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August 2001, No. 252


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Feature Story

Rising medication costs prompt many rural elders to take fewer medicines and s

Pharmaceutical Research

Hispanics in their 50s are much less likely than same-age whites or blacks to take medication to control high blood pressure

Outcomes/Effectiveness Research

Angiography recommendations appear to identify patients who are likely to benefit from the procedure
Surgeon's experience and patient demographics influence the treatment and outcomes of colorectal cancer

Primary Care

Training in basic skin cancer triage can improve primary care providers' practice of skin cancer control measures
Parental assessment is a practical and reliable way to measure pediatric primary care

Health Care Delivery

Cancer screening decisions for the elderly should not be based on age alone
Physician understanding of patient expectations is critical to patient satisfaction
Doctors vary in how they resolve medical conflicts with dying patients

Children's Health

ER staff can use a brief questionnaire to identify children and adolescents who are suicidal
Doctors can do much more to encourage adolescents to not smoke or stop smoking

Nursing Research

Nurses around the world are among the least satisfied workers, and the problem is getting worse

Health Care Costs and Financing

Costs associated with asthma have increased substantially since the mid-1980s
Healthy, working-age, privately insured consumers currently may be over-insuring for medical care
Proposed antitrust exemption for physicians may alter the balance of power between doctors and health plans

HIV/AIDS Research

Targeting specific HIV-related symptoms that most diminish functioning would improve life for those with HIV disease
HIV infection is associated with a greater number of skin abnormalities among women as well as men

Agency News and Notes

AHRQ releases new evidence on proven patient safety practices
AHRQ releases 1998 and 1999 State inpatient and ambulatory surgery databases
Methods seminar scheduled for fall 2001
AHRQ unveils Nation's first all-children's hospital care research database
Robert Graham named to head AHRQ's Center for Practice and Technology Assessment


AHRQ announces new research priorities: Patient-centered care and payment and organization
AHRQ'S new quality indicators are coming
Statistics for health insurance coverage form the 2000 MEPS are now available
Attention researchers: Call for abstracts and proposals on childhood emergencies

Research Briefs

Current as of August 2001
AHRQ Publication No. 01-0045

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