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October 31, 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 Surgery
Esnaola NF, Hall BL, Hosokawa PW, et al. Race and surgical outcomes: it is not all black and white. Ann Surg 2008 Oct; 248(4):647-55. [Supported by grant 1U18 HS11913-03.] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Internal Medicine
Alexander GC, Sehgal NL, Moloney RM, et al. National trends in treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus, 1994-2007. Arch Intern Med 2008 Oct 27; 168(19):2088-94. [Supported by grant K08 HS15699-01A1 to first author.] Select to access the abstract.

Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Guise J, Segal S. Teamwork in obstetric critical care. Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol 2008 Oct; 22(5):937-51. [Supported by grants U18 H815800 and 1U18 HS16673-01.] Select to access the abstract.

British Medical Journal
Keyhani S, Kleinman LC, Rothschild M, et al. Overuse of tympanostomy tubes in New York metropolitan area: evidence from five hospital cohort. BMJ 2008 Oct 18; 337(7675):918-21. [Supported by grant R01 HS10302.] Select to access the abstract.

Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Brief
Dor A, Pylypchuk Y, Shin P, et al. Uninsured and Medicaid patients' access to preventive care: comparison of health centers and other primary care providers. Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Found Res Brief 2008 Aug 13; (4):1-16. [Authors are former AHRQ researcher and current researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; respectively; uses 2002-2005 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS data; cites U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on AHRQ Web site.]

Health Care Financing Review
Young GJ, Burgess JF Jr, White B. Pioneering pay-for-quality: lessons from the Rewarding Results demonstrations. Health Care Financ Rev 2008 Fall; 29(1):59-70. [Supported by grant 5 R01 HS13591.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine
Ross LE, Hall IJ, Fairley TL, et al. Prayer and self-reported health among cancer survivors in the United States, National Health interview Survey, 2002. J Altern Complement Med 2008 Oct; 14(8):931-8. [Supported by grant R24 HS13353.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
Clancy C. PAs, health literacy, and medication safety. JAAPA 2008 Oct; 21(10):51. [Author is the AHRQ director.]

Journal of the National Medical Association
Howard D, Taylor YJ, Ross L. Differences in lower urinary tract symptoms, treatment and mortality among African-American and white elderly men. J Natl Med Assoc 2008 Oct; 100(10):1146-52. [Supported by grant R24 HS13353.] Select to access the abstract.

Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences
Hutt E, Radcliff TA, Liebrecht D, et al. Associations among nurse and certified nursing assistant hours per resident per day and adherence to guidelines for treating nursing home-acquired pneumonia. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 2008 Oct; 63(10):1105-11. [Supported by grant 5 R01 HS13618-04.] Select to access the abstract.

Patient Education and Counseling
Shea JA, Guerra CE, Weiner J, et al. Adopting a patient satisfaction instrument for low literature and Spanish-speaking populations: comparison of three formats.Patient Educ Couns 2008 Oct; 73(1):132-40. [Supported by grants R01 HS10299 and HS10299S.] Select to access the abstract.

Psychosomatic Medicine
Amin AA, Menon RA, Reid KJ, et al. Acute coronary syndrome patients with depression have low blood cell membrane omega-3 fatty acid levels. Psychosom Med. 2008Oct; 70(8):856-62. [Supported by grant R01 HS11282. Also go to AHRQ-funded article by Selvin et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2008) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Managed Care
Rosenthal MB, de Brantes FS, Sinaiko AD, et al. Bridges to Excellence—recognizing high-quality care: analysis of physician quality and resource use. Am J Manag Care 2008 Oct; 14(10):670-7. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Rosenthal et al. (Health Aff, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Healthcare Management
Adams-Graves P, Ostric EJ, Martin M, et al. Sickle cell hospital unit: a disease-specific model. J Healthc Manag 2008 Sep-Oct; 53(5):305-15. [Cites AHRQ-supported publication, Doing What Counts for Patient Safety: Federal Actions to Reduce Medical Errors and Their Impact, Report of the Quality Interagency Coordination Task Force (QuIC) to the President, 2000; commentary mentions that "a 2006 statistical brief by [AHRQ] reported that in 2004 alone the number of hospital admissions in the United States for sickle cell anemia was 113,098, and 75 percent of these admissions were for adults with the disease."]

Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Boltz M, Capezuti E, Bowar-Ferres S, et al. Hospital nurses' perception of the geriatric nurse practice environment. J Nurs Scholarsh 2008; 40(3):282-9. [Cites AHRQ publication Hospitalization in the Elderly Population, 2003, HCUP Statistical Brief No. 6, 2006.] Select to access the abstract.

Quality Management in Health Care
Alemi F, Badr N, Kulesz S, et al. Rethinking satisfaction surveys: Minute Survey. Qual Manag Health Care. 2008 Oct-Dec; 17(4):280-91. [Describes AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) questionnaire (citing Levine et al., Health Serv Res, 2005, and Keller et al., Health Serv Res, 2005) and uses "CMS's required procedures to estimate the cost of conducting the Hospital version of Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (H-CAHPS) versus the Minute Survey;" (citing Slide 43 in Introduction Training Session 1 Slides for H-CAHPS, accessed from HCAHPS online Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Grembowski D, Anderson KL, Conrad DA, et al. Evaluation of the Group Health Cooperative Access Initiative: study design challenges in estimating the impact of a large-scale organizational transformation. Qual Manag Health Care 2008 Oct-Dec; 17(4):292-303. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Grembowski et al. (J Am Bd Fam Pract, 2003.] Select to access the abstract.

Anthony M. Relationships among nurse staffing, adherence to practice guidelines, and patient outcomes in the treatment of hypoglycemia. Qual Manag Health Care. 2008 Oct-Dec; 17(4):312-19. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Needleman et al. (N Engl J Med, 2002.] Select to access the abstract.

Southern Economic Journal
Cseh A. The effects of depressive symptoms on earnings. South Econ J 2008 Oct; 75(2):383-409. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Depression in Primary Care: Volume I: Detection and Diagnosis, 1993.]

Women's Health Activist
Codispoti L, Kaye J. The presidential candidates' health care proposals: what's at stake for women. Womens Health Activist 2008 Sep/Oct; 33(5):1-5, 10. [Cites AHRQ publication, Premiums in the Individual Health Insurance Market for Policyholders Under Age 65: 2002 and 2005, MEPS Statistical Brief No. 202, 2008.]

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

BMC Public Health
Ross JS, Nunez-Smith M, Forsyth BA, et al. Racial and ethnic differences in personal cervical cancer screening among post-graduate physicians: results from a cross-sectional survey. BMC Public Health 2008 Oct 30; 8(1):378. [Uses multiple-choice survey questions to assesses adherence to USPSTF recommendations and barriers to obtaining care for respondents self-ranked as non-adherent to USPSTF recommendations; cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Cervical Cancer, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Gastroenterology
Kahrilas PJ, Shaheen NJ, Vaezi M, et al. American Gasteroenterological Association medical position statement on the management of gastroesophageal reflux disease. Gastroenterology 2008 Oct; 135(4):1383-1391, 1391.e1-5. [Uses the USPSTF evidence grading system to weigh the strength of conclusions drawn from comprehensive literature searches.]

Kahrilas PJ, Shaheen NJ, Vaezi M, et al. American Gasteroenterological Association Institute technical review on the management of gastroesophageal reflux disease. Gastroenterology 2008 Oct; 135(4):1392-413. [Uses the USPSTF evidence grading system to weigh the strength of conclusions drawn from comprehensive literature searches.]

Thyroid
Yandell SD, Harvey WC, Fernandes NJ, et al. Radioiodine studies, low serum thyrotropin, and the influence of statin drugs. Thyroid 2008 Oct; 18(10):1039-42. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for thyroid disease (Ann Intern Med, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Archives of internal Medicine
Selvin E, Bolen S, Yeh H, et al.Cardiovascular outcomes in trials of oral diabetes medications. Arch Intern Med 2008 Oct 27; 168(19):2070-80. [Supported by contract 290-02-0018 to Johns Hopkins University Evidence-based Practice Center.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Neuroscience Nursing
Fields LB. Oral care intervention to reduce incidence of ventilator-assisted pneumonia in the neurologic intensive care unit. J Neurosci Nurs 2008 Oct; 40(5):291-8. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001.] Select to access the abstract.

Lancet
Drucker DJ, Buse JB, Taylor K, et al. Exenatide once weekly versus twice daily for the treatment of type 2 diabetes: a randomised, open-label, non-inferiority study. Lancet 2008 Sep 7. [Epub ahead of print. Cites AHRQ comparative effectiveness review, Comparative Effectiveness and Safety of Oral Diabetes Medications for Adults with Type 2 Diabetes, 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Health Services Research
Romano PS, Mull HJ, Rivard PE, et al. Validity of selected AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators based on VA National Surgical Quality Improvement Program data. Health Serv Res 2008 Sep 17; [Epub ahead of print. Uses and assesses AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs); cites AHRQ publications, Guide to Patient Safety Indicators Version 3.1, 2007, Patient Safety Indicators Technical Specifications Version 3.2, 2008, The AHRQ Quality Indicators in 2007—AHRQ Quality Indicators eNewsletter, 2007, Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation, Vols. 2 and 3, 2005, and Measures of Patient Safety Based on Hospital Administrative Data: The Patient Safety Indicators, 2002; cites several AHRQ-authored and funded articles related to the PSIs.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Arthroplasty
Kurtz SM, Lau E, Schmier J, et al. Infection burden for hip and knee arthroplasty in the United States. J Arthroplasty. 2008 Oct;23(7):984-91. [Uses AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data for 1990-2004.] Select to access the abstract.

Public Personnel Management
Ketsche P, Gabel JT, Mansfield NR. How does the SCHIP exclusion affect health insurance coverage for children of low income state workers? Public Personnel Manag 2008 Fall; 33(7):313-25. [Uses MEPS data from AHRQ publications, Insurance Component Summary Tables, Table 1.2, Percent of Private-Sector Establishments That Offer Health Insurance By Firm Size and Selected Characteristics, for 1996-2002, and Insurance Component Summary Tables, Table II.D.2, Average Total Employee Contribution (in Dollars) per Enrolled Employee for Family Coverageat Private-Sector Establishments That Offer Health Insurance by Firm Size and State, for 1996-2003.]

Value in Health
Baser O, Palmer L, Steohenson J. The estimation of power of alternative comorbidity indices. Value Health 2008 Sep-Oct; 11(5):946-55. [Describes and analyzes AHRQ's comorbidity index (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998) in comparison with two other comorbidity indexes.] Select to access the abstract.

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