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February 16, 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

AIDS Patient Care and STDs
Oursler KK, Goulet JL, Leaf DA, et al. Association of comorbidity with physical disability in older HIV-infected adults. AIDS Patient Care STDS 2006 Nov; 20(11):782-91. [Supported by grant U18 HS16097 (erroneously given as 418-HS016097 in article acknowledgements and PubMed® record).]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Kimmel SE, Chen Z, Price M, et al. The influence of patient adherence on anticoagulation control with warfarin: results from the International Normalized Ratio Adherence and Genetics (IN-RANGE) Study. Arch Intern Med 2007 Feb 12; 167(3):229-35. [Supported by grant P01 HS011530.]

Singh H, Thomas EJ, Khan MM, et al. Identifying diagnostic errors in primary care using an electronic screening algorithm. Arch Intern Med 2007 Feb 12; 167(3):302-8. [Supported by grant 1 P01 HS1154401.]

Archives of Surgery
Poulose BK, Speroff T, Holzman MD. Optimizing cholecocholithiasis management. Arch Surg 2007 Jan; 142(1):43-8. [Supported by grant T32 HS13833-01.]

Arthritis and Rheumatism
Harrold LR, Saag KG, Yood RA, et al. Validity of gout diagnoses in administrative data. Arthritis Rheum 2007 Feb 15; 57(1):103-8. [Supported by grants HS10391 and HS10389.]

Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America
Goeschel CA, Bourgault A, Palleschi M, et al. Nursing lessons from the MHA Keystone ICU Project: developing and implementing an innovative approach to patient safety. Crit Care Nurs Clin North Am 2006 Dec; 18(4):481-92. [Supported by grant 1 UC1 HS14246.]

Drug Safety
Thacker EL, Schneeweiss S. Initiation of acetylcholinesterase inhibitors and complications of chronic airways disorders in elderly patients. Drug Saf 2006; 29(11):1077-85. [Supported by grant 2 R01 HS10881.]

Health Affairs
Choudhry NK, Avorn J, Antman EM, et al. Should patients receive secondary prevention medications for free after a myocardial infarction? An economic analysis. Health Aff 2007 Jan-Feb; 26(1);186-94. [Supported by grant 2 R01 HS10881 (to fourth author, Schneeweiss S).]

International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Boustani M, Perkins AJ, Fox C, et al. Who refuses the diagnostic assessment for dementia in primary care? Int J Geriatr Psychiatry 2006 Jun; 21(6):556-63. [Supported by R01 HS10884-01.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Weingart SN, Price J, Duncombe D, et al. Patient-reported safety and quality of care in outpatient oncology. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2007 Feb; 33(2);83-94. [Supported by grant 1 K08 HS11644 to first author.]

Journal of the American College of Surgeons
Hawn MT, Gray SH, Vick CC, et al. Timely administration of prophylactic antibiotics for major surgical procedures. J Am Coll Surg 2006 Dec; 203(6):803-11. [Supported by grant 5 T32 HS013852.]

Journal of Family Practice
Merenstein D, Myers D, Krist A, et al. How well do family physicians manage skin lesions? J Fam Pract 2007 Jan; 56(1):40-5. [Second author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships.]

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Kapur K, Rogowski JA, Freedman VA, et al. Socioeconomic status and medical care expenditures in Medicare managed care. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2006 Nov; 17(4):876-98. [Supported by grants R01 HS/AG09630 and P01 HS10770.]

Medical Care
Clement JP, Lindrooth RC, Chukmaitov AS, et al. Does the patient's payer matter in hospital patient safety? Med Care 2007 Feb; 45(2):131-8. [Supported by grant R01 HS13094; uses data from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) State Inpatient Databases (SID) for 1995-2000.]

Pollack HA, Wheeler JR, Cowan A, et al. The impact of managed care enrollment on emergency department use among children with special health care needs. Med Care 2007 Feb; 45(2):139-45. [Supported by grant 1 U01 HS10441-0.]

Halm EA, Tuhrim S, Wang JJ, et al. Has evidence changed practice? Appropriateness of carotid endarterectomy after the clinical trials. Neurology 2007 Jan 16; 68(3):187-94. [Supported by grant R01 HS09754-01.]

Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Schneeweiss S. Sensitivity analysis and external adjustment for unmeasured confounders in epidemiologic database studies of therapeutics. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2006 May; 15(5):291-303. [Supported by grant 2 R01 HS10881.]

Curtis JR, Westfall AO, Allison J, et al. Agreement and validity of pharmacy data versus self-report for use of osteoporosis medications among chronic glucocorticoid users. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2006 May; 15(10):710-18. [Supported by grant HS10389.]

Siminoff LA, Gordon NH, Silverman P, et al. A decision aid to assist in adjuvant therapy choices for breast cancer. Psychooncology 2006 Nov; 15(11):1001-13. [Supported by grant R01 HS08516.]

Martin BI, Mirza SK, Comstock BA, et al. Reoperation rates following lumbar spine surgery and the influence of spinal fusion procedures. Spine 2007 Feb 1; 32(3):382-7. [Fourth author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

International Journal of Nursing Studies
McDonald DD, LaPorta M, Meadows-Oliver M. Nurses' response to pain communication from patients: a post-test experimental study. Int J Nurs Stud 2007 Jan; 44(1):29-35. [Uses pain rating criteria from AHRQ guideline, Acute Pain Management: Operative or Medical Procedures and Trauma, 1992.]

Buetow S, Elwyn G. Patient safety and patient error. Lancet 2007 Jan 13; 369(9556):158-61. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Meyer, et al. (Int J Qual Health Care, 2003).]

Nursing Economics
Goldstein PC. Impact of disease management programs on hospital and community nursing practice. Nurs Econ 2006; 24(6):308-14. [Notes evaluation of disease-specific care (DSC) programs on the basis of guidelines listed by AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC).]

Swan BA, Conway-Phillips R, Griffin, KF. Demonstrating the value of the RN in ambulatory care. Nurs Econ 2006 Nov-Dec; 24(6):315-322. [Cites AHRQ's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) (Rosenfeld, et al., Policy Polit Nurs Pract, 2005.]

Southern Medical Journal
Ballantyne JC. Opioids for chronic nonterminal pain. South Med J 2006 Nov; 99(11):1245-55. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Acute Pain Management: Operative or Medical Procedures and Trauma, 1992.]

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

American Family Physician
Lee ES, Dawson DL, Pevec WC. Vascular surgery: an update. Am Fam Physician 2007 Jan 1; 75(1):85-90. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996, and Fleming, et al., Screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm: a best-evidence systematic review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (Ann Intern Med, 2005).]

McDonald KC. Child abuse: approach and management Am Fam Physician 2007 Jan 15; 75(2):221-228. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for family and intimate partner violence (Ann Intern Med, 2004).]

Doshi NR, Rodriguez ML. Amblyopia. Am Fam Physician 2007 Feb 1; 75(3):361-7. [Cites USPSTF recommendation on screening for visual impairment in children younger than age 5 years, as posted on AHRQ Web site.]

Pejic RN Jamieson B, Saseen J. Which lipoprotein measurements are clinically useful? Am Fam Physician 2007 Feb 1; 75(3):387-8. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for lipid disorders (Pignone, et al., 2001).]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Ananthakrishnan AN, Schellhase KG, Sparapani RA, et al. Arch Intern Med 2007 Feb 12; 167(3):258-64. [Summarizes and cites USPSTF recommendations on colorectal cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

Pignone M, Earnshaw S, Pletcher MJ, et al. Aspirin for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease in women. Arch Intern Med 2007 Feb 12; 167(3):290-5. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence summary on aspirin for the primary prevention of cardiovascular events (Ann Intern Med, 2000).]

Journal of Family Practice
Lane JE, Dalton RR, Sangueza OP. Cutaneous melanoma: detecting it earlier, weighing management options. J Fam Pract 2007 Jan; 56(1):18-28. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Counseling to prevent skin cancer: recommendations and rationale of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (MMWR Recomm Rep 2003).]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

American Family Physician
Scow DT, Luttermoser GK, Dickerson KS. Leukotriene inhibitors in the treatment of allergy and asthma. Am Fam Physician 2007 Jan 1; 75(1):65-70. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Management of Chronic Asthma, 2001.]

Journal of Family Practice
Saultz A, Judkins DZ, Saultz JW. What GI stress ulcer prophylaxis should we provide hospitalized patients? J Fam Pract 2007 Jan; 56(1):51-2. [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

Canadian Journal of Public Health
Lemstra M, Neudorf C, Opondo J. Health disparity by neighbourhood income. Can J Public Health 2006 Nov-Dec; 97(6):435-9. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Moy E, et al. (Med Care, 2005).]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

European Journal of Public Health
Delnoij DM, ten Asbroek G, Arah OA, et al. Made in the USA: the import of American Consumer Assessment of Health Plan Surveys (CAHPS) into the Dutch social insurance system. Eur J Public Health 2006 Dec; 16(6):652-659. [Presents the results of a validation study of a Dutch version of AHRQ's CAHPS® (now known as the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems). See also article by Clement, et al. (Med Care, 2007) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Current as of February 2007


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