Experiences of Care among Medicare Beneficiaries with ESRD: Medicare Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Survey Results

Articles of Interest, November 30, 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 Kidney Diseases
Paddison CA, Elliott MN, Haviland AM, Farley DO, et al. Experiences of care among Medicare beneficiaries with ESRD: Medicare Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) survey results. Am J Kidney Dis 2012 Nov 21. [Epub ahead of print. Supported in part by cooperative agreement grant U18 HS16980 (to second and fourth authors); uses 2009-2010 Medicare CAHPS survey data, citing Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (CAHPS): Overview, 2011.] Select to access the abstract.

Epilepsy Research
Schiltz NK, Koroukian SM, Lhatoo SD, et al. Temporal trends in pre-surgical evaluations and epilepsy surgery in the U.S. from 1998 to 2009. Epilepsy Res 2012 Aug 1. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by grant 3 T32 HS00059-18 (to first author); uses 1998-2003 HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data, citing Introduction to the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2009, and HCUP NIS Trends Supplemental Files, 2008, both published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Gerontologist
Thomas KS, Hyer K, Castle NG, et al. Patient safety culture and the association with safe resident care in nursing homes. Gerontologist 2012 Dec; 52(6):802-11. [Supported by grant R36 HS19671-01; uses AHRQ's Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture; cites AHRQ/National Quality Forum report, Safe Practices for Better Healthcare: A Consensus Report, 2003.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Hernandez AF, Mi X, Hammill BG, Hammill SC, Heidenreich PA, Masoudi FA, Qualls LG, Peterson ED, et al. Associations between aldosterone antagonist therapy and risks of mortality and readmission among patients with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction. JAMA 2012 Nov 28; 308(20):2097-107. [Supported by Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions About Effectiveness (DEcIDE) contract HHSA 290-2005-0032-I (to the Duke University DEcIDE Center) and grant U19 HS21092 (to eighth author).] Select to access the abstract.

PLoS One
Norris SL, Holmer HK, Ogden LA, et al. Conflict of interest disclosures for clinical practice guidelines in the National Guideline Clearinghouse. PLoS One 2012; 7(11):e47343. [Supported by grant 1 R01 HS18500; uses a random selection of clinical practice guidelines from AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC), citing AHRQ's NGC Web site; gives a brief description of AHRQ's NGC, citing the About landing page on AHRQ's NGC Web site. Also refer to AHRQ-funded articles by Cottrell et al. and Chou et al. (both in Ann Intern Med, 2012), and Lin et al. (J Am Geriatr Soc, 2012) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles, and by Chou et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2012) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

Academic Medicine
Leape LL, Shore MF, Dienstag JL, Mayer RJ, Edgman-Levitan S, Meyer GS, et al. Perspective: A culture of respect, Part 1: the nature and causes of disrespectful behavior by physicians. Acad Med 2012 Jul; 87(7):845-52. [Cites AHRQ publication, Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture: 2011 User Comparative Database Report, 2011, as published on the AHRQ Web site; cites HCAHPS Fact Sheet (CAHPS® Hospital Survey), 2010, as published on the HCAHPS Web site; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Ayas et al. (JAMA, 2006), Barger et al. (N Engl J Med, 2005), Landrigan et al. (N Engl J Med, 2004), and others; sixth author is a former AHRQ center director.] Select to access the abstract.

Schumacher DJ, Slovin SR, Riebschleger MP, et al. Perspective: Beyond counting hours: the importance of supervision, professionalism, transitions of care, and workload in residency training. Acad Med 2012 Jul; 87(7):883-8. [Cites AHRQ's TeamSTEPPS®: National Implementation Web site; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Lockley et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2007, and Clin Orthop Relat Res, 2006), Ayas et al. (JAMA, 2006), Landrigan et al. (N Engl J Med, 2004), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Shea JA, Weissman A, McKinney S, et al. Internal medicine trainees' views of training adequacy and duty hours restrictions in 2009. Acad Med 2012 Jul; 87(7):889-94. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Landrigan et al. (Pediatrics, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

BMJ Quality and Safety
Nanji KC, Ferris TG, Torchiana DF, Meyer GS. Overarching goals: a strategy for improving healthcare quality and safety? BMJ Qual Saf 2012 Nov 30. [Epub ahead of print. Last author is a former AHRQ center director; cites AHRQ-funded article by Berenholtz et al. (Crit Care Med, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Drugs & Aging
Gallagher P, O'Mahony D, O'Connor MN. Inappropriate prescribing. Drugs Aging 2012 Jun; 29(6):437-52. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Zhan, Sangl, Bierman et al. (JAMA 2001), which uses 1996 Medical Expenditure Survey Panel (MEPS) data.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Miller SC, Lima JC, Mitchell SL. Influence of hospice on nursing home residents with advanced dementia who received Medicare-skilled nursing facility care near the end of life. J Am Geriatr Soc 2012 Nov; 60(11):2035-41. [Cites AHRQ Effective Health Care research report, Treatment of Dementia Among Community-Dwelling and Institutional Medicare Beneficiaries, 2008, produced by the University of Maryland at Baltimore DEcIDE Center; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Gozalo and Miller (Health Serv Res, 2007) and Morris, Fries, and Morris (J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci, 1999).] Select to access the abstract.

Walsh B, Addington-Hall J, Roberts HC, et al. Outcomes after unplanned admission to hospital in older people: ill-defined conditions as potential indicators of the frailty trajectory. J Am Geriatr Soc 2012 Nov; 60(11):2104-9. [Mentions ill-defined conditions statistics, citing U.S. National Hospital Administration Data, 2009, as accessed on AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) HCUPnet Web site; cites AHRQ-funded article by Covinsky et al. (J Am Geriatr Soc, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Min L, Shekelle P. Wanted: a FRAME for staging functional decline in older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc 2012 Nov; 60(11):2167-2168. [Comments on article by Lin et al. (J Am Geriatr Soc, 2012) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles.]

Modern Healthcare
Merlino J. Speaking from experience: when doctors improve communications, patients become better partners. Mod Healthc 2012 Nov 26; 42(48):30. [Mentions that communication with patients is a key domain of AHRQ's HCAHPS.]

Pediatric Nursing
Hovde KR, Granheim TH, Christophersen KA, et al. The Norwegian version of the Pediatric Nurses' Knowledge and Attitudes Survey Regarding Pain: reliability and validity. Pediatr Nurs 2012 Sep-Oct; 38(5):264-9. [Mentions selection of the chosen survey instrument because it is based upon standards developed by AHRQ predecessor the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research and other organizations, citing article by Manworren (Pediatr Nurs, 2000).] Select to access the abstract.

Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing
Harrison MB, Graham ID. Roadmap for a participatory research-practice partnership to implement evidence. Worldviews Evid Based Nurs 2012 Dec; 9(4):210-20. [Mentions the "proliferation of guidelines from credible bodies" such as AHRQ predecessor Agency for Health Care Policy and Research and others.] Select to access the abstract.

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

Academic Medicine
Hauer KE, Carney PA, Chang A, et al. Behavior change counseling curricula for medical trainees: a systematic review. Acad Med 2012 Jul; 87(7):956-68. [Notes that the effectiveness of counseling for behavior change has been endorsed for some behaviors, citing USPSTF A-Z Topic Guide, 2012, as published on the USPSTF Web site; cites AHRQ-sponsored publication, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update. Quick Reference Guide for Clinicians, 2009, as published on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Internal Medicine
Cottrell EB, Chou R, Wasson N, et al. Reducing risk for mother-to-infant transmission of hepatitis C virus: a systematic review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med 2012 Nov 27. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by contract 290-2007-10057-I, task order 8, and based on AHRQ comparative effectiveness review, Screening for Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Adults, 2012, performed by the Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) under the same contract and published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site; uses USPSTF quality of evidence criteria, citing USPSTF-sponsored article by Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001), and uses AHRQ's strength of evidence criteria, citing AHRQ publication, Methods Guide for Effectiveness and Comparative Effectiveness Reviews, 2012, as published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site; acknowledges support by AHRQ Task Order Officer Christine Chang and USPSTF Medical Officer Iris Mabry-Hernandez (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence and Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships, respectively).]

Chou R, Cottrell EB, Wasson N, et al. Screening for hepatitis C virus infection in adults: a systematic review to update the 2004 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation. Ann Intern Med 2012 Nov 27. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by contract 290-2007-10057-I, task order 8, and based on AHRQ comparative effectiveness review, Screening for Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Adults, 2012, performed by the Oregon EPC under the same contract and published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site, and associated systematic review by Chou et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2012) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles; updates USPSTF recommendations on screening for hepatitis C virus infection in adults and associated evidence review by Chou et al. (both in Ann Intern Med, 2004); uses USPSTF quality of evidence criteria, citing USPSTF-sponsored article by Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001), and uses AHRQ's strength of evidence criteria, citing AHRQ publication, Methods Guide for Effectiveness and Comparative Effectiveness Reviews, 2012, as published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site; cites USPSTF-sponsored systematic review by Cottrell et al. cited above in this section; acknowledge support by AHRQ Task Order Officer Christine Chang and USPSTF Medical Officer Iris Mabry-Hernandez.] Select to access the abstract.

Contraception
Steenland MW, Zapata LB, Brahmi D, et al. Appropriate follow up to detect potential adverse events after initiation of select contraceptive methods: a systematic review. Contraception 2012 Nov 21. [Epub ahead of print. Uses USPSTF evidence grading system and quality of evidence criteria, citing USPSTF-sponsored article by Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001).] Select to access the abstract.

Harvard Women's Health Watch
What's new: No need for routine ovarian cancer screening. Harv Womens Health Watch 2012 Dec; 20(4):1, 8. [Mentions USPSTF's reaffirmation of its 2004 recommendations on ovarian cancer screening.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Lin JS, Whitlock EP, Eckstrom E, et al. Challenges in synthesizing and interpreting the evidence from a systematic review of multifactorial interventions to prevent functional decline in older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc 2012 Nov; 60(11):2157-66. [Supported by contract HHS 290-2007-10057-I, task order 3, in support of the USPSTF; based on USPSTF-sponsored articles by Leipzig et al. and Michael et al. (both in Ann Intern Med, 2010), which discuss USPSTF methodologies and processes as applied to the preventive needs of older adults, and on USPSTF-sponsored evidence synthesis/technology assessment Challenges in Synthesizing and Interpreting the Evidence From a Systematic Review of Multifactorial Interventions to Prevent Functional Decline in Older Adults, 2012, performed by the Oregon EPC under the same contract; uses AHRQ-funded systematic evidence review on primary care-relevant interventions to prevent falling in older adults (Ann Intern Med, 2010) to identify appropriate trials and USPSTF design-specific criteria to assign quality ratings, citing USPSTF-sponsored article by Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001); acknowledges assistance from Tracy Wolff (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques
Young AK, Young BK, Riley LH 3rd, et al. Assessment of presurgical psychological screening in patients undergoing spine surgery: use and clinical impact. J Spinal Disord Tech 2012 Nov 27. [Epub ahead of print. Mentions and assesses physician compliance with the USPSTF's recommendation for presurgical psychological screening in clinical practices, citing USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Depression, 2009, as published on the USPSTF Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Women's Health
Hall IJ, Rim SH, Johnson-Turbes CA, et al. The African American Women and Mass Media campaign: a CDC breast cancer screening project. J Womens Health 2012 Nov; 21(11):1107-13. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Saraiya M, Watson M, Benard VB. Cervical cancer screening measures need to evolve to continue to tell the story. J Womens Health 2012 Nov; 21(11):1128-9. [Cites updated USPSTF recommendations on screening for cervical cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2012) and USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Cervical Cancer, 2003.]

Chen HY, Kessler CL, Mori N, et al. Cervical cancer screening in the United States, 1993-2010: characteristics of women who are never screened. J Womens Health 2012 Nov; 21(11):1132-8. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Cervical Cancer, 2003, and updated USPSTF recommendations on screening for cervical cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2012).] Select to access the abstract.

Yoo JW, Nakagawa S, Kim S. Effect of reimbursement reductions on bone mineral density testing for female Medicare beneficiaries. J Womens Health 2012 Nov; 21(11):1144-8. [Notes the National Osteoporosis Foundation's agreement with USPSTF recommendations on bone mineral density testing; cites article by Powell, O'Connor, and Greenberg (J Womens Health, 2012) which uses USPSTF recommendations on screening for osteoporosis in postmenopausal women (Ann Intern Med, 2002) to assess physician adherence to guidelines for osteoporosis screening for women >=65 years.] Select to access the abstract.

Coker AL, Follingstad D, Garcia LS, et al. Association of intimate partner violence and childhood sexual abuse with cancer-related well-being in women. J Womens Health 2012 Nov; 21(11):1180-8. [Discusses USPSTF recommendations on screening for family violence, citing USPSTF evidence review on screening women and elderly adults for family and intimate partner violence (Ann Intern Med, 2004) and updated systematic review on screening women for intimate partner violence (Ann Intern Med, 2012).] Select to access the abstract.

New England Journal of Medicine
Liebschutz JM, Rothman EF. Intimate-partner violence—what physicians can do. N Engl J Med 2012 Nov 29; 367(22):2071-3. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored updated systematic review on screening women for intimate partner violence (Ann Intern Med, 2012).]

Oncology
USPSTF says no screening for ovarian cancer in new guidelines. Oncology 2012 Oct; 26(10):896, 928, 930. [Reviews updated USPSTF recommendations on screening for ovarian cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2012).]

Pain Physician
Onyewu O, Manchikanti L, Falco FJ, et al. An update of the appraisal of the accuracy and utility of cervical discography in chronic neck pain. Pain Physician 2012 Nov; 15(6):E777-E806. [Uses USPSTF grade definitions and quality of evidence criteria, citing USPSTF-sponsored articles by Berg and Allan (Am J Prev Med, 2001) and Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001) on USPSTF methodologies, and AHRQ's accuracy evaluation criteria, citing AHRQ evidence report, Systems to Rate the Strength of Scientific Evidence, 2002, as published on the AHRQ Archive Web site; also uses AHRQ's NGC as a source for the literature review, citing AHRQ's NGC Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Falco FJ, Datta S, Manchikanti L, et al. An updated review of the diagnostic utility of cervical facet joint injections. Pain Physician 2012 Nov; 15(6):E807-E838. [Uses USPSTF grade definitions and quality of evidence criteria, citing USPSTF-sponsored article by Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001), and AHRQ's NGC as a source for the literature review, citing AHRQ's NGC Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Falco FJ, Manchikanti L, Datta S, et al. An update of the systematic assessment of the diagnostic accuracy of lumbar facet joint nerve blocks. Pain Physician 2012 Nov; 15(6):E869-E907. [Uses USPSTF grade definitions and quality of evidence criteria, citing USPSTF-sponsored article by Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001), and uses AHRQ's NGC as a source for the literature review, citing AHRQ's NGC Web site; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Deyo, Rainville, and Kent (JAMA, 1992) and Deyo and Weinstein (N Engl J Med, 2001).] Select to access the abstract.

Systematic Reviews
Thombs BD, Roseman M, Kloda LA. Depression screening and mental health outcomes in children and adolescents: a systematic review protocol. Syst Rev 2012 Nov 24; 1(1):58. [Uses the USPSTF analytic framework described USPSTF-sponsored article by Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001) and in USPSTF recommendations on screening for depression (Ann Intern Med, 2002) to develop key questions for the systematic review; reviews and discusses 2009 USPSTF-sponsored evidence review by Williams et al. on screening for child and adolescent depression in primary care settings and associated USPSTF recommendations on screening and treatment for major depressive disorder in children and adolescents (both in Pediatrics, 2009); cites article by Thombs et al. (CMAJ, 2012), which discusses and cites these USPSTF recommendations.] Select to access the abstract.

Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing
Gaffney KF, Kitsantas P, Cheema J. Clinical practice guidelines for feeding behaviors and weight-for-age at 12 months: a secondary analysis of the Infant Feeding Practices Study II. Worldviews Evid Based Nurs 2012 Dec; 9(4):234-42. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for obesity in children and adolescents (Pediatrics, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Annals of Internal Medicine
Chou R, Hartung D, Rahman B, et al. Comparative effectiveness of antiviral treatment for hepatitis C virus infection in adults: a systematic review. Ann Intern Med 2012 Nov 27. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by grant 290-2007-10057-I, task order 8; summarizes AHRQ comparative effectiveness review, Screening for Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Adults, 2012, performed by the Oregon EPC under the same contract and published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site); uses USPSTF quality of evidence criteria, citing USPSTF-sponsored article by Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001), AHRQ's level of evidence criteria from AHRQ publication, Methods Guide for Effectiveness and Comparative Effectiveness Reviews, 2012, and methodologies described in AHRQ-funded article by Fu et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 2011) on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program; acknowledges AHRQ Task Order Officer Christine Chang and USPSTF Medical Officer Iris Mabry-Hernandez.]

Jackson GL, Powers BJ, Chatterjee R, et al. The patient-centered medical home: a systematic review. Ann Intern Med 2012 Nov 27. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by contract 290-2007-10066-I as part of AHRQ's "Closing the Quality Gap: Revisiting the State of the Science" series, citing Closing the Quality Gap: Revisiting the State of the Science—Series Overview, 2011, as published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site; based on AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, The Patient-Centered Medical Home. Closing the Quality Gap: Revisiting the State of the Science, 2012, prepared by the Duke EPC under the same contract and published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site; uses AHRQ's definition of patient-centered medical home (PCMH) from AHRQ's PCMH Resource Center Web site and various quality assessment and analytic methodologies described in AHRQ publication, Methods Guide for Effectiveness and Comparative Effectiveness Reviews, 2012 (as published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site) and AHRQ-funded/authored article by Owens, Lohr, Atkins, Treadwell, Reston, Bass, Chang (third and seventh authors are former AHRQ researcher and current AHRQ researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence, respectively) et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 2010); cites AHRQ-sponsored publications, Engaging Patients and Families in the Medical Home, 2010, and Necessary But Not Sufficient: The HITECH Act and Health Information Technology's Potential to Build Medical Homes, 2010, and AHRQ-funded article by Stange et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2010); acknowledges support by Christine Chang and Janice Genevro (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence and Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships, respectively).]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Fischer MA. Chipping away: improving primary medication adherence. Arch Intern Med 2012 Nov 26. [Epub ahead of print. Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Viswanathan et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2012) on interventions to improve adherence to self-administered medications for chronic diseases in the United States, prepared by the RTI International-University of North Carolina EPC under contract 290-2007-10056-I.]

Journal of Medical Economics
Annemans L. Comparative effectiveness: beyond the buzz. J Med Econ 2012; 15(6):1036-8. [Cites AHRQ publication, Methods Guide for Effectiveness and Comparative Effectiveness Reviews, Version 1, 2007, as published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site.]

Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing
Yang PH, Hung CH, Chen YM, et al. The impact of different nursing skill mix models on patient outcomes in a respiratory care center. Worldviews Evid Based Nurs 2012 Dec; 9(4):227-33. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review and meta-analysis by Kane et al. (Med Care, 2007) on the association of registered nurse staffing levels and patient outcomes, prepared by the Minnesota EPC under contract 290-02-0009; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Cho et al. (Nurs Res, 2003) and Needleman et al. (N Engl J Med, 2002). Also refer to AHRQ-funded articles by Cottrell et al. and Chou et al. (both in Ann Intern Med, 2012), Lin et al. (J Am Geriatr Soc, 2012), and Onyewu et al. (Pain Physician, 2012) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles] Select to access the abstract.

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

BMC Health Services Research
Gagliardi AR. "More bang for the buck": exploring optimal approaches for guideline implementation through interviews with international developers. BMC Health Serv Res 2012 Nov 15; 12(1):404. [Uses AHRQ's NGC to identify guideline development agencies and prospective study participants, citing AHRQ's NGC Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Environmental Health Perspectives
Lin S, Hsu WH, Van Zutphen AR, et al. Excessive heat and respiratory hospitalizations in New York State: estimating current and future public health burden related to climate change. Environ Health Perspect 2012 Nov; 120(11):1571-7. [Uses AHRQ's HCUP Cost-to-Charge Ratio Files, 2011, as accessed on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.]

Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research
DiBonaventura MD, Balu S, Buchner D, et al. The burden of diurnal and nocturnal gastroesophageal reflux disease symptoms. Expert Rev Pharmacoecon Outcomes Res 2011 Dec; 11(6):739-49. [Uses service costs given in AHRQ publication, Expenses for a Hospital Emergency Room Visit, 2003, MEPS Statistical Brief 111, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Agrawal A. Counting Matters: Lessons from the root cause analysis of a retained surgical item. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2012 Dec; 38(12):566-74, AP1. [Describes use of AHRQ's TeamSTEPPS and summarizes framework in Figure 5, "Framework of the Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS® Program)," citing AHRQ publication, TeamSTEPPS Instructor Guide, 2006, and AHRQ's TeamSTEPPS Web site; discusses use of "Just Culture" algorithms in root cause analysis, citing AHRQ publication, The Collection: Patient Safety and the "Just Culture": A Primer for Health Care Executives, 2001, as published on AHRQ's Patient Safety Network (PSNet) Web site; cites Case and Commentaries article "Did We Forget Something?" by Gibbs, 2003, as published on AHRQ's Morbidity and Mortality Rounds on the Web (WebM&M) Web site.]

Journal of Community Health
Rodriguez F, Wang Y, Naderi S, et al. Community-level cardiovascular risk factors impact geographic variation in cardiovascular disease hospitalizations for women. J Community Health 2012 Nov 30. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2009 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of HCUP, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Decision Making
de Groot IB, Otten W, Dijs-Elsinga J, et al. Choosing between hospitals: the influence of the experiences of other patients. Med Decis Making 2012 Nov; 32(6):764-78. [Uses the CAHPS-derived Consumer Quality Index; describes CAHPS, citing articles by Darby, Hays, and Kletke (Health Serv Res, 2005) and Sofaer et al. (Health Serv Res, 2005), both of which describe/use HCAHPS survey data.] Select to access the abstract.

Nursing Research
Sarna L, Bialous SA, Ong MK, et al. Increasing nursing referral to telephone quitlines for smoking cessation using a Web-based program. Nurs Res 2012 Nov-Dec; 61(6):433-40. [Uses AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008, as part of the study intervention. Also refer to articles by Paddison et al. (Am J Kidney Dis, 2012), Thomas et al. (Gerontologist, 2012), and Norris et al. (PLoS One, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles above, and article by Onyewu et al. (Pain Physician, 2012), Falco, Datta, et al. (Pain Physician, 2012), and Falco, Manchikanti, et al. (Pain Physician, 2012) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Current as of November 2012
Internet Citation: Experiences of Care among Medicare Beneficiaries with ESRD: Medicare Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Survey Results: Articles of Interest, November 30, 2012. November 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/20121130.html