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October 14, 2005


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; articles related to AHRQ-funded Evidence-based Practice Centers; articles mentioning the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force/Put Prevention into Practice; articles mentioning the Presidents Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry and Agency-supported activities relating to the Quality Interagency Task Force; and other research using AHRQ data.


AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles

Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science
Edwards JC, Stapley J, Akins R, et al. Lessons learned from a regional strategy for resource allocation. Biosecur Bioterror 2005; 3(2):113-8. [Supported by Grant No. 1 U18 HS13715.]

BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Sherman KJ, Cherkin DC, Kahn J, et al. A survey of training and practice patterns of massage therapists in two US states. BMC Complement Altern Med 2005 Jun 14; 5:13. [Supported by Grant Nos. HS09565 and HS08194.]

Clinical Journal of Pain
Kalauokalani D, Cherkin DC, Sherman KJ. A comparison of physician and nonphysician acupuncture treatment for chronic low back pain. Clin J Pain 2005 Sep-Oct; 21(5):406-11. [Supported by Grant No. HS09989.]

Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Aberra FN, Brensinger CM, Bilker WB, et al. Antibiotic use and the risk of flare of inflammatory bowel disease. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol 2005 May; 3(5):459-65. [Supported by Grant No. U18 HS10399.]

Health Communication
Chesley FD, Clancy CM. Research funding opportuni Clarke P, Evans SH, Shook D, et al. Information seeking and compliance in planning for critical care: community-based health outreach to seniors about advance directives. Health Commun 2005; 18(1):1-22. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS09232-02.]

Health Services Research
Chesley FD, Clancy CM. Research funding opportunities: fiscal year 2006. Health Serv Res 2005 Oct; 40(5 Pt 1):xi-xiv. [Authors are director of AHRQ's Office of Extramural Research, Education, and Priority Populations and AHRQ Director, respectively.]

Polsky D, Stein R, NIcholson S, et al. Employer health insurance offerings and employee enrollment decisions. Health Serv Res 2005 Oct; 40(5 Pt 1):1259-78. [Supported by Grant No. K02 HS11668.]

Mitchell JM and Gaskin DJ. Factors affecting plan choice and unmet need among supplemental security income eligible children with disabilities. Health Serv Res 2005 Oct; 40(5 Pt 1):1379-99. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10912.]

Prehospital Emergency Care
Wang HE, Kupas DF, Greenwood MJ, et al. An algorithmic approach to prehospital airway management. Prehosp Emerg Care 2005 Apr-Jun; 9(2):145-55. [Supported by Grant No. K08 HS013628.]

O Shea JK, Pinchalk ME, Wang HE. Reliability of paramedic ratings of laryngoscopic views during endotracheal intubation. Prehosp Emerg Care 2005 Apr-Jun; 9(2):167-71. [Supported by Grant No. K08 HS013628.]

Wang HE, Seitz SR, Hostler D, et al. Defining the learning curve for paramedic student endotracheal intubation. Prehosp Emerg Care 2005 Apr-Jun; 9(2):156-62. [Supported by Grant No. K08 HS013628.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Health Line
Health care IT: HHS awards three contracts to expand use of EHRS. Am Health Line 2005 Oct 11; Item 7. [Mentions AHRQ award of more than $22.3 million to 16 providers to implement health care IT systems.]

BNAs Health Plan and Provider Report
Federal officials announce new grants, contracts intended to ease use of health IT. BNA Health Plan Provider Rep 2005 Oct 12; 11(40):1072-3. [Mentions AHRQ award of more than $22.3 million to 16 providers to implement health care IT systems.]

Health Services Research
Briesacher BA, Stuart B, Ren X, et al. Medicare beneficiaries and the impact of gaining prescription drug coverage on inpatient and physician spending. Health Serv Res 2005 Oct; 40(5 Pt 1):1279-96. [Cites Burstin (AHRQ Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships director), et al. (Inquiry, 1998) and Short and Freedman (former AHRQ researchers) (Health Serv Res, 1998).]

Mitchell S, Schlesinger M. Managed care and gender disparities in problematic health care experiences. Health Serv Res 2005 Oct; 40(5 Pt 1):1489-513. [Cites Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data in article by Bierman, Banthin, and Altman (first and third authors are former AHRQ researchers; second author is current researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Abst Bk Health Serv Res, 1998.], Bierman and Clancy (former AHRQ researcher and AHRQ Director) (Women Health Issues, 1999), and AHRQ publication, Consumer Assessments of Health Plans Study (CAHPS®): Overview, 1998.]

Davern M, Rodin H, Beebe TJ, et al. The effect of income question design in health surveys on family income, poverty and eligibility estimates. Health Serv Res 2005 Oct; 40(5 Pt 1):1534-92. [Cites Moeller and Mathiowetz (current and former researchers) (J Official Stat, 1994.]

Ramirez M, Ford MF, Stewart AL, et al. Measurement issues in health disparities research. Health Serv Res 2005 Oct; 40(5 Pt 1):1640-57. [Cites Fiscella, Franks and Clancy (third author is AHRQ Director) (JAMA, 2000); Fleishman, Spector, and Altman (first two authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Finance, Access, and Cost Trends and Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, respectively) (J Gerontol B, 2002); and cites AHRQ-funded article by Schneider, et al. (JAMA 2002).]

Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Wynd CA. Guided health imagery for smoking cessation and long-term abstinence in adult smokers. J Nurs Scholarsh 2005 Sep 22; 37(3):245-50. [Cites PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

Medicine and Health
$15 million program aims to improve medical education. Med Health 2005 Oct 17; 59(37):4. [Describes components of AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program.]

AHRQ HIT projects are testing grounds for implementation. Med Health 2005 Oct 17; 59(37):4-5. [Mentions AHRQ award of more than $22.3 million to 16 providers to implement health care IT systems.]

Pink Sheet
U.S. should create cost-effectiveness group to advise CMS—NEJM editorial. Pink Sheet 2005 Oct 10; 67(41):18. [Article in October 6 issue discusses Medicare Modernization Act provision requiring AHRQ to conduct cost-effectiveness studies on prescription drugs and other aspects of health care.]

Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation
Conroy BE, Hatfield B, Nichols D. Opening the black box of stroke rehabilitation with clinical practice improvement methodology. Top Stroke Rehabil 2005 Spring; 12(2):36-48. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Post-stroke Rehabilitation: Assessment, Referral and Management, 1995.]

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

Archives of Internal Medicine
Hertz RP, Unger AN, Cornell JA. Racial disparities in hypertension prevalence, awareness, and management. Arch Intern Med 2005 Oct 10; 165(18):2098-104. [Cites NHDR, 2003.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Archives of Internal Medicine
Bynum JP, Braunstein JB, Sharkey P, et al. The influence of health status, age, and race on screening mammography in elderly women. Arch Intern Med 2005 Oct 10; 165(18):2083-8. [Uses AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Clinical Classification System.]

Contemporary Economic Policy
Gohmann SF. Preventive care and insurance coverage. Contemp Econ Policy 2005 Oct; 23(4):513. [Uses 1996 MEPS data.]

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