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May 25, 2007

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

AIDS and Behavior
Graham J, Bennett IM, Holmes WC, et al. Medication beliefs as mediators of the health literacy/antiretroviral adherence relationship in HIV-infected individuals. AIDS Behav 2007 May; 11(3):385-92. [Supported by grant HS10399.]

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Renner RM, Eden KB, Osterweil P, et al. Informational factors influencing patient s childbirth preferences after prior cesarean. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2007 May; 196(5):e14-6. [Supported by grant 1 K08 HS11338-01.]

Schneeweiss S, Patrick AR, Maclure M, et al. Adherence to statin therapy under drug cost sharing in patients with and without acute myocardial infarction: a population-based natural experiment. Circulation 2007 Apr 24; 115(16):2128-35. [Supported by grant 2 R01 HS10881.]

Critical Care Medicine
Harris CB, Krauss MJ, Coopersmith CM, et al. Patient safety event reporting in critical care: Crit Care Med 2007 Apr; 35(4):1068-76. [Supported by HS11898-1.]

Archives of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
Fried MP, Sadoughi B, Weghorst SJ, et al. Construct validity of the endoscopic sinus surgery simulator: II. assessment of discriminant validity and expert benchmarking. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2007 Apr; 133(4):350-7. [Supported by grant R18 HS11866-03.]

Health Policy
Schneeweiss S. Reference drug programs: effectiveness and policy implications. Health Policy 2007 Apr; 81(10:17-28. [Supported by grant 2 R01 HS10881.]

Journal of Asthma
Lee TA, Fuhlbrigge AL, Sullivan SD, et al. Agreement between caregiver reported healthcare utilization and administrative data for children with asthma. J Asthma 2007 Apr; 44(3):189-94. [Supported by grant 2 R01 HS008368-07A1.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Modak I, Sexton JB, Lux TR, et al. Measuring safety culture in the ambulatory setting: the safety attitudes questionnaire—ambulatory version. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Jan; 22(1):1-5. [Supported by grant 1 P01 HS1154401.]

Opotowsky AR, McWilliams JM, Cannon CP. Gender differences in aspirin use among adults with coronary heart disease in the United States. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Jan; 22(1):55-61. [Supported by grant T32 HS00020-20.]

Nwasuruba C, Khan M, Egede LE. Racial/ethnic differences in multiple self-care behaviors in adults with diabetes. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Jan; 22(1):115-20. [Supported by grant 5 K08 HS11417.]

Carney PA, Yi JP, Abraham LA, et al. Reactions to uncertainty and the accuracy of diagnostic mammography. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Feb; 22(2):234-41. [Supported by grant HS10591.]

Haas JS, Earle CC, Orav JE, et al. Lower use of hospice by cancer patients who live in minority versus white areas. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Mar; 22(3):396-9. [Supported by grant HS010856.]

Journal of Gerontological Nursing
Vogelsmeier A, Scott-Cawiezell J, Zellmer D. Barriers to safer medication administration in the nursing home—exploring staff perceptions and concerns about the medication use process. J Gerontol Nurs 2007 Apr; 33(4):5-12. [Supported by grant 5 UC1 HS14281-02.]

Journal of the Royal Society of Health
Kelley E. Health, spending and the effort to improve quality in OECD countries: a review of the data. J R Soc Health 2007 Mar; 127(2):64-71. [Author is AHRQ's National Healthcare Quality Report director.]

Journal of Traumatic Stress
Dillard D, Jacobsen C, Ramsey S. Manson S. Conduct disorder, war zone stress, and war-related posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms in American Indian Vietnam veterans. J Trauma Stress 2007 Feb; 20(1):53-62. [Supported by grant P01 HS10854.]

Journal of Women s Health
Shugarman LR, Bird CE, Schuster CR, et al. Age and gender differences in Medicare expenditures at the end of life for colorectal cancer decedents. J Womens Health 2007 Mar; 16(2):214-27. [Supported by grant 7 R01 HS10561-02.]

Medical Care Research and Review
Rye CB, Kimberly JR. The adoption of innovations by provider organizations in health care. Med Care Res Rev 2007 Jun; 64(3):235-78. [Supported by grant 45 T32 HS000009.]

Young GJ, Meterko M, White B, et al. Physician attitudes toward pay-for-quality programs: perspectives from the front line. Med Care Res Rev 2007 Jun; 64(3):331-43. [Supported by grant HS13591

New England Journal of Medicine
Phibbs CS, Baker LC, Caughey AB, et al. Level and volume of neonatal intensive care and mortality in very-low-birth-weight infants. N Engl J Med 2007 May 24; 356(21):2165-75. [Supported by grant HD36914, attributed to National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and AHRQ.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Family Physician
Congress requests study of resident duty hours and patient safety. Am Fam Physician 2007 May 15; 75(10):1435. [Discusses written request from House committee and findings from AHRQ-funded article on medical errors and resident work hours.]

Mental health of inpatients. JAMA 2007 May 23-30; 297(20):2188. [Briefly summarizes findings from AHRQ Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) report, Care of Adults With Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders in U.S. Community Hospitals, 2004.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Wilson IB, Schoen C, Neuman P, et al. Physician-patient communication about prescription medication nonadherence: a 50-state study of America's seniors. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Jan; 22(1):6-12. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Zhan, et al. (J Am Geriatr Soc, 2005), and AHRQ-funded article by Weingart, et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2005).]

Katz JN, Kessler CL, O Connell A, et al. Professionalism and evolving concepts of quality. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Jan; 22(1):137-9. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Thomas, Studdert, Burstin (former AHRQ center director), et al. (Med Care, 2000), and Alman, Clancy (AHRQ director) and Blendon (N Engl J Med, 2004).]

Vidyarthi AR, Auerbach AD, Wachter RM, et al. The impact of duty hours on resident self reports of errors. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Feb; 22(2):205-9. [Cites data from AHRQ's HCUPnet Web site, and cites AHRQ-funded article by Landrigan et al. (N Engl J Med, 2004).]

Shah BR, Hux JE, Laupacis A, et al. Deficiencies in the quality of diabetes care: comparing specialist with generalist care misses the point. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Feb; 22(2):275-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Shojania et al. (JAMA, 2006) and AHRQ-authored article by Tunis, Stryer, and Clancy (second and third authors are former AHRQ center director and current AHRQ director, respectively) (JAMA, 2003).]

Medical Care Research and Review
Shenkman E, Knapp C, Sappington D, et al. Persistence of high health care expenditures among children in Medicaid. Med Care Res Rev 2007 Jun; 64(3):304-30. [Cites article by Chan, et al. (Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med, 2002) which uses data from AHRQ's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS); cites AHRQ-funded/authored article by Dick, Brach (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets), et al. (Health Aff, 2004).]

Modern Healthcare
Top 25 women in healthcare: banquet sponsored by Russell Reynolds Associates. Mod Healthc 2007 May 21; 37(21):W3-9. [AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy is included in unranked list, originally published April 16, 2007.]

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

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Murff HJ, Peterson NB, Greevy RA, et al. Early initiation of colorectal cancer screening in individuals with affected first-degree relatives. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Jan; 22(1):121-6. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002) and cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Lafata JE, Kolk D, Peterson EL, et al. Improving osteoporosis screening: results from a randomized cluster trial. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Mar; 22(3):346-51. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for osteoporosis (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Medical Care Research and Review
Helfrich CD, Weiner BJ, McKinney MM, et al. Determinants of implementation effectiveness: adapting a framework for complex innovations. Med Care Res Rev 2007 Jun; 64(3):279-303. [Cites AHRQ Technical Review, Closing the Quality Gap: A Critical Analysis of Quality Improvement Strategies, Vol. I, Series Overview and Methodology, 2004.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Archives of Ophthalmology
Frick KD, Gower EW, Kempen JH, et al. Economic impact of visual impairment and blindness in the United States. Arch Ophthalmol 2007 Apr; 125(4):544-50. [Uses 1996-2002 MEPS data.]

Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation
Nichols L, Barton PL, Glazner J, et al. Diabetes, minor depression and health care utilization and expenditures: a retrospective database study. Cost Eff Resour Alloc 2007 Apr 18; 5:4. [Uses 2003 MEPS data.]

Sullivan PW, Ghushchyan V, Wyatt HR, et al. Impact of cardiometabolic risk factor clusters on health-related quality of life in the U.S. Obesity 2007 Feb; 15(2):511-21. [Uses 2000-20002 MEPS data.]

Vitale S, Cotch MF, Sperduto R, et al. Costs of refractive correction of distance vision impairment in the United States, 1999-2002. Ophthalmology 2006 Dec; 113(12)2163-70. [Uses 2000 MEPS data.]

Statistics in Medicine
Zaslavsky AM. Using hierarchical models to attribute sources of variation in consumer assessments of health care. Stat Med 2007 Apr 15; 26(8):1885-900. [Describes and uses AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®).]

Current as of May 2007


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