New Checklist Evaluates Health Care Decision Aids

Issue 604
AHRQ News Now is a weekly newsletter that highlights agency research and program activities.
February 27, 2018

AHRQ Stats: Veterans’ Out-of-Pocket Medical Expenses

Out-of-pocket medical expenses accounted for 7 percent of total expenses for veterans who used Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities in 2014-15. That compared with 15 percent for veterans treated at non-VA facilities only. (Source: AHRQ, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief #508: Characteristics and Health Care Expenditures of VA Health System Users versus Other Veterans, 2014-2015 (Combined)).

Today's Headlines:

New Checklist Evaluates Health Care Decision Aids

Researchers have developed a checklist to help improve the quality of reporting for studies that evaluate patient decision aids. Published in BMJ Quality & Safety, the Standards for UNiversal reporting of patient Decision Aid Evaluations (SUNDAE) checklist consists of 26 items, such as "describe the intended user(s) of the patient decision aid" and "describe the decision that is the focus of the patient decision aid." Decision aids are designed to help people make informed and deliberated choices among health care options. They can provide accurate information on treatment options, help patients clarify their values and preferences, and provide guidance for decisionmaking. AHRQ has supported meetings for an international group of experts to refine the SUNDAE checklist and to create an Explanation and Elaboration document to guide users. Access the abstract of the checklist and the abstract of an article containing additional details.

Highlights From AHRQ’s Patient Safety Network

AHRQ’s Patient Safety Network (PSNet) highlights journal articles, books and tools related to patient safety. Articles featured this week include:

Review additional new publications in PSNet’s current issue or access recent cases and commentaries in AHRQ’s WebM&M (Morbidity and Mortality Rounds on the Web).

Register Now for March 5 Webinar on TeamSTEPPS® for Office-Based Care

Registration is open for a no-cost webinar on March 5 from 1 to 2 p.m. ET to introduce the agency’s online course, TeamSTEPPS® for Office-Based Care. TeamSTEPPS is among AHRQ’s quality improvement initiatives that provide credit to health care professionals under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Presenters will discuss how TeamSTEPPS can help health care professionals enhance team knowledge and performance in an office setting through increased communication and teamwork. Participants may register now for portal access and begin pre-work for the online course, which begins March 14.

AHRQ Portal Combines Opioid Prevention, Training and Treatment Resources

AHRQ’s Academy for Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care now offers an updated online list of resources and tools to integrate behavioral health with primary care. Resources on medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders are available to help patients, providers and community organizations battle the opioid epidemic. The Opioid & Substance Use Resources page offers information from federal sources, health professional societies, academic institutions and researchers. Another feature, the Literature Collection, provides access to the growing inventory of evidence on the integration of behavioral health and primary care. The online Academy Community allows individuals and practices working to implement MAT to collaborate and share insights with peers.

Apply by March 5 for AHRQ Summer Intramural Fellowship Program

AHRQ has multiple openings for Junior Summer Fellows, who will work with leading health services researchers while exploring real life issues that contribute to health care improvements. Applications are due by March 5. Learn more or send questions to

Register Now for April 10 Workshop on Using the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey

Registration is now open for an April 10 workshop in Rockville, Md., for users of AHRQ’s Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), which is the only national data source for measuring how Americans use and pay for medical care, health insurance and out-of-pocket spending. Access MEPS’ workshops & events page for registration and additional information.

New Research and Evidence From AHRQ

AHRQ in the Professional Literature

Revisiting a longstanding clinical trial exclusion criterion: impact of prior cancer in early-stage lung cancer. Pruitt SL, Laccetti AL, Xuan L, et al. Br J Cancer 2017 Mar 14;116(6):717-25. Epub 2017 Feb 14. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Million Hearts: description of the national surveillance and modeling methodology used to monitor the number of cardiovascular events prevented during 2012-2016. Ritchey MD, Loustalot F, Wall HK, et al. J Am Heart Assoc 2017 May 2;6(5). Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Identifying specific combinations of multimorbidity that contribute to health care resource utilization: an analytic approach. Schiltz NK, Warner DF, Sun J, et al. Med Care 2017 Mar;55(3):276-84. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Preconception low-dose aspirin restores diminished pregnancy and live birth rates in women with low-grade inflammation: a secondary analysis of a randomized trial. Sjaarda LA, Radin RG, Silver RM, et al. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2017 May 1;102(5):1495-1504. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

The Cardiovascular Health in Ambulatory Care Research Team performance indicators for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease: a modified Delphi panel study. Tu JV, Maclagan LC, Ko DT, et al. CMAJ Open 2017 Apr 25;5(2):E315-E321. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Measuring harm in health care: optimizing adverse event review. Walsh KE, Harik P, Mazor KM, et al. Med Care 2017 Apr;55(4):436-41. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Beta-blocker use in U.S. nursing home residents after myocardial infarction: a national study. Zullo AR, Lee Y, Daiello LA, et al. J Am Geriatr Soc 2017 Apr;65(4):754-62. Epub 2016 Nov 15. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

The impact of health insurance on cancer care in disadvantaged communities. Abdelsattar ZM, Hendren S, Wong SL. Cancer 2017 Apr 1;123(7):1219-27. Epub 2016 Nov 14. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

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