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June 27, 2003

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 Presidents 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

BMC Health Services Research
Mukamel DB, Zwanziger J, Bamezai A. Hospital competition, resource allocation and quality of care. BMC Health Serv Res 2002 May 27; 2(1):10. [Supported by Grant No. HS09545.]

Computers, Informatics, Nursing
Nielson K, Trinkoff A. Applying ergonomics to nurse computer workstations. Comput Inform Nurs 2003 May-Jun; 21(3):150-57. [Supported in part by Grant No. R01 HHS11990.]

Bazzoli GJ, Manheim LM, Waters TM. U.S. hospital industry restructuring and the hospital safety net. Inquiry 2003 Spring; 40(2):6-24. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10040.]

Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Chan KS, Orlando M, Joyce G, et al. Combination antiretroviral therapy and improvements in mental health: results from a nationally representative sample of persons undergoing care for HIV in the United States. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 2003 May 1; 33(1):104-11. [Study based on interviews with participants from the HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS) supported by Grant No. HS08578.]

Journal of Aging and Health
Carter MW. Factors associated with ambulatory care-sensitive hospitalizations among nursing home residents. J Aging Heath 2003 May; 15(2):295-331. [Data acquisition and cleaning were supported in part by Grant No. 1 R01 HS075767-01A1.]

Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
Kruse R, Boles K, Mehr D, et al. The cost of treating pneumonia in the nursing home. J Am Med Dir Assoc 2003 Mar-Apr; 4(2):81-89. [Supported in part by Grant No. HS08551.]

Journal of Asthma
Coyle YM. Predictors of acute asthma relapse: strategies for its prevention. J Asthma 203 May; 40(3):217-24. [Supported in part by Grant No. U18 HS09461-03.]

Jounal of Clinical Epidemiology
Hurwitz EL. Morgenstern H, Yu F. Cross-sectional and longitudinal associations of low-back pain and related disability with psychological distress among patients enrolled in the UCLA Low-Back Pain Study. J Clin Epidemiol 2003 May; 56(5):463-741. [Supported in part by Grant No. R01 HS07755.]

Journal of Dental Education
Mofidi M, Strauss R, Pitner LL, et al. Dental students' reflections on their community-based experiences: the use of critical incidents. J Dent Educ 2003 May; 67(5):515-23. [Supported in part by a National Research Service Award Postdoctural Traineeship from AHRQ.]

Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law
Laugesen MJ, Rice T. Is the doctor in? The evolving role of organized medicine in health policy. J Health Politics Pol Law 2003 Apr-Jun; 28(3):289-316. [Supported by Grant No. T32 HS00046.]

Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics
Crystal S, Sambamoorthi U, Walkup JT, et al. Insurance effects and socioeconomic disparities in depression treatment among the U.S. elderly. J Ment Health Pol Econ 2003 Mar; 6(Suppl):S11. [Supported by Grant No. P20 HS11825.]

Zuvekas SH, Rupp A, Norquist G. Financial incentives, cost shifting, and the pharmacoeconomics of mental health treatment. J Ment Health Pol Econ 2003 Mar; 6(Suppl):S53-54. [First author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Cost and Financing Studies.]

Journal of Psychoactive Drugs
Galvan FH, Burnam MA, Bing EG. Co-occurring psychiatric symptoms and drug dependence or heavy drinking among HIV-positive people. J Psychoactive Drugs 2003 May; 35(Suppl 1):153-90. [Uses data from the HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS), which was conducted under Cooperative Agreement No. U01 HS08578 between AHRQ and RAND.]

Journal of Public Health Dentistry
Dobalian A, Anderson RM, Stein JA, et al. The impact of HIV on oral health and subsequent use of dental services. J Public Health Dent 2003 Spring; 63(2):78-85. [Supported by Grant No. HS08578.]

Journal of School Health
Oruwariye T, Webber MP, Ozuah P. Do school-based health centers provide adequate asthma care? J School Health 2003 May; 73(5):186-90. [Supported by Grant No. R18 HS10136.]

Medical Care Research and Review
Anderson WL, Norton EC. Medicare maximization by state Medicaid programs: effects on Medicare home care utilization. Med Care Res Rev 2003 June; 60(2):201-22. [Supported by Grant No. T32 HS00032 between RAND and AHRQ.]

Milbank Quarterly
Feldman PH, Kane RL. Strenthening research to improve the practice and management of long-term care. Milbank Q 2003; 81(2):179-220. [Supported in part by AHRQ; cites AHRQ's Fact Sheet: Translating Research into Practice, 2001.]

Patient Education and Counseling
Jibaja-Weiss ML, Volk RJ, Kingery P, et al. Tailored messages for breast cancer screening of low-income and minority women using medical records data. Patient Educ Couns 2003 Jun; 50(2):123-32. [Supported by Grant No. R29 HS08581.]

Quality of Life Research
Kaplan RM. The significance of quality of life in health care. Qual Life Res 2003; 12(Suppl 1):3-16. [Supported in part by Grant No. R01 HS 09170.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Journal of Health Economics
Grabowski DC, Hirth RA. Competitive spillovers across non-profit and for-profit nursing homes. J Health Econ 2003 Jan; 22(1):1-22. [Cites Cohen and Spector, J Health Econ, 1996.]

Balsa AI, McGuire TG. Prejudice, clinical uncertainty and stereotyping as sources of health disparities. J Health Econ 2003 Jan; 22(1):89-116. [Cites Eisenberg (former AHRQ director), Doctor's Decisions and the Cost of Medical Care, 1986; Brach and Fraser (AHRQ researchers), Med Care Res Rev, 2000; Monheit and Vistnes (AHRQ researchers), Med Care Res Rev, 2000; and AHRQ-funded article by Schulman et al., N Engl J Med, 1999.]

Journal of Clinical Ethics
Gallagher T. Medical errors in the outpatient setting: ethics in practice. J Clin Ethics 2003 Winter; 13(4):291-300. [Cites AHRQ publication 20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors: Patient Fact, 2000.]

Medical Care Research and Review
Pugh MV, Anderson J, Pogach LM, et al. Differential adoption of pharmacotherapy recommendations for type 2 diabetes by generalists and specialists. Med Care Res Rev 2003 Jun; 60(2):178-200. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Ayanian et al., Arch Intern Med, 1997, and Fiscella et al. (fourth author is AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy), JAMA, 2000.]

Shen Y, Hendricks A, Zhang S, et al. VHA enrollees' health care coverage and use of care. Med Care Res Rev 2003 Jun; 60(2):253-67. [Cites Hellinger (AHRQ researcher), Inquiry, 1995.]

Hadley J. Sicker and poorer—the consequences of being uninsured:a review of the research on the relationship between health insurance, medical care use, health, work, and income. Med Care Res Rev 2003 Jun; 60(Suppl 2):3S-75S. [Cites article by Franks et al. (second author is AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy), JAMA, 1993; AHRQ-funded article by Ayanian et al., N Engl J Med, 2000; and several studies using 1996 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data.]

Ayanian JZ. Commentary. Med Care Res Rev 2003 Jun; 60(Suppl 2):76S-81S. [Comments on above article, and cites Eisenberg, JAMA, 2000.]

Butler S. Commentary. Med Care Res Rev 2003 Jun; 60(Suppl 2):82S-88S. [Comments on article by Hadley cited above, and cites Schone and Cooper (AHRQ researchers), Health Aff, 2001.]

Kronick R. Commentary. Med Care Res Rev 2003 Jun; 60(Suppl 2):100S-112S. [Comments on article by Hadley cited above, and cites article by Franks et al. (second author is AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy), JAMA, 1993.]

Milbank Quarterly
O'Brien E. Employers' benefits from workers' health insurance. Milbank Q 2003; 81(2):5-43. [Cites article by Franks et al. (second author is AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy), JAMA, 1993.]

Cooper RA, McKee HJ. Chiropractic in the United States: trends and issues. Milbank Q 2003; 81(2):107-38. [Cites AHRQ guideline Acute Low Back Problems in Adults, 1994, AHRQ publication Chiropractic in the United States: Training, Practice, and Research, 1997, and several AHRQ-funded articles on low back pain.]

Lavis JN, Robertson D, Woodside JM, et al. How can research organizations more effectively transfer research knowledge to decision makers? Milbank Q 2003; 81(2):221-48. [Mentions AHRQ as a "cluster of innovation" and cites Stryer et al. (AHRQ researchers), Health Serv Res, 2000.]

New England Journal of Medicine
McGlynn EA, Asch SM, Admas J, et al. The quality of health care delivered to adults in the United States. N Engl J Med 2003 Jun 26; 348(26):2635-45. [Cites AHRQ report Clinical Practice Guideline Development: Methodology Perspectives, 1994, and several AHRQ-funded articles.]

Steinberg EP. Improving the quality of care—can we practice what we preach? N Engl J Med 2003 Jun 26; 348(26):2681-83. [Cites forthcoming publication of AHRQ's National Health Quality Report.]

The Quality Letter
Home health quality measures now available from CMS. Qual Letter, Jun 2003:11. [Cites AHRQ work with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to develop quality measures.]

Quality Safe Health Care
Dean B. Adverse drug events: what's the truth? Qual Saf Health Care 2003 Jun; 12(3):165-66. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles on adverse drug events (ADE).]

Rozich JD, Haradan CR, Resar RK. Adverse drug event trigger tool: a practical methodology for measuring medication related harm. Qual Saf Health Care 2003 Jun; 12(3):194-200. [Cites AHRQ-funded ADE studies.]

Kapp MB. "At least Mom will be safe there": the role of resident safety in nursing home quality. Qual Saf Health Care 2003 Jun; 12(3):201-4. [Cites Spector (AHRQ researcher) et al., AHRQ publication The Characteristics of Long-term Care Users, 2000.]

USA Today
Rubin R. Patients' care often deficient, study says. USA Today 2003 Jun 26; A01. [Quotes AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy.]

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

American Family Physician
U.S. Preventitive Services Task Force. Behavioral counseling in primary care to promote a healthy diet: recommendations and rationale. Am Family Physician 2003 Jun 15; 67(12): 2573-76. [Disusses Task Force recommendations as issued in recent guidelines.]

Evidence-based Centers-Related Articles

Health News Daily
Jaimie Kelley. Acupuncture for fibromyalgia has "insufficient evidence" to support national coverage—AHRQ tech assessment. Health News Daily 2003 Jun 24; 26(27):6-7. [Discusses AHRQ technology assessment to be released in its final draft August 18.]

The Quality Letter
Improved working conditions can impact patient safety, AHRQ says. Qual Letter, Jun 2003:12-13. [Reviews summary of evidence-based report to be released in the near future.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics
Dickey B, Normand SCrystal S, Sambamoorthi U, Walkup JT, et al. Insurance effects nd socioeconomic disparities in depression treatment among the U.S. elderly. J Ment Health Pol Econ 2003 Mar; 6(Suppl):S12. [Used adherence to treatment recommendations from AHRQ-sponsored Schizophrenia Patient Outcomes Research Team (PORT) as measure of quality of care.]

Frank RG, Berndt ER, Busch A, et al. Price indexes for the ongoing treatment of schizophrenia: preliminary findings. J Ment Health Pol Econ 2003 Mar; 6(Suppl):S15. [Uses Schizophrenia PORT treatment guidelines as basis for compliance.]

Patel A, Ereritt B, Knapp M, et al. Factors associated with costs incurred by schizophrenia patients with cognitive deficits. J Ment Health Pol Econ 2003 Mar; 6(Suppl):S36. [Uses 1996 MEPS data.]

Milbank Quarterly
Escarce JJ, Kapur K. Racial and ethnic differences in public and private medical care expenditures among aged Medicare beneficiaries. Milbank Q 2003; 81(2):249-75. [Uses data from MEPS 1996-1998.]

Online Journal of Issues in Nursing
Narsavage G, Idemoto BK, The Sarah Cole Hirsh Institute for Best Nursing Practices of the Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. Smoking cessation interventions for hospitalized patients with cardio-pulmonary disorders. Online J Issues Nurs 2003?; 8(2):8. [Uses PHS guideline Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

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