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 section of the Web-based Primary Care Team Guide outlines how primary care practice teams can improve the quality of patient care. It contains four action steps to assess the need for and pilot changes using teams.
This recorded webinar uses workflow analysis, including swim lane diagrams, to talk about how to improve the patient flow in primary care practices.
This resource explains how to accurately manipulate, display, and act on clinical performance data. It also describes how to prepare and present performance data in order to drive quality improvement (QI).
This presentation explains how primary care practices can use workflow analysis for quality improvement (QI) in all office systems—such as scheduling, patient flow, and billing. It provides step-by-step guidance and a systems assessment tool.
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