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.
These resources provide the basics tools to accelerate quality improvement (QI) in a primary care practice. They provide a model for improvement processes and tools for setting goals for the practice and testing changes.
This resource shows how to design reports for quality improvement (QI) purposes, including different types of reports and different ways of generating them from electronic health records (EHRs). It includes checklists for finding data errors.
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 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.
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 resource explains the purpose and process of workflow mapping in a primary care setting. It includes important activities to map, questions to consider in workflow redesign, and tips for implementing and sustaining new workflows.
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.