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August 24, 2007

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
Setoguchi S, Stevenson LW, Schneeweiss S. Repeated hospitalizations predict mortality in the community population with heart failure. Am Heart J 2007 Aug; 154(2):260-66. [Supported by grant 2 R01 HS10881.]

American Journal of Managed Care
Schneeweiss S, Patrick AR, Maclure M, et al. Adherence to beta-blocker therapy under drug cost-sharing in patients with and without acute myocardial infarction. Am J Manag Care 2007 Aug; 13(8):445-52. [Supported by grant 2 R01 HS10881.]

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Brown HL, Chireau MV, Jallah Y, et al. The "Hispanic paradox": an investigation of racial disparity in pregnancy outcomes at a tertiary care medical center. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2007 Aug; 197(2):197.e1-7, discussion, e7-9. [Supported by grant R24 HS013353.]

Archives of Dermatology
Stitzenberg KB, Thomas NE, Dalton K, et al. Distance to diagnosing provider as a measure of access for patients with melanoma. Arch Dermatol 2007 Aug; 143(8):991-8. [Supported by grant T32 HS00032.]

Cancer Causes and Control
Setoguchi S, Solomon DH, Glynn RJ, et al. Agreement of diagnosis and its date for hematologic malignancies and solid tumors between Medicare claims and cancer registry data. Cancer Causes Control 2007 Jun; 18(5):561-9. [Supported by grant 2 R01 HS10881.]

Critical Care Medicine
Tang Z, Weavind L, Mazabob J, et al. Workflow in intensive care unit remote monitoring: a time-and-motion study. Crit Care Med 2007 Sep; 35(9). [Epub, Jul 24. Supported by grant 1 R01 HS15234.]

General Hospital Psychiatry Kuwabara SA, Van Voorhees BW, Gollan JK, et al. A qualitative exploration of depression in emerging adulthood: disorder, development, and social context. Gen Hosp Psychiatry 2007 Jul-Aug; 29(4):317-24. [Supported by grant 1 K08 HS15699-01A1.]

Goldman LE, Henderson S, Dohan DP, et al. Public reporting and pay-for-performance: safety-net hospital executives concerns and policy suggestions. Inquiry 2007 Summer; 44(2):137-45. [Supported by grant R03 HS16117.]

Mark BA, Harless DW. Nurse staffing, mortality, and length of stay in for-profit and not-for-profit hospitals. Inquiry 2007 Summer; 44(2):167-86. [Supported by grant 1 R01 HS10135; uses data from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) for 1990-1995.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Subramanian S, Hoover S, Gilman B, Field TS, Mutter R, et al. Computerized physician order entry with clinical decision support in long-term care facilities: costs and benefits to stakeholders. J Am Geriatr Soc 2007 Sep; 55(9):1451-7. [Supported by grants HS010481 and HS15430; fifth author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends.]

Journal of Nursing Care Quality
Darmody J, Pawlak R, Hook M, et al. Substitution of hospital staff in concurrent utilization review. J Nurs Care Qual 2007 Jul-Sep; 22(3):239-46. [Supported by grant R03 HS10667-02.]

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Fiscella K, Meldrum S, Franks P. Post partum discharge against medical advise: who leaves and does it matter? Matern Child Health J 2007 Sep; 11(5):431-6. [Supported by grant R01 HS10910-02.]

Bryant Borders AE, Eary RL, Olszewski Y, et al. Ready or not—intrapartum prevention of perinatal HIV transmission in Illinois. Matern Child Health J 2007 Sep; 11(5):485-93. [Supported by National Research Services Award (NRSA) Training Program grant, no grant number available.]

Medical Care
Goldman LE, Vittinghoff E, Dudley RA. Quality of care in hospitals with a high percentage of Medicaid patients. Med Care 2007 Jun; 45(6):579-83. [Supported by AHRQ, no grant number available.]

Statistics in Medicine
Muller KE, Edwards LJ, Simpson SL, et al. Statistical tests with accurate size and power for balanced linear mixed models. Stat Med 2007 Aug 30; 26(19):3639-60. [Supported by grant 1 R24 HS13353-01.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

BNA Health Care Policy Report
Study shows 5.5 million children eligible for program coverage, but not enrolled. BNA Health Care Policy Rep 2007 Aug 20; 15(33):1128-9. [Reports on AHRQ-authored study by Julie Hudson and Thomas Selden (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends), published online August 16, 2007, by Health Affairs.]

Evaluation and Program Planning
Kelly CM, Baker EA, Brownson RC, et al. Translating research into practice: using concept mapping to determine locally relevant intervention strategies to increase physical activity. Eval Program Plan 2007 Aug; 30(3):282-93. [Cites AHRQ publication, Community-Based Participatory Research: Assessing the Evidence.]

Monheit AC. Thoughts on health insurance expansions and the value of coverage. Inquiry 2007 Summer; 44(2):133-6. [Author is former AHRQ center director; cites AHRQ-authored article by Banthin and Bernard (JAMA, 2006).]

Stuart BC, Briesacher BA, Doshi JA, et al. Will Part D produce savings ion Part A and Part B? The impact of prescription drug coverage on Medicare program expenditures. Inquiry 2007 Summer; 44(2):146-56. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Miller, Moeller (first and second authors are former and current researchers, respectively, in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) and Stafford (Inquiry, 2006); cites AHRQ-funded article by Soumerai, et al. (N Engl J Med, 1991) and article by Lichtenberg (Health Aff, 2001) using Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data.]

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Haw C, Stuffs J, Dickens G. An observational study of medication administration errors in old-age psychiatric inpatients. Int J Qual Health Care 2007 Aug; 19(4):210-6. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Bates, et al. (JAMA, 1995).]

Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy
Pedan A, Varasteh LT, Schneeweiss S. Analysis of factors associated with statin adherence in a hierarchical model considering physician, pharmacy, patient, and prescription characteristics. J Manag Care Pharm 2007 Jul-Aug; 13(6):487-96. [Notes that third author is principal investigator of the Brigham and Women's Hospital Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness (DEcIDE) Research Center funded by AHRQ.]

Modern Healthcare
Lubell J. CMS: your mistake, your problem. Mod Healthc 2007 Aug 20; 37(33):10. [Quotes remarks by former AHRQ researcher Nancy Foster and AHRQ grantee and Web M&M editor Robert Wachter.]

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

Meszaros L. Aspirin, NSAIDS: not recommended for colorectal cancer prevention. Geriatrics 2007 Aug; 62(8):29. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations on routine aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for the primary prevention of colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2007)

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Colon-Emeric CS, Lekan D, Utley-Smith Q, et al. Barriers to and facilitators of clinical practice guideline use in nursing homes. J Am Geriatr Soc 2007 Sep; 55(9):1404-9. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Osteoporosis in Postmenopausal Women: Recommendations and Rationale, 2003.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Evaluation and the Health Professions Weeks DL. The regression effect as a neglected source of bias in nonrandomized intervention trials and systematic reviews of observational studies. Eval Health Prof 2007 Sep; 30(3):254-65. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Systems to Rate the Strength of Scientific Evidence, 2002.]

Quality and Safety in Health Care
Ketola E, Kaila M, Honkanen M. Guidelines in context of evidence. Qual Saf Health Care 2007 Aug; 16(4):308-312. [Cites AHRQ technical review, Closing the Quality Gap: A Critical Analysis of Quality Improvement Strategies, Volume 1—Series Overview and Methodology, 2004; cites AHRQ-authored article by Atkins, et al. (BMC Health Serv Res, 2004).]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Glance LC, Osler TM, Mukamel DB, et al. Estimating the potential impact of regionalizing health care delivery based on volume standards versus risk-adjusted mortality rate. Int J Qual Health Care 2007 Aug; 19(4):195-202. [Uses 1998-2000 data from HCUP State Inpatient Databases (SID) for California.]

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Bethell CD, Read D, Blumberg SJ, et al. What is the prevalence of children with special health care needs? Toward an understanding of variations in findings and methods across three national surveys. Matern Child Health J 2007 Jun 14. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2001-2004 MEPS data.]

Public Health Reports
Sices L, Harmon JS, Kelleher KJ. Health-care use and expenditures for children in special education with special health-care needs: is dual classification a marker for high use? Public Health Rep 2007 Jul-Aug; 122(4):531-40. [Uses 2000 MEPS data.]

Current as of August 2007


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