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 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.
Primary care practices can use this Excel dashboard to calculate provider- and practice-level measures of blood pressure control, smoking cessation, and use of aspirin for heart disease as well as graph practice performance over time.
This care planning worksheet helps primary care practices and their patients together develop a plan of action to manage hypertension, complete with an assessment of readiness to make changes and patient-set goals.
This 2011 report published by the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) recommends standards for developing trustworthy guidelines on care options for health care providers, patients, and organizations.
Primary care practices can use this Excel spreadsheet to create run charts to track their progress in quality improvement (QI). It includes instructions, an example of a cholesterol management measure, and a programmed blank spreadsheet.
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.
Based on real-world experience, this manual guides primary care practices through the process of developing and implementing clinical decision support (CDS), from defining the project through implementation and sustaining improvements.
This fact sheet reviews how practices can use their electronic health record (EHR) system to implement guidelines for screening and counseling patients on tobacco use. It provides a checklist of EHR features that support adding guidelines.
This recorded webinar offers guidance for implementing a training program for medical assistants, with a goal of expanding their roles in delivering evidence-based care and their responsibilities as part of team-based care.


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