Full Research Reports

This section contains final reports resulting from AHRQ research and AHRQ-funded research.

A National Agenda for Research in Collaborative Care. June 2011. 
Papers from the Collaborative Care Research Network Research Development Conference (11-0067)

A Toolkit for Redesign in Health Care: Final Report. September 2005. 
Fact sheet describes AHRQ research on medical errors. (05-0108-EF)

AHRQ's Patient Safety Initiative: Building Foundations, Reducing Risk. December 2003. 
This report provides a status update on AHRQ's entire Patient Safety Initiative. (04-RG005)

Assessing the Evidence for Context-Sensitive Effectiveness and Safety: Developing Criteria . December 2010. 
This contract final report identifies criteria for assessing the context-sensitive effectiveness and safety of patient safety practices and presents recommendations for future research on this topic. (11-0006-EF)

Children's Health 1996: MEPS Chartbook No. 1. March 1998. 
Data on the health insurance status of children in the United States and issues of access to health care. (98-0008)

Cost of Poor Quality or Waste in Integrated Delivery System Settings: Final Contract Report. September 2008. 
The primary purpose of this IDSRN project was to collaboratively build a system that could be actively used to identify the costs of poor quality or waste in an effort to identify opportunities for improvement in hospital settings. The proposed identification strategy has been designed from a financial management perspective, recognizing that we are in the business of providing high-quality medical care. (08-0096-EF)

Creation of New Race-Ethnicity Codes and Socioeconomic Status (SES) Indicators for Medicare Beneficiaries: Final Report. August 2012. 
Report of a project that created and validated measures in the use of selected Medicare services by race and ethnicity to identify disparities. (08-0029-EF)

Development of Electronic Transition Tools for Home Health Care: Final Contract Report. September 2007. 
This report describes the effect of a redesigned, electronic version of the 'Home Health Certification and Plan of Care' on the completeness of patient referral information and provision of evidence-based home health care and also describes the development and pilot testing of a Web-based system ('e-transitions') that provides electronic access to this information. (07-0045-EF)

Developing Quality of Care Measures for People with Disabilities: Summary of Expert Meeting Contract Final Report. September 2010. 
This report summarizes the discussion and recommendations arising from a meeting of nationally recognized experts convened by AHRQ to begin the process of developing measures to assess quality of care for people with disabilities. (10-0103)

Environmental Scan: Health Risk Appraisals in Primary Care: Health Risk Appraisals in Primary Care
Final report of environmental scan and expert panel meeting to learn more about how health risk assessments are being used in primary care and to identify the research gaps related to HA utilization and outcomes.

Environmental Scan of Patient Safety Education and Training Programs Contract Final Report. (June 2013)
This report presents the results of an environmental scan of existing patient safety education and training programs. It presents data collected and cataloged on 333 current, active, and recurring patient safety education and training programs; a characterization of those programs by various factors, including sponsor, target audience, program objectives, delivery method, duration, and cost; and recommendations for potential future patient safety education and training efforts. (13-0051-EF)

Evaluation of a Learning Collaborative's Process and Effectiveness to Reduce Health Care Disparities Among Minority Populations: Final Report. December 2006. 
This report evaluates an AHRQ program to reduce health care disparities among minority populations. (08-M009-EF)

Evaluation of AHRQ's Children's Health Activities: Final Report. October 2006. 
To improve its services continuously, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) evaluates its programs to examine the performance of those programs in achieving their objectives. An important part of the HHS evaluation function is communicating the findings and recommendations of the evaluation studies. (08-M013-EF)

Evaluation of AHRQ's Pharmaceutical Outcomes Portfolio: Final Report. December 2007. 
This report evaluates AHRQ's pharmaceutical outcomes portfolio (08-M014-EF)

Evaluation of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendations: Final Report. December 2007. 
The Interagency Working Group on Health Care Quality (IWG) ensures that Federal agencies work in a coordinated way toward the common goal of improving the quality of care. (08-M011-EF)

Evaluation of the Use of AHRQ and Other Quality Indicators: Final Contract Report. December 2007. 
This report the uses of, market for, and demand for AHRQ and other Quality Indicators. (08-M012-EF)

Future Directions for the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities: Institute of Medicine Report. December 2010. 
IOM Report on the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. (11-0026-EF)

Guide to Patient and Family Engagement: Environmental Scan Report. May 2012. 
This report presents the results of an environmental scan conducted by AIR to serve as a foundation for the development of the Guide to Patient and Family Engagement. (12-0042-EF)

Health Care Efficiency Measures: Identification, Categorization, and Evaluation: Final Report. April 2008. 
This Medicaid Care Management Guide reflects the experiences of the initial 13 Learning Network States. (08-0030)

Health Care Systems for Tracking Colorectal Cancer Screening Tests: Final Report. December 2010. 
This report summarizes the experience of the CNA Health ACTION (Accelerating Change and Transformation in Organizations and Networks) Partnership in implementing and assessing a health care intervention to increase colorectal cancer screening and followup. This report also contains a description of dissemination plans and efforts to date to spread the uptake of this intervention to other health care settings. (11-0016-1-EF)

Hispanic Diabetes Disparities Learning Network in Community Health Centers. March 2008. 
Hispanics have a higher prevalence of diabetes and are disproportionately burdened with the complications and disability from diabetes. This report describes the development of a learning network project that included interventions and needs assessments at community health centers to help reduce the diabetes disparity in the Hispanic population. (08-0044-EF)

Impact of State Laws Limiting Malpractice Awards on Geographic Distrib. July 2003. 
This study examines the impact of State legislation that caps damage awards in malpractice cases on decisions of physicians about where to practice medicine. (none)

Improving Patient Flow and Reducing Emergency Department Crowding: A Guide for Hospitals: A Guide for Hospitals. October 2011. 
This guide presents step-by-step instructions that can be used by hospitals in planning and implementing patient flow improvement strategies to ease emergency department crowding. (11(12)-0094)

Improving the Health Care of Older Americans. May 2001.
In this report, the Task Force on Aging provides a rationale for the Agency for Healthcare Research and quality (AHRQ) to develop, implement, and disseminate an agenda on health services research related to aging. The report recommends that AHRQ expand and sharpen its focus on aging issues in several specific areas. (01-0030)

Improving the Measurement of Surgical Site Infection Risk Stratification/Outcome Detection
This final contract report was commissioned in 2009 with the objective of developing techniques to improve the identification and surveillance of likely cases of surgical site infection using data on four common procedures (hernia repair, coronary artery bypass grafts, and hip and knee arthroplasty)

Managing and Evaluating Rapid-Cycle Process Improvements as Vehicles for Hospital System Redesign: Final Contract Report. September 2007. 
This report describes a construct for transforming a large integrated health care system (Denver Health). (07-0074-EF)

Medical Teamwork and Patient Safety: The Evidence-based Relation. July 2005. 
This report assesses the status of relevant team training research. (05-0053)

Monitoring and Evaluating Medicaid Fee-for-Service Care Management Programs: User's Guide, Final Contract Report. November 2007. 
This User's Guide is intended to help policymakers understand evidence, methodology, and issues related to evaluating the costs, quality and impact of care management programs. (08-0012)

Moving Toward International Standards in Primary Care Information: Clinical Vocabulary: Conference Summary Report. 
November 1995. The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) and the American Medical Informatics Association cosponsored an international conference aimed at moving toward vocabulary standards for coding primary care data. (96-0069)

Outcomes of Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research

Outcomes of Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research: Impact of Studies Funded. October 2001. 
Outcomes of Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research: Impact of Studies Funded-Final Report (02-R201)

Outcomes of Pharmaceutical Therapy Program (OPT) Update. June 2004. 
Outcomes of Pharmaceutical Therapy Program (OPT) Update (04-R205)

Patient Self-Management Support Programs: An Evaluation: Final Contract Report. November 2007. 
This report identifies and examines factors that purchasers and builders of self-management support programs should consider when they are deciding on program components. (08-0011)

Practice-Based Research Network Reports on Community Acquired Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. March 2011. 
AHRQ's Practice-Based Research Networks in Colorado, Iowa, and North Carolina conducted 2-year projects related to infections caused by community acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. (11-0007-3-EF)

Prospects for Care Coordination Measurement Using Electronic Data Sources. March 2012. 
This report presents an assessment of the potential for measuring care coordination processes using data from electronic data sources. (12-0014-EF)

Race, Ethnicity, and Language Data: Standardization for Health Care Quality Improvement: Institute of Medicine Report. March 2010. 
IOM Report on the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. (10-0058-EF)

The National Health Plan Collaborative: Overview of Its Origins, Accomplishments, and Lessons Learned: Final Report. September 2009. 
This report summarizes findings from the evaluation of the NHPC. (09-0078-EF)

Initial Results from the Schizophrenia Patient Outcomes Research Team (PORT) Client Survey
Patterns of Usual Care for Schizophrenia: Initial Results from the Schizophrenia PORT Client Survey

Proactive Risk Assessment of Surgical Site Infection in Ambulatory Surgery Centers: Final Contract Report. April 2013 (12-0046)
This report has two primary objectives: using proactive risk assessment, to identify the realm of risk factors associated with surgical site infections resulting from procedures performed at ambulatory surgery centers; and to design an intervention to reduce the likelihood of such infections due the most common risk factors identified by the proactive risk assessment.

Stroke Prevention: Recommendations: Research Findings for Clinicians. September 1995. Patterns of Usual Care for Schizophrenia: Initial Results from the Schizophrenia PORT Client Survey (95-0091)

The Schizophrenia Patient Outcomes Research Team (PORT) Treatment : At Issue: Translating Research Into Practice
Patterns of Usual Care for Schizophrenia: Initial Results from the Schizophrenia PORT Client Survey

State Oversight Practices and State Information Available to Consumers: Residential Care and Assisted Living (September 2006)
This report reviews State licensing, monitoring, and oversight practices for assisted living facilities. (06-M051-EF)

Women at High Risk for Diabetes: Access and Quality of Health Care, 2003-2006 (January 2011) 
This report uses scientifically based measures and national data sources to examine the quality of preventive health care received by U.S. women at high risk and average risk for diabetes. (11-0002)

Women With Diabetes: Quality of Health Care, 2004-2005 (November 2008)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, November 2008, 92 pp. Uses national data sets to show gaps in knowledge about quality of care among women with diagnosed diabetes. Examines quality of care for U.S. women with and without diagnosed diabetes and presents 15 measures of health care quality showing the use of services in several areas. (08(09)-0099)

Current as of August 2013
Internet Citation: Full Research Reports. August 2013. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/final-reports/index.html