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December 5, 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
Wang M, Burau KD, Fang S, et al. Ethnic variations in diagnosis, treatment, socioeconomic status, and survival in a large population-based cohort of elderly patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Cancer 2009 Dec 1; 113(11):3231-3241. [Supported by grant R01 HS16743.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Care Management Science
Stout NK, Goldie SJ. Keeping the noise down: common random numbers for disease simulation modeling. Health Care Manage Sci 2008 Dec;11(4):399-406. [Supported by grant HS00083.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Economics
Bazzoli GJ, Chen HF, Zhao M, et al. Hospital financial condition and the quality of patient care. Health Econ 2008 Aug; 17(8):977-995. [Supported by grant R01 HS13094-03.]

Pylypchuk Y, Hudson J. Immigrants and the use of preventive care in the United States. Health Econ 2008 Aug 22. [Epub ahead of print] Select to access the [Authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Kesselheim AS, Misono AS, Lee JL, et al. Clinical equivalence of generic and brand-name drugs used in cardiovascular disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA 2008 Dec 3; 300(21):2514-2526. [First author's work is supported by AHRQ post-Doctoral Fellowship in Health Services Research at the Harvard School of Public Health, no grant number available] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Ngo V, Langley A, Kataoka SH, et al. Providing evidence-based practice to ethnically diverse youths: examples from the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) program. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 2008 Aug; 47(8):858-862. [Supported by grant T32 HS00046 (UCLA Training Grants program).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Bickell NA, Shastri K, Fei K, et al. A tracking and feedback registry to reduce racial disparities in breast cancer care. J Natl Cancer Inst 2008 Dec 3; 100(23):1717-1723. [Supported by grant P01 HS10859-02.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Damiano PC, Momany ET, Carter KD, et al. Time to first dental visit after initially enrolling in Medicaid and S-SCHIP. Med Care 2008 Dec; 46(12):1234-1239. [Supported by grant 5 R03 HS13410-02.]

Heslin KC, Gore JL, King WD, et al. Sexual orientation and testing for prostate and colorectal cancer among men in California. Med Care 2008 Dec; 46(12):1240-1248. [Supported by grant I R24 HS14022.]

Medical Decision Making
Nyman JA, Barleen NA, Kirdruang P. Quality-adjusted life years lost from nonfatal motor vehicle accident injuries. Med Decis Making 2008 Nov-Dec; 28(6):819-828. [Supported by grant R01 HS14097-01A2; acknowledges "encouragement and support" from AHRQ project officer William Lawrence.] Select to access the abstract.

Preventive Medicine
Sawchuk CN, Charles S, Wen Y, et al. A randomized trial to increase physical activity among native elders. Prev Med 2008 Jul; 47(1):89-94. [Supported by grant 5 P01 HS10854-02.] Select to access the abstract.

Professional Case Management
Beeber AS. Luck and happenstance: how older adults enroll in a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. Prof Case Manag 2008 Sep-Oct; 13(5):277-283. [Supported by grant R36 HS14697-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Statistics in Medicine
Liu L, Ma JZ, Johnson BA. A multi-level two-part random effects model, with application to an alcohol-dependence study. Stat Med 2008 Aug 15; 27(18):3528-3539. [Supported by grant R03 HS16543.] Select to access the abstract.

Western Journal of Nursing Research
Unruh L, Russo CA, Jiang HJ, Stocks C. Can state databases be used to develop a national, standardized hospital nurse staffing database? West J Nurs Res 2008 Jul 30; [Epub ahead of print] [Third and fourth authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets; uses data collecting organizations participating in AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) as primary data sources.] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

Ambulatory Pediatrics
Margolis PA, McLearn KT, Earls MF, et al. Assisting primary care practices in using office systems to promote early childhood development. Ambul Pediatr 2008 Nov-Dec; 5(6):383-387. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Landon et al. (N Engl J Med 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Managed Care
Epstein AJ, Rathore SS, Alexander GC, et al. Primary care physicians' views of Medicare Part D. Am J Manag Care 2008 Nov; 14(11 Suppl):SP5-SP13. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Yin et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008), Hsu et al. (JAMA, 2008), and Landon et al. (Health Aff, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Ketcham JD, Simon KI. Medicare Part D's effects on elderly patients' drug costs and utilization. Am J Manag Care 2008 Nov; 14(11 Suppl):SP14-SP22. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Yin et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

McAdam-Marx, Schaaf DT, Holtorf A, et al. Systematic analysis of outcomes evaluations applied to drug management programs. Am J Manag Care 2008 Nov; 14(11 Suppl):SP36-45. [Cites AHRQ Quality Indicators Web site; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Fischer et al. (N Engl J Med, 2004), Huskamp et al. (N Engl J Med, 2003 and Arch Gen Psychiatry, 2005), Landon et al. (Am J Manag Care, 2007), and Mojtabai and Olfson (Health Aff, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Ketcham JD, Ngai JK. How similar are states' Medicaid preferred drug lists? Am J Manag Care 2008 Nov; 14(11 Suppl):SP46-52. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Neumann et al. (Am J Manag Care, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Internal Medicine
Howell E, Bessman E, Kravet S, et al. Active bed management by hospitalists and emergency department throughput. Ann Intern Med 2008 Dec 2; 149(11):804-810. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Auerbach, Landefeld, and Shojania (N Engl J Med, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

McDonnell WM, Guenther E. narrative review: do state laws make it easier to say "I'm sorry?" Ann Intern Med 2008 Dec 2; 149(11):811-815. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Mazor et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Steinberg MB. Is long-term use of antismoking drugs consistent with public health goals or pharmaceutical marketing goals? Ann Intern Med 2008 Dec 2; 149(11):838. [Author response to letter cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2008 Update.]

BMJ
Vincent C, Aylin P, Franklin BD, et al. Is health care getting safer? BMJ 2008 Nov 22; 337(7680):1205-1207. [Cites AHRQ Quality Indicators Web site and notes the translation of AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators for use with English administrative data (Bottle and Aylin, Qual Saf Health Care, in press).]

Zwarenstein M, Treweek S, Gagnier JJ, et al. Improving the reporting of pragmatic trials: an extension of the CONSORT statement.BMJ 2008 Nov 22; 337(7680):1223-1226. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Tunis, Stryer, and Clancy (JAMA, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Health Care Management Science
Okunade AA, Murthy VN. Are physician and non-physician providers of outpatient mental healthcare substitutes or complements? A conceptual clarification. Health Care Manage Sci 2008 Dec;11(4):393-398. [Cites AHRQ publication New Estimates of the Demand for Physical and Mental Health Treatment, AHRQ Working Paper No. 06008, 2006, and AHRQ-authored article by Zuvekas et al. (Health Serv Res, 2001.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of American College Health
Thomas JL, Gerber TA, Brockman TA, et al. Willingness among college students to help a smoker quit. J Am Coll Health 2008 Nov-Dec; 57(3):273-280. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.] Select to access the abstract.

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

Annals of Internal Medicine
Bryson CL, Au DH, Williams EC, et al. Alcohol screening scores and medication nonadherence. Ann Intern Med 2008 Dec 2; 149(11):795-803. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review of behavioral counseling interventions in primary care to reduce risky/harmful alcohol use by adults (Ann Intern Med, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Gollapudi AK. Do lipid-lowering agents provide a greater reduction in cardiovascular events among patients with diabetes? Ann Intern Med 2008 Dec 2; 149(11):841-842. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for type 2 diabetes mellitus in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2008); response by USPSTF members Neil Calonge and Diana Petitti discusses recommendation rationale.]

American College of Physicians. In the clinic: hypertension. Ann Intern Med 2008 Dec 2; 149(11):ITC6-2 - ITC6-16. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for high blood pressure (Ann Intern Med, 2007).]

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Jemal A, Thun MJ, Gies LA, et al. Annual report to the nation on the status of cancer, 1975-2005, featuring trends in lung cancer, tobacco use, and tobacco control. J Natl Cancer Inst 2008 Dec 3; 100(23):1672-1694. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for prostate cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002) and AHRQ-sponsored guideline Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2008 Update.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Decision Making
Spring B. Health decision making: lynchpin of evidence-based practice. Med Decis Making 2008 Nov-Dec; 28(6):866-874. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on aspirin for the primary prevention of cardiovascular events (Ann Intern Med, 2002) and Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 3rd edition, on AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ-funded article by Bates et al. (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Pain Physician
Manchikanti L, Singh V, Derby R, et al. Reassessment of evidence synthesis of occupational medicine practice guidelines for interventional pan management. Pain Physician 2008 Jul-Aug; 11(4):393-482. [Mentions AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse and briefly discusses AHRQ's historical involvement in guidelines development; uses USPSTF evidence rating criteria (Berg and Allan, Am J Prev Med, 2001) and the hierarchy of evidence presented in AHRQ guideline Acute Low Back Problems in Adults, 1995 (acknowledging the non-currency of this publication); cites AHRQ publications Evidence-based Practice Centers Partner's Guide, 2005, and Manual for Clinical Practice Guideline Development, 1991]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Medical Care
Keyhani S, Hebert PL, Ross JS, et al. Electronic health record components and the quality of care. Med Care 2008 Dec; 46(12):1267-1272. [Cites AHRQ evidence report/technology assessment Costs and Benefits of Health Information Technology, 2006, cites AHRQ-funded article by Linder et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2007).]

Pain Physician
Wolfer LR, Derby R, Lee JE, et al. Systematic review of lumbar provocation discography in asymptomatic subjects with a meta-analysis of false-positive rates. Pain Physician 2008 Jul-Aug; 11(4):513-538. [Uses strength of evidence criteria published in AHRQ evidence report/technology assessment Systems to Rate the Strength of Scientific Evidence, 2002, and USPSTF evidence rating criteria (Berg and Allan, Am J Prev Med, 2001).] Select to access the abstract.

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

Medical Care
Li Y, Glance LG, Cai X, et al. Mental illness and hospitalization for ambulatory care sensitive medical conditions. Med Care 2008 Dec; 46(12):1249-1256. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2005; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Basu et al. (Med Care, 2002, and Health Serv Res, 2004) and Zhan et al. (Health Serv Res, 2004).]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Ambulatory Pediatrics
Co JP, Mohamed H, Kelleher ML, et al. Feasibility of using a tablet computer survey for parental assessment of resident communication skills. Ambul Pediatr 2008 Nov-Dec; 5(6):375-378. [Uses AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (CAHPS) as the basis of survey questions designed to address resident communication and demographics; cites AHRQ Web site publication CAHPS Surveys and Tools to Advance Patient-Centered Care and CAHPS analysis article by Solomon et al. (Med Care, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Emergency Medicine
Heavrin BS, Han JH, Storrow AB, et al. Medicaid disenrollment increases emergency department utilization among the uninsured. Ann Emerg Med 2008 Oct; 52(4 Suppl):S42-S43. [Abstract of study using 2004-2006 HCUP State Emergency Department Database (SEDD) data.]

BMJ
Raleigh VS, Cooper J, Bremner SA, et al. patient safety indicators for England from hospital administrative data: case-control analysis and comparison with US data. BMJ 2008 Nov 22; 337(7680):1219-1222. [Uses a set of nine of the 29 AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators designed to screen administrative data for events that indicate a potentially preventable problem of patient safety; cites AHRQ technical review Measures of Patient Safety Based on Hospital Administrative Data - The Patient Safety Indicators, 2002, and AHRQ Web site publication AHRQ Quality Indicators: Guide to Patient Safety Indicators Version 3.1, 2007; cites AHRQ-authored article by Zhan and Miller (JAMA, 2003).] 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):2345-2352. [Uses 1988-2003 HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data and the Elixhauser comorbidity methodology (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998) cites AHRQ-funded articles by Birkmeyer et al. (N Engl J Med, 2002, and JAMA, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Hepatology
Myers RP, Kaplan GG, Shaheen AA. Weekend versus weekday admission and mortality from esophageal variceal bleeding. Hepatology 2008 Oct; (48(51):630A. [Uses 1988-2005 HCUP NIS data.]

Journal of Hospital Medicine
Caskey RN, Davis MM. Differences associated with age, transfer status, and insurance coverage in end-of-life hospital care for children. J Hosp Med 2008 Sep; 3(5):376-383. [Uses HCUP NIS data for 1992, 1997, and 2002.] Select to access the abstract.

PLoS ONE
Kivimaki M, Lawlor DA, Smith GD, et al. Does high C-reactive protein concentration increase atherosclerosis? The Whitehall II study. PLoS ONE 2008 Aug; 3(8):e3013:1-8. [Uses study cohort data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

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