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Functional Contrast-enhanced CT for Evaluation of Acute Ischemic Stroke Does Not Increase the Risk of Contrast-induced Nephropathy

Articles of Interest: June 25, 2010

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

AJNR American Journal of Neuroradiology
Lima FO, Lev MH, Levy RA, et al. Functional contrast-enhanced CT for evaluation of acute ischemic stroke does not increase the risk of contrast-induced nephropathy. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol 2010 May; 31(5):817-21. [Supported by grant R01 HS11392.] Select to the access abstract.

Annual Review of Public Health
Gibbons RD, Amatya AK, Brown GH, et al. Post-approval drug safety surveillance. Annu Rev Public Health 2010 Apr 21; 31:419-37. [Supported by grant 1 U18 HS16973 (to first author).] Select to the access abstract.

Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Daly JM, Levy BT, Joshi M, et al. Patient clock drawing and accuracy of self-report compared with chart review for colorectal cancer (CRC) screening. Arch Gerontol Geriatr 2010 May-Jun; 50(3):341-4. [Supported by grants R21 HS14490 and R21 HS13581.] Select to the access abstract.

BMC Health Services Research
Kramer MH, Breydo E, Shubina M, et al. Prevalence and factors affecting home blood pressure documentation in routine clinical care: a retrospective study. BMC Health Serv Res 2010 May 27; 10:139. [Supported by grant 5 R18 HS17030.] Select to the access abstract.

BMC Public Health
Bruckner TA, Catalano R, Ahern J. Male fetal loss in the U.S. following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. BMC Public Health 2010 May 25; 10:273. [Supported by Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award grant T32 HS00086-09.] Select to the access abstract.

BMJ
Kautz T, Bendavid E, Bhattacharya J, et al. AIDS and declining support for dependent elderly people in Africa: retrospective analysis using demographic and health surveys. BMJ 2010 Jun 16; 340(163):c2841. [Supported by grant T32 HS00028.] Select to the access abstract.

Cancer
Onega T, Duell EJ, Shi X, et al. Race versus place of service in mortality among Medicare beneficiaries with cancer. Cancer 2010 Jun 1; 116(11):2698-706. [Supported by grant T32 HS00070.] Select to the access abstract.

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Snyder RA, Fields W. A model for medication safety event detection. Int J Qual Health Care 2010 Jun; 22(3):179-86. [Supported by grant R01 HS13131; cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001 (as prepared by the University of California at San Francisco-Stanford Evidence-based Center under contract 290-97-0013).] Select to the access abstract.

JAMA
Stulberg JJ, Delaney CP, Neuhauser DV, et al. Adherence to surgical care improvement project measures and the association with postoperative infections. JAMA 2010 June 23/30; 303(24):2479-85. [Supported in part by grant T32 HS00059 (to first author); cites AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992); see commentary by Hawn (JAMA, 2010) cited in AHRQ-Related Articles below.] Select to the access abstract.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
O'Leary TJ, Slutsky JR, Bernard MA. Comparative effectiveness research priorities at federal agencies: the view from the Department of Veterans Affairs, National Institute on Aging, and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. J Am Geriatr Soc 2010 Jun; 58(6):1187-92. [Second author is director of AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence; discusses CER research priorities and activities at AHRQ and other agencies.]

Journal of Patient Safety
Gandhi TK, Seger AC, Overhage JM, et al. Outpatient adverse drug events identified by screening electronic health records. J Patient Saf 2010 Jun; 6(2):91-6. [Supported by grant R01 HS11169; cites AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety, Volume 2: From Research to Implementation, 2005.]

Singh H, Wilson L, Reis B, et al. Ten strategies to improve management of abnormal test result alerts in the electronic health record. J Patient Saf 2010 Jun; 6(2):121-3. [Supported in part by grant T32 HS17586.]

Obstetrics & Gynecology
Goins WP, Talbot TR, Schaffner W, et al. Adherence to perinatal group B streptococcal prevention guidelines. Obstet Gynecol 2010 Jun; 115(6):1217-24. [Supported by grant T32 HS13833.] Select to the access abstract.

Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action
Seifer SD, Michaels M, Collins S. Applying community-based participatory research principles and approaches in clinical trials forging a new model for cancer clinical research. Prog Community Health Partnersh 2010 Spring; 4(1):37-46. [Supported by AHRQ conference grant R13 HS16471 for the Communities as Partners in Cancer Clinical Trials: Changing Research, Practice and Policy initiative, for which this article provides background and rationale, development and dissemination processes, and implementation challenges; cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Knowledge and Access to Information on Recruitment of Underrepresented Populations to Cancer Clinical Trials, 2005, and Community-based Participatory Research: Assessing the Evidence, 2004.] Select to the access abstract.

Social Work in Public Health
Torrone EA, Levandowski BA, Isler MR, et al. Identifying gaps in HIV prevention services. Soc Work Public Health 2010 May; 25(3):327-40. [Supported by grant 1 P01 HS10861.] Select to the access abstract.

Vaccine
Lin ND, Kleinman K, Chan KA, et al. Multiple vaccinations and the risk of medically attended fever. Vaccine 2010 Jun 7; 28(25):4169-74. [Supported by National Research Service Award grant T32 HS00028-19 (to first author). See also AHRQ-funded article by Guise et al. (Obstet Gynecol, 2010) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles. ] Select to the access abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

Annual Review of Public Health
Schroeder SA, Morris CD. Confronting a neglected epidemic: tobacco cessation for persons with mental illnesses and substance abuse problems. Annu Rev Public Health 2010 Apr 21; 31:297-314. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008.] Select to the access abstract.

Glied S, Tilipman N. Simulation modeling of health care policy. Annu Rev Public Health 2010 Apr 21; 31:439-55. [Cites Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Insurance Component National-Level Summary Tables, 2009, on AHRQ's MEPS Web site; notes that "modellers generally base their expenditure estimates on survey data collected using the MEPS..."] Select to the access abstract.

Woodward HI, Mytton OT, Lemer C, et al. What have we learned about interventions to reduce medical errors? Annu Rev Public Health 2010 Apr 21; 31:479-97. [Ninth author, Kelley E, is former AHRQ researcher; cites AHRQ-authored article by Clancy (Am J Med Qual, 2005) and AHRQ-funded articles by Hannan et al. (JAMA, 1994), Landrigan et al. (N Engl J Med, 2004), and Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006, and J Crit Care, 2008).] Select to the access abstract.

Health Affairs
Hall MA. The three types of reinsurance created by federal health reform. Health Aff 2010 Jun; 29(6):1168-72. [Cites MEPS data from AHRQ publication, Near-Elderly Adult Ages 55-64: Health Insurance Coverage, Cost, and Access, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to the access abstract.

Abrams M, Schor EL, Schoenbaum S. How physician practices could share personnel and resources to support medical homes. Health Aff 2010 Jun; 29(6):1194-9. [Mentions AHRQ's mandate to establish the Primary Care Extension Program and that AHRQ, CMS, and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) "all have or will develop programs to promote shared resources of medical homes"; cites AHRQ-funded article by Bitton, Martin, and Landon (J Gen Intern Med, 2010).] Select to the access abstract.

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Huang DT, Clermont G, Kong L, et al. Intensive care unit safety culture and outcomes: a US multicenter study. Int J Qual Health Care 2010 Jun; 22(3):151-61. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Singer et al. (Health Serv Res, 2009), Rosen et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2008), Sexton et al. (BMC Health Serv Res, 2006), and others.] Select to the access abstract.

De Giorgi I, Fonzo-Christe C, Cingria L, et al. Risk and pharmacoeconomic analyses of the injectable medication process in the paediatric and neonatal intensive care units. Int J Qual Health Care 2010 Jun; 22(3):170-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Walsh et al. (Pediatrics, 2006) and Kaushal et al. (JAMA, 2001).] Select to the access abstract.

Peña A, Virk SS, Shewchuk RM, et al. Validity versus feasibility for quality of care indicators: expert panel results from the MI-Plus study. Int J Qual Health Care 2010 Jun; 22(3):201-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Mikuls et al. (Arthritis Rheum, 2004).] Select to the access abstract.

Baker LC, Hopkins DS. The contribution of health plans and provider organizations to variations in measured plan quality. Int J Qual Health Care 2010 Jun; 22(3):210-18. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Rosenthal et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006) and Chernew et al. (Health Aff, 2004).] Select to the access abstract.

McConnell YJ, Inglis K, Porter GA. Timely access and quality of care in colorectal cancer: are they related? Int J Qual Health Care 2010 Jun; 22(3):219-28. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Ayanian et al. (J Clin Oncol, 2003).] Select to the access abstract.

JAMA
Abstracts: Archives journals. JAMA 2010 Jun 23/30; 303(24):2451. [Abstracts article by Shah et al. (Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, 2010, using 2003 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) data and article by Friedman et al. (Arch Surg, 2010), using 1999-2005 HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data.]

Mayr FB, Yende S, Linde-Zwirble WT, et al. Infection rate and acute organ dysfunction risk as explanations for racial differences in severe sepsis. JAMA 2010 Jun 23; 303(24):2495-503. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Localio et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2001), Roos (Am J Epidemiol, 1994), Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992), and others.] Select to the access abstract.

Hawn MT. Surgical care improvement: should performance measures have performance measures. JAMA 2010 Jun 23; 303(24):2527-8. [Comments on AHRQ-funded article by Stulberg et al. (JAMA, 2010) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles above; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Steinberg et al. (Ann Surg, 2009), Kritchevsky et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008), and Hawn et al. (J Am Coll Surg, 2008).]

Torpy JM, Burke AE, Glass RM. JAMA patient page. Postoperative infections. JAMA 2010 Jun 23; 303(24):2544. [Lists AHRQ Web site in "For More Information" section.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Rossom RC, Rector TS, Lederle FA, et al. Are all commonly prescribed antipsychotics associated with greater mortality in elderly male veterans with dementia? J Am Geriatr Soc 2010 Jun; 58(6):1027-34. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Ray et al. (N Engl J Med, 2009), Setoguchi et al. (J Am Geriatr Soc, 2008), and Schneeweiss et al. (Can Med Assoc J, 2007).] Select to the access abstract.

Smith AL, Wang P, Anger JT, et al. Correlates of urinary incontinence in community-dwelling older Latinos. J Am Geriatr Soc 2010 Jun; 58(6):1170-6. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline Urinary Incontinence in Adults, 1996; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Dugan et al. (J Am Geriatr Soc, 2000) and Katz et al. (Med Care, 1996).]

Journal of Patient Safety
Doig AK, Morse JM. The hazards of using floor mats as a fall protection device at the bedside. J Patient Saf 2010 Jun; 6(2):68-75. [Cites Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing guideline, Preventing Falls in Acute Care. In: Evidence-based Geriatric Nursing Protocols for Best Practice, 2003, as posted on AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse Web site.]

Mazor KM, Goff SL, Dodd KS, et al. Parents' perceptions of medical errors. J Patient Saf 2010 Jun; 6(2):102-7. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Miller and Zhan (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence) (Pediatrics, 2004); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Weissman et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008), Weingart et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2005), Kuzel et al. (Ann Fam Med, 2004), and others.]

Duthie EA. Application of human error theory in case analysis of wrong procedures. J Patient Saf 2010 Jun; 6(2):108-14. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Atkins (former AHRQ researcher), et al. (BMJ, 2004); cites AHRQ-funded article by Pronovost, Miller, and Wachter (JAMA, 2006) and Kwaan, Studdert, and Zinner (Arch Surg, 2006).]

Young J, Slebodnik M, Sands L. Bar code technology and medication administration error. J Patient Saf 2010 Jun; 6(2):115-20. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Bates et al. (JAMA, 1995).]

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Kang JA, Gottlieb AS, Raker CA, et al. Interpersonal violence screening for ambulatory gynecology patients. Obstet Gynecol 2010 Jun; 115(6):1159-65. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bonomi et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2009), Rivara et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2007), and Thompson et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2006).] Select to the access abstract.

Wright JD, Herzog TJ, Shah M, et al. Regionalization of care for obstetric hemorrhage and its effect on maternal mortality. Obstet Gynecol 2010 Jun; 115(6):1194-1200. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Ghaferi, Birkmeyer, and Dimick (N Engl J Med, 2009), Birkmeyer et al. (N Engl J Med, 2002), Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992), and Silber et al. (JAMA, 1995, and Med Care, 1992).] Select to the access abstract.

Physician Executive
Safeek YM, May PT. Protocols, prompters, bundles, checklists, and triggers: synopsis of a preventable mortality reduction strategy. Physician Exec 2010 Mar-Apr; 36(2):22-8. [Introduces the section on adverse drug events with the statement that "per the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), over 770,000 people are injured or die each year in hospitals from adverse drug events (ADE), which cost up to $5.6 million each year per hospital" and further notes that "about 42 to 60 percent of ADEs are due to excessive drug dosage for the patient's age, weight, underlying condition, and renal function," citing the Quality and Patient Safety section of the AHRQ Web site.]

Simulation in Healthcare
Smith CC, Huang GC, Newman LR, et al. Simulation training and its effect on long-term resident performance in central venous catheterization. Simul Healthc 2010 Jun; 5(3):146-51. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006).]

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

Annual Review of Public Health
Colditz GA, Taylor PR. Prevention trials: their place in how we understand the value of prevention strategies. Annu Rev Public Health 2010 Apr 21; 31:105-20. [Cites USPSTF recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.] Select to the access abstract.

Byers T. Two decades of declining cancer mortality: progress with disparity. Annu Rev Public Health 2010 Apr 21; 31:121-32. [Cites USPSTF updated recommendations on screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2009).] Select to the access abstract.

Sleet DA, Ballesteros MF, Borse NN. A review of unintentional injuries in adolescents. Annu Rev Public Health 2010 Apr 21; 31:195-212. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening and behavioral counseling interventions in primary care to reduce alcohol misuse (Ann Intern Med, 2004).] Select to the access abstract.

Clinics in Geriatric Medicine
Paolone DR. Benign prostatic hyperplasia. Clin Geriatr Med 2010 May; 26(2):223-39. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for prostate cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008).] Select to the access abstract.

Ducharme N. Male osteoporosis. Clin Geriatr Med 2010 May; 26(2):301-9. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on screening for postmenopausal osteoporosis (Ann Intern Med, 2002).] Select to the access abstract.

Journal of Family Practice
Boyce MC. A better future for baby: stemming the tide of fetal alcohol syndrome. J Fam Pract 2010 Jun; 59(6):337-45. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement Screening and Behavioral Interventions in Primary Care to Reduce Alcohol Misuse, 2004, as published on AHRQ Web site. See also article by Valdez et al. (Ann Rev Public Health, 2010) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles below and article by Hammond, Matthews, and Corbie-Smith (J Natl Med Assoc, 2010) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products below.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Annual Review of Public Health
Valdez R, Yoon PW, Qureshi N, et al. Family history in public health practice: a genomic tool for disease prevention and health promotion. Annu Rev Public Health 2010 Apr 21; 31:69-87. [Notes that third author was funded by AHRQ from 2007-2009 to complete three systematic reviews on the clinical value of the family history in primary care, citing systematic reviews by Wilson et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2009) and Qureshi et al. (Genet Med, 2009); cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Collection and Use of Cancer Family History in Primary Care, 2007, and Clinical Utility of Cancer Family History Collection in Primary Care, 2009 (both prepared by McMaster Evidence-based Practice Center under contract 290-02-0020); cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on genetic risk assessment and BRCA mutation testing for breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility (Ann Intern Med, 2005) and USPSTF recommendations on behavioral counseling in primary care to promote a health diet (Am J Prev Med, 2003).] Select to the access abstract

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Guise JM, Denman MA, Emeis C, et al. Vaginal birth after cesarean: new insights on maternal and neonatal outcomes. Obstet Gynecol 2010 Jun; 115(6):1267-78. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-2007-10057-I, Task Order 4 (for the Office of Medical Applications of Research at the National Institutes of Health), and based on AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Vaginal Birth After Cesarean: New Insights, 2010, as published on AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ publication, Methods Reference Guide for Effectiveness and Comparative Effectiveness Reviews, Version 1.0, 2007; cites AHRQ's 2009 HCUPnet Web site; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Owens, Lohr, Atkins (former AHRQ researcher), et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 2010).] Select to the access abstract.

National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference statement: Vaginal Birth After Cesarean: New Insights March 8-10, 2010. Obstet Gynecol 2010 Jun; 115(6):1279-95. [Based on AHRQ-funded systematic review by Guise et al. cited above; planning committee members include Beth Collins Sharp and Shilpa Amin (medical officers in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence. See also articles by Snyder et al. (Int J Qual Health Care, 2010) and Seifer, Michaels, and Collins (Prog Community Health Partnersh, 2010) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Health Affairs
McGlynn EA, Cordova A, Wasserman J, et al. Could we have covered more people at less cost? Technically, yes; politically, probably not. Health Aff 2010 Jun; 29(6):1142-6. [Uses MEPS data.] Select to the access abstract.

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
van Noord I, de Bruijne MC, Twisk JW. The relationship between patient safety culture and the implementation of organizational patient safety defences at emergency departments. Int J Qual Health Care 2010 Jun; 22(3):162-69. [Uses the COMPaZ questionnaire, a translated version of AHRQ's Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, citing AHRQ publication, Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, 2005, and article by Smits et al. (BMC Health Serv Res, 2008, which validates AHRQ's Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture.] Select to the access abstract.

Journal of Hospital Medicine
Hasan O, Orav EJ, Hicks LS. Insurance status and hospital care for myocardial infarction, stroke, and pneumonia. J Hosp Med 2010 Jun 10. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2005 HCUP NIS data, citing AHRQ publications, Introduction to the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) 2005, 2007, Design of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) 2005, 2007, Conditions Related to Uninsured Hospitalizations, 2003, HCUP Statistical Brief No. 8, 2006, Final Report on Calculating Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) Variations, 2001, HCUP Methods Series Report No. 2003-2, 2010, and NIS Description of Data Elements, all published on AHRQ's HCUP-net Web site, uses and cites Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998); cites AHRQ publications, AHRQ Quality Indicators. Inpatient Quality Indicators: Technical Specifications, Version 3.1, 2002, 2007, and AHRQ Quality Indicators. Guide to Inpatient Quality Indicators: Quality of Care in Hospitals — Volume, Mortality, and Utilization,Version 3.1, 2002, 2007, both published on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site.] Select to the access abstract.

Journal of the National Medical Association
Hammond WP, Matthews D, Corbie-Smith G. Psychosocial factors associated with routine health examination scheduling and receipt among African American men. J Natl Med Assoc 2010 Apr; 102(4):276-89. [Uses the MEPS question "In the past year, did you make any appointments with a doctor or other health provider for routine or regular health care?" to assess routine health examination scheduling citing Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, 2003, and Medical Expenditure Panel Household Component, 2003-2007; cites USPSTF recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2008; cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2006.] Select to the access abstract.

Journal of Patient Safety
Castle NG, Wagner LM, Perera S, et al. Assessing resident safety culture in nursing homes: using the Nursing Home Survey on Resident Safety. J Patient Saf 2010 Jun; 6(2):59-67. [Uses AHRQ's Nursing Home Survey on Patient Survey Culture (NHSPSC) to assess patient safety culture domains and identify differences in staff perceptions; cites AHRQ publication, Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, 2004; cites article by Castle (Int J Qual Health Care, 2006), which uses AHRQ's NHSPSC.]

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Smith RP. Resident technical experience in obstetrics and gynecology before and after implementation of work-hour rules. Obstet Gynecol 2010 Jun; 115(6):1166-71. [Uses HCUP data (unspecified) on obstetric and gynecologic procedures.] Select to the access abstract.

Wright JD, Devine P, Shah M, et al. Morbidity and mortality of peripartum hysterectomy. Obstet Gynecol 2010 Jun; 115(6):1187-93. [Uses 1998-2007 HCUP NIS data, citing HCUP NIS Overview on AHRQ's HCUP-net Web site; cites AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992).] Select to the access abstract.

Public Health Reports
Iqbal S, Clower JH, Boehmer TK, et al. Carbon monoxide-related hospitalizations in the U.S.: evaluation of a Web-based query system for public health surveillance. Public Health Rep 2010 May-Jun; 125(3):423-32. [Uses 1993-2005 HCUP NIS data and the HCUPnet Web-based query system to generate "data for confirmed, probable, and suspected cases"; cites Design of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2005, 2007, Introduction to the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2006, 2008, HCUP 2005 Nationwide Inpatient Sample Now Available, 2008, HCUP Overview Course, HCUPnet Methodology, HCUP Quality Control Procedures, and various HCUP NIS reports, all on AHRQ's HCUPnet Web site; cites AHRQ publication, Budget Estimates for Appropriations Committees, Fiscal Year 2009: Performance Budget Submission for Congressional Justification, 2008, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to the access abstract.

Spine Journal
Dagenais S, Tricco AC, Haldeman S. Synthesis of recommendations for the assessment and management of low back pain from recent clinical practice guidelines. Spine J 2010 Jun; 10(6):514-29. [Uses AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ as a source for relevant guidelines.] Select to the access abstract.

Roffey DM, Wai EK, Bishop P, et al. Causal assessment of occupational pushing or pulling and low back pain: results of a systematic review. Spine J 2010 Jun; 10(6):544-53. [Assesses levels of evidence of selected studies using previously published AHRQ methodologies, citing article by Bigos et al. (Spine, 2009), which uses systematic review methodologies similar to those used in AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Acute Low Back Problems in Adults, 1994.]

Wai EK, Roffey DM, Bishop P, et al. Causal assessment of occupational lifting and low back pain: results of a systematic review. Spine J 2010 Jun; 10(6):554-66. [Assesses levels of evidence of selected studies using previously published AHRQ methodologies, citing AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Acute Low Back Problems in Adults, 1994.] Select to the access abstract.

Substance Use and Misuse
Perron BE, Bunger A, Bender K, et al. Treatment guidelines for substance use disorders and serious mental illnesses: do they address co-occurring disorders? Subst Use Misuse 2010 Jun; 45(7-8):1262-78. [Analyzes guidelines on substance use disorders and mental illnesses identified through comprehensive searches of AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™, noting that "the NGC is the only coordinated effort to organize and disseminate practice guidelines in this fashion."] Select to the access abstract.

Current as of June 2010
Internet Citation: Functional Contrast-enhanced CT for Evaluation of Acute Ischemic Stroke Does Not Increase the Risk of Contrast-induced Nephropathy: Articles of Interest: June 25, 2010. June 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://archive.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/062510.html

 

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