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November 8, 2002

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 President's 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
Burstin H. In search of quality healthcare: helping consumers make informed choices. Press release accessed November 4, 2002 at

Medical Care
Clancy CM, Burstin H. John M. Eisenberg: telling the story. Med Care 2002 Nov; 40(11):1012-1013. [Authors are AHRQ acting director and director of AHRQ's Center for Primary Care Research, respectively.]

Polsky D, Keating NL, Weeks JC, et al. Patient choice of breast cancer treatment: impact on health state preferences. Med Care 2002 Nov; 40(11):1068-1079. [Grant No. HS08395.]

Baker DW, Sudano JJ, Albert JM, et al. Loss of health insurance and the risk for a decline in self-reported health and physical functioning. Med Care 2002 Nov; 40(11):1126-1131. [Grant No. R01 HS10283-01.]

Lee TJ, Guzy J, Johnson D, et al. Caller satisfaction with after-hours telephone advice: nurse advice service versus on-call pediatricians. Pediatrics 2002 Nov; 110(5):865-872. [Grant No. 3R01 HS10604.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Journal of the American Medical Association
Pronovost P, Angus DC, Dorman T, et al. Physician staffing patterns and clinical outcomes in critically ill patients. JAMA 2002 Nov 6; 288(17):2151-2162. [Cites AHRQ report Randomized Trial Comparing Masked/Unmasked Meta-analyses, 1996.]

Medical Care
Tierney WM, Weinberger M, Aston CM, et al. A remarkable legacy of science: review of AHRQ-funded articles published in Medical Care during John Eisenberg's directorship of AHRQ. Med Care 2002 Nov; 40(11):1003-1011. [Categorizes and reviews AHRQ-funded articles published in journal and assessing their impact on health services research.]

Williams S. Commentary on John M. Eisenberg's "Physician utilization: the state of research about physician' practice patterns". Med Care 2002 Nov; 40(11):1014-1015. [Comments on article by former AHRQ director.]

Eisenberg JM. Physician utilization: the state of research about physician' practice patterns. Med Care 2002 Nov; 40(11):1016-1035. [Reprints article by former AHRQ director originally published in Med Care, 1985.]

Monestam E, Wachtmeister. Med Care 2002 Nov; 40(11):1080-1089. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Steinberg et al, Arch Ophthalmol, 1994.]

Medical Clinics of North America
Bush RK. Environmental controls in the management of asthma. Med Clin N Am 2002 Sep; 86(5):973-989. [Cites Gergen (AHRQ researcher), J Allerg Clin Immunol, 1992.]

Medicine on the Net
Foreign language patient resources on the Net. Medicine Net 2002 Nov; 8(11):5-7. [Lists AHRQ Web resources.]

Updated AHRQ Child Health Toolbox available on the Web. Medicine Net 2002 Nov; 8(11):10. [Describes resources available in AHRQ's Child Health Toolbox and recently added features to Web site.]

Modern Healthcare
Tieman J. Calling in the feds. IOM's new report says government must take lead in quality, but can Congress, hospitals find the money and support? Modern Healthc 2002 Nov 4; 32(44):6-7, 16, 32. [Quotes AHRQ acting director Carolyn Clancy.]

Report on Medical Guidelines & Outcomes Research
Tool helps assess domestic violence programs. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2002 Nov 1; 13(21):4. [Describes new AHRQ assessment resource.]

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

Health Technology Trends
Studies present conflicting data on screening mammography's benefits. Health Technol Trends 2002 Oct; 14(10):8-10. [Cites Task Force recommendations on mammography screening.]

Report on Medical Guidelines & Outcomes Research
Task force issues caution on combined hormone therapy. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2002 Nov 1; 13(21):3. [Summarizes task force recommendations on hormone replacement therapy.]

President's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry/Quality Inter-agency Coordination (QuIC) Task Force-Related Articles

Health News Daily
Bristol N. Stark urges Bush to implement federal health quality performance standards. Health News Daily 2002 Nov 5; 14(214):4-5. [Cites recommendation from IoM report released October 30 that "the Quality Interagency Coordination Task Force identify standardized performance measure sets for five priority areas in FY 2003 and another ten in FY 2004."]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Medical Care
Hoenig H, Duncan PW, Horner RD, et al. Structure, process, and outcomes in stroke rehabilitation. Med Care 2002 Nov; 40(11):1036-1047. [Uses AHRQ guideline on poststroke rehabilitation as assessment instrument in study.]

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