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November 7, 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

Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention
Sprague B, Trentham-Dietz A, Klein B, et al. Physical activity, white blood cell count, and lung cancer risk in a prospective cohort study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2008 Oct; 17(10):2714-22. [Supported by grant HS06941.] Select to access the abstract.

Gerontologist
Nelson MM, Smith MA, Martinson BC, et al. Declining patient functioning and caregiver burden/health: the Minnesota Stroke Survey—Quality of Life After Stroke Study. Gerontologist 2008 Oct; 48(5):573-83. [Supported by grant T32 HS000036.] Select to access the abstract.

Bowen ME, Gonzalez HM. Racial/ethnic differences in the relationship between the use of health care services and functional disability: the Health and Retirement Study (1992-2004). Gerontologist 2008 Oct; 48(5):659-67. [Supported by training grant HS13819 to first author; cites AHRQ-authored article by Weinick (former AHRQ researcher) et al. (Med Care Res Rev, 2000).] Select to access the abstract.

Health Affairs
Soumerai SB, Zhang F, Ross-Degnan D, et al. Use of atypical antipsychotic drugs for schizophrenia in Maine Medicaid following a policy change. Health Aff 2008 May-Jun; 27(3):w185-95. [Supported by AHRQ grant U18 HS10391; authors "thank numerous staff members of AHRQ... for their helpful comments during a seminar at which preliminary analyses were presented at AHRQ on 12 Jan 2007".] Select to access the abstract.

Cohen JT, Neumann PJ. Using decision analysis to better evaluate pediatric clinical guidelines. Health Aff 2008 Sep-Oct;27(5):1467-75. [Supported by grant R13 HS16760 as a product of the Evidence Standards for Child Health Promotion Project portions of article were presented at an invitational meeting, which included members of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
Du XL, Sun CC, Milam MR, et al. Ethnic differences in socioeconomic status, diagnosis, treatment, and survival among older women with epithelial ovarian cancer. Int J Gynecol Cancer 2008 Jul-Aug; 18(4):660-9. [Supported by grant R01 HS16743.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Hospital Medicine
Wall RJ, Ely EW, Talbot TR, et al. Evidence-based algorithms for diagnosing and treating ventilator-associated pneumonia. J Hosp Med 2008 Sep; 3(5):409-22. [Supported by grant HS15934-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Urban Health
Lian M, Jeffe DB, Schootman M. Racial and geographic differences in mammography screening in St. Louis City: a multilevel study. J Urban Health 2008 Sep; 85(5):677-92. [Supported by grant HS14095-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Jerant A, DiMatteo R, Arnsten J, et al. Self-report adherence measures in chronic illness: retest reliability and predictive validity. Med Care 2008 Nov; 46(11):1134-9. [Supported by grant R01 HS13603.] Select to access the abstract.

Singer SJ, Falwell A, Gaba DM, et al. Patient safety climate in US hospitals: variation by management level. Med Care 2008 Nov; 46(11):1149-56. [Supported by grant R01 HS13920.] Select to access the abstract.

Gooden KM, Howard DL, Carpenter WR, et al. The effect of hospital and surgeon volume on racial differences in recurrence-free survival after radical prostatectomy. Med Care 2008 Nov; 46(11):1170-6. [Supported by grant R24 HS13353.] Select to access the abstract.

Pediatrics
Nakamura MM, Lee GM. Influenza vaccination in adolescents with high-risk conditions. Pediatrics 2008 Nov; 122(5):920-8. [Supported by grant K08 HS13908-01A1 to second author and supported by grant T32 HS000063-13 to second author.] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

BMJ
Provan D, Chapel HM, Sewell WA, et al. Prescribing intravenous immunoglobulin: summary of Department of Health guidelines. BMJ 2008 Oct 20; 337(7676):990-2. [Cites AHRQ guideline Acute Pain Management: Operative or Medical Procedures and Trauma, 1993.]

Pronovost PJ, Berenholtz SM, Needham DM. Translating evidence into practice: a model for large scale knowledge translation. BMJ 2008 Oct 6; 337(7676):963-5. [Acknowledges first author's receipt of AHRQ funding for lecture fees to "speak about quality and patient safety" cites AHRQ-funded articles by Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006) and Berenholtz et al. (Crit Care Med, 2004).]

Circulation
Lee DS, Tu JV, Chong A, et al. Patient satisfaction and its relationship with quality and outcomes of care after acute myocardial infarction. Circulation 2008 Nov 4; 118(19):1938-45. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Landon et al. (JAMA, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

CMAJ
Austin PC, Tu JV, Ko DT, et al. Use of evidence-based therapies after discharge among elderly patients with acute myocardial infarction. CMAJ 2008 Oct 21; 179(9):895-900. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Soumerai et al. (JAMA, 1997).] Select to access the abstract.

Gerontologist
Degenholtz HB, Rosen J, Castle N, et al. The association between changes in health status and nursing home resident quality of life. Gerontologist 2008 Oct; 48(5):584-92. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Berlowitz et al. (J Am Geriatr Soc, 2000) and Rosen et al. (J Am Med Dir Assoc, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Harrington C, Tsoukalas T, Rudder C, et al. Variation in the use of federal and state civil money penalties for nursing homes. Gerontologist 2008 Oct; 48(5):679-91. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Mor et al. (Milbank Q, 2004) and Grabowski et al. (Health Serv Res, 2004, and J Am Geriatr Soc, 2001).] Select to access the abstract.

Health Affairs
Schoen C, Collins SR, Kriss JL, et al. How many are underinsured? Trends among U.S. adults, 2003 and 2007. Health Aff 2008 Jul-Aug; 27(4):w298-w309. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Banthin, Cunningham, and Bernard (first and third authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Health Affairs, 2008), Short and Banthin (JAMA, 1995), and Zuvekas and Cohen (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends)(Health Affairs, 2007); cites uninsurance rate and medical care expense estimates from analysis of 2005 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data by former AHRQ researcher Peter Cunningham.] Select to access the abstract.

Mehrotra A, Wang MC, Lave JR, et al. Retail clinics, primary care physicians, and emergency departments: a comparison of patients' visits. Health Aff 2008 Sep-Oct; 27(5):1272-82. [Cites MEPS Table 1: Usual Source of Health Care and Selected Population Characteristics, United States, 2004 from MEPS Component Data, Table Compendium, 2006, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Eddy DM, Pawlson LG, Schaaf D, et al. The potential effects of HEDIS performance measures on the quality of care. Health Aff 2008 Sep-Oct; 27(5):1429-41. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Neumann et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2002)] Select to access the. abstract.

Medical Care
Chen JY, Tao ML, Tisnado D, et al. Impact of physician-patient discussions on patient satisfaction. Med Care 2008 Nov; 46(11):1157-62. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Braddock et al. (JAMA, 1999).] Select to access the abstract.

Pediatrics
Boynton-Jarrett R, Ryan LM, Berkman LF, et al. Cumulative violence exposure and self-rated health: longitudinal study of adolescents in the United States. Pediatrics 2008 Nov; 122(5):961-70. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Elixhauser, Machlin, Zodet, Chevarley, et al. (first author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, and other authors are researchers in the Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Ambul Pediatr, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Yee EL, Staat MA, Azimi P, et al. Burden of rotavirus disease among children visiting pediatric emergency departments in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Oakland, California, in 1999-2000. Pediatrics 2008 Nov; 122(5):971-7. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Malek, Curns, Holman, Fischer, Bresee, Glass, Steiner, et al. (seventh author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Pediatrics, 2006), which uses Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) data.] Select to access the abstract.

Seid M. Barriers to care and primary care for vulnerable children with asthma. Pediatrics 2008 Nov; 122(5):994-1002. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Dougherty, Meikle, Owens, Kelley, and Moy (first author is researcher in the Office of Extramural Research Education and Priority Populations, second and fourth authors are former AHRQ researchers, third author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, and last author is a senior research scientist in the Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety) (Med Care, 2005); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Seid et al. (Health Serv Res, 2003), Sobo et al. (Health Serv Res, 2006), and Seid et al. (Ambul Pediatr, 2004); cites AHRQ's CAHPS 2. Questionnaires, as published on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Cox ER, Halloran DR, Homan SM, et al. Trends in the prevalence of chronic medication use in children: 2002-2005. Pediatrics 2008 Nov; 122(5):e1053-61. [Cites AHRQ-authored article using MEPS data by Zuvekas et al. (Am J Psychiatry, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Nkoy FL, Fassl BA, Simon TD, et al. Quality of care for children hospitalized with asthma. Pediatrics 2008 Nov; 122(5):1055-63. [Cites Asthma Quality Measures in AHRQ's National Quality Measures Clearinghouse™; cites AHRQ-funded article by Ma et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

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

American Family Physician
Spiotta RT, Luma GB. Evaluating obesity and cardiovascular risk factors in children and adolescents. Am Fam Physician 2008 Nov 1; 78(9):1052-8. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening and interventions for overweight in children and adolescents from Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2006; cites reaffirmation recommendation statement on screening for high blood pressure, 2007, recommendations on screening for type 2 diabetes mellitus in adults, 2008, and recommendation statement on screening for lipid disorders in children, 2007, all published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Internal Medicine
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for colorectal cancer: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. Ann Intern Med 2008 Nov 4; 149(9):627-37. [Updates 2002 USPSTF recommendation statement on screening for colorectal cancer.] Select to access the abstract.

Whitlock EP, Lin JS, Liles E, et al. Screening for colorectal cancer: a targeted, updated systematic review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med 2008 Nov 4; 149(9):638-58. [Supported by contract HHSA-290-2007-10057-1-EPC3, task order 3, to the Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center; reviews evidence for the 2002 USPSTF recommendation statement on screening for colorectal cancer, as cited in above article.] Select to access the abstract.

Zauber AG, Lansdorp-Vogelaar I, Knudsen AB, et al. Evaluating test strategies for colorectal cancer screening: a decision analysis for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med 2008 Nov 4; 149(9):659-69. [Supported by contracts HHSP-233-2007-00350P, HHSP-233-2007-00210P, and HHSP-233-2007-00196P; analyzes and projects expected outcomes of various strategies for colorectal cancer screening in response to the USPSTF's request for a decision analysis for its updated recommendations for colorectal cancer screening, as cited in above articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Pignone M, Sox HC. Screening guidelines for colorectal cancer: a twice-told tale. Ann Intern Med 2008 Nov 4; 149(9):680-2. [Discusses the updated 2002 USPSTF recommendations for colorectal cancer screening as cited in the first article in this category above.]

Summaries for patients. Screening for colorectal cancer: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation. Ann Intern Med 2008 Nov 4; 149(9):1-44. [Summarizes updated USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer, as cited in the first article above in this category.]

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Hamilton RJ, Goldberg KC, Platz EA, et al. The influence of statin medications on prostate-specific antigen levels. J Natl Cancer Inst 2008 Nov 5; 100(21):1511-18. [Cites USPSTF recommendations for screening for prostate cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

New England Journal of Medicine
Hays JT, Ebbert JO. Varenicline for tobacco dependence. N Engl J Med 2008 Nov 6; 359(19):2018-24. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement Counseling to Prevent Tobacco use and Tobacco-caused Disease, 2003, as published on AHRQ Web site for counseling to prevent tobacco use and tobacco-caused disease, 2003; cites PHS-sponsored guideline Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2008 update.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

JAMA
Rosenfield K, Jaff MR. An 82-year old woman with worsening hypertension: review of renal artery stenosis. JAMA 2008 Nov 4; 300(17):2036-44. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ-funded review of the effectiveness of management strategies for renal artery stenosis by Balk et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Online CME Quiz Questions. An 82-year old woman with worsening hypertension: review of renal artery stenosis. JAMA 2008 Nov 4; 300(17):2070. [Includes continuing medical education (CME) question based on AHRQ-funded review of the effectiveness of management strategies for renal artery stenosis by Balk et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006), cited in article above.]

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

Health Affairs
Painter MW, Lavizzo-Mourey R. Aligning Forces for Quality: a program to improve health and health care in communities across the United States. Health Aff 2008 Sep-Oct; 27(5):1461-3. [Second author is former AHRQ deputy administrator; cites AHRQ's National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2007.] Select to access the abstract.

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

European Journal of Epidemiology
Heraclides A, Witte D. The association between father's social class and adult obesity is not explained by educational attainment and an unhealthy lifestyle in adulthood. Eur J Epidemiol 2008; 23(8):573-9. [Uses study cohort data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Affairs
Short PF, Weaver FM. Transitioning to Medicare before age sixty-five. Health Aff 2008 May-Jun; 27(3):w175-84. [Uses 2000-2004 MEPS data "to identify 115 people who had not reached age sixty-five by the end of the MEPS survey year but transitioned to Medicare during the year".] Select to access the abstract.

Jacobs PD, Claxton G. Comparing the assets of uninsured households to cost sharing under high-deductible health plans. Health Aff 2008 May-Jun; 27(3):w214-21. [Uses and cites 2003 MEPS data to calculate percentage of uninsured families having access to insurance; cites AHRQ-authored article by Banthin, Encinosa, and Bernard (first and third authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends, and second author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) as presented at the Inaugural Conference of the American Society of Health Economists in Madison, Wisconsin, June 4, 2006 ).] Select to access the abstract.

Ku L, Broaddus M. Public and private health insurance: stacking up the costs. Health Aff 2008 Jul-Aug; 27(4):w318-27. [Uses 2005 MEPS data to examine nonelderly and children with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level; cites MEPS HC-097: 2005 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2007; cites MEPS article by Cohen et al. (Inquiry, 1996); cites AHRQ-authored article by Banthin, Cunningham, and Bernard (Health Affairs, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Vascular Surgery
Schermerhorn ML, Giles KA, Hamdan AD, et al. Population-based outcomes of open descending thoracic aortic aneurysm repair. J Vasc Surg 2008 Oct; 48(4):821-7. [Uses 1988-2003 HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data.] Select to access the abstract.

Pediatrics
Bowman SM, Bird TM, Aitken ME, et al. Trends in hospitalizations associated with pediatric traumatic brain injuries. Pediatrics 2008 Nov; 122(5):988-93. [Uses 1991-2005 HCUP data; cites HCUP publication, Methods Series Report, 2006 (Population Denominator Data for Use With the HCUP Databases, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Cowgill BO, Bogart LM, Corona R, et al. Fears about HIV transmission in families with an HIV-infected parent: a qualitative analysis. Pediatrics 2008 Nov; 122(5):e950-8. [Uses study sample from the AHRQ-funded HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS).] Select to access the abstract.

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