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The Aging Kidney: Physiological Changes

Articles of Interest: August 20, 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 Chronic Kidney Disease
Weinstein JR, Anderson S. The aging kidney: physiological changes. Adv Chronic Kidney Dis 2010 Jul; 17(4):302-7. [Supported in part by training grant HS17582 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy
Marcum ZA, Handler SM, Wright R, et al. Interventions to improve suboptimal prescribing in nursing homes: A narrative review. Am J Geriatr Pharmacother 2010 Jun; 8(3):183-200. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS17695.] Select to access the abstract.

Rodriguez KL, Hanlon JT, Perera S, et al. A cross-sectional analysis of the prevalence of undertreatment of nonpain symptoms and factors associated with undertreatment in older nursing home hospice/palliative care patients. Am J Geriatr Pharmacother 2010 Jun; 8(3):225-32. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS17695; cites AHRQ publication, The Characteristics of Long-term Care Users, 2001, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Family Medicine
Marsteller JA, Hsu YJ, Reider L, et al. Physician satisfaction with chronic care processes: a cluster-randomized trial of guided care. Ann Fam Med 2010 Jul-Aug; 8(4):308-15. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS14580-01-05 as part of the Guided Care program (for which the last author, Boult, is the principal investigator); cites AHRQ publication, The Ambulatory Care Quality Alliance Recommended Starter Set: Clinical Performance Measures for Ambulatory Care, 2005, as published on AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Boyd et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2010), Leff et al. (Am J Manag Care, 2009), Landon et al. (Med Care, 2006), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Arthritis Care and Research
Schmajuk G, Yelin E, Chakravarty E, et al. Osteoporosis screening, prevention, and treatment in systemic lupus erythematosus: application of the systemic lupus erythematosus quality indicators. Arthritis Care Res 2010 Jul; 62(7):993-1001. [Supported in part by grant 1 R01 HS13893; uses Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data to derive questions included in the insurance section of the study questionnaire, citing AHRQ-authored article by Cohen, Monheit, Beauregard, Cohen, Lefkowitz, Potter, Sommers, Taylor, et al. (fourth author is director of and other authors are former and current researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends), (Inquiry, 1996-1997), using MEPS data; cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for osteoporosis in postmenopausal women (Ann Intern Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Cancer
Guadagnolo BA, Liu CC, Cormier JN, et al. Evaluation of trends in the use of intensity-modulated radiotherapy for head and neck cancer from 2000 through 2005: socioeconomic disparity and geographic variation in a large population-based cohort. Cancer 2010 Jul 15; 116(14):3505-12. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS16743; cites AHRQ-funded article Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992).] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Nursing Research
Resnick B, Sabol V, Galik E, et al. The impact of anemia on nursing home residents. Clin Nurs Res 2010 May; 19(2):113-30. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS13372.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services & Outcomes Research Methodology
Cohen SB, Ezzati-Rice T, Zodet M. The impact of survey design modifications on health insurance coverage estimates in a National Longitudinal Health Care Survey. Health Serv Outcomes Res Method 2009 Dec; 9(4):197-218. [Epub 2010 Aug 1. First author is director of and second and third authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends, respectively; cites AHRQ publications, The Uninsured in America, 1996-2008: Estimates for the Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population Under Age 65, 2009, MEPS Statistical Brief No. 259, Sample Design of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, 1998-2007, 2008, MEPS Methodology Report No. 22, The Uninsured in America: 1996-2003: Estimates for the U.S. Population Under Age 65, 2004, MEPS Statistical Brief No. 45, and Access to Health Care—Sources and Barriers, 1996, 1998, MEPS Research Findings No. 3, all published on AHRQ Web site; cites several AHRQ-authored articles/papers which use MEPS data.]

Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Acri TL, Grossberg RM, Gross R. How long is the right interval for assessing antiretroviral pharmacy refill adherence? J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 2010 Aug 15; 54(5):e16-e18. [Supported in part by Penn Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) grant U18 HS16946.]

Journal of Health and Social Behavior
Menchik DA, Meltzer DO. The cultivation of esteem and retrieval of scientific knowledge in physician networks. J Health Soc Behav 2010 Jun; 51(2):137-52. [Supported in part by grants R01 HS10597 (for data collection) and Hospital Medicine and Economics CERTs grant U18 HS16967-01 (to second author).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Hospital Medicine
Go JT, Vaughan-Sarrazin M, Auerbach A, et al. Do hospitalists affect clinical outcomes and efficiency for patients with acute upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage (UGIH)? J Hosp Med 2010 Mar; 5(3):133-9. [Supported in part by Multicenter Trial of Academic Hospitalists grant R01 HS10597 (for which the seventh author, Meltzer, is the principal investigator) and Mentored Clinical Scientist Award grant HS17014-01 (to fifth author).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Knudsen AB, Lansdorp-Vogelaar I, Rutter CM, et al. Cost-effectiveness of computed tomographic colonography screening for colorectal cancer in the Medicare population. J Natl Cancer Inst 2010 Aug 18; 102(16):1238-52. [Commissioned by the CMS Coverage and Analysis Group under the AHRQ Technology Assessment Program and supported by grants HHSP233200800231A (to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center), HHSP233200800323A (to the Erasmus MC), HHSP23320080027A (to the University of Minnesota), and HHSP233200800234A (to the Group Health Cooperative); cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer and associated systematic review (Ann Intern Med, 2008); see comment by Harris (J Natl Cancer Inst, 2010) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the National Medical Association
Lale A, Moloney R, Alexander GC. Academic medical centers and underserved communities: modern complexities of an enduring relationship. J Natl Med Assoc 2010 Jul; 102(7):605-13. [Supported in part by career development grant K08 HS15699-01A1 (to third author).] Select to access the abstract.

Press VG, Pincavage AT, Pappalardo AA, et al. The Chicago Breathe Project: a regional approach to improving education on asthma inhalers for resident physicians and minority patients. J Natl Med Assoc 2010 Jul; 102(7):548-55. [Supported in part by CERTs grant 1 U18 HS16967-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Rural Health
Wakefield DS, Ward MM, Loes JL, et al. Creating a shared formulary in 7 critical access hospitals. J Rural Health 2010 Jun; 26(3):283-93. [Supported in part by grant UC1 HS16156.] Select to access the abstract.

Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Gerhard T, Winterstein AG, Olfson M, et al. Pre-existing cardiovascular conditions and pharmacological treatment of adult ADHD. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2010 May; 19(5):457-64. [Supported by cooperative agreement grant U18 HS16097.] Select to access the abstract.

Telemedicine and e-HEALTH
McConnochie KM, Wood NE, Herendeen NE, et al. Telemedicine in urban and suburban childcare and elementary schools lightens family burdens. Telemed J E Health 2010 Jun; 16(5):533-42. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS15165.] Select to access the abstract.

Cho AH, Arar NH, Edelman DE, et al. Do diabetic veterans use the Internet? Self-reported usage, skills, and interest in using My HealtheVet web portal. Telemed J E Health 2010 Jun; 16(5):595-602. [Supported by grant 5 T32 HS00079. See also AHRQ-authored article by Lin and Humphrey (Am Fam Physician, 2010) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

Academic Medicine
Magrane D, Khan O, Pigeon Y, et al. Learning about teams by participating in teams. Acad Med 2010 Aug; 85(8):1303-11. [Cites AHRQ publication, TeamSTEPPS: National Implementation, on AHRQ's TEAMSTEPPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Nursing
Wenger JE. Cultivating quality: reducing rates of catheter-associated urinary tract infection. Am J Nurs 2010 Aug; 110(8):40-5. [Cites AHRQ publication, Closing the Quality Gap: A Critical Analysis of Quality Improvement Strategies, Vol. 6: Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Infections, 2007, as published on AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ-funded article by Saint et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2000).]

Annals of Family Medicine
Shield RR, Goldman RE, Anthony DA, et al. Gradual electronic health record implementation: new insights on physician and patient adaptation. Ann Fam Med 2010 Jul-Aug; 8(4):316-26. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Weber, White, and McIlvried (J Gen Intern Med, 2008) and Sequist et al. (J Am Med Inform Soc, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

Katerndahl DA, Wood R, Jaén CR. A method for estimating relative complexity of ambulatory care. Ann Fam Med 2010 Jul-Aug; 8(4):341-7. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Croskerry et al. (Acad Emerg Med, 2004) and Ayanian et al. (N Engl J Med, 1994).] Select to access the abstract.

Stange KC. On track: multidisciplinary discourse. Ann Fam Med 2010 Jul-Aug; 8(4):366-9. [Discusses and excerpts comments from AHRQ-authored electronic letter by Meyers and Clancy (directors of AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships and AHRQ, respectively) (Ann Fam Med, 2010, published on Web site May 3) in response to an editorial series on integrative approaches to promoting health and personalized, high-value health care.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Kachalia A, Kaufman SR, Boothman R, et al. Liability claims and costs before and after implementation of a medical error disclosure program. Ann Intern Med 2010 Aug 17; 153(4):213-21. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Levinson and Gallagher (CMAJ, 2007), Gallagher, Studdert, and Levinson (N Engl J Med, 2007), Studdert et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Kanwal F, Schnitzler MS, Bacon BR, et al. Quality of care in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus infection: a cohort study. Ann Intern Med 2010 Aug 17; 153(4):231-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Ayanian (N Engl J Med, 2002) and Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992).] Select to access the abstract.

Sudore RL, Fried TR. Redefining the "planning" in advance care planning: preparing for end-of-life decision making. Ann Intern Med 2010 Aug 17; 153(4):256-61. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Torke et al. (J Am Geriatr Soc, 2010), Ditto et al. (Med Decis Making, 2006 and Arch Intern Med, 2001), Hawkins et al. (Gerontologist, 2005), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

British Medical Journal
Lamont T, Dougall A, Johnson S, et al. Reducing the risk of retained swabs after vaginal birth: summary of a safety report from the National Patient Safety Agency. BMJ 2010 Jul 24; 341(7765):199-200. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Gawande et al. (N Engl J Med, 2003).]

Awofeso N, Rammohan A. AIDS and elderly people. Elderly Africans have AIDS too. BMJ 2010 Aug 7; 341(7767):266-7. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Kautz et al. (BMJ, 2010).]

Circulation
Fonarow GC, Albert NM, Curtis AB, et al. Improving evidence-based care for heart failure in outpatient cardiology practices: primary results of the Registry to Improve the Use of Evidence-Based Heart Failure Therapies in the Outpatient Setting (IMPROVE HF). Circulation 2010 Aug 10; 122(6):585-96. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Piccini et al. (J Am Coll Cardiol, 2009, and Circulation, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Healthcare Financial Management
Safeek YM. Protocols, prompters, bundles, checklists, and triggers: synopsis of a preventable mortality reduction strategy. Healthc Financ Manage 2010 Aug; 64(8):70-5. [Mentions findings from AHRQ that "more than 770,000 people are injured or die each year in hospitals from ADEs [adverse drug events], which cost up to $5.6 million each year per hospital" and that "about 4.2 to 60 percent of ADEs are due to excessive drug dosage for the patient's age, weight, underlying condition, and renal function", citing AHRQ's Quality and Patient Safety Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

JAAPA
McNellis B, Quality Care Committee of the AAPA. Are you using checklists? Check! JAAPA 2010 Jul; 23(7):24-6, 31. [Mentions AHRQ's definition of "a checklist as an algorithmic listing of actions to be performed in a given clinical setting; the goal being to ensure that no steps will be forgotten," citing Patient Safety Primer: Checklists on AHRQ's Patient Safety Network Web site; summarizes the AHRQ-funded Keystone ICU Project, citing AHRQ-funded article by Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006) and mentions that "an AHRQ-funded initiative is now expanding the use of the ICU checklist to all hospitals nationwide."]

JAMA
Wexler R. Early physician follow-up and 30-day readmission among older patients with heart failure. JAMA 2010 Aug 18; 304(7):743; author reply, 743-4. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Hernandez et al. (JAMA, 2010).]

Seymour CW, Kahn JM, Cooke CR, et al. Prediction of critical illness during out-of-hospital emergency care. JAMA 2010 Aug 18; 304(7):747-54. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Wang et al. (Resuscitation, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

Terkelsen CJ, Sørensen JT, Maeng M, et al. System delay and mortality among patients with STEMI treated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention. JAMA 2010 Aug 18; 304(7):763-71. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Nallamothu et al. (Circulation, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Wang HE, Yealy DM. Assessing critical illness during emergency medical services care. JAMA 2010 Aug 18; 304(7):797-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Wang et al. (Resuscitation, 2010).]

Journal of Healthcare Management
Jweinat JJ. Hospital readmissions under the spotlight. J Healthc Manag 2010 Jul/Aug; 55(4):252-64. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Friedman and Basu (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets and Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships, respectively) (Med Care Res Rev, 2004), which uses 1999 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) data.]

Journal of Rural Health
Fortney JC. A commentary on rural mental health services research. J Rural Health 2010 Jun; 26(3):203-4. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Dwight-Johnson et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2000).]

Cully JA, Jameson JP, Phillips LL, et al. Use of psychotherapy by rural and urban veterans. J Rural Health 2010 Jun; 26(3):225-33. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Depression in Primary Care. Detection and Diagnosis, 1993.] Select to access the abstract.

Sutton M, Anthony MN, Vila C, et al. HIV testing and HIV/AIDS treatment services in rural counties in 10 southern states: service provider perspectives. J Rural Health 2010 Jun; 26(3):240-7. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Schur et al. (J Rural Health, 2002) and Cohn et al. (J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr, 2001).] Select to access the abstract.

Beatty K, Harris JK, Barnes PA. The role of interorganizational partnerships in health services provision among rural, suburban, and urban local health departments. J Rural Health 2010 Jun; 26(3):248-58. [Cites AHRQ publication, Improving Health Care for Rural Populations, 1996.] Select to access the abstract.

Saleh SS, Alameddine MS, Hill D, et al. The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a rural employer-based wellness program. J Rural Health 2010 Jun; 26(3):259-65. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Golaszewski et al. (J Occup Med, 1992).] Select to access the abstract.

Systems Research and Behavioral Science
Wheat ID. What can system dynamics learn from the public policy implementation literature? Systems Research and Behavioral Science 2010 Jul/Aug; 27(4):425-42. [Mentions that "information from the U.S. [AHRQ] indicates the unwillingness of some hospitals to become designated isolation facilities for certain diseases" and that "AHRQ offers a problematic example of a federal emergency medical treatment law that could actually hinder implementation of a local isolation policy," citing Section 6: Isolation/Quarantine in AHRQ publication, Rocky Mountain Regional Care Model for Bioterrorist Events: Locate Alternate Care Sites During an Emergency, 2004.]

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

Academic Medicine
Lane DS, Cavanagh MF, Messina CR, et al. An academic medical center model for community colorectal cancer screening: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention demonstration program experience. Acad Med 2010 Aug; 85(8):1354-61. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002 and 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

American Family Physician
Ganiats TG. Bilirubin screening in newborns: what should we do? Am Fam Physician 2010 Aug 15; 82(4):336. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening of infants for hyperbilirubinemia to prevent chronic bilirubin encephalopathy (Pediatrics, 2009).]

CME quiz. Am Fam Physician 2010 Aug 15; 82(4):353-5. [Questions 14 and 15 are based on USPSTF recommendations on screening of infants for hyperbilirubinemia to prevent chronic bilirubin encephalopathy, as summarized below.]

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening of infants for hyperbilirubinemia to prevent chronic bilirubin encephalopathy: recommendation statement. Am Fam Physician 2010 Aug 15; 82(4):408-10. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations on screening of infants for hyperbilirubinemia to prevent chronic bilirubin encephalopathy (originally published in Pediatrics, 2009); cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Management of Neonatal Hyperbilirubinemia, 2002.]

Lin KW, Humphrey ME. Screening of infants for hyperbilirubinemia to prevent chronic bilirubin encephalopathy. Am Fam Physician 2010 Aug 15; 82(4):411-12. [First author is a medical officer for the USPSTF in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships; case study is based on USPSTF recommendations on screening of infants for hyperbilirubinemia to prevent chronic bilirubin encephalopathy cited above.]

Crawford-Faucher A. Tips from other journals. Systematic review of screening for newborn bilirubin encephalopathy. Am Fam Physician 2010 Aug 15; 82(4):426-7. [Summarizes and reviews findings from USPSTF-sponsored systematic review of bilirubin encephalopathy in neonates (Pediatrics, 2009).]

Annals of Family Medicine
Doubeni CA, Laiyemo AO, Young AC, et al. Primary care, economic barriers to health care, and use of colorectal cancer screening tests among Medicare enrollees over time. Ann Fam Med 2010 Jul-Aug; 8(4):299-307. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008); cites AHRQ-funded article by Bindman et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 1996).] Select to access the abstract.

Kuklina EV, Yoon PW, Keenan NL. Prevalence of coronary heart disease risk factors and screening for high cholesterol levels among young adults, United States, 1999-2006. Ann Fam Med 2010 Jul-Aug; 8(4):327-33. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Lipid Disorders in Adults, 2008, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Arroll B, Goodyear-Smith F, Crengle S, et al. Validation of PHQ-2 and PHQ-9 to screen for major depression in the primary care population. Ann Fam Med 2010 Jul-Aug; 8(4):348-53. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for depression (Ann Intern Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the Medical Library Association
Epstein BA, Tannery NH, Wessel CB, et al. Development of a clinical information tool for the electronic medical record: a case study. J Med Libr Assoc 2010 Jul; 98(3):223-7. [Lists USPSTF and National Guideline Clearinghouse™ as Evidence-based Medicine resources in Table 1, "Resources in Each Subject Tab".] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Shavers VL, Jackson MC, Sheppard VB. Racial/ethnic patterns of uptake of colorectal screening, National Health Interview Survey 2000-2008. J Natl Med Assoc 2010 Jul; 102(7):621-35. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Colorectal Cancer, 2008, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Harris R. Speaking for the evidence: colonoscopy vs computed tomographic colonography. J Natl Cancer Inst 2010 Aug 18; 102(16):1212-14. [Comments on AHRQ-funded article by Knudsen et al. (J Natl Cancer Inst, 2010) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles above; cites USPSTF-sponsored articles by Sawaya et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2007) and Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001) on USPSTF methodologies; cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008); cites AHRQ-funded systematic review on enhancing the use and quality of colorectal cancer screening (Holden et al, Ann Intern Med, 2010).]

Journal for Nurse Practitioners
Lemieux ML. Primary screening for cervical cancer: incorporating new guidelines and technologies into clinical practice. J Nurse Pract 2010 Jun; 6(6):417-24. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Cervical Cancer, 2003.]

Allen TL, van Groningen BJ, Barksdale DJ, et al. The breast self-examination controversy: what providers and patients should know. J Nurse Pract 2010 Jun; 6(6):444-51. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Breast Cancer, 2009, as published on AHRQ Web site; cites Breast Cancer Screening on AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ Web site.]

Journal of Rural Health
Murimi MW, Harpel T. Practicing preventive health: the underlying culture among low-income rural populations. J Rural Health 2010 Jun; 26(3):273-82. [Cites USPSTF recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2004; cites AHRQ publication, Access to Health Care: Sources and Barriers, 1996, MEPS Research Findings No. 3, 1997. See also article by Schmajuk et al. (Arthritis Care Res, 2010) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Academic Medicine
Reddy SG, Babbott SF, Beasley BW, et al. Prevalence and functionality of electronic health records in internal medicine continuity clinics. Acad Med 2010 Aug; 85(8):1369-77. [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.

British Medical Journal
Bolland MJ, Avenell A, Baron JA, et al. Effect of calcium supplements on risk of myocardial infarction and cardiovascular events: meta-analysis. BMJ 2010 Aug 7; 341(7767):289 [Online. Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Vitamin D and Calcium: A Systematic Review of Health Outcomes, 2009.] Select to access the abstract.

Thirugnanasothy S. Managing urinary incontinence in older people. BMJ 2010 Aug 14; 341(7768):339-43. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review of risk factors for urinary tract infection in adults with spinal cord dysfunction by Shekelle et al. (J Spinal Cord Med, 1999), performed by the Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center.]

Women's Health Activist Newsletter
Wills N. Fibroids: "new" options, not enough answers. Womens Health Activist 2010 Jul; 35(3):5-6. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Management of Uterine Fibroids: Summary, 2001; cites AHRQ press release, "New Study Indicates that Hysterectomy Leads to Better Outcomes and Greater Patient Satisfaction than Medicine for Abnormal Uterine Bleeding", 2004, and AHRQ publication, Common Uterine Conditions: Options for Treatment, 1997, both published on AHRQ Web site. See also articles by Anders et al. (Hisp Health Care Int, 2010) and Barbash and Glied (N Engl J Med, 2010) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.]

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

Journal of the National Medical Association
Duvall K, Frank GW. Identifying chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in primary care of urban underserved patients: tools, applications, and challenges. J Natl Med Assoc 2010 Jul; 102(7):570-78. [Cites AHRQ publication, Key Themes and Highlights from the National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2007, as published on AHRQ Web site. See also article by Anders et al. (Hisp Health Care Int, 2010) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products] Select to access the abstract.

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Academic Pediatrics
Romaire MA, Bell JF. The medical home, preventive care screenings, and counseling for children: evidence from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. Acad Pediatr 2010 Jul 31. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2004-2006 MEPS data, citing AHRQ's MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Surgery
Fry DE, Pine M, Jones BL, et al. Surgical warranties to improve quality and efficiency in elective colon surgery. Arch Surg 2010 Jul; 145(7):647-52. [Uses 2002-2005 HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data and AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998); cites AHRQ-authored articles by Friedman (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) et al. (J Health Care Finance, 2002), Pine, Jordan, and Elixhauser (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (JAMA, 2007), Fry, Pine, Jordan, Elixhauser et al. (Ann Surg, 2007), and Jordan, Pine, Elixhauser (et al. (J Patient Saf, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

Hispanic Health Care International
Anders RL, Bean NH, Fancher D, et al. An examination of disparities in a Hispanic-serving hospital using the Agency of Health Care Research and Inpatient Quality Indicators. Hisp Health Care Int 2010; 8(2):107-15. [Uses AHRQ's Inpatient Quality Indicators, citing AHRQ publications, AHRQ QI Windows Documentation, 2008, Guide to Inpatient Quality Indicators, 2007, Inpatient Quality Indicators Overview, 2006, and Inpatient Quality Indicators: Fact Sheet, 2006, all published on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site; cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2006; cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Nurse Staffing and Quality of Patient Care, 2007; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Jiang, Lockee, Bass, and Fraser (first and last authors are researcher in and director of AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, respectively) (J Healthc Manag, 2008) and Pine, Jordan, and Elixhauser et al. (JAMA, 2007); cites articles by Glance et al. (Med Care, 2008) and Miller et al. (Am J Med Qual, 2005), which use AHRQ's Quality Indicators and/or HCUP data; cites AHRQ-funded articles by McDonald et al. (Pediatrics, 2008) and Schulman et al. (N Engl J Med, 1999).]

Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Nguyen HT, Grzywacz JG, Lang W, et al. Effects of complementary therapy on health in a national U.S. sample of older adults. J Altern Complement Med 2010 Jul; 16(7):701-6. [Uses 2003 MEPS-Household Component (MEPS-HC) and Medical Provider Component (MPC) data, citing AHRQ's MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Healthcare Management
Agarwal R, Sands DZ, Schneider JD. Quantifying the economic impact of communication inefficiencies in U.S. hospitals. J Healthc Manag 2010 Jul/Aug; 55(4):265-82. [Uses HCUP NIS data, citing AHRQ publication, The HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample, 2006, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites AHRQ publication, CAHPS and Quality Improvement: Slide Presentation from the AHRQ 2008 Annual Conference, 2008, as published on AHRQ's Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Fraser, Encinosa, and Glied (first and last authors are director and researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, respectively) (Health Serv Res, 2008).]

Journal of Rural Health
Fortney JC, Harman JS, Xu S, et al. The association between rural residence and the use, type, and quality of depression care. J Rural Health 2010 Jun; 26(3):205-13. [Uses 2000-2004 MEPS-HC data, citing AHRQ publication, Sample Design of the 1996 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, MEPS Methodology Report No. 2, 1997; acknowledges assistance from Ray Kuntz, Data Center Coordinator in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Depression in Primary Care, Vol. 1: Detection and Diagnosis, 1993.] Select to access the abstract.

Ziller EC, Anderson NJ, Coburn AF. Access to rural mental health services: service use and out-of-pocket costs. J Rural Health 2010 Jun; 26(3):214-24. [Uses 2003-2004 MEPS-HC data; acknowledges conduct of research at the CFACT Data Center and research support from AHRQ; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Zuvekas (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) and Meyerhoefer (J Ment Health Policy Econ, 2006), and Zuvekas, Banthin, and Selden (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (J Ment Health Policy Econ, 1998), which use MEPS and National Medical Expenditure Survey (NMES) data, respectively.] Select to access the abstract.

Bowman SM. Erratum: rural trauma: is trauma designation associated with better hospital outcomes? J Rural Health 2010 Jun; 26(3):299. [Erratum on article by Bowman et al. (J Rural Health, 2008), which uses HCUP NIS data; presents revised data table to comply with NIS Data Use Agreement (DUA) requirements.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Barbash GI, Glied SA. Perspective: new technology and health care costs—the case of robot-assisted surgery. N Engl J Med 2010 Aug 19; 363(8):701-4. [Uses 2007 HCUP NIS data, citing AHRQ's HCUPnet Web site; cites AHRQ-funded systematic review on comparative effectiveness and harms of treatments for clinically localized prostate cancer (Wilt et al., Ann Intern Med, 2008).]

Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
Bhatti NI, Mohyuddin A, Reaven N, et al. Cost analysis of intubation-related tracheal injury using a national database. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2010 Jul; 143(1):31-6. [Uses 2006 HCUP NIS data as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Revista de Neurologia
Molina-Rueda F, Aguila-Maturana AM, Molina-Rueda MJ, et al. [Treadmill training with or without partial body weight support in children with cerebral palsy: systematic review and meta-analysis.] Rev Neurol 2010 Aug; 51(3):135-45. [Uses AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse to identify relevant guidelines. See also articles by Schmajuk et al. (Arthritis Care Res, 2010), Cohen, Ezzati-Rice, and Zodet (Health Serv Outcomes Res Method, 2009), and Knudsen et al. (J Natl Cancer Inst, 2010), cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Current as of August 2010
Internet Citation: The Aging Kidney: Physiological Changes: Articles of Interest: August 20, 2010. August 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://archive.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/082010.html

 

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