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October 3, 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

Ambulatory Pediatrics
Porter SC, Kaushal R, Forbes PW, et al. Impact of a patient-centered technology on medication errors during pediatric emergency care. Ambul Pediatr 2008 Sep-Oct; 8(5):329-35. [Supported by grant R01 HS014947.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology
Wisnivesky JP, Lorenzo J, Lyn-Cook R, et al. Barriers to adherence to asthma management guidelines among inner-city primary care providers. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 2008 Sep; 101(3):264-270. [Supported by grant K08 HS13312.] Select to access the abstract.

BMJ
Keyhani S, Kleinman LC, Rothschild M, et al. Overuse of tympanostomy tubes in New York metropolitan area: evidence from five hospital cohort. BMJ 2008 Oct 3; 337:a1607. [Supported by grant R01 HS10302.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Affairs
Selden TM, Sing M. The distribution of public spending for health care in the United States, 2002. Health Aff 2008 Sep-Oct; 27(5):w349-59. [Authors are economists in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; uses 2002 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data.] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics
Selden TM. The effect of tax subsidies on high health care expenditure burdens in the United States. Int J Health Care Finance Econ 2008 Sep; 8(3):209-23. [Author is an economist in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends.] Select to access the abstract.

Kidney International
Hedayati SS, Bosworth HB, Briley LP, et al. Death or hospitalization of patients on chronic hemodialysis is associated with a physician-based diagnosis of depression. Kidney Int 2008 Oct; 74(7):930-6. [Supported by fellowship grant to first author, no grant number available.] Select to access the abstract.

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Mayer ML. Disparities in geographic access to pediatric subspecialty care. Matern Child Health J 2008 Sep;12(5):624-32. [Supported by grant 1 K02 HS013309-01A1.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care Research and Review
Basu J, Mobley LR. Trends in racial disparities among the elderly for selected procedures. Med Care Res Rev 2008 Oct; 65(5):617-37. [First author is researcher AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships; uses 1997 and 2001 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) State Inpatient Database (SID) data.] Select to access the abstract.

Milbank Quarterly
Blewett LA, Ziegenfuss J, Davern ME. Local access to care programs (LACPs): new developments in the access to care for the uninsured. Milbank Q 2008 Sep; 86(3):459-79. [Supported by contract 290-00-0017, task 6, to the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health's State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC).] Select to access the abstract.

Spine
Skolasky RL, Mackenzie EJ, Wegener ST, et al. Patient activation and adherence to physical therapy in persons undergoing spine surgery. Spine 2008 Oct 1; 33(21):E784-91. [Supported by grant 1 R03 HS016106.] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

Ambulatory Pediatrics
Perrin JM. Prevention and chronic health conditions among children and adolescents. Ambul Pediatr 2008 Sep-Oct; 8(5):271-2. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Forrest and Riley (Health Aff, 2004) and Szilagyi et al. (Ambul Pediatr, 2007).]

Szilagyi PG. Academic Pediatric Association (APA) presidential address: changing the world for children. Ambul Pediatr 2008 Sep-Oct; 8(5):273-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Szilagyi et al. (Pediatrics, 2004, 2006, and 2007) and Shone et al. (Pediatrics, 2005).]

Van Cleave J, Davis MM. Preventive care utilization among children with and without special health care needs: associations with unmet need. Ambul Pediatr 2008 Sep-Oct; 8(5):305-11. [Cites use of MEPS data in AHRQ-funded article by Selden (Pediatrics, 2006) and AHRQ-funded article by Houtrow et al. (Pediatrics, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

Kenney MK, Kogan MD, Crall JJ. Parental perceptions of dental/oral health among children with and without special health care needs. Ambul Pediatr 2008 Sep-Oct; 8(5):312-20. [Third author is former AHRQ researcher; cites AHRQ-funded/authored articles using MEPS by Houtrow et al. (Pediatrics, 2007) and Bartman et al. (J Health Care Poor Underserved, 1997).] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine

McMenamin SB, Halpin HA, Shade SB. Trends in employer-sponsored health insurance coverage for tobacco-dependence treatments. Am J Prev Med 2008 Oct; 35(4):321-6. [Cites PHS-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000, and 2008 update (as Public Health Service publication and in Am J Prev Med, 2008); cites article discussing recommendations for the AHCPR guideline for smoking cessation by Cromwell et al. (JAMA, 1997).] Select to access the abstract.

Tong VT, England LJ, Dietz PM, et al. Smoking patterns and use of cessation interventions during pregnancy. Am J Prev Med 2008 Oct; 35(4):327-33. [Cites PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.] Select to access the abstract.

Campbell SL, Lee L, Haugland C, et al. Tobacco quitline use: enhancing benefit and increasing abstinence. Am J Prev Med 2008 Oct; 35(4):386-88. [Cites PHS guideline Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.] Select to access the abstract.

Maternity and Child Health Journal
Hill KS, Freeman LC, Yucel RM, et al. Unmet need among children with special health care needs in Massachusetts. Matern Child Health J 2008 Sep; 12(5):650-61. [Cites AHRQ publications, Utilization and Expenditures for Children with Special Health Care Needs, Research Findings No. 24, 2006; and Access to Needed Medical Care Among Children Under 18 Years of Age with Special Health Care Needs, 2002, MEPS Statistical Brief No. 75, 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care Research and Review
Cohen AB, Restuccia JD, Shwartz M, et al. A survey of hospital quality improvement activities. Med Care Res Rev 2008 Oct; 65(5):571-95. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Needleman et al. (N Engl J Med, 2002) and Weiner et al. (Health Serv Res, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Milbank Quarterly
Burns LR, Muller RW. Hospital-physician collaboration: landscape of economic integration and impact on clinical integration. Milbank Q 2008 Sep; 86(3):375-434. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Bazzoli et al. (Inquiry, 2000).] Select to access the abstract.

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

Academic Medicine
Leong SL, Lewis PR, Curry WJ, et al. Tobacco world: evaluation of a tobacco cessation training program for third-year medical students. Acad Med 2008 Oct; 83(10 Suppl):S25-8. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on counseling to prevent tobacco use and tobacco-caused disease, as published on AHRQ Web site; mentions that the four-day Tobacco World tobacco cessation training workshop "was successful in increasing students' familiarity with the AHRQ 5As guidelines."] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Sanson-Fisher RW, Campbell EM, Htun AT, et al. We are what we do: research outputs of public health. Am J Prev Med 2008 Oct; 35(4):380-5. [Cites USPSTF recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2007, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

New England Journal of Medicine
Rank B. Executive physicals--bad medicine on three counts. N Engl J Med 2008 Oct 2; 359(14):1424-5. [Cites USPSTF screening guidelines for coronary heart disease, as published on AHRQ Web site.]

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Dicker LW, Mosure DJ, Kay RS, et al. An ongoing burden: chlamydial infections amount young American Indian women. Matern Child Health J 2008 Jul; 12 (4 Suppl 1):S25-9. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on chlamydia screening in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, pocket guide, 2005, as published on AHRQ Web site.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Milbank Quarterly
Nicholson S, Pauly MV, Wu AY, et al. Getting real performance out of pay-for-performance. Milbank Q 2008 Sep; 86(3):435-57. [Cites AHRQ Technical Eeview, Strategies to Support Quality-Based Purchasing: A Review of the Evidence, 2004); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Hofer et al. (JAMA, 1999) and Rosenthal et al. (Health Aff, 2004, and N Engl J Med, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

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

Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law
Smith DB, Feng Z, Fennell ML, et al. Racial disparities in access to long-term care: the illusive pursuit of equity. J Health Polit Policy Law 2008 Oct; 33(5):861-81. [Cites NHDR (2005); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Mor et al. (Milbank Q, 2004); cites AHRQ publication, Hospital Nurse Staffing and Quality of Care, Research in Action, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Ambulatory Pediatrics
Cassedy A, Fairbrother G, Newacheck PW. The impact of insurance instability on children's access, utilization, and satisfaction with health care. Ambul Pediatr 2008 Sep-Oct; 8(5):321-8. [Uses and cites 2000-2003 (panels 5-7) MEPS data (as accessed on AHRQ Web site) to measure insurance instability and its relationship to access, utilization and satisfaction.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
Guay AH, Brown LJ, Wolf T. Orthodontic dental patients and expenditures—2004. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2008 Sep; 134(3):337-43. [Uses data from the 1987 National Medical Expenditure Survey (NMES) and the 1996 and 2004 MEPS.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Welke KF, Diggs BS, Karamlou T, et al. The relationship between hospital surgical case volumes and mortality rates in pediatric cardiac surgery: a national sample, 1988-2005. Ann Thorac Surg 2008 Sep; 86(3):889-96. [Uses 1988-2005 HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data.] Select to access the abstract.

BMJ
Head J, Ferrie JE, Alexanderson K, et al. Diagnosis-specific sickness absence as a predictor of mortality: the Whitehall II prospective cohort study. BMJ 2008 Oct 2; 337:a1469. [Uses cohort data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Affairs
Hadley J, Holahan J, Coughlin T, et al. Covering the uninsured in 2008: current costs, sources of payment, and incremental costs. Health Aff (Millwood) 2008 Sep-Oct; 27(5):w399-w415. [Uses and cites 2002-2004 MEPS data, adjusted to make 2008 projections.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Vascular Surgery
Perry RJ, Martin MJ, Echert MJ, et al. Colonic ischemia complicating open vs endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair. J Vasc Surg 2008 Aug; 48(12):272-7. [Uses 2003 and 2004 HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care Research and Review
Chang CF, Mirvis DM, Waters TM. The effects of race and insurance on potentially avoidable hospitalizations in Tennessee. Med Care Res Rev 2008 Oct; 65(5):596-616. [Uses and cites AHRQ Quality Indicators; Describes the development of AHRQ's Prevention Quality Indicators (PQI) and Pediatric Quality Indicators; applies AHRQ's 2007 definitions of PQIs to Tennessee hospital inpatient discharge records for 2000-2004.] Select to access the abstract.

Nature Genetics
Kao WH, Klag MJ, Meoni LA, et al. MYH9 is associated with nondiabetic end-stage renal disease in African Americans. Nat Genet 2008 Oct; 40(10):1185-92. [Uses selected participants recruited from the CHOICE study, previously supported by AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

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