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.
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 collection of tools that helps practices decide whether to implement new evidence includes a worksheet for assessing research findings, a template for summarizing findings, and links to additional resources for selecting and customizing evidence.
This resource can be used to lead a group discussion about developing ground rules for how primary care team members communicate with each other. Sample activities are provided to help care teams work together effectively.
This resource provides step-by-step instructions for finding, evaluating, and using research evidence to make informed decisions in health care. It describes six steps to consider when gathering evidence to make a well-informed decision.
This brief resource outlines 10 steps primary care practices can take to partner with community organizations to better support patients with chronic conditions, increasing individuals’ self-management skills.
This recorded webinar provides an overview of huddles and details the process for implementing huddles in primary care practices. The video includes concrete examples of how and when to use huddles and why they are beneficial.
Developed by an international committee of experts, this resource outlines a systematic approach to adapting practice guidelines produced for one setting to the needs or situation at another organization or setting.
This modifiable flow chart allows practices to adapt steps to reflect the practice’s preferred protocol for controlling hypertension in adult patients, including blood pressure goals and medication names.
This comprehensive implementation guide discusses why real-time, in-person huddles are beneficial for practice team communication, explains how to implement effective huddles, and provides case studies as examples.