Off-label Drug Use and Promotion: Balancing Public Health Goals and Commercial Speech

Articles of Interest: August 12, 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

American Journal of Law and Medicine
Kesselheim AS. Off-label drug use and promotion: balancing public health goals and commercial speech. Am J Law Med 2011; 37(2-3):225-57. [Supported in part by career development award K08 HS18465-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology
Clancy CM. Kidney-related diseases and quality improvement: AHRQ's role. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 2011 Aug 11. [Epub ahead of print. Author is AHRQ director; discusses AHRQ's mission and activities with emphasis on work "relevant to the broad area of clinical nephrology", including comparative effectiveness reports, USPSTF recommendations Screening for High Blood Pressure, 2007, and Screening for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Adults, 2008, AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program, Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) In-Center Dialysis Survey, AHRQ's National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) and National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR), for 2010, and other products listed in Table 1, "Selected AHRQ products impacting nephrology"; cites AHRQ-authored article by Aaron and Clancy (JAMA, 2003) and AHRQ publication, Average Annual Health Care Use and Expenditures for Kidney Disease among Adults 18 and Older, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2003-2007, MEPS Statistical Brief 306, 2010, as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site.]

Health Affairs
Mojtabai R, Olfson M. Proportion of antidepressants prescribed without a psychiatric diagnosis is growing. Health Aff 2011 Aug;30(8):1434-42. [Supported in part by grant U128 HS16097; cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Chaudhry et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006) on impact of health information technology on quality, efficiency, and costs of medical care, performed by the Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC).] Select to access the abstract.

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Riley W, Davis S, Miller K, et al. Didactic and simulation nontechnical skills team training to improve perinatal outcomes in a community hospital. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2011 Aug; 37(8):357-64. [Supported in part by AHRQ grant 1 U18 HS16728-01; uses AHRQ's TeamSTEPPS® program as a study intervention, citing TeamSTEPPS®: National Implementation landing page on the AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001, and AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Administrative Approaches, Volume 3: Performance and Tools, 2008, as published on the AHRQ Web site.]

Mayer CM, Cluff L, Lin W, et al. Evaluating efforts to optimize TeamSTEPPS implementation in surgical and pediatric intensive care units. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2011 Aug; 37(8):365-74, AP1-AP3. [Supported in part by contract HHSA 290-2006-00001-I #4; implements AHRQ's TeamSTEPPS®, citing TeamSTEPPS®: Implementation Guide, and Quality: TeamSTEPPS® Course Management Guide, 2008, both published on AHRQ's TeamSTEPPS® Web site; cites AHRQ publications, Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, 2011, and Medical Teamwork and Patient Safety: The Evidence-based Relation. Literature Review, 2005, both published on the AHRQ Web site.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Abramson EL, Malhotra S, Fischer K, et al. Transitioning between electronic health records: effects on ambulatory prescribing safety. J Gen Intern Med 2011 Aug; 26(8):868-74. [Supported by grant R18 HS17029; originally published in Articles of Interest, 6/6/11-6/10/11.] Select to access the abstract.

Loeb DF, Lee RS, Binswanger IA, et al. Patient, resident physician, and visit factors associated with documentation of sexual history in the outpatient setting. J Gen Intern Med 2011 Aug; 26(8):887-93. [Supported in part by grant K12 HS19464 (to third author); mentions USPSTF recommendations related to sexually transmitted infection screening in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2005; cites USPSTF-authored/sponsored article by Meyers, Wolff, et al. (director and researcher, respectively, in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships) (Am Fam Physician, 2008), which discusses various USPSTF recommendations related to sexually transmitted infections; cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Value of the Periodic Health Evaluation, 2006, prepared by the John Hopkins University EPC under contract 290-02-0018.] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Nursing
Roush K. Prevention and treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women: a review. Am J Nurs 2011 Aug; 111(8):26-35. [Cites Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) guideline synthesis Management of Hip Fractures in Older People, 2009 (incorrectly attributed to AHRQ in the article), as published on AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™.] Select to access the abstract.

Holt JE, Flint EP, Bowers MT. Got the picture? Using mobile phone technology to reinforce discharge instructions. Am J Nurs 2011 Aug; 111(8):47-51. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Clancy (AHRQ director) (Am J Med Qual, 2009) on reengineering hospital discharge.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Lyndon A, Zlatnik MG, Wachter RM. Effective physician-nurse communication: a patient safety essential for labor and delivery. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2011 Aug; 205(2):91-6. [Cites AHRQ publications, TeamSTEPPS: Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety, as published on AHRQ's TeamSTEPPS® Web site, and Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-based Handbook for Nurses, 2008; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Speroff et al. (Qual Saf Health, 2010) and Sexton et al. (J Perinatol, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Public Health
Trickett EJ, Beehler S, Deutsch C, et al. Advancing the science of community-level interventions. Am J Public Health 2011 Aug; 101(8):1410-19. [Cites AHRQ publication, Community-based Participatory Research Conference Summary, 2002, as published on the AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Mercer, DeVinney, Fine, Green, and Dougherty (researcher in AHRQ's Office of Extramural Research, Education, and Priority Populations) (Am J Prev Med, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

Schrimshaw EW, Siegel K, Wolfson NH, et al. Insurance-related barriers to accessing dental care among African American adults with oral health symptoms in Harlem, New York City. Am J Public Health 2011 Aug; 101(8):1420-8. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Manski (researcher in Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Dent Clin North Am, 2009), Manski and Cooper (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Community Dent Health, 2007), Manski et al. (Am J Public Health, 2004), Manski, Macek, and Moeller (J Am Dent Assoc, 2002), and Manski and Magder (J Am Dent Assoc, 1998), all of which use various MEPS data sets.] Select to access the abstract.

Circulation
Hernandez AF, Fonarow GC, Liang L, et al. The need for multiple measures of hospital quality: results from the Get with the Guidelines-Heart Failure registry of the American Heart Association. Circulation 2011 Aug 9; 124(6):712-19. [Second author reports "significant" funding from AHRQ; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Hernandez and Curtis (JAMA, 2011), Patterson et al. (Med Care, 2010), Hernandez et al. (Am Heart J, 2010), Curtis et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2008), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Burton DC, Edwards JR, Srinivasan A, et al. Trends in catheter-associated urinary tract infections in adult intensive care units-United States, 1990-2007. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2011 Aug; 32(8):748-56. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Passaretti CL, Barclay P, Pronovost P, et al. Public reporting of health care-associated infections (HAIs): approach to choosing HAI measures. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2011 Aug; 32(8):768-74. [Third author reports receiving previous AHRQ grants.] Select to access the abstract.

Huang SS, Placzek H, Livingston J, et al. Use of Medicare claims to rank hospitals by surgical site infection risk following coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2011 Aug; 32(8):775-83. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Schneeweiss et al. (Health Serv Res, 2003, and Am J Epidemiol, 2001).] Select to access the abstract.

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Salas E, Gregory ME, King HB. Team training can enhance patient safety—the data, the challenge ahead. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2011 Aug; 37(8):339-40. [Comments on AHRQ-funded articles by Riley et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2011) and Mayer et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2011) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles above, Deering et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2011) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products below, and Weaver et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2011) cited below in this section; cites article by Alonso et al. (Hum Resour Manage Rev, 2006), which uses AHRQ's TeamSTEPPS®.]

Weaver SJ, Salas E, King HB. Twelve best practices for team training evaluation in health care. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2011 Aug; 37(8):341-9. [States that AHRQ's TeamSTEPPS® "represents the culmination of more than 10 years of direct research and development built on nearly 30 years of science dedicated to the study of team performance and training", citing AHRQ publication, TeamSTEPPS® Guide to Action, 2006, and mentions AHRQ funding of "programs for both research and demonstration projects dedicated to improving team functioning and interdisciplinary care"; cites AHRQ-sponsored RAND technical report, Outcome Measures for Effective Teamwork in Inpatient Care: Final Report, 2008, prepared under contract 290-02-0010; cites articles by Weaver et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2010) and Alonso et al. (Hum Resour Manage Rev, 2006), both of which use AHRQ's TeamSTEPPS®; cites John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award recipient article by Pratt et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2007); notes presentation of a portion of this work at the AHRQ 2009 Annual Conference session "Patient Safety Training Evaluations: Reflections on Level 4 and More", citing the associated slide presentation published on the AHRQ Web site.]

Journal of Dental Education
Curro FA, Grill AC, Thompson VP, et al. Advantages of the dental practice-based research network initiative and its role in dental education. J Dent Educ 2011 Aug; 75(8):1053-60. [Notes that dental PBRNs now comprise "over 110 active networks mainly funded on a per study basis through" AHRQ, citing AHRQ-authored article by Lanier (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships) (Ann Fam Med, 2005); cites AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation, Volume 2: Concepts and Methodology, 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Smith AK, Ayanian JZ, Covinsky KE, et al. Conducting high-value secondary dataset analysis: an introductory guide and resources. J Gen Intern Med 2011 Aug; 26(8):920-9. [Table 3, "Online Compendia of Secondary Datasets", notes inclusion of information about and links to AHRQ datasets in the "Directory of Health and Human Services Data Resources" on the ASPE Web site; Table 4, "Examples of High Value Datasets", includes AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) and MEPS, citing AHRQ-funded article by Trivedi, Sequist, and Ayanian (J Am Coll Cardiol, 2006) and articles by Sommers (J Gen Intern Med, 2009), Carcaise-Edinboro and Bradley (Med Care, 2008), and Ibrahim, Kwoh, and Krishnan (Am J Public Health, 2007), all of which use HCUP NIS and/or MEPS data; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Hernandez et al. (JAMA, 2008), Madden et al. (JAMA, 2008), and Linder et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Richmond N, Tran T, Berry S. Receipt of transition services within a medical home: do racial and geographic disparities exist? Matern Child Health J 2011 Aug; 15(6):742-52. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Brach (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization and Markets) et al. (Pediatrics, 2003) and Shone, Dick, Brach et al. (Pediatrics, 2003); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Sabin, Rivara, and Greenwald (Med Care, 2008), Heslin et al. (Arch Ophthalmol, 2006), Konrad et al. (Am J Public Health, 2005), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Berry S, Soltau E, Richmond NE, et al. Care coordination in a medical home in post-Katrina New Orleans: lessons learned. Matern Child Health J 2011 Aug; 15(6):782-93. [Cites AHRQ publication, Utilization and Expenditures for Children with Special Health Care Needs, MEPS Research Findings 24, 2006.] Select to access the abstract.

Kuo DZ, Bird TM, Tilford JM. Associations of family-centered care with health care outcomes for children with special health care needs. Matern Child Health J 2011 Aug; 15(6):794-805. [Cites AHRQ publications, Utilization and Expenditures for Children with Special Health Care Needs, MEPS Research Findings 24, 2006, and Access to Needed Medical Care Among Children Under 18 Years of Age with Special Health Care Needs, MEPS Statistical Brief 75, 2005; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Brousseau et al. (Pediatrics, 2007), Seid et al. (Health Serv Res, 2003), and Silber et al. (Med Care, 2001).] Select to access the abstract.

Modern Healthcare
Lee J. Total recall: providers are taking the lead in revamping system for handling questionable drugs and medical devices. Mod Healthc 2011 Aug 8; 41(32):28-30. [Mentions AHRQ's award of a $12 million grant to the University of Massachusetts Medical School to establish a nationwide registry of 33,000 total joint replacement patients.]

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

Archives of Internal Medicine
Imperiale TF. Screening for colorectal cancer in the elderly population: how much is enough? Arch Intern Med 2011 Aug 8; 171(15):1332-4. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008).]

Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal
Frese EM, Sadowsky HS. Blood pressure measurement guidelines for physical therapists. Cardiopulm Phys Ther J 2011 Jun; 22(2):5-12. [Cites USPSTF reaffirmed recommendations on screening for high blood pressure (Ann Intern Med, 2007).]

Circulation
Kooter AJ, Kostense PJ, Groenewold J, et al. Integrating information from novel risk factors with calculated risks: the critical impact of risk factor prevalence. Circulation 2011 Aug 9; 124(6):741-5. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored summary of systematic reviews on emerging risk factors for coronary heart disease by Helfand et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2009) and USPSTF-sponsored article by Humphrey et al. (Mayo Clin Proc, 2008) on homocysteine level and coronary heart disease incidence.] Select to access the abstract.

Epidemiologic Reviews
Harris R. Overview of screening: where we are and where we may be headed. Epidemiol Rev 2011; 33(1):1-6. [Discusses USPSTF recommendations and methodologies, citing USPSTF recommendations on screening for type 2 diabetes mellitus in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2008) and USPSTF-sponsored article by Harris et al. (Epidemiol Rev, 2011) on USPSTF methodologies.] Select to access the abstract.

Chou R. Routine screening for chronic human immunodeficiency virus infection: why don't the guidelines agree? Epidemiol Rev 2011; 33(1):7-19. [Compares USPSTF and CDC recommendations on screening for HIV; cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for prostate cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008) and lipid disorders in children (Pediatrics, 2007); cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for HIV, 2005, as published on USPSTF Web site and related evidence review by Chou et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2005); cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence update on screening for breast cancer by Nelson et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2009) and evidence review on prenatal screening for HIV by Chou et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2005); cites USPSTF-sponsored publications, Screening for Human Immunodeficiency Virus: Focused Update of a 2005 Systematic Evidence Review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, 2007, Procedure Manual, 2008, Grade Definitions, 2007, and About the USPSTF, all published on the USPSTF Web site; cites USPSTF-authored/sponsored articles by Petitti et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2009), Barton et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2007), Guirguis-Blake et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2007), Sawaya et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2007), and Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001) on USPSTF methodologies; cites AHRQ evidence synthesis Screening for Human Immunodeficiency Virus in Adolescents and Adults, as published on the AHRQ Web site; notes that author was lead investigator on AHRQ-funded evidence reviews used to inform USPSTF recommendations.] Select to access the abstract.

Hanley JA. Measuring mortality reductions in cancer screening trials. Epidemiol Rev 2011; 33(1):36-45. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence summaries on breast cancer screening and screening for colorectal cancer in adults at average risk, as published in American College of Physicians publication, Screening for Diseases: Prevention in Primary Care, 2004; cites article by Barry (N Engl J Med, 2009), which discusses USPSTF recommendations on screening for prostate cancer. Select to access the abstract.

Buijsse B, Simmons RK, Griffin SJ, et al. Risk assessment tools for identifying individuals at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Epidemiol Rev 2011; 33(1):46-62. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening adults for type 2 diabetes and related evidence review by Norris et al. (both in Ann Intern Med, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Echouffo-Tcheugui JB, Ali MK, Griffin SJ, et al. Screening for type 2 diabetes and dysglycemia. Epidemiol Rev 2011; 33(1):63-87. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening adults for type 2 diabetes and related USPSTF-sponsored evidence review by Norris et al. (both in Ann Intern Med, 2008) and previous USPSTF-sponsored evidence review by Harris et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Lansdorp-Vogelaar I, Knudsen AB, Brenner H. Cost-effectiveness of colorectal cancer sceening. Epidemiol Rev 2011; 33(1):88-100. [Uses USPSTF evidence review criteria and discusses USPSTF-sponsored review of screening for colorectal cancer in adults at average risk (Ann Intern Med, 2002) and systematic review on cost-effectiveness analyses of colorectal cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2002); cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer and related decision analysis on evaluating test strategies for colorectal cancer screening (both in Ann Intern Med, 2008); cites AHRQ-funded article by Pignone et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2005), based on systematic review of USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002); cites article by Harris (J Natl Cancer Inst, 2010), which discusses USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008); cites AHRQ technology assessment Cost-effectiveness of CT Colonography to Screen for Colorectal Cancer, 2009, as published on the CMS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Levin TR, Jamieson L, Burley DA, et al. Organized colorectal cancer screening in integrated health care systems. Epidemiol Rev 2011; 33(1):101-10. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer, related decision analysis for evaluating test strategies for colorectal cancer screening by Zauber et al., and targeted, updated systematic review on screening for colorectal cancer (all in Ann Intern Med, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Viera AJ. Predisease: when does it make sense? Epidemiol Rev 2011; 33(1):122-34. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008), screening for type 2 diabetes mellitus in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2008), high blood pressure (Ann Intern Med, 2007), glaucoma (Ann Fam Med, 2005), and cervical cancer (Am Fam Physician, 2003, and Am J Nurs, 2003); cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence update on aspirin for the primary prevention of cardiovascular events (Ann Intern Med, 2009) and update on screening for primary open-angle glaucoma in the primary care setting (Ann Fam Med, 2005); cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence synthesis Primary Care Screening for Ocular Hypertension and Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma, 2005, as published on USPSTF Web site; cites USPSTF-sponsored systematic evidence review, Screening for Cervical Cancer, 2002, as published on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Burke W, Tarini B, Press NA, et al. Genetic screening. Epidemiol Rev 2011; 33(1):148-64. [Cites USPSTF methodologies and recommendations on screening for hemoglobinopathies in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996; cites USPSTF recommendations on genetic risk assessment and BRCA mutation testing for breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility (Ann Intern Med, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Fletcher SW. Breast cancer screening: a 35-year perspective. Epidemiol Rev 2011; 33(1):165-75. [Compares USPSTF methodologies and recommendations on breast cancer screening with those of the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care; cites About the USPSTF, as published on USPSTF Web site; cites USPSTF guidelines in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services. An Assessment of the Effectiveness of 169 Interventions, 1989; cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for testicular cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2011); cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer, associated evidence update by Nelson et al., and related AHRQ-funded article by Mandelblatt (all in Ann Intern Med, 2009), and related commentary by Woolf (JAMA, 2010); cites USPSTF-authored/ sponsored methodology articles by Petitti et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2009), Guirguis-Blake et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2007), and Sawaya et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Libman H. Screening for HIV infection: a healthy, "low-risk" 42-year-old man. JAMA 2011 Aug 10; 306(6):637-44. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for HIV, 2005, as published on USPSTF Web site, and related evidence review by Chou et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Rhodes KV, Kothari CL, Dichter M, et al. Intimate partner violence identification and response: time for a change in strategy. J Gen Intern Med 2011 Aug; 26(8):894-9. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on screening women and elderly adults for family and intimate partner violence (Ann Intern Med, 2004) and USPSTF recommendations on screening and behavioral counseling interventions in primary care to reduce alcohol misuse (Ann Intern Med, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Fletcher KE, Reed DA, Arora VM. Patient safety, resident education and resident well-being following implementation of the 2003 ACGME duty hour rules. J Gen Intern Med 2011 Aug; 26(8):907-19. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored article by Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001) on USPSTF methodologies; cites AHRQ publication, Patient Safety Indicators Overview, Vol. 2010, 2006; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Landrigan et al. (Pediatrics, 2008, JAMA, 2006, and N Engl J Med, 2004), Fletcher et al. (JAMA, 2005, and Ann Intern Med, 2004), and Goitein et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2005); third author reports previous AHRQ funding.] Select to access the abstract.

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Levison J, Williams LT, Moore A, et al. Increasing use of rapid HIV testing in labor and delivery among women with no prenatal care: a local initiative. Matern Child Health J 2011 Aug;15(6):822-6. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review, Prenatal Screening for HIV, 2005, as published on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Mayo Clinical Proceedings
McDowell AK, Lineberry TW, Bostwick JM. Practical suicide-risk management for the busy primary care physician. Mayo Clin Proc 2011 Aug; 86(8):792-800. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for depression in adults and related systematic evidence review by O'Connor et al. (both in Ann Intern Med, 2009) and on screening and behavioral counseling interventions in primary care to reduce alcohol misuse (Ann Intern Med, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

MedSurg Nursing
Guptill J. After an attempt: caring for the suicidal patient on the medical-surgical unit. MedSurg Nurs 2011 Jul 1, 2011, 20(4):163-8. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for suicide risk (Ann Intern Med, 2004). Also refer to articles by Clancy (Clin J Am Soc Nephrol, 2011) and Loeb et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2011) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Health Affairs
Menachemi N, Yeager VA, Bilello L, et al. Florida doctors seeing Medicaid patients show broad interest in federal incentives for adopting electronic health records. Health Aff 2011 Aug; 30(8):1461-70. [Cites systematic review by Chaudhry et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006) on impact of health information technology on quality, efficiency, and costs of medical care, performed by the Southern California EPC.] Select to access the abstract.

MMWR: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Vital signs: hospital practices to support breastfeeding—United States, 2007 and 2009. MMWR Morbid Mortal Wkly Rep 2011 Aug 5; 60(3):1020-5. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Breastfeeding and Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes in Developed Countries, 2007. Also refer to articles by Clancy (Clin J Am Soc Nephrol, 2011), Mojtabi and Olfson (Health Aff, 2011), Riley et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2011), and Loeb et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2011) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

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

Health Affairs
Rittenhouse DR, Casalino LP, Shortell SM, et al. Small and medium-size physician practices use few patient-centered medical home processes. Health Aff 2011 Aug; 30(8):1575-84. [Cites article by Fung et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008) which cites AHRQ's NHQR, 2004, discusses AHRQ's CAHPS, and cites the AHRQ/Kaiser Family Foundation-sponsored report, The National Survey on Consumers' Experiences with Patient Safety and Quality Information, 2004.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Davis MM, Walter JK. Equality-in-quality in the era of the Affordable Care Act. JAMA 2011 Aug 9. [Epub ahead of print. Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2010.]

Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society
Martinez LS, Ndulue U, Perea FC. Nuestro furturo saludable: connecting public health research and community development in partnership to build a healthy environment. Community Dev 2011 Apr; 42(2):255-67. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2007.]

Grover LT, Horent E. Public health agenda setting in Louisiana: an applied index and implications for community development policy. Community Dev 2011 Apr; 42(2):268-85. [Mentions as a prominent example of national policy on health disparities the Healthcare and Research Quality Act of 1999 and its requirement that HHS "publish two annual health reports, one of which is the annual National Healthcare Disparities Report... published through the Agency for Healthcare and Research Quality (AHRQ)" and that "since 2003 the agency has sought to provide information on the state of health disparities in the US from a number of dimensions," citing AHRQ report, Disparities in Health Care Quality Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups: Findings from the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports, 2008. Also refer to AHRQ-authored article by Clancy (Clin J Am Soc Nephrol, 2011) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Bhargava R, Temkin TL, Fireman BH, et al. A predictive model to help identify intimate partner violence based on diagnoses and phone calls. Am J Prev Med 2011 Aug; 41(2):129-35. [Uses AHRQ's Clinical Classifications Software (CCS), as accessed from AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Public Health
Kouvonen A, Stafford M, De Vogli R, et al. Negative aspects of close relationships as a predictor of increased body mass index and waist circumference: the Whitehall II study. Am J Public Health 2011 Aug; 101(8):1474-80. [Uses study cohort data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Neurology
Qureshi AI, Chaudhry SA, Hassan AE, et al. Thrombolytic treatment of patients with acute ischemic stroke related to underlying arterial dissection in the United States. Arch Neurol 2011 Aug 8. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2005-2008 HCUP NIS data; cites Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site, and articles by Qureshi et al. (J Neurosurg, 2011, Stroke, 2007, and Neurology, 2006), Khatri et al. (Neurocrit Care, 2011), and McPhee et al. (J Vasc Surg, 2008), all of which use various HCUP NIS data sets.] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Pediatrics
Becker DJ, Blackburn JL, Kilgore ML, et al. Continuity of insurance coverage and ambulatory care-sensitive hospitalizations/ED visits: evidence from the Children's Health Insurance Program. Clin Pediatr 2011 Aug 8. [Epub ahead of print. Uses ambulatory-care sensitive conditions (bacterial pneumonia, dehydration, perforated appendix, urinary tract infection, gastroenteritis, and severe ear, nose and throat infection) identified in AHRQ publications, Guide to Prevention Quality Indicators: Hospital Admission for Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions, Version 3.1, 2007, and Measures of Pediatric Health Care Quality Based on Hospital Administrative Data: The Pediatric Quality Indicators, 2006; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Friedman and Basu (Am J Manag Care, 2001) and Weinick, Weigers, and Cohen (Health Aff, 1998); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Flores et al. (Pediatrics, 2003) and Weissman et al. (JAMA, 1992); cites article by Herod and Chang (Clin Pediatr, 2008), which uses AHRQ's definition of potentially avoidable hospitalizations.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Affairs
Lichtenberg FR. Pharmaceutical companies' variation of drug prices within and among countries can improve long-term social well-being. Health Aff 2011 Aug; 30(8):1539-44. [Uses 1996-2006 MEPS data to compare "prices paid by higher- and lower-income consumers in the United States", citing MEPS HC-105: 2006 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2008, as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Deering S, Rosen MA, Ludi V, et al. On the front lines of patient safety: implementation and evaluation of team training in Iraq. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2011 Aug; 37(8):350-6, AP1. [Documents the implementation of AHRQ's TeamSTEPPS® program "throughout medical facilities in Iraq between November 2007 and December 2008", citing the Team STEPPS: National Implementation landing page on AHRQ's TeamSTEPPS Web site; cites AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation, Volume 4: Programs, Tools, and Products, 2005, and articles by Weaver et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2010) and Alonso et al. (Hum Resour Manage Rev, 2006), both of which use AHRQ's TeamSTEPPS®.]

Review of Economics and Statistics
Van Ourti T, Clarke P. A simple correction to remove the bias of the Gini coefficient due to grouping. Rev Econ Stat 2011 Aug; 93(3):982-94. [Uses 2000 MEPS data. Also refer to AHRQ-funded articles by Riley et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2011) and Mayer et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2011) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Current as of August 2011
Internet Citation: Off-label Drug Use and Promotion: Balancing Public Health Goals and Commercial Speech: Articles of Interest: August 12, 2011. August 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/081211.html