Kenneth G Saag

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Affiliation: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Country: USA

Publications

  1. pmc Using tablet computers compared to interactive voice response to improve subject recruitment in osteoporosis pragmatic clinical trials: feasibility, satisfaction, and sample size
    Amy S Mudano
    Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics CERTs Center for Outcomes Effectiveness Research and Education COERE, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences CCTS, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA
    Patient Prefer Adherence 7:517-23. 2013
  2. pmc Febuxostat: the evidence for its use in the treatment of hyperuricemia and gout
    Angelo L Gaffo
    Birmingham VA Medical Center
    Core Evid 4:25-36. 2010
  3. ncbi request reprint Short-term and long-term safety of glucocorticoids in rheumatoid arthritis
    Kenneth G Saag
    Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 51020th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35213, USA
    Bull NYU Hosp Jt Dis 70:21-5. 2012
  4. pmc Improving the efficiency and effectiveness of pragmatic clinical trials in older adults in the United States
    Kenneth G Saag
    Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics CERTs, Center for Outcomes Effectiveness Research and Education COERE, and Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences CCTS, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA
    Contemp Clin Trials 33:1211-6. 2012
  5. ncbi request reprint Glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis
    Kenneth G Saag
    Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1813 Sixth Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35294 3296, USA
    Endocrinol Metab Clin North Am 32:135-57, vii. 2003
  6. doi request reprint Effects of teriparatide versus alendronate for treating glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis: thirty-six-month results of a randomized, double-blind, controlled trial
    Kenneth G Saag
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Arthritis Rheum 60:3346-55. 2009
  7. ncbi request reprint Prevention of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis
    Kenneth G Saag
    Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics of Musculoskeletal Disorders, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA
    South Med J 97:555-8. 2004
  8. ncbi request reprint Measuring quality in arthritis care: the Arthritis Foundation's quality indicator set for analgesics
    Kenneth G Saag
    Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics of Musculoskeletal Disorders, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 35294 3296, USA
    Arthritis Rheum 51:337-49. 2004
  9. ncbi request reprint Recent advances in the epidemiology of gout
    Kenneth G Saag
    Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 820 Faculty Office Tower, 510 20th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294 3408, USA
    Curr Rheumatol Rep 7:235-41. 2005
  10. pmc Progress in osteoporosis and fracture prevention: focus on postmenopausal women
    Kenneth G Saag
    Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 820 Faculty Office Tower, 510 20th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294 3708, USA
    Arthritis Res Ther 11:251. 2009

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Publications132 found, 100 shown here

  1. pmc Using tablet computers compared to interactive voice response to improve subject recruitment in osteoporosis pragmatic clinical trials: feasibility, satisfaction, and sample size
    Amy S Mudano
    Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics CERTs Center for Outcomes Effectiveness Research and Education COERE, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences CCTS, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA
    Patient Prefer Adherence 7:517-23. 2013
    ..Our study looked at a tablet computer versus an integrated voice response system (IVRS) for patient recruitment and screening for an osteoporosis PCT in community physician offices...
  2. pmc Febuxostat: the evidence for its use in the treatment of hyperuricemia and gout
    Angelo L Gaffo
    Birmingham VA Medical Center
    Core Evid 4:25-36. 2010
    ..Febuxostat may provide an important option in patients unable to use allopurinol, those with very high serum urate levels, or in the presence of refractory tophi...
  3. ncbi request reprint Short-term and long-term safety of glucocorticoids in rheumatoid arthritis
    Kenneth G Saag
    Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 51020th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35213, USA
    Bull NYU Hosp Jt Dis 70:21-5. 2012
    ..Several new studies have contributed to an improved understanding of these associations and they are reviewed here along with highlights from the older body of literature examining these important outcomes...
  4. pmc Improving the efficiency and effectiveness of pragmatic clinical trials in older adults in the United States
    Kenneth G Saag
    Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics CERTs, Center for Outcomes Effectiveness Research and Education COERE, and Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences CCTS, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA
    Contemp Clin Trials 33:1211-6. 2012
    ..Testing and adaptation of such innovations to PCT are anticipated to improve the public health value of these increasingly important studies...
  5. ncbi request reprint Glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis
    Kenneth G Saag
    Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1813 Sixth Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35294 3296, USA
    Endocrinol Metab Clin North Am 32:135-57, vii. 2003
    ..This article focuses on areas of continued controversies, including the epidemiology and pathogenesis of GIOP, specification of a "safe" dose, methods for diagnosis of GIOP, and an evidence-based approach for GIOP prevention...
  6. doi request reprint Effects of teriparatide versus alendronate for treating glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis: thirty-six-month results of a randomized, double-blind, controlled trial
    Kenneth G Saag
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Arthritis Rheum 60:3346-55. 2009
    ..To compare the bone anabolic drug teriparatide (20 microg/day) with the antiresorptive drug alendronate (10 mg/day) for treating glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis (OP)...
  7. ncbi request reprint Prevention of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis
    Kenneth G Saag
    Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics of Musculoskeletal Disorders, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA
    South Med J 97:555-8. 2004
    ..This article discusses an evidence-based approach to the prevention of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis...
  8. ncbi request reprint Measuring quality in arthritis care: the Arthritis Foundation's quality indicator set for analgesics
    Kenneth G Saag
    Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics of Musculoskeletal Disorders, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 35294 3296, USA
    Arthritis Rheum 51:337-49. 2004
    ..To develop systematically validated quality indicators (QIs) addressing analgesic safety...
  9. ncbi request reprint Recent advances in the epidemiology of gout
    Kenneth G Saag
    Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 820 Faculty Office Tower, 510 20th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294 3408, USA
    Curr Rheumatol Rep 7:235-41. 2005
    ..The importance of hyperuricemia on health considerations beyond the musculoskeletal system is an area worthy of even more study...
  10. pmc Progress in osteoporosis and fracture prevention: focus on postmenopausal women
    Kenneth G Saag
    Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 820 Faculty Office Tower, 510 20th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294 3708, USA
    Arthritis Res Ther 11:251. 2009
    ..Emerging therapeutic options that target molecules of bone metabolism indicate that the next decade should offer even greater promise for further improving our diagnostic and treatment approaches...
  11. ncbi request reprint The effects of physician specialty and patient comorbidities on the use and discontinuation of coxibs
    Fausto G Patino
    Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics of Musculoskeletal Disorders, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 35294 3408, USA
    Arthritis Rheum 49:293-9. 2003
    ..To examine the effects of physician specialty and comorbidities on cyclooxygenase 2-selective nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs; coxibs) utilization...
  12. ncbi request reprint Teriparatide or alendronate in glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis
    Kenneth G Saag
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham 35294 3408, USA
    N Engl J Med 357:2028-39. 2007
    ..Studies of anabolic therapy in patients who are receiving long-term glucocorticoids and are at high risk for fracture are lacking...
  13. ncbi request reprint Glucocorticoid use in rheumatoid arthritis
    Kenneth G Saag
    Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics CERTs of Musculoskeletal Disorders, University of Alabama at Birmingham, MEB 625, 1813 Sixth Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35294 3296, USA
    Curr Rheumatol Rep 4:218-25. 2002
    ..The correct identification of patients at high risk for bone complications and the institution of appropriate preventive measures may partially attenuate this adverse outcome...
  14. pmc Epidemiology, risk factors, and lifestyle modifications for gout
    Kenneth G Saag
    UAB Center for Education and Research CERTs on Therapeutics of Musculoskeletal Disorders, Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
    Arthritis Res Ther 8:S2. 2006
    ..The increasing prevalence of gout worldwide indicates that there is an urgent need for improved efforts to identify patients with hyperuricemia early in the disease process, before the clinical manifestations of gout become apparent...
  15. ncbi request reprint Trends in prevention of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis
    Kenneth G Saag
    UAB Center for Education and Research on Musculoskeletal Disorders, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 35294, USA
    J Rheumatol 33:1651-7. 2006
    ..To determine longitudinal patterns and predictors for the utilization of bone mass measurements and anti-osteoporotic medications in the prevention of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis...
  16. pmc Improving the prediction of medication compliance: the example of bisphosphonates for osteoporosis
    Jeffrey R Curtis
    Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama 35294, USA
    Med Care 47:334-41. 2009
    ..We tested whether adding information on compliance with other drugs used to treat chronic, asymptomatic conditions would improve the predictive ability of administrative data to identify adherent individuals...
  17. pmc Death, debility, and destitution following hip fracture
    Gabriel S Tajeu
    MSPH, School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1665 University Boulevard, RPHB 330, Birmingham, AL 35294 0022
    J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 69:346-53. 2014
    ....
  18. pmc Brief report: incidence of selected opportunistic infections among children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis
    Timothy Beukelman
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, Division of Pediatric Rheumatology, Birmingham, AL 35233 1711, USA
    Arthritis Rheum 65:1384-9. 2013
    ..To compare incidence rates of selected opportunistic infections among children with and children without juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)...
  19. pmc Rates of hospitalized bacterial infection associated with juvenile idiopathic arthritis and its treatment
    Timothy Beukelman
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, Division of Pediatric Rheumatology, 1600 7th Avenue South, CPP 210, Birmingham, AL 35233 1711, USA
    Arthritis Rheum 64:2773-80. 2012
    ..To compare the incidence of hospitalized bacterial infections among children with and children without juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and to examine the effects of selected medications...
  20. ncbi request reprint Prevention and treatment of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis
    Jeffrey R Curtis
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, FOT 840, 510 20th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA
    Curr Osteoporos Rep 5:14-21. 2007
    ..New approaches to evidence implementation are being tested to improve the quality of osteoporosis care and decrease fracture risk among long-term glucocorticoid users...
  21. pmc Drug-specific and time-dependent risks of bacterial infection among patients with rheumatoid arthritis who were exposed to tumor necrosis factor alpha antagonists
    Jeffrey R Curtis
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL, USA
    Arthritis Rheum 56:4226-7. 2007
  22. ncbi request reprint Racial/ethnic disparities in patient-reported nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) risk awareness, patient-doctor NSAID risk communication, and NSAID risk behavior
    Rachel B Fry
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA
    Arthritis Rheum 57:1539-45. 2007
    ..Little is known about NSAID-related ethnic/racial disparities. We focused on differences in patient NSAID risk awareness, patient-doctor NSAID risk communication, and NSAID risk-avoidance behavior...
  23. ncbi request reprint Agreement and validity of pharmacy data versus self-report for use of osteoporosis medications among chronic glucocorticoid users
    Jeffrey R Curtis
    Division of Immunology and Rheumatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA
    Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 15:710-8. 2006
    ..However, these data sources have not been previously compared with self-reported data for receipt of medications used for glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis (GIOP)...
  24. pmc Derivation and preliminary validation of an administrative claims-based algorithm for the effectiveness of medications for rheumatoid arthritis
    Jeffrey R Curtis
    Department of Medicine, University of Alabama, 510 20th Street South, FOT 805D, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA
    Arthritis Res Ther 13:R155. 2011
    ..We created and tested a claims-based algorithm to serve as a proxy for the clinical effectiveness of RA medications...
  25. ncbi request reprint Population-based assessment of adverse events associated with long-term glucocorticoid use
    Jeffrey R Curtis
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, 35294, USA
    Arthritis Rheum 55:420-6. 2006
    ..The frequency of many adverse events (AEs) associated with low-dose glucocorticoid use is unclear. We sought to determine the prevalence of glucocorticoid-associated AEs in a large US managed care population...
  26. pmc Use of a disease risk score to compare serious infections associated with anti-tumor necrosis factor therapy among high- versus lower-risk rheumatoid arthritis patients
    Jeffrey R Curtis
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA
    Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken) 64:1480-9. 2012
    ..To evaluate whether rates of serious infection with anti-tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) therapy in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients differ in magnitude by specific drugs and patient characteristics...
  27. doi request reprint Health services utilization after fractures: evidence from Medicare
    David J Becker
    Department of Health Care Organization and Policy, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1665 University Blvd, RPHB 330H, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA
    J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 65:1012-20. 2010
    ..Postfracture utilization of health care services represents an alternative measure of the resource costs associated with these fractures...
  28. pmc Management of osteoporosis among home health and long-term care patients with a prior fracture
    Amy H Warriner
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
    South Med J 102:397-404. 2009
    ....
  29. pmc Prevalence of osteoporosis and osteopenia among African Americans with early rheumatoid arthritis: the impact of ethnic-specific normative data
    Ted R Mikuls
    Department of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medica Center and Omaha VA Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198 3025, USA
    J Natl Med Assoc 97:1155-60. 2005
    ..To examine the prevalence of osteopenia and/or osteoporosis among African Americans with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and to assess the effect of using race/ethnicity-specific normative data...
  30. ncbi request reprint Trends in the utilization and outcomes of Medicare patients hospitalized for hip fracture, 2000-2008
    David J Becker
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
    J Aging Health 26:360-79. 2014
    ..This study examines temporal trends in hip fracture related utilization and outcomes among elderly fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries...
  31. pmc Regional variation in the denial of reimbursement for bone mineral density testing among US Medicare beneficiaries
    Jeffrey R Curtis
    Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA
    J Clin Densitom 11:568-74. 2008
    ..Greater guidance and transparency in coding policies are needed to ensure that DXA as a covered service is reimbursed for Medicare beneficiaries with the appropriate indications...
  32. doi request reprint Recent trends in hip fracture rates by race/ethnicity among older US adults
    Nicole C Wright
    Department of Epidemiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA
    J Bone Miner Res 27:2325-32. 2012
    ..Further research is needed to understand mechanisms responsible for declining rates in some and not others, as hip fractures continue to be a major problem among the elderly...
  33. pmc Physicians' explanations for apparent gaps in the quality of rheumatology care: results from the US Medicare Physician Quality Reporting System
    Jeffrey R Curtis
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL 35294, USA
    Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken) 65:235-43. 2013
    ..We described the frequency and nature of physician-reported reasons why recommended care for individual osteoporosis and RA patients was not provided...
  34. pmc Association between being African-American, serum urate levels and the risk of developing hyperuricemia: findings from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults cohort
    Angelo L Gaffo
    Birmingham VA Medical Center 700 South 19th Street, Birmingham, AL 35233, USA
    Arthritis Res Ther 14:R4. 2012
    ..We tested this hypothesis in a bi-racial cohort of younger African-American and white men and women...
  35. pmc Rates of malignancy associated with juvenile idiopathic arthritis and its treatment
    Timothy Beukelman
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35233 1711, USA
    Arthritis Rheum 64:1263-71. 2012
    ..To determine the relative rates of incident malignancy among children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) with respect to treatment as compared to children without JIA...
  36. pmc Association between vaccination for herpes zoster and risk of herpes zoster infection among older patients with selected immune-mediated diseases
    Jie Zhang
    Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 35294, USA
    JAMA 308:43-9. 2012
    ..The safety and effectiveness of the vaccine are unclear for these patients...
  37. doi request reprint Central DXA utilization shifts from office-based to hospital-based settings among medicare beneficiaries in the wake of reimbursement changes
    Jie Zhang
    Department of Epidemiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA
    J Bone Miner Res 27:858-64. 2012
    ..The reduction in DXA reimbursement was associated with a decrease in the number of DXAs performed in physician offices and fewer physician offices that provided DXA services...
  38. ncbi request reprint Challenges in improving the quality of osteoporosis care for long-term glucocorticoid users: a prospective randomized trial
    Jeffrey R Curtis
    Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics of Musculoskeletal Diseases, University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL 35294, USA
    Arch Intern Med 167:591-6. 2007
    ....
  39. doi request reprint Health and happiness among older adults: a community-based study
    Erik Angner
    Department of Philosophy, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294 1260, USA
    J Health Psychol 14:503-12. 2009
    ..The results, robust to common method bias, suggest that subjective health measures are better predictors of happiness than objective measures are, except for conditions that disrupt daily functioning or are associated with social stigma...
  40. pmc Identification and validation of vertebral compression fractures using administrative claims data
    Jeffrey R Curtis
    Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics of Musculoskeletal Disorders, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama 35294, USA
    Med Care 47:69-72. 2009
    ..Vertebral compression fractures (VCFs) are the most common type of osteoporotic fracture. Administrative claims data might be useful to identify VCFs, but this approach to case finding has received limited evaluation...
  41. pmc Population-based fracture risk assessment and osteoporosis treatment disparities by race and gender
    Jeffrey R Curtis
    Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham 35294, USA
    J Gen Intern Med 24:956-62. 2009
    ..Undertreatment of osteoporosis has been recognized as a common problem in selected patient subgroups. However, primary prevention has been hampered by limited risk assessment tools that can be applied to large populations...
  42. ncbi request reprint Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug toxicity monitoring and safety practices
    Fausto G Patino
    Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294 3408, USA
    J Rheumatol 30:2680-8. 2003
    ..We examined the associations of physician specialty and patient characteristics with NSAID safety practices...
  43. ncbi request reprint Longitudinal patterns in the prevention of osteoporosis in glucocorticoid-treated patients
    Jeffrey R Curtis
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, 35294, USA
    Arthritis Rheum 52:2485-94. 2005
    ..To evaluate patient and physician factors associated with prevention of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis and to describe temporal trends in screening and prevention of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis...
  44. doi request reprint Serum urate association with hypertension in young adults: analysis from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults cohort
    Angelo L Gaffo
    VA Medical Center, Birmingham, AL, USA
    Ann Rheum Dis 72:1321-7. 2013
    ..To determine if serum urate concentration is associated with development of hypertension in young adults...
  45. doi request reprint Osteoporosis diagnosis and medical treatment
    Amy H Warriner
    Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35233, USA
    Orthop Clin North Am 44:125-35. 2013
    ..However, prescription osteoporosis treatments should be considered for those at higher risk for fracture, and there are currently several treatment options available...
  46. pmc Adherence with intravenous zoledronate and intravenous ibandronate in the United States Medicare population
    Jeffrey R Curtis
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL, USA
    Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken) 64:1054-60. 2012
    ..To evaluate adherence to drug therapy among new users of zoledronate and intravenous (IV) ibandronate among US Medicare enrollees...
  47. pmc Administrative codes combined with medical records based criteria accurately identified bacterial infections among rheumatoid arthritis patients
    Nivedita M Patkar
    Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics of Musculoskeletal Disorders, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294 3408, USA
    J Clin Epidemiol 62:321-7, 327.e1-7. 2009
    ..To evaluate diagnostic properties of International Classification of Diseases, Version 9 (ICD-9) diagnosis codes and infection criteria to identify bacterial infections among rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients...
  48. pmc Is withholding osteoporosis medication after fracture sometimes rational? A comparison of the risk for second fracture versus death
    Jeffrey R Curtis
    Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA
    J Am Med Dir Assoc 11:584-91. 2010
    ..Among US Medicare beneficiaries, we evaluated the risk for second fracture versus death in the 5 years following a hip, clinical vertebral, and wrist/forearm fracture...
  49. pmc The delivery of evidence-based preventive care for older Americans with arthritis
    Jeffrey R Curtis
    Department of Medicine, University of Alabama, Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA
    Arthritis Res Ther 12:R144. 2010
    ..We evaluated the proportion of older Americans with RA, psoriatic arthritis (PsA), and osteoarthritis (OA) receiving these services and the specialty of the providers delivering this care...
  50. doi request reprint Validation of diagnostic codes for subtrochanteric, diaphyseal, and atypical femoral fractures using administrative claims data
    Pongthorn Narongroeknawin
    Department of Medicine, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL, USA
    J Clin Densitom 15:92-102. 2012
    ..These claims algorithms will be useful in future population-based observational studies to evaluate associations between osteoporosis medications and subtrochanteric and diaphyseal femoral fractures...
  51. pmc Benefit of adherence with bisphosphonates depends on age and fracture type: results from an analysis of 101,038 new bisphosphonate users
    Jeffrey R Curtis
    Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
    J Bone Miner Res 23:1435-41. 2008
    ..These results provide estimates of absolute fracture effectiveness across age subgroups and fracture types that have been minimally evaluated in clinical trials and may be useful for future cost-effectiveness studies...
  52. ncbi request reprint A group randomized trial to improve safe use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
    Jeffrey R Curtis
    Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama 35294, USA
    Am J Manag Care 11:537-43. 2005
    ....
  53. ncbi request reprint Biologics and heart failure in rheumatoid arthritis: are we any wiser?
    Maria I Danila
    Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
    Curr Opin Rheumatol 20:327-33. 2008
    ....
  54. ncbi request reprint Osteoporosis in the home health care setting: A window of opportunity?
    Jeffrey R Curtis
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA
    Arthritis Rheum 55:971-5. 2006
  55. ncbi request reprint Racial disparities in osteoporosis prevention in a managed care population
    Amy S Mudano
    Department of Medicine and Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics of Musculoskeletal Disorders, Division of Continuing Medical Education, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 35294 3408, USA
    South Med J 96:445-51. 2003
    ..However, it is unknown whether osteoporosis treatment or bone mineral density (BMD) measurement is different in these women, particularly in those at highest risk...
  56. pmc The comparative risk of serious infections among rheumatoid arthritis patients starting or switching biological agents
    Jeffrey R Curtis
    Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
    Ann Rheum Dis 70:1401-6. 2011
    ..This study evaluated the incidence of hospitalised infections among rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients starting or switching various biological agents...
  57. doi request reprint American College of Rheumatology 2008 recommendations for the use of nonbiologic and biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs in rheumatoid arthritis
    Kenneth G Saag
    University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL, USA
    Arthritis Rheum 59:762-84. 2008
  58. doi request reprint Association of infections and tuberculosis with antitumor necrosis factor alpha therapy
    Nivedita M Patkar
    Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama 35294 3408, USA
    Curr Opin Rheumatol 20:320-6. 2008
    ..We present recent literature on this topic with a focus on clinical applications of this new data...
  59. ncbi request reprint The association of race/ethnicity with the receipt of traditional and alternative arthritis-specific health care
    Ted R Mikuls
    Department of Medicine, Section of Rheumatology and Immunology, University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Omaha VA Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska, USA
    Med Care 41:1233-9. 2003
    ..The role of race/ethnicity in the receipt of arthritis-specific health care has not been well defined...
  60. pmc Does medication adherence itself confer fracture protection? An investigation of the healthy adherer effect in observational data
    Jeffrey R Curtis
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA
    Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken) 64:1855-63. 2012
    ....
  61. pmc Improving osteoporosis care in high-risk home health patients through a high-intensity intervention
    Ryan C Outman
    Department of Medicine, Division of Immunology and Rheumatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, FOT 820, 1530 3rd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35294, United States
    Contemp Clin Trials 33:206-12. 2012
    ..We developed and tested a multi-modal intervention, delivered in the home health care setting, aimed at increasing osteoporosis treatment rates to prevent fractures...
  62. ncbi request reprint Risk of serious bacterial infections among rheumatoid arthritis patients exposed to tumor necrosis factor alpha antagonists
    Jeffrey R Curtis
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics, AL 35294, USA
    Arthritis Rheum 56:1125-33. 2007
    ..To evaluate the risk of serious bacterial infections associated with tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFalpha) antagonists among rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients...
  63. doi request reprint Health care expenditures associated with skeletal fractures among Medicare beneficiaries, 1999-2005
    Meredith L Kilgore
    Department of Health Care Organization and Policy, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
    J Bone Miner Res 24:2050-5. 2009
    ..Further research is needed to ascertain other health conditions that are driving costs for Medicare beneficiaries after fractures...
  64. ncbi request reprint Ethnic variations in the prevalence of metabolic bone disease among HIV-positive patients with lipodystrophy
    Jeffrey R Curtis
    Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 510 20th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA
    AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses 22:125-31. 2006
    ..Studies to examine ethnic variations in bone metabolism are necessary to devise optimal interventions...
  65. doi request reprint A close examination of healthcare expenditures related to fractures
    Meredith L Kilgore
    Department of Health Care Organization and Policy, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294 0022, USA
    J Bone Miner Res 28:816-20. 2013
    ..This suggests that patterns of healthcare services utilization may provide a means to improve fracture prediction rules...
  66. ncbi request reprint Medication errors with the use of allopurinol and colchicine: a retrospective study of a national, anonymous Internet-accessible error reporting system
    Ted R Mikuls
    Department of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, USA
    J Rheumatol 33:562-6. 2006
    ..To more closely assess medication errors in gout care, we examined data from a national, Internet-accessible error reporting program over a 5-year reporting period...
  67. pmc Longitudinal trends in use of bone mass measurement among older americans, 1999-2005
    Jeffrey R Curtis
    Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
    J Bone Miner Res 23:1061-7. 2008
    ..Given the importance of central DXA to assess the risk of osteoporotic fractures, strategies to increase central DXA use to test at-risk persons are warranted...
  68. doi request reprint From fracture risk prediction to evaluating fracture patterns: recent advances in the epidemiology of osteoporosis
    Nicole C Wright
    Department of Epidemiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 35294, USA
    Curr Rheumatol Rep 14:205-11. 2012
    ..We also discuss recent evaluations of secular trends in fracture incidence...
  69. doi request reprint The epidemiology of glucocorticoid-associated adverse events
    Allyson K McDonough
    Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 510 20th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35213, USA
    Curr Opin Rheumatol 20:131-7. 2008
    ..The purpose of this review is to provide an update on the most recent literature regarding glucocorticoid use and associated adverse events...
  70. ncbi request reprint Racial disparities in the receipt of osteoporosis related healthcare among community-dwelling older women with arthritis and previous fracture
    Ted R Mikuls
    Department of Medicine, Section of Rheumatology and Immunology, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska 68198 3025, USA
    J Rheumatol 32:870-5. 2005
    ..To examine potential racial/ethnic disparities in osteoporosis care among community-dwelling older women with self-reported arthritis and previous fracture...
  71. pmc Gout epidemiology: results from the UK General Practice Research Database, 1990-1999
    T R Mikuls
    Department of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center and Omaha VA Medical Center, Omaha, NE, USA
    Ann Rheum Dis 64:267-72. 2005
    ..To examine the epidemiology of gout and gout treatment in the United Kingdom using a large national practice based population...
  72. pmc Heart failure among younger rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's patients exposed to TNF-alpha antagonists
    J R Curtis
    Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics of Musculoskeletal Disorders, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA
    Rheumatology (Oxford) 46:1688-93. 2007
    ..HF clinical trials of these agents were stopped early due to futility or worsening of existing HF. A potential association between etanercept and infliximab and new onset HF has been studied minimally at a population level...
  73. pmc A randomized trial of a mailed intervention and self-scheduling to improve osteoporosis screening in postmenopausal women
    Amy H Warriner
    Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA
    J Bone Miner Res 27:2603-10. 2012
    ..This simple approach may be an effective component of a multifaceted quality improvement program to increase rates of osteoporosis screening...
  74. doi request reprint Serum urate and its relationship with alcoholic beverage intake in men and women: findings from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) cohort
    Angelo L Gaffo
    Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
    Ann Rheum Dis 69:1965-70. 2010
    ..To investigate if beer, liquor (spirits), wine and total alcohol intakes have different associations with serum urate (SU) concentrations at different ages in a cohort of young men and women...
  75. doi request reprint Drug treatment of hyperuricemia to prevent cardiovascular outcomes: are we there yet?
    Angelo L Gaffo
    Birmingham VA Medical Center, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA
    Am J Cardiovasc Drugs 12:1-6. 2012
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  76. doi request reprint Developing a provisional definition of flare in patients with established gout
    Angelo L Gaffo
    Birmingham VA Medical Center and University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL, USA
    Arthritis Rheum 64:1508-17. 2012
    ..Various nonvalidated criteria for disease flare have been used in studies of gout. Our objective was to develop empirical definitions for a gout flare from patient-reported features...
  77. ncbi request reprint Treatment of rheumatoid arthritis
    Angelo Gaffo
    Center for Education and Research and Therapeutics of Musculoskeletal Diseases, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA
    Am J Health Syst Pharm 63:2451-65. 2006
    ..Current and investigational treatments of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are described...
  78. doi request reprint Potential and pitfalls of using large administrative claims data to study the safety of osteoporosis therapies
    Jie Zhang
    Department of Epidemiology and Health Services Comparative Effectiveness Research Training Program, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1665 University Boulevard, RPHB 517B, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA
    Curr Rheumatol Rep 13:273-82. 2011
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  79. ncbi request reprint Bone mineral density changes within six months of renal transplantation
    Ted R Mikuls
    Section of Rheumatology and Immunology, Department of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, USA
    Transplantation 75:49-54. 2003
    ..The effective use of new steroid-sparing immunosuppressive regimens may lower cumulative glucocorticoid use among renal transplant recipients. However, it is unknown what effect this therapeutic trend has had on bone disease...
  80. doi request reprint Long-term safety concerns of antiresorptive therapy
    Jie Zhang
    Health Services Comparative Effectiveness Research Training Program, Department of Epidemiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1665 University Boulevard, RPHB 517B, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA
    Rheum Dis Clin North Am 37:387-400, vi. 2011
    ..This review summarizes studies examining the association between bisphosphonate use and these adverse outcomes, with a focus on large case series and controlled epidemiologic studies...
  81. ncbi request reprint Improving quality of care in osteoporosis: opportunities and challenges
    Gim Gee Teng
    Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics CERTs of Musculoskeletal Disorders, Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 820 Faculty Office Tower, 510 20th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294 3708, USA
    Curr Rheumatol Rep 10:123-30. 2008
    ..Recent studies have indicated that restructuring care at the system level is more likely to be successful, dependable, and durable than traditional quality improvement interventions focusing predominantly on physicians...
  82. ncbi request reprint Quality health care gaps in osteoporosis: how can patients, providers, and the health system do a better job?
    Gim Gee Teng
    Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics of Musculoskeletal Disorders, and Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 510 20th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294 3708, USA
    Curr Osteoporos Rep 7:27-34. 2009
    ..Methods to improve quality of care in osteoporosis need to be multipronged, with emphasis on clinical process improvement and reliance on interdisciplinary teams. We review the growing literature on quality of care for osteoporosis...
  83. ncbi request reprint Pathophysiology, clinical presentation and treatment of gout
    Gim Gee Teng
    Department of Medicine, Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama 35294 3296, USA
    Drugs 66:1547-63. 2006
    ....
  84. pmc Using a modified nominal group technique to elicit director of nursing input for an osteoporosis intervention
    Deborah A Levine
    Deep South Center on Effectiveness Research, An HSR and D REAP, Birmingham VA Medical Center, Birmingham, AL, USA
    J Am Med Dir Assoc 7:420-5. 2006
    ..Barriers prevent osteoporosis care in nursing homes. Successful interventions designed to circumvent these barriers benefit from target recipient input during development...
  85. ncbi request reprint Osteoporosis: evaluation and treatment
    Sonia Bajaj
    Department of Medicine, Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 820 Faculty Office Tower, 510 20th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294 3408, USA
    Curr Womens Health Rep 3:418-24. 2003
    ..This increasing range of treatment options allows better matching of therapy to patients...
  86. ncbi request reprint Confirmation of administrative claims-identified opportunistic infections and other serious potential adverse events associated with tumor necrosis factor alpha antagonists and disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs
    J R Curtis
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama 35294, USA
    Arthritis Rheum 57:343-6. 2007
  87. pmc Cost-effectiveness of multifaceted evidence implementation programs for the prevention of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis
    T Beukelman
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, Deep South Musculoskeletal Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics, Birmingham, AL 35294 3408, USA
    Osteoporos Int 21:1573-84. 2010
    ....
  88. pmc Mortality risk associated with rheumatoid arthritis in a prospective cohort of older women: results from the Iowa Women's Health Study
    T R Mikuls
    Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 35294, USA
    Ann Rheum Dis 61:994-9. 2002
    ..To determine whether rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is associated with excess mortality among older women...
  89. pmc The geographic availability and associated utilization of dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) testing among older persons in the United States
    J R Curtis
    Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA
    Osteoporos Int 20:1553-61. 2009
    ..After adjusting for potentially confounding factors, travel distance was strongly associated with DXA testing. Rural residents were most strongly dependent on the availability of DXAs performed in physician offices...
  90. ncbi request reprint Channeling and adherence with alendronate and risedronate among chronic glucocorticoid users
    J R Curtis
    Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, FOT 820, 510 20th Street South, 35294, USA
    Osteoporos Int 17:1268-74. 2006
    ..Moreover, perceived differences in GI tolerability may lead physicians to preferentially prescribe particular bisphosphonates...
  91. ncbi request reprint Comorbidity in rheumatoid arthritis
    T R Mikuls
    Department of Medicine, Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
    Rheum Dis Clin North Am 27:283-303. 2001
    ..The next decade should prove to be an exciting time in RA management. Better identification, understanding, and management of RA comorbidities have great potential to improve quality of life and survival among our patients with RA...
  92. pmc Risk of hip fracture after bisphosphonate discontinuation: implications for a drug holiday
    J R Curtis
    Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics of Musculoskeletal Disorders, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA
    Osteoporos Int 19:1613-20. 2008
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  93. pmc RisedronatE and ALendronate Intervention over Three Years (REALITY): minimal differences in fracture risk reduction
    J R Curtis
    Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA
    Osteoporos Int 20:973-8. 2009
    ..We conclude that the agents have comparable efficacy...
  94. pmc "Pathologic" fractures: should these be included in epidemiologic studies of osteoporotic fractures?
    J R Curtis
    Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA
    Osteoporos Int 20:1969-72. 2009
    ..Among these, 48% (vertebral) and 3% (hip) of the fractures were coded as pathologic. Only 25% and 66% of persons with these pathologic fractures had evidence for malignancy...
  95. pmc Estimated prevalence and patterns of presumed osteoporosis among older Americans based on Medicare data
    H Cheng
    Department of Epidemiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA
    Osteoporos Int 20:1507-15. 2009
    ..Estimates of osteoporosis (OP) prevalence based on bone mineral density testing and fracture occurrence may be imprecise for small demographic groups. Medicare data are a useful supplemental source of information on OP...
  96. pmc Do physicians within the same practice setting manage osteoporosis patients similarly? Implications for implementation research
    J R Curtis
    Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA
    Osteoporos Int 20:1921-7. 2009
    ..We found no significant clustering effect for common practice setting, suggesting that osteoporosis quality improvement (QI) efforts may be able to ignore this factor in designing QI interventions...
  97. pmc Gout. Hyperuricemia and cardiovascular disease: how strong is the evidence for a causal link?
    Angelo L Gaffo
    Birmingham VA Medical Center, 700 19th St S, Birmingham, AL 35233, USA
    Arthritis Res Ther 11:240. 2009
    ..In this review we present recently published data that study the association between hyperuricemia and selected cardiovascular diseases, with a final conclusion about the possibility of this association being causal...
  98. ncbi request reprint The effect of thiazolidinediones on BMD and osteoporosis
    Allyson K McDonough
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, Division of Clinical Immunology Rheumatology, FOT 820D, 1530 3rd Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35294 3408, USA
    Nat Clin Pract Endocrinol Metab 4:507-13. 2008
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  99. ncbi request reprint Postmenopausal osteoporosis. What have we learned since the introduction of bisphosphonates?
    Sumapa Chaiamnuay
    Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA
    Rev Endocr Metab Disord 7:101-12. 2006
    ..Newer safety concerns about the use of bisphosphonates include osteonecrosis of the jaw and oversuppression of bone turnover. The optimal duration of bisphosphonate treatment has not been clearly established...
  100. ncbi request reprint Unbalanced regulation of over-the-counter analgesics: the lesser of two evils?
    Jeroan J Allison
    Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics CERTs of Musculoskeletal Disorders, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alberta, Canada
    Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 15:410-1. 2006
  101. doi request reprint Management of hyperuricemia and gout in CKD
    Angelo L Gaffo
    Birmingham VA Medical Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL, USA
    Am J Kidney Dis 52:994-1009. 2008