Implementation of Automated Reporting of Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate Among Veterans Affairs Laboratories: a Retrospective Study

Articles of Interest, December 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:

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  • Articles related to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force or Put Prevention into Practice program.
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  • Other research using AHRQ data or products.

AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles

BMC Medical Informatics
Hall RK, Wang V, Jackson GL, et al. Implementation of automated reporting of estimated glomerular filtration rate among Veterans Affairs laboratories: a retrospective study. BMC Med Inform 2012 Jul 12; 12:69. [Supported by grants 1 T32 HS19490-01 (to first author) and K12 HS19479-01 (to second author).] Select to access the abstract.

BMC Medical Research Methodology
Bobo WV, Cooper WO, Stein CM, et al. Positive predictive value of a case definition for diabetes mellitus using automated administrative health data in children and youth exposed to antipsychotic drugs or control medications: a Tennessee Medicaid study. BMC Med Res Methodol 2012 Aug 24; 12:128. [Supported by Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) grants HS10384 and 5 U18 HS17918-02.] Select to access the abstract.

BMJ
Kappagoda S, Ioannidis JP. Neglected tropical diseases: survey and geometry of randomized evidence. BMJ 2012 Oct 22; 345:e6512. [Supported by grant HS00028 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Chest
Liu V, Turk BJ, Rizk NW, et al. The association between sepsis and potential medical injury among hospitalized patients. Chest 2012 Sep; 142(3):606-13. [Supported by grant F32 HS19181-01 (to first author); uses 2003-2007 Healthcare Cost and Utilization (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data, citing Introduction to the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) 2007, 2009 (as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site); also uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998) and AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators, Version 4.2, citing Patient Safety Indicators Overview, 2010, as published on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Infectious Diseases
Desai R, Curns AT, Steiner CA, et al. All-cause gastroenteritis and rotavirus-coded hospitalizations among US children, 2000-2009. Clin Infect Dis 2012 Aug; 55(4):e28-e34. [Third author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organizations, and Markets; uses 2000-2009 HCUP State Inpatient Databases (SID) data, citing SID Database Documentation, 2011, and NIS Database Documentation, 2011, both published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Computers, Informatics, Nursing
Brokel JM, Ward MM, Wakefield DS, et al. Changing patient care orders from paper to computerized provider order entry-based process. Comput Inform Nurs 2012 Aug; 30(8):417-25. [Supported by grant HS15196 (THQIT Implementation Research Project "Rural Iowa Redesign of Care Delivery With EHR Functions").] Select to access the abstract.

Contraception
Chuang CH, Martenis ME, Parisi SM, et al. Contraception and abortion coverage: What do primary care physicians think? Contraception 2012 Aug; 86(2):153-6. [Supported in part by grant R18 HS17093.] Select to access the abstract.

Drugs & Aging
Curtis JR, Safford MM. Management of osteoporosis among the elderly with other chronic medical conditions. Drugs Aging 2012 Jul; 29(7):549-64. [Supported by grant 1 U18 HS16956-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Affairs
Werner RM, Dudley RA. Medicare's new hospital value-based purchasing program is likely to have only a small impact on hospital payments. Health Aff 2012 Sep; 31(9):1932-40. [Supported by grant R01 HS18409.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology
Baiocchi M, Small DS, Yang L, et al. Near/far matching: a study design approach to instrumental variables. Health Serv Outcomes Res Methodol 2012 Dec; 12(4):237-53. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS18403.]

Heart Rhythm
Bhave PD, Goldman LE, Vittinghoff E, et al. Statin use and postoperative atrial fibrillation after major noncardiac surgery. Heart Rhythm 2012 Feb; 9(2):163-9. [Supported by Mentored Clinical Scientist Development grant 1 K08 HS18090-01 (to second author).] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal of Medical Informatics
Litvin CB, Ornstein SM, Wessell AM, et al. Adoption of a clinical decision support system to promote judicious use of antibiotics for acute respiratory infections. Int J Med Inform 2012 Aug; 81(8):521-6. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-2007-10015-I.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Association
Thomas KS, Dosa D, Hyer K, et al. Effect of forced transitions on the most functionally impaired nursing home residents. J Am Geriatr Soc 2012 Oct; 69(10):1895-900. [Supported by grant R36 HS19671-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Fosbøl EL, Peterson ED, Holm E, Gislason GH, Zhang Y, Curtis LH, Køber L, Iwata I, Torp-Pedersen C, Setoguchi S. Comparative cardiovascular safety of dementia medications: a cross-national study. J Am Geriatr Soc 2012 Dec; 60(12):2283-9. [Supported in part by Midcareer Development Award grant K02 HS17731 (to last author).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Jacob MG, Wachs JP, Packer RA. Hand-gesture-based sterile interface for the operating room using contextual cues for the navigation of radiological images. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2012 Dec 18. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by grant R03 HS19837.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
Gay DM, Lyman S, Do H, et al. Indications and reoperation rates for total elbow arthroplasty: an analysis of trends in New York State. J Bone Joint Surg Am 2012 Jan 18; 94(2):110-17. [Supported by Weill-Cornell/HSS CERTs grant U18 HS16075; uses 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.

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 Dec; 6(4):407-19. [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 HCUP NIS, HCUP 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 Patient Safety
Sorra J, Khanna K, Dyer N, et al. Exploring relationships between patient safety culture and patients' assessments of hospital care. J Patient Saf 2012 Sep; 8(3):131-9. [Supported by contract 233-02-0087, task order 18, and HHSA 290-2007-10024-C.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Pediatrics
Karve S, Candrilli S, Kappelman MD, et al. Healthcare utilization and comorbidity burden among children and young adults in the United States with systemic lupus erythematosus or inflammatory bowel disease. J Pediatr 2012 Oct; 161(4):662-70.e2. [Supported by UNC CERTs grant U18 HS10397 (to Stiles A, principal investigator.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Urology
Hubert KC, Kokorowski PJ, Huang L, et al. Clinical outcomes and long-term resolution in patients with persistent vesicoureteral reflux after open ureteral reimplantation. J Urol 2012 Oct; 188(4 Suppl):1474-9. [Supported in part by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant T32 HS19485 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Kokorowski PJ, Routh JC, Hubert KC, et al. Association of urolithiasis with systemic conditions among pediatric patients at children's hospitals. J Urol 2012 Oct; 188(4 Suppl):1618-22. [Supported in part by ARRA grant T32 HS19485 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Osteoporosis International
Wright NC, Chen L, Niu J, Neogi T, Javiad K, Nevitt MA, Lewis CE, Curtis JR. Defining physiologically "normal" vitamin D in African Americans. Osteoporos Int 2012 Sep; 23(9):2283-91. [Supported by grant R01 HS18517 (to last author).] Select to access the abstract.

Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Halpern SD. Shaping end-of-life care: behavioral economics and advance directives. Semin Respir Crit Care Med 2012 Aug; 33(4):393-400. [Supported by grant K08 HS18406.] Select to access the abstract.

Spine
Graves JM, Fulton-Kehoe D, Jarvik JG, et al. Early imaging for acute low back pain: one-year health and disability outcomes among Washington State workers. Spine 2012 Aug 15; 37(18):1617-27. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS19222-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Stroke
Gupta A, Chazen JL, Hartman M, Delgado D, Anumula N, Shao H, Mazumdar M, et al. Cerebrovascular reserve and stroke risk in patients with carotid stenosis or occlusion: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Stroke 2012 Nov; 43(11):2884-91. [Supported in part by CERTs grant RFA HS00514 (to seventh author). Also refer to article by Yunker et al. (Obstet Gynecol Surv, 2012) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Heart Journal
Forsyth CJ, Pathak EB, Strom JA. De Facto regionalization of care for ST-elevation myocardial infarction in Florida, 2001-2009. Am Heart J 2012 Nov; 164(5):681-8. [Cites article by Movahed et al. (Am J Cardiol, 2009), which uses 1988-2004 HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Gastroenterology
Laine L, Yang H, Chang SC, et al. Trends for incidence of hospitalization and death due to GI complications in the United States from 2001 to 2009. Am J Gastroenterol 2012 Aug; 107(8):1190-5. [Cites AHRQ publication, Hospitalizations for Gastrointestinal Bleeding in 1998 and 2006, HCUP Statistical Brief 65, 2008, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine 
Fieldston ES, Altschuler SM. Implications of the growing use of freestanding children's hospitals. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2012 Dec 24. [Epub ahead of print. Comments on article by Berry et al. (Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med, 2012), cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.]

McMillan JA. What can be learned by residents caring for children with lifelong, chronic, complex conditions? Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2012 Dec 24. [Epub ahead of print. Comments on article by Berry et al. (Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med, 2012), cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.]

eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes)
Simpson L. Learning how to learn: how AcademyHealth is supporting evidence generation in a transforming world. eGEMs 2012 Dec 20; 1(1):1-2. [Author is former AHRQ deputy director; mentions amount of ARRA comparative effectiveness research funding which supported infrastructure development, citing American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Investments in Comparative Effectiveness Research for Data Infrastructure, as published on the AHRQ Web site.]

Journal of Health and Social Behavior
Lavelle B, Smock PJ. Divorce and women's risk of health insurance loss. J Health Soc Behav 2012 Dec; 53(4):413-31. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Kirby (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) and Taneda (Demography, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology
Gray KE, Wallace ER, Nelson KR, et al. Population-based study of risk factors for severe maternal morbidity. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol 2012 Nov; 26(6):506-14. [Cites article by Kuklina et al. (Obstet Gynecol, 2009), which uses 1998-2005 HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

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

Archives of Internal Medicine
Kale MS, Bishop TF, Federman AD, et al. Trends in the overuse of ambulatory health care services in the United States. Arch Intern Med 2012 Dec 24. [Epub ahead of print. Uses USPSTF screening recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2nd edition, 1996, recommendation statements, Screening for Prostate Cancer, 2012, Screening for Coronary Heart Disease With Electrocardiography, 2012, Screening for Cervical Cancer, 2012, Screening for Breast Cancer, 2009, Screening for Asymptomatic Bacteriuria in Adults, 2008, and Lung Cancer Screening, 2004 (all published on the USPSTF Web site), and findings from AHRQ-authored article by Zhan, Sangl, Bierman, Miller, Friedman, Wickizer, and Meyer (authors are current and former AHRQ staff members) (JAMA, 2001), which uses 1996 MEPS data; cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence update on screening for prostate cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002); cites American Urological Association (AUA) response to updated 2011 UPSPSTF draft recommendations on prostate cancer screening; cites article by Gray, Gusmano, and Collins (Health Aff, 2003), which analyzes the political impacts of AHRQ's role in health services research.] Select to access the abstract.

Current Oncology Reports
Curiel-Lewandrowski C, Chen SC, Swetter SM, et al. Screening and prevention measures for melanoma: is there a survival advantage? Curr Oncol Rep 2012 Oct; 14(10):458-67. [Mentions that the USPSTF found insufficient evidence in 2009 to recommend routine primary care screening for melanoma and notes the USPSTF's recognition of the potential benefit of skin self-examination in high-risk groups, citing USPSTF recommendations on counseling to prevent skin cancer (Am Fam Physician, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

GAO Reports
Iritani K. Preventive health activities: available information on federal spending, cost savings, and international comparisons has limitations. GAO Reports 2012 Dec; GAO-13-49. [Includes information obtained from interviews of AHRQ staff supporting the USPSTF; lists AHRQ in Table 1, Selected HHS Agencies and Their Functions, and Table 2, Types of Preventive Health Activities Included in Programs Administered by HHS Agencies (emphasizing AHRQ's support to the USPSTF); briefly describes the USPSTF; mentions AHRQ's estimated funding for prevention for fiscal year 2011 and notes that DOD estimates for preventive services included those recommended by the USPSTF.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Working Group on Health Outcomes for Older Persons with Multiple Chronic Conditions. Universal health outcome measures for older persons with multiple chronic conditions. J Am Geriatr Soc 2012 Dec; 60(12):2333-41. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for depression in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2009); cites Developing Tools and Data for Research and Policymaking, 2008, as published on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Life Extension
Strum SB. The PSA controversy: Part I. Life Extension 2012 Dec; 18(12):62-71. [Discusses updated 2012 USPSTF recommendations on screening for prostate cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2012).]

Strum SB. The PSA controversy: Part II. "A real-world case history." Life Extension 2012 Dec; 18(12):75-82. [Presents a case study representative of men "with prostate cancer and who have undergone PSA screening despite the [USPSTF] recommendations not to use the PSA for screening."]

Medical Care
Kraschnewski JL, Sciamanna CN, Stuckey HL, et al. A silent response to the obesity epidemic: decline in US physician weight counseling. Med Care 2012 Oct 7. [Epub ahead of print. Notes the USPSTF's development of recommendations on preventive health care services, citing the index page of the USPSTF Web site, and mentions USPSTF recommendations on physician counseling for weight loss in adults, citing Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2007, as published on the AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ-funded article by Parchman et al. (Ann Fam Med, 2007).]

Etzioni R, Gulati R, Cooperberg MR, et al. Limitations of basing screening policies on screening trials: the US Preventive Services Task Force and prostate cancer screening. Med Care 2012 Dec 23. [Epub ahead of print. Discusses updated 2012 USPSTF recommendations on prostate cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2012) and associated evidence review by Chou et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2011); briefly mentions updated 2009 USPSTF recommendations on breast cancer screening, and 2008 colorectal cancer screening, citing, respectively, USPSTF-sponsored AHRQ-funded article by Mandelblatt et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2009) and decision analysis on evaluating test strategies for colorectal cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Renal and Urology News
Sandhu GS, Andriole GL. Current controversies surrounding PSA screening. Renal and Urology News 2012 Dec; Online. [Discusses updated 2012 USPSTF recommendations on prostate cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2012); cites AHRQ-authored article by Wilt et al. (N Engl J Med, 2012), which is based on the baseline characteristics of the patients and the design of the Prostate Cancer Intervention versus Observation Trial (PIVOT), VA/NCI/AHRQ Cooperative Studies Program 407; cites AUA National Meeting presentation, The VA/NCI/AHRQ Cooperative Studies Program #407: Prostate Cancer Intervention Versus Observation Trial (PIVOT): Main Results From a Randomized Trial Comparing Radical Prostatectomy to Watchful Waiting in Men With Clinically Localized Prostate Cancer, 2011, by Wilt TJ. Also refer to articles by Myer et al. (Gastroenterology, 2012) and Pressley, Dawson, and Carpenter (J Trauma Acute Care Surg, 2012) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Fox MT, Persaud M, Maimets I, et al. Effectiveness of acute geriatric unit care using acute care for elders components: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Am Geriatr Soc 2012 Dec; 60(12):2237-45. [Cites AHRQ methods research report, Comparative Effectiveness Review Methods: Clinical Heterogeneity, 2010, prepared by the RTI International-University of North Carolina Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) under contract 290-2007-10056-I (as published on the National Library of Medicine's NCBI Bookshelf Web site); cites 2000 HCUP NEDS data on older adults and hospital expenditures, as accessed on AHRQ's HCUPnet Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey
Yunker A, Sathe NA, Reynolds WS, et al. Systematic review of therapies for noncyclic chronic pelvic pain in women. Obstet Gynecol Surv 2012 Jul; 67(7):417-25. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-2007-10065-I to the Vanderbilt EPC. Also refer to article by Iritani (GAO Reports, 2012) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.] Select to access the abstract.

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

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Kim G, Ford KL, Chiriboga DA, et al. Racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare use, delayed care, and management of diabetes mellitus in older adults in California. J Am Geriatr Soc 2012 Dec; 60(12):2319-25. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2010.] Select to access the abstract.

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Acta Medica Iranica
Tabrizchi N, Sedaghat M. The first study of patient safety culture in Iranian primary health centers. Acta Med Iran 2012; 50(7):505-10. [Uses AHRQ's Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, citing Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture: 2009 Comparative Database Report, 2009.] Select to access the abstract.

Acta Neurochirurgica
Nuño M, Mukherjee D, Carico C, et al. The effect of centralization of caseload for primary brain tumor surgeries: trends from 2001-2007. Acta Neurochir 2012 Aug; 154(8):1343-50. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998) and 2001-2007 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2011, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites AHRQ-funded article by Birkmeyer et al. (N Engl J Med, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Wysocki JD, Srivastav S, Winstead NS. A nationwide analysis of risk factors for mortality and time to endoscopy in upper gastrointestinal haemorrhage. Aliment Pharmacol Ther 2012 Jul; 36(1):30-6. [Uses 2002-2007 HCUP NIS data as accessed on AHRQ's HCUP Web site, and the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index as described in article by Southern, Quan, and Ghali (Med Care, 2004); cites AHRQ-authored article by Kirby, Taliaferro, and Zuvekas (first and last authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends, and second author is former AHRQ researcher) (Med Care, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Cardiology
Pearce D, Ani C, Espinosa-Silva Y, et al. Comparison of in-hospital mortality from acute myocardial infarction in HIV sero-positive versus sero-negative individuals. Am J Cardiol 2012 Oct 15; 110(8):1078-84. [Uses 1997-2006 HCUP NIS data, citing Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 1997-2006, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
McDonald RJ, McDonald JS, Bida JP, et al. Subarachnoid hemorrhage incidence in the United States does not vary with season or temperature. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol 2012 Oct; 33(9):1663-8. [Uses 2001-2008 HCUP NIS data, citing Databases, 1998-2004, and NIS Description of Data Elements, 1998-2004, all published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Surgery
Wu AK, Auerbach AD, Aaronson DS. National incidence and outcomes of postoperative urinary retention in the Surgical Care Improvement Project. Am J Surg 2012 Aug; 204(2):167-71. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998) and 2007 HCUP NIS data, citing Introduction to the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2006, 2008, and Introduction to the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2007, 2009.] Select to access the abstract.

Anesthesia and Analgesia
Bryant A, Mhyre JM, Leffert LR, et al. The association of maternal race and ethnicity and the risk of postpartum hemorrhage. Anesth Analg 2012 Nov; 115(5):1127-36. [Uses 2005-2008 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Surgical Oncology
Nuño M, Mukherjee D, Elramsisy A, et al. Racial and gender disparities and the role of primary tumor type on inpatient outcomes following craniotomy for brain metastases. Ann Surg Oncol 2012 Aug; 19(8):2657-63. [Uses 1998-2007 HCUP NIS data and AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Fox JP, Gustafson J, Desai MM, et al. Short-term outcomes of ablation therapy for hepatic tumors: evidence from the 2006-2009 Nationwide Inpatient Sample. Ann Surg Oncol 2012 Nov; 19(12):3677-86. [Uses 2006-2009 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2005-2008, HCUP Quality Control Procedures, 2008, and AHRQ publication, 2007 HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) Comparison Report, HCUP Methods Series Report 2010-03, 2010, all published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; also uses AHRQ's definition of bed size; cites articles by Borzecki et al. (J Am Coll Surg, 2011) and Utter et al. (Ann Surg, 2009), both of which use various AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Birkmeyer et al. (N Engl J Med, 2003 and 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Karamlou T, Diggs BS, Welke K, et al. Impact of single-ventricle physiology on death after heart transplantation in adults with congenital heart disease. Ann Thorac Surg 2012 Oct; 94(4):1281-7. [Uses 1993-2007 HCUP NIS data as accessed on AHRQ's HCUP Web site, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Vassileva CM, Shabosky J, Boley T, et al. Cost analysis of isolated mitral valve surgery in the United States. Ann Thorac Surg 2012 Nov; 94(5):1429-36. [Uses 2005-2008 HCUP NIS data and HCUP Cost-to-Charge Ratio Files.] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
Johnson CM, Brigger MT. The public health impact of pediatric caustic ingestion injuries. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2012 Dec; 138(12):1111-15. [Uses 2009 HCUP Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) data, citing Overview of the Kids' Inpatient Database (KID), 2009, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
Berry JG, Hall M, Hall DE, et al. Inpatient growth and resource use in 28 children's hospitals: a longitudinal, multi-institutional study. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2012 Dec 24. [Epub ahead of print. Cites data on populations served by children's hospitals from AHRQ's HCUPnet; gives estimates of discharges from children's hospitals and all hospitals that care for children from AHRQ's HCUP KID for 2009 as listed in eTable, Hospital and Patient Characteristics of the Study Cohort Compared With a Nationally Representative Sample of Hospitalized Children, citing Introduction to the HCUP Kids' Inpatient Database (KID), 2009, 2011.] Select to access the abstract.

Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
Liu Y, Malin JL, Diamant AL, et al. Adherence to adjuvant hormone therapy in low-income women with breast cancer: the role of provider-patient communication. Breast Cancer Res Treat 2012 Dec 23. [Epub ahead of print. Uses AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®), citing AHRQ-funded articles by Hurtado et al. (Health Serv Res, 2005) and Hargraves, Hays, and Cleary (Health Serv Res, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Haviland MG, Banta JE, Przekop P. Fibromyalgia: prevalence, course, and co-morbidities in hospitalized patients in the United States, 1999-2007. Clin Exp Rheumatol 2011 Nov-Dec; 29(6 Suppl 69):S79-S87. [Uses 1999-2007 HCUP NIS data and HCUP Clinical Classifications Software (CCS), citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2009, "Appendix A—Clinical Classification Software-DIAGNOSES (January 1980 through September 2012)" from Clinical Classifications Software (CCS) for ICD-9-CM, and Clinical Classifications Software for Mental Health and Substance Abuse (CCS-MHSA), all published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology
Kumar G, Sakhuja A, Taneja A, et al. Pulmonary embolism in patients with CKD and ESRD. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 2012 Oct; 7(10):1584-90. [Uses 2007 HCUP NIS data, citing Introduction to the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2008, 2010 (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.

European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Singal AK, Kuo YF, Anand BS. Hepatitis C virus infection in alcoholic hepatitis: prevalence patterns and impact on in-hospital mortality. Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol 2012 Oct; 24(10):1178-84. [Uses 1998-2007 HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Bisdas T, Egorova N, Moskowitz AJ, et al. The impact of gender on in-hospital outcomes after carotid endarterectomy or stenting. Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg 2012 Sep; 44(3):244-50. [Uses a "modified Elixhauser coding algorithm," based on AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998) "to define baseline co-morbidities according to specifications" described in article by Quan et al. (Med Care, 2005); confirms study findings based on articles by Rockman et al. (J Vasc Surg, 2011) and McPhee et al. (J Vasc Surg, 2008), both of which use various HCUP NIS data; cites AHRQ-authored article by Houchens, Elixhauser (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2008), which uses various AHRQ data sets to distinguish present on admission.] Select to access the abstract.

European Respiratory Journal
Brandt SJ, Perez L, Kunzli N, et al. Costs of childhood asthma due to traffic-related pollution in two California communities. Eur Respir J 2012 Aug; 40(2):363-70. [Uses 2004 and 2007 MEPS data, citing MEPS HC-089: Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2004, MEPS HC-112: Medical Condition Files, 2007, and Computing Standard Errors for MEPS Estimates, 2005, all published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site; also uses HCUP data, citing AHRQ's HCUPnet Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

GAO Reports
Iritani K. Children's mental health: concerns remain about appropriate services for children in Medicaid and foster care. GAO Reports 2012 Dec; GAO-13-15. [Uses 2007-2009 MEPS data; lists AHRQ and other government agencies that "conduct, fund, or review research that seeks to expand the knowledge of children's mental health conditions and treatments;" cites AHRQ comparative effectiveness review, First- and Second-Generation Antipsychotics for Children and Young Adults, 2012.]

Gastroenterology
Myer PA, Mannalithara A, Singh G, et al. Proximal and distal colorectal cancer resection rates in the United States since widespread screening by colonoscopy. Gastroenterology 2012 Nov;143(5):1227-36. [Uses 1993-2009 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 1993-2009, as published on AHRQ's HCUP NIS Web site; cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008 and 2002) and mentions that the "USPSTF first endorsed CRC screening with FOBT and flexible sigmoidoscopy in 1996."] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Conti MS. Effect of Medicaid disease management programs on emergency admissions and inpatient costs. Health Serv Res 2012 Dec 26. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2000-2008 HCUP NIS data for 18 states; cites AHRQ publications Designing and Implementing Medicaid Disease and Care Management Programs: A User's Guide, 2008, and Research in Action: The High Concentration of U.S. Health Care Expenditures, 2006; cites AHRQ-authored article by Jiang, Stryer, Friedman, and Andrews (first, third, and last authors are Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, and second author is former AHRQ center director) (Diabetes Care, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Rasch EK, Gulley SP, Chan L. Use of emergency departments among working age adults with disabilities: a problem of access and service needs. Health Serv Res 2012 Dec 26. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2006-2008 MEPS data, citing MEPS Household Component Statistical Estimation Issues, 2007, as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Zuvekas (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) and Olin (Health Serv Res, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

HPB: Official Journal of the International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association
Chmielecki DK, Hagopian EJ, Kuo YH, et al. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is the preferred approach in cirrhosis: a nationwide, population-based study. HPB 2012 Dec; 14(12):848-53. [Uses 2003-2006 HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Orcutt ST, Artinyan A, Li LT, et al. Postoperative mortality and need for transitional care following liver resection for metastatic disease in elderly patients: a population-level analysis of 4026 patients. HPB 2012 Dec; 14(12):863-70. [Uses 2005-2008 HCUP NIS data 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.

Injury
Shahan CP, Emmett K, Zarzaur BL. Large animal-related injury requiring hospital admission: injury pattern disparities. Injury 2012 Nov; 43(11):1898-1902. [Uses 2001 HCUP NIS data and HCUP Cost-to-Charge Ratio Files; cites AHRQ-funded article by Glance et al. (Ann Surg, 2010) and articles by Browne, Pietrobon, and Olson (J Trauma, 2009) and Cahill et al. (JAMA, 2009), all of which use HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Internal Medicine Journal
Condon JR, You J, McDonnell J. Performance of comorbidity indices in measuring outcomes after acute myocardial infarction in Australian indigenous and non-indigenous patients. Intern Med J 2012 Oct; 42(7):1445-5994. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998), citing article by Quan et al. (Med Care, 2005), and related articles by Li et al. (BMC Health Serv Res, 2008), Needham et al. (J Crit Care, 2005), and Southern, Quan, Ghali (Med Care, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Greenspon AJ, Patel JD, Lau E, et al. Trends in permanent pacemaker implantation in the United States from 1993 to 2009: increasing complexity of patients and procedures. J Am Coll Cardiol 2012 Oct 16; 60(16):1540-5. [Uses 1993-2009 HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American College of Surgeons
de Wit M, Goldberg S, Hussein E, et al. Health care-associated infections in surgical patients undergoing elective surgery: are alcohol use disorders a risk factor? J Am Coll Surg 2012 Aug; 215(2):229-36. [Uses 2007-2008 HCUP NIS data, citing NIS Database Documentation, 2006 (as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site).] Select to access the abstract.

Regenbogen SE, Gust C, Birkmeyer JD. Hospital surgical volume and cost of inpatient surgery in the elderly. J Am Coll Surg 2012 Dec; 215(6):758-65. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Ghaferi, Birkmeyer, and Dimick (Ann Surg, 2009), Birkmeyer et al. (N Engl J Med, 2002), Birkmeyer, Skinner, and Wennberg (Health Aff, 2002), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Ouslander JG, Maslow K. Geriatrics and the triple aim: defining preventable hospitalizations in the long-term care population. J Am Geriatr Soc 2012 Dec; 60(12):2313-18. [Uses data from AHRQ-sponsored systematic review, Environmental Scan of Measures for Medicaid Title XIX Home and Community-Based Services, 2010, as published on the AHRQ Web site, and lists of measures compiled by AHRQ and other organizations to identify quality measures relevant to potentially preventable hospitalizations; notes that first author presented an overview of this article at an AHRQ-sponsored Long-Term Quality Alliance (LTQA) conference.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
Wang Z, Chen F, Ward M, et al. Compliance with Surgical Care Improvement Project measures and hospital-associated infections following hip arthroplasty. J Bone Joint Surg Am 2012 Aug 1; 94(15):1359-66. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998) and 2008 HCUP SID data for New York, citing Overview of the State Inpatient Databases (SID), as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Critical Care
Lagu T, Rothberg MB, Shieh MS, et al. What is the best method for estimating the burden of severe sepsis in the United States? J Crit Care 2012 Aug; 27(4):414.e1-414.e9. [Uses 2007 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2003, and AHRQ publications Most Expensive Hospitalizations, 2008, HCUP Statistical Brief 97, 2010, and The Costs of End-of-Life Hospitalizations, 2007, HCUP Statistical Brief 81, 2009, all published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
Datar M, Khanna R. Inpatient burden of gastrointestinal stromal tumors in the United States. J Gastrointest Oncol 2012 Dec; 3(4):335-41. [Uses 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.

Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Dhir M, Smith LM, Ullrich F, et al. A preoperative nomogram to predict the risk of perioperative mortality following gastric resections for malignancy. J Gastrointest Surg 2012 Nov; 16(11):2026-36. [Uses HCUP NIS 1993, 1996-1997, 1999-2000, 2002, and 2004-2005 data for the training set "to create a nomogram using SAS software," and HCUP NIS 1993, 1996-1997, 1999-2000, 2002, and 2004-2005 data for validation of the model, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A
Lee J, Tashjian DB, Moriarty KP. Surgical management of pediatric adhesive bowel obstruction. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A 2012 Nov; 22(9):917-20. [Uses 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, and 2009 HCUP KID data, citing article by Finlayson, Laycock, and Birkmeyer (Surg Endosc, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
Piatt JH Jr, Neff DA. Hospital care of childhood traumatic brain injury in the United States, 1997-2009: a neurosurgical perspective. J Neurosurg Pediatr 2012 Oct; 10(4):257-67. [Uses 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, and 2009 HCUP KID data; briefly mentions HCUP NIS in comparison with HCUP KID data, citing articles by Bowman et al. (Pediatrics, 2008) and Tilford et al. (Crit Care Med, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Tang DH, Alberts DS, Nevins R, et al. Health care expenditures, hospitalizations, and productivity associated with cancer in US employer settings. J Occup Environ Med 2012 Dec; 54(12):1453-60. [Uses 2004-2008 MEPS data as accessed on AHRQ's MEPS Web site, and 2009 HCUP NIS data as accessed on AHRQ's HCUPnet Web site; briefly describes AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998) and the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Pain
Gaskin DJ, Richard P. The economic costs of pain in the United States. J Pain 2012 Aug; 13(8):715-24. [Uses 2008 MEPS data, citing AHRQ-authored article by Cohen, Monheit, Beauregard, Cohen, Lefkowitz, Potter, Sommers, Taylor, and Arnett (current and former researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Inquiry, 1996-1997).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Pediatric Urology
Becknell B, Hains DS, Schwaderer AL, et al. Impact of urinary tract infection on inpatient healthcare for congenital obstructive uropathy. J Pediatr Urol 2012 Oct; 8(5):470-6. [Uses 2003 and 2006 HCUP KID data, citing Overview of the Kids' Inpatient Database (KID), 2003 and 2006, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Surgical Research
Singer MB, Hadjibashi AA, Bukur M, et al. Incidence of venous thromboembolism after inferior vena cava injury. J Surg Res 2012 Oct; 177(2):306-9. [Uses 2005-2008 HCUP SID data for California, citing Databases, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Murphy AJ, Axt JR, Lovvorn HN 3rd. Associations between pediatric choledochal cysts, biliary atresia, and congenital cardiac anomalies. J Surg Res 2012 Oct; 177(2):e59-e63. [Uses 2009 HCUP NIS data, Overview of the Kids' Inpatient Database (KID), 2011.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Thyroid Research
Raval AD, Sambamoorthi U. Incremental healthcare expenditures associated with thyroid disorders among individuals with diabetes. J Thyroid Res 2012; 2012: 418345. [Uses 2007 and 2009 MEPS data, citing Medical Expenditure Panel Survey: Household Component Full Year Files, MEPS HC-129 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2012, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey: MEPS HC-123: 2009 Full Year Population Characteristics, 2012, and Use and Expenditures Related to Throid Disease Among Women Age 18 and Older, U.S. Noninstitutionalized Population, 2008; cites AHRQ publication, Hospital Stays for Patients with Diabetes, 2008, HCUP Statistical Brief 93, 2012, and AHRQ-authored article by Zuvekas and Olin (Health Serv Res, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Pressley JC, Dawson P, Carpenter DJ. Injury-related hospital admissions of military dependents compared with similarly aged nonmilitary insured infants, children, and adolescents. J Trauma Acute Care Surg 2012 Oct; 73(4 Suppl 3). [Uses 2006 HCUP KID data and HCUP Clinical Classifications Software (CCS), citing Overview of the Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) (as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site), and Clinical Classifications for Health Policy Research: Tools for Decision Making and Research, 1999; cites USPSTF recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2nd edition, 1996.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Urology
Schroeck FR, Hollingsworth JM, Kaufman SR, et al. Population based trends in the surgical treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia. J Urol 2012 Nov; 188(5):1837-41. [Uses 2001-2009 HCUP SID and HCUP SASD data for Florida, 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.

Journal of Vascular Surgery
Qureshi AI, Chaudhry SA, Hussein HM, et al. A comparison of outcomes associated with carotid artery stent placement performed within and outside clinical trials in the United States. J Vasc Surg 2012 Aug; 56(2):317-23. [Uses 2005-2009 HCUP NIS data as accessed on AHRQ's HCUP Web site, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; also uses "cardiovascular risk factor information…obtained from the AHRQ comorbidity data collected for each patient"; cites articles by Khatri et al. (Neurocrit Care, 2011), McPhee et al. (J Vasc Surg, 2008), and Qureshi et al. (Neurology, 2006) all of which use HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Laryngoscope
Genther DJ, Gourin CG. The effect of alcohol abuse and alcohol withdrawal on short-term outcomes and cost of care after head and neck cancer surgery. Laryngoscope 2012 Aug; 122(8):1739-47. [Uses 2003-2008 HCUP NIS data, HCUP Comorbidity Software, Version 3.6, and HCUP Cost-to-Charge Ratio Files, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), "Table 2: Definitions of Comorbidities, Comorbidity Software version 3.6 / 2011," chart from HCUP Comorbidity Software, Version 3.6, 2011, and Cost-to-Charge Ratio Files, 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.

Hennessey P, Semenov YR, Gourin CG. The effect of deep venous thrombosis on short-term outcomes and cost of care after head and neck cancer surgery. Laryngoscope 2012 Oct; 122(10):2199-204. [Uses 2003-2008 HCUP NIS data and HCUP Cost-to-Charge Ratio Files, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) and Cost-to-Charge Ratio Files, both 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
Rincon F, Ghosh S, Dey S, et al. Impact of acute lung injury and acute respiratory distress syndrome after traumatic brain injury in the United States. Neurosurgery 2012 Oct; 71(4):795-803. [Uses 1988-2008 HCUP NIS data as accessed on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites AHRQ-funded article by Birkmeyer et al. (N Engl J Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Dumont TM, Tranmer BI, Horgan MA, et al. Trends in neurosurgical complication rates at teaching vs nonteaching hospitals following duty-hour restrictions. Neurosurgery 2012 Nov; 71(5):1041-6. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998), and 1998-2008 ("excluding the year 2003") HCUP NIS data, citing article by Hoh et al. (Neurosurgery, 2012), which uses HCUP data; cites AHRQ-funded article by Landrigan et al. (Pediatrics, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Schulz KA, Rhee JS, Brereton JM, et al. Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Surgical Care Survey: benefits and challenges. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2012 Oct; 147(4):671-7. [Uses AHRQ's CAHPS Surgical Care survey (S-CAHPS), citing CAHPS Surgical Care Survey and The CAHPS Improvement Guide, both published on AHRQ's CAHPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Pediatric Blood & Cancer
Raphael JL, Mueller BU, Kowalkowski MA, et al. Shorter hospitalization trends among children with sickle cell disease. Pediatr Blood Cancer 2012 Oct; 59(4):679-84. [Uses 1997, 2003, and 2009 HCUP KID data; cites AHRQ publication, Sickle Cell Disease Patients in U.S. Hospitals, 2004, HCUP Statistical Brief 21, 2006; briefly mentions HCUP NIS and SID databases.] Select to access the abstract.

Pediatric Cardiology
Chan T, Pinto NM, Bratton SL. Racial and insurance disparities in hospital mortality for children undergoing congenital heart surgery. Pediatr Cardiol 2012 Oct; 33(7):1026-39. [Uses 1997-2006 HCUP KID data.] Select to access the abstract.

Preventing Chronic Disease
Lobo IE, Loeb DF, Ghushchyan V, et al. Missed opportunities for providing low-fat dietary advice to people with diabetes. Prev Chronic Dis 2012 Nov; 9:E161. [Uses 2002-2009 MEPS Household Component (MEPS-HC) data, citing Medical Expenditure Panel Survey: Survey Background, 2009, Computing Standard Errors for MEPS Estimates, 2005, and MEPS-HC Response Rates by Panel, all published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site; also uses the federal poverty index developed by MEPS, citing Income Measurement in the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, AHRQ Working Paper, 2006.] Select to access the abstract.

Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy
O'Neal KS, Crosby KM, Miller MJ, et al. Assessing health literacy practices in a community pharmacy environment: Experiences using the AHRQ Pharmacy Health Literacy Assessment Tool. Res Social Adm Pharm 2012 Dec 22. [Epub ahead of print. Describes, pilots, evaluates, and adapts AHRQ's Pharmacy Health Literacy Assessment Tool to "identify opportunities to improve health literacy-sensitive practices in the community pharmacy environment"; cites AHRQ publications Is Our Pharmacy Meeting Patients' Needs? A Pharmacy Health Literacy Assessment Tool User's Guide, 2007, Strategies to Improve Communication Between Pharmacy Staff and Patients: Training Program for Pharmacy Staff. Curriculum Guide, 2007, and Quality Research for Quality Health Care: A Report from AHRQ on Recent Activities and Future Directions, 2001.] Select to access the abstract.

Stroke
Brinjikji W, Rabinstein AA, Lanzino G, et al. Racial and ethnic disparities in the treatment of unruptured intracranial aneurysms: a study of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample 2001-2009. Stroke 2012 Dec; 43(12):3200-6. [Uses 2001-2009 HCUP NIS data and HCUP Calculating NIS Variances, citing AHRQ publication, Final Report on Calculating Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) Variances, 2001, HCUP Method Series 2003-2, 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

Surgical Endoscopy
Lee J, Miller P, Kermani R, Dao H, O'Donnell K. Gallbladder damage control: compromised procedure for compromised patients. Surg Endosc 2012 Oct; 26(10):2779-83. [Uses 2000-2008 HCUP NIS data as accessed from the HCUP landing page on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Urology
Schroeck FR, Hollingsworth JM, Kaufman SR, et al. Introduction of laser technology and procedure use for benign prostatic hyperplasia: data from Florida. Urology 2012 Sep; 80(3):678-83. [Uses 2001-2009 HCUP SID and SASD data for Florida, 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); cites AHRQ-authored article by Steiner (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) et al. (N Engl J Med, 1994).] Select to access the abstract.

World Journal of Surgical Oncology
Mauskopf JA, Candrilli SD, Chevrou-Séverac H, et al. Immunonutrition for patients undergoing elective surgery for gastrointestinal cancer: impact on hospital costs. World J Surg Oncol 2012 Jul 6; 10(136):136. [Uses 2008 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) (as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site), and AHRQ-authored article by Steiner, Elixhauser, and Schnaier (authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Eff Clin Pract, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

World Neurosurgery
Gephart MG, Zygourakis CC, Arrigo RT, et al. Venous thromboembolism after thoracic/thoracolumbar spinal fusion. World Neurosurg 2012 Nov;78(5):545-52. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998) and 2002-2008 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2002-2008, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Zhan, Battles, Chiang (first and third authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence, and second author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety) et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2007); cites article by Kapoor et al. (BMC Geriatr, 2010), which uses HCUP NIS data; cites AHRQ-funded article by White et al. (Med Care, 2009), which uses AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators. Also refer to AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles by Liu et al. (Chest, 2012), Desai, Curns, Steiner, et al. (Clin Infect Dis, 2012), Yabroff et al. (J Cancer Surviv, 2012), Fosbøl et al. (J Am Geriatr Soc, 2012), and Gay et al. (J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

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