Predictors of Blood Pressure Control among Hypertensives in Community Health Centers

Articles of Interest, March 16, 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 Hypertension
Shelley D, Tseng TY, Andrews H, et al. Predictors of blood pressure control among hypertensives in community health centers. Am J Hypertens 2011 Dec; 24(12):1318-23. [Supported by grant 1 R18 HS17167-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Brown JR, Kramer RS, MacKenzie TA, et al. Determinants of acute kidney injury duration after cardiac surgery: an externally validated tool. Ann Thorac Surg 2012 Feb; 93(2):570-6. [Supported by grant K01 HS18443 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Glascock JJ, Shababi M, Wetz MJ, et al. Direct central nervous system delivery provides enhanced protection following vector mediated gene replacement in a severe model of spinal muscular atrophy. Biochem Biophys Res Commun 2012 Jan; 417(1):376-81. [Supported by grant R01 HS41584 (attributed to NIH).] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Dorn SD, Morris CB, Schneck SE, et al. Development and validation of the irritable bowel syndrome satisfaction with care scale. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol 2011 Dec; 9(12):1065-71.e1-e2. [Supported in part by grant K12 HS19468.] Select to access the abstract.

Dorn SD, Meek PD, Shah ND. Increasing frequency of opioid prescriptions for chronic abdominal pain in US outpatient clinics. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol 2011 Dec; 9(12):1078-85.e1. [Supported by grant K12 HS19468; uses AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Clinical Classifications Software (CCS), citing Clinical Classifications Software (CCS) for ICD-9-CM, published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Crews KR, Gaedigk A, Dunnenberger HM, et al. Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium (CPIC) guidelines for codeine therapy in the context of Cytochrome P450 2D6 (CYP2D6) genotype. Clin Pharmacol Ther 2012 Feb; 91(2):321-6. [Supported by grant R01 HS19818-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Current Opinion in Critical Care
Plevin RE, Evans HL. Helicopter transport: help or hindrance? Curr Opin Crit Care 2011 Dec; 17(6):596-600. [Supported by Career Development Award grant K12 HS19482-01 (to second author).] Select to access the abstract.

Halpern SD. ICU capacity strain and the quality and allocation of critical care. Curr Opin Crit Care 2011 Dec; 17(6):648-57. [Supported by grant K08 HS18406.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Yu H, Dick AW. Impacts of rising health care costs on families with employment-based private insurance: a national analysis with state fixed effects. Health Serv Res 2012 Mar 14. [Epub ahead of print. Supported in part by grant 1 R01 HS16742; uses 1996-2003 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data, citing MEPS HC-050: 2000 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2003, as accessed on AHRQ's MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging
Chen J, Fazel R, Ross JS, et al. Do imaging studies performed in physician offices increase downstream utilization? JACC Cardiovasc Imaging 2011 Jun; 4(6):630-7. [Supported by Career Development Award grant 1 K08 HS18781-01 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American College of Surgeons
Zaydfudim V, Feurer ID, Landman MP, et al. Reduction in corticosteroids is associated with better health-related quality of life after liver transplantation. J Am Coll Surg 2012 Feb; 214(2):164-73. [Supported in part by National Research Service Award (NRSA) grant T32 HS13833 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Extra-Corporeal Technology
Brown JR, Kramer RS, Coca SG, et al. The prognostic value of using the duration of acute kidney injury in cardiac surgery: an example using two antifibrinolytics. J Extra Corpor Technol 2011 Dec; 43(4):227-31. [Supported in part by grant HS18443 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Infectious Diseases
Taylor BD, Darville T, Ferrell RE, Kammerer CM, Ness RB, et al. Variants in toll-like receptor 1 and 4 genes are associated with Chlamydia trachomatis among women with pelvic inflammatory disease. J Infect Dis 2012 Feb; 205(4):603-9. [Supported in part by grant HS08358-05 (to fifth author).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Neuroscience Nursing
Olson DM, Constable M, Britz GW, et al. A qualitative assessment of practices associated with shorter door-to-needle time for thrombolytic therapy in acute ischemic stroke. J Neurosci Nurs 2011 Dec; 43(6):329-36. [Supported by grant U18 HS16964.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Oncology
Hu CY, Delclos GL, Chan W, et al. Assessing the initiation and completion of adjuvant chemotherapy in a large nationwide and population-based cohort of elderly patients with stage-III colon cancer. Med Oncol 2011 Dec; 28(4):1062-74. [Supported by grant R01 HS16743.] Select to access the abstract.

Pediatrics
Starmer AJ, Spector ND, Srivastava R, et al. I-PASS, a mnemonic to standardize verbal handoffs. Pediatrics 2012 Feb; 129(2):201-4. [Supported by grant 1 K12 HS19456-02 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Sills MR. Ginde AA, Clark S, et al. Multicenter analysis of quality indicators for children treated in the emergency department for asthma. Pediatrics 2012 Feb; 129(2):e325-e332. [Supported by grant 1 R03 HS16418-01A1 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Radiology
Brown SD, Lehman CD, Truog RD, et al. Stepping out further from the shadows: disclosure of harmful radiologic errors to patients. Radiology 2012 Feb; 262(2):381-6. [Supported in part by grants 1 R01 HS16506 and R18 HS01953 (both attributed to NIH).]

Work
Zayas-Caban T. Health information management in the home: a human factors assessment. Work 2012 Jan; 41(3):315-28. [Author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships; uses definitions of household and family from AHRQ's MEPS Household Component Glossary, 2008; acknowledges support from AHRQ staff members Phil Dunn, Janice Genevro, Robert Mayes, David Meyers, and Cathy Tokarski. Also refer to AHRQ-funded article by Sobieraj et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2012) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Annals of Internal Medicine
Neumann I, Rada G, Claro JC, et al. Oral direct factor Xa inhibitors versus low-molecular-weight heparin to prevent venous thromboembolism in patients undergoing total hip or knee replacement: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Ann Intern Med 2012 Mar 12. [Epub ahead of print. Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Zhan, Kaczmarek, Loyo-Berrios, Sangl (first and fourth authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence and Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, respectively) et al. (J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2007) and Guyatt, Oxman, Kunz, Atkins (former AHRQ researcher) et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 2011).] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Internal Medicine
Sirovich BE. How to feed and grow your health care system. Arch Intern Med 2012 Mar 12; 172(5):411-13. [Comments on article by Fenton et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2012) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.]

Bennett GG, Warner ET, Glasgow RE, et al. Obesity treatment for socioeconomically disadvantaged patients in primary care practice. Arch Intern Med 2012 Mar 12. [Epub ahead of print. Cites AHRQ-authored article by Tunis, Stryer, and Clancy (second and third authors are former AHRQ center director and current AHRQ director, respectively) (JAMA, 2003) and AHRQ-funded article by Stafford et al. (Arch Fam Med, 2000).] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Lau M, Lin H, Flores G. Racial/ethnic disparities in health and health care among U.S. adolescents. Health Serv Res 2012 Mar 14. [Epub ahead of print. 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.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Berwick DM, Hackbarth AD. Eliminating waste in US health care. JAMA 2012 Mar 14. [Epub ahead of print. Cites AHRQ annual research meeting presentation Adverse Patient Safety Events: Costs of Readmissions and Patient Outcomes Following Discharge by Bernard and Encinosa (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends and Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, respectively), 2004.] Select to access the abstract.

Kamel H, Navi BB, Fahimi J. National trends in ambulance use by patients with stroke, 1997-2008. JAMA 2012 Mar 14; 307(10):102628. [Cites article by Ovbiagele (Stroke, 2010), which uses 1997-2006 HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data, and AHRQ-funded article by Concannon et al. (Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes, 2009).]

Joynt KE, Jha AK. The relationship between cost and quality: no free lunch. JAMA 2012 Mar 14; 307(10):1082-3. [Cites article by Jha, Orav, and Epstein (Health Aff, 2011), which uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).]

Journal of GXP Compliance
Kuwahara SS. Review of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, 8th edition. J GXP Compliance 2012 Win; 16(1):29-33. [Mentions that AHRQ is part of the U.S. Public Health Service in addressing the scope of the second policy statement in the Guide.]

Journal of Patient Safety
Urrutia-Aguilar ME, Martinez-Gonzalez A, Rodriguez R. Measuring the effectiveness of pharmacology teaching in undergraduate medical students. J Patient Saf 2012 Mar; 8(1):26-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bates et al. (JAMA, 1995) and Leape et al. (JAMA, 1995).] Select to access the abstract.

Davis RE, Sevdalis N, Jacklin R, et al. An examination of opportunities for the active patient in improving patient safety. J Patient Saf 2012 Mar; 8(1):36-43. [Cites AHRQ publications, 20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors. Patient Fact Sheet, 2011, and Five Steps to Safer Health Care. Patient Fact Sheet, 2004, both published on the AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Waterman et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2006) and Hibbard et al. (Med Care Res Rev, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Modern Healthcare
McKinney M. Negative outcome: study brings CMS website impact into question. Mod Healthc 2012 Mar 12; 42(11):12-13. [Discusses findings from AHRQ-funded article by Judith Hibbard (Health Aff, 2012).]

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

American Family Physician
Larzelere MM, Williams DE. Promoting smoking cessation. Am Fam Physician 2012 Mar 15; 85(6):591-8. [Uses the USPSTF Web site and AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ as information sources; cites USPSTF reaffirmation recommendations on counseling and interventions to prevent tobacco use and tobacco-caused disease in adults and pregnant women (Ann Intern Med, 2009); cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Counseling to Prevent Tobacco Use and Tobacco-Caused Disease, 2003, as published on the USPSTF Web site; cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008.]

Norris D, Clark MS. Evaluation and treatment of the suicidal patient. Am Fam Physician 2012 Mar 15; 85(6):602-5. [Uses the USPSTF Web site and AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ as information sources; cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for suicide risk (Ann Intern Med, 2004).]

Fargo MV, Latimer KM. Evaluation and management of common anorectal conditions. Am Fam Physician 2012 Mar 15; 85(6):624-30. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on Screening for Colorectal Cancer, 2008, as published on the USPSTF Web site and in Ann Intern Med, 2008; uses AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ as an information source.]

Hauk L. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists updates breast cancer screening guidelines. Am Fam Physician 2012 Mar 15; 85(6):654-5. [Includes USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer, 2009, in Table 1, "Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations of Selected Medical Organizations," and adapts information pertaining to related evidence update by Nelson et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2009) in Table 2, "Pooled Relative Risks for Breast Cancer Mortality from Mammography Screening Trials."]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Moyer VA, on behalf of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for Cervical Cancer: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. Ann Intern Med 2012 Mar 14. [Epub ahead of print. Updates 2003 USPSTF recommendations on screening for cervical cancer, citing USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Cervical Cancer, 2003; cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence synthesis Screening for Cervical Cancer: A Systematic Evidence Review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, 2011, and Screening for Cervical Cancer: A Decision Analysis for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, 2011; cites USPSTF-sponsored narrative review by Vesco et al. on risk factors and other epidemiologic considerations for cervical cancer screening and systematic review by Whitlock et al. on liquid-based cytology and human papillomavirus testing to screen for cervical cancer (both in Ann Intern Med, 2011).] Select to access the abstract.

Kizer N, Peipert JF. Cervical cancer screening: primum non nocere. Ann Intern Med 2012 Mar 14. [Epub ahead of print. Comments on USPSTF recommendations on screening for cervical cancer cited above in this section.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Lin GA, Trujillo L, Frosch DL. Consequences of not respecting patient preferences for cancer screening: opportunity lost. Arch Intern Med 2012 Mar 12; 172(5):393-4. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008).]

Ross R, Lam M, Blair SN, et al. Trial of prevention and reduction of obesity through active living in clinical settings: a randomized controlled trial. Arch Intern Med 2012 Mar 12; 172(5):414-4. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence report Screening for and Management of Obesity and Overweight in Adults, 2011, as published on the USPSTF Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Infectious Diseases
Datta SD, Saraiya M. Cervical cancer screening among women who attend sexually transmitted diseases (STD) clinics: background paper for 2010 STD Treatment Guidelines. Clin Infect Dis 2011 Dec; 53 Suppl 3:S153-S159. [Includes in literature review USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Cervical Cancer, 2003, as published on the USPSTF Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Detsky AS. Underestimating the value of reassurance. JAMA 2012 Mar 14; 307(10):1035-6. [Comments on 2011 updated USPSTF recommendations on screening for prostate cancer, as published on the USPSTF Web site, and also cites articles by Volk and Wolf (JAMA, 2011) and others on these recommendations. Also refer to AHRQ-funded article by Yazdany et al. (Arthritis Care Res, 2011) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Annals of Internal Medicine
Sobieraj DM, Lee S, Coleman CI, et al. Prolonged versus standard duration venous thromboprophylaxis in major orthopedic surgery: a systematic review. Ann Intern Med 2012 Mar 12. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by contract 290-2007-10067-I to the University of Connecticut/Hartford Hospital Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC); cites AHRQ draft publication, Methods Guide for Effectiveness and Comparative Effectiveness Reviews, 2011, as published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Owens, Lohr, Atkins (former AHRQ researcher) et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 2010) which discusses AHRQ's EPC program.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
De Las Nueces D, Hacker K, Digirolamo A, et al. A systematic review of community-based participatory research to enhance clinical trials in racial and ethnic minority groups. Health Serv Res 2012 Feb 21. [Epub ahead of print. Updates the literature review conducted for AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Community-Based Participatory Research: Assessing the Evidence, 2004, and uses AHRQ systematic review methodologies in conducting the updated literature review.] Select to access the abtract.

Journal of Patient Safety
Denham CR, Sullenberger CB 3rd, Quaid DW, et al. An NTSB for health care - learning from innovation: debate and innovate or capitulate. J Patient Saf 2012 Mar; 8(1):3-14. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001; notes exhibition of core values of integrity, compassion, accountability, reliability, and entrepreneurship in public servants in AHRQ, CMS, and HRSA; describes AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy as "one of our super star public servants" in leading investment in health care quality and safety and discusses the establishment and functions of patient safety organizations (PSO) and Common Formats, as described in article by Clancy (Am J Med Qual, 2010) and AHRQ Federal Register Notice Common Formats for Patient Safety Data Collection and Event Reporting, 2010; cites the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 Statute and Rule landing page of the HHS Web site and AHRQ's PSO Privacy Protection Center Web site; discusses and cites AHRQ's TeamSTEPPS®, citing the TeamSTEPPS: National Implementation landing page on the AHRQ Web site, and TeamSTEPPS® as published on the U.S. Department of Defense Patient Safety Program Web site; cites remarks by William Munier, director of AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.] Select to access the abstract.

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

American Journal of Public Health
O'Connell JM, Wilson C, Manson SM, et al. The costs of treating American Indian adults with diabetes within the Indian Health Service. Am J Public Health 2012 Feb; 102(2):301-8. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2003; assesses prevalence of health conditions using a Diagnostic Cost Group model because of AHRQ's use of "DCG models to assess the disease burden of populations," citing Medical Expenditure Panel Survey: MEPS HC-081: 1996-2001 Risk Adjustment Scores, 2006, as accessed on AHRQ's MEPS Web site; cites AHRQ publication, Proportion and Medical Expenditures of Adults being treated for Diabetes, 1996 and 2003, 2006.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (JAAPA)
Quality Care Work Group at the AAPA. Health care: the quality chasm 10 years later. JAAPA 2012 Mar; Online. [Cites AHRQ's NHQR/NHDR, 2010; cites AHRQ publication, AHRQ's Patient Safety Initiative: Building Foundations, Reducing Risk. Interim Report to the Senate Committee on Appropriations, 2003.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Family Physician
Gauer RL, Braun MM. Thrombocytopenia. Am Fam Physician 2012 Mar 15; 85(6):612-22. [Uses AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ and AHRQ evidence reports to identify relevant publications.]

American Journal of Kidney Diseases
Bostrom MA, Kao WH, Li M, et al. Genetic association and gene-gene interaction analyses in African American dialysis patients with nondiabetic nephropathy. Am J Kidney Dis 2012 Feb; 59(2):210-21. [Uses study data from the AHRQ-funded Choices for Healthy Outcomes in Caring for ESRD study, previously supported by grant HS08365.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Public Health
Strauss SM, Alfano MC, Shelley D, et al. Identifying unaddressed systemic health conditions at dental visits: patients who visited dental practices but not general health care providers in 2008. Am J Public Health 2012 Feb; 102(2):253-5. [Uses 2008 MEPS data as accessed using MEPSnet Query Tools on AHRQ's MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Internal Medicine
Fenton JJ, Jerant AF, Bertakis KD, et al. The cost of satisfaction: a national study of patient satisfaction, health care utilization, expenditures, and mortality. Arch Intern Med 2012 Mar 12; 172(5):405-11. [Uses 2000-2007 MEPS Household Component (MEPS HC) data and 5 items from the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) survey (citing CAHPS: Surveys and Tools to Advance Patient-Centered Care, 2011, as published on AHRQ's CAHPS Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Cohen, Cohen, and Banthin (first and third authors are current and former AHRQ researchers and second author is director in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Med Care, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

COPD
Perera PN, Armstrong EP, Sherrill DL, et al. Acute exacerbations of COPD in the United States: inpatient burden and predictors of costs and mortality. COPD 2012 Mar 12. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2006 HCUP NIS data (citing Introduction to the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2006, 2008, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site), HCUP Cost-to-Charge Ratio Files (citing Cost-to-Charge Ratio Files: 2006 NIS User Guide, 2008, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site), and the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992); cites 1997-2008 (excluding 2003) HCUPnet data on acute exacerbations of COPD (AECOPD) as accessed on AHRQ's HCUPnet Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Epilepsy and Behavior
Halpern MT, Renaud JM, Vickrey BG. Impact of insurance status on access to care and out-of-pocket costs for U.S. individuals with epilepsy. Epilepsy Behav 2011 Nov; 22(3):483-9. [Uses 2002-2007 MEPS data, citing MEPS HC-113: 2007 Full Year Consolidated Data File, MEPS HC-112: 2007 Medical Conditions, 2009, MEPS HC-085E: 2004 Emergency Room Visits, 2006, AHRQ publication, Estimation Procedures for the 2007 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, MEPS Methodology Report 24, 2010, and AHRQ-authored working paper Validating the Collection of Separately Billed Doctor Expenditures for Hospital Services: Results from the Medicare-MEPS Validation Study by Zuvekas (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Direct Costs) and Olin, 2008, all accessed on AHRQ's MEPS Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Machlin, Cohen, Elixhauser, Beauregard, Steiner (first author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Direct Costs, third and last authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, and fourth author is former AHRQ researcher) (Med Care, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Smith RB, Dynan L, Fairbrother G, Chabi G, Simpson L. Medicaid, hospital financial stress, and the incidence of adverse medical events for children. Health Serv Res 2012 Feb 21. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2005-2007 HCUP NIS data and AHRQ's 2006 Pediatric Quality Indicators software, citing Patient Safety Indicators Download, 2008, AHRQ Quality Indicators Software Download, 2010, and Measures of Pediatric Health Care Quality Based on Hospital Administrative Data: The Pediatric Quality Indicators, 2006, all accessed on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site, and several AHRQ-funded and other articles using AHRQ's Pediatric Quality Indicators; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Smith, Cheung, Owens, Wilson, and Simpson (third and last authors are former AHRQ researchers) (Health Serv Res, 2007), Encinosa and Bernard (researchers in Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets and Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends, respectively) (Inquiry, 2005), Miller and Zhan (former AHRQ researcher and current researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence, respectfully) (Pediatrics, 2004), and Miller, Elixhauser (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets), and Zhan (Pediatrics, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Elliott MN, Lehrman WG, Beckett MK, et al. Gender differences in patients' perceptions of inpatient care. Health Serv Res 2012 Feb 29. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 10 Hospital CAHPS (HCAHPS) dimensions to "compare the experiences of male and female inpatients," citing HCAHPS Fact Sheet (CAHPS® Hospital Survey), 2010, as published on the HCAHPS Web site, and HCAHPS Quality Assurance Guidelines Version 5.0, 2010; cites several AHRQ-funded/authored and other articles describing or using HCAHPS.] Select to access the abstract.

Inquiry
Herring B, Lentz LK. What can we expect from the "Cadillac tax" in 2018 and beyond? Inquiry 2011-2012 Winter; 48(4):322-37. [Uses 2010 and 2008 MEPS Insurance Component (MEPS IC), citing AHRQ publication, Employer-Sponsored Single, Employee-Plus-One, and Family Health Insurance Coverage: Selection and Cost, 2010, MEPS Statistical Brief 328, 2011; acknowledges support from Jim Branscome (statistician in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) in providing MEPS-IC data.] Select to access the abstract.

Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Zheng DD, Christ SL, Lam BL, et al. Increased mortality risk among the visually impaired: the roles of mental well-being and preventive care practices. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2012 Mar 16. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2000 MEPS data linked with National Death Index data through 2006, citing MEPS HC-050: 2000 Full Year Consolidated Data File as accessed on the MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Srygley FD, Gerardo CJ, Tran T, et al. Does this patient have a severe upper gastrointestinal bleed? JAMA 2012 Mar 14; 307(10):1072-9. [Gives data on annual hospitalizations for gastrointestinal bleeding using AHRQ's Clinical Classifications Software (CCS) for ICD-9-CM, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American College of Surgeons
Koch CG, Li L, Hixson E, et al. What are the real rates of postoperative complications: elucidating inconsistencies between administrative and clinical data sources. J Am Coll Surg 2012 Mar 13. [Epub ahead of print. Uses AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators, citing Patient Safety Indicators Overview, as cited on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site; cites AHRQ-funded article by Glance et al. (Med Care, 2008), which uses multiple AHRQ data sources, and article by Cima et al. (Surgery, 2011), which uses AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law
Cantor JC, Belloff D, Monheit AC, et al. Expanding dependent coverage for young adults: lessons from state initiatives. J Health Polit Policy Law 2012 Feb; 37(1):99-128. [Uses 2009 MEPS data, citing Table II.B.2.b.(1)(2009) Percent of Private-Sector Enrollees That Are Enrolled in Self-Insured Plans at Establishments That Offer Health Insurance by Firm Size and State: United States, 2009, Table II.C.1(2009) Average Total Single Premium (in Dollars) Per Enrolled Employee at Private-Sector Establishments That Offer Health Insurance by Firm Size and State: United States, 2009, and Table II.C.2(2009) Average Total Employee Contribution (in Dollars) Per Enrolled Employee for Single Coverage at Private-Sector Establishments That Offer Health Insurance by Firm Size and State: United States, 2009, all published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site; third author is former AHRQ center director.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Patient Safety
Hagopian B, Singer ME, Curry-Smith AC, et al. Better medical office safety culture is not associated with better scores on quality measures. J Patient Saf 2012 Mar; 8(1):15-21. [Uses AHRQ's Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety, citing PowerPoint presentation Introducing the AHRQ Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Culture, presented at the Annual National Patient Safety Foundation Patient Safety Congress, 2009.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Public Health
Zaman MJ, Shipley MJ, Stafford M, et al. Incidence and prognosis of angina pectoris in South Asians and Whites: 18 years of follow-up over seven phases in the Whitehall-II prospective cohort study. J Public Health 2011 Sep; 33(3):430-8. [Uses study cohort data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

Spine
Davis MA, Onega T, Weeks W, et al. Where the United States spends its spine dollars: expenditures on different ambulatory services for the management of back and neck conditions. Spine 2012 Mar 16. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 1999-2008 MEPS data, citing MEPS Household Component Full Year Files 2008, as accessed on AHRQ's MEPS Web site. Also refer to AHRQ-funded articles by Dorn, Meek, and Shah (Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol, 2011) and Yu and Dick (Health Serv Res, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles above, and articles by Larzelere and Williams, Norris and Clark, and Fargo and Latimer (all in Am Fam Physician, 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 March 2012
Internet Citation: Predictors of Blood Pressure Control among Hypertensives in Community Health Centers: Articles of Interest, March 16, 2012. March 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/031612.html