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December 13, 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

Brunner EJ, Hemingway H, Walker BR, et al. Adrenocortical, autonomic, and inflammatory causes of the metabolic syndrome: nested case-control study. Circulation 2002 Nov 19; 106(21):2659-2665. [Funding support attributed to Grant No. HS06516.]

Longenecker JC, Klag MJ, Marcovina SM, et al. Small apolipoprotein(a) size predicts mortality in end-stage renal disease: the CHOICE study. Circulation 2002 Nov 19; 106(21):2812-2818. [Funding support attributed to Grant No. R01 HS08365.]

Controlled Clinical Trials
Lin HM, Lyles RH, Williamson JM. Bias in a placebo-controlled study due to mismeasurement of disease status and the regression effect. Control Clin Trials 2002 Oct; 23(5):497-501. [Supported by Grant No. R03 HS11452.]

Phillips LS, Hertzberg VS, Cook CB, et al. The Improving Primary Care of African Americans with Diabetes (IPCAAD) project: rationale and design. Control Clin Trials 2002 Oct; 23(5):554-569. [Supported by Grant No. HS09722.]

Health Services Research
Stryer DB, Weinick RM, Clancy CM. Reducing racial and ethnic disparities in health care. Health Serv Res 2002 Oct; 37(5):xv-xxvi. [First and second authors are with AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research (COER) and Center for Primary Care Research (CPCR), respectively; third author is AHRQ acting director.]

Mukamel DB, Weimer DL, Zwanziger J, et al. Quality of cardiac surgeons and managed care contracting practices. Health Serv Res 2002 Oct; 37(5):1129-1144. [Supported by Grant No. HS09803.]

Schoenbaum M, Unutzer J, McCaffrey D, et al. The effects of primary care depression treatment on patients' clinical status and employment. Health Serv Res 2002 Oct; 37(5):1145-1158. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS08349.]

Hill SC, Wooldridge J. Plan characteristics and SSI enrollees' access to and quality of care in four TennCare MCOs. Health Serv Res 2002 Oct; 37(5):1197-1220. [First author is researcher with AHRQ's Center for Cost and Financing Studies (CCFS).]

Lo Sasso AT, Johnson RW. Does informal care from adult children reduce nursing home admissions for the elderly? Inquiry 2002 Fall; 39(3):279-297. [Supported by Grant No. K02 HS11294.]

JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association
Udelson JE, Beshansky JR, Ballin DS, et al. Myocardial perfusion imaging for evaluation and triage of patients with suspected acute cardiac ischemia. JAMA 2002 Dec 4; 2988(21):2693-2700. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS091010.]

Shafer MB, Tebb KP, Pantell RH, et al. Effect of a clinical practice improvement intervention on chlamydial screening among adolescent girls. JAMA 2002 Dec 4; 2988(21):2846-2852. [R01 HS10537-01.]

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Schneeweiss S, Maclure M, Soumerai SB, et al. Quasi-experimental longitudinal designs to evaluate drug benefit policy changes with low policy compliance. J Clin Epidemiol 2002 Aug; 55(8):833-841. [Supported by Grant No. R03 HS09855 and R01 HS10881.]

Journal of the American Board of Family Practice
Cherkin DC, Deyo RA, Sherman KJ, et al. Characteristics of visits to licensed acupuncturists, chiropractors, massage therapists, and naturopathic physicians. J Am Board Fam Pract 2002 Nov-Dec; 15(6):463-472. [Supported by Grant No. HS09565 and HS08194.]

Starfield B, Forrest CB, Nutting PA, et al. Variability in physician referral decisions. J Am Board Fam Pract 2002 Nov-Dec; 15(6):473-480. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS09377.]

Gergen PJ, Mitchell H, Lynn H. Understanding the seasonal pattern of childhood asthma: results from the National Cooperative Inner-City Asthma Study (NCICAS). J Pediatr 2002 Nov; 141(4):631-636. [First author is researcher with AHRQ's CPCR.]

Ray WA, Stein CM, Daugherty JR, et al. COX-2 selective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and risk of serious coronary heart disease. Lancet 2002 Oct 5; 360(9339):1071-1973. [Supported by Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) Cooperative Agreement Grant No. HS10384.]

Medical Care
Wilson IB, Ding L, Hays RD, Shapiro MF, et al. HIV patients' experiences with inpatient and outpatient care: results of a national survey. Med Care 2002 Dec; 40(12):1149-1160. [Cooperative Agreement HC0857 between AHRQ, Health Resources and Services Administration, National Institutes of Health, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.]

Basu J, Friedman B, Burstin H. Primary care, HMO enrollment, and hospitalization for ambulatory care sensitive conditions: a new approach. Med Care 2002 Dec; 40(12):1260-1269. [First and second authors are researchers with AHRQ's CPCR and Center for Organization and Delivery Studies (CODS), respectively; third author is CPCR director.]

Korthuis PT, Asch S, Mancewicz M, et al. Measuring medication: do interviews agree with medical record and pharmacy data? Med Care 2002 Dec; 40(12):1270-1282. [Supported by Cooperative Agreement Grant No. U01 HS08578 between RAND and AHRQ.]

Olsen IE, Richardson DK, Schmid CH, et al. Intersite differences in weight growth velocity of extremely premature infants. Pediatrics 2002 Dec 6; 110(6):1125-1132. [Data collection for parent cohort study was funded by Grant No. R01 HS07015.]

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Hughes KA, Alipaz JA, Reynolds RM. A test of evolutionary theories of aging. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 2002 Oct 29; 99(22):14286-14291. [Funding support attributed to Grant No. R01 HS35793.]

Collins MM, Barry MJ, Zietman A, et al. United States radiation oncologists' and urologists' opinions about screening and treatment of prostate cancer vary by region. Urology 2002 Oct; 60(4):628-633. [Supported by Grant No. HS08397.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Family Physician
Wall EM. Migraine headache, evidence-based guidelines, and the AAFP. Am Fam Physician 2002 Dec 1; 66(11):2050. [Describes previous AHRQ guidelines development activities and author's participation on the agency's final guideline panel for diagnosis and treatment of migraine headache.]

Applied Nursing Research
Havens DS, Stone P, Brewer CS. Nursing and health services research: building capacity and seizing opportunity. Appl Nurs Res 2002 Nov; 15(4):261-263. [Describes AHRQ as "the major federal funder of HSR in the United States" and cites its involvement in and support of nursing research.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Auerbach AD, Wachter RM, Katz P, et al. Implementation of a voluntary hospitalist service at a community teaching hospital: improved clinical efficiency and patient outcomes. Ann Intern Med 2002 Dec 3; 137(11):859-865. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Selby et al., N Engl J Med, 1996.]

Health News Daily
Miller R. AdvaMed answers Scully on cost-effectiveness role in Medicare coverage. Health News Daily 2002 Dec 13; 14(241):5-6. [Mentions Health Insurance Association of America's support for AHRQ's resumption of its role in government-sponsored healthcare cost-effectiveness studies and "an accompanying increase in its appropriations."]

Glendinning D. White House expects healthy turnout for first round of hospital quality reporting. Health News Daily 2002 Dec 13; 14(241):6-8. [Cites AHRQ participation in new three-state pilot program to survey patients on their hospital experiences.]

Health Services Research
AcademyHealth Update. Health Serv Res 2002 Oct; 37(5):xi-xiv. [Cites AHRQ's participation in the Academy's Health Policy Orientation program.]

Lurie N. Addressing health disparities: where should we start? Health Serv Res 2002 Oct; 37(5):1125-1127. [Cites articles by Bierman (AHRQ researcher) et al., Health Aff, 2002, and Clancy (fourth author, AHRQ acting director) et al., JAMA, 2000.]

Bradley CJ, Bednarek HL, Neumark D. Breast cancer and women's labor supply. Health Serv Res 2002 Oct; 37(5):1309-1328. [Second author is former AHRQ researcher; cites article by Cooper and Monheit (AHRQ researchers), Indust Labor Rel Rev, 1994.]

Reid RJ, Roos NP, MacWilliam L, et al. Assessing population health care need using a claims-based ACG morbidity measure: a validation analysis in the province of Manitoba. Health Serv Res 2002 Oct; 37(5):1345-1364. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Ayanian et al., JAMA, 2000.]

Grabowski DC. The economic implications of case-mix Medicaid reimbursement for nursing home care. Inquiry 2002 Fall; 39(3):258-278. [Cites article by AHRQ researchers Cohen and Spector, J Health Econ, 1996, and Rhoades and Sommers, MEPS Research Findings, 2000.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement
Introduction. Jt Comm J Qual Improv 2002 Dec; 28(12):635-636. [Describes background and purpose of John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety Awards and announces first recipients.]

Journal of the American Board of Family Practice
Watts SA, Noble SL, Smith PO, et al. First-line pharmacotherapy for tobacco use and dependence. J Am Board Fam Pract 2002 Nov-Dec; 15(6):489-497. [Describes background of and recommendations from PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000, and updates the evidence supporting these recommendations.]

Journal of Family Practice
Harris GR, Susman JL. Managing musculoskeletal complaints with rehabilitation therapy: summary of the Philadelphia Panel evidence-based clinical practice guidelines on musculoskeletal rehabilitation interventions. J Fam Pract 2002 Dec; 51(12):1042-1046. [Cites AHRQ guidelines on low back pain.]

Medical Care
Glassman PA, Simon B, Belperio P, et al. Improving recognition of drug interactions: benefits and barriers to using automated drug alerts. Med Care 2002 Dec; 40(12):1161-1171. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Leape et al., JAMA, 1995, and Classon et al., JAMA, 1991.]

Swartztrauber K, Vickrey BG, Mittman BS. Physicians' preferences for specialty involvement in the care of patients with neurological conditions. Med Care 2002 Dec; 40(12):1196-1209. [Cites Franks and Clancy, J Fam Pract, 1997, and N Engl J Med, 1992.]

Smith JL, Rost KM, Nutting PA, et al. Impact of ongoing primary care intervention on Long-term outcomes in uninsured and insured patients with depression. Med Care 2002 Dec; 40(12):1210-1222. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Depression in Primary Care, 1993.]

Merrick EL, Garnick DW, Horgan CM, et al. Quality measurement and accountability for substance abuse and mental health services in managed care organizations. Med Care 2002 Dec; 40(12):1238-1248. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Depression in Primary Care, 1993.]

Modern Healthcare
News makers. In the spotlight: Sally Phillips. Modern Healthc 2002 Dec 2; 32(48):34. [Announces Sally Phillips' appointment as new director of AHRQ's Bioterrorism Preparedness Research Program.]

Morrissey J. A clinical case for quality. Modern Healthc 2002 Dec 2; 32(49):6,16. [Cites AHRQ funding for the National Quality Forum's work on hospital performance measures.]

Pink Sheet
FDA adverse event reporting systems to be integrated by Kevric. Pink Sheet 2002 Dec 2; 64(48):20. [Announces AHRQ's award of a contract to Kevric to develop a common user interface for FDA's and CDC's systems.]

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

American Health Line
Prostate cancer: AHRQ task force questions screening benefits. Am Health Line 2002 Dec 3; #3. [Reviews recommendations released by the Task Force on prostate cancer screening.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
U. S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for prostate cancer: recommendation and rationale. Ann Intern Med 2002 Dec 3; 137(11):915-917. [Summarizes current Task Force recommendations on prostate cancer screening.]

Harris R, Lohr KN. Screening for prostate cancer: an update of the evidence for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med 2002 Dec 3; 137(11):917-929. [Conducted by the Research Triangle Institute-University of North Carolina Evidence-based Practice Center under AHRQ Contract No. 290-97-0011.]

Effective Health Care
Improving the recognition and management of depression in primary care. Eff Health Care 2002; 7(5):1-11. [Cites AHRQ reports, Depression in Primary Care: Detection, Diagnosis, and Treatment, 2000, and Screening for Depression: Systematic Evidence Review, 2002; cites Task Force recommendations for depression screening for adults as published in Ann Intern Med, 2002.]

Journal of Family Practice
Nease DE, Klinkman MS, Volk RJ. Improved detection of depression in primary care through severity evaluation. Fam Pract 2002 Dec; 51(12):1065-1070. [Cites recent Task Force recommendations on depression screening.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement
Bates DW. John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety Awards. Research: David W. Bates, MD, MSc, Brigham and Women's Hospital. Interview by Steven Berman. Jt Comm J Qual Improv 2002 Dec;28(12):651-9, 633. [Cites funding support from AHRQ in 2001 to found Center for Excellence in Patient Safety and Congressional appropriations of $50 million to AHRQ for patient safety research; cites AHRQ-sponsored report on medical errors developed by the Evidence-based Practice Center at the University of California at San Francisco-Stanford University.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Ethnicity and Disease
Pollak KI, Arredondo EM, Yarnall KSH, et al. Influence of stereotyping in smoking cessation counseling by primary care residents. Ethn Dis 2002 Autumn; 12(4):578-585. [Uses assessment questions from AHRQ's Smoking Cessation Clinical Practice Guideline, as published in JAMA, 1995, and Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000; cites AHRQ-funded article by Schulman et al., N Engl J Med, 1999.]

Health Services Research
Krein SL, Hofer TP, Kerr EA, et al. Whom should we profile? Examining diabetes care practice variation among primary care providers, provider groups, and health care facilities. Health Serv Res 2002 Oct; 37(5):1159-1180. [Used clinical classifications software from AHRQ to construct comorbidity variables for study.]

Nursing Research
Henton FE, Hays BJ, Walker SN, et al. Determinants of Medicare home healthcare service use among Medicare recipients. Nurs Res 2002 Nov-Dec; 51(6):355-362. [Uses data from AHRQ's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.]

Current as of December 2002


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