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June 11, 2004

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

Annals of Family Medicine
Bertakis K, Azari R, Callahan E. Patient pain in primary care: factors that influence physician diagnosis. Ann Fam Med 2004 May-Jun; 2(3):224-30. [Supported by Grant No. R18 HS06167.]

Shi CW, Asch SM, Fielder E, et al. Consumer knowledge of over-the-counter phenazopyridine. Ann Fam Med 2004 May-Jun; 2(3):240-4. [Supported by Grant No. F32 HS11507-01.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Holmboe ES, Hawkins RE, Huot SJ. Effects of training in direct observation of medical residents' clinical competence: a randomized trial. Ann Intern Med 2004 Jun 1; 140(11):874-81. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10227.]

Mittman BS. Creating the evidence base for quality improvement collaboratives. Ann Intern Med 2004 Jun 1; 140(11):897-901. [Article published under AHRQ-supported Improving Patient Care section of journal.]

Behavioral Medicine
Cohen-Mansfield J, Lipson S, Horton D. Which signs and symptoms warrant involvement of medical staff? The definition and identification of status-change events in the nursing home. Behav Med 2003 Fall; 29(3):115-20. [Supported by Grant No. HS09833-01.]

Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Griffin MR, Stein CM, Ray WA. Postmarketing surveillance for drug safety: surely we can do better. Clin Pharmacol Ther 2004 Jun; 75(6):491-4. [Supported by AHRQ's Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) program.]

Disability and Rehabilitation
Lyons KD, Tickle-Degnen L, Henry A, et al. Behavioural clues of personality in Parkinson's disease. Disabil Rehabil 2004 Apr 22; 26(8):463-70. [Supported by Grant No. R02 HS13292-01.]

Health Services Research
Clancy CM. AHRQ's FY 2005 budget request: new mission, new vision. Health Serv Res 2004 Jun; 39(3):xi-xviii. [Author is AHRQ director.]

Basu J, Friedman B, Burstin H. Managed care and preventable hospitalization among Medicaid adults. Health Serv Res 2004 Jun; 39(3):489-509. [Authors are researcher in and director of AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships (Basu and Burstin), and researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, rganization, and Markets, respectively.]

Pollack HS, Dombkowski KJ, Zimmerman JB, et al. Emergency department use among Michigan children with special health care needs: an introductory study. Health Serv Res 2004 Jun; 39(3):665-92. [Supported by Grant No. 1 U01 HS10441-0.]

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Morales LS, Elliott M, Brown J, et al. The applicability of the Consumer Assessments of Health Plans Survey (CAHPS) to preferred provider organizations in the United States: a discussion of industry concerns. Int J Qual Health Care 2004 Jun; 16(3):219-27. [Supported by Grant No. 5 U18 HS09204-05; uses CAHPS® as study instrument.]

Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Butler J, Arbogast PG, Daugherty J, et al. Outpatient utilization of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors among heart failure patients after discharge. J Am Coll Cardiol 2004 Jun; 43(11):2036-43. [Supported by Grant No. HS10384.]

Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Cashen MS, Dykes P, Gerber B. eHealth technology and Internet resources: barriers for vulnerable populations. J Cardiovasc Nurs 2004 May-Jun; 19(3):209-14; quiz 215-6. [Supported by Grant No. U18 HS11092.]

Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
Hirschman KB, Xie SX, Feudtner C, et al. How does an Alzheimer's disease patient's role in medical decision making change over time? J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol 2004 Jun; 17(2):55-60. [Supported by Grant No. K08 HS00002.]

Journal of Urology
Albertsen PC, Hanley JA, Penson DF, et al. Validation of increasing prostate specific antigen as a predictor of prostate cancer death after treatment of localized prostate cancer with surgery or radiation. J Urol 2004 Jun; 171(6 Pt 1):2221-5. [Supported by Grant No. HS09578.]

Medical Care
Balas EA, Krishna S, Kretschmer RA, et al. Computerized knowledge management in diabetes care. Med Care 2004 Jun; 42(6):610-21. [Supported by Grant No. 5 R01 HS10472-02.]

Pathman DE, Konrad TR, King TS, et al. Outcomes of states' scholarship, loan repayment, and related programs for physicians. Med Care 2004 Jun; 42(6):560-8. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS09165.]

Medical Care Research and Review
Friedman B, Basu J. The rate and cost of hospital readmissions for preventable conditions. Med Care Res Rev 2004 Jun; 61(2):225-40. [Authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, and Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships, respectively.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Jha AK, Shojania KG, Saint S. Clinical problem-solving. Forgotten but not gone. N Engl J Med 2004 Jun; 350(23):2399-404. [Supported by Grant No. P20 HS11540 and National Research Service Award (to first author).]

Nursing Economics
Sokol PE. Transforming the workplace environment: Port Huron Hospital's transformation model. Nurs Econ 2004 May-Jun; 22(3):152-4. [Supported by Grant No. U18 HS12043.]

Horbar JD, Carpenter JH, Buzas J, et al. Timing of initial surfactant treatment for infants 23 to 29 weeks' gestation: is routine practice evidence based? Pediatrics 2004 Jun; 113(6):1593-602. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10528.]

Suresh G, Horbar JD, Plsek P, et al. Voluntary anonymous reporting of medical errors for neonatal intensive care. Pediatrics 2004 Jun; 113(6):1609-18. [Supported by Grant No. P20 HS11583.]

Miller MR, Zhan C. Pediatric patient safety in hospitals: a national picture in 2000. Pediatrics 2004 Jun; 113(6):1741-6. [Authors are former AHRQ acting director of and researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, respectively. See also articles by Bravata et al., Ann Intern Med and Kraemer et al., Women's Health Issues, 2004, cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles below.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Health Line
Medical errors: hospital lapses result in child deaths, higher costs. Am Health Line 2004 Jun 8; #7. [Reviews AHRQ-authored article by Miller and Zhan cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles above.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Havranek EP, Wolfe P, Masoudi FA, et al. Provider and hospital characteristics associated with geographic variation in the evaluation and management of elderly patients with heart failure. Arch Intern Med 2004 Jun 14; 164(11):1186-91. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Soumerai et al., JAMA, 1998.]

Better Homes and Gardens
Rao L. Protect your child from medical errors. Keeping tabs on the health care system is an essential skill of parenting. Better Homes Gardens 2004 Jun; 82(6):294-6. [Quotes remarks from former AHRQ acting Center Director Marlene Miller and AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy; cites AHRQ Web site and telephone number as resources on children's health tips.]

Blue Sheet
AHRQ Rx comparative research partners include NIH, CMS, FDA, V-A. Blue Sheet 2004 May 31; 47(22):11. [Summarizes remarks by AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy and CMS Administrator Mark McClellan at AHRQ effectiveness research "town hall" meeting.]

Health News Daily
Schwartz L. OTC urinary tract analgesic action misunderstood by consumers—study. Health News Daily 2004 Jun 2; 16(106):11-12. [Reviews AHRQ-funded study by Shi et al. cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Health Services Research
Flood AB, Luft HS. From the editors: recognizing excellence and translating health services research to policy. Health Serv Res 2004 Jun; 39(3):431-32. [Announces John M. Eisenberg Article-of-the-Year Award recipients.]

Hope HA. Working Conditions of the Nursing Workforce excerpts from a policy roundtable at AcademyHealth's 2003 Annual Research Meeting. Health Serv Res 2004 Jun; 39(3):445-61. [Describes AHRQ request to establish the IOM Committee on the Work Environment for Nurses and Patient Safety; cites AHRQ-funded national incident reporting system project, AHRQ-sponsored patient safety briefing, and AHRQ funding of fifth panel member, Barbara Mark.]

Konetzka RT, Yi D, Norton EC, et al. Policy research: effects of Medicare payment changes on nursing home staffing and deficiencies. Health Serv Res 2004 Jun; 39(3):463-87. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Cohen and Spector (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends and Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, respectively), J Health Econ, 1996, and AHRQ-funded article by Zhang and Grabowski, Gerontologist, 2004.]

Sims TH, Meurer JR, Sims M, et al. Factors associated with physician interventions to address adolescent smoking. Health Serv Res 2004 Jun; 39(3):571-85. [Cites AHRQ's Smoking Cessation Clinical Practice Guideline, 1996, and PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

Saitz R, Larson, MJ, Horton NJ, et al. Linkage with primary medical care in a prospective cohort of adults with addictions in inpatient detoxification: room for improvement. Health Serv Res 2004 Jun; 39(3):587-607. [Cites Bierman (former AHRQ researcher) et al, Eff Clin Pract, 1999.]

Journal of the American Board of Family Practice
Hahn DL, Plane MB. Feasibility of a practical clinical trial for asthma conducted in primary care. J Am Board Fam Pract 2004 May-Jun; 17(3):190-5. [Cites article in AHRQ report, Primary Care Research: Theory and Methods: Conference Proceedings, 1991, and AHRQ-authored article by Tunis, Stryer, and Clancy (second and third authors are Director of AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety and AHRQ Director, respectively), JAMA, 2003.]

Clavin T. How you can protect yourself. Parade 2004; May 23. [Quotes remarks by AHRQ by AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy and lists AHRQ's Web site as a resource for information on evaluating hospital safety practices.]

Halfon N, Inkelas M, Mistry R, et al. Satisfaction with health care for young children. Pediatrics 2004 Jun; 113(6):1965-72. [Cites CAHPS®, noting its lack of focus on well-child care and health supervision for young children; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Dougherty and Simpson (researcher in AHRQ's Office of Extramural Research, Education, and Priority Populations, and former AHRQ deputy director, respectively), Pediatrics 2004, Scanlon et al. (third author is Charles Darby, researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety), Health Serv Res, 2001, and Darby, Ambul Pediatr, 2002.]

Pink Sheet
AHRQ comparative study agenda should emphasize lit reviews—McClellan. Pink Sheet 2004 May 31; 66(22):26-27. [Summarizes remarks by AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy and CMS Administrator Mark McClellan at AHRQ effectiveness research "town hall" meeting.]

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

Annals of Internal Medicine
Williamson DF, Vinicor F, Bowman B, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Primary Prevention Working Group. Primary prevention of type 2 diabetes mellitus by lifestyle intervention: implications for health policy. Ann Intern Med 2004 Jun 1; 140(11):951-7. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for diabetes as published in Ann Intern Med, 2003.]

Health Services Research
Vogt TM, Aickin M, Ahmed F, et al. The Prevention Index: using technology to improve quality assessment. Health Serv Res 2004 Jun; 39(3):511-29. [Uses USPSTF Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996, and Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2001-4, as study criteria.]

Report on Medical Guidelines Outcomes Research
Government group doesn't suggest lung cancer screening for all. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2004 Jun 11; 15(11):3-4. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations on screening for lung cancer in asymptomatic patients.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

American Family Physician
Ganiats TG, Lieberthal AS, Culpepper L, et al. A joint clinical practice guideline for acute otitis media. Am Fam Physician 2004 Jun 1; 69(11):2537-8. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Management of Acute Otitis Media, 2001.]

Antioxidants are of little, if any, benefit in CVD. Am Fam Physician 2004 Jun 1; 69(11):2716-27. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Effect of Supplemental Antioxidants Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Coenzyme Q10 for the Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease, 2003, as posted on AHRQ Web site; inset box describes and gives Web site address for AHRQ booklet The Pocket Guide to Staying Healthy at 50+.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Bravata DM, McDonald KM, Smith WM, et al. Systematic review: surveillance systems for early detection of bioterrorism-related diseases. Ann Intern Med 2004 Jun 1; 140(11):910-22. [Supported by Contract No. 290-97-0013 to University of California San Francisco-Standord Evidence-Based Practice Center.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Safety
Szumlas S, Groszek J, Kitt S, et al. Take a second glance: a novel approach to inpatient fall prevention. Jt Comm J Qual Saf 2004 Jun; 30(6): 295-300. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001.]

Women's Health Issues
Kraemer DF, Berlin M, Guise JM. The relationship of health care delivery system characteristics and legal factors to mode of delivery in women with prior cesarean section: a systematic review. Womens Health Issues 2004 May-Jun; 14(3):94-103. [Supported by Contract No. 290-97-0018, Task Order No. 9 to Oregon Health Sciences University Evidence-based Practice Center and Grant No. K08 HS11338-01.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Health Services Research
Alemayehu B, Warner KE. The lifetime distribution of care costs. Health Serv Res 2004 Jun; 39(3):627-42. [Uses Medical Expenditure Panel Survey data.]

Current as of June 2004


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