Risk Factors for Drug-Resistant Streptococcus Pneumonia and Antibiotic Prescribing Practices in Outpatient Community-Acquired Pneumonia

Articles of Interest, March 8, 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 Emergency Medicine
Jenkins TC, Sakai J, Knepper BC, Swartwood CJ, Haukoos JS, et al. Risk factors for drug-resistant Streptococcus pneumonia and antibiotic prescribing practices in outpatient community-acquired pneumonia. Acad Emerg Med 2012 Jun; 19(6):703-6. [Supported by Independent Scientist Award grant K02 HS17526 (to fifth author).] Select to access the abstract.

Kim DJ, Theoret J, Liao MM, et al. The current state of ultrasound training in Canadian emergency medicine programs: perspectives from program directors. Acad Emerg Med 2012 Sep; 19(9):1073-8. [Supported in part by grant F32 HS18123 (to third author).] Select to access the abstract.

American Heart Journal
Bove AA, Homko CJ, Santamore WP, et al. Managing hypertension in urban underserved subjects using telemedicine—A clinical trial. Am Heart J 2013 Mar 7. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by AHRQ, no grant number given; uses AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Clinician & Group Survey, citing CAHPS Clinician & Group Survey—Adult Primary Care Questionnaire, 2006, as published on AHRQ's CAHPS Web site.]

Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Winthrop KL, Baxter R, Liu L, et al. Mycobacterial diseases and antitumour necrosis factor therapy in USA. Ann Rheum Dis 2013 Jan; 72(1):37-42. [Supported in part by grant 1 K08 HS17552-01 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Surgery
Parikh M, Issa R, McCrillis A, et al. Surgical strategies that may decrease leak after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy: a systematic review and meta-analysis of 9991 cases. Ann Surg 2013 Feb; 257(2):231-7. [Supported by grant K12 HS19473 (to first author for data analysis).] Select to access the abstract.

Qian F, Osler TM, Eaton MP, et al. Variation of blood transfusion in patients undergoing major noncardiac surgery. Ann Surg 2013 Feb; 257(2):266-78. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS16737; uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Campo M, Shiyko MP, Margulis H, et al. Effect of a safe patient handling program on rehabilitation outcomes. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2013 Jan; 94(1):17-22. [Supported by grant R03 HS20723-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Prvu Bettger JA, Kaltenbach L, Reeves MJ, et al. Assessing stroke patients for rehabilitation during the acute hospitalization; findings from the Get With The Guidelines—Stroke program. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2013 Jan; 94(1):38-45. [Supported by Mentored Scholar in Comparative Effectiveness Research training grant K12 HS19479.] Select to access the abstract.

Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
Mudrick DW, Shah BR, McCoy LA, et al. Patterns of stress testing and diagnostic catheterization after coronary stenting in 250 350 Medicare beneficiaries. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging 2013 Jan 1; 6(1):11-19. [Supported in part by Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions About Effectiveness (DEcIDE) contract HHSA 290-2005-0032-I-TO4-WA3 (as part of the Cardiovascular Consortium under project 24-DKE-3).] Select to access the abstract.

Consultant Pharmacist
Marcum ZA, Arbogast KL, Behrens MC, et al. Utility of an adverse drug event trigger tool in Veterans Affairs nursing facilities. Consult Pharm 2013 Feb; 28(2):99-109. [Supported in part by grants K12 HS19461, R01 HS17695, and R01 HS18721; cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence summary on screening for colorectal cancer in adults at average risk (Ann Intern Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Contemporary Clinical Trials
Ritchie C, Richman J, Sobko H, et al. The E-coach transition support computer telephony implementation study: protocol of a randomized trial. Contemp Clin Trials 2012 Nov; 33(6):1172-9. [Supported by Care of Complex Patients grant R18 HS17786-02.] Select to access the abstract.

Critical Care Medicine
Schwarze ML, Redmann AJ, Alexander GC, et al. Surgeons expect patients to buy-in to postoperative life support preoperatively: results of a national survey. Crit Care Med 2013 Jan; 41(1):1-8. [Supported in part by grants K08 HS15699 and R01 HS189960 (to third author).] Select to access the abstract.

Liu V, Turk BJ, Ragins AI, Kipnis P, Escobar GJ. An electronic Simplified Acute Physiology Score-based risk adjustment score for critical illness in an integrated healthcare system. Crit Care Med 2013 Jan; 41(1):41-8. [Supported in part by grant F32 HS19181-01 (to first, second, and last authors).] Select to access the abstract.

Health Affairs
Abdus S, Selden TM. Adherence with recommended well-child visits has grown, but large gaps persist among various socioeconomic groups. Health Aff 2013 Mar; 32(3):508-15. [Authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; uses 1996-2008 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data as accessed on AHRQ's MEPS Web site, citing AHRQ publication, Sample Design of the 1996 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, MEPS Methodology Report 2, 1997, and AHRQ-authored article by Cohen, Monheit, Beauregard, Cohen, Lefkowitz, Potter, Sommers, Taylor, Arnett (current and former researchers in/directors of AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Inquiry, 1996-1997).] Select to access the abstract.

Kutney-Lee A, Sloane DM, Aiken LH. An increase in the number of nurses with baccalaureate degrees is linked to lower rates of postsurgery mortality. Health Aff 2013 Mar; 32(3):579-86. [Supported in part by grant K08 HS18534 (first author is principal investigator); uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998) and exclusion criteria from AHRQ-funded article by Glance et al. (Health Serv Res, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

International Immunology
El-Kassar N, Flomerfelt FA, Choudhury B, et al. High levels of IL-7 cause dysregulation of thymocyte development. Int Immunol 2012 Oct; 24(10):661-71. [First author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence.] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal of Nursing Knowledge
Keenan GM, Yakel E, Yao Y, et al. Maintaining a consistent big picture: meaningful use of a Web-based POC EHR system. Int J Nurs Knowl 2012 Oct; 23(3):119-33. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS15054; cites AHRQ publication, Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses, 2008, and AHRQ-sponsored Institute of Medicine (IOM) publication, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, 2001.] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Fisher CE, Spaeth-Rublee B, Pincus HA. Developing mental health-care quality indicators: toward a common framework. Int J Qual Health Care 2013 Feb; 25(1):75-80. [Supported in part by grant 5 U18 HS16097 (to the Mental Health Therapeutics Centers for Education & Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey); cites AHRQ-sponsored IOM publication, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, 2001.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Winthrop KL, Baddley JW, Chen L, Liu L, Grijalva CG, Delzell E, Beukelman T, Patkar NM, Xie F, Saag KG, Herrinton LJ, Solomon DH, Lewis JD, Curtis JR. Association between the initiation of anti-tumor necrosis factor therapy and the risk of herpes zoster. JAMA 2013 Mar 6; 309(9):887-95. [Supported by grant U18 HS17919 (administrated through CERTs), 1 K08 HS17552-01 (to first author), and R01 HS18517 (to last author); acknowledges support by Parivash Nourjah, researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Chen J, Long JB, Hurria A, et al. Incidence of heart failure or cardiomyopathy after adjuvant trastuzumab therapy for breast cancer. J Am Coll Cardiol 2012 Dec 18; 60(24):2504-12. [Supported by Career Development Award grant 1 K08 HS18781-01 (to first author); uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

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). J Am Coll Cardiol 2013 Mar 5; 61(9):992-1025. [Eleventh author is a medical officer in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, and is listed as a member of the writing committee.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Clinical Oncology
Williams CD, Stechuchak KM, Zullig LL, et al. Influence of comorbidity on racial differences in receipt of surgery among US veterans with early-stage non-small-cell lung cancer. J Clin Oncol 2013 Feb 1; 31(4):475-81. [Supported by National Research Service Award grant T32 HS00079 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research
Greenberg CC, Wind JK, Chang GJ, et al. Stakeholder engagement for comparative effectiveness research in cancer care: experience of the DEcIDE Cancer Consortium. J Comp Eff Res 2013 Mar 2(2):117-25. [Supported by DEcIDE contract HHSA 290-2010-00006-I to identify priority topics for cancer-related comparative effectiveness research (CER) for the DEcIDE Cancer Consortium;" discusses AHRQ's mission (citing the AHRQ Web site), development of the DEcIDE Research Network and DEcIDE Cancer Consortium (Can-DEcIDE), and conduct of Can-DEcIDE Stakeholder Meetings; cites AHRQ's Effective Healthcare Program Web site and AHRQ-sponsored IOM publication, Initial National Priorities for Comparative Effectiveness Research, 2009; acknowledges support by William Lawrence and Scott Smith, researchers in  AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence.]

Mark TL, Lawrence W, Coffey RM, Kenney T, Chu BC, Mohler ER 3rd, Steiner C. The value of linking hospital discharge and mortality data for comparative effectiveness research. J Comp Eff Res 2013 Mar 2(2):175-84. [Second and last authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence and Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, respectively; identifies associated comorbid conditions using AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Comorbidity Software, citing Comorbidity Software, Version 3.7, 2012 (as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site), and criteria given in article by Schwarze et al. (J Vasc Surg, 2009), which uses HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data; uses AHRQ's HCUPnet Web site to calculate frequent procedures among populations younger than 65 years.]

Morrato EH, Concannon TW, Meissner P, Shah ND, et al. Dissemination and implementation of comparative effectiveness evidence: key informant interviews with Clinical and Translational Science Award institutions. J Comp Eff Res 2013 Mar 2(2):185-94. [Supported in part by grants K12 HS19464 (to first author), R18 HS18339 (to fourth author), and K01 HS17726 (to second author); notes the limited engagement of Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) institutions in disseminating CER evidence from AHRQ materials and other  resources, and the restriction of such activities to institutions funded to perform CER dissemination and implementation (D&I), such as AHRQ's Evidence-based Practice Centers, DEcIDE program, and Accelerating Change and Transformation in Organizations and Networks (ACTION) partnership; mentions AHRQ CER funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA); recommends greater synergy of existing D&I research funding between AHRQ and other CER funding agencies; cites AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches, Volume 2: Culture and Redesign, 2008.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Schickedanz A, Huang D, Lopez A, Cheung E, Lyles CR, Bodenheimer T, Sarkar U. Access, interest, and attitudes toward electronic communication for health care among patients in the medical safety net. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Feb 20. [Epub ahead of print. Supported in part by grant K08 HS17594 (to last author).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases
Olson DM, Cox M, Pan W, et al. Death and rehospitalization after transient ischemic attack or acute ischemic stroke: one-year outcomes from the Adherence Evaluation of Acute Ischemic Stroke-Longitudinal registry. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis 2012 Dec 25. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by grant U18 HS16964 (for AVAIL analyses).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine
Dodge KL, Lynch CA, Moore CL, et al. Use of ultrasound guidance improves central venous catheter insertion success rates among junior residents. J Ultrasound Med 2012 Oct; 31(10):1519-26. [Supported by grant U18 HS16725; notes AHRQ's designation of ultrasound guidance for central venous catheter insertion as a priority safety practice, citing AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001.] Select to access the abstract.

Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
Goode AP, Marshall SW, Kraus VB, Renner JB, Stürmer T, et al. Association between serum and urine biomarkers and lumbar spine individual radiographic features: the Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project. Osteoarthritis Cartilage 2012 Nov; 20(11):1286-93. [Supported in part by Comparative Effectiveness Career Development Award grant K12 HS19479-01; fifth author acknowledges previous AHRQ funding as principal investigator of the UNC-DEcIDE center.] Select to access the abstract.

Pain
Skolasky RL, Riley LH 3rd, Maggard AM, et al. The relationship between pain and depressive symptoms after lumbar spine surgery. Pain 2012 Oct; 153(10):2092-6. [Supported by grants 1 R01 HS17990 and 1 R03 HS16106.] Select to access the abstract.

Pediatric Blood and Cancer
Eckrich MJ, Wang WC, Yang E, et al. Adherence to transcranial Doppler screening guidelines among children with sickle cell disease. Pediatr Blood Cancer 2013 Feb; 60(2):270-274. [Supported by CERTs grant HS10384.] Select to access the abstract.

PLoS One
Pyrgos V, Seitz AE, Steiner CA, et al. Epidemiology of cryptococcal meningitis in the US: 1997-2009. PLoS One 2013; 8(2):e56269. [Third author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization and Markets; uses 1997-2009 HCUP State Inpatient Databases (SID) data for 18 states, as accessed on AHRQ's HCUP Web site, and compares findings with those from AHRQ-authored article by Jiang (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Improv, 2001).] Select to access the abstract.

Preventive Medicine
Chien AT, Eastman D, Li Z, et al. Impact of a pay for performance program to improve diabetes care in the safety net. Prev Med 2012 Nov; 55 Suppl:S80-S85. [Supported by Career Development Award grant K08 HS17146 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Social Science and Medicine
Bruckner TA, Nobles J. Intrauterine stress and male cohort quality: the case of September 11, 2001. Soc Sci Med 2013 Jan; 76(1):107-14. [Supported by Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) grant T32 HS00086-09. Also refer to AHRQ-funded articles by Thompson et al. (Pediatrics, 2013) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles, and AHRQ-funded articles by Wachter, Pronovost, and Shekelle, Shekelle et al., Weaver et al., Reston and Schoelles, McDonald et al., Miake-Lye et al., Kwan et al., Shekelle, Sullivan and Schoelles, Winters et al., Schmidt et al., and Rennke (all in Ann Intern Med, 2013), and Wilt et al. (JAMA Intern Med, 2013) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Enterprise Institute Policy Studies
Miller TP. When Obamacare fails: The playbook for market-based reform. Chapter 4: A different approach to insurance regulation: Stronger incentives, enhanced information. Am Enterprise Inst 2012 Dec 10:41-54. [Mentions the recent expansion of AHRQ's HCUP state-level data.]

American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits
Visaria J, Frazee SG. Role of pharmacy channel in adherence to hepatitis C regimens. Am J Pharm Benefits 2013 Jan-Feb; 5(1):17-25. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Lo et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2011).]

American Journal of Public Health
An Q, Prejean J, McDavid Harrison K, et al. Association between community socioeconomic position and HIV diagnosis rate among adults and adolescents in the United States, 2005 to 2009. Am J Public Health 2013 Jan; 103(1):120-6. [Cites AHRQ final report, Creation of New Race-Ethnicity Codes and Socioeconomic Status (SES) Indicators for Medicare Beneficiaries, 2008, as published on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Srebnik D, Connor T, Sylla L. A pilot study of the impact of housing first-supported housing for intensive users of medical hospitalization and sobering services. Am J Public Health 2013 Feb; 103(2):316-21. [Cites MEPS working paper Health Care Utilization in Homeless People: Translating Research into Policy and Practice, 2010, as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Internal Medicine
Kim CS, Flanders SA. In the Clinic: transitions of care. Ann Intern Med 2013 Mar 5;158(5 Pt 1):ITC3-1-ITC3-16. [Discusses AHRQ's Hospital CAHPS (HCAHPS) and Project RED (Re-Engineered Discharge), citing AHRQ-funded article by Jack et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2009) and AHRQ's HCAHPS Web site; includes AHRQ's Patient Safety Network (PSNet) Web site and Project RED tool kit in the "In the Clinic Tool Kit" section; cites National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) measure summary "Plan all-cause readmissions: the number of acute inpatient stays during the measurement year that were followed by an acute readmission for any diagnosis within 30 days and the predicted probability of an acute readmission, for members 18 years of age and older," 2011, as posted on AHRQ's National Quality Measures Clearinghouse™ (NQMC) Web site.]

Annals of Surgery
Carlin AM, Zeni TM, English WJ, Hawasli AA, Genaw JA, Krause KR, Schram JL, Kole KL, Finks JF, Birkmeyer JD, Share D, Birkmeyer NJ, et al. The comparative effectiveness of sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass, and adjustable gastric banding procedures for the treatment of morbid obesity. Ann Surg 2013 Mar 6. [Epub ahead of print. Notes receipt of AHRQ-funding related to the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative by twelfth author's institution.] Select to access the abstract.

Canadian Journal of Public Health
Johnston S, Liddy C, Mill K, et al. Building the evidence base for chronic disease self-management support interventions across Canada. Can J Public Health 2012 Nov-Dec; 103(6):e462-e467. [Cites AHRQ publication, Health Information Technology Evaluation Toolkit: 2009 Update, 2009, prepared for the AHRQ National Resource Center for Health Information Technology under contract 290-04-0016.]

Drugs of Today
Cazzola M, Segreti A, Rogliani P. Comparative effectiveness of drugs for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Drugs Today 2012 Dec; 48(12):785-94. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Conway and Clancy (AHRQ director) (N Engl J Med, 2009) on the Federal Coordinating Council's initial report on CER.]  Select to access the abstract.

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Sears N, Baker GR, Barnsley J, et al. The incidence of adverse events among home care patients. Int J Qual Health Care 2013 Feb; 25(1):16-28. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Sangl (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety) et al. (Med Care, 2005) and AHRQ-funded articles by Wu, Pronovost, and Morlock (J Crit Care, 2002), Jha et al. (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 1998), Cullen et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Improv, 1995), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Clarke K, Tong D, Pan Y, et al. Reduction in catheter-associated urinary tract infections by bundling interventions. Int J Qual Health Care 2013 Feb; 25(1):43-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Saint et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2005, and Arch Intern Med, 2000).] Select to access the abstract.

Hesselink G, Schoonhoven L, Plas M, et al. Quality and safety of hospital discharge: a study on experiences and perceptions of patients, relatives and care providers. Int J Qual Health Care 2013 Feb; 25(1):66-74. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored IOM report, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, 2001, and AHRQ-funded article by Arora et al. (J Hosp Med, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

Iowa Nurse Reporter
The cost effectiveness of nurse practitioner care. Iowa Nurse Reporter 2012 Dec; 25(3):10-12. [Mentions MEPS data on the average costs of nurse practitioner/ physician assistant visits versus office-based visits.]

JAMA Internal Medicine
Berry SD, Lee Y, Cai S, et al. Nonbenzodiazepine sleep medication use and hip fractures in nursing home residents. JAMA Intern Med 2013 Mar 4. [Epub ahead of print. Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Intrator et al. (Health Serv Res, 2011), Schneeweiss (Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf, 2006), Walter et al. (J Am Geriatr Soc, 2003), and Morris, Fries, and Morris (J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci,1999).] Select to access the abstract.

Chen RC. Guideline-adherent care vs quality care in cancer patients: twins or distant cousins? JAMA Intern Med 2013 Mar 4. [Epub ahead of print. Comments on article by Wright et al. (JAMA Intern Med, 2013) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.]

Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine
Bowman MA, Neale AV. Researching together and improving practice outcomes. J Am Bd Fam Med 2013 Jan-Feb; 26(1):1-3. [Mentions AHRQ's Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRN) Web site as an information source.]

Fritz DJ, Carney RM, Steinmeyer B, et al. The efficacy of auriculotherapy for smoking cessation: a randomized, placebo-controlled trial. J Am Bd Fam Med 2013 Jan-Feb; 26(1):61-70. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008, as published on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law
Kreis J, Schmidt H. Public engagement in health technology assessment and coverage decisions: a study of experiences in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. J Health Polit Policy Law 2013 Feb; 38(1):89-122. [Mentions AHRQ's establishment of a community forum to expand citizen and stakeholder engagement, citing AHRQ Community Forum, 2011, as published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Lancet
Corbyn Z. NAS: speaking the truth to power for 150 years. Lancet 2013 Mar 2; 381(9868):713-14. [Mentions AHRQ-sponsored IOM report, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, 2001.]

Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Berry LL, Rock BL, Houskamp BS, et al. Care coordination for patients with complex health profiles in inpatient and outpatient settings. Mayo Clin Proc 2013 Feb; 88(2):184-94. [Cites The High Concentration of U.S. Health Care Expenditures, Research in Action, 2006.] Select to access the abstract.

MMWR: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Vital signs: current cigarette smoking among adults aged ≥18 years with mental illness—United States, 2009-2011. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2013 Feb 8; 62(5):81-7. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008, as published on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Physician Risk Management
Kusterbeck S. Will patient sue if you apologize? Evidence suggests opposite is true. 2013 Mar; 1(9):97-108. [Cites AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation, Volume 2: Concepts and Methodology, 2005; cites article by Kraman et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Improv, 2002), which was a recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award (named after former AHRQ director).]

Social Work
Lombe M, Newransky C, Crea T, et al. From rhetoric to reality: planning and conducting collaborations for international research in the global south. Soc Work 2013 Jan; 58(1):31-40. [Cites AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation, Volume 4: Programs, Tools, and Products, 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

Western Journal of Nursing Research
Hastings-Tolsma M, Matthews EE, Nelson JM, et al. Comparative effectiveness research: nursing science and health care delivery. West J Nurs Res 2013 Jan 29. [Epub ahead of print. Mentions the creation in the 1990s of AHRQ's predecessor agency to support outcomes research and describes the AHRQ-sponsored Distributed Ambulatory Research in Therapeutics Network (DARTNet), citing AHRQ publication, Distributed Ambulatory Research in Therapeutics Network (DARTNet): Summary Report, 2009 (prepared by the University of Colorado DEcIDE Center and published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site) and associated studies by  Libby et al. (Med Care, 2010) and Valuck et al. (J Am Bd Fam Med, 2012); cites AHRQ-authored articles by Clancy (AHRQ director) and Collins (Sci Translat Med, 2010) and Clancy (J Am Acad Nurs Pract, 2012).] Select to access the abstract.

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

American Family Physician
Qureshi SA, Wilkinson JE. Vitamin D supplementation for women during pregnancy. Am Fam Physician 2013 Mar 1; 87(5):314. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored updated meta-analysis of vitamin D with or without calcium supplementation for prevention of cancer and fractures (Ann Intern Med, 2011).]

Pretorius RW, Gataric G, Swedlund SK, et al. Reducing the risk of adverse drug events in older adults. Am Fam Physician 2013 Mar 1; 87(5):331-6. [Uses USPSTF recommendations and AHRQ clinical guidelines and evidence reports as data sources.]

Bradfield YS. Identification and treatment of amblyopia. 2013 Mar 1; 87(5):348-52. [Mentions USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Visual Impairment in Children Ages 1 to 5 Years, 2011, as published on the USPSTF Web site.]

American Journal of Managed Care
Fox J. Lessons from an oncology medical home collaborative. Am J Manag Care 2013 Jan-Feb; 19(Special Issue 1):SP5-SP9. [Mentions 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) provisions requiring coverage of routine preventive services graded A or B by the USPSTF.]

American Journal of Public Health
Saldana-Ruiz N, Clouston SA, Rubin MS, et al. Fundamental causes of colorectal cancer mortality in the United States: understanding the importance of socioeconomic status in creating inequality in mortality. Am J Public Health 2013 Jan; 103(1):99-104. [Mentions publication in 1997 of the first guidelines for colorectal cancer screening by the AHRQ-sponsored (via its predecessor agency) US Multi-Society Task Force (MSTF), citing article by Winawer et al. (Gastroenterology,1997).] Select to access the abstract.

Krantz MJ, Coronel SM, Whitley EM, et al. Effectiveness of a community health worker cardiovascular risk reduction program in public health and health care settings. Am J Public Health 2013 Jan; 103(1):e19-e27. [Uses guidelines in USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Coronary Heart Disease, 2004, to define at risk participants; cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Outcomes of Community Health Worker Interventions, 2009, systematic review by Viswanathan et al. (Med Care, 2010) based on that report, and  AHRQ's NHDR, 2007.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Internal Medicine
Green BB, Wang CY, Anderson ML, et al. An automated intervention with stepped increases in support to increase uptake of colorectal cancer screening: a randomized trial. Ann Intern Med 2013 Mar 5; 158(5 Pt 1):301-11. [Uses USPSTF colorectal cancer screening guidelines to define "current for colorectal cancer testing," citing USPSTF recommendations on colorectal cancer screening, associated updated systematic review by Whitlock et al., and decision analysis by Zauber et al. (all in Ann Intern Med, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Doubeni CA, Weinmann S, Adams K, et al. Screening colonoscopy and risk for incident late-stage colorectal cancer diagnosis in average-risk adults: a nested case-control study. Ann Intern Med 2013 Mar 5; 158(5 Pt 1):312-20. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer, associated updated systematic review by Whitlock et al., and decision analysis by Zauber et al. (all in Ann Intern Med, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

de Boer IH, Olan GA, Patel UD, et al. Screening for chronic kidney disease. Ann Intern Med 2013 Mar 5; 158(5 Pt 1):362-3. [Mentions American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Advisory Group agreement with  USPSTF recommendations on screening for chronic kidney disease (Ann Intern Med, 2012); cites AHRQ comparative effectiveness review, Chronic Kidney Disease Stages 1–3: Screening, Monitoring, and Treatment, 2012.]

Canadian Journal of Public Health
Andriana Barisic, Sharareh Taghipour, Dragan Banjevic, et al. Optimizing Canadian breast cancer screening strategies: a?perspective for action. Can J Public Health 2012 Nov/Dec; 103(6):e417-e419. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence summary on breast cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

Coldman AJ, Phillips N. False-positive screening mammograms and biopsies among women participating in a Canadian provincial breast screening program. Can J Public Health 2012 Nov/Dec; 103(6):e420-e424. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer, associated evidence update by Nelson et al., and related article by Mandelblatt et al. (all in Ann Intern Med, 2009).]

Health Affairs
Howard DH, Tangka FK, Guy GP, et al. Prostate cancer screening in men ages 75 and older fell by 8 percentage points after task force recommendation. Health Aff 2013 Mar; 32(3):596-602. [Evaluates the impact of 2012 updated USPSTF recommendations on prostate cancer screening on prostate-specific antigen testing rates among men ages seventy-five using a difference-in-differences analysis, citing USPSTF recommendations on screening for prostate cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008 and 2002); uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998); comments on study findings from articles by Prasad et al. (JAMA, 2012) and Zeliadt et al. (J Natl Cancer Inst, 2011), which evaluate changes in screening rates before and after issuance of USPSTF 2008 recommendations on screening for prostate cancer; cites article by Howard et al. (Arch Intern Med, 2012), which evaluates trends in prostate cancer incidence following release of 2008 UPSPSTF recommendations; mentions PPACA provisions requiring coverage of services rated A or B by the USPSTF; cites AHRQ-funded article by Han et al. (Med Care, 2011); cites articles by Howard and Huang (Med Decis Making, 2012) and Guerra et al. (Med Decis Making, 2008), which use/discuss various USPSTF recommendations.] Select to access the abstract.

Heptatology
Satoskar R, Reau N. Potential consequences of healthcare recommendations: A focus on the USPSTF. Hepatology 2013 Mar 4. [Epub ahead of print. Describes the USPSTF's organization and functions, citing Understanding How the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Works: USPSTF 101, 2012, and Nominate a Recommendation Statement Topic, 2011, both published on the USPSTF Web site; mentions USPSTF grade definitions; describes and comments on draft updated and earlier USPSTF recommendations on hepatitis C screening in adults, citing, respectively, USPSTF draft recommendation statement, Screening for Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Adults, 2012, and USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Hepatitis C, 2004, both published on the USPSTF Web site; cites USPSTF draft recommendation statement, Screening for HIV, 2012, as published on the USPSTF Web site; discusses AHRQ's support of the USPSTF; mentions PPACA provisions requiring coverage of services rated A or B by the USPSTF and their coverage in HHS report, Combating the Silent Epidemic of Viral Hepatitis, Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis, 2011.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Family Practice
Vinson DC. Patient abusing alcohol or drugs? Help starts with a single question. J Fam Pract 2013 Feb; 62(2):63-9. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening and behavioral counseling interventions in primary care to reduce alcohol misuse (Ann Intern Med, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Mayo Clinical Proceedings
Loo RK, Lieberman SF, Slezak JM, et al. Stratifying risk of urinary tract malignant tumors in patients with asymptomatic microscopic hematuria. Mayo Clin Proc 2013 Feb; 88(2):129-38. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on screening adults for bladder cancer.] Select to access the abstract.

Townsend Letter
Hudson T. Women's health update. Townsend Letter 2013 Jan; (354):107-9. [Discusses 2012 updated USPSTF recommendations on screening for cervical cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2012).]

Wisconsin Medical Journal
Peterson AL, McBride PE.  A review of guidelines for dyslipidemia in children and adolescents. WMJ 2012 Dec; 111(6):274-81. [Compares new pediatric lipid screening guidelines with USPSTF recommendations, citing USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on screening and treatment for lipid disorders in children and adolescents (Pediatrics, 2007). Also refer to AHRQ-funded article by Marcum et al. (Consult Pharm, 2013) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles, and AHRQ-funded articles by Shekelle et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2013) and Miake-Lye et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2013) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

American Family Physician
CME Quiz. Am Fam Physician 2013 Mar 1; 87(5):326-8. [Includes questions based on summary of AHRQ comparative effectiveness review of analgesics for osteoarthritis cited below in this section.]

Fogleman CD. Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews: Analgesics for osteoarthritis. Am Fam Physician 2013 Mar 1; 87(5):354-6. [Summarizes AHRQ comparative effectiveness review, Analgesics for Osteoarthritis: An Update of the 2006 Comparative Effectiveness Review, 2011, as published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site.]

American Journal of Perinatology
Gilbert SA, Grobman WA, Landon MB, et al. Cost-effectiveness of trial of labor after previous cesarean in a minimally biased cohort. Am J Perinatol 2013 Jan; 30(1):11-20. [Discusses methodologies used in and findings from two studies reviewed in AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Vaginal Birth After Cesarean, 2003, prepared by the Oregon Health and Science University EPC under contract 290-97-0018; gives estimated frequency of rupture from  AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Vaginal Birth After Cesarean: New Insights, 2010, prepared by the Oregon Health and Science University EPC 290-2007-10057-I; uses 2009 HCUP NIS data as accessed on AHRQ's HCUPnet Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits
Weinberg M. Establishing usability criteria to maximize value of CER. Am J Pharm Benefits 2013 Jan-Feb; 5(1):34-5. [Cites AHRQ comparative effectiveness review, Effectiveness and Safety of Antiepileptic Medications in Patients With Epilepsy and related article by Welty et al. (Epilepsy Curr, 2012).]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Editors. Editors' note on the 5 March 2013 issue. Ann Intern Med 2013 Mar 5; 158(5 Pt 1):349. [Introduces journal's AHRQ-funded supplement "Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Review of Evidence Supporting Strategies to Improve Patient Safety," which is based on AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer II: An Updated Critical Analysis of the Evidence for Patient Safety Practices, 2013, prepared by the Southern California-RAND EPC under contract HHSA 290-2007-10062-I; cites AHRQ-funded article by Shekelle et al. cited below in this section.]

Wachter RM, Pronovost P, Shekelle P. Strategies to improve patient safety: the evidence base matures. Ann Intern Med 2013 Mar 5; 58(5 Pt 1):350-2. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-2007-10062-I; discusses AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001, and the  AHRQ-funded supplement to this journal which consists of selected evidence reviews of 10 highly recommended patient safety practices reviewed in the new AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer II: An Updated Critical Analysis of the Evidence for Patient Safety Practices, 2013; cites AHRQ-funded article by Shekelle et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2011), which is based on AHRQ contract final report, Assessing the Evidence for Context-Sensitive Effectiveness and Safety of Patient Safety Practices: Developing Criteria, 2010), and AHRQ-funded articles by Newman-Toker and Pronovost (JAMA, 2009) and Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006); comments on AHRQ-funded articles by Shekelle et al., Weaver et al., Reston and Schoelles, McDonald et al., Miake-Lye et al., Kwan et al., Shekelle, Sullivan and Schoelles, Winters et al., Schmidt et al., and Rennke et al. cited below in this section.]

Shine KI. Patient safety strategies: a call for physician leadership. Ann Intern Med 2013 Mar 5; 158(5 Pt 1):353-354. [Comments on AHRQ-funded supplement of systematic reviews based on AHRQ evidence report/technology assessment  Making Health Care Safer II: An Updated Critical Analysis of the Evidence for Patient Safety Practices, 2013;  cites AHRQ-funded article by Shekelle et al. cited below in this section.]

Finucane TE. Antipsychotics in adults with schizophrenia: does sponsorship of research articles affect the findings? Ann Intern Med 2013 Mar 5; 158(5 Pt 1):362. [Comments on AHRQ-funded systematic review and meta-analysis by Hartling et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2012) on the comparative effectiveness of first-generation versus second-generation medications on antipsychotics in adults with schizophrenia, prepared by the University of Alberta EPC under contract 290-2007-10021 and based on AHRQ comparative effectiveness review, Comparative Effectiveness of First and Second Generation Antipsychotics in the Adult Population, 2012; uses AHRQ's protocol for systematic reviews.]

Hartling L, Newton AS, Dursun S. Antipsychotics in adults with schizophrenia: does sponsorship of research articles affect the findings? Ann Intern Med 2013 Mar 5; 158(5 Pt 1):362. [Replies to comments by Finucane cited above in this section; cites AHRQ comparative effectiveness review, Comparative Effectiveness of First and Second Generation Antipsychotics in the Adult Population, 2012, as published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site.]

Shekelle PG, Pronovost PJ, Wachter RM, et al. The top patient safety strategies that can be encouraged for adoption now. Ann Intern Med 2013 Mar 5; 158(5 Pt 2):365-8. [Supported in part by contract HHSA 290-2007-10062-I; describes the evidence-based assessment process used in selecting the patient safety strategies included in AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer II: An Updated Critical Analysis of the Evidence for Patient Safety Practices, prepared by the Southern California-RAND EPC under the same contract number; reviews the 79 topics in AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001, and practices identified by other patient safety groups to select topics for in-depth review; uses methodologies and guidance from AHRQ publication, Methods Guide for Effectiveness and Comparative Effectiveness Reviews, 2011 (as published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site), USPSTF-sponsored article by Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001) on USPSTF methodologies, AHRQ-authored article by Owens, Lohr, Atkins, Treadwell, Reston, Bass, Chang (third and seventh authors are, respectively, former AHRQ researcher and current researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence) et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 2010) on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program, and AHRQ-funded articles by Shekelle et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2011) (summarized in Table 1, "Recommendations for Evaluating the Effectiveness of Patient Safety Strategies and High-Priority Contexts to Include in Reports of Patient Safety Research"), Whitlock et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008), and Shojania et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2007) (based on AHRQ contract final report, Assessing the Evidence for Context-Sensitive Effectiveness and Safety of Patient Safety Practices: Developing Criteria, 2010); mentions that other patient safety reviews will be presented in an upcoming issue of BMJ Quality and Safety.]

Weaver SJ, Lubomksi LH, Wilson RF, et al. Promoting a culture of safety as a patient safety strategy: a systematic review. Ann Intern Med 2013 Mar 5; 158(5 Pt 2):369-74. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-2007-10062-I; uses the AHRQ adaptation of the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) Working Group criteria, citing article by Schunemann et al. (BMJ, 2008); reports the use of AHRQ's Hospital Survey on Patient Safety, the Safety Attitudes Questionnaire, and the AHRQ-sponsored Patient Safety Climate in Healthcare Organizations survey in reviewed studies, citing, respectively, AHRQ publication, Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, 2004, and AHRQ-funded articles by Sexton et al. (BMC Health Serv Res, 2006) and Singer et al. (Health Serv Res, 2007); reports retrieving over 5665 articles, tips and fact sheets on improving safety culture from a search of AHRQ's Patient Safety Network (PSNet) Web site; cites AHRQ publication, Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture: 2012 User Comparative Database Report, 2012, prepared by Westat under contract HHSA 290-2007-10024-C; cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, Summary, 2001, and article by Morello et al. (BMJ Qual Saf, 2012), which mentions findings from article by Shojania et al. (JAMA, 2002) based on that report; cites article by Timmel et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2010) on the impact of AHRQ-funded Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) on safety culture in a surgical inpatient unit.] Select to access the abstract.

Reston JT, Schoelles KM. In-facility delirium prevention programs as a patient safety strategy: a systematic review. Ann Intern Med 2013 Mar 5; 158(5 Pt 2):375-80. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-2007-10062-I and based on AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer II: An Updated Critical Analysis of the Evidence for Patient Safety Practices, prepared by the Southern California-RAND EPC under the same contract number.] Select to access the abstract.

McDonald KM, Matesic B, Contopoulos-Ioannidis DG, et al. Patient safety strategies targeted at diagnostic errors: a systematic review. Ann Intern Med 2013 Mar 5; 158(5 Pt 2):381-9. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-2007-10062-1; uses AHRQ's PSNet Web site as a source for relevant literature on interventions targeting diagnostic errors and/or diagnostic delays; cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Shojania et al. (JAMA, 2003) on changes in rates of autopsy-detected diagnostic errors over time, prepared by the University of California San Francisco-Stanford EPC under contract 290-970013; cites AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation, Volume 2: Concepts and Methodology, 2005; cites AHRQ-funded/authored article by Singh, Graber, Kissam, Sorensen, Lenfestey, Tant, Henriksen (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety) et al. (BMJ Qual Saf, 2012), which uses AHRQ's PSNet for literature review.] Select to access the abstract.

Miake-Lye IM, Hempel S, Ganz DA, et al. Inpatient fall prevention programs as a patient safety strategy: a systematic review. Ann Intern Med 2013 Mar 5; 158(5 Pt 2):390-6. [Supported by contracts HHSA 290-2007-10062-I, HHSA 290-2010-00017-I, and HHSA 290-32001T; assesses the strength of evidence of selected article using the framework developed for AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer II: An Updated Critical Analysis of the Evidence for Patient Safety Practices, 2013, prepared by the Southern California-RAND EPC under the same contract as the first contract listed above; uses methodologies in AHRQ-funded articles by Shojania et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2007) Whitlock et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008) to locate pivotal studies and reviews; cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, Summary, 2001,  and AHRQ publication, Assessing the Evidence for Context-Sensitive Effectiveness and Safety: Developing Criteria, 2010 prepared under contract HHSA 290-2009-10001C and published on the AHRQ Web site; discusses relationship between study findings and USPSTF recommendations on prevention of falls in community-dwelling older adults (Ann Intern Med, 2012).] Select to access the abstract.

Kwan JL, Lo L, Sampson M, et al. Medication reconciliation during transitions of care as a patient safety strategy: a systematic review. Ann Intern Med 2013 Mar 5; 158(5 Pt 2):397-403. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-2007-10062-I; uses methodologies applied in related systemic reviews  by Ranji et al. (Med Care, 2008) and Steinman et al. (Med Care, 2006), both based on work performed by the Sanford-UCSF EPC under contract 290-02-0017; reviews findings from article by Etchells et al. (BMJ Qual Saf, 2012), which includes searches of AHRQ's PSNet using the term "cost".] Select to access the abstract.

Shekelle PG. Nurse-patient ratios as a patient safety strategy: a systematic review. Ann Intern Med 2013 Mar 5; 158(5 Pt 2):404-9. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-2007-10062-I; uses methods described in AHRQ-funded article by Whitlock et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008) to identify relevant existing reviews, which include AHRQ-funded systematic review and meta-analysis by Kane et al. (Med Care, 2007) prepared by the Minnesota EPC under contract 290-02-0009, AHRQ-funded articles by Needleman et al. (N Engl J Med, 2011) and Harless and Mark (Med Care, 2010), article by Unruh and Zhang (Nurs Res, 2012) which uses AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators, and  AHRQ-funded article by Shamliyan et al. (Nurs Econ, 2009) which uses HCUP data and data elements.] Select to access the abstract.

Sullivan N, Schoelles KM. Preventing in-facility pressure ulcers as a patient safety strategy: a systematic review. Ann Intern Med 2013 Mar 5; 158(5 Pt 2):410-16. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-2007-10062-I and performed in conjunction with another AHRQ-sponsored systematic review on specific interventions for preventing pressure ulcers; cites chapter on preventing pressure ulcers in older patients from AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001; cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Pressure Ulcers in Adults: Prediction and Prevention, 1992, and AHRQ publications, Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses, Section III: Patient-centered Care, 2008, and On-Time Prevention of Pressure Ulcers: Partnering With Quality Improvement Organizations. Final Report, 2007 (noting the latter's contribution to successful implementation of bundled evidence-based practices in the U.S.); cites AHRQ-authored articles by Sharkey, Hudak, Horn, and Spector (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Adv Skin Wound Care, 2011) and Horn, Sharkey, Hudak, Gassaway, James, and Spector (Adv Skin Wound Care, 2010); mentions AHRQ's renewed interest in pressure ulcer prevention and treatment as a catalyst for increased stakeholder attention to this area, citing article by Courtney, Ruppman, and Cooper (Nurs Manage, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Winters BD, Weaver SJ, Pfoh ER, et al. Rapid-response systems as a patient safety strategy: a systematic review. Ann Intern Med 2013 Mar 5; 158(5 Pt 2):417-25. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-2007-10062-I; evaluates strength of evidence and risk of bias of selected studies using AHRQ-adapted GRADE criteria, citing AHRQ-authored article by Owens, Lohr, Atkins, Treadwell, Reston, Bass, Chang (J Clin Epidemiol, 2010) on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program.] Select to access the abstract.

Schmidt E, Goldhaber-Fiebert SN, Ho LA, et al. Simulation exercises as a patient safety strategy: a systematic review. Ann Intern Med 2013 Mar 5; 158(5 Pt 2):426-32. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-2007-10062-I.] Select to access the abstract.

Rennke S, Nguyen OK, Shoeb MH, et al. Hospital-initiated transitional care interventions as a patient safety strategy: a systematic review. Ann Intern Med 2013 Mar 5; 158(5 Pt 2):433-40. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-2007-10062-I; uses strength of evidence methodologies from the methods chapter of AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer II: An Updated Critical Analysis of the Evidence for Patient Safety Practices, 2013, prepared by the Southern California-RAND EPC under the same contract; also uses categorization strategies used in AHRQ-funded article by Hansen et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2011); cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Prvu Bettger et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2012) on transitional care after hospitalization for acute stroke or myocardial infarction, prepared by the Duke EPC contract 290-2007-10066-I.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA Internal Medicine
Wilt TJ, MacDonald R, Ouellette J, et al. Pharmacologic therapy for primary restless legs syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA Intern Med 2013 Mar 4. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by contract 290-2007-10064-I (to the Minnesota EPC) and based on AHRQ comparative effectiveness review, Treatment for Restless Legs Syndrome, 2012, as published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site; uses AHRQ methodologies and strength of evidence criteria given in AHRQ-authored article by Owens, Lohr, Atkins, Treadwell, Reston, Bass, Chang et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 2010) on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program methodologies.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research
Workman T, Maurer M, Carman K. Unresolved tensions in consumer engagement in CER: a US research perspective. J Comp Eff Res 2013 Mar 2(2):127-34. [Cites methods future research needs report, Engaging Stakeholders to Identify and Prioritize Future Research Needs, 2011; briefly discusses goals and methods of AHRQ's Community Forum as an example of novel approaches to building patient engagement; cites AHRQ publications, Innovative Methods in Stakeholder Engagement: An Environmental Scan, 2012, and An Organizational Guide to Building Health Services Research Capacity. Contract Final Report, 2011; cites AHRQ-authored article by Whitlock, Lopez, and Chang (J Clin Epidemiol, 2010) on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program; cites 2012 AHRQ Annual Conference presentation by Carman and Maurer; cites article by Pignone (Ann Intern Med, 2012), which suggests the possible incorporation of successful Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) innovations into AHRQ research programs.]

Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law
Tanenbaum SJ. Reducing variation in health care: the rhetorical politics of a policy idea. J Health Polit Policy Law 2013 Feb; 38(1):5-26. [Cites AHRQ publication, Improving Health Care Quality: Fact Sheet, 2002, as published on the AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ methods research report, Comparative Effectiveness Review Methods: Clinical Heterogeneity, 2010, performed by the RTI-International University of North Carolina EPC; mentions establishment of Patient Outcomes Research Teams (PORT) under two AHRQ predecessor agencies. Also refer to AHRQ-funded/authored articles by Greenberg et al. and Mark et al. (both in J Comp Eff Res, 2013) and Dodge et al. (J Ultrasound Med, 2012) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles, and articles by Pretorius et al. (Am Fam Physician, 2013), Krantz et al. (Am J Public Health, 2013), and de Boer et al. (Ann Intern Med, 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

American Journal of Public Health
Blair IV, Havranek EP, Price DW, et al. Assessment of biases against Latinos and African Americans among primary care providers and community members. Am J Public Health 2013 Jan; 103(1):92-8. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2010.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine
Rabinowitz HK, Diamond JJ, Markham FW, et al. Retention of rural family physicians after 20-25 years: outcomes of a comprehensive medical school rural program. J Am Bd Fam Med 2013 Jan-Feb; 26(1):24-7. [Cites AHRQ publication, Health Care Disparities in Rural Areas: Selected Findings From the 2004 National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2005, as published on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Lancet
Di Cesare M, Khang YH, Asaria P, et al. Inequalities in non-communicable diseases and effective responses. Lancet 2013 Feb 16; 381(9866):585-97. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

Physician Exceutive
Uwaoma U, Reed HL. The challenges of increasing racial diversity in health care. Physician Exec 2013 Jan-Feb; 39(1):64-70. [Mentions AHRQ's documentation of racial differences in disease burden, citing AHRQ's NHQR/NHDR, 2009. Also refer to article by Krantz et al. (Am J Public Health, 2013) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

AIDS
HIV-CAUSAL Collaboration. The effect of efavirenz versus nevirapine-containing regimens on immunologic, virologic and clinical outcomes in a prospective observational study. AIDS 2012 Aug 24; 26(13):1691-705. [Uses study cohort data from the AHRQ-funded Veterans Aging Cohort Study, previously supported by grant R01 HS18372.] Select to access the abstract.

American Surgeon
Dozier KC, Yeung LY, Miranda MA Jr, et al. Death or dialysis? The risk of dialysis-dependent chronic renal failure after trauma nephrectomy. Am Surg 2013 Jan; 79(1):96-100. [Uses 2005 HCUP NIS data to estimate the risk of number of nephrectomies performed annually for renal cell carcinoma in the United States, citing article by Hollenbeck et al. (Urology, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Health Affairs
Kozhimannil KB, Law MR, Virnig BA. Cesarean delivery rates vary tenfold among US hospitals; reducing variation may address quality and cost issues. Health Aff 2013 Mar; 32(3):527-35. [Uses 2009 HCUP NIS data and AHRQ's category definition for "bed size," citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2012, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites AHRQ publications Hospitalizations Related to Childbirth, 2008, HCUP Statistical Brief 110, 2011, and The National Hospital Bill: The Most Expensive Conditions by Payer, 2006, HCUP Statistical Brief 59, 2008; acknowledges support by Claudia Steiner, researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets).] Select to access the abstract.

Huang ES, Finegold K. Seven million Americans live in areas where demand for primary care may exceed supply by more than 10 percent. Health Aff 2013 Mar; 32(3):614-21. [Uses 2003-2006 MEPS data, citing AHRQ publication, Variation in Ambulatory Health Care Visits and Visits for General Checkup by Demographic Characteristics and Insurance Status, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population Ages 18-64, 2005, MEPS Statistical Brief 201, 2008 (as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site); cites 2011 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting presentation by Roehrig, which uses MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA Internal Medicine
Wright JD, Neugut AI, Ananth CV, et al. Deviations from guideline-based therapy for febrile neutropenia in cancer patients and their effect on outcomes. JAMA Intern Med 2013 Mar 4. [Epub ahead of print. Uses the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Dental Association
Heaton LJ, Mancl LA, Grembowski D, et al. Unmet dental need in community-dwelling adults with mental illness: results from the 2007 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. J Am Dent Assoc 2013 Mar; 144(3):e16-e23. [Uses 2007 MEPS data as accessed on AHRQ's MEPS Web site, citing Data Overview, MEPS HC-113: 2007 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2009, MEPS HC-112: 2007 Medical Conditions, 2009, and MEPS HC-110B: 2007 Dental Visits, 2009, all published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Manski (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) et al. (J Am Dent Assoc, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society
Nanda A, Khan IS, Goldman R, et al. Sports-related concussions and the Louisiana Youth Concussion Act. J La State Med Soc 2012 Sep-Oct; 164(5):246-50. [Uses 2007-2009 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), as accessed on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Stone ML, LaPar DJ, Mulloy DP, et al. Primary payer status is significantly associated with postoperative mortality, morbidity, and hospital resource utilization in pediatric surgical patients within the United States. J Pediatr Surg 2013 Jan; 48(1):81-7. [Uses 2003 and 2006 HCUP KID data, citing Overview of the Kids' Inpatient Database (KID), 2011, and Introduction to the HCUP Kids' Inpatient Database (KID), 2006, 2008, both published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; also uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Papandria D, Arlikar J, Sacco Casamassima MG, et al. Increasing age at time of pectus excavatum repair in children: emerging consensus? J Pediatr Surg 2013 Jan; 48(1):191-6. [Uses 1998-2009 HCUP NIS and KID data, citing Introduction to the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2009, 2011, and Introduction to the HCUP KIDS' Inpatient Database (KID), 2009, 2011.] Select to access the abstract.

Lancet
Vos T, Flaxman AD, Naghavi M, et al. Years lived with disability (YLDs) for 1160 sequelae of 289 diseases and injuries 1990-2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. Lancet 2012 Dec 15; 380(9867):2163-96. [Uses 2000-2009 MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Neurosurgery
Kainth DS, Chaudhry SA, Kainth HS, et al. Prevalence and characteristics of concurrent down syndrome in patients with moyamoya disease. Neurosurgery 2013 Feb; 72(2):210-15; discussion 215. [Uses 2002-2009 HCUP NIS data as accessed on AHRQ's HCUP Web site, citing Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Nationwide Inpatient Sample, 2010, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; also uses AHRQ's "comorbidity data files."] Select to access the abstract.

Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Orosco RK, Weisman RA, Chang DC, et al. Total laryngectomy: national and regional case volume trends 1998-2008. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2013 Feb; 148(2):243-8. [Uses 1998-2008 HCUP NIS data, citing discusses findings from article by Maddox and Davies (Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, 2012), which uses 1997-2008 HCUP NIS data to report total laryngectomy case volumes; cites AHRQ-funded article by Birkmeyer et al. (N Engl J Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

PLoS One
Caldwell N, Srebotnjak T, Wang T, et al. "How much will I get charged for this?" Patient charges for top ten diagnoses in the emergency department. PLoS One 2013; 8(2):e55491. [Uses 2006-2008 MEPS data and HCUP Clinical Classifications Software (CCS), citing AHRQ publications Estimation Procedures for the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, MEPS Methodology Report 24, 2010, Design, Methods, and Field Results of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Medical Provider Component (MEPS MPC)—2006 Calendar Year Data, MEPS Methodology Report 23, 2008, and Estimation Procedures in the 1996 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, MEPS Methodology Report 5, 1999.] Select to access the abstract.

Preventing Chronic Disease
Will JC, Yoon PW. Preventable hospitalizations for hypertension: establishing a baseline for monitoring racial differences in rates. Prev Chronic Dis 2013 Feb 14; 10:E24. [Uses specifications published by AHRQ to calculate hospital discharge rates for Prevention Quality Indicator 7, citing AHRQ publication, Guide to Prevention Quality Indicators, Hospital Admission for Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions, 2007.] Select to access the abstract.

Spine Journal
Nuño M, Drazin DG, Acosta FL Jr. Differences in treatments and outcomes for idiopathic scoliosis patients treated in the United States from 1998 to 2007: impact of socioeconomic variables and ethnicity. Spine J 2013 Feb; 13(2):116-23. [Uses 1998-2007 HCUP NIS data (citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2007, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site), and uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998). Also refer to articles by Bove et al. (Am Heart J, 2013), Qian et al. (Ann Surg, 2013), Abdus and Selden (Health Aff, 2013), Kutney-Lee, Sloane, and Aiken (Health Aff, 2013), Chen et al. (J Am Coll Cardiol, 2012), and Pyrgos et al. (PLos One, 2013) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles, article by Pretorius et al. (Am Fam Physician, 2013) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles above, and articles by Gilbert et al. (Am J Perinatol, 2013) and Weaver et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2013) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

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