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April 25, 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

American Journal of Cardiology
Allen LaPointe NM, Sun JL, Kaplan S, et al. Rhythm versus rate control in the contemporary management of atrial fibrillation in-hospital. Am J Cardiol 2008 Apr 15; 101(8):1134-41. [Supported by grant U18 HS10548.]

American Journal of Clinical Oncology
Du XL, Fang S, Meyer TE. Impact of treatment and socioeconomic status on racial disparities in survival among older women with breast cancer. Am J Clin Oncol 2008 Apr; 31(2):125-32. [Supported by grant R01 HS016743).]

American Journal of Managed care
Neumann PJ, Palmer JA, Daniels N. et al. A strategic plan for integrating cost-effectiveness analysis into the US healthcare system. Am J Manag Care 2008 April; 14(4):185-8. [Supported by grant HHSA 290200500006C.]

BMC Health Services Research
Lu CY, Ross-Degnan D, Soumerai SB, et al. Interventions designed to improve the quality and efficiency of medication use in managed care: a critical review of the literature—2001-2007. BMC Health Serv Res 2008 Apr 7; 8:75. [Supported by grant 1 U18 HS/CA1039-01.]

Clinical Infectious Diseases
Schneider JA, Zhang Q, Auerbach A, et al. Do hospitalists or physicians with greater inpatient HIV experience improve HIV care in the era of highly active antiretroviral therapy? Results from a multicenter trial of academic hospitalists. Clin Infect Dis2008 Apr 1; 46(7):154-60. [Supported by grant R01 HS10597.]

Health Care Management Review
Li P, Bahensky JA, Jaana M. et al. Role of multihospital system membership in electronic medical record adoption. Health Care Manage Rev 2008 Apr-Jun; 33(2):169-77. [Supported by grant HS015009.]

Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Tolomeo P, Wheeler M, Metlay JP, et al. Patient attitudes regarding participation in studies of antimicrobial resistance. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2008 Feb; 29(2):155-9. [Supported by grant U18 HS10399.]

International Journal of Medical Informatics
Weingart SN, Hamrick HE, Turkus S, et al. Medication safety measures for patients via the web portal: the MedCheck intervention. Int J Med Inform 2008 Mar; 77(3):161-8. [Supported by grant 1 K08 HS11644.]

Madden JM, Graves AJ, Zhang F, et al. Cost-related medication nonadherence and spending on basic needs following implementation of Medicare Part D. JAMA 2008 Apr 23-30; 299(16):1922-8. [Supported by grant 2 U18 HS10391.]

Hsu J, Fung V, Price M, et al. Medicare beneficiaries' knowledge of Part D prescription drug program benefits and responses to drug costs. JAMA 2008 Apr 23-30; 299(16):1929-36. [Supported by grant R01 HS13902.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Feldstein AC, Glasgow RE. A practical robust implementation and sustainability model (PRISM) for integrating research findings into practice. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2008 Apr; 34(4):324-8. [Supported by grant U18 HS11843.]

Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Walkup J, Blank MB, Gonzalez JS, et al. The impact of mental health and substance abuse factors on HIV prevention and treatment. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 2008 Mar 1; 47 Suppl 1:S15-S19. [Supported by grant U18 HS016097-01.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Jensen PM, Saunders RL, Thierer T, et al. Factors associated with oral health-related quality of life in community-dwelling elderly persons with disabilities. J Am Geriatr Soc 2008 Apr; 56(4):711-17. [Supported by grant R01 HS10120.]

Pain Management Nursing
Richards KM. RAP project—an instrument development study to determine common attributes for pain assessment among men and women who represent multiple pain-related diagnoses. Pain Manag Nurs 2008 Mar; 9(1):33-43. [Supported by grant R03 HS1078801.]

Street RL, Gordon HS. Companion participation in cancer consultations. Psychooncology 2008 Mar; 17(3):244-51. [Supported by grant P01 HS10876.]

Quality and Safety in Health Care
Wagner LM, Capezuti E, Clark PC, et al. Use of a falls incident reporting system to improve care process documentation in nursing homes. Qual Saf Health Care 2008 Apr; 17(2):104-8. [Supported by [R03 HS 14663-01.]

Rogers AE, Dean GE, Hwang WT, et al. Role of registered nurses in error prevention, discovery and correction. Qual Saf Health Care 2008 Apr; 17(2):117-21. [Supported by grant R01 HS11963-01.]

Research in Nursing and Health
Ellenbecker CH, Byleckie JJ, Samia LW. Further psychometric testing of the Home Healthcare Nurse Job Satisfaction Scale. Res Nurs Health 2008 Apr; 31(2):152-64. [Supported by grant R01 HS13477-02.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Annals of Internal Medicine
Kesselheim AS, Choudhry NK. An international pharmaceutical market as a source of low-cost prescription drugs for U.S. patients. Ann Intern Med 2008 Apr 15; 148(8):614-9. [Cites Choudhry et al. (Health Aff, 2007).]

Shahian DM, Normand SL. Comparison of risk-adjusted hospital outcomes. Circulation 2008 Apr 15; 117(15):1955-63. [Cites AHRQ fact sheet, Outcomes Research, on AHRQ Web site.]

Psaty BM, Ray W. FDA guidance on off-label promotion and the state of the literature from sponsors. JAMA 2008 Apr 23-30; 299(16):1949-51. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Radley et al. Arch Intern Med, 2006).]

Goldman DP, Joyce GF. Medicare Part D: a successful start with room for improvement. JAMA 2008 Apr 23-30; 299(16):1954-5. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Hsu et al. and Madden et al. (JAMA, 2008), cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Morgan C, Endozoa N, Paradiso C., et al. Enhanced toileting program decreases incontinence in long term care. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2008 Apr; 34(4):206-8. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Urinary Incontinence in Adults: Acute and Chronic Management, 1996 Update.]

Journal of the American Academy of Business
Martin W. The Wal-Mart effect: retailing of health care. J Am Acad Bus 2008 Mar; 13(1):128-34. [Cites Kaiser Family Foundation/Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality/Harvard School of Public Health publication, National Survey on Consumers' Experiences with Patient Safety and Quality Information, 2004.]

Journal of Consumer Affairs
Kim H, Lyons AC. No pain, no strain: impact of health on the financial security of older Americans. J Consumer Aff 2008 Spring; 42(1):9-36. [Cites AHRQ publication, Health Care Expenses in the United States, 2000, MEPS Research Findings, 2004.]

Quality and Safety in Health Care
Davis RE, Koutantji M, Vincent CA. How willing are patients to question healthcare staff on issues related to the quality and safety of their healthcare? An exploratory study. Qual Saf Health Care 2008 Apr; 17(2):90-6. [Cites Weingart et al. (Int J Qual Health Care, 2004).]

Howard R, Avery A, Bissell P. Causes of preventable drug-related hospital admissions: a qualitative study. Qual Saf Health Care 2008 Apr; 17(2):109-16. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Woolf et al. (Ann Fam Med, 2004) and Leape et al. (JAMA, 1995).]

Risk Management and Insurance Review
Burkhauser RV, Simon KI, Blumberg LJ. Who gets what from employer pay or play mandates? Risk Manage Insur Rev 2008 Spring; 11(1):75-100. [Cites 2005 data from AHRQ's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS)-Insurance Component (IC).]

Baicker K, Levy H, Bernstein J, et al. Employer health insurance mandates and the risk of unemployment. Risk Manage Insur Rev 2008 Spring; 11(1):109-26. [Cites 1999-2005 data from AHRQ's MEPS-IC.]

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

American Family Physician
Meriwether RA, Lee JA, Lafleur AS, et al. Physical activity counseling. Am Fam Physician 2008 Apr 15; 77(8):1129-36. [Comments on USPSTF recommendations for physical activity and cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for coronary heart disease (published on AHRQ Web site).]

American Health and Drug Benefits
McCarter T. Depression overview. Am Health Drug Benefits 2008 Apr; 1(3):44-51. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for depression (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

American Journal of Managed care
Pourat N, Tao GA, Walsh CM. Association of Insurance coverage with chlamydia screening. Am J Manag Care 2008 Apr; 14(4):197-204. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for chlamydia infection (Am J Prev Med, 2001).]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Workowski KA, Berman SM, and Douglas JM Jr. Emerging antimicrobial resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae: urgent need to strengthen prevention strategies. Ann Intern Med 2008 Apr 15; 148(8):606-13. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for gonorrhea (Ann Fam Med, 2005).]

Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Nepple KG, Joudi FN, Hillis SL, et al. Prevalence of delayed clinician response to elevated prostate-specific antigen values. Mayo Clin Proc 2008 Apr; 83(4):439-48. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on prostate cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

Mallin EA, Pavlicek W. 55-year-old woman with menopausal symptoms and a family history of breast cancer. Mayo Clin Proc 2008 Apr; 83(4):485-8. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on genetic risk assessment and BRCA mutation testing for breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility (Ann Intern Med, 2005).]

Mothering Magazine
Ban the bags: the story of the struggle to end the distribution of formula samples in Massachusetts hospitals. Mothering Mag 2008 Mar; (147):72-9. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review and meta-analysis on the effectiveness of primary care-based interventions to promote breastfeeding (Ann Fam Med, 2003).]

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

Journal of Disability Policy Studies
Bachman SS, Tobias C, Master RJ, et al. A managed care model for Latino adults with chronic illness and disability: results of the Brightwood Health Center intervention. J Disabil Policy Stud 2008 Mar; 18(4):197-204. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2004.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

AIDS Behavior
Bogart LM, Cowgill BO, Kennedy D, et al. HIV-related stigma among people with HIV and their families: a qualitative analysis. AIDS Behav 2008 Mar; 12(2):244-54. [Uses study cohort data from AHRQ's HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS).]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Turner BJ, Hollenbeak CS, Weiner M, et al. Effect of unrelated comorbid conditions on hypertension management. Ann Intern Med 2008 Apr 15; 148(8):578-86. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser severity measure (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998.]

Singh-Manoux A, Britton A, Kivimaki M. et al. Socioeconomic status moderates the association between carotid intima-media thickness and cognition in midlife: evidence from the Whitehall II study. Atherosclerosis 2008 Apr; 197:541-8. [Uses Phase 7 data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.]

Hawkins K, Wang S, Rupnow M. Direct cost burden among insured US employees with migraine. Headache 2008 Apr; 48(4):553-63. [Uses 2004 MEPS data.]

Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
Ziran BH, Barrette-Grischow MK, Marucci K. Economic value of orthopaedic trauma: the (second to) bottom line. J Orthop Trauma 2008 Apr; 22(4):227-33. [Uses data from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) data.]

Journal of Rural Health
Ziller EC,Coburn AF, Anderson NJ, et al. Uninsured rural families. J Rural Health 2008 Winter; 24(1):1-11. [Uses 2001-2002 MEPS Household Component (HC) data.]

Pediatric Cardiology
Benavidez OJ, Gauvreau K, Bacha , et al. Application of a complication screening method to congenital heart surgery admissions. Pediatr Cardiol 2008 Mar; 29(2):258-65. [Uses 2000 HCUP Kid's Inpatient Database (KID) data; cites AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) and AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety Research: From Research to Implementation, Vol. 2: Concepts and Methodology, 2005.]

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Preminger BA, Pusic AL, McCarthy CM, et al. How should quality-of-life data be incorporated into a cost analysis of breast reconstruction? A consideration of implant versus free TRAM flap procedures. Plast Reconstr Surg 2008 Apr; 21(4):1075-82. [Uses HCUP data.]

Current as of April 2008


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