Characterizing and Fostering Charity Care in the Surgeon Workforce

Articles of Interest: August 5, 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

Annals of Surgery
Wright DB, Scarborough JE. Characterizing and fostering charity care in the surgeon workforce. Ann Surg 2011 Jul; 254(1):169-73. [Supported by grant T32 HS00032.] Select to access the abstract.

CMAJ
Tarnutzer AA, Berkowitz AL, Robinson KA, et al. Does my dizzy patient have a stroke? A systematic review of bedside diagnosis in acute vestibular syndrome. CMAJ 2011 Jun 14; 183(9):E571-E592. [Supported by grant HS17755-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Critical Care Medicine
Banerjee R, Naessens JM, Seferian EG, Gajic O, Moriarty JP, Johnson MG, Meltzer DO. Economic implications of nighttime attending intensivist coverage in a medical intensive care unit. Crit Care Med 2011 Jun; 39(6):1257-62. [Supported by Hospital Medicine and Economics Center for Education and Research in Therapeutics (CERTs) grant U18 HS16967-01 (to seventh author).] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Liu FX, Alexander GC, Crawford SY, et al. The impact of Medicare Part D on out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs, medication utilization, health resource utilization, and preference-based health utility. Health Serv Res 2011 Aug; 46(4):1104-23. [Supported in part by grant K08 HS15699-01A1 (to second author), based on doctoral thesis by second author at the University of Illinois at Chicago; uses 2005-2006 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data (Panels 8-10), citing Survey Components, 2008, and Using Appropriate Price Indices for Expenditure Comparisons, 2009, Computing Standard Errors for MEPS Estimates, 2005, and AHRQ publication, Demographic and Clinical Variations in Health Status, MEPS Methodology Report 15, 2005, all as published on AHRQ MEPS Web site; originally published as an Epub in Articles of Interest, 5/23/11-5/27/11.] Select to access the abstract.

Nuckols TK, Aledort JE, Adams J, et al. Cost implications of improving blood pressure management among U.S. adults. Health Serv Res 2011 Aug; 46(4):1124-57. [Supported in part by Mentored Scientist Career Development Award grant K08 HS17954 (to first author); cites AHRQ technical review, Closing the Quality Gap: A Critical Analysis of Quality Improvement Strategies, Volume 3: Hypertension Care, 2005, as published on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Nuckols TK, McGlynn EA, Adams J, et al. Cost implications to health care payers of improving glucose management among adults with type 2 diabetes. Health Serv Res 2011 Aug; 46(4):1158-79 [Supported in part by Mentored Scientist Career Development grant K08 HS17954 (to first author); cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Bolen et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2007) on comparative effectiveness and safety of oral medications for type 2 diabetes mellitus, performed by the Johns Hopkins EPC under contract 290-02-0018; cites AHRQ-funded meta-regression analysis by Shojania et al. (JAMA, 2006) on effects of quality improvement strategies for type 2 diabetes on glycemic control, performed by the Stanford-University of California San Francisco EPC under contract 290-02-0017).] Select to access the abstract.

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Tschampl C, Bernardo J, Garvey T, et al. The need for performance measures on testing for latent tuberculosis infection in primary care. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2011 Jul; 37(7):309-16. [Supported by National Research Service Award training grant 5 T32 HS00062-16 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Carayon P, Cartmill R, Blosky MA, et al. ICU nurses' acceptance of electronic health records. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2011 Jun 22. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by grant R01 HS15274.] Select to access the abstract.

Wetterneck TB, Walker JM, Blosky MA, et al. Factors contributing to an increase in duplicate medication order errors after CPOE implementation. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2011 Jul 29. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by grants R01 HS15274 and K08 HS17014.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Health Economics
Morrill MS. The effects of maternal employment on the health of school-age children. J Health Econ 2011 Mar; 30(2):240-57. [Supported by grant R36 HS17375-01; cites data from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) on AHRQ's HCUPnet Web site and from AHRQ publication, Preventable Hospitalizations: A Window Into Primary and Preventive Care, 2000, HCUP Fact Book 5, 2004; originally included in Articles of Interest, 2/7/11-2/11/11, as Epub ahead of print.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Davies S, McDonald KM, Schmidt E, et al. Expanding the Uses of AHRQ's Prevention Quality Indicators: validity from the clinician perspective. Med Care 2011 Aug; 49(8):679-85. [Supported by contract 290-04-0020; uses AHRQ's Prevention Quality Indicators, citing Guidance on Using the AHRQ QI for Hospital-Level Comparative Reporting, 2009, and Quality Indicators User Help System, both as published on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site, and AHRQ technical report, Measures of Pediatric Health Care Quality Based on Hospital Administrative Data: The Pediatric Quality Indicators, 2006; cites Impact Case Studies and Knowledge Transfer Case Studies: Value, 2010, as published on the AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ technical reviews, Measures of Patient Safety Based on Hospital Administrative Data: The Patient Safety Indicators, 2002, and Refinement of the HCUP Quality Indicators, 2001; cites KIC FastStats: AHRQ Quality Indicators, 2010, which is based on AHRQ's Quality Indicators.] Select to access the abstract.

Stukenborg GJ. Hospital mortality risk adjustment for heart failure patients using present on admission diagnoses: improved classification and calibration. Med Care 2011 Aug; 49(8):744-51. [Supported by grant R01 HS17693; uses AHRQ's Inpatient Quality Indicator for heart failure, citing Inpatient Quality Indicators Overview, version 4.1a, 2010, as published on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site, and AHRQ publications, Evaluation of the Use of AHRQ and Other Quality Indicators. Program Evaluation: Final Contract Report, 2007, as published on the AHRQ Web site, and The Case for the Present-on-Admission (POA) Indicator, HCUP) Methods Series Report 2006-01, 2006, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Thorpe CT, Flood GE, Kraft SA, Everett CM, et al. Effect of patient selection method on provider group performance estimates. Med Care 2011 Aug; 49(8):780-5. [Supported in part by grants R21 HS17646, R01 HS18368, and NRSA Institutional Training Program grant T32 HS00083 (to fourth author); uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Pediatrics
Goyal NK, Fager C, Lorch SA. Adherence to discharge guidelines for late-preterm newborns. Pediatrics 2011 Jul; 128(1):62-71. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS15696 (to first and third authors).] Select to access the abstract.

Radiology
Anthony SG, Prevedello LM, Damiano MM, et al. Impact of a 4-year quality improvement initiative to improve communication of critical imaging test results. Radiology 2011 Jun; 259(3):802-7. [Supported by grant 1 R18 HS19635-01. Also refer to AHRQ-funded article by Bannuru 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 Managed Care
Vanderlaan BF, Broder MS, Chang EY, et al. Cost-effectiveness of 21-gene assay in node-positive, early-stage breast cancer. Am J Manag Care 2011 Jul; 17(7):455-64. [Cites AHRQ publication, HMO Enrollment in the United States: Estimates Based on Household Reports, 1996, MEPS Research Findings 15, 2001, as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site; cites AHRQ-funded article by Hassett et al. (J Natl Cancer Inst, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Fung V, Brand RJ, Newhouse JP, et al. Using Medicare data for comparative effectiveness research: opportunities and challenges. Am J Manag Care 2011 Jul; 17(7):488-96. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Tunis, Stryer, and Clancy (second and third authors are former AHRQ center director and current AHRQ director, respectively) (JAMA, 2003); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Crystal et al. (Med Care, 2007), Schneeweiss (Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf, 2006), Soumerai et al. (N Engl J Med, 1991), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Louder AM, Joshi AV, Ball AT, et al. Impact of celecoxib restrictions in Medicare beneficiaries with arthritis. Am J Manag Care 2011 Jul; 17(7):503-12. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Fisher et al. (N Engl J Med, 2004), Smalley et al. (N Engl J Med, 1995), and Griffin, Ray, and Schaffner (Ann Intern Med, 1988).] Select to access the abstract.

Navarro RP, Barr JE, Faubus K, et al. Improving outcomes in patients at risk for venous thromboembolism following total knee and total hip replacement: implications for managed care. Am J Manag Care 2011 Jul; 17 Suppl 9:S251-S258. [Cites AHRQ publication, Preventing Hospital-Acquired Venous Thromboembolism: A Guide for Effective Quality Improvement, 2008, as published on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Stuart B, Davidoff A, Lopert R, et al. Does medication adherence lower Medicare spending among beneficiaries with diabetes? Health Serv Res 2011 Aug; 46(4):1180-99. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Birkmeyer and Welch (Ann Intern Med, 2005), Gilmer et al. (Diabetes Care, 2005), and Rosen et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Balicer RD, Shadmi E, Lieberman N, et al. Reducing health disparities: strategy planning and implementation in Israel's largest health care organization. Health Serv Res 2011 Aug; 46(4):1281-99. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Aaron and Clancy (AHRQ director) (JAMA, 2003); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Ornstein et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2008) and Trivedi et al. (N Engl J Med, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Health Services Research and Policy
Purdy S, Griffin T, Salisbury C, et al. Emergency respiratory admissions: influence of practice, population and hospital factors. J Health Serv Res Policy 2011 Jul; 16(3):133-40. [Cites AHRQ publication, Guide to Prevention Quality Indicators: Hospital Admission for Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions, Version 3.1, 2001, as published on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site; cites AHRQ-funded article by Bindman et al. (JAMA, 1995).] Select to access the abstract.

Jackson T, Nghiem HS, Rowell D, et al. Marginal costs of hospital-acquired conditions: information for priority-setting for patient safety programmes and research. J Health Serv Res Policy 2011 Jul; 16(3):141-6. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Zhan and Miller (current researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence and former AHRQ researcher, respectively) (JAMA, 2003); cites AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation, Volume 2: Concepts and Methodology, 2005; cites AHRQ-funded articles by McCarthy et al. (Med Care, 2000), Weingart et al. (Med Care, 2000), and Iezzoni et al (Med Care, 1994).] Select to access the abstract.

Klazinga N, Fischer C, Ten Asbroek A. Health services research related to performance indicators and benchmarking in Europe. J Health Serv Res Policy 2011 Jul; 16 Suppl 2:38-47. [Cites AHRQ publication, AHRQ Quality Indicators—Guide to Patient Safety Indicators, Version 2.1, Revision 2, 2003; cites article by Goldstein et al. (Health Serv Res, 2005), which uses AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®).] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Howrey BT, Kuo YF, Goodwin JS. Association of care by hospitalists on discharge destination and 30-day outcomes after acute ischemic stroke. Med Care 2011 Aug; 49(8):701-7. [Cites AHRQ publication, Hospital Stays for Stroke and Other Cerebrovascular Diseases, 2005, HCUP Statistical Brief 51, 2008, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites AHRQ-funded article by Bell et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Weinberg DB, Cooney-Miner D, Perloff JN, et al. Building collaborative capacity: promoting interdisciplinary teamwork in the absence of formal teams. Med Care 2011 Aug; 49(8):716-23. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, Keeping Patients Safe: Transforming the Work Environment of Nurses, 2004; cites AHRQ-funded article by Makary et al. (J Am Coll Surg, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Lyratzopoulos G, Elliott MN, Barbiere JM, et al. How can health care organizations be reliably compared? Lessons from a national survey of patient experience. Med Care 2011 Aug; 49(8):724-33. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Elliott et al. (Health Serv Res, 2005) and Rosenthal et al. (Health Aff, 2004) and articles by Giordano et al. (Med Care Res Rev, 2010), Elliott et al. (Med Care Res Rev, 2010, Solomon et al. (Health Care Financ Rev, 2002) and Hays et al. (Med Care, 1999), all of which use CAHPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Wong J, Taljaard M, Forster AJ, et al. Derivation and validation of a model to predict daily risk of death in hospital. Med Care 2011 Aug; 49(8):734-43. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Pine, Jordan, Elixhauser (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) et al. (JAMA, 2007); cites article by van Walraven et al. (Med Care, 2009), which uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Fleming ST, Sabatino SA, Kimmick G, et al. Developing a claim-based version of the ACE-27 comorbidity index: a comparison with medical record review. Med Care 2011 Aug; 49(8):752-60. [Cites AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Romano, Roos, and Jollis (J Clin Epidemiol, 1993) and Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992).] Select to access the abstract.

Kalisch BJ, Friese CR, Choi SH, et al. Hospital nurse staffing: choice of measure matters. Med Care 2011 Aug; 49(8):775-9. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Kovner, Jones, Zhan, Gergen, and Basu (third author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence and last author is a Senior Economist in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships) (Health Serv Res, 2002); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Mark and Harless (Inquiry, 2007), Mark (West J Nurs Res, 2007), Needleman et al. (N Engl J Med, 2002), and Silber et al. (JAMA, 1995); cites article by Mark et al. (Health Serv Res, 2004) which uses HCUP data.] Select to access the abstract.

Pediatrics
Radecki L, Sand-Loud N, O'Connor KG, et al. Trends in the use of standardized tools for developmental screening in early childhood: 2002-2009. Pediatrics 2011 Jul; 128(1):14-19. [Cites AHRQ summary report, Initial Core Set of Children's Healthcare Quality Measures: Identification of Initial Core Set of Measures for Voluntary Use by Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Programs, 2011, as published on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Deluca JM, Kearney MH, Norton SA, et al. Parents' experiences of expanded newborn screening evaluations. Pediatrics 2011 Jul; 128(1):53-61. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Hubbard (former AHRQ researcher) (Nurs Econ, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

Goyal M, McCutcheon M, Hayes K, et al. Sexual history documentation in adolescent emergency department patients. Pediatrics 2011 Jul; 128(1):86-91. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Miller et al. (Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

Audrain-McGovern J, Stevens S, Murray PJ, et al. The efficacy of motivational interviewing versus brief advice for adolescent smoking behavior change. Pediatrics 2011 Jul; 128(1):e101-e111. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000.] Select to access the abstract.

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

American Journal of Managed Care
Shires DA, Divine G, Schum M, et al. Colorectal cancer screening use among insured primary care patients. Am J Manag Care 2011 Jul; 17(7):480-8. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008 and 2002); uses the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992).] Select to access the abstract.

Good Housekeeping
Ince S. Special report: fractured. Good Housekeeping 2011 Jul; 253(1):132. [Mentions USPSTF recommendations on screening women for osteoporosis at ages younger than 65.]

Health Services Research
McCormack L, Treiman K, Bann C, et al. Translating medical evidence to promote informed health care decisions. Health Serv Res 2011 Aug; 46(4):1200-23. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for prostate cancer and related evidence update by Harris et al. (both in Ann Intern Med, 2002); cites USPSTF comments on 2009 breast cancer recommendations in article by Petitti and Calogne (Ann Intern Med, 2010); cites AHRQ final report, Final Messages for Prostate-Specific Antigen Screening for Prostate Cancer, Medicare Screening Project, 2002, from RTI International.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Women's Health
Benard VB, Saraiya MS, Soman A, et al. Breast and cervical cancer screening practices among physicians in the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. J Womens Health 2011 Jul 20. [Epub ahead of print. Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Cervical Cancer, 2003, as published on the AHRQ Web site, and cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Smith ML, Hochhalter AK, Ahn S, et al. Utilization of screening mammography among middle-aged and older women in central Texas. J Womens Health 2011 Jul 22. [Epub ahead of print. Uses USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer and associated evidence review (Ann Intern Med, 2009) as the basis for the study's dependent variable of breast cancer screening receipt; cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence summary on breast cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Pediatrics
Goldschmidt AB, Stein RI, Saelens BE, et al. Importance of early weight change in a pediatric weight management trial. Pediatrics 2011 Jul; 128(1):e33-e39. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for obesity in children and adolescents (Pediatrics, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

Physician Executive
Brown RL. Integrating behavioral screening and intervention into general health care. Physician Exec 2011 Jul-Aug; 37(4):40-4. [Mentions Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) provisions requiring health plan coverage of tobacco, alcohol, depression and other screening services having received USPSTF Grade A or B recommendations and the National Commission on Prevention Priorities' comparison of all 25 USPSTF-recommended services for effectiveness and cost-effectiveness; mentions findings from AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence,2008 Update, 2008.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Annals of Internal Medicine
Bannuru RR, Dvorak T, Obadan N, et al. Comparative evaluation of radiation treatments for clinically localized prostate cancer: an updated systematic review. Ann Intern Med 2011 Aug 2; 155(3):171-8. [Supported by contract 290-2007-10055 I to Tufts EPC and grant T32 HS00060 (to first author); based on AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Comparative Evaluation of Radiation Treatments for Clinically Localized Prostate Cancer: An Update, 2010, which was prepared by Tufts EPC under same contract number and updates AHRQ-funded systematic review by Wilt et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008) on comparative effectiveness and harms of treatments for clinically localized prostate cancer, performed by the Minnesota EPC under contract 290-02-0009; uses methods adapted from AHRQ publication, Methods Guide for Effectiveness and Comparative Effectiveness Reviews, 2011.] Select to access the abstract.

Qaseem A, Wilt TJ, Weinberger SE, et al. Diagnosis and management of stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a clinical practice guideline update from the American College of Physicians, American College of Chest Physicians, American Thoracic Society, and European Respiratory Society. Ann Intern Med 2011 Aug 2; 155(3):179-91. [Based on an updated literature review conducted by the Minnesota EPC and on AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Use of Spirometry for Case Finding, Diagnosis, and Management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), 2005, and AHRQ-funded systematic review by Wilt et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2007) on management of stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, both prepared by the Minnesota EPC under contract 290-02-0009).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Hartling L, Bond K, Santaguida PL, et al. Testing a tool for the classification of study designs in systematic reviews of interventions and exposures showed moderate reliability and low accuracy. J Clin Epidemiol 2011 Aug; 64(8):861-71. [Supported by contract 290-02-0023; includes in Appendix A a list of studies reviewed and selected from the complete bibliography given in AHRQ-funded methods research report, Developing and Testing a Tool for the Classification of Study Designs in Systematic Reviews of Interventions and Exposures, 2010, prepared by the University of Alberta EPC under the same contract and published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site; uses a sample of classification tools compiled from responses from representatives from AHRQ-funded EPCs; acknowledges support from Karen Lohman Siegel (former AHRQ researcher) and Stephanie Chang (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence).] Select to access the abstract.

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Watkins S, Meltzer-Brody S, Zolnoun D, et al. Early breastfeeding experiences and postpartum depression. Obstet Gynecol 2011 Aug; 118(2 Pt 1):214-21. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Perinatal Depression: Prevalence, Screening, Accuracy, and Screening Outcomes, 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

Scott JR. Vaginal birth after cesarean delivery: a common-sense approach. Obstet Gynecol 2011 Aug; 118(2 Pt 1):342-50. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Vaginal Birth After Cesarean: New Insights, 2010.] Select to access the abstract.

Pediatrics
Lob SH, Boer JH, Porter PG, et al. Promoting best-care practices in childhood asthma: quality improvement in community health centers. Pediatrics 2011 Jul; 128(1):20-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Bravata et al. (Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med, 2009) on quality improvement strategies for children with asthma, prepared by the Stanford-University of California San Francisco EPC under contract 290-02-0017); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Hicks et al. (Health Aff, 2006) and Finkelstein et al. (Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Hauck FR, Thompson JM, Tanabe KO, et al. Breastfeeding and reduced risk of sudden infant death syndrome: a meta-analysis. Pediatrics 2011 Jul; 128(1):103-10. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Breastfeeding and Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes in Developed Countries, 2007. Also refer to articles by Nuckols et al. (2 articles, Health Serv Res, 2011) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

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

American Journal of Epidemiology
Hartz SM, Johnson EO, Saccone NL, et al. Inclusion of African Americans in genetic studies: what is the barrier? Am J Epidemiol 2011 Aug 1; 174(3):336-44. [Cites AHRQ's NHQR, 2009. Also refer to article by Lê Cook et al. (Health Serv Res, 2011), cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.] Select to access the abstract.

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Annals of Internal Medicine
Wiener RS, Schwartz LM, Woloshin S, et al. Population-based risk for complications after transthoracic needle lung biopsy of a pulmonary nodule: an analysis of discharge records. Ann Intern Med 2011 Aug 2; 155(3):137-44. [Uses 2006 HCUP State Ambulatory Surgery Database (SASD) and State Inpatient Databases (SID) for California, Florida, Michigan, and New York, citing Overview of the State Inpatient Databases (SID), 2006, and Overview of the State Ambulatory Surgery Databases (SASD), 2006, both published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Kuo YF, Goodwin JS. Association of hospitalist care with medical utilization after discharge: evidence of cost shift from a cohort study. Ann Intern Med 2011 Aug 2; 155(3):152-9. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998); cites AHRQ-authored article by Finkelstein EA, Trogdon JG, Cohen (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) et al. (Health Aff, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Afendulis CC, He Y, Zaslavsky AM, et al. The impact of Medicare Part D on hospitalization rates. Health Serv Res 2011 Aug; 46(4):1022-38. [Uses 2005-2007 HCUP SID data for 23 states; cites AHRQ-authored article by Yin, Basu (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships) et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008) and AHRQ-funded articles by Fung et al. (Health Serv Res, 2010), Bindman et al. (JAMA, 1995), and Weissman, Gatsonis, and Epstein (JAMA, 1992).] Select to access the abstract.

Elliott MN, Haviland AM, Orr N, et al. How do the experiences of Medicare beneficiary subgroups differ between managed care and original Medicare? Health Serv Res 2011 Aug; 46(4):1039-58. [Uses 2007 Medicare CAHPS survey respondent data and analyzes 11 CAHPS scores; cites AHRQ-authored article by Lurie, Zhan, Sangl, Bierman (second and third authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence and Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, respectively, and third author is a former AHRQ researcher) et al. (Am J Manag Care, 2003) and other articles using CAHPS® data.] Select to access the abstract.

Lê Cook B, McGuire TG, Alegría M, et al. Crowd-out and exposure effects of physical comorbidities on mental health care use: implications for racial-ethnic disparities in access. Health Serv Res 2011 Aug; 46(4):1259-80. [Uses 2002-2007 MEPS data split into pre and post periods for white, Latino, and black adults with probable need for medical care, citing MEPS HC-113: 2007 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2009, and MEPS HC-114: Panel 11 Longitudinal Data File, 2009, both published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site; cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2009; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Selden (Health Serv Res, 2009), Machlin, Cohen, Elixhauser, Beauregard, and Steiner (Med Care, 2009), Kirby, Taliaferro, and Zuvekas (Med Care, 2006), and Zuvekas (Health Aff, 2001), all using various MEPS data sets.] Select to access the abstract.

Implementation Science
Hempel S, Rubenstein LV, Shanman RM, et al. Identifying quality improvement intervention publications—a comparison of electronic search strategies. Implement Sci 2011 Aug 1; 6(1):85. [Uses as the first reference set to test evaluated search strategies a sample of 25 publications listed in AHRQ publication, Expanding Research and Evaluation Designs to Improve the Science Base for Health Care and Public Health Quality Improvement Symposium: Meeting Summary, 2005, as published on the AHRQ Web site and deemed "to be highly relevant to the quality improvement field..."; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Wells et al. (Am J Psychiatry, 2005) and Landon et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Li YF, Wong ES, Sales AE, et al. Nurse staffing and patient care costs in acute inpatient nursing units. Med Care2011 Aug; 49(8):708-15. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998) and 2007 HCUP Comorbidity Software, citing Comorbidity Software, Version 3.6, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Kovner, Jones, Zhan (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence) et al. (Health Serv Res, 2002), which uses HCUP data; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Cho et al. (Nurs Res, 2003) and Needleman et al. (N Engl J Med, 2002). Also refer to articles by Liu et al. (Health Serv Res, 2011), Davies et al. (Med Care, 2011), Stukenborg (Med Care, 2011), and Thorpe et al. (Med Care, 2011) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Current as of August 2011
Internet Citation: Characterizing and Fostering Charity Care in the Surgeon Workforce: Articles of Interest: August 5, 2011. August 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/080511.html