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 online continuing medical education (CME) module explains how to implement a team-based approach to enter documentation (scribe) and how it can be supported and improved by electronic health record (EHR) systems.
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.
It is important for primary care team members to feel they can ask for help, try new ways of doing things, and learn from mistakes. This resource provides suggestions for how practices can help quality improvers feel safe.
Practices can use this fillable Plan Do Study Act (PDSA) tool to design and test changes to improve health care quality. Using this form can be helpful to primary care practices following the Model for Improvement quality improvement approach.
This resource explains how to create and maintain standardized, up-to-date patient problem lists in electronic health records (EHRs) in order to improve practices’ ability to generate accurate quality improvement data.
This online tutorial introduces health care professionals and others to the principles of evidence-based practice that uses the current best evidence combined with clinical expertise and patient values and preferences to guide care decisions.
This short article describes four coping stages that organizations go through when metrics show poor performance: denial of the data accuracy, denial there is a problem, deny accountability for the problem, and acceptance of responsibility.
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.