Diabetes Data Group vs Carpenter-Coustan Criteria to Diagnose Gestational Diabetes

Articles of Interest, February 3, 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 Obstetrics and Gynecology
Berggren EK, Boggess KA, Stuebe AM, Jonsson Funk M. National Diabetes Data Group vs Carpenter-Coustan criteria to diagnose gestational diabetes. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2011 Sep; 205(3):253.e1-253.e7. [Supported in part by Career Development Award grant K02 HS17950 (to last author).] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Public Health
Akincigil A, Olfson M, Siegel M, et al. Racial and ethnic disparities in depression care in community-dwelling elderly in the United States. Am J Public Health 2012 Feb; 102(2):319-28. [Supported in part by cooperative agreement award grant U18 HS16097 to the Center for Research and Education on Mental Health Therapeutics at Rutgers as part of AHRQ's Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) program.]

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Munson JC, Christie JD, Halpern SD. The societal impact of single versus bilateral lung transplantation for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2011 Dec 1; 184(11):1282-18. [Supported in part by grant K08 HS18406.] Select to access the abstract.

Diabetes Care
Morrison F, Shubina M, Turchin A. Lifestyle counseling in routine care and long-term glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol control in patients with diabetes. Diabetes Care 2012 Feb; 35(2):334-41. [Supported in part by grant 5 R18 HS17030; 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.

Family Medicine
DeVoe JE, Westfall N, Crocker S, et al. Why do some eligible families forego public insurance for their children? A qualitative analysis. Fam Med 2012 Jan; 44(1):39-46. [Supported by grants F32 HS14645, K08 HS16181, and R01 HS18569 (all to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Thygeson NM, Solberg LI, Asche SE, et al. Using fuzzy set qualitative comparative analysis (fs/QCA) to explore the relationship between medical "homeness" and quality. Health Serv Res 2012 Feb; 47(1 Pt 1):22-45. [Supported in part by contract HHSA290-2007-10010, task order 4.] Select to access the abstract.

Davis MM, Gross CP, Clancy CM. Building a bridge to somewhere better: linking health care research and health policy. Health Serv Res 2012 Feb; 47(1 Pt 2):329-36. [Third author is the AHRQ director.]

Clancy CM, Glied SA, Lurie N. From research to health policy impact. Health Serv Res 2012 Feb; 47(1 Pt 2):337-43. [First author is the AHRQ director; notes the impacts made by short-term health policy fellows and clinical scholars from AHRQ in subsequent leadership roles in important HHS health information technology and quality improvement programs.]

Hollingsworth JM, Saint S, Sakshaug JW, Hayward RA, Zhang L, Miller DC. Physician practices and readiness for medical home reforms: policy, pitfalls, and possibilities. Health Serv Res 2012 Feb; 47(1 Pt 2):486-508. [Supported in part by grant K08 HS18346-01A1.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Sociology Review
Keane C. Managerialism and medical charity: How employing and pre-paying doctors affects the provision of free care in the United States. Health Sociol Rev 2011 Sep; 20(3):281-93. [Supported by AHRQ, grant number not given.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Schaefer GR, Matus H, Schumann JH, Sauter K, Vekhter B, Meltzer DO, Arora VM. Financial responsibility of hospitalized patients who left against medical advice: medical urban legend? J Gen Intern Med 2012 Jan 31. [Epub ahead of print. Supported in part by CERTs grant 1 U18 HS16967-01; sixth and last authors acknowledge previous AHRQ funding; cites commentary article "Discharge Against Medical Advice," by Hwang, 2005, as published on AHRQ's Morbidity and Mortality Rounds on the Web (WebM&M) Web site.]

Maternal and Child Health Journal
DeVoe JE, Tillotson CJ, Wallace LS, et al. Is health insurance enough? A usual source of care may be more important to ensure a child receives preventive health counseling. Matern Child Health J 2012 Feb; 16(2):306-15. [Supported in part by grants K08 HS16181 and R01 HS18569; uses 2002-2006 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Household Component (MEPS HC) data, citing MEPS Pooled Estimation Files, 2010, and MEPS HC-089: 2004 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2008, both published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site; acknowledges statistical programming assistance from Julie Hudson and Jessica Vistnes (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends); cites AHRQ publication, Children's Usual Source of Care: United States, 2002, MEPS Statistical Brief 78, 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Decision Making
Mason JE, England DA, Denton BT, et al. Optimizing statin treatment decisions for diabetes patients in the presence of uncertain future adherence. Med Decis Making 2012 Jan; 32(1):154-66. [Supported by grant 1 R21 HS17628; cites 2006 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data on cost inputs with initial hospitalization for stroke and coronary heart disease.] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

ADHD Access
Krust Bray K. Assisting our informed patients' use of consumer health information and technology to improve their oral health. ADHA Access 2012 Jan; 26(1):12-14. [Cites AHRQ research report, Consumer Health Informatics and Patient Decision Making: Summary, 1997, as published on the AHRQ Web site.]

Dental Implantology Update
Garg A, Guez G. Reconsidering conventional wisdom: new case brings old question to forefront. Dent Implantol Update 2012 Jan; 23(1):4-7. [Mentions American Public Health Association recommendations that AHRQ and other organizations and independent researchers "call for convening an expert panel that considers evidence-based research on the effectiveness and appropriateness of prophylactic removal of third molars and generates a consensus statement," in Table 2, "American Public Health Association's Policy Statement, recommendations regarding prophylactic removal of third molars".]

Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
Trasande L. Quantifying the economic consequences of childhood obesity and potential benefits of interventions. Expert Rev Pharmacoecon Outcomes Res 2011 Feb; 11(1):47-50. [Summarizes findings from studies by Finkelstein and Trogden (Am J Public Health, 2008) and Trasande and Chatterjee (Obesity, 2009) which use 2001-2003 and 2001-2004 MEPS data, respectively, to analyze health care expenditures for overweight children; notes "the increased precision of actual anthropometric data compared with self-report data, which suffer from concerns about validity of parentally or self-reported anthropometric data," in comparing MEPS analyses from the USA with the reviewed author's use of the German Interview and Examination Survey for Children and Adolescents.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Clement JP, Bazzoli GJ, Zhao M. Nursing home price and quality responses to publicly reported quality information. Health Serv Res 2012 Feb; 47(1 Pt 1):86-105. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Mukamel, Spector (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets), Zinn et al. (Med Care, 2010, and J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci, 2007), Zinn, Spector, Hsieh et al. (Health Care Manage Rev, 2010), Mukamel, Glance, Weimer, Spector et al. (Med Care, 2008), Mukamel, Weimer, Spector et al. (Health Serv Res, 2008), and Zinn, Spector, Hsieh et al. (Gerontologist, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Harrington C, Olney B, Carrillo H, et al. Nurse staffing and deficiencies in the largest for-profit nursing home chains and chains owned by private equity companies. Health Serv Res 2012 Feb; 47(1 Pt 1):106-28. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Cohen and Spector (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends, and Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, respectively) (J Health Econ, 1996); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Castle and Engberg (Gerontologist, 2008), Mor et al. (Milbank Q, 2004), Zhang and Grabowski (Gerontologist, 2004), and Grabowski (J Health Econ and J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci, 2001).] Select to access the abstract.

Spatz ES, Phipps MS, Wang OJ, et al. Expanding the safety net of specialty care for the uninsured: a case study. Health Serv Res 2012 Feb; 47(1 Pt 2):344-62. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Darnell (Arch Intern Med, 2010), Schmittdiel et al. (Ann Fam Med, 2010), and Ayanian et al. (N Engl J Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Coker TR, Kaplan RM, Chung PJ. The association of health insurance and disease impairment with reported asthma prevalence in U.S. children. Health Serv Res 2012 Feb; 47(1 Pt 2):431-45. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Berdahl, Owens, Dougherty, McCormick, Pylypchuk, and Simpson (first and fifth authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends, third author is a researcher in AHRQ's Office of Extramural Research, Education, and Priority Populations, and second and last authors are former AHRQ researchers) (Acad Pediatr, 2010), which uses multiple AHRQ data sets; cites AHRQ-funded article by Szilagyi et al. (Pediatrics, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Kullgren JT, McLaughlin CG, Mitra N, et al. Nonfinancial barriers and access to care for U.S. adults. Health Serv Res 2012 Feb; 47(1 Pt 2):462-85. [Recommends expanding CAHPS® and other tools for measuring patient health care expenditures to detect specific population access barriers; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Iezzoni, Killeen, and O'Day (Health Serv Res, 2006) and Weech-Maldonado et al. (Health Serv Res, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Azar KM, Moreno MR, Wong EC, et al. Accuracy of data entry of patient race/ethnicity/ancestry and preferred spoken language in an ambulatory care setting. Health Serv Res 2012 Feb; 47(1 Pt 1):228-40. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Harrison, Henriksen, and Hughes (first and second authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets and AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, respectively, and third author is former AHRQ researcher) (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Sinkowitz-Cochran RL, Garcia-Williams A, Hackbarth AD, et al. Evaluation of organizational culture among different levels of healthcare staff participating in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's 100,000 Lives Campaign. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2012 Feb; 33(2):135-43. [Cites articles by Kuehn (JAMA, 2009) and Goeschel et al. (Crit Care Nurs Clin N Am, 2006) on the AHRQ-funded Michigan Keystone ICU project; cites AHRQ-authored article by Wang, Hyun, Shortell, and Fraser (director in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2006); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Pronovost et al. (J Crit Care, 2008, and N Engl J Med, 2006), and Weiner et al. (Med Care Res Rev, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Detsky AS, Gauthier SR, Fuchs VR. Specialization in medicine: how much is appropriate? JAMA 2012 Feb 1; 307(5):463-4. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Tu et al. (N Engl J Med, 1997).]

Emerman CL. National reporting of emergency department length of stay: challenges, opportunities, and risks. JAMA 2012 Feb 1; 307(5):511-12. [Mentions data on the percentage of emergency department visits by patients with mental health symptoms, citing Clinical Classifications Software (CCS) for ICD-9-CM, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Mason (Acad Emerg Med, 2011), Ovens (Acad Emerg Med, 2011), Schiff (Acad Emerg Med, 2011), and Tang et al. (JAMA, 2010).]

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
van Walraven C, Austin P. Administrative database research has unique characteristics that can risk biased results. J Clin Epidemiol 2012 Feb; 65(2):126-31. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Schneeweiss et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

Ionescu-Ittu R, Abrahamowicz M, Pilote L. Treatment effect estimates varied depending on the definition of the provider prescribing preference-based instrumental variables. J Clin Epidemiol 2012 Feb; 65(2):155-62. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Rassen et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 2009, two articles), Prasad et al. (Pediatr Infect Dis, 2008), Crystal et al. (Med Care, 2007), and Schneeweiss et al. (Arthritis Rheum, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Decision Making
Alistar SS, Brandeau ML. Decision making for HIV prevention and treatment scale up: bridging the gap between theory and practice. Med Decis Making 2012 Jan; 32(1):105-17. [Cites AHRQ publication, The Weill/Cornell Bioterrorism and Epidemic Outbreak Response Model (BERM), 2003, as published on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

MLO: Medical Laboratory Observer
DeBonville D. The impact of incorrect MRSA diagnosis. MLO Med Lab Obs 2012 Jan; 44(1):26-7. [Cites AHRQ News and Numbers: Blood Infections Most Costly Hospital Care in 2009, 2011, as published on the AHRQ Web site.]

McCune J. MRSA surveillance: how to get the most value out of your program. MLO Med Lab Obs 2012 Jan; 44(1):28-9. [Cites AHRQ publication, Infections with Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) in U.S. Hospitals, 1993-2005, HCUP Statistical Brief 35, 2007, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.]

Physical Therapy
Ho CH, Bensitel T, Wang X, et al. Pulsatile lavage for the enhancement of pressure ulcer healing: a randomized controlled trial. Phys Ther 2012 Jan; 92(1):38-48. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline Treatment of Pressure Ulcers, 1994.] Select to access the abstract.

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

 American Journal of Preventive Health
Shires DA, Stange KC, Divine G, et al. Prioritization of evidence-based preventive health services during periodic health examinations. Am J Prev Med 2012 Feb; 42(2):164-73. [Includes preventive topics of interest for encounter analysis selected from those recommended by the USPSTF; cites USPSTF-sponsored article by Sheridan, Woolf, and Harris (Am J Prev Med, 2004) on shared decision making about screening and chemoprevention; uses the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992); cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Value of the Periodic Health Evaluation, 2006.] Select to access the abstract.

American Surgeon
Hegar V, Oliveira K, Kakarala B, et al. Annual mammography screening: is it necessary? Am Surg 2012 Jan; 78(1):104-6. [Discusses updated USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Breast Cancer, 2009, and as published in Ann Intern Med, 2009; cites article by Hendrick et al. (AJR Am J Roentgenol, 2011), which discusses the same USPSTF recommendations.] Select to access the abstract.

Family Medicine
Newsome A, Sieber W, Smith M, et al. If you build it, will they come? A qualitative evaluation of the use of video-based decision aids in primary care. Fam Med 2012 Jan; 44(1):26-31. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored article by Sheridan, Woolf, and Harris (Am J Prev Med, 2004) on shared decision making about screening and chemoprevention.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Peres J. New PSA guidelines discourage overscreening. J Natl Cancer Inst 2012 Jan 4; 104(1):8-9. [Discusses updated USPSTF recommendations on prostate cancer screening.]

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Rothpletz-Puglia P, Storm D, Burr C, et al. Routine prenatal HIV testing: women's concerns and their strategies for addressing concerns. Matern Child Health J 2012 Feb; 16(2):464-9. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on prenatal screening for HIV (Ann Intern Med, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Decision Making
Feldstein AC, Perrin N, Liles EG, et al. Primary care colorectal cancer screening recommendation patterns: associated factors and screening outcomes. Med Decis Making 2012 Jan; 32(1):198-208. [Uses clinical practice guidelines based on USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Colorectal Cancer, 2009, as published on the AHRQ Web site; cites USPSTF-sponsored decision analysis on evaluating test strategies for colorectal cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2008) and AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Enhancing the Use and Quality of Colorectal Cancer Screening, 2010.] Select to access the abstract.

Denny JC, Choma NN, Peterson JF, et al. Natural language processing improves identification of colorectal cancer testing in the electronic medical record. Med Decis Making 2012 Jan; 32(1):188-97. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Sexually Transmitted Disease
Chow JM. Measuring the uptake and impact of chlamydia screening programs—easier said than done. Sex Transm Dis 2012 Feb; 39(2):89-91. [Notes chlamydia screening's qualification as an "essential health benefit service" on the basis of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) provisions mandating coverage for preventive services given an "A" or "B" rating by the USPSTF. Also refer to article by Shires et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2012) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

ADHD Access
Barrow SL. Health literacy: why is it important? ADHD Access 2012 Jan; 26(1):20-2. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Literacy and Health Outcomes, 2004, prepared by the RTI International-University of North Carolina Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) under contract 290-02-0016; includes Health Literacy and Cultural Competency and AHRQ publication, Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit, 2010, both as published on AHRQ's Web site, under "Health Literature Resources" listing; cites AHRQ-authored article by Andrulis and Brach (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Am J Health Behav, 2007).]

American Journal of Nursing
Contrada E. CE Test 2.8 Hours: Nurses' presenteeism and its effects on self-reported quality of care and costs. Am J Nurs 2012 Feb; 112(2):48-9. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Nurse Staffing and Quality of Patient Care, 2007.]

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Viswanathan M, Berkman ND. Development of the RTI item bank on risk of bias and precision of observational studies. J Clin Epidemiol 2012 Feb; 65(2):163-78. [Uses over 90 AHRQ-sponsored systematic reviews, evidence reports, comparative effectiveness reviews, and methodology publications to compile a validated item bank for evaluating the risk of bias and precision of observational studies of interventions or exposures included in systematic evidence reviews, which was guided by inputs from a Technical Expert Panel composed of 16 senior staff from across AHRQ and AHRQ's EPCs and cognitively tested by staff at six EPCs. Also refer to articles by Shires et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2012) and Feldstein et al. (Med Decis Making, 2012) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles, and articles by Shires et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2012), Prentice et al. (Health Serv Res, 2012), Drösler et al. (Health Serv Res, 2012), Pollack (Health Serv Res, 2012), Downey (Health Serv Res, 2012), and Wilson (J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis, 2012) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.] Select to access the abstract.

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Human Genetics
Johnson T, Gaunt TR, Newhouse SJ, et al. Blood pressure loci identified with a gene-centric array. Am J Hum Genet 2011 Dec 9; 89(6):688-700. [Uses study cohort data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.]

AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
Brinjikji W, Kallmes DF, Lanzino G, et al. Hospitalization costs for endovascular and surgical treatment of unruptured cerebral aneurysms in the United States are substantially higher than Medicare payments. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol 2012 Jan; 33(1):49-51. [Uses 2001-2008 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Shires DA, Stange KC, Divine G, et al. Prioritization of evidence-based preventive health services during periodic health examinations. Am J Prev Med 2012 Feb; 42(2):164-73. [Uses the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992); mentions USPSTF recommendations as published on the USPSTF Web site and cites USPSTF-sponsored article by Sheridan, Woolf, and Harris (Am J Prev Med, 2004) on shared decision making about screening and chemoprevention; cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Value of the Periodic Health Evaluation, 2006; cites articles by Maciosek et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2006), Flocke and Gilchrist (Med Care, 2005), Fiscella, Goodwin, and Stange (J Natl Med Assoc, 2002), and others which use or discuss USPSTF recommendations.] Select to access the abstract.

Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention
Park SA, Lee SJ, Choi GU. Survey of factors associated with nurses' perception of patient safety. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev 2011; 12(8):2129-32. [Uses the Korean version of AHRQ's Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture (designated in the article as "the AHRQ patient safety survey" and cited as published on the AHRQ Web site) described in articles by Kim et al. (J Korean Nurs Adm Acad Soc, 2007, and Clin Nursing Res, 2007); cites AHRQ-funded article by Pronovost et al. (Qual Saf Health Care, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

BJU International
Stroup SP, Palazzi-Churas K, Kopp RP, et al. Trends in adverse events of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in the USA, 1998 to 2008. BJU Int 2012 Jan; 109(1):84-7. [Uses 1998-2008 HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Gray BM, Weng W, Holmboe ES. An assessment of patient-based and practice infrastructure-based measures of the patient-centered medical home: do we need to ask the patient? Health Serv Res 2012 Feb; 47(1 Pt 1):4-21. [Uses CAHPS® survey data and state rankings from AHRQ's NHQR, 2005; cites AHRQ-funded article by Hays et al. (Med Care, 1999), which uses/analyzes CAHPS 1.0 survey data),] Select to access the abstract.

Prentice JC, Graeme Fincke B, Miller DR, et al. Primary care and health outcomes among older patients with diabetes. Health Serv Res 2012 Feb; 47(1 Pt 1):46-67. [Gives definition of ambulatory care sensitive conditions (ACSC) from AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site and uses Prevention Quality Indicators methodologies to define ACSC hospitalizations in study data, and uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998); cites Patient Safety Indicators Download, 2010, as published on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site; cites AHRQ-funded meta-regression analysis by Shojania et al. (JAMA, 2006) on the effects of quality improvement strategies for type 2 diabetes on glycemic control, prepared by the Stanford-UCSF EPC under contract 290-02-0017.] Select to access the abstract.

Bazzoli GJ, Lee W, Hsieh HM, et al. The effects of safety net hospital closures and conversions on patient travel distance to hospital services. Health Serv Res 2012 Feb; 47(1 Pt 1):129-50. [Uses HCUP State Inpatient Databases (SID) data for Arizona, California, Florida, and Wisconsin, and AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998); cites AHRQ-authored article by 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.

Drösler SE, Romano PS, Tancredi DJ, et al. International comparability of patient safety indicators in 15 OECD member countries: a methodological approach of adjustment by secondary diagnoses. Health Serv Res 2012 Feb; 47(1 Pt 1):275-92. [Uses a set of AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) selected from the original set of 12 PSIs endorsed by the OECD and data provided by US participants based on HCUP NIS data; cites AHRQ-authored article by Houchens, Elixhauser (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets), and Romano (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2008) and several AHRQ-funded and other articles which use or analyze AHRQ's PSIs; cites AHRQ technical review Measures of Patient Safety Based on Hospital Administrative Data—The Patient Safety Indicators, 2002; cites AHRQ publications, Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Approaches, Volume 1: Assessment, 2008, as published on the AHRQ Web site, and Patient Safety in Hospitals in 2004: Toward Understanding Variation Across States, HCUP Methods Series Report 2008-02, 2008, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Atella V, Bhattacharya J, Carbonari L. Pharmaceutical price controls and minimum efficacy regulation: evidence from the United States and Italy. Health Serv Res 2012 Feb; 47(1 Pt 1):293-308. [Uses MEPS data to estimate U.S. prices for brand name drugs.] Select to access the abstract.

Pollack CE, Weissman G, Bekelman J, et al. Physician social networks and variation in prostate cancer treatment in three cities. Health Serv Res 2012 Feb; 47(1 Pt 2):380-403. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998); 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.

Downey JR, Hernandez-Boussard T, Banka G, et al. Is patient safety improving? National trends in patient safety indicators: 1998-2007. Health Serv Res 2012 Feb; 47(1 Pt 2):414-30. [Discusses the development and use of AHRQ's PSIs; uses 1998-2007 HCUP NIS data (citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2007, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site) and AHRQ PSI software to analyze 20 hospital-level PSIs (citing Patient Safety Indicators Overview, 2006, as published on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site, AHRQ Quality Indicators: Guide to Patient Safety Indicators, Version 3.1, 2003, and AHRQ Quality Indicators: Patient Safety Indicators: Technical Specifications, Version 3.2, 2003) applied to the NIS data to identify potential preventable adverse events; AHRQ's PSIs, and uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998); cites AHRQ technical review Measures of Patient Safety Based on Hospital Administrative Data—The Patient Safety Indicators, 2002; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Encinosa and Hellinger (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization and Markets) (Health Serv Res, 2008), Coben, Steiner (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets), Barrett et al. (Inj Prev, 2006), Ford, Bateman, and Simpson (former AHRQ researcher) (Am J Obstet Gynecol, 2006), and others, all of which use various AHRQ datasets; cites several AHRQ-funded and other articles which use various AHRQ datasets; cites article by Southern, Quan, and Ghali (Med Care, 2004), which compares the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992) with AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures.] Select to access the abstract.

Basu A, Kee R, Buchanan D, et al. Comparative cost analysis of housing and case management program for chronically ill homeless adults compared to usual care. Health Serv Res 2012 Feb; 47(1 Pt 2):523-43. [Uses data from AHRQ publications, Regional Differences in Total and Out-of-Pocket Expenditures for Selected Types of Office-Based Visits, 2004, MEPS Statistical Brief 157, 2007, and Expenses for a Hospital Emergency Room Visit, 2003, MEPS Statistical Brief 111, 2006, both published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site; cites AHRQ-authored working paper "Health Care Utilization in Homeless People: Translating Research into Policy and Practice," by Hwang and Henderson (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends), as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Avery TR, Kleinman KP, Klompas M, et al. Inclusion of 30-day postdischarge detection triples the incidence of hospital-onset methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2012 Feb; 33(2):114-21. [Uses the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Romano, Roos, and Jollis (J Clin Epidemiol, 1993); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Glance et al. (Health Serv Res, 2006) and Schneeweiss (Am J Epidemiol, 2001).] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Fee C, Burstin H, Maselli JH, et al. Association of emergency department length of stay with safety-net status. JAMA 2012 Feb 1; 307(5):476-82. [Uses AHRQ's HCUP Clinical Classifications Software for Mental Health and Substance Abuse (CCS-MHSA) (as now integrated into the CCS tool and accessed on AHRQ's HCUP Web site) to identify admitted and discharged patients meeting criteria for the psychiatric visit category.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, American Volume
Kim SH, Wise BL, Zhang Y, et al. Increasing incidence of shoulder arthroplasty in the United States. J Bone Joint Surg Am 2011 Dec 21; 93(24):2249-54. [Uses 1993-2008 HCUP NIS data as accessed on the HCUPnet Web site, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) and Changes in the NIS Sampling and Weighting Strategy for 1998, 2002, both published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Stroke and Cardiovascular Diseases
Wilson RD. Mortality and cost of pneumonia after stroke for different risk groups. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis 2012 Jan; 21(1):61-7. [Uses 2005-2006 HCUP NIS data and AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998); cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment of Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia) in Acute-Care Stroke Patients, 1999.] Select to access the abstract.

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Kenney MK, Kogan MD, Toomer S, et al. Federal expenditures on maternal and child health in the United States. Matern Child Health J 2012 Feb; 16(2):271-87. [Uses data on AHRQ spending on maternal and child health from AHRQ's Office of Performance, Accountability, Resources, and Technology; designates AHRQ maternal/child health spending in the "Infrastructure building services" category in Table 2, "Federal department/agency/program by type of service activity," and notes its focus "almost solely on children's health services research."] Select to access the abstract.

Pediatrics
Leventhal JM, Martin KD, Gaither JR. Using US data to estimate the incidence of serious physical abuse in children. Pediatrics 2012 Feb 6. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2006 HCUP Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) data and related Cost-to-Charge Ratio Files, citing Overview of the Kids' Inpatient Database (KID), Cost-to-Charge Ratio Files: 2006 Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) User Guide, and AHRQ publication, Hospital Stays Related to Child Maltreatment, 2005, HCUP Statistical Brief 49, 2008, all published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.]

Spine
Rajaee SS, Bae HW, Kanim LE, et al. Spinal fusion in the United States: analysis of trends from 1998 to 2008. Spine 2012 Jan 1; 37(1):67-76. [Uses 1998-2008 HCUP NIS data as accessed on AHRQ's HCUPnet Web site and HCUP Clinical Classifications Software (CCS), citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2008, and Clinical Classifications Software (CCS) for ICD-9-CM, both published on AHRQ'S HCUP Web site; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Ciol et al. (J Am Geriatr Soc, 1996), Cherkin et al. (Spine, 1994), Deyo et al. (Spine, 1993, and J Bone Joint Surg, 1992), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Surgery
Semel ME, Lipsitz SR, Funk LM, et al. Rates and patterns of death after surgery in the United States, 1996 and 2006. Surgery 2012 Feb; 151(2):171-82. [Uses 1996-2006 HCUP NIS data (citing Introduction to the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2006, 2008, and NIS Description of Data Elements, 2008, both published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site), the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992), and coding rules developed under AHRQ support and described in AHRQ-funded articles by Silber et al. (Med Care, 1996) and Needleman et al. (N Engl J Med, 2002), noting the latter's modification for use with AHRQ's PSIs "to measure failure to rescue rates among surgical inpatients," (citing Patient Safety Indicators Download, 2007, as published on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site).] Select to access the abstract.

World Neurosurgery
Hoh BL, Kleinhenz DT, Chi YY, et al. Incidence of ventricular shunt placement for hydrocephalus with clipping versus coiling for ruptured and unruptured cerebral aneurysms in the Nationwide Inpatient Sample database: 2002 to 2007. World Neurosurg 2011 Dec; 76(6):548-54. [Uses 2002-2007 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site. Also refer to AHRQ-funded articles by Morrison, Shubina, and Turchin (Diabetes Care, 2012) and DeVoe et al. (Matern Child Health J, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles, and article by Shires et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2012) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Current as of February 2012
Internet Citation: Diabetes Data Group vs Carpenter-Coustan Criteria to Diagnose Gestational Diabetes: Articles of Interest, February 3, 2012. February 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/020312.html