Associations between Minimum Wage Policy and Access to Health Care: Evidence from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 1996-2007

Articles of Interest: February 11, 2011

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.

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AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles

American Journal of Public Health
McCarrier KP, Zimmerman FJ, Ralston JD, et al. Associations between minimum wage policy and access to health care: evidence from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 1996-2007. Am J Public Health 2011 Feb; 101(2):359-67. [Supported in part by grant HS13853 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

BMJ-Quality and Safety (former Quality and Safety in Health Care)
Sorensen AV, Harrison MI, Kane HL, et al. From research to practice: factors affecting implementation of prospective targeted injury-detection systems. BMJ Qual Saf 2011 Feb 2. [Epub ahead of print. Second author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets; cites AHRQ publications, Triggers and Targeted Injury Detection Systems (TIDS) Expert Panel Meeting: Conference Summary, 2009, Implementation Manual for Adverse Drug Events Targeted Injury Detection Systems, 2009, and Implementation Manual for Nosocomial Pressure Ulcers Targeted Injury Detection Systems, 2009.] Select to access the abstract.

Healthcare Informatics
Clancy C. Checking in about innovation: AHRQ's Carolyn Clancy examines the current quality landscape. Interview by Mark Hagland. Healthc Inform 2011 Feb; 28(2):1-3. [Presents excerpts of interview held with AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy in late 2010 and notes her designation as the closing keynote speaker at an upcoming Healthcare Informatics Executive Summit in May 2011.]

Health Environment Research and Design
Etchegaray JM, Fischer WG. Understanding evidence-based research methods: graphical data analysis. HERD 2010 Winter; 3(2):118-25. [Supported by grant 1 K02 HS17145-02 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Aslakson RA, Romig M, Galvagno SM, Colantuoni E, Cosgrove SE, Perl TM, Pronovost PJ. Effect of accounting for multiple concurrent catheters on central line-associated bloodstream infection rates: practical data supporting a theoretical concern. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2011 Feb; 32(2):121-4. [Last author received salary support through an AHRQ grant (number not given) "to reduce bloodstream infections".]

Journal of Health Economics
Morrill MS. The effects of maternal employment on the health of school-age children. J Health Econ 2011 Jan 21. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by grant R36 HS17375-01; cites data from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) on AHRQ's HCUPnet Web site and from AHRQ publication, Preventable Hospitalizations: A Window Into Primary and Preventive Care, 2000, HCUP Fact Book 5, 2004.] Select to access the abstract.

Patient Education and Counseling
Naik AD, Teal CR, Rodriguez E, et al. Knowing the ABCs: a comparative effectiveness study of two methods of diabetes education. Patient Educ Couns 2011 Feb 5. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by grant U18 HS16093 to the Houston Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs).] Select to access the abstract.

Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Alexander GC, Gallagher SA, Mascola A, et al. Increasing off-label use of antipsychotic medications in the United States, 1995-2008. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2011 Feb; 20(2):177-84. [Supported in part by Career Development Award grants K08 HS15699 and R01 HS189960 (to first author); cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Comparative Effectiveness of Off-Label Use of Atypical Antipsychotics, 2007, prepared by the Southern California/RAND Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) under contract 290-02-0003. Also refer to AHRQ-funded article by Chou, Dana, and Bougatsos (Pediatrics, 2011) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Nursing
Volpe DI, Smith MF, Sultan K. Emergency: Managing pediatric asthma exacerbations in the ED. Am J Nurs 2011 Feb; 111(2):48-53. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Hsiao and Shiffman (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2009) and Gorelick et al. (Pediatr Emerg Care, 2008).]

American Journal of Public Health
Reitzel LR, Cromley EK, Li Y, et al. The effect of tobacco outlet density and proximity on smoking cessation. Am J Public Health 2011 Feb; 101(2):315-20. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guidelines, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008, and Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.] Select to access the abstract.

Miller JE, Gaboda D, Nugent CN, et al. Parental eligibility and enrollment in state children's health insurance program: the roles of parental health, employment, and family structure. Am J Public Health 2011 Feb; 101(2):274-277. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by DeVoe et al. (Med Care, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Canadian Journal of Surgery
Harvey EJ. Staff surgeon competence. Can J Surg 2011 Feb; 54(1):4-6. [Author's concluding statement is that "We as surgeons should police our care maps rather than have the American and Canadian medical associations, provincial regulatory authorities or [AHRQ] police our time schedules".]

CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal
Pimouguet C, Le Goff M, Thiebaut R, et al. Effectiveness of disease-management programs for improving diabetes care: a meta-analysis. CMAJ 2011 Feb 8; 183(2):190-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Shojania et al. (JAMA, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

ForeSee Results
Freed L. ForeSee Results ACSI E-Government Satisfaction Index (Q4 2010): Satisfaction with e-gov near all-time high; rivals private sector. 2011 Jan 25; Online:1-27. [Lists AHRQ's Health Care Innovations Exchange Web site in the tables E-gov Top Performers (Sites Scoring over 80), News/Information Sites, and Appendix A: Complete List of ACSI E-Government Satisfaction Scores (which gives aggregate citizen satisfaction scores of 82 for 2009 and 84 for 2010); lists AHRQ Web site in the tables News/Information Sites and Appendix A: Complete List of ACSI E-Government Satisfaction Scores (with aggregate citizen satisfaction scores of 76 for 2009 and 72 for 2010).]

Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Hallais C, Merle V, Guitard P, et al. Is continuous subglottic suctioning cost-effective for the prevention of ventilator-associated pneumonia? Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2011 Feb; 32(2):131-5. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Dezfulian et al. (Am J Med, 2005) and Safdar et al. (Crit Care Med, 2005).]

Simmons B, Braun BI, Steinberg JP, et al. History of SHEA-sponsored research: time to pass the torch. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2011 Feb; 32(2):163-5 [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bozikis, Braun, and Kritchevsky (Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol, 2010) and Kritchevsky et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008).]

Dommeti P, Wang L, Flannery EL, et al. Patterns of Ciprofloxacin-resistant gram-negative bacteria colonization in nursing home residents. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2011 Feb; 32(2):177-80. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Lautenbach et al. (Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol, 2007).]

JAMA
Abstracts: Archives journals. JAMA 2011 Feb 9; 305(6):544-6. [Summarizes AHRQ-funded articles by Marcus and Olfson (Arch Gen Psychiatry, 2010), which uses 1998-2007 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data, Solomon et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2010), and Camp et al. (Arch Surg, 2010), which uses 1988-2005 HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) and KID) data.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Cima RR, Kollengode A, Clark J, et al. Using a data-matrix—coded sponge counting system across a surgical practice: impact after 18 months. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2011 Feb; 37(2):51-8, AP1-AP3. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Dossett et al. (Surgery, 2008) and Gawande et al. (N Engl J Med, 2003).]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Gordon HS, Gerber BS. What we've got here is a failure to communicate. J Gen Intern Med 2011 Feb; 26(2):104-6. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Street, Gordon, and Haidet (Soc Sci Med, 2007), Gordon et al. (Cancer, 2006, and Soc Sci Med, 2005), and Street et al. (Med Care, 2005).]

Donelan K, Mailhot JR, Dutwin D, et al. Patient perspectives of clinical care and patient navigation in follow-up of abnormal mammography. J Gen Intern Med 2011 Feb; 26(2):116-22. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Davies et al. (Health Expect, 2008), which uses AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) survey.] Select to access the abstract.

Hardy SE, Kang Y, Studenski SA, et al. Ability to walk 1/4 mile predicts subsequent disability, mortality, and health care costs. J Gen Intern Med 2011 Feb; 26(2):130-5. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Bowen et al. (Gerontologist, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Morimoto T, Sakuma M, Matsui K, et al. Incidence of adverse drug events and medication errors in Japan: the JADE study. J Gen Intern Med 2011 Feb; 26(2):148-53. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Morimoto et al. (Qual Saf Health Care, 2004), Bates and Gawande (N Engl J Med, 2003), Bates et al. (JAMA, 1997, and 1995), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Fernandez A, Schillinger D, Warton EM, et al. Language barriers, physician-patient language concordance, and glycemic control among insured Latinos with diabetes: the Diabetes Study of Northern California (DISTANCE). J Gen Intern Med 2011 Feb; 26(2):170-6. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Ngo-Metzger et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2007), Schillinger et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2003), Piette et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2003), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Smith RC, Dwamena FC, Grover M, et al. Behaviorally defined patient-centered communication--a narrative review of the literature. J Gen Intern Med 2011 Feb; 26(2):185-91. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Mauksch et al (Arch Intern Med, 2008) and Epstein et al. (Soc Sci Med, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Oyler J, Vinci L, Johnson JK, Arora VM. Teaching internal medicine residents to sustain their improvement through the quality assessment and improvement curriculum. J Gen Intern Med 2011 Feb; 26(2):221-5. [Last author reports receiving funding from AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

New England Journal of Medicine
Shahinian VB, Kuo Y, Gilbert SM. Reimbursement policy and androgen-deprivation therapy for prostate cancer. N Engl J Med 2011 Feb 10; 364(6):580. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Eisenberg (Med Care, 2002) and AHRQ-funded article by Shahinian et al. (N Engl J Med, 2005).]

Quality Management in Health Care
Howard J, Shaw EK, Clark E, et al. Up close and (inter)personal: insights from a primary care practice's efforts to improve office relationships over time, 2003-2009. Qual Manag Health Care 2011 Jan-Mar; 20(1):49-61. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Strobel et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Hoff TJ, Soerensen C. No payment for preventable complications: reviewing the early literature for content, guidance, and impressions. Qual Manag Health Care 2011 Jan-Mar; 20(1):62-75. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Rosenthal and Dudley (JAMA, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

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

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Kilmer G, Hughes E, Zhang X, et al. Diabetes and prediabetes: screening and prevalence among adults with coronary heart disease. Am J Prev Med 2011 Feb; 40(2):159-65. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for type 2 diabetes mellitus in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Inman DD, van Bakergem KM, Larosa AC, et al. Evidence-based health promotion programs for schools and communities. Am J Prev Med 2011 Feb; 40(2):207-19. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for obesity in children and adolescents (Pediatrics, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

BMJ
Hingorani AD, Hemingway H. How should we balance individual and population benefits of statins for preventing cardiovascular disease? BMJ 2011 Feb 5; 342(7792):313-15. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored article by Helfand et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2009) which summarizes USPSTF-sponsored systematic reviews on emerging risk factors for coronary heart disease.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Linsky A, McIntosh N, Cabral H, et al. Patient-provider language concordance and colorectal cancer screening. J Gen Intern Med 2011 Feb; 26(2):142-7. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored updated systematic review on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008); cites AHRQ's National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR), 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Atlas SJ, Grant RW, Lester WT, et al. A cluster-randomized trial of a primary care informatics-based system for breast cancer screening. J Gen Intern Med 2011 Feb; 26(2):154-61. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored update on screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Yabroff KR, Klabunde CN, Yuan G, et al. Are physicians' recommendations for colorectal cancer screening guideline-consistent? J Gen Intern Med 2011 Feb; 26(2):177-84. [Cites USPSTF recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996; cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence summary on screening for colorectal cancer in adults at average risk (Ann Intern Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Schwarz EB, McNamara M, Miller RG, et al. Update in women's health for the general internist. J Gen Intern Med 2011 Feb; 26(2):207-13. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer, related update by Nelson et al., and AHRQ-funded article by Mandelblatt et al. (all in Ann Intern Med, 2009), related addendum and correction (Ann Intern Med, 2010), and USPSTF recommendations on screening for ovarian cancer (Ann Fam Med, 2004); cites previous USPSTF-sponsored evidence summary on breast cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2002); uses AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ identify relevant articles.]

Lancet
Després JP. CRP: star trekking the galaxy of risk markers. Lancet 2011 Feb 5; 377(9764):441-2. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored systematic review and meta-analyses on C-reactive protein as a risk factor for coronary heart disease (Ann Intern Med, 2009).]

MMWR: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vital signs: prevalence, treatment, and control of hypertension—United States, 1999-2002 and 2005-2008. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2011 Feb 4; 60(4):103-8. [Mentions that the USPSTF recommends "the adoption of nonpharmacologic therapies associated with reductions in blood pressure."]

New England Journal of Medicine
George JN. Guidelines for immune thrombocytopenia. N Engl J Med 2011 Feb 10; 364(6):580-1. [Cites article by Woolf (JAMA, 2010) on USPSTF 2009 recommendations on breast cancer screening.]

Pediatrics
US Preventive Services Task Force. Vision screening for children 1 to 5 years of age: US Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. Pediatrics 2011 Feb; 127(2):340-6. [Updates the 2004 USPSTF recommendations on screening for visual impairment in children younger than 5 years (An Fam Med, 2004); based on evidence update review by Chou, Dana, and Bougatsos and on AHRQ evidence synthesis, Screening for Visual Impairment in Children Ages 1-5 Years: Systematic Review to Update the 2004 US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation, 2011.] Select to access the abstract.

Wiehe SE, Rosenman MB, Wang J, et al. Chlamydia screening among young women: individual- and provider-level differences in testing. Pediatrics 2011 Feb; 127(2):e336-e344. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored article by Meyers et al. (Am Fam Physician, 2008), which gives an overview of USPSTF recommendations on sexually transmitted infections.] Select to access the abstract.

Chou R, Dana T, Bougatsos C. Screening for visual impairment in children ages 1-5 years: update for the USPSTF. Pediatrics 2011 Feb; 127(2):e442-e479. [Supported by contract 290-10057-I-EPC3, task order 3 (to the Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center; reviews the evidence on preschool vision screening to update USPSTF 2004 recommendations on screening for visual impairment in children younger than age 5 years (Ann Fam Med, 2004); cites USPSTF-sponsored article by Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001) on USPSTF methodologies; acknowledges assistance from Iris Mabry-Hernandez (medical officer for USPSTF in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships).] Select to access the abstract.

Primary Care Reports
Teller DW, Haren K, Gould S, et al. Screening and brief intervention: a framework for effective conversations with your patients. Prim Care Rep 2011 Jan. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence summary by Whitlock et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2004) on behavioral counseling interventions in primary care to reduce risky/harmful alcohol use by adults.]

Quality Management in Health Care
Ruhe MC, Bobiak SN, Litaker D, et al. Appreciative inquiry for quality improvement in primary care practices. Qual Manag Health Care 2011 Jan-Mar; 20(1):37-48. [Cites USPSTF recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2008 and 1996; cites USPSTF-sponsored article by Lawrence et al. (JAMA, 1990) on USPSTF methodologies. Also refer to articles by Miranda, Tarraf, and González (Breast Cancer Res Treat, 2011), How et al. (Commonwealth Fund, 2011), Winter et al. (J Natl Med Assoc, 2011), and Phillips et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2011), cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Umscheid CA, Mitchell MD, Doshi JA, et al. Estimating the proportion of healthcare-associated infections that are reasonable preventable and the related mortality and costs. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2011 Feb; 32(2):101-14. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Closing the Quality Gap: A Critical Analysis of Quality Improvement Strategies: Volume 6—Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Infections, 2007; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006), Berenholtz et al. (Crit Care Med, 2004), and Saint et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2000).]

Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
Limited evidence of benefits of vitamin D supplementation. JAAPA 2011 Feb; 24(2):E3-E5. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Vitamin D and Calcium: A Systematic Review of Health Outcomes, 2009, as published on AHRQ Web site.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Yank V, Stafford RS. Safety of recombinant activated factor VII in randomized clinical trials. N Engl J Med 2011 Feb 10; 364(6):575. [Reviews findings from AHRQ comparative effectiveness review, Comparative Effectiveness of In-Hospital Use of Recombinant Factor VIIa for Off-Label Indications vs. Usual Care, 2010, prepared by the Stanford-UCSF EPC and for which authors of this letter are listed as investigators.]

Levi M, Levy JH, Truloff D. Safety of recombinant activated factor VII in randomized clinical trials. N Engl J Med 2011 Feb 10; 364(6):576. [Notes that commentsby Yank and Stafford cited above "regarding off-label use should be put in the full context of the report by [AHRQ], which states 'the majority of use of rFVIIa occurs in the outpatient setting, and the majority of outpatient use is for on-label indications related to hemophilia.' "]

Osteoporosis International
Vasikaran S, Eastell R, Bruyère O, et al. Markers of bone turnover for the prediction of fracture risk and monitoring of osteoporosis treatment: a need for international reference standards. Osteoporos Int 2011 Feb;22(2):391-420. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Osteoporosis in Postmenopausal Women: Diagnosis and Monitoring, 2001. Also refer to article by Alexander et al. (Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf, 2011) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles and U.S. Preventive Services Task Force article (Pediatrics, 2011) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

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

American Journal of Public Health
Quinn SC, Kumar S, Freimuth VS, et al. Racial disparities in exposure, susceptibility, and access to health care in the US H1N1 influenza pandemic. Am J Public Health 2011 Feb; 101(2):285-93. [Cites AHRQ's NHQR, 2008 and 2007, and NHDR, 2008 and 2007; cites MEPS Topics: Access to Health Care, as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site. Also refer to article by Linsky et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2011) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles and How et al. (Commonwealth Fund, 2011) 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 Public Health
Gulley SP, Rasch EK, Chan L. Ongoing coverage for ongoing care: access, utilization, and out-of-pocket spending among uninsured working-aged adults with chronic health care needs. Am J Public Health 2011 Feb; 101(2):368-75. [Uses 2002-2004 MEPS Household Component (MEPS-HC) data, citing Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component Statistical Estimation Issues, 2009, and Health Care Expenses for Adults with Chronic Conditions, 2005, MEPS Statistical Brief 203, 2009, both published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site; cites publication by Partnership for Solutions, Chronic Conditions: Making the Case for Ongoing Care, 2004, which uses 2001 MEPS data; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Machlin, Cohen, Elixhauser, Beauregard, and Steiner (Med Care, 2009) and Banthin and Bernard (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (JAMA, 2006), which use MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
Miranda PY, Tarraf W, González HM. Breast cancer screening and ethnicity in the United States: implications for health disparities research. Breast Cancer Res Treat 2011 Feb 6. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2007 MEPS data, citing Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, 2007, and AHRQ publication, Sample Design of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, 1998-2007, MEPS Methodology Report 22, 2008; cites USPSTF recommendation statement on screening for breast cancer, associated evidence update by Nelson et al., and related AHRQ-funded article by Mandelblatt et al. (all in Ann Intern Med, 2009), and previous USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Commonwealth Fund
How SK, Fryer A, McCarthy D, et al. Securing a healthy future: the Commonwealth Fund State Scorecard on Child Health System Performance, 2011. 2011; Online: 1-89. [Uses 2009-2008 MEPS Insurance Component (MEPS-IC) data, 2006 HCUP State Inpatient Databases (SID) data, and AHRQ Quality Indicators, version 3.1; lists under Appendix B3. Complete References for Data Sources AHRQ's NHQR, 2009, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey-Insurance Component, 2009 (on AHRQ's MEPS Web site), and Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project-State Inpatient Databases, 2006 (on AHRQ's HCUP Web site); cites USPSTF recommendation statement on screening for obesity in children and adolescents (Pediatrics, 2010); cites AHRQ publications, The Child Health Insurance Research Initiative (CHIRI™), 2007, and Focus on Obesity, 2010 (from AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy's advise column Navigating the Health Care System, as published on AHRQ Web site; mentions that AHRQ has designated Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center's Web-based asthma registry as a "best practice."]

Health Services Research
Elliott MN, Haviland AM, Orr N, et al. How do the experiences of Medicare beneficiary subgroups differ between managed care and original Medicare? Health Serv Res 2011 Feb 9. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2007 CAHPS survey; cites AHRQ-authored article by Lurie, Zhan, Sangl, Bierman (second/third authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence and Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, respectively, and fourth author is former AHRQ researcher) (Am J Manag Care, 2003), which uses the CAHPS survey; cites articles by Elliott et al. (Health Serv Res, 2009, 2005, and 2001), Goldstein et al. (Med Care Res Rev, 2010, and Health Care Finance Rev, 2001), O'Malley et al. (Health Serv Res, 2005), and others, all of which use CAHPS or Hospital CAHPS (HCAHPS) surveys; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Weech-Maldonado et al. (Health Serv Res, 2008), Landon et al. (JAMA, 2004), Trivedi et al. (JAMA, 2006, and N Engl J Med, 2005), Hays et al. (Med Care, 1999), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Lee BY, McGlone SM, Bailey RR, et al. Economic impact of outbreaks of norovirus infection in hospitals. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2011 Feb; 32(2):191-3. [Uses data from AHRQ publication, HCUP Facts and Figures: Statistics on Hospital-based Care in the United States, 2007, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site, to estimate lost hospital revenues.]

Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Sullivan PW, Ghushchyan VH, Slejko JF, et al. The burden of adult asthma in the United States: evidence from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2011 Feb; 127(2):363-369.e3. [Uses 2003 and 2005 MEPS-HC and Medical Provider Component data, citing data as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site and Medical Expenditure Panel Survey HC-097 2005 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2007; cites AHRQ-funded article by Gendo et al. (Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol, 2003); cites articles by Kamble and Bharmal (J Asthma, 2009) and Wang, Zhong, and Wheeler (Prev Chronic Dis, 2005), which use various MEPS data sets, and article by Smith et al. (Am J Respir Crit Care Med, 1997), which uses 1987 National Medical Expenditure Survey (NMES) data.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Phillips CE, Rothstein JD, Beaver K, et al. Patient navigation to increase mammography screening among inner city women. J Gen Intern Med 2011 Feb; 26(2):123-9. [Uses the method of calculating the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992); cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2009) and response from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) to these guidelines.] Select to access the abstract.

Bradley KA, Rubinsky AD, Sun H, et al. Alcohol screening and risk of postoperative complications in male VA patients undergoing major non-cardiac surgery. J Gen Intern Med 2011 Feb; 26(2):162-9. [Uses the method of calculating the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the National Medical Association
Winter SJ. A comparison of acuity and treatment measures of inmate and noninmate hospital patients with a diagnosis of either heart disease or chest pain. J Natl Med Assoc 2011 Feb; 103(2):109-15. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998); mentions that the USPSTF has recently "recommended stopping prostate screening at age 75," citing USPSTF recommendations on screening for prostate cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008).]

Turner BJ, Mavandadi S, Weiner MG. Association of black race with follow-up of an abnormal prostate-specific antigen test. J Natl Med Assoc 2011 Feb; 103(2):150-7. [Uses 1998-2004 HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data.]

Quality and Management in Health Care
Satjapot SP, Johnson TJ, Garman AN. International medical travelers, length of stay, and the continuum of care: inquiry and comparison. Qual Manag Health Care 2011 Jan-Mar; 20(1):76-83. [Uses AHRQ's HCUP Clinical Classification Software (CCS) and AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Revista de Calidad Asistencial
Skodova M. Velasco Rodriguez MJ, Fernandez Sierra MA. [Opinion of healthcare professionals on patient safety in a primary level hospital.] Rev Calid Asist 2011 Feb 11. [Epub ahead of print. Uses the Spanish version of AHRQ's Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture (HSOPS); cites AHRQ publications, User's Guide: Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture and Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, 2008, Comparative Database Report, prepared by Westat under contract 233-02-0087 TO 18. Also refer to article by Schwarz et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2011) 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 2011
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