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December 23, 2005


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 and other research using AHRQ data or products.


AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles

American Journal of Medical Quality
Slutsky JR, Clancy CM. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Effective Health Care Program: creating a dynamic system for discovering and reporting what works in health care. Am J Med Qual 2005 Nov-Dec; 20(6):358-60. [Authors are AHRQ Center for Outcomes and Evidence Director and AHRQ Director, respectively.]

Young S. AHRQ: Health IT and pay-for-performance. Am J Med Qual 2005 Nov-Dec; 20(6 Suppl):16S-17S. [Author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships.]

Clancy C. Closing keynote address: improving quality and safety through health information technology. Am J Med Qual 2005 Nov-Dec; 20(6 Suppl):21S-24S. [Author is AHRQ Director.]

Annals of Family Medicine
Woolf SH, Kuzel AJ, Dovey SM, et al. A string of mistakes: the importance of cascade analysis in describing, counting, and preventing medical errors. Ann Fam Med 2005 Jul-Aug; 2(4):317-26. [Supported by Grant No. U18 HS11117-01.]

Kuzel AJ, Woolf SH, Gilchrist VJ, et al. Patient reports of preventable problems and harms in primary health care. Ann Fam Med 2005 Jul-Aug; 2(4):333-40. [Supported by Grant No. U18 HS11117-01.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Yealy DM, Auble TE, Stone RA, et al. Effect of increasing the intensity of implementing pneumonia guidelines: a randomized, controlled trial. Ann Intern Med 2005 Dec 20; 143(12):881-94. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10049; published in Improving Patient Care section of issue.]

Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Bhandari VK, Kushel M, Price L, et al. Racial disparities in outcomes of inpatient stroke rehabilitation. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2005 Nov; 86(11):2081-6. [Supported by Grant No. K08 HS11415-03.]

Cancer Control
Kutner JS, Main DS, Westfall JM, et al. The practice-based research network as a model for end-of-life care research: challenges and opportunities. Cancer Control 2005 Jul; 12(3):186-95. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R13 HS014416.]

Journal of Affective Disorders
Schoenbaum M, Sherbourne C, Wells K. Gender patterns in cost effectiveness of quality improvement for depression: results of a randomized, controlled trial. J Affect Disord 2005 Aug; 87(2-3):319-25. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS08349.]

Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Gurvitz MZ, Chang RK, Ramos FJ, et al. Variations in adult congenital heart disease training in adult and pediatric cardiology fellowship programs. J Am Coll Cardiol 2005 Sep 6; 45(6):893-8. [Supported by Grant No. T32 HS00046.]

Journal of the American Pharmacists Association
Smith SR, Brock TP, Howarth SM. Use of personal digital assistants to deliver education about adherence to antiretroviral medications. J Am Pharm Assoc 2005 Sep-Oct; 45(5):625-8. [First author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence.]

Journal of Biomedical Informatics
Zou KH, Resnic RS, Talos IF, et al. A global goodness-of-fit test for receiver operating characteristic curve analysis via the bootstrap method. J Biomed Inform 2005 Oct; 38(5):395-403. [Supported by Grant No. R03 HS13234-01.]

Journal of Dental Research
Lee JY, Rozier RG, Norton EC, et al. Addressing selection bias in dental health services research. J Dent Res 2005 Oct; 84(10):942-6. [Supported by Grant No. T32 HS00032 and 1 R03 HS11607-01.]

Journal of Health Communication
Guerra CE, Dominguez F, Shea JA. Literacy and knowledge, attitudes, and behavior about colorectal cancer screening. J Health Commun 2005 Oct-Nov; 10(7):6512-663. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10299.]

Journal of Palliative Medicine
Lorenz KA, Hays RD, Shapiro MF, et al. Religiousness and spirituality among HIV-infected Americans. J Palliat Med 2005 Aug; 8(4):774-81. [Supported by Grant No. HS08578.]

Journal of Pediatric Health Care
Kieckhefer GM, Greek AA, Joesch JM, et al. Presence and characteristics of medical home and health services among children with asthma. J Pediatr Health Care 2005 Sep-Oct; 19(5):285-92. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS13110.]

Journal of Pediatrics
McPhillips HA, Stille CJ, Smith D, et al. Potential medication dosing errors in outpatient pediatrics. J Pediatr 2005 Dec; 147(6):761-7. [Supported by Grant Nos. U18 HS10391 and U18 HS11843-01 and Contract No. 290-00-0015.]

Nursing Research
Cimiotti JP, Quinlan PM, Larson EL, et al. The magnet process and the perceived work environment of nurses. Nurs Res 2005 Nov-Dec; 54(6):384-90. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS13114.]

Psychiatric Services
Shore JH, Manson SM. A developmental model for rural telepsychiatry. Psychiatr Serv 2005 Aug; 56(8):976-80. [Supported by Grant No. P01 HS10854. See also article by Shojania, et al., in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Academy Health Reports
Rosenbaum S. Letter from leadership. Acad Health Rep 2005 Dec; (22):2. [Discusses report prepared to address issues related to the reauthorization of AHRQ.]

Federal funding for health services research programs. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Acad Health Rep 2005 Dec; (22):7. [Comments on proposed AHRQ funding for FY 2006.]

American Journal of Medical Quality
Wood KE, Nash DB. Mandatory state-based error-reporting systems: current and future prospects. Am J Med Qual 2005 Nov-Dec; 20(6):297-303. [Cites papers published in AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation, 2005.]

Roumm AR, Sciamanna CN, Nash DB. Health care provider use of private sector internal error-reporting systems. Am J Med Qual 2005Nov-Dec; 20(6):304-12. [Cites AHRQ fact sheet, Medical Errors: The Scope of the Problem, 2000, as posted on AHRQ Web site, and AHRQ-funded article by Weissman, et al. (JAMA, 2005).]

Aronsky D, Haug PJ, Lagor C, et al. Accuracy of administrative data for identifying patients with pneumonia. Am J Med Qual 2005 Nov-Dec; 20(6):319-28. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Ayanian JZ, et al. (Med Care, 1999), Fine, et al. (Am J Med, 1993; J Gen Intern Med, 1995; and N Engl J Med, 1997), Whittle, et al. (Am J Med Qual, 1997), and Lave, et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 1996).]

Clarke JL, Meiris DC. e-Health Initiative update: proceedings from the e-Health Technology Summit. Am J Med Qual 2005 Nov-Dec; 20(6 Suppl):6S-13S. [Notes AHRQ support for regional health information projects, presenter Blackford Middletons service as expert consultant for AHRQ, and AHRQ's partnership with the Leapfrog Group and CMS to develop a leap for the outpatient setting.]

American Medical News
IOM: new agency needed to simplify pay-for-performance measurement. Am Med News 2005 Dec 19; 48(47):1-2. [Notes IOM recommendation to use AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Clinician and Group Survey to evaluate how patients rate the care they receive.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Sherman KJ, Cherkin DC, Erro J, et al. Comparing yoga, exercise, and a self-care book for chronic low back pain. Ann Intern Med 2005 Dec 20; 143(12):849-56. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Deyo, et al. (Spine, 1995 and 1996).]

Summaries for patients. Comparison of 3 strategies to improve the care of patients with pneumonia treated in the emergency department. Ann Intern Med 2005 Dec 20; 143(12):1-30. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ-funded article by Yealy, et al., in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Healthcare Benchmarks and Quality Improvement
ICU patients at risk for preventable errors: AHRQ study puts spotlight on adverse events. Healthcare Benchmarks Qual Improv 2005 Nov; 12(11):127-8. [Reviews findings from AHRQ-funded article by Rothschild, et al. (Crit Care Med, 2005).]

Hospitals and Health Networks
Data page: the cost of hospital care. Hosp Health Netw 2005 Dec; 79(12):32. [Presents data from Lewin Group analysis of AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS).]

Joint Commission on Quality and Patient Safety
John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards. Introduction. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2005 Dec; 31(12):663-4. [Notes that former AHRQ director John M. Eisenberg was instrumental in founding the NQF, also the awards program that named after him.]

Journal of Pediatrics
Resar R. Will, ideas, and execution: their role in reducing adverse medication events. J Pediatr 2005 Dec; 147(6):727-8. [Reviews and discusses findings from AHRQ-funded article by McPhillips, et al., cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Medicine on the Net
Focus: patient safety sites. Med Net 2005 Dec; 11(12):12-3. [Notes that AHRQ's Patient Safety Network (PSNet) "is a great site to start with... for the latest news and resources about patient safety," and gives detailed descriptions and comments about PSNet and the Medical Errors and Patient Safety page on the AHRQ Web site.]

Modern Healthcare
DoBias M. Will feds lead the charge? Quality groups wonder if they'll be overshadowed. Mod Healthc 2005 Dec 19-26; 35(51):8-9. [Quotes remarks by AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy and notes her membership on the IOM committee that produced a recently released report on performance measurement.]

Quality and Safety in Health Care
Arora V, Johnson J, Lovinger D, et al. Communication failures in patient sign-out and suggestions for improvement: a critical incident analysis. Qual Saf Health Care 2005 Dec; 14(6):401-7. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Henriksen (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety) and Kaplan (Qual Saf Health Care, 2003).]

Burda SA, Hobson D, Pronovost PJ. What is the patient really taking? Discrepancies between surgery and anesthesiology preoperative medication histories. Qual Saf Health Care 2005 Dec; 14(6):414-6. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bates, et al. (JAMA, 1997 and 1995), Leape, et al. (JAMA, 1995), and Cullen et al. (Crit Care Me, 1997).]

Ascroft DM, Morecroft C, Parker D, et al. Safety culture assessment in community pharmacy: development, face validity, and feasibility of the Manchester Patient Safety Assessment Framework. Qual Saf Health Care 2005 Dec; 14(6):417-21. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Pronovost, et al. (Qual Saf Health Care, 2003) and Singer, et al. (Qual Saf Health Care, 2003).]

Woods DM, Johnson J, Holl JL, et al. Anatomy of a patient safety event: a pediatric patient safety taxonomy. Qual Saf Health Care 2005 Dec; 14(6):422-7. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Thomas, Studdert, Burstin (director of AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships), et al. (Med Care, 2000) and Battles (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety) (Arch Pathol Lab Med, 1998).]

Davies E, Cleary PD. Hearing the patients voice? Factors affecting the use of patient survey data in quality improvement. Qual Saf Health Care 2005 Dec; 14(6):428-32. [Uses interviews with members of a quality improvement collaborative organized in part by the CAHPS® team at Harvard Medical School; notes that second author holds grants from AHRQ to develop CAHPS® methodology; cites AHRQ-funded article by Landon, et al. (JAMA, 2004).]

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

Annals of Internal Medicine
Beckwith CG, Flanigan TP, del Rio C, et al. Screening for HIV. Ann Intern Med 2005 Dec 20; 143(12):916-7. [Comments on USPSTF recommendations on screening for HIV (Ann Intern Med, 2005), and includes response USPSTF response.]

Eglash E, Kendall SK. Clinical inquiries. What vitamins and minerals should be given to breastfed and bottle-fed infants? J Fam Pract 2005 Dec; 54(12):1089-91. [Reviews and incorporates recommendations from USPSTF evidence review, Dental Caries Prevention: The Physicians Role, in Child Oral Health, 2004, and Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996, as posted on AHRQ Web site.]

Journal of Womens Health
Godfrey JR. Toward optimal health: Donna E. Stewart, M.D. discusses perinatal depression. J Womens Health 2005 Nov; 4(9):803-7. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for depression (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Journal of Family Practice
Finkelstein A. Levels of evidence: how they help in applying study findings to clinical practice. J Fam Pract 2005 Dec; 54(12):1032. [Cites AHRQ's criteria for evidence-rating systems as presented in Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Systems to Rate the Strength of Scientific Evidence, 2002.]

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Christensen D. Soy and cancer: seeds of answers, but no fruit. J Natl Cancer Inst 2005 Oct 19; 97(20):1494-5. [Reviews findings from AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Effects of Soy on Health Outcomes, 2005.]

Quality and Safety in Health Care
Shojania KG, Burton EC, McDonald KM, et al. Overestimation of clinical diagnostic performance caused by low necropsy rates. Qual Saf Health Care 2005 Dec; 14(6):408-13. [Supported by Contract No. 290-97-0013 to UCSF-Stanford Evidence-based Practice Center.]

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