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February 3, 2006

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 and other research using AHRQ data or products.

AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles

Annals of Family Medicine
Beach MC, Meredith LS, Halpern J, et al. Physician conceptions of responsibility to individual patients and distributive justice in health care. Ann Fam Med 2005 Jan-Feb; 3(1):53-9. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS08349.]

Clinical Rehabilitation
Lyons KD, Tickle-Degnen L, DeGroat EJ. Inferring personality traits of clients with Parkinson's disease from their descriptions of favourite activities. Clin Rehabil 2005 Oct; 19(7):799-809. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R03 HS13292-01.]

General Hospital Psychiatry
Sherbourne C, Schoenbaum M, Wells KB, et al. Characteristics, treatment patterns, and outcomes of persistent depression despite treatment in primary care. Gen Hosp Psychiatry 2004 Mar-Apr; 26(2):106-14. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS08349.]

Health Policy and Planning
McNamara P. Provider-specific report cards: a tool for health sector accountability in developing countries. Health Policy Plan 2006 Mar; 21(2):101-9. [Author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets.]

Health Services Research
Sobo EJ, Seid M, Gelhard LR. Parent-identified barriers to pediatric health care: a process-oriented model. Health Serv Res 2006 Feb; 41(1):148-72. [Supported by Grants No. R03 HS013058 and R01HS010317.]

Glance LG, Dick AW, Osler TM, et al. Does date stamping ICD-9-CM codes increase the value of clinical information in administrative data? Health Serv Res 2006 Feb; 41(1):231-51. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS13617; uses Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) State Inpatient Databases (SID) for California, 1998-2000 and uses the Elixhauser comorbidity measure/algorithm (Med Care, 1998).]

Tsai AC, Votruba M, Bridges JF, et al. Overcoming bias in estimating the volume-outcome relationship. Health Serv Res 2006 Feb; 41(1):252-64. [Supported by Grant Nos. T32 HS00059-06 and 1 R36 HS01451-01.]

Marsden PV, Landon BE, Wilson IB, et al. The reliability of survey assessments of characteristics of medical clinics. Health Serv Res 2006 Feb; 41(1):265-83. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10227.]

Medical Care Research and Review
Hebert PL, McBean AM, Kane RL. Explaining trends in hospitalizations for pneumonia and influenza in the elderly. Med Care Res Rev 2005 Oct; 62(5):560-82. [Supported by Grant No. R03 HS10154-01.]

Mayer ML, Slifkin RT, Skinner AC. The effects of rural residence and other social vulnerabilities on subjective measures of unmet need. Med Care Res Rev 2005 Oct; 62(5):617-28. [Supported by Grant No. 1 K02 HS013309-01A1.]

Heslin KC, Andersen RM, Ettner SL, et al. Do specialist self-referral insurance policies improve access to HIV/experienced physicians as a regular source of care? Med Care Res Rev 2005 Oct; 62(5):583-600. [Supported by HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS) Grant No. U01 HS08578.]

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Kulasingam SL, Myers ER, Lawson HW, et al. Cost-effectiveness of extending cervical cancer screening intervals among women with prior normal Pap tests. Obstet Gynecol 2006 Feb; 107(2 Pt 1):321-8. [Supported by Grant No. HS07373.]

Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Shah SS, Lautenbach E, Long CB, et al. Staphylococcus aureas as a risk factor for bloodstream infection in children with postoperative mediastinitis. Pediatr Infect Dis J 2005 Sep; 24(9):834-7. [Supported by Grant No. U18 HS10399.]

Mayer ML, Preisser JS. The changing composition of the pediatric medical subspecialty workforce. Pediatrics 2005 Oct; 116(4):833-40. [Supported by Grant No. 1 K02 HS013309-01A1.]

Statistics in Medicine
Paliwal P, Gelfand AE, Abraham L, et al. Examining accuracy of screening mammography using an event order model. Stat Med 2006 Jan 30; 25(2):267-83. [Supported by Grant No. HS10591.]

Zhang S, Sun D, He CZ, et al. A Bayesian semi-parametric model for colorectal cancer incidences. Stat Med 2006 Jan 30; 25(2):285-309. [Supported by Grant No. HS14095-01.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Annals of Internal Medicine
Reilly BM, Evans AT. Translating clinical research into clinical practice: impact of using prediction rules to make decisions. Ann Intern Med 2006 Feb 7; 144(3):201-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Selker, et al. (Ann Intern Med, 1998) and Gage, et al. (JAMA, 2001).]

BNAs Health Plan and Provider Report
Training for national hospital survey to start in early February, CMS says. BNA Health Plan Provider Rep 2006 Jan 25; 12(4):103-4. [Discusses Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) training and implementation plans.]

British Medical Journal
Choudhry NK, Anderson GM, Laupacis A, et al. Impact of adverse events on prescribing warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation: matched pair analysis. BMJ 2006 Jan 21; 332(7534):141-3. [Additional authors Ross-Degnan D and Soumerai SB are investigators in the AHRQ-funded HMO Research Network Center For Education and Research in Therapeutics (CERTs).]

CQ Healthbeat
Study finds that less than half of children get dental checkups. CQ Healthbeat 2006 Jan 31; 4th story. [Summarizes findings from Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data.]

Drug Industry Daily
Industry concerned AHRQ comparative studies could limit Rx access. Drug Industry Daily 2006 Feb 1; 5(22). [Discusses implications of and reactions to AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program.]

Ethnicity and Disease
Wells KB, Staunton A, Norris KC, et al. Building an academic-community partnered network for clinical services research: the Community Health Improvement Collaborative (CHIC). Ethnic Dis 2006 Winter; 16(1 Suppl):S1-3-17. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Tunis, Stryer, and Clancy (second and third authors are former AHRQ center director and AHRQ Director, respectively); cites AHRQ report, Community-Based Participatory Research: Assessing the Evidence, 2004.]

Bluthenthal RN, Jones L, Fackler-Lowrie N, et al. Witness for Wellness: preliminary findings from a community-academic participatory research mental health initiative. Ethnic Dis 2006 Winter; 16(1 Suppl):S1-18-34. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Depression in Primary Care, Vol. 1: Detection and Diagnosis, and Vol. 2: Treatment of Major Depression, 1993.]

Patel KK, Koegel P, Booker T, et al.. Innovative approaches to obtaining community feedback in the Witness for Wellness Experience. Ethnic Dis 2006 Winter; 16(1 Suppl):S1-35-42. [Cites AHRQ report, Community-Based Participatory Research: Assessing the Evidence, 2004.]

Stockdale S, Patel K, Gray R, et al. Supporting wellness through policy and advocacy: a case history of a working group in a community partnership initiative to address depression. Ethnic Dis 2006 Winter; 16(1 Suppl):S1-43-53. [Cites AHRQ report, Community-Based Participatory Research: Assessing the Evidence, 2004.]

Mulvaney-Day NE, Rappaport N, Alegria M, et al. Developing systems interventions in a school setting: an application of community-based participatory research for mental health. Ethnic Dis 2006 Winter; 16(1 Suppl):S1-107-117. [Cites AHRQ report, Community-Based Participatory Research: Assessing the Evidence, 2004.]

Chen DT, Jones L, Gelberg L. Ethics of clinical research within a community-academic partnered participatory framework. Ethnic Dis 2006 Winter; 16(1 Suppl):S1-118-135. [Cites AHRQ report, Community-Based Participatory Research: Assessing the Evidence, 2004.]

Health Data Management
Newsline digest: HHS I.T. office gets funds for 2006. Health Data Manage 2006 Feb; 14(2):36. [Notes continuation of $50 million funding for AHRQ IT demonstration programs.]

Health Services Research
Hasnain-Wynia R. Is evidence-based medicine patient-centered and is patient-centered care evidence-based? Health Serv Res 2006 Feb; 41(1):1-8. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Brach and Fraser (researcher in and director of AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organizations, and Markets) (Med Care, 2000).]

Kronick R, Olsen LC. A needle in a haystack? Uninsured workers in small businesses that do not offer coverage. Health Serv Res 2006 Feb; 41(1):40-57. [Describes AHRQ's MEPS-Institutional Component (IC) in comparison with results obtained from study instruments.]

Benedict RE. Disparities in use of an unmet need for therapeutic and supportive services among school-age children with functional limitations: a comparison across settings. Health Serv Res 2006 Feb; 41(1):103-24. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Szilagyi, Shenkman, Brach (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets), et al. (Pediatrics, 2003) and Zuvekas and Taliaferro (Health Aff, 2003).]

Guendelman S, Wier M, Angulo V, et al. The effects of child-only insurance coverage and family coverage on health care access and use: recent findings among low-income children in California. Health Serv Res 2006 Feb; 41(1):125-47. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Elixhauser et al. (Ambul Pediatr 2002).]

Medicine and Health
E-prescribing goes under the microscope. Med Health 2006 Jan 30; 60(6):7-8. [Notes joint AHRQ-CMS management of electronic health record pilot program to take place later this year.]

Modern Healthcare
By the numbers: spending on trauma-related disorders. Mod Healthc 2006 Jan 30; 36(5):9. [Cites findings from AHRQ's MEPS data.]

Washington Drug Letter
FDA, AHRQ collaborate on study of medical treatments. Wash Drug Lett 2006 Jan 30: 38(5). [Describes planned topics of study and in and applications of AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program.]

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

Health Services Research
Pathman DE, Ricketts TC 3rd, Konrad TR. How adults' access to outpatient physician services relates to the local supply of primary care physicians in the rural Southeast. Health Serv Res 2006 Feb; 41(1):79-102. [Cites USPSTF preventive services recommendations as posted on AHRQ Web site.]

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Renker PR, Tonkin P. Women's views of prenatal violence screening: acceptability and confidentiality issues. Obstet Gynecol 2006 Feb; 107(2 Pt 1):348-54. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for family and intimate partner violence (Ann Intern Med, 2004).]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Health Services Research
Arah OA, ten Asbroek AH, Delnoij DM, et al. Psychometric properties of the Dutch version of the Hospital-level Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Survey instrument. Health Serv Res 2006 Feb; 41(1):284-301. [Uses 2003 pilot version of HCAHPS® for adaptation to Dutch survey instrument; cites assistance from Charles Darby, researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.]

Current as of February 2006


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