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March 2, 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

Academic Medicine
Arora S, Geppert CM, Kalishman S, et al. Academic health center management of chronic diseases through knowledge networks: Project ECHO. Acad Med 2007 Feb; 82(2):154-60. [Supported by grant 1 UC1 HS015135.]

American Journal of Kidney Diseases
Zhang L, Kao L, Berthier-Schaad Y, et al. C-reactive protein haplotype predicts serum C-reactive protein levels but not cardiovascular disease risk in a dialysis cohort. Am J Kidney Dis 2007 Jan; 49(1):118-26. [Supported by grant R01 HS08365.]

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Lee GM, Murphy TV, Lett S, et al. Cost effectiveness of pertussis vaccination in adults. Am J Prev Med 2007 Mar; 32(3):186-93. [Supported by grant K08 HS013908-01A1.]

Annals of Family Medicine
Binns HJ, Lanier D, Galliher HM, et al. Describing primary care encounters: the Primary Care Network Survey and the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey. Ann Fam Med 2007 Jan-Feb; 5(1):39-47. [Second author is acting director of AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships; supported by grant HS01004.]

Health Affairs
Zhan C. Adverse events: the authors respond. Health Aff 2007 Jan-Feb; 26(1):293-5. [Author is researcher with AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety; responds to letter commenting on AHRQ-authored article by Zhan, et al. (Health Aff, 2006).]

Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (American)
Zhan C, Kaczmarek R, Loyo-Berrios N, Sangl J, et al. Incidence and short-term outcomes of primary and revision hip replacement in the United States. J Bone Joint Surg Am 2007; 89(3):526-33. [First and fourth authors are researchers with AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.]

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Lo Re V 3rd, Frank I, Gross R, et al. Self-reported hepatitis B and C virus infections had low sensitivity among HIV-infected patients. J Clin Epidemiol 2007 Mar; 60(3):294-9. [Supported by grant HS10399.]

Anderson JP, Holbrook TL. Quality of Well-being profiles followed paths of health status change at micro-and meso-levels in trauma patients. J Clin Epidemiol 2007 Mar; 60(3):300-8. [Supported by grant R01 HS07611-05.]

Journal of Pain
Tait RC, Chibnall JT, Andresen EM, et al. Disability determination; validity with occupational low back pain. J Pain 2006 Dec; 7(12):951-7. [Supported by grant R01 HS013087-01.]

Journal of Pediatric Nursing
Wong ST. The relationship between parent emotion, parent behavior, and health status of young African American and Latino children. J Pediatr Nurs 2006 Dec; 21(6):434-42. [Supported by grant R03 HS10004.]

Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Shah SS, Kagen J, Lautenbach E, et al. Bloodstream infections after median sternotomy at a children s hospital. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2007 Feb; 133(2):435-40. [Supported by grant HS10399.]

Medical Care
DeVoe J, Fryer DE Jr, Straub A, et al. Congruent satisfaction; is there geographic correlation between patient and physician satisfaction? Med Care 2007 Jan; 45(1):88-94. [Supported by grant F32 HS01465-02.]

Rodriguez HP, Wilson IB, Landon BE, et al. voluntary physician switching by human immunodeficiency virus-infected individuals. Med Care 2007 Mar; 45(3):189-98. [Supported by grant 5 T32 HS000055; uses and analyzes results from patient surveys conducted under AHRQ's HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS).]

New England Journal of Medicine
Landon BE, Hicks LS, O'Malley AJ, et al. Improving the management of chronic disease at community health centers. N Engl J Med 2007 Mar 1; 356(9):921-34. [Supported by grant 1 U01 HS13653.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Academic Medicine
Eiser AR, Ellis G. Cultural competence and the African American experience with health care: the case for specific content in cross-cultural education. Acad Med 2007 Feb; 82(2):176-83. [Describes AHRQ-sponsored research collaboration that developed and evaluated a multimedia computer program for diabetes education in low-literacy minority populations (Gerber, et al., Diabetes Care, 2005); cites AHRQ-funded article by Canto, et al. (N Engl J Med, 2000) and cites AHRQ-authored articles by Aaron, Levine, and Burstin (first and third authors are former AHRQ researcher and former AHRQ center director, respectively; J Gen Intern Med, 2003) and Brach and Fraser (researcher in and director of AHRQ's Center for Organization, Delivery, and Markets; Med Care Res Rev, 2000).]

Beach MC, Rosner M, Cooper LA. Can patient-centered attitudes reduce racial and ethnic disparities in care? Acad Med 2007 Feb; 82(2):193-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Schulman, et al. (N Engl J Med, 1999).]

American Journal of Managed Care
Burton WN, Chen CY, Conti DJ, et al. The association of antidepressant medication adherence with employee disability absences. Am J Manag Care 2007 Feb; 13(2):105-12. [Cites recommendations from AHRQ guideline, Depression in Primary Care, Vol. 2: Treatment of Major Depression, 1993.]

Issa MM, Regan TS. Medical therapy for benign prostatic hyperplasia—present and future impact. Am J Manag Care 2007 Feb; 13(2):S4-9. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia; Diagnosis and Treatment, 1994).]

AORN Journal
Bariatric surgery complication rates vary among hospitals. AORN J 2007 Feb; 85(2):266. [Mentions statistics rom AHRQ-authored article by Encinosa, et al. (Med Care, 2006).]

Applied Health Economics and Health Policy
Mitton C, Dionne F, Peacock S, et al. Quality and cost in healthcare: a relationship worth examining. Appl Health Econ Health Policy 2006; 5(4):201-8. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Mukamel and Spector (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Med Care, 2000).]

Journal of Healthcare Management
Grazier KL. Interview with Stuart H. Altman, Ph.D., HFACHE, dean and professor, The Heller School, Brandeis University. J Healthc Manage 2007 Jan-Feb; 52(1):2-6. [Interviewee asserts the need for government to develop mechanisms for doing cost-effectiveness studies-comparative analysis of what works and what does not. Right now, piecemeal work is out there, which often does not directly tie into reimbursement. One question is whether the government will play a bigger role in research beyond what it does through its small and vulnerable agency, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.]

Modern Healthcare
Conn J. More moving to entry level: CPOE adoption slowly gains ground, with larger number expecting installations. Mod Healthc 2007 Feb 26; 37(9):41-4. [Mentions the Leapfrog organizations plans to launch a Web-based Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) evaluation tool that was developed with initial funding by AHRQ.]

Radiologic Technology
Scott A. Improving communication for better patient care. Radiol Technol 2007 Jan; 78(3):205-21. [Describes AHRQ-authored article by Meyer and Arnheim (former AHRQ center director and former AHRQ consultant; Fam Pract Manag, 2002) based on AHRQ fact sheet, 20 Tips to Prevent Medical Errors, 2000; cites AHRQ-authored article by Hughes and Clancy (authors are researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships and AHRQ director, respectively; J Nurs Care Qual, 2005).]

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

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Ockene JK, Edgerton EA, Teutsch SM, Marion LN, Miller T, Genevro JL, et al. Integrating evidence-based clinical and community strategies to improve health. Am J Prev Med 2007 Mar; 32(3):244-52. [Second author was AHRQ researcher at time of publication and fifth and sixth authors are current researchers with AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships; describes the evidence-based methodologies used in USPSTF assessments.]

Canadian Pharmacists Journal
Ruddock B, Malak K. Optimal dosing of acetylsalicylic acid. Can Pharm J 2007 Jan-Feb; 140(1):53 (4 pages). [Cites USPSTF recommendations on aspirin for the primary prevention of cardiovascular events (USPSTF, Ann Intern Med, 2002 and Hayden, et al., Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Health News Daily
Taft C. New look at renal stenting coverage grew from AHRQ comparative effectiveness review. Health News Daily 2007 Feb 27; 19(40):2-4. [States that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) national coverage decision on renal artery angioplasty and stenting is the agency s first coverage action to grow out of AHRQ's Effective Health Care program; summarizes findings from AHRQ effectiveness review, Comparative Effectiveness of Management Strategies for Renal Artery Stenosis, released in October 2006 and performed by Tufts-New England Medical Center EPC.]

Kripalani S, LeFevre F, Phillips CO, et al. Deficits in communication and information transfer between hospital-based and primary care physicians: implications for patient safety and continuity of care. JAMA 2007 Feb 28; 297(8):831-41. [Cites Southern California EPC evidence review by Chaudhry, et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Wachter (Ann Intern Med, 1999), Poon, et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2004), and Bates and Gawande (N Engl J Med, 2003).]

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

Academic Medicine
Manetta A, Boker J, Rea J, et al. A study of the physician workforce supply for the Latino population in California. Acad Med 2007 Feb; 82(2):127-32. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2004; cites AHRQ publication, Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care, 2000; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Zuvekas and Weinick (Health Serv Res, 1999) and Brach and Fraser, et al. (Health Aff, 2005).]

Freeman J, Ferrer RL, Greiner KA. Developing a physician workforce for America s disadvantaged. Acad Med 2007 Feb; 82(2):133-8. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2004; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Kelley, et al. (Med Care, 2005) and Siegel, et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2004).]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Managed Care
McCollum M, Ellis SL, Regensteiner JG, et al. Minor depression and health status among US adults with diabetes mellitus. Am J Manag Care 2007 Feb; 13(2):65-72. [Uses data from AHRQ's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, 2001 Household Component (HC); cites AHRQ publications Overview of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey and Computing Standard Errors for MEPS Estimates, 2005, both on AHRQ Web site.]

Journal of Practice Nursing
Mahan P [PubMed records lists AHRQ and AHCPR as additional authors.]. Pressure ulcer prevention and treatment Part II—treatment. J Pract Nurs 2006 Fall; 56(3):6-18; quiz 18-20. [Uses AHRQ guideline publications, Pressure Ulcers in Adults; Prediction and Prevention. Quick Reference Guide for Clinicians, 1994, and Pressure Ulcer Treatment. Quick Reference Guide for Clinicians, 1994, as basis for continuing education presentation and subsequent study questions.]

Robbins JM, Bird TM, Tilford JM, et al., for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Hospital stays, hospital charges, and in-hospital deaths among infants with selected birth defects—United States, 2003. [Reprints article from MMWR Morb Mort Wkly Rep 2007, which uses 2003 data from AHRQ's HCUP Kids Inpatient Database (KID).]

Current as of March 2007


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