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 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 one-page tip sheet explains how to find, train and support staff from all parts of the practice to be champions for implementing evidence. It also defines the skills and roles of effective champions.
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.
This manual provides a training curriculum that teaches medical assistants (MA) to take on an expanded role in the primary care team by doing more during the rooming process, from reviewing medications, to goal setting, to patient education.
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 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.
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.