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December 19, 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

AARP Bulletin Today
Clancy C. Finding your way: what to do before you leave the hospital. AARP Bulletin Today 2008 Dec 17: 3 pages. [Author is the AHRQ director.]

Cancer
White A, Liu CC, Xia R, et al. Racial disparities and treatment trends in a large cohort of elderly African Americans and Caucasians with colorectal cancer, 1991 to 2002. Cancer 2008 Dec 15; 113(12):3400-9. [Supported by grant R01 HS16743.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Patient Safety
Clancy CM. Medicare policy marks new links between hospital payment, patient safety. J Patient Saf 2008 Dec; 4(4):215-16. [Author is the AHRQ director.]

Journal of Pediatrics
Pont SJ, Carpenter LR, Griffin MR, et al. Trends in healthcare usage attributable to diarrhea, 1995-2004. J Pediatr 2008 Dec; 153(6):777-82.el. [Supported by National Research Service Award Grant 5T32 HS13833-03.] Select to access the abstract.

Dharmar M, Marcin JP, Romano PS, et al. Quality of care of children in the emergency department: association with hospital setting and physician training. J Pediatr 2008 Dec; 153(6):783-9. e1-789.e2. [Supported by grant 1 K0 HS13179-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care Research and Review
Chernew M, Gibson TB. Cost sharing and HEDIS performance. Med Care Res Rev 2008 Dec; 65(6):713-28. [Supported by grant P01 HS10771-02.] Select to access the abstract.

Cook BL, McGuire TJ, Zuvekas SH. Measuring trends in racial/ethnic health care disparities. Med Care Res Rev 2008 Dec; 65(6):1-26. [Third author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; uses 1996-2005 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data.] Select to access the abstract.

Quality and Safety in Health Care
Rubenstein LV, Hempel S, Farmer MM, Asch SM, Yano EM, Dougherty D, et al. Finding order in heterogeneity: types of quality-improvement intervention publications. Qual Saf Health Care 2008 Dec; 17(6):403-8. [Supported by contract HHSP 233-2004-00717P to first author, funded by an interagency agreement between AHRQ and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); sixth author is a researcher in AHRQ's Office of Extramural Research, Education, and Priority Populations; acknowledges guidance from former AHRQ researcher David Atkins in planning for the September 2005 symposium Expanding Research and Evaluation Designs to Improve the Science Base for Health Care and Public Health Quality Improvement.] Select to access the abstract.

Farley DO, Haviland A, Champagne S, Jain AK, Battles JB, Munier WB, et al. Adverse-event-reporting practices by U.S. hospitals: results of a national survey. Qual Saf Health Care 2008 Dec; 17(6):416-23. [Fifth and sixth authors are a senior service fellow for patient safety and medical error in and director of the Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, respectively.] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

Annals of Internal Medicine
Katz JN, Losina E. Cost-effectiveness of spine surgery: the jury is out. Ann Intern Med 2008 Dec 16; 149(12):901-3. [Cites 2002 data from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) on AHRQ's HCUPnet database.]

Health Services & Outcomes Research Methodology
Kinsler JJ, Cunningham WE, Mohanty S, et al. Are medical records a more reliable and valid source of CD4 count, viral load, and outpatient visit data than self-reports? A comparison with electronic medical records as the gold standard. Health Ser Outcomes Res Method 2008; 8(4):187-200. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bozzette et al. (N Engl J Med, 1998), Cunningham et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 1997), and Cunningham et al. (Med Care, 1999, and Med Care, 2006).]

Journal of Patient Safety
Moore C, Saigh O, Trikha A, et al. Timely follow-up of abnormal outpatient test results: perceived barriers and impact on patient safety. J Patient Saf 2008 Dec; 4(4):241-4. [Cites AHRQ patient fact sheet, 20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Error; cites AHRQ-funded article by Murff et al. (Int J Med Inform, 2003).]

Denham CR. A growing national chorus: the 2009 Safe Practices for Better Healthcare. J Patient Saf 2008 Dec; 4(4):253-60. [Notes that "the first version of the safe practices was... based on" AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001; cites AHRQ publications, TeamSTEPPS Program and Legislation and Regulations: Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (the Patient Safety Act): An Overview, as published on AHRQ Web site.]

Journal of Pediatrics
Schechter MS. Patient registry analyses: seize the data, but caveat lector. J Pediatr 2008 Dec; 153(6):733-35. [Cites AHRQ publication, Registries for Evaluation Patient Outcomes: A User's Guide, 2007, as published on AHRQ Web site.]

Medical Care Research and Review
Barr JK, Bernard SL, Sofaer S, et al. Physicians' views on public reporting of hospital quality data. Med Care Res Rev 2008 Dec; 65(6):655-73. [Cites AHRQ publication, Health Care Report Card Compendium, 2008, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Alexander JA, Wells R. How do resource dependencies affect treatment practices?: the case of outpatient substance abuse treatment programs. Med Care Res Rev 2008 Dec; 65(6):729-47. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Safran et al. (J Fam Pract, 1998.] Select to access the abstract.

Christianson JB, Leatherman S, Sutherland K. Lessons from evaluations of purchaser pay-for performance programs: a review of the evidence. Med Care Res Rev 2008 Dec; 65(6):5S-35S. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Rosenthal et al. (Med Care Res Rev, 2006, and N Engl J Med, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Quality and Safety in Health Care
Shojania KG. The frustrating case of incident-reporting systems. Qual Saf Health Care 2008 Dec; 17(6):400-2. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Farley et al. (Qual Saf Health Care, 2008) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Taylor et al. (Med Care, 2008) and Wu et al. (J Crit Care, 2002).]

Rhodes P, Giles SJ, Cook GA, et al. Assessment of the implementation of a national patient safety alert to reduce wrong site surgery. Qual Saf Health Care 2008 Dec; 17(6):409-15. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Cullen et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Improv, 1995).] Select to access the abstract.

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

Medical Care Research and Review
Leatherman S, Warrick L. Effectiveness of decision aids: a review of the evidence. Med Care Res Rev 2008 Dec; 65(6 Suppl):79S-116S. [Cites AHRQ publication Consumer Health Informatics and Patient Decision-Making, 1997); cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for prostate cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002.] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Quality and Safety in Health Care
Lemmens KM, Nieboer AP, van Schayck CP, et al. A model to evaluate quality and effectiveness of disease management. Qual Saf Health Care 2008 Dec; 17(6):447-53. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001.] Select to access the abstract.

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Epidemiology
Stranges S, Dorn JM, Shipley MJ, et al. Correlates of short and long sleep duration: a cross-cultural comparison between the United Kingdom and the United States: the Whitehall II Study and the Western New York Health Study. Am J Epidemiol 2008 Dec 15; 168(12):1353-64. [Uses study data from the Whitehall II study, which was previously funded by AHRQ grant HS06516.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Internal Medicine
Bindman AB, Chattopadhyay A, Auerback GM. Interruptions in Medicaid coverage and risk for hospitalization for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions. Ann Intern Med 2008 Dec 16; 149(12):854-60. [Uses AHRQ's definitions for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions as published in AHRQ publication, AHRQ Quality Indicators—Guide to Prevention Quality Indicators: Hospital Admission for Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions, 2002, and AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998); cites AHRQ-funded article by Bradley et al. (Cancer, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Public Health Management and Practice
Love D, Rudolph B, Shah GH. Lessons learned in using hospital discharge data for state and national public health surveillance: implications for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracking program. J Public Health Manag Pract 2008 Nov-Dec; 14(6):533-42. [Describes and analyzes AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) as a model "for accessing, linking, and aggregating hospital discharge data; cites AHRQ publications Weighted National Estimates from HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample, 2004, "based on data collected by individual states and provided to AHRQ by the states," Overview of the State Inpatient Database (SID), and Emergency Department Data Evaluation, HCUP Methods Series Report No. 2005-02, 2005, as published on AHRQ Web sites.] Select to access the abstract.

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