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October 10, 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

Annals of Internal Medicine
Kritchevsky SB, Braun BI, Bush AJ, et al. The effect of a quality improvement collaborative to improve antimicrobial prophylaxis in surgical patients: a randomized trial. Ann Intern Med 2008 Oct 7; 149(7):472-80, W89-W93. [Supported by grant R01 HS11331-01A1.] Select to access the abstract.

Canadian Medical Association Journal
Hwang SW, Colantonio A, Chiu S, et al. The effect of traumatic brain injury on the health of homeless people. CMAJ 2008 Oct 7; 179(8):779-84. [Supported by grant 1 R01 HS14129-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Infectious Diseases
Linder JA. Editorial commentary: antibiotics for treatment of acute respiratory tract infections: decreasing benefit, increasing risk, and the irrelevance of antimicrobial resistance. Clin Infect Dis 2008 Sep 15; 47(6):744-6. [Supported by grant K08 HS14563.] Select to access the abstract.

Critical Pathways in Cardiology
Khare RK, Powell ES, Venkaatesh AK, et al. Diagnostic uncertainty and costs associated with current emergency department evaluation of low risk chest pain. Crit Pathw Cardiol 2008 Sep; 7(3):191-6. [Supported by grant T32 HS000078 to first author.] Select to access the abstract.

Hastings Center Report
Sabin JE, Mazor K, Meterko V, et al. Comparing drug effectiveness at health plans: the ethics of cluster randomized trials. Hastings Cent Rep 2008 Sep-Oct; 38(5):39-48. [Supported by grant U18 HS10391-06S1 to the HMO Research Network for Education and Research in Therapeutics.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Fraser I, Encinosa W, Glied S. Improving efficiency and value in health care: introduction. Health Serv Res 2008 Oct; 43(5 Pt 2):1781-6. [First and second authors are the director of and a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, respectively.]

Valdmanis VG, Rosko MD, Mutter RL. Hospital quality, efficiency, and input slack differentials. Health Serv Res 2008 Oct; 43(5 Pt 2):1830-48. [Third author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets; uses AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) State Inpatient Databases (SID) and Patient Safety Indicators.] Select to access the abstract.

Scanlon DP, Lindrooth RC, Christianson JB. Steering patients to safer hospitals? The effect of a tiered hospital network on hospital admissions. Health Serv Res 2008 Oct; 43(5 Pt 2):1849-68. [Supported by grants 2 U18 HS13680 and 2 R01 HS10730-04; uses HCUP SID data.] Select to access the abstract.

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Kitch BT, Cooper JB, Zapol WM, et al. Handoffs causing patient harm: a survey of medical and surgical house staff. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2008 Oct; 34(10):563-70. [Supported by AHRQ grant to seventh author, Campbell EG, through the Center of Excellence for Patient Safety Research and Practice—no grant number available.] Select to access the abstract.

Fowler FJ Jr, Epstein A, Weingart SN, et al. Adverse events during hospitalization: results of a patient survey. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2008 Oct; 34(10):583-90. [Supported by grant HS11928 to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.] Select to access the abstract.

Marsteller JA, Holzmueller CG, Makary M, et al. Developing process-support tools for patient safety: finding the balance between validity and feasibility. [Supported by grant U1C1 HS14246.] Select to access the abstract.

Lubomski LH, Marsteller JA, Hsu YJ, et al. The team checkup tool: evaluating QI team activities and giving feedback to senior leaders. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2008 Oct; 34(10):619-23, 561. [Supported by grant U1C1 HS14246.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Advanced Nursing
Han HR, Choi YJ, Kim MT, et al. Experiences and challenges of informal caregiving for Korean immigrants. J Adv Nurs 2008 Sep; 63(5):517-26. [Supported by grant HS13779.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
Galik EM, Resnick B, Gruber-Baldini A, et al. Pilot testing of the Restorative Care Intervention for Cognitively Impaired. J Am Med Dir Assoc 2008 Sep; 9(7):516-22. [Supported by grant R01 HS/MH13372-01] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Clinical Microbiology
Lautenbach E, Bilker WB, Tolomeo P, et al. Impact of diversity of colonizing strains on strategies for sampling Escherichia coli from fecal specimens. J Clin Microbiol 2008 Sep; 46(9):3094-6. [Supported by grant U18 HS10399.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Freeman JD, Kadiyala S, Bell JF, et al. The causal effect of health insurance on utilization and outcomes in adults: a systematic review of US studies. Med Care 2008 Oct; 46(10):1023-1032. [Supported by grant T32 HS13853-01.] Select to access the abstract.

DeVoe JE, Petering R, Krois L. A usual source of care: supplement or substitute for health insurance among low-income children? Med Care 2008 Oct; 46(10):1041-8. [Supported by AHRQ grants 5 F32 HS14645 and 1 K08 HS16181.] Select to access the abstract.

Raebel MA, Delate T, Ellis JL, et al. Effects of reaching the drug benefit threshold on Medicare members' healthcare utilization during the first year of Medicare Part D. Med Care 2008 Oct; 46(10):1116-22. [Supported by AHRQ career development award K08 HS15476.] Select to access the abstract.

Obesity
Wang Y, Beydoun MA, Liang L, et al. Will all Americans become overweight or obese? Estimating the progression and cost of the US obesity epidemic. Obesity 2008 Oct; 16(10):2323-30. [Third author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends; uses Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data.] Select to access the abstract.

Also go to AHRQ-funded article by Lin et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Academic Medicine
Springer CM, Tannert Niang KM, Matte TD, et al. Do medical students know enough about smoking to help their future patients? Assessment of New York City fourth-year medical students' knowledge of tobacco cessation and treatment for nicotine addiction. Acad Med 2008 Oct; 83(10):982-9. [Cites PHS guideline Treating tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Public Health
Ruger JP. Ethics in American health 2: an ethical framework for health system reform. Am J Public Health 2008 Oct; 98(10):1756-63. [Cites AHRQ publication Clinical Practice Guideline Development: Methodology Perspectives, 1994, and AHRQ-funded article by Rosenthal et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Santelli JS. Medical accuracy in sexuality education: ideology and the scientific process. Am J Public Health 2008 Oct; 98(10):1786-92. [Cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services: Recommendations for the USPSTF, 2006, and Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 3rd ed., 2000.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Aviles AD. Comparisons of safety-net and non-safety-net hospitals. JAMA 2008 Oct 8; 300(14):1650-1; author reply 1652. [Author reply cites AHRQ publication, Serving the Uninsured: Safety-net Hospitals, HCUP Fact Book 8, 2003, as published on AHRQ Web site.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Schwartz JM, Nelson KL, Saliski M, et al. The Daily Goals Communication Sheet: a simple and novel tool for improved communication and care. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2008 Oct; 34(10):608-613, 561. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Pronovost et al. (J Crit Care, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Thompson DA, Holzmueller CG, Lubomski L, et al. View the world through a different lens: shadowing another provider. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2008 Oct; 34(10):614-18, 561. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Pronovost et al. (J Patient Saf, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Mitchell JM, Gaskin DJ. Receipt of preventive dental care among special-needs children enrolled in Medicaid: a crisis in need of attention. J Health Polit Policy Law 2008 Oct; 33(5):883-905. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Weintraub et al. (Am J Public Health, 2001).] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Schiff G. Introduction to special theme issue on health insurance in the United States. Med Care 2008 Oct; 46(10):1003-8. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Selden and Hudson (Inquiry, 2005) and Banthin and Bernard (JAMA, 2006); cites AHRQ-funded article by Soumerai et al. (N Engl J Med, 1991).]

Mortensen K, Song PH. Minding the gap: a decomposition of emergency department use by Medicaid enrollees and the uninsured. Med Care 2008 Oct; 46(10):1099-107. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Hudson et al. (Med Care, 2007) and Zuvekas et al. (Health Aff, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Women and Health
Gross R, McNeill R, Davis P, et al. The association of gender concordance and primary care physicians' perceptions of their patients. Women & Health 2008; 48(2):123-44. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bertakis et al. (J Womens Health, 2007), Bertakis et al. (Med Care, 1995), and Beran et al. (Gend Med, 2007).]

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

American Journal of Public Health

Santelli JS. Medical accuracy in sexuality education: ideology and the scientific process. Am J Public Health 2008 Oct; 98(10):1786-92. [Cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services: Recommendations for the USPSTF, 2006, and Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 3rd ed., 2000.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Internal Medicine
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Behavioral counseling to prevent sexually transmitted infections: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. Ann Intern Med 2008 Oct 7; 149(7):491-6, W95. [Presents new USPSTF recommendations, based on the evidence review by Lin et al. cited below.] Select to access the abstract.

Lin JS, Whitlock E, O'Connor E, et al. Behavioral counseling to prevent sexually transmitted infections: a systematic review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med 2008 Oct 7; 149(7):497-508, W96-W99. [Supported by contract 290-02-0024 to the Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center, updates 1996 USPSTF recommendations; cites USPSTF recommendation statements on screening for chlamydial infection (Ann Intern Med, 2007) and screening for HIV (Ann Intern Med, 2005); cites various other articles about the USPSTF.] Select to access the abstract.

Chung DC. Stool DNA testing and colon cancer prevention: another step forward. Ann Intern Med 2008 Oct 7; 149(7):509-10. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on cost-effectiveness analyses of colorectal cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

Petty TL, Mannino DM. Will recommendations against spirometry make chronic obstructive pulmonary disease harder to treat? Ann Intern Med 2008 Oct 7; 149(7):512-13; author reply 513. [Both letter and author reply cite USPSTF recommendation statement for screening for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease using spirometry (Ann Intern Med, 2008) and summary of the evidence on screening for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease using spirometry (Ann Intern Med, 2008); author reply cites USPSTF clinical guidelines on counseling to prevent tobacco use and tobacco-caused disease, as published on AHRQ Web site.]

Summaries for patients. Counseling to prevent sexually transmitted infections: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations. Ann Intern Med 2008 Oct 7; 149(7):1-36. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations.]

Bray GA, Wilson JF. In the clinic. Obesity. Ann Intern Med 2008 Oct 7; 149(7):ITC4-1-15; quiz ITC4-16. [Mentions and cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for obesity in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2003).]

Obstetrics & Gynecology
Hoover K, Tao G, Kent C. Low rates of both asymptomatic chlamydia screening and diagnostic testing of women in US outpatient clinics. Obstet Gynecol 2008 Oct; 112(4):891-8. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for chlamydial infection (Ann Intern Med, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

JAMA
Henkind SJ, Sinnett JC. Patient care, square-rigger sailing, and safety. JAMA 2008 Oct 8; 300(14):1691-3. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Healthcare Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001; cites AHRQ-funded article by Auerbach et al. (N Engl J Med, 2007).]

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

Medical Care
Huang K, Carrasquillo O. The role of citizenship, employment, and socioeconomic characteristics in health insurance coverage among Asian subgroups in the United States. Med Care 2008 Oct; 46(10):1093-8. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2006, as published on AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ publication Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance for Large Employers in the Private Sector, by Industry Classification, 2005, MEPS Statistical Briefs No. 174 and 175, 2007, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Chiropractic & Osteopathy
Gotlib A, Rupert R. Chiropractic manipulation in pediatric health conditions—an updated systematic review. Chiropr Osteopat 2008 Sep 12; 16:11. [Searched "AHRQ databases" for relevant literature related to the manual therapy sector.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Carey K, Burgess JF Jr, Young GJ. Specialty and full-service hospitals: a comparative cost analysis. Health Serv Res 2008 Oct; 43(5 Pt 2):1869-87. [Uses 1998-2004 HCUP SID data for Arizona and AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators (PSI) definitions and software (Miller et al., Health Serv Res, 2001).] Select to access the abstract.

Morgan PA, Shah ND, Kaufman JS, et al. Impact of physician assistant care on office visit resource use in the United States. Health Serv Res 2008 Oct; 43(5 Pt 2):1906-22. [Uses 1996-2004 MEPS Household Component data.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Naessens JM, Khan M, Shah ND, et al. Effect of premium, copayments, and health status on the choice of health plans. Med Care 2008 Oct; 46(10):1033-40. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity index as described in AHRQ-authored article by Elixhauser et al. (Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Bindman AB, Chattopadhyay A, Auerback GM. Medicaid re-enrollment policies and children's risk of hospitalizations for ambulatory care sensitive conditions. Med Care 2008 Oct; 46(10):1049-54. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity index as given in AHRQ-authored article by Elixhauser et al. (Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Yu H, Dick AW, Szilagyi PG. Does public insurance provide better financial protection against rising health care costs for families of children with special health care needs? Med Care 2008 Oct; 46(10):1064-70. [Uses 2001-2004 MEPS data; cites AHRQ publications MEPS HC-060:2001 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2004, MEPS HC-047:2000 Person Round Plan Public Use File, 2003, and MEPS-HC Panel Design and Data Collection Process, 2005, as published on AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Banthin and Bernard (JAMA, 2006), Banthin and Selden (Inquiry 2003), and Dick, Brach, et al. (Health Aff, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Mortensen K, Song PH. Minding the gap: a decomposition of emergency department use by Medicaid enrollees and the uninsured. Med Care 2008 Oct; 46(10):1099-107. [Uses 2004 MEPS data; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Cohen et al. (about MEPS as a national health information resource) (Inquiry, 1997), Hudson et al. (Med Care, 2007), and Zuvekas et al. (Health Aff, 2003; cites AHRQ publication Computing Standard Errors for MEPS Estimates, 2005, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

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