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April 22, 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

Sulkowski MS, Mehta SH, Torbenson M, et al. Hepatic steatosis and antiretroviral drug use among adults coinfected with HIV and hepatitis C virus. AIDS 2005 Mar 24; 19(6):585-92. [Supported by Grant No. HS07809.]

Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Majumdar SR, Ross-Degnan D, Farraye FA, et al. Controlled trial of interventions to increase testing and treatment for Helicobacter pylori and reduce medication use in patients with chronic acid-related symptoms. Aliment Pharmacol Ther 2005 Apr 15; 21(8):1029-39. [Supported by Grant No. U18 HS1039-01.]

American Journal of Cardiology
Chang RK, Qi N, Larson J, et al. Comparison of upright and semi-recumbent postures for exercise echocardiography in healthy children. Am J Cardiol 2005 Apr 1; 95(7):918-21. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R03 HS13217-01.]

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Plunkett BA, Grobman WA. Routine hepatitis C virus screening in pregnancy: a cost-effectiveness analysis. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2005 Apr; 192(4):1153-61. [Supported by Grant No. 5 T32 HS00078.]

Annals of Family Medicine
Sherman KJ, Cherkin DC, Eisenberg DM, et al. The practice of acupuncture: who are the providers and what do they do? Ann Fam Med 2005 Mar-Apr; 3(2):151-8. [Supported by Grant Nos. HS09565 and HS08194.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Schwartz MD, Basco WT Jr, Grey MR, et al. Rekindling student interest in generalist careers. Ann Intern Med 2005 Apr 19; 142(8):715-24. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS11955-01.]

Spear SJ, Schmidhofer M. Ambiguity and workarounds as contributors to medical error. Ann Intern Med 2005 Apr 19; 142(8):627-30. [Published in AHRQ-supported Improving Patient Care section of issue.]

Best Practice and Research Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology Guise JM, Hashima J, Osterweil P. Evidence-based vaginal birth after Caesarean section. Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol 2005 Feb; 19(1):117-30. [Supported by Grant No. 1 K08 HS11338-01.]

BMC Family Practice
Baldwin DM, Quintela J, Duclos C, et al. Patient preferences for notification of normal laboratory test results: a report from the ASIPS Collaborative. BMC Fam Pract 2005 Mar 8; 6(1):11. [Supported by Grant No. 5 U18 HS011872-02.]

BMC Health Services Research
Thomas EJ, Sexton JB, Neilands TB, et al. The effect of executive walk rounds on nurse safety climate attitudes: a randomized trial of clinical units. BMC Health Serv Res 2005 Apr 11; 5(1):e28. [Supported by Grant No. 1 O01 HS115401.]

BMC Medical Research Methodology
Carter RE, Sonne SC, Brady KT. Practical considerations for estimating clinical trial accrual periods: application to a multi-center effectiveness study. BMC Med Res Methodol 2005 Mar 30; 5(1):11. [Supported by Grant No. HS10871.]

Diabetes Educator
Rhee MK, Slocum W, Ziemer DC, et al. Patient adherence improves glycemic control. Diabetes Educ 2005 Mar-Apr; 31(2):240-50. [Supported by Grant No. HS07922.]

Fertility and Sterility
Phillips LS, Langer RD. Postmenopausal hormone therapy: critical reappraisal and a unified hypothesis. Fertil Steril 2005 Mar; 83(3):558-66. [Supported by Grant No. HS07922.]

Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
Lee GM, Salomon JA, LeBaron Cw, et al. Health-state valuations for pertussis: methods for valuing short-term health states. Health Qual Life Outcomes 2005 Mar 21; 3(1):e17. [Supported by Grant No. T32 HS00063 and K08 HS013908-01A1.]

Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
Raghavan R, Zima BT, Andersen RM, et al. Psychotropic medication use in a national probability sample of children in the child welfare system. J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol 2005 Feb; 15(1):97-106. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R03 HS013611-01.]

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Jibaja-Weiss ML, Volk Rj, Smith QW, et al. Differential effects of messages for breast and cervical cancer screening. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2005 Feb; 16(1):42-52. [Supported by Grant No. R29 HS08581.]

Guerra CE, Krumholz M, Shea JA. Literacy and knowledge, attitudes and behavior about mammography in Latinas. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2005 Feb; 16(1):152-66. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10299-02.]

Managed Care Interface
Xu X, Jensen GA. Utilization of health care services among the near-elderly; a comparison of managed care and fee-for-service enrollees. Manag Care Interface 2005 Mar; 18(3):60-70. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R03 HS013992.]

Obesity Research
Bertakis KD, Azari R. Obesity and the use of health care services. Obes Res 2005 Feb; 13(2):151-8. [Supported by Grant No. R18 HS06167.]

Cohen-Mansfield J, Lipson S. Medical decision-making around the time of death of cognitively impaired nursing home residents: a pilot study. Omega 2003-2004; 48(2):103-14. [Supported by Grant No. HS09833.]

Palliative Medicine
Lackan NA, Ostir GV, Kuo YF, et al. The association of marital status and hospice use in the USA. Palliat Med 2005 Mar; 19(2):160-2.[Supported by Grant No. HS11618.]

Lee GM, Salomon JA, Friedman JF, et al. Illness transmission in the home: a possible role for alcohol-based hand gels. Pediatrics 2005 Apr; 115(4):852-60. [Supported by Grant No. T32 HS00063.]

Smink DS, Fishman SI, 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.]

Zaoutis TE, Goyal M, Chu JH, et al. Risk factors for and outcomes of bloodstream infection caused by extended-spectrum B-lactamase-producing Escherichia coli and Klebsiella species in children. Pediatrics 2005 Apr; 115(4):942-9. [Supported by Grant No. U18 HS10399.]

Ozer EM, Adams SH, Lustig JL, et al. Increasing the screening and counseling of adolescents for risky health behaviors: a primary care intervention. Pediatrics 2005 Apr; 115(4):960-8. [Supported by Grant No. U18 HS11095.]

Quality and Safety in Health Care
Cook R, Rasmussen J. "Going solid": a model of system dynamics and consequences for patient safety. Qual Saf Health Care 2005 Apr; 14(2):130-4. [Supported by Grant Nos. HS11816 and HS14261.]

Atlas SJ, Keller RM, Wu YA, et al. Long-term outcomes of surgical and nonsurgical management of sciatica secondary to a lumbar disc herniation: 10 year results from the Maine Lumbar Spine Study. Spine 2005 Apr 15; 30(8):927-35. [Supported by Grant Nos. HS06344, HS08194, and HS09804.]

Atlas SJ, Keller RM, Wu YA, et al. Long-term outcomes of surgical and nonsurgical management of lumbar spinal stenosis: 8 to 10 year results from the Maine Lumbar Spine Study. Spine 2005 Apr 15; 30(8):936-43. [Supported by Grant Nos. HS06344, HS08194, and HS09804.]

Value in Health
Neumann PJ, Greenberg D, Olchanski NV, et al. Growth and quality of the cost-utility literature, 1976-2001. Value Health 2005 Jan-Feb; 8(1):3-9. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10919.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

AHA News
Austin K. Hospital Compare seen improving the quality of care. AHA News 2005 Apr 18; 41(8):7. [Cites efforts to expand the Hospital Quality Alliance's Hospital Compare Web site by adding data from AHRQ's Hospital-Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Survey (HCAHPS).]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Stille CJ, Jerant A, Bell D, et al. Coordinating care across diseases, settings, and clinicians: a key role for the generalist in practice. Ann Intern Med 2005 Apr 19; 142(8):700-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Ayanian, et al. (N Engl J Med 2002 Nov 21; 347(21):1678-86), Forrest, et al. (Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2000 May;154(5):499-506), Safran (Ann Intern Med 2003 Feb 4;138(3):248-55), Forrest, et al. (Pediatrics 1999 Jul;104(1 Pt 1):28-34), and Wilson, et al. (Am J Public Health 1982 Jul;72(7):698-702).

Ferrer RL, Hambidge SJ, Maly RC. The essential role of generalists in health care systems. Ann Intern Med 2005 Apr 19; 142(8):691-9. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Franks, Clancy (AHRQ director), and Nutting (N Engl J Med 1992 Aug 6;327(6):424-9); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Meredith, et al. (Med Care 2001 Apr;39(4):349-60), and Safran (Ann Intern Med 2003 Feb 4;138(3):248-55).]

Manheimer E, White A, Berman B, et al. Meta-analysis: acupuncture for low back pain. Ann Intern Med 2005 Apr 19; 142(8):651-63. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Cherkin, et al. (J Am Board Fam Pract 2002 Sep-Oct;15(5):463-72; Ann Intern Med 2003 Jun 3;138(11):898-906; and Arch Intern Med 2001 Apr 23;161(8):1081-8); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Kalauokalani, et al. (Spine 2001 Jul 1;26(13):1418-24), Sherman, et al. (Complement Ther Med 2001 Sep;9(3):146-53), and Hogeboom, et al. (Complement Ther Med 2001 Sep;9(3):154-66).]

Fowler RA, Sanders GD, Bravata DM, et al. Cost-effectiveness of defending against bioterrorism: a comparison of vaccination and antibiotic prophylaxis against anthrax. Ann Intern Med 2005 Apr 19; 142(8):601-10. [Notes Potential Conflicts of Interest: Grants Received: D.M. Bravata (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.]

BNA's Health Care Policy Report
National surveys may undercount numbers enrolled in Medicaid, SCHIP. BNA Health Care Policy Rep 2005 Apr 18; 13(16):500. [Cites a March 30, 2005, Congressional Research Service memorandum asserting that the Medicaid undercount is nearly off by 6 million in the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, using the Medicaid/SCHIP variable used by the agency that administers this program.]

BNA's Health Plan and Provider Report
MedPAC weighing ending budget neutrality for risk adjusted payment to health plans. BNA Health Plan Provider Rep 2005 Mar 16; 11(11):267. [Cites remarks by former AHRQ researcher Daniel Zabinski.]

In the Literature (Commonwealth Fund)
Quality report cards, selection of cardiac surgeons, and racial disparities: a study of the publication of the New York State Cardiac Surgery Reports. In Literature (Commonw Fund) 2005 Apr 22. [Reviews findings from AHRQ-funded article by Mukamel, et al. (Inquiry 2004-05 Winter; 41(4):435-46.]

Modern Healthcare
Szot A. Women even the odds. Healthcare isn't an old boys network anymore, as women catch up to men in leadership positions. Mod Healthc 2005 Apr 18; 35(16):6-7, 26-32. [Includes AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy among list of Top 25 Women in Healthcare.]

Quality and Safety in Health Care
Marshall MN, Romano PS. Impact of reporting hospital performance. Qual Saf Health Care 2005 Apr; 14(2):77-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Baker, et al. (Med Care 2002 Oct; 40(10):879-90) and Peterson, et al. J Am Coll Cardiol 1998 Oct; 32(4):993-9).]

Husch M, Sullivan C, Rooney D, et al. Insights from the sharp end of intravenous medication errors: implications for infusion pump technology. Qual Saf Health Care 2005 Apr; 14(2):80-6. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Kaushal, et al. (JAMA 2001 Apr 25; 285(16):2114-20); Bates, et al. (JAMA 1995 Jul 5; 274(1):29-34; and J Am Med Inform Assoc 2003 Mar-Apr; 10(2):115-28).]

Ito H, Sugawara H. Relationship between accreditation scores and the public disclosure of accreditation reports: a cross sectional study. Qual Saf Health Care 2005 Apr; 14(2):87-92. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Hannan, et al. (JAMA 1994 Mar 9; 271(9):761-6).]

Weiner M, Stump TE, Callahan CM, et al. Pursuing integration of performance measures into electronic medical records: beta-adrenergic receptor antagonist medications. Qual Saf Health Care 2005 Apr; 14(2):99-106. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Overhage, et al. (J Am Med Inform Assoc 1997 Sep-Oct; 4(5):364-75); Dexter, et al. (Ann Intern Med 1998 Jan 15;128(2):102-10); Tierney, et al. (Ann Intern Med 1987 Oct; 107(4):569-74) and (Ann Intern Med 1987 Oct; 107(4):569-74); and McDonald, et al. (Int J Med Inform 1999 Jun; 54(3):225-53).]

Bekkering GE, Hendriks HJ, van Tulder MW, et al. Effect on the process of care of an active strategy to implement clinical guidelines on physiotherapy for low back pain: a clustering randomised controlled trial. Qual Saf Health Care 2005 Apr; 14(2):107-12. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Cherkin, et al. (Ann Intern Med 2003 Jun 3; 138(11):898-906.]

Schmidek JM, Weeks WB. Relationship between tort claims and patient incident reports in the Veterans Health Administration. Qual Saf Health Care 2005 Apr; 14(2):117-22. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Battles (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety), et al. (Arch Pathol Lab Med 1998 Mar; 122(3):132-8) and Burstin (AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships director), et al. (JAMA 1993 Oct 13; 270(14):1697-701); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Gawande, et al. (N Engl J Med 2003 Jan 16; 348(3):229-35), Kaushal, et al. (JAMA 2001 Apr 25; 285(16):2114-20), Bates, et al. (JAMA 1995 Jul 5;274(1):29-34), Leape, et al. (JAMA 1995 Jul 5; 274(1):35-43), Cullen, et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Improv 1995 Oct; 21(10):541-8), and Kachalia A, et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Saf 2003 Oct; 29(10):503-11).]

Nakajima K, Kurata Y, Takeda H. A web-based incident reporting system and multidisciplinary collaborative projects for patient safety in a Japanese hospital. Qual Saf Health Care 2005 Apr; 14(2):123-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Leape, et al. (JAMA 1995 Jul 5; 274(1):34-43).]

Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation
Rimmer JH, Wang E. Aerobic exercise training in stroke survivors. Top Stroke Rehabil 2005 Winter; 12(1):17-30. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Post-stroke Rehabilitation, 1995.]

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

Annals of Internal Medicine
Mulhall BP, Veerappan GR, Jackson JL. Meta-analysis: computed tomographic colonography. Ann Intern Med 2005 Apr 19; 142(8):635-50. [Cites summary of USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med 2002 Jul 16; 137(2):132-41).]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Best Practice and Research Clinical Haematology
Lichtin A. The ASH/ASCO clinical guidelines on the use of erythropoietin. Best Pract Res Clin Haematol 2005; 18(3):433-8. [Cites contributions to and use of AHRQ-funded Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Uses of Epoetin for Anemia in Oncology, 2001, conducted by the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Technology Evaluation Center Evidence-based Practice Center in developing guidelines for erythropoietin.]

Quality and Safety in Health Care
Lewis RQ, Fletcher M. Implementing a national strategy for patient safety: lessons from the National Health Service in England. Qual Saf Health Care 2005 Apr; 14(2):135-39. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Healthcare Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001.]

President's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry/Quality Inter-agency Coordination (QuIC) Task Force-Related Articles

Quality Management in Health Care
Nadzam DM, Atkins PM, Waggoner DM, et al. Cleveland Clinic Health System: a comprehensive framework for a health system patient safety initiative. Qual Manag Health Care 2005 Apr-Jun; 14(2):80-90. [Cites QuIC report, Doing What Counts for Patient Safety: Federal Actions to Reduce Medical Errors and Their Impact, 1999, and AHRQ-sponsored conference, Making the Business Case for Patient Safety: A Symposium for Health Care CEOs, September 26-27, 2002.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Merenstein D, Egleston B, Diener-West M. Lengths of stay and costs associated with children's hospitals. Pediatrics 2005 Apr; 115(4):839-44. [Uses data from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Kids Inpatient Database KID), 2000.]

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