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May 24, 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 Medicine
Stryer DB, Clancy C. Disparities in hospital transfer: inequities, patient-centered care, or both. Am J Med 2002 May; 112(7):580-81. [Authors researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and AHRQ acting director, respectively.]

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ness RB, Soper DE, Holley RL, et al. Effectiveness of inpatient and outpatient treatment strategies for women with pelvic inflammatory disease: results from the Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Evaluation and Clinical Health (PEACH) randomized trial. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2002 May; 186(5):929-37. [Grant No. HS08358-05.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Ayanian JZ, Landrum MB, McNeil BJ. Use of cholesterol-lowering therapy by elderly adults after myocardial infarction. Arch Intern Med 2002 May; 162(9):1013-19. [Supported by Cooperative Research and Development Agreement among AHRQ, Harvard University, and Merck & Co.]

Mortensen EM, Coley CM, Singer DE. Causes of death for patients with community-acquired pneumonia. Arch Intern Med 2002 May; 162(9):1059-64. [Grant No. R01 HS06468.]

Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine
Chan E, Zhan C, Homer CJ. Health care use and costs for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2002 May; 156(5):504-11. [Second author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.]

Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Sherman KJ, Hogeboom CJ, Cherkin DC. How traditional Chinese medicine acupuncturists would diagnose and treat chronic low back pain: results of a survey of licenses acupuncturists in Washington State. Complement Ther Med 2001 Sep; 9(3):146-53. [Grant No. HS09989.]

Hogeboom CJ, Sherman KJ, Cherkin DC. Variation in diagnosis and treatment of chronic low back pain by traditional Chinese medicine acupuncturists. Complement Ther Med 2001 Sep; 9(3):154-66. [Grant No. HS09989.]

Emerging Infectious Diseases
Frank C, Fix AD, Pena CA, et al. Mapping Lyme disease incidence for diagnostic and preventive decisions, Maryland. Emerg Infect Dis 2002 Apr; 8(4):427-29. [Grant No. 5 R01 HS07813.]

Health Affairs
Bierman AS, Lurie N, Collins KS, et al. Addressing racial and ethnic barriers to effective health care: the need for better data. Health Aff 2002 May-Jun; 21(3):91-102. [First author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research; fourth author is former AHRQ director John Eisenberg.]

Zuvekas SH, Regler DA, Rae DS, et al. The impacts of mental health parity and managed care in one large employer group. Health Aff 2002 May-Jun; 21(3):148-59. [First author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Cost and Financing Studies.]

Eisenberg JM. Globalize the evidence, localize the decision: evidence-based medicine and international diversity. Health Aff 2002 May-Jun; 21(3):166-68. [Author is former AHRQ director.]

Edwards JN, Bronstein J, Rein DB. Do enrollees in 'look-alike' Medicaid and SCHIP programs really look alike? Health Aff 2002 May-Jun; 21(3):240-48. [Partially funded by cooperative agreement under AHRQ;s Children's Health Insurance Research Initiative (CHIRI™).]

Health Care Financing Review
Dick AW, Allison RA, Haber SG, et al. Consequences of states' policies for SCHIP disenrollment. Health Care Financ Rev 2002 Spring; 23(3):65-88. [Cooperative Agreements HS10465, HS10536, HS10450, and HS10463; fourth author is Cindy Brach, researcher in AHRQ's Center for Organization and Delivery Studies.]

Health Services Research
Sohn M. A relational approach to measuring competition among hospitals. Health Serv Res 2002 Apr; 37(2):457-82. [Grant No. R03 HS08002-01.]

Weingart SN, Davis RB, Palmer RH, et al. Discrepancies between explicit and implicit review: physician and nurse assessments of complications and quality. Health Serv Res 2002 Apr; 37(2):483-98. [Grant No. R01 HS09099.]

Macek MD, Manski RJ, Vargas CM, et al. Comparing oral health care utilization estimates in the United States across three nationally representative surveys. Health Serv Res 2002 Apr; 37(2):499-521. [Second and fourth authors (Moeller JF) are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Cost and Financing Studies.]

International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Eisenberg JM, Zarin D. Health technology assessment in the United States. Int J Technol Assess Health Care 2002 Spring; 18(2):192-98. [Authors are former AHRQ director and director of AHRQ's Center for Practice and and Technology Assessment, respectively.]

Journal of the American Dental Association
Wall TP, Brown LJ, Manski RJ. The funding of dental services among U.S. children 2 to 17 years old. Recent trends in expenditures and sources of funding. J Am Dent Assoc 2002 Apr; 133(4):474-82. [Third author is research in AHRQ's Center for Cost and Financing Studies.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Covinsky KE, Covinsky MH, Palmer RM, et al. Serum albumin concentration and clinical assessments of nutritional status in hospitalized older people: different sides of different coins? J Am Geriatr Soc 2002 Apr; 50(4):631-37. [Independent Scholar Award, Grant No. K02 HS00006-01.]

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Martin SL, Griffin JM, Kupper LL, et al. Stressful life events and physical abuse among pregnant women in North Carolina. Matern Child Health J 2001 Sep; 5(3):145-52. [National Research Service Award Post-Doctoral Traineeship Grant No. T32 HS00032.]

Medical Care
Reuben DB. Organizational interventions to improve health outcomes of older persons. Med Care 2002 May; 40(5):416-28. [Based on AHRQ-funded study presented in October 2000.]

Lieu TA, Lozano P, Finkelstein JA, et al. Racial/ethnic variation in asthma status and management practices among children in managed Medicaid. Pediatrics 2002 May; 109(5):857-65. [Grant No. HS09935.]

Quality of Life Research
Coulter ID, Heslin KC, Marcus M, et al. Associations of self-reported oral health with physical and mental health in a nationally representative sample of HIV persons receiving medical care. Qual Life Res 2002 Feb; 11(1):57-70. [HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS) Cooperative Agreement HS08578.]

Social Science & Medicine
Fuhrer R, Stansfeld SA. How gender affects patterns of social relations and their impact on health: a comparison of one or multiple sources of support from "close persons." Soc Sci Med 2002 Mar; 54(5):811-25. [Grant No. 5 R01 HS06516.]

Stivers T. Participating in decisions about treatment: overt parent pressure for antibiotic medication in pediatric encounters. Soc Sci Med 2002 Apr; 54(7):1111-30. [Grant No. R03 HS10577-01.]

Denkers MR, Biagi HL, O'Brien MA, et al. Dorsal root entry zone lesioning used to treat central neuropathic pain in patients with traumatic spinal cord injury. A systematic review. Spine 2002 Apr 1; 27(7):E177-84. [Contract No. 290-97-0017 with McMasters University Evidence-Based Practice Center.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Health Line
Mental health parity: 'carve-out' plan reduces costs. Am Health Line 2002 May 15; #8. [Summarizes study by AHRQ researcher Samuel Zuvekas et al. cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Children's health: 'variations' in quality of care found. Am Health Line 2002 May 23; #13. [Summarizes findings from study using Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data.]

American Journal of Medicine
Gurwitz JH, Goldberg RJ, Malmgren JA, et al. Am J Med 2002 May; 112(7):528-534. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Schulman et al, N Engl J Med, 1999, and other AHRQ-funded studies.]

Blue Sheet
Medical education performance metrics research needed via AHRQ-report. Blue Sheet 2002 May 22; 45(21):15. [Cites recommendations by a Commonwealth Fund task force to fund such research at AHRQ beginning at $25 million per year.]

Health Affairs
Iglehart JK. Remembering a distinguished colleague [editorial]. Health Aff 2002 May-Jun; 21(3):7-15. [Dedicates issue to former AHRQ director John Eisenberg, presents tributes from various colleagues and associates.]

Reinhardt UE, Hussey PS, Anderson GF. Cross-national comparisons of health systems using OECD data, 1999. Health Aff 2002 May-Jun; 21(3):169-91. [Cites "troubling discrepancies" between CMS and MEPS health spending estimates and forthcoming article by AHRQ researcher Tom Selden in Health Care Financ Rev.]

Pawlson LG, O'Kane ME. Professionalism, regulatio, and the market: impact on accountability for quality of care. Health Aff 2002 May-Jun; 21(3):200-7. [Cites inclusion of AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Health Plans (CAHPS®) in the Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set (HEDIS).]

Schaefer E, Reschovsky JD. Are HMO enrollees healthier than others? Results from the Community Tracking Study. Health Aff 2002 May-Jun; 21(3):249-58. [Cites article by AHRQ researchers Hellinger and Wong, Med Care Res Rev, 2000.]

Robinson JC. Renewed emphasis on consumer cost sharing in health insurance benefit design. Health Aff 2002 May-Jun; 21(3):W139-52. [Cites article by Berk and Monheit. Second author is former AHRQ researcher), Health Aff, 2001, and article by Hellinger, Health Care Financ Rev, 1987.]

Health Care Financing Review
Goody B, Mentneck R, Riley G. Changing nature of public and private health. Health Care Financ Rev 2002 Spring; 23(3):1-7. [Includes an overview of the article by Dick et al. cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articlese.]

Health News Daily
Glendinning D. Senate patient safety negotiators end discussions by introducing new bill. Health News Daily 2002 May 23; 14(100):4-5. [Cites provision in bill to authorize funding for technical assistance to medical error reporters through AHRQ.]

Health Services Research
Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy Update. Health Serv Res 2002 Apr; 37(2):xi-xiii. [Cites AHRQ's cosponsorship of the Fifth Conference on the Scientific Basis of Health Services to be held in September 2003.]

Chen L, Shea DG. Does prospective payment really contain nursing home costs? Health Serv Res 2002 Apr; 37(2):251-71. [Cites nursing home classification used in 1996 MEPS and compares the analytic sample with the MEPS 1996 national sample.]

Hibbard JH, Slovic P, Peters E, et al. Strategies for reporting health plan performance information to consumers: evidence from controlled studies. Health Serv Res 2002 Apr; 37(2):291-313. [Cites CAHPS®.]

JCAHO News Release
Hill CD, Nishimi RY. Joint Commission, National Quality Forum establish John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety Awards. JCAHO News Release 2002 May 13. [Announces establishment of award and summarizes eligibility criteria.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Karter AJ, Ferrara A, Liu JY, et al. Ethnic disparities in diabetic complications in an insured population. JAMA 2002 May 15; 287(19):2519-27. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Soumerai et al, N Engl J Med, 1991.]

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Rothschild JM, Lee TH, Bae T, et al. Clinician use of a palmtop-drug reference guide. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2002 May-Jun; 9(3):223-29. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles on adverse drug events.]

Chuang J, Hripcsak G, Heitjan DF. Design and analysis of controlled trials in naturally clustered environments: implications for medical informatics. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2002 May-Jun; 9(3):230-38. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by McDonald et al on computerized reminders and decision support systems.]

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Perneger TV, Rae A, Gaspoz J, et al. Screening for pressure ulcer risk in an acute care hospital: development of a brief bedside scale. J Clin Epidemiol 2002 May; 55(5):498-504. [Cites AHRQ's pressure ulcer guidelines.]

Medical Care
Sassi F, Archard L, McDaid D. Searching literature databases for health care economic evaluations. How systematic can we afford to be? Med Care 2002 May; 40(5):387-94. [Cites articles on cost-effectiveness analysis by Elixhauser, Med Care, 1993 and 1998.]

Pizer SD, White AJ, White C. Why are hospital-based nursing homes so costly? Relative importance of acuity and treatment setting. Med Care 2002 May; 40(5):405-15. [Cites Spector and Takeda, J Aging Health, 1991.]

Johri M, Paltiel AD, Goldie SJ, et al. State AIDS drug assistance programs. Equity and efficiency in an era of rapidly changing treatment standards. Med Care 2002 May; 40(5):429-41. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Shapiro et al., JAMA, 1999, on HCSUS.]

Medicine and Health
Panel mulls action on medical errors. Med Health 2002 May 13; 56(17):5. [Cites AHRQ collaboration with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and the Institute of Medicine to develop a patient safety taxonomy.]

Washington HealthBeat
AHRQ study finds much less costly method of "PID" care. Wash HealthBeat 2002 May 20; p. 1. [Reviews AHRQ-funded study by Ness et al. cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Cummings faults proposed AHRQ budget cuts at House hearing on treatment disparities. Wash HealthBeat 2002 May 21; p. 1-2. [Cites remarks by AHRQ acting director Carolyn Clancy regarding impacts of proposed cuts on disparities research.]

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

American Health Line
Depression: PCPs should screen patients, task force says. Am Health Line 2002 May 21; #14. [Summarizes Task Force recommendations for depression screening in adults.]

American Journal of Nursing
What's the verdict on mammograms? The controversy has left many confused. Am J Nurs 2002 May; 102(5):19. [Cites Task Force reaffirmation of the value of mammography as a screening tool for breast cancer for women over 40.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for depression: recommendations and rationale. Ann Intern Med 2002 May 21; 136(10):760-64. [Summarizes Task Force recommendations on depression screening cited below.]

Pignone MP, Gaynes BN, Rushton JL, et al. Screening for depression in adults: a summary of the evidence for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med 2002 May 21; 136(10):765-76. [Presents results of an updated review of depression screening literature and subsequent Task Force recommendations.]

Screening for depression: recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med 2002 May 21; 136(10):1-56. [Summarizes Task Force recommendations on depression screening for patient use.]

Genetic Testing
Burke W, Coughlin SS, Lee NC, et al. Application f population screening principles to genetic screening for adult-onset conditions. Genet Test 2001 Fall; 5(3):201-11. [Cites Task Force criteria for effectiveness of clinical preventive services in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1989 and 1996; cites article by Atkins and DiGuiseppi (current and former AHRQ researchers, respectively), Am J Prev Med, 1998, on evidence-based guidelines.]

International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Dauben HP, Forde OH, Loud ML, et al. Health promotion and disease prevention as a complement to community health indicators. Working Group I. Int J Technol Assess Health Care 2002 Spring; 18(2):238-72. [Cites the Task Force's examination of "the evidence for efficacy of more than 70 preventive interventions, mostly in the areas of screening and arrive at conclusions concerning efficacious interventions" but asserts that this effort "did not pay a great deal of attention to activities that lie outside the healthcare system by can prevent disease and promote health;" cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Nelson De, Bland S, Powell-Griner, et al. State trends in health risk factors and receipt of clinical preventive services among US adults during the 1990s. JAMA 2002 May 22/29; 287(20):2659-67. [Cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Medical Care
Scott TL, Gazmararian JA, Williams MV, et al. Health literacy and preventive health care use among Medicare enrollees in a managed care organization. Med Care 2002 May; 40(5):395-404. [Cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Washington HealthBeat
Two questions may be key to better depression treatment. Wash HealthBeat 2002 May 21; p. 1. [Summarizes Task Force recommendations for depression screening in adults.]

Washington Post
Vedantam S. Routine screening for depression urged. Wash Post 2002 May 21; p. A01. [Summarizes Task Force recommendations for depression screening.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Overhage JM, Middleton B, Miller RA, et al. Does national regulatory mandate of provider order entry portend greater benefit than risk for health care delivery. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2002 May-Jun; 9(3):199-208. [Cites AHRQ-funded evidence report on medical errors and AHRQ-funded studies on adverse drug events.]

Quality Commission/QuIC Task Force-Related Articles

Health Affairs
Berwick DM. A user's manual for the IOM's 'Quality Chasm' report. Health Aff 2002 May-Jun; 21(3):80-90. [Cites recommendations in Commission's final report, Quality First: Better Health Care for All Americans: Final Report to the President of the United States, 1998; mentions need to "billionize" AHRQ "so that it can become a national resource for care system redesign."]

Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Roper WL, Tolleson-Rinehard S. Health care data and health: from numbers to outcomes. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2001 Aug-Sep; 10(5):363-66. [Cites QuIC report, Doing What Counts for Patient Safety: Federal Actions to Reduce Medical Errors and Their Impact: Report of the Quality Interagency Coordination Task Force (QuIC) to the President, 2000; cites article by AHRQ researcher Lynn Bosco (in the Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research) in same issue summarizing AHRQ's experiences in using databases for conducting outcomes research.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data

American Journal of Managed Care
Solberg LI, Lyles CA, Shore AD, et al. Is quality free? The relationship between cost and quality across 18 provider groups. Am J Manag Care 2002 May; 8(5):413-22. [Uses data from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP).]

Health Affairs
Nerenz DR, Bonham VL, Green-Weir R, et al. Eliminating racial/ethnic disparities in health care: can health plans generate reports? Health Aff 2002 May-Jun; 21(3):259-63. [Uses quality-of-care measures and self-reported data from CAHPS®.]

Gabel J, Dhnt K, Whitmore H, et al. Individual insurance: how much financial protection does it provide? Health Aff 2002 May-Jun; 21(3):W172-81. [Uses MEPS data.]

Health Care Financing Review
Wiatrowski W, Harvey H, Levit KR. Employment-related health insurance: Federal agencies' roles I meeting data needs. Health Care Financ Rev 2002 Spring; 23(3):115-30. [Uses data from MEPS-Insurance Component.]

Cowan Ca, McDonnell PA, Levit KR, et al. Burden of health care costs: businesses, households, and governments, 1987-2000. [Uses data from MEPS-Insurance Component.]

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