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May 30, 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 Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research
Sawchuk CN, Bogart A, Charles S, et al. Education is associated with physical activity among American Indian elders. Am Indian Alsk Native Ment Health Res 2008; 15(1):1-17. [Supported by grant 5 P01 HS 10854-02.]

Home Health Care Services Quarterly
Dalby DM, Hirdes JP. The relationship between agency characteristics and quality of home care. Home Health Care Serv Q 2008; 27(1):59-74. [Supported by grant 5 U18 HS09455.]

Hagan M, Encinosa W. Health care markets: concepts, data, measures, and current research challenges. Inquiry 2008 Spring; 45(2):15-18. [Authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets; discusses background on conference-related papers included in this issue.]

Lindrooth RC. Research on the hospital market: recent advances and continuing data needs. Inquiry 2008 Spring; 45(2):19-29. [Supported by grant R01 HS10730-04.]

Garrett B, Chernew M. Health insurance and labor markets: concepts, open questions, and data needs. Inquiry 2008 Spring; 45(2):30-57. [Prepared for AHRQ-sponsored Market Data Conference; discusses use of Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data.]

Grabowski DC. The market for long-term care services. Inquiry 2008 Spring; 45(2):58-74. [Supported by AHRQ and prepared for AHRQ-sponsored Market Data Conference; discusses use of MEPS data.]

Brooks JM, Doucette WR, Wan S, et al. Retail pharmacy market structure and performance. Inquiry 2008 Spring; 45(2):75-88. [Supported by AHRQ contract, number not available.]

Simon K. Data needs for policy research on state-level health insurance markets. Inquiry 2008 Spring; 45(2):58-74. [Prepared for AHRQ-sponsored Market Data Conference; discusses use of MEPS data.]

Journal of American Medical Association
Dougherty D, Conway PH. The "3T's" road map to transform US health care: the how of high-quality care. JAMA 2008 May 21; 299(19):3219-21. [First author is researcher in AHRQ's Office of Extramural Research, Education, and Priority Populations.]

Journal of the American College of Surgeons
Hawn MT, Itani KM, Gray SH, et al. Association of timely administration of prophylactic antibiotics for major surgical procedures and surgical site infection. J Am Coll Surg 2008 May; 206(5):814-9. [Supported by grant 5 T32 HS013852.]

Journal of Clinical Ethics
Alexander GC. Commentary on "The case of Mr. A.B.": dilemmas for a reason. J Clin Ethics 2008 Spring; 70-71. [Supported by grant K08 HS15699-01A1 to author.]

Journal of Clinical Hypertension
Powers BJ, Oddone EZ, Grubber JM, et al. Perceived and actual stroke risk among men with hypertension. J Clin Hypertens 2008 Apr; 10(4):287-94. [Supported by grant T32 HS000079 (to first author).]

Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare
Lanoue E, Still CJ. Patient identification: producing a better barcoded wristband. Patient Saf Qual Healthc 2008 May-Jun; 5 pages. [Supported by AHRQ, no funding information available.]

Ay H, Arsava EM, Rosand J, et al. Severity of leukoaraiosis and susceptibility to infarct growth in acute stroke. Stroke 2008 May; 39(5):1409-23. [Supported by grant R01 HS11392-02.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Monheit AC. The rehabilitation of health insurance mandates. Inquiry 2008 Spring; 45(2):3-6. [Author is former AHRQ researcher, cites AHRQ-authored article by Monheit and Vistnes (J Hum Res, 1999) and AHRQ publication by Cohen SB, Attitudes Toward Health Insurance and Their Persistence Over Time; 2003-2004, Statistical Brief No. 161, 2007.]

Kahn JM, Bates DW. Improving sepsis care: the road ahead. JAMA 2008 May 21; 299(19):2322-3. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Pronovost, et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006), Bates, et al. (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2003), and Soumerai, et al. (Milbank Q, 1989).]

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Morris AM, Billingsley KG, Hayanga AJ, et al. Residual treatment disparities after oncology referral for rectal cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst 2008 May 21; 100(10):738-44. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Schneider, et al. (JAMA, 2002).]

Krueger AB, Stone AA. Assessment of pain: a community-based diary survey in the USA. Lancet 2008 May 3-9; 371(9623):1519-25. [Cites The Top Five Therapeutic Classes of Outpatient Prescription Drugs Ranked by Total Expense for Adults Age 18 and Older in U.S. Civilian Non-Institutionalized Population, 2004, MEPS Statistical Brief No. 154, 2006.]

Nursing Forum
Hatzfeld JJ. Developing evidence-based nursing roles: lessons learned from the health care integrator role. Nurs Forum 2008 Apr-Jun; 43(2):72-79. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Coopey, Nix, and Clancy (J Nurs Care Qual, 2006).]

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

American Journal of Medicine
Berg KM, Kunins HV, Jackson JL, et al. Association between alcohol consumption and both osteoporotic fracture and bone density. Am J Med 2008 May; 121(5):406-18. [Uses USPSTF internal validity criteria as published in article by Harris, et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001).]

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Geisler WM, James AB. Chlamydial and gonococcal infections in women seeking pregnancy testing at family-planning clinics. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2008 May; 198(5):502e1-e4. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for chlamydial infection (Ann Intern Med, 2007).]

Hastings Center Report
Moyer VA, Calonge N, Teutsch SM, Botkin JR, on behalf of the United States Preventive Services Task Force. Expanding newborn screening: process, policy, and priorities. Hastings Center Rep 2008 May-Jun; 38(3):32-48. [Authors are affiliated with the USPSTF.]

Weinstein SL, Dolan LA, Cheng JC, et al. Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Lancet 2008 May 3; 371(9623):1527-37. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement Screening for Idiopathic Scoliosis in Adolescents, 2004, as published on AHRQ Web site.]

Scandinavian Journal of Surgery
Lederle FA. Screening for AAA the USA. Scand J Surg 2008; 97(2):139-41. [Discusses and cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm (Ann Intern Med, 2005).]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Washington DL, Bowles J, Saha S, et al. Transforming clinical practice to eliminate racial-ethnic disparities in healthcare. J Gen Intern Med 2008 May; 23(5):685-91. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Literacy and Health Outcomes, 2004; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Weinick, Zuvekas, and Cohen (Med Care Res Rev, 2000), Fiscella, Franks, Gold, and Clancy (JAMA, 2000), and Felix-Aaron and Clancy (JAMA, 2003); cites AHRQ's National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR), 2003, and AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) survey, 2002.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Hu D, Goldie S. The economic burden of noncervical human papillomavirus disease in the United States. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2008 May; 198(5):500.e1-e7. [Uses data from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) to estimate costs of vulvar cancer.]

British Journal of Neurosurgery
Sekula RF, Cohen DB, patek PM, et al. Epidemiology of ventriculostomy in the United States. Br J Neurosurg 2008 Apr 1; 22(2):213-18. [Uses 1997-2001 HCUP NIS data.]

Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
Matlock D, Earnest M, Epstein A. Utilization of elective hip and knee arthroplasty by age and payer. Clin Orthop Relat Res 2008 Apr; 466(4):914-49. [Uses 2001-2003 HCUP NIS data.]

Current Medical Research and Opinions
Robinson D Jr, Eisenberg D, Neitert PJ, et al. Systemic sclerosis prevalence and comorbidities in the US, 2001-2002. Curr Med Res Opin 2008 Apr; 24(4):1157-66. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity index (Eixhauser, et al. (Med Care, 1998).]

Ear, Nose and Throat Journal
French LC, Dietrich MS, Labadie RF. An estimate of the number of mastoidectomy procedures performed annually in the United States. Ear Nose Throat J 2008 May; 87(5):267-70. [Uses HCUP State Ambulatory Surgery Database data for 2002.]

Ethnicity and Disease
Shen JJ, Washington EL. Identification of diabetic complications among minority populations. Ethn Dis 2008 Spring; 18(2):136-40. [Uses 2003 HCUP NIS data, HCUP Cost-to-Charge Files: 2003, and the HCUP NIS User Guide, 2005; cites AHRQ-authored article by Jiang, et al. (Am J Public Health, 2005).]

European Journal of Epidemiology
Britton A, Malik M, Marmot M. The cardioprotective effects of alcohol consumption: does cardiac autonomic function play a role? Eur J Epidemiol 2008 Spring; 23(2):105-8. [Uses study cohort from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.]

Injury Prevention
Cohen RH, Matter KC, Sinclair SA, et al. Unintentional pediatric submersion-injury-related hospitalizations in the United States, 2003. Inj Prev 2008 Apr; 14(2):131-5. [Uses HCUP Kids Inpatient Database (KID).]

Journal of the American College of Surgeons
Scarborough JE, Pietrobon R, Bennett KM, et al. Workforce projections for hepato-pancreato-biliary surgery. J Am Coll Surg 2008 Apr; 206(4):678-84. [Uses 1998-2003 HCUP NIS data.]

Meguid RA, Ahuja N, Chang DC. What constitutes a high-volume hospital for pancreatic resection? J Am Coll Surg 2008 Apr; 206(4):622.e1-e9. [Uses 1998-2003 HCUP NIS data.]

Journal of Reproductive Medicine
Morrison J, Patel ST, Watson W, et al. Assessment of the prevalence and impact of anemia on women hospitalized for gynecologic conditions associated with heavy uterine bleeding. J Reprod Med 2008 May; 53(5):323-30. [Uses 2003 HCUP NIS data.]

Journal of Safety Research
Thomas KE, Stevens JA, Sarmiento K, et al. Fall-related traumatic brain injury deaths and hospitalizations among older adults—United States, 2005. J Saf Res 2008; 39(3):269-72. [Uses 2005 HCUP NIS data.]

Williams J. Accidents, claiming, and regional subcultures: are medical errors and malpractice lawsuits related to social capital? J Saf Res 2008; 39(3):287-94. [Uses AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators.]

Pain Medicine
Fishbain DA, Cole B, Lewis J, et al. What percentage of chronic nonmalignant pain patients exposed to chronic opioid therapy develop abuse/addiction and/or aberrant drug-related behaviors? A structured evidence-based review. Pain Med 2008 May-Jun; 9(4):444-59. [Uses AHRQ criteria for categorizing levels of evidence as present in Institute of Medicine report, Clinical Practice Guidelines: Directions for a New Program, 1990.]

Urologic Oncology
Siu W, Diagnault S, Miller DC, et al. Understanding differences between high and low volume hospitals for radical prostatectomy. Urol Oncol 2008 May-Jun; 26(3):260-5. [Uses 2003 HCUP NIS data.]

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

Current as of May 2008


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