Prediction Is Very Hard, Especially about the Future

Articles of Interest, January 27, 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

Archives of Internal Medicine
Hernandez AF, Granger CB. Prediction is very hard, especially about the future: can we prevent events that lead to readmission following percutaneous coronary intervention? Arch Intern Med 2012 Jan 23; 172(2):117-19. [Supported in part by grant U18 HS16964 (to first author).]

Callaghan B, McCammon R, Kerber K, et al. Tests and expenditures in the initial evaluation of peripheral neuropathy. Arch Intern Med 2012 Jan 23; 172(2):127-32. [Supported in part by grant R18 HS17690 (to third author); go to comments by Smith (Arch Intern Med, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Friedly J, Deyo RA. Imaging and uncertainty in the use of lumbar epidural steroid injections. Arch Intern Med 2011 Jan 23; 172(2):142-3. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS19222-01.]

BMJ Quality and Safety
Wetterneck TB, Lapin JA, Krueger DJ, Holman GT, Beasley JW, Karsh BT. Development of a primary care physician task list to evaluate clinic visit workflow. BMJ Qual Saf 2012 Jan; 21(1):47-53. [Supported in part by grants K08 HS17014 (principal investigator is first author), P20 HS17115 (principal investigator is last author), and R18 HS17899 (principal investigator is last author); cites AHRQ publication, Clinical Practice Improvement and Redesign: How Change in Workflow Can Be Supported by Clinical Decision Support, 2009, as published on AHRQ's National Resource Center for Health Information Technology Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Brown JR, McCullough PA, Splaine ME, et al. How do centres begin the process to prevent contrast-induced acute kidney injury: a report from a new regional collaborative. BMJ Qual Saf 2012 Jan; 21(1):54-62. [Supported in part by grant K01 HS18443 (to the first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Farley DO, Haviland A, Haas A, et al. How event reporting by US hospitals has changed from 2005 to 2009. BMJ Qual Saf 2012 Jan; 21(1):70-7. [Supported by contract 290-02-0010; cites AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation, Volume 2: Concepts and Methodology, 2005; cites AHRQ-sponsored working papers Adverse Event Reporting Practices by U.S. Hospitals: Survey Results from 2005 and 2009, 2010, and Assessing Patient Safety Practices and Outcomes in the U.S. Health Care System, 2009, both produced by RAND Health under contract 290-02-0010.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Vistnes J, Zawacki A, Simon K, Taylor A. Declines in employer-sponsored insurance between 2000 and 2008: examining the components of coverage by firm size. Health Serv Res 2012 Jan 17. [Epub ahead of print. First and last authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; uses 2000, 2001, and 2008 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Insurance Component (MEPS-IC) data.] Select to access the abstract.

Discussion Paper (Institute of Medicine)
Brach C, Dreyer B, Schyve P, et al. Attributes of a health literate organization. Disc Pap Inst Med 2012 Jan. [First author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets; based on a commissioned paper by members of the IOM Roundtable on Health Literacy Workshop; cites AHRQ publication, Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit, 2010, and the Pharmacy Health Literacy Center landing page, both on the AHRQ Web site; cites CAHPS Item Set for Addressing Health Literacy, 2011, as published on AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Web site.]

Journal of Rural Health
Kralewski JE, Zink T, Boyle R. Factors influencing electronic clinical information exchange in small medical group practices. J Rural Health 2012 Jan; 28(1):28-33. [Supported in part by AHRQ, no grant number given.] Select to access the abstract.

Medicare and Medicaid Research Review
Basu J, Mobley LR. Medicare managed care plan performance: a comparison across hospitalization types. Medicare Medicaid Res Rev 2012; 2(1):E1-E21. [First author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships; uses 2004 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Statewide Inpatient Databases (SID) data for California, Florida, and New York, citing SID Database Documentation, 2004, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites AHRQ publication, Preventable Hospitalizations: A Window Into Primary and Preventive Care, 2000, HCUP Fact Book 5, 2004.]

Quality Management in Health Care
Chima RS, Schoettker PJ, Varadarajan KR, et al. Reduction in hypoglycemic events in critically ill patients on continuous insulin following implementation of a treatment guideline. Qual Manag Health Care 2012 Jan; 21(1):20-8. [Supported in part by grant U18 HS16957.] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

Academic Pediatrics
Coker TR, Duplessis HM, Davoudpour R, et al. Well-child care practice redesign for low-income children: the perspectives of health plans, medical groups, and state agencies. Acad Pediatr 2012 Jan-Feb; 12(1):43-52. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Landon et al. (Health Aff, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Internal Medicine
Smith AG. Diagnosis of neuropathy: we can (and must) do better. Arch Intern Med 2012 Jan 23; 172(2):132-3. [Comments on AHRQ-authored article by Callaghan (Arch Intern Med, 2011) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Korenstein D, Falk R, Howell EA, et al. Overuse of health care services in the United States: an understudied problem. Arch Intern Med 2012 Jan 23; 172(2):171-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Gonzales et al. (Med Care, 2008), Linder, Chan, and Bates (J Clin Pharm Ther, 2006), and Walter and Covinsky (JAMA, 2001).] Select to access the abstract.

BMJ Quality and Safety
Freischlag JA. The operating room dance. BMJ Qual Saf 2012 Jan; 21(1):1. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Makary et al. (J Am Coll Surg, 2006).]

Gillespie BM, Chaboyer W, Fairweather N. Factors that influence the expected length of operation: results of a prospective study. BMJ Qual Saf 2012 Jan; 21(1):3-12. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Makary et al. (J Am Coll Surg, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Kaplan HC, Provost LP, Froehle CM, et al. The Model for Understanding Success in Quality (MUSIQ): building a theory of context in healthcare quality improvement. BMJ Qual Saf 2012 Jan; 21(1):13-20. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Øvretveit et al. (BMJ Qual Saf, 2011), Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006), Landon et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2004), and others.]�Select to access the abstract.

Singh H, Giardina TD, Petersen LA, et al. Exploring situational awareness in diagnostic errors in primary care. BMJ Qual Saf 2012 Jan; 21(1):30-8. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Battles (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety), Wilkinson, and Lee (Qual Saf Health Care, 2004); cites AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation, Volume 2: Concepts and Methodology, 2005; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Singh et al. (Am J Med, 2010), Newman-Toker and Pronovost (JAMA, 2009), Gandhi et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Bjertnaes OA, Sjetne IS, Iversen HH. Overall patient satisfaction with hospitals: effects of patient-reported experiences and fulfilment of expectations. BMJ Qual Saf 2012 Jan; 21(1):39-46. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by O'Malley et al. (Health Serv Res, 2005), which uses Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey data, and Hargraves et al. (Med Care, 2001).] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-Based Nursing
Castle NG. Reviewing the evidence base for nurse staffing and quality of care in nursing homes. Evid Based Nurs 2012 Jan; 15(1):23-4. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Castle and Ferguson (Gerontologist, 2010).]

JAMA
Kangovi S, Grande D. Hospital readmissions and measures of quality—reply. JAMA 2012 Jan 25; 307(4):361-2. [Cites AHRQ publication, Final Report Observation Status Related to Hospital Records, 2002, HCUP Methods Series Report 2002-3, 2002, as published on the AHRQ Web site; second author acknowledges previous AHRQ funding.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Wolff JL, Boyd CM, Gitlin LN, Bruce ML, Roter DL. Going it together: persistence of older adults' accompaniment to physician visits by a family companion. J Am Geriatr Soc 2012 Jan; 60(1):106-12. [Cites AHRQ publication, Engaging Patients and Families in the Medical Home, 2010, prepared by Mathematica Policy Research under contract 290-2009-00019-I-TO2; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Stange et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2010) and Glasgow et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Saf, 2003); authors acknowledge previous AHRQ funding.] Select to access the abstract.

Lancet
Sullivan KM, Wigley FM, Denton CP, et al. Haemopoietic stem-cell transplantation for systemic sclerosis. Lancet 2012 Jan 21-27; 379(9812):219. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Tunis, Stryer, and Clancy (JAMA, 2003).]

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

Archives of Internal Medicine
Rodondi N, Collet TH, Nanchen D, et al. Impact of carotid plaque screening on smoking cessation and other cardiovascular risk factors: a randomized controlled trial. Arch Intern Med 2012 Jan 23. [Epub ahead of print. Cites USPSTF recommendations on using nontraditional risk factors in coronary heart disease risk assessment (Ann Intern Med, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

European Urology
Kwiatkowski M, Klotz L, Hugosson J, et al. Comment on the US Preventive Services Task Force's draft recommendation on Screening for Prostate Cancer. Eur Urol 2012 Jan 24. [Epub ahead of print. Comments on USPSTF draft recommendation statement, Screening for Prostate Cancer, 2011, citing related USPSTF-sponsored evidence review by Chou et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2011) and original recommendations as published in Ann Intern Med, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Drewes YM, Gussekloo J, van der Meer V, et al. Assessment of appropriateness of screening community-dwelling older people to prevent functional decline. J Am Geriatr Soc 2012 Jan; 60(1):42-50. [Cites USPSTF screening recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2008; cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence update on screening for osteoporosis (Ann Intern Med, 2010); cites AHRQ-funded article by Shekelle et al. (N Engl J Med, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Family Practice
Miranda-Usua Y, Whitworth JD, Tillett J. Clinical Inquiry: Does ultrasound screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm reduce mortality? J Fam Pract 2012 Jan; 61(1):51-60. [Reviews and cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm and related USPSTF-sponsored systematic review by Fleming et al. (both in Ann Intern Med, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Medical Screening
Flitcroft KL, St John DJ, Howard K, et al. A comparative case study of bowel cancer screening in the UK and Australia: evidence lost in translation? J Med Screen 2011; 18(4):193-203. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008) as a reference for optimal screening population coverage (50 to 74- or 75-year-olds) in Table 2, "Trade-offs involved in FOBT cancer screening programmes with inadequate funding".]

Beral V, Alexander M, Duffy S, et al. The number of women who would need to be screened regularly by mammography to prevent one death from breast cancer. J Med Screen 2011; 18(4):210-12. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008) as a reference for numbers of women needed to be invited for screening to prevent one breast cancer death in Table 1.] Select to access the abstract.

MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Cancer screening—United States, 2010. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2012 Jan 27; 61:41-5. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on cancer as listed on Recommendations for Adults, as published on the USPSTF Web site. Also refer to article by Bennett, Probst, and Bellinger (J Rural Health, 2012) cited in National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR)/National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR)-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Hindin SB, Zelinski EM. Extended practice and aerobic exercise interventions benefit untrained cognitive outcomes in older adults: a meta-analysis. J Am Geriatr Soc 2012 Jan; 60(1):136-41. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Preventing Alzheimer's Disease and Cognitive Decline, 2010, prepared by the Duke Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) under contract 290-2007-10066-I.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Medical Screening
Haddow JE, Palomaki GE. Screening to detect Lynch syndrome and prevent hereditary cancers in relatives. J Med Screen 2011; 18(4):167-8. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Hereditary Nonpolyposis Colorectal Cancer: Accuracy of Diagnostic Strategies and Implications to Patients with Colorectal Cancer and Their Families, 2007.]

Journal of Rural Health
Madison M, Rudman WJ, Hart-Hester S, et al. Leveraging Health Information Technology and Health Information Management in Rural America: a health summit commentary. J Rural Health 2012 Jan; 28(1):4-7. [Discusses AHRQ-sponsored summit, A Quality Improvement Research Agenda on Leveraging Health Information Technology and Health Information Management in Rural Health Care; cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Impact of Consumer Health Informatics Applications, 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; cites AHRQ-authored article by Clancy (AHRQ director), Anderson, and White (Health Aff, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Singh R, Lichter MI, Danzo A, et al. The adoption and use of health information technology in rural areas: results of a national survey. J Rural Health 2012 Jan; 28(1):16-27. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Costs and Benefits of Health Information Technology, 2006; 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; cites AHRQ-authored article by Ortiz and Clancy (AHRQ director) (Health Serv Res, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Library Association (MLA) News
Goodrich K, Auston I, Dunn K, et al. Understanding comparative effectiveness research: part 1: the controversies and the challenges. MLA News 2012 Jan; 52(1):1, 8. [Lists under "Comparative Effectiveness Research Resources" AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site and AHRQ Finding Evidence for Comparing Medical Interventions in Methods Guide for Comparative Effectiveness Reviews, 2011, as published on the AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program. Also refer to article by Klingner and Moscovice (J Rural Health, 2012) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.]

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

BMJ Quality and Safety
Lyratzopoulos G, Elliott M, Barbiere JM, et al. Understanding ethnic and other socio-demographic differences in patient experience of primary care: evidence from the English General Practice Patient Survey. BMJ Qual Saf 2012 Jan; 21(1):21-9. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2009; cites AHRQ's CAHPS® Web site and several articles which use CAHPS and/or Hospital CAHPS (HCAHPS) survey data.] Select to access the abstract.

Lee P, Allen K, Daly M. A 'Communication and Patient Safety' training programme for all healthcare staff: can it make a difference? BMJ Qual Saf 2012 Jan; 21(1):84-8. [Cites AHRQ's NHQR, 2008; cites AHRQ-authored article by Leape, Berwick, Clancy (AHRQ director) et al. (Qual Saf Health Care, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Schweizer ML, Rubin MA. The art of oversimplification: the challenge of measuring hospital-acquired MRSA. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2012 Feb; 33(2):122-3. [Cites AHRQ's NHQR, 2010.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Rural Health
Bennett KJ, Probst JC, Bellinger JD. Receipt of cancer screening services: surprising results for some rural minorities. J Rural Health 2012 Jan; 28(1):63-72. [Cites AHRQ's NHQR/NHDR, 2006; cites USPSTF recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2009, as published on the AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Basu (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships) and Mobley (J Rural Health, 2010), Larson and Fleishman (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Med Care, 2003), and Weinick, Zuvekas, and Cohen (second and last authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Med Care Res Rev, 2000).] Select to access the abstract.

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Phipps MG, Lindquist DG, McConaughey E, et al. Outcomes from a labor and delivery team training program with simulation component. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2012 Jan; 206(1):3-9. [Uses AHRQ's Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, citing Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, 2004; mentions the Quality Interagency Coordination (QuIC) Task Force, previously supported by AHRQ; cites AHRQ publications, Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation, Volume 3: Implementation Issues, 2005, and Medical Teamwork and Patient Safety: The Evidence-based Relation. Literature Review, 2005, as published on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Bateman BT, Mhyre JM, Callaghan WM, et al. Peripartum hysterectomy in the United States: nationwide 14 year experience. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2012 Jan; 206(1):63.e1-63.e8. [Uses 1994-2007 HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) and HCUP Data Use Agreement Training, both published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] 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 as "obtained from the HCUP database core elements file."] Select to access the abstract.

European Respiratory Journal
Brandt SJ, Perez L, Künzli N, et al. Costs of childhood asthma due to traffic-related pollution in two California communities. Eur Respir J 2012 Jan 26. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2007 and 2009 HCUP data, as published on the HCUPnet Web site, 2004 MEPS data, and 2007 MEPS conditions file data from the MEPS Household Component (MEPS-HC), citing MEPS HC-112: 2007 Medical Conditions File, 2009, MEPS HC-089: 2004 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2006, and Computing Standard Errors for MEPS Estimates, 2005, all published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Affairs
Long SK, Stockley K, Dahlen H. Massachusetts health reforms: uninsurance remains low, self-reported health status improves as state prepares to tackle costs. Health Aff 2012 Jan 25. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2006 MEPS-IC data, citing MEPS-IC data tables in MEPSnet/IC Trend Query, as published on AHRQ's MEPS web site.] Select to access the abstract.

International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology
Higgins TS, Thorp B, Rawlings BA, et al. Outcome results of endoscopic vs craniofacial resection of sinonasal malignancies: a systematic review and pooled-data analysis. Int Forum Allerg Rhinol 2011 Jul-Aug; 1(4):255-61. [Uses AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse to identify relevant publications.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Grams ME, Kucirka LM, Hanrahan CF, et al. Candidacy for kidney transplantation of older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc 2012 Jan; 60(1):1-7. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, American Volume
Nikkel LE, Fox EJ, Black KP, et al. Impact of comorbidities on hospitalization costs following hip fracture. J Bone Joint Surg Am 2012 Jan 4; 94(1):9-17. [Uses 2007 HCUP NIS data (citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), as published on the AHRQ's HCUP Web site), HCUP Comorbidity Software (citing Comorbidity Software, Version 3.6, 2011, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site) and AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Rhee D, Zhang Y, Papandria D, et al. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality pediatric indicators as a quality metric for surgery in children: do they predict adverse outcomes? J Pediatr Surg 2012 Jan; 47(1):107-11. [Uses 1997, 2000, 2003, and 2006 HCUP Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) data (citing Introduction to the HCUP Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) and Overview of the Kids' Inpatient Database (KID), both published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site), 1998-2007 HCUP NIS data (citing Introduction to the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) and Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), both published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site), and AHRQ's Pediatric Quality Indicators via AHRQ's Quality Indicators Wizard version 4.1 (citing Pediatric Quality Indicators Overview, as published on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Miller and Zhan (current researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence and former AHRQ researcher, respectively) (Pediatrics, 2004) and Zhan and Miller (JAMA, 2003); cites several AHRQ-funded and other articles which use multiple AHRQ datasets; mentions HCUP SID data.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Perinatology
Mohamed MA, Aly H. Birth region, race and sex may affect the prevalence of congenital diaphragmatic hernia, abdominal wall and neural tube defects among US newborns. J Perinatol 2012 Jan 26. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 1997-2004 HCUP NIS and KID data, citing Overview of the Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) and Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), both published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

 

Journal of Rural Health
Klingner J, Moscovice I. Development and testing of emergency department patient transfer communication measures. J Rural Health 2012 Jan; 28(1):44-53. [Uses AHRQ's Quality Indicators; notes the inclusion of emergency department patient transfer communication measures in AHRQ's National Quality Measures Clearinghouse™; cites AHRQ technical review, Closing the Quality Gap: A Critical Analysis of Quality Improvement Strategies, Volume 7—Care Coordination, 2007.] Select to access the abstract.

Psychiatric Services
Mark TL, Kassed C, Levit K, et al. An analysis of the slowdown in growth of spending for psychiatric drugs, 1986-2008. Psychiatr Serv 2012 Jan 1; 63(1):13-18. [Uses 1997-2007 MEPS data; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Zuvekas (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Health Aff, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Quality Management in Health Care
Alemi F, Torii M, Clementz L, et al. Feasibility of real-time satisfaction surveys through automated analysis of patients' unstructured comments and sentiments. Qual Manag Health Care 2012 Jan; 21(1):9-19. [Uses "drivers of satisfaction" categories from AHRQ's CAHPS survey data, citing AHRQ publication, The CAHPS Database: Preliminary Comparative Data for the CAHPS Clinician and Group Survey, 2010, as published on AHRQ's CAHPS Web site, and CAHPS questions from AHRQ-funded article by Cleary and Edgman-Levitan (JAMA, 1997).] Select to access the abstract.

Page last reviewed February 2012
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