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Defining and Measuring Successful Emergency Care Networks: A Research Agenda

Articles of Interest: December 17, 2010

A weekly compilation of articles appearing in recently released journals and newsletters, including articles funded by AHRQ or authored by AHRQ researchers, mentioning or discussing AHRQ staff, activities, and publications/products, or other research using AHRQ data or products.

This weekly compilation of articles appearing in recently released journals and newsletters includes:

  • Articles funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) or authored by AHRQ researchers.
  • Articles mentioning or discussing AHRQ staff, activities, and publications/products.
  • Articles related to AHRQ-funded Evidence-based Practice Centers.
  • Articles related to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force or Put Prevention into Practice program.
  • Articles mentioning the National Healthcare Disparities Report and National Healthcare Quality Report.
  • Other research using AHRQ data or products.

AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles

Academic Emergency Medicine
Glickman SW, Kit Delgado M, Hirshon JM, Hollander JE, Iwashyna TJ, Jacobs AK, Kilaru AS, Lorch SA, Mutter RL, Myers SR, Owens PL, et al. Defining and measuring successful emergency care networks: a research agenda. Acad Emerg Med 2010 Dec; 17(12):1297-1305. [Ninth and eleventh authors are current and former researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets; mentions AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS) and Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) databases, citing AHRQ's HCUP and MEPS Web sites; cites HCUP Supplemental Files for Revisit Analyses and Overview of the State Emergency Department Databases (SEDD), both published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site; cites AHRQ-authored/funded article by Carr, Conway, Meisel, Steiner, and Clancy (second, fourth, and last authors are former AHRQ researcher, researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, and AHRQ director, respectively) (Acad Emerg Med, 2010).] Select to access the abstract

American Heart Journal
Bernheim SM, Wang Y, Bradley EH, et al. Who is missing from the measures? Trends in the proportion and treatment of patients potentially excluded from publicly reported quality measures. Am Heart J 2010 Nov; 160(5):943-950.e1-5. [Supported in part by dissertation grant 1 R36 HS18283-01 (to fifth author, Rathore SS).] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Internal Medicine
Solomon DH, Rassen JA, Glynn RJ, et al. The comparative safety of analgesics in older adults with arthritis. Arch Intern Med 2010 Dec 13; 170(22):1968-78. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-2005-00161 as part of the Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness (DEcIDE) program; cites AHRQ publication, Trends in Outpatient Prescription Analgesics Utilization and Expenditures for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 1996 and 2006, MEPS Statistical Brief 235, 2009, as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site; see commentary by O'Malley (Arch Intern Med, 2010) cited in AHRQ-Related Articles below.] Select to access the abstract.

Solomon DH, Rassen JA, Glynn RJ, et al. The comparative safety of opioids for nonmalignant pain in older adults. Arch Intern Med 2010 Dec 13; 170(22):1979-86. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-05-00XX-1 27EHC as part of the DEcIDE program; refer to comments in article by Graf (Arch Intern Med, 2010) cited in AHRQ-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Affairs
Desroches CM, Agarwal R, Angst CM, et al. Differences between integrated and stand-alone e-prescribing systems have implications for future use. Health Aff 2010 Dec; 29(12):2268-77. [Supported in part by AHRQ, grant number not given.] Select to access the abstract.

Wright BJ, Carlson MJ, Allen H, et al. Raising premiums and other costs for Oregon health plan enrollees drove many to drop out. Health Aff 2010 Dec; 29(12):2311-16. [Supported in part by AHRQ, grant number not given; cites CAHPS 2.0 Survey and Reporting Kit, 2002.] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Linder JA, Schnipper JL, Tsurikova R, et al. Self-reported familiarity with acute respiratory infection guidelines and antibiotic prescribing in primary care. Int J Qual Health Care 2010 Dec; 22(6):469-75. [Supported in part by grants R01 HS15169 and K08 HS14563.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Halpern SD, Barnes B, Hasz RD, et al. Estimated supply of organ donors after circulatory determination of death: a population-based cohort study. JAMA 2010 Dec 15; 304(23):2592-4. [Supported in part by grant K08 HS18406 (to first author).]

Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Jentzer JC, DeWald TA, Hernandez A. Combination of loop diuretics with thiazide-type diuretics in heart failure. J Am Coll Cardiol 2010 Nov 2; 56(19):1527-34. [Supported in part by grant U18 HS16964.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American College of Surgeons
Auerbach AD, Maselli J, Carter J, et al. The relationship between case volume, care quality, and outcomes of complex cancer surgery. J Am Coll Surg 2010 Nov; 211(5):601-8. [Supported in part by grant K08 HS11416-02; cites AHRQ-authored article by Elixhauser, Steiner, Fraser (first and second authors are researchers and last author is director in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Health Aff, 2003), which uses 2000 HCUP NIS data; cites NIS Description of Data Elements as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Mukherjee B, Ou HT, Wang F, et al. A new comorbidity index: the health-related quality of life comorbidity index. J Clin Epidemiol 2010 Dec 11. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by grant 1 R03 HS17461-01A1 (for "Developing a Comorbidity Index for Health-Related Quality of Life Studies," principal investigator, Steven R. Erickson); uses and cites AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the National Medical Association
Tanabe P, Porter J, Creary M, et al. A qualitative analysis of best self-management practices: sickle cell disease. J Natl Med Assoc 2010 Nov; 102(11):1033-41. [Supported in part by grant T32 HS00078 (to second author).] Select to access the abstract.

Journals of Perinatology
Howell EA, Holzman I, Kleinman LC, et al. Surfactant use for premature infants with respiratory distress syndrome in three New York city hospitals: discordance of practice from a community clinician consensus standard. J Perinatol 2010 Sep; 30(9):590-5. [Supported in part by grant P01 HS10859.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Women's Health
Carlos RC, Dempsey AF, Resnicow K, et al. Feasibility of using maternal cancer screening visits to identify adolescent girls eligible for human papillomavirus vaccination. J Womens Health 2010 Dec; 19(12):2271-5. [Supported in part by grant K08 (to last author, Dalton VK).] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Chien AT, Kirchhoff AC, Schaefer CT, et al. Positive and negative spillovers of the Health Disparities Collaboratives in federally qualified health centers: staff perceptions. Med Care 2010 Dec; 48(12):1050-6. [Supported in part by grants 1 U01 HS13635 (in partnership with the Health Resources and Services Administration), R01 HS10479, and K08 HS17146 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Fleishman JA, Yehia BR, Moore RD, et al. The economic burden of late entry into medical care for patients with HIV infection. Med Care 2010 Dec; 48(12):1071-9. [First author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; supported in part by contract 290-01-0012; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Josephs, Fleishman, et al. (HIV Med, 2010), Friedman and Basu (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships, respectively) (Med Care Res Rev, 2004), and Steiner, Elixhauser, and Schnaier (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Eff Clin Pract, 2002); cites AHRQ publication, Clinical Classifications For Health Policy Research: Hospital Inpatient Statistics, 1995, HCUP Research Note 3, 1998.] Select to access the abstract

Pediatrics
Lorch SA, Myers S, Carr B. The regionalization of pediatric health care. Pediatrics 2010 Dec; 126(6):1182-90. [Supported in part by grants 1 R01 HS15696 (to first author) and K08 HS17960 (to last author).] Select to access the abstract.

Preventive Medicine
Kepka D, Coronado G, Rodriguez H, et al. Acculturation and HPV infection among Latinas in the United States. Prev Med 2010 Aug; 51(2):182-4. [Supported in part by grant T32 HS13853 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

Academic Medicine
Augustine S, Lawrence RH, Raghavendra P, et al. Benefits and costs of pay for performance as perceived by residents: a qualitative study. Acad Med 2010 Dec; 85(12):1888-96. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Stulberg (Qual Manag Health Care, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Fromme HB, Bhansali P, Singhal G, et al. The qualities and skills of exemplary pediatric hospitalist educators: a qualitative study. Acad Med 2010 Dec; 85(12):1905-13. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Hauer et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Internal Medicine
O'Malley PG. Internal medicine comanagement of surgical patients: can we afford to do this? Arch Intern Med 2010 Dec 13; 170(22):1965-6. [Comments on and cites article by Auerbach et al. cited below.]

Bourgeois FC, Olson KL, Mandl KD. Patients treated at multiple acute health care facilities: quantifying information fragmentation. Arch Intern Med 2010 Dec 13; 170(22):1989-95. [Cites article by Roy et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2005), as published in AHRQ-funded Improving Patient Care section of journal; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Smith et al. (JAMA, 2005) and Leape et al. (JAMA, 1995).] Select to access the abstract.

Auerbach AD, Wachter RM, Cheng HQ, et al. Comanagement of surgical patients between neurosurgeons and hospitalists. Arch Intern Med 2010 Dec 13; 170(22):2004-10. [First author "reports compensation for his work provided to the University of California, San Francisco" by AHRQ; authors acknowledge that the Press Ganey data used in the study "contain elements of the Hospital Care Quality Information From the Consumer Perspective standard surveys", citing CAHPS Hospital Survey, 2009, as published on the CMS HCAHPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Altman D, Yin L, Johansson A, et al. Risk of renal cell carcinoma after hysterectomy. Arch Intern Med 2010 Dec 13; 170(22):2011-16. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Farquhar and Steiner (former AHRQ researcher and researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, respectively) (Obstet Gynecol, 2002), which uses 1990-1997 HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data; cites AHRQ-funded article by Whiteman et al. (Am J Obstet Gynecol, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Vincendeau S, Bellissant E, Houlgatte A, et al. Tamsulosin hydrochloride vs placebo for management of distal ureteral stones: a multicentric, randomized, double-blind trial. Arch Intern Med 2010 Dec 13;170(22):2021-7. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Hollingsworth et al (Lancet, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Graf J. Analgesic use in the elderly: the "pain" and simple truth. Arch Intern Med 2010 Dec 13; 170(22):1976-8. [Comments on AHRQ-funded article by Solomon et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2010) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles above.]

Becker WC, O'Connor PG.The safety of opioid analgesics in the elderly: new data raise new concerns. Arch Intern Med 2010 Dec 13; 170(22):1986-8. [Comments on and cites AHRQ-funded article by Solomon et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2010), cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles above.]

BMJ
Fagerstrom K, Gilljam H, Metcalfe M, et al. Stopping smokeless tobacco with varenicline: randomised double blind placebo controlled trial. BMJ 2010 Dec 11; 341(7785):c6549. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Affairs
Rozier RG, Stearns SC, Pahel BT, et al. How a North Carolina program boosted preventive oral health services for low-income children. Health Aff 2010 Dec; 29(12):2278-85. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Selden (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends), which uses 2000-2002 MEPS data; cites AHRQ publication, Dental Use, Expenses, Private Dental Coverage, and Changes, 1996 and 2004, MEPS Chartbook 17, 2007, as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Ross JS, Sheth S, Krumholz HM. State-sponsored public reporting of hospital quality: results are hard to find and lack uniformity. Health Aff 2010 Dec; 29(12):2317-22. [Notes that "eleven states used the methodological approach developed for the Inpatient Quality Indicators program by the [AHRQ] to calculate hospital mortality rates" and that "states predominantly used AHRQ's approach developed for the Inpatient Quality Indicators program" to provide data on hospital outcomes of care.] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Ballard DJ, Ogola G, Fleming NS, et al. Impact of a standardized heart failure order set on mortality, readmission, and quality and costs of care. Int J Qual Health Care 2010 Dec; 22(6):437-44. [Cites AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Jung K. The impact of information disclosure on quality of care in HMO markets. Int J Qual Health Care 2010 Dec; 22(6):461-8. [Cites AHRQ publication, The CAHPS® Connection, Vol. 2, Issue 3, 2006, as published on AHRQ's CAHPS® Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Mukamel, Weimer, Spector (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) et al. (Health Serv Res, 2008); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Werner et al. (Health Serv Res, 2009), Bundorf, Choudhry, and Baker (Health Serv Res, 2008), Werner and Asch (JAMA, 2005), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Erci B, Ciftçioglu S. Psychometric evaluation of the primary health-care satisfaction scale in Turkish women. Int J Qual Health Care 2010 Dec; 22(6):500-6. [Cites AHRQ-authored/funded article by Weisman, Henderson, Schifrin, Romans, and Clancy (AHRQ director) (Womens Health Issues, 2001), which uses CAHPS® data; cites AHRQ-authored article by Clancy and Massion (JAMA, 1992).] Select to access the abstract.

Lisby M, Nielsen LP, Brock B, et al. How are medication errors defined? A systematic literature review of definitions and characteristics. Int J Qual Health Care 2010 Dec; 22(6):507-18. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Zhan (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence) et al. (Am J Health Syst Pharm, 2006); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Rothschild et al. (Gen Hosp Psychiatry, 2007, and Crit Care Med, 2005), Kaushal et al. (JAMA, 2001), Bates et al. (JAMA, 1995), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Feldman MD, Kravitz RL. Journal of General Internal Medicine. From the editor's desk: our paper anniversary. J Gen Intern Med 2010 Dec; 25(12):1259-65. [Mentions that "new collaborations with AHRQ" are planned for the coming year of journal publication.]

Wilson IB. Adherence, placebo effects, and mortality. J Gen Intern Med 2010 Dec; 25(12):1270-2. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Beach, Keruly, and Moore (J Gen Intern Med, 2006), Lorig et al. (Med Care, 2001), and Wilson et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2000).]

Moreno G, Morales LS. Hablamos Juntos (Together We Speak): interpreters, provider communication, and satisfaction with care. J Gen Intern Med 2010 Dec; 25(12):1282-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Paez et al (Soc Sci Med, 2008), Ngo-Metzger et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2007), Slonim et al. (Health Serv Res, 2007), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Doerr E, Galpin K, Jones-Taylor C, et al. Between-visit workload in primary care. J Gen Intern Med 2010 Dec; 25(12):1289-92. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Linzer et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Karnieli-Miller O, Taylor AC, Cottingham AH, et al. Exploring the meaning of respect in medical student education: an analysis of student narratives. J Gen Intern Med 2010 Dec; 25(12):1309-14. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Beach et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

Glasgow RE, Kurz D, King D, et al. Outcomes of minimal and moderate support versions of an Internet-based diabetes self-management support program. J Gen Intern Med 2010 Dec; 25(12):1315-22. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Tunis, Stryer, and Clancy (second author is former AHRQ center director and last author is AHRQ director) (JAMA, 2003); cites AHRQ-funded article by Glasgow et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Zhu J, Brawarsky P, Lipsitz S, et al. Massachusetts health reform and disparities in coverage, access and health status. J Gen Intern Med 2010 Dec; 25(12):1356-62. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Freeman et al. (Med Care, 2008), Trivedi et al. (JAMA, 2006), Schneider, Zaslavsky, and Epstein (JAMA, 2002) and and others.] Select to access the abstract

Journal of Women's Health
Lakey SL, Reed SD, LaCroix AZ, et al. Self-reported changes in providers' hormone therapy prescribing and counseling practices after the Women's Health Initiative. J Womens Health 2010 Dec; 19(12):2175-81. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Hersh, Stefanick, and Stafford (JAMA, 2004) and Humphrey, Chan, and Sox (Ann Intern Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Beydoun HA, Dail J, Tamim H, et al. Gender and age disparities in the prevalence of Chlamydia infection among sexually active adults in the United States. J Womens Health 2010 Dec; 19(12):2183-90. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Allison et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2005) and Hu, Hook, and Goldie (Ann Intern Med, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Bynum JP, Fisher ES, Song Y, et al. Measuring racial disparities in the quality of ambulatory diabetes care. Med Care 2010 Dec; 48(12):1057-63. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Patterson et al. (Med Care, 2010), Varkey et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2009), Trivedi et al. (JAMA, 2006 and N Engl J Med, 2005), and Groeneveld et al. (Med Care, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Bauer AM, Chen CN, Alegría M. English language proficiency and mental health service use among Latino and Asian Americans with mental disorders. Med Care 2010 Dec; 48(12):1097-104. [Cites AHRQ publication, Demographics and Health Care Access and Utilization of Limited-English-Proficient and English-Proficient Hispanics, MEPS Research Findings 28, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

New England Journal of Medicine
Padrini R, Pengo V. Dosing of clopidogrel and aspirin in acute coronary syndromes. N Engl J Med 2010 Dec 16; 363(25):2465-6. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Ho et al. (JAMA, 2009).]

Fromson JA, Kenney LK. The disclosure dilemma—large-scale adverse events. N Engl J Med 2010 Dec 16; 363(25):2471. [Comments on and cites AHRQ-funded article by Dudzinski et al. (N Engl J Med, 2010).]

Pediatrics
Ligi I, Millet V, Sartor C, et al. Iatrogenic events in neonates: beneficial effects of prevention strategies and continuous monitoring. Pediatrics 2010 Dec; 126(6):e1461-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Sharek et al. (Pediatrics, 2006), Woods et al. (Pediatrics, 2005), and Bates et al. (JAMA, 1995).] Select to access the abstract.

Schechter NL, Bernstein BA, Zempsky WT, et al. Educational outreach to reduce immunization pain in office settings. Pediatrics 2010 Dec; 126(6):e1514-21. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Young et al. (Pediatrics, 2006), Brown et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Improv, 2000), and Soumerai and Avorn (JAMA, 1990).] Select to access the abstract.

Gerber JS, Newland JG, Coffin SE, et al. Variability in antibiotic use at children's hospitals. Pediatrics 2010 Dec; 126(6):1067-73. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Gandhi et al. (N Engl J Med, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Shehab N, Schaefer MK, Kegler SR, et al. Adverse events from cough and cold medications after a market withdrawal of products labeled for infants. Pediatrics 2010 Dec; 126(6):1100-7. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Kaushal et al. (Ambul Pediatr, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

Fortuna RJ, Robbins BW, Caiola E, et al. Prescribing of controlled medications to adolescents and young adults in the United States. Pediatrics 2010 Dec; 126(6):1108-16. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Pletcher et al. (JAMA, 2008) and Upshur et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Davis BE. Parental wartime deployment and the use of mental health services among young military children. Pediatrics 2010 Dec; 126(6):1215-16. [Comments on and cites article by Gorman, Eide, and Hisle-Gorman (Pediatrics, 2010), cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products below.]

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles

American Family Physician
CME quiz. Am Fam Physician 2010 Dec 15; 82(12):1461-3. [Questions 13 and 14 are based on USPSTF recommendation statement Folic Acid for the Prevention of Neural Tube Defects, 2009, cited below.

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Folic acid for the prevention of neural tube defects: recommendation statement. Am Fam Physician 2010 Dec 15; 82(12):1526-7. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendation statement Folic Acid for the Prevention of Neural Tube Defects, 2009, as published on USPSTF Web site and in Ann Intern Med, 2009.]

Lin KW, Birmingham E. Folic acid for the prevention of neural tube defects. Am Fam Physician 2010 Dec 15; 82(12):1533. [Case study is based on USPSTF recommendation statement Folic Acid for the Prevention of Neural Tube Defects, 2009, as published on USPSTF Web site and cited above; first author is former USPSTF medical task officer in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships.]

Armstrong C. Updated recommendations on daily aspirin use in patients with diabetes. Am Fam Physician 2010 Dec 15; 82(12):1559. [Mentions USPSTF recommendation statement Aspirin for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, 2009.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Sequist TD, Zaslavsky AM, Colditz GA, et al. Electronic patient messages to promote colorectal cancer screening. Arch Intern Med 2010 Dec 13. [Epub ahead of print. Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008); cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Holden et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2010) on enhancing the use and quality of colorectal cancer screening; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Kahn, Aulakh, and Bosworth (Health Aff, 2009), Ling et al. (Med Care, 2008), Chan et al. (Med Care, 2008), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Cameron KA, Persell SD, Brown T, et al. Patient outreach to promote colorectal cancer screening among patients with an expired order for colonoscopy. Arch Intern Med 2010 Dec 13. [Epub ahead of print. Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008); cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Enhancing the Use and Quality of Colorectal Cancer Screening, 2010 (as prepared by the RTI International-University of North Carolina Evidence-based Practice Center under contract 290-2007-100-561); cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Holden et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2010) on enhancing the use and quality of colorectal cancer screening.] Select to access the abstract.

Circulation
Juonala M, Magnussen CG, Venn A, et al. Influence of age on associations between childhood risk factors and carotid intima-media thickness in adulthood. The Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study, the Childhood Determinants of Adult Health Study, the Bogalusa Heart Study, and the Muscatine Study for the International Childhood Cardiovascular Cohort (i3C) Consortium. Circulation 2010 Dec 14; 122(24):2514-20. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for obesity in children and adolescents (Pediatrics, 2010) and USPSTF-sponsored systematic evidence review on screening and treatment for lipid disorders in children and adolescents (Pediatrics, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Olin JW, Allie DE, Belkin M, et al. ACCF/AHA/ACR/SCAI/SIR/SVM/SVN/SVS 2010 performance measures for adults with peripheral artery disease: a report of the American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association Task Force on Performance Measures, the American College of Radiology, the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions, the Society for Interventional Radiology, the Society for Vascular Medicine, the Society for Vascular Nursing, and the Society for Vascular Surgery (Writing Committee to Develop Clinical Performance Measures for Peripheral Artery Disease). Circulation 2010 Dec 14;122(24):2583-618. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on abdominal aortic aneurysm and associated evidence review by Fleming et al. (both in Ann Intern Med, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal
Taddio A, Appleton M, Bortolussi R, et al. Reducing the pain of childhood vaccination: an evidence-based clinical practice guideline (summary). CMAJ 2010 Dec 14;182(18):1989-95. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored article by Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001) on USPSTF methodologies.]

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Sonntag U, Henkel J, Renneberg B, et al. Counseling overweight patients: analysis of preventive encounters in primary care. Int J Qual Health Care 2010 Dec; 22(6):486-92. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement Screening for Obesity in Adults, 2003.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Hammond WP, Matthews D, Mohottige D, et al. Masculinity, medical mistrust, and preventive health services delays among community-dwelling African-American men. J Gen Intern Med 2010 Dec; 25(12):1300-8. [Cites USPSTF recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2008; cites AHRQ's National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR), 2006; cites AHRQ-authored article by Fiscella, Franks, and Clancy (AHRQ director) (Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Women's Health
Brett AS. Differences between gynecologists and primary care physicians in hormone therapy prescribing: why they matter. J Womens Health 2010 Dec; 19(12):2153-6. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for osteoporosis in postmenopausal women (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

Zhou J, Enewold L, Peoples GE, et al. Trends in cancer screening among Hispanic and white non-Hispanic women, 2000-2005. J Womens Health 2010 Dec; 19(12):2167-74. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement Screening for Cervical Cancer, 2003, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Hall KS, White KO, Reame N, et al. Studying the use of oral contraception: a review of measurement approaches. J Womens Health 2010 Dec; 19(12):2203-10. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored article by Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001) on USPSTF methodologies.] Select to access the abstract.

New England Journal of Medicine
Gøtzsche PC. Lessons from the mammography wars. N Engl J Med 2010 Dec 23; 363(26):2569. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored systematic evidence review on screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2009).]

Pediatrics
Richardson LP, McCauley E, Grossman DC, et al. Evaluation of the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 Item for detecting major depression among adolescents. Pediatrics 2010 Dec; 126(6):1117-23. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening and treatment for major depressive disorder in children and adolescents (Pediatrics, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Reilly S, Wake M, Ukoumunne OC, et al. Predicting language outcomes at 4 years of age: findings from Early Language in Victoria Study. Pediatrics 2010 Dec; 126(6):e1530-7. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored systematic evidence review on screening for speech and language delay in preschool children (Pediatrics, 2006). Also refer to article by Farr et al. (Am J Obstet Gynecol, 2010) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Farr SL, Bitsko RH, Hayes DK, et al. Mental health and access to services among US women of reproductive age. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2010 Dec; 203(6):542.e1-e9. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Perinatal Depression: Prevalence, Screening Accuracy, and Screening Outcomes, 2005; cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence summary on screening for depression in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Circulation
Kohli P, Gulati M. Exercise stress testing in women: going back to the basics. Circulation 2010 Dec 14; 122(24):2570-80. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment of Coronary Heart Disease in Women: Systematic Reviews of Evidence on Selected Topics, 2003 (prepared by the University of California San Francisco EPC under contract 290-97-0013.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Umscheid CA, Williams K, Brennan PJ. Hospital-based comparative effectiveness centers: translating research into practice to improve the quality, safety and value of patient care. J Gen Intern Med 2010 Dec; 25(12):1352-5. [Notes the development of comparative effectiveness reviews by AHRQ's EPCs and Effective Health Care Program partners, citing AHRQ-authored articles by Atkins (former AHRQ researcher), Fink, and Slutsky (Ann Intern Med, 2005) and Slutsky and Clancy (director in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence and AHRQ director, respectively) (Am J Med Qual, 2009); uses AHRQ's ECRI Institute EPC as an example of a national comparative effectiveness center in Table 1, Comparing and Contrasting National and Hospital-based Comparative Effectiveness Centers in the United States; first author acknowledges that he is "a member of the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC), which uses evidence reports developed by the Evidence-based Practice Centers of the [AHRQ]"; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Conway (former AHRQ researcher) and Clancy (J Am Med Assoc, 2010), VanLare, Conway, and Sox (N Engl J Med, 2010), Dougherty (researcher in AHRQ's Office of Extramural Research, Education, and Priority Populations) and Conway (J Am Med Assoc, 2008), and Clancy and Cronin (Health Aff, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Hadley J, Yabroff KR, Barrett MJ, et al. Comparative effectiveness of prostate cancer treatments: evaluating statistical adjustments for confounding in observational data. J Natl Cancer Inst 2010 Dec 1; 102(23):1780-93. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Wilt et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008) on the comparative effectiveness and harms of treatments for clinically localized prostate cancer, which was based on AHRQ comparative effectiveness review Comparative Effectiveness of Therapies for Clinically Localized Prostate Cancer, 2008 (prepared by the Minnesota EPC under contract 290-02-0009; cites AHRQ-funded article by Curtis et al. (Med Care, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing
Horowitz JA, Murphy CA, Gregory KE, et al. A community-based screening initiative to identify mothers at risk for postpartum depression. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs 2010 Dec 1. [Epub ahead of print. Uses the framework presented in AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Perinatal Depression: Prevalence, Screening Accuracy, and Screening Outcomes, 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Women's Health
Mattocks KM, Skanderson M, Goulet JL, et al. Pregnancy and mental health among women veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. J Womens Health 2010 Dec; 19(12):2159-66. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Perinatal Depression: Prevalence, Screening Accuracy, and Screening Outcomes, 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR)/National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR)-Related Articles

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Pololi L, Cooper LA, Carr P. Race, disadvantage and faculty experiences in academic medicine. J Gen Intern Med 2010 Dec; 25(12):1363-9. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2004; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Kelley, Moy, Stryer, Burstin, and Clancy (first, third, and fourth authors are former AHRQ researchers, second author is current Senior Research Scientist in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, and last author is AHRQ director) (Med Care, 2005), which discusses AHRQ's NHQR/NHDR, 2003, and Siegel, Moy, and Burstin (J Gen Intern Med, 2004), which discusses AHRQ's NHDR, 2003. Also refer to article by Hammond et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2010) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Managed Care
Kim H, Ross JS, Melkus GD, et al. Scheduled and unscheduled hospital readmissions among patients with diabetes. Am J Manag Care 2010 Oct; 16(10):760-7. [Uses 2006 HCUP State Inpatient Databases (SID) for California, AHRQ's HCUP Clinical Classifications Software (CCS), and AHRQ's Prevention Quality Indicators, citing AHRQ publication, Release of the Fiscal Year 2009 Clinical Classifications Software (CCS) for ICD-9-CM and CCS-MHSA, 2009, Central Distributor SID: Availability of Data Elements, 2006, Hospital Stays Among Patients with Diabetes, 2004, HCUP Statistical Brief no. 17, 2006, Chronic Condition Indicators (CCI) for ICD-9-CM, and Introduction to the HCUP State Inpatient Databases (SID), all as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site, and Prevention Quality Indicators: Technical Specifications, as published on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Jiang, Friedman, and Andrews (Senior Social Scientist and researchers, respectively, in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets (Manag Care Interface, 2008), Jiang, Andrews, Stryer, and Friedman (third author is former AHRQ researcher in Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety) (Am J Public Health, 2005), and Jiang, Stryer, Friedman, and Andrews (Diabetes Care, 2003), which uses 1999 HCUP data for five states.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Public Health
Gulley SP, Rasch EK, Chan L. Ongoing coverage for ongoing care: access, utilization, and out-of-pocket spending among uninsured working-aged adults with chronic health care needs. Am J Public Health 2010 Dec 16. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2002-2004 MEPS data; cites AHRQ's MEPS Web site and AHRQ publications, Health Care Expenses for Adults with Chronic Conditions, 2005, MEPS Statistical Brief 203, 2008 and Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component Statistical Estimation Issues, 2009, both published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site; cites publication by Partnership for Solutions, Chronic Conditions: Making the Case for Ongoing Care, 2004, which uses 2001 MEPS data; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Machlin, Cohen, Elixhauser, Beauregard, and Steiner (first and second authors are current researchers and fourth author is a former researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends, and third and last authors are current researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Med Care, 2009) and Banthin and Bernard (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (JAMA, 2006), which use MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Affairs
Baker LC. Acquisition of MRI equipment by doctors drives up imaging use and spending. Health Aff 2010 Dec; 29(12):2252-9. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998) and HCUP Clinical Classifications Software (CCS).] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Weinick RM, Elliott MN, Volandes AE, et al. Using standardized encounters to understand reported racial/ethnic disparities in patient experiences with care. Health Serv Res 2010 Dec 9. [Epub ahead of print. First author is former AHRQ researcher; uses survey items from AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Clinician and Group survey; cites AHRQ publication, CAHPS Clinician and Group Survey and Reporting Kit 2008; Fielding the CAHPS® Clinician and Group Survey, as published on AHRQ's CAHPS Web site; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Dayton, Zhan, Sangl, Darby, and Moy (Am J Med Qual, 2006) and Lurie, Zhan, Sangl, et al. (Am J Manag Care, 2003); cites several articles using CAHPS data and/or survey items.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Learn PA, Bach PB. A decade of mortality reductions in major oncologic surgery: the impact of centralization and quality improvement. Med Care 2010 Dec; 48(12):1041-9. [Uses 1997-2006 HCUP NIS data, AHRQ's Quality Indicators, and AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998), citing AHRQ publication, Using the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample to Estimate Trends, HCUP Methods Series Report 2006-05, 2006, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site, and Inpatient Quality Indicators Download, 2007, as published on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Birkmeyer et al. (N Engl J Med, 2002 and 2003) and Romano, Roos, and Jollis (J Clin Epidemiol, 1993).] Select to access the abstract.

Jetté N, Quan H, Hemmelgarn B, et al. The development, evolution, and modifications of ICD-10: challenges to the international comparability of morbidity data. Med Care 2010 Dec; 48(12):1105-10. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998); cites AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches, Volume 1: Assessment, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Ruhnke GW, Coca-Perraillon M, Kitch BT, et al. Trends in mortality and medical spending in patients hospitalized for community-acquired pneumonia: 1993-2005. Med Care 2010 Dec; 48(12):1111-16. [Uses 1993-2005 HCUP NIS data, AHRQ's cost-to-charge ratios, and AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998); cites AHRQ-authored articles by Friedman, Jiang (researcher and Senior Social Scientist, respectively, in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets), Elixhauser et al. (Med Care Res Rev, 2006), Steiner, Elixhauser, and Schnaier (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Eff Clin Pract, 2002) and Friedman, De La Mare (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets), Andrews (former AHRQ researcher) et al. (J Health Care Finance, 2002); cites AHRQ-funded article by Iezzoni et al. (JAMA, 1992); cites article by van Valraven et al. (Med Care, 2009), which uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures.] Select to access the abstract.

Borzecki AM, Christiansen CL, Chew P, et al. Comparison of in-hospital versus 30-day mortality assessments for selected medical conditions. Med Care 2010 Dec; 48(12):1117-21. [Uses AHRQ's Inpatient Quality Indicators Software (v.3.1) and AHRQ Quality Indicators #M APR-DRG V24 Limited License Grouper SAS Documentation, both on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site; uses AHRQ's HCUP Comorbidity Software, on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites AHRQ publications, Guide to Inpatient Quality Indicators, 2002, and Inpatient Quality Indicators: Technical Specifications, 2002.] Select to access the abstract.

Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
Chandola T, Heraclides A, Kumari M. Psychophysiological biomarkers of workplace stressors. Neurosci Biobehav Rev 2010 Sep; 35(1):51-7. [Uses study cohort data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

Pediatrics
Gorman GH, Eide M, Hisle-Gorman E. Wartime military deployment and increased pediatric mental and behavioral health complaints. Pediatrics 2010 Dec; 126(6):1058-66. [Uses AHRQ's HCUP Clinical Classifications Software (CCS), citing Clinical Classifications Software (CCS) for ICD-9-CM, 2000-2003, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; see also commentary by Davis (Pediatrics, 2010) cited in AHRQ-Related Articles.]

Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Patrick AR, Miller M, Barber CW, et al. Identification of hospitalizations for intentional self-harm when E-codes are incompletely recorded. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2010 Dec; 19(12):1263-75. [Uses 2004 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2000-2001, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site and AHRQ publication, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) E Code Evaluation Report, HCUP Method Series Report 2004-06, 2004; cites AHRQ-funded article by Schneeweiss and Avorn (J Clin Epidemiol, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Urological Research
Matlaga BR, Schaeffer AJ, Novak TE, et al. Epidemiologic insights into pediatric kidney stone disease. Urol Res 2010 Dec; 38(6):453-7. [Uses 1997, 2000, and 2003 HCUP KID data. Also refer to AHRQ-authored article by Glickman et al. (Acad Emerg Med, 2010) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

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