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August 5, 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

Annals of Internal Medicine
Jaar BG, Coresh J, Plantinga LC, et al. Comparing the risk for death with peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis in a national cohort of patients with chronic kidney disease. Ann Intern Med 2005 Aug 2; 143(3):174-83. [Supported by Grant No. HS08365.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Zhan C, Arispe I, Kelley E, et al. Ambulatory care visits for treating adverse drug effects in the United States, 1995-2001. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2005 Jul; 31(7):372-8. [First, third, and seventh authors (Daniel Stryer) are current or former researchers in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.]

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Lasser KE, Mintzer IL, Lambert A, et al. Missed appointment rates in primary care: the importance of site of care. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2005 Aug; 16(3):475-86. [Supported by Grant No. R21 HS13559-01.]

Willging C, Waitzkin H, Wagner W. Medicaid managed care for mental health services in a rural state. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2005 Aug; 16(3):497-514. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R01 HS09703.]

Hartley H, Seccombe K, Hoffman K. Planning for and securing health insurance in the context of welfare reform. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2005 Aug; 16(3):536-54. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS11322-01A1.]

Medical Care
Harris KM, Edlund MJ, Larson S. Racial and ethnic differences in the mental health problems and use of mental health care. Med Care 2005 Aug; 43(8):775-84. [Third author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; supported by AHRQ.]

Lowe RA, Localio AR, Schwarz DF, et al. Association between primary care practice characteristics and emergency department use in a Medicaid managed care organization. Med Care 2005 Aug; 43(8):792-800. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS09261-02.]

Reed M, Fung V, Brand R, et al. Care-seeking behavior in response to emergency department copayments. Med Care 2005 Aug; 43(8):810-6. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS11434.]

Kralewski JE, Dowd BE, Heaton A, et al. The influence of the structure and culture of medical group practices on prescription drug errors. Med Care 2005 Aug; 43(8):817-25. [Supported by Contract No. 290-00-0017.]

Henderson JT, Weisman CS. Women's patterns of provider use across the lifespan and satisfaction with primary care coordination and comprehensiveness. Med Care 2005 Aug; 43(8):826-33. [Research project generating study data supported by Grant No. R01 HS10237.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Health Line
C-section: most common hospital medical procedure, report finds. Am Health Line 2005 Aug 3, #9. [Cites findings from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP).]

American Journal of Nursing
Duimel-Peeters I. Preventing pressure ulcers with massage? Some say it works, others disagree? Ay, there's the rub. Am J Nurs 2005 Aug; 105(8):31-3. [Discusses hospital use of AHRQ guideline, Pressure Ulcers in Adults: Prediction and Prevention, accessed from NLM's HSTAT Web site.]

American Journal of Public Health
Kenney GM, McFeeters JR, Yee JY. Preventive dental care and unmet dental needs among low-income children. Am J Public Health 2005 Aug; 95(8):1360-6. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Manski (Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends), et al. (J Am Dent Assoc 2001), Watson, Manski, Macek (J Am Dent Assoc 2001), and Macek, Edelstein, Manski (Pediatr Dent 2001).]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Kaushal R, Blumenthal D, Poon EG, et al. The costs of a national health information network. Ann Intern Med 2005 Aug 2; 143(3):165-73. [Acknowledges contributions from former AHRQ researcher Eduardo Ortiz, serving as expert panel member.]

Sapers BL, Fleming KC, Berwick DM. My right knee (letters). Ann Intern Med 2005 Aug 2; 143(3):236-8. [First two authors comment on article by third author published earlier in AHRQ-funded Improving Patient Care section of journal.]

BNA's Health Care Policy Report
Teske S. Incentive pay could be best chance for physician pay increase, McClellan says. BNA Health Care Policy Rep 2005 Aug 1; 13(31):997. [Cites CMS white paper describing partnerships with AHRQ and other agencies to improve health care quality.]

Contemporary Pediatrics
Asch-Goodkin J. Hospital infection rates: canary in the mineshaft. Contemp Pediatr 2005 Jul 1. [Notes correlation of hospital infection rates from HealthGrades study with AHRQ's patient safety indicators.]

International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics
Sen A. Is health care a luxury? New evidence from OECD data. Int J Health Care Fin Econ 2005 Jun; 5(2):147-64. [Cites AHRQ publications, Annual Expenses and Sources of Pament for Health care Services, 1993, and Trends in Personal Health Care Expenditures, Health Insurance and Payment Sources, Community Based Population, 1987-1995, 1997.]

Schroeder SA. What to do with a patient who smokes. JAMA 2005 Jul 27; 294(4):482-7. [Cites PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

Modern Healthcare
Surgical quality pushed. Mod Healthc 2005 Aug 1; 35(31):4. [Mentions AHRQ as a participant in the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP).]

Quality Letter for Healthcare Leaders
Making the healthcare system safer with innovation and technology. Qual Lett Healthc Lead 2005 Jul; 17(7):2-11. [Quotes remarks by AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy at AHRQ's 2005 patient safety and health information technology conference; describes AHRQ-funded patient safety initiatives presented at the conference.]

New report examines standards of care for mass casualty events. Qual Lett Healthc Lead 2005 Jul; 17(7):13-4. [Reviews AHRQ report, Altered Standards of Care in Mass Casualty Events, 2005.]

NQF endorses survey to monitor patients' perception of hospital care. Qual Lett Healthc Lead 2005 Jul; 17(7):15. [Describes new Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Survey (HCAHPS).]

Quality Management in Health Care
Menachemi N, Shewchuk RM, OConnor SJ, et al. Perceptions of medical errors by internal medicine residents: development and validation of a new scale. Qual Manage Health Care 2005 Jul-Sep; 14(3):144-54. [Cites AHRQ/Kaiser Family Foundation survey, Quality National Survey on Americans as Health Care Consumers: An Update on the Role of Quality Information, 2000.]

Wolosin RJ. The voice of the patient: a national, representative study of satisfaction with family physicians. Qual Manage Health Care 2005 Jul-Sep; 14(3):155-64. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bertakis, et al. (J Am Med Womens Assoc 2003), and Safran (Ann Intern Med 2003.]

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

American Journal of Public Health
Jacobs EA, Karavolos K, Rathouz PJ, et al. Limited English proficiency and breast and cervical cancer screening in a multiethnic population. Am J Public Health 2005 Aug; 95(8):1410-6. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on Screening for Cervical Cancer and Screening for Breast Cancer, as accessed on NLMs HSTAT Web site.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Eisen GM, Weinberg DS. Narrative review: screening for colorectal cancer in patients with a first-degree relative with colonic neoplasia. Ann Intern Med 2005 Aug 2; 143(3):190-8. [Cites USPSTF recommendations, Screening for Colorectal Cancer in Adults at Average Risk and Postmenopausal Hormone Replacement Therapy for Primary Prevention of Chronic Conditions (Ann Intern Med 2002).]

Sox HC, Mulrow C. An editorial update: should benefits of radical prostatectomy affect the decision to screen for early prostate cancer? Ann Intern Med 2005 Aug 2; 143(3):232-3. [Reviews USPSTF recommendation, Screening for Prostate Cancer (Ann Intern Med 2002).]

Pham HH, Schrag D, Hargraves JL, et al. Delivery of preventive services to older adults by primary care physicians. JAMA 2005 Jul 27; 294(4):473-81. [Cites USPSTF recommendation, Immunizations and Chemoprophylaxis—Adult Immunization Recommendations, as published on AHRQ Web site.]

MacMillan JL, Wathen CN. Family violence research: lessons learned and where from here? JAMA 2005 Aug 3; 294(5):618-20. [Cites USPSTF recommendation, Screening for Family and Intimate Partner Violence (Ann Intern Med 2004).]

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Gill JM, Bittner Fagan H, Townsend B, et al. Impact of providing a medical home to the uninsured: evaluation of a statewide program. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2005 Aug; 16(3):515-35. [Cites USPSTF publication, Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Noller KL. Cervical cytology screening and evaluation. Obstet Gynecol 2005 Aug; 106(2):391-7. [Cites USPSTF recommendation, Screening for Cervical Cancer, 2003, accessed on AHRQ Web site.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Medical Care
Rothberg MB, Abraham I, Lindenauer PK, et al. Improving nurse-to-patient ratios as a cost-effective safety intervention. Med Care 2005 Aug; 43(8):785-91. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001; AHRQ-authored articles by Kovner, Jones, Zhan, et al. (Health Serv Res 2002) and Zhan and Miller (JAMA 2003); AHRQ-funded articles by Fine, et al. (Am J Med 2000) and Bates, et al. (JAMA 1997); and AHRQ's HCUPnet database.]

Quality Letter for Healthcare Leaders
AHRQ announces first phase of new research program. Qual Lett Healthc Lead 2005 Jul; 17(7):14-5. [Describes research reviews to be conducted under AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program by AHRQ's Evidence-based Practice Centers in partial fulfillment of provisions of Section 1013 of the Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Public Health
Mohanty SA, Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU, et al. Health care expenditures of immigrants in the United States: a nationally representative analysis. Am J Public Health 2005 Aug; 95(8):1431-8. [Uses 1998 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) linked to 1996-1997 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).]

Medical Care
Joyce GF, Chan KS, Orlando M, et al. Mental health status and use of general medical services for persons with human immunodeficiency virus. Med Care 2005 Aug; 43(8):834-9. [Uses data from AHRQ's HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (supported by Grant No. U01 HS08578).]

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