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July 27, 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
Aspinall SL, Metlay JP, Maselli JH, et al. Impact of hospital formularies on fluoroquinolone prescribing in emergency departments. Am J Manag Care 2007 May; 13(5):241-8. [Supported by grant R01 HS13915.]

Kawasaki L, Muntner P, Hyre AD, et al. Willingness to attend group visits for hypertension treatment. Am J Manag Care 2007 May; 13(5):257-62. [Supported by grant 1 P20 HS11834-01.]

Ethnicity and Disease
Shen JJ, Washington EL, Chung K, et al. Factors underlying racial disparities in hospital care of congestive heart failure. Ethn Dis 2007 Spring; 17(2):206-13. [Supported by grant 1 R03 HS13056.]

Levine RS, Briggs NC, Hollar D, et al. Descriptive and analytic epidemiologic studies to identify modifiable determinants of disparities in mortality rates between blacks and whites. Ethn Dis 2007 Spring; 17(2):280-3. [Supported by grant U18 HS11131.]

Guerra CE, Shea JA. Health literacy and perceived health status in Latinos and African Americans. Ethn Dis 2007 Spring; 17(2):305-12. [Supported by grant 1 R03 HS10299.]

Health Services Research
Stewart KA, Neumann PJ, Fletcher SW, Barton MB. The effect of immediate reading of screening mammograms on medical care utilization and costs after false-positive mammograms. Health Serv Res 2007 Aug; 42(4):1464-82. [Supported by AHRQ training grant to first author; fourth author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships.]

Hayward RA, Heisler M, Adams J, et al. Overestimating outcome rates: statistical estimation when reliability is suboptimal. Health Serv Res 2007 Aug; 42(4):1718-38. [Supported by grant P20 HS11540-01.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Managed Care
Mehrotra A, Pearson SD, Coltin KL, et al. The response of physician groups to P4P incentives. Am J Manag Care 2007 May; 13(5):249-55. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Rosenthal, et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006).]

Rosenthal MB. P4P: rumors of its demise may be exaggerated. Am J Manag Care 2007 May; 13(5):238-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Rosenthal, et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006).]

McMahon LF Jr, Hofer TP, Hayward RA. Physician-level P4P - DOA? Can quality-based payment be resuscitated? Am J Manag Care 2007 May; 13(5):238-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Hofer, et al. (JAMA, 1999).]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Reed DA, Levine RB, Miller RG, et al. Effect of residency duty-hour limits: views of key clinical faculty. Arch Intern Med 2007 Jul 23; 167(14):1487-92. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Landrigan, et al. (N Engl J Med, 2004).]

Ethnicity and Disease
Andrews JO, Bentley G, Crawford S, et al. Using community-based participatory research to develop a culturally sensitive smoking cessation intervention with public housing neighborhoods. Ethn Dis 2007 Spring; 17(2):331-7. [Cites PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

Health Services Research
Kenney G. The impacts of the State Children's Health Insurance Program on children who enroll: findings from ten states. Health Serv Res 2007 Aug; 42(4):1520-43. [Cites AHRQ-funded/authored article by Dick, Brach (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets), et al. (Health Aff, 2004).]

Wang H, Norton EC, Rozier RG. Effects of the State Children's Health Insurance Program on access to dental care and use of dental services. Health Serv Res 2007 Aug; 42(4):1544-63. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Selden and Hudson (Med Care, 2006) and AHRQ-funded article by Szilagyi, et al. (Pediatrics, 2004).]

Becker DJ. Do hospitals provide lower quality care on weekends? Health Serv Res 2007 Aug; 42(4):1589-612. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Needleman, et al (N Engl J Med, 2002).]

Alkema GE, Wilber KH, Shanon GR, et al. Reduced mortality: the expected impact of a telephone-based care management intervention for older adults in managed care. Health Serv Res 2007 Aug; 42(4):1632-50. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Albertsen, et al. (JAMA, 1995).]

Intrator O, Grabowski DC, Zinn J, et al. Hospitalization of nursing home residents; the effects of states' Medicaid payment and bed-hold policies. Health Serv Res 2007 Aug; 42(4):1651-71. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Cohen and Spector (J Health Econ, 1996).]

Bradley EH, Curry LA, Devers KJ. Qualitative data analysis for health services research: developing taxonomy, themes, and theory. Health Serv Res 2007 Aug; 42(4):1758-72. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Devers (former AHRQ researcher) (Health Serv Res, 1999).]

Rubenfeld GD, McNamara-Aslin E, Robinson L. The pulmonary artery catheter, 1967-2007: rest in peace? JAMA 2007 Jul 25; 298(4):458-61. [Comments on article by Wiener, et al. (JAMA, 2007) cited in Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.]

Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine
Alattar M, Harrington JJ, Mitchell CM, et al. Sleep problems in primary care: a North Carolina Family Practice Research Network (NC-FP-RN) study. J Am Bd Fam Med 2007 Jul-Aug; 20(4):365-74. [Notes that activities of the NC-FP-RN have been supported by AHRQ and other government agencies.]

Forjuoh SN, Reis MD, Couchman GR, et al. Incorporating PDA use in diabetes self-care: a Central Texas Primary Care Research Network (CenTexNet) study. Am Bd Fam Med 2007 Jul-Aug; 20(4):375-84. [Notes that portions of the data described in this article were presented at the AHRQ National Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) Research Conference, 2006.]

Modern Healthcare
Robeznieks A. NQF OKs patient surveys: more accurate assessments should come, experts say. Mod Healthc 2007 Jul 23; 37(23):12-3. [Notes the National Quality Forum s previous endorsement of the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey.]

Nursing Research
Kitson AL. What influences the use of research in clinical practice? Nurs Res 2007 Jul-Aug; 56(4 Suppl):S1-3. [Notes that AHRQ's programme of work around evidence-based practice implementation has moved the [international health policy] agenda forward.]

Titler MG, Everett LG, Adams S. Implications for implementation science. Nurs Res 2007 Jul-Aug; 56(4 Suppl):S53-9. [Describes and cites several AHRQ-funded articles on factors affecting the use of evidence in day-to-day health care delivery, including Feldman, et al. (Health Serv Res, 2005), McDonald, et al. (J Pain Symptom Manag, 2005), and Murtaugh, et al. (Health Serv Res, 2005), cites article in forthcoming AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety and Quality—An Evidence-based Handbook for Nurses; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Farquhar, Stryer, and Slutsky (Int J Qual Health Care, 2002) and Tunis, Stryer, and Clancy (JAMA, 2003).]

Quality Management in Health Care
Printezis A, Gopalakrishnan M. Current pulse: can a production system reduce medical errors in health care? Qual Manag Health Care 2007 Jul-Sep; 16(3):226-38. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Cullen, et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Improv, 1995).]

Leng G. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence: an interview with Gillian Leng, MD. Qual Manag Health Care 2007 Jul-Sep; 16(3):293-6. [Notes that NICE guidances show a superficial resemblance to the advisories published by [AHRQ], although NICE publishes specific implementation templates to support its guidances, listing the steps in the implementation process.]

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

American Family Physician
Majeroni B, Ukkadam S. Screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections in pregnancy. Am Fam Physician 2007 Jul 15; 76(2):265-70. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for HIV (Ann Intern Med, 2005).]

Ebell MH. Predicting hip fracture risk in older women. Am Fam Physician 2007 Jul 15; 76(2):273-5. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, as published on AHRQ Web site .]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Health Services Research
Wang J, Zuckerman IH, Miller NA, et al. Utilizing new prescription drugs: disparities among non-Hispanic whites, non-Hispanic blacks, and Hispanic whites. Health Serv Res 2007 Aug; 42(4):1499-519. [Uses 1996-2001 data from AHRQ's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS).]

Volpp KG, Lave JR, Jha AK, et al. Is thirty-day hospital mortality really lower for black veterans compared with white veterans? Health Serv Res 2007 Aug; 42(4):1613-31. [Uses AHRQ's Quality Indicator report, AHRQ Quality Indicators—Guide to Inpatient Quality Indicators: Quality of Care in Hospitals—Volume, Mortality, and Utilization, 2002, to identify six conditions for which mortality was considered an important indicator of quality.]

Wiener RS, Welch HG. Trends in the use of the pulmonary artery catheter in the United States, 1993-2004. JAMA 2007 Jul 25; 298(4):423-9. [Uses 1993-2004 data from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS).]

Current as of July 2007


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