A Call for Action on Primary Care and Public Health Integration

Articles of Interest, June 15, 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 Preventive Medicine
Koo D, Felix K, Dankwa-Mullan I, Miller T, et al. A call for action on primary care and public health integration. Am J Prev Med 2012 Jun; 42(6 Suppl 2):S89-S91. [Second and fourth authors are former and current researchers in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships; notes AHRQ sponsorship of jointly-published supplement (by this journal and the American Journal of Public Health) introduced by this article; comments on AHRQ-funded article by Porterfield et al. cited below in this section.]

Porterfield DS, Hinnant LW, Kane H, et al. Linkages between clinical practices and community organizations for prevention: a literature review and environmental scan. Am J Prev Med 2012 Jun; 42(6 Suppl 2):S163-S171. [Supported by contract HHSA290-2006-00001-I, task order 6; summarizes and analyzes findings from AHRQ-sponsored final report, Linkages Between Clinical Practices and Community Organizations for Prevention, 2010, prepared by RTI International by same authors; gives recommendations from AHRQ summit at which report results were presented; cites USPSTF recommendation statements, Behavioral Counseling in Primary Care to Promote a Healthy Diet, 2003, Counseling to Prevent Tobacco Use and Tobacco-Caused Disease, 2003, Screening for Obesity in Adults, 2003, and Behavioral Counseling in Primary Care to Promote Physical Activity, 2002, all published on the USPSTF Web site; cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Outcomes of Community Health Worker Interventions, 2009 (prepared by the RTI International-University of North Carolina Evidence-Based Practice Center (EPC) under contract 290-2007-10056-I).]

American Journal of Public Health
Kirby JB, Liang L, Chen HJ, et al. Race, place, and obesity: the complex relationships among community racial/ethnic composition, individual race/ethnicity, and obesity in the United States. Am J Public Health 2012 Jun 14 [Epub ahead of print. First and second authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; uses 2002-2007 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data, citing AHRQ publication, Design and Methods of the Medical Expenditures Panel Survey Household Component, MEPS Methodology Report 1, 1997, and AHRQ-authored article by Cohen (Inquiry, 1996-1997).] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Brown SE, Ratcliffe SJ, Kahn JM, Halpern SC. The epidemiology of intensive care unit readmissions in the United States. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2012 May 1; 185(9):955-64. [Supported by grant K08 HS18406 (to fourth author).] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Internal Medicine
Caverly TJ, Al-Khatib SM, Kutner JS, Masoudi FA, et al. Patient preference in the decision to place implantable cardioverter-defibrillators. Arch Intern Med 2012 Jul 23 [Epub ahead of print. Supported in part by cooperative agreement grant U18 HS16964; fourth author acknowledges previous AHRQ grant funding; see comments by Goldberger and Fagerlin (Arch Intern Med, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Related Articles.]

Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Belsky DW, Moffitt TE, Houts R, et al. Polygenic risk, rapid childhood growth, and the development of obesity: evidence from a 4-decade longitudinal study. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2012 Jun 1; 166(6):515-21. [Supported in part by grant 1 R36 HS20524-01 (to first author); refer to comments by Fernandez (Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

BMJ Quality and Safety
Meltzer D. Economic analysis in patient safety: a neglected necessity. BMJ Qual Saf 2012 Jun; 21(6):443-5. [Supported in part by Hospital Medicine and Economics Center for Education and Research in Therapeutics (CERTs) grant U18 HS16967-01 (author is principal investigator).]

Etchegaray JM, Thomas EJ. Comparing two safety culture surveys: Safety Attitudes Questionnaire and Hospital Survey on Patient Safety. BMJ Qual Saf 2012 Jun; 21(6):490-8. [Supported by grant 1 K02 HS17145-02 (to first author); uses AHRQ's Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, citing AHRQ-sponsored publication, Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, 2004, as published on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Hospital Medicine
Liu V, Kipnis P, Rizk NW, et al. Adverse outcomes associated with delayed intensive care unit transfers in an integrated healthcare system. J Hosp Med 2012 Mar; 7(3):224-30. [Supported by grants 1 R01 HS18480-01 and F32 HS19181-01 (second grant to first author). Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Neurosurgery
Seicean A, Schiltz NK, Seicean S, et al. Use and utility of preoperative hemostatic screening and patient history in adult neurosurgical patients. J Neurosurg 2012 May; 116(5):1097-105. [Supported by grant T32 HS00059-14.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Patient Safety
Gershon RR, Dailey M, Magda LA, et al. Safety in the home healthcare sector: development of a new household safety checklist. J Patient Saf 2012 Jun; 8(2):51-9. [Supported by grant 1 R03 HS18284-01; cites AHRQ publications, Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches, Volume 1: Assessment and Volume 2: Culture and Redesign, 2008, and Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Pain Medicine
Reid MC, Bennett DA, Chen WG, Eldadah BA, Farrar JT, Ferrell B, Gallagher RM, Hanlon JT, et al. Improving the pharmacologic management of pain in older adults: identifying the research gaps and methods to address them. Pain Med 2011 Sep; 12(9):1336-57. [Supported by grants R01 HS17695, R01 HS18721, and R01 HS19461 (to eighth author).] Select to access the abstract.

Psychiatric Services
Hacker K, Penfold R, Zhang F, et al. Impact of electronic health record transition on behavioral health screening in a large pediatric practice. Psychiatr Serv 2012 Mar; 63(3):256-61. [Supported by HMO Research Network CERTs grant U18 HS10391.] Select to access the abstract.

Simulation in Healthcare
Toledo P, Eosakul ST, Goetz K, et al. Decay in blood loss estimation skills after Web-based didactic training. Simul Healthc 2012 Feb; 12(9):18-21. [Supported by National Research Service Award institutional grant T32 HS00078 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

Academic Medicine
Bright CM. Commentary: what role should physician organizations play in addressing social justice issues? Acad Med 2012 Jun; 87(6):684-6. [Cites AHRQ-funded/authored article by Schulman, Berlin, Harless, Kerner, Sistrunk, Gersh, Dube, Taleghani, Burke, Williams, Eisenberg (former AHRQ director) et al. (N Engl J Med, 1999).] Select to access the abstract.

Karpf M, Lofgren R. Commentary: choice—the need for a thorough and open discussion: implications for academic health centers. Acad Med 2012 Jun; 87(6):691-3. [Cites AHRQ publication, Research in Action: Reducing Costs in the Health Care System: Learning From What Has Been Done, 2002, and AHRQ-funded article by Stange et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

Shahian DM, Nordberg P, Meyer GS, et al. Contemporary performance of U.S. teaching and nonteaching hospitals. Acad Med 2012 Jun; 87(6):701-8. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Romano, Geppert, Davies, Miller, Elixhauser (fourth and fifth authors are former AHRQ researcher and current researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organizations, and Markets) et al. (Health Aff, 2003) and Miller, Elixhauser, Zhan, and Meyer (third and last authors are researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence and former AHRQ researcher, respectively) (Health Serv Res, 2001); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Allison et al. (JAMA, 2000), Ayanian et al. (Health Aff, 1998), Silber et al. (JAMA, 1995, and Med Care, 1992), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Elnashar M, Abdelrahim H, Fetters MD. Cultural competence springs up in the desert: the story of the Center for Cultural Competence in Health Care at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar. Acad Med 2012 Jun; 87(6):759-66. [Notes use of Consumer Assessment of Health Care Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) for survey instrument to be used in Qatar, citing The CAHPS Program as published on AHRQ's CAHPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Li C, Dresler CM. Medicaid coverage and utilization of covered tobacco-cessation treatments: the Arkansas experience. Am J Prev Med 2012 Jun; 42(6):588-95. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Hockenberry JM, Curry SJ, Fishman PA, et al. Healthcare costs around the time of smoking cessation. Am J Prev Med 2012 Jun; 42(6):596-601. [Bases estimates of "healthcare costs around cessation on individuals enrolled in a comparative effectiveness trial of free (to the patient) smoking-cessation treatments that are consistent with Public Health Service (PHS) Clinical Practice Guideline recommendations" given in AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008, and citing article by Smith et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2009), which references the same AHRQ-sponsored guidelines.] Select to access the abstract.

Suls JM, Luger TM, Curry SJ, et al. Efficacy of smoking-cessation interventions for young adults: a meta-analysis. Am J Prev Med 2012 Jun; 42(6):655-62. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Sweeney SA, Bazemore A, Phillips RL Jr, et al. A re-emerging political space for linking person and community through primary health care. Am J Prev Med 2012 Jun; 42(6 Suppl 2):S184-S190. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Crabtree et al. (Med Care, 2011), Stange et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2010), and Landon et al. (Health Aff, 2010).]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Pronovost PJ, Weisfeldt ML. Science-based training in patient safety and quality. Ann Intern Med 2012 Jun 11 [Epub ahead of print. Notes the reduction of AHRQ funding to train "young faculty largely through K awards" and mentions several AHRQ-funded projects on central line-associated bloodstream infections, patient safety programs, and health care/hospital-acquired infections, citing AHRQ-authored articles by Miller (former AHRQ researcher) et al. (Pediatrics, 2010) and Leape, Berwick, Clancy, Conway (third and fourth authors are AHRQ director and former AHRQ researcher) et al. (Qual Saf Health Care, 2009), and AHRQ-funded articles by Lin et al. (Am J Med Qual, 2012), Pronovost et al. (BMJ, 2010, and N Engl J Med, 2006), and Newman-Toker and Pronovost (JAMA, 2009).]

Buxton OM, Ellenbogen JM, Wang W, et al. Sleep disruption due to hospital noises: a prospective evaluation. 2012 Jun 11 [Epub ahead of print. Cites article by Jha et al. (N Engl J Med, 2008), which uses Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey data.] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Internal Medicine
Fine AM, Nizet V, Mandl KD. Large-scale validation of the Centor and McIsaac scores to predict group A streptococcal pharyngitis. Arch Intern Med 2012 Jun 11; 172(11):847-52. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Linder, Chan, and Bates (Arch Intern Med, 2006) and Snow et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2001).] Select to access the abstract.

Goldberger ZD, Fagerlin A. ICDs-increasingly complex decisions. Arch Intern Med 2012 Jun 11 [Epub ahead of print. Comments on article by Caverly et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Funded/ Authored Articles.]

Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Fernandez JR. Translating developmental genetic findings into obesity-related clinical practice: are we there yet? Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2012 Jun 1; 166(6):576-7. [Comments on article by Belsky et al. (Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

BMJ Quality and Safety
Alves de Rezende B, Or Z, Com-Ruelle L, et al. Economic evaluation in patient safety: a literature review of methods. BMJ Qual Saf 2012 Jun; 21(6):457-65. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored final report, Assessing the Evidence for Context-Sensitive Effectiveness and Safety of Patient Safety Practices: Developing Criteria, Chapter 1. Introduction, 2010, as published on the AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Zhan and Miller (JAMA, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Padula WV, Mishra MK, Weaver CD, et al. Building information for systematic improvement of the prevention of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers with statistical process control charts and regression. BMJ Qual Saf 2012 Jun; 21(6):473-80. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Pressure Ulcers in Adults: Prediction and Prevention, 1992, and AHRQ-funded article by Nelson et al. (Qual Manag Health Care, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Kolfschoten NE, Gooiker GA, Bastiaannet E, et al. Combining process indicators to evaluate quality of care for surgical patients with colorectal cancer: are scores consistent with short-term outcome? BMJ Qual Saf 2012 Jun; 21(6):481-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Stulberg et al. (JAMA, 2010); cites article by Dimick, Welch, and Birkmeyer (JAMA, 2004), which uses AHRQ's Quality Indicators and 2000 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data.] Select to access the abstract.

de Vries EN, Prins HA, Bennink MC, et al. Nature and timing of incidents intercepted by the SURPASS checklist in surgical patients. BMJ Qual Saf 2012 Jun; 21(6):503-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Makary et al. (J Am Coll Surg, 2006); cites article by Dixon-Woods et al. (Milbank Q, 2011) which discusses the AHRQ-sponsored Michigan "Keystone" Intensive Care Unit (ICU) project.] Select to access the abstract.

Mountford J, Shojania KG. Refocusing quality measurement to best support quality improvement: local ownership of quality measurement by clinicians. BMJ Qual Saf 2012 Jun; 21(6):519-23. [Mentions CAHPS, citing AHRQ-funded article by Isaac et al. (Health Serv Res, 2010) and articles by Elliott et al. (Health Aff, 2010) and O'Malley et al. (Health Serv Res, 2005), which use HCAHPS survey data; cites AHRQ publication, Patient Safety Primers: Never Events, as published on AHRQ's Patient Safety Network (PSNet) Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Education and Treatment of Children
Slocum TA, Spencer TD, Detrich R. Best available evidence: three complementary approaches. Educ Treat Child 2012 May; 35(2):153-81. [Cites AHRQ publication, Clinical Practice Guideline Development: Methodology Perspectives, 1995.]

Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
Daneshmand S, Bartsch G. Improving selection of appropriate urinary diversion following radical cystectomy for bladder cancer. Expert Rev Anticancer Ther 2011 Jun; 11(6):941-8. [Cites HCUP NIS data on the frequency of urinary continent vs. incontinent diversions, citing articles by Gore et al. (World J Urol, 2009, and Cancer, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Bach PB, Mirkin JN, Oliver TK, et al. Benefits and harms of CT screening for lung cancer: a systematic review. JAMA 2012 Jun 13; 307(22):2418-29. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Birkmeyer et al. (N Engl J Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Healthcare Management
Stone-Griffith S, Englebright JD, Cheung D, et al. Data-driven process and operational improvement in the emergency department: the ED Dashboard and Reporting Application. J Healthc Manag 2012 May-Jun; 57(3):167-80. [Cites AHRQ publications, Reasons for Being Admitted to the Hospital through the Emergency Department, 2003, HCUP Statistical Brief 2, 2006, and Hospital Admissions That Began in the Emergency Department, 2003, HCUP Statistical Brief 1, 2006]. Select to access the abstract.

Helton JR, Langabeer JR, Ludeke M. Longitudinal changes in the operating efficiency of public safety-net hospitals.
J Healthc Manag 2012 May-Jun; 57(3):214-25. [Cites AHRQ publication, Serving the Uninsured: Safety-Net Hospitals, 2003, 2007.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Patient Safety
Hassali MA, Al-Haddad M, Shafie AA, et al. Perceptions among general medical practitioners toward implementation of medication reconciliation program for patients discharged from hospitals in Penang, Malaysia. J Patient Saf 2012 Jun; 8(2):76-80. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Hughes and Ortiz (former AHRQ researchers) (J Infus Nurs, 2005) and AHRQ-funded article by Gandhi et al. (N Engl J Med, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Arabi Y, Alamry A, Al Owais SM, et al. Incident reporting at a tertiary care hospital in Saudi Arabia. J Patient Saf 2012 Jun; 8(2):81-7. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Levtzion-Korach et al. (J Patient Saf, 2009), Nuckols et al. (Qual Saf Health Care, 2008 and 2007), Pronovost et al. (J Crit Care, 2006), Wu, Pronovost, and Morlock (J Crit Care, 2002), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Pediatrics
Butler-O'Hara M, D'Angio CT, Hoey H, et al. An evidence-based catheter bundle alters central venous catheter strategy in newborn infants. J Pediatr 2012 Jun; 160(6):972-7.e2. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Women's Health
Alexandraki I. Utilization of preventive care services: does gender matter? J Womens Health 2012 Feb; 21(2):118-20. [Comments on article by Vaidya, Partha, and Karmakar (J Womens Health, 2012) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products below.]

Medical Decision Making
Russell LB, Schwartz A. Looking at patients' choices through the lens of expected utility: a critique and research agenda. Med Decis Making 2012 Jun 15 [Epub ahead of print. Describes AHRQ's MEPS and its possible application to future exploratory analyses, noting the collection of EQ-5D health state variations in the 2000-2003 surveys as described in article by Sullivan and Ghushchyan (Med Decis Making, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

MedSurg Nursing
Berryman SN, Jennings J, Ragsdale S, et al. Beers criteria for potentially inappropriate medication use in older adults
MedSurg Nurs, 2012 May-Jun; 21(3):129-33. [Cites article "Reducing and prevention adverse drug events to decrease hospital costs", in AHRQ's Research in Action, 2001]

Mandrack M, Cohen MR, Featherling J, et al. Nursing best practices using automated dispensing cabinets: nurses' key role in improving medication safety. MedSurg Nursing, 2012 May-Jun; 21(3):134-40. [Cites AHRQ Innovations Exchange profile "Checklists with medication vest or sash reduce distractions during medication administration," 2011.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Köser CU, Holden MT, Ellington MJ, et al. Rapid whole-genome sequencing for investigation of a neonatal MRSA outbreak. N Engl J Med 2012 Jun 14; 366(24):2267-75. [Cites AHRQ publication, Infections with Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in U.S. Hospitals, 1993-2005, HCUP Statistical Brief 35, 2007, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

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

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Khoury MJ, Gwinn ML, Glasgow RE, et al. A population approach to precision medicine. Am J Prev Med 2012 Jun; 42(6):639-45. [Discusses USPSTF recommendations on prostate cancer screening, citing draft recommendation statement, Screening for Prostate Cancer, 2011, as published on the USPTF Web site; cites USPSTF-sponsored article by Harris et al. (Epidemiol Rev, 2011) on USPSTF criteria for evaluating proposed screening programs; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Khoury, Rich, Randhawa (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence) et al. (Genet Med, 2009), which uses several AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessments and discusses AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program and the USPSTF, and Wideroff, Phillips, Randhawa, et al. (Public Health Genomics, 2009), which uses AHRQ technology assessments Genetic Tests for Cancer, 2006, and Genomic Tests for Ovarian Cancer Detection and Management, 2006, and discusses the AHRQ-funded Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness (DEcIDE) research network and other Effective Health Care Program demonstration projects.] Select to access the abstract.

Glasgow RE, Green LW, Taylor MV, et al. An evidence integration triangle for aligning science with policy and practice. Am J Prev Med 2012 Jun; 42(6):646-54. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored article by Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001) on USPSTF methodologies; mentions the impact of AHRQ-funded research opportunities on participatory research strategies and suggests improvements in research methods that are "congruent with recent movements supported by" AHRQ as practical trials, citing 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.

Wells EV, Sarigiannis AN, Boulton ML. Assessing integration of clinical and public health skills in preventive medicine residencies: using competency mapping. Am J Prev Med 2012 Jun; 42(6 Suppl 2):S107-S116. [Lists familiarity with/knowledge of USPSTF recommendations in tables summarizing preventive medicine resident competencies/learning objectives.]

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: Surveillance Summaries
Coates RJ, Yoon PW, Zaza S, et al. Rationale for periodic reporting on the use of adult clinical preventive services of public health priority—United States. MMWR Surveill Summ 2012 Jun 15; 61(2):3-10. [Mentions the USPSTF's role in making recommendations for clinical preventive services, citing the Recommendations landing page on the USPSTF Web site; discusses the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) provision requiring coverage of routine preventive services graded A or B by the USPSTF, using as examples and listing in Table, "Selected adult clinical preventive services and the clinical practice recommendation or guideline for the preventive service, by topic, indicator of service use, and issuing organization—United States, 2012" USPSTF recommendation statements, Screening for Breast Cancer, 2009 and 2002, Aspirin for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, 2009, Counseling and Interventions to Prevent Tobacco Use and Tobacco-Caused Disease in Adults and Pregnant Women, 2009, Screening for Lipid Disorders in Adults, 2008, Screening for Colorectal Cancer, 2008, and Screening for HIV, 2005, all published on the USPSTF Web site; cites AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) Web site; cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Maciosek et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2006) on the cost-effectiveness of USPSTF-recommended preventive services and article by Maciosek et al. (Health Aff, 2010), which uses clinical preventive services recommended by the USPSTF as the basis of cost estimates for adopting these proven preventive services.] Select to access the abstract.

George MG, Tong X, Sonnenfeld N, et al. Recommended use of aspirin and other antiplatelet medications among adults—National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey and National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, United States, 2005-2008. MMWR Surveill Summ 2012 Jun 15; 61(2):11-18. [Estimates the prevalence of physician-prescribed aspirin and other antiplatelet medications among adults aged =18 years with or without ischemic vascular disease as recommended by the USPSTF, citing USPSTF recommendation statement, Aspirin for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, 2009, and associated evidence update (both published on the USPSTF Web site and in Ann Intern Med, 2009); cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Maciosek et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2006) on the cost-effectiveness of preventive services considered effective by the USPSTF.] Select to access the abstract.

Yoon PW, Gillespie CD, George MG, et al. Control of hypertension among adults—National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, United States, 2005-2008. MMWR Surveill Summ 2012 Jun 15; 61(2):19-25. [Discusses USPSTF recommendations on hypertension screening in relation to 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) provisions requiring coverage of routine preventive services graded A or B by the USPSTF, citing USPSTF reaffirmation recommendations on screening for high blood pressure (Ann Intern Med, 2007); cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Maciosek et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2006) on the cost-effectiveness of preventive services considered effective by the USPSTF and AHRQ publication, AHRQ Quality Indicators—Guide to Prevention Quality Indicators: Hospital Admission for Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions, Version 3.1, 2007, as published on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Gillespie CD, Keenan NL, Miner JB, et al. Screening for lipid disorders among adults—National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, United States, 2005-2008. MMWR Surveill Summ 2012 Jun 15; 61(2):26-31. [Discusses USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Lipid Disorders in Adults, 2008 (as published on the USPSTF Web site) in relation to 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) provisions requiring coverage of routine preventive services graded A or B by the USPSTF; cites AHRQ publication The National Hospital Bill: The Most Expensive Conditions by Payer, 2008, HCUP Statistical Brief 107, 2011.] Select to access the abstract.

Jamal A, Dube SR, Malarcher AM, et al. Tobacco use screening and counseling during physician office visits among adults—National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey and National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2005-2009. MMWR Surveill Summ 2012 Jun 15; 61(2):38-45. [Discusses recommendations in AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008, and USPSTF recommendation statement, Counseling and Interventions to Prevent Tobacco Use and Tobacco-Caused Disease in Adults and Pregnant Women, 2009, as published on the USPSTF Web site, in relation to 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) provisions requiring coverage of routine preventive services graded A or B by the USPSTF; cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Maciosek et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2006) on the cost-effectiveness of preventive services considered effective by the USPSTF.] Select to access the abstract.

Miller JW, King JB, Joseph DA, et al. Breast cancer screening among adult women—Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, United States, 2010. MMWR Surveill Summ 2012 Jun 15; 61(2):46-50. [Discusses USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer, citing USPSTF evidence synthesis Screening for Breast Cancer: Systematic Evidence Review Update for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, 2009, and related USPSTF-sponsored evidence update by Nelson et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2009); mentions the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) provision requiring coverage of routine preventive services graded A or B by the USPSTF.] Select to access the abstract.

Joseph DA, King JB, Miller JW, et al. Prevalence of colorectal cancer screening among adults—Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, United States, 2010. MMWR Surveill Summ 2012 Jun 15; 61(2):51-6. [Uses USPSTF recommendations on colorectal cancer to determine included age ranges of the study population, citing USPSTF-sponsored updated systematic review on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008); mentions the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) provision requiring coverage of routine preventive services graded A or B by the USPSTF; cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Maciosek et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2006) on the cost-effectiveness of preventive services considered effective by the USPSTF, and article by Maciosek et al. (Health Aff, 2010), which uses clinical preventive services recommended by the USPSTF as the basis of cost estimates for adopting these proven preventive services.] Select to access the abstract.

Chen M, Rhodes PH, Hall IH, et al. Prevalence of undiagnosed HIV infection among persons aged ≥13 years—National HIV Surveillance System, United States, 2005-2008. MMWR Surveill Summ 2012 Jun 15; 61(2):57-64. [Discusses USPSTF recommendations on screening for HIV (Ann Intern Med, 2005) in relation to the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) provision requiring coverage of routine preventive services graded A or B by the USPSTF.] Select to access the abstract.

Coates RJ, Ogden L, Monroe JA, et al. Conclusions and future directions for periodic reporting on the use of adult clinical preventive services of public health priority—United States. MMWR Surveill Summ 2012 Jun 15; 61(2):73-8. [Summarizes findings from previous articles in this publication cited above in this section; cites CDC report on health plan implementation of USPSTF A and B recommendations in Colorado (Morb Mortal Wkly Rep, 2011).] Select to access the abstract.

Public Health Genomics
Duquette D, Lewis K, McLosky J, et al. Using core public health functions to promote BRCA best practices among health plans. Public Health Genomics 2012; 15(2):92-7. [Discusses USPSTF recommendations on genetic risk assessment and BRCA mutation testing for breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility (Ann Intern Med, 2005) in relation to Medicare BRCA policy and provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requiring coverage of preventive care services graded A or B by the USPSTF; summarizes a project to determine and increase the number of Michigan health plans with a written policy aligned with USPSTF Grade B recommendations on BRCA counseling and testing; cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Genomic Tests for Ovarian Cancer Detection and Management, 2006.] Select to access the abstract.

Program Results Report (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Highest-value preventive services save billions if applied to 90 percent of U.S. population: identifying the highest-value clinical and community preventive services. Prog Results Rep RWJF 2012 Jun 12; Online. [Summarizes project which included update and expansion of 2006 rankings of clinical preventive services recommended by the USPTF, noting that this activity has been conducted by the Partnership for Prevention since 2001, with latest findings published in Partnership for Prevention report, Preventive Care: A National Profile on Use, Disparities, and Health Benefits, 2007, and forthcoming report, Methods Technical Report; mentions that although the USPSTF and Community Preventive Services Task Force guidelines "have enormous potential to lower health care spending by reducing the incidence of costly diseases.... the guidelines' potential for improving health is diminished by a lack of information that can be used to distinguish high-value preventive services from those of lower value"; mentions lack of data collected on the use of USPSTF recommendations, citing 2007 National Commission on Prevention Priorities report, Data Needed to Assess Use of High-Value Preventive Care; lists several USPSTF recommendations in Appendix 3, "Clinical Preventive Services Analyzed," and Appendix 4, "The 20 Clinical Preventive Services Would Generate an Estimated Net Savings of $3.7 Billion in the Year Used," citing article by Maciosek et al. (Health Aff, 2010), which uses clinical preventive services recommended by the USPSTF as the basis of cost estimates for adopting these proven preventive services; notes AHRQ's support of the USPSTF; cites AHRQ's National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR), 2006; lists AHRQ director, Dr. Carolyn Clancy, as a member of the National Commission on Prevention Priorities. Also refer to article by Porterfield et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles and article by Walling and Dickson (Am Fam Physician, 2012) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Alternative Medicine Alert
O'Mathúna DP. Garlic and cardiovascular disease. Alternative Medicine Alert 2012 Jun; Online. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Garlic: Effects on Cardiovascular Risks and Disease, Protective Effects Against Cancer, and Clinical Adverse Effects, 2000.]

American Family Physician
Walling AD, Dickson GM. Hearing loss in older adults. Am Fam Physician 2012 Jun 15; 85(12):1150-6. [Uses AHRQ evidence reports and NGC database as data sources; cites AHRQ technology assessment Effectiveness of Cochlear Implants in Adults with Sensorineural Hearing Loss, 2011, as published on the CMS Web site; cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on screening adults 50 years and older for hearing loss (Ann Intern Med, 2011).]

King M, Kingery J, Casey B. Diagnosis and evaluation of heart failure. Am Fam Physician 2012 Jun 15; 85(12):1161-8. [Uses AHRQ evidence reports and NGC database as data sources.]

Tiemstra JD. Update on acute ankle sprains. Am Fam Physician 2012 Jun 15; 85(12):1170-6. [Uses AHRQ evidence reports and NGC database as data sources.]

BMJ Quality and Safety
Etchells E, Koo M, Daneman N, et al. Comparative economic analyses of patient safety improvement strategies in acute care: a systematic review. BMJ Qual Saf 2012 Jun; 21(6):448-56. [Searched AHRQ's Patient Safety Network (PSNet) using the term "cost"; cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001; cites AHRQ-authored article by Zhan, Friedman (respectively, researchers in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence and Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets), Mosso et al. (Health Aff, 2006); cites AHRQ-funded article by Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
Danik JS, Manson JE. Vitamin D and cardiovascular disease. Curr Treat Options Cardiovasc Med 2012 Jun 12 [Epub ahead of print. Summarizes findings from AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Vitamin D and Calcium: A Systematic Review of Health Outcomes, 2009, noting their consistency with those in Institute of Medicine report Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D, 2011.] Select to access the abstract.

Education and Treatment of Children
Wendt O, Miller B. Quality appraisal of single-subject experimental designs: an overview and comparison of different appraisal tools. Educ Treat Child 2012 May; 35(2):235-68. [Cites AHRQ review protocol Creating a Framework for "Best Evidence" Approaches in Systematic Reviews, 2010, and AHRQ publication, Testimony on Comparative Efficacy Research, 2009, as published on the AHRQ Web site.]

Wilczynski SM. Risk and strategic decision-making in developing evidence-based practice guidelines. Educ Treat Child 2012 May; 35(2):291-311. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Systems to Rate the Strength of Scientific Evidence, prepared by the Triangle Institute-University of North Carolina EPC under contract 290-97-0011.]

Epilepsy Currents
Welty TE, Faught E, Schmidt D, et al. Be sure to read the fine print: the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality comparative effectiveness report on antiepileptic drugs. Epilepsy Curr 2012 May-Jun; 12(3):84-6. [Discusses comparative effectiveness review objectives in AHRQ review protocol , Evaluation of Effectiveness and Safety of Antiepileptic Medication on Patients with Epilepsy, 2010, and findings/recommendations from the subsequent comparative effectiveness review, Effectiveness and Safety of Antiepileptic Medication on Patients with Epilepsy, 2011, both published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Web site; cites What Is Comparative Effectiveness Research on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Pediatrics
Silvers KM, Frampton CM, Wickens K, et al. Breastfeeding protects against current asthma up to 6 years of age. J Pediatr 2012 Jun; 160(6):991-6.e1. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Breastfeeding and Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes in Developed Countries, 2007.] Select to access the abstract.

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Surveillance Summaries
Ali MK, Bullard KM, Imperatore G, et al. Characteristics associated with poor glycemic control among adults with self-reported diagnosed diabetes—National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, United States, 2007-2010. MMWR Surveill Summ 2012 Jun 15; 61(2):32-7. [Cites AHRQ-funded meta-regression analysis by Shojania et al. (JAMA, 2006) on the effects of quality improvement strategies for type 2 diabetes on glycemic control, prepared by the Stanford-UCSF EPC under contract 290-02-0017.] Select to access the abstract.

Physician Executive
Colchamiro E. The SGR debate, alternatives to care and the ongoing challenge for your bottom line. Physician Exec 2012 May-Jun; 38(3):70-3. [Cites AHRQ technical review, Determinants of Increases in Medicare Expenditures for Physicians' Services, 2003, performed by the Southern California-RAND Evidence-Based Practice Center. Also refer to article by Porterfield et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles and articles by Khoury et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2012) and Duquette et al. (Public Health Genomics, 2012) 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 Pharmaceutical Education
Okoro ON, Odedina FT, Reams RR, et al. Clinical cultural competency and knowledge of health disparities among pharmacy students. Am J Pharm Educ 2012 Apr 10; 76(3):40. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2010.] Select to access the abstract.

BMJ Quality and Safety
Nagendran M, Maruthappu M, Raleigh VS. Is the new NHS outcomes framework fit for purpose? BMJ Qual Saf 2012 Jun; 21(6):524-7. [Cites AHRQ's NHQR, 2010.] Select to access the abstract.

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Surveillance Summaries
Williams WW, Lu PJ, Lindley MC, et al. Influenza vaccination coverage among adults - National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2008-09 influenza season. MMWR Surveill Summ 2012 Jun 15;61(2):65-72. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2010; cites AHRQ publication, Influenza Immunization Rates for Selected at Risk Populations among the U.S. Adult Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2006, MEPS Statistical Brief 226, 2008, as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site. Also refer to Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report (Prog Results Rep RWJF, 2012) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles] Select to access the abstract.

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Koroukian SM, Bakaki PM, Golchin N, et al. Mental illness and use of screening mammography among Medicaid beneficiaries. Am J Prev Med 2012 Jun; 42(6):606-9. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

American Surgeon
Vaid S, Tucker J, Bell T, et al. Cost analysis of laparoscopic versus open colectomy in patients with colon cancer: results from a large nationwide population database. Am Surg 2012 Jun; 78(6):635-41. [Uses 2008 HCUP NIS data and HCUP Clinical Classifications Software (CCS) for ICD-9-CM, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site, and several articles using various HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

BMJ Quality and Safety
Ott LK, Pinsky MR, Hoffman LA, et al. Medical emergency team calls in the radiology department: patient characteristics and outcomes. BMJ Qual Saf 2012 Jun; 21(6):509-18. [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.

Health Economics
Chen Y, Meinecke J. Do healthcare report cards cause providers to select patients and raise quality of care? Health Econ 2012 Jun; 21 Suppl 1:33-55. [Uses 1988-1992 (Release 1) and 1994 (Release 3) HCUP NIS data and AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the Academy of Business and Economics
Han X. Measuring the wage effects of obesity. J Acad Bus Econ 2012 Jan; 12(1):101-9. [Uses 2002-2005 MEPS Household Component data.]

Journal of Adolescent Health
Kim JY, Asrani SK, Shah ND, et al. Hospitalization for underage drinkers in the United States. J Adolesc Health 2012 Jun; 50(6):648-50. [Uses 2008 HCUP NIS data, citing Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Cardiac Failure
Rossano JW, Kim JJ, Decker JA, et al. Prevalence, morbidity, and mortality of heart failure-related hospitalizations in children in the United States: a population-based study. J Card Fail 2012 Jun; 18(6):459-70. [Uses 1997, 2000, 2003, and 2006 HCUP KID data, citing Overview of the Kids' Inpatient Database (KID), as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site, and several articles using various HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Healthcare Management
Nuti S, Seghieri C, Vainieri M, et al. Assessment and improvement of the Italian healthcare system: first evidence from a pilot national performance evaluation system. J Healthc Manag 2012 May-Jun; 57(3):182-98. [Uses AHRQ's Inpatient Quality Indicators to derive the final core set of indicators for the Italian national performance evaluation system, citing AHRQ publication, Guide to lnpatient Quality Indicators, Version 3.0, 2006.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Women's Health
Vaidya V, Partha G, Karmakar M. Gender differences in utilization of preventive care services in the United States. J Womens Health 2012 Feb; 21(2):140-5. [Uses 2008 MEPS data, citing the MEPS Survey Background landing page on AHRQ's MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy
Berry EA, Kelton CM, Guo JJ, et al. Adaptation and application of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's asthma admission rate Pediatric Quality Indicator to Ohio Medicaid claims data. Res Social Adm Pharm 2012 Jun 12 [Epub ahead of print. Adapts for use with claims data the asthma admission rate (AAR) pediatric quality indicator (PDI) from AHRQ's Pediatric Quality Indicators, citing AHRQ technical report, Measures of Pediatric Health Care Quality Based on Hospital Administrative Data: The Pediatric Quality Indicators, 2006, and AHRQ publication, AHRQ Quality Indicators, Pediatric Quality Indicators 14, Technical Specifications, Area-Level Indicator: Asthma Admission Rate, Version 4.3, 2011 (both published on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site); describes the calculation of national rates for all PDIs and for the AAR PDI using 2003 HCUP Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) data, as described in article by McDonald et al. (Pediatrics, 2008) and measure summary Asthma Admission Rate, as published on AHRQ's National Quality Measures Clearinghouse™ Web site; cites AHRQ publication, Care of Children and Adolescents in U.S. Hospitals, HCUP Fact Book 4, 2003, and several AHRQ-funded and other articles using/describing AHRQ's Pediatric Quality Indicators.] Select to access the abstract.

Spine
Kalanithi PA, Arrigo R, Boakye M. Morbid obesity increases cost and complication rates in spinal arthrodesis. Spine 2012 May; 37(11):982-8. [Uses 2003-2007 HCUP State Inpatient Databases (SID) data for California and AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998). See also articles by Kirby et al.(Am J Public Health, 2012) and Etchegaray and Thomas (BMJ Qual Saf, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles and articles by Walling and Dickson, King, Kingery, and Casey, and Tiemstra (Am Fam Physician, 2012) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.

Current as of June 2012
Internet Citation: A Call for Action on Primary Care and Public Health Integration: Articles of Interest, June 15, 2012. June 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/061512.html