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March 3, 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

American Journal of Critical Care
Scott LD, Rogers AE, Hwang WT, et al. Effects of critical care nurses' work hours on vigilance and patients' safety. Am J Crit Care 2006 Jan; 15(1):30-7. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS11963-01.]

Annals of Family Medicine
Crabtree BF, Miller WL, Tallia AF, et al. Delivery of clinical preventive services in family medicine offices. Ann Fam Med 2005 Sep-Oct; 3(5):430-5. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS08776.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Levine AM, Karim R, Mack W, et al. Neutropenia in human immunodeficiency virus infection. Arch Intern Med 2006 Feb 27; 166(4):405-10. [Supported by Women's Interagency HIV Study, partially funded by AHRQ; related grant is Grant No. R03 HS08466, others may apply.]

Rogers MA, Langa KM, Kim C, et al. Contribution of infection to increased mortality in women after cardiac surgery. Arch Intern Med 2006 Feb 27; 166(4):437-43. [Supported by Grant No. P20 HS11540.]

Shahinian VB, Kuo YF, Freeman JL, et al. Risk of the androgen deprivation syndrome in men receiving androgen deprivation for prostate cancer. Arch Intern Med 2006 Feb 27; 166(4):465-71. [Supported by Grant No. R24 HS011618.]

Early Human Development
Phibbs CS, Schmitt SK. Estimates of the cost and length of stay changes that can be attributed to one-week increases in gestational age of premature infants. Early Human Dev 2006 Feb; 82(2):85-95. [Supported by AHRQ under NICHD Grant No. HD36914.]

Evaluation and the Health Professions
Feifer C, Ornstein SM, Jenkins RG, et al. The logic behind a multimethod intervention to improve adherence to clinical practice guidelines in a nationwide network of primary care practices. Eval Health Prof 2006 Mar; 29(1):65-88. [Supported by Grant Nos. U18 HS11132 and U18 HS13716.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Nallamothu BK, Robers MA, Saint S, et al. Skilled care requirements for elderly patients after coronary artery bypass grafting. J Am Geriatr Soc 2005 Jul; 53(7):1133-7. [Supported by Grant No. P20 HS11540.]

Journal of Nursing Administration
Scott LD, Hwang WT, Rogers AE. The impact of multiple care giving roles on fatigue, stress, and work performance among hospital staff nurses. J Nurs Admin 2006 Feb; 36(2):86-95. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS11963-01.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Shahinian VB, Kuo YF, Freeman JL, et al. Risk of fracture after androgen deprivation for prostate cancer. N Engl J Med 2005 Jan 13; 353(2):154-64. [Supported by Grant No. R24 HS51161.]

Janssen WJ, Collard HR, Saint S, et al. A perfect storm. N Engl J Med 2005 Nov 3; 353(18):1956-61. [Supported by Grant No. P20 HS11540. See also articles by Patwardhan, et al., and Sarria-Santamera, et al. (Int J Technol Assess Health Care 2006) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Biener L, Reimer RL, Wakefield M, et al. Impact of smoking cessation aids and mass media among recent quitters. Am J Prev Med 2006 Mar; 30(3):217-24. [Cites PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Brinkhaus B, Witt CM, Jena S, et al. Acupuncture in patients with chronic low back pain: a randomized controlled trial. Arch Intern Med 2006 Feb 27; 166(4):450-7. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Deyo, et al. (N Engl J Med, 2001), Sherman, et al. (BMC Complement Altern Med, 2004), and Cherkin, et al. (J Am Bd Fam Pract, 2002 and Arch Intern Med, 2001.])

BNAs Health Plan and Provider Report
CMS extends training for hospital survey; announces update to Hospital Compare data. BNA Health Plan Provider Rep 2006 Mar 1; 14(9):269-70. [discusses upcoming training in the use of AHRQ's Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS).]

Efficiency measures for care assessment proposed under HEDIS for public comment. BNA Health Plan Provider Rep 2006 Mar 1; 14(9):276-7. [Notes that HEDIS 2007 will introduce the use of CAHPS® version 4.0H.]

Kunz R. What's in the black box? Chest 2006 Jan; 129(1):7-10. [Mentions that >400 guidelines are available from AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC) Web site.]

Clinical Diabetes
Llorente MD. Diabetes, psychiatric disorders, and the metabolic effects of antipsychotic medications. Clin Diabetes 2006 Jan 1; 24(1):18-24. [Cites AHRQ publication Schizophrenia Patient Outcomes Research Team (PORT) Treatment Recommendations, 1998.]

CQ Healthbeat
AHRQ report finds hospital admissions increasing for surgical, medical care complications. CQ Healthbeat 2006 Mar 3. Sixth story. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ report.]

Drug Industry Daily
AHRQ rejects biotechnology industry's recommendations for comparative effectiveness initiative. Drug Industry Daily 2006 Mar 1; 5(42). [Discusses AHRQ's response to concerns raised over use of data obtained from reports developed under AHRQ's Effective Health Care program.]

Evaluation and the Health Professions
Werch C, Grenard JL, Burnett J, et al. Translation as a function of modality: the potential of brief interventions. Eval Health Prof 2006 Mar; 29(1):89-125. [Cites PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

Health Data Management
HHS funds e-Rx pilots. Health Data Manage 2006 Mar; 14(3):16. [Cites AHRQ administration of newly awarded pilot projects on electronic prescribing standards.]

Healthcare Financial Management
Wilensky GR. On the road to a national performance measurement system: its one thing to conceive of a pay-for-performance system in health care; its quite another thing to set up the system so it will work. Healthc Fin Manage 2006 Feb; 60(2):46-8. [Notes importance of incorporating performance measures from AHRQ's CAHPS® and other organizations into a national system of performance measures.]

Hospitals patient safety progress too slow: report. Healthc Fin Manage 2006 Feb; 60(2):17. [Reports on AHRQ-funded article by Longo, et al. (JAMA 2005).]

Hospitals and Health Networks
Solovy A. The Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study gives hospitals a way to evaluate their IT progress. Hosp Health Netw 2006 Feb 15; 80(2):32. [Notes AHRQ collaboration in developing this year's survey questions.]

Journal of Counseling and Development
Reese RJ, Conoley CW, Brossart DF. The attractiveness of telephone counseling: an empirical investigation of client perceptions. J Couns Dev 2006 Jan; 84(1):54-60. [Cites article by Katz, et al. (Prev Med 2002) on the implementation of AHRQ smoking cessation guidelines in primary care.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Lam AM. A perfect storm. N Engl J Med 2005 Mar 2; 354(9):977-8. [Comments on AHRQ-funded article by Janssen, et al. cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.

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

American Family Physician
Clinical quiz. Am Fam Physician 2006 Mar 1; 73(5):767-9. [Includes question based on USPSTF recommendation on genetic risk assessment.]

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Genetic risk assessment and BRCA mutation testing for breast cancer and ovarian cancer susceptibility: recommendation statement. Am Fam Physician 2006 Mar 1; 73(5):869-74. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations on genetic risk assessment and BRCA mutation testing for breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility as posted on AHRQ Web site.]

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Yepes-Rios M, Reimann JO, Talavery AC, et al. Colorectal cancer screening among Mexican Americans at a community clinic. Am J Prev Med 2006 Mar; 30(3):204-10. [Cites USPSTF reviews of colorectal cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

American Journal of Public Health
Suba EJ, Murphy SK, Donnelly AD, et al. Systems analysis of real-world obstacles to successful cervical cancer prevention in developing countries. Am J Public Health 2006 Mar; 96(3):480-7. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for cervical cancer, as accessed from HSTAT database; cites AHRQ-authored article by Battles (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety), et al. (Arch Pathol Lab Med, 1998).]

Diabetes Care
Power D. Standards of medical care in diabetes: response to position statement of the American Diabetes Association. Diabetes Care 2006 Feb; 29(2):476-7. [Cites USPSTF publication, Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2005.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Critical Care Nurse
Triola N. Dialogue and discourse: are we having the right conversations? Crit Care Nurse 2006 Feb; 26(1):60-7. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001.]

Evaluation and the Health Professions
Green LW, Glasgow RE. Evaluating the relevance, generalization, and applicability of research. Eval Health Prof 2006 Mar; 29(1):126-53. [Cites AHRQ publication, Evidence-based Practice Centers: Synthesizing Scientific Evidence to Improve Quality and Effectiveness in Health Care, 2005; cites USPSTF publication, Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1989 and 1996, and cites AHRQ's NGC.]

International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Patwardhan MB, Sarria-Santamera A, Matchar DB. Improving the process of developing technical reports for health care decision makers: using the theory of constraints in the evidence-based practice centers. Int J Technol Assess Health Care 2006 Winter; 22(1):26-32. [Supported by Contract No. 290-02-0025.]

Sarria-Santamera A , Matchar DB, Westermann-Clark EV, et al. Evidence-based Practice Center network and health technology assessment in the United States: bridging the cultural gap. Int J Technol Assess Health Care 2006 Winter; 22(1):33-8. [Supported by Contract No. 290-02-0025.]

Journal of Family Practice
Holten KB. Revisiting spirometry for the diagnosis of COPD. J Fam Pract 2006 Jan; 55(1):51. [Reports on AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Use of Spirometry for Case Finding, Diagnosis, and Management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, 2005.]

Crawford P, Kaufman 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 summary, Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC), 2003.]

Journal of Studies on Alcohol
OConnor MJ, Whaley SE. Health care provider advice and risk factors associated with alcohol consumption following pregnancy recognition. J Stud Alcohol 2006 Jan; 67(1):22-31. [Cites findings from AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Perinatal Depressions: Prevalence, Screening Accuracy, and Screening Outcomes, 2005.]

Pink Sheet
Celebrex shows overall net benefit" versus NSAIDs, AHRQ draft report says. Pink Sheet 2006 Feb 27; 63(9):23. [Reviews findings from draft comparative effectiveness study funded and authorized through the Medicare Modernization Act and based on research conducted by the Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center.]

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

Diabetes Care
Pogach LM, Rajan M, Aron DC. Comparison of weighted performance measurement and dichotomous thresholds for glycemic control in the Veterans Health Administration. Diabetes Care 2006 Feb; 29(2):241-6. [Cites AHRQ's NHQR, 2005; cites IOM Report, Envisioning the National Healthcare Quality Report: Designing the National Healthcare Quality Report, 2001.]

Healthcare Benchmarks and Quality Improvement
Study: quality improving at a modest pace: greatest gain seen in patient safety measures. Healthc Benchmarks Qual Improve 2006 Mar; 13(3):32-3. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ's NHQR, 2005; quotes Dwight McNeill, researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.]

Health care disparities narrow for many. Healthc Benchmarks Qual Improve 2006 Mar; 13(3):32. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ's NHQR, 2005.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

GAO Reports
U.S. Government Accountability Office. Employer spending on benefits has grown faster than wages, due largely to rising costs for health insurance and retirement benefits. GAO Rep 2006 Feb 24. Report Number GAO-06-285. [Uses MEPS data to determine for 1996-2003 the trends in current employees access to and participation in health insurance benefits; cites solicitation of comments on draft report from AHRQ.]

Journal of Urology
Hollenbeck BK, Taub DA, Miller DC, et al. Use of nephrectomy at select medical centers—a case of follow the crowd? J Urol 2006 Feb; 175(2):670-4. [Uses data from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 1988-2002.]

Journal of Vascular Surgery
Nowygrod R, Egorova N, Greco G, et al. Trends, complications, and mortality in peripheral vascular surgery. J Vasc Surg 2006 Feb; 43(2):205-16. [Uses data from AHRQ's NIS, 1998-2003.]

Choi JH, Bateman BT, Mangla S, et al. Endovascular recanalization therapy in acute ischemic stroke. Stroke 2006 Feb; 37(2):419-24. [Uses data from AHRQ's NIS, 1999-2002.]

Bateman BT, Schumacher HC, Boden-Albala B, et al. Factors associated with in-hospital mortality after administration of thrombolysis in acute ischemic stroke patients: an analysis of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample 1999 to 2002. Stroke 2006 Feb; 37(2):440-6. [Uses data from AHRQ's NIS, 1999-2002.]

Surgical Endoscopy
Poulose BK, Arbogast PG, Holzman MD. National analysis of in-hospital resource utilization in choledocholithiasis management using propensity scores. Surg Endosc 2006 Feb; 20(2):186-90. [Uses data from AHRQ's NIS, 2002.]

Hollenbeck BK, Taub DA, Miller DC, et al. National utilization trends of partial nephrectomy for renal cell carcinoma: a case of underutilization? Urology 2006 Feb; 67(2):254-9. [Uses data from AHRQ's NIS, 1988-2002.]

Taub DA, Hollenbeck BK, Cooper KL, et al. Racial disparities in resource utilization for cystectomy. Urology 2006 Feb; 67(2):288-93. [Uses data from AHRQ's NIS, 1988-2000.]

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