Stress Imaging Use and Repeat Revascularization Among Medicare Patients with High-Risk Coronary Artery Disease

Articles of Interest, April 5, 2013

A weekly compilation of articles appearing in recently released journals and newsletters, including articles funded by AHRQ or authored by AHRQ researchers, mentioning or discussing AHRQ staff, activities, and publications/products, or other research using AHRQ data or products.

This weekly compilation of articles appearing in recently released journals and newsletters includes:

  • Articles funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) or authored by AHRQ researchers.
  • Articles mentioning or discussing AHRQ staff, activities, and publications/products.
  • Articles related to AHRQ-funded Evidence-based Practice Centers.
  • Articles related to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force or Put Prevention into Practice program.
  • Articles mentioning the National Healthcare Disparities Report and National Healthcare Quality Report.
  • Other research using AHRQ data or products.

AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles

American Journal of Cardiology
Rossi JS, Federspiel JJ, Crespin DJ, et al. Stress imaging use and repeat revascularization among Medicare patients with high-risk coronary artery disease. Am J Cardiol 2012 Nov 1; 110(9):1270-4. [Supported in part by grant T32 HS00032.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Johnson NJ, Carr BG, Salhi R, et al. Characteristics and outcomes of injured patients presenting by private vehicle in a state trauma system. Am J Emerg Med 2013 Feb; 31(2):275-81. [Supported by Career Development Award grant K08 HS17960 (to second author).]Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Kidney Diseases
Paddison CA, Elliott MN, Haviland AM, Farley DO, et al. Experiences of care among Medicare beneficiaries with ESRD: Medicare Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) survey results. Am J Kidney Dis 2013 Mar; 61(3):440-9. [Supported in part by grant U18 HS16980 (to second and fourth authors); uses 2009-2010 Medicare CAHPS (MCAHPS) survey data, citing Consumer Assessment of Health Providers & Systems (CAHPS®): Overview, 2011, and methodologies from AHRQ-funded article by Martino et al. (Health Care Financ Rev, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Public Health
Ibrahim SA, Franklin PD. Race and elective joint replacement: where a disparity meets patient preference. Am J Public Health 2013 Apr; 103(4):583-4. [Supported in part by grant P50 HS18910-01; briefly discusses AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Total Knee Replacement, 2003, as published on AHRQ's Archive Web site.]

Arthritis Care and Research
Ringold S, Ward TM, Wallace CA. Disease activity and fatigue in juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Arthritis Care Res 2013 Mar; 65(3):391-7. [Supported in part by grant K12 HS19482.]Select to access the abstract.

British Medical Journal
Kesselheim AS. Drug company gifts to medical students: the hidden curriculum. BMJ 2013 Feb 20; 346:f1113. [Supported in part Career Development Award grant K08 HS18465-01.]

Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons
Senecal S, Hoyler MM, Cohn J. New York State shows benefits of CRP demonstration project. Bull Am Coll Surg 2013 Mar; 98(3):26-8. [Supported by grant HS19505; describes project funded under AHRQ's Patient Safety and Medical Liability Reform Demonstration Project initiative and using AHRQ's Hospital Survey of Patient Safety Culture; refer to comments in article by Hoyler and Meara (Bull Am Coll Surg, 2013) cited in AHRQ-Related Articles.]

Cancer
Zhu J, Sharma DB, Chen AB, Johnson BE, Weeks JC, Schrag D. Comparative effectiveness of three platinum doublet chemotherapy regimens in elderly patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer. Cancer 2013 Apr 5. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by contract HHSA 290201000006I (to sixth author) as part of the Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions About Effectiveness (DEcIDE) program.]Select to access the abstract.

Critical Care Medicine
Goldberg DS, Halpern SD, Reese PP. Deceased organ donation consent rates among racial and ethnic minorities and older potential donors. Crit Care Med 2013 Feb; 41(2):496-505. [Supported in part by grant K08 HS18406 (to second author) (attributed to the National Institutes of Health).]Select to access the abstract.

Cooke CR. Improving the efficiency of ICU admission decisions. Crit Care Med 2013 Feb; 41(2):662-3. [Supported in part by Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award grant K08 HS20672.]

Nishisaki A, Turner DA, Brown CA 3rd, et al. A National Emergency Airway Registry for children: landscape of tracheal intubation in 15 PICUs. Crit Care Med 2013 Mar; 41(3):874-85. [Supported in part by grant R03 HS21583-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Cooke CR, Iwashyna TJ. Using existing data to address important clinical questions in critical care. Crit Care Med 2013 Mar; 41(3):886-96. [Supported in part by grant K08 HS20672 (to first author); describes Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) State Emergency Department Databases (SEDD), State Inpatient Database (SID), and Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) databases and includes these under "Administrative/utilization claims" in Table 3 "Description of Features for Example Data Sources Containing Critically Ill Patients," citing AHRQ-authored article by Clancy (AHRQ director) (Health Econ, 2012).]Select to access the abstract.

Stafford-Smith M. Can "earlier biomarkers" help early biomarkers predict acute kidney injury? Crit Care Med 2013 Mar; 41(3):914-15. [Supported in part by grant 1 K02 HS15704-01.]

Drug Safety
Jones M, Hama R, Jefferson T, Doshi P. Neuropsychiatric adverse events and oseltamivir for prophylaxis. Drug Saf 2012 Dec 1; 35(12):1187-8; author reply 1188-90. [Supported in part by grant T32 HS19488 (to last author).]

Health Services Research
Goldberg DG, Mick SS, Kuzel AJ, et al. Why do some primary care practices engage in practice improvement efforts whereas others do not? Health Serv Res 2013 Apr; 48(2 Pt 1):398-416. [Supported by grant R01 HS18422.] Select to access the abstract.

Mark BA, Harless DW, Spetz J, et al. California's minimum nurse staffing legislation: results from a natural experiment. Health Serv Res 2013 Apr; 48(2 Pt 1):435-54. [Supported by grant 2 R01 HS10153; uses 2000-2006 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) State Inpatient Databases (SID) data for California merged with data from the American Hospital Association Annual Survey of Hospitals, the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, and the Hospital Cost Report Information System; also uses hospital selection criteria and Nursing Intensity Weights described in AHRQ-funded article by Needleman et al. (N Engl J Med, 2002), AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators software, and AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) measures on failure to rescue, infection due to medical care, and postoperative respiratory failure postoperative sepsis (selected based on findings from AHRQ-funded systematic review and meta-analysis by Kane et al. (Med Care, 2007), prepared by the Minnesota Evidence-Practice Center (EPC) under contract 290-02-0009-TO1; summarizes findings from "trend analysis of state snapshots" in AHRQ's National Healthcare Quality Report, a study of AHRQ's PSIs by Spetz et al. (Calif Healthc Found, 2009, and a study using HCUP SID data for California by Spetz et al. (AcademyHealth, 2011).]Select to access the abstract.

Lorch SA, Srinivas SK, Ahlberg C, et al. The impact of obstetric unit closures on maternal and infant pregnancy outcomes. Health Serv Res 2013 Apr; 48(2 Pt 1):455-75. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS15696 (first author is principal investigator); previously included as Epub ahead of print in Articles of Interest 10/1/12 - 10/5/12.] Select to access the abstract.

Pylypchuk Y, Sarpong EM. Comparison of health care utilization: United States versus Canada. Health Serv Res 2013 Apr; 48(2 Pt 1):560-81. [Authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; uses 2007 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data; cites AHRQ publication, The Uninsured in America, 1996-2010: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population under Age 65, MEPS Statistical Brief 336, 2011; acknowledges support from Thomas Selden and Joel Cohen (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends).] Select to access the abstract.

Hagan M, Dowd B. Introduction and commentary for special issue simulation techniques in health services research. Health Serv Res 2013 Apr; 48(2 Pt 2):683-5. [First author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets; introduces special AHRQ-funded issue on Simulation Techniques in Health Services Research and briefly discusses the importance of simulation methods in the conduct and dissemination of AHRQ research activities; comments on article by Abraham (Health Serv Res, 2013) cited in AHRQ-Related Articles.]

Braithwaite S, Friedman B, Mutter R, et al. Microsimulation of financial impact of demand surge on hospitals: the H1N1 influenza pandemic of fall 2009. Health Serv Res 2013 Apr; 48(2 Pt 2):735-52. [Second and third authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets; uses 2007 HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data and HCUP Cost-to-Charge Ratio Files, citing Introduction to the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2007, 2009, and "User Guides" from Cost-to-Charge Ratio Files, 2009 (both published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site); also uses methodologies described in AHRQ-authored article by Friedman et al. (Int J Health Care Finance Econ, 2004); mentions AHRQ's use of microsimulation models with the MEPS program, citing AHRQ working paper Supporting Healthcare Policy Initiatives through Modeling and Microsimulation Efforts: Issues of Data Capacity and Statistical Quality, 2009, as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Federspiel JJ, Stearns SC, D'Arcy LP, et al. Resource use trajectories for aged Medicare beneficiaries with complex coronary conditions. Health Serv Res 2013 Apr; 48(2 Pt 2):753-72. [Supported in part by grants T32 HS00032 and R36 HS21074; uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998); cites AHRQ-sponsored systematic review by Bravata et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2007) on the comparative effectiveness of percutaneous coronary interventions and coronary artery bypass graft surgery, performed by the University of California at San Francisco/Stanford EPC.]Select to access the abstract.

Lindrooth RC, Konetzka RT, Navathe AS, et al. The impact of profitability of hospital admissions on mortality. Health Serv Res 2013 Apr; 48(2 Pt 2):792-809. [Supported in part by AHRQ, grant number not given.]Select to access the abstract.

Ryan AM, Bao Y. Profiling provider outcome quality for pay-for-performance in the presence of missing data: a simulation approach. Health Serv Res 2013 Apr; 48(2 Pt 2):810-25. [Supported in part by grant K01 HS18546-01 (to first author); cites AHRQ publication, Methodological Considerations in Generating Provider Performance Scores for Use in Public Reporting: A Guide for Community Quality Collaboratives, 2011.]Select to access the abstract.

Parente ST, Feldman R. Microsimulation of private health insurance and Medicaid take-up following the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act. Health Serv Res 2013 Apr; 48(2 Pt 2):826-49. [Supported by contract HHSN 263200500063293 (attributed to AHRQ); uses MEPS Household Component-Insurance Component (MEPS-HC/IC) linked file data as described in article by Feldman et al. (Health Aff, 2005), which uses 2001 MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Miller GE, Selden TM. Tax subsidies for employer-sponsored health insurance: updated microsimulation estimates and sensitivity to alternative incidence assumptions. Health Serv Res 2013 Apr; 48(2 Pt 2):866-83. [Authors are former AHRQ researcher and current researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; uses 2005-2007 MEPS Household Component (MEPS HC) worker data matched with MEPS Insurance Component (MEPS IC) establishment data and refines the method developed in AHRQ-authored article by Selden and Gray (Health Aff, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal of Medical Informatics
Li AC, Kannry JL, Kushniruk A, et al. Integrating usability testing and think-aloud protocol analysis with "near-live" clinical simulations in evaluating clinical decision support. Int J Med Inform 2012 Nov; 81(11):761-72. [Supported by grant 1 R18 HS18491-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Cartmill RS, Walker JM, Blosky MA, Brown RL, Djurkovic S, Dunham DB, Gardill D, Haupt MT, Parry D, Wetterneck TB, Wood KE, Carayon P. Impact of electronic order management on the timeliness of antibiotic administration in critical care patients. Int J Med Inform 2012 Nov; 81(11):782-91. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS15274 (last and eleventh authors are principal investigator and co-principal investigator, respectively).] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA Psychiatry
Belsky DW, Moffitt TE, Baker TB, et al. Polygenic risk and the developmental progression to heavy, persistent smoking and nicotine dependence: evidence from a 4-decade longitudinal study. JAMA Psychiatry 2013 Mar 27. [Epub ahead of print. Supported in part by grant 1 R36 HS20524-01 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
Patel MR, Marso SP, Dai D, et al. Comparative effectiveness of drug-eluting versus bare-metal stents in elderly patients undergoing revascularization of chronic total coronary occlusions: results from the National Cardiovascular Data Registry, 2005-2008. JACC Cardiovasc Interv 2012 Oct; 5(10):1054-61. [Supported in part by DEcIDE contract HHSAA 290-2005-0032-TO4-WA1 (as part of the Cardiovascular Consortium under project 24-EHC-1); first author acknowledges receiving previous AHRQ funding.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
Nace DA, Handler SM, Hoffman EL, et al. Impact of the Raising Immunizations Safely and Effectively (RISE) program on healthcare worker influenza immunization rates in long term care settings. J Am Med Dir Assoc 2012 Nov; 13(9):806-10. [Supported in part by grant R01 HS18721.]Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
Olfson M, Blanco C, Wang S, et al. Trends in office-based treatment of adults with stimulants in the United States. J Clin Psychiatry 2013 Jan; 74(1):43-50. [Supported in part by grant U18 HS21112 (to first author).]Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Emergency Medicine
Anderson JB, Czosek RJ, Cnota J, et al. Pediatric syncope: National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey results. J Emerg Med 2012 Oct; 43(4):575-83. [Supported in part by grant U18 HS16957-03.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Mishuris RG, Linder JA. Electronic health records and the increasing complexity of medical practice: "it never gets easier, you just go faster". J Gen Intern Med 2013 Apr; 28(4):490-2. [Supported in part by grant R18 HS18419.]

Siddiqui M, Pollack CE. Continuity in a changing health care environment. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Apr; 28(4):493-4. [Supported in part by National Research Service Award (NRSA) Comparative Effectiveness Development Training Award grant 1 T32 HS19488-02 (to first author); comments on article by Reid et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2013) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.]

Fischer SH, Field TS, Gagne SJ, et al. Patient completion of laboratory tests to monitor medication therapy: a mixed-methods study. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Apr; 28(4):513-21. [Supported by grant R18 HS17906; 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; uses the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded articles by Romano, Roos, and Jollis (J Clin Epidemiol, 1993) and Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992); notes that portions of the study findings were presented as a poster at the 2010 AHRQ Health Information Technology conference.] Select to access the abstract.

Persell SD, Lloyd-Jones DM, Friesema EM, et al. Electronic health record-based patient identification and individualized mailed outreach for primary cardiovascular disease prevention: a cluster randomized trial. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Apr; 28(4):554-60. [Supported by grant K08 HS15647.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Infectious Diseases
Taylor BD, Darville T, Ferrell RE, Ness RB, et al. Racial variation in toll-like receptor variants among women with pelvic inflammatory disease. J Infect Dis 2013 Mar 15; 207(6):940-6. [Supported in part by grant HS8358-05 (fourth author).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Pain
Kobus AM, Smith DH, Morasco BJ, et al. Correlates of higher-dose opioid medication use for low back pain in primary care. J Pain 2012 Nov; 13(11):1131-8. [Supported in part by National Research Service Award (NRSA) Fellowship in Health Services Research grant 5 T32 HS17582 (to first author).]Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Schildhaus S, Stocks C, Santora PB, et al. Community hospital admission from the emergency department by persons with substance use disorders. J Subst Abuse Treat 2013 Feb; 44(2):201-7. [Second author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets; supported in part by AHRQ, grant number not given; uses 2008 HCUP Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS) data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS), 2008, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; briefly discusses study findings from AHRQ publications Mental Health and Substance Abuse-Related Emergency Department Visits among Adults, 2007, HCUP Statistical Brief 92, 2010, Payers of Emergency Department Care, 2006, HCUP Statistical Brief 77, 2009, and Hospitalizations in Which Patients Leave the Hospital against Medical Advice (AMA), 2007, HCUP Statistical Brief 78, 2009, all published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; mentions AHRQ's interest in access to care by persons with SUDs.]Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Urology
Jacobs BL, Miller DC. The volume outcome relationship in urology: moving the field forward. J Urol 2012 Dec; 188(6):2037-8. [Supported by grant K08 HS18346-01A1.]

Medical Care Research and Review
Lee SY, Weiner BJ, Harrison MI, et al. Organizational transformation: a systematic review of empirical research in health care and other industries. Med Care Res Rev 2013 Apr; 70(2):115-42. [Third author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets.]Select to access the abstract.

Elliott MN, Brown JA, Lehrman WG, et al. A randomized experiment investigating the suitability of speech-enabled IVR and web modes for publicly reported surveys of patients' experience of hospital care. Med Care Res Rev 2013 Apr; 70(2):165-84. [Supported in part by grant U18 HS16980 (to first and second authors); examines two new data collection modes for Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey administration and uses HCAHPS analysis methods from article by Elliott et al. (Health Serv Res, 2009); cites HCAHPS Fact Sheet 2010, 2010, and HCAHPS Quality Assurance Guidelines Version 7.0, 2012, both published on the HCAHPS' Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Pines JM, Mutter RL, Zocchi MS. Variation in emergency department admission rates across the United States. Med Care Res Rev 2013 Apr; 70(2):218-31. [Second author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets; uses 2008 HCUP State Emergency Department Databases (SEDD) and 2008 HCUP SID data, as accessed on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; previously included as Epub ahead of print in Articles of Interest 1/7/13-1/11/13.] Select to access the abstract.

Nature Reviews. Rheumatology
McAlindon TE, Bannuru RR. Osteoarthritis: Is viscosupplementation really so unsafe for knee OA? Nat Rev Rheumatol 2012 Nov; 8(11):635-6. [Supported in part by grant F32 HS21396 (to second author).] Select to access the abstract.

Neurology
Nakagawa K, Koenig MA, Asai SM, Chang CW, Seto TB. Disparities among Asians and native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders with ischemic stroke. Neurology 2013 Feb 26; 80(9):839-43. [Supported in part by grant 1 R01 HS19990-01 (to last author).] Select to access the abstract.

Patient Education and Counseling
Simmons-Yon A, Roth MT, Vu M, Kavalieratos D, et al. Understanding pharmacists' experiences with advice-giving in the community pharmacy setting: a focus group study. Patient Educ Couns 2012 Dec; 89(3):476-83. [Supported by NRSA Pre- and Post-doctoral Traineeship grant T32 HS00032-19 (to first and fourth authors through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).] Select to access the abstract.

Quality of Life Research
Witt WP, Litzelman K, Spear HA, Wisk LE, et al. Health-related quality of life of mothers of very low birth weight children at the age of five: results from the Newborn Lung Project Statewide Cohort Study. Qual Life Res 2012 Nov; 21(9):1565-76. [Supported in part by predoctoral NRSA training grant T32 HS00083 (to fourth author).] Select to access the abstract.

Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Stundner O, Chiu YL, Sun X, et al. Comparative perioperative outcomes associated with neuraxial versus general anesthesia for simultaneous bilateral total knee arthroplasty. Reg Anesth Pain Med 2012 Nov-Dec; 37(6):638-44. [Supported in part by CERTs grant U18 HS01675; 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.

Sleep Medicine
Reid KJ, Jaksa AA, Eisengart JB, Baron KG, et al. Systematic evaluation of Axis-I DSM diagnoses in delayed sleep phase disorder and evening-type circadian preference. Sleep Med 2012 Oct; 13(9):1171-7. [Supported in part by grant T32 HS00078 (to fourth author) (attributed to NIH). Also refer to AHRQ-funded articles by Fink et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2013) and Fawole et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2013) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.]Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Epidemiology
Iwane MK, Chaves SS, Szilagyi PG, et al. Disparities between black and white children in hospitalizations associated with acute respiratory illness and laboratory-confirmed influenza and respiratory syncytial virus in 3 US counties 2002-2009. Am J Epidemiol 2013 Apr 1; 177(7):656-65. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Berdahl et al. (Pediatrics, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Managed Care
Tzeel A. Managing benefits for diabetes: changing payer strategies for changing times. Am J Manag Care 2013 Mar-Apr; 19(SP 2):1, 77-8. [Mentions CAHPS.]

Farina K. Can financial incentives improve self-management behaviors? Am J Manag Care 2013 Mar-Apr; 19(SP 2):86. [Quotes former AHRQ researcher Michael Parchman.]

American Journal of Public Health
Rubin DB, Singh SR, Jacobson PD. Evaluating hospitals' provision of community benefit: an argument for an outcome-based approach to nonprofit hospital tax exemption. Am J Public Health 2013 Apr; 103(4):612-16. [Mentions AHRQ's Prevention Quality Indicators, citing Prevention Quality Indicators Resources, as published on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Trepka MJ, Niyonsenga T, Maddox L, et al. Community poverty and trends in racial/ethnic survival disparities among people diagnosed with AIDS in Florida, 1993-2004. Am J Public Health 2013 Apr; 103(4):717-26. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Gebo, Fleishman et al. (J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr, 2005) and Shapiro, Morton, McCaffrey, Senterfitt, Fleishman et al. (JAMA, 1999); cites AHRQ-funded/authored article by Cunningham, Markson, Andersen, Crystal, Fleishman et al. (J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr, 2000); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Thrasher et al. (J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr, 2008), Andersen et al. (Health Serv Res, 2000), Anderson and Mitchell (Arch Intern Med, 2000), and Cunningham et al. (Med Care, 1999).]Select to access the abstract.

American Surgeon
Borgi J, Rubinfeld I, Ritz J, et al. The differential effects of intermediate complications with postoperative mortality.
Am Surg 2013 Mar; 79(3):261-6. [Briefly discusses mortality data for AHRQ's failure to rescue quality indicator, citing the AHRQ Web site and AHRQ-funded article by Ghaferi et al. (N Engl J Med, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons
Hoyler MM, Meara JG. AHRQ program promotes patient safety and liability reform. Bull Am Coll Surg 2013 Mar; 98(3):13-16. [Describes the goals and implementation of AHRQ's Medical Liability Reform and Patient Safety Initiative, citing Medical Liability Reform & Patient Safety: Demonstration and Planning Grants, 2012, Medical Liability Reform and Patient Safety: Demonstration Grants, 2010, Medical Liability Reform and Patient Safety: Planning Grants, 2010, and Review of Reforms to Our Medical Liability System, 2009, Research Activities article "Feature Story: AHRQ-funded medical liability and patient safety initiative shows promise for reducing patient harm, lawsuits, and costs," 2012, and Medical Liability Reform and Patient Safety Initiative Progress Report, 2012, all published on the AHRQ Web site; comments on article by Senecal, Hoyler, and Cohn (Bull Am Coll Surg, 2013) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Health Services Research
Bindman AB. The evolution of health services research. Health Serv Res 2013 Apr; 48(2 Pt 1):349-53. [Mentions AHRQ's role in the distribution of funding available through the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and its alignment of funding approaches to link health services researchers with end-users of the results; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Horowitz et al. (Circulation, 2009) and Berenholtz et al. (Crit Care Med, 2004).]

Alexander JA, Maeng D, Casalino LP, et al. Use of care management practices in small- and medium-sized physician groups: do public reporting of physician quality and financial incentives matter? Health Serv Res 2013 Apr; 48(2 Pt 1):376-97. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Hafner et al. (Int J Qual Health Care, 2011), Rosenthal and Frank (Med Care Res Rev, 2006), Rosenthal et al. (Health Aff, 2004), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Rahman M, Zinn JS, Mor V. The impact of hospital-based skilled nursing facility closures on rehospitalizations. Health Serv Res 2013 Apr; 48(2 Pt 1):499-518. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Konetzka and Spector (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) et al. (Med Care Res Rev, 2008) and Mukamel, Spector, et al. (Health Serv Res, 2005); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Intrator et al. (Health Serv Res, 2011), Intrator, Zinn, and Mor (J Am Geriatr Soc, 2004), Hirth et al. (J Health Econ, 1999), and others.]Select to access the abstract.

Butler DC, Petterson S, Phillips RL, et al. Measures of social deprivation that predict health care access and need within a rational area of primary care service delivery. Health Serv Res 2013 Apr; 48(2 Pt 1):539-59. [Notes a strong correlation between HCUP avoidable hospitalization rates (examined in preliminary work) and the primary care service area measure from the 2007 Dartmouth Atlas; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Lara et al. (Annu Rev Public Health, 2005) and Wang and Luo (Health Place, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Abraham JM. Using microsimulation models to inform U.S. health policy making. Health Serv Res 2013 Apr; 48(2 Pt 2):686-95. [Mentions AHRQ's MEPS as an example of a federally-funded population survey utilized in microsimilation models to develop the core analytic file.]

Gresenz CR, Auerbach DI, Duarte F. Opportunities and challenges in supply-side simulation: physician-based models. Health Serv Res 2013 Apr; 48(2 Pt 2):696-712. [Mentions that the RAND Comprehensive Assessment of Reform Efforts (COMPARE) microsimulation model uses MEPS data statistically matched to the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), citing RAND technical report, The Effect of the Affordable Care Act on Enrollment and Premiums, with and without the Individual Mandate, 2012.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Bishop TF. Pushing the outpatient quality envelope. JAMA 2013 Apr 3; 309(13):1353-4. [Mentions AHRQ's involvement in the Ambulatory Care Quality Alliance Workgroup and that organization's endorsement of 25 ambulatory care measures in 2005, citing Recommended Starter Set: Clinical Performance Measures for Ambulatory Care, 2005, as published on the AHRQ Web site; mentions AHRQ's Consumer CAHPS; cites AHRQ-sponsored Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, 2001; notes that author receives grants or grants pending from AHRQ.]

Malani PN. Preventing postoperative Staphylococcus aureus infections: the search continues. JAMA 2013 Apr 3; 309(13):1408-9. [Mentions HCUP NIS data on median sternotomies performed for cardiac procedures, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2010, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.]

Ioannidis JP. Are mortality differences detected by administrative data reliable and actionable? JAMA 2013 Apr 3; 309(13):1410-11. [Comments on article by Joynt, Orav, and Jha (JAMA, 2013) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products; cites article by Lindenauer et al. (JAMA, 2012), which uses HCUP NIS data.]

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Glenton C, Lewin S, Mayhew A, et al. Nonrandomized studies are not always found even when selection criteria for health systems intervention reviews include them: a methodological study. J Clin Epidemiol 2013 Apr; 66(4):367-70. [Discusses findings from AHRQ-authored article by Norris and Atkins (former AHRQ researcher) (Ann Intern Med, 2005), which reviews AHRQ's Evidence Based Practice Center reports.] Select to access the abstract.

Haidich AB, Pilalas D, Contopoulos-Ioannidis DG, et al. Most meta-analyses of drug interventions have narrow scopes and many focus on specific agents. J Clin Epidemiol 2013 Apr; 66(4):371-8. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Atkins (former AHRQ researcher) et al. (BMJ, 2004).]Select to access the abstract.

Carey IM, Shah SM, Harris T, et al. A new simple primary care morbidity score predicted mortality and better explains between practice variations than the Charlson index. J Clin Epidemiol 2013 Apr; 66(4):436-44. [Cites AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998) and 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 General Internal Medicine
Jackson JL, Kravitz RL. Capsule Commentaries. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Apr; 28(4):489. [Introduces the "Capsule Commentaries" by Slight, Mancuso, and Ivers cited below in this section and comments on articles by Fischer et al. and Persell et al. (both in J Gen Intern Med, 2013) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

True G, Butler AE, Lamparska BG, et al. Open access in the patient-centered medical home: lessons from the Veterans Health Administration. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Apr; 28(4):539-45. [Cites AHRQ publication, Early Evidence on the Patient-Centered Medical Home, 2012, and Department of Veterans Affairs summary from About the Federal Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Collaborative and the Catalogue of Federal PCMH Activities: Federal Collaborative, Catalogue of Federal PCMH Activities, 2011, as published on AHRQ's Patient Centered Medical Home Resource Center Web site; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bitton, Martin, and Landon (J Gen Intern Med, 2010), Stange et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2010), and Asch et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2004).]Select to access the abstract.

Slight SP. Capsule commentary on Fischer et al., Patient completion of laboratory tests to monitor medication therapy: a mixed-methods study. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Apr; 28(4):567. [Comments on article by Fischer et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2013) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Mancuso JM. Capsule commentary on True et al., Open access in the patient centered medical home: lessons from the Veterans Health Administration. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Apr; 28(4):568. [Comments on article by True et al. cited above in this section; cites Defining the PCMH, as published on AHRQ's Patient Centered Medical Home Resource Center Web site; cites AHRQ-funded article by Stange et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2010).]

Ivers N. Capsule commentary on Persell et. al., Electronic health record-based patient identification and individualized mailed outreach for primary cardiovascular disease prevention: a cluster randomized trial. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Apr; 28(4):569. [Comments on article by Persell et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2013) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine
Moore CL, Scoutt L. Sonography first for acute flank pain? J Ultrasound Med 2012 Nov; 31(11):1703-11. [Notes that first author is the primary investigator for a "research project on identifying unnecessary irradiation of patients with suspected renal colic" funded by AHRQ grant 5 R01 HS18322-03.]

Medical Care Research and Review
Ho V, Ku-Goto MH. State deregulation and Medicare costs for acute cardiac care. Med Care Res Rev 2013 Apr; 70(2):185-205. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Hellinger (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Am J Manag Care, 2009); cites AHRQ-funded article by Jollis et al. (N Engl J Med, 1994).] Select to access the abstract.

New England Journal of Medicine
Hurd MD, Martorell P, Delavande A, et al. Monetary costs of dementia in the United States. N Engl J Med 2013 Apr 4; 368(14):1326-34. [Cites data from Total Expenses and Percent Distribution for Selected Conditions by Type of Service: United States, 2008, 2013, as generated on AHRQ's MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Physician Executive Journal
Krilich C, Marshal H. Expanding services in an ED while avoiding duplication. Physician Exec 2013 Mar-Apr; 39(2):32-7. 1, 2013, 39(2):32-4, 36-7. [Cites Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, 2008.]

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

American Journal of Public Health
Nelson DE, Jarman DW, Rehm J, et al. Alcohol-attributable cancer deaths and years of potential life lost in the United States. Am J Public Health 2013 Apr; 103(4):641-8. [Briefly discusses USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

American Surgeon
Zagouri F, Chrysikos DT, Sergentanis TN, et al. Prophylactic mastectomy: an appraisal. Am Surg 2013 Feb; 79(2):205-12. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Trombold J, Farmer RW, McCafferty M. The impact of colorectal cancer screening in a veteran hospital population. Am Surg 2013 Mar; 79(3):296-300. [Notes that Veterans Administration policies on colorectal cancer screening were based on those issued by the USPSTF in 2008, citing article by Levin et al. (CA Cancer J Clin, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Infectious Diseases
Burkholder GA, Tamhane AR, Salinas JL, et al. Underutilization of aspirin for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease among HIV-infected patients. Clin Infect Dis 2012 Dec; 55(11):1550-7. [Uses 2009 USPSTF age-stratified risk scores USPSTF recommendations on aspirin for the prevention of cardiovascular disease (Ann Intern Med, 2009) as a study parameter; compares results to those from article by Tornero, Ventura, and Mafe (J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr, 2010), which uses these recommendations.]Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Robertson MC, Gillespie LD. Fall prevention in community-dwelling older adults. JAMA 2013 Apr 3; 309(13):1406-7. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on prevention of falls in community-dwelling older adults (Ann Intern Med, 2012).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Women's Health
Xaverius PK, Salas J. Surveillance of preconception health indicators in behavioral risk factor surveillance system: emerging trends in the 21st century. J Womens Health 2013 Mar; 22(3):203-9. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening and behavioral counseling interventions in primary care to prevent alcohol abuse (Ann Intern Med, 2004); cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence reviews on the effectiveness of primary care-relevant treatments for obesity in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2011) and on screening for depression in primary care settings (Ann Intern Med, 2009); cites USPSTF systematic evidence review, Screening for Lipid Disorders, 2001, prepared by the RTI-University of North Carolina EPC under contract 290-98-0011.]Select to access the abstract.

Life Extension
Faloon W, Huber L, Schmid K. Elevated glucose increases incidence of breast cancer and brain shrinkage. Life Extension 2013 Feb; 19(2):38-48. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence update on breast cancer screening (Ann Intern Med, 2009).]

Obesity
Ayash CR, Simon SR, Marshall R. Evaluating the impact of point-of-care decision support tools in improving diagnosis of obese children in primary care. Obesity 2013 Mar; 21(3):576-82. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for obesity in children and adolescents (Pediatrics, 2010).]Select to access the abstract.

Public Health Reports
Penman-Aguilar A, Carter M, Snead MC, et al. Socioeconomic disadvantage as a social determinant of teen childbearing in the U.S. Public Health Rep 2013 Mar-Apr; 128 Suppl 1:5-22. [Ranks articles based on USPSTF quality of evidence criteria, citing USPSTF-sponsored article by Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2001) on USPSTF methodologies. Also refer to articles by Theurer and Bhavsar (Am Fam Physician, 2013) and Kim et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 2013) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles, and article by Tangka et al. (Cancer, 2013), cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

American Family Physician
Childress MA, Beutler A. Management of chronic tendon injuries. Am Fam Physician 2013 Apr 1; 87(7):486-90. [Uses AHRQ evidence reports and National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) as data sources.] Select to access the abstract.

Crownover BK, Bepko JL. Appropriate and safe use of diagnostic imaging. Am Fam Physician 2013 Apr 1; 87(7):494-501. [Uses AHRQ evidence reports and NGC as data sources.]Select to access the abstract.

Theurer WM, Bhavsar AK. Prevention of unintentional childhood injury. Am Fam Physician 2013 Apr 1; 87(7):502-9. [Uses AHRQ evidence reports and USPSTF recommendations as data sources.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Managed Care
Lakdawalla DN, Eber MR, Forma FM, et al. Measuring the value of better diabetes management. Am J Manag Care 2013 Mar-Apr; 19(SP 2):1, 70-5. [Cites AHRQ comparative effectiveness review, Comparative Effectiveness and Safety of Oral Diabetes Medications for Adults With Type 2 Diabetes, 2007.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Fink HA, Wilt TJ, Eidman KE, et al. Medical management to prevent recurrent nephrolithiasis in adults: a systematic review for an American College of Physicians clinical guideline. Ann Intern Med 2013 Apr 2; 158(7):535-43. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-2007-10064-1 (to the Minnesota EPC); summarizes AHRQ comparative effectiveness review, Recurrent Nephrolithiasis in Adults: Comparative Effectiveness of Preventive Medical Strategies, 2012 (as published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site) and uses methods developed by AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program and strength of evidence criteria, citing AHRQ-authored article by Owens, Lohr, Atkins, Treadwell, Reston, Bass, Chang (third author is former AHRQ researcher and seventh author is current researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence, respectively) et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

Current Opinion in Gastroenterology
Whelan K, Quigley EM. Probiotics in the management of irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease. Curr Opin Gastroenterol 2013 Mar; 29(2):184-9. [Briefly mentions findings from AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Safety of Probiotics to Reduce Risk and Prevent or Treat Disease, 2011, and notes that it is the "largest ever systematic review of probiotic safety."]Select to access the abstract.

Health Promotion Practice
Wilson DS, Dapic V, Sultan DH, et al. Establishing the infrastructure to conduct comparative effectiveness research toward the elimination of disparities: a community-based participatory research framework. Health Promot Pract 2013 Feb 21. [Epub ahead of print. Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Viswanathan et al. (Med Care, 2010) on the outcomes and cost of community health worker interventions, prepared by the RTI International-University of North Carolina EPC under contract 290-2007-10056-I; mentions AHRQ 2010 funding to expand National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities-funded Centers of Excellence "to establish the infrastructure to conduct comparative effectiveness research (CER) in the context of addressing and eliminating disparities."] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Appari A, Eric Johnson M, Anthony DL. Meaningful use of electronic health record systems and process quality of care: evidence from a panel data analysis of U.S. acute-care hospitals. Health Serv Res 2013 Apr; 48(2 Pt 1):354-75. [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 AHRQ-authored articles by Hearld, Alexander, Fraser, and Jiang (third and fourth authors are, respectively, director and researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Med Care Res Rev, 2008); cites AHRQ-funded/authored article by Harrison (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets), Koppel, and Bar-Lev (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2007); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Millery and Kukafka (Med Care Res Rev, 2010), Werner et al. (Health Aff, 2011), Yu et al. (Am J Med Qual, 2009), Scanlon et al. (Health Serv Res, 2008), and others; cites AHRQ-sponsored IOM report, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, 2001.]Select to access the abstract.

Jiang M, Foster EM. Duration of breastfeeding and childhood obesity: a generalized propensity score approach. Health Serv Res 2013 Apr; 48(2 Pt 1):628-51. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Breastfeeding and Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes in Developed Countries, 2007, noting that "AHRQ labeled the evidence [from this report] as 'tentative'."]Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Sale JE, Beaton D, Posen J, et al. Medication initiation rates are not directly comparable across secondary fracture prevention programs: reporting standards based on a systematic review. J Clin Epidemiol 2013 Apr; 66(4):379-85.e4. [Cites AHRQ methods research report, Development of Quality Criteria To Evaluate Nontherapeutic Studies of Incidence, Prevalence, or Risk Factors of Chronic Diseases: Pilot Study of New Checklists, 2011, performed by the Minnesota EPC.] Select to access the abstract.

Kim SY, Park JE, Lee YJ, Seo HJ, Sheen SS, Hahn S, et al. Testing a tool for assessing the risk of bias for nonrandomized studies showed moderate reliability and promising validity. J Clin Epidemiol 2013 Apr; 66(4):408-14. [Reviews previous risk-of-bias tools for nonrandomized studies used in AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Systems to Rate the Strength Of Scientific Evidence, 2002, and similar tools described in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Procedure Manual, Appendix VII: Criteria for Assessing Internal Validity of Individual Studies, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Kern LM, Barron Y, Dhopeshwarkar RV, et al. Electronic health records and ambulatory quality of care. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Apr; 28(4):496-503. [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.]Select to access the abstract.

Fawole OA, Dy SM, Wilson RF, et al. A systematic review of communication quality improvement interventions for patients with advanced and serious illness. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Apr; 28(4):570-7. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-2007-10061-I-EPC3 to the Johns Hopkins University EPC and based on AHRQ technical review, Interventions to Improve Health Care and Palliative Care for Advanced and Serious Illness, Closing the Quality Gap: Revisiting the State of the Science, 2012, prepared by the same EPC under the same contract and as published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site; uses strength of evidence criteria and risk of bias criteria adapted by AHRQ and described in AHRQ publications Methods Guide for Effectiveness and Comparative Effectiveness Reviews, 2011, and Methods Guide for Comparative Effectiveness Reviews, Chapter 6: Assessing the Applicability of Studies When Comparing Medical Interventions, 2010, both published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site; acknowledges support by Supriya Janakiraman and Judy Sangl (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence and Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, respectively). Also refer to AHRQ-funded articles by Ibrahim and Franklin (Am J Public Health, 2013) and Fischer et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2013) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles, and article by Martino et al. (Health Serv Res, 2013) cited 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

American Journal of Managed Care
Pearson TL. Diabetes and the patient-centered medical home. Am J Manag Care 2013 Mar-Apr; 19(SP 2):1, 68-9. [Discusses and cites IOM report, Envisioning the National Healthcare Quality Report: Designing the National Healthcare Quality Report, 2001, which makes recommendations for the development of AHRQ's NHQR. Also refer to article by Lé Cook, Manning, and Alegría (J Ment Health Policy Econ, 2013) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Cardiology
Baraona F, Gurvitz M, Landzberg MJ, et al. Hospitalizations and mortality in the United States for adults with Down syndrome and congenital heart disease. Am J Cardiol 2013 Apr 1; 111(7):1046-51. [Uses 1998-2009 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site, and uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits
Kaakeh R, Hutton DW, Funk K, et al. Cost-effectiveness of 3 statin sample policies in post-myocardial infarction patients. Am J Pharm Benefits 2013 Mar-Apr; 5(2):e36-e45. [Uses 2007-2009 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2007-2009, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.]

American Journal of Public Health
Kozhimannil KB, Hardeman RR, Attanasio LB, et al. Doula care, birth outcomes, and costs among Medicaid beneficiaries. Am J Public Health 2013 Apr; 103(4):e113-e121. [Uses 2009 HCUP NIS data, HCUP Cost-to-Charge Ratio Files, and HCUP Clinical Classifications Software (CCS) codes 183 (hypertension) and 196 (diabetes), citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) and Clinical Classifications Software (CCS) for ICD-9-CM, both published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; also uses HCUP SID data generated on AHRQ's HCUPnet Web site, citing AHRQ-authored article by Miller et al. (Health Aff, 2011); cites AHRQ publications Complicating Conditions of Pregnancy and Childbirth, 2008, 2011, HCUP Statistical Brief 113, 2011 (as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site), and Hospitalizations Related to Childbirth, 2008, HCUP Statistical Brief 110, 2011.]Select to access the abstract.

BMC Public Health
Kim J. Depression as a psychosocial consequence of occupational injury in the US working population: findings from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. BMC Public Health 2013 Apr 5; 13(1):303. [Uses 2000-2006 MEPS Panels 5 and 10 data, citing AHRQ publication, Sample Design of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, 1998-2007, MEPS Methodology Report 22, 2008; mentions that AHRQ "reported that it had no evidence of potential non-response bias attributable to survey attrition on resultant national estimates of healthcare cost," citing AHRQ-authored article by Cohen, Ezzati-Rice, and Yu (first author is director of AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends, and second and last authors are former AHRQ researchers) (Health Serv Outcomes Res Methodol, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Cancer
Tangka FK, Trogdon JG, Ekwueme DU, et al. State-level cancer treatment costs: How much and who pays? Cancer 2013 Apr 4. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2004-2008 MEPS Medical Condition Files data, citing 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), and uses cost-adjustment methodologies from Using Appropriate Price Indices for Analyses of Health Care Expenditures or Income Across Multiple Years, as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site; also uses HCUP CCS, citing Clinical Classifications Software (CCS) for ICD-9-CM, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; 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; cites AHRQ-authored article by Finkelstein, Trogdon, Cohen (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) et al. (Health Aff, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Martino SC, Weinick RM, Kanouse DE, et al. Reporting CAHPS and HEDIS data by race/ethnicity for Medicare beneficiaries. Health Serv Res 2013 Apr; 48(2 Pt 1):417-34. [Uses 2008-2009 Medicare CAHPS (MCAHPS) survey data and 13 CAHPS measures for analysis; cites systematic review by Fung et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008), which reviews articles and studies on the use and impact of CAHPS data, and for which the Southern California EPC assisted with retrieving articles and preparing the manuscript; cites paper by Shaller et al. commissioned for the AHRQ Summit on Public Reporting, 2011; cites CAHPS-related articles by Weech-Maldonado et al. (Med Care, 2008), Goldstein et al. (Med Care Res Rev, 2010), Elliott et al. (Med Care Res Rev, 2010), O'Malley et al. (Health Serv Res, 2005), and others; cites AHRQ-authored article by Fiscella, Franks, Gold, and Clancy (AHRQ director) (JAMA, 2000).] Select to access the abstract.

Call KT, Davern ME, Klerman JA, et al. Comparing errors in Medicaid reporting across surveys: evidence to date. Health Serv Res 2013 Apr; 48(2 Pt 1):652-64. [Uses results from matched data for the 2003 MEPS HC data from Census Bureau report, Phase VI Research Results: Estimating the Medicaid Undercount in the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component (MEPS-HC), 2010; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Hill (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Inquiry, 2007-2008) and Kreider and Hill (J Hum Resour, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Cordova A, Eibner C, Vardavas R, et al. Modeling employer self-insurance decisions after the Affordable Care Act. Health Serv Res 2013 Apr; 48(2 Pt 2):850-65. [Merges 2002-2003 MEPS HC data with the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) and the Kaiser Family Foundation/Health Research and Educational Trust Employer Survey (Kaiser/HRET).] Select to access the abstract.

Gresenz CR, Edgington SE, Laugesen MJ, et al. Income eligibility thresholds, premium contributions, and children's coverage outcomes: a study of CHIP expansions. Health Serv Res 2013 Apr; 48(2 Pt 2):884-904. [Uses 2002-2009 MEPS IC data "to calculate a measure of the price of private insurance;" cites AHRQ-authored article by Hudson, Selden, and Banthin (first and second authors are current researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends and third author is former AHRQ researcher) (Inquiry, 2005).]Select to access the abstract.

International Journal of STD and AIDS
Pittrof R, Sully E, Bass DC, et al. Stimulating an immune response? Oral sex is associated with less endometritis. Int J STD AIDS 2012 Nov; 23(11):775-80. [Uses study data from the PID Evaluation and Clinical Health (PEACH) study, previously funded by AHRQ grant HS08358-05.]Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Joynt KE, Orav EJ, Jha AK. Mortality rates for Medicare beneficiaries admitted to critical access and non-critical access hospitals, 2002-2010. JAMA 2013 Apr 3; 309(13):1379-87. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).]Select to access the abstract.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Qato DM, Trivedi AN. Receipt of high risk medications among elderly enrollees in Medicare Advantage plans. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Apr; 28(4):546-53. [Uses AHRQ's socioeconomic status indicator, citing AHRQ publication, Creation of New Race-Ethnicity Codes and Socioeconomic Status (SES) Indicators for Medicare Beneficiaries, 2012, as published on the AHRQ Web site; discusses the use of the Zhan criteria in formulating the HEDIS list of medications used to verify claims for high risk medications, citing AHRQ-authored article by Zhan, Sangl, Bierman, Miller, Friedman, Wickizer, and Meyer (authors are former and current AHRQ staff members) (JAMA, 2001), which uses 1996 MEPS data; cites National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) measure summary "Use of high-risk medications in the elderly: percentage of Medicare members 65 years of age and older who received at least one high-risk medication," 2012, as posted on AHRQ's NQMC Web site.]Select to access the abstract.

Reid RO, Ashwood JS, Friedberg MW, et al. Retail clinic visits and receipt of primary care. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Apr; 28(4):504-12. [Identifies "chronic diagnoses using ICD-9 criteria described" in AHRQ-funded article by Kuhlthau et al. (Pediatrics, 2001); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Liss et al. (Ann Fam Med, 2011), Grumbach et al. (JAMA, 1999), and Forrest and Starfield B (J Fam Pract, 1996).]Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
Smith M, Davis MA, Stano M, et al. Aging baby boomers and the rising cost of chronic back pain: secular trend analysis of longitudinal Medical Expenditures Panel Survey data for years 2000 to 2007. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2013 Jan; 36(1):2-11. [Uses 2000-2007 MEPS data (panels 5 through 11) and MEPS Medical Conditions data file, citing article by Smith (J Manipulative Physiol Ther, 2010); cites MEPS HC-085A: 2004 Prescribed Medicine, 2006 (as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site).]Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics
Lé Cook B, Manning W, Alegría M. Measuring disparities across the distribution of mental health care expenditures. J Ment Health Policy Econ 2013 Mar; 16(1):3-12. [Uses 2004-2008 MEPS data, citing MEPS HC-036BRR: MEPS 1996-2006 Replicates for Calculating Variances File, 2008; cites AHRQ's NHQR, 2008; cites AHRQ-authored articles by Zuvekas and Fleishman (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Med Care, 2008), Zuvekas and Taliaferro (former AHRQ researcher) (Health Aff, 2003), and Zuvekas (Health Aff, 2001).]

Cook B, Liu Z, Lessios A, et al. The value of estimating mental health care disparities. J Ment Health Policy Econ 2013 Mar; 16(Suppl 1):S6. [Uses 2004-2010 MEPS data.]

Medical Care
Sadeghi B, White RH, Maynard G, et al. Improved coding of postoperative deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in administrative data (AHRQ Patient Safety Indicator 12) after introduction of new ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes. Med Care 2013 Apr 1. [Epub ahead of print. Uses AHRQ Patient Safety Indicator (PSI) 12 ("Postoperative pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis") and a sample of hospitals participating in AHRQ's PSI Validation Pilot and identified through "the AHRQ quality indicators technical support listserve," citing AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site, AHRQ-funded article by White et al. (Med Care, 2009), and articles by Rosen et al. (Med Care, 2012), Kaafarani et al. (J Am Coll Surg, 2011), and Zrelak et al. (J Healthc Qual, 2011); cites PSI 12-related data as accessed on AHRQ's HCUPnet Web site; mentions AHRQ's proposed "new set of ICD-9-CM codes for superficial, upper extremity, and chronic venous thrombosis, which the ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee implemented effective from October 2009," citing AHRQ-authored article by Zhan, Battles, Chiang (first and third authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence and second author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety) et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2007), AHRQ-funded article by Weller et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Saf, 2004), and article by Romano et al. (Health Serv Res, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care Research and Review
Singer SJ, Friedberg MW, Kiang MV, et al. Development and preliminary validation of the Patient Perceptions of Integrated Care survey. Med Care Res Rev 2013 Apr; 70(2):143-64. [Uses the CAHPS conventions for question response scales and CAHPS analysis methodologies from AHRQ publication, The CAHPS Database: Preliminary Comparative Data for the CAHPS Clinician & Group Survey, 2010; describes CAHPS clinician and group and patient-center medical home surveys, citing article by Solomon et al. (Med Care, 2005); cites AHRQ publication, Care Coordination Measures Atlas, 2011; cites CAHPS-related articles by Klein et al. (Gerontologist, 2011), Rodriguez and Crane (Health Serv Res, 2011), and Anastario et al. (Health Serv Res, 2010), and O'Malley et al. (Health Serv Res, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Neurology
Kaffashian S, Dugravot A, Elbaz A, et al. Predicting cognitive decline: A dementia risk score vs the Framingham vascular risk scores. Neurology 2013 Apr 2; 80(14):1300-6. [Uses study cohort data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

West China Journal of Stomatology
Pan G, Li C, Li S, et al. Application of dental chairside evidence-based medicine for the treatment temporomandibular osteoarthritis. [Article in Chinese] West China J Stomatol 2012 Dec; 30(6):624-7, 631. [Uses AHRQ's NGC as a data source. Also refer to articles by Mark et al., Pylypchuk and Sarpong, Braithwaite, Friedman, Mutter et al., and Miller and Selden (all in Health Serv Res, 2013), Elliott et al. and Pines, Mutter, and Zocchi (both in Med Care Res Rev, 2013), and Stundner et al. (Reg Anesth Pain Med, 2012), all cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles, and articles by Childress and Beutler and Crownover and Bepko (both in Am Fam Physician, 2013) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Current as of April 2013
Internet Citation: Stress Imaging Use and Repeat Revascularization Among Medicare Patients with High-Risk Coronary Artery Disease: Articles of Interest, April 5, 2013. April 2013. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/20130405.html