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Articles of Interest: November 13, 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 Managed Care
Aspinall SL, Banthiin JS, Good CB, Miller GE, et al. VA pharmacy users: how they differ from other veterans. Am J Manag Care 2009 Oct; 15(10):701-8. [Second and fourth authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; used 2003-2005 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Medical Quality
Clancy CM. The canary's warning: why infections matter. Am J Med Qual 2009 Nov-Dec; 24(6):462-4. [Author is AHRQ director; comments on article by Yu et al. below.]

Yu H, Greenberg MD, Haviland AM, et al. "Canary measures" among the AHRQ patient safety indicators. Am J Med Qual 2009 Nov-Dec; 24(6):465-73. [Supported by contract 290-02-0010; discusses and uses AHRQ patient safety indicators and 1997-2002 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data; previously published in Articles of Interest for 9/11/09 as epub.] Select to access the abstract.

Clancy CM. Ten years after To Err is Human. Am J Med Qual 2009 Nov-Dec; 24(6):525-8. [Author is AHRQ director.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Schiff GD, Hasan O, Kim S, et al. Diagnostic error in medicine: analysis of 583 physician-reported errors. Arch Intern Med 2009 Nov 9; 169(20):1881-7. [Supported in part by Patient Safety grant HS11552; cites AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation, Vol. 2, Concepts and Methodology, 2005, as published on AHRQ Web site; cites article by McNutt, Abrams, and Hasler, 2005, as published on AHRQ's Morbidity and Mortality Rounds on the Web (WebM&M) Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

López L, Weissman JS, Schneider EC, et al. Disclosure of hospital adverse events and its association with patients' ratings of the quality of care. Arch Intern Med 2009 Nov 9; 169(20):1888-94. [Supported in part by Cooperative Agreement grant U18 HS11928 (to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health).] Select to access the abstract.

Brain Research
Kennedy KM, Raz N. Pattern of normal age-related regional differences in white matter microstructure is modified by vascular risk. Brain Res 2009 Nov 10; 1297:41-56. [Supported in part by grant T32 HS13819.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Chung JW, Meltzer DO. Estimate of the carbon footprint of the US health care sector. JAMA 2009 Nov 11; 302(18):1970-2. [Supported by grant U18 HS16967-01 to the Hospital Medicine and Economics Center for Education and Research in Therapeutics (CERTs).]

Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
Garrido MM, Kane RL, Kaas M, et al. Perceived need for mental health care among community-dwelling older adults. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 2009 Nov; 64(6):704-12. [Supported in part by National Research Service Award grant T32 HS00036.] Select to access the abstract.

Pediatrics
Devoe JE, Saultz JW, Krois L, et al. A medical home versus temporary housing: the importance of a stable usual source of care. Pediatrics 2009 Nov; 124(5):1363-71. [Supported in part by grants 5 F32 HS14645 and 1 K08 HS16181 (to first author); uses 2004 MEPS data, citing 2004 MEPS Web site and AHRQ publication, Access to Health Care: Source and Barriers, 1996: MEPS Research Findings No. 3, 1997; cites AHRQ publications CAHPS® 2.0 Survey and Reporting Kit, 2002, Annual Report of the National CAHPS Benchmarking Database, 2000, 2003, Usual Source of Care: United States, 2002, MEPS Statistical Brief no. 78, 2005, and Sample Design of the 1996 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, MEPS Methodology Report no. 2, 1997; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Moy, Bartman, Clancy (AHRQ director) et al. (J Health Care Poor Underserved, 1998), Cohen et al. (current and former researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Inquiry, 1996-1997), and Selden and Hudson (Med Care, 2006), using 1996-2002 MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

Academic Medicine
Janson SL, Cooke M, McGrath KW, et al. Improving chronic care of type 2 diabetes using teams of interprofessional learners. Acad Med 2009 Nov; 84(11):1540-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Perez-Stable and Fuentes-Afflick (West J Med, 1998) and Nutting et al. (Ann Fam Med, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

Freed GL, Dunham KM, Lamarand KE. Hospitalists' involvement in pediatrics training: perspectives from pediatric residency program and clerkship directors. Acad Med 2009 Nov; 84(11):1617-21. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Hauer et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2004) and Landrigan et al. (Pediatrics, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Medical Quality
Velanovich V, Rubinfeld I, Patton JH Jr, et al. Implementation of the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program: critical steps to success for surgeons and hospitals. Am J Med Qual 2009 Nov-Dec; 24(6):474-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Khuri et al. (Ann Surg, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Goldfield NI, Fuller RL, Averill RF. Paying for quality and coordination: aligning provider payments with global goals. Am J Med Qual 2009 Nov-Dec; 24(6):480-8. [Cites article by O'Malley et al. (Health Serv Res, 2005), using Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) data.] Select to access the abstract.

Wood GC, Spahr R, Gerdes J, et al. Patient satisfaction and physician productivity: complementary or mutually exclusive? Am J Med Qual 2009 Nov-Dec; 24(6):498-504. [Cites AHRQ's CAHPS Hospital Survey (HCAHPS) fact sheet; cites AHRQ-funded article by Epstein et al. (Soc Sci Med, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Toner R, Goldfarb NI. Literature review. Am J Med Qual 2009 Nov-Dec; 24(6):529-30. [Summarizes AHRQ-funded article by Kern et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2009).]

Nash DB. Value-driven spine care. Am J Med Qual 2009 Nov-Dec; 24(6 Suppl):3S. [Cites Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) data from AHRQ Web site page HCUP Net, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, 2002; cites AHRQ-funded article by Freburger et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2009).]

Rihn JA, Berven S, Allen T, et al. Defining value in spine care. Am J Med Qual 2009 Nov-Dec; 24(6 Suppl):4S-14S. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Ware and Sherbourne (Med Care, 1992), Patrick et al. (Spine, 2005), Fryback et al. (Med Decis Making, 1997), and others.]

Allen RT, Rihn JA, Glassman SD, et al. An evidence-based approach to spine surgery. Am J Med Qual 2009 Nov-Dec; 24(6 Suppl):15S-24S. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Atlas et al. (Spine, 1996, 2000, and 2005).]

Smith HE, Rihn JA, Brodke DS, et al. Spine care: evaluation of the efficacy and cost of emerging technology. Am J Med Qual 2009 Nov-Dec; 24(6 Suppl):25S-31S. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Ware and Sherbourne (Med Care, 1992) and Birkmeyer et al. (Spine, 2002).]

American Journal of Nursing
Guimond ME, Sole ML, Salas E. TeamSTEPPS™. Am J Nurs 2009 Nov; 109(11):66-8. [Describes AHRQ's TeamSTEPPS™; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Clancy (AHRQ director) and Tornberg (Am J Med Qual, 2007) and Farquhar (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets), Sharp (former director of Evidence-based Practice Center Programs in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence), and Clancy (AHRQ director) (AORN J, 2007); cites AHRQ-commissioned Institute of Medicine report Keeping Patients Safe: Transforming the Work Environment of Nurses, 2004; cites Department of Defense publication, What is TeamSTEPPS™? and AHRQ publication, TeamSTEPPS™: National Implementation. About the National Implementation Plan, as published on AHRQ Web site.]

Rutherford P, Moen R, Taylor J. TCAB: the 'how' and the 'what'. Am J Nurs 2009 Nov; 109(11 Suppl):5-17. [Cites AHRQ publication, 2007 CAHPS® Hospital Survey Chartbook. What Patients Say About Their Experiences With Hospital Care, 2007, as published on AHRQ Web site.]

Struth D. TCAB in the curriculum. Am J Nurs 2009 Nov; 109(11 Suppl):55-8. [Cites AHRQ publication, TeamSTEPPS™ Curriculum Tools and Materials. Instructor Guide, 2007.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Cerise FP, Chokshi DA. Orienting health care reform around universal access. Arch Intern Med 2009 Nov 9; 169(20):1830-2. [Cites Hospital CAHPS data from Myers Group publication, Report on Independent Hospital Consumer Assessment of Providers and Systems (H-CAHPS), 2008.]

Hsia RY, Tabas JA. Emergency care: the increasing weight of increasing waits. Arch Intern Med 2009 Nov 9; 169(20):1836-8. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Cohen (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) and Cunningham (Health Aff, 1995); cites AHRQ publication, Emergency Severity Index, Version 4: Implementation Handbook, 2005; cites AHRQ-funded article by Viccellio et al. (Ann Emerg Med, 2009).]

Horwitz LI, Bradley EH. Percentage of US emergency department patients seen within the recommended triage time: 1997 to 2006. Arch Intern Med 2009 Nov 9; 169(20):1857-65. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Wuerz et al. (Acad Emerg Med, 2000).] Select to access the abstract.

Wachter RM. Entering the second decade of the patient safety movement: the field matures. Arch Intern Med 2009 Nov 9; 169(20):1894-6. [Author reports receiving AHRQ funding "for editing 2 patient-safety Web sites and royalties from publishers from 2 books on patient safety"; cites article by Rosenthal, as published on AHRQ's Morbidity and Mortality Rounds on the Web (WebM&M) Web site; cites AHRQ's Web M&M Web site; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Gallagher et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2006), Kachalia et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Saf, 2003), Newman-Toker and Pronovost (JAMA, 2009), and others.]

Hanson JL. Quandaries of informed consent. Arch Intern Med 2009 Nov 9; 169(20):1914-15. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Politi, Han, and Col (Med Decis Making, 2007).]

Cupertino AP, Wick JA, Richter KP, et al. The impact of repeated cycles of pharmacotherapy on smoking cessation: a longitudinal cohort study. Arch Intern Med 2009 Nov 9; 169(20):1928-30. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008, as published on AHRQ Web site and the previous update as published in article by Fiore et al. (JAMA 2000).]

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Sparks PJ. One size does not fit all: an examination of low birthweight disparities among a diverse set of racial/ethnic groups. Matern Child Health J 2009 Nov; 13(6):769-79. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Morales et al. (J Health Care Poor Underserved, 2002).]

Pediatrics
Watson RS, Clermont G, Kinsella JP, et al. Clinical and economic effects of iNO in premature newborns with respiratory failure at 1 year. Pediatrics 2009 Nov; 124(5):1333-43. [Cites AHRQ publications, Treatment Costs for Very Low Birth Weight Infants, 1995 and Care of Children and Adolescents in US Hospitals, 2003.] Select to access the abstract.

Simon TD, Lamb S, Murphy NA, et al. Who will care for me next? Transitioning to adulthood with hydrocephalus. Pediatrics 2009 Nov; 124(5):1431-7. [Suggests that the Hydrocephalus Association follow the model of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation by collaborating "with researchers and government agencies" such as AHRQ "to refine and implement quality standards, review and accredit centers, support robust quality improvement initiatives, and provide center-specific reports on patient outcomes;" cites AHRQ-funded article by Grant et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Committee on Environmental Health, Committee on Substance Abuse, Committee on Adolescence, and Committee on Native American Child Health. Tobacco use: a pediatric disease. Pediatrics 2009 Nov; 124(5):1474-87. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008); cites article by Cromwell et al. (JAMA, 1997), using AHRQ smoking cessation guidelines.] Select to access the abstract.

Best D, Committee on Environmental Health, Committee on Native American Child Health, Committee on Adolescence. Technical report—secondhand and prenatal tobacco smoke exposure. Pediatrics 2009 Nov; 124(5):e1017-44. [Discusses findings and recommendations from the AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2008 Update (citing an erroneous reference); lists Web site addresses for the updated guideline, the quick reference guide, and the associated publication, Helping Smokers Quit: A Guide for Clinicians, 2008, in a separate appendix of resources; cites article by Hanrahan et al. (Am Rev Respir Dis, 1992) which used National Medical Expenditure Survey (NMES) data] Select to access the abstract.

Sims TH, Committee on Substance Abuse. Technical report—tobacco as a substance of abuse. Pediatrics 2009 Nov; 124(5):e1045-53. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Cheng TL, Dreyer BP, Jenkins RR. Introduction: Child health disparities and health literacy. Pediatrics 2009 Nov; 124 Suppl 3:S161-S162. [Introduces the special supplement, Starting Early: A Life-Course Perspective on Child Health Disparities—Developing a Research Action Agenda, which was partially funded by AHRQ.]

Sanders-Phillips K, Settles-Reaves B, Walker D, et al. Social inequality and racial discrimination: risk factors for health disparities in children of color. Pediatrics 2009 Nov; 124 Suppl 3:S176-S186. [Cites AHRQ publication, The Role of partnerships: Second Annual Meeting of Child Health Services Researchers, 2000, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Chin MH, Alexander-Young M, Burnet DL. Health care quality-improvement approaches to reducing child health disparities. Pediatrics 2009 Nov; 124 Suppl 3:S224-S236. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Forrest, Simpson (former AHRQ deputy director), and Clancy (AHRQ director) (JAMA, 1997).] Select to access the abstract.

Ochoa ER Jr, Nash C. Community engagement and its impact on child health disparities: building blocks, examples, and resources. Pediatrics 2009 Nov; 124 Suppl 3:S237-S245. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Brady, Ho (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety), and Clancy (AHRQ director) (Am J Med Qual, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Abrams MA, Klass P, Dreyer BP. Health literacy and children: recommendations for action. Pediatrics 2009 Nov; 124 Suppl 3:S327-S331. [Suggests that AHRQ and other "public and private agencies and organizations that affect child health policy and health care delivery, public health, and education... should be at the forefront of efforts to highlight the importance of health literacy, adopt, model, teach, and incentivize clear health communication strategies, and support evaluation and research to advance the field'" and that AHRQ's CAHPS® and HCAHPS should "include health literacy-specific items, especially related to teach-back and the extent to which care environments foster communication, invite questions, and simplify navigation."]

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

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Solberg LI, Nordin JD, Bryant TL, et al. Clinical preventive services for adolescents. Am J Prev Med 2009 Nov; 37(5):445-54. [Summarizes USPSTF recommended clinical preventive services for adolescents; cites USPSTF recommendation statement on screening and treatment for major depressive disorder in children and adolescents (Pediatrics, 2009); cites article on USPSTF methods by Barton et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2007); cites the 2008 update to AHRQ-sponsored guidelines on treating tobacco use and dependence (as published in Am J Prev Med, 2008); cites articles by Maciosek et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2006) updating a 2001 ranking of USPSTF clinical preventive services based on comparable measures of their relative value to the U.S. population, Coffield et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001) describing the USPSTF systematic assessment of the value of clinical preventive services recommended for average-risk patients, and Solberg, Trangle, and Wineman (J Am Board Fam Pract, 2005) using USPSTF recommendations and rationale on screening for depression (Ann Intern Med, 2002); cites AHRQ-authored article by Greco and Eisenberg (former AHRQ director) (N Engl J Med, 1993); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Solberg et al. (Ann Behav Med, 1997), Hillman et al. (Am J Public Health, 1998), and Ma et al. (J Adolesc Health, 2005); cites article by Andrews et al. (Prev Med, 2001), using AHRQ smoking cessation guidelines.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Kuehn BM. Silent epidemic of viral hepatitis may lead to boom in serious liver disease. JAMA 2009 Nov 11; 302(18):1949-50, 1954. [Discusses 2004 USPSTF recommendations for screening for hepatitis C in adults and screening for Hepatitis B virus infection, and 2009 recommendations for screening for hepatitis B virus infection in pregnancy, 2009, all published on AHRQ Web site.]

Schermerhorn M. A 66-year-old man with an abdominal aortic aneurysm: review of screening and treatment. JAMA 2009 Nov 11; 302(18):2015-22. [Cites USPSTF evidence synthesis, Cost-effectiveness Analyses of Population-based Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, 2005, as published on AHRQ Web site; cites USPSTF summary of recommendations on screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm (Ann Intern Med, 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

Pediatrics
Sanders LM, Shaw JS, Guez G, et al. Health literacy and child health promotion: implications for research, clinical care, and public policy. Pediatrics 2009 Nov; 124 Suppl 3:S306-S314. [Mentions the USPSTF as one of several "national organizations that have developed guidelines for child health promotion" (incorrectly referencing the CDC-sponsored The Community Guide Web site for community preventive services).] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

New EnglandJournal of Medicine
Dworkin LD, Cooper CJ. Clinical practice. Renal-artery stenosis. N Engl J Med 2009 Nov 12; 361(20):1972-8. [Cites AHRQ systematic review of the effectiveness of management strategies for renal artery stenosis (Ann Intern Med, 2006) and mentions AHRQ publication, Comparative Effectiveness of Management Strategies for Renal Artery Stenosis: 2007 Update, as published on AHRQ Web site.]

Pediatrics
Greer FR. Defining Vitamin D deficiency in children: beyond 25-OH Vitamin D serum concentrations. Pediatrics 2009 Nov; 124(5):1471-3. [Cites AHRQ's Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Effectiveness and Safety of Vitamin D in Relation to Bone Health, 2007.]

Dalal SS, Mishra S, Agarwal R, et a. Does measuring the changes in TcB value offer better prediction of hyperbilirubinemia in healthy neonates? Pediatrics 2009 Nov; 124(5):e851-7. [Cites AHRQ's Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Management of Neonatal Hyperbilirubinemia, 2003.] Select to access the abstract.

DeWalt DA, Hink A. Health literacy and child health outcomes: a systematic review of the literature. Pediatrics 2009 Nov; 124 Suppl 3:S265-S274. [Extends through 2008 the 2004 systematic review previously performed by the authors for AHRQ, citing AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Literacy and Health Outcomes, 2004, from the RTI International-University of North Carolina Evidence-based Practice Center); cites AHRQ-funded article by Pignone et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Wolf MS, Wilson EA, Rapp DN, et al. Literacy and learning in health care. Pediatrics 2009 Nov; 124 Suppl 3:S275-S281. [Cites AHRQ systematic review of the literature on literacy and health outcomes (J Gen Intern Med, 2004); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bennett et al. (J Clin Oncol, 1998), Gerber et al. (Diabetes Care, 2005), and Pignone et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2005); cites article by Singh-Manoux, Ferrie, and Lynch (Am J Epidemiol, 2005), using study cohort data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

Yin HS, Johnson M, Mendelsohn AL, et al. The health literacy of parents in the United States: a nationally representative study. Pediatrics 2009 Nov; 124 Suppl 3:S289-S298. [Cites AHRQ's Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Literacy and Health Outcomes, 2004.] Select to access the abstract.

Rothman RL, Yin HS, Mulvaney S, et al. Health literacy and quality: focus on chronic illness care and patient safety. Pediatrics 2009 Nov; 124 Suppl 3:S315-S326. [Cites AHRQ's Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Literacy and Health Outcomes, 2004; cites AHRQ's NHQR, 2008; cites AHRQ publication, CAHPS® Surveys and Tools to Advance Patient-Centered Care, as published on AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Forrest, Simpson (former AHRQ deputy director), and Clancy (AHRQ director) (JAMA, 1997); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Schillinger et al. (JAMA, 2002), Pignone et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2005), Tsai et al. (Am J Manage Care, 2005), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

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

American Journal of Medical Quality
Guzek J, Guzek S, Murphy K, et al. Improving diabetes care using a multitiered quality improvement model. Am J Med Qual 2009 Nov-Dec; 24(6):505-11. [Cites AHRQ's NHQR, 2005, as published on AHRQ Web site.]Select to access the abstract.

Kleiner SA, Vogt WB, Gladowski P, et al. Beta-blocker compliance, mortality, and reinfarction: validation of clinical trial association using insurer claims data. Am J Med Qual 2009 Nov-Dec; 24(6):512-19. [Cites AHRQ's NHQR, 2003.] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Internal Medicine
Chen LM, Farwell WR, Jha AK. Primary care visit duration and quality: does good care take longer? Arch Intern Med 2009 Nov 9; 169(20):1866-72. [Cites AHRQ's NHQR, 2007.] Select to access the abstract.

Pediatrics
DC Baltimore Research Center on Child Health Disparities Writing Group. Starting early: a life-course perspective on child health disparities--research recommendations. Pediatrics 2009 Nov; 124 Suppl 3:S257-S261. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2007.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Academic Medicine
Pingleton SK, Horak BJ, Davis DA, et al. Is there a relationship between high-quality performance in major teaching hospitals and residents' knowledge of quality and patient safety? Acad Med 2009 Nov; 84(11):1510-15. [Uses survey that incorporates AHRQ's patient safety indicators.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Human Genetics
Talmud PJ, Drenos F, Shah S, et al. Gene-centric association signals for lipids and apolipoproteins identified via the HumanCVD BeadChip. Am J Hum Genet 2009 Nov 13; 85(5):628-42. [Uses study cohort data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Talbird SE, Brogan AJ, Winiarski AP. Oseltamivir for influenza postexposure prophylaxis: economic evaluation for children aged 1-12 years in the U.S. Am J Prev Med 2009 Nov; 37(5):381-8. [Uses HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data, citing Web site publication, Introduction to the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2004; cites AHRQ-funded article by Fine et al. (JAMA, 1996).] Select to access the abstract.

Digestive Diseases and Sciences
Sonnenberg A. Demographic characteristics of hospitalized IBD patients. Dig Dis Sci 2009 Nov; 54(11):2449-55. [Uses and cites 1997-2007 HCUP NIS data; cites AHRQ's HCUPnet.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development
Jia H, Chuang HC, Wu SS, et al. Long-term effect of home telehealth services on preventable hospitalization use. J Rehabil Res Dev 2009; 46(5):557-66. [Applies AHRQ's ambulatory care-sensitive conditions criteria to Department of Veterans Affairs inpatient databases to determine preventable hospitalization use; cites AHRQ-authored article by Basu (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships), Friedman (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organizations, and Markets), and Burstin (Med Care, 2002); cites AHRQ publications, Guide to Prevention Quality Indicators: Hospital Admission for Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions, Ver. 3.1, 2007 and Prevention Quality Indicators: Technical Specifications, Ver 3.1, 2007.] Select to access the abstract.

Pediatrics
Gallagher P, Ding L, Ham HP, et al. Development of a new patient-based measure of pediatric ambulatory care. Pediatrics 2009 Nov; 124(5):1348-54. [Uses CAHPS® data; cites AHRQ publications, National CAHPS® Benchmarking Database, CAHPS Clinician and Group Survey, and CAHPS® 2.0 Survey and Reporting Kit, 1999, all published on AHRQ Web site; cites articles by Eselius et al. (Health Serv Res, 2008), Kim, Zaslavsky, and Cleary (Med Care, 2005), Goldstein et al. (Health Care Financ Rev, 2001), and others, using CAHPS® data.] Select to access the abstract.

Spine
Bouwmeester W, van Enst A, van Tulder M. Quality of low back pain guidelines improved. Spine 2009 Nov; 34(23):2562-7. [Uses AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ to identify and track guidelines on management of low back pain.] Select to access the abstract.

Current as of November 2009
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