Health Information Systems in Small Practices

Articles of Interest, December 23, 2011

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

This weekly compilation of articles appearing in recently released journals and newsletters includes:

  • Articles funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) or authored by AHRQ researchers.
  • Articles mentioning or discussing AHRQ staff, activities, and publications/products.
  • Articles related to AHRQ-funded Evidence-based Practice Centers.
  • Articles related to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force or Put Prevention into Practice program.
  • Articles mentioning the National Healthcare Disparities Report and National Healthcare Quality Report.
  • Other research using AHRQ data or products.

AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Shih SC, McCullough CM, Wang JJ, et al. Health information systems in small practices. Improving the delivery of clinical preventive services. Am J Prev Med 2011 Dec; 41(6):603-9. [Supported by grant R18 HS17059; cites AHRQ-funded systematic review Chaudhry et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006) on the impact of health information technology on quality, efficiency, and costs of medical care, performed by the Southern California-University of California at San Francisco Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC).] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Surgery
Glance LG, Dick AW, Mukamel DB, et al. Association between trauma quality indicators and outcomes for injured patients. Arch Surg 2011 Dec 19 [Epub ahead of print. Supported by grant R01 HS16737; cites article by Romano et al. (Health Serv Res, 2009), which uses AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators; go to comments by Mabry (Arch Surg, 2011) cited in AHRQ-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Current Opinion in Psychiatry
Amiel JM, Pincus HA. The medical home model: new opportunities for psychiatric services in the United States. Curr Opin Psychiatry 2011 Nov; 24(6):562-8. [Supported in part by grant 5 U18 HS016097 (to the Mental Health Center for Education and Research in Therapeutics (CERTs) at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, through a subcontract to Columbia University); mentions that AHRQ and other organizations have "developed standards defining medical homes that are increasingly used for marketing and are closely related to one another," citing What is the PCMH?, 2011, as published on AHRQ's Patient Centered Medical Home Resource Center Web site; cites Future Research Needs: Integration of Mental Health/Substance Abuse and Primary Care, 2010, as published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Goldman LE, Chu PW, Osmond D, et al. The accuracy of present-on-admission reporting in administrative data. Health Serv Res 2011 Dec; 46(6 pt 1):1946-62. [Supported in part by Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award grant 1 K08 HS18090-01; uses AHRQ's Inpatient Quality Indicators for congestive heart failure and AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998), citing AHRQ publication, AHRQ Quality Indicators: Inpatient Quality Indicators Overview, 2006, as published on the AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Wang V, Liu CF, Bryson CL, et al. Does medication adherence following a copayment increase differ by disease burden? Health Serv Res 2011 Dec; 46(6 pt 1):1963-85. [Supported by grant K12 HS19479.] Select to access the abstract.

Davies S, Romano PS, Schmidt EM, et al. Assessment of a novel hybrid Delphi and Nominal Groups technique to evaluate quality indicators. Health Serv Res 2011 Dec; 46(6 pt 1):2005-18. [Supported by contract 290-04-0020; uses AHRQ's Patient Quality Indicators, citing AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Measures of Patient Safety Based on Hospital Administrative Data—The Patient Safety Indicators, 2002, AHRQ technical review, Refinement of the HCUP Quality Indicators, 2001, prepared by UCSF-Stanford EPC under contract 290-97-0013, AHRQ publications, Guide to Patient Safety Indicators, version 3.0, 2003, and Guide to Inpatient Quality Indicators: Quality of Care in Hospitals—Volume, Mortality, and Utilization, 2002, and AHRQ Quality Indicators technical report, Measures of Pediatric Health Care Quality Based on Hospital Administrative Data: The Pediatric Quality Indicators, 2006.] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Hafner JM, Williams SC, Koss RG, et al. The perceived impact of public reporting hospital performance data: interviews with hospital staff. Int J Qual Health Care 2011 Dec; 23(6):697-704. [Supported by grant 5 U18 HS13728.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Clinical Oncology
Weiss JM, Pfau PR, O'Connor ES, et al. Mortality by stage for right- versus left-sided colon cancer: analysis of surveillance, epidemiology, and end results—Medicare data. J Clin Oncol 2011 Nov 20; 29(33):4401-9. [Supported in part by National Research Service Award (NRSA) grant T32 HS00083.] Select to access the abstract.

Kidney International
Zhang Y, Thamer M, Kaufman JS, et al. High doses of epoetin do not lower mortality and cardiovascular risk among elderly hemodialysis patients with diabetes. Kidney Int 2011 Sep; 80(6):663-9. [Supported in part by grant R21 HS19513-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Education Online
Tarasi PG, Mangione MP, Singhal SS, Wang HE. Endotracheal intubation skill acquisition by medical students. Med Educ Online 2011; 16. [Supported in part by grant Clinical Scientist Training Award K08 HS13628 (to last author).] Select to access the abstract.

MedSurg Nursing
Swan BA, Becker J, Brawer R, et al. Factors influencing the implementation of a point-of-care screening tool for delirium. MedSurg Nurs 2011 Nov-Dec; 20(6):318-22. [Supported by grant 1 R03 HS16917-01 (Delirium Screening: From Research to Point of Care).]

Psychology and Health
Mora PA, Berkowitz A, Contrada RJ, et al. Factor structure and longitudinal invariance of the Medical Adherence Report Scale-Asthma. Psychol Health 2011 Jun; 26(6):713-27. [Supported in part by grants R01 HS09973 (in partnership with the National Institute on Aging) and K08 HS13312. Also refer to AHRQ-funded articles by Chung et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2011) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles and Drekonja et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2011) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Aschman DJ, Abshire TC, Shapiro AD, et al. A community-based partnership to promote information infrastructure for bleeding disorders. Am J Prev Med 2011 Dec; 41(6 Suppl 4):S332-S337. [Cites AHRQ's Health Information Technology Web site; cites AHRQ-funded article by O'Toole et al. (Am Heart Hosp J, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Yusuf HR, Lloyd-Puryear MA, Grant AM, et al. Sickle cell disease: the need for a public health agenda. Am J Prev Med 2011 Dec; 41(6 Suppl 4):S376-S383. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Sickle Cell Disease: Screening, Diagnosis, Management, and Counseling in Newborns and Infants, 1993; cites AHRQ publication, Sickle Cell Disease Patients in U.S. Hospitals, 2004, HCUP Statistical Brief 21, 2006.] Select to access the abstract.

Beckman MG, Grosse SD, Kenney KM, et al. Developing public health surveillance for deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Am J Prev Med 2011 Dec; 41(6 Suppl 4):S428-S434. [Notes the participation as an invited expert of Chunliu Zhan, a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence and Outcomes, at the CDC-convened workgroup meeting in January 2010 discussed in this article; cites AHRQ-authored article by Zhan, Battles, Chiang (first and third authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence, and second author is Social Science Analyst for Patient Safety in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety) et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2007), which uses AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Internal Medicine
Zulman DM, Nazi KM, Turvey CL, et al. Patient interest in sharing personal health record information: a web-based survey. Ann Intern Med 2011 Dec 20; 155(12):805-10. [Cites AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches, Volume 4: Technology and Medication Safety, 2008; cites AHRQ-funded article by Ralston et al. (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

Walker J, Leveille SG, Ngo L, et al. Inviting patients to read their doctors' notes: patients and doctors look ahead: patient and physician surveys. Ann Intern Med 2011 Dec 20; 155(12):811-19. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Sarkar et al. (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2011).] Select to access the abstract.

Turner BJ, Cuttler L. The complexity of measuring clinical complexity. Ann Intern Med 2011 Dec 20; 155(12):851-52. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Friedman, Jiang, and Elixhauser (authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) et al. (Med Care Res Rev, 2006).]

Archives of Surgery
Mabry CD. Time to turn the page: moving on to write new chapters for trauma care. Arch Surg 2011 Dec 19 [Epub ahead of print. Comments on AHRQ-funded article by Glance et al. (Arch Surg, 2011) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Glance et al. (Ann Surg, 2011) and Stulberg et al. (JAMA, 2010).]

Kastenmeier A, Ludwig KA. Splenic injury during colon surgery: a matter of technique? Arch Surg 2011 Dec 19 [Epub ahead of print. Comments on article by Masoomi et al. (Arch Surg, 2011) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.]

Circulation
Patel VI. Long-term survival after open repair and thoracic endovascular aortic repair for descending thoracic aortic aneurysms. Circulation 2011 Dec 13; 124(24):2645-6. [Comments on article by Goodney et al. (Circulation, 2011) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products below.]

Health Services Research
Chernew ME. Why physicians should like bundled payment. Health Serv Res 2011 Dec; 46(6 pt 1):1693-1697. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Liu et al. (J Health Care Finance, 2001).]

Grabowski DC, Town RJ. Does information matter? Competition, quality, and the impact of nursing home report cards. Health Serv Res 2011 Dec; 46(6 pt 1):1698-1719. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Zinn, Spector (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets), Hsieh et al. (Gerontologist, 2005); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Werner et al. (Health Serv Res, 2009, and JAMA, 2005) and Scanlon et al. (Health Serv Res, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Maeng DD, Martsolf GR. Comparing patient outcomes across payer types: implications for using hospital discharge records to assess quality. Health Serv Res 2011 Dec; 46(6 pt 1):1720-40. [Mentions that AHRQ's HCUP and Patient Safety Indicators illustrate efforts to use "readily available data sources such as hospital discharge records to assess quality"; cites AHRQ-authored articled by Encinosa and Bernard (authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Delivery and Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends, respectively) (Inquiry, 2005) and Elixhauser et al. (Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Stevens GD, Vane C, Cousineau MR. Association of experiences of medical home quality with health-related quality of life and school engagement among Latino children in low-income families. Health Serv Res 2011 Dec; 46(6 pt 1):1822-42. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Elixhauser, Machlin, Zodet, Chevarley, Patel, McCormick, and Simpson (authors are current and former AHRQ staff researchers) (Ambul Pediatr, 2002), which uses various AHRQ databases; cites AHRQ-funded article by Seid and Stevens (Health Serv Res, 2005), Seid and Varni (Matern Child Health J, 2005), Seid, Stevens, and Varni (Health Serv Res, 2003), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Landon BE, Reschovsky JD, O'Malley AJ, et al. The relationship between physician compensation strategies and the intensity of care delivered to Medicare beneficiaries. Health Serv Res 2011 Dec; 46(6 pt 1):1863-82. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Landon et al. (Health Serv Res, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal
Gurses AP, Pronovost PJ. Physical environment design for improving patient safety. HERD Health Environ Res Des J 2011 Fall; 5(1):3-5. [Supported by grant K01 HS18762 (to first author).]

Dendaas N. Environmental congruence and work-related stress in acute care hospital medical/surgical units: a descriptive, correlational study. HERD Health Environ Res Des J 2011 Fall; 5(1):23. [Cites AHRQ publication, Transforming Hospitals: Designing for Safety and Quality, 2007.]

Kwan MA. Acuity-adaptable nursing care: exploring its place in designing the future patient rooms. HERD Health Environ Res Des J 2011 Fall; 5(1):77. [Cites AHRQ publication Research in Action: Hospital Nurse Staffing and Quality of Care, 2004, as published on AHRQ's Web site.]

Sharpe PA, Schmidt MG. Control and mitigation of healthcare-acquired infections: designing clinical trials to evaluate new materials and technologies. HERD Health Environ Res Des J 2011 Fall; 5(1):94. [Cites AHRQ publication, AHRQ Projects to Prevent Healthcare Associated Infections, Fiscal Year 2010, 2011.]

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Jaafaripooyan E, Agrizzi D, Akbari-Haghighi F. Healthcare accreditation systems: further perspectives on performance measures. Int J Qual Health Care 2011 Dec; 23(6):645-56. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Miller, Pronovost, Donithan, Zeger, Zhan, Morlock, and Meyer (fifth and last authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence and director in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships, respectively) (Am J Med Qual, 2005), which uses AHRQ's Inpatient Quality Indicators and Patient Safety Indicators.] Select to access the abstract.

Bredfeldt CE, Compton-Phillips AL, Snyder MH. Effects of between visit physician-patient communication on Diabetes Recognition Program scores. Int J Qual Health Care 2011 Dec; 23(6):664-73. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Beach et al. (AIDS Behav, 2011), Ralston et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2009), Harris et al. (Diabetes Care, 2009), and Street et al. (Med Care, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Estrada CA, Safford MM, Salanitro AH, et al. A web-based diabetes intervention for physician: a cluster-randomized effectiveness trial. Int J Qual Health Care 2011 Dec; 23(6):682-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Allison et al. (Manag Care Q, 2000) and Weissman et al. (J Eval Clin Pract, 1999).] Select to access the abstract.

Aranaz-Andrs JM, Limón R, Mira JJ, et al. What makes hospitalized patients more vulnerable and increases their risk of experiencing an adverse event? Int J Qual Health Care 2011 Dec; 23(6):705-12. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Woods et al. (Pediatrics, 2005), Pronovost and Morlock (J Crit Care, 2002), Gawande et al. (Surgery, 1999), and Localio et al. (Ann Intern Med, 1996).] Select to access the abstract.

Schwappach DL, Frank O, Koppenberg J, et al. Patients' and healthcare workers' perceptions of a patient safety advisory. Int J Qual Health Care 2011 Dec; 23(6):713-20. [Cites AHRQ-funded Waterman et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2006), Hibbard et al. (Med Care Res Rev, 2005), and Weingart et al. (Int J Qual Health Care, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Life Extension
Korlov E. The everyday drug that prevents cancer death. Life Extension 2011 May; Online. [Cites article by Vaithianathan et al. (Drug Saf, 2009) which uses MEPS data.]

MedSurg Nursing
Lacovara JE, Kim C, Degan JA, et al. Are patients with breast cancer satisfied with their decision making? A pilot study. MedSurg Nurs 2011 Nov-Dec; 20(6):305-9. [Mentions that "based on the scientific evidence published by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the initiatives of the National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (2009), surgical management of early-stage breast cancer (stages I and II) and ductal carcinoma in situ (stage O) for eligible candidates should be based on patient preference."]

Modern Healthcare
McKinney M. Fighting fatigue: Joint Commission highlights dangers, offers solutions. Mod Healthc 2011 Dec 19/26; 41(51):10. [Mentions findings from AHRQ-funded article by Landrigan et al. (N Engl J Med, 2004) on the effect of reducing interns' work hours on serious medical errors in intensive care units.]

Population Health Management
Sorace J, Wong HH, Worrall C, et al. The complexity of disease combinations in the Medicare population. Popul Health Manag 2011 Aug; 14(4):161-6. [Notes findings from two AHRQ-funded expert panel meetings that "current quality measures 'do not reflect the effect of interactions between chronic conditions on outcomes' for patients with multiple conditions," citing AHRQ-funded article by Norris et al. (J Am Geriatr Soc, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Statistics in Medicine
Yucel RM, He Y, Zaslavsky AM. Gaussian-based routines to impute categorical variables in health surveys. Stat Med 2011 Dec 20; 30(29):3447-60. [Cites AHRQ publication, Utilization and Expenditures for Children with Special Health Care Needs, MEPS Research Findings 24, 2006.]

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

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Robbins CL, Dietz PM, Bombard JM, et al. Blood pressure and cholesterol screening prevalence among U.S. women of reproductive age: opportunities to improve screening. Am J Prev Med 2011 Dec; 41(6):588-95. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Lipid Disorders in Adults, 2008, and USPSTF recommendations on screening for high blood pressure (Ann Intern Med, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

Wong TE, Majumdar S, Adams E, et al. Overweight and obesity in hemophilia: a systematic review of the literature. Am J Prev Med 2011 Dec; 41(6 Suppl 4):S369-S375. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for obesity in children and adolescents (Pediatrics, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Internal Medicine
Chung M, Lee J, Terasawa T, Lau J, Trikalinos TA. Vitamin D with or without calcium supplementation for prevention of cancer and fractures: an updated meta-analysis for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med 2011 Dec 20; 155(12):827-38. [Supported by contract HHSA290-2007-10055-I to the Tufts EPC; supports USPSTF recommendations on vitamin D with or without calcium supplements for preventing cancer and fractures and is based on/updates AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessments, Vitamin D and Calcium: A Systematic Review of Health Outcomes, 2009, prepared under the same contract, and Effectiveness and Safety of Vitamin D in Relation to Bone Health, 2007, to the University of Ottawa EPC under contract 290-02-0021; first, second, and last authors report receiving other AHRQ funding; uses USPSTF methods as described in USPSTF-sponsored article by Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001) and evidence review criteria described in AHRQ publication, Methods Reference Guide for Effectiveness and Comparative Effectiveness Reviews, version 1.0, 2007, as published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Service Research
Mobley LR, Subramanian S, Koschinsky J, et al. Managed care and the diffusion of endoscopy in fee-for-service Medicare. Health Serv Res 2011 Dec; 46(6 pt 1):1905-27. [Discusses USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer, citing "Screening for Colorectal Cancer" in Pocket Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2007: Recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, 2007, USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer, related evidence summary and systematic review on cost-effectiveness analyses of colorectal cancer screening (all in Ann Intern Med, 2002) and targeted, updated systematic review by Whitlock et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008); cites AHRQ-sponsored technical review, Technology Assessment: Cost-effectiveness of DNA Stool Testing to Screen for Colorectal Cancer, 2007, and AHRQ evidence report/technology report, Enhancing Use and Quality of Colorectal Cancer Screening, 2010.] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Kadiyala S, Strumpf EC. Are United States and Canadian cancer screening rates consistent with guideline information regarding the age of screening initiation? Int J Qual Health Care 2011 Dec; 23(6):611-20. [Compares USPSTF guidelines with those from the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC), the American Cancer Society (ACS), and the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), citing USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2009 and 2002), prostate cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008 and 2002), and colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002), as listed in Table 1, ACS, CCS, CTFPHC, and USPSTF Cancer Screening Guidelines (effective during data survey years); cites USPSTF-sponsored systematic review on the cost effectiveness of screening mammography beyond age 65 years (Ann Intern Med, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Slomski A. USPSTF finds little evidence to support advising PSA screening in any man. JAMA 2011 Dec 21; 306(23):2549-51. [Discusses updated USPSTF recommendations on screening for prostate cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2011).]

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Stefanek ME. Uninformed compliance or informed choice? A needed shift in our approach to cancer screening. J Natl Cancer Inst 2011 Dec 21; 103(24):1821-6. [Discusses and cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer and associated evidence update by Nelson et al. (both in Ann Intern Med, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Public Health Genomics
Duquette D, Lewis K, McLosky J, et al. Using core public health functions to promote BRCA best practices among health plans. Public Health Genomics 2011 Dec 20 [Epub ahead of print. Discusses USPSTF recommendations on genetic risk assessment and BRCA mutation testing for breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility (Ann Intern Med, 2005), its nonalignment with Medicare BRCA policy, and provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act mandating coverage of preventive care services receiving USPSTF Grade A and B recommendations; summarizes a project to determine and increase the number of Michigan health plans with a written policy aligned with USPSTF Grade B recommendations on BRCA counseling and testing; cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Genomic Tests for Ovarian Cancer Detection and Management, 2006.] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Annals of Internal Medicine
Drekonja DM, Butler M, Macdonald R, et al. Comparative effectiveness of Clostridium difficile treatments: a systematic review. Ann Intern Med 2011 Dec 20; 155(12):839-47. [Supported in part by contract HHSA290-2007-10064-I (to the Minnesota EPC) to update AHRQ comparative effectiveness review on Clostridium difficile infection therapy, citing AHRQ systematic research protocol, Effectiveness of Screening and Treatment of C. difficile Infections, 2010, as published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Owens, Lohr, Atkins (former AHRQ researcher) et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 2010) on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Nutrition
Wallace TC, MacKay D. The safety of probiotics: considerations following the 2011 U.S. Agency for Health Research and Quality report. J Nutr 2011 Nov; 141(11):1923-4. [Comments on AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Safety of Probiotics to Reduce Risk and Prevent or Treat Disease, 2011. Also refer to AHRQ-funded articles by Shih et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2011) and Davies et al. (Health Serv Res, 2011) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles and articles by Mobley et al. (Health Serv Res, 2011) and Duquette et al. (Public Health Genomics, 2011) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles.]

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

American Journal of Public Health
Monahan PE, Baker JR, Riske B, et al. Physical functioning in boys with hemophilia in the U.S. Am J Prev Med 2011 Dec; 41(6 Suppl 4):S360-S368. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2008; cites AHRQ publication, Utilization and Expenditures for Children with Special Health Care Needs, MEPS Research Findings 24, 2006, as published on the AHRQ's MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Mears A, Vesseur J, Hamblin R, et al. Classifying indicators of quality: a collaboration between Dutch and English regulators. Int J Qual Health Care 2011 Dec; 23(6):637-44. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2002, as published on AHRQ's Web site; cites AHRQ Quality Measures and National Quality Measures Clearinghouse™ Web sites.] Select to access the abstract.

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Allergy and Asthma Proceedings
Zilberberg MD, Nathanson BH, Jacobsen T, et al. Descriptive epidemiology of hereditary angioedema emergency department visits in the United States, 2006-2007. Allergy Asthma Proc 2011 Sep; 32(5):390-4. [Uses 2006-2007 HCUP Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS) data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS), as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites article by Zilberberg, Jacobsen, and Tillotson (Allergy Asthma Proc, 2010), which uses 2007 HCUP NEDS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Oncology
Kazaure HS, Roman SA, Sosa JA. Adrenalectomy in older Americans has increased morbidity and mortality: an analysis of 6,416 patients. Ann Surg Oncol 2011 Oct; 18(10):2714-21. [Uses 2003-2008 HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data and the Charlson comorbidity index described in article by Quan et al. (Med Care, 2005), citing NIS Database Documentation, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Surgery
Masoomi H, Carmichael JC, Mills S, et al. Predictive factors of splenic injury in colorectal surgery: data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample, 2006-2008. Arch Surg 2011 Dec 19 [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2006-2008 HCUP NIS data; go to comments by Kastenmeier and Ludwig (Arch Surg, 2011) cited in AHRQ-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

BJU International
Sun M, Abdollah F, Schmitges J, et al. Cytoreductive nephrectomy in the elderly: a population-based cohort from the USA. BJU Int 2011 Sep 27 [Epub ahead of print. Uses 1998-2007 HCUP NIS data and the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992).] Select to access the abstract.

Cancer
Dasenbrock HH, Clarke MJ, Thompson RE, et al. The impact of July hospital admission on outcome after surgery for spinal metastases at academic medical centers in the United States, 2005 to 2008. Cancer 2011 Aug 25 [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2005-2008 HCUP NIS data and AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998); cites AHRQ-funded article by Birkmeyer et al. (N Engl J Med, 2002) and articles by Cahill et al. (JAMA, 2009) and Patil et al. (Cancer, 2007), all of which use various HCUP NIS datasets.] Select to access the abstract.

Nathan H, Segev DL, Mayo SC, et al. National trends in surgical procedures for hepatocellular carcinoma: 1998-2008. Cancer 2011 Aug 25 [Epub ahead of print. Uses 1998-2008 HCUP NIS data and AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998), citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) and AHRQ publication, Final Report on Calculating Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) Variances, 2001, HCUP Methods Series Report #2003-2, 2005, both published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Trinh QD, Schmitges J, Sun M, et al. Morbidity and mortality of radical prostatectomy differs by insurance status. Cancer 2011 Aug 25 [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2003-2007 HCUP NIS data and the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992); cites AHRQ-funded article by Birkmeyer et al. (N Engl J Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Chest
Kumar G, Kumar N, Taneja A, et al. Nationwide trends of severe sepsis in the 21st century (2000-2007). Chest 2011 Nov; 140(5):1223-31. [Uses 2000-2007 HCUP NIS data, citing Introduction to the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2008, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; lists AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998) in Table 1, Characteristics of Patients with Severe Sepsis in 2000 vs 2007.] Select to access the abstract.

Circulation
Goodney PP, Travis L, Lucas FL, et al. Survival after open versus endovascular thoracic aortic aneurysm repair in an observational study of the Medicare population. Circulation 2011 Dec 13; 124(24):2661-9. [Uses the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992); also refer to comments by Patel (Circulation, 2011) cited in AHRQ-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Critical Care
O'Brien JM Jr, Lu B, Ali NA, et al. Insurance type and sepsis-associated hospitalizations and sepsis-associated mortality among US adults: a retrospective cohort study. Crit Care 2011; 15(3):R130. [Uses 2003 HCUP NIS data and the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992), citing 2003 HCUP NIS data, Description of Data Elements: Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), Volume 2: Data Elements Beginning with letters M-Z, 2005, and AHRQ publication, Final Report on Calculating Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) Variances, 2001, HCUP Methods Series Report 2003-2, 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Bottle A, Jarman B, Aylin P. Hospital standardized mortality ratios: sensitivity analyses on the impact of coding. Health Serv Res 2011 Dec; 46(6 pt 1):1741-61. [Uses AHRQ's Clinical Classifications Software (CCS) as accessed on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Rodriguez HP, Crane PK. Examining multiple sources of differential item functioning on the Clinician & Group CAHPS® survey. Health Serv Res 2011 Dec; 46(6 pt 1):1778-1802. [Uses 2008 Clinician and Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CG-CAHPS) survey data; cites AHRQ-authored article by Lurie, Zhan, Sangl, Bierman (second and third authors are researchers in AHRQ's Centers for Outcomes and Evidence and Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, respectively, and last author is former AHRQ researcher) et al. (Am J Manag Care, 2003), and several AHRQ-funded and other articles which use or discuss CAHPS® data.] Select to access the abstract.

Martino SC, Elliott MN, Kanouse DE, et al. Depression and the health care experiences of Medicare beneficiaries. Health Serv Res 2011 Dec; 46(6 pt 1):1883-1904. [Uses 2009 CAHPS® Medicare 4.0 Fee-for-Service (FFS) Survey; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Elliott et al. (Health Serv Res, 2005) and O'Malley et al. (Health Serv Res, 2005), both of which use CAHPS Hospital Surveys; cites AHRQ-authored article by Fleishman and Zuvekas (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Med Care, 2007) and Li, Friedman (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) et al. (J Am Geriatr Soc, 2007); cites article by Schulberg et al. (Arch Gen Psychiatry, 1998), which discusses updated AHRQ-sponsored guidelines on major depression in primary care practice.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Neurosurgery
Kalanithi P, Schubert RD, Lad SP, et al. Hospital costs, incidence, and inhospital mortality rates of traumatic subdural hematoma in the United States. J Neurosurg 2011 Nov; 115(5):1013-18. [Uses 1993-2006 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site, and AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Surgical Research
Oyetunji TA, Ong'uti SK, Bolorunduro OB, et al. Pediatric negative appendectomy rate: trend, predictors, and differentials. J Surg Res 2011 May 19 [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2000, 2003, and 2006 HCUP Kids Inpatient Database (KID) data; cites AHRQ-funded article by Smink et al. (Pediatrics, 2004), which uses HCUP KID data.] Select to access the abstract.

Nursing Economics
Tzeng HM, Hu HM, Yin CY. The relationship of the hospital-acquired injurious fall rates with the quality profile of a hospital's care delivery and nursing staff patterns. Nurs Econ 2011 Nov-Dec; 29(6):299-306, 316. [Uses 2007 HCUP SID data for California, Florida, and New York, citing Overview of the State Inpatient Databases (SID), 2010,on AHRQ's HCUP Web site, and uses three inpatient satisfaction measures from AHRQ's Hospital CAHPS, citing HCAHPS Fact Sheet, 2009, on the HCAHPS Web site; cites AHRQ publication, Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-based Handbook for Nurses, 2008.]

Pediatric Blood and Cancer
Raphael JL, Mei M, Mueller BU, et al. High resource hospitalizations among children with vaso-occlusive crises in sickle cell disease. Pediatr Blood Cancer 2011 May 16 [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2006 HCUP KID data, citing Introduction to the HCUP Kid's Inpatient Database (KID), 2008, and AHRQ publication, Sickle Cell Disease Patients in U.S. Hospitals, 2004, HCUP Statistical Brief 21, 2006.] Select to access the abstract.

Surgery
Caddell KA, Diggs BS, de la Cruz JS, et al. Common ground: measuring intrainstitutional mortality among pediatric surgical procedures. Surgery 2011 Jan; 149(1):7-14. [Uses 2003 and 2006 HCUP KID data, citing Overview of the Kids' Inpatient Database (KID), 2003 and 2006, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site, and AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Birkmeyer, Dimick, and Staiger (Ann Surg, 2006), Dimick, Staiger, and Birkmeyer (Med Care, 2003), Goodney et al. (Ann Thorac Surg, 2003), and others. Also refer to AHRQ-funded articles by Goldman et al. (Health Serv Res, 2011) and Davies et al. (Health Serv Res, 2011) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles] Select to access the abstract.

Current as of December 2011
Internet Citation: Health Information Systems in Small Practices: Articles of Interest, December 23, 2011. December 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/122311.html