Skip Navigation Archive: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Archive: Agency for Healthcare Research Quality
Archive print banner

Articles of Interest

This information is for reference purposes only. It was current when produced and may now be outdated. Archive material is no longer maintained, and some links may not work. Persons with disabilities having difficulty accessing this information should contact us at: Let us know the nature of the problem, the Web address of what you want, and your contact information.

Please go to for current information.

April 20, 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

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Caughey AB, Stotland NE, Washington E, et al. Maternal and obstetric complications of pregnancy are associated with increasing gestational age at term. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2007 Feb; 196(2):155:e1-6. [Supported by grant P01 HS010856.]

Annals of Emergency Medicine
Marcin JP, Dharmar M, Cho M, et al. Medication errors among acutely ill and injured children treated in rural emergency departments. Ann Emerg Med 2007 Apr 10; [Epub ahead of print. Supported by grant 1 K08 HS13179-01.]

Annals of Family Medicine
James PA, Li P, Ward MM. Myocardial infarction mortality in rural and urban hospitals: rethinking measures of quality of care. Ann Fam Med 2007 Mar-Apr; 5(2):105-11. [Supported by grant HS015009.]

Clinical Pediatrics
Chandler SM, Garcia SM, McCormick DP. Consistency of diagnostic criteria for acute otitis media: a review of the recent literature. Clin Pediatr 2007 Mar; 46(2):99-108. [Supported by grant R01 HS10613-02.]

Critical Care Medicine
Xiao Y, Seagull J, Bochicchio GV, et al. Video-based training increases sterile-technique compliance during central venous catheter insertion. Crit Care Med 2007 Apr 5; 35(5). [Epub ahead of print.]

Diabetes Care
Grant RW, Meigs JB. Prevalence and treatment of low HDL cholesterol among primary care patients with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care 2007 Mar; 30(3):479-84. [Supported by grant R21 HS015785-01, attributed to National Cancer Institute (NCI).]

Mittal V, Rosen J, Govind R, et al. Perception gap in quality-of-life ratings: an empirical investigation of nursing home residents and caregivers. Gerontologist 2007 Apr; 47(2):159-68. [Supported by grant HS11976.]

Simmons SF, Bertrand R, Shier V, et al. A preliminary evaluation of the paid feeding assistant regulation: impact on feeding assistance care process quality in nursing homes. Gerontologist 2007 Apr; 47(2):184-92. [Supported by contract 500-00-0049, Task Order 2, sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and AHRQ.]

Health and Place
Basu J, Mobley LR. Illness severity and propensity to travel along the urban-rural continuum. Health Place 2007 Jun; 13(2):381-99. [First author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets; supported by AHRQ and RTI International; uses data from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) State Inpatient Database for 1997 and 2001.]

Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Lo Re V 3rd, Kostman JR, Gross R, et al. Incidence and risk factors for weight loss during dual HIV/hepatitis C virus therapy. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 2007 Mar 1; 44(3):344-50. [Supported by grant HS10399.]

Journal of the American College of Surgeons
Learman LA, Kuppermann M, Gates E, et al. Predictors of hysterectomy in women with common pelvic problems: a uterine survival analysis. J Am Coll Surg 2007 Apr; 204(4):633-41. [Supported by grants U01 HS09478, R01 HS011657, U01 HS07373, and U01 HS090478.]

Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice
Aragon SJ, Flack SA, Holland CA, et al. The influence of patient-centeredness on minority and socioeconomically-disadvantaged patients' trust in their physicians: an evidence-based structural equation modeling investigation. J Health Disparit Res Pract 2006 Fall; 1(1):63-74. [Supported by grant T32 HS00032.]

Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics
Hsu J, Price M, Fung V, et al. Integrated mental health care for a price: copayments and emergency visits with psychiatric diagnoses. J Ment Health Policy Econ 2007 Mar; 10(Suppl 1):S19. [Supported by grant R01 HS11434.]

Meyerhoefer CD, Zuvekas SH. How does direct-to-consumer advertising influence the demand for mental health treatment? J Ment Health Policy Econ 2007 Mar; 10(Suppl 1):S29. [Authors are researchers with AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends.]

Journal of Urology
Albertsen PC, Hanley JA, Penson DF, et al. 13-year outcomes following treatment for clinically localized prostate cancer in a population based cohort. J Urology 2007 Mar; 177(3):46(2):99-108. [Supported by grant HS095778.]

Research on Aging
Sherkat DE, Kilbourne BS, Cain VA, et al. The impact of health service use on racial differences in mortality among the elderly. Res Aging 2007 May; 29(3):207-24. [Supported by grant R24 HS11640-01.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Family Physician
Jaen CR, Houston TP. Clarification about smoking cessation interventions. Am Fam Physician 2007 Apr 15; 75(8):1151. [Cites PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

Taylor P. Preventing medication errors [book review.]. JAMA 2007 Apr 18; 297(15);1717. [Notes book's fifth recommendation directing AHRQ to promote research on safety-promoting health information technologies.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Gerhardt WE, Schoettker PJ, Donovan EF, et al. Putting evidence-based clinical practice guidelines into practice: an academic pediatric center's experience. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2007 Apr; 33(4):226-35. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Bauchner and Simpson (former AHRQ researcher and deputy director, respectively) (Health Serv Res, 1998).]

Journal of Nursing Care Quality
Mitty E. Hastings Center special report: the ethics of using QI methods to improve health care quality and safety. J Nurs Care Quality 2007 Apr-Jun; 22(2):97-101. [Comments on report from AHRQ-funded project.]

Clark PA, Leddy K, Drain M, et al. State nursing shortages and patient satisfaction: more RNs—better patient experiences. J Nurs Care Quality 2007 Apr-Jun; 22(2):119-27. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Kovner, et al. (Health Serv Res, 2002) and AHRQ-funded article by Pronovost, et al. (JAMA, 1999).]

Conerly C. Strategies to increase reporting of near misses and adverse events. J Nurs Care Quality 2007 Apr-Jun; 22(2):102-6. [Cites AHRQ publication, Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, 2005.]

Johnson K, Maultsby CC. A plan for achieving significant improvement in patient safety. J Nurs Care Quality 2007 Apr-Jun; 22(2):164-71. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Meyer, et al. (Int J Qual Health Care, 2003) and AHRQ-funded article by Thomas, et al. (BMC Health Serv Res, 2005).]

Modern Healthcare
Kirchheimer B. A woman's place is in... healthcare. Mod Healthc 2007 Apr 16; 37(16):6-7, 20, 22, 28. [AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy is listed third in the alphabetic list.]

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

American Family Physician
Guirguis-Blake J, Lin KW, Barton MB. Is there benefit to coronary calcium screening? Am Fam Physician 2007 Apr 15; 75(8):1155-6. [Authors are former (first) and current researchers in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships working with the USPSTF.]

Kincade S. Evaluation and treatment of acute low back pain. Am Fam Physician 2007 Apr 15; 75(8):1181-8. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Brief Evidence Update: Primary Care Interventions to Prevent Low Back Pain, posted on AHRQ Web site.]

Canadian Medical Association Journal
Fung-Kee-Fung M, Brouwers M, Oliver TK, et al. Health care use and risk of ovarian cancer:: is there a link? Can Med Assoc J 2007 Mar 27; 176(7):949-50. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for ovarian cancer (Am Fam Physician, 2005).]

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

Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health
Petersen R, Albright J, Garrett JM, et al. Pregnancy and STD prevention counseling using an adaptation of motivational interviewing: a randomized controlled trial. Perspect Sex Reprod Healthc 2007 Mar; 39(1):21-8. [Cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Jonk YC, Kane RL, Lederle RA, et al. Cost-effectiveness of abdominal aortic aneurysm repair: a systematic review. Int j Technol Assess Health Care 2007 Spring; 23(2):205-5. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Comparison of Endovascular and Open Surgical Repairs for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, 2006.]

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

Wright K. The colorblind attack on your health. Colorlines 2007 Mar-Apr; (37). [Comments on NHDR, 2003.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Diabetes Care
Perel P, Langenberg C, Ferrie J, et al. Household wealth and the metabolic syndrome in the Whitehall II study. Diabetes Care 2006 Dec; 29(12):2694-700. [Uses data from AHRQ-funded Whitehall II study, HS06516.]

International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
Singh-Manoux A. Fonagy P, Marmot M. The relationship between parenting dimensions and adult achievement: evidence from the Whitehall II study.Int J Behav Med 2006 Dec; 13(4):320-9. [Uses data from AHRQ-funded Whitehall II study, grant HS06516.]

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). National and state medical expenditures and lost earnings attributable to arthritis and other rheumatic conditions— United States, 2003. MMWR 2007; 56:4-7; JAMA 2007 Apr 18; 297(15):1649-50. [Reprints article which uses Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data for 2003.]

Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics
Cook BL, McGuire TG, Miranda J. Measuring trends in mental health care disparities. J Ment Health Policy Econ 2007 Mar; 10(Suppl 1):S25. [Uses 2000-2004 MEPS data.]

Current as of April 2007


The information on this page is archived and provided for reference purposes only.


AHRQ Advancing Excellence in Health Care