Quality Measurement of Medication Monitoring in the "Meaningful Use" Era

Articles of Interest: September 30, 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 Managed Care
Tjia J, Field TS, Fischer SH, et al. Quality measurement of medication monitoring in the "meaningful use" era. Am J Manag Care 2011 Sep; 17(9):633-7. [Supported by grants R18 HS17203, R18 HS17817, and R18 HS17906.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Psychiatry
Zuvekas SH, Vitiello B. Stimulant medication use in children: a 12-year perspective. Am J Psychiatry 2011 Sep 28. [Epub ahead of print. First author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; uses 1996-2008 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data and 1987 National Medical Expenditure Survey (NMES) data; cites several AHRQ-authored and other articles using various MEPS data sets.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Family Medicine
Crosson JC, Etz RS, Wu S, et al. Meaningful use of electronic prescribing in 5 exemplar primary care practices. Ann Fam Med 2011 Sep-Oct; 9(5):392-7. [Supported in part by grant 1 U18 HS16391-01 and by contract HHSA 290-2006-00017, task order 4; cites several AHRQ-funded articles; see comments by Sittig and Ash and Jan (Ann Fam Med, 2011), both cited in AHRQ-Related Articles below, and by Gotler and Stange (Ann Fam Med, 2011), cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles below.] Select to access the abstract.

Koopman RJ, Kochendorfer KM, Moore JL, et al. A diabetes dashboard and physician efficiency and accuracy in accessing data needed for high-quality diabetes care. Ann Fam Med 2011 Sep-Oct; 9(5):398-405. [Supported by grant R18 HS17035; see comments by Sittig and Ash and Jan (Ann Fam Med, 2011), both cited in AHRQ-Related Articles below, and by Gotler and Stange (Ann Fam Med, 2011) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles below.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Pharmacotherapy
Tjia J, Fischer SH, Raebel MA, et al. Baseline and follow-up laboratory monitoring of cardiovascular medications. Ann Pharmacother 2011 Sep; 45(9):1077-84. [Supported by grants R18 HS17203, R18 HS17817, and R18 HS17906.] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Internal Medicine
Nunez-Smith M, Bradley EH, Herrin J, et al. Quality of care in the US territories. Arch Intern Med 2011 Sep 26; 171(17):1528-40. [Supported by grant R01 HS16929-1; cites AHRQ's National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR), 2008, and National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR), 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Morrison F, Shubina M, Turchin A. Encounter frequency and serum glucose level, blood pressure, and cholesterol level control in patients with diabetes mellitus. Arch Intern Med 2011 Sep 26; 171(17):1542-50. [Supported in part by grant 5 R18 HS17030 (to second and third authors); uses blood pressure treatment goals as given in article by Cromwell et al. (JAMA, 1997), which determines the cost-effectiveness of the AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Smoking Cessation, 1996; see comments by Goroll (Arch Intern Med, 2011) cited in AHRQ-Related Articles below.] Select to access the abstract.

Chest
Bell SK, Delbanco T, Anderson-Shaw L, McDonald TB, Gallagher TH. Accountability for medical error: moving beyond blame to advocacy. Chest 2011 Aug; 140(2):519-26. [Supported by grants 1 R01 HS16506 and R18 HS01953 (to fifth author) and R18 HS19565 (to fourth author); cites AHRQ publications, Handoffs and Signouts in the Patient Safety Primers section of AHRQ's PSNet Web site, and patient fact sheet 20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors, 2000.] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Dorn SD. Gastroenterology in a new era of accountability: Part 3, Accountable care organizations. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol 2011 Sep; 9(9):750-3. [Supported by grant K12 HS19468 (incorrectly attributed to NIH).] Select to access the abstract.

Dorn SD. Gastroenterology in a new era of accountability: Part 2, Developing and implementing performance measures. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol 2011 Aug; 9(8):660-4. [Supported by grant K12 HS19468 (incorrectly attributed to NIH); cites AHRQ publication, Selecting Quality and Resource Use Measures: A Decision Guide for Community Quality Collaboratives, 2010.] Select to access the abstract.

Dorn SD. Gastroenterology in a new era of accountability: Part 1, An overview of performance measurement. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol 2011 Jul; 9(7):563-6. [Supported by grant K12 HS19468 (incorrectly attributed to NIH); cites AHRQ publications, Your Guide to Choosing Quality Care, as published on the AHRQ Web site, and Selecting Quality and Resource Use Measures: A Decision Guide for Community Quality Collaboratives, 2010.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Linder JA, Ritotti NA, Schneider LI, et al. Clinician characteristics and use of novel electronic health record functionality in primary care. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2011 Sep 7. [Epub ahead of print. Support by grant R01 HS15169-01 and by Career Development Award grant K08 HS14563 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Clinical Hypertension
Wentzlaff DM, Carter BL, Ardery G, et al. Sustained blood pressure control following discontinuation of a pharmacist intervention. J Clin Hypertens 2011 Jun; 13(6):431-7. [Supported by Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) grant 5 U18 HS16094.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics
Berry EA, Heaton PC, Kelton CM. National estimates of the inpatient burden of pediatric bipolar disorder in the United States. J Ment Health Policy Econ 2011 Sep; 14(3):115-23. [Supported by grant U18 HS16957-03; uses 2003 and 2006 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) data, citing HCUP KID Database Documentation, 2009, and Cost-to-Charge Ratio Files, 2008, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.]

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Goldie SJ, Daniels N. Model-based analyses to compare health and economic outcomes of cancer control: inclusion of disparities. J Natl Cancer Inst 2011 Sep 21; 103(18):1373-86. [Supported in part by AHRQ grant R01 HS15570-02; cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2009 and 2006, and NHQR, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Surgical Research
Sommer CA, Stitzenberg KB, Tolleson-Rinehart S, et al. Breast MRI utilization in older patients with newly diagnosed breast cancer. J Surg Res 2011 Sep; 170(1):77-83. [Supported in part by National Service Research Award Post-Doctoral Traineeship grant 5 T32 HS00032-21 to the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.] Select to access the abstract.

Nursing Research
Alexander GL, Wakefield BJ, Rantz M, et al. Passive sensor technology interface to assess elder activity in independent living. Nurs Res 2011 Sep-Oct; 60(5):318-25. [Supported in part by grant K08 HS16862.] Select to access the abstract.

Patient Education and Counseling
Schmitt MR, Miller MJ, Harrison DL, et al. Communicating non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug risks: verbal counseling, written medicine information, and patients' risk awareness. Patient Educ Couns 2011 Jun; 83(3):391-7. [Supported by CERTs grant U18 HS10389.] Select to access the abstract.

Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Cunningham A, Stein CM, Chung CP, et al. An automated database case definition for serious bleeding related to oral anticoagulant use. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2011 Jun; 20(6):560-6. [Supported by CERTs grant HS16974.] Select to access the abstract.

Women's Health Issues
Smith HA. Markovic N, Matthews AK, et al. A comparison of polycystic ovary syndrome and related factors between lesbian and heterosexual women. Womens Health Issues 2011 May-Jun; 21(3):191-8. [Supported by Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award grant T32 HS17587 (to first author). Also refer to AHRQ-funded article by Maher et al. (JAMA, 2011) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

Academic Pediatrics
Kempe A. Seize the day. Acad Pediatr 2011 Sep-Oct; 11(5):357-9. [Mentions AHRQ's funding of comparative effectiveness of research through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).]

American Journal of Health Promotion
Rose A, Fagan P, Lawrence D, et al. The role of worksite and home smoking bans in smoking cessation among U.S. employed adult female smokers. Am J Health Promot 2011 Sep-Oct; 26(1):26-36. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Herron RE. Changes in physician costs among high-cost transcendental meditation practitioners compared with high-cost nonpractitioners over 5 years. Am J Health Promot 2011 Sep-Oct; 26(1):56-60. [Cites AHRQ publications, The Concentration in Health Expenditures over a Two Year Time Interval, Estimates for the U.S. Population, 2005-2006, MEPS Statistical Brief 244, 2009, and "The High Concentration of U.S. Health Care Expenditures", Research in Action 19, 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Managed Care
Overholser BR, Foster DR. Opioid pharmacokinetic drug-drug interactions. Am J Manag Care 2011 Sep; 17(9):S276-S287. [Cites AHRQ publication, Adverse Drug Events in U.S. Hospitals, 2004, HCUP Statistical Brief 29, 2010.]

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fausett MB, Propst A, Van Doren K, et al. How to develop an effective obstetric checklist. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2011 Sep; 205(3):165-70. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006).]

Annals of Family Medicine
Jaén CR. Successful health information technology implementation requires practice and health care system transformation. Ann Fam Med 2011 Sep-Oct; 9(5):388-9. [Comments on articles by Crosson et al. and Koopman et al. (both in Ann Fam Med, 2011) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles above, and editorial by Gotler and Stange (Ann Fam Med, 2011) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles.]

Sittig DF, Ash JS. On the importance of using a multidimensional sociotechnical model to study health information technology. Ann Fam Med 2011 Sep-Oct; 9(5):390-1. [Comments on articles by Crosson et al. and Koopman et al. (both in Ann Fam Med, 2011) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles above, and editorial by Gotler and Stange (Ann Fam Med, 2011) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Sittig and Singh (Qual Saf Health Care, 2010, and JAMA, 2009).]

Epstein RM, Street RL Jr. Shared mind: communication, decision making, and autonomy in serious illness. Ann Fam Med 2011 Sep-Oct; 9(5):454-61. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Street and Haidet (J Gen Intern Med, 2011, and Med Care, 2005), Politi, Han, and Col (Med Decis Making, 2007), Saba et al. (Ann Fam Med, 2006), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Internal Medication
Goroll AH. When it comes to primary care, more may be more. Arch Intern Med 2011 Sep 26; 171(17):1550-1. [Comments on article by Morrison, Shubina, and Turchin (Arch Intern Med, 2011) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles; cites AHRQ-funded article by Safran (Ann Intern Med, 2003).]

Sirovich BE, Woloshin S, Schwartz LM. Too little? Too much? Primary care physicians' views on US health care: a brief report. Arch Intern Med 2011 Sep 26; 171(17):1582-5. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Eisenberg (former AHRQ director) (JAMA, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Pham B, Stern A, Chen W, et al. Preventing pressure ulcers in long-term care: a cost-effectiveness analysis. Arch Intern Med 2011 Sep 26. [Epub ahead of print. Cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Pressure Ulcers in Adults: Prediction and Prevention, 1992; cites AHRQ-authored article by Zhan and Miller (current researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence and former AHRQ researcher, respectively) (JAMA, 2003); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Berlowitz et al. (J Am Geriatr Soc, 2001), Weinstein et al. (JAMA, 1996), and Inman et al. (JAMA, 1993).] Select to access the abstract.

BMJ Quality and Safety
Forster AJ, Worthington JR, Hawken S, et al. Using prospective clinical surveillance to identify adverse events in hospital. BMJ Qual Saf 2011 Sep; 20(9):756-63. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Rothschild et al. (Crit Care Med, 2005), Bates et al. (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2003, and JAMA, 1995), Weinger et al. (J Biomed Inform, 2003), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Ikkersheim DE, Berg M. How reliable is your hospital? A qualitative framework for analysing reliability levels. BMJ Qual Saf 2011 Sep; 20(9):785-90. [Cites AHRQ-authored/funded article by Tamuz and Harrison (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Health Serv Res, 2006); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Pronovost et al. (Circulation, 2009) and Dixon and Shofer (Health Serv Res, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Advisor
Bonnel W. Screening for functional deficits in older adults. Clinical Advisor 2011 Sep; Online. [Cites Electronic Preventive Services Selector Helps Clinician Deliver Prevention at the Point of Care, 2007, as published on the AHRQ Web site.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Lamb G, Tappen R, Diaz S, et al. Avoidability of hospital transfers of nursing home residents: perspectives of frontline staff. J Am Geriatr Soc 2011 Sep; 59(9):1665-72. [Cites AHRQ publication, Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations among Medicare-Medicaid Dual Eligibles, 2008, HCUP Statistical Brief 96, 2010; cites AHRQ-authored article by Konetzka, Spector, and Limcangco (second and third authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Med Care Res Rev, 2008); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Buchanan et al. (J Am Geriatr Soc, 2006), Intrator, Zinn, and Mor (J Am Geriatr Soc, 2004), Carter (Health Serv Res, 2003), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Pugh MJ, Starner CI, Amuan ME, Berlowitz DR, Horton M, Marcum ZA, Hanlon JT. Exposure to potentially harmful drug-disease interactions in older community-dwelling veterans based on the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set quality measure: who is at risk? J Am Geriatr Soc 2011 Sep; 59(9):1673-8. [Notes that last author is supported by grant R01 HS17695 (for other research); cites AHRQ-authored articles by Zhan, Correa-de-Araujo, Bierman, Sangl, Miller, and Stryer (authors are various current and former AHRQ staff members) (J Am Geriatr Soc, 2005), and Zhan, Sangl, Bierman, Miller, Friedman, Wickizer, and Meyer (JAMA, 2001); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Lund et al. (Ann Pharmacother, 2010), Chrischilles et al. (J Am Geriatr Soc, 2009), Simon et al. (J Am Geriatr Soc, 2005), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
Lange RA, Hillis LD. The hazards of comparative effectiveness when we cannot effectively compare. JACC Cardiovasc Interv 2011 Sep; 4(9):1028-9. [Cites What Is Comparative Effectiveness Research, as published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site.]

Journal of Family Practice
Porada S. REMS: red tape, or a remedy for opioid abuse? J Fam Pract 2011 Sep; 60(9 Suppl 2):S55-S62. [Cites AHRQ/FDA workshop summary Implementation of Risk Management Action Plans (RiskMAPs) to Support Quality Use of Pharmaceuticals: Opportunities and Challenges, 2007.]

Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics
Moscarelli M, Manning W. Editorial. J Ment Health Policy Econ 2011 Sep; 14(3):113-14. [Comments on AHRQ-funded article by Berry, Heaton, and Kelton (J Ment Health Policy Econ, 2011) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Lancet
Hashimoto H, Ikegami N, Shibuya K, et al. Cost containment and quality of care in Japan: is there a trade-off? Lancet 2011 Sep 24-30; 378(9797):1174-82. [Cites the Databases landing page on AHRQ's HCUP Web site as the source for data on surgical operations with general anesthesia.] Select to access the abstract.

New England Journal of Medicine
West R, Zatonski W, Cedzynska M, et al. Placebo-controlled trial of cytisine for smoking cessation. N Engl J Med 2011 Sep 29; 365(13):1193-1200. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008.]

Fiore MC, Baker TB. Treating smokers in the health care setting. N Engl J Med 2011 Sep 29; 365(13):1222-1231. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008; comments on article by West et al. cited above in this section.] Select to access the abstract.

Physician Executive
Cors WK, Sagin T. Overtreatment in health care: how much is too much? Physician Exec 2011 Sep-Oct; 37(5):10-16. [Cites AHRQ press release Landmark Initiative to Reduce Healthcare-Associated Infections Cuts Deaths Among Medicare Patients in Michigan Intensive Care Units, January 31, 2011, as published on the AHRQ Web site, and Glossary: High Reliability Organizations (HROs), as published on AHRQ's Patient Safety Network (PSNet) Web site.]

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

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Hinz EK, Kudesia R, Rolston R, et al. Physician knowledge of and adherence to the revised breast cancer screening guidelines by the United States Preventive Services Task Force. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2011 Apr 24. [Epub ahead of print. Evaluates knowledge of and adherence to USPSTF revised breast cancer screening recommendations (Ann Intern Med, 2002 and 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Family Medicine
Gotler RS, Stange KC. In this issue: from apprehension to action. Ann Fam Med 2011 Sept/Oct; 9(5):386-7. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored article by Whitlock et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2002) on evaluating primary care behavioral counseling interventions; comments on articles by Crosson et al. and Koopman et al. (both in Ann Fam Med, 2011) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles above, Jaén (Ann Fam Med, 2011) and Sittig and Ash (Ann Fam Med, 2011) cited in AHRQ-Related Articles above, and articles by Cohen et al. and Carroll, Antognoli, and Flocke cited below in this section.]

Cohen DJ, Balasubramanian BA, Isaacson NF, et al. Coordination of health behavior counseling in primary care. Ann Fam Med 2011 Sep-Oct; 9(5):406-15. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening and behavioral counseling interventions in primary care to reduce alcohol misuse (Ann Intern Med, 2004), behavioral counseling in primary care to promote a healthy diet (Ann Intern Med, 2003), and behavioral counseling in primary care to promote physical activity (Ann Intern Med, 2002); cites USPSTF-sponsored article by Whitlock et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2002) on evaluating primary care behavioral counseling interventions; cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Integration of Mental Health/Substance Abuse and Primary Care, 2008, prepared by the Minnesota Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) under contract 290-02-009.] Select to access the abstract.

Carroll JK, Antognoli E, Flocke SA. Evaluation of physical activity counseling in primary care using direct observation of the 5As. Ann Fam Med 2011 Sep-Oct; 9(5):416-22. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored article by Whitlock et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2002) on evaluating primary care behavioral counseling interventions; cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Internal Medication
Fried TR, Tinetti ME, Iannone L, et al. Health outcome prioritization as a tool for decision making among older persons with multiple chronic conditions. Arch Intern Med 2011 Sep 26. [Epub ahead of print. Cites USPSTF-sponsored article by Leipzig, Whitlock, Wolff, Barton (third and fourth authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships) et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2010), which discusses USPSTF methodologies and processes as applied to the preventive needs of older adults.]

Loo TS, Davis RB, Lipsitz LA, et al. Electronic medical record reminders and panel management to improve primary care of elderly patients. Arch Intern Med 2011 Sep 26; 171(17):1552-8. [Uses as sources for EMR reminders published USPSTF and AHRQ recommendations, citing Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2007, AHRQ publication, The Pocket Guide to Staying Healthy at 50+, 2003, and article by Takahashi et al. (Mayo Clin Proc, 2004), which discusses various USPSTF recommendations relevant to elderly patients.] Select to access the abstract.

Ferlitsch M, Reinhart K, Pramhas S, et al. Sex-specific prevalence of adenomas, advanced adenomas, and colorectal cancer in individuals undergoing screening colonoscopy. JAMA 2011 Sep 28; 306(12):1352-8. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Family Practice
Jackson AN, Hume AL. Aspirin for CV prevention—for which patients? J Fam Pract 2011 Sep; 60(9):518-23. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on aspirin for the primary prevention of cardiovascular events (Ann Intern Med, 2002) and related USPSTF evidence update by Wolff, Miller, (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships) and Ko (Ann Intern Med, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Allen SS, Pruthi S. The mammography controversy: when should you screen? J Fam Pract 2011 Sep; 60(9):524-531. [Discusses/evaluates USPSTF update recommendation statement, Screening for Breast Cancer, 2009, as published on the USPSTF Web site, associated evidence update by Nelson et al., and related AHRQ-funded article by Mandelblatt et al. (all in Ann Intern Med, 2009); cites previous USPSTF-sponsored evidence summary on breast cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Cabodi J, Kelsberg G, Safranek S. Clinical Inquiry: Does brief physician counseling promote weight loss? J Fam Pract 2011 Sep; 60(9):548-50. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Obesity in Adults, 2003, as published on the USPSTF Web site, and related evidence summary by McTigue et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Women's Health
Courtney-Long E, Armour B, Frammartino B, et al. Factors associated with self-reported mammography use for women with and women without a disability. J Womens Health 2011 Sep; 20(9):1279-86. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on breast cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2009). Also refer to article by Fox (Milbank Q, 2011) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Academic Pediatrics
Bergman DA, Beck A. Moving from research to large-scale change in child health care. Acad Pediatr 2011 Sep-Oct; 11(5):360-8. [cites AHRQ technical reviews, Closing the Quality Gap: A Critical Analysis of Quality Improvement Strategies: Volume 5—Asthma Care, 2007, and Closing the Quality Gap: A Critical Analysis of Quality Improvement Strategies: Volume 6—Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Infections, 2007; notes the emergence of evidence-based centers as exemplified by AHRQ's EPC program, citing AHRQ publication, Evidence-based Practice Centers: Synthesizing Scientific Evidence to Improve Quality and Effectiveness in Health Care, 2005; cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2006, and AHRQ-authored article by Tunis, Stryer, and Clancy (second and third authors are former AHRQ center director and current AHRQ director, respectively) (JAMA, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Managed Care
Samal L, Linder JA, Lipsitz SR, et al. Electronic health records, clinical decision support, and blood pressure control. J Manag Care 2011 Sep; 17(9):626-32. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored systematic review by Chaudhry et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006) of the impact of health information technology on quality, efficiency, and costs of medical care, performed by the Southern California EPC.] Select to access the abstract.

BMJ Quality and Safety
Cheema AA, Scott AM, Shambaugh KJ, et al. Rebound in ventilator-associated pneumonia rates during a prevention checklist washout period. BMJ Qual Saf 2011 Sep; 20(9):811-17. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Maher AR, Maglione M, Bagley S, Suttorp M, Hu JH, Ewing B, Wang Z, Timmer M, Sultzer D, et al. Efficacy and comparative effectiveness of atypical antipsychotic medications for off-label uses in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA 2011 Sep 28; 306(12):1359-69. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-2007-100621 to the Southern California EPC and based on AHRQ comparative effectiveness review, Efficacy and Comparative Effectiveness of Off-Label Use of Atypical Antipsychotics—Update, 2011, prepared under the same contract, and AHRQ Evidence-based Practice Center systematic review protocol Efficacy and Comparative Effectiveness of Off-Label Use of Atypical Antipsychotics—Update, 2010, both published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site; uses evidence rating criteria as described in AHRQ-authored article by Owens, Lohr, Atkins et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Women's Health
Rubin LH, Cook JA, Grey DD, et al. Perinatal depressive symptoms in HIV-infected versus HIV-uninfected women: a prospective study from preconception to postpartum. J Womens Health 2011 Sep; 20(9):1287-95. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Perinatal Depression: Prevalence, Screening Accuracy, and Screening Outcomes, 2005.]

Milbank Quarterly
Meier DE. Increased access to palliative care and hospice services: opportunities to improve value in health care. Milbank Q 2011 Sep; 89(3):343-80. [Cites AHRQ AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Cancer Care Quality Measures: Symptoms and End-of-Life Care, 2006, prepared by Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) under contract 290-02-003; cites "Hospital Charges" in AHRQ publication, Hospitalization in the United States, 2002, HCUP Fact Book 6, 2005, as published on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Fox DM. Systematic reviews and health policy: the influence of a project on perinatal care since 1988. Milbank Q 2011 Sep; 89(3):425-49. [Mentions the conduct of systematic reviews by AHRQ's EPCs and the commissioning of EPC reviews by the USPSTF; mentions the use of systematic reviews as the basis for clinical practice guidelines by various organizations, as demonstrated in a search of AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ using the term "systematic reviews". Also refer to article by Cohen et al. (Ann Fam Med, 2011) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

AJNR: American Journal of Neuroradiology
Leake CB, Brinjikji W, Cloft HJ, et al. Trends of inpatient spine augmentation: 2001-2008. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol 2011 Sep; 32(8);1464-8. [Uses 2001-2008 HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data, citing the HCUP landing page and Overview of the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), both on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Managed Care
Misurski DA, Lipson DA, Changolkar AK. Inappropriate antibiotic prescribing in managed care subjects with influenza. Am J Manag Care 2011 Sep; 17(9):601-8. [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.

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Wu JM, Kawasaki A, Hundley AF, et al. Predicting the number of women who will undergo incontinence and prolapse surgery, 2010 to 2050. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2011 Sep; 205(3):230.e1-230.e5. [Uses 2007 HCUP NIS data, citing HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2007.] Select to access the abstract.

European Urology
Schmitges J, Trinh QD, Abdollah F, et al. A population-based analysis of temporal perioperative complication rates after minimally invasive radical prostatectomy. Eur Urol 2011 Sep; 60(3):564-71. [Uses 2001-2007 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), as published on AHRQ HCUP Web site, and 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.

Gynecologic Oncology
Teoh D, Berchuck A, Secord AA, et al. Cost comparison of strategies for the management of venous thromboembolic event risk following laparotomy for ovarian cancer. Gynecol Oncol 2011 Sep; 122(3):467-72. [Uses 2008 HCUP NIS data to obtain median costs for inpatient treatment of venous thromboembolic events and heparin-induced thrombocytopenia; cites AHRQ publication, Preventing Hospital-Acquired Venous Thromboembolism: A Guide for Effective Quality Improvement, Appendix A: Talking Points to Attract Administration Support for Venous Thromboembolism Prevention Programs, 2008, as published on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Nallamothu BK, Gurm HS, Ting HH, et al. Operator experience and carotid stenting outcomes in Medicare beneficiaries. JAMA 2011 Sep 28; 306(12):1338-43. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998), and a point system developed by van Walraven (Med Care, 2009) from a modification of the Elixhauser comorbidity measures; cites the HCUPnet landing page on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Stewart DB, Hollenbeak CS. Clostridium difficile colitis: factors associated with outcome and assessment of mortality at a national level. J Gastrointest Surg 2011 Sep; 15(9):1548-55. [Uses 2007 HCUP NIS data, citing NIS Database Documentation as published on AHRQ"s HCUP Web site, and uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
White AM, Hingson RW, Pan IJ, et al. Hospitalizations for alcohol and drug overdoses in young adults ages 18-24 in the United States, 1999-2008: results from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample. J Stud Alcohol Drugs 2011 Sep; 72(5):774-86. [Uses 1999-2008 HCUP NIS data and cost to charge ratios, citing Cost-to-Charge Ratio Files, 2010, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Surgical Research
Peterson CY, Osen HB, Cao HS, et al. The battle of the sexes: women win out in gastrointestinal surgery. J Surg Res 2011 Sep; 170(1):e23-e28. [Uses 1998-2007 HCUP NIS data, citing Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP): Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2009, 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.

Journal of Urology
Abdollah F, Schmitges J, Sun M, et al. Hospital and surgical caseload are predictors of comprehensive surgical treatment for bladder cancer: a population based study. J Urol 2011 Sep; 186(3):824-8. [Uses 1998-2007 HCUP NIS data, citing "What is the NIS?" on the Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) landing page on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Birkmeyer et al. (N Engl J Med, 2003 and 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Vascular Surgery
Vogel TR, Dombrovskiy VY, Haser PB, et al. Evaluating preventable adverse safety events after elective lower extremity procedures. J Vasc Surg 2011 Sep; 54(3):706-13. [Uses 2003-2007 HCUP NIS data and AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators and associated software, citing AHRQ's HCUP landing page, Patient Safety Indicators Overview as published on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site, AHRQ publication, Guide to Patient Safety Indicators, 2006, as published on the AHRQ Web site, and AHRQ publication, The National Hospital Bill: The Most Expensive Conditions, by Payer, 2004, HCUP Statistical Brief 13, 2006, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; several AHRQ-authored and other articles using/assessing AHRQ's PSIs.] Select to access the abstract.

Laryngoscope
Bhattacharyya N. Incremental healthcare utilization and expenditures for allergic rhinitis in the United States. Laryngoscope 2011 Sep; 121(9):1830-3. [Uses 2007 MEPS data; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Cohen (Med Care, 2003) and Cohen, Cohen, and Banthin (Med Care, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

NBER Working Paper Series
Burkhauser RV, Lyons S, Simon KI. The importance of the meaning and measurement of "affordable" in the Affordable Care Act. NBER Work Pap 2011 Aug; (17279). [Uses 2008 MEPS Insurance Component data; cites AHRQ-authored article by Vistnes and Monheit (Med Care Res Rev, 2011).]

Paediatric Anaesthesia
Li G, Brady JE, Rosenberg H, et al. Excess comorbidities associated with malignant hyperthermia diagnosis in pediatric hospital discharge records. Paediatr Anaesth 2011 Sep; 21(9):958-63. [Uses 2000, 2003, and 2006 HCUP Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) data and AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators, citing for the latter AHRQ publication, AHRQ Quality Indicators—Guide to Patient Safety Indicators, Version 2.1, 2003, as published on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Stroke
Kuklina EV, Tong X, Bansil P, et al. Trends in pregnancy hospitalizations that included a stroke in the United States from 1994 to 2007: reasons for concern? Stroke 2011 Sep; 42(9):2564-70. [Uses 1994-2007 HCUP NIS data, citing HCUP Data Use Agreement Training and AHRQ publication, Hospital Stays for Stroke and Other Cerebrovascular Diseases, 2005, HCUP Statistical Brief 51, 2008, both published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Surgery
Holena DN, Mills AM, Carr BG, et al. Transfer status: a risk factor for mortality in patients with necrotizing fasciitis. Surgery 2011 Sep; 150(3):363-70. [Uses 2000-2006 HCUP NIS data, AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998), and HCUP Clinical Classifications Software (CCS), citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), Comorbidity Software, Version 3.6, 2011, and NIS Description of Data Elements, all published on AHRQ'S HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

World Journal of Surgery
Masoomi H, Buchberg B, Nguyen B, et al. Outcomes of laparoscopic versus open colectomy in elective surgery for diverticulitis. World J Surg 2011 Sep; 35(9):2143-8. [Uses 2002-2007 HCUP NIS data. Also refer to articles by Zuvekas and Vitiello (Am J Psychiatry, 2011) and Berry, Heaton, and Kelton (J Ment Health Policy Econ, 2011) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Current as of September 2011
Internet Citation: Quality Measurement of Medication Monitoring in the "Meaningful Use" Era: Articles of Interest: September 30, 2011. September 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/093011.html