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September 19, 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

American Journal of Medical Quality
Brady J, Ho K, Clancy CM. The quality and disparities reports: why is progress so slow? Am J Med Qual 2008 Sep-Oct; 23(5):396-98. [First two authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, and third author is AHRQ director.]

Annals of Emergency Medicine
Kaji AM, Langford V, Lewis RJ. Assessing hospital disaster preparedness: a comparison of an on-site survey, directly observed drill performance, and video analysis of team work. Ann Emer Med 2008 Sep; 52(3):195-201, 201.e1-e12. [Supported by grant 1 F32 HS13985; uses the hospital disaster drill evaluation tool developed by Johns Hopkins University under contract to AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

Kaji AH, Lewis RJ. Assessment of the reliability of the Johns Hopkins/Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality hospital disaster drill evaluation tool. Ann Emer Med 2008 Sep; 52(3):204-210, 210.e1-e8. [Supported by grant 1 F32 HS13585; uses and assesses the hospital disaster drill evaluation tool developed by Johns Hopkins University under contract to AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

Wang HE, Fairbanks RJ, Shah MN, et al. Tort claims and adverse events in emergency medical services. Am J Med Qual 2008 Sep-Oct; 23(5):256-62. [Supported by grant K08 HS13628 to first author.] Select to access the abstract.

Applied Ergonomics
Holden RJ, Or CK, Alper SJ, et al. A change management framework for macroergonomic field research. Appl Ergon 2008 Jul; 39(4):459-74. [Supported by grant 1 R01 HS13610.] Select to access the abstract.

British Medical Journal
Law MR, Majumdar 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(7669):557-60. [Supported by grant U18 HS10391.] Select to access the abstract.

Family Practice
Bayliss EA, Edwards AE, Steiner JF, et al. Processes of care desired by elderly patients with multimorbidities. Fam Pract 2008 Aug; 25(4):287-93. [Supported by grant K08 HS15476.] Select to access the abstract.

HIV Clinical Trials
Gross R, Bilker WB, Chapman J. How long is the window of opportunity between adherence failure and virologic failure on efavirenze-based HAART? HIV Clin Trials 2008 May-Jun; 9(3):202-6. [Supported by grant K08 HS10399.] Select to access the abstract.

Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Drees M, Snydman D, Schmid C, et al. Antibiotic exposure and room contamination among patients colonized with vancomycin-resistant enterococci. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2008 Aug; 29(8):709-15. [Supported by grant 5 T32 HS000060-13.] Select to access the abstract

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Delfino M Jr, Holt EW, Taylor CR, et al. Willingness-to-pay stated preferences for 8 health-related quality-of life domains in psoriasis: a pilot study. J Am Acad Dermatol 2008 Sep; 59(3):439-47. [Supported by grant 5 K02 HS14010.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of American Geriatrics Society
Setoguchi S, Wang PS, Brookhart MA, et al. Potential causes of higher mortality in elderly users of conventional and atypical antipsychotic medications. J Am Geriatr Soc 2008 Sep; 56(9):1644-50. [Supported by AHRQ's DEcIDE/Effective Health Care Program, contract HHSA 29020050016I.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Healthcare Management
Kash BA, Boyer GJ, Beathard PK. Advertising expenditures in the nursing home sector: evaluating the need for and purpose of advertising. J Healthc Manag 2008 Jul-Aug; 53(4):242-56. [Supported by grant 1 R36 HS163229-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Rheumatology
Trupin L, Tonner MC, Yazdony J, et al. The role of neighborhood and individual socioeconomic status in outcomes of systemic lupus erythematosus. J Rheum 2008 Sep; 35(9):1782-8. [Supported by grant R01 HS12893.] Select to access the abstract.

Managed Care Interface
Jiang HJ, Friedman B, Andrew R. Changes in hospital readmissions for diabetes-related conditions: differences by payer. Manag Care Interface 2008 Jul; 21(1):24-30. [Authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets; uses Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) State Inpatient Databases (SID) from six states.]

Pharmacoeconomics
Huskamp HA, Donohue JM, Koss C, et al. Generic entry reformulations and promotion of SSRIs in the U.S. Pharmacoeconomics 2008; 26(7):603-16. [Supported by grant P01 HS10803.] Select to access the abstract.

Psychiatric Services
Bradford DW, Kim MM, Braxton LE, et al. Access to medical care among persons with psychotic and major affective disorder. Psychiatr Serv 2008 Aug; 59(8):847-52. [Supported by grant R24 HS13353 to second author.] Select to access the abstract.

Statistics in Medicine
Liu L, Yu Z. A likelihood reformulation method in non-normal random effects models. Stat Med 2008 Jul; 27(16):3105-24. [Supported by grant 1 R03 HS16543.] Select to access the abstract.

Also go AHRQ-funded articles by Qaseem et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008) and Voisin et al. (Health Info Lib J, 2008) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Managed Care
Cremieux P, Buchwald H, Shikora SA, et al. A study on the economic impact of bariatric surgery. Am J Manag Care 2008 Sep; 14(9):589-96. [Cites data on bariatric surgery from AHRQ publication Bariatric Surgery Utilization and Outcomes in 1998 and 2004, HCUP Statistical Brief No. 23, 2007.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Medical Quality
Pedroja AT. The tipping point: the relationship between volume and patient harm. Am J Med Qual 2008 Sep-Oct; 23(5):336-41. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Weissman et al. (Med Care, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

Collingridge DS, Gantt EE. The quality of qualitative research. Am J Med Qual 2008 Sep-Oct; 23(5):389-95. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Pronovost et al. (J Crit Care, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Internal Medicine
Kutner S, Smith MC, Corbin L, et al. Massage therapy versus simple touch to improve pain and mood patients with advanced cancer. Ann Intern Med 2008 Sep 16; 149(6):369-79. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Kutner et al. (Cancer Control, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Grover A. When money doesn't change everything. Ann Intern Med 2008 Sep 16; 149(6):429-30. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Selden and Sing (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Health Aff, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

British Medical Journal
Hodnett ED, Stremler R, Willan A, et al. Effect on birth outcomes of a formalised approach to care in hospital labor assessment units: international, randomised controlled trial. BMJ 2008 Sep 13;337(7670):618-25. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bates et al. (Am J Med, 1998 and 1999.] Select to access the abstract.

Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
Kirtane AJ, Cohen DJ. When is better not good enough? Insights from the COURAGE economic study. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes 2008 Sep; 1(1):4-6. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Bravata et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2007).]

Weintraub WS, Boden WE, Zhang Z, et al. Cost-effectiveness of percutaneous coronary intervention in optimally treated stable coronary patients. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes 2008 Sep; 1(1):12-20. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Wyrwich et al. (Am Heart J, 2004).]

Angell SY, Garg RK, Gwynn RC, et al. Prevalence, awareness, treatment, and predictors of control of hypertension in New York City. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes 2008 Sep; 1(1):46-53. [Cites AHRQ publication Healthcare in Urban and Rural Areas, Combined Years 1998-2000, MEPS Chartbook No. 13, 2004, as published on AHRQ Web site.]

Journal of Family Practice
Lang BY, Bodenheimer T, Phillips RL, et al. Primary care's eroding earnings: is Congress concerned? J Fam Pract 2008 Sep; 57(9):578-83. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Bindman et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 1996).] Select to access the abstract.

Deane K, Stevermer JJ, Hickner J. Help smokers quit: tell them their "lung age." J Fam Pract 2008 Sep;57(9):584-6. {Cites PHS-sponsored guideline Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

Medical Clinics of North America
Ogburn T, Voss C, Espey E. Barriers to women's health: why is it so hard for women to stay healthy? Med Clin N Am 2008 Sep; 92(5):993-1009. [Notes the establishment of offices of women's health in AHRQ and other agencies, and authorization of their offices through the Women's Health Act introduced in 2007.]

Orthopedic Nursing
Carlson EA. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Web site. Orthop Nurs 2008 Jul-Aug; 27(4):258-9. [Describes in detail the "vast array of information related to healthcare excellence" available on the AHRQ Web site.]

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

ACP Journal Club
Young G. Review: little evidence exists on the benefits and harms of screening for and treating gestational diabetes. ACP J Club 2008 Sep 16; 149(3):JC3-8. [Reviews USPSTF-sponsored systematic review on screening for gestational diabetes mellitus as published in article by Hillier et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008).]

American Family Physician
Grimard BH, Larson JM. Aortic stenosis: diagnosis and treatment. Am Fam Physician 2008 Sep 15; 78(6):717-24. [Cites USPSTF recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 3rd ed., 2000-2002, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Medical Quality
Gill JM, Chen Y. Quality of lipid management in outpatient care: a national study using electronic health records. Am J Med Qual 2008 Sep-Oct; 23(5):375-81. [Cites USPSTF recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2nd ed., 1996.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Emergency Medicine
Williams J, Nocera M, Casteel C. The effectiveness of disaster training for healthcare workers: a systematic review. Ann Intern Med 2008 Sep; 52(3):211-22, 222.e1-222.e2. [Uses USPSTF evidence grading criteria as published in article by Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001) and AHRQ publication, US Preventive Services Task Force Ratings: Strength of Recommendations and Quality of Evidence (on AHRQ Web site) to assess the quality of selected studies; briefly summarizes findings from AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessments, Training of Hospital Staff to Respond to a Mass Casualty Incident, 2004, and Training of Clinicians for Public Health Events Relevant to Bioterrorism Preparedness, 2002.] Select to access the abstract.

Canadian Review of Public Health (Revue Canadienne de Sante' Publique)
Hislop TG, Teh C, Low A, et al. Knowledge and behaviour regarding heart disease prevention in Chinese Canadian immigrants. Can J Public Health 2008 May-Jun; 99(3):232-5. [Cites USPSTF recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2002.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Family Practice
Gianakos D, Kaczynski R. Are your COPD patients benefiting from best practices? J Fam Pract 2008 Aug; 57(8):532-6. [Cites USPSTF evidence review published in article by Lin et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008).]

Hernandez R, Edgerton L, Flake D. Is there much risk in using fluoroquinolones in children? J Fam Pract 2008 Sep;57(9):539-40. [Notes that AHRQ "recommends fluoroquinolones as first-line treatment for children with uncompleted gonorrhea who weigh more than 45 kg," as cited in article by Worski et al. (MMWR Morb Mort Wkly Report, 2006) that references US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations.]

Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Blaha MJ, Bansal S, Rouf R, et al. A practical "ABCDE" approach to the metabolic syndrome. Mayo Clin Proc 2008 Aug; 83(8):932-43. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on aspirin for the primary prevention of cardiovascular events (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

Medical Clinic of North America
Trigg BG, Kerndt PR, Aynalem G. Sexually transmitted infections and pelvic inflammatory disease in women. Med Clin N Am 2008 Sep; 92(5):1083-113. [Summarizes in a separate one-page box USPSTF recommendations on screening for chlamydia and related conditions, as published in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, pocket guide edition, 2006, and in the full recommendation statement, both on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Zebrack JR, Brown KW. Preventive health for women: screening and immunizations. Med Clin N Am 2008 Sep; 92(5):1011-35. [Mentions that "evidence-based clinical guidelines for preventive health for women are developed by" the USPSTF and other national organizations, and "their publications and Web sites are excellent resources for internists who care for women," and summarizes several USPSTF screening recommendations related to women; cites USPSTF recommendations on AHRQ Web site and recommendations on screening women and elderly adults for family and intimate partner violence as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Waxman AG, Zsemlye MM. Preventing cervical cancer: the pap test and the HPV vaccine. Med Clin N Am 2008 Sep; 92(5):1059-82. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for cervical cancer on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

New England Journal of Medicine
Johnson CD, Chen MH, Toledano AY, et al. Accuracy of CT colonography for detection of large adenomas and cancers. N Engl J Med 2008 Sep; 359(12):1207-17. [Cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2006.] Select to access the abstract

Imperiale TF, Glowinski EA, Lin-Cooper C, et al. Five years risk of colorectal neoplasia after negative screening colonoscopy. N Engl J Med 2008 Sep; 359(12):1218-24. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on screening for colorectal cancer in adults at average risk (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

American Journal of Applied Sciences
Seifrabiei MA, Abbasi M, Montazeri A, et al. Quality of life in hematologic cancer patients: a randomized clinical trial of low dose naltrexone placebo. Am J Appl Sci 2008; 5(7):872-5. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Best Case Series for the use of Immune-augmentation Therapy and Naltrexone for the Treatment of Cancer, 2003.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Qaseem A, Snow V, Shekelle P, et al. Pharmacologic treatment of low bone density or osteoporosis to prevent fractures: a clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians. Ann Intern Med 2008 Sep 16; 149(6):404-15. [Based on AHRQ-sponsored Comparative Evidence Review, Comparative Effectiveness of Treatments to Prevent Fractures in Med and Women with Low Bone Density or Osteoporosis, prepared by the Southern California/RAND Evidence-based Practice Center under contract 290-02-0003; cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Information and Libraries Journal
Voisin CE, de la Varre C, Whitner L, et al. Strategies in assessing the need for updating evidence-based guidelines for six clinical topics: an exploration of two search methodologies. Health Info Lib J 2008 Sep; 25(3):198-207. [Supported by and based on research conducted under contract 290-97-0011 to RTI International/UNC Evidence-based Practice Center; uses AHRQ-sponsored methodology for assessing current guideline validity developed by Shekelle et al. (JAMA, 2001) and USPSTF methodology for analyzing study criteria (Am J Prev Med, 2001); cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.] Select to access the abstract.

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

American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Zweber A, Roche VF, Assemi M, et al. Curriculum recommendations of the AACP-PSSC Task Force on Caring for the Underserved. Am J Pharm Educ 2008 Jun; 72(3):53. [Notes AHRQ's definition of underserved populations (as given in the NHDR, 2006) and the need for schools and colleges to become familiar with federal programs administered by AHRQ and HRSA.] Select to access the abstract.

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Acta Medica Croatica
Bielen I, Sruk A, Zalac D. Specificity of hyperglycemia treatment in acute stroke patients [in Croatian] Select to access the. Acta Med Croatica 2008 Jul; 62(3):273-80. [Uses AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ as a source for relevant clinical studies and treatment recommendations.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Care Financing Review
Adams EK, Ketsche P, Zhou M, et al. Access and satisfaction among children in Georgia's Medicaid program and SCHIP: 2000-2003. Health Care Financ Rev 2008 Spring; 29(3):43-57. [Uses AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) program surveys for 2000 and 2003 to assess changes in access and satisfaction for Georgia's SCHIP (PeachCare) and Medicaid children.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
McConnell KJ, Wallace NT, Gallia CA, et al. Effect of eliminating behavioral health benefits for selected Medicaid enrollees. Health Serv Res 2008 Aug; 43(4):1348-53. [Uses AHRQ's Clinical Classification System categories 65-75 and the algorithm for AHRQ's Chronic Condition Indicator from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP).] Select to access the abstract.

Polsky D, Jha AK, Pauly MV, et al. Short-and long-term mortality after an acute illness for elderly whites and blacks. Health Serv Res 2008 Aug; 43(4):1388-402. [Uses AHRQ quality indicators as a basis for selection of studied conditions; cites AHRQ Quality Indicators—Guide to Inpatient Quality Indicators: Quality of Care in Hospitals—Volume, Mortality, and Utilization, 2002.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Clinical Oncology
Havrilesky LJ, Secord AA, Darcy KM, et al. Cost effectiveness of intraperitoneal compared with intravenous chemotherapy for women with optimally resected stage III ovarian cancer: a Gynecologic Oncology Group study. J Clin Oncol 2008 Sep 1; 26(25):4144-50. [Uses 2003 HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data, as accessed on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

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