Annual Report on Health Care for Children and Youth in the United States: Trends in Racial-ethnic, Income, and Insurance Disparities Over Time 2002-2009

Articles of Interest, March 1, 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

Academic Pediatrics
Berdahl T, Friedman BS, McCormick MC, Simpson L. Annual report on health care for children and youth in the United States: trends in racial-ethnic, income, and insurance disparities over time 2002-2009. Acad Pediatr 2013 Feb 9. [Epub ahead of print. First author is a current researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends, second author was a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets at the time of publication, and last author is former AHRQ deputy director; uses 2002-2009 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Household Component (MEPS HC) and Point-in Time File data (citing Data Overview, 2009, as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site, and Methods Applying AHRQ Quality Indicators to Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Data for the Eighth (2010) National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) and National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR), 2010, HCUP Methods Series Report 2010-06, 2010, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site), and 2005 and 2009 Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) and State Inpatient Databases (SID) data as accessed on AHRQ's HCUP Web site, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS); refers to using 2002-2009 MEPS full-year consolidated files MEPS HC-129: 2009 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2011, MEPS HC-121: 2008 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2010, MEPS HC-113: 2007 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2009, MEPS HC-105: 2006 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2008, MEPS HC-097: 2005 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2007, MEPS HC-089: 2004 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2006, MEPS HC-084: 2005 P9R3/P10R1 Population Characteristics, 2006, MEPS HC-079: 2003 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2005, MEPS HC-075: 2004 P8R3/P9R1 Population Characteristics, 2005, and MEPS HC-070: 2002 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2004; also uses AHRQ's Pediatric Quality Indicators for acute and chronic conditions, citing AHRQ Quality Indicators: Pediatric Quality Indicators Overview, Version 3.1, 2007, as published on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site; comments on previous annual reports on health care for children and youth, citing several AHRQ-authored articles; cites AHRQ publication, Trends in Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations among Adults and Children, 1997-2004, HCUP Statistical Brief 36, 2007.]

Annals of Pharmacotherapy
Boyce RD, Collins C, Clayton M, et al. Inhibitory metabolic drug interactions with newer psychotropic drugs: inclusion in package inserts and influences of concurrence in drug interaction screening software. Ann Pharmacother 2012 Oct; 46(10):1287-98. [Supported by grant K12 HS19461.] Select to access the abstract.

Circulation
Cannon CP, Brindis RG, Chaitman BR, Cohen DJ, Cross JT Jr, Drozda JP Jr, Fesmire FM, Fintel DJ, Fonarow GC, Fox KA, Gray DT, et al. 2013 ACCF/AHA key data elements and definitions for measuring the clinical management and outcomes of patients with acute coronary syndromes and coronary artery disease: a report of the American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association Task Force on clinical data standards (Writing Committee to Develop Acute Coronary Syndromes and Coronary Artery Disease Clinical Data Standards). Circulation 2013 Jan 28. [Epub ahead of print. Eleventh author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, and is listed as a member of the writing committee.]

Health Services Research
Berkowitz SA, Aragon K, Hines J, Seligman H, Lee S, Sarkar U. Do clinical standards for diabetes care address excess risk for hypoglycemia in vulnerable patients? A systematic review. Health Serv Res 2013 Feb 28. [Epub ahead of print. Supported in part by grant K08 HS17594 (to last author); uses AHRQ's definition of "quality metric," citing Domain Framework and Inclusion Criteria, 2011, as published on AHRQ's National Quality Measures Clearinghouse™ Web site; cites AHRQ-sponsored Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, Clinical Practice Guidelines: Directions for a New Program, 1990.] Select to access the abstract.

Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Day HR, Perencevich EN, Harris AD, Gruber-Baldini AL, Himelhoch SS, Brown CH, Morgan DJ. Depression, anxiety, and moods of hospitalized patients under contact precautions. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2013 Mar; 34(3):251-8. [Supported in part by 1 K08 HS18111-01(to last author).] Select to access the abstract.

Gaur AH, Bundy DG, Gao C, et al. Surveillance of hospital-acquired central line-associated bloodstream infections in pediatric hematology-oncology patients: lessons learned, challenges ahead. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2013 Mar; 34(3):316-20. [Supported in part by grant R18 HS19590.] Select to access the abstract.

Murphy CR, Hudson LO, Spratt BG, et al. Predicting high prevalence of community methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus strains in nursing homes. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2013 Mar; 34(3):325-6. [Supported in part by contract HHSA 290-2005-00031 as part of the Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness (DEcIDE) program.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Dimick JB, Nicholas LH, Ryan AM, et al. Bariatric surgery complications before vs after implementation of a national policy restricting coverage to centers of excellence. JAMA 2013 Feb 27; 309(8):792-9. [Supported in part by Career Development Award grant K08 HS17765 (to first author); uses 2004-2009 HCUP SID data for 12 states, citing Overview of the State Inpatient Databases (SID), as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site), and AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998), citing article by Southern, Quan, and Ghali (Med Care, 2004); third author reports receiving other AHRQ funding.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA Internal Medicine
Linder JA. Antibiotic prescribing for acute respiratory infections—success that's way off the mark. JAMA Intern Med 2013 Feb 25; 173(4):273-5. [Author is supported in part by grant R18 HS18419; cites AHRQ technical review, Closing the Quality Gap: A Critical Analysis of Quality Improvement Strategies, Volume 4: Antibiotic Prescribing Behavior, 2006; comments on article by Gonzales et al. (JAMA Intern Med, 2013) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.]

Singh H, Giardina TD, Meyer AN, Forjuoh SN, Reis MD, Thomas EJ. Types and origins of diagnostic errors in primary care settings. JAMA Intern Med 2013 Feb 25. [Epub ahead of print. Supported in part by Health Services Research Demonstration and Dissemination grant R18 HS17244-02 (to last author); cites AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation, Volume 2: Concepts and Methodology, 2005; refer to comments by Newman-Toker and Makary (JAMA Intern Med, 2013) cited in AHRQ-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Baxi S, Lakin J, Lyles CR, Berkowitz S, Horton C, Sarkar U. Points for improvement: performance measurement for glycemic control in diabetes patients in a safety-net population. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2013 Mar; 39(3):109-13, AP1. [Supported in part by grant K08 HS17594 (to last author).]

Gregory KD, Korst LM, Lu MC, et al. AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators: time to include hemorrhage and infection during childbirth. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2013 Mar; 39(3):114-22; AP1-AP2. [Supported by grant 5 R01 HS17713; uses AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators for hemorrhage and infection in relation to pregnant women, citing AHRQ Quality Indicators: Introduction, AHRQ Quality Indicators: Patient Safety Indicators Overview, and AHRQ Quality Indicators: Patient Safety Indicators Technical Specifications, Version 4.2, 2010 (all published on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site), "Appendix A: Measure Evaluation Framework" from AHRQ publication, Selecting Quality and Resource Use Measures: A Decision Guide for Community Quality Collaboratives, 2010 (as published on the AHRQ Web site), AHRQ publication, Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses, 2008, 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), and conference presentations "Validity of Present on Admission Data and Implications for the AHRQ QIs," and "The Development of Emergency Department Patient Quality/Safety Indicators," both given by Romano at the 2010 AHRQ Annual Conference and published on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site.]

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Strasberg HR, Del Fiol G, Cimino JJ. Terminology challenges implementing the HL7 context-aware knowledge retrieval ('Infobutton') standard. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2013 Mar; 20(2):218-23. [Supported in part by grant K01 HS18352.] Select to access the abstract.

Keenan G, Yakel E, Dunn Lopez K, et al. Challenges to nurses' efforts of retrieving, documenting, and communicating patient care information. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2013 Mar; 20(2):245-51. [Supported by grant R01 HS15054-02.] Select to access the abstract.

Hoonakker PL, Carayon P, Brown RL, et al. Changes in end-user satisfaction with Computerized Provider Order Entry over time among nurses and providers in intensive care units. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2013 Mar; 20(2):252-9. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS15274 (principal investigator is second author, and co-principal investigator is K Wood); cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Kaushal et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2003) on the effects of computerized physician order entry and clinical decision support systems on medication safety, prepared by the University of California San Francisco-Stanford Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC).] Select to access the abstract.

Hilligoss B, Zheng K. Chart biopsy: an emerging medical practice enabled by electronic health records and its impacts on emergency department-inpatient admission handoffs. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2013 Mar; 20(2):260-7. [Supported in part by Health Services Research Dissertation grant R36 HS18758; mentions AHRQ's efforts to improve admission handoffs through provider toolkits; cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Bright et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2012) on the effect of clinical decision-support systems, prepared by the Duke EPC under contract 290-2007-10066-I; cites AHRQ-sponsored IOM publication, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, 2001.] Select to access the abstract.

Mainous AG 3rd, Lambourne CA, Nietert PJ. Impact of a clinical decision support system on antibiotic prescribing for acute respiratory infections in primary care: quasi-experimental trial. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2013 Mar; 20(2):317-24. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-2007-10015-I; cites AHRQ white paper by Ebell (Med Decis Making, 2010); cites article by Ranji et al. (Med Care, 2008), which is based on work performed by Sanford-UCSF EPC under contract 290-02-0017).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Pharmacists Association
Cohen MR, Smetzer JL, Westphal JE, et al. Risk models to improve safety of dispensing high-alert medications in community pharmacies. J Am Pharm Assoc 2012 Sep-Oct; 52(5):584-602. [Supported by grant 1 P20 HS17107; cites AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation, Volume 2: Concepts and Methodology, 2005, as published on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Economic and Social Measurement
Cohen SB. The utility of the integrated design of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey to inform mortality related studies. J Econ Soc Meas 2012; 37(4):337-54. [Author is director of AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; uses 2001 MEPS HC and Medical Provider Component (MPC) data (using the Public Use File) as linked to the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) and National Death Index (NDI), citing AHRQ publications, The Concentration and Persistence in the Level of Health Expenditures over Time: Estimates for the U.S. Population, 2007-2008, MEPS Statistical Brief 309, 2010, Attitudes toward Health Insurance and Their Persistence over Time, Adults 2006-2007, MEPS Statistical Brief 260, 2009, Sample Design of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, 1998-2007, 2008, Concentration of Health Care Expenditures in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, MEPS Statistical Brief 81, 2005, Health Care Expenditures in the Community Population, 1999, MEPS Chartbook 11, 2003, Design, Methods, and Field Results of the 1996 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Medical Provider Component, MEPS Methodology Report 9, 2000, and Design and Methods of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, MEPS Methodology Report 1, 1997, all published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site; cites several AHRQ-authored articles on the design and use of MEPS, AHRQ-authored working paper, An Estimation Methodology to Permit Longitudinal Cohort Analyses Based on the National Health Interview Survey and Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, 2010, AHRQ-authored Office of Management and Budget statistical policy working paper, Integrated Health Care Survey Designs: Analytical Enhancements Achieved through Linkage of Surveys, Administrative and Secondary Data, 2005, and AHRQ publicationHealth Care Expenditures in the Last Six Months of Life,  Report to the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources and to the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, 1994.]

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Braithwaite D, Zhu W, Hubbard RA, et al. Screening outcomes in older U.S. women undergoing multiple mammograms in community practice: does interval, age or comorbidity score affect tumor characteristics or false positive rates? J Natl Cancer Inst 2013 Feb 5. [Epub ahead of print. Supported in part by grant K12 HS19482; mentions 2009 USPSTF recommendations on breast cancer screening and related article by Mandelblatt et al. (both in Ann Intern Med, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Yamauchi M, Carlson MJ, Wright BJ, et al. Does health insurance continuity among low-income adults impact their children's insurance coverage? Matern Child Health J 2013 Feb; 17(2):248-55. [Supported in part by grants R03 HS16119, 1 K08 HS16181, and 1 R01 HS18569; uses survey based on AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (CAHPS®), citing CAHPS 2.0 Survey and Reporting Kit, 2002.] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Public Health
Cohen LA. Expanding the physician's role in addressing the oral health of adults. Am J Public Health 2013 Mar; 103(3):408-12. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Cohen and Manski (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Fam Med, 2006) and Cohen, Manski, et al. (J Am Dent Assoc, 2002); cites AHRQ press releases, "AHRQ Initiative Encourages Better Two-way Communication between Clinicians and Patients," 2011, and "AHRQ and Ad Council Encourage Consumers To Ask Questions and Get More Involved in Their Health Care," 2009, both published on the AHRQ Web site; cites "Patient-Centered Medical Home Web site Launched," in AHRQ's Research Activities, 2010.] Select to access the abstract.

Diemert LM, Bondy SJ, Brown KS, et al. Young adult smoking cessation: predictors of quit attempts and abstinence. Am J Public Health 2013 Mar; 103(3):449-53. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008 (Am J Prev Med, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-Based Mental Health
Frey BN, Sharma V. A primary care-based treatment programme improves postpartum depression at 12 months. Evid Based Ment Health 2013 Feb; 16(1):6. [Abstracts and comments on AHRQ-funded article by Yawn et al. (Ann Fam Med, 2012).]

Health Data Management
Gillespie G. Rooting out readmissions: hospitals bring more I.T. To bear while looking for the underlying reasons why patients come back. Health Data Manag 2013 Mar; 21(3):78-82. [Summarizes findings from article by Dharmarajan et al. (JAMA, 2013), which cites an HCUP statistical brief on Medicare hospital stays.]

Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology
Ding VY, Hubbard RA, Rutter CM, et al. Assessing the accuracy of profiling methods for identifying top providers: performance of mental health care providers. Health Serv Outcomes Res Methodol 2013 Mar; 13(1):1-17. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Rosenthal and Frank (Med Care Res Rev, 2006), Christiansen and Morris (Ann Intern Med, 1997), and DeLong et al. (Stat Med, 1997).]

Hospital Practice
Young RS, Hinami K, Arseven A, et al. Hospitalists' lack of knowledge of the Confusion Assessment Method: a barrier to systematic validated delirium surveillance. Hosp Pract 2012 Oct; 40(4):56-63. [Notes first author's receipt of previous AHRQ funding via National Research Service Award (NRSA) postdoctoral fellowship grant T32 HS00078 through the Institute for Healthcare Studies at Northwestern University.] Select to access the abstract.

Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Rosenthal VD, Dueñas L, Sobreyra-Oropeza M, et al. Findings of the International Nosocomial Infection Control Consortium (INICC), Part III: effectiveness of a multidimensional infection control approach to reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections in the neonatal intensive care units of 4 developing countries. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2013 Mar; 34(3):229-237. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Pronovost et al. (Health Aff, 2011, and N Engl J Med, 2006) and Berenholtz et al. (Crit Care Med, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA Internal Medicine
Vidrine JI, Shete S, Cao Y, et al. Ask-Advise-Connect: a new approach to smoking treatment delivery in health care settings. JAMA Intern Med 2013 Feb 25. [Epub ahead of print. Cites AHRQ-sponsored guidelines, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008, and Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000; cites AHRQ-funded article by Shelley and Cantrell (BMC Health Serv Res, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

Cené CW, DeWalt DA. Left behind: ensuring clarity and completeness of our educational materials and messages. JAMA Intern Med 2013 Feb 25. [Epub ahead of print. Cites AHRQ-sponsored IOM publication, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, 2001; comments on article by Diamantouros, Bartle, and Geerts cited below in this section.]

Diamantouros A, Bartle W, Geerts W. Patient information about warfarin: an assessment of accuracy and readability. JAMA Intern Med 2013 Feb 25. [Epub ahead of print. Cites AHRQ-funded article by Platt et al. (Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf, 2008).]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Aron DC. No "Black Swan": unintended but not unanticipated consequences of diabetes performance measurement. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2013 Mar; 39(3):106-8. [Comments on AHRQ-funded article by Baxi et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2013) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles; cites AHRQ conference final report, Assessing Quality of Care for Diabetes, 2008, and AHRQ-funded articles by Sarkar et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2010) and Rosenthal and Frank (Med Care Res Rev, 2006).]

Boscardin CK, Gonzales R. The impact of demographic characteristics on nonresponse in an ambulatory patient satisfaction survey. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2013 Mar; 39(3):123-8. AP1-AP4. [Discusses AHRQ's CAHPS and compares findings from this study to those from other studies using CAHPS, citing AHRQ-funded article by Chen et al. (Med Care, 2012), and articles by Klein et al. (Gerontologist, 2011), Darby, Hays, and Kletke (Health Serv Res, 2005), Zaslavsky, Zaborski, Cleary (Med Care, 2002), and Morales et al. (Health Serv Res, 2001).]

Fowler FJ Jr, Gallagher PM, Drake KM, et al. Decision dissonance: evaluating an approach to measuring the quality of surgical decision making. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2013 Mar; 39(3):136-44, AP1. [Uses a sampling procedure similar to that used for CAHPS, citing AHRQ's CAHPS Web site.]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Louie TJ, Miller MA, Crook DW, et al. Effect of age on treatment outcomes in Clostridium difficile infection. J Am Geriatr Soc 2013 Feb; 61(2):222-30. [Cites AHRQ publication, Clostridium Difficile-Associated Disease in U.S. Hospitals, 1993-2005, HCUP Statistical Brief 50, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Schoenborn NL, Arbaje AI, Eubank KJ, et al. Clinician roles and responsibilities during care transitions of older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc 2013 Feb; 61(2):231-6. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Jack et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2009), Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006), Carayon et al. (Qual Saf Health Care, 2006), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Brown AF, Vassar SD, Connor KI, et al. Collaborative care management reduces disparities in dementia care quality for caregivers with less education. J Am Geriatr Soc 2013 Feb; 61(2):243-51. [Cites article by Hays et al. (Med Care, 1999), which use CAHPS 1.0 survey measures.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Witt CM. Clinical research on traditional drugs and food items - the potential of comparative effectiveness research for interdisciplinary research. J Ethnopharmacol 2013 Feb 28. [Epub ahead of print. Cites AHRQ-authored article by Conway and Clancy (former AHRQ researcher and current AHRQ director, respectively) (N Engl J Med, 2009); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Sullivan, Carlson, and Hansen (J Med Econ, 2013) and Holve et al. (Med Care, 2012; cites AHRQ-sponsored IOM publication, Initial National Priorities for Comparative Effectiveness Research, 2009; cites article by VanLare, Conway, and Sox (N Engl J Med, 2010), which discusses AHRQ's allocation of comparative-effectiveness research (CER) funding from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).] Select to access the abstract.

Modern Healthcare
May D. Healthcare R01: medical research, comparative-effectiveness studies deserve investment. Mod Healthc 2013 Feb 25; 43(8):23. [Mentions AHRQ's involvement in comparative effectiveness research.]

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Gee RE, Winkler R. Quality measurement: what it means for obstetricians and gynecologist. Obstet Gynecol 2013 Mar; 121(3):507-10. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored IOM publication, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, 2001.]

Chiossi G, Lai Y, Landon MB, et al. Timing of delivery and adverse outcomes in term singleton repeat cesarean deliveries. Obstet Gynecol 2013 Mar; 121(3):561-9. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Meikle, Steiner, Zhang, and Lawrence (second and last authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets and Center for Outcomes and Evidence, respectively) (Obstet Gynecol, 2005).]

Committee on Obstetric Practice, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Committee Opinion Number 555: Hospital disaster preparedness for obstetricians and facilities providing maternity care. Obstet Gynecol 2013 Mar; 121(3):696-9. [Cites AHRQ publication, Bioterrorism and Other Public Health Emergencies: Altered Standards of Care in Mass Casualty Events, 2005, as published on the AHRQ Archive Web site.]

Patient Education and Counseling
Street RL Jr, Cox V, Kallen MA, Suarez-Almazor ME. Exploring communication pathways to better health: clinician communication of expectations for acupuncture effectiveness. Patient Educ Couns 2012 Nov; 89(2):245-51. [Notes that last author is the director of the Houston Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs), supported by grant U18 HS16093; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Suarez-Almazor et al. (Arthritis Care Res, 2010) and Street, Gordon, and Haidet (Soc Sci Med, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

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

American Journal of Public Health
Lanier Y, Sutton MY. Reframing the context of preventive health care services and prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections for young men: new opportunities to reduce racial/ethnic sexual health disparities. Am J Public Health 2013 Feb; 103(2):262-9. [Discusses and summarizes USPSTF recommendations on screening for HIV and sexually transmitted infections, citing USPSTF Recommendations for Adults, as published on the USPSTF Web site, and Screening for Human Immunodeficiency Virus: Focused Update of a 2005 Systematic Evidence Review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, 2007, prepared by the Oregon EPC under contract 290-02-0024, task order 1; cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Value of the Periodic Health Evaluation, 2006, prepared by the John Hopkins EPC under contract 290-02-0018; cites AHRQ's National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR), 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Internal Medicine
Moyer VA. Vitamin D and calcium supplementation to prevent fractures in adults: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. Ann Intern Med 2013 Feb 26. [Epub ahead of print. Presents USPSTF recommendations on vitamin D and calcium supplementation to prevent fractures in adults, based on USPSTF-sponsored updated meta-analysis on vitamin D with or without calcium supplementation for prevention of cancer and fractures (Ann Intern Med, 2011), and AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessments, Vitamin D and Calcium: A Systematic Review of Health Outcomes, 2009, and Effectiveness and Safety of Vitamin D in Relation to Bone Health, 2007; mentions USPSTF recommendation statements, Prevention of Falls in Community-Dwelling Older Adults, 2012, and Screening for Osteoporosis, 2011, both published on the USPSTF Web site; cites evidence update on screening for osteoporosis (Ann Intern Med, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

Nestle M, Nesheim MC. To supplement or not to supplement: the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations on calcium and vitamin D. Ann Intern Med 2013 Feb 26. [Epub ahead of print. Comments on USPSTF recommendations on vitamin D and calcium supplementation to prevent fractures in adults cited above in this section; cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence update on screening for osteoporosis (Ann Intern Med, 2010) and AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessments, Vitamin D and Calcium: A Systematic Review of Health Outcomes, 2009, and Effectiveness and Safety of Vitamin D in Relation to Bone Health, 2007.]

Summaries for Patients. Vitamin D and calcium supplementation to prevent fractures in adults: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. Ann Intern Med 2013 Feb 26. [Epub ahead of print. Summarizes USPSTF recommendations on vitamin D and calcium supplementation to prevent fractures in adults cited above in this section.]

Canadian Medical Association Journal
Roobol MJ, Bangma CH, Loeb S. Prostate-specific antigen screening can be beneficial to younger and at-risk men. CMAJ 2013 Jan 8; 185(1):47-51. [Discusses release of 2011 updated draft recommendations on prostate cancer screening on the USPSTF's Announcement Details Web site, citing draft USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Prostate Cancer, 2011 (as published on the USPSTF Web site), and related evidence review by Chou et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2011); compares the USPSTF recommendations to other organizations' guidelines; commends the USPSTF for its comprehensive literature review and reviews findings from a meta-analysis by Djulbegovic et al. (BMJ, 2010), which was included in the USPSTF review; cites AHRQ-funded article by Wilt et al. (Contemp Clin Trials, 2009) on the Prostate Cancer Intervention versus Observation Trial (PIVOT), VA/NCI/AHRQ Cooperative Studies Program 407, and article by Schroder (N Engl J Med, 2011) on 2009 updated USPSTF recommendations on breast cancer screening.]

Consumer Reports
Save your life: cancer screening is oversold. Know the tests to get—and those to skip. Consum Rep 2013 Mar; 78(3):28-33. [Summarizes effective and non-effective tests for cancer, based on USPSTF recommendations on screening for cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, breast cancer, bladder cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, oral cancer, prostate cancer,  ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer, and testicular cancer; compares the risks and benefits of prostate cancer and breast cancer screening based on updated 2012 USPSTF recommendations on screening for prostate cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2012) and 2009 updated recommendations on screening for breast cancer, citing AHRQ-funded article by Mandelblatt et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2009); refers to USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Cervical Cancer, 2012; extensively quotes Dr. Virginia Moyer, USPSTF chair.]

Evaluation and the Health Professions
Gugiu PC, Westine CD, Coryn CL, et al. An application of a new evidence grading system to research on the chronic care model. Eval Health Prof 2013 Mar; 36(1):3-43. [Discusses and compares with other evidence grading systems the USPSTF's evidence grading criteria, citing Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2008 and 1996.] Select to access the abstract.

Gastroenterology
Kanwal F, Lok AS, El-Serag HB. CDC and USPSTF 2012 recommendations for screening for hepatitis C virus infection: overview and take-home messages. Gastroenterology 2013 Mar; 144(3):478-81. [Discusses and evaluates USPSTF updated 2012 draft recommendations on hepatitis C virus infection screening, citing USPSTF-sponsored updated systematic review on screening for hepatitis C virus infection in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2013), earlier recommendations discussed in AHRQ-authored article by Calonge and Randhawa (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence) (Ann Intern Med, 2004), and several studies reviewed for the updated USPSTF recommendations; discusses findings from related AHRQ-funded article by Drainoni et al. (Am J Public Health, 2012), prepared by the Boston University in partnership with the CDC under contract HHSA 290-2006-000012, task order 4.]

JAMA
RESCAN Collaborators. Surveillance intervals for small abdominal aortic aneurysms: a meta-analysis. JAMA 2013 Feb 27; 309(8):806-13. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, 2005, as published on the USPSTF Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA Internal Medicine
Kaul S, Diamond GA. Relationship of aspirin use with age-related macular degeneration: association or causation? JAMA Intern Med 2013 Feb 25; 173(4):264-6. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on aspirin for the prevention of cardiovascular disease (Ann Intern Med, 2009).]

Covinsky KE. The incremental nature of clinical research. JAMA Intern Med 2013 Feb 25; 173(4):266. [Comments on article by Kaul and Diamond cited above in this section.]

Liu JM, Mei Z, Ye R, et al. Micronutrient supplementation and pregnancy outcomes: double-blind randomized controlled trial in China. JAMA Intern Med 2013 Feb 25; 173(4):276-82. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on routine iron supplementation during pregnancy (JAMA, 1993).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Kane RL, Ganz DA. Fall prevention: single or multiple interventions? J Am Geriatr Soc 2013 Feb; 61(2):281. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on prevention of falls in community-dwelling older adults (Ann Intern Med, 2012).]

Day LM. Response to Campbell and Robertson. J Am Geriatr Soc 2013 Feb; 61(2):286-7. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on prevention of falls in community-dwelling older adults (Ann Intern Med, 2012).]

Journal of Women's Health
Farr SL, Bish CL. Preconception health among women with frequent mental distress: a population-based study. J Womens Health 2013 Feb; 22(2):153-8. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for depression in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2009); cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2000 (as reprinted in Respir Care, 2000).] Select to access the abstract.

Managed Care
Dalzell MD. In early diagnosis, too, we find that less is more: the United States Preventive Services Task Force has recommended against several screenings, yet health plans are finding that it's not easy to just drop coverage. Manag Care 2013 Jan; 22(1):15-22. [Discusses the impact of USPSTF recommendations on health plans and patient and clinician attitudes toward health screening; describes USPSTF methodologies in developing updated recommendations for updated 2012 prostate cancer screening, updated 2012 coronary heart disease with electrocardiography screening, updated 2009 breast cancer screening, and others, and draft recommendations for hepatitis C screening and HIV screening, all listed in chart "USPSTF screening recommendations, 2011-2012;" mentions USPSTF grade definitions and Affordable Care Act provisions related to coverage of USPSTF A- or B-rated preventive services; quotes remarks by USPSTF chair Dr. Virginia Moyer and for USPSTF medical officer Kenneth Lin; mentions that USPSTF recommendations are considered by many to be the gold standard for prevention. Also refer to article by Gai and Feng (Am J Health Behav, 2013) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

Circulation. Heart Failure
McNaughton CD, Collins SP, Kripalani S, et al. Low numeracy is associated with increased odds of 30-day emergency department or hospital recidivism for patients with acute heart failure. Circ Heart Fail 2013 Jan; 6(1):40-6. [Cites AHRQ-funded updated systematic review by Berkman et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2011) on low health literacy and health outcomes, prepared by the RTI International-University of North Carolina EPC under contract 290-2007-10056-1; cites AHRQ-authored article by Koh, Berwick, Clancy, Baur, Brach (third and fifth authors are AHRQ director and researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, respectively) et al. (Health Aff, 2012).] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA Internal Medicine
Gonzales R, Anderer T, McCulloch CE, et al. A cluster randomized trial of decision support strategies for reducing antibiotic use in acute bronchitis. JAMA Intern Med 2013 Feb 25; 173(4):267-73. [Cites article by Ranji et al. (Med Care, 2008), which is based on work performed by Sanford-UCSF EPC under contract 290-02-0017.] Select to access the abstract.

Newman-Toker DE, Makary MA. Measuring diagnostic errors in primary care. JAMA Intern Med 2013 Feb 25. [Epub ahead of print. Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Shojania et al. (Qual Saf Health Care, 2005) on overestimation of clinical diagnostic performance caused by low necropsy rates, prepared by the University of California San Francisco-Stanford EPC under contract 290-970013; cites AHRQ-funded article by Newman-Toker and Pronovost (JAMA, 2009); comments on AHRQ-funded article by Singh (JAMA Intern Med, 2013) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Harle CA, Huerta TR, Ford EW, et al. Overcoming challenges to achieving meaningful use: insights from hospitals that successfully received Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services payments in 2011. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2013 Mar; 20(2):233-7. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic reviews by Chaudhry et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006) on the impact of health information technology on quality, efficiency, and costs of medical care, prepared by the Southern California-University of California at San Francisco EPC, and by Kaushal et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2003) on the effects of computerized physician order entry and clinical decision support systems on medication safety, prepared by the University of California San Francisco-Stanford EPC; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Werner et al. (Health Aff, 2011), Yu et al. (Am J Med Qual, 2009), and Rask et al. (J Hosp Med, 2007, which use AHRQ's Hospital Survey on Patient Safety, 2004, and AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation, 2005, to describe the current statewide adoption rates for National Quality Forum medication safe practices and safety culture.] Select to access the abstract.

Hernández-Ávila JE, Palacio-Mejía LS, Lara-Esqueda A, et al. Assessing the process of designing and implementing electronic health records in a statewide public health system: the case of Colima, Mexico. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2013 Mar; 20(2):238-44. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Chaudhry et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006) on the impact of health information technology on quality, efficiency, and costs of medical care, prepared by the Southern California-University of California at San Francisco EPC; cites article by Menachemi et al. (Health Care Manage Rev, 2008), which uses AHRQ's Inpatient Quality Indicators.] Select to access the abstract.

Adelman JS, Kalkut GE, Schechter CB, et al. Understanding and preventing wrong-patient electronic orders: a randomized controlled trial. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2013 Mar; 20(2):305-10. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Kaushal et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2003) on the effects of computerized physician order entry and clinical decision support systems on medication safety, prepared by the University of California San Francisco-Stanford EPC; mentions AHRQ's inclusion of near miss errors in the Common Formats for patient safety organizations, citing PSO FAQs, as published on AHRQ's Patient Safety Organizations Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Harrison (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) et al. (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2007) and AHRQ-funded articles by Wilcox, Chen, and Hripcsak (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2011), Poon et al. (N Engl J Med, 2010), Koppel et al. (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2008, and JAMA, 2005), and Bates et al. (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Patient Safety
Barajas-Nava LA, Calvache JA, López-Alcalde J, et al. Identification and description of randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews on patient safety published in medical journals. J Patient Saf 2013 Jan 30. [Epub ahead of print. Cites article by Shojania et al. (JAMA, 2002), which is based on work by UCSF-Stanford University EPC under Contract No. 290-97-0013 and summarizes methodology and findings from AHRQ's evidence-based report on patient safety.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Women's Health
Grummer-Strawn LM, Shealy KR, Perrine CG, et al. Maternity care practices that support breastfeeding: CDC efforts to encourage quality improvement. J Womens Health 2013 Feb; 22(2):107-12. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Breastfeeding and Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes in Developed Countries, 2007. Also refer to AHRQ-funded articles by Linder (JAMA Intern Med, 2013), Hoonakker et al. (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2013), Hilligoss and Zheng (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2013), and Mainous, Lambourne, and Nietert (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2013) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles, articles by Moyer (Ann Intern Med, 2013) and Nestle and Nesheim (Ann Intern Med, 2013) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles, and article by Matteson et al. (Obstet Gynecol, 2013) 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

Research on Aging
Park NS, Jang Y, Lee BS, et al. Racial/ethnic differences in predictors of self-rated health: findings from the survey of older Floridians. Res Aging 2013 March; 35(2):201-19. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2010. Also refer to AHRQ-authored article by Berdahl, Friedman et al. (Acad Pediatr, 2013) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles, article by Lanier and Sutton (Am J Public Health, 2013) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles, and article by Mahmoudi and Jensen (J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci, 2013) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Health Behavior
Gai Y, Feng L. Factors associated with first-time use of preventive services in the United States. Am J Health Behav 2013 Mar; 37(2):257-68. [Uses 2000-2008 MEPS HC data (panels 5 to 13), citing MEPS HC-036BRR: 1996-2008 Replicates for Calculating Variances File, 2010, and AHRQ publication, Overview of Methodology for Imputing Missing Expenditure Data in the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, MEPS Methodology Report 19, 2007, both published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site; also analyzes USPSTF recommendations on screening for high blood pressure, lipid disorders screening, colorectal cancer screening, influenza immunization, routine physical examination, cervical cancer screening, and breast cancer screening, citing recommendations from USPSTF A and B Recommendations, 2013, as published on the USPSTF Web site; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Lau and Kirby (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Am J Public Health, 2009) and Zuvekas (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) et al. (Health Serv Res, 2009); cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Maciosek et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2006) on the cost-effectiveness of preventive services considered effective by the USPSTF.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Kidney Diseases
Gipson DS, Messer KL, Tran CL, et al. Inpatient health care utilization in the United States among children, adolescents, and young adults with nephrotic syndrome. Am J Kidney Dis 2013 Feb 20. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2006 and 2009 HCUP Kid's Inpatient Database (KID) data, citing Overview of the HCUP Kid's Inpatient Database, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Public Health
Jones E, Shi L, Hayashi AS, et al. Access to oral health care: the role of federally qualified health centers in addressing disparities and expanding access. Am J Public Health 2013 Mar; 103(3):488-93. [Uses interview questions from AHRQ's MEPS, citing AHRQ's MEPS Web site and AHRQ publication, Dental Use, Expenses, Dental Coverage, and Changes, MEPS Chartbook 17.] Select to access the abstract.

Circulation
Safavi KC, Dharmarajan K, Kim N, et al. Variation exists in rates of admission to intensive care units for heart failure patients across hospitals in the United States. Circulation 2013 Feb 26; 127(8):923-9. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Evaluation and the Health Professions
McLeod CC, Klabunde CN, Willis GB, et al. Health care provider surveys in the United States, 2000-2010: a review. Eval Health Prof 2013 Mar; 36(1):106-26. [Reviews AHRQ reports to identify large surveys of health care providers; examines selected studies which use MEPS and compares its survey features to those of other surveys.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing
McDonald L, Luke J, Jude V, et al. Development of an evidence-based clinical guideline for age-appropriate screening, prevention, and management of bone abnormalities in children post-hematopoietic stem cell transplant. J Pediatr Oncol Nurs 2013 Feb 4. [Epub ahead of print. Uses AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC) for the literature review, citing NGC guideline summaries "Dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry interpretation and reporting in children and adolescents: the 2007 ISCD pediatric official positions," 2008, and "Long-term follow-up guidelines for survivors of childhood, adolescent, and young adult cancers. Sections 92-106: hematopoietic cell transplant," 2008, both published on AHRQ's NGC Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
Mahmoudi E, Jensen GA. Exploring disparities in access to physician services among older adults: 2000-2007. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 2013 Jan; 68(1):128-38. [Uses 2000 and 2007 MEPS data, citing MEPS HC-h50: Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2003, and MEPS HC-h113: Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2009, both published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site; cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2003, 2004, and 2007.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care Research and Review
Abraham JM, Karaca-Mandic P, Boudreaux M. Sizing up the individual market for health insurance: a comparison of survey and administrative data sources. Med Care Res Rev 2013 Feb 26. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2009 MEPS HC data, citing AHRQ publication, Length of Coverage in the Individual Health Insurance Market for the Non-Elderly U.S. Population, 2006, MEPS Statistical Brief 227, 2008, as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Matteson KA, Rahn DD, Wheeler TL, et al. Nonsurgical management of heavy menstrual bleeding: a systematic review. Obstet Gynecol 2013 Mar; 121(3):632-43. [Uses a modification of AHRQ's evidence grading criteria for comparisons of medical interventions,  citing AHRQ-authored article by Owens, Lohr, Atkins, Treadwell, Reston, Bass, Chang (third and sixth authors are former AHRQ researcher and current AHRQ researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence, respectively) et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 2010, which discusses AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program; cites AHRQ-authored article by Atkins et al. (BMC Health Serv Res, 2004).]

Psychiatric Services
DePetris AE, Cook BL. Differences in diffusion of FDA antidepressant risk warnings across racial-ethnic groups. Psychiatr Serv 2013 Feb 15. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2002-2008 MEPS HC and Prescription Drug File data.] Select to access the abstract.

Also refer to AHRQ-funded/authored articles by Berdahl, Friedman et al. (Acad Pediatr, 2013), Berkowitz et al. (Health Serv Res, 2013), Dimick et al. (JAMA, 2013), Gregory et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2013), Cohen (J Econ Soc Meas, 2012), and Yamauchi et al. (Matern Child Health J, 2013) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]
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Internet Citation: Annual Report on Health Care for Children and Youth in the United States: Trends in Racial-ethnic, Income, and Insurance Disparities Over Time 2002-2009: Articles of Interest, March 1, 2013. March 2013. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/20130301.html