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August 29, 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 Managed Care
Murray ME, Henriques JB. An exploratory cost analysis of performing hospital-based concurrent utilization review. Am J Manag Care 2003 Jul; 9(7):512-18. [Supported by Grant No. R03 HS10667-01.]

Rainwater JA, Romano PS. What data do California HMOs use to select hospitals for contracting? Am J Manag Care 2003 Jul; 9(8):553-61. [Supported by Grant No. R29 HS08574.]

Gorawara-Bhat R, Gallagher TH, Levinson W. Patient-provider discussions about conflicts of interest in managed care: physicians' perceptions. Am J Manag Care 2003 Jul; 9(8):564-71. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS09982-03.]

British Medical Journal
Kivimaki M, Head J, Ferrie JE, et al. Sickness absence as a global measure of health; evidence from mortality in the Whitehall II prospective cohort study. BMJ 2003 Aug 16; 327(7411):364-68. [Supported by Grant No. HS06516.]

Clinical Pediatrics
Baraff LJ, Wall SP, Lee TJ, et al. Use of the Internet and E-mail for medical advice and information by patients of a university pediatric faculty practice. Clin Pediatr 2003 Jul-Aug; 42(6):557-60. [Supported by Grant No. 3R01 HS10604.]

Health Management Technology
Clancy C. AHRQ: a tradition of evidence. Federal agency carries a rich history of involvement in today's evidence-based medicine movement, focusing on the "evidence inside" healthcare IT. Health Manage Technol 2003 Aug; 24(8):26-29. [Author is AHRQ's Director.]

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Needleman J, Buerhaus P. Nurse staffing and patient safety: current knowledge and implications for action. Int J Qual Health Care 2003 Aug; 15(4):275-77. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS09958.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Safety
Williams LK, Pladevall M, Fendrick AM, et al. Differences in the reporting of care-related patient injuries to existing reporting systems. Jt Comm J Qual Saf 2003 Sep; 29(9):460-67. [Supported by Grant No. 2T32 HS00053.]

Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Hsiao AF, Wong MD, Kanouse DE, et al. Complementary and alternative medicine use and substitution for conventional therapy by HIV-infected patients. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 2003 Jun 1; 33(2):157-65. [Supported by Grant Nos. U01 HS08578 and R01 HS08578.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Boockvar KS, Lachs MS. Predictive value of nonspecific symptoms for acute illness in nursing home residents. J Am Geriatr Soc 2003 Aug; 51(8):1111-15. [Supported by Grant No. OKT2 HS00066B.]

Journal of Critical Care
Pronovost P, Berenholtz S, Dorman T, et al. Improving communication in the ICU using daily goals. J Crit Care 2003 Jun; 18(2):71-75. [Supported by Grant No. U18 HS11902-02.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Piette JD, Schillinger D, Potter MB, et al. Dimensions of patient-provider communication and diabetes self-care in an ethnically diverse population. J Gen Intern Med 2003 Aug; 18(8):624-33. [Supported by Grant Number R18 HS10281 (as determined by AMIS search).]

Journal of Health Care Finance
McCue M, Mark BA, Harless DW. Nurse staffing, quality, and financial performance. J Health Care Finance 2003 Summer; 29(4):54-76. [Supported by Grant No. HS10153.]

Woods CR, Arcury TA, Powers JM, et al. Determinants of health care use by children in rural western North Carolina: results from the Mountain Accessibility Project Survey. Pediatrics 2003 Aug; 112(2):e143-52. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS09624.]

Statistical Methods in Medical Research
Yu F, Morgenstern H, Hurwitz E. Use of a Markov transition model to analyze longitudinal low-back pain data. Stat Methods Med Res 2003 Aug; 12(4):321-31. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS07755.]

Women's Health Issues
Sherbourne C, Forge NG, Kung FY, et al. Personal and psychosocial characteristics associated with psychiatric conditions among women with human immunodeficiency virus. Women's Health Issues 2003 May-Jun; 13(3):104-10. [HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS) supported by Grant No. U01 HS08578.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

AHA News
Austin K. AHA is helping shape survey on patients' experiences. AHA News 2003 Aug 11; 39(16):6. [Discusses pilot-testing and implementation of Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Study (HCAHPS).]

Foster N. Tell your story on improving quality of care. AHA News 2003 Aug 11; 39(16):4-5. [Discusses initiative by AHRQ and other organizations to develop a common framework for collecting and publicly sharing quality measures of patient care in hospitals using, in part, results from HCAHPS® pilot study.]

BNA's Health Plan Provider Report
Survey shows outpatient drug costs rose nearly $30 billion from 1997 to 2000. BNA Health Plan Provider Rep 2003 Aug 13; 9(33):860. [Summarizes results from AHRQ's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS).]

British Medical Journal
Hodson J, Marsh J. Predictors of postmenopausal osteoporosis. BMJ 2003 Aug 16; 327 (7411):392-93. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Jarvik and Deyo, Ann Intern Med, 2002.]

Kemper P. Long-term care research and policy. Gerontologist 2003 Aug; 43(4):436-46. [Mentions demonstration sponsored by AHRQ predecessor organization National Center for Health Services Research; cites AHRQ report by Spector et al, Future Directions for Community-based Long-term Care Health Services Research, 2002.]

Ejaz FK, Straker JK, Fox K, et al. Developing a satisfaction survey for families of Ohio's nursing home residents. Gerontologist 2003 Aug; 43(4):447-58. [Cites AHRQ report NHCAHPS: A Nursing Home Resident Experience Survey, 2000; mentions AHRQ funding of initiative to develop instruments that capture nursing home residents' experience of care.]

Hedrick SC, Sales AE, Sullivan JH, et al. Resident outcomes of Medicaid-funded community residential care. Gerontologist 2003 Aug; 43(4):473-82. [Cites article by Spector (AHRQ researcher) et al, Milbank Q, 1996.]

Castle NG. Providing outcomes information to nursing homes: can it improve quality of care? Gerontologist 2003 Aug; 43(4):483-92. [Cites article by Spector et al, Eval Health Prof, 1998, and J Aging Health, 1991.]

Health News Daily
Dove A. Senate leadership plans to tackle Labor/HHS spending bill soon after return. Health News Daily 2003 Aug 28; 15(167):1-2. [Cites acceptance of Republican amendment to HR 2660 earmarking $12 million for [AHRQ.] to "research the comparative effectiveness, cost effectiveness and safety of pharmaceutical products."]

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Lawthers AG, Pransky GS, Peterson LE, et al. Rethinking quality in the context of persons with disability. Int J Qual Health Care 2003 Aug; 15(4):287-99. [Cites AHRQ report Using Clinical Practice Guidelines to Evaluate Quality of Care, 1995; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Soumerai et al, N Engl J Med, 1991, Newacheck et al, Pediatrics, 2000, and Ayanian et al, JAMA, 2000.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Herwaldt LA, Pottinger JM. Preventing falls in the elderly. J Am Geriatr Soc 2003 Aug; 51(8):1175-77. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Bates et al, Am J Med, 1995.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Alexander GC, Casalino LP, Meltzer DO. Patient-physician communication about out-of-pocket costs. JAMA 2003 Aug 20; 290(7):953-58. [Cites MEPS Highlights, Distribution of Healthcare Expenses, 1966; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Soumerai et al, N Engl J Med, 1991 and 1987, and Levinson et al, JAMA, 2000.]

Medicine on the Net
Men's health checklist offers prevention resources. Med Net 2003 Aug; 9(8):11. [Describes Checklist for Your Next Checkup.]

Modern Healthcare
Romano M. 100 most powerful. Mod Healthc 2003 Aug 25; 33(34):6-7, 42-54. [AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy is No. 31 on the journal's second annual ranking of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Andersen HR, Nielsen TT, Rasmussen K, et al. A comparison of coronary angioplasty with fibrinolytic therapy in acute myocardial infarction. N Engl J Med 2003 Aug 21; 349(8):733-42. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Canto et al, N Engl J Med, 2000.]

Quality Letter
Hospitalized children show medical error rate similar to adult rate. Qual Lett 2003 Aug; 15(8):15-16. [Reviews findings from study by AHRQ researchers published in June 2003 issue of Pediatrics.]

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

Task force neutral on routine dementia screening. Geriatrics 2003 Aug; 58(8):14. [Summarizes Task Force recommendations on dementia screening as published in Ann Intern Med, 2003.]

Journal of the American Medical Association
Canto JG, Iskandrian AE. Major risk factors for cardiovascular disease: debunking the "only 50%" myth. JAMA Aug 20; 290(7)947-49. [Cites Task Force recommendations on aspirin for prevention of cardiovascular events as published in Ann Intern Med, 2002.]

Evidence-based Centers-Related Articles

State Health Notes
Ephedra ban. State Health Notes 2003 Jun; 24(397):4. [Cites "2002 study commissioned by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and conducted by RAND Corporation" which "found no evidence that ephedra has any effect on weight loss or enhances physical performance," which appears to refer to AHRQ evidence report, Ephedra and Ephedrine for Weight Lost and Athletic Performance Enhancement: Clinical Efficacy and Side Effects, 2003.]

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 General Internal Medicine
Rosenthal GE, Sarrazin MV, Harper DL, et al. Mortality and length of stay in a Veterans Affairs hospital and private sector hospitals serving a common market. J Gen Intern Med 2003 Aug; 18(8):601-8. [Cites QuIC report Doing What Counts for patient Safety: Federal Actions to Reduce Medical Errors and Their Impact, 1999.]

Weingart SN. Seeing error through new lenses. J Gen Intern Med 2003 Aug; 18(8):675-76. [Cites Commission's final report Quality First: Better Health Care for All Americans, 1998, and QuIC report, Doing What Counts for patient Safety: Federal Actions to Reduce Medical Errors and Their Impact, 1999.]

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Iezzoni LI. Targeting health care improvement for persons with disabilities. Int J Qual Health Care 2003 Aug; 15(4):279-81. [Cites Commission's final report, Quality First: Better Health Care for All Americans, 1998.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Managed Care
Xu KT, Moloney M, Phillips S. Economics of suboptimal drug use: cost-savings of using JNC-recommended medications for management of uncomplicated essential hypertension. Am J Manag Care 2003 Jul; 9(7):529-36. [Uses MEPS data.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Woolhandler S, Campbell T, Himmelstein DU. Costs of health care administration in the United States and Canada. N Engl J Med 2003 Aug 21; 349(8):768-75. [Uses data from AHRQ MEPS report, 1998 Employer-sponsored Health Insurance Data. National Totals for Enrollees and Costs of Hospitalization and Physician Services, 2002.]

Telemedicine Journal and e-Health
Kim HM, Lowery JC, Hamill JB, et al. Accuracy of a Web-based system for monitoring chronic wounds. Telemed J E Health, 2003 Summer; 9(2):129-40. [Cites AHRQ Clinical Practice Guideline Number 15: Treatment of Pressure Ulcers, 1994.]

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