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Mortality Probability Model III and Simplified Acute Physiology Score II: Assessing Their Value in Predicting Length of Stay and Comparison to APACHE IV

Articles of Interest: August 7, 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

Chest
Vasilevskis EE, Kazniewicz MW, Cason BA, et al. Mortality probability model III and simplified acute physiology score II: assessing their value in predicting length of stay and comparison to APACHE IV. Chest 2009 Jul; 136(1):89-101. [Supported by grant R01 HS13919-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Lautenbach E, Marsicano R, Tolomeo P, et al. Epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance among gram-negative organisms recovered from patients in a multistate network of long-term care facilities. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2009 Aug; 30(8):790-3. [Supported in part by Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics cooperative agreement grant U18 HS10399.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Escarce JJ, Kapur K. Do patients bypass rural hospitals? Determinants of inpatient hospital choice in rural California. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2009 Aug; 20(3):625-44. [Supported in part by grant P01 HS10770.] Select to access the abstract.

Weidmer-Ocampo B, Johansson P, Dalpoas D, Wharton D, Darby C, et al. Adapting CAHPS for an American Indian population. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2009 Aug; 20(3):695-712. [Supported in part by cooperative agreement grants U18 HS09204 and U18 HS16980; fifth author is a former AHRQ researcher; discusses AHRQ's and Indian Health Service's partnership in creating a Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) survey "that could be used to assess patient experiences of care across different American Indian tribes" (p. 696); cites CAHPS® Fact Sheet, as published on AHRQ Web site; cites articles by Darby et al. (Health Serv Res, 2005), Harris-Kojetin et al. (Med Care, 1999), Levine, Fowler, and Brown (Health Serv Res, 2005), Weech-Maldonado et al. (Seventh Conference on Health Survey Research Methods, 2001), using CAHPS® data.] Select to access the abstract.

SteelFisher GK, Schneider EC, Zaslavsky AM, et al. Can quality reports help address health care disparities? Use and awareness of comparative quality information by African Americans. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2009 Aug; 20(3):884-95. [Supported in part by Fellowship in Health Services Research grant (grant number not given); authors thank AHRQ "for their contributions to the survey and resulting data used in this analysis"; uses unspecified AHRQ data.] Select to access the abstract.

Sabin JA, Nosek BA, Greenwald AG, et al. Physicians' implicit and explicit attitudes about race by MD race, ethnicity, and gender. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2009 Aug; 20(3):896-913. [Supported in part by dissertation grant award 1 R36 HS01576-01.]

Medical Care
Elliott MN, Kanouse DE, Edwards CA, et al. Components of care vary in importance for overall patient-reported experience by type of hospitalization. Med Care 2009 Aug; 47(8):842-9. [Supported by grant 5 U18 HS09204; uses and cites Hospital CAHPS® (HCAHPS) data; cites articles by O'Malley et al. (Health Serv Res, 2005 and 2005), Elliott et al. (Health Serv Res, in press), Goldstein et al. (Health Ser Res, 2005), and others, using CAHPS® data.] Select to access the abstract.

Chapman BP, Franks P, Duberstein PR, et al. Differences between individual and societal health state valuations: any link with personality? Med Care 2009 Aug; 47(8):902-7. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS13603.] Select to access the abstract.

Quinn MA, Wilcox A, Orav EJ, et al. The relationship between perceived practice quality and quality improvement activities and physician practice dissatisfaction, professional isolation, and work-life stress. Med Care 2009 Aug; 47(8):924-8. [Supported in part by grant 1 UC1 HS15397.] Select to access the abstract.

Pediatrics
Gipson DS, Massengill SF, Yao L, et al. Management of childhood onset nephrotic syndrome. Pediatrics 2009 Aug; 124(2):747-57. [Supported in part by the University of North Carolina Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics grant 2 U18 HS10397-08 (to Alan Stiles, principal investigator).] Select to access the abstract.

Sleep
Omachi TA, Claman DM, Blanc PD, et al. Obstructive sleep apnea: a risk factor for work disability. Sleep 2009 Jun 1; 32(6):791-8. [Supported in part by grant F32 HS17664-01 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Family Physician
Hartman RP, Kawashima A. Radiologic evaluation of suspected renovascular hypertension. Am Fam Physician 2009 Aug 1; 80(3):273-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Balk et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Epidemiology
Salomon JA, Nordhagen S, Oza S, et al. Are Americans feeling less healthy? The puzzle of trends in self-rated health. Am J Epidemiol 2009 Aug 1; 170(3):343-51. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Ware et al. (Med Care, 1992) and Hanmer et al. (Med Decis Making, 2006, and Med Care, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Lu PJ, Euler GL, Callahan DB. Influenza vaccination among adults with asthma findings from the 2007 BRFSS survey. Am J Prev Med 2009 Aug; 37(2):109-15. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Egede et al. (Am J Public Health, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

McClure JB, Ludman EJ, Grothaus L, et al. Impact of a brief motivational smoking cessation intervention the get PHIT randomized controlled trial. Am J Prev Med 2009 Aug; 37(2):116-23. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Savoia E, Massin-Short SB, Rodday AM, et al. Public health systems research in emergency preparedness a review of the literature. Am J Prev Med 2009 Aug; 37(2):150-6. [Includes the AHRQ Web site in the search for "gray literature" based on the authors' "knowledge of where PHEP research is being conducted."] Select to access the abstract.

Burgess DJ, Fu SS, van Ryn M. Potential unintended consequences of tobacco-control policies on mothers who smoke: a review of the literature. Am J Prev Med 2009 Aug; 37(2 Suppl):S151-8. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Paul IM, Lehman EB, Widome R. Maternal tobacco use and shorter newborn nursery stays. Am J Prev Med 2009 Aug; 37(2 Suppl):S172-8. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Internal Medicine
Luce BR, Kramer JM, Goodman SN, et al. Rethinking randomized clinical trials for comparative effectiveness research: the need for transformational change. Ann Intern Med 2009 Aug 4; 151(3):206-9. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Tunis, Stryer, and Clancy (second and third authors are former AHRQ center director and current AHRQ director, respectively) (JAMA, 2003); cited in article by Sox and Greenfield (Ann Intern Med, 2009), as cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles.]

Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Shorr AF, Zilberberg MD, Kollef M. Cost-effectiveness analysis of a silver-coated endotracheal tube to reduce the incidence of ventilator-associated pneumonia. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2009 Aug; 30(8):759-63. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Safdar et al.(Crit Care Med, 2005) and Weinstein et al. (JAMA, 1996).] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Paras ML, Murad MH, Chen LP, et al. Sexual abuse and lifetime diagnosis of somatic disorders: a systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA 2009 Aug 5; 302(5):550-61. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Bonomi et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Claudio L, Stingone JA. Primary household language and asthma care among Latino children. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2009 Aug; 20(3):766-79. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Weinick and Krauss (former AHRQ researchers) (Am J Public Health, 2000).] Select to access the abstract.

Carcaise-Edinboro P, Bradley CJ, Dahman B. Dually eligible and colorectal cancer screenings: too little, too late? J Health Care Poor Underserved 2009 Aug; 20(3):854-65. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Kirby (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) and Kaneda (J Health Soc Behav, 2006).] Select to access the abstract/

Journal of Medical Screening
Chen LS, Chou YJ, Tsay JH, et al. Variation in the cervical cancer screening compliance among women with disability. J Med Screen 2009; 16(2):85-90. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Chan et al. (Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 1999) and Iezzoni et al. (Am J Med Qual, 2001).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Tuma RS. Stimulus funds force hard look at comparative effectiveness research. J Natl Cancer Inst 2009 Aug 5; 101(15):1036-1037. [Mentions AHRQ's allotment of $300 million for comparative effectiveness research from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Jurimetrics
Parisi TJ. How much did you pay for your heart: is a centralized entity performing health technology assessment with cost-effectiveness analysis the answer to the rising costs of health care? Jurimetrics 2009 Spring; 49(3):285-317. [Discusses AHRQ as a possible option to assume the role of a centralized entity for health technology assessment with cost-effectiveness analysis; notes that CMS commissions AHRQ to do some of its Medicare coverage health technology assessments and that AHRQ "performed 22% of Medicare's health technology assessments from 1999-2003"; cites AHRQ publication, Justification of Estimates for Appropriation Committees 3-4 (2008), as cited on AHRQ Web site.]

Medical Care
Zolnierek KB, Dimatteo MR. Physician communication and patient adherence to treatment: a meta-analysis. Med Care 2009 Aug; 47(8):826-34. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Fiscella et al. (Med Care, 2004), Beck, Daughtridge, and Sloane (J Am Board Fam Pract, 2002), and Tran et al. (Patient Educ Couns, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Cuttler L, Marinova D, Mercer MB, et al. Patient, physician, and consumer drivers: referrals for short stature and access to specialty drugs. Med Care 2009 Aug; 47(8):858-65. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Forrest et al. (Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med, 1999).] Select to access the abstract.

Sach TH, Barton GR, Jenkinson C, et al. Comparing cost-utility estimates: does the choice of EQ-5D or SF-6D matter? Med Care 2009 Aug; 47(8):889-94. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Cantor et al. (Med Decis Making, 1994).] Select to access the abstract.

Arora VM, Plein C, Chen S, et al. Relationship between quality of care and functional decline in hospitalized vulnerable elders. Med Care 2009 Aug; 47(8):895-901. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992) and Kahn et al. (Health Serv Res, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care Research and Review
Derose KP, Bahney BW, Lurie N, et al. Review: immigrants and health care access, quality, and cost. Med Care Res Rev 2009 Aug; 66(4):355-408. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Weinick (former AHRQ researcher) et al. (Med Care, 2004).]

White-Means S, Zhiyong Dong, Hufstader M, et al. Cultural competency, race, and skin tone bias among pharmacy, nursing, and medical students: implications for addressing health disparities. Med Care Res Rev 2009 Aug; 66(4):436-55. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Schulman et al. (N Engl J Med, 1999); cites AHRQ-authored article by Zuvekas (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) and Taliaferro (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships) (Health Aff, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

New England Journal of Medicine
Kallmes DF, Comstock BA, Heagerty PJ, et al. A randomized trial of vertebroplasty for osteoporotic spinal fractures. N Engl J Med 2009 Aug 6; 361(6):569-79. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Katz et al. (Med Care, 1996), Jensen et al. (Pain, 1992), and Patrick et al. (Spine, 1995).] Select to access the abstract.

Pediatrics
Hambidge SJ, Phibbs SL, Chandramouli V, et al. A stepped intervention increases well-child care and immunization rates in a disadvantaged population. Pediatrics 2009 Aug; 124(2):455-64. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Tunis, Stryer, and Clancy (second and third authors are former AHRQ center director and current AHRQ director, respectfully) (JAMA, 2003).] Select to access the abstract

Shaw KN, Ruddy RM, Olsen CS, et al. Pediatric patient safety in emergency departments: unit characteristics and staff perceptions. Pediatrics 2009 Aug; 124(2):485-93. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Pronovost et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Saf, 2004), Weissman et al. (Med Care, 2007), Landrigan et al. (N Engl J Med, 2004), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Lindberg D, Makoroff K, Harper N, et al. Utility of hepatic transaminases to recognize abuse in children. Pediatrics 2009 Aug; 124(2):509-16. [Cites AHRQ publication, Hospital Stays Related to Child Maltreatment, 2005, HCUP Statistical Brief No. 49, 2008, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Profit J, Cambric-Hargrove AJ, Tittle KO, et al. Delayed pediatric office follow-up of newborns after birth hospitalization. Pediatrics 2009 Aug; 124(2):548-54. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Salem-Schatz et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Saf, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Berry JG, Graham DA, Graham RJ, et al. Predictors of clinical outcomes and hospital resource use of children after tracheotomy. Pediatrics 2009 Aug; 124(2):563-72. [Cites HCUP Web site, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Chernoff M, Nachman S, Williams P, et al. Mental health treatment patterns in perinatally HIV-infected youth and controls. Pediatrics 2009 Aug; 124(2):627-36. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Winterstein et al. (Ann Pharmacother, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Aarnoudse-Moens CS, Weisglas-Kuperus N, van Goudoever JB, et al. Meta-analysis of neurobehavioral outcomes in very preterm and/or very low birth weight children. Pediatrics 2009 Aug; 124(2):717-28. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Saigal et al. (Pediatrics, 2000 and 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Mercurio MR, Peterec SM. Mercurio MR, Peterec SM. Attending physician work hours: ethical considerations and the last doctor standing. Pediatrics 2009 Aug; 124(2):758-62. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Barger et al. (N Engl J Med, 2005 and PLoS Med, 2006), Ayas et al. (JAMA, 2006), and Landrigan et al. (New Engl J Med, 2004 and Pediatrics, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Hampers LC. Practice variation with febrile infants: delight in disorder? Pediatrics 2009 Aug; 124(2):783-5. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Practice Guideline for the Management of Infants and Children 0 to 36 Months of Age with Fever Without Source (Baraff et al., Ann Emerg Med, 1993); cites AHRQ-funded article by Pantell et al. ( JAMA, 2004).]

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

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Powell AA, Gravely AA, Ordin DL, et al. Timely follow-up of positive fecal occult blood tests strategies associated with improvement. Am J Prev Med 2009 Aug; 37(2):87-93. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored summary of the evidence on screening for colorectal cancer in adults at average risk (Ann Intern Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Feldstein AC, Perrin N, Rosales AG, et al. Effect of a multimodal reminder program on repeat mammogram screening. Am J Prev Med 2009 Aug; 37(2):94-101. [Cites USPSTF summary of recommendations on screening for breast cancer, 2002, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Elting LS, Cooksley CD, Bekele BN, et al. Mammography capacity impact on screening rates and breast cancer stage at diagnosis. Am J Prev Med 2009 Aug; 37(2):102-8. [Cites USPSTF recommendations and rationale on screening for breast cancer, 2002, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Internal Medicine
Sox HC, Greenfield S. Comparative effectiveness research: a report from the Institute of Medicine. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored decision analysis for evaluating test strategies for colorectal cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2008); cites article by Wilensky (Health Aff, 2006) that mentions AHRQ.]

Walensky RP, Wolf LL, Wood R, et al. When to start antiretroviral therapy in resource-limited settings. Ann Intern Med 2009 Aug 4; 151(3):157-66. [Cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services: Recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, 2008, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

British Medical Journal
Boysen G, Krarup L, Zeng X, et al. ExStroke Pilot Trial of the effect of repeated instructions to improve physical activity after ischaemic stroke: a multinational randomised controlled clinical trial. BMJ 2009 Aug 1; 339(7715):273-76. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored summary of the evidence on counseling by clinicians to improve physical activity (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

JAMA
MacMillan HL, Wathen CN, Jamieson E, et al. Screening for intimate partner violence in health care settings: a randomized trial. JAMA 2009 Aug 5; 302(5):493-501. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored review of the evidence on screening women and elderly adults for family and intimate partner violence (Ann Intern Med, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Moracco KE, Cole TB. Preventing intimate partner violence: screening is not enough. JAMA 2009 Aug 5; 302(5):568-70. [Cites USPSTF summary of recommendations on screening for family and intimate partner violence, 2004, as published on AHRQ Web site.]

Journal of Family Practice
Rowland K, Coffey J. Are overweight children more likely to be overweight adults? J Fam Pract 2009 Aug; 58(8):431-2. [Cites USPSTF recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2006.]

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Culwell KR, Curtis KM, Del Carmen Cravioto M. Safety of contraceptive method use among women with systematic lupus erythematosus. Obstet Gynecol 2009 Aug; 114(2, Part 1):341-53. [Uses the USPSTF grading system to assess evidence; cites USPSTF methodology article by Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001).] Select to access the abstract.

ACOG Practice Bulletin. Clinical management guidelines for obstetrician-gynecologists. 2009 Aug; 114 (2, Part 1):386-97. [Uses USPSTF evidence rating criteria to evaluate selected studies for quality.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

AANA Journal
Biddle C. Semmelweis revisited: hand hygiene and nosocomial disease transmission in the anesthesia workstation. AANA J 2009 Jun; 77(3):229-37. [Notes that AHRQ "has targeted hand-washing compliance as a top research agenda item for patient safety" and cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Internal Medicine
Terasawa T, Balk EM, Chung M, et al. Systematic review: comparative effectiveness of radiofrequency catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation. Ann Intern Med 2009 Aug 4; 151(3):191-202. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Comparative Effectiveness of Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation, 2009, as prepared by Tufts Medical Center Evidence-Based Practice Center, under contract no. 290-02-0022; cites AHRQ publication, Methods Reference Guide for Effectiveness and Comparative Effectiveness Reviews, version 1.0, 2007.] Select to access the abstract.

Prevention
Laliberte R. When the best cure isn't. Prevention 2009 Aug: 34-41. [Mentions the "wealth of findings on treatments for many common, chronic conditions" produced by 28 AHRQ-funded research centers; cites AHRQ-funded research findings that "six out of 10 people feel better on the first antidepressant they try," "supplements of SAM-e… were found to significantly boost patients' spirits in an AHRQ review of 28 studies," and that "for osteoarthritis, glucosamine hydrochloride with chondroitin sulfate may ease moderate to severe pain with few possible side effects;" cites an AHRQ evidence review from the Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center comparing sleeping aids.]

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

Online Journal of Rural Nursing & Health Care
Graves A. Community-based participatory research: toward eliminating rural health disparities. Online J Rural Nurs Health Care 2009 Spring; 9(1):12-14. [Cites AHRQ's NHQR, 2008, and AHRQ publication, AHRQ Community-Based Participatory Research: Conference Summary, 2001.]

Graves A. A model for assessment of potential geographical accessibility: a case for GIS. Online J Rural Nurs Health Care 2009 Spring; 9(1):46-55. [Cites AHRQ's NHQR, 2002, and AHRQ publication, Focus on research: Rural Health Care, 2002]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

BMC Health Services Research
Wolinsky FD, Mahncke HW, Kosinski M, et al. The ACTIVE cognitive training trial and predicted medical expenditures. BMC Health Serv Res 2009 Jun 29; 9:109. [Uses an adapted model developed by "an investigative team from [AHRQ], the University of Chicago, and QualityMetric" for using and scoring SF-12 health status measure to improve predictions of medical expenditures, citing AHRQ-authored article by Fleishman, Cohen (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) et al., (Med Care, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Petterson S, Williams IC, Hauenstein EJ, et al. Race and ethnicity and rural mental health treatment. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2009 Aug; 20(3):662-77. [Uses and cites 1996-1999 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data.] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal of Epidemiology
Ferrie JE, Kivimäki M, Singh-Manoux A, et al. Non-response to baseline, non-response to follow-up and mortality in the Whitehall II cohort. Int J Epidemiol 2009 Jun; 38(3):831-7. [Uses study cohort data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Rodriguez HP, Scoggins JF, von Glahn T, et al. Attributing sources of variation in patients' experiences of ambulatory care. Med Care 2009 Aug; 47(8):835-41. [Uses and cites CAHPS® data.] Select to access the abstract.

Heller A, Elliott MN, Haviland AM, et al. Patient activation status as a predictor of patient experience among Medicare beneficiaries. Med Care 2009 Aug; 47(8):850-7. [Uses 2007 CAHPS® data; cites article by Elliott et al. (Med Care Res Rev, 2007), using CAHPS® data.] Select to access the abstract.

Keenan PS, Elliott MN, Cleary PD, et al. Quality assessments by sick and healthy beneficiaries in traditional Medicare and Medicare managed care. Med Care 2009 Aug; 47(8):882-8. [Uses and cites 2003-2004 CAHPS® data; cites articles by Zaslavsky and Cleary (Med Care, 2002), Elliott et al. (Med Car Res Rev, 2007), Crofton, Lubalin, and Darby (Med Care, 1999), and others, using CAHPS® data.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care Research and Review
Putt M, Long JA, Montagnet C, et al. Racial differences in the impact of comorbidities on survival among elderly men with prostate cancer. Med Care Res Rev 2009 Aug; 66(4):409-35. [Uses and cites AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Ku L. Medical and dental care utilization and expenditures under Medicaid and private health insurance. Med Care Res Rev 2009 Aug; 66(4):456-71. [Uses and cites 2005 MEPS data; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Cohen, Monheit, Beauregard (deputy director, survey operations in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends), Cohen (director in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends), Lefkowitz, Potter, Sommers, Taylor (first, fifth, sixth, and eighth authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) et al. (Inquiry, 1996), Selden and Hudson (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Med Care, 2006), and Sing, Banthin, Selden (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) et al. (Health Care Financ Rev, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Sleep
Virtanen M, Ferrie JE, Gimeno D, et al. Long working hours and sleep disturbances: the Whitehall II prospective cohort study. Sleep 2009 Jun 1; 32(6):737-45. [Uses study cohort data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

Current as of August 2009
Internet Citation: Mortality Probability Model III and Simplified Acute Physiology Score II: Assessing Their Value in Predicting Length of Stay and Comparison to APACHE IV: Articles of Interest: August 7, 2009. August 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://archive.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/080709.html

 

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