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October 21, 2005

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 and other research using AHRQ data or products.

AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles

Academic Medicine
Ko M, Edelstein RA, Heslin KC, et al. Impact of the University of California, Los Angeles/Charles R. Drew University Medical Education Program on medical students' intentions to practice in underserved areas. Acad Med 2005 Sep; 80(9):803-8. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R24 HS14022-01A1.]

Arthritis and Rheumatism
Nguyen-Oghalai TU, Ottenbacher KJ, Granger CV, et al. Impact of osteoarthritis on the rehabilitation of patients following a stroke. Arthritis Rheum 2005 Jun 15; 53(3):383-7. [Supported by Grant No. R24 HS0011618.]

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Tsai YW, Chuang YC, Huang WF, et al. The effect of changing reimbursement policies on quality of in-patient care, from fee-for-service to prospective payment. Int J Qual Health Care 2005 Oct; 17(5):421-6. [Supported by Grant Nos. 1 F32 HS000128 and U18 HS10391.]

Issues in Mental Health Nursing
McEnany GW, Lee KA. Effects of light therapy on sleep, mood, and temperature in women with nonseasonal major depression. Issues Ment Health Nurs 2005 Aug-Sep; 26(7):781-94. [Supported by Grant No. 5 F32 HS00093-2.]

Dudley RA. Pay-for-performance research: how to learn what clinicians and policy makers need to know. JAMA 2005 Oct 12; 294(14):1821-3. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS16117.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Rochon PA, Field TS, Bates DW, et al. Computerized physician order entry with clinical decision support in the long-term care setting: insights from the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care. J Am Geriatr Soc 2005 Oct; 53(10):1780-9. [Supported by Grant Nos. HS010481 and 1 R01 HS15430-9.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Staiger TO, Jarvik JG, Deyo RA, et al. BRIEF REPORT: Patient-physician agreement as a predictor of outcomes in patients with back pain. J Gen Intern Med 2005 Oct; 20(10):935-7. [Supported by Grant No. HS09499.]

Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law
Mello MM, Kelly CN, Brennan TA. Fostering rational regulation of patient safety. J Health Politics Policy Law 2005 Jun; 30(3):375-426. [Commissioned by AHRQ under Contract No. HHS-100-0018, Task Order 14.]

Medical Care Research and Review
Hibbard JH, Peters E, Slovic P, et al. Can patients be part of the solution? Views on their role in preventing medical errors. Med Care Res Rev 2005 Oct; 62(5):601-16. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R03 HS11500-01.]

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ness RB, Trautmann G, Richter HE, et al. Effectiveness of treatment strategies of some women with pelvic inflammatory disease: a randomized trial. Obstet Gynecol 2005 Sep; 106(3):573-80. [Supported by Grant No. HS08358-05.]

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Slonim AD, Pollack MM. Integrating the Institute of Medicine's six quality aims into pediatric care: relevance and applications. Pediatr Crit Care Med 2005 May; 6 (3):264-9. [Supported by Grant No. K02 HS14009.]

Prehospital Emergency Care
Smith MP, Kaji A, Young KD, et al. Presentation and survival of prehospital apparent sudden infant death syndrome. Prehosp Emerg Care 2005 Apr-Jun; 9(2):181-5. [Supported by 1 R01 HS9166. See also article by Shekelle PG, et al., cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

AHA News
CMS issues cost estimates for HCAHPS® survey. AHA News 2005 Oct 17; 41(21):1. [Summarizes findings from CMS-sponsored study of costs associated with implementing AHRQ's Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Study (HCAHPS).]

BNAs Health Care Policy Report
Federal officials announce new grants, contracts intended to ease use of health IT. BNA Health Care Policy Rep 2005 Oct 17; 13(41):1331. [Discusses AHRQ's award of more than $22.3 million to 16 grantees to implement health IT systems to improve safety and quality of care.]

Day J. Gingrich, health care advocates urge rapid introduction of e-health records. BNA Health Care Policy Rep 2005 Oct 17; 13(41):1342-3. [Discusses and quotes remarks regarding AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy's endorsement of system principles for electronic health data exchanges.]

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Fernandez CV. Publication of ethically suspect research: should it occur? Int J Qual Health Care 2005 Oct; 17(5):377-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Kaushal, et al. (JAMA, 2001) and Morimoto, et al. (Qual Saf Health Care, 2004).]

Lorenz KA, Ryan GW, Morton SC, et al. A qualitative examination of primary care providers' and physician managers uses and views of research evidence. Int J Qual Health Care 2005 Oct; 17(5):409-14. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Soumerai, et al. (JAMA 1998) and Asch, et al. (Ann Intern Med 2004).]

Weight-loss surgeries up. JAMA 2005 Aug 24-31; 294(8):893. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ-authored article by Encinosa, et al. (Health Aff 2005).]

Rosenthal MB, Frank RG, Li Zhonghe, et al. Early experience with pay-for-performance: from concept to practice. JAMA 2005 Oct 12; 294(14):1788-93. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Schneider, et al. (Med Care, 2001).]

Santry HP, Gillen DL, Lauderdale DS. Trends in bariatric surgical procedures. JAMA 2005 Oct 19 294(15):1909-17. [Cites AHRQ in disclaimer notice, although there is otherwise no mention of AHRQ involvement; cites AHRQ-authored article by Encinosa (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets), et al. (Health Aff, 2005).]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Bergstrom N, Horn SD, Smout RJ, et al. The National Pressure Ulcer Long-term Care Study: outcomes of pressure ulcer treatments in long-term care. J Am Geriatr Soc 2005 Oct; 53(10):1721-1729. [Discusses development, implementation, and current validity of AHRQ guidelines, Pressure Ulcers in Adults: Prediction and Prevention, 1992, and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers, 1995; cites related AHRQ-funded article on validity of AHRQ guidelines by Shekelle, et al. (JAMA, 2001).]

Journal of Family Practice
Ruoff G. A method that dramatically improves patient adherence to depression treatment. J Fam Pract 2005 Oct; 54(10):846-852. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Depression in Primary Care, Vol. 1: Detection and Diagnosis, and Vol. 2: Treatment of Major Depression, 1993; cites related article on updates of AHRQ guidelines by Schulberg, et al. (Arch Gen Psychiatry, 1998).]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Nuckols TK, Escarce JJ. Residency work-hours reform: a cost analysis including preventable adverse events. J Gen Intern Med 2005 Oct; 20(10):873-8. [Cites AHRQ publication Patient Safety Initiatives. Fiscal Year 2001, on AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Zhan and Miller (current and former researchers in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety) (JAMA, 2003).]

Baker DW, Cameron KA, Feinglass J, et al. Patients' attitudes toward health care providers collecting information about their race and ethnicity. J Gen Intern Med 2005 Oct; 20(10):895-900. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Bierman (former AHRQ researcher) (Health Aff, 2002)

Agoritsas T, Bovier PA, Perneger TV. Patient reports of undesirable events during hospitalization. J Gen Intern Med 2005 Oct; 20(10):922-8. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Thomas, Studdert, Burstin (director of AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships), et al. (Med Care, 2000); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bates, et al. (JAMA, 1995) and Gawande, et al. (N Engl J Med, 2003).]

Kyriacou DN, Handel D, Stein AC, et al. BRIEF REPORT: Factors affecting outpatient follow-up compliance of emergency department patients. J Gen Intern Med 2005 Oct; 20(10):938-42. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Thomas, Burstin, et al. (Ann Emerg Med1996) and Sox, Swartz, Burstin, et al. (Am J Public Health, 1998).]

Davis K, Schoenbaum SC, Audet AM. A 2020 vision of patient-centered primary care. J Gen Intern Med 2005 Oct; 20(10):953-7. [Cites AHRQ fact sheet, AHRQ Health Information Technology Programs, on AHRQ Web site.]

Vidyarthi A, Auerbach A. Is 90 the cost of saving lives? Reduced duty hours, errors, and cost. J Gen Intern Med 2005 Oct; 20(10):969-70. [Cites AHRQ fact sheet, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, on AHRQ Web site.]

Journal of Womens Health
Mitchell J, Mathews HF, Mayne L. Differences in breast self-examination techniques between Caucasian and African-American elderly women. J Womens Health 2005 Jul-Aug; 14(6):476-84. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Chevarly (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) and White (Am J Public Health, 1997)

Knowledgespeak Newsletter
AHRQ brochure offers guidelines to patients on dealing with an ailment. Knowledgespeak Newslett 2005 Oct 18. [Announces release of new AHRQ brochure Next Steps After Your Diagnosis: Finding Information and Support, 2005.]

Medicine on the Net
AHRQ highlights disaster response tools. Med Net 2005 Oct; 11(10):8. [Briefly describes disaster response tools and resources available on AHRQ's Web site.]

Milbank Quarterly
Mor V. Improving the quality of long-term care with better information. Milbank Q 2005; 83(3):333-64. [Cites article on CAHPS® by Carman, et al. (fourth author, Schnaier JA, is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Med Care 1999) and AHRQ-authored articles by Mukamel and Spector (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Med Care, 2000, 2003 and Gerontologist, 2003); cites AHRQ/Kaiser Family Foundation National Survey on Americans as Health Care Consumers: An Update on the Role of Quality Information, 2000.]

Wolf DA, Hunt K, Knickman J. Perspectives on the recent decline in disability at older ages. Milbank Q 2005; 83(3):365-95. [Cites article by Spillman and Pezzin (former AHRQ researchers) (Milbank Q, 2000).]

Nursing Homes
Levine JM, Peterson M, Savino F. Implementing the new CMS guidelines for wound care. Nurs Homes 2005 Sep; 54(9):110 (first page of 6-page Word® document). [Cites AHRQ guideline, Pressure Ulcers in Adults: Prediction and Prevention, 1992.]

Surgical Care Improvement Project. Trustee 2005 Oct; 58(9):4. [Lists AHRQ as participant in program.]

Glabman M. Death by handwriting. Trustee 2005 Oct; 58(9):29-32. [Cites findings from AHRQ report, Reducing and Preventing Adverse Drug Events to Decrease Hospital Costs, 2001.]

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

Wolfe BM, Morton JM. Weighing in on bariatric surgery: procedure use, readmission rates, and mortality. JAMA 2005 Oct 19 294(15):1960-3. [Cites USPSTF recommendation, Screening for Obesity in Adults, on AHRQ Web site.]

Journal of Womens Health
Livaudais JC, Kaplan CP, Haas JS, et al. Lifestyle behavior counseling for women patients among a sample of California physicians. J Womens Health 2005 Jul-Aug; 14(6):485-95. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on counseling patients who drink and counseling to prevent tobacco use, in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Schonberg MA, Wee CC. Menopausal symptom management and prevention counseling after the Women's Health Initiative among women seen in an internal medicine practice. J Womens Health 2005 Jul-Aug; 14(6):507-14. [Cites USPSTF recommendation on postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy for primary prevention of chronic conditions (Ann Intern Med 2002).]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

AcademyHealth Partners Newsletter
New evidence report on the evaluation and treatment of acute stroke. AcademyHealth Partners Newslett 2005 Oct. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Acute Stroke, Evaluation and Treatment, 2005.]

Journal of Family Practice
Shekelle PG, Hardy M, Morton SC, et al. Ar Ayurvedic herbs for diabetes effective? J Fam Pract 2005 Oct; 54(10):876-86. [Supported by Contract No. 290-97-0001 to Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center.]

Nutrition Action Healthletter
Hook, line, and Cheerios: when labels and ads don't quite add up. Nutr Action Healthlett 2005 Oct: 9-11. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Garlic: Effects on Cardiovascular Risks and Disease, Protective Effects Against Cancer, and Clinical Adverse Effects, 2000.]

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

Milbank Quarterly
Starfield B, Shi L, Macinko J. Contribution of primary care to health systems and health. Milbank Q 2005; 83(3):457-502. [Cites NHDR, 2004; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Franks, Clancy (AHRQ Director), and Nutting (N Engl J Med, 1992), Friedman and Basu (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Am J Manag Care, 2001), and Weinick and Krauss (former AHRQ researchers) (Am J Public Health, 2000).]

Current as of October 2005


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