AHRQ-Funded Supplement Explores Links Between Health Facility Design and HAI Prevention

Electronic Newsletter, Issue 409

AHRQ's Electronic Newsletter summarizes Agency research and programmatic activities.

January 22, 2014


AHRQ Stats

In 2011, 3.8 million babies were born in U.S. hospitals, which is 436,000 fewer—or a decrease of 10.3 percent—compared with 2008. (Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Statistical Brief #163: Hospital Stays for Newborns, 2011.)

Today's Headlines

  1. AHRQ-Funded Supplement Explores Links Between Health Facility Design and HAI Prevention.
  2. Webinar To Cover Clinical Decision Support Strategies for Prescribing, Dosing, and Monitoring Medications.
  3. Patient-Centered Medical Home Research Methods Series Available on AHRQ Web Site.
  4. AHRQ’s Health Care Innovations Exchange Focuses on Employee Wellness and Health Promotion Programs.
  5. AHRQ in the professional literature.

1. AHRQ-Funded Supplement Explores Links Between Health Facility Design and HAI Prevention

A new supplement to the Health Environments Research & Design (HERD) Journal includes articles that focus on the role of the built environment on preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Articles in the open-access supplement are based on findings from an AHRQ-funded research project conducted by a multidisciplinary team of clinicians and design experts from RTI International in Research Triangle Park, NC; Emory University and Georgia Tech in Atlanta, and AHRQ. The articles include a commentary by former AHRQ Director Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D., a literature review, an industry scan that includes feedback from experts in the field, and a conceptual framework that illustrates the links between design elements and HAI prevention. 

2. Webinar To Cover Clinical Decision Support Strategies for Prescribing, Dosing, and Monitoring Medications

AHRQ is hosting a Webinar Tuesday, January 28, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. ET on strategies for using clinical decision support (CDS) to improve appropriate prescribing, dosing, and monitoring of medications by health care providers. The projects presented will discuss the role of CDS in enhanced medication management for pediatric, adult, and mental health care.

The three presenters are:

  • Alexander Fiks, M.D., co-medical director, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Pediatric Research Consortium.
  • Madhukar Trivedi, M.D., professor, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
  • Steven Simon, M.D., associate physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA.

The moderator is Erin Grace, M.H.A., senior manager, Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships, AHRQ.

Select to register.

3. Patient-Centered Medical Home Research Methods Series Available on AHRQ Web Site

The AHRQ-funded Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Research Methods Series is designed to expand awareness of methods to evaluate and refine PCMH models and other health care interventions. These novel and underused methods can be used to better assess and refine PCMH models and to meet the evidence needs of PCMH stakeholders more effectively. Each brief describes a PCMH method, outlines its advantages and limitations, and provides resources for researchers to learn more about the method. This series was developed with input from nationally recognized leaders in research methods and PCMH models.

4. AHRQ’s Health Care Innovations Exchange Focuses on Employee Wellness and Health Promotion Programs

The latest issue of AHRQ's Health Care Innovations Exchange features three profiles of innovations designed to promote employee wellness and reduce health care costs. One featured profile describes an incentive plan offered by the state of Connecticut that improved screening and medication adherence, increased use of primary care services, and reduced specialty and emergency department visits. Enrollees in the plan enjoy several financial benefits, but also must meet various requirements to remain in the program, including obtaining age- and gender-appropriate assessments and screenings and disease management services. Enrollees receive regular reminders about unmet requirements and have access to tools to help meet them. Of the 54,000 eligible employees and retirees, 98 percent voluntarily enrolled in the new program. After implementation of the program, per-member-per-month health care costs for active employees grew at an annual rate of just 2.2 percent compared with an 8.9 percent annual rate for the 2.5-year period before the program was offered. The Innovations Exchange Web site contains more innovation profiles and quality tools related to employee wellness.

5. AHRQ in the Professional Literature

Chang HY, Richards TM, Clark JM, et al. Change in claims-based diabetes medications is a diabetes improvement indicator. Am J Manag Care. 2013 Jul;19(7):572-78. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Ornstein SM, Jenkins RG, Litvin CB, et al. Preventive services delivery in patients with chronic illnesses: parallel opportunities rather than competing obligations. Ann Fam Med. 2013 Jul-Aug;11(4):344-9. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Silber JH, Rosenbaum PR, Clark AS, et al. Characteristics associated with differences in survival among black and white women with breast cancer. JAMA. 2013 Jul 24;310(4):389-97. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Bilimoria KY, Liu Y, Paruch JL, et al. Development and evaluation of the Universal ACS NSQIP Surgical Risk Calculator: a decision aid and informed consent tool for patients and surgeons. J Am Coll Surg. 2013 Nov;217(5):833-42.e1-3. Epub 2013 Sep 18. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Rinke ML, Milstone AM, Chen AR, et al. Ambulatory pediatric oncology CLABSIs: epidemiology and risk factors. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2013 Nov;60(11):1882-9. Epub 2013 Jul 23. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Sentell TL, Ahn HJ, Juarez DT, et al. Comparison of potentially preventable hospitalizations related to diabetes among Native Hawaiian, Chinese, Filipino, and Japanese elderly compared with whites, Hawai'i, December 2006-December 2010. Prev Chronic Dis. 2013 Jul 25;10:E123. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Huskamp HA, O'Malley AJ, Horvitz-Lennon M, et al. How quickly do physicians adopt new drugs? The case of second-generation antipsychotics. Psychiatr Serv. 2013 Apr 1;64(4):324-30. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Wagner LM, McDonald SM, Castle NG. Impact of voluntary accreditation on short-stay rehabilitative measures in U.S. nursing homes. Rehabil Nurs. 2013 Jul-Aug;38(4):167-77. Epub 2013 May 17. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.


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Internet Citation: AHRQ-Funded Supplement Explores Links Between Health Facility Design and HAI Prevention: Electronic Newsletter, Issue 409. January 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsletters/e-newsletter/409.html