Nystagmus Assessments Documented by Emergency Physicians in Acute Dizziness Presentations: a Target for Decision Support?

Articles of Interest: December 9, 2011

A weekly compilation of articles appearing in recently released journals and newsletters, including articles funded by AHRQ or authored by AHRQ researchers, mentioning or discussing AHRQ staff, activities, and publications/products, or other research using AHRQ data or products.

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AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles

Academic Emergency Medicine
Kerber KA, Morgenstern LB, Meurer WJ, McLaughlin T, Hall PA, Forman J, Fendrick AM, Newman-Toker DE. Nystagmus assessments documented by emergency physicians in acute dizziness presentations: a target for decision support? Acad Emerg Med 2011 Jun; 18(6):619-26. [Supported in part by grant HS17755 (to last author).] Select to access the abstract.

McCarthy ML, Ding R, Zeger SL, et al. A randomized controlled trial of the effect of service delivery information on patient satisfaction in an emergency department fast track. Acad Emerg Med 2011 Jul; 18(7):674-85. [Supported by grant K01 HS17957.] Select to access the abstract.

Advances in Skin and Wound Care
Bergquist-Beringer S, Gajewski BJ. Outcome and Assessment Information Set data that predict pressure ulcer development in older adult home health patients. Adv Skin Wound Care 2011 Sep; 24(9):404-14. [Supported by grant R03 HS17353.] Select to access the abstract.

AIDS and Behavior
Akincigil A, Wilson IB, Walkup JT, et al. Antidepressant treatment and adherence to antiretroviral medications among privately insured persons with HIV/AIDS. AIDS Behav 2011 Nov; 15(8):1819-28. [Supported by Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) grant U18 HS16097.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Human Biology
Bruckner TA, Subbaraman M, Catalano RA. Transient cultural influences on infant mortality: Fire-Horse daughters in Japan. Am J Hum Biol 2011 Sep-Oct; 23(5):586-91. [Supported by Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) grant HS00086-09.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Psychiatry
Comer JS, Mojtabai R, Olfson M. National trends in the antipsychotic treatment of psychiatric outpatients with anxiety disorders. Am J Psychiatry 2011 Oct; 168(10):1057-65. [Supported in part by grant U18 HS16097.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Emergency Medicine
Thompson DO, Hurtado TR, Liao MM, Byyny RL, Gravitz C, Haukoos JS. Validation of the Simplified Motor Score in the out-of-hospital setting for the prediction of outcomes after traumatic brain injury. Ann Emerg Med 2011 Nov; 58(5):417-25. [Supported by grants F32 HS18123 (to third author) and K02 HS17526 (to last author).] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Rheumatic Diseases
Curtis JR, Xie F, Chen L, et al. The comparative risk of serious infections among rheumatoid arthritis patients starting or switching biological agents. Ann Rheum Dis 2011 Aug; 70(8):1401-6. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS18517.] Select to access the abstract.

CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal
Kesselheim AS. The backlash against bioequivalence and the interchangeability of brand-name and generic drugs. CMAJ 2011 Sep 6; 183(12):1350-1351. [Supported by Career Development Award grant K08 HS18465-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Therapeutics
Heaton PC, Schuchter J, Lannon CM, et al. Impact of drug label changes on propofol use in pediatrics for moderate conscious sedation. Clin Ther 2011 Jul; 33(7):886-95. [Supported in part by CERTs cooperative agreement grant U18 HS16957-03.] Select to access the abstract.

Epidemiology
Wang S, Linkletter C, Maclure M, et al. Future cases as present controls to adjust for exposure trend bias in case-only studies. Epidemiology 2011 Jul; 22(4):568-74. [Supported by grant 2 T32 HS00011 ("AHRQ Graduate Student Support for Research Assistants at Pfizer Epidemiology").] Select to access the abstract.

Health Communication
Cegala DJ. An exploration of factors promoting patient participation in primary care medical interviews. Health Commun 2011 Jul-Aug; 26(5):427-36. [Supported by grant R03 HS90110-01T.] Select to access the abstract.

Rochon D, Ross MW, Looney C, et al. Communication strategies to improve HIV treatment adherence. Health Commun 2011 Jul-Aug; 26(5):461-7. [Supported by cooperative agreement grant U18 HS16093.] Select to access the abstract.

Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Harris AD, Johnson JK, Thom KA, Morgan DJ, et al. Risk factors for development of intestinal colonization with imipenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa in the intensive care unit setting. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2011 Jul; 32(7):719-22. [Supported in part by grant 1 K08 HS18111-01 (to fourth author).] Select to access the abstract.

Informatics in Primary Care
Shaikh U, Nelson R, Tancredi D, et al. Presentation of body mass index within an electronic health record to improve weight assessment and counselling in children and adolescents. Inform Prim Care 2011 [shown as 2010 in PubMed®]; 18(4):235-44. [Supported in part by grant K08 HS18567.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Grijalva CG, Chen L, Delzell E, Baddley JW, Beukelman T, Winthrop KL, Griffin MR, Herrinton LJ, Liu L, Ouellet-Hellstrom R, Patkar NM, Solomon DH, Lewis JD, Xie F, Saag KG, Curtis JR. Initiation of tumor necrosis factor-α antagonists and the risk of hospitalization for infection in patients with autoimmune diseases. JAMA 2011 Dec 7; 306(21):2331-9. [Supported in part by grants U18 HS17919 and R01 HS18517 (to last author); acknowledges participation of Dr. Parivash Nourjah (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence) "in the design and conduct of the study."] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Health Communication
Harrison TR, Morgan SE, King AJ, et al. Saving lives branch by branch: the effectiveness of driver licensing bureau campaigns to promote organ donor registry sign-ups to African Americans in Michigan. J Health Commun 2011 Sep; 16(8):805-19. [Supported in part by grant D71 HS85775 (attributed to the Health Resources and Services Administration's Division of Transplantation).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Health Economics
Jung K, Feldman R, Scanlon D. Where would you go for your next hospitalization? J Health Econ 2011 Jul; 30(4):832-41. [Supported in part by grants 2 U18 HS13680 and 2 R01 HS10730-04.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Trauma
Osler T, Glance LG, Hosmer DW. Comparison of hospital mortality rates after burn injury in New York State: a risk-adjusted population-based observational study. J Trauma 2011 Oct; 71(4):1040-7. [Supported by grant R01 HS16737.] Select to access the abstract.

Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Varley CD, Gross ND, Marx DP, Winthrop KL. Tuberculosis of the nasolacrimal duct. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg 2011 Sep-Oct; 27(5):e129-e131. [Supported by grant 1 K08 HS17552-01 (to fourth author).] Select to access the abstract.

Osteoporosis International
Taylor AJ, Gary LC, Arora T, et al. Clinical and demographic factors associated with fractures among older Americans. Osteoporos Int 2011 Apr; 22(4):1263-74. [Supported in part by grant U18 HS16956.] Select to access the abstract.

Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Lawrence W. Starting the conversation. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2011 Aug; 20(8):807-9. [Author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence; discusses AHRQ's involvement in comparative effectiveness research.]

de Achaval S, Suarez-Almazor M. Acetaminophen overdose: a little recognized public health threat. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2011 Aug; 20(8):827-9. [Supported by CERTs grant U18 HS17991; notes that second author is director of the Houston CERTs supported by grant U18 HS16093.] Select to access the abstract.

PLoS One
Morgan DJ, Day HR, Harris AD, et al. The impact of Contact Isolation on the quality of inpatient hospital care. PLoS One 2011 Jul; 6(7):e22190. [Supported in part by grant K08 HS18111-01 (to first author); 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.

Clermont G, Kong L, Weissfeld LA, et al. The effect of pulmonary artery catheter use on costs and long-term outcomes of acute lung injury. PLoS One 2011 Jul; 6(7):e22512. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS11620 (attributed to the National Institutes of Health).] Select to access the abstract.

Primary Care Respiratory Journal
Roy A, Battle K, Lurslurchachai L, Halm EA, Wisnivesky JP. Inhaler device, administration technique, and adherence to inhaled corticosteroids in patients with asthma. Prim Care Respir J 2011 Jun; 20(2):148-54. [Supported in part by grants K08 HS13312 (to last author) and R01 HS09973 (attributed to the National Institute on Aging).] Select to access the abstract.

Psychiatric Services
Chen SY, Toh S. National trends in prescribing antidepressants before and after an FDA advisory on suicidality risk in youths. Psychiatr Serv 2011 Jul; 62(7):727-33. [Supported by grant 1 R03 HS19024.] Select to access the abstract.

O'Loughlin RE, Duberstein PR, Veazie PJ, et al. Role of the gender-linked norm of toughness in the decision to engage in treatment for depression. Psychiatr Serv 2011 Jul; 62(7):740-746. [Supported in part by grant T32 HS00044 (to first author.] Select to access the abstract.

[See also AHRQ-funded article by Chou et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2011) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles below, and AHRQ-funded articles by Gartlehner et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2011) and Powers and Greene (J Manag Care Pharm, 2011) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles below.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Family Physician
Crosson JC, Basemore AW, Phillips RL. EHR implementation without meaningful use can lead to worse outcomes. Am Fam Physician 2011 Dec 1; 84(11):1220. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Crosson et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2008).]

American Journal of Managed Care
Pesis-Katz I, Williams GC, Niemiec CP, et al. Cost-effectiveness of intensive tobacco dependence intervention based on self-determination theory. Am J Manag Care 2011 Oct 1; 17(10):e393-e398. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guidelines, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008, and Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000; cites article by Cromwell et al. (JAMA, 1997) on AHRQ-sponsored guidelines on smoking cessation, 1996.] Select to access the abstract.

Choi AI, Karter AJ, Liu JY, et al. Ethnic differences in the development of albuminuria: the DISTANCE study. Am J Manag Care 2011 Nov; 17(14):737-45. [Cites article by Hays et al. (Med Care, 1999) on the psychometric properties of AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) survey measures.] Select to access the abstract.

Zhang Q, Zhao C, Davies MJ, et al. Compliance and persistence with concomitant statin and oral antihyperglycemic therapy. Am J Manag Care 2011 Nov; 17(11):746-52. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Parchman (now a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships), Romero, and Pugh (Ann Fam Med, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Family Medicine
Phillips RL Jr. Where the United States falls down and how we might stand up. Ann Fam Med 2011 Nov; 9(6):483-5. [Comments on AHRQ-funded article by DeVoe et al. (Ann Fam Med, 2011); cites AHRQ-funded articles by DeVoe et al. (Ann Fam Med, 2009, and Pediatrics, 2009).]

Roberts RG. When lightning strikes. Ann Fam Med 2011 Nov; 9(6):486-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Berenholtz et al. (Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol, 2011).]

BMJ
Tonks A. Reassuring new safety data for ADHD drugs. BMJ 2011 Nov 12; 343(7831):978. [Summarizes AHRQ-funded article by Cooper et al. (N Engl J Med, 2011).]

Swinglehurst D, Greenhalgh T, Russell J, et al. Receptionist input to quality and safety in repeat prescribing in UK general practice: ethnographic case study. BMJ 2011 Nov 12; 343(7831):983. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Koppel et al. (JAMA, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

CMAJ: Canadian Medial Association Journal
Klarenbach S, Cameron C, Singh S, et al. Cost-effectiveness of second-line antihyperglycemic therapy in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus inadequately controlled on metformin. CMAJ 2011 Nov 8; 183(16):E1213-E1220. [Cites AHRQ publication, Calculating the U.S. Population-based EQ-5D Index Score, 2005, as published on the AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ-funded article by Laupacis et al. (CMAJ, 1992).] Select to access the abstract.

Cancer Cytopathology
Raab SS, Grzybicki DM. Cytologic-histologic correlation. Cancer Cytopathol 2011 Oct 25; 119(5):293-309. [Discusses findings from AHRQ-funded project (under grant 1 R01 HS13321-01) commissioning four laboratories to evaluate the process and outcomes of cytologic-histologic correlation error detection, citing AHRQ-funded articles by Raab et al. (Am J Clin Pathol, 2006, and Cancer, 2005), and Raab (Clin Lab Med, 2004), which discuss improving patient safety by examining pathology errors; cites papers presented at AHRQ-sponsored summary meeting Improving Patient Safety by Examining Pathology Errors: Projected Results, 2007, and AHRQ-sponsored conference Improving Hospital and Laboratory Safety Meeting, 2006; cites AHRQ-authored article by Battles (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety) et al. (Arch Pathol Lab Med, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Clinics in Geriatric Medicine
Fort AT. State of the art in anti-aging trends. Clin Geriatr Med 2011 Nov; 27(4):507-22. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Liu et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2007).]

Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Atherton S, Alliston S. Caring for carers in critical care: working in intensive care is stressful and demanding. N Z Nurs J 2011 Nov; 17(10):12-13. [Cites AHRQ publication, "Intensive Care Nurses Face Noise, Distractions, Small Workspace, and Other Obstacles to Providing Care to Critically Ill Patients," Research Activities, 2007.]

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

American Family Physician
Spoelhof GD, Davis GL, Licari A. Clinical vignettes in geriatric depression. Am Fam Physician 2011 Nov 15; 84(10):1149-54. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for depression in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Wilkinson JE. Effect of mammography on breast cancer mortality. Am Fam Physician 2011 Dec 1; 84(11):1225-7. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on breast cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2002) and updated recommendations and associated evidence review (both in Ann Intern Med, 2009).]

Van Voast Moncada L. Management of falls in older persons: a prescription for prevention. Am Fam Physician 2011 Dec 1; 84(11):1267-76. [Uses USPSTF recommendations and associated evidence reviews, AHRQ evidence reports, and National Guideline Clearinghouse™ guideline syntheses as sources for relevant publications; cite USPSTF draft recommendation statement, Prevention of Falls in Older Adults, 2011.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Internal Medicine
Nayak S, Roberts MS, Greenspan SL. Cost-effectiveness of different screening strategies for osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. Ann Intern Med 2011 Dec 6; 155(11):751-61. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for osteoporosis in postmenopausal women and related evidence review by Nelson et al. (both in Ann Intern Med, 2002); see comments by Schousboe and Gourlay (Ann Intern Med, 2011) cited below in this section.] Select to access the abstract.

Chou R, Croswell JM, Dana T, et al. Screening for prostate cancer: a review of the evidence for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med 2011 Dec 6; 155(11):762-71. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-2007-10057-I-EPC3; updates the 2002 and 2008 USPSTF evidence reviews on screening and treatments for prostate cancer, citing USPSTF-sponsored evidence update on screening for prostate cancer by Harris and Lohr (Ann Intern Med, 2002) and later USPSTF recommendations on screening for prostate cancer and associated evidence update by Lin et al. (both in Ann Intern Med, 2008); summarizes USPSTF-sponsored evidence review, Prostate-specific Antigen-based Screening for Prostate Cancer: An Evidence Update for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, 2011, and Benefits and Harms of Treatment for Localized Prostate Cancer: Systematic Review to Update the 2002 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation, 2011; cites USPSTF-sponsored article by Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001) on USPSTF methodologies and AHRQ-authored article by Chou, Aronson, Atkins et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 2010), which discusses AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program.] Select to access the abstract.

Schousboe JT, Gourlay ML. Comparative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of strategies to screen for osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. Ann Intern Med 2011 Dec 6; 155(11):788-9. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for osteoporosis (Ann Intern Med, 2011); cites article by Leslie and Schousboe (Curr Osteoporos Rep, 2011), which reviews the same USPSTF recommendations; comments on article by Nayak, Roberts, and Greenspan cited above in this section.]

Christmas C. In the Clinic: Hip fracture. Ann Intern Med 2011 Dec 6; 155(11):ITC6-1-ITC6-16. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for osteoporosis (Ann Intern Med, 2011); lists in the "In the Clinic Tool Kit: Hip Fracture" section USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Osteoporosis, 2011, as published on the USPSTF Web site, and AHRQ Quality Indicator measure 19 for assessing the hip fracture mortality rate from AHRQ publication, AHRQ Quality Indicators: Guide to Inpatient Quality Indicators: Quality of Care in Hospitals - Volume, Mortality, and Utilization, version 3.1, 2007, as published on AHRQ's National Quality Measures Clearinghouse Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Perrin EM, Skinner AC, Steiner MJ. Parental recall of doctor communication of weight status: national trends from 1999 through 2008. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2011 Dec 5 [Epub ahead of print. Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for obesity in children and adolescents (Pediatrics, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

BMJ
Godlee F. Editor's Choice: Mammography wars. BMJ 2011 Nov 26; 343(7833):1067. [Mentions updated USPSTF recommendations on breast cancer screening.]

Baines CJ. Lessons from US reviews show impartiality is needed. BMJ 2011 Nov 26; 343(7833):1095. [Mentions updated USPSTF recommendations on breast cancer screening.]

Raftery J, Chorozoglou M. Possible net harms of breast cancer screening: updated modelling of Forrest report. BMJ 2011 Dec 8; 343:d7627. [Discusses findings from USPSTF-sponsored evidence update on screening for breast cancer summary (Ann Intern Med, 2009) and complete review, Screening for Breast Cancer: Systematic Evidence Review Update for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, 2009, as published on the USPSTF Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Clinics in Geriatric Medicine
Cefalu CA. Theories and mechanisms of aging. Clin Geriatr Med 2011 Nov; 27(4):491-506. [Notes that "successful aging involves the practice of primary and to a lesser extent secondary prevention," citing "US Preventive Health Task Force," Clinical Practice Guidelines landing page on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Zoorob RJ, Kihlberg CJ, Taylor SE. Aging and disease prevention. Clin Geriatr Med 2011 Nov; 27(4):523-39. [Discusses USPSTF recommendations on several diseases and conditions related to the elderly, citing USPSTF A-Z Topic Guide index page on the USPSTF Web site; cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on screening older adults for impaired visual acuity (Ann Intern Med, 2009); cites article by Wilkins and Reynolds (Am Fam Physician, 2008), which uses USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008) in its review; cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Tobacco Use: Prevention, Cessation, and Control, 2006.] Select to access the abstract.

Schwartz E, Holtorf K. Hormone replacement therapy in the geriatric patient: current state of the evidence and questions for the future. Estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and thyroid hormone augmentation in geriatric clinical practice: part 1. Clin Geriatr Med 2011 Nov; 27(4):541-59. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Hormone Replacement Therapy for the Prevention of Chronic Conditions in Postmenopausal Women, 2005, as published on the USPSTF Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Allen J, Morelli V. Aging and exercise. Clin Geriatr Med 2011 Nov; 27(4):661-71. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored systematic review of behavioral counseling to promote physical activity and a healthful diet to prevent cardiovascular diseases in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

Morelli V. Toward a comprehensive differential diagnosis and clinical approach to fatigue in the elderly. Clin Geriatr Med 2011 Nov; 27(4):687-92. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored systematic evidence review on primary care-relevant interventions to prevent falling in older adults (Ann Intern Med, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

 

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Harris R, Kinsinger LS. Less is more: not "going the distance" and why. J Natl Cancer Inst 2011 Dec 7; 103(23):1726-8. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored systematic review on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008); cites article by Pignone and Ransohoff (Med Decis Making, 2011) which discusses USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer, and article by Harris et al. (Epidemiol Rev, 2011) which references several USPSTF recommendations; cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Enhancing the Use and Quality of Colorectal Cancer Screening, 2010, as prepared by the RTI International-University of North Carolina Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) under contract 290-2007-10056-I.]

Journal of Women's Health
Smith ML, Hochhalter AK, Ahn S, et al. Utilization of screening mammography among middle-aged and older women in central Texas. J Womens Health 2011 Nov; 20(11):1619-26. [Uses USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer and associated evidence review (Ann Intern Med, 2009) as the basis for the study's dependent variable of breast cancer screening receipt; cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence summary on breast cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Puigpin S-Riera R, Serral G, Pons-Vigu S M, et al. Evolution of inequalities in breast and cervical cancer screening in Barcelona: population surveys 1992, 2001, and 2006. J Womens Health 2011 Nov; 20(11):1721-7. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on breast cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Powell H, O'Connor K, Greenberg D. Adherence to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force 2002 osteoporosis screening guidelines in academic primary care settings. J Womens Health 2011 Dec 7 [Epub ahead of print. Discusses USPSTF recommendations on screening for osteoporosis in postmenopausal women (Ann Intern Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine
Nicholas JA, Hall WJ. Screening and preventive services for older adults. Mt Sinai J Med 2011 Jul-Aug; 78(4):498-508. [Cites AHRQ/CDC/CMS/Administration on Aging-sponsored report, Enhancing Use of Clinical Preventive Services Among Older Adults – Closing the Gap, 2011; mentions USPSTF efforts to redesign its recommendations to incorporate age-related variables and evidence-based evaluation of geriatric conditions, citing the USPSTF Web site, USPSTF-sponsored article by Michael et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2010), and article by Tinetti (Ann Intern Med, 2010) commenting on USPSTF-sponsored systematic review of primary-care relevant interventions to prevent falling in older adults.] Select to access the abstract.

New England Journal of Medicine
Feldman S. Making sense of the new cervical-cancer screening guidelines. N Engl J Med 2011 Dec 8; 365(23):2145-7. [Cites U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Opportunities for Public Comment, as published on the USPSTF Web site; cites USPSTF-sponsored review of risk factors and other epidemiologic considerations for cervical cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2011).]

Smith AK, Williams BA, Lo B. Discussing overall prognosis with the very elderly. N Engl J Med 2011 Dec 8; 365(23):2149-51. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008).]

Women and Health
Djikanovic B, Lo Fo Wong S, Stevanovic S, et al. Women's expectations of healthcare professionals in case of intimate partner violence in Serbia. Women Health 2011 Nov; 51(7):693-708. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on screening women and elderly adults for family and intimate partner violence (Ann Intern Med, 2004). Also refer to AHRQ-funded article by Gartlehner et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2011) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

American Family Physician
Darby-Stewart A, Graber MA, Dachs R. Antibiotics for acute otitis media in young children. Am Fam Physician 2011 Nov 15; 84(10):1095-7. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Management of Acute Otitis Media: Update, 2010.]

American Journal of Managed Care
Blonde L. Improving care for patients with type 2 diabetes: applying management guidelines and algorithms, and a review of new evidence for incretin agents and lifestyle intervention. Am J Manag Care 2011 Nov; 17(14 Suppl):S368-S376. [Cites AHRQ comparative effectiveness review, Oral Diabetes Medications for Adults With Type 2 Diabetes: An Update, 2011, prepared by Johns Hopkins University EPC under contract 290-02-0018, as published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site.]

Shaya FT, Chirikov VV. Decision support tools to optimize economic outcomes for type 2 diabetes. Am J Manag Care 2011 Nov; 17(14 Suppl):S377-S383. [Cites AHRQ comparative effectiveness reviews, Oral Diabetes Medications for Adults With Type 2 Diabetes: An Update, 2011, and Comparative Effectiveness, Safety, and Indications of Insulin Analogues in Premixed Formulations for Adults with Type 2 Diabetes, 2008, both prepared by Johns Hopkins University EPC under contract 290-02-0018 and published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site; describes in the information box "Common Indices of Comorbidity Used in Health Economics Research" the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992).]

Tzeel AL. Diabetes benefit management: evolving strategies for payers. Am J Manag Care 2011 Nov; 17(14 Suppl):S384-S390. [Cites AHRQ comparative effectiveness review, Oral Diabetes Medications for Adults With Type 2 Diabetes: An Update, 2011, prepared by Johns Hopkins University EPC under contract 290-02-0018, as published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Gartlehner G, Hansen RA, Morgan LC, et al. Comparative benefits and harms of second-generation antidepressants for treating major depressive disorder: an updated meta-analysis. Ann Intern Med 2011 Dec 6; 155(11):772-85. [Supported by contract 290-2007-10056-I task order 2 to RTI International-University of North Carolina EPC to update AHRQ comparative effectiveness review, Comparative Effectiveness of Second-Generation Antidepressants in the Pharmacologic Treatment of Adult Depression, 2007; uses the research protocol Second-Generation Antidepressants in the Pharmacologic Treatment of Adult Depression: An Update of the 2007 Comparative Effectiveness Review, 2011, and the process described in the publication, What Is the Research Process?, both published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site, to conduct the review; cites USPSTF-sponsored article by Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001) on USPSTF methodologies.] Select to access the abstract.

Rudd RE. Low health literacy. Ann Intern Med 2011 Dec 6; 155(11):793-4. [Comments on AHRQ-funded updated systematic review by Berkman et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2011) on low health literacy and health outcomes, prepared by RTI International-University of North Carolina EPC under contract 290-2007-10056-1.]

Padmanabhan H. Low health literacy. Ann Intern Med 2011 Dec 6; 155(11):794. [Comments on AHRQ-funded updated systematic review by Berkman et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2011) on low health literacy and health outcomes, prepared by RTI International-University of North Carolina EPC under contract 290-2007-10056-1.]

Burnette JC. Low health literacy. Ann Intern Med 2011 Dec 6; 155(11):794. [Comments on AHRQ-funded updated systematic review by Berkman et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2011) on low health literacy and health outcomes, prepared by RTI International-University of North Carolina EPC under contract 290-2007-10056-1.]

Rosenfeld L. Low health literacy. Ann Intern Med 2011 Dec 6; 155(11):794-5. [Comments on AHRQ-funded updated systematic review by Berkman et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2011) on low health literacy and health outcomes, prepared by RTI International-University of North Carolina EPC under contract 290-2007-10056-1.]

Berkman ND. Low health literacy. Ann Intern Med 2011 Dec 6; 155(11):795. [Author reply to comments by Rudd, Padmanabhan, Burnette, and Rosenfeld cited above in this section; cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Health Literacy Interventions and Outcomes: An Updated Systematic Review, 2011, prepared by RTI International-University of North Carolina EPC under contract 290-2007-10056-1.]

Correction: Urinary incontinence in women. Ann Intern Med 2011 Dec 6; 155(11):796. [Corrects errors in AHRQ-funded systematic review by Shamliyan et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008) on randomized, controlled trials of nonsurgical treatments for urinary incontinence in women, prepared by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Minnesota EPC under contract 290-02-0009.]

British Medical Journal
Tonks A. Whole body vibration is not recommended for postmenopausal women. BMJ 2011 Nov 26; 343(7833):1080. [Summarizes AHRQ technical brief, Whole Body Vibration Therapy for Osteoporosis, referencing AHRQ-funded article by Wysocki et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2011).]

Clinics in Geriatric Medicine
Skully R, Saleh AS. Aging and the effects of vitamins and supplements. Clin Geriatr Med 2011 Nov; 27(4):591-607. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment summary, Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases, 2005, as published on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence and Policy
Bunn F, Sworn K. Strategies to promote the impact of systematic reviews on healthcare policy: a systematic review of the literature. Evid Policy 2011 Nov; 7(4):403-28. [Describes and discusses the content of AHRQ-authored article by Atkins, Fink, and Slutsky (third author is director in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence and first author is former AHRQ researcher) (Ann Intern Med, 2005), on AHRQ's Evidence-based Practice Centers program as part of the literature review and analysis.]

Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy
Powers B, Greene L. Updates on the treatment of essential hypertension: a summary of AHRQ's comparative effectiveness review of angiotensin- converting enzyme inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor blockers, and direct renin inhibitors. J Manag Care Pharm 2011 Oct; 17(8 Suppl):S1-S14. [Supported in part by contract HHSA290-2010-0000-6G; summarizes key methods and findings of AHRQ comparative effectiveness review, Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors (ACEIs), Angiotensin II Receptor Antagonists (ARBs), and Direct Renin Inhibitors for Treating Essential Hypertension: An Update, 2011, which updates AHRQ comparative effectiveness review, Comparative Effectiveness of Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors (ACEIs) and Angiotensin II Receptor Antagonists (ARBs) for Treating Essential Hypertension, 2007 (both prepared by the Duke EPC under contract 290-02-0025) and resulted from findings in AHRQ publication, Assessment of the Need to Update Comparative Effectiveness Reviews: Report of an Initial Rapid Program Assessment (2005-2009), 2009; uses evidence-rating criteria in AHRQ publication, Methods Guide for Effectiveness and Comparative Effectiveness Reviews, 2009, published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site, and AHRQ-authored article by Owens, Lohr, Atkins (former AHRQ researcher) et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 2010), which discusses methodologies used in AHRQ's Effective Health-Care Program. Also refer to articles by Zoorob, Kihlberg, and Taylor (Clin Geriatr Med, 2011) and Harris and Kinsinger (J Natl Cancer Inst, 2011) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles, and articles by Wharam et al. (Am J Manag Care, 2011), Miranda et al. (Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev, 2011), Bowry et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2011), and Conti, Busch, and Cutler (Psychiatr Serv, 2011) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.] Select to access the abstract.

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

Ethnicity and Disease
Shaya FT, Gbarayor CM, Laird A, et al. Diabetes knowledge in a high risk urban population. Ethn Dis 2011 Fall; 21(4):485-9. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2004; cites AHRQ-authored article by Clancy (AHRQ director) and Collins (Sci Transl Med, 2010).]

Peek ME, Nunez-Smith M, Drum M, et al. Adapting the everyday discrimination scale to medical settings: reliability and validity testing in a sample of African American patients. Ethn Dis 2011 Fall; 21(4):502-9. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2008. Also refer to article by Miranda et al. (Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev, 2011) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Academic Emergency Medicine
Heavrin BS, Fu R, Han JH, et al. An evaluation of statewide emergency department utilization following Tennessee Medicaid disenrollment. Acad Emerg Med 2011 Nov; 18(11):1121-8. [Uses 2004-2006 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) State Emergency Department Database (SEDD) and State Inpatient Databases (SID) data for Tennessee, citing the HCUP landing page on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Critical Care
Chen HY, Vanness DJ, Golestanian E. A simplified score for transfer of patients requiring mechanical ventilation to a long-term care hospital. Am J Crit Care 2011 Nov; 20(6):e122-e130. [Uses 2005 HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data, HCUP Clinical Classifications Software (CCS), and AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998), citing NIS Related Reports, 2008, NIS Description of Data Elements, 2008, and Clinical Classifications Software (CCS) for ICD-9-CM, all published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Pine, Jordan, Elixhauser (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) et al. (JAMA, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Managed Care
Lee BY, Wiringa AE, Mitgang EA, et al. Routine pre-cesarean Staphylococcus aureus screening and decolonization: a cost-effectiveness analysis. Am J Manag Care 2011 Oct; 17(10):693-700. [Uses HCUP NIS data, citing Introduction to the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2008, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site, and data as accessed from the HCUPnet landing page on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Campbell JD, Allen-Ramey F, Sajjan SG, et al. Increasing pharmaceutical copayments: impact on asthma medication utilization and outcomes. Am J Manag Care 2011 Oct; 17(10):703-10. [Notes that first author is a K12 Scholar in Comparative Effectiveness Research supported by AHRQ; uses the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in article by Quan et al. (Med Care, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Wharam JF, Landon BE, Zhang F, et al. High-deductible insurance: two-year emergency department and hospital use. Am J Manag Care 2011 Oct; 17(10):e410-e418. [Uses AHRQ's Prevention Quality Indicators algorithm and HCUP Clinical Classifications Software (CCS), citing Prevention Quality Indicators Overview, as published on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site, and AHRQ technical review, Refinement of the HCUP Quality Indicators, 2001, as published on the AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Zhan and Miller (JAMA, 2003) and Cowen, Dusseau, Toth, Guisinger, Zodet (statistician in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) et al. (Med Care, 1998); cites 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.] Select to access the abstract.

Kim H, Helmer DA, Zhao Z, et al. Potentially preventable hospitalizations among older adults with diabetes. Am J Manag Care 2011 Nov; 17(11):e419-e426. [Uses 2005-2006 HCUP SID data for California, AHRQ's Prevention Quality Indicator algorithm, and HCUP Chronic Condition Indicator, citing Central Distributor SID: Availability of Data Elements, 2008, and Chronic Condition Indicator (CCI) for ICD-9-CM, and AHRQ publications Nationwide Frequency and Costs of Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations, 2006, HCUP Statistical Brief 72, 2009, Trends in Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations Among Adults And Children, 1997-2004, HCUP Statistical Brief 36, 2007, and Hospital Stays Among Patients With Diabetes, 2004, HCUP Statistical Brief 17, all published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site, and AHRQ Quality Indicators: Prevention Quality Indicators: Technical Specifications, version 3.2, 2001, as published on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site; discusses and cites article by Chang et al. (Med Care Res Rev, 2008), which uses AHRQ's Prevention Quality Indicator definitions and 2002-2004 HCUP SID data for Tennessee; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Jiang, Andrews, Stryer, and Friedman (Am J Public Health, 2005), Friedman and Basu (Med Care Res Rev, 2004), and Jiang, Friedman, Stryer, and Andrews (Diabetes Care, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

American Surgeon
Masoomi H, Mills SD, Dolich MO, et al. Outcomes of laparoscopic and open appendectomy for acute appendicitis in patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Am Surg 2011 Oct; 77(10):1372-6. [Uses 2006-2008 HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Masoomi H, Buchberg B, Reavis KM, et al. Factors predictive of venous thromboembolism in bariatric surgery. Am Surg 2011 Oct; 77(10):1403-6. [Uses 2006-2009 HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Family Medicine
Mainous AG 3rd, Diaz VA, Everett CJ, et al. Impact of insurance and hospital ownership on hospital length of stay among patients with ambulatory care-sensitive conditions. Ann Fam Med 2011 Nov; 9(6):489-95. [Uses the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992); cites AHRQ publication, Trends in Uninsured Hospital Stays, 1998-2007, HCUP Statistical Brief 88, 2010, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites AHRQ-funded article by Bindman et al. (JAMA, 1995).] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Romaire MA, Bell JF, Grossman DC. Medical home access and health care use and expenditures among children with special health care needs. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2011 Dec 5 [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2003-2008 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data, citing MEPS HC-110D: 2007 Hospital Inpatient Stays File, 2009, and MEPS HC-105: 2006 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2008, both published on the MEPS Web site, and AHRQ newsletter The CAHPS® Connection, 2009; cites AHRQ publication, Tools for Monitoring the Health Care Safety Net, 2003, as published on the AHRQ Archive Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Atherosclerosis
Zabaneh D, Kumari M, Sandhu M, et al. Meta analysis of candidate gene variants outside the LPA locus with Lp(a) plasma levels in 14,500 participants of six White European cohorts. Atherosclerosis 2011 Aug; 217(2):447-51. [Uses study cohort data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

BMC Health Services Research
Sutherland JM, McGrail KM, Law MR, et al. British Columbia hospitals: examination and assessment of payment reform (B-CHeaPR). BMC Health Serv Res 2011 Jun 24; 11:150. [Uses AHRQ's Quality Indicators, citing measures as published on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site and in AHRQ publication, AHRQ Quality Indicators: Guide to Patient Safety Indicators, version 3.1, 2007.] Select to access the abstract.

CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal
Labos C, Dasgupta K, Nedjar H, et al. Risk of bleeding associated with combined use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and antiplatelet therapy following acute myocardial infarction. CMAJ 2011 Nov 8; 183(16):1835-43. [Uses the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in article by Quan et al. (Med Care, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention
Miranda PY, Tarraf W, Gonzalez P, et al. Breast cancer screening trends in the United States and ethnicity. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2011 Dec 6 [Epub ahead of print. Uses 1996-2007 MEPS data, citing AHRQ publication, Sample Design of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, 1998-2007, MEPS Methodology Report 22, 2008, as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site; cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2009 and 2002) and related AHRQ-funded article by Mandelblatt et al.(Ann Intern Med, 2009) and USPSTF-sponsored evidence review update Screening for Breast Cancer: Systematic Evidence Review Update for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, 2009; cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2009.] Select to access the abstract.

General Hospital Psychiatry
Dismuke CE, Egede LE. Association of serious psychological distress with health services expenditures and utilization in a national sample of US adults. Gen Hosp Psychiatry 2011 Jul-Aug; 33(4):311-17. [Uses 2007 MEPS data, citing MEPS HC-105: 2006 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2008, and MEPS HC-105 Codebook Page: 2006 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2008, both published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
Roberts BA, Fuhrer R, Marmot M, et al. Does retirement influence cognitive performance? The Whitehall II Study. J Epidemiol Community Health 2011 Nov; 65(11):958-63. [Uses study cohort data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

North American Actuarial Journal
Frees EW, Gao J, Rosenberg MA. Predicting the frequency and amount of health care expenditures. N Am Actuar J 2011 Jul; 15(3):377-92. [Uses MEPS data from panels 7 and 8, 2003, and panels 8 and 9, 2004.]

Psychiatric Services
Conti R, Busch AB, Cutler DM. Overuse of antidepressants in a nationally representative adult patient population in 2005. Psychiatr Serv 2011 Jul; 62(7):720-6. [Uses 2005 MEPS-HC data, citing MEPS-HC Sample Design and Collection Process, and MEPS HC-097: 2005 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2007, both published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site, AHRQ publication, Design of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, MEPS Methodology Report 1, 1997, and AHRQ-authored article by Machlin, Cohen, Elixhauser, Beauregard, and Steiner (authors are current and former AHRQ staff researchers) (Med Care, 2009), which uses various MEPS data sets; cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Treatment of Depression – Newer Pharmacotherapies, 1999; cites AHRQ-funded article by Olfson and Marcus (Arch Gen Psychiatry, 2009), which uses MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Social Science and Medicine
Sekine M, Tatsuse T, Kagamimori S, et al. Sex inequalities in physical and mental functioning of British, Finnish, and Japanese civil servants: role of job demand, control and work hours. Soc Sci Med 2011 Aug; 73(4):595-603. [Uses study cohort data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

Surgery
Cima RR, Lackore KA, Nehring SA, et al. How best to measure surgical quality? Comparison of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Patient Safety Indicators (AHRQ-PSI) and the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS-NSQIP) postoperative adverse events at a single institution. Surgery 2011 Nov; 150(5):943-9. [Uses AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators, citing AHRQ publications AHRQ Quality Indicators: Guide to Patient Safety Indicators, version 3.1, 2007, and AHRQ Quality Indicators: Patient Safety Indicators: Technical Specifications, version 3.2, 2008; cites article by Romano et al. (Health Serv Res, 2009), which uses AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators.] Select to access the abstract.

Surgical Neurology International
Awe OO, Maltenfort MG, Prasad S, et al. Impact of total disc arthroplasty on the surgical management of lumbar degenerative disc disease: analysis of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample from 2000 to 2008. Surg Neurol Int 2011; 2:139. [Uses 2000-2008 HCUP NIS data, citing articles by Cahill et al. (JAMA, 2009) and Deyo et al. (Spine, 2005), both of which use various HCUP NIS data sets, and article by Martin et al. (JAMA, 2008), which uses MEPS data. Also refer to AHRQ-funded articles by Campbell et al. (Am J Manag Care, 2011), DeVoe et al. (Ann Fam Med, 2011), and Morgan et al. (PLoS One, 2011) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Current as of December 2011
Internet Citation: Nystagmus Assessments Documented by Emergency Physicians in Acute Dizziness Presentations: a Target for Decision Support?: Articles of Interest: December 9, 2011. December 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/120911.html