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December 26, 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

Academic Emergency Medicine
Khare RK, Courtney DM, Powell ES. Sixty-four-slice computed tomography of the coronary arteries: cost-effectiveness analysis of patients presenting to the emergency department with low-risk chest pain. Acad Emerg Med 2008 Jul; 15(7):623-32. [First author was supported by National Research Service Award T32 HS000078.] Select to access the abstract.

Kobayashi L, Patterson MD, Overly FL, et al. Educational and research implications of portable human patient simulation in acute care medicine. Acad Emerg Med 2008 Nov; 15(11):1166-74. [Supported by AHRQ "Improving Patient Safety Through Simulation Research" grant HS16615-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Internal Medicine
Schünemann HJ, Oxman AD, Brozek J, Glasziou P, Bossuyt P, Chang S, et al. GRADE: assessing the quality of evidence for diagnostic recommendations. Ann Intern Med 2008 Dec 16; 149(6):JC6-2-JC6-3. [Sixth author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence.]

Chronic Illness
Jerant A, Moore M, Lorig K, et al. Perceived control moderated the self-efficacy-enhancing effects of a chronic illness self-management intervention. Chronic Illn 2008 Sep; 4(3):173-82. [Supported by grant R01 HS13603.] Select to access the abstract.

Headache
Matchar DB, Harpole L, Samsa GP, et al. The headache management trial: a randomized study of coordinated care. Headache 2008 Oct; 48(9):1294-310. [Supported by grant 5 R01 HS10893.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Elliott MN, Fremont A, Morrison PA, et al. A new method for estimating race/ethnicity and associated disparities where administrative records lack self-reported race/ethnicity. Health Serv Res 2008 Oct; 43 (5 Pt 1):1722-36. [Supported in part by contract 282-00-0005.] Select to access the abstract.

Tucker AL, Singer SJ, Hayes JE, et al. Front-line staff perspectives on opportunities for improving the safety and efficiency of hospital work systems. Health Serv Res 2008 Oct; 43(5 Pt 2):1807-29. [Funded in part by AHRQ; discusses AHRQ's top 11 evidence-based patient safety practices; cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001.] Select to access the abstract.

Inquiry
Zhao M, Bazzoli GJ, Clement JP, et al. Hospital staffing decisions: does financial performance matter? Inquiry 2008 Fall; 45(3):293-307. [Supported by grant R01 HS13094-03.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Qato DM, Alexander GC, Conti RM, et al. Use of prescription and over-the-counter medications and dietary supplements among older adults in the United States. JAMA 2008 Dec 24; 300(24):2867-78. [Supported by career development award K08 HS15699-01A1 to second author.] Select to access the abstract.

Trivedi AN, Swaminathan S, Mor V. Insurance parity and the use of outpatient mental health care following a psychiatric hospitalization. JAMA 2008 Dec 24; 300(24):2879-85. [Supported by postdoctoral training grant T32 HS000011 to second author.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Slutsky J, Atkins D, Chang S, Collins Sharp BA. Comparing medical interventions: AHRQ and the effective health-care program. J Clin Epidemiol 2008 Sep 30. [Epub ahead of print. Authors are/were researchers in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence.]

Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Weiss M, Lauer SA, Fried MP, et al. Endoscopic endonasal surgery simulator as a training tool for ophthalmology residents. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg 2008 Nov-Dec; 24(6):460-4. [Supported by grant R18 HS11866-03.] Select to access the abstract.

PLoS ONE
Schillaci MA, Waitzkin H, Sharmen T, et al. The impact of changing Medicaid enrollments on New Mexico's immunization program. PLoS ONE 2008; 3(12):e3953. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS09703.] Select to access the abstract.

Radiology
Otero HJ, Rybicki FJ, Greenberg D, et al. Twenty years of cost-effectiveness analysis in medical imaging: are we improving? Radiology 2008 Dec; 249(3):917-25. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS10919.] Select to access the abstract.

Resuscitation
Wang HE, Abella BS, Callaway CW. Risk of cardiopulmonary arrest after acute respiratory compromise in hospitalized patients. Resuscitation 2008 Nov; 79(2):234-40. [Supported by Clinical Scientist Development Award K08 HS13628 to first author.] Select to access the abstract.

Surgery
Zaydfudim V, Feurer ID, Griffin MR, et al. The impact of lymph node involvement on survival in patients with papillary and follicular thyroid carcinoma. Surgery 2008 Dec; 144(6):1070-7; discussion 1077-8. [Supported in part by the International National Research Service Award T32 HS 013833. Also go to AHRQ-funded article by Humphrey et al. (Mayo Clin Proc, 2008) in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles and AHRQ-funded article by Tucker, Singer, and Hayes (Health Serv Res, 2008) in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

Annals of Internal Medicine
Tosteson AN, Lurie JD, Tosteson TD, et al. Surgical treatment of spinal stenosis with and without degenerative spondylolisthesis: cost-effectiveness after 2 years. Ann Intern Med 2008 Dec 16; 149(12):845-53. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Birkmeyer et al. (Spine, 2002) and AHRQ-authored article by Deyo and Gray (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety) et al. (Spine, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Borges G, Benjet C, Medina-Mora M, et al. Treatment of mental disorders for adolescents in Mexico City. Bull World Health Organ 2008 Oct; 86(10):757-64. [Cites AHRQ guideline Depression in Primary Care, Vol. 2, 1993.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Affairs
Ross JS, Normand SL, Wang Y, et al. Hospital remoteness and thirty-day mortality from three serious conditions. Health Aff 2008 Nov-Dec; 27(6):1707-17. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Rosenthal et al. (Health Serv Res, 2005), James et al. (Ann Fam Med, 2007), and Normand et al. (Stat Med, 2002); cites AHRQ publication, Hospitalization in the United States, HCUP Fact Book no. 6, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Derose KP. Do bonding, bridging, and linking social capital affect preventable hospitalizations? Health Serv Res 2008 Oct; 43 (5 pt 1):1520-41. [Cites AHRQ Quality Indicators—Guide to Prevention Quality Indicators: Hospital Admission for Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions, 2001; cites AHRQ-funded article by Weissman et al. (JAMA, 1992).] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Mathews SC, Pronovost PJ. Physician autonomy and informed decision making: finding the balance for patient safety and quality. JAMA 2008 Dec 24; 300(24):2913-15. [Notes that second author is the recipient of previous grants from AHRQ.]

Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy
Gonzalez J, Noga M. Medication therapy management. J Manag Care Pharm 2008 Aug; 14(6 Suppl C):8-11. [Cites 2002-2003 MEPS data as presented in article by Daniel and Malone (J Manag Care Pharm, 2007).]

Physical Therapy
Cohn R. Economic realities associated with diabetes care: opportunities to expand delivery of physical therapist services to a vulnerable population. Phys Ther 2008 Nov; 88(11):1417-24. [Cites AHRQ publications, Diabetes Management: Tests and Treatments among the 18 and Older U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population in 2003, MEPS Statistical Brief No. 105, 2005, and Diabetes Care Quality Improvement: A Resource Guide for State Action, 2004, as published on AHRQ Web site; notes the use of U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) evidence by the National Business Group on Health to provide health plan package design tools for large-group employers.] Select to access the abstract.

Brach JS, Talkowski JB, Strotmeyer ES, et al. Diabetes mellitus and gait dysfunction: possible explanatory factors. Phys Ther 2008 Nov; 88(11):1365-74. [Cites Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data as presented in article by Morrato et al. (Diabetes Care, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

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

American Family Physician
Lefevre M. Prostate cancer screening: let patients decide. Am Fam Physician 2008 Dec 15; 78(12):1338. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for prostate cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008) and associated evidence update (Ann Intern Med 2008); comments on article by Wilbur cited below.]

Campos-Outcalt D. Colorectal cancer screening works—if we do it. Am Fam Physician 2008 Dec 15; 78(12):1340. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008); comments on article by Wilkins and Reynolds cited below.]

CME Quiz. Am Fam Physician 2008 Dec 15; 78(12):1342-3. [Question 1 is based upon USPSTF-sponsored evidence review, Genetic Risk Assessment and BRCA Mutation Testing for Breast and Ovarian Cancer Susceptibility, 2005.]

Lin KW, Ramsey L. Screening for chlamydial infection. Am Fam Physician 2008 Dec 15; 78(12):1349-50. [First author is a medical officer in the USPSTF program and researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships; uses USPSTF recommendations on screening for chlamydial infection as the basis for the case study and associated questions.]

Steiner E, Klubert D, Knutson D. Assessing breast cancer risk in women. Am Fam Physician 2008 Dec 15; 78(12):1361-6. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored systematic evidence review on genetic risk assessment and BRCA mutation testing for breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility (Ann Intern Med, 2005), USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on breast cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2002), and USPSTF recommendation summary, Preventive Medication: Breast Cancer, as posted on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Albert RH, Clark MM. Cancer screening in the older patient. Am Fam Physician 2008 Dec 15; 78(12):1369-74. [Discusses, uses, and cites several USPSTF recommendations; go to editorial by Flaherty et al. (Am Fam Physician, 2008) in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Wilbur J. Prostate cancer screening: the continuing controversy. Am Fam Physician 2008 Dec 15; 78(12):1377-84. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement Screening for Prostate Cancer, 2008, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Wilkins T, Reynolds PL. Colorectal cancer: a summary of the evidence for screening and prevention. Am Fam Physician 2008 Dec 15; 78(12):1385-92. [Reviews USPSTF findings and recommendations on prostate cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2002 and 2008).]

Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
Patten SB, Bilsker D, Goldner E. The evolving understanding of major depression epidemiology: implications for practice and policy. Can J Psychiatry 2008 Oct; 53(10):689-95. [Cites USPSTF recommendation on screening for depression (Ann Intern Med, 2002); cites AHRQ publication, Trends in Antidepressant Use by the US Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 1997 and 2002, HCUP Statistical Brief No. 76, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Health and Social Work
Murphy SB, Ouimet LV. Intimate partner violence: a call for social work action. Health Soc Work 2008 Nov; 33(4):309-14. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for family and intimate partner violence (Ann Intern Med, 2004; cites article by Chamberlain et al. (Fam Violence Prev Health, 2005) discussing these recommendations.]

Journal of Family Practice
Jackman RP, Judkins DZ, Williams PA. Clinical inquiries. What screening tests should you use to evaluate a man with low testosterone? J Fam Pract 2008 Nov; 57(11):756-8. [Mentions that the USPSTF has not made any recommendations regarding screening tests for males with low testosterone.]

Journal of Postgraduate Medicine
Gonzalez A, Macmillan HL. Preventing child maltreatment: An evidence-based update. J Postgrad Med 2008 Oct-Dec; 54(4):280-6. [Uses USPSTF guidelines for the article's literature review; cites USPSTF article by Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001).] Select to access the abstract.

Daugherty JD, Houry DE. Intimate partner violence screening in the emergency department. J Postgrad Med 2008 Oct-Dec; 54(4):301-5. [Discusses and cites USPSTF recommendation statement on screening for family and intimate partner violence; cites USPSTF Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.] Select to access the abstract.

Lancet
Gérvas J, Starfield B, Heath I. Is clinical prevention better than cure? Lancet 2008 Dec 6; 372(9654):1997-9. [Mentions that USPSTF recommendations :"are not intended for patients who have already developed symptoms or signs of disease, or have comorbidity" or how they are to be combined.]

Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Humphrey LL, Fu R, Rogers K, et al. Homocysteine level and coronary heart disease incidence: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Mayo Clin Proc 2008 Nov; 83(11):1203-12. [Supported by contract 290-02-0024 to support the work of USPSTF.] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

American Family Physician
Flaherty JH. Cancer screening in older patients: life expectancy, prioritization, and health literacy. Am Fam Physician 2008 Dec 15; 78(12):1336-8. [Cites AHRQ press release, New Evidence Report Illustrates Links Between Health Literacy and Health Care Use and Outcomes, 2004, as published on AHRQ Web site; comments on article by Albert et al. (Am Fam Physician, 2008) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles above.]

Health Care Financing Review
Brown R, Peikes D, Chen A, et al. 15-site randomized trial of coordinated care in Medicare FFS. Health Care Financ Rev 2008 Fall; 30(1):5-25. [Cites AHRQ technical review, Closing the Quality Gap: A Critical Analysis of Quality Improvement Strategies, Volume 1—Series Overview and Methodology, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Donohue JM, Fischer MA, Huskamp HA, et al. Potential savings from an evidence-based consumer-oriented public education campaign on prescription drugs. Health Serv Res 2008 Oct; 43(5 Pt 1):1557-75. [Mentions the existence of an AHRQ Evidence-Based Practice Center at Oregon Health and Science University's Drug Effectiveness Review Project (DERP); cites AHRQ-funded article by Zuvekas and Cohen (Health Aff, 20007); cites article by Haas et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2005) which uses MEPS data; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Fischer et al. (N Engl J Med, 2004), Gellad et al. (Health Aff, 2006), Hsu et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006), Huskamp et al. (N Engl J Med, 2003); Rosen et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2005); Roughead et al. (Med Care, 2006), Schneeweiss et al. (Med Care, 2004, and (N Engl J Med, 2004), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Nutrition Action Health Letter
Schardt D. Menopause: reducing symptoms: what works? What doesn't? Nutr Action Health Lett 2008 Nov; 35(9):9-11. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Management of Menopause-Related Symptoms, 2005).]

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

Hastings Center Report
Levine MA, Wynia MK, Schyve PM, et al. Improving access to health care: a consensus ethical framework to guide proposals for reform. Hastings Cent Rep 2007 Sep-Oct; 37(5):14-19. [Cites NHDR, 2005, as published on AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ-funded article by Soumerai et al. (N Engl J Med, 1991).]

Journal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues
Benson SS. Pre-injury agreements to arbitrate health care disputes: legally "shocking" or legally sensible? 2008 Jul; 11():19 text pages. [Cites NHQR, 2005, as published on AHRQ Web site.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Emerging Infectious Diseases
Zilberberg MD, Shorr AF, Kollef MH. Growth and geographic variation in hospitalizations with resistant infections, United States, 2000-2005. Emerg Infect Dis 2008 Nov; 14(11):1756-8. [Uses and cites 2000-2004 HCUP data, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Elliott MN, Haviland AM, Kanouse DE, et al. Adjusting for Subgroup Differences in Extreme Response Tendency in Ratings of Health Care: Impact on Disparity Estimates. Health Serv Res 2008 Nov 24; Epub:1-20. [Uses Consumer Assessments of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) data; cites AHRQ-authored article by Darby, Crofton, Clancy (Am J Med Qual, 2006); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Elliott et al. (Health Serv Res, 2001), Fongwa et al. (J Aging Health, 2006), Landon et al. (JAMA, 2004), Onstad (National CAHPS® Benchmarking Database, 2005), and Weech-Maldonado (Health Serv Res, 2008); cites several CAHPS® articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Yano EM, Rubenstein LV, Farmer MM, et al. Targeting primary care referrals to smoking cessation clinics does not improve quit rates: implementing evidence-based interventions into practice. Health Serv Res 2008 Oct; 43 (5 pt 1):1637-61. [Uses PHS-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000 (as published in Fiore, Respiratory Care, 2000), and 1996 (as described in Fiore et al., Ann Behav Med, 1997), as the foundation for evidence-based practice recommendations incorporated into the study; cites articles by Cromwell et al. (JAMA, 1997), Ward (Prev Med, 2003), DePine et al. (Tob Control, 2002), and Katz et al. (J Natl Cancer Inst, 2004); cites article by Feifer et al.(Jt Comm J Qual Saf, 2004) discussing AHRQ's Translating Research into Practice (Trip II) program; and cites AHRQ-funded articles by Solberg et al. (Eff Clin Pract, 2000), Thompson et al. (Med Care, 1988), and Thorndike et al. (JAMA, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Vascular Surgery
McPhee JT, Schanzer A, Messina LM, et al. Carotid artery stenting has increased rates of postprocedure stroke, death, and resource utilization than does carotid endarterectomy in the United States, 2005. J Vasc Surg 2008 Dec; 48(6):1442-50, 1450.e1. [Uses 2005 HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data as published on AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Elixhauser, Steiner et al. (Med Care, 1998) and AHRQ-funded article by Iezzoni et al. (JAMA, 1992).] Select to access the abstract.

Medsurg Nursing
Husten CG. Tobacco use: ending the epidemic. Medsurg Nurs 2008 Oct; 17(5):345-354; quiz 355. [Uses AHRQ-sponsored guideline Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2008 update, as the basis for the prepared continuing nursing education text; lists the guideline and AHRQ publication, Helping Smokers Quit: A Guide for Nurses, 2005, in "Table 4. Helpful Resources."] Select to access the abstract.

Rehabilitation Nursing
Wakefield BJ, Mentes J, Holman JE, et al. Risk factors and outcomes associated with hospital admission for dehydration. Rehabil Nurs 2008 Nov-Dec; 33(6):233-41. [Uses AHRQ's hospital admission rate for dehydration quality indicators as basis for study; cites AHRQ publications, Preventable Hospitalizations: A Window into Primary and Preventive Care, 2000, HCUP Fact Book No. 5, and Hospitalizations in the Elderly Population, 2003, HCUP Statistical Brief No. 6.] Select to access the abstract.

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