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March 23, 2000, Issue No. 4

AHRQ News and Numbers

Today's Headlines:

  1. Now You Have a Diagnosis: What's Next?
  2. NIS Data: New Publication to Help Patients Evaluate Treatment Options
  3. Dr. Eisenberg's Speech on Medical Errors
  4. CERTS Program
  5. AHRQ New Publications
  6. Highlights from the Most Recent Edition of our Monthly Newsletter
  7. Nominations for Advisory Council
  8. Factoid

1.  Now You Have a Diagnosis: What's Next?

AHRQ announced on March 22 the release of a new resource that helps patients find and use reliable health care information to evaluate treatment options. Now You Have a Diagnosis: What's Next is part of AHRQ's broader agenda to promote health care quality and improve health care decisionmaking with research and evidence. The resource was developed in partnership with the Kanter Family Foundation.

Select to access the publication online. To order a free copy, call the AHRQ Publication Clearinghouse at 1-800-358-9295.

2.  1997 NIS Data Now Available

AHRQ just announced the availability of 1997 data from its Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), the largest, most in-depth, all-payer database of information about hospital inpatient care, conditions, and charges in the United States. The NIS database and companion State Inpatient Database were developed as part of AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) through a public-private partnership with State governments and hospital associations. Select for more detailed information about NIS.

3.  Dr. Eisenberg's Medical Errors Speech at Duke

On January 20, AHRQ Director John Eisenberg gave a speech at the Duke University Medical Center.

4.  Are You Familiar with our CERTS Program?

Last year, AHRQ announced that it was seeking applications to establish Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTS) under a 3-year demonstration program. The goal of the program is to develop free-standing centers which conduct research and educate medical practitioners and other decisionmakers. The program is aimed at increasing practitioner and patient awareness of the benefits, risks and effectiveness of new uses, existing uses or combined uses of therapeutics, drugs, biologics and medical devices. The CERTS also will help inform efforts to reduce medication-related medical errors.

5.  New AHRQ Publications

If you are interested in obtaining a free copy of these publications or other agency materials, call AHRQ's Publications Clearinghouse at 1-800-358-9295.

6.  Highlights from the Most Recent Edition of our Monthly Newsletter

The new issue of Research Activities, AHRQ's monthly research bulletin, is in the mail. The key articles are:

  1. Simple resuscitation method is best for children in out-of-hospital emergency settings.
  2. Vaginal delivery after prior c-section remains relatively safe.
  3. Work and other daily activities cause one-third of people with HIV infection to delay or forgo needed medical care.

Select to access the entire February issue.

7.  We Are Seeking New Members for the National Advisory Council (NAC)

Nominations are due by April 14. Organizations or individuals may nominate one or more qualified people for membership on the Council. Nominations should include a copy of each nominee's resume or curriculum vitae and state that the nominee is willing to serve as a member of the Council. Nominations should be sent to Anne Lebbon, AHRQ, 2101 East Jefferson Street, Suite 600, Rockville, Maryland 20852. Nominations also may be faxed to (301) 443-0251. Please address questions to Anne Lebbon at

8.  Factoid

Asthma among U.S. children 5 to 14 years of age increased by 74 percent between 1980 and 1994, and the disease is the most common chronic illness affecting Latino children. ("An English and Spanish Pediatric Asthma Symptom Scale," published in the March 2000 issue of the journal, Medical Care.)

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