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January 10, 2003

These articles appeared in recently released journals and newsletters. They include articles funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) or authored by AHRQ researchers; articles mentioning or discussing AHRQ; articles related to AHRQ-funded Evidence-based Practice Centers; articles mentioning the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force/Put Prevention into Practice; articles mentioning the President's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry and Agency-supported activities relating to the Quality Interagency Task Force; and other research using AHRQ data.

AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles

American Journal of Managed Care
Solomon MD, Lee PP, Mangione CM. Characteristics of eye care practices with managed care contracts. Am J Manag Care 2002 Dec; 8(12):1057-1067. [Supported by AHRQ Cooperative Agreement No. U01 HS09942.]

Health Services Research
Hoover DR, Crystal S, Kumar R, et al. Medical expenditures during the last year of life: findings from the 1992-1996 Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey. Health Serv Res 2002 Dec; 37:6. [Supported by AHRQ Grant No. 1-R03 HS09566 and 1-P20 HS11825.]

Injury Prevention
Ray WA, Daugherty JR, Griffin MR. Lipid-lowering agents and the risk of hip fracture in a Medicaid population. Inj Prev 2002 Dec; 8(4):276-279. [Supported by AHRQ Centers for Education and Research in Therapeutics Cooperative Agreement No. HS10384.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Hsia DC. Medicare quality improvement: bad apples or bad systems? JAMA 2003 Jan 15; 289(3):354-356. [Author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research.]

Journal of Economics and Social Measurement
Machlin SR, Valluzzi ML, Chevarly FM, et al. Measuring ambulatory health care use in the United States: a comparison of 1996 estimates across four federal surveys. J Econ Soc Measure 2001; 27(1-2):57-69. [Authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Cost and Financing Studies.]

Flores G, Laws MB, Mayo SJ, et al. Errors in medical interpretation and their potential clinical consequences in pediatric encounters. Pediatrics 2003 Jan; 111(1):6-14. [Supported by AHRQ Independent Scientist (K02) Award.]

Forrest CB, Shipman SA, Dougherty D, et al. Outcomes research in pediatric settings: recent trends and future directions. Pediatrics 2003 Jan; 111(1):171-178. [Third author is current researcher in AHRQ's Office of Priority Populations Research and fourth author (Miller) is former acting directing of AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Managed Care
Rosen AK, Rakovsky CC, Loveland SA, et al. Profiling resource use: do different outcomes affect assessments of provider efficiency? Am J Manag Care 2002 Dec; 8(12):1105-1115. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Hofer et al., JAMA, 1999; Weiner et al., Health Serv Res, 1996; Silver et al., JAMA, 1995; and Selby et al.,Health Serv Res, 1999.]

Dennison CR. The role of patient-reported outcomes in evaluating the quality of oncology care. Am J Manag Care 2002 Dec; 8(12):S580-S586. [Cites article by Mandelblatt and Eisenberg (former AHRQ director), Oncology, 1995, and Patrick and Chiang (AHRQ researcher), Med Care, 2000.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Cleary PD. A hospitalization from Hell: a patient's perspective on quality. Ann Intern Med 2003 Jan 7; 138(1):33-39. [Cites Kovner (former AHRQ researcher) and Gergen (current AHRQ researcher), Image J Nurs Schol, 1998, and Needleman et al., N Engl J Med, 2002.]

Blue Sheet
IoM report identifies 20 priority areas for transforming health care system. Blue Sheet 2003 Jan 8; 46(2):5. [Discusses plans to incorporate recent IoM report, Priority Areas for National Action: Transforming Health Care Quality, into AHRQ's upcoming National Healthcare Quality Report.]

Business Wire
Nymox's NicAlert can determine smoke exposure in high risk patients in the clinic. Bus Wire 2002 Dec 31. [Discusses findings from an AHRQ statistical brief on smoking and recommendations on physician assessment of smoking status from the PHS Clinical Practice Guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, published in JAMA, 2000.]

Health Affairs
Levit K, Smith C, Cowan C, et al. Trends in U.S. health care spending, 2001. Health Aff 2003 Jan-Feb; 22(1):154-164. [Cites AHRQ's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.]

Mark TL, Coffey RM. What drove private health insurance spending on mental health and substance abuse care, 1992-1999? Health Aff 2003 Jan-Feb; 22(1):165-172. [Cites article by Zuvekas (AHRQ researcher), Health Aff, 2001.]

Watts C, Christianson JB, Heineccius L, et al. The role of public employers in a changing health care market. Health Aff 2003 Jan-Feb; 22(1):173-180. [Cites article by Cooper and Schone (AHRQ researchers), Health Aff, 1997.]

Frates J, Diringer J, Hogan L. Models and momentum for insuring low-income, undocumented immigrant children in California. Health Aff 2003 Jan-Feb; 22(1):259-263. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Flores et al., JAMA, 2002.]

Davis K, Schoen C, Doty M, et al. Medicare versus private insurance: rhetoric and reality. Health Aff 2003 Jan-Feb; 22(1):W311. Web Exclusive. [Cites article by Cooper and Schone (AHRQ researchers), Health Aff,1997.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Lyder CH. Pressure ulcer prevention and management. JAMA 2003 Jan 15; 289(3):223-226. [Cites AHRQ's pressure ulcer guidelines #3 and #15 and Clinical Practice Guidelines Online as accessed from AHRQ Web site.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Safety
[Formerly Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement.] Mangione-Smith R, Onstad K, Wong L, et al. Deciding not to measure performance: the case of acute otitis media. Jt Commission J Qual Saf 2003 Jan; 29(1):27-36. [Cites AHRQ otitis media with effusion guidelines as "the most current practice guideline" and cites contributions by AHRQ researchers Howard Bauchner and Marlene Miller (former Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety acting director).]

New York Times
Nagourney E. Vital signs: Habits; Gasping for air, but still smoking. N Y Times 2002 Dec 31; F6. [Discusses findings from an AHRQ statistical brief on smoking.]

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

News and Observer (Raleigh, NC)
Study: Doctors should give diet tips. News Observ 2003 Jan 2; B3. [Reviews Task Force recommendations on dietary counseling.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

New England Journal of Medicine
Druss BJ, Marcus Sc, Olfson M. Trends in care by nonphysician clinicians in the United States. N Engl J Med 2003 Jan 9; 348(2):130-137. [Uses data from AHRQ's MEPS and National Medical Expenditure Survey.]

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