AHRQ News Now: upcoming Datapalooza sessions; funding for patient safety projects; new website to help prevent opioid overdoses

AHRQ News Now

April 17, 2018, Issue #611

AHRQ Stats: Increased Hospital Stays for Kidney Failure

While the overall rate of hospital stays for acute kidney failure increased 66 percent nationwide between 2005 and 2014, the increase was higher for low-income people (86 percent) and patients ages 45 to 64 (79 percent). (Source: AHRQ, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Statistical Brief #231: Acute Renal Failure Hospitalizations, 2005-2014.)

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Free April 25 Listening Session Before Datapalooza Will Explore Data’s Potential To Improve Health Care

Register now for a free AHRQ-sponsored listening session on April 25 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Washington Hilton about how decision-makers can use data to improve health care at state and local levels. The event will be held the day before the 2018 Health Datapalooza, which will occur April 26-27 at the same location. The listening session, “AHRQ Data Competencies to Support Decision Makers:  What Do You Need To Make Decisions on the State and Local Levels?,” will feature Gopal Khanna, M.B.A., Director of AHRQ;  Mona Siddiqui, M.D., Chief Data Officer, Department of Health and Human Services; and Anand Parekh, M.D., Chief Medical Advisor at the Bipartisan Policy Center. Discussions will address questions such as how data can help solve the opioid crisis and what data are needed to understand variations in health insurance coverage and affordability. At Datapalooza on April 26, Ed Lomotan, M.D., AHRQ’s Chief of Clinical Informatics, will highlight AHRQ’s CDS Connect project during the panel presentation, “Smart Data to Support Clinical Decision Making.” Paid registration is required to attend Datapalooza.

Funding Applications Due May 25 and June 5 for Research Projects on Healthcare-Associated Infections and Antibiotic Resistance

Funding applications are due by May 25 for demonstration and dissemination projects in two areas: preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and developing efforts for combating antibiotic-resistant bacteria (CARB). Also, a June 5 deadline has been set for large research projects involving both HAI and CARB. The HAI research projects should advance the knowledge of HAI detection, prevention and reduction. CARB research project proposals should address ways to promote appropriate antibiotic use, reduce the transmission of resistant bacteria or prevent HAIs in the first place. These funding opportunities are open to researchers who focus on health care settings including long-term care, ambulatory care and acute-care hospitals and on transitions between care settings. Access additional details about the funding opportunities and AHRQ's HAI program. 

AHRQ-Funded Website Supports Access to Medication That Reverses Opioid Overdoses

A new website funded by AHRQ helps individuals, public health departments, schools or community organizations find sources of naloxone, a prescription medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, M.D., recently issued a public health advisory to urge more Americans to carry the potentially lifesaving drug. Prevent-Protect.org is designed to help anyone identify a pharmacy carrying the drug while also providing tools for organizations conducting campaigns around overdose prevention and naloxone advocacy, outreach and communication.

AHRQ Grantee Profile Highlights Work of Grace M. Lee, M.D., To Inform Better Practices, Outcomes for Pediatric Infectious Diseases


Our latest grantee profile examines how AHRQ-funded research by Grace M. Lee, M.D., associate chief medical officer for practice innovation at Stanford Children’s Health in Palo Alto, California, led investigations that improved evidence-based practices for ventilator-associated pneumonia and outcomes for pediatric patients. Check out Dr. Lee's profile and other AHRQ grantees who have made major advances in health services research.

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 AHRQ Views Blog Post: Synthesizing Evidence To Improve Asthma Care and Quality of Life


A new AHRQ Views blog post by Stephanie Chang, M.D., Director of AHRQ's Evidence-based Practice Center Program, discusses AHRQ’s role in synthesizing the evidence on asthma treatments, diagnostic tools and interventions. Dr. Chang describes five recently published systematic reviews that offer important new insights into today’s capabilities to control asthma.

AHRQ in the Professional Literature

Framework for research on implementation of process redesigns. Ashok M, Hung D, Rojas-Smith L, et al. Qual Manag Health Care. 2018 Jan/Mar;27(1):17-23. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Early major complications after bariatric surgery in the USA, 2003-2014: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Chang SH, Freeman NLB, Lee JA, et al. Obes Rev. 2018 Apr;19(4):529-37. Epub 2017 Dec 20. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Staffing and nurse-perceived quality of care. de Cordova PB. Evid Based Nurs. 2017 Jan;20(1):19. Epub 2016 Nov 22. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Impact of recent Medicaid expansions on office-based primary care and specialty care among the newly eligible. Biener AI, Zuvekas SH, Hill SC. Health Serv Res. 2017 Oct 20. [Epub ahead of print.] Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Patient portal use and experience among older adults: systematic review. Sakaguchi-Tang DK, Bosold AL, Choi YK, et al. JMIR Med Inform. 2017 Oct 16;5(4):e38. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Association of neighborhood socioeconomic context with participation in cardiac rehabilitation. Bachmann JM, Huang S, Gupta DK, et al. J Am Heart Assoc. 2017 Oct 11;6(10). Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Psychosocial co-morbidities in interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS): a systematic review. McKernan LC, Walsh CG, Reynolds WS, et al. Neurourol Urodyn. 2018 Mar;37(3):926-41. Epub 2017 Oct 9. Access the abstract on PubMed®.

Characteristics of high- and low-efficiency hospitals. Rosko M, Wong HS, Mutter R. Med Care Res Rev. 2017 Jan 1:1077558716689197. [Epub ahead of print.] Access the abstract on PubMed®.

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