Health Care Delivery
Hospitals with low nurse staffing levels tend to have higher rates of poor patient outcomes such as pneumonia, shock, cardiac arrest, and urinary tract infections, according to research funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and others.
This fact sheet presents information about AHRQ's research dissertation grant program and describes the 18 dissertation grant awards funded by the agency in Fiscal Year 2009.
Researchers have identified a prediction rule that may help clinicians who care for nursing home residents identify pneumonia without a chest x-ray. Another predictive model may help determine the most appropriate care by identifying nursing home residents at low risk of lower respiratory tract infection.
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.
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.