Alex H S Harris

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Country: USA

Publications

  1. ncbi request reprint Predictors of engagement in continuing care following residential substance use disorder treatment
    Alex H S Harris
    Center for Health Care Evaluation, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, CA, USA
    Drug Alcohol Depend 84:93-101. 2006
  2. pmc Prescription of topiramate to treat alcohol use disorders in the Veterans Health Administration
    A C Del Re
    Center for Health Care Evaluation, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, 795 Willow Rd, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
    Addict Sci Clin Pract 8:12. 2013
  3. pmc Risk of future trauma based on alcohol screening scores: a two-year prospective cohort study among US veterans
    Alex H S Harris
    Center for Health Care Evaluation, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, 795 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
    Addict Sci Clin Pract 7:6. 2012
  4. ncbi request reprint Pharmacotherapy of alcohol use disorders by the Veterans Health Administration: patterns of receipt and persistence
    Alex H S Harris
    Center for Health Care Evaluation, U S Department of Veterans Affairs VA Palo Alto Health Care System and Stanford University School of Medicine, 795 Willow Rd, 152 MPD, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
    Psychiatr Serv 63:679-85. 2012
  5. doi request reprint Does meeting the HEDIS substance abuse treatment engagement criterion predict patient outcomes?
    Alex H S Harris
    Center for Health Care Evaluation, Department of Veterans Affairs, Palo Alto Health Care System and Stanford University School of Medicine, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
    J Behav Health Serv Res 37:25-39. 2010
  6. pmc Associations between AUDIT-C and mortality vary by age and sex
    Alex H S Harris
    Center for Health Care Evaluation, VA Palo Alto Health Care System and Stanford University School of Medicine Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
    Popul Health Manag 13:263-8. 2010
  7. ncbi request reprint Predictors of a suicide attempt one year after entry into substance use disorder treatment
    Mark A Ilgen
    Department of Veterans Affairs, Center for Health Care Evaluation, Palo Alto Health Care System and Stanford University School of Medicine, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA
    Alcohol Clin Exp Res 31:635-42. 2007
  8. doi request reprint Measuring the quality of substance use disorder treatment: evaluating the validity of the Department of Veterans Affairs continuity of care performance measure
    Alex H S Harris
    Center for Health Care Evaluation, Department of Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, and Stanford University School of Medicine, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
    J Subst Abuse Treat 36:294-305. 2009
  9. ncbi request reprint Hemoglobin A1C as a marker for surgical risk in diabetic patients undergoing total joint arthroplasty
    Alex H S Harris
    Center for Health Care Evaluation, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park, California Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University, Stanford, California
    J Arthroplasty 28:25-9. 2013
  10. ncbi request reprint Treatment staff's continuity of care practices, patients' engagement in continuing care, and abstinence following outpatient substance-use disorder treatment
    Jeanne A Schaefer
    Center for Health Care Evaluation, Department of Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, 795 Willow Road 152, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA
    J Stud Alcohol Drugs 69:747-56. 2008

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Publications40

  1. ncbi request reprint Predictors of engagement in continuing care following residential substance use disorder treatment
    Alex H S Harris
    Center for Health Care Evaluation, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, CA, USA
    Drug Alcohol Depend 84:93-101. 2006
    ..We sought to identify patient and program factors associated with duration of engagement in SUD continuing care after residential/inpatient treatment...
  2. pmc Prescription of topiramate to treat alcohol use disorders in the Veterans Health Administration
    A C Del Re
    Center for Health Care Evaluation, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, 795 Willow Rd, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
    Addict Sci Clin Pract 8:12. 2013
    ..The goal of this study was to describe and examine the overall use, facility-level variation in use, and patient -level predictors of topiramate prescription for patients with AUD in the VHA...
  3. pmc Risk of future trauma based on alcohol screening scores: a two-year prospective cohort study among US veterans
    Alex H S Harris
    Center for Health Care Evaluation, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, 795 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
    Addict Sci Clin Pract 7:6. 2012
    ..This study examined the association between AUDIT-C scores and two-year risk of any type of trauma among US Veterans Health Administration (VHA) patients and assessed whether risk varied by age or gender...
  4. ncbi request reprint Pharmacotherapy of alcohol use disorders by the Veterans Health Administration: patterns of receipt and persistence
    Alex H S Harris
    Center for Health Care Evaluation, U S Department of Veterans Affairs VA Palo Alto Health Care System and Stanford University School of Medicine, 795 Willow Rd, 152 MPD, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
    Psychiatr Serv 63:679-85. 2012
    ..This study assessed changes since 2007 at Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities (N=129) in use of the medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treatment of alcohol use disorders...
  5. doi request reprint Does meeting the HEDIS substance abuse treatment engagement criterion predict patient outcomes?
    Alex H S Harris
    Center for Health Care Evaluation, Department of Veterans Affairs, Palo Alto Health Care System and Stanford University School of Medicine, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
    J Behav Health Serv Res 37:25-39. 2010
    ....
  6. pmc Associations between AUDIT-C and mortality vary by age and sex
    Alex H S Harris
    Center for Health Care Evaluation, VA Palo Alto Health Care System and Stanford University School of Medicine Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
    Popul Health Manag 13:263-8. 2010
    ..This study adds to the growing literature establishing the AUDIT-C as a scaled marker of alcohol-related risk or "vital sign" that might facilitate the detection and management of alcohol-related risks and problems...
  7. ncbi request reprint Predictors of a suicide attempt one year after entry into substance use disorder treatment
    Mark A Ilgen
    Department of Veterans Affairs, Center for Health Care Evaluation, Palo Alto Health Care System and Stanford University School of Medicine, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA
    Alcohol Clin Exp Res 31:635-42. 2007
    ..The present study examined the patient intake and treatment-related risk factors associated with a suicide attempt in the 30 days before a 1-year posttreatment assessment...
  8. doi request reprint Measuring the quality of substance use disorder treatment: evaluating the validity of the Department of Veterans Affairs continuity of care performance measure
    Alex H S Harris
    Center for Health Care Evaluation, Department of Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, and Stanford University School of Medicine, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
    J Subst Abuse Treat 36:294-305. 2009
    ..Translating research into process-of-care quality measures requires postconstruction validation...
  9. ncbi request reprint Hemoglobin A1C as a marker for surgical risk in diabetic patients undergoing total joint arthroplasty
    Alex H S Harris
    Center for Health Care Evaluation, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park, California Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University, Stanford, California
    J Arthroplasty 28:25-9. 2013
    ..Before delaying surgery to achieve better diabetic control, surgeons and patients should weigh the estimated risks of TJA against the potential benefits. ..
  10. ncbi request reprint Treatment staff's continuity of care practices, patients' engagement in continuing care, and abstinence following outpatient substance-use disorder treatment
    Jeanne A Schaefer
    Center for Health Care Evaluation, Department of Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, 795 Willow Road 152, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA
    J Stud Alcohol Drugs 69:747-56. 2008
    ....
  11. doi request reprint Prevalence of cannabis use disorder diagnoses among veterans in 2002, 2008, and 2009
    Marcel O Bonn-Miller
    VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park, CA, USA
    Psychol Serv 9:404-16. 2012
    ..Results indicate that interventions to motivate treatment engagement among patients with CUD, particularly among those with co-occurring psychological problems, are needed for Veterans...
  12. doi request reprint Pharmacotherapy of alcohol use disorders in the Veterans Health Administration
    Alex H S Harris
    Center for Health Care Evaluation, Department of Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, 795 Willow Rd MC152, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
    Psychiatr Serv 61:392-8. 2010
    ..Their availability and consideration of their use in treatment are now standards of high-quality care. This study determined rates of medication initiation among Veterans Health Administration (VHA) patients...
  13. ncbi request reprint Continuity of care practices and substance use disorder patients' engagement in continuing care
    Jeanne A Schaefer
    Center for Health Care Evaluation, Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA, USA
    Med Care 43:1234-41. 2005
    ..Substance use disorder (SUD) patients who engage in more continuing care have better outcomes, but information on practices associated with greater patient engagement and retention in continuing care remains elusive...
  14. doi request reprint Developing and validating process measures of health care quality: an application to alcohol use disorder treatment
    Alex H S Harris
    Center for Health Care Evaluation, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Stanford University School of Medicine, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
    Med Care 47:1244-50. 2009
    ..This article presents an alternative strategy for developing and validating process quality measures. The development of an alcohol use disorder (AUD) treatment quality measure is used as an example...
  15. doi request reprint Receipt of opioid agonist treatment in the Veterans Health Administration: facility and patient factors
    Elizabeth M Oliva
    Center for Health Care Evaluation, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park, CA, United States
    Drug Alcohol Depend 122:241-6. 2012
    ..This study examined OAT utilization across VHA facilities and the patient and facility factors related to variability in utilization...
  16. doi request reprint Preoperative alcohol screening scores: association with complications in men undergoing total joint arthroplasty
    Alex H S Harris
    VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, California, USA
    J Bone Joint Surg Am 93:321-7. 2011
    ..The purpose of this study was to evaluate the association between a patient's preoperative standardized alcohol-misuse screening score and his or her risk of complications after total joint arthroplasty...
  17. ncbi request reprint Veterans Affairs facility performance on Washington Circle indicators and casemix-adjusted effectiveness
    Alex H S Harris
    Center for Health Care Evaluation, Department of Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
    J Subst Abuse Treat 33:333-9. 2007
    ..Ideally, the WC indicators would be supplemented with other measures of treatment quality...
  18. doi request reprint Comparing alternative specifications of quality measures: access to pharmacotherapy for alcohol use disorders
    Sara Fernandes-Taylor
    Center for Health Care Evaluation, VA Palo Alto Health Care System and Stanford University School of Medicine, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
    J Subst Abuse Treat 42:102-7. 2012
    ..The results demonstrate that the quality measures are not interchangeable, and the choice of which version to implement is of high consequence for some facilities...
  19. ncbi request reprint Treatment setting and baseline substance use severity interact to predict patients' outcomes
    Quyen Q Tiet
    Center for Health Care Evaluation, Department of Veterans Affairs, Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
    Addiction 102:432-40. 2007
    ..e. in-patient/residential versus out-patient), whereas patients with less severe SUD problems have similar outcomes regardless of treatment setting...
  20. doi request reprint Trends in opioid agonist therapy in the Veterans Health Administration: is supply keeping up with demand?
    Elizabeth M Oliva
    Center for Health Care Evaluation, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
    Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse 39:103-7. 2013
    ..The low number of clinic-based OATs available to veterans (N = 53) presents a barrier to OAT access; thus, the expansion in office-based OAT has been encouraged...
  21. pmc Why health care process performance measures can have different relationships to outcomes for patients and hospitals: understanding the ecological fallacy
    John W Finney
    Center for Health Care Evaluation, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
    Am J Public Health 101:1635-42. 2011
    ....
  22. doi request reprint Performance monitoring of substance use disorder interventions in the Veterans Health Administration
    Keith Humphreys
    Center for Health Care Evaluation, Veterans Affairs, Stanford University Medical Centers, Palo Alto, California 94025, USA
    Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse 35:123-7. 2009
    ..Measuring and improving the quality of treatment for patients with substance use disorders are enduring challenges...
  23. ncbi request reprint Are VHA administrative location codes valid indicators of specialty substance use disorder treatment?
    Alex H S Harris
    VA Palo Alto Health Care System Center for Health Care Evaluation MC152, 795 Willow Road, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA
    J Rehabil Res Dev 47:699-708. 2010
    ..These results provide validity evidence and caveats to researchers and VHA quality managers who might use SUD specialty location codes as indicators of SUD specialty care...
  24. ncbi request reprint Effects of a group forgiveness intervention on forgiveness, perceived stress, and trait-anger
    Alex H S Harris
    VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Stanford University School of Medicine, Center for Health Care Evaluation, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
    J Clin Psychol 62:715-33. 2006
    ..Significant treatment effects were also found for forgiveness self-efficacy, forgiveness generalized to new situations, perceived stress, and trait-anger...
  25. ncbi request reprint Does expressive writing reduce health care utilization? A meta-analysis of randomized trials
    Alex H S Harris
    Center for Health Care EvaluationU S Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA 94025, USA
    J Consult Clin Psychol 74:243-52. 2006
    ..The significance of these effects for individuals' health is unknown...
  26. doi request reprint HEDIS initiation and engagement quality measures of substance use disorder care: impact of setting and health care specialty
    Alex H S Harris
    VA Center for Health Care Evaluation, 795 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
    Popul Health Manag 12:191-6. 2009
    ..The usual combining of inpatient and outpatient performance on these measures into overall facility scores clouds measurement and interpretation...
  27. doi request reprint Longer length of stay is not associated with better outcomes in VHA's substance abuse residential rehabilitation treatment programs
    Alex H S Harris
    Center for Health Care Evaluation, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Stanford University School of Medicine, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
    J Behav Health Serv Res 39:68-79. 2012
    ..05). Therefore, in VHA SARRTPs, ALOS greater than 90 days cannot be justified by the substance use disorder severity of the patients served or the magnitude of the clinical improvement observed...
  28. ncbi request reprint Consistent adherence to guidelines improves opioid dependent patients' first year outcomes
    Jodie A Trafton
    Center for Health Care Evaluation, Veterans Affairs and Stanford University Medical Centers, 795 Willow Road 152 MPD, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
    J Behav Health Serv Res 34:260-71. 2007
    ..These results suggest that efforts to increase guideline adherence in OST will improve patient outcomes...
  29. doi request reprint Alcohol screening scores predict risk of subsequent fractures
    Alex H S Harris
    Center for Health Care Evaluation MC152, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, 795 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
    Subst Use Misuse 44:1055-69. 2009
    ..These results can be used to provide feedback to patients linking their alcohol screening scores to medical outcomes-a critical component of evidence-based brief counseling for alcohol misuse. The study's limitations are noted...
  30. pmc Subject eligibility criteria can substantially influence the results of alcohol-treatment outcome research
    Keith Humphreys
    Center for Health Care Evaluation, Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, 795 Willow Road, 152, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA
    J Stud Alcohol Drugs 69:757-64. 2008
    ..g., comorbid illegal drug abuse, homelessness). The current study evaluated whether such eligibility criteria can change the outcome results a study obtains...
  31. ncbi request reprint VHA mental health information system: applying health information technology to monitor and facilitate implementation of VHA Uniform Mental Health Services Handbook requirements
    Jodie A Trafton
    Program Evaluation and Resource Center, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
    Med Care 51:S29-36. 2013
    ..To describe the design and deployment of health information technology to support implementation of mental health services policy requirements in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA)...
  32. doi request reprint Barriers to use of pharmacotherapy for addiction disorders and how to overcome them
    Elizabeth M Oliva
    Center for Health Care Evaluation, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
    Curr Psychiatry Rep 13:374-81. 2011
    ..Pharmacotherapy is a valuable tool in the clinical armamentarium of addiction treatment; thus, overcoming barriers to implementation may improve clinical and social outcomes...
  33. ncbi request reprint Recent suicide attempt and the effectiveness of inpatient and outpatient substance use disorder treatment
    Mark A Ilgen
    Center for Health Care Evaluation, Department of Veterans Affairs, Palo Alto Health Care System and Stanford University School of Medicine, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA
    Alcohol Clin Exp Res 29:1664-71. 2005
    ....
  34. ncbi request reprint Physical activity, exercise coping, and depression in a 10-year cohort study of depressed patients
    Alex H S Harris
    Center for Health Care Evaluation, Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care System and Stanford University, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA
    J Affect Disord 93:79-85. 2006
    ..We examined associations between physical activity, exercise coping, and depression in a sample of initially depressed patients, using four waves of data spanning 10 years...
  35. pmc Validation of the treatment identification strategy of the HEDIS addiction quality measures: concordance with medical record review
    Alex H S Harris
    Center for Health Care Evaluation MPD 152, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, 795 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
    BMC Health Serv Res 11:73. 2011
    ....
  36. ncbi request reprint Common statistical and research design problems in manuscripts submitted to high-impact psychiatry journals: what editors and reviewers want authors to know
    Alex H S Harris
    Center for Health Care Evaluation, VA Palo Alto Health Care System and Stanford University School of Medicine, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
    J Psychiatr Res 43:1231-4. 2009
    ..Our primary goal was to facilitate communication between journal editors/reviewers and researchers/authors and thereby improve the scientific and statistical quality of research and submitted manuscripts...
  37. ncbi request reprint Influence of subject eligibility criteria on compliance with National Institutes of Health guidelines for inclusion of women, minorities, and children in treatment research
    Keith Humphreys
    Veterans Affairs Health Care System and Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, California, USA
    Alcohol Clin Exp Res 31:988-95. 2007
    ....
  38. ncbi request reprint Measuring performance of brief alcohol counseling in medical settings:a review of the options and lessons from the Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system
    Katharine A Bradley
    Health Services Research and Development, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, 1100 Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
    Subst Abus 28:133-49. 2007
    ..Further research is needed in this important area of quality improvement...
  39. ncbi request reprint Volunteering is associated with delayed mortality in older people: analysis of the longitudinal study of aging
    Alex H S Harris
    Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care System and Stanford University, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
    J Health Psychol 10:739-52. 2005
    ..After adjusting for covariates, frequent volunteers had significantly reduced mortality compared to non-volunteers. This association was greatest for those who frequently visited with friends or attended religious services...
  40. ncbi request reprint Does writing affect asthma? A randomized trial
    Alex H S Harris
    Department of Veteran Affairs Health Care System, Palo Alto, California, USA
    Psychosom Med 67:130-6. 2005
    ..Our main objective was to test and extend previous research finding that written emotional expression improves pulmonary function in patients with asthma compared with writing on neutral topics...