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October 17, 2003, Issue No. 113


AHRQ News and Numbers

From 1996-2001, the percentage of uninsured Americans under age 65 varied significantly depending on the definition of the time period for being uninsured. In 2001, 25.9 percent of Americans were uninsured at some point during the year, 18.8 percent were uninsured throughout the first half of the year, and 13.1 percent were uninsured for the entire year. [Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, MEPS Statistical Brief #24: The Uninsured in America—1996-2002, Estimates for the Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population Under Age 65 (PDF File, 211 KB; PDF Help).]

Today's Headlines:

  1. Independent task forces release recommendations on community and clinical approaches to preventing skin cancer
  2. Fourth AHRQ Web-assisted audioconference on bioterrorism and health system preparedness set for October 21
  3. Health Legacy Partnership conference set for October 22
  4. Call for abstracts for 2004 Building Bridges conference
  5. Register now for November 7 Patient Safety Research Summit
  6. AHRQ in the professional literature

1.  Independent Task Forces Release Recommendations on Community and Clinical Approaches to Preventing Skin Cancer

Research results on skin cancer prevention published in today's issue of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Recommendations and Reports offer recommendations for educational and policy approaches in primary schools, as well as recreational and tourism settings, to encourage people to wear hats or other garments to limit sun exposure. This is the first combined publication from two leading independent panels: the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which is supported by AHRQ, and the Task Force on Community Preventive Services, which is supported by CDC. By coordinating the release of their recommendations, the task forces provide a comprehensive perspective of what works in doctors' offices, worksites, schools, and communities to promote health and prevent disease. Select to access the press release and the USPSTF's recommendations.

2.  Fourth AHRQ Web-Assisted Audioconference on Bioterrorism and Health System Preparedness Set for October 21

AHRQ announces the fourth of five free Web-assisted audioconference calls on bioterrorism and health system preparedness. The fourth Web-assisted audioconference call is scheduled for Tuesday, October 21, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., EDT. It will focus on the role of information/communication technology and monitoring/surveillance systems in bioterrorism preparedness. These 90-minute audioconferences are designed to share the latest health services research findings, promising practices, and other important information with State and local health officials and key health systems decisionmakers.

3.  Health Legacy Partnership Conference Set for October 22

The fourth annual Health Legacy Partnership conference will be held on October 22 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC. The goal of the conference is to promote the importance of using evidence-based information in deciding on medical treatments and to discuss development of a national health outcomes database. In addition to AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy, M.D., speakers at the conference will be Joseph H. Kanter, Chairman of the Joseph H. Kanter Family Foundation; former Senators Robert Dole and George Mitchell; Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR); Jack Wennberg, M.D., Dartmouth College; Richard Smith, M.D., Editor, the British Medical Journal; Paul Ellwood, M.D., President, Jackson Hole Group; David Kibbe, M.D., Director, Health Information Technology, American Academy of Family Physicians; and Janet Marchibroda, President, eHealth Initiative. Select for information and registration.

4.  Call for Abstracts for 2004 Building Bridges Conference

You are invited to submit abstracts for the 2004 Building Bridges Conference—"Insufficient Evidence? Stimulating Health Research for the Real World"—to be held April 1-2, 2004, in Miami. The deadline for abstract submissions is Monday, October 27.

5.  Register Now for November 7 Patient Safety Research Summit

On November 7, the Federal Quality Interagency Coordination (QuIC) Task Force led by AHRQ will sponsor the Second National Summit on Patient Safety Research at the Hyatt Regency in Crystal City, VA. This user-driven meeting will provide an opportunity for participants to review current patient safety research in light of the research agenda developed from the first summit held in September 2000. It will also provide participants the chance to discuss updating that agenda to reflect emerging research needs in patient safety. There is no fee to attend the summit, which is being supported by AHRQ and facilitated by RAND.

6.  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.

Punglia RS, Kuntz KM, Lee JH, et al. Radiation therapy plus tamoxifen versus tamoxifen alone after breast-conserving surgery in postmenopausal women with stage 1 breast cancer: a decision analysis. J Clin Oncol 2003 Jun 15;21(12):2260-7. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Baker DW, Einstadter D, Husak S, et al. Changes in the use of do-not-resuscitate orders after implementation of the Patient Self-Determination Act. J Gen Intern Med 2003 May;18(5):343-9. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

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. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

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. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Cohen-Mansfield J, Libin A, Lipson S. Differences in presenting advance directives in the chart, in the minimum data set, and through the staff's perceptions. Gerontologist 2003 Jun;43(3): 302-8. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Franks P, Fiscella K, Becket L, et al. Effects of patient and physician practice socioeconomic status on the health care of privately insured managed care patients. Med Care 2003 Jul;41(7):842-52. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

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