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March 29, 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 Heart Journal
Ray WA, Murray KT. Aspirin: Redundant in users of nonaspirin, nonsteroidal antiinflammatory agents? Am Heart J 2002 Mar; 143(3):381-82. [Grant No. HS10384.]

American Journal of Cardiology
Califf RM, DeLong ER, Ostbye T, et al. Underuse of aspirin in a referral population with documented coronary artery disease. Am J Cardiol 2002 Mar 15; 89(6):653-61. [Grant No. U18 HS10548.]

American Journal of Kidney Diseases
Miskulin DC, Klemens BM, Athienites NV, et al. Comorbidity and other factors associated with modality selection in incident dialysis patients: The CHOICE Study. Am J Kidney Dis 2002 Feb; 39)2):324-36. [Grant No. HS08365.]

Canadian Medical Association Journal
Schneeweiss S, Soumerai SB, Glynn RJ, et al. Impact of reference-based pricing for angiotensin-converting-enzyme inhibitors on drug utilization. Can Med Assoc J 2002 Mar 19; 166(6):737-45. [Grant No. R03 HS09855 and R01 HS10881.]

Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Rosebraugh CJ, Honig PK, Yasuda SU, et al. Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics report: Survey of medication errors education during undergraduate and graduate medical education in the United States. Clin Pharmacol Ther 2002 Jan; 71(1):4-10. [Grant No. U18 HS10385.]

Diabetes Care
Egede LE, Ye X, Zheng D, et al. The prevalence and pattern of complementary and alternative medicine use in individuals with diabetes. Diabetes Care 2002 Feb; 25(2):324-29. [Grant No. 1Po1 HS1087-01 and 1K08 HS11418-01.]

Ethnicity & Disease
Elixhauser A, Weinick RM, Berancourt JR, et al. Differences between Hispanics and non-Hispanic whites in use of hospital procedures for cerebrovascular disease. Ethn Dis 2002 Winter; 12(1):29-37. [First two and fourth authors are AHRQ researchers.]

Felix-Aaron KL, Bone LR, Levine DM, et al. Using participant information to develop a tool for the evaluation of community health worker outreach services. Ethn Dis 2002 Winter; 12(1):87-96. [First author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care Research.]

Health Care Management Review
Bazzoli GJ, LoSasso A, Arnould R, et al. Hospital reorganization and restructuring achieved through merger. Health Care Manage Rev 2002, 27(1):7-20. [Grant R01-HS 09201-01.]

Health Services Research
Fraser I, Lanier D, Hellinger F, et al. Putting practice into research. Health Serv Res 2002 Feb; 3(1):viii-xxvi. [Authors are AHRQ researchers and former AHRQ director.]

McCormack LA, Garfinkel SA, Hibbard JH, et al. Health insurance knowledge among Medicare beneficiaries. Health Serv Res 2002 Feb; 3(1):43-63. [Interagency Agreement No. 1A98-48 as part of Cooperative Agreement No. U18 HS09218.]

Barnett S, Franks P. Health care utilization and adults who are deaf: Relationship with age at onset of deafness. Health Serv Res 2002 Feb; 3(1):105-20. [Grant No. R03 HS09539.]

Williams ES, Konrad TR, Linzer M, et al. Physician, practice, and patient characteristics related to primary care physician physical and mental health: Results from the Physician Worklife Study. Health Serv Res 2002 Feb; 3(1):121-43. [National Research Service Awards 5-T32 PE141001 and 5-332 HS000032-07.]

Kravitz RL, Bell RA, Franz CE, et al. Characterizing patient requests and physician responses in office practice. Health Serv Res 2002 Feb; 3(1):217-38. [Grant No. R03 HS09812-01.]

Journal of the American Geriatric Society
Teno JM, Fisher ES, Hamel MB, et al. Medical care inconsistent with patients' treatment goals: Association with 1-year Medicare resource use and survival. J Am Geriatr Soc 2002 Mar; 50(3):496-500. [Grant No. R01 HS08158-01.]

Schneeweiss S, Maclure M, Soumerai SB. Prescription duration after drug copay changes in older people: Methodological aspects. J Am Geriatr Soc 2002 Mar; 50(3):521-25. [Grant No. R03 HS09855 and R01 HS10881.]

Journal of Family Practice
Forrest CB, Nutting PA, Starfield B, et al. Family physicians' referral decisions. Results from the ASPN Referral Study. J Fam Pract 2002 Mar; 51(3):215-22. [Grant No. R01 HS09377.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Wee CC, Phillips RS, Cook EF, et al. Influence of body weight on patients' satisfaction with ambulatory care. J Gen Intern Med 2002 Feb; 17(2):155-59. [National Research Service Award 1F32 HS00137-01.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Schneeweiss S, Walker AM, Glynn RJ, et al. Outcomes of reference pricing for angiotensin-converting-enzyme inhibitors. J Engl J Med 2002 Mar 14; 822-29. [Grant No. R03 HS09855 and R01 HS10881.]

Psychiatric Services
Hermann RC, Palmer RH. Common ground: A framework for selecting core quality measures for mental health and substance abuse care. Psychiatr Serv 2002 Mar; 53(3):281-87. [Grant No. R01 HS10303.]

Quality and Safety in Health Care
Meyer GS, Eisenberg JM. The end of the beginning: The strategic approach to patient safety research [editorial]. Qual Saf Health Care 2002 Mar; 11(1):3-4. [Authors are director of AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety and former AHRQ director.]

Morris AH. Decision support and safety of clinical environments. Qual Saf Health Care 2002 Mar; 11(1):69-75. [Grant No. HS06594.]

Research in Nursing & Health
Patrician PA. Multiple imputation for missing data. Res Nurs Health 2002 Feb; 25(1):76-84. [Grant No. HS08603.]

Welch G, Weinger K, Barry MJ. Quality-of-life impact of lower urinary tract symptom severity: Results from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. Urology 2002 Feb; 59(2):245-50. [Grant No. HS08397.]

Mieczkowski TA, Wilson SA. Adult pneumococcal vaccination: A review of physician and patient barriers. Vaccine 2002 Jan 31; 20(9-10):1383-92. [Grant No. HS09874-01a1.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

AAMC Newsroom
AAMC statement in memory of John Eisenberg, M.D. AAMC Newsroom 2002 Mar 11; [Statement issued by AAMC president Jordan J. Cohen.]

American Family Physician
Van Tulder MW, Koes BW. Low back pain. Am Fam Physician 2002 Mar 1; 65(5):925-28. [Cites AHRQ's low back pain guidelines.]

American Health Line
AHRQ: Director John Eisenberg dies after long illness. Am Health Line 2002 Mar 11; #14. [Excerpts from press releases.]

AHRQ: Thompson appoints Carolyn Clancy as acting director. Am Health Line 2002 Mar 11; #4. [Excerpts from press releases.]

American Journal of Public Health
Cornelius LJ, Smith PL, Simpson GM. What factors hinder women of color from obtaining preventive health care? Am J Public Health 2002 Apr; 92(4):535-39. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Mandelblatt, Prev Med, 1999.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Cornuz J, Humair J, Seematter L, et al. Efficacy of resident training in smoking cessation: A randomized controlled trial of a program based on application of behavioral theory and practice with standardized patients. Ann Intern Med 2002 Mar 19; 136(6):429-37. [Cites AHRQ smoking cessation guidelines.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Wetterneck TB, Linzer M, McMurray JE, et al. Worklife and satisfaction of general internists. Arch Intern Med 2002 Mar 25; 162(6):649-56. [Cites Burstin (fourth author), J Gen Intern Med, 1998.]

Blue Sheet
AHRQ appointment. Blue Sheet 2002 Mar 27; 45(13):23. [Excerpts from press release.]

Clinical Infectious Diseases
Howard D, Cordell R, McGowan JE, et al. Measuring the economic costs of antimicrobial resistance in hospital settings: Summary of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—Emory Workshop. Clin Infect Dis 2002 Nov 1; 33(9):1573-78. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Fine et al., Arch Intern Med, 1999.]

Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Jones Y. Dr. Eisenberg fought to improve health care. Commercial Appeal 2002 Mar 11; B6. [Excerpts from press release.]

Ethnicity & Disease
Mensah GA. Eliminating health disparities: The time for action is now [editorial]. Ethn Dis 2002 Winter; 12(1):3-7. [Cites AHRQ's research initiatives on health disparities.]

Keenan LA, Marshall LL, Eve S. Extension of the behavioral model of healthcare utilization with ethnically diverse, low-income women. Ethn Dis 2002 Winter; 12(1):111-23. [Cites Kass et al., MEPS Chartbook, 1999.]

Quaye EO, Heisler M. Introduction: Achieving optimal outcomes in primary care. Ethn Dis 2002 Winter; 12(1):S2-4-7. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Udvarhelyi et al., JAMA, 1992 and Ayanian et al., JAMA, 1993.]

Griffith PA. Evaluating the patient with early dementia. Ethn Dis 2002 Winter; 12(1):S2-25-S2-27. [Cites AHRQ's Alzheimer's guidelines.]

Douglass P. What is new in cardiovascular health? Ethn Dis 2002 Winter; 12(1):S2-41-43. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Udvarhelyi et al., JAMA, 1992 and Ayanian et al., JAMA, 1993.]

Health Affairs
Adler NE, Newman K. Socioeconomic disparities in health: Pathways and policies. Health Aff 2002 Mar-Apr; 21(2):60-72. [Cites Monheit and Vistnes, Med Care Res Rev, 2000 and Selden et al., Health Aff, 1999.]

Lurie N. What the Federal government can do about the nonmedical determinants of health. Health Aff 2002 Mar-Apr; 21(2):94-106. [Mentions AHRQ as an "important venue" to support research in health disparities and cites "helpful comments" of AHRQ Acting Director Carolyn Clancy.]

Case A, Paxson C. Parental behavior and child health. Health Aff 2002 Mar-Apr; 21(2):164-78. [Cites Selden et al., Health Aff, 1998.]

Heffler S, Smith S, Won G, et al. Health spending projections for 2001-2011: The latest outlook. Health Aff 2002 Mar-Apr; 21(2):207-18. [Cites article by Lichtenberg, Health Aff, 2000, which uses 1996 MEPS data.]

Cunningham PJ. Targeting communities with high rates of uninsured children. Health Aff 2002; Suppl:W20-W29. [Cites Cooper and Schone, Health Aff, 1997.]

Health Expectations
Paterson JM, Llewellyn-Thomas HA, Naylor CD. Using disease risk estimates to guide risk factor interventions: Field test of a patient workbook for self-assessing coronary risk. Health Expect 2002 Mar; 5(1):3-15. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Barry et al., Med Care, 1995.]

Health News Daily
AHRQ Director John Eisenberg dies; health quality chief led agency since 1997. Health News Daily 2002 Mar 12; 14(48):7-8. [Excerpts from press releases.]

Outcomes research center head Carolyn Clancy named AHRQ acting director. Health News Daily 2002 Mar 25; 14(57):6-7. [Excerpts from press release.]

Health Services Research
Hendryx MS, Ahern MM, Lovrich NP, et al. Access to health care and community social capital. Health Serv Res 2002 Feb; 3(1):87-103. [Cites article by former AHRQ researchers Cunningham and Kemper, JAMA, 1998.]

Heck KE and Parker JD. Family structure, socioeconomic status, and access to health care for children. Health Serv Res 2002 Feb; 3(1):173-186. [Cites Weinick and Monheit, Med Care Res Rev, 1999.]

Swartz K. "Enron-ing" health insurance [editorial.]? Inquiry 2001 Winter-2002 Winter; 38(4):344-46. [Cites Berk and Monheit, Health Aff, 2001.]

Long SK, Coughlin TA. Access and use by children on Medicaid: Does state matter? Inquiry 2001 Winter-2002 Winter; 38(4):409-22. [Cites article by former AHRQ researchers Short and Lefkowitz, Med Care, 1992.]

International Journal of Health Services
Muntaner C, Gomez MB. Anti-egalitarianism, legitimizing myths, racism, and "neo-McCarthyism" in social epidemiology and public health: A review of Sally Satel's PC, M.D. Int J Health Serv 2002 32(1):1-17. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Schulman et al., N Engl J Med, 1999.]

Chen M. Oral health status and its inequality among education groups: Comparing seven international study sites. Int J Health Serv 2002 32(1):139-61. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Grembowski et al., Med Care Rev, 1984.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Mody L, Sun R, Bradley S. Community-acquired pneumonia in older veterans: Does the Pneumonia Prognosis Index help? J Am Geriatr Soc 2002 Mar; 50(3):434-38. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Fine et al., N Engl J Med, 1997.]

Van der Steen JT, Ooms ME, Mehr DR, et al. Severe dementia and adverse outcomes of nursing home-acquired pneumonia: Evidence for mediation by functional and pathophysiological decline. J Am Geriatr Soc 2002 Mar; 50(3):439-48. [Cites article by former AHRQ deputy administrator Lavizzo-Mourey, J Am Geriatr Soc, 1988.]

Desai MM, Bogardus ST, Williams CS, et al. Development and validation of a risk-adjustment index for older patients: The High-risk Diagnoses for the Elderly Scale. J Am Geriatr Soc 2002 Mar; 50(3):474-81. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Deyo et al., J Clin Epidemiol, 1992.]

Brody KK, Johnson RE, Ried LD, et al. A comparison of two methods for identifying frail Medicare persons. J Am Geriatr Soc 2002 Mar; 50(3):562-69. [Cites Bierman et al., Eff Clin Pract, 1999.]

Richards C. Infections in residents of long-term care facilities: An agenda for research. Report of an expert panel. J Am Geriatr Soc 2002 Mar; 50(3):570-76. [Cites AHRQ pressure ulcer guidelines.]

Journal of Family Practice
How effective are exercise and physical therapy for chronic low back pain? J Fam Pract 2002 Mar; 51(3):209. [Cites AHRQ's low back pain guidelines.]

DeVoe J, Fryer GE, Hargraves JE, et al. Does career dissatisfaction affect the ability of family physicians to deliver high-quality patient care? J Fam Pract 2002 Mar; 51(3):223-28. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Grumbach et al., N Engl J Med, 1998.]

Woods Se, Chandran P, Levin L. Does the patient's sex influence cardiovascular outcome after acute myocardial infarction? J Fam Pract 2002 Mar; 51(3):237-40. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Schulman et al., N Engl J Med, 1999.]

Journal of Policy Analysis and Management
Lykens KA, Jargowsky PA. Medicaid matters: Children's health and Medicaid eligibility expansions. J Policy Anal Manag 2002 Spring; 21(2):219-38. [Cites Weinick and Krauss, Am J Public Health, 2000; Weinick et al., Health Aff, 1998.]

Medicine & Health
Researchers vow war on Bush budget. Med Health 2002 Mar 11; 56(10):5. [Describes efforts by the Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy to reverse planned cuts in AHRQ's FY 2003 budget.]

ER patients: What do they want? Can we make them go away? Med Health 2002 Mar 11; 56(10):7-8. [Cites findings from 1998 study on emergency department visits by AHRQ researcher Robin Weinick and includes remarks by author.]

Eisenberg dies at 55. Med Health 2002 Mar 18; 56(11):2. [Excerpt from press release.]

New York Times
Paid notice: Deaths. Eisenberg, John M., M.D. New York Times 2002 Mar 12; A25. [Presents tributes from Research! America and Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.]

Obituaries; John Eisenberg, sought to reduce medical errors. Newsday 2002 Mar 11; A17. [Excerpts from press releases.]

Curns AT, Holman RC, Shay DK, et al. Outpatient and hospital visits associated with otitis media among American Indian and Alaska Native children younger than 5 years. Pediatrics 2002 Mar; 109(3):e41-e46. [Cites article by Gergen et al., Pediatrics, 1998.]

Alfano CM, Zbikowski SM, Robinson LA, et al. Adolescent reports of physician counseling for smoking. Pediatrics 2002 Mar; 109(3):e47-e56. [Cites summary of AHRQ smoking cessation guidelines in article by Fiore et al., JAMA, 2000.]

Quality and Safety in Health Care
Thomson R, Robinson A, Greenaway J, et al. Development and description of a decision analysis based decision support tool for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation. Qual Saf Health Care 2002 Mar; 11(1):25-31. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Barry and Wanger et al., Med Care, 1995; cites article by AHRQ acting director Carolyn Clancy et al., Am J Med, 1988.]

Mohr JJ, Batalden PB. Improving safety on the front lines: The role of clinical microsystems. Qual Saf Health Care 2002 Mar; 11(1):45-49. [Cites Institute of Medicine recommendation to create a center for patient safety within AHRQ; cites AHRQ-funded article by Leape et al., JAMA, 1995.]

Scheffler AL. CyberSpace. Useful information on the World Wide Web. Sites for sore eyes. Qual Saf Health Care 2002 Mar; 11(1):101-2. [Lists AHRQ Web site as online source for patient safety and healthcare quality information.]

State (Columbia, SC)
National and international obituaries. John Eisenberg. Author, leader in health care. State 2002 Mar 11; B4. [Excerpt from press release.]

U.S. Newswire
Statement by HHS Secretary Thompson regarding John M. Eisenberg. U.S. Newswire 2002 Mar 10. [Excerpt from press release.]

Washington HealthBeat
Physician named acting director of AHRQ. Wash HealthBeat 2002 Mar 22; 3-4. [Excerpts from press release.]

Washington Post
John Eisenberg dies; directed Agency for Health Care Quality. Wash Post 2002 Mar 11; B6. [Excerpts from press releases.]

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

American Family Physician
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for bacterial vaginosis in pregnancy: Recommendations and rationale. Am Fam Physician 2002 Mar 15; 65(6):1147-50. [Presents excerpts from updated guidelines recently issued by the Task Force.]

American Journal of Health Promotion
Tucker LA, Clegg AG. Differences in health care costs and utilization among adults with selected lifestyle-related risk factors. Am J Health Promot 2002 Mar-Apr; 16(4):225-33. [Cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

American Journal of Public Health
Hewitt M, Devesa S, Breen N. Papanicolaou test use among reproductive-age women at high risk for cervical cancer: Analyses of the 1995 National Survey of Family Growth? Am J Public Health 2002 Apr; 92(4):666-69. [Cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Ethnicity & Disease
Uppaluri CR. Heart disease and its related risk factors in Asian Indians. Ethn Dis 2002 Winter; 12(1):45-53. [Cites review of Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996 in Am J Prev Med, 1998.]

Strothers HS. Depression in the primary care setting. Ethn Dis 2002 Winter; 12(1):S2-28-30. [Cites depression screening guidelines from Guide to Clinical Preventive Services and AHRQ report, Treatment of Depression—Newer Pharmacotherapies.]

Taylor BD. Cancer prevention and screening: Do they make a difference? Ethn Dis 2002 Winter; 12(1):S2-60-62. [Cites availability of cancer screening guidelines in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services and updates on AHRQ's Web site.]

Family Medicine
Kirk JK, Nichols M, Spangler JG. Use of a peripheral dexa measurement for osteoporosis screening. Fam Med 2002 Mar; 34(3):201-5. [Cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Discuss low-dose aspirin use with patients at high cardiac risk. Geriatrics 2002 Mar; 57(3);16, 21. [Reviews Task Force recommendations on aspirin use in cardiac patients (originally published in Ann Intern Med, 2002 Jan 15).]

Health Technology Trends
Study rekindles debate over clinical benefit of screening mammography. Health Tech Trends 2002 Mar; 14(3):1-5. [Discusses recently released mammography screening guidelines.]

Quality Commission/QuIC Task Force-Related Articles

Quality and Safety in Health Care
Reason J. Combating omission errors through task analysis and good reminders. Qual Saf Health Care 2002 Mar; 11(1):40-44. [Cites summary of QuIC report, Doing What Counts for Patient Safety: Federal Actions to Reduce Medical Errors and their Impact 2000.]

Carroll JS, Edmondson AC. Leading organizational learning in health care. Qual Saf Health Care 2002 Mar; 11(1):51-56. [Cites QuIC report, Doing What Counts for Patient Safety: Federal Actions to Reduce Medical Errors and their Impact, 2000.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data

American Journal of Health Promotion
Tucker LA, Clegg AG. Differences in health care costs and utilization among adults with selected lifestyle-related risk factors. Am J Health Promot 2002 Mar-Apr; 16(4):206-19. [Uses AHRQ smoking cessation guidelines and recommendations as a case study.]

Health Affairs
Sturm R. The effects of obesity, smoking, and drinking on medical problems and costs. Health Aff 2002 Mar-Apr; 21(2):245-53. [Uses unit cost data from AHRQ's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.]

Baumgardner JR, Hagen SA. Predicting response to regulatory change in the small group health insurance market: The case of association health plans and HealthMarts. Inquiry 2001 Winter-2002 Winter; 38(4):351-64. [Uses data from 1987 National Medical Expenditure Survey on small group market insurance premiums.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Nutting PA, Rost K, Dickinson M, et al. Barriers to initiating depression treatment in primary care practice. J Gen Intern Med 2002 Feb; 17(2):103-11. [Uses acute-stage adherence to AHRQ depression guidelines as part of study criteria.]

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