Annual Report on Health Care for Children and Youth in the United States: Focus on Trends in Hospital Use and Quality

Articles of Interest: July 29, 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 Pediatrics
Friedman B, Berdahl T, Simpson LA, McCormick MC, Owens PL, Andrews R, et al. Annual report on health care for children and youth in the United States: focus on trends in hospital use and quality. Acad Pediatr 2011 Jul-Aug; 11(4):263-79. [First and sixth authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets and second author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; third author is previous AHRQ deputy director; uses 2000-2007 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) and Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data, and HCUP Clinical Classification Software (CCS), citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), Clinical Classification Software (CCS) for ICD-9-CM, Cost-to-Charge Ratio Files, Procedure Classes 2011, and Databases, all published on AHRQ's HCUP and MEPS Web sites; cites AHRQ's National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR), 2009; cites Pediatric Quality Indicators Overview, as published on AHRQ Quality Indicators Web site; cites AHRQ publications, Methods Applying AHRQ Quality Indicators to Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Data for the Eighth (2010) National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) and National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR), 2010, HCUP Methods Series Report 2010-06, 2010, Calculate Cost Adjustment Factors by APR-DRG and CCS Using Selected States with Detailed Charges, HCUP Methods Series Report 2008-04, 2008, and The Case for the Present-on-Admission (POA) Indicator, HCUP Method Series Report 2006-01, 2006, all published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Emergency Medicine
Haukoos JS, Hopkins E, Hull A, et al. HIV testing in emergency departments in the United States: a national survey. Ann Emerg Med 2011 Jul; 58(1):S10-S16.e1-e8. [Supported by Independent Scientist Award grant K02 HS17526 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Family Medicine
Liss DT, Chubak J, Anderson ML. Patient-reported care coordination: associations with primary care continuity and specialty care use. Ann Fam Med 2011 Jul-Aug; 9(4):323-9. [Supported by grant T32 HS13853 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Devoe JE, Gold R, McIntire P, et al. Electronic health records vs Medicaid claims: completeness of diabetes preventive care data in community health centers. Ann Fam Med 2011 Jul-Aug; 9(4):351-8. [Supported by grant 1 K08 HS16181 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Surgery
Glance LG, Stone PW, Mukamel DB, et al. Increases in mortality, length of stay, and cost associated with hospital-acquired infections in trauma patients. Arch Surg 2011 Jul; 146(7):794-801. [Supported by grant R01 HS16737; uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998) and 2005-2006 HCUP NIS data, citing Cost-to-Charge Ratio Files, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; see comments by Bjerke (Arch Surg, 2011), cited in AHRQ-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Economics
Park J, Werner RM. Changes in the relationship between nursing home financial performance and quality of care under public reporting. Health Econ 2011 Jul; 20(7):783-801. [Supported by grant R01 HS16478-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine
Pandhi N, Devoe JE, Schumacher JR, et al. Preventive service gains from first contact access in the primary care home. J Am Board Fam Med 2011 Jul-Aug; 24(4):351-9. [Supported in part by grant K08 HS16181 (to second author); cites US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2010-2011, 2010, and Pocket Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Sloane PD, Wroth T, Halladay J, et al. How eight primary care practices initiated and maintained quality monitoring and reporting. J Am Board Fam Med 2011 Jul-Aug; 24(4):360-9. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-2007-10014; cites AHRQ publication, AHRQ Conference on Health Care Data Collection and Reporting: Collecting and Reporting Data for Performance Measurement: Moving Toward Alignment, 2007.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Lapane KL, Hughes CM, Daiello LA, et al. Effect of a pharmacist-led multicomponent intervention focusing on the medication monitoring phase to prevent potential adverse drug events in nursing homes. J Am Geriatr Soc 2011 Jul; 59(7):1238-45. [Supported in part by grant R18 HS11835-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Rural Health
Shaikh U, Nettiksimmons J, Romano P. Pediatric obesity management in rural clinics in California and the role of telehealth in distance education. J Rural Health 2011 Jun; 27(3):263-9. [Supported in part by grant K08 HS18567 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Daly JM, Ely JW, Levy BT, et al. Primary care clinicians' perspectives on management of skin and soft tissue infections: an Iowa Research Network study. J Rural Health 2011 Jun; 27(3):319-28. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-2007-100121.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Surgical Education
Kauffmann RM, Landman MP, Shelton J, et al. The use of a Multidisciplinary Morbidity and Mortality conference to incorporate ACGME general competencies. J Surg Educ 2011 Jul-Aug; 68(4):303-8. [Supported in part by AHRQ health services training grant T32 HS13833-08 (to second and third authors); cites AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches, Volume 2, Culture and Redesign, 2008; cites Hospital Revamps Morbidity and Mortality Conferences to Focus on System-Wide Improvement, Leading to Better Identification and Addressing of Quality Problems, 2010, as published on AHRQ's Health Care Innovations Exchange Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Quality Management in Health Care
Van Dyke KJ, McHugh M, Yonek J, Moss D. Facilitators and barriers to the implementation of patient flow improvement strategies. Qual Manag Health Care 2011 Jul-Sep; 20(3):223-33. [Supported by AHRQ, grant number not given; fourth author is researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets; acknowledges assistance of Michael Harrison (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) with manuscript draft.] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

Academic Pediatrics
Keren R. Hospital care for children in the United States: recent trends and challenges ahead.Acad Pediatr 2011 Jul-Aug; 11(4):255-6. [Comments on AHRQ-authored article by Friedman et al. (Acad Pediatr, 2011) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles and discusses AHRQ's Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA) Pediatric Healthcare Quality Measures Program and others initiatives.]

McCormick MC, Flores G, Freed GL, et al. Challenge to child health services research: report from the Committee on Pediatric Health and Health Care Quality Measures. Acad Pediatr 2011 Jul-Aug; 11(4):257-9. [Comments on AHRQ-authored article by Friedman et al. (Acad Pediatr, 2011), cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Wasserman RC. Electronic medical records (EMRs), epidemiology, and epistemology: reflections on EMRs and future pediatric clinical research. Acad Pediatr 2011 Jul-Aug; 11(4):280-7. [Authors note that "a proliferation of existing data sets currently are available to pediatric researchers", such as HCUP Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) and MEPS, citing Overview of the Kids' Inpatient Database (KID), as published on AHRQ HCUP Web site, and the MEPS landing page on the AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Brown et al. (Med Care, 2010), Lazarus et al. (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2009), Pace et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2009), and McDonald et al. (Int J Med Inform, 1999, and Ann Intern Med, 1997).] Select to access the abstract.

Montes G, Halterman JS. White-Black disparities in family-centered care among children with autism in the United States: evidence From the NS-CSHCN 2005-2006. Acad Pediatr 2011 Jul-Aug; 11(4):297-304. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Clancy and Stryer (current AHRQ director and former AHRQ center director, respectively) (Health Serv Res, 2001).] Select to access the abstract.

Fairbrother G, Madhavan G, Goudie A, et al. Reporting on continuity of coverage for children in Medicaid and CHIP: what states can learn from monitoring continuity and duration of coverage. Acad Pediatr 2011 Jul-Aug; 11(4):318-25. [Notes that a measure of stability of coverage was not included in the initial set of core measures published by AHRQ, citing Initial Core Set of Children's Healthcare Quality Measures, 2011, as published on AHRQ Web site; discusses AHRQ's CHIPRA Pediatric Healthcare Quality Measures Program; cites AHRQ-funded article by Lee et al. (JAMA, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

American Surgeon
Becher RD, Hoth JJ, Miller PR, et al. A critical assessment of outcomes in emergency versus nonemergency general surgery using the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database. Am Surg 2011 Jul; 77(7):951-9. [Cites AHRQ's National Quality Measures Clearinghouse™ (NQMC) Web site.]

Dehmer JJ, Stafford RE, Marshall HP, et al. Boot camp: a method of introducing the competency of professionalism to surgical residents. Am Surg 2011 Jul; 77(7):960-1. [Describes use of the TeamSTEPPS course developed by AHRQ and the Department of Defense as a component of a "surgical boot camp" model.]

Annals of Family Medicine
Gotler RS. In this issue: technology and primary care. Ann Fam Med 2011 Jul-Aug; 9(4):290-1. [Comments on AHRQ-funded articles by DeVoe et al. and Liss et al. (Ann Fam Med, 2011) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Stange KC. Barbara Starfield: passage of the pathfinder of primary care. Ann Fam Med 2011 Jul-Aug; 9(4):292-6. [Quotes AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy.]

Carlsten C, Halperin A, Crouch J, et al. Personalized medicine and tobacco-related health disparities: is there a role for genetics? Ann Fam Med 2011 Jul-Aug; 9(4):366-71. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Internal Medicine
Siontis GC, Tzoulaki I, Ioannidis JP. Predicting death: an empirical evaluation of predictive tools for mortality. Arch Intern Med 2011 Jul 25. [Epub ahead of print. Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Fine et al. (N Engl J Med, 1997) and Lau et al. (Ann Intern Med, 1997).] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Surgery
Bjerke HS. Life, liberty, and the pursuits of HAIs. Arch Surg 2011 Jul; 146(7):801. [Comments on article by Glance et al. (Arch Surg, 2011) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Current Opinion in Rheumatology
Smith R, Cattamanchi A, Steingart KR, Denkinger C, Dheda K, Winthrop KL, et al. Interferon-gamma release assays for diagnosis of latent tuberculosis infection: evidence in immune-mediated inflammatory disorders. Curr Opin Rheumatol 2011 Jul; 23(4):377-384. [Sixth author reports receiving funding from AHRQ grant 1 K08 HS17552-01 (not related to this study); cites AHRQ-funded article by Winthrop and Chiller (Nat Rev Rheumatol, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Family Medicine
Newton W, Baxley E, Reid A, et al. Improving chronic illness care in teaching practices: learnings from the I3collaborative. Fa Med 2011 Jul-Aug; 43(7):495-502. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Margolis and Halfon (JAMA, 2009) and Ma and Stafford (Arch Intern Med, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review
Manuelli R, Peralta-Alva A. "Frictions in financial and labor markets": a summary of the 35th Annual Economic Policy Conference. Fed Res Bank St. Louis Review 2011 Jul/Aug; 93(4):273-92. [Summarizes paper by Imrohoroglu and Kitao (Fed Res Bank NY Staff Rep, 2010) which uses MEPS data.]

Health Service Journal
Woodhead T, Strobl J. How healthcare providers in America can teach lessons on quality improvement. Health Serv J 2011 Jul 28. [Cites AHRQ's Innovations Exchange Web site]

Healthcare Executive
Balik B. Leaders' role in patient experience. Healthc Exec 2011 Jul-Aug; 26(4):76-8. [Notes healthcare executives' interest in results from the public reporting of Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) data and "anticipated links between HCAHPS results and Medicare reimbursement" and summarizes an Institute for Healthcare Improvement research project finding that "exemplars performed in the top 10 percent nationally on the HCAHPS survey question, "Would you recommend this hospital to your family and friends?".]

Journal of Family Practice
Kelleher MS, Selinger HA. Looking beyond the D-dimer. J Fam Pract 2011 Jul; 60(7):400-3. [Cites guideline summary Guidelines on the Diagnosis and Management of Acute Pulmonary Embolism as published on AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse Web site.]

Mahvan T, Namdar R, Voorhees K, et al. Clinical Inquiry: Which smoking cessation interventions work best? J Fam Pract 2011 Jul; 60(7):430-1. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the Medical Library Association
Miles A. Electronic resources review: PubMed Health. J Med Lib Assoc 2011 Jul; 99(3):265-6. [Notes the inclusion of AHRQ's Comparative Effectiveness Review Summary Guides for Consumers and gives the definition of comparative effectiveness research from AHRQ publication, What is Comparative Effectiveness Research? on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site.]

Journal of Women's Health
Korhonen T, Goodwin A, Miesmaa P, et al. Smoking cessation program with exercise improves cardiovascular disease biomarkers in sedentary women. J Womens Health 2011 Jul; 20(7):1051-64. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.] Select to access the abstract.

Modern Healthcare
Conn J. Joint effort: NRC wants teamwork for home-health regs. Mod Healthc 2011 Jul 25; 41(30):12-13. [Discusses the National Research Council report Health Care Comes Home: The Human Factors, which discusses the results of a 2009 AHRQ-funded workshop on how to apply human factors to home-based care.]

Quality Management in Health Care
Grant P. "The people not the policy": quality improvement, junior doctors, and cultural change. Qual Manag Health Care 2011 Jul-Sep; 20(3):168-75. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Shortell et al. (Med Care, 2000).] Select to access the abstract.

Rangachari P, Bhat A, Seol YH. Using the "customer service framework" to successfully implement patient- and family-centered care. Qual Manag Health Care 2011 Jul-Sep; 20(3):179-97. [Notes that AHRQ and other organizations have made available patient safety materials that encourage "patients to be observant, ask questions, and talk to their care providers," citing AHRQ publication, Five Steps to Safer Health Care, 2000; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Weingart et al. (Int J Qual Health Care, 2004) and Schillinger et al. (J Am Med Assoc, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Stausberg J. The best period for mortality rates associated with hospital stay: hospital mortality performs well for nonsurgical diagnostic groups. Qual Manag Health Care 2011 Jul-Sep; 20(3):198-206. [Cites AHRQ publications, Guide to Patient Safety Indicators, Version 2.1, 2003, and Guide to Inpatient Quality Indicators. Quality of Care in Hospitals - Volume, Mortality, and Utilization, Version 3.1, 2002; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Ghaferi et al. (N Engl J Med, 2009) and Vasilevskis et al. (Med Care, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Wharam JF, Frank MB, Rosland AM, et al. "Pay-for-performance" as a quality improvement tool: perceptions and policy recommendations of physicians and program leaders. Qual Manag Health Care 2011 Jul-Sep; 20(3):234-45. [Includes AHRQ as one of the organizations from which a group of pay-for-performance (P4P) leaders were recruited for telephonic interviews; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Rosenthal et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006, and Health Aff, 2004), and Rosenthal and Frank (Med Care Res Rev, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Rehabilitation Nursing
Young-Hughes S, Simbartl LA. Spinal cord injury/disorder teleconsultation outcome study. Rehabil Nurs 2011 Jul-Aug; 36(4):153-8, 172. [Cites AHRQ News and Numbers press release "Pressure Ulcers Increasing Among Hospital Patients, 2008, as published on AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Monsivais DB, Engebretson JC. Cultural cues: review of qualitative evidence of patient-centered care in patients with nonmalignant chronic pain. Rehabil Nurs 2011 Jul-Aug; 36(4):166-71. [Notes selection of 1990 as the starting point for the review because it marked the beginning of a period when AHRQ and other organizations "invested considerable energy in addressing inadequate pain management".] Select to access the abstract.

Scientific American
Begley S. The best medicine. Sci Am 2011 Jul; 305(1):50-5. [Lists under end section "More to Explore" What Is Comparative Effectiveness Research on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site.]

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

American Family Physicians
Rothemich SF, Strayer SM. Let quitlines assist you in helping more smokers quit. Am Fam Physician 2011 Jul 15; 84(2):162-4. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on counseling and interventions to prevent tobacco use and tobacco-caused disease in adults and pregnant women (Ann Intern Med, 2009); cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008.]

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Vision screening for children one to five years of age: recommendation statement. Am Fam Physician 2011 Jul 15; 84(2):221-2. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations on vision screening for children one to five years of age (originally published in Pediatrics, 2011).]

Croswell J, Deussing E. Vision screening for children one to five years of age. Am Fam Physician 2011 Jul 15; 84(2):227-8. [Case study questions are based on USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Visual Impairment in Children Ages 1 to 5, 2011, as published on the USPSTF Web site and summarized above in the section, and related update by Chou, Dana, and Bougatsos (Pediatrics, 2011).]

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Davidson AS, Liao X, Magee BD. Attitudes of women in their forties toward the 2009 USPSTF mammogram guidelines: a randomized trial on the effects of media exposure. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2011 Jul; 205(1):30.e1-30.e7. [Discusses the controversy over release of updated USPSTF breast cancer screening recommendations, citing USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer and associated evidence update by Nelson et al. (both in Ann Intern Med, 2009) and article by Woolf (JAMA, 2010).]

Annals of Family Medicine
Mazzoncini de Azvedo-Marques J, Zuardi AW. COOP/WONC charts as a screen for mental disorders in primary care. Ann Fam Med 2011 Jul-Aug; 9(4):359-365. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence summary on screening for depression in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

British Medical Journal
Biondi-Zoccai G, Landoni G. Discontinuation of aspirin for secondary prevention. BMJ 2011 Jul 23; 343(7816):165-6. [Cites AHRQ-authored USPSTF evidence update on aspirin for the primary prevention of cardiovascular events by Wolff, Miller, and Ko (first and second authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships) (Ann Intern Med, 2009).]

International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Robinson KA, Saldanha IJ, McKoy NA. Identification of research gaps from evidence-based guidelines: A pilot study in cystic fibrosis. Int J Technol Assess Health Care 2011 Jul; 27(3):247-52. [Uses the USPSTF evidence grading system, citing USPSTF-sponsored article by Sawaya et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2007) on updated USPSTF methodologies; gives AHRQ definition of comparative effectiveness, citing Glossary of Terms as published on AHRQ Effective Health Care Program Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine
Saver BG, Hargraves JL, Mazor KM. Are population-based diabetes models useful for individual risk estimation? J Am Board Fam Med 2011 Jul-Aug; 24(4):399-406. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on aspirin for the prevention of cardiovascular disease and related article by Mohan, Mohan, and Balaban (both in Ann Intern Med, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Mainous AG 3rd, Knoll ME, Everett CJ, et al. Uric acid as a potential cue to screen for iron overload. J Am Board Fam Med 2011 Jul-Aug; 24(4):415-21. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for hemochromatosis (Ann Intern Med, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Family Practice
Campos-Outcalt D. CVD prevention in women: a practice update. J Fam Pract 2011 Jul; 60(7):421-5. [Cites USPSTF A-Z Guide on the USPSTF Web site; compares USPSTF recommendations on conditions related to CVD with those from the American Heart Association. Also refer to article by Pandhi et al. (J Am Board Fam Pract, 2011) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Hendrie HC, Callahan CM. Biomarkers for cognitive decline: opportunities and challenges. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry 2011 Jul; 19(7):603-6. [Reviews findings from AHRQ-sponsored systematic review by Plassman et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2010) of factors associated with risk for and possible prevention of cognitive decline in later life, conducted by the Duke Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) under contract HHSA 290-2007-10066-I.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Rural Health
Villegas L, McKay K, Dennis CL, et al. Postpartum depression among rural women from developed and developing countries: a systematic review. J Rural Health 2011 Jun; 27(3):278-88. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Perinatal Depression: Prevalence, Screening Accuracy, and Screening Outcomes, 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
Abraham AJ, Knudsen HK, Roman PM. A longitudinal examination of alcohol pharmacotherapy adoption in substance use disorder treatment programs: patterns of sustainability and discontinuation. J Stud Alcohol Drugs 2011 Jul; 72(4):669-77. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Pharmacotherapy for Alcohol Dependence, 1999.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Women's Health
Katon JG, Russo J, Gavin AR, et al. Diabetes and depression in pregnancy: is there an association? J Womens Health 2011 Jul; 20(7):983-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review on perinatal depression (Obstet Gynecol, 2005) by Gavin et al., based on AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Perinatal Depression: Prevalence, Screening Accuracy, and Screening Outcomes, 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

Demissie Z, Siega-Riz AM, Evenson KR, et al. Associations between physical activity and postpartum depressive symptoms. J Womens Health 2011 Jul; 20(7):1025-34. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Perinatal Depression: Prevalence, Screening Accuracy, and Screening Outcomes, 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

Nursing Research
Manojlovich M, Sidani S, Covell CL, et al. Nurse dose: linking staffing variables to adverse patient outcomes. Nurs Res 2011 Jul-Aug; 60(4):214-20. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Kane et al. (Med Care, 2007) on the association of registered nurse staffing levels and patient outcomes, conducted by the Minnesota EPC under contract 290-02-0009; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Hearld, Alexander, Fraser, and Jiang (Med Care Res Rev, 2008), Jiang, Stocks, and Wong (J Nurs Scholarsh, 2006), and Kovner and Gergen (former AHRQ researchers) (Image J Nurse Scholarsh, 1998); cites AHRQ-funded article by Needleman et al. (N Engl J Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Rehabilitation Nursing
Duraski SA. Clinical consultation: nonpharmacologic management of agitated behaviors after traumatic brain injury. Rehabil Nurs 2011 Jul-Aug; 36(4):135, 145. [Mentions that the AHRQ "guideline 'Traumatic Brain Injury: Diagnosis, Acute Management and Rehabilitation' recommends behavioral management by a trained professional but does not specify interventions," citing AHRQ evidence report/technology assessment Rehabilitation for Traumatic Brain Injury, 1999.]

Social Science and Medicine
Chinn D. Critical health literacy: A review and critical analysis. Soc Sci Med 2011 Jul; 73(1):60-7. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Dewalt et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2004) on literacy and health outcomes, conducted by the RTI International-University of North Carolina EPC. Also refer to article by Patel et al. (J Drugs Dermatol, 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

American Journal of Public Health
Madamala K, Sellers K, Beitsch LM, et al. Structure and functions of state public health agencies in 2007. Am J Public Health 2011 Jul; 101(7):1179-86. [Suggests that integrated state health organization data "can be examined with other assessments such as ... the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's National Healthcare Report and National Healthcare Disparities Report to describe the contribution of public health to state health system performance and, more specifically, SPHA's contribution to the America's Health Rankings," citing the 2008 National Healthcare Quality & Disparities Reports landing page on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Louie GH, Ward MM. Socioeconomic and ethnic differences in disease burden and disparities in physical function in older adults. Am J Public Health 2011 Jul; 101(7):1322-9. [Cites AHRQ's' NHDR, 2003. Also refer to AHRQ-authored article by Friedman et al. (Acad Pediatr, 2011) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Academic Pediatrics
Zuckerman KE, Nelson K, Bryant TK, et al. Specialty referral communication and completion in the community health center setting. Acad Pediatr 2011 Jul-Aug; 11(4):288-96. [Uses the 2008 HCUP Chronic Condition Indicator (CCI), citing Chronic Condition Indicator (CCI) for ICD-9-CM, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Bundy DG, Strouse JJ, Casella JF, et al. Urgency of emergency department visits by children with sickle cell disease: a comparison of 3 chronic conditions. Acad Pediatr 2011 Jul-Aug; 11(4):333-41. [Uses 1999-2009 HCUP State Emergency Department Databases (SEDD) and 1990-2009 HCUP State Inpatient Databases (SID) data for Maryland, citing Databases, as published on AHRQ HCUP Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Cunningham, Clancy, Cohen, et al. (Med Care Res Rev, 1995).] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Nephrology
Scialla JJ, Plantinga LC, Kao WH, et al. Soluble P-selectin levels are associated with cardiovascular mortality and sudden cardiac death in male dialysis patients. Am J Nephrol 2011; 33(3):224-30. [Uses study cohort data from the Choices for Healthy Outcomes in Caring for ESRD (CHOICE) study, previously funded by AHRQ under grant R01 HS08365.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Hepatology
Le MD, Henson D, Young H, et al. Is gallbladder cancer decreasing in view of increasing laparoscopic cholecystectomy? Ann Hepatol 2011 Jul-Sep; 10(3):306-14. [Uses 1993-2008 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2000-2001, as published on AHRQ HCUP Web site; cites AHRQ-authored meeting abstract on the US national impact of laparoscopic cholecystectomy by Steiner and Duffy (Annu Meet Int Soc Technol Assess Health Care Int Soc Technol Assess Health Care Meet, 1996, and AHRQ-authored article by Steiner, Elixhauser, and Schnaier (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Eff Clin Pract, 2002), which uses various HCUP data sets.] Select to access the abstract.

BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
Khalilia M, Chakraborty S, Popescu M. Predicting disease risks from highly imbalanced data using random forest. BMC Med Inform Decis Making 2011; 11:51. [Uses 2005 HCUP NIS data and AHRQ's Clinical Classifications Software; cites Overview of the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2009, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.]

Clinical Nursing Research
Quigley PA, Campbell RR, Bulat T, et al. Incidence and cost of serious fall-related injuries in nursing homes. Clin Nurs Res 2011 Jul 25. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2000-2006 HCUP data, as published on the HCUPNet Web site, and AHRQ's Clinical Classification Software (CCS).] Select to access the abstract.

General Hospital Psychiatry
Duke CE, Egede LE. Association of serious psychological distress with health services expenditures and utilization in a national sample of US adults. Gen Hosp Psychiatry 2011 Jul-Aug; 33(4):311-17. [Uses 2007 MEPS data, citing MEPS HC-105: 2006 Full Year Consolidated Date File, 2008, and MEPS H105 Codebook 2006 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2008, both published on AHRQ MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Dermatological Treatment
Gunnarsson C, Chen J, Rizzo JA, et al. The direct healthcare insurer and out-of-pocket expenditures of psoriasis: evidence from a United States national survey. J Dermatolog Treat 2011 Jul 31. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 1996-2006 MEPS data, citing AHRQ's MEPS Web site and AHRQ publication, MEPS-HC Panel Design and Collection Process, on AHRQ's MEPS Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Cohen, Monheit, Beauregard, et al. (Inquiry, 1996-1997), which describes MEPS.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Drugs in Dermatology
Patel P, Lin HC, Feldman SR, et al. Medication choice and associated health care outcomes and costs for patients with acne and acne-related conditions in the United States. J Drugs Dermatol 2011 Jul; 10(7):766-71. [Uses 2007 MEPS data; cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Management of Acne, 2001.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Urology
Wiener JS, Antonelli J, Shea AM, et al. Bladder augmentation versus urinary diversion in patients with spina bifida in the United States. J Urol 2011 Jul; 186(1):161-5. [Uses 1998-2005 HCUP NIS data, citing Introduction to the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) 2005, 2007, as published on AHRQ HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Viral Hepatitis
Reddick KL, Jhaveri R, Gandhi M, et al. Pregnancy outcomes associated with viral hepatitis. J Viral Hepat 2011 Jul; 18(7):e394-e398. [Uses 1995-2005 HCUP NIS data; cites Introduction to the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2002, on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Nursing Research
Rochefort CM, Ward L, Ritchie JA, et al. Registered nurses' job demands in relation to sitter use: nested case-control study. Nurs Res 2011 Jul-Aug; 60(4):221-30. [Uses AHRQ's Mental Health and Substance Abuse Clinical Classification (CCS-MHSA) to measure studies conditions, citing AHRQ publication, Care of Adults with Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorder in U.S. Community Hospitals, 2004, HCUP Fact Book 10, 2007.] Select to access the abstract.

Psychiatric Services
Conti R, Busch AB, Cutler DM. Overuse of antidepressants in a nationally representative adult patient population in 2005. Psychiatr Serv 2011 Jul; 62(7):720-6. [Uses 2005 MEPS data, citing AHRQ publications, Design and Methods of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, MEPS Methodology Report 1, 2005, MEPS-HC Panel Design and Data Collection Process, and MEPS HC-097: 2005 Full Year Consolidated Data File, November 2007, all published on AHRQ MEPS Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Machlin, Cohen, Elixhauser, Beauregard, and Steiner (Med Care, 2009) and article by Olfson and Marcus (Arch Gen Psychiatry, 2009), both of which use MEPS data. Also refer to articles by Friedman et al. (Acad Pediatr, 2011) and Glance et al. (Arch Surg, 2011) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

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Internet Citation: Annual Report on Health Care for Children and Youth in the United States: Focus on Trends in Hospital Use and Quality: Articles of Interest: July 29, 2011. July 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/072911.html