Electronic Reminders Can Improve Cervical Cancer Screening Rates

Issue 619
AHRQ News Now is a weekly newsletter that highlights agency research and program activities.
June 19, 2018

AHRQ Stats: Same-Day Appointments

More than 95 percent of medical practices that serve as patients’ usual source of care and were visited in 2015 routinely set aside time for same-day appointments. (Source: AHRQ, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief #509: Characteristics of Practices Used as Usual Source of Care Providers during 2015, by Age—Results from the MEPS Medical Organizations Survey.)

Today's Headlines:

Electronic Reminders Can Improve Cervical Cancer Screening Rates

According to an AHRQ-funded study in the Journal of Women’s Health, a clinical decision support system that identified high-risk patients, generated patient lists for clinician review and provided subsequent patient reminders led to a 24 percent increase in cervical cancer testing for patients at high risk for the disease. The study group consisted of women at high risk between the ages of 18 and 65 at three primary care clinics affiliated with the Mayo Clinic. Researchers concluded that a clinical decision support system that identifies women at high risk for cervical cancer and can send patient reminders when they are due for testing might be able to decrease cervical cancer rates by improving adherence to follow-up testing and treatment. Access the abstract.

AHRQ Grantee Profile Highlights Work of Elaine Larson, Ph.D., in Preventing Healthcare-Associated Infections

Our latest grantee profile examines how AHRQ-funded research by Elaine Larson, Ph.D., professor of nursing research at Columbia University School of Nursing in New York, has shown the importance of involving staff and understanding workplace demands in preventing healthcare-associated infections. Check out Larson’s profile and those of other AHRQ grantees who have made major advances in health services research.

New AHRQ Views Blog Post—Shifting Focus: Non-Opioid Strategies For Chronic Pain

In an AHRQ Views blog post, Arlene Bierman, M.D., director of AHRQ's Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement, highlights a new AHRQ report that provides important information about the best evidence on alternatives for treating chronic pain. The new report—Noninvasive Nonpharmacological Treatment for Chronic Pain: A Systematic Review —summarizes the existing literature to inform future chronic pain guidelines, as well as help plan future HHS initiatives to address the opioid epidemic.

July 13 Deadline Set for Submitting Case Examples of Effective Patient Registries

As part of AHRQ’s upcoming fourth edition of Registries for Evaluating Patient Outcomes: A User’s Guide, the agency is seeking case examples to illustrate the effective use of patient registries. The new edition, planned for release in 2019, will provide strategies used by registry developers to overcome common challenges. Case example submissions should be 500 words or less and include the registry name, purpose and sponsor; registry size (number of participants and/or sites); registry status (planning, ongoing, closed); and a brief description of the case example, including registry developers' efforts to address challenges. July 13 is the deadline for submitting case examples.  

Participants in AHRQ-Funded Conference Discuss Research Agenda To Support Patients and Families After Harmful Health Care Events

Patients and families would benefit from a research agenda and immediate strategies to address the emotional and psychological impact of health care-associated harm, according to participants at an AHRQ-funded conference. The group devised a four-part research agenda consisting of: establishing a conceptual framework and patient-centered taxonomy of harm and healing; describing the epidemiology of emotional harm; determining how to make emotional harm and long-term impacts visible to health care organizations and society; and developing and implementing best practices for emotional support of patients and families. Proceedings of the conference were published in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. Access the abstract.

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).

New Impact Case Study: AHRQ Safety Program Reduces Hospital’s Catheter-Related Infection Rate

Saint Anthony Hospital, a 151-bed community hospital in Chicago, reduced catheter-related infections among its patients by 90 percent from 2014 to 2016—and to zero in 2017—by adopting tools and strategies from AHRQ’s Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program. Find out more in a new Impact Case Study.

AHRQ in the Professional Literature

Getting it right at the end of life. Moss DK. Health Aff (Millwood) 2017 Jul 1;36(7):1336-9. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Inpatient financial burden of atopic dermatitis in the United States. Narla S, Hsu DY, Thyssen JP, et al. J Invest Dermatol 2017 Jul;137(7):1461-7. Epub 2017 Mar 1. Access the abstract on  PubMed®.

Association between health plan exit from Medicaid managed care and quality of care, 2006-2014. Ndumele CD, Schpero WL, Schlesinger MJ, et al. JAMA 2017 Jun 27;317(24):2524-31. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Steps in developing a patient-centered measure of hospital design factors. Ottosen MJ, Engebretson JC, Etchegaray JM. HERD 2017 Jul;10(4):10-16. Epub 2017 Jan 1. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Enabling open science for health research: Collaborative Informatics Environment for Learning on Health Outcomes (CIELO). Payne P, Lele O, Johnson B, et al. J Med Internet Res 2017 Jul 31;19(7):e276. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease readmissions and other measures of hospital quality. Rinne ST, Castaneda J, Lindenauer PK, et al. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2017 Jul 1;196(1):47-55. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Resource use and Medicare costs during lay navigation for geriatric patients with cancer. Rocque GB, Pisu M, Jackson BE, et al. JAMA Oncol 2017 Jun 1;3(6):817-25. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Metformin use in practice: compliance with guidelines for patients with diabetes and preserved renal function. Salber GJ, Wang YB, Lynch JT, et al. Clin Diabetes 2017 Jul;35(3):154-61. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

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