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Direct Paramedic Transport of Acute Myocardial Infarction Patients to Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Centers: A Decision Analysis

Articles of Interest: February 20, 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

Annals of Emergency Medicine
Wang HE, Marroquin OC, Smith KJ. Direct paramedic transport of acute myocardial infarction patients to percutaneous coronary intervention centers: a decision analysis. Ann Emerg Med 2009 Feb; 53(2):233-40. [First author is supported by Clinical Research Development Award K08 HS13628.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Internal Medicine
Meyers DS, Clancy CM. Primary care: too important to fail. Ann Intern Med 2009 Feb 17; 150(4):272-3. [Authors are director of AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships, and the AHRQ Director, respectively.]

Family Medicine
Devoe JE, Wallace LS, Fryer GE Jr. Patient age influences perceptions about health care communication. Fam Med 2009 Feb; 41(2):126-33. [Supported by grants F32 HS14645 and K08 HS16181 (to first author); uses 2002 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Conway PH, Clancy C. Transformation of health care at the front line. JAMA 2009 Feb 18; 301(7):763-5. [Authors are an AHRQ Office of the Director staff member and the AHRQ director, respectively.]

Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Hsieh YH, Rothman RE, Bartlett JG, et al. HIV seropositivity predicts longer duration of stay and rehospitalization among nonbacteremic febrile injection drug users with skin and soft tissue infection. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 2008 Dec 1; 49(4):398-405. [Supported by grant R03 HS09555.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Clinical Densitometry
Curtis J, Laster A, Becker D, et al. Regional variation in the denial of reimbursement for bone mineral density testing among US Medicare beneficiaries. J Clin Densitom 2008 Oct-Dec; 11(4):568-74. [Supported in part by grant U18 HS16956 (to first and ninth authors.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Human Resources
Selden TM. The impact of increased tax subsidies on the insurance coverage of self-employed families: evidence from the 1996-2004 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. J Human Resour 2009 Winter; 44(1):115-39. [Author is an economist in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; acknowledges "helpful comments" of Jessica Banthin and Joel Cohen, both researchers in ame center.]

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Marín HA, Ramírez R, Wise PH, et al. The effect of Medicaid managed care on prenatal care: the case of Puerto Rico. Matern Child Health J 2009 Mar; 13(2):187-97. [Supported by grant 1 R24 HS14060-01; notes that the Puerto Rico Health Services Research Institute (PRHSI) is funded by AHRQ as a Minority Research Infrastructure Support Program (M-RISP).] Select to access the abstract.

Pediatrics
Hinman AR, Davidson AJ. Linking children's health information systems: clinical care, public health, emergency medical systems, and schools. Pediatrics 2009 Jan; 123 Suppl 2:S67-S73. [Supported by contract 290-04-0014 (to second author) for the Colorado State and Regional Demonstration Project.] Select to access the abstract.

Conway PH, White PJ, Clancy C. [Authors are an AHRQ Office of the Director staff member, Health IT Portfolio manager in AHRQ's AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships, and the AHRQ director, respectively.] Select to access the abstract.

Quality of Life Research
Selim AJ, Rogers W, Fleishman JA, et al. Updated U.S. population standard for the Veterans RAND 12-item Health Survey (VR-12). Qual Life Res 2009 Feb; 18(1):43-52. [Third author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; uses 2000-2002 MEPS data; cites 2004 MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Research in Nursing and Health
Radwin LE, Cabral HJ, Wilkes G. Relationships between patient-centered cancer nursing interventions and desired health outcomes in the context of the health care system. Res Nurs Health 2009 Feb; 32(1):4-17. [Supported by Mentored Clinical Scientist award K08 HS11625 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Stroke
Goldmakher GV, Camargo EC, Furie Kl, et al. Hyperdense basilar artery sign on unenhanced CT predicts thrombus and outcome in acute posterior circulation stroke. Stroke 2009 Jan; 40(1):134-39. [Supported by grant R01 HS11392.] Select to access abstract.

Halm EA, Tuhrim S, Wang JJ, et al. Risk factors for perioperative death and stroke after carotid endarterectomy: results of the New York Carotid Artery Surgery Study. Stroke 2009 Jan; 40(1):221-9. [Supported by grant R01 HS09754-01.] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

Advance for LPNs
Swihart D. Are we safe yet? Identification of causal and contributory factors of medical errors will help cut liability while protecting patients. Adv LPNs 2009 February. (7 text pages). [Cites AHRQ publications, AHRQ's Patient Safety Initiative: Building Foundations, Reducing Risk, 2004, and Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation, 2005, as published on AHRQ Web site.]

American Family Physician
Searight HR. Realistic approaches to counseling in the office setting. Am Fam Physician 2009 Feb 15; 79(4):277-84. [Cites PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

Ebell MH. How to find answers to clinical questions. Am Fam Physician 2009 Feb 15; 79(4):293-6. [Lists AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ as an evidence-based source of medical information.]

American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Golden AG, Corvea MH, Dang S, et al. Assessing advance directives in the homebound elderly. Am J Hosp Palliat Care 2009 Feb-Mar; 26(1):13-17. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Tierney et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2001).] Select to access the abstract.

Healthcare Policy
Evans RG. Old bones, new data: Emmett Hall, private insurance and the defeat of pharmacare. Healthc Policy 2009; 4(3). [Discusses and analyzes findings from AHRQ-authored article by Selden and Sing (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Health Aff, 2008).]

Lancet
Lamb SE, Marsh JL, Hutton JL, et al. Mechanical supports for acute, severe ankle sprain: a pragmatic, multicentre, randomised controlled trial. Lancet 2009 Feb 14; 373(9663):575-81. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Tunis, Stryer, and Clancy (second and third authors are former center director and the AHRQ director, respectively) (JAMA, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Decision Making
Chen JY, Swonger S, Kominski G, et al. Cost-effectiveness of insuring the uninsured: the case of Korean American children. Med Decis Making 2009 Jan-Feb; 29(1):51-60. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Szilagyi et al. (Pediatrics, 2004) and AHRQ-funded/authored article by Dick, Brach (senior health policy researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) et al. (Health Aff, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Pediatrics
Fairbrother G, Simpson LA. It is time! Accelerating the use of child health information systems to improve child health. Pediatrics 2009 Jan; 123 Suppl 2:S61-S63. [Second author was former AHRQ deputy director; cites AHRQ-funded article by Linder et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2007) and AHRQ-authored article by Harrison et al. (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

Miles PV, Miller M, Payne DM, et al. Alliance for Pediatric Quality: creating a community of practice to improve health care for America's children. Pediatrics 2009 Jan; 123 Suppl 2:S64-S66. [Second author was former AHRQ researcher.] Select to access the abstract.

Social Work Research
Matthieu MM, Bellamy JL, Pena JB, et al. Accelerating research productivity in social work programs: perspectives on NIH's postdoctoral T32 research training mechanism. Soc Work Res 2008 Dec; 32(4):242-8. [Includes an entry for 27 AHRQ grants in a list of the "Number of NIH Training Grants Funded in 2006."]

Trustee
Meyers S. The total picture: developing a patient experience. Trustee 2009 Feb; 62(2):18-22. [Mentions that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) "created the CMS-AHRQ Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (H-CAHPS) survey, which provides a standard methodology for hospitals to annually measure data on the hospital experience from cleanliness and noise levels to the patient-physician relationship" in partnership with AHRQ.]

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

American Family Physician
CME Quiz. Am Fam Physician 2009 Feb 15; 79(4):267-9. [Includes questions based on USPSTF recommendations on use of routine aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for the primary prevention of colorectal cancer.]

Lin KW. Routine aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for the primary prevention of colorectal cancer. Am Fam Physician 2009 Feb 15; 79(4):325-6. [Author is a medical officer for the USPSTF in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships uses USPSTF recommendation on aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for the primary prevention of colorectal cancer, as published on AHRQ Web site, as the basis for the case study.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Sabia S, Kivimaki M, Shipley MJ, et al. Body mass index over the adult life course and cognition in late midlife: the Whitehall II Cohort Study. Am J Clin Nutr 2009 Feb; 89(2):601-7. [Uses study cohort data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Surgery
Silber JH, Rosenbaum PR, Romano PS, et al. Hospital teaching intensity, patient race, and surgical outcomes. Arch Surg 2009 Feb; 144(2):113-20; discussion 121. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American College of Surgeons
Sporn E, Petroski GF, Mancini GJ, et al. Laparoscopic appendectomy—Is it worth the cost? Trend analysis in the U.S. from 2000 to 2005. J Am Coll Surg 2009 Feb; 208(2):179-85, 185.e1-185.e2. [Uses and cites 2000-2005 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data; cites AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Vascular Surgery
Davenport DL, Xenos ES, Hosokawa P, et al. The influence of body mass index obesity status on vascular surgery 30-day morbidity and mortality. J Vasc Surg 2009 jan; 49(1):140-7, 147.e1. [Uses study data from the Patient Safety in Surgery Study, funded by AHRQ grant 5 U18 11913.] Select to access the abstract.

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Bramlett MD, Read D, Bethell C, et al. Differentiating subgroups of children with special health care needs by health status and complexity of health care needs. Matern Child Health J 2009 Mar; 13(2):151-63. [Uses 2002 MEPS data; cites 2000-2002 MEPS data (HC-050, 2003; and HC-070 and HC-060, 2004, respectively); cites MEPS HC-036: 1996-2002 Pooled Estimation File, 2004, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Kuklina EV, Meikle SF, Jamieson DJ, et al. Severe obstetric morbidity in the United States: 1998-2005. Obstet Gynecol 2009 Feb; 113(2 Pt 1):293-9. [Uses and cites 2005 HCUP NIS data, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Current as of February 2009
Internet Citation: Direct Paramedic Transport of Acute Myocardial Infarction Patients to Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Centers: A Decision Analysis: Articles of Interest: February 20, 2009. February 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://archive.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/022009.html

 

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