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Patient-physician Connectedness and Quality of Primary Care

Articles of Interest: March 13, 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 Internal Medicine
Atlas SJ, Grant RW, Ferris TG, et al. Patient-physician connectedness and quality of primary care. Ann Intern Med 2009 Mar 3; 150(5):325-35. [Supported in part by grant 5 R01 HS15002 (to third author).] Select to access the abstract.

Health Affairs
Parente ST, McCullough JS. Health information technology and patient safety: evidence from panel data. Health Aff. 2009 Mar-Apr; 28(2):357-60. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS15100 number not given); authors "recognize the outstanding support provided by AHRQ project office Michael Hagen", Senior Economist/Extramural Program officer in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets.] Select to access the abstract.

Kahn JS, Aulakh V, Bosworth A. What it takes: characteristics of the ideal personal health record. Health Aff 2009 Mar-Apr; 28(2):369-76. [Supported in part by grant R18 HS17784.] Select to access the abstract.

Grossman JM, Zayas-Cabán T, Kemper N. Information gap: can health insurer personal health records meet patients' and physicians' needs? Health Aff 2009 Mar-Apr; 28(2):377-89. [Second author is a Senior Manager, Health Information Technology, in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships.] Select to access the abstract.

Dimitropoulos L, Rizk S. A state-based approach to privacy and security for interoperable health information exchange. Health Aff 2009 Mar-Apr; 28(2):428-34. [Supported by contract 290-05-0015; acknowledges support and guidance from AHRQ Health IT Portfolio manager John White and others cited by Friedman et al. (Health Aff, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Diamond CC, Mostashari F, Shirky C. Collecting and sharing data for population health: a new paradigm. Health Aff 2009 Mar-Apr;28(2):454-66. [Supported in part by grant 1 R18 HS17059-01; states that "lack of stakeholder consensus around" AHRQ's "initiative to launch a national data stewardship entity... might have impeded its ability to come to fruition", citing AHRQ publication Summary of Responses — National Health Data Stewardship Entity Request for Information, 2007, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Clancy CM, Anderson KM, White PJ. Investing in health information infrastructure: can it help achieve health reform?. Health Aff 2009 Mar-Apr; 28(2):478-82. [First author is director of AHRQ and third author is AHRQ Health IT Portfolio manager in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Newman-Toker DE, Pronovost PJ. Diagnostic errors--the next frontier for patient safety. JAMA 2009 Mar 11; 301(10):1060-2. [Supported by grant HS17755-01.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Parchman M, Kaissi AA. Are elements of the Chronic Care Model associated with cardiovascular risk factor control in type 2 diabetes?. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2009 Mar; 35(3):133-8. [Supported in part by grant K08 HS13008-2.]

Nuckols TK, Bell DS, Paddock SM, et al. Comparing process- and outcome-oriented approaches to voluntary incident reporting in two hospitals. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2009 Mar; 35(3):139-45. [Supported in part by National Research Service Award Fellowship Developmental Center grant HS11512).]

Journal of Cultural Diversity
Wong C, Mouanoutoua V, Chen MJ. Engaging community in the quality of hypertension care project with Hmong Americans. J Cult Divers 2008 Spring; 15(1):30-6. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS10276.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Eide MJ, Weinstock MA, Clark MA. Demographic and socioeconomic predictors of melanoma prognosis in the United States. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2009 Feb; 20(1):227-45. [Supported in part by grant HS00011-16 (to first and last authors).] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Zhan C, Elixhauser A, Richards CL Jr, Wang Y, Baine WB, et al. Identification of hospital-acquired catheter-associated urinary tract infections from Medicare claims: sensitivity and positive predictive value. Med Care 2009 Mar; 47(3):364-9. [First and fifth authors are researcher and Senior Medical Advisor in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence, respectively; second author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets.] Select to access the abstract.

Resuscitation
Wang HE, Cook LJ, Chang CC, et al. Outcomes after out-of-hospital endotracheal intubation errors. Resuscitation 2009 Jan; 80(1):50-5. [Supported in part by Clinical Scientist Development Award grant K08 HS13628 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

British Medical Journal
Brown C, Lilford R. Evaluating service delivery interventions to enhance patient safety. BMJ 2008 Dec 17; 337(7687):159-63. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006).]

Health Affairs
Busse R, Nimptsch U, Mansky T. Measuring, monitoring, and managing quality in Germany's hospitals. Health Aff 2009 Mar-Apr; 28(2):w294-w304. [Cites AHRQ publication, Guide to Inpatient Quality Indicators, Version 3.1, 2007, and AHRQ-funded article by Romano et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 1994).] Select to access the abstract.

Dentzer S. Health information technology: on the fast track at last?. Health Aff 2009 Mar-Apr; 28(2):320-1. [Acknowledges AHRQ support for funding special thematic issue on health information technology.]

Chen C, Garrido T, Chock D, et al. The Kaiser Permanente electronic health record: transforming and streamlining modalities of care. Health Aff 2009 Mar-Apr; 28(2):323-33. [Notes the authors' inability to use AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) data "to assess patient satisfaction because measures were not comparable across all years," citing AHRQ publication, CAHPS®: Surveys and Tools to Advance Patient-Centered Care, 2008, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Silvestre AL, Sue VM, Allen JY. If you build it, will they come? The Kaiser Permanente model of online health care. Health Aff 2009 Mar-Apr; 28(2):334-44. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Weingart et al. (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Friedman MA, Schueth A, Bell DS. Interoperable electronic prescribing in the United States: a progress report. Health Aff 2009 Mar-Apr; 28(2):393-403. [Comments on AHRQ-funded article by Dimitropoulos (Health Aff, 2009) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles above; second and third authors report having received currently receiving AHRQ funding not directly related to this article; cites AHRQ report to Congress, Findings from the Evaluation of E-Prescribing Pilot Sites, 2007, as published on AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bell et al. (Health Aff, 2005) and Fischer et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2008, and Arch Intern Med, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Aarts J, Koppel R. Implementation of computerized physician order entry in seven countries. Health Aff 2009 Mar-Apr; 28(2):404-14. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Koppel et al. (J Am Med Assoc, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Walker JM, Carayon P. From tasks to processes: the case for changing health information technology to improve health care. Health Aff 2009 Mar-Apr; 28(2):467-77. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Koppel et al. (J Am Med Assoc, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Kern LM, Barron Y, Abramson EL, et al. HEAL NY: Promoting interoperable health information technology in New York State. Health Aff 2009 Mar-Apr; 28(2):493-504. [Cites AHRQ publication Evolution of State Health Information Exchange: A Study of Vision, Strategy, and Progress, 2006 (prepared by Avalere Health LLC).] Select to access the abstract.

Bhattacharyya T, Freiberg AA, Mehta P, et al. Measuring the report card: the validity of pay-for-performance metrics in orthopedic surgery. Health Aff 2009 Mar-Apr; 28(2):526-32. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Weingart (Med Care, 2000) and Rosenthal et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Shrank WH, Cox ER, Fischer MA, et al. Patients' perceptions of generic medications. Health Aff 2009 Mar-Apr; 28(2):546-56. [Cites article by Haas et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2005), which uses 1997-2000 MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Raftery J, Hanney S, Green C, et al. Assessing the impact of England's National Health Service R&D Health Technology Assessment program using the "payback" approach. Int J Technol Assess Health Care 2009 Jan; 25(1):1-5. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Stryer (former AHRQ center director), Tunis, and Clancy (Health Serv Res, 2000) about AHRQ's outcomes and effectiveness research programs.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Leischow SJ. Setting the national tobacco control agenda. JAMA 2009 Mar 11; 301(10):1058-60. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008, as published on AHRQ Web site.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Rose AJ, Berlowitz DR, Frayne SM, et al. Measuring quality of oral anticoagulation care: extending quality measurement to a new field. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2009 Mar; 35(3):146-55. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Hofer et al. (JAMA, 1999) and Birkmeyer et al. (N Engl J Med, 2002).]

Alemi F, Hurd P. Rethinking satisfaction surveys: time to next complaint. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2009 Mar; 35(3):156-61. [Cites article by Hays et al. (Med Care, 1999), which uses and analyzes CAHPS® survey measures.]

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Bernstein SL, Jearld S, Prasad D, et al. Rapid implementation of a smokers' quitline fax referral service in an urban area. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2009 Feb; 20(1):55-63. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Corman H, Noonan K, Carroll A, et al. Low-income fathers' access to health insurance. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2009 Feb; 20(1):152-64. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Baker et al. (Med Care, 2006) and Sudano et al. (Am J Public Health, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Iezzoni LI. Reinvigorating the quality improvement incentives of hospital prospective payment. Med Care 2009 Mar; 47(3):269-71. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Zhan, Elixhauser, Friedman, Houchens, and Chiang (first and last authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence, second and third authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Med Care, 2007).]

McNair P, Borovnicar D, Jackson T, et al. Prospective payment to encourage system wide quality improvement. Med Care 2009 Mar; 47(3):272-8. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Zhan, Elixhauser, Friedman, Houchens, and Chiang (first and last authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence, second and third authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Med Care, 2007); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Localio et al. (Ann Intern Med, 1996) and Rosenthal et al. (Health Aff, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Gregor MA, Wheeler JR, Stanley RM, et al. Caregiver adherence to follow-up after an emergency department visit for common pediatric illnesses: Impact on future ED use. Med Care 2009 Mar; 47(3):326-33. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Sun, Burstin (former AHRQ center director) et al. (Acad Emerg Med, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

New England Journal of Medicine
Steinbrook R. Health care and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. N Engl J Med 2009 Mar 12; 360(11):1057-60. [Mentions that AHRQ will administer $300 million of $1.1 billion allocated to comparative effectiveness research.]

Kuo YF, Sharma G, Freeman JL, et al. Growth in the care of older patients by hospitalists in the United States. N Engl J Med 2009 Mar 12; 360(11):1102-12. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Lindenauer et al. (N Engl J Med, 2007), Landrigan et al. (Pediatrics, 2006) and Ayanian et al. (N Engl J Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Hamel MB, Drazen JM, Epstein AM. The growth of hospitalists and the changing face of primary care. N Engl J Med 2009 Mar 12; 360(11):1141-3. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Hauer et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2004).]

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

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Adams EK, Gavin NI, Raskind-Hood C, et al. Explaining racial differences in prenatal care initiation and syphilis screening among Medicaid-covered pregnant women. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2009 Feb; 20(1):177-93. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement on screening for syphilis infection (Ann Fam Med, 2004); cites AHRQ-authored article by Kirby, Taliaferro, Zuvekas (first and third authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends and second author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships) (Med Care, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Walsh J, Nguyen T, Nguyen L, et al. Healthy colon, healthy life (Ruot Lành, Song Khoe): patient and physician factors associated with colorectal cancer screening among Vietnamese Americans in a county medical care system. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2009 Feb; 20(1):74-89. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Aragones A, Trinh-Shevrin C, Gany F. Cancer screening practices among physicians serving Chinese immigrants. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2009 Feb; 20(1):64-73. [Cites USPSTF recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

British Medical Journal
Hoddinott P, Britten J, Prescott GJ, et al. Effectiveness of policy to provide breastfeeding groups (BIG) for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers in primary care: cluster randomised controlled trial. BMJ 2009 Feb 14; 338(7691):388-92. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Breastfeeding and Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes in Developed Countries, 2007.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Affairs
Goldzweig CL, Towfigh A, Maglione M, et al. Costs and benefits of health information technology: new trends from the literature. Health Aff 2009 Mar-Apr; 28(2):w282-w293. [Cites and reviews findings from AHRQ-funded systematic review on the costs and benefits of clinical health IT systems, published in article by Chaudhry et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006), and updates database searches used in the associated Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Costs and Benefits of Health Information Technology, 2006, from the Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center; notes the availability of the structured abstracts reviewed for the present study in the Health Information Technology Costs and Benefits Database on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
O'Sullivan AK, Thompson D, Chu P, et al. Cost-effectiveness of magnetic resonance guided focused ultrasound for the treatment of uterine fibroids. Int J Technol Assess Health Care 2009 Jan; 25(1):14-25. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Management of Uterine Fibroids, Volume 1, 2001.] Select to access the abstract.

Serra-Sutton V, Allepuz A, Espallargues M, et al. Arthroplasty registers: a review of international experiences. Int J Technol Assess Health Care 2009 Jan; 25(1):63-72. [Cites AHRQ publication, Registries for Evaluating Patient Outcomes: A User's Guide, 2007, prepared by the Outcome DEcIDE Center under contract with AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Northridge ME, Scott G, Swaner R, Northridge JL, et al. Toward a smoke-free Harlem: engaging families, agencies, and community-based programs. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2009 Feb; 20(1):107-21. [Gives AHRQ's definition of community-based participatory research (CBPR) as published in AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Community-Based Participatory Research: Assessing the Evidence, 2004.] Select to access the abstract.

Lancet
Cipriani A, Furukawa TA, Salanti G, et al. Comparative efficacy and acceptability of 12 new-generation antidepressants: a multiple-treatments meta-analysis. Lancet 2009 Feb 28; 373(9665):746-58. [Cites AHRQ comparative effectiveness review, Comparative Effectiveness of Second-Generation Antidepressants in the Pharmacologic Treatment of Adult Depression, 2007, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Schünemann HJ, Woodhead M, Anzueto A, et al. A vision statement on guideline development for respiratory disease: the example of COPD. Lancet 2009 Feb 28; 373(9665):774-79. [Lists AHRQ as one of several organizations that the GRADE approach to evidence assessment and rating, and cites article by Guyatt et al. (BMJ, 2008), for which former AHRQ staff member David Atkins was a collaborator.]

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

Archives of Internal Medicine
Hanchate A, Kronman AC, Young-Xu Y, et al. Racial and ethnic differences in end-of-life costs. Why do minorities cost more than whites?. Arch Intern Med 2009 Mar 9; 169(5):493-501. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2005; cites article using 1997 MEPS data by Laditka et al. (Soc Sci Med, 2003); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Trivedi et al. (N Engl J Med, 2005), Vaccarino et al. (N Engl J Med, 2005), Franks et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2005), Schneider et al. (JAMA, 2002), and Fiscella et al. (J Am Board Fam Med, 2007); cites AHRQ-authored article by Kirby, Taliaferro, and Zuvekas (first and third authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends and second author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships) (Med Care, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Health Affairs
Corrigan J, McNeill D. Building organizational capacity: a cornerstone of health system reform. Health Aff 2009 Mar-Apr; 28(2):w205-w215. [Cites AHRQ's NHQR, 2007, and NHDR, 2007; cites AHRQ-funded article by Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Kinter ET, Schmeding A, Rudolph I, et al. Identifying patient-relevant endpoints among individuals with schizophrenia: an application of patient-centered health technology assessment. Int J Technol Assess Health Care 2009 Jan; 25(1):35-41. [Cites AHRQ's NHQR, 2006.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics
Clark PA. Prejudice and the medical profession: a five-year update. J Law Med Ethics 2009 Spring; 37(1):118-33. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2007.] Select to access the abstract.

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Archives of Internal Medicine
Zhang B, Wright AA, Huskamp HA, et al. Health care costs in the last week of life: associations with end-of-life conversations. Arch Intern Med 2009 Mar 9; 169(5):480-8. [Uses 2004 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data on cost data of different hospitalizations; cites HCUPnet, as published on AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Barnato et al. (Health Serv Res, 2004) and Schneiderman et al. (Ann Intern Med, 1992).] Select to access the abstract.

Circulation
Halcox JP, Donald AE, Ellins E, et al. Endothelial function predicts progression of carotid intima-media thickness. Circulation 2009 Feb 24; 119(7):1005-12. [Uses Whitehall II study cohort data, previously funded by AHRQ; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Marmot et al. (Int J Epidemiol, 2005) and De Vogli et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

Health Affairs
Phillips RL, Dodoo MS, Green LA, et al. Usual source of care: an important source of variation in health care spending. Health Aff 2009 Mar-Apr; 28(2):567-77. [Uses 2001-2004 MEPS data; notes following AHRQ/DxCG protocols to account for changes in insurance status in order to base assignment on coverage for majority of months; cites AHRQ's MEPS HC-081: 1996-2001 Risk Adjustment Scores, 2006, as published on AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Zhao (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) et al. (Health Care Manage, 2002, and Med Care, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Current as of March 2009
Internet Citation: Patient-physician Connectedness and Quality of Primary Care: Articles of Interest: March 13, 2009. March 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://archive.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/031309.html

 

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