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April 8, 2005

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

Ambulatory Pediatrics
Hobson WL, Avant-Mier R, Cochella S, et al. Caring for the underserved: using patient and physician focus groups to inform curriculum development. Ambul Pediatr 2005 Mar-Apr; 5(2):90-5. [Supported by Grant No. P20 HS11836.]

Carroll AE, Zimmerman FJ, Rivar FP, et al. Perceptions about computers and the Internet in a pediatric clinic population. Ambul Pediatr 2005 Mar-Apr; 5(2):122-6. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS13302-02.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Ding L, Landon BE, Wilson IB, et al. Predictors and consequences of negative physician attitudes toward HIV-infected drug users. Arch Intern Med 2005 Mar 28; 165(6):618-23. [Supported by Grant No. HS10227.]

Levinson W, Kao A, Kuby AM, et al. The effect of physician disclosure of financial incentives on trust. Arch Intern Med 2005 Mar 28; 165(6):624-30. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS09982-03.]

British Medical Journal
Kawamoto K, Houlihan CA, Balas EA, et al. Improving clinical practice using clinical decision support systems: a systematic review of trials to identify features critical to success. BMJ 2005 Apr 2; 330(7494):e765. [Supported by Grant Nos. R01 HS10472 and R03 HS10814.]

Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology
Maida MM, Freed JR, Younai F, et al. Oral white patches in a national sample of medical HIV patients in the era of HAART. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol 2005 Apr; 33(2):99-106. [HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS) supported by Grant No. HS08578.]

Journal of Aging and Health
Porell FW, Carter M. Discretionary hospitalization of nursing home residents with and without Alzheimer's disease. J Aging Health 2005 Apr; 17(2):207-38. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R01 HS075767-01A1.]

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Hsu J, Huang J, Kinsman J, et al. Use of e-health services between 1999 and 2002: a growing digital divide. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2005 Mar-Apr; 12(2):164-71. [Supported by Contract No. 290-00-0015; last author is AHRQ researcher Eduardo Ortiz of the Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.]

Journal of Health and Social Behavior
Kirby JB, Kaneda T. Neighborhood socioeconomic disadvantage and access to health care. J Health Soc Behav 2005 Mar; 46(1):15-31. [First author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends.]

Journal of Investigative Medicine
Clancy CM, Slutsky JR. Advancing excellence in health care: getting to effectiveness. J Investig Med 2005 Mar; 53(2):65-6. [Authors are AHRQ Director and Acting Director, Center for Outcomes and Evidence, respectively.]

Medical Care
Groeneveld PW, Laufer SB, Garber AM. Technology diffusion, hospital variation, and racial disparities among elderly Medicare beneficiaries 1989-2000. Med Care 2005 Apr; 43(4):320-9. [Supported by Grant No. T32 HS000028.]

Scanlon DP, Swaminathan S, Chernew M, et al. Competition and health plan performance: evidence from health maintenance organization insurance markets. Med Care 2005 Apr; 43(4):338-46. [Supported by Grant No. P01 HS10771.]

Beach MC, Price EG, Gary TL, et al. Cultural Competence: a systematic review of health care provider educational interventions. Med Care 2005 Apr; 43(4):356-73. [Supported by Contract No. 290-02-0018.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Leeper NJ, Wener LS, Dhaliwal G, et al. Clinical problem-solving. One surprise after another. N Engl J Med 2005 Apr 7; 352(14):1474-9. [Supported by Grant No. P20 HS11540.]

Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Chandola T, Siegrist J, Marmot M. Do changes in effort-reward imbalance at work contribute to an explanation of the social gradient in angina? Occup Environ Med 2005 Apr; 62(4):223-30. [Supported by Grant No. HS06516.]

Smink DS, Fishman SJ, Kleinman K, et al. Effects of race, insurance status, and hospital volume on perforated appendicitis in children. Pediatrics 2005 Apr; 115(4):920-5. [Supported by Grant No. T32 HS00063; uses data from AHRQ's Kid's Inpatient Database (KID).]

Bourgeois JA, Maddock RJ, Rogers L, et al. Neurosarcoidosis and delirium. Psychosomatics 2005 Mar-Apr; 46(2):148-50. [Supported by Grant No. P20 HS11540.] [See also articles by Li and Maggard in Ann Intern Med cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

AHA News
Austin K. New Web site is unveiled to help public compare quality information. AHA News 2005 Apr 4; 41(7):1-3. [Cites AHRQ's Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Survey (HCAHPS) and AHRQ's involvement in the Hospital Quality Alliance.]

American Health Line
AHRQ: report rates states on quality measures. Am Health Line 2005 Apr 5; #5. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ's State Resources for Selected Measures from the 2004 National Healthcare Quality Report, as published on the AHRQ QualityTools Web site.]

Weight-loss surgery: most effective tool for severely obese. Am Health Line 2005 Apr 6; #11. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ-funded evidence report on pharmacologic and surgical management of obesity as published in Ann Intern Med cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.]

AORN Journal
Survey finds Americans still worry about medical errors. AORN J 2005 Apr; 81(4):816. [Reports on survey by AHRQ, Kaiser Family Foundation, and Harvard School of Public Health.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Alexander GC, Casalino LP, Meltzer DO. Physician strategies to reduce patients' out-of-pocket prescription costs. Arch Intern Med 2005 Mar 28; 165(6):633-6. [Cites AHRQ publication MEPS Highlights: Distribution of Health Care Expenditures, 1996, 2000; cites AHRQ-funded article by Soumerai, et al. (Milbank Q 1989; 67(2):268-317.]

Hurst SA, Hull SC, DuVal G, et al. Physicians' responses to resource constraints. Arch Intern Med 2005 Mar 28; 165(6):639-44. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Short and Banthin (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (JAMA 1995 Oct 25; 274(16):1302-6).]

Solberg LI, Asche SE, Boyle RG, et al. Frequency of physician-directed assistance for smoking cessation in patients receiving cessation medications. Arch Intern Med 2005 Mar 28; 165(6):656-60. [Lists key recommendations from PHS guideline Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

BNA's Health Plan and Provider Report
Consumers seeking health information rely on Internet, physicians, study says. BNA's Health Plan Provider Rep 2005 Mar 30; 11(13):324-325. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ-funded study by Marquis, et al. (Inquiry 2004-05 Winter; 41(4):376-90).]

Chain Drug Review
JAMA says CPOE systems aren't always perfect. Chain Drug Rev 2005 Mar 28; 27(6):62. [Reviews findings from AHRQ-funded article by Koppel, et al. (JAMA 2005 Mar 9; 293(10):1197-203).]

Arling G, Kane RL, Lewis T, et al. Future development of nursing home quality indicators. Gerontologist 2005 Apr; 45(2):147-56. [Cites CAHPS® in article by Goldstein and Fyock (Health Serv Res 2001 Jul; 36(3):477-88).]

Paraplegia News
A boost for quality of life: combine information and a wheelchair-skills demonstration and what do you get? Paraplegia News 2005 Apr; 59(4):50. [Mentions AHRQ's participation in the "State-of-the Science Workshop: Wheelchair Research and Clinical Practice Featuring Wheelchair Skills Training" in January 2005.]

Pink Sheet
Rezulin return unlikely. Pink Sheet 2005 Apr 4; 67(14):35. [Cites comments by AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy at the annual meeting of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.]

Medical Care
Zaslavsky AM, Ayanian JZ. Integrating research on racial and ethnic disparities in health care over place and time. Med Care 2005 Apr; 43(4):303-7. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Groeneveld, et al. (Med Care 2005 Apr; 43(4):303-7), Schneider, et al. (Ann Intern Med 2001 Sep 4; 135(5):328-37), Epstein, et al. (Med Care 2003 Ayanian, et al. (J Clin Oncol 2003 Apr 1; 21(7):1293-300), Gatsonis, et al. (Med Care 1995 Jun; 33(6):625-42), and Schneider, et al. (JAMA 2002 Mar 13; 287(10):1288-94).]

Barnato AE, Lucas FL, Staiger D, et al. Hospital-level racial disparities in acute myocardial infarction treatment and outcomes. Med Care 2005 Apr; 43(4):308-19. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Ayanian, et al. (JAMA 1993 May 26; 269(20):2642-6), Pashos, et al. (J Am Coll Cardiol 1994 Apr; 23(5):1023-30), Schneider, et al. JAMA 2002 Mar 13; 287(10):1288-94), Schneider, et al. (Ann Intern Med 2001 Sep 4; 135(5):328-37), and Schulman, et al. (N Engl J Med 1999 Feb 25; 340(8):618-26).]

Cromwell J, McCall NT, Burton J, et al. Race/ethnic disparities in utilization of lifesaving technologies by Medicare ischemic heart disease beneficiaries. Med Care 2005 Apr; 43(4):330-7. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Ayanian, et al. (JAMA 1993 May 26; 269(20):2642-6), Udvarhelyi, et al. (JAMA 1992 Nov 11; 268 (18):2530-6), and Schulman, et al. (N Engl J Med 1999 Feb 25; 340(8):618-26).]

Beebe TJ, Davern ME, McAlpine DD, et al. Increasing response rates in a survey of Medicaid enrollees: the effect of a prepaid monetary incentive and mixed modes (mail and telephone). Med Care 2005 Apr; 43(4):411-4. [Cites data collection protocol for CAHPS® and response rates for CAHPS® 2003 surveys.]

Response to an editorial in the January 2005 issue of Medical Care. Med Care 2005 Apr; 43(4):421-2. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Zhan (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety), et al. (Health Serv Res 2004 Apr; 39(2):345-61) and AHRQ-funded articles by Bindman, et al. (JAMA 1995 Jul 26; 274(4):305-11).]

NBER Digest
Lozada C. Effects of co-payments on prescription drug demand. NBER Digest 2005 Apr. [Reviews AHRQ-authored working paper by Dor and Encinosa (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets).]

SEA Currents
New links on Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce: New emergency information center model helps public health agencies meet demand for health information, SEA Currents 2005 Mar-Apr; 23(2):#7. [Summarizes AHRQ press release, Mar 15, 2005.]

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

Archives of Internal Medicine
Wei EK, Ryan CT, Dietrich AJ, et al. Improving colorectal cancer screening by targeting office systems in primary care practices: disseminating research results into clinical practice. Arch Intern Med 2005 Mar 28; 165(6):661-6. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on colorectal cancer screening (Ann Intern Med 2002 Jul 16; 137(2):132-41); cites AHRQ publication About PPIP, May 2000, on AHRQ Web site.]

Journal of the Oklahoma State Medical Association
Donnelly A, Crawford S. Improving the health of Oklahomans: status and goals of adult immunization. J Okla State Med Assoc 2001 Jan; 94(1):12-9. [Cites USPSTF recommendations from Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Annals of Internal Medicine
Snow V, Barry P, Fitterman N, et al. Pharmacologic and surgical management of obesity in primary care: a clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians. Ann Intern Med 2005 Apr 5; 142(7):525-31. [Based on AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment Pharmacological and Surgical Treatment of Obesity, 2004, and supporting articles cited below; cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for obesity (Ann Intern Med 2003 Dec 3; 139(11):933-49.]

Li Z, Maglione M, Tu W, et al. Meta-analysis: pharmacologic treatment of obesity. Ann Intern Med Apr 5; 142(7):532-46. [Supported by Contract No. 290-02-003 to Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center.]

Maggard MA, Shugarman LR, Suttorp M, et al. Meta-analysis: surgical treatment of obesity. Ann Intern Med Apr 5; 142(7):547-59. [Supported by Contract No. 290-02-003 to Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
Stevens J, Harman JS, Kelleher KJ. Race/ethnicity and insurance status as factors associated with ADHD treatment patterns. J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol 2005 Feb; 15(1):88-96. [Uses data from 1997-2000 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) surveys.]

Journal of Health and Social Policy
Laditka JN, Laditka SB. Insurance status and access to primary health care: disparate outcomes for potentially preventable hospitalization. J Health Soc Policy 2004;19(2):81-100. [Uses data from AHRQ's 1997 Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) and 1997 MEPS.]

Medical Care
Goldstein RB, Rotheram-Borus MJ, Johnson MO, et al. Insurance coverage, usual source of care, and receipt of clinically indicated care for comorbid conditions among adults living with human immunodeficiency virus. Med Care 2005 Apr; 43(4):401-10. [Uses HCSUS data.]

Medical Care Research and Review
Abraham JM, Royalty AB. Does having two earners in the household matter for understanding how well employer-based insurance works? Med Care Res Rev 2005 Apr; 62(2):167-86. [Uses 1996 MEPS data.]

Preventive Medicine
Johnston JM, Chan SS, Chan SK, et al. Training nurses and social workers in smoking cessation counseling: a population needs assessment in Hong Kong. Prev Med 2005 Apr; 40(4):389-406. [Uses the smoking cessation intervention model from PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, as published in JAMA, 2000.]

Sambamoorthi U, Findley PA. Who are the elderly who never receive influenza immunization? Prev Med 2005 Apr; 40(4):469-78. [Uses 2000 MEPS data.]

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