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October 22, 2004

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

Academic Emergency Medicine
White AA, Wright SW, Blanco R, et al. Cause-and-effect analysis of risk management files to assess patient care in the emergency department. Acad Emerg Med 2004 Oct; 11(10):1035-41. [Supported by Grant No. HS11563.]

McInnes K, Landon BE, Malitz FE, et al. Differences in patient and clinic characteristics at CARE Act funded versus non-CARE Act funded HIV clinics. AIDS Care 2004 Oct; 16(7):851-7. [Supported by Grant Nos. R01 HS1040802, R01 HS10227, and U01 HS08578.]

American Journal of Cardiology
Rinfret S, Goldman L, Polanczyk CA, et al. Value of immediate postoperative electrocardiogram to update risk stratification after major noncardiac surgery. Am J Cardiol 2004 Oct 15; 94(8):1017-22. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R01 HS06753.]

American Journal of Kidney Diseases
Bass EB, Wills S, Fink NE, et al. How strong are patients' preferences in choices between dialysis modalities and doses? Am J Kidney Dis 2004 Oct; 44(4):695-705. [Supported by Grant No. HS08365.]

American Journal of Managed Care
Linder JA. Health information technology as a tool to improve care for acute respiratory infections. Am J Manag Care 2004 Oct; 10(10):661-62. [Supported by Grant No. 1 K08 HS014563.]

American Journal of Medical Quality
O'Day BL, Killeen M, Iezzoni LI. Improving health care experiences of persons who are blind or have low vision: suggestions from focus groups. Am J Med Qual 2004 Sep-Oct; 19(5):193-200. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10223-03.]

American Journal of Medicine
Clancy CM. The new faces of primary care. Am J Med 2004 Oct 15; 117(8):613-4. [Author is AHRQ Director.]

American Journal of Public Health
Pathman DE, Konrad TR, Dann R, et al. Retention of primary care physicians in rural health professional shortage areas. Am J Public Health 2004 Oct; 94(10):1723-9. [Supported by Grant Nos. R03 HS10654 and R01 HS06544.]

Hupert N, Chege W, Bearman GM, et al. Antibiotics for anthrax: patient requests and physician prescribing practices during the 2001 New York City attacks. Arch Intern Med 2004 Oct 11; 164(18):2012-6. [Supported by Contract No. 290-00-0013.]

BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Boon HS, Cherkin DC, Erro J, et al. Practice patterns of naturopathic physicians: results from a random survey of licensed practitioners in two U.S. states. BMC Complement Altern Med 2004 Oct 20; 4(1):14. [Supported by Grant No. HS09565.]

Diabetes Care
O'Connor PJ, Asche SE, Crain AL, et al. Is patient readiness to change a predictor of improved glycemic control? Diabetes Care 2004 Oct; 27(10):2325-9. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS09946.]

Egede LE, Poston ME. Racial/ethnic differences in leisure-time physical activity levels among individuals with diabetes. Diabetes Care 2004 Oct; 27(10):2493-4. [Supported by Grant No. R K08 HS11418.]

Health Affairs
Blumenthal D. Decisions, decisions: why the quality of medical decisions matters. Health Aff 2004 Oct 7; Suppl:VAR-124-7. [Supported by Grant No. 45 R01 HS013099-01A1.]

Health Services Research
Clancy CM, Slutsky JR, Patton LT. Evidence-based health care 2004: AHRQ moves research to translation and implementation. Health Serv Res 2004 Oct; 39(5):xv-xxiii. [Authors are AHRQ Director, AHRQ Center for Outcomes and Evidence Director, and AHRQ Senior Advisor to the Director, respectively.]

Lau DT, Kasper JD, Potter D.E.B. et al. Potentially inappropriate medication prescriptions among elderly nursing home residents: their scope and associated resident and facility characteristics. Health Serv Res 2004 Oct; 39(5):1257-76. [First and third authors are former and current researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; supported by AHRQ intramural funds; uses Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data.]

Freedman VA, Rogowski J, Wickstrom SL, et al. Socioeconomic disparities in the use of home health services in a Medicare managed care population. Health Serv Res 2004 Oct; 39(5):1277-97. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS/AG09630.]

Dhanani N, O'Leary JF, Keeler E, et al. The effect of HMOs on the inpatient utilization of Medicare beneficiaries. Health Serv Res 2004 Oct; 39(5):1607-27. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10256-03.]

Zuvekas SH, Hill SC. Does capitation matter? Impacts on access, use, and quality. Inquiry 2004 Fall; 41(3):316-36. [Authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends.]

Sing M. Using encounter data from Medicaid HMOs for research and monitoring. Inquiry 2004 Fall; 41(3):336-46. [Author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends.]

Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
Nemoto EM, Yonas H, Kuwabara H, et al. Identification of hemodynamic compromise by cerebrovascular reserve and oxygen extraction fraction in occlusive vascular disease. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab 2004 Oct; 24(10):1081-9. [Supported by Grant No. R03 HS09021-01.]

Journal of Clinical Oncology
Figueiredo MI, Cullen J, Hwang YT, et al. Breast cancer treatment in older women: does getting what you want improve your long-term body image and mental health? J Clin Oncol 2004 Oct 1; 22(19):4002-9. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS08395.]

Hillner BE, Tunuguntla R, Fratkin M. Clinical decisions associated with positron emission tomography in a prospective cohort of patients with suspected or known cancer at one United States center. J Clin Oncol Oct 15; 22(20):4147-56. [Supported by Grant No. R03 HS13244-01.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Montgomery JE, Irish JT, Wilson IB, et al. Primary care experiences of Medicare beneficiaries, 1998 to 2000. J Gen Intern Med 2004 Oct; 19(10):991-8. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS09622.]

Olomu AB, Watson RE, Siddiqi AE, et al. Changes in rates of beta-blocker use in community hospital patients with acute myocardial infarction. J Gen Intern Med 2004 Oct; 19(10):999-1004. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10531.]

Carey EC, Walter LC, Lindquist K, et al. Development and validation of a functional morbidity index to predict mortality in community-dwelling elders. J Gen Intern Med 2004 Oct; 19(10):1027-33. [Supported by Grant No. K02 HS00006-01.]

Burstin H. Primary care experience: crossing the chasm between theory and practice. J Gen Intern Med 2004 Oct; 19(10):1064-5. [Author is AHRQ Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships Director.]

Journal of Nuclear Cardiology
Kapetanopoulos A, Heller GV, Selker SP, et al. Acute resting myocardial perfusion imaging in patients with diabetes mellitus: results from the Emergency Room Assessment of Sestamibi for Evaluation of Chest Pain (ERASE Chest Pain) trial. J Nucl Cardiol 2004 Sep-Oct; 570-7. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS09110.]

Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Larson E, Bratts T, Zwanziger J, et al. A survey of IRB process in 68 U.S. hospitals. J Nurs Scholarsh 2004; 36(3):260-4. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS13114.]

Journal of Professional Nursing
Phillips S, Lavin R. Readiness and response to public health emergencies: help needed now from professional nursing associations. J Prof Nurs 2004 Sep-Oct; 20(5):279-80. [First author is AHRQ's Bioterrorism Research Program Director.]

Medical Care
Konetzka RT, Spector W, Shaffer T. Effects of nursing home ownership type and resident payer source on hospitalization for suspected pneumonia. Med Care 2004 Oct; 42(10):1001-8. [Second and third authors are current and former researchers, respectively, in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets.]

Litaker D, Koroukian SM. Racial differences in lipid-lowering agent use in Medicaid patients with cardiovascular disease. Med Care 2004 Oct; 42(10):1009-18. [Supported by Grant No. T32 HS00059.]

Obesity Research
Logue EE, Jarjoura DG, Sutton KS, et al. Longitudinal relationship between elapsed time in the action stages of change and weight loss. Obes Res 2004 Sep; 12(9):1499-508. [Supported by Grant Nos. 1 R01 HS08803-01A2 through 5 R01 HS08803-04 and 3 R01 HS08803-02S1 through 3 R01 HS08803-04S1.]

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Hartmann KE, Ma C, Lamvu GM, et al. Quality of life and sexual function after hysterectomy in women with preoperative pain and depression. Obstet Gynecol 2004 Oct; 104(4):701-9. [Supported by Grant No. HS06865.]

Bickell NA, Bodian C, Anderson RM, et al. Time and the risk of ruptured tubal pregnancy. Obstet Gynecol 2004 Oct; 104(4):789-94. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS009698 per IMPAC II and AMIS (given in article as R01 B8509698).]

Preventive Medicine
Morales LS, Rogowski J, Freedman VA, et al. Sociodemographic differences in use of preventive services by women enrolled in Medicare+Choice plans. Prev Med 2004 Oct; 39(4):738-45. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS/AG09630.]

Persell SD, Keating NL, Landrum MB, et al. Relationship of diabetes-specific knowledge to self-management activities, ambulatory preventive care, and metabolic outcomes. Prev Med 2004 Oct; 39(4):746-52. [Supported by Grant Nos. HS09936 and 5 T32 HS00020-16.]

Ma J, Urizar GG Jr, Alehegn T, et al. Diet and physical activity counseling during ambulatory care visits in the United States. Prev Med 2004 Oct; 39(4):815-22. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS11313-01.]

Quality and Safety in Health Care
Fried MP, Satava R, Weghorst S, et al. Identifying and reducing errors with surgical simulation. Qual Saf Health Care 2004 Oct; 13 Suppl 1:i19-i26. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R18 HS11866-01.]

Karsh BT. Beyond usability: designing effective technology implementation systems to promote patient safety. Qual Saf Health Care 2004 Oct; 13(5):388-94. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R01 HS013610-01. See also article in Int J Qual Health Care by Gartlehner G, et al., cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Annals of Internal Medicine
Stamm WE. Chlamydia screening: expanding the scope. Ann Intern Med 2004 Oct 5; 141(7):570-72. [Comments on article in this issue by Hu, et al., Ann Intern Med, 2004.]

Rathore SS, Krumholz HM. Differences, disparities, and biases: clarifying racial variations in health care use. Ann Intern Med 2004 Oct 19; 141(8):635-38. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by McClellan, et al., JAMA, 1994, McMahon, et al., Med Care, 1999, and Canto, et al., N Engl J Med, 2000.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Legorreta AP, Metz D, Nelson CF, et al. Comparative analysis of individuals with and without chiropractic coverage. Arch Intern Med 2004 Oct 11; 164(18):1985-93. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Cherkin, et al.,N Engl J Med, 1998, and cites AHRQ guideline, Acute Low Back Pain in Adults, 1994.]

BNA's Health Care Policy Report
HHS awards $139 million to promote use of IT to improve patient safety, quality. BNA's Health Care Policy Rep 2004 Oct 18; 12(41):1415. [Describes focus of grants awarded by AHRQ.]

Evidence-based Healthcare and Public Health
Fee for service Medicare provides better access and beneficiary experiences, but not preventative services, than Medicare managed care. Evid-based Healthc Public Health 2004 Oct; 8(5):250-52. [Comments on AHRQ-funded article by Landon, et al., JAMA, 2004.]

Early surgery after hip fracture reduces pain and length of hospital stay in elderly people. Evid-based Healthc Public Health 2004 Oct; 8(5):263-64. [Comments on AHRQ-funded article by Orosz, et al., JAMA, 2004.]

Hysterectomy improves quality-of-life in women with prolonged abnormal uterine bleeding. Evid-based Healthc Public Health 2004 Oct; 8(5):306-7. [Comments on AHRQ-funded article by Kuppermann, et al., JAMA, 2004.]

Minetola JA, Bowe EM, Levine LB. Quality standards for choosing an adult incontinence product. Director 2004 Autumn; 12(4):247-51. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Urinary Incontinence in Adults: Acute and Chronic Management, 1996.]

Health Affairs
Sepucha KR, Fowler FJ Jr, Mulley AG Jr. Policy support for patient-centered care: the need for measurable improvements in decision quality. Health Aff 2004 Oct 7; Suppl:VAR-54-62. [Cites near-demise of AHRQ stemming from controversy over guidelines based on Patient Outcome Research Team (PORT) studies.]

Billings J. Perspective: Promoting the dissemination of decision aids: an odyssey in a dysfunctional health care financing system. Health Aff 2004 Oct 7; Suppl:VAR-128-32. [Cites AHRQ funding of PORT studies.]

HIbbard JH. Perspective: Moving toward a more patient-centered health care delivery system. Health Aff 2004 Oct 7; Suppl:VAR-133-5. [Cites family of Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Study (CAHPS®) measures.]

Harrington P. Perspective: Quality as a system property: Section 646 of the Medicare Modernization Act. Health Aff 2004 Oct 7; Suppl:VAR-136-9. [Cites Congressional consultation with AHRQ on the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act (MMA) of 2003.]

Wennberg JE. Perspective: Practice variation and health care reform: connecting the dots. Health Aff 2004 Oct 7; Suppl:VAR-140-3. [Cites provision in MMA calling for involvement of AHRQ and NIH in evaluating outcomes research.]

Wennberg JE, Fisher ES, Skinner JS. Geography and the debate over Medicare reform. Health Aff 2002 Jul-Sep; Suppl Web Exclusives: W96-W114. [Cites AHRQ's role in outcomes research in the nineties and the proposed role for AHRQ in establishing Comprehensive Centers for Medical Excellence (CCME).]

Health News Daily
Dobson J. MCAC to weigh bariatric surgery benefits with and without co-morbidities. Health News Daily 2004 Oct 18; 16(201):2-3. [Cites CMS' reference to USPSTF statement that "obesity is a risk factor for major causes of death, including cardiovascular disease, numerous types of cancer, and diabetes, and is linked with markedly diminished life expectancy."]

Young J. Minority cancer, HIV research grants issued by CMS. Health News Daily 2004 Oct 19; 16(202):4-5. [Notes that "the Bush Administration came under fire earlier this year when an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality report on minority health was issued in a redacted form," and that "HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson subsequently released the unedited version, which depicted a starker view of the state of health among minorities."]

Health Services Research
Learn the ins and outs of health policymaking in Washington. Health Serv Res 2004 Oct; 39(5):xi-xiii. [Lists AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), MEPS, and Quality Toolbox as topics in AcademyHealth's Cyber Seminars in Health Services Research, and announces the Health Outcomes Core Library Project resource list at, to which AHRQ was a major contributor.]

Wodchis WP. Physical rehabilitation following Medicare prospective payment for skilled nursing facilities. Health Serv Res 2004 Oct; 39(5):1299-318. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Cohen and Spector (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends and Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, respectively), J Health Econ, 1996.]

Gornick ME, Eggers PW, Riley GF. Associations of race, education, and patterns of preventive service use with stage of cancer at time of diagnosis. Health Serv Res 2004 Oct; 39(5):1403-27. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Ayanian, et al., JAMA, 1993.]

Marquis MS (in PubMed as Susan Marquis M), Escarce JJ, et al. Subsidies and the demand for individual health insurance in California. Health Serv Res 2004 Oct; 39(5):1547-70. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Blumberg, Nichols, and Banthin (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends), Int J Health Care Finance Econ, 2001.]

Journal of Critical Care
Pronovost PJ, Rinke ML, Emery K, et al. Interventions to reduce mortality among patients treated in intensive care units. J Crit Care 2004 Sep; 19(3):158-64. [States that "ninety-nine percent of US research dollars, largely through the National Institutes of Health and Industry, are spent understanding disease biology and identifying effective therapies with 1%, largely through (AHRQ) and Foundations, left to learn how to ensure that patients receive these therapies safely" and cites AHRQ funding for research on interventions to reduce blood stream infections and improve ventilator care in the 108 ICUs in Michigan; cites AHRQ-funded article by Knaus, et al., Ann Intern Med, 1993.]

Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Olade RA. Evidence-based practice and research utilization activities among rural nurses. J Nurs Scholarsh 2004; 36(3):220-5. [Cites the "creation of centers to gather and disseminate evidence reports, such as the Practice Guideline Clearinghouse (i.e., National Guideline Clearinghouse™) at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality..."]

Medical Care
Stepanikova I, Cook KS. Insurance policies and perceived quality of primary care among privately insured patients: do features of managed care widen the racial, ethnic, and language-based gaps? Med Care 2004 Oct; 42(10):966-74. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Brach, Brach, and Fraser (researcher in and director of AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets), and Weinick, et al. (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends), Med Care Res Rev, 2000.]

Smith MA, Bartell JM. Changes in usual source of care and perceptions of health care access, quality, and use. Med Care 2004 Oct; 42(10):975-84. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Safran, et al., J Fam Pract, 2001, and Sarver, et al, Acad Emerg Med, 2002.]

Troyer JL. Examining differences in death rates for Medicaid and non-Medicaid nursing home residents. Med Care 2004 Oct; 42(10):985-91. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Spector (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) and Takeda, J Aging Health, 1991, and Spector and Takeda, Eval Health Prof, 1998.]

National Academies News
Institute of Medicine elects 65 new members, five foreign associates. Natl Acad News 2004 Oct 18. [List includes AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy.]

Nursing Economics
Updated ICU information systems substantially free nurses from documentation duties. Nurs Econ 2004 Sep-Oct; 22(5):287. [Reviews findings from AHRQ-funded article by Wong et al., Crit Care Med, 2003.]

Nurses' contributions to patient-centered care and care equity are important components of health care quality. Nurs Econ 2004 Sep-Oct; 22(5):287. [Reviews findings from AHRQ-funded article by Radwin, J Nurs Scholarsh, 2003.]

Quality Letter for Healthcare Leaders
Winners announced for 1004 Eisenberg Patient Safety Awards. Qual Lett Healthc Lead 2004 Oct; 16(10):15. [Announces recipients of awards established in honor of former AHRQ Director John Eisenberg.]

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

American Family Physician
Furman CD, Rayner AV, Tobin EP. Pneumonia in older residents of long-term care facilities. Am Fam Physician 2004 Oct 15; 70(8):1495-500. [Cites USPSTF recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Prevention of dental caries in preschool children: recommendations and rationale.Am Fam Physician 2004 Oct 15; 70(8):1529-32. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations on the prevention of dental caries in preschool children as originally published in Am J Prev Med, 2004.]

Family Medicine
Diaz VA, Mainous AG, Koopman RJ, et al. Undiagnosed obesity: implications for undiagnosed hypertension, diabetes, and hypercholesterolemia. Fam Med 2004 Oct; 36(9):639-44. [Cites USPSTF statement that "obesity is a risk factor for diabetes, hypertension and hypercholesterolemia."]

Screening for and treating male depression. Geriatrics 2004 Oct; 59(10):46. [Toolkit adapts information from USPSTF's Screening for Depression: Recommendations and Rationale, 2002, as accessed on AHRQ Web site.]

Internal Medicine News
Johnson K. Syphilis screening recommendations get updated: harm outweighs benefits of testing in low-risk, asymptomatic populations. Intern Med News 2004 Sep 1; 37(7):64. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations on syphilis screening as published in Ann Fam Med, 2004.]

Patient Care
Curry RW. Second opinion: let a doctor overhaul you? Patient Care 2004 Oct 1; 38(10):e8. [Describes history of USPSTFand its current focus and activities; summarizes USPSTF recommendations on screening for lung cancer as published on AHRQ Web site.]

Schaffner W, Jones TF. Immunizing older adults against tetanus and diphtheria. Patient Care 2004 Oct 1; 38(10):e18. [Describes and cites PPIP program.]

Carlson SL. Men's health: prostate disease. RN 2004 Sep 1; 67(9):e53. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on prostate cancer screening as published on AHRQ Web site.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Gartlehner G, West SL, Lohr KN, et al. Assessing the need to update prevention guidelines: a comparison of two methods. Int J Qual Health Care 2004 Oct; 16 (5):399-406. [Conducted by RTI International and University of North Carolina Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-97-0011.]

Rothman RL, DeWalt DA, Malone R, et al. Influence of patient literacy on the effectiveness of a primary care-based diabetes management program. JAMA Oct 13; 292(14):1711-6. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Literacy and Health Outcomes, 2004.]

Bauer J. Digestive disorder isn't as rare as previously believed. RN 2004 Sep 1; 67(9):e21. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Celiac Disease, 2004.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Health Services Research
Zaslavsky AM, Zaborski LB, Cleary PD. Plan, geographical, and temporal variation of consumer assessments of ambulatory health care. Health Serv Res 2004 Oct; 39(5):1467-85. [Uses CAHPS®-Medicare survey.]

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Adams RE, Roscarino JA. A community survey of medical errors in New York. Int J Qual Health Care 2004 Oct; 16(5):353-62. [Uses procedures followed by AHRQ/Kaiser Family Foundation in National Survey on Americans as Health Care Consumers: An Update on the Role of Quality Information, 2000.]

Patient Care
Fiore MC, Westman EC. Update on smoking cessation. Patient Care 2004 Oct 1; 38(10):e34. [Uses PHS guideline Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000, as basis for recommendations.]

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