May 8, 2009
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.
Academic Emergency Medicine
Lyons MS, Lindsell CJ, Haukoos JS, et al. Nomenclature and definitions for emergency department human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing: report from the 2007 conference of the National Emergency Department HIV Testing Consortium. Acad Emerg Med 2009 Feb; 16(2):168-77. [Supported by independent scientist award grant K02 HS17526 to third author; tenth author, Rothman RE, was supported by a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through a contract with AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.
Dalal PG, Murray D, Messner AH, et al. Pediatric laryngeal dimensions: an age-based analysis. Anesth Analg 2009 May; 108(5):1475-9. [Supported in part by grant 1 U18 HS16652-01 (to second author).] Select to access the abstract.
Annals of Epidemiology
Natarajan S, Santa Ana EJ, Liao Y, et al. Effect of treatment and adherence on ethnic differences in blood pressure control among adults with hypertension. Ann Epidemiol 2009 Mar; 19(3):172-9. [Supported by grant HS10871.] Select to access the abstract.
Archives of Surgery
Glance LG, Osler TM, Mukamel DB, et al. Expert consensus vs empirical estimation of injury severity. Arch Surg 2009 Apr; 144(4):326-32. [Supported by grant R01 HS16737.] Select to access the abstract.
BMC Family Practice
Linder SK, Hawley ST, Cooper CP, et al. Primary care physicians' reported use of pre-screening discussions for prostate cancer screening: a cross-sectional survey. BMC Fam Pract 2009 Mar 18; 10:19. [Supported by grant R01 HS10612.] Select to access the abstract.
BMC Health Services Research
Volpp KG, Loewenstein G, Troxel AB, et al. A test of financial incentives to improve warfarin adherence. BMC Health Serv Res 2008 Dec 23; 8:272. [Supported by grant P01 HS11530.] Select to access the abstract.
Jaar BG, Plantinga LC, Crews DC, et al. Timing, causes, predictors and prognosis of switching from peritoneal dialysis to hemodialysis: a prospective study. BMC Nephrol 2009 Feb 6; 10:3. [Supported by grant R01 HS08365.] Select to access the abstract.
Grabowski DC, Aschbrenner KA, Feng Z, et al. Mental illness in nursing homes: variations across states. Health Aff 2009 May-Jun; 28(3):689-700. [Supported in part by postdoctoral training program grant 5 T32 HS00011.] Select to access the abstract.
Zuvekas SH, Meyerhoefer CD. State variations in the out-of-pocket spending burden for outpatient mental health treatment. Health Aff 2009 May-Jun; 28(3):713-22. [Authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends.] Select to access the abstract.
Donohue JM, Huskamp HA, Zuvekas SH. Dual eligibles with mental disorders and Medicare part D: how are they faring? Health Aff 2009 May-Jun; 28(3):746-59. [Third author is a senior economist in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends.] Select to access the abstract.
Bernard DM, Banthin JS, Encinosa WE. Wealth, income, and the affordability of health insurance. Health Aff 2009 May-Jun; 28(3):887-96. [First and second authors are a senior economist and director of the Division of Modeling and Simulation in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends, respectively; third author is a senior economist in the Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets.] Select to access the abstract.
International Journal of Nursing Practice
Galik EM, Resnick B, Pretzer-Aboff I. 'Knowing what makes them tick': motivating cognitively impaired older adults to participate in restorative care. Int J Nurs Pract 2009 Feb; 15(1):48-55. [Supported by grant R01 HS/MH13372-01.] Select to access the abstract.
Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society
Bender HA, Cole JR, Aponte-Samalot M, et al. Construct validity of the Neuropsychological Screening Battery for Hispanics (NeSBHIS) in a neurological sample. J Int Neuropsychol Soc 2009 Mar; 15(2):217-24. [Supported by National Research Service award grant 1 F32 HS16819.] Select to access the abstract.
Southern Medical Journal
Warriner AH, Outman RC, Saag KG, et al. Management of osteoporosis among home health and long-term care patients with a prior fracture. South Med J 2009 Apr; 102(4):397-404. [Supported by grant U18 HS16956 to tenth author, Curtis JR.] Select to access the abstract.
American Journal of Health Promotion
Sheffer CE, Stitzer M, Payne TJ, et al. Treatment for tobacco dependence for rural, lower-income smokers: outcomes, predictors, and measurement considerations. Am J Health Promot 2009 May-Jun; 23(5):328-38. [Cites PHS guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]
American Journal of Public Health
Ross JS. Health reform redux: learning from experience and politics. Am J Public Health 2009 May; 99(5):779-86. [Cites Medical Expenditures Panel Survey (MEPS) publication, Employee Choice in Employer Sponsored Health Insurance Plans, 2001, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.
Piazza G, Rosenbaum EJ, Pendergast W, et al. Physician alerts to prevent symptomatic venous thromboembolism in hospitalized patients. Circulation 2009 Apr 28; 119(16):2196-201. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Bates et al. (N Engl J Med, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.
Vanderkam L. The promise and peril of the freelance economy. City J 2009 Winter; 19(1):1-6. [Mentions that AHRQ "reports that the self-employed are twice as likely as other workers to be uninsured".]
Schneeweiss S, Setoguchi S, Brookhart MA, et al. Assessing residual confounding of the association between antipsychotic medications and risk of death using survey data. CNS Drugs 2009; 23(2):171-80. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Schneeweiss (Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf, 2006, and J Clin Epidemiol, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.
Frontiers of Health Services Management
Bisognano M, Boutwell A. Improving transitions to reduce readmissions. Front Health Serv Manage 2009 Spring; 25(3):3-10. [Cites AHRQ publication, The National Hospital Bill: Growth Trends and 2005 Update on the Most Expensive Conditions by Payer, HCUP Statistical Brief No. 42, 2007.] Select to access the abstract.
Chugh A, Williams MV, Grigsby J, et al. Better transitions: improving comprehension of discharge instructions. Front Health Serv Manage 2009 Spring; 25(3):11-32. [Cites AHRQ publication Medical Errors: The Scope of the Problem, 2000, as published on AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Schillinger et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2003) and Seligman et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.
Sharfstein SS, Dickerson FB. Hospital psychiatry for the twenty-first century. Health Aff 2009 May-Jun; 28(3):685-8. [Cites AHRQ publication, Hospital Stays Related to Mental Health, 2006, HCUP Statistical Brief No. 62, 2008, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.
Horvitz-Lennon M, Donohue JM, Domino ME, et al. Improving quality and diffusing best practices: the case of schizophrenia. Health Aff 2009 May-Jun; 28(3):701-12. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Dougherty (researcher in AHRQ's Office of Extramural Research, Education, and Priority Populations) and Conway (researcher in AHRQ's Immediate Office of the Director) (JAMA, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.
Huskamp HA, Busch AB, Domino ME, et al. Antidepressant reformulations: who uses them, and what are the benefits? Health Aff 2009 May-Jun; 28(3):734-45. [Cites AHRQ guideline, Depression in Primary Care, Vol. 2: Treatment of Major Depression, 1993.] Select to access the abstract.
Anthony DL, Herndon MB, Gallagher PM, et al. How much do patients' preferences contribute to resource use? Health Aff 2009 May-Jun; 28(3):864-73. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Gatsonis et al. (Med Care, 1995), Barry et al. (Med Care, 1995), and Deyo et al. (Med Care, 2000); cites AHRQ-authored article by Fiscella, Franks, and Clancy (AHRQ director) (Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.
Kertesz SG, Weiner SJ. Housing the chronically homeless: high hopes, complex realities. JAMA 2009 May 6; 301(17):1822-4. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Kessell et al. (J Urban Health, 2006); cites 2006 MEPS data, as published on AHRQ Web site.]
New England Journal of Medicine
Naik AD, Petersen LA. The neglected purpose of comparative-effectiveness research. N Engl J Med 2009 May 7; 360(19):1929-31. [Authors are affiliated with the John M. Eisenberg Center for Clinical Decisions and Communications Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston; discusses AHRQ's Effective Healthcare Program and principles of research translation; cites AHRQ-authored article by Dougherty (researcher in AHRQ's Office of Extramural Research, Education, and Priority Populations) and Conway (researcher in AHRQ's Immediate Office of the Director) (JAMA, 2008).]
Social Work Research
Zlotnik JL, Solt BE. Developing research infrastructure: the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research. Soc Work Res 2008 Dec; 32(4):210-7. [Includes the AHRQ-funded conference Evaluating Social Work Services in Nursing Homes: Toward Quality Psychosocial Care and Its Measurement, 2004, in a table of research agenda-setting symposia conducted by the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research (IASWR).]
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles
Annals of Internal Medicine
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Folic acid for the prevention of neural tube defects: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. Ann Intern Med 2009 May 5; 150(9):626-31. [Updates the USPSTF's 1996 recommendations on folic acid for the prevention of neural tube defects; based on USPSTF-sponsored evidence update by Wolff et al. cited in the article below.] Select to access the abstract.
Wolff T, Witkop CT, Miller T, et al. Folic acid supplementation for the prevention of neural tube defects: an update of the evidence for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med 2009 May 5; 150(9):632-9. [Updates the evidence on folic acid supplementation in women of childbearing age and is the basis for the updated USPSTF recommendations cited in the article above.] Select to access the abstract.
Summaries for patients. Folic acid for the prevention of infant neural tube defects: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation. Ann Intern Med 2009 May 5; 150(9):1-50. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendation statement on folic acid for the prevention of neural tube defects as cited in articles above.]
Lederle FA. In the clinic. Abdominal aortic aneurysm. Ann Intern Med 2009 May 5; 150(9):ITC5-1-15; quiz ITC5-16. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement on screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm (Ann Intern Med, 2005) and USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm (Ann Intern Med, 2005).]
Wasik M, Kachlic MD. A review of common sexually transmitted diseases. Formulary 2009 Mar; 44(3): 78-85. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statements on screening for chlamydial infection (as published on AHRQ Web site, 2007), screening for gonorrhea (as published on AHRQ Web site, 2006), and screening for syphilis infection (Ann Fam Med, 2004).]
Mayo Clinical Proceedings
Aldasouqi SA, Gossain VV. Revisiting screening for type 2 diabetes mellitus: to screen or not to screen, that is the question. Mayo Clin Proc 2009 Apr; 84(4):384; author reply 384-6. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement on screening for type 2 diabetes mellitus in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2008).]
Hayes SN. Suffering in silence. Med Econ 2009 Feb 20; 86(4):37-43. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored systematic evidence review on screening and treatment for lipid disorders in children and adolescents (Pediatrics, 2007).]
Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles
American Journal of Public Health
Declercq E, Labbok MH, Sakala C, et al. Hospital practices and women's likelihood of fulfilling their intention to exclusively breastfeed. Am J Public Health 2009 May; 99(5):929-35. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Breastfeeding and Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes in Developed Countries, 2007.] Select to access the abstract.
Bohlius J, Schmidlin K, Brillant C, et al. Recombinant human erythropoiesis-stimulating agents and mortality in patients with cancer: a meta-analysis of randomised trials. Lancet 2009 May 2; 373(9674):1532-42. [Cites AHRQ Comparative Effectiveness Review, Comparative Effectiveness of Epoetin and Darbepoetin for Managing Anemia in Patient Undergoing Cancer Treatment, 2006 (performed by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Technology Evaluation Center Evidence-based Practice Center.] Select to access the abstract.
National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR)/National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR)-Related Articles
American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Assemi M, Shane-McWhorter L, Scott DR, et al. Caring for the underserved: exemplars in teaching. Am J Pharm Educ 2009 Apr 28: 1-10. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2006.]
Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products
Archives of Surgery
Livingston EH. Bariatric surgery outcomes at designated centers of excellence vs nondesignated programs. Arch Surg 2009 Apr; 144(4):319-25; discussion 325. [Uses and cites 2005 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) [cited in article as "National Inpatient Survey"] Select to access the data.] Select to access the abstract.
European Journal of Public Health
Laaksonen E, Martikainen p, Head J, et al. Associations of multiple socio-economic circumstances with physical functioning among Finnish and British employees. Eur J Public Health 2009 Jan; 19(1):38-45. [Uses study cohort from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.
Glied SA, Frank RG. Better but not best: recent trends in the well-being of the mentally ill. Health Aff 2009 May-Jun; 28(3):637-48. [Uses and cites 1996-2006 MEPS data for information on out-of-pocket payments, cost sharing, and costs as a percentage of family income.] Select to access the abstract.
Frank RG, Goldman HH, McGuire TG. Trends in mental health cost growth: an expanded role for management? Health Aff 2009 May-Jun; 28(3):649-59. [Uses 1996-2006 data from the MEPS Full-Year Consolidated Data Set and a companion data set.] Select to access the abstract.
Busch SH, Barry CL. Pediatric antidepressant use after the black-box warning. Health Aff 2009 May-Jun; 28(3):724-33. [Uses 2002 and 2005 MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
Laaksonen E, Martikainen P, Lallukka T, et al. Economic difficulties and common mental disorders among Finnish and British white-collar employees: the contribution of social and behavioral factors. J Epidemiol Community Health 2009 Feb 15. [Epub ahead of print. Uses study cohort from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.
Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Catrambone C, Johnson ME, Mion LC, et al. The design of adult acute care units in U.S. hospitals. J Nurs Scholarsh 2009 Mar; 41(1):79-86. [Uses design characteristics described in AHRQ publication, Transforming Hospitals: Designing for Safety and Quality, 2007, as the basis for evaluating specific design features at observed hospital units.] Select to access the abstract.
Risk Management and Insurance Review
Simon K, Tennyson S, Hudman J. Do state cost control policies reduce Medicaid prescription drug spending? Risk Manage Insur Rev 2009 Spring; 12(1):39-66. [Uses 2002 MEPS data; cites AHRQ-authored article by Banthin (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Med Care, 2006).]
Current as of May 2009
Articles of Interest, May 8, 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/articles/art050809.htm