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May 9, 2003

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 Presidents 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

Ambulatory Pediatrics
Seid M, Castaneda D, Mize R, et al. Crossing the border for health care: access and primary care characteristics for young children of Latino farm workers along the US-Mexico border. Ambul Pediatr 2003 May-June; 3(3):121-30. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10317; cites article by Weinick (AHRQ researcher) et al., Health Aff, 1998; cites Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Survey (CAHPS®) 2.0 Questionnaires, 1998.]

American Journal of Medical Quality
Fries BE, Morris JN, Aliaga P, et al. Risk adjusting outcome measures for post-acute care. Am J Med Qual 2003 Mar-Apr; 18(2): 66-72. [Supported by Grant No. U18 HS09455.]

Health Affairs
Craig BM, Kreling DH, Mott DA. Do seniors get the medicines prescribed for them? Evidence from the 1996-1999 Medicare current beneficiary survey. Health Aff 2003 May-June; 22(3):175-82. [Supported by Grant No. T32 HS00083.]

White C. Rehabilitation therapy in skilled nursing facilities: effects of Medicare's new prospective payment system. Health Aff 2003 May-June; 22(3):214-23. [Author is AHRQ supported predoctoral fellow, Harvard University.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Landon BE, Wilson IB, Cohn SE, et al. Physician specialization and antiretroviral therapy for HIV: adoption and use in a national probability sample of persons infected with HIV. J Gen Intern Med 2003 Apr; 18(4):233-41. [Supported by HIV Cost and Service Utilization Study (HCSUS) Grant No. R01 HS10227; supported by Rand Grant No. U01 HS08578.]

Palepu A, Sun H, Kuyper BA, et al. Predictors of early hospital readmission in HIV-infected patients with pneumonia. J Gen Intern Med 2003 Apr; 18(4):242-47. [cites AHRQ-funded article by Weissman JS et al., Med Care, 1999.]

Shi CW, Asch SM, Fielder E, et al. Usage patterns of over-the counter phenazopyridine (pyridium). J Gen Intern Med 2003 Apr; 18(4):281-87. [Supported by National Research Service Award (NRSA) Grant No. FS2 HS11507-01.]

Hollingworth W, Gray DT, Martin BI, et al. Rapid magnetic resonance imaging for diagnosing cancer-related low back pain. J Gen Intern Med 2003 Apr; 18(4):303-12. [Supported by Grant Nos. HS09499, HS09499 S1.]

Medical Care
Haas JS, Phillips KA, Baker LC, et al. Is the prevalence of gatekeeping in a community associated with individual trust in medical care? Med Care 2003 May; 41(5):660-68. [Supported by Grant Nos. P01 HS10771 and P01 HS10856.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Ray WA, Daugherty JR, Meador KG. Effect of a mental health "carve-out" program on the continuity of antipsychotic therapy. New Engl J Med 2003 May 8; 348(19):1885-94. [Supported by Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTS) Grant No. HS10384.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Ambulatory Pediatrics
Grupp-Phelan J, Whitaker RC, Naish AB. Depression in mothers of children presenting for emergency and primary care: impact on mothers' perceptions of caring for their children. Ambul Pediatr 2003 May-June; 3(3):142-46. [Cites Treatment of Depression—Newer Pharmacotherapies, Evidence Report/Technology Assessment number 7, 1999.]

American Health Line
Health literacy: AMA holds forum to address issue. American Health Line 2003 May 9; no. 11. [Mentions comment by Dr. Arlene Bierman (AHRQ Senior Researcher).]

BNA's Health Care Policy Report
Scully influence on hospital survey targeted in Gallup lawsuit, investigation by Tauzin. BNA's Health Care Policy Rep 2003 Apr 14; 11(15):497-98. [Discusses Gallup lawsuit and issues regarding vendor selection for the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Plans (HCAHPS) survey.]

CMS, AHRQ seek 'fair and open' process in hospital survey development, letter says. BNA's Health Care Policy Rep 2003 Apr 21; 11(16):533-34. [Discusses Gallup lawsuit and issues regarding vendor selection for the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Plans (HCAHPS) survey.]

Health Affairs
Marshall MN, Shekelle PG, Davies HT, et al. Public reporting on quality in the United States and the United Kingdom. Health Aff 2003 May-June 22(3): 134-48. [mentions CAHPS®.]

Health News Daily
Bristol N. Energy and Commerce Committee will pursue CMS survey process complaint. Health News Daily 2003 Apr 8; 15(67):5-6. [Discusses the House Energy and Commerce Committee's reaction to issues regarding vendor selection for the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Plans (HCAHPS) survey.]

Fiore K. CMS, AHRQ asked to respond to conflict of interest charges as Gaullup sues Scully. Health News Daily 2003 Apr 9; 15(68):2-3. [Discusses the House Energy and Commerce Committee's reaction to issues regarding vendor selection for the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Plans (HCAHPS) survey.]

Fiore K. Scully defends against collusion charges in response to Energy and Commerce Cmte. Health News Daily 2003 Apr 16; 15(73):1-2. [Discusses Gallup lawsuit and issues regarding vendor selection for the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Plans (HCAHPS) survey.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Safety
Akosah KO, Larson DE, Brown WM, et al. Using a systemwide care path to enhance compliance with guidelines for acute myocardial infarction. Jt Comm J Qual Saf 2003 May-June; 29 (5):248-59. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Unstable Angina: Diagnosis and Management, 1995.]

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Anderson JG, Jay SJ, Anderson M, et al. Evaluating the impact of information technology on medication errors: a simulation. JAMIA 2003 May-June; 10(3):292-93. [Cites four articles by AHRQ funded author Bates, Bates et al., JAMIA, 2001, Bates et al., J Gen Int Med, 1995; Cullen, Bates, et al., J Qual Improve, 1995, Rothschild et al., Arch Intern Med, 2002 (Bates is 6th author).]

Evidence-based Centers-Related Articles

Health News Daily
Marcoux M. Ephedra label warning with limited PDP statement recommended by CRN. Health News Daily 2003 Apr 7; 15(66):1-2. [Mentions RAND report on the efficacy and safety of ephedra, Shekelle et al., JAMA, 2003, contract no. 290-97-0001.]

Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Chan KS, Orlando M, Joyce G, et al. Combination antiretroviral therapy and improvements in mental health: results from a nationally representative sample of persons undergoing care for HIV in the United States. JAIDS 2003 May 1; 33(1):104-11. [Discusses Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center/RAND research, Grant No. HS08578; uses HCSUS.]

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Shojania KG. Inflated impacts of medication use technology assumed in simulating reduced adverse drug events. J Am Med Assoc 2003 May-June; 10(3):290-91. [cites EPC report, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, No. 43, AHRQ Pub No. 01-E058, 2001.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Health Line
The uninsured: 57M lack coverage at some point in year. American Health Line 2003 May 13; no. 1. [Discusses a Congressional Budget Office research in which the Census Bureau's 2001 data was compared with other data sources including AHRQ data.]

Health Affairs Web Exclusive
Thorpe KE, Howard D. Health insurance and spending among cancer patients. Health Affairs Web Exclusive 2003 Apr 9; W3:189-98. [Uses MEPS data; cites Elixhauser et al., Clinical Classifications for Health Policy Research: Hospital Inpatient Statistics 1995, HCUP-3 Research Note, AHRQ Pub No. 98-0049, 1999 (first author is an AHRQ researcher).]

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