How AHRQ Research Helps People

In examining what works and does not work in health care, AHRQ's mission includes both translating research findings into better patient care and providing policymakers and other health care leaders with information needed to make critical health care decisions.

The links below lead to information about AHRQ and some of its programs, as well as how health services research affects the Nation.

AHRQ Research to Reduce Cost and Improve the Quality of Health Care
For at least the past 10 years, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)—and its predecessor, AHCPR—has helped the health care system reduce cost and improve quality by answering critical questions regarding the delivery of health care services. This fact sheet highlights key AHRQ research that has had an effect on health policy, cost, and quality. Some examples of these questions and the AHRQ findings follow.

Helping the Nation With Health Services Research (PDF) [ PDF file - 47.64 KB]
Health services research examines how people get access to health care, how much care costs, and what happens to patients as a result of this care. This fact sheet describes how findings from research supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is helping typical Americans with their health care.

Medicaid Uses of AHRQ Research
Controlling costs and improving the quality of Medicaid services continue to be growing challenges for public policymakers. Research of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality provides information and tools to assist policymakers in addressing these challenges.

Medicare Uses of AHRQ Research
The 1989 law that established what was renamed the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) specifically directed that AHRQ include elderly persons in its research programs and consider the needs and priorities of the Medicare program when carrying out its activities. This fact sheet details AHRQ-funded projects that have direct relevance to the needs and priorities of the Medicare program.

Private-Sector Use of AHRQ Research
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) tracks the impact and use of the research it funds. This fact sheet highlights some of the ways AHRQ research has been adapted for use in the private sector.