Persons Newly Diagnosed with HIV Infection Are at High Risk for Depression and Poor Linkage to Care: Results from the Steps Study

Articles of Interest: September 9, 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

AIDS and Behavior
Bhatia R, Hartman C, Kallen MA, et al. Persons newly diagnosed with HIV infection are at high risk for depression and poor linkage to care: results from the Steps Study. AIDS Behav 2011 Aug; 15(6):1161-70. [Supported by grant U18 HS16093; uses interview questions from the AHRQ-sponsored HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS) (Anderson et al., Health Serv Res, 2000).] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Medical Quality
Clancy CM. The quality improvement marathon: slow pace for overall improvement while access remains far behind. Am J Med Qual 2011 Sep-Oct; 26(5):405-7. [Author is AHRQ director; discusses findings from AHRQ's National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) and National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR), 2010.]

American Journal of Public Health
Carthon MB. Making ENDS meet: community networks and health promotion among Blacks in the City of Brotherly Love. Am J Public Health 2011 Aug; 101(8):1392-401. [Supported by Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Doctoral Fellowship grant F31 HS01029-02.] Select to access the abstract.

Moloney ME, Konrad TR, Zimmer CR. The medicalization of sleeplessness: a public health concern. Am J Public Health 2011 Aug; 101(8):1429-33. [Supported by grant T32 HS00032.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Internal Medicine
Sachs GA, Carter R, Holtz LR, et al. Cognitive impairment: an independent predictor of excess mortality: a cohort study. Ann Intern Med 2011 Sep 6; 155(5):300-8. [Supported by grant R21 HS17630; notes presentation of this study at the AHRQ annual meeting September 27-29, 2010, in Bethesda, Maryland.] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Feudtner C, Dai D, Hexem KR, et al. Prevalence of polypharmacy exposure among hospitalized children in the United States. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2011 Sep 5. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) grant U18 HS17991.] Select to access the abstract.

BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Ghomrawi HM, Rutledge J, Alexiades MM, et al. Is there a role for expectation maximization imputation in addressing missing data in research using WOMAC questionnaire? Comparison to the standard mean approach and a tutorial. BMC Mulsculoskelet Disord 2011 May 23; 12:109. [Supported by CERTS grant U18 HS16075.] Select to access the abstract.

Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
White A, Vernon SW, Franzini L, et al. Racial and ethnic disparities in colorectal cancer screening persisted despite expansion of Medicare's screening reimbursement. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2011 May; 20(5):811-17. [Supported by grant R01 HS16743.] Select to access the abstract.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health
Lasky T, Krieger A, Elixhauser A, et al. Children's hospitalizations with a mood disorder diagnosis in general hospitals in the United States 2000-2006. Child Adolesc Psychiatry Ment Health 2011 Aug 7; 5:27. [Third author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets; uses 2000, 2003, and 2006 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) data and HCUP Clinical Classifications Software (CCS), citing HCUP Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) 2000, 2003, 2006, 2006, HCUP Online Tutorial Resource: National Estimates Example Code and Output, Clinical Classifications Software (CCS), 2008, and AHRQ publications, Methods Applying AHRQ Quality Indicators to Healthcare and Utilization Project (HCUP) Data for the Fifth (2007) National Healthcare Disparities Report, HCUP Methods Series Report 2007-07, 2007, and Care of Children and Adolescents in U.S. Hospitals, HCUP Fact Book 4, 2003; cites AHRQ's NHQR, 2009.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Affairs
Sood N, Huckfeldt PJ, Escarce JJ, et al. Medicare's bundled payment pilot for acute and postacute care: analysis and recommendations on where to begin. Health Aff 2011 Sep; 30(9):1708-17. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS18541; uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Health Care Management Science
Basu J. Medicare managed care and primary care quality: examining racial/ethnic effects across states. Health Care Manag Sci 2011 Sep 3. [Epub ahead of print. Author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships; uses 2004 HCUP State Inpatient Databases (SID) data for California, Florida, and Massachusetts, citing Preventable Hospitalizations: A Window Into Primary and Preventive Care, 2000, HCUP Fact Book 5, 2004, and SID Database Documentation, 2004, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; acknowledges participating HCUP SID state data organizations for the states used in this article, and analytical support from Bernard Friedman (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
DeVoe JE, Tillotson CJ, Lesko SE, et al. The case for synergy between a usual source of care and health insurance coverage. J Gen Intern Med 2011 Sep; 26(9):1059-66. [Supported in part by grants 1 K08 HS16181 and 1 R01 HS18569; uses 2002-2007 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Household Component (MEPS HC), citing MEPS HC-089: Full Year Consolidated Data File, as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site, and AHRQ-authored article by 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), using MEPS data; cites AHRQ publication, Children's Usual Source of Care: United States, 2002, MEPS Statistical Brief 78, 2005; originally published as an Epub in Articles of Interest, 3/14/11-3/18/11.] Select to access the abstract.

Nursing Economic$
Lucero RJ, Ji H, de Cordova PB, Stone P. Information technology, nurse staffing, and patient needs. Nurs Econ 2011 Jul-Aug; 29(4):189-94. [Analyzes data collected as part of a larger study of the feasibility and benefit of using queuing models to inform nurse staffing, supported by grant R21 HS17423-01A1 (for which fourth author is principal investigator.] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

Annals of Internal Medicine
Von Korff M, Kolodny A, Deyo RA, et al. Long-term opioid therapy reconsidered. Ann Intern Med 2011 Sep 6; 155(5):325-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Solomon et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2010) on the comparative safety of analgesics in older adults with arthritis, performed under contract HHSA 290-2005-00161 as part of the Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness (DEcIDE) program.] Select to access the abstract.

Barach P, Philibert I. The July effect: fertile ground for systems improvement. Ann Intern Med 2011 Sep 6; 155(5):331-2. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bishop, Ryan, and Casalino (JAMA, 2011) and Singh et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2007).]

Summaries for Patients: Does cognitive impairment increase the risk for death in older adults? Ann Intern Med 2011 Sep 6; 155(5):I-34. [Summarizes AHRQ-funded article by Sachs et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2011) cited in AHRQ-Funded/ Authored Articles above.]

Drug Topics
Woods JA, Jackson DJ, Ziglar S, et al. Interprofessional communication. Drug Top 2011 Aug; ( ):42-53. [Cites AHRQ publication, Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses. 2008.]

Health Affairs
Thorpe KE, Yang Z. Enrolling people with prediabetes ages 60-64 in a proven weight loss program could save Medicare $7 billion or more. Health Aff 2011 Sep; 30(9):1673-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Nallamothu (Circulation, 2006) and Birkmeyer et al. (JAMA, 2003, N Engl J Med, 2002, and Surgery, 2001).] Select to access the abstract.

Luke RD, Luke T, Muller N. Urban hospital 'clusters' do shift high-risk procedures to key facilities, but more could be done. Health Aff 2011 Sep; 30(9):1743-50. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Birkmeyer, Finlayson, and Birkmeyer (Surgery, 2001).] Select to access the abstract.

Schoen C, Doty MM, Robertson RH, et al. Affordable Care Act reforms could reduce the number of underinsured US adults by 70 percent. Health Aff 2011 Sep; 30(9):1762-71. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Banthin, Cunningham, and Bernard (former AHRQ researchers and current researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Health Aff, 2008) and Short and Banthin (JAMA, 1995); cites article by Cunningham (Health Aff, 2010) which uses 2001-2006 MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Lown BA, Rosen J, Marttila J. An agenda for improving compassionate care: a survey shows about half of patients say such care is missing. Health Aff 2011 Sep; 30(9):1772-8. [Recommends creation of a Compassionate Care Index including relevant items from AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) family of surveys, citing CAHPS: Surveys and Tools to Advance Patient-Centered Care, 2011, as published on AHRQ's CAHPS Web site; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Cegala et al. (Health Commun, 2007), Epstein et al. (Soc Sci Med, 2005), Schillinger et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2003), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Healthwatch: The Hill's Healthcare Blog
Baker S. Profile: Carolyn Clancy on a mission to error-proof healthcare system. Healthwatch 2011 Sep 9; Online. [Interviews AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy (AHRQ director); discusses the AHRQ-funded Michigan Keystone Project and the Affordable Care Act provision that created "a new nonprofit institute for comparative effectiveness research" and stipulated that the AHRQ and NIH directors "will sit on the board for the new panel".]

Journal of Economic Perspectives
Kessler DP. Evaluating the medical malpractice system and options for reform. J Econ Perspect 2011 Spring; 25(2):93-110. [Mentions the development of clinical practice guidelines by AHRQ; cites AHRQ-funded final report, Impact of Obstetric Practice Guidelines on Physician Behavior, 1997, from the Public Health Research Institute under grant HS07294; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Encinosa and Hellinger (Health Aff, 2005) and Hellinger and Encinosa (Am J Public Health, 2006) and several AHRQ-funded articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Mourad M, Adler J. Safe, high quality care around the clock: what will it take to get us there? J Gen Intern Med 2011 Sep; 26(9):948-50. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Needleman (Int J Qual Health Care, 2003), Cho et al. (Nurs Res, 2003), and McCue, Mark, and Harless (J Health Care Financ, 2003); cites articles by Shaheen, Kaplan, and Myers (Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol, 2009) and Ananthakrishnan, McGinley, and Saeian (Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol, 2009), both of which use various HCUP NIS data sets, and Bendavid et al. (Am J Med, 2007), which uses AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators.]

Lynch CP, Egede LE. Optimizing diabetes self-care in low literacy and minority populations—problem-solving, empowerment, peer support and technology-based approaches. J Gen Intern Med 2011 Sep; 26(9):953-5. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Schillinger et al. (JAMA, 2002).]

Macabasco-O'Connell A, Dewalt DA, Broucksou KA, et al. Relationship between literacy, knowledge, self-care behaviors, and heart failure-related quality of life among patients with heart failure. J Gen Intern Med 2011 Sep; 26(9):979-86. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Cho et al. (Med Care, 2008) and Hahn et al. (Qual Life Res, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

Carrier ER, Schneider E, Pham HH, et al. Association between quality of care and the sociodemographic composition of physicians' patient panels: a repeat cross-sectional analysis. J Gen Intern Med 2011 Sep; 26(9):987-94. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Schneider, Zaslavasky, and Epstein (JAMA, 2002) and Trivedi et al. (N Engl J Med, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics
Hoffman S, Podgurski A. Improving health care outcomes through personalized comparisons of treatment effectiveness based on electronic health records. J Law Med Ethics 2011 Sep; 39(3):425-36. [Mentions that AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC) "lists over 2,500 clinical practice guidelines, many of which are published by associations", citing Guideline Index, 2010, as published on AHRQ's NGC Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Wu, Snyder, Clancy (AHRQ director) et al. (Health Aff, 2010) and AHRQ-funded articles by Alexander and Stafford (JAMA, 2009) and Pace et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Saver RS. The new era of comparative effectiveness: will public health end up left behind? J Law Med Ethics 2011 Sep; 39(3):437-49. [Discusses AHRQ's receipt of comparative effectiveness research (CER) funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), noting AHRQ's representation on the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute's (PCORI) governing board, and that an alternate reform bill would have established a new CER center within AHRQ; 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); comments on article by Hoffman and Podgurski (J Law Med Ethics, 2011), cited above in this section.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Balon J, Thomas SA. Comparison of hospital admission medication lists with primary care physician and outpatient pharmacy lists. J Nurs Scholarsh 2011 Sep; 43(3):292-300. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Gleason et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2010) and Greenwald et al. (J Hosp Med, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Gunderson EP, Croen LA, Chiang V, et al. Epidemiology of peripartum cardiomyopathy: incidence, predictors, and outcomes. Obstet Gynecol 2011 Sep; 118(3):583-91. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored final report, Use of Linked Data Bases to Assess Selected Quality Indicators for Maternal Health, 2002, prepared under Integrated Delivery System Research Network [IDSRN] contract 290-00-0015, task order 3.] Select to access the abstract.

Telemedicine and e-Health
Hughes CL, Marshall R, Murphy E, et al. Technologies in the Patient-Centered Medical Home: examining the model from an enterprise perspective. Telemed J E Health 2011 Jul-Aug; 17(6):495-500. [Cites AHRQ publication, Practice-based Population Health: Information Technology to Support Transformation to Proactive Primary Care, 2010, and AHRQ-sponsored Institute of Medicine report, Future directions for the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports, 2010.] Select to access the abstract.

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

American Journal of Medical Quality
Vinikoor LC, Lavinder E, Marsh GM, et al. Predictors of screening mammography among a North and South Carolina Medicare population. Am J Med Qual 2011 Sep-Oct; 26(5):364-71. [Cites USPTF-sponsored summary of the evidence on breast cancer screening by Humphrey et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2002) and updated USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Internal Medicine
Silvestri GA. Screening for lung cancer: it works, but does it really work? Ann Intern Med 2011 Sep 5. [Epub ahead of print. Mentions that "a mass screening program for lung cancer advocated by the [USPSTF] would be the first screening program to target persons with a poor health habit—namely, cigarette smokers…;" cites article by Cromwell et al. (JAMA, 1997) on the cost-effectiveness of the AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Smoking Cessation, 1996.] Select to access the abstract.

Steinberg MH. In the clinic: sickle cell disease. Ann Intern Med 2011 Sep 6; 155(5):ITC3-1-ITC3-16. [Lists in "Tool Kit" box USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Sickle Cell Disease in Newborns, 2007, as published on the USPSTF Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Margolis KL, Solberg LI, Crain AL, et al. Prevalence of practice system tools for improving depression care among primary care clinics: the DIAMOND initiative. J Gen Intern Med 2011 Sep; 26(9):999-1004. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence summary on screening for depression in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Goulart JM, Quigley EA, Dusza S, et al. Skin cancer education for primary care physicians: a systematic review of published evaluated interventions. J Gen Intern Med 2011 Sep; 26(9):1027-35. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for skin cancer and associated USPSTF-sponsored evidence review by Wolff, Tai, and Miller (both in Ann Intern Med, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics
Hardcastle LE, Record KL, Jacobson PD, et al. Improving the population's health: the Affordable Care Act and the importance of integration. J Law Med Ethics 2011 Sep; 39(3):317-27. [Discusses PPACA provisions that create "a Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) charged with evaluating the clinical and cost-effectiveness of preventive services" and "with developing recommendations regarding the efficacy of clinical preventive services"; cites AHRQ publication, The High Concentration of U.S. Health Care Expenditures, Research in Action, Issue 19, 2006, as published on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Cogan JA Jr. The Affordable Care Act's preventive services mandate: breaking down the barriers to nationwide access to preventive services. J Law Med Ethics 2011 Sep; 39(3):355-65. [Discusses PPACA provisions requiring USPSTF coordination with the CDC's Community Preventive Services Task Force and mandatory coverage of "45 evidence-based preventive services that have been given a rating of "A" or "B" by the USPSTF," noting the "exception for the controversial breast cancer screening, mammography, and prevention recommendations 'issued in or around November 2009'; cites USPSTF A and B Recommendations, 2010, as published on the USPSTF Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Majette GR. PPACA and public health: creating a framework to focus on prevention and wellness and improve the public's health. J Law Med Ethics 2011 Sep; 39(3):366-79. [Mentions the USPSTF joint Senate presentation with the Task Force on Community Preventive Services entitled What Works to Promote Health? Evidence-Based Recommendations from the Task Forces on Clinical and Community Preventive Service, 2008, PPACA provisions mandating coverage of preventive services based on recommendations by the USPSTF and other government organizations, the USPSTF's development of recommendations for clinical prevention services, publication of the AHRQ/CDC/National Business Group on Health Purchasers Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, and recommendations to create a Public Health Research Institute to be housed in AHRQ or the CDC.] Select to access the abstract.

Yang YT, Nichols LM. Obesity and health system reform: private vs. public responsibility. J Law Med Ethics 2011 Sep; 39(3):380-6. [Mentions PPACA provisions requiring coverage for preventive services (including obesity screening nutritional counseling) given a rating of "A" or "B" by the USPSTF.] Select to access the abstract.

Bard JS. When public health and genetic privacy collide: positive and normative theories explaining how ACA's expansion of corporate wellness programs conflicts with GINA's privacy rules. J Law Med Ethics 2011 Sep; 39(3):469-87. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for obesity in adults in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2002.] Select to access the abstract.

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Wright JD, Pawar N, Gonzalez JS, et al. Scientific evidence underlying the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' practice bulletins. Obstet Gynecol 2011 Sep; 118(3):505-12. [Notes the USPSTF's non-issuance of guidelines for topics for which there is insufficient evidence, citing USPSTF-sponsored articles by Petitti, Teutsch, Barton (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety) et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2009) and Sawaya et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2007) on USPSTF methodologies; mentions AHRQ's adoption of the GRADE system, citing article by Kavanagh (PLoS Med, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Committee Opinion No. 503: tobacco use and women's health. Obstet Gynecol 2011 Sep; 118(3):746-50. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Counseling to Prevent Tobacco Use and Tobacco-Caused Disease, 2003; cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008.]

Committee Opinion No. 504: screening and diagnosis of gestational diabetes mellitus. Obstet Gynecol 2011 Sep; 118(3):751-3. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for gestational diabetes mellitus (Ann Intern Med, 2008).]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Journal of General Internal Medicine
O'Donnell HC, Patel V, Kern LM, et al. Healthcare consumers' attitudes towards physician and personal use of health information exchange. J Gen Intern Med 2011 Sep; 26(9):1019-26. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Impact of Consumer Health Inform Applications, 2009, prepared by the John Hopkins University Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) under contract 290-2007-10061-I; 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-sponsored final report, Consumer Engagement in Developing Electronic Health Information Systems, prepared by Westat under contract 233-02-0087, and AHRQ publication, Clinician & Group Survey and Reporting Kit 2008, 2008, as published on AHRQ's CAHPS Web site; cites AHRQ-funded article by Weingart et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics
Madison KM, Volpp KG, Halpern SD. The law, policy, and ethics of employers' use of financial incentives to improve health. J Law Med Ethics 2011 Sep; 39(3):450-68. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Economic Incentives for Preventive Care, 2004, prepared by the University of Minnesota EPC under contract 290-02-0009; cites AHRQ-authored article by Finkelstein, Trogdon, Cohen (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) et al. (Health Aff, 2009), which uses MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Nursing Economic$
Nelson JW. Measuring caring—the next frontier in understanding workforce performance and patient outcomes. Nurs Econ 2011 Jul-Aug; 29(4):215-19. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Nursing Staffing and Quality of Patient Care, 2007, prepared by the Minnesota EPC under contract 290-02-0009. Also refer to article by Januel et al. (Rev Epidemiol Sante Publique, 2011) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.] Select to access the abstract.

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

Academy of Health Care Management Journal
Williams DR, Young CC. Influences of hospital structure on medical malpractice claim costs. Acad Health Care Manag J 2011 Jan; 7(1): Online. [Cites AHRQ's NHQR, 2004.]

American Journal of Medical Quality
Waters HR, Korn R Jr, Colantuoni E, Berenholtz SM, Goeschel CA, Needham DM, Pham JC, Lipitz-Snyderman A, Watson SR, Posa P, Pronovost PJ. The business case for quality: economic analysis of the Michigan Keystone Patient Safety Program in ICUs. Am J Med Qual 2011 Sep-Oct; 26(5):333-9. [Cites AHRQ's NHQR, 2009; notes receipt of previous AHRQ funding by fifth and last authors; discusses the AHRQ-funded Keystone Project; cites AHRQ press release Annual Quality and Disparities Reports Include Data on Rates of Health Care-Associated Infections, Obesity and Health Insurance, 2010, as published on the AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Pronovost et al. (BMJ, 2010, and N Engl J Med, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Meehan TP Jr, Van Hoof TJ, Galusha D, et al. Challenges in recruiting minority-serving private practice primary care physicians to a quality improvement project. Am J Med Qual 2011 Sep-Oct; 26(5):357-63. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Rosenstein AH. The quality and economic impact of disruptive behaviors on clinical outcomes of patient care. Am J Med Qual 2011 Sep-Oct; 26(5):372-9. [Cites AHRQ's NHQR, 2010; cites AHRQ-authored article by Encinosa and Hellinger (Health Serv Res, 2008) and AHRQ-funded articles by Studdert et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006) and Bates et al. (JAMA, 1997).] Select to access the abstract.

Aswani MS, Reagan J, Jin L, Pronovost PJ, Goeschel C. Variation in public reporting of central line-associated bloodstream infections by state. Am J Med Qual 2011 Sep-Oct; 26(5):387-95. [Cites AHRQ's NHQR, 2009; notes receipt of AHRQ funding by fourth and fifth authors; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Pronovost et al. (BMJ, 2010, and N Engl J Med, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Public Health
Yehia B, Frank I. Battling AIDS in America: an evaluation of the National HIV/AIDS strategy. Am J Public Health 2011 Sep; 101(9):e4-e9. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2009. Also refer to AHRQ-authored articles by Clancy (Am J Med Qual, 2011) and Lasky, Krieger, Elixhauser, et al. (Child Adolesc Psychiatry Ment Health, 2011) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Medical Quality
Chen JY, Tian H, Juarez DT, et al. Does pay for performance improve cardiovascular care in a "real-world" setting? Am J Med Qual 2011 Sep-Oct; 26(5):340-8. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity index (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Mahalingam-Dhingra A, Lander L, Preciado DA, et al. Orbital and periorbital infections: a national perspective. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2011 Aug; 137(8):769-73. [Uses 2006 KID data, citing Introduction to the HCUP Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) 2006, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Freburger JK, Holmes GM, Ku LJ, et al. Disparities in postacute rehabilitation care for stroke: an analysis of the State Inpatient Databases. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2011 Aug; 92(8):1220-9. [Uses 2005-2006 HCUP State Inpatient Databases (SID) for Arizona, Florida, New Jersey, and Wisconsin, and AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998), citing Overview of the State Inpatient Databases (SID), 2010, and Central Distributor SID: Description of Data Elements, 2008, both published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Surgery
Kaplan GG, Hubbard J, Panaccione R, et al. Risk of comorbidities on postoperative outcomes in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Arch Surg 2011 Aug; 146(8):959-64. [Uses 1995-2005 HCUP NIS data and AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998), citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites several articles using various HCUP NIS data sets.] Select to access the abstract.

Indes JE, Tuggle CT, Mandawat A, et al. Effect of physician and hospital experience on patient outcomes for endovascular treatment of aortoiliac occlusive disease. Arch Surg 2011 Aug; 146(8):966-71. [Uses 2003-2007 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2003-2007, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites article by Quan et al. (Med Care, 2005), using AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998) and the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992).] Select to access the abstract.

Epilepsy & Behavior
Halpern MT, Renaud JM, Vickrey BG. Impact of insurance status on access to care and out-of-pocket costs for U.S. individuals with epilepsy. Epilepsy Behav 2011 Sep 2. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2002-2007 MEPS data, citing MEPS HC-113: 2007 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2009, MEPS HC-112: 2007 Medical Conditions File, 2009, MEPS HC-085E: 2004 Emergency Room Visits, 2006, AHRQ publication, Estimation Procedures for the 2007 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, MEPS Methodology Report 24, 2010, AHRQ-authored working paper by Zuvekas (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) and Olin, 2008, all published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site, and AHRQ-authored article by Machlin et al. (Med Care, 2009), which uses MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Affairs
Auerbach DI, Kellermann AL. A decade of health care cost growth has wiped out real income gains for an average US family. Health Aff 2011 Sep; 30(9):1630-6. [Uses 2008 MEPS data, citing MEPS Household Component Summary Tables, Table 1, Total Health Services-Mean and Median Expenses per Person With Expense and Distribution of Expenses by Source of Payment: United States, 2008, as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Ketsche P, Adams EK, Wallace S, et al. Lower-income families pay a higher share of income toward national health care spending than higher-income families do. Health Aff 2011 Sep; 30(9):1637-46. [Uses MEPS Household Component data, citing Preconference Course: Modeling Health Care Costs and Counts by Deb, Manning, and Norton, ASHE—Duke University Conference, 2008, which uses 2004 MEPS data; acknowledges assistance from Thomas Selden (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) and research support from AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends Data Center; cites AHRQ-authored article by Selden and Sing (Health Aff, 2008), which uses MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Roehrig CS, Rousseau DM. The growth in cost per case explains far more of US health spending increases than rising disease prevalence. Health Aff 2011 Sep; 30(9):1657-63. [Uses 1996-2006 MEPS data, HCUP data, and HCUP Clinical Classifications Software (CCS); cites AHRQ-authored articles by Finkelstein, Trogdon, Cohen et al. (Health Aff, 2009), Cohen, Cohen, and Banthin (Med Care, 2009), and Cohen and Krauss (Health Aff, 2003), all of which use MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Hall MA, Hwang W, Snow Jones A. Model safety-net programs could care for the uninsured at one-half the cost of Medicaid or private insurance. Health Aff 2011 Sep; 30(9):1698-707. [Uses AHRQ publication, Tools for Monitoring the Health Care Safety Net, 2003, on the AHRQ Archive Web site, to identify candidate safety-net programs for the uninsured.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Greenspon AJ, Patel JD, Lau E, et al. 16-year trends in the infection burden for pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators in the United States 1993 to 2008. J Am Coll Cardiol 2011 Aug 30; 58(10):1001-6. [Uses 1993-2008 HCUP NIS data and the HCUP "cost-to-charge ratio".] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American College of Surgeons
Nguyen NT, Masoomi H, Magno CP, et al. Trends in use of bariatric surgery, 2003-2008. J Am Coll Surg 2011 Aug; 213(2):261-6. [Uses 2003-2008 HCUP NIS data; cites Pope, Birkmeyer, and Finlayson (J Gastrointest Surg, 2002), which uses HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Zhang Y, Ortega G, Camp M, et al. Necrotizing enterocolitis requiring surgery: outcomes by intestinal location of disease in 4371 infants. J Pediatr Surg 2011 Aug; 46(8):1475-81. [Uses 1998-1996, 1998, 2001, and 2002 HCUP NIS and 1997, 2000, and 2003 HCUP Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) data, citing Introduction to the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2005, and Introduction to the Kids' Inpatient Database (KID), 2003, both published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Janakiraman V, Lazar J, Joynt KE, et al. Hospital volume, provider volume, and complications after childbirth in U.S. hospitals. Obstet Gynecol 2011 Sep; 118(3):521-7. [Uses 2007 HCUP NIS data, citing Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, 2007; cites AHRQ-funded article by Birkmeyer et al. (N Engl J Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Thrall MM, Goff BA, Symons RG, et al. Thirty-day mortality after primary cytoreductive surgery for advanced ovarian cancer in the elderly. Obstet Gynecol 2011 Sep; 118(3):537-47. [Uses the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992).] Select to access the abstract.

Unal ER, Lazenby GB, Lintzenich AE, et al. Cost-effectiveness of maternal treatment to prevent perinatal hepatitis B virus transmission. Obstet Gynecol 2011 Sep; 118(3):655-62. [Uses 2006-2007 HCUP SID data for Florida, citing Central Distributor SID: Description of Data Elements—All States, 2008, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Tundia NL, Heaton PC, Kelton CM. The national burden of E-code-identified adverse drug events among hospitalized children using a national discharge database. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2011 Aug; 20(8):866-78. [Uses 2006 HCUP KID data, citing Introduction to the HCUP KIDS' Inpatient Database (KID), 2006, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites AHRQ publications, Adverse Drug Events in U.S. Hospitals, 2004, HCUP Statistical Brief 29, 2007, and Addendum to Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project E Code Evaluation Report, HCUP Methods Series Report 2004-06, 2004, both published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Zhan and Miller (JAMA, 2003); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Woods et al. (Pediatrics, 2005), Kaushal et al. (JAMA, 2001), and Bates et al. (JAMA, 1997).] Select to access the abstract.

PM & R: The Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Wilson R, Lewis SA, Dicianno BE. Targeted preventive care may be needed for adults with congenital spine anomalies. PM R 2011 Aug; 3(8):730-8. [Uses 2004 HCUP SID data for California and HCUP Clinical Classifications Software (CCS), citing User Guide: HCUP Supplemental Files for Revisit Analyses—Central Distributor SID, SASD, and SEDD, 2011 Apr 28, and Clinical Classifications Software (CCS) for ICD-9-CM, both published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Psycho-Oncology
Punekar RS, Short PF, Moran JR. Use of psychotropic medications by US cancer survivors. Psychooncology 2011 Sep 9. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2001-2005 MEPS Household Component data, citing MEPS HC-105: 2006 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2008, MEPS HC-102A: 2006 Prescribed Medicines, 2008, and MEPS HC-104: 2006 Medical Conditions, 2008, all published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Revue d'Epidémiologie et de Santé Publique
Januel JM, Couris CM, Luthi JC, et al. [ICD-10 adaptation of 15 Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality patient safety indicators.] Rev Epidemiol Sante Publique 2011 Sep 5. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 15 AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators, citing AHRQ publications, Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches, Volume 1, Assessment, Taxonomies, and Measurement, 2008, as published on the AHRQ Web site, and AHRQ Quality Indicators—Guide to Patient Safety Indicators, version 3.0, 2006, and AHRQ Quality Indicators—Guide to Patient Safety Indicators: Technical Specifications, version 3.0, 2006, as published on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site; 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 Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Measures of Patient Safety Based on Hospital Administrative Data—The Patient Safety Indicators, 2002; cites AHRQ-authored article by Romano, Geppert, Davies, Miller, Elixhauser et al. (Health Aff, 2003), which uses AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators and AHRQ's NHQR; cites several articles using AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators.] Select to access the abstract.

Rural Policy Brief (RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis)
Zhang W, Chen LW, Li T, et al. Rural hospital charges due to ambulatory care sensitive conditions in the United States, by insurance type, 2000 to 2004. Rural Policy Brief 2011 Aug; 2011-4: Online. [Uses 2000-2004 HCUP NIS data, ambulatory care sensitive conditions as defined by AHRQ's Prevention Quality Indicators (PQI), and PQI software.] Select to access the abstract.

Surgery
Nguyen NT, Masoomi H, Laugenour K, et al. Predictive factors of mortality in bariatric surgery: data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample. Surgery 2011 Aug; 150(2):347-51. [Uses 2006-2008 HCUP NIS data; cites article by Nguyen et al. (Arch Surg, 2005), which uses HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Surgical Infections
Fraser DR, Dombrovskiy VY, Vogel TR. Infectious complications after vehicular trauma in the United States. Surg Infect 2011 Aug; 12(4):291-6. [Uses 2003-2007 HCUP NIS data and AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998), citing AHRQ publication, The Most Expensive Conditions by Payer, 2004, HCUP Statistical Brief 13, 2006, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Elixhauser, Pancholi, and Clancy (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2005), which uses AHRQ's Quality Indicators. Also refer to AHRQ-authored/funded articles by Lasky, Krieger, Elixhauser, et al. (Child Adolesc Psychiatry Ment Health, 2011), Sood et al. (Health Aff, 2011), Basu (Health Care Manag Sci, 2011), and DeVoe et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2011), cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Current as of September 2011
Internet Citation: Persons Newly Diagnosed with HIV Infection Are at High Risk for Depression and Poor Linkage to Care: Results from the Steps Study: Articles of Interest: September 9, 2011. September 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/090911.html