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Does Prescription Drug Adherence Reduce Hospitalizations and Costs? The Case of Diabetes.

Articles of Interest: August 6, 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

Advances in Health Economics and Health Services Research
Encinosa WE, Bernard D, Dor A. Does prescription drug adherence reduce hospitalizations and costs? The case of diabetes. Adv Health Econ Health Serv Res 2010; 22:151-73. [First and second authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets and Center for Financial, Access, and Cost Trends, respectively; supported by AHRQ; uses/cites AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998); cites AHRQ-authored publications by Dor and Encinosa (J Econ Manag Strategy, 2010, and Does Cost-Sharing Affect Compliance? The Case of Prescription Drugs, National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper 10738, 2004); cites AHRQ technical review Measures of Patient Safety Based on Hospital Administrative Data—The Patient Safety Indicators, 2002, and AHRQ's National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR), 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Garbutt JM, Banister C, Highstein G, et al. Telephone coaching for parents of children with asthma: impact and lessons learned. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2010 Jul; 164(7):625-30. [Supported by grant HS15378.] Select to access the abstract.

BMC Health Services Research
Schmittdiel JA, Steers N, Duru OK, et al. Patient-provider communication regarding drug costs in Medicare Part D beneficiaries with diabetes: a TRIAD Study. BMC Health Serv Res 2010 Jun 14; 10:164. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS13902-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Maeng DD, Scanlon DP, Chernew ME, et al. The relationship between health plan performance measures and physician network overlap: implications for measuring plan quality. Health Serv Res 2010 Aug; 45(4):1005-23. [Supported in part by grant P01 HS10771; uses 2001, 2002, and 2003 Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) data linked to the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS).] Select to access the abstract.

Isaac T, Zaslavsky AM, Cleary PD, et al. The relationship between patients' perception of care and measures of hospital quality and safety. Health Serv Res 2010 Aug; 45(4):1024-40. [Supported in part by grant U18 HS13190; uses 2007 Hospital CAHPS (HCAHPS) data and AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators Software Version 3.1 (applied to 2004 MedPAR Part A 100 per cent file); cites AHRQ-authored article by Zhan (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence) and Miller (Qual Saf Health Care, 2003); cites Patient Safety Indicators Download, 2007, and AHRQ publications, AHRQ Quality Indicators—Guide to Patient Safety Indicators, 2003, Hospitalizations in the United States, 2002, HCUP Factbook No. 6, 2002; cites article by O'Malley (Health Serv Res, 2005), which uses HCAHPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Lee SY, Stucky BD, Lee JY, et al. Short Assessment of Health Literacy-Spanish and English: a comparable test of health literacy for Spanish and English speakers. Health Serv Res 2010 Aug; 45(4):1105-20. [Supported in part by grant R03 HS13233 (for data collection).] Select to access the abstract.

Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Morgan DJ, Lomotan LL, Agnes K, et al. Characteristics of healthcare-associated infections contributing to unexpected in-hospital deaths. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2010 Aug; 31(8):864-6. [Supported in part by grant K08 HS18111-01 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Lemus FC, Tan A, Eschbach K, et al. Correlates of bacterial pneumonia hospitalizations in elders, Texas border. J Immigr Minor Health 2010 Aug; 12(4):423-32. [Supported in part by grant 1 R36 HS16381-01 (to first author) and 2 R24 HS11618 (to last author); notes AHRQ's use of the term ambulatory care sensitive conditions "to describe potentially preventable hospitalizations," citing AHRQ publications, AHRQ Quality Indicators—Guide to Prevention Quality Indicators: Hospital Admission for Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions, 2004, and Guidance for Using the AHRQ Quality Indicators for Hospital-level Public Reporting or Payment, 2004; uses AHRQ-specified ICD-9-CM codes for bacterial pneumonia and associated Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data, citing Prevention Quality Indicators: Technical Specifications, Version 3.1, 2006, AHRQ Quality Indicators—Guide to Inpatient Quality Indicators: Quality of Care in Hospitals—Volume, Mortality and Utilization: Version 3.1, 2002, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Partners: Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, 2005, and Prevention Quality Indicators Download, 2007; cites AHRQ publications, Hospitalization in the United States, 1997, HCUP Fact Book No. 1, 2000, and Preventable Hospitalizations: a Window into Primary and Preventive Care, 2000, HCUP Fact Book No. 5, 2004.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Cherepanov D, Palta M, Fryback DG. Underlying dimensions of the five health-related quality-of-life measures used in utility assessment: evidence from the National Health Measurement Study. Med Care 2010 Aug; 48(8):718-25. [Supported in part by grant T32 HS00046 (to the University of California, Los Angeles, and RAND Corporation). See also AHRQ-funded article by Coeytaux et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2010), cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Epidemiology
Biello KB, Sipsma HL, Kershaw T. Effect of teenage parenthood on mental health trajectories: does sex matter? Am J Epidemiol 2010 Aug 1; 172(3):279-87. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by McHorney, Ware, and Raczek (Med Care, 1993).] Select to access the abstract.

Kim D, Diez Roux AV, Kiefe CI, et al. Do neighborhood socioeconomic deprivation and low social cohesion predict coronary calcification? The CARDIA Study. Am J Epidemiol 2010 Aug 1; 172(3):288-98. [Cites articles by Kuper et al. (J Epidemiol Community Health, 2003) and Marmot et al. (J Epidemiol Community Health, 1978), which use data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

Virnig B, Durham SB, Folsom AR, et al. Linking the Iowa Women's Health Study cohort to Medicare data: linkage results and application to hip fracture. Am J Epidemiol 2010 Aug 1; 172(3):327-33. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Wennberg et al. (JAMA, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Emergency Medicine
Mitchell AM, Kline JA. Save the beans. Ann Emerg Med 2010 Jul; 56(1):62-3. [Second author reports previous AHRQ funding through grant R18 HS18519.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Unroe M, Kahn JM, Carson SS, et al. One-year trajectories of care and resource utilization for recipients of prolonged mechanical ventilation: a cohort study. Ann Intern Med 2010 Aug 3; 153(3):167-75. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Van Pelt et al. (Am J Respir Crit Care Med, 2007), Luo et al. (Med Care, 2005), Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992) and others.] Select to access the abstract.

AORN Journal
Watson DS. Keeping current on patient safety. AORN J 2010 May; 91(5):623-6. [Describes AHRQ's Patient Safety Network as a "valuable web-based patient safety resource containing evidence-based information" and summarizes the site's purpose and content; cites AHRQ publications, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Reauthorization Fact Sheet, 1999, and Tools for Health Care Coordination on AHRQ Web site.]

Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics
Krupinski EA. Current perspectives in medical image perception. Atten Percept Psychophys 2010 Jul; 72(5):1205-17. [Mentions that "imaging also accounts for over 40% of all hospital procedures reported in the discharge report, according to the [AHRQ]".] Select to access the abstract.

Bariatric Nursing and Surgical Patient Care
McFadden KM. Cross-addiction: from morbid obesity to substance abuse. Bariatric Nursing and Surgical Patient Care 2010 Jun; 5(2):145-78. [Cites AHRQ Research Activities article, "AHRQ Study Finds Weight-loss Surgeries Quadrupled in Five Years", 2005, as published on AHRQ Web site.]

BMJ
Tonks A. Low yield from"opt out" HIV testing in an emergency department. BMJ 2010 Jul 31; 341(7766):226. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ-funded article by Haukoos et al. (JAMA, 2010).]

Health Services Research
Hasnain-Wynia R, Wolf MS. Promoting health care equity: is health literacy a missing link? Health Serv Res 2010 Aug; 45(4):897-903. [Mentions AHRQ's HCAHPS survey and AHRQ publication, Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit, 2010.]

Aiken LH, Sloane DM, Cimiotti JP, et al. Implications of the California nurse staffing mandate for other states. Health Serv Res 2010 Aug; 45(4):904-21. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Needleman et al. (N Engl J Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Lipsky BA, Kollef MH, Miller LG, et al. Predicting bacteremia among patients hospitalized for skin and skin-structure infections: derivation and validation of a risk score. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2010 Aug; 31(8):828-37. [Cites AHRQ publication, HCUP Facts and Figures: Statistics on Hospital-based Care in the United States, 2007, 2007, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites AHRQ-funded article by Fine et al. (N Engl J Med, 1997).] Select to access the abstract.

Weber DJ, Brown VM, Sickbert-Bennett EE, et al. Sustained and prolonged reduction in central line-associated bloodstream infections as a result of multiple interventions. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2010 Aug; 31(8):875-7. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006).]

International Innovation
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. International Innovation 2010 Jun: 57-8. [Interviews AHRQ director Carolyn Clancy.]

Medical Care
Landon BE. Improving quality of care at community health centers. Med Care 2010 Aug; 48(8):665-7. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bitton, Martin, and Landon (J Gen Intern Med, 2010), Hicks et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2010, and Health Aff, 2006) and Landon et al. (N Engl J Med, 2007, and Ann Intern Med, 2004).]

Chin MH. Quality improvement implementation and disparities: the case of the health disparities collaboratives. Med Care 2010 Aug; 48(8):668-75. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Grossman et al. (Med Care, 2008), Landon et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2004, and N Engl J Med, 2004), Hicks et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2010, and Health Aff, 2006), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Stolzmann KL, Meterko M, Shwartz M, et al. Accounting for variation in technical quality and patient satisfaction: the contribution of patient, provider, team, and medical center. Med Care 2010 Aug; 48(8):676-82. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Rosenthal and Frank (Med Care Res Rev, 2006), Hofer et al. (JAMA, 1999), Eisen et al. (Psychiatr Serv, 1999) and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Yang W, Dall TM, Zhang Y, et al. Disease management 360 degrees: a scorecard approach to evaluating TRICARE's programs for asthma, congestive heart failure, and diabetes. Med Care 2010 Aug; 48(8):683-93. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992) and Ware and Sherbourne (Med Care, 1992).] Select to access the abstract.

Lin GA, Redberg RF, Anderson HV, et al. Impact of changes in clinical practice guidelines on assessment of quality of care. Med Care 2010 Aug; 48(8):733-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Rosenthal and Dudley (JAMA, 2007), Shekelle et al. (JAMA, 2001), which uses 17 of AHRQ-sponsored clinical practice guidelines, Schneider et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2001), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Liu V, Kipnis P, Gould MK, et al. Length of stay predictions: improvements through the use of automated laboratory and comorbidity variables. Med Care 2010 Aug; 48(8):739-44. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Pine, Jordan, Elixhauser (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets), et al. (JAMA, 2007); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Glance et al. (Health Serv Res, 2006), Shwartz et al. (Health Serv Res, 1996), Cleary et al. (JAMA, 1991), and Knaus et al. (Chest, 1991).] Select to access the abstract.

Nursing Management
Classen JL. Is failure to rescue really failure to communicate? Champion the move from reactive process to proactive model. Nurs Manage 2010 Jul; 41(7):38-41. [Notes that "AHRQ has identified 20 indicators classified as hospital-level patient safety indicators and seven considered area-level patient safety indicators," citing AHRQ Quality Indicators. Patient Safety Indicators Overview, 2006, as published on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site.]

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Wing RR, Creasman JM, West DS, et al. Improving urinary incontinence in overweight and obese women through modest weight loss. Obstet Gynecol 2010 Aug; 116(2 Pt 1):284-92. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Urinary Incontinence in Adults: Acute and Chronic Management, 1996.] Select to access the abstract.

Rubber World
Weincek KM. Antimicrobials for silicone rubber in medical devices. Rubber World 2010 Jun; 242(3):22-30. [Mentions AHRQ as an example of a group that has "made substantial progress with focused initiatives on hand washing and other hygiene issues, care bundles and sanitization of medical device surfaces"; cites AHRQ's NHQR, 2009.]

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

American Family Physician
Viera AJ, Sheridan SL. Global risk of coronary heart disease: assessment and application. Am Fam Physician 2010 Aug 1; 82(3):265-74. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on screening for high blood pressure (Am J Prev Med, 2003); cites USPSTF recommendations and associated evidence review on aspirin for the prevention of cardiovascular disease (Ann Intern Med, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Carroll JK, Lewis BA, Marcus BH, et al. Computerized tailored physical activity reports: a randomized controlled trial. Am J Prev Med 2010 Aug; 39(2):148-56. [Cites USPSTF publication, Clinician's Handbook for Preventive Services, second edition, 1998.] Select to access the abstract.

Baggett TP, Rigotti NA. Cigarette smoking and advice to quit in a national sample of homeless adults. Am J Prev Med 2010 Aug; 39(2):164-72. [Cites USPSTF reaffirmed recommendations on counseling and interventions to prevent tobacco-caused disease in adults and pregnant women (Ann Intern Med, 2009); cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Khoury MJ, Feero WG, Valdez R. Family history and personal genomics as tools for improving health in an era of evidence-based medicine. Am J Prev Med 2010 Aug; 39(2):184-8. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2009).]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Pletcher MJ, Bibbins-Domingo K, Liu K, et al. Nonoptimal lipids commonly present in young adults and coronary calcium later in life: The CARDIA (Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults) Study. Ann Intern Med 2010 Aug 3; 153(3):137-46. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement Screening for Lipid Disorders in Adults, 2008, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Kopin L, Lowenstein C. In the clinic: Dyslipidemia. Ann Intern Med 2010 Aug 3; 153(3):ITC2-1-ITC2-16. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statements Screening for Lipid Disorders in Adults, 2001 (listed as a resource in the "In the Clinic Tool Kit: Dyslipidemia" section of article), and Screening for Lipid Disorders in Children, 2007, both published on AHRQ Web site, and USPSTF recommendations on screening for obesity in children and adolescents (Pediatrics, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

BMJ
McPherson K. Should we screen for breast cancer? BMJ 2010 Jul 31; 341(7766):233-5. [Discusses and cites USPSTF updated recommendations on breast cancer screening and related evidence update (Ann Intern Med, 2009), and cites several related articles.]

Circulation
Matlock DD. Big Brother is watching you: what do patients think about ICD home monitoring? Circulation 2010 Jul 27; 122(4):319-21. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for prostate cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008).]

Contraception
Whiteman MK, Zapata LB, Tepper NK, et al. Use of contraceptive methods among women with endometrial hyperplasia: a systematic review. Contraception 2010 Jul; 82(1):56-63. [Uses USPSTF evidence-grading methodology to assess the quality of retrieved articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
Kerr WC, Ye Y. Relationship of life-course drinking patterns to diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension among those 40 and older in the 2005 U.S. National Alcohol Survey. J Stud Alcohol Drugs 2010 Jul; 71(4):515-525. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on screening adults for type 2 diabetes (Ann Intern Med, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Obesity
Tsai AG, Wadden TA, Rogers MA, et al. A primary care intervention for weight loss: results of a randomized controlled pilot study. Obesity 2010 Aug; 18(8):1614-18. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for obesity in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2003); cites article by Katz et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2004), which uses AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000 .] Select to access the abstract.

Obstetrics and Gynecology
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. ACOG Practice Bulletin No. 115: Vaginal birth after previous cesarean delivery. Obstet Gynecol 2010 Aug; 116(2 Pt 1):450-63. [Uses USPSTF evidence-grading methodologies to review and evaluate selected studies.] Select to access the abstract.

Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients
Smith H. Connecticut's antitrust action against IDSA's lyme guidelines: medical guideline development demands scientific procedures. Townsend Letter 2010 Jul; (324):44-54. [Authors note that the USPSTF's "principles for writing its own guidelines say 'recommendations are not based largely on opinion, such as expert opinion'", citing USPSTF's Procedure Manual, 2008.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Annals of Internal Medicine
Coeytaux RR, Williams JW Jr, Gray RN, et al. Narrative review: percutaneous heart valve replacement for aortic stenosis: state of the evidence. Ann Intern Med 2010 Aug 2. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by contract 290-02-0025 to the Duke Evidence-based Practice Center as part of the Effective Health Care Program; based on AHRQ technical brief Percutaneous Heart Valve Replacement, 2010.] Select to access the abstract.

Qaseem A, Snow V, Owens DK, et al. The development of clinical practice guidelines and guidance statements of the American College of Physicians: summary of methods. Ann Intern Med 2010 Aug 3; 153(3):194-9. [Presented as a nominated topic for an eventual AHRQ evidence review; notes that ACP-sponsored evidence reviews "may be supported by the ACP operating budget or other external sources (such as the AHRQ)"; cites article by Qaseem et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2007), which uses USPSTF-sponsored systematic evidence review on genetic risk assessment and BRCA mutation testing for breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility (Ann Intern Med, 2005) and evidence summary on breast cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2002); cites AHRQ-authored article by Owens, Lohr, Atkins (former AHRQ researcher), et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 2010), which discusses AHRQ's evidence grades; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Shekelle et al. (JAMA, 2001), Shojania et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2007), and Nease and Owens (Med Decis Making, 1994).] Select to access the abstract.

Sox HC. Comparative effectiveness research: a progress report. Ann Intern Med 2010 Aug 2. [Epub ahead of print. Mentions that "since 2003, AHRQ has had a congressional mandate to support CER; Section 1012 of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 authorized AHRQ to conduct research to compare the effectiveness of different tests and treatments;" describes the mission of AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program and the contributions of AHRQ's Evidence-based Practice Centers and the Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness (DEcIDE) network of centers; discusses AHRQ's involvement with CER in relationship to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.]

Health Services Research
Furukawa MF, Raghu TS, Shao BB. Electronic medical records, nurse staffing, and nurse-sensitive patient outcomes: evidence from California hospitals, 1998-2007. Health Serv Res 2010 Aug; 45(4):941-62. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Chaudhry et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006) on the impact of health information technology on quality, efficiency, and costs of medical care (performed by the Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center); cites AHRQ publication, Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-based Handbook for Nurses, Vol. 3: Patient-centered Care, 2008; cites AHRQ-authored/funded article by Harrison (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Outcomes, and Markets), Koppel, and Bar-Lev (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

Li C, West-Strum D. Patient panel of underserved populations and adoption of electronic medical record systems by office-based physicians. Health Serv Res 2010 Aug; 45(4):963-84. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Chaudhry et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006) on the impact of health information technology on quality, efficiency, and costs of medical care (performed by the Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Knottnerus JA, Tugwell P. Choosing appropriate comparators. J Clin Epidemiol 2010 Aug; 63(8):811-12. [Mentions coverage of comparative effectiveness research in the AHRQ-sponsored article "series in the May issue of this journal".]

Moher D, Hopewell S, Schulz KF, et al. CONSORT 2010 Explanation and Elaboration: updated guidelines for reporting parallel group randomised trials. J Clin Epidemiol 2010 Aug; 63(8):e1-e37. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, 1999.] Select to access the abstract.

Science
Dickersin K. To reform U.S. health care, start with systematic reviews. Science 2010 Jul 30; 329(5991):516-17. [Cites the Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPCs) section of the AHRQ Web site. See also AHRQ-authored article by Encinosa, Bernard, and Dor (Adv Health Econ Health Serv Res, 2010) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles and article by Borzecki et al. (Med Care, 2010) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Stafford M, Brunner EJ, Head J, et al. Deprivation and the development of obesity a multilevel, longitudinal study in England. Am J Prev Med 2010 Aug; 39(2):130-9. [Uses study cohort data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Wang J, Mullins CD, Brown LM, et al. Disparity implications of Medicare eligibility criteria for medication therapy management services. Health Serv Res 2010 Aug; 45(4):1061-82. [Uses 2004-2005 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data, citing AHRQ's MEPS Web site; cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2005, and NHQR, 2007.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Lopez KD, Gerling GJ, Cary MP, et al. Cognitive work analysis to evaluate the problem of patient falls in an inpatient setting. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2010 May 1; 17(3):313-21. [Uses/cites AHRQ's Hospital Survey on Patient Culture; cites AHRQ publications, Surveys on Patient Safety Culture: Safety Culture Dimensions and Reliabilities, as published on AHRQ's Web site, and AHRQ's comparative database report, Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Borzecki AM, Christiansen CL, Loveland S, et al. Trends in the inpatient quality indicators: the Veterans Health Administration experience. Med Care 2010 Aug; 48(8):694-702. [Uses AHRQ's Inpatient Quality Indicators and HCUP NIS data; cites AHRQ publications, Trends in Hospital Risk-Adjusted Mortality for Select Diagnoses and Procedures, 1994-2004, HCUP Statistical Brief No. 38, 2007, Inpatient Quality Indicators: SAS Software Documentation, Version 3.1, Rev. 1, 2007, AHRQ Quality Indicators Inpatient Quality Indicator Composite SAS Documentation, Version 3.1a, 2007, Guide to Inpatient Quality Indicators: Quality of Care in Hospitals—Volume, Mortality, and Utilization, Version 3.0, 2006, Applying Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) Across Healthcare Systems: Achieving Data Comparability, Vol. 2, 2005, Guidance for Using the AHRQ Quality Indicators for Hospital-level Public Reporting of Payment, 2004, AHRQ Quality Indicators 3M APR-DRG V24 Limited License Grouper SAS Documentation, AHRQ technical review Refinement of the HCUP Quality Indicators, 2001 (as prepared by the UCSF-Stanford Evidence-based Practice Center under contract 290-97-0013), State Snapshots 2008: From the National Healthcare Quality Report, National Information on Measures of Health Care Quality based on NIS, using the AHRQ Quality Indicators, and AHRQ Quality Indicators, 2005 (presented at AHRQ's 2005 Quality Indicators User meeting by Irene Fraser (director of AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets). Select to access the abstract.

Stroke
Ovbiagele B. Hospital-based stroke diagnoses among the oldest old in the United States: 1997 to 2006. Stroke 2010 Aug; 41(8):1820-2. [Uses 1996-2006 HCUP NIS data, citing AHRQ's HCUP Web site. See also articles by Encinosa, Bernard, and Dor (Adv Health Econ Health Serv Res, 2010), Maeng et al. (Health Serv Res, 2010), Isaac et al. (Health Serv Res, 2010), and Lemus et al. (J Immigr Minor Health, 2010) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles, and article by Whiteman et al. (Contraception, 2010) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Current as of August 2010
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