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February 17, 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

Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease
Plantinga LC, Pham HH, Fink NE, et al. Use of dialysis educators beyond nurses and physicians and outcomes in patients with kidney failure. Adv Chronic Kidney Dis 2005 Oct; 12(4):424-32. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS08365.]

AHRQ Working Papers
Brach C, Paez K, Fraser I. Cultural competence California style. AHRQ Working Paper No. 6, 2006.

American Journal of Medicine
Simon SR, Majumdar SR, Prosser LA, et al. Group versus individual academic detailing to improve the use of antihypertensive medications in primary care: a cluster-randomized controlled trial. Am J Med 2005 May; 118(5):521-8. [Supported by Grant No. U18 HS010391.]

Schneider EC, Zaslavsky AM, Epstein AM. Quality of care in for-profit and not-for-profit health plans enrolling Medicare beneficiaries. Am J Med 2005 Dec; 118(12):1392-400. [Supported by Grant No. P01 HS10803.]

Annals of Family Medicine
Spann SJ, Nutting PA, Galliher JM, et al. Management of type 2 diabetes in the primary care setting: a practice-based research network study. Ann Fam Med 2006 Jan-Feb; 4(1):23-31. [Supported by Grant Nos. P20 HS11182 and P20 HS11187.]

Parchman ML, Romero RL, Pugh JA. Encounters by patients with type 2 diabetes—complex and demanding: an observational study. Ann Fam Med 2006 Jan-Feb; 4(1):40-5. [Supported by Grant No. K08 HS013008-02.]

Saba GW, Wong ST, Schillinger D, Fernandez A, et al. Shared decision making and the experience of partnership in primary care. Ann Fam Med 2006 Jan-Feb; 4(1):54-62. [Supported by Grant No. 5 P01 HS10856.]

Birkmeyer NJ, Goodney PP, Stukel TA. Do cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute have better surgical outcomes? Cancer 2005 Feb 1; 103(3):435-41. [Supported by Grant No. K02 HS11288.]

Diabetes Care
Gilmer TP, O'Connor PJ, Rush WA, et al. Predictors of health care costs in adults with diabetes. Diabetes Care 2005 Jan; 28(1):59-64. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS09946.]

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Simon SR, Soumerai SB. Failure of Internet-based audit and feedback to improve quality of care delivered by primary care residents. Int J Qual Health Care 2005 Oct; 17(5):427-31. [Supported by Grant Nos. 1 F32 HS000128 and U18 HS10391.]

Smith PC, Araya-Guerra R, Bublitz C, et al. Missing clinical information during primary care visits. JAMA 2005 Feb 2; 293(5):565-71. [Supported by Grant No. U18 HS11878.]

Koppel R, Metlay JP, Cohen A, et al. Role of computerized physician order entry systems in facilitating medication errors. JAMA 2005 Mar 9; 293(10):1197-203. [P01 HS11530-01.]

Werner RM, Asch DA. The unintended consequences of publicly reporting quality information. JAMA 2005 Mar 9; 293(10):1239-44. [Supported by Grant Nos. 2 T32 HS00009 and F32 HS14644-01.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Cina JL, Gandhi TK, Churchill W, et al. How many hospital pharmacy medication dispensing errors go undetected? Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2006 Feb; 32(2):73-80. [Supported by Grant No. HS14053-02.]

Salas E, Baker D, King H, Battles J, et al. On teams, organizations, and safety: of course... Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2006 Feb; 32(2):112-13. [Fourth author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.]

Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Trivedi AN, Sequist TD, Ayanian JZ. Impact of hospital volume on racial disparities in cardiovascular procedure mortality. J Am Coll Cardiol 2006 Jan 17; 47(2):417-24. [Supported by Grant No. 5 T32 HS000020-20.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Simon SR, Andrade SE, Ellis JL, et al. Baseline laboratory monitoring of cardiovascular medications in elderly health maintenance organization enrollees. J Am Geriatr Soc 2005 Dec; 53(12):2165-9. [Supported by Grant No. U18 HS11832.]

Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
dosReis S, Zito JM, Safer DJ, et al. Multiple psychotropic medication use for youths: a two-state comparison. J Child Adoles Psychopharmacol 2005 Feb; 15(1):68-77. [Sixth author is Pamela Owens, researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, who participated in this study while a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University.]

Journal of Clinical Oncology
Whitney SN, Ethier AM, Fruge E, et al. Decision making in pediatric oncology: who should take the lead? The Decisional Priority in Pediatric Oncology Model. J Clin Oncol 2006 Jan 1; 24(1):160-5. [Supported by Grant No. K08 HS11289.]

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Basu J, Friedman B, Burstin H. Preventable hospitalization and Medicaid managed care: does race matter? J Health Care Poor Underserved 2006 Feb; 17(1):101-15. [First two authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships and Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, respectively; third author is director of AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships.]

Sambamoorthi U, Olfson M, Wei W, et al. Diabetes and depression care among Medicaid beneficiaries. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2006 Feb; 17(1):141-61. [Supported by Grant Nos. R24 HS11825 and R03 HS09566-0.]

Lee J, Vlahov D, Freudenberg N. Primary care and health insurance among women released from New York City jails. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2006 Feb; 17(1):200-17. [Supported by Grant No. T32 HS000066011-14.]

Medical Care
Hannan EL, Wu C, DeLong ER, et al. Predicting risk-adjusted mortality for CABG surgery: logistic versus hierarchical logistic models. Med Care 2005 Jul; 43(7):726-35. [Supported by Grant Nos, HS08805-01, HS09940, HS10548, and HS10403.]

Murray PK, Love TE, Dawson NV, et al. Rehabilitation services after the implementation of the Nursing Home Prospective Payment System. Med Care 2005 Nov; 43(11):1109-15. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R03 HS013412-01.]

Wampler NS, Chen Z, Jacobsen C, et al. Bone mineral density of American Indian and Alaska Native women compared with non-Hispanic white women: results from the Women's Health Initiative Study. Menopause 2005 Sep-Oct; 12(5):536-44. [Supported by Grant No. P01 HS10854.]

Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews
Owens PL, Kerker BD, Zigler E, et al. Vision and oral health needs of individuals with intellectual disability. Ment Retard Dev Disabil Res Rev 2006; 12(1):28-40. [First author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Schmitt A, Gilden DJ, Saint S, et al. Clinical problem-solving. Empirically correct. N Engl J Med 2006 Feb 2; 354(5):509-14. [Supported by Grant No. P20 HS11540.]

Lara M, Akinbami L, Flores G, et al. Heterogeneity of childhood asthma among Hispanic children: Puerto Rican children bear a disproportionate burden. Pediatrics 2006 Jan; 117(1):43-53. [Supported by Grant No. K08 HS00008.]

Porter SC, Forbes P, Feldman HA, et al. Impact of patient-centered decision support on quality of asthma care in the emergency department. Pediatrics 2006 Jan; 117(1):e33-e42. [Supported by Grant No. K08 HS11660.]

Gray JE, Suresh G, Ursprung R, et al. Patient misidentification in the neonatal intensive care unit: quantification of risk. Pediatrics 2006 Jan; 117(1):e43-e47. [Supported by Grant No. P20 HS11583.]

Oman JA, Cooper RJ, Homes JF, et al. Performance of a decision rule to predict need for computed tomography among children with blunt head trauma. Pediatrics 2006 Jan; 117(1):e238-e246. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS09699.]

Quality and Safety in Health Care
Ursprung R, Gray JE, Edwards WH, et al. Real time patient safety audits: improving safety every day. Qual Saf Health Care 2005 Aug; 14(4):284-9. [Supported by Grant No. P20 HS11583.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Advance for Health Information Professionals
CPOEs deadly learning curve. Adv Health Inform Prof 2006 Jan 31; 16(3). [Reviews AHRQ-funded study by Koppel, et al. (JAMA, 2005) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Annals of Family Medicine
Wesfall JM, VanVorst RF, Main DS, et al. Community-based participatory research in practice-based research networks. Ann Fam Med 2006 Jan-Feb; 4(1):8-14. [Cites AHRQ support of PBRN research.]

Fenton JJ, Von Korff M, Lin EH, et al. Quality of preventive care for diabetes: effects of visit frequency and competing demands. Ann Fam Med 2006 Jan-Feb; 4(1):32-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Stange et al. (Prev Med, 2000).]

Solberg LI, Crain AL, Sperl-Hillen JM, et al. Effect of improved primary care access on quality of depression care. Ann Fam Med 2006 Jan-Feb; 4(1):69-74. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bindman, et al. (J Gen Intern Med 1996) and Wells, et al.(JAMA, 2000).]

BNAs Health Care Policy Report
Bush budget seeks health IT upgrades in FY 2007, larger staff for Brailer's office. BNA Health Care Policy Rep 2006 Feb 13; 218-9. [Describes additional provisions for AHRQ health IT initiatives in patient safety and ambulatory patient care and development of the evidence base for health IT best practices in four domains.]

CQ Healthbeat
Help for providers, big and small, in adopting health IT. CQ Healthbeat 2006 Feb 13. [Notes AHRQ posting of real-world lessons on health care IT adoption on AHRQ Web site.]

Drug Industry Daily
Industry concerned AHRQ comparative studies could limit Rx access. Drug Industry Daily 2006 Feb 1; 5(31). [Reviews concerns about AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program.]

Spending jumps for cholesterol medication, says AHRQ. Drug Industry Daily 2006 Feb 15; 5(31). [Reviews findings from recently released Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data.]

Garg AX, Adhikari NK, McDonald H, et al. Effects of computerized clinical decision support systems on practitioner performance and patient outcomes. JAMA 2005 Mar 9; 293(10):1223-38. [Cites AHRQ-funded study by Kaushal, Shojania, and Bates (Arch Intern Med, 2003) and several other AHRQ-funded studies on decision support systems.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Rothschild JM, Hurley AC, Landrigan CP, et al. Recovery from medical errors: the critical care nursing safety net. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2006 Feb; 32(2):63-72. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Cullen, et al. (Crit Care Med, 1997), Landrigan, et al. (N Engl J Med, 2004), Bates, et al. (JAMA, 1995), and Needleman, et al. (N Engl J Med, 2002); cites AHRQ-funded book, Keeping Patients Safe: Transforming the Work Environment of Nurses, 2003.]

Gold M, Krissik T, Mittler J. Quality improvement in Medicaid managed care: experience of the Best Clinical and Administrative Practice initiative. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2006 Feb; 32(2):83-91. [Cites AHRQ involvement in racial and ethnic disparities research (Clancy, Health Serv Res, 2004) and AHRQ report, Closing the Quality Gap: A Critical Analysis of Quality Improvement Strategies, Vol I: Series Overview and Methodology, 2004.]

Pronovost PJ, Holzmueller CG, Martinez E, et al. A practical tool to learn from defects in patient care. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2006 Feb; 32(2):102-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Pronovost, et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2004) and Needleman, et al. (Crit Care Med, 2004).]

Journal of Women's Health
Eden K. Bulletin board. J Women Health 2006 Jan; 15(1):1-2. [Briefly describes new AHRQ booklet, Las Primeras Etapas Del Cancer De Seno, 2006.]

Managed Healthcare Executive
Weschler J. Health policy moves up priority list for Bush administration. Manag Healthc Exec 2006 Feb 1. [Describes AHRQ's implementation of Medicare Modernization Act provisions through initiation of comparative effectiveness reviews of priority health conditions.]

Modern Healthcare
Robeznieks A. $169 million set aside for IT. Mod Healthc 2006 Feb 13; 36(7):8. [Notes that $50 million allocated to health IT initiatives will come from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's budget.]

Romano M. Bridging a quality movement: collaboration seeks to make pay-for-performance a mainstream practice. Mod Healthc 2006 Feb 13; 36(7):14-15. [Notes that a recent three-day pay-for-performance summit featured several notable healthcare heavyweights, including Carolyn Clancy, director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality... and that while policymakers like Clancy and Brailer lead the national debate over issues such as now best to measure quality and how to pay for it, Bridges to Excellence and the internists board are still working on the details of their groundbreaking collaboration.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Birkmeyer NJ, Birkmeyer JD. Strategies for improving surgical quality - should payers reward excellence or effort? N Engl J Med 2006 Feb 23; 864-70. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Zhan and Miller (current and former researchers in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety) (JAMA, 2003) and AHRQ-funded articles by Hannan, et al. (Med Care, 2005), Birkmeyer, et al. (N Engl J Med, 2002, 2003), and Romano, et al. (Med Care, 2004).]

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

Annals of Family Medicine
O'Connor PJ, Gregg E, Rush WA, et al. Ann Fam Med 2006 Jan-Feb; 4(1):15-22. [Cites USPSTF recommendation Screening for type 2 diabetes mellitus in adults (Ann Intern Med 2003).]

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Wolf MS, Satterlee M, Calhoun EA, et al. Colorectal cancer screening among the medically underserved. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2006 Feb; 17(1):47-54. [Cites USPSTF recommendations for colorectal cancer screening in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2002, and Ann Intern Med, 2002.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Annals of Family Medicine
Macaulay AC, Nutting PA. Moving the frontiers forward: incorporating community-based participatory research into practice-based research networks. Ann Fam Med 2006 Jan-Feb; 4(1):4-7. [Cites AHRQ promotion and funding of CBPR/PBRNs; cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Community-based Participatory Research: Assessing the Evidence, 2004.]

Journal of Family Practice
Holten KB. Revisiting spirometry for the diagnosis of COPD. J Fam Pract 2006 Feb; 55(2):51. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Use of Spirometry for Case Finding, Diagnosis, and Management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, 2005.]

Crawford P, Kaufmann L. How safe is vaginal birth after cesarean section for the mother and fetus? J Fam Pract 2006 Feb; 55(2):149-51. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC), 2003.]

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

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Hertz RP, Unger AN, Ferrario CM. Diabetes, hypertension, and dyslipidemia in Mexican Americans and non-Hispanic whites. Am J Prev Med 2006 Feb; 30(2):103-10. [Cites NHDR, 2004.]

American Journal of Public Health
Sequist TD, Cullen T, Ayanian JZ. Information technology as a tool to improve the quality of American Indian health care. Am J Public Health 2005 Dec; 95(12):2173-8. [Notes that the initial National Healthcare Disparities Report released in 2003, for example, was unable to provide reliable data for American Indians in many important areas... and that the proportion of patients receiving appropriate glycemic monitoring and eye examinations within the IHS [as reported in the IHS's Clinical Reporting System.] is lower than rates reported in the recent National Healthcare Disparities Report."]

Current as of February 2006


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