Federally Qualified Health Centers and Private Practice Performance on Ambulatory Care Measures

Articles of Interest, July 13, 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
Goldman LE, Chu PW, Tran H, et al. Federally qualified health centers and private practice performance on ambulatory care measures. Am J Prev Med 2012 Aug; 43(2):142-9. [Supported in part by mentored clinical scientist development award grant K08 HS18090-01; notes the "insufficiency of evidence supporting the impact of exercise counseling on patient health outcomes," citing Recommendations, 2010, as published on the USPSTF Web site.]

Anesthesiology
Memtsoudis SG, Sun X, Chiu YL, Nurok M, Stundner O, Pastores SM, Mazumdar M. Utilization of critical care services among patients undergoing total hip and knee arthroplasty: epidemiology and risk factors. Anesthesiology 2012 Jul; 117(1):107-16. [Supported in part by Center for Education and Research in Therapeutics (CERTs) grant RFA HS00514 (to third and last authors); 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.

Archives of General Psychiatry
Zhang Y, Baik SH, Zhou L, et al. Effects of Medicare Part D coverage gap on medication and medical treatment among elderly beneficiaries with depression. Arch Gen Psychiatry 2012 Jul; 69(7):672-9. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS18657; uses AHRQ's Elixhauser's comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the astract.

Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Li P, To T, Parkin PC, et al. Association between evidence-based standardized protocols in emergency departments with childhood asthma outcomes: a Canadian population-based study. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2012 Jul. [Epub ahead of print. First author is supported by an AHRQ/Academic Pediatric Association Young Investigator Award grant for this study, grant information not given; cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Bravata et al. (Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med, 2009) on the quality improvement strategies for children with asthma (prepared by the Stanford-University of California, San Francisco Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) under contract 290-02-0017); notes the reporting of rates for asthma hospital admissions and emergency department return visits in the U.S., citing AHRQ publication, AHRQ Quality Indicators: Guide to Prevention Quality Indicators, as published on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site, and AHRQ-funded article by Sills et al. (Pediatrics, 2012), which examines AHRQ's Pediatric Quality Indicator for asthma care.] Select to access the abstract.

BMJ Quality and Safety
Graber ML, Kissam S, Payne VL, et al. Cognitive interventions to reduce diagnostic error: a narrative review. BMJ Qual Saf 2012 Jul; 21(7):535-57. [Supported in part by contract HHSA290-2006-00001, ACTION II task order 8; cites AHRQ Evidence Review/Technology Assessment, The Autopsy as an Outcome and Performance Measure, 2002, and AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation, Volume 2: Concepts and Methodology, 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

Etchegaray JM, Gallagher TH, Bell SK, Dunlap B, Thomas EJ. Error disclosure: a new domain for safety culture assessment. BMJ Qual Saf 2012 Jul; 21(7):594-9. [Supported by grant 1 K02 HS17145-02 (to first author) and R18-HS19561-01 (to second and fifth authors); uses error disclosure culture survey items adapted from previous work described in AHRQ-funded article by Gallagher et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2006); mentions the applicability of the authors' error disclosure culture scale to� AHRQ's Hospital Survey On Patient Safety Culture, citing AHRQ-funded articles by Sorra et al. (BMC Health Serv Res, 2010) and Sexton et al. (BMC Health Serv Res, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Ethnicity and Disease
Shim RS, Ye J, Baltrus P, et al. Racial/ethnic disparities, social support, and depression: examining a social determinant of mental health. Ethn Dis 2012 Winter; 22(1):15-20. [Supported in part by grant 1 R24 HS19470; cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence summary on screening for depression in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
Mukamel DB, Weimer DL, Li Y, Bailey L, Spector WD, et al. Nursing homes appeals of deficiencies: the informal dispute resolution process. J Am Med Dir Assoc 2012 Jul; 13(6):512-16. [Fifth author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Diabetes and Science and Technology
Ratanawongsa N, Bhandari VK, Handley M, et al. Primary care provider perceptions of the effectiveness of two self-management support programs for vulnerable patients with diabetes. J Diabetes Sci Technol 2012 Jan; 6(1):116-24. [Supported by grant 1 R21 HS14864-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Schaefer GR, Matus H, Schumann JH, Sauter K, Vekhter B, Meltzer DO, Arora VM. Financial responsibility of hospitalized patients who left against medical advice: medical urban legend? J Gen Intern Med 2012 Jul; 27(7):825-30. [Supported in part by CERTs grant 1 U18 HS16967-01; sixth and seventh authors report receiving other AHRQ grants; cites Case and Commentaries article "Discharge Against Medical Advice," by Hwang, 2005, as published on AHRQ's Morbidity and Mortality Rounds on the Web (WebM&M) Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Schwarz EB, Parisi SM, Handler SM, et al. Clinical decision support to promote safe prescribing to women of reproductive age: a cluster-randomized trial. J Gen Intern Med 2012 Jul; 27(7):831-8. [Supported in part by grant R18 HS17093; notes the presentation of an abstract on the study's physician survey data at the AHRQ Health IT grantee meeting, 2010.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Health Psychology
Resnicow K, Andrews AM, Zhang N, et al. Development of a scale to measure African American attitudes toward organ donation. J Health Psychol 2012 Apr; 17(3)389-398. [Supported by grant D71 HS08574 (attributed to HRSA Division of Transplantation).]

Journal of Patient Safety
Sorra J, Khanna K, Dyer N, et al. Exploring relationships between patient safety culture and patients' assessments of hospital care. J Patient Saf 2012 Jul 10. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by contracts HHSA233-02-0087, task order 18, and HHSA290-2007-10024-C; examines relationships between measures in AHRQ's 2008 Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture and 2007 Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Hospital Survey (HCAHPS), citing Surveys on Patient Safety Culture, 2012, and Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture 2008 Comparative Database Report, 2008, both published on the AHRQ Web site, and CAHPS Hospital Survey Chartbook, 2007, as published on AHRQ's CAHPS® Web site; acknowledges support by James Battles, researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety .] Select to access the abstract.

Pharmacotherapy
Alexander GC, Lambert BL. Is treatment heterogeneity an Achilles' heel for comparative effectiveness research? Pharmacotherapy 2012 Jul; 32(7):583-5. [Supported in part by grants R01 HS189960 (to first author) and U18 HS16973 (to second author).]

Public Health Nursing
Issel LM, Bekemeier B, Kneipp S. A public health nursing research agenda. Public Health Nurs 2012 Jul; 29(4):330-42. [Describes processes developed at the research agenda setting conference Quality of Public Health Nursing Care: Prioritizing the Research, October 2010, funded by AHRQ conference grant 1 R13 HS018852-01 "as part of a multimethod, participatory, multistage approach taken to generate the final research priority themes and corresponding priority research questions"; lists in Table 1, "Matrix of Topics Addressed at the Conference" presentation by Mary Hand (Health Scientist Administrator in AHRQ's Office of Extramural Research, Education, and Priority Populations) on "Current Priorities and Setting Agencies: AHRQ's Process"; notes widespread acceptance of the themes identified "in the AHRQ process" at a subsequent conference; briefly mentions similar work done through AHRQ on a research agenda related to hospital acquired infections, citing AHRQ-funded article by Stone et al. (Med Care, 2010). Also refer to AHRQ-funded article by Yeh et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2012) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Nursing
Geiger NF. On tying Medicare reimbursement to patient satisfaction surveys: a positive experience is not synonymous with quality of care. Am J Nurs 2012 Jul; 112(7):11. [Discusses use of HCAHPS survey data.]

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Adams EK, Markowitz S, Kannan V, et al. Reducing prenatal smoking: the role of state policies. Am J Prev Med 2012 Jul; 43(1):34-40. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Bodner ME, Rhodes RE, Miller WC, et al. Smoking cessation and counseling: practices of Canadian physical therapists. Am J Prev Med 2012 Jul; 43(1):67-71. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guidelines, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000, and Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008.]�Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Internal Medicine
Wolfson DB. Are the top 5 recommendations enough to improve clinical practice? Arch Intern Med 2012 Jul 9; 172(13):1020-2. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Jarvik et al. (JAMA, 2003).]

BMJ Quality and Safety
Wears RL. Poverty amid plenty. BMJ Qual Saf 2012 Jul; 21(7):533-4. [Cites AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation, Volume 2: Concepts and Methodology, 2005; cites AHRQ-authored article by Henriksen (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety) and Kaplan (Qual Saf Health Care, 2003), and AHRQ-funded article by Kitch et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2008).]

Higginson J, Walters R, Fulop N. Mortality and morbidity meetings: an untapped resource for improving the governance of patient safety? BMJ Qual Saf 2012 Jul; 21(7):576-85. [Mentions AHRQ's production of Web-based guidance for case analysis to facilitate quality improvement through hospital M&M meetings, citing Case and Commentaries article "Online Medical Error Reporting and Analysis," by Wachter et al., 2005, as published on AHRQ's Morbidity and Mortality Rounds on the Web (WebM&M) Web site, and related article by Wachter et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2002); cites AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches, Volume 2, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Greaves F, Pape UJ, King D, Darzi A, Majeed A, Wachter RM, et al. Associations between internet-based patient ratings and conventional surveys of patient experience in the English NHS: an observational study. BMJ Qual Saf 2012 Jul; 21(7):600-5. [Notes that sixth author receives AHRQ funding for editing two patient-safety websites; cites AHRQ-funded article by Isaac et al. (Health Serv Res, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

Jeong HJ, Pham JC, Kim M, et al. Major cultural-compatibility complex: considerations on cross-cultural dissemination of patient safety programmes. BMJ Qual Saf 2012 Jul; 21(7):612-15. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Sawyer et al. (Crit Care Med, 2010) and Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006).]�Select to access the abstract.

Raghunathan K. Checklists, safety, my culture and me. BMJ Qual Saf 2012 Jul; 21(7):617-20. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Dixon-Woods et al. (Milbank Q, 2011), which discusses the AHRQ-funded Michigan Intensive Care Unit.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Affairs
Graves JA. Better methods will be needed to project incomes to estimate eligibility for subsidies in health insurance exchanges. Health Aff 2012 Jul; 31(7):1613-22. [Acknowledges author's receipt of AHRQ fellowships and recognition.] Select to access the abstract.

Naylor MD, Kurtzman ET, Grabowski DC, et al. Unintended consequences of steps to cut readmissions and reform payment may threaten care of vulnerable older adults. Health Aff 2012 Jul; 31(7):1623-32. [Recommends adoption by �AHRQ and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of a national strategy to improve performance on key patient safety indicators; mentions Affordable Care Act provisions requiring implementation of quality improvement programs through patient safety organizations, citing Geographic Directory of Listed Patient Safety Organizations, as published on AHRQ's Patient Safety Organization Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Konetzka, Spector, and Limcangco (second two authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Med Care Res Rev, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Krein SL, Kowalski CP, Hofer TP, et al. Preventing hospital-acquired infections: a national survey of practices reported by U.S. hospitals in 2005 and 2009. J Gen Intern Med 2012 Jul; 27(7):773-9. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Dougherty and Conway (current researcher in AHRQ's Office of Extramural Research, Education, and Priority Populations and former AHRQ researcher, respectively) (JAMA, 2008) and AHRQ-funded article by Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Leung AA, Keohane C, Amato M, et al. Impact of vendor computerized physician order entry in community hospitals. J Gen Intern Med 2012 Jul; 27(7):801-7. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Wolfstadt et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2008), Koppel et al. (JAMA, 2005), Morimoto et al. (Qual Saf Health Care, 2004), and Bates et al. (JAMA, 1995, and J Gen Intern Med, 1995).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Rural Health
Bennett KJ, Probst JC, Vyavaharkar M, et al. Lower rehospitalization rates among rural Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes. J Rural Health 2012 Jun; 28(3):227-34. [Cites AHRQ press release "List of Priority Conditions for Research under Medicare Modernization Act Released," 2004; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Jiang, Andrews, Stryer, and Friedman (first, second, and last authors are current researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, and third author is former AHRQ center director) (Am J Public Health, 2005) and Jiang, Stryer, Friedman, and Andrews (Diabetes Care, 2003), which uses 1999 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) data; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Howard et al. (Public Health Rep, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Chiri G, Warfield ME. Unmet need and problems accessing core health care services for children with autism spectrum disorder. Matern Child Health J 2012 Jul; 16(5):1081-91. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Simpson and Fraser (former AHRQ deputy administrator and current director in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, respectively) (Med Care Res Rev, 1999).] Select to access the abstract.

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

American Family Physician
Saguil A, Stephens M. Interventions to prevent childhood obesity. Am Fam Physician 2012 Jul 1; 86(1):30-2. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement Screening for Obesity in Children and Adolescents, 2010, as published on the USPSTF Web site.]

Cagno CK, Pettit JM, Weiss BD. Prevention of perinatal group B Streptococcal disease: updated CDC guideline. Am Fam Physician 2012 Jul 1; 86(1):59-5. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored reaffirmation evidence review on screening for asymptomatic bacteriuria in adults by Lin et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008).]

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Community Preventive Services Task Force. Updated recommendations for client- and provider-oriented interventions to increase breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening. Am J Prev Med 2012 Jul; 43(1):92-6. [Notes that the "cancer objectives for Healthy People 2020 reflect the importance of increasing screening for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer by measuring use of effective screening tests identified" in USPSTF recommendation statements, Screening for Cervical Cancer, 2012, Screening for Breast Cancer, 2009, and Screening for Colorectal Cancer, 2008, all published on the USPSTF Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Sabatino SA, Lawrence B, Elder R, et al. Effectiveness of interventions to increase screening for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancers: nine updated systematic reviews for the Guide to Community Preventive Services. Am J Prev Med 2012 Jul; 43(1):97-118. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statements, Screening for Cervical Cancer, 2012, Screening for Breast Cancer, 2009, and Screening for Colorectal Cancer, 2008, all published on the USPSTF Web site; cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Enhancing the Use and Quality of Colorectal Cancer Screening, 2010.]

AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
Cash BD, Riddle MS, Bhattacharya I, et al. CT colonography of a Medicare-aged population: outcomes observed in an analysis of more than 1400 patients. AJR Am J Roentgenol 2012 Jul; 199(1):W27-W34. [Mentions USPSTF findings of insufficient evidence� regarding assessment of CT colonography for colorectal cancer screening, citing USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer and associated targeted, updated systematic review by Whitlock et al. (both in Ann Intern Med, 2008).]�Select to access the abstract.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Kertesz SG, Khodneva Y, Richman J, et al. Trajectories of drug use and mortality outcomes among adults followed over 18 years. J Gen Intern Med 2012 Jul; 27(7):808-16. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement Screening for Illicit Drug Use, 2008.]�� Select to access the abstract.

Howard MB, Battaglia T, Prout M, et al. The effect of imaging on the clinical management of breast pain.
J Gen Intern Med 2012 Jul; 27(7):817-24. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2009).]�Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Rural Health
Davis TC, Arnold CL, Rademaker AW, et al. FOBT completion in FQHCs: impact of physician recommendation, FOBT information, or receipt of the FOBT kit. J Rural Health 2012 Jun; 28(3):306-11. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008).]�Select to access the abstract.

Fan L, Mohile S, Zhang N, et al. Self-reported cancer screening among elderly Medicare beneficiaries: a rural-urban comparison. J Rural Health 2012 Jun; 28(3):312-19. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored targeted, updated systematic review on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008); cites AHRQ's National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR), 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Coleman-Cowger VH. Smoking cessation intervention for pregnant women: a call for extension to the postpartum period. Matern Child Health J 2012 Jul; 16(5):937-40. [Mentions Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) provisions requiring coverage for USPSTF recommendations rated A or B.] Select to access the abstract.

Obesity
Wein LM, Yang Y, Goldhaber-Fiebert JD. Assessing screening policies for childhood obesity. Obesity 2012 Jul; 20(7):1437-43. [Assesses USPSTF recommendations on screening for obesity in children and adolescents and associated targeted, systematic review by Whitlock et al. (both in Pediatrics, 2010) to estimate the "impact of treatment on BMI," and compares these recommendations with the Expert Committee's guidelines. Also refer to articles by Goldman et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2012) and Shim et al. (Ethn Dis, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles, and article by Liu et al. (Matern Child Health J, 2012) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

American Family Physician
Guirguis-Blake J. Adding ACE inhibitors or ARBs to standard therapy for stable ischemic heart disease. Am Fam Physician 2012 Jul 1; 86(1):21-3. [Cites AHRQ comparative effectiveness reviews, Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors (ACEIs), Angiotensin II Receptor Antagonists (ARBs), and Direct Renin Inhibitors for Treating Essential Hypertension: An Update, 2011, and Comparative Effectiveness of Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibitors or Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers Added to Standard Medical Therapy for Treating Stable Ischemic Heart Disease, 2009, both published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site; adapts table "Clinical Bottom Line: Addition of ACE Inhibitors or ARBs to Standard Therapy for Stable Ischemic Heart Disease" from AHRQ clinician guide, Adding ACEIs and/or ARBs to Standard Therapy for Stable Ischemic Heart Disease: Benefits and Harms, 2010, as published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site.]

CME Quiz. Am Fam Physician 2012 Jul 1; 86(1):21-3. [Includes question based on article by Guirguis-Blake cited above in this section.]

Yawn BP, Fenton MJ. Summary of the NIAID-sponsored food allergy guidelines. Am Fam Physician 2012 Jul 1; 86(1):43-50. [Notes that key questions were refined in discussions with the RAND EPC.]

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Krishnaswami J, Martinson M, Wakimoto P, et al. Community-engaged interventions on diet, activity, and weight outcomes in U.S. schools: a systematic review. Am J Prev Med 2012 Jul; 43(1):81-91. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Community-Based Participatory Research: Assessing the Evidence, 2004.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Internal Medicine
Yeh HC, Brown TT, Maruthur N, et al. Comparative effectiveness and safety of methods of insulin delivery and glucose monitoring for diabetes mellitus: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Ann Intern Med 2012 Jul 10. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by contract HHSA290-2007-10061-I (to the John Hopkins EPC) and based on AHRQ comparative effectiveness review, Methods for Insulin Delivery and Glucose Monitoring: Comparative Effectiveness, 2012, as published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site; uses grading of evidence criteria from AHRQ publication, Methods Guide for Effectiveness and Comparative Effectiveness Reviews, 2011, as published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Owens, Lohr, Atkins, Treadwell, Reston, Bass, Chang (third and seventh authors are former AHRQ researcher and current researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence, respectively) (J Clin Epidemiol, 2010) on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Internal Medicine
Grady D. Evidence in clinical practice. Arch Intern Med 2012 Jul 9; 172(13):982. [Mentions that AHRQ "and other organizations support the regular development of high-quality evidence-based reviews of a broad range of clinical topics."]

Singh S, Segal JB. Thiazolidinediones and macular edema. Arch Intern Med 2012 Jul 9; 172(13):1011-13. [Cites findings from AHRQ-funded update systematic review by Bennett et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2011) on the comparative effectiveness and safety of medications for type 2 diabetes, prepared by the John Hopkins EPC under contract 290-02-0018.]

Family Medicine
Coleman CA, Appy S. Health literacy teaching in US medical schools, 2010. Fam Med 2012 Jul; 44(7):504-7. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Literacy and Health Outcomes. Summary, 2004, as published on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Liu CH, Tronick E. Do patient characteristics, prenatal care setting, and method of payment matter when it comes to provider-patient conversations on perinatal mood? Matern Child Health J 2012 Jul; 16(5):1102-12. [Mentions that recent initiatives to address perinatal depression are consistent with the USPSTF's goals "to promote the practice of systematic screening of depressed women," citing AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Perinatal Depression: Prevalence, Screening Accuracy, and Screening Outcomes, 2005, and associated systematic review by Gavin et al. (Obstet Gynecol, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Neurosurgical Focus
Zusman EE. Comparative effectiveness research: policy and politics. Neurosurg Focus 2012 Jul; 33(1):E6. [Describes AHRQ's and its predecessor's history and 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 PPACA, citing articles by Manchikanti et al. (Pain Physician, 2010) and Marko and Weil (Neurosurgery, 2012).] Select to access the abstract.

D'Arcy LP, Rich EC. From comparative effectiveness research to patient-centered outcomes research: policy history and future directions. Neurosurg Focus 2012 Jul; 33(1):E7. [Describes AHRQ's and its predecessor's history and AHRQ's receipt of CER funding under the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003, the ARRA, and the PPACA; mentions the AHRQ-sponsored Patient Outcomes Research Teams (PORTs) and the controversial low back pain guidelines, resulting budget cuts, and movement away from practice guidelines to AHRQ's Evidence-based Practice Centers, citing article by Gray, Gusmano, and Collins (Health Aff, 2003); details the establishment of AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program, citing What Is the Effective Health Care Program?, as published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Freund, Lave, Clancy (AHRQ director) et al. (Annu Rev Public Health, 1999). Also refer to articles by Li et al. (Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med, 2012) and Graber et al. (BMJ Qual Saf, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles, and article by Sabatino et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2012) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

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

Healthcare Financial Management
Aspenson M, Hazaray S. The clock is ticking on readmission penalties. Healthc Financ Manage 2012 Jul; 66(7):58-63. [Cites AHRQ's NHQR, 2010; summarizes findings from Perspective case study "Care Transitions," by Kripalani, 2007, as published on AHRQ's Morbidity and Mortality Rounds on the Web (WebM&M) Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Rural Health
Muus KJ, Baker-Demaray TB, Bogart TA, et al. Physical activity and cervical cancer testing among American Indian women. J Rural Health 2012 Jun; 28(3):320-6. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2007; cites AHRQ-authored article by Larson and Fleishman (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Med Care, 2003). Also refer to article by Fan et al. (J Rural Health, 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 Family Physician
Berke R, Singh A, Guralnick M. Atopic dermatitis: an overview. Am Fam Physician 2012 Jul 1; 86(1):34-42. [Uses AHRQ guidelines, evidence reports, National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC) database, and USPSTF recommendations as data sources.]

Anesthesiology
Neuman MD, Silber JH, Elkassabany NM, et al. Comparative effectiveness of regional versus general anesthesia for hip fracture surgery in adults. Anesthesiology 2012 Jul; 117(1):72-92. [Uses 2007-2008 HCUP State Inpatient Databases (SID) data for New York, HCUP Clinical Classification Software (CCS), and AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998), citing Clinical Classifications Software for Services and Procedures, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Glance et al. (Med Care, 2008), which also uses AHRQ's Inpatient Quality Indicators, and Stukenborg et al. (Surgery, 2005, and J Clin Epidemiol, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Hepatology
Myers RP, Hubbard JN, Shaheen AA, et al. Hospital performance reports based on severity adjusted mortality rates in patients with cirrhosis depend on the method of risk adjustment. Ann Hepatol 2012 Jul; 11(4):526-35. [Uses 2002-2005 HCUP NIS data, 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), citing Databases, 1998-2005, and AHRQ publications 2004 HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) Comparison Report, HCUP Method Series Report 2007-03, 2007, Hierarchical Modeling Using HCUP Data, HCUP Method Series 2007-01, 2007, Calculating Nationwide Inpatient Sample Variances, HCUP Method Series Report 2003-2, 2005, Medstat Disease Staging Software Version 5.24: Reference Guide, 2006, and All Patient Refined Diagnosis Related Groups (APR-DRGs), Version 20.0, Methodology Overview, 2003, all published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Pine, Jordan, Elixhauser (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) et al. (JAMA, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Thoracic Surgery
LaPar DJ, Bhamidipati CM, Lau CL, et al. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons General Thoracic Surgery Database: establishing generalizability to national lung cancer resection outcomes. Ann Thorac Surg 2012 Jul; 94(1):216-21. [Uses 2002-2008 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Critical Care Medicine
Gershengorn HB, Iwashyna TJ, Cooke CR, et al. Variation in use of intensive care for adults with diabetic ketoacidosis. Crit Care Med 2012 Jul; 40(7):2009-15. [Uses 2005-2007 HCUP SID data for New York and the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992), citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Pronovost et al. (BMJ, 2010, and N Engl J Med, 2006) and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Digestive Diseases and Sciences
Gunnarsson C, Chen J, Rizzo JA, et al. Direct health care insurer and out-of-pocket expenditures of inflammatory bowel disease: evidence from a U.S. national survey. Dig Dis Sci 2012 Jul 12. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 1996-2009 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Household Component (MEPS HC) data, citing Survey Background, MEPS-HC Response Rates by Panel, "MEPS Expenditures" in MEPS-HC Summary Data Tables Technical Notes, 2004, and AHRQ publication, Estimation Procedures in the 1996 MEPS Household Component, MEPS Methodology Report 5, 1999, all published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site, and AHRQ-authored article by Cohen, Monheit, Beauregard, Cohen, Lefkowitz, Potter, Sommers, Taylor (fourth author is director of and other authors are former and current researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends, respectively) et al. (Inquiry, 1996-1997); also cites AHRQ-authored article by Machlin, Cohen, Elixhauser, Beauregard, and Steiner (Med Care, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Intensive Care Medicine
Soh CR, Pietrobon R, Freiberger JJ, et al. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy in necrotising soft tissue infections: a study of patients in the United States Nationwide Inpatient Sample. Intensive Care Med 2012 Jul; 38(7):1143-51. [Uses 1988-2009 HCUP NIS data 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.

Journal of Argomedicine
Langley RL, Mort SA. Human exposures to pesticides in the United States. J Agromedicine 2012 Jul; 17(3):300-15. [Uses 2005-2009 HCUP NIS data and 2006-2008 HCUP Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS) data, both accessed from AHRQ's HCUPnet Web site.]�Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American College of Surgeons
Chang DC, Anderson JE, Yu PT, et al. Can hospitals "game the system" by avoiding high-risk patients? J Am Coll Surg 2012 Jul; 215(1):80-6. [Uses 1998-2008 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; also 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 Romano, Roos, and Jollis (J Clin Epidemiol, 1993).] Select to access the abstract.

Anderson JE, Chang DC, Parsons JK, et al. The first national examination of outcomes and trends in robotic surgery in the United States. J Am Coll Surg 2012 Jul; 215(1):107-14. [Uses 2008-2009 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; also uses the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Romano, Roos, and Jollis (J Clin Epidemiol, 1993),.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Child Neurology
Standridge SM, Horn PS. Variations in hospitalization outcomes in children admitted with seizures between 2003 and 2006. J Child Neurol 2012 Jul; 27(7):898-906. [Uses 2003 and 2006 HCUP Kids Inpatient Database (KID) data as accessed as accessed from AHRQ's HCUP Web site, citing Introduction to the HCUP KIDS' Inpatient Database (KID), 2006, and Introduction to the HCUP KIDS' Inpatient Database (KID), 2003.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Ma S, Frick KD, Bleich S, et al. Racial disparities in medical expenditures within body weight categories. J Gen Intern Med 2012 Jul; 27(7):780-6. [Uses 2006 MEPS HC data, citing AHRQ publication, Health Care Expenses in the United States, 2000, MEPS Research Findings 21, 2004; also cites AHRQ publication, Attitudes Toward Health Insurance and Their Persistence over Time, Adults 2003-2004, 2007, as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site, and AHRQ-authored article by Fleishman, Cohen (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends), Manning et al. (Med Care, 2006); cites executive summary (Arch Intern Med, 1998) in which Francis Chesley (director of AHRQ's Office of Extramural Research, Education, and Priority Populations) is listed as a member of the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) Federal Agency Liaison Coordinating Committee Representatives and the National High Blood Pressure Education Program (NHBPEP) Federal Agency Liaison Coordinating Committee Representatives.] Select to access the abstract.

Madaras-Kelly KJ, Remington RE, Sloan KL, et al. Guideline-based antibiotics and mortality in healthcare-associated pneumonia. J Gen Intern Med 2012 Jul; 27(7):845-52. [Uses the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992).]�Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Rural Health
Casey MM, Prasad S, Klingner J, et al. Are the CMS hospital outpatient quality measures relevant for rural hospitals? J Rural Health 2012 Jun; 28(3):248-59. [Uses AHRQ's Clinical Classifications Software and 2008 HCUP State Emergency Department Databases (SEDD) data, citing Clinical Classifications Software (CCS) for ICD-9-CM Fact Sheet, AHRQ publication, Emergency Department Visits for Adults in Community Hospitals, 2008, HCUP Statistical Brief 100, 2010, both published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site, and data generated on AHRQ's HCUPnet Web site; cites AHRQ's National Quality Measure Clearinghouse™ (NQMC) as a source for further information about measures related to ED transfer communication listed in� Table 1, "Rural Relevance of CMS Emergency Department Quality Measures; cites American Geriatrics Society measure summary "Geriatrics: percentage of patients aged 65 years and older who have an advance care plan or surrogate decision maker documented in the medical record or documentation in the medical record that an advance care plan was discussed but the patient did not wish or was not able to name a surrogate decision maker or provide an advance care plan, published on AHRQ's NQMC Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Dao TK, Voelkel E, Presley S, et al. Gender as a moderator between having an anxiety disorder diagnosis and coronary artery bypass grafting surgery (CABG) outcomes in rural patients. J Rural Health 2012 Jun; 28(3):260-7. [Uses 2008 HCUP NIS data and the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992).]�Select to access the abstract.

Neurologist
Lee-Iannotti JK, Capampangan DJ, Hoffman-Snyder C, et al. New-onset atrial fibrillation in severe sepsis and risk of stroke and death: a critically appraised topic. Neurologist 2012 Jul; 18(4):239-43. [Uses 2007 HCUP SID data for California.] Select to access the abstract.

Neurosurgery
Starke RM, Crowley RW, Maltenfort M, et al. Moyamoya disorder in the United States. Neurosurgery 2012 Jul; 71(1):93-9. [Uses 2002-2008 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Pediatric Surgery International
Lee J, Tashjian DB, Moriarty KP. Missed opportunities in the treatment of pediatric appendicitis. Pediatr Surg Int 2012 Jul; 28(7):697-701. [Uses 2000-2008 HCUP NIS data as accessed from AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

World Journal of Surgery
Worni M, Ostbye T, Gandhi M, et al. Laparoscopic appendectomy outcomes on the weekend and during the week are no different: a national study of 151,774 patients. World J Surg 2012 Jul;36(7):1527-33. [Uses 1999-2008 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), and uses the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992); cites AHRQ-funded article by Needleman et al. (N Engl J Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Masoomi H, Mills S, Dolich MO, et al. Does laparoscopic appendectomy impart an advantage over open appendectomy in elderly patients? World J Surg 2012 Jul; 36(7):1534-9. [Uses 2006-2008 HCUP NIS data. Also refer to articles by Memtsoudis et al. (Anesthesiology, 2012), Zhang et al. (Arch Gen Psychiatry, 2012), Etchegaray et al. (BMJ Qual Saf, 2012), and Sorra et al. (J Patient Saf, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Current as of July 2012
Internet Citation: Federally Qualified Health Centers and Private Practice Performance on Ambulatory Care Measures: Articles of Interest, July 13, 2012. July 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/071312.html