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September 22, 2006


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
Blake SC, Kohler S, Rask K, et al. Facilitators and barriers to 10 National Quality Forum safe practices. Am J Med Qual 2006 Sep-Oct; 21(5):323-34. [Supported by Contract No. 290-00-0011.]

Schade CP, Hannah K, Ruddick P, et al. Improving self-reporting of adverse drug events in a West Virginia hospital. Am J Med Qual 2006 Sep-Oct; 21(5):335-41. [Supported by Grant No. 5 UC1 HS014920-02.]

Clancy CM. The intensive care unit, patient safety, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Am J Med Qual 2006 Sep-Oct; 21(5):348-51. [Author is AHRQ Director.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Rosen AB, Hamew MB, Weinstein MC, et al. Cost-effectiveness of full Medicare coverage of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors for beneficiaries. Ann Intern Med 2005 Jul 19; 143(2):89-99. [Supported by Grant No. 5 T32 HS00020-16.]

Poon EG, Cina JL, Churchill W, et al. Medication dispensing errors and potential adverse drug events before and after implementing bar code technology in the pharmacy. Ann Intern Med 2006 Sep 19; 145(6):426-34. [Supported by Grant No. HS14053-02.]

Archives of Surgery
Kwaan MR, Studdert DM, Zinner MJ. Incidence, patterns, and prevention of wrong-site surgery. Arch Surg 2006 Apr; 141(4):353-8. [Supported by Grant No. HS11886-03 and T32 postdoctoral fellowship to Dr. Kwaan.]

British Medical Journal
Bell CM, Urbach DR, Ray JG, et al. Bias in published cost effectiveness studies: systematic review. BMJ 2006 Mar 25; 332(7543):699-703. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10919.]

Critical Care Medicine
Needham DM, Bronskill SE, Rothwell DM, et al. Hospital volume and mortality for mechanical ventilation of medical and surgical patients: a population-based analysis using administrative data. Crit Care Med 2006 Sep; 34(9):2349-54. [Supported by Grant No. U18 HS11902-01.]

Family Medicine
Cohen LA, Manski MJ. Visits to non-dentist health care providers for dental problems. Fam Med 2006 Sep; 38(8):556-64. [Second author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; uses 2001 data from the Household Component of AHRQ's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS).]

Journal of the American College of Surgeons
Makary MA, Sexton JB, Freischlag JA. Operating room teamwork among physicians and nurses: teamwork in the eye of the beholder. J Am Coll Surg 2006 May; 202(5):746-52. [Supported by Grant Nos. 1 UC1 HS014246 and 1 P0HS1154401.]

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Weingart SN, Rind D, Tofias Z, et al. Who uses the patient Internet portal? The PatientSite experience. J Am Med Infom Assoc 2006 Jan-Feb; 13(1):91-5. [Supported by Grant No. 1 K08 HS11644.]

Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery
Brauer CA, Rosen AB, Olchanski NV, et al. Cost-utility analysis in orthopaedic surgery. J Bone Joint Surg 2005 Jun; 87(6):1253-9. [Supported by Grant No. 5 T32 HS0002-16.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Rosen AB. Indications for and utilization of ACE inhibitors in older individuals with diabetes: findings from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999 to 2002. J Gen Intern Med 2006 Apr; 21(4):315-9. [Supported by Grant No. 5 T32 HS00020-16.]

Journal of the National Medical Association
Briscoe F, Konrad TR. HMO employment and African-American physicians. J Natl Med Assoc 2006 Aug; 98(8):1318-25. [Supported by Grant No. P01 HS10861.]

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Chibnall JT, Tait RC, Andresen EM, et al. Clinical and social predictors of application for Social Security Disability Insurance by Workers Compensation claimants with low back pain. J Occup Environ Med 2006 Jul; 48(7):733-40. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS013087-01.]

Journal of Patient Safety
Clancy CM, McNeill D, Moy E, Dayton E. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's national quality and disparities reports emphasize patient safety. J Patient Saf 2006 Jun; 2(2):70-1. [First author is AHRQ Director; last three authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.]

Alexander JA, Weiner BJ, Baker LC, et al. Care management implementation and patient safety. J Patient Saf 2006 Jun; 2(2):83-96. [Supported by Grant No. 5 R01 HS11317-02.]

Lancet Infectious Diseases
Stone PW, Schackman BR, Neukermans CP, et al. A synthesis of cost-utility analysis literature in infectious disease. Lancet Infect Dis 2005 Jun; 5(6):383-91. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10919.]

LDI Issue Brief
Apter AJ, Strom BL. Reacting to antibiotic allergies. LDI Issue Brief 2006 Summer; 11(7):1-4. [Supported by Grant No. U18 HS10399.]

Medical Care Research and Review
Mitchell JB, Haber SG, Hoover S. What happens to children who lose public health insurance coverage? Med Care Res Rev 2006 Oct; 63(5):623-35. [Study was part of the Child Health Insurance Research Initiative (CHIRI™), a collaboration of nine Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-funded research projects to develop a common core of key survey measures drawn from the Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) and other surveys.]

Medical Decision Making
Rosen AB, Greenberg D, Stone PW, et al. Quality of abstracts of papers reporting original cost-effectiveness analyses. Med Decis Making 2005 Jul-Aug; 25( 4):424-8. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10919.]

Neumann PJ, Rosen AB, Greenberg D, et al. Can we better prioritize resources for cost-utility research? Med Decis Making 2005 Jul-Aug; 25( 4):429-36. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10919.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Studdert DM, Mello MM, Gawande AA, et al. Claims, errors, and compensation payments in medical malpractice litigation. N Engl J Med 2006 May 11; 354(19):2024-33. [Supported by Grant Nos. HS011886-03 and K02 HS11285.]

Spine
Arega A, Birkmeyer NJ, Lurie JD, et al. Racial variation in treatment preferences and willingness to randomize in the Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial (SPORT). Spine 2006 Sep 1; 31(19):2263-9. [Supported by Grant No. K02 HS11288.]

Value in Health
Brauer CA, Rosen AB, Greenberg D, et al. Trends in the measurement of health utilities in published cost-utility analysis. Value Health 2006 Jul-Aug; 9(4):213-8. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10919.]

Womens Health Issues
Hirschhorn LR, McInnes K, Landon BE, et al. Gender differences in quality of HIV care in Ryan White Care Act-funded clinics. Womens Health Issues 2006 May-Jun; 16(3):104-12. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS1227.]

Chan KS, Bird CE, Weiss R, et al. Does patient-provider gender concordance affect mental health care received by primary care patients with major depression? Womens Health Issues 2006 May-Jun; 16(3):122-32. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS08349.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Health Line
Medicare: bill would provide researchers with access to data. Am Health Line 2006 Sep 19: #3. [Mentions AHRQ as one of the federal agencies to have access to Medicare data.]

Health care quality: U.S. scores low among industrialized nations. Am Health Line 2006 Sep 19: #14. [Summarizes findings from Commonwealth Fund scorecard report published in article by Schoen, et al. (Health Aff, 2006), cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products, which used AHRQ Prevention Quality Indicators and indicators developed using MEPS and Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (H-CAHPS) data.]

American Journal of Medical Quality
Solberg LI, Engebretson KI, Sperl-Hillen JM, et al. Ambulatory care quality measures for the 6 aims from administrative data. Am J Med Qual 2006 Sep-Oct; 21(5): 310-6. [Cites recommendations from the President's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Thomas, Studdert, Burstin (director of AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships), et al. (Med Care, 2000) and Zhan (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety), et al. (Med Care, 2005).]

AORN Journal
Association of Operating Room Nurses. AORN guidance statement: safe medication practices in perioperative settings across the life span. AORN J 2006 Aug; 84(2):276-83. [Lists AHRQ as a resource on patient safety practices.]

Healthcare Financial Management
Hispanic and black adults are uninsured at rates up to 3 times higher than White adults...and experience preventable hospitalizations up to 5 times more often than whites. Healthc Financ Manag 2006 Sep; 60(9):14-6. [Cites hospitalization statistics from Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Statistical Brief: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations, 2003, July 2006.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Dale W, Hougham GW, Hill EK, et al. High interest in screening and treatment for mild cognitive impairment in older adults: a pilot study. J Am Geriatr Soc 2006 Sep; 54(9):1388-94. [Notes receipt of AHRQ funding by fourth author, Gregory A. Sachs (Grant No. 1 R03 HS014088-01A1).]

Wallace AE, Sairafi NA, Weeks WB. Tobacco cessation counseling across the ages. J Am Geriatr Soc 2006 Sep; 54(9):1425-8. [Cites PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000, and article by Katz, et al. (J Natl Cancer Inst, 2004) on the guideline's implementation.]

Journal of Patient Safety
Heffner JE, Webster L, Ellis R. Hospital Internet site content on patient safety and medical errors. J Patient Saf 2006 Jun; 2(2):72-7. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Altman, Clancy (AHRQ Director), and Blendon (N Engl J Med, 2004) and AHRQ/Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health publication, National Survey on Consumers Experiences with Patient Safety and Quality Information, 2004.]

French DD, Spehar A, Campbell R, et al. A medication surveillance system model to improve patient safety: a national veterans study of cyclooxygenase 2 inhibitors and risks of stroke to myocardial infarction. J Patient Saf 2006 Jun; 2(2):78-82. [Cites 2 papers from AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation, Vol. 1: Research Findings, 2005.]

Denham CR. The patient safety battles—put on your armor. J Patient Saf 2006 Jun; 2(2):97-101. [Cites AHRQ as one of several organizations helping to advance patient safety efforts and initiatives.]

Medical Care Research and Review
Thom DH, Tirado MD. Development and validation of a patient-reported measure of physician cultural competency. Med Care Res Rev 2006 Oct; 63(5):636-55. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Brach and Fraser (researcher in and director of, respectively, AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Med Care Res Rev, 2000) and AHRQ-funded article by Schulman, et al. (N Engl J Med, 1999).]

Medicine and Health
Long shifts for medical interns cause errors, injuries. Med Health 2006 Sep 18; 60(34):2-3. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ-funded article by Landrigan, et al. (JAMA, 2006)

Milbank Quarterly
Mello MM, Studdert DM, Kachalia AB, et al. Health courts and accountability for patient safety. Milbank Q 2006; 84(3):459-92. [Recommends establishing a national adverse events database under AHRQ; cites AHRQ-authored article by Thomas, Studdert, Burstin (director of AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships) et al. (Med Care 2000) and AHRQ-funded article by Localio, et al. (N Engl J Med, 1991).]

>Howell EM, Hughes D. A tale of two counties: expanding health insurance coverage for children in California. Milbank Q 2006; 84(3):521-54. [Cites AHRQ-funded/authored article by Dick, Brach (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Health Aff, 2004).]

Modern Healthcare
Benko LB. Questioning technology: Calif. Blues' foundation grant spearheads research. Mod Healthc 2006 Sep 18; 36(37):10-12. [Refers to AHRQ-authored article on bariatric surgery by Encinosa, et al. (Med Care, 2006) as summarized in previous issue (Mod Healthc, 2006 Sep 11).]

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

American Family Physician
Clinical quiz. Am Fam Physician 2006 Sep 15; 74(6):917-9. [Selected questions are based on information given in USPSTF recommendations on screening for developmental hip dysplasia.]

Putting prevention into practice. Screening for developmental dysplasia of the hip. Am Fam Physician 2006 Sep 15; 74(6):1005-6. [Case study and questions are based on information given in USPSTF recommendations on screening for developmental hip dysplasia.]

Family Medicine
Heidelbaugh JJ. Screening in disease prevention: what works? [Book Review.] Fam Med 2006 Sep; 38(8):582-3. [Notes that the book makes few comparisons of the U.K. national guidelines to those of the USPSTF and Canadian Preventive Services Task Force for various diseases.]

Lancet
Roy-Byrne PP, Craske MG, Stein MB. Panic disorder. Lancet 2006 Sep 16; 368(9540):1023-32. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for depression in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

Medical Care Research and Review
Wilson AR, McAlpine DD. The effectiveness of screening for obesity in primary care: weighing the evidence. Med Care Res Rev 2006 Oct; 63(5):570-98. [Analyzes and updates the literature reviews supporting USPSTF recommendations on obesity in primary care ( Ann Intern Med, 2003 and Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996).]

Milbank Quarterly
Freedman VA, Hodgson N, Lynn J. et al. Promoting declines in the prevalence of late-life disability: comparisons of three potentially high-impact interventions. Milbank Q 2006; 84(3):493-520. [Cites Pignone, et al., screening for depression in adults summary of the evidence for the USPSTF ( Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Health Affairs
Schoen C, Davis K, How SK, et al. U.S. health system performance: a national scorecard. Health Aff 2006 Sep 20 (Web Exclusive). [Uses AHRQ prevention quality indicators and indicators developed using MEPS and Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (H-CAHPS) data. See also article by Cohen and Manski (Fam Med, 2006) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

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