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October 28, 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

American Journal of Kidney Diseases
Newsome BB, Warnock DG, Kiefe CI, et al. Delay in time to receipt of thrombolytic medication among Medicare patients with kidney disease. Am J Kidney Dis 2005 Oct; 46(4):595-602. [Supported by Grant No. T32 HS013852.]

American Journal of Public Health
Kushel MB, Hahn JA, Evans JL, et al. Revolving doors: imprisonment among the homeless and marginally housed population. Am J Public Health 2005 Oct; 95(10):1747-52. [Supported by Grant No. 1 K08 HS11415.]

Tebb KP, Pantell RH, Wibbelsman CJ, et al. Screening sexually active adolescents for Chlamydia trachomatis: what about the boys? Am J Public Health 2005 Oct; 95(10):1806-10. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10537.]

Hurwitz EL, Morgenstern H, Chiao C. Effects of recreational physical activity and back exercises on low back pain and psychological distress: findings from the UCLA low back pain study. Am J Public Health 2005 Oct; 95(10):1817-24. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS07755.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Kivimaki M, Ferrie JE, Brunner E, et al. Justice at work and reduced risk of coronary heart disease among employees: the Whitehall II Study. Arch Intern Med 2005 Oct 24; 165(19):2245-51. [Whitehall II Study supported by Grant No. HS06516.]

Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine
Schroeder AR, Newman TB, Wasserman RC, et al. Choice of urine collection methods for the diagnosis of urinary tract infection in young, febrile infants. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2005 Oct; 159(10):915-22. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS06485.]

Clinical Pediatrics
Mahabee-Gittens EM, Grupp-Phelan J, Brody AS, et al. Identifying children with pneumonia in the emergency department. Clin Pediatr 2005 Jun; 44(5):427-35. [Supported by Grant No. HS11038-01.]

Ethnicity and Disease
Bazargan M, Norris K, Bazargan-Hejazi S, et al. Alternative healthcare use in the under-served population. Ethn Dis 2005 Autumn; 15(4):531-9. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R24 HS01422-01A1.]

Intensive and Critical Care Nursing
Carayon P, Gurses AP. A human factors engineering conceptual framework of nursing workload and patient safety in intensive care units. Intensive Crit Care Nurs 2005 Oct; 21(5):284-301. [Supported by Grant No. P20 HS11561-01.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Thompson DA, Lubomski L, Holzmueller C, et al. Integrating the intensive care unit safety reporting system with existing incident reporting systems. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2005 Oct; 31(10):585-93. [Supported by Grant No. U18 HS11902.]

Value in Health
Matchar DB, Samsa GP, Liu S. Cost-effectiveness of antiplatelet agents in secondary stroke prevention: the limits of certainty. Value Health 2005 Sep-Oct; 8(5):572-80. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R03 HS11746-01.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Ambulatory Pediatrics
Simpson L, Lawless S. Quality measurement: is the glass half full yet? Ambul Pediatr 2005 Sep-Oct; 5(5):279-80. [Author is former AHRQ deputy director; recommends that AHRQ use results of AHRQ-funded study by Miller, et al. (Ambul Pediatr, 2005) in setting priorities for investments in measurement-related activities; cites AHRQ-authored article by Elixhauser (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Ambul Pediatr, 2002) and AHRQ co-sponsored report, National Survey on Consumers Experiences with Patient Safety and Quality Information, 2004.]

American Health Line
Medicare: issues related to new Rx drug benefit examined. Am Health Line 2005 Oct 27; Item 3. [Discusses little-publicized provision in the Medicare Modernization Act, directing AHRQ to study the cost-effectiveness of medications offered under the new Medicare prescription drug benefit.]

BNAs Health Plan and Provider Report
Gingrich, health advocates urge rapid introduction of e-health records. BNA Health Plan Provider Rep 2005 Oct 19; 11(41):1109-10. [lists AHRQ as co-sponsor of October 11 conference; quotes AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy and mentions AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships Director Helen Burstin.]

Dermatology Nursing
Capriotti T. Any science behind the hype of natural dietary supplements? Dermatol Nurs 2005 Oct; 17(5):343-67. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Garlic: Effects on Cardiovascular Risks and Disease, Protective Effects Against Cancer, and Clinical Adverse Effects, 2000.]

Ethnicity and Disease
Davis SK, Liu Y, Quarells RC, et al. Stress-related racial discrimination and hypertension likelihood in a population-based sample of African Americans: the Metro Atlanta Heart Disease Study. Ethn Dis 2005 Autumn; 15(4):585-93. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Fiscella, Franks, Gold, and Clancy (AHRQ Director) (JAMA 2000.]

Malat J, van Ryn M. African-American preference for same-race healthcare providers: the role of healthcare discrimination. Ethn Dis 2005 Autumn; 15(4):740-7. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Ayanian, et al. (JAMA 1993.]

Family Practice News
MacNeil JS. Injured children fare better at specialized centers. Fam Pract News 2005 Oct 15; 35(20):71. [Summarizes findings from study using data from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Kids Inpatient Database (KID).]

Geriatric Nursing
Medicaid may be a link to home health care for older individuals in rural areas. Geriatr Nurs 2005 Jul-Aug; 26(4):209. [Cites findings from 1998 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS)-Household Component (HC) data.]

New research results available. Geriatr Nurs 2005 Jul-Aug; 26(4):210. [Describes AHRQ compendium, Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation, 2005.]

Insurance Journal
ICU in danger. Insurance J 2005 Sep 5. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ-funded study by Rothschild, et al. (Crit Care Med, 2005) and quotes remarks from AHRQ Director, Carolyn Clancy.]

Internal Medicine News
Silverman J. Loss of health insurance leaves children at risk. Intern Med News 2005 Sep 1; 38(17):77. [Summarizes findings from 1996-2001 MEPS data.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Anthony R, Ritter M, Davis R, et al. Lehigh Valley Hospital: engaging patients and families. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2005 Oct; 31(10):566-72. [Cites article by Anthony, et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Saf, 2003) which describes recipient of John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety Award.]

Nelson EC, Homa K, Mastanduno MP, et al. Publicly reporting comprehensive quality and cost data: a health care system's transparency initiative. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2005 Oct; 31(10):573-84. [Cites AHRQ publication, Oregon Consumer Scorecard Project, on AHRQ Web site, and AHRQ/CMS publication, Talking Quality Planning Workbook, on AHRQ Web site.]

Journal of Womens Health
Miller KL. Stress urinary incontinence in women: review and update on neurological control. J Womens Health 2005 Sep; 14(7):595-607. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Urinary Incontinence in Adults: Acute and Chronic Management, 1996.]

Journal Watch
Moloo J. Racial disparities in health care—recent trends. J Watch Oct 15; 25(20):158. [Reviews findings from AHRQ-funded articles by Trivedi, et al. and Vaccarino, et al. (N Engl J Med, 2005).]

Medsurg Nursing
Doctors who have been in practice longer may provide lower quality of care. Medsurg Nurs 2005 Oct; 14(5):318. [Cites AHRQ funding support of HMO Research Network Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs).]

One-third of hospital nurses made an error or near error over a 1-month period. Medsurg Nurs 2005 Oct; 14(5):324. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ-funded article by Balas, et al. [App Nurs Res, 2004.]

Nurses tend to use individual behavior and visual cues to assess pain in nursing home residents. Medsurg Nurs 2005 Oct; 14(5):324. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ-funded article by Jones, et al. [West J Nurs Res, 2004).]

HMO penetration affects the relationship between RN staffing and quality of care. Medsurg Nurs 2005 Oct; 14(5):324. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ-funded article by Mark, et al. [Health Econ, 2005).]

Remaking American medicine. Medsurg Nurs 2005 Oct; 14(5):334. [Notes AHRQ funding of the Remaking American Medicine health outreach campaign.]

Modern Healthcare
Robeznieks A. Its not just for hospitals: long-term-care facilities have distinct needs for information systems. Mod Healthc 2005 Oct 17; 35(42):34-6. [Quotes remarks by AHRQ researcher, Jon White.]

Clinical Rounds: Maladies by the numbers. Nursing 2005 Sep; 35(9):35. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ report, Hospitalization in the United States, 2002, on AHRQ Web site.]

Quality Matters Newsletter (Commonwealth Fund)
Foubister V. Issue of the month: putting engineering to work in health care. Qual Matters Newslett (Commonw Fund) 2005 Oct. [Notes AHRQ funding of a hospital redesign project in 2004.]

Washington Post
Diagnosed? Click here; a weekly check on health care costs and coverage. Wash Post 2005 Oct 25. [Describes content and usage of AHRQ brochure, Next Steps After Your Diagnosis: Finding Information and Support, as published on AHRQ Web site.]

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

American Family Physician
Can hemoglobin A1C levels predict diabetes risk? Am Fam Physician 2005 Oct 1; 72(7):1369. [Reviews and comments on USPSTF recommendations for diabetes screening as published in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 3rd ed., 2003.]

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Smith BJ, Marshall AL, Huang N. Screening for physical activity in family practice: evaluation of two brief assessment tools. Am J Prev Med 2005 Nov; 29(4):256-64. [Cites USPSTF recommendation, Behavioral Counseling in Primary Care to Promote Physical Activity, 2002, on AHRQ Web site.]

Ethnicity and Disease
Brown DW, Shepard D, Giles WH, et al. Racial differences in the aspirin: an important tool for preventing heart disease and stroke. Ethn Dis 2005 Autumn; 15(4):620-6. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on the regular use of aspirin in the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Family Medicine
Lin SX, Larson E. Does provision of health counseling differ by patient race? Fam Med 2005 Oct; 37(9):650-4. [Cites USPSTF recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996; cites AHRQ's Put Prevention into Practice program as a tool to assist clinicians in integrating clinical preventive services into primary care practice in a variety of settings; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Schneider, et al. (JAMA, 2001 and 2002).]

Adebisi OY, Strayhorn G. Anemia in pregnancy and race in the United States: blacks at risk. Fam Med 2005 Oct; 37(9):655-62. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for metabolic, nutritional, and environmental disorders and screening for iron deficiency anemia in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Journal Watch
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issues new guidelines. J Watch Oct 15; 25(20):159. [Reviews and comments on USPSTF recommendations on routine BRCA testing as posted on AHRQ Web site.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

American Family Physician
Rainone F. Milk thistle. Am Fam Physician 2005 Oct 1; 72(7):1285. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Milk Thistle: Effects on Liver Disease and Cirrhosis and Clinical Adverse Effects, 2000.]

Canadian Medical Association Journal
Forster AJ, Shojania KG, van Walraven C. Improving patient safety: moving beyond the hype of medical errors. CMAJ 2005 Oct 11; 173(8):893-4. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001; 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) and AHRQ-funded article by Kaushal, et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2003).]

New England Journal of Medicine
Mann JJ. The medical management of depression. N Engl J Med 2005 Oct 27; 353(17):1819-34. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Treatment of Depression—Newer Pharmacotherapies, 1999.]

Koshy R. Navigating the information technology highway: computer solutions to reduce errors and enhance patient safety. Transfusion 2005 Oct; 45(4 Suppl):189S-205S. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001; cites AHRQ reports, Medical Errors: the Scope of the Problem, 2000, and Closing the Quality Gap: A Critical Analysis of Quality Improvement Strategies, 2004; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Ortiz, Meyer, and Burstin (first two authors are former AHRQ researchers, third author is director of AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships) (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2002) and Fitzmaurice, Adams, and Eisenberg (first author is staff member in AHRQ's Office of the Director, second and third authors are former researcher and former AHRQ director) (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2002).]

Current as of October 2005


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