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January 18, 2002

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

Academic Emergency Medicine
Scribano PV, Lerer T, Kennedy D, et al. Provider adherence to a clinical practice guideline for acute asthma in a pediatric emergency department. Acad Emerg Med 2001 Dec; 8(12):1147-52. [Grant No. R03 HS09825.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Eisenberg JM. Measuring quality: Are we ready to compare the quality of care among physician groups? [editorial] Ann Intern Med 2002 Jan 15; 136(2):153-54. [Author is AHRQ director.]

Glauber JH, Fuhlbrigge AL, Finkelstein JA, et al. Relationship between asthma medication and antibiotic use. Chest 2001 Nov; 120(5):1485-92. [Grant No. T32 HS00063.]

Petersen LA, Normand SL, Leape LL, et al. Comparison of use of medication after acute myocardial infarction in the Veterans Health Administration and Medicare. Circulation 2002 Dec 11; 104(24):2898-904. [Grant No. R01 HS08071.]

Health Care Management Review
Bazzoli GJ, Losasso A, Arnould R, et al. Hospital reorganization and restructuring achieved through merger. Health Care Manage Rev 2002 Winter; 27(1):7-20. [Grant No. R01 HS09201-01.]

International Journal of Medical Informatics
Patel VL, Arocha JF, Diermeier M, et al. Cognitive psychological studies of representation and use of clinical practice guidelines. Int J Med Inf 2001 Oct; 63(3):147-67. [No grant number given.]

Journal of the American Board of Family Practice
Froom J, Culpepper L, Green La, et al. A cross-national study of acute otitis media: Risk factors, severity, and treatment at initial visit. Report from the International Primary Care Network (IPCN) and the Ambulatory Sentinel Practice Network (ASPN). J Am Bd Fam Pract 2001 Nov-Dec; 14(6):406-17. [Grant No. R01 HS07035-03.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Boutin-Foster C Charlson ME. Problematic resident-patient relationships: The patient's perspective. J Gen Intern Med 2001 Nov; 16(11):750-54. [Grant No. HS00066-06.]

Journal of Immigrant Health
Siegel JE, Horan SA, Tefarra T. Health and health care status of African-born residents of metropolitan Washington, DC. J Immigrant Health 2001 Oct; 3(4):213-24. [First author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research.]

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Penson DF, Albertsen PC, Nelson PS, et al. Determining the cause of death in prostate cancer: Are death certificates valid? J Natl Cancer Inst 2001 Dec 5; 93(23):1822-23. [Grant No. HS08397.]

Joffe S, Cook EF, Cleary PD, et al. Quality of informed consent in cancer clinical trials: A cross-sectional survey. Lancet 2001 Nov 24; 358(9295):1772-77. [Grant No. T32 HS00063.]

Medical Care
Motheral B, Fairman KA. Effect of a three-tier prescription copay on pharmaceutical and other medical utilization. Med Care 2001 Dec; 39(12):1293-1304. [Grant No. R03 HS10066.]

Psychological Assessment
Marshall GN, Morales LS, Elliott M, et al. Confirmatory factor analysis of the Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Study (CAHPS®) 1.0 core survey. Psychol Assess 2001 Jun; 13(2):216-29. [Cooperative Agreement No. U18 HS09204, Contract No. 290-95-2005.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Annals of Internal Medicine
Greenfield S, Kaplan SH, Kahn R, et al. Profiling care provided by different groups of physicians: Effects of patient case-mix (bias) and physician-level clustering on quality assessment results. Ann Intern Med 2002 Jan 15; 136(2):111-21. [Cites several AHRQ-funded articles, 1994-2000.]

Barry MJ. Health decision aids to facilitate shared decision making in office practice. Ann Intern Med 2002 Jan 15; 136(2):127-35. [Cites several AHRQ-funded articles, 1988-1998.]

BNA's Health Care Policy Report
Study finds three-tier drug copays do not lead to more emergency room visits. BNA's Health Care Policy Rep 2002 Jan 7; 10(1):33. [Summarizes AHRQ-funded article by Motheral and Fairman cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Evaluation and Program Planning
Pinkerton SD, Johnson-Masotti AP, Derse A, et al. Ethical issues in cost-effectiveness analysis. Eval Program Plann 2002 Feb; 25(1):71-83. [Cites AHRQ-funded HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study article, JAMA, 1999.]

International Journal of Health Services
Hellander I. A review of data on the health sector of the United States May 2001. Int J Health Serv 2001; 31(4):823-46. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Grembowski et al, Health Serv Res, 2000.]

Journal of Human Resources
Gilleskie DB, Lutz BF. The impact of employer-provided health insurance on dynamic employment transitions. J Hum Resour 2002 Winter; 37(1):129-62. [Cites AHRQ's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey and National Medical Expenditure Survey; cites Cooper and Monheit, Inquiry, 1993, and Monheit and Cooper, Ind Labor Rel Rev, 1994.]

Report on Medical Guidelines & Outcomes Research
Rollins G. Nursing homes lack systematic approach to guideline implementation. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2002 Jan 11; 13(1):7-8. [Reviews study (by Berlowitz et al. Am J Med Qual, Nov-Dec 2001) which uses AHRQ-sponsored clinical practice guidelines to rate the incidence of guidelines adoption.]

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

American Health Line
Aspirin may help prevent first heart attack, stroke. Am Health Line 2002 Jan 16; #15. [Reviews guidelines cited in Annals of Internal Medicine.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Sox HC. Disease prevention guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force [editorial]. Ann Intern Med 2002 Jan 15; 136(2):155-56. [Describes USPSTF organization and mission and the journal's role in publishing Task Force guidelines.]

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Aspirin for the primary prevention of cardiovascular events: Recommendation and rationale. Ann Intern Med 2002 Jan 15; 136(2):157-60. [Summarizes Task Force recommendations presented in article by Hayden et al. cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.]

Summaries for Patients. Aspirin for the prevention of heart attacks in people without previous cardiovascular events: Recommendations from the United States Preventive Services Task Force. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med 2002 Jan 15; 136(2):I-55.

Health News Daily
Aspirin therapy in patients at moderately high risk for CHD recommended. Health News Daily 2002 Jan 15; 14(10):7-8. Reviews guidelines cited in Annals of Internal Medicine.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Annals of Internal Medicine
Hayden M, Pignone M, Phillips C, et al. Aspirin for the primary prevention of cardiovascular events: A summary of the evidence for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med 2002 Jan 15; 136(2):161-72 + appendix. [Developed by the RTI-UNC Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-97-0011.]

Quality Commission/QuIC Task Force-Related Articles

Academic Medicine
Shine KI. Health care quality and how to achieve it. Acad Med 2002 Jan; 77(1):92-99. [Cites QuIC and AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety; recommends AHRQ identify and fund research on 15 priority chronic conditions; recommends AHRQ and CMS (formerly HCFA) "evaluate options to better align the current payment methods with quality-improvement methods."]

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