Access to Care for Patients with Time-sensitive Conditions in Pennsylvania

Articles of Interest, June 13, 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

Annals of Emergency Medicine
Salhi RA, Edwards JM, Gaieski DF, Band RA, Abella BS, Carr BG. Access to care for patients with time-sensitive conditions in Pennsylvania. Ann Emerg Med 2014 May; 63(5):572-9. [Supported by grant K08 HS17960 (to last author, Carr BG).] Select to access the abstract.

Mutter R, Clancy C. Investing in emergency medicine to improve health care for all Americans: the role of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Ann Emerg Med 2014 May; 63(5):580-3. [Authors were a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets and the AHRQ director, respectively, when this article was written.]

Band RA, Salhi RA, Holena DN, Powell E, Branas CC, Carr BG. Severity-adjusted mortality in trauma patients transported by police. Ann Emerg Med 2014 May; 63(5):608-14.e3. [Supported by grant K08 HS17960 (to last author, Carr BG).] Select to access the abstract.

American Journal of Public Health
Przedworski JM, McAlpine DD, Karaca-Mandic P, VanKim NA. Health and health risks among sexual minority women: an examination of 3 subgroups. Am J Public Health 2014 Jun; 104(6):1045-7. [Supported by grant T32 HS00036-23 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Arthritis Care & Research
Curtis JR, Chen L, Bharat A, Delzell E, Greenberg JD, Harrold L, Kremer J, Setoguchi S, Solomon DH, Xie F, et al. Linkage of a de-identified United States rheumatoid arthritis registry with administrative data to facilitate comparative effectiveness research. Arthritis Care Res 2014 Jun 6; Epub ahead of print. [Supported by grant R01 HS18517.] Select to access the abstract.

BMC Genomics
Chakraborty A, Jiang G, Boustani M, Liu Y, Skaar T, Li L. Simultaneous inferences based on empirical Bayes methods and false discovery rates ineQTL data analysis. BMC Genomics 2013; 14 Suppl 8:S8. [Supported by grant R01 HS19818 (to third author).] Select to access the abstract.

BMC Nephrology
Boulware LE, Tangri N, Ephraim PL, Scialla JJ, Sozio SM, Crews DC, Shafi T, Miskulin DC, Liu J, St Peter W, et al. Comparative effectiveness studies to improve clinical outcomes in end stage renal disease: the DEcIDE Patient Outcomes in End Stage Renal Disease Study. BMC Nephrol 2012 Dec 6; 13:167. [Supported by Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions on Effectiveness (DEcIDE) contract HHSA-290-2005-00341-I, task order 6.] Select to access the abstract.

St Peter WL, Sozio SM, Shafi T, Ephraim PL, Luly J, McDermott A, Bandeen-Roche K, Meyer KB, Crews DC, Scialla JJ, et al. Patterns in blood pressure medication use in US incident dialysis patients over the first 6 months. BMC Nephrol 2013 Nov 12; 14:249. [Supported by DEcIDE contract HHSA-290-2005-00341-I, task order 6.] Select to access the abstract.

Miskulin DC, Zhou J, Tangri N, Bandeen-Roche K, Cook C, Ephraim PL, Crews DC, Scialla JJ, Sozio SM, Shafi T. Trends in anemia management in US hemodialysis patients 2004-2010. BMC Nephrol 2013 Dec 1; 14:264. [Supported by DEcIDE contract HHSA-290-2005-00341-I, task order 6.]  Select to access the abstract.

Circulation. Cardiovascular and Quality Outcomes
Epstein AJ, Yang L, Yang F, Groeneveld PW. A Comparison of clinical outcomes from carotid artery stenting among US hospitals. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2014 Jun 3; Epub ahead of print. [Supported by grant 1 R01 HS18403.] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Osterman MT, Haynes K, Delzell E, Zhang J, Bewtra M, Brensinger C, Chen L, Xie F, Curtis JR, Lewis JD. Comparative effectiveness of infliximab and adalimumab for Crohn's disease. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol 2014 May; 12(5):811-17.e3. [Supported by grant R01 HS18517.] Select to access the abstract.

Clinical Trials
Curtis JR, Wright NC, Xie F, Chen L, Zhang J, Saag KG, Bharat A, Kremer J, Cofield S, Winthrop K, Delzell E. Use of health plan combined with registry data to predict clinical trial recruitment. Clin Trials 2014 Feb; 11(1):96-101. [Supported by grant R01 HS18517.] Select to access the abstract.

Current Opinion in Immunology
Moore ML, Stokes KL, Hartert TV. The impact of viral genotype on pathogenesis and disease severity: respiratory syncytial virus and human rhinoviruses. Curr Opin Immunol 2013 Dec; 25(6):761-8. [Supported by grant R01 HS18454.] Select to access the abstract.

Diabetes Care
Turner LW, Nartey D, Stafford RS, Singh S, Alexander GC. Ambulatory treatment of type 2 diabetes in the U.S., 1997-2012. Diabetes Care 2014 Apr; 37(4):985-92. [Supported by grant R01 HS18996-0 (to last author, Alexander GC).] Select to access the abstract.

 Epilepsy Research
Schiltz NK, Koroukian SM, Singer ME, Love TE, Kaiboriboon K. Disparities in access to specialized epilepsy care.
Epilepsy Res 2013 Nov; 107(1-2):172-80. [Supported by grant 5 T32 HS00059-18 (to first author); uses 2005-2009 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) State Inpatient Databases (SID), State Ambulatory Surgery Databases (SASD), and State Emergency Department Databases (SEDD) data for California, citing HCUP Supplemental Variables for Revisit Analyses, 2013, HCUP Supplemental Files for Revisit Analyses, 2012, and HCUP Databases, 2011, all published on AHRQ's HCUP User Support Web site; also uses AHRQ's comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
Jaramillo E, Tan A, Yang L, Kuo YF, Goodwin JS. Variation among primary care physicians in prostate-specific antigen screening of older men. JAMA 2014 Oct 16; 310(15): 1622-4. [Supported by grant R24 HS22134.]

Roumie CL, Greevy RA, Grijalva CG, Hung AM, Liu X, Murff HJ, Elasy TA, Griffin MR. Association between intensification of metformin treatment with insulin vs sulfonylureas and cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality among patients with diabetes. JAMA 2014 Jun 11; 311(22):2288-96. [Supported by DEcIDE 2 contract HHSA-290-2010-00016I.] Select to access the abstract.

Lipska KJ, Ross JS, Van Houten HK, Beran D, Yudkin JS, Shah ND. Use and out-of-pocket costs of insulin for type 2 diabetes mellitus from 2000 through 2010. JAMA 2014 Jun 11; 311(22):2331-3. [Supported by grant R21 HS17628.]

JAMA Internal Medicine
Goldberger ZD and Alexander GC. Digitalis use in contemporary clinical practice: refitting the foxglove. JAMA Intern Med 2014 Jan; 174(1):151-4. [Supported by grant R01 HS18996-0 (to second author).]

Chen LM , Ayanian JZ. Care continuity and care coordination: what counts? JAMA Intern Med 2014 Jun 1; 174(6):749-50. [Supported by grant K08 HS20671 (to first author).]

Miller M, Swanson SA, Azrael D, Pate V, Stürmer T. Antidepressant dose, age, and the risk of deliberate self-harm. JAMA Intern Med 2014 Jun 1; 174(6):899-909. [Fifth author (Sturmer T) receives funding as principal investigator of the UNC DEcIDE Center.] Select to access the abstract.

Austad KE, Avorn J, Franklin JM, Campbell EG, Kesselheim AS. Association of marketing interactions with medical trainees' knowledge about evidence-based prescribing: results from a national survey. JAMA Intern Med 2014 Jun 9; Epub ahead of print. [Supported by grant K08 HS18465-01 (to last author, Kesselheim AS).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Heart Association
Wong TC, Piehler KM, Zareba KM, Lin K, Phrampus A, Patel A, Moon JC, Ugander M, Valeti U, Holtz JE, et al.  Myocardial damage detected by late gadolinium enhancement cardiovascular magnetic resonance is associated with subsequent hospitalization for heart failure. J Am Heart Assoc 2013 Nov 18; 2(6):e000416. [Supported by grant K12 HS19461-01 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Society of Nephrology
Shafi T, Sozio SM, Bandeen-Roche KJ, Ephraim PL, Luly JR, St Peter WL, McDermott A, Scialla JJ, Crews DC, Tangri N, et al. Predialysis systolic BP variability and outcomes in hemodialysis patients. J Am Soc Nephrol 2014 Apr; 25(4):799-809. [Supported by DEcIDE contract HHSA-290-2005-00341-I, task order 6.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Arthroplasty
Stundner O, Danninger T, Chiu YL, Sun X, Goodman SM, Russell LA, Figgie M, Mazumdar M, Memtsoudis SG. Rheumatoid arthritis vs osteoarthritis in patients receiving total knee arthroplasty: perioperative outcomes. J Arthroplasty 2014 Feb; 29(2):308-13. [Supported by Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) grant U18 HS01675 (to third author and fourth author, Mazumdar M). Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
Olfson M, Kroenke K, Wang S, Blanco C. Trends in office-based mental health care provided by psychiatrists and primary care physicians. J Clin Psychiatry 2014 Mar; 75(3):247-53. [Supported by grant U19 HS21112 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research
Sittig DF, Hazlehurst BL. Informatics grand challenges in multi-institutional comparative effectiveness research. J Comp Eff Res 2012 Sep; 1(5):373-6. [Supported by grants R01 HS19828 and R18 HS18157 (to second author).]

 Barocas DA, Chen V, Cooperberg M, Goodman M, Graff JJ, Greenfield S, Hamilton A, Hoffman K, Kaplan S, Koyama T, Morgans A, Paddock LE, Phillips S, Resnick MJ, Stroup A, Wu XC, Penson DF. Using a population-based observational cohort study to address difficult comparative effectiveness research questions: the CEASAR study. J Comp Eff Res 2013 Jul; 2(4):445-60. [Supported by grant 1 R01 HS19356; discusses findings from AHRQ comparative effectiveness review, Comparative Effectiveness of Therapies for Clinically Localized Prostate Cancer, 2008, and the AHRQ-funded PIVOT study (Wilt et al., Contemp Clin Trials, 2009, and N Engl J Med, 2012), all prepared by the Minnesota Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Palliative Medicine
Taylor DH Jr, Bull J, Zhong X, Samsa G, Abernethy AP. The effect of palliative care on patient functioning. J Palliat Med 2013 Oct; 16(10):1227-31. [Supported by grant 5 R01 HS18360.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Rural Health
Bramble JD, Abbott AA, Fuji KT, Paschal KA, Siracuse MV, Galt K. Patient safety perspectives of providers and nurses: the experience of a rural ambulatory care practice using an EHR with E-prescribing. J Rural Health 2013 Fall; 29(4):383-91. [Supported by grant R24 HS18625.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Urology
Tan HJ, Wolf JS Jr, Ye Z, Hafez KS, Miller DC. Population level assessment of hospital based outcomes following laparoscopic versus open partial nephrectomy during the adoption of minimally invasive surgery. J Urol 2014 May; 191(5):1231-7. [Supported by grant K08 HS18346-01A1.] Select to access the abstract.

Schaeffer AJ, Johnson EK, Logvinenko T, Graham DA, Borer JG, Nelson CP. Practice patterns and resource utilization for infants with bladder exstrophy: a national perspective. J Urol 2014 May; 191(5):1381-8. [Supported by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act/National Research Service Award grant T32 HS19485 (Expanding Training in Comparative Effectiveness for Child Health Researchers).] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Tan A, Kuo YF, Goodwin JS. Potential overuse of screening mammography and its association with access to primary care. Med Care 2014 Jun; 52(6):490-5. [Supported by grant 1 R24 HS22134-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Davidoff AJ, Gardner LD, Zuckerman IH, Hendrick F, Ke X, Edelman MJ. Validation of disability status, a claims-based measure of functional status for cancer treatment and outcomes studies. Med Care 2014 Jun; 52(6):500-10. [First author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends.] Select to access the abstract.

 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Ekwueme DU, Yabroff KR, Guy GP Jr, Banegas MP, de Moor JS, Li C, Han X, Zheng Z, Soni A, Davidoff A, et al. Medical costs and productivity losses of cancer survivors—United States, 2008-2011. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2014 Jun 13; 63(23):505-10. [Ninth and tenth authors (Soni A and Davidoff A) are researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends; uses 2008-2011 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data and 2011 MEPS Experiences with Cancer Survivorship Survey data.] Select to access the abstract.

Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Rocke DJ, Beumer HW, Thomas S, Lee WT. Effect of physician perspective on allocation of Medicare resources for patients with advanced cancer. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2014 May; 150(5):792-800. [Supported by grant 5 R01 HS18360.] Select to access the abstract.

Patient Education and Counseling
Dorflinger L, Auerbach SM, Siminoff LA. Predictors of consent in tissue donation: interpersonal aspects and information provision during requests by phone. Patient Educ Couns 2013 May; 91(2):161-6. [Supported by grant R01 HS13152.] Select to access the abstract.

 Patient Education and Counseling
Shoemaker SJ, Wolf MS, Brach C. Development of the Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT): A new measure of understandability and actionability for print and audiovisual patient information. Patient Educ Couns 2014 Jun 12; Epub ahead of print. [Supported by contract HHSA-290-2009-00012-I, task order 4, Improving EHR Patient Education Materials; third author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets; cites AHRQ-funded systematic reviews by Berkman et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2011) and DeWalt et al. (J Gen Intern Med, 2004) on literacy and health outcomes, performed by the RTI-University of North Carolina EPC.] Select to access the abstract.

Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Curtis JR, Xie F, Chen R, Chen L, Kilgore ML, Lewis JD, Yun H, Zhang J, Wright NC, Delzell E. Identifying newly approved medications in Medicare claims data: a case study using tocilizumab. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2013 Nov; 22(11):1214-21. [Supported by grant R01 HS18517.] Select to access the abstract.

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Vox F, Capron AM, Kraus MF, Alexander GC, Kirschner KL. Balancing burdens and benefits: ethical issues of off-label prescription pharmaceutical use. PM R 2013 Oct; 5(10):882-9. [Supported by grant R01 HS18996-0 (to fourth author, Alexander GC, for third commentary, “The curious conundrums of off-label prescribing”) .]

Radiology
Lukasiewicz A, Bhargavan-Chatfield M, Coombs L, Ghita M, Weinreb J, Gunabushanam G, Moore CL. Radiation dose index of renal colic protocol CT studies in the United States: a report from the American College of Radiology National Radiology Data Registry. Radiology 2014 May; 271(2):445-51. [Supported by grant 5 R01 HS18322-03.] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

JAMA Internal Medicine
Ross JS. Restricting interactions with industry to promote evidence-based prescribing. JAMA Intern Med 2014 Jun 9; Epub ahead of print. [Comments on article by Austad et al. (JAMA Intern Med, 2014) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles .]

Prochaska JJ. Engaging patients and clinicians in treating tobacco addiction. JAMA Intern Med 2014 Jun 9; Epub ahead of print. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008.]

JAMA Surgery
Sacks GD, Dawes AJ, Russell MM, Lin AY, Maggard-Gibbons M, Winograd D, Chung HR, Tomlinson J, Tillou A, Shew SB, et al. Evaluation of hospital readmissions in surgical patients: do administrative data tell the real story? JAMA Surg 2014 Jun 11; Epub ahead of print. [Cites articles by Cima et al. (Surgery, 2011) and Romano et al. (Health Serv Res, 2009) which use AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs).] Select to access the abstract.

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

American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Lairson DR, Chang YC, Byrd TL, Lee Smith J, Fernandez ME, Wilson KM. Cervical cancer screening with AMIGAS: a cost-effectiveness analysis. Am J Prev Med 2014 Jun; 46(6):617-23. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for cervical cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2012) and USPSTF recommendation summary, Screening for Cervical Cancer: Clinical Summary of U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation, 2012, as published on the USPSTF Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Green BB, Coronado GD, Devoe JE, Allison J. Navigating the murky waters of colorectal cancer screening and health reform. Am J Public Health 2014 Jun; 104(6):982-6. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on colorectal cancer screening and associated evidence review (Ann Intern Med, 2008) and USPSTF publication, Evaluating Test Strategies for Colorectal Cancer Screening—Age to Begin, Age to Stop, and Timing of Screening Intervals: A Decision Analysis of Colorectal Cancer Screening for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force from the Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network (CISNET), 2009; mentions Affordable Care Act provisions requiring coverage of preventive services recommended by the USPSTF.] Select to access the abstract.

Plescia M, Henley SJ, Pate A, Underwood JM, Rhodes K. Lung cancer deaths among American Indians and Alaska Natives, 1990-2009. Am J Public Health 2014 Jun; 104 Suppl 3:S388-95. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Lung Cancer, as published on the USPSTF Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Perdue DG, Haverkamp D, Perkins C, Daley CM, Provost E. Geographic variation in colorectal cancer incidence and mortality, age of onset, and stage at diagnosis among American Indian and Alaska Native people, 1990-2009. Am J Public Health 2014 Jun; 104 Suppl 3:S404-14. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Singh SD, Ryerson AB, Wu M, Kaur JS. Ovarian and uterine cancer incidence and mortality in American Indian and Alaska Native women, United States, 1999-2009. Am J Public Health 2014 Jun; 104 Suppl 3:S423-31. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Screening for Ovarian Cancer, as published on the USPSTF Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Hoffman RM, Li J, Henderson JA, Ajani UA, Wiggins C. Prostate cancer deaths and incident cases among American Indian/Alaska Native men, 1999-2009. Am J Public Health 2014 Jun; 104 Suppl 3:S439-45. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for prostate cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Cobb N, Espey D, King J. Health behaviors and risk factors among American Indians and Alaska Natives, 2000-2010. Am J Public Health 2014 Jun; 104 Suppl 3:S481-9. [Cites Recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: Abstract, 2010.] Select to access the abstract.

Annals of Internal Medicine
Perkins RB, Stier EA. Should U.S. women be screened for cervical cancer with pap tests, HPV tests, or both? Ann Intern Med 2014 Jun 10; Epub ahead of print. [Mentions USPSTF 2012 recommendations on screening for cervical cancer.]

JAMA Internal Medicine
Cunningham P. Patient engagement during medical visits and smoking cessation counseling. JAMA Intern Med 2014 Jun 9; Epub ahead of print. [Cites USPSTF recommendation statement, Counseling and Interventions to Prevent Tobacco Use and Tobacco-Caused Disease in Adults and Pregnant Women, 2009, as published on the USPSTF Web site; also cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles

BMJ Quality and Safety
Prakash V, Koczmara C, Savage P, Trip K, Stewart J, McCurdie T, Cafazzo JA, Trbovich P. Mitigating errors caused by interruptions during medication verification and administration: interventions in a simulated ambulatory chemotherapy setting. BMJ Qual Saf 2014 Jun 6; Epub ahead of print. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, The Effect of Health Care Working Conditions on Patient Safety, 2003.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA Internal Medicine
Milstein A, Kocher R. Widening gaps in the wall obscuring physician performance differences. JAMA Intern Med 2014 Jun 1; 174(6):839-840. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Public Reporting as a Quality Improvement Strategy, 2012, as published on the AHRQ Web site.]

 Medical Care
Bradley CJ, Dahman B, Anscher M. Prostate cancer treatment and survival: evidence for men with prevalent comorbid conditions. Med Care 2014 Jun; 52(6):482-9. [Gives the definition of comparative effectiveness research from AHRQ publication, What Is Comparative Effectiveness Research? and cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Wilt et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008) on the comparative effectiveness and harms of treatment for clinically localized prostate cancer, prepared by the Minnesota EPC; 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.

Also refer to articles by Barocas et al. (J Comp Eff Res, 2013) and Shoemaker et al. (Patient Educ Couns, 2014) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.

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

American Journal of Public Health
Bauer UE, Plescia M. Addressing disparities in the health of American Indian and Alaska Native people: the importance of improved public health data. Am J Public Health 2014 Jun; 104(6):S255-7. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2009.]  

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Public Health
Piña IL, Cohen PD, Larson DB, Marion LN, Sills MR, Solberg LI, Zerzan J. A framework for describing health care delivery organizations and systems. Am J Public Health 2014 Jun 12:e1-e10; Epub ahead of print. [Describes development of a draft framework—based on work previously funded by AHRQ—to characterize healthcare delivery organizations by the Delivery Systems Committee (DSC) subgroup of AHRQ's Effective Health Care Stakeholders Group, convened as part of AHRQ's Community Forum initiative funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act; includes as framework domain measure examples AHRQ's TeamSTEPPS and Teamwork Attitudes Questionnaire, 2014, and AHRQ's Care Coordination Atlas, Version 3, 2010; mentions AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) as a frequently used tool to measure patient centeredness, citing the CAHPS Web site; acknowledges support by Christine Chang, a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Evidence supporting the Effective Health Care Program.] Select to access the abstract.

Circulation
Patel NJ, Deshmukh A, Pant S, Singh V, Patel N, Arora S, Shah N, Chothani A, Savani GT, Mehta K, Parikh V, Rathod A, Badheka AO, Lafferty J, Kowalski M, Mehta JL, Mitrani RD, Viles-Gonzalez JF, Paydak H. Contemporary trends of hospitalization for atrial fibrillation in the United States, 2000 through 2010: implications for healthcare planning. Circulation 2014 Jun 10; 129(23):2371-9. [Uses 2000-2010 HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2008, and uses AHRQ's HCUP Comorbidity Software Version 3.7, 2008, both published on AHRQ's HCUP User Support Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
Bhattacharya R, Ajmera M, Bhattacharjee S, Sambamoorthi U. Use of antidepressants and statins and short-term risk of new-onset diabetes among high risk adults. Diabetes Res Clin Pract 2014 Jun 4; Epub ahead of print. [Uses 2004-2009 MEPS data, citing MEPS HC-126A: 2009 Prescribed Medicines, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Longitudinal Data File Documentation, and Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Data Documentation, all published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Heart Association
Anatchkova MD, Barysauskas CM, Kinney RL, Kiefe CI, Ash AS, Lombardini L, Allison JJ. Psychometric evaluation of the care transition measure in TRACE-CORE: do we need a better measure? J Am Heart Assoc 2014 Jun 4; 3(3):e001053. [Evaluates measure that is included in AHRQ's CAHPS.] Select to access the abstract.

Kolte D, Khera S, Aronow WS, Palaniswamy C, Mujib M, Ahn C, Jain D, Gass A, Ahmed A, Panza JA, Fonarow GC. Temporal trends in incidence and outcomes of peripartum cardiomyopathy in the United States: a nationwide population-based study. J Am Heart Assoc 2014 Jun 4; 3(3):e001056. [uses 2004-2011 HCUP NIS data, HCUP Clinical Classifications Software (CCS), and methodologies from HCUP method series report, Final Report on Calculating Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) Variances, 2001, 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

Ethnicity & Disease
Naderi S, Rodriguez F, Wang Y, Foody JM. Racial disparities in hospitalizations, procedural treatments and mortality of patients hospitalized with atrial fibrillation. Ethn Dis 2014 Spring; 24(2):144-9. [Uses 2009-2010 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2011.] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal of Cardiology
Pathak R, Karmacharya P, Aryal MR, Donato A. Costs and mortality associated with atrial fibrillation complicated by myocardial infarction in the United States. Int J Cardiol 2014 Jun 1; 174(1):186. [Uses 2011 HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA Surgery
Hicks CW, Hashmi ZG, Velopulos C, Efron DT, Schneider EB, Haut ER, Cornwell EE 3rd, Haider AH. Association between race and age in survival after trauma. JAMA Surg 2014 May 28; Epub ahead of print. [Uses 2003-2010 HCUP NIS data, citing Introduction to the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2010, as published on AHRQ's HCUP User Support Web site; notes that sixth author (Haut ER) is the principal investigator for grant K08 HS17952-01.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Dental Association
Allareddy V, Rampa S, Lee MK, Allareddy V, Nalliah RP. Hospital-based emergency department visits involving dental conditions: profile and predictors of poor outcomes and resource utilization. J Am Dent Assoc 2014 Apr; 145(4):331-7. [Uses 2008-2010 HCUP Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS) data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS) and NEDS Related Reports: The Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS), 2013, both published on AHRQ's HCUP User Support Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Osteopathic Association
Hasty RT, Garbalosa RC, Barbato VA, Valdes PJ Jr, Powers DW, Hernandez E, John JS, Suciu G, Qureshi F, Popa-Radu M, et al. Wikipedia vs peer-reviewed medical literature for information about the 10 most costly medical conditions. J Am Osteopath Assoc 2014 May; 114(5):368-73. [Uses conditions reported in MEPS statistical brief, Top 10 Most Costly Conditions Among Men and Women, 2008: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Adult Population, Age 18 and Older, 2011, as published on AHRQ's MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (American Volume)
Derman PB, Fabricant PD, David G. The role of overweight and obesity in relation to the more rapid growth of total knee arthroplasty volume compared with total hip arthroplasty volume. J Bone Joint Surg Am 2014 Jun 4; 96(11):922-8. [Uses 1993-2009 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 1993-2009, as published on AHRQ's HCUP User Support Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Enomoto LM, Hollenbeak CS, Bhayani NH, Dillon PW, Gusani NJ. Measuring surgical quality: a national clinical registry versus administrative claims data. J Gastrointest Surg 2014 Jun 14; Epub ahead of print. [Uses 2005-2010 HCUP NIS data] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Neurosurgery
Norby K, Siddiq F, Adil MM, Haines SJ. The effect of duty hour regulations on outcomes of neurological surgery in training hospitals in the United States: duty hour regulations and patient outcomes. J Neurosurg 2014 Jun 3:1-15; Epub ahead of print. [Uses 2000-2002 and 2004-2006 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), as published on AHRQ's HCUP User Support Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Neurotrauma
Harrigan MR, Falola MI, Shannon CN, Westrick AC, Walters BC. Incidence and trends in the diagnosis of traumatic extracranial cerebrovascular injury in the Nationwide Inpatient Sample database, 2003-2010. J Neurotrauma 2014 Jun 1; 31(11):1056-62. [Uses 2003-2010 HCUP NIS data and HCUP CCS.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Allareddy V, Itty A, Maiorini E, Lee MK, Rampa S, Allareddy V, Nalliah RP. Emergency department visits with facial fractures among children and adolescents: an analysis of profile and predictors of causes of injuries. J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2014 Mar 30; Epub ahead of print. [Uses 2008-2010 HCUP NEDS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS), 2008-2010, as published on AHRQ's HCUP User Support Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Patient Safety
Shamliyan TA, Kane RL. Drug-Related Harms in Hospitalized Medicare Beneficiaries: Results From the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, 2000-2008. J Patient Saf 2014 May 29; Epub ahead of print. [Uses 2000-2008 HCUP NIS data (Steiner et al., Eff Clin Pract, 2002), HCUP CCS, AHRQ's analytic comparative safety framework (citing AHRQ-authored articles by Slutsky and Clancy, Am J Med Qual, 2009, and two-part series by Slutsky et al. and Helfand and Balshem, J Clin Epidemiol, 2010), Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998), and methodologies from HCUP statistical brief, Medication-Related Adverse Outcomes in U.S. Hospitals and Emergency Departments, 2008, HCUP methods series report, Final Report on Calculating Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) Variances, 2005, and Population Denominator Data for Use with the HCUP Databases (Updated with 2010 Population Data), 2012; cites HCUP statistical brief, Costs for Hospital Stays in the United States, 2011, Developing the Tools to Administer a Comprehensive Hospital Discharge Program: The ReEngineered Discharge (RED) Program Performance and Tools, 2008, and Re-engineering the Hospital Discharge: An Example of a Multifaceted Process Evaluation and Methodology, 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Zwintscher NP, Azarow KS, Horton JD, Newton CR, Martin MJ. The increasing incidence of adolescent bariatric surgery. J Pediatr Surg 2013 Dec; 48(12):2401-7. [Uses 2009 HCUP Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) data.] Select to access the abstract.

Medical Care
Yi SH, Baggs J, Gould CV, Scott RD 2nd, Jernigan JA. Medicare reimbursement attributable to catheter-associated urinary tract infection in the inpatient setting: a retrospective cohort analysis. Med Care 2014 Jun; 52(6):469-78. [Uses HCUP CCS and cites HCUP NIS data, both accessed on AHRQ's HCUP User Support Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Shane DM, Ayyagari P. Will health care reform reduce disparities in insurance coverage?: evidence from the dependent coverage mandate. Med Care 2014 Jun; 52(6):528-34. [Uses 2008, 2009, and 2011 MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Baker LC, Hsia RY. The association between community-level insurance coverage and emergency department use. Med Care 2014 Jun; 52(6):535-40. [Uses AHRQ's Prevention Quality Indicators, citing Prevention Quality Indicators Overview, 2012, and Quality Indicator User Guide: Prevention Quality Indicators (PQI) Composite Measures, Edition 4.4, 2012; cites HCUP statistical brief, Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations Among Medicare-Medicaid Dual-Eligibles, 2008, 2010.] Select to access the abstract.

Krell RW, Staiger DO, Dimick JB. Reliability of surgical outcomes for predicting future hospital performance. Med Care 2014 Jun; 52(6):565-71. [Uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998); mentions AHRQ's HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS).] Select to access the abstract.

Surgical Endoscopy
Funk LM, Kanji A, Scott Melvin W, Perry KA. Elective antireflux surgery in the US: an analysis of national trends in utilization and inpatient outcomes from 2005 to 2010. Surg Endosc 2014 May; 28(5):1712-9. [Uses 2005-2010 HCUP NIS data, citing Introduction to the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2010, as published on AHRQ's HCUP User Support Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Also refer to articles by Schiltz et al. (Epilepsy Res, 2013), Ekwueme et al. (MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep, 2014), and Shoemaker et al. (Patient Educ Couns, 2014) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles and article by Bradley et al. (Med Care, 2014) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers-Related Articles .

Current as of June 2014
Internet Citation: Access to Care for Patients with Time-sensitive Conditions in Pennsylvania: Articles of Interest, June 13, 2014. June 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/20140613.html