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October 3, 2003

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 Managed Care
Sommers AR, Wholey DR. The effect of HMO competition on gatekeeping, usual source of care, and evaluations of physician thoroughness. Am J Manag Care 2003 Sep; 9(9):618-27. [First author is AHRQ researcher.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Andrade SE, Majumdar SR, Chan KA, et al. Low frequency of treatment of osteoporosis among postmenopausal women following a fracture. Arch Intern Med 2003 Sep 22; 163(17):2052-57. [Supported by Grant No. HS10391.]

Canadian Medical Association Journal
Schunemann HJ, Best D, Vist G, et al (for GRADE Working Group). Letters, numbers, symbols and words: how to communicate grades of evidence and recommendations. CMAJ 2003 Sep 30; 169(7):677-80. [GRADE Working Group membership includes David Atkins, researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence; cites AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC).]

Soler-Vila H, Kasi SV, Jones BA. Prognostic significance of psychosocial factors in African-American and white breast cancer patients: a population-based study. Cancer 2003 Sep 15; 98(6):1299-308. [Supported by Grant No. HS06910-01.]

Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
Hartz A, Marsh JL. Methodologic issues in observational studies. Clin Orthop 2003 Aug; (413):33-42. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R01 HS10739-01.]

Critical Care Medicine
Dezfulian C, Lavell J, Nallamothu BK, et al. Rates of infection for single-lumen versus multilumen central venous catheters: a meta-analysis. Crit Care Med 2003 Sep; 31(9):2385-90. [Supported by Grant No. P20 HS11540

Diabetes Educator
Amthauer H, Gaglio B, Glasgow RE, et al. Lessons learned: patient strategies for a type 2 diabetes intervention in a primary care setting. Diabetes Educ 2003 Jul-Aug; 29(4):673-81. [Supported by Grant No. HS10123.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Safety
Selby JV, Scanlong D, Lafata JE, et al. Determining the value of disease management programs. Jt Comm J Qual Saf 2003 Sep; 29(9):491-99. [Supported by Grant No. R13 HS12067.]

Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Fleishman JA, Hellinger FH. Recent trends in HIV-related inpatient admissions 1996-2000: a 7-state study. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 2003 Sep 1; 34(1):102-10. [Authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends, and Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, respectively.]

Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Ma, J, Stafford RS. US physician adherence to standards in asthma pharmacotherapy varies by patient and physician characteristics. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2003 Sep; 112(3):633-35. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS11313.]

Journal of Biomedical Informatics
Zhang J, Johnson TR, patel VL, et al. Using usability heuristics to evaluate patient safety of medical devices. J Biomed Inform 2003 Feb-Apr; 36(1-2):23-30. [Supported by Grant No. P01 HS11544.]

Poon EG, Wang SJ, Gandhi TK, et al. Design and implementation of a comprehensive outpatient results manager. J Biomed Inform 2003 Feb-Apr; 36(1-2):80-91. [Supported by Grant No. R01 1 U18 HS11046-03.]

Hope C, Overhage JM, Seger A, et al. A tiered approach is more cost effective than traditional pharmacist-based review for classifying computer-detected signals as adverse drug events. J Biomed Inform 2003 Feb-Apr; 36(1-2):92-98. [Supported by Grant No. U18 HS11169.]

Cao H, Stetson P, Hripcsak G. Assessing explicit error reporting in the narrative electronic medical record using keyword searching. J Biomed Inform 2003 Feb-Apr; 36(1-2):99-105. [Supported by Grant No. R18 11806.]

Weinger MB, Slagle J, Jain S, et al. Retrospective data collection and analytical techniques for patient safety studies. J Biomed Inform 2003 Feb-Apr; 36(1-2):106-19. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS11521.]

Hripcsak G, Bakken S, Stetson PD, et al. Mining complex clinical data for patient safety research: a framework for event discovery. J Biomed Inform 2003 Feb-Apr; 36(1-2):120-30. [Supported by Grant No. R18 HS11806.]

Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
Martikainen P, Adda J, Ferrie JE, et al. Effects of income and wealth on GHQ depression and poor self rated health in white collar women and men in the Whitehall II study. J Epidemiol Community Health 2003 Sep; 57(9):718-23. [Supported by Grant No. HS06516.]

Journal of Medical Internet Research
Casebeer LL, Strasser SM, Spettell CM, et al. Designing tailored Web-based instruction to improve practicing physicians' preventive practices. J Med Internet Res 2003 Jul-Sep; 5(3):e20. [Supported by Grant No. U18 HS11124.]

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Elmore JG, Nakano CY, Koepsell TD, et al. International variation in screening mammography interpretations in community-based programs. J Natl Cancer Inst 2003 Sep 17; 95(18):1384-93. [Supported by Grant No. HS10591.]

Journal of Travel Medicine
Gill CJ, Hamer DH. "Doc, there's a worm in my stool": Munchausen parisitosis in a returning traveler. J Travel Med 2002 Nov-Dec; 9(6):330-32. [Supported by Grant No. T32 HS00060-09.]

Journal of Urban Health
Heslin KC, Andersen RM, Gelberg L. Use of faith-based social service providers in a representative sample of urban homeless women. J Urban Health 2003 Sep; 8(3):371-82. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS08323.]

Journal of Women's Health
Swanson KA, Andersen R, Gelberg L. Patient satisfaction for homeless women. J Womens Health 2003 Sep; 12(7):675-86. [Supported by Grant No. HS08323.]

Neuroimaging Clinics of North America
Jarvik JG. Imaging of adults with low back pain in the primary care setting. Neuroimaging Clin N Am 62003 May; 13(2):293-305. [Supported by Grant No. HS09499.]

Obstetrics Gynecology
Learman LA, Summitt RL Jr, Varner RE, et al. A randomized comparison of total or supracervical hysterectomy: surgical complications and clinical outcomes. Obstet Gynecol 2003 Sep; 102(3):453-62. [Supported by Grant No. U01 HS09478.]

Quality of Life Research
Insinga RP, Fryback DG. Understanding differences between self-ratings and population ratings for health in the EuroQOL. Qual Life Res 2003 Sep; 12(6):611-19. [Supported by Grant No. 5 T32 HS00083.]

Women's Health Issues
Bird CE, Fremont A, Wickstrom S, et al. Improving women's quality of care for cardiovascular disease and diabetes: the feasibility and desirability of stratified reporting of objective performance measures. Womens Health Issues 2003 Jul-Aug; 13(4):150-57. [Supported by Contract No. 290-00-0012; fourth author, Bierman AS, was AHRQ researcher at time of publication.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Managed Care
Bailey JE, Van Brunt DL, Raffanti SP, et al. Improvements in access to care for HIV and AIDS in a statewide Medicaid managed care system. Am J Manag Care 2003 Sep; 9(9):595-602. [Cites HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS) articles by Bozzette et al, N Engl J Med, 1998, and Shapiro et al, JAMA, 1999; cites AHRQ-authored article by Hellinger, Health Care Financ Rev, 1998.]

Tai-Seale M, Pescosolido B. The public's opinions of physicians: do perceived choice and exercised choice matter? Am J Manag Care 2003 Sep; 9(9):631-38. [Cites working paper by Wholey and Sommers (AHRQ researcher), 2001.]

Blue Sheet
NIH clinical research activities should address practical health care issues. Blue Sheet 2003 Sep 29; 46(39):16. [Summarizes editorial co-authored by AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy in JAMA, 2003.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Safety
Kramer TL, Owen RR, Cannon D, et al. How well do automated performance measures assess guideline implementation for new-onset depression in the Veterans Health Administration? Jt Comm J Qual Saf 2003 Sep; 29(9):479-89. [ Cites AHRQ report, Using Clinical Practice Guidelines to Evaluate Quality of Care, 1995.]

Journal of Biomedical Informatics
Patel VL, Bates DW. Cognition and measurement in patient safety research. J Biomed Inform 2003 Feb-Apr; 36(1-2):1-3. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Bates and Gawande, N Engl J Med, 2003.]

Horsky J, Kaufman DR, Oppenheim MI, et al. A framework for analyzing the cognitive complexity of computer-assisted clinical ordering. J Biomed Inform 2003 Feb-Apr; 36(1-2):4-22. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Kaushal et al, JAMA, 2001, and Bates et al, J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2001.]

Kuperman GJ, Gandhi TK, Bates DW. Effective drug-allergy checking: methodological and operational issues. J Biomed Inform 2003 Feb-Apr; 36(1-2):70-79. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bates et al, JAMA, 1995, Leape et al, JAMA, 1995, and AHRQ-authored article by Burstin (third author), J Gen Intern Med, 2000.]

Murff HJ, Patel VL, Hripcsak G, et al. Detecting adverse events for patient safety research: a review of current methodologies. J Biomed Inform 2003 Feb-Apr; 36(1-2):131-43. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Needleman et al, N Engl J Med, 2002, and several AHRQ-funded articles on adverse drug events.]

Milbank Quarterly
Lomas J, Fulop N, Gagnon D, et al. On being a good listener: setting priorities for applied health services research. Milbank Q 2003; 81(3):363-88. [Cites reference to political turmoil associated with AHRQ guidelines on low back pain and Patient Outcomes Research Teams (PORTS) in article by Gray et al, Health Aff Web Exclusive, 2003.]

Modern Healthcare
Morrissey J. A quality education. Modern Healthc 2003 Sep 22; 33(38):9. [Announces AHRQ/VA-funded Patient Safety Improvement Corps training program.]

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

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Guidelines recommend less frequent screening interval for cervical cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst 2003 Mar 19; 95(6):424-25. [Reviews USPSTF recommendations on cervical cancer screening and compares them to those of the American Cancer Society.]

President's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry/Quality Inter-agency Coordination (QuIC) Task Force-Related Articles

Nursing Economics
Kedrowski SM, Weiner C. Performance measures in ambulatory care. Nurs Econ 2003 Jul-Aug; 21(4):188-93. [Lists AHRQ as source of quality measures/indicators and gives Web sites for Commission, AHRQ, and the National Guideline Clearinghouse™.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy
McKercher PL, Taylor SD, Lee JA, et al. Prescription drug use among elderly and nonelderly families. J Manag Care Pharm 2003 Jan-Feb; 9(1):19-28. [Uses 1996 MEPS data.]

Milbank Quarterly
Bound J, Waidmann T, Schoenbaum M. The labor market consequences of race differences in health. Milbank Q 2003; 81(3):441-73. [Uses Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data.]

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