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February 2, 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

Ambulatory Pediatrics
Szilagyi PG, Shone LP,Klein JD, et al. Improved health care among children with special health care needs after enrollment into the State Children's Health Insurance Program. Ambul Pediatr 2007 Jan-Feb; 7(1):10-7. [Supported by grant HS10450.]

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Rivara FP, Anderson ML, Fishman P, et al. Healthcare utilization and costs for women with a history of intimate partner violence. Am J Prev Med 2007 Feb; 32(2):89-96. [Supported by grant R01 HS10909.]

Annals of Emergency Medicine
Bracken ME, Medzon R, Rathlev NK, et al. Effect of intoxication among blunt trauma patients selected for head computed tomography scanning. Ann Emerg Med 2007 Jan; 49(1):45-51. [Supported by grant R01 HS09699.]

Arthritis and Rheumatism
Mayer ML, Brogan L, Sandborn CI. Availability of pediatric rheumatology training in United States pediatric residencies. Arthritis Rheum 2006 Dec 15; 55(6):836-42. [Supported by grant 1 K02 HS013309-01A1.]

Nguyen-Oghalai TU, Ottenbacher KJ, Granger CV, et al. Impact of osteoarthritis on rehabilitation for persons with hip fracture. Arthritis Rheum 2006 Dec 15; 55(6):920-4. [Supported by grant R24 HS011618.]

Curtis JR, Kim Y, Bryant T, et al. Osteoporosis in the home health care setting: a window of opportunity. Arthritis Rheum 2006 Dec 15; 55(6):971-5. [Supported by grant HS10389.]

BMC Health Services Research
Scharpf TP, Colabianchi N, Madigan EA, et al. Functional status decline as a measure of adverse events in home health care: an observational study. BMC Health Serv Res 2006 Dec 20; 6:162. [Supported by grant R01 HS11962.]

Journal of Clinical Hypertension
Simon SR, Rodriguez HP, Majumdar SR, et al. Economic analysis of a randomized trial of academic detailing interventions to improve use of antihypertensive medications. J Clin Hypertension 2007 Jan; 9(1):15-20. [Supported by grant U18 HS12019.]

Journal of Health Care Law and Policy
Clancy CM. Closing the health care disparities gap: turning evidence into action. J Health Care Law Policy 2006; 9(1):121-35. [Author is AHRQ director; discusses AHRQ's National Healthcare Quality Report and National Healthcare Disparities Report.]

Medscape General Medicine
Calderon JL, Baker RS, Febrega H, et al. An ethno-medical perspective on research participation: a qualitative pilot study. MedGenMed 2006 Apr 25; 8(2):e23. [Supported by grant 1 R24 HS014022-01A1 and P01 HS10858.]

Medical Care Research and Review
Wasserman M, Bender D, Lee SY. Use of preventive maternal and child health services by Latina women. Med Care Res Rev 2007 Feb; 64(1):4-45. [Supported by grant 1 R03 HS013864-01.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Calfee CS, Shah SJ, Wolters PJ, et al. Clinical problem-solving. Anchors away. N Engl J Med 2007 Feb 1; 356(5):504-9. [Supported by grant P20 HS11540.]

Profit J, McCormick MC, Escobar GJ, et al. Neonatal intensive care unit census influences discharges of moderately preterm infants. Pediatrics 2007 Feb; 119(2):314-9. [Supported by grant T32 HS000063.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Ambulatory Pediatrics
Pelham WE, Foster EM, Robb JA. The economic impact of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents. Ambul Pediatr 2007 Jan-Feb; 7(1):121-31. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Chan, Zhan (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence), and Homer which uses data from AHRQ's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS).]

American Family Physician
Pollock M, Bazaldua WV, Dobbie AE. Appropriate prescribing of medications: an eight-step approach. Am Fam Physician 2007 Jan 15; 75(2):231-40. [Cites findings from AHRQ MEPS Statistical Brief, Outpatient Prescribed Medicines: A Comparison of Use and Expenditures, 1987 and 2001, 2004.]

American Health Line
FY 2008 proposal. Am Health Line 2007 Jan 30. [Quotes remarks from AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy.]

American Journal of Managed Care
Sauer BC, Hepler CD, Cherney B, et al. Computerized indicators of potential drug-related emergency department and hospital admissions. Am J Manag Care 2007 Jan; 13(1):29-35. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Jha, et al. (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 1998).]

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Keller PA, Bailey LA, Koss KJ, et al. Organization, financing, promotion, and cost of U.S. quitlines, 2004. Am J Prev Med 2007 Feb; 32(2):32-7. [Cites PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

Burns ME, Rosenberg MA, Fiore MC. Use and employer costs of a pharmacotherapy smoking-cessation treatment benefit. Am J Prev Med 2007 Feb; 32(2):139-42. [Cites PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

Scutchfield FD, Patrick K. Public health systems research: the new kid on the block. Am J Prev Med 2007 Feb; 32(2):173-4. [Notes that historically most researchers in the discipline relied on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which provided modest but significant amounts of funding for their health systems research.]

Modern Healthcare
Lubell J. IT may play research role in '08. Mod Healthc 2007 Jan 29; 37(5):4. [Notes remarks from AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy at a Health Affairs news conference.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Shuchman M. Debating the risks of drug-eluting stents. N Engl J Med 2007 Jan 25; 356(4):325-8. [Cites findings from AHRQ-funded article by Eisenstein, et al. (JAMA, 2007).]

Steinbrook R. Guidance for guidelines. N Engl J Med 2007 Jan 25; 356(4):331-3. [Cites USPSTF guidelines as among the efforts in the United States that are generally considered successful; reviews previous controversies over AHRQ guideline development and notes that following cessation of the agencys guideline program, the quality of guidelines in the fields the agency had covered declined" (citing article by Hasenfiled and Shekelle, Qual Saf Health Care, 2003).]

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

American Family Physician
Lure SJ, Gawinski B, Pierce D, et al. Seasonal affective disorder. Am Fam Physician 2006 Nov 1; 74(9):1521-4. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for depression (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

Lyon C, Clark DC. Diagnosis of acute abdominal pain in older adults. Am Fam Physician 2006 Nov 1; 74(9):1537-44. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, 2005, as posted on AHRQ Web site.]

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Shenson D, Bolen J, Adams M. Receipt of preventive services by elders based on composite measures, 1997-2004. Am J Prev Med 2007 Feb; 32(2):11-8. [Analyzes responses to survey questions concerning the use of USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer, influenza immunization, and pneumococcal immunization; cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 3rd edition, 2004, Screening for colorectal cancer: recommendation and rationale (Ann Intern Med, 2002), and Screening for Cervical Cancer: Recommendation and Rationale, 2003, as posted on AHRQ Web site.]

Current Infectious Disease Reports
Wolf LL, Walensky RP. Testing for HIV infection in the United States. Curr Infect Dis Rep 2007 Jan; 9(1):76-82. [Discusses and cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for HIV infection (Ann Intern Med, 2005).]

Health Services Research
Koroukian SM, Xu F, Dor A, et al. Colorectal cancer screening in the elderly population: disparities by dual Medicare-Medicaid enrollment status. Health Serv Res 2006 Dec; 41(6):2136-54. [Cites Screening for Cervical Cancer: Recommendation and Ratiionale, 2003, as posted on AHRQ Web site.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Fillenbaum GG, Burchett BM, Kuchibhatla MN, et al. Effect of cancer screening and desirable health behaviors on functional status, self-rated health, health service use and mortality. J Am Geriatr Soc 2007 Jan; 55(1):66-74. [Cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2005; cites findings from AHRQ MEPS Statistical Brief, Variations in Smoking by Selected Demographic, Socioeconomic, Insurance, and Health Characteristics, United States, 2003, as posted on AHRQ Web site.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Wolf MS, Gazmararian JA, Baker DW. Health literacy and health risk behaviors among older adults. Am J Prev Med 2007 Feb; 32(2):19-24. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Health Literacy: Impact on Health Outcomes, 2004, and notes reports call for further research to document more consistently the causal pathways through which health literacy affects individual health.]

Hamilton BE, Minino AM, Martin JA, et al. Annual summary of vital statistics: 2005. Pediatrics 2007 Feb; 119(2):345-60. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Vaginal Births After Cesarean (VBAC), 2003.]

Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Chiang HY, Pepper GA. Barriers to nurses' reporting of medication administration errors in Taiwan. J Nurs Scholarsh 2006 Fourth Q; 38(4):392-9. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer; A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001.]

National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR)/National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR)-Related Articles

Ambulatory Pediatrics
DeWalt DA, Dilling MH, Rosenthal MS, et al. Low parental literacy is associated with worse asthma care measures in children. Ambul Pediatr 2007 Jan-Feb; 7(1):25-31. [Cites childhood asthma hospitalization rates from AHRQ's NHQR.]

Rosenthal MS, Socolar RR, DeWalt DA, et al. Parents with low literacy report higher quality of parent-provider relationships in a residency clinic. Ambul Pediatr 2007 Jan-Feb; 7(1):51-5. [Cites findings from AHRQ's NHQR and NHDR as described in AHRQ-authored article by Kelley, et al. (Prev Chronic Dis, 2004); cites AHRQ-authored article by Simpson (former AHRQ deputy director), et al. (other authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, and Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Ambul Pediatr, 2005).]

BNAs Health Care Policy Report
HHS reports some gains in care quality, but sees problems in prevention, disparities. BNA Health Care Policy Rep 2007 Jan 29; 15(4):141-2. [Summarizes findings and recommendations from AHRQ's NHQR and NHDR for 2006, and gives Web site addresses for each report.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Lindenauer PK, Remus D, Roman S, et al. Public reporting and pay for performance in hospital quality improvement. N Engl J Med 2007 Feb 1; 356(5):486-96. [Second author is former AHRQ researcher; cites AHRQ's NHQR, 2005; cites AHRQ-funded article by Zhan (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence) and Miller (former AHRQ researcher) (JAMA, 2003); cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Strategies to Support Quality-Based Purchasing: A Review of the Literature, 2004.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Managed Care
Howden CW, Blume SW, de Lissovoy G. Practice patterns for managing Helicobacter pylori infection and upper gastrointestinal symptoms. Am J Manag Care 2007 Jan; 13(1):37-44. [Uses MEPS for corroborating information on the nationwide distribution of individuals by region and plan type; cites AHRQ-funded article by Majumdar, et al (Am J Gastroenterol, 2003).]

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Gilman BH, Bonito AJ, Eicheldinger G. Impact of influenza immunization on medical expenditures among Medicare elderly, 1999-2003. Am J Prev Med 2007 Feb; 32(2):107-15. [Uses self-reported survey data from the Medicare Fee for Service module of the Medicare Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Survey (previous title) (CAHPS-MFFS) for 2000 to 2003.]

Journal of Disability Policy Studies
Yelin E, Cisternas M, Trupin L. The economic impact of disability in the United States, 1997: total and incremental estimates. J Disabil Policy Stud 2006 Winter; 17(3):137-47. [Uses 1997 MEPS Household Component data.]

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