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September 5, 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

Annals of Internal Medicine
Kesselheim AS, Studdert DM. Whistleblower-initiated enforcement actions against health care fraud and abuse in the United States, 1996 to 2005. Ann Intern Med 2008 Sep 2; 149(5):342-9. [Supported by Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Health Services Research at the Harvard School of Public Health, no grant number available.] Select to access the abstract.

British Medical Journal
Law MR, Majundar SR, Soumerai SB. Effect of illicit direct to consumer advertising on use of etanercept, mometasone, and tegaserod in Canada: controlled longitudinal study. BMJ 2008 Sep 2; 337(21):a1055. [Supported by grant U18 HS10391.] Select to access the abstract.

Diabetes Educator
Rhee MK, Ziemer DC, Caudle J, et al. Use of a uniform treatment algorithm abolishes racial disparities in glycemic control. Diabetes Educ 2008 Jul-Aug; 34(4):655-63. [Supported by grant HS07922.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Thrasher AD, Earp JA, Golin CE, et al. Discrimination, distrust, and racial/ethnic disparities in antiretroviral therapy adherence among a national sample of HIV-infected patients. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 2008 Sep 1; 49(1):84-93. [Supported by grant T32 HS00032.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Zuvekas SH, Fleishman JA. Self-rated mental health and racial/ethnic disparities in mental health service use. Med Care 2008 Sep; 46(9):915-23. [Authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends.] Select to access the abstract.

Weech-Maldonado R, Elliott MN, Oluwole A, et al. Survey response style and differential use of CAHPS rating scales by Hispanics. Med Care 2008 Sep; 46(9):963-8. [Supported by grant 2 U18 HS00924; uses Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) 2.0H adult Medicaid and commercial data submitted to the National Committee for Quality Assurance.]

Curtis JR, Cheng H, Delzell E, et al. Adaptation of Bayesian data mining algorithms to longitudinal claims data. Med Care 2008 Sep; 46(9):969-75. [Supported by grant U18 HS10389-06S1; uses AHRQ's Clinical Classification Software (CCS).] Select to access the abstract.

Klabunde CN, Lanier D, Meissner HI, Breslau ES, et al. Improving colorectal cancer screening through research in primary care settings. Med Care 2008 Sep; 46(9 Suppl 1):S1-S4. [Second author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships, and guest editor of the special AHRQ/NCI co-funded supplement containing this and subsequent articles; cites USPSTF recommendations on colorectal cancer screening.]

Hawley ST, Volk RJ, Krishnamurthy P, et al. Preferences for colorectal cancer screening among racially/ethnically diverse primary care patients. Med Care 2008 Sep; 46(9 Suppl 1):S10-S16. [Supported by NCI/AHRQ grant R21 CA100589 and AHRQ grant P20 HS11187.]

Ling BS, Trauth JM, Fine MJ, et al. Informed decision-making and colorectal cancer screening: is it occurring in primary care? Med Care 2008 Sep; 46(9 Suppl 1):S23-S29. [Supported by grant 5 P01 HS10864.] Select to access the abstract.

Nease DE, Ruffin MT, Klinkman MS, et al. Impact of a generalizable reminder system on colorectal cancer screening in diverse primary care practices: a report from the Prompting and Reminding at Encounters for Prevention Project. Med Care 2008 Sep; 46(9 Suppl 1):S68-S73. [Supported by NCI/AHRQ grant R21 CA104484.] Select to access the abstract.

Schneider EC, Rosenthal M, Gatsonis CG, et al. Is the type of Medicare insurance associated with colorectal cancer screening prevalence and selection of screening strategy? Med Care 2008 Sep; 46(9 Suppl 1):S84-S90. [Supported by AHRQ/NCI grant R01 HS11431.] Select to access the abstract.

Chan EC, Vernon SW. Implementing an intervention to promote colon cancer screening through e-mail over the Internet: lessons learned from a pilot study. Med Care 2008 Sep; 46(9 Suppl 1):S117-S122. [Supported by grant 1 K02 HS11421-06.] Select to access the abstract.

Lanier D. Practice-based Research Networks: laboratories for improving colorectal cancer screening in primary care practice. Med Care 2008 Sep; 46(9 Suppl 1):S147-S152. [Author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships, and guest editor of the special AHRQ/NCI co-funded supplement containing this and previous articles.]

Perspectives in Health Information Management
Alexander GL. A descriptive analysis of a nursing home clinical information system with decision support. Perspect Health Inf Manag 2008 Sep 2; 5:12. [Supported by grant K08 HS16862.] Select to access the abstract.

Social Science & Medicine
Gold M, Doreian P, Taylor EF. Understanding a collaborative effort to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health care: contributions from social network analysis. Soc Sci Med 2008 Sep; 67(6):1018-27. [Supported by contract between AHRQ and Mathematic Policy Research to evaluate the National Health Care Collaborative; acknowledges the contributions of former AHRQ evaluation officer David Introcaso, who "envisioned and supported network analysis as a vital component of the evaluation;" cites AHRQ's National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2006.] Select to access the abstract

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Public Health
Warnecke RB, Oh A, Breen N, et al. Approaching health disparities from a population perspective: the National Institutes of Health Centers for Population Health and Health Disparities. Am J Pub Health 2008 Sep; 98(9):1608-15. [Cites AHRQ publication, AHRQ Focus on Research: Disparities in Health Care, 2002, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services & Outcomes Research Methodology
Fairlie RW, London RA. The dynamics of health insurance coverage: identifying trigger events for insurance loss and gain. Health Serv Outcomes Res Method 2008 Sep; 8(3):159-85. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Baker et al. (N Engl J Med, 2001) and cites Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data from AHRQ publication Stability and Change in Health Insurance: New Estimates from the 1996 MEPS, MEPS Research Findings No. 18, 2001.]

Medical Care
Bach PB. Do surgical quality gaps cause healthcare disparities? Med Care 2008 Sep; 46(9):889-92. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Birkmeyer et al. (N Engl J Med, 2003), and Schneider, Zaslavsky, and Epstein (JAMA, 2002).]

Blustein J, Valentine M, Regenstein M. Race/ethnicity and patient confidence to self-manage cardiovascular disease. Med Care 2008 Sep; 46(9):924-9. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Fiscella, Franks, Gold and Clancy (AHRQ director) (JAMA, 2000).] Select to access the abstract.

Vernon SW, Meissner HI. Evaluating approaches to increase uptake of colorectal cancer screening: lessons learned from pilot studies in diverse primary care settings. Med Care 2008 Sep; 46(9 Suppl 1):S97-102. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Mandelblatt et al. (Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 1999).] Select to access the abstract.

MedSurg Nursing
Reeves K. The AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange: sharing and learning. MedSurg Nurs 2008 Jun; 17(3):150-1. [Discusses the development and features of AHRQ's Health Care Innovations Exchange Web site.]

Obstetrics & Gynecology
Smith LH, Waetjen LE, Paik CK, et al.Trends in the safety of inpatient hysterectomy for benign conditions in California, 1991-2004. Obstet Gynecol 2008 Sep; 112(3):553-61. [Uses the California Patient Discharge Database (a component of the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) State Inpatient Databases (SID)) and AHRQ's comorbidity software and methodology as published in Comorbidity Software, HCUP Methods Series Report, 2004; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Farquhar, Naoom, and Steiner (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Int J Tech Assess Healthc, 2002) and Farquhar and Steiner (Obstet Gynecol, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

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

American Journal of preventive Medicine
Trivers KF, Shaw KM, Sabatino SA , et al. Trends in colorectal cancer screening disparities in people aged 50-64 years, 2000-2005. Am J Prev Med 2008 Sep; 35(3):185-93. [Cites USPSTF evidence review on screening for colorectal cancer in adults at average risk (Ann Intern Med, 2002) and USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Fenton JJ, Cai Y, Green P, et al. Trends in colorectal cancer testing among Medicare subpopulations. Am J Prev Med 2008 Sep; 35(3):194-202. [Cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Tu SP, Yip MP, Chun A, et al. Development of intervention materials for individuals with limited English proficiency: lessons learned from "Colorectal Cancer Screening in Chinese Americans." Med Care 2008 Sep; 46(9 Suppl 1):S51-S61. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Levy BT, Joshi M, Xu Y, et al. Perceptions of Iowa family physicians regarding colorectal cancer screening. Med Care 2008 Sep; 46(9 Suppl 1):S103-S108. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Myers RE, Hyslop T, Sifri R, et al. Tailored navigation in colorectal cancer screening. Med Care 2008 Sep; 46(9 Suppl 1):S123-S131. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Carney PA, Hoffman RM, Lieberman DA, et al. Data systems to evaluate colorectal cancer screening practices and outcomes at the population level. Med Care 2008 Sep; 46(9 Suppl 1):S132-S137. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002) and the USPSTF page on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Zauber AG, Levin TR, Jaffe CC, et al. Implications of new colorectal cancer screening technologies for primary care practice. Med Care 2008 Sep; 46(9 Suppl 1):S138-S146. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Medical Care
Lane DS, Messina CR, Cavanagh MF, et al. A provider intervention to improve colorectal cancer screening in county health centers. Med Care 2008 Sep; 46(9 Suppl 1):S109-S116. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Effectiveness of Continuing Medical Education, 2007, and AHRQ publication. A Step-by-Step Guide to Delivering Preventive Services: A Systems Approach, 2001.] Select to access the abstract.

Simulation in Healthcare
Rosen MA, Salas E, Silvestri S, et al. A measurement tool for simulation-based training in emergency medicine: the Simulation Module for Assessment of Resident Targeted Event Responses (SMARTER) approach. Sim Healthc 2008 Fall; 3(3):170-9. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Simulator-based Training and Patient Safety, 2001.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Guthery SL, Dong l, Dean JM, et al. US estimates of hospitalized pediatric patients with ulcerative colitis: implications for multicenter clinical studies. Inflamm Bowel Dis 2008 Sep; 14(9):1253-8. [Uses 2003 HCUP Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) data.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Society of Nephrology
Seliger SL, Zhan M, Hsu V, et al. Chronic kidney disease adversely influences patient safety. J Am Soc Nephrol 2008 Sep 5; [Epub ahead of print. Uses AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators to estimate the association of CKD with the risk for adverse safety events, and cites AHRQ Quality Indicators: Guide to Patient Safety Indicators, 2003.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Birkmeyer NJ, Gu N, Baser O, et al. Socioeconomic status and surgical mortality in the elderly. Med Care 2008 Sep; 46(9):893-9. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity index/method (Elixhauser et al., Med Care 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Sales A, Sharp N, Li YF, et al. The association between nursing factors and patient mortality in the Veterans Health Administration: the view from the nursing unit level. Med Care 2008 Sep; 46(9):938-45. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity index/method (Elixhauser et al., Med Care 1998); cites AHRQ-funded article by Needleman et al. (N Engl J Med, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

Stewart ST, Woodward RM, Rosen AB, et al. The impact of symptoms and impairments on overall health in US national health data. Med Care 2008 Sep; 46(9):954-62. [Uses two independent samples of adults from the 2000 and 2002 MEPS; cites Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Background, Design and Methods of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, MEPS Methodology Report No. 1, 1997, and Sample Design of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, 1998-2007, Methodology Report No. 22, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Fu AZ, Kattan MW. Utilities should not be multiplied: evidence from the preference-based scores in the United States. Med Care 2008 Sep; 46(9):984-90. [Uses 2001 and 2003 MEPS data and AHRQ's Clinical Classifications Software; cites Weights and Response Rates for the Self-Administered Questionnaire. MEPS HC-079:2003 full year consolidated data file, 2005, and Clinical Classifications for Health Policy Research: Hospital Inpatient Statistics, 1995, HCUP-3 Research Note, 2000.] Select to access the abstract.

Menopause
Newton KM, Buist DS, Yu O, et al. Hormone therapy initiation after the Women's Health Initiative. Menopause 2008 May-Jun; 15(3):487-93. [Uses an existing data set from the HMO Research Network Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs), data collection for which was funded by AHRQ under the Patient Safety Project by grants U18 HS11843-01 and U18 HS11843.] Select to access the abstract.

Public Health Reports
Wall TP, Brown LJ. Public dental expenditures and dental visits among children in the U.S., 1996-2004. Public Health Rep 2008 Sep; 123(5):636-45. [Describes and uses 1996-2002 MEPS data; cites Dental Use, Expenses, Dental Coverage, and Changes, 1996 and 2004, MEPS Chartbook No 17, 2007, and Sample Design of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, 1998-2007, Methodology Report No. 11, 2000; cites AHRQ-authored article by Sing et al. (Health Care Financ Rev, 2006) and AHRQ-funded article by Szilagyi et al. (Pediatrics, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

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