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February 21, 2003

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 Journal of Cardiology
Selker HP, Raitt MH, Schmid CH, et al. Time-dependent predictors of primary cardiac arrest in patients with acute myocardial infarction. Am J Cardiol 2003 Feb 1; 91(3):280-6. [Supported by Grant No. HS06208.]

American Journal of Medicine
Curtis LH, Ostbye T, Sendersky V, et al. Prescription of QT-prolonging drugs in a cohort of about 5 million. Am J Med 2003 Feb; 114(2):135-41. [Supported by Grant No. U18 HS10385.]

American Journal of Public Health
Egede LE, Zheng D. Racial/Ethnic differences in adult vaccination among individuals with diabetes. Am J Public Health 2003 Feb; 93(2):324-9. [Supported by Grant No. K08 HS11418.]

British Medical Journal
Lu-Yao G, Albertsen PC, Stanford JL, et al. Natural experiment examining impact of aggressive screening and treatment on prostate cancer mortality in two fixed cohorts from Seattle area and Connecticut. British Med J 2003 Oct 5; 325(7367):740-3. [Supported by Grant No. HS08397 and HS10278.]

Banet GA, Waterman AD, Milligan PE, et al. Warfarin dose reduction vs. watchful waiting for mild elevations in the international normalized ratio. Chest 2003 Feb; 123(2):499-503. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10133.]

Diabetes Care
Egede LE, Zheng D. Independent factors associated with major depressive disorder in a national sample of individual with diabetes. Diabetes Care 2003 Jan; 26(1):104-11. [Supported by Grant No. 1K08 HS11418.]

Journal of Ambulatory Care Management
Hammons T, Piland NF, Small SD, et al. Ambulatory patient safety: What we know and need to know. J Ambul Care Manage 2003 Jan-Mar; 26(1):63-82. [Supported by Grant No. R13 HS10106; fifth author is Helen Burstin, director of AHRQ's Center for Primary Care Research.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Studdert DM, Gresenz CR. Enrollee appeals of preservice coverage denials at two health maintenance organizations. J Am Med Assoc 2003 Feb 5; 289(5):601-5. [Supported by Grant No. K02 HS11282.]

Journal of Emergency Medicine
Holmes JF, Panacek EA, Miller PQ, et al. Prospective evaluation of criteria for obtaining thoracolumbar radiographs in trauma patients. J Emerg Med 2003 Jan; 24(1):1-7. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R01 HS08239.]

Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology and Endodontics
Manski RJ, Moeller JF, Hupp JR. An analysis of oral surgical dental visits by provider type, 1996. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod 2002 Dec; 94(6):687-91. [First and second authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Cost and Financing Studies.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Health Line
Medical Errors: Duke University transplant error spurs debate. Am Health Line 2003 Feb 20; #9. [Mentions a statement made by AHRQ acting director for the Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Daniel Stryer about malpractice suits against doctors and hospitals.]

AHRQ: Launches quality measures Web site. Am Health Line 2003 Feb 21; #7. [Describes new "Internet database on evidence-based quality measures" launched by AHRQ's National Quality Measures Clearinghouse™ (NQMC).]

American Medical News
Finkelstein JB. A just-the-facts approach to quality: At the helm of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Carolyn Clancy, MD, works to encourage doctors and others to make sure strategies for quality care and patient safety are followed. Am Med News 2003 Feb 24; 46(8):5-7. [Announces Carolyn Clancy as new AHRQ Director and contains an interview with her on the agency's activities.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Fisher ES, Wennberg DE, Stukel TA, et al. The implications of regional variations in Medicare spending. Part 1: The content, quality, and accessibility of care. Ann Intern Med 2003 Feb 18; 138(4):273-87. [Cites Hellinger (AHRQ researcher), Arch Intern Med, 1998.]

British Medical Journal
Bonneux L. Screening populations at low risk carries high risks. British Med J 2003 Oct 5; 325(7367):53. [Comments on article by Lu-Yao et al. cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Thornton H, Dixon-Woods M. Prostate specific antigen testing for prostate cancer. British Med J 2002 Oct 5; 325(7367):725-6. [Cites article by Lu-Yao et al. cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Kunik ME, Snow AL, Molinari VA, et al. Health care utilization in dementia patients with psychiatric comorbidity. Gerontologist 2003 Feb; 43(1):86-91. [Cites Schone and Weinick, Gerontologist, 1998.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Graumlich JF, Blough LS, McLaughlin RH, et al. Healing pressure ulcers with collagen or hydrocolloid: A randomized, controlled trial. J Am Geriatr Soc 2003 Feb; 51(2):147-54. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Treatment of Pressure Ulcers, 1994.]

Schnelle JF, Kapur K, Alessi C, et al. Does an exercise and incontinence intervention save healthcare costs in a nursing home population? J Am Geriatr Soc 2003 Feb; 51(2):161-8. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Pressure Ulcers in Adults, 1994.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Rosenbaum S. Managed care and patients' rights. J Am Med Assoc 2003 Feb 19; 289(7):906-7. [Cites article by Studdert and Gresenz cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Ask your patient two questions: Do you smoke? Do you want to quit? . JAMA 2002 Jun 5; 287(21):2873. [Gives ordering information for PHS guidelines, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence.]

Medicine & Health
People. Med Health 2003 Feb 17; 57(7):6. [Announces Carolyn Clancy as new AHRQ Director.]

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

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
American Geriatrics Society Ethnics Committee. Health screening decisions for older adults: AGS position paper. J Am Geriatr Soc 2003 Feb; 51(2):270-1. [Cites USPSTF's Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Evidence-based Centers-Related Articles

American Health Line
Autopsies: Non-forensic use by hospitals declining, study finds. Am Health Line 2003 Feb 19; #10. [Describes evidence-based autopsy study released by AHRQ.]

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