Aug. 23 Webinar Offers Insights on Entering App Challenge for Collecting Patient-Reported Outcomes

Issue 627
AHRQ News Now is a weekly newsletter that highlights agency research and program activities.
August 21, 2018

AHRQ Stats: Pediatric Emergency Department Visits

Infants and children under age 5 accounted for more than 40 percent of pediatric emergency department visits in 2015. (Source: AHRQ, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Statistical Brief #242: Overview of Pediatric Emergency Department Visits, 2015.)

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Aug. 23 Webinar Offers Insights on Entering App Challenge for Collecting Patient-Reported Outcomes

Register now for a webinar on Aug. 23 from 11 a.m. to noon ET to learn how to enter AHRQ’s Step Up App Challenge, a competition for technologists to develop an app capable of collecting standardized patient-reported outcomes data in a range of settings, including primary and specialty care practices. The total prize pool for the three-phase competition is $250,000, and the winning app will be tested in nine practice settings affiliated with MedStar Health in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Access more information.

Breast Cancer Survivors Less Likely To Get Annual Screening Following Treatment

Although about six of every seven breast cancer survivors undergo a mammogram in their first year of follow-up, they are less likely to undergo mammography as they become long-term survivors, even in the absence of any change in insurance status, according to a Mayo Clinic study funded by AHRQ. Using administrative claims data from 2005 to 2015, more than 27,000 women with private insurance or Medicare Advantage were followed for an average 2.9 years following breast surgery. The study calculated the proportion of patients who had a mammogram, an MRI, both or neither screening. In the first year after treatment, 78 percent of survivors were screened by mammogram alone, 1 percent by MRI alone, 8 percent by both tests and 13 percent by neither. By the fifth year, 19 percent of survivors had no breast imaging. Researchers concluded that additional study into factors associated with imaging in breast cancer survivors—such as race, comorbidity, geography and age—may help improve adherence to survivorship care guidelines. Access the abstract of the article, published in the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

AHRQ Study Examines Trends in 30-Day Hospital Readmissions for Pediatric Patients

While the 30-day hospital readmission rate for children between the ages of 1 and 17 was essentially stable between 2009 (5.5 percent) and 2014 (5.9 percent), the most common reasons for readmissions changed, according to an AHRQ analysis in Academic Pediatrics. For example, while sickle cell anemia was the most common reason for readmission in 2009, epilepsy was the most common reason in 2014, researchers found. While pneumonia was the second most common reason for hospital readmissions in 2009, it was the sixth most common in 2014. And while septicemia was not a leading cause of readmissions in 2009, it was among the top 10 in 2014. These and other findings were based on data from AHRQ’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project’s Nationwide Readmissions Database. The report provides baseline information to further explore ways to reduce unplanned readmissions, authors noted. 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).

Featured Impact Case Study: AHRQ Toolkit Helps Connecticut Rehab Center Boost Health Literacy Skills

Occupational therapists at Greenwich Woods Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Greenwich, Connecticut, boosted their ability to implement health literacy interventions by 36 percent after a workshop featuring AHRQ’s Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit. The six-week workshop helped staff learn how to provide health-related information to patients more clearly and effectively. Access the Impact Case Study.

AHRQ in the Professional Literature

What patients and members of their support networks ask about transplant program data. Schaffhausen CR, Bruin MJ, Chesley D, et al. Clin Transplant 2017 Dec;31(12). Epub 2017 Oct 23. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Intimate partner violence-related hospitalizations in Appalachia and the non-Appalachian United States. Davidov DM, Davis SM, Zhu M, et al. PLoS One 2017 Sep 8;12(9):e0184222. eCollection 2017. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

"I don't want to take chances.": a qualitative exploration of surgical decision making in young breast cancer survivors. Rosenberg SM, Greaney ML, Patenaude AF, et al. Psychooncology 2018 Jun;27(6):1524-9. Epub 2018 Apr 6. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Developing a robust suturing assessment: validity evidence for the intracorporeal suturing assessment tool. Anton NE, Sawyer JM, Korndorffer JR Jr, et al. Surgery 2018 Mar;163(3):560-4. Epub 2017 Dec 21. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

A value set for documenting adverse reactions in electronic health records. Goss FR, Lai KH, Topaz M, et al. J Am Med Inform Assoc 2018 Jun 1;25(6):661-9. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Using voice to create hospital progress notes: description of a mobile application and supporting system integrated with a commercial electronic health record. Payne TH, Alonso WD, Markiel JA, et al. J Biomed Inform 2018 Jan;77:91-6. Epub 2017 Dec 9. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Estimating health benefits and cost-savings for achieving the Healthy People 2020 objective of reducing invasive colorectal cancer. Hung MC, Ekwueme DU, White A, et al. Prev Med 2018 Jan;106:38-44. Epub 2017 Sep 28. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Effectiveness of two distinct web-based education tools for bedside nurses on medication administration practice for venous thromboembolism prevention: a randomized clinical trial. Lau BD, Shaffer DL, Hobson DB, et al. PLoS One 2017 Aug 16;12(8):e0181664. eCollection 2017. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

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