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July 29, 2005

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

American Journal of Medical Quality
Clancy CM, Dayton E, McNeill D, et al. The quality challenge. Am J Med Qual 2005 Jul-Aug; 20(4):219-21. [First author is AHRQ Director; remaining three authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.]

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Haggerty CL, Ferrell RE, Hubel CA, et al. Association between allelic variants in cytokine genes and preeclampsia. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2005 Jul; 193(1):209-15. [Supported by Grant No. HS10592.]

Annals of Family Medicine
Liszka HA, Mainous AG III, King DE, et al. Prehypertension and cardiovascular morbidity. Ann Fam Med 2005 Jul-Aug; 3(4):294-99. [Supported by Grant No. P01 HS1087.]

Tarn DM, Meredith LS, Kajawa-Singer J, et al. Trust in one's physician: the role of ethnic match, autonomy, acculturation, and religiosity among Japanese and Japanese Americans. Ann Fam Med 2005 Jul-Aug; 3(4):339-47. [Supported by Grant No. P50 HS07370.]

Crawford MA, Harrington TM, Russell TV, et al. Practice extenders and PDA-based counseling for smoking and unhealthy diet. Ann Fam Med 2005 Jul-Aug; 3(Suppl 2):S41-S43. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R21 HS13529.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Holm IA, Manson JE, Michels KB, et al. Smoking and other lifestyle factors and the risk of Graves' hyperthyroidism. Arch Intern Med 2005 Jul 25; 165(14):1606-11. [Supported by Grant No. T32 HS000063.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Kovner C, Menezes J, Goldberg JD. Examining nurses decision process for medication management in home care. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2005 Jul; 31(7):379-85. [Supported by Grant No. P20 HS11523-01; first author is former AHRQ researcher.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Weinick RM, Byron SC, Bierman AS. Who can't pay for health care? J Gen Intern Med 2005 Jun; 20(6):504-9. [First author was researcher in AHRQ's Office of Performance Accountability, Resources, and Technology at time of publication; second and third authors are former AHRQ researchers.]

Levinson W, Kao A, Kuby A, et al. Not all patients want to participate in decision making: a national study of public preferences. J Gen Intern Med 2005 Jun; 20(6):531-5. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS09982.]

Boustani M, Callahan CM, Unverzagt FW, et al. Implementing a screening and diagnosis program for dementia in primary care. J Gen Intern Med 2005 Jun; 20(6):572-7. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10884-01.]

Chen I, Kurz J, Pasanen M, et al. Racial differences in opioid use for chronic nonmalignant pain. J Gen Intern Med 2005 Jun; 20(6):593-8. [Supported by Grant No. P01 HS10861.]

Franks P, Fiscella K, Meldrum S. Racial disparities in the content of primary care office visits. J Gen Intern Med 2005 Jun; 20(6):599-603. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10910-01A2.]

Medical Decision Making
Rosen AB, Greenberg D, Stone PW, et al. Quality of abstracts of papers reporting original cost-effectiveness analyses. Med Decis Making 2005 Jul-Aug; 25(4):424-8. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10919.]

Neumann PJ, Rosen AB, Greenberg D, et al. Can we better prioritize resources for cost-utility research? Med Decis Making 2005 Jul-Aug; 25(4):429-36. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10919.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Academic Medicine
Hobgood C, Hevia A, Tamayo-Sarver TH, et al. The influence of the causes and contexts of medical errors on emergency medicine residents responses to their errors: an exploration. Acad Med 2005 Aug; 80(8):758-64. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Thomas, Studdert, Burstin (director of AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships), et al. (Med Care 2000).]

Ambulatory Pediatrics
Perrin JM. Insuring children's health care: a call for papers. Ambul Pediatr 2005 Jul-Aug; 5(4):195-6. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Dusing, et al. (Ambul Pediatr 2004).]

American Health Line
Immigrants: have less health care expenditures than native-born. Am Health Line 2005 Jul 26; #8. [Describes results of study using Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data (Mohanty, et al., Am J Public Health 2005).]

American Journal of Medical Quality
Haviland MG, Morales LS, Dial TH, et al. Race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and satisfaction with health care. Am J Med Qual 2005 Jul-Aug; 20(4):195-203. [Cites study using Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Survey (CAHPS®) data (Morales, et al., Health Serv Res 2001); cites AHRQ-authored articles by Lurie, Zhan, Sangl (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety), et al. (Am J Manag Care 2003) and Hellinger (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Arch Intern Med 1998).]

British Medical Journal
Spurgeon D. Weight reduction surgery quadruples in US in four years to nearly 72,000 operations. BMJ 2005 Jul 16; 331(7509):128. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ-authored article by Encinosa, et al. (Health Aff 2005).]

Evidence-based Healthcare and Public Health
Bruce J. Surgical death rates are not a reliable measure of hospital quality. Evid Based Healthc Public Health 2005 Feb; 9(1):20-2. [Abstracts and comments on article using data from the 2000 Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) (Dimick, et al., JAMA 2004).]

Social position and ethnic origin do not affect access to medical care in people with coronary heart disease. Evid Based Healthc Public Health 2005 Feb; 9(1):60-2. [Comments on AHRQ-funded study by Britton, et al. (BMJ 2004).]

Gray Sheet
HHS advisory committee recommends adoption of ACMG panel. Gray Sheet 2005 Jul 25; 25. [Notes committee's request for AHRQ review of the algorithm used to develop the panel of heritable diseases.]

Journal of the American Board of Family Practice
Madlon-Kay DJ, DeFor TA. Maternal postpartum health care utilization and the effect of Minnesota early discharge legislation. J Am Board Fam Pract 2005 Jul-Aug 2005; 18(4):307-11. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Meikle (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence), et al. (Am J Obstet Gynecol 1998).]

Lewis-Fernandez R, Das AK, Alfonso C, et al. Depression in US Hispanics: diagnostic and management considerations in family practice. J Am Board Fam Pract 2005 Jul-Aug 2005; 18(4):282-96. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Miranda, et al. (Health Serv Res 2003).]

New England Journal of Medicine
Williams SC, Schmaltz SP, Morton DJ, et al. Quality of care in U.S. hospitals as reflected by standardized measures, 2002-2004. N Engl J Med 2005 Jul 21; 353(3):255-65. [Describes results of AHRQ's National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR), 2003.]

Jha AK, Li Z, Orav EJ, et al. Care in U.S. hospitals—the Hospital Quality Alliance program. N Engl J Med 2005 Jul 21; 353(3):265-274. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bradley, et al. (JAMA 2001) and Allison, et al. (JAMA 2000).]

Romano PS. Improving the quality of hospital care in America. N Engl J Med 2005 Jul 21; 353(3):302-4. [Cites AHRQ's NHQR, 2004.]

Nursing Research
Chouinard MC, Robichaud-Ekstrand S. The effectiveness of a nursing inpatient smoking cessation program in individuals with cardiovascular disease. Nurs Res 2005 Jul-Aug; 54(4):243-54. [Cites AHRQ guideline on smoking cessation, 1996.]

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Kushner DM, LaGalbo R, Connor JP, et al. Use of a bupivacaine continuous wound infusion system in gynecologic oncology: a randomized trial. Obstet Gynecol 2005 Aug; 106(2):227-83. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Acute Pain Management: Operative or Medical Procedures and Trauma, 1992.]

Research Policy ALERT
Genel M. Creating a home for clinical research. Res Policy Alert 2005 Jul 25. [States that there is no single identifiable champion for surmounting the second translational block as the National Institutes of Health are for the first, other than perhaps AHRQ, whose funding is approximately 1% of that of NIH, though there are ample stakeholders in the private health care sector.]

Pink Sheet
Pharma spends 0.3% of sales on post-market safety activities, CERT says. Pink Sheet 2005 Jul 25; 67(30):7. [Presents findings from unpublished Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) report.]

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

American Family Physician
Morantz C. AHRQ releases updated Guide to Clinical Preventive Services. Am Fam Physician 2005 Jul 15; 72(2):213. [Announces release of USPSTF Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2005.]

Clinical quiz. Am Fam Physician 2005 Jul 15; 72(2):221-3. [Includes questions based on USPSTF recommendation, Hormone Therapy for the Prevention of Chronic Conditions in Postmenopausal Women, 2005.]

Rager EL, Bridgeford EP, Ollila DW. Cutaneous melanoma: update on prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment. Am Fam Physician 2005 Jul 15; 72(2):269-76. [Cites USPSTF recommendation Counseling to Prevent Skin Cancer, 2003, and Screening for Skin Cancer (Am J Prev Med 2001).]

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Hormone therapy for the prevention of chronic conditions in postmenopausal women: recommendation statement. Am Fam Physician 2005 Jul 15; 72(2):311-6. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendation named in title and updates 2002 recommendation on same subject.]

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Burstein GR, Snyder MH, Conley D, et al. Chlamydia screening in a health before and after a national performance measure introduction. Obstet Gynecol 2005 Aug; 106(2):327-34. [Cites USPSTF recommendations, Screening for Chlamydial Infection (Am J Prev Med 2001) and Screening for Cervical Cancer, 2003 (on AHRQ Web site).]

Wall Street Journal
Landro L. Preventive care falls short of target. Wall Street J 2005 Jul 27; D5. [Discusses USPSTF efforts to add new or updated guidelines to its inventory of recommendations; quotes remarks by AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

American Family Physician
Fink KS. Systematic reviews provide more accurate assessments. Am Fam Physician 2005 Jul 15; 72(2):226. [Author is Evidence-based Practice Centers Programs Director in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Public Health Reports
Shi L, Stevens GD. Disparities in access to care and satisfaction among U.S. children: the roles of race/ethnicity and poverty status. Public Health Rep 2005 Jul-Aug; 120(4):431-41. [Uses data from the Household Component of the 1996 and 2000 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.]

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