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August 1, 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

Ambulatory Pediatrics
Yoos HL, Kitzman H, McMullen A. Barriers to anti-inflammatory medication use in childhood asthma. Ambul Pediatr 2003 Jul-Aug; 3(4):181-90. [Supported by Grant No. R03 HS10689.]

Kuzujanakis M, Kleinman K, Rifas-Shiman S, et al. Correlates pf parental antibiotic knowledge, demand, and reported use. Ambul Pediatr 2003 Jul-Aug; 3(4):203-10. [Supported by Grant No. HS10247.]

American Journal of Epidemiology
Lanphear BP, Gergen PJ. Invited commentary: asthma surveillance in US children. Am J Epidemiol 2003 Jul 15; 158(2):105-7. [Second author was researcher (at time of publication) in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Coyle YM, Aragaki CC, Hynan LS, et al. Effectiveness of acute asthma care among inner-city adults. Arch Intern Med 2003 Jul 14; 103(13):1591-96. [Supported by Grant No. U18 HS094601-03.]

Cram P, Fendrick AM, Inadomi J, et al. The impact of a celebrity promotional campaign on the use of colon cancer screening: the Katie Couric effect. Arch Intern Med 2003 Jul 14; 103(13):1601-5. [Supported by AHRQ fellowship grant, no number given.]

Natarajan S, Liao Y, Cao G, et al. Sex differences in risk for coronary heart disease mortality associated with diabetes and established coronary heart disease. Arch Intern Med 2003 Jul 28; 103(14):1735-40. [Supported by Grant No. HS10871.]

Canadian Medical Association Journal
Majumdar SR, Soumerai SB. Why most interventions to improve physician prescribing do not seem to work. Can Med Assoc J 2003 Jul 8; 169(1):30-31. [Supported by Grant No. U18 HS10391.]

Clinical Therapeutics
Ma J, Stafford RS, Cockburn IM, et al. A statistical analysis of the magnitude and composition of drug promotion in the United States in 1998. Clin Ther 2003 May; 25(5):1503-17. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS013405.]

Health Services Outcomes Research Methodology
Gardiner JC, Luo Z, Bradley CJ, et al. Longitudinal assessment of cost in health care interventions. Health Serv Outcomes Res Methodol 2003; 3(2):149-68. [Supported by Grant No. 1R01 HS09514.]

Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
Saint S, Chenoweth CE. Biofilms and catheter-associated urinary tract infections. Infect Dis Clin N Am 2003 Jun; 17(2):411-32. [Supported by Grant No. P20 HS11540.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Otiniano ME, Ottenbacher KJ, Markides KS, et al. Self-reported heart attack in Mexican-American elders: examination of incidence, prevalence, and 7-year mortality. J Am Geriatr Soc 2003 Jul; 51(7):923-29. [Supported by Grant No. HS11618.]

Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
Rosen J, Mittal V, Mulsant BH, et al. Educating the families of nursing home residents: a pilot study using a computer-based system. J Am Med Dir Assoc 2003 May-Jun; 4(3):128-34. [Supported by Grant No. HS11976

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Nyden P. Academic incentives for faculty participation in community-based participatory research. J Gen Intern Med 2003 Jul; 18(7):576-85. [Partially supported by AHRQ in connection with co-sponsored Conference on Community-Based Participatory Research held in November 2001.]

Felix-Aaron K, Stryer D. Moving from rhetoric to evidence-based action in health care. J Gen Intern Med 2003 Jul; 18(7):589-91. [Authors are researcher in AHRQ's Office of Extramural Research, Education and Priority Populations and director of AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (CQuIPS), respectively.]

O'Toole TP, Felix-Aaron K, Chin MH, et al. Community-based participatory research: opportunities, challenges, and the need for a common language. J Gen Intern Med 2003 Jul; 18(7):592-94. [Second author is researcher in AHRQ's Office of Extramural Research, Education and Priority Populations.]

Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, Social Sciences
Wolinsky FD, Wyrwich KW, Babu AN, et al. Age, aging, and the sense of control among older adults: a longitudinal reconsideration. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 2003 Jul; 58(4):S212-20. [Supported by Grant Nos. R01 HS10234 and K01 HS11635.]

Medical Decision Making
Whitney SN. A new model of medical decisions: exploring the limits of shared decision making. Med Decis Making 2003 Jul-Aug; 23(4):275-80. [Supported by Grant No. K08 HS11289.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Punglia RS, D'Amico AV, Catalona WJ, et al. Effect of verification bias on screening for prostate cancer by measurement of prostate-specific antigen. N Engl J Med 2003 Jul 24; 349(4):335-42. [Supported by Grant No. T32 HS00020-16.]

Nursing Research
Bennett SJ, Oldridge NB, Eckert GJ, et al. Comparison of quality of life measures in heart failure. Nurs Res 2003 Jul-Aug; 52(4):207-16. [Supported by Grant No. R03 HS09822-01.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Medical News
Damage caps boost doctor supply. Am Med News 2003 Jul 28; 46(28):12. [Reviews findings from AHRQ report, Impact of State Laws Limiting Malpractice Awards on Geographic Distribution of Physicians, 2003.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Kravits KL, Bell RA, Azari R, et al. Direct observation of requests for clinical services in office practice: what do patients want and do they get it? Arch Intern Med 2003 Jul 28; 103(14):1673-81. [Cites Eisenberg (former AHRQ director), Ann Intern Med, 1979.]

Canadian Medical Association Journal
Krentz HB, Auld C, Gill MJ, et al. The changing direct costs of medical care for patients with HIV/AIDS, 1995-2001. Can Med Assoc J 2003 Jul 22; 169(2):106-10. [Cites Bozette et al (HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS)), N Engl J Med, 2001.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Sue DY. Evidence-based guidelines: extrapolation, adherence, and outcome. J Am Geriatr Soc 2003 Jul; 51(7):1038-39. [Cites Soumerai, et al, JAMA, 1997.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Mitka M. Researchers seek mammography alternatives. JAMA 2003 July 23; 290(4):450-51. [Cites AHRQ findings on mammography sensitivity.]

Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, Social Sciences
Gubrium JF, Rittman MR, Williams C, et al. Benchmarking as everyday functional assessment in stroke recovery. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 2003 Jul; 58(4):S203-11. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Post-Stroke Rehabilitation, 1996.]

Journal of Health Services Research and Policy
Lavis J, Ross S, McLeod C, et al. Measuring the impact of health research. J Health Serv Res Policy 2003 Jul; 8(3):165-70. [Cites articles by Eisenberg (former AHRQ director), Health Serv Res, 2001, and Health Aff, 1998; Power (former AHRQ researcher) and Eisenberg, Med Care, 1997; and Stryer (director of AHRQ's CQuIPS) et al, Health Serv Resl, 2000.]

Journal of Medical Licensure and Discipline
Ameringer CF. State medical boards and the new corporate order. J Med Licensure Discipline 2003; 89(2):59-68. [Cites AHRQ's pursuance of "medical outcomes to advance treatment protocols."]

Quality Letter
Roadmap for safety: National Quality Forum officially releases 30 safe practices for better healthcare. Qual Lett 2003 Jul; 15(7):12-14. [Quotes AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy and cites AHRQ funding of evidence-based consensus report on safe practices.]

Social Science Medicine
Skinner H, Biscope S, Poland B. Quality of internet access: barrier behind internet use statistics. Soc Sci Med 2003 Sep; 57(5):875-80. [Cites Weinick and Krauss (current and former AHRQ researchers), Am J Public Health, 2001.]

State Health Notes
Provider issues: malpractice report. State Health Notes 2003 July 28; 24(401):4. [Summarizes AHRQ malpractice report released on July 7 and quotes AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy.]

Worth noting: in print. State Health Notes 2003 July 28; 24(401):5. [Summarizes AHRQ publication on health care working conditions and patient safety.]

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

Ambulatory Pediatrics
Gardner W, Kelleher KJ, Pajer KA, et al. Primary care clinicians' use of standardized tools to assess child psychosocial problems. Ambul Pediatr 2003 Jul/Aug; 3(4):191-95. [Cites USPSTF Guide to Clinical Preventive Services and Screening for Depression guideline, August 22, 2002.]

American Family Physician
Neff M. AHRQ releases men's health brochure for screening tests and staying healthy. Am Fam Physician 2003 Jul 15; 68(2):219-20. [Announces release of brochure which includes Task Force recommendations for medical screening tests.]

David SP. Should we offer routine breast cancer screening with mammography Am Fam Physician 2003 Jul 15; 68(2):260-62. [Cites Humphrey LL, et al, a summary of USPSTF breast cancer screening guideline, Ann Intern Med, 2002 and Humphrey L, et al, a summary of AHRQ Breast Cancer Screening guideline, 2002.]

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for gestational diabetes mellitus: recommendation and rationale. Am Fam Physician 2003 Jul 15; 68(2):331-35. [Reviews the recommendations and rationale for USPSTF Screening for Gestational Diabetes guideline.]

British Medical Journal
Thornton H, Edwards A, Baum M. Education and debate: Women need better information about routine mammography. BMJ 2003 July 12; 327(7406):101-3. [Cites Humphrey LL, et al, a summary of USPSTF breast cancer screening guideline, Ann Intern Med, 2002.]

Medical Decision Making
Sorum PC, Shim J, Chasseigne G, et al. Why do primary care physicians in the United States and France order prostate-specific antigen tests for asymptomatic patients? Med Decis Making 2003 Jul/Aug; 23(4):301-313. [Cites USPSTF Prostate Cancer Screening guidelines in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.]

Report on Medical Guidelines Outcomes Research
Vitamins' cancer and heart disease prevention value is dubious, says government group. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2003 Jul 25; 14(14):3. [Reviews Task Force findings as published in the July 1 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.]

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

Journal of Law, Medicine, Ethics
Morreim EH. A dose of our own medicine: alternative medicine, conventional medicine, and the standards of science. J Law Med Ethics 2003 Summer; 31(2):222-35. [Cites QuIC report, Doing What Counts for Patient Safety, 2000.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Journal of Adolescent Health
Newacheck PW, Wong WT, Galbraith AA, et al. Adolescent health care expenditures: a descriptive profile. J Adolesc Med 2003 Jun; 32(6 Suppl):3-11. [Uses 1997 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey data.]

Pain Medicine
Fishbain DA, Cole B, Cutler RB, et al. Is pain fatiguing? A structured evidence- based review. Pain Med 2003 Mar; 4(1):51-62. [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.]

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