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October 24, 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

American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Bruckner TM, Cheng YW, Caughey AB. Increased neonatal mortality among normal-weight birth beyond 41 weeks of gestation in California. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2008 Oct; 199(4):421.e1-421.e7. [Supported by Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (T32) to first author.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Family Medicine
Kottke TE, Solberg LI, Nelson AF, et al. Optimizing practice through research: a new perspective to solve an old problem. Ann Fam Med 2008 Sep-Oct; 6(5):459-62. [Supported by AHRQ small conference grant, number not available.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Internal Medicine
Hebert PL, Sisk JE, Wang JJ, et al. Cost effectiveness of nurse-led disease management for heart failure in an ethnically diverse urban community. Ann Intern Med 2008 Oct 21;149(8):540-8. [Supported by grant R01 HS10402-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Disease in Childhood
Sege RD, Flaherty EG. Forty years later: inconsistencies in reporting of child abuse. Arch Dis Child 2008 Oct; 93(10):822-4. [Supported by grant 1 R13 HS1639-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology
Plantinga LC, Fink NE, Melamed ML, et la. Serum phosphate levels and risk of infection in incident dialysis patients. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 2008 Sep; 3(5):1398-406. [Supported by grant R01 HS08365.] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Therapeutics
Dormuth CR, Maclure M, Glynn RJ, et al. Emergency hospital admissions after income-based deductibles and prescription copayments in older users of inhaled medications. Clin Ther 2008; 30 (Spec No.):1038-50. [Supported by grant 2 R01 HS10881.] Select to access the abstract.

Death Studies
Zettel-Watson L, Ditto PH, Danks JH, et al. Actual and perceived gender differences in the accuracy of surrogate decisions about life-sustaining medical treatment among older spouses. Death Stud 2008; 32(3):273-90. [Supported by grant HS08180.] Select to access the abstract.

Economics and Human Biology
Monheit AC, Vistnes JP, Rogowski JA. Overweight in adolescents: implications for health expenditures. Econ Hum Biol 2008 Aug 6. [Epub ahead of print. Second author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; uses 2001-2003 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Affairs
Lurie N, Somers SQ, Fremont A, et al. Challenges to using a business case for addressing health disparities. Health Aff 2008 Mar-Apr; 27(2):334-8. [Supported by AHRQ as one of the coordinating/managing partners of the National Health Plan Collaborative (NHPC).] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Mutter RL, Rosko MD, Wong HS. Measuring hospital inefficiency: the effects of controlling for quality and patient burden of illness. Health Serv Res 2008 Sep 8. [Epub ahead of print. First and third authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets.] Select to access the abstract.

Scanlon DP, Swaminathan S, Lee W, et al. Does competition improve health care quality? Health Res Educ 2008 Sep 11. [Epub ahead of print] Select to access the [Supported by grant P01 HS10771; uses HMO quality measures from AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (CAHPS) to measure health plan quality.] Select to access the abstract.

Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Cohen KA, Lautenbach E, Weiner MG, et al. Coadministration of oral levofloxacin with agents that impair absorption: impact on antibiotic resistance. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2008 Oct; 29(10):975-7. [Supported by grant U18 HS10399.] Select to access the abstract.

Informatics in Primary Care
Simon SR, Kaushal R, Volk LN, et al. Readiness for electronic health records: comparison of characteristics of practices in a collaborative with the remainder of Massachusetts. Inform Prim Care 2008; 16(2):129-37. [Supported by grant 1 UC1 HS15397.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
DeVoe JE, Tillotson C, Wallace LS. Uninsured children and adolescents with insured parents. JAMA 2008 Oct; 300(16):1904-13. [Supported by grant 1K08 HS16181; uses 2000-2002 MEPS data acknowledges contributions from Julie Hudson and Jessica Vistnes, researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends.] Select to access the abstract.

Sexually Transmitted Infections
Haggerty CL, Totten PA, Astete SG, et al. Failure of cefoxitin and doxycycline to eradicate endometrial mycoplasma genitalium and the consequence for clinical cure of pelvic inflammatory disease. Sex Transm Infect 2008 Oct;84(5):338-42. [Supported by grant HS8358-05. Also go to AHRQ-funded articles by Chung et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles and by Qayyum et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.]

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AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gretz H, Bradley WH, Zakashansky K, et al. Effect of physician gender and specialty on utilization of hysterectomy in New York, 2001-2005. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2008 Oct;199(4):347.e1-347.e6. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Farquhar and Steiner (Obstet Gynecol, 2002)] Select to access the abstract.

Gretz H, Bradley WH, Zakashansky K, et al. Patient clinical factors influencing use of hysterectomy in New York, 2001-2005. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2008 Oct;199(4):349.e1-349.e5. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Farquhar and Steiner (Obstet Gynecol, 2002)] Select to access the abstract.

American Surgeon
Paige JT, Aaron DL, Yang T, et al. Implementation of a preoperative briefing protocol improves accuracy of teamwork assessment in the operating room. Am Surg 2008 Sep; 74(9):817-23. [Notes at end of article authors' current work on the "use of the SAFETY Prep in the preoperative briefing component of a simulation-based OR team training model conducted at the point-of-care" (AHRQ grant U18 HS16680-01, Evaluation of the System for Teamwork Effectiveness and Patient Safety).] Select to access the abstract.

Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
Andrews G. Reducing the burden of depression. Can J Psychiatry 2008 Jul; 53(7):420-7. [Cites AHRQ guideline publication, Depression in Primary Care: Detection, Diagnosis, and Treatment, Technical Report No. 5, 1993 (date given in reference as 2000).] Select to access the abstract.

Dynamic Chiropractic
Haldeman S. Looking forward to the future of chiropractic. Dynamic Chiropractic 2008 Aug 12; 26(17):47 (4 text pages). [Notes that the "landmark guideline committee [for the AHCPR clinical practice guideline for the management of acute low back problems in adults] had two members with chiropractic qualifications," resulting in "an unbiased look at the literature and the inclusion of manipulation in the short list of treatments with demonstrated value in the treatment of low back pain."]

Family Medicine
Morrison EH, George V, Mosqueda L. Primary care for adults with physical disabilities: perceptions from consumer and provider focus groups. Fam Med 2008; 40(9):645-51. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Iezzoni et al. (Am J Med Qual, 2001, and Ann Intern Med, 2004.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Affairs
Weil A. How far can states take health reform? Health Aff 2008 May-Jun; 27(3):736-47. [Notes that CMS and AHRQ's "Office of Communications and Knowledge Transfer support a variety of evaluation and interstate communication efforts."] Select to access the abstract.

O'Kane M, Corrigan J, Foote SM, et al. Crossroads in quality. Health Aff 2008 May-Jun; 27(3):749-58. [Notes the need for "a major initiative to systematically identify where critical gaps in evidence exist, prioritize these questions, and efficiently generate evidence that is relevant and adequate to fill the gaps," citing AHRQ-authored article by Tunis, Stryer, and Clancy (JAMA, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Fattal J, Lehoux P. Health technology assessment use and dissemination by patient and consumer groups: why and how? Int J Technol Assess Health Care. 2008 Fall;24(4):473-80. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Eisenberg (former AHRQ director) (JAMA, 1999) and AHRQ-authored book Organizational Diagnosis and Assessment: Bridging Theory and Practice (Harrison, 1999).] Select to access the abstract.

Hutton J, Trueman P, Facey K. Harmonization of evidence requirements for health technology assessment in reimbursement decision making. Int J Technol Assess Health Care 2008 Fall;24(4):511-17. [Notes that "public sector activities in the United States, led by [AHRQ] Select to access the, have concentrated on standardizing approaches to conducting comparative effectiveness reviews for use in informing evidence-based practice," and cites AHRQ's Effective Health Care Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Mehta RH, Liang L, Karve AM, et al. Association of patient case-mix adjustment, hospital process performance rankings, and eligibility for financial incentives. JAMA 2008 Oct 22-29; 300(16):1897-903. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Fiscella, Franks, Gold, and Clancy (JAMA, 2000).] Select to access the abstract.

Newton MF, Keirns CC, Cunningham R, et al. Uninsured adults presenting to US emergency departments: assumptions vs data. JAMA 2008 Oct 22-29; 300(16):1914-24. [Cites AHRQ publication The Long-Term Uninsured in America, 2003 to 2004: Estimates for the U.S. Population Under Age 65, MEPS Statistical Brief, No. 140, 2006; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Solberg, Asplin, Weinick (former AHRQ researcher) (Ann Emerg Med, 2003) and Pezzin and Fleishman (Acad Emerg Med, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal Health Services Research & Policy
Sorensen R, Iedema R, Piper D, et al. Health care professionals' views of implementing a policy of open discloser of errors. J Health Serv Res Policy 2008 Oct; 13(4): 227-32. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Gallagher et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2006) and Mazor et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

MedSurg Nursing
Baldwin KB, Robertson JF. A primer in the evaluation of quality in acute care setting. MedSurg Nurs 2008 Aug; 17(4):241-6. [Notes that "other recognized standards for variables include the Primary Safety Indicators, which were developed by the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality and the University of California at San Francisco for use by health care agencies seeking to measure problems such as complication rates..."] Select to access the abstract.

Physical Therapy
Majer CG, Moseley AM, Sherrington C, et al. A description of the trials, reviews, and practice guidelines indexed in the PEDro database. Phys Ther 2008 Sep; 88(9):1068-77. [Includes as part of a table depicting the Physical Therapy Evidence Time Line AHRQ guidelines, Pressure Ulcers in Adults: Prediction and Prevention, 1992, and Acute Low Back Problems in Adults, 1994, noting their representation of the "first clinical practice guideline with consumer evidence summary" and "first clinical practice guideline with clinician guide," respectively.]

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

American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Newman RB, Sullivan SA, Menard MK, et al. South Carolina partners for preterm birth prevention: a regional prenatal initiative for the reduction of premature birth in a Medicaid population. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2008 Oct;199(4):393.el-393.e8. [Cites USPSTF review article on home uterine activity monitoring for preterm labor (JAMA, 1993).] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Internal Medicine
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Primary care interventions to promote breastfeeding: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. Ann Intern Med 2008 Oct 21; 149(8):560-4. [Updates 2003 USPSTF recommendations on counseling to promote breastfeeding.] Select to access the abstract.

Chung M, Raman G, Trikalinos T, et al. Interventions in primary care to promote breastfeeding: an evidence review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med 2008 Oct 21; 149(8):565-82. [Supported by contract 290-02-0022 to Tufts-New England Medical Center Evidence-based Practice Center and based on AHRQ-commissioned evidence review, Interventions in Primary Care to Promote Breastfeeding: A Systematic Review, Evidence Synthesis No. 6, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Summaries for patients. Health care strategies to promote breastfeeding: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations. Ann Intern Med 2008 Oct21; 149(8):1-52. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations on promotion of breastfeeding as cited above.]

Clinical Cancer Research
Mor G, Schwartz PE, Yu H. Reply to the letters to the editor from Greene et al. Clin Cancer Res 2008 Nov 15;14(22):7577-9. [Notes that "without the test, women who are tested positive for BRCA often face the only clinical option recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force—prophylactic oophorectomy."]

Family Practice Management
Gregory BH, Van Horn C, Kaprielian VS. 8 steps to a chart audit for quality. Fam Pract Manag 2008 Jul-Aug; 15(7):A3-8. [Notes that the USPSTF "recommends screening mammography every one to two years for women age 40 and older," compared to the HEDIS requirement for "at least one mammogram completed within the past 24 months."]

Health Affairs
Sirovich B, Gallagher PM, Wennberg DE, et al. Discretionary decision making by primary care physicians and the cost of U.S. health care. Health Aff 2008 May-Jun; 27(3):813-23. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement Screening for Breast Cancer, 2002, as published on AHRQ Web site as a source used for informing physician's decision making.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Care Management Review
Ayers CG, Griffith HM. Consensus guidelines: improving the delivery of clinical preventive services. Health Care Manag Rev 2008 Oct-Dec; 33(4):300-7. [Uses a subset of USPSTF recommendations to endorse as priority for contracted clinicians to implement and includes a question on familiarity with USPSTF recommendations in the initial clinicians' assessment survey.] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health care
Potter BK, Avard D, Graham I, et al. Guidance for considering ethical, legal, and social issues in health technology assessment: application to genetic screening. Int J Technol Assess Health Care 2008 Fall; 24(4):412-22. [Cites USPSTF methodologies in AHRQ-authored article by Guirguis-Blake et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2007) and AHRQ-funded article by Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Family Practice
Miller GD, Rogers JC, DeGroate SL, et al.Clinical inquiries: which lab tests are best when you suspect hypothyroidism? J Fam Pract. 2008 Oct;57(10):613-14. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement Screening for Thyroid Disease, 2004, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Who should be screened for type 2 diabetes? J Fam Pract. 2008 Oct;57(10):639. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations on screening for type 2 diabetes mellitus in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2008).]

MedSurg Nursing
Strief DM. An overview of prostate cancer: diagnosis and treatment. MedSurg Nurs 2008 Aug; 17(4):258-63. [Includes USPSTF findings of insufficient evidence to support prostate cancer screening (from evidence review update by Harris and Lohr, Ann Intern Med, 2002) in a summary table of recommendations for screening.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Annals of Internal Medicine
Qayyum R, Bolen S, Maruther N, et al. Systematic review: comparative effectiveness and safety of premixed insulin analogues in type 2 diabetes. Ann Intern Med 2008 Oct 21;149(8):549-59. [Based on research conducted by the Johns Hopkins Evidence-based Practice Center under contract 290-02-0018.] Select to access the abstract.

Majumdar S, Barrett E. Newer insulins in search of a niche. Ann Intern Med 2008 Oct 21;149(8):586-8. [Comments on article by Qayyum et al. cited above. Also go to article by Chung et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles .]

Health Affairs
Furukawa MF, Raghu TS, Spaulding TJ, et al. Adoption of health information technology for medication safety in U.S. hospitals, 2006. Health Aff 2008 May-Jun; 27(3):865-75. [Notes that "policies to promote patient safety have been initiated" by AHRQ and other organizations; cites article by Weinberg et al. in AHRQ publication Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation, 2005, and AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001.] Select to access the abstract.

MedSurg Nursing
Dacenko-Grawe L, Holm K. Evidence-based practice: a falls prevention program that continues to work. MedSurg Nurs 2008 Aug; 17(4):223-7. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001.]

Pain Physician
Atluri S, Datta S, Falco FJ, et al. Systematic review of diagnostic utility and therapeutic effectiveness of thoracic facet joint interventions. Pain Physician 2008 Sep-Oct;11(5):611-29. [Uses AHRQ assessment criteria as adapted from AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Systems to Rate the Strength of Scientific Evidence, 2002.] Select to access the abstract.

Singh V, Manchikanti L, Shah RV, et al. Systematic review of thoracic discography as a diagnostic test for chronic spinal pain. Pain Physician 2008 Sep-Oct;11(5):631-42. [Uses AHRQ assessment criteria as adapted from AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Systems to Rate the Strength of Scientific Evidence, 2002.] Select to access the abstract.

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

Contemporary Nurse
Rutledge CM, Barham P, Wiles L, et al. Integrative simulation: a novel approach to educating culturally competent nurses. Comtemp Nurse 2008 Apr; 28(1-2):119-28. [Mentions findings from the NHDR, 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

Physical Therapy
Resnik L, Liu D, Mor V, et al. Predictors of physical therapy clinic performance in the treatment of patients with low back pain syndrome. Phys Ther 2008 Sep; 88(9):989-1004, commentaries and author reply, 1004-1011. [First commentary cites NHQR, 2007, Institute of Medicine report Envisioning the National Health Care Quality Report, 2001, and findings based on commentators' previous research using 2004 MEPS data .] Select to access the abstract.

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

British Medical Journal
Raleigh VS, Cooper J, Bremner SA, et al. Parent safety indicators for England from hospital administrative data: case-control analysis and comparison with US data. BMJ 2008 Oct 17; 337:a1702. [Uses a subset of nine AHRQ-developed Patient Safety Indicators.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Trogdon JG, Finkelstein EA, Hoerger TJ. Use of econometric models to estimate expenditure shares. Health Serv Res 2008 Aug; 43(4):1442-52. [Uses 2000-2002 MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Shone LP, Klein JD, Blumkin AK. Upper income limit for SCHIP and forgone care among uninsured US children. JAMA 2008 Oct 22-29; 300(16):1882-4. [Uses 2004 MEPS data cites AHRQ-authored article by Eisenberg and Power(JAMA, 2000).]

Journal of Healthcare Management
Shen JJ, Cochran CR, Moseley CB. From the emergency department to the general hospital: hospital ownership and market factors in the admission of the seriously mentally ill. J Healthc Manag 2008 Jul-Aug; 53(4):268-79. [Uses AHRQ comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

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