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March 26, 2004, Issue No. 129


AHRQ News and Numbers

Children and adolescents enrolled in Medicaid are three times as likely as privately insured children to be hospitalized for asthma and gastroenteritis. These are conditions for which timely access to quality outpatient care potentially can prevent the need for hospitalization. [Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HCUP Fact Book No. 4, Care of Children and Adolescents in U.S. Hospitals.]

Today's Headlines:

  1. AHRQ-funded study indicates that hysterectomy leads to better outcomes and greater patient satisfaction than medicine for abnormal uterine bleeding
  2. Nominations for new U.S. Preventive Services Task Force members
  3. AHRQ National Advisory Council meeting scheduled for April 2
  4. Latest issue of AHRQ WebM&M is now online
  5. Quality-Based Health Care Purchasing Conference set for May 5-6
  6. Child Health Services Researchers meeting set for June 5
  7. AHRQ's 3rd Annual Patient Safety Research Conference dates set for September 27-28
  8. New detailed search feature at the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse™
  9. New AHRQ publications
  10. AHRQ in the professional literature

1.  AHRQ-Funded Study Indicates that Hysterectomy Leads to Better Outcomes and Greater Patient Satisfaction than Medicine for Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

A new study shows that after unsuccessful treatment with a common hormonal medication, women with abnormal uterine bleeding who underwent hysterectomies experienced greater improvement in their symptoms and expressed higher satisfaction with their overall health 6 months after treatment than women who were prescribed an alternate regimen of oral medication for the same condition. The study, "Effect of Hysterectomy vs Medical Treatment on Health-Related Quality of Life and Sexual Functioning," was conducted by Miriam Kuppermann, Ph.D., M.P.H., of the University of California, San Francisco and published in March 24/31 issue of JAMA. Select to read our press release.

2.  Nominations for New U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Members

AHRQ is inviting nominations of qualified individuals to serve as members of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Members are eligible to serve for 3 years with an option for reappointment. They will meet quarterly for 2 days in the Washington, DC, area and will be responsible for reviewing and commenting on evidence reviews prior to making recommendations. Nominations are due by May 14. Select to read the Federal Register notice.

3.  AHRQ National Advisory Council Meeting Scheduled for April 2

The AHRQ National Advisory Council is scheduled to meet on Friday, April 2, at AHRQ's Conference Center in Rockville, MD. The Council will discuss these specific topics: building the science base for evaluating the effectiveness of health care interventions, the HCAHPS. program, and the Agency's new mission. Select to read our press release and an overview about the Council.

4.  Latest Issue of AHRQ WebM&M Is Now Online

The 11th edition of the AHRQ WebM&M online patient safety journal is now available at WebM&M. This month's cases include an example of a patient privacy violation after video monitors near the operating room reveal a patient's identity and gossip spreads about a very private issue; a parent misunderstands the instructions on how to administer a medication, ultimately leading to an infant choking on a syringe cap; a man discharged from the ED is found unresponsive at home the next morning and an autopsy reveals a diagnosis not even considered; a series of incomplete signouts prevent information about a patient's postoperative leg pain and chest discomfort from being conveyed to the primary team; and a pulmonary embolism is discovered post-mortem. In this month's spotlight case, a central line is mistakenly placed in the carotid artery, causing permanent neurologic damage. As always, the spotlight case includes a downloadable set of slides. By completing the spotlight quiz, clinicians can receive CME credit and trainees can receive certification in patient safety, thereby helping to meet new Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education requirements for systems-based learning. Cases and CME from previous issues are still available under "Archives" and "Past Issues" on the site. You can also submit a case for consideration for future editions of the online journal.

5.  Quality-Based Health Care Purchasing Conference Set for May 5-6

Mark your calendar. AHRQ, Alliance Health Foundation, and the Employer Health Care Alliance Cooperative are cosponsoring a 2-day symposium on health care purchasing and reimbursement arrangements. The symposium, "Quality-Based Health Care Purchasing: Disseminating Knowledge & Gaining Insights into Progressive Projects", will be held May 5-6 in Madison, WI. The registration fee is $75, and the deadline for registration and fees is April 23. For questions about the symposium, contact John Bott at (608) 210-6615 or via E-mail to jbott@alliancehealthcoop.com.

6.  Child Health Services Researchers Meeting Set for June 5

The Sixth Annual Child Health Services Researchers (CHSR) meeting will be held June 5 in San Diego. The meeting will spotlight plenary sessions and four tracks: skill building, cutting-edge research, cutting-edge policy, and priority topics in child health research. The meeting is being held in conjunction with the annual meeting of Academy Health.

7.  AHRQ's 3rd Annual Patient Safety Research Conference Dates Set for September 27-28

Mark your calendar! AHRQ's Making the Health Care System Safer: 3rd Annual Patient Safety Research Conference has been re-scheduled for September 27-28 at the Marriott Crystal Gateway in Arlington, VA. Registration will begin in early April. This Electronic Newsletter will provide details on how to register soon.

8.  New Detailed Search Feature at the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse™

A new detailed search feature is now available on AHRQ's National Quality Measures Clearinghouse™ (NQMC) Web site, a Web-based public repository for evidence-based quality measures and measure sets. This feature allows users to filter searches by measures included in the National Healthcare Quality Report and/or the National Healthcare Disparities Report. To see what new features and measures have been added to NQMC select What's New. You can receive updates to the site via E-mail by subscribing to the NQMC Weekly Update Service. For information on submitting quality measures or for general questions, please send an E-mail to info@qualitymeasures.ahrq.gov.

9.  New AHRQ Publications

Partners in Prevention fact sheet.

Help for Smokers: Ideas to Help You Quit.

10.  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.

Richardson LD, Irvin CB, Tamayo-Sarver JH. Racial and ethnic disparities in the clinical practice of emergency medicine. Acad Emerg Med 2003 Nov;10(11):1184-8. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Huskamp HS, Deverka PA, Epstein AM, et al. The effect of incentive-based formularies on prescription-drug utilization and spending. N Engl J Med 2003 Dec 4;349(23):2224-32. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Tierney WM, Overhage JM, Murray MD et al. Effects of computerized guidelines for managing heart disease in primary care. J Gen Intern Med 2003 Dec;18(12):967-76. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Murray ME, Brennan PF, Moore SM. A model for economic analysis. Nurs Econ 2003 Dec;21(6):280-7. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Pronovost PJ, Weast B, Holzueller CG, et al. Evaluation of the culture of safety; survey of clinicians and managers in an academic medical center. Qual Saf Health Care 2003 Dec;12(6):405-10. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Khaitan L, Ray WA, Holzman MD, et al. Health care utilization after medical and surgical therapy for gastroesophageal reflux disease. Arch Surg 2003 Dec;138(12):1356-61. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

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