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Research Findings

Research Activities, October 2012:
Study describes challenges of using electronic health record-derived measurements for quality reporting
Research shows health IT enables quality measurement, but obstacles remain

Research Activities, September 2012:
A five-point checklist can help public report sponsors avoid misclassifying the performance of health care providers

Research Activities, August 2012:
Electronic health records help researchers harness data

Research Activities, June 2012:
Disparities Report highlights health care challenges for minorities, underscores importance of Affordable Care Act
Study of Medicare beneficiaries validates Medical Expenditure Panel Survey's prescription drug data

Research Activities, May 2012:
Leapfrog survey may not accurately report use of safe practices in trauma centers

Research Activities, April 2012:
A "diabetes dashboard" screen helps clinicians quickly and accurately access patient data needed for quality diabetes care
Patient surveys are an additional useful tool for identifying adverse events occurring during hospital stays
Public reporting of performance data seems to motivate and energize improvements to hospital performance
Performance measures for gastroenterology can lead to improved accountability
Elders and families find it difficult to interpret data from passive sensors that help monitor elderly activity

Research Activities, March 2012:
AHRQ publishes cancer hospitalization statistics

Research Activities, January 2012:
Measuring quality of care for middle ear infection has many pitfalls

Research Activities, October 2011:
MONAHRQ gains momentum

Research Activities, September 2011:
Administrative data alone are insufficient to understand equivalence of two common blood pressure drugsv
Surgical risk score does not work well for knee and hip replacement operations

Research Activities, July 2011:
Health care quality gaps and disparities persist in every State

Research Activities, April 2011:
Hospital Compare data may not help surgical patients find hospitals with better outcomes

Research Activities, November 2010:
AHRQ patient safety indicator can be used to identify cases of hospital-acquired collapsed lung
Hospital report cards on coronary bypass surgery are more accurate when based on 2-year data

Research Activities, September 2010:
AHRQ State Snapshots expanded to include new data on health insurance

Research Activities, August 2010:
Coronary risk information may improve prescribing practices

Research Activities, June 2010:
Annual quality and disparities reports include data on health care-associated infections, obesity, and health insurance

Research Activities, May 2010:
Participation in reporting quality data can be costly for physicians and practices
Improvements are needed to better measure mental health care quality
Physicians with electronic health records are more able to generate patient registries

Research Activities, December 2009:
Best time to start statins in patients with diabetes depends on the cardiovascular risk model used

Research Activities, October 2009:
New methods estimate the costs of covering the uninsured

Research Activities, September 2009:
To capture the burden of multiple diseases on seniors, self-report should be added to data-based measures

Research Activities, August 2009:
Medicare claims data identify hospital-acquired catheter-associated urinary tract infections with limited accuracy
Public reporting of nursing home care improves care delivery

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