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December 28, 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

Annals of Behavioral Medicine
Mora PA, Halm E, Leventhal H, et al. Elucidating the relationship between negative affectivity and symptoms: the role of illness-specific affective responses. Ann Behav Med 2007 Jul-Aug; 34(1):77-86. [Supported by grant R01 HS09973.]

Wilson KB. Historical evolution of assisted living in the United States, 1979-present. Gerontologist 2007 Dec; 47(Suppl 3):8-22. [Based on article prepared for AHRQ-funded working conference, Developing a Research Agenda to Shape and Improve Assisted Living, 2004, funded by conference grant 1 R13 HS014027-01.]

Hawes C, Phillips CD. Defining quality in assisted living: comparing apples, oranges, and broccoli. Gerontologist 2007 Dec; 47(Suppl 3):40-50. [Supported by grants R01 HS10315-02 and 1 R13 HS014027-01.]

Cutler LJ. Physical environments of assisted living: research needs and challenges. Gerontologist 2007 Dec; 47(Suppl 3):68-82. [Based on article prepared for AHRQ-funded working conference, Developing a Research Agenda to Shape and Improve Assisted Living, 2004, funded by conference grant 1 R13 HS014027-01.]

Hernandez M, Newcomer R. Assisted living and special populations: what do we know about differences in use and potential access barriers? Gerontologist 2007 Dec; 47(Suppl 3):110-17. [Based on article prepared for AHRQ-funded working conference, Developing a Research Agenda to Shape and Improve Assisted Living, 2004, funded by conference grant 1 R13 HS014027-01 and grant 5 T32 HS00086.]

Kane RA, Chan J, Kane RL. Assisted living literature through May 2004: taking stock. Gerontologist 2007 Dec; 47(Suppl 3):125-40. [Based on article prepared for AHRQ-funded working conference, Developing a Research Agenda to Shape and Improve Assisted Living, 2004, funded by conference grant 1 R13 HS014027-01.]

Kane RA, Wilson KB, Spector W. Developing a research agenda for assisted living. Gerontologist 2007 Dec; 47(Suppl 3):125-140. [Based on article prepared for AHRQ-funded working conference, Developing a Research Agenda to Shape and Improve Assisted Living, 2004, funded by conference grant 1 R13 HS014027-01; third author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets.]

Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology
Cohen SB, Makuc DM, Ezzati-Rice TM. Health insurance coverage during a 24-month period: a comparison of estimates from two national health surveys. Health Serv Outcomes Res Method 2007 Dec; 7(3-4):125-44. [First and third authors are director of and researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends, respectively; uses Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data for 2001-2003.]

McWilliams JM, Meara E, Zaslavsky AM, et al. Health of previously uninsured adults after acquiring Medicare coverage. JAMA 2007 Dec 26; 298(24):2886-94. [Supported by grant 5 T32 HS000020-21.]

Journal of Biomedical Informatics
Chi CL, Street WN, Ward MM. Building a hospital referral expert system with a Prediction and Optimization-Based Decision Support System algorithm. J Biomed Inform 2007 Oct 22; [Epub ahead of print. Supported by grant R01 HS015009.]

Journal of Clinical Oncology
Shahinian VB, Kuo YF, Freeman JL, et al. Characteristics of urologists predict the use of androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer. J Clin Oncol 2007 Dec 1; 25(34):5359-65. [Supported by grant R24 HS011618.]

Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
Raji MA, Reyes-Ortiz CA, Kuo YF, et al. Depressive symptoms and cognitive change in older Mexican Americans. J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol 2007 Sep; 20(3):145-52. [Supported by grant HS11618.]

Journal of Nuclear Medicine
Katz L, Ansari A. Survey of patient release information on radiation and security checkpoints. J Nuclear Med 2007 Dec; 48(12):14-23N. [Supported by contract 290-00-0011, task order 6; acknowledges support from Cynthia Palmer, researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Family Physician
Pham CB, Dickman RL. Minimizing adverse drug events in older patients. Am Fam Physician 2007 Dec 15; 76(12):1837-44. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Zhan et al. (JAMA, 2001).]

Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
Bellino S, Zizza M, Rinaldi C, et al. Combined therapy of major depression with concomitant borderline personality disorder: comparison of interpersonal and cognitive psychotherapy. Can J Psychiatry 2007 Nov; 52(11):718-25. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Depression in Primary Care, Volume 2: Treatment of Major Depression, 1993.]

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Leatherman S, Sutherland K. Designing national quality reforms: a framework for action. Int J Qual Health Care 2007 Dec; 19(6):334-40. [Cites AHRQ publication, Closing the Quality Gap: A Critical Analysis of Quality Improvement Strategies, 2005.]

Glickman SW, Baggett KA, Krubert CG, et al. Promoting quality: the health-care organization from a management perspective. Int J Qual Health Care 2007 Dec; 19(6):341-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Pronovost et al. (J Crit Care, 2003) and Bates and Gawande (N Engl J Med, 2003).]

Cortoos PJ, Simoens S, Peetermans W, et al. Implementing a hospital guideline on pneumonia: a semi-quantitative review. Int J Qual Health Care 2007 Dec; 19(6):358-67. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Palmer, Zhan, and Elixhauser (Clin Ther, 2000) and AHRQ-funded article by Fine et al. (Am J Med, 2003).]

Journal of Patient Safety
Elnour AA, Ellahham NH, Al Qassas HI. Implementation of medication error reporting through Med Safe Tool: the clinical pharmacists and the inpatient nursing staff collaborative approach. J Patient Saf 2007 Dec; 3(4):177-83. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bates et al. (JAMA, 1997 and 1995), Poon et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006), and Kaushal et al. (JAMA, 2001).]

Marella WM, Finley E, Thomas AD, et al. Health care consumers' inclination to engage in selected patient safety practices: a survey of adults in Pennsylvania. J Patient Saf 2007 Dec; 3(4):184-9. [Cites AHRQ publication, 20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors, 2000, as accessed on AHRQ Web site, and AHRQ/Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) publication, 2006 Update on Consumers' Views of Patient Safety and Quality Information, 2006, as posted on the KFF Web site.]

Grant MC, Larsen GY. Clinical information transfer and medication reconciliation in patients transferred from the pediatric intensive care unit. J Patient Saf 2007 Dec; 3(4):195-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Pronovost et al. (Qual Saf Health Care, 2003).]

Nursing Economics
Wurster J. What role can nurse leaders play in reducing th4e incidence of pressure sores? Nurs Econ 2007 Sep-Oct; 25(5):267-9. [Cites Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Statistical Brief, Hospitalizations Related to Pressure Sores, 2003.]

Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing
Dulko D. Audit and feedback as a clinical practice guideline implementation strategy: a model for acute nurse practitioners. Worldviews Evid Based Nurs 2007; 4(4):200-9. [Cites the finding that two decades may pass before the findings of original research become part of routine clinical practice, referring to the Evidence-based Practice section of the AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ guideline Management of Cancer Pain, 1994.]

Resources for evidence-based practice. Worldviews Evid Based Nurs 2007; 4(4):224-5. [Notes AHRQ funding of the National Consortium for Pediatric and Adolescent Evidence-Based Practice, listed as a resource along with AHRQ publications, Five Steps to Safer Health Care and Guide to Health Care Quality: How to Know It When You See It, as accessed from the AHRQ Web site.]

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

Family Practice Recertification
DuVal T, Brennan M, Bellantonio S. Preventive care in older adults: what and when? Fam Pract Recert 2007 Oct; 29(10):9 printed pages. [Notes that guidelines by the USPSTF and other organizations often fail to address patients 80 or older and merely extrapolate recommendations from younger populations without specific consideration for older adults; cites and discusses USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, high blood pressure, cholesterol, and osteoporosis, as published in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Ding EL, Hu FB. Smoking and type 2 diabetes: underrecognized risks and disease burden. JAMA 2007 Dec 12; 298(22):2675-6. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Diabetes Mellitus, Adult Type 2, 2003.]

Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Wall MP. Predictors of functional performance in community-dwelling people with COPD. J Nurs Scholarsh 2007 Sep; 39(3):222-8. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on depression screening (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

Journal of Women's Health
Tsui J, Saraiya M, Thompson T, et al. Cervical cancer screening among foreign-born women by birthplace and duration in the United States. J Womens Health 2007 Dec; 16(10):1447-57. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for cervical cancer as published in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2005, on AHRQ Web site.]

Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing
Melnyk BM. The latest evidence on hourly rounding and rapid response teams in decreasing adverse events in hospitals. Worldviews Evid Based Nurs 2007; 4(4):220-3. [Cites review of USPSTF methodology (Am J Prev Med, 2001).]

Primary Care Reports
Lawhorne LW. Alzheimer's disease in the primary care setting. Prim Care Rep 2007 Dec 1; 13(12):23 printed pages. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on dementia screening as posted on AHRQ Web site.]

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

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Tseng CL, Helmer D, Rajan M, et al. Evaluation of regional variation in total, major, and minor amputation rates in a national health-care system. Int J Qual Health Care 2007 Dec; 19(6):368-76. [Cites AHRQ's NHQR, 2005.]

Gaskin DJ. Eliminating healthcare disparities in America: beyond the IOM report [book review.]. JAMA 2007 Dec 26; 298(24):2917-8. [Mentions that specific chapters of the book highlight the political pressure [AHRQ.] received from conservatives to minimize the issue of health care disparities and discuss the roles and responsibilities of AHRQ and other federal agencies.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Gastroenterology
Wang YR, Fisher RS, Parkman HP. Gastroparesis-related hospitalizations in the United States: trends, characteristics, and outcomes, 1995-2004. Am J Gastroenterol 2007 Nov 28; 102. [Epub ahead of print. Uses HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data for 1995-2004.]

American Journal of Medicine
Shibao C, Grijalva CG, Raj SR, et al. Orthostatic hypotension-related hospitalizations in the Unites States. Am J Med 2007 Nov; 120(11):975-80. [Uses HCUP NIS data for 2004.]

Ho KM, Finn J, Knuiman M, et al. Combining multiple comorbidities with Acute Physiology Score to predict hospital mortality of critically ill patients: a linked data cohort study. Anaesthesia 2007 Nov; 62(11):1095-100. [Uses the Elixhauser comorbidity index (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).]

Clinical Infectious Diseases
Noskin GA, Rubin RJ, Schentag JJ, et al. National trends in Staphylococcus aureus infection rates: impact on economic burden and mortality over a 6-year period (1998-2003). Clin Infect Dis 2007 Nov 1; 45(9):1132-40. [Uses HCUP NIS data for 1998-2003.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
French DD, Bass E, Bradham DD, et al. Rehospitalization after hip fracture: predictors and prognosis from a national veterans study. J Am Geriatr Soc 2007 Nov 15. [Epub ahead of print. Uses the Elixhauser comorbidity index (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998) and associated software available on the AHRQ Web site.]

Journal of Public Health Dentistry
Okunseri C, Pajewski NM, McGinley EL, et al. Racial/ethnic disparities in self-reported pediatric orthodontic visits in the United States. J Public Health Dent 2007 Fall; 67(4):217-23. [Uses MEPS data for 1996-2004.]

Journal of Surgical Research
Syin D, Woreta T, Chang DC, et al. Publication bias in surgery: implications for informed consent. J Surg Res 2007 Nov; 143(1):88-93. [Uses HCUP NIS data for 1998-2003.]

Journal of Women's Health
McCollum M, Hansen LB, Ghushchyan V, et al. Inconsistent health perceptions for U.S. women and men with diabetes. J Womens Health 2007 Dec; 16(10):1421-8. [Uses MEPS data for 2001 and 2003.]

Fagenholz PJ, Fernandez-del Castillo C, Harris S, et al. Direct medical costs of acute pancreatitis hospitalizations in the United States. Pancreas 2007 Nov; 35(4):302-7. [Uses HCUP NIS data for 2003.]

Daniels AH, Arthur M, Hart RA. Variability in rates of arthrodesis for patients with thoracolumbar spine fractures with and without associated neurologic injury. Spine 2007 Oct 1; 32(21):2334-8. [Uses HCUP NIS data for 1998-2002.]

Knipp BS, Deeb GM, Prager RL, et al. A contemporary analysis of outcomes for operative repair of type A aortic dissection in the United States. Surgery 2007 Oct; 142(4):524-8. [Uses HCUP NIS data for 1995-2003.]

Current as of December 2007


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