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December 14, 2007


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

Acta Paediatrica
Barlow SE, Chang JJ. Is parental aggravation associated with childhood overweight? An analysis of the National Survey of Children's Health 2003. Acta Paediatr 2007 Sep; 96(9):1360-2. [Supported by grant K08 HS0139 (to first author).]

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Mosdol A, Witte DR, Frost G, et al. Dietary glycemic index and glycemic load are associated with high-density-lipoprotein cholesterol at baseline but not increased risk of diabetes in the Whitehall II study. Am J Clin Nutr 2007 Oct; 86(4):988-94. [Uses study cohort from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by grant HS06516.]

American Journal of Managed Care
Lapane KL, Dube CE, Schneider KL, et al. Misperceptions of patients vs providers regarding medication-related communication issues. Am J Manag Care2007 Nov; 13(11):613-18. [Supported by grant U18 HS016394-01.]

American Journal of Rhinology
Anzai Y, Jarvik JG, Sullivan SD, et al. The cost-effectiveness of the management of acute sinusitis. Am J Rhinol 2007 Jul-Aug; 21(4):444-51. [Supported by grant 1 K08 HS013613-01.]

Annals of Family Medicine
Bayliss EA, Ellis JL, Steiner JF. Barriers to self-management and quality-of-life outcomes in seniors with multimorbidities. Ann Fam Med 2007 Sep-Oct; 5(5):395-402. [Supported by grant K08 HS015476 (to first author).]

Antiviral Therapy
Uy J, Brooks JT, Baker R, et al. HIV genotypic resistance testing to optimize antiretroviral prescribing: is there room for improvement? Antivir Ther 2007 12(6):957-62. [Supported by grant 1 R18 HS011800-01.]

Biometrical Journal
Tan A, Freeman JL, Freeman DH Jr. Evaluating health care performance: strengths and limitations of multilevel analysis. Biom J 2007 Aug; 49(5):707-18. [Supported by grant R24 HS011618.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Farwell WR, Linder JA, Jha AK. Trends in prostate-specific antigen testing from 1995 through 2004. Arch Intern Med 2007 Dec 10-24; 165(22):2497-502. [Supported by grant K08 HS014563 (to second author).]

Child: Care, Health, and Development
Barlow SE, Richert M, Baker EA. Putting context in the statistics: paediatricians experiences discussing obesity during office visits. Child Care Health Dev 2007 Jul; 33(4):416-23. [Supported by grant K08 HS0139.]

Congestive Heart Failure
Zapka JG, Moran WP, Goodlin SJ, et al. Advanced heart failure: prognosis, uncertainty, and decision making. Congest Heart Fail 2007 Sep-Oct; 13(5):268-74. [Supported by grant P01 HS10871 (EXCEED).]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Harrison MI, Henriksen K, Hughes RG. Introduction—Improving the health care work environment: a sociotechnical systems approach. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2007 Nov; 33(11 Suppl):3-6. [Authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, and Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships, respectively; introduces themes and articles in AHRQ-funded supplement.]

Lockley SW, Barger LK, Ayas NT, et al. Effects of health care provider work hours and sleep deprivation on safety and performance. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2007 Nov; 33(11 Suppl):7-18. [Supported by grant K08 HS13333 to sixth author, Landrigan CP; describes/discusses Harvard Work Hours, Health and Safety study (funded by grants U18 HS015906 and R01 HS12032).]

Landigran CP, Czeisler CA, Berger LK, et al. Effective implementation of work-hour limits and systemic improvements. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2007 Nov; 33(11 Suppl):19-29. [Supported by grant K08 HS13333 to first author; describes/discusses Harvard Work Hours, Health and Safety study (funded by grants U18 HS015906 and R01 HS12032).]

Harrison MI, Henriksen K, Hughes RG. Afterward—Improving the health care work environment: implications for research, practice, and policy. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2007 Nov; 33(11 Suppl):81-4. [Authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, and Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships, respectively.]

Journal of the American College of Surgeons
Hall BL, Hirbe M, Waterman B, et al. Comparison of mortality risk adjustment using a clinical data algorithm (American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program) and an administrative data algorithm (Solucient) at the case level within a single institution. J Am Coll Surg 2007 Dec; 205(6):767-77. [Supported by grant 1 U18 HS11913-03.]

Davenport DL, Henderson WG, Mosca CL, et al. Risk-adjusted morbidity in teaching hospitals correlates with reported levels of communication and collaboration on surgical teams but not with scale measures of teamwork climate, safety climate, or working conditions. J Am Coll Surg 2007 Dec; 205(6):778-84. [Supported by grant HS01005.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Norris SL, High K, Gill TM, et al. Health care for older Americans with multiple chronic conditions: a research agenda. J Am Geriatr Soc 2007 Nov 27. [Epub ahead of print. [First author is former AHRQ researcher; supported by contract HHSP-233-2005-00976P.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Noel PH, Parchman ML, Williams JW Jr., et al. The challenges of multimorbidity from the patient perspective. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Dec; 22(Suppl 3):419-24. [Supported by grant K08 HS013008-02.]

Cohen MH, Grey D, Cook JA, et al. Awareness of hepatitis C infection among women with and at risk for HIV. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Dec; 22(12):1689-94. [Supported by supplemental AHRQ funding to NIAID (grants U01 AI35004, U01 AI31834, U01 AI34994, U01 AI34989, U01 AI34993, and U01 AI42590).]

Epstein RM, Hadee T, Carroll J, et al. Could this be something serious? Reassurance, uncertainty,and empathy in response to patients' expressions of worry. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Dec; 22(12):1731-9. [Supported by grant R01 HS1610-01A1.]

Journal of Hospital Medicine
Strunin L, Stone M, Jack B. Understanding rehospitalization risk: can hospital discharge be modified to reduce recurrent hospitalization? J Hosp Med 2007 Sep; 2(5):297-304. [Supported by grants 1 UC1 HS014289-01 and 1 U18 HS015905-01.]

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Miglioretti DL, Smith-Bindman R, Abraham L, et al. Radiologist characteristics associated with interpretive performance of diagnostic mammography. J Natl Cancer Inst 2007 Dec 19; 99(24):1854-63. [Supported by grant HS10591.]

Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Davis RL, Rubanowice D, McPhillips H, et al. Risks of congenital malformations and perinatal events among infants exposed to antidepressant medications during pregnancy. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2007 Oct; 16(10):1086-94. [Supported by grant HS10391 (to the HMO Research Network Center for Education and Research in Therapeutics).]

Research in Aging
Cohen-Mansfield J, Lipson S. Which advance directive matters? An analysis of end-of-life decisions made in nursing homes. Res Aging 2008 Jan; 30(1):74-92. [Supported by grant HS09833-01.]

Stroke
Ay H, Benner T, Arsava EM, et al. A computerized algorithm for etiologic classification of ischemic stroke: the Causative Classification of Stroke System. Stroke 2007 Nov; 38(11):2979-84. [Supported by grant R01 HS11392-02.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Managed Care
Pawlson LG. The past as prologue: future directions in clinical performance measurement in ambulatory care. Am J Manag Care 2007 Nov; 13(11):594-6. [Notes that the support AHRQ has provided for the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) family of surveys and for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is a notable exception to the lack of public funding for development of resource use measures.]

Solberg LI, Boyle RG, McCarty M, et al. Young adult smokers: are they different? Am J Manag Care 2007 Nov; 13(11):626-32. [Cites PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

Anderson B. HEDIS antidepressant medication management measures and performance-based measures: an opportunity for improvement in depression care. Am J Manag Care 2007 Nov; 13(4 Suppl):S98-S102. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Rosenthal et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006).]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
MacDavitt K, Chou SS, Stone PW. Organizational climate and health care outcomes. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2007 Nov; 33(11 Suppl):45-56. [Cites article from AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation, Vol. 2, Concepts and Methodology, 2005.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Geraghty EM, Franks P, Kravitz RL. Primary care visit length, quality, and satisfaction for standardized patients with depression. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Dec; 22(12):1641-7. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Safran et al. (J Fam Pract, 1998) and Fiscella et al. (Ann Fam Med, 2007), and cites article updating AHRQ guidelines on depression management (Schulberg et al., Arch Gen Psychiatry, 1998).]

Safford MM, Shewchuk R, Qu H, et al. Reasons for not intensifying medications: differentiating clinical inertia from appropriate care. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Dec; 22(12):1648-55. [Cites article from AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation, Vol. 2, Concepts and Methodology, 2005.]

Milbank Quarterly
Weisz G, Cambrosio A, Keating P, et al. The emergence of clinical practice guidelines. Milbank Q 2007; 85(4):691-727. [Mentions the creation of and magnitude of guidelines in the National Guideline Clearinghouse™ and previous controversies over AHRQ guidelines development, citing Gray, Gusmano, and Collins (Health Aff, 2003).]

Grabowski DC. Medicare and Medicaid: conflicting incentives for long-term care. Milbank Q 2007; 85(4):579-610. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Cohen and Spector (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends and Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, respectively) (J Health Econ, 1996).]

Tobacco Control
Keller PA, Koss KJ, Baker TB, et al. Do state characteristics matter? State level factors related to tobacco cessation quitline. Tob Control 2007; 16(Suppl 1):75-80. [Cites PHS guideline Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

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

American Family Physician
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for chlamydial infection: recommendation statement. Am Fam Physician 2007 Dec 1; 76(11):1695-8. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations on screening for chlamydial infection, as excerpted from complete recommendation posted on AHRQ Web site.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Guerra CE, Schwartz JS, Armstrong K, et al. Barriers of and facilitators to physician recommendation of colorectal cancer screening. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Dec; 22(12):1681-8. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

Journal of Public Health
Rodin RL, Alexander MH, Rogers J. Physician counseling to prevent overweight in children and adolescents; American College of Preventive Medicine position statement. J Public Health 2007 Nov-Dec; 13(6):655-61. [Notes USPSTF reversal of recommendations on dietary counseling for children and cites recommendations on dietary counseling in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996 and 2003.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

American Family Physician
Ramakrishnan K, Sparks RA, Berryhill WE. Diagnosis and treatment of otitis media. Am Fam Physician 2007 Dec 1; 76(11):1650-8. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Management of Acute Otitis Media, 2001.]

Nair RJ, Lawler L, Miller MR. Chronic pancreatitis. Am Fam Physician2007 Dec 1; 76(11):1679-88. [[Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography, 2002.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Clarke SP. Nurse staffing in acute care settings: research perspectives and practice implications. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2007 Nov; 33(11 Suppl):30-44. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Reports/Technology Assessments, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001, The Effect of Health Care Working Conditions on Patient Safety, 2003, and Nursing Staffing and Quality of Patient Care, 2007; mentions AHRQ's National Quality Measures Clearinghouse.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Michota FA. Bridging the gap between evidence and practice in venous thromboembolism prophylaxis: the quality improvement process. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Dec; 22(12):1762-70. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001.]

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

Current Opinion in Critical Care
Berenholtz SM, Pustavoitau A, Schwartz SJ, et al. How safe is my intensive care unit? Methods for monitoring and measurement. Curr Opin Crit Care 2007 Dec; 13(6):703-8. [Uses the framework used in AHRQ's NHQR that includes measures evaluating the extent to which [the authors.] used evidence-based interventions as patient safety measures; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006) and Needleman (N Engl J Med, 2002).]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Annals of Family Medicine
Ferrer RL. Pursuing equity: contact with primary care and specialist clinicians by demographics, insurance, and health status. Ann Fam Med 2007 Nov-Dec; 5(6):492-502. [Uses 2004 data from AHRQ's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS).]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Lee TA, Shields AE, Vogell C, et al. Mortality rate in veterans with multiple chronic conditions. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Dec; 22(12):403-7. [Uses AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Clinical Classification System (CCS) to identify applicable conditions.]

Molecular Pain
Mishra BK, Wu T, Belfer I, et al. Do motor control genes contribute to interindividual variability in decreased movement in patients with pain? Mol Pain 2007 Jul 26; 3;20. [Uses study cohort from the AHRQ-funded Maine Lumbar Spine Study, previously supported by grants HS06344, HS08194, and HS09804.]

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