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Comparing Individualized Rehabilitation to a Group Wellness Intervention for Persons with Multiple Sclerosis

Articles of Interest: September 18, 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

American Journal of Health Promotion
Plow MA, Mathiowetz V, Lowe DA. Comparing individualized rehabilitation to a group wellness intervention for persons with multiple sclerosis. Am J Health Promot 2009 Sep-Oct; 24(1):23-6. [Supported by grants 1 R36 HS15554-01 and HS00011-18.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Psychiatry
Asarnow JR, Jaycox LH, Tang L, et al. Long-term benefits of short-term quality improvement interventions for depressed youths in primary care. Am J Psychiatry 2009 Sep; 166(9):1002-10. [Supported in part by grant HS09908.] Select to access the abstract.

British Journal of Health Psychology
Franks P, Chapman B, Duberstein P, et al. Five factor model personality factors moderated the effects of an intervention to enhance chronic disease management self-efficacy. Br J Health Psychol 2009 Sep; 14(Pt 3):473-87. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS13603.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Affairs
Crystal S, Olfson M, Huang C, et al. Broadened use of atypical antipsychotics: safety, effectiveness, and policy challenges. Health Aff 2009 Sep-Oct; 28(5):w770-81. [Supported in part by Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) award grant U18 HS16097 (to Rutgers for the Center for Education and Research on Mental Health Therapeutics).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Wu AW, Huang IC, Stokes S, et al. Disclosing medical errors to patients: it's not what you say, it's what they hear. J Gen Intern Med 2009 Sep; 24(9):1012-17. [Supported in part by grant U18 HS11902-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Torke AM, Siegler M, Abalos A, Moloney RM, Alexander GC. Physicians' experience with surrogate decision making for hospitalized adults. J Gen Intern Med 2009 Sep; 24(9):1023-8. [Supported in part by a career development award grant K08 HS15699-01A1 (to last author).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Barton MB, Elmore JG. Pointing the way to informed medical decision making: test characteristics of clinical breast examination. J Natl Cancer Inst 2009 Sep 16; 101(18):1223-5. [First author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships.]

Journal of the National Medical Association
Ross LE, Taylor YJ, Richardson LC, et al. Patterns in prostate-specific antigen test use and digital rectal examinations in the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2002-2006. J Natl Med Assoc 2009 Apr; 101(4):316-24. [Supported in part by grant R24 HS13353.] Select to access the abstract

Journal of Patient Safety
Lemer C, Bates DW, Yoon C, et al. The role of advice in medication administration errors in the pediatric ambulatory setting. J Patient Saf 2009 Sep; 5(3):168-75. [Supported in part by grant P01 HS11534-01.]

Journal of Perinatology
Smith VC, Young S, Pursley DM, et al. Are families prepared for discharge from the NICU? J Perinatol 2009 Sep; 29(9):623-9. [Supported in part by NRSA institutional training grant T32 HS00063 (to the Harvard Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship Program).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Primary Prevention
Witt WP, Kahn R, Fortuna L, et al. Psychological distress as a barrier to preventive healthcare among U.S. women. J Prim Prev 2009 Sep; 30(5):531-47. [Supported in part by grant T32 HS00063 (to the Harvard Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship Program).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Urban Health
Hwang SW, Kirst MJ, Chiu S, et al. Multidimensional social support and the health of homeless individuals. J Urban Health 2009 Sep; 86(5):791-803. [Supported in part by grant 1 R01 HS14129-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Peritoneal Dialysis International
Plantinga LC, Fink NE, Finkelstein FO, et al. Association of peritoneal dialysis clinic size with clinical outcomes. Perit Dial Int 2009 May-Jun; 29(3):285-91. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS08365.] Select to access the abstract.

Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Lo Re V 3rd, Haynes K, Forde KA, Localio AR, Schinnar R, Lewis JD. Validity of The Health Improvement Network (THIN) for epidemiologic studies of hepatitis C virus infection. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2009 Sep; 18(9):807-14. [Supported in part by Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics cooperative agreement grant U18 HS106946 (to first, second, and sixth authors).] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Health Promotion
Pai CW, Mullin J, Payne GM, et al. Factors associated with incidental sickness absence among employees in one health care system. Am J Health Promot 2009 Sep-Oct; 24(1):37-48. [Cites article by Stansfeld, Head, and Ferrie (Int J Law Psychiatry, 1999), using study cohort data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

Musich S, Chapman LS, Ozminkowski R. Best practices for smoking cessation: implications for employer-based programs. Am J Health Promot 2009 Sep-Oct; 24(1):TAHP-1-TAHP-10. [Summarizes recommendations for smoking cessation treatment in AHRQ-sponsored guidelines, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000, and Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence—2008 Update, 2008; notes assertion by the National Commission on Prevention Priorities that "closing existing gaps in the delivery of tobacco use screening and intervention as part of routine health care delivery could save as many quality-adjusted life-years as all other 11 adult clinical prevention services recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force combined" (Maciosek et al., Am J Prev Med, 2006.] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Internal Medicine
Weingart SN, Simchowitz B, Padolsky H, et al. An empirical model to estimate the potential impact of medication safety alerts on patient safety, health care utilization, and cost in ambulatory care. Arch Intern Med 2009 Sep 14; 169(16):1465-73. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bates et al. (JAMA, 1997), Morimoto et al. (Qual Saf Health Care, 2004), Gandhi et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2005), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Arnold FW, LaJoie AS, Brock GN, et al. Improving outcomes in elderly patients with community-acquired pneumonia by adhering to national guidelines: Community-Acquired Pneumonia Organization International cohort study results. Arch Intern Med 2009 Sep 14; 169(16):1515-24. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Fine et al. (N Engl J Med, 1997).] Select to access the abstract.

McCabe C, Kirchner C, Zhang H, et al. Guideline-concordant therapy and reduced mortality and length of stay in adults with community-acquired pneumonia: playing by the rules. Arch Intern Med 2009 Sep 14; 169(16):1525-31. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Fine et al. (N Engl J Med, 1997).] Select to access the abstract.

Australian Health Review
Jorm CM, Dunbar N, Sudano L, et al. Should patient safety be more patient centred? Aust Health Rev 2009 Aug; 33(3):390-9. [Cites AHRQ Consumers and Patients Web page; cites article by Gibson, 2007, as published on AHRQ Web site Morbidity and Mortality Rounds on the Web; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Pronovost et al. (Qual Saf Health Care, 2003 and JAMA, 2006), Gaba et al. (Human Factors, 2003), Elder et al. (Qual Saf Health Care, 2008), and others.]

BMJ
Beral D, Adair R, Peckham-Cooper A, et al. Chronic wound sepsis due to retained vacuum assisted closure foam. BMJ 2009 Jun 24; 339(7720):571-2. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Gawande et al. (N Engl J Med, 2003).]

Health Affairs
Neumann PJ, Greenberg D. Is the United States ready for QALYs? Health Aff 2009 Sep-Oct; 28(5):1366-1371. [Mentions that "cost-effectiveness analyses using QALYs have been used in studies sponsored by [AHRQ] ..." and cites AHRQ-funded article by Lipscomb et al. (Value Health, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Straube B, Blum JD. The policy on paying for treating hospital-acquired conditions: CMS officials respond. Health Aff 2009 Sep-Oct; 28(5):1494-7. [Mentions that AHRQ, CDC, and CMS are working through a joint program to "to collect early program data and [evaluate] the impact of the hospital-acquired condition payment provision."] Select to access the abstract.

Miller TP, Brennan TA, Milstein A. How can we make more progress in measuring physicians' performance to improve the value of care? Health Aff 2009 Sep-Oct; 28(5):1429-37. [Cites AHRQ-funded publication, Adding Clinical Data Elements to Administrative Data for Hospital-Level Reporting: A Synthesis, 2007; cites article by Pine, Jordan, Elixhauser (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) et al. (JAMA, 2007, incorrectly cited as 2008 in article citation).] Select to access the abstract.

Jha AK, Chan DC, Ridgway AB, et al. Improving safety and eliminating redundant tests: cutting costs in U.S. hospitals. Health Aff 2009 Sep-Oct; 28(5):1475-84. [Cites AHRQ/Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health survey National Survey on Consumers' Experiences with Patient Safety and Quality Information, 2004; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Kaushal et al. (JAMA, 2001), Berenholtz et al. (Crit Care Med, 2004), Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

McNair PD, Luft HS, Bindman AB. Medicare's policy not to pay for treating hospital-acquired conditions: the impact. Health Aff 2009 Sep-Oct; 28(5):1485-93. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Zhan (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence), Friedman (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets), et al. (Health Aff, 2006) and Zhan, Elixhauser, Friedman, Houchens, and Chiang (first and fifth authors are researchers AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence; second and third are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Med Care, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

Russell L. Prevention: Russell responds. Health Aff 2009 Sep-Oct; 28(5):1556. [Mentions and cites article by Cromwell et al. (JAMA, 1997), discussing the cost-effectiveness of AHRQ's Smoking Cessation: Clinical Practice Guideline, 1996.]

Outterson K, Kesselheim AS. How Medicare could get better prices on prescription drugs. Health Aff 2009 Sep-Oct; 28(5):w832-41. [Mentions the establishment of the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research and the allocation of funds for comparative effectiveness research to AHRQ by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009; cites AHRQ-authored article by Clancy (AHRQ director) and Cronin (Health Aff, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Schur CL, Berk ML, Silver LE, et al. Connecting the ivory tower to Main Street: setting research priorities for real-world impact. Health Aff 2009 Sep-Oct; 28(5):w886-99. [Quotes former AHRQ director John Eisenberg as noting that "the challenge for health services research is to make needed information available and to make accountability [on the part of decisionmakers] possible" (Eisenberg, Health Aff, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Majumdar SR, Soumerai SB. The unhealthy state of health policy research. Health Aff 2009 Sep-Oct; 28(5):w900-w908. [Second author is an investigator in the AHRQ-sponsored HMO Research Network Center for Education and Research in Therapeutics (CERTs); cites AHRQ case report, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill: CP3 05-01 Research Prescription Drugs/Low-Income National, 2005; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Ray et al. (N Engl J Med, 2003), Lu et al. (BMC Health Serv Res, 2008, Tierney et al. (Health Serv Res, 2005), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Care Financing Review
MaCurdy T, Kerwin J, Theobald N. Need for risk adjustment in adapting episode grouping software to Medicare data. Health Care Financ Rev 2009 Summer; 30(4):33-46. [Cites AHRQ publication, Pay for Performance: A Decision Guide for Purchasers, 2006, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Inquiry
Spillman BC, Long SK. Does high caregiver stress predict nursing home entry? Inquiry 2009 Summer; 46(2):140-61. [First author is a former AHRQ researcher; cites AHRQ-authored article by Spector (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) and Fleishman (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) ( J Gerontol B Soc Sci, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Chan PS, Nichol G, Krumholz HM, et al. Racial differences in survival after in-hospital cardiac arrest. JAMA 2009 Sep 16; 302(11):1195-201. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Vaccarino et al. (N Engl J Med, 2005), Schneider et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2001), Wenger et al. (Arch Intern Med, 1995), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Lu-Yao GL, Albertsen PC, Moore DF, et al. Outcomes of localized prostate cancer following conservative management. JAMA 2009 Sep 16; 302(11):1202-9. [Notes authors' receipt of previous research funding support from AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Fried TR, Bullock K, Iannone L, et al. Understanding advance care planning as a process of health behavior change. J Am Geriatr Soc 2009 Sep; 57(9):1547-55. [Cites AHRQ publication, News and Numbers: Most American Adults Have at Least One Chronic Medical Condition, 2008, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Covinsky KE, Lindquist K, Dunlop DD, et al. Pain, functional limitations, and aging. J Am Geriatr Soc 2009 Sep; 57(9):1556-61. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Covinsky et al. (J Am Geriatr Soc, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Connell CM, Roberts JS, McLaughlin SJ, et al. Black and white adult family members' attitudes toward a dementia diagnosis. J Am Geriatr Soc 2009 Sep; 57(9):1562-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Boustani et al. (Int J Geriatr Psychiatry, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Colón-Emeric CS, Schmader KE, Twersky J, et al. Development and pilot testing of computerized order entry algorithms for geriatric problems in nursing homes. J Am Geriatr Soc 2009 Sep; 57(9):1644-53. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Colón-Emeric et al. (J Am Med Dir Assoc, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Rhee Y, Degenholtz HB, Lo Sasso AT, et al. Estimating the quantity and economic value of family caregiving for community-dwelling older persons in the last year of life. J Am Geriatr Soc 2009 Sep; 57(9):1654-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Lo Sasso and Johnson (Inquiry, 2002) and Van Houtven and Norton (J Health Econ, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Bautista MK, Meuleman JR, Shorr RI, et al. Description and students' perceptions of a required geriatric clerkship in postacute rehabilitative care. J Am Geriatr Soc 2009 Sep; 57(9):1685-91. [Cites AHRQ publication, Hospitalization in the United States, 1997, HCUP Factbook No. 1, 2003.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Family Practice
Wright TC, Jr. Natural history of HPV infections. J Fam Pract 2009 Sep; 58(9 Suppl):S3-S7. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Sawaya et al. (N Engl J Med, 2003).]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Klabunde CN, Ambs A, Keating NL, et al. The role of primary care physicians in cancer care. J Gen Intern Med 2009 Sep; 24(9):1029-36. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Ayanian et al. (J Clin Oncol, 2005).]

Journal of the National Medical Association
Jordan YJ, Lightfoote JB, Jordan JE. Computed tomography imaging in the management of headache in the emergency department: cost efficacy and policy implications. J Natl Med Assoc 2009 Apr; 101(4):331-5. [Discusses AHRQ data regarding costs emergency department care compared to other avenues of care, citing AHRQ publication, Expenses for a Hospital Emergency Room Visit, 2003, MEPS Statistical Brief No. 111, 2006.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Patient Safety
Bonacum D, Corrigan J, Gelinas L, et al. 2009 annual National Patient Safety Foundation Congress: conference proceedings. J Patient Saf 2009 Sep; 5(3):129-38. [lists Carolyn Clancy as a participant in the Lucian Leape Institute Town Hall Plenary seminar held during the 2009 sixth annual NPSF Congress; mentions the report from the President's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality (in the Health Care Industry and the role of former AHRQ director John Eisenberg in moving the report's recommendations forward, with the resulting allocation of $50 million to develop AHRQ's Center for Quality, Improvement, and Patient Safety; summarizes contributions from AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy and notes the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation's use of AHRQ's Culture of Safety survey for the past three years.]

Sorensen AV, Bernard SL. Strategies for safe medication use in ambulatory care settings in the United States. J Patient Saf 2009 Sep; 5(3):160-7. [Cites AHRQ publication, Safe Practices for Better Health Care: Fact Sheet, 2005, as published on AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Shojania et al. (Diabetes Care, 2006), Gandhi et al. (N Engl J Med, 2003), Hammons et al. (J Ambul Care Manage, 2003), and others.]

Sleep
Mullington JM. Let her sleep... but how much? Sleep 2009 Jul 1; 32(7):841-2. [Cites article by Miller et al. (Sleep, 2009), using study cohort data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ, as cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Productsbelow.]

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

Geriatrics
Klein-Ritter D. An evidence-based review of the AMA/AHA guideline for the primary prevention of ischemic stroke. Geriatrics 2009 Sep; 64(9):16-20, 28. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored summary of the evidence on aspirin for the primary prevention of cardiovascular events (Ann Intern Med, 2002); cites USPSTF recommendation statement on aspirin for the prevention of cardiovascular disease (Ann Intern Med, 2009).]

Health Affairs
Huskamp HA, Rosenthal MB. Health risk appraisals: how much do they influence employees' health behavior? Health Aff 2009 Sep-Oct; 28(5):1532-40. [Notes examination of USPSTF recommendations for cervical cancer screening among women ages 21-64 to measure one of the study's outcome measures.] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal of Men's Health
Arras-Boyd RE, Boyd RE, Kay G. Reaching men at highest risk for undetected prostate cancer. Int J Mens Health 2009 Summer; 8(2):116-28. [Cites USPSTF recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2008.]

Journal of Family Practice
Johnson CE, Newman CW, Danhauer JL, et al. Eye on the elderly. Screening for hearing loss, risk of falls: a hassle-free approach. J Fam Pract 2009 Sep; 58(9):471-7. [Cites USPSTF recommendation on screening for hearing impairment (Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996).] Select to access the abstract.

Levy B. Integrating HPV vaccination into your practice: overcoming common barriers. J Fam Pract 2009 Sep; 58(9 Suppl):S11-S13. [Cites USPSTF recommendations and rationale on screening for cervical cancer, 2003.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Tsai AG, Wadden TA. Treatment of obesity in primary care practice in the United States: a systematic review. J Gen Intern Med 2009 Sep; 24(9):1073-9. [Cites USPSTF recommendations and rationale on screening for obesity in adults and associated USPSTF-sponsored summary of the evidence on screening and interventions for obesity in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2003); cites USPSTF recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2007; cites AHRQ publication, Methods Guide for Comparative Effectiveness Reviews, 2007, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Itzkowitz SH. Incremental advances in excremental cancer detection tests. J Natl Cancer Inst 2009 Sep 16; 101(18):1225-7. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored targeted, updated systematic review on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008).]

Chiarelli AM, Majpruz V, Brown P, et al. The contribution of clinical breast examination to the accuracy of breast screening. J Natl Cancer Inst 2009 Sep 16; 101(18):1236-43. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored summary of the evidence on breast cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2002); cites AHRQ-authored article by Barton (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships), Harris, and Fletcher (JAMA, 1997).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the National Medical Association
Xiao H, Warrick C, Huang Y. Prostate cancer treatment patterns among racial/ethnic groups in Florida. J Natl Med Assoc 2009 Sep; 101(9):936-43. [Cites USPSTF recommendations and rationale on screening for prostate cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

New England Journal of Medicine
Lieberman DA. Screening for colorectal cancer. N Engl J Med 2009 Sep 17; 361(12):1179-87. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008); cites USPSTF-sponsored targeted, updated systematic review on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008); cites USPSTF-sponsored systematic review on nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitors for primary prevention of colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2007).]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Australian Health Review
Wakefield JG, Jorm CM. Patient safety—a balanced measurement framework. Aust Health Rev 2009 Aug; 33(3):382-9. [Cites Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Frontline Assessments of Healthcare Culture: Safety Attitudes Questionnaire Norms and Psychometric Properties, 2001, as prepared by the University of Texas Center of Excellence for Patient Safety Research and Practice.]

Health Affairs
Rosenheck RA, Sernyak MJ. Developing a policy for second-generation antipsychotic drugs. Health Aff 2009 Sep-Oct; 28(5):w782-93. [Cites Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Efficacy and Comparative Effectiveness of Off-Label Use of Atypical Antipsychotics, 2007, as published on AHRQ Web site.] abstract.

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

Journal of the National Medical Association
Smith SG, Nsiah-Kumi PA, Jones PR, et al. Pipeline programs in the health professions, part 1: preserving diversity and reducing health disparities. J Natl Med Assoc 2009 Sep; 101(9):836-47. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2005.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Kidney Diseases
Sozio SM, Armstrong PA, Coresh J, et al. Cerebrovascular disease incidence, characteristics, and outcomes in patients initiating dialysis: the Choices for Healthy Outcomes in Caring for ESRD (CHOICE) study. Am J Kidney Dis 2009 Sep; 54(3):468-77. [Uses study cohort data from the CHOICE study, previously supported by AHRQ grant R01 HS08365.] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Surgery
Teh SH, Diggs BS, Deveney CW, et al. Patient and hospital characteristics on the variance of perioperative outcomes for pancreatic resection in the United States: a plea for outcome-based and not volume-based referral guidelines. Arch Surg 2009 Aug; 144(8):713-21. [Uses 1988-2003 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data; uses and cites AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Health Affairs
Bundorf MK, Royalty A, Baker LC. Health care cost growth among the privately insured. Health Aff 2009 Sep-Oct; 28(5):1294-304. [Uses and cites 2001 and 2006 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data.] Select to access the abstract.

Finkelstein EA, Trogdon JG, Cohen JW, et al. Annual medical spending attributable to obesity: payer-and service-specific estimates. Health Aff 2009 Sep-Oct; 28(5):w822-31. [Uses and cites 1998 and 2006 MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Care Financing Review
Fuller RL, McCullough EC, Bao MZ, et al. Estimating the costs of potentially preventable hospital acquired complications. Health Care Financ Rev 2009 Summer; 30(4):17-32. [Uses 2006 HCUP data for California and Maryland.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Dental Association
Beil H, Mayer M, Rozier RG. Dental care utilization and expenditures in children with special health care needs. J Am Dent Assoc 2009 Sep; 140(9):1147-55. [Uses and cites 2004 MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Family Practice
Sharma U, Schumann SA. Ovary-sparing hysterectomy: is it right for your patient? J Fam Pract 2009 Sep; 58(9):478-80. [Uses and cites 1988-2001 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) data.]

Journal of Patient Safety
Blegen MA, Gearhart S, O'Brien R, et al. AHRQ's Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture: psychometric analysis. J Patient Saf 2009 Sep; 5(3):139-44. [Analyses psychometric properties of AHRQ's Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture (HSOPC).]

Sleep
Miller MA, Kandala NB, Kivimaki M, et al. Gender differences in the cross-sectional relationships between sleep duration and markers of inflammation: Whitehall II study. Sleep 2009 Jul 1; 32(7):857-64. [Uses study cohort data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ; see commentary by Mullington et al. (Sleep, 2009) as cited in AHRQ-Related Articles above.] Select to access the abstract.

Current as of September 2009
Internet Citation: Comparing Individualized Rehabilitation to a Group Wellness Intervention for Persons with Multiple Sclerosis: Articles of Interest: September 18, 2009. September 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://archive.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/091809.html

 

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