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Benchmarking Physician Performance: Reliability of Individual and Composite Measures

Articles of Interest: January 2, 2009

A weekly compilation of articles appearing in recently released journals and newsletters, including articles funded by AHRQ or authored by AHRQ researchers, mentioning or discussing AHRQ staff, activities, and publications/products, or other research using AHRQ data or products.

This weekly compilation of articles appearing in recently released journals and newsletters includes:

  • Articles funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) or authored by AHRQ researchers.
  • Articles mentioning or discussing AHRQ staff, activities, and publications/products.
  • Articles related to AHRQ-funded Evidence-based Practice Centers.
  • Articles related to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force or Put Prevention into Practice program.
  • Articles mentioning the National Healthcare Disparities Report and National Healthcare Quality Report.
  • Other research using AHRQ data or products.

AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles

American Journal of Managed Care
Scholle SH, Roski J, Adams JL, et al. Benchmarking physician performance: reliability of individual and composite measures. Am J Manag Care 2008 Dec; 14(12):829-35. [Supported by grant 1 R13 HS16277.] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19067500.

Clinical Infectious Diseases
Short VL, Totten PA, Ness RB, et al. Clinical presentation of Mycoplasma genitalium infection versus Neisseria gonorrhoeae infection among women with pelvic inflammatory disease. Clin Infect Dis 2009; 48(1):41-7. [Supported by grant HS8358-05.] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19025498.

European Neurology
Furtado AD, Smith WS, Koroshetz W, et al. Perfusion CT imaging follows clinical severity in left hemispheric strokes. Eur Neurol 2008; 60(5):244-52. [Supported by grant R01 HS11392-01A1.] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18756089.

Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
M'ikanatha NM, Rice DH, Altekruse SF. Strategic use of state and local regulatory and public health surveillance resources to address the growing demand for food safety oversight in the United States. Foodborne Pathog Dis 2008; 5(6):747-53. [Supported in part by grant U18 HS10399.] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18950255.

Health Services Research
Scanlon DP, Swaminathan S, Lee W, et al. Quality and efficiency: does competition improve health care quality? Health Serv Res 2008 Sep 11. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by grant PO1 HS10771; uses 1998-2002 Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) data.] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18793214.

Mutter RL, Rosko MD, Wong HS. Measuring hospital inefficiency: the effects of controlling for quality and patient burden of illness. Health Serv Res 2008 Dec; 43(6):1992-2013. [First and third authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets; uses a subset of the quality indicators generated from the Patient Safety Indicator and Inpatient Quality Indicators module of AHRQ's Quality Indicator software for the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) State Inpatient Databases (SID).] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18783458.

Swaminathan S, Chernew M, Scanlon DP. Persistence of HMO performance measures. Health Serv Res 2008 Dec; 43(6):2033-49. [Supported by grant P01 HS10771.] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18783460.

Frankel A, Grillo SP, Pittman M, et al. Patient safety and medical errors: revealing and resolving patient safety defects: the impact of leadership WalkRounds on frontline assessments of patient safety. Health Serv Res 2008 Dec;43(6):2050-66. [Supported by grant 1 PO1 HS11544-01.] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18671751.

Encinosa WE, Hellinger FJ. The impact of medical errors on ninety-day costs and outcomes: an examination of surgical patients. Health Serv Res 2008 Dec;43(6):2067-85. [Authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets.] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18662169.

Rothman AA, Park H, Hays RD, et al. Can additional patient experience items improve the reliability of and add new domains to the CAHPS® hospital survey? Health Serv Res 2008 Dec;43(6):2201-22. [Data analyses were supported by grants &18 HS09204 and U18 HS16980; uses questions from AHRQ's CAHPS® Hospital Survey.] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18522668.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Gurwitz JH, Field TS, Rochon P, et al. Effect of computerized provider order entry with clinical decision support on adverse drug events in the long-term care setting. J Am Geriatr Soc 2008 Dec; 56(12):2225-33. [Supported by grants HS10481 and HS15430 to last author, Bates DW.] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19093922.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Korthuis PT, Saha S, Fleishman JA, et al. Impact of patient race on patient experience of access and communication in HIV care. J Gen Intern Med 2008 Dec; 23(2):2046-52. [Supported by contract 290-01-0012; third author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends.] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18830770.

Journal of the National Medical Association
Asad S, Hulgan T, Raffanti S, et al. Sociodemographic factors predict early discontinuation of HIV non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors and protease inhibitors. J Natl Med Assoc 2008 Dec; 100(12):1417-24. [Supported in part by grant HS10384.] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19110909.

Kim MM, Howard DL, Kaufman JS, et al. Predicting medication use in an elderly hypertensive sample: revisiting the established populations for epidemiologic studies of the elderly study. J Natl Med Assoc 2008 Dec; 100(12):1386-93. [Supported by grant R24 HS13353.] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19110906.

Gresenz CR, Rogowski J, Escarce JJ. Individuals' use of care while uninsured: effects of time since episode inception and episode length. J Natl Med Assoc 2008 Dec; 100(12):1394-404. [Supported by grant HS10770.] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19110907.

Journal of Nursing Measurement
Schuber PA. Measuring attitudes toward participation in cancer treatment and cancer prevention trials: the Attitudes Toward Cancer Trials Scales (ACTS). J Nurs Meas 2008; 16(2):136-52. [Supported by dissertation award grant 1 R03 HS10583-01.] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18939718.

Pediatrics
Strouse JJ, Lanzkron S, Beach MC, et al. Hydroxyurea for sickle cell disease: a systematic review for efficacy and toxicity in children. Pediatrics 2008 Dec; 122(6):1332-42. [Supported by contract 290-02-0018; reviewed in article by Mueller (Pediatrics, 2008) cited in AHRQ-Related Articles.] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19047254.

Pediatric infectious Disease Journal
Prasad PA, Coffin SE, Leckerman KH, et al. Pediatric antifungal utilization: new drugs, new trends. Pediatr Infect Dis J 2008 Dec; 27(12):1083-8. [Supported by grant U18 HS10399.] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18989239.

Pediatrics
Strouse JJ, Lanzkron S, Beach MC, et al. Hydroxyurea for sickle cell disease: a systematic review for efficacy and toxicity in children. Pediatrics 2008 Dec; 122(6):1332-42. [Funded under contract 290-02-0018; this article is cited in Mueller (Pediatrics, 2008) in AHRQ-Related Articles.] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19047254.

Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Platt R, Madre L, Reynolds R, et al. Active drug safety surveillance: a tool to improve public health. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2008 Dec;17(12):1175-82. [Supported in part by grant U18 HS13474.] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18823068.

Violence Against Women
Williams CM, Larsen U, McCloskey LA. Intimate Partner violence and women's contraceptive use. Violence Against Women2008 Dec;14(12):1382-96. [Supported by grant R01 HS11088-01.] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18845676.

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Surgeon
Fares LG 2nd, Reeder RC, Bock J, et al. 23-hour stay outcomes for laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass in a small, teaching community hospital. Am Surg 2008 Dec; 74(12):1206-10. [Cites AHRQ publication, Bariatric Surgery Utilization and Outcomes in 1998 and 2004, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), 2007, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19097539.

Health Services Research
Keyhani S, Siu A. The underuse of overuse research. Health Serv Res 2008 Dec; 43(6):1923-30. [Comments on controversy over previously published AHRQ low back pain guidelines.]

Wells KB, Tang L, Miranda J. The effects of quality improvement for depression in primary care at nine years: results from a randomized, controlled group-level trial. Health Serv Res 2008 Dec; 43(6):1952-74. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Asarrow et al. (JAMA, 2005).] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18522664.

Herndon JB, Vogel WB, Bucciarelli RL, et al. The effect of renewal policy changes on SCHIP disenrollment. Health Serv Res 2008 Dec; 43(6):2086-105. [Cites AHRQ-authored/funded article by Dick, Allison, Haber, Brach et al. (Health Care Financ Rev, 2002).] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18522669.

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Mille F, Schwartz C, Brion F, et al. Analysis of overridden alerts in a drug-drug interaction detection system. Int J Qual Health Care 2008 Dec; 20(6):400-5. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Koppel et al. (JAMA, 2005) and Weingart et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2003).] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18784269.

Iedema R, Sorensen R, Manias E, et al. Patients' and family members' experiences of open disclosures following adverse events. Int J Qual Health Care 2008 Dec; 20(6):421-32. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Gallagher et al. (N Engl J Med, 2007, Arch Intern Med, 2006, and JAMA, 2003) and Hobgood et al. (Qual Saf Health Care, 2008).] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18801752.

Journal of Economic Issues
Champlin DP, Knoedler JT. Universal health care and the economics of responsibility. J Econ Issues 2008 Dec;42(4):913-38. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Banthin et al. (Health Aff, 2008); cites AHRQ publication, Premiums in the Individual Health Insurance Market for Policyholders Under Age 65, 1996 and 2002, MEPS Statistical Brief No. 72, 2005.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Friesen LD, Vidyarthi AR, Baron RB, et al. Factors associated with intern fatigue. J Gen Intern Med 2008 Dec; 23(2):1981-6. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Ayas et al. (JAMA, 2006), Barger et al. (N Engl J Med, 2005), Auerbach et al. (N Engl J Med, 2007), Landrigan et al. (N Engl J Med, 2004), and Shapiro et al. (Qual Saf Health Care, 2004).] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18807096.

Sehgal NL, Fox M, Vidyarthi AR, et al. A multidisciplinary teamwork training program: the Triad for Optimal Patient Safety (TOPS) experience. J Gen Intern Med 2008 Dec; 23(2):2053-7. [Reviewed AHRQ-authored article by Clancy and Tornberg on TeamSTEPPS (Am J Med Qual, 2007) to develop overarching goals for the subject training program; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Knaus et al. (Ann Intern Med, 1986) and Kachalian and Studdert (JAMA, 2004).] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18830769.

Abbo ED, Zhang Q, Zelder M, et al. The increasing number of clinical items addressed during the time of adult primary care visits. J Gen Intern Med 2008 Dec; 23(2):2058-66. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Ma and Stafford (Ann Intern Med, 2005).] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18830762.

Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Kiekkas P, Sakellaropoulos GC, Brokalaki H, et al. Association between nursing workload and mortality of intensive care unit patients. J Nurs Scholarsh 2008; 40(4):385-90. [Includes in Clinical Resources list AHRQ Web site publication Hospital Nurse Staffing and Quality of Care, Research in Action No. 14, 2004, and list of 48 AHRQ-funded articles on nurse staffing ratios retrieved from search of AHRQ's Patient Safety Network (PSNet) Web site; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Carayon and Gurses (Intens Crit Care Nurs, 2005) and Needleman and Buerhaus (Int J Qual Health Care, 2003).] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19094155.

Oklahoma Nurse
Scott DE. Pay for performance: a nursing perspective. Okla Nurse 2008 Dec-2009 Feb; 53(4):22-6. [Cites AHRQ publication, Pay For Performance: A Decision Guide for Purchasers, Final Contract Report, 2006, on AHRQ Web site.]

Pediatrics
Mueller BU. When should hydroxyurea be used for children with sickle cell disease? Pediatrics 2008 Dec; 122(6):1365-6. [Comments on AHRQ-funded article by Strouse et al. (Pediatrics, 2008) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles above; cites Sickle Cell Disease Patients in U.S. Hospitals, 2004, HCUP Statistical Brief No. 21, as published on AHRQ Web site.]

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

Boston Magazine
The enlightened patient. Boston Mag 2008 Dec; 16 text pages. [Notes that the USPSTF "makes no recommendation on the merits of the total-body skin exam for early detection of melanomas and carcinomas."]

Journal of Economic Issues
McMaster R. Beware those offering "gold standards": evidence-based medicine and the potential for institutional change in clinical-medical provision. J Econ Issues 2008 Dec;42(4):885-912. [Lists USPSTF Evidence Grades and Categories of Recommendations in Appendix (Table 1 and Table 2); notes that USPSTF-sponsored systematic reviews are conducted under contract to AHRQ Evidence-base Practice Centers and that the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) "formerly used the levels of evidence developed by the U.S. [AHCPR, now AHRQ]."]

Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health
Biernath K, Holstrum J, Eichwald J. Hearing screening for newborns: the midwife's role in early hearing detection and intervention. J Midwifery Womens Health 2009; 54(1):18-26. [Reviews USPSTF recommendations on universal newborn hearing screening, citing recommendation statement on AHRQ Web site and in published article (Pediatrics, 2008).] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19114235.

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Australian Health Review
Scott IA. Pay for performance programs in Australia: a need for guiding principles. Aust Health Rev 2008 Nov; 32(4):740-9. [Cites AHRQ technical review, Strategies to Support Quality-based Purchasing: A Review of the Evidence, 2004); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Rosenthal et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006) and Rosenthal et al. (Med Care Res Rev, 2006).] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18980570.

Nursing Forum
Axley L. Competency: a concept analysis. Nurs Forum 2008 Oct-Dec; 43(4):214-22. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer is a Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001 (article reference citation gives publication date as 2004 and attributes this report to the "Agency for Healthcare Quality and Management").] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19076465.

Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing
Thiel L, Ghosh Y. Determining registered nurses' readiness for evidence-based practice. Worldviews Evid Based Nurs 2008 4th Qtr; 5(4):182-92. [Cites AHRQ publication, Evidence-based Practice Centers: Overview, 2002, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19076919.

National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR)/National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR)-Related Articles

Australian Health Review
Anderson IP, Anderson M, Smylie J. The national Indigenous health performance measurement system. Aust Health Rev 2008 Nov; 32(4):626-38. [Notes the importance of performance measurement and management processes for health systems, citing AHRQ-authored article by Kelly, Arispe, and Holmes(Int J Qual Health Care, 2004), which focuses on AHRQ's National Healthcare Quality Report.] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18980558.

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Health Services Research
Eselius LL, Cleary PD, Zaslavsky AM, et al. Case-mix adjustment of consumer reports about managed behavioral health care and health plan. Health Serv Res 2008 Dec; 43(6):2014-32. [Uses data collected during field testing of the Experience of Care and Health Outcomes (ECHO) survey (a registered CAHPS® instrument) and data submitted voluntarily to the National CAHPS® Benchmarking Database (NCBD), funded by AHRQ and posted on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18783456.

Joyce GF, Niaura R, Maglione M, et al. The effectiveness of covering smoking cessation services for Medicare beneficiaries. Health Ser Res 2008 Dec; 43(6):2106-23. [Uses AHRQ-sponsored guidelines Smoking Cessation, 1996 and 1999, and Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000, as the basis for the main study intervention.] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18783459.

Li Y, Glance LG, Cai X et al. Adverse hospital events for mentally ill patients undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery. Health Ser Res 2008 Dec; 43(6):2239-52. [Uses and cites AHRQ Quality Indicators: Guide to Patient Safety Indicators, Version 3.0, and Patient Safety Indicators: Technical Specifications, Version 3.0, 2006, as published on AHRQ Web site, and uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity index (Elixhauser et al, Med Care, 1998), cites related AHRQ-authored articles by Miller et al. (Health Serv Res, 2001), Encinosa and Bernard (Inquiry, 2005), and Zhan and Miller (JAMA, 2003).] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18665856.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Dorr DA, Wilcox AB, Brunker CP, et al. The effect of technology-supported, multidisease care management on the mortality and hospitalization of seniors. J Am Geriatr Soc 2008 Dec; 56(12):2195-202. [Uses and cites AHRQ's Prevention Quality Indicators: Overview, as published on AHRQ Web site; cites 2005 HCUP hospitalization cost data; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Landon et al. (N Engl J Med, 2007) and Deyo et al. (Med Care, 1992).] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19093919.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Bae SJ, Rosenthal MB. Patients with multiple chronic conditions do not receive lower quality of preventive care. J Gen Intern Med 2008 Dec; 23(2):1933-9. [Uses 2003 MEPS data and AHRQ's Clinical Classifications Software; acknowledges assistance of AHRQ researcher David Kashikara.]

Journal of Interpersonal Violence
Brown DS, Finkelstein EA, Mercy JA. Methods for estimating medical expenditures attributable to intimate partner violence. J Interpers Violence 2008 Dec;23(12):1747-66. [Uses 1995 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data.] Select to access the http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18314507.

Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Elovainio M, Ferrie JE, Singh-Manoux A, et al. Cumulative exposure to high-strain and active jobs as predictors of cognitive function: the Whitehall II study. Occup Environ Med 2009 Jan; 66(1):32-7. [Uses study cohort data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.]

Current as of January 2009
Internet Citation: Benchmarking Physician Performance: Reliability of Individual and Composite Measures: Articles of Interest: January 2, 2009. January 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://archive.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/010209.html

 

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