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October 6, 2006

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 Managed Care
Jackson GL, Yano EM, Edelman D, et al. Veterans Affairs primary care organizational characteristics associated with better diabetes control. Am J Manag Care 2005 Apr; 11(4):225-37. [First author was supported by National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellow institutional training grant 2 T32 HS000079-06.]

Raebel MA, Carroll NM, Andrade SE, et al. Monitoring of drugs with a narrow therapeutic range in ambulatory care. Am J Manag Care 2006 May; 12(5):268-74. [Supported by grant U18 HS11843.]

American Journal of Rhinology
Glaser AY, Hall CB, Uribe S JI, et al. Medical students' attitudes toward the use of an endoscopic sinus surgery simulator as a training tool. Am J Rhinol 2006 Mar-Apr; 20(2):177-9. [Supported by grant R18 HS11866.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Gandhi TK, Kachalia A, Thomas EJ, et al. Missed and delayed diagnoses in the ambulatory setting: a study of closed malpractice claims. Ann Intern Med 2006 Oct 3; 145(7):488-96. [Supported by grants HS01886-03 and K02 HS11285.]

Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Dobalian A. Advance care planning documents in nursing facilities: results from a nationally representative survey. Arch Gerontol Geriatr 2006 Sep-Oct; 43(2):193-212. [Supported by grant T32 HS000046.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Feldstein AC, Smith DH, Perrin N, et al. Reducing warfarin medication interactions: an interrupted time series evaluation. Arch Intern Med 2006 May 8; 166(9):1009-15. [Supported by grant U18 HS11843.]

Smith DH, Perrin N, Feldstein A, et al. The impact of prescribing safety alerts for elderly persons in an electronic medical record. Arch Intern Med 2006 May 22; 166(10):1098-104. [Supported by grant 1 U18 HS11843.]

Archives of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Arora H, Uribe J, Ralph W, et al. Assessment of construct validity of the endoscopic sinus surgery simulator. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2005 Mar; 131(3):217-21. [Supported by grant R18 HS11866.]

Newby LK, LaPoint NM, Chen AY, et al. Long-term adherence to evidence-based secondary prevention therapies in coronary artery disease. Circulation 2006 Jan 17; 113(2):203-12. [Supported by grant U18 HS10548.]

Nallamothu BK, Wang Y, Magid DJ, et al. Relation between hospital specialization with primary percutaneous coronary intervention and clinical outcomes in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction: National Registry of Myocardial Infarction-4 analysis. Circulation 2006 Jan 17; 113(2):222-9. [Supported by grant R01 HS10407-01.]

Health Affairs
Ridley DB, Kramer JM, Tilson HH, et al. Spending on postapproval drug safety. Health Aff 2006 Mar-Apr; 25(2):429-36. [Supported by grant U18 HS10548.]

Journal of Aging and Social Policy
Carter MW, Porell FW. Nursing home performance on select publicly reported quality indicators and resident risk of hospitalization: grappling with policy implications. J Aging Soc Policy 2006: 18(1):17-39. [Supported by grant 1 R01 HS075767-01A1.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Simon SR, Smith DH, Feldstein AC, et al. Computerized prescribing alerts and group academic detailing to reduce the use of potentially inappropriate medications in older people. J Am Geriatr Soc 2006 Jun; 54(6):963-8.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Jackson GL, Edelman D, Weinberger M. Simultaneous control of intermediate diabetes outcomes among Veterans Affairs primary care patients. J Gen Intern Med 2006 Oct; 21(10):1050-56. [First author was supported by National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellow institutional training grant 2 T32 HS000079-06.]

Auerbach AD, Chlouber R, Singler J, et al. Trends in market demand for internal medicine 1999 to 2004: an analysis of physician job advertisements. J Gen Intern Med 2006 Oct; 21(10):1079-85. [Supported by grant K08 HS11416-02.]

Journal of Professional Nursing
Hubbard HB. Interdisciplinary research: the role of nursing education. J Prof Nurs 2006 Sep-Oct; 22(5):266-9. [Author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.]

Hollingsworth JM, Rogers MA, Kaufman SR, et al. Medical therapy to facilitate urinary stone passage: a meta-analysis. Lancet 2006 Sep 30; 368(9542):1171-9. [First author is supported by grant R01 HS015571.]

Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Glaser AY, Hall CB, Uribe S JI [Uribe SJ in PubMed®.], et al. The effects of previously acquired skills on sinus surgery simulator performance. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2005 Oct; 133(4):525-30. [Supported by grant 1 R18 HS11866.]

Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Allen LaPointe NM, Curtis LH, Chan KA, et al. Frequency of high-risk use of QT-prolonging medications. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2006 Jun; 15(6):361-8. [Supported by grants U18 HS11843 and U18 HS010548.]

Wagner AK, Chan KA, Dashevsky I, et al. FDA drug prescribing warnings: is the black box half empty or half full? Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2006 Jun; 15(6):369-86. [Supported by grant U18 HS11832.]

Andrade SE, Raebel MA, Morse AN, et al. Use of prescription medications with a potential for fetal harm among pregnant women. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2006 Aug; 15(8):546-54. [Supported by grant HS10391.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

AHA News
Ament L. Champions of change' are celebrated. AHA News 2006 Oct 2; 42(20):7. [Describes focus and content of Remaking American Medicine television series, for which AHRQ is one of 50 national partners supporting the series underlying outreach campaign; quotes remarks from AHRQ grantee and former acting director Marlene Miller.]

American Journal of Nursing
Fast stats: from the AHRQ. Am J Nurs 2006 Oct; 106(10):22. [Briefly mentions statistics mentioned in AHRQ News and Numbers publication, Smoking While Sick, based on 2004 MEPS data.]

American Medical News
Croasdale M. Study finds widespread resident work-hour violations. Am Med News 2006 Oct 2; 49(37):13. [Reviews findings from AHRQ-funded article by Landrigan, et al. (JAMA, 2006).]

BNAs Health Care Policy Report
Consensus seen on universal coverage, but not on how to achieve it, group says. BNA Health Care Policy Rep 2006 Oct 2; 14(39):1294-5. [Discusses findings and recommendations of, Health Care That Works for All Americans, released by the AHRQ-supported Citizens Health Care Working Group.]

BNAs Health Plan and Provider Report
HHS finds big deductibles for workers employed by the smallest businesses. BNA Health Plan Provider Rep 2006 Oct 4; 12(39):1150-1. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ MEPS Statistical Brief: Copays and Deductibles for Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance in the Private Sector, By Firm Size Classification: 2004, and notes that report was written by John P. Sommers (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) and based on data from the 2004 MEPS Insurance Component.]

Healthcare Financial Management
Annual prevalence for the 5 costliest chronic conditions: Americans ages 65+. Healthc Financial Manage 2006 Sep; 60(9):18. [Presents graphical analysis of data from AHRQ-authored article by Cohen and Krauss, Spending and service use among people with the fifteen most costly medical conditions, 1997 (Health Aff, 2003).]

Mitka M. Surgery useful for morbid obesity, but safety and efficacy questions linger. JAMA 2006 Oct 4; 296(13):1575-7. [Cites findings from two AHRQ-authored articles on bariatric surgery by Encinosa (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets), et al. (Med Care, 2006 and Health Aff, 2005).]

Journal of the American Board of Family Practice
Hildebrandt DE, Westfall JM, Fernald DH, et al. Harm resulting from inappropriate telephone triage in primary care. J Am Bd Fam Pract 2006 Sep-Oct; 19(5):437-42. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Leape, et al. (JAMA, 1995).]

Nagykaldi Z, Mold JW, Robinson A, et al. Practice facilitators and practice-based research networks. J Am Bd Fam Pract 2006 Sep-Oct; 19(5):506-10. [Notes AHRQ funding for practice facilitator projects.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Kinder LS, Katon WJ, Ludman E, et al. Improving depression care in patients with diabetes and multiple complications. J Gen Intern Med 2006 Oct; 21(10):1036-41. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Depression in Primary Care: Treatment of Major Depression, 1993.]

Sung S, Forman-Hoffman V, Wilson MC, et al. Direct reporting of laboratory test results to patients by mail to enhance patient safety. J Gen Intern Med 2006 Oct; 21(10):1075-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Poon, et al (Arch Intern Med, 2004) and Murff, et al. (Int J Med Inform, 2003).]

Kripalani S, Bussey-Jones J, Katz MG, et al. A prescription for cultural competence in medical education. J Gen Intern Med 2006 Oct; 21(10):1116-20. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Schulman, et al. (N Engl J Med, 1999).]

Pearle MS. Medical therapy for urinary stone passage. Lancet 2006 Sep 30; 368(9542):1138-9. [Reviews and comments on article by Hollingsworth, et al. (Lancet, 2006) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Modern Healthcare
Benko LB. The big squeeze. Mod Healthc 2006 Oct 2; 36(39):6-7, 16. [Includes statistics from HCUP Statistical Brief, The National Hospital Bill: The Most Expensive Conditions, by Payer, 2004, September 2006.]

DoBias M. Measuring improvement: performance standards, reporting save lives—NCQA. Mod Healthc 2006 Oct 2; 36(39):7. [Mentions that National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) also oversees the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems scores, which include performance measures on access, timleines and patient satisfaction.]

PBS health care quality series. Trustee 2006 Sep; 59(8):4. [Briefly describes focus and content of Remaking American Medicine television series, for which AHRQ is one of 50 national partners supporting the series underlying outreach campaign.]

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

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Bosmans J, de Bruijne M, van Hout H, et al. Cost-effectiveness of a disease management program for major depression in elderly primary care patients. J Gen Intern Med 2006 Oct; 21(10):1020-6. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored review of the evidence on screening for depression in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

Preventive Medicine
Feldstein AC, Vogt TM, Aickin M, et al. Mammography screening rates decline: a person-time approach to evaluation. Prev Med 2006 ; 43(178-82). [Cites USPSTF recommendations on mammography screening in article by Humphrey, et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2002) and screening for breast cancer, in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, as posted on AHRQ Web site.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Hartmann KE, Birnbaum H, Ben-Hamadi R, et al. Annual costs associated with diagnosis of uterine leiomyomata. Obstet Gynecol 2006 Oct; 930-7. [Cites Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Management of Uterine Fibroids, 2001.]

National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR)/National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR)-Related Articles

Healthcare Financial Management
Healthcare disparities continue despite awareness. Healthc Financial Manage Rep 2006 Sep; 60(9):13-4. [Comments on healthcare disparities and AHRQ's National Healthcare Disparities Report.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Annals of Internal Medicine
Dobscha SK, Corson K, Hickam DH, et al. Depression decision support in primary care: a cluster randomized trial. Ann Intern Med 2006 Oct 3; 145(7):477-87. [Uses AHRQ guideline, Depression in Primary Care: Treatment of Major Depression, 1993, as part of a depression education program used in the study.]

Journal of the American Board of Family Practice
Wroth TH, Pathman DE. Primary medication adherence in a rural population: the role of the patient-physician relationship and satisfaction with care. J Am Bd Fam Pract 2006 Sep-Oct; 19(5):478-86. [Uses adapted version of MEPS survey questions as outcome and independent study variables; cites MEPS database on AHRQ Web site.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Rubenstein LV, Meredith LS, Parker LE, et al. Impacts of evidence-based quality improvement on depression in primary care: a randomized experiment. J Gen Intern Med 2006 Oct; 21(10):1027-35. [Uses AHRQ guideline Depression in Primary Care: Treatment of Major Depression, 1993.]

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