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September 10, 2004


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

Academic Emergency Medicine
Tamayo-Sarver JH, Baker DW. Comparison of responses to a $2 bill versus a chance to win $250 in a mail survey of emergency physicians. Acad Emerg Med 2004 Aug; 11(8):888-92. [Supported by Grant No. R03 HS11948-01.]

AIDS Patient Care and STDs
Lo Re V 3rd, Gasink L, Kostman JR, et al. Natural history of patients with low-level HIV viremia on antiretroviral therapy. AIDS Patient Care STDS 2004 Aug; 18(3):436-42. [Supported by Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) Grant No. HS10399.]

American Heart Journal
Ammar KA, Kors JA, Yawn BP, et al. Defining unrecognized myocardial infarction: a call for standardized electrocardiographic diagnostic criteria. Am Heart J 2004 Aug; 148(2):277-84. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R01 HS10239.]

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Andrade SE, Gurwitz JH, Davis RL, et al. Prescription drug use in pregnancy. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2004 Aug; 191(2):398-407. [Supported by CERTs Grant No. HS10391.]

Handa VL, Harvey L, Fox HE, et al. Parity and route of delivery: does cesarean delivery reduce bladder symptoms later in life? Am J Obstet Gynecol 2004 Aug; 191(2):463-9. [Supported by Grant No. HS06865.]

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Atkins D, Clancy C. Multiple risk factors interventions: are we up to the challenge? Am J Prev Med 2004 Aug; 27(2 Suppl):102-3. [Authors are researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence and AHRQ Director, respectively.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Majumdar SR, Rowe BH, Folk D, et al. A controlled trial to increase detection and treatment of osteoporosis in older patients with a wrist fracture. Ann Intern Med 2004 Sep 7; 141(5):366-73. [Published in AHRQ-sponsored Improving Patient Care section of journal; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Soumerai, et al., JAMA, 1998, and Localio, et al., Ann Intern Med, 2001.]

Archives of General Psychiatry
Miranda J, Schoenbaum M, Sherbourne C, et al. Effects of primary care depression treatment on minority patients' clinical status and employment. Arch Gen Psychiatry 2004 Aug; 61(8):827-34. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS08349.]

Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Cooper WO, Hickson GB, Fuchs C, et al. New users of antipsychotic medications among children enrolled in TennCare. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2004 Aug; 158(8):753-9. [Supported by Centers for Education and Research in Therapeutics (CERTs) Grant No. 1 U18 HS10384-01.]

Gerontologist
Jones ER, Fink R, Pepper G, et al. Improving nursing home staff knowledge and attitudes about pain. Gerontologist 2004 Aug; 44(4):469-78. [Supported by Grant No. U18 HS11093.]

Guerriero Austrom M, Damush TM, Hartwell CW, et al. Development and implementation of nonpharmacologic protocols for the management of patients with Alzheimer's disease and their families in a multiracial primary care setting. Gerontologist 2004 Aug; 44(4):548-53. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10884.]

Health Economics
Chapman RH, Berger M, Weinstein MC, et al. When does quality-adjusting life-years matter in cost-effectiveness analysis? Health Econ 2004 May; 13(5):429-36. [First author supported by AHRQ training grant, no number given.]

JAMA
Kachalia A, Studdert DM. Professional liability issues in graduate medical education. JAMA 2004 Sep 1; 292(9):1051-6. [Supported by Grant No. K02 HS11285.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Safety
Jeffe DB, Dunagan WC, Garbutt J, et al. Using focus groups to understand physicians' and nurses' perspectives on error reporting in hospitals. Jt Comm J Qual Saf 2004 Sep; 30(9):471-9. [Supported by Grant No. HS11898-01.]

Weller WE, Gallagher BK, Cen L, et al. Readmissions for venous thromboembolism: expanding the definition of patient safety indicators. Jt Comm J Qual Saf 2004 Sep; 30(9):497-504. [Supported by Grant No. 1118 HS11880; uses AHRQ Patient Safety Indicator algorithm from AHRQ technical review, Measures of Patient Safety Based on Hospital Administrative Data—The Patient Safety Indicators, 2002, and AHRQ publication, AHRQ Quality Indicators—Guide to Patient Safety Indicators, Version 2.1, 2003.]

Journal of the American Dietetic Association
Gollub EA, Weddle DO. Improvements in nutritional intake and quality of life among frail homebound older adults receiving home-delivered breakfast and lunch. J Am Diet Assoc 2004 Aug; 104(8):1227-35. [Supported by Grant No. R03 HS10787-01.]

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Kent DM, Vijan S, Hayward RA, et al. Tissue plasminogen activator was cost-effective compared to streptokinase in only selected patients with acute myocardial infarction. J Clin Epidemiol 2004 Aug; 57(8):843-52. [Supported by Grant Nos. R01 HS08212 and T32 HS00060.]

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Bell JF, Zimmerman FJ, Huebner CE, et al. Perinatal health service use by women released from jail. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2004 Aug; 15(3):426-42. [Supported by Grant No. T32 HS013853-01.]

Washington EL, Shen JJ, Bell R, et al. Patterns of hospital-based pediatric care across diverse ethnicities: the case of pneumonia. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2004 Aug;15(3):462-73. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R03 HS13056.]

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Yabroff KR, Lawrence WF, Clauser S, et al. Burden of illness in cancer survivors: findings from a population-based national sample. J Natl Cancer Inst 2004 Sep 1; 96(17):1322-30. [Second author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence.]

Journal of Trauma
Zatzick D, Jurkovich G, Russo J, et al. Postraumatic distress, alcohol disorders, and recurrent trauma across level 1 trauma centers. J Trauma 2004 Aug; 57(2):360-6. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R013 HS11372.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Ray WA, Murray KT, Meredith S, et al. Oral erythromycin and the risk of sudden death from cardiac causes. N Engl J Med 2004 Sep 9; 351(11):1089-96. [Supported by CERTs Grant No. HS10384.]

Physical Therapy
Riddle DL, Hillner BE, Wells PS, et al. Diagnosis of lower-extremity deep vein thrombosis in outpatients with musculoskeletal disorders: a national survey of physical therapists. Phys Ther 2004 Aug; 84(8):717-28. [Supported by Grant No. R03 HS13059-01.]

Riddle DL, Wells PS. Diagnosis of lower-extremity deep vein thrombosis in outpatients. Phys Ther 2004 Aug; 84(8):729-35. [Supported by Grant No. R03 HS13059-01.]

Preventive Medicine
Fiscella K, Franks P, Meldrum S. Estimating racial/ethnic disparity in mammography rates: it all depends on how you ask the question. Prev Med 2004 Aug; 39(2):399-403. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10295-01; uses Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data.]

Social Science and Medicine
Martikainen P, Lahelma E, Marmot M, et al. A comparison of socioeconomic differences in physical functioning and perceived health among male and female employees in Britain, Finland and Japan. Soc Sci Med 2004 Sep; 59(6):1287-95. [Whitehall II study supported by Grant No. HS06516.]

Vaccine
Nowalk MP, Zimmerman RK, Feghali J. Missed opportunities for adult immunization in diverse primary care office settings. Vaccine 2004 Sep 3; 22(25-26):3457-63. [Supported by Grant No. HS09874-01A1.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Managed Care
Cherry DL, Vickrey BG, Schwankovsky L, et al. Interventions to improve quality of care: the Kaiser Permanente-Alzheimer's Association Dementia Care Project. Am J Manag Care 2004 Aug; 10(8):553-60. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Recognition and Initial Assessment of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders, 1996.]

American Journal of Nursing
Mennick F. We have the evidence—now what? Am J Nurs 2004 Aug; 104(8):21. [Reviews AHRQ report, Hospital Nurse Staffing and Quality of Care, 2004, as posted on AHRQ Web site.]

Clinics in Geriatric Medicine
Gammack JK. Urinary incontinence in the frail elder. Clin Geriatr Med 2004 Aug; 20(3):453-66. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Urinary Incontinence in Adults: Acute and Chronic Management, 1996.]

Cacchione PZ, Decker SA. Caring for the incontinent elder: advanced practice nursing concepts. Clin Geriatr Med 2004 Aug; 20(3):489-97. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Urinary Incontinence in Adults: Acute and Chronic Management, 1996.]

Khan IJ, Tariq SH. Urinary incontinence: behavioral modification therapy in older adult. Clin Geriatr Med 2004 Aug; 20(3):499-509. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Urinary Incontinence in Adults: Acute and Chronic Management, 1996.]

Mueller CA. Quality improvement and incontinence in long-term care. Clin Geriatr Med 2004 Aug; 20(3):539-51. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Urinary Incontinence in Adults: Acute and Chronic Management, 1996.]

Hajjar RR. Psychosocial impact of urinary incontinence in the elderly population. Clin Geriatr Med 2004 Aug; 20(3):553-64, viii. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Urinary Incontinence in Adults: Acute and Chronic Management, 1996.]

Evidence-based Healthcare
Vacek JL. Practice-based continuing education combined with process improvement methods improves delivery of preventive services to children. Evid based Healthc 2004 Aug; 8(4):177-9. [Cites and comments on AHRQ-funded article by Margolis, et al., BMJ, 2004.]

Gerontologist
Simmons SF, Cadogan MP, Cabrera GR, et al. The Minimum Data Set depression quality indicator: does it reflect differences in care processes? Gerontologist 2004 Aug; 44(4):554-64. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Shekelle, et al., Ann Intern Med, 2001.]

Health Data Management
Feds to build I.T. resource center. Health Data Manage 2004 Aug; 12(8):26. [Describes AHRQ request for proposal for construction and operation of its Health Information Technology Resources Center.]

Gillespie G. Identifying patient safety priorities. Health Data Manage 2004 Aug; 12(8):40-6. [Describes AHRQ patient safety study.]

Health Economics
Christensen EW. Scale and scope economies in nursing homes: a quantile regression approach. Health Econ 2004 May; 13(5):363-77. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Cohen and Spector (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends), J Health Econ, 1996.]

Health News Daily
Fehrs P. PET national coverage decisions on six rare cancers to be issued by November. Health News Daily 2004 Sep 10; 16(176):2-3. [Notes announcement of AHRQ meeting with CMS and other organizations to design "PET/AD practical community-based trial".]

Healthcare Financial Management
Percentage of population with no usual source of care, by race/ethnicity and age. Healthc Finan Manage 2004 Aug; 58(8):23. [Tabular data based on analysis of MEPS Household Component, 2001.]

Internal Medicine News
Salodof MacNeil J. 'Culture of blame' perpetuates errors. Intern Med News 2004 Apr 1; 37(7):1, 8. [Describes involvement of Dr. Robert M. Wachter and Dr. Kaveh G. Shojania in the development of AHRQ's Web M&M and cites AHRQ's patient safety budget for 2005.]

JAMA
Brennan TA, Horwitz RI, Duffy FD, et al. The role of physician specialty board certification status in the quality movement. JAMA 2004 Sep 1; 292(9):1038-43. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Hofer, et al., JAMA, 1999, and AHRQ-authored article by Kelly and Hellinger (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Deliver, Organization, and Markets), Med Care, 1986.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Safety
Kennedy AG, Littenberg B. A modified outpatient prescription form to reduce prescription errors. Jt Comm J Qual Saf 2004 Sep; 30(9):480-7. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Bates and Gawande, N Engl J Med, 2003.]

Mills PD, DeRosier JM, Neily J, et al. A cognitive aid for cardiac arrest: you can't use it if you don't know about it. Jt Comm J Qual Saf 2004 Sep; 30(9):488-96. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Duffy and Farley (former AHRQ-researchers), Med Care, 1992, and AHRQ-funded article by Soumerai, et al., JAMA, 1998.]

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Koroukian SM. Screening mammography was used more, and more frequently, by longer than shorter term Medicaid enrollees. J Clin Epidemiol 2004 Aug; 57(8):824-31. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Schneider, et al., JAMA, 2002.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Alexander GC, Casalino LP, Tseng CW, et al. Barriers to patient-physician communication about out-of-pocket costs. J Gen Intern Med 2004 Aug; 19(8):856-60. [Cites MEPS, 1996.]

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Gurewich D, Prottas J, Seifert R, et al. Medical debt and consumer credit counseling services. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2004 Aug; 15(3):336-346. [Cites AHRQ report, Monitoring the Health Care Safety Net—Book II: a Data Book for States and Counties, 2003.]

McAlearney JS. Opportunities for outreach: Medicaid participation among children in Ohio. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2004 Aug; 15(3):357-74. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Selden and Banthin (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends), Health Aff, 1998, and AHRQ publication, Children's Health, 1996, by Weigers, et al. (former and current researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends), 1998.]

Medical Care Research and Review
Bazzoli GJ, Dynan L, Burns LR, et al. Two decades of organizational change in health care: what have we learned? Med Care Res Rev 2004 Sep; 61(3):247-331. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Duffy and Friedman, Health Aff, 1993.]

Yuen EJ. Severity of illness and ambulatory care-sensitive conditions. Med Care Res Rev 2004 Sep; 61(3):376-91. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Bierman (former AHRQ researcher) et al. (two researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, and AHRQ director), Abstr Book Assoc Health Serv Res, 1999, and Fiscella, et al. (fourth author is AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy), JAMA, 2000.]

Conrad DA, Christianson JB. Preface. Med Care Res Rev 2004 Sep; 61(3 Suppl):10S-11S. [Cites AHRQ funding of Invitational Conference on "Effects of Financial Incentives, Clinical-Managerial-Organizational Arrangements, and Market and Environmental Conditions on Quality and Cost of Health Services" for which supplement articles were prepared.]

Shortell SM. Increasing value: a research agenda for addressing the managerial and organizational challenges facing health care delivery in the United States. Med Care Res Rev 2004 Sep; 61(3 Suppl):12S-30S. [Cites AHRQ's Integrated Delivery System Research Networks (IDSRN) and Primary Care Practice-based Research Networks (PCPRN) as examples of "ongoing close partnerships between the research and practice communities"; cites AHRQ-authored article by Eisenberg (former AHRQ director), Med Care, 2002.]

Conrad DA, Christianson JB. Penetrating the "black box": financial incentives for enhancing the quality of physician services. Med Care Res Rev 2004 Sep; 61(3 Suppl):37S-68S. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Hellinger, Arch Intern Med, 1998.]

Town R, Wholey DR, Kralewski J, et al. Assessing the influence of incentives on physicians and medical groups. Med Care Res Rev 2004 Sep; 61(3 Suppl):80S-118S. [Cites book by Eisenberg, Doctors' Decisions and the Cost of Medical Care: The Reasons for Doctors' Practice Patterns and Ways to Change Them, 1986; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Encinosa (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets), National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper, 1997, and Selden, J Health Econ, 1990.]

Saver BG. Commentary on "Opportunities and challenges for measuring cost, quality, and clinical effectiveness in health care": the fault lies not in our stars but in our system. Med Care Res Rev 2004 Sep; 61(3 Suppl):151S-160S. [Cites AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Study (CAHPS®) in articles by Farley, et al.,Med Care Res Rev, 2002, and Health Serv Res, 2002, and Guadagnoli, et al., Jt Comm J Qual Improv, 2000.]

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

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Katz ML, Sheridan S, Pignone M, et al. Prostate and colon cancer screening messages in popular magazines. J Gen Intern Med 2004 Aug; 19(8):843-8. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer in adults at average risk in Ann Intern Med, 2002.]

Partin MR, Nelson D, Radosevich D, et al. Randomized trial examining the effect of two prostate cancer screening educational interventions on patient knowledge, preferences, and behaviors. J Gen Intern Med 2004 Aug; 19(8):835-42. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer in adults at average risk in Ann Intern Med, 2002.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Annals of Internal Medicine
McAlister FA, Ezekowitz JA, Weibe N, et al. Systematic review: cardiac resynchronization in patients with symptomatic heart failure. Ann Intern Med 2004 Sep 7; 141(5):381-90. [Supported by Contract No. 290-02-0023 to University of Alberta Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC).]

Hlatky MA, Massie BM. Cardiac resynchronization for heart failure. Ann Intern Med 2004 Sep 7; 141(5):399-400. [Comments on article above.]

The cost-effectiveness of cardiac resyncronization therapy for heart failure. Ann Intern Med 2004 Sep 7; 141(5):1-29. [Summarizes findings in article by McAlister cited above.]

Clinics in Geriatric Medicine
Tannenbaum C, DuBeau CE. Urinary incontinence in the nursing home: practical approach to evaluation and management. Clin Geriatr Med 2004 Aug; 20(3):437-52. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001, and AHRQ guideline, Urinary Incontinence in Adults: Acute and Chronic Management, 1996; states that guidelines by AHRQ and the American Medical Directors Association have "not been successful in improving outcomes."]

President's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry/Quality Inter-agency Coordination (QuIC) Task Force-Related Articles

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Weingart SN, Tess A, Driver J, et al. Creating a quality improvement elective for medical house officers. J Gen Intern Med 2004 Aug; 19(8):861-67. [Cites Commission's final report, Quality First: Better Health Care for All Americans, 1998.]

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