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October 10, 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

Ambulatory Pediatrics
Shields AE, Comstock C, Finkelstein JA, et al. Comparing asthma care provided to Medicaid-enrolled children in a Primary Care Case Manager plan and a staff model HMO. Ambul Pediatr 2003 Sep-Oct; 3(5):253-62. [Supported by Grant No. R03 HS09327.]

American Journal of Community Psychology
Fleishman JA, Sherbourne CD, Cleary PD, et al. Patterns of coping among persons with HIV infection: configurations, correlates, and change. Am J Community Psychol 2003; 2(2):187-204. [Supported by Grant No. HS08578. First author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends.]

American Journal of Epidemiology
Cole SR, Hernan MA, Robins JM, et al. Effect of highly active antiretroviral therapy on time to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or death using marginal structural models. Am J Epidemiol 2003 Oct 1; 158(7):687-94. [Supported by AHRQ grant, no number given.]

American Journal of Geriatric Cardiology
Cheung DS, Heizer D, Wilson J, et al. Cost-savings analysis of using a portable coagulometer for monitoring homebound elderly patients taking warfarin. Am J Geriatr Cardiol 2003 Sep-Oct; 12(5):283-87. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10133.]

American Journal of Health Behavior
Howard DE, Kaljee L, Rachuba LT, et al. Coping with youth violence: assessments by minority parents in public housing. Am J Health Behav 2003 Sep-Oct;27(5):483-92. [Supported by Grant No. U01 HS07392.]

American Journal of Hospice Palliative Care
McAuley WJ, Travis SS. Advance care planning among residents in long-term care. Am J Hosp Palliat Care 2003 Sep-Oct; 20(5):353-59. [First author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets.]

American Journal of Medical Quality
Hays RD, Chong K, Brown J, et al. Patient reports and ratings of individual physicians: an evaluation of the DoctorGuide and Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Study provider-level surveys. Am J Med Qual 2003 Sep-Oct; 18(5):190-96. [Supported by Grant No. 5 U18 HS09204-05.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Berry LL, Seiders K, Wilder SS. Innovations in access to care: a patient-centered approach. Ann Intern Med 2003 Oct 7; 139(7):568-74. [Article is a part of the journal's Improving Patient Care section, which is supported in part by AHRQ.]

Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
Siminoff LA, Mercer MB. Public policy, public opinion, and consent for organ donation. Camb Q Healthc Ethics 2001 Fall; 10(4):377-86. [Supported by Grant No. HS08209.]

Controlled Clinical Trials
Dickersin K, Munro M, Langenberg P, et al. Surgical Treatments Outcomes Project for Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding (STOP-DUB): design and methods. Control Clin Trials 2003 Oct; 24(5):591-609. [Supported by Grant No. 5 U01 HS09506.]

Current Hematology Reports
Beyth RJ, Milligan PE, Gage BF. Risk factors for bleeding in patients taking coumarins. Curr Hematol Rep 2002; 1(1):41-49. [Supported by Grant No. HS10133.]

Emerging Infectious Diseases
M'ikanatha NM, Southwell B, Lautenbach E. Automated laboratory reporting of infectious diseases in a climate of bioterrorism. Emerg Infect Dis 2003 Sep; 9(9):1053-57. [Supported by Grant No. U18 HS10399.]

General Hospital Psychiatry
Roeloffs C, Sherbourne C, Unutzer J, et al. Stigma and depression among primary care patients. Gen Hosp Psychiatry 2003 25(5):311-15. [Supported by Grant No. HS08349.]

Human Factors
Gaba DM, Singer SJ, Sinaiko AD, et al. Differences in safety climate between hospital personnel and naval aviators. Hum Factors 2003 Summer; 45(2):173-85. [Supported by Grant No. U18 HS011114.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Safety
Kachalia A, Shojania KG, Hofer TP, et al. Does full disclosure of medical errors affect malpractice liability? The jury is still out. Jt Comm J Qual Saf 2003 Oct; 29(10):503-11. [Supported by Grant No. P20 HS11540.]

Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Sullivan SD, Weiss KB, Lynn H, et al. The cost-effectiveness of an inner-city asthma intervention for children. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2002 Oct; 111(4):576-81. [Sixth author, Gergen PJ, was AHRQ researcher at time of publication.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Zhan C, Miller MR. Excess length of stay, charges, and mortality attributable to medical injuries during hospitalization. JAMA 2003 Oct 8; 290(14):1868-74. [Authors are researcher in and former acting director of AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, respectively.]

Stelfox TH, Bates DW, Bedelmeier DA. Safety of patients isolated for infection control. JAMA 2003 Oct 8; 290(14):1899-905. [Supported by Grant Nos. R01 HS11169 and P01 HS11534.]

Journal of Asthma
Annett RD, Bender BG, DuHamel TR, et al. Factors influencing parent reports on quality of life for children with asthma. J Asthma 2003; 40(5):577-87. [Supported by Grant No. R03 HS09123-01.]

Obstetrics Gynecology
Chan PG, Sung HY, Sawaya GF. Changes in cervical cancer incidence after three decades of screening US women less than 30 years old. Obstet Gynecol 2003 Oct; 102(4):765-73. [Supported by Grant No. HS07373.]

Sinha A, Madden J, Degnan-Ross, D, et al. Reduced risk of neonatal infections among breastfed girls but not boys. Pediatrics 2003 Oct; 112(4):e303-7. [Supported by Grant No. 5 R01 HS10060.]

Finkelstein JA, Huang SS, Daniel J, et al. Antibiotic-resistant streptococcus pneumoniae in the heptavalent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine era: predictors of carriage in a multicommunity sample. Pediatrics 2003 Oct; 112(4):862-69. [Supported by Grant No. HS10247.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Health Line
The uninsured: USA Today examines Census Bureau report. Am Health Line 2003 Oct 1; #7. [Cites recent AHRQ survey findings on numbers of uninsured persons under age 65.]

Medical injuries: led to 32,600 deaths, $9.3B cost in 2000. Am Health Line 2003 Oct 8; #6. [Reviews and analyzes study by Zhan and Miller cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles and quotes remarks by AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy; study highlights are featured in newsletter's Spotlight segment.]

American Journal of Public Health
Minkler M, Blackwell AG, Thompson M, et al. Community-based participatory research: implications for public health funding. Am J Public Health 2003 Aug; 93(8):1210-13. [Mentions "[AHRQ's] recent commissioning of a comprehensive and systematic study of the evidence base for CBPR" as representative of "new indications of federal support for and belief in the importance of this collaborative and action-oriented approach."]

O Malley AS, Forrest CB, Miranda J. Primary care attributes and care for depression among low-income African American women. Am J Public Health 2003 Aug; 93(8):1328-34. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Depression in Primary Care, Volume 2: Treatment of Major Depression, 1993; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bindman et al, JAMA, 1995 and J Gen Intern Med, 1996.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Silvet H, Spencer F, Zarzebski J, et al. Communitywide trends in the use and outcomes associated with B-blockers in patients with acute myocardial infarction: the Worcester Heart Attack Study. Arch Intern Med 2003 Oct 13; 163(18):2175-83. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Soumerai et al, JAMA, 1997.]

BNA's Health Care Policy Report
Medical injuries in hospitals due to errors pose threats to patients, costs to society. BNA's Health Care Policy Rep 2003 Oct 13; 11(40):1300. [Summarizes study by Zhan and Miller cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles and quotes remarks by AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Safety
Neil N, Nerenz D. Learning to leverage existing information systems: Part 2. Case studies. Jt Comm J Qual Saf 2003 Oct; 29(10):531-38. [Cites AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Survey (CAHPS®).]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Weingart SN, Iezzoni LI. Looking for medical injuries where the light is bright. JAMA 2003 Oct 8; 290(14):1917-19. [Comments on article by Zhan and Miller cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics
Loosbrock DL, Zhao Z, Johnstone BM, et al. Antipsychotic medication use patterns and associated costs of care for individuals with schizophrenia. J Ment Health Policy Econ 2003 Jun; 6(2):67-75. [Cites recommendations from AHRQ-sponsored Schizophrenia Patient Outcomes Research Team as published in articles by Lehman and Steinwachs, Schizophr Bull, 1998.]

Journal Watch
Brett AS. Cost of health care administration: U.S. vs. Canada. Journal Watch 2003 Oct 1; 23(19):151. [Cites article by Woolhandler et al in N Engl J Med, 2003, which uses MEPS data.]

Medical Care
Sheikh K. Reliability of provider volume and outcome associations for healthcare policy. Med Care 2003 Oct; 41(10):1111-17. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Grumbach et al, JAMA, 1995, and article by Aurbach in AHRQ report, Making Healthcare Safer: An Evidence-Based Compendium of Patient Safety Practices, 2001.]

Luft HS. From observing the relationship between volume and outcome to making policy recommendations: comments on Sheikh. Med Care 2003 Oct; 41(10):1118-22. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Grumbach et al, JAMA, 1995.]

Sheikh K. Sheikh responds to provider volume-patient outcome association and policy by Luft. Med Car 2003 Oct; 41(10):1123-26. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Elixhauser, Steiner, and Fraser, Health Aff, 2003.]

Ungar WJ, Santos MT. The Pediatric Economic Database Evaluation (PEDE) Project: establishing a database to study trends in pediatric economic evaluation. Med Care 2003 Oct; 41(10):1142-52. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Power and Eisenberg, Med Care 1998; Forrest, Simpson, and Clancy, JAMA, 1997; Elixhauser et al, Med Care, 1993; and AHRQ report by Gaus, Child Health Services: Building a Research Agenda: Report to the Committee on Appropriations, 1997.]

Rajmil L, Serra-Sutton V, Alonso J, et al. Validity of the Spanish version of the Child Health and Illness Profile-Adolescent Edition (CHIP-AE). Med Care 2003 Oct; 41(10):1153-63. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Starfield et al, Med Care, 1995, Pediatrics, 1997, Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med, 1996, and J Epidemiol Community Health, 2002.]

Hannan EL, Sarrazin MS, Doran DR, et al. Provider profiling and quality improvement efforts in coronary artery bypass graft surgery: the effect of short-term mortality among Medicare beneficiaries. Med Care 2003 Oct; 41(10):1164-82. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Hofer et al, JAMA, 1999.]

Sloan FA, Trogdon JG, Curtis LH, et al. Does the ownership of the admitting hospital make a difference? Outcomes and process of care of Medicare beneficiaries admitted with acute myocardial infarction. Med Care 2003 Oct; 41(10):1193-205. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Guadagnoli et al,N Engl J Med, 2000 and 1995, and Med Care, 2001.]

Medicine Health
Blues launch cost and quality initiative. Med Health 2003 Oct 6; 57(36):6. [Mentions use of best-practice protocols from AHRQ in 2002 hospital profile program.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Skinner J, Weinstein JN, Sporer SM, et al. Racial, ethnic, and geographic disparities in rates of knee arthroplasty among Medicare patients. N Engl J Med 2003 Oct 2; 349(14):1350-59. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Katz, JAMA, 2001, and Ayanian, JAMA, 1993.]

Report on Medical Guidelines and Outcomes Research
Government agencies launch patient safety training program. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2003 Oct 3; 14(19):4. [Announces AHRQ/VA funding of Patient Safety Improvement Corps.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Ambulatory Pediatrics
Damiano PC, Willard JC, Momany ET, et al. The impact of the Iowa S-SCHIP program on access, health status, and the family environment. Ambul Pediatr 2003 Sep-Oct; 3(5):263-269. [Uses AHRQ's CAHPS® to develop survey instrument questions.]

Current as of October 2003


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