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 short tool describes OARS—a set of verbal and non-verbal communication skills that helps clinicians and educators in primary care practices to engage and build rapport with patients and assess their needs.
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 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 module briefly describes eight steps primary care practices can take to form and work with a Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC), including preparing a PFAC action plan, charter, and budget; selecting improvement projects; and tracking results.
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.
This tool provides a brief overview of primary care team huddles, as well as a worksheet to help practices identify the goals of huddles, huddle topics and processes, and obstacles to huddling and their solutions.
This toolkit outlines seven steps for implementing a patient decision-support framework in primary care. It includes checklists, links to online tutorials for clinicians, and other tools for integrating decision aids into clinical care.
These presentation slides describe four non-prescriptive motivational interviewing strategies that clinicians and primary care practice staff can use to help patients identify and resolve ambivalence in the daily health choices they make.