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 It was current when produced and may now be outdated. Archive material is no longer maintained, and some links may not work.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 26, 2002

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

Administration and Policy in Mental Health
Scheffler R, Zhang A, Snowden L. The impact of realignment on utilization and cost of community-based mental health services in California. Adm Policy Ment Health 2001 Nov; 29(2):129-43. [National Service Award T32 HS00026.]

Ambulatory Pediatrics Association Newsletter
Elixhauser A, Thompson J, Dougherty D. AHRQ creates nation's first database devoted to the hospitalization of children. Ambul Ped Assoc Newsl 2001 Fall/Winter; 39(2):18-19. [First and third authors are researchers with AHRQ's Center for Organization and Delivery Studies and Office of Priority Populations Research, respectively.]

American Journal of Nursing
Kazemekas L. A must-read article [letter]. Am J Nurs 2002 Apr; 102(4):14. [Author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care Research.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Walensky RP, Losina E, Steger-Craven KA, et al. Identifying undiagnosed human immunodeficiency virus. Arch Intern Med 2002 Apr 22; 162(8):887-92. [Grant No. 5T32 HS00020-15.]

Diabetes Care
Egede LE, Zheng D, Simpson K. Comorbid depression is associated with increased health care use and expenditures in individuals with diabetes. Diabetes Care 2002 Mar; 25(3):464-70. [Grant No. 1K08 HS11418-01 and 1P01 HS10871-01.]

Journal of Ambulatory Care Management
Luck J, Andersen R, Wenzel S, et al. Providers of primary care to homeless women in Los Angeles County. J Ambulatory Care Manage 2002 Apr; 25(2):53-67. [Grant No. R01 HS08323.]

Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Stryer DB. The development and role of predictive instruments in acute coronary events: Improving diagnosis and management. J Cardiovasc Nurs 2002 Apr; 16(3):1-8. [Author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research.]

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Feinberg E, Swartz K, Zaslavsky AM, et al. Language proficiency and the enrollment of Medicaid-eligible children in publicly funded health insurance programs. Matern Child Health J 2002 Mar; 6(1):5-18. [Grant No. R03 HS10207-01.]

Social Science & Medicine
Grembowski DE, Cook KS, Patrick DL, et al. Managed care and the US health care system: A social exchange perspective. Soc Sci Med 2002 Apr; 54(8):1167-80. [Grant No. HS06833.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Ambulatory Pediatrics Association Newsletter
Pascoe J. Special reports: Primary Care Organizations Consortium. Ambul Ped Assoc Newsl 2002 Spring 2002; 40(3)):17-18. [Summarizes update on AHRQ funding and projects presented by Helen Burstin, director of AHRQ's Center for Primary Care Research; notes that "AHRQ is now the largest funder of patient safety in the world."]

Blue Sheet
AHRQ budget boost lobbied by family physicians, but no champion seen. Blue Sheet 2002 Apr 17; 45(16):13. [Describes lobbying effort to gain commitment of $390 million for AHRQ; quotes remarks by former agency center director Douglas Kamerow.]

BNA's Health Care Policy Report
AHRQ seeks applicants to study financial, nonfinancial incentives. BNA's Health Care Policy Rep 2002 Apr 15; 10(15):533-34. [Summarizes request for applications.]

Seniors fare better in high-volume hospitals for certain high-risk surgeries, study finds. BNA's Health Care Policy Rep 2002 Apr 15; 10(15):548. [Reviews AHRQ-funded study in April 11 issue of N Engl J Med.]

Caring for the Ages
Shoffner J. CPGs: A map to better continence care in assisted living facilities? Caring Ages 2002 Jan; 3(1). [Describes incontinence care guide based on AHRQ urinary incontinence guidelines.]

Diabetes Care
Porterfield DS, Kinsinger L. Quality of care for uninsured patients with diabetes in a rural area. Diabetes Care 2002 Feb; 25(2):319-23. [Cites AHRQ-funded study by Starfield et al., JAMA, 1994.]

The TRIAD Study Group. The Translating Research into Action for Diabetes (TRIAD) Study: A multicenter study of diabetes in managed care. Diabetes Care 2002 Feb; 25(2):386-89. [Cites AHRQ-funded study by Starfield et al., JAMA, 1994.]

Johnson N. Assessing the impact of outcomes projects: Take your lead from the AHRQ approach. Formulary 2002 Mar; 37(3):48-50. [Describes and evaluates AHRQ's project review process.]

Wechsler J. AHRQ's medication research at risk from budget ax. Formulary 2002 Mar; 37(4):212. [Cites possible adverse impacts of AHRQ's proposed FY 2003 budget on the Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs).]

Health News Daily
Family physicians lobby for $100 million AHRQ boost, lack clear champion in Congress. Health News Daily 2002 Apr 16; 14(73):1-2. [Summarizes lobbying efforts on behalf of AHRQ and quotes remarks by former agency center director Douglas Kamerow.]

Industry/CMS conference on decision-modeling recommended by MCAC. Health News Daily 2002 Apr 19; 14(76):9-11.
[Discusses CMS proposal for AHRQ to host conference exploring the use of decision modeling in Medicare coverage policy decisions.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Mitka M. Aspirin use up.... JAMA 2002 Apr 24; 287(16):2067. [Reviews findings from AHRQ-funded study by Califf et al. in Am J Cardiol (cited in Articles of Interest, March 29, 2002.]

Yaffe K, Fox P, Newcomer R, et al. Patient and caregiver characteristics and nursing home placement in patients with dementia. JAMA 2002 Apr 24; 287(16):2090-97. [Cites several articles by former AHRQ researchers.]

Journal of Ambulatory Care Management
Smith M, Greene BR, Meeker W. The CAM movement and the integration of quality health care: The case of chiropractic. J Ambul Care Manage 2002 Apr; 25(2):1-16. [Cites AHRQ's low back pain guidelines.]

Wickizer TM, Franklin G, Plaeger-Brockway R, et al. Improving the quality of occupational health care in Washington State: New approaches to designing community-based health care systems. J Ambul Care Manage 2002 Apr; 25(2):43-52. [Cites Eisenberg, Doctors' decisions and the cost of medical care, 1986.]

Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics
Ringel JS, Sturm R. Financial burden and out-of-pocket expenditures for mental health across different socioeconomic groups: Results from HealthCare for Communities. J Mental Health Policy Econ 2001; 4:141-50. [Cites Zuvekas et al., various years and journals, and Taylor et al., Health Serv Res, 2001.]

Medicine & Health
High-volume hospitals, docs better, studies find. Med Health 2002 Apr 15; 56(13):5. [Cites findings from AHRQ-funded study in April 11 issue of N Engl J Med.]

People. Carolyn Clancy, MD, is the new acting director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Med Health 2002 Apr 22; 56(14):8. [Excerpts from press release.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Tu HT, Reschovsky JD. Assessments of medical care by enrollees in for-profit and nonprofit health maintenance organizations. N Engl J Med 2002 Apr 25; 346(17):1288-93. [Author is former AHRQ researcher.]

Pink Sheet
GPhA seeks coalitions to balance PhRMA: Big business, unions, insurers. Pink Sheet 2002 Apr 15; 64(15):11-12. [Cites AHRQ request for comments on proposal to examine impacts of Rx costs on Medicare beneficiaries' prescription filling and compliance practices.]

Progress in Cardiovascular Nursing
Daly J, Sindone AP, Thompson DR, et al. Barriers to participation in and adherence to cardiac rehabilitation programs: A critical literature review. Prog Cardiovasc Nurs 2002 Jan; 17(1):8-17. [Cites AHRQ technology assessment of and guidelines on cardiac rehabilitation.]

Social Science & Medicine
Batterham R, Southern D, Appleby N, et al. Construction of a GP integration model. Soc Sci Med 2002 Apr; 54(8):1225-41. [Cites Fleishman, Educ Psychol Meas, 1987.]

Southern Medical Journal
Hood FJ. Medicare coverage of smoking cessation. Southern Med J 2002 Feb; 95(4):410-12. [Cites CMS' consultation with AHRQ to develop the demonstration project and refers practitioners to AHRQ's consumer brochure You Can Quit Smoking to answer patient-initiated questions.]

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force/Put Prevention into Practice-Related Articles

American Family Physician
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for skin cancer: Recommendations and rationale. Am Fam Physician 2002 Apr 15; 65(8):1623-26. [Excerpt from Recommendations and Rationale Statement recently released by the Task Force.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data

Journal of Ambulatory Care Management
Vaughn TE, Ward MM, Doebbeling BN, et al. Organizational and provider characteristics fostering smoking cessation practice guideline adherence: An empirical look. J Ambul Care Manage 2002 Apr; 25(2):17-31. [Implements as part of study AHRQ's smoking cessation guidelines.]

Damiano PC, Willard JC, Tyler MC, et al. CAHPS® in practice: The Iowa Demonstration. J Ambul Care Manage 2002 Apr; 25(2):32-41. [Describes and evaluates AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Health Plans.]

Southern Medical Journal
Merkelj I. Basic assessment of urinary incontinence. Southern Med J 2002 Feb; 95(2):178-82. [Adapts components of urinary history from AHRQ urinary incontinence guidelines.]

Current as of April 2002


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


AHRQ Advancing Excellence in Health Care