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November 1, 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

American Journal of Psychiatry
Koike AK, Unutzer J, Wells KB. Improving the care for depression in patients with comorbid medical illness. Am J Psychiatry 2002 Oct; 159(10):1738-1745. [Grant No. HS088349.]

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
[Note: This special supplement entitled "Enabling Patient Safety Through Informatics: Selected Works from the 2001 AMIA Annual Symposium and Educational Curricula for Enhancing Safety Awareness" was funded by AHRQ Grant No. 1R13 HS10976-01. The articles cited below were, except where noted, previously published in the Proceedings of the 2001 AMIA Annual Symposium, and are available at http://www.jamia.org/content/vol9/issue90061/index.shtml.]

Ortiz E, Meyer G, Burstin H. Clinical informatics and Patient Safety at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2002 Nov-Dec; 9(6 Supp):S3-S7. [Authors are AHRQ researcher and directors in the Center for Primary Care Research (Ortiz and Burstin) and Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (Meyer).]

Lenert LA, Burstin H, Connell L, et al. Federal patient safety initiatives panel summary. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2002 Nov-Dec; 9(6 Supp):S8-S10. [Second author is director of AHRQ's Center for Primary Care Research; based on presentation at 2001 AMIA Annual Symposium.]

Zeng X, Wagner M. Modeling the effects of epidemics on routinely collected data. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2002 Nov-Dec; 9(6 Supp):S17-S22. [Contract No. 290-00-0009.]

Weinger MB, Slagle J. Human factors research in anesthesia patient safety: techniques to elucidate factors affecting clinical task performance and decision making. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2002 Nov-Dec; 9(6 Supp):S58-S63. [Grant No. R01 HS11375 and P20 HS11521.]

Jenders RA, Shah A. Challenges in using the Arden Syntax for computer-based nosocomial infection surveillance.J Am Med Inform Assoc 2002 Nov-Dec; 9(6 Supp):S98-S101. [Grant No. R01 HS10472-01A1.]

Journal of the National Medical Association
Xiaoming L, Stanton B, Feigelman S, et al. Unprotected sex among African-American adolescents: a three-year study. J Natl Med Assoc 2002 Sep; 94(9):789-796. [Grant No. U01 HS07392.]

Nursing Economics
Sokol P, Cummins DS. A needs assessment for patient safety education: focusing on the nursing perspective. Nurs Econ 2002 Sep-Oct; 20(5):245-248. [Grant No. U18 HS12043.]

Qualitative Health Research
Silverman M, Terry MA, Zimmerman RK, et al. The role of qualitative methods for investigating barriers to adult immunization. Qual Health Res 2002 Oct; 12(8):1058-1075. [Grant No. HS09874-01-A1.]

Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Fisman DN, Lipsitch M, Hook EW 3rd, et al. Projection of the future dimensions and costs of the genital herpes simplex Type 2 epidemic in the United States. Sex Transm Dis 2002 Oct; 29(10):608-622. [Grant No. 5-T32 HS00020-15.]

Spine
Hurwitz EL, Morgenstern H, Harber P, et al. A randomized trial of medical care with and without physical therapy and chiropractic care with and without physical modalities for patients with low back pain: 6-month follow-up outcomes from the UCLA Low Back Pain Study. Spine 2002 Oct 15; 27(20):2193-2204. [Grant No. R01 HS07755.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

AcademyHealth Reports
Congressional briefings spotlight AHRQ's value. AcademyHealth Rep 2002 Oct; 9:1,6. [Summarizes remarks made on behalf of AHRQ by acting director Carolyn Clancy and others.]

American Family Physician
Covert-Bowlds C. Treatment of tobacco dependence. Am Fam Physician 2002 Oct 15; 66(8):1401-11402. [Cites PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

American Journal of Managed Care
Pollak KI, McBride CM, Scholes D, et al. Women's reports of smoking cessation advice during reproductive health visits and subsequent smoking cessation. Am J Manag Care 2002 Oct; 9(10):837-844. [Cites PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

American Journal of Public Health
Vargas CM, Ronzio CR. Relationship between children's dental needs and dental care utilization: United States, 1988-1994. Am J Public Health 2002 Nov; 92(11):1816-1821. [Cites Edelstein, Manski and Moeller (second two authors are are AHRQ researchers), Pediatr Dent, 2000.]

Leung GM, Lam TH, Thack TQ, et al. Will screening mammography in the east do more harm than good? Am J Public Health 2002 Nov; 92(11):1841-1846. [Cites Mushlin (AHRQ grantee) et al., Am J Prev Med, 1998.]

Gerontologist
Buntin MB, Huskamp H. What is known about the economics of end-of-life care for Medicare beneficiaries? Gerontologist 2002 Oct; 42(Spec Issue 3):40-48. [Cites AHRQ Factsheet, Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care, 2000.]

Mezey M, Dubler NN, Mitty E, Brody AA. What impact do setting and transitions have on the quality of life at the end of life and the quality of the dying process? Gerontologist 2002 Oct; 42(Spec Issue 3):54-67. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Acute Pain Management: Operative or Medical Procedure and Trauma, 1992.]

Tilden VP, Tolle S, Drach L, et al. Measurement of quality of care and quality of life at the end of life. Gerontologist 2002 Oct; 42(Spec Issue 3):71-80. [Cites AHRQ's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) and Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Study (CAHPS®).]

Heart Disease Weekly
Healthcare financing: hospital charges are rising while length of hospital stays is falling. Heart Dis Weekly 2002 Oct 20; pg. 21. [Summarizes data from AHRQ's HCUPnet.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement
Kivlahan C, Sangster W, Nelson K, et al. Developing a comprehensive electronic adverse event reporting system in an academic health center. Jt Comm J Qual Improv 2002 Nov; 28(11):583-594. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Pressure Ulcer in Adults: Prediction and Prevention, 1992, and article by Battles (AHRQ researcher) et al., Arch Pathol Lab Med, 1998.]

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Einbinder JS, Scully K. Using a clinical data repository to estimate the frequency and costs of adverse drug events. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2002 Nov-Dec; 9(6 Supp):S34-S38. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles on adverse drug events by Bates, et al., JAMA, 1997 and 1995.]

Murff HJ, Forster AJ, Peterson JE, et al. Electronically screening discharge summaries for adverse medical events. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2002 Nov-Dec; 9(6 Supp):S50-S51. [Cites AHRQ-funded article on adverse drug events by Evans et al., Ann Pharmacother, 1994.]

Nebeker JR, Hurdle JF, Hoffman J, et al. Developing a taxonomy for research in adverse drug events: potholes and signposts. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2002 Nov-Dec; 9(6 Supp):S80-S85. [Cites various AHRQ-funded articles on adverse drug events.]

Stetson PD, McKnight LK, Bakken S, et al. Development of an ontology to model medical errors, information needs, and the clinical communication space. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2002 Nov-Dec; 9(6 Supp):S86-S91. [Cites AHRQ-funded article on adverse drug events by Bates et al., JAMA, 1995.]

Advani A, Shahar Y, Musen MA. Medical quality assessment by scoring adherence to guideline intentions. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2002 Nov-Dec; 9(6 Supp):S92-S97. [Cites AHRQ report, Using Clinical Practice Guidelines to Evaluate Quality of Care, Vol. 2, 1995.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Merrill JO, Rhodes LA, Deyo RA, et al. Mutual mistrust in the medical care of drug users: the keys to the "narc" cabinet. J Gen Intern Med 2002 May; 17(5):327-333. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Smoking Cessation: a Guide for Primary Care Care Clinicians, 1996.]

Connor SE, Cook RL, Herbert MI, et al. Smoking cessation in a homeless population: there is a will, but is there a way? J Gen Intern Med 2002 May; 17(5):327-333. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Smoking Cessation: a Guide for Primary Care Care Clinicians, 1996.]

Arnsten JH, Demas PA, Grant RW, et al. Impact of active drug use on antiretroviral therapy adherence and viral suppression in HIV-infected drug users. J Gen Intern Med 2002 May; 17(5):377-381. [Cites HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS) article by Shapiro et al., JAMA, 1999.]

Cooper LA, Hill MN, Powe NR. Designing and evaluating interventions to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health care. J Gen Intern Med 2002 Jun; 17(6):477-486. [Presented in part at the AHRQ-sponsored "Conference on Methodologic Challenges in the Production and Synthesis of Evidence," 1999; cites editorial assistance from AHRQ director Carolyn Clancy and researcher Arlene Bierman.]

Lesar TS. Prescribing errors involving medication dosage forms. J Gen Intern Med 2002 Aug; 17(8):579-587. [Cites various AHRQ-funded articles on adverse drug events.]

Geographic variation in health care utilization and outcomes in veterans with acute myocardial infarction. J Gen Intern Med 2002 Aug; 17(8):604-611. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Guadnoli et al., N Engl J Med, 2000, and Deyo et al., J Clin Epidemiol, 1992.]

Kolarik RC, Arnold RM, Fischer GS, et al. Advance care planning: a comparison of values statements and treatment preferences. J Gen Intern Med 2002 Aug; 17(8):618-624. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Teno et al., J Am Geriatr Soc, 1997, and J Gen Intern Med, 1998, and by Tierney et al., J Gen Intern Med, 2001.]

Ury WA, Rahn M, Tolentino V, et al. Can a pain management and palliative care curriculum improve the opioid prescribing practices. J Gen Intern Med 2002 Aug; 17(8):625-631. [Cites AHRQ guidelines, Acute Pain Management: Operative or Medical Procedures and Trauma, 1992, and Management of Cancer Pain, 1994.]

Bedell SE, Graboys TB. Hand to hand. J Gen Intern Med 2002 Aug, 17(8):653-655. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Cherkin et al., N Engl J Med, 1998.]

Bates DW. Sustained-release preparations and medication errors. J Gen Intern Med 2002 Aug; 17(8):656-657. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles on adverse drug events.]

Homes WC, Pace JL. HIV-seropositive individuals' optimistic beliefs about prognosis and relation to medication and safe sex adherence. J Gen Intern Med 2002 Sep; 17(9):677-683. [Cites HCSUS article by Shapiro et al., JAMA, 1999.]

Katon W, Russo J, Von Korff M, et al. Long-term effects of a collaborative care intervention in persistently depressed primary care patients. J Gen Intern Med 2002 Oct; 17(10):741-748. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Depression in Primary Care: Treatment of Major Depression, 1993.]

Bigby J. A call for papers: disparities in health. J Gen Intern Med 2002 Oct; 17(10):814-815. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Ayanian et al., JAMA, 1993, and Schneider et al., JAMA, 2002.]

Medical Letter on the CDC & FDA
Healthcare financing: hospital charges are rising while length of hospital stays is falling. Med Letter CDC FDA 2002 Oct 20; pg. 11. [Summarizes data from AHRQ's HCUPnet.]

Medicine & Health
JAMA study: more patients per nurse equals more death risk per patient. Med Health 2002 Oct 28; 56(39):5. [Cites study released by AHRQ in 2001.]

Modern Healthcare
Heart-attack costs increasing. Mod Healthc 2002 Sep 23; 32(38):4. [Summarizes HCUPnet data released by AHRQ.]

Public Health Reports
Laws MB, Heckscher RA. Racial and ethnic identification practices in public health data systems in New England. Public Health Rep 2002 Jan-Feb; 117(1):50-61. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Schulman et al., Health Serv Res, 1995.]

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

American Family Physician
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for osteoporosis in postmenopausal women: recommendations and rationale. Am Fam Physician 2002 Oct 15; 66(8):1430-1432. [Summarizes Task Force recommendations on screening for osteoporosis.]

American Journal of Managed Care
Garnick DW, Horgan CM, Merrick EL, et al. Managed care plans' requirements for screening for alcohol, drug, and mental health problems in primary care. Am J Manag Care 2002 Oct; 9(10):879-888. [Cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996, and Recommendations and Recommendations: Screening for Depression, 2002.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Bradley KA, Epler AJ, Bush KR, et al. Alcohol-related discussions during general medicine appointments of male VA patients who screen positive for at-risk drinking. J Gen Intern Med 2002 May; 17(5):315-326. [Cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Spickard A III, Alrajeh N, Cordray D, et al. Learning about screening using an online or live lecture. Does it matter? J Gen Intern Med 2002 Jul; 17(7):540-545. [Cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Desai MM, Rosenheck RA, Druss BG, et al. Receipt of nutrition and exercise counseling among medical outpatients with psychiatric and substance use disorders. J Gen Intern Med 2002 Jul; 17(7):556-560. [Cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Public Health Reports
Carlton B, Simon KJ. Integrating effective prevention into public health practice. Public Health Rep 2002 Jan-Feb; 117(1):2-7. [Cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

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

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Elkin PL, Gorman PN. Continuing medical education and patient safety: an agenda for lifelong learning. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2002 Nov-Dec; 9(6 Supp):S128-S132. [Cites Quality Commission's final report and aggressive federal "action to reduce medical errors and improve patient safety" as demonstrated by QuIC efforts and AHRQ budget appropriations for patient safety.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Goldman DP, Smith JP. Can patient self-management help explain the SES health gradient? Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2002 Aug 6; 99(16):10929-10934. [Uses HCSUS data collected as part of a cooperative agreement between AHRQ and RAND.]

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