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January 24, 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 Public Health
Sudano JJ, Baker DW. Intermittent lack of health insurance coverage and use of preventive services. Am J Public Health 2003 Jan; 93(1):130-7. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10283-01.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Metlay JP, Fine MJ. Testing strategies in the initial management of patients with community-acquired pneumonia. Ann Intern Med 2003 Jan 21; 138(2):109-18. [Data collected for Pneumonia Index supported by Grant No. R01 HS06468.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
El-Kebbi IM, Cook CB, Ziemer DC, et al. Association of younger age with poor glycemic control and obesity in urban African Americans with type 2 diabetes. Arch Intern Med 2003 Jan 13; 163(1):69-75. [Supported by Grant No. HS09722.]

Schillinger D, Piette J, Grumbach K, et al. Closing the loop: Physician communication with diabetic patients who have low health literacy. Arch Intern Med 2003 Jan 13; 163(1):83-90. [Supported by Grant No. P01 HS10856 and R18 HS10281-01.]

Halm EA, Magaziner J, Hannan EL, et al. Frequency and impact of active clinical issues and new impairments on hospital discharge in patients with hip fracture. Arch Intern Med 2003 Jan 13; 163(1):107-112. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS09973 and U18 HS0954590.]

Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Hays R, Hahn H, Marshall G. Use of the SF-36 and other health-related quality of life measures to assess persons with disabilities. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2002 Dec; 83(12 Suppl 2):S4-S9. [Supported by Grant No. HS08578.]

Murphy N, Irwin M, Hoff C. Intrathecal baclofen therapy in children with cerebral palsy: Efficacy and complications. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2002 Dec; 83(12):1721-25. [Supported by Grant No. P20 HS11825-01.]

Health Services Research
Iwashyna TJ, Chang VW, Zhang JX, et al. The lack of effect of market structure on hospice use. Health Serv Res 2002 Dec; 37(6):1531-51. [Supported by Grant No. T32 HS00084-02.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Meredith S, Feldman P, Frey D, et al. Improving medication use in newly admitted home healthcare patients: A randomized controlled trial. J Am Geriatr Soc 2002 Sep; 50(9):1484-91. [Supported by Grant No. HS10384.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Weinberger M, Murray MD, Marrero DG, et al. Effectiveness of pharmacist care for patients with reactive airways disease: A randomized controlled trial. JAMA Oct 2; 288(13):1594-1602. [Supported by Grant No. 5R01 HS09083; citation inadvertently omitted from previous Articles of Interests.]

Landon BE, Reschovsky J, Blumenthal D. Changes in career satisfaction among primary care and specialist physicians, 1997-2001. JAMA 2003 Jan 22-29; 289(4):442-9. {Supported by Grant No. P01 HS10803.]

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Peleg M, Tu S, Bury J, et al. Comparing computer-interpretable guideline models: A case-study approach. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2003 Jan-Feb; 10(1):52-68. [Partially supported by AHRQ under NLM Grant No. LM06594.]

Medical Care
Fishman PA, Goodman MJ, Hornbrook MC, et al. Risk adjustment using automated ambulatory pharmacy data: The RxRisk model. Med Care 2003 Jan; 41(1):84-99. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS11314.]

Unruh L. Licensed nurse staffing and adverse events in hospitals. Med Care 2003 Jan; 41(1):142-152. [Supported by AHRQ, no grant number given.]

Sambamoorahi U, Olfson M, Walkup JT, et al. Diffusion of new generation antidepressant treatment among elderly diagnosed with depression. Med Care 2003 Jan; 41(1):180-194. [Supported by Grant No. R03 HS09566.]

The New England Journal of Medicine
Gawande AA, Studdert DM, Orav EJ, et al. Risk factors for retained instruments and sponges after surgery. N Engl J Med 2003 Jan 16; 348(3):229-235. [Supported by Grant No. U18 HS11886 and K02 HS11285.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Family Physician
Neef M. New web-based journal provides discussions on patient safety lessons. Am Fam Physician 2003 Jan 1; 67(1):21. [Describes AHRQ Web-based journal on patient safety.]

Neef M. Robert Graham, MD., named acting deputy director of the AHRQ. Am Fam Physician 2003 Jan 1; 67(1):22. [Announces appointment of new AHRQ acting deputy director.]

American Health Line
Measuring Medicare's 'best practices'. Am Health Line 2003 Jan 15; #1. [Discusses editorial comments by AHRQ researcher David Hsia and AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy on study in January 15 issue of JAMA.]

American Journal of Public Health
Shi L, Forrest CB, Von Shrader S, et al. Vulnerabilty and the patient-practitioner relationship: The roles of gatekeeping and primary care performance. Am J Public Health 2003 Jan; 93(1):138-44. [Cites article by Clancy (third author) et al., Med Care, 1998, and AHRQ-funded articles by Grumbach et al., JAMA, 1999 and Ayanian et al., Med Care, 1999.]

BNA's Health Care Policy Report
Medicare beneficiaries receiving better treatment, preventive care. BNA Health Care Policy Rep 2003 Jan 20; 11(3):80. [Mentions statement by AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy.]

Clinics in Geriatric Medicine
Appel DW, Aldrich TK. Smoking cessation in the elderly. Clin Geriatr Med 2003; 19(1):77-100. [Cites AHRQ's smoking cessation guidelines of 1996 and 2000 as accessed on the Internet.]

Health News Daily
Glendinning D. NIH doubling plan endangered by FY 03 funding proposal—Dem appropriators. Health News Daily 2003 Jan 14; 15(9):3-4. [Discusses desired restoration of $49 million in AHRQ funding.]

Bristol N. Medicare quality of care improving, but more action necessary, JAMA study finds. Health News Daily 2003 Jan 15; 15(10):11-2. [Mentions statement by AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy.]

Aker J. HHS "Healthier US" community health initiative to be backed with $125 million in FY 2004. Health News Daily 2003 Jan 23; 15(15):1-2. [Mentions AHRQ as one of five agencies included in effort to be funded under CDC budget.]

Health Services Research
Academy health update. Health Serv Res 2002 Dec; 37(6):xi-xiii. [Announces conference being co-hosted by AHRQ.]

Gilbert GH, Shah GR, Shelton BJ, et al. Racial differences in predictors of dental care use. Health Serv Res 2002 Dec; 37(6):1487-1507. [Cites Manski (AHRQ researcher) et al., J Am Dent Assoc, 1998.]

Busch SH. Specialty health care, treatment patterns, and quality: The impact of a mental health carve-out on care for depression. Health Serv Res 2002 Dec; 37(6):1583-1601. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Depression in Primary Care, 1993.]

Philips KA, Maddala T, Johnson FR. Measuring preferences for health care interventions using conjoint analysis: An application to HIV testing. Health Serv Research 2002 Dec; 37(6):1681-1705. [Cites AHRQ HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS) article in N Engl J Med, 1998.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Jencks SF, Huff ED, Cuerdon T. Change in the quality of care delivered to Medicare beneficiaries. JAMA 2003 Jan 15; 289(3):305-12. [Cites Congressional directive to AHRQ to prepare annual report on quality.]

Casalino L, Gillies RR, Shortell SM, et al. External incentives, information technology, and organized process to improve health care quality for patients with chronic diseases. JAMA 2003 Jan 22-29; 289(4):434-41. [Cites Bates et al, JAMA, 1998.]

Jounal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Bates DW, Ebell M, Gotlieb E, et al. A proposal for electronic medical records in U.S. primary care. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2003 Jan-Feb; 10(1):1-10. [Recommends establishment of coordinating group for EMR systems in primary care to be located at AHRQ or NLM; describes AHRQ as "existing locus of national efforts to improving patient safety" and having "a track record of highly successful interagency collaborative cooperation."]

Lenert L, Munoz RF, Stoddard J, et al. Design and pilot evaluation of an internet smoking cessation program. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2003 Jan-Feb; 10(1):16-20. [Cites PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

The Journal of Family Practice
What is the best treatment for bronchiolitis? J Fam Pract 2003 Jan; 52(1):69-70. [Cites guideline accessed through AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC).]

Journal of Women's Health
Palmer MH, Fitzgerald S. Urinary incontinence in working women: A comparison study. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Urinary Incontinence in Adults: Acute and Chronic Management, 1996.]

Medical Care
Chiou CF, Hay JW, Wallace JF. Development and validation of a grading system for the quality of cost-effectiveness studies. Med Care 2003 Jan; 41(1):32-44. [Cites Elixhauser (CBA/CEA), Med Care, 1993.]

Bours GJ, Halfens RJ, Berger MP, et al. Development of a model for case-mix adjustment of pressure ulcer prevalence rates. Med Care 2003 Jan; 41(1):45-55. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Treatment of Pressure Ulcers, 1994.]

Inouye SK, Bogardus ST, Vitagliano G, et al. Burden of illness score for elderly persons. Med Care 2003 Jan; 10(1):70-83. [Cites Bierman, J Am Geriatr Soc, 2001.]

Modern HealthCare
Morrissey J. A clinical case for quality. Mod Healthc 2003 Jan 20; 32(49):6-7, 16. [Cites AHRQ funding of National Quality Forum work on a set of hospital-performance measures.]

Tieman J. CMS: Medicare improving. Mod Healthc 2003 Jan 20; 33(3):12. [Mentions remarks by AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy.]

Report on Medical Guidelines & Outcomes Research
Rollins G. Institute of Medicine calls on government to lead charge toward quality and safety improvement. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2003 Jan 10; 14(1):1-2, 5. [Recommends AHRQ assist government health programs in implementing a 15-set performance measurement and reporting system and a common data repository.]

Hospitals to release quality data. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2003 Jan 10; 14(1):3. [Mentions development of standardized patient experience survey by AHRQ.]

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

American Family Physician
Colorectal cancer screening. Am J Phys 2003 Jan 1; 67(1):129-30. [Uses USPSTF recommendations for case study questions.]

American Journal of Nursing
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for osteoporosis in postmenopausal women: recommendations and rationale. Am J Nurs 2003 Jan; 103(1): 73-81. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations on screening for osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.]

Health Services Research
Randolph WM, Mahnken JD, Goodwin JS, et al. Using medicare data to estimate the prevalence of breast cancer screening in older women: Comparison of different methods to identify screening mammograms. Health Serv Res 2002 Dec; 37(6):1643-57. [Cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996, and AHRQ guideline, Quality Determinants of Mammography, 1994.]

The Journal of Family Practice
Sheperd TM. Effective management of obesity. J Fam Prac 2003 Jan; 52(1):34-42. [Cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Who should have colposcopy? J Fam Prac 2003 Jan; 52(1):64-6. [Cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Report on Medical Guidelines & Outcomes Research
Levenson D. Routine prostate screening may be unnecessary and harmful. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2003 Jan 10; 14(1):5-7. [Reviews USPSTF recommendations on prostate screening as published in Ann Intern Med, 2003.]

President's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry/Quality Inter-agency Coordination (QuIC) Task Force-Related Articles

Medical Care
[Note: The following articles are from a special supplement entitled Strategic Framework Board's Design for a National Quality Measurement and Reporting System; the Strategic Framework Board is sponsored in part by AHRQ.]

McGlynn EA. Introduction and overview of the conceptual framework for a national quality measurement and reporting system. Med Care 2003 Jan;41(1Suppl):I1-I7. [Cites Quality Commission, CONQUEST, NGC, and EPCs.]

McGlynn, EA. An evidence-based national quality measurement and reporting system. Med Care 2003 Jan;41(1Suppl):I8-I15. [Cites Quality Commssion and IOM recommendations for AHRQ.]

McGlynn EA, Cassel CK, Leatherman ST, et al. Establishing national goals for quality measurement and improvement. Med Care 2003 Jan; 41(1 Suppl):I16-I29. [Cites Quality Commission and article by Greco and Eisenberg (former AHRQ director), NEJM, 1993.]

Berwick DM, James B, Coye MJ. Connections between quality measurement and improvement. Med Care 2003 Jan; 41(1 Suppl):I30-I38. [Cites Quality Commission and USPSTF.]

McGlynn EA. Selecting common measures of quality and system performance. Med Care 2003 Jan; 41(1):I-39-I-47. [Cites Quality Commission and AHRQ/Kaiser survey.]

Galvin RS, McGlynn EA. Using performance measurement to drive improvement: a road map for change. Med Care 2003 Jan; 41(1Suppl):I-48-I-60. [Cites Quality Commission, Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Survey (CAHPS®), and AHRQ/Kaiser survey.]

Hibbard JH. A research agenda to advance quality measurement and improvement. Med Care 2003 Jan; 41(1):I-80-I-86. [Cites Quality Commission, impact of AHRQ-sponsored Stroke PORT, AHRQ budget, and article by Eisenberg, Health Aff, 1998.]

Kizer KW. Putting ideas into practice.Med Care 2003 Jan; 41(1):I87-I89. [Cites Quality Commission.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Health Services Research
Xu KT. Usual source of care in preventive service use: a regular doctor versus a regular site. Health Serv Res 2002 Dec; 37(6):1509-29. [Uses data from AHRQ's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), 1996, and cites Zuvekas and Weinick (AHRQ researchers), Health Serv Res, 1999.]

Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy
McKercher PL, Taylor SD, Lee JA, et al. Prescription drug use among elderly and nonelderly families. J Manage Care Pharm 2003 Jan-Feb;9(1):19-27. [Uses MEPS data.]

Monthly Labor Review
Blostin AP. Preventive care provisions, other benefits: are they described in plan documents? Monthly Labor Review 2002 Oct; 125(10):13-9. [Describes joint study by AHRQ and Bureau of Labor Statistics; cites USPSTF and MEPS.]

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