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.

Part of an AHRQ curriculum used to train practice facilitators, this resource explains the fundamentals of building and working with quality improvement (QI) teams in primary care practices.
This educational module briefly describes eight steps primary care practices can take to form and work with a patient and family advisory council (PFAC).
These dashboards show how one organization tracks progress in integrating Patient and Family Advisors and providing patient- and family-centered care.
This resource is an example of a policies and procedures statement for a Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) for primary care practices and outpatient clinics.
This practical guide shows practices how to involve patients and families in the work of primary care improvement, in support of Key Driver 5: Engage with patients and families in evidence-based care and quality improvement.
This toolkit, based on the experiences of a multi-site health system, helps clinics establish multidisciplinary quality improvement (QI) teams that include patient representation.
This AHRQ health literacy toolkit contains 21 short tools to help primary care practices reduce the complexity of health care, increase patient understanding of health information, and enhance support for patients of all health literacy levels.
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