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May 16, 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

American Journal of Roentgenology
Aiello Bowles EJ, Miglioretti DL, Sickles EA, et al. Accuracy of short-interval follow-up mammograms by patient and radiologist characteristics. AJR Am J Roentgenol 2008 May; 190(5):1200-8. [Supported by grant HS10591.]

British Medical Journal
Lin KW. Study s conclusion about screening is unwarranted. BMJ 2008 May; 336(7652):1034. [Author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships; summarizes US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease using spirometry (Ann Intern Med, 2008).]

Werner RM, Goldman LE, Dudley RA. Comparison of change in quality of care between safety-net hospitals. JAMA 2008 May 14; 299(18):2180-7. [Third author is supported by AHRQ; 1 R03 HS016117-01 is related grant, but not confirmed as funding source.]

Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology
Rosolowsky ET, Ficociello LH, Maselli NJ, et al. High-normal serum uric acid is associated with impaired glomerular filtration rate in nonproteinuric patients with type 1 diabetes. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 2008 May; 3(3):706-13. [Supported by grant T32 HS00063.]

Journal of Adolescent Health
Buckelew SM, Yu J, English A, et al. Innovations in preventive mental health care services for adolescents. J Adol Health 2008 May; 42(5):519-25. [Supported by grant 5 T32 HS000086.]

Medical Care Research and Review
Hearld LR, Alexander JA, Fraser I, Jiang HJ. How do hospital organizational structure and process affect quality of care?: a critical review of research methods. Med Care Res Rev 2008 Jun; 65(3):259-99. [Third and fourth authors are director of and researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, respectively; supported by AHRQ contract (no funding number available).]

Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation
Melamed ML, Eustace JA, Plantinga LC, et al. Third-generation parathyroid hormone assays and all-cause mortality in incident dialysis: the CHOICE study. Nephrol Dial Transplant 2008 May; 23(5):1650-8. [Supported by grant R01 HS08365.]

Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Devine S, West SL, Andrews E, et al. Validation of neural tube defects in the full featured-General Practice Research Database. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2008 May; 17(5):434-44. [Supported by grant 2 U18 HS10397.]

Cooper WO, Hernandez-Diaz S, Gideon P, et al. Positive predictive value of computerized records for major congenital malformations. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2008 May; 17(5):455-60. [Supported by grant HS10384.]

Meropol SB, Chan KA, Chen Z, et al. Adverse events associated with prolonged antibiotic use. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2008 May; 17(5):523-32. [Supported by grant HS10399.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Family Physician
Edwards JL. Diagnosis and management of benign prostatic hyperplasia. Am Fam Phys 2008 May 15; 77(10):1403-10. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: Diagnosis and Treatment, 1994.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Jehn ML, Brotman DJ, Appel LJ. Racial differences in diurnal blood pressure and heart rate patterns. Arch Intern Med 2008 May 12; 168(9):997-1002. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Holmes, Arispe, and Moy (Med Care, 2005).]

Evaluation and Program planning
Subramanian S, Ekwueme DU, Gardner JG, et al. Identifying and controlling for program-level differences in comparative cost analysis: lessons from the economic evaluation of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. Eval Program Plann 2008 May; 31(2):136-44. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Kennan, et al. (Inquiry, 2001.]

Pronovost PJ, Goeschel CA, Wachter RM. The wisdom and justice of not paying for preventable complications. JAMA 2008 May 14; 299(18):2197-9. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Zhan, Battles, Chiang, et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2007) and cites AHRQ-funded article by Pronovost, et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006.]

Cescon DW, Etchells E. Barcoded medication administration: a last line of defense. JAMA 2008 May 14; 299(18):2200-2. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Bates, et al. (JAMA, 1995).]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Rogers MA, Mody L, Kaufman SR, et al. Use of urinary collection devices in skilled nursing facilities in five states. J Am Geriatr Soc 2008 May; 56(5):854-61. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Urinary Incontinence in Adults: Acute and Chronic Management, 1996 Update.]

Journal of Women s Health
Cho L, Hoogwerf B, Huang J, et al. Gender differences in utilization of effective cardiovascular secondary prevention: a Cleveland Clinic prevention database study. J Womens Health 2008; 17(4):515-21. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Rathore, et al (Ann Intern Med, 2002) and Schulman, et al (N Engl J Med, 1999).]

Medical Care Research and Review
Liu CF, Chapko MK, Perkins MW, et al. The impact of contract primary care on health care expenditures and quality of care. Med Care Res Rev 2008 Jun; 65(3):300-14. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Ash, et al. (Health Care Financ Rev, 2000) and AHRQ-authored article by Hellinger (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Med Care Res Rev, 1996.]

Miller NA, Elder KT, Kitchener M, et al. Medicaid 1915(c) waiver use and expenditures for persons living with HIV/AIDS. Med Care Res Rev 2008 Jun; 65 (3):338-55. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Hellinger and Fleishman (Inquiry, 2001).]

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

American Family Physician
Rosenberg EA, Sperazza LC. The visually impaired patient. Am Fam Phys 2008 May 15; 77(10):1431-6. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for glaucoma, as published on AHRQ Web site.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Ross JS, Keyhani S, Keenan PS, et al. Use of recommended ambulatory care services: is the Veterans Affairs quality gap narrowing? Arch Intern Med 2008 May 12; 168(9):950-8. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer, breast cancer, cervical cancer, lipid disorders, and on counseling to prevent tobacco use, as published on AHRQ Web site.]

Berg WA, Blume JD, Cormack JB, et al. Combined screening with ultrasound and mammography vs mammography alone in women at elevated risk of breast cancer. JAMA 2008 May 14; 299(18):2151-63. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on breast cancer screening (Humphrey, et al., Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

Journal of American Geriatrics Society
Prihar BJ, Katz S. Patient education as a tool to increase screening for osteoporosis. J Am Geriatr Soc 2008 May; 56(5):961-2. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for osteoporosis (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

Journal of Family Practice
Doaga AD, Lee TJ, Russell R. What could be behind your elderly patient s subjective memory complaints? J Fam Pract 2008 May; 57(7):333-5. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy for the primary prevention of chronic conditions (Am Fam Physician, 2003) and routine screening for dementia (Ann Intern Med, 2003).]

Collins M, Kelsberg G, Safranek S. Is training patients in self-examination an effective way to screen for melanoma? J Fam Pract 2008 May; 57(7):336-7. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on counseling to prevent skin cancer (MMWR Recomm Rep, 2003).]

Should you screen for hepatitis C in patients at risk? J Fam Pract 2008 May; 57(7):57(7):303. [Briefly mentions USPSTF's findings of insufficient evidence to support this screening.]

Journal of Women's Health
Cronan TA, Villalta I, Gottfried E, et al. Predictors of mammography screening among ethnically diverse low-income women. J Womens Health 2008; 17(4):527-37. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement Screening for Breast Cancer, 2002.]

Aboyans V, Lacroix P. Carotid bruit: good for silent cardiovascular disease. Lancet 2008 May 10-16; 371(9624):1554-6. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for carotid artery stenosis (Ann Intern Med 2007).]

Pickett CA, Jackson JL, Hemann BA, et al. Carotid bruits as a prognostic indicator of cardiovascular death and myocardial infarction: a meta-analysis. Lancet 2008 May 10-16; 371(9624):1587-94. [Cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Molina JR, Yang P, Cassivi SD, et al. Non-small cell lung cancer: epidemiology, risk factors, treatment, and survivorship. Mayo Clin Proc 2008 May; 83(5):584-94. [Cites USPSTF recommendations for lung cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2004).]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Journal of Women's Health
Hanusa BH, Scholle SH, Haskett RF, et al. Screening for depression in the postpartum period: a comparison of three instruments. J Womens Health 2008; 17(4):585-96. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Perinatal Depression: Prevalence, Screening Accuracy, and Screening Outcomes, 2005.]

Pain Physician
Jasper J, Hayek S. Implanted occipital nerve stimulators. Pain Physician 2008 Mar-Apr; 11(2):187-200. [Uses AHRQ's strength of evidence criteria as described and published in AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Systems to Rate the Strength of Scientific Evidence, 2002, and article by Manchikanti, et al. (Pain Physician, 2007).]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Brunner EJ, Mosdol A, Witte DR, et al. Dietary patterns and 15-y risks of major coronary events, diabetes, and mortality. Am J Clin Nutr 2008 May; 87(5):1414-21. [Uses study cohort from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.]

Critical Care Medicine
Zilberberg MD, de Wit M, Pirone JR, et al. Growth in adult prolonged acute mechanical ventilation: implications for healthcare delivery. Crit Care Med 2008 May; 36(5):1451-5. [Uses 2000-2005 data from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS).]

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Cawley J, Rizzo JA, Haas K. The association of diabetes with job absenteeism costs among obese and morbidly obese workers. J Occup Environ Med 2008; 50(5):527-34. [Uses Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data for 2000-2004.]

Gilbert SM, Dunn RL, Miller DC, et al. Mortality after urologic cancer surgery: impact of non-index case volume. Urology 2008 May; 71(5):906-10. [Uses 1988-2003 HCUP NIS data.]

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