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Commentary: Not About Us Without Us

Articles of Interest: November 27, 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 Academic Medicine
Casale CR, Clancy CM. Commentary: Not about us without us. Acad Med 2009 Oct; 84(10):1333-1335. [First author is senior advisor for minority health in AHRQ's Office of Extramural Research, Education, and Priority Populations and second author is AHRQ director; summarizes findings from AHRQ's National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2008, and discusses community-based participatory research (CBPR) implementation as described in AHRQ publication Community-Based Participatory Research: Assessing the Evidence, 2004.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Managed Care
Hellinger FJ. The effect of certificate-of-need laws on hospital beds and healthcare expenditures: an empirical analysis. Am J Manag Care 2009 Oct; 15(10):737-44. [Author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets.] Select to access the abstract.

Yoon J, Ettner SL. Cost-sharing and adherence to antihypertensives for low and high adherers. Am J Manag Care 2009 Nov; 15(11):833-40. [Supported in part by grant 1 R36 HS16815-01.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Public Health
Alley DE, Soldo BJ, Pagán JA, et al. Material resources and population health: disadvantages in health care, housing, and food among adults over 50 years of age. Am J Public Health 2009 Nov; 99 Suppl 3:S693-S701. [Supported in part by grant R24 HS17003 (to third author); cites article by Marmot and Shipley (BMJ, 1996), using study cohort data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Surgery
Argo JL, Vick CC, Graham LA, et al. Elective surgical case cancellation in the Veterans Health Administration system: identifying areas for improvement. Am J Surg 2009 Nov; 198(5):600-6. [Supported in part by grant 5 T32 HS13852.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
Tsai CL, Rowe BH, Sullivan AF, et al. Factors associated with delayed use or nonuse of systemic corticosteroids in emergency department patients with acute asthma. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 2009 Oct; 103(4):318-24. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS13099.] Select to access the abstract.

Cohen JL, Mann DM, Wisnivesky JP, et al. Assessing the validity of self-reported medication adherence among inner-city asthmatic adults: the Medication Adherence Report Scale for Asthma. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 2009 Oct; 103(4):325-31. [Supported in part by grants HS13312 and HS09973.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Emergency Medicine
Wang HE, Simeone SJ, Weaver MD, et al. Interruptions in cardiopulmonary resuscitation from paramedic endotracheal intubation. Ann Emerg Med 2009 Nov; 54(5):645-52.e1. [Supported in part by Clinical Scientist Development Award grant K08 HS13628 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Internal Medicine
Carter BL, Ardery G, Dawson JD, James PA, Bergus GR, Doucette WR, Chrischilles EA, et al. Physician and pharmacist collaboration to improve blood pressure control. Arch Intern Med 2009 Nov 23; 169(21):1996-2002. [Supported in part by grant 5 U18 HS16094 (to first, sixth, and seventh authors.] Select to access the abstract.

Breastfeeding Medicine
Meyers D. Breastfeeding and health outcomes. Breastfeed Med 2009 Oct; 4 Suppl 1:S13-S15. [Author is director of AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships; summarizes and discusses findings from AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Breastfeeding and Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes in Developed Countries, 2007 (from the Tufts-New England Evidence-based Practice Center) and mentions a second review on breastfeeding conducted by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force; editorial note mentions publication of associated article by Ip et al., cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.]

Cancer
Hardy D, Xia R, Liu CC, et al. Racial disparities and survival for nonsmall-cell lung cancer in a large cohort of black and white elderly patients. Cancer 2009 Oct 15; 115(20):4807-18. [Supported by grant R01 HS16743.] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Pediatrics
Oreskovic NM, Winickoff JP, Kuhlthau KA, et al. Obesity and the built environment among Massachusetts children. Clin Pediatr 2009 Nov; 48(9):904-12. [Supported by grant HS00063-13 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Emerging Infectious Diseases
Winthrop KL, Chang E, Yamashita S, et al. Nontuberculous mycobacteria infections and anti-tumor necrosis factor-alpha therapy. Emerg Infect Dis 2009 Oct; 15(10):1556-61. [Supported in part by grant 1 K08 HS17552-01 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Health Affairs
Pizer SD, Frakt AB, Iezzoni LI. Uninsured adults with chronic conditions or disabilities: gaps in public insurance programs. Health Aff 2009 Nov-Dec; 28(6):w1141-w1150. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS15941-01; uses 2000-2005 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey data, citing 1996-2005 MEPS Web site and AHRQ publication Design and Methods of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, MEPS Methodology Report No 1, 1997.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Care Management Review
Singer SJ, Falwell A, Gaba DM, et al. Identifying organizational cultures that promote patient safety. Health Care Manage Rev 2009 Oct-Dec; 34(4):300-11. [Supported by grant R01 HS13920; uses AHRQ patient safety indicators to measure rates of safety events for sample hospitals.] Select to access the abstract.

Health and Social Work
Silverman M, LaPerriere K, Haukoos JS. Rapid HIV testing in an urban emergency department: using social workers to affect risk behaviors and overcome barriers. Health Soc Work 2009 Nov; 34(4):305-8. [Supported in part by grant K02 HS17526.]

Genetics in Medicine
Khoury MJ, Rich EC, Randhawa G, et al. Comparative effectiveness research and genomic medicine: an evolving partnership for 21st century medicine. Genet Med 2009 Oct; 11(10):707-11. [Third author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence; discusses designations and characteristics of "practical" clinical trials, citing AHRQ-authored article by Tunis, Stryer, and Clancy (JAMA, 2003); cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, HER2 Testing to Manage Patients with Breast or Other Solid Tumors, 2008 (as published on AHRQ Web site), and AHRQ publications Infrastructure to Monitor Utilization and Outcomes for Gene-based Technologies, 2008, Computer-based Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Tools for Gene-based Tests Used in Breast Cancer, 2008, Distributed Network for Ambulatory Research in Therapeutics (DARTNet), 2009, and Developing a Distributed Research Network to Conduct Population-based Studies and Safety Surveillance, 2009, all published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site; cites USPSTF Web site; notes the oversight and use of applicable AHRQ EPC evidence reviews as the basis of recommendations by the CDC-sponsored Evaluation of Genomic Applications in Practice and Prevention (EGAPP) Working Group and EGAPP's adaptation of evaluation methodologies from the USPSTF and other entities.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Kawamoto K, Honey A, Rubin K. The HL7-OMG Healthcare Services Specification Project: motivation, methodology, and deliverables for enabling a semantically interoperable service-oriented architecture for healthcare. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2009 Nov-Dec; 16(6):874-81. [Supported in part by grants R01 HS10472, R01 HS15057, and R03 HS10814 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Hospital Medicine
Mazotti LA, Vidyarthi AR, Wachter RM, Auerbach AP, et al. Impact of duty-hour restriction on resident inpatient teaching. J Hosp Med 2009 Oct; 4(8):476-80. [Supported by Patient Safety Research and Training grant K08 HS11416-02 (to fourth author).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing
Lightdale JR, Mahoney LB, Fredette ME, et al. Nurse reports of adverse events during sedation procedures at a pediatric hospital. J Perianesth Nurs 2009 Oct; 24(5):300-6. [Supported by Career Development Award grant K08 HS13675-02 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care Research and Review
Rivard PE, Elixhauser A, Christiansen CL, Zhao S, Rosen AK. Testing the association between patient safety indicators and hospital structural characteristics in VA and nonfederal hospitals. Med Care Res Rev 2009 Oct 30; [Epub ahead of print. Second author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets; supported by AHRQ under Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) grant IIR-02-144-1 (last author is principal investigator); uses AHRQ patient safety indicators, citing patient safety indicators SAS software documentation and AHRQ publications Guide to Patient Safety Indicators, 2005, and AHRQ Quality Indicators Patient Safety Indicator Composite Measure Draft Technical Report, all published on AHRQ Web site; uses 2003 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data, citing 2005 NIS database documentation and AHRQ publication HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) Comparison Report, HCUP Methods Series Report No. 2006-09, as published on AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ publication Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation, Vol. 2, 2005, and several AHRQ-funded/authored articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Movement Disorders
Dore DD, Trivedi AN, Mor V, et al. Atypical antipsychotic use and risk of fracture in persons with Parkinsonism. Mov Disord 2009 Oct 15; 24(13):1941-8. [Supported by grant 5 T32 HS00011-21 (third author is principal investigator).] Select to access the abstract.

Radiology
Gallagher TH, Cook AJ, Brenner RJ, et al. Disclosing harmful mammography errors to patients. Radiology 2009 Nov; 253(2):443-52. [Supported in part by grant HS10591. Also go to the AHRQ-sponsored updated summary of the AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Breastfeeding and Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes in Developed Countries, 2007 by Ip et al. (Breastfeed Med, 2009), cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

Archives of General Psychiatry
Piper ME, Smith SS, Schlam TR, et al. A randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial of 5 smoking cessation pharmacotherapies. Arch Gen Psychiatry 2009 Nov; 66(11):1253-62. [Cites PHS-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Internal Medicine
Lipton HL. Home is where the health is: advancing team-based care in chronic disease management. Arch Intern Med 2009 Nov 23; 169(21):1945-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Walsh et al. (Med Care, 2006).]

Law MR, Soumerai SB, Adams AS, et al. Costs and consequences of direct-to-consumer advertising for clopidogrel in Medicaid. Arch Intern Med 2009 Nov 23; 169(21):1969-74. [Notes that second and third authors are investigators in the HMO Research Network Center for Education and Research in Therapeutics (CERTs), supported by grant 2 U18 HS10391, and that second author conducted "a previous study of prior authorization of medications for schizophrenia" supported by AHRQ, CERTs, and the HMO Research Network CERTs; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Fischer et al. (N Engl J Med, 2004), Almasi et al. (PLoS Med, 2006), Roughead et al. (Med Care, 2006), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Woloshin S, Schwartz LM. Bringing the FDA's information to market. Arch Intern Med 2009 Nov 23; 169(21):1985-7. [Comments on article by Law et al. cited above.]

Ma J, Berra K, Haskell WL, et al. Case management to reduce risk of cardiovascular disease in a county health care system. Arch Intern Med 2009 Nov 23; 169(21):1988-95. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Sisk et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Weppner WG, Hollon MF, Chew LD, et al. Direct-to-consumer offers for free and discounted medications on the internet: a content analysis of "e-samples". Arch Intern Med 2009 Nov 23; 169(21):2024-30. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Huskamp et al. (Pharmocoeconomics, 2008).]

British Medical Journal
Lavigne JE. Smoking cessation agents and suicide. BMJ 2009 Nov 7; 339(7729):1042-3. [Cites PHS-sponsored Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008, as published on AHRQ Web site.]

Jackson GP, Tarpley JL. How long does it take to train a surgeon? BMJ 2009 Nov 7; 339(7729):1062-4. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Poulose et al. (Ann Surg, 2005).]

Canadian Medical Association Journal
Kaplan AG, Balter MS, Bell AD, et al. Diagnosis of asthma in adults. CMAJ 2009 Nov 10; 181(10):E210-20. [Cites PHS-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008.]

Circulation
Eikelboom JW, Quinlan DJ, O'Donnell M. Major bleeding, mortality, and efficacy of fondaparinux in venous thromboembolism prevention trials. Circulation 2009 Nov 17; 120(20):2006-11. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Zhan (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence) and Miller (JAMA, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Evaluation and the Health Professions
Bausell RB. Are positive alternative medical therapy trials credible? Evidence from four high-impact medical journals. Eval Health Prof 2009 Dec; 32(4):349-69. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Cherkin et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2001).]

O'Connell NE, Wand BM, Goldacre B. Interpretive bias in acupuncture research?: a case study. Eval Health Prof 2009 Dec; 32(4):393-409. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Cherkin et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2001).] Select to access the abstract.

Wider B, Boddy K. Conducting systematic reviews of complementary and alternative medicine: common pitfalls. Eval Health Prof 2009 Dec; 32(4):417-30. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Shekelle et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Family Medicine
Bailey SC, Pandit AU, Yin S, et al. Predictors of misunderstanding pediatric liquid medication instructions. Fam Med 2009 Nov-Dec; 41(10):715-21. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Altman, Clancy (AHRQ director), and Blendon (N Engl J Med, 2004); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bates et al. (JAMA, 1997), Gurwitz et al. (Am J Med, 2005), Kaushal et al. (Ambul Pediatr, 2007), and Zandieh et al. (J Pediatr, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Kunins HV, Sohler NL, Roose RJ, et al. HIV provider endorsement of primary care buprenorphine treatment: a vignette study. Fam Med 2009 Nov-Dec; 41(10):722-8. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Fleishman (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) et al. (Med Care, 2005) and AHRQ-funded article by Shapiro et al. (JAMA, 1999) from AHRQ's HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS).] Select to access the abstract.

Hospitals and Health Networks
Aston G. Comparative effectiveness: why does it matter to you? Hosp Health Netw 2009 Nov; 83(11):22-5. [Outlines AHRQ's operative plan for use of $300 million in comparative effectiveness research (CER) funding, citing AHRQ's Operating Plan for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds for Comparative Effectiveness Research, 2009; quotes remarks by Jean R. Slutsky (director of AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence) regarding AHRQ's emphasis on hospital participation; includes in side-bar sections a list of the 14 priority conditions upon which AHRQ's CER will focus and a recommendation for hospitals to nominate CER topics on the "Get Involved" section of AHRQ's Effective Health Care Web site.]

JAMA
Kumbhani DJ, Cannon CP, Fonarow GC, et al. Association of hospital primary angioplasty volume in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction with quality and outcomes. JAMA 2009 Nov 25; 302(20):2207-13. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Canto et al. (N Engl J Med, 2000), Birkmeyer et al. (N Engl J Med, 2002), and Epstein et al. (J Am Coll Cardiol, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Unertl KM, Weinger MB, Johnson KB, et al. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2009 Nov-Dec; 16(6):826-36. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Glasgow et al. (Diabetes Care, 2005) and Sequist et al. (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Bakken S, Ruland CM. Translating clinical informatics interventions into routine clinical care: how can the RE-AIM framework help? J Am Med Inform Assoc 2009 Nov-Dec; 16(6):889-97. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Glasgow, Lichtenstein, and Marcus (Am J Public Health, 2003); cites AHRQ-authored article by Tunis, Stryer, and Clancy (AHRQ director) (JAMA, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Women's Health
Godfrey JR, Warshaw GA. Toward optimal health: considering the enhanced healthcare needs of women caregivers. J Womens Health 2009 Nov; 18(11):1739-42. [Recommends AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ as a source of evidence-based guidelines on "caregiver assessment, caregiver depression, and depression in older adults with dementia".]

Thind A, Diamant A, Hoq L, et al. Method of detection of breast cancer in low-income women. J Womens Health 2009 Nov;18(11):1807-11. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Mandelblatt et al. (Prev Med, 1999).] Select to access the abstract.

Science
Marshall E. Science and the stimulus: medicine under the microscope. Science 2009 Nov 27; 326(5957):1183-5. [Discusses plans by AHRQ and NIH to spend funds allocated for comparative effectiveness research under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and notes that the House health care reform bill relies on AHRQ "to set research policies, with input from advisors."]

Social Science and Medicine
Baron-Epel O, Kaplan G. Can subjective and objective socioeconomic status explain minority health disparities in Israel? Soc Sci Med 2009 Nov; 69(10):1460-7. [Cites articles by Adler et al. (Soc Sci Med, 2008) and Singh-Manoux, Adler, and Marmot (Soc Sci Med, 2003 and Psychosom Med, 2005), using study cohort data from Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

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

American Family Physician
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for congenital hypothyroidism: reaffirmation recommendation statement. 2009 Nov 15: Online. [Reaffirms USPSTF recommendations for screening for congenital hypothyroidism first published in 1996 and updated in 2006.]

CME quiz.Am Fam Physician 2009 Nov 15; 80(10):1063-6. [Includes two study questions based on USPSTF recommendation statement on screening for type 2 diabetes mellitus in adults, cited below.]

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for type 2 diabetes mellitus in adults: recommendation statement. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations on screening for type 2 diabetes mellitus in adults.]

Lin KW, Chang C. Screening for type 2 diabetes mellitus in adults. Am Fam Physician 2009 Nov 15; 80(10):1141. [First author is a medical officer in AHRQ's Center for Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships; presents case study based on USPSTF recommendation statement on screening for type 2 diabetes mellitus in adults cited above.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Simonsick EM, Newman AB, Ferrucci L, et al. Subclinical hypothyroidism and functional mobility in older adults. Arch Intern Med 2009 Nov 23; 169(21):2011-17. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored summary of the evidence on screening for subclinical thyroid dysfunction in nonpregnant adults (Ann Intern Med, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Drug Topics
Haines S, Sims LM. Metabolic syndrome throughout the life cycle. Drug Topics 2009 Oct; 153(10):66-74. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement on screening and interventions for overweight in children and adolescents (Pediatrics, 2005).]

Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
Clinical watch. Major depression: screening and treatment. JAAPA 2009 Nov; 22(11):18-19. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored systematic evidence review on screening for child and adolescent depression in primary care settings (Pediatrics, 2009); cites USPSTF-sponsored summary of the evidence on screening for depression in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

Kole LA. Quick recertification series: lipid disorders. JAAPA 2009 Nov; 22(11):54-5. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for lipid disorders in adults, 2008.]

Journal of Women's Health
Nelson W, Moser RP, Gaffey A, et al. Adherence to cervical cancer screening guidelines for U.S. women aged 25-64: data from the 2005 Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS). J Womens Health 2009 Nov; 18(11):1759-68. [Assesses adherence to USPSTF recommendations for cervical cancer screening for women 18-24 years of age, citing USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Cervical Cancer, 2003, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Urology
Albertsen PC. The unintended burden of increased prostate cancer detection associated with prostate cancer screening and diagnosis. Urology 2009 Nov 19; [Epub ahead of print. Cites USPSTF recommendation statement on screening for prostate cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Breastfeeding Medicine
Ip S, Chung M, Raman G, et al. A summary of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's evidence report on breastfeeding in developed countries. Breastfeed Med 2009 Oct; 4 Suppl 1:S17-S30. [Supported by contract 290-02-0022 (to Tufts Medical Center Evidence-based Practice Center); summarizes and cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Breastfeeding and Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes in Developed Countries, 2007; cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on interventions in primary care to promote breastfeeding (Ann Intern Med, 2008.]

Canadian Journal of Public Health
Kehler HL, Chaput KH, Tough SC. Risks factors for cessation of breastfeeding prior to six months postpartum among a community sample of women in Calgary, Alberta. Can J Public Health 2009 Sep-Oct; 100(5):376-80. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Breastfeeding and Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes in Developed Countries, 2007 (as prepared by Tufts-New England Medical Center Evidence-based Practice Center).]

Heymann J, Kramer MS. Public policy and breast-feeding: a straightforward and significant solution. Can J Public Health 2009 Sep-Oct; 100(5):381-3. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Breastfeeding and Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes in Developed Countries, 2007.]

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
van Doormaal JE, van den Bemt PM, Zaal RJ, et al. The influence that electronic prescribing has on medication errors and preventable adverse drug events: an interrupted time-series study. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2009 Nov-Dec; 16(6):816-25. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Chaudhry et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006) from the Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center; cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Kaushal, Shojania, and Bates (Ann Intern Med, 2003) under contract to the UCSF-Stanford Evidence-based Practice Center; cites AHRQ-funded article by Bates et al. (JAMA, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Mnatsakanyan ZR, Burkom HS, Coberly JS, et al. Bayesian information fusion networks for biosurveillance applications. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2009 Nov-Dec; 16(6):855-63. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response: Use of Information Technologies and Decision Support Systems, 2002; cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Bravata et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2004) from the UCSF-Stanford Evidence-based Practice Center.]

Science
Marder J. Science and the stimulus: a user's guide to cancer treatment.Science 2009 Nov 27; 326(5957):1184. [Reviews methods used for and findings from the AHRQ-sponsored Comparative Effectiveness Report, Comparatiive Effectiveness of Therapies for Clinically Localized Prostate Cancer, 2008, prepared by the Minnesota Evidence-based Practice Center; quotes remarks by William Lawrence and Jean Slutsky (researcher in and director of, respectively, AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence); notes that over 15,000 copies of AHRQ's clinician and patient summaries of the review were ordered, but that some clinicians and researchers see the review as having limited usefulness in guiding treatment decisions.]

Simulation in Healthcare
Griswold-Theodorson S, Hannan H, Handly N, et al. Improving patent safety with ultrasonography guidance during internal jugular central venous catheter placement by novice practitioners. Simul Healthc 2009 Winter; 4(4):212-16. [Mentions in head paragraph recommendations regarding use of ultrasonography for central venous catheter placement from AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Healthcare Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001.]

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

Health Matrix
Rothstein MA, Cai Y, Marchant GE. The ghost in our genes: legal and ethical implications of epigenetics. Health Matrix 2009 Winter; 19(1):1-62. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2006. Also go to article by Casale and Clancy (Acad Med, 2009) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles ]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Rodriguez HP, von Glahn T, Elliott MN, et al. The effect of performance-based financial incentives on improving patient care experiences: a statewide evaluation. J Gen Intern Med 2009 Oct 14 [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2003-2006 clinician and group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) data, citing AHRQ's co-sponsored submission to National Quality Forum CAHPS® Clinician and Group Survey, and article by Elliott et al. (Health Serv Res, 2009), using CAHPS® data.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the National Medical Association
Cram P, Bayman L, Popescu I, et al. Racial disparities in revascularization rates among patients with similar insurance coverage. J Natl Med Assoc 2009 Nov; 101(11):1132-9. [Uses and cites 2000-2005 HCUP State Inpatient Databases (SID) data for Arizona, California, Florida, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, and Wisconsin; uses and cites AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998] cites articles by Southern et al. (Med Care, 2004) and Quan et al. (Med Care, 2005), using AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures.]

Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Gimeno D, Elovainio M, Jokela M, et al. Association between passive jobs and low levels of leisure-time physical activity: the Whitehall II cohort study. Occup Environ Med 2009 Nov; 66(11):772-6. [Uses study cohort data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

Social Sciences and Medicine
Sekine M, Chandola T, Martikainen P, et al. Socioeconomic inequalities in physical and mental functioning of British, Finnish, and Japanese civil servants: role of job demand, control, and work hours. Soc Sci Med 2009 Nov; 69(10):1417-25. [Uses study cohort data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

Tennessee Medicine
Chang CF, Herrod HG, Steinberg SS. Prevalence and costs of acute and chronic potentially avoidable pediatric hospitalizations in Tennessee. Tenn Med 2009 Nov; 102(11):35-9. [Uses 2007 AHRQ revised definitions for pediatric quality indicators as reported in AHRQ publication Measures of Pediatric Health Care Quality Based on Hospital Administrative Data, The Pediatric Quality Indicators, Ver. 3.1, 2007, and cites associated publications AHRQ Quality Indicators—Prevention Quality Indicators: Technical Specifications 3.2, 2008, and AHRQ Quality Indicators-Guide to Prevention Quality Indicators: Hospital Admission for Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions, 2004; uses HCUP Kids Inpatient Database (KID) for 2003; cites AHRQ-authored article by Basu, Friedman, and Burstin (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships, Center for Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, and former AHRQ center director, respectively), (J Health Care Poor Underserved, 2006); cites article by Laditka, Laditka, and Mastanduno (Soc Sci Med, 2003), using HCUP NIS data. Also go to articles by Pizer, Frakt, and Iezzoni (Health Aff, 2009) using MEPS data and by Rivard et al. (Med Care Res Rev, 2009) using HCUP NIS data, both cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Current as of November 2009
Internet Citation: Commentary: Not About Us Without Us : Articles of Interest: November 27, 2009. November 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://archive.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/112709.html

 

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