A Successful, Voluntary, Multicomponent Statewide Effort To Reduce Health Care-Associated Infections

Articles of Interest, January 20, 2012

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

American Journal of Medical Quality
Ward MM, Clabaugh G, Evans TC, et al. A successful, voluntary, multicomponent statewide effort to reduce health care-associated infections. Am J Med Qual 2012 Jan; 27(1):66-73. [Supported in part by ACTION task order HHSA290-2006-000021-2; describes use of AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators; cites AHRQ technical review, Closing The Quality Gap: A Critical Analysis of Quality Improvement Strategies: Volume 6 Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Infections, 2007; mentions the AHRQ-funded Keystone Project as a successful regional collaborative, citing AHRQ-funded article by Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Medicine
Lee JS, Primack BA, Mor MK, et al. Processes of care and outcomes for community-acquired pneumonia. Am J Med 2011 Dec; 124(12):1175.e9-1175-e17. [Supported by grant R01 HS10049.] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Surgery
Kwon S, Thompson R, Florence M, et al. ß-blocker continuation after noncardiac surgery: a report from the Surgical Care and Outcomes Assessment Program. Arch Surg 2012 Jan 16. [Epub ahead of print. Supported in part by grant 1 R01 HS20025-01; uses the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992).] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Infectious Diseases
Mugavero MJ, Napravnik S, Cole SR, et al. Viremia copy-years mortality among treatment-naïve HIV-infected patients initiating antiretroviral therapy. Clin Infect Dis 2011 Nov; 53(9):927-35. [Supported by grant R01 HS18731 (to second author). Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Herrin J, da Graca B, Nicewander D, et al. The effectiveness of implementing an electronic health record on diabetes care and outcomes. Health Serv Res 2012 Jan 17. [Epub ahead of print. Supported in part by 1 R21 HS20696-01; cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Chaudhry et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006) on the impact of health information technology on quality, efficiency, and costs of medical care, performed by the Southern California-University of California at San Francisco Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC).] Select to access the abstract.

Heart
LaFleur J, Nelson RE, Sauer BC, et al. Overestimation of the effects of adherence on outcomes: a case study in healthy user bias and hypertension. Heart 2011 Nov; 97(22):1862-9. [Supported in part by Career Development Award grant 5 K08 HS18582 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

HIV Clinical Trials
Buscher A, Hartman C, Kallen MA, et al. Validity of self-report measures in assessing antiretroviral adherence of newly diagnosed, HAART-naïve, HIV patients. HIV Clin Trials 2011 Sep-Oct; 12(5):244-54. [Supported by grant U18 HS16093.] Select to access the abstract.

Infection Control and Epidemiology
Day HR, Perencevich EN, Harris AD, Gruber-Baldini AL, Himelhoch SS, Brown CH, Dotter E, Morgan DJ. Association between contact precautions and delirium at a tertiary care center. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2012 Jan; 33(1):34-9. [Supported in part by grant 1 K08 HS18111-01 (to last author); uses the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992).] Select to access the abstract.

Calderwood MS, Ma A, Khan YM, et al. Use of Medicare diagnosis and procedure codes to improve detection of surgical site infections following hip arthroplasty, knee arthroplasty, and vascular surgery. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2012 Jan; 33(1):40-9. [Supported in part by grant F32 HS18878 (to first author); cites the HCUPnet Web site as a source of data on Medicare insurance coverage for patients undergoing one of the selected study procedures.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine
Crosson JC, Schueth AJ, Isaacson N, et al. Early adopters of electronic prescribing struggle to make meaningful use of formulary checks and medication history documentation. J Am Board Fam Med 2012 Jan; 25(1):24-32. [Supported by grant 1 U18 HS16391-01 (in partnership with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services); cites AHRQ-funded reports, Pilot Testing of Electronic Prescribing Standards, 2007 (funded by same grant), and Maximizing the Effectiveness of e-Prescribing Between Physicians and Community Pharmacies, 2006 (funded by grant 1 U18 HS16394-01), both published on AHRQ's Health Information Technology Web site; go to comments by Bowman and Neale (J Am Bd Fam Med, 2012) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Gold R, DeVoe JE, McIntire PJ, et al. Receipt of diabetes preventive care among safety net patients associated with differing levels of insurance coverage. J Am Board Fam Med 2012 Jan; 25(1):42-9. [Supported in part by grant 1 K08 HS16181 (to second author); go to comments by Landon (J Am Bd Fam Med, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Related Articles, and Bowman and Neale (J Am Bd Fam Med, 2012) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Fernald DH, Coombs L, Dealleaume L, et al. An assessment of the Hawthorne Effect in practice-based research. J Am Board Fam Med 2012 Jan; 25(1):83-6. [Supported by contract HHSA290-2007-10008, task order 4 (as part of the Primary Care Practice-based Research Network Master contract); go to comments by Bowman and Neale (J Am Bd Fam Med, 2012) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
Gruber-Baldini AL, Resnick B, Hebel JR, et al. Adverse events associated with the Res-Care Intervention. J Am Med Dir Assoc 2011 Oct; 12(8):584-9. [Supported by grant R01 HS/MH13372.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Fleurant M, Kell R, Jenter C, et al. Factors associated with difficult electronic health record implementation in office practice. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2012 Jan 16. [Epub ahead of print. Supported in part by cooperative agreement grant 1 UC1 HS15397.] Select to access the abstract.

Parsons A, McCullough C, Wang J, et al. Validity of electronic health record-derived quality measurement for performance monitoring. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2012 Jan 16. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by grants R18 HS17059 and HS17294.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Society of Nephrology
Crews DC, Sozio SM, Liu Y, et al. Inflammation and the paradox of racial differences in dialysis survival. J Am Soc Nephrol 2011 Dec; 22(12):2279-86. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS08365.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Brock DM, Mauksch LB, Witteborn S, et al. Effectiveness of intensive physician training in upfront agenda setting. J Gen Intern Med 2011 Nov; 26(11):1317-23. [Supported by grant R01 HS13172-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Hinami K, Whelan CT, Wolosin RJ, et al. Worklife and satisfaction of hospitalists: toward flourishing careers. J Gen Intern Med 2012 Jan; 27(1):28-36. [Supported by grant K08 HS17014 (to the Society of Hospital Medicine Career Satisfaction Task Force).] Select to access the abstract.

Giovannetti ER, Wolff JL, Xue QL, et al. Difficulty assisting with health care tasks among caregivers of multimorbid older adults. J Gen Intern Med 2012 Jan; 27(1):37-44. [Supported in part by grant 1 R21 HS17601-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Jean-Jacques M, Persell SD, Thompson JA, et al. Changes in disparities following the implementation of a health information technology-supported quality improvement initiative. J Gen Intern Med 2012 Jan; 27(1):71-7. [Supported by grant 5 R18 HS17163 and Career Development Award grant K08 HS15647 (to second author); cites AHRQ's National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) and National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR), 2009; cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Chaudhry et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006) on the impact of health information technology on quality, efficiency, and costs of medical care, performed by the Southern California-University of California at San Francisco EPC.] Select to access the abstract.

Wright A, Poon EG, Wald J, et al. Randomized controlled trial of health maintenance reminders provided directly to patients through an electronic PHR. J Gen Intern Med 2012 Jan; 27(1):85-92. [Supported in part by R01 HS13660-02 (Shared Online Health Records for Patient Safety and Quality).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Sanoff HK, Carpenter WR, Martin CF, et al. Comparative effectiveness of oxaliplatin vs non-oxaliplatin-containing adjuvant chemotherapy for stage III colon cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst 2012 Jan 20. [Epub ahead of print. Supported in part by the Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness (DEcIDE) program contracts HHSA290-2005-0016-I-TO7-WA1, 36-BWH-1, and HHSA290-2005-0040-I-TO4-WA1, 36-UNC.] Select to access the abstract.

Kidney International
Hung AM, Roumie CL, Greevy RA, et al. Comparative effectiveness of incident oral antidiabetic drugs on kidney function. Kidney Int 2012 Jan 18. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by contract 290-05-0042 as part of AHRQ's DEcIDE program; cites findings from AHRQ-funded comparative effectiveness review update by Bennett et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2011) on the comparative effectiveness and safety of medications for type 2 diabetes, performed by the Johns Hopkins University EPC, and from AHRQ-funded systematic review by Bolen et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2007) of the comparative effectiveness and safety of oral medications for type 2 diabetes mellitus, based on research conducted by the Johns Hopkins University EPC.] Select to access the abstract.

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Holland ML, Yoo BK, Kitzman H, et al. Mother-child interactions and the associations with child healthcare utilization in low-income urban families. Matern Child Health J 2012 Jan; 16(1):83-91. [Supported by  National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training grant T32 HS00044-16 and Health Services Research Dissertation Award grant R36 HS17737; cites AHRQ-authored article by Owens, Zodet, Berdahl, Dougherty, McCormick, Simpson (authors are current and former AHRQ staff members) (Ambul Pediatr, 2008), which uses multiple AHRQ datasets.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Dusetzina SB, Higashi AS, Dorsey ER, et al. Impact of FDA drug risk communications on health care utilization and health behaviors: a systematic review. Med Care 2012 Jan 18. [Epub ahead of print. Supported in part by grant R01 HS189960.] Select to access the abstract.

Zaloshnja E, Miller TR, Coben, Steiner C. How often do catastrophic injury victims become Medicaid recipients? Med Care 2012 Jan 19. [Epub ahead of print. Last author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets.] Select to access the abstract.

Pediatrics
Andrade SE, Lo JC, Roblin D, et al. Antipsychotic medication use among children and risk of diabetes mellitus. Pediatrics 2011 Dec; 128(6):1135-41. [Supported by grant 1 U18 HS16955.] 

Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Haynes K, Bilker WB, TenHave TR, et al. Temporal and within practice variability in the health improvement network. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2011 Sep; 20(9):948-55. [Supported by Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) grant HS10399.] Select to access the abstract.

Puerto Rico Health Sciences Journal
Marín HA, Díaz-Toro EC. Reduced exposure to secondhand smoke at casinos in Puerto Rico after the implementation of a workplace smoking ban in 2007: a pre-post design. P R Health Sci J 2011 Dec; 30(4):182-7. [Supported in part by grant 1 R24 HS14060-02 (to the Puerto Rico Health Services Research Institute [PRHSRI]).] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Managed Care
Rachoin J, Skaf J, Cerceo E, et al. The impact of hospitalists on length of stay and costs: systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Manag Care 2012 Jan; 18(1):e23-e30. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Vasilevskis et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2008).]

Boe RJ, Kennedy J, Coyne JS, et al. Implementation of paperless credentialing in a multi-state managed care organization. Am J Manag Care 2012 Jan; 18(1):e31-e34. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Mills et al. (Perspect Health Inf Manag, 2010) and Pernick et al. (Am J Manag Care, 2010).]

American Journal of Medical Quality
Stanford JR, Swaney-Berghoff L, Recht K. Cardiac surgical outcomes improvement led by a physician champion working with a nurse clinical coordinator. Am J Med Qual 2012 Jan; 27(1):5-10. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bradley et al. (JAMA, 2001), Soumerai et al. (JAMA, 1998), and Knaus et al. (Ann Intern Med, 1986).] Select to access the abstract.

Kashiwagi DT, Burton MC, Kirkland LL, et al. Do timely outpatient follow-up visits decrease hospital readmission rates? Am J Med Qual 2012 Jan; 27(1):11-15. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Hernandez et al. (JAMA, 2010) and Baker et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Nursing
Nelson R, Pfeifer GM. 2011 win-loss scoreboard: AJN took a look back at some of the health care achievements (and disappointments) of 2011. Am J Nurs 2012 Jan; 112(1):17. [Notes higher readmission rates for black patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, citing AHRQ publication, Readmissions for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, 2008, HCUP Statistical Brief 121, 2011.]

Applied Health Economics and Health Policy
Tunis SL. Cost effectiveness of self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) for patients with type 2 diabetes and not on insulin: impact of modelling assumptions on recent Canadian findings. Appl Health Econ Health Policy 2011 Nov 1; 9(6):351-65. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Soumerai et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Surgery
Haider AH, Ong'uti S, Efron DT, et al. Association between hospitals caring for a disproportionately high percentage of minority trauma patients and increased mortality: a nationwide analysis of 434 hospitals. Arch Surg 2012 Jan; 147(1):63-70. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Fiscella, Franks, Gold, and Clancy (AHRQ director) (JAMA, 2000); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Popescu et al. (Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes, 2009), Lucas et al. (Ann Surg, 2006), and Wong et al. (N Engl J Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Rosenthal RJ. Impact of payer status on treatment options for acute cholecystitis: will health care reform help us close the gap? Arch Surg 2012 Jan 16. [Epub ahead of print.Comments on article by Greenstein et al. (Arch Surg, 2012) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.]

JAMA
Angiolillo DJ, Firstenberg MS, Price MJ, et al. Bridging antiplatelet therapy with cangrelor in patients undergoing cardiac surgery: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA 2012 Jan 18; 307(3):265-7. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Ho et al. (Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

Januel JM, Chen G, Ruffieux C, et al. Symptomatic in-hospital deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism following hip and knee arthroplasty among patients receiving recommended prophylaxis: a systematic review. JAMA 2012 Jan 18; 307(3):294-303. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Romano, Geppert, Davies, Miller, and Elixhauser (fourth and fifth authors are former AHRQ researcher and current AHRQ researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Delivery, respectively) (Health Aff, 2003); cites AHRQ-funded article by Weiner et al. (Med Care Res Rev, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine
Landon C. Guest family physician commentaries. J Am Board Fam Med 2012 Jan; 25(1):5. [Comments on AHRQ-funded articles by Gold et al. and Crosson et al. (J Am Bd Fam Med, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Glidewell RN, Roby EK, Orr WC. Is insomnia an independent predictor of obstructive sleep apnea? J Am Board Fam Med 2012 Jan; 25(1):104-10. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Mold et al. (J Am Board Fam Med, 2011).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Haines DE. Atrial fibrillation ablation in the real world. J Am Coll Cardiol 2012 Jan 10; 59(2):150-2. [Comments on article by Shah et al. (J Am Coll Cardiol, 2012) which uses 2005-2008 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) State Inpatient Databases (SID) data for California.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Aubin M, Vézina L, Verreault R, et al. Patient, primary care physician and specialist expectations of primary care physician involvement in cancer care. J Gen Intern Med 2012 Jan; 27(1):8-15. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Safran et al. (Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Modern Healthcare
McKinney M, Cooper MR, Conway W, Hochberg S. Strategies to put safety first: adverse events, staff and patient engagement must be priorities, panelists say. Mod Healthc 2012 Jan 16; 42(3):24-5. [Mentions use of "the AHRQ survey," referring to AHRQ's Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture.]

Physical Therapy
Pignataro RM, Ohtake PJ, Swisher A, et al. The role of physical therapists in smoking cessation: opportunities for improving treatment outcomes. Phys Ther 2012 Jan 6. [Epub ahead of print. Cites Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data on ambulatory visits conducted by physical therapists from AHRQ-authored article by Machlin, Chevan, Yu, and Zodet (first, second, and last authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Phys Ther, 2011); discusses AHRQ recommendations for smoking cessation, citing AHRQ-sponsored guidelines, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008, and Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: Quick Reference Guide for Clinicians, 2000.] Select to access the abstract.

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

American Family Physician
CME quiz. Am Fam Physician 2012 Jan 15; 85(2):114-16. [Includes questions based on USPSTF recommendations on screening for depression and USPSTF reaffirmation recommendation statement, Ocular Prophylaxis for Gonococcal Ophthalmia Neonatorum, 2011, both cited below in this section.]

Maurer DM. Screening for depression. Am Fam Physician 2012 Jan 15; 85(2):139-44. [Reviews USPSTF recommendations on screening for depression, citing USPSTF recommendation statements, Screening for Depression in Adults, 2009, Screening and Treatment for Major Depressive Disorder in Children and Adolescents, 2009, and Screening for Suicide Risk, 2004, all published on the USPSTF Web site; cites USPSTF-sponsored systematic review on screening accuracy for late-life depression in primary care by Watson and Pignone (J Fam Pract, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Krishnaiah PB, Nunes NL, Safranek S. Screening mammography for reducing breast cancer mortality. Am Fam Physician 2012 Jan 15; 85(2):176-83. [Reviews USPSTF recommendations and associated evidence review by Nelson et al. and AHRQ-funded article by Mandelblatt et al. (all in Ann Intern Med, 2009) and USPSTF-sponsored evidence summary on breast cancer screening by Humphrey et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ocular prophylaxis for gonococcal ophthalmia neonatorum: reaffirmation recommendation statement. Am Fam Physician 2012 Jan 15; 85(2):195-6. [Summarizes USPSTF reaffirmation recommendation statement, Ocular Prophylaxis for Gonococcal Ophthalmia Neonatorum, 2011, as published on the USPTF Web site.]

Croswell J, Cheng Y. Ocular prophylaxis for gonococcal ophthalmia neonatorum. Am Fam Physician 2012 Jan 15; 85(2):197-8. [Case study questions are based on USPSTF reaffirmation recommendation statement, Ocular Prophylaxis for Gonococcal Ophthalmia Neonatorum, 2011, as published on the USPTF Web site and cited above in this section.]

Shenenberger DW. Cutaneous malignant melanoma: a primary care perspective. Am Fam Physician 2012 Jan 15; 85(2):161-8. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Skin Cancer, 2009, in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2010-2011, 2010, as published on the AHRQ Web site.]

American Journal of Nursing
In the News: Clinical News. Prostate cancer screening. Am J Nurs 2012 Jan; 112(1):16. [Briefly discusses draft USPSTF recommendations on prostate cancer screening and 2009 recommendations on breast cancer screening.]

Internal Medicine Alert
Wilke AJ. A delicious stretch. Intern Med Alert 2012 Jan 15. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Primary Care Interventions to Prevent Low Back Pain in Adults, 2004.]

JAMA
Gillman MW, Daniels SR. Is universal pediatric lipid screening justified? JAMA 2012 Jan 18; 307(3):259-60. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for lipid disorders in children (Pediatrics, 2007).]

Journal of Ambulatory Care Management
Battaglia TA, McCloskey L, Caron SE, et al. Feasibility of chronic disease patient navigation in an urban primary care practice. J Ambul Care Manage 2012 Jan-Mar; 35(1):38-49. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence summary on behavioral counseling interventions in primary care to reduce risky/harmful alcohol use by adults (Ann Intern Med, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine
Bowman MA, Neale AV. Answers to common clinical questions. J Am Board Fam Med 2012 Jan; 25(1):1-4. [Cites USPSTF draft recommendation statement, Screening for Prostate Cancer, 2011, as published on the USPSTF Web site; cites USPSTF-sponsored decision analysis on evaluating test strategies for colorectal cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2008); comments on AHRQ-funded articles by Crosson et al., Gold et al., and Fernald et al. (all in J Am Bd Fam Med, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles, Post et al. and Ely et al. (both in J Am Bd Fam Med, 2012) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles, and Levy et al. and Justice et al. (both in J Am Bd Fam Med, 2012) cited below in this section.] Select to access the abstract.

Daly JM, Xu Y, Ely JW, et al. A randomized colorectal cancer screening intervention trial in the Iowa Research Network (IRENE): study recruitment methods and baseline results. J Am Board Fam Med 2012 Jan; 25(1):63-72. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored decision analysis on evaluating test strategies for colorectal cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Levy BT, Daly JM, Xu Y, et al. Mailed fecal immunochemical tests plus educational materials to improve colon cancer screening rates in Iowa Research Network (IRENE) practices. J Am Board Fam Med. 2012 Jan; 25(1):73-82. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer, associated targeted, updated systematic review by Whitlock et al., and related decision analysis by Zauber et al. (all in Ann Intern Med, 2008); cites article by Myers et al. (Cancer, 2007) and AHRQ-funded articles by Klabunde et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2007) and others, which use/include the cited USPSTF recommendations.] Select to access the abstract.

Justice TD, Stiff JH, Myers JA, et al. Prediction of incomplete screening mammograms based on age and race. J Am Board Fam Med 2012 Jan; 25(1):128-30. [Discusses updated USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Brown RT, Kiely DK, Bharel M, et al. Geriatric syndromes in older homeless adults. J Gen Intern Med 2012 Jan; 27(1):16-22. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for impaired visual acuity in older adults (Ann Intern Med, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Pignone MP, Brenner AT, Hawley S, et al. Conjoint analysis versus rating and ranking for values elicitation and clarification in colorectal cancer screening. J Gen Intern Med 2012 Jan; 27(1):45-50. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence summary on screening for colorectal cancer in adults at average risk and associated systematic review on the cost-effectiveness analyses of colorectal cancer screening (both in Ann Intern Med, 2002), and article by Sheridan et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2004) on USPSTF methodologies; cites AHRQ-funded systematic review and meta-analysis by O'Connor et al. (Med Decis Making, 2007) on the extent to which patient decision aids meet international effectiveness criteria, prepared by the John M. Eisenberg Clinical Decisions and Communications Science Center under contract 290-2005-0013C.] Select to access the abstract.

Reed VA, Schifferdecker KE, Rezaee ME, et al. The effect of computers for weight loss: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials. J Gen Intern Med 2012 Jan; 27(1):99-108. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for obesity in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Siddique J, Lantos JD, Vanderweele TJ, et al. Screening tests during prenatal care: does practice follow the evidence? Matern Child Health J 2012 Jan; 16(1):51-9. [Uses USPSTF recommendations for comparison purposes, citing USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Iron Deficiency Anemia-Including Supplementation for Children and Pregnant Women, 2006, USPSTF recommendations on screening for symptomatic bacteriuria in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2008), USPSTF-sponsored systematic review on screening for gestational diabetes mellitus (Ann Intern Med, 2008), and USPSTF recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996.] Select to access the abstract.

Bombard JM, Dietz PM, Galavotti C, et al. Chronic diseases and related risk factors among low-income mothers. Matern Child Health J 2012 Jan; 16(1):60-71. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening and Behavioral Counseling Interventions in Primary Care to Reduce Alcohol Misuse, 2004, and Screening for Depression, 2002, both published on the USPSTF Web site; cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008, and AHRQ publication, Characteristics of Uninsured Young Adults: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 19-23 Years of Age, 2006, MEPS Statistical Brief 246, 2009, as published on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Preventive Medicine
Bryant H, Mai V. Impact of age-specific recommendation changes on organized breast screening programs. Prev Med 2011 Sep 1; 53(3):141-3. [Discusses updated USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer and related AHRQ-funded article by Mandelblatt et al. (both in Ann Intern Med, 2009). Also refer to article by Graves, Oehler, and Tingle (Am Fam Physician, 2012) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

American Journal of Medical Quality
Morgenthaler TI, Lovely JK, Cima RR, et al. Using a framework for spread of best practices to implement successful venous thromboembolism prophylaxis throughout a large hospital system. Am J Med Qual 2012 Jan; 27(1):30-8. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001, as published on AHRQ's Archive Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Internal Medicine
Wichmann D, Obbelode F, Vogel H, et al. Virtual autopsy as an alternative to traditional medical autopsy in the intensive care unit: a prospective cohort study. Ann Intern Med 2012 Jan 17; 156(2):123-30. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Shojania et al. (JAMA, 2003) on changes in rates of autopsy-detected diagnostic errors over time, prepared by the University of California San Francisco-Stanford EPC under contract 290-970013.] Select to access the abstract.

Greer N, Brasure M, Wilt TJ. Wheeled mobility (wheelchair) service delivery: scope of the evidence. Ann Intern Med 2012 Jan 17; 156(2):141-6. [Supported by contract 290-07-10064-I to the Minnesota EPC; acknowledges support by former AHRQ researcher Karen Siegel.] Select to access the abstract.

Burton EC, Mossa-Basha M. To image or to autopsy? Ann Intern Med 2012 Jan 17; 156(2):158-9. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, The Autopsy as an Outcome and Performance Measure, 2002, prepared by the University of California at San Francisco-Stanford EPC; cites AHRQ-funded systematic reviews by Shojania et al. (Qual Saf Health Care, 2005) on overestimation of clinical diagnostic performance caused by low necropsy rates, and Shojania et al. (JAMA, 2003) on changes in rates of autopsy-detected diagnostic errors over time, both prepared by the University of California San Francisco-Stanford EPC under contract 290-970013; comments on article by Wichmann et al. cited above in this section.]

Canadian Operating Room Nursing Journal
Adams JS, Korniewicz DM, El-Masri MM. Une étude descriptive examinant les principes des techniques aseptiques au sein du personnel en soins périopératoires lors de chirurgies. [A descriptive study exploring the principles of asepsis techniques among perioperative personnel during surgery]. Can Oper Room Nurs J 2011 Dec; 29(4):6-24. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001.]

JAMA
Heit JA. Estimating the incidence of symptomatic postoperative venous thromboembolism: the importance of perspective. JAMA 2012 Jan 18; 307(3):306-7. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Measures of Patient Safety Based on Hospital Administrative Data - The Patient Safety Indicators, 2002; cites Safe Practices for Better Healthcare: A Consensus Report, Summary, The National Quality Forum, 2003, as published on the AHRQ Web site; cites article by White et al. (Med Care, 2009), which uses AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators; comments and cites on article by Januel et al., this issue, cited in AHRQ-Related Articles, above.]

Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine
Post RE, Mainous AG 3rd, King DE, et al. Dietary fiber for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus: a meta-analysis. J Am Board Fam Med 2012 Jan; 25(1):16-23. [Cites AHRQ comparative effectiveness review, Oral Diabetes Medications for Adults With Type 2 Diabetes: An Update, 2011.] Select to access the abstract.

Ely JW, Kaldjian LC, D'Alessandro DM. Diagnostic errors in primary care: lessons learned. J Am Board Fam Med 2012 Jan; 25(1):87-97. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Shojania et al. (JAMA, 2003) on changes in rates of autopsy-detected diagnostic errors over time, prepared by the University of California San Francisco-Stanford EPC, under contract 290-970013; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006) and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Davis EM, Stange KC, Horwitz RI. Childbearing, stress and obesity disparities in women: a public health perspective. Matern Child Health J 2012 Jan; 16(1):109-18. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Outcomes of Maternal Weight Gain, 2008, prepared by the RTI International-University of North Carolina EPC under contract 290-02-0016.] Select to access the abstract.

Surkan PJ, Gottlieb BR, McCormick MC, et al. Impact of a health promotion intervention on maternal depressive symptoms at 15 months postpartum. Matern Child Health J 2012 Jan; 16(1):139-48. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Perinatal Depression: Prevalence, Screening Accuracy, and Screening Outcomes, Summary, 2005. Also refer to AHRQ-funded articles by Ward et al. (Am J Med Qual, 2012), Herrin et al. (Health Serv Res, 2012), Jean-Jacques et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2012), and Hung et al. (Kidney Int, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles, article by Pignone et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2012) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles, and article by Scorza, Raleigh, and O'Connor (Am Fam Physician, 2012) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.] Select to access the abstract.

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

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Vargas CM, Arauza C, Folsom K, et al. A community engagement process for families with children with disabilities: lessons in leadership and policy. Matern Child Health J 2012 Jan; 16(1):21-30. [Cites AHRQ's National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2007, as published on the AHRQ Web site. Also refer to AHRQ-funded article by Jean-Jacques et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Family Physician
Scorza KA, Raleigh MF, O'Connor FG. Current concepts in concussion: evaluation and management. Am Fam Physician 2012 Jan 15; 85(2):123-32. [Uses AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ and AHRQ evidence reports to identify relevant publications.]

Graves RC, Oehler K, Tingle LE. Febrile seizures: risks, evaluation, and prognosis. Am Fam Physician 2012 Jan 15; 85(2):149-53. [Uses National Guideline Clearinghouse™, AHRQ, and USPSTF resources as sources for relevant publications.]

American Journal of Medical Quality
Naessens JM, Campbell CR, Shah N, et al. Effect of illness severity and comorbidity on patient safety and adverse events. Am J Med Qual 2012 Jan; 27(1):48-57. [Uses AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators, citing AHRQ Quality Indicators: Guide to Patient Safety Indicators, 2006, and Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998); cites AHRQ-authored articles by Pine, Jordan, and Elixhauser (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (JAMA, 2007) and Zhan and Miller (current researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence and former AHRQ researcher, respectively) (JAMA, 2003, and Qual Saf Health Care, 2003); cites article by van Walraven et al. (Med Care, 2009), which uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures.] Select to access the abstract.

Applied Health Economics and Health Policy
Johnson S, Davis M, Kaltenboeck A, et al. Early retirement and income loss in patients with early and advanced Parkinson's disease. Appl Health Econ Health Policy 2011 Nov 1; 9(6):367-76. [Uses the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992).] Select to access the abstract.

Kirson NY, Birnbaum HG, Ivanova JI, et al. Excess costs associated with patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension in a US privately insured population. Appl Health Econ Health Policy 2011 Nov 1; 9(6):377-87. [Uses the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described by AHRQ-funded article by Romano, Roos, and Jollis (J Clin Epidemiol, 1993).] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Surgery
Livingston EH, Fairlie RW. Little effect of insurance status or socioeconomic condition on disparities in minority appendicitis perforation rates. Arch Surg 2012 Jan; 147(1):11-17. [Uses 2001-2008 HCUP data.] Select to access the abstract.

Greenstein AJ, Moskowitz A, Gelijns AC, et al. Payer status and treatment paradigm for acute cholecystitis. Arch Surg 2012 Jan 16. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 1998-2008 HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data and AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998); cites AHRQ-authored article by Cohen (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Health Serv Res, 1989).] Select to access the abstract.

BMC Public Health
Howden-Chapman PL, Chandola T, Stafford M, et al. The effect of housing on the mental health of older people: the impact of lifetime housing history in the Whitehall II. BMC Public Health 2011 Sep 2; 11:682. [Uses study cohort data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Ambulatory Care Management
Richard P, Ku L, Dor A, et al. Cost savings associated with the use of community health centers. J Ambul Care Manage 2012 Jan-Mar; 35(1):50-9. [Uses 2006 MEPS data; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Cohen, Ezzati-Rice, and Yu (Med Care, 2006) and Sing, Banthin, Selden) et al. (Health Care Financ Rev, 2006), both of which use/discuss MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Mnatzaganian G, Ryan P, Norman PE, et al. Accuracy of hospital morbidity data and the performance of comorbidity scores as predictors of mortality. J Clin Epidemiol 2012 Jan; 65(1):107-15. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998) in comparison with the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded articles by Chaudhry, Jin, and Meltzer (Med Care, 2005), Romano, Roos, and Jollis (J Clin Epidemiol, 1993), and Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992), and article by Quan et al. (Med Care, 2005); cites AHRQ-authored article by Zhan and Miller (current researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence and former AHRQ researcher, respectively) (Qual Saf Health Care, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Simons WR, Rosenblatt LC, Trivedi DN. The economic consequences of rheumatoid arthritis: analysis of Medical Expenditure Panel Survey 2004, 2005, and 2006 data. J Occup Environ Med 2012 Jan; 54(1):48-55. [Uses 2004-2006 MEPS data, citing MEPS HC-105: 2006 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2008, as published on the AHRQ's MEPS Web site, and articles using MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Nature
International Consortium for Blood Pressure Genome-Wide Association Studies. Genetic variants in novel pathways influence blood pressure and cardiovascular disease risk. Nature 2011 Oct 6 (listed as Sep 11 in PubMed); 478(7367):103-9. [Uses study cohort data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

Pediatrics
Bowman SM, Aitken ME, Robbins JM, et al. Trends in US pediatric drowning hospitalizations, 1993-2008. Pediatrics 2012 Jan 16. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 1993-2008 HCUP NIS and State Inpatient Databases (SID) data as "obtained from the HCUP Central Distributor, with approval from the John Hopkins University," citing AHRQ publication, Population Denominator Data for Use with the HCUP Databases, HCUP Methods Series Report 2006-06, 2006.] Select to access the abstract.

PLoS Medicine
Berry JG, Poduri A, Bonkowsky JL, et al. Trends in resource utilization by children with neurological impairment in the United States inpatient health care system: a repeat cross-sectional study. PLoS Med 2012 Jan; 9(1):e1001158. [Uses 1997-2006 HCUP Kids' Inpatient Database (KID), citing Introduction to the HCUP Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) to Estimate Trends, 2007.] Select to access the abstract.

Specialty Care in Dentistry
Sy AA, Freed BA, Chau FK, et al. National estimates of the characteristics of individuals infected with HIV who are likely to report and receive treatment for painful bleeding gums. Spec Care Dentist 2011 Sep-Oct; 31(5):162-9. [Uses study cohort data from the AHRQ-funded HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS). Also refer to AHRQ-funded articles by Kwon et al. (Arch Surg, 2012) and Day et al. (Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Current as of January 2012
Internet Citation: A Successful, Voluntary, Multicomponent Statewide Effort To Reduce Health Care-Associated Infections: Articles of Interest, January 20, 2012. January 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/012012.html