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May 16, 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

Academic Emergency Medicine
Meldon SW, Mion LC, Palmer RM, et al. A brief risk-stratification tool to predict repeat emergency department visits and hospitalizations in older patients discharged from the emergency department. Acad Emerg Med 2003 Mar; 10(3):224-32. [Supported by Grant No. HS09725.]

Weinick RM, Billings J, Thorpe JM. Ambulatory care sensitive emergency department visits: a national perspective [abstract]. Acad Emerg Med 2003 May; 10(5):525-26. [First author is researcher with AHRQ's Center for Organization and Delivery Studies.]

American Journal of Health System Pharmacists
Shah ND, Hoffman JM, Vermeulen LC, et al. Projecting future drug expenditures—2003. Am J Health Syst Pharm 2003 Jan 15; 60(2):137-49. [Supported by Grant No. T32 HS00083.]

American Journal of Medical Quality
Schneeweiss S, Manstetten A, Wildner M, et al. Cost of measuring outcomes of acute hospital care in a longitudinal outcomes measurement system. Am J Med Qual 2003 Jan-Feb; 18(1):3-9. [Supported by Grant Nos. R03 HS09855 and R01 HS10881.]

American Journal of Ophthalmology
Reeves SW, Tielsch JM, Katz J, et al. A self-administered health questionnaire for the preoperative risk stratification of patients undergoing cataract surgery. Am J Ophthalmol 2003 May; 135(5):599-606. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS084331.]

American Journal of Roentgenology
Blackmore CC, Richardson ML, Linnau KF, et al. Web-based image review and data acquisition for multiinstitutional research. Am J Roentgenol 2003 May; 180(5):1243-6. [Supported by Grant No. K08 HS11291.]

Annals of Emergency Medicine
Buller-Close K, Schriger DL, Baraff LJ. Heterogeneous effect of an emergency department expert charting system. Ann Emerg Med 2003 May; 41(5):644-52. [Supported by Grant No. HS06284.]

Archives of Dermatology
Levy RM, Huang EY, Roling D, et al. Effect of antibiotics on the oropharyngeal flora in patients with acne. Arch Dermatol 2003 Apr; 139(4):467-71. [Supported by Grant No. HS10399.]

Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Hahn EA, Cella D. Health outcomes assessment in vulnerable populations: measurement challenges and recommendations. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2003 Apr; 84(4 Suppl 2):S35-S42. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10333.]

Carter R, Holiday DB, Nwasuruba C, et al. 6-minute walk work for assessment of functional capacity in patients with COPD. Chest 2003 May; 123(5):1408-15. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS08774.]

Goodney PP, Lucas FL, Birkmeyer JD. Should volume standards for cardiovascular surgery focus only on high-risk patients? Circulation 2003 Jan 28; 107(3):384-87. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10141-01.]

Diabetes Care
Jiang HJ, Stryer D, Friedman B, et al. Multiple hospitalizations for patients with diabetes. Diabetes Care 2003 May; 26(5):1421-26. [Authors are researchers with AHRQ's Center for Organization and Delivery Studies (Jiang, Friedman and fourth author Andrews) and acting director of AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (Stryer).]

Health and Social Work
Jafee KD, Perloff JD. An ecological analysis of racial differences in low birthweight: implications for maternal and child health social work. Health Soc Work 2003 Feb; 28(1):9-22. [Supported by Grant No. R03 HS10061.]

Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Hoffman SN, TenBrook JA, Wolf MP, et al. A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials comparing coronary artery bypass graft with percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty: one- to eight-year outcomes. J Am Coll Cardiol 2003 Apr 16; 41(8):1293-1304. [Supported by Grant No. HS06503.]

Journal of the American College of Surgeons
Fitzgibbons RJ, Jonasson O, Gibbs J, et al. The development of a clinical trial to determine if watchful waiting in an acceptable alternative to routine herniorrhaphy for patients with minimal or no hernia symptoms. J Am Coll Surg 2003 May; 196(5):737-42. [Supported by Grant No. 5 R01 HS09860-03.]

Neumayer L, Jonasson O, Fitzgibbons R, et al. Tension-free inguinal hernia repair: the design of a trial to compare open and laparoscopic surgical techniques. J Am Coll Surg 2003 May; 196(5):743-52. [This article is attributed to the VA Cooperative Studies Program, but is also related to and fits the parameters of AHRQ Grant No. 5 R01 HS09860-03.]

Journal of the American Medical Women's Association
Bertakis KD, Franks P, Azari R. Effects of physician gender on patient satisfaction. J Am Med Womens Assoc 2003 Spring; 58(2):69-75. [Supported by Grant No. R18 HS06167.]

Journal of Gerontology, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
Mehta KM, Yaffe K, Langa KM, et al. Additive effects of cognitive function and depressive symptoms on mortality in elderly community-living adults. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 2003 May; 58(5):M461-67. [Supported by Grant No.K02 HS00006-01.]

Journal of Gerontology, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
Wolinsky FD, Wyrwich KW, Kroenke K, et al. 9-11, personal stress, mental health, and sense of control among older adults. J Gerontol B Psycholo Sci Soc SciAm Geriatr Soc 2003 May; 58(3):S146-50. [Supported by Grant Nos. R01 HS090692 and K01 HS07632.]

Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Rajotte E, Fuchs C, Zatzick D. Engaging and following trauma survivors in real world clinical investigations. J Nerv Ment Dis 2003 Apr; 191(4):265-68. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R03 HS11372.]

Journal of Pediatric Health Care
Peterson-Sweeney K, McMullen A, Yoos L, et al. Parental perceptions of their child's asthma: management and medication use. J Pediatr Health Care 2003 May-Jun; 17(3):118-25. [Supported by Grant No. R03 HS10689.]

Co JP, Ferris TG, Marino BL, et al. Are hospital characteristics associated with parental views of pediatric inpatient care quality? Pediatrics 2003 Feb; 111(2):308-14. [Supported by Grant No. T32 HS00063.]

Saigal S, Pinelli J, Hoult L, et al. Psychopathology and social competencies of adolescents who were extremely low birth weight. Pediatrics 2003 May; 111(5):969-75. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS08385.]

Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Campbell WH, Califf RM. Improving communication of drug risks to prevent patient injury: proceedings of a workshop. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2003 Apr-May; 12(3):183-94. [Supported by Grant Nos. U18 HS10548 and U18 HS10397.]

Statistics in Medicine
Pekoz EA, Shwartz M, Iezzoni LI, et al. Comparing the importance of disease rate versus practice style variations in explaining differences in small area hospitalization rates for two respiratory conditions. Stat Med 2003 May 30; 22(10):1775-86. [Supported by Grant No. R03 HS09832-01.]

Urologic Clinics of North America
Kessler B, Albertsen P. The natural history of prostate cancer. Urol Clin North Am 2003 May; 30(2):219-26. [Supported by Grant No. HS09578.]

Zimmerman RK, Santibanez TA, Fine MJ, et al. Barriers and facilitators of pneumococcal vaccination among the elderly. Vaccine 2003 Mar 28; 28(13-14):1510-17. [Supported by Grant No. HS09874.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Blue Sheet
Coalition for Health Services Research is requesting [AHRQ.] receive $390 million in FY 2004. Blue Sheet 2003 May 14; 46(19):24. [Summarizes excerpts from testimony before House Appropriations Committee.]

BNA'S Health Care Policy Report
JCAHO president urges Congress to provide privilege for error reports. BNA Health Care Policy Rep 2003 May 12; 11(19):625-26. [Cites release of AHRQ report on nurse staffing levels.]

BNA's Health Plan and Provider Report
JCAHO president urges Congress to provide privilege for error reports. BNA Health Plan Provider Rep 2003 May 7; 9(19):481-82. [Cites release of AHRQ report on nurse staffing levels.]

Health Grants and Contracts Weekly
Large conference support (AHRQ). Health Grants Contracts Weekly 2003 May 13; 3. [Summarizes AHRQ grant proposal.]

Coordinating center for therapeutic research centers (AHRQ). Health Grants Contracts Weekly 2003 May 13; 4. [Summarizes AHRQ grant proposal.]

Health News Daily
Bristol N. NQF releases 30 recommendations to improve health care quality. Health News Daily 2003 May 16; 15(95):1-3. [Cites AHRQ research aid and funding support for report.]

Journal of Women's Health
Burt CW, Berstein AB. Trends in use of medications associated with women's ambulatory care visits. J Womens Health 2003 Apr; 12(3):213-17. [Cites AHRQ's pain management guidelines.]

Medicine and Health
More nurses, volume providers quality keys, says AHRQ. Med Health 2003 May 12; 57(18):3. [Cites release and summarizes findings of AHRQ report on nurse staffing levels.]

Report on Medical Guidelines and Outcomes Research
New tool may reduce drug errors. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2003 May 16; 14(10):4. [Reviews new AHRQ prescription medicine brochure.]

Rollins. National Quality Forum endorses four new patient safety practices. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2003 May 16; 14(10):10-12. [Cites AHRQ request as impetus for measure development.]

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

American Family Physician
Fink K, Clark B. Behavioral counseling in primary care to promote physical activity. Am Fam Physician 2003 May 1; 67(9):1975-76. [Uses recommendations from USPSTF recommendations on behavioral counseling to promote physical activity as basis for case study questions and answers.]

Evidence-based Centers-Related Articles

Report on Medical Guidelines and Outcomes Research
Report calls for more research on newborns' jaundice. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2003 Apr 18; 14(8):3-4. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ-funded evidence-based report.]

Government report urges more nursing staff. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2003 May 16; 14(10):3. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ-funded evidence-based report on nurse staffing levels.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Cancer Causes and Control
Schootman M, Jeffe DB. Identifying factors associated with disability-related differences in breast cancer screening (United States). Cancer Causes Control 2003 Mar; 14(2):97-107. [Uses 1996 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey data.]

Academic Emergency Medicine
Lane PL, Nituica CM, Sorondo B. Headache patients: who does not come to the emergency department? [abstract]. Acad Emerg Med 2003 May; 10(5):528. [Uses 1996 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey data.]

Lane PL, Sorondo B, Nituica CM. A national estimate of characteristics of uninsured patients who seek emergency department care [abstract]. Acad Emerg Med 2003 May; 10(5):533. [Uses 1996 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey data.]

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