Temporal Trends in Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Outcomes among Older Patients in the United States

Articles of Interest, August 30, 2013

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

American Heart Journal
Rao SV, Hess CN, Dai D, et al. Temporal trends in percutaneous coronary intervention outcomes among older patients in the United States. Am Heart J 2013 Aug; 166(2):273-81.e4. [Supported by contract HHSAA 290-2005-0032-TO-WA3, Project ID 24-EHC-1, as part of the Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness (DEcIDE); 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.

American Journal of Medicine
Solomon DH, Curtis JR, Saag KG, et al. Cardiovascular risk in rheumatoid arthritis: comparing TNF-α blockade with nonbiologic DMARDs. Am J Med 2013 Aug; 126(8):730.e9-730.e17. [Supported by grant 1 U18 HS17919-01 as part of the Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) program.] Select to access the abstract.

Arthritis & Rheumatism
O'Dell JR, Curtis JR, Mikuls TR, et al. Validation of the methotrexate-first strategy in patients with early, poor-prognosis rheumatoid arthritis: results from a two-year randomized, double-blind trial. Arthritis Rheum 2013 Aug; 65(8):1985-94. [Supported by grant R01 HS18517 (to second author).] Select to access the abstract.

Geriatric Nursing
Flannery K, Resnick B, Galik E, et al. Reliability and validity assessment of the job attitude scale. Geriatr Nurs 2012 Nov-Dec; 33(6):465-72. [Supported by grant R01 HS13372-01.] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal of Circumpolar Health
Holman RC, Hennessy TW, Haberling DL, Callinan LS, Singleton RJ, Redd JT, Steiner CA, et al. Increasing trend in the rate of infectious disease hospitalisations among Alaska Native people. Int J Circumpolar Health 2013 Aug 5; 72. [Seventh author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets; uses 2001-2009 Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) data, citing HCUP NIS Database Documentation, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

International Journal of Medical Sciences
Tsai J, Grant AM, Soucie JM, Helwig A, et al. Clustering patterns of comorbidities associated with in-hospital death in hospitalizations of U.S. adults with venous thromboembolism. Int J Med Sci 2013 Aug 19; 10(10):1352-60. [Fourth author is a researcher in AHRQ's Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety; uses 2009 HCUP NIS data, citing Introduction to the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2009, Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), Procedure Classes, 2012, and Major Operating Room Procedure Indicator, all published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; also uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998) and AHRQ's Comorbidity Software Version 3.7.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
Hall RK, O'Hare AM, Anderson RA, et al. End-stage renal disease in nursing homes: a systematic review. J Am Med Dir Assoc 2013 Apr; 14(4):242-7. [Supported by grant T32 HS19490.] Select to access the abstract.

Rantz MJ, Skubic M, Miller SJ, et al. Sensor technology to support Aging in Place. J Am Med Dir Assoc 2013 Jun; 14(6): 386-91. [Based on results of research supported by grant R01 HS18477 (to first author).]  Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
Gancayco J, Soulos PR, Khiani V, et al. Age-based and sex-based disparities in screening colonoscopy use among Medicare beneficiaries. J Clin Gastroenterol 2013 Aug; 47(7):630-6. [Supported by grant R21 HS17624-01; cites U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2008).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Community Health
Gawron AJ, Jung B, Fought AJ, et al. A colorectal cancer screening program in an underserved, ethnically diverse population in Chicago, IL. J Community Health 2013 Aug; 38(4):603-8. [Supported by National Research Service Award grant T32 HS00078 (to first author).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network
Montgomery JS, Miller DC, et al. Quality indicators in the management of bladder cancer. J Natl Compr Canc Netw 2013 Apr 1;11(4):492-500. [Supported by grant K08 HS18436-01A1 (to third author).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the Neurological Sciences
Minden SL, Ding L, Cleary PD, et al. Improving the quality of mental health care in multiple sclerosis. J Neurol Sci 2013 Aug 30. [Epub ahead of print. Supported by grant U18 HS16978.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Palliative Medicine
Bayliss EA, Bronsert MR, Reifler LM, et al. Statin prescribing patterns in a cohort of cancer patients with poor prognosis. J Palliat Med 2013 Apr; 16(4):412-18. [Supported by grant R21 HS19520.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Pediatric Nursing
Tofani BF, Rineair SA, Gosdin CH, Pilcher PM, McGee S, Varadarajan KR, et al. Quality improvement project to reduce infiltration and extravasation events in a pediatric hospital. J Pediatr Nurs 2012 Dec; 27(6):682-9. [Supported by grant U18 HS16957 (to sixth author).] Select to access the abstract.

Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Avery TR, Kulldorff M, Vilk Y, et al. Near real-time adverse drug reaction surveillance within population-based health networks: methodology considerations for data accrual. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2013 May; 22(5):488-95. [Supported by CERTs grant 5  U18 HS16955-2.] Select to access the abstract.

Kulldorff M, Dashevsky I, Avery TR, et al. Drug safety data mining with a tree-based scan statistic. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2013 May; 22(5):517-23. [Supported by CERTs grant U18 10391.] Select to access the abstract.

PLoS One
Palar K, Martin A, Oropeza Camacho ML, et al. Livelihood experiences and adherence to HIV antiretroviral therapy among participants in a food assistance pilot in Bolivia: a qualitative study. PLoS One 2013 Apr 16; 8(4):e61935. [Supported by grant T32 HS00046. Also refer to article by Dy et al. (J Palliat Med, 2013) cited in Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPC)-Related Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

AHRQ-Related Articles

Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons
Sage J. Using S-CAHPS. Bull Am Coll Surg 2013 Aug; 98(8):53-6. [Describes AHRQ's Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Surgical Care Survey (S-CAHPS), with detailed information on its development and use in measuring surgical quality; cites 2012 Annual Progress Report to Congress: National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care, as published on the AHRQ Web site, About CAHPS, as published on AHRQ's CAHPS® Web site, and HCAHPS Fact Sheet Reference, as published on the HCAHPS Web site.]

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Sowah LA, Busse S, Amoroso A. HIV, tobacco use, and poverty: a potential cause of disparities in health status by race and socioeconomic status. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2013 Aug; 24(3):1215-25. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

MacDonald R, Parsons A, Venters HD. The triple aims of correctional health: patient safety, population health, and human rights. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2013 Aug; 24(3):1226-34. [Cites AHRQ publication, Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation, Volumes 1-4, 2005.] Select to access the abstract.

Warren JR, Catona D. Urban, low-income, African American light smokers: perceptions of cessation counseling. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2013 Aug; 24(3):1306-16. [Cites AHRQ-sponsored guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, 2008.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute Monographs
Yabroff KR, Borowski L, Lipscomb J. Economic studies in colorectal cancer: challenges in measuring and comparing costs. J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr 2013; 2013(46):62-78. [Recommends development of an enhanced version of AHRQ's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Experiences with Cancer Survivorship Supplement, citing article by Yabroff et al. (J Cancer Surviv, 2012); includes in table of reviewed articles article by Yabroff et al. (Med Care, 2009), which uses MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Military Medicine
Wyman DO. A culture of patient safety in military medicine. Mil Med 2013 Aug;178(8):825-6. [Discusses results of TeamSTEPPS® implementation, citing articles by Deering et al. (Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2011) and Capella et al. (J Surg Educ, 2010).]

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)-Related Articles

Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Howell LP, Darragh TM, Souers RJ, et al. Identification of Trichomonas vaginalis in different Papanicolaou test preparations: trends over time in the College of American Pathologists educational Interlaboratory Comparison Program. Arch Pathol Lab Med 2013 Aug; 137(8):1043-6. [Cites Guide to Clinical Preventive Services: Report of the US Preventive Services Task Force, 1989.] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA Internal Medicine
Bennett GG, Foley P, Levine E, et al Behavioral treatment for weight gain prevention among black women in primary care practice: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA Intern Med 2013 Oct 28; 173(19):1770-7. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence review by McTigue et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2003) on screening and interventions for obesity in adults.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Coleman Wallace DA, Baltrus PT, Wallace TC, et al. Black white disparities in receiving a physician recommendation for colorectal cancer screening and reasons for not undergoing screening. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2013 Aug; 24(3):1115-24. [Cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer (Am Fam Physician, 2002).] Select to access the abstract.

Beattie MS, Copeland K, Fehniger J, et al. Genetic counseling, cancer screening, breast cancer characteristics, and general health among a diverse population of BRCA genetic testers. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2013 Aug; 24(3): 1150-66. [Reviews most recent USPSTF screening recommendations for four common cancers according to the USPSTF and assesses screening rates at two separate locations, summarizing findings in Table 2, which includes USPSTF ratings for each screening type, citing Grade Definitions after May 2007; cites USPSTF recommendations on screening for ovarian cancer (Ann Fam Med, 2004), screening for colorectal cancer (Ann Intern Med), screening for skin cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2009), and screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Chilton JA, Downing C, Lofton M, et al. Circle of Sisters: raising awareness of Native American women to breast cancer. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2013 Aug; 24(3):1167-79. [Cites USPSTF-sponsored evidence update on screening for breast cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2009) and USPSTF recommendation statements, Screening for Breast Cancer, 2002 and 2009; cites AHRQ's National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR), 2009.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute Monographs
Fishman PA, Hornbrook MC, Ritzwoller DP, et al. The challenge of conducting comparative effectiveness research in cancer: the impact of a fragmented U.S. health-care system. J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr 2013; 2013(46):99-105. [Cites USPSTF Recommendation Statements as published on the USPSTF Web site; mentions the AHRQ-cosponsored DARTNet program as an "example of an explicit investment in health information technology" and AHRQ's long support of primary care practice-based research networks (PBRNs), citing AHRQ :Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRNs): Fact Sheet, as published on the AHRQ Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Etzioni R, Durand-Zaleski I, Lansdorp-Vogelaar I. Evaluation of new technologies for cancer control based on population trends in disease incidence and mortality. J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr 2013; 2013(46):117-23. [Discusses USPSTF recommendations on screening for prostate cancer (Ann Intern Med, 2012) and mentions the USPSTF's use of modeling in developing recommendations on screening for breast cancer and colorectal cancer, citing articles by Mandelblatt et al (Ann Intern Med, 2009) and Zaube et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2008), respectively.] Select to access the abstract.

Obesity
Ma J, Xiao L, Yank V. Variations between obese Latinos and whites in weight-related counseling during preventive clinical visits in the United States. Obesity 2013 Aug; 21(8):1734-41. [Mentions USPSTF recommendations on screening for and management of obesity in adults (Ann Intern Med, 2012); cites AHRQ's National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR), 2010. Also refer to article by Gancayco et al. (J Clin Gastroenterol, 2013) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles.] Select to access the abstract.

Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPC)-Related Articles

JAMA Internal Medicine
Cook DA, Sorensen KJ, Wilkinson JM, et al. Barriers and decisions when answering clinical questions at the point of care: a grounded theory study. JAMA Intern Med 2013 Aug 26. [Epub ahead of print. Cites AHRQ-funded systematic review by Chaudhry et al. (Ann Intern Med, 2006) on the impact of health information technology on quality, efficiency, and costs of medical care, performed by the Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal for Healthcare Quality
Connors JM, Cravero JP, Kost S, et al. Great expectations-defining quality in pediatric sedation: outcomes of a multidisciplinary consensus conference. J Healthc Qual 2013 Aug 26. [Epub ahead of print. Cites AHRQ publication, Identifying, Categorizing, and Evaluating Health Care Efficiency Measures: Final Report, 2008, prepared by the Southern California; notes AHRQ funding of the conference described in this article; cites HCUP data on hospitalized children and AHRQ-sponsored Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century, 2001.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Jimenez ME, Barg FK, Guevara JP, et al. The impact of parental health literacy on the early intervention referral process. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2013 Aug; 24(3):1053-62. [Cites AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Health Literacy Interventions and Outcomes: An Updated Systematic Review, 2011, and related systematic review by DeWalt and Hink (Pediatrics, 2009) on health literacy and child health, which updates a 2004 AHRQ-sponsored review on the same subject.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Palliative Medicine
Dy SM, Apostol C, Martinez KA, et al. Continuity, coordination, and transitions of care for patients with serious and advanced illness: a systematic review of interventions. J Palliat Med 2013 Apr; 16(4):436-45. [Supported by contract HHSA 290-2007-10061-I-EPC3 to the Johns Hopkins EPC and based on AHRQ Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, Interventions to Improve Health Care and Palliative Care for Advanced and Serious Illness. Closing the Quality Gap: Revisiting the State of the Science, 2012, performed by the same EPC under the same contract; uses methodologies from AHRQ publication, Methods Guide for Effectiveness and Comparative Effectiveness Reviews, 2011.] Select to access the abstract.

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

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Chou CH, Tulolo A, Raver EW, et al. Effect of race and health insurance on health disparities: results from the National Health Interview Survey 2010. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2013 Aug; 24(3):1353-63. [Cites AHRQ's NHDR, 2011, and AHRQ-funded article by Schulman et al. (N Engl J Med, 1999).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute Monographs
Lipscomb J, Yabroff KR, Hornbrook MC, et al. Comparing cancer care, outcomes, and costs across health systems: charting the course. J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr 2013; 2013(46):124-30. [Cites AHRQ's NHQR, 2011. Also refer to articles by Chilton et al. (J Health Care Poor Underserved, 2013) and article by Ma, Xiao, and Yank (Obesity, 2013) cited in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)-Related Articles above.]

Research by Others Using AHRQ Data or Products

American Journal of Hypertension
Hong SH, Wang J, Tang J. Dynamic view on affordability of fixed-dose combination antihypertensive drug therapy. Am J Hypertens 2013 Jul; 26(7):879-87. [Uses 2009 MEPS data.] Select to access the abstract.

American Surgeon
Poulose BK, Beck WC, Phillips SE, et al. The chosen few: disproportionate resource use in ventral hernia repair. Am Surg 2013 Aug; 79(8):815-18. [Uses 2009 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; also uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

JAMA
McWilliams JM, Landon BE, Chernew ME. Changes in health care spending and quality for Medicare beneficiaries associated with a commercial ACO contract. JAMA 2013 Aug 28; 310(8):829-36. [Uses AHRQ's Prevention Quality Indicators to create a quality of care indicator of being hospitalized at least once for an ambulatory care sensitive condition (ACSC), as defined by AHRQ and described in Prevention Quality Indicators Technical Specifications, as published on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site; cites AHRQ-authored article by Zuvekas and Cohen (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Health Aff, 2010).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Rhoads KF, Ngo JV, Ma Y, et al. Do hospitals that serve a high percentage of Medicaid patients perform well on evidence-based guidelines for colon cancer care? J Health Care Poor Underserved 2013 Aug; 24(3):1180-93. [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.

Journal of the Massachusetts Dental Society
Nalliah RP, Lee MK, Rampa S, et al. Hospital-based ED visits with dental conditions among geriatric patients. J Mass Dent Soc 2013 Summer; 62(2):24-8. [Uses 2008 HCUP Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS) data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS), as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Neurosurgery
Little AS, Chapple K. Predictors of resource utilization in transsphenoidal surgery for Cushing disease. J Neurosurg 2013 Aug; 119(2):504-11. [Uses 2007-2009 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.]  Select to access the abstract.

Fargen KM, Neal D, Rahman M, et al. The prevalence of patient safety indicators and hospital-acquired conditions in patients with ruptured cerebral aneurysms: establishing standard performance measures using the Nationwide Inpatient Sample database. J Neurosurg 2013 Aug 30. [Epub ahead of print. Uses 2002-2010 HCUP NIS data and AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs), citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site, and Patient Safety Indicators Resources, as published on AHRQ's Quality Indicators Web site; also uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).]  Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Stone ML, Lapar DJ, Kane BJ, et al. The effect of race and gender on pediatric surgical outcomes within the United States. J Pediatr Surg 2013 Aug; 48(8):1650-6. [Uses 2003 and 2006 HCUP Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) data, citing Introduction to the HCUP Kids' Inpatient Database (KID), 2006, and Overview of the Kids' Inpatient Database (KID), 2011, both published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; also uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Rhee D, Papandria D, Yang J, et al. Comparison of pediatric surgical outcomes by the surgeon's degree of specialization in children. J Pediatr Surg 2013 Aug; 48(8):1657-63. [Uses 1998-2007 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease
Kansara A, Chaturvedi S, Bhattacharya P. Thrombolysis and outcome of young stroke patients over the last decade: insights from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis 2013 Aug; 22(6):799-804. [Uses 2001-2009 HCUP NIS data, as accessed on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Madenci AL, Thiagarajan RR, Stoffan AP, et al. Characterizing peritoneal dialysis catheter use in pediatric patients after cardiac surgery. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2013 Aug; 146(2):334-8. [Uses 2006 and 2009 HCUP KID data.] Select to access the abstract.

Opotowsky AR, Perlstein T, Landzberg MJ, et al. A shifting approach to management of the thoracic aorta in bicuspid aortic valve. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2013 Aug; 146(2):339-46. [Uses 1998-2009 HCUP NIS data, citing Nationwide Inpatient Sample Database Documentation, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; also uses AHRQ's Elixhauser comorbidity measures (Elixhauser et al., Med Care, 1998).] Select to access the abstract.

Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Miller CM, Shi J, Wheeler KK, Chronic conditions and outcomes of pediatric trauma patients. J Trauma Acute Care Surg 2013 Aug; 75(2):250-7. [Uses 2009 HCUP KID data, citing Overview of the Kids' Inpatient Database (KID), 2006, and HCUP Chronic Condition Indicator (CCI), 2009, both published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Laryngoscope
Bhattacharyya N. Associations between obesity and inflammatory sinonasal disorders. Laryngoscope 2013 Aug;123(8): 1840-4. [Uses 2008 and 2010 MEPS data from the Consolidated Medical Expenditure File and the Medical Conditions File.] Select to access the abstract.

Hennessey PT, Francis HW, Gourin CG. Is there a "July effect" for head and neck cancer surgery? Laryngoscope 2013 Aug;123(8):1889-95. [Uses 2005-2008 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site, and uses HCUP Cost-to-Charge Ratio Files, also published on the HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Loyo M, Tufano RP, Gourin CG. National trends in thyroid surgery and the effect of volume on short-term outcomes. Laryngoscope 2013 Aug;123(8):2056-63. [Uses 1993-2008 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Neurocritical Care
Mullen MT, Kasner SE, Messé SR. Seizures do not increase in-hospital mortality after intracerebral hemorrhage in the Nationwide Inpatient Sample. Neurocrit Care 2013 Aug; 19(1):19-24. [Uses 2006 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Pediatric Cardiology
Lowry AW, Morales DL, Graves DE, et al. Characterization of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for pediatric cardiac arrest in the United States: analysis of the Kids' Inpatient Database. Pediatr Cardiol 2013 Aug; 34(6):1422-30. [Uses 2000, 2003, and 2006 HCUP KID data, citing Overview of the Kids' Inpatient Database (KID), 2000, 2003, and 2006, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, and Oral Radiology
Lee MK, Dodson TB, Karimbux NY, et al. Effect of occurrence of infection-related never events on length of stay and hospital charges in patients undergoing radical neck dissection for head and neck cancer. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol 2013 Aug; 116(2):147-58. [Uses 2008 HCUP NIS data, citing Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Databases, as published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Social Science & Medicine
Percheski C, Bzostek S. Health insurance coverage within sibships: prevalence of mixed coverage and associations with health care utilization. Soc Sci Med 2013 Aug; 90:1-10. [Uses 2002-2007 MEPS Household Component data, as accessed on AHRQ's MEPS Web site.] Select to access the abstract.

Spine
Fineberg SJ, Kurd MF, Patel AA, et al. Incidence and risk factors for gastrointestinal hemorrhage after lumbar fusion. Spine 2013 Aug 15; 38(18):1584-9. [Uses 2002-2009 HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Stroke
Ovbiagele B, Goldstein LB, Higashida RT, et al. Forecasting the future of stroke in the United States: a policy statement from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. Stroke 2013 Aug; 44(8):2361-75. [Uses 2004-2008 MEPS data, citing AHRQ-authored article by Cohen, Cohen, and Banthin (first and third authors are researchers in and second author is director of AHRQ's Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends) (Med Care, 2009).] Select to access the abstract.

Surgery
Schneider EB, Hyder O, Wolfgang CL, et al. Provider versus patient factors impacting hospital length of stay after pancreaticoduodenectomy. Surgery 2013 Aug; 154(2):152-61. [Uses 2003-2009 HCUP NIS data.] Select to access the abstract.

Bansal N, Sonnenberg EM, Meise CK, et al. The effect of colorectal cancer screening mandates on access to care and clinical outcomes: a retrospective study of patients undergoing operations of the colon and rectum. Surgery 2013 Aug; 154(2):335-44. [Uses 2000-2009 HCUP NIS data, citing Overview of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) and National and Regional Estimates on Hospital Use for All Patients from the HCUP Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), both  published on AHRQ's HCUP Web site; also cites AHRQ-authored article by Steiner, Elixhauser, and Schnaier (researchers in AHRQ's Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets) (Eff Clin Pract, 2002). Also refer to articles by Rao et al. (Am Heart J, 2013), Holman et al. (Int J Circumpolar Health, 2013), and Tsai et al. (Int J Med Sci, 2013) cited in AHRQ-Funded/Authored Articles ] Select to access the abstract.

Current as of August 2013
Internet Citation: Temporal Trends in Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Outcomes among Older Patients in the United States: Articles of Interest, August 30, 2013. August 2013. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsroom/articles-of-interest/20130830.html