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April 19, 2002, Issue No. 53

AHRQ News and Numbers

New survey data in 2000 from AHRQ's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) found that 56.4 percent of the surveyed population age 18 and over who made one or more visits to a doctor's office or clinic for care in the past 12 months said their health providers always listened carefully to them. [Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, MEPS, 2000.]

Today's Headlines:

  1. Monograph from quality conference available
  2. Study says focusing on injuries can help improve patient safety
  3. Practice-Based Research Network Resource Center RFP
  4. New AHRQ publications
  5. AHRQ in the professional literature

1.  Monograph from Quality Conference Available

AHRQ has completed a monograph entitled Informing Consumers About Health Care Quality: New Directions for Research and Action that is based on a December 2000 conference on consumer quality information. The conference was sponsored by AHRQ, the California HealthCare Foundation, CDC, CMS, and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. The purpose of the monograph is to share information about strategies identified at the conference for communicating with consumers about quality issues. A limited number of copies are available by sending an E-mail to or by calling AHRQ's Publications Clearinghouse, 1-800-358-9295.

2.  Study Says Focusing on Injuries Can Help Improve Patient Safety

A new AHRQ-supported study states that models for injury prevention can provide a useful complement to patient safety approaches that deal primarily with identifying medical errors. The article, "Patient Safety Efforts Should Focus on Medical Injuries," by Peter Layde, M.D., M.Sc., Leslie A. Maas, M.H.S., and others, was published in the April 17 issue of JAMA. An accompanying article, "Safety Efforts Should Focus on Medical Errors," by Robert A. McNutt, M.D. (another AHRQ grantee), Richard Abrams, M.D., and David C. Aron, M.D., M.S., argues that safety efforts should remain focused on identifying medical errors that are likely to be found at all levels of care.

3.  Practice-Based Research Network Resource Center RFP

AHRQ announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) that will establish a Practice-Based Research Network Resource Center to support the development of a group of approximately 30 primary care Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRNs) annually for a 2-year period of performance. This resource center will provide technical, administrative and research expertise to the PBRNs. Select to access the RFP.

4.  New AHRQ Publications

Research Agenda for the Center for Primary Care and Research

Helping the Nation with Health Services Research

Print copies are available by sending an E-mail to

5.  AHRQ in the Professional Literature

Miskulin DC, Klemens BM, Athienites NV, et al. Comorbidity and other factors associated with modality selection in incident dialysis patients: the CHOICE study. Am J Kidney Dis 2002 Feb; 39(2):324-36. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Rosebraugh CJ, Honig PK, Yasuda SU, et al. Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics report: survey of medication errors education during undergraduate and graduate medical education in the United States. Clin Pharmacol Ther 2002 Jan; 71(1):4-10.

Felix-Aaron KL, Bone LR, Levine DM, et al. Using participant information to develop a tool for the evaluation of community health worker outreach services. Ethn Dis 2002 Winter; 12(1):87-96. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Fraser I, Lanier D, Hellinger F, et al. Putting practice into research. Health Serv Res 2002 Feb; 3(1):viii-xxvi. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

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