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March 16, 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

Advances in Health Economics and Health Services Research
Encinosa WE, Bernard DM, Steiner CA. Advances in bariatric surgery for obesity: laparoscopic surgery. Adv Health Econ Health Serv Res 2006; 17:131-48. [Funded by AHRQ; first and third authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, and second author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Simon SR, Kaushal R, Cleary PD, et al. Physicians and electronic health records: a statewide survey. Arch Intern Med 2007 Mar 12; 167(5):507-12. [Supported by grant 1 UC1 HS15397.]

Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Garbutt J, Brownstein DR, Klein EJ, et al. Reporting and disclosing medical errors: pediatricians' attitudes and behaviors. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2007 Feb; 161(2):179-85. [Supported by grants 1 U18 HS11890 and 1 K08 HS0140201.]

Arthritis and Rheumatism
Yelin E. Trupin L, Katz p, et al. Work dynamics among persons with systemic lupus erythematosus. Arthritis Rheum 2007 Feb 15; 57(1):103-8. [Supported by grant 1 R01 HS013893.]

Talcott JA, Spain P, Clark JA, et al. Hidden barriers between knowledge and behavior: the North Carolina prostate cancer screening and treatment experience. Cancer 2007 Mar 12; [Epub ahead of print. Supported by grant 5 P01 HS010861.]

Critical Care Medicine
Schneiderman LJ. Effect of ethics consultations in the intensive care unit. Crit Care Med 2006 Nov; 34(11 Suppl):S359-63. [Supported by grant 1 R01 HS10251.]

Journal of Aging and Health
Kosberg JI, Kaufman AV, Burgio LD, et al. Family caregiving to those with dementia in rural Alabama: racial similarities and differences. J Aging Health 2007 Feb; 19(1):3-21. [Based on study supported by grant 5 R03 HS013189.]

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Society
Sequist TD, Cullen T, Hays H, et al. Implementation and use of an electronic health record within the Indian Health Service. J Am Med Inform Soc 2007 Mar-Apr; 14(2):191-7. [Supported by AHRQ contract to the Indian Health Service.]

Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization
Encinosa WE 3rd, Gaynor M, Rebitzer JB. The sociology of groups and the economics of incentives; theory and evidence on compensation systems. J Econ Behav Org 2007 Feb; 62(2):187-214. [First author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets.]

Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Fanjiang G, Russell GH, Katz AJ. Short- and long-term response to and weaning from infliximab therapy in pediatric ulcerative colitis. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 2007 Mar; 44(3):312-7. [Supported by grant T32 HS00060.]

Medical Care
Mitchell JM, Gaskin DJ. Caregivers' ratings of access: do children with special health care needs fare better under fee-for-service or partially capitated managed care? Med Care 2007 Feb; 45(2):146-53. [Supported by grant R01 HS10912.]

Phillips KA, Liang SY, Ladabaum U, et al. Trends in colonoscopy for colorectal cancer screening. Med Care 2007 Feb; 45(2):160-7. [Supported by grants P01 HS10771 and P01 HS10856.]

Psychomatic Medicine
Barry LC, Lichtman JH, Spertus JA, et al. Patient satisfaction with treatment after acute myocardial infarction: role of psychosocial factors. Psychosom Med 2007 Mar-Apr; 69(2):115-23. [Supported by grant R01 HS11282-01.]

Singh-Manoux A, Gueguen A, Martikainen P, et al. Self-rated health and mortality: short- and long-term associations in the Whitehall II study. Psychosom Med 2007 Mar-Apr; 69(2):138-43. [Uses data from the Whitehall II study, supported by AHRQ grant HS06516.]

Quality of Life Research
Metz SM, Wyrwich KW, Babu AN, et al. A comparison of traditional and Rasch cut points for assessing clinically important change in health-related quality of life among patients with asthma. Qual Life Res 2007 2006 Dec; 15(10):1639-49. [Supported by grants R01 HS10234 and K02 HS11635.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

BNA s Health Plan and Provider Report
HHS finds decline in share of workers who have premiums paid by employers. BNA Health Plan Provider Rep 2007 Mar 7; 13(10):255. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ statistical brief, Trends in Employer-sponsored Health Insurance Plans That Required No Employee Contribution to the Premium Cost, 1998-2004.]

Health Affairs
Kenney G, Yee J. SCHIP at a crossroads: experiences to date and challenges ahead. Health Aff 2007 Mar-Apr; 26(2):356-69. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Selden, Hudson, and Banthin (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Health Aff, 2004).]

Dubay L, Guyer J, Mann C, et al. Medicaid at the ten-year anniversary of SCHIP; looking back and moving forward. Health Aff 2007 Mar-Apr; 26(2):370-81. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Selden, Hudson, and Banthin (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Health Aff, 2004).]

Scheffler RM, Hinshaw SP, Modrek S, et al. The global market for ADHD medications. Health Aff 2007 Mar-Apr; 26(2):450-7. [Notes that third author is an AHRQ Pre-Doctoral Fellow.]

Casalino LP, Alexander GC, Jin L, et al. General internists' views on pay-for-performance and public reporting of quality scores: a national survey. Health Aff 2007 Mar-Apr; 26(2):492-9. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Rosenthal and Frank (Med Care Res Rev, 2006) and Hofer, et al. (JAMA, 1999).]

Sommers A, Zuckerman, Dubay L, et al. Substitution of SCHIP for private coverage: results from a 2002 evaluation in ten states. Health Aff 2007 Mar-Apr; 26(2):529-37. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Judson, Selden, and Banthin (Inquiry, 2005).]

Jacobson M, Buchmueller TC. Can private companies contribute to public programs' outreach efforts? Evidence from California. Health Aff 2007 Mar-Apr; 26(2):538-48. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Selden, Hudson, and Banthin (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Health Aff, 2004).]

Bramlett MD, Blumberg SJ. Family structure and children s physical and mental health. Health Aff 2007 Mar-Apr; 26(2):549-58. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Kirby (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) and Taneda (Med Care Res Rev, 2002).]

Kupersmith J, Francis J, Kerr E, et al. Advancing evidence-based care for diabetes; lessons from the Veterans Health Administration. Health Aff 2007 Mar-Apr; 26(2):w156-68. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Hofer, et al. (JAMA, 1999).]

Rahimi AR, Spertus JA, Reid KJ, et al. Financial barriers to health care and outcomes after acute myocardial infarction. JAMA 2007 Mar 14; 297(10):1063-72. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Short and Banthin (JAMA, 1995) and Selden and Banthin (Med Care, 2003).]

Wharam JF, Landon BE, Galbraith AA, et al. Emergency department use and subsequent hospitalizations among members of a high-deductible health plan. JAMA 2007 Mar 14; 297(10):1093-102. [Notes that additional authors Soumerai and Ross-Degnan were investigators in the HMO Research Network Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics Prescribing Safety Study under AHRQ grant U18 HS11843.]

Luft HS. Universal health care coverage: a potential hybrid solution. JAMA 2007 Mar 14; 297(10):1115-8. [Cites written communication with William Yu, statistician in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends, 2006 Dec 14; cites AHRQ-authored articles/publications by Selden and Gray (Health Aff, 2006), Cooper and Schone (Health Aff, 1997), Conwell and Cohen, Characteristics of Persons with High Medical Expenditures in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2002 (2006), and Machlin and Zodet, Out-of-pocket Health Care Expenses by Age and Insurance Coverage, 2003 (2006).]

Lurie N, Dubowitz T. Health disparities and access to health. JAMA 2007 Mar 14; 297(10):1118-21. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Eisenberg and Power (former AHRQ director and former AHRQ researcher, respectively) (JAMA, 2000) and AHRQ-funded article by Trivedi, et al. (N Engl J Med, 2005).]

Fontanarosa PB, Drummond R, DeAngelis CD. Access to care as a component of health system reform. JAMA 2007 Mar 14; 297(10):1128-30. [Mentions findings from study in this issue by Hadley, et al., using data from AHRQ's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS).]

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Osheroff JA, Teich JM, Middleton B, et al. A Roadmap for National Action on Clinical Decision Support. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2007 Mar-Apr; 14(2):141-5. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bates and Gawande (N Engl J Med, 2003), Bates, et al. (Qual Manag Health Care, 1994; Am J Med, 1999; and JAMA, 1998), Overhage, et al. (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 1997), and Tierney, et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2003).]

Haller G, Myles PS, Stoelwinder J, et al. Integrating incident reporting into an electronic patient record system. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2007 Mar-Apr; 14(2):175-81. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bates, et al. (Qual Manag Health Care, 1994), Cullen, et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Improv, 1995), and Localio, et al. (Ann Intern Med, 1996).]

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

American Family Physician
Killip S, Bennett JM, Chambers MD. Iron deficiency anemia. Am Fam Physician 2007 Mar 1; 75(5):671-8. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statements on screening for iron deficiency anemia in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2nd ed., 1996.]

O Reilly KM, McLaughlin AM, Beckett WS, et al. Asbestos-related lung disease. Am Fam Physician 2007 Mar 1; 75(5):683-8. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Counseling to Prevent Tobacco Use and Tobacco-caused Disease, on AHRQ Web site.]

Health Affairs
Eisenberg D, Freed GL. Reassessing how society prioritizes the health of young people. Health Aff 2007 Mar-Apr; 26(2):345-54. [Notes USPSTF recommendations to consider the increasing value of health over time in sensitivity analysis, as cited in Gold, et al., Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine: The Report of the Panel on Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine, 1996.]

Schor EL, Abrams M, Shea K. Medicaid: health promotion and disease prevention for school readiness. Health Aff 2007 Mar-Apr; 26(2):420-9. [Notes the USPSTF s support of provision of immunizations, oral fluoride supplementation, vision screening, and blood screening, citing Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2005.]

Arn PH. Newborn screening: current status. Health Aff 2007 Mar-Apr; 26(2):559-66. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Atkins, Siegel, and Slutsky (researchers with and director of AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence) (Health Aff, 2005), which discusses recent screening recommendations made by the USPSTF.]

International Breastfeeding Journal
Betzold CM, Laughlin KM, Shi C. A family practice breastfeeding education pilot program: an observational, descriptive study. Int Breastfeed J 2007 Mar 5; 2:4. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Behavioral Interventions to Promote Breastfeeding.]

MMWR: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Increases in gonorrhea—eight western states, 2000-2005. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2007 Mar 16; 56(10):222-5. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for gonorrhea (Ann Intern Med, 2005).]

National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month—March 2007. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2007 Mar 16; 56(10):227-8. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on colorectal cancer screening in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2005.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Health Affairs
Dietz W, Lee J, Wechsler H, et al. Health plans role in preventing overweight in children and adolescents. Health Aff 2007 Mar-Apr; 26(2):430-40. [States that only a few evidence-based strategies [to control childhood overweight] meet the stringent criteria of the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services.]

Etheredge LM. A rapid-learning health system. Health Aff 2007 Mar-Apr; 26(2):w107-18. [Mentions AHRQ's network of evidence evaluation centers (EPCs), including centers to assess research for Medicare, Medicaid, and the State Children s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).]

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Kawamoto K, Lobach DF. Proposal for fulfilling strategic objectives of the U.S. Roadmap for National Action on Clinical Decision Support through a service-oriented architecture leveraging HL7 services. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2007 Mar-Apr; 14(2):146-55. [Cites article by Kaushal, et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2003), portions of which were based on work performed by the authors in collaboration with the University of California San Francisco Stanford Evidence-Based Practice Center under contract 290-97-0013; cites Southern California EPC evidence review by Chaudhry, et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006).]

Dorr D, Bonner LM, Cohen AN, et al. Informatics systems to promote improved care for chronic illness: a literature review. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2007 Mar-Apr; 14(2):156-63. [Cites Southern California EPC evidence review by Chaudhry, et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006).]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Behavioral Medicine
Cofta-Woerpel L, Wright KL, Wetter DW. Smoking cessation 3: multicomponent interventions. Behav Med 2007 Winter; 32(4):135-49. [Uses recommendations from PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000, as a basis of a review of interventions for tobacco dependence.]

Health Policy
Aguilera N, Marrufo GM. Can better infrastructure and quality reduce hospital infant mortality rates in Mexico? Health Policy 2007 Feb; 80(2):239-52. [Uses AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators (PSI).]

Hadley J. Insurance coverage, medical care use, and short-term health changes following an unintentional injury or the onset of a chronic condition. JAMA 2007 Mar 14; 297(10):1073-84. [Uses MEPS data for 1997-2004.]

Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Seifert HA, Howard DL, Silber JH, et al. Female gender increases the risk of death during hospitalization for pediatric cardiac surgery. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2007 Mar; 133(3):668-75. [Uses 2000 data from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Kid s Inpatient Database (KID) for 2000.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Pham HH, Schrag D, O Malley AS, et al. Care patterns in Medicare and their implications for pay for performance. N Engl J Med 2007 Mar 15; 356(11):1130-9. [Uses AHRQ's Clinical Classification System (citing AHRQ-authored article by Elixhauser, et al., Med Care, 1998) to aggregate chronic condition codes.]

Current as of March 2007


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