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August 11, 2006

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 Heart Journal
Chang RK, Rodriguez S, Lee M, et al. Risk factors for deaths occurring within 30 days and 1 year after hospital discharge for cardiac surgery among pediatric patients. Am Heart J 2006 Aug; 152(2):386-93. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R03 HS13217-01.]

Schroeder ME, Wolman RL, Wetterneck TB, et al. Tubing misload allows free flow event with smart intravenous infusion pump. Anesthesiology 2006 Aug; 105(2):434-5. [Supported by Grant No. 1 UC1 HS014253-01.]

Annals of Surgery
Halpern SD, Asch DA, Shaked A, et al. Inadequate hepatitis B vaccination and post-exposure evaluation among transplant surgeons. Ann Surg 2006 Aug; 244(2):305-9. [Supported by Grant No. HS10399.]

Applied Nursing Research
Cunningham RS. Clinical practice guideline use by oncology advanced practice nurses. Appl Nurs Res 2006 Aug; 19(3):126-33. [Supported by Grant No. R03 HS13124-01; uses three AHRQ guidelines in intervention: Acute Pain Management in Adults: Operative Procedures, Quick Reference Guide for Clinicians 1a, 1993, Depression in Primary Care: Detection, Diagnosis, and Treatment, Quick Reference Guideline Number 5, 1993, and Managing Acute and Chronic Urinary Incontinence, Quick Reference Guide for Clinicians Number 2, 1996 update; notes that more than 1,000 new guidelines "were approved by the National Guideline Clearinghouse™ in 2002.]

Archives of General Psychiatry
Olfson M, Marcus SC, Shaffer D. Antidepressant drug therapy and suicide in severely depressed children and adults: A case-control study. Arch Gen Psychiatry 2006 Aug; 63(8):865-72. [Supported by Grant No. U18 HS016097.]

Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
Lockley SW, Landrigan CP, Barger LK, et al. When policy meets physiology: the challenge of reducing resident work hours. Clin Orthop Relat Res 2006 Aug; 449:116-27. [Supported by Grant Nos. R01 HS12032, K08 HS13333, and U18 HS015906.]

Critical Care Medicine
Corriveau C, Slonim AD. Improving access to intensive care: is insurance the problem? Crit Care Med 2006 Aug; 34(8):2235-6. [Supported by Grant No. HS14009.]

Diabetes Care
Egede LE, Michel Y. Medical mistrust, diabetes self-management, and glycemic control in an indigent population with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care 2006 Jan; 29(1):131-2.

Marso SP, Safley DM, House JA, et al. Suspected acute coronary syndrome patients with diabetes and normal troponin-1 levels are at risk for early and late death: identification of a new high-risk acute coronary syndrome population. Diabetes Care 2006 Aug; 29(8):1931-2. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS11282-01.]

Healthcare Papers
Clancy CM. Enhancing quality improvement: commentary. Healthc Pap 2006; 6(3):46-50 (discussion 58-61). [Author is AHRQ director.]

Stafford RS, Monti V, Furberg CD, et al. Long-term and short-term changes in antihypertensive prescribing by office-based physicians in the United States. Hypertension 2006 Aug; 48(2):213-18. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS013405.]

International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics
Miller N, Eggleston K, Zeckhauser R. Provider choice of quality and surplus. Int J Health Care Finance Econ 2006 Jun; 6(2):103-17. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R03 HS013362-01A1.]

Pronovost PJ, Miller MR, Wachter RM. Tracking progress in patient safety: an elusive target. JAMA 2006 Aug 9; 296(6):696-9. [Supported by Grant No. 1 UC1 HS14246; cites use of AHRQ's patient safety indicators definition to define deep vein thrombosis screening standards.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Gessert CE, Haller IV, Kane RL, et al. Rural-urban differences in medical care for nursing home residents with severe dementia at the end of life. J Am Geriatr Soc 2006 Aug; 54(8):1199-205. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R03 HS13022-01A1.]

Medical Clinics of North America
Egede LE. Disease-focused or integrated treatment: diabetes and depression. Med Clin N Am 2006 Jul; 90(4):627-46. [Supported by Grant No. 5 K08 HS11418.]

Conway PH, Edwards S, Stucky ER, et al. Variations in management of common inpatient pediatric illnesses: hospitalists and community pediatricians. Pediatrics 2006 Aug; 118(2):441-7. [Supported by Grant No. K08 HS13333.]

Slora EJ, Thoma KA, Wasserman RC, et al. Patient visits to a national practice-based research network: comparing pediatric research in office settings with the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey. Pediatrics 2006 Aug; 118(2):e228-34. [Supported by Grant No. R21 HS13512.]

Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Halpern SC, Barton TD, Gross R, et al. Epidemiologic studies of adverse effects of anti-retroviral drugs: how well is statistical power reported? Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2005 Mar; 14(3):155-61. [Supported by Grant No. HS10399.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Family Physician
AHRQ provides state leaders with asthma care resource guide. Am Fam Physician 2006 Aug 1; 74(3):368. [Cites AHRQ release of asthma care quality improvement resource guide for state leaders.]

BNAs Health Plan and Provider Report
Day J. Leavitt turn focus to cost, quality reporting for health care breakthroughs. BNA Health Plan Provider Rep 2006 Aug 9; 12(32):941-2. [Notes establishment of a new workgroup focused on demonstrating how health information technology systems can provide comparative medical quality and cost information based on feedback from AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy and other members of HHS Secretary Leavitts American Health Information Community panel; quotes remarks by Carolyn Clancy.]

Day J. As personal electronic health records grow, panel ponders role in nationwide network. BNA Health Plan Provider Rep 2006 Aug 9; 12(32):945-6. [Quotes remarks by Dr. Marc Pierson, referred to as a researcher with the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.]

Clinics in Geriatric Medicine
St. Clair SF, Higuera C, Krebs V, et al. Hip and knee arthroplasty in the geriatric population. Clin Geriatr Med 2006 Aug; 22(3):515-33. [Cites AHRQ publication, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project. Table 2: Statistics for 1996 HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample, by Multi-level CCS Procedure, on AHRQ Web site.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Naito T, Suda T, Yasuda K, et al. A validation and potential modification of the Pneumonia Severity Index in elderly patients with community-acquired pneumonia. J Am Geriatr Soc 2006 Aug; 54(8):1212-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Fine et al. (N Engl J Med, 1997, and JAMA, 1996).]

Le J, Nguyen T, Law AV, et al. Adverse drug reactions among children over a 10-year period. Pediatrics 2006 Aug; 118(2):555-62. [Cites several AHRQ-funded articles on adverse drug events.]

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

American Family Physician
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for iron deficiency anemia, including iron supplementations for children and pregnant women: recommendation statement. Am Fam Physician 2006 Aug 1; 74(3):461-4. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations on screening for iron deficiency anemia as published on AHRQ Web site.]

Clinical quiz. Am Fam Physician 2006 Aug 1; 74(3):375-7. Includes questions based on USPSTF recommendations on screening for iron deficiency anemia cited above.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for hemochromatosis: recommendation statement. Ann Intern Med 2006 Aug 1; 145(3):204-8. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations on screening for hemochromatosis.]

Whitlock EP, Garlitz BA, Harris EL, et al. Screening for hereditary hemochromatosis: a systematic review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med 2006 Aug 1; 145(3):209-23. [Supported by Contract No. 290-02-0024 to Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Medical Clinics of North America
Smith G, Clarke D. Assessing the effectiveness of integrated interventions: terminology and approach. Med Clin N Am 2006 Jul; 533-48. [Cites findings from AHRQ Technical Reviews, Closing the Quality Gap: A Critical Analysis of Quality Improvement Strategies: Volume 3—Hypertension Care, 2005, and Closing the Quality Gap: A Critical Analysis of Quality Improvement Strategies: Volume 1—Series Overview and Methodology, 2004.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Schneier AJ, Shields BJ, Hostetler SG, et al. Incidence of pediatric traumatic brain injury and associated hospital resources utilization in the United States. Pediatrics 2006 Aug; 118(2):483-92. [Uses AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) for 2000.]

Current as of August 2006


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