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November 24, 2006

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 Journal of Health Behavio
Holtrop JS, Corser W, Jones G, et al. Health behavior goals of cardiac patients after hospitalization. Am J Health Behav 2006 Jul-Aug; 30(4):387-99. [Supported by grant R01 HS10531.]

Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Schneeweiss S, Maclure M. Dormuth CR, et al. A therapeutic substitution policy for proton pump inhibitors: clinical and economic consequences. Clin Pharmacol Ther 2006 Apr; 79(4):379-88. [Supported by grant 2 R02 HS10881.]

Clinical Therapeutics
Dormuth CR, Glynn RJ, Neumann P, et al. Impact of two sequential drug cost-sharing policies on the use of inhaled medications in older patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or asthma. Clin Ther 2006 Jun; 28(6):964-78. [Supported by grant 2 R01 HS10881.]

Current Medical Research and Opinion
Ko Y, Coons SJ. Self-reported chronic conditions and EQ-5D index scores in the US adult population. Curr Med Res Opin 2006 Oct; 22(10):2065-71. [Supported by grant 5 R01 HS10243.]

Education Next
Cawley J, Meyerhoefer C, Newhouse D. Not your fathers PE: obesity, exercise, and the role of schools. Educ Next 2006 Fall; 6(4):60-6. [Second author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends.]

Health Psychology
Croyle RT, Loftus EF, Barger SD, et al. How well do people recall risk factor test results? Accuracy and bias among cholesterol screening participants. Health Psychol 2006 Jul; 25(3):425-32. [Supported by grant HS06660.]

Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine
Handley MA, Hammer H, Schillinger D. Navigating the terrain between research and practice: a collaborative research network (CRN) case study in diabetes research. J Am Board Fam Med 2006 Jan-Feb; 19(1):85-92. [Supported by grants R21 HS013544 and R21 HS014864-01.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Turner BJ, Fleishman JA. Effect of dysthymia on receipt of HAART by minority HIV-infected women. J Gen Intern Med 2006 Dec; 21(12):1235-41. [Second author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; uses interview data from AHRQ's HIV Costs and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS), conducted under grant HS08578.]

Flynn KE, Smith MA, Freese J. When do older adults turn to the Internet for health information? Findings from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study. J Gen Intern Med 2006 Dec; 21(12):1295-301. [Supported by grant R26 HS015544.]

Ko Y, Brown M, Frost R, et al. Brief report: development of a prescription medication information Webliography for consumers. J Gen Intern Med 2006 Dec; 21(12):1313-16. [Supported by grant HS10385.]

Journal of Health Communication
Schillinger D, Wang F, Rodriguez M, et al. The importance of establishing regimen concordance in preventing medication errors in anticoagulant care. J Health Comm 2006 Sep; 11(6):555-67. [Supported by grant P01 HS10856.]

Medical Care
Encinosa WE, Bernard D, Steiner CA. Response to letter from Harvey J. Sugerman, MD. Med Care 2006 Nov; 44(11):1059-60. [Authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization and Markets and Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends (Bernard); responds to letter in response to their article on "Healthcare utilization and outcomes after bariatric surgery" (Med Care, 2006).]

Medical Care Research and Review
Uhrig JD, Harris-Kojetin L, Bann C, et al. Do content and format affect older consumers use of comparative information in a Medicare health plan choice? Results from a controlled experiment. Med Care Res Rev 2006 Dec; 63(6):701-18. [Supported by grant R18 HS11008.]

Encinosa W, Hagan M. Introduction: AHRQ research on health care markets. Med Care Res Rev 2006 Dec; 63(6 Suppl):3S-8S. [Authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets.]

Liang SY, Phillips KA, Haas JS. Measuring managed care and its environment using national surveys: a review and assessment. Med Care Res Rev 2006 Dec; 63(6 Suppl):9S-36S. [Supported by grant P01 HS10771 and P01 HS10856; uses Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data.]

Scanlon DP, Chernew M, Swaminathan S, et al. Competition in health insurance markets: limitations of current measures for policy analysis. Med Care Res Rev 2006 Dec; 63(6 Suppl):37S-55S. [Supported by grant P01 HS10771.]

Scanlon DP, Swaminathan S, Chernew M, et al. Market and plan characteristics related to HMO quality and improvement. Med Care Res Rev 2006 Dec; 63(6 Suppl):56S-89S. [Supported by grant P01 HS10771; uses AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) measures.]

Zwanziger J, Khan N. Safety-net activities and hospital contracting with managed care organizations. Med Care Res Rev 2006 Dec; 63(6 Suppl):90S-111S. [Supported by AHRQ grant, number not given nor identifiable in available grant databases.]

Escarce JJ, Jaiin AK, Rogowski J. Hospital competition, managed care, and mortality after hospitalization for medical conditions: evidence from three states. Med Care Res Rev 2006 Dec; 63(6 Suppl):112S-140S. [Supported by grant P01 HS10771-01.]

Movement Disorders
Siderowf A, Jaggi JL, Xie SX, et al. Long-term effects of bilateral subthalamic nucleus stimulation on health-related quality of life in advanced Parkinsons disease. Mov Disord 2006 Jun; 21(6):746-53. [Supported by grant K08 HS00004.]

Social Science and Medicine
Flynn KE, Smith MA, Vanness D. A typology of preferences for participation in healthcare decision making. Soc Sci Med 2006 Sep; 63(5):1158-69. [Supported by grant 1 R36 HS015544.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Annals of Internal Medicine
Schroeder SA, Sox HC. Trials that matter: varenicline: a designer drug to help smokers quit. Ann Intern Med 2006 Nov 21; 784-5. [Cites PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

Behavioral Medicine
Vidrine JI, Cofta-Woerpel L, Daza P, et al. Smoking cessation 2: behavioral treatments. Behav Med 2006 Fall; 32(3):99-109. [Presents and analyzes evidence regarding the efficacy of behavioral treatments for smoking cessation as evaluated in PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

Hospital Topics
Crane J, Crane FG. Preventing medication errors in hospitals through a systems approach and technological innovation: a prescription for 2010. Hosp Top 2006 Fall; 84(4):3-8. [Cites AHRQ report, Medical Errors: The Scope of the Problem, 2000.]

Modern Healthcare
DoBias M. Focus on quality: trust in hospitals wanes amid flurry of quality efforts. Mod Healthc 2006 Nov 20; 36(46):8-9. [Discusses AHRQ's recent release of 10 new patient-safety practices.]

Robeznieks A. Quality conundrum: consumers will get more data, but questions remain about validity, usefulness. Mod Healthc 2006 Nov 20; 36(46):30-1. [Mentions hospitals collection of patient-satisfaction data from the Hospital-Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (H-CAHPS).]

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

Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association
Harrison DE, Harrison DD, Oakley PA, et al. Use of fallacious arguments, ad hominem attacks, and biased 'expert opinions' can make CBP research 'appear flawed.' J Can Chirop Assoc 2006 Sep; 50(3):161-71. [Refers to AHRQ's levels of evidence criteria and cites AHRQ Web site.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Ovarian cancer tests. JAMA 2006 Nov 22-29; 296(20):2429. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ evidence report, Genomic Tests for Ovarian Cancer Detection and Management, 2006.]

National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR)/National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR)-Related Articles

Journal of Studies on Alcohol
Ponicki WR, Gruenewald PJ. The impact of alcohol taxation on liver cirrhosis mortality. J Stud Alcohol 2006 Nov; 67(6):934-8. [Cites NHDR, 2003.]

Nephrology Nursing Journal
Headley CM. Setting the stage for professional development. Nephrol Nurs J 2006 Sep-Oct; 33(5):517-29. [Cites NHDR, 2004.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Journal of Medical Practice Management
Kernich CA, Creighton FA. Academia and the medical group practice interface: the 2003 Institute of Medicine quality report and medication management. J Med Pract Manage 2006 Jul-Aug; 22(1):45-8. [Uses AHRQ report, Closing the Quality Gap: A Critical Analysis of Quality Improvement Strategies, 2004, to establish priorities and develop indicators for measurement.]

Medical Care Research and Review
Blewett LA, Ward A, Beebe TJ. How much health insurance is enough? Revisiting the concept of underinsurance. Med Care Res Rev 2006 Dec; 63(6):663-700. [Includes a detailed description of MEPS as one of several national survey data sources used to measure underinsurance; lists and summarizes findings from several MEPS articles; recommends MEPS-IC as best available data on out-of-pocket costs and encourages "development of a state representative sample of the MEPS-HC."]

Ansari Z, Laditka JN, Laditka SB. Access to health care and hospitalization for ambulatory care sensitive conditions. Med Care Res Rev 2006 Dec; 63(6):719-41. [Uses AHRQ technical review, Refinement of the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Quality Indicators, 2001, as a source of ambulatory care sensitive conditions codes to supplement those from the Institute of Medicine; cites and uses findings from AHRQ-authored article by Basu, Friedman, and Burstin (Med Care, 2002).]

Wang J, Noel JM, Zuckerman IH. Disparities in access to essential new prescription drugs between non-Hispanic whites, non-Hispanic blacks, and Hispanic whites. Med Care Res Rev 2006 Dec; 63(6):742-63. [Uses MEPS data for 1996-2001; acknowledges assistance of AHRQ's CFACT data center, William Carroll, and Marie Stagnitti.]

North American Actuarial Journal
Bachler R, Duncan I, Juster I. A comparative analysis of chronic and nonchronic insured commercial member cost trends. N Am Actuar J 2006 Oct; 10(4):76. [Uses data from the 1987 National Medical Expenditure Survey (NMES) and the 2000 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) reported in articles by Thorpe, et al. (Health Aff, 2004 Web Exclusives).]

Current as of November 2006


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