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July 11, 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

ASA Proceedings 2002 Papers presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Statistical Association
Moeller JF, Cohen SB, Mathiowetz NA, and Wun L. Model-based sampling for persons with high health expenditures: evaluating accuracy and yield with the 1997 MEPS. 2002 ASA Proceedings, Joint Statistical Meetings, New York, New York, Aug 11-15, 2002, pages 2367-72. [Authors are AHRQ researchers.]

General Hospital Psychiatry
Hunkeler EM, Spector WD, Fireman B, et al. Psychiatric symptoms, impaired function, and medical care costs in an HMO setting. Gen Hosp Psychiatry 2003 May-Jun; 25(3):178-84. [Second author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Deliver, Organization, and Markets (CDOM); research was a collaboration between AHRQ and Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Northern California.]

Cohen-Mansfield J, Libin A, Lipson S. Differences in presenting advance directives in the chart, in the Minimum Data Set, and through the staff's perceptions. Gerontologist 2003 Jun; 43(3):302-8. [Supported by Grant No. HS09833.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Salomon JA, Weinstein MC, Hammitt JK, et al. Cost-effectiveness of treatment for chronic hepatitis C infection in an evolving patient population. JAMA 2003 Jul 9; 290(2):228-37. [Supported by Grant No. 5 T32 HS00055-03.]

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Hurwitz EL, Morgenstern H, Fei Yu. 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; 55(5)463-71. [Supported by Grant No. HS07755.]

Medical Care
Tucker CM, Herman KC, Pedersen TR, et al. Cultural sensitivity in physician-patient relationships: perspectives of an ethnically diverse sample of low-income primary care patients. Med Care 2003 Jul; 41(7):859-70. [Supported by AHRQ grant, no number given.]

Franks P, Fiscella K, Becket L, et al. Effects of patient and physician practice socioeconomic status on the health care of privately insured managed care patients. Med Care 2003 Jul; 41(7):842-52. [Grant No. R01 HS09963-01A1.]

Cohen SB, Ayanian JZ, Clancy CM. Foreword to special issue supported by AHRQ and dedicated to the memory of John Eisenberg. Med Care 2003 Jul; 41(7 Suppl):III1-4. [First and third authors are director of AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends (CFACT) and director of AHRQ respectively.]

Cohen SB. Design strategies and innovations in the medical expenditure panel survey. Med Care 2003 Jul; 41(7 Suppl):III5-12. [Author is director of AHRQ's CFACT; supported by AHRQ.]

Selden TM, Banthin JS. Health care expenditure burdens among elderly adults: 1987 and 1996. Med Care 2003 Jul; 41(7 Suppl):III13-123. [Authors are researchers in AHRQ's CFACT.]

Kirby JB, Machlin SR, Cohen JW. Has the increase in HMO enrollment within the Medicaid population changed the pattern of health service use and expenditures? Med Care 2003 Jul; 41(7 Suppl):III24-34. [Authors are researchers in AHRQ's CFACT.]

Cooper PF, Vistnes J. Workers decisions to take-up offered health insurance coverage: assessing the importance of out-of-pocket premium costs. Med Care 2003 Jul; 41(7 Suppl):III35-43. [Authors are researchers in AHRQ's CFACT.]

Monheit AC. Persistence in health expenditures in the short run: prevalence and consequences. Med Care 2003 Jul; 41(7 Suppl):III53-64. [Supported by AHRQ; author is former AHRQ researcher.]

Larson SL, Fleishman JA. Rural-urban differences in usual source of care and ambulatory service use. Med Care 2003 Jul; 41(7 Suppl):III64-74. [Supported by AHRQ; authors are researchers in AHRQ's CFACT.]

Fleishman JA, Lawrence WF. Demographic variation in SF-12 scores: true differences or differential item functioning? Med Care 2003 Jul; 41(7 Suppl):III75-III86. [Supported by AHRQ; authors are researchers in AHRQ's CFACT and AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence (COE) respectively.]

Obstetrics Gynecology
Plunkett BA, Lin A, Wong CA, Grobman WA, Peaceman AM. Management of the second stage of labor in nulliparas with continuous epidural analgesia. Obstet Gynecol 2003 Jul; 102(1):109-14. [Supported by National Research Service Award (NRSA) 5 T32 HS00078 from AHRQ.]

Outcomes Management
Nemeth LS. Implementing change for effective outcomes. Outcomes Manag 2003 Jul-Sep; 7(3):134-39. [Supported by Grant No. 1 U18 HS11132-01.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Health Line
Am Health Line 2003 Jun 18; 2. [Comments on AHRQ study, "The impact of state laws limiting malpractice awards on the geographic distribution of physicians."]

BNA's Health Care Policy Report
CMS seeks comment on hospital survey while draft is tested in three states. BNA Health Care Policy Rep 2003 Jul 7; 11(27):884. [Mentions Center for Medicare Medicaid Services (CMS) and AHRQ's request for input on patient survey tied to the hospital quality pilot project.]

Health News Daily
Young J. Medical malpractice limits encourage physician access. Health News Daily 2003 Jul 8; 15(130):3-4. [Comments on AHRQ study, "The impact of state laws limiting malpractice awards on the geographic distribution of physicians."]

McManus, B. Joint economic committee hearing will examine med tech role in raising health costs. Health News Daily 2003 Jul 10; 15(132):6-7. [Mentions that AHRQ director Dr. Clancy was to testified about AHRQ's at Join Economic Committee hearing on July 9th, 2003.]

Marcoux M. Qualified health claims scientific evidence to be assessed, ranked by FDA. Health News Daily 2003 Jul 11; 15(133):6-7. [Mentions that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has contracted with AHRQ to assist it in making health claims assessments.]

Bristol N. House passes Labor/HHS funding: Medicare claims user fee stricken. Health News Daily 2003 Jul 11; 15(133):7-8. [Mentions earmarking of $12 million for AHRQ to conduct research on the comparative effectiveness, cost effectiveness and safety of drugs, biological products and devices.]

Medical Care
Arling G, Williams AR. Cognitive impairment and resource use of nursing home residents. Med Care 2003 Jul; 41(7):802-12. Cites article by Krauss and Altman, Characteristics of Nursing Homes, 1996, 1998 (authors are former AHRQ researchers); cites articles authored in part by William Spector, J Aging Health, 1994, 1997, J Am Geriatr Soc 1998, Gerontologist, 1997 (author is AHRQ researcher).]

Outcomes Management
Stetler CB. Role of the organization in translating research into evidence-based practice. Outcomes Manag 2003 Jul-Sep; 7(3):97-105. [Cites article by Farquhar, Stryer, and Slutsky, Int J Qual Health Care, 2002 (authors are AHRQ researchers).]

Keenan G, Stocker J, Barkauskas V, et al. Toward collecting a standardized nursing data set across the continuum: case of adult care nurse practitioner setting. Outcomes Manag 2003 Jul-Sep; 7(3):113-120. [Cites article by Tierney et al, JAMIA, 1994.]

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

Report on Medical Guidelines Outcomes Research
Government group calls for more research on dementia screening. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2003 Jun 27; 14(12):3. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations for routine screening for dementia.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Journal of Health Economics
Wu S. Sickness and preventive medical behavior. J Health Econ 2003 Jul; 22(4):675-89. [Uses Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data.]

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