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November 29, 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

Ambulatory Pediatrics
Elixhauser A, Machlin SR, Zodet MW, et al. Health care for children and youth in the United States: 2001 annual report on access, utilization, quality, and expenditures. Ambul Pediatr 2002 Nov-Dec; 2(6):419-437. [Six of seven authors are AHRQ staff members.]

Perrin JM, Kuhlthau KA, Gortmaker SL, et al. Generalist and subspecialist care for children with chronic conditions. Ambul Pediatr 2002 Nov-Dec; 2(6):462-469. [Funded by AHRQ Grant No. HS09416.]

American Journal of Managed Care
Shye D, Brown JB, Mullooly JP, et al. Understanding changes in primary care clinicians' satisfaction from depression care activities during adoption of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Am J Manag Care 2002 Nov; 8(11):963-974. [Funded by AHRQ Grant No. U01 HS07649.]

Bolin JN, Buchanan RJ, Smith SR. State regulation of private health insurance: prescription drug benefits, experimental treatments, and consumer protection. Am J Manag Care 2002 Nov; 8(11):977-985. [Funded by AHRQ Grant No. R03 HS09819-02.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Ambulatory Pediatrics
Perrin JM. Letter from the editor. Ambul Pediatr 2002 Nov-Dec; 2(6):415. [Cites contributions to the Annual Report on Health Care Access and Use by AHRQ staff.]

Cabana M, Bruckman D, Rushton JL, et al. Receipt of asthma subspeciality care by children in a managed care organization. Ambul Pediatr 2002 Nov-Dec; 2(6):456-461. [Cites AHRQ-funded study by Selby et al., Health Serv Res, 1999.]

American Family Physician
AHRQ awards grants to primary care practice-based research networks. Am Fam Physician 2002 Nov 15; 66(10):1814. [Describes AHRQ grant awards.]

Kolawole S, Okuyemi S, Tsue TT. Radiologic imaging in the management of sinusitis. Am Fam Physician 2002 Nov 15; 66(10):1882-1886. [Cites AHRQ report Annual Expenses and Sources of Payment for Health Care Services, 1992.]

American Health Line
New York: new report on hospital quality released. Am Health Line 2002 Nov 25; #7. [Reviews report based on AHRQ methodology.]

HHS: moves to improve patient safety data collection. Am Health Line 2002 Nov 26; #4. [Announces award of contract to Kevric Company.]

American Journal of Nursing
Merkel S. Pain Assessment in infants and young children: the Finger Span Scale. Am J Nurs 2002 Nov; 102(11):55-56. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Acute Pain Management: Operative or Medical Procedures and Trauma, 1992.]

American Journal of Public Health
Ibrahim JK, Schauffler HH, Barker DC, et al. Coverage of tobacco dependence treatments for pregnant women and for children and their parents. Am J Public Health 2002 Dec; 92(12):1940-1942. [Cites PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

Smith M, Carber L. Chiropractic health care in health professional shortage areas in the United States. Am J Public Health 2002 Dec; 92(12):2001-2009. [Cites Clancy (AHRQ acting director) et al., Health Aff,1996.]

BNA's Health Care Policy Report
AHRQ announces funds for initiative to translate medical research into practice. BNA Health Care Policy Rep 2002 Nov 25; 10(46):1543-1544. [Summarizes projects planned under AHRQ's Partnerships for Quality initiative.]

Evidence-based Healthcare
Increased registered nurse staffing levels may improve clinical outcomes for people in hospital. Evidence-based Healthc 2002; 6(3):141-142. [Abstracts AHRQ-funded article by Needleman et al., N Engl J Med, 2002.]

Health News Daily
Young J. HHS patient safety reporting grant will merge CDC, FDA systems; CMS to follow. Health News Daily 2002 Nov 26; 229(14):1-2. [Announces award of contract to Kevric Company.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Paradise JL. A 15-month-old child with recurrent otitis media. JAMA 2002 Nov 27; 288(20):2589-2598. [Cites AHRQ guideline Otitis Media with Effusion in Young Children, 1994.]

Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law
Brewbaker WS 3rd. Will physician unions improve health system performance? J Health Polit Pol Law 2002 Aug; 27(4):575-604. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Grumbach et al., JAMA, 1999.]

Law and Contemporary Problems
Havighurst CC. How the health care revolution fell short. Law Contemp Prob 2002 Autumn; 65(4):55-101. [Cites book by Eisenberg (former AHRQ director), Doctors' Decisions and the Cost of Medical Care, 1986.]

Medical Care Research & Review
Flynn KE, Smith MA, Davis MK. From physician to consumer: the effectiveness of strategies to manage health care utilization. Med Care Res Rev 2002 Dec; 59(4):455-481. [Cites several AHRQ-authored and funded articles.]

Medical Decision Making
Metlay JP, Shea JA, Asch DA. Antibiotic prescribing decisions of generalists and infectious disease specialists: thresholds for adopting new drug therapies. Med Decis Making 2002 Nov-Dec; 22(6):498-505. [Cites book by Eisenberg (former AHRQ director), Doctors' Decisions and the Cost of Medical Care, 1986 and AHRQ-funded article by Fine, Arch Intern Med, 1997.]

Lorence DP, Spink A, Jameson R. Information in medical decision making: how consistent is our management? Med Decis Making 2002 Nov-Dec; 22(6):514-521. [Cites AHRQ publication Now You Have a Diagnosis: What's Next? Using Healthcare Information to Help Make Treatment Decisions, accessed from Web site.]

Public Health Reports
Palacio H, Kahn JG, Richards TA, et al. Effect of race and/or ethnicity in use of antiretrovirals and prophylaxis for opportunistic infection: a review of the literature. Public Health Rep 2002 May-Jun; 117(3):233-251. [Cites data from AHRQ's HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS).]

Kahn JG, Zhang X, Cross LT, et al. Access to and use of HIV antiretroviral therapy: variation by race/ethnicity in two public insurance programs in the U.S. Public Health Rep 2002 May-Jun; 117(3):252-262. [Cites data from AHRQ's HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS).]

Morin SF, Sengupta S, Cozen M, et al. Responding to racial and ethnic disparities in use of HIV drugs: analysis of state policies.Public Health Rep 2002 May-Jun; 117(3):263-272. [Cites data from AHRQ's HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS).]

Gohdes D, Harwell TS, Cummings S, et al. Smoking cessation and prevention: an urgent public health priority for American Indians in the Northern Plains. Public Health Rep 2002 May-Jun; 117(3):281-290. [Cites AHRQ smoking cessation guidelines, 1996.]

Schoenbaum EE, Lo Y, Floris-Moore M. Predictors of hospitalization for HIV-positive women and men drug users, 1996-2000. Public Health Rep 2002 May-Jun; 117(Supp 1):S60-S66. [Cites data from AHRQ's HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS).]

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

American Family Physician
Clinical quiz. Am Fam Physician 2002 Nov 1; 66(9):1737-1738. [Uses Task Force recommendations on aspirin for the prevention of cardiovascular events as the basis for case study questions and answers.]

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Behavioral counseling in primary care to promote physical activity: recommendations and rationale. Am Fam Physician 2002 Nov 1; 66(9):1931-1936. [Summarizes recent Task Force recommendations.]

American Journal of Nursing
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Newborn hearing screening: recommendations and rationale. Am J Nurs 2002 Nov; 102(11):83-89. [Summarizes updated Task Force recommendations on newborn hearing screening.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

American Journal of Nursing
Wittmann-Price RA, Pope KA. Universal newborn hearing screening. Am J Nurs 2002 Nov; 102(11):71-77. [Cites Task Force recommendations on newborn hearing screening as based on AHRQ-funded report by the Evidence-based Practice Center at Oregon Health and Science University.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics
McKusick DR, Mark TL, King EC, et al. Trends in mental health insurance benefits and out-of-pocket spending. J Mental Health Policy Econ 2002 Jun; 5(2):71-78. [Uses data from AHRQ's National Medical Expenditure Survey and Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.]

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