Medication Adherence in Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment: A Systematic Evidence-based Review

Articles of Interest, September 28, 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

American Journal of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy
Campbell NL, Boustani MA, Skopelja EN, et al. Medication adherence in older adults with cognitive impairment: a systematic evidence-based review. Am J Geriatr Pharmacother 2012 Jun; 10(3):165-77. [Supported by grant R01 HS19818-01.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Epidemiology
Haukoos JS, Lyons MS, Lindsell CJ, et al. Authors reply: Re: "Derivation and validation of the Denver Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) risk score for targeted HIV screening. Am J Epidemiol 2012 Sep 15; 176(6):568-9. [Supported by Independent Scientist Award grant K02 HS17526 (to first author); responds to comments by Rosenberg et al. (Am J Epidemiol, 2012) on authors' earlier article (Am J Epidemiol, 2012).]

American Journal of Managed Care
Donohue JM, Marcum ZA, Gellad WF, et al. Medicare Part D and potentially inappropriate medication use in the elderly. Am J Manag Care 2012 Sep; 18(9):e315-e322. [Supported by grants R01 HS17695, R01 HS18721, and K12 HS19461.]

American Journal of Medical Quality
Clancy CM. Reducing hospital readmissions: aligning financial and quality incentives. Am J Med Qual 2012 Sep-Oct; 27(5):441-3. [Author is AHRQ director; discusses AHRQ's research and tool development in reducing hospital readmissions, including the AHRQ-funded Project RED and Project BOOST, citing Project RED (Re-Engineered Discharge) Training Program, 2011, as published on the AHRQ Web site; mentions AHRQ's Patient Safety Organizations and Common Formats, and AHRQ's development of the Common Format for Readmissions, citing Common Formats as published on AHRQ's Patient Safety Organization Web site.]

 

Archives of Internal Medicine
Zhang Y, Steinman MA, Kaplan CM. Geographic variation in outpatient antibiotic prescribing among older adults. Arch Intern Med 2012 Sep 24. [Epub ahead of print. Supported in part by grant R01 HS18657 (to first author); uses and 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) to adjust for patient demographics; also refer to comments by Gonzales et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2012) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Advances in Health Care Management
Hilligoss B, Cohen MD. Hospital handoffs as multifunctional situated routines: implications for researchers and administrators. Adv Health Care Manag 2011; 11:91-132. [Supported in part by grant R36 HS18758; cites AHRQ publication, Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses, 2008, as published on the AHRQ Web site, and commentary by Beach, 2006, as published on AHRQ's Morbidity and Mortality Rounds on the Web (WebM&M) Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Circulation Cardiovascular and Quality Outcomes
Lichtman JH, Naert L, Allen NB, et al. Use of antithrombotic medications among elderly ischemic stroke patients. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes 2011 Jan 1; 4(1):30-8. [Supported by grant 5 R03 HS13940.] Select to access the abstract.

 

Health Services Research
Pylypchuk Y, Sarpong EM. Comparison of health care utilization: United States versus Canada. Health Serv Res 2012 Sep 25. [Epub ahead of print. Authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; uses 2007 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data; cites AHRQ publication, The Uninsured in America, 1996-2010: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population under Age 65, MEPS Statistical Brief 336, 2011; acknowledges support from Thomas Selden and Joel Cohen (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends).] Select to access the abstract.

 

Journal of Cancer Survivorship
Yabroff KR, Dowling E, Rodriguez J, Ekwueme DU, Meissner H, Soni A, et al. The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Experiences with Cancer Survivorship Supplement. J Cancer Surviv 2012 Jul 19. [Epub ahead of print. Sixth author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; supported in part by AHRQ, grant number not given; describes the development and fielding of the MEPS Experiences with Cancer Survivorship Supplement and presents 2009 MEPS data on cancer survivorship, citing AHRQ-authored article by Cohen, Cohen, and Banthin (current researcher, director, and former researcher, respectively, in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Med Care, 2009) and Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS): Experiences with Cancer Survivorship Supplement, as published on the National Cancer Institute Web site; describes AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), State Inpatient Databases (SID), Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS), State Emergency Department Databases (SEDD), and State Ambulatory Surgery Databases (SASD), citing the HCUP index page on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Infectious Diseases
Widmer K, Zhu Y, Williams JV, et al. Rates of hospitalizations for respiratory syncytial virus, human metapneumovirus, and influenza virus in older adults. J Infect Dis 2012 Jul 1; 206(1):56-62. [Supported by grant T32 HS13833 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

 

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Angier H, DeVoe JE, Tillotson C, et al. Trends in health insurance status of US children and their parents, 1998-2008. Matern Child Health J 2012 Sep 27. [Epub ahead of print. Supported in part by grant 1 R01 HS18569; uses 1998-2008 MEPS Household Component (MEPS HC) data as accessed on AHRQ's MEPS Web site, citing AHRQ publications Access to Health Care—Source and Barriers, 1996, MEPS Research Findings 3, 1997, Sample Design of the 1996 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, MEPS Methodology Report 2, 1997, MEPS HC-036: 1996-2007 Pooled Estimation File, 2009, Household Component Linking MEPS Data, 2009, and MEPS HC-089: 2004 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2006, all published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Stroke
Burke JF, Lisabeth LD, Brown DL, reeves MJ, Morgenstern LB. Determining stroke's rank as a cause of death using multicause mortality data. Stroke 2012 Aug; 43(8):2207-11. [Supported by grant R18 HS17690 (to third and fifth authors). Also refer to AHRQ-funded article by Jonas et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2012) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles, and articles by Saldanha et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 2012) and Bennett et al. (J Womens Health, 2012) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

Academic Pediatrics
Fieldston ES. Pediatrics and the dollar sign: charges, costs, and striving towards value. Acad Pediatr 2012 Sep; 12(5):365-6. [Comments on articles by Teufel et al. (Acad Pediatr, 2012) and Lu and Kuo (Acad Pediatr, 2012) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products; cites AHRQ-funded article by Nocon et al. (JAMA, 2012).]

Arauz Boudreau AD, Van Cleave JM, Gnanasekaran SK, et al. The medical home: relationships with family functioning for children with and without special health care needs. Acad Pediatr 2012 Sep; 12(5):391-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Okumura et al. (Pediatrics, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Horn IB, Mitchell SJ, Wang J, et al. African-American parents' trust in their child's primary care provider. Acad Pediatr 2012 Sep; 12(5):399-404. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Aragon et al. (J Health Disparit Res Pract, 2006) and Fiscella et al. (Med Care, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Thompson DA, Joshi A, Hernandez RG, et al. Nutrition education via a touchscreen: a randomized controlled trial in Latino immigrant parents of infants and toddlers. Acad Pediatr 2012 Sep; 12(5):412-19. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Thompson, Lozano, and Christakis (Pediatrics, 2007) and Rosenthal et al. (Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Epidemiology
Rosenberg ES, Delaney KP, Branson BM, et al. Re: "Derivation and validation of the Denver Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) risk score for targeted HIV screening". Am J Epidemiol 2012 Sep 15; 176(6):567-8. [Comments on AHRQ-funded article by Haukoos et al. (Am J Epidemiol, 2012); see authors' reply (Am J Epidemiol, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

American Journal of Health Promotion
O'Donnell MP. We ARE beginning to speak with one voice: consensus statement on Wellness Incentives. Am J Health Promot 2012 Sep-Oct; 27(1):iv-vii. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008.]

American Journal of Managed Care
Woodard LD, Landrum CR, Urech TH, et al. Impact of clinical complexity on the quality of diabetes care. Am J Manag Care 2012 Sep; 18(9):508-14. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Parchman (former researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships) et al. (Ann Fam Med, 2010 and 2007); cites AHRQ-funded article by Jackson, Edelman, and Weinberger (J Gen Intern Med, 2006).]

Lopert R, Shoemaker JS, Davidoff A, et al. Medication adherence and Medicare expenditure among beneficiaries with heart failure. Am J Manag Care 2012 Sep; 18(9):556-63. [Cites cardiovascular disease cost and hospitalization data  from AHRQ publications Hospitalizations in the Elderly Population, 2003, HCUP Statistical Brief 6, 2006, and Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2000-2001 (both published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site), and AHRQ Quality Indicators: Prevention Quality Indicators (PQI) Composite Measure Workgroup Final Report, 2006, as published on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Gilmer et al. (Diabetes Care, 2005) and Rosen et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2005).]

Gehring K, Schwappach DL, Battaglia M, et al. Frequency of and harm associated with primary care safety incidents. Am J Manag Care 2012 Sep; 18(9):e323-e337. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Hickner et al. (Qual Saf Health Care, 2008) and Gandhi et al. (N Engl J Med, 2003).]

Morgan SR, Smith MA, Pitts SR, et al. Measuring value for low-acuity care across settings. Am J Manag Care 2012 Sep; 18(9):e356-e363. [Cites MEPS HC data on costs and volume of low-acuity emergency room visits, from "Table 6: Emergency Room Services-Median and Mean Expenses per Person With Expense and Distribution of Expenses by Source of Payment: United States, 2009," 2012 as generated interactively on AHRQ's MEPS Web site, AHRQ publication, Expenses for a Hospital Emergency Room Visit, 2003, MEPS Statistical Brief 111, 2006, as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Cunningham, Clancy, Cohen, and Wilets (second author is AHRQ director, third author is current researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends, and last author is former AHRQ researcher) (Med Care Res Rev, 1995); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Ballard et al. (Med Care, 2010), Tang et al. (JAMA, 2010), Lowe and Bindman (Am J Emerg Med, 1997), and others.]

American Journal of Medical Quality
Abraham JM, Marmor S, Knutson D, et al. Variation in diabetes care quality among Medicare Advantage plans: understanding the role of case mix. Am J Med Qual 2012 Sep-Oct; 27(5):377-82. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Rosenthal et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006), Trivedi et al. (JAMA, 2006), Zaslavsky et al. (Int J Qual Health Care, 2005, and Med Care, 2000), and Kuhlthau, Ferris, and Iezzoni (Pediatrics, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Bronner JP, Fontanesi J, Goel A. Improving prompt effectiveness in diabetes care: an intervention study. Am J Med Qual 2012 Sep-Oct; 27(5):406-10. [Cites AHRQ-funded/authored article by Harrison (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets), Koppel, and Bar-Lev (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2007); cites AHRQ-funded article by Kawamoto et al. (BMJ, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Medicine
McCarren M, Goldman S. Research leadership and investigators: gender distribution in the federal government. Am J Med 2012 Aug; 125(8):811-16. [Compares gender distribution in AHRQ's first two organizational levels (citing AHRQ publication, Organization Chart, 2011, as published on the AHRQ Web site) with that of NIH and the VA, finding that women comprised 33%, 27%, and 0% of top leadership, respectively.] Select to access the abstract.

Frontiers of Health Services Management
Brown SE. Attracting, challenging, and leading a multigenerational workforce—a perspective. Front Health Serv Manage 2012 Fall; 29(1):29-33. [Mentions provision of staff training through AHRQ's TeamSTEPPS and use of Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey to measure patient safety action.]

Hospitals and Health Networks
Bush H. Health care's costliest 10%. The patients at the top of the health care utilization pyramid consume an increasingly larger share of resources each year. Who are these patients, and how can hospitals, physicians and communities better treat them? Hosp Health Netw 2012 Sep; 86(9):30-6. [Cites findings from AHRQ publication, The Concentration and Persistence in the Level of Health Expenditures over Time: Estimates for the U.S. Population, 2008-2009, MEPS Statistical Brief 354, 2012.]

American Hospital Association. Environmental scan. Hosp Health Netw 2012 Sep; 86(9):Environmental Scan, 2013 (after page 48). [Cites findings from AHRQ publication, The Concentration and Persistence in the Level of Health Expenditures over Time: Estimates for the U.S. Population, 2008-2009, MEPS Statistical Brief 354, 2012.]

Institute of Medicine Discussion Paper 
Alston C, Paget L, Halvorson G, et al. Communicating with patients on health care evidence. IOM Discuss Pap 2012 Sep; Online. [Includes AHRQ's "Questions are the Answer" campaign as an example of an environmental scan; cites AHRQ-funded article by Flynn, Smith, and Vanness (Soc Sci Med, 2006).]

JAMA
Graber ML, Wachter RM, Cassel CK. Bringing diagnosis into the quality and safety equations. JAMA 2012 Sep 26; 308(12):1211-12. [Notes that second author received an AHRQ grant to his institution.]

Franklin PD, Allison JJ, Ayers DC. Beyond joint implant registries: a patient-centered research consortium for comparative effectiveness in total joint replacement. JAMA 2012 Sep 26; 308(12):1217-18. [Notes authors' receipt of other AHRQ grant support; discusses the AHRQ-funded Function and Outcomes Research for Comparative Effectiveness in TJR [total joint replacement] (FORCE-TJR) program, citing AHRQ Research Grant Search Results on P50 grant types and on comparative effectiveness, as listed on AHRQ's Grants On-Line Database Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Rising, Reynolds, and Sedrakyan (former AHRQ researcher) (N Engl J Med, 2012).]

Slover J, Zuckerman JD. Increasing use of total knee replacement and revision surgery. JAMA 2012 Sep 26; 308(12):1266-8. [Comments on article by Cram et al. (JAMA, 2012) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.]

Journal of Health and Social Behavior
Szymczak JE, Bosk CL. Training for efficiency: work, time, and systems-based practice in medical residency. J Health Soc Behav 2012; 53(3):344-58. [Cites AHRQ publication, Becoming a High Reliability Organization: Operational Advice for Hospital Leaders, 2008; mentions first author's AHRQ-funded dissertation "The Complexity of Simple Things: The Challenge of Organizational Change in Infection Prevention."] Select to access the abstract.

Milbank Quarterly
Gray BH. In this issue. Milbank Q 2012 Sep; 90(3):417-20. [Mentions a British program named "after the famous American program that reduced the incidence of central venous catheter bloodstream infections," citing AHRQ-funded article by Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006) and article by Dixon-Woods et al. (Milbank Q, 2011); comments on articles by Dixon-Woods et al. and others (Milbank Q, 2012) cited below in this section.]

Best A, Greenhalgh T, Lewis S, et al. Large-system transformation in health care: a realist review. Milbank Q 2012 Sep; 90(3):421-56. [Includes in final sample set of invited papers and analyzes AHRQ-funded/article by Brokel and Harrison (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2009), AHRQ-authored article by Harrison and Kimani (Health Care Manage Rev, 2009), and Institute for Family-Centered Care report Partnering with Patients and Families to Design a Patient- and Family-Centered Health Care System, 2006, which discusses AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) survey and AHRQ-funded Center for Patient Safety in NICU Care.] Select to access the abstract.

Bitton A, Schwartz GR, Stewart EE, et al. Off the hamster wheel? Qualitative evaluation of a payment-linked patient-centered medical home (PCMH) pilot. Milbank Q 2012 Sep; 90(3):484-515. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Berenson and Rich (J Gen Intern Med, 2010) and Bitton, Martin, and Landon (J Gen Intern Med, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

Greenhalgh T, Macfarlane F, Barton-Sweeney C, et al. "If we build it, will it stay?" A case study of the sustainability of whole-system change in London. Milbank Q 2012 Sep; 90(3):516-47. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Harrison (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) and Kimani (Health Care Manage Rev, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Dixon-Woods M, Leslie M, Bion J, et al. What counts? An ethnographic study of infection data reported to a patient safety program. Milbank Q 2012 Sep; 90(3):548-91. [Describes the British program Matching Michigan, based on the AHRQ-funded Michigan Keystone ICU program, citing AHRQ-funded article by Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006) and article by Dixon-Woods et al. (Milbank Q, 2011).] Select to access the abstract.

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

Academic Pediatrics
Coker TR, Shaikh Y, Chung PJ. Parent-reported quality of preventive care for children at-risk for developmental delay. Acad Pediatr 2012 Sep; 12(5):384-90. [Cites USPSTF recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services,  2002.] Select to access the abstract.

Skelton JA, Irby MB, Beech BM, et al. Attrition and family participation in obesity treatment programs: clinicians' perceptions. Acad Pediatr 2012 Sep; 12(5):420-8. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored targeted systematic review on the effectiveness of weight management interventions in children (Pediatrics, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Epidemiology
Curhan SG, Shargorodsky J, Eavey R, et al. Analgesic use and the risk of hearing loss in women. Am J Epidemiol 2012 Sep 15; 176(6):544-54. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored systematic evidence review on screening adults aged 50 years or older for hearing loss (Ann Intern Med, 2011).] Select to access the abstract.

 

Annals of Internal Medicine
Jonas DE, Garbutt JC, Amick HR, et al. Behavioral counseling after screening for alcohol misuse in primary care: a systematic review and meta-analysis for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med 2012 Sep 25. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by contract 290-2007-10056-I; updates USPSTF 2004 recommendations on screening and behavioral counseling interventions in primary care to reduce alcohol misuse (citing recommendations and evidence summary by Whitlock et al., in Ann Intern Med, 2004); based on AHRQ comparative effectiveness review Screening, Behavioral Counseling, and Referral in Primary Care to Reduce Alcohol Misuse, 2012, which updates systematic evidence review Behavioral Counseling Interventions in Primary Care to Reduce Risky/Harmful Alcohol Use, 2004; uses criteria from AHRQ publication, Methods Guide for Comparative Effectiveness Reviews of Medical Interventions, 2010, and USPSTF Grade Definitions from USPSTF-sponsored article by Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001); gives definitions of "behavioral counseling" and "counseling" from USPSTF-sponsored evidence review by Whitlock et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2002) on evaluating primary care behavioral counseling interventions; cites AHRQ-authored article by Owens, Lohr, Atkins, Treadwell, Reston, Bass, Chang (third and seventh authors are, respectively, former AHRQ researcher and current researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence) et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 2010) on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program and Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPC) program.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the National Medical Association
Gilbert GE. Prostate cancer screening increases harm risk without decreasing mortality. J Natl Med Assoc 2012 Jul-Aug; 104(7-8):396. [Discusses updated 2011 USPSTF recommendations on prostate cancer screening, citing USPSTF-sponsored evidence review by Chou et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2011).]

Medical Decision Making
Mandelblatt J, Schechter C, Levy D, et al. Building better models: if we build them, will policy makers use them? Toward integrating modeling into health care decisions. Med Decis Making 2012 Sep; 32(5):656-9. [Notes use of the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network (CISNET) models to inform USPSTF recommendations on colorectal cancer screening and breast cancer screening, citing USPSTF-sponsored decision analysis on evaluating test strategies for colorectal cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2008) and related USPSTF-sponsored article by Mandelblatt et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2009); mentions controversy over updated 2011 USPSTF recommendations on prostate cancer and updated 2009 recommendations on breast cancer screening, citing articles by Hendrick and Helvie (AJR Am J Roentgenol, 2011) and related response by Mandelblatt and Cronin (AJR Am J Roentgenol, 2011), Berlin and Hall (Radiology, 2010), and commentaries (Cancer Lett, 2012, and Ann Intern Med, 2010).]

Smith-Spangler CM. Transparency and reproducible research in modeling: why we need it and how to get there. Med Decis Making 2012 Sep; 32(5):663-6. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored analysis on evaluating test strategies for colorectal cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2008) and USPSTF-sponsored article by Mandelblatt et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2009).]

Roberts M, Russell LB, Paltiel AD, et al. Conceptualizing a model: a report of the ISPOR-SMDM Modeling Good Research Practices Task Force—2. Med Decis Making 2012 Sep; 32(5):678-89. [Uses models described in USPSTF-sponsored article by Mandelblatt et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2009) as examples of describing a model exercise, summarized in Table 1, Defining the Objectives, Scope, and Policy Context of a Model (Here, 6 Models): Effects of Mammography Screening under Different Screening Schedules; cites AHRQ-funded article by Matchar et al. (Ann Intern Med, 1997) on the Stroke Prevention Policy Model.] Select to access the abstract.

New England Journal of Medicine
Fradkin JE, Roberts BT, Rodgers GP. What's preventing us from preventing type 2 diabetes? N Engl J Med 2012 Sep 27; 367(13):1177-9. [Mentions Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) provisions requiring coverage of routine preventive services graded A or B by the USPSTF.]

Science
Moyer V. Task force's prevention advice proves hard to swallow. Interview by Eliot Marshall. Science 2012 Sep 21; 337(6101):1468-70. [Discusses USPSTF recommendations on breast and prostate cancer screening and interviews USPSTF chair Virginia Moyer. Also refer to Avalere Health paper (Issue Pap Avalere Health, 2012) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Academic Pediatrics
Fiks AG, Mayne S, Hughes CC, et al. Development of an instrument to measure parents' preferences and goals for the treatment of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder. Acad Pediatr 2012 Sep/Oct; 12(5):445-55. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, 1999, prepared by the McMaster University EPC.] Select to access the abstract.

 

Archives of Internal Medicine
Gonzales R, Ackerman S, Handley M. Can implementation science help to overcome challenges in translating judicious antibiotic use into practice? Arch Intern Med 2012 Sep 24. [Epub ahead of print. Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review (Med Care, 2008) prepared by the Stanford-UCSF EPC under contract 290-02-0017; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Aagaard et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2010) and Metlay et al. (Ann Emerg Med, 2007); comments on article by Zhang, Steinman, and Kaplan (Arch Intern Med, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles above.]

British Medical Journal
Tonks A. Research News. The ingredients of good transitional care remain elusive. BMJ 2012 Sep 22; 345(7875):12-13. [Summarizes AHRQ-funded systematic review by Prvu Bettger et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2012) on transitional care after hospitalization for acute stroke or myocardial infarction, prepared by the Duke EPC under contract 290-2007-10066-I.]

Walsh JM, McGowan CA, Mahony R, et al. Low glycaemic index diet in pregnancy to prevent macrosomia (ROLO study): randomised control trial. BMJ 2012 Sep 22; 345(7875):e5605. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Siega-Riz et al. (Am J Obstet Gynecol, 2009) on of outcomes of maternal weight gain according to IOM recommendations for birthweight, fetal growth, and postpartum weight retention, prepared by the RTI International-University of North Carolina EPC under contract 290-02-0016.] Select to access the abstract.

 

Issue Paper (Avalere Health)
Avalere Health. Establishing a vibrant evidence paradigm to support innovation. Issue Pap Avalere Health 2012 Sep; Online. [Mentions the adaptation of AHRQ-sponsored evidence reviews by the Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Research's (ICER) New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council (CEPAC), effectiveness assessments  performed by AHRQ for CMS, and the use of effectiveness data to inform consensus-building by the USPSTF and NIH; cites AHRQ publication, Methods Guide for Effectiveness and Comparative Effectiveness Reviews, 2012, as published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site; lists AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program as an example of the federal government as a producer of evidence; cites AHRQ-funded article by Tricoci et al. (JAMA, 2009); cites article by Cannon (J Manag Care Pharm, 2012), which discusses AHRQ updated 2010 and earlier 2007 comparative effectiveness reviews on oral diabetes medications for adults with type 2 diabetes.]

 

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Saldanha IJ, Wilson LM, Bennett WL, et al. Development and pilot test of a process to identify research needs from a systematic review. J Clin Epidemiol 2012 Sep 17. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by contract HHSA290-2007-10061-I to the Johns Hopkins University EPC and based on AHRQ future research needs paper Future Research Needs for the Management of Gestational Diabetes, 2010, as published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site; gives definitions of "comparative effectiveness research" and "systematic review" from AHRQ publication, Glossary of Terms, as published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program; describes a process for identifying research needs from systematic reviews, based on methodologies in AHRQ-funded systematic review by Robinson, Saldanha, and McKoy (J Clin Epidemiol, 2011) and using as a case study AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Therapeutic Management, Delivery, and Postpartum Risk Assessment and Screening in Gestational Diabetes, 2008, and associated AHRQ-funded systematic reviews by Bennett et al. (J Womens Health, 2009), Golden et al. (Gend Med, 2009), Witkop et al. (Obstet Gynecol, 2009), and Nicholson et al. (Obstet Gynecol, 2009) (all conducted  by the Johns Hopkins University EPC under contract 290-02-0018), and AHRQ-funded literature review by Baptiste-Roberts et al. (Am J Med, 2009), conducted by the John Hopkins EPC; cites article by Chalkidou et al. (Int J Technol Assess Health Care, 2009) on AHRQ-funded "pilot project to translate one current comparative effectiveness review into a prioritized list of evidence gaps and research questions reflecting the views" of pilot participants; acknowledges AHRQ task order officer Christine Chang, researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Women's Health
Bennett WL, Robinson KA, Saldanha IJ, et al. High priority research needs for gestational diabetes mellitus. J Womens Health 2012 Sep; 21(9):925-32. [Supported by contract HHSA290-2007-10061-I (the Johns Hopkins University EPC); based on AHRQ future research needs paper Future Research Needs for the Management of Gestational Diabetes, 2010, as published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site; based and builds on AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Therapeutic Management, Delivery, and Postpartum Risk Assessment and Screening in Gestational Diabetes, 2008, and associated AHRQ-funded systematic reviews by Robinson, Saldanha, and McKoy (J Clin Epidemiol, 2011) supported by the same contract, Bennett et al. (J Womens Health, 2009), Witkop et al. (Obstet Gynecol, 2009), Nicholson et al. (Obstet Gynecol, 2009), and Golden et al. (Gend Med, 2009) (all conducted by the Johns Hopkins University EPC under contract 290-02-0018), and AHRQ-funded article by Baptiste-Roberts et al. (Am J Med, 2009, conducted by the John Hopkins EPC; describes processes based on methodologies in articles by Saldanha et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, in press) and Robinson, Saldanha, and McKoy (Int J Technol Assess Health Care, 2011), which classifies research gaps by type of management question using AHRQ's definition of comparative effectiveness research); cites article by Chalkidou et al. (Int J Technol Assess Health Care, 2009) on AHRQ-funded "pilot project to translate one current comparative effectiveness review into a prioritized list of evidence gaps and research questions reflecting the views" of pilot participants.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Clinics of North America
Nagarajan V, Tang WH. Management of comorbid conditions in heart failure: a review. Med Clin North Am 2012 Sep; 96(5):975-85. [Cites AHRQ-funded meta-analysis of major clinical trials by Shekelle et al. (J Am Coll Cardiol, 2003) on efficacy of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and beta-blockers in the management of left ventricular systolic dysfunction according to race, gender, and diabetic status, prepared by the Southern California EPC under contract 290-97-0000 and Southern California EPC at RAND under contract 290-97-0001. Also refer to AHRQ-funded article by Jonas et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2012) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

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

American Journal of Health Promotion
Rexing CJ, Ibrahim JK. State tobacco control plans: who falls outside the plans? Am J Health Promot 2012 Sep-Oct; 27(1):29-36. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2009.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the National Medical Association
Miller SR. A qualitative study of the perspectives of individuals with disabilities about their health care experiences: implications for culturally appropriate health care. J Natl Med Assoc 2012 Jul/Aug; 104(7-8):360-5. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2009; cites article by Smith (Disabil Health J, 2009), which uses 2006 MEPS data.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Academic Pediatrics
Teufel RJ 2nd, Kazley AS, Ebeling MD, et al. Hospital electronic medical record use and cost of inpatient pediatric care. Acad Pediatr 2012 Sep/Oct; 12(5):429-35. [Uses 2009 HCUP KID data, citing Overview of the Kids' Inpatient Database (KID), 2003, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Lu S, Kuo DZ. Hospital charges of potentially preventable pediatric hospitalizations. Acad Pediatr 2012 Sep; 12(5):436-444. [Uses 2006 HCUP KID data, citing Introduction to the HCUP KIDS' Inpatient Database (KID), 2006, 2008, and HCUP Data Use Agreement Training, both published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites measure summary "Ambulatory care sensitive conditions: age-standardized acute care hospitalization rate for conditions where appropriate ambulatory care prevents or reduces the need for admission to the hospital, per 100,000 population under age 75 years," 2010, from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), as posted on AHRQ's National Quality Measures Clearinghouse Web site; cites AHRQ publication, Trends in Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations among Adults and Children, 1997-2004, HCUP Statistical Brief 36, 2007, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Friedman and Basu (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets and Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships, respectively) (Med Care Res Rev, 2004) and Basu and Friedman (Health Econ, 2001).] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Managed Care
Rank MA, Liesinger JT, Ziegenfuss JY, et al. Asthma expenditures in the United States comparing 2004 to 2006 and 1996 to 1998. Am J Manag Care 2012 Sep; 18(9):499-504. [Uses 1996-1998 and 2004-2006 MEPS HC data as accessed on AHRQ's MEPS Web site; cites AHRQ publication Changes in Children's Use and Expenditures for Asthma Medications, United States, 1997-1998 and 2007-2008, MEPS Statistical Brief 341, 2011; mentions MEPS Insurance Component (MEPS IC); discusses findings from related article by Rank et al. (Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol, 2012), which also uses MEPS data over a similar time period.] Select to access the abstract.

Trogdon JG, Tangka FK, Ekwueme DU, et al. State-level projections of cancer-related medical care costs: 2010 to 2020. Am J Manag Care 2012 Sep; 18(9):525-32. [Uses 2004-2008 MEPS data, citing Medical Provider Component, as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site, and 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); also uses HCUP Clinical Classifications Software (CCS), citing Clinical Classifications Software (CCS) for ICD-9-CM, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

DeVries A, Li CW, Sridhar G, et al. Impact of medical homes on quality, healthcare utilization, and costs. Am J Manag Care 2012 Sep; 18(9):534-44. [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-funded/authored article by Peikes, Zutshi, Genevro, Parchman, and Meyers (third and fourth authors are current and former researchers in and last author is director of AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships, respectively) (Am J Manag Care, 2012); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Landon et al. (Health Aff, 2010) and others.]

American Journal of Medical Quality
Chen Q, Borzecki AM, Cevasco M, et al. Examining the relationship between processes of care and selected AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators postoperative wound dehiscence and accidental puncture or laceration using the VA electronic medical record. Am J Med Qual 2012 Sep 25. [Epub ahead of print. Uses AHRQ's Postoperative Wound Dehiscence and Accidental Puncture or Laceration Patient Safety Indicators and the Patient Safety Indicators software Version 3.1a, citing Patient Safety Indicators Technical Specifications, Version 3.0a, 2006; also uses HCUP AHRQ Comorbidity Software Version 3.1 and HCUP Clinical Classifications Software (CCS), citing Comorbidity Software, Version 3.1, 2006, and Clinical Classifications Software (CCS) for ICD-9-CM, both published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; uses methodologies and findings from PSI-related articles by Camp et al. (Ann Surg, 2010), Rosen et al. (Med Care, 2005), Borzecki et al. (J Am Coll Surg, 2011), Cevasco et al. (J Am Coll Surg, 2011), Kaafarani et al. (J Am Coll Surg, 2011), and Rosen et al. (Med Care, 2012 and 2009); cites AHRQ Quality Indicators: Patient Safety Indicators (PSI) Log of Revisions to PSI Documentation and Software, 2011, as published on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site, and AHRQ Quality Indicators™ Toolkit for Hospitals, 2012, as published on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Santana C, Shaines M, Choi P, et al. Designing a comprehensive strategy to improve one core measure: discharge of patients with myocardial infarction or heart failure on ACE inhibitors/ARBs. Am J Med Qual 2012 Sep-Oct; 27(5):398-405. [Uses AHRQ's Innovations Exchange Web site to find relevant studies or improvement initiatives for literature review; includes innovation profiles Multidisciplinary Team Redesigns Care Processes and Systems, 2011, Leading to Significantly Improved Performance on Core Measures in Four Clinical Areas, 2011, Formal Processes Ensure System-Wide Focus on Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia, and Surgical Care, Improving Performance on Core Measures, 2011, Concurrent and Retrospective Chart Review, Performance Reporting, and Other Support Significantly Improve Adherence to Core Measures in Four Clinical Areas, 2010, Formal Structures and Processes Promote System-Wide Focus on Core Measures, Leading to Significantly Better Performance, 2010, Alerts, Standing Orders, and Care Pathways Boost Quality of Care for Pneumonia, Heart Attack, and Heart Failure, 2008, and Comprehensive Heart Failure Program Enhances Adherence to Recommended Care and Reduces Hospital Readmission, 2008, all published on the AHRQ Innovations Exchange Web site, and listed in Table 1, Summary of Published Interventions Targeting Use of ACE Inhibitors or ARBs in Hospitalized Patients With AMI or CHF.] Select to access the abstract.

Hanna MN, González-Fernández M, Barrett AD, Williams KA, Pronovost P. Does patient perception of pain control affect patient satisfaction across surgical units in a tertiary teaching hospital? Am J Med Qual 2012 Sep; 27(5):411-16. [Uses HCAHPS data, citing the HCAHPS Web site and noting that "care was consistently better in those hospitals that received high ratings across all conditions, making HCAHPS a valid tool to evaluate patient care in hospitals," citing AHRQ-funded article by Castle et al. (Health Serv Res, 2005) and articles by Elliott et al. (Med Care Res Rev, 2010) and Jha et al. (N Engl J Med, 2008); last author reports receiving other AHRQ grant support; mentions the AHRQ-funded Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program to Prevent (CUSP) program, citing AHRQ-funded articles by Pronovost et al. (J Patient Saf, 2005, and Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2006); cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Acute Pain Management: Operative or Medical Procedures and Trauma, 1992; cites article by Giordano et al. (Med Care Res Rev, 2010), which uses HCAHPS survey data.] Select to access the abstract.

Allareddy V, Ward MM, Wehby GL, et al. The connection between selective referrals for radical cystectomy and radical prostatectomy and volume-outcome effects: an instrumental variables analysis. Am J Med Qual 2012 Sep-Oct; 27(5):434-40. [Uses 2000-2004 HCUP NIS data, citing Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), 2006.] Select to access the abstract.

BJU International
Schmitges J, Trinh QD, Sun M, et al. Higher perioperative morbidity and in-hospital mortality in patients with end-stage renal disease undergoing nephrectomy for non-metastatic kidney cancer: a population-based analysis. BJU Int 2012 Sep; 110(6b):E183-E190. [Uses 1988-2007 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 1988-2007, all published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; also 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.

British Medical Journal
Stringhini S, Tabak AG, Akbaraly TN, et al. Contribution of modifiable risk factors to social inequalities in type 2 diabetes: prospective Whitehall II cohort study. BMJ 2012 Sep 22; 345(7875):e5452. [Uses study cohort data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Stepanova M, Mishra A, Venkatesan C, et al. In-hospital mortality and economic burden associated with hepatic encephalopathy in the United States from 2005 to 2009. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol 2012 Sep; 10(9):1034-41.e1. [Uses 2005-2009 HCUP NIS data, HCUP Clinical Classifications Software (CCS), and HCUP Cost-to-Charge Ratio Files, citing Cost-to-Charge Ratio Files: 2009 Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) User Guide, 2011, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; also uses the All Patient Refined Diagnosis Related Groups to evaluate and report "for each discharge together with the severity of illness for the patient measured" on 29 potential comorbidities, citing All Patient Refined Diagnosis Related Groups (APR-DRGs), Version 20.0: Methodology Overview, 2003, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Senders ZJ, Zussman BM, Maltenfort MG, et al. The incidence of pulmonary embolism (PE) after spinal fusions. Clin Neurol Neurosurg 2012 Sep; 114(7):897-901. [Uses 1988-2008 HCUP NIS data, citing Introduction to the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2009, 2011, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Emerging Infectious Diseases
Seitz AE, Prevots DR, Holland SM. Hospitalizations associated with disseminated coccidioidomycosis, Arizona and California, USA. Emerg Infect Dis 2012 Sep; 18(9):1476-9. [Uses HCUP SID data for Arizona (2000-2009) and California (2003-2008) as accessed on AHRQ's HCUPnet Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Haemophilia
Goel R, Krishnamurti L. Mortality, health care utilization and associated diagnoses in hospitalized patients with haemophilia in the United States: first reported nationwide estimates. Haemophilia 2012 Sep; 18(5):688-92. [Uses 2007 HCUP NIS data, citing AHRQ publication Inferences with HCUP State Databases Final Report, HCUP Methods Series Report 2010-05, 2010, and AHRQ-authored article by Steiner, Elixhauser, and Schnaier (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Eff Clin Pract, 2002); notes that NIS coding has demonstrated  adequate sensitivity and specificity and that the NIS has been validated against the National Hospital Discharge Survey (NHDS) and Medicare Provider Analysis and Review File (MEDPAR), citing HCUP Quality Control Procedures, 2002, and Comparative Analysis of HCUP and NHDS Inpatient Discharge Data, Technical Supplement 13, NIS Release 5, 1996, respectively, both published on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Cram P, Lu X, Kates SL, Singh JA, et al. Total knee arthroplasty volume, utilization, and outcomes among Medicare beneficiaries, 1991-2010. JAMA 2012 Sep 26; 308(12):1227-36. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998), citing article by Quan et al. (Med Care, 2005), and AHRQ's HCUP Clinical Classifications Software (CCS), citing Clinical Classifications Software (CCS), 2013, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Miller et al. (Health Aff, 2011) and by Glance et al. (Med Care, 2008, and Health Serv Res, 2006), the latter two of which use various AHRQ data sets; third and fourth authors acknowledge previous AHRQ funding.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Arthroplasty
Kurtz SM, Lau E, Watson H, et al. Economic burden of periprosthetic joint infection in the United States. J Arthroplasty 2012 Sep; 27(8 Suppl):61-65.e1. [Uses 2001-2009 HCUP NIS data, HCUP Cost-to-Charge Ratio Files, and statistical trend files provided by HCUP, citing previous related studies by Kurtz et al. (J Arthroplasty, 2008, and Clin Orthop Relat Res, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

D'Apuzzo MR, Browne JA. Obstructive sleep apnea as a risk factor for postoperative complications after revision joint arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty 2012 Sep; 27(8 Suppl):95-8. [Uses 2006-2008 HCUP NIS data, citing Introduction to the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2005, 2007, and uses the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Dermatological Treatment
Lin HC, Lucas PT, Feldman SR, et al. Medication use and associated health care outcomes and costs for patients with psoriasis in the United States. J Dermatolog Treat 2012 Jun; 23(3):196-202. [Uses 2007 MEPS Household Component and Health Component data, the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992), and an additional index based on the number of medication records for each patient in the MEPS prescription drug file as described in article by Balkrishnan et al. (Clin Ther, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
Memtsoudis SG, Bombardieri AM, Ma Y, et al. Mortality of patients with respiratory insufficiency and adult respiratory distress syndrome after surgery: the obesity paradox. J Intensive Care Med 2012 Sep; 27(5):306-11. [Uses 1998-2007 HCUP NIS data and Clinical Classifications Software for Services and Procedures (CCSSP) to select procedures, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), Introduction to the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2006, 2008, Publications Search, 2008, and Clinical Classifications Software for Services and Procedures, 2009, all published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; also 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.

Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
McDonald JS, Norgan AP, McDonald RJ, et al. In-hospital outcomes associated with stent-assisted endovascular treatment of unruptured cerebral aneurysms in the USA. J Neurointerv Surg 2012 May 5. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2004-2008 HCUP NIS data, citing Databases, 2004-2008, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites articles by Brinjikji et al. (AJNR Am J Neuroradiol, 2011) and Leake et al. (J Neurosurg, 2011), which used NIS data to study hospitalizations associated with cerebral aneurysms.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Urology
Sukumar S, Sun M, Karakiewicz PI, et al. National trends and disparities in the use of minimally invasive adult pyeloplasty. J Urol 2012 Sep; 188(3):913-18. [Uses 1998-2009 HCUP NIS data, citing Introduction to the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2009, 2011, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; also 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 article by Nelson et al. (J Urol, 2005), which uses HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Vascular Surgery
Mell MW, Callcut RA, Bech F, et al. Predictors of emergency department death for patients presenting with ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms. J Vasc Surg 2012 Sep; 56(3):651-5. [Uses 2006-2008 HCUP NEDS data, citing 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), and AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Women's Health
O'Malley CD, Shema SJ, Cress RD, et al. The implications of age and comorbidity on survival following epithelial ovarian cancer: summary and results from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. J Womens Health 2012 Sep; 21(9):887-94. [Uses AHRQ-funded adaptations 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.

Laryngoscope
Semenov YR, Starmer HM, Gourin CG. The effect of pneumonia on short-term outcomes and cost of care after head and neck cancer surgery. Laryngoscope 2012 Sep;122(9):1994-2004. [Uses 2003-2008 HCUP NIS data, HCUP Cost-to-Charge Ratio Files, and definitions of comorbidities from Comorbidity Software, Version 3.6, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), Cost-to-Charge Ratio Files, and "Table 2: Definitions of Comorbidities, Comorbidity Software version 3.6 / 2011," in Comorbidity Software, Version 3.6, 2011, all published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; also uses the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Romano, Roos, and Jollis (J Clin Epidemiol, 1993).] Select to access the abstract.

Neurosurgery
Siddiq F, Chaudhry SA, Tummala RP, et al. Factors and outcomes associated with early and delayed aneurysm treatment in subarachnoid hemorrhage patients in the United States. Neurosurgery 2012 Sep; 71(3):670-8. [Uses 2005-2008 HCUP NIS data as accessed on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; also uses the 3M Health Information Systems All Patient Refined Diagnosis Related Group (APR-DRG) mortality risk algorithm "as a surrogate marker of disease severity," citing APR™-DRG Classification Software—Overview from Mortality Measurement, 2009, as published on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Weaver KJ, Neal D, Hoh DJ, et al. The "July phenomenon" for neurosurgical mortality and complications in teaching hospitals: an analysis of more than 850,000 neurosurgical patients in the Nationwide Inpatient Sample database, 1998 to 2008. Neurosurgery 2012 Sep; 71(3):562-71. [Uses 1998-2008 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Zhan and Miller (current and former AHRQ researchers, respectively) (JAMA, 2003) and AHRQ-funded articles by Landrigan et al. (N Engl J Med, 2004) and Lockley et al. (N Engl J Med, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Neurosurgical Focus
Sonig A, Khan IS, Wadhwa R, et al. The impact of comorbidities, regional trends, and hospital factors on discharge dispositions and hospital costs after acoustic neuroma microsurgery: a United States nationwide inpatient data sample study (2005-2009). Neurosurg Focus 2012 Sep; 33(3):E3. [Uses 2005-2009 HCUP NIS data and HCUP Clinical Classifications Software (CCS); cites article by McDonald et al. (J Neurointerv Surg, 2012) cited above in this section.] Select to access the abstract.

Public Health Reports
Iqbal S, Clower JH, King M, Bell J, et al. National carbon monoxide poisoning surveillance framework and recent estimates. Public Health Rep 2012 Sep; 127(5):486-96. [Uses 1999-2004 HCUP NEDS and NIS data, citing What Is HCUP? on the HCUP index page on the AHRQ Web site, and Introduction to the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2007, 2009, and Introduction to the HCUP Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS), 2007, 2010, both published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; also uses 1993-2007 HCUP NIS data, as accessed on AHRQ's HCUP Web site, as source for Figure 4, Trends in hospitalization rates for confirmed cases of unintentional, non-fire-related poisoning: United States, 1993-2007; cites AHRQ-authored article by Iqbal, Law, Clower, Yip, and Elixhauser (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets); authors acknowledge assistance from Anne Elixhauser, researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets.] Select to access the abstract.

Surgery
Ragulin-Coyne E, Carroll JE, Smith JK, et al. Perioperative mortality after pancreatectomy: A risk score to aid decision-making. Surgery 2012 Sep; 152(3 Suppl 1):S120-S127. [Uses 1998-2006 HCUP NIS data and HCUP Comorbidity Software, citing Databases, 1998-2006, and Comorbidity Software, Version 3.7, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Birkmeyer et al. (N Engl J Med, 2003 and 2002). Also refer to articles by Zhang, Steinman, and Kaplan (Arch Intern Med, 2012), Pylypchuk and Sarpong (Health Serv Res, 2012), Yabroff, Dowling, Rodriguez, Ekwueme, Meissner, Soni et al. (J Cancer Surviv, 2012), and Angier et al. (Matern Child Health J, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Current as of September 2012
Internet Citation: Medication Adherence in Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment: A Systematic Evidence-based Review: Articles of Interest, September 28, 2012. September 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/20120928.html