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July 13, 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

Archives of Internal Medicine
Linder JA, Ma J, Bates DW, et al. Electronic health record use and the quality of ambulatory care in the United States. Arch Intern Med 2007 Jul 9; 167(13):1400-5. [Supported by grant K08 HS014563.]

Conway PH, Cnaan A, Zaoutis T, et al. Recurrent urinary tract infections in children: risk factors and association with prophylactic antimicrobials. JAMA 2007 Jul 11; 298(2):179-86. [Supported by Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) grant U18 HS10399 to University of Pennsylvania.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Raebel MA, Charles J, Dugan J, et al. Randomized trial to improve prescribing safety in ambulatory elderly patients. J Am Geriatr Soc 2007 Jul; 55(7):977-85. [Supported by grant 1 UC1 HS01429; notes receipt of AHRQ funding support by first, fifth (Korner KJ), and seventh (Magid DJ) authors.]

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Harrison MI, Koppel R, Bar-Lev S. Unintended consequences of information technologies in health care—an interactive sociotechnical analysis. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2007 Jun 28; [Epub ahead of print. First author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets.]

Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Glance LG, Osler TM, Mukamel DB, et al. Effect of complications on mortality after coronary artery bypass grafting surgery: evidence from New York State. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2007 Jul; 134(1):53-8. [Supported by grant R01 HS13617.]

New England Journal of Medicine
McWilliams JM, Meara E, Zaslavsky AM, et al. Use of health services by previously uninsured Medicare beneficiaries. N Engl J Med 2007 Jul 12; 357(2):143-53. [Supported by grant 5 T32 HS000029021. See also article by Haney, et al. (Pediatrics, 2007), cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Health Line
Atrial ablation: providers, officials weigh benefits of expensive procedure. Am Health Line 2007 Jul 9. [Quotes remarks by AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy.]

AORN Journal
Beyea SC. Encouraging patients to participate in their health care. AORN J 2007 Jun; 85(6):1231-33. [Mentions AHRQ as a stakeholder in patient-safety initiatives and describes AHRQ's Questions Are the Answer campaign.]

Plemmons J. Severity stages determine pressure ulcer regimen. Biomechanics 2007 Jun; 49-53 (estimated end page). [Cites AHRQ guideline Treatment of Pressure Ulcers, 1994.]

Canadian Medical Association Journal
Schull MJ, Stukel TA, Vermuelen MJ, et al. Effect of widespread restrictions on the use of hospital services during an outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome. CMAJ 2007 Jun 19; 176(13):1827-32. [Cites AHRQ publication, Reopening Shuttered Hospitals to Expand Surge Capacity, 2006.]

Frontiers of Health Services Management
Spath PL. Taming the measurement monster. Front Health Serv Manag 2007 Summer; 23(4):3-14. [Mentions AHRQ's guideline production efforts during the 1990s; cites Institute of Medicine report, Envisioning the National Health Care Quality Report, 2001; cites USPSTF recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1989.]

Lloyd RC. In God we trust; all others bring data. Front Health Serv Manag 2007 Summer; 23(4):33-8. [Mentions that AHRQ, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Joint Commission have the set the national stage for a focus on healthcare measurement.]

Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Hughes CW, Emslie GJ, Crismon ML, et al. Texas Children's Medication Algorithm Project: update from Texas Consensus Conference Panel on Medication Treatment of Childhood Major Depressive Disorder. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 2007 Jun; 46(6):667-86. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Depression in Primary Care, Volume I and 2: Detection and Diagnosis, 1993.]

Journal of American College Health
Fagan KA. Smoking-cessation counseling practices of college/university health-care providers—a theory-based approach. J Am Coll Health 2007 May-Jun; 55(6):351-9. [Cites AHRQ guideline Smoking Cessation, 1996.]

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Simon JS, Rundall TG, Shortell SM. Adoption of order entry with decision support for chronic care by physician organizations. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2007 Jul-Aug; 14(4):432-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Overhage J, et al. (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2004).]

Singh H, Arora HW, Vu MS, et al. Communication outcomes of critical imaging results in a computerized notification system. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2007 Jul-Aug; 14(4):459-66. [Cites article by Weinger and Blike, Intubation, in AHRQ publication Web M&M Rounds, 2003; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Poon, et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2004 and J Biomed Inform, 2003), Bates and Gawande (N Engl J Med, 2003).]

Wright A, Goldberg H, Hongsermeier T, et al. A description and functional taxonomy of rule-based decision support content at a large integrated delivery network. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2007 Jul-Aug; 14(4):489-96. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Dexter, et al. (N Engl J Med, 2001) and Poon, et al. (J Biomed Inform, 2003).]

Managed Healthcare Executive
Miller J. Deciphering diversity. Manag Healthc Exec 2007 Jun; 17(6):20-5. [States that according to [AHRQ], ethnic minorities are increasingly represented ion Medicare and Medicaid programs.]

Public Administration Review
Nabatchi T. The institutionalization of alternative dispute resolution in the federal government. Public Admin Rev 2007 Jul-Aug; 67(4):646-61. [Discusses the increase in AHRQ's scores on the Human Resources Quality of Worklife survey (from 90.8 to 99.6 between 1997 and 2001) following the creation of an Ombuds Office in 1999.]

Social Work
Megivern DM, McMillen JC, Proctor EK, et al. Quality of care: expanding the social work dialogue. Soc Work 2007 Apr; 52(2):115-24. [Cites article in AHRQ publication, Putting Research to Work ion Quality Improvement, 1993.]

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

American Family Physician
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Routine aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for the primary prevention of colorectal cancer: recommendation statement. Am Fam Physician 2007 Jul 1; 76(1):109-13. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations as released and published by the USPSTF on the AHRQ Web site.]

American Journal of Public Health
Coker AL, Flerx VC, Smith PH, et al. Partner violence screening in rural health care clinics. Am J Public Health 2007 Jul; 97(7):1319-25. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on screening women and elderly adults for family and intimate partner violence (Ann Intern Med, 2004).]

MMWR: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Decline in breast cancer incidence—United States, 1999-2003. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2007 Jun 8; 56(22):549-53. [Cites USPSTF recommendations against the routine use of hormone replacement therapy for the prevention of chronic diseases (on AHRQ Web site) in 2002 and discusses their possible impact on the decrease in breast cancer incidence.]

Haney EM, Huffman LH, Bougatsos C, et al. Screening and treatment for lipid disorders in children and adolescents: systematic evidence review for the US Preventive Services Task Force. Pediatrics 2007 Jul; 120(1):e189-214. [Supported by contract 290-02-0024 to the Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center; acknowledges support from AHRQ Medical Officer Janelle Guirguis-Blake and USPSTF project leads.]

Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health
Kalmuss D, Tatum C. Patterns of men s use of sexual and reproductive health services. Perspect Sex Reprod Health 2007 Jun; 39(2):74-81. [Cites USPSTF Screening for Testicular Cancer: Brief Evidence Update, 2004.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Dong H, Coyle D, Buxton M. Value of information analysis for a new technology: computer-assisted total knee replacement. Int J Technol Assess Health Care 2007 Summer; 23(3):337-42. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Total Knee Replacement, 2003.]

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Ash JS, Sittig DF, Poon EG, et al. The extent and importance of unintended consequences related to computerized provider order entry. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2007 Jul-Aug; 14(4):415-23. [Cites article by Kaushal, et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2003), portions of which were based on work performed in collaboration with the University of California San Francisco-Stanford Evidence-based Practice Center; cites several other AHRQ-funded articles on computerized physician order entry systems and adverse drug events.]

Glassman PA, Belperio P, Lanto A, et al. The utility of adding retrospective medication profiling to computerized provider order entry in an ambulatory care population. J Am Geriatr Soc 2007 Jul-Aug; 14(4):424-31. Cites article by Kaushal, et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2003), portions of which were based on work performed in collaboration with the University of California San Francisco-Stanford Evidence-based Practice Center; cites AHRQ-funded article by Bates, et al. (JAMA, 1995). See also article by Haney, et al. (Pediatrics, 2007) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles.]

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

Nursing Education Perspectives
Serizawa A. Developing a culturally competent health care workforce in Japan: implications for education. Nurs Educ Perspect 2007 May-Jun; 28(3):140-4. [Cites Institute of Medicine report, Envisioning the National Health Care Quality Report, 2001.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
de Wit M, Best AM, Gennings C, et al. Alcohol use disorders increase the risk for mechanical ventilation in medical patients. Alcohol Clin Exp Res 2007 Jul; 31(7):1224-30. [Uses data from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) for 2002-2003.]

Annals of Emergency Medicine
Schumacher HC, Bateman BT, Boden-Albala B, et al. Use of thrombolysis in acute ischemic stroke: analysis of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample 1999 to 2004. Ann Emerg Med 2007 Aug; 50(2):99-107. [Uses HCUP NIS data from 1999-2004.]

Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
Ricciardi R, Virnig BA, Madoff RD, et al. The status of radical proctectomy and sphincter-sparing surgery in the United States. Dis Colon Rectum 2007 Aug; 50(8):1119-27. [Uses HCUP NIS data from 1988-2003.]

Annals of Epidemiology
Bass E, French DD, Bradham DD, et al. Risk-adjusted mortality rates of elderly veterans with hip fractures. Ann Epidemiol 2007 Jul; 17(7):514-9. [Uses Elixhauser comorbidity measures and software as cited in article by Elixhauser, et al. (Med Care, 1998) and posted on AHRQ Web site.]

Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Alvarez SM, Burd RS. Increasing prevalence of gastroschis repairs in the United States; 1996-2003. J Pediatr Surg 2007 Jun; 42(6):943-6. [Uses HCUP NIS data from 1996-2003.]

Arnold MA, Chang DC, Nabaweesi R, et al. Development and validation of a risk stratification index to predict death in gastroschisis. J Pediatr Surg 2007 Jun; 42(6):950-6. [Uses HCUP NIS and Kids Inpatient Database (KID) data from 1988-2003.]

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Misra A. Impact of the HealthChoice program on cesarean section and vaginal birth after C-section deliveries: a retrospective analysis. Matern Child Health J 2007 Jun 5; [Epub ahead of print. Uses AHRQ's Inpatient Quality Indicators and data from the 1995 and 2000 HCUP Maryland State Inpatient Database (SID).]

Janjua N, Nasar A, Lynch JK, et al. Thrombolysis for ischemic stroke in children: data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample. Stroke 2007 Jun; 38(6):1850-4. [Uses HCUP NIS data from 2000-2003.]

Current as of July 2007


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