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June 22, 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

American Journal of Managed Care
Tisnado DM, Adams JL, Liu H, et al. Does concordance between data sources vary by medical organization type? Am J Manag Care 2007 Jun; 13(6 Part 1):289-96. [Supported by grant T32 HS400046.]

Landon BE, Rosenthal MB, Normand ST, et al. Incentive formularies and changes in prescription drug spending. Am J Manag Care 2007 Jun; 13(6 Part 1):360-9. [Supported by grants P01 HS10803 and R01 HS014774.]

American Journal of Medicine
Gurwitz JH, Field TS, Radford MJ, et al. The safety of warfarin therapy in the nursing home setting. Am J Med 2007 Jun; 120(6):539-44. [Supported by grant P01 HS11534.]

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Cooper WO, Willy ME, Pont SJ, et al. Increasing use of antidepressants in pregnancy. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2007 Jun; 196(6):544. e1-5. [Supported by grant HS0384.]

Glance LG, Wissler R, Glantz C, et al. Racial differences in the use of epidural analgesia for labor. Anesthesiology 2007 Jan; 106(1):19-25. [Supported by AHRQ, grant number not available.]

Annals of Surgery
El-Tamer MB, Ward BM, Schifftner T, et al. Morbidity and mortality following breast cancer surgery in women: national benchmarks for standards of care. Ann Surg 2007 May; 245(5):665-71. [Supported by grant 1 U18 HS11913-03.]

AORN Journal
Beyea SC, Simmons D, Hicks RW. Caution: tubing misconnections can be deadly. AORN J 2007 Mar; 85(3):633-5. [Supported by grant 1 P01 HS1154401.]

Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine
Hobson WL, Knochel ML, Byington CL, et al. Bottled, filtered, and tap water use in Latino and non-Latino children. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2007 May; 161(5):457-61. [Supported by grant R24 HS011826.]

Talcott JA, Spain P, Clark JA, et al. Hidden barriers between knowledge and behavior: the North Carolina prostate cancer screening experience. Cancer 2007 Apr 15; 109(8):1599-606. [Supported by grant 5 P01 HS010881.]

Clinical Trials
Lewis RJ, Lipsky AM, Berry DA. Bayesian decision-theoretic group sequential clinical trial design based on a quadratic loss function: a frequentist evaluation. Clin Trials 2007 4(1):5-14. [Supported by grant HS09065-01.]

Family Medicine
Killip S, Ireson CL, Love MM, et al. Patient safety in after-hours telephone medicine. Fam Med 2007 Jun; 39(6):404-9. [Supported by grant 5 R24 HS011845.]

Resnick B, Gruber-Baldini AL, Pretzer-Aboff I, et al. Reliability and validity of the evaluation to sign consent measure. Gerontologist 2007 Feb; 47(1):69-77. [Supported by grant R01 HS/MH13372-01.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Zhan C, Battles J, Chiang Y, Hunt D. The validity of ICD-9-CM codes in identifying postoperative deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2007 Jun; 33(6):326-31. [First three authors are authors in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Unrod M. Randomized controlled trial of a computer-based, tailored intervention to increase smoking cessation counseling by primary care physicians. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Apr; 22(4):478-84. [Supported by grant R01 HS10547-0182.]

Medical Care
Glance LG, Osler TM, Mukamel DB, et al. Use of a matching algorithm to evaluate hospital coronary artery bypass grafting performance as an alternative to conventional risk adjustment. Med Care 2007 April; 45(4):292-99. [Supported by grant R01 HS13617.]

Akincigil A, Bowblis JR, Levin C, et al. Adherence to antidepressant treatment among privately insured patients diagnosed with depression. Med Care 2007 April; 45(4):363-9. [Supported by grants U18 HS0106097 and HS01182.]

Langfitt JT, Westerveld M, Hamberger MJ, et al. Worsening quality of life after epilepsy surgery. Neurology 2007 Jun 5; 68(23):1988-994. [Supported by grant R01 HS09986.]

Public Health Reports
Howard DL, Hakeem FB, Njue C, et al. Racially disproportionate admission rates for ambulatory care sensitive conditions in North Carolina. Public Health Rep 2007 May-Jun; 122(3):362-72. [Supported by grant R24 HS013353.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Managed Care
Fendrick AM, Chernew ME. Fiscally responsible, clinically sensitive cost sharing: contain costs while preserving quality. Am J Manag Care 2007 Jun; 13(6 Part 2):325-7. [Comments on AHRQ-funded article by Landon, et al. in same issue, cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Zeber JE, Grazier KL, Walenstein M, et al. Effect of a medication copayment increase in veterans with schizophrenia. Am J Manag Care 2007 Jun; 13(6 Part 2):335-46. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Zuvekas (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Finance, Access, and Cost Trends) (Health Aff, 2005).]

Mager DE, Cox ER. Relationship between generic and preferred-brand prescription copayment differentials and generic fill rate. Am J Manag Care 2007 Jun; 13(6 Part 2):347-52. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Motherall, et al. (Med Care, 2001) and Huskamp, et al. (N Engl J Med, 2003).]

Gilman BH, Kautter J. Consumer response to dual incentives under multitiered prescription drug formularies. Am J Manag Care 2007 Jun; 13(6 Part 2):353-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Motherall, et al. (Med Care, 2001) and Huskamp, et al. (N Engl J Med, 2003).]

Mullins CD, Palumbo FB, Saba M. Formulary tier placement for commonly prescribed branded drugs: benchmarking and creation of a preferred placement index. Am J Manag Care 2007 Jun; 13(6 Part 2):377-84. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Huskamp, et al. (N Engl J Med, 2003).]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Manheimer E, Linde K, Lao L, et al. Meta-analysis: acupuncture for osteoarthritis of the knee. Ann Intern Med 2007 Jun 19; 146(12):868-77. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Cherkin, et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2003).]

Health Care Management Science
Schutz AL, Counte M, Meurer S. Development of a patient safety culture measurement tool for ambulatory health care settings: analysis of content validity. Health Care Manag Sci 2007 Jun; 10(2):139-49. [Cites AHRQ Web site publication, Hospital Survey on Patient Safety, 2005.]

Tseng CW, Mangione CM, Brook RH, et al. Identifying widely covered drugs and drug coverage variation among Medicare Part D formularies. JAMA 2007 Jun 20; 297(23):2596-602. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Soumerai, et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2006).]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Dunn EJ, Mills PD, Neily J, et al. Medical team training: applying crew resource management in the Veterans Health Administration. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2007 Jun; 33(6):317-25. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Knaus, et al. (Ann Intern Med, 1986), Pronovost, et al. (J Crit Care, 2003), and Sexton, et al. (BMC Health Serv Res, 2006).]

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

American Family Physician
Knutson D, Steiner E. Screening for breast cancer: current recommendations and future directions. Am Fam Physician 2007 Jun 1; 75(11):1660-6. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on breast cancer screening, on AHRQ Web site.]

American Journal of Managed Care
Margolis KL, Solberg LI, Asche SE, et al. Use of practice system tools by medical groups for depression. Am J Manag Care 2007 Jun; 13(6 Part 1):305-11. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review and recommendations on depression screening (Ann Intern Med, 2002); cites AHRQ-funded article by Sperl-Hillen and O'Connor (Am J Manag Care, 2005) and AHRQ Web site publication, State Snapshots, 2005.]

MedSurg Nursing
Smith AP, Lichtveld MY. A competency-based approach to expanding the cancer care workforce. MedSurg Nurs 2007 Apr; 16(2):109-17. [States that the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is considered the most authoritative standard for such services, and should be consulted for the most recent guidance in prevention.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Clancy DE, Huang P. Okonufua E, et al. Group visits: promoting adherence to diabetes guidelines. J Gen Intern Med 2007 May 22; 22(5):620-24. [Evaluates the effect of group visits on clinical outcomes and concordance with three USPSTF cancer screens, as presented on AHRQ Web site page Preventive Services Resource Links.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Hospitals and Health Networks
Vastag B. Telemedicine s adolescent angst: growing pains are evident, the 'wows' relatively rare, but home-based care is ready to explode. Hosp Health Netw 2007 Jun; 25(6):66-70. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Telemedicine for the Medicare Population—Update, 2006.]

National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR)/National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR)-Related Articles

Journal of Healthcare Management
Longo DR, Hewett JE, Ge B, et al. Hospital patient safety: characteristics of best-performing hospitals. J Healthc Manag 2007 May-Jun; 52(3):188-205. [Cites NHQR for 2004 and 2005; cites AHRQ-authored article by Altman, Clancy (AHRQ director), and Blendon (N Engl J Med, 2004).]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Archives of Surgery
Smith JK, McPhee JT, Hill JS, et al. National outcomes after gastric resection for neoplasm. Arch Surg 2007 Apr; 142(4):387-93. [Uses AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) for 1998-2003.]

Critical Care Medicine
Dombrovskiy VY, Martin AA, Sunderram J, et al. Occurrence and outcomes of sepsis: influence of race. Crit Care Med 2007 Mar; 35(3):763-8. [Uses the HCUP New Jersey State Inpatient Database (SID).]

Dombrovskiy VY, Martin AA, Sunderram J, et al. Rapid increase in hospitalization and mortalilty rates for severe sepsis in the United States a trend analysis from 1993 to 2003. Crit Care Med 2007 Mar; 35(5):1244-50. [Uses HCUP NIS data for 1993-2003.]

Gynecologic Oncology
Elit L. Zitzelsberger L, Fung-Kee-Fung M, et al. Use of systemic therapy in women with recurrent ovarian cancer—development of a national clinical practice guideline. Gynecol Oncol 2007 Jul; 106(1):181-92. [Uses AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC) to identify applicable guidelines.]

Journal of Cardiac Surgery
Becker ER, McPherson MA, Rahimi A. Influence of source and type of admission on in-hospital mortality for coronary artery bypass surgery patients: national results from 1.7 million CABG patients, 1998 to 2002. J Card Surg 2007 May-Jun; 22(3):203-10. [Uses HCUP NIS data for 1998-2002.]

Journal of Trauma
Hannan EL, Farrell LS. Predicting trauma inpatient mortality in an administrative database: an investigation of survival risk ratios using New York data. J Trauma 2007 Apr; 62(4):964-8. [Uses HCUP NIS data for 2001.]

Brown TB, Romanello M, Kilgore M. Cost-utility analysis of emergency department thoracotomy for trauma victims. J Trauma 2007 May; 62(5):1180-5. [Uses HCUP NIS data.]

Grijalva CG, Arbogast PG, Martin SW, et al. Decline in pneumonia admissions after routine childhood immunisation with pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in the USA: a time-series analysis. Lancet 2007 Apr 7; 369(9568):1179-86. [Uses HCUP NIS data for 2001-2004.]

Yang J, Peek-Asa C, Allareddy V, et al. Patient and hospital characteristics associated with length of stay and hospital charges for pediatric sports-related injury hospitalizations in the United States, 2000-2003. Pediatrics 2007 Apr; 119(4):e813-20. [Uses HCUP NIS data for 2000-2003.]

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