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December 12, 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 Clinical Pathology
Raab SS, Grzybicki DM, Mahood LK, et al. Effectiveness of random and focused review in detecting surgical pathology error. Am J Clin Pathol 2008 Dec; 130(6):905-12. [Supported by grant HS13321-01.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Bell JF, Wilson JS, Liu GC. Neighborhood greenness and 2-year changes in body mass index of children and youth. Am J Prev Med 2008 Dec; 35(6):547-53. [Supported by grant T32 HS13853-01 to first author.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Public Health
Berdahl TA. Racial/ethnic and gender differences in individual workplace injury risk trajectories: 1988-1998. Am J Public Health 2008 Dec; 98(12):2258-63. [Author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends.] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Internal Medicine
Kramer JM, Curtis LH, Dupree CS, et al. Comparative effectiveness of beta-blockers in elderly patients with heart failure. Arch Intern Med 2008 Dec 8; 168(22):2422-8. [Supported by grant U18 HS10548-07S1; reviewed in invited commentary by Strom (Arch Intern Med, 2008), as cited in AHRQ-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Fischer MA, Vogeli C, Stedman M, et al. Effect of electronic prescribing with formulary decision support on medication use and cost. Arch Intern Med 2008 Dec 8; 168(22):2433-9. [Supported by grant R01 HS15175.] Select to access the abstract.

Curtis LH, Greiner MA, Hammill BG, et al. Early and long-term outcomes of heart failure in elderly persons, 2001-2005. Arch Intern Med 2008 Dec 8; 168(22):2481-8. [Supported by grant U18 HS10548.] Select to access the abstract.

Milbank Quarterly
Bentley TG, Effros RM, Palar K, et al. Waste in the U.S. health care system: a conceptual framework. Milbank Q. 2008 Dec; 86(4):629-659. [Supported in part by an AHRQ Health Services Research Post-Doctoral Fellowship to first author—no grant number available. Also go to the AHRQ-funded articles by Go et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2008) and Walton et al. (Pharmacotherapy, 2008) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles .]

AHRQ-Related Articls

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Fu SS, Burgess DJ, Hatsukami DK, et al. Race and nicotine replacement treatment outcomes among low-income smokers. Am J Prev Med 2008 Dec; 35(6 Suppl):S442-8. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, and article of the same title (Am J Prev Med, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Patten CA, Smith CM, Brockman TA, et al. Support person intervention to promote smoker utilization of the QUITPLAN Helpline. Am J Prev Med 2008 Dec; 35(6 Suppl):S479-85. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, and article of the same title (Am J Prev Med, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Warner DO, Klesges RC, Dale LC, et al. Telephone quitlines to help surgical patients quit smoking :patient and provider attitudes. Am J Prev Med 2008 Dec; 35(6 Suppl):S486-93. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, and article of the same title (Am J Prev Med, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Lenz BK. Beliefs, knowledge, and self-efficacy of nursing students regarding tobacco cessation. Am J Prev Med 2008 Dec; 35(6 Suppl):S494-S500. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, and article of the same title (Am J Prev Med, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Internal Medicine
Strom BL. Comparative effectiveness of {beta}-blockers in elderly patients with heart failure—invited commentary. Arch Intern Med 2008 Dec 8; 168(22):2428-30. [Comments on AHRQ-funded article by Kramer et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2008) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles; acknowledges author's receipt of AHRQ research funding.] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal of Health Services
Schnittker J, Bhatt M. The role of income and race/ethnicity in experiences with medical care in the United States and United Kingdom. Int J Health Ser 2008; 38(4):671-95. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Zuvekas and Taliaferro (Health Aff, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Volpp KG, John LK, Troxel AB, et al. Financial incentive-based approaches for weight loss: a randomized trial. JAMA 2008 Dec 10; 300(22):2631-7. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Encinosa (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) et al. (Med Care, 2006).] Select to access the abstract

Fiscella K, Tancredi D. Socioeconomic status and coronary heart disease risk prediction. JAMA 2008 Dec 10; 300(22):2666-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Marmot et al. (Lancet, 1997).]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Audet AJ, Raju R, Jacobs CM, et al. Transparency as a pillar of a quality and safety culture: the experience of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2008 Dec; 34(12):707-12. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Werner et al. (JAMA, 2005).]

Koll BS, Straub TA, Jalon HS, et al. The CLABs collaborative: a regionwide effort to improve the quality of care in hospitals. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf2008 Dec; 34(12):713-23. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Berenholtz et al. (Crit Care Med, 2004) and Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006).]

Myers SS, Clark MD, Russell JA, et al. Focusing measures for performance-based privileging of physicians on improvement. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2008 Dec; 34(12):724-33. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Birkmeyer et al. (Ann Surg, 2006) and Bradley et al. (Qual Saf Health Care, 2004).]

Milbank Quarterly
Gollust S, Schroeder SA, Warner KE. Helping smokers quit: understanding the barriers to utilization of smoking cessation services. Milbank Q 2008 Dec; 86(4):601-627. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guidelines, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000, and Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update.]

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

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Christensen M, Thomson V, Letson GW. Evaluating the reach of universal newborn hearing screening in Colorado. Am J Prev Med 2008 Dec; 35(6):594-7. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement Newborn Hearing Screening, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Kuehn BM. Preventive Services Task Force endorses breastfeeding support in primary care. JAMA 2008 Dec 10; 300(22):2598. [Discusses USPSTF recommendations on breastfeeding and the associated evidence review on which they are based (Ann Intern Med, 2008).]

Obesity
Agurs-Collins T, Khoury MJ, Simon-Morton D, et al. Public health genomics: translating obesity genomics research into population health benefits. Obesity 2008 Dec; 16(Suppl 3):S85-S94. [Discusses and cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for obesity in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2003.] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Archives of Internal Medicine
Go AS, Yang J, Gurwitz JH, et al. Comparative effectiveness of different beta-adrenergic antagonists on mortality among adults with heart failure in clinical practice. Arch Intern Med 2008; 168(22):2415-21. [Supported by contract HHSA290-2005-0033-I as part of the Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness (DEcIDE) program.] Select to access the abstract.

Pharmacotherapy
Walton SM, Schumock GT, Lee KV, et al. Prioritizing future research of a quantitative evaluation. Pharmacotherapy 2008; 28(12):1443-52. [Funded under contract HHSA290-2005-0038-I, task order 3; acknowledges Anne E. Trontell in the Center for Outcomes and Evidence as task order officer for this project and "for her importance and insightful input".] Select to access the abstract.

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Public Health
Singh-Manoux A, Guéguen A, Ferrie J, et al. Gender differences in the association between morbidity and mortality among middle-aged men and women. Am JPublic Health 2008 Dec; 98(12):2251-7. [Uses study cohort data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHCPR grant HS06516.] Select to access the abstract.

European Journal of Public Health
Stafford M, Gimeno D, Marmot MG. Neighbourhood characteristics and trajectories of health functioning: a multilevel prospective analysis. Eur J Public Health 2008 Dec; 18(6):604-10. [Uses study cohort data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHCPR grant HS06516.] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal of Health Services
Herring AA, Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU. Insurance status of U.S. organ donors and transplant recipients: the uninsured give, but rarely receive. Int J Health Ser 2008; 38(4):641-52. [Uses AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample data for 2003; cites AHRQ publications, Overview of the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS): 2000, 2008, and Using the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample to Estimate Trends, HCUP Methods Series Report No. 2005-01, 2005; cites AHRQ-authored article by Franks, Gold and Clancy (JAMA, 1993).] Select to access the abstract.

Shi L, Macinko J. Changes in medical care experiences of racial and ethnic groups in the United States, 1996-2002. Int J Health Ser 2008; 38(4):653-70. [Uses 1996, 2001, and 2002 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data; cites AHRQ publications, Design and Methods of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, 1997, and Sample Design of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, 1997; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Clancy and Stryer (Health Serv Res, 2001), Zuvekas and Taliaferro (Health Aff, 2003), Weinick and Zuvekas (Med Care, 2000), and Ball and Elixhauser (Med Care, 1996); cites AHRQ-funded article by Sheifer et al. (Am Heart J, 2000).] Select to access the abstract.

Current as of December 2008

 

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