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February 29, 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

American Journal of Infection Control
Kim JY, Lautenbach E, Chu J, et al. Fluoroquinolone resistance in pediatric bloodstream infections because of Escherichia coli and Klebsiella species. Am J Infect Control 2008 Feb; 36(1):70-73. [Supported by grant HS10399.]

American Journal of Public Health
Perry M, Williams RL, Wallerstein N, et al. Social capital and health care experiences among low-income individuals. Am J Public Health 2008 Feb; 98(2):330-36. [Supported by grant HS09703.]

Annals of Surgery
Egorova NN, Moskowitz A, Gelijns A, et al. Managing the prevention of retained surgical instruments: what is the value of counting? Ann Surg 2008 Jan; 247(1):13-8. [Supported by grant HS11905-03.]

Annals of Surgical Oncology
Neuman HB, Brogi E, Ebrahim E, et al. Desmoid tumors (fibromatoses) of the breast: a 25-year experience. Ann Surg Oncol 2008 Jan; 15(1):274-80. [Supported by grant HS000066.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Curtis LH, Whellan DJ, Hammill BG. Incidence and prevalence of heart failure in elderly persons, 1994-2003. Arch Intern Med 2008 Feb 25; 168(40):418-24. [Supported by grant HS10548.]

BMC Family Practice
Ani C, Bazargan M, Hindman D, et al. Depression symptomatology and diagnosis: discordance between patients and physicians in primary care settings. BMC Fam Pract 2008 Jan; 9:1. [Supported by grant HS01422-01A1.]

Orom H, Cote ML, Gonzalez HM, et al. Family history of cancer: is it an accurate indicator of cancer risk in the immigrant population? Cancer 2008 Jan 15; 112(2):399-406. [Supported by grant HS013819.]

Ethnicity and Disease
Sanne S, Muntner P, Kawasaki L, et al. Hypertension knowledge among patients from an urban clinic. Ethn Dis 2008 Winter; 18(1):42-47. [Supported by grant HS11834-01.]

General Hospital Psychiatry
Brown JF. A survey of emergency department psychiatric services. Gen Hosp Psychiatry 2007 Nov-Dec; 29(6):475-80. [Supported by grant HS013859.]

Health Services Research
Shone LP, Lantz PM, Dick AW, et al. Crowd-out in the State Children s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP): incidence, enrollee characteristics and experiences, and potential impact on New York s SCHIP. Health Serv Res 2008 Feb; 43(1 Pt 2):419-32. [Supported by grant HS01450-03.]

Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Hellinger F. Practice makes perfect: a volume-outcome study of hospital patients with HIV disease. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 2008 Feb 1; 47(2):226-33. [Author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets; uses data from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) State Inpatient Databases (SID).]

Journal of Aging and Physical Activity
Resnick B, Galik E. The reliability and validity of the physical activity survey in long-term care. J Aging Phys Act 2007 Oct; 15(4):439-58. [Supported by grant HS/MH13372-01.]

Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
Resnick B, Petzer-Aboff, Galik E, et al. Barriers and benefits to implementing a restorative care intervention in nursing homes. J Am Med Dir Assoc 2008 Feb; 9(2):102-8. [Supported by grant HS/MH 13372-01.]

Journal of Community Health
Schroy PC III, Glick JT, Robinson PA, et al. Has the surge in media attention increased public awareness about colorectal cancer and screening? J Community Health 2008 Feb; 33(1):1-9. [Supported by grant HS013912.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Akincigil A, Bowblis JR, Levin C, et al. Long-term adherence to evidence based secondary prevention therapies after acute myocardial infarction. J Gen Intern Med 2008 Feb; 23(2):115-21. [Supported by grants HS016097 and HS011825.]

Clancy CM. Clinical research training: scientific literacy for the twenty-first century. J Gen Intern Med 2008 Feb; 23(2):219-20. [Author is the AHRQ director.]

Bonomi AE, Anderson ML, Rivara FP, et al. Health care utilization and costs associated with childhood abuse. J Gen Intern Med 2008 Feb; 23(2):294-9. [Supported by grant HS010909, as reported by the NIH Query View Report (QVR) system.]

Journal of the National Medical Association
Vanderbilt Sk, Wynia MK, Gadon M, et al. A qualitative study of physicians' engagement in reducing healthcare disparities. J Natl Med Assoc 2007 Dec; 99(12):1315-22. [Supported by grant HS15699-01A1.]

Journal of Nursing Measurement
Silver MP, Hougland P, Elder S, et al. Statewide identification of adverse events using retrospective nurse review: methods and outcomes. J Nurs Meas 2007; 15(3):220-32. [Supported by HS11885.]

Journal of Public Health Management and Practice
Thomas JC, Carter C, Torrone E, et al. Pulling together: interagency coordination and HIV/STD prevention. J Public Health Manag Pract 2008 Jan-Feb; 14(1):E1-E6. [Supported by grant HS10861.]

Journal of Urban Health
Thomas JC, Levandowski BA, Isler MR, et al. Incarceration and sexually transmitted infections: a neighborhood perspective. J Urban Health 2008 Jan; 85(1):90-99. [Supported by grant HS010861.]

Quality and Safety in Health Care
Elder NC, Brungs SM, Nagy M, et al. Intensive care unit nurses' perceptions of safety after a highly specific safety intervention. Qual Saf Health Care 2008 Feb; 17(1):25-30. [Supported by grants HS01437-01 and HS13914-02.]

Hobgood C, Tamayo-Sarver JH, Weiner B. Patient race/ethnicity, age, gender and education are not related to preference for or response to disclosure. Qual Saf Health Care 2008 Feb; 17(1):65-70. [Supported by grant HS00059-06.]

Cook RJ, Wreathall J, Smith A, Cronin DC, Rivero O, Harland RC, Raman J, Battles J, et al. Probabilistic risk assessment of accidental ABO-incompatible thoracic organ transplantation before and after 2003. Transplantation 2007 Dec 27; 84(12):1602-9. [Eighth author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety; supported by grant HS12461.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Burns EK, Levinson AH. Discontinuation of nicotine replacement therapy among smoking-cessation attempters. Am J Prev Med 2008 Mar; 34(3):212-15. [Cites PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Welker JA, Huston M, McCue JD. Antibiotic timing and errors in diagnosing pneumonia. Arch Intern Med 2008 Feb 25; 168(4):351-6. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Fine et al. (JAMA, 1996).]

Emanuel EJ. The cost-coverage trade-off: It's health care costs, stupid. JAMA 2008 Feb 27; 299(8):947-9. [Cites Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data tables Average Total Family Premium (in Dollars) per Enrolled Employee of Private-sector Establishments that Offer Health Insurance by Firm Size and State: United States, 2004 and 2005.]

Frieden TR, Mostashari F. Health care as if health mattered. JAMA 2008 Feb 27; 299(8):950-2. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Asch et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2004.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Bottle A, Gnani S, Saxena S, et al. Association between quality of primary care and hospitalization for coronary heart disease in England: national cross-sectional study. J Gen Intern Med 2008 Feb; 23(2):135-41. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Zhan et al. (Health Serv Res 2004) and Basu et al. (Med Care, 2002); cites AHRQ-funded article by Bindman et al. (JAMA, 1995).]

Matheny ME, Shubina M, Kimmel ZM, et al. Treatment intensification and blood glucose control among hospitalized diabetic patients. J Gen Intern Med 2008 Feb; 23(2):184-9. [Cites AHRQ's HCUPnet, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, 2005.]

Grubbs V, Bibbins-Domingo K, Fernandez A, et al. Acute myocardial infarction length of stay and hospital mortality are not associated with language preference. J Gen Intern Med 2008 Feb; 23(2):190-4. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Brach et al. (Qual Manag Health Care, 2002) and Ghandi, Burstin et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2000).]

Chopra M, Munro S, Lavis JN, et al. Effects of policy options for human resources for health: an analysis of systematic reviews. Lancet 2008 Feb 23; 371(9613):668-74. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Atkins (BMC Health Serv Res, 2005 and BMJ, 2004); cites AHRQ publication, Nurse Staffing and Quality of Patient Care, 2007.]

Quality and Safety in Health Care
Arora VM, Johnson JK, Meltzer DO, et al. Aa theoretical framework and competency-based approach to improving handoffs. Qual Saf Health Care 2008 Feb; 17(1):11-14. [Cites AHRQ publication, Medical Teamwork and Patient Safety: The Evidence-based Relation, as posted on AHRQ Web site.]

Hudelson P, Cleopas A, Kolly V, et al. What is quality and how is it achieved? Practitioners' views versus quality models. Qual Saf Health Care 2008 Feb; 17(1):31-6. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Pronovost et al. (Qual Saf Health Care, 2003).]

Mills PD, Neily J, Kinney LM, et al. Effective interventions and implementation strategies to reduce adverse drug events in the Veterans Affairs (VA) system. Qual Saf Health Care 2008 Feb; 17(1):37-46. [Cites several AHRQ-funded articles on adverse drug events.]

Witherington EM, Pirzada OM, Avery AJ. Communication gaps and readmissions to hospital for patients aged 75 years and older: observational study. Qual Saf Health Care 2008 Feb; 17(1):71-5. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Bates et al. (JAMA, 1995).]

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

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Klesges LM, Dzewaltowski DA, Glasgow RE. Review of external validity reporting in childhood obesity prevention research. Am J Prev Med 2008 Mar; 34(3):216-23. [Cites USPSTF-funded evidence summary on screening and interventions for childhood overweight (Pediatrics, 2005).]

Woolf SH, Nestle M. Do dietary guidelines explain the obesity epidemic? Am J Prev Med 2008 Mar; 34(3):263-5. [Cites USPSTF recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1989 and 2006.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Frosch DL, Bhatnagar V, Tally S, et al. Internet patient decision support: a randomized controlled trial comparing alternative approaches for men considering prostate cancer screening. Arch Intern Med 2008 Feb 25; 168(4):363-9. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for prostate cancer (Am Fam Physician, 2003).]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Sinsky CA, Foreman-Hoffman V, Cram P. The impact of expressions of treatment efficacy and out--of-pocket expenses on patient and physician interest in osteoporosis treatment: implications for pay-for-performance programs. J Gen Intern Med 2008 Feb; 23(2):164-8. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for osteoporosis in postmenopausal women (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

DeBourcy AC, Lichtenberger S, Felton S, et al. Community-based preferences for stool cards versus colonoscopy in colorectal cancer screening. J Gen Intern Med 2008 Feb; 23(2):164-8. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Agricultural Economics
Zheng X, Zimmer DM. Farmers' health insurance and access to health care. Am J Agr Econ 2008 Feb; 90(1):267-79. [Uses 1996-2001 MEPS data.]

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Lin CL, Zaslavsky AM, Ganz ML. The financial implications of availability and quality of a usual source of care for children with special health care needs. Matern Child Health J 2008 Mar; 12(2):243-59. [Uses 1996 MEPS data.]

Misra A. Impact of the HealthChoice Program on cesarean section and vaginal birth after C-section deliveries: a retrospective analysis. Matern Child Health J 2008 Mar; 12(2):266-75. [Uses AHRQ's Inpatient Quality Indicators and HCUP State Inpatient Databases (SID) data for 1995 and 2000.]

Quality and Safety in Health Care
Weeks WB, West AN, Rosen AK, et al. Comparing measures of patient safety for inpatient care provided to veterans within and outside the VA system in New York. [Uses AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators.]

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