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Universal Health Insurance and Health Care Access for Homeless Persons

Articles of Interest: August 13, 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

American Journal of Public Health
Hwang SW, Ueng JJ, Chiu S, et al. Universal health insurance and health care access for homeless persons. Am J Public Health 2010 Aug; 100(8):1454-61. [Supported in part by grant 1 R01 HS14129-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Internal Medicine
Zhang Y, Lee BY, Donohue JM. Ambulatory antibiotic use and prescription drug coverage in older adults. Arch Intern Med 2010 Aug 9; 170(15):1308-14. [Supported in part by grants 1 R01 HS18657-01 (to first author) and 1 R01 HS17695 (to last author); see commentary by Hersh and Gonzales (Arch Intern Med, 2010) cited in AHRQ-Related Articles below.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Tang N, Stein J, Hsia RY, et al. Trends and characteristics of US emergency department visits, 1997-2007. JAMA 2010 Aug 11; 304(6):664-70. [Supported in part by grant 1 K08 HS15569 (to second author); uses AHRQ's definition of Prevention Quality Indicators as the basis for examination of ambulatory care sensitive conditions, citing AHRQ Prevention Quality Indicators Overview on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site; cites AHRQ publication, Pediatric Emergency Department Visits in Community Hospitals from Selected States, 2005, HCUP Statistical Brief No. 52, 2008, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; see commentary by Katz (JAMA, 2010) cited AHRQ-Related Articles below.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Nadel MR, Berkowitz Z, Klabunde CN, et al. Fecal occult blood testing beliefs and practices of U.S. primary care physicians: serious deviations from evidence-based recommendations. J Gen Intern Med 2010 Aug; 25(8):833-9. [Supported in part by AHRQ inter-agency agreements Y3-PC-5019-01 and Y3-PC-50919-02; uses data from previously funded AHRQ study, citing AHRQ-authored/funded article by Klabunde, Lanier (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships), et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2009) and article by Nadel et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2005), cites USPSTF recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996, USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002 and 2008), USPSTF-sponsored decision analysis on evaluating test strategies for colorectal cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2008) and USPSTF-sponsored updated systematic review on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Du XL, Liu CC. Racial/ethnic disparities in socioeconomic status, diagnosis, treatment and survival among Medicare-insured men and women with head and neck cancer. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2010 Aug; 21(3):913-30. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS16743; cites AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992).] Select to access the abstract.

Statistical Methods in Molecular Biology
Mazumdar M, Banerjee S, Van Epps HL. Improved reporting of statistical design and analysis: guidelines, education, and editorial policies. Stat Meth Mol Biol 2010; 620:563-98. [Supported by AHRQ RFA HS00514 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Law and Medicine
Kinney ED. For profit enterprise in health care: can it contribute to heath reform? Am J Law Med 2010; 36(2/3):405-35. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Bernard (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets), et al. (former AHRQ researcher) (Int J Health Care Finance Econ, 2004), which uses Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) data; cites AHRQ-funded article by Kessler and McClellan (J Health Econ, 2002).]

Mariner WK. Health reform: what's insurance got to do with it? Recognizing health insurance as a separate species of insurance. Am J Law Med 2010; 36(2/3):436-51. [Cites AHRQ press release "Nearly 11 Million Americans Have Individual Health Insurance Policies, But Some Only for a Short Time", 2009; cites AHRQ-authored article by Selden and Sing (economist and former researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Health Aff, 2008), which uses 2002 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey data.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Hersh AL, Gonzales R. Decreasing out-of-pocket costs of antibiotics: the good, the bad, and the unknown. Arch Intern Med 2010 Aug 9; 170(15):1314-16. [Comments on AHRQ-funded article by Zhang, Lee, and Donohue (Arch Intern Med, 2010) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles; cites AHRQ-funded article by Ranji et al. (Med Care, 2008).]

Mattison ML, Afonso KA, Ngo LH, et al. Preventing potentially inappropriate medication use in hospitalized older patients with a computerized provider order entry warning system. Arch Intern Med 2010 Aug 9; 170(15):1331-6. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Smith et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2006), Simon et al. (J Am Geriatr Soc, 2006), Steele et al. (PLoS Med, 2005), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Simard EP, Pfeiffer RM, Engels EA. Spectrum of cancer risk late after AIDS onset in the United States. Arch Intern Med 2010 Aug 9; 170(15):1337-45. [Cites AHRQ-authored/funded article by Chander, Joseph, and Fleishman (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends), et al. (HIV Med, 2008); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Goldie et al. (JAMA, 1999) and Shapiro et al. (JAMA, 1999).] Select to access the abstract.

Bendavid E, Brandeau ML, Wood R, et al. Comparative effectiveness of HIV testing and treatment in highly endemic regions. Arch Intern Med 2010 Aug 9; 170(15):1347-54. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bendavid et al. (J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr, 2009, and Arch Intern Med, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Thanassoulis G, Brophy JM, Richard H, et al. Gout, allopurinol use, and heart failure outcomes. Arch Intern Med 2010 Aug 9; 170(15):1358-64. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992).] Select to access the abstract.

Wijeysundera DN, Austin PC, Beattie WS, et al. Outcomes and processes of care related to preoperative medical consultation. Arch Intern Med 2010 Aug 9; 170(15):1365-74. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by White et al. (Med Care, 2009), Birkmeyer et al. (N Engl J Med, 2002), Rohde et al. (Am J Cardiol, 2001), and Lee et al. (Circulation, 1999).] Select to access the abstract.

Hung KK, Chan EY, Cocks RA, et al. Predictors of flight diversions and deaths for in-flight medical emergencies in commercial aviation. Arch Intern Med 2010 Aug 9; 170(15):1401-2. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Groeneveld et al. (JAMA, 2001).]

Koopmans RT, Lavrijsen JC, Zuidema SU. The physician's role in nursing homes: the Dutch solution. Arch Intern Med 2010 Aug 9; 170(15):1406. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Van der Steen et al. (J Am Geriatr Soc, 2004).]

Evaluation and Program Planning
Chen HT. The bottom-up approach to integrative validity: a new perspective for program evaluation. Eval Program Plann 2010 Aug; 33(3):205-14. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Atkins, Fink, and Slutsky (first author is former AHRQ researcher and third author is director of AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence) (Ann Intern Med, 2005), which discusses AHRQ's Evidence-based Practice Centers program.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Abstracts. JAMA 2010 Aug 11; 304(6):619. [Summarizes AHRQ-funded articles by Darnell (Arch Intern Med, 2010) and Saraiya et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2010), which uses USPSTF recommendation statement Screening for Cervical Cancer, 2003.]

Kallen AJ, Mu Y, Bulens S, et al. Health care-associated invasive MRSA infections, 2005-2008. JAMA 2010 Aug 11; 304(6):641-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Katz MH. Future of the safety net under health reform. JAMA 2010 Aug 11; 304(6):679-80. [Comments on article by Tang et al. (JAMA, 2010 cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
de Korne DF, van Wijngaarden JD, Hiddema UF, et al. Diffusing aviation innovations in a hospital in the Netherlands. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2010 Aug; 36(8):339-47. [Cites AHRQ publication, Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, 2004, as published on AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Aagaard et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2010), Kao and Thomas (J Surg Res, 2008), Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006), and Singh, Peterson, and Thomas (Qual Saf Health Care, 2006).]

Ashley L, Armitage G, Neary M, et al. A practical guide to failure mode and effects analysis in health care: making the most of the team and its meetings. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2010 Aug; 36(8):351-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Wetterneck, Hundt, and Carayon (J Patient Saf, 2009), Wetterneck et al. (Am J Health Syst Pharm, 2006), Linkin et al. (Clin Infect Dis, 2005), and Weingart et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2005).]

Moss J. Reducing errors during patient-controlled analgesia therapy through failure mode and effects analysis. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2010 Aug; 36(8):359-64. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Wetterneck et al. (Am J Health Syst Pharm, 2006).]

Coles G, Fuller B, Nordquist K, et al. Three kinds of proactive risk analyses for health care. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2010 Aug; 36(8):365-75. [Cites AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation, Vol. 2: Concepts and Methodology, 2005, and AHRQ press release "One in Four Hospital Patients is Admitted with a Mental Health or Substance Abuse Disorder", 2007, both published on AHRQ Web site; cites poster by Kupka et al., 2008, as presented at AHRQ Annual Patient Safety Conference, and AHRQ-funded article by Cook et al. (Transplantation, 2007).]

Faye H, Rivera-Rodriguez J, Karsh B, et al. Involving intensive care unit nurses in a proactive risk assessment of the medication management process. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2010 Aug; 36(8):376-84. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Rogers et al. (Qual Saf Health Care, 2008), Carayon et al. (Qual Saf Health Care, 2006), Cullen et al. (Crit Care Med, 1997), and others.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Einarsdóttir K, Preen DB, Emery JD, et al. Regular primary care lowers hospitalisation risk and mortality in seniors with chronic respiratory diseases. J Gen Intern Med 2010 Aug; 25(8):766-73. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Basu, Friedman, and Burstin (first and second authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships and Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, respectively) (Med Care, 2002); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bindman et al. (JAMA, 1995).] Select to access the abstract.

Phillips DP, Barker GE. A July spike in fatal medication errors: a possible effect of new medical residents. J Gen Intern Med 2010 Aug; 25(8):774-9. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Altman, Clancy (AHRQ director), and Blendon (N Engl J Med, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Butter J, McGaghie WC, Cohen ER, et al. Simulation-based mastery learning improves cardiac auscultation skills in medical students. J Gen Intern Med 2010 Aug;25(8):780-5. [Cites article by Choudhry, Fletcher, and Soumerai (Ann Intern Med, 2005), published in the AHRQ-funded Improving Patient Care section of the journal.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Lubetkin EI, Lu WH, Gold MR. Levels and correlates of patient activation in health center settings: building strategies for improving health outcomes. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2010; 21(3):796-808. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Holmes-Rovner et al. (Med Decis Making, 2007), Flynn, Smith, and Vanness (Soc Sci Med, 2006), and Levinson et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Cossman JS, Street D. Policy, autonomy, and physician satisfaction. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2010; 21(3):898-912. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Landon, Reschovsky, and Blumenthal (JAMA, 2003), Hadley and Mitchell (Int J Health Care Finance Econ, 2002), Konrad et al. (Med Care, 1999), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Conover CJ, Weaver M, Arno P, et al. Insurance coverage among people living with combined HIV/AIDS, chronic mental illness, and substance abuse disorders. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2010; 21(3):1006-30. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Vitiello et al. (Am J Psychiatry, 2003), Kilbourne et al. (Med Care Res Rev, 2002), Smith and Buchanan (Ann Pharmacother, 2001), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Lancet
Bergenstal RM, Wysham C, Macconell L, et al. Efficacy and safety of exenatide once weekly versus sitagliptin or pioglitazone as an adjunct to metformin for treatment of type 2 diabetes (DURATION-2): a randomised trial. Lancet 2010 Aug 7; 376(9739):431-9. [Notes that "selection of the most appropriate subsequent treatment [for type 2 diabetes] is complicated by a paucity of data directly comparing the safety and efficacy of drugs", citing AHRQ-funded article by Alexander and Stafford (JAMA, 2009) and AHRQ-authored article by Conway and Clancy (researcher in AHRQ's Office of the Director and AHRQ director, respectively) (N Engl J Med, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care Research and Review
Hoff T. The patient-centered medical home: what we need to know more about. Med Care Res Rev 2010 Aug; 67(4):383-92. [Mentions that AHRQ and other organizations "have helped devise practical measurement criteria to allow transparency and comparison for [quality] outcomes and activities".]

Diedhiou A, Probst JC, Hardin JW, et al. Relationship between presence of a reported medical home and emergency department use among children with asthma. Med Care Res Rev 2010 Aug; 67(4):450-75. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Kieckhefer et al. (J Pediatr Health Care, 2005) and Lieu et al. (Pediatrics, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Rosenthal MB, Beckman HB, Forrest DD, et al. Will the patient-centered medical home improve efficiency and reduce costs of care? A measurement and research agenda. Med Care Res Rev 2010 Aug; 67(4):476-84. [Cites AHRQ publication, Prevention Quality Indicators Technical Specifications, Version 4.0, 2007, as published on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bitton, Martin, and Landon (J Gen Intern Med, 2010) and Huang et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2008).]

Sherman BW, Webber A, McSwain C. Employer perspectives on the patient-centered medical home. Med Care Res Rev 2010 Aug; 67(4):485-91. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Atlas et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2009).]

Miller EA, Weissert WG. The Commonwealth Fund Survey of Long-Term Care Specialists. Med Care Res Rev 2010 Aug; 67(4 Suppl):3S-15S. [Mentions AHRQ as an example of an organization at which a survey respondent designated a "public official" would work.] Select to access the abstract.

Mor V, Miller EA, Clark M. The taste for regulation in long-term care. Med Care Res Rev 2010 Aug; 67(4 Suppl):38S-64S. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Gozalo and Miller (Health Serv Res, 2007), Mor et al. (Milbank Q, 2004), and Harrington and Carillo (Med Care Res Rev, 1999).] Select to access the abstract.

New England Journal of Medicine
Orszag PR, Emanuel EJ. Health care reform and cost control. N Engl J Med 2010 Aug 12; 363(7):601-3. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Hernandez et al. (JAMA, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

Kerr GJ, Heelon M, Higgins T. Bar-code technology to reduce medication errors. N Engl J Med 2010 Aug 12; 363(7):698. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Poon et al. (N Engl J Med, 2010).]

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

Archives of Internal Medicine
Uchio EM, Aslan M, Wells CK, et al. Impact of biochemical recurrence in prostate cancer among US veterans. Arch Intern Med 2010 Aug 9; 170(15):1390-5. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for prostate cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Lewis CL, Couper MP, Levin CA, et al. Plans to stop cancer screening tests among adults who recently considered screening. J Gen Intern Med 2010 Aug; 25(8):859-64. [Mentions age-related USPSTF recommendations on cancer screening, citing USPSTF recommendation statement Screening for Colorectal Cancer, 2009, Screening for Prostate Cancer, 2008, and Screening for Breast Cancer, 2003, all published on AHRQ Web site. See also article by Nadel et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2010) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

American Journal of Public Health
Ahmed SM, Palermo AG. Community engagement in research: frameworks for education and peer review. Am J Public Health 2010 Aug; 100(8):1380-7. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Community-based Participatory Research: Assessing the Evidence, 2004.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Chretien KC, Goldman EF, Craven KE, et al. A qualitative study of the meaning of physical examination teaching for patients. J Gen Intern Med 2010 Aug; 25(8):786-91. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Literacy and Health Outcomes, 2004; cites AHRQ-funded systematic review on literacy and health outcomes by DeWalt et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Chung B, Jones L, Dixon EL, et al. Using a community partnered participatory research approach to implement a randomized controlled trial: planning community partners in care. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2010; 21(3):780-95. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Community-based Participatory Research: Assessing the Evidence, 2004.] Select to access the abstract.

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Archives of Internal Medicine
Olson DP, Windish DM. Communication discrepancies between physicians and hospitalized patients. Arch Intern Med 2010 Aug 9; 170(15):1302-7. [Uses AHRQ's Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey instrument; cites Mode Adjustment of the CAHPS® Hospital Survey on the CMS-sponsored HCAHPSonline Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Millett C, Everett CJ, Matheson EM, et al. Impact of Medicare Part D on seniors' out-of-pocket expenditures on medications. Arch Intern Med 2010 Aug 9; 170(15):1325-30. [Uses 2005-2006 MEPS data, citing AHRQ publications, Outpatient Prescription Drugs: Data Collection and Editing in the 1996 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (HC-01A1), MEPS Methodology Report No. 12, 2001, and Design and Methods of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, MEPS Methodology Report No. 1, 1997, both published on AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Cohen (director in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Med Care, 2003), which uses MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
O'Leary KJ, Wayne DB, Haviley C, et al. Improving teamwork: impact of structured interdisciplinary rounds on a medical teaching unit. J Gen Intern Med 2010 Aug; 25(8):826-32. [Uses AHRQ's HCUP Clinical Classification Software (CCS) obtained from AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Brown RT, Kimes RV, Guzman D, et al. Health care access and utilization in older versus younger homeless adults. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2010; 21(3):1060-70. [Uses MEPS data to adapt "items assessing usual source of health care", citing AHRQ publications, Usual Source of Health Care and Selected Population Characteristics, United States, 2006, 2010, Health Insurance Coverage of the Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population: Percent by Type of Coverage and Selected Population Characteristics, United States, 2006, 2008, and Percent of People Unable or Delayed in Receiving Needed Medical Care, United States, 2005, 2005, all published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site; cites article by Gelberg et al. published in the proceedings of the AHRQ-cosponsored Complexities of Co-Occurring Conditions: Harnessing Services Research to Improve Care for Mental, Substance Use, and Medical/Physical Disorders Conference, 2004. See also articles by Tang et al. (JAMA, 2010) and Nadel et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2010) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Current as of August 2010
Internet Citation: Universal Health Insurance and Health Care Access for Homeless Persons: Articles of Interest: August 13, 2010. August 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://archive.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/081310.html

 

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