing data from MEPS household component.]

RAND study links lower quality care to earlier death for elderly patients. BNA Health Plan Provider Rep 2005 Aug 22; 13(34):1102. [Reviews findings from study published in Improving Patient Care section of Ann Intern Med, 2005 Aug 16.]

Gender Medicine
Blake MB, Ince M, Dean CJ, et al. Inclusion of women in cardiac research: current trends and need for reassessment. Gend Med 2005 Jun; 2(2):71-5. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment of Coronary Heart Disease in Women: Systematic Reviews of Evidence on Selected Topics, 2003]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Lapane KL, Resnik L. Obesity in nursing homes: an escalating problem. J Am Geriatr Soc 2005 Aug; 53(8):1386-91. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Rhoades (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) using MEPS data (Stat Bull Metrop Insur Co, 1998).]

Lamberg JL, Person CJ, Kiely DK, et al. Decisions to hospitalize nursing home residents dying with advanced dementia. J Am Geriatr Soc 2005 Aug; 53(8):1396-401. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by McAuley (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety), et al. (Am J Hosp Palliat Care, 2003).]

Journal of Patient Safety
Dickey NW. Creating a culture of safety. J Patient Saf 2005 Jun; 1(2):75. [Addresses commentary by AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

MedSurg Nursing
Simpson JP, Crane PB. The effects of hyperglycemia on patient length of stay following myocardial infarction. MedSurg Nurs 2005 Aug 1; 14(4):233-9. [Cites HCUP data.]

Medicine and Health
Hispanics hurting on health coverage front: uninsurance rates outpace those for whites, blacks. Med Health 2005 Aug 22; 59(29):2. [Summarizes AHRQ report using MEPS data, and quotes AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy and AHRQ researcher Jeffrey Rhoades.]

Modern Healthcare
Conn J. Leading indicator: program in Maryland has analyzed hospital quality for 20 years. Mod Healthc 2005 Aug 15; 35(33):38-9. [Mentions that AHRQ publishes inpatient mortality rates for 16 medical procedures and conditions based on claims data.]

Romano M. Of capital importance. Like No. 1 Mike Leavitt, most atop the 100 Most Powerful wield their influence from D.C., and help determine how money is spent. Mod Healthc 2005 Aug 22; 35(34):6-7, 36-50. [Lists AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy as No. 25.]

Research Policy ALERT
Haley S. Adverse event advice, other trans-agency harmonizing efforts on the horizon. Res Policy Alert 2005 Aug 22:1-2. [Notes AHRQ membership in the Federal Adverse Event Task Force.]

Hawkins AJ. New partnership aims to tackle patient safety on a global scale. Res Policy Alert 2005 Aug 24:5-6. [Reports that AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy was present at briefing to support new partnership.]

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

American Family Physician
Biagioli F. Child safety seat counseling: three keys to safety. Am Fam Physician 2005 Aug 1; 72(3):473-8. [Cites USPSTF recommendation on counseling to prevent motor vehicle injuries, in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Clinical quiz. Am Fam Physician 2005 Aug 15; 72(4):567-9. [Includes study question based on USPSTF recommendation on screening for pancreatic cancer.]

Randhawa GS, Calonge N. Screening for HCV infection: understanding the USPSTF recommendation. Am Fam Physician 2005 Aug 15; 72(4):579-80. [First author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence; discusses background on and rationale for USPSTF recommendations for screening for hepatitis C.]

Ward RP, Kugelmas M. Using pegylated interferon and ribavirin to treat patients with chronic hepatitis C. Am Fam Physician 2005 Aug 15; 72(4):655-62. [Cites USPSTF recommendation for screening for hepatitis C in adults in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 3rd Edition.]

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for pancreatic cancer: recommendation statement. Am Fam Physician 2005 Aug 15; 72(4):665-6. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations on screening for pancreatic cancer and updates recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Journal of Family Practice
Compton JM, Crownover BK, Nashelsky J. Clinical queries. Should we recommend universal neonatal hearing screening? J Fam Pract 2005 Aug; 54(8):727-8. [Cites USPSTF recommendation on newborn hearing screening, 2001, in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 3rd Edition.]

Lancet
Kennedy C, McCann D, Campbell MJ, et al. Universal newborn screening for permanent childhood hearing impairment: an 8-year follow-up of a controlled trial. Lancet 2005 Aug 20; 366(9486):660-2. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on universal newborn hearing screening as published in article by Thompson, et al. (JAMA, 2000).]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

American Family Physician
Huntzinger A. AHRQ releases evidence report on managing menopause-related symptoms. Am Fam Physician 2005 Aug 15; 72(4):709-10. [Reviews findings from AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Management of Menopause-Related Symptoms, 2005.]

American Journal of Managed Care
Pichichero ME. Evolving shifts in otitis media pathogens: relevance to a managed care organization. Am J Manag Care 2005 Aug; 11(6 Suppl):S192-201. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Management of Acute Otitis Media, 2001.]

Brixner DI. Improving acute otitis media outcomes through proper antibiotic use and adherence. Am J Manag Care 2005 Aug; 11(6 Suppl):S202-10. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Management of Acute Otitis Media, 2001.]

Pink Sheet
PhRMA's evidence-based medicine principles emphasize individual decisions. Pink Sheet 2005 Aug 22; 67(34):19-20. [Notes that AHRQ's literature reviews of the comparative effectiveness of health care interventions, to be conducted by the Oregon Health and Sciences University EPC under a provision of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003, may be one of the first programs assessed by the PhRMA principles.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Managed Care
Scholle SH, Mardon R, Shih SC, et al. The relationship between quality and utilization in managed care. Am J Manag Care 2005 Aug; 11(8):521-7. [Uses data from AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Survey (CAHPS®).]

Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery
Ganesh SP, Pietrobon R, Cecilio WA, et al. The impact of diabetes on patient outcomes after ankle fracture. J Bone Joint Surg Am 2005 Aug; 27(8):1712-8. [Uses data from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS).]

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