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.
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 presentation provides guidance on how to prioritize a set of useful measures and create a primary care dashboard. It contains a primary care performance measurement framework, examples of measures and dashboards, and ideas for data sources.
This resource offers best practices on presenting health care quality data graphically for performance dashboards. It includes a checklist to ensure that data are clear and visually pleasing, reviews various chart types, and provides examples of dashboards.
These dashboards show how one organization tracks progress in integrating Patient and Family Advisors and providing patient- and family-centered care.
This article outlines the important steps to develop dashboards for managers that are used to tracking an organization’s quality metrics.
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).
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