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November 16, 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

Applied Nursing Research
Lacey S, Hughes RG. Is power everything? What can we learn from large data sets? Appl Nurs Res 2007 Feb; 20(1):50-3. [Second author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Matheny ME, Gandhi TK, Orav EJ, et al. Impact of an automated test results management system on patients' satisfaction about test result communication. Arch Intern Med 2007 Nov 12; 167(20):2233-9. [Supported by grant U18 HS11046.]

Haas J, Swartz K. The relative importance of worker, firm, and market characteristics for racial/ethnic disparities in employer-sponsored health insurance. Inquiry 2007 Fall; 44(3):280-302. [Supported by grants P01 HS10771 and P01 HS10856.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Joo MJ, Lee TA, Weiss KB. Geographic variation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbation rates. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Nov; 22(11):1560-5. [Supported by grant 5 T32 HS000078-08.]

Persell SD, Osborn CY, Richard R, et al. Limited health literacy is a barrier to medication reconciliation in ambulatory care. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Nov; 22(11):1523-6. [Supported by grant 1 K08 HS015647-01 (to first author).]

Dohan D, Levintova M. Barriers beyond words: cancer, culture, and translation in a community of Russian speakers. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Nov; 22 Suppl 2:300-5. [Supported by contract HHSA 2902006000230 (to second author).]

Oklahoma Nurse
Friesen MA, Hughes RG, Zorn M. Communication: patient safety and the nursing work environment. Oklahoma Nurse 2007 Jun-Aug; 52(2):18-9. [Second author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships. See also AHRQ-funded article by Matchar, et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008), cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles below.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Archives of Internal Medicine
Simpkins J, Divine G, Wang M, et al. Improving asthma care through recertification: a cluster randomized trial. Arch Intern Med 2007 Nov 12; 167(20):2240-8. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Greco and Eisenberg (former AHRQ director) (N Engl J Med, 1993).]

Quinn K. How much is enough? An evidence-based framework for setting Medicaid payment rates.Inquiry 2007 Fall; 44(3):247-56. [Cites AHRQ publication, What Consumers Say About the Quality of Their Health Plans and Medical Care, Vol. 1 revised, 2003.]

Reschovsky JD, Hadley J, Nichols L. Why do Hispanics have so little employer-sponsored health insurance? Inquiry 2007 Fall; 44(3):257-79. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Monheit and Vistnes [(former AHRQ center director and researcher, respectively) (Med Care Res Rev, 2000.]

Kapur K, Escarce JJ, Marquis MS. Individual health insurance within the family: can subsidies promote family coverage? Inquiry 2007 Fall; 44(3):303-20. [Uses 1997 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data for privately insured people under age 65 as the basis for the study s standardized population; cites AHRQ-authored article by Cooper and Schone (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Health Aff, 1997).]

Mitka M. Groups publish performance measures aimed at boosting cardiac rehab referrals. JAMA 2007 Nov 14; 298(18):2126-8. [Mentions publication of and recommendations from AHRQ guideline, Cardiac Rehabilitation, 1995.]

Colby SM, Gwaltney CJ. Pharmacotherapy for adolescent smoking cessation. JAMA 2007 Nov 14; 298(18):2182-4. [Cites PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

Journal of Counseling and Development
Ford JD, Russo EJ, Mallon SD. Integrating treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder and substance use disorder. J Couns Devel Fall 2007; 85(4):475-90. [Cites paper by Frisman, et al., presented at the AHRQ, NIDA, NIMH, NIAAA, SAMHSA, and HRSA Complexities of Co-Occurring Conditions conference, 2004.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Trinacty CM, Adams AS, Soumerai SB, et al. Racial differences in long-term self-monitoring practice among newly drug-treated diabetes patients in an HMO. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Nov; 22(11):1506-13. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Schneeweiss, et. al., (Am J Epidemiol, 2001).]

Gellad WF, Haas JS, Safran DG. Race/ethnicity and nonadherence to prescription medications among seniors: results of a national study. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Nov; 22(11):1572-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Soumerai, et al., (Arch Intern Med, 2006), Trivedi, et al. (N Engl J Med, 2005).]

Saha S, Fernandez A. Language barriers in health care. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Nov; 22 Suppl 2:281-2. [Introduces special supplement on health literacy and comments on AHRQ-funded article by Dohan and Levintova in same issue (cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles).]

Gadon M, Balch GI, Jacobs EA. Caring for patients with limited English proficiency: the perspectives of small group practitioners. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Nov; 22 Suppl 2:341-6. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Brach, Fraser, et al. (Health Aff, 2005), and Gandhi, Burstin (former AHRQ center director), et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2000).]

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

American Family Physician
Miller KE. Preventive health visits increase cancer screening. Am Fam Physician 2007 Nov 15; 76(10):1553. [Summarizes and reviews study by Fenton, et al. (Arch Intern Med 2007), which used screening guidelines similar to 2002 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations.]

Journal of Family Practice
Schumann S, Ewigman B. Double-dose vitamin D lowers cancer risk in women over 55. J Fam Pract 2007 Nov; 56(11):907-10. [Cites USPSTF recommendation, Routine Vitamin Supplementation to Prevent Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease, 2003.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Gilbody S, Richards D, Brealey S, et al. Screening for depression in medical settings with the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ): a diagnostic meta-analysis. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Nov; 22(11):1596-602. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for depression in primary care (Ann Intern Med, 2002) and USPSTF-sponsored evidence review, Screening for Depression, 2002.]

Mayo Clinic Proceedings
DeJesus RS, Vickers KS, Melin GJ, et al. A system-based approached to depression management in primary care using the Patient Health Questionnaire-9. Mayo Clin Proc 2007 Nov; 82(11):1395-404. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for depression in primary care (Ann Intern Med, 2002) and AHRQ guideline, Depression in Primary Care: Treatment of Major Depression, 1993.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Annals of Internal Medicine
Matchar DB, McCrory DC, Orlando LA, et al. Systematic review: comparative effectiveness of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and angiotensin II receptor blockers for treating essential hypertension. Ann Intern Med, 2008 Jan; 148(1). [Published online Nov 5. Supported by contract 290-02-0025.]

Parfrey PS. Inhibitors of the renin-angiotensin system: proven benefits, unproven safety. Ann Intern Med, 2008 Jan; 148(1). [Published online Nov 6. Comments on article by Matchar, et al., cited above.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Epidemiology
Stranges S, Cappuccio FP, Kandala NB, et al. Cross-sectional versus prospective associations of sleep duration with changes in relative weight and body fat distribution: the Whitehall II study. Am J Epidemiol 2007 Nov 15; [Epub ahead of print. Uses cohort data from phases five and seven of the Whitehall II study, supported by grant HS06516.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Wallace LS, DeVoe JE, Rogers ES, et al. The medical dialogue: disentangling differences between Hispanic and non-Hispanic whites. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Nov; 22(11):1538-43. [Uses 2002 MEPS Household Component (HC) data as the basis of a cross-sectional analysis.]

Cheng EM, Chen A, Cunningham W. Primary language and receipt of recommended health care among Hispanics in the United States. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Nov; 22 Suppl 2:283-8. [Uses 2003 MEPS data.]

Jacobs EA, Sadowski LS, Rathouz PJ. The impact of an enhanced interpreter service intervention on hospital costs and patient satisfaction. J Gen Intern Med 2007 Nov; 22 Suppl 2:306-11. [Uses AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) to measure hospital stay satisfaction; cites AHRQ publication, Assessing the Impact of Provider-Patient Language Barriers on Health Care Costs and Quality, 2006.]

Ngo-Metzger G, Sorkin DH, Phillips RS, et al. Providing high-quality care for limited English proficient patients: the importance of language concordance and interpreter use. Gen Intern Med 2007 Nov; 22 Suppl 2:324-30. [Uses AHRQ's CAHPS® as the basis for survey questions developed for this study.]

Journal of Neurosurgery of the Spine
Lad SP, Patkl CG, Lad EM, et al. Trends in pathological vertebral fractures in the United States: 1993 to 2004. J Neurosurg Spine 2007 Sep; 7(3):305-10. [Uses AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) for 1993-2004.]

Current as of November 2007


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