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August 16, 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; and other research using AHRQ data.

AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles

British Journal of Psychiatry
Ray WA, Meador KG. Antipsychotics and sudden death: Is thioridazine the only bad actor? Br J Psychiatry 2002 Jun; 180():483-4. [Grant No. HSI0384.]

International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine
Gallo JJ, Meredith LS, Gonzales J, et al. Do family physicians and internists differ in knowledge, attitudes, and self-reported approaches for depression? Int J Psychiatry Med 2002; 32(1):1-20. [Supported by AHRQ-funded "Partners in Care" Patient Outcomes Research Team (PORT)-II.]

Journal of the American Dental Association
Mofidi M, Slifkin R, Freeman V, et al. The impact of a state children's health insurance program on access to dental care. J Am Dent Assoc 2002 Jun; 133(6):707-14. [Grant No. T32 HS00032.]

Cohen LA, Manski RJ, Magder LS, et al. Dental visits to hospital emergency departments by adults receiving Medicaid: Assessing their use. J Am Dent Assoc 2002 Jun; 133(6):715-24. [Grant No. R01 HS10129.]

Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
Manber R, Allen JJ, Morris MM. Alternative treatments for depression: Empirical support and relevance to women. J Clin Psychiatry 2002 Jul; 63(7):628-40. [Grant No. HS09988.]

Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Kaplan RM, Groessl EJ. Applications of cost-effectiveness methodologies in behavioral medicine. J Consult Clin Psychol 2002 Jun; 70(3):482-93. [Grant No. R01 HS09170.]

Journal of Critical Care
Pronovost P, Wu AW, Dorman T, et al. Building safety into ICU care. J Crit Care 2002 Jun; 17(2):78-85. [Grant No. U18 HS11902-01.]

Wu AW, Pronovost P, Morlock L. ICU incident reporting system. J Crit Care 2002 Jun; 17(2):86-94. [Grant No. U18 HS11902-01.]

Perioperative b-Blockers in high-risk patients. J Crit Care 2002 Jun; 17(2):105-13. [Grant No. U18 HS11902-01.]

Journal of Traumatic Stress
Calhoun PS, Beckham JC, Bosworth HB. Caregiver burden and psychological distress in partners of veterans with chronic posttraumatic stress disorder. J Trauma Stress 2002 Jun; 15(3):205-12. [T32 HS00079-01.]

Journals of Gerontology, Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
Sands LP, Yaffe K, Lui LY, et al. The effects of acute illness on ADL decline over 1 year in frail older adults with and without cognitive impairment. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 2002 Jul; 57(7):M449-54. [Grant No. K02 HS00006-01 to sixth author, Covinsky K.]

Medical Care
Orlando M, Meredith LS. Understanding the causal relationship between patient-reported interpersonal and technical quality of care for depression. Med Care 2002 Aug; 40(8):696-704. [Grant No. R01 HS08349.] Franks P, Fiscella K. Effect of patient socioeconomic status on physician profiles for prevention, disease management, and diagnostic testing costs. Med Care 2002 Aug; 40(8):717 [Grant No. R01 HS09963-01A1.]

Chang RR, Chen AY, Klitzner TS. Clinical management of infants with hypoplastic left heart syndrome in the United States, 1988-1997. Pediatrics 2002 Aug; 110 (2):292-98. [First author was AHRQ postdoctoral fellow.]

Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Ackerman DL, Unutzer J, Greenland S, et al. Inpatient treatment of depression and associated hospital charges. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2002 Apr-May; 11(3):219-27. [Grant No. HS09551.]

Progress in Transplantation
Siminoff LA, Lawrence RH, Zhang A. Decoupling: what is it and does it really help increase consent to organ donation? Prog Transplant 2002 Mar: 12(1):52-60. [Grant No. HS08209.]

Quality of Life Research
Scientific Advisory Committee of the Medical Outcomes Trust. Assessing health status and quality-of-life instruments: attributes and review criteria. Qual Life Res 2002 May; 11(32):193-205. [Cooperative Agreement No. U18 HS10397.]

Bennett SJ, Oldridge NB, Eckert GJ, et al. Discriminant properties of commonly used quality of life measures in heart failure. Qual Life Res 2002 May; 11(32):349-59. [Grant No. R03 HS09822-01.]

Women & Health
Reyes C. Preface: The role of health care in the struggle to combat domestic violence. Women Health 2002; 35(2-3):xv-xvii. [Author is former AHRQ researcher; special issue on "Domestic Violence and Health Care: Politics and Prevention" contains several articles simultaneously published in book of same title edited by Reyes et al., 2002.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Academic Medicine
Green LA, Fryer GE. Family practice in the United States: position and prospects. Acad Med 2002 Aug; 77(8):7781-9. [Cites data from AHRQ's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) as accessed via the AHRQ Web site.]

American Journal of Nursing
Ferri RS, Sofer D. More nurses, fewer complications. Am J Nurs 2002 Aug; 102(8):18. [Summarizes results of study of Needleman et al. in N Engl J Med, 2002.]

Castina S, Boyington A, Dougherty M. Urinary incontinence. If we don't ask, patients won't tell. Am J Nurs 2002 Aug; 102(8):85-87. [Cites AHRQ's urinary incontinence guidelines.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Gurwitz JH. Improving the quality of medication use in elderly patients. A not-so-simple prescription [editorial]. Arch Intern Med 2002 Aug 12-26; 162(15):1670-1672. [Cites MEPS data used by Zhan et al., JAMA, 2001.]

Van der Steen JT, Ooms ME, Ader HJ, et al. Withholding antibiotic treatment in pneumonia patients with dementia. A quantitative observational study. Arch Intern Med 2002 Aug 12-26; 162(15):1753-1760. [Cites AHRQ-funded study by Fine et al., JAMA, 1996.]

Fries BE, Shugarman LR, Morris JN, et al. A screening system for Michigan's home- and community-based long-term care programs. Gerontologist 2002 Aug; 42(4):462-74. [Cites Spector (AHRQ researcher) and Kemper, Gerontologist, 2002.]

Walshe K, Harrington C. Regulation of nursing facilities in the United States: an analysis of resources and performance of state survey agencies. Gerontologist 2002 Aug; 42(4):475-86. [Cites Spector (AHRQ researcher) et al., Health Econ, 1998 and Spector and Takeda, J Aging Health, 1991.]

Allen RS, Haley WE, Small BJ, et al. Pain reports by older hospice cancer patients and family caregivers: the role of cognitive functioning. Gerontologist 2002 Aug; 42(4):507-14. [Cites AHRQ's acute pain management guidelines.]

Locher JL, Burgio KL, Goode PS, et al. Effects of age and causal attribution to aging on health-related behaviors associated with urinary incontinence in older women. Gerontologist 2002 Aug; 42(4):515-21. [Cites AHRQ's urinary incontinence guidelines.]

Health News Daily
Young J. CHIP may retain more sick children than healthy, research suggests. Health News Daily 2002 Aug 7; 14(152):1-2. [Summarizes AHRQ-funded study.]

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Sofaer S. Qualitative research methods. Int J Qual Health Care 2002 Aug;14(4):329-36. [Describes AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Health Plans survey and cites AHRQ-sponsored workshops on qualitative methods.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Wood RA. Pediatric asthma. JAMA 2002 Aug 14; 288(6):745-47. [Cites article by Weiss and Gergen (AHRQ researcher), Chest, 1992.]

Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics
Smith JL, Rost KM, Nutting PA, et al. Impact of primary care depression intervention on employment and workplace conflict outcomes: is value added? J Ment Health Policy Econ 2002 Mar; 5(1):43-49. [Cites AHRQ's depression guidelines.]

Medical Care
Valenstein M, Copeland LA, Blow FC, et al. Pharmacy data identity poorly adherent patients with schizophrenia at increased risk for admission. Med Care 2002 Aug; 40(8):630-39. [Cites article on AHRQ's Schizoprenia PORT in Schizophren Bull, 1998.]

Cowen ME, Strawderman RL. Quantifying the physician contribution to managed care pharmacy expenses. A random effects approach. Med Care 2002 Aug; 40(8):651-61. [Cites Elixhauser (AHRQ researcher), HCUP-3 Research Note 2, 1993.]

Schrag D, Bach PB, Dahlman C, et al. Identifying and measuring hospital characteristics using the SEER-Medicare data and other claims-based sources. Med Care 2002 Aug; 40(8 Suppl):IV96-103. [Describes AHRQ's Nationwide Inpatient Sample database.]

Medicine & Health
Moving up to replace the retiring Steven Schroeder, MD, as president and chief executive officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will be Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD. Med Health 2002 Aug 12; 56(29):6. [Mentions appointee's previous position as deputy administrator of AHRQ's predecessor Agency for Health Care Research and Policy from 1992 to 1994.]

Berman S, Dolins J, Tang S, et al. Factors that influence the willingness of private primary care pediatricians to accept more Medicaid patients. Pediatrics 2002 Aug; 110(2):239-48. [Cites Cohen (AHRQ researcher) and Cunningham, Health Aff, 1995.]

Akinbami LK, Schoendorf KC. Trends in childhood asthma: Prevalence, health care utilization, and mortality. Pediatrics 2002 Aug; 110(2):315-22. [Cites articles by Gergen (AHRQ researcher) et al., Ann Rev Public Health, 1993; Am Rev Respir Dis, 1992; and JAMA, 1990.]

Smith SR, Highstein GR, Jaffe DM, et al. Parental impressions of the benefits (pros) and barriers (cons) of follow-up care after an acute emergency department visit for children with asthma. Pediatrics 2002 Aug; 110(2):323-30. [Cites article by Gergen (AHRQ researcher) et al., Pediatrics, 1988, and Chest, 1992.]

Report on Medical Guidelines and Outcomes Research
Free software intended to improve care. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2002 Aug 9; 13(15):4. [Describes content and uses of AHRQ's inpatient quality indicators (IQI) software.]

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

American Journal of Nursing
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for bacterial vaginosis in pregnancy: Recommendations and rationale. Am J Nurs 2002 Aug; 102(8):91-93. [Summarizes Task Force guidelines on bacterial vaginosis.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Behavioral counseling in primary care to promote physical activity: Recommendations and rationale. Ann Intern Med 2002 Aug 6; 137(3):205-7. [Summarizes Task Force guidelines on primary care counseling for physical activity.]

Eden KB, Orleans CT, Mulrow CD, et al. Does counseling by clinicians improve physical activity? A summary of the evidence for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med 2002 Aug 6; 137(3):208-215. [Summarizes systematic evidence review developed under Contract No. 290-97-0018.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement
Tao G, Walsh CM, Anderson LA, et al. Understanding sexual activity defined in the HEDIS measure of screening young women for Chlamydia trachomatis. Jt Comm J Qual Improv 2002 Aug; 28(8):435-41. [Cites Task Force recommendations for chlamydia screening in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Quality Commission/QuIC Task Force-Related Articles

Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement
Southwick LM. Communication misadventures and medical errors [letter]. Jt Comm J Qual Improv 2002 Aug; 28(8):461-2. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored Report of the Quality Interagency Coordination Task Force, 2000.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Paulik E, Muller A, Belicza E, et al. Use of echocardiography among patients with heart failure: Practice variations in Hungarian hospitals. Int J Qual Health Care 2002 Aug;14(4):313-19. [Evaluates implementation of AHRQ's heart failure guidelines.]

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