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September 7, 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

AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
Lau B, Gange SJ, Moore RD. Interval and clinical cohort studies: epidemiological issues. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses 2007 Jun; 23(6):769-76. [Supported by AHRQ-01-0012.]

American Journal of Medicine
Nallamothu BK, Blaney ME, Morris SM, et al. Acute reperfusion therapy in ST-elevation myocardial infarction from 1994-2003. Am J Med 2007 Aug; 120(8):693-99. [Per article, supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (R01 HS072575).]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Parker CS, Chen Z, Price M, et al. Adherence to warfarin assessed by electronic pill caps, clinician assessment, and patient reports: results from the IN-RANGE study. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Sep; 22(9):1254-9. [Supported by grant P01 HS11530.]

Wong MD, Sarkisian CA, Davis C, et al. The association between life chaos, health care use, and health status among HIV-infected persons. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Sep; 22(9):1286-91. [Per article, Dr. Wong received support from a Mentored Career Development Award from the National Institute on Aging (K08AG/HS21616-05).]

Buscemi N, Vandermeer B, Friesen C, et al. The efficacy and safety of drug treatments for chronic insomnia in adults: a meta-analysis of RCTs. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Sep; 22(9):1335-50. [Per article, conducted under contract to [AHRQ.] (Contract No. C400_000_021)... funded by the Office of Medical Applications of Research, National Institutes of Health.]

Journal of Palliative Medicine
DesHarnais S, Carter RE, Hennessy W, et al. Lack of concordance between physician and patient: reports on end-of-life care discussions. J Palliat Med 2007 Jun; 10(3):728-40. [Supported by grant 1 P01 HS10871.]

Medical Care
Wakefield DS, Halbesleben JR, Ward MM, et al. Development of a measure of clinical information systems expectations and experiences. Med Care 2007 Sep; 45(9):884-90. [Supported by grant 1 UC1 HS015196-03.]

Pediatrics
Srivastava R, Landrigan CP, Ross-Degnan D, et al. Impact of a hospitalist system on length of stay and cost for children with common conditions. Pediatrics 2007 Aug; 120(2):267-74. [Supported by grant K08 HS13333.]

Progress in Transplantation
Feurer ID, Russell RT, Pinson CW. Incorporating quality of life and patient satisfaction measures into a transplant outcomes assessment program: technical and practical considerations. Prog Transplant 2007 Jun; 17(2):121-8. [Supported by grant R03 HS013036.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Family Physician
Halaas GW. Management of foreign bodies in the skin. Am Fam Physician 2007 Sep 1; 76(5):683-8. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Treatment of Pressure Ulcers, 1995, as posted on National Library of Medicine (NLM) Bookshelf/HSTAT Web site, and cites article (Krasner, Ostomy Wound Manag, 1995) that reviews and critiques guideline.]

American Journal of Managed Care
Miller DP, Furberg CD, Small RH, et al. Controlling prescription drug expenditures: a report of success. Am J Manag Care 2007 Aug; 13(8):473-80. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Huskamp, et al. (N Engl J Med, 2003), Soumerai, et al. (N Engl J Med, 1991), and Motheral and Fairman (Med Care, 2001).]

HealthCare Benchmarks and Quality Improvement
Health systems form Safest Hospital Alliance; all member hospitals will follow the same template. Healthc Benchmarks Qual Improv 2007 Aug; 14(8):89-92. [Notes alliance's use of AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators as key metrics.]

JAMA
Baernstein A, Liss HK, Carney PA, et al. Trends in study methods used in undergraduate medical education research, 1969-2007. JAMA 2007 Sep 5; 298(9):1038-45. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Chen, Bauchner, and Burstin (former AHRQ researchers; Acad Med, 2004).]

Asch DA, Epstein A, Nicholson S. Evaluating medical training programs by the quality of care delivered by their alumni. JAMA 2007 Sep 5; 298(9):1049-51. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Hofer et al. (JAMA, 1999).]

Meltzer DO, Arora VM. Evaluating resident duty hour reforms: more work to do. JAMA 2007 Sep 5; 298(9):1055-61. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Landrigan, et al. (N Engl J Med, 2004 and JAMA, 2006).]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Neuner JM, Zhang X, Sparapani R, et al. Racial and socioeconomic disparities in bone density testing before and after hip fracture. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Sep; 22(9):1239-45. [Cites AHRQ Health Technology Assessment, Bone Densitometry: Patients with Asymtomatic Hyperparathyroidism, 1995, and AHRQ-funded articles by Solomon, et al. (Am J Med, 2004).]

Reis S, Biderman A, Mitki R, et al. Secrets in primary care: a qualitative exploration and conceptual model. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Sep; 22(9):1246-53. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Eisenberg (former AHRQ director) (J Gen Intern Med, 2001).]

Gray J, Millett C, Saxena S, et al. Ethnicity and quality of diabetes care in a health system with universal coverage: population-based cross-sectional survey in primary care. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Sep; 22(9):1317-20. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Trivedi, et al. (N Engl J Med, 2005).]

Lancet
Wang PS, Aguilar-Gaxiola S, Alonso J, et al. Use of mental health services for anxiety, mood, and substance disorders in 17 countries ion the WHO world mental health surveys. Lancet 2007 Sep 8; 370(9590):841-50. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Depression in Primary Care, Vol. 2: Treatment of Major Depression, 1993.]

Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Rank MA, Li JT. Allergen immunotherapy. Mayo Clin Proc 2007 Sep; 82(9):1119-23. [Cites article (Law, et al. (J Allergy Clin Immunol, 2003), which uses 1996 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data to determine U.S. costs for allergic rhinitis.]

Medical Care
Cunningham PF, Hadley J. Differences between symptom-specific and general survey questions of unmet need in measuring insurance and racial-ethnic disparities in access to care. Med Care 2007 Sep; 45(9):842-50. [Cites Weinick, et al., AHRQ publication, Access to Health Care—Sources and Barriers, 1996, Research Findings #3, 1997.]

Yu YF, Yu AP, Ahn J. Investigating differential item functioning by chronic diseases in the SF-36 health survey. Med Care 2007 Sep; 45(9):851-9. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Fleishman, Spector, and Altman (J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Sco Sci, 2002) and Fleishman and Lawrence (Med Care, 2003).]

Brookhart MA, Avorn J, Polinski JM, et al. The medical license number accurately identifies the prescribing physician in a large pharmacy claims database. Med Care 2007 Sep; 45(9):907-10. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Schneeweiss, et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 2005) and Solomon, et al. (Am J Med, 2003).]

Milbank Quarterly
White J. Markets and medical care: the United States, 1993-2005. Milbank Q 2007 Sep; 85(3):395-448. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Hellinger (Health Serv Res, 2005).]

Modern Healthcare
Becker C. Religious experience. Mod Healthc 2007 Aug 27; 37(34):8-9, 50-8. [Ranks AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy as No. 31 in annual list of 100 Most Powerful.]

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

American Family Physician
Potter MB. Counseling women about mammography: benefits vs. harms. Am Fam Physician 2007 Sep 1; 76(5):652-4. [Cites USPSTF evidence review summary on screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Givens JL, Katz IR, Bellamy S, et al. Stigma and the acceptability of depression treatments among African Americans and whites. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Sep; 22(9):1292-7. [Cites USPSTF recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 3rd edition, as posted on NLM Bookshelf/HSTAT Web site.]

Pulse
Easton G. Where are we now?: PSA testing. Pulse 2007 Jul 5. [Cites USPSTF evidence review summary on screening for prostate cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

American Family Physician
Matchar DB, Thakur M. Is genetic testing for cytochrome P450 polymorphisms ready for implementation? Am Fam Physician 2007 Aug 1; 76(3):348-9. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Testing for Cytochrome P450 Polymorphisms in Adults with Non-psychotic Depression Treated with Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), 2006.]

American Health Line
HHS: formula industry prompts changes in breast feeding campaign. Am Health Line 2007 Sep 4. [Notes findings from AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Breastfeeding and Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes in Developed Countries, 2007, and controversies surrounding the report's promotion.]

JAMA
Reed DA, Cook DA, Beckman TJ, et al. Association between funding and quality of published medical education research. JAMA 2007 Sep 5; 298(9):1002-9. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Systems to Rate the Strength of Scientific Evidence, 2002, and cites article on USPSTF review methodology (Am J Prev Med, 2001).]

Boonyasai RT, Windish DM, Chakraborti C, et al. Effectiveness of teaching quality improvement to clinicians. JAMA 2007 Sep 5; 298(9):1023-37. [Cites AHRQ Technical Review, Closing the Quality Gap: A Critical Analysis of Quality Improvement Strategies, Vol. 1, 2006, and AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Effectiveness of Continuing Medical Education, 2007.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Managed Care
Plomondon ME, Magid DJ, Steiner JF, et al. Primary care provider turnover and quality in managed care organizations. Am J Manag Care 2007 Aug; 13(8):465-72. [Uses measures from AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) 2.0.]

JAMA
Volpp KG, Rosen AK, Rosenbaum PR, et al. Mortality among hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries in the first 2 years following ACGME resident duty hour reform. JAMA 2007 Sep 5; 298(9):975-83. [Uses risk adjustment approach developed by Elixhauser, et al. (Med Care, 1998) and AHRQ's Inpatient Quality Indicators (on AHRQ Quality Indicators Web site); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Landrigan, et al. (N Engl J Med, 2004 and JAMA, 2006) and Lockley, et al. (N Engl J Med, 2004); and AHRQ publication, Introduction to the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample 2005, on Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Web site.]

Volpp KG, Rosen AK, Rosenbaum PR, et al. Mortality among patients in VA hospitals in the first 2 years following ACGME resident duty hour reform. JAMA 2007 Sep 5; 298(9):984-92. [Uses risk adjustment approach developed by Elixhauser, et al. (Med Care, 1998) and AHRQ's Inpatient Quality Indicators (on AHRQ Quality Indicators Web site); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Landrigan, et al. (N Engl J Med, 2004 and JAMA, 2006) and Lockley, et al. (N Engl J Med, 2004); cites AHRQ publications, Inpatient Quality Indicators Overview, on AHRQ Quality Indicators Web site, and Introduction to the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample 2005, on Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Web site.]

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