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September 24, 2004

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

Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
Wolff JL, Kasper JD. Informal caregiver characteristics and subsequent hospitalization outcomes among recipients of care. Aging Clin Exp Res 2004 Aug; 16(4):307-13. [Supported by Grant No. T32 HS00029.]

American Journal of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy
Aparasu RR, Mort JR. Prevalence, correlates, and associated outcomes of potentially inappropriate psychotropic use in the community-dwelling elderly. Am J Geriatr Pharmacother 2004 Jun; 2(2):102-11. [Supported by Grant No. R03 HS10813.]

American Journal of Managed Care
Bundorf MK, Singer SJ, Wagner TH, et al. Consumers' use of the Internet for health insurance. Am J Manag Care 2004 Sep; 10(9):609-16. [Supported by Grant No. K02 HS11668-01.]

American Journal of Medicine
Guadagnoli E, Normand SL, DiSalvo TG, et al. Effects of treatment recommendations and specialist intervention on care provided by primary care physicians to patients with myocardial infarction or heart failure. Am J Med 2004 Sep 15; 117(6):371-9. [Supported by Grant No. HS09487.]

American Journal of Nursing
Hughes R. The perils of shift work: evening shift, night shift, and rotating shifts: are they for you? Am J Nurs 2004 Sep; 104(9):60-3. [Author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships.]

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Handa VL, Harvey L, Cundiff GW, et al. Sexual function among women with urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2004 Sep; 191(3):751-6. [Supported by Grant No. HS06865.]

Plunkett BA, Grobman WA. Elective cesarean delivery to prevent perinatal transmission of hepatitis C virus: a cost-effectiveness analysis. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2004 Sep; 191(3):998-1003. [Supported by Grant No. 5 T32 HS00078.]

American Journal of Public Health
He XZ, Baker DW. Body mass index, physical activity, and the risk of decline in overall health and physical functioning in late middle age. Am J Public Health 2004 Sep; 94(9):1567-73. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10283.]

Zizza C, Herring AH, Stevens J, et al. Length of hospital stays among obese individuals. Am J Public Health 2004 Sep; 94(9):1587-91. [Supported by Grant No. T32 HS00032.]

Annals of Emergency Medicine
Rhodes KV, Vieth T, He T, et al. Resuscitating the physician-patient relationship: emergency department communication in an academic medical center. Ann Intern Med 2004 Sep; 44(3):262-7. [Supported by Grant No. HS11096-02.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Lappe JM Muhlestein JB, Lappe DL, et al. Improvements in 1-year cardiovascular clinical outcomes associated with a hospital-based discharge medication program. Ann Intern Med 2004 Sep 21; 141(6):446-53. [Article published in AHRQ-supported Improving Patient Care section of journal.]

Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Maslow JN, Lautenbach E, Glaze T, et al. Colonization with extraintestinal pathogenic Escherichia coli among nursing home residents and its relationship to fluoroquinolone resistance. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 2004 Sep; 48(9):3618-20. [Supported by Centers for Education and Research in Therapeutics (CERTs) Grant No. U18 HS10399.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Piette JD, Heisler M, Wagner TH. Cost-related medication underuse: do patients with chronic illnesses tell their doctors? Arch Intern Med 2004 Sep 13; 164(16):1749-55. [Author supported by Grant No. R18 HS010281 (with variable phases).]

Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Lozano P, Finkelstein JA, Carey VJ, et al. A multisite trial of the effects of physician education and organizational change in chronic-asthma care: health outcomes of the Pediatric Asthma Care Patient Outcomes Research Team II Study. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2004 Sep; 158(9):875-83. [Supported by Grant No. HS08368-01.]

Canadian Journal of Cardiology
Chang RK, Joyce JJ, Castillo J, et al. Parental preference regarding hospitals for children undergoing surgery: a trade-off between travel distance and potential outcome improvement. Can J Cardiol 2004 Jul; 20(9):877-82. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R03 HS13217-01.]

Clinical Pediatrics
Bonuck K, Kahn R, Schechter C. Is late bottle-weaning associated with overweight in young children? Analysis of NHANES III data. Clin Pediatr 2004 Jul-Aug; 43(6):535-40. [Supported by Grant Nos. R01 HS1040802, R01 HS10227, and U01 HS08578.]

Clinical Prostate Cancer
Seo PH, D'Amico AV, Clark JA, et al. Assessing a prostate Cancer brachytherapy technique using early patient-reported symptoms: a potential early indicator for technology assessment? Clin Prostate Cancer 2004 Jun; 3(1):38-42. [Supported by Grant No. HS08208.]

Current Topics in Medical Chemistry
Issa AM. The regulation of pharmacogenomics-based drugs and policy making. Curr Top Med Chem 2004; 4(13):1455-60. [Supported by Grant No. HS00046.]

Margolis KL, Bonds DE, Rodabough RJ, et al. Effect of oestrogen plus progestin on the incidence of diabetes in postmenopausal women: results from the Women's Health Initiative Hormone Trial. Diabetologia 2004 Jul; 47(7):1175-87. [Supported by Grant No. HS07922.]

Emerging Infectious Diseases
Yokoe DS, Coon SW, Dokholyan R, et al. Pharmacy data for tuberculosis surveillance and assessment of patient management. Emerg Infect Dis 2004 Aug; 10(8):1426-1431. [Supported by Centers for Education and Research in Therapeutics (CERTs) Grant No. U18 HS10391.]

Health Communication
Cegala DJ, Gade C, Lenzmeier Broz S, et al. Physicians' and patients' perceptions of patients' communication competence in a primary care medical interview. Health Commun 2004; 16(3):289-304. [Supported by Grant No. R03 HS90110-01T.]

International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics
Friedman B, Sood N, Engstrom K, et al. New evidence on hospital profitability by payer group and the effects of payer generosity. Int J Health Care Finance Econ 2004 Sep; 4(3):231-46. [First author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets.]

International Journal of Infectious Diseases
McBean AM, Hebert PL. New estimates of influenza-related pneumonia and influenza hospitalizations among the elderly. Int J Infect Dis 2004 Jul; 8(4):227-35. [Supported by Grant No. R03 HS10154-01.]

Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Vargas PA, Simpson PM, Wheeler JG, et al. Characteristics of children with asthma who are enrolled in a Head Start program. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2004 Sep; 114(3):499-504. [Supported by Grant No. 1 U18 HS11062.]

Journal of the American Society of Nephrology
Chertow GM, Normand SL, McNeil BJ. "Renalism": inappropriately low rates of coronary angiography in elderly individuals with renal insufficiency. J Am Soc Nephrol 2004 Sep; 15(9):2462-8. [Supported by Grant No. HS06503.]

Journal of Community Health Nursing
Macnee CL, McCabe S. Satisfaction with care among homeless patients: development and testing of a measure. J Community Health Nurs 2004 Fall; 21(3):167-78. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R03 HS09834-01.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Beach MC, Roter D, Rubin H, et al. Is physician self-disclosure related to patient evaluation of office visits? J Gen Intern Med 2004 Sep; 19(9):905-10. [Attributed to Grant No. R01 07289.]

Beach MC, Roter D, Larson S, et al. What do physicians tell patients about themselves? A qualitative analysis of physician self-disclosure. J Gen Intern Med 2004 Sep; 19(9):911-16. [Attributed to Grant No. R01 07289.]

Barr DA. Race/ethnicity and patient satisfaction: using the appropriate method to test for perceived differences in care. J Gen Intern Med 2004 Sep; 19(9):937-43. [Supported by Grant No. 1 R03 HS09350.]

Journal of Rheumatology
Byrne MM, O'Malley KJ, Suarez-Almazor ME. Ethnic differences in health preferences: analysis using willingness-to-pay. J Rheumatol 2004 Sep; 31(9):1811-8. [Supported by Excellence Centers for Eliminating Ethnic and Racial Disparities (EXCEED) Grant No. P01 HS0876.]

Liver Transplantation
Roberts MS, Angus DC, Bryce CL, et al. Survival after liver transplantation in the United States: a disease-specific analysis of the UNOS database. Liver Transpl 2004 Jul; 10(7):886-97. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS09694.]

Medical Care
Keating NL, Landrum MB, Landon BE, et al. The influence of physicians' practice management strategies and financial arrangements on quality of care among patients with diabetes. Med Care 2004 Sep; 42(9):829-39. [Supported by Grant No. HS09936.]

Kruse RL, Mehr DR, Boles KE, et al. Does hospitalization impact survival after lower respiratory infection in nursing home residents? Med Care 2004 Sep; 42(9):860-70. [Supported by Grant No. HS08551.]

Ngo-Metzger Q, Kaplan SH, Sorkin DH, et al. Surveying minorities with limited-English proficiency: does data collection method affect data quality among Asian Americans? Med Care 2004 Sep; 42(9):893-900. [Supported by Grant No. R01 HS10316.]

Obstetrics Gynecology
Wataganara T, Peter I, Messerlian GM, et al. Inverse correlation between maternal weight and second trimester circulating cell-free fetal DNA levels. Obstet Gynecol 2004 Sep; 104(3):545-50. [Supported by Grant No. T32 HS00060.]

Parkinsonism Related Disorders
Chou KL, Hurtig HI, Stern MB, et al. Diagnostic accuracy of [99mTc.]TRODAT-1 SPECT imaging in early Parkinson's disease. Parkinsonism Relat Disord 2004 Aug; 10(6):375-9. [Supported by Grant No. K08 HS00004.]

Rubin DM, Alessandrini EA, Feudtner C, et al. Placement changes and emergency department visits in the first year of foster care. Pediatrics 2004 Sep; 114(3):e354-60. [Supported by Grant No. K08 HS00002.]

Taylor JA. Use of incident reports by physicians and nurses to document medical errors in pediatric patients. Pediatrics 2004 Sep; 114(3):729-35. [Supported by Grant No. P20 HS11590, per QVR}

Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing
Melnyk BM, Fineout-Overholt E, Feinstein NF, et al. Nurses' perceived knowledge, beliefs, skills, and needs regarding evidence-based practice: implications for accelerating the paradigm shift. Worldviews Evid-based Nurs 2004; 1(3):185-93. [Supported by Grant No. R03 R13 HS13817-01. See also Hsu article in Prehospital and Disaster Medicine cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Health Line
Rx Drug costs: force many chronically ill to limit use. Am Health Line 2004 Sep 16; #7. [Reviews study by Piette et al., cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Assisted living: federal agency to conduct three studies. Am Health Line 2004 Sep 21; #6. [Summarizes announcement of AHRQ's plans to fund three studies measuring state regulation and consumer satisfaction with the assisted living industry; quotes remarks from William Spector, researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets.]

American Journal of Managed Care
Taylor SL, Lurie N. The role of culturally competent communication in reducing ethnic and racial healthcare disparities. Am J Manag Care 2004 Sep; 10 Spec No:SP1-SP4. [Mentions AHRQ sponsorship of conference.]

Baquet CR, Carter-Pokras O, Bengen-Seltzer B. Healthcare disparities and models for change. Am J Manag Care 2004 Sep; 10 Spec No:SP5-SP11. [Cites AHRQ publications National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR), 2003, and Providing Oral Linguistic Services: A Guide for Managed Care Plans, 2003.]

Horner RD, Salazar W, Geiger J, et al. Changing healthcare professionals' behaviors to eliminate disparities in healthcare: what do we know? How might we proceed? Am J Manag Care 2004 Sep; 10 Spec No:SP12-SP19. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Ayanian et al., JAMA, 1993, Schulman et al., N Engl J Med, 1999, and several others; cites AHRQ-authored article by Ball and Elixhauser, Med Care, 1996.]

de Bocanegra HT, Gany F. Good provider, good patient: changing behaviors to eliminate disparities in healthcare. Am J Manag Care 2004 Sep; 10 Spec No:SP20-SP28. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Schulman et al., N Engl J Med, 1999.]

Zambrana RE, Molnar C, Munoz HB, et al. Cultural competency as it intersects with racial/ethnic, linguistic, and class disparities in managed healthcare organizations. Am J Manag Care 2004 Sep; 10 Spec No: SP37-SP44. [First author is former AHRQ researcher; cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2003.]

Putsch RW, Pololi L. Distributive justice in American healthcare: institutions, power, and the equitable care of patients. Am J Manag Care 2004 Sep; 10 Spec No: SP45-SP53. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Schulman et al., N Engl J Med, 1999.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Improvements in 1-year outcomes before and after a discharge medication program for patients hospitalized with heart disease. Ann Intern Med 2004 Sep 21; 141(6):I43. [Gives patient-focused summary of article by Lappe et al., cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Simon JA, Duncan C, Carmody TP, et al. Bupropion for smoking cessation: a randomized trial. Arch Intern Med 2004 Sep 13; 164(16):1797-803. [Cites agency smoking cessation guidelines and related articles as published in JAMA, 1990, 1996, and 2000.]

Blue Sheet
House Labor-HHS bill passes with language to block two NIMH grants. Blue Sheet 2004 Sep 13; 47(37):3. [Notes that bill slates AHRQ to receive level funding at $303.7 million for FY 2005.]

Evaluation the Health Professions
Wilson DM, Truman CD. Evaluating institutionalization by comparing the use of health services before and after admission to a long-term care facility. Eval Health Prof 2004 Sep; 27(3):219-36. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Mukamel et al. (fourth author, Spector, is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets), Med Care 2003.]

Health News Daily
Labor-HHS spending bill may reach Senate appropriators in September. Health News Daily 2004 Sep 13; 16(177):1-2. [Notes that bill slates AHRQ to receive level funding at $303.7 million for FY 2005.] Public programs offset private coverage declines for low income children - study. Health News Daily 2004 Sep 15; 16(179):1-2. [Reviews study by AHRQ researcher James Kirby and former AHRQ researcher Peter Cunningham in Health Aff, 2004.]

International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics
Maciejewski ML, Dowd B, O'Connor H. Multiple prior years of health expenditures and Medicare health plan choice. Int J Health Care Finance Econ 2004 Sep; 4(3):247-61. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Hellinger and Wong (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets), Med Care, 2000.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Katz SJ, Moyer CA. The emerging role of online communication between patients and their providers. J Gen Intern Med 2004 Sep; 19(9):978-83. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Safran, Ann Intern Med, 2003.]

Nisselle P. Is self-disclosure a boundary violation? J Gen Intern Med 2004 Sep; 19(9):984. [Comments on AHRQ-funded articles by Beach et al., cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Cooper LA. Health disparities: toward a better understanding of primary care patient-physician relationships. J Gen Intern Med 2004 Sep; 19(9):985. [Comments on AHRQ-funded article by Barr, cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Medicine and Health
PET coverage announcement may herald new era in clinical trials. Med Health 2004 Sep 20; 58(34):4-5. [Mentions AHRQ participation in discussions related to clinical trials of PET in Alzheimer's disease and cites AHRQ-authored article by Tunis, Stryer, and Clancy (second and third authors are Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Director and AHRQ Director, respectively), JAMA, 2003.]

Medicine on the Net
Hagland M. Web-based performance initiatives: providers move forward on collaborative ventures. Med Net 2004 Aug; 10(8):1-5, 16. [Names AHRQ as a sponsor "of the more widely-employed resources" on quality improvement; describes and evaluates AHRQ's Web site quality improvement resources.]

Modern Healthcare
Morrissey J. Conflict crimps IT policy: HHS' rules called hindrance to technology. Mod Healthc 2004 Aug 23; 34(34):9. [Cites AHRQ as one of the operating divisions receiving the majority of HHS' 19 health IT initiatives and associated funding in 2004.]

Herzlinger R. An IT Trojan horse... or a necessary partner. Feds should stay out of evidence-based medicine. Mod Healthc 2004 Sep 6; 34(36):22-3. [Describes AHRQ as "the guerrilla unit developing guidelines for federal management" which sees "its mission as determining not only the effectiveness and quality of clinical services, but also the ways in which we organize, manage, deliver and finance healthcare."]

Morrissey J. Eisenberg winners named. Mod Healthc 2004 Sep 13; 34(37):22. [Announces 2004 winners of the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards, named after former AHRQ director John Eisenberg.]

Galloro V. Behavioral modification: researchers continue to study the reverberations of a for-profit's entry into a hospital market. The findings are definitely mixed. Mod Healthc 2004 Sep 13; 34(37):32-36. [Quotes remarks by researchers Barry Friedman, Herbert Wong, and Ryan Mutter from AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, and describes their work on AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP).]

Benko LB. California healing: state survey shows waning patient satisfaction. Mod Healthc 2004 Sep 20; 34(38):12-4. [Cites inclusion of questions from AHRQ's Hospital-Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Study (H-CAHPS®).]

Patients who cut Rx use due to cost won't tell docs. Mod Healthc 2004 Sep 20; 34(38):30. [Summarizes study by Piette et al., cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Pink Sheet
Rx comparative effectiveness research funds included in HHS approps bill. Pink Sheet 2004 Sep 20; 66(38):14. [Notes that the $15 million provided for pharmaceutical outcomes research is short of the $50 million authorized in the Medicare Modernization Act.]

Quality Letter for Healthcare Leaders
Turning research into practice: cases on adopting evidence-based innovations for everyday care. Qual Lett Healthc Lead 2004 Sep; 16(9):2-9. [Reviews presentations given at AHRQ-sponsored conference.]

10-year outline unveiled to roll out health information technology. Qual Lett Healthc Lead 2004 Sep; 16(9):9-10. [Notes AHRQ funding of five state and regional electronic health record demonstration projects.]

195,000 annual deaths linked to in-hospital errors, study says. Qual Lett Healthc Lead 2004 Sep; 16(9):10-1. [Notes study's use of impact models developed by current and former AHRQ researchers Chunliu Zhan and Marlene Miller, and use of AHRQ patient safety indicators.]

New AHRQ tool helps locate alternate healthcare sites in bioterrorism emergency. Qual Lett Healthc Lead 2004 Sep; 16(9):16. [Describes AHRQ bioterrorism tool.]

Report on Medical Guidelines Outcomes Research
Levenson D. Five diseases drive much of U.S. health spending rise. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2004 Sep 17; 15(18):1, 5-6. [Reviews study using MEPS and National Medical Expenditure Study (NMES) data.]

Rollins G. Most hospitals lack enough procedure volume to spot surgical quality problems. Rep Med Guidelines Outcomes Res 2004 Sep 17; 15(18):7-9. [Reviews study in JAMA, which uses data from AHRQ's 2000 Nationwide Inpatient Sample.]

Social Science and Medicine
Dreachslin JL, Weech-Maldonado R, Dansky KH. Racial and ethnic diversity and organizational behavior: a focused research agenda for health services management. Soc Sci Med 2004 Sep; 59(5):961-71. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Brach and Fraser, Med Care Res Rev, 2000.]

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

American Family Physician
Clinical quiz. Am Fam Physician 2004 Sep 15; 70(6):1023-5. [Includes questions based on USPSTF recommendations.]

Thibault JM, Steiner WP. Efficient identification of adults with depression and dementia. Am Fam Physician 2004 Sep 15; 70(6):1101-10. [Cites USPSTF recommendations for screening for depression in adults as published in Ann Intern Med, 2002; cites AHRQ publication Screening for Depression Systematic Evidence Review, 2002; cites USPSTF recommendations for screening for dementia as posted on AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ guideline, Early Identification of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias, 1996.]

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for hepatitis C in adults: recommendation statement. Am Fam Physician 2004 Sep 15; 70(6):1113-6. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations on screening for hepatitis C infection as posted on AHRQ Web site.]

Preventive Services Selector tool for PDAs. Am Fam Physician 2004 Sep 15; 70(6):1172-3. [Announces availability of AHRQ's Electronic Preventive Services Selector (ePSS) tool on AHRQ Web site, and notes the tool will receive automatic updates based on new USPSTF recommendations.]

Internal Medicine News
Johnson K. Syphilis screening recommendations get updated. Intern Med News 2004 Sep 1; 37(17):64. [Reviews USPSTF recommendations on syphilis screening.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Glazier RH, Creatore MI, Gozdyra P, et al. Geographic methods for understanding and responding to disparities in mammography use in Toronto, Canada. J Gen Intern Med 2004 Sep; 19(9):952-61. [Cites USPSTF recommendations for breast cancer screening posted at AHRQ Web site.]

Journal of Women's Health
Becker HI, Longacre MR, Harper DM. Beyond the Pap: assessing patients' priorities for the annual examination. J Womens Health 2004 Sep; 13(7):791-8. [Cites USPSTF recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 3rd edition, 2003, as posted on AHRQ Web site.]

Journal Watch
Bauchner H. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issues new guideline. Journal Watch 2004 Sep 15; 24(18):144. [Reviews USPSTF recommendations on screening for idiopathic scoliosis in adolescents as posted on AHRQ Web site.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

American Family Physician
Behavioral interventions to modify physical activity. Am Fam Physician 2004 Sep 15; 70(6):1172. [Summarizes AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Effectiveness of Behavioral Interventions to Modify Physical Activity Behaviors in General Populations and Cancer Patients and Survivors, 2004, as posted on AHRQ Web site.]

American Journal of Managed Care
Armour BS, Friedman C, Pitts MM, et al. The influence of year-end bonuses on colorectal cancer screening. Am J Manag Care 2004 Sep; 10(9):617-24. [Cites Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Economic Incentives for Preventive Care, 2004, USPSTF publication, Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2nd edition, 1996, and AHRQ-funded article by Mandelblatt et al., Cancer, 1999.]

Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Hsu EB, Jenckes MW, Catlett CL, et al. Effectiveness of hospital staff mass-casualty incident training methods: a systematic literature review. Prehospital Disaster Med 2004 Jul-Sep; 19(3):191-9. [Supported by Contract No. 290-97-0006 to Johns Hopkins Evidence-based Practice Center.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Archives of Internal Medicine
Garcia-Vazquez E, Marcos MA, Mensa J, et al. Assessment of the usefulness of sputum culture for diagnosis of community-acquired pneumonia using the PORT predictive scoring system. Arch Intern Med 2004 Sep 13; 164(16):1807-11. [Uses the AHRQ-developed Patient Outcome Research Team (PORT) predictive scoring system as presented in article by Fine et al., N Engl J Med, 1997.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Bliss EB, Meyers DS, Phillips RL Jr, et al. Variation in participation in health care settings associated with race and ethnicity. J Gen Intern Med 2004 Sep; 19(9):931-6. [Uses data from the 1996 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS).]

Lyman JA, Scully K, Novicoff W, et al. Integrating quality assessment tools into a clinical data warehouse. Medinfo 2004, 2004 (CD):1735. [Uses AHRQ's patient safety indicators in combination with inpatient hospital data.]

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