Research Priorities for Palliative and End-of-life Care in the Emergency Setting

Articles of Interest: June 24, 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

Academic Emergency Medicine
Quest TE, Asplin BR, Cairns CB, et al. Research priorities for palliative and end-of-life care in the emergency setting. Acad Emerg Med 2011 Jun; 18(6):e70-e76. [Supported by grant 1 R13 HS18114-01 for the AHRQ/American College of Emergency Physicians conference Improving the Quality and Efficiency of Emergency Care Across the Continuum: A Systems Approach, 2009, findings and proposals from which are described in this article.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Clinical Pathology
Dintzis SM, Stetsenko GY. Communicating pathology and laboratory errors: anatomic pathologists' and laboratory medical directors' attitudes and experiences. Am J Clin Pathol 2011 May; 135(5):760-5. [Supported by grant R01 HS16506.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy
Yu S, Galanter WL, DiDomenico RJ, et al. Selection of drug-laboratory result pairs for an inpatient asynchronous alert program: results of a Delphi survey. Am J Health Syst Pharm 2011 Mar 1; 68(5):407-14. [Supported by grant 1 U18 HS16973-01.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Sports Medicine
Spindler KP, Huston LJ, Wright RW, Kaeding CC, Marx RG, et al. The prognosis and predictors of sports function and activity at minimum 6 years after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: a population cohort study. Am J Sports Med 2011 Feb; 39(2):348-59. [Supported by Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) grant U18 HS16075 (to fifth author).] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
Lyons TW, Wakefield DB, Cloutier MM. Mold and Alternaria skin test reactivity and asthma in children in Connecticut. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 2011 Apr; 106(4):301-7. [Supported by grant U18 HS11147 (third author, principal investigator).] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Internal Medicine
Alexander GC, O'Connor AB, Stafford RS. Enhancing prescription drug innovation and adoption. Ann Intern Med 2011 Jun 21; 154(12):833-7. [Supported by grants K08 HS15699 and R01 HS189960 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Setoguchi S, Shrank WH, Liu J, et al. Angiotensin receptor blockers and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors: challenges in comparative effectiveness using Medicare data. Clin Pharmacol Ther 2011 May; 89(5):674-82. [Supported by contract HHSA290�2005-0016-I-TO3 as part of the Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness (DEcIDE) program and by grant K02 HS17731 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Current Cardiology Reports
Brown JR, Thompson CA. Contrast-induced acute kidney injury: the at-risk patient and protective measures. Curr Cardiol Rep 2010 Sep; 12(5):440-5. [Supported by grant K01 HS18443 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Akincigil A, Olfson M, Walkup J, et al. Diagnosis and treatment of depression in older community-dwelling adults: 1992-2005. J Am Geriatr Soc 2011 Jun; 59(6):1042-51. [Supported by CERTs grant U18 HS16097.] Select to access the abstract.

Zimmerman S, Love K, Sloane PD, et al. Medication administration errors in assisted living: scope, characteristics, and the importance of staff training. J Am Geriatr Soc 2011 Jun; 59(6):1060-8. [Supported by grant R21 HS16171.] Select to access the abstract.

Public Health Nursing
McHugh MD. Hospital nurse staffing and public health emergency preparedness: implications for policy. Public Health Nurs 2010 Sep; 27(5):442-9. [Supported by grant K08 HS17551.] Select to access the abstract.

Value in Health
Gruschkus SK, Lairson D, Dunn JK, et al. Cost-effectiveness of white blood cell growth factor use among a large nationwide cohort of elderly non-Hodgkin's lymphoma patients treated with chemotherapy. Value Health 2011 Mar-Apr; 14(2):253-62. [Supported by grant R01 HS16743. Also refer to AHRQ-funded article by Booth et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2011) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Schatz M, Chambers CD, Jones KL, et al. Safety of influenza immunizations and treatment during pregnancy: the Vaccines and Medications in Pregnancy Surveillance System. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2011 Jun; 204(6 Suppl):S64-S68. [Acknowledges Anne Trontell, a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence, as a non-voting member of the VAMPSS Influenza Products Advisory Committee.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Goss CH. Pro: comparative effectiveness research: what happened to incorporating costs of care? Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2011 Apr 15; 183(8):973-94. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Tunis, Stryer, and Clancy (JAMA, 2003).]

Krishnan JA. Con: comparative effectiveness research: more than dollars and cents. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2011 Apr 15; 183(8):975-6. [Mentions the launch of AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program in 2003 and funding for CER under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Conway and Clancy (JAMA, 2010), Clancy and Collins (Sci Transl Med, 2010), and Dougherty and Conway (JAMA, 2008).]

Weiss CH, Moazed F, McEvoy CA, et al. Prompting physicians to address a daily checklist and process of care and clinical outcomes: a single-site study. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2011 May 26. [Epub ahead of print. Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Berenholtz et al. (Crit Care Med, 2004) and Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Internal Medicine
Powers BJ, Olsen MK, Smith VA, et al. Measuring blood pressure for decision making and quality reporting: where and how many measures? Ann Intern Med 2011 Jun 21; 154(12):781-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Persell et al. (Med Care, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

CANNT (Canadian Association of Nephrology Nurses and Technologists) Journal
Thomas A. Bone and mineral disorder prevention and management: what to do? CANNT J 2011 Apr-Jun; 21(2):55-6. [Gives definitions of "systematic review" and "meta-analysis" from Glossary of Terms on the AHRQ Effective Healthcare Web site.]

Clinics in Geriatric Medicine
Jamshed N, Woods C, Desai S, et al. Pneumonia in the long-term resident. Clin Geriatr Med 2011 May; 27(2):117-33. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Intrator, Castle, and Mor (Med Care, 1999) and Fine et al. (N Engl J Med, 1997); cites AHRQ-authored article by Baine, Yu, and Summe (Am J Public Health, 2001).] Select to access the abstract.

Meeks TW, Culberson JW, Horton MS. Medications in long-term care: when less is more. Clin Geriatr Med 2011 May; 27(2):171-91. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Zhan et al. (JAMA, 2001), which uses AHRQ's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS).] Select to access the abstract.

Cheng HY. Evidence-based medicine (EBM): what long-term care providers need to know. Clin Geriatr Med 2011 May; 27(2):193-8. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Atkins, Kamerow, and Eisenberg (ACP J Club, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

White-Chu EF, Flock P, Struck B, et al. Pressure ulcers in long-term care. Clin Geriatr Med 2011 May; 27(2):241-58. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Pressure Ulcers in Adults: Prediction and Prevention, 1992.] Select to access the abstract.

Oakes SL, Gillespie SM, Ye Y, et al. Transitional care of the long-term care patient. Clin Geriatr Med 2011 May; 27(2):259-71. [Cites AHRQ publication, Characteristics of Nursing Home Residents, 1996, MEPS Research Findings 5, 2004;

Connecticut Medicine
Katz MC. Comparative effectiveness research. Conn Med 2011 May; 75(5):309-11. [Names AHRQ as one of several groups that "have emerged to provide leadership in the area of CER" and notes AHRQ's receipt of funding for CER under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.] Select to access the abstract.

Family Medicine
Wadland WC, WinklerPrins VJ, Noel MM, et al. Student performance on smoking cessation counseling with standardized patients. Fam Med 2011 Jun; 43(6):422-8. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008, and associated fact sheet of the same title published on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Hospitals & Health Networks
Morrissey J. Integrate your revenue cycle. Hosp Health Netw 2011 Jun; 85(6):30-4. [Includes in-set article on the impact of AHRQ's Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) on hospital revenues.]

Aston G. Pioneering hospitals are reinventing intensive care units. Health Netw 2011 Jun; 85(6):36-8. [Describes results from the AHRQ-funded Keystone ICU project to reduce central line-associated blood stream infections.]

Inquiry
Li Y, Jensen GA. The impact of private long-term care insurance on the use of long-term care. Inquiry 2011 Spring; 48(1):34-50. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Mukamel and Spector (Appl Econ, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Kapur K, Rogoski J. How does health insurance affect the retirement behavior of women? Inquiry 2011 Spring; 48(1):51-67. [Cites 2007 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey: MEPSNet Query Tables, on AHRQ's MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Rich SE, Shardell M, Hawkes WG, et al. Pressure-redistributing support surface use and pressure ulcer incidence in elderly hip fracture patients. J Am Geriatr Soc 2011 Jun; 59(6):1052-9. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Zhan and Miller (JAMA, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the National Medical Association
Torabi MR, Tao R, Jay SJ, et al. A cross-sectional survey on the inclusion of tobacco prevention/cessation, nutrition/diet, and exercise/physiology/fitness education in medical school curricula. J Natl Med Assoc 2011 May; 103(5):400-6. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.]

Microbial Drug Resistance
Mera RM, Suaya JA, Amrine-Madsen H, et al. Increasing role of Staphylococcus aureus and community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections in the United States: a 10-year trend of replacement and expansion. Microb Drug Resist 2011 Jun; 17(2):321-8. [Cites article by Noskin et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2005) which uses AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatitient Sample (NIS) data on Staphylococcus aureus infections on hospitals in the United States.] Select to access the abstract.

Oklahoma Nurse
Pearson M. Gerogogy in patient education—revisited. Okla Nurs, 2011 Jun; 56(2):12-17. [Cites AHRQ publication, Hospitalization in the United States, 2002, HCUP Fact Book 6, 2005.]

Searcher
Ardito SC. Hospital-acquired infection. Searcher 2011 Jun; 19(5):38-42. [Suggests AHRQ as a resource for learning about hospital-acquired infections and mentions AHRQ's publication of Patient Safety Primers; gives links to the Patient Safety Primers index page on the AHRQ Web M&M Web site and to a Patient Safety Primer on health care-associated infections.]

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

Aging Health
Leavitt DA, Konety BR. Prostate-specific antigen screening in elderly men. Aging Health 2011 Apr; 7(2):219-29. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for prostate cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008).]

American Family Physician
Miser WF. Appropriate aspirin use for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease. Am Fam Physician 2011 Jun 15; 83(12):1380, 1385-6. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on aspirin for the prevention of cardiovascular disease (Ann Intern Med, 2009, and cited below in this section) and summary of the evidence on aspirin for the primary prevention of cardiovascular events (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

Bailey AL, Smyth SS, Campbell CL. The case against routine aspirin use for primary prevention in low-risk adults. Am Fam Physician 2011 Jun 15; 83(12):1387-90. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on aspirin for the prevention of cardiovascular disease (Ann Intern Med, 2009, and cited below in this section).]

Langan RC, Zawistoski KJ. Update on vitamin B12 deficiency. Am Fam Physician 2011 Jun 15; 83(12):1425-30. [Notes that the USPSTF "does not have published guidelines on screening asymptomatic adults for B12 deficiency," citing the A-Z Topic Guide page on the USPSTF Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Aspirin for the prevention of cardiovascular disease: recommendation statement. Am Fam Physician 2011 Jun 15; 83(12):1464-8. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations on aspirin for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases (as originally published in Ann Intern Med, 2009).]

Lin KW. Aspirin for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Am Fam Physician 2011 Jun 15; 83(12):1469-70. [Presents case study and questions based on USPSTF recommendations on aspirin for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases cited above in this section.]

American Journal of Public Health
Leibowitz AA, Parker KB, Rotheram-Borus MJ. A US policy perspective on oral preexposure prophylaxis for HIV. Am J Public Health 2011 Jun; 101(6):982-5. [Mentions that "private insurance is unlikely to cover the cost of PrEP unless recommended by the [USPSTF]", citing Institute of Medicine report HIV Screening and Access to Care: Exploring Barriers and Facilitators to Expanded HIV Testing, 2010.] Select to access the abstract.

Clinics in Geriatric Medicine
Korc-Grodzicki B, Wallace JA, Rodin MB, et al. Cancer in long-term care. Clin Geriatr Med 2011 May; 27(2):301-27. [Summarizes USPSTF cancer screening recommendations applicable to the elderly and lists specific recommendations with grade ratings in Appendix 1; cites USPSTF-sponsored updated systematic review on screening for colorectal cancer by Whitlock et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Epidemiologic Reviews
Harris R, Sawaya GF, Moyer VA, et al. Reconsidering the criteria for evaluating proposed screening programs: reflections from 4 current and former members of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Epidemiol Rev 2011 Jun 10. [Epub ahead of print. Uses and/or cites USPSTF publications, Guide to Preventive Services, 1989, and Procedure Manual, 2008; uses and/or cites USPSTF screening recommendations on type 2 diabetes (Ann Intern Med, 2003), ovarian cancer (Ann Fam Med, 2004), Carotid artery stenosis (Ann Intern Med, 2007), dementia in primary care (Ann Intern Med, 2003), colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008), prostate cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002), and aspirin for the prevention of cardiovascular disease (Ann Intern Med, 2009); cites the USPSTF Web site, articles on USPSTF methodologies by Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001), Sawaya et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2007), and Petitti et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2009); cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Phenylketonuria (PKU), as published on the USPSTF Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Rothman SM. Health advocacy organizations and evidence-based medicine. JAMA 2011 Jun 22-29; 305(24):2569-70. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2009).]

Lovett KM, Liang BA, Direct-to-consumer cardiac screening and suspect risk evaluation. JAMA 2011 Jun 22-29; 305(24):2567-8. [Notes that the "USPSTF recommends against screening asymptomatic individuals for CAS or PAD," citing the Recommendations page on the USPSTF Web site.]

Journal of Family Practice
Slatkoff S, Gamboa S, Zolotor AJ, et al. PSA testing: when it's useful, when it's not. J Fam Pract 2011 Jun; 60(6):357-60. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for prostate cancer and associated update of the evidence on benefits and harms of prostate-specific antigen screening for prostate cancer by Lin et al. (both in Ann Intern Med, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Firnhaber JM, Mounsey AL, Firnhaber GC. Clinical inquiries: How should we use the coronary artery calcium score to predict cardiovascular risk? J Fam Pract 2011 Jun; 60(6):368-9. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on using nontraditional risk factors in coronary heart disease risk assessment (Ann Intern Med, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery
Molony DC, Harty JA, Burke TE, et al. Popliteal angle as an indicator for successful closed reduction of developmental dysplasia of the hip. J Orthop Surg 2011 Apr; 19(1):46-9. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored review of the literature on screening for developmental dysplasia of the hip by Shipman et al. (Pediatrics, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Missouri Nurse
Putnam J, Riggs, CJ. Finding and leveling evidence for evidence-based practice. Mo Nurse 2011 Apr 1; 60(1):18-20 [Notes that the USPSTF "uses an evidence hierarchy�to publish the Evidence-based Prevention Resource for Nurse Practitioners"; cites USPSTF-sponsored article by Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001) on USPSTF methodologies and includes the National Guideline Clearinghouse as a source for "standards of practice/guidelines" in Table 1, Evidence Hierarchy Online Search Tool.]

MMWR Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Reasons for not seeking eye care among adults aged >= 40 years with moderate-to-severe visual impairment � 21 states, 2006-2009. MMWR Morbid Mortal Wkly Rep 2011 May 20; 60(19):610-13. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for impaired visual acuity in older adults (Ann Intern Med, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

West Virginia Medical Journal
Neitch SM. Standing in the gap: the primary care physician and Alzheimer's disease. W V Med J 2011 May; 107(3):14-18. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for dementia (Ann Intern Med, 2003).]

Whiteman C, Tillotson R, Denne N, et al. Major trauma in West Virginia dementia patients injury patterns, discharge dispositions and implications for treatment and injury prevention. V Med J 2011 May; 107(3):48-52. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored systematic evidence review on primary care relevant interventions to prevent falling in older adults by Michael et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2010). Also refer to article by Smith and Lincoln (Am J Public Health, 2011) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles and article by Watkins and Lemonovich (Am Fam Physician, 2011) cited in Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

American Family Physician
Ringdahl E, Pandit S. Treatment of knee osteoarthritis. Am Fam Physician 2011 Jun 15; 83(12):1287-92. [Cites AHRQ evidence report/technology assessment summary Total Knee Replacement, 2003.] Select to access the abstract.

Cullan A, Grover M, Hitchcock K. Brain natriuretic peptide levels for ruling out heart failure. Am Fam Physician 2011 Jun 15; 83(12):1333-4. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Testing for BNP and NT-proBNP in the Diagnosis and Prognosis of Heart Failure, 2006.]

American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Hasley SK. Decision support and patient safety: the time has come. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2011 Jun; 204(6):461-5. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Chaudhry et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006) on the impact of health information technology on quality, efficiency, and costs of medical care, performed by the Southern Californian Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Public Health
Smith MV, Lincoln AK. Integrating social epidemiology into public health research and practice for maternal depression. Am J Public Health 2011 Jun; 101(6):990-4. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Perinatal Depression: Prevalence, Screening Accuracy and Screening Outcomes, 2005, and USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Depression, 2002.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Internal Medicine
Booth RA, Ansari MT, Loit E, et al. Assessment of thiopurine s-methyltransferase activity in patients prescribed thiopurines: a systematic review. Ann Intern Med 2011 Jun 21; 154(12):814-23. [Supported by contract HHSA290-2007-10059-I to the University of Ottawa EPC; uses evidence-rating methodologies in AHRQ Effective Health Care Program methods article by Owens et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

McLeod HL, Isaacs KL. Preemptive pharmacogenetics testing: insufficient data equal unsatisfactory guidance. Ann Intern Med 2011 Jun 21; 154(12):842-3. [Comments on article by Booth et al. cited above in this section.]

Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
Kates N, Mazowita G, Lemire F, et al. The evolution of collaborative mental health care in Canada: a shared vision for the future. Can J Psychiatry 2011 May; 56(5):I1-I10. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Integration of Mental Health/Substance Abuse and Primary Care, 2008.]

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Norris SL, Atkins D, Bruening W, Fox S, Johnson E, Kane R, Morton SC, Oremus M, Ospina M, Randhawa G, et al. Observational studies should be considered for inclusion in reviews of comparative effectiveness. J Clin Epidemiol 2011 May 31. [Epub ahead of print. Fourth and tenth authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence, first and second authors are former AHRQ researchers, and other authors are from various AHRQ-sponsored EPCs; summarizes recommendations from AHRQ-convened work group on the role of observational studies in comparative effectiveness reviews (CERs); cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessments, Systems to Rate the Strength of Scientific Evidence, 2002, and The Uses of Heparin to Treat Burn Injury, 2006; cites AHRQ comparative effectiveness review Comparative Effectiveness of Percutaneous Coronary Artery Disease, 2007, and AHRQ publication, Assessing the Applicability of Studies When Comparing Medical Interventions. Methods Guide for Comparative Effectiveness Reviews, 2010; cites several AHRQ-funded/authored articles on comparative effectiveness research methodologies.] Select to access the abstract.

Tsertsvadze A, Maglione M, Chou R, et al. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality series article X: updating comparative effectiveness reviews: current efforts in the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Effective Health-Care Program. J Clin Epidemiol 2011 May 31. [Epub ahead of print. Authors are from various AHRQ-sponsored EPCs; cites AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site; cites AHRQ publications, Assessment of the Need to Update Comparative Effectiveness Reviews: Report of an Initial Rapid Program Assessment (2005-2009), 2009, and Finding Evidence for Comparative Medical Interventions. Methods Guide for Comparative Effectiveness Reviews, 2011; cites AHRQ-funded/authored article by Guirguis-Blake et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2007) on USPSTF methodologies.] Select to access the abstract.

Relevo R, Balshem H. Finding evidence for comparing medical interventions: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Effective Health Care Program. J Clin Epidemiol 2011 May 31. [Epub ahead of print. Authors are with the Oregon EPC; describes the search activities performed by assigned EPCs in conducting comparative effectiveness reviews; cites AHRQ-funded/authored articles by Whitlock et al. and Chou et al. (both in J Clin Epidemiol, 2010) and AHRQ publication, Using Existing Systematic Reviews to Replace De Novo Processes in Conducting Comparative Effectiveness Reviews. Methods Guide for Comparative Effectiveness Reviews, 2009. Also refer to article by Watkins and Lemonovich (Am Fam Physician, 2011) 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

Journal of the National Medical Association
Carter-Pokras OD, Feldman RH, Kanamori M, et al. Barriers and facilitators to smoking cessation among Latino adults. J Natl Med Assoc 2011 May; 103(5):423-38. [Cites AHRQ publication, Key Themes and Highlights from the National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2007.]

Research By Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Family Physician
Watkins RR, Lemonovich TL. Diagnosis and management of community-acquired pneumonia in adults. Am Fam Physician 2011 Jun 15; 83(12):1299-306. [Uses AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC), evidence reports, and USPSTF recommendations as a source for relevant articles/guidelines.]

American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Myers ER, Misurski DA, Swamy GK. Influence of timing of seasonal influenza vaccination on effectiveness and cost-effectiveness in pregnancy. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2011 Jun; 204(6 Suppl):S128-S140. [Uses HCUP NIS data from AHRQ's HCUP Web site, AHRQ publication, The Cost of End-of-Life Hospitalizations, 2007, 2009, and/or from published data in article by Cox et al. Obstet Gynecol, 2006)

American Journal of Public Health
Gwadz MV, Leonard NR, Cleland CM, et al. The effect of peer-driven intervention on rates of screening for AIDS clinical trials among African Americans and Hispanics. Am J Public Health 2011 Jun; 101(6):1096-102. [Uses measures from the AHRQ-funded HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS) to assess various health indices; cites HCSUS fact sheet Baseline Questionnaire, 1995.] Select to access the abstract.

Circulation
Popescu I, Cram P, Vaughan-Sarrazin MS. Differences in admitting hospital characteristics for black and white Medicare beneficiaries with acute myocardial infarction. Circulation 2011 Jun 14; 123(23):2710-16. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al. Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Family Medicine
Hojat M, Louis DZ, Maxwell K, et al. A brief instrument to measure patients' overall satisfaction with primary care physicians. Fam Med 2011 Jun; 43(6):412-17. [Uses survey items from the Adult Primary Care Questionnaire developed by the CAHPS Clinical and Group Survey as posted on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

MMWR Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Vital signs: incidence and trends of infection with pathogens transmitted commonly through food - Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network, 10 U.S. Sites, 1996-2010. MMWR Morbid Mortal Wkly Rep 2011 Jun 10; 60(22):749-55. [Uses 2008 MEPS data to derive the average cost of a physician office visit, emergency department visit, or outpatient department visit, and uses 2008 HCUP NIS data to derive the average cost of a hospital admission for Salmonella infection, citing AHRQ's MEPS and HCUP Web sites, respectively.] Select to access the abstract.

Thorax
Quint JK, Donaldson GC, Kumari M, et al. SERPINA1 11478G?a variant, serum a1-antitrypsin, exacerbation frequency and FEV1, decline in COPD. Thorax 2011 May; 66(5):418-24. [Uses study cohort data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

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Internet Citation: Research Priorities for Palliative and End-of-life Care in the Emergency Setting: Articles of Interest: June 24, 2011. June 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/062411.html