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November 21, 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 Health-System Pharmacy
Cobaugh D, Angner E, Kiefe C, et al. Effect of racial differences on ability to afford prescription medications. Am J Health Syst Pharm 2008 Nov 15; 65(22):2137-43. [Supported by grant U18 HS10389.] Select to access the abstract.

Gerhard T. Bias: considerations for research practice. Am J Health Syst Pharm 2008 Nov 15; 65(22):2159-68. [Supported in part by grant HS16097.] Select to access the abstract.

Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
Rosolowsky ET, Niewczas MA, Ficociello LH, et al. Between hyperfiltration and impairment: demystifying early renal functional changes in diabetic nephropathy. Diabetes Res Clin Pract 2008 Nov 13; 82 (Suppl 1):S46-S53. [Supported by grant T32 HS00063 to first author.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Affairs
Shih C, Berliner E. Diffusion of new technology and payment policies: coronary stents. Health Aff 2008 Nov-Dec; 27(6):1566-76. [First author is former AHRQ researcher and second author is director of the Technology Assessment Program in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Education & Behavior
Schillinger D, Hammer H, Wang F, et al. Seeing in 3-D: examining the reach of diabetes self-management support strategies in a public health care system. Health Educ Behav 2008 Oct;35(5):664-82. [Supported by grant R21 HS14864.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Fongwa MN, Cunningham W, Weech-Maldonado R, et al. Reports and ratings of care: black and white Medicare enrollees. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2008 Nov; 19(4):1136-47. [Supported by grants U18 HS09204 and U18 HS16980; uses Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) survey data and acknowledges data access assistance provided by staff affiliated with the National CAHPS® Benchmarking Database (NCBD) effort.] Select to access the abstract

DeVoe JE, Graham AS, Angier H, et al. Obtaining health care services for low-income children: a hierarchy of needs. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2008 Nov; 19(4):1192-211. [Supported by grants 5 F32 HS14645 and 1 K08 HS16181 to first author; adapts survey questions from AHRQ's CAHPS® (citing AHRQ publication, CAHPS® 2.0 Survey and Reporting Kit, 2002) and Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) (citing AHRQ publicationMedical Expenditure Panel Survey, 2006, on AHRQ Web site).]

Reid KW, Vittinghoff E, Kushel MB. Association between the level of housing instability, economic standing and health care access: a meta-regression. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2008 Nov; 19(4):1212-28. [Supported by grant K08 HS11415 (for third author); uses 1996-1998 MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Psychiatry Research
Rosen J, Mulsant BH, Marino P, et al. Web-based training and interrater reliability testing for scoring the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale. Psychiatry Res 2008; 161(1):126-30. [Supported by grant HS11976.] Select to access the abstract.

Statistics in Medicine
Liu L, Ma JZ, O'Quigley J. Joint analysis of multi-level repeated measures data and survival: an application to the end stage renal disease (ESRD) data. Stat Med 2008 Nov 29; 27(27):5679-91. [Supported by grant R03 HS16543. Also go to AHRQ-funded articles by Gartlehner et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008) and Maggard et al. (JAMA, 2008) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Family Physician
Bluestein D, Javaheri A. Pressure ulcers: prevention, evaluation, and management. Am Fam Physician 2008 Nov 15; 78(10):1186-94. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Treatment of Pressure Ulcers, 1994.] Select to access the abstract.

American Heart Journal
Al-Khatib SM, Sanders GD, Carlson M, et al. Preventing tomorrow's sudden cardiac death today: dissemination of effective therapies for sudden cardiac death prevention. Am Heart J 2008 Nov; 156(4):613-22. [Summarizes presentations and discussions presented at a 2007 expert panel meeting which included Elise Berliner, director of the Technology Assessment Program in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence, as a participant.] Select to access the abstract.

Geriatrics
Takahashi PY. Pressure ulcers and prognosis: candid conversations about healing and death. Geriatrics 2008 Nov; 63(11):6-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Grabowski et al, Health Serv Res, 2004.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Affairs
Rothberg MB, Morsi E, Benjamin EM, rt al. Choosing the best hospital: the limitations of public quality reporting. Health Aff 2008 Nov-Dec; 27(6):1680-7. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Iezzoni (JAMA, 1997).] Select to access the abstract.

Delia D, Wood E. The dwindling supply of empty beds: implications for hospital surge capacity. Health Aff 2008 Nov-Dec; 27(6):1688-94. [Cites AHRQ publications, Bioterrorism and Health System Preparedness, Issue Brief No. 3 and 4, 2004, and No. 8, 2005, Mass Medical Care with Scarce Resources; A Community Planning Guide, 2007, Altered Standards of Care in Mass Casualty Events, 2004, and Preventable Hospitalizations: A Window into Primary and preventive Care, 2000, HCUP Fact Book No. 5, 2004.] Select to access the abstract.

Ross JS, Normand ST, Wang Y, et al. Hospital remoteness and thirty-day mortality from three serious conditions. Health Aff 2008 Nov-Dec; 27(6):1707-17. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Rosenthal et al. (Health Serv Res, 2005); cites AHRQ publication, Hospitalization in the United States, 2002, HCUP Fact Book No. 6, 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery
Deirmengian CA, Lonner JH. What's new in adult reconstructive knee surgery. J Bone Joint Surg Am 2008 Nov; 90(11):2556-65. [Reviews study by Kurtz et al. (J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2007) which uses 1990-2003 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Lee PE, Fischer HD, Rochon PA, et al. Published randomized controlled trials of drug therapy for dementia often lack complete data on harm. J Clin Epidemiol 2008 Jul 9; 61(11):1152-60. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Ioannidis (JAMA, 2001).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Cherrington A, Ayala GX, Amick H, et al. Applying the community health worker model to diabetes management: using mixed methods to assess implementation and effectiveness. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2008 Nov; 19(4):1044-59. [Cites AHRQ publication, Diabetes Disparities Among Racial and Ethnic Minorities, 2001.] Select to access the abstract.

Chew LD, Schilling D, Maynard C, et al. Glycemic and lipid control among patients with diabetes at six U.S. public hospitals. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2008 Nov; 19(4):1060-75. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Landon et al. (N Engl J Med, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

Cavacuiti C, Svoboda T. The use of electronic medical records for homeless outreach. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2008 Nov; 19(4):1270-81. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bates and Gawande (N Engl J Med, 2003) and Overhage et al. (Bull Med Libr Assoc, 1995 ] Select to access the abstract.

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

American Family Physician
Mabry IR. Screening for elevated blood lead levels in children and pregnant women. Am Fam Physician 2008 Nov 15; 78(10):1201-2. [Author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships (supporting the USPSTF); second case study question is based on USPSTF recommendations on screening for elevated blood lead levels in children and pregnant women (Pediatrics, 2006).]

American Journal of Nursing
Cleveland LM, Minter ML, Cobb KA, et al. Lead hazards for pregnant women and children: Part 2. Am J Nurs 2008 Nov; 108(11):40-8. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for elevated blood lead levels in children and pregnant women (Pediatrics, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

BMJ
Frank E, Elon L, Naimi T, et al. Alcohol consumption and alcohol counseling behavior among US medical students: cohort study. BMJ 2008 Nov 15; 337(7679):1150-3. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening and Behavioral Counseling Interventions in Primary Care to Reduce Alcohol Misuse, 2004.] Select to access the abstract.

Walsh M, Spurling G. Evidence based case report; aspirin in type 2 diabetes: is there any evidence base? BMJ 2008 Nov 15; 337(7679):1163-5. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on aspirin for the primary prevention of cardiovascular events (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
White DB, Bonham VL, Jenkins J, et al. Too many referrals of low-risk women for BRCA1/2 genetic services by family physicians. Cancer Epidemiol Biol Prev 2008 Nov;17(11):2980-6. [Reviews and discusses USPSTF recommendations on genetic risk assessment and BRCA mutation testing for breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility (Ann Intern Med, 2005) and tests physicians' referral decision consistency with these recommendations; cites USPSTF methodology in article by Guirguis-Blake et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

Health Affairs
Khoury MJ, Berg A, Coates R, et al. The evidence dilemma in genomic medicine. Health Aff 2008 Nov-Dec; 27(6):1600-11. [Reviews findings from AHRQ-sponsored Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Testing for Cytochrome P450 Polymorphisms (CYP450) in Adults with Non-Psychotic Depression Prior to Treatment with Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), 2007 (as published on AHRQ Web site), USPSTF recommendation statement, Genetic Risk Assessment and BRCA Mutation Testing for Breast and Ovarian Cancer Susceptibility, 2005, and USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on screening for hereditary hemochromatosis (Ann Intern Med, 2006), noting that "USPSTF decision making for these tests was impeded by the slow accumulation of scientific evidence on the tests' clinical utility"; cites USPSTF methodology in article by Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001] Select to access the abstract.

Neumann PJ, Kamae MS, Palmer JA. Medicare's national coverage decisions for technologies, 1999-2007. Health Aff 2008 Nov-Dec; 27(6):1620-1631. [Notes CMS' occasional requests for a 'formal health technology assessment (HTA) from [AHRQ]"; codes strength of evidence of reviewed decision memoranda based on USPSTF rating criteria published in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, Third Edition: Periodic Updates, 2000-2003, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Twombly R. Preventive services task force recommends against PSA screening after age 75. J Natl Cancer Inst 2008 Nov 19; 100(22):1571-3. [Reviews and discusses USPSTF recommendations on prostate-specific antigen testing and notes their less than positive reception by practicing physicians.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

American Family Physician
Armstrong C. AHRQ reviews management of gestational diabetes. Am Fam Physician 2008 Nov 15; 78(10):1217-21. [Reviews AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Therapeutic Management, Delivery, and Postpartum Risk Assessment and Screening in Gestational Diabetes, 2008.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Qaseem A, Snow V, Denberg TD, et al. Using second-generation antidepressants to treat depressive disorders: a clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians. Ann Intern Med 2008 Nov 18; 149(10):725-33. [Based on AHRQ-sponsored Comparative Effectiveness Review, Comparative Effectiveness of Second-Generation Antidepressants in the Phamacologic Treatment of Adult Depression, 2007, prepared by the RTI International-University of North Carolina Evidence-based Practice Center, and on article by Gartlehner et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008), cited below.] Select to access the abstract.

Gartlehner G, Gaynes BN, Hansen RA, et al. Comparative benefits and harms of second-generation antidepressants: background paper for the American College of Physicians. Ann Intern Med 2008 Nov 18; 149(10):734-50. [Supported by contract 290-02-0016 to the RTI International-University of North Carolina Evidence-based Practice Center; updates findings from AHRQ-sponsored Comparative Effectiveness Review, Comparative Effectiveness of Second-Generation Antidepressants in the Phamacologic Treatment of Adult Depression, 2007, prepared by the RTI International-University of North Carolina Evidence-based Practice Center.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Affairs
Wilson NA, Schneller ES, Montgomery K, et al. Hip and knee implants: current trends and policy considerations. Health Aff 2008 Nov-Dec; 27(6):1587-98. [Discusses the performance by AHRQ's Evidence-based Practice Centers of some of the tasks to be performed by a centralized council as envisioned in legislation for a Center for Comparative Effectiveness and states that "dedicated funding from AHRQ to an EPC appears to be the most practical resource to use in obtaining the data for a centralized council; cites AHRQ Technology Assessment Program publication, Horizon Scan on Hip Replacement Surgery, 2006, as posted on CMS Web site, noting in the text that it was performed by an EPC, "provided a comprehensive evaluation of total hip replacements," and "could be used as a model for a continuous effort" if "expanded to include cost-effectiveness information and other areas in orthopedics such as total knee replacements;" cites data from AHRQ publications, Hospital Stays Involving Musculoskeletal Procedures, 1997-2005, HCUP Statistical Brief No. 34, 2007, and Procedures with the Most Rapidly Increasing Hospital Costs, 2000-2004, HCUP Statistical Brief No. 28, 2007.] Select to access the abstract.

Chalkidou K, Lord J, Fischer A, et al. Evidence-based decision making: when should we wait for more information? Health Aff 2008 Nov-Dec; 27(6):1642-1653. [Notes that "guidance from bodies such as the... Evidence-based Practice Centers of [AHRQ] Select to access the relies on clinical effectiveness information alone."] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Maggard MA, Yermilov I, Li Z, et, al. Pregnancy and fertility following bariatric surgery: a systematic review. JAMA 2008 Nov 19; 300(19):2286-96. [Supported by contract 290-02-0003 to the Southern California Evidence Based Practice Center.] Select to access the abstract.

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

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Cook A. Integrative medicine for the poor and underserved: a win-win situation. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2008 Nov; 19(4):1023-28. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2007.] Select to access the abstract.

Van Wie A, Ziegenfuss J, Blewett LA, et al. Persistent disparities in health insurance coverage: Hispanic children, 1996 to 2005. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2008 Nov; 19(4):1181-91. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2003.] Select to access the abstract.

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Gastroenterology
Wang YR, Dempsey DT, Friedenberg FK, et al. Trends of Heller myotomy hospitalizations for achalasia in the United States, 1993-2005: effect of surgery volume on perioperative outcomes. Am J Gastroenterol 2008 Oct; 103(10):2454-64. [Uses 1993-2005 HCUP NIS data.]

Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Karamlou T, Diggs BS, Ungerleider RM, et al. The rush to atrial septal defect closure: is the introduction of percutaneous closure driving utilization? Ann Thorac Surg 2008 Nov; 86(5):1584-91. [Uses 1988-2005 HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Circulation
Karamlou T, Diggs BS, Person T, et al. National practice patterns for management of adult congenital heart disease: operation by pediatric heart surgeons decreases in-hospital death. Circulation 2008 Dec 2; 118(23):2345-52. [Uses 1988-2003 HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

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