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October 25, 2002


These articles appeared in recently released journals and newsletters. They include 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 President's 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

Academic Medicine
Goode LD, Clancy CM, Kimball HR, et al. When is "good enough"? The role and responsibility of physicians to improve patient safety. Acad Med 2002 Oct; 77(10):947-52. [Second author is acting director of AHRQ; fourth author is Gregg Meyer, former director of AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety; fifth author is John Eisenberg, former director of AHRQ.]

American Journal of Epidemiology
Salomon JA, Weinstein MC, Hammitt JK, et al. Empirically calibrated model of hepatitis C virus infection in the United States. Am J Epidemiol 2002 Oct 15; 156(8):1628-33. [Partially supported by AHRQ, Training Grant T32 HS00020.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Lawrence VA, Hilsenbeck SG, Noveck H, et al. Medical complications and outcomes after hip fracture repair. Arch Intern Med 2002 Oct 14; 162(10):2053-7. [Grant No. 1R01 HS07322.]

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Iezzoni LI, Davis RB, Soukup J, et al. Satisfaction with quality and access to health care among people with disabling conditions. Int J Qual Health Care 2002 Oct; 14(5):369-81. [Grant No. R01 HS10223-03.]

International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Farquhar CM, Naom S, Steiner CA. The impact of endometrial ablation on hysterectomy rates in women with benign uterine conditions in the United States. Int J Technol Assess Health Care 2002 Summer; 18(3):625-34. [First author is former researcher with AHRQ's Center for Practice and Technology Assessment; third author is researcher with AHRQ's Center for Organization and Delivery Studies.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Santibanez TA, Nowalk P, Zimmerman RK, et al. Knowledge and beliefs about influenza, pneumococcal disease, and immunizations among older people. J Am Geriatr Soc 2002 Oct; 50(10):1711-6. [Grant No. HS09874.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Weidmer B, Weech-Maldonado R, Darby C, et al. Health risks of Latino children. JAMA 2002 Oct 23; 288(16):1981-1983. [Third author is researcher with AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety; responds to article by Flores G (AHRQ grantee), JAMA, 2002 referencing the Spanish translation of AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Study (CAHPS®).]

Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
Palmer MH, Baumgarten M, Langenberg P, et al. Risk factors for hospital-acquired incontinence in elderly female hip fracture patients. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 2002 Oct; 57(10):M672-7. [Grant No. R01 HS07322.]

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Morales LS, Lara M, Kington RS, et al. Socioeconomic, cultural, and behavioral factors affecting Hispanic health outcomes. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2002 Nov; 13(4):477-503. [Grant No. U18 HS09204.]

Vitullo MW, Taylor AK. Latino adults' health insurance coverage: An examination of Mexican and Puerto Rican subgroup differences. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2002 Nov; 13(4):504-25. [First author is former AHRQ researcher; second author is researcher with AHRQ's Center for Cost and Financing Studies.]

Medical Care
Baker DW, Einstadter D, Thomas CL, et al. Mortality trends during a program that publicly reported hospital performance. Med Care 2002 Oct; 40(10):879-90. [Grant No. R01 HS09969.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Academic Medicine
Whitcomb ME. CME reform: an imperative for improving the quality of medical care. Acad Med 2002 Oct; 77(10):943-4. [Discusses themes addressed in articles presented at AHRQ-sponsored conference.]

Brennan TA. Physicians' professional responsibility to improve the quality of care. Acad Med 2002 Oct; 77(10):973-80. [Edited version of paper presented at AHRQ-sponsored conference "The Role and Responsibility of Physicians to Improve Patient Safety"; cites remarks given by former AHRQ director John Eisenberg at August 2000 conference.]

British Journal of Clinical Governance
Dobrzanski S, Hammond I, Khan G, et al. The nature of hospital prescribing errors. Br J Clin Governance 2002; 7(3):187-93. [Cites AHRQ-funded studies by Bates et al, JAMA, 1995, and Leape et al., JAMA, 1995.]

EBRI Issue Brief
Christensen R, Fronstin P, Polzer K, et al. Employer attitudes and practices affecting health benefits and the uninsured. EBRI Issue Brief 2002 Oct; No. 250:1-31. [Cites article by Cooper and Schone (AHRQ researchers), Health Aff, 1997.]

Health Economics
Sari N. Do competition and managed care improve quality? Health Econ 2002 Oct; 11(7):571-84. [Cites article by Hellinger (AHRQ researcher), Arch Intern Med, 1998.]

Health News Daily
Stulin J. Institute of Medicine $1 million CAM study funded by 17 federal co-sponsors. Health News Daily 2002 Oct 22; 14(204):4-5. [Lists AHRQ as one of study's co-sponsors.]

Bigman C. HHS creates Secretary's Committee on Genetics, Health & Society. Health News Daily 2002 Oct 24; 14(206):1-2. [Cites AHRQ representation on committee.]

International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics
Vanness DJ, Wolfe BL. Government mandates and employer-sponsored health insurance; who is still not covered? IntJ Health Care Financ Econ 2002 Jun; 2(2):99-135. [Cites article by Cooper and Schone (AHRQ researchers), Health Aff, 1997.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Aiken LH, clarke SP, Sloane DM, et al. Hospital nurse staffing and patient mortality, nurse burnout, and job dissatisfaction. JAMA 2002 Oct 23; 288(16):1987-93. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Needleman et al., N Engl J Med, 2002, and Silber et al., Anesthesiology, 2000 and 2002, JAMA, 1995, and Med Care, 1992 and 2001.]

Journal of Rural Health
Byck GR, Walton SM, Cooksey JA. Access to dental care services for Medicaid children: Variations by urban/rural categories in Illinois. J Rural Health 2002 Fall; 18(4):512-20. [Cites Manski (AHRQ researcher), et al., J Am Dent Assoc, 1996.]

Medical Care
Romano PS, Chan BK, Schembri ME, et al. Can administrative data be used to compare postoperative complication rates across hospitals? Med Care 2002 Oct; 40(10):856-67. [Cites AHRQ's promotion of quality indicators based on ICD-9-CM coded inpatient complications through the Healthcare Cost & Utilization Project (HCUP); cites article by Johantgen (former AHRQ researcher) et al., J Comm J Qual Improv, 1998.]

Johnston JA, Wagner DP, Timmons S, et al. Impact of different measures of comorbid disease on predicted mortality of intensive care unit patients. Med Care 2002 Oct; 40(10):929-40. [Cites article by Elixhauser (AHRQ researcher) et al., Med Care, 1998.]

Spillman BC, Lubitz J. New estimates of lifetime nursing home use: Have patterns of use changed? Med Care 2002 Oct; 40(10):965-75. [First author is former AHRQ researcher; cites data from AHRQ's 1987 National Medical Expenditure Survey and 1996 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey and cites various AHRQ reports and in-house studies on nursing home care.]

Laine C, Hauck WW, Turner BJ. Outpatient patterns of care and longitudinal intensity of antiretroviral therapy for HIV-infected drug users. Med Care 2002 Oct; 40(10):976-95. [Cites data from AHRQ's HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS).]

Public Health Reports
McKinney MM, Marconi KM, Cleary PD, et al. Delivering HIV services to vulnerable populations: an evaluation and research agenda. Public Health Rep 2002 Mar-Apr; 117(2):114-22. [Cites from HCSUS study by Shapiro et al., JAMA, 1999.]

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

Associated Press
Government panel issues new caution on hormone therapy. Associated Press 2002 Oct 16, Washington Dateline. [Reviews Task Force recommendations on hormone replacement therapy.]

Blue Sheet
HRT should not be used for chronic diseases prevention—U.S. Task Force. Blue Sheet 2002 Oct 23; 45(43):14. [Reviews Task Force recommendations on hormone replacement therapy.]

British Journal of Clinical Governance
Thornton-Jones H, Hampshaw S, Soltani H, et al. Reviewing local screening policies—a worthwhile exercise? Br J Clin Governance 2002; 7(3):165-76. [Lists the Task Force among "authoritative sources of systematic reviews and guidance."]

Geriatrics
Messinger-Rapport BJ, Thacker HL. Prevention for the older woman. A practical guide to managing risk of malignancies. Geriatrics 2002 Oct; 57(10):42-49. [Cites Task Force recommendations for various conditions in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996 and on AHRQ Web site.]

Harvard Women's Health Watch
Task force cautious about chemoprevention. Harv Women Health Watch 2002 Oct; 10(2):1-2. [Reviews Task Force recommendations on use of chemotherapy for breast cancer prevention.]

International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Rossignol M, Moride Y, Perreault S, et al. Recommendations for the prevention of osteoporosis and fragility fractures. International comparison and synthesis. Int J Tech Assess Health Care 2002 Summer; 18(3):597-610. [Cites Task Force guidelines on osteoporosis screening from Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Heflin MT, Oddone EZ, Pieper CF, et al. The effect of comorbid illness on receipt of cancer screening by older people. J Am Geriatr Soc 2002 Oct; 50(10):1651-58. [Cites Task Force issuance of first edition of Guide to Clinical Preventive Services in early 1990s as indication of increase in cancer screening awareness and cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Cummings SR, Bates D, Blake DM. Clinical use of bone densitometry: Scientific review. JAMA 2002 Oct 16; 288(15):1889-97. [Cites Task Force recommendations on osteoporosis screening published in Ann Intern Med, 2002.]

Bates DW, Black DM, Cummings SR. Clinical use of bone densitometry: Clinical applications. JAMA 2002 Oct 16; 288(15):1898-1900. [Cites Task Force recommendations on osteoporosis screening in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Amonkar MM, Madhavan S. Compliance rates and predictors of cancer screening recommendations among Applachian women. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2002 Nov; 13(4):443-60. [Cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services: An Assessment of the Effectiveness of 169 Interventions, 1989.]

U.S. Newswire
Task Force urges routine osteoporosis screening for women 65 and older to identify those at risk for fracture. U.S. Newswire 2002 Sep 16. National Desk, Health Reporter. [Reviews Task Force recommendations on osteoporosis screening.]

Women's Health Weekly
Breast cancer: women at high risk should discuss drugs for risk reduction. Women Health Weekly 2002 Aug 22; Expanded Reporting, 11. [Reviews Task Force recommendations on use of chemotherapy for breast cancer prevention.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Academic Medicine
Classen DC, Kilbridge PM. The roles and responsibility of physicians to improve patient safety within health care delivery systems. Acad Med 2002 Oct; 77(10):963-72. [Edited version of paper presented at AHRQ-sponsored conference "The Role and Responsibility of Physicians to Improve Patient Safety"; cites AHRQ's evidence-based report Making Healthcare Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001.]

Graber M, Gordon R, Franklin N. Reducing diagnostic errors in medicine: what's the goal? Acad Med 2002 Oct; 77(10):981-92. [Edited version of paper presented at AHRQ-sponsored conference "The Role and Responsibility of Physicians to Improve Patient Safety"; cites AHRQ's evidence-based report Making Healthcare Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001.]

Larson EB. Measuring, monitoring, and reducing medical harm from a systems perspective: a medical doctor's personal reflections. Acad Med 2002 Oct; 77(10):993-1000. [Cites AHRQ's provision of "a particularly valuable resource for benchmarking and external surveillance in its publications, such as Making Healthcare Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices" (EPC report, 2001.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Gaba DM, Howard SK. Fatigue among clinicians and the safety of patients. N Engl J Med 2002 Oct 17; 347(16):1249-55. [Cites AHRQ's evidence-based report Making Healthcare Safer: a Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001.]

President's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry/Quality Inter-agency Coordination (QuIC) Task Force-Related Articles

Academic Medicine
Becher EC, Chassin MR. Taking health care back: the physician's role in quality improvement. Acad Med 2002 Oct; 77(10):953-62. [Cites Commission's final report Quality First: Better Health Care for All Americans, 1998.]

British Journal of Clinical Governance
Cotter JJ, Smith WR, Boling PA. Transitions of care: the next major quality improvement challenge. Br J Clin Governance 2002; 7(3):198-205. [Cites the QuIC research agenda as posted on the QuIC Web site; also cites CAHPS® and the AHRQ report Comprehensive Discharge Planning for the Hospitalized Elderly, 1995.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Leape L, Epstein AM. A series on patient safety. N Engl J Med 2002 Oct 17; 347(16):1272-74. [Cites presidential direction to QuIC to analyze the Institute of Medicine report on medical errors.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Medical Care
Zaslavsky AM, Cleary PD. Dimensions of plan performance for sick and healthy members on the Consumer Assessments of Helath Plans Study 2.0 survey. Med Care 2002 Oct; 40(10):951-64. [Uses and analyzes data from the CAHPS®-Medicare Managed Care survey administered in 1998 and 1999.]

Public Health Reports
McKinney MM, Marconi KM, Cleary PD, et al. Delivering HIV services to vulnerable populations: A review of CARE Act-funded research. Public Health Rep 2002 Mar-Apr; 117(2):99-113. [Uses data from HCSUS baseline interviews conducted from 1996-1997.]

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