Health Information Technology: Turning the Patient-centered Medical Home from Concept to Reality

Articles of Interest: March 25, 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.

This weekly compilation of articles appearing in recently released journals and newsletters includes:

  • Articles funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) or authored by AHRQ researchers.
  • Articles mentioning or discussing AHRQ staff, activities, and publications/products.
  • Articles related to AHRQ-funded Evidence-based Practice Centers.
  • Articles related to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force or Put Prevention into Practice program.
  • Articles mentioning the National Healthcare Disparities Report and National Healthcare Quality Report.
  • Other research using AHRQ data or products.

AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles

American Journal of Medical Quality
Meyers D, Quinn M, Clancy CM. Health information technology: turning the patient-centered medical home from concept to reality. Am J Med Qual 2011 Mar-Apr; 26(2):154-6. [First and third authors are a researchers in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships and the AHRQ director, respectively; discusses AHRQ's research involvement in patient-centered medical homes (PCMH) and health information technology (Health IT), citing AHRQ's Patient Centered Medical Home Resource Center Web site; authors mention that "AHRQ has also invested more than $300 million in contracts and grants to more than 200 communities, hospitals, providers, and health care systems in 48 states to expand our understanding of how health IT can improve health care quality", listing AHRQ's National Resource Center for Health Information Technology as one of its projects and citing AHRQ's AHRQ National Resource Center for Health Information Technology; cites AHRQ column "Coordinating Your Care with a Medical Home", 2009, as published in Navigating the Health Care System: Advice Columns from Dr. Carolyn Clancy on AHRQ's Healthcare 411 Web site; cites What is the PCMH, as published on AHRQ's Patient Centered Medical Home Resource Center Web site; cites AHRQ-funded AHRQ white papers Necessary But Not Sufficient: The HITECH Act and Health Information Technology's Potential to Build Medical Homes, 2010 (as prepared by Mathematica Policy Research under contract 290-2009-0019I T02), as published on AHRQ's Patient Centered Medical Home Resource Center Web site; cites AHRQ publications, Health IT Brochure: Health IT to Advance Excellence in Health Care, 2008, as published on AHRQ's AHRQ National Resource Center for Health Information Technology Web site, and Patient-centered Medical Home Decision-Maker Brief: Strategies to Ensure HITECH Supports the Patient-centered Medical Home, 2010; cites news article by Porter (AAFP News New, 2010), "Patient-centered Medical Home Research: AAFP Named Subcontractor on Westat Contract from AHRQ".]

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Learman LA, Nakagawa S, Gregorich SE, et al. Success of uterus-preserving treatments for abnormal uterine bleeding, chronic pelvic pain, and symptomatic fibroids: age and bridges to menopause. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2011 Mar; 204(3):272.e1-e7. [Supported by grants U01 HS09478, R01 HS11657, and U01 HS07373.] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Surgery
Glance LG, Stone PW, Mukamel DB, et al. Increases in mortality, length of stay, and cost associated with hospital-acquired infections in trauma patients. Arch Surg 2011 Mar 21. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by grant R01 HS16737; uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998) and 2005-2006 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data, citing Cost-to-Charge Ratio Files, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; see comments by Bjerke (Arch Surg, 2011), cited in AHRQ-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Carr BG, Reilly PM, Schwab CW, et al. Weekend and night outcomes in a statewide trauma system. Arch Surg 2011 Mar 21. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by Career Development Award grant K08 HS17960 (to first author); cites AHRQ-authored article by Conway and Clancy (former AHRQ researcher and AHRQ director, respectively) (JAMA, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
Memtsoudis SG, Hughes A, Ma Y, et al. Increased in-hospital complications after primary posterior versus primary anterior cervical fusion. Clin Orthop Relat Res 2011 Mar; 469(3):649-57. [Supported in part by Centers for Education and Research in Therapeutics (CERTs) grant RFA HS00514; uses 1998-2006 HCUP NIS data, HCUP Comorbidity Software, and the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992), citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), Introduction to the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2006, 2008, and Comorbidity Software, Version 3.6, all as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site, and Publications from the HCUP Databases, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

HCFE Working Paper
Pizer SD, Frakt AB, Iezzoni LI. The effect of health reform on public and private insurance in the long run. HCFE Work Pap 2011, Feb 17; 2011-03:1-50. [Supported by grant R01 HS15941-01; uses 2001-2006 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data, citing MEPS HC-036: 1996-2005 Pooled Estimation File, as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site; cites AHRQ publication, Design and Methods of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, MEPS Methodology Report 1, 1997; acknowledges support from Ray Kuntz at the AHRQ Data Center.]

HIV Medicine
Yehia B, Fleishman J, Wilson L, et al. Incidence of and risk factors for bacteraemia in HIV-infected adults in the era of highly active antiretroviral therapy. HIV Med 2011 Mar 23. [Epub ahead of print. Second author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; supported in part by contract 290-01-0012; acknowledges support from Fred Hellinger, John Fleishman, and Irene Fraser (first and third persons are a researcher in and director of AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine
Mold JW, Quattlebaum C, Schinnerer E, et al. Identification by primary care clinicians of patients with obstructive sleep apnea: a practice-based research network (PBRN) study. J Am Board Fam Med 2011 Mar-Apr; 24(2):138-45. [Supported in part by contract HHSA 290-2007-10009I; cites guidelines from AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
El-Kareh RE, Gandhi TK, Poon EG, et al. Actionable reminders did not improve performance over passive reminders for overdue tests in the primary care setting. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2011 Mar 1; 18(2):160-3. [Supported in part by grant 1 R01 HS15226-01; cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Chaudhry et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006) on impact of health information technology on quality, efficiency, and costs of medical care, prepared by the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF)-Stanford Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC); cites AHRQ-funded article by Poon et al. (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2009), which evaluates/observes healthcare information technology from AHRQ's National Resource Center for Healthcare Information Technology at AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

Wright A, Sittig DF, Ash JS, et al. Governance for clinical decision support: case studies and recommended practices from leading institutions. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2011 Mar 1; 18(2):187-94. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-2008-10010; cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Chaudhry et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006) on impact of health information technology on quality, efficiency, and costs of medical care, prepared by the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF)-Stanford EPC.] Select to access the abstract.

Haynes K, Linkin DR, Fishman NO, et al. Effectiveness of an information technology intervention to improve prophylactic antibacterial use in the postoperative period. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2011 Mar 1; 18(2):164-8. [Supported in part by cooperative agreement grant U18 HS16946; cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Wolfstadt et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2008) on the effect of computerized physician order entry with clinical decision support on the rates of adverse drug events.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Decision Making
Smith DH, Raebel MA, Chan KA, et al. An economic evaluation of a laboratory monitoring program for renin-angiotensin system agents. Med Decis Making 2011 Mar-Apr; 31(2):315-24. [Supported by cooperative agreement grant U18 HS10391; uses 2001-2007 HCUP data and associated Cost-to-Charge Ratio data "for costs of hospitalization and ED [emergency department] hyperkalemic events", citing AHRQ's HCUPNet Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Nursing Research
Mark BA, Harless DW. Adjusting for patient acuity in measurement of nurse staffing: two approaches. Nurs Res 2011 Mar-Apr; 60(2):107-14. [Supported by grant 2 R01 HS10153; uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998), and 2000-2006 HCUP State Inpatient Databases (SID) data for the 13 states in the study, citing Overview of the State Inpatient Databases (SID), 2010, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Kovner, Jones, Zhan, Gergen, and Basu (third and last authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence and Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships, respectively) (Health Serv Res, 2002); cites AHRQ publication, Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-based Handbook for Nurses, 2008, as published on AHRQ Web site. Also refer to AHRQ-funded article by Burda et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 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

Academic Medicine
Alper EJ, Wachter RM. Commentary: Medical malpractice and patient safety: tear down that wall! Acad Med 2011 Mar; 86(3):282-4. [Second author reports "receiving funding under a contract from the [AHRQ] for editing two patient safety Web sites and royalties from publishers from two books on patient safety"; cites AHRQ's Morbidity and Mortality Rounds on the Web (Web M&M) Web site; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Waterman et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2007); comments on and cites article by Hochberg et al. cited below in this section.] Select to access the abstract.

Croft DJ. Perspective: Academic obstetrics-gynecology departments in the city of Philadelphia: are the wheels coming off?Acad Med 2011 Mar; 86(3):288-92. [Cites AHRQ publication, Hospitalizations in the United States, 2002, HCUP Fact Book 6, 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

Ely JW, Graber ML, Croskerry P. Checklists to reduce diagnostic errors. Acad Med 2011 Mar; 86(3):307-13. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Schiff et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2009), Singh, Petersen, and Thomas (Qual Saf Health Care, 2006), Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006), Berenholtz et al. (Crit Care Med, 2006), and others; see comments by Winters, Aswani, and Pronovost (Acad Med, 2011), cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles below.] Select to access the abstract.

Taliaferro LA, Borowsky IW. Perspective: Physician education: a promising strategy to prevent adolescent suicide. Acad Med 2011 Mar; 86(3):342-7. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Ozer et al. (Pediatrics, 2005) and Shafer et al. (JAMA, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Hochberg MS, Seib CD, Berman RS, et al. Perspective: Malpractice in an academic medical center: a frequently overlooked aspect of professionalism education. Acad Med 2011 Mar; 86(3):365-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Levinson et al. (JAMA, 1997).] Select to access the abstract.

Kulage KM, Larson EL, Begg MD. Sharing facilities and administrative cost recovery to facilitate interdisciplinary research. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Dougherty and Conway (authors are current researcher in AHRQ's Office of Extramural Research, Education, and Priority Populations and former AHRQ researcher, respectively) (JAMA, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Medical Quality
Fulton BR, Drevs KE, Ayala LJ, et al. Patient satisfaction with hospitalists: facility-level analyses. Am J Med Qual 2011 Mar-Apr; 26(2):95-102. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Landrigan, Conway (former AHRQ researcher), Edwards et al. (Pediatrics, 2006) and Saint and Flanders (J Gen Intern Med,  2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Durham DD, Rokoske FS, Hanson LC, et al. Quality improvement in hospice: adding a big job to an already big job? Am J Med Qual 2011 Mar-Apr; 26(2):103-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Yabroff et al. (Palliat Med, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Siassakos D, Fox R, Hunt L, et al. Attitudes toward safety and teamwork in a maternity unit with embedded team training.Am J Med Qual 2011 Mar-Apr; 26(2):132-7. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Sexton et al. (J Perinatol and BMC Health Serv Res, 2006), Makaryet et al. (J Am Coll Surg, 2006), and Thomas et al. (BMC Health Serv Res, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Lopez-Picazo JJ, Ruiz JC, Sanchez JF, et al. A randomized trial of the effectiveness and efficiency of interventions to reduce potential drug interactions in primary care. Am J Med Qual 2011 Mar-Apr; 26(2):145-53. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Lu et al. (BMC Health Serv Res, 2008) and Shah et al. (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Cerese J. Above and beyond: the power of minds in motion: a report on the UHC 2010 Quality and Safety Fall Forum. Introduction: Overview of the University Health System Consortium. Am J Med Qual 2011 Mar-Apr; 26(2 Suppl):4s-5s. [Includes AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) and Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) as "Imperatives targeted for performance improvement" and "as focus areas"; notes that UHC has been designated as a patient safety organization by AHRQ.]

Melton T, Briggs F. Third place: Incorporating the use of care journals with WVUH's adult trauma patients. Am J Med Qual 2011 Mar-Apr; 26(2 Suppl):22S-23S. [Mentions that "the [AHRQ] survey on patient safety will be analyzed for any trends noted from initiation of this project".]

Archives of Surgery
Bjerke HS. Life, liberty, and the pursuits of HAIs. Arch Surg 2011 Mar 21. [Epub ahead of print. Comments on article by Glance et al. (Arch Surg, 2011), cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

BMJ Quality and Safety
Fervers B, Burgers JS, Voellinger R, et al. Guideline adaptation: an approach to enhance efficiency in guideline development and improve utilisation. BMJ Qual Saf 2011 Mar; 20(3):228-36. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Shiffman et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Nurok M, Evans LA, Lipsitz S, et al. The relationship of the emotional climate of work and threat to patient outcome in a high-volume thoracic surgery operating room team. BMJ Qual Saf 2011 Mar; 20(3):237-42. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Sexton et al. (BMC Health Serv Res, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Vanderwee K, Defloor T, Beeckman D, et al. Assessing the adequacy of pressure ulcer prevention in hospitals: a nationwide prevalence survey. BMJ Qual Saf 2011 Mar; 20(3):260-7. [Cites AHRQ publication, Quality Indicators—Guide to Patient Safety Indicators, 2009.] Select to access the abstract.

Rabøl LI, Andersen ML, Ostergaard D, et al. Descriptions of verbal communication errors between staff. An analysis of 84 root cause analysis-reports from Danish hospitals. BMJ Qual Saf 2011 Mar; 20(3):268-74. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Wakefield et al. (Qual Saf Health Care, 2009) and Thomas et al. (J Perinatol, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Tomlin A, Dovey S, Gauld R, et al. Better use of primary care laboratory services following interventions to 'market' clinical guidelines in New Zealand: a controlled before-and-after study. BMJ Qual Saf 2011 Mar; 20(3):282-90. [Cites AHRQ-funded/authored article by Greco and Eisenberg (former AHRQ director) (N Engl J Med, 1993).] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal of Management
Cebula RJ. Effects of health insurance and medical care inflation on voluntary enlistment in the Army: an empirical study in the United States. Int J Manag 2011 Mar; 28(1):349-95. [Cites article by Bharmal and Thomas (J Health Care Poor Underserved, 2005), which uses 2000 MEPS data.]

Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine
O'Neill TR, Royal KD, Puffer JC. Performance on the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Certification examination: are superior test-taking skills alone sufficient to pass? J Am Board Fam Med 2011 Mar-Apr; 24(2):175-80. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Silber et al. (Anesthesiology, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Suri P, Hunter DJ, Jouve C, et al. Nonsurgical treatment of lumbar disk herniation: are outcomes different in older adults?J Am Geriatr Soc 2011 Mar; 59(3):423-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Rainville, and Kent (JAMA, 1992).] Select to access the abstract.

Miller M, Stürmer T, Azrael D, et al. Opioid analgesics and the risk of fractures in older adults with arthritis. J Am Geriatr Soc 2011 Mar; 59(3):430-8. [Mentions the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992), listed under "Comorbidity Index" in "Appendix 1: List of Diagnostic Codes Used for Defining Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria, Covariates, End Points, and Propensity Score Analysis".] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Were MC, Shen C, Tierney WM, et al. Evaluation of computer-generated reminders to improve CD4 laboratory monitoring in sub-Saharan Africa: a prospective comparative study. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2011 Mar 1; 18(2):150-5. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Dexter et al. (N Engl J Med, 2001) and Overhage et al. (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 1997).] Select to access the abstract.

Zlabek JA, Wickus JW, Mathiason MA. Early cost and safety benefits of an inpatient electronic health record. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2011 Mar 1; 18(2):169-72. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Yu et al. (Am J Med Qual, 2009), Bates et al. (Am J Med, 1999), and Tierney et al. (JAMA, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
Leon AC. Comparative effectiveness clinical trials in psychiatry: superiority, noninferiority, and the role of active comparators. J Clin Psychiatry 2011 Feb 8. [Epub ahead of print. Mentions in lead sentence AHRQ's recent issuance of several requests for applications (RFA) for comparative effectiveness research (CER) and the RFAs' adoption of the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research definition of CER, citing Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Funding Announcements landing page on AHRQ's Web site and DHHS publication, Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research: Report to the President and the Congress, 2009, as published on the HHS Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Tunis, Stryer, and Clancy (second and third authors are former AHRQ center director and current AHRQ director) (JAMA, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Lancet
Fleming S, Thompson M, Stevens R, et al. Normal ranges of heart rate and respiratory rate in children from birth to 18 years of age: a systematic review of observational studies. Lancet 2011 Mar 19; 377(9770):1011-18. [Cites AHRQ publication, Emergency Severity Index, Version 4: Implementation Handbook, 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Decision Making
Palta M, Chen HY, Kaplan RM, et al. Standard error of measurement of 5 health utility indexes across the range of health for use in estimating reliability and responsiveness. Med Decis Making 2011 Mar-Apr; 31(2):260-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Hays, Farivar, and Liu (COPD, 2005), Wyrwich et al. (Qual Life Res, 2005), and Shaw, Johnson, and Coons (Med Care, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

McDonough CM, Tosteson TD, Tosteson AN, et al. A longitudinal comparison of 5 preference-weighted health state classification systems in persons with intervertebral disk herniation. Med Decis Making 2011 Mar-Apr; 31(2):270-80. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Shaw, Johnson, and Coons (Med Care, 2005), Birkmeyer et al. (Spine, 2002), and Fryback et al. (Med Decis Making, 1997).] Select to access the abstract.

Yang Y, Brazier JE, Tsuchiya A, et al. Estimating a preference-based index for a 5-dimensional health state classification for asthma derived from the asthma quality of life questionnaire. Med Decis Making 2011 Mar-Apr; 31(2):281-91. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Fryback and Lawrence (Med Decis Making, 1997).] Select to access the abstract.

Han PK, Klein WM, Lehman T, et al. Communication of uncertainty regarding individualized cancer risk estimates: effects and influential factors. Med Decis Making 2011 Mar-Apr; 31(2):354-66. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Politi, Han, and Col (Med Decis Making, 2007).]

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

Academic Medicine
Kerfoot BP, Shaffer K, McMahon GT, et al. Online "spaced education progress-testing" of students to confront two upcoming challenges to medical schools.  Acad Med 2011 Mar; 86(3):300-6. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence summary on breast cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Szent-Gyorgyi LE, Coblyn J, Turchin A, et al. Building a departmental quality program: a patient-based and provider-led approach.  Acad Med 2011 Mar; 86(3):314-20. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2009), as listed under "primary care" in Table 1 "Brigham and Women's Hospital Department of Medical Quality Program Metrics, by Division or Service"; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Auerbach et al. (N Engl J Med, 2007) and Chassin and Galvin (JAMA, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Academic Radiology
Rawson JV. Comparative effectiveness research in radiology: patients, physicians, and policy makers.  Acad Radiol  2011 Mar 17. [Epub ahead of print. Cites USPSTF recommendation statements Screening for Breast Cancer, 2009, and Screening for Obesity in Children and Adolescents, 2010, both published on USPSTF Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Kaufman RH. Cancer screening in the young female.  Arch Pathol Lab Med 2011 Mar; 135(3):296-7. [Mentions USPSTF recommendations to begin cervical cancer screening at the age of 21.]

Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Grossman DC, Moyer VA, Melnyk BM, et al. The anatomy of a US Preventive Services Task Force recommendation: lipid screening for children and adolescents. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2011 Mar; 165(3):205-10. [Details the approach used by the [USPSTF] to issue recommendation statements, using the 2007 recommendation for screening of lipid levels as an example", citing USPSTF recommendations on screening for lipid disorders in children and related systematic evidence review by Haney et al. (both published in Pediatrics, 2007); first and third authors are current members of the USPSTF and participate in the USPSTF Child Health Workgroup; second and fifth (DeWitt) authors were USPSTF members at the time the lipid statement was finalized; discusses the controversy over release of updated USPSTF breast cancer screening recommendations, citing USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2009); cites USPSTF recommendation statement Screening for Obesity in Adults, 2003, as published on USPSTF Web site; cites About the USPSTF (listed under "Group Information") and Methods and Processes, both published on USPSTF Web site; cites AHRQ-authored/USPSTF-sponsored articles by Barton, Miller (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships), Wolff et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2007) and Guirguis-Blake, Calonge, Miller, et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2007) and articles by Sawaya et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2007) and Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001), all on USPSTF methodologies; cites USPSTF-sponsored article by Pignone et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008) on USPSTF recommendations on colorectal cancer, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Family Medicine
Alexander SC, Cox ME, Boling Turner CL, et al. Do the five A's work when physicians counsel about weight loss? Fam Med 2011 Mar; 43(3):179-84. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for obesity (Am J Nurs, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Beauchet O, Milea D, Graffe A, et al. Association between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations and vision: a cross-sectional population-based study of older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc 2011 Mar; 59(3):568-70. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on screening older adults for impaired visual acuity (Ann Intern Med, 2009).]

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Burda BU, Norris SL, Holmer HK, et al. Quality varies across clinical practice guidelines for mammography screening in women aged 40-49 years as assessed by AGREE and AMSTAR instruments. J Clin Epidemiol 2011 Mar 18. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by grant HS18500-01 (to second author, who acknowledges participation in the development of questions for the USPSTF evidence review on breast cancer screening in 2007 and authorship of a USPSTF evidence review of screening for diabetes in 2008); first author acknowledges work on the development of evidence reviews for the USPSTF at the Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center at Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research; uses AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ "for guidelines published from 2005 to 2010", citing the National Guideline Clearinghouse™ Web site; discusses the controversy over release of updated USPSTF breast cancer screening recommendations, citing USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer and related update by Nelson (both published in Ann Intern Med, 2009), related correction (Ann Intern Med, 2010), and related articles by Woolf et la. (JAMA, 2010), Jorgensen and Gotzasche (Ann Intern Med, 2010), Begg (Ann Intern Med, 2010), Braithwaite (Ann Intern Med, 2010), Dean (Ann Intern Med, 2010), Ho (Ann Intern Med, 2010), and Seewaldt (Ann Intern Med, 2010), all of which discuss the USPSTF recommendations on breast cancer screening, 2009; cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer and related evidence summary by Humphrey et al. (both published in Ann Intern Med, 2002); cites AHRQ-authored/USPSTF-sponsored articles by Barton, Miller (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships), Wolff et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2007) on USPSTF methodologies.] Select to access the abstract.

Military Medicine
Jordan NN, Lee S, Nowak G, et al. Chlamydia trachomatis reported among U.S. Active duty service members, 2000-2008. Mil Med 2011 Mar; 176(3):312-19. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for chlamydial infection (Ann Intern Med, 2007); cites AHRQ-funded systematic review and analysis by Maciosek et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2006) on priorities among effective clinical preventive services.]

Pain Physician
Manchikanti L, Ailinani H, Koyyalagunta D, et al. A systematic review of randomized trials of long-term opioid management for chronic non-cancer pain. Pain Physician 2011 Mar-Apr; 14(2):91-121. [Based on USPSTF level of evidence criteria; uses National Guideline Clearinghouse™ for literature review; cites USPSTF-sponsored article by Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001) on USPSTF methodologies; cites articles by Manchikanti et al. (Pain Physician, 2009 and 2008), Conn et al. (Pain Physician, 2009), Trescot et al. (Pain Physician, 2008), and others, all of which use USPSTF level of evidence criteria.] Select to access the abstract.

Colson J, Koyyalagunta D, Falco FJ, et al. A systematic review of observational studies on the effectiveness of opioid therapy for cancer pain. Pain Physician 2011 Mar-Apr; 14(2):E85-E102. [Uses AHRQ criteria for observational studies to assess the quality and validity of reviewed articles, citing AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Systems to Rate the Strength of Scientific Evidence, 2002; uses USPSTF level-of-evidence criteria to analyze evidence in selected studies, citing USPSTF-sponsored article by Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001); cites articles by Manchikanti et al (Pain Physician, 2009, three articles) and others, all of which use USPSTF level-of-evidence criteria; cites; cites AHRQ-funded article by Herr and Titler (J Emerg Nurs, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Academic Medicine
Winters BD, Aswani MS, Pronovost PJ. Commentary: Reducing diagnostic errors: another role for checklists? Acad Med2011 Mar; 86(3):279-81. [Last author reports receiving AHRQ grant or contract support; notes implementation of the central-line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) reduction program "state by state across the United States" with AHRQ support; cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Shojania et al. (JAMA, 2010) on changes in rates of autopsy-detected diagnostic errors over time, prepared by the University of California at San Francisco-Stanford EPC; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Pronovost et al. (BMJ, 2010) and Berenholtz et al. (Crit Care Med, 2004); comments on and cites article by Ely, Graber, and Croskerry (Acad Med, 2011), cited below.] Select to access the abstract.

Crenshaw K, Shewchuk RM, Qu H, et al. What should we include in a cultural competence curriculum? An emerging formative evaluation process to foster curriculum development. Acad Med 2011 Mar; 86(3):333-41. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Strategies for Improving Minority Healthcare Quality, 2004.] Select to access the abstract.

Alternative Medicine Alert
O'Mathúna DP. Coenzyme Q10 for heart disease. Alternative Med Alert 2011 Mar: Online. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Effect of Supplemental Antioxidants Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Coenzyme Q10 for the Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease, 2003.]

Health Environments Research & Design Journal
Pati D, Cason C, Harvey TE Jr, et al. An empirical examination of patient room handedness in acute medical-surgical settings. HERD 2010 Fall; 4(1):11-33. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001, and AHRQ publication, The Effect of Health Care Working Conditions on Patient Safety, 2003.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine
Gjerdingen D, McGovern P, Center B. Problems with a diagnostic depression interview in a postpartum depression trial. J Am Board Fam Med 2011 Mar-Apr; 24(2):187-93. [Cites AHRQ evidence report/ technology assessment Perinatal Depression: Prevalence, Screening Accuracy, and Screening Outcomes, 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Hanson LC, Ersek M, Gilliam R, et al. Oral feeding options for people with dementia: a systematic review. J Am Geriatr Soc 2011 Mar; 59(3):463-72. [Cites Grading the Strength of a Body of Evidence When Comparing Medical Interventions, in Methods Guide for Comparative Effectiveness Review, 2009 as published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Lancet
Ballard C, Gauthier S, Corbett A, et al. Alzheimer's disease. Lancet 2011 Mar 19; 377(9770):1019-31. [Notes that a recent AHRQ-commissioned "independent consensus expert report concluded that recommendations cannot be made for disease prevention because the available evidence is not robust enough for safe advice to be given", referring to (though not cited directly) AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Alzheimer's Disease and Cognitive Decline, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health
Fassier J, Durand M, Loisel P. 2nd place, PREMUS 1 best paper competition: implementing return-to-work interventions for workers with low-back pain—a conceptual framework to identify barriers and facilitators. Scand J Work Environ Health 2011 Mar; 37(2):99-108. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Closing the Quality Gap: A Critical Analysis of Quality Improvement Strategies: Volume 1—Series Overview and Methodology, 2004; cites article by Gold and Taylor (Implement Sci, 2007), which discusses AHRQ's Integrated Delivery System Research Network (IDSRN) program. Also refer to articles by El-Kareh et al. (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2011), Wright et al. (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2011), and Haynes et al. (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2011) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles, and article by Colson et al. (Pain Physician, 2011), cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles.]

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

American Journal of Medical Quality
Singh S, Fletcher KE, Pandl GJ, et al. It's the writing on the wall: whiteboards improve inpatient satisfaction with provider communication.Am J Med Qual 2011 Mar-Apr; 26(2):127-31. [Cites AHRQ's NHQR, 2007; cites Summary of HCAHPS Survey Results: Oct 2006 to June 2007 Discharges, 2008, and HCAHPS Fact Sheet (CAHPS® Hospital Survey), 2009, which discuss results in comparison to HCAHPS survey.] Select to access the abstract.

Kass NE, Pronovost PJ. Quality, safety, and institutional review boards: navigating ethics and oversight in applied health systems research. Am J Med Qual 2011 Mar-Apr; 26(2):157-9. [Cites AHRQ's NHQR, 2009; cites AHRQ-authored article by Tunis, Stryer, and Clancy (second and third author are former AHRQ center director and current AHRQ director, respectively) (JAMA, 2003); cites AHRQ-funded article by Lynn et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2007).]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Medical Quality
Edwards MT. The objective impact of clinical peer review on hospital quality and safety. Am J Med Qual 2011 Mar-Apr; 26(2):110-19. [Uses 2005-2007 AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators, citing Guide to Patient Safety Indicators, Version 3.1, 2003, as published on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bradley et al. (J Healthc Manag, 2003) and Shortell et al. (Med Care, 1994).] Select to access the abstract.

Deloitte.com
Deloitte Center for Health Solutions and Deloitte Center for Financial Services. The hidden costs of U.S. health care for consumers: a comprehensive analysis. Deloitte.com 2011 Mar; Online. [Uses 2009 MEPS data "to develop estimates by family size and income".]

Drugs and Aging
Mehta S, Chen H, Johnson ML, et al. Risk of falls and fractures in older adults using antipsychotic agents: a propensity-matched retrospective cohort study. Drugs Aging 2010 Oct 1; 27(10):815-29. [Uses the AHRQ "clinical classification of medical conditions" to select ICD-9-CM codes for femur fractures, citing AHRQ publication, Clinical Classifications for Health Policy Research: Hospital Inpatient Statistics, 1995, HCUP Research Note 3, 2000; cites AHRQ Research Activities article "Outcomes/Effectiveness Research: Evidence is Lacking to Support Many Off-Label Uses of Atypical Antipsychotic Drugs", 2007, as published on AHRQ Web site, which summarizes AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Efficacy and Comparative Effectiveness of Off-Label Use of Atypical Antipsychotics, 2007; cites AHRQ-funded article by Schneeweiss et al. (Can Med Assoc J, 2007) and article by Jano et al. (Psychiatr Serv, 2007), which uses 1996-2004 MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
Lovaglio PG. Patient safety analyses using Lombardy administrative archives. Int J Health Care Qual Assur 011; 24(2):136-48. [Uses AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators and associated software, procedures, and materials on the AHRQ Web site to conduct the study's analyses; cites AHRQ publications, AHRQ Quality Indicators: Patient Safety Indicators: Software Documentation, 2002, and Patient Safety Indicators Overview, 2006; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Elixhauser et al. (Med Care, 1998), Johantgen et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Improv, 1998), Miller et al. (BMC Health Serv Res, 2001), and Zhan and Miller (JAMA, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Stineman MG, Xie D, Pan Q, et al. Activity of daily living staging, chronic health conditions, and perceived lack of home accessibility features for elderly people living in the community. J Am Geriatr Soc 2011 Mar; 59(3):454-62. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Vest JR, Zhao H, Jaspserson J, et al. Factors motivating and affecting health information exchange usage. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2011 Mar 1; 18(2):143-9. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Decision Making
Sullivan PW, Slejko JF, Sculpher MJ, et al. Catalogue of EQ-5D scores for the United Kingdom. Med Decis Making 2011 Mar 21. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2000-2003 MEPS data; authors mention that "the previous research used 2000-2002 MEPS" data, possibly referring to/citing article(s) by Sullivan, Lawrence, and Ghushchyan (Med Decis Making, 2006, and/or Med Care, 2005); cites AHRQ-funded article by Shaw et al. (Med Care, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Nursing Research
Diya L, Van den Heede K, Sermeus W, et al. The use of "lives saved" measures in nurse staffing and patient safety research. Nurs Res 2011 March/April; 60(2):100-106. [Uses AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators, citing AHRQ publication Guide to Patient Safety Indicators, 2007; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Aiken et al. (JAMA, 2003), Needleman et al. (N Engl J Med, 2002), and Weingart et al. (Med Care, 2000). Also refer to AHRQ-funded articles by Glance et al. (Arch Surg, 2011), Memtsoudis (Clin Orthop Relat Res, 2011), Burda et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 2011), Mold et al. (J Am Board Fam Med, 2011), Smith et al. (Med Decis Making, 2011), and Mark and Harless (Nurs Res, 2011) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles, and article by Manchikanti et al. (Pain Physician, 2011) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

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Internet Citation: Health Information Technology: Turning the Patient-centered Medical Home from Concept to Reality: Articles of Interest: March 25, 2011. March 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/032511.html