Health Care Utilization in HIV-infected Patients: Assessing the Burden of Hepatitis C Virus Coinfection

Articles of Interest, December 21, 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

AIDS Patient Care and STDs
Norton BL, Park L, McGrath LJ, et al. Health care utilization in HIV-infected patients: assessing the burden of hepatitis C virus coinfection. AIDS Patient Care STDS 2012 Sep; 26(9):541-5. [Supported by grant T32 HS00079-01-31.] Select to access the abstract.

Blackstock OJ, Beach MC, Korthuis T, et al. HIV providers' perceptions of and attitudes toward female versus male patients. AIDS Patient Care STDS 2012 Oct; 26(10):582-8. [Supported by contract 290-01-0012 and grant K08 HS13903-05 (to second author).] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Surgery
Kastenberg ZJ, Rhoads KF, Melcher ML, et al. The influence of intern home call on objectively measured Perioperative outcomes. Arch Surg 2012 Dec 17. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by grant HS00028 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
Zhu VJ, Grannis SJ, Tu W, et al. Evaluation of a clinical decision support algorithm for patient-specific childhood immunization. Artif Intell Med 2012 Sep; 56(1):51-7. [Supported by grant T32 HS17588-02 (Indiana Health Services Research Training Program).] Select to access the abstract.

BMC Health Services Research
Selby JV, Schmittdiel JA, Fireman B, et al. Improving treatment intensification to reduce cardiovascular disease risk: a cluster randomized trial. BMC Health Serv Res 2012 Jul 2; 12:183. [Supported by grant R18 HS17031-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Glance LG, Dick AW, Osler TM, et al. The association between nurse staffing and hospital outcomes in injured patients. BMC Health Serv Res 2012 Aug 9; 12:247. [Supported by grant R01 HS16737; uses 2006 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data and AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998); cites AHRQ-sponsored Institute of Medicine (IOM) report Keeping Patients Safe: Transforming the Work Environment of Nurses, 2004.]

BMJ Quality and Safety
Johnson JK, Farnan JM, Barach P et al. Searching for the missing pieces between the hospital and primary care: mapping the patient process during care transitions. BMJ Qual Saf 2012 Dec; 21 Suppl 1:i97-i105. [Supported by grant 1 P20 HS17119 (A Model for Effective Communications for Inpatient Ambulatory Transitions).]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Ratanawongsa N, Korthuis PT, Saha S, Roter D, Moore RD, Sharp VL, Beach MC. Clinician stress and patient-clinician communication in HIV care. J Gen Intern Med 2012 Dec; 27(12):1635-42. [Supported by contract 290-01-0012 and grant K08 HS13903-05 (to seventh author).] Select to access the abstract.

Koplan KE, Brush AD, Packer MS, Zhang F, Senese MD, Simon SR. "Stealth" alerts to improve warfarin monitoring when initiating interacting medications. J Gen Intern Med 2012 Dec; 27(12):1666-73. [Supported by funding to the Health Information Technology Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs), in which the last author is a core investigator.] Select to access the abstract.

Sudore RL, Karter AJ, Huang ES, Moffet HH, Laiteerapong N, et al. Symptom burden of adults with type 2 diabetes across the disease course: Diabetes & Aging Study. J Gen Intern Med 2012 Dec; 27(12):1674-81. [Supported by grant T32 HS00084 (to fifth author).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Tang PC, Overhage JM, Chan AS, et al. Online disease management of diabetes: Engaging and Motivating Patients Online with Enhanced Resources-Diabetes (EMPOWER-D), a randomized controlled trial. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2012 Nov 20. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by grant 1 R18 HS17179-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute Monographs
Wilt TJ. The Prostate Cancer Intervention Versus Observation Trial: VA/NCI/AHRQ Cooperative Studies Program #407 (PIVOT): design and baseline results of a randomized controlled trial comparing radical prostatectomy with watchful waiting for men with clinically localized prostate cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr 2012; 2012(45):184-90. [Supported by AHRQ in conjunction with the Department of Veterans Affairs and National Cancer Institute, no grant number given.] Select to access the abstract.

Liver Transplantation
Biggins SW, Bambha KM, Terrault NA, et al. Projected future increase in aging hepatitis C virus-infected liver transplant candidates: a potential effect of hepatocellular carcinoma. Liver Transpl 2012 Dec; 18(12):1471-8. [Supported by grant DK76565 (funded through National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases).] Select to access the abstract.

Milbank Quarterly
Bell SK, Smulowitz PF, Woodward AC, et al. Disclosure, apology, and offer programs: stakeholders' views of barriers to and strategies for broad implementation. Milbank Q 2012 Dec; 90(14):682-705. [Supported by grant 1 R21 HS19537; cites AHRQ publications, Medical Liability Reform and Patient Safety: Demonstration and Planning Grants, 2010, and Medical Liability Reform and Patient Safety: Demonstration Grants, 2010; cites AHRQ/Kaiser Family Foundation, and Harvard School of Public Health report National Survey on Consumers' Experiences with Patient Safety and Quality Information, 2004.] Select to access the abstract.

Schizophrenia Bulletin
Olfson M, Gerhard T, Huang C, et al. Comparative effectiveness of second-generation antipsychotic medications in early-onset schizophrenia. Schizophr Bull 2012 Jun; 38(4):845-53. [Supported by grants U18 HS17918 and U18 HS16097 (Center for Education and Research on Mental Health Therapeutics.] Select to access the abstract.

Suicide from a Global Perspective
Zuvekas SH. Health economics and investments in suicide prevention. Suicide From a Global Perspective, Nova Science Publishers, 2012; (Chap 4):39-44. [Author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Managed Care
Moore JM, Hall JP. The validity of claims-based risk estimation in underinsured populations. Am J Manag Care 2012 Dec; 18(12):e468-e476. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Weiner et al. (Med Care, 1991).] Select to access the abstract.

Grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the American Diabetes Association, and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Am J Manag Care 2012 Dec; 18(12 Suppl):27-32. [Reviews presentation by AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy given at the Diabetes Innovation 2012 conference, which summarized AHRQ grants on patient-centered care and diabetes.]

Archives of Surgery
Shouhed D, Gewertz B, Wiegmann D, et al. Integrating human factors research and surgery: a review. Arch Surg 2012 Dec; 147(12):1141-6. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Carayon et al. (Qual Saf Health Care, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Goitein D, Matter I, Raziel A, et al. Portomesenteric thrombosis following laparoscopic bariatric surgery: incidence, patterns of clinical presentation, and etiology in a bariatric patient population. Arch Surg 2012 Dec 17. [Epub ahead of print. Cites AHRQ-authored article by Encinosa, Bernard, and Steiner (first and third authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, and second author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Med Care, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Ludwig KA, Kosinski LA. The risk-benefit ratio: does the administrative database help? Arch Surg 2012 Dec 17. [Epub ahead of print. Comments on article by Van Arendonk et al. (Arch Surg, 2012) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.]

Horvath K. A call on home call. Arch Surg 2012 Dec 17. [Epub ahead of print. Comments on article by Kastenberg et al. (Arch Surg, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

BMJ Quality and Safety
Wachter RM. Disciplining doctors for misconduct: character matters, but so does competence. BMJ Qual Saf 2012 Dec; 21(12):976-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Hofer et al. (JAMA, 1999).]

Pinto A, Faiz O, Vincent C. Managing the after effects of serious patient safety incidents in the NHS: an online survey study. BMJ Qual Saf 2012 Dec; 21(12):1001-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Gallagher et al. (Chest, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Girling AJ, Hofer TP, Wu J, et al. Case-mix adjusted hospital mortality is a poor proxy for preventable mortality: a modeling study. BMJ Qual Saf 2012 Dec; 21(12):1052-6. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Gobel B, Zwart D, Hesselink G, et al. Stakeholder perspectives on handovers between hospital staff and general practitioners: an evaluation through the microsystems lens. BMJ Qual Saf 2012 Dec; 21 Suppl 1:i106-i113. [Mentions AHRQ's TeamSTEPPS®, citing article by Mayer et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Saf, 2011) which uses TeamSTEPPS, and cites AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation: Vol. 4, Programs, Tools, and Products, 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

Frankel RM, Flanagan M, Ebright P, et al. Context, culture, and (non-verbal) communication affect handover quality. BMJ Qual Saf 2012 Dec; 21 Suppl 1:i121-i127. [Cites AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches: Vol. 3, Performance and Tools, 2008, and presentation by Cook et al. from AHRQ's 3rd Annual Patient Safety Research Conference, 2004.] Select to access the abstract.

Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
Fraser WD, Seguin JR, Shapiro GD. Emerging risk factors for postpartum depression: serotonin transporter genotype and omega-3 fatty acid status. Can J Psychiatry 2012 Nov; 57(11):704-12. [Cites data from AHRQ publication, Care of Women in U.S. Hospitals, 2000, 2002.] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-Based Dentistry
Richards D. How clean is your toothbrush? Evid Based Dent 2012; 13(4):111. [Abstracts and comments on article by Frazelle and Munro (Nurs Res Pract, 2012) which uses AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC) as a data source.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Klein BE, Howard KP, Gangnon RE, et al. Long-term use of aspirin and age-related macular degeneration. JAMA 2012 Dec 19; 308(23):2469-78. [Cites data from AHRQ publication, Aspirin Use Among the Adult U.S. Noninstitutionalized Population, With and Without Indications of Heart Disease, 2005, HCUP Statistical Brief 179, 2007.] Select to access the abstract.

Arterburn DE, O'Connor PJ. A look ahead at the future of diabetes prevention and treatment. JAMA 2012 Dec 19; 308(23):2517-8. [Notes that first author has received previous AHRQ institutional grants.]

JAAPA: Official Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
Seavy LM, Grosel JM. Accelerated cardiovascular disease in patients with lupus: a review. JAAPA 2012 Dec 4; Online. [Reviews findings from article by Scalzi, Hollenbeak, and Wang (Arthritis Rheum, 2010) which uses HCUP NIS data.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Kruse GR, Kelley JH, Linder JA, et al. Implementation of an electronic health record-based care management system to improve tobacco treatment. J Gen Intern Med 2012 Dec; 27(12):1690-6. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Wolf MS, King J, Wilson EA, et al. Usability of FDA-approved medication guides. J Gen Intern Med 2012 Dec; 27(12):1714-20. [Mentions AHRQ efforts to set standards for best practices for designing print materials at the proper reading level, citing AHRQ contract HHSA290-2009-000121, Educational Tools and Resources to Support Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records, to Abt Associates.] Select to access the abstract.

Holzmueller CG, Wu AW, Pronovost PJ. A framework for encouraging patient engagement in medical decision making. J Patient Saf 2012 Dec; 8(4):161-4. [Notes receipt of previous AHRQ funding by second and third authors.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Patient Safety
Holmstrom AR, Airaksinen M, Weiss M, et al. National and local medication error reporting systems – a survey of practices in 16 countries. J Patient Saf 2012 Dec; 8(4):165-76. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Bates et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 1995).] Select to access the abstract.

Diaz-Montes TP, Cobb L, Ibeanu OA, et al. Introduction of checklists at daily progress notes improves patient care among the gynecological oncology service. J Patient Saf 2012 Dec; 8(4):189-93. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Clancy K, Velopulos C, Bilaniuk JW, Collier B, Crowly W, Kurek S, Lui F, Nayduch D, Sangosanya A, Tucker B, Haut ER. Screening for blunt cardiac injury: an Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma practice management guideline. J Trauma Acute Care Surg 2012 Nov; 73(5 Suppl 4):S301-S306. [Notes that last author is the principle investigator of Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award 1 K08 HS17952-01 (Does Screening Variability Make DVT an Unreliable Quality Measure of Trauma Care?).] Select to access the abstract.

Moore FO, Duane TM, Hu CK, et al. Presumptive antibiotic use in tube thoracostomy for traumatic hemopneumothorax: an Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma practice management guideline. Trauma Acute Care Surg 2012 Nov; 73(5 Suppl 4):S341-S344. [Notes that last author is the principle investigator of Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award 1 K08 HS17952-01 (Does Screening Variability Make DVT an Unreliable Quality Measure of Trauma Care?).] Select to access the abstract.

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

Aging Health
Green JL, Rogers ME, Rogers NL. Physician-prescribed physical activity in older adults. Aging Health 2012 Dec; 8(6):601-24. [Mentions the USPSTF's finding of "insufficient evidence to recommend for or against behavioral counseling to promote physical activity in primary care clinics," citing article by Pinto et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2005).]

American Family Physician
Ham P, Allen C. Adolescent health screening and counseling. Am Fam Physician 2012 Dec 15; 86(12):1109-16. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations on adolescent screening and counseling in Table 1, citing the USPSTF Web site; uses USPSTF recommendations and AHRQ's NGC as data sources, citing USPSTF recommendations on behavioral counseling to prevent sexually transmitted infections (Ann Intern Med, 2008), screening and treatment for major depressive disorder in children and adolescents (Pediatrics, 2009), and screening for depression in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2009), and cites USPSTF recommendation statements, Screening for Chlamydial Infection, 2007, Screening for Gonorrhea, 2005, and Screening for HIV, 2005; cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence reviews on effectiveness of weight management interventions in children (Pediatrics, 2010) and behavioral counseling interventions in primary care to reduce risky/harmful alcohol use by adults (Ann Intern Med, 2004).]

Mishori R, McClaskey EL, Winklerprins VJ. Chlamydia trachomatis infections: screening, diagnosis, and management. Am Fam Physician 2012 Dec 15; 86(12):1127-32. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for chlamydial infection (Ann Intern Med, 2007).]

Croswell J, Shin YR. Prevention of falls in community-dwelling older adults. Am Fam Physician 2012 Dec 15; 86(12):1135-6. [First author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships; presents case study and questions based on USPSTF recommendations on prevention of falls in community-dwelling older adults (Ann Intern Med, 2012) and USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on primary care-relevant interventions to prevent falling in older adults (Ann Intern Med, 2010).]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Moyer VA, on behalf of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for ovarian cancer: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force reaffirmation recommendation statement. Ann Intern Med 2012 Dec 18; 157(12);900-4. [Reaffirms USPSTF recommendations on ovarian cancer screening, citing USPSTF evidence updates, Screening for Ovarian Cancer, 2004 and 2012, as published on the USPSTF Web site.]

Archives of Internal Medicine
Kim JJ, Sharma M, Ortendahl J. Optimal interval for routine cytologic screening in the United States. Arch Intern Med 2012 Dec 17. [Epub ahead of print. Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for cervical cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2012).]

Mannis GN, Fehniger JE, Creasman JS, et al. Risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy and ovarian cancer screening in 1077 women after BRCA testing. . Arch Intern Med 2012 Dec 17. [Epub ahead of print. Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for cervical cancer (Am Fam Physician, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Berlin L. The Big Squeeze: A Social and Political History of the Controversial Mammogram [book review]. Arch Intern Med 2012 Dec 17. [Epub ahead of print. Mentions USPSTF recommendations on mammography screening.]

CMAJ
Warner E, Heisey R, Carroll JC. Applying the 2011 Canadian guidelines for breast cancer screening in practice. CMAJ 2012 Nov 6; 184(16):1803-7. [Notes that the USPSTF updated their recommendations on breast cancer screening in 2009, citing updated USPSTF-sponsored review of screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2009).]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Partin MR, Powell AA, Bangerter A, et al. Levels and variation in overuse of fecal occult blood testing in the Veterans Health Administration. J Gen Intern Med 2012 Dec; 27(12):1618-25. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002 and 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

New England Journal of Medicine
Corrections: What's preventing us from preventing type 2 diabetes? N Engl J Med 2012 Dec 20; 367(25):2458. [Corrects sentence relating to required coverage of preventive medical services receiving A or B grades from the USPSTF.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Annals of Internal Medicine
Johnston BC, Ma SS, Goldenberg JZ, et al. Probiotics for the prevention of clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Ann Intern Med 2012 Dec 18; 157(12): 878-88. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Safety of Probiotics to Reduce and Prevent or Treat Disease, 2011, prepared by the Southern California Evidence-Based Practice Center (EPC).]

BMJ Quality and Safety
Groene RO, Orrego C, Sunol R, et al. "It's like two worlds apart": an analysis of vulnerable patient handover practices at discharge from hospital. BMJ Qual Saf 2012 Dec; 21 Suppl 1:i67-i65. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Literacy and Health Outcomes, 2004.] Select to access the abstract.

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

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Jackson GL, Oddone EZ, Olsen MK, et al. Racial differences in the effect of a telephone-delivered hypertension disease management program. J Gen Intern Med 2012 Dec; 27(12):1682-9. [Cites NHDR, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Patient Safety
Rad S, Ogunyemi D. Using the health-care matrix to teach and improve patient safety culture in an OB/GYN residency training program. J Patient Saf 2012 Dec; 8(4):177-81. [Cites NHDR, 2010, and AHRQ-authored article by Zhan and Miller (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence and former AHRQ researcher) (JAMA, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Family Physician
Zimmerman EE, Crawford P. Cutaneous cryosurgery. Am Fam Physician 2012 Dec 15; 86(12):1118-24. [Uses AHRQ evidence reports and NGC as data sources.]

American Journal of Managed Care
Klemes A, Seligmann RE, Allen L, et al. Personalized preventive care leads to significant reductions in hospital utilization. J Manag Care 2012 Dec; 18(12):e453-e460. [Uses 2009 inpatient cost per admission value from AHRQ's HCUPnet Web site; cites AHRQ publications, HCUP Facts and Figures: Statistics on Hospital-based Care in the United States, 2008, The National Hospital Bill: The Most Expensive Conditions by Payer, 2008, HCUP Statistical Brief 107, 2011, and Nationwide Frequency and Costs of Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations, 2006, HCUP Statistical Brief 72, 2009.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Internal Medicine
Kaboli PJ, Go JT, Hackenberry J, et al. Associations between reduced hospital length of stay and 30-day readmission rate and mortality: 14-year experience in 129 Veterans Affairs hospitals. Ann Intern Med 2012 Dec 18; 157(12):837-45. [Uses AHRQ's Clinical Classifications Software, citing Clinical Classifications Software (CCS) for ICD-9-CM, 2010, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site, and Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Kelleher DC, Merrill CT, Cottrell LT, et al. Recent national trends in the use of adolescent inpatient bariatric surgery. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2012 Dec 17. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2000-2009 HCUP Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) data, citing Introduction to the HCUP Kids' Inpatient Databases (KID), 2009, AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures, and AHRQ's Comorbidity Software, as accessed on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Hilt RJ, Romaire MA, McDonell MG, et al. The Partnership Access Line: evaluating a child psychiatry consult program in Washington State. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2012 Dec 17. [Epub ahead of print. Uses methodologies from AHRQ publication, Using Appropriate Price Indices for Analyses of Health Care Expenditures or Income Across Multiple Years, as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Surgery
Van Arendonk KJ, Tymitz KM, Gearhart SL, et al. Outcomes and costs of elective surgery for diverticular disease: a comparison with other diseases requiring colectomy. Arch Surg 2012 Dec 17. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2003-2009 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Worni M, Castleberry AW, Clary BM, et al. Concomitant vascular reconstruction during pancreatectomy for malignant disease: a propensity score-adjusted, population-based trend analysis involving 10 206 patients. Arch Surg 2012 Dec 17. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2003-2009 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site, and the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index as described in AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992).] Select to access the abstract.

BMC Clinical Pharmacology
Zhu VJ, Belsiot A, Tu W, et al. Data for drugs available through low-cost prescription drug programs are available through pharmacy benefit manager and claims data. BMC Clin Pharmacol 2012 Jun 22; 12:12. [Uses 2008 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data, citing Trends in the Pharmaceutical Treatment of Diabetes, 1997-2007, 2010, as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site; cites Health Information Exchange, as published on AHRQ's Health Information Technology Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Forensic Science International
den Otter JJ, Smit Y, de la Cruz LB, et al. Documentation of torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of children: a review of existing guidelines and tools. Forensic Sci Int 2012 Nov 28. [Epub ahead of print. Uses AHRQ's NGC as a data source.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Jimenez N, Moreno G, Leng M, et al. Patient-reported quality of pain treatment and use of interpreters in Spanish-speaking patients hospitalized for obstetric and gynecological care. J Gen Intern Med 2012 Dec; 27(12):1602-8. Uses survey items adapted from AHRQ's Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (HCAHPS), citing 2008 HCAHPS Chartbook, 2008; notes that "similar items have been translated into Spanish and evaluated for equivalence with the English versions," citing article by Hurtado et al. (Health Serv Res, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Patient Safety
Thorp J, Baqai, Witters D, et al. Workplace engagement and workers' compensation claims as predictors for patient safety culture. J Patient Safety 2012 Dec; 8(4):194-201. [Uses AHRQ's Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, citing AHRQ-funded article by Sorra and Dyer (BMC Health Serv Res, 2010), and AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches, Vol. 2: Culture and Redesign, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

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