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October 3, 2003, Issue No. 111

AHRQ News and Numbers

Almost 30 percent of employees enrolled in individual health insurance plans did not contribute anything toward the premium cost in 2001, compared with 16.7 percent of those with family coverage and 12.7 percent of those with employee-plus-one coverage. [Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, MEPS Statistical Brief #23: Employer-Sponsored Single, Employee-Plus-One and Family Health Insurance Coverage: Selection and Cost, 2001 (PDF File, 161 KB; PDF Help).]

Today's Headlines:

  1. AHRQ announces expanded resource to help adults stay healthy
  2. Fourth AHRQ Web-assisted audioconference on bioterrorism and health system preparedness set for October 21
  3. New evidence report summary on hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment
  4. Call for abstracts for 2004 Building Bridges Conference
  5. What's new at the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse™
  6. AHRQ in the professional literature

1.  AHRQ Announces Expanded Resource to Help Adults Stay Healthy

AHRQ released the Pocket Guide to Good Health for Adults, a revised and expanded booklet for health care consumers. This guide updates the Put Prevention Into Practice program's Personal Health Guide and is based on the most current research-based recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The Pocket Guide to Good Health for Adults tells patients which preventive services they need and when, and it reminds providers to deliver appropriate preventive services while involving patients directly in their preventive care. Select to access the English version and to access Spanish-language resources. A print copy is available by sending an E-mail to

2.  Fourth AHRQ Web-Assisted Audioconference on Bioterrorism and Health System Preparedness Set for October 21

AHRQ announces the fourth of five free Web-assisted audioconference calls on bioterrorism and health system preparedness. The fourth Web-assisted audioconference call is scheduled for Tuesday, October 21, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., EDT. It will focus on the role of information/communication technology and monitoring/surveillance systems in bioterrorism preparedness. These 90-minute audioconferences are designed to share the latest health services research findings, promising practices, and other important information with State and local health officials and key health systems decisionmakers.

3.  New Evidence Report Summary on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Treatment

There is insufficient evidence to determine whether the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) outweigh the potential harms in patients who have traumatic or non-traumatic brain injury or stroke, according to researchers at AHRQ's Oregon Health & Science University Evidence-based Practice Center. Additionally, they found insufficient evidence to determine whether the use of HBOT improves functional outcomes in children with cerebral palsy or reduces mortality in stroke patients. The evidence about morbidity in stroke patients is conflicting. Select to access the summary, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy and Stroke. A print copy of the summary and the full report are available by sending an E-mail to

4.  Call for Abstracts for 2004 Building Bridges Conference

You are invited to submit abstracts for the 2004 Building Bridges Conference—"Insufficient Evidence? Stimulating Health Research for the Real World"—to be held April 1-2, 2004, in Miami. The deadline for abstract submissions is Monday, October 27.

5.  What's New at the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse™

To see what new features and measures have been added to AHRQ's National Quality Measures Clearinghouse™(NQMC)—a Web-based public resource of the most current evidence-based quality measures and measure sets available to evaluate and improve the quality of health care—select to access What's New. Select registration to receive updates to the site via E-mail by subscribing to the NQMC Weekly Update Service. For information on submitting quality measures, or for general questions, please send an E-mail to

6.  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.

Lo B, Groman M. Oversight of quality improvement: focusing on benefits and risks. Arch Intern Med 2003 June 23;163(12):1481-6. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Fremont AM, Lee PP, Mangione CM, et al. Patterns of care for open-angle glaucoma in managed care. Arch Ophthalmol 2003 Jun;121(6):777-83. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Callahan EJ, Stange KC, Bertakis KD, et al. Does time use in outpatient residency training reflect community practice? Fam Med 2003 Jun;35(6):423-37. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Cohen SB. Design strategies and innovations in the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. Med Care 2003 Jul;41(7 Suppl):1115-2. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Plunkett BA, Lin A, Wong CA, Grobman WA, Peaceman AM. Management of the second stage of labor in nulliparas with continuous epidural analgesia. Obstet Gynecol 2003 Jul;102(1):109-14. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Nemeth LS. Implementing change for effective outcomes. Outcomes Manag 2003 Jul-Sep;7(3):134-9. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

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