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May 10, 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

American Journal of Public Health
Klassen AC, Hall AG, Saksvig B, et al. Relationship between patients' perceptions of disadvantage and discrimination and listing for kidney transplantation. Am J Public Health 2002 May; 92(5):811-17. [Grant No. R03 HS08136-01.]

Keruly JC, Conviser R, Moore RD. Association of medical insurance and other factors with receipt of antiretroviral therapy. Am J Public Health 2002 May; 92(5):852-57. [Grant No. R01 HS07809.]

Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology
Battles JB, Keyes MA. Technology and patient safety: A two-edged sword. Biomed Instrum Techno 2002 Mar-Apr; 36(2):84-88. [Authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (CQuIPS)

Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
Frank G, Blackhall LJ, Murphy ST, et al. Ambiguity and hope: Disclosure preferences of less acculturated elderly Mexican Americans concerning terminal cancer—a case story. Camb Q Healthc Ethics 2002 Spring; 11(2):117-26. [Grant No. R01 HS0700101-A1.]

Diabetes Educator
Fisk DM, Hayes RP, Barnes CS, et al. Physician assistant students and diabetes: Evaluation of attitudes and beliefs. Diabetes Educ 2002 Jan-Feb; 27(1):111-18. [Grant No. HS09722.]

Egede LE. Beliefs and attitudes of African Americans with type 2 diabetes toward depression. Diabetes Educ 2002 Jan-Feb; 27(1):258-68. [Grant No. 1P01 HS1087-01 and 1K08 HS11418-01.]

Health Promotion Practice
Stryer D, Clancy C, Simpson L. Minority health disparities: AHRQ efforts to address inequities in care. Health Promot Pract 2002 Apr; 3(2):125-29. Available from AHRQ Publications Office as AHRQ reprint, No. 02-R061. [First authors is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research; second and third authors are AHRQ's acting director and deputy director, respectively.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Ferguson TB, Coombs LP, Peterson ED. Preoperative b-blocker use and mortality and morbidity following CABG surgery in North America. JAMA 2002 May 1; 287(17):2221-27. [Grant No. R01 HS10403.]

Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing
Canty-Mitchell J. Life change events, hope, and self-care agency in inner-city adolescents. J Child Adolesc Psychiatr Nurs 2001 Jan-Mar; 14(1):18-31. [Grant No. 1 R03 HS07547-01.]

Journal of Community Health
Shelton BJ, Wofford JL, Gosselink CA, et al. Recruitment and retention of physicians for primary care research. J Community Health 2002 Apr; 27(2):79-89. {Grant No. HS06992.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Grembowski DE, Martin D, Patrick DL, et al. Managed care, access to mental health specialists, and outcomes among primary care patients with depressive symptoms. J Gen Intern Med 2002 Apr; 17(4):258-69. [Grant No. HS06833.]

Journal of Health and Social Behavior
Kirby JB. The influence of parental separation on smoking initiation in adolescents. J Health Soc Behav 2002 Mar; 43(1):56-71. [Author is a researcher with AHRQ's Center for Cost and Financing Studies.]

Journal of Orthopaedic Research
Zimmerman S, Hawkes WG, Hudson JI, et al. Outcomes of surgical management of total HIP replacement in patients aged 65 years and older: Cemented versus cementless femoral components and lateral or anterolateral versus posterior anatomical approach. J Orthop Res 2002 Mar; 20(2):182-91. [Grant No. R01 HS06658.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Gifford AL, Cunningham WE, Heslin KC, et al. Participation in research and access to experimental treatments by HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med 2002 May 2; 346(18):1373-82. [RAND Cooperative Agreement No. HS08578.]

Patient Education and Counseling
Dienemann J, Campbell J, Landenburger K, et al. The domestic violence survivor assessment: A tool for counseling women in intimate partner violence relationships. Patient Educ Couns 2002 Mar; 46(3):221-28. [Grant No. R03 HS10731.]

Rural Policy Brief
McBride TD, Mueller KJ, RUPRI Rural Health Panel. Inequitable access: Medicare+Choice program fails to serve rural America. Rural Policy Brief 2002 Feb; 7(2):1-4. [Grant No. R01 HS10183.]

Social Science & Medicine
Jiang JH, Begun JW. Dynamics of change in local physician supply: An ecological perspective. Soc Sci Med 2002 May; 54(10):1525-41. [First author is research in AHRQ's Center for Organization and Delivery Studies.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Health Line
E-health: Agencies launch Web site on quality reporting. Amer Health Line 2002 May 1; #14. [Describes new TalkingQuality Web site.]

American Journal of Public Health
Klinnert MD, Price MR, Liu AH, et al. Unraveling the ecology of risks for early childhood asthma among ethnically diverse families in the Southwest. Am J Public Health 2002 May; 92(5):792-98. [Cites Gergen et al., Pediatrics, 1988, and JAMA, 1990.]

Blue Sheet
AHRQ seeks national bioterrorism preparedness increased role. Blue Sheet 2002 Apr 10; 45(15):7. [Describes agency activities related to bioterrorism; quotes remarks by Helen Burstin, director of AHRQ's Center for Primary Care Research.]

Federally-funded research prioritization improved process needed—Frist. Blue Sheet 2002 Apr 10; 45(15):13. [Reviews Senator's editorial in April 3 issue of JAMA, in which he urges collaboration across governmental agencies and an enhanced role for AHRQ.]

AHRQ's EPCs could be cut to $2.07 million and NGC trimmed to $828,000. Blue Sheet 2002 Apr 10; 45(15):16. [Mentions impacts of approval of proposed FY 2003 budget on agency programs.]

AHRQ budget boost to be pursued by Istook, possibly via 1.5-percent PHS transfer. Blue Sheet 2002 Apr 10; 45(19):4. [Describes House Appropriations Committee member's reactions to and plans for offsetting proposed budget cuts for AHRQ[

BNA's Health Care Policy Report
HHS public health efforts on track; AHRQ official identifies FY '03 cuts. BNA's Health Care Policy Rep 2002 May 6; 10(18):636. [Describes House Appropriations Committee's concerns about proposed budget cuts for AHRQ.]

Cancer Practice
AHRQ releases updated health insurance coverage statistics. Cancer Pract 2002 Mar-Apr; 10(2):57-60. [Summarizes findings from the 2000 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) conducted by AHRQ.]

Evaluation and Program Planning
McGaha A, Boothroyd RA, Poythress NG, et al. Lessons from the Broward County mental health court evaluation. Eval Program Plann 2002 May; 25(2):125-135. [Cites AHRQ publication, Schizophrenia PORT Inpatient Record, 1995.]

Family Medicine
McIlvain HE, Backer EL, Crabtree BF, et al. Physician attitudes and the use of office-based activities for tobacco control. Fam Med 2002 Feb; 34(2):114-119. [Cites AHRQ's smoking cessation guidelines.]

Main DS, Tressler C, Staudenmaier A, et al. Patient perspectives on the doctor of the future. Fam Med 2002 Feb; 34(2):251-257. [Cites AHRQ Strategic Plan's emphasis on prevention and patient involvement and cites Consumer Assessment of Health Plans (CAHPS®) studies.]

Health News Daily
AHRQ budget cuts criticized by House Appropriations Subcommittee members. Health News Daily 2002 May 2; 14(85):7. [Describes House Appropriations Committee's concerns about proposed budget cuts for AHRQ.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Ackermann RT, Williams JW. Rational treatment choices for non-major depressions in primary care. An evidence-based review. J Gen Intern Med 2002 Apr; 17(4):293-301. [Cites AHRQ's depression guidelines.]

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Pol LG, Mueller KJ, Adidam PT. Racial and ethnic differences in health insurance for the near elderly. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2002 May; 13(2):229-240. [Cites Zuvekas and Weinick, Health Serv Res 1999; Weinick et al., Med Care Res Rev, 2000; and Burstin et al., Inquiry, 1998-1999.]

Journal of Health Services Research & Policy
Ratto M, Propper C, Burgess S. Using financial incentives to promote teamwork in health care [editorial]. J Health Serv Res Policy 2002 Apr; 7(2):69-70. [Cites Encinosa et al., NBER Working Paper 5953, 1997.]

Eccles M, Rousseau N, Freemantle N. Updating evidence-based clinical guidelines. J Health Serv Res Policy 2002 Apr; 7(2):98-103. [Cites Shekelle, Health Serv Res. 1996, "Evaluating the use of the appropriateness method in the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research Clinical Practice Guideline development process".]

New England Journal of Medicine
King TE. Racial disparities in clinical trials. N Engl J Med 2002 May 2; 346(18):1400-1402. [Comments on article by Gifford et al. cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Report on Medical Guidelines & Outcomes Research
New government Web site focuses on healthcare quality. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2002 Mar 8; 13(5):3. [Describes new TalkingQuality Web site.]

Online hospital statistics tool is upgraded. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2002 Apr 5; 13(7):4. [Cites update of AHRQ's HCUPnet and gives Web site and NTIS information.]

AHRQ seeks institutions to study incentives in healthcare. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2002 Apr 19; 13(8):4. [Summarizes goals of AHRQ research project and gives Web site information for request for application.]

Research in Nursing & Health
Dougherty MC, Dwyer JW, Pendergast JF, et al. A randomized trial of behavioral management for continence with older rural women. Res Nurs Health 2002 Feb; 25(1):3-13. [Cites recommendations by the AHRQ-sponsored Urinary Incontinence Guideline Panel for behavioral techniques as first line of treatment.]

Wall Street Journal
Landro L. Doctors may need your help to avoid medical mistakes. Wall Str J 2002 May 9; 238(91):D6. [Quotes remarks by Gregg Meyer, director of AHRQ's CQuIPS, and describes AHRQ's online resources for preventing medical errors.]

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

Annals of Internal Medicine
Miller J, Chan BKS, Nelson HD. Postmenopausal estrogen replacement and risk for venous thromboembolism: A systematic review and meta-analysis for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med 2002 May 7; 136(9):680-90. [Contract No. 290-97-0018 to Oregon Health & Science University Evidence-based Practice Center.]

Oboler SK, Prochazka AV, Gonzales R, et al. Public expectations and attitudes for annual physical examinations and testing. Ann Intern Med 2002 May 7; 136(9):652-59. [Cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1989 and 1996.]

Laine C. The annual physical examination: Needless ritual or necessary routine? Ann Intern Med 2002 May 7; 136(9):701-3. [Comments on article by Oboler et al. cited above; cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Mark DH. Visualizing cost-effectiveness analysis. JAMA 2002 May 1; 287(17):2428-29. [Cites recommendations for cervical cancer screening in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Weinreb L, Goldberg R, Lessard D. Pap smear testing among homeless and very low-income housed mothers. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2002 May; 13(2):141-49. [Cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Preventive Medicine in Managed Care
Belfiglio G. Will managed care still cover mammograms? Prev Med Manage Care 2002 Apr 25; 3(2):66-68. [Cites press release posted on AHRQ Web site summarizing recent Task Force recommendations on mammography screening.]

Report on Medical Guidelines & Outcomes Research
Rollins G. Behavior management improves urinary incontinence in older women living at home. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2002 Mar 8; 13(5):7-9. [Reviews study in February 2002 issue of Research in Nursing and Health, which is cited as using AHRQ's urinary incontinence guidelines to develop study interventions.]

Rollins G. Amid controversy, task force recommends more widespread use of mammograms. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2002 Mar 22; 13(6):1-2, 5. [Describes updated Task Force guidelines on mammography screening.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Sim I, Sanders GD, McDonald KM. Evidence-based practice for mere mortals. The role of informatics and health services research. J Gen Intern Med 2002 Apr; 17(4):302-8. [Supported by Contract No. 297-90-0013 to UCSF-Stanford Evidence-based Practice Center and presented at AHRQ conference, "Methodological Challenges in the Production and Synthesis of Knowledge," Washington, DC, October 26-27, 1999.]

Report on Medical Guidelines & Outcomes Research
Levenson D. Uterine fibroid embolization fares well against hysterectomy, study says. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2002 Apr 19; 13(8):1-2, 5. [Cites AHRQ findings regarding the cost of care for uterine fibroids as reported in AHRQ evidence-based report released in January 2001.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data

European Respiratory Journal
Yelin E, Trupin L, Cisternas M, et al. A national study of medical expenditures for respiratory conditions. Eur Respir J 2002 Mar; 19(3):414-21. [Uses data from AHRQ's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.]

Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Andrews J, Heath J, Harrell L, et al. Meeting national tobacco challenges: Recommendations for smoking cessation groups. J Am Acad Nurse Pract 2000 Dec; 12(12):522-30. [Uses AHRQ's smoking cessation guidelines as data source.]

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