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June 2001, No. 250



Contents

About Research Activities

Feature Story

Medication errors are common in hospitalized children

Diabetes Research

Patients with both diabetes and other chronic conditions can still achieve good glycemic control
Researchers examine ways to improve diabetes care in different health care settings

Health Care Quality

New AHRQ-funded studies focus on quality improvement in diabetes, atrial fibrillation, and end-of-life care
Researchers develop new system for identifying successful hospital quality improvements
Consumer input is a critical component of efforts to improve the quality of behavioral health care services

Outcomes/Effectiveness Research

Hip fracture study calls for assessing patients' risks of both functional impairment and death
Waiting longer for a liver transplant increases the risk of graft failure following transplantation
Nearly one-third of stroke patients receive blood coagulation testing when the result is unlikely to influence treatment

Primary Care

Primary care doctors are more likely to refer patients with uncommon problems to specialists
Primary care doctors in California have a positive view of voluntary disease management programs

Long-term Care

New assessment scale confirms that pain is prevalent and often untreated in nursing home residents

Health Care Delivery

Community pharmacists can increase flu vaccination rates among nonelderly adults
Women prefer to see female doctors when they visit the ER, but men have no preference

Evidence-Based Medicine

Researchers examine available evidence on managing acute episodes of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Antifungal drug fluconazole found to be effective in preventing thrush in people who are HIV positive

Managed Care

Increased HMO market penetration and local access to primary care doctors can reduce hospital admissions among children

Research Methodology

AHRQ researchers explore ways to improve the accuracy and design of health care surveys

Agency News and Notes

AHRQ expands its primary care research agenda

Announcements

AHRQ funds new projects
Report on data privacy now available from AHRQ
Reprints of recent Eisenberg articles now available
Free copies of journal and reprints

Research Briefs

Current as of June 2001
AHRQ Publication No. 01-0033

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