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August 19, 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 Cardiology
Conaway DG, OKeefe JH, Reid KJ, et al. Frequency of undiagnosed diabetes mellitus in patients with acute coronary syndrome. Am J Cardiol 2005 Aug 1; 96(3):363-5. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS11282-01.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Higashi T, Shekelle PG, Adams JL, et al. Quality of care is associated with survival in vulnerable older patients. Ann Intern Med 2005 Aug 16; 143(4):274-81, W70-W79. [Published in AHRQ-supported Improving Patient Care section of issue.]

Annals of Surgery
Fiscella K, Franks P, Meldrum S, et al. Racial disparity in surgical complications in New York State. Ann Surg 2005 Aug; 242(2):151-5. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS 10910-01A2.]

Arthritis and Rheumatism
Harris DM, Russell LB. Hospitalizations attributable to arthritis, smoking, and hypertension: a comparison based on NHEFS and NHANES III. Arthritis Rheum 2005 Aug 15; 53(4):543-8. [Supported by Grant Nos. HS07002 and HS11477.]

Diabetes Care
Rhodes ET, Wolfsdorf JI, Cuthbertson DD, et al. Effect of low-dose insulin treatment on body weight and physical development in children and adolescents at risk for type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Care 2005 Aug; 28(8):1948-53. [First author supported by Grant No. T32 HS000063.]

Health Economics
Mark BA, Harless DW, McCue M. The impact of HMO penetration on the relationship between nurse staffing and quality. Health Econ 2005 Jul; 14(7):737-53. [Supported by Grant No. HS10153.]

IEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part A: Systems and Humans
Nunnally M, Nemeth CP, Brunetti V, et al. Lost in menuspace: user interactions with complex medical devices. IEEE Trans Syst Man Cybern A Syst Hum 2004 Nov; 34(6):736-42. [Supported by Grant No. R18 HS11816.]

International Journal of Health Services
Crampton P, Davis P, Lay-Yee R, et al. Does community-governed nonprofit primary care improve access to services? Cross-sectional survey of practice characteristics. Int J Health Serv 2005; 35(3):465-78. [Fifth author (Christopher B. Forrest) supported by Independent Scientist Award K02 HS00003.]

Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Huey SJ, Henggeler SW, Rowland MD, et al. Predictors of treatment response for suicidal youth referred for emergency psychiatric hospitalization. J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol 2005 Sep; 34(3):582-9. [Supported by Grant No. PO1 HS1087.]

Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
Asada Y. A framework for measuring health inequity. J Epidemiol Community Health 2005 Aug; 59(8):700-5. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R03 HS13116.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Trivedi AN, Zaslavsky AM, Schneider EC, et al. Trends in the quality of care and racial disparities in Medicare managed care. New Eng J Med 2005 Aug 18; 353(7):692-700. [Supported by Grant No. P01 HS10803.]

Vaccarino V, Rathore SS, Wenger NK, et al. New Engl J Med 2005 Aug 18; 353(7):671-82. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10407.]

Pediatric Blood and Cancer
Kersun LS, Propert KJ, Lautenbach E, et al. Early bacteremia in pediatric hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients on oral antibiotic prophylaxis. Pediatr Blood Cancer 2005 Aug; 45(2):162-9. [Supported by AHRQ's Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) Grant No. U18 HS10399.]

Social Science and Medicine
Epstein RM, Franks P, Fiscella K, et al. Measuring patient-centered communication in patient-physician consultations: theoretical and practical issues. Soc Sci Med 2005 Oct; 61(7):1516-28. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS1610-01A1. See also article by McDonagh, et al., in BJOG cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Health Line
Quality of care: NYT examines degrading patient experience. Am Health Line 2005 Aug 16, #9. [Reports on New York Times article which includes findings from AHRQ, Kaiser Family Foundation, and Harvard Public School of Health survey (published Fall 2004) on the publics perception of the quality of healthcare.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Williams SV. Improving patient care can set your brain on fire. Ann Intern Med 2005 Aug 16; 143(4):305-6. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Asch, et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2004) and by Berwick (Ann Intern Med, 2005).]

BNA's Health Care Policy Report
HHS survey finds 48 million Americans lacked health coverage in first half of 2004. BNA Health Care Policy Rep 2005 Aug 15; 13(33):1056-57. [Reports on recent MEPS data as published in MEPS Statistical Brief #83; includes comments attributed to Jeffrey Rhoades, author of brief and researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing Access and Cost Trends.]

Study of hospitals critical care units cites role of errors during routine care. BNA Health Care Policy Rep 2005 Aug 15; 13(33):1072. [Reports on AHRQ-funded article by Wang, et al. (Crit Care Med, 2005).]

Diabetes Care
O Connor PJ, Desai J, Solberg LI, et al. Randomized trial of quality improvement intervention to improve diabetes care in primary care settings. Diabetes Care 2005 Aug; 28(8):1890-7. [Cites Kaluzny AD, "Implementation of Prevention and Early Detection Strategies: Selected Organizational Perspectives," in Proceedings of the Second Primary Care Research Conference, 1992. Washington, D.C., Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, p. 197-202.]

Modern Healthcare
Conn J. In search of surgical quality. Mod Healthc 2005 Aug 8; 35(32):7. [Article discusses the Surgical Car Improvement Project (SCIP), a coalition of organizations which includes AHRQ.]

Benko LB. Chronic questions. Mod Healthc 2005 Aug 8; 35(32):26-9. [Mentions AHRQ's involvement with the Disease Management Association of America and other organizations/agencies in identifying a set of core questions for assessing patient satisfaction with DM programs.]

Conn J. Speaking the same language. Mod Healthc 2005 Aug 15; 35(33):22-3. [Article on patient safety reporting includes quote by Dr. Bill Munier, acting director of AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, about the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Vaccarino V, Rathore SS, Wenger NK, et al. New Engl J Med 2005 Aug 18; 353(7):671-82. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Ayanian and Epstein (N Engl J Med, 1991), McLaughin, et al. (Arch Intern Med, 1996), Canto, et al. (N Engl J Med, 2000), Schulman, et al. (N Engl J Med, 1999), and Epstein, et al. (Med Care, 2003).]

Jha AK, Fisher ES, Li Z, et al. Racial trends in the use of major procedures among the elderly. N Engl J Med 2005 Aug 18; 353(7):683-91. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Canto, et al. (N Engl J Med, 2000), Schnieder, et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2001), and Epstein, et al. (Med Care, 2003).]

Lurie N. Health disparities, less talk more action. N Engl J Med 2005 Aug 18; 353(7):727-9. [Comments on AHRQ-funded article by Trivedi, et al., in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Washington Health Week in Review (Commonwealth Fund)
AHRQ releases new data on the uninsured. Wash Health Week Rev (Commonw Fund) 2005 Aug 15. [Reports on AHRQ release of new 2004 MEPS data; includes comment by AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy.]

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

Annals of Internal Medicine
Woolf SH, Chan EC, Harris R, et al. Promoting informed choice: transforming health care to dispense knowledge for decision making. Ann Intern Med 2005 Aug 16; 143(4):293-300. [Cites USPSTF evidence review, Interventions to Improve Health Outcomes for Patients with Low Literacy (J Gen Intern Med, 2005) and USPSTF concept paper, "Shared decision making about screening and chemoprevention" (Am J Prev Med, 2004); text includes USPST proposed components of Informed Decision Making.]

Cronenwett JL. Screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms. Ann Intern Med 2005 Aug 16; 143(4):309; author reply, 309-10. [Comments on USPSTF recommendations, Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (Ann Intern Med, 2005).]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecolgy
McDonagh MS, Osterweil P, Guise JM. The benefits and risks of inducing labour in patients with prior caesarean delivery: a systematic review. BJOG 2005 Aug; 112(8):1007-15. [Supported by Contract No. 290-97-0018, Task Order No. 9, to Oregon Health and Science University Evidence-based Practice Center and Grant No. 1 K08 HS11338-01.]

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