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July 12, 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

Health Services Research
Clancy C. AHRQ's Fiscal Year 2003 budget proposal. Health Serv Res 2002 Jun; 37(3):xiii-xviii. [Author is AHRQ acting director.]

Harris KM. Can high quality overcome consumer resistance to restricted provider access? Evidence from a health plan choice experiment. Health Serv Res 2002 Jun; 37(3):551-71. [Grant No. R03 HS10367 and T32 HS00046-0.]

Dranove D, Simon CJ, White WD. Is managed care leading to consolidation in health-care markets? Health Serv Res 2002 Jun; 37(3):573-94. [Grant No. R01 HS09210.]

Kovner C, Jones C, Zhan C, et al. Nurse staffing and postsurgical adverse events: an analysis of administrative data from a sample of U.S. Hospitals, 1990-1996. Health Serv Res 2002 Jun; 37(3):611-29. [Authors are AHRQ researchers with the Center for Primary Care Research and Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.]

Finkelstein JA, Lozano P, Streiff KA, et al. Clinical effectiveness research in managed-care systems: lessons from the pediatric asthma care PORT. Health Serv Res 2002 Jun; 37(3):775-89. [PACPORT Grant No. HS08368-01.]

International Journal of Nursing Studies
Cohen-Mansfield J, Lipson S. Medical decisions for troubled breathing in nursing home residents. Int J Nurs Stud 2002 Jul; 39(5):557-61. [Grant No. HS09833-01.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Mehta KM, Yaffe K, Covinsky KE. Cognitive impairment, depressive symptoms, and functional decline in older people. J Am Geriatr Soc June 2002; 50(6):1045-50. [Grant No. K02 HS00006-01.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Sulkowski MS, Moore, RD, Mehta SH, et al. Hepatitis C and progression of HIV disease. JAMA 2002 Jul 10; 288(2):199-206. [Second author supported by funding from AHRQ.]

Journal of Health Care Risk Management
Selker HP, Beshansky JR, Pozen JD, et al. Electrocardiograph-based emergency department risk management tool based on the ACI-TIPI: potential impact on care and malpractice claims. J Health Care Risk Manag 2002 Winter; 22(1):11-18. [Grant No. R01 HS07360.]

Journal of Health Economics
Deb P, Trivedi PK. The structure of demand for health care: latent class versus two-part models. J Health Econ 2002 Jul; 21(4):601-25. [Grant No. R03 HS09843-01.]

Journal of Risk & Insurance
Gray BM, Selden TM. Adverse selection and the capped premium subsidy in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. J Risk Insur 2002 Jun; 69(2):209-24. [Second author is researcher with AHRQ's Center for Cost and Financing Studies.]

Journal of Rural Health
Schur CL, Berk ML, Dunbar JR, et al. Where to seek care: an examination of people in rural areas with HIV/AIDS. J Rural Health 2002 Spring; 18(2):337-47. [HCSUS Cooperative Agreement HS08578.]

Schlenker RE, Powell MC, Goodrich GK. Rural-urban home health care differences before the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. J Rural Health 2002 Spring; 18(2):359-72. [Grant No. 5 R01 HS08031.]

Medical Care
Garg PP, Landrum MB, Normand ST, et al. Understanding individual and small area variation in the underuse of coronary angiography following acute myocardial infarction. Med Care 2002 Jul; 40(7):614-26. [Grant No. HS08071.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Medical News
Landa AS. Patient safety bill calls for voluntary error reporting. Am Med News 2002 Jul 1; 45(25):7. [Cites Congress' creation of a center within AHRQ to study medical errors.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Abraham I, Killackey-Jones B. Lack of evidence-based research for idiopathic low back pain. Arch Intern Med 2002 Jul 8; 162(13):1442-48. [Cites AHRQ's low back pain guidelines and associated research.]

BNA's Health Care Policy Report
HHS quality agency announces update to Internet site for comparing hospitals. BNA's Health Care Policy Rep 2002 Jul 8; 10(27):919. [Summarizes press release announcing update to AHRQ's HCUPnet.]

Health Affairs
Lansky D. Improving quality through public disclosure of performance information. Health Aff 2002 Jul-Aug; 21(4):52-62. [Notes low AHRQ budget appropriations compared to that of NIH.]

Doolan DF, Bates DW. Computerized physician order entry systems in hospitals: mandates and incentives. Health Aff 2002 Jul-Aug; 21(4):180-88. [Cites AHRQ tasking in bills on medical safety and AHRQ experience in funding patient safety research; cites AHRQ-funded studies on adverse drug events.]

Health Services Research
Annual report to our readers and the field: September 1, 2000-August 31, 2001 [editorial]. Health Serv Res 2002 Jun; 37(3):523-27. [Expresses appreciation to former AHRQ director John Eisenberg.]

Health Grants and Contracts Weekly
Patient-centered care (NIMH/AHRQ). Health Grants Contracts Weekly 2002 Jul 1; 25(26):6. [Announces extension of standing joint program announcement.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement
Wong P, Helsinger D, Petry J. Providing the right infrastructure to lead the culture change for patient safety. Jt Comm J Qual Improv 2002 Jul; 28(7):363-72. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Bates, JAMA 1997.]

Karow HS. Creating a culture of medication administration safety: laying the foundation for computerized provider order entry. Jt Comm J Qual Improv 2002 Jul; 28(7):396-402. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Bates, J Am Med Inform Assoc, 1997.]

Journal of Ambulatory Care Management
Kuznets N. Diagnostic colonoscopy: performance measurement study. J Ambulatory Care Manage 2002 Jul; 25(3):41-55. [Cites AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™.]

Journal of Health Economics
Bolin K, Jacobson L, Lindren B. Employer investments in employee health implications for the family as health producer. J Health Econ 2002 Jul; 21(4):563-83. [Cites article by Selden (AHRQ researcher), J Health Econ, 1993.]

Medical Care
Field TS, Cadoret CA, Brown ML, et al. Surveyng physicians: do components of the "total design approach" to optimizing survey response rates apply to physicians. Med Care 2002 Jul; 40(7):596-606. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Ayanian, N Engl J Med, 1994.]

Medicine on the Net
Patient safety resources on the Net. Medicine Net 2002 Jul; 8(7):4. [Lists AHRQ Web site among patient safety resources on the Internet.]

Healthcare quality site launched. Medicine Net 2002 Jul; 8(7):10. [Summarizes features of AHRQ's TalkingQuality site.]

Flory J. Accelerating change today: reducing medical errors and improving patient safety. Medicine Net 2002 Jul; 8(7):13. [Reviews report available at and lists several AHRQ-developed and funded sites.]

Pink Sheet
Drug risk assessment needs IoM report to synthesize research—CERTs. Pink Sheet 2002 Jul 8; 64(27):21-22. [Summarizes recommendations given at AHRQ-sponsored workshop.]

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

American Health Line
Breast cancer: task force issues treatment recommendations. Am Health Line 2002 Jul 2; #4. [Summarizes Task Force recommendations published in Ann Intern Med.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Mulley AG. Making good decisions about breast cancer chemoprevention [editorial]. Ann Intern Med 2002 Jul 2; 137(1):52-54. [Describes and analyzes Task Force guidelines on chemoprevention for breast cancer.]

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Chemoprevention of breast cancer: recommendations and rationale. Ann Intern Med 2002 Jul 2; 137(1):56-58. [Summarizes Task Force recommendations presented in article by Kinsinger et al. cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.]

Summaries for Patients. Using medication to prevent breast cancer: recommendations from the United States Preventive Services Task Force. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med 2002 Jul 2; 137(1):1-62. [Summarizes in lay language Task Force recommendations presented in article by Kinsinger et al. cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.]

Journal of Rural Health
Park H, Sprince NL, Jensen C, et al. Health risk factors among Iowa farmers. J Rural Health 2002 Spring; 18(2):286-93. [Cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Annals of Internal Medicine
Kinsinger LS, Harris R, Woolf SH, et al. Chemoprevention of breast cancer: a summary of the evidence for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med 2002 Jul 2; 137(1):59-67 + appendix. [Developed by the RTI-UNC Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-97-0011.]

Modern Healthcare
Benko LB. Embracing Leapfrog. Mod Healthc 2002 Jul 1; 32(26):6-7, 16. [Cites AHRQ evidence report on medical errors.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Health Affairs
Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU. Paying for national health insurance-and not getting it. Health Aff 2002 Jul-Aug; 21(4):88-98. [Uses Medical Expenditure Panel Survey data to estimate state and local government spending for employee health benefits.]

Ferry DH, Garrett B, Glied S, et al. Health insurance expansions for working families: a comparison of targeting strategies. Health Aff 2002 Jul-Aug; 21(4):246-54. [Uses Medical Expenditure Panel Survey data to estimate rates of employer-provided health coverage.]

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