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March 8, 2002

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 Health-System Pharmacy
Shah ND, Vermeulen LC, Santell JP, et al. Projecting future drug expenditures—2002. Am J Health Syst Pharm 2002 Jan 15; 59(2):131-42. [Grant No. T32 HS00083.]

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Kahn DJ, Richardson DK, Billett HH. Association of thrombocytopenia and delivery method with intraventricular hemorrhage among very-low-birth-weight infants. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2002 Jan; 186(1):109-16. [Grant No. R01 HS07015.]

American Journal of Public Health
Egerter S, Braveman P, Marchi K. Timing of insurance coverage and use of prenatal care among low-income women. Am J Public Health 2002 Mar; 92(3):423-27. [Grant No. R01 HS07910\.]

Death Studies
Lockhart LK, Ditto PH, Danks JH, et al. The stability of older adults' judgments of fates better and worse than death. Death Studies 2001 Jun; 25(4):299-317. [Grant No. HS18180.]

Lackland DT, Egan BM, Syddall HE, et al. Associations between birth weight and antihypertensive medication in black and white Medicaid recipients. Hypertension 2002 Jan; 39(1):179-83. [Grant No. P01 HS1087.]

International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics
Blumberg LJ, Nichols LM, Banthin JS. Int J Health Care Financ Econ 2001 Sep-Dec; 1(3-4):305-25. [Third author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Cost and Financing Studies.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Schneider EC, Zaslavsky AM, Epstein AM. Racial disparities in the quality of care for enrollees in Medicare managed care. JAMA 2002 Mar 13; 287(10):1288-94. [Grant No. P01 HS10803.]

Weinger MB, Ancoli-Israel S. Sleep deprivation and clinical performance. JAMA 2002 Feb 27; 287(8):955-57. [Grant No. P20 HS11521 and R01 HS11375.]

Williams JW, Noel PH, Cordes JA, et al. Is this patient clinically depressed? JAMA 2002 Mar 6; 287(9):1160-70. [AHRQ-funded, no grant number given.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement
Carman KL, Daugherty S, Harris-Kojetin LD, et al. Private sector unlikely to follow Medicare lead in providing health plan disenrollment comparisons. Jt Comm J Qual Improv 2002 Mar; 28(1):115-26. [Supported by AHRQ, acknowledges Charles Darby, Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, as project officer.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Kritz-Silverstein D, Barrett-Connor E. Hysterectomy, oophorectomy, and cognitive function in older women. J Am Geriatr Soc 2002 Jan; 50(1):55-61. [Grant No. HS06726.]

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Grabenstein JD, Guess HA, Hartzema AG, et al. Attitudinal factors among adult prescription recipients associated with choice of where to be vaccinated. J Clin Epidemiol 2002 Mar; 55(3):279-84. [Grant No. R03 HS10021-01.]

Koroukian SM, Rimm AA. The "adequacy of prenatal care utilization" (APNCU) index to study low birth weight: is the index biased? J Clin Epidemiol 2002 Mar; 55(3):296-305. [Grant No. T32 HS00059.]

Journal of Economic and Social Measurement
Mukamel DB, Dick A, Spector WD. Specification issues in measurement of quality of medical care using risk adjusted outcomes. J Econ Social Meas 2000 Dec; 27(3):267-81. [Third author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Organization and Delivery Studies.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Landon BE, Wilson EB, Wenger NS, et al. Specialty training and specialization among physicians who treat HIV/AIDS in the United States. J Gen Intern Med 2002 Jan; 17(1):12-22. [Cooperative Agreement No. U01 HS08578 under HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study.]

Felix-Aaron K. A call for papers. Community-based participatory research. J Gen Intern Med 2002 Jan; 17(1):84. [Author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care Research; describes upcoming special issue, cites research by AHRQ.]

Medical Care
Fowler FJ, Gallagher PM, Stringfellow VL, et al. Using telephone interviews to reduce nonresponse bias to mail surveys of health plan members. Med Care 2002 Mar; 40(3):190-200. [Grant No. HS0925.]

Medical Care Research and Review
Kilbourne AM, Andersen RM, Asch S, et al. Response to symptoms among a U.S. national probability sample of adults infected with human immunodeficiency virus. Med Care Res Rev 2002 Mar; 59(1):36-58. [Cooperative Agreement No. U01 HS08578 under HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study.]

Hibbard JH, Berkman N, McCormack, et al. The impact of a CAHPS® report on employee knowledge, beliefs, and decisions. Med Care Res Rev 2002 Mar; 59(1):104-16. [Supported by AHRQ cooperative agreement, no number given.]

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ferris DG, Macfee MS, Miller JA, et al. The efficacy of telecolposcopy compared with traditional colposcopy. Obstet Gynecol 2002 Feb; 99(2):248-54. [Grant No. R01 HS08814.]

Lynch A, McDuffie R, Murphy J, et al. Preeclampsia in multiple gestation: the role of assisted reproductive technologies. Obstet Gynecol 2002 Feb; 99(2):445-51. [Grant No. R03 HS10700-01.]

Chang BR, Klitzner TS. Can regionalization decrease the number of deaths for children who undergo cardiac surgery? A theoretical analysis. Pediatrics 2002 Feb; 109(2):173-81. [First author was AHRQ post-doctoral fellow.]

Saigal S, Lambert M, Russ C, et al. Self-esteem of adolescents who were born prematurely. Pediatrics 2002 Feb; 109(2):429-33. [Grant No. R01 HS08385.]

Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Bosco L. Databases for outcomes research: what has 10 years of experience taught us? Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Safety 2001 Aug-Sep; 10(5):445-55. [Author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research.]

Social Science & Medicine
Valenta Z, Weissfeld L. Estimation of the survival function for Gray's piecewise-constant time-varying coefficients model. Soc Sci Med 2002 Mar; 54(5):717-27. [Grant No. R01 HS09694-03.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Managed Care
Kikano GE, Snyder CW, Callahan EJ, et al. A comparison of ambulatory services for patients with managed care and fee-for-service insurance. Am J Manag Care 2002 Feb; 8(2):181-86. [Cites Clancy (2nd author), J Gen Intern Med, 1999.]

Blue Sheet
AHRQ, V-A call for research translation of systems interventions in joint PA. Blue Sheet 2002 Feb 27; 45(9):22. [Summarizes program announcement on Translating Research into Practice.]

Effective Clinical Practice
McNutt R, Abrams R, Hasler S, et al. Determining medical error. Three case reports. Eff Clin Pract 2002 Jan-Feb; 5(1):23-28. [Cites Burstin (3rd author), Med Care, 2000.]

Family Medicine
McIlvain HE, Backer EL, Crabtree BF, et al. Physician attitudes and the use of office-based activities for tobacco control. Fam Med 2002 Feb; 34(2):114-19. [Cites AHRQ's smoking cessation guidelines.]

Health News Daily
NCI budget would rise 15% to fund up to 40% of cancer grants under Feinstein bill. Health News Daily 2002 Mar 1; 14(41):6-7. [Cites provision directing AHRQ "to coordinate development and dissemination of consensus protocols and practice guidelines for optimal cancer treatments, prevention, symptom management and end-of-life-care."]

International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics
Morrisey M. Why do employers do what they do? Compensating differentials. Int J Health Care Financ Econ 2002 Econ 2001 Sep-Dec; 1(3-4):195-201. [Cites Monheit, Schone and Taylor, Inquiry, 1999 (NMES).]

Jensen GA, Morrisey MA. Endogenous fringe benefits, compensating wage differentials and older workers. Int J Health Care Financ Econ 2001 Sep-Dec; 1(3-4):203-25. [Cites Monheit and Vistnes, J Hum Res, 1999 (NMES).]

Simon KI. Displaced workers and employer-provided health insurance: evidence of a wage/fringe benefit tradeoff? Int J Health Care Financ Econ 2001 Sep-Dec; 1(3-4):249-71. [Cites Monheit et al, Inquiry, 1985.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Mehta RH, Montoye C, Gallogly M, et al. Improving quality of care for acute myocardial infarction. The Guidelines Applied in Practice (GAP) Initiative. JAMA 2002 Mar 13; 287(10):1269-76. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by McLaughlin et al., Arch Int Med, 1996; Ayanian et al., JAMA, 1994; and Soumerai et al., JAMA, 1997 and 1998.]

Krumholz HM, Rathore SS, Chen J. Evaluation of a consumer-oriented Internet health care report card. The risk of quality ratings based on mortality data. JAMA 2002 Mar 13; 287(10):1277-87. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Fleming et al., Med Care, 1992.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement
Berman S. Improving children's health care: an interview with Charles Homer. Jt Comm J Qual Improv 2002 Mar; 28(1):139-47. [Cites interviewee's 1999 article in same journal on the Consumer Assessment of Health Plans (CAHPS®) children's survey; cites article by Eisenberg, Bowman, and Foster, Int J Tech Assess Health Care, 2001.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Brown MN, Lapane KL, Luisi AF. The management of depression in older nursing home residents. J Am Geriatr Soc 2002 Jan; 50(1):69-76. [Cites Fleishman (3rd author), J Gerontol A, 1994.]

Wang PS, Levin R, Zhao SZ, et al. Urinary antispasmodic use and the risks of ventricular arrhythmia and sudden death in older patients. J Am Geriatr Soc 2002 Jan; 50(1):117-24. [Cites AHRQ's urinary incontinence guidelines.]

Gillick MR. Do we need to create geriatric hospitals? J Am Geriatr Soc 2002 Jan; 50(1):174-77. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Bates et al, Arch Intern Med, 1999.]

Krakauer EL, Crenner C, Fox K. Barriers to optimum end-of-life care for minority patients. J Am Geriatr Soc 2002 Jan; 50(1):182-90. [Cites AHRQ's cancer pain guidelines.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Keating NL, Green DC, Kao AC, et al. How are patients' satisfaction ambulatory care experiences related to trust, satisfaction, and considering changing physicians? J Gen Intern Med 2002 Jan; 17(1):29-39. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Grumbach et al, JAMA, 1999.]

Perkins HS, Geppert CMA, Gonzales A, et al. Cross-cultural similarities and differences in attitudes about advance care planning. J Gen Intern Med 2002 Jan; 17(1):48-57. [Cites Fleishman (2nd author), J Gen Intern Med,1990.]

Medical Care
Silliman RA, Lash TL. Do variations in breast cancer care matter? Med Care 2002 Mar; 40(3):177-80. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Mandelblatt, Cancer, 2000, and Med Care, 2001.]

Gilligan MA, Kneusel RT, Hoffmann RG, et al. Persistent differences in sociodemographic determinants of breast conserving treatment despite overall increased adoption. Med Care 2002 Mar; 40(3):181-89. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Mandelblatt, Cancer, 2000, and Med Care, 2001.]

Lamont EB, Lauderdale DS, Schilsky RL, et al. Construct validity of Medicare chemotherapy claims. Med Care 2002 Mar; 40(3):201-11. [Cites Ball and Elixhauser, Med Care, 1996.]

Murtaugh CM, Litke A. Transitions through postacute and long-term care settings. Patterns of use and outcomes for a national cohort of elders. Med Care 2002 Mar; 40(3):227-36. [Author is former AHRQ researcher; cites article by former AHRQ researchers Murtaugh, Kemper, and Spillman, Med Care, 1997.]

Selim AJ, Berlowitz DR, Fincke G, et al. Risk-adjusted mortality rates as a potential outcome indicator for outpatient quality assessments. Med Care 2002 Mar; 40(3):237-45. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Tierney et al., J Gen Intern Med, 1996, and Deyo et al., J Clin Epidemiol, 1992.]

Gold MR, Muennig P. Measure-dependent variation in burden of disease estimates. Implications for policy. Med Care 2002 Mar; 40(3):260-66. [Cites AHRQ Web site, Agency's use of quality-adjusted life years to assess treatment outcomes.]

Medical Care Research and Review
Cunningham PJ. Declining employer-sponsored coverage: The role of public programs and implications for access to care. Med Care Res Rev 2002 Mar; 59(1):79-98. [Author is former AHRQ researcher; cites Cooper and Schone, Health Aff, 1997.]

Pink Sheet
FDA drug safety committee puts CERTs in central role. Pink Sheet 2002 Feb 25; 64(8):32-33. [Cites selection of Center for Education & Research on Therapeutics' Principal Investigator Brian Strom for new committee and researcher's establishment of Center of Excellence for Patient Safety Research & Practice at University of Pennsylvania Medical Center under AHRQ grant; cites April 2001 JAMA article by Strom and AHRQ researcher finding evidence of protective effect of statin therapy in preventing hip fractures.]

Washington Healthbeat
Expressions of concern and support for AHRQ's John Eisenberg at a House hearing. Washington Healthbeat 2002 Feb 28. [Notes remarks made at a same-day hearing of the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee.]

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

American Family Physician
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for chlamydial infection: Recommendations and rationale. Am Fam Physician 2002 Feb 15; 65(4):673-76. [Presents excerpts from updated guidelines recently issues by the Task Force.]

Journal of Women's Health and Gender-based Medicine
Keith LG, Oleszczuk J, Laguens M. Are mammography and palpation sufficient for breast cancer screening? A dissenting opinion. J Women's Health Gend Based Med 2002 Jan-Feb;11(1):17-25. [Cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Medical Care
Pham HH, Frick KD, Diener-West M, et al. Is health plan employer data and information set performance associated with withdrawal from Medicare managed care? Med Care 2002 Mar; 40(3):212-25. [Cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996; cites Wong and Hellinger, Med Care Res Rev, 2000.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data

International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics
Levy H, Feldman R. Does the incidence of group health insurance fall on individual workers? Int J Health Care Financ Econ 2001 Sep-Dec; 1(3-4):227-47. [Uses Medical Expenditure Panel Survey data.]

Medical Care Research and Review
Vaiana ME, Mcglynn EA. What cognitive science tells us about the design of reports for consumers. Med Care Res Rev 2002 Mar; 59(1):3-35. [Examines use of CAHPS® by selected Web sites.]

Current as of March 2002


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