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January 5, 2007

This weekly compilation of articles appearing in recently released journals and newsletters includes:

  • Articles funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) or authored by AHRQ researchers.
  • Articles mentioning or discussing AHRQ staff, activities, and publications/products.
  • Articles related to AHRQ-funded Evidence-based Practice Centers.
  • Articles related to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force or Put Prevention into Practice program.
  • Articles mentioning the National Healthcare Disparities Report and National Healthcare Quality Report.
  • Other research using AHRQ data or products.

AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles

American Heart Journal
Cowper PA, DeLong ER, Hannan EL, et al. Trends in postoperative length of stay after bypass surgery. Am Heart J 2006 Dec; 152(6);1194-200. [Supported by grant R01 HS10279.]

American Journal of Clinical Pathology
Raab SS, Stone CH, Wojcik EM, et al. Use of a new method in reaching consensus on the cause of cytologic-histologic correlation discrepancy. Am J Clin Pathol 2006 Dec; 126(6):836-42. [Supported by grant HS13321-01.]

Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Cowper PA, DeLong ER, Hannan EL, et al. Is early too early? Effect of shorter stays after bypass surgery. Ann Thor Surg 2007 Jan; 83(1);100-7. [Supported by grant R01 HS10279.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
L:inder JA, Chan JC, Bates DW. Evaluation and treatment of pharyngitis in primary care practice: the difference between guidelines is largely academic. Arch Intern Med 2006 Jul 10; 166(13):1374-9. [Supported by grants R03 HS014420 and K08 HS014563.]

Behavioral Medicine
Cohen-Mansfield J, Lipson S. To hospitalize or not to hospitalize? That is the question: an analysis of decision making in the nursing home. Behav Med 2006 Summer; 32(2):63-70. [Supported by grant HS09833-01.]

Clinical Infectious Diseases
Kushel MB, Colfax G, Ragland K, et al. Case management is associated with improved antiretroviral adherence and CD4+ cell counts in homeless and marginally housed individuals with HIV infection. Clin Infect Dis 2006 Jul 15;43(2):234-42. [Supported by grant K08 HS11415.]

Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Lipworth AD, Hyle EP, Fishman NO, et al. Limiting the emergence of extended-spectrum Beta-lactamase-producing enterobacteriaceae: influence of patient population characteristics on the response to antimicrobial formulary interventions. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2006 Mar; 27(3):279-86. [Supported by grant U18 HS10399.]

Binkley S, Fishman NO, LaRosa LA, et al. Comparison of unit-specific and hospital-wide antibiograms: potential implications for selection of empirical antimicrobial therapy. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2006 Jul; 27(7):682-7. [Supported by grant U18 HS10399.]

Linkin DR, Paris S, Fishman NO. Inaccurate communication in telephone calls to an antimicrobial stewardship program. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2006 Jul; 27(7):688-94. [Supported by grant U18 HS10399.]

Lautenbach E, Weiner MG, Nachamkin I, et al. Imipenem resistance among pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates; risk factors for infection and impact of resistance on clinical and economic outcomes. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2006 Sep;27(9):893-900. [Supported by grant U18 HS10399.]

Pine M, Jordan HS, Elixhauser A, et al. Enhancement of claims data to improve risk adjustment of hospital mortality. JAMA 2007 Jan 3; 297(1):71-6. [Supported by contract 233-02-0088, task order 3; third author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets; uses AHRQ's Inpatient Quality Indicator software version 2.1.]

Journal of the American Pharmacists Association
Touchette D, Burns A, Bough M, et al. Survey of medication therapy management programs under Medicare Part D. J Am Pharm Assoc 2006 Nov-Dec; 46(6):683-91. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-200-500381 as part of the Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness (DEcIDE) program.]

Journal of the American Society of Nephrology
Zhang L, Kao WH, Berthier-Schaad Y, et al. Haplotype of signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 gene predicts cardiovascular disease in dialysis patients. J Am Soc Nephrol 2006 Aug; 17(8):2285-92. [Supported by grant R01 HS08365.]

Journal of Biomedical Informatics
Linder JA, Rose AF, Palchuk MB, et al. Decision support for acute problems: the role of the standardized patient in usability testing. J Biomed Inform 2006 Dec; 39(6);648-55. [Supported by grants HS014563 and HS014420.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Baker DW, Feinglass J, Durazo-Arvizu R, et al. Changes in health for the uninsured after reaching age-eligibility for Medicare. J Gen Intern Med 2006 Nov; 21(11):1144-9. [Supported by grant 2 R01 HS10283.]

Journal of Gerontological Nursing
Cohen-Mansfield J, Lipson S, Horton D. Medical decision-making in the nursing home: a comparison of physician and nurse perspectives. J Gerontol Nurs 2006 Dec; 32(12):14-21. [Supported by grant HS09833-01.]

Journal of Infectious Diseases
Lautenbach E, Fishman NO, Metlay JP, et al. Phenotypic and genotypic characterization of fecal Escherichia coli isolates with decreased susceptibility to fluoroquinolones: results from a large hospital-based surveillance initiative. J Infect Dis 2006 Jul 1; 194(1):79-85. [Supported by grant U18 HS10399.]

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Patterson Pd, Baxley EG, Probst JC, et al. Medically unnecessary emergency medical services (EMS) transports among children ages 0 to 17 years. Matern Child Health J 2006 Nov; 10(6):527-36. [Supported by grant T32 HS000032.]

Nephron. Clinical Practice
Plantinga LC, Jaar BG, Astor B, et al. Association of clinic vascular access monitoring practices with clinical outcomes in hemodialysis patients. Nephron Clin Pract 2006; 104(4):c151-9. [Supported by grant R01 HS08365.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Family Physician
Smith L. AHRQ releases recommendations e-tool for primary care physicians. Am Fam Physician 2006 Dec 1; 74(11):1826. [Announces AHRQ's release of the Electronic Preventive Service Selector (ePSS).]

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Hill I, Stockdale H, Evert M, et al. Do access experiences affect parents' decisions to enroll their children in Medicaid and SCHIP? Findings from focus groups with parents. Matern Child Health J 2006 Nov; 10(6):517-25. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Short and Lefkowitz (Med Care, 1992).]

Haley J, Kenney G. Low-income uninsured children with special health care needs: why arent they enrolled in public health insurance programs? Pediatrics 2007 Jan; 119(1):60-68. [Cites AHRQ-funded/authored article by Dick, Brach (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Health Aff, 2004).]

Killelea BK, Kaushal R, Cooper M, et al. To what extent do pediatricians accept computer-based suggestions? Pediatrics 2007 Jan; 119(1):69-75. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Kaushal, et al., (JAMA, 2001), Bates, et al. (JAMA, 1998), and Overhage, et al. (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 1997).]

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles

American Family Physician
Lin KW. Common complications of undiagnosed diabetes. Am Fam Physician 2006 Dec 1; 74(11):1960-1. [Author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships; summarizes findings of study by Koopman, et al. (Ann Fam Med, 2006) and mentions 2003 USPSTF screening recommendations for type 2 diabetes.]

Current Oncology Reports
Allison JE, Lawson M. Screening tests for colorectal cancer: menu of options remains relevant. Curr Oncol Rep 2006 Nov; 8(6):492-8. [Cites and discusses USPSTF recommendations on colorectal cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2002) and notes the preparation of the original guidelines on colorectal cancer screening by a panel convened by [AHRQ.] and published in 1997 under the sponsorship of a consortium of gastroenterology societies."]

Chaudron LH, Szilagyi PG, Campbell AT, et al. Legal and ethical considerations: risks and benefits of postpartum depression screening at well-child visits. Pediatrics 2007 Jan; 119(1):123-8. [Cites and discusses USPSTF recommendations for depression screening (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

Koleba T, Ensom MH. Pharmacokinetics of intravenous immunoglobulin: a systematic review. Pharmacotherapy 2006 Jun; 26(6):813-27. [Uses the USPSTF evidence rating scale to categorize relevant citations identified in a literature search.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Academic Emergency Medicine
Ault MJ. The use of tissue models for vascular access training: Phase 1 of the Procedural Patient Safety Initiative. Acad Emerg Med 2007 Jan; 14(1):e13-4. [Provides abstract of article by Ault, et al. ( J Gen Intern Med, 2006) cited below, which was based on AHRQ's identification of the use of ultrasound for central venous catheter insertion and the application of wide sterile barriers as two major quality indicators for patient safety (as given in Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Healthcare Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001).]

American Family Physician
Kripke C. Do supplements prevent cancer and chronic disease? Am Fam Physician 2006 Dec 1; 74(11):1944-6. [Reports on AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Multivitamin/Mineral Supplements and Prevention of Chronic Disease, 2006, as published in article by Huang, et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006).]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Ault MJ, Rosen BT, Ault B. The use of tissue models for vascular access training: Phase 1 of the Procedural Patient Safety Initiative. J Gen Intern Med 2006 May; 21.(5):514-7. [Develops intervention based on AHRQ's identification of the use of ultrasound for central venous catheter insertion and the application of wide sterile barriers as two major quality indicators for patient safety and cites Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Healthcare Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001).]

Zuckerbrot RA, Maxon L, Pagar D, et al. Adolescent depression screening in primary care: feasibility and acceptability. Pediatrics 2007 Jan; 119(1):101-8. [Cites AHRQ Systematic Evidence Review, Screening for Depression, 2002, on AHRQ Web site.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine
Okumura MJ, Campbell AD, Nasr SZ, et al. Inpatient health care use among adult survivors of chronic childhood illnesses in the United States. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2006 Oct; 160(10):1054-60. [Uses 2002 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data.]

Injury Prevention
Stevens JA, Corso PS, Finkelstein EA, et al. The costs of fatal and non-fatal falls among older adults. Inj Prev 2006 Oct; 12(5):290-5. [Uses data from the 2000 NIS and 1999 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS).]

Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances
Leung B, Koval KJ, Carney B, et al. Demographics of high-energy mechanisms of injury in the Kids Inpatient Database. J Surg Orthop Adv 2006 Fall; 15(3):160-6. [Uses 2000 HCUP Kids' Inpatient Database (KID).]

Russell MW, Joshi AV, Neumann PJ, et al. Predictors of hospital length of stay and cost in patients with intracerebral hemorrhage. Neurology 2006 Oct; 67(10):1279-81. [Uses HCUP NIS data for 2002.]

Ostomy Wound Management
Bolton L, Corbett L, Bernato L, et al. Development of a content-validated venous ulcer guideline. Ostomy Wound Manage 2006 Nov; 52(11):32-48. [Uses and adapts assessment criteria from AHRQ guidelines, Pressure Ulcers in Adults: Prediction and Prevention and Pressure Ulcer Treatment, 1992; notes that resulting venous ulcer guideline was accepted for and is now accessible from AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC).]

Current as of January 2007


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