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February 10, 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

Ambulatory Pediatrics
Gnanasekaran SK, Finkelstein JA, Lozano P, et al. Influenza vaccination among children with asthma in Medicaid managed care. Ambul Pediatr 2006 Jan-Feb; 6(1):1-7. [Asthma Care Quality Assessment (ACQA) Project supported by Grant No. U01 HS09935.]

American Journal of Clinical Pathology
Nodit L, Balassanian R, Sudilovsky D, et al. Improving the quality of cytology diagnosis: root cause analysis for errors in bronchial washing and brushing specimens. Am J Clin Pathol 2005 Dec; 124(6):883-92. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS13321-01.]

American Journal of Kidney Diseases
Unruh ML, Evans IV, Fink NE, et al. Skipped treatments, markers of nutritional nonadherence, and survival among incident hemodialysis patients. Am J Kidney Dis 2005 Dec; 46(6):1107-16. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS08365.]

American Journal of Medicine
Col NF. The impact of risk status, preexisting morbidity, and polypharmacy on treatment decisions concerning menopausal symptoms. Am J Med 2006 Dec 19: 118(12 Suppl 2):115S-126S. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS01332901.]

American Journal of Public Health
Konrad TR, Howard DL, Edwards LJ, et al. Physician-patient concordance, continuity of care, and patterns of care for hypertension. Am J Public Health 2005 Dec; 95(12):2186-90. [Supported by Grant Nos. P01 HS10861 and 1R24 HS13353.]

Annals of Emergency Medicine
Cydulka RK, Tamayo-Sarver JH, Wolf C, et al. Inadequate follow-up controller medications among patients with asthma who visit the emergency department. Ann Emerg Med 2005 Oct; 46(4):316-22. [Supported by Grant No. HS00059-06.]

Bijur PE, Kenny MK, Gallagher EJ. Intravenous morphine at 0.1 mg/kg is not effective for controlling severe acute pain in the majority of patients. Ann Emerg Med 2005 Oct; 46(4):362-7. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R01 HS13924.]

Barrett TW, Mower WR, Zucker MI, et al. Injuries missed by limited computed tomographic imaging of patients with cervical spine injuries. Ann Emerg Med 2006 Feb; 47(2):129-33. [Supported by Grant No. HS09239.]

Higgins PS, Wakefield D, Cloutier MM. Risk factors for asthma and asthma severity in nonurban children in Connecticut. Chest 2005 Dec; 128(6):3846-53. [Supported by Grant No. UH18 HS11147.]

Journal of Adolescent Health
Asarnow JR, Jaycox LH, Duan N, et al. Depression and role impairment among adolescents in primary care clinics. J Adolesc Health 2005 Dec; 37(6):477-83. [Supported by Grant No. HS09908.]

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Brookhart MA, Solomon DH, Wang P, et al. Explained variation in a model of therapeutic decision making is partitioned across patient, physician, and clinic factors. J Clin Epidemiol 2006 Jan; 59(1):18-25. [Supported by Grant No. 2R01 HS010881.]

Journal of Clinical Oncology
Mack JW, Hildren JM, Watterson J. Parent and physician perspectives on quality of care at the end of life in children with cancer. J Clin Oncol 2005 Dec 20; 23(36):9155-61. [Supported by Grant No. T32 HS00063.]

Journal of Trauma
Holbrook TL, Hoyt DB, Coimbra R, et al. High rates of acute stress disorder impact quality-of-life outcomes in injured adolescents: mechanism and gender predict acute stress disorder risk. J Trauma 2005 Nov; 59(5):1126-30. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS07611.]

Medical Care
Tisnado DM, Adams JL, Liu H, et al. What is the concordance between the medical record and patient self-report as data sources for ambulatory care? Med Care 2006 Feb; 44(2):132-40. [Supported by Grant No. T32 HS400046.]

Zhan C, Smith M, Stryer D. Accidental iatrogenic pneumothorax in hospitalized patients. Med Care 2006 Feb; 44(2):182-6. [First and third authors are researcher in and former director of, respectively, AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.]

Thorpe JM, Kalinoski CT, Patterson ME, et al. Psychological distress as a barrier to preventive care in community-dwelling elderly in the United States. Med Care 2006 Feb; 44(2):187-91. [Supported by T32 HS000032.]

Nursing Clinics of North America
Edwards B. Childhood obesity: a school-based approach to increase nutritional knowledge and activity levels. Nurs Clin North Am 2005 Dec; 40(4):661-669, vii-ix. [Supported by Grant No. HS11834.]

Anderko L, Bartz C, Lundeen S. Practice-based research networks: nursing centers and communities working collaboratively to reduce health disparities. Nurs Clin North Am 2005 Dec; 40(4):747-58. [Supported by Grant No. 5R21 HS-13573-02.]

Psychiatric Services
Lagomasino IT, Dwight-Johnson M, Miranda J, et al. Disparities in depression treatment for Latinos and site of care. Psychiatr Serv 2005 Dec; 56(12):1517-23. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS08349.]

Statistics in Medicine
Bhattacharya J, Goldman D, McCaffrey D. Estimating probit models with self-selected treatments. Stat Med 2006 Feb 15; 25(3):389-413. [Supported by Grant No. 5R01 HS10846.]

O'Malley AJ, Zou KH. Bayesian multivariate hierarchical transformation models for ROC analysis. Stat Med 2006 Feb 15; 25(3):459-79. [Supported by Grant No. 1R24 HS13353-01.]

Edwards LJ, Stewart PW, MacDougall JE, et al. A method for fitting regression splines with varying polynomial order in the linear mixed model. Stat Med 2006 Feb 15; 25(3):513-27. [Supported by Grant No. 1R24 HS13353-01.]

Women & Health
Rakowski W, Clark MA, Truchil R, et al. Smoking status and mammography among women aged 50-75 in the 2002 behavioral risk factor surveillance system. Women Health 2005; 41(4):1-21. [Supported by Grant No. T32 HS00011.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Family Physician
Smith L. FDA and AHRQ collaborate to strengthen research and communication. Am Fam Physician 2006 Feb 1; 73(3):379. [Discusses agencies' efforts to establish research partnerships on drug effectiveness and safety and one-year detail of Dr. Anne Trontell to AHRQ as senior advisor to AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence.]

Lutfiyya MN, Henley E, Chang LF. Diagnosis and treatment of community-acquired pneumonia. Am Fam Physician 2006 Feb 1; 73(3):442-50. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Fine et al. (N Engl J Med, 1997).]

American Health Line
Breast cancer: noninvasive tests not accurate enough to replace biopsy. Am Health Line 2006 Feb 10; #15. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ report, Effectiveness of Noninvasive Diagnostic Tests for Breast Abnormalities, 2006.]

CQ Healthbeat
Study finds Medicare, Medicaid pay nearly 45 percent of costs to treat burn victims. CQ Healthbeat 2006 Feb 8. [Cites findings from Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data.]

Noninvasive tests could miss breast cancer, study finds. CQ Healthbeat 2006 Feb 8. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ report, Effectiveness of Noninvasive Diagnostic Tests for Breast Abnormalities, 2006.]

FDAnews Device Daily Bulletin
Noninvasive diagnostic tests may miss breast cancer. FDAnews Device Daily Bull 2006 Feb 10; 2(282). [Summarizes findings from AHRQ report, Effectiveness of Noninvasive Diagnostic Tests for Breast Abnormalities, 2006.]

Mueller C, Arling G, Kane R, et al. Nursing home staffing standards: their relationship to nurse staffing levels. Gerontologist 2006 Feb; 46(1):74-80. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Cohen and Spector (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends and Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, respectively) (Inquiry, 1996).]

Medical Care
Rodriguez HP, von Glahn T, Rogers WH, et al. Evaluating patients' experiences with individual physicians: a randomized trial of mail, Internet, and interactive voice response telephone administration of surveys. Med Care 2006 Feb; 44(2):167-74. [Notes AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) as an effort to develop a national standard in the area of measuring patients' experiences with individual physicians and cites several papers on CAHPS® implementation presented at CAHPS® Across the Health Care Continuum, 9th National Users Meeting, 2004.]

Washington Post
Findings. Wash Post 2006 Feb 10; A09. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ report, Effectiveness of Noninvasive Diagnostic Tests for Breast Abnormalities, 2006.]

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

American Family Physician
Merriman JA. Survey results guide quality improvement efforts. Am Fam Physician 2006 Feb 1; 73(3):371. [Cites "From the USPSTF" as the journal's most popular routine department (read by 59.3% of survey respondents).]

Clinical quiz. Am Fam Physician 2006 Feb 1; 73(3):387-9. [Includes questions based on USPSTF recommendations on screening for peripheral arterial disease.]

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for peripheral arterial disease: recommendation statement. Am Fam Physician 2006 Feb 1; 73(3):497-500. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations on screening for peripheral arterial disease as posted on AHRQ Web site.]

American Medical News
Carmack AJ. Weigh preventive screenings' cost-benefit ratio: which tests do you recommend, and what if a patient declines? Am Med News 2006 Feb 6; 49(5):15. [Mentions USPSTF's routine review of "evidence that screening tests actually reduce morbidity and mortality" and compilation of "a list of those for which good evidence exists for recommending testing" and notes that "many more screening tests are available for which the USPSTF has found insufficient evidence to support recommendation".]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Seminars in Oncology Nursing
Rimer BK, Gierbisch JM. Public education and cancer control. Semin Oncol Nurs 2005 Nov; 21(4):286-95. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Efficacy of Interventions to Modify Dietary Behavior Related to Cancer Risk, 2001.]

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

American Medical News
O'Reilly KB. Care better for blacks, worse for Hispanics. Am Med News 2006 Feb 6; 49(5):9-10. [Reviews findings from AHRQ's National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2005, described as a report that is one of a kind and "an important, sound statement about the nation's health disparities;" quotes remarks by Ernie Moy, research in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.]

Patient-safety measures show biggest area of improvement. Am Med News 2006 Feb 6; 49(5):11. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ's National Healthcare Quality Report, 2005.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Ambulatory Pediatrics
Gupta RS, Bewtra M, Prosser LA, et al. Predictors of hospital charges for children admitted with asthma. Ambul Pediatr 2006 Jan-Feb; 6(1):15-20. [Uses 2000 data from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Kids Inpatient Database (KID).]

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