Choosing Wisely: Highest-cost Trends in Outpatient Neurology

Articles of Interest, June 14, 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

Annals of Neurology
Burke JF, Skolarus LE, Callaghan BC, Kerber KA. Choosing wisely: highest-cost trends in outpatient neurology. Ann Neurol 2013 May; 73(5):679-83. [Supported by grant R18 HS17690 (to fourth author).] Select to access the abstract.

BMJ Quality and Safety
Patterson MD, Geis GL, Falcone RA, et al. In situ simulation: detection of safety threats and teamwork training in a high risk emergency department. BMJ Qual Saf 2013 Jun; 22(6):468-77. [Supported by grant 1 U18 HS16615-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Wheeler DS, Geis G, Mack EH, et al. High-reliability emergency response teams in the hospital: improving quality and safety using in situ simulation training. BMJ Qual Saf 2013 Jun; 22(6):507-14. [Supported by grant 1 U18 HS16615.] Select to access the abstract.

Cell and Tissue Banking
Siminoff LA, Traino HM. Consenting to donation: an examination of current practices in informed consent for tissue donation in the US. Cell Tissue Bank 2013 Mar; 14(1):85-95. [Supported by grant R01 HS13152.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Affairs
Dimick J, Ruhter J, Sarrazin MV, et al. Black patients more likely than whites to undergo surgery at low-quality hospitals in segregated regions. Health Aff 2013 Jun; 32(6):1046-53. [Supported by grant K08 HS17765 (to first author); uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Press MJ, Scanlon DP, Ryan AM, et al. Limits of readmission rates in measuring hospital quality suggest the need for added metrics. Health Aff 2013 Jun; 32(6):1083-91. [Supported by grant K01 HS18546-01 (to third author).] Select to access the abstract.

Olfson M, Marcus SC. Decline in placebo-controlled trial results suggests new directions for comparative effectiveness research. Health Aff 2013 Jun; 32(6):1116-25. [Supported by grant U19 HS21112 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Health Care Management Science
Ozen A, Balasubramanian H. The impact of case mix on timely access to appointments in a primary care group practice. Health Care Manag Sci 2013 Jun; 16(2):101-18. [Supported by grant R03 HS18795.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Gerber JS, Prasad PA, Fiks AG, et al. Effect of an outpatient antimicrobial stewardship intervention on broad-spectrum antibiotic prescribing by primary care pediatricians: a randomized trial. JAMA 2013 Jun 12; 309(22):2345-52. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-2007-10013; also refer to comments in article by Finkelstein (JAMA, 2013) cited in AHRQ-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Litvin CB, Ornstein SM, Wessell AM, et al. Use of an electronic health record clinical decision support tool to improve antibiotic prescribing for acute respiratory infections: the ABX-TRIP study. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Jun; 28(6):810-16. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-2007-1005-I and grant K08 HS18984 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Baer HJ, Schneider LI, Colditz GA, et al. Use of a Web-based risk appraisal tool for assessing family history and lifestyle factors in primary care. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Jun; 28(6):817-24. [Supported by grant K01 HS19789 (to first author); cites AHRQ publication, Health Risk Appraisals in Primary Care: Current Knowledge and Potential Applications to Improve Preventive Services and Chronic Care, 2009, and AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Collection and Use of Cancer Family History in Primary Care, 2007.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Medical Economics
Sullivan SD, Alfonso-Cristancho R, Carlson J, et al. Review: economic consequences of sequencing biologics in rheumatoid arthritis: a systematic review. J Med Econ 2013; 16(3):391-6. [Supported by grant K12 HS19482.] Select to access the abstract.

New England Journal of Medicine
Huang SS, Septimus E, Kleinman K, et al. Targeted versus universal decolonization to prevent ICU infection. N Engl J Med 2013 Jun 13; 368(24):2255-65. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-20-1000008-I; refer to comments in article by Edmond and Wenzel (N Engl J Med, 2013) cited in AHRQ-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Pediatric Nursing
Swerczek LM, Banister C, Bloomberg GR, et al. A telephone coaching intervention to improve asthma self-management behaviors. Pediatr Nurs 2013 May-Jun; 39(3):125-30, 145. [Supported by grant HS15378.] Select to access the abstract.

Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy
Shoemaker SJ, Staub-DeLong L, Wasserman M, et al. Factors affecting adoption and implementation of AHRQ health literacy tools in pharmacies. Res Soc Adm Pharm 2013 Jun 8. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by contract HHSA 290-2006-00011-I task order 5; assesses the use and implementation of four AHRQ health literacy tools.] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

American Journal of Nursing
Magers TL. Using evidence-based practice to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections. Am J Nurs 2013 Jun; 113(6):34-43. [Lists AHRQ (citing the USA.gov Web site) as a resource for CAUTI prevention.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Public Health
Ghandour RM, Grason HA, Schempf AH, et al. Healthy People 2010 leading health indicators: how children with special health care needs fared. Am J Public Health 2013 Jun; 103(6):e99-e106. [Notes that AHRQ's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) uses the Federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau's definition of children with special health care needs.] Select to access the abstract.

BMJ Quality and Safety
Salas E, Paige JT, Rosen MA. Creating new realities in healthcare: the status of simulation-based training as a patient safety improvement strategy. BMJ Qual Saf 2013 Jun; 22(6):449-52. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Pronovost et al. (J Crit Care, 2008, and N Engl J Med, 2006).]

Walker ST, Sevdalis N. McKay A, et al. Unannounced in situ simulations: integrating training and clinical practice. BMJ Qual Saf 2013 Jun; 22(6):453-8. [Cites AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches, Volume 3: Performance and Tools, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Ross AJ, Anderson JE, Kodate N, et al. Simulation training for improving the quality of care for older people: an independent evaluation of an innovative programme for interprofessional education. BMJ Qual Saf 2013 Jun; 22(6):495-505. [Cites AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation, 2004.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Affairs
Mende S, Roseman D. The Aligning Forces for Quality experience: lessons on getting consumers involved in health care improvements. Health Aff 2013 Jun; 32(6):1092-100. [Mentions AHRQ's Learning Network for Chartered Value Exchanges.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Care Management Science
Shulan M, Gao K, Moore CD. Predicting 30-day all-cause hospital readmissions. Health Care Manag Sci 2013 Jun;16(2):167-75. [Recommends further studies using AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Clinical Classifications Software (CCS), citing AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Healthcare Financial Management
Landman JH. A statewide partnership for reducing readmissions. Healthc Financ Manage 2013 Jun; 67(6):79-86. [Notes the use of AHRQ's Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) discharge education questions to track progress on program improvement implementation.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Judson TJ, Detsky AS, Press MJ. Encouraging patients to ask questions: how to overcome "white-coat silence." JAMA 2013 Jun 12; 309(22):2325-6. [Discusses AHRQ's Questions Are the Answer campaign.]

McAfee T. Encouraging smokers to talk with their physicians about quitting. JAMA 2013 Jun 12; 309(22):2329-30. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008.]

Tinetti ME, Basch E. Patients' responsibility to participate in decision making and research. JAMA 2013 Jun 12; 309(22):2331-2. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored IOM report, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, 2001.]

Finkelstein JA. Putting antibiotic prescribing for children into context. JAMA 2013 Jun 12; 309(22):2388-9. [Comments on article by Gerber et al. (JAMA, 2013) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

JAMA Internal Medicine
Hirsch BR, Califf RM, Cheng SK, et al. Characteristics of oncology clinical trials: insights from a systematic analysis of ClinicalTrials.gov. JAMA Intern Med 2013 Jun 10; 173(11):972-9. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Clancy (AHRQ director) and Collins (Sci Transl Med, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

Joint Commission on Quality and Patient Safety
Weingart S. An interview with Saul Weingart. Interviewed by Edward J. Benz Jr., MD. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2013 Jun; 39(6):243-5. [Mentions former AHRQ director John Eisenberg and AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Weissman et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008) and Weingart et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2005).]

Paxton EW, Kiley M, Love R, et al. Kaiser Permanente implant registries benefit patient safety, quality improvement, cost-effectiveness. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2013 Jun; 39(6):246-52. [Mentions AHRQ's Inpatient Quality Indicators (IQIs) and HCUP data on total joint replacement or pacemaker/pacemaker lead implant procedures, citing AHRQ publication, Hospital Stays Involving Musculoskeletal Procedures, 1997-2005, HCUP Statistical Brief 34, 2007.] Select to access the abstract.

Shabot MM, Monroe D, Inurria J, et al. Memorial Hermann: high reliability from board to bedside. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2013 Jun; 39(6):253-7. [Mentions the use of AHRQ's PSIs.] Select to access the abstract.

Welch SJ, Cheung DS, Apker J, et al. Strategies for improving communication in the emergency department: mediums and messages in a noisy environment. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2013 Jun; 39(6):279-86. [Mentions AHRQ's TeamSTEPPS.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Landon BE. Moving ahead with the PCMJ: some progress, but more testing needed. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Jun; 28(6):753-5. [Cites AHRQ white paper, Building the Evidence Base for the Medical Home: What Sample and Sample Size Do Studies Need?, 2011, prepared by Mathematica Policy Institute under contract HHSA 290-2009-00016-I.]

Journal of Healthcare Management
Hamrock E, Paige K, Parks J, et al. Discrete event simulation for healthcare organizations: a tool for decision making. J Healthc Manag 2013 Mar-Apr; 58(2):110-24. [Cites AHRQ Portfolios of Research, 2008, as published on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Patient Safety
Saman DM, Kavanagh KT, Abusalem SK. Redefining the standardized infection ratio to aid in consumer value purchasing. J Patient Saf 2013 Jun; 9(2):55-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Berenholtz et al. (Crit Care Med, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Barajas-Nava LA, Calvache JA, Lopez-Alcalde J, et al. Identification and description of randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews on patient safety published in medical journals. J Patient Saf 2013 Jun; 9(2):79-86. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Shojania et al. (JAMA, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Kennerly DA, Saldana M, Kudyakov R, et al. Description and evaluation of adaptations to the Global Trigger Tool to enhance value to adverse event reduction efforts. J Patient Saf 2013 Jun; 9(2):87-94. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Classen et al. (JAMA, 1991).] Select to access the abstract.

Robbins CM, Stillwell T, Johnson D, et al. Integrating patient safety and clinical pharmacy services into the care of a high-risk, ambulatory population: a collaborative approach. J Patient Saf 2013 Jun; 9(2):110-17. [Cites AHRQ publication, Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit, 2010.] Select to access the abstract.

Lancet
Goodnough LT, Levy JH, Murphy MF. Concepts of blood transfusion in adults. Lancet 2013 May 25-31; 381(9880):1845-54. [Cites data from AHRQ publication, HCUP Facts and Figures, Section 3: Inpatient Hospital Stays by Procedure, 2009, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Modern Healthcare
Performance comparisons, by hospital ownership: Truven Health Analytics 15 top health systems. Mod Healthc 2013 Jun 10; 43(22 Suppl):8. [Includes data based on AHRQ POA-enabled risk models and 2011 HCAHPS data.]

How a 5-hospital network reduced infection rates, saved over $2 million—and increased patient satisfaction. Mod Healthc 2013 Jun 10; 43(22 Suppl):13. [Gives improvement percentage for HCAHPS "cleanliness of environment" rating.]

Performance comparisons, by hospital type: strengths and weaknesses. Mod Healthc 2013 Jun 10; 43(22 Suppl):14-15, 18, 20-2. [Discusses surveyed hospitals' HCAHPS scores on various survey questions and measures.]

New England Journal of Medicine
Edmond MB, Wenzel RP. Screening inpatients for MRSA—case closed. N Engl J Med 2013 Jun 13; 368(24):2314-15. [Comments on article by Huang et al. (N Engl J Med, 2013) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Pain Management Nursing
Larner D. Chronic pain transition: a concept analysis. Pain Manag Nurs 2013 Jun 14. [Epub ahead of print. Mentions 2008 MEPS data, citing article by Gaskin and Richard (J Pain, 2012).] Select to access the abstract.

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

American Journal of Public Health
Melvin CL, Corbie-Smith G, Kumanyika SK, et al. Developing a research agenda for cardiovascular disease prevention in high-risk rural communities. Am J Public Health 2013 Jun; 103(6):1011-21. [Mentions Affordable Care Act provisions requiring coverage of USPSTF recommendations graded A or B.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Internal Medicine
Moyer VA, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Primary care interventions to prevent child maltreatment: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. Ann Intern Med 2013 Jun 11. [Epub ahead of print. Presents an update of the child abuse and neglect portion of the 2004 USPSTF recommendation statement on screening for family and intimate partner violence, citing AHRQ evidence synthesis, Behavioral Interventions and Counseling to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect: Systematic Review to Update the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation, 2013, and USPSTF recommendations on screening for family and intimate partner violence (Ann Intern Med, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

CMAJ
Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care. Recommendations on screening for depression in adults. CMAJ 2013 Jun 11; 185(9):775-82. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for depression in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2009) and associated evidence synthesis, Screening for Depression in Adults and Older Adults in Primary Care: An Updated Systematic Review, 2009, and cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on screening for depression in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Health Care Management Science
Miller G, Daly M, Roehrig C. Tradeoffs in cardiovascular disease prevention, treatment, and research. Health Care Manag Sci 2013 Jun; 16(2):87-100. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored systematic review on priorities among effective clinical preventive services (Am J Prev Med, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Mitka M. Group now advises against routine PSA screening. JAMA 2013 Jun 12; 309(22):2316. [Mentions USPSTF recommendations on prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing.]

JAMA Internal Medicine
Wenger NS. Skin cancer and shared decision making. JAMA Intern Med 2013 Jun 10; 173(11):1012-13. [Cites Recommendations for Adults as published on the USPSTF Web site.]

Harris RP, Sheridan S, Kinsinger L. Regarding "Time to rethink screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm?" JAMA Intern Med 2013 Jun 10; 173(11):1032-3. [Mentions previous commentary's reference to 2005 USPSTF recommendations on screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm in men aged 65 to 75 years who had ever smoked.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Politi MC, Wolin KY, Legare F. Implementing clinical practice guidelines about health promotion and disease prevention through shared decision making. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Jun; 28(6):838-44. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statements, Screening for Colorectal Cancer, 2008, Screening for Breast Cancer, 2009, and Screening for Prostate Cancer, 2012, and USPSTF recommendations on aspirin for the primary prevention of cardiovascular events (Ann Intern Med, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Lancet
De Souto Barreto P. Prescription of physical activity. Lancet 2013 May 11; 381(9878):208-15. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on counseling by physicians to improve physical activity (Ann Intern Med, 2002.]

Texas Medicine
Sorrel AL. Investing in prevention: TMA releases new quality improvement tool. Tex Med 2013 Jun 1; 109(6):39-42. [Describes development of prevention calculators for each preventive service recommended by the USPSTF and covered by the Affordable Care Act.]

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

American Journal of Nursing
Dickens C, Piano MR. Health literacy and nursing: an update. Am J Nurs 2013 Jun; 113(6):52-9. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Health Literacy Interventions and Outcomes: An Updated Systematic Review, 2011; also cites AHRQ publication, Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit, 2010, AHRQ-authored article by Koh, Brach (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) et al. (Health Aff, 2013), and AHRQ-authored Institute of Medicine (IOM) discussion paper by Brach et al, Attributes of a Health Literate Organization, 2012; lists AHRQ (citing the USA.gov Web site) as an online resource.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA Internal Medicine
Hung WW, Ross JS, Farber J, et al. Evaluation of the Mobile Acute Care of the Elderly (MACE) service. JAMA Intern Med 2013 Jun 10; 173(11):990-6. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, 2001.] Select to access the abstract.

Michtalik HJ, Pronovost PJ, Marsteller JA, et al. Developing a model for attending physician workload and outcomes. JAMA Intern Med 2013 Jun 10; 173(11):1026-8. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Nurse Staffing and Quality of Patient Care, 2007, and AHRQ-sponsored systematic review by Fletcher et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2004) on effects of resident work hours on patient safety.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Nicolaidis C, Raymaker D, McDonald K, et al. Comparison of healthcare experiences in autistic and non-autistic adults: a cross-sectional online survey facilitated by an academic-community partnership. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Jun; 28(6):761-9. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Community-based Participatory Research: Assessing the Evidence, 2004.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care Research and Review
Blalock SJ, Roberts AW, Lauffenburger JC, et al. The effect of community pharmacy-based interventions on patient health outcomes: a systematic review. Med Care Res Rev 2013 Jun; 70(3):235-66. [Uses criteria for assessing risk of bias as described in AHRQ publication, Assessing the Risk of Bias of Individual Studies in Systematic Reviews of Health care Interventions. AHRQ Methods Guide for Comparative Effectiveness Reviews, 2012; cites AHRQ-authored article by Smith and Clancy (A J Med Qual, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gee RE, Newman J. Health information technology. Obstet Gynecol 2013 Jun; 121(6):1161-4. [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 EPC. Also refer to article by Baer et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2013) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

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

Family Medicine
Kutob RM, Bormanis J, Crago M, et al. Assessing culturally competent diabetes care with unannounced standardized patients. Fam Med 2013 Jun; 45(6):400-8. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2003, as published on AHRQ's Archive Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Health Affairs
Dill MJ, Pankow S, Erikson C, et al. Survey shows consumers open to a greater role for physician assistants and nurse practitioners. Health Aff 2013 Jun; 32(6):1135-42. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2011; cites AHRQ publications, The Number of Practicing Primary Care Physicians in the United States, 2011, and The Number of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants Practicing Primary Care in the United States, 2011.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Armstrong K, Keating NL, Landry M, et al. Academic general medicine: a mission for the future. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Jun; 28(6):845-51. [Cites AHRQ's NHQR and NHDR, 2010; cites AHRQ-authored article by Clancy (Health Aff, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Health Affairs
DeLeire T, Dague L, Leininger L, et al. Wisconsin experience indicates that expanding public insurance to low-income childless adults has health care impacts. Health Aff 2013 Jun; 32(6):1037-45. [Uses AHRQ's Prevention Quality Indicators (PQIs), citing Guide to Prevention Quality Indicators: Hospital Admission for Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions, 2001; cites AHRQ publication, Access to Health Care—Sources and Barriers: 1996, MEPS Research Findings 3, 1997.] Select to access the abstract.

Karaca-Mandic P, Yoo SJ, Sommers BD. Recession led to a decline in out-of-pocket spending for children with special health care needs. Health Aff 2013 Jun; 32(6):1054-62. [Uses 2001-2009 MEPS data, citing Health Care Expenses and Utilization for Children With Special Health Care Needs, 2008: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, MEPS Statistical Brief 343, 2011, and MEPS HC-129: 2009 Full Year Consolidated Data File, 2011, both published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Fronstin P, Sepulveda MJ, Roebuck MC. Consumer-directed health plans reduce the long-term use of outpatient physician visits and prescription drugs. Health Aff 2013 Jun; 32(6):1126-34. [Uses the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index as described in AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992).] Select to access the abstract.

Zallman L, Woolhandler S, Himmelstein D, et al. Immigrants contributed an estimated $115.2 billion more to the Medicare Trust Fund than they took out in 2002-09. Health Aff 2013 Jun; 32(6):1153-60. [Uses 2002-2009 MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Safety
Ibrahim SE, Gregory KD, Kilpratrick SJ, et al. A quality improvement to reduce the rate of elective deliveries < 39 weeks. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2013 Jun; 39(6):274-8. [Uses ICD-9-CM algorithm specified by AHRQ, citing Joint Commission publication, PC-01 Elective Delivery, 2012.]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Fifield J, Forest DD, Burleson JA, et al. Quality and efficiency in small practices transitioning to patient centered medical homes: a randomized trial. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Jun; 28(6):778-86. [Uses methodologies from AHRQ publication, Improving Evaluations of the Medical Home, 2011; summarizes findings from AHRQ-sponsored final report, Early Evidence on the Patient-Centered Medical Home, 2012, performed by Mathematica Policy Institute.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Patient Safety
Mull HJ, Borzecki AM, Hickson K, et al. Development and testing of tools to detect ambulatory surgical adverse events. Patient Saf 2013 Jun; 9(2):96-102. [Uses selected AHRQ PSIs, citing AHRQ publication, Patient Safety Indicators Technical Specifications Version 4.1, 2010.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care Research and Review
He D, Mellor JM, Jankowitz E. Racial and ethnic disparities in the surgical treatment of acute myocardial infarction: the role of hospital and physician effects. Med Care Res Rev 2013 Jun; 70(3):287-309. [Uses the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index as described in AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992).] Select to access the abstract.

Chen J, Vargas-Bustamante A, Ortega AN. Health care expenditures among Asian American subgroups. Med Care Res Rev 2013 Jun; 70(3):310-29. [Uses 2002-2009 MEPS data, as accessed on AHRQ's MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Howell EA, Zeitlin J, Hebert P, et al. Paradoxical trends and racial differences in obstetric quality and neonatal and maternal mortality. Obstet Gynecol 2013 Jun; 121(6):1201-8. [Uses 2000-2009 HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) Comparison Report 2007, and HCUP Topical Reports—Race/Ethnicity Disparities, all published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; also uses AHRQ Quality Indicators as accessed on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, and Oral Radiology
Allareddy V, Karimbux NY, Dodson TB, et al. Predictors of never events in patients undergoing radical dissection of cervical lymph nodes. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol 2013 Jun; 115(6):710-16. [Uses 2008 HCUP NIS data as accessed on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

PLoS One
Liu Y, Chen HJ, Liang L, et al. Parent-child resemblance in weight status and its correlates in the United States. PLoS One 2013 Jun 10; 8(6):e65361. [Uses 2006-2007 MEPS data, citing AHRQ publication, Design and Methods of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, 1997.] Select to access the abstract.

Quality of Life Research
Alghnam S, Palta M, Remington PL, et al. The association between motor vehicle injuries and health-related quality of life: a longitudinal study of a population-based sample in the United States. Qual Life Res 2013 Jun 6. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2000-2007 MEPS data, as accessed on AHRQ's MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Zhang Q, Takeda H. Promoting health informatics for multidisciplinary education in patient safety: a Master Course program. Stud Health Tech Inform 2013; 192:992. [Uses topics in "Envisioning Patient Safety in the Year 2025: Eight Perspectives," in AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches, Volume 1: Assessment, 2008, as part of an interim student survey. Also refer to articles by Dimick et al. (Health Aff, 2013) and Shoemaker et al. (Res Soc Adm Pharm, 2013) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Current as of June 2013
Internet Citation: Choosing Wisely: Highest-cost Trends in Outpatient Neurology: Articles of Interest, June 14, 2013. June 2013. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/20130614.html