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August 2, 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.

AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles

Ambulatory Pediatrics
Clancy CM, Dougherty D, Walker E. The importance of outcomes research in pediatric emergency medicine. Ambul Pediatr 2002 Jul-Aug; 2(4 Suppl):293-300. [Authors are AHRQ acting director and researchers in AHRQ's Office of Priority Populations and Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, respectively.]

Darby C. Patient/parent assessment of the quality of care. Ambul Pediatr 2002 Jul-Aug; 2(4 Suppl):345-48. [Author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.]

American Journal of Epidemiology
Studdert DM. Charges of human immunodeficiency virus discrimination in the workplace: The Americans with Disabilities Act in action. Ambul Pediatr 2002 Jul-Aug; 2(4 Suppl):219-29. [Grant No. K02 HS11285.]

American Journal of Hypertension
Egan BM. Ethnicity and unprovoked hypokalemia in the ARIC study. Am J Hypertens 2002 Jul; 15(7 Part 1):660-61. [Grant No. P01 HS1087.]

American Journal of Medicine
Kent DM, Hayward RA, Griffith JL, et al. An independently derived and validated predictive model for selecting patients with myocardial infarction who are likely to benefit from tissue plasminogen activator compared with streptokinase. Am J Med 2002 Aug 1; 113(2):104-11. [Grant No. T32 HS00070 and HS08212.]

American Journal of Public Health
Buchanan RJ. Medicaid managed care and coverage of prescription medications. Am J Public Health 2002 Aug; 92(8):1238-43. [Grant No. HS09819-02.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Selker HP, Beshansky JR, Griffith JL. Use of electrocardiograph-based thrombolytic predictive instrument to assist thrombolytic and reperfusion therapy for acute myocardial infarction. Ann Intern Med 2002 Jul 16; 137(2):87-95. [Grant No. R01 HS08212.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Mandl LA, Solomon DH, Smith EL, et al. Using antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody testing to diagnose vasculitis. Can test-ordering guidelines improve diagnostic accuracy? Arch Intern Med 2002 Jul 8; 162(13):1509-14. [Grant No. 1R01 HS09775-01 to Dr. Katz (fifth author).]

Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Finkelstein JA, Lozano P, Farber HJ, et al. Underuse of controller medications among Medicaid-insured children with asthma. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2002 Jun; 156(6):562-67. [Grant No. HS09935.]

Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Freburger JK, Konrad TR. The use of federal and state databases to conduct health services research related to physical and occupational therapy. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2002 Jun; 83(6):837-45. [Grant No. T32 HS00032.]

Clermont G, Angus DC, Linde-Zwirble WT, et al. Does acute organ dysfunction predict patient-centered outcomes? Chest 2002 Jun; 121(6):1963-71. [Grant No. R01 HS06468.]

Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
Eisler J, Cornwall R, Strauss E, et al. Outcomes of elderly patients with nondisplaced femoral neck fractures. Clin Orthop 2002 Jun; (399):52-58. [U1 HHS09459-0.]

Diseases of the Esophagus
Lin OS, Mannava S, Hwang KL, et al. Reasons for current practices in managing Barrett's esophagus. Dis Esophagus 2002; 15(1):39-45. [Grant No. T32 HS00028.]

Langfitt J, Wiebe S. Cost-effectiveness of epilepsy therapy: how should treatment effects be measured? Epilepsia 2002; 43 Suppl 4:17-24. [Grant No. R01 HS09986.]

Family Practice Management
Meyer GS, Arnheim L. The power of two: Improving patient safety through better physician-patient communication. Fam Pract Manag 2002 Jul-Aug; 9(7):47-54. [Authors are director of AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety and researcher in AHRQ's Office of Health Information, respectively.]

International Journal of Health Care Finance an Economics
Greenberg W, Goldberg LG. The determinants of hospital and HMO vertically integrated delivery systems in a competitive health care sector. Int J Health Care Financ Econ 2002 Mar; 2(1):51-68. [First author is former researcher with AHRQ's Center for Organization and Delivery Studies.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Berlowitz DR, Christiansen CL, Brandeis GH, et al. Profiling nursing homes using Bayesian hierarchical modeling. J Am Geriatr Soc June 2002; 50(6):1126-30. [Grant No. R01 HS09768-01.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Benner JS, Glynn GJ, Mogun H, et al. Long-term persistence in use of statin therapy in elderly. JAMA 2002 Jul 24-31; 288(4):455-61. [First author supported by National Research Service Award from AHRQ.]

Schillinger D, Grumbach K, Piette J. Association of health literacy with diabetes outcomes. JAMA 2002 Jul 24-31; 288(4):475-82. [Grant No. DII 99187-1 and P01 HS10856.]

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
O'Malley AS, Lawrence W, Liang W, et al. Feasibility of mobile cancer screening and prevention. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2002 Aug; 13(3):298-319. [Grant No. HS08395.]

Journal of Urology
Sweat SD, Bergstralh Ej, Slezak J, et al. Competing risk analysis after radical prostatectomy for clinically nonmetastatic prostate adenocardinoma according to clinical Gleason score and patient age. J Urol 2002 Aug; 168(2):525-29. [Grant No. HS08937.]

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Feinberg E, Swartz K, Zaslavsky AM, et al. Language proficiency and the enrollment of Medicaid-eligible children in publicly funded health insurance programs. Matern Child Health J 2002 Mar; 6(1):5-18. [Grant No. R03 HS10207-01.]

Siderowf A, Ravina B, Glick HA. Preference-based quality-of-life in patients with Parkinson's disease. Neurology 2002 Jul 9; 59(1):103-8. [Grant No. K02 HS00004.]

Thompson LA, Goodman DC, Little GA. Is more neonatal intensive care always better? Insights from a cross-national comparison of reproductive care. Pediatrics 2002 Jun; 109(6):1036-43. [Grant No. T32 HS00070.]

Public Health Reports
Levine RS, Foster JE, Rullilove RE, et al. Black-white inequalities in mortality and life expectancy, 1933-1999: Implications for Healthy People 2010. Public Health Rep 2001 Sep-Oct; 116(5)474-83. [Cooperative Agreement No. 1 U1 HS11131.]

Quality Management in Health Care
Brach C, Fraser I. Reducing disparities through culturally competent health care: An analysis of the business case. Qual Manag Health Care 2002 Summer; 10(4):15-28. [Authors are with AHRQ's Center for Organization and Delivery Studies.]

Quality and Safety in Health Care
Morris AH. Decision support and safety of clinical environments. Qual Saf Health Care 2002 Mar; 11(1):69-75. [Grant No. HS06594.]

Birkmeyer NJO, Weinstein JN, Tosteson ANA, et al. Design of the Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial (SPORT). Spine 2002 Jun 15; 27(12):1361-72. [Grant No. K02 HS11288.]

Winkelmayer WC, Glynn RJ, Levin R, et al. Late nephrologist referral and access to renal transplantation. Transplantation 2002 Jun 27; 73(12):1918-23. [Grant No. R01 HS09398.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Ambulatory Pediatrics
Newacheck PW, Hung YY, Wright KK. Racial and ethnic disparities in access to care for children with special health care needs. Ambul Pediatr 2002 Jul-Aug; 2(4):247-54. [Cites Weinick et al, Health Aff, 1998.]

Meckel RA. Delivering oral health services to children in the past: The rise and fall of children's dental clinics. Ambul Pediatr 2002 Jul-Aug; 2(4):255-60. [Cites Macel, Edelstein and Manski (third author is AHRQ researcher), Pediatr Dent 2001.]

Crain EF. Improving emergency medical services for children through outcomes research: An interdisciplinary approach. Ambul Pediatr 2002 Jul-Aug; 2(4 Suppl):285-92. [Cites funding by AHRQ conference grant and summarizes article by Clancy et al.]

Bordley WC. Outcomes research and emergency medical services for children: Domains, challenges, and opportunities. Ambul Pediatr 2002 Jul-Aug; 2(4 Suppl):306-10. [Cites Clancy, Science, 1997; cites Omaya, Simpson, and Walker, Acad Emerg Med, 1998.]

American Family Physician
Dull P, Reagan RW, Bahnson RR. Managing benign prostatic hyperplasia. Am Fam Physician 2002 Jul 1; 66(1):77-84. [Cites and summarizes AHRQ's benign prostatic hyperplasia guidelines.]

Wood BJ, Raxavi P. Virtual endoscopy: a promising new technology. Am Fam Physician 2002 Jul 1; 66(1):107-12. [Cites AHRQ's colorectal cancer screening guidelines.]

Loeb M. Community-acquired pneumonia. Am Fam Physician 2002 Jul 1; 66(1):135-37. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Fine et al, JAMA, 1995.]

Survey presents parents' views of their children's health care. Am Fam Physician 2002 Jul 15; 66(2):194. [Summarizes findings from recently released AHRQ study.]

American Journal of Public Health
Baker DW, Gazmararian, Williams MV, et al. Functional health literacy and the risk of hospital admission among Medicare managed care enrollees. Am J Public Health 2002 Aug; 92(8):1278-83. [Cites Krauss, et al. (AHRQ researchers), Use of Health Care Services, MEPS Research Findings No. 7, 1999.]

Blue Sheet
HHS centralized staff transfer proposal denied by Senate Appropriations Committee. Blue Sheet 2002 Jul 31; 45(31):5-6. [Cites rejection of Administration request to reallocate $1.6 million from AHRQ and recommendation for $308.65 million appropriation for the Agency.]

AHRQ patient safety report limited in scope, Leape says in JAMA. Blue Sheet 2002 Jul 31; 45(31):14. [Reviews article critiquing AHRQ's evidence-based report on patient safety.]

Health Economics
Keler TE, Hu T, Keith A, et al. The benefits of switching smoking cessation drugs to over-the-counter status. Health Econ 2002 Jul; 11(2):389-402. [Cites AHRQ's smoking cessation guidelines.]

Health Grants and Contracts Weekly
Health care research agency seeks ideas for future grants. Health Grants Contracts Weekly 2002 Jul 15; 25(28):1. [Announces request for recommendations for initiatives to guide future budget plans.]

Health Services Research
Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy update. Health Serv Res 2002.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Eastwood EA, Magaziner J, Wang J, et al. Patients with hip fracture: Subgroups and their outcomes. J Am Geriatr Soc 2002 Jul; 50(7):1240-49. [Cites AHRQ's Inpatient Hospital Statistics, 1996.]

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Buchanan RJ, Wang S, Huang C. Profiles of nursing home residents with HIV. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2002 Aug; 13(3):379-91. [Cites Rhoades and Krauss, Nursing Home Trends, 1987 and 1996: MEPS Chartbook No. 3, 1999.]

Journal of Rural Health
McKinney MM. Variations in rural AIDS epidemiology and service delivery models in the United States. J Rural Health 2002 Summer; 18(3):455-463. [Cites AHRQ's HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS) as "the only nationally representative sample of rural residents receiving care for HIV/AIDS"; cites several studies using HCSUS data.]

Quality Management in Health Care
Kairys J, Orzano J, Gregory P. Assessing diversity and quality in primary care through the multimethod assessment process (MAP). Qual Manag Health Care 2002 Summer; 10(4):1-14. (Cites Clancy, Med Care, 1998, and AHRQ work on health disparities on the Agency's Web site.]

Carroll JG. Crossing the quality chasm: a new health system for the 21st century [book review]. Qual Manag Health Care 2002 Summer; 10(4):60-61. [Cites IOM proposal that AHRQ "identify and focus on a list of common chronic health conditions... for which state-of-the-art care and treatment processes will be developed and disseminated."]

Quality and Safety in Health Care
John Meyer Eisenberg, MD [obituary]. Qual Saf Health Care 2002 Jun; 11(2):195-96. [Presents tributes to former AHRQ Director John Eisenberg.]

Report on Medical Guidelines and Outcomes Research
Rollins G. Chronic disease self-management program reduces costs and improves functionality. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2002 Jul 12; 13(13):10-12. [Reviews AHRQ report, Preventing Disability in the Elderly with Chronic Disease.]

Reuters Medical News
Schorr M. US healthcare spending often does not reflect disease impact. Reuters Med News 2002. [Reviews article in Health Aff, 2002, using data from AHRQ's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS).]

Washington Post
Okie S. Knee surgery for arthritis is ineffective, study finds. Wash Post 2002 Jul 11; A01. [Quotes remarks by AHRQ Acting Director Carolyn Clancy.]

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

American Family Physician
Wright J. A focus on the evidence in clinical review articles. Am Fam Physician 2002 Jul 15; 66(2):185. [Reviews articles on colorectal cancer screening cited below.]

American Health Line
Colon cancer: panel strengthens testing recommendations. Am Health Line 2002 Jul 19; #14. [Summarizes Task Force recommendations on colorectal cancer screening.]

American Medical News
Landers SJ. It's aspirin. Am Med News 2002 Jul 22; 45(28):24-25. [Cites Task Force's recommendation that physicians discuss aspirin therapy risks and benefits with health adult patients at increased risk of coronary disease.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Pignone M, Saha S, Hoerger T, et al. Cost-effectiveness of colorectal cancer screening: A systematic review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med 2002 Jul 16; 137(2):96-104. [Developed by the RTI-UNC Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-97-0011.]

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for colorectal cancer: Recommendation and rationale. Ann Intern Med 2002 Jul 16; 137(2):129-31. [Summarizes Task Force recommendations for colorectal cancer screening.]

Pignone M, Rich M, Teutsch SM, et al. Screening for colorectal cancer in adults at average risk: A summary of the evidence for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med 2002 Jul 16; 137(2):132-41. [Summarizes Task Force recommendations for colorectal cancer screening.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Schmidt RM, White LK. Internists and adolescent medicine. Arch Intern Med 2002 Jul 22; 162(14):1550-56. [Cites Task Force guidelines in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996, and AHRQ smoking cessation guidelines.]

BNA's Health Care Policy Report
Task force urges coverage of screening for colorectal cancer beginning at age 50. BNA's Health Care Policy Rep 2002 Jul 22; 10(29):986-87. [Summarizes task force recommendations for colorectal cancer screening.]

BNA's Health Plan & Provider Report
Colorectal cancer screening mandate approved by Senate health committee. BNA's Health Plan Provider Rep 2002 Jul 17; 8(29):815. [Summarizes Task Force recommendations for colorectal cancer screening.]

Messinger-Rapport BJ, Thacker HL. Prevention for the older women. A practical guide to managing cardiovascular disease. Geriatrics 2002 Jul; 57(7):22-30. [Cites Task Force recommendations on aspirin for the prevention of cardiovascular events in Ann Intern Med, 2002.]

Medicine & Health
Task force strongly recommends colorectal cancer screening. Med Health 2002 Jul 22; 56(3):6. [Summarizes Task Force recommendations for colorectal cancer screening.]

Report on Medical Guidelines & Outcomes Research
Rollins G. Tamoxifen and raloxifene may benefit women at high risk for breast cancer. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2002 Jul 26; 13(14):1-5. [Reviews task force recommendations on breast cancer therapy and prevention.]

Colon cancer screening urged again. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2002 Jul 26; 13(14):3. [Summarizes task force recommendations for colorectal cancer screening.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

American Family Physician
Pignone M, Levin B. Recent developments in colorectal cancer screening and prevention. Am Fam Physician 2002 Jul 15; 66(2):297-302. [Supported by contract to the RTI-UNC Evidence-based Practice Center.]

American Health Line
Medical errors: AHRQ misses 'simple' fixes, experts say. Am Health Line 2002 Jul 24; #13. [Reviews article published in JAMA critiquing AHRQ's evidence-based report on patient safety.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Leape LL, Berwick DM, Bates DW. What practices will most improve safety? Evidence-based medicine meets patient safety. JAMA 2002 Jul 24-31; 288(4):501-7. [Reviews and critiques AHRQ's evidence-based report on patient safety.]

Shojania KG, Duncan Bw, McDonald KM, et al. Safe but sound. Patient safety meets evidence-based medicine. JAMA 2002 Jul 24-31; 288(4):508-13. [Based on work by UCSF-Stanford University EPC under Contract No. 290-97-0013; summarizes methodology and findings from AHRQ's evidence-based report on patient safety.]

USA Today
Edwards C. Private sector can do the job [commentary]. USA Today 2002 Jul 24. [Analyzes rationale behind proposed budget cuts for AHRQ and proposes that AHRQ's evidence-based practice centers collaborate with private sector organizations to fund and develop research syntheses.]

Helms WD. Health care debate needs second opinion [letter]. USA Today 2002 Aug 1; 10A. [Responds to above commentary, citing AHRQ's support of "the best possible evidence" to inform clinical practice guidelines as "a public good that benefits all by improving the quality of care we receive."]

Quality Commission/QuIC Task Force-Related Articles

U.S. News and World Report
Shute N. What makes a hospital safer? Preventing errors. U.S. News World Rep 2002 Jul 22; 133(3):64. [Lists possible proposals for safe practices to be recommended to HHS by the National Quality Forum (nonprofit organization stemming from Quality Commission recommendations).]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Jogan AJ, Bouknight BR. The emergency department as a gateway for hospitalization: Evidence from the National Medical Expenditure Survey. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2002 Aug; 13(3):288-97. [Uses data from AHRQ's National Medical Expenditure Survey.]

Managed Care Quarterly
Buckle J, Sharkey P. Myriski P, et al. Improving outcomes for patients hospitalized with CHF. Manag Care Q 2002 Spring; 10(1):30-40. [Uses AHRQ's heart failure guidelines to evaluate clinical care in the study.]

Quality Management in Health Care
Gandjour A, Kleinschmit F, Littmann, et al. An evidence-based evaluation of quality and efficiency indicators. Qual Manag Health Care 2002 Summer; 10(4):41-51 + appendix. [Uses analytical framework from AHRQ's pain management guidelines.]

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