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May 2, 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

Archives of Internal Medicine
Schneider EC, Nadel MR, Zaslavsky AM, et al Assessment of the scientific soundness of clinical performance measures: a field test of the National Committee for Quality Assurances colorectal cancer screening measure. Arch Intern Med 2008 Apr 28; 168(8):76-82. [Supported by grant R18 HS09473; cites AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) survey and U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)-sponsored evidence summary on screening for colorectal cancer in adults at average risk (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

Health Care Management Science
Clement JP, Valdmanis VG, Bazzoli GJ, et al Is more better? An analysis of hospital outcomes and efficiency with a DEA model of output congestion. Health Care Manage Sci 2008 Mar; 11(1):67-77. [Supported by grant HS13094-03; uses AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) State Inpatient Database (SID) for 2000.]

International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Rivera AJ, Karsh BT. Human factors and systems engineering approach to patient safety for radiotherapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 2008; 7191 Suppl):S174-7. [Supported by grant 1 R01 HS013610.]

Journal of Ambulatory Care Management
Cheung K, Moiduddin A, Chin MH, et al The perceived financial impact of quality improvement efforts in community health centers. J Ambul Care Manage 2008 Apr-Jun; 31(2):111-9. [Supported by grant U01 HS013635.]

Journal of Health Economics
Olson MK. The risk we bear: the effects of review speed and industry fees on new drug safety. J Health Econ 2008 Mar; 27(2):175-200. [Supported by grant 1 R03 HS013932.]

Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disorders
Raab SS, Andrew-Jaja C, Grzybicki DM, et al Dissemination of Lean methods to improve Pap testing quality and patient safety. J Low Genit Tract Dis 2008 Apr; 12(2):103-10. [Supported by grant HS13321-01.]

Journal of Rural Health
Bahensky JA, Jaana M, Ward MM. Health care information technology in rural America: electronic medical record adoption status in meeting the national agenda. J Rural Health 2008; 24(2):101-5. [Supported by grant 1 R01 HS015009.]

Gessert CE, Haller IV. Medicare hospital charges in the last year of life: distribution by quarter for rural and urban nursing home decedents with cognitive impairment. J Rural Health 2008; 24(2):154-60. [Supported by grant 1 R03 HS13022.]

Medical Care
Grossman E, Keegan T, Lessler AL, et al Inside the Health Disparities Collaboratives: a detailed exploration of quality improvement at community health centers. Med Care 2008 May; 46(5):489-96. [Supported by grant 1 U01 HS13653.]

Jerant A, Kravitz R, Moore-Hill M, et al Depressive symptoms moderated the effect of chronic illness self-management training on self-efficacy. Med Care 2008 May; 46(5):523-31. [Supported by grant R01 HS 013603.]

Mukamel DB, Glance LG, Li Y, et al Does risk adjustment of the CMS quality measures for nursing homes matter? Med Care 2008 May; 46(5):532-41. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Mukamel, Dick, Spector (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets), et al (J Econ Soc Meas, 2000), Mukamel, Weimer, Spector, et al (Health Serv Res, 2008), and Mukamel, Spector, et al (Academy Health, 2007).]

Ramsey SD, Blough DK, Sullivan SD. A forensic evaluation of the National Emphysema Treatment Trial using the expected value of information approach. Med Care 2008 May; 46(5):542-8. [Notes support of the NETT by AHRQ (no funding numbers available) and other agencies; discusses the findings of AHRQ technology assessment Lung-Volume Reduction Surgery for Endstage Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, 1996, and the report's role in leading to CMS co-sponsorship of the NETT lung-volume reduction surgery clinical trial, of which AHRQ was a collaborator.]

Bisson GP, Gaolathe T, Gross R, et al Overestimates of survival after HAART: implications for global scale-up efforts. PLoS ONE 2008 Mar 5; 3(3):e1725:1-6. [Supported by grant HS10399.]

Quality Management in Health Care
Hoff TJ. How work context shapes physician approach to safety and error. Qual Manag Health Care 2008; 17(2):140-53. [Based on AHRQ-funded study Creating Learning Cultures for Residents Around Mistakes, supported by grant R03 HS11697.]

Social Science and Medicine
Cho YI, Lee SY, Arozullah AM, et al Effects of health status and health service utilization amongst the elderly. Soc Sci Med 2008; 66(8):1809-16. [Supported by grant R01 HS13004.]

Statistics in Medicine
Gibbons RD, Segawa E, Karabatsos G, et al Mixed-effect Poisson regression analysis adverse event reports: the relationship between antidepressants and suicide. Stat Med 2008; 27(8):1814-33. [Supported by grant 1 U18 HS016973-01.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Cokkinides VE, Halpern MT, Barbeau EM, et al Racial and ethnic disparities in smoking-cessation interventions: analysis of the 2005 National Health Interview Survey. Am J Prev Med 2008 May; 34(5):404-12. [Cites PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

Annual Review Of Public Health
Gruneir A and Mor V. Nursing home safety: current issues and barriers to improvement. Annu Rev Public Health 2008; 29:369-82. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Spector, et al (J Am Geriatr Soc, 2007).]

Health Care Management Science
Hikmet N, Bhattacherjee A, Menachemi N, et al The role of organizational factors in the adoption of healthcare information technology in Florida hospitals. Health Care Manage Sci 2008 Mar; 11(1):1-9. [Cites publication, Effective Dissemination of Health and Clinical Information and Research Findings, 1992; cites iHealth Beat article AHRQ chief calls for R0I evidence in health IT, 2004.]

Mazur LM, Chen S. Understanding and reducing the medication delivery waste via systems mapping and analysis. Health Care Manage Sci 2008; 11(1):55-65. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bates, et al (JAMA, 1995), Kaushal, et al. (JAMA, 2001), and Classen, et al (JAMA, 1991).]

International Journal of Quality in Health Care
Northcott H, Vanderheyden L, Northcott J, et al Perceptions of preventable medical errors in Alberta, Canada. Int J Qual Health Care 2008 Apr; 20(2):115-22. [Cites Kaiser Family Foundation/AHRQ report Consumer Views of Patient Safety and Quality Information, 2006.]

Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology
Chiao JC, Goldman JM, Heck DA, et al Metrology and standards needs for some categories of medical devices. J Res Natl Inst Stand Technol 2008 Mar-Apr; 113(2):121-9. [Cites HCUP data on knee and hip replacement procedures.]

Medical Care
Hanchate AD, Zhang Y, Felson DT, et al Exploring the determinants of racial and ethnic disparities in total knee arthroplasty: health insurance, income, and assets. Med Care 2008 May; 46(5):481-8. [Cites data on total knee arthroplasty from AHRQ publication, HCUPnet: A Tool for Identifying, Tracking, and Analyzing National Hospital Statistics, 2006, on AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Weinick, Byron, and Beirman (J Gen Intern Med, 2005).]

Varma R, Mohanty SA, Deneen J, et al Burden and predictors of undetected eye disease in Mexican-Americans: the Los Angeles Latino Eye Study. Med Care 2008 May; 46(5):497-506. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Kirby, Taliaferro, and Zuvekas (Med Care, 2006).]

Quality Management in Health Care
Augustine A, Litaker D. Pay for performance and medical education: strategies for preparing physicians of the future. Qual Manag Health Care 2008 Apr; 17(2):94-101. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Rosenthal, et al (JAMA, 2005), and Landon, et al (N Engl J Med 2007.]

Bodrock JA, Mion LC. Pay for performance in hospitals: implications for nurses and nursing care. Qual Manag Health Care 2008 Apr-Jun; 17(2):102-11. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Kovner, et al (Health Serv Res, 2000) and Needleman, et al (N Engl J Med, 2002).]

Statistics in Medicine
Greenhouse JB, Kaizar EE, Kelleher K. Generalizing from clinical trial data: a case study. The risk of suicidality among pediatric antidepressant users. Stat Med 2008 May 20; 27(11):1801-13. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Tunis, Stryer, and Clancy (JAMA, 2003.]

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

American Family Physician
CME quiz. Am Fam Physician 2008 Apr; 77(9):1217-9. [Includes question on USPSTF recommendations on sickle cell disease screening.]

Annual Review Of Public Health
Banta HD, de Wit GA. Public health services and cost-effectiveness analysis. Annu Rev Public Health 2008; 29:383-97. [Cites USPSTF recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996, and several related articles.]

Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
Mann RE, Zalcman RF, Rush BR, et al Alcohol factors in suicide mortality rates in Manitoba. Can J Psychiatry 2008 Apr; 53(4):243-51. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on screening for suicide risk in adults (Gaynes, et al, Ann Intern Med, 2004).]

Journal of Rural Health
Ely AC, Banitt A, Befort C, et al Kansas primary care weighs in: a pilot randomized trial of a chronic care model program for obesity in 3 rural Kansas primary care practices. J Rural Health 2008; 24(2):125-32. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for obesity in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2003.]

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Fowler CI, Gavin NI, Adams EK, et al Racial and ethnic disparities in prenatal syphilis screening among women with Medicaid-covered deliveries in Florida. Matern Child Health J 2008 May; 12(3):378-93. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for syphilis infection (Ann Family Med, 2004).]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

American Journal of Nursing
Jacobson AF, Myerscough RP, DeLambo K, et al Total knee replacement: a qualitative study sheds light on pre- and postoperative experience. Am J Nur 2008 May;108(5):54-63. [Cites data on total knee arthroplasty from AHRQ's HCUPnet; Cites HCUP data; cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Total Knee Replacement, 2003.]

Annual Review Of Public Health
Cargo M, Mercer SL. The value and challenges of participatory research: strengthening its practice. Annu Rev Public Health 2008; 29:325-50. [Cites and discuses AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Community Based Participatory Research: Assessing the Evidence, 2004.]

Canadian Journal of Public Health
Waddell LA, Rajic A, Sargeant J, et al The zoonotic potential of Mycobacterium avium spp. paratuberculosis: a systematic review. Can J Public Health 2008 Mar-Apr; 99(2):145-55. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Systems to Rate the Strength of Scientific Evidence, 2002.]

Journal of Health Services Research and Policy
Karnon J, McIntosh A, Dean J, et al Modelling the expected net benefits of interventions to reduce the burden of medication errors. J Health Ser Res Policy 2008 Apr; 13(2):85-91. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Bates, et al (JAMA, 1997), cites AHRQ publication, Patient Safety Practices Rated By Strength of Evidence, 2001, cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Costs and Benefits of Health Information Technology, 2006.]

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

Medical Care
Kang-Kim M, Betancourt JR, Ayanian JZ, et al Access to care and use of preventive services by Hispanics: state-based variations from 1991 to 2004. Med Care 2008 May; 46(5):507-15. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2006; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Weinick, et al (Med Care, 2004), Kirby, Taliaferro, and Zuvekas (Med Care 2006), Zuvekas and Taliaferro (Health Aff, 2003), and Weinick and Krauss (Am J Public Health, 2000).]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Annual Review Of Public Health
Curry SJ, Keller PA, Orleans CT, et al The role of health care systems in increased tobacco cessation. Annual Rev Public Health 2008; 29:411-28. [Uses PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Ziegler-Graham K, MacKenzie EJ, Ephraim PL, et al Estimating prevalence of limb loss in the United States: 2005-2050. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2008 Mar; 89:422-29. [Uses HCUP data.]

Digestive Surgery
Titu LV, Tweedle E, Rooney PS. High tie of the inferior mesenteric artery in curative surgery for left colonic and rectal cancer: a systematic review. Dig Surg 2008 Apr 29; 25(2):148-57. [Uses AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC) to identify pertinent studies.]

Journal of Rural Health
Zhang W, Mueller KJ, Chen LW. Uninsured hospitalizations: rural and urban differences. J Rural Health 2008 Spring; 24(2):194-202. [Uses 2002 HCUP NIS data and AHRQ's Major Disease Categories (MDCs) and Clinical Classifications Software (CCS).]

Medical Care
Cram P, Pham HH, Bayman L, et al Insurance status of patients admitted to specialty cardiac and competing general hospitals: are accusations of cherry picking justified? Med Care 2008 May; 46(5):467-75. [Uses HCUP SID data for 2000-2003 for Arizona and 2000-2004 for California and Texas.]

Katz JN, Bierbaum BE, Losina E. Case mix and outcomes of total knee replacement in orthopaedic specialty hospitals. Med Care 2008 May; 46(5):476-80. [Uses AHRQ's Inpatient Quality Indicators for algorithm validation.]

Bahl V, Thompson MA, Kau T, et al Do the AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators flag conditions that are present at the time of hospital admission? Med Care 2008 May; 46(5):516-22. [Uses AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators (PSI) software, V. 3.1, and PSI Technical Specifications; concludes that PSIs should not be used to profile hospital performance or determine reimbursement.]

Frayne SM, Yano EM, Nguyen VQ, et al Gender disparities in Veterans Health Administration care: importance of accounting for veteran status. Med Care 2008 May; 46(5):549-53. [Uses AHRQ's CCS.]

North American Actuarial Journal
Rosenberg MA, Farrell PM. Predictive modeling of costs for a chronic disease with acute high-cost episodes. N Am Actuar J 2008 Jan; 12(1):1-18. [Uses HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data for 2003.]

Psychiatric Services
Domino ME, Swartz MS. Who are the new users of antipsychotic medications? Psychiatr Serv 2008 May; 59(5):507-14. [Uses MEPS data for 1996-1997 and 2004-2005.]

Current as of May 2008


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