Child and Adolescent Health Care Quality and Disparities: Are We Making Progress?

Articles of Interest, March 21, 2014

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 Pediatrics
Dougherty D, Chen X, Gray DT, et al. Child and adolescent health care quality and disparities: are we making progress? Acad Pediatr 2014 Mar-Apr; 14(2):137-48. [First and third authors are researchers in AHRQ's Office of Extramural Research, Education, and Priority Populations and Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, respectively; based on analyses supported by contract HHSA290200900010C with Social & Scientific Systems; uses measures and data from AHRQ's National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) and National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR) for 2011; cites data on hospital discharges of children with Medicare coverage from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Kids' Inpatient Database (KID), Total Number of Discharges by Age Group by Payer, 2009, as accessed on AHRQ's HCUP.net Web site; cites AHRQ publications on the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, research funding priorities, and children's health care quality measurement.] Select to access the abstract.

AIDS Care
Jonassaint CR, Haywood C Jr, Korthuis PT, et al.  The impact of depressive symptoms on patient-provider communication in HIV care. AIDS Care 2013; 25(9):1185-92. [Supported by contract 290-01-0012.] Select to access the abstract.

Anesthesiology
Glance LG, Fleisher LA. Anesthesiologists and the transformation of the healthcare system: a call to action. Anesthesiology 2014 Feb; 120(2):257-9. [Supported by grant R01 HS16737.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Rothberg MB, Pekow PS, Priya A, et al. Variation in diagnostic coding of patient with pneumonia and its association with hospital risk-standard mortality rates: a cross-sectional analysis. Ann Intern Med 2014 Mar 18; 160(6):380-8. [Supported by R01 HS18723.]

BMC Medical Informatics
Liu V, Clark MP, Mendoza M, et al. Automated identification of pneumonia in chest radiograph reports in critically ill patients. BMC Medical Informatics 2013 Aug 15; 13:90. [Supported by grant 1 R01 HS18480-01 and grant F32 HS19181-01 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Gait & Posture
Wren TA, Otsuka NY, Bowen RE, et al. Outcomes of lower extremity orthopedic surgery in ambulatory children with cerebral palsy with and without gait analysis: results of a randomized controlled trial. Gait Posture 2013 Jun; 38(2):236-41. [Supported by grant R01 HS14169.] Select to access the abstract.

Gerontologist
Buys DR, Borch C, Drentea P, et al. Physical impairment is associated with nursing home admission for older adults in disadvantaged but not other neighborhoods: results from the UAB Study of Aging. Gerontologist 2013 Aug; 53(4):641-53. [Supported by grant T32 HS13852 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering
Stone EE, Skubic M. Unobtrusive, continuous, in-home gait measurement using the Microsoft Kinect. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng 2013 Oct; 60(10):2925-32. [Supported by grant R01 HS18477.] Select to access the abstract.

Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Newland JG, Gerber JS, Weissman SJ, Shah SS, Turgeon C, Hedican EB, et al. Prevalence and characteristics of antimicrobial stewardship programs at freestanding children's hospitals in the United States. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2014 Mar; 35(3):265-71. [Supported by grant U18 HS10399 (to first and sixth authors.] Select to access the abstract.

Pallin DJ, Camargo CA Jr, Yokoe DS, Schuur JD. Variability of contact precaution policies in US emergency departments. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2014 Mar; 35(3):310-12. [Supported by grants R18 HS20013 (to first, second, and fourth authors) and R13 HS21616 (to fourth author).]

JAMA Internal Medicine
Chen LM, Ayanian JZ. Care Continuity and care coordination: what counts? JAMA Intern Med 2014 Mar 17. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by grant K08 HS20671 (to first author).]

Callaghan BC, Kerber KA, Pace RJ, et al. Headaches and neuroimaging: high utilization and costs despite guidelines. JAMA Intern Med 2014 Mar 17. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by grant R18 HS17660 (to second author).]

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Hripcsak G, Bloomrosen M, Flatelybrennan P, et al. Health data use, stewardship, and governance: ongoing gaps and challenges: a report from AMIA's 2012 Health Policy Meeting. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2014 Mar 1; 21(2):204-11. [Supported by grant 1 R13 HS21825-01; notes presentation by AHRQ Gurvaneet Randhawa, researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence, at the AMIA 2012 Health Policy Meeting; mentions AHRQ's PROSPECT studies (citing Evidence Generation Awards: PROSPECT Studies, as published on the AHRQ Web site) and EDM Forum (citing the EDM Forum Web site; cites AHRQ's NHDR and NHQR, 2011, and AHRQ publication, AHRQ Informed Consent and Authorization Toolkit for Minimal Risk Research, 2009, as published on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Diabetes
Sambamoorthi U, Ma Y, Findley PA, et al. Antidepressant use, depression, and new-onset diabetes among elderly Medicare beneficiaries. J Diabetes 2013 Sep; 5(3):327-35. [Supported by grant 1 R24 HS18622-03 under the auspices of the AHRQ-funded West Virginia Collaborative Health Outcomes Research of Therapies and Services (WV CoHORTS), for which the first author is the director of the data repository core.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy
Malone DC, Liberman JN, Sun D. Effect of an educational outreach program on prescribing potential drug-drug interactions. J Manag Care Pharm 2013 Sep; 19(7):549-57. [Supported by grant U18 HS10385-05.] Select to access the abstract.

Gleason PP, Alexander GC, Starner CI, et al. Health plan utilization and costs of specialty drugs within 4 chronic conditions. J Manag Care Pharm 2013 Sep; 19(7):542-8. [Supported by grant R01 HS189960 (to second author).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Patient Safety
Singh R, Hickner J, Mold J, Singh G. "Chance favors only the prepared mind": preparing minds to systematically reduce hazards in the testing process in primary care. J Patient Saf 2014 Mar; 10(1):20-8. [Supported by grant R18 HS17020 (first author is principal investigator); discusses AHRQ's Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs); cites AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches, 2008, and AHRQ-sponsored Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, 2001.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Cauley RP, Stoffan A, Potanos K, et al. Pulmonary support on day 30 as a predictor of morbidity and mortality in congenital diaphragmatic hernia. J Pediatr Surg 2013 Jun; 48(6):1183-9. [Supported by grant T32 HS19485.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Sarkar U, Lyles CR, Parker MM, et al. Use of the refill function through an online patient portal is associated with improved adherence to statins in an integrated health system. Med Care 2014 Mar; 52(3):194-201. [Supported by grant K08 HS17594 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Olsho LE, Spector WD, Williams CS, Rhodes W, Fink RV, Limcangco R, et al. Evaluation of AHRQ's On-Time pressure ulcer prevention program: a facilitator-assisted clinical decision support intervention for nursing homes. Med Care 2014 Mar; 52(3):258-66. [Supported by contract HHSA290200600011-I; second and sixth authors are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets; cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treatment of Pressure Ulcers, 1994, and AHRQ publications, Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation, Volume 3: Implementation Issues, 2005, On-Time Quality Improvement Manual for Long-Term Care Facilities, 2011, and TeamSTEPPS Long-Term Care Version, 2012.] Select to access the abstract.

Tjia J, Field T, Lemay C, et al. Antipsychotic use in nursing homes varies by psychiatric consultant. Med Care 2014 Mar; 52(3):267-71. [Supported by grant R18 HS19351.] Select to access the abstract.

Parekh AK, Meyers DS. Foreword. Med Care 2014 Mar; 52(3 Suppl 2):S1-S2. [Second author is director of AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships; introduces special issue supported by contract HHSA29020100004I TO8; cites four AHRQ/National Institutes of Health-sponsored requests for applications related to multiple chronic conditions (MCC); acknowledges support from Jayasree Basu, researcher in the same AHRQ center.]

Grembowski D, Schaefer J, Johnson KE, Fischer H, Moore SL, Tai-Seale M, Ricciardi R, Fraser JR, Miller D, Leroy L; AHRQ MCC Research Network. A conceptual model of the role of complexity in the care of patients with multiple chronic conditions. Med Care 2014 Mar; 52(3 Suppl 2):S7-S14. [Supported by contract HHSA29020100004I TO8; seventh author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships; acknowledges support from David Meyers and Therese Miller, director of and researcher in, respectively, the same AHRQ center.] Select to access the abstract.

Leroy L, Bayliss E, Domino M, Miller BF, Rust G, Gerteis J, Miller T; AHRQ MCC Research Network. The agency for healthcare research and quality multiple chronic conditions research network: overview of research contributions and future priorities. Med Care 2014 Mar; 52(3 Suppl 2):S15-S22. [Supported by contract HHSA29020100004I TO8; seventh author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships; discusses the development and contributions of AHRQ's MCC Research Network; acknowledges support from David Meyers, Jayasree Basu, and Richard Ricciardi, members of the same AHRQ center; cites AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site; discusses findings from article by Ornstein et al. (Ann Fam Med, 2013) which examines the association of MCC and 10 USPSTF-recommended preventive services; cites AHRQ publication, Collaborative National Networks Examining Comparative Effectiveness Trials (CoNNECT): 2010 R24 Expansion of Research Capability to Study Comparative Effectiveness in Complex Patients Grants, 2013, as published on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Pratt N, Andersen M, Bergman U, Choi NK, Gerhard T, Huang C, et al. Multi-country rapid adverse drug event assessment: the Asian Pharmacoepidemiology Network (AsPEN) antipsychotic and acute hyperglycaemia study. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2013 Sep; 22(9):915-24. [Supported by grant U18 HS16097 (to fifth and sixth authors).] Select to access the abstract.

Cea-Soriano L, García Rodríguez LA, Fernández Cantero O, Hernández-Díaz S. Challenges of using primary care electronic medical records in the UK to study medications in pregnancy. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2013 Sep; 22(9): 977-85. [Supported by grant R01 HS18533 (to last author).] Select to access the abstract.

Also refer to articles by Curry et al. and Moyer et al. (both in Ann Intern Med, 2014) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)-Related Articles.

AHRQ-Related Articles

Academic Pediatrics
Schumacher DJ, Frintner MP, Jain A, et al. The 2011 ACGME standards: impact reported by graduating residents on the working and learning environment. Acad Pediatr 2014 Mar-Apr; 14(2):149-54. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored IOM report, Resident Duty Hours: Enhancing Sleep, Supervision and Safety, 2009, and AHRQ-funded articles by Lockley et al. (Jt Comm J Patient Saf, 2007, and Clin Orthop Relat Res, 2006) and Landrigan et al. (N Engl J Med, 2004).] Select to access the abstract.

Schumacher DJ, Englander R, Hicks PJ, et al. Domain of competence: patient care. Acad Pediatr 2014 Mar-Apr; 14(2 Suppl):S13-S35. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored IOM report, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, 2001.]

Guralnick S, Ludwig S, Englander R. Domain of competence: systems-based practice. Acad Pediatr 2014 Mar-Apr; 14(2 Suppl):S70-S79. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored IOM report, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, 2001.]

Benson BJ. Domain of competence: interpersonal and communication skills. Acad Pediatr 2014 Mar-Apr; 14(2 Suppl): S55-S65. [Cites AHRQ publications, Medical Teamwork and Patient Safety: The Evidence-Based Relation, 2005, and TeamSTEPPS: Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety, and AHRQ-sponsored IOM report, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, 2001.]

Annals of Internal Medicine
Flanders SA, Saint S. Measuring pneumonia-related mortality using administrative data: coding and consequences. Ann Intern Med 2014 Mar 18; 160(6):430-1. [Comments on article by Rothberg et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2014) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles; cites AHRQ's National Quality Measures ClearinghouseTM, noting that a search identified nearly 30 measures targeting pneumonia.]

Archives of Pharmacy Practice
Kebede Y, Hawaze S, Negash G. Medication errors in the adult emergency unit of a tertiary care teaching hospital in Addis Ababa. Arch Pharm Pract 2013 Oct-Dec; 4(4):147-53. [Cites AHRQ publication, Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses, 2008.]

Nee TK, Ali SM, Thong WK, et al. The prevalence of adverse drug event-related admissions at a local hospital in Malaysia. Arch Pharm Pract 2013 Oct-Dec; 4(4):160-7. [Cites HCUP statistical brief, Adverse Drug Events in U.S. Hospitals, 2004, 2007.]

HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal
Wolf L, Costantinou E, Limbaugh C, et al. Fall prevention for inpatient oncology using lean and rapid improvement event techniques. HERD 2013 Fall; 7(1):85-101. [Cites AHRQ publication, Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Morrill PW. Risk assessment as standard work in design. HERD 2013 Fall; 7(1):114-23. [Cites AHRQ publication, Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Berríos-Torres SI, Yi SH, Bratzler DW, et al. Activity of commonly used antimicrobial prophylaxis regimens against pathogens causing coronary artery bypass graft and arthroplasty surgical site infections in the United States, 2006-2009. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2014 Mar; 35(3):231-9. [Cites HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data from AHRQ's HCUPnet Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Viray MA, Morley JC, Coopersmith CM, et al. Daily bathing with chlorhexidine-based soap and the prevention of Staphylococcus aureus transmission and infection. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2014 Mar; 35(3):243-50. [Fifth author reports receiving previous AHRQ funding.] Select to access the abstract.

Saiman L. More support to reduce the burden of respiratory illnesses through improved infection prevention and control in ambulatory settings. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2014 Mar; 35(3):257-8. [Comments on article by Simmering et al. (Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol, 2014) cited in Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products.]

See I, Nguyen DB, Chatterjee S, et al. Outbreak of Tsukamurella species bloodstream infection among patients among patients at an oncology clinic, West Virginia, 2011-2012. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2014 Mar; 35(3): 300-6. [Cites MEPS data from article by Halpern and Yabroff (Cancer Invest, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
He D, Mathews SC, Kalloo AN, et al. Mining high-dimensional administrative claims data to predict early hospital readmissions. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2014 Mar-Apr; 21(2):272-9. [Cites AHRQ-authored articles by Zhan (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence) and Miller (Qual Saf Health Care, 2003), Pine, Jordan, Elixhauser (researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) et al. (JAMA, 2007), and Rosen, Rivard, Zhao, Loveland, Tsilimingras, Christiansen, Elixhauser, et al. (Med Care, 2005).] Select to access the abstract.

Moon S, Pakhomov S, Liu N, et al. A sense inventory for clinical abbreviations and acronyms created using clinical notes and medical dictionary resources. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2014 Mar-Apr; 21(2):299-307. [Cites AHRQ publication, Fundamentals of Medicare Patient Safety Surveillance: Intent, Relevance, and Transparency, 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

Li Y, Salmasian H, Vilar S, et al. A method for controlling complex confounding effects in the detection of adverse drug reactions using electronic health records. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2014 Mar-Apr; 21(2):308-14. [Cites AHRQ-funded articles by Bates et al. (JAMA, 1997 and 1995).] Select to access the abstract.

Gultepe E, Green JP, Nguyen H, et al. From vital signs to clinical outcomes for patients with sepsis: a machine learning basis for a clinical decision support system. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2014 Mar-Apr; 21(2):315-25. [Cites HCUP data from AHRQ publication, HCUP Facts and Figures: Statistics on Hospital-Based Care in the United States, 2008, 2010, as published on AHRQ's HCUP User Support Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery
Tan SM, Dutton AQ, Bea KC, et al. Bicompartmental versus total knee arthroplasty for medial and patellofemoral osteoarthritis. J Orthop Surg 2013 Dec; 21(3):281-4. [Cites HCUP data as accessed on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Patient Safety
Perez B, Knych SA, Weaver SJ, et al.  Understanding the barriers to physician error reporting and disclosure: a systemic approach to a systemic problem. J Patient Saf 2014 Mar; 10(1):45-51. [Cites AHRQ publication, AHRQ's Medical Error Demonstration Evaluation Projects: Key Issues in Identifying Threats to Patient Safety, 2003, as published on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Austin JM, D'Andrea G, Birkmeyer JD, et al. Safety in numbers: the development of Leapfrog's composite patient safety score for U.S. hospitals. J Patient Saf 2014 Mar; 10(1):64-71. [Mentions CMS' planned use of AHRQ's PSI composite measure in its 2015 Inpatient Prospective Payment System VBP program, citing CMS Releases FY 2013 IPPS Proposed Rule: 12 Points to Know, as published on the Becker's Hospital Review Web site; also cites AHRQ publications, AHRQ Quality Indicators: Inpatient Quality Indicators Composite Measure Workgroup Final Report and AHRQ Quality Indicators: Composite Measures User Guide for the Patient Safety Indicators (PSI), both published on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Michigan Law Review
Korobkin R. Comparative effectiveness research as choice architecture: the behavioral law and economics solution to the health care cost crisis. Mich Law Rev 2014 Feb; 112(4):523-74. [Mentions previous efforts to defund AHRQ's predecessor the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, citing article by Gray et al. (Health Aff, 2003).] Select to access the abstract.

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

Academic Pediatrics
Zenlea IS, Milliren CE, Mednick L, et al. Depression screening in adolescents in the United States: a national study of ambulatory office-based practice. Acad Pediatr 2014 Mar-Apr; 14(2):186-91. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening and treatment for major depressive disorder in children and adolescents (Pediatrics, 2009) and associated final research plan, 2013, published on the USPSTF Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Liss DT, Baker DW. Understanding current racial/ethnic disparities in colorectal cancer screening in the United States: the contribution of socioeconomic status and access to care. Am J Prev Med 2014 Mar; 46(3):228-36. [Uses USPSTF-recommended colorectal cancer screening regimens as a criteria for the primary outcome measure, citing USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008); cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2011.] Select to access the abstract.

Berry LL, Flynn AG, Seiders K, et al. Physician counseling of overweight patients about preventive health behaviors. Am J Prev Med 2014 Mar; 46(3):297-302. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review by LeBlanc et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2011) on the effectiveness of primary care-relevant treatments for obesity in adults.] Select to access the abstract.

Klein WM, Bloch M, Hesse BW, et al. Behavioral research in cancer prevention and control: a look to the future. Am J Prev Med 2014 Mar; 46(3):303-11. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for prostate cancer and on screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2012 and 2009, respectively).] Select to access the abstract.

White MC, Holman DM, Boehm JE, et al. Age and cancer risk: a potentially modifiable relationship. Am J Prev Med 2014 Mar; 46(3 Suppl 1):S7-S15. [Discusses various USPSTF recommendations, citing USPSTF recommendations on screening for hepatitis C virus infection in adults and associated evidence reviews (two articles) by Chou et al. (all in Ann Intern Med, 2013), and USPSTF publications, Recommendations for Adults, 2013, and Screening for Lung Cancer: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement, 2013, both published on the USPSTF Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Holman DM, Grossman M, Henley SJ, et al. Opportunities for cancer prevention during midlife: highlights from a meeting of experts. Am J Prev Med 2014 Mar; 46(3 Suppl 1):S73-S80. [Summarizes presentation by David Meyers on the role of healthcare in primary prevention, citing USPSTF recommendations statements, Counseling and Interventions to Prevent Tobacco Use and Tobacco-Caused Disease in Adults and Pregnant Women, 2009, Screening and Behavioral Counseling Interventions in Primary Care to Reduce Alcohol Misuse, 2013, and Screening for and Management of Obesity in Adults, 2012, all published on the USPSTF Web site; also cites 2012 Annual Progress Report to Congress: National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care, 2012, as published on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Zonderman AB, Ejiogu N, Norbeck J, et al. The influence of health disparities on targeting cancer prevention efforts. Am J Prev Med 2014 Mar; 46(3 Suppl 1):S87-S97. [Mentions Affordable Care Act provisions requiring coverage of preventive services rated A and B by the USPSTF.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Internal Medicine
Curry SJ, Grossman DC, Whitlock EP, et al. Behavioral counseling research and evidence-based practice recommendations: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force perspectives. Ann Intern Med 2014 Mar 18; 160(6):407-13. [Discusses USPSTF methodologies related to behavioral counseling interventions, citing Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 1996, USPSTF-sponsored methodological articles by Whitlock et al. (Am J Prev Med, 2002) and Sawaya et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2007), AHRQ evidence synthesis, Behavioral Counseling to Promote Physical Activity and a Healthful Diet to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease in Adults: Update of the Evidence for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, 2010, AHRQ comparative effectiveness review, Screening, Behavioral Counseling, and Referral in Primary Care to Reduce Alcohol Misuse, 2012, and USPSTF recommendations on screening for obesity in children and adolescents (Pediatrics, 2010) and on behavioral counseling to prevent skin cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2012); also cites AHRQ research white paper, A Framework to Facilitate the Use of Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses in the Design of Primary Research Studies, 2013, prepared by the Oregon EPC.]

Moyer VA, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for gestational diabetes mellitus: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. Ann Intern Med 2014 Mar 18; 160(6):414-20. [Updates USPSTF 2008 recommendations on screening for diabetes mellitus (Ann Intern Med, 2008), citing AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessments, Screening and Diagnosing Gestational Diabetes Mellitus, 2012, and Therapeutic Management, Delivery, and Postpartum Risk Assessment and Screening in Gestational Diabetes, 2008, and USPSTF-sponsored evidence reviews on screening tests for gestational diabetes and benefits and harms of treating gestational diabetes (both in Ann Intern Med, 2013).] Select to access the abstract.

Screening for gestational diabetes mellitus: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. Ann Intern Med 2014 Mar 18; 160(6):1-30. [Summarizes USPSTF recommendations in article by Moyer et al. cited above in this section.]

Canadian Journal of Public Health
Hanley JA, McGregor M, Liu Z, et al. Measuring the mortality impact of breast cancer screening. Can J Public Health 2013 Sep 19; 104(7):e437-e442. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Hayes JH, Barry MJ. Screening for prostate cancer with the prostate-specific antigen test: a review of current evidence. JAMA 2014 Mar 19; 311(11):1143-9. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for prostate cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2012).] Select to access the abstract.

New England Journal of Medicine
Imperiale TF, Ransohoff DF, Itzkowitz SH, et al. Multitarget stool DNA testing for colorectal-cancer screening. N Engl J Med 2014 Mar 19. [Epub ahead of print. Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008) and AHRQ publication, Evaluating Test Strategies for Colorectal Cancer Screening—Age to Begin, Age to Stop, and Timing of Screening Intervals: A Decision Analysis for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force from the Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network (CISNET), 2009.] Select to access the abstract.

Robertson DJ, Dominitz JA. Stool DNA and colorectal-cancer screening. N Engl J Med 2014 Mar 19. [Epub ahead of print. Comments on article by Imperiale et al. cited above in this section; cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008) and Draft Research Plan: Screening for Colorectal Cancer, 2014, as published on the USPSTF Web site.]

Renal and Urology News
Mehrazin R, Smaldone MC. PCA3: what is its role in prostate cancer screening? Renal Urol News 2014 Feb; online. [Mentions USPSTF recommendations on screening for prostate cancer, citing article by Qaseem et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2013).]

Also refer to article by Leroy et al. (Med Care, 2014) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles and article by Ka'opua et al. (Am J Health Educ, 2014) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPC)-Related Articles.

Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPC)-Related Articles

American Journal of Health Education
Ka'opua LS, Diaz TP, Park SH, et al. Colorectal cancer screening at the nexus of HIV, minority statuses, and cultural safety. Am J Health Educ 2014 Jan; 45(1):42-51. [Summarizes findings from AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Enhancing the Use and Quality of Colorectal Cancer Screening, 2010, performed by the RTI International-University of North Carolina EPC; cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Colorectal Cancer, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Public Health
Langellier BA, Chaparro MP, Wang MC, et al. The new food package and breastfeeding outcomes among women, infants, and children participants in Los Angeles County. Am J Public Health 2014 Feb; 104 Suppl 1:S112-S118. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Breastfeeding and Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes in Developed Countries, 2007.] Select to access the abstract.

Also refer to article by Curry et al. and Moyer et al. (both in Ann Intern Med, 2014) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)-Related Articles.

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

Academic Pediatrics
Horn IB, Mendoza FS. Reframing the disparities agenda: a time to rethink, a time to focus. Acad Pediatr 2014 Mar-Apr; 14(2):115-16. [Comments on article by Dougherty et al. (Acad Pediatr, 2014) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles; cites AHRQ's NHQR and NHDR, 2011.]

International Journal of Men's Health
Dumont DM, Gjelsvik A, Redmond A, et al. Jails as public health partners: incarceration and disparities among medically underserved men. Int J Mens Health 2013 Sep 22; 12(3):213-27. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2011.]

Also refer to articles by Dougherty et al. (Acad Pediatr, 2014) and Hripcsak et al. (J Am Med Inform Assoc, 2014) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles and article by Liss and Baker (Am J Prev Med, 2014) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)-Related Articles.

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

Cancer
Kelly ML, Kshettry VR, Rosenbaum BP, et al. Effect of a randomized controlled trial on the surgical treatment of spinal metastasis, 2000 through 2010: a population-based cohort study. Cancer 2014 Mar 15; 120(6):901-8. [Uses 2000-2004 and 2006-2010 HCUP NIS data, citing Trend Weights for 1988-1997 HCUP NIS Data and Introduction to the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2010, both published on AHRQ's HCUP User Support Web site; also uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Simmering JE, Polgreen LA, Cavanaugh JE, et al. Are well-child visits a risk factor for subsequent influenza-like illness visits? Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2014 Mar; 35(3):251-6. [Uses 1996-2008 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data, as accessed on AHRQ's MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA Internal Medicine
Hussey PS, Schneider EC, Rudin RS, et al. Continuity and the costs of care for chronic disease. JAMA Intern Med 2014 Mar 17. [Epub ahead of print. Uses AHRQ clinical classifications for ambulatory care sensitive conditions "as implied in Evidence-Informed Case Rates," citing article by De Brantes, Rastogi, and Painter (Health Serv Res, 2010); cites AHRQ publication, Care Coordination Measures Atlas, 2010, and AHRQ-sponsored IOM report, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, 2001.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Patient Safety
Hess EP, Haas LR, Shah ND, et al. Trends in computed tomography utilization rates: a longitudinal practice-based study. J Patient Saf 2014 Mar; 10(1):52-8. [Uses AHRQ's HCUP Clinical Classifications Software (CCS), as accessed on AHRQ's HCUP User Support Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Lammers EJ, Adler-Milstein J, Kocher KE. Does health information exchange reduce redundant imaging? Evidence from emergency departments. Med Care 2014 Mar; 52(3):227-34. [Uses 2007-2010 HCUP State Emergency Department Databases (SEDD) data for California and Florida and AHRQ's CCS, citing Overview of the State Emergency Department Databases (SEDD), 2009, and Clinical Classifications Software, 2013, both published on AHRQ's HCUP User Support Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

McCrum ML, Lipsitz SR, Berry WR, et al. Beyond volume: does hospital complexity matter?: an analysis of inpatient surgical mortality in the United States. Med Care 2014 Mar; 52(3):235-42. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998) and Comorbidity Software, Version 3.7, as accessed on AHRQ's HCUP User Support Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Rosen AK, Chen Q, Shin MH, et al. Medical and surgical readmissions in the Veterans Health Administration: what proportion are related to the index hospitalization? Med Care 2014 Mar; 52(3):243-9. [Uses sampling methodologies for AHRQ's PSIs, citing article by Rosen et al. (Med Care, 2013), and uses AHRQ's CCS and Comorbidity Software, both accessed on AHRQ's HCUP User Support Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Chou S, Deily ME, Li S. Travel distance and health outcomes for scheduled surgery. Med Care 2014 Mar; 52(3):250-7. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Milbank Quarterly
Abraham JM. How might the Affordable Care Act's coverage expansion provisions influence demand for medical care? Milbank Q 2014 Mar; 92(1):63-87. [Uses 2008-2010 MEPS data, citing National Health Care Expenses in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2009, 2012, as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Blumberg LJ, Waidmann TA, Blavin F, Roth J. Trends in health care financial burdens, 2001 to 2009. Milbank Q 2014 Mar; 92(1):88-113. [Uses 2001-2009 MEPS Household Component data, as accessed on AHRQ's MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Also refer to article by Dougherty et al. (Acad Pediatr, 2014) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.

Current as of March 2014
Internet Citation: Child and Adolescent Health Care Quality and Disparities: Are We Making Progress?: Articles of Interest, March 21, 2014. March 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/20140321.html