Toward Improving Patient Safety Through Voluntary Peer-to-peer Assessment

Articles of Interest, June 1, 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 Medical Quality
Hudson DW, Holzmueller CG, Pronovost PJ, Gianci SJ, Pate ZT, Wahr J, Heitmiller ES, Thompson DA, Martinez EA, Marsteller JA, Gurses AP, Lubomski LH, Goeschel CA, et al. Toward improving patient safety through voluntary peer-to-peer assessment. Am J Med Qual 2012 May-Jun; 27(3):201-9. [Supported by grants K01 HS18762 (to eleventh author), 1 R18 HS19934-01 (to thirteenth author), and K08 HS13904 (to ninth author), and contracts HHSA290-2006-00022-I task order 7, modification 1 and HHSA290-2006-00022-I, task order 8 (both to thirteenth author); third author reports receiving previous AHRQ grant and contract support; cites AHRQ's National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR), 2007.]�Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Vistnes J, Zawacki A, Simon K, Taylor A. Declines in employer-sponsored insurance between 2000 and 2008: examining the components of coverage by firm size. Health Serv Res 2012 Jun; 47(3 Pt 1):919-38. [First and last authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; uses 2000, 2001, and 2008 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Insurance Component (MEPS IC) data.] Select to access the abstract.

Reiter KL, Harless DW, Pink GH, et al. Minimum nurse staffing legislation and the financial performance of California hospitals. Health Serv Res 2012 Jun; 47(3 Pt 1):1030-50. [Supported in part by grant 2 R01 HS10153-08; cites AHRQ-funded systematic review and meta-analysis by Kane et al. (Med Care, 2007) on the association of registered nurse staffing levels and patient outcomes, prepared under contract 290-02-0009, task order 1.] Select to access the abstract.

Rose DE, Tisnado DM, Tao ML, et al. Prevalence, predictors, and patient outcomes associated with physician co-management: findings from the Los Angeles Women's Health Study. Health Serv Res 2012 Jun; 47(3 Pt 1):1091-16. [Supported in part by grant 1-R01-CA81338-01A1 (with the National Cancer Institute); uses "six items from the patient interview," adapted from AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Study (CAHPS®) hospital survey, citing AHRQ-funded article by Marshall et al. (Psychol Assess, 2001), which analyzes the CAHPS 1.0 Core Survey.] Select to access the abstract.

Implementation Science
Alexander JA, Hearld LR. Methods and metrics challenges of delivery-system research. Implement Sci 2012 Mar 12; 7:15. [Based on a white paper prepared under AHRQ contract and presented at the AHRQ-sponsored meeting "The Challenge and Promise of Delivery System Research, Sterling, VA, 2011; cites the Opportunities for Advancing Delivery System Research landing page on the AHRQ Web site.]�Select to access the abstract.

Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses
Chu H, Lofgren ET, Halloran ME, et al. Performance of rapid influenza H1N1 diagnostic tests: a meta-analysis. Influenza Other Respi Viruses 2012 Mar; 6(2):80-6. [Supported by grant R03 HS20666 (to first author).]�Select to access the abstract.

Journal of American College Health
Patel DA, Zochowski M, Peterman S, Dempsey AF, Ernst S, Dalton VK. Human papillomavirus vaccine intent and uptake among female college students. J Am Coll Health 2012; 60(2):151-61. [Supported in part by grant K08 HS15491 (to last author).]�Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Kirchhoff KT, Hammes BJ, Kehl KA, et al. Effect of a disease-specific advance care planning intervention on end-of-life care. J Am Geriatr Soc 2012 May; 60(5):946-50. [Supported in part by grant 1 R01 HS13374-01 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Women's Health
Berggren EK, Boggess KA, Funk MJ, et al. Racial disparities in perinatal outcomes among women with gestational diabetes. J Womens Health 2012 May; 21(5):521-7. [Supported in part by grant K02 HS17950 (to third author).]�Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care Research and Review
Coffey RM, Misra A, Barrett M, Andrews RM, Mutter R, Moy E. Congestive heart failure: who Is likely to be readmitted?
Med Care Res Rev 2012 May 31 [Epub ahead of print. First, fourth, fifth, and sixth authors are AHRQ researchers; uses 2006 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) State Inpatient Databases data for 14 states.] Select to access the abstract.

Pediatrics
Anand V, Carroll AE, Downs SM. Automated primary care screening in pediatric waiting rooms. Pediatrics 2012 May; 129(5):e1275-e1281. [Supported in part by grants R01 HS18453 and R01 HS17939; notes the difficulty of implementing USPSTF preventive services guidelines during short-duration pediatric office visits and cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2008:2009-2010, as published on the USPSTF Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

PLoS Medicine
Schiff GD, Galanter WL, Duhig J, Koronkowski MJ, Lodolce AE, Pontikes P, Busker J, Touchette D, Walton S, Lambert BL. A prescription for improving drug formulary decision making. PLoS Med 2012 May; 9(5):e1001220. [Supported in part by grant U18 HS16973 (to the UIC Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) program); last author reports receiving previous AHRQ funding for Tools for Optimizing Prescribing; notes the continuation of the authors' Formulary Leveraged Improved Prescribing (FLIP) Project through AHRQ's CERTs program, citing AHRQ's CERTs Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

PLoS ONE
Gonzalez RG, Lev MN, Goldmacher GV, et al. Improved outcome prediction using CT angiography in addition to standard ischemic stroke assessment: results from the STOPStroke study. PLoS One 2012 Jan; 7(1):e30352. [Supported by grant R01 HS11392-01A1.]�Select to access the abstract.

Kravchenko J, Akushevich I, Sudenga SL, Wilson CM, Levitan EB, et al. Transitional probability-based model for HPV clearance in HIV-1-positive adolescent females. PLoS One 2012 Jan; 7(1):e30736. [Supported by grant K12 HS19465 (to fifth author). Also refer to AHRQ-funded article by Oremus, Dayes, Walker et al. cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.]�Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

Academic Pediatrics
Nageswaran S, Ip EH, Golden SL, et al. Inter-agency collaboration in the care of children with complex chronic conditions. Acad Pediatr 2012 May-Jun; 12(3):189-97. [Gives AHRQ's definition of "medical neighborhood," citing AHRQ-sponsored white paper Coordinated Care in the Medical Neighborhood: Critical Components and Available Mechanisms, 2011, prepared by the Mathematica Policy Research under contract HHSA290-2009-00019-I, task order 2, as published on AHRQ's Patient Centered Medical Home Research Center Web site.]�Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Medical Quality
Lawless ST. When is a "never should occur" a "never event": or do we really need a burning platform? Am J Med Qual 2012 May-Jun; 27(3):187-8. [Comments on article by Chang et al. (Am J Med Qual, 2012) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.]

Kirsh S, Hein M, Pogach L, et al. Improving outpatient diabetes care. Am J Med Qual 2012 May-Jun; 27(3):233-40. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Nutting et al. (Ann Fam Med, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

Juraschek SP, Zhang X, Ranganathan V, et al. United States registered nurse workforce report card and shortage forecast. Am J Med Qual 2012 May-Jun; 27(3):241-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Needleman et al. (N Engl J Med, 2002) and Hoover et al. (Health Serv Res, 2002).]�Select to access the abstract.

Weaver MD, Moore CG, Patterson PD, et al. Medical necessity in emergency medical services transports. Am J Med Qual 2012 May-Jun; 27(3):250-5. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Tang et al. (JAMA, 2010) and Patterson et al. (Prehosp Emerg Care, 2006).]�Select to access the abstract.

Patel VR, Couto J. Literature review. Am J Med Qual 2012 May-Jun; 27(3):261-3. [Summarizes AHRQ-funded articles by Wright et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2012), and Malone and Saverno (J Manag Care Pharm, 2012).]

Santana C, Day S, Horton C, Krishnamurthy R, Tang N.� Emerging models of leadership: ambulatory QI in academic medical centers. Am J Med Qual 2012 May-Jun; 27 (3 Suppl):14S-15S. [Fifth author is former AHRQ researcher; cites AHRQ-funded article by Stange et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2010).]

Aboumatar H, Immelt S, Walrath JM, et al. John Hopkins University: learning assertive communication strategies using interprofessional simulation. Am J Med Qual 2012 May-Jun; 27 (3 Suppl):24S-25S. [Cites AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches, Volume 3: Performance and Tools, 2008.]

Jones D, Gitomer R, Doyle J, et al. Developing and implementing a medical student quality improvement. Am J Med Qual 2012 May-Jun; 27 (3 Suppl):35S-37S. [Lists "Adoption of TeamSTEPPS® (AHRQ Team Training Program) with multidisciplinary participants" as a second-year teaching point in Table 1, "Emory University School of Medicine Student Quality Improvement Curriculum."]

American Journal of Nursing
Robbins L, Kulesa MG. The State of the science in the prevention and management of osteoarthritis. Am J Nurs 2012 Mar; 112(3 Suppl 1):S3-S11. [Mentions statistics on osteoarthritis, citing National and Regional Estimates on Hospital Use for All Patients from the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS): National Statistics—Principle Procedure Only: ICD-9-CM 81.54 and 81.51, accessed on AHRQ's HCUPnet Web site.]�Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Public Health
Egede LE, Dismuke C, Echols C. Racial/ethnic disparities in mortality risk among US veterans with traumatic brain injury. Am J Public Health 2012 May; 102 Suppl 2:S266-S271. [Cites article by Arthur et al. (Med Care, 2008), which uses 1998-2002 HCUP data, and article by Quan et al. (Med Care, 2005), which uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998) and the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992).] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of General Psychiatry
Olfson M, Marcus SC, Bridge JA. Emergency treatment of deliberate self-harm. Arch Gen Psychiatry 2012 Jan; 69(1):80-8. [Cites AHRQ publication, Methods Applying AHRQ Quality Indicators to Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Data for the Eighth (2010) National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) and National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR), HCUP Methods Series Report 2010-06, 2010, as published on the AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
Richards DA. Stepped care: a method to deliver increased access to psychological therapies. Can J Psychiatry 2012 Apr; 57(4):210-15. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored publication, A National Agenda for Research in Collaborative Care: Papers from the Collaborative Care Research Network Research Development Conference, 2011, as published on the AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ-funded article by Antman et al. (JAMA, 1992).]�Select to access the abstract.

Health, Biomedical Science, and Society Initiative
Aspen Institute. Moving forward with comparative effectiveness research. Health Biomed Sci Soc Initiative 2012 May; Online. [Discusses AHRQ's receipt of comparative effectiveness research (CER) funding under the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003, the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA), and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010; mentions the membership of the AHRQ director on the board of directors of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the evolution of AHRQ's directives and mission, and AHRQ's involvement in CER through the Effective Health Care Program and interagency research efforts.]

Health Services Research
Baker LC. HSR editorial: oversimplifying health reform discussions. Health Serv Res 2012 Jun; 47(3 Pt 1):893-6. [Comments on AHRQ-authored article by Vistnes, Zawacki, Simon, and Taylor (Health Serv Res, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles, and article by White cited below in this section.]

White C. A comparison of two approaches to increasing access to care: expanding coverage versus increasing physician fees. Health Serv Res 2012 Jun; 47(3 Pt 1):963-83. [Cites study data from AHRQ-authored articles by Selden and Hudson (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Med Care, 2006) and Banthin (former AHRQ researcher) and Selden (Inquiry, 2003).]�Select to access the abstract.

Wardle G, Wodchis WP, Laporte A, et al. The sensitivity of adverse event cost estimates to diagnostic coding error. Health Serv Res 2012 Jun; 47(3 Pt 1):984-1007. [Mentions AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators; cites AHRQ-funded/authored articles by Rivard, Luther, Christiansen, Shibei, Loveland, Elixhauser et al. (Med Care Res Rev, 2008), Rosen, Zhao, Rivard, Loveland, Montez-Rath, Elixhauser et al. (Med Care, 2006), Pine, Harmon, Elixhauser et al. (JAMA, 2010), Friedman, Encinosa, Jiang, and Mutter (Med Care, 2009), Encinosa and Hellinger (Health Serv Res, 2008), Houchens, Elixhauser, and Romano (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2008), Zhan, Friedman, Mosso, et al. (Health Aff, 2006), Zhan and Miller (JAMA, 2003, and Qual Saf Health Care, 2003), McCarthy et al. (Med Care, 2000), Bates et al. (JAMA, 1997), and Iezzoni et al. (Med Care, 1994).]�Select to access the abstract.

Glasgow RE, Gaglio B, Bennett G, et al. Applying the PRECIS criteria to describe three effectiveness trials of weight loss in obese patients with comorbid conditions. Health Serv Res 2012 Jun; 47(3 Pt 1):1051-67. [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).]�Select to access the abstract.

Temkin-Greener H, Cai S, Zheng NT, et al. Nursing home work environment and the risk of pressure ulcers and incontinence. Health Serv Res 2012 Jun; 47(3 Pt 1):1179-200. [Cites On-Time Quality Improvement for Long-Term Care, 2012, as published on the AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Li, Schnelle, Spector (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets), et al. (Health Serv Res, 2010), Li, Spector, Glance, et al. (Health Serv Res, 2009), Mukamel, Ladd, Weimer, Spector et al. (Gerontologist, 2009), Mukamel, Weimer, Spector et al. (Health Serv Res, 2008), and Mukamel, Watson, Meng, and Spector (Med Care, 2003); cites AHRQ-funded article by Porell and Caro (Gerontologist, 1998).]�Select to access the abstract.

Hospitals and Health Networks
Taylor M. Hospital engagement networks: 10 big goals in 2 short years. Hosp Health Netw 2012 May; 86(5):38-50. [Quotes remarks by Jim Battles (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety); mentions AHRQ's ACTION task force.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Walsh EG, Wiener JM, Haber S, et al. Potentially avoidable hospitalizations of dually eligible Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries from nursing facility and Home- and Community-Based Services waiver programs. J Am Geriatr Soc 2012 May; 60(5):821-9. [Cites "Appendix B. Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions" from AHRQ publication, Tools for Monitoring the Health Care Safety Net, 2003, and AHRQ publication, Preventable Hospitalizations: A Window Into Primary and Preventive Care, 2000, HCUP Fact Book 5, 2004, both published on AHRQ's Archive Web site; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Intrator and Mor (J Am Geriatr Soc, 2004) and Mor et al. (Milbank Q, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research
Tunis SR, Messner DA, Mohr P, et al. A translation table for patient-centered comparative effectiveness research: guidance to improve the value of research for clinical and health policy decision-making. J Comp Eff Res 2012 May; 1(3):259-62. [Mentions AHRQ's consideration of funding for a study of the comparative effectiveness of treatment options for localized prostate cancer as a case study example; 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).]

Journal of the National Society of Allied Health
Anglin JC, Adkins JS, Johnson AA. Overweight black adults with homozygous sickle cell disease. J Natl Soc Allied Health 2011 Spring/Summer; 8(9):21-30. [Cites AHRQ publication, Sickle Cell Disease Patients in U.S. Hospitals, 2004, HCUP Statistical Brief 21, 2006.]

Lancet
Liao JM. Patient safety: an educational competency. Lancet 2012 May 26; 379(9830):1933. [Cites AHRQ publication, Patient Safety Primers: Safety Culture, as published on AHRQ's Patient Safety Network (PSNet) Web site.]

Nursing Research
Coffman DL, Kugler KC. Causal mediation of a human immunodeficiency virus preventive intervention. Nurs Res 2012 May; 61(3):224-30. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Adams et al. (J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr, 2011).] Select to access the abstract.

Pediatrics
Shamliyan T, Kane RL. Clinical research involving children: registration, completeness, and publication. Pediatrics 2012 May; 129(5):e1291-e1300. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Slutsky and Clancy (respectively, director in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence and AHRQ director) (Am J Med Qual, 2005) and Clancy, Slutsky, and Patton (Health Serv Res, 2004), both on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program.] Select to access the abstract.

Smith MJ, Kong M, Cambon A, et al. Effectiveness of antimicrobial guidelines for community-acquired pneumonia in children. Pediatrics 2012 May; 129(5):e1326-e1333. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Metjian et al. (Pediatr Infect Dis J, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Gazarian M, Graudins LV. Long-term reduction in adverse drug events: an evidence-based improvement model. Pediatrics 2012 May; 129(5):e1334-e1342. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Miller (former AHRQ researcher) et al. (Qual Saf Health Care, 2007); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Sharek et al. (Pediatrics, 2006), Koppel et al. (JAMA, 2005), and Shojania et al. (JAMA, 2002).]�Select to access the abstract.

Schuh S, Zemek R, Plint A, et al. Magnesium use in asthma pharmacotherapy: a pediatric emergency research Canada study. Pediatrics 2012 May; 129(5):852-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Scribano et al. (Acad Emerg Med, 2001).] Select to access the abstract.

Bachur RG, Hennelly K, Callahan MJ, et al. Diagnostic imaging and negative appendectomy rates in children: effects of age and gender. Pediatrics 2012 May; 129(5):877-84. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Smink et al. (Pediatrics, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Balmer DF, Giardino AP, Richards BF. The dance between attending physicians and senior residents as teachers and supervisors. Pediatrics 2012 May; 129(5):910-15. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Aita et al. (Qual Health Res, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Doherty C, McDonnell C. Tenfold medication errors: 5 years' experience at a university-affiliated pediatric hospital. Pediatrics 2012 May; 129(5):916-24. [Cites AHRQ-funded/authored articles by Miller (former AHRQ researcher) et al. (Qual Saf Health Care, 2007), Gray and Goldmann (Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed, 2004), Kaushal et al. (JAMA, 2001), and Bates et al. (JAMA, 1997).]�Select to access the abstract.

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

Academic Pediatrics
Kemper AR, Downs SM. Making informed policy decisions about newborn hearing screening. Acad Pediatr 2012 May-Jun; 12(3):157-8. [Comments on article by Colgan et al. cited below in this section and mentions USPSTF recommendations on universal newborn hearing screening.]

Colgan S, Gold L, Wirth K, et al. The cost-effectiveness of universal newborn screening for bilateral permanent congenital hearing impairment: systematic review. Acad Pediatr 2012 May-Jun; 12(3):171-80. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored systematic review by Nelson, Bougatsos, and Nygren (Pediatrics, 2008) updating 2001 USPSTF recommendations on universal newborn hearing screening and earlier AHRQ systematic evidence review Newborn Hearing Screening, 2001.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Medical Quality
Maeng DD, Graf TR, Davis DE, et al. Can a patient-centered medical home lead to better patient outcomes? The quality implications of Geisinger's ProvenHealth Navigator. Am J Med Qual 2012 May-Jun; 27(3):210-16. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on aspirin for the prevention of cardiovascular disease (Ann Intern Med, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American College of Nutrition
Khawaja O, Gaziano JM, Djousse L. A meta-analysis of omega-3 fatty acids and incidence of atrial fibrillation. J Am Coll Nutr 2012 Feb 1; 31(1):4-13. [Uses USPSTF evidence-rating criteria to rate selected studies, citing USPSTF-sponsored methodology article by Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001).]�Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Kane RL, Shamliyan T, Talley K, et al. The association between geriatric syndromes and survival. J Am Geriatr Soc 2012 May; 60(5):896-904. [Commissioned by the USPSTF as background material on the role of geriatric syndromes on the well-being of older adults and based on USPSTF-sponsored Evidence Synthesis/Technology Assessment, Common Syndromes in Older Adults Related to Primary and Secondary Prevention, 2011, prepared by the Minnesota Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) under contract HHSA 290-2007-10064-1); uses USPSTF levels-of-evidence criteria, citing USPSTF-sponsored article by Sawaya et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2007) on updated USPSTF methodologies.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
DeJesus RS, Angstman KB, Kesman R, et al. Use of a clinical decision support system to increase osteoporosis screening. J Eval Clin Pract 2012 Feb; 18(1):89-92. [Mentions and cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for osteoporosis in postmenopausal women (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

Journal of Women's Health
Larkey LK, Herman PM, Roe DJ, et al. A cancer screening intervention for underserved Latina women by lay educators. J Womens Health 2012 May; 21(5):557-66. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored systematic evidence review on screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2009); cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Outcomes of Community Health Worker Interventions, 2009.] Select to access the abstract.

Lancet
To screen or not to screen for prostate cancer? Lancet 2012 Jun 2; 379(9831):2024. [Comments on updated 2012 USPSTF prostate cancer screening recommendations.]

Nursing Research
Eckardt P. Propensity score estimates in multilevel models for causal inference. Nurs Res 2012 May; 61(3):213-23. [Cites case study by Lin and Lam (Am Fam Physician, 2011) based on USPSTF recommendations on screening for obesity in children and adolescents and associated targeted systematic review by Whitlock et al. (both in Pediatrics, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

Pain Research and Management
Mailis A, Taenzer P. Evidence-based guideline for neuropathic pain interventional treatments: Spinal cord stimulation, intravenous infusions, epidural injections and nerve blocks. Pain Res Manag 2012 May-Jun; 17(3):150-8. [Uses USPSTF evidence-rating criteria, citing Grade Definitions as published on the USPSTF Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Pediatrics
Gidding SS, Daniels SR, Kavey RE, et al. Developing the 2011 integrated pediatric guidelines for cardiovascular risk reduction. Pediatrics 2012 May; 129(5):e1311-e1319. [Discusses as a possible evidence-rating system the USPSTF general analytic framework, shown in Figure 1, "The US Preventive Services Task Force Algorithm for screening," and citing USPSTF-sponsored systematic evidence review on screening and treatment for lipid disorders in children and adolescents (Pediatrics, 2007). Also refer to AHRQ-funded article by Anand V, Carroll AE, Downs (Pediatrics, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles, article by Miranda et al. (Prev Med, 2012) cited in Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products, and article by Shields and Crown (Health Serv Res, 2012) cited in National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR)/National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR)-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Academic Pediatrics
McConnochie KM. Development of an algorithm for the diagnosis of otitis media. Acad Pediatr 2012 May-Jun; 12(3):159-60. [Discusses American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines on the management of acute otitis media (Pediatrics, 2004), which were based on AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Management of Acute Otitis Media, 2001.]

Shaikh N, Hoberman A, Rockette HE, et al. Development of an algorithm for the diagnosis of otitis media. Acad Pediatr 2012 May; 12(3):214-18. [Discusses American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines on the management of acute otitis media (Pediatrics, 2004), which were based on AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Management of Acute Otitis Media, 2001.]�Select to access the abstract.

American Family Physician
Churgay CA, Aftab Z. Gastroenteritis in children: Part I. Diagnosis. Am Fam Physician 2012 Jun 1; 85(11):1059-62. [Uses AHRQ evidence reports and AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC) as data sources.]

Churgay CA, Aftab Z. Gastroenteritis in children: Part II. Prevention and management. Am Fam Physician 2012 Jun 1; 85(11):1066-1070. [Uses AHRQ evidence reports and AHRQ's NGC as data sources.]

BMC Cancer
Oremus M, Dayes I, Walker K. et al. Systematic review: conservative treatments for secondary lymphedema. BMC Cancer 2012 Jan; 12:6. Online. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-2007-10060-I to the McMaster EPC and based on AHRQ technology assessment report, Diagnosis and Treatment of Secondary Lymphedema, 2010, prepared as background material for a 2009 Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee meeting.]�Select to access the abstract.

Current Psychiatry
Peat CM, Brownley KA, Berkman ND, et al. Binge eating disorder: evidence-based treatments: alone or combined, pharmacotherapy and CBT can reduce binging, psychopathology. Curr Psychiatr 2012 May; 11(5):32-9. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Management of Eating Disorders, 2006.]

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 Jun; 47(3 Pt 2):1363-86. [Uses AHRQ systematic review methods and AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Based Participatory Research: Assessing the Evidence, 2004.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Health & Biomedical Law
DeBoer MJ. Medicare coverage policy and decision making, preventive services, and comparative effectiveness research before and after the Affordable Care Act. J Health Biomed Law 2012 Jan. 493-572. [Discusses AHRQ's agreement with CMS to conduct technology assessments for Medicare coverage topics, AHRQ and USPSTF responsibilities for clinical preventive services under the ACA, and responsibilities of AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, Office of Communications and Knowledge Transfer, and Effective Health Care program in carrying out CER- and quality improvement-related provisions of the ACA.]

Journal of Women's Health
Prairie BA, Wisniewski SR, Luther JF, et al. Postpartum lipid levels in women with major depression. J Womens Health 2012 May; 21(5):534-8. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Prevalence, Screening Accuracy, and Screening Outcomes, Summary, 2005. Also refer to article by Reiter et al. (Health Serv Res, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles above, article by Larkey et al. (J Womens Health, 2012) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles, and article by Benarroch-Gampel et al. (Health Serv Res, 2012) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.]�Select to access the abstract.

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

Health Services Research
Alegria M, Hasnain-Wynia R, Ayanian JZ.� Taking the measure of health care disparities. Health Serv Res 2012 Jun; 47(3 Pt 2):1225-31. [Mentions AHRQ's NHDR and CAHPS.]

White K, Haas JS, Williams DR. Elucidating the role of place in health care disparities: the example of racial/ethnic residential segregation. Health Serv Res 2012 Jun; 47(3 Pt 2):1278-99. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2010; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Kirby (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) and Kaneda (J Health Soc Behav, 2005) and Schulman, Berlin, Harless, Kerner, Sistrunk, Gersh, Dubé, Taleghani, Burke, Williams, Eisenberg (former AHRQ director) et al. (N Engl J Med, 1999).]�Select to access the abstract.

Alegria M, Lin J, Chen CN, et al. The impact of insurance coverage in diminishing racial and ethnic disparities in behavioral health services. Health Serv Res 2012 Jun; 47(3 Pt 2):1322-44. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2009; cites AHRQ-authored article by Garfield, Zuvekas (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends), et al. (Am J Psychiatry, 2011); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Wei et al. (Am J Psychiatry, 2005) and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Shields AE, Crown WH. Looking to the future: incorporating genomic information into disparities research to reduce measurement error and selection bias. Health Serv Res 2012 Jun; 47(3 Pt 2):1387-410. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2010; mentions the USPSTF's publication of "reports assessing the validity and reliability of specific genetic applications," citing the USPSTF landing page on the AHRQ Web site. Also refer to article by Hudson et al. (Am J Med Qual, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles above, article by Olfson, Marcus, and Bridge (Arch Gen Psychiatry, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Related Articles above, and articles by Lê Cook, McGuire, and Zaslavsky (Health Serv Res, 2012) and Miranda et al. (Prev Med, 2012) cited in Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.]�Select to access the abstract.

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Family Physician
Huang W, Molitch ME. Evaluation and management of galactorrhea. Am Fam Physician 2012 Jun 1; 85(11):1073-80. [Uses AHRQ's NGC as a data source.]

Wright WF, Riedel DJ, Talwani R, et al. Diagnosis and management of Lyme disease. Am Fam Physician 2012 Jun 1; 85(11):1086-93. [Uses AHRQ's NGC as a data source.]

American Journal of Medical Quality
Chang DC, Rhee DS, Zhang Y, et al. Evaluating metrics for quality: death on the same day of elective pediatric surgery. Am J Med Qual 2012 May-Jun; 27(3):195-200. [Uses 1988-1996, 1998-1999, 2001-2002, 2004, and 2007 HCUP NIS and Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) and AHRQ's Pediatric Quality Indicators, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) and Overview of the Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) (both published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site), and AHRQ-sponsored technical report Measures of Pediatric Health Care Quality Based on Hospital Administrative Data: The Pediatric Quality Indicators, 2006.]�Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Nursing
Murphy L, Helmick CG. The impact of osteoarthritis in the United States: a population-health perspective. Am J Nurs 2012 Mar; 112(3 Suppl 1):S13-S19. [Uses the AHRQ Web site to identify relevant publications and uses 2011, 2009, and 1997 HCUP NIS (ICD-9-CM 715 combined, ICD-9-CM 81.54, and 81.51) data, citing data generated from AHRQ's HCUPnet Web site, and AHRQ publication, HCUP Facts and Figures: Statistics on Hospital-Based Care in the United States, 2008, 2010, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

GAO Reports
White JR. Small employer health tax credit: factors contributing to low use and complexity. GAO Rep 2012 May; GAO-12-549. [Uses 2010 MEPS IC data.]

Health Services Research
Benarroch-Gampel J, Sheffield KM, Lin YL, et al. Colonoscopist and primary care physician supply and disparities in colorectal cancer screening. Health Serv Res 2012 Jun; 47(3 Pt 1):1137-57. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998); cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Enhancing the Use and Quality of Colorectal Cancer Screening, 2010 (prepared by the RTI International-University of North Carolina EPC under contract 290-2007-10056-I); cites AHRQ-authored article by Zuvekas and Taliaferro (current researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends and former AHRQ researcher, respectively) (Health Aff, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Holmes GM, Freburger JK, Ku LJ. Decomposing racial and ethnic disparities in the use of postacute rehabilitation care. Health Serv Res 2012 Jun; 47(3 Pt 1):1158-78. [Uses 2005 and 2006 HCUP State Inpatient Databases (SID) data for Arizona, Florida, New Jersey, and Wisconsin, and AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).]�Select to access the abstract.

Lê Cook B, McGuire TG, Zaslavsky AM. Measuring racial/ethnic disparities in health care: methods and practical issues. Health Serv Res 2012 Jun; 47(3 Pt 2):1232-54. [Uses 2004-2008 MEPS data, as summarized in Table 2, "Comparison of Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Mental Health Care Adjusting for Different Sets of Variables"; �gives the definition of racial/ethnic disparity from AHRQ's NHDR, 2004; mentions AHRQ's MEPS and HCUP as examples of nationally representative datasets used to measure health care disparities, citing AHRQ-authored articles by Kirby, Taliaferro, and Zuvekas (Med Care, 2006), Cook, McGuire, and Zuvekas (Med Care Res Rev, 2009), Coffey, Andrews, and Moy (Med Care, 2005), Kirby, Hudson, and Miller (Med Care Res Rev, 2010); cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2009.] Select to access the abstract.

Zaslavsky AM, Ayanian JZ, Zaborski LB. The validity of race and ethnicity in enrollment data for Medicare beneficiaries. Health Serv Res 2012 Jun; 47(3 Pt 2):1300-21. [Uses 2010 CAHPS survey data from the Medicare CAHPS survey; cites 2010 Medicare CAHPS Technical Report, 2011, and several CAHPS-related articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Finlayson E, Zhao S, Boscardin WJ, et al. Functional status after colon cancer surgery in elderly nursing home residents. J Am Geriatr Soc 2012 May; 60(5):967-73. [Uses the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992).] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care Research and Review
Hoff T, Weller W, Depuccio M. The patient-centered medical home: a review of recent research. Med Care Res Rev 2012 May 29 [Epub ahead of print. Uses the AHRQ Web site to identify relevant publications and notes the use of MEPS as a secondary data source in selected studies.]�Select to access the abstract.

Ostomy Wound Management
Corbett LQ. Venous ulcer guideline update accepted by National Guideline Clearinghouse. Ostomy Wound Manage 2012 Apr; 58(4):26. [Announces publication of the guideline summary of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC)'s Venous Ulcer Guideline on AHRQ's NGC Web site.]

Pediatrics
Nelson KE, Hexem KR, Feudtner C. Inpatient hospital care of children with trisomy 13 and trisomy 18 in the United States. Pediatrics 2012 May; 129(5):869-76. [Uses 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, and 2009 HCUP KID data and Clinical Classifications Software (CCS), citing Overview of the Kids' Inpatient Database (KID), Clinical Classifications Software (CCS) for ICD-9-CM, and Procedure Classes 2012, all published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Preventive Medicine
Miranda PY, Johnson-Jennings M, Tarraf W, et al. Using colorectal trends in the U.S. to identify unmet primary care needs of vulnerable populations. Prev Med 2012 May 30 [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2000-2007 MEPS data, citing MEPS-HC Response Rate by Panel, 2009, and AHRQ publications Income Measurement in the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, AHRQ Working Paper 6005, 2006, and Sample Design of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, 1998-2007; also uses USPSTF recommendations on colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002 and 2008, and Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996), to operationalize the standard of care for colorectal cancer screening; cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2010 and 2009.]�Select to access the abstract.

Issue Report (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
Trust for America's Health. The facts hurt: a state-by-state injury prevention policy report. Issue Rep (Robt Wood Johnson Found) 2012 May; Online. [Uses HCUP E-coding data, citing AHRQ publication, Addendum to Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) E Code Evaluation Report (Updated Information for 2009), HCUP Method Series Report 2004-06, 2011. Also refer to articles by Vistnes, Zawacki, Simon, and Taylor and by Rose et al. (both in Health Serv Res, 2012) and Coffey et al. (Med Care Res Rev, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Current as of June 2012
Internet Citation: Toward Improving Patient Safety Through Voluntary Peer-to-peer Assessment: Articles of Interest, June 1, 2012. June 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/060112.html