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June 2003, No. 274


About Research Activities

Feature Story

Patient safety problems in hospitalized children are substantial

Quality Improvement/Patient Safety

Physicians have an important role to play in improving patient safety and quality of care

Clinical Decisionmaking

Chemotherapy and radiation following surgery for colorectal cancer are underused, and use varies by hospital
Diabetes education programs can help patients manage their condition, especially if they are recently diagnosed
Educating older men and women about the dangers of hypertension could increase their blood pressure control
Results of hearing tests in young children are influenced by testing technique, age group, and middle-ear fluid

Pharmaceutical Research

Patients should be assessed for risk of cardiac arrhythmia if they are prescribed certain QT-prolonging drugs
Efforts to address emerging resistance to fluoroquinolone antibiotics must consider inappropriate use in the ER

Long-term Care

Variations in hospitalization rates for nursing home residents may be due to facility and market characteristics
Defending against lawsuits may divert considerable resources from nursing home quality improvement efforts

Racial/Ethnic Disparities

Distrust of diagnosis and belief in alternative cures may partly explain blacks' lower rate of lung cancer surgery
Factors beyond insurance coverage affect racial/ethnic disparities in health care
Problems with doctor/patient communication may help to explain disparities in use of health care

Health Care Costs and Financing

Heart disease, cancer, and trauma injury top the list of the 15 most costly medical conditions in the United States
Allergic rhinitis care costs have soared in the past decade due to newer antihistamines and other medications
Researchers examine access to care and satisfaction among SSI enrollees in Tennessee's Medicaid program

Agency News and Notes

AHRQ names new Senior Advisor for Women's Health
AHRQ moves to new home


Task Force considers routine screening for dementia
New evidence reports now available

Research Briefs

Current as of June 2003
AHRQ Publication No. 03-0035

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