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November 28, 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 Behavior
Plow MA, Mathiowetz V, Resnik L, et al. Multiple sclerosis: impact of physical activity on psychosocial constructs. Am J Health Behav 2008 Nov/Dec; 32(6):614-26. [Supported by grant 1 R36 HS15554-01.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Medical Quality
Brady J, Ho K, Clancy CM. Commentary: state snapshots a picture of unacceptable variation: are we destined to live with "geography is destiny"? Am J Med Qual. 2008 Nov-Dec; 23(6):492-5. [First two authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, and third author is the AHRQ director.]

Halm EA, Press MJ, Tuhrim S,et al. Does managed care affect quality Appropriateness, referral patterns, and outcomes of carotid endarterectomy. Am J Med Qual. 2008 Nov-Dec; 23(6):448-56. [Supported by grant R01 HS09754-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Filardo G, Nicewander D, Herrin J, et al. Challenges in conducting a hospital-randomized trial of an educational quality improvement intervention in rural and small community hospitals. Am J Med Qual. 2008 Nov-Dec; 23(6):440-7. [Supported by grant 1 UC1 HS15431-01.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Neuroradiology
Lavoie P, Rutledge J, Dawoud MA, et al. Predictors and timing of hypotension and bradycardia after carotid artery stenting. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol 2008 Nov; 29(10):1942-7. [Supported by grant (RFA) HS0514.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals Family Medicine
Handley MA, Shumway M, Schillinger D. Cost-effectiveness of automated telephone self-management support with nurse care management among patients with diabetes. Ann Fam Med 2008 Nov-Dec; 6(6):512-18. [Supported by grants R21 HS14864 and R18 HS17261-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Internal Medicine
Virapongse A, Bates DW, Shi P, et al. Electronic health records and malpractice claims in office practice. Ann Intern Med 2008 Nov 24; 168(21):2362-7. [Supported by grant 1 UC1 HS15397-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Arthritis & Rheumatism
Fischer MA, Polinski JM, Servi AD, et al. Prior authorization for biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs: a description of US Medicaid programs. Arthritis Rheum 2008 Nov 15; 9(11):1611-17. [Supported by grant R18 HS17151.] Select to access the abstract.

Chest
Dossett LA, Heffernan D, Lightfoot M, et al. Obesity and pulmonary complications in critically injured adults. Chest 2008 Nov; 134(5):974-80. [Supported by grant T32 HS13833.] Select to access the abstract.

Diabetic Medicine
Rhee MK, Musselman D, Ziemer DC, et al. Unrecognized glucose intolerance is not associated with depression: Screening for Impaired Glucose Intolerance study 3 (SIGT 3). Diabet Med 2008 Nov; 25(11):1361-5. [Supported by grant HS07922.] Select to access the abstract.

Genetics in Medicine
Sterling R. The on-line promotion and sale of nutrigenomic services. Genet Med 2008 Nov; 10(11):784-96. [Supported by grant T32 HS000034.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Economics
Liang L, Huang J. Go out or stay in? The effects of zero tolerance laws on alcohol use and drinking and driving patterns among college students. Health Econ 2008 Nov; 17(11):1261-75. [First author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends.] Select to access the abstract.

Inquiry
Mutter R, Wong HS, Goldfarb MG. The effects of hospital competition on inpatient quality of care. Inquiry 2008 Fall; 45(3):263-79. [First two authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, and third author is visiting professor on contract to AHRQ in same center.]

JAMA
Hernandez AF, Shea AM, Milano CA. Long-term outcomes and costs of ventricular assist devices among Medicare beneficiaries. JAMA 2008 Nov 26; 300(20):2398-406. [Supported by grant 1 U18 HS16964-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Clinical Pathology
Raab SS, Grzybicki DM, Condel JL, et al. Effect of lean method implementation in the histopathology section of an anatomical pathology laboratory. J Clin Pathol 2008 Nov; 61(11):1193-9. [Supported by grant HS13321-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Women's Health
Owens MD, Beckles GL, Ho KK, Gorell P, Brady J, Kaftarian JS. Women with diagnosed diabetes across the life stages: underuse of recommended preventive care services. J Womens Health 2008 Nov; 17(9):1415-23. [Third and fifth authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, and sixth author is the women's health advisor for AHRQ in the Office of Intramural Research, Education, and Priority Populations.] Select to access the abstract.

Nursing Research
Novotny NL, Anderson MA. Prediction of early readmission in medical inpatients using the probability of repeated admission instrument. Nurs Res 2008 Nov-Dec; 57(6):406-15. [Supported by grant 5 R01 HS15084.] Select to access the abstract.

Pediatric Emergency Care
Gorelick M, Scribano PV, Stevens MW, et al. Predicting need for hospitalization in acute pediatric asthma. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2008 Nov; 24(11):735-44. [Supported by grant R03 HS09825-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Population Health Management
Conwell LJ, Boult C. The effects of complications and comorbidities on the quality of preventive diabetes care: a literature review. Popul Health Manag 2008 Aug; 11(4):217-28. [Supported by grant 1 R36 HS16219.] Select to access the abstract.

Simulation in Healthcare
Villamaria FJ, Pliego JF, Wehbe-Janek H, et al. Using simulation to orient Code Blue Teams to a new hospital facility. Simul Healthc 2008 Winter; 3(4):209-16. [Supported by grant U18 HS16634-01.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Health Promotion
Johnston SS, Mark TL, Dirani R. Smoking cessation: the value of a comprehensive carved-in benefit. Am J Health Promotion 2008 Nov-Dec; 23(2):85-7. [Cites PHS-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Medical Quality
Murphy KM, Nash DB. Nonprimary care physicians' views on office-based quality incentive and improvement programs. Am J Med Qual 2008 Nov-Dec; 23(6):427-39. [Cites AHRQ technical review, Strategies to Support Quality Based Purchasing: A Review of the Evidence, 2004, and AHRQ-funded article by Rosenthal et al. (Med Care Res Rev, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Internal Medicine
Culler SD, Simon AW, Brown PP. Sex differences in hospital risk-adjusted mortality rates for Medicare beneficiaries undergoing CABG surgery. Arch Intern Med 2008 Nov 24; 168(21):2317-22. [Adopts "the linear method of calculating a hospital's RAMR used in the Patient Safety Indicator software written by [AHRQ], citing the Patient Safety Indicators page on the AHRQ Quality Indicators Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Clinics in Geriatric Medicine
Gayer S, Zuleta J. Perioperative management of the elderly undergoing eye surgery. Clin Geriatr Med 2008 Nov; 24(4):687-700. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Katz et al. (Ophthalmology, 2001).] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Blewett LA, Davidson G, Bramlett MD, et al. The impact of gaps in health insurance coverage on immunization status for young children. Health Serv Res 2008 Oct; 43(5 Pt 1):1619-36. [Cites AHRQ publication MEPS-IC, National Estimate Table Series, Private Sector Data by Firm Size, Industry Group, Ownership, Age of Firm, and Other Characteristics: Table I.A.2 a (2005) and Table I.B.2.b. (1) (2005), 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

Healthcare Benchmarks and Quality Improvement
AHRQ director: we are not doing enough on quality. Healthcare Benchmarks Qual Improv 2008 Nov; 15(11):111-13. [Cites and discusses remarks by AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy from the keynote address at the 2008 AHRQ Annual Meeting and a follow-up interview.]

Inquiry
Wu VY. The price effect of hospital closures. Inquiry 2008 Fall; 45(3):280-92. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Friedman (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) et al. (Health Serv Res 1995).]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Bonello RS, Fletcher CE, Becker WK, et al. An intensive care unit quality improvement collaborative in nine Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals: reducing ventilator-associated pneumonia and catheter-related bloodstream infection rates. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2008 Nov; 34(11):639-45. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006 and J Crit Care, 2003) and Berenholtz (Crit Care Med, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Paveza G, VandeWeerd C, Laumann E. Elder self-neglect: a discussion of a social typology. J Am Geriatr Soc 2008 Nov; 56 Suppl 2:S271-5. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Bertakis et al. (J Fam Pract, 2000).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Gerard MN, Trick WE, Das K, et al. Use of clinical decision support to increase influenza vaccination: multi-year evolution of the system. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2008 Nov- Dec; 15(6):776-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Bates et al. (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Lancet
Bennett S, Adam T, Zarowsky C, et al. From Mexico to Mali: progress in health policy and systems research. Lancet 2008 Nov 1; 372(9649):1571-8. [Notes that health services research "is often viewed as lacking in prestige, and hence funding has been insufficient," citing article by Gray et al. (Health Aff, 2003) discussing AHRQ's historical and political foundations.] Select to access the abstract.

Modern Healthcare
DerGurahian J. AHRQ presses on. No rule yet, but agency taps 10 safety organizations. Mod Healthc 2008 Nov 10; 38(45):8-9. [Discusses AHRQ's selection of patient safety organizations under interim guidelines for the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005.]

Nursing Research
Sarna L, Bialous SA, Jun HJ, et al. Smoking trends in the Nurses' Health Study (1976-2003). Nurs Res 2008 Nov; 57(6):374-82. [Cites PHS-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.] Select to access the abstract.

Primary Care Reports
Della-Guistina D. Acute back pain. Primary Care Rep 2008 Oct; 14(10): 17 text pages. [Uses definition of acute and chronic low back pain as given in AHRQ guideline, Acute Low Back Problems in Adults, 1994.]

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

American Journal of Health Promotion
James AS, Hall S, Greiner A, et al. The Impact of socioeconomic status on perceived barriers to colorectal cancer testing. Am J Health Promot 2008 Nov-Dec; 23(2):97-100. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on screening for colorectal cancer in adults at average risk (Ann Intern Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Medical Quality
Solberg LI, Asche SE, Margolis KL, et al. Relationship between the presence of practice systems and the quality of care for depression. Am J Med Qual. 2008 Nov-Dec;23(6):420-6. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review and USPSTF recommendations on screening for depression in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Kazi S, Boroumand S. Assessing quality of primary care provided to the HIV-infected Ryan White population in the Baltimore eligible metropolitan area. Am J Med Qual. 2008 Nov-Dec;23(6):484-91. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statements, Screening for Hepatitis C in Adults and Screening for Hepatitis B Virus Infection, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Berghella V, Baxter JK, Chauhan SP. Evidence-based labor and delivery management. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2008 Nov; 199(5):445-54. [Reports evidence and recommendation levels of reviewed trials according to USPSTF rating criteria as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Behavioral Medicine
Lake CR. How academic psychiatry can better prepare students for their future patients: Part I: the failure to recognize depression and risk for suicide in primary care; problem identification, responsibility, and solutions. Behav Med 2008 Fall; 34(3):95-100. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on screening for suicide risk in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Clinics in Geriatric Medicine
Auron-Gomez M, Michota F. Medical management of hip fracture. Clin Geriatr Med 2008 Nov; 24(4):701-19. [Cites USPSTF recommendations for hormone therapy for the prevention of chronic conditions in post-menopausal women (Ann Intern Med, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Health Care Management Review
Ayres CG, Griffith HM. Consensus guidelines: improving the delivery of clinical preventive services. Health Care Manage Rev 2008 Oct-Dec; 33(4):300-7. [Assesses respondents' knowledge of clinical preventive services guidelines based on a subset of USPSTF recommendations; cites USPSTF recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996, 2000, and 2006.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Kapp JM, LeMaster JW, Zweig SC, et al. Physician recommendations for mammography in women aged 70 and older. J Am Geriatr Soc 2008 Nov; 56(11):2100-6. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review and USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

JAMA
Drummond MB, Dasenbrook EC, Pitz MW, et al. Inhaled corticosteroids in patients with stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA 2008 Nov 26; 300(20):2407-16. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Use of Spirometry for Case Finding, Diagnosis, and Management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

Vandenbroucke JP, Psaty BM. Benefits and risks of drug treatments: how to combine the best evidence on benefits with the best data about adverse effects. JAMA 2008 Nov 26; 300(20):1217-9. [Cites AHRQ publication, Methods Reference Guide for Effectiveness and Comparative Effectiveness Reviews, Version 1.0 (draft posted on AHRQ Web site, Oct 2007).]

Journal of Psychiatric Practice
Carey TS, Melvin CL, Ranney LM. Extracting key messages from systematic reviews. J Psychiatr Pract 2008 Mar; 14)Suppl 1):28-34. [Notes AHRQ's conduct of "dozens" of systematic evidence reviews each year and uses the evidence report, Drug Class Review on Antiepileptic Drugs in Bipolar Mood Disorder, Neuropathic Pain, and Fibromyalgia, 2006, conducted by the Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center, as the basis for this study.] Select to access the abstract.

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Inquiry
Busch SH, Barry CL. New evidence on the effects of state mental health mandates. Inquiry 2008 Fall; 45(3):308-22. [Uses 2002 MEPS Insurance Component (IC) data to "understand which individuals are likely to be employed by firms that self-insure." ]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Dickinson LM, Dickinson WP, Rost K, et al. Clinician burden and depression treatment: disentangling patient- and clinician-level effects of medical comorbidity. J Gen Intern Med 2008 Nov; 23(11):1763-9. [Derives the primary outcome variable, depression treatment intensity, from assessment concordance with AHRQ guideline, Depression in Primary Care: Vol. 2. Treatment of Major Depression, 1993.] Select to access the abstract.

Ostomy Wound Management
Bolton L, Girolami S, Slayton S, et al. Assessing the need for developing a comprehensive content-validated pressure ulcer guideline. Ostomy Wound Manag 2008 Nov; 54(11):22-30. [Uses AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ database to identify pressure-ulcer specific guidelines.] Select to access the abstract.

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