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Research Spotlights
Highlighting exceptional peer-reviewed journal publications featuring data, software products, and tools from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP).
 
Research Spotlights

Over 3,200 peer-reviewed journal publications feature data, software products, and tools from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). This research can impact healthcare policy, practice, and future research. Here are a few recent examples:

The effect of pre-Affordable Care Act (ACA) Medicaid eligibility expansion in New York State on access to specialty surgical care
Aliu O, Auger KA, Sun GH, Burke JF, Cooke CR, Chung KC, Hayward RA.
Med Care. 2014 Sep;52(9):790-5.
    This study utilizes the 1998-2006 New York State Inpatient Database (SID) to examine whether Medicaid expansion increased access to common musculoskeletal procedures for Medicaid beneficiaries.

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Has access to care changed in minority communities? A study of preventable hospitalizations over time in selected States
Basu J.
J Ambul Care Manage. 2014 Oct-Dec;37(4):314-30.
    This study utilizes the Arizona, California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York State Inpatient Databases (SID) to assess the changes in access to care in minority communities by examining the association between preventable hospitalization rates and racial/ethnic composition of the community during 1995-2005.

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Vital signs: health burden and medical costs of nonfatal injuries to motor vehicle occupants - United States, 2012
Bergen G, Peterson C, Ederer D, Florence C, Haileyesus T, Kresnow MJ, Xu L; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2014 Oct 10;63(40):894-900.
    This study utilizes the National Inpatient Sample (NIS) to examine the current health burden and medical and work loss costs of nonfatal crash injuries among vehicle occupants in the United States.

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ED use by older adults attempting suicide
Carter MW, Reymann MR.
Am J Emerg Med. 2014 Jun;32(6):535-40.
    This study utilizes the 2006 Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS) to analyze patterns of older adult patient visits to emergency departments for self-harm and suicide-related injuries.

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Variation in hospital-based acute care within 30 days of outpatient plastic surgery
Hansen DG, Abbott LE, Johnson RM, Fox JP.
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Sep;134(3):370e-378e.
    This study utilizes the 2009-2010 California, Florida, Nebraska, and New York State Ambulatory Surgery Databases (SASD) to describe the frequency and variation of hospital-based acute care rates across ambulatory surgery centers.

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Disability -adjusted life-year burden of abusive head trauma at ages 0-4
Miller TR, Steinbeigle R, Wicks A, Lawrence BA, Barr M, Barr RG.
Pediatrics. 2014 Dec;134(6):e1545-50. doi: 10.1542/peds.2014-1385.
    This study utilizes the Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) to estimat the disability-adjusted life-year (DALY) burden of abusive head trauma (AHT) at ages 0 to 4 years in the United States.

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Epidemiological analysis on two decades of hospitalizations for meningitis in the United States.
Pellegrino P, Carnovale C, Perrone V, Salvati D, Gentili M, Brusadelli T, Antoniazzi S, Pozzi M, Radice S, Clementi E.
Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2014 Sep;33(9):1519-24.
    This study utilizes the Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) and the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) to analyze the trend of meningitis incidence from 1993 to 2011 and in specific age groups before and after the introduction of specific vaccines (the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine 7 [PCV-7] and the meningococcal conjugate vaccine 4 [MCV-4]).

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Hospital readmissions after primary shoulder arthroplasty.
Schairer WW, Zhang AL, Feeley BT.
J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2014 Sep;23(9):1349-55.
    This study uses the State Inpatient Database (SID) from 7 different states to determine the 90-day readmission rate, causes of readmission, and risk factors for readmission for shoulder arthroplasty procedures.

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Inpatient survival after gastrectomy for gastric cancer in the 21st century.
Wang H, Pawlik TM, Duncan MD, Hui X, Selvarajah S, Canner JK, Haider AH, Ahuja N, Schneider EB.
J Surg Res. 2014 Jul;190(1):72-8.
    This study utilizes the 2001-2010 Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) to examine how changes in patient- and hospital-level factors are associated with gastric cancer outcomes over the last decade.

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A decade analysis of trends and outcomes of bariatric surgery in Medicare beneficiaries
Young MT, Jafari MD, Gebhart A, Phelan MJ, Nguyen NT.
J Am Coll Surg. 2014 Sep;219(3):480-8.

To view previous examples of research spotlights, please refer to the Research Spotlights Archives

To view a comprehensive list of publications that used HCUP data and tools, please refer to the Publications Search Feature, which provides publications listed by author. Information includes title, publication, data, and sometimes access to an abstract.

Internet Citation: Research Spotlights. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). March 2015. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/spotlights.jsp.
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