EvidenceNOW: Tools and Resources

The Agency for Healthcare and Quality (AHRQ) offers practical, research-based tools and other resources to help a variety of health care origanizations, provider, and others make care safer in all health care settings. AHRQ's evidence-based tools and resources are used by organizations nationwide to improve the quality, safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of health care. Improving health care quality by increasing the capacity of small primary care practices to implement the best clinical evidence is our aim. These tools and resources can be searched by the key drivers and the change strategies of the EvidenceNOW Key Driver Diagram.

This toolkit introduces the ABCS of heart health and provides checklists, action plans, and other instructions to guide primary care practices to implement evidence-based guidelines, transform health care delivery, and improve patients’ heart health.
This Word worksheet helps primary care practices create action plans for implementing evidence. It has practices identify improvements they want to make; set measurable, realistic (i.e., SMART) goals; and list testable changes to achieve them.
This practical guide shows practices how to start forming partnerships with patients and family advisors (PFAs) to improve primary care. It provides practice assessment, progress tracking, and PFA recruitment and selection tools.
This practical guide shows practices how to involve patients and families in the work of primary care improvement, in support of Key Driver 5: Engage with patients and families in evidence-based care and quality improvement.
Registries can complement paper records or electronic health records (EHRs), which frequently do not have the functions needed for population management. This resource discusses the advantages and disadvantages of creating and using registries.
This AHRQ health literacy toolkit contains 21 short tools to help primary care practices reduce the complexity of health care, increase patient understanding of health information, and enhance support for patients of all health literacy levels.
This sample job description specifies the duties and responsibilities of a registered nurse who is part of a multi-disciplinary team, delivers evidence-based care, and participates in quality improvement (QI) activities, including data collection.
This workflow shows how medical assistants can provide a check to ensure that evidence-based care is delivered by identifying patients with heart disease who, according to protocol, should have, but have not, been prescribed aspirin.
This resource describes characteristics of high-functioning care teams and shares methods for helping teams improve their effectiveness. It details common challenges faced by primary care teams and how to solve them.
This toolkit helps clinics engage patients on multidisciplinary quality improvement (QI) teams. It includes tools on recruiting, onboarding, and partnering with patients, as well as tools on launching and supporting the improvement work.

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