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February 26, 2002, Issue No. 45

AHRQ News and Numbers

In 1999, coronary atherosclerosis was ranked third in terms of top reasons for hospitalization, with 1.2 million total hospital discharges. [Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, HCUPnet, 1999.]

Today's Headlines:
  1. HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson announces new recommendations on mammography
  2. TRIP program announcement
  3. Nominations of topics for Evidence-based Practice Centers
  4. Sign up for HCUP LISTSERV®
  5. Problems with Quality Indicators LISTSERV®
  6. New AHRQ publications
  7. AHRQ in the professional literature
  8. We welcome your comments

1.  HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson Announces New Recommendations on Mammography

At a press conference on February 21, HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson announced an updated recommendation from the AHRQ-sponsored U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) that calls for women 40 and older to get screened for breast cancer with mammography every 1 to 2 years. Secretary Thompson and Janet Allan, Ph.D., R.N., vice chair of the USPSTF, noted that clinicians and women should discuss individual risk factors and personal preferences to determine when to have a first mammogram and how often to have them after that.

The event was covered by the major television and radio networks as well as the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Associated Press, and other media outlets.

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Select for a Web cast of the entire press conference on, a free service of the Kaiser Family Foundation.

2.  TRIP Program Announcement

AHRQ and the Department of Veterans Affairs issued a joint program announcement on February 19 encouraging research that addresses a critical priority for the quality of U.S. health care: the translation of research findings into improved quality, patient safety, and health care outcomes.

Select for the AHRQ press release and the program announcement.

3.  Nominations of Topics for Evidence-based Practice Centers

AHRQ invites nominations of topics for evidence reports and technology assessments relating to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of common diseases and clinical conditions, as well as topics relating to the organization and financing of health care. Nominations of topics are due by April 15.

Select for the announcement in the February 14 Federal Register.

4.  Sign Up for HCUP LISTSERV®

The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) is a Federal-State-industry partnership to build a standardized, multi-State health data system maintained by AHRQ. By joining the HCUP LISTSERV®, you will be notified when new or improved hospital data-related products or services, such as new national or State-specific research data or modifications to the Web-based HCUPnet, become available.

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5.  Problems with Quality Indicators LISTSERV®

If you tried to subscribe to our Quality Indicators LISTSERV® on Monday, February 18 or Tuesday, February 19, your name probably was not registered due to a technical computer systems problem we were experiencing. Please re-subscribe or watch this newsletter for announcements of the release of the next two sets of AHRQ Quality Indicators. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Select to sign up for the Quality Indicators LISTSERV®.

6.  New AHRQ Publications

  1. Preventive Services for Children Program Brief.
  2. Research on Child and Adolescent Health: New Starts, Fiscal Year 2001.

7.  AHRQ in the Professional Literature

Cowper PA, DeLong ER, Peterson ED, et al. Variability in cost of coronary bypass surgery in New York State: potential for cost savings. Am Heart J 2002 Jan;143(1):130-9.

Levine AM. Evaluation and management of HIV-infected women. Ann Intern Med 2002 Feb 5;136(3):228-42.

Titler MG, Everett LQ. Translating research into practice: Considerations for critical care investigators. Crit Care Nurs Clin North Am 2001 Dec;13(4):587-604.

Houts RM, Smucker WD, Jacobson JA, et al. Predicting elderly outpatients' life-sustaining treatment preferences over time: The majority rules. Med Decis Making 2002 Jan-Feb;22(1):39-52.

8.  We Welcome Your Comments

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