Emerging Analytical Techniques for Comparative Effectiveness Research

Articles of Interest, February 15, 2013

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
Brunelli SM, Rassen JA. Emerging analytical techniques for comparative effectiveness research. Am J Kidney Dis 2013 Jan; 61(1):13-17. [Supported by Career Development Award grant K01 HS18088 (to second author); cites AHRQ publication, What Is Comparative Effectiveness Research, as published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Jonsson Funk M, Siddiqui NY, Pate V, et al. Sling revision/removal for mesh erosion and urinary retention: long-term risk and predictors. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2013 Jan; 208(1):73.e1-73.e7. [Supported by grant K02 HS17950 (to first author).]  Select to access the abstract.

Jonsson Funk M, Edenfield AL, Pate V, et al. Trends in use of surgical mesh for pelvic organ prolapse. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2013 Jan; 208(1):79.e1-79.e7. [Supported by grant K02 HS17950 (to first author).]

Health Affairs
Koh HK, Brach C, Harris LM, Parchman ML. A proposed 'health literate care model' would constitute a systems approach to improving patients' engagement in care. Health Aff 2013 Feb; 32(2):357-67. [Second and last authors are, current researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets and former AHRQ researcher, respectively; cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Health Literacy Interventions and Outcomes: An Updated Systematic Review, 2011; includes the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) as an example of an instrument to track the implementation of the Health Literate Care Model and "patients' feedback about their experiences of care," citing AHRQ's CAHPS Web site; briefly mentions the release of and cites AHRQ publication, Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit, 2010, as published on the AHRQ Web site; cites Defining the PCMH, published on AHRQ's Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Resource Center Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Fleurence R, Selby JV, Odom-Walker K, Hunt G, Meltzer D, Slutsky JR, et al. How the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute is engaging patients and others in shaping its research agenda. Health Aff 2013 Feb; 32(2):393-400. [Sixth author is director of AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence; discusses AHRQ's involvement of patients and stakeholders in its systematic review processes, using as an example  AHRQ comparative effective review, Comparative Effectiveness of Percutaneous Coronary Interventions and Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting for Coronary Artery Disease, 2007, and citing AHRQ-authored article by Whitlock, Lopez, Chang (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence) et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 2010); mentions AHRQ's sponsorship of the Consumers United for Evidence-based Healthcare partnership, citing Resources for Getting Involved and Involving Others, as published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site, and its future role in conducting reviews related to research questions submitted to PCORI for funding; notes PCORI's piloting of the "conceptual Value of Information" approach, citing AHRQ methods research report, Systematizing the Use of Value of Information Analysis in Prioritizing Systematic Reviews, 2012, as published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Ryan AM, Bao Y. Profiling provider outcome quality for pay-for-performance in the presence of missing data: a simulation approach. Health Serv Res 2013 Feb 12. [Epub ahead of print. Supported in part by grant K01 HS18546-01 (to first author); cites AHRQ publication, Methodological Considerations in Generating Provider Performance Scores for Use in Public Reporting: A Guide for Community Quality Collaboratives, 2011.] Select to access the abstract.

Miller GE, Selden TM. Tax subsidies for employer-sponsored health insurance: updated microsimulation estimates and sensitivity to alternative incidence assumptions. Health Serv Res 2013 Feb 10. [Epub ahead of print. Authors are former AHRQ researcher and current researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; uses 2005-2007 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Household Component (MEPS HC) data to "to create synthetic workforces for each establishment in the MEPS Insurance Component" (MEPS IC), and to refine the method developed in AHRQ-authored article by Selden and Gray (Health Aff, 2006), citing AHRQ working paper, Employer-Sim Microsimulation Model: Model Development and Application to Estimation of Tax Subsidies to Health Insurance, 2012.] Select to access the abstract.

Braithwaite S, Friedman B, Mutter R, et al. Microsimulation of financial impact of demand surge on hospitals: the H1N1 influenza pandemic of fall 2009. Health Serv Res 2013 Feb 10. [Epub ahead of print. Second and third authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets; uses 2007 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data and HCUP Cost-to-Charge Ratio Files, citing Introduction to the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2007, 2009, and "User Guides" from Cost-to-Charge Ratio Files, 2009 (both published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site), and uses methodologies described in AHRQ-authored article by Friedman et al. (Int J Health Care Finance Econ, 2004); mentions AHRQ's use of microsimulation models with the MEPS program, citing AHRQ working paper, Supporting Healthcare Policy Initiatives through Modeling and Microsimulation Efforts: Issues of Data Capacity and Statistical Quality, 2009, as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Krumholz HM, Lin Z, Keenan PS, Chen J, et al. Relationship between hospital readmission and mortality rates for patients hospitalized with acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, or pneumonia. JAMA 2013 Feb 13; 309(6):587-93. [Supported in part by Career Development Award grant K08 HS18781-03 (to fourth author).] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA Internal Medicine
Kesselheim AS, Misono AS, Shrank WH, et al. Variations in pill appearance of antiepileptic drugs and the risk of nonadherence. JAMA Intern Med 2013 Feb 11; 173(3):202-8. [Supported in part by grant K08 HS18465-01 (to first author).]

Zhang Y, Wu SH, Fendrick AM, et al. Variation in medication adherence in heart failure. JAMA Intern Med 2013 Feb 11. [Epub ahead of print. Supported in part by grant R01 HS18657 (to first author).]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Bailey JE, Wan JY, Mabry LM, et al. Does health information exchange reduce unnecessary neuroimaging and improve quality of headache care in the emergency department? J Gen Intern Med 2013 Feb; 28(2):176-83. [Supported through contract 290-04-0006 (but presentation not yet approved by AHRQ); mentions data on emergency department visits for headache, citing Headaches in U.S. Hospitals and Emergency Departments, 2008, HCUP Statistical Brief 111, 2011, as published on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Pololi LH, Civian JT, Brennan BT, et al. Experiencing the culture of academic medicine: gender matters, a national study. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Feb; 28(2):201-7. [Supported by AHRQ for data analysis, no funding information given.]  Select to access the abstract.

Walsh JM, Kim SE, Sawaya G, et al. Colorectal cancer screening: what do women from diverse ethnic groups want? J Gen Intern Med 2013 Feb; 28(2):239-46. [Supported by Excellence Center to Eliminate Ethnic/Racial Disparities (EXCEED) grant 5 P01 HS10856; cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer and associated evidence review (both in Ann Intern Med, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Eckstrom E, Feeny DH, Walter LC, et al. Individualizing cancer screening in older adults: a narrative review and framework for future research. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Feb; 28(2):292-8. [Supported by AHRQ, no funding information given; cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008) and earlier evidence summary (Ann Intern Med, 2002), USPSTF-sponsored evidence update on screening for breast cancer by Nelson et al. and related AHRQ-funded article by Mandelblatt et al. (both in Ann Intern Med, 2009); cites USPSTF publications, Screening for Cervical Cancer: Recommendations and Rationale, 2003, Screening for Colorectal Cancer: an Updated Systematic Review, 2008, Treatments for Localized Prostate Cancer: Systematic Review to Update the 2002 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation, 2011, Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996, Grade Definitions, 2008, and Shared Decisionmaking about Screening and Chemoprevention: a Suggested Approach from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Background Article, 2011; cites USPSTF-sponsored article by Leipzig et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2010) on USPSTF approaches to prevention recommendations for older adults, and USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on behavioral counseling to promote physical activity and a healthful diet to prevent cardiovascular disease in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2010); acknowledges support from Tracy Wolff, researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Vascular Surgery
Casey K, Hernandez-Boussard T, Mell MW, et al. Differences in readmissions after open repair versus endovascular aneurysm repair. J Vasc Surg 2013 Jan; 57(1):89-95. [Supported by grant K01 HS18558 (to second author); uses 2003-2008 HCUP State Inpatient Databases (SID) data for California.]  Select to access the abstract.

Pediatrics
Brady PW, Muething S, Kotagal U, et al. Improving situation awareness to reduce unrecognized clinical deterioration and serious safety events. Pediatrics 2013 Jan; 131(1):e299-e308. [Supported by cooperative agreement U19 HS21114.] Select to access the abstract.

PLoS ONE
Boyd CM, Vollenweider D, Puhan MA. Informing evidence-based decision-making for patients with comorbidity: availability of necessary information in clinical trials for chronic diseases. PLoS One 2012 Aug; 7(8):e41601. [Supported by grant R21 HS18597-01; cites AHRQ publication, Research in Action: The High Concentration of U.S. Health Care Expenditures, 2006.]  Select to access the abstract.

Southern Medical Journal
Putzer GJ, Koro-Ljungberg M, Duncan RP, Dobalian A. Preparedness of rural physicians for bioterrorist events in Florida. South Med J 2013 Jan; 106(1):21-6. [Supported by grants 1 U01 HS14355-01 and 7 U01 HS14355-02 (to fourth author).] Select to access the abstract.

Value in Health
Norton EC, Miller MM, Wang JJ, et al. Rank reversal in indirect comparisons. Value Health 2012 Dec; 15(8):1137-40. [Supported by grant 1 R18 HS18032.] Select to access the abstract.

Women and Health (Elsevier)
Collins Sharp BA, Clancy CM. Current approaches to women's health care. Women Health 2nd Ed,  2013; (Chap 3):33-42. [Authors are a researcher in AHRQ's Office of Extramural Research, Education, and Priority Populations and the AHRQ director, respectively; summarizes 2004-2007 HCUP NIS data on deaths per hospital admissions with heart attack and 2004-2007 MEPS data on poor provider communication at office/clinic visits, depicted in charts from AHRQ's National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR), 2010, and  National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR), 2010, respectively, and 2008 MEPS data on health insurance status by sex and poverty status for persons 18-64 working full-time in 2008, from MEPS HC-116: 2008 Jobs File, 2010, and MEPS HC-121: 2008 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2010; summarizes data and findings from AHRQ publication Top 10 Most Costly Conditions Among Men and Women, 2008: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Adult Population, Age 18 and Older, MEPS Statistical Brief 331, 2010, as published on AHRQ's MEPs Web site, and from AHRQ program brief Health Care for Minority Women: Recent Findings, 2010, as published on the AHRQ Web site; cites USPSTF updated 2011 osteoporosis screening recommendations from Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2010-2011, 2011, AHRQ's PCMH Resource Center Web site, AHRQ's TeamSTEPPS® Web site, AHRQ's Care Coordination Measures Atlas, 2011, and AHRQ's Questions Are the Answer: Better Communications, Better Care, 2011, as published on the AHRQ Web site; mentions AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC) and Effective Health Care Program Web site; acknowledges support from Gail Makulowich, researcher in AHRQ's Office of Communications and Knowledge Transfer.]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Health Affairs
Dentzer S. Rx for the 'blockbuster drug' of patient engagement. Health Aff 2013 Feb; 32(2):202. [Comments on AHRQ-authored article by Koh et al. (Health Aff, 2013) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles, articles by Bisognano and Goodman, King and Moulton, Sommers et al. cited below in this section, and article by Lin et al. (Health Aff, 2013) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles.]

Bisognano M, Goodman E. Engaging patients and their loved ones in the ultimate conversation. Health Aff 2013 Feb; 32(2):203-6. [Cites article by Morden et al. (Health Aff, 2012), which uses HCUP Clinical Classifications Software (CCS); comments on article by Halpern et al. cited below in this section.]

Hibbard JH, Greene J. What the evidence shows about patient activation: better health outcomes and care experiences; fewer data on costs. Health Aff 2013 Feb; 32(2):207-14. [Mentions AHRQ's CAHPS, citing unpublished paper by Greene; cites AHRQ-sponsored grant final report, Using an Electronic Personal Health Record to Empower Patients with Hypertension, 2011; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Nagykaldi et al. (J Am Board Fam Med, 2012) and Skolasky et al. (Health Serv Res, 2011).] Select to access the abstract.

Roseman D, Osborne-Stafsnes J, Amy CH, et al. Early lessons from four 'Aligning Forces for Quality' communities bolster the case for patient-centered care. Health Aff 2013 Feb; 32(2):232-41. [Cites AHRQ publications, The CAHPS Clinician & Group Database: About the CAHPS Clinician & Group Survey Database, 2012, Engaging Patients and Families in the Medical Home, 2010, and The CAHPS ® Improvement Guide: Practical Strategies for Improving the Patient Care Experience, 2003; cites AHRQ-sponsored IOM publication, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, 2001, and AHRQ-funded articles by Lorig et al. (Med Care, 2001 and 1999).]

Nease RF, Frazee SG, Zarin L, et al. Choice architecture is a better strategy than engaging patients to spur behavior change. Health Aff 2013 Feb; 32(2):242-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Skolasky et al. (Health Serv Res, 2011);  notes that first author has served as an AHRQ study section member.] Select to access the abstract.

Tai-Seale M, Foo PK, Stults CD. Patients with mental health needs are engaged in asking questions, but physicians' responses vary. Health Aff 2013 Feb; 32(2):259-67. [Notes the qualitative correspondence of questions asked by study respondents with those suggested by AHRQ's 2011 "Questions Are the Answer" campaign, citing Questions are the Answer, as published on the AHRQ Web site;  cites AHRQ-funded articles by Cegala et al. (Patient Educ Couns, 2000),  Waitzkin (J Health Soc Behav, 1985), and Levinson, Gorawara-Bhat, and Lamb (JAMA, 2000).] Select to access the abstract.

Légaré F, Witteman HO. Shared decision making: examining key elements and barriers to adoption into routine clinical practice. Health Aff 2013 Feb; 32(2):276-84. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored IOM publication, Initial National Priorities for Comparative Effectiveness Research, 2009.] Select to access the abstract.

Veroff D, Marr A, Wennberg DE. Enhanced support for shared decision making reduced costs of care for patients with preference-sensitive conditions. Health Aff 2013 Feb; 32(2):285-93. [Cites AHRQ publication, The CAHPS® Improvement Guide: Practical Strategies for Improving the Patient Care Experience, 2012; cites AHRQ-sponsored IOM publication, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, 2001.] Select to access the abstract.

King J, Moulton B. Group health's participation in a shared decision-making demonstration yielded lessons, such as role of culture change. Health Aff 2013 Feb; 32(2):294-302. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored IOM publication, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, 2001.] Select to access the abstract.

Cosgrove DM, Fisher M, Gabow P, et al. Ten strategies to lower costs, improve quality, and engage patients: the view from leading health system CEOs. Health Aff 2013 Feb; 32(2):321-7. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bertakis and Azari (J Am Board Fam Med, 2011); cites AHRQ-sponsored IOM publication, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, 2001.] Select to access the abstract.

Sommers R, Goold SD, McGlynn EA, et al. Focus groups highlight that many patients object to clinicians' focusing on costs. Health Aff 2013 Feb; 32(2):338-46. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Hibbard et al. (Health Aff, 2012).] Select to access the abstract.

Courneya PT, Palattao KJ, Gallagher JM. HealthPartners' online clinic for simple conditions delivers savings of $88 per episode and high patient approval. Health Aff 2013 Feb; 32(2):385-92. [Cites NCQA measure summary "Avoidance of antibiotic treatment in adults with acute bronchitis: percentage of adults 18 to 64 years of age with a diagnosis of acute bronchitis who were not dispensed an antibiotic prescription," 2012, as posted on AHRQ's National Quality Measures Clearinghouse™ (NQMC) Web site; cites AHRQ-funded article by Bertakis et al. (J Fam Pract, 2000).] Select to access the abstract.

Halpern SD, Loewenstein G, Volpp KG, et al. Default options in advance directives influence how patients set goals for end-of-life care. Health Aff 2013 Feb; 32(2):408-17. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Halpern (Semin Respir Crit Care Med, 2012), Halpern and Emanuel (Arch Intern Med, 2012), and Kirchhoff et al. (J Am Geriatr Soc, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

Gruman JC. An accidental tourist finds her way in the dangerous land of serious illness. Health Aff 2013 Feb; 32(2):427-31. [Recommends that AHRQ and other organizations identify meaningful measures of patient engagement.]

Douglas MD. Patient-centered research and vulnerable populations. Health Aff 2013 Feb; 32(2):439. [Comments on article by Sox (Health Aff, 2012), which describes AHRQ's AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program and was adapted from his 2011 John M. Eisenberg Legacy Lecture.]

Thompson RL. The need for physician peer review. Health Aff 2013 Feb; 32(2):439-40. [Comments on article by Welch (Health Aff, 2012), which mentions AHRQ's guide to help organizations develop patient and family advisory councils to improve all aspects of patient and family care.]

Adler MA. Involving patients and families in hospital care. Health Aff 2013 Feb; 32(2):440. [Comments on article by Welch (Health Aff, 2012), which mentions AHRQ's guide to help organizations develop patient and family advisory councils to improve all aspects of patient and family care.]

JAMA
Kulynych J, Heffernan KG. Community research partnerships: underappreciated challenges, unrealized opportunities. JAMA 2013 Feb 13; 309(6):555-6. [Cites AHRQ's Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) Registry Web site.]

Bauchman H, Fontanarose PB. Restoring confidence in the pharmaceutical industry. JAMA 2013 Feb 13; 309(6):607-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Kesselheim et al. (N Engl J Med, 2012).]

JAMA Internal Medicine
Michel B, Quelennec B, Andres E. Medication reconciliation practices and potential clinical impact of unintentional discrepancies. JAMA Intern Med 2013 Feb 11; 173(3):246-7. [Comments on AHRQ-funded article by Mueller et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2012).]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Pirraglia PA, Kravitz RL. Social media: new opportunities, new ethical concerns. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Feb; 28(2):165-6. [Comments on articles by Pololi et al. and Bailey et al. (both in J Gen Intern Med, 2013) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles, and article by McGuire et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2013) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.]

Halamka JD. Connecting patients, providers, and payers improves quality, safety, and efficiency. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Feb; 28(2):167-8. [Comments on article by Bailey et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2013) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles; cites AHRQ-funded article by Bates et al. (Am J Med, 1998).]

Jena AB, Sun E, Goldman DP. Confounding in the association of proton pump inhibitor use with risk of community-acquired pneumonia. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Feb; 28(2):223-30. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Solomon et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Wee CC, Davis RB, Huskey KW, et al. Quality of life among obese patients seeking weight loss surgery: the importance of obesity-related social stigma and functional status. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Feb; 28(2):231-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Wee et al. (Obes Res, 2005, and Ann Intern Med, 2000) and Groessl et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Weiner SJ, Schwartz A, Cyrus K, et al. Unannounced standardized patient assessment of the Roter Interaction Analysis System: the challenge of measuring patient-centered communication. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Feb; 28(2):223-30. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Beach et al.  (J Gen Intern Med, 2010) and Epstein et al. (Soc Sci Med, 2005); cites AHRQ-sponsored IOM publication, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, 2001.] Select to access the abstract.

Barnes DE, Mehta KM, Boscardin WJ, et al. Prediction of recovery, dependence or death in elders who become disabled during hospitalization. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Feb; 28(2):261-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Hustey et al. (J Am Geriatr Soc, 2007), Lee et al. (JAMA, 2006), Walter et al. (JAMA, 2001), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Calvillo-King L, Arnold D, Eubank KJ, et al. Impact of social factors on risk of readmission or mortality in pneumonia and heart failure: systematic review. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Feb; 28(2):269-82. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Jasti et al. (Clin Infect Dis, 2008), Oliver et al. (J Natl Med Assoc, 2004), Whittle et al. (Med Care, 1998), and Pearson et al. (JAMA, 1992), all of which are included in Table 1, Studies Examining the Impact of Social Factors on Risk of Readmission or Mortality in Community-Acquired Pneumonia.] Select to access the abstract.

Nguyen-trong PK, Peloquin JM, Lauder NN, et al. More than skin deep. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Feb; 28(2):315-19. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Croskerry (Acad Med, 2003).]

Lancet
Corrales-Medina VF, Musher DM, Shachkina S, et al. Acute pneumonia and the cardiovascular system. Lancet 2013 Feb 9; 381(9865):496-505. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Fine et al. (N Engl J Med, 1997).] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Sidorenkov G, Voorham J, Haaijer-Ruskamp FM, et al. Association between performance measures and glycemic control among patients with diabetes in a community-wide primary care cohort. Med Care 2013 Feb; 51(2):172-9. [Cites Veterans Health Administration quality measure summary "Diabetes mellitus: percent of patients with a diagnosis of diabetes mellitus having HbA1c testing performed during the past year," 2010, as posted on AHRQ's NQMC Web site; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Thorpe et al. (Med Care, 2011), Sperl-Hillen and O'Connor (Am J Manag Care, 2005), and Ziemer et al. (Diabetes Educ, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

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

American Family Physician
Harris R, Kinsinger L. Screening mammography: the goal is changing. Am Fam Physician 2013 Feb 15; 87(4):246-7. [Discusses USPSTF updated recommendations on screening for breast cancer, associated evidence update, and related AHRQ-funded article by Mandelblatt et al. (all in Ann Intern Med, 2009), and previous USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002); discusses USPSTF methodologies and focus on shared decision making, citing USPSTF-sponsored article by Sheridan, Harris, and Woolf (Am J Prev Med, 2004).] 

CME Quiz. Am Fam Physician 2013 Feb 15; 87(4):251-3. [Includes questions based on USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer.]

Tirona MT. Breast cancer screening update. Am Fam Physician 2013 Feb 15; 87(4):274-8. [Reviews USPSTF updated 2009 recommendations on screening for breast cancer and associated evidence review (both in Ann Intern Med, 2009).]

Croswell J, Shin YR. Screening for prostate cancer. Am Fam Physician 2013 Feb 15; 87(4):283-4. [Presents case study and questions based on USPSTF recommendations on screening for prostate cancer and associated evidence review (both in Ann Intern Med, 2011); first author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships.]

BMJ
Wilt TJ, Ahmed HU. Prostate cancer screening and the management of clinically localized disease. BMJ 2013 Feb 2; 346(7893):28-33. [Discusses and cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for prostate cancer and associated evidence review findings (Ann Intern Med, 2012 and 2011, respectively).]

Health Affairs
Friedberg MW, Van Busum K, Wexler R, et al. A demonstration of shared decision making in primary care highlights barriers to adoption and potential remedies. Health Aff 2013 Feb; 32(2):268-75. [Mentions updated USPSTF recommendations on screening for prostate cancer and related commentaries by Catalona et al. and Brawley (all in Ann Intern Med, 2012) and recommendations on screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Blumenthal-Barby JS, Cantor SB, Russell HV, et al. Decision aids: when 'nudging' patients to make a particular choice is more ethical than balanced, nondirective content. Health Aff 2013 Feb; 32(2):303-10. [Discusses and cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Colorectal Cancer, 2008, as published on the USPSTF Web site; cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Dahabreh et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2012) on active surveillance in men with localized prostate cancer, prepared by the Tufts Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) under contract HHSA 290-2007-10055-I; cites AHRQ-funded/authored article by Wilt, Brawer, Jones, Barry, Aronson, Fox (former AHRQ researcher) 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.] Select to access the abstract.

Lin GA, Halley M, Rendle KA, et al. An effort to spread decision aids in five California primary care practices yielded low distribution, highlighting hurdles. Health Aff 2013 Feb; 32(2):311-20. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Colorectal Cancer, 2008, as published on the USPSTF Web site; cites article by Yarnall et al. (Am J Public Health, 2003), which uses lists of services from USPSTF recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996; cites AHRQ-sponsored IOM publication, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, 2001.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Berry RJ, Crider KS, Yeargin-Allsopp M. Periconceptional folic acid and risk of autism spectrum disorders. JAMA 2013 Feb 13; 309(6):611-13. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence update on folic acid supplementation for the prevention of neural tube defects by Wolff et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2009).]

JAMA Internal Medicine
Pignone MP, Howard K, Brenner AT, et al. Comparing 3 techniques for eliciting patient values for decision making about prostate-specific antigen screening: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA Intern Med 2013 Feb 11. [Epub ahead of print. Mentions 2012 updated USPSTF prostate cancer screening recommendations (Ann Intern Med, 2012) and associated  evidence review by Chou et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2011).] Select to access the abstract.

Knight SJ. Bridging the gap at the center of patient centeredness. JAMA Intern Med 2013 Feb 11. [Epub ahead of print. Comments on article by Pignone et al. cited above in this section; mentions updated USPSTF recommendations on screening for prostate cancer.]

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Jemal A, Simard EP, Dorell C, et al. Annual report to the nation on the status of cancer, 1975-2009, featuring the burden and trends in human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated cancers and HPV vaccination coverage levels. J Natl Cancer Inst 2013 Feb 6; 105(3):175-201. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for cervical cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2012).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Women's Health
Salloum RG, Jensen GA, Biddle AK. The "Welcome to Medicare" visit: a missed opportunity for cancer screening among women? J Womens Health 2013 Jan; 22(1):19-25. [Includes USPSTF recommended screening intervals by age group for breast and cervical cancer from 1990-2011 in Table 1, Medicare Coverage of Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening and Wellness Visits; cites article by Woolf (JAMA, 2009), which cites findings from several USPSTF-sponsored evidence reviews.] Select to access the abstract.

Daley E, Perrin K, Vamos C, et al. Confusion about Pap smears: lack of knowledge among high-risk women. J Womens Health 2013 Jan; 22(1):67-74. [Discusses USPSTF updated recommendations on screening for cervical cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2012).] Select to access the abstract.

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 2013 Feb; 51(2):186-92. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on the USPSTF Web site and discusses USPSTF recommendations on counseling and behavioral interventions for obesity in adults from Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2007, as published on the USPSTF Web site; cites AHRQ-funded article by Parchman et al. (Ann Fam Med, 2007). Also refer to articles by Walsh et al. and Eckstrom et al. (both in J Gen Intern Med, 2013) and Collins Sharp and Clancy (Women and Health, 2013) cited in AHRQ Funded/Authored Articles, and article by Guha (J Natl Cancer Inst, 2013) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Health Affairs
Bernabeo E, Holmboe ES. Patients, providers, and systems need to acquire a specific set of competencies to achieve truly patient-centered care. Health Aff 2013 Feb; 32(2):250-8. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Closing the Quality Gap: Revisiting the State of the Science Series: Public Reporting as a Quality Improvement Strategy, 2012.] Select to access the abstract.

Yegian JM, Dardess P, Shannon M, et al. Engaged patients will need comparative physician-level quality data and information about their out-of-pocket costs. Health Aff 2013 Feb; 32(2):328-37. [Mentions AHRQ's Chartered Value Exchanges; cites AHRQ/Kaiser Family Foundation report, Summary and Chartpack: 2008 Update on Consumers' Views of Patient Safety and Quality Information, 2008; cites systematic review by Fung et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008) on the evidence that publishing patient care performance data improves quality of care, for which the Southern California EPC assisted with retrieving articles and preparing the manuscript; cites article by Cunningham (Health Aff, 2012), which uses MEPS data; notes that first author leads the stakeholder engagement component of AHRQ's Community Forum project,  second author serves as the project director for the development of AHRQ's Guide to Patient and Family Engagement in Hospital Safety and Quality, and last author leads multiple AHRQ-funded projects.] Select to access the abstract.

Han E, Scholle SH, Morton S, et al. Survey shows that fewer than a third of patient-centered medical home practices engage patients in quality improvement. Health Aff 2013 Feb; 32(2):368-75. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Jackson et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2012), which is supported by contract 290-2007-10066-I as part of AHRQ's Closing the Quality Gap: Revisiting the State of the Science series; cites AHRQ publication, Engaging Patients and Families in the Medical Home, 2010; cites article by Hoff, Weller, and Depuccio (Med Care Res Rev, 2012), which uses the AHRQ Web site to identify relevant publications on the patient-centered medical home and notes the use of MEPS as a secondary data source in selected studies; cites AHRQ-sponsored IOM publication, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, 2001; notes that first author managed the National Committee for Quality Assurance's (NCQA) work on the identification and selection of health care innovations for inclusion in the AHRQ Healthcare Innovations Exchange and that second author serves as the principal investigator for an AHRQ-CMS CHIPRA Center of Excellence in pediatric quality and recently completed an AHRQ-funded study of transformation in primary care.] Select to access the abstract.

Ricciardi L, Mostashari F, Murphy J, et al. A national action plan to support consumer engagement via e-health. Health Aff 2013 Feb; 32(2):376-84. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Enabling Patient-Centered Care through Health Information Technology (Health IT), 2012; second author acknowledges previous AHRQ funding for a "project focused on quality measurement at the point of care;" cites innovation profile "An Interactive Preventive Care Record: A Handbook for Using Patient-Centered Personal Health Records to Promote Prevention," 2012, as published on AHRQ's Health Care Innovations Exchange Web site; cites AHRQ-sponsored IOM publication, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, 2001.] Select to access the abstract.

Corlette S, Downs D, Monahan CH, et al. State insurance exchanges face challenges in offering standardized choices alongside innovative value-based insurance. Health Aff 2013 Feb; 32(2):418-26. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Closing the Quality Gap: Revisiting the State of the Science Series: Medication Adherence Interventions: Comparative Effectiveness, 2012, as published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
McGuire MJ, Noronha G, Samal L, et al. Patient safety perceptions of primary care providers after implementation of an electronic medical record system. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Feb; 28(2):184-92. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001; cites AHRQ-funded/authored articles by Brokel and Harrison (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2009) and Harrison et al. (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Guha M. The pill and ovarian cancer prevention. J Natl Cancer Inst 2013 Feb 6; 105(3):154-6. [Reviews findings from AHRQ draft evidence report, Oral Contraceptive Use for the Primary Prevention of Ovarian Cancer (based on research protocol of same title, 2012); mentions USPSTF updated recommendations on ovarian cancer screening.]

Faupel-Badger JM, Arcaro KF, Balkam JJ, et al. Postpartum remodeling, lactation, and breast cancer risk: summary of a National Cancer Institute-sponsored workshop. J Natl Cancer Inst 2013 Feb 6; 105(3):166-74. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Breastfeeding and Maternal and Infant Outcomes in Developed Countries, 2007.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Women's Health
Belay B, Allen J, Williams N, et al. Promoting women's health in hospitals: a focus on breastfeeding and lactation support for employees and patients. J Womens Health 2013 Jan; 22(1):1-4. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Breastfeeding and Maternal and Infant Outcomes in Developed Countries, 2007.] Select to access the abstract.

Nguyen S, LeardMann CA, Smith B, et al. Is military deployment a risk factor for maternal depression? J Womens Health 2013 Jan; 22(1):9-18. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Perinatal Depression: Prevalence, Screening Accuracy, and Screening Outcomes, 2005. Also refer to AHRQ-authored articles by Koh et al. and Fleurence et al. (both in Health Aff, 2013) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles, and article by Blumenthal-Barby et al. (Health Aff, 2013) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

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

Health Affairs
Carman KL, Dardess P, Maurer M, Sofaer S, et al. Patient and family engagement: a framework for understanding the elements and developing interventions and policies. Health Aff 2013 Feb; 32(2):223-31. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, Envisioning the National Health Care Quality Report, 2000; cites plenary session remarks by first author at the AHRQ 2012 Annual Conference; cites AHRQ publication, Guide to Patient and Family Engagement: Environmental Scan Report, 2012, as published on the AHRQ Web site, and mentions AHRQ's current initiative to develop this guide, citing first two authors' paper presented at the 5th International Conference on Patient-and Family-Centered Care, 2012; notes that first author currently leads four AHRQ-funded consumer engagement research projects and that second and fourth authors are advisors for development of AHRQ's Guide to Patient and Family Engagement in Hospital Safety and Quality.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Iezzoni LI. Imperatives for HSR addressing: individuals with disabilities – the canaries in health care's coal mine. Med Care 2013 Feb; 51(2):133-6. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2011; cites AHRQ publication, Research in Action: The High Concentration of U.S. Health Care Expenditure, 2006.]

Armstrong K, Putt M, Halbert CH, et al. Prior experiences of racial discrimination and racial differences in health care system distrust. Med Care 2013 Feb; 51(2):144-50. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2009; cites AHRQ-authored article by Moy, Arispe, Holmes, and Andrews (first and last authors are, respectively, researchers in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety and Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Med Care, 2005), which identifies and quantifies gaps in data pertaining to AHRQ's first NHDR; cites AHRQ-funded articles by LaVeist, Isaac, and Williams (Health Serv Res, 2009) and Gordon et al. (J Clin Oncol, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Martin KD, Roter DL, Beach MC, et al. Physician communication behaviors and trust among black and white patients with hypertension. Med Care 2013 Feb; 51(2):151-7. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2008; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Beach et al. (AIDS Behav, 2011, and J Gen Intern Med, 2010), Ghods et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2008), Fiscella et al. (Med Care, 2004), and others. Also refer to AHRQ-authored article by Collins Sharp and Clancy (Women and Health, 2013) cited in AHRQ-Funded/ Authored Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Family Physician
Gazewood JD, Richards DR, Clebak K. Parkinson disease: an update. Am Fam Physician 2013 Feb 15; 87(4):267-73. [Uses AHRQ's NGC as a data source.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Anxiety Disorders
Wu CH, Wang CC, Katz AJ, et al. National trends of psychotropic medication use among patients diagnosed with anxiety disorders: results from Medical Expenditure Panel Survey 2004-2009. J Anxiety Disord 2013 Jan 7; 27(2):163-70. [Uses 2004-2009 MEPS data, citing MEPS HC-089 2004 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2006, MEPS HC-097 2005 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2006, MEPS HC-105 2006 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2006, MEPS HC-113 2007 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2006, MEPS HC-121 2008 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2006, MEPS HC-126A 2009 Prescribed Medicines, 2011, MEPS HC-128 2009 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2011, and MEPS HC-129 2009 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2011.] Select to access the abstract.

Laryngoscope
Bhattacharyya N. Associations between obesity and inflammatory sinonasal disorders. Laryngoscope 2013 Feb 9. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2008 and 2010 MEPS data, citing articles by Bhattacharyya (Laryngoscope, 2011, and Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol, 2011), both of which use MEPS data. Also refer to AHRQ-authored articles by Koh, Brach, Harris, and Parchman (Health Aff, 2013), Miller and Selden (Health Serv Res, 2013), Braithwaite, Friedman, Mutter et al. (Health Serv Res, 2013), Casey et al. (J Vasc Surg, 2013), and Collins Sharp and Clancy (Women and Health, 2013) cited in AHRQ-Fund.] Select to access the abstract.

Current as of February 2013
Internet Citation: Emerging Analytical Techniques for Comparative Effectiveness Research: Articles of Interest, February 15, 2013. February 2013. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/20130215.html