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April 28, 2003, Issue No. 97

AHRQ News and Numbers

Slightly more than 60 percent of Hispanics ages 18-64 said that their health providers always showed respect to them, up from 54.3 percent in 2000. [Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, Trends in Access to Routine Care and Experiences with Care: 2001 (PDF File, 521 KB; PDF Help).]

Today's Headlines:

  1. National Women's Check-Up Day is May 12
  2. Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day is September 16
  3. Nominations for National Advisory Council
  4. AHRQ Annual Report
  5. Building Bridges Conference is April 30-May 2
  6. Child Health Services Research meeting in June
  7. What's new at the National Quality Measures Clearinghouse™?
  8. New AHRQ publications
  9. AHRQ in the professional literature

1.  National Women's Check-Up Day is May 12

HHS is coordinating the first ever National Women's Check-Up Day on May 12 as part of National Women's Health Week. AHRQ and other agencies throughout the Department are promoting the event. Community health centers, hospitals, and other health providers across America will encourage women to come in for preventive health services. Select for more information.

2.  Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day is September 16

HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson announced that HHS and ABC Radio Networks are again working together to get the word out about Take a Loved One to The Doctor Day, scheduled for Tuesday, September 16. Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day is part of a national campaign that aims to close the health gap between the health of communities of color and the general population. The campaign, "Closing the Health Gap," was launched in November 2001. By encouraging individuals to visit a health care professional or make an appointment to do so on or near September 16, HHS hopes to help generate a greater understanding of the importance of regular health screenings.

3.  Nominations for National Advisory Council

AHRQ announced that we are seeking new members for our National Advisory Council. 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. Send an E-mail to Anne Lebbon at or call her at (301) 427-1215 if you have any questions. Nominations are due by May 23. Select to read the April 17 Federal Register notice.

4.  AHRQ Annual Report

In this year's AHRQ Annual Report on Research and Financial Management, FY 2002, you can find highlights of our diverse research portfolio, selected research findings, a snapshot of the state of health care today, and examples of how the research AHRQ supports is translated into practice. Regardless of the research topic, all AHRQ-supported research establishes and enhances the evidence base that informs the decisions of patients, clinicians, health system leaders, and policymakers alike. Select to read the report. A print copy is available by sending an E-mail to

5.  Building Bridges Conference is April 30-May 2

AHRQ is co-sponsoring the annual Building Bridges conference, a collaborative effort with the American Association of Health Plans, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Blue Cross Blue/Shield Association. The primary purpose of the meeting is to bring together managed care researchers both outside and inside managed care organizations to examine critical issues related to quality, access, and costs. About 250 participants are expected to attend this year's conference, called "Using Research to Build an Accountable Health Care System," to be held April 30-May 2 in Atlanta. Select for details about the conference.

6.  Child Health Services Research Meeting in June

The Child Health Services Research meeting will be held June 26 at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville. The meeting will spotlight plenary sessions and four tracks: skill building, cutting-edge research, cutting-edge policy, and priority topics in child health research. Researchers are encouraged to collaborate with colleagues and submit an organized program of findings from child health services research for a full 90-minute session. Select to see the preliminary program and the registration form.

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

Select 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. You can 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

8.  New AHRQ Publications

Grant Awards Relevant to Racial and Ethnic Minority Children, FY 2002

AHRQ's Evidenced-based Practice Centers Fact Sheet

CAHPS® and the National CAHPS® Benchmarking Database Fact Sheet

Print copies are available by sending an E-mail to

9.  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.

Metlay JP, Fine JM. Testing strategies in the initial management of patients with community-acquired pneumonia. Ann Intern Med 2003 Jan 21;138(2):109-18. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

El-Kebbi IM, Cook CB, Ziemer DC, et al. Association of younger age with poor glycemic control and obesity in urban African Americans with type 2 diabetes. Arch Intern Med 2003 Jan 13;163(1):69-75. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Hays R, Hahn H, Marshall G. Use of the SF-36 and other health-related quality of life measures to assess persons with disabilities. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2002 Dec;83(12 Suppl 2):S4-9. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Fishman PA, Goodman MJ, Hornbrook MC, et al. Risk adjustment using automated ambulatory pharmacy data: the RxRisk model. Med Care 2003 Jan;41(1):84-99. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Eisenman DP, Cunnningham WE, Zierler S, et al. Effect of violence on utilization of services and access to care in persons with HIV. J Gen Intern Med 2003 Feb;18(2):125-7. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

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