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October 13, 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

AIDS
Makinson A, Masquelier B, Taieb A, et al. Presence of numerous stop codons in HIV-1 reverse transcriptase proviral DNA sequences from patients with virological response to HAART. AIDS 2006 Jun 12; 20(9):1327-36. [Supported by grant HS10399.]

American Journal of Alzheimers Disease and Other Dementias
Carter MW, Porell FW. Vulnerable populations at risk of potentially avoidable hospitalizations: the case of nursing home residents with Alzheimers disease. Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen 2005 Nov-Dec; 20(6):349-58. [Supported by grant 1 R01 HS007585-01A1.]

Annals of Pharmacotherapy
Raebel MA, McClure DL, Simon SR, et al. Frequency of serum creatinine monitoring during allopurinol therapy in ambulatory patients. Ann Pharmacother 2006 Mar; 40(3):386-91. [Supported by grant U18 HS11843.]

BMC Health Services Research
Fiscella K, Holt K, Meldrum S, et al. Disparities in preventive procedures: comparisons of self-report and Medicare claims data. BMC Health Serv Res 2006 Sep 29; 6:122. [Supported by grant R01 HS013173-01A1.]

Ethnicity and Disease
Washington EL, Shen JJ, Kocher J, et al. Care patterns for affective psychosis across diverse ethnicities: exploring potential contributors to complications and emergency room utilization. Ethn Dis 2006 Summer; 16(3):712-7. [Supported by 1 R03 HS13056.]

Health Affairs
Jacobson M, O'Malley AJ, Earle CC, et al. Does reimbursement influence chemotherapy treatment for cancer patients? Health Aff 2006 Mar-Apr; 25(2):437-43. [Supported by grant P01 HS10803.]

Wang HE, Lave JR, Sirlo CA, et al. Paramedic intubation errors: isolated events or symptoms of larger problems? Health Aff 2006 Mar-Apr; 25(2):501-9. [Supported by grant K08 HS013628.]

Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Lautenbach E, Nachamkin I. Analysis and presentation of cumulative antimicrobial susceptibility data (antibiograms): substantial variability across medical centers in the United States. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2006 Apr; 27(4):409-12. [Supported by grant U18 HS10399.]

Mizuta M, Linkin DR, Nachamkin I, et al. Identification of optimal combinations for empirical dual antimicrobial therapy of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection: potential role of a combination antibiogram. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2006 Apr; 27(4):413-15. [Supported by grant U18 HS10399.]

Journal of Ambulatory Care Management
Wasson JH, Johnson DJ, Benjamin R, et al. Patients report positive impacts of collaborative care. J Ambulatory Care Manage 2006 Jul-Sep; 29(3):199-206. [Supported by grant HS10265.]

Wasson JH, Ahles T, Johnson D, et al. Resource planning for patient-centered, collaborative care. J Ambulatory Care Manage 2006 Jul-Sep; 29(3):207-14. [Supported by grant HS10265.]

Wasson JH, Benjamin R. Postscript: health disparity and collaborative care. J Ambulatory Care Manage 2006 Jul-Sep; 29(3):233-4. [Supported by grant HS10265.]

Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Kim MT, Han HR, Park HJ, et al. Constructing and testing a self-help intervention program for high blood pressure control in Korean American seniors—a pilot study. J Cardivasc Nurs 2006 Mar-Apr; 21(2):77-84. [Supported by grant R01 HS013160-02.]

Zapka JG, Hennesy W, Carter RE, et al. End-of-life communication and hospital nurses: an educational pilot. J Cardivasc Nurs 2006 May-Jun; 21(3):223-31. [Supported by grant P011 HS10871.]

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Byrne MM, Souchek J, Richardson M, et al. Racial-ethnic differences in preferences for total knee replacement surgery. J Clin Epidemiol 2006 Oct; 59(10):1078-86. [Supported by grant P01HS10876.]

Gorelick MH. Bias arising from missing data in predictive models. J Clin Epidemiol 2006 Oct; 59(10):1115-23. [Supported by grant R03 HS11395.]

Journal of Clinical Hypertension
Skelding PC, Majumdar SR, Kleinman K, et al. Clinical and nonclinical correlates of adherence to prescribing guidelines for hypertension in a large managed care organization. J Clin Hypertension 2006 Jun; 8(6):414-9. [Supported by grant U18 HS12019.]

Journal of Rheumatology
Dominick KL, Golightly YM, Jackson GL. Arthritis prevalence and symptoms among US non-veterans, veterans, and veterans receiving Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare. J Rheumatol 2006 Feb; 33(2):348-54. [Third author is supported by National Research Service Award 2 T32 HS000079-06.]

Medical Care
Zeng F, OLeary JF, Sloss EM, et al. The effect of Medicare health maintenance organizations on hospitalization rates for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions. Med Care 2006 Oct; 44(10):900-7. [Supported by grant R01 HS10256-01.]

Medical Journal of Australia
Bismark MM, Brennan TA, Davis PB, et al. Claiming behavior in a no-fault system of medical injury: a descriptive analysis of claimants and non-claimants. Med J Aust 2006 Aug 21; 185(4):203-7. [Supported by grants 5 U18 HS011886-03 and 5 K02 HS011825-04.]

Molecular Pain
Max MB, Wu T, Atlas SJ, et al. A clinical genetic method to identify mechanisms by which pain causes depression and anxiety. Mol Pain 2006 Apr 19; 2:14. [Supported by grants HS06344, HS08194, and HS09804.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Kalus RM, Shojania KG, Amory JK, et al. Clinical problem-solving. Lost in transcription. N Engl J Med 2006 Oct 5; 355(14):1487-91. [Fourth author, Saint S, is supported by grant P20 HS11540.]

Nursing Forum
Scott-Cawiezell J, Vogelsmeier A, McKenney C, et al. Moving from a culture of blame to a culture of safety in the nursing home setting. Nurs Forum 2006 Jul-Sep; 41(3):133-40. [Supported by grant 5 UC1 HS104281-02.]

Chang RK, Gurvitz M, Hong E, et al. Current practice of exercise stress testing among pediatric cardiology and pulmonology centers in the United States. Pediatr Cardiol 2006 Jan-Feb; 27(1):110-6. [Supported by grant 1 R03 HS13217-01.]

Pediatrics
Christakis DA, Zimmerman FJ, Rivara FP, et al. Improving pediatric prevention via the Internet: a randomized, controlled trial. Pediatrics 2006 Sep; 118(3):1157-66.]

Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Raebel MA, Ellis JL, Andrade SE. Evaluation of gestational age and admission date assumptions used to determine prenatal drug exposure from administrative data. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2005 Dec; 14(12):829-36. [Supported by grant HS10391.]

Preventing Chronic Disease
Phillips KA, van Bebber S, Marshall D, et al. A review of studies examining stated preferences for cancer screening. Prev Chronic Dis 2006 Jul; 3(3):A75. [Supported by grants P01 HS10771 and P01 HS10856.]

Social Science and Medicine
Bonomi AE, Allen DG, Holt VL. Conversational silence, coercion, equality: the role of language in influencing who gets identified as abused. Soc Sci Med 2006 May; 62(9):2258-66. [Supported by grant R01 HS10909-01.]

Malat JR, van Ryn M, Purcell D. Race, socioeconomic status, and the perceived importance of positive self-presentation in health care. Soc Sci Med 2006 May; 62(9):2479-88. [Supported by grant R03 HS13280-01A1.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Archives of Internal Medicine
Furberg CD, Levin AA, Gross PA, et al. The FDA and drug safety: a proposal for sweeping changes. Arch Intern Med 2006 Oct 9; 166(18):1938-42. [Recommends establishing a permanent network of collaborating drug safety centers across the United States" built on AHRQ's Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs).]

BNAs Health Care Policy Report
Small firm workers pay higher deductibles on average than workers at larger firms. BNA Health Care Policy Rep 2006 Oct 9; 14(40):1326. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) statistical brief, Copays and Deductibles for Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance in the Private Sector, By Firm Size Classification: 2004, notes that report was written by John P. Sommers (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) and based on data from the 2004 MEPS Insurance Component.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Britto MT, Anderson JM, Kent WM, et al. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center: transforming care for children and families. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2006 Oct; 32(10):541-48. [Describes use of standard questions based on AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) surveys in a hospital telephone-based survey system.]

Rask KJ, Schuessler LD, Naylor DV. A statewide voluntary patient safety initiative: the Georgia experience. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2006 Oct; 32(10):564-72. [Notes the Partnership for Health and Accountabilitys (PHA) use of statewide hospital discharge data to monitor and trend AHRQ's Inpatient Quality Indicators and Patient Safety Indicators, AHRQ funding for three subsequent years to help jump start the PHA program and support a multidimensional evaluation of program outcomes, and PHAs provision of educational resources for the GHA Patient Safety Improvement Corps (PSIC) program, an AHRQ-supported initiative modeled after the AHRQ and Veterans Administration National Patient Safety Improvement Corps training program; cites AHRQ Web site publications, Patient Safety Reporting Systems and Research in HHS, AHRQ Quality Indicators, and Patient Safety Improvement Corps: An AHRQ/VA Partnership, 2005.]

Resar RK, Rozich JD, Simmonds T, et al. A trigger tool to identify adverse events in the intensive care unit. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2006 Oct; 32(10):585-90. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Cullen, et al. (Crit Care Med, 1997 and Jt Comm J Qual Improv, 1995) and Wu, et al. (J Crit Care, 2002).]

Journal of Health Politics, Policy
Stevenson DG. Is a public reporting approach appropriate for nursing home care? J Heal Politics Policy Law 2006 Aug; 31(4):773-810. [Describes CAHPS® and its use in the Medicare program; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Cohen and Spector (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends and Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, respectively, J Health Econ, 1996) and Mukamel and Spector (Gerontologist, 2003).]

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Quinn G, Ellison BB, Meade C, et al. Adapting smoking relapse-prevention materials for pregnant and postpartum women: formative research. Matern Child Health J 2006 May; 10(3):235-45. [Cites PHS guideline Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

Medical Care
McGregor MJ, Tate RB, McGrail KM, et al. Care outcomes in long-term care facilities in British Columbia, Canada. Does ownership matter? Med Care 2006 Oct; 44(10):929-35. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Spector, Selden and Cohen (first author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets and second two authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Health Econ, 1998.]

Medical Clinics of North America
Garcia AD, Thomas DR. Assessment and management of chronic pressure ulcers in the elderly. Med Clin N Am 2006 Sep; 90(5):925-44. [Cites findings and recommendations from AHRQ guideline, Treatment of Pressure Ulcers, 1994.]

Morrison LJ, Morrison RS. Palliative care and pain management. Med Clin N Am 2006 Sep; 90(5):983-1004. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Tierney, et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2001).]

Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing
Resources for evidence-based practice. Worldviews Evid based Nurs 2006 Third Quarter; 3(3):134-5. [Cites AHRQ resources on consumer patient safety.]

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

American Family Physician
Stephens MB. Preventive health counseling for adolescents. Am Fam Physician 2006 Oct 1; 74(7):1151-6. [Cites USPSTF recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2005; cites AHRQ publication, Five Major Steps to Intervention on AHRQ Web site.]

Kavan MG, Guck TP, Barone EJ. A practical guide to crisis management. Am Fam Physician 2006 Oct 1; 74(7):1159-64. [Cites Gaynes, et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2004), Screening for Suicide Risk in Adults: Summary of the Evidence for USPSTF.]

Medical Care
Zhu J, Davis J, Taira DA, et al. The impact of seeing physicians new to a patient on the response to screening reminders. Med Care 2006 Oct; 44(10):908-13. [Cites USPSTF recommendations of colorectal cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2002 and on AHRQ Web site) and Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, Periodic Updates, 2003.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPCs) Related Articles

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Gartlehner G, Hansen RA, Nissman D, et al. A simple and valid tool distinguished efficacy from effectiveness studies. J Clin Epidemiol 2006 Oct; 59(10):1040-8. [Supported by contract 290-02-0016 to RTI-UNC EPC; uses USPSTF rating criteria.]

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

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Kelley ET, Arispe I, Holmes J. Beyond the initial indicators: lessons from the OECD Health Care Quality Indicators Project and the U.S. National Healthcare Quality Report. Int J Qual Health Care 2006 Sep; 18 Supp 1:45-51. [First and second authors are current and former AHRQ researchers, respectively.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Journal of Rheumatology
Krishman E. Hospitalization and mortality of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. J Rheumatol 2006 Sep; 33(9):1770-4. [Uses AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS).]

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