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December 2, 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

Academic Medicine
Reynolds PP, Kamei RK, Sundquist J, et al. Using the PRACTICE mnemonic to apply cultural competency to genetics in medical education and patient care. Acad Med 2005 Dec; 80(12):1107-13. [Co-funded by AHRQ under HRSA Contract No. 240-98-0020 to Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.]

Annals of Emergency Medicine
Katz DA, Williams GC, Brown RL, et al. Emergency physicians' fear of malpractice in evaluating patients with possible acute cardiac ischemia. Ann Emerg Med 2005 Dec; 46(6):525-33. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10466.]

Annals of Family Medicine
Woolf SH, Glasgow RE, Krist A, et al. Putting it together: finding success in behavior change through integration of services. Ann Fam Med 2005 Jul-Aug; 3(Suppl 2):S20-S27. [Supported by AHRQ, no grant number available.]

Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Zarbo RJ, Meier FA, Raab SS. Error detection in anatomic pathology. Arch Pathol Lab Med 2005 Oct; 129(10):1237-45. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS13321.]

Raab SS, Grzybicki DM, Zarbo RJ, et al. Anatomic pathology databases and patient safety. Arch Pathol Lab Med 2005 Oct; 129(10):1246-51. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS13321.]

BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Hicks LS, Shaykevich S, Bates DW, et al. Determinants of racial/ethnic differences in blood pressure management among hypertensive patients. BMC Cardiovasc Disord 2005 Jun 22; 5(1):16. [Supported by Grant No. 3U18 HS11046.]

Raab SS, Grzybicki DM, Janosky JE, et al. Clinical impact and frequency of anatomic pathology errors in cancer diagnoses.Cancer 2005 Nov 15; 104(10):2205-13. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS13321-01.]

Diabetes Care
Glasgow RE, Whitesides H, Nelson CC, et al. Use of the Patient Assessment of Chronic Illness Care (PACIC) with diabetic patients: relationship to patient characteristics, receipt of care, and self-management. Diabetes Care 2005 Nov; 28(11):2655-61. [Supported by Grant No. HS10123.]

Diabetes Educator
Estabrooks PA, Nelson CC, Xu S, et al. The frequency and behavioral outcomes of goal choices in the self-management of diabetes. Diabetes Educ 2005 May-Jun; 31(3):391-400. [Supported by Grant No. HS10123.]

Ethnicity and Disease
Bazargan M, Calderon JL, Heslin KC, et al. A profile of chronic mental and physical conditions among African-American and Latino children in urban public housing. Ethn Dis 2005 Autumn; 15(4 Suppl 5):S5-3-9. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R24 HS014022-01A1.]

Calderon JL, Shaheen M, Pan D, et al. Multi-cultural surveillance for ectopic pregnancy: California 1991-2000. Ethn Dis 2005 Autumn; 15(4 Suppl 5):S5-20-24. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R24 HS014022-01A1.]

Gollin LX, Harrigan RC, Calderon JL, et al. Improving Hawaiian and Filipino involvement in clinical research opportunities: qualitative findings from Hawaii. Ethn Dis 2005 Autumn; 15(4 Suppl 5):S5-111-19. [Supported by Grant No. 1R24 HS014022-01A1.]

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. 1R24 HS014022-01A1.]

Miller CD, Ziemer DC, Doyle JP, et al. Diabetes management by residents in training in a municipal hospital primary care site (IPCAAD 2). Ethn Dis 2005 Autumn; 15(4):649-55. [Supported by Grant No. HS07922.]

Journal of the Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Clarke G, Debar L, Lynch F, et al. A randomized effectiveness trial of brief cognitive-behavioral therapy for depressed adolescents receiving antidepressant medication. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 2005 Sep; 44(9):888-98. [Supported by Grant Nos. R01 HS10535 and HS13854.]

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Chapman WW, Dowling JN, Wagner MM. Generating a reliable reference standard set for syndromic case classification. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2005 Nov-Dec; 12(6):618-29. [Supported by Contract No. 290-00-0009.]

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Yost KJ, Cella D, Chawla A, et al. Minimally important differences were estimated for the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Colorectal (FACT-C) instrument using a combination of distribution- and anchor-based approaches. J Clin Epidemiol 2005 Dec; 58(12):1241-51. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS09869.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Green AR, Ngo-Metzger Q, Legedza AT, et al. Interpreter services, language concordance, and health care quality: experiences of Asian Americans with limited English proficiency. J Gen Intern Med 2005 Nov; 20(11):1050-6. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10316.]

Journal of Vascular Surgery
Rockman CB, Halm EA, Wang JJ, et al. Primary closure of the carotid artery is associated with poorer outcomes during carotid endarterectomy. J Vasc Surg 2005 Nov; 42(5):870-7. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS09754-01.]

Medical Decision Making
Alagoz O, Bryce CL, Schechter S. Incorporating biological natural history in simulation models: empirical estimates of the progression of end-stage liver disease. Med Decis Making 2005 Nov-Dec; 25(6):620-32. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS09694.]

Byrne MM, O Malley K, Suarez-Almazor ME. Willingness to pay per quality-adjusted life year in a study of knee osteoarthritis. Med Decis Making 2005 Nov-Dec; 25(6):655-66. [Supported by Grant No. P01 HS0876.]

Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Linder JA, Bates DW, Platt R. Antivirals and antibiotics for influenza in the United States, 1995-2002. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2005 Aug; 14(8):531-6. [Supported by Grant No. K08 HS014563.]

PLoS Medicine
Ma J, Sehgal NL, Ayanian JZ, et al. National trends in statin use by coronary heart disease risk category. PLoS Med 2005 May; 2(5):e123. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS11313.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

AORN Journal
New program compares medical treatments. AORN J 2005 Nov; 82(5):802. [Describes AHRQ's new Effective Health Care Program based on AHRQ press release.]

Few physician groups use electronic health records. AORN J 2005 Nov; 82(5):814. [Summarizes findings of AHRQ study as described in AHRQ press release.]

Brown University Geriatric Psychopharmacology Update
Inappropriate drug prescribing in older veterans. Brown Univ Geriatr Psychopharmacol Update 2005 Oct; 9(10):e4. [Summarizes findings from study using AHRQ's criteria for appropriate use based on AHRQ expert panel recommendations published by Zhan (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety), et al. (JAMA, 2001).]

Commonwealth Fund E-mail Alert
Advancing physician performance measurement. Commonw Fund E-mail Alert 2005 Nov 30. [Publicizes and provides link to report which states that AHRQ is also leading efforts to develop physician-level measures (e.g., Ambulatory Care Quality Alliance measures) and review what is known about efficiency measurement and cites AHRQ-authored article by Eisenberg (former AHRQ director) (Med Care, 2002).]

Internal Medicine News
Droste T. Missed ischemia linked to poorer MI care, survival. Intern Med News 2005 Oct 1; 38(19):67. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ-funded study.]

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Earle CC, Neville BA, Landrum MB, et al. Evaluating claims-based indicators of the intensity of end-of-life cancer care. Int J Qual Health Care 2005 Dec; 17(6):505-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992).]

Pearson SD, Rawlins MD. Quality, innovation, and value for money: NICE and the British National Health Service. JAMA 2005 Nov 23-30; 294(20):2618-22. [Asserts that the resources of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality could be effectively used to provide the necessary technical expertise to build an independent technology assessment organization similar to NICE; cites AHRQ-authored article by Eisenberg and Zarin (former AHRQ director and former AHRQ technology assessment director) (Int J Technol Assess Health Care, 2002).]

Medicine and Health
Medicares inpatient hospital care bill for 2003 was a whopping $327 billion, according to statistics that the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released November 16. Med Health 2005 Nov 21; 59(42):7. [Summarizes findings from information derived from AHRQ's HCUPnet.]

Two key factors hold down health benefit cost increases: AHRQ releases new statistics on prescription drug, HIV hospital stay expenditures. Med Health 2005 Dec 5; 59(44):4-5. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) and Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP).]

Modern Healthcare
By the numbers. Mod Healthc 2005 Nov 21; 35(47):9. [Summarizes findings from HCUP data.]

Nursing Economics
One-third of hospital nurses made an error or near error over a 1-month period. Nurs Econ 2005 Sep-Oct; 23(5):274. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ-funded study by Balas, et al. (Appl Nurs Res, 2004).]

Pediatric News
MacNeil JS. Injured children fare best at pediatric trauma centers. Pediatr News 2005 Nov; 39(11):39. [Summarizes findings from study using data from AHRQ's HCUP Kids' Inpatient Database (KID).]

Quality Progress
Web watch. Qual Prog 2005 Nov; 38(11):17. [Lists AHRQ's Patient Safety Network and Web sites as useful health care quality resources.]

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

Canadian Medical Association Journal
Pimlott N. Preventive care: so many recommendations, so little time. CMAJ 2005 Nov 22; 173(11):1345-6. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer as posted on AHRQ Web site.]

Internal Medicine News
Pfeiffer A. USPSTF advises against routine BRCA screening: women with a family history of breast and ovarian cancer should be screened if they are at increased risk. Intern Med News 2005 Nov 15; 38(22):22. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations on genetic screening and counseling for breast and ovarian cancer as posted on AHRQ Web site.]

Finn R. Digital mammography superior for women under age 50. Intern Med News 2005 Nov 15; 38(22):22. [Briefly describes AHRQ booklet, Surgery Choices for Women with Early-Stage Breast Cancer, as posted on AHRQ Web site.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Greiner KA, Born W, Nollen N, et al. Knowledge and perceptions of colorectal cancer screening among urban African Americans. J Gen Intern Med 2005 Nov; 20(11):977. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer in article by Pignone, et al. Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

Miller DP Jr, Kimberly JR Jr, Case LD, et al. Using a computer to teach patients about fecal occult blood screening: a randomized trial. J Gen Intern Med 2005 Nov; 20(11):984-8. [Cites USPSTF cost-effectiveness analysis of colorectal cancer screening in article by Pignone, et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

Kim N, Gross C, Curtis J, et al. The impact of clinical trials on the use of hormone replacement therapy: a population-based study. J Gen Intern Med 2005 Nov; 20(11):1026-31. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy for primary prevention of chronic conditions (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

Walsh J. Colorectal cancer screening: the time is now! J Gen Intern Med 2005 Nov; 20(11):1068-70. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on clinical preventive services as reviewed in article by Coffield, et al. {Am J Prev Med, 2001).]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

AORN Journal
Beyea SC. Antibiotic prophylaxis: what's the fuss? AORN J 2005 Nov; 82(5):859. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001, and AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC).]

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

Spine Journal
Freburger JK, Carey TS, Holmes GM. Physician referrals to physical therapists for the treatment of spine disorders. Spine J 2005 Sep-Oct; 5(5):530-41. [Mentions and cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2003.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Cash interests taint drug advice. Nature 2005 Oct 20; 437(7062):1070-1. [Uses the NGC database to identify guidelines meeting survey criteria.]

Current as of December 2005


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