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May 4, 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 Bioethics
Fox E, Myers S, Pearlman RA. Ethics consultation in United States hospitals: a national survey. A J Bioeth 2007 Feb; 7(2):13-25. [Supported by grant 1 R03 HS09808-01.]

American Journal of Cardiology
Decker C, Huddleston J, Kosiborod M, et al. Self-reported use of complementary and alternative medicine in patients with previous acute coronary syndrome. Am J Cardiol 2007 Apr; 119(4):698-706. [Supported by grant R01 HS11282-01.]

Annals of Family Medicine
Fiscella K, Franks P, Srinivasan M, et al. Ratings of physician communication by real and standardized patients. Ann Fam Med 2007 Mar-Apr; 5(2):151-8. [Supported by grant 1 R01 HS10601-A1.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Lynn J, Baily MA, Bottrell M, et al. The ethics of using quality improvement methods in health care. Ann Intern Med 2007 May 1; 146(9):666-73. [Supported by grant 1 R13 HS13369.]

Annals of Pharmacotherapy
Raebel MA, McClure DL, Chan KA, et al. Laboratory evaluation of potassium and creatinine among ambulatory patients prescribed spironolactone: are we monitoring for hyperkalemia? Ann Pharmacother 2007 Feb; 41(2):193-200. [Supported by grant U18 HS11843.]

Diabetes Educator
Powell CK, Hill EG, Clancy DE. The relationship between health literacy and diabetes knowledge and readiness to take health actions. Diabetes Educ 2007 Jan-Feb; 33(1):144-51. [Supported by grant 5 T32 HS013851.]

Clancy DE, Yeager DE, Huang P, et al. Further evaluating the acceptability of group visits in an uninsured or inadequately insured patient population with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Educ 2007 Mar-Apr; 33(2):309-14. [Supported by grant 5 P01 HS10871.]

Health Promotion and Practice
Garcia C, Crosson K. Associate editors' forward. Introduction to three part series: the evolving role of health educators in advancing patient safety. Health Promot Pract 2007 Apr; 8(2):120-22. [Second author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. Note: this article is contained in: Mercurio A. The evolving role of health educators in advancing patient safety: forging partnerships and leading change, pp. 119-127.]

Journal of Health Psychology
Stewart AL, Dean ML, Gregorich SE, et al. Race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status and the health of pregnant women. J Health Psychol 2007 Mar; 12(2):285-300. [Supported by grant P01 HS10856.]

Journal of Women's Health
Shugarman LR, Bird CE, Schuster CR, et al. Age and gender differences in Medicare expenditures at the end of life for colorectal cancer decedents. J Womens Health 2007 Mar; 16(2):214-27. [Supported by grant 7 R01 HS10561-02.]

Medical Care
Weissman JS, Rothschild JM, Bendavid E, et al. Hospital workload and adverse events. Med Care 2007 May; 45(5):448-55. [Supported by grants 1 R01 HS12035 and R01 HS12035-02-S1.]

Malone DC, Abarca J, Skrepnek GH, et al. Pharmacist workload and pharmacy characteristics associated with the dispensing of potentially clinically important drug-drug interactions. Med Care 2007 May; 45(5):456-62. [Supported by grant U18 HS10385-03.]

McInnes DK, Landon BE, Wilson IB , et al. The impact of a quality improvement program on systems, processes, and structures in medical clinics. Med Care 2007 May; 45(5):463-71. [Supported by grant R01 HS10227.]

Huang SS, Rifas-Shiman SL, Kleinman K, et al. Parental knowledge about antibiotic use: results of a cluster-randomized, multicommunity intervention. Pediatrics 2007 Apr; 119(4):698-706. [Supported by grant HS10247.]

Klein JD, Shone LP, Szilagyi PG, et al. Impact of the State Children's Health Insurance program on adolescents in New York. Pediatrics 2007 Apr; 119(4):e885-92. [Supported by grant HS10450.]

O Shea TM, Nageswaran S, Hiatt DC, et al. Follow-up care for infants with chronic lung disease: a randomized comparison of community- and center-based models. Pediatrics 2007 Apr; 119(4):e947-57. [Supported by grant R01 HS07928.]

Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Raebel MA, McClure DL, Simon SR, et al. Laboratory monitoring of potassium and creatinine in ambulatory patients receiving angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2007 Jan; 16(1):55-64. [Supported by grant U18 HS11843.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Annals of Family Medicine
Wadland WC, Holtrop JS. Weismantel D, et al. Practice-based referrals to a tobacco cessation Quit Line: assessing the impact of comparative feedback vs general reminders. Ann Fam Med 2007 Mar-Apr; 5(2):135-42. [Cites PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

Werner RM, Asch DA. Clinical concerns about clinical performance measurement. Ann Fam Med 2007 Mar-Apr; 5(2):159-63. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Landon, et al. (JAMA, 2003) and Hofer, et al. (JAMA, 1999 and BMC Health Serv Res, 2004); cites AHRQ publication, CAHPS® Surveys and Tools, on CAHPS® Web site.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Grady C. Quality improvement and ethical oversight. Ann Intern Med 2007 May 1; 146(9):680-81. [Comments on AHRQ-funded article by Lynn, et al., in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Australian Health Review
Bell E. Quali-quantitative analysis: a new model for evaluation of unusual cases in hospital performance? Aust Health Rev 2007 Apr; 31 (Suppl 1):S86-97. [Cites AHRQ-funded report, Implementation Planning Study for the Integration of Medical Event Reporting Input and Data Structure for Reporting to AHRQ, CDC, CMS, and FDA, 2002.]

Hospitals and Health Networks
Dunn P. Save Lives Now: five ways to improve patient safety in the ED. Hosp Health Netw 2007 Apr; 81(4):42-8. [Mentions use of AHRQ's HCAHPS by most hospitals; cites AHRQ publications, 10 Patient Safety Tips for Hospitals and Web M&M patient safety newsletter.]

Crane AB. Management engineers: a scientific approach to pinpoint a hospital s problems and find common-sense solutions. Hosp Health Netw 2007 Apr; 81(4):50-4. [Mentions that a 2006 AHRQ study revealed that patients with one of the five most common adverse events suffered by Medicare recipients in 2002 cost hospitals anywhere from 4.5 percent to 29.7 percent of their total Medicare payment.]

Journal of Healthcare Management
Sautter KM, Bokhour BG, White B, et al. The early experience of a hospital-based pay-for-performance program. J Healthc Manag 2007 Mar-Apr; 52(2):95-107; discussion 107-. [Supported by AHRQ grant HS013591.]

Modern Healthcare
Robeznieks A. Creative license: as AHRQ struggles with flat funding levels, the agency has been forced to use novel approaches with its research grants. Mod Healthc 2007 Apr 30; 37(18):28-30. [Discusses AHRQ funding history and budget impacts on its research programs; quotes remarks by Marge Keyes, researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.]

Romano M. Safety risk? Members seek info on residents' hours. Mod Healthc 2007 Apr 30; 37(18):34. [Discusses request by House Energy and Commerce Committee that AHRQ fund a new Institute of Medicine study as a follow-on to the AHRQ-funded report, Impact of Extended-Duration Shifts on Medical Errors, Adverse Events and Attentional Failures, 2006.]

Nursing Economics
Kennerly S. The impending reimbursement revolution: how to prepare for future APN reimbursement. Nurs Econ 2007 Mar-Apr; 25(2):81-3. [Includes the recommendation to review periodically the outcome research of AHRQ, extracting implications for Advanced Practice Nurses (APN) practice in list of strategies for preparing for APN reimbursement.]

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

Annals of Family Medicine
Krist AH, Woolf SH, Johnson RE, et al. Patient education on prostate cancer screening and involvement in decision making. Ann Fam Med 2007 Mar-Apr; 5(2):112-9. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on prostate cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2002) and summarizes USPSTF guidelines for shared decision making about screening (Sheridan, et al., Am J Prev Med, 2004); cites Institute of Medicine report, Envisioning the National Healthcare Quality Report, 2000.]

Krist AH, Woolf SH, Johnson RE. How physicians approach prostate cancer screening before and after losing a lawsuit. Ann Fam Med 2007 Mar-Apr; 5(2):120-5. [Cites USPSTF guidelines for shared decisionmaking about screening (Sheridan, et al., Am J Prev Med, 2004).]

Gaynes BN, Rush AJ, Trivedi MH, et al. Major depression symptoms in primary care and psychiatric care settings: a cross-sectional analysis. Ann Fam Med 2007 Mar-Apr; 5(2):126-34. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for depression (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

Canadian Medical Association Journal
Lau DC, Douketis JD, Hramiak KM, et al. 2006 Canadian clinical practice guidelines on the management and prevention of obesity in adults and children [summary]. CMAJ 2007 Apr 10; 176(8):S1-S13. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for obesity in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2003).]

Nursing Economics
Cassey MZ. Keeping up with existing and emerging technologies: an introduction to PDAs. Nurs Econ 2007 Mar-Apr; 25(2):121-4. [Mentions AHRQ's USPSTF Clinical Preventive Services tool as a resource that would benefit all nurses.]

Smith AP, Lichtveld MY. A competency-based approach to expanding the cancer care workforce. Nurs Econ 2007 Mar-Apr; 25(2):110-8. [Mentions that the USPSTF is considered the most authoritative standard for preventive services, and should be consulted for the most recent guidance in prevention.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Alternative Therapies in Women s Health
O'Mathuna DP. Garlic and cardiovascular disease. Altern Ther Womens Health 2007 May; 9(5):33-6. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Garlic: Effects on cardiovascular risks and disease, protective effects against cancer, and clinical adverse effects, 2000.]

American Journal of Health System Pharmacy
Corman SL, Skledar SJ, Culley CM. Evaluation of conflicting literature and application to formulary decisions. Am J Health Sys Pharm 2007 Jan 15; 64(2):182-5. [Uses AHRQ evidence grading system as published in AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Systems to Rate the Strength of Scientific Evidence, as posted on AHRQ Web site.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Nguyen GC, Segev DL, Thuluvath PJ. Racial disparities in the management of hospitalized patients with cirrhosis and complications of portal hypertension: a national study. Hepatology 2007 May; 45(5):1282-9. [Uses 1998-2003 data from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS).]

Journal of Risk and Insurance
Pauly MV, Herring B. The demand for health insurance in the group setting: can you always get what you want? J Risk Insur 2007 Mar; 74(1):115-40. [Uses data from AHRQ's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS).]

Medical Care
Fu AZ, Jiang JZ, Reeves JH, et al. Potentially inappropriate medication use and healthcare expenditures in the U.S. community-dwelling elderly. Med Care 2007 May; 45(5):472-6. [Uses 2000-2001 MEPS data.]

Houtrow AJ, Kim SE, Chen AY, et al. Preventive health care for children with and without special health care needs. Pediatrics 2007 Apr; 119(4):e821-8. [Uses 2002-2003 MEPS data.]

Current as of May 2007


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