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September 21, 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 Journal of Health Behavior
Andrulis DP, Brach C. Integrating literacy, culture, and language to improve health care quality for diverse populations. Am J Health Behav 2007 Sep-Oct; 31(S122-33). [Second author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets.]

Annals of Emergency Medicine
Metlay JP, Camargo CA Jr, MacKenzie T, et al. Cluster-randomized trial to improve antibiotic use for adults with acute respiratory infections treated in emergency departments. Ann Emerg Med 2007 Sep; 50(3):221-30. [Supported by grant 1 R01 HS013915.]

Wang HE, Abo BN, Lave JR, et al. How would minimum experience standards affect the distribution of out-of-hospital endotracheal intubations? Ann Emerg Med 2007 Sep; 50(3):246-52. [Supported by grant K08 HS013628.]

Ray WA, Chung CP, Stein CM, et al. Risk of peptic ulcer hospitalizations in users of NSAIDs with gastroprotective cotherapy versus coxibs. Gastroenterology 2007 Sep; 133(3):790-8. [Supported by grant HS10384.]

Health Care Financing Review
O Leary JF, Sloss EM, Melnick, G. Disabled Medicare beneficiaries by dual eligible status: California, 1996-2001. Health Care Financ Rev 2007 Summer; 28(4):57-67. [Supported by grant R01 HS10256-01.]

Schuster CR, Mitchell JM, Gaskin DJ. Partially capitated managed care versus FFS for special needs children. Health Care Financ Rev 2007 Summer; 28(4):109-23. [Supported by grant R01 HS10912.]

Health Services Research
Clancy CM, Slutsky JR. Commentary: a progress report on AHRQ'sEffective Health Care Program. Health Serv Res 2007 Oct; 42(5):xi-xix. [Authors are AHRQ director and Center for Outcomes and Evidence director, respectively.]

Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine
Clark LG, Upshur CC. Family medicine physicians views of how to improve chronic pain management. J Am Bd Fam Med 2007 Sep-Oct; 20(5):479-82. [Supported by grant 1 R03 HS013455-01A1.]

Journal of Orthopedic Trauma
Linnau KF, Blackmore CC, Kaufman R, et al. Do initial radiographs agree with crash site mechanism of injury in pelvic ring disruptions? A pilot study. J Orthop Trauma 2007 Jul; 21(6):375-80. [Supported by grant K08 HS11291.]

Journal of Patient Safety
Clancy CM. Sleepless in the hospital: evidence mounts that tired caregivers may compromise quality. J Patient Safety 2007 Sep; 3(3):125-6. [Author is the AHRQ director.]

Henriksen K, Patterson MD. Simulation in health care: setting realistic expectations. J Patient Safety 2007 Sep; 3(3):127-34. [First author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.]

Gallagher TH, Denham DR, Leape LL, et al. Disclosing unanticipated outcomes to patients: the art and practice. J Patient Safety 2007 Sep; 3(3):158-65. [Supported by grants 1 K08 HS01401201 and U18 HS1665801.]

Nursing Forum
Dickerson SS, Brewer CS, Kovner C, et al. Giving voice to registered nurses decisions to work. Nurs Forum 2007 Jul-Sep; 42(3):132-42. [Supported by grant R01 HS01132002; third author is former AHRQ researcher.]

Camargo EC, Furie KL, Singhal AB, et al. Acute brain infarct: detection and delineation with CT angiographic source images versus nonenhanced CT scans. Radiology 2007 Aug; 244(2):541-8. [Supported by grant R01 HS1392 (attributed to National Institutes of Health).]

Abo BN, Hostler D, Wang HE. Does the type of out-of-hospital airway interfere with other cardiopulmonary resuscitation tasks? Resuscitation 2007 Feb; 72(2):243-9. [Supported by grant K08 HS013628.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

AORN Journal
Brendle TA. Surgical Care Improvement Project and the perioperative nurses role. AORN J 2007 Jul; 86(1):94-101. [Includes AHRQ in a list of 10 organizations forming the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) steering committee.]

Health Care Financing Review
Bagchi AD, Esposito D, Verdier JM. Prescription drug use and expenditures among dually eligible beneficiaries. Health Care Financ Rev 2007 Summer; 28(4):43-56. [Notes that estimates from AHRQ's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) and other sources are subject to recall bias and potential errors arising from sample selection.]

Quinn K, Kitchener M. Medicaid'srole in the many markets for health care. Health Care Financ Rev 2007 Summer; 28(4):69-82. [Cites AHRQ publication by Merrill C and Steiner C (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets), Hospitalizations Related to Childbirth, 2003, HCUP Statistical Brief.]

Emanuel EJ, Fuchs VR, Garber AM. Essential elements of a technology and outcomes assessment initiative. JAMA 2007 Sep 19; 298(11):1323-5. [Discusses controversies over AHCPR-sponsored low back pain research and notes that, as AHRQ, the agency has generally avoided controversial issues and has little of its budget dedicated to evaluative research; cites article by Gray, Gusmano, and Collins (AHCPR and the changing politics of health services research Health Aff, 2003).]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Butler K, Mollow P, Gale JL, et al. Eliminating adverse drug events at Ascension Health. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2007 Sep; 33(9):527-36. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Cullen, et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Improv, 1995).]

Frankel A, Gardner R, Maynard L, et al. Using the Communication and Teamwork Skills (CATS) assessment to measure health care team performance. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2007 Sep; 33(9):549-58. [Cites article by Baker, et al., "Medical team training program in health care," in AHRQ electronic publication, Advances in Patient Safety, 2005, and AHRQ publication, Literature Review: Medical Teamwork and Patient Safety: The Evidence-Based Relation, 2005.]

Berenholtz SM, Pronovost PJ, Ngo K, et al. Developing quality measures for sepsis care in the ICU. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2007 Sep; 33(9):559-68. [Cites AHRQ publication, Randomized Trial Comparison Masked/Unmasked Meta-Analyses, 1996, and AHRQ-authored article by Atkins (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence) (BMJ, 2004).]

Brunetti L, Santell JP, Hicks RW. The impact of abbreviations on patient safety. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2007 Sep; 33(9):576-83. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Bates, et al. (JAMA, 1995).]

Journal of Patient Safety
Singh R, Naughton B, Singh A, et al. The safety journal: lessons learned with an error reporting tool to simulate systems thinking. J Patient Safety 2007 Sep; 3(3):135-41. [Cites AHRQ Web M&M Web site.]

Patel BM, Dauenhauer CJ, Rady MY, et al. Impact of peripherally inserted central catheters on catheter-related bloodstream infections in the intensive care unit. J Patient Safety 2007 Sep; 3(3):142-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Leape, et al. (JAMA, 1995).]

Modern Healthcare
DerGurahian J. An infectious groove.... Mod Healthc 2007 Sep 17; 37(37):6-7. [Cites remarks by former AHRQ staff members Nancy Foster and Gregg Meyer.]

Nursing Homes
Ejaz FK, Peters B. Provider perspectives on how to effectively present information on quality: focus groups discuss collecting and presenting data for quality improvement purposes. A review of the findings. Nurs Homes 2007 Jun; 56(6);42-6. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Elixhauser, Pancholi, and Clancy (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2005).]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Annals of Internal Medicine
Bolen S, Feldman L, Vassy J, et al. Systematic review: comparative effectiveness and safety of oral medications for type 2 diabetes mellitus. Ann Intern Med 2007 Sep 18; 147(6):386-99. [Based on research conducted under contract 290-02-0018 to the Johns Hopkins Evidence-based Practice Center.]

Pogach LM. Doctor, how certain are we that this diabetes medication is best for me? Ann Intern Med 2007 Sep 18; 147(6):428-30. [Reviews and critiques article by Bolen, et al. cited above, noting that all physicians who treat diabetes should carefully review this report.]

School Psychology Review
Fabiano GA, Pelham WE Jr, Gnagy EM, et al. The single and combined effects of multiple intensities of behavior modification and methylphenidate for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in a classroom setting. School Psychol Rev 2007 Jun; 36(2):195-216. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, 1999.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Annals of Internal Medicine
Qaseem A, Vijan S, Snow V, et al. Glycemic control and type 2 diabetes mellitus: the optimal hemoglobin A1c targets. A guidance statement from the American College of Physicians. Ann Intern Med 2007 Sep 18; 147(6):417-22. [Uses AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ as a source for diabetes guidelines; notes that the third author received AHRQ funding for other works.]

Health Care Financing Review
Seiber EE. Physician code creep: evidence in Medicaid and state employee health insurance billing. Health Care Financ Rev 2007 Summer; 28(4):83-93. [Uses AHRQ's Clinical Classifications Software to collapse over 12,000 potential diagnosis codes into 260 clinically meaningful categories.]

Cowgill BO, Beckett MK, Corona R, et al. Children of HIV-infected parents: custody status in a nationally representative sample. Pediatrics 2007 Sep; 120(3):e494-503. [Uses study group data from the AHRQ-funded HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS).]

Current as of September 2007


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