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December 1999, No. 232


About Research Activities

Feature Story

Agency reauthorization passes with wide bipartisan support


Elderly/Minority Health
   Study findings call into question quality of hospital care provided to seriously ill elderly blacks

Clinical Decisionmaking
   Alternative to medication for a common type of tachycardia may improve patients' quality of life
   Patients should be involved in prostate cancer screening decisions
   Cholesterol reduction guidelines for primary prevention should complement more effective secondary prevention efforts

Outcomes/Effectiveness Research
   Certain factors indicate which patients are at risk of cardiac problems after major noncardiac surgery
   Surgeons' attitudes toward surgery are the major source of area variation in use of knee replacement surgery

Managed Care
   Many women enrolled in HMOs prefer to see an OB/GYN for routine gynecological care
   Monthly recertification of Medicaid eligibility may undermine delivery of quality health care for children
   Researchers compare expenditures for Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in two types of HMOs

Mental Health
   Financial incentives may influence health care providers' mental health treatment decisions
   New schizophrenia therapies show promise, but treatment continues to be inadequate for many patients
   New program helps local managed care practices improve depression care provided by primary care doctors

Rural Health
   Virginia rural cancer outreach program benefits patients and hospitals

HIV/AIDS Research
   Azithromycin is the most cost-effective option for preventing a common, serious infection among AIDS patients

Nursing Research
   Nurse researchers are encouraged to apply for Agency research grants

Technology Assessment
   Technology assessment provides crucial information for clinical decisionmaking

Research Methodology
   Journal supplement explores the use of qualitative methods in health services research

AHRQ News and Notes
   Agency reauthorization brings new challenges and renews a strong commitment to health services research

   AHRQ funds new projects in four areas of emphasis
   Highlights from AHRQ's Health Care Research Scholars Program

Research Briefs

Current as of December 1999
AHCPR Publication No. 00-0009

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