The Utility of the Integrated Design of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey to Inform Mortality Related Studies

Articles of Interest: September 2, 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.

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AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles

AHRQ Working Papers
Cohen SB. The utility of the integrated design of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey to inform mortality related studies. AHRQ Work Pap 2011 Aug; 11004:Online. [Author is director of AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; uses Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data, citing several MEPS Statistical Briefs, MEPS Methodology Reports, and AHRQ publication Health Care Expenses in the Community Population, 1996, 2001, MEPS Chartbook 5, 2001; cites several AHRQ-authored articles/working papers.]

AIDS Care
Wilson LE, Korthuis T, Fleishman JA, et al. HIV-related medical service use by rural/urban residents: a multistate perspective. AIDS Care 2011 Aug; 23(8):971-9. [Supported by contract 290-01-0012; third author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Public Health
Debbink MP, Bader MD. Racial residential segregation and low birth weight in Michigan's metropolitan areas. Am J Public Health 2011 Sep; 101(9):1714-20. [Supported by National Research Service Award (NRSA) grant T32 HS00053.] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Internal Medicine
Jenkins TC, Knepper BC, Sabel AL, Sarcone EE, Long JA, Haukoos JS, et al. Decreased antibiotic utilization after implementation of a guideline for inpatient cellulitis and cutaneous abscess. Arch Intern Med 2011 Jun 27; 171(12):1072-9. [Supported in part by Independent Scientist Award grant K02 HS17526 (to sixth author).] Select to access the abstract.

Alexander GC. Seeding trials and the subordination of science. �Arch Intern Med 2011 Jun 27; 171(12):1107-8. [Supported by grant R01 HS189960.]

Chest
Kahn JM, Hill NS, Lilly CM, et al. The research agenda in ICU telemedicine: a statement from the Critical Care Societies Collaborative. Chest 2011 Jul; 140(1):230-8. [Supported by grant R13 HS19946; cites AHRQ-funded article by Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006) on reduction of catheter-related bloodstream infections in the ICU as an example of an ICU quality improvement program that "achieved important successes without telemedicine."] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Infectious Diseases
Meddings J, Saint S. Disrupting the life cycle of the urinary catheter. Clin Infect Dis 2011 Jun; 52(11):1291-3. [Supported in part by grant K08 HS19767-01 (to first author).]

Current Rheumatology Reports
Zhang J, Yun H, Wright NC, et al. Potential and pitfalls of using large administrative claims data to study the safety of osteoporosis therapies. Curr Rheumatol Rep 2011 Jun; 13(3):273-82. [Supported by grant T32 HS13852; cites several AHRQ-funded articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Depression and Anxiety
Gaynes BN, Farley JF, Dusetzina SB, Ellis AR, Hansen RA, Miller WC, Sturmer T. Does the presence of accompanying symptom clusters differentiate the comparative effectiveness of second-line medication strategies for treating depression? Depress Anxiety 2011 Sep 2. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by contract HHSA290200500401 (to the University of North Carolina Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness (DEcIDE) Center) and grant 5 T32 HS00032-20 (to third author); notes receipt of previous AHRQ funding by first, fifth, sixth, and seventh authors.] Select to access the abstract.

Evaluation and the Health Professions
Bracha Y, Brottman G, Carlson A. Physicians, guidelines, and cognitive tasks. Eval Health Prof 2011 Sep; 34(3):309-35. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-2006-00020, task order 5; analyzes findings from summary report Improving Asthma Care with Health Information Technology, 2011, prepared under same contract, as a case study of a set of guidelines in the context of cognitive ergonomics; cites several AHRQ-funded articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Morgan DJ, Day HR, Furuno JP, et al. Improving efficiency in active surveillance for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus at hospital admission. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2010 Dec; 31(12): 1230-5. [Supported by grant K08 HS18111-01 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Inquiry
Hill SC. Individual insurance and access to care. Inquiry 2011 Summer; 48(2):155-68. [Author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; uses pooled 2001-2007 MEPS Household Component (MEPS-HC) data from Panels 6-11, citing AHRQ publications, Group and Non-Group Private Health Insurance Coverage, 1996 to 2007: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population under Age 65, MEPS Statistical Brief 267, 2009, and Design and Methods of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, MEPS Methodology Report 1, 1997; notes that preliminary results were presented at the 2008 AHRQ Annual Conference and that "the MEPS-HC contains questions rigorously developed for the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS)".] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Parikh NM, Morgan RO, Kunik ME, �Chen H, Aparasu RR, Yadav RK, Schulz PE, Johnson ML. Risk factors for dementia in patients over 65 with diabetes. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry 2011 Jul; 26(7):749-57. [Supported by grants 1 R03 HS16802-01 (to fourth author), 1 R01 HS16920-01A1 (to fifth author), and 1 R03 HS16909-01A1 (to last author). Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Agwu AL, Fleishman JA, Korthuis PT, et al. Disparities in antiretroviral treatment: a comparison of behaviorally HIV-infected youth and adults in the HIV Research Network. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 2011 Sep 1; 58(1):100-7. [Supported by contract 290-01-0012; second author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends and is listed under "Sponsoring Agencies" with Fred Hellinger and Irene Fraser (AHRQ researcher and director, respectively, in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Johnson KB, Unertl KM, Chen Q, et al. Health information exchange usage in emergency departments and clinics: the who, what, and why. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2011 Sep 1; 18(5):690-7. [Supported in part by contract 290-04-0006.] Select to access the abstract.

Gadd CS, Ho YX, Cala CM, et al. User perspectives on the usability of a regional health information exchange. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2011 Sep 1; 18(5):711-16. [Supported by contract 290-04-0006.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Bone and Mineral Research
Curtis JR, Delzell E, Chen L, Black D, Ensrud K, Judd S, Safford MM, et al. The relationship between bisphosphonate adherence and fracture: is it the behavior or the medication? Results from the placebo arm of the Fracture Intervention Trial. J Bone Miner Res 2011 Apr; 26(4):683-8. [Supported in part by grant 1 U18 HS16956-01 (to seventh author).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Burda BU, Norris SL, Holmer HK, et al. Quality varies across clinical practice guidelines for mammography screening in women aged 40-49 years as assessed by AGREE and AMSTAR instruments. J Clin Epidemiol 2011 Sep; 64(9):968-76. [Supported by grant HS18500-01 (to second author); uses AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ to identify relevant guidelines for the years 2005-2010; discusses updated 2009 USPSTF breast cancer screening recommendations and associated evidence update by Nelson et al. (both in Ann Intern Med, 2009), associated USPSTF correction (Ann Intern Med, 2010), and 2002 USPSTF breast cancer screening recommendations and associated evidence summary by Humphrey et al. (both in Ann Intern Med, 2002); cites USPSTF-sponsored article by Barton, Miller, and Wolff (Ann Intern Med, 2007) on USPSTF methodologies; cites several editorial and commentary articles in response to updated 2009 USPSTF breast cancer screening recommendations; notes that second author "participated in development of questions for the [USPSTF] evidence review on breast cancer screening in 2007" and "authored a USPSTF evidence review of screening for diabetes, published in 2008" and that first author "is employed by the Oregon Evidence-Based Practice Center at Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research where she participates in the development of evidence reviews for the USPSTF".] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Economic and Social Measurement
Cohen SB, Ezzati-Rice TM, Zodet M, Machlin S, Yu W. An assessment of the impact of two distinct survey design modifications on health care utilization estimates in the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. J Econ Soc Meas 2011; 36(1-2):33-69. [Authors are director of and current/former researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; uses/analyzes MEPS data and design modifications; uses/cites various MEPS public-use data files, AHRQ publication, Sample Design of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, 1998-2007, MEPS Methodology Report 22, 2008, as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site, and several AHRQ-authored articles and publications.]

Medical Care
Miller SC, Gozalo P, Lima JC, et al. The effect of Medicaid nursing home reimbursement policy on Medicare hospice use in nursing homes. Med Care 2011 Sep; 49(9):797-802. [Supported in part by grant R03 HS16918; cites AHRQ publication, Expenses and Sources of Payment for Nursing Home Residents, 1996, MEPS Research Findings 13, 2000.] Select to access the abstract.

DeVoe JE, Tillotson CJ, Wallace LS, et al. Comparing types of health insurance for children: a public option versus a private option. Med Care 2011 Sep; 49(9):818-27. [Supported in part by grants 1 K08 HS16181 and 1 R01 HS18569; uses 2002-2006 MEPS Household Component (MEPS-HC) data, citing AHRQ publications, Access to Health Care: Source and Barriers, 1996, MEPS Research Findings 3, 1997, Sample Design of the 1996 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, MEPS Methodology Report 2, 1997, MEPS HC-105: 2006 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2008, and MEPS HC-089: 2004 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2006, all published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site; cites several AHRQ-authored articles; acknowledge programming assistance from Julie Hudson and Jessica Vistnes [researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends].] Select to access the abstract.

Minerva Anestesiologica
Murray DJ. Current trends in simulation training in anesthesia: a review. Minerva Anestesiol 2011 May; 77(5):528-33. [Supported by grant R01 HS18374.] Select to access the abstract.

Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
Bannuru RR, Natov NS, Dasi UR, Schmid CH, et al. Therapeutic trajectory following intra-articular hyaluronic acid injection in knee osteoarthritis � meta-analysis. Osteoarthritis Cartilage 2011 Jun; 19(6):611-19. [Supported by grants T32 HS00060 (to first author) and R01 HS18574-01 (to fourth author).] Select to access the abstract.

Palliative Medicine
Sterns S, Miller SC. Medicare hospice care in US nursing homes: a 2006 update. Palliat Med 2011 Jun; 25(4):337-44. [Supported in part by grant R03 HS16918.] Select to access the abstract.

PLoS Medicine
Austad KE, Avorn J, Kesselheim AS. Medical students' exposure to and attitudes about the pharmaceutical industry: a systematic review. PLoS Med 2011 May; 8(5):e1001037. [Supported in part by Career Development Award grant K08 HS18465-01 (to third author).] Select to access the abstract.

Policy, Politics, and Nursing Practice
McHugh MD, Carthon JM, Kang XL. Medicare readmissions policies and racial and ethnic health disparities: a cautionary tale. Policy Polit Nurs Pract 2010 Nov; 11(4):309-16. [Supported in part by grant K08 HS17551 (first author is principal investigator); uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998); cites several AHRQ-authored articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Population Health Management
Kudyakov R, Bowen J, Ewen E, et al. Electronic health record use to classify patients with newly diagnosed versus preexisting type 2 diabetes: infrastructure for comparative effectiveness research and population health management. Popul Health Manag 2011 Aug 30. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by contract HHSA290200500361 (to the RTI International DEcIDE) Center); cites AHRQ fact sheet American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Investments in Comparative Effectiveness Research for Horizon Scanning, 2010, as published on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Stroke
Kamalian S, Kamalian S, Maas MB, et al. CT cerebral blood flow maps optimally correlate with admission diffusion-weighted imaging in acute stroke but thresholds vary by postprocessing platform. Stroke 2011 Jul; 42(7):1923-8. [Supported by grant R01 HS11392-01A1.] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

Academic Medicine
Weinrich M. Commentary: beyond educational initiatives: how can we change health care to improve the health of persons with disabilities? Acad Med 2011 Sep; 86(9):1069-70. [Cites AHRQ publication, Concentration of Health Care Expenditures in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, MEPS Statistical Brief 81, 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Nursing
Veenema TG. Disaster preparedness 10 years after 9/11. Am J Nurs 2011 Sep; 111(9):7. [Cites AHRQ/National Commission on Children and Disasters-sponsored report, 2010 Report to the President and Congress, 2010, available on AHRQ's Archive Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

More data: transitional care reduces readmissions. Am J Nurs 2011 Sep; 111(9):17. [States that "effective interventions should be promoted as best practices by AHRQ and other private and public organizations.]

Adams KW, Tolich D. Blood transfusion: the patient's experience. Am J Nurs 2011 Sep; 111(9):24-30. [Cites AHRQ publication, Statistics on Hospital-based Care in the United States, 2008, HCUP Facts and Figures, 2010, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Melnyk BM, Fineout-Overholt E, Gallagher-Ford L, et al. Evidence-based practice step by step: sustaining evidence-based practice through organizational policies and an innovative model. Am J Nurs 2011 Sep; 111(9):57-60. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Melnyk et al. (Worldviews Evid Based Nurs, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Pinto BM, Goldstein MG, Papandonatos GD, et al. Maintenance of exercise after phase II cardiac rehabilitation: a randomized controlled trial. Am J Prev Med 2011 Sep; 41(3):274-83. [Mentions AHRQ's (via predecessor agency AHCPR) endorsement of "the importance of regular, aerobic exercise for primary and secondary prevention of CVD", citing AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Cardiac Rehabilitation as Secondary Prevention, 1995.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Public Health
Nisbet MC, Maibach E, Leiserowitz A. Framing peak petroleum as a public health problem: audience research and participatory engagement in the United States. Am J Public Health 2011 Sep; 101(9):1620-6. [Cites AHRQ publication, Community-based Participatory Research: Assessing the Evidence, 2004.] Select to access the abstract.

Drugs and Aging
Leikola S, Dimitrow M, Lyles A, et al. Potentially inappropriate medication use among Finnish non-institutionalized people aged =65 years: a register-based, cross-sectional, national study. Drugs Aging 2011 Mar 1; 28(3):227-36. [Reports the prevalence of potentially inappropriate medication (PIM) use from studies using drugs listed in the Zhan criteria, citing AHRQ-authored article by Zhan, Sangl, Bierman, Miller, Friedman, Wickizer, and Meyer (current and former AHRQ researchers) (JAMA, 2001), which uses MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Dynamic Chiropractic
Gatterman MI. Knee osteoarthritis: risk factors, diagnosis and treatment options. Dynamic Chiropractic 2011 Aug 12; 29(17): Online. [Cites AHRQ publication, Osteoarthritis of the Knee: A Guide for Adults, 2009.]

Inquiry
Bowblis JR, North P. Geographic market definition: the case of Medicare-reimbursed skilled nursing facility care. Inquiry 2011 Summer; 48(2):138-54. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Mukamel, Spector (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets), and Bajorska (Health Serv Res, 2005), and AHRQ-funded articles by Lindrooth (Inquiry, 2008) and Rogowski, Jain, and Escarce (Med Care Res Rev, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Botsis T, Nguyen MD, Woo EJ, et al. Text mining for the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System: medical text classification using informative feature selection. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2011 Sep 1; 18(5):631-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Melton and Hripcsak (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2005) and Murff et al. (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Liu H, Burkhart Q, Bell DS. Evaluation of the NCPDP Structured and Codified Sig Format for e-prescriptions. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2011 Sep 1; 18(5):645-51. [Cites Pilot Testing of Initial Electronic Prescribing Standards � Cooperative Agreements, 2007, as published on AHRQ's Health IT Web site; cites AHRQ-funded article by Bell and Friedman (Health Aff, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Zheng K, Guo MH, Hanauer DA. Using the time and motion method to study clinical work processes and workflow: methodological inconsistencies and a call for standardized research. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2011 Sep 1; 18(5):704-10. [Cites Time and Motion Study Tool: Ambulatory Practice (TMS-AP), Version 1.0, as published on AHRQ's Health IT Web site; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Unertl et al. (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2010), Koppel et al. (JAMA, 2005), Tierney et al. (JAMA, 1993), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Tugwell P, Knottnerus A, Idzerda L. Updating systematic reviews - when and how? J Clin Epidemiol 2011 Sep; 64(9):933-35. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Sampson et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 2008).]

Medical Care
Arling G, Abrahamson KA, Cooke V, et al. Facility and market factors affecting transitions from nursing home to community. Med Care 2011 Sep; 49(9):790-6. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Spector, Selden, and Cohen (Health Econ, 1998), which uses 1987 National Medical Expenditure Survey (NMES) data, and Spector, Reschovsky, and Cohen (Milbank Q, 1996); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Carter and Porell (Gerontologist, 2003) and Castle and Fogel (Gerontologist, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Barnett PG, Chow A, Joyce VR, et al. Determinants of the cost of health services used by veterans with HIV. Med Care 2011 Sep; 49(9):848-56. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Hellinger (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr, 2007, and Pharmacoeconomics, 2006), Hellinger and Encinosa (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Health Serv Res, 2004), and Gebo, Fleishman, Conviser, Hellinger, Hellinger et al. (AIDS, 2010); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bozzette et al. (N Engl J Med, 2001) and Gebo et al. (AIDS, 1999).] Select to access the abstract.

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

American Family Physician
Mackrides PS, Ryherd SJ. Screening for developmental delay. Am Fam Physician 2011 Sep 1; 84(5):544-9. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Speech and Language Delay in Preschool Children, 2006, as published on the USPSTF Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Infectious Diseases
Eckman MH, Kaiser TE, Sherman KE. The cost-effectiveness of screening for chronic hepatitis B infection in the United States. Clin Infect Dis 2011 Jun; 52(11):1294-306. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Hepatitis B Infection, 2004, as published on the USPSTF Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Women's Health
Roth MY, Elmore JG, Yi-Frazier JP, et al. Self-detection remains a key method of breast cancer detection for U.S. women. J Womens Health 2011 Aug; 20(8):1135-9. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Wharam JF, Graves AJ, Landon BE, et al. Two-year trends in colorectal cancer screening after switch to a high-deductible health plan. Med Care 2011 Sep; 49(9):865-71. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Colorectal Cancer, 2008, as published on the AHRQ Web site; cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence summary on screening for colorectal cancer in adults at average risk (Ann Intern Med, 2002). Also refer to AHRQ-funded article by Burda et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 2011) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles above and article by Williams and Frush (Pediatr Radiol, 2011) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Child: Care, Health and Development
Henderson J, Redshaw M. Midwifery factors associated with successful breastfeeding. Child Care Health Dev 2011 Sep; 37(5):744-53. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Breastfeeding and Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes in Developed Countries, 2007.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Laborde DV, Griffin JA, Smalley HK, et al. A framework for assessing patient crossover and health information exchange value. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2011 Sep 1; 18(5):698-703. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review of the impact of health information technology on quality, efficiency, and costs of medical care by Chaudhry et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006), performed by the Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC).] Select to access the abstract.

Banas CA, Erskine AR, Sun S, et al. Phased implementation of electronic health records through an office of clinical transformation. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2011 Sep 1; 18(5):721-5. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review of the impact of health information technology on quality, efficiency, and costs of medical care by Chaudhry et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006), performed by the Southern California EPC; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Linder et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2007) and Kaushal et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Peterson K, McDonagh MS, Fu R. Decisions to update comparative drug effectiveness reviews vary based on type of new evidence. J Clin Epidemiol 2011 Sep; 64(9):977-84. [First author is affiliated with the Oregon EPC; describes methods used in and results obtained from AHRQ-sponsored "research on surveillance strategies for detecting new evidence signaling the need to update systematic reviews," citing AHRQ technical review, Updating Systematic Reviews, 2007, prepared by the University of Ottawa EPC under contract 290-02-0021 (listed as -0017 in article), and associated articles by Sampson et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 2008) and Shojania et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2007), both prepared by the University of Ottawa EPC under contract 290-02-0021; notes that the Drug Effectiveness Review Project "commissions systematic reviews of the comparative effectiveness and harms of many widely used classes of drugs from two evidence-based practice centers(EPCs)."] Select to access the abstract.

Journal for Healthcare Quality
Pham JC, Andrawis M, Shore AD, et al. Are temporary staff associated with more severe emergency department medication errors? J Healthc Qual 2011 Jul-Aug; 33(4):9-18. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Nurse Staffing and Quality of Patient Care, 2007; cites AHRQ publication, Comparing Your Results: Preliminary Benchmarks. Hospital Surveys on Patient Safety Culture, 2006.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Women's Health
Insaf TZ, Turzanski R, Pekow P, et al. Prenatal stress, anxiety, and depressive symptoms as predictors of intention to breastfeed among Hispanic women. J Womens Health 2011 Aug; 20(8):1183-92. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Breastfeeding and Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes in Developed Countries, 2007.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Gilmer T. Costs of chronic disease management for newly insured adults. Med Care 2011 Sep; 49(9):e22-e27. [Cites AHRQ-funded meta-regression analysis by Shojania et al. (JAMA, 2006) of the effects of quality improvement strategies for type 2 diabetes on glycemic control, prepared by the Stanford-UCSF EPC under contract 290-02-0017.] Select to access the abstract.

Medscape Best Evidence Review
Vega CP. Comparing medications for type 2 diabetes: what's known. Medscape Best Evid Rev 2011 Aug 30; Online. [Summarizes and comments on AHRQ-funded comparative effectiveness review by Bennett et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2011) on the comparative effectiveness and safety of medications for type 2 diabetes, based on research conducted by the Johns Hopkins University EPC under contract 290-02-0018.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Cebul RD, Love TE, Jain AK, et al. Electronic health records and quality of diabetes care. N Engl J Med 2011 Sep 1; 365(9):825-33. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review of the impact of health information technology on quality, efficiency, and costs of medical care by Chaudhry et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006), performed by the Southern California EPC; cites AHRQ-authored article by Clancy, Anderson, and White (AHRQ director and researchers in AHRQ's Office of Extramural Research, Education, and Priority Populations and Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships, respectively) (Health Aff, 2009); cites several AHRQ-funded articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Classen DC, Bates DW. Finding the meaning in meaningful use. N Engl J Med 2011 Sep 1; 365(9):855-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review of the impact of health information technology on quality, efficiency, and costs of medical care by Chaudhry et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006), performed by the Southern California EPC; cites several AHRQ-funded articles.]

Nursing Education Perspectives
Sportsman S, Schumacker RE, Hamilton P. Evaluating the impact of scenario-based high-fidelity patient simulation on academic metrics of student success. Nurs Educ Perspect 2011 Jul-Aug; 32(4):259-65. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001.]

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

Clinical Infectious Diseases
Pronovost PJ, Cardo DM, Goeschel CA, Berenholtz SM, et al. A research framework for reducing preventable patient harm. Clin Infect Dis 2011 Feb 15; 52(4):507-13. [Cites AHRQ's NHQR, 2007; discusses AHRQ's involvement with the Michigan Keystone Project and recommends that AHRQ coordinate closely with NIH and CDC in "directing translational HAI research investments", noting that AHRQ "has demonstrated leadership and success in health services research that promotes implementation, diffusion, and uptake of evidence-based prevention practice;" notes receipt of previous AHRQ funding from second, third, and fourth authors; cites AHRQ-authored article by Dougherty and Conway (researcher in AHRQ's Office of Extramural Research, Education, and Priority Populations and former AHRQ researcher) (JAMA, 2008) and AHRQ-funded articles by Pronovost et al. (BMJ, 2010, J Crit Care, 2008, N Engl J Med, 2006, and JAMA, 2006), and others).] Select to access the abstract.

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Orthopedics
Koval KJ, Rust CL, Sprate KF. The effect of hospital setting and teaching status on outcomes after hip fracture. Am J Orthop 2011 Jan; 40(1):19-28. [Uses 1998-2003 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; uses the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992); cites AHRQ-funded article by Birkmeyer et al. (N Engl J Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Public Health
Caban-Martinez AJ, Lee DJ, Fleming LE, et al. Arthritis, occupational class, and the aging US workforce. Am J Public Health 2011 Sep; 101(9):1729-34. [Uses 2001-2003 MEPS data, citing Computing Standard Errors for MEPS Estimates, 2005, as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Cohen (director of AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Med Care, 2003) and AHRQ-funded article by Shaw, Johnson, and Coons (Med Care, 2005), both of which use MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Neurology
George MG, Tong X, Kuklina EV, et al. Trends in stroke hospitalizations and associated risk factors among children and young adults, 1995-2008. Ann Neurol 2011 Sep 2. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 1995-2008 HCUP NIS data; cites AHRQ publication, Hospital Stays for Stroke and Other Cerebrovascular Diseases, 2005, HCUP Statistical Brief 51, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Critical Care Medicine
Frontera JA, Egorova N, Moskowitz AJ. National trend in prevalence, cost, and discharge disposition after subdural hematoma from 1998-2007. Crit Care Med 2011 Jul; 39(7):1619-25. [Uses 1998-2007 HCUP NIS data and the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992); cites Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Zhan and Miller (JAMA, 2003) and AHRQ-funded article by Birkmeyer et al. (N Engl J Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract

Heart Surgery Forum
Vassileva CM, Markwell S, Boley T, et al. Impact of race on mitral procedure selection and short-term outcomes of patients undergoing mitral valve surgery. Heart Surg Forum 2011 Aug 1; 14(4):E221-E226. [Uses 2005-2007 HCUP NIS data, as accessed on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Inquiry
Pizer SD, Gardner JA. Is fragmented financing bad for your health? Inquiry 2011 Summer; 48(2):109-22. [Uses methodology developed by AHRQ "to identify hospitalizations for ambulatory care sensitive conditions," selecting 13 of the 16 defined types of admissions from AHRQ publication, Quality Indicators � Guide to Prevention Quality Indicators: Hospital Admission for Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions, 2001, and uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Leininger LJ, Burns ME. Why are low-income teens more likely to lack health insurance than their younger peers? Inquiry 2011 Summer; 48(2):123-37. [Uses 2005 MEPS data to "estimate the predicted number of health care visits by age-sex strata � and assign the resulting values to each sample in the NHIS;" uses methodologies from AHRQ-authored article by Pylypchuk and Selden (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (J Health Econ, 2008) to "assign coverage status at the time of interview as the point-in-time measure of interest;" cites AHRQ-authored articles by Hudson (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Health Aff, 2009) and Selden et al. (Pediatrics, 2006), which use MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Dental Association
Cleveland JL, Junger ML, Saraiya M, et al. The connection between human papillomavirus and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinomas in the United States: implications for dentistry. J Am Dent Assoc 2011 Aug; 142(8):915-24. [Uses AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse to identify relevant guidelines; cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Crohn's and Colitis
Sridhar AR, Parasa S, Navaneethan U, et al. Comprehensive study of cardiovascular morbidity in hospitalized inflammatory bowel disease patients. J Crohns Colitis 2011 Aug; 5(4):287-94. [Uses 2006 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2006, and AHRQ publication, 2005 HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) Comparison Report, HCUP Method Series Report 2008-01, 2008, both published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Schmidt S, Follmann M, Malek N, et al. Critical appraisal of clinical practice guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma. J Gastroenterol Hepatol 2011 Aug 22. [Epub ahead of print. Uses AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ to identify relevant guidelines.]�Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
Sawyer JR, Bernard MS, Schroeder RJ, et al. Trends in all-terrain vehicle-related spinal injuries in children and adolescents. J Pediatr Orthop 2011 Sep; 31(6):623-7. [Uses 1997, 2000, 2003, and 2006 HCUP Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) data, citing Overview of the Kids' Inpatient Database (KID), as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Lancet
Wang YC, McPherson K, Marsh T, et al. Health and economic burden of the projected obesity trends in the USA and the UK. Lancet 2011 Aug 27; 378(9793):815-25. [Uses MEPS as the data source for arthritis as listed in Table 1: Sources of data inputs for USA and UK, citing Arthritis: Use and Expenditures Among U.S. Adults Noninstitutionalized Population, 2005, MEPS Statistical Brief 22, 2008, as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site; cites data on medical costs incurred by obese patients from AHRQ-authored article by Finkelstein, Trogdon, Cohen (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) et al. (Health Aff, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Roy A, Sheffield P, Wong K, et al. The effects of outdoor air pollutants on the costs of pediatric asthma hospitalizations in the United States, 1999 to 2007. Med Care 2011 Sep; 49(9):810-17. [Uses 1999-2007 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2009, and Cost-to-Charge Ratio Files, 2009, both published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site; cites HCUPnet landing site on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Subramanian S. Impact of Medicaid copayments on patients with cancer: lessons for Medicaid expansion under health reform. Med Care 2011 Sep; 49(9):842-7. [Uses the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Romano, Roos, and Jollis (J Clin Epidemiol, 1993) and Soumerai et al. (N Engl J Med, 1991, and 1987).] Select to access the abstract.

Gresenz CR, Escarce JJ. Spillover effects of community uninsurance on working-age adults and seniors: an instrumental variables analysis. Med Care 2011 Sep; 49(9):e14-e21. [Uses 1996-2006 MEPS Household Component data, citing AHRQ publication, Estimation Procedures in the 1996 MEPS Household Component, MEPS Methodology Report 5, 1999; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Basu and Clancy (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships and AHRQ director, respectively) (Health Serv Res, 2001) and Cohen, Monheit, Beauregard, Cohen, Lefkowitz, Potter, Sommers, Taylor, et al. (fourth author is director of and other authors are former and current researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends), (Inquiry, 1996-1997), both of which use MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

MMWR: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Trends in in-hospital newborn male circumcision � United States, 1999-2010. MMWR Morbid Mortal Wkly Rep 2011 Sep 2; 60(34):1167-8. [Uses 1999-2008 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Pediatric Radiology
Williams CH, Frush DP. Compendium of national guidelines for imaging of the pediatric patient. Pediatr Radiol 2011 Aug 9. [Epub ahead of print. Uses AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ to identify relevant guidelines; cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for developmental dysplasia of the hip (Pediatrics, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Sleep
Ferrie JE, Shipley MJ, Akbaraly TN, et al. Change in sleep duration and cognitive function: findings from the Whitehall II study. Sleep 2011 May 1; 34(5):565-73. [Uses study cohort data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

Surgery
Cima RR, Lackore KA, Nehring SA, et al. How best to measure surgical quality?: comparison of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Patient Safety Indicators (AHRQ-PSI) and the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS-NSQIP) postoperative adverse events at a single institution. Surgery 2011 Aug 27. [Epub ahead of print. Uses AHRQ-PSI methods for hospital general surgical or vascular surgical inpatient procedures on seven adverse event types in comparison with ACS-NSQIP methods and discusses possible reasons for observed differences between the two methods' reporting of adverse events; cites AHRQ publications, Guide to Patient Safety Indicators, Version 3.2, 2007, and Patient Safety Indicators Technical Specifications Version 3.2, 2008. Also refer to AHRQ-fund/authored articles by Cohen (AHRQ Work Pap, 2011), Hill (Inquiry, 2011), Burda et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 2011), Cohen et al. (J Econ Soc Meas, 2011), DeVoe et al. (Med Care, 2011), and McHugh, Carthon, and Kang (Policy Polit Nurs Pract, 2010) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Current as of September 2011
Internet Citation: The Utility of the Integrated Design of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey to Inform Mortality Related Studies: Articles of Interest: September 2, 2011. September 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/090211.html