Changing the Culture of Academic Medicine: the C-Change Learning Action Network and its Impact at Participating Medical Schools

Articles of Interest, September 6, 2013

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

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

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

AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles

Academic Medicine
Krupat E, Pololi L, Schnell ER, et al. Changing the culture of academic medicine: the C-Change learning action network and its impact at participating medical schools. Acad Med 2013 Sep; 88(9):1252-8. [Supported by AHRQ with supplemental funding for data analysis (no funding information given).] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Yabroff KR (appears as Robin Yabroff K in PubMed), Short PF, Machlin S, et al. Access to preventive health care for cancer survivors. Am J Prev Med 2013 Sep; 45(3):304-12. [Third author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; uses 2008-2010 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data; cites USPSTF A and B Recommendations, 2013, as published on the USPSTF Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Public Health
Wherry LR. Medicaid family planning expansions and related preventive care. Am J Public Health 2013 Sep; 103(9):1577-82. [Supported by T32 training grant (no grant number given); cites U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1989 and 1996, and USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Cervical Cancer, 2003.] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Infectious Disease
Yehia BR, Fleishman JA, Moore RD, Gebo KA. Retention in care and health outcomes of transgender persons living with HIV. Clin Infect Dis 2013 Sep; 57(5):774-6. [Second author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; supported by contract HHSA 290-2011-00007C.]

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Talbert-Slagle K, Berg D, Bradley EH. Innovation spread: lessons from HIV. Int J Qual Health Care 2013 Sep; 25(4):352-6. [Supported by grant 5 T32 HS17589.] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal of Nursing Knowledge
Almasalha F, Xu D, Keenan GM, et al. Data mining nursing care plans of end-of-life patients: a study to improve healthcare decision making. Int J Nurs Knowl 2013 Feb; 24(1):15-24. [Supported by grant R01 HS15054-03.] Select to access the abstract.

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Paez K, Roper RA, Andrews RM. Health information technology and hospital patient safety: a conceptual model to guide research. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2013 Sep; 39(9):415-25. [Second and third authors are researchers in AHRQ's  Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships and Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, respectively; supported by AHRQ (no funding information given); uses 2009 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) State Inpatient Databases (SID) data, citing Introduction to the HCUP State Inpatient Databases (SID), as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; mentions findings from article by Menachemi et al. (Health Care Manage Rev, 2008), which uses AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs); 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 Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Jonnalagadda SR, Del Fiol G, Medlin R, et al. Automatically extracting sentences from Medline citations to support clinicians' information needs. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2013 Sep-Oct; 20(5):995-1000. [Supported by grant K01 HS18352 (to second author).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Cronholm PF, Shea JA, Werner RM, et al. The patient centered medical home: mental models and practice culture driving the transformation process. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Sep; 28(9):1195-1201. [Supported by grant 5 R18 HS19150.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network
Jackson GL, Zullig LL, Zafar SY, et al. Using NCCN clinical practice guidelines in oncology to measure the quality of colorectal cancer care in the Veterans Health Administration. J Natl Compr Canc Netw 2013 Apr 1; 11(4):431-41. [Supported by National Research Service Award (NRSA) Post-Doctoral Fellowship grant T32 HS00079 (to third author).] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Bradley EH, Yakusheva O, Horwitz LI, et al. Identifying patients at increased risk for unplanned readmission. Med Care 2013 Sep; 51(9):761-6. [Supported by grant 5 T32 HS17589 (to second author).] Select to access the abstract.

Zrelak PA, Romano PS, Tancredi DJ, et al. Validity of the AHRQ patient safety indicator for postoperative physiologic and metabolic derangement based on a national sample of medical records. Med Care 2013 Sep; 51(9):806-11. [Supported by contracts 290-04-0020 and 290-20-1200001C.] Select to access the abstract.

Meyer AM, Reeder-Hayes KE, Liu H, et al. Differential receipt of sentinel lymph node biopsy within practice-based research networks. Med Care 2013 Sep; 51(9):812-18. [Supported by grant 5 T32 HS00032-01 (to second author) and grant 1 K12 HS19468-01 (to fourth author); cites AHRQ-funded Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, 2001.] Select to access the abstract.

Chen LM, Staiger DO, Birkmeyer JD, et al. Composite quality measures for common inpatient medical conditions. Med Care 2013 Sep;51(9):832-7. [Supported by AHRQ, no funding information given; uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998) and HCUP Clinical Classifications Software (CCS), as accessed on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Also refer to articles by Lin et al., Moyer et al. (two articles), and Ngo-Metzger, Ward, and Valdiserri (all in Ann Intern Med, 2013) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)-Related Articles, and articles by Hartling et al. (two articles in J Clin Epidemiol, 2013) and Shamliyan et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2013) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPC)-Related Articles.

AHRQ-Related Articles

Academic Medicine
Wong BM, Imrie K. Why resident duty hours regulations must address attending physicians' workload. Acad Med 2013 Sep; 88(9):1209-11. Cites AHRQ-funded IOM report, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, 2001.] Select to access the abstract.

Circulation
Wahr JA, Prager RL, Abernathy JH 3rd, et al. Patient safety in the cardiac operating room: human factors and teamwork: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation 2013 Sep 3; 128(10):1139-69. [Discusses implementation and outcomes of AHRQ's TeamSTEPPS®, citing AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches, Volume 3: Performance and Tools, 2008; cites AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation, Volume 4: Programs, Tools, and Products, 2005; cites AHRQ-funded articles by Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006), Berenholtz et al. (Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol, 2011), Lockley et al. (N Engl J Med, 2004), and Landrigan et al. (N Engl J Med, 2004).]

Health Care Management Science
Berta P, Seghieri C, Vittadini G. Comparing health outcomes among hospitals: the experience of the Lombardy Region. Health Care Manag Sci 2013 Sep;16(3):245-57. [Cites AHRQ publication, Guide to Inpatient Quality Indicators, 2012 and 2003.] Select to access the abstract.

Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Fagan RP, Edwards JR, Park BJ, et al. Incidence trends in pathogen-specific central line-associated bloodstream infections in US intensive care units, 1990-2010. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2013 Sep; 34(9):893-9. [Cites AHRQ-funded article  by Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

Chopra V, O'Horo JC, Rogers MA, et al. The risk of bloodstream infection associated with peripherally inserted central catheters compared with central venous catheters in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2013 Sep; 34(9):908-18. [Cites AHRQ-funded article  by Pronovost et al. (N Engl J Med, 2006).] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Gehring K, Schwappach DL, Battaglia M, et al. Safety climate and its association with office type and team involvement in primary care. Int J Qual Health Care 2013 Sep; 25(4):394-402. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Pronovost et al. (Qual Saf Health Care, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

Higashi T, Nakamura F, Shimada Y, et al. Quality of gastric cancer care in designated cancer care hospitals in Japan. Int J Qual Health Care 2013 Sep; 25(4):418-28. [Cites AHRQ-funded article by Persell et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

Wong EL, Coulter A, Cheung AW, et al. Validation of inpatient experience questionnaire. Int J Qual Health Care 2013 Sep;25(4):443-51. [Cites article by Keller et al. (Health Serv Res, 2005) which uses AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) hospital survey data.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Ecker J. Cesarean delivery on maternal request—reply. JAMA 2013 Sep 4; 310(9):978-9. [Responds to comments on author's article (JAMA, 2013), which reviews findings from AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Cesarean Delivery on Maternal Request, 2006, and uses levels of evidence ratings from AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Systems to Rate the Strength of Scientific Evidence, 2002; cites the 2006 AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment mentioned above.]

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Barbieri JS, Fuchs BD, Fishman N, et al. The Mortality Review Committee: a novel and scalable approach to reducing inpatient mortality. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2013 Sep; 39(9):387-95. [Notes AHRQ's advocacy of the use of mortality measures in its quality metrics, citing AHRQ publication, Guide to Inpatient Quality Indicators: Quality of Care in Hospitals—Volume, Mortality, and Utilization, 2002, as published on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site; mentions 44 States' participation in AHRQ's HCUP State Inpatient Databases, citing Fact Sheet: Databases and Related Tools from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), as accessed on the AHRQ Web site; notes the use of methodologies from AHRQ publication, Mortality Measurement: Mortality Risk Adjustment Methodology for University HealthSystem Consortium to generate estimates of expected mortality in the UHC database.] Select to access the abstract.

Taylor AM, Chuo J, Figueroa-Altmann A, et al. Using four-phased unit-based patient safety walkrounds to uncover correctable system flaws. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2013 Sep; 39(9):396-403. [Cites AHRQ-funded IOM report, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, 2001.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research
Berger ML. Interview: Access to richer data promises to usher in a new era of insight into patient heterogeneity. J Comp Eff Res 2013 Mar; 2(2):109-12. [Notes that author (interviewee) has served on AHRQ's Centers for Research and Education on Therapeutics (CERTs) steering committee.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Woolhandler S, Himmelstein DU. Life or debt: underinsurance in America. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Sep; 28(9):1122-4. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Farley, Short, and Banthin (former AHRQ researcher) (JAMA, 1995) and Banthin and Bernard (second author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (JAMA, 2006).]

Kern LM, Kaushal R. Electronic health records and ambulatory quality. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Sep; 28(9):1133. [Cites AHRQ expert commentary, Interoperable Electronic Health Records and Quality of Care, as published on AHRQ's National Quality Measures ClearinghouseTM Web site.]

Medical Care
Doran KM, Ragins KT, Iacomacci AL, et al. The revolving hospital door: hospital readmissions among patients who are homeless. Med Care 2013 Sep; 51(9):767-73. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Clancy (former AHRQ director) (Am J Med Qual, 2012) and HCUP methods series report, Overview of Key Readmission Measures and Methods, 2012.] Select to access the abstract.

Annis Emeott A, Markovitz A, Mason MH, et al. Four-year evolution of a large, state-wide patient-centered medical home designation program in Michigan. Med Care 2013 Sep; 51(9):846-53. [Cites AHRQ publication, Defining the PCMH, as published on AHRQ's PCMH Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)-Related Articles

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Wallner LP, Jacobsen SJ. Prostate-specific antigen and prostate cancer mortality: a systematic review. Am J Prev Med 2013 Sep; 45(3):318-26. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review on screening for prostate cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2011).] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Public Health
Plescia M, White MC. The National Prevention Strategy and breast cancer screening: scientific evidence for public health action. Am J Public Health 2013 Sep; 103(9):1545-8. [Notes physician familiarity with USPSTF screening recommendations.]  Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Internal Medicine
Lin JS, Olson CM, Johnson ES, Whitlock EP. The ankle-brachial index for peripheral artery disease screening and cardiovascular disease prediction among asymptomatic adults: a systematic evidence review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med 2013 Sep 3; 159(5):333-41. [Supported by contract  HHSA 290-2007-10057-I, task order 13, to the Kaiser Permanente Research Affiliates EPC for the USPSTF; based on AHRQ publication, Ankle Brachial Index for Peripheral Artery Disease Screening and Cardiovascular Disease Prediction in Asymptomatic Adults: A Systematic Evidence Review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, 2013, prepared by the same EPC under the same contract; updates the evidence on screening for peripheral artery disease, citing USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Peripheral Arterial Disease, 2005,  USPSTF recommendations on screening for peripheral arterial disease (Am Fam Physician, 2006), and USPSTF recommendations on use of nontraditional risk factors in coronary heart disease risk assessments (Ann Intern Med, 2009); uses methodologies from USPSTF Procedure Manual, 2011.] Select to access the abstract.

Moyer VA; U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for peripheral artery disease and cardiovascular disease risk assessment with the ankle-brachial index in adults: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. Ann Intern Med 2013 Sep 3; 159(5):342-8. [Updates USPSTF 2005 recommendations on screening for peripheral artery disease, based on AHRQ evidence synthesis, Screening for Peripheral Artery Disease with Ankle Brachial Index Testing: A Systematic Evidence Review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, 2013, and citing USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Peripheral Arterial Disease, 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

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 Sep 3; 159(5):349-57. [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.

McDermott MM. Ankle-brachial index screening to improve health outcomes: where is the evidence? Ann Intern Med 2013 Sep 3; 159(5):362-3. [Comments on articles by Lin et al. and Moyer et al. cited above in this section.]

Ngo-Metzger Q, Ward JW, Valdiserri RO. Expanded hepatitis C virus screening recommendations promote opportunities for care and cure. Ann Intern Med 2013 Sep 3; 159(5):364-5. [First author is a medical officer in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships; comments on article by Moyer et al. cited above in this section.]

Tsai AG, Wadden TA. In the clinic: obesity. Ann Intern Med. 2013 Sep 3; 159(5):ITC3-1-ITC3-15; quiz ITC3-16. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for and management of obesity in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2012).]

Summaries for patients: screening for peripheral artery disease and cardiovascular disease risk assessment with the ankle-brachial index: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. Ann Intern Med 2013 Sep 3; 159(5):I-28. [Summarizes content of article by Moyer et al. cited above.]

JAMA
Friedrich MJ. Task force recommends targeted lung cancer screening. JAMA 2013 Sep 4; 310(9):892-3. [Discusses USPSTF draft recommendations on lung cancer screening and associated evidence review by Humphrey et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2013).]

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Lewis CL, Esserman D, DeLeon C, et al. Physician decision making for colorectal cancer screening in the elderly. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Sep; 28(9):1202-7. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Flynn-Evans EE, Mucci L, Stevens RG, et al. Shiftwork and prostate-specific antigen in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. J Natl Cancer Inst 2013 Sep 4; 105(17):1292-7. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review by Lin et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Also refer to articles by Yabroff et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2013) and Wherry (Am J Public Health, 2013) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles, and articles by Hennion and Siano and Rawson and Pelletier (both in Am Fam Physician, 2013) cited below in Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPC)-Related Articles.

Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPC)-Related Articles

American Family Physician
Hennion DR, Siano KA. Diagnosis and treatment of peripheral arterial disease. Am Fam Physician 2013 Sep 1; 88(5):306-10. [Uses AHRQ evidence reports as data sources; cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for peripheral arterial disease (Am Fam Physician, 2006) and using nontraditional risk factors in coronary heart disease risk assessment (Ann Intern Med, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Rawson JV, Pelletier AL. When to order contrast-enhanced CT. Am Fam Physician 2013 Sep 1; 88(5):312-16. [Uses AHRQ evidence reports and USPSTF recommendations as data sources.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Zhuo X, Zhang P, Hoerger TJ. Lifetime direct medical costs of treating type 2 diabetes and diabetic complications. Am J Prev Med 2013 Sep; 45(3):253-61. [Uses simulation model described in AHRQ-funded cost-effectiveness analysis of screening for type 2 diabetes mellitus by Hoerger et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2004), performed by the RTI-University of North Carolina EPC.] Select to access the abstract.

CMAJ
Antoniou T, Camacho X, Yao Z, Gomes T, Juurlink DN, Mamdani MM. Comparative effectiveness of angiotensin-receptor blockers for preventing macrovascular disease in patients with diabetes: a population-based cohort study. CMAJ 2013 Sep 3; 185(12):1035-41. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored systematic review on the comparative effectiveness of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and angiotensin II receptor blockers for treatment of essential hypertension by Matchar et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008), performed by the Duke EPC.]  Select to access the abstract.

Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Tejedor SC, Garrett G, Jacob JT, et al. Electronic documentation of central venous catheter-days: validation is essential. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2013 Sep; 34(9):900-7. [Uses quality improvement categories from AHRQ technical review, Closing the Quality Gap: A Critical Analysis of Improvement Strategies, Volume 1: Series Overview and Methodology, 2004, prepared by the Stanford University-UCSF EPC.] Select to access the abstract.

Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Bergquist-Beringer S, Dong L, He J, et al. Pressure ulcers and prevention among acute care hospitals in the United States. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2013 Sep; 39(9):404-14. [Quotes excerpt from AHRQ-sponsored review by Shekelle et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2013) based on AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Healthcare Safer II: An Updated Critical Analysis of the Evidence for Patient Safety Practices, 2013, prepared by the Southern California-RAND EPC; cites Preventing Pressure Ulcers in Hospitals: A Toolkit for Improving Quality of Care, 2011, as published on the AHRQ Web site, and HCUP statistical brief Hospitalizations Related to Pressure Ulcers Among Adults 18 years and Older, 2006, 2008, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
Hartling L, Hamm MP, Milne A, et al. Testing the Risk of Bias tool showed low reliability between individual reviewers and across consensus assessments of reviewer pairs. J Clin Epidemiol 2013 Sep; 66(9):973-81. [Based on project conducted by the University of Alberta EPC under contract 290-2007-10021; cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment summary, Systems to Rate the Strength of Scientific Evidence, 2002.] Select to access the abstract.

Hartling L, Milne A, Hamm MP, et al. Testing the Newcastle Ottawa Scale showed low reliability between individual reviewers. J Clin Epidemiol 2013 Sep; 66(9):982-93. [Based on project conducted by the University of Alberta EPC under contract 290-2007-10021; cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessments Systems to Rate the Strength of Scientific Evidence (Summary), 2002, and Breastfeeding and Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes, 2007.]  Select to access the abstract.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Diener HC. Migraine prophylaxis: which drugs work and which ones don't. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Sep; 28(9):1125-6. [ Comments on article by Shamliyan et al. cited below in this section.]

Wu JR, Holmes GM, DeWalt DA, et al. Low literacy is associated with increased risk of hospitalization and death among individuals with heart failure. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Sep; 28(9):1174-80. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic reviews by Berkman et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2011) and Dewalt et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2004) on low literacy and health outcomes.] Select to access the abstract.

Bauer AM, Schillinger D, Parker MM, et al. Health literacy and antidepressant medication adherence among adults with diabetes: the diabetes study of Northern California (DISTANCE). J Gen Intern Med 2013 Sep; 28(9):1181-7. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Berkman et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2011) on low literacy and health outcomes.] Select to access the abstract.

Shamliyan TA, Choi JY, Ramakrishnan R, et al. Preventive pharmacologic treatments for episodic migraine in adults. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Sep; 28(9):1225-37. [Supported by contract 290-2007-10064-I to the Minnesota EPC; uses methodologies from AHRQ publications, Methods Guide for Effectiveness and Comparative Effectiveness Reviews (three chapters), 2011, and AHRQ-funded articles by Whitlock et al. and Owens et al. (both in J Clin Epidemiol, 2010) and Chou et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 2008); cites AHRQ draft publication, Finding Evidence and Assessing for Reporting Biases when Comparing Medical Interventions: AHRQ and the Effective Health Care Program, 2012, as published on AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Also refer to article by Paez, Roper, and Andrews (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2013) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles, articles by Lin et al. and Moyer et al. (two articles) (all in Ann Intern Med, 2013) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)-Related Articles, and article by Neff et al. (Int J Qual Health Care, 2013) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.

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

American Journal of Public Health
Williams JM, Steinberg ML, Griffiths KG, et al. Smokers with behavioral health comorbidity should be designated a tobacco use disparity group. Am J Public Health 2013 Sep; 103(9):1549-55. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2011.] Select to access the abstract.

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Family Physician
Lake MG, Krook LS, Cruz SV. Pituitary adenomas: an overview. Am Fam Physician 2013 Sep 1; 88(5):319-27. [Uses AHRQ's National Guideline ClearinghouseTM (NGC) as a data source.] Select to access the abstract.

GAO Reports
Iritani K. Dental services: information on coverage, payments, and fee variations. GAO Rep 2013 Sep 6; GAO-13-754; online. [Uses 1996, 2004, and 2010 MEPS data and analytical methods based on those in MEPS chartbook Dental Use, Expenses, Dental Coverage, and Changes, 1996 and 2004, 2007, as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site.]

Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Zilberberg MD, Shorr AF. Secular trends in gram-negative resistance among urinary tract infection hospitalizations in the United States, 2000-2009. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2013 Sep; 34(9):940-6. [Uses 2000-2009 HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data, citing Overview of the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2012, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Dixon N. Proposed standards for the design and conduct of a national clinical audit or quality improvement study. Int J Qual Health Care 2013 Sep; 25(4):357-65. [Uses guidelines from AHRQ publications, Registries for Evaluating Patient Outcomes: A User's Guide, 2nd ed., 2010 (prepared under contract HHSA 290-2005-00351), and Guidance for Using the AHRQ Quality Indicators for Hospital-level Public Reporting or Payment, 2004, and from several AHRQ-funded articles on the validity of AHRQ's prevention quality indicators and patient safety indicators to develop proposed standards for national clinical audits.] Select to access the abstract.

Neff DF, Cimiotti J, Sloane DM, et al. Utilization of non-US educated nurses in US hospitals: implications for hospital mortality. Int J Qual Health Care 2013 Sep; 25(4):366-72. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998); cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Kane et al. (Med Care, 2007) on the association of registered nurse staffing levels and patient outcomes, performed by the Minnesota EPC, and AHRQ-sponsored IOM report, Keeping Patients Safe: Transforming the Work Environment of Nurses, 2004.]  Select to access the abstract.

Sipsma H, Liu Y, Wang H, et al. Patient experiences with inpatient care in rural China. Int J Qual Health Care 2013 Sep; 25(4):452-8. [Uses a modified version of the Inpatient Assessment of Health Care (I-PAHC), which used several items from AHRQ's CAHPS, citing AHRQ-authored article by Goldstein, Farquhar, Crofton et al. (Health Serv Res, 2005), and articles by Hargraves, Hays, and Cleary (Health Serv Res, 2003), O'Malley et al. (Health Serv Res, 2005), and Solomon et al. (Med Care, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Occelli P, Quenon JL, Kret M, et al. Validation of the French version of the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture questionnaire. Int J Qual Health Care 2013 Sep; 25(4):459-68. [Uses an adaptation of AHRQ's Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, citing AHRQ-funded article by Sorra and Dyer (BMC Health Serv Res, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

Robida A. Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture in Slovenia: a psychometric evaluation. Int J Qual Health Care 2013 Sep; 25(4):469-75. [Uses an adaptation of AHRQ's Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, citing AHRQ publication, Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, 2004, and AHRQ-funded article by Sorra and Dyer (BMC Health Serv Res, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA Internal Medicine
Zimlichman E, Henderson D, Tamir O, et al. Health care-associated infections: a meta-analysis of costs and financial impact on the US health care system. JAMA Intern Med 2013 Sep 2. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2009 HCUP NIS data and methodologies from AHRQ publication, Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Infections, 2007.] Select to access the abstract.

Hochman ME, Asch S, Jibilian A, et al. Patient-centered medical home intervention at an internal medicine resident safety-net clinic. JAMA Intern Med 2013 Sep 4. [Epub ahead of print. Uses a shortened/modified version of AHRQ's CAHPS Clinician and Group Survey, citing CAHPS Clinician & Group Surveys: 12-month Survey 2.0 (Adult) and Fielding the CAHPS Clinician & Group Surveys: Sampling Guidelines and Protocols, both published on AHRQ's CAHPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Severson C, Renstrom C, Fitzhugh M. Health promotion, risk stratification, and treatment options to decrease hospitalization rates for community-acquired pneumonia in adults. J Am Assoc Nurse Pract 2013 Sep 3. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 1997 and 2007 HCUP data on hospitalizations for community-acquired pneumonia, citing Databases and Related Tools from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), as accessed on the AHRQ Web site.]  Select to access the abstract.

Journal of General Internal Medicine
Magge H, Cabral HJ, Kazis LE, et al. Prevalence and predictors of underinsurance among low-income adults. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Sep; 28(9):1136-42. [Uses 2005-2008 MEPS data, citing MEPS methodology report, Sample Design of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, 1998-2007, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Smith KJ, Wateska A, Nowalk MP, et al. Cost-effectiveness of procalcitonin-guided antibiotic use in community acquired pneumonia. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Sep; 28(9):1157-64. [Uses HCUP data on Diagnosis Related Group (DRG) 194 (simple pneumonia and pleurisy with comorbid condition) and methodologies from AHRQ-funded articles by Fine et al. (N Engl J Med, 1997, and Am J Med, 2000); cites AHRQ-funded articles by Fine et al. (Arch Intern Med, 1997, Am J Med, 2003, and Arch Intern Med, 1999) from the AHRQ-sponsored Pneumonia Patient Outcomes Research Team (PORT) study.] Select to access the abstract.

Yoon J, Rose DE, Canelo I, et al. Medical home features of VHA primary care clinics and avoidable hospitalizations. J Gen Intern Med 2013 Sep; 28(9):1188-94. [Uses ambulatory care sensitive condition (ACSC) diagnoses based on AHRQ's Prevention Quality Indicators (PQIs), citing Prevention Quality Indicators Download, as accessed from AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
Faerch K, Witte DR, Tabak AG, et al. Trajectories of cardiometabolic risk factors before diagnosis of three subtypes of type 2 diabetes: a post-hoc analysis of the longitudinal Whitehall II cohort study. Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol 2013 Sep; 1(1):43-51. [Uses study cohort data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.]

Medical Care
Tsugawa Y, Kumamaru H, Yasunaga H, et al. The association of hospital volume with mortality and costs of care for stroke in Japan. Med Care 2013 Sep; 51(9):782-8. [Uses in-hospital all-cause mortality as defined in AHRQ Quality  Indicators: Inpatient Quality Indicators Overview, 2006.] Select to access the abstract.

Austin PC, Urbach DR. Using G-computation to estimate the effect of regionalization of surgical services on the absolute reduction in the occurrence of adverse patient outcomes. Med Care 2013 Sep; 51(9):797-805. [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.

Orr N, Elliott MN, Burkhart Q, et al. Racial/ethnic differences in Medicare experiences and immunization: the role of disease burden. Med Care 2013 Sep; 51(9):823-31. [Uses 2008 Medicare CAHPS survey data.] Select to access the abstract.

Surgical Endoscopy
Alnasser M, Schneider EB, Gearhart SL, et al. National disparities in laparoscopic colorectal procedures for colon cancer. Surg Endosc 2013 Sep 4. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2009 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Work and Occupations
Hill HD. Paid sick leave and job stability. Work Occup 2013 May 1; 40(2). [Uses 2002-2004 MEPS Household Component MEPS-HC) data, as accessed on AHRQ's MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Also refer to articles by Paez, Roper, and Andrews (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2013), Yabroff et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2013), and Chen et al. (Med Care, 2013) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.

Page last reviewed September 2013
Internet Citation: Changing the Culture of Academic Medicine: the C-Change Learning Action Network and its Impact at Participating Medical Schools: Articles of Interest, September 6, 2013. September 2013. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/20130906.html