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April 11, 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

Academic Emergency Medicine
Hsia RY, MacIsaac D, Palm E. Trends in charges and payments for nonhospitalized emergency department pediatric visits, 1996-2003. Acad Emerg Med 2008 Apr; 15(4):347-54. [Supported by grant R01 HS013920-01; uses data from AHRQ's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) from 1996-2003.]

American Journal of Kidney Diseases
Calderon JL, Fleming E, Gannon MR, et al. Applying an expanded set of cognitive design principles to formatting the Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP) Longitudinal Survey. Am J Kidney Dis 2008 Apr; 51(4 Suppl 2):S83-S92. [Supported by grant 1 R24 HS014022-01A1.]

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Gregory KD, Korst LM, Fridman M, et al. Vaginal birth cesarean: clinical risk factors associated with adverse outcome. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2008 Apr; 198(4):452.e1-e12. [Supported by grant R01 HS011334.]

Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
Perry TT, Vargas PA, Bufford J, et al. Classroom aeroallergen exposure in Arkansas Head Start centers. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 2008 Apr; 100(4):358-63. [Supported by grant I U18 HS11062).]

HIV Medicine
Chander G, Josephs J, Fleishman JA, et al. Alcohol use among HIV-infected persons in care: results of a multi-site survey. HIV Med 2008 Apr; 9(4):196-202. [Supported by contract 290-01-0012; third author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends.]

International Journal of Medical Sciences
Whitney SN, Alcser K, Schneider CE, et al. Principal investigator views of the IRB system. Int J Med Sci 2008 Apr 2; 5(2):68-72. [Supported by grant K08 HS11289.]

Journal of Surgical Research
Kao LS, Thomas EJ. Navigating towards improved surgical safety using aviation-based strategies. J Surg Res 2008 Apr; 145(2):327-35. [Supported by grant 1 P01 HS11544-01).]

Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Korthuis PT, Josephs JS, Fleishman JA, et al. Substance abuse treatment in human immunodeficiency virus: the role of patient-provider discussions. J Subs Abuse Treat 2008 Mar 6. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by contract 290-01-0012; third author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; uses interview questions from AHRQ's HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS).]

Medical Care
Alexander GC, Zhang J, Basu A. Characteristics of patients receiving pharmaceutical samples and association between sample receipt and out-of-pocket prescription costs. Med Care 2008 Apr; 46(4):394-402. [Supported by grant K08 HS15699-01A1.]

Benedetti NJ, Fung V, Reed M, et al. Office visit copayments: patient knowledge, response, and communication with providers. Med Care 2008 Apr; 46(4):403-9. [Supported by grant 5 R01 HS011434-01 or R01 HS013902-01.]

Pierre-Jacques M, Safran DG, Zhang F, et al. Reliability of new measures of cost-related medication nonadherence. Med Care 2008 Apr; 46(4):444-8. [Co-supported by grant 1 R01 AG 022362-04 with the National Institute on Aging.]

Meropol SB, Glick HA, Asch DA. Age inconsistency in the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for acute otitis media. Pediatrics 2008 Apr; 121(4):657-68. [Supported by grant HS10399.]

Meropol SB. Valuing reduced antibiotic use for pediatric acute otitis media. Pediatrics 2008 Apr; 121(4):669-73. [Supported by grant HS10399.]

Lorch SA, Millman AM, Zhang X et al. Impact of admission-day crowding on the length of stay of pediatric hospitalization. Pediatrics 2008 Apr; 121(4):e718-e730. [Supported by grant R01 HS09983.]

Preventing Chronic Disease
Boyington JE, Carter-Edwards L, Piehl M, et al. Cultural attitudes toward weight, diet, and physical activity among overweight African American girls. Prev Chron Dis 2008 Apr; 5(2):A36. [Supported by grant R24 HS013353.]

Psychiatric Services
Ohl ME, Landon BE, Cleary PD, et al. Medical clinic characteristics and access to behavioral health services for persons with HIV. Psychiatr Serv 2008 Apr; 59(4):400-7. [Supported by grants R01 HS1040802 and HS10227; uses HCSUS study cohort and data.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Shaw LJ, Shaw RE, Merz NB, et al. Impact of ethnicity and gender differences on angiographic coronary artery disease prevalence and in-hospital mortality in the American College of Cardiology-National Cardiovascular Data Registry. Circulation 2008 Apr; 117(14):1787-801. [Cites AHRQ Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) publication, Procedures in U.S. Hospitals, 2003 (HCUP Fact Book 7).]

Evidence-Based Nursing
Thompson DS, Moore KN, Estabrooks CA. Increasing research use in nursing: implications for clinical educators and managers. Evid Based Nurs 2008 Apr; 11(2):35-9. [Cites AHRQ publication, Special Notice: AHRQ Announces Interest in Research Implementation Small Research (R03) Grants, 2007, posted on AHRQ Web site.]

Journal of Family Practice
Wensel TM, Stump AL. Helping patients kick the other habit. J Fam Pract 2008 Apr; 57(4):238-45. [Cites AHRQ-supported NIH State-of-the-Science Conference Statement: Tobacco Use: Prevention, Cessation, and Control (Ann Intern Med, 2006) and PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

Medical Care
Braithwaite RS, Meltzer DO, King JT Jr, et al. What does the value of modern medicine say about the $50,000 per quality-adjusted life-year decision rule? Med Care 2008 Apr; 46(4):349-56. [Cites analysis of 2000 MEPS data by Meara et al. (Health Aff, 2004) and AHRQ-funded article by Canto et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2000).]

Takata GS, Mason W, Taketomo C, et al. Development, testing, and findings of a pediatric-focused trigger tool to identify medication-related harm in US children s hospitals. Pediatrics 2008 Apr; 121(4):e927-e935. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bates et al. (JAMA, 1995) and Cullen et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Improv, 1995).]

Social Science and Medicine
Freedman VA, Martin LG, Schoeni RF, et al. Declines in late-life disability: the role of early- and mid-life factors. Soc Sci Med 2008 Apr; 66(7):1588-602. [Cites article by Marmot et al. (Lancet, 1997), which used the study cohort and date from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.]

Krupski TL, Dahm P, Fesperman SF, et al. How to perform a literature search. Urology 2008 Apr; 179(4):1264-70. [Describes AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™.]

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

Archives of Dermatology
Zalaudek I, Kittler H, Marghoob AA, et al. Time required for a complete skin examination with and without dermoscopy: a prospective, randomized multicenter study. Arch Dermatol 2008 Apr; 144(4): 509-13. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for skin cancer (Am J Prev Med, 2001).]

Healthcare financial Management
Novelli WD. Transforming the healthcare system: a focus on prevention. Healthc Financ Manage 2008 Apr; 62(4):94-9. [Mentions that the USPSTF recommends certain tests and screenings for men and women based on age and risk factors, such as a family history of a particular condition.]

Journal of Family Practice
Should you screen for asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis? J Fam Pract 2008 Apr; 57(4):222. [Summarizes USPSTF findings on and recommendations for screening for carotid artery stenosis (Ann Intern Med 2007, 2 articles).]

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Lewis BG, Halm EA, Marcus SM, et al. Preventive services use among women seen by gynecologists, general medical physicians, or both. Obstet Gynecol 2008 Apr; 111(4):945-52. [Examined seven age-specific preventive care services and counseling topics recommended by the USPSTF and cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, as published on AHRQ Web site.]

Pbert L, Flint AJ, Fletcher KE, et al. Effect of a pediatric practice-based smoking prevention and cessation intervention for adolescents: a randomized, controlled trial. Pediatrics 2008 Apr; 121(4):e738-47. [Cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996, and PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

Adelman WP. Basic training for the pediatrician: how to provide comprehensive anticipatory guidance regarding military service. Pediatrics 2008 Apr; 121(4):e993-97. [Cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

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

Canadian Medical Association Journal
Gilbody S, Sheldon T, House A. Screening and case-finding instruments for depression: a meta-analysis. CMAJ 2008 Apr 8; 178(8):997-1003. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review, Screening for Depression, 2002, and summary of the evidence on screening for depression in adults Ann Intern Med, 2002); cites AHRQ guideline, Depression in Primary Care, 1993.]

Medical Care
Levinson W, Hudak PL, Feldman JJ, et al. It's not what you say...: racial disparities in communication between orthopedic surgeons and patients. Med Care 2008 Apr; 46(4):410-6. [Describes and reviews findings from AHRQ's NHQR and NHDR, 2005; uses communications ratings items based on AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) survey questions.]

Rothman RL, Mulvaney S, Elasy TA, et al. Self management behaviors, racial disparities, and glycemic control among adolescent with type 2 diabetes. Pediatrics 2008 Apr; 121(4):e912-19. [Cites 2005 NHDR and AHRQ-authored article by Jiang et al. (Diabetes Care, 2003).]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
Whitesides J, Pajewski NM, Bradley TG, et al. Socio-demographics of adult orthodontic visits in the United States. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2008 Apr;133(4):489.e9-e14. [Uses 2000-2004 MEPS data.]

Annals of Surgical Oncology
Morris LG, Sikora AG, Myssiorek D, et al. The basis of racial differences in the incidence of thyroid cancer. Ann Surg Oncol 2008 Apr; 15(4):1169-76. [Uses 2005 HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data.]

Archives of Surgery
Ricciardi R, Virnig BA, Ogilvie JW, et al. Volume-outcome relationship for coronary artery bypass grafting in an era of decreasing volume. Arch Surg 2008 Apr; 143(4):338-44. [Uses 1988-2003 HCUP NIS data.]

Journal of Dental Education
Leong P, Afrow J, Webber HP. Attitudes toward patient safety standards in U.S. dental schools: a pilot study. J Dent Educ 2008 Apr; 72(4):431-7. [Uses AHRQ-developed survey instrument, Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, 2005, as published on AHRQ Web site; cites findings from AHRQ-authored article by Miller and Zhan (Pediatrics, 2004).]

Medical Care
Hollingsworth JM, Krein SL, Dunn RL, et al. Understanding variation in the adoption of a new technology in surgery. Med Care 2008 Apr; 46(4):366-71. [Uses 2000-2003 HCUP NIS data.]

Miller DC, Daignault S, Wolf JS Jr, et al. Hospital characteristics and use of innovative surgical therapies among patients with kidney cancer. Med Care 2008 Apr; 46(4):372-9. [Uses 2003 HCUP NIS data.]

Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology
Alaeddini J, Wood MA, Amin MS, et al. Gender disparity in the use of cardiac resynchronization therapy in the United States. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol 2008 Apr; 31(4):468-72. [Uses 2002-2004 HCUP data.]

Social Science and Medicine
Lallukka T, Lahelma E, Rahkonen O, et al. Associations of job strain and working overtime with adverse health behaviors and obesity: evidence from the Whitehall II Study, Helsinki Health Study, and the Japanese Civil Servants Study. Soc Sci Med 2008 Apr; 66(8):1681-98. [Uses study cohort from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.]

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