Research Activities March 2013, No. 391
AHRQ reports summarize quality gaps across health care
A new summary of evidence reports from AHRQ on opportunities to improve health care quality is now available. Beginning in 2004, the eight "Closing the Quality Gap" reports assessed evidence for improvement for selected settings, interventions, and clinical conditions. Individual reports examined the effectiveness of bundled payment programs, effectiveness of the patient-centered medical home, strategies to address health disparities, effectiveness of medication adherence interventions, effectiveness of public reporting, prevention of healthcare-associated infections, measurement of outcomes for people with disabilities, and health care and palliative care for patients with advanced and serious illness.
The summary, Closing the Quality Gap: Revisiting the State of the Science, is designed to provide a deeper understanding of the nature and extent of quality gaps across health care, as well as the systemic changes necessary to close them. You can read the report at http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/evidence-based-reports/er208-overview.html.