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December 27, 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

American Journal of Medicine
Tsai AC, Lurie P, Sehgal AR. An outbreak of web sites selling ciprofloxacin following an outbreak of anthrax by mail. Am J Med 2002 Oct 1; 113(5):424-427. [First author supported by AHRQ Grant No. HS00059-06.]

Mehta RL, McDonald B, Gabbai F, et al. Nephrology consultation in acute renal failure: does timing matter? Am J Med 2002 Oct 15; 113(6):456-61. [Supported by AHRQ Grant No. HS06466.]

Craig BM, Tseng DS. Cost-effectiveness of gastric bypass for severe obesity. Am J Med 2002 Oct 15; 113(6):491-498. [Supported by AHRQ Grant No. T32 HS00083.]

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Neumann PJ, Levine BS. Do HEDIS measures reflect cost-effective practice? Am J Prev Med 2002 Nov; 23(4): 276-289. [Supported by AHRQ Grant No. R03 HS10709.]

Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Hartert TV, Speroff T, Togias A. Risk factors for recurrent asthma hospital visits and death among a population of indigent older adults with asthma. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 2002 Nov; 89(5):467-473. [Supported by AHRQ Grant No. U18 HS10384.]

Annals of Emergency Medicine
Mower WR, Hoffman JR, Herbert M, et al. Developing a clinical decision instrument to rule out intracranial injuries in patients with minor head trauma: methodology of the NEXUS II investigation. Ann Emerg Med 2002 Nov; 40(5): 505-514. [Supported by AHRQ Grant No. R01 HS09699.]

Annals of Surgical Oncology
Birkmeyer JD. Raising the bar for pancreaticoduodenectomy. Ann Surg Oncol 2002 Nov; 9(9):826-827. [Author supported by Grant No. R01 HS10141-01.]

Annals of of Thoracic Surgeons
Borkon AM, Muehhlebach GF, House J, et al. A comparison of the recovery of health status after percutaneous intervention and coronary artery bypass. Ann Thorac Surg 2002 Nov; 74(5):1526-1530. [Supported by AHRQ Grant No. R01 HS11282-01.]

Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Butler J, Arbogast PG, BeLue R, et al. Outpatient adherence to beta-blocker therapy after acute myocardial infarction. J Am Coll Cardiol 2002 Nov 6; 40(9): 1589-1595. [Supported by AHRQ Grant No. HS10384.]

Journal of the American Dental Asssociation
Manski RJ, Macek MD, Moeller JF. Private dental coverage: who has it and how does it influence dental visits and expenditures? J Am Dent Assoc 2002 Nov; 133(11):1551-1559. [Supported by AHRQ; first and third authors are AHRQ researchers.]

The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery
Holtzman J, Saleh K, Kane R. Effect of baseline functional status and pain on outcomes of total hip arthoplasty. J Bone Joint Surg 2002 Nov; 84-A(11) 1942-1948. [Supported by AHRQ Grant No. R01 HS09735-02.]

Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology, and Endodontics
Manski RJ, Moeller JF, Hupp JR. An analysis of oral surgical dental visits by provider type, 1996. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod 2002 Dec; 94(6):687-691. [Supported by AHRQ; first and second authors are AHRQ researchers.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

AHA News
Parker C. Hospitals to announce coordinated effort to publicly report quality information. AHA News 2002 Dec 16; 38(48):1, 3. [Lists AHRQ as one of several federal agencies involved in initiative.]

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.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Whooley MA, Kiefe CI, Chesney MA, et al. Depressive symptoms, unemployment, and loss of income: the Cardia study. Arch Intern Med 2002; 162(22):2614-2620. [Cites AHRQ guideline Depression in Primary Care, 1993.]

Associated Press
Schmid RE. Many keep smoking despite chronic illnesses, physician warnings. Associated Press 2002 Dec 24; Washington Dateline. [Discusses findings from an AHRQ statistical brief on smoking; quotes AHRQ Center for Cost and Financing Studies Director Steven Cohen.]

Schmid RE. Doctors' warnings, illnesses don't stop many from smoking. Associated Press 2002 Dec 25; Washington Dateline. [Discusses findings from an AHRQ statistical brief on smoking;quotes AHRQ Center for Cost and Financing Studies Director Steven Cohen.]

BNA's Health Care Policy Report
Combs J. Hospital groups, HHS unveil initiative to collect, share quality information. BNA Health Care Policy Rep 2002 Dec 16; 10(48):1603. [Mentions HHS' plans to direct AHRQ to develop a standardized patient experience survey to be known as HCAHPS.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Association
Zimmerman S, Gruber-Baldini AL, Hebel R, et al. Nursing home facility risk factors for infection and hospitalization: importance of registered nurse turnover, administration, and social factors. J Am Geriatr Soc 2002 Dec; 50(12):1987-1995. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Cohen and Spector, J Health Econ, 1996, and Spector et al., Health Econ, 1998, and J Aging Health, 1991.]

Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy
Nair KV, Ganther JM, Valuck RJ, et al. Impact of multi-tiered pharmacy benefits on attitudes of plan members with chronic disease states. J Manage Care Pharm 2002 Nov-Dec; 8(6):477-491. [Cites AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Health Plans (CAHPS®)survey.]

Milbank Quarterly
Glied S, Remler DK, Zivin JG. Inside the sausage factory: improving estimates of the effects of health insurance expansion proposals. Milbank Q 2002; 80(4):603-635. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Selden et al., Health Aff, 1999, and Natl Tax J, 2000; cites AHRQ's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey methodology.]

Modern Healthcare
Tieman J. Healthcare leaders plan way to help patients pick hospitals. Modern Healthc 2002 Dec 16; 32(50):8, 9, 14. [Quotes AHRQ Acting Director Carolyn Clancy regarding the agency's collaboration with industry to develop a standardized patient-experience survey based on CAHPS®.]

Quality Letter
Leadership by example: IOM report calls for U.S. to become more visible in quality arena. Qual Lett 2002 Dec; 14(12):11-12. [Cites Institute of Medicine's recommendation for government health entitlement programs to "work in collaboration with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to pursue 'a rich agenda of applied research and demonstrations focusing on tools, techniques, and enhancements'".]

Texas introduces online tool to evaluate hospital outcomes. Qual Lett 2002 Dec; 14(12):13. [Cites usage by State of Texas Web site of AHRQ-developed quality indicators and risk-adjustment methodologies.]

AHRQ introduces instrument to help hospital assess domestic violence programs. Qual Lett 2002 Dec; 14(12):16. [Describes recently-released AHRQ evaluation instrument for domestic violence programs.]

Quality and Safety in Health Care
Dean B, Schachter M, Vincent C, et al. Prescribing errors in hospital inpatients: their incidence and clinical significance. Qual Saf Health Care 2002 Dec; 11(4):340-344. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Bates et al., 1995.]

Campbell SM, Braspenning J, Hutchinson A, et al. Research methods used in developing and applying quality indicators in primary care. Qual Saf Health Care 2002 Dec; 11(4):358-364. [Cites AHRQ database Computerized Needs-Oriented Quality Measurement Evaluation System, 1999, as accessed from AHRQ Web site; AHRQ report, Using Clinical Practice Guidelines to Evaluate Quality of Care, Volume 2, Methods, 1995; and article by Hadorn DC, et al., "Phase II of the AHCPR-sponsored heart failure guideline: translating practice recommendations into review criteria," Jt Comm J Qual Improv, 1996.]

Report on Medical Guidelines & Outcomes Research
Levenson D. Outpatient cardiology care improves survival odds after heart attack. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2002 Dec 13; 13(14):1-2, 5. [Reviews AHRQ-funded article by Ayanian et al., N Engl J Med, 2002.]

U.S. Newswire
New AHRQ data indicate that people with chronic conditions continue to smoke. U.S. Newswire 2002 Dec 23; National Desk, Health Reporter. [Discusses findings from an AHRQ statistical brief on smoking quotes AHRQ Center for Cost and Financing Studies Director Steven Cohen.]

Washington Post
Brown D. Hospitals will be rated on their performance. Wash Post 2002 Dec 13; A1, A32-A33. [Quotes AHRQ Acting Director Carolyn Clancy.]

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

American Family Physician
Clinical quiz. Am Fam Physician 2002 Dec 15; 66(12):2203-2205. [Includes questions pertaining to Task Force guidelines.]

Berg AO. The mammography debate. Am Fam Physician 2002 Dec 15; 66(12):2211-2212. [USPSTF chair reviews and assesses the implications of recent Task Force recommendations on mammography screening.]

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for colorectal cancer: recommendation and rationale. Am Fam Physician 2002 Dec 15; 66(12):2287-2290. [Summarizes current Task Force recommendations on colorectal cancer screening.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Ko CW, Kreuter W, Baldwin LM. Effect of Medicare coverage on use of invasive colorectal cancer screening tests. Arch Intern Med 2002 Dec 9-23; 162(22):2581-2586. [Cites Task Force recommendations on colorectal as published in Ann Intern Med, 2002.]

Groups provide recommendations for use of hormone therapy. Geriatrics 2002 Dec; 57(12):15-16. [Reviews 1996 and current Task Force recommendations on hormone replacement therapy.]

Current as of December 2002


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