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May 30, 2003, Issue No. 100

AHRQ News and Numbers

More than three-fourths (78.1 percent) of full-time state and local government employees were offered health insurance if they retired early (before the age of 65) in 2000. However, just over one-fourth (26.1 percent) of full-time, private-sector employees were offered coverage if they retired early. [Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, MEPS Statistical Brief #17: Employer Sponsored Health Insurance for Full Time Employees and Retirees: 1998 and 2000, May 2003 (PDF File, 281 KB; PDF Help).]

Today's Headlines:

  1. AHRQ electronic newsletter has a new format
  2. AHRQ moves to new home
  3. CERTs announced first awards for Eisenberg Memorial Lectureships on Therapeutics
  4. Article on patient safety in AAMC Reporter's Viewpoint
  5. Translating Research Into Practice Conference set for July
  6. HHS to award healthy community grants to support local programs to prevent diabetes, asthma, and obesity
  7. Large conference grant program announcement
  8. Building the Business Case for Patient Safety Symposium audio tapes available
  9. New evidence report summary on best case series for use of immuno-augmentation therapy
  10. New evidence report summary on cancer control interventions
  11. New AHRQ publication
  12. AHRQ in the professional literature

1.  AHRQ Electronic Newsletter Has a New Format

This is the 100th issue of the AHRQ Electronic Newsletter, and we have updated the format to HTML. If you would prefer to receive the newsletter in text-only format, please send an E-mail to

2.  AHRQ Moves to New Home

AHRQ is relocating to the John M. Eisenberg Building in Rockville, Maryland, effective June 16. The new building is located at 540 Gaither Road, Rockville MD, 20850. Please update your databases to reflect the Agency's new address. The Agency's contact information is:

Web address:
Main phone number: (301) 427-1200.
AHRQ Clearinghouse: 1-800-358-9295.

3.  CERTs Announced First Awards for Eisenberg Memorial Lectureships on Therapeutics

The AHRQ-supported Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics announced the first awards for the John M. Eisenberg Memorial Lectureship on Therapeutics Research, in honor of AHRQ's former director, John M. Eisenberg, M.D. The lectureships were awarded to Baylor College of Medicine, Creighton University Medical Center, Medical University of South Carolina, Morehouse School of Medicine, Regenstrief Institute at Indiana University, University of California, San Francisco, and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. The CERTs program, which conducts research and provides education to advance the safe and effective use of therapeutics (drugs, medical devices, biological products) developed this lectureship program to broaden the CERTs network of seven academic medical centers.

4.  Article on Patient Safety in AAMC Reporter's Viewpoint

An article by AHRQ Director Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D., "Guiding the IOM Generation," was published in the May 2003 AAMC Reporter's Viewpoint column. Dr. Clancy's article stresses the importance of patient safety as part of the medical school curriculum and outlines several immediate action steps.

5.  Translating Research into Practice Conference Set for July

AHRQ is sponsoring a conference, "Translating Research Into Practice: What's Working? What's Missing? What's Next?" on July 22-24 in Washington, DC. What are the challenges faced when communicating with the public about the results of medical research on evidence-based practice in a way that is both accurate and understandable? How can researchers better use the media to publicize their findings? The 2003 TRIP conference includes two sessions that will consider these questions: "Disseminating and Interpreting the Evidence: The Role of Journalism" and "Disseminating and Interpreting the Evidence: The Role of Advertising." The first in a new annual series sponsored by AHRQ, the TRIP conference also will examine recent successes and current challenges in translating research into practice for patients, communities, physicians, practices, health care organizations, national and local governments, payers, educators, and the media.

6.  HHS to Award Healthy Community Grants to Support Local Programs to Prevent Diabetes, Asthma and Obesity

HHS Secretary Thompson announced a Request for Applications for a 5-year cooperative agreement program to improve the lives of Americans through innovative and effective community-based chronic disease prevention and control programs. The grants are being made available as part of the Department's $15 million Steps to a HealthierUS, a new initiative that advances President Bush's HealthierUS goal of helping Americans live longer, better, and healthier lives. Diabetes, asthma, and obesity were chosen as targets not only because of their debilitating effects and their rapidly increasing prevalence in the United States but also because of their responsiveness to prevention measures. Applications must be submitted by July 15. Select to access the RFA.

7.  Large Conference Grant Program Announcement

AHRQ issued a program announcement for supporting conferences through the Agency's large grant program for conference support. AHRQ large conference grants are those with direct costs of more than $50,000 per year or with a project period of longer than 1 year but not exceeding 5 years. This program is intended to complement and promote AHRQ's core research by providing a mechanism for Agency stakeholders and others to:

  1. Develop health services research agendas and identify strategies and mechanisms for studying them.
  2. Discuss and develop consensus around health services research methodological and technical issues.
  3. Disseminate health services research information and facilitate adoption of research findings from AHRQ-sponsored research and research training grants in the formulation or evaluation of health policy, management of health care programs, and use or purchase of health services.
  4. Develop partnerships with stakeholder organizations and build their capacity to participate in research activities and use the results of health services research.

Receipt dates for applications submitted in response to this PA are June 1, 2003; October 1, 2003; and February 1, 2004. Select to access the program announcement.

8.  "Building the Business Case for Patient Safety" Symposium Audio Tapes Available

Audio tapes of a 1 ½-day symposium, "Building the Business Case for Patient Safety: A Symposium for CEOs," are available. The symposium was convened by AHRQ and JCAHO to review a broad range of patient safety practices. The seven-tape sets are available for $40 from the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse at 1-800-358-9295.

9.  New Evidence Report Summary on Best Case Series for Use of Immuno-Augmentation Therapy

AHRQ released a new evidence report summary on Best-Case Series for the Use of Immuno-Augmentation Therapy and Naltrexone for Treatment of Cancer, which was prepared by AHRQ's Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center. The reviewers concluded that immuno-augmentation therapy cases provide sufficient evidence to warrant further study, but that those involving the use of naltrexone for treating cancer do not provide sufficient evidence to determine the likely benefits of its use. Select to access the summary.

10.  New Evidence Report Summary on Cancer Control Interventions

AHRQ released a new evidence report on Diffusion and Dissemination of Evidence-based Cancer Control Interventions, which was prepared by AHRQ's McMaster University Evidence-based Practice Center. With the support of the National Cancer Institute, researchers examined evidence on the effectiveness of interventions to change behavior in five specific areas: adult smoking cessation, adult healthy diet, screening mammography, cervical cancer screening, and control of cancer pain. Generally, they found that passive approaches, such as mailing of materials to targeted populations, were ineffective. Active approaches, such as train-the trainer models, media campaigns, and educating opinion leaders, were more likely to be effective in promoting change. Select to access the summary.

11.  New AHRQ Publication

AHRQ Publications Catalog, Spring/Summer 2003. This catalog lists the most current available documents that AHRQ has published or reprinted.

A print copy is available by sending an E-mail to

12.  AHRQ in the Professional Literature

We are providing the following hyperlinks to journal abstracts through PubMed® for your convenience. Unfortunately, some of you may not be able to access the abstracts because of firewalls or specific settings on your individual computer systems. If you are having problems, you should ask your technical support staff for possible remedies.

Jensvold NG, Lieu TA, Chi FW, et al. Strategies for surveying families of Medicaid-insured children by telephone. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2003 Feb;14(1):17-21. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Forrest CB, Nutting P, Werner JJ, et al. Managed health plan effects on the specialty referral process: results from the Ambulatory Sentinel Practice Network referral study. Med Care 2003 Feb;41(2):245-53. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Ortega AN, Alegria M. Self-reliance, mental health need, and the use of mental healthcare among island Puerto Ricans. Ment Health Serv Res 2002 Sep;4(3):131-40. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Cho SH. Using multilevel analysis in patient and organizational outcomes research. Nurs Res 2003 Jan-Feb;52(1):61-5. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Ransohoff DF, McNaughton Collins M, Fowler FJ. Why is prostate cancer screening so common when the evidence is so uncertain? A system without negative feedback. Am J Med 2002 Dec 1;113(8):663-7. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

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