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February 8, 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

American Heart Journal
Cowper PA, DeLong ER, Peterson ED, et al. Variability in cost of coronary bypass surgery in New York State: Potential for cost savings. Am Heart J 2002 Jan; 143(1):130-39. [Grant No. HS06503.]

Weiss JP, Parsons LS, Every NR, et al. Does enrollment in a randomized clinical trial lead to a higher cost of routine? Am Heart J 2002 Jan; 143(1):140-44. [Grant No. HS08362.]

American Journal of Managed Care
Meenan RT, Goodman MJ, Fishman PA, et al. Issues in pooling administrative data for economic evaluation. Am J Manag Care 2002 Jan; 8(1):45-53. [Post-doctoral Fellowships T32 HS00069 (RJM) and F32 HS00072 (MJG).]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Levine AM. Evaluation and management of HIV-infected women. Ann Intern Med 2002 Feb 5; 136(3):228-42. [Cites supplemental funding by AHRQ.]

Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America
Titler MG, Everett LQ. Translating research into practice. Considerations for critical care investigators. Crit Care Nurs Clin North Am 2001 Dec; 13(4):587-604. [Grant No. 5-R01 HS10482.]

Health Economics
Hollingworth W, Deyo RA, Sullivan SD, et al. The practicality and validity of directly elicited and SF-36 derived health state preferences in patients with low back pain. Health Econ 2002 Jan; 11(1):71-85. [Grant No. HS09499 and HS09499-02S1.]

Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Cohn SE, Berk ML, Berry SH, et al. The care of HIV-infected adults in rural areas of the United States. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 2001 Dec 1; 28(4):385-92. [Cooperative Agreement HS08578.]

Journal of the American Pharmaceutical Association
Amsler MR, Murray MD, Tierney WM, et al. Pharmaceutical care in chain pharmacies: Beliefs and attitudes of pharmacists and patients. J Am Pharm Assoc 2001 Nov-Dec; 41(6);850-855. [Grant No. 5-R01 HS09083.]

Journal of Economic and Social Measurement
Mukamel DB, Dick A, Spector WD. Specification issues in measurement of quality of medical care using risk adjusted outcomes. J Econ Soc Meas 2000; 26(3-4):267-81. [Third author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Organization and Delivery Studies.]

Journal of Family Practice
Okkes IM, Polderman GO, Fryer GE, et al. The role of family practice in different health care systems. A comparison o reasons for encounter, diagnoses, and interventions in the primary care populations in the Netherlands, Japan, Poland, and the United States. J Fam Pract 2002 Jan; 51(1). [First and last authors Okkes and Lamberts researched study during 1999 scholarship at AHRQ.]

Journal of Health Economics
Harris K, Schultz J, Feldman R. Measuring consumer perceptions of quality differences among competing health benefit plans. J Health Econ 2002 Jan; 21(1):1-17. [Grant No. T32 HS00046.]

Beaulieu ND. Quality information and consumer health plan choices. J Health Econ 2002 Jan; 21(1):43-63. [Author was AHRQ Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard School of Public Health.]

Bundorf MK. Employee demand for health insurance and employer health plan choices. J Health Econ 2002 Jan; 21(1):65-88. [Grant No. T32 HS00009.]

Medical Care
Parchman ML, Pugh JA, Noel PH, et al. Continuity of care, self-management behaviors, and glucose control in patients with type 2 diabetes. Med Care 2002 Feb; 40(2):137-44. [Minority MEDTEP Grant No. HS07397.]

Zhan C, Sangl J, Meyer GS, et al. Consumer assessments of care for children and adults in health plans. How to they compare? Med Care 2002 Feb; 40(2):145-54. [First three authors are researchers in and director of AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.]

Gandhi TK, Cook EF, Puopolo AL, et al. Inconsistent reports cards. Assessing the comparability of various measures of the quality of ambulatory care. Med Care 2002 Feb; 40(2):155-65. [Fourth author is Helen Burstin, director of AHRQ's Center for Primary Care Research.]

Obstetrics & Gynecology
Farquhar CM, Steiner CA. Hysterectomy rates in the United States 1990-1997. Obstet Gynecol 2002 Feb; 99(2):229-34. [First author is former researcher in AHRQ's Center for Practice and Technology Assessment; second author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Organization and Delivery Studies.]

Medical Decision Making
Houts RM, Smucker WD, Jacobson JA, et al. Predicting elderly outpatients' life-sustaining treatment preferences over time: The majority rules. Med Decis Making 2002 Jan-Feb; 22(1):39-52. [Grant No. R01 HS08180.]

New Zealand Medical Journal
Fitzjohn J, Studdert D. A compensation perspective on error prevention: Is the ACC medical misadventure scheme compensating the right sort of injury? N Z Med J 2001; 114(1140):432-34. [Grant No. K02 HS11285.]

Nicotine & Tobacco Research
Piper ME, Fox BJ, Welsch SK, et al. Gender and racial/ethnic differences in tobacco-dependence treatment: A commentary and research recommendations. Nicotine Tobacco Res 2001 Nov; 3(4):291-97. [Contract No. AHCPR-98-0015.]

Pediatric Research
Collins MP, Lorenz JM, Jetton JR, et al. Hypocapnia and other ventilation-related risk factors for cerebral palsy in low birth weight infants. Pediatr Res 2001 Dec; 50(6):712-19. [Grant No. HS 08385.]

Hammond CS, Wasson JH, Walker-Corkery E, et al. Frequently used patient and physician-directed educational intervention does nothing to improve primary care of prostate conditions. Urology 2001 Dec; 58(6):875-81. [PORT-II Grant No. HS 08397.]

Bubolz T, Wasson JH, Lu-Yao G, et al. Treatments for prostate cancer in older men: 1984-1997. Urology 2001 Dec; 58(6):977-82. [PORT-II Grant No. HS 08397.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Ambulatory Child Health
Berry CA, Butler PM, Budetti PP. Child development services in Medicaid managed care organizations. Ambul Child Health 2001; 7(3-4):157-67. [Cites Steiner et al., J Gen Intern Med, 1996.]

American Health Line
Budget: Details of Bush proposal released. Am Health Line 2002 Feb 5; #1. [Cites proposed FY 2003 budget of $252 million for AHRQ.]

Hysterectomy rates: Remained steady throughout the 1990s. Am Health Line 2002 Feb 5; #14. [Quotes AHRQ researcher Claudia Steiner in review of article cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

American Journal of Managed Care
Szeto HC, Coleman RK, Gholami P, et al. Accuracy of computerized outpatient diagnoses in a Veterans Affairs general medicine clinic. Am J Manag Care 2002 Jan; 8(1):37-43. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Powe et al., Med Care, 1996.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Meeker WC, Haldeman S. Chiropractic: A profession at the crossroads of mainstream and alternative medicine. Ann Intern Med 2002 Feb 5; 136(3):216-227. [Cites AHRQ's low back pain guidelines and AHRQ report Chiropractic in the United States: Training, practice, and research, 1998.]

Blue Sheet
AHRQ first national health disparities report expected in 2003. Blue Sheet 2002 Jan 23; 45(4):14. [Cites report requirements as mandated in Agency's 1999 Reauthorization.]

AHRQ 30% FY 2003 budget increase to be urged by friends of group. Blue Sheet 2002 Jan 30; 45(5):14. [Discusses possible agency budget cuts and efforts to support agency funding before Congress.]

AHRQ intends to continue and expand EPC program through RFP. Blue Sheet 2002 Jan 30; 45(5):20. [Cites agency plans for awards during renewal phase of program.]

BNA's Health Care Policy Report
Hospitals, health groups release criteria for patient safety standards, urge flexibility. BNA's Health Care Policy Rep 2002 Jan 21; 10(3):95-96. [Cites AHRQ report recommending further research on computerized physician order entry systems.]

BNA's Health Plan & Provider Report
Hospitals, health groups release criteria for patient safety standards, urge flexibility. BNA's Health Plan Provider Rep 2002 Jan 23; 8(4):120-21. [Cites AHRQ report recommending further research on computerized physician order entry systems.]

EBRI Issue Brief
Vitt LA, Siegenthaler JK, Siegenthaler L, et al. Consumer health care finances and education: Matters of values. EBRI Issue Brief 2002 Jan; 241:1-27. [Third author is former AHRQ researcher; cites Cooper and Schone, Health Aff, 1997.]

Health News Daily
Bush's AHRQ budget will boost patient safety but potentially cut total funding. Health News Daily 2002 Feb 4; 14(23):1-2. [Request would commit $5 million each to FDA and AHRQ to pursue implementation of new patient safety technologies.]

Diagnostics R&D supported by Bush's bioterrorism budget plan for FDA/NIH. Health News Daily 2002 Feb 5; 14(24):6-7. [Cites proposed $5 million increase in AHRQ's patient safety budget.]

Medtronic Activa Medicare coverage decision favored by tech assessment. Health News Daily 2002 Feb 4; 14(25):5-6. [Cites findings from AHRQ-funded technology assessment conducted by the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Technology Evaluation Center.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Choudhry NK, Stelfox HT, Detsky AS. Relationships between authors of clinical practice guidelines and the pharmaceutical industry. JAMA 2002 Feb 6; 287(5):612-617. [Cites AHRQ's heart failure guidelines and unstable angina guidelines.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement
Landon BE, Huskamp HA, Tobias C, et al. The evolution of quality management in state Medicaid agencies: A national survey of states with comprehensive managed care programs. Jt Comm J Qual Improv 2002 Feb; 28(2):72-82. [Cites AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Survey®.]

Oermann MH, Lesley M, Kuefler SF. Using the Internet to teach consumers about quality care. Jt Comm J Qual Improv 2002 Feb; 28(2):83-89. [Cites AHRQ Internet resources on health and quality.]

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Rogers WH, Wilson IB, Bungay KM, et al. Assessing the performance of a new depression screener for primary care (PC-SAD). J Clin Epidemiol 2002 Feb; 55(2):164-75. [Cites AHRQ's depression guidelines.]

Journal of Family Practice
Park ER, Gross NAM, Goldstein MG, et al. Physician recruitment for a community-based smoking cessation intervention. J Fam Pract 2002 Jan; 51(1). [Cites AHRQ's smoking cessation guidelines, 1996.]

Journal of Health Economics
Scanlon DP, Chernew M, McLaughlin, et al. The impact of health plan report cards on managed care enrollment. J Health Econ 2002 Jan; 21(1):19-41. [Cites Farley et al., "Effects of CAHPS® health plan performance information on plan choices by New Jersey Medicaid beneficiaries," Health Serv Res, in press.]

Journal of Health and Social Behavior
Timmermans S, Angell A. Evidence-based medicine, clinical uncertainty, and learning to doctor. J Health Soc Behav 2001 Dec; 42(4):342-59. [Cites John Eisenberg's assertion that "students of health professions should be encouraged to ask every day, 'What's the evidence?'" JAMA, 1999.]

Malat J. Social distance and patients' rating of healthcare providers. J Health Soc Behav 2001 Dec; 42(4):360-72. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Schulman et al, N Engl J Med, 1999.]

Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics
Slade E, Salkever D. Symptom effects on employment in a structural model of mental illness and treatment: Analysis of patients with schizophrenia. J Ment Health Policy Econ 2001 Mar; 4(1):25-34. [Cites AHRQ report Primary Data Analysis: Schizophrenia Patient Research Team, 1997.]

Moscarelli M. Editorial. J Ment Health Policy Econ 2001 Mar; 4(1):53-54. [Cites use of data from AHRQ's Health Care Cost and Utilization Project in article by Bao and Sturm cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data.]

Medical Care
Petersen LA. Racial differences in trust. Reaping what we have sown? Med Care 2002 Feb; 40(2):81-84. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Schulman et al., N Engl J Med, 1999.]

Hanlon JT, Fillenbaum GG, Kuchibhatla M, et al. Impact of inappropriate drug use on mortality and functional status in representative community dwelling elders. Med Care 2002 Feb; 40(2):166-76. [Recommends development and updating of guidelines for potential age-specific drug-drug or drug-disease problems by independent national groups such as AHRQ's Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTS); cites CERTS Web site.]

Report on Medical Guidelines & Outcomes Research
Government Web site aids bioterrorism diagnoses. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2002 Jan 25; 13(2):3-4. [Describes new AHRQ Web site providing continuing education courses on bioterrorism preparedness.]

Women & Health
Easton A, Husten C, Elon L, et al. Non-primary care physicians and smoking cessation counseling: Women physicians' health study. Women Health 2001; 34(4):15-29. [Cites AHRQ's smoking cessation guidelines, 2000.]

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

Ambulatory Child Health
Wall TC, Peralta-Carcelen M, Fargason CA, et al. Support of universal newborn hearing screening among mothers and health care providers. Ambul Child Health 2001; 7(3-4):283-95. [Cites U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations regarding newborn hearing screening.]

American Family Physician
Wright J. What's the buzz? A focus on evidence in AFP. Am Fam Physician 2002 Jan 15; 65(2):156. [Cites publication of USPSTF executive summaries in previous and current issues.]

Clinical quiz. Am Fam Physician 2002 Jan 15; 65(2):167-69. [Includes questions relating to USPSTF recommendations on lipid disorder screening cited below.]

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for lipid disorders in adults: Recommendations and rationale. Am Fam Physician 2002 Jan 15; 65(2):273-76. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations originally published in the April 2001 supplement of Am J Prev Med and posted on AHRQ Web site.]

Siwek J, Gourlay ML. How to write an evidence-based clinical review article. Am Fam Physician 2002 Jan 15; 65(2):251-58. [Lists AHRQ, National Guideline Clearinghouse™, and USPSTF as sources of evidence-based medicine; cites USPSTF evidence rating criteria.]

Medical Care
Druss BJ, Rosenheck RA, Desai MM, et al. Quality of preventive medical care for patients with mental disorders. Med Care 2002 Feb; 40(2):129-36. [Cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

American Journal of Law & Medicine
Terry NP. An ehealth diptych: The impact of privacy regulation on medical error and malpractice litigation. Am J Law Med 2001; 27(4):361-419. [Cites AHRQ activities with computerized patient records, synthesized research on adverse drug events, reports on health care safety, evidence-based practice centers, and National Guideline Clearinghouse™; cites recommendation for a "federal certification program for practice guidelines to be operated by AHRQ".]

BNA's Health Care Policy Report
Evidence-based center proposals sought. BNA's Health Care Policy Rep 2002 Jan 28; 10(4):140. [Summarized AHRQ request for proposals for evidence-based practice center candidates.]

Health Grants & Contracts Weekly
AHRQ solicits proposals for new evidence-based practice centers. Health Grants Contracts Wkly 2002 Jan 21; 25(3):1, 8. [Summarizes AHRQ request for proposals for evidence-based practice centers.]

Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Heidenreich PA, Alloggiamento T, Melsop K, et al. the prognostic value of troponin in patients with non-ST elevation acute coronary syndromes: A meta-analysis. J Am Coll Cardiol 2001 Aug; 38(2):478-85. [Contract No. 290-97-0013 to UCSF-Stanford Evidence-based Practice Center.]

Quality Commission/QuIC Task Force-Related Articles

Medicine & Health
Quality forum has first consensus, feds' view unclear. Med Health 2002 Jan 21; 56(1):3. [Cites establishment of National Quality Forum based on recommendations by the Quality Commission; states that AHRQ will provide the list of 27 serious reportable events to interested states for use in state medical error databases.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data

American Journal of Managed Care
Rao JK, Kroenke K, Mihaliak KA, et al. Can guidelines impact the ordering of magnetic resonance imaging studies by primary care providers for low back pain? Am J Manag Care 2002 Jan; 8(1):27-35. [Uses AHRQ low back pain guidelines as test instruments.]

Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics
Thomas KC, Snowden LR. J Ment Health Policy Econ 2001 Mar; 4(1):35-41. [Uses data from AHRQ's National Medical Expenditure Survey, 1987.]

Bao Y, Sturm R. How do trends for behavioral health inpatient care differ from medical inpatient care in U.S. community hospitals? J Ment Health Policy Econ 2001 Mar; 4(1):55-63. [Uses the National Inpatient Sample from AHRQ's Health Care Cost and Utilization Project.]

Medical Decision Making
Levy DT, Friend K. A simulation model of policies directed at treating tobacco use and dependence. Med Decis Making 2002 Jan-Feb; 22(1):6-17. [Uses methodology and data from AHRQ's smoking cessation guidelines, 1996 and 2000; cites article on the cost-effectiveness of AHRQ smoking cessation guidelines in JAMA, 1997.]

Schackman BR, Goldie SJ, Freedberg KA, et al. Comparison of health state utilities using community and patient preference weights derived from a survey of patients with HIV/AIDS. Med Decis Making 2002 Jan-Feb; 22(1):27-38. [Uses data from AHRQ's HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study.]

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