David Colby, vice president of Research and Evaluation at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), has announced the lineup for RWJF’s Most Influential Research Articles of 2011. As it has done in past years, the foundation has listed 20 RWJF-funded articles across the broad spectrum of its program areas. The articles were selected based on the significance and solidity of their research findings and their popularity, as measured by the number of times they have been viewed online.
RWJF is asking the public to vote to determine its “Final Five” most influential research articles of 2011. “As you cast your votes for the most influential, consider whether the research articles guided the field of policy and practice, influenced how the public thinks about health and health care issues, or changed long-held perceptions of the health care field at large,” the foundation says. Voting closes at midnight EST on December 23, and the results will be announced early next year.
Two Health Affairs articles were among last year’s Final Five. This year, six Health Affairs articles are among the 20 nominees; they are listed below. We encourage all readers to review the entire list of nominees and to cast their votes.
Listed alphabetically by lead author, the Health Affairs articles included in RWJF’s list are:
- How Cumulative Risks Warrant A Shift In Our Approach To Racial Health Disparities: The Case Of Lead, Stress, And Hypertension, by Margaret Hicken, Richard Gragg, and Howard Hu. Research has shown that social and environmental factors may explain racial disparities in hypertension.
- Evidence Links Increases In Public Health Spending To Declines In Preventable Deaths, by Glen P. Mays, and Sharla A. Smith. This study found that mortality rates fell between 1.1 percent and 6.9 percent for each 10 percent increase in local public health spending.
- Nurses’ Widespread Job Dissatisfaction, Burnout, And Frustration With Health Benefits Signal Problems For Patient Care, by Matthew D. McHugh, Ann Kutney-Lee, Jeannie P. Cimiotti, Douglas M. Sloane, and Linda H. Aiken. Patient satisfaction levels are lower in hospitals with more nurses who are dissatisfied or burned out—a finding that signals problems with quality of care.
- US Physician Practices Versus Canadians: Spending Nearly Four Times As Much Money Interacting With Payers, by Dante Morra, Sean Nicholson, Wendy Levinson, David N. Gans, Terry Hammons, and Lawrence P. Casalino. Researchers surveyed physicians and administrators in the province of Ontario, Canada, about time spent interacting with payers and compared the results with a national companion survey in the United States. If U.S. physicians had administrative costs similar to those of Ontario physicians, the total savings would be approximately $27.6 billion per year.
- Small And Medium Size Physician Practices Use Few Patient-Centered Medical Home Processes, by Diane R. Rittenhouse, Lawrence P. Casalino, Stephen M. Shortell Sean R. McClellan, Robin R. Gillies Jeffrey A. Alexander, and Melinda L. Drum. This article provides the first national data on the use of medical home processes such as chronic disease registries, nurse care managers, and systems to incorporate patient feedback.
- Health Impact Assessments Are Needed In Decision Making About Environmental And Land-Use Policy, by Aaron Wernham. This article examines the emerging practice of health impact assessment and stresses their importance when decisions about issues of urban planning, land use and environmental regulation can directly affect the conditions in which people live, work and play.