Rate Versus Rhythm Control for Management of Atrial Fibrillation in Clinical Practice: Results from the ORBIT-AF Registry

Articles of Interest, May 3, 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 Heart Journal
Steinberg BA, Holmes DN, Ezekowitz MD, et al. Rate versus rhythm control for management of atrial fibrillation in clinical practice: results from the Outcomes Registry for Better Informed Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation (ORBIT-AF) registry. Am Heart J 2013 Apr; 165(4):622-9. [Supported by grant 1 U19 HS21092.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Andrews CM, Shin HC, Marsh JC, et al. Client and program characteristics associated with wait time to substance abuse treatment entry. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse 2013 Jan; 39(1):61-8. [Supported by grant 5 T32 HS00084-12.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Haywood C Jr, Tanabe P, Naik R, et al. The impact of race and disease on sickle cell patient wait times in the emergency department. Am J Emerg Med 2013 Apr; 31(4):651-6. [Supported by grant 1 R18 HS19646-01A1 (to second author).] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Managed Care
Campbell JD, McQueen RB, Miravalle A, et al. Comparative effectiveness of early natalizumab treatment in JC virus-negative relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. Am J Manag Care 2013; 19(4):278-85. [Supported by grant K12 HS19464 as part of the Colorado Comparative Effectiveness Research K12 Training Program.] Select to access the abstract.

Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Fritz SA, Hogan PG, Camins BC, et al. Mupirocin and chlorhexidine resistance in Staphylococcus aureus in patients with community-onset skin and soft tissue infections. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 2013 Jan; 57(1):559-68. [Supported by grant R01 HS21736.] Select to access the abstract.

BMC Geriatrics
Fowler NR, Chen YF, Thurton CA, et al. The impact of Medicare prescription drug coverage on the use of antidementia drugs. BMC Geriatr 2013 Apr 27; 13:37. [Supported by grant K12 HS19461-01.] Select to access the abstract.

BMC Health Services Research
Olomu AB, Corser WD, Stommel M, et al. Do self-report and medical record comorbidity data predict longitudinal functional capacity and quality of life health outcomes similarly? BMC Health Serv Res 2012 Nov 14; 12:398.  [Supported by grant R01 HS10531 (Translating Research: Patient Decision Support/Coaching) and R01 HS10531-0251 (to first author).]  Select to access the abstract.

Wang V, Maciejewski ML, Patel UD, et al. Comparison of outcomes for veterans receiving dialysis care from VA and non-VA providers. BMC Health Serv Res 2013 Jan 18; 13:26. [Supported by grant K12 HS19479 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

BMC Medical Research Methodology
Schneeweiss S, Rassen JA, Glynn RJ, Myers J, Daniel GW, Singer J, Solomon DH, Kim S, Rothman KJ, Liu J, Avorn J. Supplementing claims data with outpatient laboratory test results to improve confounding adjustment in effectiveness studies of lipid-lowering treatments. BMC Med Res Methodol 2012 Nov 26; 12:180. [Supported by grant K01 HS18088 (to second author); notes that first author is principal investigator of the AHRQ-funded Brigham and Women's Hospital Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness (DEcIDE) Center on Comparative Effectiveness Research and DEcIDE Methods Center.] Select to access the abstract.

BMC Pulmonary Medicine
Prieto Centurion V, Huang F, Naureckas ET, et al. Confirmatory spirometry for adults hospitalized with a diagnosis of asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbation. BMC Pulm Med 2012 Dec 7; 12:73. [Supported by grant R13 HS17894.]  Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology
Erickson KF, Lea J, McClellan WM. Interaction between GFR and risk factors for morbidity and mortality in African Americans with CKD. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 2013 Jan; 8(1):75-81. [Supported by grant F32 HS19178 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Critical Care
Cohen MD, Hilligoss B, Kajdacsy-Balla et al. A handoff is not a telegram: an understanding of the patient is co-constructed. Crit Care 2012 Feb 8; 16(1):303. [Supported by grant R36 HS18758.] Select to access the abstract.

Current Opinion in Critical Care
Hirshberg E, Miller RR 3rd, Morris AH. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in adults with acute respiratory distress syndrome. Curr Opin Crit Care 2013 Feb; 19(1):38-43. [Supported by grant HS06594.] Select to access the abstract.

Diabetes Care
Bardenheier BH, Elixhauser A, Imperatore G, et al. Variation in prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus among hospital discharges for obstetric delivery across 23 states in the United States. Diabetes Care 2013 May; 36(5):1209-14. [Second author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets; uses 2008 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) State Inpatient Databases (SID) data, as accessed on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Economics
Stoler A, Meltzer D. Mortality and morbidity risks and economic behavior. Health Econ 2013 Feb; 22(2):132-43. [Supported by Centers for Research and Education on Therapeutics (CERTs) grant U18 HS16967-01 (to second author).] Select to access the abstract.

Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Sitzlar B, Deshpande A, Fertelli D, Kundrapu S, Sethi AK, Donskey CJ. An environmental disinfection odyssey: evaluation of sequential interventions to improve disinfection of Clostridium difficile isolation rooms. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2013 May; 34(5):459-65. [Supported by grant R18 HS20004-01A1 (to sixth author).] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal of Nursing Studies
Kutney-Lee A, Wu ES, Sloane DM, et al. Changes in hospital nurse work environments and nurse job outcomes: an analysis of panel data. Int J Nurs Stud 2013 Feb; 50(2):195-201. [Supported by grant K08 HS18534 (first author is principal investigator).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Adolescent Health
Lau JS, Adams SH, Irwin CE Jr, Ozer EM. Receipt of preventive health services in young adults. J Adolesc Health 2013 Jan; 52(1):42-9. [Supported by grant R21 HS20997.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Aging and Health
Fowler NR, Hansen AS, Barnato AE, Garand L. Association between anticipatory grief and problem solving among family caregivers of persons with cognitive impairment. J Aging Health 2013 Apr; 25(3):493-509. [Supported by grant K12 HS19461.]  Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Hempel S, Newberry S, Wang Z, Booth M, Shanman R, Johnsen B, Shier V, Saliba D, Spector WD, et al. Hospital fall prevention: a systematic review of implementation, components, adherence, and effectiveness. J Am Geriatr Soc 2013 Apr; 61(4):483-494. [Ninth author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets; supported by contract HHSA 290-2010-00017-I, task order 1; acknowledges support from Rhona Limcangco (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets); cites AHRQ-sponsored working paper, Review of the Evidence on Falls Prevention in Hospitals: Task 4 Final Report, 2012, prepared by RAND Health.] Select to access the abstract.

Min L, Wenger N, Walling AM, et al. When comorbidity, aging, and complexity of primary care meet: development and validation of the Geriatric CompleXity of Care Index. J Am Geriatr Soc 2013 Apr; 61(4):542-50. [Supported by grant R21 HS17621.]  Select to access the abstract.

Kistler CE, Sloane PD, Platts-Mills TF, et al. Challenges of antibiotic prescribing for assisted living residents: perspectives of providers, staff, residents, and family members. J Am Geriatr Soc 2013 Apr; 61(4):565-70. [Supported by grant K12 HS19468-01 (to first author) and contract HHSA 290-2007-10014 (to the Collaborative Studies in Long Term Care program through the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).] Select to access the abstract.

Shah MN, Morris D, Jones CM, et al. A qualitative evaluation of a telemedicine-enhanced emergency care program for older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc 2013 Apr; 61(4):571-6. [Supported by grant R01 HS18047.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Radley DC, Wasserman MR, Olsho LE, Reduction in medication errors in hospitals due to adoption of computerized provider order entry systems. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2013 May 1; 20(3):470-6. [Supported by contract 233-02-0088 task order HHS P23 200700008T.]  Select to access the abstract.

Galanter W, Falck S, Burns M, Indication-based prescribing prevents wrong-patient medication errors in computerized provider order entry (CPOE). J Am Med Inform Assoc 2013 May 1; 20(3):477-81. [Supported by grant U19 HS21093.] Select to access the abstract.

Wade-Vuturo AE, Mayberry LS, Osborn CY. Secure messaging and diabetes management: experiences and perspectives of patient portal users. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2013 May 1; 20(3):519-25. [Supported by grant T32 HS13833 (to second author).] Select to access the abstract.

Tang PC, Overhage JM, Chan AS, et al. Online disease management of diabetes: engaging and motivating patients online with enhanced resources-diabetes (EMPOWER-D), a randomized controlled trial. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2013 May 1; 20(3):526-34. [Supported by grant 1 R18 HS17179-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Dixon BE, Gamache RE, Grannis SJ. Towards public health decision support: a systematic review of bidirectional communication approaches. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2013 May 1; 20(3):577-83. [Supported by grant R01 HS20909; 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, performed by the Southern California-University of California at San Francisco Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC).]  Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute Monographs
Penson DF. Factors influencing patients' acceptance and adherence to active surveillance. J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr 2012 Dec; 2012(45):207-12. [Supported by grant 1 R01 HS19356-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Pharmacotherapy
Harpe SE, Inocencio TJ, Pakyz AL, et al. Characterization of continued antibacterial therapy after diagnosis of hospital-onset Clostridium difficile infection: implications for antimicrobial stewardship. Pharmacotherapy 2012 Aug; 32(8):744-54. [Supported by grant K08 HS18578 (to third author).]  Select to access the abstract.

Psychiatric Services
Kornfield R, Watson S, Higashi AS, et al. Effects of FDA advisories on the pharmacologic treatment of ADHD, 2004-2008. Psychiatr Serv 2013 Apr 1; 64(4):339-46. [Supported by grant R01 HS18996-0.] Select to access the abstract.

Stroke
Albright KC, Boehme AK, Mullen MT, et al. Changing demographics at a comprehensive stroke center amidst the rise in primary stroke centers. Stroke 2013 Apr; 44(4):1117-23. [Supported by grant 5 T32 HS13852-10.] Select to access the abstract.

World Health & Population
Zullig LL, Muiruri C, Abernethy A, Bartlett J, et al. Cancer registration needs assessment at a tertiary medical centre in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. World Health Popul 2013; 14(2):12-23. [Supported by grant T84 HS21123 (to fourth author, attributed to HRSA). Also refer to AHRQ-funded article by Saldanha et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 2013) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles .]  Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Managed Care
Zeng F, Patel BV, Brunetti L. Effects of coverage gap reform on adherence to diabetes medications. Am J Manag Care 2013; 19(4):308-16. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Raebel et al. (Health Aff, 2009) and Fung et al. (Health Serv Res, 2010).]  Select to access the abstract.

Ralston JD, Silverberg MJ, Grothaus L, et al. Use of web-based shared medical records among patients with HIV. Am J Manag Care 2013 Apr 1; 19(4):e114-24. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Gebo, Fleishman Conviser, Reilly, Korthuis, Moore, Hellinger, Keiser, Rubin, Crane, Hellinger (second and eleventh authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends and Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, respectively) et al.(J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr, 2005) and AHRQ-funded article by Andersen et al. (Health Serv Res, 2000), which uses data from the AHRQ-sponsored HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS); also cites AHRQ-authored article by Lé Cook, McGuire, and Zuvekas (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Med Care Res Rev, 2009) and AHRQ-funded articles by Sarkar et al. (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2011), Kahn et al. (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2010), Ralston et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2009, and J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2007), and others.] Select to access the abstract.

Harrison TN, Derose SF, Cheetham TC, et al. Primary nonadherence to statin therapy: patients' perceptions. Am J Manag Care 2013 Apr; 19(4):e133-e139. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Fischer et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2010), Sarkar et al. (J Health Commun, 2010), and Mann et al. (Cardiovasc Drugs Ther, 2007).] Select to access the abstract.

Magnezi R, Kaufman G, Ziv A, et al. Disease management programs: barriers and benefits. Am J Manag Care 2013 Apr; 19(4):e140-e147. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Fraser, Encinosa (authors are director of and researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, respectively) et al. (Health Serv Res, 2008); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Hebert et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008), Landon et al. (N Engl J Med, 2007), Sisk et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006), and Landon, Reschovsky, and Blumenthal (JAMA, 2003).]

American Journal of Public Health
Henning-Smith C, Shippee TP, McAlpine D, et al. Stigma, discrimination, or symptomatology differences in self-reported mental health between US-born and Somalia-born Black Americans. Am J Public Health 2013 May; 103(5):861-7. [Earlier version was presented as a poster at the 2011 AHRQ 17th Annual National Research Service Award Trainee Conference; cites AHRQ-authored article by Zuvekas and Fleishman (Med Care, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Applied Clinical Trials
Vasanji A, Hoover BA. Art and science of imaging analytics. App Clin Trials 2013 Mar 1. Online. [Mentions AHRQ as a valuable resource for information on the guidelines for patient radiation dosage, citing article by Stecker et al. (J Vasc Intervent Radiol, 2009).]

HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal
Stichler JF. Design considerations for aging populations. HERD 2013 Winter; 6(2):7-11. [Cites HCUP data from AHRQ publication, Hospital Utilization Among Oldest Adults, 2008, HCUP Statistical Brief 103, 2010.]

JAMA
Cornfield DN, Lane R, Abman SH. Creation and retention of the next generation of physician-scientists for child health research. JAMA 2013 May 1; 309(17):1781-2. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Landrigan et al. (Pediatrics, 2008).]

JAMA Surgery
Goodney PP. Cost of and access to surgical care: how much, and how far? JAMA Surg 2013 May 1. [Epub ahead of print. Cites article by Dimick, Welch, and Birkmeyer (JAMA, 2004), which uses AHRQ's HCUP data.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Ching JM, Long C, Williams BL, Using lean to improve medication administration safety: in search of the "perfect dose". Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2013 May; 39(5):195-204. [Cites AHRQ publication, Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses, 2008; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bates et al. (JAMA, 1997 and 1995).]  Select to access the abstract.

Block M, Ehrenworth JF, Cuce VM, et al. Measuring handoff quality in labor  and delivery: development, validation, and application of the Coordination of Handoff Effectiveness Questionnaire (CHEQ). Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2013 May; 39(5):213-20. [Gives definition of an effective handoff from AHRQ's TeamSTEPPS™, citing TeamSTEPPS: National Implementation, as accessed on AHRQ's TeamSTEPPS Web site.]  Select to access the abstract.

Birnbach DJ, Rosen LF, Williams L, et al. A framework for patient safety: a defense nuclear industry-based high-reliability model. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2013 May; 39(5):233-40. [Mentions AHRQ proposals to improve patient safety, citing AHRQ publication, Becoming a High Reliability Organization: Operational Advice for Hospital Leaders, 2008, as published on the AHRQ Web site; also cites Central, Not Epidural, 2011, as published on AHRQ's Morbidity and Mortality Rounds on the Web (WebM&M) Web site, and AHRQ-funded article by Berenholtz et al. (Crit Care Med, 2004).]

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
AGS Choosing Wisely Workgroup. American Geriatrics Society identifies five things that healthcare providers and patients should question. J Am Geriatr Soc 2013 Apr; 61(4):622-31. [Notes that Workgroup member Bruce Leff has received grants from AHRQ.]  Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Fung KW, Jao CS, Demner-Fushman D. Extracting drug indication information from structured product labels using natural language processing. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2013 May 1; 20(3):482-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Galanter, et al. (Int J Med Inform, 2010).]  Select to access the abstract.

Hruby GW, McKiernan J, Bakken S, et al. A centralized research data repository enhances retrospective outcomes research capacity: a case report. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2013 May 1; 20(3):563-7. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Holve et al. (Med Care, 2012).]  Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Graham JE, Deutsch A, O'Connell AA, et al. Inpatient rehabilitation volume and functional outcomes in stroke, lower extremity fracture, and lower extremity joint replacement. Med Care 2013 May; 51(5):404-12. [Notes that volume is one of the three measures in AHRQ's list of Inpatient Quality Indicators, citing AHRQ publication, Guide to Inpatient Quality Indicators: Quality of Care in Hospitals—Volume, Mortality, and Utilization, 2007; also cites several AHRQ-funded articles.]  Select to access the abstract.

Lábbeke A, Hovaguimian F, Wickboldt N, et al. Effectiveness of the surgical safety checklist in a high standard care environment. Med Care 2013 May; 51(5):425-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Stevenson DG, Spittal MJ, Studdert DM. Does litigation increase or decrease health care quality?: a national study of negligence claims against nursing homes. Med Care 2013 May; 51(5):430-6. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Zhang and Grabowski (Gerontologist, 2004) and AHRQ-sponsored Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, 2001.]  Select to access the abstract.

Tabak YP, Sun X, Hyde L, et al. Using enriched observational data to develop and validate age-specific mortality risk adjustment models for hospitalized pediatric patients. Med Care 2013 May; 51(5):437-45. [Notes that preliminary data for this article were presented at the AHRQ Comparative Effectiveness Research Methods Symposium: Methods for Developing and Analyzing Clinically Rich Data for PCOR, June 6 and 7, 2011, Washington, DC; mentions AHRQ's $100 million allocation for research into building the electronic clinical data infrastructure to improve patient outcomes, citing AHRQ-sponsored AcademyHealth publication, Building Electronic Clinical Data Infrastructure to Improve Patient Outcomes: CER Project Profiles, Electronic Data Method (EDM) Forum, 2012; cites AHRQ-authored article by Pine, Jordan, Elixhauser (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) et al. (JAMA, 2007) and AHRQ-funded articles by Fine et al. (N Engl J Med, 1997), Silber et al. (JAMA, 1995), and Knaus et al. (Ann Intern Med, 1993).]  Select to access the abstract.

New England Journal of Medicine
Baicker K, Taubman SL, Allen HL, et al. The Oregon experiment--effects of Medicaid on clinical outcomes. N Engl J Med 2013 May 2; 368(18):1713-22. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Eisenberg and Power (former AHRQ director and AHRQ researcher, respectively) (JAMA, 2000).]  Select to access the abstract.

Obstetrics & Gynecology
Oshiro BT, Kowalewski L, Sappenfield W, et al. A multistate quality improvement program to decrease elective deliveries before 39 weeks of gestation. Obstet Gynecol  2013 May; 121(5):1025-31. [Cites AHRQ publication, Hospitalizations Related to Childbirth, 2006, HCUP Statistical Brief 71, 2009.]   Select to access the abstract.

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

American Family Physician
Garrison AW. Obesity in pregnancy. Am Fam Physician 2013 May 1; 87(9):606, 608. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for and Management of Obesity in Adults, 2012, as published on the USPSTF Web site.]

American Journal of Health Education
Bajracharya SM, Wigglesworth JK. Colorectal cancer screening: knowledge, perceived benefits and barriers, and intentions among college and university employees. Am J Health Educ 2013 Mar; 44(2):88-95. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on screening adults at average risk for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2002).]

American Journal of Managed Care
Mosen DM, Feldstein AC, Perrin NA, et al. More comprehensive discussion of CRC screening associated with higher screening. Am J Manag Care 2013; 19(4):265-71. [Mentions USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer as based on USPSTF-sponsored evidence review by Whitlock et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Ait Ouakrim D, Lockett T, Boussioutas A, et al. Screening participation predictors for people at familial risk of colorectal cancer: a systematic review. Am J Prev Med 2013 May; 44(5):496-506. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008).]  Select to access the abstract.

Chubak J, Rutter CM, Kamineni A, Measurement in comparative effectiveness research. Am J Prev Med 2013 May; 44(5):513-9. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Shay K, Hyduke B, Burris JF. Strategic plan for geriatrics and extended care in the Veterans Health Administration: background, plan, and progress to date. J Am Geriatr Soc 2013 Apr; 61(4):632-8. [Cites USPSTF Recommendations for Adults landing page on the USPSTF Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Pain Physician
Singh V, Manchikanti L, Onyewu O, et al. J. An update of the appraisal of the accuracy of thoracic discography as a diagnostic test for chronic spinal pain. Pain Physician 2012 Nov-Dec;15(6):E757-75. [Uses USPSTF evidence grading methodologies to classify levels of evidence for selected studies, citing USPSTF-sponsored article by Berg and Allan (Am J Prev Med, 2001) on USPSTF methodologies and AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Systems to Rate the Strength of Scientific Evidence, 2002; also uses AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC) to identify relevant publications; cites USPSTF-sponsored article by Harris et al. Am J Prev Med, 2001) on USPSTF methodologies.] Select to access the abstract.

Therapeutische Umschau
Egger M, Zwahlen M, Cerny T. [Cancer screening - principles, evaluation and implementation]. Ther Umsch 2013 Apr; 70(4):195-203. [Notes the lack of an independent Swiss body comparable to the USPSTF "which examines screening tests and programs and develops recommendations."] Select to access the abstract.

Turkish Journal of Gastroenterology
Simsek H, Shorbagi A, Tatar G. What is the future of research for hereditary hemochromatosis in Turkey. Turk J Gastroenterol 2013 Feb; 24(1):1-4. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review by Whitlock et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006) on screening for hereditary hemochromatosis. Also refer to article by Vandorsten (NIH Consens State Sci Statements, 2013) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles.]  Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy
Traynor K. AHRQ report backs pharmacists in patient safety roles. Am J Health Syst Pharm 2013 May 1; 70(9):744-7. [Reviews AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer II: An Updated Critical Analysis of the Evidence for Patient Safety Practices, 2013.]

American Journal of Public Health
Shim R, Rust G. Primary care, behavioral health, and public health: partners in reducing mental health stigma. Am J Public Health 2013 May; 103(5):774-6. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Integration of Mental Health/Substance Abuse and Primary Care, 2008.]

HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal
Marquardt G, Motzek T. How to rate the quality of a research paper: introducing a helpful algorithm for architects and designers. HERD 2013 Winter; 6(2):119-27. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Systems to Rate the Strength of Scientific Evidence, 2002.]

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Tugwell P, Knottnerus JA, Idzerda L. Methods for setting priorities in systematic reviews. J Clin Epidemiol 2013 May; 66(5):467-8. [Mentions AHRQ's interest in methods for setting priorities in systematic reviews, citing AHRQ-funded articles by Tsertsvadze et al. and Robinson, Saldanha, and McCoy (both in J Clin Epidemiol, 2011); comments on AHRQ-funded article by Saldanha et al. cited below in this section.]

Nasser M, Welch V. Prioritization of systematic reviews leads prioritization of research gaps and needs. J Clin Epidemiol 2013 May; 66(5):522-3. [Comments on AHRQ-funded article by Saldanha et al. cited below in this section.]

Saldanha IJ, Wilson LM, Bennett WL,et al. Development and pilot test of a process to identify research needs from a systematic review. J Clin Epidemiol 2013 May; 66(5):538-45. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-2007-10061-I and based on AHRQ future research needs paper Future Research Needs for the Management of Gestational Diabetes, 2010; applies selected process to AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Therapeutic Management, Delivery, and Postpartum Risk Assessment and Screening in Gestational Diabetes, 2008; gives AHRQ's definitions of comparative effectiveness research and systematic review from Glossary of Terms, as published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Maternal and Child Health Care
Krans EE, Davis MM, Palladino CL. Disparate patterns of prenatal care utilization stratified by medical and psychosocial risk. Matern Child Health J 2013 May; 17(4):639-45. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Perinatal Depression: Prevalence, Screening Accuracy, and Screening Outcomes, 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Needleman J. Assessing low mortality in magnet hospitals. Med Care 2013 May; 51(5):379-81. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Nurse Staffing and Quality of Patient Care, 2007, and associated systematic review and meta-analysis by Kane et al. (Med Care, 2007); cites AHRQ-sponsored IOM report, Keeping Patients Safe: Transforming the Work Environment of Nurses, 2004, and AHRQ-funded article by Needleman et al. (N Engl J Med, 2002).]

Weissman JS, Vogeli C, Levy DE. The quality of hospital care for Medicaid and private pay patients. Med Care 2013 May; 51(5):389-95. [Briefly reviews AHRQ final report, Identifying, Categorizing, and Evaluating Health Care Efficiency Measures, 2008, prepared by the Southern California EPC-RAND Corporation; mentions the formation of a subcommittee to advise the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) about measures to monitor the quality of care for Medicaid-eligible adults by AHRQ's National Advisory Council on Healthcare Research and Quality; cites data from AHRQ publication, Medicaid Hospitalizations, 2008, HCUP Statistical Brief 104, 2011.] Select to access the abstract.

Newhouse RP, Dennison Himmelfarb C, Morlock L, et al. A phased cluster-randomized trial of rural hospitals testing a quality collaborative to improve heart failure care: organizational context matters. Med Care 2013 May; 51(5):396-403. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review and meta-analysis by Kane et al. (Med Care, 2007), performed by the University of Minnesota EPC; cites data from AHRQ's HCUPnet Web site; cites AHRQ-funded article by Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006).]  Select to access the abstract.

NIH Consensus and State-of-the-Science Statements
Vandorsten JP, Dodson WC, Espeland MA, et al. NIH Consensus Development Conference: Diagnosing Gestational Diabetes Mellitus. NIH Consens State Sci Statements 2013 Mar 6; 29(1):1-31. [Based on AHRQ evidence report/technology assessment Screening and Diagnosing Gestational Diabetes Mellitus, 2012, performed by the University of Alberta EPC; mentions the USPSTF's 2008 findings regarding screening women for gestational diabetes mellitus and its plans to reexamine the issue of routine screening. Also refer to article by Dixon, Gamache, and Grannis (J Am Med Inform Assoc , 2013) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles, article by Singh et al. (Pain Physician, 2012) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)/Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP)-Related Articles, and articles by Wilkins, Embry, and George (Am Fam Physician, 2013) and McHugh et al. (Med Care, 2013) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products ] Select to access the abstract.

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

Medical Care
Timbie JW, Hussey PS, Adams JL, et al. Impact of socioeconomic adjustment on physicians' relative cost of care. Med Care 2013 May; 51(5):454-60. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2010.]  Select to access the abstract.

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Accident Analysis and Prevention
St Hilaire MA, Sullivan JP, Anderson C, et al. Classifying performance impairment in response to sleep loss using pattern recognition algorithms on single session testing. Accid Anal Prev 2013 Jan; 50:992-1002. [Uses data from AHRQ-funded studies on hospital interns' work hours, citing AHRQ-funded articles by Anderson et al. (Sleep, 2012) and Lockley et al. (N Engl J Med, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

American Family Physician
Wilkins T, Embry K, George R. Diagnosis and management of acute diverticulitis. Am Fam Physician 2013 May 1; 87(9):612-20. [Uses AHRQ evidence reports and National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC) as data sources.] Select to access the abstract.

Weigle N, McBane S. Psoriasis. Am Fam Physician 2013 May 1; 87(9):626-33. [Uses AHRQ's NGC as a data source.] Select to access the abstract.

Hersh L, Salzman B. Clinical management of urinary incontinence in women. Am Fam Physician 2013 May 1; 87(9):634-40. [Uses AHRQ resources and NGC as data sources.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Managed Care
Kozhimannil KB, Shippee TP, Adegoke O, et al. Trends in hospital-based childbirth care: the role of health insurance. Am J Manag Care 2013 Apr; 19(4):e125-e132. [Uses 2002-2009 HCUP NIS data based on methodologies in article by Kuklina et al. (Matern Child Health J, 2008), and uses HCUP Clinical Classifications Software (CCS), citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2012, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; cites AHRQ publication, The National Hospital Bill: The Most Expensive Conditions by Payer, 2006, HCUP Statistical Brief 59, 2008; cites AHRQ-authored article by Henke, Marder, Friedman, and Wong (third and last authors are former AHRQ researcher and current AHRQ researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Med Care Res Rev, 2011).] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Livingood WC, Sabbagh R, Spitzfaden S, et al. A quality improvement evaluation case study: impact on public health outcomes and agency culture. Am J Prev Med 2013 May; 44(5):445-52. [Uses AHRQ-developed root cause analysis techniques, citing the AHRQ Web site; cites AHRQ-sponsored report, Quality First: Better Health Care for All Americans, 1998.] Select to access the abstract.

Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
Liu Y, Malin JL, Diamant AL, et al. Adherence to adjuvant hormone therapy in low-income women with breast cancer: the role of provider-patient communication. Breast Cancer Res Treat 2013 Feb; 137(3):829-36. [Uses data from responses to four patient-centered communications questions from AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) survey, citing articles by Hargraves et al. (Health Serv Res, 2003) and Hurtado et al. (Health Serv Res, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA Surgery
Gadzinski AJ, Dimick JB, Ye Z, et al. Utilization and outcomes of inpatient surgical care at critical access hospitals in the United States. JAMA Surg 2013 May 1:1-7. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2005-2009 HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data, AHRQ's Clinical Classifications Software, HCUP Cost-to-Charge Ratio Files, and an HCUP cost adjustment factor, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), Clinical Classifications Software for ICD-9-CM, Cost-To-Charge Ratio Files, and Tools for More Accurate Inpatient Cost Estimates with HCUP Databases, 2009, all  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.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Holt E, Joyce C, Dornelles A, et al. Sex differences in barriers to antihypertensive medication adherence: findings from the cohort study of medication adherence among older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc 2013 Apr; 61(4):558-64. [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.

Kapoor A, Chew P, Silliman RA, et al. Venous thromboembolism after joint replacement in older male veterans with comorbidity. J Am Geriatr Soc 2013 Apr; 61(4):590-601. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al. Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Liu M, McPeek Hinz ER, Matheny ME, et al. Comparative analysis of pharmacovigilance methods in the detection of adverse drug reactions using electronic medical records. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2013 May 1; 20(3):420-6. [Uses AHRQ's Clinical Classifications Software diagnosis categories, citing Clinical Classifications Software for Health Policy Research, Version 2; Hospital Inpatient Statistics, HCUP Research Note 1, 1996.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Brooks GA, Li L, Sharma DB, et al. Regional variation in spending and survival for older adults with advanced cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst 2013 May 1; 105(9):634-42. [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 Nursing Administration
Spetz J, Brown DS, Aydin C, et al. The value of reducing hospital-acquired pressure ulcer prevalence: an illustrative analysis. J Nurs Adm 2013 Apr; 43(4):235-41. [Uses the return-on-investment framework from AHRQ's Quality Indicators Tool Kit, citing AHRQ Quality Indicators™ Toolkit for Hospitals, 2012; cites AHRQ publication, Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses, Section III: Patient-centered Care, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Maternal and Child Health Journal
Pan IJ, Yi HY. Prevalence of hospitalized live births affected by alcohol and drugs and parturient women diagnosed with substance abuse at liveborn delivery: United States, 1999-2008. Matern Child Health J 2013 May; 17(4):667-76. [Uses 1999-2008 HCUP NIS data and HCUP Cost-to-Charge Ratio Files, 2011, citing Introduction to  the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2008, and Cost-To-Charge Ratio Files, and NIS Description of Data Elements, 2011, all  published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
McHugh MD, Kelly LA, Smith HL, et al. Lower mortality in magnet hospitals. Med Care 2013 May; 51(5):382-8. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998); cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Nurse Staffing and Quality of Patient Care, 2007, and AHRQ-funded article by Needleman et al. (N Engl J Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Escobar GJ, Gardner MN, Greene JD, et al. Risk-adjusting hospital mortality using a comprehensive electronic record in an integrated health care delivery system. Med Care 2013 May; 51(5):446-53. [Uses the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992); cites AHRQ-funded /authored articles by Glance et al. (Health Serv Res, 2006), Pine, Jordan, Elixhauser et al. (JAMA, 2007), and Knaus et al. (Chest, 1991).]  Select to access the abstract.

Ophthalmology
Wittenborn JS, Zhang X, Feagan CW, et al. The economic burden of vision loss and eye disorders among the United States population younger than 40 years. Ophthalmology 2013 Apr 27. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2003-2008 MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract

Pediatric Nephrology
Wei CC, Wang W, Smoyer WE, et al. Trends in pediatric primary membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis costs and complications. Pediatr Nephrol 2012 Dec; 27(12):2243-50. [Uses 1997-2006 HCUP Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) data.] Select to access the abstract.

Resuscitation
Hansen M, Fleischman R, Meckler G, et al. The association between hospital type and mortality among critically ill children in US EDs. Resuscitation 2013 Apr; 84(4):488-91. [Uses 2007 HCUP National Emergency Department Sample (NEDS) data, citing HCUP-US NEDS Overview, 2010, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Social Security Bulletin
Burtless G, Milusheva S. Effects of employer-sponsored health insurance costs on Social Security taxable wages. Soc Secur Bull 2013; 73(1):83-108. [Uses 1996-2008 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data, citing AHRQ publications, Family-Level Expenditures on Health Care and Insurance Premiums Among the U.S. Nonelderly Population, 2004, MEPS Research Findings 26, 2007, Premiums, Employer Costs, and Employee Contributions for Private Sector Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance, Family Coverage by Firm Size, 1996-2006, MEPS Statistical Brief 230, 2009, and Premiums, Employer Costs, and Employee Contributions for Private Sector Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance, Single Coverage by Firm Size, 1996-2006, MEPS Statistical Brief 231, 2009; also cites AHRQ-authored article by Sing, Banthin, Selden (former and current researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) et al. (Health Care Financ Rev, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

West Virginia Medical Journal
Tworek C, Horn KA, Anderson RH, et al. Encouraging smoking cessation during pregnancy in West Virginia: using Fax-to-Quit as a cessation strategy. W V Med J 2013 Mar-Apr; 109(2):16-21. [Incorporates into the study pilot smoking cessation intervention training based on AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008. Also refer to article by Bardenheier et al. (Diabetes Care, 2013) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]  Select to access the abstract.

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Internet Citation: Rate Versus Rhythm Control for Management of Atrial Fibrillation in Clinical Practice: Results from the ORBIT-AF Registry: Articles of Interest, May 3, 2013. May 2013. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/20130503.html