New AHRQ Views Blog Posts

Issue 631
AHRQ News Now is a weekly newsletter that highlights agency research and program activities.
September 11, 2018

AHRQ Stats: Regional Variations in Severe Maternal Morbidity

The severe maternal morbidity rate was highest in hospitals located in the Northeast (165 per 10,000 deliveries) and lowest in the Midwest (116 per 10,000) in 2015. (Source: AHRQ, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Statistical Brief #243: Trends and Disparities in Delivery Hospitalizations Involving Severe Maternal Morbidity, 2006-2015.)

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New AHRQ Views Blog Posts

Realizing Simulation’s Potential To Improve Health Care Delivery

Jeffrey Brady, M.D., M.P.H., director of AHRQ’s Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, has co-authored a blog post that emphasizes health care simulation training’s growing role among strategies to improve patient safety. The blog post is co-authored by Joseph Lopreiato, M.D., M.P.H., president of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), a professional society dedicated to education, research and service in health care simulation. The blog post highlights AHRQ projects that have evaluated simulation training approaches while noting SSH’s sponsorship of Healthcare Simulation Week 2018, which runs from Sept. 17 to 21.

It’s That Time of Year: AHRQ Seeks Topic Suggestions for Future Evidence Reviews

Stephanie Chang, M.D., director of AHRQ's Evidence-Based Practice Center (EPC) Program, highlights the Sept. 21 deadline for nominating new research topics for evidence reviews to be conducted in fiscal year 2019. The EPC program's systematic reviews, technical briefs and technology assessments review the evidence on a broad range of topics and have served as the foundation for coverage decisions, quality measures, patient educational materials, clinical practice guidelines and research agendas. Preferred nominations will be those with high potential to impact clinical practice and health outcomes. 

Sept. 13 Webinar Will Highlight Health Information Technology’s Potential To Improve Medication Use

Register now for an AHRQ webinar on Sept. 13 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. ET on the potential of health information technology design to improve medication monitoring and adherence and medication therapy management for patients with complex conditions. Presenters will discuss a text messaging system for patients with chronic conditions, the effects of a smart pillbox intervention on patient medication adherence after hospital discharge, and recommendations for clinical decision support used by community pharmacists delivering medication therapy management. Eligible providers can earn up to 1.5 continuing education/continuing medical education credit hours for participating in the webinar.  

New AHRQ Study Will Explore Models for Making Evidence More Accessible and Usable

A new study initiated by AHRQ will help identify new models for disseminating and accessing evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. The 12-month project is intended to build on AHRQ’s previous support for the National Guideline Clearinghouse and will explore innovative approaches to make evidence readily discoverable, accessible and usable to support improved patient outcomes. Viable models will be defined by commitment to core elements such as free public access, advertising-free content, upholding of copyright permissions and adherence to trustworthiness standards established by the Institute of Medicine. The study will also identify organizations with the potential to satisfy those standards. Access more information on the Agency’s Guidelines and Measures page.

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 Oct. 15 Conference on Addressing the Opioid Crisis via Clinical Decision Support

Registration is open for an Oct. 15 conference in Crystal City, Virginia, about what works and what doesn’t when using clinical decision support to address the opioid epidemic. The conference, “Leveraging Patient-Centered Clinical Decision Support: Addressing the National Opioid Crisis and Beyond,” will be hosted by the AHRQ-supported Patient-Centered Clinical Decision Support Learning Network. The conference will bring together stakeholders from industry, government and academia to discuss key issues in drafting a National Opioid Action Plan. There is a fee to attend the conference.

Openings Available for Long-Term Care Facilities To Join Free Antibiotic Stewardship Program

Get the resources and training that your facility needs to run an effective antibiotic stewardship program by joining a free, 12-month national project. Beginning in December, the AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Antibiotic Use will provide participating long-term care facilities with antibiotic use guidelines, expert coaching, online education, improvement tools and patient education materials to help reduce harms, such as Clostridium difficile infections. Participants will also have the opportunity to earn continuing education credits. To learn more, register for one of eight one-hour webinars between Sept. 13 and Nov. 7.

AHRQ in the Professional Literature

Simulation-based assessment of the management of critical events by board-certified anesthesiologists. Weinger MB, Banerjee A, Burden AR, et al. Anesthesiology 2017 Sep;127(3):475-89. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Clinician perspectives on the management of abnormal subcritical tests in an urban academic safety-net health care system. Clarity C, Sarkar U, Lee J, et al. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2017 Oct;43(10):517-23. Epub 2017 Sep 6. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Cervical cancer in African American women: optimizing prevention to reduce disparities. Misra-Hebert AD. Cleve Clin J Med 2017 Oct;84(10):795-6. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Effect of health plan financial incentive offering on employees with prediabetes. Misra-Hebert AD, Hu B, Le PH, et al. Am J Med 2018 Mar;131(3):293-9. Epub 2017 Oct 9. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Topical vancomycin to reduce surgical-site infections in neurosurgery: study protocol for a multi-center, randomized controlled trial. Jonokuchi AJ, Knopman J, Radwanski RE, et al. Contemp Clin Trials 2018 Jan;64:195-200. Epub 2017 Oct 10. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Effect of glycemic control on the Diabetes Complications Severity Index score and development of complications in people with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes. Pantalone KM, Misra-Hebert AD, Hobbs TM, et al. J Diabetes 2018 Mar;10(3):192-9. Epub 2017 Nov 27. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Acute myocardial infarction readmission risk prediction models: a systematic review of model performance. Smith LN, Makam AN, Darden D, et al. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes 2018 Jan;11(1):e003885. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Home is where the head is: a distributed cognition account of personal health information management in the home among those with chronic illness. Werner NE, Jolliff AF, Casper G, et al. Ergonomics 2018 Aug;61(8):1065-78. Epub 2018 Feb 12. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

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