Study Protocol: the Back Pain Outcomes using Longitudinal Data (BOLD) Registry

Articles of Interest: October 5, 2012

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 

BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Jarvik JG, Comstock BA, Bresnahan BW, et al. Study protocol: the Back Pain Outcomes using Longitudinal Data (BOLD) registry. BMC Musculoskelet Disord 2012 May 3; 13:64. [Supported by grant R01 HS19222; cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Cardiology
Hendel RC, Ruthazer R, Chaparro S, et al. Cocaine-using patients with a normal or nondiagnostic electrocardiogram: single-photon emission computed tomography myocardial perfusion imaging and outcome. Clin Cardiol 2012 Jun; 35(6):354-8. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS09110.] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Kesselheim AS. Ethical considerations in orphan drug approval and use. Clin Pharmacol Ther 2012 Aug; 92(2):153-5. [Supported by Career Development Award grant K08 HS18465-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Contraception
Parisi SM, Zikovich S, Chuang CH, et al. Primary care physicians' perceptions of rates of unintended pregnancy. Contraception 2012 Jul; 86(1):48-54. [Supported in part by grant R18 HS17093.] Select to access the abstract.

Ethnicity & Health
Sail K, Franzini L, Lairson D, et al. Differences in treatment and survival among African-American and Caucasian women with early stage operable breast cancer. Ethn Health 2012; 17(3):309-23. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS16743; cites AHRQ-funded article by Mandelblatt et al. (Cancer, 2002).] Select to access the abstract. 

Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
Khanna A, Bush AL, Swint JM, et al. Hemoglobin A1c improvements and better diabetes-specific quality of life among participants completing diabetes self-management programs: a nested cohort study. Health Qual Life Outcomes 2012 May 14; 10:48. [Supported in part by Centers for Research and Education on Therapeutics (CERTs) grant U18 HS16093 (principal investigator is Dr Suarez-Almazor); uses the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded articles by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992).] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Lorch SA, Srinivas SK, Ahlberg C, et al. The impact of obstetric unit closures on maternal and infant pregnancy outcomes. Health Serv Res 2012 Aug 10. [Epub ahead of print. Supported in part by grant R01 HS15696 (first author is principal investigator).] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Rivera-Soto WT, Rodríguez-Figueroa L. Childhood obesity among Puerto Rican children: discrepancies between child's and parent's perception of weight status. Int J Environ Res Public Health 2012 Apr; 9(4):1427-37. [Supported in part by grant R24 HS14060-06 (in partnership with the Puerto Rico Health Services Research Institute UPR Graduate School of Public Health).] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal of Obesity
Sturm R, Hattori A. Morbid obesity rates continue to rise rapidly in the United States. Int J Obes 2012 Sep 18. [Epub ahead of print. Supported in part by grant T32 HS00046.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Linder JA. Vitamin D and the cure for the common cold. JAMA 2012 Oct 3; 308(13):1375-6. [Author is supported in part by grant R18 HS18419.]

Journal of Aging and Health
Siegel MJ, Lucas JA, Akincigil A, Gaboda D, Hoover DR, Kalay E, Crystal S. Race, education, and the treatment of depression in nursing homes. J Aging Health 2012 Aug; 24(5):752-78. [Supported in part by grant U18 HS16097 (principal investigator is last author); cites AHRQ-authored article by Zinn, Spector (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) et al. (Gerontologist, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Biosocial Science
Su D, Esqueda OA, Li L, et al. Income inequality and obesity prevalence among OECD countries. J Biosoc Sci 2012 Jul; 44(4):417-32. [Supported in part by grant R24 HS17003.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Clinical Oncology
Albert JM, Liu DD, Shen Y, Pan IW, Shih YC, et al. Nomogram to predict the benefit of radiation for older patients with breast cancer treated with conservative surgery. J Clin Oncol 2012 Aug 10; 30(23):2837-43. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS18535 (to fifth author).] Select to access the abstract. 

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Zhang Y, Gellad WF, Zhou L, et al. Access to and use of $4 generic programs in Medicare. J Gen Intern Med 2012 Oct; 27(10):1251-7. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS18657 (to first author); uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998) and the enhanced Research Triangle Institute Race Code associated with applicable Medicare Part D data, citing AHRQ publication, Creation of New Race-Ethnicity Codes and Socioeconomic Status (SES) Indicators for Medicare Beneficiaries. Final Report, 2008, as published on the AHRQ Web site; go to comments by Qato and Alexander (J Gen Intern Med, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Nursing Care Quality
Clancy CM. New hospital readmission policy links financial and quality incentives. J Nurs Care Qual 2012 Sep 27. [Epub ahead of print. Author is AHRQ director; mentions that AHRQ's development of tools and resources related to factors leading to frequent readmissions; discusses the AHRQ-funded initiatives Project RED (Re-Engineered Discharge) (citing AHRQ-funded article by Jack et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2009) and the Project RED Training Program, 2011, as published on the AHRQ Web site), Project BOOST (Better Outcomes for Older adults through Safe Transitions), AHRQ's Patient Safety Organizations (citing Geographic Directory of Listed Patient Safety Organizations, as published on AHRQ's Patient Safety Organizations (PSO) Web site), Common Formats (citing Common Formats, as published on AHRQ's PSO Web site), and Common Format for Readmissions, citing Comments on the Common Formats Readmissions Version 0.1 Beta and Version 1.2 (Hospitals), 2012, as published on the National Quality Forum Web site.]

Journal of Trauma Nursing
O'Brien SH, Klima J, Gaines BA, et al. Utilization of low-molecular-weight heparin prophylaxis in pediatric and adolescent trauma patients. J Trauma Nurs 2012 Apr-Jun; 19(2):117-21. [Supported by grant 1 R03 HS17344 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Crowne SS, Gonsalves K, Burrell L, et al. Relationship between birth spacing, child maltreatment, and child behavior and development outcomes among at-risk families. Matern Child Health J 2012 Oct; 16(7):1413-20. [Supported in part by grant T32 HS17596.] Select to access the abstract. 

Witt WP, Wisk LE, Cheng ER, et al. Preconception mental health predicts pregnancy complications and adverse birth outcomes: a national population-based study. Matern Child Health J 2012 Oct; 16(7):1525-41. [Supported in part by pre-doctoral National Research Service Award training grant T32 HS00083 (to second author; principal investigator is Smith); uses 1996-2006 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Household Component (MEPS HC) data and Pregnancy Detail Files, both accessed on AHRQ's MEPS Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Cohen, Monheit, Beauregard, Cohen, Lefkowitz, Potter (authors are current and former researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) et al. (Inquiry, 1996-1997) regarding primary prediction variable selection .] Select to access the abstract. 

Medical Care Economic Risk: Measuring Financial Vulnerability from Spending on Medical Care 
Banthin JS, Bernard D. Incorporating data on assets into measures of financial burdens of health. Med Care Econ Risk Measur Financ Vulner Spend Med Care (IOM) 2012 Sep 27;Online: CP2-1 – CP2-7. [Authors are former and current researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; uses 2005-2007 MEPS data (citing several AHRQ-authored articles).]

Medical Care Research and Review
Grembowski D, Anderson ML, Ralston JD, et al. Does a large-scale organizational transformation toward patient-centered access change the utilization and costs of care for patients with diabetes? Med Care Res Rev 2012 Oct; 69(5):519-39. [Supported by grant HS14764; cites AHRQ publication, The Prevalence of Obesity and Other Chronic Health Conditions among Diabetic Adults in the U.S. Community Population, 2001, MEPS Statistical Brief 34, 2006.] Select to access the abstract. 

Coffey RM, Misra A, Barrett M, Andrews RM, Mutter R, Moy E. Congestive heart failure: who is likely to be readmitted? Med Care Res Rev 2012 Oct; 69(5):602-16. [Fourth and fifth authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets and last author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety; uses 2006 HCUP SID data for fourteen states, HCUP Supplementary Variables, and HCUP Cost-to-Charge Ratio Files, citing HCUP Supplemental Variables for Revisit Analyses, 2011, and Cost-to-Charge Ratio Files, both published on AHRQ's HCUP web site; also uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998) and multilevel hierarchical logistic models based on AHRQ publication, Hierarchical Modeling Using HCUP Data, HCUP Methods Series Report 2007-01, 2007, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites 2008 data on hospital charges for congestive heart failure as accessed on AHRQ's HCUPnet Web site; cites HCUP Facts and Figures 2008: Statistics on Hospital-Based Care in the United States, 2008, 2010, and AHRQ publication, All-Cause Hospital Readmissions among Non-Elderly Medicaid Patients, 2007, HCUP Statistical Brief 89, 2010, both published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract. 

Pharmacotherapy
Katz AJ, Dusetzina SB, Farley JF, et al. Distressing adverse events after antidepressant switch in the Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression (STAR*D) trial: influence of adverse events during initial treatment with citalopram on development of subsequent adverse events with an alternative antidepressant. Pharmacotherapy 2012 Jan 31. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by contract HHSA290-2005-0040-I, task order 2 (as part of the Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness (DECIDE) network); cites USPSTF-sponsored systematic evidence review on screening for depression in adult patients in primary care settings (Ann Intern Med, 2009). Also refer to AHRQ-funded articles by Hartling et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2012) and Likis et al. (Obstet Gynecol, 2012) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Managed Care
Chiou SJ, Wang SI, Liu CH, et al. Outpatient-shopping behavior and survival rates in newly diagnosed cancer patients. Am J Manag Care 2012 Sep; 18(9):488-96. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Safran et al. (J Fam Pract, 2000).] Select to access the abstract.

Scanlon DP, Beich J, Alexander JA, et al. The Aligning Forces for Quality initiative: background and evolution from 2005 to 2012. Am J Manag Care 2012 Sep; 18(9):S115-S125. [Cites AHRQ/Delmarva Foundation publication, Regional Coalition Collaboration Guide, as published on the AHRQ Web site.]

Christianson JB, Volmar KM, Shaw BW, et al. Producing public reports of physician quality at the community level: the Aligning Forces for Quality initiative experience. Am J Manag Care 2012 Sep; 18(9):S133-S140. [Notes the use of "nationally endorsed" Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) measures by some alliances; cites the Community Quality Collaboratives index page of the AHRQ Web site.]

Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Keren R, Luan X, Localio R, et al. Prioritization of comparative effectiveness research topics in hospital pediatrics. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2012 Oct 1. [Epub ahead of print. Mentions AHRQ's receipt of comparative effectiveness research funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, citing article by Sox (Ann Intern Med, 2010); cites articles by Simpson (former AHRQ deputy director) et al. (Health Aff, 2010) and Conway (former AHRQ researcher) and Keren (J Pediatr, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Care Management Journals
Parton HB, Greene R, Flatley AM, et al. Health of older adults in New York City public housing: Part 1, findings from the New York City Housing Authority Senior Survey. Care Manag J 2012; 13(3):134-47. [Cites data on multiple chronic conditions and disabilities as accessed on AHRQ's MEPS Web site; cites AHRQ-funded/article by Coffey, Andrews, and Moy (Med Care, 2005), which uses various AHRQ data sets.]

Government Accountability Office Reports 
Government Accountability Office. Prevention and Public Health Fund: activities funded in Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011. GAO Rep 2012 Sep; GAO-12-788:Online. [Discusses Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) funding allocations by HHS to AHRQ to support USPSTF programs and other prevention activities.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Goodrich K, Garcia E, Conway PH. A history of and a vision for CMS quality measurement programs. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2012 Oct; 38(10):465-70. [Mentions the growth in reporting of hospital patient experience-of-care survey data via the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS), citing Background landing page on the HCAHPS Web site and CMS report, National Impact Assessment of Medicare Quality Measures, 2012, which uses HCAHPS data; cites AHRQ-sponsored report, 2012 Annual Progress Report to Congress: National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care, 2012, as published on the AHRQ Web site.]

Journal of Ambulatory Care Management
Kazis LE, Selim AJ, Rogers W, et al. Monitoring outcomes for the Medicare Advantage program: methods and application of the VR-12 for evaluation of plans. J Ambul Care Manage 2012 Oct; 35(4):264-77. [Mentions CAHPS® as part of CMS' multi-instrument performance assessment system.] Select to access the abstract. 

Journal of Athletic Training
Sauers EL, Valovich McLeod TC, Bay RC. Practice-based research networks, part I: clinical laboratories to generate and translate research findings into effective patient care. J Athl Train 2012 Sep; 47(5):549-56. [Gives AHRQ's definition of comparative effectiveness review, citing Glossary of Terms, as published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site; cites AHRQ-authored conference paper by Slutsky (director of AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence), 2010; cites AHRQ's Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRNs) Web site; comments on article by Valovich McLeod et al. (J Athl Train, 2012) cited in below in this section.] Select to access the abstract.

Valovich McLeod TC, Lam KC, Bay RC, et al. Practice-based research networks, Part II: a descriptive analysis of the
Athletic Training Practice-Based Research Network in the secondary school setting. J Athl Train 2012 Sep; 47(5):557-66. [Mentions AHRQ's registration of the Athletic Training Practice-Based Research Network (AT-PBRN) as an affiliate PBRN in January 2010 and its efforts in developing and implementing of large-scale PBRNs; cites AHRQ-funded article by Nagykaldi and Mold (J Am Board Fam Med, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

Hootman JM, Albohm MJ. Anterior cruciate ligament injury prevention and primary prevention of knee osteoarthritis. J Athl Train 2012 Sep; 47(5):589-90. [Gives 2009 HCUP data and costs for performed total knee replacements for osteoarthritis, citing data as generated on AHRQ's HCUPnet Web site.]

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Shippee ND, Shah ND, May CR, et al. Cumulative complexity: a functional, patient-centered model of patient complexity can improve research and practice. J Clin Epidemiol 2012 Oct; 65(10):1041-51. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by DeVoe et al. (Ann Fam Med, 2007), Beach et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2006), Hartnett et al. (Arch Ophthalmol, 2005), and others.] Select to access the abstract. 

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Qato DM, Alexander GC. Just because it's low cost doesn't mean it's accessible. J Gen Intern Med 2012 Oct; 27(10):1233-4. [Comments on and cites AHRQ-funded article by Zhang et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles; cites AHRQ-authored article by Eisenberg and Power (former AHRQ director and researcher, respectively) (JAMA, 2000); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Qato et al. (Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf, 2010, and JAMA, 2008) and Madden et al. (JAMA, 2008).]

Silveira MJ, Forman J. End-of-life care from the perspective of primary care providers. J Gen Intern Med 2012 Oct; 27(10):1287-93. [Cites AHRQ's Patient Centered Medical Home Resource Center Web site; cites AHRQ-funded article by Forrest et al. (Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med, 2000).] Select to access the abstract.

Lindholm M, Hargraves JL, Ferguson WJ, et al. Professional language interpretation and inpatient length of stay and readmission rates. J Gen Intern Med 2012 Oct; 27(10):1294-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Karliner et al. (J Hosp Med, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Nursing Care Quality
Kusek L. Preventing central line-associated bloodstream infections. J Nurs Care Qual 2012 Oct-Dec; 27(4):283-7. [Describes AHRQ's support of a nationwide program to reduce healthcare associated infections based on programs developed and implemented by Pronovost and others, citing AHRQ-funded article by Sawyer et al. (Crit Care Med, 2010); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Pronovost et al. (BMJ, 2010, and N Engl J Med, 2006), Gurses et al. (Crit Care Med, 2010), and Krein et al. (Am J Infect Control, 2006).]

Apold J, Quigley PA. Minnesota Hospital Association statewide project: SAFE from FALLS. J Nurs Care Qual 2012 Oct-Dec; 27(4):299-306. [Cites AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches, Volume 2: Culture and Redesign, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Chiang HY, Lin SY, Hsiao YC, et al. Culture influence and predictors for behavioral involvement in patient safety among hospital nurses in Taiwan. J Nurs Care Qual 2012 Oct-Dec; 27(4):359-67. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Hughes and Clancy (former AHRQ researcher and AHRQ director, respectively) (J Nurs Care Qual, 2009); cites AHRQ-sponsored Institute of Medicine report, Keeping Patients Safe: Transforming the Work Environment of Nurses, 2004; cites article by Chen and Li (BMC Health Serv Res, 2010), which uses AHRQ's Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, and AHRQ-funded article by Holden et al. (BMJ Qual Saf, 2011).] Select to access the abstract.

Gu X, Andersen HB, Madsen MD, et al. Nurses' views of patient handoffs in Japanese hospitals. J Nurs Care Qual 2012 Oct-Dec; 27(4):372-80. [Cites AHRQ publication, Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses, Section V: Critical Opportunities for Patient Safety and Quality Improvement, 2008; cites AHRQ-authored article by Hughes and Clancy (J Nurs Care Qual, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Lancet
Jeste DV. Mental health and the 2012 US election. Lancet 2012 Oct 6; 380(9849):1206-8. [Mentions proposed legislation impacting AHRQ programs.]

Maternal and Child Health Journal
McCabe BK, Potash D, Omohundro E, et al. Seven-month pilot of an integrated, continuous evaluation, and quality improvement system for a state-based home-visiting program. Matern Child Health J 2012 Oct; 16(7):1401-12. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care Research and Review
Hearld LR, Alexander JA. Patient-centered care and emergency department utilization: a path analysis of the mediating effects of care coordination and delays in care. Med Care Res Rev 2012 Oct; 69(5):560-80. [Cites AHRQ publication, Defining the PCMH, 2011, as published on AHRQ's Patient Centered Medical Home Resource Center Web site; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Brousseau et al. (Acad Pediatr, 2009, and Pediatrics, 2007) and Schillinger et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

MedSurg Nursing
Munoz C, Lowry C, Smith C. Continuous quality improvement: hypoglycemia prevention in the postoperative surgical population. MedSurg Nurs 2012 Sep-Oct; 21(5):275-80. [Gives 2007 data on hospitalizations for people aged 65 and older and 2004 data on hospitalizations for people with diabetes mellitus, citing HCUP Facts and Figures 2007 - Section 1: Overview Statistics for Inpatient Hospital Stays, 2007, and AHRQ publication, Hospital Stays among Patients with Diabetes, 2004, HCUP Statistical Brief 17, 2006, both published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.]

National Health Statistics Reports
Gorina Y, Owings M, Elgaddal N, et al. Comparability between the rates for all-listed inpatient procedures using National Hospital Discharge Survey and Medicare claims, 1999 and 2007. Natl Health Stat Report 2012 Sep 27; 57:1-15. [Cites AHRQ publication, Hospital-Based Ambulatory Surgery, 2007, HCUP Statistical Brief 86, 2010, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.]

Pediatrics
Freed GL, Dunham KM, Moran LM, et al. Resident work hour changes in children's hospitals: impact on staffing patterns and workforce needs. Pediatrics 2012 Oct;130(4):700-4. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored Institute of Medicine report, Resident Duty Hours: Enhancing Sleep, Supervision, and Safety, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Rinke ML, Chen AR, Bundy DG, et al. Implementation of a central line maintenance care bundle in hospitalized pediatric oncology patients. Pediatrics 2012 Oct; 130(4):e996-e1004. [Cites AHRQ publication, Becoming a High Reliability Organization: Operational Advice for Hospital Leaders, 2008; cites AHRQ-funded article by Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

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

Annals of Internal Medicine
Moyer VA; on behalf of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for coronary heart disease with electrocardiography: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. Ann Intern Med 2012 Oct 2; 157(7):512-18. [Updates evidence on 2004 USPSTF recommendations on screening for coronary heart disease, citing USPSTF evidence synthesis, Screening Asymptomatic Adults for Coronary Heart Disease With Resting or Exercise Electrocardiography: Systematic Review to Update the 2004 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation, 2011, as published on the USPSTF Web site; cites USPSTF Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Systematic Review of Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment Tools, 2011, and USPSTF systematic evidence review, Screening for Asymptomatic Coronary Artery Disease, 2003, both published on NLM's NCBI Bookshelf; cites USPSTF recommendations on using nontraditional risk factors in coronary heart disease risk assessment (Ann Intern Med, 2009); cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on screening asymptomatic adults with resting or exercise electrocardiography (Ann Intern Med, 2011).] Select to access the abstract.

Autier P. Risk factors for breast cancer for women aged 40 to 49 years. Ann Intern Med 2012 Oct 2; 157(7):529. [Comments on USPSTF-sponsored article by Nelson et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2012, and USPSTF 2009 recommendations on screening for breast cancer.]

Nelson HD, Zakher B, Cantor A, et al. In response: Risk factors for breast cancer for women aged 40 to 49 years. Ann Intern Med 2012 Oct 2; 157(7):529. [Replies to comments by Autier cited above in this section.]

Summaries for Patients. Screening for coronary heart disease with electrocardiography: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations. Ann Intern Med 2012 Oct 2; 157(7):1-38. [Summarizes updated USPSTF recommendations cited above in this section.]

Woodhams EJ, Gilliam M. In the clinic. Contraception. Ann Intern Med 2012 Oct 2; 157(7):ITC4-1-ITC4-16. [Includes in Tool Kit section USPSTF recommendation statement, Behavioral Counseling to Prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections, 2008, and a link to the USPSTF Web site.]

Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Gillman MW. Changing the conversation regarding pediatric cholesterol screening: the rare disease paradigm. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2012 Oct 1. [Epub ahead of print. Acknowledges conduct of external reviews for the USPSTF.]

Contraception
Tepper NK, Marchbanks PA, Curtis KM. Use of a checklist to rule out pregnancy: a systematic review. Contraception 2012 Oct 4. [Epub ahead of print. Uses USPTF grading criteria, citing USPSTF-sponsored article by Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001).] Select to access the abstract.

Steenland MW, Rodriguez MI, Marchbanks PA, et al. How does the number of oral contraceptive pill packs dispensed or prescribed affect continuation and other measures of consistent and correct use? A systematic review. Contraception 2012 Oct 4. [Epub ahead of print. Uses USPTF grading criteria, citing USPSTF-sponsored article by Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001).] Select to access the abstract.

Tepper NK, Steenland MW, Gaffield ME, et al. Retention of intrauterine devices in women who acquire pelvic inflammatory disease: a systematic review. Contraception 2012 Oct 4. [Epub ahead of print. Uses USPTF grading criteria, citing USPSTF-sponsored article by Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001).] Select to access the abstract.

Rodriguez MI, Curtis KM, Gaffield ML, et al. Advance supply of emergency contraception: a systematic review. Contraception 2012 Oct 4. [Epub ahead of print. Uses USPTF grading criteria, citing USPSTF-sponsored article by Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American College of Nutrition
Khawaja O, Gaziano JM, Djoussé L. A meta-analysis of omega-3 fatty acids and incidence of atrial fibrillation. J Am Coll Nutr 2012 Feb; 31(1):4-13. [Quality of studies were assessed using USPSTF quality of evidence criteria, citing USPSTF-sponsored article by Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Peres J. Studies support risk-based mammography screening. J Natl Cancer Inst 2012 Oct 3; 104(19):1428-30. [Discusses 2009 updated USPSTF breast cancer screening recommendations.]

Medical Care Research and Review
Bock C, Diehl K, Schneider S, et al. Behavioral counseling for cardiovascular disease prevention in primary care settings: a systematic review of practice and associated factors. Med Care Res Rev 2012 Oct; 69(5):495-518. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on counseling and interventions to prevent tobacco use and tobacco-caused disease in adults and pregnant women (Ann Intern Med, 2009); cites USPSTF evidence syntheses, Behavioral Counseling to Promote Physical Activity and a Healthful Diet to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease in Adults: Update of the Evidence for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, 2010; cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence summary on counseling to promote a healthy diet in adults (Am J Prev Med, 2003); cites USPSTF-sponsored article by Whitlock et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2002); cites articles by Ellerbeck et al. (J Fam Pract, 2001) and Litaker et al. (Prev Med, 2005) on patients' receipt of advice on USPSTF recommendations.] Select to access the abstract.

Nephrology Nursing Journal
Brooks D. Book and media reviews: mobile applications reviews. 2012 Sep-Oct; 39(5):402, 412. [Briefly reviews AHRQ's Electronic Preventive Services Selector (AHRQ ePSS), which is based on USPSTF recommendations, and described as "very useful" and "easy to update."] 

Pediatrics
Shapiro DJ, Hersh AL, Cabana MD, et al. Hypertension screening during ambulatory pediatric visits in the United States, 2000-2009. Pediatrics 2012 Oct; 130(4):604-10. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for high blood pressure (Am Fam Physician, 2003); cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Chaudhry et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006) on the impact of health information technology on quality, efficiency, and costs of medical care, prepared by the Southern California-University of California at San Francisco Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC); cites AHRQ-funded article by Linder et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

Foster GD, Sundal D, McDermott C, et al. Feasibility and preliminary outcomes of a scalable, community-based treatment of childhood obesity. Pediatrics 2012 Oct; 130(4):652-9. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations on screening children and adolescents for obesity, " citing USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Obesity in Children and Adolescents, 2010, as published on the USPSTF Web site.] Select to access the abstract. 

Southern Medical Journal
Khalil B, Aung K, Mansi IA. Reporting potential conflicts of interest among authors of professional medical societies' guidelines. South Med J 2012 Aug; 105(8):411-15. [Reviews clinical practice guidelines, as defined by the Institute of Medicine and adopted by AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC) from selected professional medical societies to determine acknowledgement of conflicts of interest (COI), citing Inclusion Criteria, as published on AHRQ's NGC Web site; concludes that only USPSTF-sponsored guidelines had 0% potential COI; cites article by Baumann et al. (Chest, 2007) on AHRQ's EPCs. Also refer to articles by Jarvik et al. (BMC Musculoskelet Disord, 2012) and Katz et al. (Pharmacotherapy, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles, report by the Government Accountability Office Report to Congressional Requesters, 2012, and article by Sauers et al. (J Athl Train, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

American Family Physician
Seehusen DA, Escano J. Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews: Managing chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease. Am Fam Physician 2012 Oct 1; 86(7):617-19. [Summarizes AHRQ comparative effectiveness review, Comparative Effectiveness of Management Strategies for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Update, 2011, and adapts information from AHRQ publication, Clinician Research Summary: Treatment Options for GERD or Acid Reflux Disease, A Review of the Research for Adults, 2011, both published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Reed M, Huang J, Graetz I, et al. Outpatient electronic health records and the clinical care and outcomes of patients with diabetes mellitus. Ann Intern Med 2012 Oct 2; 157(7):482-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic reviews by Sharma et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2009) on the comparative effectiveness and harms of combination therapy and monotherapy for dyslipidemia, prepared by the University of Ottawa EPC under contract 290-02-0021, and Chaudhry et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006) on the impact of health information technology on quality, efficiency, and costs of medical care, prepared by the Southern California-University of California at San Francisco EPC; cites AHRQ-funded meta-regression analysis by Shojania et al. (JAMA, 2006) on the effects of quality improvement strategies for type 2 diabetes on glycemic control, prepared by the Stanford-UCSF EPC under contract 290-02-0017; cites AHRQ-funded article by Herrin et al. (Health Serv Res, 2012) and others.] Select to access the abstract. 

Hartling L, Abou-Setta AM, Dursun S, et al. Antipsychotics in adults with schizophrenia: comparative effectiveness of first-generation versus second-generation medications: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Ann Intern Med 2012 Oct 2; 157(7):498-511. [Supported by contract 290-2007-10021 (to the University of Alberta EPC) and based on AHRQ comparative effectiveness review, Comparative Effectiveness of First and Second Generation Antipsychotics in the Adult Population, 2012, as published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site; uses AHRQ's protocol for systematic reviews, citing What Is the Research Process?, 2012, as published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site; notes the use of AHRQ EPC program evidence grading methodology, citing AHRQ-authored article by Owens, Lohr, Atkins, Treadwell, Reston, Bass, Chang (seventh author is current researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence and third author is former AHRQ researcher) et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 2010), on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program; includes in literature review AHRQ technical review, Criteria for Distinguishing Effectiveness From Efficacy Trials in Systematic Reviews, 2006; cites final update report, Drug Class Review: Atypical Antipsychotic Drugs, 2010, which uses AHRQ's strength of evidence grading criteria.] Select to access the abstract.

Contemporary Nurse
Schreuders L, Bremner AP, Geelhoed E, et al. Nurse perceptions of the impact of nursing care on patient outcomes: an exploratory study. Contemp Nurse 2012 Jun; 41(2):190-7. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review and meta-analysis by Kane et al. (Med Care, 2007) on the association of registered nurse staffing levels and patient outcomes, prepared by the Minnesota EPC under contract 290-02-0009; cites AHRQ-funded article by Needleman et al. (N Engl J Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Current Psychiatry
Baumbacher G, Mulder C, Bermudes R, et al. TMS for depression. Curr Psychiatry 2012 Sep; 11(9):5. [Notes AHRQ's findings that evidence supported use of transcranial magnetic stimulation, citing AHRQ comparative effectiveness review, Nonpharmacologic Interventions for Treatment-Resistant Depression in Adults. Executive Summary, 2011, as published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site.]

Families, Systems and Health
Sieber WJ, Miller BF, Kessler RS, et al. Establishing the Collaborative Care Research Network (CCRN): A description of initial participating sites. Fam Syst Health 2012 Sep; 30(3):210-23. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Integration of Mental Health/Substance Abuse and Primary Care, 2008, prepared by the Minnesota EPC under contract 290-02-0009; cites AHRQ publications A National Agenda for Research in Collaborative Care: Papers from the Collaborative Care Research Network Research Development Conference, 2011 (as published on the AHRQ Web site) and associated paper by Kessler and Miller, "A Framework for Collaborative Care Metrics," and Integrating Mental Health Treatment Into the Patient Centered Medical Home, 2010.] Select to access the abstract.

Baker-Ericzén MJ, Connelly CD, Hazen AL, et al. A collaborative care telemedicine intervention to overcome treatment barriers for Latina women with depression during the perinatal period. Fam Syst Health 2012 Sep; 30(3):224-40. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Perinatal Depression: Prevalence, Screening Accuracy, and Screening Outcomes, 2005, and related AHRQ-funded systematic review by Gavin et al. (Obstet Gynecol, 2005), both prepared by the RTI-University of North Carolina EPC under contract 290-02-0016.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Leeflang MM, Deeks JJ, Rutjes AW, et al. Bivariate meta-analysis of predictive values of diagnostic tests can be an alternative to bivariate meta-analysis of sensitivity and specificity. J Clin Epidemiol 2012 Oct; 65(10):1088-97. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Lau et al. (Ann Emerg Med, 2001) on the accuracy and clinical effect of current technologies on diagnosing acute cardiac ischemia in the emergency department and AHRQ-funded meta-analysis by Balk et al. (Ann Emerg Med, 2001) on the accuracy of biomarkers to diagnose acute cardiac ischemia in the emergency department, both prepared by the New England Medical Center EPC under contract 290-97-0019.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Wolf MS, Curtis LM, Wilson EA, et al. Literacy, cognitive function, and health: results of the LitCog study. J Gen Intern Med 2012 Oct; 27(10):1300-7. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic reviews by Pignone et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2005) on interventions to improve health outcomes for patients with low literacy, and DeWalt et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2004) on literacy and health outcomes, both prepared by the RTI International-University of North Carolina EPC under contract 290-02-0016.] Select to access the abstract.

Callen JL, Westbrook JI, Georgiou A, et al. Failure to follow-up test results for ambulatory patients: a systematic review. J Gen Intern Med 2012 Oct; 27(10):1334-48. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Chaudhry et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006) on the impact of health information technology on quality, efficiency, and costs of medical care, prepared by the Southern California-University of California at San Francisco; includes in Appendix Table 1, "Studies Showing the Extent of Failure to Follow-up Test Results for Ambulatory Patients and Impact on Patient Outcomes," and cites AHRQ-funded articles by Elder et al. (Fam Med, 2010, and Ann Fam Med, 2009), Gandhi et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006), Poon et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2004, and J Biomed Inform, 2003), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Healthcare Management
Cliff B. Using technology to enhance patient-centered care. J Healthc Manag 2012 Sep-Oct; 57(5):301. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Enabling Patient-Centered Care through Health Information Technology (Health IT), 2012, prepared by the Johns Hopkins University EPC under contract 290-200710061-1.]

Journal of Nursing Care Quality
Ludwig-Beymer P, Williams P, Stimac E. Comparing portable computers with bedside computers when administering medications using bedside medication verification. J Nurs Care Qual 2012 Oct-Dec; 27(4):288-98. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Nanji et al. (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2009), Carayon et al. (J Patient Saf, 2007), and Poon et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006).] Select to access the abstract. 

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Likis FE, Edwards DR, Andrews JC, et al. Progestogens for preterm birth prevention: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Obstet Gynecol 2012 Oct; 120(4):897-907. [Supported in part by contract 290-2007-10065-I to the Vanderbilt EPC and is based on AHRQ research protocol Progestogens for the Prevention of Preterm Birth, 2012.] Select to access the abstract.

Pediatrics
Dove D, Warren Z, McPheeters ML, et al. Medications for adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders: a systematic review. Pediatrics 2012 Oct; 130(4):717-26. [Supported by contract HHSA290-2007-10065-I and is based on AHRQ comparative effectiveness review, Therapies for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, 2011; cites AHRQ publication, Methods Guide for Effectiveness and Comparative Effectiveness Reviews, 2008. Also refer to article by Shapiro et al. (Pediatrics, 2012) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles and article by McComb et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2012) 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

American Journal of Managed Care
Cook SC, Goddu AP, Clarke AR, et al. Lessons for reducing disparities in regional quality improvement efforts. J Manag Care 2012 Sep; 18(9):S102-S105. [Cites Institute of Medicine report, Future Directions for the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports, 2010; mentions AHRQ's Health Care Innovations Exchange Web site as an example of a Web site that assembles "disparities reduction models and lessons."]

Simpson LA. That was then, this is now. Am J Manag Care 2012 Sep; 18(9):S109-S111. [Author is former AHRQ deputy director; cites AHRQ's NHQR, 2011; mentions Affordable Care Act funding of provider-level quality measures to be set by AHRQ; cites AHRQ/National Summit on Public Reporting for Consumers report, State-of-the-Art of Hospital and Physician/Physician Group Public Reports, 2011, as published on the Informed Patient Institute Web site.]

Hasnain-Wynia R, Weber DM, Yonek JC, et al. Community-level interventions to collect race/ethnicity and language data to reduce disparities. Am J Manag Care 2012 Sep; 18(9):S141-S147. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2010.]

McHugh MC, Harvey JB, Aseyev D, et al. Approaches to improving healthcare delivery by multi-stakeholder alliances. Am J Manag Care 2012 Sep; 18(9):S156-S162. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2010; cites AHRQ-funded article by Pronovost et al. (Am J Infect Control, 2008).] 

Journal of Health and Human Services Administration
Vaccaro JA, Huffman FG. Reducing health disparities: medical advice received for minorities with diabetes. J Health Hum Serv Adm 2012 Spring; 34(4):389-417. [Cites AHRQ report, Health Care Coverage Analyses of the 2006 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports, 2008, and AHRQ's NHQR, 2008; mentions the care domains assessed by AHRQ's MEPS, citing Disparities in Quality of Care for Midlife Adults (Ages 45–64) Versus Older Adults (Ages >65), 2010, prepared by the National Committee for Quality Assurance under AHRQ/Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation contract HHSP233-2008-00278A; cites AHRQ-funded article by Parchman et al. (Ann Fam Med, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Nephrology Nursing Journal
Headley CM. Making the case for cookbook care. Nephrol Nurs J 2012 Sep 1; 39(5):413-15. [Discusses AHRQ's identification and categorization of variations in health care, citing AHRQ's NHDR, 2011. Also refer to articles by Wang (J Am Pharm Assoc, 2012), Rosen et al. (Med Care, 2012), and Johnson et al. (Med Care, 2012) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Family Physician
Rahman M, Shad F, Smith MC. Acute kidney injury: a guide to diagnosis and management. Am Fam Physician 2012 Oct 1; 86(7):631-9. [Uses AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC) as a data source.]

Kavan MG, Elsasser GN, Barone EJ. The physician's role in managing acute stress disorder. Am Fam Physician 2012 Oct 1; 86(7):643-9. [Uses AHRQ's NGC as a data source.]

Stuckey-Schrock K, Hayes BL, George CM. Community-acquired pneumonia in children. Am Fam Physician 2012 Oct 1; 86(7):661-7. [Uses AHRQ's online resources as data source; cites AHRQ publication, Care of Children and Adolescents in U.S. Hospitals, HCUP Fact Book 4, 2003, as accessed from the AHRQ Archive Web site.]

American Journal of Epidemiology
Holt EW, Muntner P, Joyce C, et al. Life events, coping, and antihypertensive medication adherence among older adults: the cohort study of medication adherence among older adults. Am J Epidemiol 2012 Oct 1; 176 Suppl 7:S64- S71. [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 Pharmacy Benefits
Yen L, Davis KL, Hodgkins P, et al. Direct costs of diverticulitis in a US managed care population. Am J Pharm Benefits 2012 Sep-Oct; 4(5):e118-e129. [Uses the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992).]

BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
Linder SK, Swank PR, Vernon SW, et al. Is a prostate cancer screening anxiety measure invariant across two different samples of age-appropriate men? BMC Med Inform Decis Mak 2012 Jun 8; 12:52. [Uses baseline data from a study by Volk et al. (Patient Educ Couns, 2008), which was supported in part by grant 5 R01 HS10612.] Select to access the abstract. 

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
McComb SA, Henneman EA, Hinchey KT, et al. Improving teamwork on general medical units: when teams do not work face-to-face. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2012 Oct; 38:471-8. [Uses AHRQ's TeamSTEPPS framework as the basis of the described training program, citing AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches, Volume 3: Performance and Tools, 2008 (as published on the AHRQ Web site), and articles by Baker et al. (Qual Saf Health Care, 2010) and Weaver et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2010); cites AHRQ technical review, A Critical Analysis of Quality Improvement Strategies, Volume 7: Care Coordination, 2007.] 

Journal of the American Pharmacists Association
Wang J, Brown LM, Hong SH. Racial and ethnic disparities in meeting Part D MTM eligibility criteria among the non-Medicare population. J Am Pharm Assoc 2012 Sep 1; 52(5):e87-e96. [Uses 2007-2008 MEPS data as accessed on AHRQ's MEPS Web site; cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2010.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Clinical Oncology
Wright JD, Herzog TJ, Siddiq Z, et al. Failure to rescue as a source of variation in hospital mortality for ovarian cancer. J Clin Oncol 2012 Oct 1. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 1988-2009 HCUP NIS data and AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
El-Kareh R, Roy C, Williams DH, et al. Impact of automated alerts on follow-up of post-discharge microbiology results: a cluster randomized controlled trial. J Gen Intern Med 2012 Oct; 27(10):1243-50. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998), cites AHRQ-funded articles by Gandhi et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006), Kachalia et al. (Ann Emerg Med, 2006), Poon et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2004, and J Biomed Inform, 2003), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Hasnain M, Schwartz A, Girotti J, et al. Differences in patient-reported experiences of care by race and acculturation status. J Immigr Minor Health 2012 Oct 4. [Epub ahead of print. Uses CAHPS Clinician and Group Survey's Adult Primary Care instrument for experiences of care, and uses CAHPS core items to compute the CAHPS Global Rating; cites AHRQ-funded article by Solomon et al. (Med Care, 2005) and AHRQ-authored articles by Dayton, Zhan, Sangl, Darby, and Moy (first and fourth authors are former researchers, second author is current researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence, and third and last authors are current researchers in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety) (Am J Med Qual, 2006), and Lurie, Zhan, Sangl, Bierman (former AHRQ researcher) et al. (Am J Manag Care, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Nursing Care Quality
Hammer JA, Jones TL, Brown SA. Rapid response teams and failure to rescue: one community's experience. J Nurs Care Qual 2012 Oct-Dec; 27(4):352-8. [Uses AHRQ's Quality Indicator Software Version 3.2 to compute failure-to-rescue rates; cites Patient Safety Indicators Overview, as published on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site; mentions AHRQ's support of the 100,000 Lives Campaign, citing article by Gosfield and Reinertsen (Health Aff, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Cabacungan ET, Ngui EM, McGinley EL. Racial/ethnic disparities in maternal morbidities: a statewide study of labor and delivery hospitalizations in Wisconsin. Matern Child Health J 2012 Oct; 16(7):1455-67. [Uses 2005-2007 HCUP SID data for Wisconsin, citing Overview of the State Inpatient Databases (SID), 2009, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Smith SA, Moore EJ. Health literacy and depression in the context of home visitation. Matern Child Health J 2012 Oct; 16(7):1500-8. [Uses database developed under AHRQ/NIH grant R03 HD55618-02.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Sharabiani MT, Aylin P, Bottle A. Systematic review of comorbidity indices for administrative data. Med Care 2012 Aug 26. [Epub ahead of print. Reviews articles comparing 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 articles by Romano, Roos, and Jollis (J Clin Epidemiol, 1993) and Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992).] Select to access the abstract. 

Rosen AK, Loveland S, Shin M, et al. Examining the impact of the AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) on the Veterans Health Administration: the case of readmissions. Med Care 2012 Sep 29. [Epub ahead of print. Uses AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators Software, Version 4.1a, HCUP Clinical Classifications Software (CCS), and HCUP Comorbidity Software, citing AHRQ publication, AHRQ Quality Indicators: Guide to Patient Safety Indicators, 2003, and Patient Safety Indicators SAS Syntax Software, Version 4.1a (as published on AHRQ's Quality Indicators' Software Web site), and Clinical Classifications Software (CCS) for ICD-9-CM Fact Sheet, 2012, and Comorbidity Software, Version 3.6, 2011 (both as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site); cites AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation, Volume 2: Concepts and Methodology, 2005; cites AHRQ's NHQR, 2009; cites several AHRQ-funded/authored articles.] Select to access the abstract. 

Johnson PJ, Ghildayal N, Ward AC, et al. Disparities in potentially avoidable emergency department (ED) care: ED visits for ambulatory care sensitive conditions. Med Care 2012 Sep 29. [Epub ahead of print. Uses AHRQ's Prevention Quality Indicators, citing AHRQ publication, AHRQ Quality Indicators: Quality Indicator User Guide: Prevention Quality Indicators (PQI) Composite Measures, Version 4.4, 2012, as published on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site; also constructs analytic groups aligned with AHRQ's priority populations; mentions AHRQ's ambulatory care sensitive conditions; cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2011; cites AHRQ-authored article by Owens, Barrett, Gibson, Andrews, Weinick, and Mutter (first, fourth, and last authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Ann Emerg Med, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

Li Y, Cai X, Mukamel DB, et al. Impact of length of stay after coronary bypass surgery on short-term readmission rate: an instrumental variable analysis. Med Care 2012 Sep 29. [Epub ahead of print. Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al. Med Care, 1998), citing article by Quan et al. (Med Care, 2005); cites findings from article by Swaminathan et al. (Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes, 2009), which uses 1988-2005 HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care Research and Review
Burns ME, Leininger LJ. Understanding the gap in primary care access and use between teens and younger children. Med Care Res Rev 2012 Oct; 69(5):581-601. [Uses 2003-2008 MEPS data linked with corresponding National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data and adopts MEPS' definition of a family, citing AHRQ publication, MEPS HC-113: 2007 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2009, as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Selden (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Pediatrics, 2006); cites AHRQ-funded article by Shone et al. (Pediatrics, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Pediatrics
Ahuja N, Zhao W, Xiang H. Medical errors in US pediatric inpatients with chronic conditions. Pediatrics 2012 Oct; 130(4):e786-e793. [Uses 2006 HCUP Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) data, HCUP Chronic Condition Indicator (CCI), and All Patient Refined Diagnosis Related Groups (APR-DRG), citing, respectively, Overview of the Kids' Inpatient Database (KID), 2006, Chronic Condition Indicator (CCI) for ICD-9-CM, and Overview of Disease Severity Measures Disseminated with the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) and Kid's Inpatient Database (KID): Executive Summary, 2005, all published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; also uses and comments on data, recommendations, and study design from AHRQ-funded article by Slonim et al. (Pediatrics, 2003), which uses 1988-1997 HCUP KID data; cites AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation, Volume 1: Research Findings, 2005, and several AHRQ-authored articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Boulet SL, Grosse SD, Thornburg CD, et al. Trends in venous thromboembolism-related hospitalizations, 1994-2009. Pediatrics 2012 Oct; 130(4):e812-e820. [Uses 1994-2009 HCUP NIS data, citing Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), 1994-2009, 2011, and Introduction to the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2009, 2011, Changes in the NIS Sampling and Weighting Strategy for 1998, 2002, both published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; also uses 2000, 2003, and 2006 HCUP KID data, citing Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Kids' Inpatient Database (KID), 2000, 2003, and 2006, 2011; cites AHRQ publications 2007 HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) Comparison Report, HCUP Methods Series Report 2010-03, 2010, 2005 HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) Comparison Report, HCUP Methods Series Report 2008-01, 2008, 2004 HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) Comparison Report, HCUP Methods Series Report 2007-03, 2007, 2003 HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) Comparison Report, HCUP Method Series Report 2006-09, 2006, and 2002 HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) Comparison Report, HCUP Methods Series Report 2005-03, 2005; cites AHRQ-funded article by White et al. (Thromb Res, 2010), which is supported by contract 290-04-0020 for evaluation of AHRQ's Quality Indicators.] Select to access the abstract.

Sleep Medicine
Lallukka T, Ferrie JE, Kivimäki M, et al. Economic difficulties and subsequent sleep problems: evidence from British and Finnish occupational cohorts. Sleep Med 2012 Jun; 13(6):680-5. [Uses study cohort data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ. Also refer to articles by Khanna et al. (Health Qual Life Outcomes, 2012), Zhang et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2012), Witt et al. (Matern Child Health J, 2012), Banthin and Bernard (Med Care Econ Risk Measur Financ Vulner Spend Med Care (IOM) 2012), and Coffey et al. (Med Care Res Rev, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles, article by Khalil, Aung, and Mansi (South Med J, 2012) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles above, and article by Vaccaro and Huffman (J Health Hum Serv Adm, 2012) cited in National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR)/National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR)-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Current as of October 2012
Internet Citation: Study Protocol: the Back Pain Outcomes using Longitudinal Data (BOLD) Registry: Articles of Interest: October 5, 2012. October 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/100512.html