AUDIT-C Scores as a Scaled Marker of Mean Daily Drinking, Alcohol Use Disorder Severity, and Probability of Alcohol Dependence in a U.S. General Population Sample of Drinkers

Articles of Interest, November 8, 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

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research
Rubinsky AD, Dawson DA, Williams EC, et al. AUDIT-C scores as a scaled marker of mean daily drinking, alcohol use disorder severity, and probability of alcohol dependence in a U.S. general population sample of drinkers. Alcohol Clin Exp Res 2013 Aug; 37(8):1380-90. [Supported by National Research Services Award (NRSA) grant T32 HS13853.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Tse SM, Li L, Butler MG, Fung V, et al. Statin exposure is associated with decreased asthma-related emergency department visits and oral corticosteroid use. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2013 Nov 1; 188(9):1076-82. [Supported by grant R01 HS 19669 (principal investigator is Soumerai SB; attributed to NHLBI).] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Pharmacotherapy
Lo-Ciganic WH, Boudreau RM, Gray SL, et al. Changes in cholesterol-lowering medications use over a decade in community-dwelling older adults. Ann Pharmacother 2013 Jul-Aug; 47(7-8):984-92. [Supported by grants R01 HS17695, K12 HS19461, and R01 HS18721.] Select to access the abstract.

Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
Martinez KA, Pollack CE, Phelan DF, et al. Gender differences in correlates of colorectal cancer screening among Black Medicare beneficiaries in Baltimore. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2013 Jun; 22(6):1037-42. [Supported by grant 5 T32 HS00029-25 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Infectious Diseases
Shirley DK, Kaner RJ, Glesby MJ. Effects of smoking on non-AIDS-related morbidity in HIV-infected patients. Clin Infect Dis 2013 Jul; 57(2):275-82. [Supported by grant T32 HS00066.] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Pediatrics
Dumas SA, Weaver KE, Park SY, et al. Accuracy of visible plaque identification by pediatric clinicians during well-child care. Clin Pediatr 2013 Jul; 52(7):645-51. [Supported by grant T32 HS19486.] Select to access the abstract.

Critical Care Medicine
Fernandez R, Pearce M, Grand JA, Rench TA, Jones KA, Chao GT, Kozlowski SW. Evaluation of a computer-based educational intervention to improve medical teamwork and performance during simulated patient resuscitations. Crit Care Med 2013 Nov; 41(11):2551-62. [Supported by grant 1 R18 HS20295-01 (to first and last authors).] Select to access the abstract.

Current Diabetes Reports
Li B, Li HK. Automated analysis of diabetic retinopathy images: principles, recent developments, and emerging trends. Curr Diab Rep 2013 Aug; 13(4):453-9. [Supported by grant R21 HS19792-02.] Select to access the abstract.

Diabetes Care
Margolis DJ, Gupta J, Hoffstad O, et al. Lack of effectiveness of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcer and the prevention of amputation: a cohort study. Diabetes Care 2013 Jul; 36(7):1961-6. [Supported by grant R01 HS18437 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Europace: European Pacing, Arrythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Postema PG, Neville J, de Jong JS, et al. Safe drug use in long QT syndrome and Brugada syndrome: comparison of website statistics. Europace 2013 Jul; 15(7):1042-9. [Supported by Arizona Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (AZ CERTs) grant U18 HS10385 (for development/maintenance of the www.QT.drugs.org Web site).] Select to access the abstract.

Health Affairs
Kutney-Lee A, Sloane DM, Aiken LH. An increase in the number of nurses with baccalaureate degrees is linked to lower rates of postsurgery mortality. Health Aff 2013 Mar; 32(3):579-86. [Supported by grant K08 HS18534 (first author is principal investigator); uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al, Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
Mogos MF, Rahman S, Salihu HM, et al. Association between reproductive cancer and fetal outcomes: a systematic review. Int J Gynecol Cancer 2013 Sep; 23(7):1171-7. [Supported by grant 1 R0111 HS19997 (Clinically Enhanced Multi-Purpose Administrative Dataset for Comparative Effectiveness Research.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Muñoz MA, Liu W, Delaney JA, et al. Comparative effectiveness of fish oil versus fenofibrate, gemfibrozil, and atorvastatin on lowering triglyceride levels among HIV-infected patients in routine clinical care. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 2013 Nov 1; 64(3):254-60. [Supported by grant R21 HS19516.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Ross SE, Radcliff TA, Leblanc WG, et al. Effects of health information exchange adoption on ambulatory testing rates. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2013 Nov-Dec; 20(6):1137-42. [Supported by grant 5 R21 HS18749.] Select to access the abstract.

Lyles CR, Sarkar U, Ralston JD, et al. Patient-provider communication and trust in relation to use of an online patient portal among diabetes patients: The Diabetes and Aging Study. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2013 Nov-Dec; 20(6):1128-31. [Supported by Career Development Award grant K08 HS17594 (to second author).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal for Healthcare Quality
Wagner LM, Castle NG, Reid KC, et al. U.S. Department of Health adverse event reporting policies for nursing homes. J Healthc Qual 2013 May-Jun; 35(3):9-14. [Supported by grant R03 HS16547-10 (Small Research Grant Program).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Rheumatology
Ringold S, Beukelman T, Nigrovic PA, et al. for the CARRA Registry Site Principal Investigators. Race, ethnicity, and disease outcomes in juvenile idiopathic arthritis: a cross-sectional analysis of the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) Registry. J Rheumatol 2013 Jun; 40(6):936-42. [Supported by grant K12 HS19482 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Harrold LR, Salman C, Shoor S, Curtis JR, et al. Incidence and prevalence of juvenile idiopathic arthritis among children in a managed care population, 1996-2009. J Rheumatol 2013 Jul; 40(7):1218-25. [Supported by grant R01 HS18517 (to fourth author).] Select to access the abstract.

JMIR Research Protocols
Joshi A, Wilhelm S, Aguirre T, et al. An interactive, bilingual touch screen program to promote breastfeeding among Hispanic rural women: usability study. JMIR Res Protoc 2013 Nov 7; 2(2):e47. [Supported by grant HS21312-01A1.] Select to access the abstract.

Liver Transplantation
Cauley RP, Vakili K, Potanos K, et al. Deceased donor liver transplantation in infants and small children: are partial grafts riskier than whole organs? Liver Transpl 2013 Jul; 19(7):721-9. [Supported by grant 1 T32 HS19485-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Magnetic Resonance Medicine
Feng L, Srichai MB, Lim RP, et al. Highly accelerated real-time cardiac cine MRI using k-t SPARSE-SENSE. Magn Reson Med 2013 Jul; 70(1):64-74. [Supported by grant K12 HS19473.] Select to access the abstract.

Pediatric Blood & Cancer
Rinke ML, Milstone AM, Chen AR, et al. Ambulatory pediatric oncology CLABSIs: epidemiology and risk factors. Pediatr Blood Cancer 2013 Nov; 60(11):1882-9. [Supported by grant K08 HS21282.] Select to access the abstract.

Kaye E, Mack JW. Parent perceptions of the quality of information received about a child's cancer. Pediatr Blood Cancer 2013 Nov; 60(11):1896-1901. [Supported by grant T32 HS00063 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Pediatrics
Rinke ML, Bundy DG, Chen AR, et al. Central line maintenance bundles and CLABSIs in ambulatory oncology patients. Pediatrics 2013 Nov; 132(5):e1403-12. [Supported by grant K08 HS21282 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Asgari MM, Wu JJ, Gelfand JM, Salman C, Curtis JR, et al. Validity of diagnostic codes and prevalence of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis in a managed care population, 1996-2009. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2013 Aug; 22(8):842-9. [Supported by grant R01 HS18517 (to fifth author).] Select to access the abstract.

PLoS One
Shermock KM, Lau BD, Haut ER, et al. Patterns of non-administration of ordered doses of venous thromboembolism prophylaxis: implications for novel intervention strategies. PLoS One 2013 Jun 14; 8(6):e66311. [Supported by Mentored Clinician Scientist Development Award grant 1 K08 HS17952-01 (Does Screening Variability Make DVT an Unreliable Quality Measure of Trauma Care, for which third author is principal investigator).] Select to access the abstract.

Social Work in Public Health
Basu J and Friedman B. Adverse events for hospitalized Medicare patients: is there a difference between HMO and FFS enrollees? Soc Work Public Health 2013; 28(7):639-51. [First author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships, and second author was a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets at time of article acceptance; uses 2002 HCUP State Inpatient Databases (SID) data for Florida, AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators, and AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Spine
Seicean A, Seicean S, Alan N, et al. Effect of smoking on the perioperative outcomes of patients who undergo elective spine surgery. Spine 2013 Jul; 38(15):1294-1302. [Supported by institutional training grant T32 HS00059-14.] Select to access the abstract.

Stroke
Dubin PH, Boehme AK, Siegler JE, et al. New model for predicting surgical feeding tube placement in patients with an acute stroke event. Stroke 2013 Nov; 44(11):3232-4. Select to access the abstract.

González RG, Furie KL, Goldmacher GV, et al. Good outcome rate of 35% in IV-tPA-treated patients with computed tomography angiography confirmed severe anterior circulation occlusive stroke. Stroke 2013 Nov; 44(11):3109-13. [Supported by grant R01 HS11392-01A1.] Select to access the abstract.

Vaccine
Tsui J, Singhal R, Rodriguez HP, et al. Proximity to safety-net clinics and HPV vaccine uptake among low-income, ethnic minority girls. Vaccine 2013 Apr 12; 31(16):2028-34. [Supported by Health Services Research Dissertation Program grant 1 R36 HS20172-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Work
Gurses AP, Martinez EA, Bauer L, et al. Using human factors engineering to improve patient safety in the cardiovascular operating room. Work 2012; 41 Suppl 1:1801-4. [Supported by grants K01 HS18762 (to first author) and K08 HS13904-02 (to second author).] Select to access the abstract.

Also refer to article by Lin et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2013) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)-Related Articles and article by Gierisch et al. (Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev, 2013) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPC)-Related Articles.

AHRQ-Related Articles

Advances in Medical Education and Practice
Singh R, Singh A, Singh DR, et al. Improvement of workflow and processes to ease and enrich meaningful use of health information technology. Adv Med Educ Pract 2013 Nov 7; 4:231-6. [Notes the presentation of the developed toolkit at an AHRQ meeting in 2013; cites AHRQ publications, Workflow Assessment for Health IT Toolkit and Pay for Performance in UK General Practice—The Ambiguous Impact of the Quality and Outcomes Framework, from AHRQ's National Quality Measures ClearinghouseTM (NQMC).] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Internal Medicine
Doherty RB, Crowley RA; Health and Public Policy Committee of the American College of Physicians. Principles supporting dynamic clinical care teams: an American College of Physicians position paper. Ann Intern Med 2013 Nov 5; 159(9):620-6. [Cites 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.

Family Medicine
Dickinson WP. Building highly functional interprofessional teams in our practices. Fam Med 2013 Nov-Dec; 45(10):689-90. [Discusses development and implementation of AHRQ's TeamSTEPPS® program, citing AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches, Volume 3: Performance and Tools, 2008, and American Institute for Research publication, TeamSTEPPS Teamwork Perceptions Questionnaire (T-TPQ) Manual, 2010.]

Stock R, Mahoney E, Carney PA. Measuring team development in clinical care settings. Fam Med 2013 Nov-Dec; 45(10): 691-700. [Notes AHRQ's development of a measure to assess individual perceptions of group level team skills and behaviors and its utility in evaluation of the TeamSTEPPS team development process, citing American Institute for Research publication, TeamSTEPPS Teamwork Perceptions Questionnaire (T-TPQ) Manual, 2010.] Select to access the abstract.

GAO Reports
U.S. Government Accountability Office. Federal autism activities: better data and more coordination needed to help avoid the potential for unnecessary duplication. GAO Rep 2013 Nov; GAO-14-16. [Lists AHRQ as one of 12 federal agencies funding autism research and other autism-related activities from fiscal year 2008-2012 and notes AHRQ's membership in the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC); discusses AHRQ's funding of five autism-related projects during this period and their relation to similar projects funded by other agencies.]

JAMA
Kravitz RL, Franks P, Feldman MD, et al. Patient engagement programs for recognition and initial treatment of depression in primary care: a randomized trial. JAMA 2013 Nov 6; 310(17):1818-28. [Cites AHRQ-authored article by Fleishman (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends), Selim, and Kazis (Qual Life Res, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

Modern Healthcare
Lee J. Watching out for the youngest patients: providers working on ways to make treatment safer. Modern Healthc 2013 Nov 4; 43(44):16-18. [Notes that AHRQ "this year provided a format for EHR developers to understand what information should be included about children in a health record."]

Public Health Reports
Dixon BE, Siegel JA, Oemig TV, Grannis SJ. Electronic health information quality challenges and interventions to improve public health surveillance data and practice. Public Health Rep 2013 Nov-Dec; 128(6):546-53. [Cites AHRQ press release, HHS Awards $139 Million to Drive Adoption of Health Information Technology, 2004, as accessed on AHRQ's Archive Web site, and AHRQ publication, Health Information Exchange, as accessed on AHRQ's Health IT Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

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

Annals of Internal Medicine
Lin JS, O'Connor E, Rossom RC, et al. Screening for cognitive impairment in older adults: a systematic review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med 2013 Nov 5; 159(9):601-12. [Supported by contract HHS 290-2007-10057-I to the Kaiser Permanente EPC; updates the previous USPSTF-sponsored evidence review (Am J Nurs, 2003); uses AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, B Vitamins and Berries and Age-Related Neurodegenerative Disorders, 2006, to identify primary studies for inclusion and develop appropriate search strategies and uses methodologies in USPSTF Procedure Manual, 2008, to appraise selected studies.] Select to access the abstract.

Moyer VA; U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for primary hypertension in children and adolescents: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. Ann Intern Med 2013 Nov 5; 159(9):613-19. [Updates 2003 USPSTF recommendations on screening for high blood pressure in children and adolescents (Am Fam Physician, 2003), based on AHRQ evidence synthesis, Screening for Hypertension in Children and Adolescents to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease: Systematic Review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, 2013; refer to same article published in Pediatrics, 2013, cited below in this section.] Select to access the abstract.

Summaries for patients. Screening for high blood pressure in children and adolescents: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. Ann Intern Med 2013 Nov 5; 159(9):1-30. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations in article by Moyer et al. cited above in this section.]

BMC Health Services Research
Baker DW, Brown T, Buchanan DR, et al. Design of a randomized controlled trial to assess the comparative effectiveness of a multifaceted intervention to improve adherence to colorectal cancer screening among patients cared for in a community health center. BMC Health Serv Res 2013 Apr 29; 13(1):153. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored systematic reviews by Whitlock et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008) on screening for colorectal cancer and Pignone et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2002) on cost-effectiveness analyses of colorectal cancer screening.] Select to access the abstract.

Drug Topics
Concomitant use of NSAIDs and aspirin: is it ever a safe combination? Drug Top 2013 Nov; 157(11):14-17. [Discusses USPSTF recommendations on aspirin for prevention of cardiovascular disease.]

Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
Garg V, Gu NY, Borrego ME, Raisch DW. A literature review of cost-effectiveness analyses of prostate-specific antigen test in prostate cancer screening. Expert Rev Pharmacoecon Outcomes Res 2013 Jun; 13(3):327-42. [Discusses updated USPSTF recommendations on prostate cancer screening and associated evidence review (Ann Intern Med, 2012) and cites USPSTF-sponsored article by Harris et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2003) on USPSTF methodologies.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Peres J. Risks of PSA screening now better understood. J Natl Cancer Inst 2013 Nov 6; 105(21):1590-2. [Discusses USPSTF recommendations on screening for prostate cancer.]

Journal of Viral Hepatitis
Afdhal NH, Zeuzem S, Schooley RT, et al. The new paradigm of hepatitis C therapy: integration of oral therapies into best practices. J Viral Hepat 2013 Nov; 20(11):745-60. [Mentions provisions for coverage of preventive services rated A or B by the USPSTF and discusses/cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for hepatitis C (Ann Intern Med, 2013).] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Laboratory Observer
O'Brien S. The clinical importance of hepatitis C genotyping in the United States. MLO Med Lab Obs 2013 Nov; 45(11): 16-7. [Mentions USPSTF recommendations on hepatitis C virus.]

MMWR: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Vital signs: colorectal cancer screening test use—United States, 2012. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2013 Nov 8; 62(44):881-8. [Assesses percentages of respondents reporting colorectal cancer screening participation consistent with USPSTF recommendations, as published on the USPSTF Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Pediatrics
Moyer VA; U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for primary hypertension in children and adolescents: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. Pediatrics 2013 Nov; 132(5):907-14. [Updates 2003 USPSTF recommendations on screening for high blood pressure in children and adolescents (Am Fam Physician, 2003), based on AHRQ evidence synthesis, Screening for Hypertension in Children and Adolescents to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease: Systematic Review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, 2013; refer to same article published in Ann Intern Med, 2013, cited above in this section.] Select to access the abstract.

Public Health Reports
Parish SL, Swaine JG, Son E, et al. Determinants of cervical cancer screening among women with intellectual disabilities: evidence from medical records. Public Health Rep 2013 Nov-Dec; 128(6):519-26. [Defines rates of pap test receipt according to USPSTF recommendations on cervical cancer screening, as published in Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2006.] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPC)-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 Hematology
Zeidan AM, Streiff MB, Lau BD, Ahmed SR, Kraus PS, Hobson DB, Carolan H, Lambrianidi C, Horn PB, Shermock KM, Tinoco G, Siddiqui S, Haut ER. Impact of a venous thromboembolism prophylaxis "smart order set": Improved compliance, fewer events. Am J Hematol 2013 Jul; 88(7):545-9. [Mentions AHRQ's designation of "interventions to improve prophylaxis for VTE" as a critical patient safety practice in AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Making Health Care Safer II: An Updated Critical Analysis of the Evidence for Patient Safety Practices, 2013; notes that last author is the principal investigator for Mentored Clinician Scientist Development Award grant 1 K08 HS17952-01 ("Does Screening Variability Make DVT an Unreliable Quality Measure of Trauma Care").] Select to access the abstract.

Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
Gierisch JM, Coeytaux RR, Urrutia RP, et al. Oral contraceptive use and risk of breast, cervical, colorectal, and endometrial cancers: a systematic review. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2013 Nov; 22(11):1931-43. [Supported by contract 290-2007-10066-I and based on AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Oral Contraceptive Use for the Primary Prevention of Ovarian Cancer, 2013, prepared by the Duke EPC under the same contract; uses methodologies from AHRQ publication, Methods Guide for Effectiveness and Comparative Effectiveness Reviews, 2012, and AHRQ-funded article by Owens et al. (J Clin Epidemiol, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Pediatrics
Lutsiv O, Giglia L, Pullenayegum E, et al. A population-based cohort study of breastfeeding according to gestational age at term delivery. J Pediatr 2013 Nov; 163(5):1283-8. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Breastfeeding and Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes, 2007.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Public Policy & Marketing
Bahl S, Milne GR, Ross SM, et al. Mindfulness: a long-term solution for mindless eating by college students. J Public Policy Mark 2013 Fall; 32(2):173-84. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Meditation Practices for Health: State of the Research, 2007.]

Public Health Reports
de Heer HD, Balcázar HG, Morera OF, et al. Barriers to care and comorbidities along the U.S.-Mexico border. Public Health Rep 2013 Nov-Dec; 128(6):480-8. [Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by DeWalt et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2004) on literacy and health outcomes, prepared by the RTI International-University of North Carolina EPC.] Select to access the abstract.

Also refer to article by Lin et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2013) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)-Related Articles.

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Medicine
Dua A, Dua A, Desai SS, et al. Gender based differences in management and outcomes of cholecystitis. Am J Surg 2013 Nov; 206(5):641-6. [Uses 1999-2006 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Anesthesia Analgesia
Hyder O, Yaster M, Bateman BT, Firth PG. Surgical procedures and outcomes among children with sickle cell disease. Anesth Analg 2013 Nov; 117(5):1192-6. [Uses 2000-2010 HCUP NIS data, citing HCUP Tools and Software, as accessed on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Atencion Primaria
Torijano-Casalengua ML, Olivera-Cañadas G, Astier-Peña MP, et al. [Validation of a questionnaire to assess patient safety culture in Spanish Primary Health Care professionals]. Aten Primaria 2013 Jan; 45(1):21-37. [Uses AHRQ's Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Culture, citing Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Culture, 2011, and Improving Patient Safety in Medical Offices: A Resource List for Users of the AHRQ Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Culture, 2011.] Select to access the abstract.

CMAJ
Akbaraly TN, Hamer M, Ferrie JE, et al. Chronic inflammation as a determinant of future aging phenotypes. CMAJ 2013 Nov 5; 185(16):E763-E770. [Uses study cohort data from the Whitehall II study, previously funded by AHRQ.] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Arora G, Rockey D, Gupta S. High In-hospital mortality after percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy: results of a nationwide population-based study. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol 2013 Nov; 11(11):1437-44.e3. [Uses 2006-2007 HCUP NIS data, HCUP Comorbidity Software Version 3.5, and HCUP Clinical Classifications Software, AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998), and the AHRQ-funded adaptation of the Charlson comorbidity index described in AHRQ-funded article by Deyo, Cherkin, and Ciol (J Clin Epidemiol, 1992); cites Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) and HCUP method series reports, NIS Comparison Report, 2008, and Calculating Nationwide Inpatient Sample Variances, 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

Contemporary Economic Policy
Zimmer DM. Does COBRA's retroactive coverage feature encourage delayed enrollment? Contemp Econ Policy 2013 Jan; 31(1):135-44. [Uses 1997-2007 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data.]

Diabetes Educator
Brown-Guion SY, Youngerman SM, Hernandez-Tejada MA, et al. Racial/ethnic, regional, and rural/urban differences in receipt of diabetes education. Diabetes Educ 2013 May-Jun; 39(3):327-34. [Uses 2007 MEPS data, citing Full Year Consolidated Data File (Code Book), 2008, as accessed on AHRQ's MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence Based Spine-Care Journal
Schroeder J, Kaplan L, Fischer DJ, et al. The outcomes of manipulation or mobilization therapy compared with physical therapy or exercise for neck pain: a systematic review. Evid Based Spine Care J 2013 Apr; 4(1):30-41. [Uses AHRQ's National Guideline ClearinghouseTM (NGC) as a data source.] Select to access the abstract.

Sardar ZM, Ouellet JA, Fischer DJ, et al. Outcomes in adult scoliosis patients who undergo spinal fusion stopping at L5 compared with extension to the sacrum. Evid Based Spine Care J 2013 Oct; 4(2):96-104. [Uses AHRQ's NGC as a data source.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Pharmacists Association
Look KA, Mott DA. Multiple pharmacy use and types of pharmacies used to obtain prescriptions. J Am Pharm Assoc 2013 Nov-Dec; 53(6):601-10. [Uses 2003-2009 MEPS data, citing MEPS methodology report, Sample Design of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, 1998-2007, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery American
Zahir U, Sterling RS, Pellegrini VD Jr, et al. Inpatient pulmonary embolism after elective primary total hip and knee arthroplasty in the United States. J Bone Joint Surg Am 2013 Nov 20; 95(22):e175. [Uses 1998-2009 HCUP NIS data, citing NIS Database Documentation and Introduction to the NIS, 2007, both accessed on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; also uses 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 Immigrant and Minority Health
Hasnain M, Schwartz A, Girotti J, et al. Differences in patient-reported experiences of care by race and acculturation status. J Immigr Minor Health 2013 Jun; 15(3):517-24. [Uses AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Clinician & Group Survey (CG-CAHPS) adult primary care instrument.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Neurosurgery
Busl KM, Prabhakaran S. Predictors of mortality in nontraumatic subdural hematoma. J Neurosurg 2013 Nov; 119(5): 1296-1301. [Uses 2007-2009 HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Raval MV, Deans KJ, Rangel SJ, et al. Assessing quality in pediatric surgery—the limited role of appendectomy as the optimal target. J Pediatr Surg 2013 Nov; 48(11):2313-2319. [Uses 2008 HCUP NIS data, as accessed on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Lee A, Johnson JA, Fry DE, Nakayama DK. Characteristics of hospitals with lowest costs in management of pediatric appendicitis. J Pediatr Surg 2013 Nov; 48(11):2320-6. [Uses 2009 HCUP Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) data Cost-to-Charge Ratio Files, as accessed on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Obesity Surgery
Mokhlesi B, Hovda MD, Vekhter B, et al. Sleep-disordered breathing and postoperative outcomes after bariatric surgery: analysis of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample. Obes Surg 2013 Nov; 23(11):1842-51. [Uses 2004-2008 HCUP NIS data and AHRQ's Clinical Classifications Software, both accessed on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Spine Journal
Nandyala SV, Marquez-Lara A, Fineberg SJ, et al. Incidence and risk factors for perioperative visual loss after spinal fusion. Spine J. 2013 Nov 8. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2002-2009 HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Surgical Endoscopy
Funk LM, Perry KA, Narula VK, et al. Current national practice patterns for inpatient management of ventral abdominal wall hernia in the United States. Surg Endosc 2013 Nov; 27(11):4104-12. [Uses 2009-2010 HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Shaligram A, Smith L, Pallati P, et al. Can laparoscopy for colon resection reduce the need for discharge to skilled care facility? Surg Endosc 2013 Nov; 27(11):4038-43. [Uses 2009 HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Also refer to articles by Kutney-Lee, Sloane, and Aiken (Health Aff, 2013) and Basu and Friedman (Soc Work Public Health, 2013) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.

Current as of November 2013
Internet Citation: AUDIT-C Scores as a Scaled Marker of Mean Daily Drinking, Alcohol Use Disorder Severity, and Probability of Alcohol Dependence in a U.S. General Population Sample of Drinkers: Articles of Interest, November 8, 2013. November 2013. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/20131108.html