Effect of Emergency Department Crowding on Outcomes of Admitted Patients

Articles of Interest, June 28, 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 Emergency Medicine
Sun BC, Hsia RY, Weiss RE, et al. Effect of emergency department crowding on outcomes of admitted patients. Ann Emerg Med 2013 Jun; 61(6):605-11. [Supported by grant R03 HS18098.] Select to access the abstract.

Arthritis & Rheumatism
Navarro-Millan I, Charles-Schoeman C, Yang S, Bathon JM, Bridges SL Jr, Chen L, Cofield SS, Dell'Italia LJ, Moreland LW, O'Dell JR, Paulus HE, Curtis JR. Changes in lipoproteins associated with methotrexate or combination therapy in early rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Rheum 2013 Jun; 65(6):1430-8. [Supported by grant R01 HS18517 (to last author).] Select to access the abstract.

Lee JY, Harvey WF, Price LL, et al. Relationship of bone mineral density to progression of knee osteoarthritis. Arthritis Rheum 2013 Jun; 65(6):1541-6. [Supported by grant T32 HS00060 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Health Services Research
Sarpong EM, Miller GE. Racial and ethnic differences in childhood asthma treatment in the United States. Health Serv Res 2013 Jun 26. [Epub ahead of print. Authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; uses 2005-2008 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data, citing MEPS Methodology Report 1, Design and Methods of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, 1997, and MEPS Methodology Report 22, Sample Design of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, 1998-2007, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics
Jiang HJ, Friedman B, Jiang S. Hospital cost and quality performance in relation to market forces: an examination of U.S. community hospitals in the "post-managed care era". Int J Health Care Finance Econ 2013 Mar; 13(1):53-71. [First author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets and second author was a researcher in the same center at time of publication; uses 2001-2005 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) State Inpatient Databases (SID) data and AHRQ's Inpatient Quality Indicators Version 3.1, citing HCUP Methods Series Report, Tools for More Accurate Inpatient Cost Estimates with HCUP Databases, 2009, 2012, Refinement of the HCUP Quality Indicators, 2001, Quality Indicators Risk Adjustment and Hierarchical Modeling Draft Report, 2006, and Inpatient Quality Indicators Version 3.1, 2007.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA Internal Medicine
Doshi P. Influenza vaccines: time for a rethink. JAMA Intern Med 2013 Jun 10; 173(11):1014-16. [Supported by grant T32 HS19488.] Select to access the abstract.

Goldin GH, Sheets NC, Meyer AM, Kuo TM, Wu Y, Sturmer T, et al. Comparative effectiveness of intensity-modulated radiotherapy and conventional conformal radiotherapy in the treatment of prostate cancer after radical prostatectomy. JAMA Intern Med 2013 Jun 24; 173(12):1136-43. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-2005-00401 as part of the Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness (DEcIDE) program; sixth author is principal investigator of the University of North Carolina DEcIDE Center.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Samsky MD, Patel CB, DeWald TA, Smith AD, Felker GM, Rogers JG, Hernandez AF. Cardiohepatic interactions in heart failure: an overview and clinical implications. J Am Coll Cardiol 2013 Jun 18; 61(24):2397-405. [Supported by grant U19 HS21092 (to last author).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Thomas CP, Kim M, Kelleher SJ, et al. Early experience with electronic prescribing of controlled substances in a community setting. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2013 Jun; 20(e1):e44-e51. [Supported by grant R18 HS17157.] Select to access the abstract.

Abramson EL, Malhotra S, Osorio SN, et al. A long-term follow-up evaluation of electronic health record prescribing safety. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2013 Jun; 20(e1):e52-e58. [Supported by grant R18 HS17029.] Select to access the abstract.

Flanagan ME, Saleem JJ, Millitello LG, et al. Paper- and computer-based workarounds to electronic health record use at three benchmark institutions. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2013 Jun; 20(e1):e59-e66. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-06-00013-3.] Select to access the abstract.

Mathias JS, Agrawal A, Feinglass J, et al. Development of a 5 year life expectancy index in older adults using predictive mining of electronic health record data. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2013 Jun; 20(e1):e118-e124. [Supported by grant 5 T32 HS00078-13 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Jacob MG, Wachs JP, Packer RA. Hand-gesture-based sterile interface for the operating room using contextual cues for the navigation of radiological images. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2013 Jun; 20(e1):e183-e186. [Supported by grant R03 HS19837.] Select to access the abstract.

Osteoporosis International
Schousboe JT, Paudel ML, Taylor BC, Virnig BA, Cauley JA, Curtis JR, et al. Magnitude and consequences of misclassification of incident hip fractures in large cohort studies: the Study of Osteoporotic Fractures and Medicare claims data. Osteoporosis Int 2013 Mar; 24(3):801-10. [Supported by grant R01 HS18517 (to sixth author).] Select to access the abstract.

Science Translational Medicine
Shrestha S, Foxman B, Weinberger DM, Steiner C, et al. Identifying the interaction between influenza and pneumococcal pneumonia using incidence data. Sci Transl Med 2013 Jun 26; 5(191):191ra84. [Fourth author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets.] Select to access the abstract.

Simulation in Healthcare
Yudkowsky R, Luciano C, Banerjee P, et al. Practice on an augmented reality/haptic simulator and library of virtual brains improves residents' ability to perform a ventriculostomy. Simul Healthc 2013 Feb; 8(1):25-31. [Supported by grant 1 R03 HS17361-01.] Select to access the abstract.

SpringerPlus
Chaudhry ZW, Brown RV, Fawole OA, et al. Comparative effectiveness of strategies to prevent weight gain among women with and at risk for breast cancer: a systematic review. Springerplus 2013 Jun 26; 2(1):277. [Supported by contract 290-2007-10061-I to the Johns Hopkins EPC and based on AHRQ comparative effectiveness review, Strategies to Prevent Weight Gain among Adults, 2013, prepared by the same EPC under the same contract.] Select to access the abstract.

Virtual Mentor
Farnan JM, Arora VM. A longitudinal approach to handoff training. Virtual Mentor 2012 May; 14(5):383-8. [Supported by grant 1 R03 HS18278-01 (Development and Validation of a Tool to Evaluate Handoff Quality; second author is principal investigator).]

AHRQ-Related Articles

Care Management Journals
Golden AG, Ortiz J, Van TH. Transitional care: looking for the right shoes to fit older adult patients. Care Manag J 2013; 14(2):78-83. [Cites HCUP Statistical Brief 72, Nationwide Frequency and Costs of Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations, 2006, 2009.] Select to access the abstract.

Frontiers of Health Services Management
Leaver WB. Volume to value. Front Health Serv Manag 2013 Summer; 29(4):17-27. [Cites MEPS Statistical Brief 354, The Concentration and Persistence in the Level of Health Expenditures Over Time: Estimates for the U.S. Population, 2008-2009), 2012.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA Internal Medicine
Mrkobrada M, Hackam DG. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and surgery: to hold or not to hold, that is the question: comment on "perioperative use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and risks for adverse outcomes of surgery". JAMA Intern Med 2013 Jun 24; 173(12):1082-3. [Comments on article by Auerbach et al. (JAMA Intern Med, 2013) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products; mentions AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al. Med Care, 1998).]

Drozda JP Jr. Physician specialty society clinical guidelines and bending the cost curve. JAMA Intern Med 2013 Jun 24; 173(12):1097-9. [Comments on article by Schwartz and Pearson (JAMA Intern Med, 2013) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.]

Cooperberg MR. Expanding utilization of intensity-modulated radiotherapy for prostate cancer. JAMA Intern Med 2013 Jun 24; 173(12):1143-4. [Comments on article by Goldin et al. (JAMA Intern Med, 2013) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.]

Nursing New Zealand
Sampson M. Seeking consistency when managing patients. Nurs N Z 2013 Jun; 19(5):26-8. [Cites AHRQ publication, Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Neurodiagnostic Journal
Polito JM. Effective communication during difficult conversations. Neurodiagn J 2013 Jun; 53(2):142-52. [Cites AHRQ publication, Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

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

American Journal of Managed Care
Almeida CM, Rodriguez MA, Skootsky S, et al. Cervical cancer screening overuse and underuse: patient and physician factors. Am J Manag Care 2013 Jun; 19(6):482-9. [Briefly discusses developments in USPSTF recommendations on screening for cervical cancer, citing USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Cervical Cancer, 2003, USPSTF-sponsored systematic evidence review, Screening for Cervical Cancer, 2003, USPSTF updated recommendations on screening for cervical cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2012), and Screening for Cervical Cancer Topic Page, on the USPSTF Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Internal Medicine
Moyer VA; on behalf of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for hepatitis C virus infection in adults: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. Ann Intern Med 2013 Jun 25. [Epub ahead of print. Presents updated USPSTF recommendations on screening for and treatment of hepatitis C virus infection in asymptomatic adults, citing AHRQ comparative effectiveness reviews, Screening for Hepatitis C Infection in Adults, 2012, and Treatment for Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Adults, 2012, and earlier USPSTF recommendations on screening for hepatitis C virus infection in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Ngo-Metzger Q, Ward JW, Waldiserri RO. Expanded hepatitis C virus screening recommendations promote opportunities for care and cure. Ann Intern Med 2013 Jun 25. [Epub ahead of print. Comments on updated USPSTF recommendations cited above in this section.]

Summaries for patients: screening for hepatitis C virus infection in adults: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. Ann Intern Med 2013 Jun 25. [Epub ahead of print. Summarizes updated USPSTF recommendations cited above in this section.]

CME: Your SA Journal of CPD
Coetzee E. Colorectal cancer is common and survival is strongly related to the stage of the disease at diagnosis. CME Your SA J CPD 2013 Jun; 31(6):210-12. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored systematic review on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008).]

JAMA
Kachalia A, Mello MM. Breast cancer screening: conflicting guidelines and medicolegal risk. JAMA 2013 Jun 26; 309(24):2555-6. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2009).]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Block LD, Jarlenski MP, Wu AW, et al. Mammography use among women ages 40-49 after the 2009 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation. J Gen Intern Med 2013 May 15. [Epub ahead of print. Discusses USPSTF 2009 recommendations on screening for breast cancer and associated systematic evidence review (both in Ann Intern Med, 2009) and assesses mammography utilization before and after implementation of these recommendations.] Select to access the abstract.

Lancet
Lawlor DA, Wills AK, Fraser A, et al. Association of maternal vitamin D status during pregnancy with bone-mineral content in offspring: a prospective cohort study. Lancet 2013 Jun 22; 381(9884):2176-83. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored meta-analysis by Chung et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2011) on vitamin D with or without calcium supplementation for prevention of cancer and fractures.] Select to access the abstract.

Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Tung EE, Chen CT, Takahashi PY. Common curbsides and conundrums in geriatric medicine. Mayo Clin Proc 2013 Jun; 88(6):630-5. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2009), screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2012), screening for cervical cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2012), and screening for prostate cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2012).] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPC)-Related Articles

Applied Clinical Trials
Akhtar S, Gladson B. Type 2 diabetes community-based recruitment strategies. Appl Clin Trials 2013 Jun 1; online. [Uses AHRQ criteria and methodologies for assessing the quality of evidence in selected studies, referring to AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Systems to Rate the Strength of Scientific Evidence, 2002.]

JAMA Internal Medicine
Owens DK, Shekelle PG. Quality of life, utilities, quality-adjusted life-years, and health care decision making. JAMA Intern Med 2013 Jun 24; 173(12):1073-4. [Cites American College of Physicians-sponsored article by Lederle et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2011)—noted in this article as sponsored by AHRQ—which uses methodologies developed for AHRQ's Effective Health Care program to evaluate the  strength of evidence for selected randomized trials.]

Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Muneer A. Treatment of the depressive phase of bipolar affective disorder: a review. J Pak Med Assoc 2013 Jun; 63(6):763-9. [Reviews findings from AHRQ-sponsored summary of the comparative effectiveness review on off-label use of atypical antipsychotics (J Manag Care Pharm, 2012), supported by contract HHSA 290-2010-00006G to update AHRQ comparative effectiveness review, Efficacy and Comparative Effectiveness of Off-Label Use of Atypical Antipsychotics, 2007 (prepared by the Southern California/RAND EPC).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Women's Health
Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center (OR)/Oregon Health and Science University. J Womens Health 2013 Jun; 22(6):560. [Notes profiled program's relationship with OHSU's AHRQ-supported EPC.]

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

American Criminal Law Review
Fan M. Street diversion and decarceration. Am Crim Law Rev 2013 Winter; 50(1):165-209. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2007.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Academic Emergency Medicine
Nishijima DK, Yadav K, May L, et al. Description and productivity of emergency medicine researchers receiving K23 or K08 mentored research career development awards. Acad Emerg Med 2013 Jun; 20(6):611-17.  [Analyzes the post-award productivity of AHRQ-funded mentored research career development award grantees.] Select to access the abstract.

American Surgeon
Salman M, Bell T, Martin J, et al. Use, cost, complications, and mortality of robotic versus nonrobotic general surgery procedures based on a nationwide database. Am Surg 2013 Jun; 79(6):553-60 [Uses 2008-2009 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site); also 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.

Ramanathan RLeavell P. Stockslager G, Mays C, et al. Validity of Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality patient safety indicators at an Academic Medical Center. Am Surg 2013 Jun; 79(6):578-82. [Uses AHRQ's PSIs, citing AHRQ publications, AHRQ Quality Indicators: Guide to Patient Safety Indicators, 2003, and Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation, Volume 2: Concepts and Methodology, 2005] Select to access the abstract.

BMC Health Services Research
Nie Y, Mao X, Cui H, et al. Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture in China. BMC Health Serv Res 2013 Jun 24; 13:228. [Uses a modified version of AHRQ's Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, citing AHRQ publications, International Use of the Surveys on Patient Safety Culture, 2012, and Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture: Comparative Database Report, 2007, both published on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

BMJ Open
Sukumar S, Roghmann F, Trinh VQ, et al. National trends in hospital-acquired preventable adverse events after major cancer surgery in the USA. BMJ Open 2013 Jun 26; 3(6):e002843. [Uses AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) (citing PSI Resources and PSI Technical Specifications, as published on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site) and 1999-2009 HCUP NIS data (citing Overview of the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site); also 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.

Child's Nervous System
Vasan R, Patel J, Sweeney JM, et al. Pediatric intracranial aneurysms: current national trends in patient management and treatment. Childs Nerv Syst 2013 Mar; 29(3):451-6. [Uses 2003-2009 HCUP Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) data.]

Digestion
Wang YR, Loftus EV Jr, Cangemi JR, et al. Racial/ethnic and regional differences in the prevalence of inflammatory bowel disease in the United States. Digestion 2013 Jun 22; 88(1):20-5. [Uses 1996-2007 MEPS data, as accessed on AHRQ's MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Joynt KE, Gawande AA, Orav EJ, et al. Contribution of preventable acute care spending to total spending for high-cost Medicare patients. JAMA 2013 Jun 26; 309(24):2572-8. [Uses AHQ's Prevention Quality Indicators, citing Prevention Quality Indicators Overview, 2011, as accessed on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site; cites HCUP Statistical Brief 72, Nationwide Frequency and Costs of Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations, 2006, 2009.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA Internal Medicine
Auerbach AD, Vittinghoff E, Maselli J, et al. Perioperative use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and risks for adverse outcomes of surgery. JAMA Intern Med 2013 Jun 24; 173(12):1075-81. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al. Med Care, 1998).]  Select to access the abstract.

Schwartz JA, Pearson SD. Cost consideration in the clinical guidance documents of physician specialty societies in the United States. JAMA Intern Med 2013 Jun 24; 173(12):1091-6. [Uses AHRQ's National Guideline Clearinghouse™ to identify relevant guidelines and reviews selected retrieved guidelines.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Healthcare Risk Management
Taylor JA, Pandian RS, Mao L, et al. Using inpatient hospital discharge data to monitor patient safety events. J Healthc Risk Manag 2013; 32(4):26-33. [Uses AHRQ's PSIs, citing PSI Overview and PSI SAS Software, as accessed on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Pediatrics
Bjork A, Holman RC, Callinan LS, et al. Dog bite injuries among American Indian and Alaska Native children. J Pediatr 2013 Jun; 162(6):1270-5. [Uses 2001-2008 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), HCUP Statistical Brief 101, Emergency Department Visits and Inpatient Stays Involving Dog Bites, 2008, 2010, and HCUP Methods Series Report 2003-2, Final Report on Calculating Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) Variances, 2001, 2005, all published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; acknowledges support from Claudia Steiner, researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Women's Health
Feldman DE, Huynh T, Des Lauriers J, et al. Gender and other disparities in referral to specialized heart failure clinics following emergency department visits. J Womens Health 2013 Jun; 22(6):526-31. [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.

Medical Care
Orr N, Elliott MN, Burkhart Q, et al. Racial/ethnic differences in Medicare experiences and immunization: the role of disease burden. Med Care 2013 Jun 25. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2008 Medicare Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (MCAHPS) survey data.] Select to access the abstract/a>.

Obesity
Anderson WL, Wiener JM, Khatutsky G, et al. Obesity and people with disabilities: the implications for health care expenditures. Obesity 2013 Jun 26. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2004-2007 MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Spine
Fineberg SJ, Oglesby M, Patel AA, et al. The incidence and mortality of thromboembolic events in lumbar spine surgery. Spine 2013 Jun; 38(14);1154-9. [Uses 2002-2009 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS).] Select to access the abstract.

Oglesby M, Fineberg SJ, Patel AA, et al. Epidemiological trends in cervical spine surgery for degenerative diseases between 2002 and 2009. Spine 2013 Jun; 38(14);1226-32. [Uses 2002-2009 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS). Also refer to articles by Sarpong and Miller (Health Serv Res, 2013) and Jiang, Friedman, and Jiang (Int J Health Care Finance Econ, 2013) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Current as of June 2013
Internet Citation: Effect of Emergency Department Crowding on Outcomes of Admitted Patients: Articles of Interest, June 28, 2013. June 2013. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/20130628.html