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The following research project grants, cooperative agreements, and conference grants were funded recently by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research. Readers are reminded that research findings usually are not available until a project is finished or nearing completion.

Research Projects/Cooperative Agreements

Access and quality of care for low-income adolescents
Project director: Elizabeth A. Shenkman, Ph.D.
Organization: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10465
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/02
First year funding: $385,067

Access to and outcomes of HIV care in the United States
Project director: Martin F. Shapiro, M.D., Ph.D.
Organization: RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10227
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/01
First year funding: $468,317

Acupuncture treatment of depression during pregnancy
Project director: Rachel Manber, Ph.D.
Organization: Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Project number: AHCPR grant HS09988
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/01
First year funding: $347,795

Analysis of fee-for-service vs. managed care CSHCN
Project director: Janet B. Zimmerman, Ph.D.
Organization: Michigan Public Health Institute, Okemos, MI
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10441
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/02
First year funding: $204,544

Automated assessments and the quality of diabetes care
Project director: John D. Piette, Ph.D.
Organization: Palo Alto Institute for Research, Palo Alto, CA
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10281
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/03
First year funding: $260,484

Cause and effect of hospital distress and closure
Project director: Richard C. Lindrooth, Ph.D.
Organization: Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10730
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/00
Funding: $123,312

Commercial telephone triage vs. physician on-call advice
Project director: Larry J. Baraff, M.D.
Organization: UCLA Emergency Medicine Center, Los Angeles, CA
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10604
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/00
Funding: $302,388

Computerized quality-of-life assessment in low-literacy patients
Project director: Elizabeth A. Hahn, M.A.
Organization: ENH Research Institute, Evanston, IL
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10333
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/01
First year funding: $332,092

Cultural relevance of a continuity of care measure
Project director: Norma C. Ware, Ph.D.
Organization: Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10335
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/01
First year funding: $202,889

Dealing with publication bias in meta-analysis
Project director: Norma C. Terrin, Ph.D.
Organization: New England Medical Center, Boston, MA
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10254
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/01
First year funding: $121,981

Detailed profile of end-of-life care in Medicare
Project director: Dorcas J. Lynn, M.D.
Organization: George Washington University, Washington, DC
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10561
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/01
First year funding: $445,557

Do urine tests increase chlamydia screening in teens?
Project director: Mary-Ann Shafer, M.D.
Organization: University of California, San Francisco, CA
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10537
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/02
First year funding: $520,154

Evaluating a decision tool for prenatal testing
Project director: Miriam Kuppermann, Ph.D.
Organization: University of California, San Francisco, CA
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10214
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/02
First year funding: $492,887

Evaluating quality improvement strategies
Project director: Charles Jay Homer, M.D.
Organization: Children's Hospital, Boston, MA
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10411
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/02
First year funding: $306,142

Evaluation of Kansas Healthwave
Project director: Robert F. St. Peter, M.D.
Organization: Kansas Health Institute, Topeka, KS
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10536
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/02
First year funding: $161,388

Evidence-based practice: From book to bedside
Project director: Marita Titler, Ph.D.
Organization: University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10482
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/02
First year funding: $518,007

Evidence-based "reminders" in home health care
Project director: Penny H. Feldman, M.D.
Organization: State University of New York, New York, NY
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10542
Project period: 9/30/99 to 3/30/02
First year funding: $354,276

Evidence-based surfactant therapy for preterm infants
Project director: Jeffrey D. Horbar, M.D.
Organization: University of Vermont College, Burlington, VT
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10528
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/02
First year funding: $570,955

Facility effects on racial differences in nursing home quality
Project director: Mary L. Fennell, Ph.D.
Organization: Brown University, Providence, RI
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10322
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/01
First year funding: $267,079

Health care access quality and insurance for CSHCN
Project director: Nancy L. Swigonski, M.D.
Organization: Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10453
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/02
First year funding: $388,351

Health outcomes for uninsured older adults
Project director: David W. Baker, M.D.
Organization: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10283
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/01
First year funding: $138,950

Hospital industry restructuring: Impact on safety net
Project director: Larry M. Manheim, Ph.D.
Organization: Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10040
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/01
First year funding: $211,455

Hospital performance and beta-blocker use after AMI
Project director: Harlan M. Krumholz, M.D.
Organization: Yale University, New Haven, CT
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10407
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/02
First year funding: $416,489

Identification of clinically relevant changes in health-related quality of life
Project director: Fredric D. Wolinsky, Ph.D.
Organization: Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10234
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/03
First year funding: $735,360

Impact of publicly funded programs on child safety nets
Project director: Peter P. Budetti, J.D., M.D.
Organization: Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10423
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/02
First year funding: $330,874

Impact of a telecommunication system in childhood asthma
Project director: Robert H. Friedman, M.D.
Organization: Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10630
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/03
First year funding: $635,427

Implementation of computer-based health support systems
Project director: David H. Gustafson, Ph.D.
Organization: University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10246
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/03
First year funding: $568,920

Improving diabetes care collaboratively in the community
Project director: Marshall H. Chin, M.D., M.P.H.
Organization: University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10479
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/02
First year funding: $428,176

Improving heart failure care in minority communities
Project director: Jane E. Sisk, Ph.D.
Organization: Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10402
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/02
First year funding: $696,691

Inguinal hernia management: Watchful waiting vs. operation
Project director: Robert J. Fitzgibbons, M.D.
Organization: American College of Surgeons, Chicago, IL
Project number: AHCPR grant HS09860
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/04
First year funding: $1,355,621

Measuring patient satisfaction: Low-literacy populations
Project director: Judy Shea, Ph.D.
Organization: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10299
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/02
First year funding: $392,072

Measuring quality of care for diabetes
Project director: Jack Needleman, Ph.D.
Organization: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10332
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/01
First year funding: $266,633

Measuring quality of care for high-risk infants
Project director: Jeannette A. Rogowski, Ph.D.
Organization: RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10328
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/02
First year funding: $368,235

Measuring quality of care for vulnerable children
Project director: Michael Seid, M.D.
Organization: Children's Hospital Research Center, San Diego, CA
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10317
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/01
First year funding: $464,594

Medicaid vs. premium subsidy: Oregon's SCHIP alternatives
Project director: Janet B. Mitchell, Ph.D.
Organization: Center for Health Economics Research, Waltham, MA
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10463
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/02
First year funding: $176,378

Medical outcomes in the pricing of hospital procedures
Project director: Avi Dor, Ph.D.
Organization: National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10282
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/02
First year funding: $174,758

New York's SSCHIP: What works for vulnerable children?
Project director: Peter Szilagyi, M.D.
Organization: Rochester University, Rochester, NY
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10450
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/02
First year funding: $478,512

Nursing home care at the end of life: Cost and quality
Project director: Vincent Mor, Ph.D.
Organization: Brown University, Providence, RI
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10549
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/01
First year funding: $313,772

Organizational determinants of HIV care improvement
Project director: Paul D. Cleary, M.D., Ph.D.
Organization: Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10408
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/02
First year funding: $846,888

Panel-based pain management in primary care
Project director: Tim A. Ahles, Ph.D.
Organization: Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10264
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/02
First year funding: $590,896

Patient-centered quality measure for Asian-Americans
Project director: Russell S. Phillips, M.D.
Organization: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10316
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/02
First year funding: $334,420

Patient preferences for disclosure: A national survey
Project director: Wendy Levinson, M.D.
Organization: University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Project number: AHCPR grant HS09982
Project period: 9/15/99 to 8/31/03
First year funding: $393,982

Pediatric emergency care: Severity and quality
Project director: Murray M. Pollack, M.D.
Organization: Children's Research Institute, Washington, DC
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10238
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/01
First year funding: $425,733

Persons with disabilities: Quality of care/service use
Project director: Lisa I. Iezzoni, M.D.
Organization: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10223
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/02
First year funding: $299,716

Practice profiling to increase tobacco cessation
Project director: Susan H. Swartz, M.D.
Organization: Maine Medical Assessment Foundation, Manchester, ME
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10510
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/02
First year funding: $188,636

Prescription benefits as a quality measure
Project director: Barry G. Saver, M.D.
Organization: University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10318
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/01
First year funding: $371,244

Provider participation and access in Alabama and Georgia
Project director: Janet M. Bronstein, Ph.D.
Organization: University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10435
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/02
First year funding: $475,188

Quality measurement in residential care
Project director: Catherine M. Hawes, Ph.D.
Organization: Menorah Park Center for the Aging, Beachwood, OH
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10315
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/02
First year funding: $254,319

Quality measures for severe/persistent mental illness
Project director: Richard C. Hermann, M.D.
Organization: Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10303
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/01
First year funding: $256,612

Quality of hypertension care for Asian refugees
Project director: Candice C. Wong, Ph.D.
Organization: University of California, San Francisco, CA
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10276
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/01
First year funding: $243,362

Reducing antimicrobial resistance: A randomized trial
Project director: Richard Platt, M.D., Ph.D.
Organization: Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Boston, MA
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10247
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/04
First year funding: $624,719

Strategies for CQI: A national randomized trial
Project director: T.B. Ferguson, M.D.
Organization: Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Chicago, IL
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10403
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/02
First year funding: $469,662

Using census data to monitor care to vulnerable groups
Project director: Kevin Fiscella, M.D.
Organization: Highland Hospital, Rochester, NY
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10295
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/01
First year funding: $112,359

Small Grants

Automated telephone preoperative assessment development
Project director: David J. Mingay, Ph.D.
Organization: University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10361
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/00
Funding: $75,500

Cancer patients' attitudes toward cancer trials
Project director: Peggy A. Schuber, M.S.N.
Organization: University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10583
Project period: 9/30/99 to 11/30/00
Funding: $32,296

Computer-based documentation and provider interaction
Project director: Kevin B. Johnson, M.D.
Organization: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10363
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/00
Funding: $82,000

Cultural competence in acute hospital systems
Project director: Iris Garcia-Caban, B.S.
Organization: Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10567
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/00
Funding: $32,400

Domestic violence assessment and intervention
Project director: Jacqueline Dienemann, Ph.D.
Organization: Georgetown University School of Nursing, Washington, DC
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10731
Project period: 9/30/99 to 3/30/01
Funding: $77,007

Dynamic stochastic model of investment in health
Project director: Ahmed Khwaja, M.A.
Organization: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10574
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/00
Funding: $31,155

ED triage instrument to predict resource needs/outcomes
Project director: Richard C. Wuerz, M.D.
Organization: Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10381
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/00
Funding: $84,733

Evaluation of safety data reporting in randomized trials
Project director: Joseph Lau, M.D.
Organization: New England Medical Center, Boston, MA
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10345
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/00
Funding: $78,930

Health implications of welfare-to-work for women
Project director: Shawn M. Kneipp, Ph.D.
Organization: University of Florida College of Nursing, Gainesville, FL
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10727
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/00
Funding: $26,432

Health-related quality of life issues in dialysis
Project director: Michael Trisolini, M.B.A.
Organization: Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10580
Project period: 9/30/99 to 7/30/00
Funding: $32,400

Health utilities in hepatitis C-infected patients
Project director: Kenneth Sherman, Ph.D.
Organization: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10366
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/00
Funding: $76,072

Hospital profiling of maternity length of stay
Project director: Denise Giles, M.P.H.
Organization: University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10569
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/00
Funding: $32,400

Household demand for employer-based health insurance
Project director: Jean Abraham, B.A.
Organization: Carnegie Melon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10572
Project period: 9/30/99 to 1/31/01
Funding: $32,400

Impact of clinical pathways for rehabilitation care
Project director: Deborah G. Dobrez, Ph.D.
Organization: Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10375
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/00
Funding: $73,482

Implementing family programs in psychiatric settings
Project director: Linda E. Rose, Ph.D.
Organization: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10378
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/00
Funding: $82,000

Meanings of race, class, and gender in heart disease
Project director: Janet K. Shim, M.P.P.
Organization: University of California, San Francisco, CA
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10582
Project period: 9/30/99 to 2/28/01
Funding: $31,096

Quality health outcomes: Satisfaction and adherence
Project director: Doris C. Vahey, M.A.
Organization: University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10581
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/00
Funding: $32,239

Quality information-consumer preference for health plans
Project director: Katherine M. Harris, Ph.D.
Organization: RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10367
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/00
Funding: $61,817

Seeking and denying antibiotic treatment in pediatrics
Project director: Tanya J. Stivers, M.A.
Organization: University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10577
Project period: 9/30/99 to 8/31/00
Funding: $32,036

Spanish health messages: Are they reaching their target?
Project director: Holly E. Jacobson, Ph.D.
Organization: University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10562
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/00
Funding: $32,160

"Take-up rates": Who declines employer health insurance?
Project director: Catherine Desroches, M.S.
Organization: Columbia University, New York, NY
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10576
Project period: 9/30/99 to 1/31/00
Funding: $19,926

Trial of two decision aids for colon cancer screening
Project director: James G. Dolan, M.D.
Organization: Unity Health System, Rochester, NY
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10728
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/00
Funding: $52,409

Use of erythropoietin: A survey of ASCO and ASH
Project director: Charles Bennett, M.D., Ph.D.
Organization: Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10370
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/00
Funding: $57,530

Primary care fellowship evaluation
Project director: Diane Brannon, Ph.D.
Organization: Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10714
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/00
Funding: $67,775

Psychosocial interventions for metastatic breast cancer
Project director: Ruvanee Pietersz, M.A.
Organization: University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10565
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/00
Funding: $31,579

Conference Grants

Developing a Latino health agenda for 2010
Project director: Hector Balcazar, Ph.D.
Organization: Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10079
Project period: 9/30/99 to 9/29/00
Funding: $19,200

Managing healthcare information
Project director: Kathleen Gersowitz, M.B.A.
Organization: State University of New York, Albany, NY
Project number: AHCPR grant HS10078
Project period: 9/15/99 to 2/15/00
Funding: $10,000

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