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June 13, 2003, Issue No. 102
AHRQ News and Numbers
There were 24,267 cases of stomach cancer treated in U.S. community hospitals in 2000. Patients were hospitalized an average of 11 days, and total charges averaged $36,795 [Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, 2000, HCUPnet.]
- AHRQ moves to new home
- AHRQ director testifies on patient safety research before Senate subcommittee
- AHRQ men's health fact sheet released
- Translating Research Into Practice conference set for July
- International Child Health Services Research meeting set for September 20
- What's new at the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse™
- Do you know how AHRQ's research is being used?
- Highlights from the most recent edition of our monthly newsletter
- AHRQ in the professional literature
1. AHRQ Moves to New Home
AHRQ is relocating to the John M. Eisenberg Building in Rockville, Maryland, effective June 16. The new building is located at 540 Gaither Road, Rockville, MD, 20850. Please update your databases to reflect the Agency's new address. The Agency's contact information is:
Web address: http://www.ahrq.gov.
Main phone number: (301) 427-1200.
AHRQ's Publications Clearinghouse: 1-800-358-9295.
2. AHRQ Director Testifies on Patient Safety Research Before Senate Subcommittee
AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy, M.D., testified before the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs on June 11 on "Patient Safety: Supporting a Culture of Continuous Quality Improvement in Hospitals and Other Health Care Organizations." Dr. Clancy discussed how AHRQ has invested the $165 million that Congress has given the Agency to support research designed to make the health care system safer. She also described the lessons that we have learned from other industries, which have made major strides in safety. Select to access the testimony.
3. AHRQ Men's Health Fact Sheet Released
AHRQ announced a new men's health tool, A Checklist for Your Next Checkup. The checklist shows at a glance what the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends regarding seven important medical screening tests—which ones men need and when—to detect disease or other conditions early. The checklist is designed for men to take with them when they visit their health care providers to make it easier to talk about which screening tests they might need. Select to access the press release, to access the checklist in English, and to access the checklist in Spanish. A print copy of the checklist is available by sending an E-mail to AHRQPubs@ahrq.hhs.gov.
4. Translating Research Into Practice Conference Set for July
AHRQ is sponsoring a conference, "Translating Research Into Practice: What's Working? What's Missing? What's Next?" on July 22-24 in Washington, DC. What do recent national prevention efforts reveal about successful TRIP? The 2003 TRIP Conference offers the opportunity for researchers and policy makers to share their experiences in two key case studies: The Journey of Evidence into Practice: The Case of Chlamydia Screening and The Journey of Evidence into Practice: Immunizing the Elderly. The first in a new annual series sponsored by AHRQ, the TRIP conference also will examine recent successes and current challenges in translating research into practice for patients, communities, physicians, practices, health care organizations, national and local governments, payers, educators, and the media.
5. International Child Health Services Research Meeting Set for September 20
AHRQ is sponsoring a meeting called "International Child Health Services Research: Advancing Knowledge, Informing Action, Improving Child Health Care," on Saturday, September 20, in Washington, DC. This first ever, 1-day affiliate meeting of the 5th International Conference on the Scientific Basis of Health Services will focus on how child health services research seeks to advance children's health care and health through the establishment of a strategic focus for international child health services research activities. By bringing together leaders from diverse countries, it will address the current under-emphasis on children in the international dialogue on health care quality and health services improvement. Featured participants include Drs. Charles Homer, Robin Osborne, Lisa Simpson, and Barbara Starfield from the United States; Robert Holl of the Netherlands; Catherine Peckham of the United Kingdom, and Frank Oberklaid of Australia.
6. What's New at the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse™
To see what new features and measures have been added to AHRQ's National Quality Measures Clearinghouse™ (NQMC)—a Web-based public resource of the most current evidence-based quality measures and measure sets available to evaluate and improve the quality of health care—select What's New. You can receive updates to the site via E-mail by subscribing to the NQMC Weekly Update Service, select registration. For information on submitting quality measures, or for general questions, please send an E-mail to email@example.com.
7. Do You Know How AHRQ's Research Is Being Used?
We are always looking for ways in which AHRQ-funded research, products, and tools have changed people's lives, influenced clinical practice, improved policies, and affected patient outcomes. Impact case studies describe AHRQ research findings in action. These case studies have been used in testimony, budget documents, and speeches. We would like to know if you are aware of any impact your AHRQ-funded research has had on health care policy, clinical practice, or patient outcomes. Contact AHRQ's Impact Case Studies Program at (301) 427-1243 with your impact stories.
8. Highlights from the Most Recent Edition of our Monthly Newsletter
The new issue of Research Activities is in the mail. Among the key articles:
- Patients with traumatic brain injury should be screened for alcohol problems that can interfere with neurologic recovery.
People with traumatic brain injury (TBI) are frequently intoxicated at the time of injury and often have a history of chronic alcohol problems. Screening TBI patients for pre-injury alcohol problems can identify most of those who will develop alcohol-related problems within a year after the injury. This supports current recommendations from doctors to screen all people hospitalized for traumatic injury for pre-injury alcohol problems.
Other articles are:
- Studies focus on use of cardiac procedures and post-hospital rehab services among elderly heart attack patients.
- First trimester ultrasound identifies more cases of Down syndrome than second trimester maternal serum screening and is more cost effective.
- Better access to quality outpatient care for sickle cell disease could reduce patients' heavy reliance on expensive ER care.
- Capitated payments and gatekeeping practices have minor effects on referrals of managed care patients to specialists.
- Knowledge of non-Western health practices may help doctors avoid misdiagnoses and other problems in Asian-American patients.
Select to access Research Activities for these articles and others.
9. AHRQ in the Professional Literature
We are providing the following hyperlinks to journal abstracts through PubMed® for your convenience. Unfortunately, some of you may not be able to access the abstracts because of firewalls or specific settings on your individual computer systems. If you are having problems, you should ask your technical support staff for possible remedies.
Small SD, Baruch P. Patient safety and health policy: a history and review. Hematol Oncol Clin North Am 2002 Dec;16(2):1463-82. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.
Uhrig JD, Short PF. Testing the effect of quality reports on the health plan choices of Medicare beneficiaries. Inquiry 2002-2003 Winter;39(4):355-71. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.
Taxis K, Schneeweiss S. Frequency and predictors of drug therapy interruptions after hospital discharge under physician drug budgets in Germany. Int J Clin Pharmacol Ther 2003 Feb;41(2):77-82. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.
Tan EJ, Lui LY, Eng C, et al. Differences in mortality of black and white patients enrolled in the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly. J Am Geriatr Soc 2003 Feb;51(2):246-51. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.
Johnston BD, Grossman DC, Thompson RS. Transient elevation in risk of injury in siblings following injury encounters. J Pediatr 2003 Jan;142(1):79-83. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.
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Current as of June 2003