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October 26, 2007

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 Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research
Dick RW, Manson SM, Hansel AL, et al. The Native Telehealth Outreach and Technical Assistance Program: a community-based approach to the development of multimedia-focused health care information. Am Indian Alsk Native Men Health Res 2007; 14(2):49-66. [Supported by grant P01 HS10854 (to second author).]

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Osborn CY, Paasche-Orlow MK, Davis TC, et al. Health literacy: an overlooked factor in understanding HIV health disparities. Am J Prev Med 2007 Nov; 33(5):374-78. [Supported by institutional award to first author at Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University.]

Schootman M, Walker MS, Jeffe DB, et al. Breast cancer screening and incidence in communities with a high proportion of uninsured. Am J Prev Med 2007 Nov; 33(5):379-86. [Supported by grant HS14095-01.]

Volk RJ, Hawley ST, Kneuper S, et al. Trials of decision aids for prostate cancer screening: a systematic review. Am J Prev Med 2007 Nov; 33(5):428-34. [Supported by grant R01 HS10612.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Singh H, Thomas EJ, Petersen LA, et al. Medical errors involving trainees: a study of closed malpractice claims from 5 insurers. Arch Intern Med 2007 Oct 22; 167(19):2030-6. [Supported by grant HS011886-03.]

Health Services Research
Zinn JS, Spector WD, Weimer DL, et al. Strategic orientation and nursing home response to public reporting of quality measures: an application of the Miles and Snow typology. Health Serv Res 2007. [Epub ahead of print. Second author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets.]

Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine
Levy BT, Nordin T, Sinift S, et al. Why hasn't this patient been screened for colon cancer? An Iowa Research Network study. J Am Bd Fam Med 2007 Sep-Oct; 20(5):458-68. [Supported by grants R21 HS014490 and R21 HS013581.]

Journal of the American College of Surgeons
Gibbs JO, Giobbie-Hurder A. Edelman P, et al. Does delay of hernia repair in minimally symptomatic men burden the patient's family? J Am Coll Surg 2007 Sep; 2059(3):409-12. [Supported by grant R01 HS09860.]

Journal of the American Dental Association
Chu M, Sweis LE, Guay AH, Manski RJ. The dental care of U.S. children: access, use and referrals by nondentist providers, 2003. J Am Dent Assoc 2007 Oct; 138(10):1324-31. [First and fourth authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; uses data from AHRQ's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) for 2003.]

Journal of Health Communication
Bertakis KD, Azari R. Determinants of physician discussion regarding tobacco and alcohol abuse. J Health Commun 2007 Sep; 12(6):513-25. [Supported by grant R18 HS06167; cites AHRQ/USPSTF publication Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2005, and the USPSTF-recommended universal risk assessment (cited in Spandorfer et al, J Fam Pract, 1999, and Yeager et al., Am J Prev Med, 1996).]

Journal of Public Health Management and Practice
Dobalian A, Tsao JC, Putzer GJ, et al. Improving rural community preparedness for the chronic health consequences of bioterrorism and other public health emergencies. J Public Health Manag Pract 2007 Sep-Oct; 13(5):476-80. [Supported by grant U01 HS14355.]

Journal of Urology
Suba EJ, Pfeifer JD, Raab SS. Patient identification error among prostate needle core biopsy specimens—are we ready for a DNA time-out? J Urol 2007 Oct; 178(4 Pt 1):1245-8. [Supported by grant HS13321-01.]

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Fiscellla K, Meldrum S, Franks P. Post partum discharge against medical advice: who leaves and does it matter? Matern Child Health J 2007 Sep; 1195):431-6. [Supported by grant R01 HS10910-02.]

Medical Care Research and Review
Konetzka RT, Spector W, Limcangco R. Reducing hospitalizations from long-term care settings. Med Care Res Rev 2007 Sep 25. [Epub ahead of print. Second and third authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets.]

Minkovitz CS, Strobino D, Mistry KB, et al. Healthy Steps for young children: sustained results at 5.5 years. Pediatrics 2007 Sept; 120(3):e658-68. [Supported by grant R01 HS13086.]

Mistry KB, Minkovitz CS, Strobino DM, et al. Children's television exposure and behavioral and social outcomes at 5.5 years: does timing of exposure matter? Pediatrics 2007 Oct; 120(4):762-9. [Supported by AHRQ grant (R01 HS13086 per AHRQs AMIS grants database) for collection of the data analyzed.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Archives of Internal Medicine
Mimoz O, Villeminey S, Ragot S, et al. Chlorhexidine-based antiseptic solution vs alcohol-based povidone-iodine for central venous catheter care. Arch Intern Med 2007 Oct 22; 167(19):2066-72. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Pronovost, et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006).]

Dyrbye LN, Thomas MR, Eacker A, et al. Race, ethnicity, and medical student well-being in the United States. Arch Intern Med 2007 Oct 22; 167(19):2103-9. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Moy (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety) and Bartman (JAMA, 1995).]

Journal of Family Practice
Ostrowski M. Report takes aim at America s other drug problem: poor adherence. J Fam Pract 2007 Sep; 56(9):734. [Quotes AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy and notes that AHRQ has been working with NCPIE, the FDA, and the National Consumers League to develop a public education campaign on medication adherence.]

Quality Management in Health Care
Kitsantas P, Kang E, Yang L. Root cause analysis and Bayesian networks of Down syndrome and necrotizing enterocolitis. Qual Manag Health Care 2007 Oct-Dec; 16(4):328-35. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Battles, et al. (Arch Pathol Lab Med, 1998).]

Quality and Safety in Health Care
Cooke DL, Dunscombe PB, Lee RC. Using a survey of incident reporting and learning practices to improve organisational learning at a cancer care centre. Qual Saf Health Care 2007 Oct; 16(5):342-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Cullen, et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Improv, 1995).]

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

Archives of Internal Medicine
Mathieu E, Barratt A, Davey HV, et al. Informed choice in mammography screening: a randomized trial of a decision aid for 70-year-old women. Arch Intern Med 2007 Oct 22; 167(19):2039-46. [Notes the USPSTF finding that a mortality benefit from screening is still likely for women older than 70 years, citing Screening for Breast Cancer, 2003, as published on the AHRQ Web site.]

College Student Journal
Wang LH, Chen YC, Ka A, et al. Age, gender and ethnic differences in prevalence of overweight and obesity in Asian American college students and their parents using different BMI cutoffs. Coll Stud J 2007 Sep; 41(3):583-600. [Cites USPSTF report, Screening for Obesity in Adults: Summary of the Evidence for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, 2003.]

Journal of Family Practice
Breen DP, Wanserski GR. What is the recommended workup for a man with a first UTI? J Fam Pract 2007 Aug; 56(8):657-61. [Notes that neither the American Academy of Urology, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, nor the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has published guidelines for evaluation of adult men with a first UTI.]

Physician Executive
Fergusson K. A roadmap for quality improvement in physician offices. Physician Exec 2007 Sep-Oct; 33(5):38-41. [Cites AHRQ/USPSTF publication, Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2005, and article by Bertakis and Azari (J Health Commun, 2007) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles above.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Alternative Therapies in Women s Health
O'Mathuna DP. Soy and phytoestrogens for cardiovascular disease. Altern Ther Womens Health 2007 Oct; 10(9):73-6. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Effects of Soy on Health Outcomes, 2005.]

American Family Physician
Ebell MH. Predicting the likelihood of successful vaginal birth after Cesarean delivery. Am Fam Physician 2007 Oct 15; 76(8):1192-4. [Cites findings from AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Vaginal Birth After Cesarean, Volumes 1 and 2, 2003.]

Campos-Outcalt D. Personalized medicine: the promise, the reality. J Fam Pract 2007 Aug; 56(8):621-6. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Testing for Cytochrome P450 Polymorphisms in Adults with Non-Psychotic Depression Treated with Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), 2007.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Birth Defects Research
Cleves MA, Hobbs CA, Cleaves PA, et al. Congenital defects among liveborn infants with Down syndrome. Birth Defects Res: A Clin Mol Teratol 2007 Sep; 79(9):657-63. [Uses data from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) and Kids Inpatient Database (KID) for 1993-2002.]

Critical Care Medicine
Swaminathan M, Shaw AD, Phillips-Bute BG, et al. Trends in acute renal failure associated with coronary artery bypass graft surgery in the United States. Crit Care Med 2007 Oct; 35(10):2286-91. [Uses HCUP NIS for 1988-2003.]

International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Burns LR, Bradlow ET, Lee JA. Assessment of medical devices: how to conduct comparative technology evaluations of product performance. Int J Technol Assess Health Care 2007 Fall; 23(4):455-63. [Uses AHRQ's definitions of effectiveness" and comparative effectiveness" as given in presentation by Battles, Smith, and Bosco, Expectations and Current Activities in Drug Safety: Presentation to AHRQ, 2005, as posted on Institute of Medicine Web site; briefly describes AHRQ's Effective Health Care program; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Clancy (Health Aff, 2006) and Tunis, Stryer, and Clancy (JAMA, 2003).]

Journal of Neuroimaging
Suri MF, Nasar A, Hussein HM, et al. Intra-arterial thrombolysis for central retinal artery occlusion in United States: Nationwide In-Patient Survey 2001-2003. J Neuroimaging 2007 Oct; 17(4):339-43. [Uses HCUP NIS data for 2001-2003.]

Journal of Psychosomatic Research
Chandola T, Marmot M, Siegrist J. Failed reciprocity in close social relationships and health: findings from the Whitehall II study. J Psychosom Res 2007 Oct; 63(4):403-11. [Uses study data from the AHRQ-funded Whitehall II study, supported by grant HS06516.]

Journal of Urology
Nelson CP. Evidence of variation by race in the timing of surgery for correction of pediatric ureteropelvic junction obstruction. J Urol 2007 Oct; 178(4 Pt 1):1463-8. [Uses HCUP KID data for 2000-2003.]

Qureshi AI, Suri MF, Nasar A, et al. Changes in cost and outcome among US patients with stroke hospitalized in 1990 to 1991 and those hospitalized in 2000 to 2001. Stroke 2007 Jul; 38(7):2180-4. [Uses HCUP NIS data for 1990-1991 and 2000-2001.]

Current as of October 2007


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