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December 17, 2004


These articles appeared in recently released journals and newsletters. They include articles funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) or authored by AHRQ researchers; articles mentioning or discussing AHRQ; articles related to AHRQ-funded Evidence-based Practice Centers; articles mentioning the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force/Put Prevention into Practice; articles mentioning the Presidents Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry and Agency-supported activities relating to the Quality Interagency Task Force; and other research using AHRQ data.


AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles

American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy
Persell SC, Heiman HL, Weingart SN, et al. Understanding of drug indications by ambulatory care patients. Am J Health Syst Pharm 2004 Dec 1; 61(23):2523-7. [Supported by Grant No. 5 T32 HS00020-16.]

American Journal of Medicine
Solomon DH, Brookhart MA, Gandhi TK, et al. Adherence with osteoporosis practice guidelines: a multilevel analysis of patient, physician, and practice setting characteristics. Am J Med 2004 Dec 15; 117(12):919-24. [Supported by Grant No. HS11046.]

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Coben JH, Steiner CA, Owens P. Motorcycle-related hospitalizations in the United States, 2001. Am J Prev Med 2004 Dec; 27(5):355-62. [Authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Fletcher KE, Davis SQ, Underwood W, et al. Systematic review: Effects of resident work hours on patient safety. Ann Intern Med 2004 Dec 7; 141(11):851-7, W-158-9. [Supported by Grant No. P20 HS11540.]

Arthritis and Rheumatism
de Pablo P, Losina E, Phillips CB, et al. Determinants of discharge destination following elective total hip replacement. Arthritis Rheum 2004 Oct 15; 51(6):1006-17. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R01 HS09775-01.]

Birth
Ghetti C, Chan BK, Guise JM. Physicians responses to patient-requested cesarean delivery. Birth 2004 Dec; 31(4):280-4. [Supported by Grant No. 1 K08 HS11338-01.]

European Journal of Public Health
Morikawa Y, Martikainen P, Head J, et al. A comparison of socio-economic differences in long-term sickness absence in a Japanese cohort and a British cohort of employed men. Eur J Public Health 2004 Dec; 14(4):413-6. [Supported by Grant No. HS06516.]

Health Services Research
Clancy CM. From information on quality to quality information. Health Serv Res 2004 Dec; 39(6 Pt 1):1631-4. [Author is AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy.]

Iezzoni LI, Davis RB, Soukup J, et al. Physical and sensory functioning over time and satisfaction with care: the implications of getting better or getting worse. Health Serv Res 2004 Dec; 39(6 Pt 1):1635-51. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10223-03.]

Goldman DP, Bao Y. Effective HIV treatment and the employment of HIV+ adults. Health Serv Res 2004 Dec; 39(6 Pt 1):1691-712. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10846 and the HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS) cooperative agreement between AHRQ and RAND.]

Baker LC, Phillips KA, Haas JS, et al. The effect of area HMO market share on cancer screening. Health Serv Res 2004 Dec; 39(6 Pt 1):1751-72. [Supported by Grant Nos. P01 HS10771, P01 HS10856, and R01 HS10925; uses data from AHRQ's 1996 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS).]

Rector TS, Wickstrom SL, Shah M, et al. Specificity and sensitivity of claims-based algorithms for identifying members of Medicare+Choice health plans that have chronic medical conditions. Health Serv Res 2004 Dec; 39(6 Pt 1):1839-57. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS/AG09630.]

HIV Clinical Trials
Simpson KN, Luo MP, Chumney E, et al. Cost-effectiveness of lopinavir/ritonavir versus nelfinavir as the first-line highly active antiretroviral therapy regimen for HIV infection. HIV Clin Trials 2004 Sep-Oct; 5(5):294-304. [Supported by Grant No. 5 P01 HS10871.]

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Weingart SN, Toth M, Eneman J, et al. Lessons from a patient partnership intervention to prevent adverse drug events. Int J Qual Health Care 2004 Dec; 16(6):499-507. [Supported by Grant No. 1 K08 HS11644.]

JAMA
Correa-de-Araujo R, Clancy C. Gender-specific medicine: principles of gender-specific medicine [book review]. JAMA 2004 Dec 15; 292(13):2921-2. [First author is researcher in AHRQ's Office of Extramural Research, Education, and Priority Populations; second author is AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy.]

Journal of Health Economics
Zivin JG, Pfaff AS. To err on humans in not benign: incentives for adoption of medical error-reporting systems. J Health Econ 2004 Sep; 23(5):935-49. [Supported by Grant No. 1 U18 HS11905-01.]

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Barlow WE, Chi C, Carney PA, et al. Accuracy of screening mammography interpretation by characteristics of radiologists. J Natl Cancer Inst 2004 Dec 15; 96(24):1840-50. [Supported by Grant No. HS10591.]

Journal of Womens Health
Yawn BP, Wollan PC, Jacobsen SJ, et al. Identification of women's coronary heart disease and risk factors prior to first myocardial infarction. J Women Health 2004 Dec; 13(10):1087-100. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10239.]

Managed Care Interface
Sloss EM, Dhanani N, O'Leary JF, et al. Inpatient utilization by dual Medicare-Medicaid eligibles in Medicare risk HMOs and fee for service, California, 1991-1996. Manag Care Interface 2004 Dec; 17(12):30-4, 41. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10256-03.]

Medical Care
Sherbourne CD, Weiss R, Duan N, et al. Do the effects of quality improvement for depression care differ for men and women? Results of a group-level randomized controlled trial. Med Care 2004 42(12):1186-93. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS08349.]

Hermann RC, Palmer H, Leff S, et al. Achieving consensus across diverse stakeholders on quality measures for mental healthcare. Med Care 2004 42(12):1246-53. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10303.]

Nursing Research
Choi J, Bakken S, Larson E, et al. Perceived nursing work environment of critical care nurses. Nurs Res 2004 Nov-Dec; 53(6):370-8. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS13114.]

Social Science and Medicine
Siminoff LA, Burant C, Youngner SJ. Death and organ procurement: public beliefs and attitudes. Soc Sci Med 2004 Dec; 59(11):2325-34. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10047.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Medical News
Croasdale M. Hours worked do make a difference. Am Med News 2004 Dec 6; 47(45):9-12. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ-funded articles by Landrigan, et al., N Engl J Med 2004 Oct 28; 351(18):1838-48, and Lockley, et al., N Engl J Med 2004 Oct 28; 351(18):1829-37.]

BNAs Health Plan and Provider
U.S. health care system given grade of C+, report card says. BNA Health Plan Provider Rep 2004 Dec 1 10(46):1186-7. [Comments on AHRQ's research.]

Public dissatisfied with quality of care, wants improvements, survey says. BNA Health Plan Provider Rep 2004 Dec 1; 10(46):1188-9. [Reports on National Survey on Consumers' Experiences with Patient Safety and Quality Information, produced by AHRQ, the Henry J. Kaiser Foundation, and the Harvard School of Public Health.]

Chain Drug Review
Quality of care remains big concern. Chain Drug Rev 2004 Dec 20; 26(21):104. [Reports on National Survey on Consumers' Experiences with Patient Safety and Quality Information, produced by AHRQ, the Henry J. Kaiser Foundation, and the Harvard School of Public Health; quotes remarks by AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy; cites AHRQ publication, Five Steps to Safer Health Care, as accessed on AHRQ Web site; and cites AHRQ-authored article by Altman, Clancy, and Blendon N Engl J Med 2004 Nov 11;351(20):2041-3.]

Drug Topics
Foxhall K. New centers on therapeutics look at real-life use of drugs. Drug Topics 2004 Nov 22; 148(22):HSE30. [Describes findings from studies performed at AHRQ-funded Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs).]

Gallup Management Journal
Toto DA, Perkins E. What's the key to providing quality healthcare? There are many factors—but employee engagement is a big one. Gallup Manage J 2004 Dec 20. [Cites AHRQ findings on medical errors prevalence and AHRQ-funded studies on the benefits of lower nurse-to-patient staff ratios.]

Health News Daily
AHRQ comparative effectiveness, outcomes research for Medicare "priority conditions" announced. Health News Daily 2004 Dec 17; 16(243):1-2. [Describes research to be conducted under $15 million authorization under Medicare Modernization Act.]

Health Services Research
Johnson CE, Dobalian A, Burkhard J, et al. Predicting lawsuits against nursing homes in the United States, 1997-2001. Health Serv Res 2004 Dec; 36(6 Pt 1):1713-31. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Spector (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets), Selden, and Cohen (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends), Health Econ 1998 Nov; 7(7):639-53.]

Shi L, Stevens GD, Wulu JT Jr, et al. America's health centers: reducing racial and ethnic disparities in perinatal care and birth outcomes. Health Serv Res 2004 Dec; 36(6 Pt 1):1881-901. [Cites AHRQ's National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2003.]

JAMA
Tanvetyanon T. Telephone psychotherapy and care management for depression. JAMA 2004 Dec 8; 292(22):2720. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Depression in Primary Care: Treatment of Major Depression, 1993.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Safety
John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety Awards. Jt Comm J Qual Saf 2004 Dec; 30(12):651-2. [Describes awards program honoring former AHRQ director John M. Eisenberg and the 2004 recipients.]

Pronovost PJ. An interview with Peter Pronovost. Jt Comm J Qual Saf 2004 Dec; 30(12):659-64. [Cites the employment of the interviewee's wife, Marlene Miller, at AHRQ during the tenure of John M. Eisenberg and describes several AHRQ-funded projects.]

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Porter SC, Cai Z, Gribbons W, et al. The asthma kiosk: a patient-centered technology for collaborative decision support in the emergency department. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2004 Nov-Dec; 11(6):458-67. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Burstin (director of AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships), Acad Emerg Med 2002 Nov; 9(11):1074-7.]

Hsieh TC, Kuperman GJ, Jaggi T, et al. Characteristics and consequences of drug allergy alert overrides in a computerized physician order entry system. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2004 Nov-Dec; 11(6):482-91. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Gandhi, Burstin, et al. J Gen Intern Med 2000 Mar;15(3):149-54; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bates and Gawande, N Engl J Med 2003 Jun 19;348(25):2526-34, Bates, et al. Arch Intern Med 1999 Nov 22; 159(21):2553-60, Leape, et al., JAMA 1995 Jul 5;274(1):35-43, and Bates, et al. JAMA 1995 Jul 5;274(1):29-34.]

Medical Care
Katon WJ, Unutzer J, Simon G. Treatment of depression in primary care: where we are, where we can go. Med Care 2004 Dec; 42(12):1153-7. [Comments on AHRQ-funded article by Sherbourne, et al., cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Jones LE, Clarke W, Carney CP. Receipt of diabetes services by insured adults with and without claims for mental disorders. Med Care 2004 Dec; 42(12):1167-75. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Elixhauser, et al. (current and former researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets), Med Care 1998 Jan; 36(1):8-27).]

Donohue JM, Berndt ER, Rosenthal M, et al. Effects of pharmaceutical promotion on adherence to the treatment guidelines for depression. Med Care 2004 Dec; 42(12):1176-85. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Depression in Primary Care: Vol 2: Treatment of Major Depression, 1993, and update by Schulberg, et al., Arch Gen Psychiatry 1998 Dec;55(12):1121-7; and cites AHRQ-funded article by Soumerai and Avorn JAMA 1990 Jan 26;263(4):549-56.]

Rost K, Smith JL, Dickinson M. The effect of improving primary care depression management on employee absenteeism and productivity: a randomized trial. Med Care 2004 Dec; 42(12):1202-10. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Depression in Primary Care: Vol 2: Treatment of Major Depression, 1993.]

Neumeyer-Gromen A, Lampert T, Stark K, et al. Disease management programs for depression: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Med Care 2004 Dec; 42(12):1211-21. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Depression in Primary Care: Vol 2: Treatment of Major Depression, 1993.]

Katon WJ, Simon G, Russo J, et al. Quality of depression care in a population-based sample of patients with diabetes and major depression. Med Care 2004 Dec; 42(12):1222-9. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Depression in Primary Care: Vol 2: Treatment of Major Depression, 1993.]

Blanco C, Goodwin RD, Liebowitz MR, et al. Use of psychotropic medications for patients with office visits who receive a diagnosis of panic disorder. Med Care 2004 Dec; 42(12):1242-53. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Depression in Primary Care: Vol 2: Treatment of Major Depression, 1993.]

Medicine and Health
Omnibus zeroes out health info tech chief. Med Health 2004 Dec 13; 58(44):3-4. [Cites $15 million funding authorization for AHRQ to conduct comparative-effectiveness research for drugs and devices.]

Modern Healthcare
Sloane T. A study in inefficacy: evidence mounts that our healthcare trails in everything but cost. Mod Healthc 2004 Nov 22; 34(47):20. [Cites findings from the National Survey on Consumers' Experiences with Patient Safety and Quality Information, produced by AHRQ, the Henry J. Kaiser Foundation, and the Harvard School of Public Health.]

Nursing Research
Engberg S, Kincade J, Thompson D. Future directions for incontinence research with frail elders. Nurs Res 2004 Nov-Dec; 53(6 Suppl):S22-S29. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Berlowitz, et al., J Am Geriatr Soc 2001 Jul;49(7):866-71, and Watson, et al., J Am Geriatr Soc 2003 Dec;51(12):1779-86, on AHRQ's pressure ulcer and urinary incontinence guidelines, respectively.]

Palmer MH. Use of health behavior change theories to guide urinary incontinence research. Nurs Res 2004 Nov-Dec; 53(6 Suppl):S49-S55. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Watson, et al., J Am Geriatr Soc 2003 Dec;51(12):1779-86 on AHRQ's urinary incontinence guidelines.]

Roe B, Watson NM, Palmer MH, et al. Translating research on incontinence into practice. Nurs Res 2004 Nov-Dec; 53(6 Suppl):S56-S60. [Describes AHRQ's Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) projects (U18 HS11064, R01 HS08491, and others); cites AHRQ guideline, Urinary Incontinence in Adults: Acute and Chronic Management, 1996 update; cites AHRQ publications, Urinary Incontinence Guideline: Real World Examples of Use, 2000, and Adapting AHCPR Clinical Practice Guidelines for Use in Long-term Care Facilities, 2000, both accessed on AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ article "AHRQ publishes recommendations on community-based research," Research Activities, 2003; and cites AHRQ-funded article by Watson, et al., J Am Geriatr Soc 2003 Dec;51(12):1779-86, on AHRQ's urinary incontinence guidelines.]

Wyman JF, Bliss DZ, Dougherty MC, et al. Shaping future directions for incontinence research in aging adults. Nurs Res 2004 Nov-Dec; 53(6 Suppl):S1-S10. [Describes background of AHRQ guidelines, Urinary Incontinence in Adults, 1992, and Urinary Incontinence in Adults: Acute and Chronic Management, 1996 update.]

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

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Saraiya M, Glanz K, Briss PA, et al. Interventions to prevent skin cancer by reducing exposure to ultraviolet radiation. Am J Prev Med 2004 Dec; 27(5):422-66. [Lists USPSTF recommendations on skin cancer from, Counseling to Prevent Skin Cancer: Recommendation Statement, 2003, as published on AHRQ Web site.]

Task Force on Community Preventive Services. Recommendations to prevent skin cancer by reducing exposure to ultraviolet radiation. Am J Prev Med 2004 Dec; 27(5):467-70. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on skin cancer from, Counseling to Prevent Skin Cancer: Recommendation Statement, 2003, as published on AHRQ Web site.]

Allan J, Barwick TA, Cashman S, et al. Clinical prevention and population health: curriculum framework for health professions. Am J Prev Med 2004 Dec; 27(5):471-6. [Cites USPSTF recommendations in, Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2002, as accessed on AHRQ Web site.]

Riegelman RK, Evans CH, Garr DR. Why a clinical prevention and population health curriculum framework? Am J Prev Med 2004 Dec; 27(5):477-9. [Cites USPSTF recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2000, as accessed on AHRQ Web site.]

JAMA
Green AD, Colon-Emeric CS, Bastian L, et al. Does this woman have osteoporosis? JAMA 2004 Dec 15; 292(23):2890-2900. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for postmenopausal osteoporosis, as published in Ann Intern Med 2002 Sep 17;137(6):529-41.]

Journal of Health and Social Behavior
Timmermans S, Kolker ES. Evidence-based medicine and the reconfiguration of medical knowledge. J Health Soc Behav 2004; 45(Extra Iss):177-93. [Cites establishment of AHRQ predecessor AHCPR; cites National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC) and classifies indexed guidelines by issuing organization; describes USPSTF as a "leader in developing the methodology of evidence-based medicine;" describes AHRQ's transition to guideline clearinghouse and sponsor; cites AHRQ-authored/funded article by Burstin, et al., Am J Med 1999 Nov;107(5):437-49; cites article by Harris, et al. for Methods Work Group, 3rd US Preventive Services Task Force, Am J Prev Med 2001 Apr;20(3 Suppl):21-35, on USPSTF methodology; and cites article by Katz Health Serv Res 1999 Apr;34(1 Pt 2):377-89, analyzing AHRQ's unstable angina guidelines.]

Medical Care
Edlund MJ, Unutzer J, Wells KB. Clinician screening and treatment of alcohol, drug, and mental problems in primary care. Med Care 2004 Dec; 42(12):1158-66. [Cites USPSTF recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996, and USPSTF recommendations for screening for depression, as published in Ann Intern Med 2002 May 21;136(10):760-4.]

Lowe B, Unutzer J, Callahan CM, et al. Monitoring depression treatment outcomes with the Patient Health Questionnaire-9. Med Care 2004 Dec; 42(12):1194-201. [Cites USPSTF recommendations for screening for depression, as published in Ann Intern Med 2002 May 21;136(10):760-4.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Safety
Wachter RM, Shojania KG. The faces of errors: a case-based approach to educating providers, policymakers, and the public about patient safety. Jt Comm J Qual Saf 2004 Dec; 30(12):665-70. [Describes authors' work on AHRQ's WebM&M Web site and Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Healthcare Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001.]

President's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry/Quality Inter-agency Coordination (QuIC) Task Force-Related Articles

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Boxwala AA, Kierks M, Keenan M, et al. Organization and representation of patient safety data: current status and issues around generalizability and scalability. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2004 Nov-Dec; 11(6):468-78. [Cites QuIC report, Doing What Counts for Patient Safety: Federal Actions to Reduce Medical Errors and Their Impact, 2000; cites AHRQ-authored article by Studdert, Thomas, Burstin (director of AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships), et al., Med Care 2000 Mar; 38(3):250-60; and cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bates, et al. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2003 Mar-Apr; 10(2):115-28); Leape, et al., JAMA 1995 Jul 5;274(1):35-43; Cullen, et al., Jt Comm J Qual Improv 1995 Oct; 21(10):541-8; Classen, et al., JAMA 1991 Nov 27;266(20):2847-51; and Evans, et al., Am J Infect Control 1992 Feb;20(1):4-10.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Katz DA, Brown RB, Muehlenbruch DR, et al. Implementing guidelines for smoking cessation: comparing the efforts of nurses and medical assistants. Am J Prev Med 2004 Dec; 27(5):411-6. [Uses a secondary analysis of data obtained from a randomized trial of PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

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