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March 28, 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

Administration and Policy in Mental Health
Hoover DR, Akincigil A, Prince JD, et al. Medicare inpatient treatment for elderly non-dementia psychiatric illnesses 1992-2002; length of stay and expenditures by facility type. Adm Policy Ment Health 2008 Feb 22. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by grant HS 016097.]

Ambulatory Pediatrics
Wu AC, Smith L, Bokhour B, et al. Racial/ethnic variation in parent perceptions of asthma. Ambul Pediatr 2008 Mar-Apr; 8(2):89-97. [Supported by grant T32 HS000063.]

DeVoe JE, Graham A, Krois L, et al. Mind the gap in children s health insurance coverage: does the length of a child's coverage gap matter? Ambul Pediatr 2008 Mar-Apr; 8(2):129-34. [Supported by grants 5 F32 HS014645 and 1 K08 HS16181.]

American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Bijur P, Berard A, Nestor J, et al. No racial or ethnic disparity in treatment of long-bone fractures. Am J Emerg Med 2008 Mar; 26(3):270-4. [Supported by grant 1 RO1 HS13924.]

Carter MW, Gupta S. Characteristics and outcomes of injury-related ED visits among older adults. Am J Emerg Med 2008 Mar; 26(3):296-303. [Supported by grant 1 P20 HS15930-01.]

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Bowen ME, Ray WA, Arbogast PG, et al. Increasing exposure to angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors in pregnancy. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2008 Mar; 198(3):291.e1-e5. [Supported by grant HS10384.]

Caughey AB, Washington AE, Kuppermann M. Perceived risk of prenatal diagnostic procedure-related miscarriage and Down syndrome among pregnant women. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2008 Mar; 198(3):333.e1-e8. [Supported by grant U01 HS07373.]

Annals of Emergency Medicine
Tanabe P, Persell SD, Adams JG, et al. Increased blood pressure in the emergency department: pain, anxiety, or undiagnosed hypertension? Ann Emerg Med 2008 Mar; 51(3):221-9. [Supported by grant R03 HS015619-01A1.]

Cosby KS, Roberts R, Palivos L, et al. Characteristics of patient care management problems identified in emergency department morbidity and mortality investigations during 15 years. Ann Emerg Med 2008 Mar; 51(3):251-261, 261.e1. [Supported by grant 5 P20 HS011552.]

Hsia RY, Macisaac D, Baker LC. Decreasing reimbursements for outpatient emergency department visits across payer groups from 1996 to 2004. Ann Emerg Med 2008 Mar; 51(3); 265-274, 274.e1-e5. [Supported by grant R01 HS013920-01; uses data from AHRQ's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) from 1996-2004.]

British Journal of Cancer
Uronis HE, Currow DC, McCrory DC, et al. Oxygen for relief of dyspnoea in mildly- or non-hypoxaemic patients with cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Br J Cancer 2008 Jan; 98(2):294-9. [Supported by grant 5 T32 HS000079.]

Health Care Management Science
Clement JP, Valdmanis VG, Bazzoli GJ, et al. Is more better? An analysis of hospital outcomes and efficiency with a DEA model of output congestion. Health Care Manag Sci 2008 Mar; 11(1):67-77. [Supported by grant HS13094-03.]

Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
Simon SR, McCarthy ML, Kaushal R, et al. Electronic health records: which practices have them, and how are clinicians using them? J Eval Clin Pract 2008 Feb; 14(1):43-7. [Supported by grant 1 UC1 HS015397.]

Journal of Healthcare Management
Jiang HJ, Lockee C, Bass K, Fraser I. Board engagement in quality: findings of a survey of hospital and system leaders. J Healthcare Manag 2008 Mar; 53(2):121-35. [First and fourth authors are researcher in and director of AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, respectively.]

Journal of Patient Safety
Clancy CM. Forging a new path to medication safety with emergency pharmacists. J Patient Saf 2008 Mar; 4(1):1-2. [Author is AHRQ director.]

Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
Wren TA, Sheng M, Bowen RE, et al. Concurrent and discriminant validity of Spanish language instruments for measuring functional health status. J Pediatr Orthop 2008 Mar; 28(2):199-212. [Supported by grant 5 R01 HS014169.]

Journal of Trauma
Dossett LA, Swenson BR, Heffernan D, et al. High levels of endogenous estrogens are associated with death in the critically injured adult. J Trauma 2008 Mar; 64(3):580-5. [Supported by grant T32 HS013833.]

Journal of Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse
McElhinny ML, Hooper C. Reducing hospital-acquired heel ulcer rates in an acute care facility: an evaluation of a nurse-driven performance improvement project. J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs 2008 Jan-Feb; 35(1):79-83. [Uses definition of pressure ulcers and staging recommendations from AHRQ clinical practice guidelines on AHRQ Web site.]

Cantor SB, Volk RJ, Krahn MD, et al. Concordance of couples prostate cancer screening recommendations from a decision analysis. Patient 2008; 1(1):11-19. [Supported by grant R01 HS08992.]

Social Science and Medicine
Paez KA, Allen JK, Carson KA, et al. Provider and clinic cultural competence in a primary care setting. Soc Science Med 2008 Mar; 66(5):1204-16. [Supported by grant R01 HS013645.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Journal of Patient Safety
Riley W, Liang BA, Rutherford W, et al. The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005: d eveloping an error reporting system to improve patient safety. J Patient Saf 2008 Mar; 4(1):13-17. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored publication, Current Research on Patient Safety in the United States: A Report to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, National Patient Safety Foundation, 2000.]

Sheridan S, Conrad N, King S, et al. Disclosure through our eyes. J Patient Saf 2008 Mar; 4(1):18-26. [Cites AHRQ press release, "National Quality Forum Finds Consensus on 30 Patient Safety Practices," 2003; cites AHRQ-funded article by Gallagher et al. (J Clin Outcomes Manag, 2005.]

Bahl V, Thompson MA, Commisky EL, et al. Developing an adverse event reporting system using administrative data. J Patient Saf 2008 Mar; 4(1):31-37. [Cites AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators (PSI) on the AHRQ Web site; cites articles discussing/using the PSIs (Bahl et., Med Care, in press, and Sedman et al. (Pediatrics, 2004; Cites AHRQ-authored article by Zhan et al. (Med Care, 2007.]

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

Archives of Internal Medicine
Murff HJ, Peterson NB, Fowke JH, et al. Colonoscopy screening in African Americans and whites with affected first-degree relatives. Arch Intern Med 2008 Mar; 168(6):625-31.] Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

Screening during pregnancy. JAMA 2008 Mar 26; 299(12):1417. [Briefly summarizes updated USPSTF recommendations on screening for vaginosis during pregnancy (Ann Intern Med, 2008).]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Journal of Patient Safety
Blais R, Bruno D, Bartlett G, et al. Can we use incident reports to detect hospital adverse events? J Patient Saf 2008 Mar; 4(1):9-12. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Healthcare Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001.]

Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing
Finout-Overholt E, O'Mathuna DP, Kent B. How systematic reviews can foster evidence-based clinical decisions. Worldviews Evid Based Nurs 2008 First Quarter; 5(1):45-8. [Discusses AHRQ's Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPC) program and cites EPC overview on AHRQ Web site.]

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

Voelker R. Decades of work to reduce disparities in health care produce limited success. JAMA 2008 Mar 26; 299(12):1411-13. [Includes data on change in disparities in core quality measures over time from AHRQ's NHDR, 2007.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Archives of Internal Medicine
Yang AL, Vadhavkar S, Singh G, et al. Epidemiology of alcohol-related liver and pancreatic disease in the United States. Arch Intern Med 2008 Mar; 168(6):649-56. [Uses 1988-2004 data from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS).]

Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Ziegler-Graham K, MacKenzie EJ, Ephraim PL, et al. Estimating the prevalence of limb loss in the United States: 2005 to 2050. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2008 Mar; 89(3):422-9. [Uses 1988-1999 HCUP NIS data.]

British Journal of Ophthalmology
Lad EM, Nguyen TC, Morton JM, et al. Retinopathy of prematurity in the United States. Br J Ophthalmol 2008 Mar; 92(3):320-25. [Uses 1997-2002 HCUP NIS data.]

Jones JA, Qazilbash MH, Shih YC, et al. In-hospital complications of autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for lymphoid malignancies. Cancer 2008 Mar 1; 112(5):1096-105. [Uses 2000-2001 HCUP NIS data.]

Critical Care Medicine
Zilberberg MD, Luippold RS, Sulsky S, et al. Prolonged acute mechanical ventilation, hospital resource utilization, and mortality in the United States. Crit Care Med 2008 Mar; 36(3):724-30. [Uses 2003 data from AHRQ's HCUP NIS.]

Kaplan GG, McCarthy EP, Ayanian JZ, et al. Impact of hospital volume on postoperative morbidity and mortality following a colectomy for ulcerative colitis. Gastroenterology 2008 Mar; 134(3):680-7. [Uses 1995-2005 HCUP NIS data.]

Journal of Head Trauma and Rehabilitation
Selassie AW, Zaloshnja E, Langlois JA, et al. Incidence of long-term disability following traumatic brain injury hospitalization, United States, 2003. J Head Trauma Rehabil 2008 Mar-Apr; 23(2):123-31. [Uses 2003 HCUP NIS data.]

Journal of Neurotrauma
Boakye M, Patil CG, Santarelli J, et al. Laminectomy and fusion after spinal cord injury: national inpatient complications and outcomes. J Neurotrauma 2008 Mar; 25(3):173-83. [Uses 1993-2002 HCUP NIS data.]

Boakye M, Patil CG, Santarelli J, et al. Cervical spondylotic myelopathy: complications and outcomes after spinal fusion. Neurosurgery 2008 Feb; 62(2):455-62. [Uses 1993-2002 HCUP NIS data.]

Social Science and Medicine
Adler N, Singh-Manoux A, Schwatz J, et al. Social status and health: a comparison of British civil servants in Whitehall II with European- and African-Americans in CARDIA. Soc Sci Med 2008 Mar; 66(5):1034-45. [Uses study cohort from Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.]

Current as of March 2008


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