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December 21, 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

Academic Emergency Medicine
Lang ES, Wyer PC, Eskin B. Executive summary: Knowledge translation in emergency medicine: establishing a research agenda and guide map for evidence uptake. Acad Emerg Med 2007 Nov; 14(11):915-8. [Supported by conference grants 1 R13 HS017002-01 and 1 R13 HS017002-01.]

Clancy CM. Keynote address: Closing the research-to-practice gap in emergency medicine. Acad Emerg Med 2007 Nov; 14(11):932-5. [Author is AHRQ director.]

Addiction
Rose JS, Chassin L, Presson C, et al. A latent class typology of young women smokers. Addiction 2007 Aug; 102(8):1310-19. [Supported by grant HS014178.]

Annals of Family Medicine
DeVoe JE, Baez A, Angier H, et al. Insurance + access /= health care: typology of barriers to health care access for low-income families. Ann Fam Med 2007 Nov-Dec; 5(6):511-18. [Supported by grants 5 F32 HS014645 and 1 K08 HS16181.]

Behavior Modification
Frueh BC, Monnier J, Grubaugh AL, et al. Therapist adherence and competence with manualized cognitive-behavioral therapy for PTSD delivered via videoconferencing technology. Behav Modif 2007 Nov; 31(6):856-66. [Supported by grant HS11642 (to first author).]

Diabetes Care
Parchman ML,. Pugh JA, Wang CP, et al. Glucose control, self-care behaviors, and the presence of the chronic care model in primary care clinics. Diabetes Care 2007 Nov; 30(11):2849-54. [Supported by grant K08 HS013008-02.]

Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
Levin CA, Wei W, Akincigil A, et al. Prevalence and treatment of diagnosed depression among elderly nursing home residents in Ohio. J Am Med Dir Assoc 2007 Nov; 8(9):585-94. [Supported by grant R24 HS011825.]

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Hughes MC, Girolami TM, Cheadle AD, et al. A lifestyle-based weight management program delivered to employees: examination of health and economic outcomes. J Occup Environ Med 2007 Nov; 49(11):1212-7. [Supported by grant 5 T32 HS013853-04.]

Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Goins WP, Schaffner W, Edwards KM, et al. Healthcare workers' knowledge and attitudes about pertussis and pertussis vaccination. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2007 Nov; 28(11):1284-9. [Supported by grant 5 T32 HS013833.]

Buckley J, Coffin SE, Lautenbach E, et al. Outcome of Escherichia coli and/or Klebsiella bloodstream infection in children with central venous catheters. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2007 Nov; 28(11):1308-10. [Supported by grant U18 HS10399.]

Journal of Psychosomatic Research
Leppert PC, Legro RS, Kjerulff KH. Hysterectomy and loss of fertility: implications for women's health mental health. J Psychosom Res 2007 Sep; 63(3):269-74. [Supported by grant HS0685.]

Medical Care
Parchman ML, Zeber JE, Romero RR, et al. Risk of coronary artery disease in type 2 diabetes and the delivery of care consistent with the chronic care model in primary care settings: a STARNet study. Med Care 2007 Dec; 45(12):1129-34. [Supported by grant K08 HS013008-02 and presented in part at the AHRQ-sponsored 2005 PBRN Research Conference.]

Orzano AJ, Scott J, Hudson SV, et al. Strategies for conducting complex clinical trials in diverse community practices. Med Care 2007 Dec; 45(12):1221-6. [Supported by grant K08 HS14018.]

Chin MH, Drum ML, Guillen M, et al. Improving and sustaining diabetes care in community health centers with the Health Disparities Collaboratives. Med Care 2007 Dec; 45(12):1135-43. [Supported by grants R01 HS10479 and U01 HS13635.]

Hanmer J, Hays RD, Fryback DG. Mode of administration is important in US national estimates of health-related quality of life. Med Care 2007 Dec; 45(12):1171-9. [Supported by grant 1 R36 HS016574 (to first author).]

Kane RL, Shamliyan TA, Mueller C, et al. The association of registered nurse staffing levels and patient outcomes: systematic review and meta-analysis. Med Care 2007 Dec; 45(12):1195-204. [Supported by contract 290-02-0009, Task Order 1, to the Minnesota Evidence-based Practice Center.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Lindenauer PK, Rothberg MB, Pekow PS, et al. Outcomes of care by hospitalists, general internists, and family physicians. N Engl J Med 2007 Dec 20; 357(25):2589-600. [Supported by grant K08 HS11416-02.]

Rheumatology
Curtis JR, Kramer JM, Martin C, et al. Heart failure among younger rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's patients exposed to TNF-a antagonists. Rheumatology 2007 Nov; 46(11):1688-93. [Supported by grant HS10389.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Health Affairs
Pham HH, Ginsburg PB. Unhealthy trends: the future of physician services. Health Aff 2007 Nov-Dec; 26(6):1586-98. [Cites AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ Web site and review of book on AHRQ guidelines development (Frank J, N Engl J Med, 1998).]

Berk ML, Schur CL, Feldman J. Twenty-five years of health surveys: does more data mean better data? Health Aff 2007 Nov-Dec; 26(6):1599-611. [Discusses history of AHRQ's National Medical Expenditure Survey (NMES) and Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS).]

Dentzer S. In pursuit of social change: a conversation with Risa Lavizzo-Mourey. Health Aff 2007 Nov-Dec; 26(6):1656-65. [Presents interview with former AHRQ deputy administrator, who briefly discusses the agency's work on disparities and quality.]

Rosenthal MB, Landon BE, Howitt K, et al. Climbing up the pay-for-performance learning curve: where are the early adopters now? Health Aff 2007 Nov-Dec; 26(6):1674-82. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Rosenthal et al. (Health Aff, 2004) and Rosenthal and Frank (Med Care Res Rev, 2006).]

Grabowski DC, O Malley AJ, Barhydt NR. The costs and potential savings associated with nursing home hospitalizations. Health Aff 2007 Nov-Dec; 26(6):1753-61. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Mukamel and Spector (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Gerontologist, 2003) and AHRQ-funded articles by Castle and Mor (Med Care Res Rev, 1996) and Zhang and Grabowski (Gerontologist, 2004).]

Mor V, Zinn J, Gozalo P, et al. Prospects for transferring nursing home residents to the community. Health Aff 2007 Nov-Dec; 26(6):1762-71. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Spector, Reschovsky, and Cohen (Milbank Q, 1996) using NMES data.]

JAMA
Wald HL, Kramer AM. Nonpayment for harms resulting from medical care: catheter-associated urinary tract infections. JAMA 2007 Dec 19; 298(23):2782-4. [Cites AHRQ publication, The Case for the Present-on-Admission (POA) Indicator, HCUP Methods Series Report, 2006.]

Wells DA, Ross JS, Detsky AS. What is different about the market for health care? JAMA 2007 Dec 19; 298(23):2785-7. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Rosenthal and Dudley (JAMA, 2007) and Rosenthal et al. (JAMA, 2007).]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
von Renteln-Kruse W, Krause T. Incidence of in-hospital falls in geriatric patients before and after the introduction of an interdisciplinary team-based fall-prevention intervention. J Am Geriatr Soc 2007 Dec; 55(12):2068-74. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Bates et al. (Am J Med, 1995).]

Pfisterer MH, Johnson TM 2nd, Jenetzky E, et al. Geriatric patients' preferences for treatment of urinary incontinence: a study of hospitalized, cognitively competent adults aged 80 and older. J Am Geriatr Soc 2007 Dec; 55(12):2016-22. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Managing Acute and Chronic Urinary Incontinence, 1996 update.]

Journal of Family Practice
DiFranza JR. Hooked from the first cigarette. J Fam Pract 2007 Dec; 56(12):1017-21. [Cites PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

Journal of Healthcare Management
Menachemi N, Saunders C, Chukmaitov A, et al. Hospital adoption of information technologies and improved patient safety: a study of 98 hospitals in Florida. J Healthc Manag 2007 Nov-Dec; 52(6):398-410. [Uses AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators to measure patient outcomes; cites AHRQ publications, Guide to Patient Safety Indicators: AHRQ Quality Indicators, 2006, and Evidence-based Practice Center—AHRQ Quality Indicators, 2005; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Encinosa and Bernard (Inquiry, 2005), Miller, Elixhauser, Zhan, and Meyer (Health Serv Res, 2001), Miller et al. (Am J Med Qual, 2005), and Zhan and Miller (Qual Saf Health Care, 2003); cites several AHRQ-funded articles.]

Managed Care Outlook
New tools seek to improve limited health literacy. Manag Care Outlook 2007 Dec 15; 20(24):11-12. [Describes AHRQ publications, Is Our Pharmacy Meeting Patients Needs? A Pharmacy Health Literacy Assessment Tool User's Guide, 2007, and Strategies to Improve Communication Between Pharmacy Staff and Patients: A Training Program for Pharmacy Staff, 2007; quotes remarks by Cindy Brach, researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets; mentions findings from AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Literacy and Health Outcomes, 2004.]

Medical Care
Mukamel DB, Weimer DL, Mushlin AI. Interpreting market share changes as evidence for effectiveness of quality report cards. Med Care 2007 Dec; 45(12):1227-32. [Cites AHRQ publication AHRQ CAHPS® Glossary, on AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ and Kaiser Family Foundation publication, National Survey on Americans as Health Care Consumers: An Update on the Role of Quality Information, 2000.]

Selby JV, Swain BE, Gerzoff RB, et al. Understanding the gap between good processes of diabetes care and poor intermediate outcomes: Translating Research Into Action for Diabetes (TRIAD). Med Care 2007 Dec; 45(12):1144-53. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Katz et al. (Med Care, 1996) and Hargraves et al. (Health Serv Res, 2003).]

Sundararajan V, Quan H, Halfon P, et al. Cross-national comparative performance of three versions of the ICD-10 Charlson index. Med Care 2007 Dec; 45(12):1210-15. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Deyo et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992) and Romano et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 1993).]

Modern Healthcare
Lubell J. Revenue, costs rise 7% annually: census data, AHRQ report sicker patients add to costs. Mod Healthc 2007 Dec 17; 8-9. [Summarizes data from AHRQ's statistical brief, The National Hospital Bill: Growth Trends and 2005 Update on the Most Expensive Conditions by Payer, 2007.]

New England Journal of Medicine
McMahon LF Jr. The hospitalist movement—time to move on. N Engl J Med 2007 Dec 20; 357(25):2627-9. [Comments on AHRQ-funded article by Lindenauer et al. (N Engl J Med 2007) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Phamaceutical Executive
Fuld LM. The intelligence diaries: here's your study guide to what the industry once knew—and lost. Pharmaceut Exec 2007 Nov; 27(11):89-96. [Asserts that "[AHRQ] is at the forefront of applying health economics to the healthcare system and its agenda may determine profit margins for the industry for years to come"; quotes AstraZeneca analyst as saying that "AHRQ is going to have a great impact on our industry; what it is doing is centered on comparative effectiveness, which has input into formulary decisions in ways that people don t really appreciate. I can't tell you how many times when I speak in front of audiences and ask them what AHRQ is that not a single hand goes up!"]

Public Health Reports
Bostick NA, Levine MA, Sade RM. Ethical obligations of physicians participating in public health quarantine and isolation measures. Public Health Rep 2008 Jan-Feb; 123(1):3-8. [Cites AHRQ publication, Altered Standards in Mass Casualty Events, 2005.]

Radiologic Technology
Church EJ, Odie TG. Diagnosis and treatment of back pain. Radiol Technol 2007 Nov-Dec; 79(2):126-51. [Notes that AHRQ guidelines upport CT myelography, bone CT or MR imaging to aid in the diagnosis of back pain when a spinal tumor is suspected and state that spinal manipulation within the first 6 weeks of back pain can reduce symptoms.]

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

Annals of Family Medicine
Shepherd AJ, Cass AR, Carlson CA, et al. Development and internal validation of the Male Osteoporosis Risk Estimation Score. Public Health Rep 2007 Nov-Dec; 5(6):540-6. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on screen for postmenopausal osteoporosis (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

Annals of Internal Medicine
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for carotid artery stenosis: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. Ann Intern Med 2007 Dec 18; 147(12):854-9. [Updates 1996 USPSTF statement about screening for asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis (CAS) in the general population.]

Wolff T, Guirguis-Blake J, Miller T, et al. Ann Intern Med 2007 Dec 18; 147(12):860-70. [First three authors are/were researchers in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships; reviews evidence supporting the update of the 1996 USPSTF statement about screening for asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis (CAS) in the general population.]

Sawaya GF, Guirguis-Blake J, LeFevre M, et al., for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Update on the methods of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: estimating certainty and magnitude of net benefit. Ann Intern Med 2007 Dec 18;147(12):871-5. [Second author is former researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships; acknowledges assistance from Tracy Wolff, Therese Miller, Mary Barton, and Marion Torchia.]

Medscape General Medicine
Ory MG, Peck M, Browning C, et al. Lifestyle discussions during doctor-older patient interactions: the role of time in the medical encounter. Medscape Gen Med 2007; 9(4):48. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Counseling to Promote Physician Activity, in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996. Also article by Herndon et al. (Health Aff 2007) cited in Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Journal of Neuroscience Nursing
Coyle MK, Martin EM. Reflecting on a self-care process in the home setting for traumatic brain injury survivors. J Neurosci Nurs 2007 Oct; 39(5):274-7. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Rehabilitation for Traumatic Brain Injury, 1999.]

Medical Care
Clarke SP. Registered nurse staffing and patient outcomes in acute care: looking back, pushing forward. Med Care 2007 Dec; 45(12):1126-8. [Comments on AHRQ-funded article by Kane et al. (Med Care, 2007) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles; cites AHRQ Evidence Reports/Technology Assessments, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001, and The Effect of Health Care Working Conditions on Patient Safety, 2003.]

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

Journal of Healthcare Management
Dreachslin JL, Lee PD. Applying Six Sigma and DMAIC to diversity initiatives. J Healthc Manag 2007 Nov-Dec; 52(6):361-7. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2006; mentions AHRQ 2006 Quality Indicators.]

Journal of Rural Health
Roberts LW, Johnson ME, Brems C, et al. Ethical disparities: challenges encountered by multidisciplinary providers in fulfilling ethical standards in the care of rural and minority people. J Rural Health 2007 Fall; 23(Suppl):89-97. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2003, and U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform report, A Case Study in Politics and Science: Changes to the National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2004.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Health Affairs
Herndon MB, Schwartz LM, Woloshin S, et al. Implications of expanding disease definitions: the case of osteoporosis. Health Aff 2007 Nov-Dec; 26(6):1702-11. [Uses AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) for 2003; notes that the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends bone density testing for all women age sixty-five and older.]

Journal of the American College of Surgeons
Finlayson E, Fan Z, Birkmeyer JD. Outcomes in octogenarians undergoing high-risk cancer operation: a national study. J Am Coll Surg 2007 Dec; 205(6):729-34. [Uses HCUP NIS data for 1994-2003.]

Pediatric Cardiology
Hirsch JC, Gurney JG, Donohue JE, et al. Hospital mortality for Norwood and arterial switch operations as a function of institutional volume. Pediatr Cardiol 2007 Dec 14. [Epub ahead of print. Uses HCUP Kids Inpatient Database (KID) data for 2003.]

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