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Research Activities, November-December 2013

Contents

About Research Activities

Feature Story

New AHRQ toolkit on managing lab tests helps make care safer for patients in medical offices
From the Director

Patient Safety and Quality

Unmet information needs of patients recently discharged home from the hospital may play a role in readmissions
Simulation exercises can improve patient safety
Checklist boosts clinician adherence to quality care for conditions common in hospitalized general medicine patients
Having surgical interns on call from home rather than at the hospital does not increase postoperative complications
Stealth alerts improve rate of warfarin monitoring for patients starting an interacting medication
Links found between nursing homes and hospitals in spread of MRSA
Contact precautions should be extended to all MRSA carriers in a nursing home
Study seeks to develop a clinical tool predicting mortality risk for severely injured older patients with complications
Trauma surgery resident experience declined over a decade prior to the 2003 work-hour reform
Oral antibiotics and bowel preparation reduce hospital stays and 30-day readmissions in patients undergoing colectomy procedures

Health Insurance

Based on the Massachusetts experience, consumers will need help navigating health insurance exchanges

Disparities/Minority Health

Study of Asian Americans identifies subsets of socially disadvantaged workers at risk of poor mental health

Chronic Disease

Individuals living with chronically ill household members have lower health-related quality of life
Patients with advanced cancer who watch a video of CPR less likely to opt for CPR
Sleep-disordered breathing boosts risk of heart disease in patients with asymptomatic type 2 diabetes

Primary Care

Regular primary care physicians are more likely to intensify medication for patients with diabetes

State Spotlight

Ohio

Health Information Technology

Malpractice claim rates not significantly different between physicians who use electronic health record systems and nonusers
Survey finds significant barriers to use of health information technology to report adverse events in nursing homes

Health Care Costs and Financing

Urological surgery rare, more expensive at rural critical access hospitals

Clinical Cases

Clinical Cases

Women's Health

Biennial screening mammography for women over age 65 just as effective as annual screening

News and Notes

News and Notes

Research Briefs

Research Briefs

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Current as of November 2013
Internet Citation: Research Activities, November-December 2013. November 2013. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsletters/research-activities/13nov-dec/index.html