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Finding Your Way: Talking about End-of-life Treatment Decisions

Articles of Interest: July 31, 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

AARP Bulletin Today
Clancy CM. Finding your way: talking about end-of-life treatment decisions. AARP Bulletin Today 2009 Jul 8 (Online):1-3. [Author is the AHRQ director.]

Annals of Family Medicine
Jerant A, Moore-Hill M, Franks P. Home-based, peer-led chronic illness self-management training: findings from a 1-year randomized controlled trial. Ann Fam Med 2009 Jul-Aug; 7(4):319-27. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS13603.] Select to access the abstract.

Elder NC, McEwen TR, Flach JM, et al. Management of test results in family medicine offices. Ann Fam Med 2009 Jul-Aug; 7(4):343-351. [Supported by grant 1 K08 HS13914-01A2.] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Internal Medicine
Steinman MA, Rosenthal GE, Landefeld CS, et al. Agreement between drugs-to-avoid criteria and expert assessments of problematic prescribing. Arch Intern Med 2009 Jul 27; 169(14):1326-32. [Supported by Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) grant 5 U18 HS16094; uses criteria for assessing health plans ("Zhan criteria") as presented in AHRQ-authored article by Zhan et al. (JAMA, 2001).] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Pediatrics
Gidengil CA, Rusinak D, Allred NJ, et al. Financial barriers to implementing combination vaccines: perspectives from pediatricians and policy makers. Clin Pediatr 2009 Jun; 48(5):539-47. [Supported in part by grant T32 HS00063-13 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Therapeutics
Brooks JM, Fang G. Interpreting treatment-effect estimates with heterogeneity and choice: simulation model results. Clin Ther 2009 Apr; 31(4):902-19. [Supported in part by CERTs cooperative agreement grant 5 U18 HS16094.] Select to access the abstract.

Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics
McCarrier KP, Ralston JD, Hirsch IB, et al. Web-based collaborative care for type 1 diabetes: a pilot randomized trial. Diabetes Technol Ther 2009 Apr; 11(4):211-17. [Supported in part by grant T32 HS13853 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Health Affairs
Finkelstein EA, Trogdon JG, Cohen JW, et al. Annual medical spending attributable to obesity: payer- and service-specific estimates. Health Aff 2009 Jul 27; (Epub):w822-31. [Third author is director of the Division of Social and Economic Research in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; uses and cites 1998 and 2006 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data.] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Chalkidou K, Whicher D, Kary W, et al. Comparative effectiveness research priorities: identifying critical gaps in evidence for clinical and health policy decision making. Int J Technol Assess Health Care 2009 Jul; 25(3):241-8. [Supported by contract 07R000175.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Health Economics
Bhattacharya J, Bundorf MK. The incidence of the healthcare costs of obesity. J Health Econ 2009 May; 28(3):649-58. [Supported in part by grant K02 HS11668.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Effken JA, Abbott P. Health IT-enabled care for underserved rural populations: the role of nursing. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2009 Jul-Aug; 16(4):439-45. [Supported by prime contract 290-04-0016-6275-AMIA-01 to the American Medical Informatics Association; acknowledges the contributions of Jon White and Teresa Zayas-Caban, Health IT Portfolio Manager and researcher, respectfully, in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships, who served as reviewers.] Select to access the abstract.

Zhou L, Soran CS, Jenter CA, et al. The relationship between electronic health record use and quality of care over time. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2009 Jul-Aug; 16(4):457-64. [Supported in part by cooperative agreement grant 1 UC1 HS15397-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Simon SR, Soran CS, Kaushal R, et al. Physicians' use of key functions in electronic health records from 2005 to 2007: a statewide survey. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2009 Jul-Aug; 16(4):465-70. [Supported in part by cooperative agreement grant 1 UC1 HS15397.] Select to access the abstract.

Field TS, Rochon P, Lee M, et al. Computerized clinical decision support during medication ordering for long-term care residents with renal insufficiency. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2009 Jul-Aug; 16(4):480-5. [Supported by grants HS10481 and HS15430.]

Wang CJ, Patel MH, Schueth AJ, et al. Perceptions of standards-based electronic prescribing systems as implemented in outpatient primary care: a physician survey. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2009 Jul-Aug; 16(4):493-502. [Supported in part by grant 1 U18 HS16391-01; notes that "results of this study were presented in part at the AHRQ Annual Conference, September 26, 2007, Bethesda, MD".] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Decision Making
Hupert N, Wattson D, Cuomo J, et al. Predicting hospital surge after a large-scale anthrax attack: a model-based analysis of CDC's Cities Readiness Initiative prophylaxis recommendations. Med Decis Making 2009 Jul-Aug; 29(4):424-37. [Supported in part by contract number 290-00-0013 notes that the model presented in the study was "first developed in 2002-2003 for [AHRQ]," citing AHRQ publication, Mass Prophylaxis: Building Blocks for Community Preparedness, Bioterrorism and Health System Preparedness, 2006; notes that an earlier version of the Regional Caseload Calculator was presented as part of the 2004-2005 "BT Toolkit series of bioterrorism response workshops for public health practitioners", as "organized by AcademyHealth for [AHRQ]".] Select to access the abstract.

Pediatric Nursing
Kieckhefer GM, Trahms CM, Churchill SS, et al. Measuring parent-child shared management of chronic illness. Pediatr Nurs 2009 Mar-Apr; 35(2):101-8, 127. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS13384 (first author is principal investigator).] Select to access the abstract.

Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Hartwig KA, Burich D, Cannon C, et al. Critical challenges ahead in bioterrorism preparedness training for clinicians. Prehosp Disaster Med 2009 Jan-Feb; 24(1):47-53. [Supported by grant HS13693.] Select to access the abstract.

Southern Economic Journal
Tekin E, Mocan N, Liang L. Do adolescents with emotional or behavioral problems respond to cigarette prices? South Econ J 2009 Jul; 76(1):67-85. [Third author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends.]

Stroke
Halm EA, Tuhrim S, Wang JJ, et al. Racial and ethnic disparities in outcomes and appropriateness of carotid endarterectomy: impact of patient and provider factors. Stroke 2009 Jul; 40(7):2493-501. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS09754. [Also go to AHRQ-authored article by Trinite, Loveland-Cherry and Marion (J Am Acad Nurse Pract, 2009), as cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Epidemiology
Block JP, He Y, Zaslavsky AM, et al. Psychosocial stress and change in weight among US adults. Am J Epidemiol 2009 Jul 15; 170(2):181-92. [Cites articles by Bosma et al. (BMJ, 1997), Kivimäki et al. (Int J Obs, 2006), and Brunner, Chandola, and Marmot (Am J Epidemiol, 2007), using study cohort data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Family Medicine
Bayliss EA. In this issue: systematic strategies and individualized approaches to care. Ann Fam Med 2009 Jul-Aug; 7(4):290-91. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ-funded articles by Elder et al. and and Jerant, Moore-Hill, and Franks (Ann Fam Med, 2009) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles above; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Poon et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2004) and Smith et al. (JAMA, 2005).]

Stange KC, Phillips WR. Annals transitions. Ann Fam Med 2009 Jul-Aug; 7(4):292. [Notes that the journal's new associate editor Elizabeth Bayliss (see previous citation) is conducting AHRQ-funded research that "involves patient-centered care, patient self-management, and assessing disease burden among people with multimorbidities…".]

Stange KC, Ferrer RL. The paradox of primary care. Ann Fam Med 2009 Jul-Aug; 7(4):293-9. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Franks, Clancy (AHRQ director), and Nutting (N Engl J Med, 1992); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Marshall, Romano, and Davies (Int J Qual Health Care, 2004), Greenfield et al. (JAMA, 1992 and 1995), Willison et al. (Arch Intern Med, 1998), and others.]

Russell GM, Dahrouge S, Hogg W, et al. Managing chronic disease in Ontario primary care: the impact of organizational factors. Ann Fam Med 2009 Jul-Aug; 7(4):309-18. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Starfield et al. (JAMA, 1994).] Select to access the abstract.

O'Connor PJ, Crain AL, Rush WA, et al. Does diabetes double the risk of depression? Ann Fam Med 2009 Jul-Aug; 7(4):328-35. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Hays et al. (Arch Gen Psychiatry, 1995) and Deyo et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992).] Select to access the abstract.

Valderas JM, Starfield B, Sibbald B, et al. Defining comorbidity: implications for understanding health and health services. Ann Fam Med 2009 Jul-Aug; 7(4):357-63. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bayliss et al. (Fam Pract, 2008) and Starfield et al. (Health Serv Res, 1991).] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Internal Medicine
Chan PS, Nichol G, Krumholz HM, et al. Hospital variation in time to defibrillation after in-hospital cardiac arrest. Arch Intern Med 2009 Jul 27; 169(14):1265-73. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Birkmeyer et al. (N Engl J Med, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Dhalla IA, Garner S, Chalkidou K, et al. Perspectives on the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's recommendations to use health technologies only in research. Int J Technol Assess Health Care 2009 Jul; 25(3):272-80. [Cites National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) publication, Managing Uncertainty in Healthcare: Report of a Meeting Organised by NICE and AHRQ, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

O'Malley SP, Selby WS, Jordan E. A successful practical application of Coverage with Evidence Development in Australia: Medical Services Advisory Committee interim funding and the PillCam Capsule Endoscopy Register. Int J Technol Assess Health Care 2009 Jul; 25(3):290-6. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Tunis, Stryer, and Clancy (JAMA, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Garrido MV, Mangiapane S. Surrogate outcomes in health technology assessment: an international comparison. Int J Technol Assess Health Care 2009 Jul; 25(3):315-22. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Fryback and Thornbury (Med Decis Making, 1991).] Select to access the abstract.

Gartlehner G, Thieda P, Hansen RA, et al. Inadequate reporting of trials compromises the applicability of systematic reviews. Int J Technol Assess Health Care 2009 Jul; 25(3):323-30. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Slutsky (director of AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence) (J Clin Epidemiol, 2008), which discusses AHRQ's effective health-care program; cites AHRQ Effective Health Care Web site; cites AHRQ-funded article by Gartlehner et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Klarenbach S, Manns B, Pannu N, et al. Economic evaluation of continuous renal replacement therapy in acute renal failure. Int J Technol Assess Health Care 2009 Jul; 25(3):331-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Laupacis et al. (Kidney Int, 1996) and Mehta et al. (Kidney Int, 2001).] Select to access the abstract.

Johansson P, Ostenson CG, Hilding AM, et al. A cost-effectiveness analysis of a community-based diabetes prevention program in Sweden. Int J Technol Assess Health Care 2009 Jul; 25(3):350-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Neumann et al. (Med Decis Making, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Media Informatics Association
Shea S, Weinstock RS, Teresi JA, et al. A randomized trial comparing telemedicine case management with usual care in older, ethnically diverse, medically underserved patients with diabetes mellitus: 5 year results of the IDEATel study. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2009 Jul-Aug; 16(4):446-56. [Third, thirteenth (Silver), and sixteenth (Eimicke) authors report previous AHRQ funding.] Select to access the abstract.

Schedlbauer A, Prasad V, Mulvaney C, et al. What evidence supports the use of computerized alerts and prompts to improve clinicians' prescribing behavior? J Am Med Inform Assoc 2009 Jul-Aug; 16(4):531-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Peterson et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2005), Simon et al. (J Am Geriatr Soc, 2006), Smith et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2006), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Clinics of North America
Mehta G, Rothstein KD. Health maintenance issues in cirrhosis. Med Clin North Am 2009 Jul; 93(4):901-15, viii-ix. [Cites AHRQ publication, Smoking Cessation, 1996.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Decision Making
Fagerlin A. Getting down to details in the design and use of decision aids. Med Decis Making 2009 Jul-Aug; 29(4):409-11. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Lipkus (Med Decis Making, 2007) and Heisler et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2003).]

Washington ML. Evaluating the capability and cost of a mass influenza and pneumococcal vaccination clinic via computer simulation. Med Decis Making 2009 Jul-Aug; 29(4):414-23. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Hupert et al. (Med Decis Making, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Brandeau ML, McCoy JH, Hupert N, et al. Recommendations for modeling disaster responses in public health and medicine: a position paper of the society for medical decision making. Med Decis Making 2009 Jul-Aug; 29(4):438-60. [Cites AHRQ publication, Community-Based Mass Prophylaxis: A Planning Guide for Public Health Preparedness, 2004, prepared by Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Department of Public Health, under contract 290-02-0013-3; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Braithwaite, Fridsma, and Roberts (Med Decis Making, 2006) and Hupert, Mushlin, and Callahan (Med Decis Making, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Sepucha KR, Ozanne EM, Partridge AH, et al. Is there a role for decision aids in advanced breast cancer? Med Decis Making 2009 Jul-Aug; 29(4):475-82. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by O'Connor et al. (Med Decis Making, 2007) and Deyo et al. (Med Care, 2000).] Select to access the abstract.

New England Journal of Medicine
Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery (LABS) Consortium, Flum DR, Belle SH, et al. Perioperative safety in the longitudinal assessment of bariatric surgery. N Engl J Med 2009 Jul 30; 361(5):445-54. [Cites AHRQ publication, Bariatric Surgery Utilization and Outcomes in 1998 and 2004, HCUP Statistical Brief No. 23 , 2007.] Select to access the abstract.

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

British Medical Journal
Welch HG. Overdiagnosis and mampgraphy screening: the question is no longer whether, but how often, it occurs. BMJ 2009 Jul 25; 339(7714):182-3. [Cites USPSTF publication, Breast Cancer Screening. Summary of the Evidence, 2002, as published on AHRQ Web site.]

Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Trinite T, Loveland-Cherry C, Marion L. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: an evidence-based prevention resource for nurse practitioners. J Am Acad Nurse Pract 2009 Jun; 21(6):301-6. [First author is director of Prevention Dissemination & Implementation in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships; encourages nurse practitioners to use the USPSTF evidence-based recommendations to guide their screening, counseling, and preventive medication decisions; cites USPSTF recommendations from Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2008, and USPSTF recommendation statements on counseling to prevent tobacco use, 2008, and screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008); cites AHRQ's National Healthcare Quality Report for 2006 and 2007; cites AHRQ publications, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence —A Systems Approach. A Guide for Health Care Administrators, Insurers, Managed Care Organizations, and Purchasers, 2000, and U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Procedure Manual, 2008, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

American Journal of Epidemiology
Oken E, Kleinman KP, Belfort MB, et al. Associations of gestational weight gain with short- and longer-term maternal and child health outcomes. Am J Epidemiol 2009 Jul 15; 170(2):173-80. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Outcomes of Maternal Weight Gain, 2008, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Family Medicine
Symbiosis instead of competing demands: a tale of 2 preventive services. Ann Fam Med 2009 Jul-Aug; 7(4):iii. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Systems to Rate the Strength of Scientific Evidence, 2002, as published on AHRQ Web site.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Hahn DL. Importance of evidence grading for guideline implementation: the example of asthma. Ann Fam Med 2009 Jul-Aug; 7(4):364-9. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Management of Chronic Asthma, 2001, prepared by Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Technology Evaluation Center under contract no. 290-97-0015.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Or CK, Karsh BT. A systematic review of patient acceptance of consumer health information technology. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2009 Jul-Aug; 16(4):550-60. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Barriers and Drivers of Health Information Technology Use for the Elderly, Chronically Ill, and Underserved, 2008, prepared by the Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center under contract no. 290-02-0024.] Select to access the abstract.

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

Archives of Internal Medicine
Budnitz DS. Agreement between drugs-to-avoid criteria and expert assessments of problematic prescribing--invited commentary. Arch Intern Med 2009 Jul 27; 169(14):1332-4. [Comments on AHRQ-funded article by Steinman et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2009) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles above; cites AHRQ's NHQR, 2003 and 2006; cites AHRQ-authored article by Conway and Clancy (AHRQ director) (JAMA, 2009); cites article by Zhan et al. (JAMA, 2001).]

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Mays VM, Ly L, Allen E, et al. Engaging student health organizations in reducing health disparities in underserved communities through volunteerism: developing a student health corps. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2009 Aug; 20(3):914-28. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2003. Also go to article by Trinite, Loveland-Cherry, and Marion (J Am Acad Nurs Pract, 2009) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles .]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Epidemiology
Ikeda N, Murray CJ, Salomon JA. Tracking population health based on self-reported impairments: Trends in the prevalence of hearing loss in U.S. adults, 1976-2006. Am J Epidemiol 2009 Jul 1; 170(1):80-7. [Uses and cites 1996-2005 MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Health Promotion
Dall TM, Fulgoni VL 3rd, Zhang Y, et al. Potential health benefits and medical cost savings from calorie, sodium, and saturated fat reductions in the American diet. Am J Health Promotion 2009 Jul-Aug; 23(6):412-22. [Uses and cites 2000-2004 MEPS data.]

American Journal of Infection Control
de Lissovoy G, Fraeman K, Hutchins V, et al. Surgical site infection: incidence and impact on hospital utilization and treatment costs. Am J Infect Control 2009 Jun; 37(5):387-97. [Uses and cites 2005 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Ophthalmology
Lad EM, Hernandez-Boussard T, Morton JM, et al. Incidence of retinopathy of prematurity in the United States: 1997 through 2005. Am J Ophthalmol 2009 Jun 19; (Epub):1-8, 8.e1-8.e2. [Uses and cites 1997-2005 HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Chest
Zilberberg MD, Nathanson BH, Sadigov S, et al. Epidemiology and outcomes of Clostridium difficile-associated disease among patients on prolonged acute mechanical ventilation. Chest 2009 May 22; (Epub):1-24. [Uses and cites 2005 HCUP NIS data; uses and cites Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998); cites HCUP Statistical Brief, Clostridium Difficile-associated Disease in U.S. Hospitals, 1993-2005v, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
Kurtz SM, Lau E, Ong K, et al. Future young patient demand for primary and revision joint replacement: national projections from 2010 to 2030. Clin Orthop Relat Res 2009 Apr 10; (Epub):1-7. [Uses 1993 and 2006 HCUP NIS data; cites HCUP report, Using the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample to Estimate Trends: (Updated for 1988-2004), 2006, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Bozic KJ, Kurtz SM, Lau E, et al. The epidemiology of revision total knee arthroplasty in the United States. Clin Orthop Relat Res 2009 Jun 25; (Epub):1-7. [Uses 2005-2006 HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
Etzioni DA, Beart RW Jr, Madoff RD, et al. Impact of the aging population on the demand for colorectal procedures. Dis Colon Rectum 2009 Apr; 52(4):583-90; discussion 590-1. [Uses 2005 HCUP NIS data; cites MEPS Statistical Brief, Screening Colonoscopy Among US Noninstitutionalized Adult Population Age 50 and Older, 2005, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

European Journal of Endocrinology
Mukherjee D, Zaidi HA, Kosztowski T, et al. Predictors of access to pituitary tumor resection in the United States, 1988-2005. Eur J Endocrinol 2009 May 15; [Epub ahead of print] [Uses 1988-2005 HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Government Accountability Office Report
United States Government Accountability Office. Hospital emergency departments: crowding continues to occur, and some patients wait longer than recommended time frames. GAO-09-347 2009 Apr; i-iii, 25-31. [Uses 2006 HCUP NIS data.]

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Drösler SE, Klazinga NS, Romano PS, et al. Application of patient safety indicators internationally: a pilot study among seven countries. Int J Qual Health Care 2009 Apr 24; (Epub):1-7. [Uses and cites AHRQ patient safety indicators; cites AHRQ technical review Measures of Patient Safety Based on Hospital Administrative Data—The Patient Safety Indicators, 2002; cites AHRQ's NHQR, 2005; cites AHRQ publication, Adaptation of AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators for Use in ICD-10 Administrative Data by an International Consortium, 2008, as published on AHRQ Web site; sites articles by Glance et al. (Med Care, 2008) and Coffey et al. (Med Care, 2005) using AHRQ inpatient quality indicators and safety indicators, respectively).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American College of Surgeons
Joseph B, Morton JM, Hernandez-Boussard T, et al. Relationship between hospital volume, system clinical resources, and mortality in pancreatic resection. J Am Coll Surg 2009 Apr; 208(4):520-7. [Uses HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Juillard C, Lashoher A, Sewell CA, et al. A national analysis of the relationship between hospital volume, academic center status, and surgical outcomes for abdominal hysterectomy done for leiomyoma. J Am Coll Surg 2009 Apr; 208(4):599-606. [Uses 1999-2003 HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery
SooHoo NF, Krenek L, Eagan MJ, et al. Complication rates following open reduction and internal fixation of ankle fractures. J Bone Joint Surg 2009 May; 91(5):1042-9. [Uses 1995-2005 HCUP State Inpatient Databases (SID) data from the California patient-discharge database.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Simons JP, Shah SA, Ng SC, et al. National complication rates after pancreatectomy: beyond mere mortality. J Gastrointest Surg 2009 Jun 9; (Epub):1-13. [Uses 1998-2006 HCUP NIS data; cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Esophageal Doppler Ultrasound-based Cardiac Output Monitoring for Real-Time Therapeutic Management of Hospitalized Patients, 2007, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Interventional Cardiology
Movahed MR, Ramaraj R, Jamal MM, et al. Nationwide trends in the utilization of multivessel percutaneous coronary intervention (MVPCI) in the United States across different gender and ethnicities. J Interv Cardiol 2009 Apr 14; [Epub ahead of print. Uses 1988-2004 HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Public Health Management and Practice
Knudson A, Casey M, Burlew M, et al. Disparities in pediatric asthma hospitalizations. J Public Health Manag Pract 2009 May-Jun; 15(3):232-7. [Uses and cites 2001-2004 HCUP SID data for six states.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases
Alshekhlee A, Walbert T, DeGeorgia M, et al. The impact of Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education duty hours, the July phenomenon, and hospital teaching status on stroke outcomes. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis 2009 May-Jun; 18(3):232-8. [Uses 2000-2005 HCUP NIS data; cites article by Dubinsky et al. (Neurology, 2006) using NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Surgical Research
Choi JC, Bakaeen FG, Huh J, et al. Outcomes of coronary surgery at a Veterans Affairs hospital versus other hospitals. J Surg Res 2009 May 3; (Epub):1-5. [Uses and cites 2004 HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Jen HC, Shew SB. Hospital differences in short-term outcomes for uncomplicated pediatric patients with gallbladder disease. J Surg Res 2009 May 15; 153(2):195-200. [Uses and cites 2003 HCUP Kids' Inpatient Database (KID).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Konety SH, Rosenthal GE, Vaughan-Sarrazin MS. Surgical volume and outcomes of off-pump coronary artery bypass graft surgery: does it matter? J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2009 May; 137(5):1116-23.e1. [Uses and cites AHRQ patient safety indicators, as published on AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ Quality Indicators, 2005; uses and cites Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al. (Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Vascular Surgery
Schwarze ML, Shen Y, Hemmerich J, et al. Age-related trends in utilization and outcome of open and endovascular repair for abdominal aortic aneurysm in the United States, 2001-2006. J Vasc Surg 2009 Jun 25; (Epub):1-8, 8.e1-8.e2. [Uses and cites 2001-2006 HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Steppacher R, Csikesz N, Eslami M, et al. An analysis of carotid artery stenting procedures performed in New York and Florida (2005-2006): procedure indication, stroke rate, and mortality rate are equivalent for vascular surgeons and non-vascular surgeons. J Vasc Surg 2009 Jun; 49(6):1379-85. [Uses 2005-2006 HCUP SID data for New York and Florida).] Select to access the abstract.

Neurology
Alshekhlee A, Miles JD, Katirji B, et al. Incidence and mortality rates of myasthenia gravis and myasthenic crisis in US hospitals. Neurology 2009 May 5; 72(18):1548-54. [Uses 2000-2005 HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Osteoporosis International
Nieves JW, Bilezikian JP, Lane JM, et al. Fragility fractures of the hip and femur: incidence and patient characteristics. Osteoporos Int 2009 May 30; (Epub):1-10. [Uses 1996-2006 HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Pediatrics
Lewis C, Teeple E, Robertson A, et al. Preventive dental care for young, Medicaid-insured children in Washington State. Pediatrics 2009 Jul; 124(1):e120-7. [Uses and cites 2003 MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Australian Health Review
McConchie S, Shepheard J, Waters S, et al. The AusPSIs: the Australian version of the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality patient safety indicators. Aust Health Rev 2009 May; 33(2):334-41. [Uses and cites AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Zhan (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence) and Miller (Qual Saf Health Care, 2003 and JAMA, 2003 and 2003) and Elixhauser (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets), Pancholi, and Clancy (AHRQ director) (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2005); cites articles by Coffey, Andrews, and Moy (Med Care, 2005) and Scanlon et al. (J Patient Saf, 2006), using patient safety indicators; cites AHRQ publication, Adaptation of AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators for Use in ICD-10 Administrative Data by an International Consortium, 2008, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Digestive Diseases and Sciences
Sonnenberg A. Hospitalization for achalasia in the United States 1997-2006. Dig Dis Sci 2009 Aug; 54(8):1680-5. [Uses and cites 1997-2006 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Care Financing Review
Martino SC, Elliott MN, Cleary PD, et al. Psychometric properties of an instrument to assess Medicare beneficiaries' prescription drug plan experiences. Health Care Financ Rev 2009 Spring; 30(3):41-53. [Uses and cites 2007 Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) data; cites articles by Goldstein et al. (Health Care Financ Rev, 2001), Hargraves, Hays, and Cleary (Health Serv Res, 2003), Hays et al. (Med Care, 1999), using CAHPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Care Management Review
Thornlow DK, Merwin E. Managing to improve quality: the relationship between accreditation standards, safety practices, and patient outcomes. Health Care Manage Rev 2009 Jul-Sep; 34(3):262-72. [Uses and cites AHRQ's quality indicators; uses and cites 2002 HCUP NIS data; uses and cites Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998); cites AHRQ-authored by Zhan and Miller (JAMA, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Decision Making
Vickers AJ, Elkin EB, Peele PB, et al. Long-term health outcomes of a decision aid: data from a randomized trial of adjuvant! In women with localized breast cancer. Med Decis Making 2009 Jul-Aug; 29(4):461-7. [Uses study data funded by grant R01 HS08516 (Siminoff et al., Psychooncology, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Quality Management in Health Care
Margalit R, Thompson S, Visovsky C, et al. From professional silos to interprofessional education: campuswide focus on quality of care. Qual Manag Health Care 2009 Jul-Sep; 18(3):165-73. [Uses AHRQ's "TeamSTEPPS Program: Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety" to develop one of the four Web-based interactive modules with core content on communication errors.] Select to access the abstract.

Current as of July 2009
Internet Citation: Finding Your Way: Talking about End-of-life Treatment Decisions: Articles of Interest: July 31, 2009. July 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://archive.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/073109.html

 

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