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October 5, 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

Ambulatory Pediatrics
Kaushal R, Goldmann DA, Keohane CA, et al. Adverse drug events in pediatric outpatients. Ambul Pediatr 2007 Sep-Oct; 7(5):383-9. [Supported by grant 5 P01 HS11534-04.]

Norlin C, Sharp AL, Firth SD. Unanswered questions prompted during pediatric primary care visits. Ambul Pediatr 2007 Sep-Oct; 7(5):396-400. [Statistical analysis by third author supported by grant HS011826-04.]

Archives of General Psychiatry
Moreno C, Laje G, Blanco C, Jiang H, et al. National trends in the outpatient diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder in youth. Arch Gen Psychiatry 2007 Sep; 64(9):1032-9. [Supported by grant U18 HS016097.]

Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Kushel MB, Yen IH, Gee L, et al. Homelessness and health care access after emancipation: results from the Midwest Evaluation of Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2007 Oct; 161(10):986-93. [Supported by grant K08 HS011415-03.]

Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
Wright RM. Use of osteoporosis medications in older nursing facility residents. J Am Med Dir Assoc 2007 sep; 8(7):453-7. [Supported by grant HS00011-18.]

van der Steen JT, Mitchell SL, Frijters DH, et al. Prediction of 6-month mortality in nursing home residents with advanced dementia: validity of a risk store. J Am Med Dir Assoc 2007 Sep; 8(7):464-8. [Supported by grant HS08551.]

Medical Care
Lafata JE, Gunter MJ, Hsu J, et al. Academic detailing to improve laboratory testing among outpatient medication users. Med Care 2007 Oct; 45(10):966-72. [Supported by grant O18 HS11843-01.]

Smith SR. Preface [to AHRQ-funded supplement.]. Med Care 2007 Oct; 45(10 Suppl 2):S1-S2. [Author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence.]

Lohr KN. Emerging methods in comparative effectiveness and safety: symposium overview and summary. Med Care 2007 Oct; 45(10 Suppl 2):S5-S8. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-2005-0036I PS-13.]

Strom BL. Methodologic challenges to studying patient safety and comparative effectiveness. Med Care 2007 Oct; 45(10 Suppl 2):S13-S15. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-2005-0036I, Task Order 2.]

Atkins D. Creating and synthesizing evidence with decision makers in mind: integrating evidence from clinical trials and other study designs. Med Care 2007 Oct; 45(10 Suppl 2):S16-S22. [Author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence.]

Sedrakyan A, Shih C. Improving depiction of benefits and harms: analysis of studies of well-known therapeutics and review of high-impact medical journals. Med Care 2007 Oct; 45(10 Suppl 2):S23-S28. [Authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence.]

Mazor KM, Sabin JE, Boudreau D, et al. Cluster randomized trials: opportunities and barriers identified by leaders of eight health plans. Med Care 2007 Oct; 45(10 Suppl 2):S29-S37. [Supported by a supplement to the Health Maintenance Organization Research Network Center for Education and Research in Therapeutics (grant HS10391).]

Maclure M, Carleton B, Schneeweiss S. Designed delays versus rigorous pragmatic trials: lower carat gold standards can produce relevant drug evaluations. Med Care 2007 Oct; 45(10 Suppl 2):S44-S49. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-2005-0016I.]

Horn SD, Gassaway J. Practice-based evidence study design for comparative effectiveness research. Med Care 2007 Oct; 45(10 Suppl 2):S50-S57. [Supported by grants 5 U18 HS013696 and 1 UC1 HS015350.]

Crystal S, Akincigil A, Bilder S, et al. Studying prescription drug use and outcomes with Medicaid claims data: strengths, limitations, and strategies. Med Care 2007 Oct; 45(10 Suppl 2):S58-65. [Supported by grants HS016097 and HS011825.]

Grijalva CG, Chung CP, Arbogast PG, et al. Assessment of adherence to and persistence on disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDS) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Med Care 2007 Oct; 45(10 Suppl 2):S66-S76. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-2005-0042I.]

Nebeker JR, Yarnold PR, Soltysik RC, et al. Developing indicators of inpatient adverse drug events through nonlinear analysis using administrative data. Med Care 2007 Oct; 45(10 Suppl 2):S81-S88. [Supported by grant R01 HS11885; uses AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs).]

Lieu Ta, Kulldorff M, Davis RL, et al. Real-time vaccine safety surveillance for the early detection of adverse events. Med Care 2007 Oct; 45(10 Suppl 2):S89-95. [Supported by contract HHSA 29020050036.]

Curtis LH, Hammill BG, Eisenstein EL, et al. Using inverse probability-weighted estimators in comparative effectiveness analyses with observational databases. Med Care 2007 Oct; 45(10 Suppl 2):S103-S107. [Supported by grant 23 U18 HS01548-07S1.]

Samore MH, Shen S, Greene T, et al. A simulation-based evaluation of methods to estimate the impact of an adverse event on hospital length of stay. Med Care 2007 Oct; 45(10 Suppl 2):S108-S115. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-2005-0036I.]

Schneeweiss S, Patrick AR, Sturmer T, et al. Increasing levels of restriction in pharmacoepidemiologic database studies of elderly and comparison with randomized trial results. Med Care 2007 Oct; 45(10 Suppl 2):S131-S142. [Supported by grant 2 R01 HS10881.]

Segal JB, Griswold M, Achy-Brou A, et al. Using propensity scores subclassification to estimate effects of longitudinal treatments: an example using a new diabetes medication. Med Care 2007 Oct; 45(10 Suppl 2):S1149-S157.

Medical Care Research and Review
Basu J, Mobley LR. Do HMOs reduce preventable hospitalizations for Medicare beneficiaries? Med Care Res Rev 2007 Oct; 64(5):544-67. [First author is research in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Public Health
Thorndike AN, Regan S, Rigotti NA. The treatment of smoking by US physicians during ambulatory visits: 1994-2003. Am J Public Health 2007 Oct; 97(10):1878-83. [Cites guidelines Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000, and Smoking Cessation, 1996.]

Medical Care
Needleman J, Buerhaus PI. Failure-to-rescue: comparing definitions to measure quality of care. Med Care 2007 Oct; 45(10):913-5. [Cites AHRQ's PSIs and Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP).]

Wodchis WP, Teare GF, Anderson GM. Cost and quality: evidence from Ontario long term care hospitals. Med Care 2007 Oct; 45(10):881-984. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Spector and Mukamel (Eval Health Prof, 1998) and Mukamel and Spector (Med Care, 2000).]

Ballard DJ. The Comparative Effectiveness and Safety Emerging Methods Symposium. A tribute to Harry A. Guess: father and consummate leader of pharmacoepidemiology. Med Care 2007 Oct; 45(10 Suppl 2):S3-S4. [Notes that honoree was the principal investigator for the UNC Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs).]

Jhung MA, Budnitz DS, Mendelsohn AB, et al. Evaluation and overview of the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System-Cooperative Adverse Drug Event Surveillance Project (NEISS-CADES). Med Care 2007 Oct; 45(10 Suppl 2):S96-S102. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Bates, et al. (JAMA, 1995).]

Brookhart MA, Rassen JA, Wang PS, et al. Evaluating the validity of an instrumental variable study of neuroleptics: can between-physician differences in prescribing patterns be used to estimate treatment effects? Med Care 2007 Oct; 45(10 Suppl 2):S116-S122. [Notes that article is part of the Lohr (AHRQ/DECIDE) Supplement; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Schneeweiss, et al. (CMAJ, 2007) and Schneeweiss (Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf, 2006).]

Brooks JM, Chrischilles EA. Heterogeneity and the interpretation of treatment effect estimates from risk adjustments and instrumental variable methods. Med Care 2007 Oct; 45(10 Suppl 2):S123-S130. [First author is former AHRQ researcher.]

Sturmer T, Glynn RJ, Rothman KJ, et al. Adjustments for unmeasured confounders in pharmacoepidemiologic database studies using external information. Med Care 2007 Oct; 45(10 Suppl 2):S158-S165. [Presented at AHRQ-sponsored Comparative Effectiveness and Safety: Emerging Methods Symposium; cites AHRQ-funded article by Schneeweiss (Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf, 2006).]

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Hartmann KE, Wechter ME, Payne P, et al. Best practice smoking cessation intervention and resource needs of prenatal care providers. Obstet Gynecol 2007 Oct; 110(4):765-70. [Cites Public Health Service (PHS) guideline Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000 (published on AHRQ Web site) and AHRQ-funded article, A clinical practice guideline for treating tobacco use and dependence: a U.S, Public Health Service report (JAMA, 2000).]

Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing
Resources for evidence-based practice. Worldviews Evid-based Nurs 2007; 4(3):174-5. [Lists and describes the AHRQ-funded National Consortium for Pediatric and Adolescent Evidence-based Practice (NCPAEP) and AHRQ evidence-based materials for health care consumers, including Five Steps to Safer Health Care and Guide to Health Care Quality: How to Know It When You See It on AHRQ Web site.]

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

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Vogt TM, Feldstein AC, Aickin M, et al. Electronic medical records and prevention quality: the Prevention Index. Am J Prev Med 2007 Oct; 33(4):291-6. [Summarizes the delivery of preventive care for 10 services recommended by the USPSTF in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2005; states that the USPSTF does not suggest an interval for tobacco counseling, while [AHRQ] suggests action at every visit for every smoker (citing guidelines Smoking Cessation, 1996, and Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000) and asserts that the AHRQ standard is rarely met.]

American Journal of Public Health
Brownson RC, Ballew P, Brown KL, et al. The effect of disseminating evidence-based interventions that promote physical activity to health departments. Am J Public Health 2007 Oct; 97(10):1900-7. [Cites articles on the methodology and effectiveness of USPSTF recommendations by Harris, et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001), Lawrence (J Gen Intern Med, 1990), and Woolf, et al. (Ann Rev Public Health, 1996).]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Chou R, Qaseem A, Snow V, et al. Diagnosis and treatment of low back pain: a joint clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society. Ann Intern Med 2007 Oct 2; 147(7):478-91. [Uses a system adopted from the [USPSTF] for grading strength of evidence, estimating magnitude of benefits, and assigning summary ratings; cites USPSTF methodology process in article by Harris, et al., Methods Work Group, Third USPSTF (Am J Prev Med, 2001); notes receipt of previous AHRQ funding by third author; cites AHRQ guideline, Acute Low Back Problems in Adults, 1994, and AHRQ-funded articles by Deyo, et al. (Spine, 2002 and JAMA, 1992), Cherkin, et al. (Spine, 1994 and 1995), and Volinn, et al. Spine, 1992).]

Correction: Counseling about proper use of motor vehicle occupant restraints and avoidance of alcohol use while driving. Ann Intern Med 2007 Oct 2; 147(7):524. [Addresses corrections made to previously published USPSTF recommendations with same title in Ann Intern Med, 2007).]

JAMA
Holsinger T, Williams JW Jr. Dementia and activities of daily living. JAMA 2007 Oct 3; 298(13):1515-6. [Reply to letter by Coto-Yglesias states that the Functional Activities Questionnaire was one of the tests identified in the first U.S. Preventive Services Task Force evaluation of screening tests for dementia.]

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Allison JE, Sakoda LC, Levin TR, et al. Screening for colorectal neoplasms with new fecal occult blood tests: update on performance characteristics. J Natl Cancer Inst 2007 Oct 3; 99(19):1462-70. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002) and USPSTF-sponsored review of cost-effectiveness analyses of colorectal cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2002). See also articles by Chou and Huffman (Ann Intern Med, 2007) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles below.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Annals of Internal Medicine
Chou R, Huffman LH. Nonpharmacologic therapies for acute and chronic low back pain: a review of the evidence for an American Pain Society/American College of Physicians clinical practice guideline. Ann Intern Med 2007 Oct 2; 147(7):492-504, online appendices w-121-41. [Based on research conducted at the Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center, with funding from the American Pain Society; uses methods adopted from the [USPSTF], citing the USPSTF methodology process as described in article by Harris, et al., Methods Work Group, Third USPSTF (Am J Prev Med, 2001); cites AHRQ guideline, Acute Low Back Problems in Adults, 1994, and AHRQ-funded articles by Deyo, et al. (Spine, 2002) and Cherkin, et al. (Spine, 1995 and Ann Intern Med, 2003).]

Chou R, Huffman LH. Medications for acute and chronic low back pain: a review of the evidence for an American Pain Society/American College of Physicians clinical practice guideline. Ann Intern Med 2007 Oct 2; 147(7):505-14, online appendices w-143-55. [Based on research conducted at the Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center, with funding from the American Pain Society; uses methods adopted from the [USPSTF], citing the USPSTF methodology process as described in article by Harris, et al., Methods Work Group, Third USPSTF (Am J Prev Med, 2001); cites AHRQ guideline, Acute Low Back Problems in Adults, 1994, and AHRQ-funded articles by Deyo, et al. (Spine, 2006), Cherkin, et al. (Spine, 1998 and Ann Intern Med, 2003), and Hart, et al. (Spine, 1995).]

Medical Care
Vandermeer BW, Buscemi N, Liang Y, et al. Comparison of meta-analytic results of indirect, direct, and combined comparisons of drugs for chronic insomnia in adults: a case study. Med Care 2007 Oct; 45(10 Suppl 2):S166-S172. [Based on AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Manifestations and Management of Chronic Insomnia in Adults, 2005, performed by the University of Alberta/Capital Health Evidence-based Practice Center. See also article by Chien, et al. (Med Care Res Rev, 2007) cited in National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR)/National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR)-Related Articles below.]

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

Medical Care Research and Review
Allison JJ. Health disparity: causes, consequences, and change. Med Care Res Rev 2007 Oct; 64(5):5S-6S. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2006.]

Chien MH, Walters AE, Cook SC, et al. Interventions to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health care. Med Care Res Rev 2007 Oct; 64(5):7S-28S. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2006.]

Davis AM, Vinci LM, Okwuosa TM, et al. Cardiovascular health disparities: a systematic review of health care interventions. Med Care Res Rev 2007 Oct; 64(5):29S-100S. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2006.]

Chien AT, Chin MH, Davis AM, et al. Pay for performance, public reporting, and racial disparities in health care: how are programs being designed? Med Care Res Rev 2007 Oct; 64(5):283S-284S. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2003; cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Strategies to Support Quality-based Purchasing: A Review of the Evidence, 2004, and AHRQ-funded publication, Pay for Performance: A Decision Guide for Purchasers, 2006; cites AHRQ-authored articles by McNamara (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets; Med Care Res Rev, 2006) and Fiscella, Franks, Gold and Clancy (AHRQ director; JAMA, 2000); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Hofer, et al. (JAMA, 1999), Rosenthal, et al. (Health Aff, 2004; Med Care Res Rev, 2005; JAMA, 2005; and N Engl J Med, 2006), and Trivedi, et al. (JAMA, 2006).]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Ambulatory Pediatrics
Baker RC, Klein M, Samaan Z, et al. Exam room presentations and teaching in outpatient pediatrics: effects on visit duration and parent, attending physician, and resident perceptions. Ambul Pediatr 2007 Sep-Oct; 7(5):354-9. [Uses survey measures from AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®), described as a reliable, validated parent survey that is used hospital wide to monitor overall patient care satisfaction.]

Perry CD, Kenney GM. Differences in pediatric preventive care counseling by provider type. Ambul Pediatr 2007 Sep-Oct; 7(5):390-5. [Uses 2002-2003 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data.]

Annals of Surgery
McPhee JT, Hill JS, Whalen GF, et al. Perioperative mortality for pancreatectomy: a national perspective. Ann Surg 2007 Aug; 246(2):246-53. [Uses AHRQ's HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data for 1998-2003.]

Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Nguyen GC, Tuskey A, Dassopoulos T, et al. Rising hospitalization rates for inflammatory bowel disease in the United States between 1998 and 2004. Inflamm Bowel Dis 2007 Sep 7; 13. [Epub ahead of print. Uses AHRQ's HCUP NIS data for 1998-2004.]

Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Shaker M, Lobb A, Jenkins P, et al. An economic analysis of aspirin desensitization in aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2007 Aug 21. [Epub ahead of print. Uses AHRQ's HCUP NIS data for 2003.]

Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Seifert HA, Howard DL, Silber JH, et al. Female gender increases the risk of death during hospitalization for pediatric cardiac surgery. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2007 Mar; 133(3):668-75. [Uses HCUP Kids Inpatient Database (KID) data for 2000.]

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Kuklina EV, Whiteman MK, Hillis SD, et al. An enhanced method for identifying obstetric deliveries: implications for estimating maternal morbidity. Matern Child Health J 2007 Aug 10. [Epub ahead of print. Uses AHRQ's HCUP NIS data for 1998-2004.]

Medical Care
Silber JH, Romano PS, Rosen AK, et al. Failure-to-rescue: comparing definitions to measure quality of care. Med Care 2007 Oct; 45(10):918-25. [Uses and analyzes the AHRQ definition of failure-to-rescue (FTR) in comparison with other definitions.]

West AN, Weeks WB. Who pays when VA users are hospitalized in the private sector? Evidence from three data sources. Med Care 2007 Oct; 45(10):1003-7. [Uses MEPS data for 1996-2003.]

Medical Care Research and Review
Elliott MN, Beckett MK, Kanouse DE, et al. Problem-oriented reporting of CAHPS® consumer evaluations of health care. Med Care Res Rev 2007 Oct; 64(5):600-14. [Uses and analyzes data from the 2000 CAHPS® Medicare Fee-For-Service and 2001 CAHPS® Medicare Advantage surveys.]

Neurology
Koubeissi M, Alshekhlee A. In-hospital mortality of generalized convulsive epilepticus: a large U.S. sample. Neurology 2007 Aug 28; 69(9):886-93. [Uses AHRQ's HCUP NIS data for 2000-2004.]

Pediatrics
Kourtis AP, Bansil P, Posner SF, et al. Trends in hospitalizations of HIV-infected children and adolescents in the United States: analysis of data from the 1994-2003 Nationwide Inpatient Sample. Pediatrics 2007 Aug; 120(2):e236-e243. [Uses AHRQ's HCUP NIS data for 1994-2003.]

Spine
Browne JA, Cook C, Pietrobon R, et al. Diabetes and early postoperative outcomes following lumbar fusion. Spine 2007 Sep 15; 32(20):2214-9. [Uses AHRQ's HCUP NIS data for 1988-2003.]

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