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Specialty Differences in Primary Care Physician Reports of Papanicolaou Test Screening Practices: a National Survey, 2006 to 2007

Articles of Interest: November 6, 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

Annals of Internal Medicine
Yabroff KR, Saraiya M, Meissner HI, et al. Specialty differences in primary care physician reports of Papanicolaou test screening practices: a national survey, 2006 to 2007. Ann Intern Med 2009 Nov 3; 151(9):602-11. [Supported in part by interagency agreement grants Y3-PC-5019-01 and Y3-PC-5019-02; see associated patient summary entitled "A National Survey of Doctors About Screening for Cervical Cancer" (Ann Intern Med, 2009) cited in AHRQ-Related Articles below.] Select to access the abstract.

Current Opinion in Psychiatry
Herbstman BJ, Pincus HA. Measuring mental healthcare quality in the United States: a review of initiatives. Curr Opin Psychiatry 2009 Nov; 22(6):623-30. [Supported in part by 5 U18 HS16097 (Mental Health Therapeutics CERT at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey).] Select to access the abstract.

Inquiry
Carey K, Burgess JF, Young GJ. Single specialty hospitals and service competition. Inquiry 2009 Summer; 46(2):162-71. [Supported by grant R03 HS16541.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Aging and Social Policy
Flores C, Newcomer R. Monitoring quality of care in residential care for the elderly: the information challenge. J Aging Soc Policy 2009 Jul-Sep; 21(3):225-42. [Supported in part by grant 5 T32 HS00086.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research
Witt WP, Keller A, Gottlieb C, et al. Access to adequate outpatient depression care for mothers in the USA: a nationally representative population-based study. J Behav Health Serv Res 2009 Oct 17; (Epub):1-14. [Supported in part by AHRQ grants T32 HS00063 (to the Harvard Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship Program) and Pre-doctoral NRSA Training Grant T32 HS00083 (to second author); uses and cites 1996 to 2005 MEPS data; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Zuvekas and Fleishman (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Med Care, 2008) and Eisenberg (former AHRQ director) and Power (JAMA, 2000); cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Depression in Primary Care. Vol. 2: Treatment of Major Depression, 1993.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
Chiu S, Redelmeier DA, Tolomiczenko G, et al. The health of homeless immigrants. J Epidemiol Community Health 2009 Nov; 63(11):943-8. [Supported in part by grant 1 R01 HS14129-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
White RH, Sadeghi B, Tancredi DJ, et al. How valid is the ICD-9-CM based AHRQ patient safety indicator for postoperative venous thromboembolism? Med Care 2009 Nov; 47(11):1-7. [Supported by contract number 290-04-0020; uses and cites AHRQ's 2006 and 2002 patient safety indicators; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Zhan (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence) et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2007) and Houchens, Elixhauser (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets), and Romano (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2008); cites Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) procedure class software, 2009, as published on AHRQ Web site; cites article by Romano et al. (Health Serv Res, 2009), using AHRQ patient safety indicators.] Select to access the abstract.

Nursing Economic$
Shamliyan TA, Kane RL, Mueller C, et al. Cost savings associated with increased RN staffing in acute care hospitals: simulation exercise. Nurs Econ 2009 Sep-Oct; 27(5):302-31. [Supported by contract no. 290-02-0009; uses Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) data and data elements; cites AHRQ publication, Welcome to HCUPNet. A Tool for Identifying, Tracking, Analyzing, and Comparing Statistics on Hospitals at the National Level, Regional, and State Level, as posted on AHRQ Web site.]

Pediatric Nephrology
MacHardy N, Miles PV, Massengill SF, et al. Management patterns of childhood-onset nephrotic syndrome. Pediatr Nephrol 2009 Nov; 24(11):2193-201. [Supported in part by grant 2 U18 HS10397-08 (UNC Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs), principal investigator, Stiles.] Select to access the abstract.

Women and Health
Vilhauer RP. Perceived benefits of online support groups for women with metastatic breast cancer. Women Health 2009 Jul; 49(5):381-404. [Supported by grant R03 HS10565. Select for AHRQ-funded Evidence Report/Technology Assessment article by Sharma et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2009), as cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles ] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Family Physician
Stephens MB. Cardiac rehabilitation. Am Fam Physician 2009 Nov 1; 80(9):955-9; hand-out 960. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Cardiac Rehabilitation, 1995; cites AHRQ-funded article by Clark et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Wilkins T, Baird C, Pearson AN, et al. Diverticular bleeding. Am Fam Physician 2009 Nov 1; 80(9):977-83. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Strate et al. (Am J Gastroenterol, 2009, Gastroenterology, 2009, and JAMA, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Epidemiology
Cleland VJ, Ball K, Magnussen C, et al. Socioeconomic position and the tracking of physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness from childhood to adulthood. Am J Epidemiol 2009 Nov 1; 170(9):1069-77. [Cites article by Brunner et al. (J Epidemiol Community Health, 1999) using study cohort data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Internal Medicine
Nelson AL, Cohen JT, Greenberg D, et al. Much cheaper, almost as good: decrementally cost-effective medical innovation. Ann Intern Med 2009 Nov 3; 151(9):662-7. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bell et al. (BMJ, 2006), Stroupe et al. (J Am Coll Surg, 2006), Kunz et al. (Int J Technol Assess Health Care, 1996), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

A national survey of doctors about screening for cervical cancer. Ann Intern Med 2009 Nov 3; 151(9):1-38. [Summarizes AHRQ-funded article by Yabroff et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2009), as cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles above.]

Applied Health Economics and Health Policy
Earnshaw SR, Graham J, Oleen-Burkey M, et al. Cost effectiveness of glatiramer acetate and natalizumab in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. Appl Health Econ Health Policy 2009; 7(2):91-108. [Cites AHRQ's HCUPNet Web site as the source for the statement "treatment in the model is assumed to be a one-time hospitalization for symptom management of PML" [progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy].] Select to access the abstract.

BMJ
Mulley AG. The need to confront variation in practice. BMJ 2009 Oct 31; 339(7728):1007-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Deyo et al. (Med Care, 2000), Barry et al. (Med Care, 1995), and Fowler et al. (Urology, 1995).]

Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Munoz-Price LS, Hota B, Stemer A, et al. Prevention of bloodstream infections by use of daily chlorhexidine baths for patients at a long-term acute care hospital. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2009 Nov; 30(11):1031-5. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

McBryde ES, Brett J, Russo PL, et al. Validation of statewide surveillance system data on central line-associated bloodstream infection in intensive care units in Australia. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2009 Nov; 30(11):1045-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006) and Berenholtz et al. (Crit Care Med, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Abbett SK, Yokoe DS, Lipsitz SR, et al. Proposed checklist of hospital interventions to decrease the incidence of healthcare-associated Clostridium difficile infection. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2009 Nov; 30(11):1062-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Boyce JM, Cooper T, Dolan MJ. Evaluation of an electronic device for real-time measurement of alcohol-based hand rub use. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2009 Nov; 30(11):1090-5. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Stelfox, Bates, and Redelmeier (JAMA, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Inquiry
Gray BH, Schlesinger M. The accountability of nonprofit hospitals: lessons from Maryland's community benefit reporting requirements. Inquiry 2009 Summer; 46(2):122-39. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Morrisey, Wedig, and Hassan (Health Aff, 1996).] Select to access the abstract.

Spillman BC, Long SK. Does high caregiver stress predict nursing home entry? Inquiry 2009 Summer; 46(2):140-61. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Spector and Fleishman (J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci, 1998); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Lo Sasso (Inquiry, 2002), Malkin, Broder, and Keeler (Health Serv Res, 2000), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Robinson JC, Shortell SM, Rittenhouse DR, et al. Quality-based payment for medical groups and individual physicians. Inquiry 2009 Summer; 46(2):172-81. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Rosenthal et al. (Health Aff, 2004 and N Engl J Med, 2006), Young et al. (Am J Med Qual, 2005), and Hofer et al. (JAMA, 1999).] Select to access the abstract.

Baicker K, Dow WH. Risk selection and risk adjustment: improving insurance in the individual and small group markets. Inquiry 2009 Summer; 46(2):215-28. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Keenan et al. (Inquiry, 2001).] Select to access the abstract.

Frick KD, Chernew ME. Beneficial moral hazard and the theory of the second best. Inquiry 2009 Summer; 46(2):229-40. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Chernew and Gibson (Med Care Res Rev, 2008), Gellad et al. (Health Aff, 2006), Hsu et al. (Health Serv Res, 2006), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Ryckman FC, Yelton PA, Anneken AM, et al. Redesigning intensive care unit flow using variability management to improve access and safety. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2009 Nov; 35(11):535-43. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Weissman et al. (Med Care, 2007).]

Chen LM, Rein MS, Bates DW. Costs of quality improvement: a survey of four acute care hospitals. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2009 Nov; 35(11):544-50. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Huang et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2008) and Dranove et al. (Med Care, 1999).]

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Van der Wulp I, van Stel HF. Adjusting weighted kappa for severity of mistriage decreases reported reliability of emergency department triage systems: a comparative study. J Clin Epidemiol 2009 Nov; 62(11):1196-201. [Cites AHRQ publication, Emergency Severity Index, Version 4: Implementation Handbook, 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Women's Health
Pinn VW. Sixth Annual Interdisciplinary Women's Health Research Symposium November 17, 2009. J Womens Health 2009 Oct; 18(10):1487-8. [Mentions that AHRQ is one of several organizations that have monetarily supported the Building Interdisciplinary Research Centers in Women's Health (BIRCWH).]

Nicholson WK, Witter F, Powe NR. Effect of hospital setting and volume on clinical outcomes in women with gestational and type 2 diabetes mellitus. J Womens Health 2009 Oct; 18(10):1567-76. [Cites article by Grobman, Feinglass, and Murthy (Am J Obstet Gynecol, 2006) using AHRQ's obstetric trauma indicators; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Phibbs et al. (N Engl J Med, 2007), Hartmann et al. (JAMA, 2005), Birkmeyer et al. (N Engl J Med, 2002 and 2003), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Kothari CL, Cerulli C, Marcus S, et al. Perinatal status and help-seeking for intimate partner violence. J Womens Health 2009 Oct; 18(10):1639-46. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Duterte et al. (J Womens Health, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Domino ME, Humble C, Lawrence WW Jr, et al. Enhancing the medical homes model for children with asthma. Med Care 2009 Nov; 47(11):1113-20. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Weiss et al. (Health Serv Outcomes Res Methodol, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Blackwell DL, Martinez ME, Gentleman JF, et al. Socioeconomic status and utilization of health care services in Canada and the United States: findings from a binational health survey. Med Care 2009 Nov; 47(11):1136-46. [Cite AHRQ-authored articles by Fiscella, Franks, Gold, and Clancy (AHRQ director) (JAMA, 2000) and Kirby, Taliaferro, and Zuvekas (first and third authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends and second author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships) (Med Care, 2006); cites AHRQ publication, Access to Health Care—Sources and Barriers, 1996, 1997; cites AHRQ-funded article by Mukamel, Murthy, and Weimer (Am J Public Health, 2000).] Select to access the abstract.

Wolff JL, Meadow A, Boyd CM, et al. Physician evaluation and management of Medicare home health patients. Med Care 2009 Nov; 47(11):1147-55. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Covinsky et al. (J Am Geriatr Soc, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Lin PJ, Biddle AK, Ganguly R, et al. The concentration and persistence of health care expenditures and prescription drug expenditures in Medicare beneficiaries with Alzheimer disease and related dementias. Med Care 2009 Nov; 47(11):1174-9. [Cites AHRQ working paper Persistence in Medicare Prescription Drug Expenditures by Treatment Class, 2006, as published on AHRQ's GOLD Database; cites AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992).] Select to access the abstract.

Maciejewski ML, Birken S, Perkins M, et al. Medicare managed care enrollment by disability-eligible and age-eligible veterans. Med Care 2009 Nov; 47(11):1180-5. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Fisher et al. (N Engl J Med, 1994), Landon et al. (JAMA, 2004), Trivedi et al. (N Engl J Med, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Wolf MS, Shank WH. Reply. Prescription standards are necessary to improve health literacy and medication safety. Med Care 2009 Nov; 47(11):1186-7. [Mentions that an AHRQ-supported project [Enhanced Drug Label Design to Improve Patient Understanding and Use, funded by grant number 1 R01 HS17687] underway by the authors' research team is "demonstrating in actual use how such prescribing and labeling standards can be successfully implemented."]

MLO: Medical Laboratory Observer
Amin D. Reducing HALs and ARIs: partnering with clinical labs. MLO Med Lab Obs 2009 Oct; 41(10):10, 12, 14 passim; quiz 22-3. [States that the number of MRSA infections in 2005 "had shot up to 368,000, according to [AHRQ]."]

Quality Management in Health Care
Peterson LE. Associations between self-reported quality of care and county characteristics are largely similar in rural and urban settings. Qual Manag Health Care 2009 Oct-Dec; 18(4):257-67. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Solomon et al. (Health Care Financ Rev, 2002) and Moscovice and Rosenblatt (J Rural Health, 2000).] Select to access the abstract.

Ruhe MC, Carter C, Litaker D, et al. A systematic approach to practice assessment and quality improvement intervention tailoring. Qual Manag Health Care 2009 Oct-Dec; 18(4):268-77. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Stroebel et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2005) and McIlvain et al. (Fam Med, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Bobiak SN, Zyzanski SJ, Ruhe MC, et al. Measuring practice capacity for change: a tool for guiding quality improvement in primary care settings. Qual Manag Health Care 2009 Oct-Dec; 18(4):278-84. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Tallia et al. (J Healthc Manag, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Broyles RW, Chou AF, Mattachione S, et al. The effect of adverse medical events on spending on inpatient care. Qual Manag Health Care 2009 Oct-Dec; 18(4):315-25. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Bates et al. (JAMA, 1997).] Select to access the abstract.

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

American Family Physician
Romanelli F, Matheny SC. HIV infection: the role of primary care. Am Fam Physician 2009 Nov 1; 80(9):946-52. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for HIV, 2007, as published on AHRQ Web site.]

Unwin BK, Andrews CM, Andrews PM, et al. Therapeutic home adaptations for older adults with disabilities. Am Fam Physician 2009 Nov 1; 80(9):963-8; hand-out 970. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Hearing Impairment in Older Adults, 1996, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Esserman L, Shieh Y, Thompson I. Rethinking screening for breast cancer and prostate cancer. JAMA 2009 Oct 21; 302(15):1685-92. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002); cites AHRQ-authored article by Elmore, Barton (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships), et al. (N Engl J Med, 1998); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Lu-Yao et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2008) and Lu-Yao and Greenberg (BMJ, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Family Practice
3 approach to the diagnosis and management of osteoporosis; disease/disorder overview. J Fam Pract 2009 Oct 01; 58(10):SS6-SS16. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Osteoporosis in Postmenopausal Women, 2002, as published on AHRQ Web site.]

Journal of Human Resources
Singleton P. The effect of disability insurance on health investment: evidence from the Veterans Benefits Administration's Disability Compensation Program. J Human Resour 2009 Fall; 44(4):998-1022. [Notes that the USPSTF "recommends proactive screening for numerous medical conditions and diseases, including hypertension and cervical cancer...based in part on whether the benefits of early detection and treatment outweigh the costs of screening," citing U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Procedure Manual, 2008, as published on AHRQ Web site.]

Journal of Pediatrics
Weitzman M, Kursmark M. Breast-feeding and child lead exposure: a cause for concern. J Pediatr 2009 Nov; 155(5):610-11. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Elevated Blood Lead Levels in Children and Pregnant Women,2006.]

Journal of Women's Health
Borrayo EA, Hines L, Byers T, et al. Characteristics associated with mammography screening among both Hispanic and non-Hispanic white women. J Womens Health 2009 Oct; 18(10):1585-94. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored summary of the evidence on breast cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2002) and USPSTF recommendations on breast cancer screening (Cancer, 1992).] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Kressin NR, Nunn ME, Singh H, et al. Pediatric clinicians can help reduce rates of early childhood caries: effects of a practice based intervention. Med Care 2009 Nov; 47(11):1121-8. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored summary of the evidence on physicians' roles in preventing dental caries in preschool children (Am J Prev Med, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders
Schultz AB, Edington DW. Metabolic syndrome in a workplace; prevalence, co-morbidities, and economic impact. Metab Syndr Relat Disord 2009 Oct; 7(5):459-68. [Notes that the preventive services selected for use in the Health Risk Appraisal used in the study are based on USPSTF findings and recommendations," citing Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2006.] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

American Family Physician
Nease DE Jr. Depression in post-MI patients: an opportunity for primary care. Am Fam Physician 2009 Nov 1; 80(9):917. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Post-Myocardial Infarction Depression, 2005.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Finckh A, Bansback N, Marra CA, et al. Treatment of very early rheumatoid arthritis with symptomatic therapy, disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, or biologic agents: a cost-effectiveness analysis. Ann Intern Med 2009 Nov 3; 151(9):612-21. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Modeling the Cost Effectiveness of Etanercept, Adalimumab and Anakinra Compared to Infliximab in the Treatment of Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis in the Medicare Program, 2006.] Select to access the abstract.

Sharma M, Ansari MT, Abou-Setta AM, et al. Systematic review: comparative effectiveness and harms of combination therapy and monotherapy for dyslipidemia. Ann Intern Med 2009 Nov 3; 151(9):622-30. [Supported by contract no. 290-02-0021 (to the University of Ottawa Evidence-based Practice Center).] Select to access the abstract.

Qaseem A, Snow V, Denberg TD, et al. Hormonal testing and pharmacologic treatment of erectile dysfunction: a clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians. Ann Intern Med 2009 Nov 3; 151(9):639-49. [Based on the AHRQ-funded/authored systematic review by Tsertsvadze et al. cited below; cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction, 2009, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Tsertsvadze A, Fink HA, Yazdi F, MacDonald R, Bella AJ, Ansari MT, Garritty C, Soares-Weiser K, Daniel R, Sampson M, Fox S, et al. Oral phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors and hormonal treatments for erectile dysfunction: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Ann Intern Med 2009 Nov 3; 151(9):650-61. [Eleventh author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence; supported by AHRQ contract to the Minneapolis Evidence-based Practice Center; updates evidence from AHRQ's Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction, 2009, and supports the ACP guideline presented in article by Qaseem et al. cited above; see associated patient summary cited below.] Select to access the abstract.

Hormonal testing and pharmacologic treatment of erectile dysfunction. Ann Intern Med 2009 Nov 3; 151(9):1-44. [Summarizes updated evidence from AHRQ-sponsored evidence review by Tsertsvadze et al. cited above.]

Lancet
Neal DE, Donovan JL, Martin RM, et al. Screening for prostate cancer remains controversial. Lancet 2009 Oct 31; 374(9700):1482-3. [Cites updated evidence from AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Comparative Effectiveness of Therapies for Clinically Localized Prostate Cancer, 2008 (Wilt et al., Ann Intern Med, 2008); cites AHRQ-funded article by Wilt et al. (J Urol, 2008), funded by contract no. 290-02-0009.]

Nursing Ecomonic$
Kalisch BJ, Liu Y. Comparison of nursing: China and the United States. 2009 Sep-Oct; 27(5):322-31. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Nurse Staffing and Quality of Patient Care, 2007.]

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Goodnight W, Newman R. Optimal nutrition for improved twin pregnancy outcome. Obstet Gynecol 2009 Nov; 114(5):1121-34. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Outcomes of Maternal Weight Gain, 2008.]

Pain Physician
Manchikanti L, Singh V, Helm S 2nd, et al. An introduction to an evidence-based approach to interventional techniques in the management of chronic spinal pain. Pain Physician 2009 Jul-Aug; 12(4):E1-E33. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Systems to Rate the Strength of Scientific Evidence, 2002; mentions and cites Congressional mandate for AHRQ (AHCPR) guideline activities; cites two pain management guidelines archived on AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™; cites AHRQ Web site; discusses Institute of Medicine report Clinical Practice Guidelines: Directions for a New Program, 1990; cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Acute Low Back Problems in Adults, 1994; cites USPSTF-sponsored article by Atkins, Best, and Shapiro (Am J Prev Med, 2001) on USPSTF methodologies.] Select to access the abstract.

Townsend Letter
Waterhouse JC. Reply to 'is vitamin D bad for you?'; letters to the editor. Townsend Letter 2009 Nov; (316):78-81. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Vitamin D and Calcium: A Systematic Review of Health Outcomes, 2009, as published on AHRQ Web site.]

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

American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Manasse HR Jr. 2009 Rho Chi Lecture: interdisciplinary health professions education: a systems approach to bridging the gaps. Am J Pharm Educ 2009 Aug 28; 73(5):90. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2004.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Anesthesia and Analgesia
Shen Y, Drum M, Roth S. The prevalence of perioperative visual loss in the United States: a 10-year study from 1996 to 2005 of spinal, orthopedic, cardiac, and general surgery. Anesth Analg 2009 Nov; 109(5):1534-45. [Uses and cites 1996-2005 HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data and AHRQ clinical classifications software, 2004; cites AHRQ publications, HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) Comparison Report, 2004 and 2005, Trends Supplemental Files Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), 2008, Final Report on Calculating Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) Variances, 2001, HCUP Method Series Report No. 2003-02, 2003, and National Statistics, HCUPnet Trend Information for 1996-2005, HCUP Quality Control Procedures, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

BMC Health Services Research
Probst JC, Laditka JN, Laditka SB. Association between community health center and rural health clinic presence and county-level hospitalization rates for ambulatory care sensitive conditions: an analysis across eight US states. BMC Health Serv Res 2009 Jul 31; 9:134. [Uses AHRQ's definitions to identify ambulatory care sensitive diagnoses; cites AHRQ's Monitoring the Healthcare Safety Net Web site; cites AHRQ's Appendix B, Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions, 2007, as published on AHRQ's Safety Net Monitory Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Al-Rawajfah OM, Stetzer F, Beauchamp Hewitt J. Incidence of and risk factors for nosocomial bloodstream infections in adults in the United States, 2003. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2009 Nov; 30(11):1036-44. [Uses and cites 2003 HCUP NIS data; cites AHRQ publications, Introduction to the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample, 2003, 2005 and Final Report on Calculating Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) Variances, 2001, 2005, HCUP Method Series Report No. 2003-01, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Inquiry
Buchmueller TC, Monheit AC. Employer-sponsored health insurance and the promise of health insurance reform. Inquiry 2009 Summer; 46(2):187-202. [Uses 2005 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Bernard and Selden (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Int J Health Care Finance Econ, 2001 and 2004), Selden (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) and Gray (Health Aff, 2006), and Cooper and Schone (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Health Aff, 1997).] Select to access the abstract.

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Amin AN, Deitelzweig SB. Optimizing the prevention of venous thromboembolism: recent quality initiatives and strategies to drive improvement. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2009 Nov; 35(11):558-64, AP1-AP2. [Uses and cites AHRQ's quality indicators and patient safety indicators; cites AHRQ publication, Preventing Hospital-Acquired Venous Thromboembolism: A Guide for Effective Quality Improvement, 2008, as published on AHRQ Web site; lists AHRQ Web site, AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators Download Web site, and AHRQ publication, Preventing Hospital-Acquired Venous Thromboembolism: A Guide for Effective Quality Improvement, 2008, as published on AHRQ Web site, in Appendix 1, "Web Sites Providing Information About Quality Initiatives in the United States and Recent Updates on Performance Measures for Improving Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Prophylaxis".]

Simpson KR, Kortz CC, Knox GE. A comprehensive perinatal patient safety program to reduce preventable adverse outcomes and costs of liability claims. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2009 Nov; 35(11):565-74. [Uses and cites AHRQ's patient safety indicators.]

Medical Journal of Australia
Stead K, Kumar S, Schultz TJ, et al. Teams communicating through STEPPS. Med J Aust 2009 Jun 1; 190(11 Suppl):S128-S132. [Uses AHRQ's Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS) to evaluate its implementation effectiveness in an Australian mental health facility; acknowledges the support of AHRQ in "permitting the use of their TeamSTEPPS materials and in their guidance during program implementation"; cites AHRQ publications, TEAMSTEPPS Instructor Guide, 2006, and Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, 2004.] Select to access the abstract.

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Lee BY, Bailey RR, Wiringa AE, et al. Antiviral medications for pregnant women for pandemic and seasonal influenza. Obstet Gynecol 2009 Nov; 114(5):971-80. [Uses and cites 2006 HCUP data.]

Jacoby VL, Autry A, Jacobson G, et al. Nationwide use of laparoscopic hysterectomy compared with abdominal and vaginal approaches. Obstet Gynecol 2009 Nov; 114(5):1041-8. [Uses 2005 HCUP NIS data.]

Pain Medicine
Fishbain DA, Cole B, Lewis JE, et al. Do opioids induce hyperalgesia in humans? An evidence-based structured review. Pain Med 2009 Jul-Aug; 10(5):829-39. [Uses AHRQ evidence rating criteria as published in Institute of Medicine report Clinical Practice Guideline: Directions for a New Program, 1990.] Select to access the abstract.

Population Health Management
Leas BF, Berman B, Kash KM, et al. Quality measurement in diabetes care. Popul Health Manag 2009 Oct; 12(5):265-71. [Uses AHRQ's National Quality Measures Clearinghouse to search for measures that address diabetes care; cites AHRQ's National Quality Measure Clearinghouse Inclusion Criteria Web page.] Select to access the abstract.

Current as of November 2009
Internet Citation: Specialty Differences in Primary Care Physician Reports of Papanicolaou Test Screening Practices: a National Survey, 2006 to 2007: Articles of Interest: November 6, 2009. November 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://archive.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/110609.html

 

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