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July 18, 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

American Journal of Medicine
Tucker JS, Burnam A, Sherbourne CD, et al. Substance use and mental health correlates of nonadherence to antiretroviral medications in a sample of patients with human immunodeficiency virus infection. Am J Med 2003 May; 114(7):573-80. [HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS) supported by Cooperative Agreement No. U01 HS08578.]

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Berkman ND, Thorp JM Jr., Lohr KN, et al. Tocolytic treatment for the management of preterm labor: a review of the evidence. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2003 Jun; 188(6):1648-59. [Supported by Contract No. 290-97-0011.]

American Journal of Public Health
Ciccarone DH, Kanouse DE, Collins RL, et al. Sex without disclosure of positive HIV serostatus in a US probability sample of persons receiving medical care for HIV infection. Am J Public Health 2003 Jun; 93(6):949-54. [Supported by HCSUS Cooperative Agreement U01 HS08578.]

London AS, Foote-Arday CE, Fleishman JA, et al. Use of alternative therapist among people in care for HIV in the United States. Am J Public Health 2003 Jun; 93(6):980-87. [Supported by HCSUS Cooperative Agreement No. U01 HS08578; third author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends.]

Jackson DJ, Lang JM, Swartz WH, et al. Outcomes, safety, resource utilization in a collaborative care birth center program compared with traditional physician-based perinatal care. Am J Public Health 2003 Jun; 93(6):999-1006. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS07161.]

Archives of Otolaryngology-Head Neck Surgery
Lewis CW, Carron JD, Perkins JA, et al. Tracheotomy in pediatric patients.Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2003 May; 129(5):523-29. [Supported by Grant No. K08 HS0000-02.]

Archives of Surgery
Blackmore CC, Jurkovich GJ, Linnau KF, et al. Assessment of volume of hemorrhage and outcome from pelvic fracture. Arch Surg 2003 May; 138(5):504-9.

Clinical Infectious Diseases
Insinga RP, Dasbach EJ, Myers ER. The health and economic burden of genital warts in a set of private health plans in the United States. Clin Infect Dis 2003 Jun 1; 36(11):1397-1403. [Supported by Grant No. 5T32 HS00083.]

Diabetes Care
Ziemer DC, Berkowitz KJ, Panayioto RM, et al. A simple meal plan emphasizing healthy food choices is as effective as an exchange-based meal plan for urban African-Americans with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care 2003 Jun; 26(6):1719-24. [Supported by Grant No. HS07922.]

Ethnicity Disease
Levine DM, Bone LR, Hill MN, et al. The effectiveness of a community/academic health center partnership in decreasing the level of blood pressure in an urban African-American population. Ethn Dis 2003 Summer; 13(3):354-61. [Ninth author is Kaytura Felix-Aaron, researcher in AHRQ's Office of Extramural Research, Education and Priority Populations.]

Ethnicity Health
Ford ME, Havstad SL, Brooks BL, et al. Perceptions of diabetes among patients in an urban health care system. Ethn Health 2002 Nov; 7(4):243-54. [Supported by Grant No. HS07386.]

Houston HR, Harada N, Makinodan T. Development of a culturally sensitive educational intervention program to reduce the high incidence of tuberculosis among foreign-born Vietnamese. Ethn Health 2002 Nov; 7(4):255-65. [Supported by Grant No. HS07370.]

Wisdom K, Neighbors K, Williams VH, et al. Recruitment of African Americans with type 2 diabetes to a randomized controlled trial using three sources. Ethn Health 2002 Nov; 7(4):267-78. [Supported by Grant No. HS07386.]

Health Affairs
Huskamp HA, Epstein AM, Blumenthal D. The impact of a national prescription drug formulary on prices, market share, and spending: lessons for Medicare? Health Aff 2003 May-Jun; 22(3):149-58. [Supported by Grant No. 5P01 HS10803-2.]

Health Care Financing Review
Clauser SB, Bierman AS. Significance of functional status data for payment and quality. Health Care Financ Rev 2003 Spring; 24(3):1-11. [Second author was researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence (formerly Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research) at time of publication.]

International Journal of Epidemiology
Stafford M, Marmot M. Neighborhood deprivation and health: does it affect us all equally? Int J Epidemiol 2003 Jun; 32(3):357-66. [Supported by Grant No. HS06516.]

Journal of the American College of Surgeons
Jonasson O. Introduction: inguinal hernia management—testing management strategies in two clinical trials. J Am Coll Surg 2003 May; 196(5):735-36. [Supported by Grant No. 5R01 HS09860-03.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Asch SM, Kilbourne AM, Gifford AL, et al. Underdiagnosis of depression in HIV: who are we missing? J Gen Intern Med 2003 Jun; 18(6):450-60. [HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS) supported by Cooperative Agreement U01 HS08578.]

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Hodgson DC, Zhang W, Zaslavsky AM, et al. Relation of hospital volume to colostomy rates and survival for patients with rectal cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst 2003 May 21; 95(10):708-16. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS09869.]

Journal of Pediatrics
Sinha A, Yokoe D, Platt R. Intrapartum antibiotics and neonatal invasive infectious caused by organisms other than group B streptococcus. J Pediatr 2003 May; 142(5):492-97. [Supported by Grant No. U8 HS1039.]

Journal of Rheumatology
Nietert PJ, Silver RM. Patterns of hospital admissions and emergency room visits among patients with scleroderma in South Carolina, USA. J Rheumatol 2003 Jun; 30(6):1238-43.[Supported by Grant No. 1P01 HS10871-01.]

Gray DT, Hollingworth W, Blackmore CC, et al. Conventional radiography, rapid MR imaging, and conventional MR imaging for low back pain: activity-based costs and reimbursement. Radiology 2003 Jun; 227(3):669-80. [Supported by Grant Nos. R01 HS09499, R01 HS09499 S1, and 1K08 HS11291-01.]

Halm EA, Chassin MR, Tuhrim S, et al. Revisiting the appropriateness of carotid endarterectomy. Stroke 2003 Jun; 34(6):1464-71. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS09754-01.]

Urologic Nursing
The state of the science of urinary incontinence. Urol Nurs 2003 Apr; 23(2):101-5. [Supported by Grant No. 1R13 HS12088-01.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Blue Sheet
NIH $27.66 billion FY 2004 funding passes House after amendments rebuffed. Blue Sheet 2003 Jul 14; 46(28):3. [Notes acceptance of amendment earmarking $12 million in funding for [AHRQ.] to "conduct research on the 'comparative effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and safety of drugs, biological products and devices.'"]

BNA's Health Care Policy Report
White E. Senate Republicans fall short of votes to start considerations of malpractice bill. BNA Health Care Policy Rep 2003 Jul 14; 11(28):919-20. [Cites AHRQ report, Impact of State Laws Limiting Malpractice Awards on Geographic Distribution of Physicians, 2003.]

House passes HHS spending bill with amendment on drug research. BNA Health Care Policy Rep 2003 Jul 14; 11(28):922. [Notes acceptance of amendment requiring [AHRQ.] to "spend $12 million for the conduct research on the comparative effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and safety of drugs."]

Plank KD. Hospitals to earn performance bonuses under new CMS quality initiative demo. BNA Health Care Policy Rep 2003 Jul 14; 11(28):922-23. [Discusses AHRQ-CMS collaboration to "design a patient survey that also monitors hospitals' quality performance."]

Ethnicity Disease
McCullough PA, Philbin EF, Spertus, et al. Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors and beta-blockers in African Americans with heart failure. Ethn Dis 2003 Summer; 13(3):331-36. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Evaluation and Care of Patients with Left-ventricular Systolic Dysfunction, 1994.]

Community health workers help to reduce high blood pressure. Ethn Dis 2003 Summer; 13(3):403. [Abstracts article by Levine et al, cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Health Bulletin
Waugh N. Grading of scientific evidence—a discussion paper from SHPIC. Health Bull 1999 Jan; 57(1):53-63. [Critiques use and validity of AHRQ classification for grading evidence.]

Health Care Financing Review
Sharma R, Liu H, Wang Y. Drug coverage, utilization, and spending by Medicare beneficiaries with heart disease. Health Care Financ Rev 2003 Spring; 24(3):139-56. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Soumerai, et al, N Engl J Med, 1991 and 1987.]

Health News Daily
Young J. HHS to push incentives-based wellness programs: differential premiums weighed. Health News Daily 2003 Jul 22; 15(140):3-4. [Notes AHRQ's plans to "conduct studies on how to increase the application of incentives for healthy choices and quotes AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy.]

International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Jacobs P, Golmohammadi K, Longobardi T. Lifetime costs for medical services: a methodological review. Int J Tech Assess Health Care 2003 Spring; 19(2):278-86. [Cites article by Hellinger (AHRQ researcher), JAMA, 1993.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Pyne JM, Rost KM, Zhang M, et al. Cost-effectivenes of a primary care depression intervention. J Gen Intern Med 2003 Jun; 18(6):432-41. [Cites AHRQ guideline Depression in Primary Care: Treatment of Major Depression, 1993.]

Smith RC, Lein C, Collins C, et al. Treating patients with medically unexplained symptoms in primary care. J Gen Intern Med 2003 Jun; 18(6):478-89. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Depression in Primary Care, Volume I: Detection and Diagnosis, 1993.]

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Bruckbauer S. Proposed Office of Men's Health would address 'silent health crisis'. J Natl Cancer Inst 2003 Jul 16; 95(14):1038-39. [Cites AHRQ findings that men are less likely to be regularly screened for high blood pressure, cholesterol, and cancers.]

Mental Health Services Research
Jaycox LH, Miranda J, Meredith LS, et al. Impact of a primary care quality improvement intervention on use of psychotherapy for depression. Ment Health Serv Res 2003 Jun; 5(2):109-20. [Cites AHRQ guideline Depression in Primary Care, Volume 1: Detection and Diagnosis, and Volume 2: Treatment of Major Depression, 1993.]

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

American Family Physician
Fink K, Clark B. Behavioral counseling in primary care to promote a health diet. Am Fam Physician 2003 Jul 1; 68(1):147-48. [First author is USPSTF program director in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence; case study and answers are based on current task force guidelines as posted on AHRQ's Web site.]

Evidence-based Centers-Related Articles

Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
Sharts-Hopko NC. Evidence-based practice: what constitutes evidence? J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care 2003 May-Jun; 14(3):76-78. [Describes AHRQ as having "assumed a leadership role in promoting evidence-based practice as a way to reduce what has been described as an epidemic of errors in patient care in the United States;" cites AHRQ Web site and patient safety fact sheet; cites AHRQ evidence report, Management of Dental Patients Who are HIV Positive, 2001; cites article by Eisenberg (former AHRQ director), Health Aff, 2002.]

President's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry/Quality Inter-agency Coordination (QuIC) Task Force-Related Articles

Health Care Financing Review
Iezzoni LI, Greenberg MS. Capturing and classifying functional status information in administrative databases. Health Care Financ Rev 2003 Spring; 24(3):61-76. [Cites Commission's final report, Quality First: Better Health Care for All Americans, 1998; cites articles by Bierman (former AHRQ researcher), J Gen Intern Med, 2001, Clancy and Eisenberg (current and former AHRQ directors), Dis Manage Clin Outcomes, 1997, and Hsia (AHRQ researcher) et al, N Engl J Med, 1988, and JAMA, 1992.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

General Hospital Psychiatry
Datto CJ, Thompson R, Horowitz D, et al. The pilot study of a telephone disease management program for depression. Gen Hosp Psychiatry 2003 May-Jun; 25(3):169-77. [Uses AHRQ guideline Depression in Primary Care, Volume 2: Treatment of Major Depression, 1993, as basis for treatment algorithm.]

Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Fisbain DA, Cutler B, Rosomoff HI, et al. Are opioid-dependent/tolerant patients impaired in driving-related skills? A structured evidence-based review. J Pain Symptom Manage 2003 Jun; 25(6):559-77. [Categorizes studies based on guidelines developed by AHRQ for categorizing levels of evidence, as cited in IoM report, Clinical Practice Guidelines: Directions for a New Program, 1990.]

Ostomy/Wound Management
Robinson C, Gloeckner M, Bush S, et al. Determining the efficacy of a pressure ulcer prevention program by collecting prevalence and incidence data: a unit-based effort. Ostomy Wound Manage 2003 May; 49(5):44-46, 48-51. [Implements AHRQ guideline, Pressure Ulcers in Adults: Prediction and Prevention, 1992, as part of study program.]

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