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July 3, 2003


These articles appeared in recently released journals and newsletters. They include articles funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) or authored by AHRQ researchers; articles mentioning or discussing AHRQ; articles related to AHRQ-funded Evidence-based Practice Centers; articles mentioning the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force/Put Prevention into Practice; articles mentioning the Presidents Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry and Agency-supported activities relating to the Quality Interagency Task Force; and other research using AHRQ data.


AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles

Annals of Internal Medicine
Kuperman GJ, Gibson RF. Computer physician order entry: benefits, costs, and issues. Ann Intern Med 2003 July 1; 139(1):31-39. [Article is a part of the journal's Improving Patient Care section, which is supported in part by AHRQ.]

Lo B, Groman M. Focusing on benefits and risks. Arch Intern Med 2003 Jun 23; 163(12):1481-86. [Supported by Grant No. R13 HS10961.]

Archives of Ophthalmology
Fremont AM, Lee PP, Mangione CM, et al. Patterns of care for open angle glaucoma in managed care. Arch Ophthalmol 2003 Jun; 121(6):777-83. [Supported by Cooperative Agreement No. U01 HS09942 between AHRQ and the American Association of Health Plans Foundation.]

Arthritis and Rheumatism
Patino FG, Allison J, Oliveri J, et al. The effects of physician specialty and patient comorbidities on the use and discontinuation of coxibs. Arthritis Rheum 2003 Jun 15; 49(3):293-99. [Supported by Grant No. U10 HS10389.]

British Medical Journal
Stryer D, Clancy C. Boosting performance measure for measure. BMJ 2003 Jun 14; 326(7402):1278-89. [First author is acting director of AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety and second author is AHRQ Director.]

Family Medicine
Callahan EJ, Stange KC, Bertakis KD, et al. Does time use in outpatient residency training reflect community practice? Fam Med 2003 Jun; 35(6):423-37. [Supported in part by Grant Nos. R03 HS080291 and R18-06167.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Rhoades DA, Buchwald D. Hypertension in older urban Native-American primary care patients. J Am Geriatr Soc 2003 Jun; 51(6):774-81. [Supported by Grant No. P01 HS10854.]

Bland DR, Dugan E, Cohen SJ, et al. The effects of implementation of the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research urinary incontinence guidelines in primary care practices. J Am Geriatr Soc 2003 Jul; 51(7):979-84. [Supported by Grant No. HS08716-02.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Ferguson TB, Peterson ED, Coombs LP, et al. Use of continuous quality improvement to increase use of process measures in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery. JAMA 2003 July 2; 290(1):49-56. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS104030.]

Journal of Clinical Oncology
Punglia RS, Kuntz KM, Lee JH, et al. Radiation therapy plus tamoxifen versus tamoxifen along after breast-conserving surgery in postmenopausal women with Stage 1 breast cancer: a decision analysis. J Clin Oncol 2003 Jun 15; 21(12):2260-67. [Supported by Grant No. 32 HS00020-16.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Baker DW, Einstadter D, Husak S, et al. Changes in the use of do-not-resuscitate orders after implementation of the Patient Safety Self-determination Act. J Gen Intern Med 2003 May; 18(5):343-49. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS09969.]

Chaudhry S, Fink A, Gelberg L, et al. Utilization of Papanicolaou smears by South Asian women living in the United States. J Gen Intern Med 2003 May; 18(5):377-84. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R01 HS10597-01A2.]

Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Barzilai DA, Singer ME. Potential impact on melanoma mortality of reducing rates of suboptimal excision margins. J Invest Dermatol 2003 Jun; 120(6):1067-72. [Supported by Grant No. 5 T32 HS00059-09.]

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Li T, Rhoads GG, Smulian J, et al. Physician cesarean delivery rates and risk-adjusted perinatal outcomes. Obstet Gynecol 2003 Jun; 101(6):1204-12. [Supported by Grant No. R03 HS10795-01.]

Public Health Reports
Beal AC, Kuhlthau K, Perrin JM. Breastfeeding advice given to African American and white women by physicians and WIC counselors. Public Health Rep 2003 Jul-Aug; 118(4):368-74. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS09782.]

Statistics in Medicine
Terrin N, Schmid CH, Lau J, et al. Adjusting for publication bias in the presence of heterogeneity. Stat Med 2003 Jul 15; 22(13):2113-26. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10254.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Managed Care
Goetghebeur MM, Forrest S, Hay JW. Understanding the underlying drivers of impatient cost growth: a literature review. Am J Manag Care 2003 Jun; 9 Spec No. 1; SP3-12. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Needleman et al., N Engl J Med, 2003; cites AHRQ press release, 2002; cites article by AHRQ authors Basu, Friedman and Burstin, Med Care, 2002; cites AHRQ Web site as source reviewed for data.]

Wholey DR, Christianson JB, Finch M, et al. Evaluating health plan quality 1: a conceptual model. Am J Manag Care 2003 Jun; 9 Spec No. 2; SP53-64. [Cites Hellinger (AHRQ researcher), Med Care Res Rev, 1996, and various AHRQ-funded articles on adverse drug events.]

Wholey DR, Christianson JB, Finch M, et al. Evaluating health plan quality 2: survey design principles for measuring health plan quality. Am J Manag Care 2003 Jun; 9 Spec No. 2; SP65-SP75. [Cites AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Survey (CAHPS®) and article by Crofton et al. (first author and third author, Charles Darby, are AHRQ researchers), Med Care 1997.]

Wholey DR, Christianson JB, Finch M, et al. Evaluating health plan quality 3: survey measurement properties. Am J Manag Care 2003 Jun; 9 Spec No. 2; SP76-87. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Stange et al., Med Care, 1998.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Burwen DR, Galusha DH, Lewis JM, et al. National and state trends in quality of care for acute myocardial infarction between 1994-1995 and 1998-1999: the Medicare Health Care Quality Improvement Program. Arch Intern Med 2003 Jun; 163(12):1430-39. [Cites Commission's final report Quality First: Better Health Care for All Americans, 1998.]

LaPointe NM, Jollis JG. Medication errors in hospitalized cardiovascular patients. Arch Intern Med 2003 Jun; 163(12):1461-66. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Leape et al, JAMA, 1999, and Bates, Arch Intern Med, 1999.]

Evidence-based Healthcare
Clinicians report high satisfaction with clinical guidelines, but question their practicality. Evid-based Healthcare 2003 Jun; 7(2):77-78. [Abstracts article by Farquhar, Kofa, and Slutsky (first author is former AHRQ researcher, third author is acting director of AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness), Clinicians' attitudes to clinical practice guidelines: a systematic review, Med J Aust, 2002.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Miranda J, Chung JY, Green BL, et al. Treating depression in predominantly low-income young minority women: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA 2003 Jul 2; 290(1):57-65. [Cites Program Brief: Health Care for Minority Women, AHRQ Pub No. 02-P010; cites AHRQ guideline, Depression in Primary Care, Volume 2: Treatment of Major Depression, 1993.]

Quality Assurance, Book review of "An introduction to quality assurance in health care". JAMA 2003 Jul 2; 290)1:119-20. [Cites article by AHRQ researcher David Hsia, JAMA, 2003.]

Women's Health, Book review of "Primary care of women". JAMA 2003 Jul 2; 290)1: 120-22. [Cites article by AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy, JAMA, 1992.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Hsu J, Schmittdiel J, Krupat E, et al. Patient choice: a randomized controlled trial of provider selection. J Gen Intern Med 2003 May; 18(5):319-25. [Cites article by former AHRQ Director John Eisenberg, JAMA, 2000; cites Kaiser Family Foundation/AHRQ National survey on Americans as health care consumers: an update on the role of quality information; cites article about Kaiser/AHRQ survey, Robinson et al., Jt Comm J Qual Improv, 1997.]

Rollman BL. Reflections on the 10th anniversary of the AHCPR's guideline for the treatment of depression in primary care. J Gen Intern Med 2003 Jun; 18(6):492-93. [Describes development and impact of AHRQ guidelines.]

Public Health Reports
Betancourt JR. Unequal treatment: the institute of medicine report and its public health implications. Public Health Rep 2003 Jul-Aug; 118(4):287-92. [Cites AHRQ funded articles by Ayanian et al., New Engl J Med, 1991, 1999 and Med Care, 1999; cites AHRQ funded articles by Schulman et al., New Engl J Med, 1999, and Flores et al. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med, 1998, JAMA, 2002.]

Betancourt JR, Green AR, Carrillo JE. Defining cultural competence: a practical framework for addressing racial/ethnic disparities in health and health care. Public Health Rep 2003 Jul-Aug; 118(4):293-302. [Authors reviewed AHRQ Web site content for relevant reports; cites article by former AHRQ Director John Eisenberg, Ann Int Med, 1979; cites article by AHRQ researchers Cindy Brach and Irene Fraser, Med Care Res Rev, 2000; cites AHRQ funded articles by Ayanian et al. New Engl J Med, 1991, Med Care, 1999.]

Green AR. The human face of health disparities. Public Health Rep, 2003 Jul-Aug; 118(4):303-8. [Cites AHRQ funded articles by Ayanian et al., New Engl J Med, 1999 and Schulman et al., New Engl J Med, 1999.]

Boulware LE, Cooper LA, Ratner LE, et al. Race and trust in the health care system. Public Health Rep, 2003 Jul-Aug; 118(4):358-65. [Cites article by Fiscella et al., JAMA, 2000 (4th author is AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy); cites AHRQ funded article by Ayanian et al., New Engl J Med, 1999.]

King WD. Examining African Americans mistrust of the health care system: expanding the research question. Public Health Rep, 2003 Jul-Aug; 118(4):366-67. [Cites AHRQ funded articles Schulman et al., New Engl J Med, 1999, Ayanian et al., Med Care, 1999, and Epstein et al., New Engl J Med, 1999.]

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

American Health Line
Vitamins: federal panel questions evidence of benefits. Am Health Line 2003 Jul 1; 5. [Comments on USPSTF findings regarding claims that vitamin supplements reduce the risk of developing cancer and heart disease.]

American Journal of Nursing
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy for the primary prevention of chronic conditions: recommendations and rationale. Am J Nurs 2003 Jun; 103(6):83, 85-86, 89-91. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations for use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT); updates Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Routine vitamin supplementation to prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease: recommendations and rationale. Ann Intern Med 2003 Jul 1; 139(1):51-55. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations on routine vitamin supplementation to prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease.]

Taking vitamin supplements to prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer: recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med 2003 Jul 1; 139(1):1-76. [Summary of USPSTF recommendations on routine vitamin supplementation to prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease.]

Health News Daily
Greenberg, Kevin. Vitamins A,C, E Insufficient evidence exists to recommend supplementation USPSTF. Health News Daily 2003 Jul 1; 15(126):5-6. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations on the use of vitamin supplements to prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Fletcher RH. Screening sigmoidoscopy how often and how good? JAMA 2003 Jul 2; 290(1):106-8. [Cites USPSTF article on screening for breast cancer, Ann Intern Med, 2002.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Turner B, Myers RE, Hyslop T, et al. Physician and patient factors associated with ordering a colon evaluation after a positive fecal occult blood test. J Gen Intern Med 2003 May; 18(5):357-63. [Cites USPSTF Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996:89-103; cites article summarizing USPSTF evidence for colorectal cancer screening, Pignone et al., Ann Intern Med, 2002.]

J Women's Health
Gill JM, Hoffman MK. Prevention and treatment of osteoporosis in primary care offices. J Women's Health 2003 Jun; 12(5):473-80. [Cites USPSTF Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Neuner JM, McCarthy EP, Davis RB, et al. Physician counseling on hormone replacement therapy and bone loss: do socioeconomic and racial characteristics of women influence counseling. J Women's Health 2003 Jun; 12(5):495-504. [Cites USPSTF Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Frank E, Elon L, Hogue C. Transgenerational persistence of education as a health risk: findings from the women physicians health study. J Women's Health 2003 Jun; 12(5):505-12. [Cites USPSTF Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPC)-Related Articles

Archives of Internal Medicine
Kaushal R, Shojania KG, Bates DW. Effects of computerized physician order entry and clinical decision support systems on medication safety. Arch Intern Med 163(12):1409-16. [Portions of article are based on work performed in collaboration with the University of California San Francisco-Stanford Evidence-Based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-97-0013.]

Burwen DR, Galusha DH, Lewis JM, et al. National and state trends in quality of care for acute myocardial infarction between 1994-1995 and 1998-1999. Arch Intern Med 163(12):1430-39. [Cites AHRQ funded articles, Soumerai et al., JAMA 1997, Jencks et al., JAMA 2002, and Krumholz et al., JAMA 1998; cites Quality first: better health care for all Americans, Presidents Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry, 1998.]

Pediatrics
Garbutt J, Jeffe DB, Shackelford P. Diagnosis and treatment of acute otitis media: an assessment. Pediatrics 2003 Jul; 112(1):143-49. [Cites Evidence Report. Technology Assessment No. 15, Management of Acute Otitis Media, 2001; cites AHRQ funded article Flores et al., Pediatrics, 2000.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Managed Care
Siegrist RB, Kane NM. Exploring the relationship between inpatient hospital costs and quality of care. Am J Manag Care 2003 Jun; 9 Spec No. 1; SP43-49. [Uses quality indicators from AHRQ's HCUP Quality Indicators, Software User's Guide, 1998, and evidence-based practice center (EPC) review Refinement of the HCUP Quality Indicators, 2001.]

Evidence-based Healthcare
Educational outreach may improve preventive cardiovascular care in general practice. Evidence-based Healthcare 2003; 7(2):70-73. [Uses 5 A's from Smoking Cessation Guideline, 2000.]

Health and Medicine Week
Healthcare costs: costs for kids with behavioral disorders similar to physical disorders. Health and Medicine Week 2003 Jun 2; Sect: Expanded Reporting: pg. 21. [Comments on study (Rostain, Zhao, Mandell, Hadley) which used MEPS data.]

Managed Care Weekly Digest
Behavior disorders: child health costs similar for behavioral compared with physical disorders. Managed Care Weekly Digest 2003 May 26; Sect: Expanded Reporting; pg. 12. [Comments on study (Rostain, Zhao, Mandell, Hadley) which used MEPS data.]

Behavior disorders: child health costs similar for behavioral compared with physical disorders. Managed Care Weekly Digest 2003 Jun 2; Sect: Expanded Reporting; pg. 28. [Comments on study (Rostain, Zhao, Mandell, Hadley) which used MEPS data.]

Mental Health Weekly Digest
Behavior disorders: child health costs similar for behavioral compared with physical disorders. Mental Health Weekly Digest 2003 May 26; Sect: Expanded Reporting; pg. 2. [Comments on study (Rostain, Zhao, Mandell, Hadley) which used MEPS data.]

Healthcare costs: costs for kids with behavioral disorders similar to physical disorders. Mental Health Weekly Digest 2003 Jun 2; Sect: Editors Choice; pg. 6. [Comments on study (Rostain, Zhao, Mandell, Hadley) which used MEPS data.]

Obesity, Fitness and Wellness Week
Pediatric obesity: minority youths are more likely to be overweight. Obesity, Fitness Wellness Week 2003 May 24; Sect: Expanded Reporting; pg. 26. [Comments on study Rostain, Zhao, Mandell, Hadley) which used MEPS data.]

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