New AHRQ Report Encourages Adoption of Patient Safety Strategies

Electronic Newsletter, Issue 371

AHRQ's Electronic Newsletter summarizes Agency research and programmatic activities.

March 12, 2013

AHRQ Stats

Hospital admissions of children 5 to 9 for bipolar disorders soared by nearly 700 percent from 1997 to 2010, while those of children 10 to 14 and 15 to 17 increased by 475 percent and 345 percent, respectively. (Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HCUP Statistical Brief #148: Most Frequent Conditions in U.S. Hospitals, 2010).

Today's Headlines

  1. New AHRQ Report Encourages Adoption of Patient Safety Strategies.
  2. AHRQ Tool Helps Pharmacies Assess Patient Safety Culture.
  3. Register Now for April 25-26 Conference on Health Disparities Research .
  4. Register Now for May 3 Conference on Advancing Quality Improvement Science for Children’s Health Care Research .
  5. AHRQ in the professional literature.

1. New AHRQ Report Encourages Adoption of Patient Safety Strategies

Making Health Care Safer ll, An Updated Critical Analysis of the Evidence for Patient Safety Practices, a new report by AHRQ, encourages health care providers to adopt patient safety strategies that are proven to be effective. The new report emphasizes evidence about implementation, adoption and the context in which safety strategies have been used. This helps clinicians understand what works, how to apply it, and under what circumstances it works best so they can adapt it to local needs. It also identifies gaps where more research can propel patient safety efforts further. Widespread adoption of the encouraged strategies has the potential to save hundreds—if not thousands—of lives, the authors estimate. Select to read about the strategies encouraged for adoption. Select to access the full report. 

2. AHRQ Tool Helps Pharmacies Assess Patient Safety Culture

Using AHRQ’s Pharmacy Survey on Patient Safety Culture, community pharmacies can assess their culture of patient safety and identify areas for improvement. The survey is designed for pharmacy staff, including clerks, technicians, and pharmacists. It measures 11 areas of patient safety culture, such as physical space and environment, patient counseling, communication about prescriptions across shifts, and teamwork. It also includes items about the frequency of documenting mistakes and an overall rating on patient safety. Toolkit materials include the survey form, a document identifying items by composite, and a Survey User’s Guide. Select to access the survey. The Pharmacy Survey on Patient Safety Culture is part of a family of tools that AHRQ has developed to help health care providers measure their safety culture and track performance over time. Other surveys are available for hospitals, nursing homes, and medical offices. Select to access more information on. 

3. Register Now for April 25-26 Conference on Health Disparities Research

An AHRQ-sponsored national conference, to be held April 25-26 in Washington, D.C., will bring together researchers, advocates, and policymakers to share information and discuss racial, ethnic, and disability-related disparities. Attendees will learn about barriers to health care and health promotion for people with disabilities in underserved racial and ethnic groups, share research work on the intersection of racial/ethnic disparities and disabilities, and discuss priorities for future research and action. The conference is sponsored by AHRQ, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, and the Special Hope Foundation. Select to register for the conference. 

4. Register Now for May 3 Conference on Advancing Quality Improvement Science for Children’s Health Care Research

Register today [PDF File, Plugin Software Help] for the Academic Pediatric Association’s third annual conference on pediatric quality improvement methods, research, and evaluation. Individuals with interest and/or experience in how to conduct, evaluate, apply, or interpret quality improvement research should attend. CME credit is available. This AHRQ-funded meeting will be held on May 3, in Washington, D.C. 

5. AHRQ in the Professional Literature

Fawole OA, Dy SM, Wilson RF, et al. A systematic review of communication quality improvement interventions for patients with advanced and serious illness. J Gen Intern Med 2012 Oct 26. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Patterson BW, Khare RK, Courtney DM, et al. Cost-effectiveness of influenza vaccination of older adults in the ED setting. Am J Emerg Med 2012 Sep; 30(7):1072-1079. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Zhang Y, Baik SH, Fendrick AM, et al. Comparing local and regional variation in health care spending. N Engl J Med 2012 Nov 1; 367(18):1724-1731. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Nembhard IM, Northrup V, Shaller D, et al. Improving organizational climate for quality and quality of care: does membership in a collaborative help? Med Care 2012 Nov; 50(11 Suppl 3):S74-S82. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Martino SC, Kanouse DE, Elliott MN, et al. A field experiment on the impact of physician-level performance data on consumers' choice of physician. Med Care 2012 Nov; 50(11 Suppl 3):S65-S73. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Schlesinger M, Kanouse DE, Rybowski L, et al. Consumer response to patient experience measures in complex information environments. Med Care 2012 Nov; 50(11 Suppl 3):S56-S64. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Haviland AM, Elliott MN, Weech-Maldonado R, Hambarsoomian K, Orr N, Hays RD. Racial/ethnic disparities in Medicare Part D experiences. Med Care 2012 Nov; 50(11 Suppl 3):S40-S47. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

Chen AY, Elliott MN, Spritzer KL, et al. Differences in CAHPS reports and ratings of health care provided to adults and children. Med Care 2012 Nov; 50(11 Suppl 3):S35-S39. Select to access the abstract on PubMed®.

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