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September 13, 2002


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 President's 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 Epidemiology
Burke W, Atkins D, Gwinn M, et al. Genetic test evaluation: Information needs of clinicians, policy makers, and the public. Am J Epidemiol 2002 Aug 15; 156(4):311-18. [Second author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Practice and Technology Assessment.]

Cancer
Edge SB, Gold K, Berg CD, et al. Patient and provider characteristics that affect the use of axillary dissection in older women with Stage I-II breast carcinoma. Cancer 2002 May 15; 94(10:2534-41. [Grant No. R01 HS08395.]

Health Affairs
Coffman JM, Seago JA, Spetz J. Minimum nurse-to-patient ratios in acute care hospitals in California. Health Aff 2002 Sep-Oct; 21(5):53-64. [Funded under AHRQ's Predoctoral Fellowship Program.]

Buerhaus PI, Needleman J, Mattke S, et al. Strengthening hospital nursing. Health Aff 2002 Sep-Oct; 21(5):123-32. [Grant No. R01 HS09958.]

Birkmeyer JD, Skinner JS, Wennberg DE. Will volume-based referral strategies reduce costs or just save lives? Health Aff 2002 Sep-Oct; 21(5):235-41. [Grant No. R01 HS10141-01.]

Health Services Research
Clancy C, Simpson L. Looking forward to impact: Moving beyond serendipity. Health Serv Res 2002 Aug; 37(4):xiv-xxiii. [Authors are AHRQ acting director and deputy director, respectively.]

Shortell SM, Clancy C, Luft H, et al. Tribute to John M. Eisenberg, M.D., M.B.A. Health Serv Res 2002 Aug; 37(4):xxv-xxvi. [Editorial tribute to former AHRQ director; second author is AHRQ acting director.]

Pezzin LE, Kasper JD. Medicaid enrollment among elderly Medicare beneficiaries: individual determinants, effects of state policy, and impact on service use. Health Serv Res 2002 Aug; 37(4):827-47. [First author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Cost and Financing Studies.]

Farley DO, Short PF, Elliott MN, et al. Effects of CAHPS® health plan performance information on plan choices by New Jersey Medicaid beneficiaries. Health Serv Res 2002 Aug; 37(4):985-1007. [Grant No.5-U18 HS09204-05.]

Weinberger M, Murray MD, Marrero DG, et al. Issues in conducting randomized controlled trials of health services research interventions in nonacademic practice settings: The case of retail pharmacies. Health Serv Res 2002 Aug; 37(4):1067-77. [Grant No. 5-R01 HS09083.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Graham R, Roberts RG, Ostergaard DJ, et al. Family practice in the United States: A status. JAMA 2002 Sep 4; 288(9):1097-101. [First author is director of AHRQ's Center for Practice and Technology Assessment.]

Bondi MA, Atkins D. State mandates for preventive health services. JAMA 2002 Sep 11; 288(10):1233. [Second author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Practice and Technology Assessment.]

Weil E, Wachterman M, McCarthy EP, et al. Obesity among adults with disabling conditions. JAMA 2002 Sep 11; 288(10):1265-68. [Grant No. R01 HS10223-03 (to sixth author, Iezzoni LI).]

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Avorn J, Winkelmayer WC, Bohn RL, et al. Delayed nephrologist referral and inadequate vascular access in patients with advanced chronic kidney failure. J Clin Epidemiol 2002 Jul; 55(7):711-16. [Grant No. R01 HS09398.]

Journal of Family Practice
Pathman DE, Konrad TR, Williams ES, et al. Physician job satisfaction, job dissatisfaction, and physician turnover. J Fam Pract 2002 Jul; 51(7):e593. [Grant No. 5-T32 PE 141001 and 5-T32 HS000032-07.]

Chen FM, Hickner J, Fink K, et al. On the front lines: Family physicians' preparedness for bioterrorism. J Fam Pract 2002 Sep; 51(9):745-50. [Grant No. P20 HS11182-S; first, third, and fifth authors are researchers in (Chen and Fink) and director of (Burstin H) AHRQ's Center for Primary Care Research.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Rollman BL, Hanusa BH, Lowe HJ, et al. A randomized trial using computerized decision support to improve treatment of major depression in primary care. J Gen Intern Med 2002 Jul; 17(7):493-503. [Grant No. R01 HS09421.]

Matsumura S, Bito S, Liu H, et al. Acculturation of attitudes toward end-of-life care: A cross-cultural survey of Japanese Americans and Japanese. J Gen Intern Med 2002 Jul; 17(7):531-9. [Grant No. P50 HS07370.]

Winkelmayer WC, Owen W, Glynn RJ, et al. Preventive health care measures before and after start of renal replacement therapy. J Gen Intern Med 2002 Aug; 17(8):588-95. [Grant No. R01 HS09398.]

Medical Care
Haas JS, Phillips KA, Sonneborn D, et al. Effect of managed care insurance on the use of preventive care for specific ethnic groups in the United States. Med Care 2002 Sep; 40(9):743-51. [Grant No. P01 HS10771 and P01 HS10856.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

BNA's Health Care Policy Report
White E. The uninsured and the underinsured: As health costs rise will both groups grow. BNA Health Care Policy Rep 2002 Sep 9; 10(35):1199-200. [Quotes Jessica Banthin, researcher in AHRQ's Center for Cost and Financing Studies.]

Health Affairs
Mertz E, O'Neil E. The growing challenge of providing oral health care services to all Americans. Health Aff 2002 Sep-Oct; 21(5):65-77. [Cites Manski (AHRQ researcher) and Magder, J Am Dent Assoc, 1998.]

Kovner CT, Mezey M, Harrington C. Who cares for older adults? Workforce implications of an aging society. Health Aff 2002 Sep-Oct; 21(5):78-89. [First author is former AHRQ researcher; cites Kirby, Machlin and Thorpe (AHRQ researchers), Patterns of Ambulatory Care Use: Changes from 1987 to 1996, AHRQ Pub. No. 01-0026, 2001; cites Krauss (AHRQ researcher) et al., Nursing Home Update, AHRQ Pub. No. 97-0036, 1997.]

Hargraves JL, Trude S. Obstacles to employers' pursuit of health care quality. Health Aff 2002 Sep-Oct; 21(5):194-200. [Cites AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Survey (CAHPS®) and Theory and Reality of Value-Based Purchasing: Lessons from the Pioneers, Pub. No. 98-0004, 1997.]

Felt-Lisk S, Mays GP. Back to the drawing board: new directions in health plans' care management strategies. Health Aff 2002 Sep-Oct; 21(5):210-217. [Cites Tu, Kemper, and Wong (third author is AHRQ researcher), Inquiry, 1999.]

Grantmakers in Health (GIH) held its annual meeting, "On Solid Foundations: Strengthening the Future of Health and Philanthropy." Health Aff 2002 Sep-Oct; 21(5):273. [Summarizes remarks by Gregg Meyer, former director of AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.]

Health Services Research
Shortell SM. In transition. Health Serv Res 2002 Aug; 37(4):821-25. [Cites Eisenberg, Health Aff, 1998.]

LaVeist TA, Morgan A, Athur M, et al. Physician referral patterns and race differences in receipt of coronary angiography.Health Serv Res 2002 Aug; 37(4):949-62. [Cites AHRQ-funded studies by Ayanian et al., JAMA, 1993, and Schulman et al., N Engl J Med, 1999.]

Ridgely MS, Giard J, Shern D, et al. Managed behavioral health care: An instrument to characterize critical elements of public sector programs. Health Serv Res 2002 Aug; 37(4):1105-23. [Cites Zarin (AHRQ researcher) et al., Health Aff, 2000.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Pierce JP, Gilpin EA. Impact of over-the-counter sales on effectiveness of pharmaceutical aids for smoking cessation. JAMA 2002 Sep 11; 288(10):1260-4. [Cites AHRQ's smoking cessation guidelines.]

Journal of Health Economics
Bradley CJ, Bednarek HL, Neumark D. Breast cancer survival, work, and earnings. J Health Econ 2002 Sep; 21(5):757-779. [Second author is former AHRQ researcher; cites Cooper and Monheit, Rev Econ Stat, 1994.]

Dolan P, Edlin R. Is it really possible to build a bridge between cost-benefit analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis? J Health Econ 2002 Sep; 21(5):827-43. [Cites Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1993.]

Medical Care
Iezzoni LI. Toward universal design in assessing health care experiences. Med Care 2002 Sep; 40(9):725-28. [Cites CAHPS® and notes that it "has become the defacto standard patient-centered questionnaire about health plan performance."]

Meredith LS, Griffith-Forge N. The road to eliminating disparities in health care. Med Care 2002 Sep; 40(9):729-31. [Reviews study which uses Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data.]

Gordon HS, Johnson ML, Ashton CM. Process of care in Hispanic, black, and white VA beneficiaries. Med Care 2002 Sep; 40(9):824-33. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Canto et al., N Engl J Med, 2000, and Ayanian, et al., Med Care, 1999.]

Milbank Quarterly
Ayanian JZ, Weissman JS. Teaching hospitals and quality of care: A review of the literature. Milbank Q 2002; 80(3):569-93. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Finkelstein et al., Med Care, 1998.]

Report on Medical Guidelines and Outcomes Research
AHRQ requests comments on preliminary measures for care quality ratings. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2002 Sep 6; 13(17):4. [Summarizes August 19 Federal Register notice.] MEPS data from AHRQ statistical brief Medical Care and Treatment for Chronic Conditions.]

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force/Put Prevention into Practice-Related Articles

ACP Observer
Maguire P. Colonoscopy screening gains momentum, but problems remain. ACP Observer 2002 Sep; 22(8):1, 16. [Reviews Task Force guidelines on colonoscopy screening.]

Clinics in Geriatric Medicine
Mehr DR, Tatum PE. Primary prevention of diseases of old age. Clin Geriatr Med 2002 Aug; 18(3):407-30. [Cites and summarizes Task Force standards and evaluation process.]

Messinger-Rapport BJ, Sprecher D. Prevention of cardiovascular diseases: Coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, and stroke. Clin Geriatr Med 2002 Aug; 18(3):463-83. [Cites Task Force guidelines in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996, and AHRQ's smoking cessation guidelines.]

Infeld DL, Whitelaw N. Policy initiatives to promote health aging. Clin Geriatr Med 2002 Aug; 18(3):627-42. [Cites Task Force recommendations as basis for AHRQ's Put Prevention into Practice: Staying Healthy at 50+; gives Web site address.]

Evidence-based Healthcare
Mehl AL. Universal newborn screening improves hearing loss detection rates, but benefits remain uncertain. Evidence-based Healthc 2002; 6:77-78. [Abstract of article by Thompson in JAMA, 2001 and commentary on Task Force guidelines summarized therein.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Spangler JG, George G, Foley KL, et al. Tobacco intervention training: Current efforts and gaps in US medical schools. JAMA 2002 Sep 4; 288(9):1102-9. [Cites Task Force guidelines in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996, and AHRQ's smoking cessation guidelines.]

Journal of Family Practice
Tudiver F, Guibert R, Haggerty J, et al. What influences family physicians' cancer screening decisions when practice guidelines are unclear or conflicting? J Fam Pract 2002 Sep; 51(9):e760. [Cites Task Force guidelines in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Seeff LC, Shapiro JA, Nadel MR. Are we doing enough to screen for colorectal cancer? Findings from the 1999 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. J Fam Pract 2002 Sep; 51(9):761-66. [Cites Task Force guidelines in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Culpepper L. The active management of depression. J Fam Pract 2002 Sep; 51(9):769-76. [Cites Task-Force recommended screening questions on depression as discussed in article by Wooley, et al, J Gen Intern Med, 1997.]

Medical Care
Gardner W, Kelleher KJ, Pajer KA. Multidimensional adaptive testing for mental health problems in primary care. Med Care 2002 Sep; 40(9):812-23. [Cites Task Force guidelines in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Report on Medical Guidelines and Outcomes Research
Reviews of hormone replacement therapy evidence support findings in recently halted trial. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2002 Sep 6; 13(17):7-9. [Summarizes Task Force-sponsored reviews of evidence on hormone replacement therapy published in JAMA and Ann Intern Med, 2002.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Health Affairs
Devers KJ. Quality improvement by providers: Market developments hinder progress. Health Aff 2002 Sep-Oct; 21(5):201-9. [Author is former AHRQ researcher; cites AHRQ report, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001.]

Report on Medical Guidelines & Outcomes Research
Bioterrorism preparation recommendations issued. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2002 Sep 6; 13(17):4. [Briefly summarizes findings from AHRQ-funded evidence-based report.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Medical Care
O'Day B, Palsbo SE, Dhont K, et al. Health plan selection criteria by people with impaired mobility. Med Care 2002 Sep; 40(9):732-42. [Uses document content analysis of CAHPS® as part of research design.]

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