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February 8, 2008

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

Annals of Family Medicine
Rodriguez MA, Heilemann MV, Fielder E, et al. Intimate partner violence, depression, and PTSD among pregnant Latina women. Ann Fam Med 2008 Jan-Feb; 6(1):44-52. [Supported by grant 7 R01 HS11104, Proyecto CUNA: Outcomes for IPV: Patient and Provider Perspective (Supplemental), 2002-2004, to first author.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Yin W, Basu A, Zhang JX, et al. The effect of the Medicare Part D prescription benefit on drug utilization and expenditures. Ann Intern Med 2008 Feb 5; 148(3):169-77. [Supported by K08 HS15699-01A1 to sixth author Alexander GC.]

Chen RC, Clark JA, Manola J, et al. Treatment 'mismatch' in early prostate cancer: do treatment choices take patient quality of life into account? Cancer 2008 Jan 1; 112(1):61-68. [Supported by grant HS08208.]

Clinical Pediatrics
Slora EJ, Steffes JM, Harris D, et al. Improving pediatric practice immunization rates through distance-based quality improvement: a feasibility trial from PROS. Clin Pediatr 2008 Jan; 47(2):25-36. [Supported by grant R21 HS013512.]

Clinical Therapeutics
Khanna R, Smith MJ. Utilization and costs of medical services and prescription medications for rheumatoid arthritis among recipients covered by a state Medicaid program: a retrospective, cross-sectional, descriptive database analysis. Clin Ther 2007 Nov; 29(11):2456-67. [Supported by grant 1 P20 HS015390.]

Hohenhaus MH, McGarry KA, Col NF. Hormone therapy for the prevention of bone loss in menopausal women with osteopenia: is it a viable option? Drugs 2007; 67(16):2311-21. [Supported by grant 2 R01 HS013329004A1 and TIN#1931176109A1.]

Health Psychology
Hanoch Y, Katsikopoulos KV, Gummerum M, et al. American and German students knowledge, perceptions, and behaviors with respect to over-the-counter pain relievers. Health Psychol 2007 Nov; 26(6):802-6. [Supported by grant T32 HS00046.]

Journal of Cardiac Failure
Riegel B, Moser DK, Rayens MK, et al. Ethnic differences in quality of life in persons with heart failure. J Card Fail 2008 Feb; 14(1):41-47. [Supported by grant R03 HS09822.]

Journal of Cystic Fibrosis
Dellon EP, Leigh MW, Yankaskas JR, et al. Effects of lung transplantation on inpatient end of life care in cystic fibrosis. J Cyst Fibros 2007 Nov 30: 6(6):396-402. [Supported by grant 2 U18 HS10397-07.]

Journal of Pediatrics
Zandieh SO, Goldmann DA, Keohane CA, et al. Risk factors in preventable adverse drug events in pediatric outpatients. J Pediatr 2008 Feb; 152:225-31. [Supported by grant P01 HS11534.]

Nursing Economics
Hubbard HB Expanded newborn screening for genetic and metabolic disorders: modeling costs and outcomes. Nurs Econ 2007 Nov-Dec; 25(6):345-52. [Author was AHRQ researcher at time of publication acceptance.]

Pfoh E, Wessels MR, Goldmann D, et al. Burden and economic cost of group A streptococcal pharyngitis. Pediatrics 2008 Feb; 121(2):229-34. [Supported by grant 5 K08 HS013808-04.]

Yorita KL, Holman RC, Sejvar JJ, Steiner CA, et al. Infectious disease hospitalizations among infants in the United States. Pediatrics 2008 Feb; 121(2):244-52. [Fourth author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets; uses 2003 data from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Kids Inpatient Database (KID).]

American Academy of Pediatrics Steering Committee on Quality Improvement and Management, American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Practice and Ambulatory Medicine, Hodgson ES, Simpson L, Lannon CM, et al. Principles for the development and use of quality measures. Pediatrics 2008 Feb; 121(2):411-18. [AHRQ researcher and children's health advisor Denise Dougherty is an unnamed co-author and a liaison to the Steering Committee on Quality Improvement and Management, whose membership includes former AHRQ deputy director Lisa Simpson (second lead author); cites AHRQ's National Healthcare Disparities Report and National Healthcare Quality Report, 2005; mentions inclusion of AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) in the health Plan Employer Data and Information Set (HEDIS) 2006 reporting set and AHRQ's release of clinician and group CAHPS® surveys in 2007.]

Skinner AC, Mayer ML, Flower K, et al. Health status and health care expenditures in a nationally representative sample: how do overweight and health-weight children compare? Pediatrics 2008 Feb; 121(2):e269-77. [Supported by grants H T32 HS00032-14 and 1 K02 HS013309-01A1; uses 2002 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data.]

Quality Management in Health Care
Stulberg J. The Physician Quality Reporting Initiative—a gateway to pay for performance: what every health care professional should know. Qual Manag Health Care2008 Jan-Mar; 17(1):2-8. [Supported by grant T32 HS00059.]

Rose J. Industry influence in the creation of pay-for-performance quality measures. Qual Manag Health Care 2008 Jan-Mar; 17(1):27-34. [Supported by grant 2 T32 HS00059.]

Women's Health Issues
Moy E, Dayton E. Frontiers in gender-based research: health care quality data. Women's Health Issues 2007 Nov-Dec; 17(6):334-37. [Authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. Also go to AHRQ-funded articles by Nygren et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles and by MacLean et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Annals of Family Medicine
Berry LL, Parish JT, Janakiraman R, et al. Patients' commitment to their primary physician and why it matters. Ann Fam Med 2008 Jan-Feb; 6(1):6-13. [Cites AHRQ publication 1987 NMES Household Survey and Health Insurance Plans Survey Data (CD-ROM), 1998.]

Aikens JE, Nease DE Jr, Klinkman MS. Explaining patients beliefs about the necessity and harmfulness of antidepressants. Ann Fam Med 2008 Jan-Feb; 6(1):23-29. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Depression in Primary Care, Volume 1: Detection and Diagnosis, 1993.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Stuart B. Where are the Medicare Part D claims data? Ann Intern Med 2008 Feb 5; 148(3):239-40. [Comments on AHRQ-funded article by Yin et al. cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Ligi I, Arnaud F, Jouve E, et al. Iatrogenic events in admitted neonates: a positive cohort study. Lancet 2008 Feb 2; 371(9610):404-10. [Cites HCUP data on hospitalized neonates and medical errors (Kanter et al., Pediatr Crit Care Med, 2004) and AHRQ-funded article by Bates et al. (JAMA, 1995).]

Medical Decision Making
Kaufman JS. Dissecting disparities. Med Decis Making 2008 Jan-Feb; 28(1):9-11. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Fiscella, Franks, Gold, and Clancy (AHRQ director) (JAMA, 2000).]

MMWR: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). State Medicaid coverage for tobacco-dependence treatments—United States, 2006. MMWR Morb Mortal; Wkly Rep 2008 Feb 8; 57(5):117-22. [Cites AHRQ guideline Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

Quality Management in Health Care
Hendrickson MA. Pay for performance and medical professionalism. Qual Manag Health Care 2008 Jan-Mar; 17(1):9-18. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Rosenthal et al. (JAMA, 2005 and Health Aff, 2004) and Glance et al. (Med Care, 2006).]

Watts B, Lawrence R, Litaker D, et al. Quality of care by a hypertension expert: a cautionary tale for pay-for-performance approaches. Qual Manag Health Care 2008 Jan-Mar; 17(1):35-46. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Rosenthal et al. (Health Aff, 2004).]

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

Annals of Internal Medicine
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for bacterial vaginosis in pregnancy to prevent preterm delivery: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. Ann Intern Med 2008 Feb 5; 148(3):214-19. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendation on screening for bacterial vaginosis in pregnancy.]

Nygren P, Fu R, Freeman M, et al. Evidence on the benefits and harms of screening and treating pregnant women who are asymptomatic for bacterial vaginosis: an update review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med2008 Feb 5; 148(3):220-33. [Supported by contract 290-02-0024, task order 2, to the Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center.]

Weinberg DS. In the clinic: colorectal cancer screening. Ann Intern Med 2008 Feb 5; 148(3):ITC2-1-16. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2007) and USPSTF recommendation statement on postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy for primary prevention of chronic conditions (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine
Wittink MN, Bogner HR. Primary care physicians' assessments of older patients' health and psychological status and recommendation of mammography. J Am Bd Fam Med 2008 Jan-Feb; 21(1):17-23. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer, on AHRQ Web site, and cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on the cost-effectiveness of screening mammography beyond age 65 years (Ann Intern Med, 2003).]

Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
Palma S, Perez-Iglesias R, Preieto D, et al. Iron but not folic acid supplementation reduces the risk of low birthweight in pregnant women without anaemia: a case control study. J Epidemiol Community Health 2008 Feb; 62(2):120-24. [Cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Braillon A. Re: Is a screening interval of every 4 years for prostate cancer acceptable? J Natl Cancer Inst 2008 Feb 6; 100(3):222-23. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement on prostate cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

Medical Decision Making
Jonas DE, Russell LB, Sandler RS, et al. Value of patient time invested in the colonoscopy screening process: time requirements for colonoscopy study. Med Decis Making 2008 Jan-Feb; 28(1):56-64. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on screening for colorectal cancer in adults at average risk (Ann Intern Med, 2002 and cites USPSTF-sponsored cost-effective analysis of colorectal cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2002); cites AHRQ-funded article by Cromwell et al. (JAMA, 1997).]

New England Journal of Medicine
Frank AP. Human papillomavirus DNA versus Papanicolaou screening tests for cervical cancer. N Engl J Med 2008 Feb 7; 358(6):641-44. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on cervical cancer screening, on AHRQ Web site.]

Quality Management in Health Care
Weyer SM, Bobiak S, Stange KC. Possible unintended consequences of a focus on performance: insights over time from the Research Association of Practices Network. Qual Manag Health Care 2008 Jan-Mar; 17(1):47-52. [Evaluates delivery of USPSTF-recommended clinical preventive services based on recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996, and AHRQ Web site publication, Health Care: US Preventive Services Task Force: Guide to Clinical Preventive Services; cites AHRQ technical review, Strategies to Support Quality-based Purchasing: A Review of the Evidence, 2004; cites AHRQ-funded article by Rosenthal et al. (Health Aff, 2004).]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Annals of Internal Medicine
MacLean C, Newberry S, Maglione M, et al. Systematic review: comparative effectiveness of treatments to prevent fractures in men and women with low bone density or osteoporosis. Ann Intern Med 2008 Feb 5; 48(3):197-213. [Supported by contract 290-03-003 to the Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC).]

Chou R, Shekelle P, Qaseem A, et al. Correction: diagnosis and treatment of low back pain. Ann Intern Med 2008 Feb 5; 148(3):247-48. [Provides corrections to articles by same authors (Ann Intern Med, 2007) which used USPSTF methodology and were based on research conducted at the Oregon EPC.]

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Hershman DL, Buono D, McBride RB, Surgeon characteristics and receipt of adjuvant radiotherapy in women with breast cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst 2008 Feb 6; 100(3):199-206. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Measuring the Quality of Breast Cancer Care in Women, 2004.]

Wang CJ, Elliott MN, McGlynn EA, et al. Population-based assessments of ophthalmologic and audiologic follow-up in children with very low birth weight enrolled in Medicaid: a quality-of-care study. Pediatrics 2008 Feb; 121(2):e278-85. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Criteria for Determining Disability in Infants and Children: Low Birth Weight, 2002, and AHRQ publication, Clinical Practice Guideline Development: Methodology Perspectives, 1994. Also go to article by Nygren et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles.]

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

Annals of Family Medicine
Bernheim SM, Ross JS, Krumholz HM, et al. Influence of patients socioeconomic status on clinical management decisions: a qualitative study. Ann Fam Med 2008 Jan-Feb; 6(1):53-59. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2005.]

Flores G, Tomany-Korman SC. Racial and ethnic disparities in medical and dental health, access to care, and use of services in US children. Pediatrics 2008 Feb; 121(2):e286-98. [Lead paragraph cites NHDR, 2006.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Washko GR, Fan VS, Ramsey SD, et al. The effect of lung volume reduction surgery on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbations. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2008 Jan 15; 177(2):164-69. [Uses and analyzes the medical and surgical cohorts of the National Emphysema Treatment Trial (NETT), which was previously supported by AHRQ; includes in the list of NETT Research Group members AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy, AHRQ researcher Yen-Pin Chiang (in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence), and former AHRQ researchers Lynn Bosco and Harry Handelsman.]

Annals of Family Medicine
Rothemich SF, Woolf SH, Johnson RE, et al. Effect on cessation counseling of documenting smoking status as a routine vital sign: an ACORN study. Ann Fam Med 2008 Jan-Feb; 6(1):60-8. [Uses the "5As" framework from PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

Opotowsky AR, Landzberg MJ, Kimmel SE, et al. Trends in the use of percutaneous closure of patent foramen ovale and atrial septal defect in adults, 1998-2004. JAMA 2008 Feb 6; 299(5):521-2. [Uses HCUP NIS data for 1998-2004 and uses the Elixhauser comorbidity index (Med Care, 1998).]

Medical Decision Making
Gaskin DJ, Frick KD. Race and ethnic disparities in valuing health. Med Decis Making 2008 Jan-Feb; 28(1):12-20. [Uses 2002 MEPS data.]

Southern Economic Journal
Kapur K, Escarce JJ, Marquis MS, et al. Where do the sick go? Health insurance and employment in small and large firms. South Econ J 2008 Jan; 74(3):644-64. [Uses 1996-2001 MEPS data.]

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